Catechism for a witch’s child

Catechism for a witch’s child
by J.L. Stanley.

When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drank
the holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother
who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
of being.

(I found this online a while ago and came across it tonight. I always wanted to give this to one of my kids.  I asked Glimmering (14) to read it tonight and I think they liked it.)

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Advertisements

Symbol of Loki or Symbol of Torture?

christ-on-the-cross-1627To begin with, this is a really weird question.

I’ll start with an anecdote from my partner, Discord.

Discord has mentioned occasionally that it seems weird that Christians wear Crosses, seeing as it was the implement of torture that their god was murdered on.  He likens this to someone wearing a gun or some such item to remember a loved one who was killed by such a weapon.  This makes sense to me actually.

The-Gospel-of-LokiSo, while reading the new novel The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris, she mentions that her version of Loki is deathly afraid of snakes.  This makes sense too, and it’s a good plot device for the novel.  Keeping in mind, this is a novel, I still thought about it for a bit.

Is using a snake symbol for Loki the same as wearing an implement of torture like Christians tend to do?  Is this a good thing or a bad?

il_570xN.619003863_iar6Most Lokeans I have come across (primarily in reading blogs or books) seem to feel the snake is a good symbol of Himself, however, he hasn’t been associated with snakes other than being the father of Jourmagand, and the snake Skaldi positioned above his head to drip venom on his face.  Snakes are usually considered representatives of fire elements and fire gods are commonly associated with snakes.

As far as my personal interaction with Loki, he hasn’t really disagreed or agreed, more prompting me to write about my questions, sharing them with the blog readers.

What do you think?

Is the snake a good symbol for Loki?  Or is it simply a reminder of an instrument that has tormented our beloved god?

Symbol of Loki or Symbol of Torture? was originally published on Leiptr

Symbol of Loki or Symbol of Torture? was originally published on Leiptr

Symbol of Loki or Symbol of Torture? was originally published on Leiptr

Symbol of Loki or Symbol of Torture? was originally published on Leiptr

Symbol of Loki or Symbol of Torture? was originally published on Leiptr

Witch but not Wiccan

black-and-white-sigh-Favim.com-235451I’m confused, I think.  Looking at Wicca again, I am reminded of the elements of it that didn’t match with my personality.  I have always identified as a Witch, but Wicca has been very problematic for me the entire time I have been Pagan.

I’m not a ceremonialist, I’ve always been very thoughtful, insight oriented.  I think a lot about things and like to be quiet and introspective when I’m spiritual.  I suppose one could say I ‘pray’ a lot.  I am a psychic and I like doing magick and working with divination methods like tarot.

I don’t think going with a highly ceremony-oriented practice like Wicca is a good idea for someone who just doesn’t get anything out of formalized ritual.  When I was doing Bast-focused Wicca, it made more sense and felt right.  With Loki, it just doesn’t seem to match well.

So I guess I’m still looking.

Witch but not Wiccan was originally published on Leiptr

Witch but not Wiccan was originally published on Leiptr

Witch but not Wiccan was originally published on Leiptr

Witch but not Wiccan was originally published on Leiptr

A Month for Loki: Persistent Elf Syndrome

Oh hehehehee! Oh my, this just makes me giggle so much, just because He has a decidedly elven aspect (without the obvious accouterments like pointed ears) to me. (See my post with the pic of Gaston VonTesmar — my original character– in it)

A Month for Loki: Persistent Elf Syndrome was originally published on Leiptr

A Month for Loki: Persistent Elf Syndrome was originally published on Leiptr

A Month for Loki: Persistent Elf Syndrome was originally published on Leiptr

For all you Loki lovers out there

Upon Raven Wings

I’m not a follower of Loki. I don’t hate him, like many; but something tells me that while Heathen lore probably makes some good points about Loki, it may also be slanted against him in much the same way I feel the lore was slanted to glorify death in combat. To what degree, I can’t be certain; and, since I don’t relate to Loki the way I do to Odin or others, I tend to leave Loki be. My farthest thoughts about Loki’s place among the Aesir places him as the omega wolf among the the Aesir pack (of which, Odin is the alpha). Anyone who has studied anything about wolves knows that the omega wolf is just as important as the alpha when it comes to the overall health of the pack. However, I try to be fair about most things, and I thought I would offer something in…

View original post 491 more words

Practice Questions

It’s gotten very hard to think or be creative for a while now.  I think of things I’d like to do but hardly ever seem to get around to doing them.  Writing is a good example.

f29b71d4ace2dbcdce88026bfa2d80b1I retired earlier this year.  From e-book writing, to be specific.  The result never seemed to be worth the effort I put into it, and I’m afraid independent e-book publishers are losing to the corporate publishers who have discovered e-books.  And unfortunately, I’m kind of dumped in the same pile as other authors who frankly, shouldn’t really even be published.  I’m not being arrogant, by no means am I a ‘fantastic’ writer, but I’m good enough.

