Morning Contemplation

I had to wake an hour earlier today than is my norm. I’m rushing around, getting ready to head into what I like to term my “hell day” at school (a day where I am in classes or meetings from 11am until 7:45pm without a break) and thanking the Gods for the fact that coffee exists but I wanted to take a moment to write this. From the time I’ve been awake I’ve been thinking about the Gods and how to carry a sense of Them with me throughout the day.

I want to feel Mani around me today, to feel connected to Him from dawn to dusk. I want to feel Him at my throat, and surrounding me, His luminescent presence flowing around and through me. I opened my day with mumbled prayers (not a morning person!) to Him and I have continued to hold Him foremost in my mind as I get ready. The adornments and scent that I choose to wear today are both things that remind me of Him, the first a brooch from His shrine, a ritual piece (though no one else would know it in my working world) imbued with His presence. I made offerings, pinned the brooch to my throat and rushed out.

As we drove to work (I’m now sitting in my department waiting for my first meeting), part of my mind was always on Mani. In my heart where He has crept, He is a palpable force. In the quiet sanctuary of my mind, which He has shaped, He is a far-reaching power. In the world without, He is there, soft misty trace of His passing in the sky above, softening the razor sharp bite of its noise because how can I see or hear any of that when He is there?

I pray for His blessing today and His protection. It is already looking like a day full of physical pain and aggravation. Still, I will try to let Him guide me, to reach out again and again throughout my day readjusting myself to the loveliness that I sense when He is near. I will touch His grace and elegance wondering at it and that moment of contemplative contact will change me, center me, realign me in some small way with His presence.

When I have a moment between meetings and classes, I will go out and pour out a simple offering to Him, probably water but maybe tea since I keep a nice black tea in my box here. I will drink Him in within the secret fastness of my heart as much as He will permit, and pray that whatever battles I may face throughout the day, the ecstatic utterance of His name and the glorious Presence it evokes will ever surround my soul with its illumination.

Hail Mani of the thirteen turnings,
Mani Who governs the cycles of the world,
Mani of the honey-golden countenance,
ManI elder to creation,
Many, beautiful and ancient,
Please hear my prayer.

I love you, oh Sweetest of Gods,
remote though You may ever be,
and for all You have given us,
I am grateful.

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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 wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on October 10, 2019, in devotional work, Heathenry, Lived Polytheism, prayers, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing this examine of possible ways of honoring the Gods as we go through the day.

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  2. Oh Galina, your words resonate in me. I also feel that longing for a God, that immense desire to Bring Him into the world, to feel His Presence during my day. Sometimes I can, sometimes I cannot feel Him. Which does not mean that He Is not Present, though I may not sense Him. Sometimes He Comes to me Wearing one of His many Masks and I do not recognize Him. The Gods Have misterious ways.
    Hail Mani!

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  3. Your carrying Mani through your day reminds me of how I carry my own Gods, Ancestors, and vaettir through mine. I have a wallet full of charms, some from Ancestors recently passed, as well as a Mjolinr. I wear a valknut around my neck. When I walk into work, and when I am working a double and go outside, I make offerings of coffee or water, whatever I am drinking.

    This really spoke to me:
    “I will drink Him in within the secret fastness of my heart as much as He will permit, and pray that whatever battles I may face throughout the day, the ecstatic utterance of His name and the glorious Presence it evokes will ever surround my soul with its illumination.”

    That is definitely how I feel when I speak with Odin during my shifts, as well as the Runevaettir in another sense. It is also how I feel at times with Dionysos during my shift. I can speak prayers to my Gods, speak with my Ancestors, galdr the Runes, and so on during my day and feel connection. Those little moments are powerful, precious ones, especially when work and the drudge of a day is grinding on you. I just..really connected with this post. Thank you!

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  4. Hail Mani.

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  5. I carry prayer beads of various Gods with me as well.

    However, it would seem that the Gods of the Moon are calling to people. I had Father Nanna-Suen come in my dreams and tell me things. For the next few months, I have to carry “Moon hearts” in various phases of the moon in my pocket. And write prayers and have a prayer bead. It is a good thing to be devout. For me, it has ended up turning my life into either a really, really devout Polytheist or a semi-monk. Not sure which.

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