Agon for Minerva and Apollo – March 1 – 31, 2015

I had intended to put this off till the summer, but I’ve recently been inspired by a friend’s artwork and I’ve decided to run it now. Last year, when I did some House and personal divination for the year, it came up that in some way, shape, or form, it would be good to hold an agon for Minerva. I”m a Latinist, and while I’m Heathen, I do often ask for Her blessings as I study, so perhaps it is not too surprising. I rather consider the Greek and Roman Gods to be guardians of the very languages in which my studies are rooted.

I didn’t have any relationship with Minerva until this past year as my Latin work deepened (and got more difficult!), but when She stepped forward to offer assistance, I didn’t hesitate to take Her up on it. I need all the help I can get! lol. Then, as I was preparing this post, I started to get an almost overwhelming feeling that Apollo needed to be included too. So, I did what any good polytheist would do: I contacted a mantis (diviner) and had divination done to confirm how this agon ought to be held. As you can see, it is for Both of Them. This is not surprising, since They (and Hermes) are the three Deities that I honor specifically as a Classicist. Apollo had just a few months ago indicated that I should petition Him before study sessions (this came up in a rather extensive divination session I had done) and Hermes is well, awesome. (He may yet get His own Agon later in the year).  I find it amusing. When I first started studying Classics, I asked Odin in prayer, “So, you’ll help me with the languages right?” It’s not my strong suit. I got a very strong, amused response, confirmed by several omens ‘you better start making friends with the Greek and Roman Gods of language and learning.”  So I have done my best. Anyway, this is my small way of saying thank you to two of Them.

EDIT: Lykeia and I are joining forces in this. She has been holding an Agon for Apollo too so we’re going to collaborate. This means more prizes. lol

So from March 1 – 31, i will be accepting submissions to this Agon. It is open to poetry, prayers, recipes (incense, oils), essays, and art work.

At 9pm EST on March 31st, i will put all the names of contributors in a bowl and set it on Their shrine (I have a small one in my office). I will make offerings. When divination shows that it is the appropriate time, I’ll petition Both Deities to make Their choice and draw a name from the bowl and that will be the winner.

There are prizes!

The winner will receive an 8×8 (I think we decided on 8×8–i will double check the size) mounted photo, of this image, by noted Hudson Valley artist Mary Ann Glass. It’s of the Pantheon in Rome. The winner will also receive a small statue of Apollon hand made by Lykeia (picture will be available soon).


The winner will also receive five of the Minerva prayer cards and five Apollo prayer cards. There are two, so the winner may choose which Apollo image:( Minerva by Grace Palmer, ) Apollo by Grace Palmer, or Apollon Karneios by Lykeia. (All contributors, at the end of the ago will receive one card of their choice from those three). The cards are shown in the order listed above here:



Apollon KarneiosThe SECOND place winner, will receive a copy of Lykeia’s book “Names of Apollon” and five prayer cards of his/her choice.

Those interested in submitting material in honor of Minerva or Apollo should contact me at krassova at Also, please feel free to pass this on to whomever might be interested.

(as a side note, I am still accepting donations for the prayer card project. donations can be paypaled to tamyris at If you are interested in sponsoring a card, or donating art, please contact me at krasskova at and we’ll work out the details. I’m also selling 5×7 devotional cards of Sigyn for $10, the proceeds of which go toward more  prayer cards. Check it out).

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on February 25, 2015, in Agon for Minerva and Apollo, hellenic things, Polytheism, Roman Things and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I hope you have better luck. I have been trying to run an agon for Apollon for a few weeks now that was supposed to celebrate his spring return that was to end by the first day of spring….but no entries. First prize was going to be a statue of Apollon returning from Hyperboreia with a griffin. Ah well. I am pleased to see someone doing it too 🙂


    • oh no! I didn’t mean to step on your toes (and hope i didn’t). I didn’t know about your agon! Want to combine them? We could…..(and i’m totally ok if you say no) and i’ll post here whatever you send me announcing that.


      • No no you didn’t step on my toes at all! I am genuinely glad that you are doing it since I know you get a bit more exposure *grin*. As part of the Order of Apollon stuff I a doing agons for Apollon a few times a year to celebrate his major festivals in the year. I am totally ok with combining them if you are interested in that! I was going to do a small statue for first prize like I said and a free copy of my first booklet The Name of Apollon as second prize


  2. oh let’s combine! tht would be awesome. 🙂 We’ll have a first and second prize then, and a hell of a first prize. 🙂

    can you post or send me a pic of the statue and booklet? I’ll emend the above announcement.


  3. I am still working on finishing them up…they will be ready soon!! I will get you a pic ASAP


    • This is awesome. I just edited the post to reflect the new prizes and that there will be a first and second place winner.

      (where btw, can i order a copy of your booklet?)


      • I am finishing the final edit on it today and will be putting it up. Then will be ordering the test copy tonight. I will have it shipped to me and once I get a peek at the finished form I will send you the link 😀 I have an createspace already set up so it shouldn’t take much time at all.


  4. Just so you know the Name of Apollon doesn’t really go much into his epithets as I figured that will be covered more thoroughly in his other booklets. It is discussing the name Apollon specifically

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