With Regards To Sebastian Lokason

I have known Seb for a very long time. How long? SO LONG. Back in the days of Dreamwidth, when he was first getting Elf’d and I was dealing with having astral kids. So yeah, I’ve known him for a bit.

In the time that I’ve known him, I’ve been lucky enough to see him grow into the amazing, give-no-fucks, elf-cock loving gentleman that you all know today. Recently, he’s been under attack; a smear campaign started by ex-roommates of his who are, apparently, trying to bring him down.

I have a couple of things to say about this.

First, with regards to them spreading his personal gnosis and shitting all over it in public. Dick. Move. When someone shares personal gnosis with you, it’s usually done with an understanding that they are TRUSTING YOU with something sacred to them. As someone who has had their personal gnosis mocked by people they trusted, it’s not fun, and it’s not funny. It’s heartbreaking when people you trust throw that trust back in your face. When you make a mockery of someone’s gnosis, you are doing a disservice to their gods and to yours. If you’re willing to mock someone else’s sacred spirituality, what does that say about your own practice? That doesn’t mean you have to agree, but at least treat the other person and their gnosis with respect.

Second, with regards to them purposefully misgendering Seb. Absolutely unacceptable. I don’t care who you are, but if you intentionally misgender someone, you are being transphobic. That’s not okay. In fact, the people involved could be charged with a hate crime. At the very least, this is a bias incident. Overall, not awesome.

Finally, Seb is a businessman. He promotes his business. If you do not like this, then please feel free to unfollow his blog. He needs to be able to make a living, and the fact that he is able to do so with his online store is AMAZING! I am kinda jealous- who wouldn’t want to be making enough to support themselves while being their own boss? I own some perfume and some jewelry made by him, and he does stellar work. A+ would totally recommend him. Hell, I plan on commissioning him for work in the future.

In conclusion, Seb is an amazing person and a good friend, and if you are thinking of throwing hate at him, please take a look at yourself and how your actions reflect both on you and on your gods.

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A Quick Update

Hello to all of my followers! I know a lot of you ended up here because the ever-amazing Sebastian Lokason pointed you in my direction. I apologize for the lack of posts as of late, but I’ve been dealing with the stress of a very large move (from Massachusetts to Florida) and it’s been eating up all my spoons.

In the future, I plan on having MORE POSTS about the Ljoss. I also intend to start talking about my experiences working with entities from pop culture sources, and how you too might be able to get your pop culture groove on. Lastly, I intend to do a Thirty Days of Ran, likely in October and November once I’m a bit more settled.

Stay tuned for plenty of awesomeness!

Hail To The Queen: Blessings for the New Queen of Summer Court

Hail to the Queen of Summer!
Hail to the Lady of the South!
Hail to the Bringer of Storms!
Hail to the White Stag!
Hail to the Red Rose of Ljossalfheim!
Hail to You, Daughter of Ran, who walks in Her Mother’s tread!
Hail to You, Beloved of Loki, who finds comfort in His arms!
Hail to You, who kneels before the Otter, Her Dignity and Pride whole!
Hail to You, who keeps the Flame and the Wolves, Her Passion and Her Love unbridled!

You are thunder and lightning and awe!
You are beauty and warmth and light!

May Your enemies tremble before You!
May Your allies find inspiration in You!

May Your Justice be swift!
May Your Kindness be unmatched!

Hail to Queen Syrahnaia of Ljossalfheim, Queen of Summer!

Sumer Is Icumen In: A Primer On Summer Court Festivals

Things are seriously gearing up for Summer Court this week, with Summer Solstice coming up. Typically, the Solstice itself is a fairly demure affair, with the Royals of Spring handing over control to the Royals of Summer and the nobles having a huge party over at Summerhall (the seat of Summer Court’s power). This year, however, is a little different.

The King of Summer, Ravadis, has taken a new Queen, a Vanic lady named Syrahnaia. She will be crowned this Solstice in the capital- the first coronation of a Royal in over four hundred years. It’s a pretty big event, with at least one or two diplomats (Loki for sure, and likely also someone from Vanaheim) acting as representatives of their realms for this.

If you want any hope of getting to see the coronation, you’ll need to make arrangements through Frey, and fast. The after party is a private affair, consisting of nobles, diplomats, and ambassadors from other realms, and lots of ritual and non-ritual sex. Summer Court tends to deal the most with outlanders, of the four Courts.

