March Projects and “Stuff”

In addition to holding the Minerva and Apollo agon jointly with Lykeia (folks can send me their submissions now — I just won’t post them until March 1), I also have a couple of personal project starting in March. I want to share them here, partly because this is my blog and where I talk about such things and partly because I’d be very interested in hearing from others who have done a similar project as I”m thinking about with the Norse Healing Goddesses.

We have a number of Healing Deities in Heathenry. The most well-known is Eir, named by Snorri as Divine physician. Looking through the lore, there is also Mengloth, and a number of much lesser known Deities that I tend to refer to as the healing retinue. I have very little devotional relationship with any of Them. That’s something that over the next year or so, I would like to change.

So, to do that, I intend to take one Deity a month, starting with Eir and research Her, make offerings, develop a prayer and devotional practice to Her and work hard to start incorporating the veneration of an entire group of little reverenced Deities into my regular cultus. I’m open to wherever this might lead. I know that this has been done with Frigga and Her retinue, but I”m very curious if anyone has done this with the healing retinue.

At any rate, I’ll probably be talking about this on and off and as I work through this process. I’ll share some of the relevant pieces here as i go.

I am still fundraising for my prayer card project (thank you to everyone, a huge thank you, who stepped up to donate money, art, and to sponsor cards, as well as to those of you who purchased some of the Sigyn devotional cards. it’s been a huge help!).

i still have quite a few 5×7 of the Sigyn cards left for purchase. once they’re gone, they’re gone. I will not be printing this size again. All the money goes toward more prayer cards. This month, I’m putting another card up for sale, also 5×7. I have a small stash of devotional cards for Eir. They are also $10/each and perfect for framing or for an altar. All proceeds will go toward the creation of more prayer cards (paying the artists, paying printing costs). Please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing one of these (or any of the other cards).

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This is a 5×7 card of Eir by Grace Palmer. Size: 5×7, price: $10.

I still welcome sponsorship of cards. I will do a separate post shortly explaining which cards are up next and which still need sponsors.

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 wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on February 26, 2015, in Agon for Minerva and Apollo, Polytheism, Prayer cards and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I really, really like this. I think it’s a wonderful idea! And I’m sure They’ll appreciate it too. Maybe I should try that with one of the Baltic deities, Medeine. No one really knows about Her or venerates Her; even Baltic reconstructionists (the Romuva) do not include Her in their immediate pantheon despite the fact that historical documents written by Christians who came into Lithuania highly respected her, and recognized her presence as one of THE top goddesses in the Lithuanian polytheist tradition.

    I really look forward to reading more about this! I think it’s a great way to connect with Them and get to know Them (as well as for Them to know you). Keep us posted! 🙂

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    • I would be *fascinated* to learn more about Medeine. I didn’t know anything of Her (and I’m half Lithuanian so I rather feel I should! lol). If you do end up doing this with Her, please, please feel free to share your insights here. Or let me know the link to your blog.

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      • She is truly fantastic. Last year (around November) She kinda swept in when I was having some trouble with the Goddess. I think in retrospect, She saw that I had some sort of power with words, and I was urged to find information on Her, since I did some research and realized that many who are into Baltic polytheism had NO clue about her existence. So it was my honor to write about Her and inform others. I’ve actually written about Her in one of my blog posts! Here is the link:

        https://thesinkingroots.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/goddess-medeine-baltic-deity/

        I’m not as good a writer as you, Galina, but it certainly has some really cool info!

        I’ve never worked with Her, but I absolutely LOVE her. She sort of disappeared after I published that same post on a website called The Cauldron (a post that was well-received). I was nervous to try to establish something with Her again just because She left so abruptly after that. If you connect with Her, I would also love to hear your experiences with Her!

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      • I am going to save this and read it this weekend. Thank you! It’s funny, I have so far, no calling to any of the Lithuanian Deities, despite being half Lithuanian. From that line I have certain taboos and obligations with respect to fire, and cooking of all things, esp. cooking for the dead. I’m looking forward to reading this piece.

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      • I hope it’s good enough. Maybe I’ll give it a little reworking soon. But there is a serious dearth of information on Baltic deities. I’m very happy that you’ll commission a piece for her! I would love to fund it. Anything to have Her known to the world.

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      • Oh and I forgot to add: it’s funny how life works sometimes! I’m of Cuban heritage, with Sephardic Jew, Spanish, and French. And yet I work with a Celtic deity and find a connection with Medeine. Surprises surprises. Have a beautiful weekend, and thank you for helping to give Her attention! I really think She deserves it.

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  2. I love what you are doing to do with the healing Goddesses and look forward to reading it. Right now I work with Eir whom I learned about through you. I will e-mail you, I am interested in the 5X7 of her to add to my healing altar.

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