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15 - Loki by KurohaneShizumi 15 - Loki by KurohaneShizumi
The sixteenth card in the major arcana is The Devil, no. 15.

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 :+fav: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.

~Shizu
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Student Artist
Loki was actually blond in the Norse mythology.
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I beg to differ as the mythos rarely went into such detail about any figure. In fact, in most of the depictions we see of him on historical objects at the time, he is blue-skinned with dark hair. Similarly, Odin should be quite young looking as he eats Idunn's golden apples, same as everyone else, yet I depicted him aged, because that is my interpretation of him; many parts of the Eddas describe him as disguising himself as an old man.

I have no qualms with you preferring a blond Loki, but please do not state it as fact.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Student Artist
But it IS a fact. The common depiction of him (especially in medieval times) described him as having light hair and red eyes, which is quite contradictory to his common modern depiction of him, where he is usually described as being ugly and dark haired. But he is most certainly not blue-skinned. That would be his daughter, Hel (although only half of her body was blue). In many scripts, poems, legends and myths (including the Snorra-Edda), Loki is in fact blond. The only red-haired æsir was Thor.
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.
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
In the Edda (Chapter 34), the most we get of Loki's appearance is when High says that he was "pleasing and handsome" in appearance. Hel is not described as having half blue skin, but rather half rotting flesh, even to the point of bone--though this detail is only in the Poetic Edda. In the Prose Edda, High only says her skin is half white, half black.

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.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Student Artist
Actually, Hel IS described having blue skin on half of her body, in some sources it is even described being very cold and lifeless. You may have misinterpreted some of the details. The details are not always meant in a literal sense. I speak old Norse to an extent (it kind of comes automatically, being Icelandic). And you must look for more sources than just the Eddas. Because there are plenty of medieval poems, manuscripts and legends in which Loki is blond. People generally viewed him as blond due to him being the god of fire, and associated blond hair with beauty and fire.
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.
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KikyouNez-sama Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, that for me, as a follower of him, you did a EXCELENT work.
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!!
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you enjoy!
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KikyouNez-sama Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
He is awesome!
You are awesome!
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JCourtenay Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of all the pictures of Loki I've seen, this one is my favourite!
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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Iglybo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Brilliant, Loki is looking suitably malicious ^^
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AwsomeScotie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well this is offensive
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry you feel that way; that was certainly not my intention. Might I inquire why or how it made you feel offense?
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AwsomeScotie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no sorry I forgot not every was in on that I'm not offended it was joke oh my god I'm sorry there's this cult that worships Loki and they get very mad that Christianity demonized him I'm not offended i'm sorry
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! XD;;;; I thought maybe it was because I had made Loki the devil. But in actuality, as I explain my artist comments, I don't view Loki as equivalent to the Christian devil but he is most suitable for this card as the devil in this set represents passion and inhibition which Loki does seem to personify quite well.
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pixiequeen28 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013

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.

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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
c:
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!!!
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ c:
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!!
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
This is wonderful! *admires*
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! c:
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
You're entirely welcome!
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Snigepippi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rather good choise.
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
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ My sentiments as well. c:
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AnimeGirlOfTheDark Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Is it wrong to be attracted to a card?
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LMFAO. It's okay. XDDD
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ X3
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Lokkabrenna Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
I dig it!
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XDD Thanks. c:

And thanks for all the :+fav:s~ D: <3
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uki-cookie-cake Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
I love you for making these. Norse mythology and tarot cards, two of my favorite things. Are you planning on making an entire deck of these (which would be beyond awsome and include alot more deities) or just the major arcana? :3 Either way, keep up the great work! :)
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much~

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
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uki-cookie-cake Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
oh I'lln definetly be sticking with you till the last. ;) They are truly awesome. Btw,on an unrelated note, are you interested in any other mythologies.? :3
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, though I have studied Roman/Greek mythology, it's not much my thing.

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?
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uki-cookie-cake Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
No not really, I'm curious about all mythologies out there, and slowly but surely I'm studying them one by one. :P Yes I like Japanese mythology too, though I'm still a beginner on that one, I know just some basic deities and myths. :)
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teenbeen42 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Awesome sauce. :P I totally get your explanation, and the art is, as always, divine XP. Looks like you really understood Loki's character, although you have a few innaccuracies in your myths again. Loki is actually the same age as Odin and Honir, and although we know next to nothing about his life before the Aesir, he definitely wasn't raised by Odin. In fact, if you look at a family tree, Loki might actually be older than Odin. Hard to tell with shape shifters. And in most of the versions I've read, the Aesir were all for cutting Loki's head off. Thor even went and caught him when he ran away, bringing him back to make it easier for Brokk to decapitate him. I think it was supposed to be another example of Loki's cunning, because the argument ended up being "you can have my head, but my neck is mine and you can't touch it. You also have to take my whole head, not just a part". You can kinda see from this story why Loki would be willing to betray the Aesir.
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, in all fairness, I shouldn't have said raised, but rather adopted; as it is my understanding that Loki was brought into the Æsir by Odin.

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
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teenbeen42 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
XD Adopted probably isn't it either... more abducted? Just kinda randomly declared "you is my brother now! Assist me!" XD GFD Odin.

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. :P 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?
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LAWL. Maybe I'll just say "adapted" then. p:

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
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teenbeen42 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
It kinda does... it's a bit funny really, in the beginning Loki used to go questing with Odin and Honir all the time and have amazing fun, but then he started hanging out with Thor and the younger generation. I wonder why? Maybe 'Dinny got too busy to chill.
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps! XDDD But age is a funny thing in Norse mythos. After all, Idunn keeps them all young with the fruit.

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...
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teenbeen42 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Indeed it is... and it's only harder that you remember that Odin and Loki can turn into birds and fish and stuff, I reckon they'd only get older if they actually wanted to. Otherwise they could just keep changing into younger versions of themselves.

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)!
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
True, true.

Haha, interesting! Very true too; certainly are the trio of idiots. XDDD
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KeikoTora Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
o my glob i love it oAo
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks~ XDD
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astimepasses Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
wow this card is perfect for his character.
I think I love you now for pointing out how Marvel is inaccurate
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!

XDDD I liked the movie, but a lot of things concerning Loki made me do a double take. XD;;;;
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astimepasses Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Its inspiring

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.
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I bought the DVD as soon as it came out and the deleted scenes was the first thing I checked out. XDDD
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