Close up of my Hermes shrine

My friend Carlton was visiting recently (we go to school together) and, not being a polytheist, he was fascinated by my various shrines. Since he’s teaching a theology class this semester, he asked if he could take photos to use in his class (and i’m ok with that). This is the photo he took of my Hermes shrine. I love the angle of the close up, and the drama of the black and white,  so I got his ok to share it here. 

Hermes shrine aug. 31 Carlton

(Photo by C. Chase. Used with permission).


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 August 31, 2017, in Bacchic Things, hellenic things, Lived Polytheism, photos, Roman Things, shrines, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Simply Breathtaking!


  2. Very beautiful shrine, Galina! What foods are on the shrine? Looks like a slice of pie, a beer, and a biscuit of some sort.


    • I made a cake a couple days ago…just a simple bundt cake with dried …cherries i think this one was. and then last night I made vinegar pie. Hermes got a piece of both (i like to bake from scratch). then there’s beer. i’m too lazy to look at the brand. I”d have to get up lol.


  3. thetinfoilhatsociety

    I know your altars are all over the place. Do you screen who can come to your home more carefully than you might otherwise do because of the shrines and altars?


    • I screen who comes into my home as a matter of course. and i’m not above immediately throwing someone out if they disrespect the shrines (i do point out what is a shrine and what isn’t if it’s someone new. and if it’s a polytheist, I might even introduce that person to the shrines individually). But…i don’t screen especially for shrines and altars. I screen because I don’t like pollution and impiety in my home.

      the funniest thing happened when a lawyer was dropping off some papers. My husband got the door and they’re standing there chatting and the lawyer keeps stealing and eating candy off Hermes’ shrine. Who does that? (i mean, even if you don’t know it’s a shrine, who does that?). Because it was a lawyer and Hermes is sort of the God of lawyers we let it go and also curiosity (let’s see how that works out for you, dude) but normally i’d have corrected him immediately. Hermes didn’t seem to mind.

      COnversely, i’ve had people, even after knowing they were shrines, put keys and cups and shit on them. They get told once. then they get shown the door and i don’t care who that person happens to be. fortunately that hasn’t happened often, or even in the past few years I can remember.

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      • thetinfoilhatsociety

        Thank you. I was asking because I got tired of “hiding” our altar in the bedroom. I bought a new book case and moved it into the main room right by the front door. I do a cleansing of the area with sage before we make offerings because of its location but I like it better where I see it coming and going. I remember to give thanks more. Now my conundrum is explaining it to people who don’t understand, but I guess if they’re going to be guests they can honor the guest/host thing. Or don’t come over. And screening for impiety is an excellent idea that I hadn’t even begun to think of.


  4. I had neglected, because I didn’t think it was so obvious to remark about a shrine to someone. I was doing a consultation for her friend and after I had finished she very proudly pointed out that as a thank you she had picked up some of my house. Including the offering to Lucero.

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  5. Beautiful. Hail Hermes!


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