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Day 5 – For Loki

You, Loki, are the most tender-hearted of Gods.
No one knows this save Sigyn. You keep it well hidden,
preferring to present to the world a mask of careless abandon,
and to Your family a façade of unbreakable strength.
Sigyn is onto You though, this wife Whom You love beyond all others.
She knows You well and She has seen Your eyes, bright and shining
as You cradled Your sons in Your arms. She has seen You,
when all masks fall away as You play and wrestle with Your children,
those You have with Her, and those shapeshifting wildlings: serpent, wolf,
and Lady of grace and death. You are laughing, loving clay in Their little sometimes grubby, hands.

She has seen, Oh Wildfire God, the joy with which You scoop Them up,
sweet and clumsy little toddlers with their delightful cries of “Papa.”
She has seen, She knows what a balm They are to Your bruised heart.
She knows how They are Your reason for being,
and how deep Your love for Them and for Her as well flows.
They are Your bedrock, and that for which You would burn a thousand worlds,
or build a thousand up again.

You love Your family, Loki, and They are the greatest sanctuary You will ever know.
The home You have built with Them is a haven flourishing and happy.
There is such joy there and when Your friend Thor comes to visit,
Narvi and Vali raise holy hell racing and playing with Magni, Modi, and Thrudr,
and it leaks out into the worlds bringing laughter and lightness of heart
to all mortals– and Gods too –lucky enough to taste its flavor.

Sigyn knows these things and is satisfied.
A good father and good husband are gifts beyond price.
The worlds are sustained by Their hope and hard work.

Hail to You, Beloved of Sigyn,
Tender flame of Her hearth
Teach us to nourish the loves given into our care
And take joy in the process.

Hail to You, Loki.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on June 16, 2019, in Heathenry, prayers, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This is beautiful. It’s been my experience that when Loki cares, He cares deeply. Being more of a solitary, I was honestly shocked when I first encountered the views other heathens have of Loki. They seem stuck in the abrahamic mindset of needing a ‘devil’ to blame things on, not understanding it doesn’t work that way.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      i really think it does come from Abrahamic faiths. people convert and bring their early conditioning with them, and unless that is examined and dealt with and unless we move past wanting lore to be a stand in for revealed scripture you end up with…pretty much what you have found in mainstream heathenry. it’s sad.

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  2. This was a loving gut punch. Especially today as I miss the presence of my oldest that has gone across the world for the summer. Thank you.

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  3. This is simply beautiful! It’s always nice to hear about Loki as a father as he adores his kids 🙂

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  4. Ah, so true and beautiful. Thank you for writing this piece!

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  5. Such a warm reflection of Loki. I could not help but smile all throughout in gratitude.

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