31 Days of Devotion – Days 11 and 12 for Mani

11 Talk about Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity

While we have nothing noted in lore, I generally consider the two equinoxes as festival days for Mani (and Sunna). Likewise I make special offerings to Him on each full and new moon. Of course I like to venerate Him especially when the moon is visible in the sky and His shrine is positioned in my house below a large window on the landing between stair cases. The moon can quite often be seen through this window shining on the shrine. This was one of the reasons I chose this particular site. Beyond that, any lunar eclipse or blood moon I also consider His feastdays.

moon tree

  1. What are some Places associated with this deity and their worship

You know, I’ve never really thought of this: the moon shines everywhere after all. It’s one of the beautiful things about His veneration: no matter where you are, the same moon shines on us all.

I did recently visit the moon tree in Oregon. It’s a tree that was grown from seeds that were sent into orbit around the moon. That I found particularly significant solely because of the journey the seeds took, but beyond that, I haven’t found any particular places to be His. I would like to find these places. It would be nice to do a pilgrimage especially for Him.

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 August 12, 2016, in Heathenry, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Outside of temples and such to specific lunar Deities, I suspect that’s a pretty tough order to fill…

    That having been said, I wonder if there’s a work-around, so to speak, in some cases.

    At the Japanese Garden in Seattle’s Arboretum, there is a “Moon Viewing Platform” on which at a certain festival people stand on the platform, look at the moon, and try to compose spontaneous poetry while also drinking and toasting with sake. I haven’t been when this occurs, but would love to someday…

    I know that a few of the standing stones and/or circles in Britain are aligned such that at particular times of year, the moon rises over a certain stone, or in some cases the full moon appears, from a certain vantage point, to “roll” along the top of a flat stone.

    So, something like that, which is aligned to specific instances of the moon, or for just general moon-viewing, might be possibilities that could be developed for Mani in the future. You could have the moon-viewing deck or patio or gazebo in your back yard that is then dedicated to Mani, perhaps! 😉

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I love the idea of a garden party to view the moon and write poetry for Him…how lovely! These are all good ideas, Psvl, thank you!

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  2. A circle of standing stones that are aligned with the full moons as opposed to the sun perhaps? I have no idea if that’s even astronomically doable or not but it’s a thought along Psvl’s lines.

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