Lady Loki is an eclectic Pagan with a focus on the Matron Bastet and the Patron Loki. Who also happens to be a complete executive fan girl about the gloriousness that is Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of the Norse God of Mischief. Feel free to contact me or check the about me page for longer detailed self glory and all of that. ;)
Just above every religion and set of people in the world have an end of the world. It is just how it is, you live you die. I have always enjoyed end of the world stories because it can sometimes be amusing to read “every body dies” which in the long and short of it is what happens. Ragnarok is not a whole lot different. Yes some survive to make a better world, and such but still it is a bit like game of thrones.
According to one group of people Ragnarok is supposed to happen this weekend.
Here are the reports of the impending ragnarok and a reminder from some national types of what it is. From NPR:
According to Norse mythology, the end of times has been brewing for about 100 days. It all started when the wolf son of Loki broke out of prison and the giant Midgard Serpent rose from the sea.
and the Yorkshire post reports (ironically they have a festival this weekend a viking one) :
“The eyes of the world’s media are set to be on York on the evening of February 22 as our countdown to Ragnarok comes to an end, and if the prediction does come true, we are determined to go out with a bang.
“The legend of Ragnarok tells of the fall of the Norse gods and the birth of a new world, but, of course, if we wake up to the same old world on the morning of Sunday, February 23, we’ll have no regrets – our celebrations also mark Jolablot, the Viking feast to hail the coming of spring, which to many people is the annual rebirth of the world!”
So maybe it will be ragnarok and maybe it won’t. While I am not looking for Death, I do not fear it. I think we need to learn to embrace the fact that it will eventually happen to us all. I do not for one honestly think Ragnarok is going to happen this weekend, anymore then I thought the world would end the last however many times. But hey if it is..
Lets hope this guy is at the helm shall we, I have no complaints if he is!
For some, like me dance is life. Dancing is just something that seems to take you away from everything and anything that bothers you. I know there is ritual dance although to be perfectly honest I have yet to practice much of it (it is on my this years research list) but I find a joy in just simply dancing that is hard to put into words. My soul and my spirit take flight when I dance.
I think that if you find something that brings such a spiritual peace and love to you like that, you should do it as often as you can. Embrace it and trust that the deity which you follow has brought you to this path and thing to make you happy and content. I have found inspiration in my dance with both of my deities, I can find the mischievous movements of Loki and the graceful feline beauty of Bastet and to me that is truly a beautiful thing to behold.
I can almost hear my friends giggling and not shocked at all that I chose catnip to be discussed. Needless to say along with being a follower of Bastet I have a whole army of Cats in my house so catnip is a must for so many reasons.
Of course along with loving to watch my felines role around happily with it one must keep in mind the magikal properties of catnip which some don’t know.
It is a bonding herb, for love and friendships.
Given to your cat, catnip creates a psychic bond between the two of you. It is also intoxicating to the cat. Catnip is used in love sachets, usually in conjunction with rose petals. If you hold catnip in your hand until it is warm, then hold anyone else’s hand, they will forever be your friend, as long as you keep the catnip you used for the spell in some safe place. Grown near the home or hung over the door, catnip attracts good spirits and great luck. Catnip is also used in spells designed to enhance beauty and happiness. Large catnip leaves are pressed and used as bookmarks in magical texts.
I have found personally that some of my best Pagan friends along with following the actual craft of being a pagan and casting spells if needed are crafty people. As to say, people who like to make crafts and often infuse them with a little magik while doing so.
I know I am one of those people and I find it to be a very healthy outlet and a some crafts make a great way to somewhat meditate if you are not one (like me) who enjoys doing it in a more traditional way.
Crochet (see that also a C) has been a skill I am teaching myself and it is one of those I am able to meditate on while working on. That state seems to end up occasionally with my projects being a little “off” but really not the worst thing in the world that could happen. Good news is while playing catch up on these posts and having made some scarves lately I am going to be nice and warm for Ragnarok (foreshadowing for this weeks prompt.)
