Why I Wear My Valknot Proudly


This is a valknot. It is recognized and sacred across all denominations of Heathenry as a significator to all who see that the bearer is devoted to the God Odin. Odin is a God of prophets and shamans, poets and bards, warriors and kings. He is a creator God Who wrought the architecture of creation with His brothers Loður and Hoenir, weaving from the bones of His own ancestor, the scaffolding upon which the worlds were hung. He is a God of wisdom, knowledge, and sacrifice and the valknot signifies His victory over Himself in that quest for knowledge. He is a God of magic and shapeshifting, of runes and sorcery, of power and passion. Those who love and serve Him are fervent in their devotion because we recognize what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to pour ourselves out in adoration before this fiercest of Gods. 

These are the ways in which we mark our flesh, ourselves, our souls as belonging to Them. These are the symbols by which we declare our devotion to the Holy Powers far and wide to all who see and most of all to ourselves in the deepest, most secret places of our hearts. These symbols are our shield and vambrace as we fare forth in a world hostile to our Gods and struggle to find our way therein. We will not give them up. 

“Odin’ by W. McMillan


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 January 9, 2021, in Heathenry and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My heart hurts with all that is going on at the moment, and I don’t even live in the US. Just because some *expletives* decide they need to pretend to be Vikings to feel like real men, suddenly a whole religion is tarnished. I’m also worried for my husband who, despite technically being Christian, has runes on his car. We named the car for Freya (it’s a golden Volvo and we have two cats 😁) so he decided to honour Her. Is he now a racist?

    There’s lots of things I want to say but…calm, calm, calm!

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Senneferet, the way things are going if we don’t decide to eschew our devotion to our Gods for politics, we’ll be damned as racist or worse. *sarcasm*. Try not to think of the religion as tarnished. We ARE a religion with people good and bad, of varying political positions, backgrounds, etc. That means – despite the best efforts of some to force a political litmus test on Heathenry – we’re going to be a mixed bag. Every religion has to deal with that. It can be difficult not to allow the mistakes of human devotees to reflect badly upon the Gods but that’s something I think we all have to fight, esp. now. stay strong…and I love that your husband honors Freya. 🙂

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