If you don’t like the European identity and the “cis-centric” ways of Asatruar, good. This means the religion truly isn’t yours to mess with.
Please, tell me more about the “‘cis-centric’ ways of Asatruar”
For those wondering what is going on in that picture, Thor got his hammer stolen and the ransom demanded was Freyja. Thor deliberately dressed up in her place as the bride (wasn’t it Loki’s idea? And oh my god LOKI, FUCKING LOKI), wearing her keys and her necklace (see the thing of stars?) and one bitching veil to conceal the beard. Then he went off to the bridal feast held by the jouten with Loki as a bridesmaid and giving excuses for why Freyja was acting so weird.
Long story short, they managed to bullshit for long enough for them to get the jouten to set the hammer in front of ‘Freyja’ as proof they had it. Then Thor grabbed it and went to town on the bridal feast.
I think the idea was originally Loki’s and then Freyja was like “HELL YES,” because she outright refused to go even as a trick. my favorite picture of this myth shows the part where Thor gets the hammer back and is smashing the shit out of everything— in the background, Loki is sitting on someone’s lap seductively, totally not paying attention.
there’s also another story where Loki spends time as a milkmaid, and I’m fairly certain that there’s discussion of Odin participating in a type of witchcraft that’s usually specific to women. there are probably more examples that I’m not remembering right now, but generally, gender and sex is really interesting in the myths, and imo even more interesting when it’s part of a modern-day practice.
side note, is that Loki in the background of this picture peeking out from the curtain and snickering?
I’m pretty sure it is! I was going to say that, but I wasn’t sure and I got derailed by the thought that in the versions of Loki I’ve seen outside comics, he was always tied to flame, that was his one consistency.
But yeah, Odin using magic specific to women, I’m pretty sure he gets mentioned doing that too.
From the Lokasenna, which I’m pretty sure translates to English as “Loki Displays His Superior Powers of Bitchcraft”:
23. “Though I gave to him who deserved not the gift,
To the baser, the battle’s prize;
Winters eight wast thou under the earth,
Milking the cows as a maid,
(Ay, and babes didst thou bear;
Unmanly thy soul must seem.)”
24. “They say that with spells in Samsey once
Like witches with charms didst thou work;
And in witch’s guise among men didst thou go;
Unmanly thy soul must seem.”
(This poem is kind of the Season 5 Finale of Buffy of Norse Myths, in that it’s not the end of the story, but there’s this massive climax that references a whoooole bunch of stuff that’s gone before, and it might not make a ton of sense if you don’t know all the context but is nonetheless fucking awesome.)
ETA: Regarding Loki’s association with flame, not always. He was a frost giant, after all. There’s this other giant called Logi, who was the anthropomorphic personification of fire, and he and Loki had an eating contest one time, which was staged by a third giant called Utgard-Loki. Sometimes these three are actually the same person. Because gods, I don’t know.