In medieval Gaelic and British culture a bard was a professional poet, employed by a patron, such as a monarch or nobleman, to commemorate the patron’s ancestors and to praise the patron’s own activities.
Originally a specific class of poet, contrasting with another class known as fili in Ireland and Highland Scotland, the term “bard”, with the decline of living bardic tradition in the modern period, acquired generic meanings of an epic author/singer/narrator, comparable with the terms in other cultures (minstrel, skald, scop, rhapsode, udgatar, griot, ashik) or any poets, especially famous ones. For example, William Shakespeare is known as the Bard or the Bard of Avon.The musical and poetic traditions are most strongly perpetuated in Wales and elsewhere by the Gorsedd of bards and through the National Eisteddfod of Wales (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru). Source
I do think that in some respects all of us who walk the path of Pagan are a bard in some fashion. We may not always write our own words but there is a certain rhythm you must have when working spells and magik. The words have to be pleasing and woven together in such a way that they will get across what you need. Talking with deities can also be full of potholes and you have to know how best to address them. So all of us has some bard among us, I believe anyways.
Loki in his own right is a bard, a silver tongue and known for the clever way in which he uses words weather for good or bad. There is even a story that is told about Thor actually sewing his mouth shut so that he could not fill anyone’s head with his silver tonged poetry for a time. For modern eyes and ears we see this come across even on the silver screen in avengers when Loki is gagged at the end. While I wish they had perhaps stayed with the traditional side of it, the logical side of me understands why they went for symbolism. Also it makes it a little nicer to be able to tell those who know the true stories vs those who just know the movies.
Either way I know for my part I have always been attracted to a Bard, be it Irish or Norse, God or Mortal..Shakespeare or otherwise. It fills me with as sense of magik anytime I hear words put together so fine.
Blood is a bodily fluid in animals that delivers necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to the cells and transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells.
In vertebrates, it is composed of blood cells suspended in blood plasma. Plasma, which constitutes 55% of blood fluid, is mostly water (92% by volume), and contains dissipated proteins, glucose, mineral ions, hormones, carbon dioxide (plasma being the main medium for excretory product transportation), and blood cells themselves. Albumin is the main protein in plasma, and it functions to regulate the colloidal osmotic pressure of blood. The blood cells are mainly red blood cells (also called RBCs or erythrocytes) and white blood cells, including leukocytes and platelets. The most abundant cells in vertebrate blood are red blood cells. These contain hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein, which facilitates transportation of oxygen by reversibly binding to this respiratory gas and greatly increasing its solubility in blood. In contrast, carbon dioxide is almost entirely transported extracellularly dissolved in plasma as bicarbonate ion.
Vertebrate blood is bright red when its hemoglobin is oxygenated. Some animals, such as crustaceans and mollusks, use hemocyanin to carry oxygen, instead of hemoglobin. Insects and some mollusks use a fluid called hemolymph instead of blood, the difference being that hemolymph is not contained in a closed circulatory system. In most insects, this “blood” does not contain oxygen-carrying molecules such as hemoglobin because their bodies are small enough for their tracheal system to suffice for supplying oxygen.
When many people think of blood and blood oaths when it comes to the Pagan path they think of animal sacrifices, that is not what I mean at all. I do not do animal sacrifice nor would I recommend it. However blood can still be an important factor in ritual and making a blood oath is perhaps one of the most sacred things you can do. Personally I think the ancient deities like a blood oath IF you are serious about it. Never mess with powers like that you are not serious about. Blood is binding, big time binding.
I was asked recently by a none pagan friend that, “does that mean you cut yourself and stuff.” I tried to patiently explain my view and of course also tried to explain my view is not everyone’s view. While I do think a prick of a finger and a small amount of blood is something that can be done there are other ways to do it. I recently got a tattoo for Bast, you bleed when you are inked not huge amounts but you do. To me this was a blood oath and offering and a remainder that would be on my skin to remind me and my Goddess of my oath. I am going to make the same for Loki in future.
