We had, up until today, a large orange bell pepper growing on our little pepper plant in the front yard, just waiting to be picked and enjoyed. But then Jo got home from work and said, “Please tell me you harvested the pepper.” Of course, I hadn’t, and of course, it was gone. My initial impulse was to hope that whoever had stolen it choked on it. (Yes, I am a rather harsh lady sometimes, although it generally doesn’t show either online or in my in-person interactions.) And then it hit me. I had postponed Loki’s offerings for Lokabrenna Day from Tuesday; maybe He was getting impatient and decided to take His own offering. (Because, He will totally do that, as I’m sure many of you are aware.)
So tonight Loki got the Swedish fish and canned margarita I had bought for Him (which were, believe it or not, actually the offerings He requested). Afterwards, Odin made a point of thanking me for making His brother welcome in our home and in my heart, and I was taken aback for a moment because, well, isn’t it obvious that I would? But I do know better. I have been at Heathen gatherings where people spat every time His name was mentioned, where an Odin’s gothi downplayed the presence of an Odin ve (set up by me) on the campsite simply because it was right next down to a Loki ve set up by a friend. It should be taken for granted, perhaps, that someone so important to Odin would be welcomed by all those who love Him, but alas, that is not the case.
And so today I give thanks to Loki for Himself and for all the things He has done for and meant to my Husband, as well as for all He has done for and meant to me, including some of the people He has brought into my life, the pair of cats He gave us years ago who rapidly spawned a whole army of cats, and the spirit horse/seidhr crown gifted to me by one of His women. (The spirit horse who resides in the crown has quickly become a treasured Ally for me—even though He will still not allow me to take a photograph for your viewing pleasure; He is young and fiesty, but a little camera shy.)