So when certain crummy authors end up being picked up by a corporate publisher, with a book that is frankly badly written and shamelessly sloppily edited fan-fiction (later becoming an embarrassment of a movie), I end up getting angry at the whole idiotic system I have been trying to break into for over 20 years and I just say to hell with it.

Which is what I did.

I figure I will collect myself eventually and go back to the writing thing, as I really can’t see myself quitting it for good, but for now, I’m just tired of it.

But this was supposed to be about practice, not bad, bitchy authors.

Since I have been in a creative slump for a while, it’s extended to my spiritual practice as well.  About the only things about my spirituality I know for certain are that A) I’m Loki’s, B) because of that, I’m obviously a Pagan of some sort.

The problem is, I don’t know what Pagan practice I want to do. Or should be doing, or whatever.

Loki, it seems, really doesn’t care, as long as I’m happy.  He seems to be very forgiving in that.  If I wanted to do British Trad Wicca, He’d be fine with it, as long as He and I are doing the thing together.  The problem never seems to be Him, it’s me.

WICCAOver the years, I have studied a lot of spiritualities.  I began where many people of my generation began, with “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham, a beloved author.  I practiced Wicca off an on since I began walking the Pagan path, which was in 1990.  I first worked with the Egyptian Goddess Bast, who will always be dear to me. Then I began to work with Loki and fell head-over-heels in love.  This was in 1994.  Since then I have studied a variety of Pagan spiritualities as well as New Age and other things.  I haven’t been able to find anything that I really could ‘stick’ with.  Perhaps this is an issue other Lokeans have, I’m not sure.

I do know, after a lot of reading and thinking, that there are things I know aren’t the right direction for me, but that’s kind of about it.  I suppose though, it’s a place to begin.

Northern Paganism isn’t my path, neither are the offshoots of Asatru that were coined by the (in)famous Cauldron Farms folks.  They didn’t resonate with me, although I did try.

Asatru upset me.  I very much wanted this to work for me.  The kindreds that were still operating anywhere near to me have ethics I don’t approve of, or won’t accept me because of my dedication to Loki. Perhaps that’s an indication that even if I had found a kindred that would accept me I wouldn’t have been happy there.Pagan-symbols

I’m not interested in Norse or Celtic Reconstruction, ‘shamanism‘ doesn’t quite fit me and general Paganism is too general, I suppose you might say.  I’ve read and studied other paths and haven’t found really anything that seems to appear or work for me.

I thought about developing something original, on my own, but I haven’t the faintest idea where to begin with that.

I considered ‘non-Wiccan’ Witchcraft, but it’s not overly spiritual and that’s not what I’m looking for.

Something I have seen happening more often now is the negative opinion most Pagans have about Wicca and Wiccans.  It seems to have become commonplace for Pagans and Heathens to use Wicca as an epithet to describe spiritual practices that they consider superficial,  what Wiccans used to term ‘fluffy bunny’ or ‘whitelighter’ thinking.  One term that bothers me a lot is ‘Wiccatru’ which is what seems to be bandied about by Heathens who seem to want to belittle Lokeans who practice either Asatru or some variety of Paganism.

I am considering trying to put together some kind of practice with Wicca as a basis, partially because it has been the one spirituality that seems to have stuck with me since 1990.

Practice Questions was originally published on Leiptr

Practice Questions was originally published on Leiptr

Practice Questions was originally published on Leiptr

Practice Questions was originally published on Leiptr

Handmade Loki Devotional Give-Away! | The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next

Source: Handmade Loki Devotional Give-Away! | The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next

Handmade Loki Devotional Give-Away! | The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next was originally published on Leiptr

Handmade Loki Devotional Give-Away! | The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next was originally published on Leiptr

Handmade Loki Devotional Give-Away! | The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next was originally published on Leiptr