It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…er…Afternoon…

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I was sharing this story with a friend tonight who suggested I share it with my readers so here goes.

The winter before last I was doing a lot of work with Hermes. I tend to honor Him regularly (Hermes is awesome) but for some reason throughout that winter He was getting a lot of offerings, more than usual. It may have been around the time that I had expanded His shrine, I don’t recall. What I do remember is that I had promised Him an offering of steak.

The day that I was supposed to give Him the steak came and so did a nasty snowstorm. I am a careful driver in the best of times but I really didn’t feel comfortable going out in those weather conditions. Being from the south, I’m a bit skittish about driving in snow and ice. I went to the shrine, lit candles, offered a prayer and explained the situation to Hermes promising that I would go as soon as I could the next day after the roads were properly ploughed. About five minutes later my doorbell rang.

Wondering who the hell out would be out in a bad snowstorm, I answered it to find a young man selling…steaks.

This guy had a truck full of steak that he was selling door to door and before heading home he hoped to make one more sale. I got the point – Hermes wanted His steak— bought a couple of boxes, thanked the man profusely and made the offering I had promised the God.

Sometimes you go to the offering, sometimes apparently it comes to you.

Hail Hermes!

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About ganglerisgrove

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 October 25, 2016, in Bacchic Things, Lived Polytheism, Roman Things, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. That sort of happened for me yesterday, too…One of my students mistakenly (possibly via autocorrect) typed “Osiris and Iris,” and I explained that it was actually Isis, and Irish is the Greek Goddess of rainbows, etc., and then that afternoon as I was coming home, there was a huge, full-bow, bright, double rainbow. Point taken!. ;). Thus, She got mentioned in my poem yesterday.

    Speaking of poems: you’ll get two later tonight from me for Thetis and Maia.

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  2. This is so typical of Hermes!

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  3. LOL! That’s awesome!

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  4. If there was ever a God with a sense of humor, it’s Hermes. Hail Hermes!

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  5. Glad that salesman was there when there was so much at steak…

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  6. I had a very similar thing happen! Odin wanted me to make a wooden staff, and I was dragging my heels about it. Several days later, I was at work and my neighbor called asking if I arranged for someone to cut my large oak tree in front of my house! I did NOT! Ended up it was the City “graciously” cutting my tree back from hitting the garbage trucks as they go by. Not only that, but they left EVERYTHING behind instead of chipping it or taking it with them, so I had a huge pile of staff-sized branches sitting in my yard when I got home. OK, OK, I get it!

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  7. Reading this story made me smile. What the Gods want, the Gods get. It just may not be in the way we humans expect.

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  8. This is so Hermes!! I love it!!

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