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Post by Darkamber on Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:32 am

What is your personal practice?


My daily practise is simple.
I talk to Loki throughout the day, and when I go to bed, I tell Him about my day.

My weekly practise includes offerings.
On Saturdays – which I have chosen as Loki’s day – I light a candle on my altar, and hail and welcome Loki into my home and into my heart. I burn some incense, or put some fragrant oils on my oil burner. I pour Loki a drink and say that I give Him this drink as a symbol of our friendship. Sometimes I will also give Loki a bowl of sweets.

Three times a year I do extra offerings.
On April 1st, which many Lokeans have chosen as Loki’s day.
On August 1st – on Lughnasadh – I hold a light feast for Loki and His Family and some of His Friends. Loki once told me on August 1st that “Today is a special day”. I light candles for Loki;
Sigyn, Narvi and Vali;
Angrboda, Hel, Jormungand and Fenrir;
Odin, Thor, and Freyr. I honour these gods because I have had interactions with Them.
On December 24th – on Yule Eve – I hold another light feast for Loki, Family and Friends.

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Re: Personal practice

Post by Just.Christine on Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:37 am

Since my practice is still so new, it's pretty loose and unorganized.
As a Rosicrucian, the Edda's were brought to my attention. It's one of those things I set aside for later but never got around to.
When I saw Thor and Avengers [that's right, the movies played a part in triggering my interest. There, everyone! I said it! So what! Big deal You wanna fight about it? Laughing :mrgreen: ]
The movies reminded me I really did need to pick up the Eddas and read them as I'd intended to years ago. And in reading the Eddas I fell in love with the lore and the gods. Loki called to me strongly and for quite a few weeks I felt a great deal of antagonism toward any other god/desses.

In a fit of desperation and depression, I cleared off a space for a makeshift altar. I placed a plate and a box on it. I had no candle at the time. I was a wreck. I put poppy seeds and a xanax on his plate, prayed and cried. And slept. I asked for signs and got them. I had a UPG that verified the mechanics of 'how the heck do they receive the offerings anyhow?'
I give Loki candy [lots and lots of candy] I don't have set days. I do it when the spirit moves me.
The house wight made his presence known so he got a tray too. And a box. After an amount of time has passed that 'feels right', I put the non-food offerings into their little personal curio boxes. Loki and the house wight love trinkets and curios.
I sometimes pour some tea for them and drink with them.
I only have one ritualistic phrase I use while I pour food or drink. I tear off part of the food and say,
"
It's not what you give,
It's what you share.
The gift without the giver
Is bare."

Then I share the food with Loki and the unnamed wight.

I still need to make a permanent altar for all of them, including some space for Odin since he seems to have been lingering a long time with me. [Being a pain in my ass]
I've been blogging my Heathen experience [most of it about Odin right now]. I'll throw up a link somewhere.

I've decided to continue my studies for 'a year and a day' before actually making an oath or devotion of any sort to any of them. I've made a couple small oaths which I've kept and find it to be a very solemn practice-not to be taken lightly.
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Re: Personal practice

Post by Dragonwings on Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:11 am

So I need to do more devotional things. But lately, when I get a nudge, I think I'm more aware of it. For example, I've been trying to write every day, whether it's poetry, or my thoughts, to the gods - so far just to Loki and Sigyn, but I think I may include others eventually. This helps me get through a lot to be honest. Also, I have altars up, and portable altars (okay just two portable altars but still).

I also got a nudge to get a devotional necklace to Sigyn, and so I've ordered a custom one. Looking forward to that. It was weird though getting that nudge. Hasn't been that obvious before. Though I think it may be that because I'm more in tune with things lately. At least I hope so.

It's a bit difficult for me to practice what I believe as I'm living with my parents at the moment - but that may change in the next year.
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Re: Personal practice

Post by  on Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:54 am

On Saturday,fragrant oil ,a red candle and beer (sometimes coffee or cola),candies or salty crackers.
On my birthday, August 2, i go on the hill,to Dia's grave ( Dia was my cat,died of food poisoning) and make a circle of small stones with a Kenaz rune in the middle and offer beer, a cigarette and meditate or simply cry.



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Post by Just.Christine on Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:15 am

It's really hard when we lose our companion pets. I've oddly never felt much grief over the death of a relative, but when my fur dies I fall to pieces. Crying or Very sad

So I can relate so much to that.
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Re: Personal practice

Post by njm on Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:19 pm

Like Poppy, I'm still pretty new to things and establishing a rhythm, but since August 2014, I have an altar set up in my library/music room with a picture, two candles and small offering bowl. I try to light the candles, hail Loki, and say a few words every night, and for special occasions, I also offer mead/port. For me special occasions are major pagan days or if something particular is happening with me personally. For example, I did him a special offering the day The Ragnarök Chronicles released.
I sometimes sing the hymn I wrote for him before bed at night and I wear my dagaz rune pendant pretty much all the time (save when I'm exercising, showering or sleeping).

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Re: Personal practice

Post by Solveig on Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:25 pm

I'm not the best devotee, I've never been able to hold myself to ritualised prayer and offerings. It's not out of pure laziness, I just don't get the kick in the face needed for me to do more than already.
Although, very saturday evening I pour a glass of the alcohol of choice (at the moment, it's absinth) and toast Him. That's the only ritual that I've been able to keep. That and the devotionnal snake tattoo I got done three years ago. Obviously something happened, because the amount of blood I lost that day was unreal (the tattooist's chair was caked in blood, and it's not my first tat...) Laughing

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Re: Personal practice

Post by Moon Rouge on Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:39 pm

Since I have the feeling I do not have to do it, I do daily offerings. It is not much, usually a cup of coffee I have when the day quiets down. Then I make 2 cups, one for each, and I light the candle. By midnight I pour His cup out. Some days I also give Him Fireball, candy, or whatever I may have. I don't like prayers but I say an improvised line or two when I lit the candle.
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Re: Personal practice

Post by journeyintoinsanity on Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:30 pm

My form of praying is just me talking to Him. Speaking to Him as if He were next to me. And in my normal, ordinary language. I don't do the formal stuff, as it's just not my style, and He knows that.
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Re: Personal practice

Post by Just.Christine on Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:43 pm

I'm with you on that one j.t.insanity.m(it's rose, right?) I don't like formal speech in my prayers. If I have the mind and mood, I break off part of the food offering and eat it, saying, "
It's not what you give it's what you share. The gift without the giver is bare."

That's as formal as I get. Especially considering the intimate nature of my relatiinship with Odin. I would feel a tad ridiculous offering up formal words in private worship.
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Post by journeyintoinsanity on Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:20 pm

Yep. I do whatever comes from my heart, and I mostly just wing it. I have a cider cracked open right now that I offered to share. If He wants it, it's His. If not, then I did offer. And it's pretty yummy. :;
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