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[Today, we sit down for an interview with Nonir Amicitia. The founder of Wandering Jotun Crafts, they are currently at work on a devotional for Loki. Here, they discuss the devotional, their work with sigil charms, and their many upcoming projects.]
 
BookMusings: How would you describe your personal spiritual path?
 
Nonir Amicitia: Oh, a hard one right off the bat, haha. My spiritual path is very eclectic. I identify as a Heathen and a Lokean, but I've also recently been exploring pop culture paganism. I do a lot of metaphysical and spirit work, a little bit of chaos magic via sigil work, and some energy work here and there. Honestly, it sounds a lot more impressive and interesting than it is on a day-to-day basis! 
 
BookMusings: What initially drew you to Loki? And what do you wish people understood about Loki?
 
Nonir Amicitia: Loki originally kind of tapped me on the shoulder when I was in high school and my family was going through a rough patch. At first, all I heard were the Ragnarok myths and people talking about how Loki was evil or should be avoided at all costs. But he stayed at the edges of my life and was always there when I needed support. He helped me recognize my own sexuality and gender identity, helped me find my current Kindred, helped me find more confidence in my creative talents and pursuits. Eventually, I actually welcomed him into my practice and he's been here ever since. 
 
I wish people outside the Lokean community would realize that Loki isn't evil or chaotic just for the sake of stirring the pot. Loki represents radical change and hard truths, and those are uncomfortable and sometimes terrifying or dangerous -- but they're necessary to keep moving forward. Without the Trickster to shake things up now and then, the world (including us and the gods) stagnates and that is deadly. Loki can be harsh and surprising, but no more than any other of the Norse deities, and he can be wonderfully kind and supportive, too. He's an outcast and as such understands and welcomes most folks who don't fit society's mold: from my experience, a lot of Lokeans (myself included) tend to be queer, mentally ill, disabled, or any combination of those and/or other "othering" identities. It's an incredible thing to find a god who not only supports you, but understands the struggle that comes with being on the outside. 
 
BookMusings: You are currently taking pre-orders for On the Tightrope: A Loki Devotional. Firstly, why a devotional for Loki?
 
Nonir Amicitia: This project came from two main things: 1) I was writing devotional poetry for myself and decided I wanted to share it with other Lokeans, and 2) the few other Loki devotionals I've stumbled across were put together by folks who have some less than savory attitudes and beliefs and/or like to police the way other people worship and practice. I wanted to create something for Loki and his followers that wasn't connected to any "big name pagan" with those issues, or any larger organization. I wanted to write something that included pieces from a queer point of view, pieces from the point of view of a godspouse, and a more casual worshipper. I wanted to make something that showed the world the Loki that I see and interact with instead of the scapegoat Loki a lot of other pagans see. 
 
BookMusings: What will the anthology include?
 
Nonir Amicitia: On the Tightrope includes twelve written pieces, divided between general devotionals and consort devotionals. Each section has three poems, two prayers, and a prose piece -- all accompanied by incredible illustrations a good friend of mine created. It's a small book, but I hope the variety and the uniquness will make it worth a read! Some of my personal favorite pieces include a prayer to Loki as shapeshifter to help one feel comfortable in their own skin, and a poem that plays with different pronouns for Loki throughout it. 
 
BookMusings: What sort of research went into the collection? And were there any pieces that you wanted to include but could not?
 
Nonir Amicitia: Most of the collection is based on my own interactions with Loki -- and I have a very plain disclaimer at the beginning of the book saying as much. I don't want to mislead anyone or claim that my experiences are universal, but this book was very much a personal project that I hope other people will appreciate, too. So I guess you could say the "research" was over a decade of living with Loki, reading the lore, and interacting with other Lokeans. 
 
I actually wound up with more material for the book than I anticipated, which is always a nice surprise! I'm sure I'll continue writing devotional works for Loki, but for the time being, all my favorite pieces are included. 
 
BookMusings: Where and when will the book be available?
 
Nonir Amicitia: This is a tougher question than one would expect, unfortunately. I'm currently fighting with Createspace on formatting issues, but my goal is have it available by early August. To start with, it will be available on Amazon (I know, I know; I wish I could get away without listing it there, but ISBNs are expensive), and through my own website, where it's currently available for preorder. 
 
BookMusings: What resources would you recommend to those who are interested in paganism, but identify as outcasts, as people who don’t quite fit into traditional boxes?
 
Nonir Amicitia: Unfortunately, finding these resources can be pretty difficult. A lot of books and major blogs on paganism tend to have some unfortunate homophobic/transphobic/ablism/etc. issues, which can be pretty subtle. For example, focusing on "masculine" and "feminine" energies/magic is inherently problematic for folks like me who don't fit into the gender binary and really don't like imposing those qualities -- because life is far more intricate than that. But that's a rant for another day, sorry. 
 
I don't have many solid resources to recommend at the moment, because of these issues. I could be egotistical and say come to me at Wandering Jotun, because I'm designing it partially to help deal with this problem, but I don't want to set myself up as someone who can talk for everyone. I'm happy to discuss things and point folks to people I know, but that's about all I've got right now. I hope that's changing. 
 