After the coronation and party, the Summer Processional begins. The Royals of Summer will travel seasonally through the four realms (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) before taking up residence in the Royal Palace in the capital. Several stops will be made along the way at the homes of various nobles, as well as the other Royal families. The processional takes about ten days to go through the realm, and if you know someone, you might be able to get in on one of the parties.

Then comes the big draw of Summer Court: The Grand Tourney.

The Grand Tourney is a two-week long festival of pure awesome. If you have ever been to a Renaissance Faire and loved it, then you will definitely enjoy this. It opens with a ceremonial joust between the Prince of Winter and the King of Summer, with the Prince unseating the King, marking the turning of the year. The blooded favors of Summer are gifted to the Princess of Winter, while the Prince of Winter gifts his favor to the Queen of Summer.

There are merchants from across Ljossalfheim and other places (usually Vanaheim and Asgard, though other vendors have been authorized in the past) selling their wares. There are food stands galore. There are bards and scribes and people of all sorts showing off their skills. There are contests of every kind, though the ones with the biggest draws are the cooking competitions and the martial tournaments. There are the lists (traditional jousts) that are Highly Anticipated, as well as melees and other events, including horse races and dragon fighting. It’s all a grand spectacle, and it is open to the public.

Nobles and knights and all manner of folk use this time to curry favor with the King and Queen, usually through entering the competitions, though they may also enter to pass favors over to their own lieges. The Grand Tourney is one of the most politically charged times of the year in Ljossalfheim, with every favor passed adding a new tally to the score of one of the four Courts.

After the Grand Tourney, the next major festival is at the cross-quarter (Lammas if you’re looking at the Wheel of the Year), which happens to be the Rite of the Kings.

The Rite of the Kings involves the King of Summer and the Princes of the other three courts being slowly roasted alive over the first sheaves of the harvest while the people sing and dance and drum around them. Yeah, pretty morbid. Their pain feeds the land, giving it strength and renewing the oaths given in millenia past. The Queen and Princesses tend to the King and Princes, and once they are released from the fires there is ritual sex and they are tended to.

When the Autumnal Equinox occurs, the King and Queen of Summer leave the Royal Palace and head to Autumnsgate to pass the crown to the Prince and Princess of Autumn.

The dates of the events are as follows:

Summer Solstice: June 21st
Summer Processional: June 22nd – July 1st
Grand Tourney: July 2nd – July 17th (extended for the Queen’s Birthday)
Rite of the Kings: August 1st
Autumnal Equinox: September 23rd

Ljossalfheim: A Brief Primer

This will likely be the first in a series of discussions on Ljossalfheim, the Ljossalfar, and their practices and politics.

The Ljossalfar (known in their own tongue as the Leifallen (lay-FALL-ehn), or “Bright Green Ones”) were Vanir (or Eshnahai) who split following the First Vanic Civil War. From the people I’ve spoken with who were from that time, they felt that the land had been tainted or poisoned by the actions of others, and that the natural beauty of the land and the people was fading because of it. They struck out on their own, and built their own kingdom to the southwest of Vanaheim, which outsiders know as Ljossalfheim.

Much of Ljossalfar society was built upon the bones of the Vanic Civil War. To return to the natural rhythm of things, they stripped themselves away from the animal tribes of the Vanir and instated the Seasonal Courts. All Ljossalfar belong to one of these four courts, which are kingdoms within themselves. This too came directly from the Vanic Civil War- to prevent another coup that would destroy the royal family, there are instead four royal families that rule in their particular season. The current seasonal rulers are styled as King and Queen, while the others are styled as Prince and Princess. As of the time of this writing, the current King and Queen of Ljossalfheim are the King and Queen of Winter. When Spring comes, they will step down, and the Prince and Princess of Spring will step up to rule.

Another interesting facet of Ljossalfar society is the Grand Game. Ljossalfar society reads as very medieval/feudal in structure, based around an ideology of “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Intricate Wyrd-laced politics are part and parcel of this. I will probably need a whole separate post to discuss the Grand Game, but suffice to say it is very similar to the things you see in Game of Thrones.

The weather in Ljossalfheim depends on which Court you are visiting, and which Court is currently ruling. Each Seasonal Court typically has idealized weather for that particular season, with it being warmer or cooler than average depending on the ruling Court. The weather is controlled by magic, and glamour is a huge part of what makes Ljossalfheim what it is.

The religious calendar is very similar to the Vanic calendar- eight major holidays on the solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarters- with other festivities and observances in between.