Further Studies

Though I have researched many aspects of paganism  (starting with Celtic tradition in the late 1990s)  over the years,  one can never truly garner enough knowledge.  I like to think of life as an ongoing learning process,  so I am currently reading more about Viking history and culture,  mainly due to getting better acquainted with the Nordic Pantheon in recent times.

I have not  (and never will)  abandon my eclectic spirituality,  regardless of my primary path;  there are remarkable parallels in many traditions,  and the more common ground I discover,  the greater my fascination grows.



Common Ground In Spirituality

Though I identify myself as a Lokean,  I strive to find common ground among various spiritual paths;  all positive paths have the same common goal:  To be in touch with the Divine.  In general,  this is the ideology of an eclectic Pagan.

As a Patron God,  Loki can keep one in touch with other Divine entities,  whether of the Norse Pantheon,  or other sources;  particularly,  any paths akin to the Nordic Tradition,  especially Celtic.  Conversely,  I studied Celtic Paganism extensively in my early days of being Pagan,  which is closely tied with Germanic Paganism.  The Celtic Equine Goddess,   Epona,  will always be my Divine Patroness and friend.

Parallels among many ancient traditions exist;  though mainstream religion has cast much negativity on the modern revival of Paganism,  it is not,  in of itself,  negative.  It is not fair to judge an entire class of person based on what individuals or isolated groups do;  I have seen good and bad examples set on both sides of the religious coin.

Yes,  there are bad apples in every barrel,  but I choose not to focus on who my  ‘enemies’  may or may not be.  As an eclectic solitary Pagan/Lokean,  I must keep my heart and mind open.  Loki teaches me to find balance between light and dark energy,  and even if it is a tricky balancing act in establishing common ground among many paths,  it remains important to do just that.


Animal Spirits

If one has a primary animal spirit  (totem),  related species are part of the same spiritual archetype.  For instance,  if the primary totem is a raven,  then other corvids  (members of the crow family)  are included as   ‘extended’  totems.

My primary animal spirit is a horse,  but anything pertaining to an equine  (including zebras,  mules and donkeys)  are extensions of that totem,  as are mythological equines  (such as unicorns and Pegasus).  Of course,  an individual can have multiple totems;  those which are not primary,  will make their presence felt when needed.

As with any other spiritual entity/archetype,  imagery is useful for communication.  Artwork  (whether one’s own,  or the creation of another source)  is excellent for this purpose,  as well as photographs.

Connecting with any animal totem  (primary or otherwise)  is simple;  if an animal is not actually encountered regularly in person,  recurring dreams and visions in meditation can also lead one to his/her animal spirit guides.

Lokeans Divided

The Norse God Loki remains controversial in modern paganism/heathenism,  partly due to misunderstandings regarding his actual place in the original Nordic pantheon,  and his part in modern pop culture.  Granted,  archaeological evidence regarding Loki is scant,  yet,  evidence of ancient followers is in existence  (with more being uncovered in recent times).  As a pop culture figure,  Loki has been known in the Marvel Comics universe since the early 1960s  (with an early use of him as a comic book character making an appearance in the late 1940s),  and with the release of live-action movies since 2011,  there has been an amazing surge in popularity.

Unfortunately,  Loki is maligned by modern Nordic pagans for two reasons:  1.  He is considered by some to be the Norse version of the Christian Devil,  who is destined to destroy everyone and everything.  2.  Modern pop culture seems to have created more Loki worshipers,  leading to the idea that he is not a  ‘true’  deity to be taken seriously.  With misunderstandings comes ignorance,  and a need to see more of the facts.  Loki is a complex God,  and though he is associated with dark  energy,   he can help one come to terms with the  ‘shadowy’  side of existence.  By embracing opposing energy,  we can better understand what makes us whole,  therefore,  establishing balance.  Many classic tales in ancient pantheons hold truths regarding the actual natures of deities and related figures,  but much of the details are symbolic.  Pop culture is merely a modern twist on classic myth and folklore;  in of itself,  there is no harm in association with it.

Serious fanaticism is found in many situations,  including pop culture;  fans can become detrimentally immersed in favorite characters,  to the point of unhealthy emotions  (and an inability to cope with life).  Mix this with a spiritual path,  and it can result in further trouble;  having said that,  there are also beautiful,  wonderful bonds that are forged with favorite characters,  and if an individual is responsible,  a sense of play can safely be integrated into spiritual practice.  As a shape-shifter,  Loki will gladly assume a role  (or more than one)  to bond with a devotee,  for he has a child-like quality he enjoys sharing.  In my personal experience,  Loki is a powerful protector,  but also loving and playful.