BookMusings: How and why did you create Wandering Jotun Crafts?
 
Nonir Amicitia: Wandering Jotun Crafts started as a blog and a few sets of prayer beads I made for myself. People started saying I could sell those (I've sold one set as of yet, haha), so I decided to give it a shot. From there, I started realizing there was much more I could be doing -- a niche of people like me who weren't really being served by a lot of traditional pagan services: people who are caught between the "woo" and being super practical; queer pagans and pagans of color; disabled and mentally ill pagans; pop culture pagans. So I sort of sat down, tossed some ideas around with my friends and spirit companions, and decided to go for it -- first with an Etsy shop, now with my own website, and hopefully expanding even more in the near future. Wandering Jotun has only really been A Thing for a year or so now, but I'm hoping that I can help create more resources and support for, as I say, the outcasts. 
 
BookMusings: How do you create the sigil charms? And do you do custom charms?
 
Nonir Amicitia: Oh, my sigil charms are fun! I've been interested in sigil and bindrune work for a few years and have tested out a few different ways of creating them. For me, it tends to be more of an intuitive process, working with some of the shapes of words I want to include, some runes, and some light trance work, depending on what I want to accomplish and how much I already have in my mind. 
 
They originally started when I was in a really toxic work environment and needed something to get me through the day. I started doodling sigils for particular causes in a notebook. A few months ago, I realized my Cricut could engrave aluminum and decided to test it out on the sigils. So I digitized them (the original ones are very messy; I can't draw a straight line to save my life), popped them into the machine, and colored the result to make it stand out a bit more. Not be biased or anything, but I absolutely love them. 
 
And I do make custom charms! I'm actually working on a commissioned protection sigil tattoo right now. I charge $20 for the custom pieces, but I make sure the sigil is exactly what you want before engraving it, and include a digital copy for download. 
 
BookMusings: What other projects are you working on?
 
Nonir Amictia: So many things! I'm working on some nerdy charms (some of which tie into my own pop culture practice and some that are just for fun), fanfiction for my pop culture source (that's a trip, let me tell you), a fantasy romance novella, a primer to pop culture paganism, a collection of hopefully poetry that may or may not make its way into a music album, some new divination reading techniques, and I'm tossing around an idea for a zine of some nature specifically for trans and nonbinary folks. I'm not very good at working on only one thing at a time, haha.  
 
BookMusings: Which conventions, retreats, book fairs, or other events will you be attending in the foreseeable future?
 
Nonir Amicitia: The only thing I currently have for sure locked down is the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference in September, where I'll be teaching a workshop on fanfiction and one on writing characters that aren't cisgender. I'm hoping to get a table at Denver Pagan Pride and the Bizarre Bazaar on Small Business Saturday, but those haven't been confirmed yet. Other than that, if a certain trickster decides he wants more attention, I'll be holding a little release party for On the Tightrope ... sometime. I'll be sure to post details on the Wandering Jotun Tumblr or Facebook page, though, so if you're interested, make sure to give me a follow!
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May's Blossoming

How do I describe what I feel? Words cannot complete the thoughts that flow through my mind like sparks of fiery truth. My heart is full and the hidden chambers that hold my devotion are overflowing with the petals of my tears and joys. May has come and with it the promise of newly fertile ground and quickening. 

The Goddess speaks to me at every turn and I feel the caress of warming air flowing through my nostrils and lungs. Each morning is an offering to be alive and fully present. Each afternoon is a wish to be held in the warmth of my lover Sun's embrace. Each evening reminds me of the day's work and a gentle slumber as I drift off into the dreamscape. 

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Labrys and Horns: Minoan Devotionals

Devotionals are common practice for many Pagans: short prayers or meditations to help us connect with the gods. In my book Labrys and Horns: An Introduction to Modern Minoan Paganism I wrote devotionals for many of the gods and goddesses in the Minoan pantheon.

Now I've made a video with some of those devotionals, an easy way for you to listen and focus on some of the Minoan deities: Ariadne, Dionysus, Rhea, the Horned Ones, the Melissae, Ourania, and Posidaeja. Here you go:

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Devotional journey: Together with Djehuty

You, Djehuty - and only You - I think I know all Your holy names and hundreds of epithets, recognizing the hieroglyphic signs from the first glance sometimes,
but all these names are here just to bring more light to certain aspects of your wonderful Wholeness.

You can be so different. Sassy and sarcastic, demanding and cold, trickstery and full of ecstatic laughter, kind and full of compassion, your immense greatness reaches the far corners of the universe, when you calculate the orbits of most distant stars,
and still You are here for me - one who took my heart, who has my love and trust, who called me to stay in the Mansion of the Moon and bring all my sorrows before Your throne, so you could lift my burdens and wipe my tears.

