Prayer Card Fund-Raiser
Prayer cards do not print themselves. LOL. With paying the artist, and then paying for printing, the fees add up. I get nothing out of this financially. I sell them pretty much for cost. It’s a labor of love and I want to keep doing this project for as long as I possibly can—I still remember when it was difficult to find even images of Odin! (Yes, I’m older than dirt.) But I remember how difficult it was to find even the better known Deities, and what a joy it could be, what excitement to stumble upon an image of one’s God or Goddess. Even now, it can be almost impossible to find devotional images of certain Deities and there really is something very special about having a representation, however small, of one’s Deity. The portability of prayer cards is an added bonus. So I want to continue this as long as I can, and I would like to give you an opportunity to invest in this community project. This is a way for everyone to be involved in building cultus and shaping the image and perception of our Gods. To that end, I am doing this 3-part fundraiser to raise money for this year’s cards.
1. Early on, I had planned to offer both prayer cards, and 5×7 devotional cards. The latter proved too expensive to continue producing, but I have quite a stash of them left. They are lovely, printed on good card stock, and make perfect altar images. I have a limited supply after which, I do not intend to print them again. Each month, I intend to offer my stock for sale. I’ll offer a different Deity each month until they are gone. The devotional cards are $10, which includes S&H.
2. In addition to the cards, folks may request a modified setting of lights. For an additional $10, I will light a candle and ask for blessings from the Deity in question for you.
3. Should anyone be moved to donate, those who donate $25 or more, will receive a free divination session (limited to one question, two if they’re related issues), or if you prefer, 5 free prayer cards of your choice.
I already have a roster of cards slated for production this spring, including Ceres (in progress), Isis (Sponsored), Anubis (Sponsored), Alateivia, Arvolecia (these Goddesses were Germanic healing goddesses. We only know of them thanks to Roman inscriptions. Let us see Them revered again!), Manannan x3 (already in progress), Nanna (in progress), maybe another Sigyn, Andvari, Diana, Artemis, Athena, Hathor (in progress), Semele, the Charites, Demeter, and the Morrigan to name but a few. — should you wish to have your Deity added to this list, let me know. It can be done. We will get an image for you. Anyone who wishes to sponsor an individual card in part or in full can do so, simply contact me. Every little bit helps and your name will go on the card as sponsor, right along with the artist and person who wrote the prayer.
Art is a powerful conduit to our Gods. It has the potential to seep into the crevasses of our minds and hearts and open us to further connection and devotion in a way that more literal means of praxis lack. It is a magic thing and it feeds the senses. We are creatures of the sensorium. We have physical senses that are mirrored in our spiritual work. To have an image by which to celebrate one’s Holy Powers, is also to celebrate what is best in humanity, that which partakes of the numen of the Gods, our creativity.
Card for February
This month, even though I’m starting seven days late, will be Sigyn. I love her dearly. Oh I lack the words to express everything this particular Goddess means to me. I always celebrate Her on Valentine’s Day. Of course, there’s absolutely no historical precedent but it just seems fitting in my world and in my heart to do so. Once I got a story from Loki about how He and Sigyn first met. (I write about that here). It touches on a very child-like facet of Her nature that was the very first way that I experienced Her. Of course that’s not the totality of this Goddess, and She can be quite fierce, firm, and kick-ass but there’s always a gentleness and charm too. She is the strength of the mountain, and yet the sweetness of an innocent child and a thousand thousand other things too and all of this in One magnificent Goddess. She is tremendously complex.
The image that I use for Her prayer card is by Grace Palmer and was one that my adopted mom adored. It had pride of place on her altar for years and years and that image now adorns her ancestor altar. Perhaps because of that connection to my mom, who was a devout Sigyn’s woman, this is *the* image of Sigyn for me. My mom always called Her “our Lady of the staying power,” and the “Goddess of unyielding gentleness,” and “Goddess of constancy.”
Here is a Holy Power who knows intimately about loss and suffering, about endurance, and the ferocious will to survive. I think it’s easy to forget that in the pittance about Her that the eddas offer. While a good deal of my early writing on Her focuses on Her child aspect, I have never, ever lost sight of the fact that She is ferocious in Her loyalty and Her love, and in doing what is necessary for those to whom She has given Her heart. I pray to Her often to help me endure compassion—the world can be such a brutal place, it hurts so much to see the random pain that we so easily cause one another, the suffering, the injustice, the raw, confused hurt. I pray to Her to help me hold it, witness it and not turn away or harden myself. I pray to Her for the grace of carrying my humanity well, with all its sharp edges, and all its weaknesses. I pray to Her for the grace of laughter and love, and thank Her often for the random beauty that blesses my day. I thank Her for the gift of Her presence, and for helping me to love my Gods more. I pray to Her that I may always find the joy in my work, my loves, my life, my devotion…and for a thousand other things. My devotion to Her is one of my greatest treasures of my heart. This is why I want to start this by offering Her devotional card first.
It’s modeled on the Temperance card from the tarot deck, and in fact, was first created for ‘The Giants’ Tarot.” Again, this is a 5×7 devotional card, ready and fit for framing. It comes with a light blue border, not pictured here. It will be on sale through February.