Originally posted on Sacred Iceland:
My friend Tanisha’s article about Loki
I resonated with her description of Loki as a god who cares for people who have been abused. I would extend that to encompass people who have been placed out the outskirts of society for any reason.
As of late I have been feeling more for the Norse god Loki.
Most people think Loki is someone who is not someone to be trusted, yet I have seen him a few times on the spirit realm. So why does he get such a bad rap?
Interestingly, people have mentioned about how the other gods went after his children, so were they provoking him to responding. The more I think about it, the more I understand his story.
How his story applies to modern life
As mentioned above, Loki is not one to be trusted, according to many asatruers. But is this not more relevant now a days as many government officials purposely lie to gain a response. So the fact that Loki is a trickster and I am aware of a lot of this tricking out of spirituality in new age philosophies when a lot of their own teachings are flawed.
Could it be people themselves being blind to what is going on. If your children were being hunted and provoked, you would feel a teeny bit peeved as well. The message for me with Loki is:
- To be aware of false teachings, which in turn hinder your own spiritual development. I feel an energy of being observant of what you are learning.
- Society as a whole is being corrupted and you never get the true stats and information from people in government or civil servant roles. If they do wrong, they get their jobs back again.
The Devil & Loki
People has said Loki is likened to the Devil and I see this card in tarot as the card which is about enjoying the sensations of life and feeling your truths. For me, Loki is about listening to your inner self and don’t get sucked into trickery by false gurus.
Interesting to see that the “Devil” has the horns which look like a Viking helmet. This chap is engaging in the pleasures of looking at a naked lady. I am feeling strongly the apples are the sweetness of this experience in life. We feel pleasure as much as pain and we are not to feel guilty about this as we are living in the physical realm which is required of us to live and engage in the world around us. In our society pleasure and gain seems to be forbidden. Could this be my message from Loki?
Another male god I resonate with is Odin.
When I am often on my travels, I often see a couple of generic blackbirds following me. As of late, I have not seen these birds around me, so I know Odin is not with me. I am more thinking that he is my personal rune teacher.
I never have resonated much with the pictures of him in this viking helmet and dressed for battle. Maybe as I am more a vanir in the nature loving? Skadi found me and as I am interested into natural health, it seems like sense to be with a Vanir goddess.
Interesting thoughts about some deities.
Originally posted on patter:
Last week I posted on the importance of thinking ahead of time about how your research participants might react to what you’ve written about them. While that’s a problem, it can be avoided. But you may find yourself in a sticky situation with participants, one that you can’t duck. That’s when what you want to say is going to be critical – less than flattering about your research participants or a sub-section of them, and/or the research site, and/or the things that go on and that you’ve witnessed. Even if you have maintained great working relationships with participants and shown them everything that you’ve written so far and talked to them about the emerging ideas you have, you may still find yourself in the situation at the end of your project where you want to say something that you just know they won’t like.
This can cause sleepless nights. They’ve let me in to look at what they are doing and now I’m going to say something critical… I can’t not say it, as this is what my research results say and I have to be true to the analysis … but how can I report this in a way that’s acceptable, even-handed and fair, and doesn’t cause them distress ….
Now I don’t have all of the answers to this, and I don’t think anyone does. But I’ve certainly seen and experienced the problem.
Originally posted on MSW Unplugged:
Experience has taught me of the fine line between many who talk about love and light, yet are quick to anger. Some people truly are about love, and they walk the walk. Others post about it a lot, or speak about it, but as soon as there is the slightest bump, they fall, hard. By no means am I saying that I have developed mastery over my emotions: I am the type to get stressed out over losing my sunglasses when they are on top of my head, only to realize I misplaced my phone while looking for my glasses. What concerns me are those who spew the love and light dogma and tell other people how they should be living their lives, when their own life is a mess.
As Bronte Baxter revealed on her blog, many of the love and light mindset act the way they do because they are not aware of the energies they have been duped in to inviting in to their lives: Blowing the Whistle on Enlightenment: Confessions of a New Age Heretic
Originally posted on MSW Unplugged:
The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it. – Mark Twain
After a decade of persistent inquiry in to the New Age movement, as well as active participation in it, I became disillusioned by a simple truth that should have been obvious, sooner: There is every bit of the drama and politics in a New Age church as there is in any other religious institution. After reflecting on the money trail and the manner in which so many New Age adherents are skilled with placing product commercials or endorsements in their every day conversation, I moved from disillusioned to downright suspicious: I could not see the value in it for me, nor most of the people I knew who were practicing it. A recent internet search confirmed my suspicions and provided me with a trove of information in regard to lies and conspiracies within TM and other New Age Philosophies that goes right to the top.
Having been raised in a rural area in Northern California that had nearly as many churches as people, I am no stranger to the experience of religion. I enjoyed many childhood summers, bouncing around vacation bible schools with several brands of Protestants. I was baptized twice. The first time I was 16 years old and the second time I was 20 years old. Taking the New Age path is regarded by many as simple evolution out here. I took that path and have since learned that it is not so innocent.
Originally posted on No Compulsory Vaccination:
Now let me get this straight…The UK Government spent more than $700 million purchasing and recommending Tamiflu to all of its citizens and now, they are complaining that the drug companies withheld information from them so they didn’t know about the safety or effectiveness of the drug prior to buying it. I don’t know about you, but if our governments spend our money on drugs and vaccines BEFORE knowing this information, they should be put in jail for stealing at the very least – gross negligence as well. This is why the AVN has been saying that governments need to do their own testing of all vaccines and drugs prior to licensure. It is the necessary due diligence and without that, we have a situation that we currently see where adverse reactions to drugs and vaccines is now close to the number one cause of death in just about every developed country in the world.
“Despite the UK government stockpiling £424 million ($694.3 million) worth of the antiviral medication Tamiflu, doctors and researchers are unable tp make informed decisions about its use because of a lack of public data on the drug’s safety and efficacy, according to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
“Committee member Richard Bacon, who is a member of parliament, told the BBC: “The full results of clinical trials are being routinely and legally withheld from doctors and researchers by the manufacturers of medicines.” On top of that, the committee had “extreme concern” that positive trial results were more likely to be published than negative ones, Bacon said.”