So you see it does not have to be all gory and scary thoughts when you think of blood. There are sensible ways to go about it.
An altar cloth is used by various religious groups to cover an altar. It may be used as a sign of respect towards the holiness of the altar, as in the Catholic Church. Because many altars are made of wood and are often ornate and unique, cloth may then be used to protect the altar surface. In other cases, the cloth serves to beautify a rather mundane construction underneath.
I like to change my altar cloths out with the season or holiday celebration or just because it feels like I am being told to. I am not sure how others feel about that but that is how I work. I have simple cloths as well as ornate ones. However though this is my preference I do not think you NEED an altar cloth to be able to have a beautiful altar. I have gone sans cloth before and know plenty of others who have as well.
It seems like such a simple thing but really I think it can take some time to decide when you are re-arranging your altar. Or maybe that is just me? My next project for the year is actually going to be working with a friend of mine on some designs for homemade and custom made altar cloths and I am very excited about it.
The ankh (/ˈæŋk/ or /ˈɑːŋk/; Egyptian IPA: [*ʕaːnax]; ), also known as key of life, the key of the Nile or crux ansata (Latin meaning “cross with a handle”), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read “life”, a triliteral sign for the consonants. It represents the concept of eternal life, which is the general meaning of the symbol. The Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. The origin of ankh is highly debated and it is represented by an oval or point-down teardrop set atop a T shape. The origin of the symbol remains a mystery to Egyptologists, and no single hypothesis has been widely accepted. One of the earliest suggestions is that of Thomas Inman, first published in 1869:
It is by Egyptologists called the symbol of life. It is also called the “handled cross”, or crux ansata. It represents the male triad and the female unit, under a decent form. There are few symbols more commonly met with in Egyptian art. In some sculptures, where the sun’s rays are represented as terminating in hands, the offerings which these bring are many a crux ansata, emblematic of the truth that a fruitful union is a gift from the deity. E. A. Wallis Budge postulated that the symbol originated as the belt buckle of the mother goddess Isis, an idea joined by Wolfhart Westendorf with the notion that both the ankh and the knot of Isis were used in many ceremonies. Sir Alan Gardiner speculated that it depicts a sandal strap, with the loop going around the ankle.
The word for sandal strap was also spelled anḫ, although it may have been pronounced differently. In their 2004 book The Quick and the Dead,Andrew Hunt Gordon and Calvin W. Schwabe speculated that the ankh, djed, and was symbols have a biological basis derived from ancient cattle culture (linked to the Egyptian belief that semen was created in the spine), thus:
• the ankh, symbol of life, thoracic vertebra of a bull (seen in cross section)
• the djed, symbol of stability, base on sacrum of a bull’s spine
• the was, symbol of power and dominion, a staff featuring the head and tail of the god Set, “great of strength”
With my Matron Goddess being Bast I have always felt the Ankh was a symbol close to me a symbol that represented my spirituality. I am always drawn to the shape be it in jewelry, clothing or even in putting it on myself. I draw strength from the Ankh and I think I always will. When I am having a bad day I always put on one of my amulets of the Ankh, depending on the day will depend on which one I actually put in. It helps to balance me and make me feel, safer as strange as that sounds. Moreover I took the step of placing an Ankh actually on myself so I may have some of that strength with me always.
Now some may be curious as to why I also added S.P.Q.R, well despite my Egyptian and Nordic leanings for my chosen deities I also feel an affiliation with the history and pantheon of Rome. It balanced me and felt like the right oath to make overall.
So I was reading a blog posts of a friend of mine’s and saw she is doing the Pagan blog project. Well what a fantastic idea I thought. While I am two weeks behind I am getting on the train so you will see me catching up on the prompt posts and then going on with the normal way of things as they go.
The Wolf Moon was sometimes referred to as the Old Moon or the Moon After Yule. Some tribes called January’s full moon the Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to February’s full moon.
Full Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the wolf moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.
Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.