A Bit of a Prayer-Card Conundrum
So I love the prayer card project that I’ve been working on for the past few years and I’ve had some really great artists and poets and prayer-writers contribute, some amazing people stepping forward to sponsor cards, and lots of requests to add Deities to my ‘to-do’ list but now I have a bit of a conundrum. I’m posting here because I’m looking for insight and I’m hoping some of you will share your thoughts on this matter.
Before I left for my pilgrimage, a colleague requested that I do a prayer card for my adopted mom Fuensanta. Many of us honor her as a sancta, a saint and many people have told me how much she’s helped them even after death with their devotional lives. I was a bit floored and sort of sat with the request for quite some time, finally doing divination on it. The answer is no, as much as I agree that she is a sancta, I won’t be making a prayer card for her.
My main reason for deciding not to, is that she would be sooo pissed if I did! Seriously, folks, she was intensely devoted to her Gods and would be horrified, absolutely horrified at the thought of being given reverence instead of having that put to the Gods. She also hated having photos of herself taken, and very much wanted to go to her Gods when she died leaving no part of herself here in Midgard. To her, I think the idea of venerating her in this way would be deeply troubling if not offensive. I respect that. Moreover, just to be sure, I did extensive divination and it was definitely a no on making her a card. In fact, it couldn’t have been a more emphatic no.
I think, knowing my mom as I did, that so long as there was a single one of our Gods not receiving veneration, so long as there was a single one of our Gods without prayer cards and statues and the like, she would refuse one of her own. I respect that, and I will abide by her wishes. This does bring up an interesting question though: how do you all feel about cards for our sancti, our holy men and women?
I understand the need for these guides and models and to me, it’s almost an extension of hero cultus, but I have no idea how I’d even manage to work it into the cards. Is it something that you all want?
I think there is power in reverencing our saints and heroes. I think it is right and proper to venerate our dead but I’m not quite sure how to work that into the cards or if that’s even an appropriate venue at this time. So what are everyone’s thoughts? I didn’t expect this to come up, but since it has, I welcome your insights.