“We’re in a moment that’s about nihilism. And somewhere along that slippery slope from moral laziness — which all of us have — to outright nihilism hangs the future of our republic, I think.” — Pete Buttigieg 

This is something that our communities are facing too, make no mistake. I think that with the way that nihilism is bleeding over into our communities, that the next few years are going to be very, very challenging if we want to grow something that is properly focused on the Gods and truly sustainable.  


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 July 16, 2019, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. We live in a culture that screams “it’s cool to be a snarky Atheist who believes in nothing and to mock those with values” at us every waking moment. Every protagonist is an irreverent person who questions tradition and has no time for religion. It is extremely difficult to endure this constant barrage of pseudo-nihilistic rhetoric without soaking some of it up by mental osmosis. Which is why being mindful of exactly what type of media we consume and who we associate with is so important. Also, this antagonistic attitude towards religion is rather ironic since many nihilist philosophers advocated diving headfirst into religion to avoid the misery of a pointless existence.

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  2. Very good points, Galina and Ryan. We are a product of our environment. Therefore, it’s very important to watch what you are reading, who you are associating with, what you are watching on TV, etc.


  3. You said it better than I could. As an outsider looking in, on what is supposed to be my fellow practitioners I am now the zealot heretic. I think that is so unfathomably odd.


  4. Keith McCormic

    Aye. That’s probably why Taco Chronicles on Netflix hit me so hard. It was so OPPOSITE of most of the stuff I run into- even basic documentaries are so rife with post-Protestant deconstruction as to nullify meaning. Then I see some guy who’s been making tacos for fifty years (now with his great-great-grandchildren) waxing philosophical about the benefits of a little suffering to a happy life.


  5. I was reading about the “Magic Resistance” – which is focused on stopping Trump and promoting “privileged Progressivism.” They are at the core – nihilistic with the Gods as archetypes to do their bidding. The problem is that the Universe is not their playground, nor is their magic that effective.

    I did not come up with the term -“privileged Progressivism” – that came from John Michael Greer in his blog. He states that these people want to keep their wasteful life style such as unlimited immigration so that they can get cheap labor for their homes. They want the government or other people to solve their problem without them losing their privileged status. The Progressive part is how they want the world to be – a march ever upward toward spiritual and worldly perfectionism. Now, that breeds nihilism since time doesn’t work that way.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      leftist and marxist thought is inherently nihilistiic. it preserves nothing. It betters nothing. the Nihilism is ingrained and they don’t or won’t see it.


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