PSA – be safe, people

Today in the US is set to be brutally cold. Some cities will have, according to the news broadcast I just watched, windchill factors colder than Antarctica (Chicago, for one). Stay warm — dress in layers, cover your face, wear your gloves — and stay inside if you can. We’re talking temps deep into the negative numbers. One can get frostbite being outside for just a few minutes in such weather. So be safe, folks and please don’t take chances. Those of you like me with chronic pain issues, be kind to yourselves. The next few days are likely to suck.


EDIT: also, keep your pets inside. And for those below the equator, who are suffering temperatures of 111 degrees Farenheit and possibly higher, stay cool, stay hydrated. that weather is as deadly as the cold. 😦

(Chicago this week 🙂

<> on January 7, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.


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 January 31, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Hello Galina, here in the southern hemisphere (Buenos Aires) we are dealing with a heat wave with temperatures that reached 44C° (111°F). I have been extremely lucky not to have suffered the power cuts… more than 100,000 people have suffered the lack of electric energy these days.
    Same planet, such an enormous difference!
    Kind Regards.

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    • omg that is horrific. I’ve emended my post to include that…weather that hot is every bit as deadly as extreme cold. @_@ i’d personally rather deal with the cold.


      • I deal rather fine with extreme weather… both cold and hot… hot weather always reminds me of Muspelheim (a place that´s almost as hot as walking over lava) and cold weather of Jottunheim (if you ever been there in dreams)… Although Jottunheim does not seem to be always as cold as this polar vortex somehow everytime I get there it´s wintertime, plenty of ice and snow and beautiful northern lights over the pine trees.


  2. I checked this morning and can confirm that it’s colder than a witch’s mammary gland.


  3. -3F here in the Indianapolis area…not all that far from Chicago. I work for a major Retail chain in their online grocery department, which means people order stuff online then when they arrive we load their vehicle. Odds are good we will shut down the department and stock the store.

    Warm blankets and hot chocolate for everyone. Vanesa, cold water and air conditioning for you, dear.


  4. Excellent advice, Galina! As a Canadian, I speak from experience re. wearing layers and warm clothing. Definitely wear a toque (i.e. hat) on your head. 🙂


  5. Native Chicagoan me loves this weather, not the least of which is because I can only summon my Arctic Helping Spirits in my shamanic practice during incursions of a Polar Vortex climate. I do greatly worry about the city’s 80K+ homeless population as well as stray animals, though. Happily, my father was able to successfully trap and bring indoors a feral cat that he and I have been seeing on my parents’ property since August. He trapped the cat on Tuesday night, just as temps were falling to their current subzero state.


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