Etsy Shop Updates

I have several quick updates related to my etsy shop. Firstly, the small, pocket sized Heathen prayer book is now available. It’s exactly the size of a prayer card ( 2 1/2 x 4 inches) and fits readily into pocket or purse. The print is small (the next printing, once these sell out, will have a larger font on the title page) but readable. This is by request and contains prayers to many of our Deities including Odin, Frigga, Freya, Frey, Gerda, Thor, Loki, Sigyn, Mani, Ostara, Jord, and Others. It’s available here

seeking valhalla booklet

Secondly, a prayer card for Tyche is now available, by artist C. Sanders.

Tyche chris sanders

There is also a new Nott prayer card

Nott italian gay mermaid

and Selene prayer card, both by Italian Gay Mermaid:

Selene by bocconcino

Finally, as I’ve previously mentioned, i’m running a sale in my shop through May 31. Happy Walpurgis, folks.

WyrdCuriosities_May2020_Coupon

Also, I’m having an interesting discussion about Walpurgis with a friend of mine. I have had no direct theophany with this Goddess and we’re discussing whether She is a separate Deity or a particular manifestation of a Deity like Holda. What are everyone’s thoughts? Has any one of my readers worked with Her extensively in a devotional capacity? I invite y’all to share your insights if so here in the comments. Be well, folks. Stay safe. 

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 April 14, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I thought she was a saint originally…and not one that had any kind of obvious pre-Christian background like some others…?

    Then again, a lot of female figures are mistaken for Deities regularly, and there’s bad info out there on them…I’m not saying you have done that, only that it is so common it’s surprising sometimes.

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    • The trick with Walburga, is she survives to us (outside of the church’s indoctrination of her as a Saint) in folktales. Thereby it’s predominantly German language folklorists who have really captured her stories so we can see glimpses of what may have once been. Most of these resources have never been translated into English, one of the key exceptions that I can think of: Jacob Grimm’s Teutonic Mythology.

      Of interest, this article from Winifred Hodge is a great read too: http://www.friggasweb.org/walburga.html and summaries and distills some of the folklorists content.

      Walburga appears to have a connection regionally to the areas of Lower Germany (the same area where Nehalennia, and Frau Holle/Holda was widely worshipped), comprised of areas in the modern day we know of as Netherlands, Belgium, and Northern Germany, etc. Perchta was known for worship in Upper Germany which we know of today as Alpine regions that we find in areas such as Switzerland, Bavaria, Austria, etc.

      But Holda has very strong associations with Winter, and Walburga seems more in tune with spring, and the transition therein.

      But both Holda and Perchta have traditions of them being figures of the Wild Hunt, leading it in the way Odin does in other areas. But Walburga doesn’t lead the hunt, she is CHASED by the Hunt. This is why to me, I don’t think Walburga is Holda, but I’d be curious to see if there’s any genuine theophany.

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      • Thanks for that! I’ll have a read of it!

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      • It’s an excellent article! Call me convinced! 😉

        One thing that I liked about it is that it makes a connection that very few people do with that particular time of year. In pseudo-Celtic practices, a lot of people just treat Beltaine as if it is basically the “Celtic” version of May Day in England, but it isn’t. Welsh tradition has particular things to indicate about it, and likewise Irish tradition does as well, but none of it is as definitely fertility-connected as the May Day sorts of things. But, there is battle and conflict on that date in Irish tradition, and in Welsh there are dangerous supernatural encounters. So, that has always been a part of it for me. And, it looks like what you’ve discovered demonstrates one of many potential reason for why that might be, which I appreciate greatly!

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    • Yes, that is a very important distinction. The so called “wheel of the year” made popular by Wicca, is a disservice as it tries to homonize the whole, and there were distinct differences between different cultures, and sometimes even in the same religious background different geo-specific practices too for various settlements as well.

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  2. While I can’t say Walpurgis isn’t a separate entity, I personally see Walpurgisnacht as holy to Huldra, whom I feel is very much a separate goddess from Holda. They are similar in a number of ways, but then Huldra is not unlike Ellen of the Ways as well.

    Walpurgisnacht to me is the last ride of the Hunt, whom in folklore often hunt huldrafolk, the strange jotun tribe (or so I see them) that takes their name from Huldra.

    It is a night for vigil and offering sanctuary to those huldrafolk that might otherwise be caught out. For setting out food offerings and placing triple Nyd runes upon trees (I tend to use cascarilla as I don’t currently have coppice stumps to permanently mark) to act as safe shelter for them. This is rather hodgepodged together from folklore all over the northern lands more than anything that can be pointed too in sagas or the like.

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  3. I am not saying that Walpurga is Hrethe, but I feel like both goddesses possess a connection to that blustery battle line of nature between winter and spring.

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