This is Loki. He hangs on my bag … which is also why he’s sort of beat up (sorry, little dude).
I’m not a pop culture pagan (although, I love ya’ll). MCU Loki and Thor are not who I see when I visualize my gods.
But you know what?
Seeing my key chain reminds me to pray. It reminds me to commune. It reminds me that my god is near.
With every new MCU movie involving the Norse pantheon there is this … amazing rile up. People just about go to war– getting mad because people found the pantheon through the movie; getting upset because they’re commingling MCU imagery and characterization with historical lore; etc.
It’s okay for people to learn, you know. It’s okay for pop culture to lead people to a spiritual path.
When I was in my early studies over 20 years ago, you know what brought people into the New Age section of the book store and libraries? Hocus Pocus, The Craft, and Charmed. Then came the Buffy the Vampire Slayer witches because Willow. I even knew some people who started studying the occult because of Bride of Chucky.
Pop culture is exposure. People want to learn more about what they’ve been exposed to. They want to find out what’s real out there, and reach out to touch some things.
A lot of the same people get bored and move on with their lives, never picking up another occult/New Age book, doing another ritual, or saying another prayer.
Others however, stay. And they learn deeply and worship heartily. They become steady members of the pagan communities. Some of those folks are even embarrassed to admit that a movie brought them to their lifelong religion.
All of that was to say, relax. Try not to completely obliterate the new people who will ultimately flock in. Let them do a little window shopping. If they want to learn, they will pick up the resources, and if they just want to come and play, then shoo them away from you, and let them know that you are not willing to take your personal practices and play with them.
But don’t work yourself up into a lather because you’ll never get from underneath the inevitable continuation of pop culture exposure.
I’m not saying this so much for them as I am for you. Be good to yourself.
He is literally an author that give Tumblr diversity in popular books and yet it go mostly ignored. He has featured:
-Gender fluid characters
-Characters with disabilities (mental and physical)
-Children from abusive homes
-Characters with PTSD
-Characters with depression
-Representation of different cultures and religions
-Talks about racism
-Talks about the horrible nature of parents kicking out their non-hetero-normative children
-Talks about abusive parents in general
-Talks about the importance of religion to someone’s beliefs
-Talks about how family is important
-Talks about how you are not your family
-Talks about how you can make your own family from the friends that support you
That is probably not every single one but thost are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Rick Riordan makes these concepts important in his books and honestly makes the more complicated ones easy to understand. I know some may consider his books a bit more childish but it’s important to show young readers the different types of people in the world. It’s important to show them that heroes can come in every type of person.