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I’ve been distracted by the start of the new school semester, and as a result I missed a few bookversaries in the last few days.

  • September 6: By Scalpel and Blood, Herb and Healing Hands: A Novena to the Goddess Eir
  • September 9: In Praise of Hermes
  • September 10: Heart on Fire: A Novena for Loki
  • September 10: Numinous Places

Which ones have you read? What was your favorite part?

“In Praise of Hermes” is a novena booklet to the Greek God Hermes. It provides an introduction about this God and nine days of prayers in His honor.

Available on Amazon.

“By Scalpel and Herb, Blood and Healing Hands” is a novena booklet to Eir, a Norse Goddess of Healing. It provides an introduction about this Goddess and nine days of prayers in Her honor.

Available on Amazon.

The God of fire, water, and everything in between. The God Who refuses to stay silent. The Trickster without Whom the lore would be far more boring. The Power Who challenges everyone, even the other Gods Themselves. Nine days of special devotion for Loki, including ritual suggestions, original prayers, a list of His sacred names, dedicated divination systems, and more.

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Numinous Places is a visual record of those places in which, over the past few years, my heart has unfolded. It’s a journey of how I learned to root myself and find joy in the world. It’s how I fell in love with places and their stories and learned to accept the spiritual nourishment such stories bring. It’s how I learned to reverence the spirits of places, animist that I am, and how I came to recognize their sustaining power.

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July for Loki -for Loki Clever and Cunning

for Loki, Clever and Cunning

You are the fire that burns in Odin’s shadow
The stitch holding the worlds together,
The whisper ever unquiet igniting dissatisfaction. 
You keep us from succumbing.
You make memory blaze and sear
Driving us inevitably back to the Gods
Our ancestors forgot. 
Bright flickering fire
To Grimnir’s icey dark
The two of You brought the worlds to life
(Hoenir granting order and sense)
and You will bring it back to life again:
restoring what must be restored
even if it must be done in blood and fire. 
May we work with the Gods always, 
Grant us that, oh clever Roarer*,
And never, ever against, 
No matter how rough and challenging 
The road may grow. 
Hail to You, Loki, 
On this, Woden’s Day. 


By G. Krasskova

excerpted from this book. 

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July for Loki – for Loki

You rose up from the primordial grime
hand in hand with Your brothers,
savage yet determined fury
under the light of a cold-bladed moon. 
You destroyed Your ancestor,
ruined Him, the indolent breeder,
clotted up his gaping maw
silenced his screeching snores and groans
that ever rattled the wyrm-like field. 
You swept it all away and from His bones
built anew, a web of worlds-
bleak in their youth, rich in their promise,
rising and shining in the boughs of the Tree. 
You made of his screams a symphony,
bone beautiful and clean. 
There was no remorse in You
but elation, satisfaction. 
Let there be no remorse in me either,
for the things that I must do
in devotion. 
Hail to You, Loður,
Whose blood stained fingers
painted our flesh a lively hue. 


By G. Krasskova


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A passel of prayers for Loki

July 8

When I paint, I think of You, oh my God. 
I think of Your skill as craftsman and creator. 
As Loður with Your Brothers, 
You brought worlds into being, 
You changed the balance of creation, 
and when You and Your Brothers found trees
ash and elm, on the border of the holy marsh, 
You enlivened their existence – gifted to Them 
by You and Your brothers – with color, heat, 
with hunger, hungers of all the senses, 
and an appreciate of beauty. 
It can lift our souls up to You and the other Powers,
if we allow it, if we throw ourselves into its embrace
as hungrily as You did the making of our souls. 
Hail to You, oh Loki, Architect of our hearts, 
Architect of our being. 


July 9

Dumezil called you the unquiet thought
and I think You are that, and You inspire that, 
in those who venerate You. 
Satisfaction leads ever to the next holy task, 
the next project, the next prayer, the next 
whisper of devotion. 
You did more in those moments, 
after the words were first made
 than simply gift us with the pumping of our blood, 
all the beautiful shades of our skin, and the blessing
of our sensorium. You did so very much more. 
You made space in our hearts and filled it with longing
for the Gods, for You, love, and longing, 
a hunger for the Gods as deep and abiding 
as Your hunger for experience, for knowledge, for movement
that ever drives back destruction. 
Only with Sigyn do You find peace. 
Only with Her are You truly home. 
Hail to You, oh wondrous Power. 
Hail to You, Loki. 