You came to me - dark, sad, sorrowful and determined, and full of love - to give me Your hand, to give me strength, to lead me through the path of ordeals to the future You wanted for us, together.
You smiled upon me when I started to study my first hieroglyphic signs.
You smiled upon me when I touched the Legend of the Book of Thoth.
You answered my call when I wrote You the letter of devotion.
… and I knew that I don’t want to follow any other God or Goddess so deeply as I want to follow You.
I know others, I know Their love and greatness, but you are the Only-One, my First and Foremost; “Sole God, no one other is like You”…

And sometimes I say numerous praises for You and sometimes I want to learn the sacred  Silence,
to drink your sweet water from the well-in-the-desert.
You are the one-who-created himself; the Word that was “in the beginning”, the divine Logos, quintessence of omniscience of the Supreme God, Netjer/Netjeru: tongue of Ptah, heart of Ra, throat of Amun, heka of Atum.
Blessed under many names, guised as sage Trismegistus, connecting together Netjeru and Theoi as Divine Messenger, called Hermes; and known as Mercury for the romans; but ancient Kemet knows you as Thoth-Djehuty.
Lord of Medu-Netjer, Divine Language; lord of Hermopolis.
All Your holy names are not enough to explain and define You.
Djehuty “as You are”, and how can I say I know You?
But I can say indeed that You are the one I love,
and this love binds us together,
stronger than everything in existence.

May be Your name was the first Word I’ve heard when my soul was created for this life on this Earth, before hearing the voices of the world.

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Djehuty and Set devotional: calling for submissions

DJEHUTY AND SET: NEED YOUR SUBMISSIONS

Me (Intaier) and my friend Ash are putting a devotional together for Djehuty and Set, both separately and in their combined functions (Such as the Divine Avengers). We're welcoming all you verbose and talented types out there to write, draw or otherwise compose stuff for this (sure to be awesome) book.

Title: A Silver Sun and Inky Clouds : A Devotional Anthology for Djehuty and Set

Editor(s): A. D. Kent, T. Matveeva (an official editor from Neos Alexandria will be added for final work)

Publisher: Bibliotheca Alexandrina (our devotional will appear on the projects page as soon as we have enough material to assemble a rough draft, so get to working!) You can see their catalog of work on Lulu and Amazon.

Djehuty (Greek: Thoth), our beloved ibis-headed Lord of Wisdom and bridegroom of Ma'at, and Set (Greek: Seth), everyone's favorite long-snouted Byronic champion of truth, are the subject of this devotional.
You the contributor are encouraged to focus on:
Djehuty's role in the Hermopolis cycle of myths;
Djehuty's many forms and epithets;
Djehuty's interaction with his consorts Nehemtawy (Horit), Sheshat and Ma'at;
Djehuty's place as the originator of Hermetic thought;
Djehuty and Set's syncretic acts in which one becomes the other;
Djehuty and Set's team activities, in which they function as a team- as with the Divine Avengers, or as the keepers of the divine Laboratory;
Djehuty and Set's roles together in the Contendings (and other myths of the Osirian cycle);
Djehuty and Set's roles together in the Pyramid texts;
Set's roles in the Heliopolis cycle of myths;
Set's many forms and epithets;
Set's interactions with his consorts, spouses (his wife in her many forms) and lovers;
Set's interaction with his children.
Set's place in early Coptic Gnostic Mysticism as a vehicle for salvation from evil;
And any lovely devotional gushiness about these two fine Lords you might feel inspired to make.
We are seeking:
• poetry
• rituals (either devotional or magical)
• prayers
• devotions
• essays
• academic or scholarly articles (with endnotes and bibliography)
• songs
• oracular pieces
• modern myths (5,000 word limit)
• artwork (300dpi; black and white only)
• translations of ancient works (must have permission of the copyright owner or translator if not translated directly from the original language- hieroglyphs, what have you)

You can begin sending your submissions officially since March 1 2016 (but if you have some things ready, you can send right now!)

Deadline for Rough Draft: August 1, 2016

Submission Form: Word document or odt file pasted within the body of an email or as an email attachment. PNGs for pictures, please.
Please put THE DIVINE AVENGERS on the title section of your email, so we know that you aren't just sending us love letters.

Rights: Worldwide, non-exclusive for print book and e-book formats (contributors retain all rights to their work except to retroactively remove their work from the finished product, we will not issue recalls for already sold material);

Contributors: You're not getting paid with money. If you're a contributor whose work is selected, you'll get a PDF copy of the book for personal use and a coupon code to purchase the book at a discount. A permission form will be sent out to all selected submitters once the book is ready for initial assembly.
Email: inity.tm@gmail.com (Intaier), marduksdragon@hotmail.com (Ash)

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Soul, ignited with your light

The last year was very happy one for me, and full of wonderful travels, meetings with new friends, and blessings were poured like rain.
I really hope that the coming year will be also fulfilling and peaceful; and "let the God/s you honor, will send you everything you wish for, and gives their blessings to your friends, families, children and neighbors"...
For my first post in 2016, I want to share some of my devotional poetry again - written in honor of Thoth-Hermes-Djehuty.

I have my soul
ignited with your light…

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when I whisper the words of love
I feel your wings
around, protecting me;
when I speak your praises -
it’s the only reason to know how to speak,
when I live for you -
it’s the only reason to remember again,
how to breathe…

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The Divine Flows Through Me

My Gods and Goddesses flow through me
Strong and powerful rising up in me
I offer my devotion and my love.

My mind is open to receive
The wisdom and guidance of Divine grace.

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