Submission to the Nerthus Agon

For Nerthus
by C. Keller

Lady of the Veil,
She Who is too holy to look upon,
Terrifying in Her majesty.

You for Whom violence is abhorrent,
And for Whom peace is the price of Your visit,
I await the coming of Your chariot.

Let us rejoice in Your holy presence,
Your gifts of plenty to be celebrated,
Your tenderness of Your children a blessing.

No more the sounds of battle,
But only the soft splash of the willing supplicant,
Last breaths given gladly in Your honour.

Only death begets life spent with You,
My life force the named offering,
To behold Your wondrous face.


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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 April 13, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dear Galina,

    I hope this is in a correct format. I am new to Nerthus, but this prayer was filling my head this morning, and the wind came up when I considered writing it down and submitting it, so here it is:

    I offer Thanks to the Earth for all Her ways

    During days of darkness, days of sunshine, and all the seasons of the year.

    Great Earth, to you I am a child

    You are my home and place of belonging.

    As Great Nerthus You go veiled

    A fearsome goddess, for those who see your face must die.

    I await to see your face only at the end of my life fully lived.

    Until then, I imagine your face veiled

    In the time of Spring by the verdant greens of earth

    In the time of Winter, blanketed by snow

    In the time of Autumn, colored by rich hues

    Your ears delighted by the joyful noise

    In the time of Summer by the shouting of children,

    The gladness of wind in the trees, and the cheerful talking of birds.

    Oh, Nerthus, Earth is our paradise, our home.

    You bless the fields with your fertile prayers

    Drunk on the blood of men, a replenishment of your energy.

    Grant us in these times a memory of the joy of the Great Trees,

    And the rising of human consciousness toward conscious Being.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share this.


    Susan Epstein

    Susan Hintz-Epstein

    On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 9:28 AM, Gangleri’s Grove wrote:

    > ganglerisgrove posted: “For Nerthus by C. Keller Lady of the Veil, She Who > is too holy to look upon, Terrifying in Her majesty. You for Whom violence > is abhorrent, And for Whom peace is the price of Your visit, I await the > coming of Your chariot. Let us rejoice in Your h” >


    • ganglerisgrove

      Susan, thank you for submitting this. I will post it as a separate post so it doesn’t get lost. I’ve also edited it to remove your phone numbers! i don’t want random people calling you. lol. This is beautiful though. Hail to Nerthus.


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