 
July 10


Your cleverness got me through very difficult times, oh God. 
Wit and wonder, wry humor, and a talent 
for inventing the means for survival, when none at all 
previously existed saw me through and raised me up. 
For that, and for so much more, I am grateful. 
There is not a single thing in my world, 
not a single thing I treasure, 
not a single thing of true and abiding goodness and joy
(including my relationship with Odin) 
that did not pass in some way through Your hands. 
Thank you. They are small words but every atom of my being
exhales them every moment of every day in gratitude to You, 
my gracious and loving God, and my Protector. 
Hail to You, Loki. 


July 11

There are days that are exhausting and stressful, 
irritating, angering, and sometimes just plain bad. 
Today was one of those days, but even at its worst, 
and today was just annoying, not the worst by any means, 
when I sit down to pray, and turn my attention to You, 
and to the other Gods, then the day is radiant and good
for nothing is better than speaking Your holy names
a sacred litany, and rooting myself in the grace 
of Your presence. 
Hail to You, oh Loki, always. 

My photo, a window in Phoenicia, NY. there’s something about the delightful kaleidoscope of light and color that reminds me of Loki and the way He restores and renews the way I look at the world.

2 for Loki


For Loki – July 6, 2022

Three things I ask of You, my God. 
That I may always love You, 
That I may love You well, 
And that Your name never be absent from my heart. 
Hail Loki, Who fuels the fire of devotion. 


For Loki – July 7, 2022

You have never flinched from the cost of Your words and deeds. 
You paid the cost and in doing so, won glorious gifts for all the Gods. 
Because of You, Thor has Mjolnir. 
Because of You, Odin has Gungnir. 
Because of You, Freyr has Skiðblaðnir.
Because of You, Odin has Draupnir. 
Because of You, Freyr has Gullinbursti. 
Because of You, Sif of course, has everlasting golden and glorious hair.
Because of You, the Treasures of the Gods were brought into being, 
by Brokk, Eitri, and the Sons of Ivaldi. 
You suffered for this and more, 
yet these treasures exist, ever in the hands of the Gods;
and these treasures protect the worlds.
Hail to You, Loki, now and always. 
Snaptun Loki

For Loki – Day 3

Loki by John Bauer 1911

Yesterday, a friend called you “Kinsman of the Unquiet Thought”
and I recall something similar was my mother’s favorite heiti for You. 
It encapsulates Your sneakiness, and it is not deceit as so many claim, 
to keep us aware and on our toes. It is a grace, gift, and kindness.
Let us ever and always be “unquiet” too, lest complacency smother
our devotion. 

Hail to You, Loki, enemy of Acedia.
Hail Hugreynandi Hoenis, Tester of Hoenir, 
You test us as well, to make us stronger, 
to make us better, to root us in courage, 
confidence, and piety. 
We grow under Your caring hands,
whether we would or not; 
and our worlds expand
as the worlds expanded in the beginning of time,
under the will of You and Your brothers, 
and Your capable hands. 
Hail Holy One.

Hail Loki – Day 2

You, oh God, were the comfort of my youth, 
my strength in times of weakness, 
my salvation when I otherwise would have been lost. 
You held my head above the waters of terror. 
You sustained me in isolation and poverty. 
There are no words that I can say; 
no gift that I lay at Your feet,
can ever equal the care and protection
that You gave me, all unasked. 

Ever will I eat the fire You proffer in Your hand, 
ever will I allow it to polish my heart, to anneal it,  
to transform it into a gleaming anvil, 
upon which You may hammer out
the contrapunto of Your desire. 
I will always be grateful for the gifts You have given me;
and ever and always will I praise You. 
I will lay gifts at your feet every day of my life. 
I will make thousands of offerings, as many as I can,
always and ever in joy, and always to You,
before my time here is done.

Hail Loki, always. 
Arthur Rackham, Loki

July for Loki — one more time.

Ten years ago this year, I began celebrating Loki specifically in the month of July. It’s not that there aren’t other feast days for Him during the year, but July for a number of reasons, including the rising of the dog star Sirius, which is associated with Him, is a very potent month for His veneration. 

