Starting the New Year Off Right

I hope everyone had happy new year celebrations. We were kept pretty busy right up until the moment the year turned, but in positive ways. There are certain things that we always do in my household to herald in the New Year. Firstly, we clean physically – it’s a good way of getting rid of any extant stagnant or polluting energy so everyone does their part. Then we make offerings at all the shrines along with attendant prayers. About a half hour before the new year proper, we do a small ritual to our threshold Gods: Hermes, Cardea, Janus, Forculus and Limentius (it’s the one Roman digression in our otherwise Norse yule season).

This year we then watched the ball drop (though we all turned the sound off before that. New York celebrations in Times Square included the song “Imagine” and I can think of no more impious piece. None of us wanted to start the new year with that utter crap. We just turned the sound off until the song was over and uncorked a bottle of wine instead). After calls to relatives we all shared out something sweet (that our new year may be filled with sweetness) then we sat down and prayed for the better part of an hour, working through our household prayer book. We wanted the first significant words out of our mouths in the new year to be praises of our Gods. After that, we did personal divination for each other, a rather intense type of northern tradition system called a ‘soul map.’ At most, I only do this twice a year for clients and I prefer to only do it once a year. It’s not something to be done lightly and in our household we only do it for each other at New Year’s.

There’s more divination to be done for the coming year, including to see which Deities govern our house for 2020 but that will wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, I prepped soup from scratch (it’s simmering in the crockpot now) because I like one of the first things that I do in the new year to be something that connects me to my ancestors, which for me, is either cooking or needlework of some sort (my paternal line likes the former, my maternal the latter). That is about it for the evening. It’s close to four am now and I’m about ready to call it a night.

I wish you all the best for 2020.  








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 January 1, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. The first thing I did for the new year, was offer a prayer to Mundilfari. I felt it was an appropriate time to acknowledge him and start my New Year’s Resolution to offer more prayers to the Gods. Especially words of praise.

    A Prayer to the Turner of Time

    by Moonsinger

    Hail Mundilfari, ancient and wise.
    Hail father of bright etins born:
    Sunna, Mani, healing Sinthgunt
    roaring through the fabric of time.
    Hail Master of the sky road,
    brilliant Wanderer, Architect of ages,
    Wisdom-seeker, wise in Your travels,
    ordering seasons,
    supporting the structure of worlds.
    A shaman told me once you might be dead,
    but I think instead
    that you have hidden yourself away
    in the wisdom-hall of time,
    not too far from the well of memory.
    Hail twister of fate, weaver of being,
    Knotter of days.
    I hail Your children and I hail You.
    Mundilfari, may You be honored.

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  2. I totally agree with you in regards to “Imagine”. Not only is it impious but the premise of the song is so immature. Banally so. Anyone who thinks that Atheism would bring world peace is just naive and ignorant of human nature. I’ve known quite a few atheists in my life who were downright terrible people. I knew a guy who beat up his girlfriend and forced himself on her despite the fact she’d beg him not to do it because he’d never use protection and they couldn’t afford a child (thankfully both of her pregnancies failed due to blighted eggs). The guy was an atheist. Ardently so. Clearly Atheism is not what makes a good person.


    • I can do better than that. I saw a guy on YouTube give the spiel of “Imagine what the world would be like if Atheism was the chief Religion”. I replied that it’s already been done…in China, North Korea, the former Soviet Union, Cuba, etc. where Atheists murder Theists en mass. Of course he did the Apologetics dance in response.

      Also…ever notice that Atheists (especially Anti-theists) sound so much like Evangelical Christians?

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      • Either one works. Whether it’s a society or one person, it’s all enough evidence for any rational person that these two points don’t lead into each other.

        And quite frankly, they sound the same because they are the same. As atheists themselves even say, “(Atheists) just go one deity further in disbelief”. If I were tell an atheist and a Christian that I had mind-blowing experience of Zeus that absolutely changed my devotional life, both would try to debunk it. I know this because almost this exact same thing happened to me (the experience in question was not of Zeus but both Christian and atheist tried to poke holes in what I was talking about). They literally said things so similar you almost couldn’t tell them apart.


    • ganglerisgrove

      neither is religion. if we need religion to make us “good” we’re missing something as human beings. I think we need to differentiate between ‘atheist’ and ‘anti-theist.’


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