Praying to Hermes

“Lovers find secret places
inside this violent world
where they make transactions
with beauty.”
― Rumi

He is beautiful. All Gods when They come to stand before the eyes of the soul are beautiful. Hermes granted me that and it saved me. He came in a dream and I could not breathe. He came in a dream and it was just for a moment that I saw Him and it nourished me though a week that would otherwise have brought me to my knees. Such encounters, no matter how fleeting, change the shape of the soul. They bring our hearts into alignment with the holy just a little bit more. They not only sustain but they transform. I don’t know what I carry now as a result of that encounter but I am so grateful.

It is the work of our souls to fall in love with our Gods, to seek Them out fervently, fiercely, unceasingly. To love a God is a fire that turns our worlds inside out. It brings us back to the moment of creation, the moment the Gods breathed or burned, willed or wove the cosmos into being, the moment divine architecture was created. To love a God means we are woven into being again and again always renewing and renewed. Our souls become intimately bound up in the constant reiteration of divine order. We take part in a song that binds everything in our world to our Gods. We take part in nourishing the Tree that nourishes us in return.


(“Hermes” by Pierre et Gilles)

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 October 23, 2019, in Bacchic Things, devotional work, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You are so right Galina.
    Just a few seconds or a touch, or a feeling of the Deities’ divine love will carry us when we are at our wit’s end & can’t bear any more.
    Your words give hope & encouragement to those who are carrying burdens beyond their strength. I have been on the edge of despair & felt like giving up, by all the pain in life. By the God Dionysus’ divine presence & Hathor’s fiery love, I have been brought back to living life again.
    The God Hermes also gives divine comfort by his presence & love.
    Praise be all the Deities that touch our mortal lives!

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  2. Very beautifully written. So very true about seeing the Gods’ beauty and Their beauty giving us strength and awe. Had a very beautiful dream about Mani years ago and I was filled with awe when I saw Him. Hail to all the Gods!

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  3. Yes, well written. Thank you, Galina, for the words on paper. Thank you, Lordly Ones – Thank You, Holy Ones – Thank You, Ancestors of Birth and Blood and Choice, for positioning me where I am able to read these words and receive their message of Love and Devotion for the Holy Powers.

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  4. Beautifully said Galina.
    Experiencing a God is such a precious experience. I truly become myself before my Gods. Those dreams are sacred to me. When I wake up my soul struggles to linger in the remembrance of what I felt, touched, tasted, of every single detail, of the love, brilliance and aweness of these encounters.

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