A Month of Remembrance

I maintain my ancestor shrine but also a large shrine to the military dead. Honoring them is a core part of my practice. With November right around the corner, things get rather intense for me: this month is right smack in the middle of two powerful holy tides: Winternights (all about the ancestors) and Yule (which is very Odinic), it’s a month I strongly associate with Odin, Veterans Day falls the second weekend, and my late father — also a Veteran of two wars with forty plus years of military service–has a birthday Nov. 1. It tends to be an extremely intense month. I often feel that intensity beginning to build in October and right on cue, I got thrown deeply into ancestor practice with the military dead this past weekend.

This is a powerful time of remembrance. This year, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of WWI, a war that I think is too often forgotten about in light of the horrors of WWII, a war that devastated an entire generation. I believe it is our duty to remember, as it was theirs to fight and often die. This isn’t about whether or not we agree with the reasons a war was fought, it’s about honoring the men and women who suffered and sacrificed, in terror and blood, piss and shit and all the awful, unspeakable experiences of war, who came home never quite the same again, or who didn’t come home at all.

I”ll be doing that throughout the month of november here on my blog. Every day I will be posting something in remembrance. Because I’m living in the US, it may seem that my focus is on American Veterans and military dead but that is not only the case. I honor the military dead, period. I encourage readers to send me their tributes to their own military dead. I’ll happily share them here.

In the meantime,

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About ganglerisgrove

Free-range tribalist Heathen, Galina Krasskova, has been a priest of Odin and Loki since the early nineties. Originally ordained in the Fellowship of Isis in 1995, Ms. Krasskova also attended the oldest interfaith seminary in the U.S.- the New Seminary where she was ordained in 2000 and where she later worked as Dean of Second Year Students for the Academic year of 2011-2012. She has even given the opening prayer at the United Nations Conference “Women and Indigeny”. Beyond this, she took vows as a Heathen gythia in 1996 and again in 2004, She is the head of Comitatus pilae cruentae and a member of the Starry Bull tradition. She has been a member of numerous groups through the years including the American Academy of Religion. She has also served previously as a state government contracted expert on the Asatru faith, and been a regular contributor to various print and online publications geared towards modern pagans and polytheists, and for a time had her own radio program: Wyrd Ways Radio Live. Ms. Krasskova holds diplomas from The New Seminary (2000), a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Empire State College (2007), and an M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University (2009). She has completed extensive graduate coursework in Classics (2010-2016) and is pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at Fordham University (expected graduation 2019) with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology. She has also been teaching University classes in Greek and Latin. As part of her academic career Ms. Krasskova has written a number of academic articles, and also presented at various academic conferences including Harvard University, Claremont University, Fordham University, Ohio State University, Western Michigan University, Villanova University, and the City University of New York. An experienced diviner and ordeal master, her primary interest is in devotional work and the reconstruction of Northern Tradition shamanism. Her very first book, The Whisperings of Woden was the landmark first devotional text to be written in modern Heathenry. Ms. Krasskova has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, as well as books on shamanism, runes, prayer, and devotional practices. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a peer-reviewed academic style journal focusing on contemporary polytheism and spirit work and the first journal of polytheology. While very busy with teaching and school, she does also occasionally lecture around the country on topics of interest to contemporary Heathenry and polytheisms. A passionate supporter of the arts Ms. Krasskova enjoys going to the opera, theater, and ballet. Her affection for the arts began early as she discovered dance, which she pursued professionally becoming a ballet dancer: first with a regional company in Maryland, then in New York City. After suffering career ending injuries, she would find new forms of expression in the visual arts. For a few years Ms. Krasskova co-owned an art gallery in the Hudson River Valley of New York, and over a course of numerous years she has studied a multitude of art mediums: glassblowing, watercolor, acrylic, photography and more! She is now an avid collage artist, acrylic painter and watercolorist and has even enjoyed placement in international artist-in-residencies programs in New York, New Mexico, and Poland. Her work has been exhibited globally from New York to Paris. She has taken her passion for the arts and polytheistic devotion, to create the Prayer Card Project. Since so much religious iconography has been destroyed, or defaced in the course of human history, she is actively making new religious prayers and iconography available to the various modern polytheistic communities to support those who are building their religious communities, building their devotional practices, and hungering for art that represents their religious faith. All while also supporting the artists within these burgeoning communities.

Posted on October 15, 2014, in Ancestor Work and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve heard that the book “The War that Ended Peace” by Margaret MacMillan is a very good book about WWI. It discusses the various people that helped hasten the war. A must read for history lovers.

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