The modern Lokean community itself is divided;  no one can fully agree on what is the  ‘right’  way to worship Loki.  Truth be told,  there does not have to be a strict set of rules  (Loki himself does not use them),  but whatever path an individual chooses,  there should be a balance of responsibility with a sense of play.  Not everyone will agree on the same subject matter,  but to pass harsh judgment is unfair.  I am a solitary practitioner,  so I advocate individuality,  but there remains a need to respect the personal beliefs of others.  As a Lokean,  do take care,  but do not relinquish what feels right.  Not everyone will understand this spiritual path,  but for all the fun it can involve  (in the right measure),  it is indeed serious devotion.





Loving Loki

There are multiple aspects to any given deity,  and Loki is no exception.  It’s almost as if one will have his/her own  ‘version’  of Loki as a patron deity,  and any mortal companion to that aspect of his archetype is a representation of a consort  (whether romantic or not;  traditionally,  priestesses are tantamount to mortal consorts of the Gods).  This is not to say that a devotee of Loki is a literal replacement or incarnation of the Goddess Sigyn  (for instance),  just that the devotee is a mortal correspondent of her archetype for the aspect of Loki with whom the devotee has bonded.

I have heard accounts of how modern Lokean spouses feel a need to compete with one another for the title of  ‘best wife’  of the Trickster.  Relax:  There are many aspects/personifications of Loki,  and plenty of him to go around.  Every devotee has his/her own personal connection to his archetype,  so no one is truly in competition for his favor or affection  (and it seems foolish and pointless to compete in the first place).

Just as there are many aspects to Loki’s archetype,  there are also various ways to worship him.  No one has to marry him or become romantically involved;  bonding and love take many forms,  and the exact path of devotion chosen largely depends on whatever feels right for the individual.  Loki’s energy may seem erratic to some,  but if approached with sincere intention,  he will work with you,  not against you.  He is a deity who often makes his own rules,  so never feel a need to follow him in a particular way just because others are doing it.  Be yourself,  and Loki will appreciate your devotion.

Language And Projection

Some may wonder,  what languages do Deities speak or understand?  Truth be told,  they comprehend them all.  The spiritual planes and various Pantheons are not restricted by such things in the same manner as physical entities.  Ancestry may make some followers strongly  connected to particular Higher Powers of related Pantheons,  but no one must be shut out from whatever spiritual path feels right.

“Projection”  is the ability to send out energy to spiritual sources  (such as Deities),  via thoughts and feelings.  It matters not what language is actually spoken by a physical entity to a Divine one;  it is intention,  determination,  and feelings which get the message across,  as if by automatic translation.  Gazing at a chosen image for a Deity  (whether art created by the worshiper,  or inspiration sparked by the creation of others),  expressing love and devotion,  sincere intent through words,  thoughts and actions,  will all be conveyed with pure clarity.  In turn,  Deities will project replies in whatever language a worshiper uses.

This phenomenon is not limited to Higher Powers;  communication with animals has a similar effect  (it is no coincidence that shamans have worked spiritually with animals over many ages),  as does projecting to plants,  crystals and anything else of nature.  Animals are most likely empathetic to human emotions due to projection;  while watching horses over a fence one day,  I suffered a depressive episode.  A beautiful golden dun gelding immediately approached me,  allowing me to pet him.  He kept me company until my tears subsided.  I have always felt a strong spiritual connection to horses  (mainly as an artist),  so this encounter was indeed healing.

Projecting to the Earth itself is a profound way of attuning to its energies.  The spiritual planes encompass all levels of existence,  and there are a myriad of projection methods.  Artists seem to possess a deep understanding of this,  simply due to the passion often imbued in their creative works  (which I always experience).  Even those not artistically inclined,  can vicariously work with similar energies;  inspiration from art is open to everyone.

Prayer is the most well-known form of projection,  but formal prayers are not always necessary to make strong spiritual connections.  Personal devotion to my patron deity Loki is projected daily,  with true loving intentions.  If such sincerity is expressed to a Higher Power,  a deep bond will form without judgment or limitation.


Painful Developments

Forgive the silence;  I have experienced some personal crises recently.   I came to stay with Uncle Steve in late 2014,  and he passed away  (of diabetes complications)  on February 27th.  I am presently looking for a new residence,  and will do my best to contribute new articles to my blog as I have time.  Many thanks to those who take interest in my writings.