I ultimately chose Loki to represent The Devil.
I would like to make it clear, though, that Loki is NOT an wholly evil being in the mythos. Rather, he is a trickster and mischief-maker. As such, it may seem odd that I chose Loki. I'd like to clarify that in the Tarot, The Devil represents a person bound to an idea or belief which prevents them from growing or being healthy―Loki's mischief fits this well. Or, more literally, his part in Baldur's death leads to him being bonded to a rock under a serpent that consistently drips venom (if it wasn't for his devoted wife, Sigyn, he would've been dead well before Ragnaök).
Loki is actually a Jotunn who was raised by Odin as an Æsir. Laufey is his mother and Farbauti is his father. (I find it quite hilarious that Marvel made Laufey male. XDDD) Because of this unusual heritage, I wanted to give him some distinctive quality so I gave him bright red hair. (Contrary to Marvel, again, Jotunn are NOT "frost giants" but giants in general―mountain, forest... anytime of nature-related giant.)
Loki is quite possibly the single most interesting character of all of Norse mythos. He is a shape-shifter (which is why he is often viewed as an Æsir or an Æsir with Jotunn characteristics). He is the father (or mother) of many of the key figures in the mythos as well: Sleipnir (he was the mother) by the stallion Svadilfari; Hel, Fenrir, and Jormungandur by the Jotunn Angrboda; and Nari (and/or Narfi) by Sigyn.
I have mentioned many stories including Loki in my previous cards, but I wanted to explain why I have drawn him with his mouth sewn shut... This follows the events I described in Sif's card.
After Loki presents the Sons of Ivaldi's wares, another dwarf, Brokk, happens to chime in that his brother could make even more wonderful items than the Ivaldi brothers. Loki bets his head that they could never and so a bet ensues.
Brokk and his brother, Sindri, set about making three items and though Loki attempts to thwart their progress, they produce Golden Bristles (a boar that is presented to Frey), Draupnir (a ring that produces nine duplicates of itself every ninth night; presented to Odin) and Mjolnir, Thor's most famous hammer.
The three are presented to the Æsir, and all are in agreement that Brokk and Sindri have won the bet. Though Loki was to lose his head, the Æsir ultimately think it is a bit harsh and allow Brokk to sew Loki's lips shut instead. And the Æsir all laugh and think this is grand because Loki is often called silver tongue he talks so much! XDDD
The card itself is made of ash wood. The darker ash for the main body of the card is an overlaid stain. The character is painted on parchment. Everything was done in PS. (Check my s for the resources.)
For more cards in this set, check this gallery.
The next card will be released... IDK. XDDD Depends how Thanksgiving goes! I'll have a journal update.
I have no qualms with you preferring a blond Loki, but please do not state it as fact.
However, you are right about Odin. He was in fact quite young due to consuming Iðunn's apples. That was his true form. But he only disguised himself as an old man while travelling.
I don't speak or understand Old Norse, or any other Scandinavian language, but perhaps there was a mistranslation occurring here. I have poured over multiple translations of the Edda for research, and there are very few concrete descriptions of any of the figures in the mythos.
If you would like to continue to believe that Loki is, without a doubt, Blond, that is your right. But I still beg to differ based on my research. If you would like to refer me to a specific source, please do so.
So I'm not stating that Loki is blond based on a belief, but fact.
And if I could give you links to my sources, I would. But unfortunately my sources come from museums and books.
In fact, he show the human nature and ambiguity in desire and wishes.
That is the most remarcable quality he have.
Than you for this, and I really loved it.
Red hair is always my choice <3
And the touch of the lips... damn! awesome. Telling the truth despite being a trickster, allways have consequences (and show to all ow dumb they are too).
Thanks again, and AWESOME WORK!!
The Aesir found that funny; I don't.
This is an excellent picture. Even with his mouth stitched, he's up to something. You can see it in his eyes. He's just ITCHING to undo the sewing and go after those that did him harm.
Out of the entire pantheon of Norse gods, he was always my favorite.
I'd also say he reprecents change. It's often him or his actions that initiates the storys. And even if the gods gets angry, they gain something afterwards. They got Mjølnir, ehr Loki cut off the hair of Sif. They got a Wall and Sleipner when Loki talked them into using a jotun builder. They got Skadi when after all tha mess with Idun's apples.... and so on
I love the painting
Right now, I'm definitely planning on completely a major arcana deck. I'm still not too sure if I'll make the minor arcana or, if I do, if I'll sell them separately or together.
Thank you for the watch~ If you stick with me until the last card, I should be posting a poll in which I'll get a second opinion. XDDD
I do, however, have an interest in Japanese mythology, as an Asian Studies major with a concentration in Japan. XD;;;
Was there a particular one you were curious about?
I basically just dumbed down that part because I already wrote so much and it's quite a complicated situation. XD;;;; I didn't mean to make light of the Æsir's feelings, though. Woops. D:
I simply hope that the little snippet of mythos I give will encourage others to look up the extensive version or at least Wikipedia it. XDDD
And kk... It just kind of bugs me when people get the little small details wrong, because those are the ones that everyone passes on. And I swear, if I have to tell people Loki isn't Thor's brother one more time... I am gonna eat a muffin. A delicious muffin. Want one?
XDDD Yeah, I know how you feel. Though, I do think of Thor and Loki as brothers, but in the way that two best friends might call each other brothers. If that makes sense. XDDD
Additionally, I really like Hœnir, and wanted to include him in the set, but I couldn't think of a suitable card for him... ): Maybe I'll stick him on a face card if I do the minor arcana...
Honir is great... ^^ sort of the sane one when Loki and Odin go questing. You can see him in the background in this pic [link]
That's kind of what he does, really. He's the background guy. Check out the rest of her gallery if you haven't already (and aren't mortally afraid of slash)!
I think I love you now for pointing out how Marvel is inaccurate
XDDD I liked the movie, but a lot of things concerning Loki made me do a double take. XD;;;;
Oh you should look at the deleted scenes. They have an excellent one between the brothers. Yeah marvel has things waaay off. I mean fire is the total opposite of ice for one.