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My 2 Weddings, part 1: Loki

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On April 28, 2014, I was reading reading a novel in bed. My eyes closed and my Kindle slipped from my hand onto the pillow. Instead of drifting off to sleep, I drifted into hypnogogia, that dreamy state in which I am awake and aware but can't move and can see images as if I were dreaming.

Loki appeared, and I expressed anxiety that he and the other gods would stop talking to me when I was done writing the book they were inspiring me to write.

I saw a gold ring floating in the air, glowing with its own inner light.

I wanted to accept it, but I was afraid. I had been a sworn priestess of Freya for 25 years, and I didn't want to mess that up. I was not sure what sort of marriage terms were being offered. I talked about what I wanted and what I feared and who I am. I'm summarizing both what I said and what he said here, and what I was thinking inside, because the full transcript would be long and boringly repetitious. As I spoke, I used butterfly imagery, unaware at the time that butterflies are a symbol of Sigyn. It took a long time to talk out what I needed and expected. At one point, the ring faded from my sight, and I got mad instead of afraid.

I asked, "Can't I be the strong woman Freya made me and still be yours?"

The ring popped back into existence in my mind's eye.

I asserted that if I accept, I am still in charge of my body. He agreed, and the glowing ring of gold slid onto my left hand where a wedding ring goes.

He said, "There. Now shut up and write your novel." 

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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