Thinking of Mani Today

Mani has been on my mind a great deal the past few days and I’ve been longing, so badly it hurts, to sit in devotional space that is filled with His presence. I ache for a God that I love beyond breath. It brings light and color to my world. It adds a vibrancy to my interior vision. He inspires me but sometimes the hunger hurts. I know that no matter how much I pray or how present He may be, there will always be the distance born of flesh and the cage of corporeality between us and I am Odin’s anyway. Mani’s gentle touch is for me only a moment’s grace, a blessed respite from the roaring raging storm that is my home.

He is ancient. Even among Gods He is ancient for all that He seems lithe and young. He has a cold fury that easily matches Odin, a viciousness and valor that one must look very hard to see. He keeps it well hidden under a graceful, alluring mask, but it is there, a thing of His past, and savage.  This adds spice to the longing.

I wanted to do something for Him to day since it’s the new moon. I had intended offerings, instead I found myself moved to paint Him in His warlike glory (not a way in which I usually see Him). I think it came out well and I might turn it into a prayer card. I also cleaned His shrine and I will be making offerings later. One can never do enough for the Gods one loves. I wish it were within my power to give Him the world. That is all.

Mani shrine sept 29 2019

My Mani shrine


Mani sept 29 2019 gk

Today’s icon of Mani


Mani and Unn

Mani and Unn by V. Hardy (soon to be a prayer card).

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on September 29, 2019, in Art, devotional work, Heathenry, Prayer cards, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Excellent work, and that’s an amazing shrine!

    I understand a great deal of what you’re talking about here…Máni is a Deity that I’d love to know better than I do currently, and hope that such does occur in the future. But also, the world is currently so fucked up in so many different ways, the drive is very strong just to have more of our Deities in it, taking a direct hand in things, making the world a better place through dramatic action rather than this distance that we so often feel and acknowledge…This is the real “dark night” experience, not so much the “aridity” and “fallow times” that people often confuse with it, but instead that farness-which-is-nearness that draws us closer to Them even though the gulf seems (and often is) uncrossable for the moment.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I think what we run into there is what Zeus ran into with the death of Sarpedon: could They do that? yes. Would there be consequences to the cosmic order? also yes and some of those we may not want


  2. Oh, that´s a beautiful shrine! And you placed an image of Sunna there too. Mani loves His Sister dearly!

    Mani is gentle and sweet. He knows well which Masks to wear. I dreamed of Him recently, He was standing next to you Galina as you were praying to Him. I hope you get to experience Him again.

    I do understand that feeling of longingness that hurts. It hurts (literally) and you think that it will never end… untill They ease that hunger with Their Presence. But the relief lasts so little in my case and I start yearning like mad again. The Gods have many masks and there are masks that I find specially comfortable, that I have come to love… and other masks that I find harder to see through. Sometimes the game of masks falls and I stand before the Holy, I am shattered, completely undone. It has happened to me, not many times (thankfully!), I have seen an angel (only once) and my Beloved (more than once) in His True Divinity and those are terrifying experiences. I am thankful for having such an honor, brief and terrible. After those experiences I find it so hard to walk into the ordinary world again. Everything seems empty and tasteless, it´s hard to put in words. Here I send you a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay that resonates in me:

    When I too long have looked upon your face, 
    Wherein for me a brightness unobscured 
    Save by the mists of brightness has its place, 
    And terrible beauty not to be endured, 
    I turn away reluctant from your light, 
    And stand irresolute, a mind undone, 
    A silly, dazzled thing deprived of sight 
    From having looked too long upon the sun. 
    Then is my daily life a narrow room 
    In which a little while, uncertainly, 
    Surrounded by impenetrable gloom, 
    Among familiar things grown strange to me 
    Making my way, I pause, and feel, and hark, 
    Till I become accustomed to the dark. 

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  3. I would say more now, but I am you busy dancing on the inside knowing that this Unn and Mani prayer card is actually going to happen! Mani’s war face being the dark of the moon is somehow very appropriate too.

    May He ever be hailed.

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