For awhile, a number of years actually, I would write a prayer for Loki every day from July 1-31, and I believe I was the first to make this commitment, but the last couple of years I haven’t done that. Instead, I’ve made offerings to Him and done my household devotions and gotten about my devotional life. Today, a friend reminded me that I’d started the July practice in 2012 – maybe even earlier. I’ve honored and loved Loki so long it seems like decades and decades -- and I thought maybe it was time to do this practice again. 
So here goes. 


For Loki on July 1

Slyest and most cunning of Gods, 
Laevisi Loki, Protector of our House, 
I hail You on this day, 
when the heat batters down upon us,
and auguries of birds whisper tales of 
Your clever might. 

Bölvasmiðr, Mischief-maker, 
better than any other God
at stirring up trouble, 
getting the necessary things accomplished, 
and shattering the walls we set around ourselves, 
I pray to You that our thought-worlds may never be small. 
May our devotion rage like a wildfire through all the many halls
and hazy turnings of the world we have created for ourselves,
until there is nowhere within our lives You have not been. 

God of fire and transformation, open us up via Your grace
to all the glories the Gods have made. 
Let us exalt and celebrate all that is Holy 
and when we are confronted by evil,
may it be Your maegen we call upon
to see us through. 

Hail to You, Loki, best-loved and ever honored
as every God should be, now and forever.  
Loki by A. Rackham

Bookversary: Consuming Flame

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First published in 2014, Consuming Flame is a devotional devoted to Loki and his family.

Consuming Flame brings together everything written to date on Loki and His family by noted author and priest Galina Krasskova. It includes the texts of “Feeding the Flame,” “Honoring Sigyn,” and “Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power” with a significant portion of new material venerating Loki, Sigyn, Angurboda, and Their Children. This omnibus edition provides the reader with the result of twenty years of engagement with this most controversial of Gods. “

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April 1 for Loki

For the better part of twenty-five years now, I and many other devotees of Loki have celebrated April 1 as one of His feast-days. I always forget to write anything for Him on that day, so I wanted to be sure to do so well in advance this year. I don’t usually do much more than clean His shrine (in my house, Loki and Sigyn share a shrine) and make more copious offerings than usual, but still, I like to note the day. 

Loki has many by-names (epithets or heiti). Many of them refer to His relationships like Verr Sigynjar (Sigyn’s husband) or Hoenis vinr (Hoenir’s friend). Some refer to His reputed cleverness like Bölvasmiðr (Mischief maker—this one reminds me of Bölverkr…Odin’s by name that means Bale-worker), Inn Slaegi Áss (The Sly God), or Laevisi Loki(Cunning Loki). Some have a strong connection to the sky…Loptr – Skytreader, Meinkráka (Harmful Crow), and one that I haven’t explored at all but that perplexes me every time I think of it: Gammleið (Vulture). Some names focus on His position as goad and even perceived adversary to the Gods like Goða dòlgr (Adversary of Gods). Then of course there is Inn bundni Áss (the bound God) and there are dozens more. I particularly like Farmr arma Sigynjar (Burden of Sigyn’s arms). Then there’s Dumezil who referred to Him (in his monograph titled ‘Loki’) as “the unquiet thought.” It’s a very fitting by-name for a God Who never ceased to challenge. There’s a very good article by Dagulfr L. elaborating on many of these names here.  I highly recommend it. Of course those who honor Loki today have given Him new by-names too. The list is probably never-ending. 

Heiti are important. They highlight unique aspects of a God, doorways into deeper devotion, some facet of the God’s power or kinship or nature. They are words of power. They tell us our Gods are multi-faceted, loving but also dangerous, as everything sacred is dangerous. Their mindful utterance draws us closer into Their sphere of Being and power. I meditate on them frequently. 

I like the by-names of Loki that emphasize how dangerous He can be. It’s a register shift for me that demands my full attention, my full respect, and all the protocol due a Holy Power….which is a good reminder in a relationship that has been long and emotionally intimate, that Gods remain Gods, no matter how deeply we love Them and that is a good, joyous, and holy thing. 

So for those of you who honor Loki, what are your favorites of His heiti?

(large framed image by G. Palmer. The small flame haired Loki is by W. McMillan. My Loki and Sigyn shrine, but an old photo from 2017 — it was too dark by the time I finished writing this to take one tonight. the light wasn’t right.