31 Days of Devotion – Days 9 and 10 for Mani

9. what are some Common mistakes about this deity

I think perhaps the most common mistake is that our moon God is female. Seriously, I’ve seen this come up (when a simple wiki search would show otherwise) quite frequently. I think Pagans are so used to the typical IE model of a moon goddess and sun god that when they get to the Norse it’s confusing at first. There are other traditions that also have a moon God/sun goddess, Romuva –Lithuanian polytheism—for instance. And there is a moon god in Kemeticism, and in Sumerian polytheism to name but a few but for those of us most familiar with classical pantheons (Greek and Roman), it can be a bit of a surprise and perhaps even seem like an anomaly.

I think perhaps second to that is simply lack of knowledge that He is a God with a working cultus. Odin, Thor, Frigga, et Al get all the attention and while Sunna is honored more frequently than Her brother ( perhaps because She is mentioned in the Merseburg charm and we have some evidence of sun veneration amongst our ancestors), we don’t really have a whole lot of evidence for Mani’s cultus in the past. I find it incomprehensible though that an agricultural community – and our ancestors were largely agricultural in the northlands—wouldn’t have venerated both the sun and the moon.

10 .what are common Offerings – historical and UPG

Well, I don’t know about historical offerings as we simply don’t have surviving records, but modern offerings are many. Off the top of my head: beads and jewelry, cookies and sweets (particularly anything with marshmallows), cheese cake, other pastries, Sambuca, marshmallow and other flavored vodkas.

Here’s something I wrote in “Dancing in the House of the Moon” about proper offerings:

Honoring Mani

Some of these suggestions are fairly obvious; others are drawn from my own personal experience both as a priest and ritual worker, and as a devotee of Mani. This list should in no way limit your own explorations and devotional work. Use it as a jumping-off point. I offer it to help, not to hinder. They are not based on lore, but on personal experience.

Symbols: obviously anything shaped like the moon or with the moon on it, hour glasses, old watch parts, knots, time pieces, calendars, mathematical equations, musical scores, beaded necklaces, mirrors, abacuses, beads, a flute.
Colors: blues, silver, black, purple/lavender, pale white.
Rune: Dagaz (I also happen to see Ehwaz with Him)
Stones: moonstone (obviously), labradorite, selenite, quartz, amethyst.
Food and drink: Sambuca, cookies (especially ones with marshmallows or odd shapes), angel food cake, peppermint flavored sweets, and I have found that He adores marshmallow flavored vodka.
Other Offerings: jasmine, carnations, night-blooming flowers, highly aromatic flowers, white flowers, mugwort, blue sea glass, any volunteer work or donations that benefit abused children or the mentally ill.
Things not to do: harm or abuse a child in any way; mock the mentally ill.

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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 August 10, 2016, in Heathenry, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. While most people in paganism and polytheism do default to the Greek and Roman solar/lunar genders (unfortunately!), one of the interesting things I’ve read Indo-Europeanists talk about is that it actually tends to be the Norse pattern that is thought to have been originally Indo-European. Both Helen and Endymion in Greek myth have the potential to have been the “original” I-E solar and lunar Deities in those cultures; likewise with the Anatolian moon-God Men. Irish culture (despite what some people say) also likely had a solar Goddess–possibly reflected in Gráinne–and a lunar God (various likely candidates, including Midir and even perhaps Mac ind Óc). Then, of course, there’s the I-E pantheons that have the Deities of both sun and moon as one gender, e.g. Hinduism, with Chandra and Surya both being male, etc. And, I always like to look at Plato’s myth (in Aristophanes’ mouth) in the Symposium of the sun being male, the earth being female, and the moon being androgynous/both…but, I would, wouldn’t I? 😉

    I’ve also encountered that gender short-sightedness in some western Shinto practitioners (who also happen to be pagan) and should really know better…I heard one, who has a degree from a Shinto university in Shintoism, say that the Shrine here in WA “probably thinks” that their main female kami is the moon Goddess, when in fact Shinto only recognizes one lunar kami: Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto, who is the brother of Amaterasu-Omikami.

    But then again, for so many people in certain mainstream forms of minority religions, it has to be all about the menses and therefore no one else can “own” the moon other than the wimminz (gender essentialism, whether from patriarchal sources or from its counter-movements, is equally bad no matter what, I have always thought)…which is too bad, because I think having lunar Deities of several different genders is a much better idea. Why not share these things around a bit? The moon is surely big enough for all of them! 😉

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