Started for my own reference, this is a collection of blogs and websites I’ve found particularly useful, have read multiple times, and have frequently pointed other people to as good basic reading if their interests lie in these areas:
On Rokkatru/Jotnar and Northern Tradition
- Shadowlight: The Rokkr
- Northern Tradition: What is Rokkatru?
- Jotunar, Etins, Rises, Thurses – Heathen Vaettir – has some fantastic analysis by Diana Paxson
- Northern Shamanism
- Lokaheim: An Online Shrine to Flame-Hair. In particular, reading Loki’s Lesson is, in my opinion, a must, because it explains a crucial part of what working with Him is like.
- Shrine for Loki – Del Tashlin’s essays on the Writings page are a good place to start
- Grumpy Lokean Elder – check the tag cloud for specific topics; he answer questions about a range of heathen-related topics, not just Loki.
- Shawn Christopher Krause-Loner’s paper Scar-lip, Sky-walker, and Mischief-Monger: The Norse God Loki as Trickster which I think should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand Loki’s role in mythology, as well as get some understanding of one of the aspects of Himself (via this About.com page which is otherwise not that good, in my biased opinion)
- The Rise of Loki?: It might be more complicated than you think – interesting analysis; check her “lokean” tag for additional posts
- The Demonization of Loki: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Twilight and Fire – written by a Lokean godspouse; also has thoughtful articles on other aspects of paganism
- Temple of the Flea – the author of this site is also a devotee of Heimdallr
- A really interesting essay on being and not being a Loki’s man, and what it means to be a “Lokian mystic.”
- Sex, Gods, and Rock Stars – Del Tashlin’s blog. He writes about things other than Loki, too.
- Gangleri’s Grove – written by a devotee of Odin, Loki, and Sigyn. She got the “July for Loki” project started in 2012.
- This one is a print book: Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World. A comparative analysis of several Trickster figures. Not a huge amount on Loki specifically, but really good for understanding more about what it means for a mythical/folkloric figure to be a Trickster. I have found this useful in understanding some of the ways Loki teaches lessons, as well as His roles in the surviving myths.
- Lokavinr – written from a mostly scholarly, reconstructionist viewpoint. Also some more general heathen resources.
On communication & relationships with deities
Most of the godspouse-type links are on their own page now, but some seem like good reading for everyone, so are in both places.
- Lagutyr – written by a dedicant of Forseti
- How do we know when the gods are really talking to us?
- Communicating With the Gods II – Presence
- About interacting with different “levels” of deities (the difference between a more “human” aspect and a “higher” aspect of a god/dess)
- It doesn’t have to all look the same, and that’s okay! – written from the perspective of a godspouse, but good reading for anyone having any kind of more personal relationship with a deity/spirit
- Discernment and Discernment for Godspouses – good reading for everyone, not just godspouses.
- Discernment; You, the Gods, and What Lies Between – a long but excellent article on the various ways the author has experienced deities communicating with her. Gets into theory in-depth in a way I have seen few places.
- A companion piece to the above: Listening to the gods using stream of conscious
- Hearing the Gods – it isn’t always “hearing” (in fact a lot of it might not be), and that’s normal and okay.
- Mending the Cup: the Work of a Human-Deity Relationship – written by a godspouse, but I think there are common factors in all kinds of relationships, like, what to do when things go wrong?
- Varying Deity Relationships
- Personal Relationships with Spirit
- How I try to approach discernment (yes that’s me my secret is out)
- Pagan 101 on discernment, with more links
- On finding deities, and communicating with them, with Yet More Links
- How to think through communications and work out if the meaning you -think- is there really is. (Written about communicating with other human beings, but the points about how we “make meaning,” and might be wrong in our interpretation, are relevant to understanding messages from spirits.)
- Some of my own thoughts/experiences on figuring out what messages mean
- John Michael Greer – “A Magical Education”
- Satsekhem’s Guides and 101s – lots of goodies here – the “Fallow Times” and “Offerings” pieces in particular