Here’s a Lokisday ritual that you can use with attribution, or adapt to suit your own needs.
Loki Skywalker, Beloved of Sigyn, Brother of Odin, Mother of Sleipnir, Father, Husband, Friend, Come to us today as teacher, Gift-giver, our Honored Guest, Come, Silvertongue, and tell us the truths we need.
Shapeshifter, teach us how to change ourselves, to be more than we think we should be. Let us peer behind our masks, and know our true selves, and accept them, As we accept You at our table.
In the spirit of Gebo, we offer you a gift for Your gifts, of cakes and mead.
Hail Loki! Hail to our ancestors, may they bless this work!
Today’s ritual is being held outside the usual working space, and that is on purpose, because Loki is a God who will take you outside of your comfort zone to show you what you are truly capable of doing. Our table is set with craft supplies, food, and mead. There are good reasons for both.
First,the craft supplies. Loki is a trickster God, a shapeshifter, and one of the lessons He teaches us is that everyone has a mask that they present to the world, and that it changes with the audience that’s watching us. We change our body language, our clothes, and our words, depending on who’s listening. Similarly, Loki comes to us in different forms and appearances, depending on what we need to see from Him.
Today we are going to make masks, and as you decorate your mask, think about who you really are, and how and what parts of yourself you give others, and which pieces of yourself you hold back. Why do you keep these to yourself? Is there something about them that you would remove or change if you could? Take these things, and write them down. You can write them inside the mask or attach it with yarn, but you don’t have to share them with anyone else. Offer them to Loki by placing them on His altar, or burning them, and ask Him to remove or transform them.
That’s the work. Now the fun part. In ancient times, Loki was a God of the hearth fire, which was the center of family life. We know this because of theSnaptun Stone, which is a hearthstone with His image (His lips are sewn shut) on it.
Slow food is a trend today, but for our ancestors, slow food was the only option, and the hearth was neccesary for food and lighting. Because He has always enjoyed sharing everyday life with us, we are offering Him some of our food and wine. So we’re going to toast Him and our ancestors today, and talk to Loki about change.
(Note to readers, if you are curious about some of the folk customs surrounding Loki, there is an excellent page at Temple of the Flea, where Salena talks about the Snaptun Stone and other folklore surrounding Him.)
My Loki plaque came! It’s from Sacred Source. What doesn’t show in the pic is that it’s nice and heavy. There’s a bracket in back so that you can mount it on the wall. It’s also shaped like a hearth stone, but it’s not a complete replica of the Snaptun Stone.
I personally find it hard to believe that a Christian would have such symbolism in their home, where in some places anything of the like could get you killed. If a pagan did and the God was treated with outright fear, again I find it problematic why they would have this stone present at such a crucial area of the home, as we clearly have Loki depicted in connection with the center of the home. But beyond this mere archaeological remnant, there are other folk customs that connect Loki with the hearth fire. In Norway there’s a custom of feeding leftovers into the hearth/kitchen fire. In Norwegian folk belief, just as Thunder is associated with Thor, the crackling in the hearth fire is associated with Loki. While the Snaptun Stone is undoubtedly recognized as a hearthstone–and the most artistic example found to date– some also theorize that it may also be a connection with smithing activities, thus connecting Loki as the flames used in the creation of materials made by jewelry or black smiths. If true, then this only reinforces Loki as a central force of not only the hearth and home, but as a central force omnipresent in everyone’s lives.
The pagan shop, Sacred Source, is selling plaques featuring Loki’s image from the Snaptun Stone. If you’re like me and very little of the statuary that’s supposed to be Him resonates with you, this is pretty nifty. I’d like a hearthstone reproduction even better, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.