Month for Loki

July, I learned, is the month for Loki.  Celebrate him.  Venerate him.  Swear at him.  Make him laugh.  Feed him.  Listen to his jokes.  But listen harder when he’s quiet.

What makes all of July sacred to him?  Well, the small bit of searching I’ve done is because of the star Sirius.  This star burns brightly in the night sky and ushers in the oppressive heat of summer.  Many equate Loki with fire, so it being bright and hot and overwhelming makes sense.    Also, Sirius was known as the Lokabrenna in some Scandinavian countries furthering the association.  Lokabrenna itself seems to mean a myriad of different things, or so the internet tells me.  I’ve found sites that say it means Loki’s brand, Loki’s torch, or burning done by Loki.  This a modern practice and I don’t know how old or young it it… I started it last year when I finally decided to stop ignoring all the signs Loki was throwing in my path.

Heh.

So, what am I doing for Loki for the month of July?

I’m part of a facebook group and we’re answering a question a day about Loki.  I’m also adding a little piece to my daily devotional.  It doesn’t have a name yet and was influenced my many sources, some known and some unknown.

My daily devotional to Loki (take 1):

Loki, God with the sly and scarred smile
In the sweltering summer night
Your star burns like a firebrand illuminating my way
With gratitude, I light this incense in your honor.
Hail Loki –
Trickster who sheds chaos like water
in order to reveal hard truths.
Hail Loki –
Change-bringer, tale-teller, shape-shifter,
Creator and destroyer.
Hail Loki –
The catalyst who stirs my life
to keep me from stagnation.
Walk with me,
as I travel down wild new roads
for you are the hidden way
a thorned path around and through.

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Leshachikha

Lady of the Forest,
Falling, Fallen
Only to be reborn.
Harsh protectress
marking your boundaries
with dusty leaves
and offering protection
to all within.


“Leshachikha’s themes are earth, nature, harvest, birth, and protection.  Her symbols are leaves and seeds.  A Goddess who sometimes appears as a Slavic forest, a wild animal, or a leaf, Leshachikha is said to have died in October and revived around this time of spring. She fiercely protects Her lands, not taking kindly to any who abuses them. In this manner She teaches us about reciprocity and nature’s fury. Additionally, Leshachikha’s watchful aspect can be applied to our figurative lands – for example, safeguarding our homes.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

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Tamra

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Tamra, Lady of Birds,
You encourage us to stretch our wings and
soar.
Blessed Lady,
Open my earthy heart and my airy mind
To Your blessings.
Inspire my words that they may be
pure and true
clear and concise
and full of compassion.
So mote it be.

Tamra’s themes are air, earth, nature, health, longevity, devotion, wishes and relationships.  Her symbols are feathers and birdseed.  In Hindu tradition, this Goddess was the ancestor of all birds, She can teach us their special language, which often bears communications from the divine. As the consort of the turtle god, Kashyapa, She also represents a potent union between earth and air elements.

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

Ode to Marzanna

Marzanna, Marzanna
Goddess of Winter’s death
and Spring’s rebirth,
You rule the cycles of
change and growth.
Aid me in the transitions
of my own life
And let me blossom
in the warmth of the
new season.


Marazanna’s themes are spring, weather, protection, winter, death, rebirth, cycles, change and growth.  Her symbols are dolls (poppets) and water (including ice and snow).  The Polish Goddess for whom this holiday is named represents an odd combination of winter, death and the fruit field’s growth and fertility. As such, She oversees the transitions we wish to make in our lives.

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)