The Heathen Visibility Project

Over the last two + years, Heathens have been growing more and more appalled at the (mis)-use of our sacred symbols by neo-Nazi groups. It’s disgusting, obscene, and outright blasphemous. We all speak out when we can, but we are a group of minority religions and most people outside of our religious communities aren’t going to make the necessary distinction between inappropriate mis-appropriation and proper religious usage of symbols like the runes, Thor’s Hammer, the Valknot, etc. It’s important, I think, that we speak out and up every chance we get.

I should point out that this isn’t just an issue with racist appropriation of our symbols but also the unfortunate influence of pop culture figures like Marvel-Thor on our iconography. The solution to both is to flood our social media with images of real Heathens doing Heathen things, wearing Heathen symbols and giving visual voice, if you will to what it means to be a practicing polytheist and Heathen in today’s world.

To that end, I’m happy to say that Heathen author Erin Lale has started the Heathen Visibility Project. You can read more about that (and please, I encourage everyone to do so – it’s really simple to participate in and, I think, important) here and here. This may actually get me to start an Instagram account. I’ll keep you posted on that one.

Anyway, go and read about Erin’s amazing project. This is important work, not just for our communities now, but for their future.

 

 

#Heathenvisibility #Heathen #Heathenry #Asatru #NorthernTradition

 

 

EDIT: ok. i did it. I broke down and got an instagram for Heathen things, though I might also include Bacchic interludes. it’s Heathenliving. Go for it. i have no idea what i’m doing there. be kind. lol

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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 June 6, 2019, in community, Heathenry, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. THIS. This is what we should have been doing for years. By fearing being outed as Polytheists, Heathens have allowed a mob of loathsome squatters to take over space that is rightfully ours. It is well past time we kick out the hateful morons misusing our holy symbols and reconsecrate the space they have defiled.

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  2. This is an awesome idea. Something I heard was that in some LHP groups awhile back, neo nazi types care along and started doing the same. That community ended up banding together and turfing them out.

    These people will try and co opt anything they can get away with.

    Happy to do whatever I can to contribute to efforts here.

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    • I’m not surprised that the LHP communities managed to rid themselves of neo-nazis. Those groups know exactly where their boundaries are and have no problem telling people “you’re wrong and no longer welcome here, leave now or there will be consequences”. I explored the LHP myself when I was younger, and while it wasn’t for me I still have a lot of respect for Demonolaters. They were my first encounter with something close to real piety and the concept of making offerings just out of love for the Powers. Seriously, there are people who literally worship demons who have a better grasp of reciprocal relationships and piety than your average Neopagan. I’m not sure if that’s a bit funny or very sad. Regardless, I’m happy to hear they kicked the neo-nazis out of LHP space. I very much hope we can do the same.

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      • ganglerisgrove

        Well said, Ryan. I’m not surprised they have a better sense of reciprocity and piety than your average Neo-Pagan. It’s sad, but Neo-paganism is infested with anti-theism and other foolishness.

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  3. I’ve heard that Instagram is a really pleasant place and that people who have issues with it typically do because they’ve succumbed to lifestyle envy. But that would involve following Influencers and brands. 🧐Nice to see that something positive is happening in this area!

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    • For now, it’s owned and operated by Facebook, and because you can’t “share” the way you can posts on FB, I think it curtails tremendously all the political memes and negativity you find on Facebook.

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  4. I feel like I should write a blog post about my friend and neighbour. She makes glass beads, many of which are styled after Viking age artifacts, and she even uses Viking age methods to make beads at Viking fests and reenactments, among other things. Her husband is also a talented craftsman.

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