May Our Better Selves Be Stronger

One of my readers, Ryan, made a response to my last post about the desecration of Mary statues and the burning of a Church, and it was so beautiful and true I had to repost it here separately. This sums up how I feel so well. Thank you, Ryan, for your wise and thoughtful words.

“Part of me understands why someone would be tempted to do such things. Part of me would love nothing more than to see churches burned and Christian iconography defaced as they once did to our temples and holy images. Part of me wants to say “turnabout is fair play” and shatter their religion until anyone wanting to worship their God has to struggle to piece their faith back together from a pile of ashes as we have had to do. The worst part of me feels this way very, very strongly. But the better part of me knows that is not the way forward. The better part of me knows destroying sacred images damages us all, that some people are called to serve that God, that all sacred images are doorways for the divine, and that to act on such urges would not serve the Holy Powers, but only aid the Filter. I am angry at what was done to our Traditions, at the lies they still try to force down our throats, at the ongoing destruction of our Polytheisms, and I won’t deny that. But I will not let that anger tempt me into blasphemy and serving the Filter. The better part of me is stronger than the worst. I pray that those responsible are brought to justice, and that for every shrine to Mary desecrated, ten more are built and a hundred more flooded with offerings. I will hold fast to the Holy Powers and reject the Ruinous, always.” –Ryan



EDIT: Someone asked me what “the Filter is. It’s an earlier term for that malignant sentience that is aligned against everything the Gods have created, that seeks to tear down, corrupt, and destroy all that comprises the architecture of the Worlds, all that is good, all that the Gods have put in order. The Ancient Egyptian polytheists called it Isfet. I call it the Enemy.

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 July 14, 2020, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for reposting my comment. Whatever it is we call it, Isfet, the Filter, the Enemy, the Ruinous, we must stand against it and fight against its influence. I wonder about this entity sometimes. What IS the Enemy, why does it exist, does it have a purpose? But the answers to those questions are unimportant so long as we know it must be resisted and can be defeated.

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