Let Us Remember Julian

Christians call him the apostate. We – many polytheists across traditions—consider him a saint, and some, a martyr. Julian (331-363) was Roman emperor from 362-363. While raised a Christian, he returned to some type of Hellenic polytheism (one deeply steeped in Platonism) very early on, and during his all too brief reign, attempted to drive back the encroaching dominance of Christianity. (1). My particular favorite bit of legislation, which he did not live long enough to really see play out, was forbidding Christians from teaching classical texts. This would, had it been allowed to come to fruition, have barred them from the corridors of power, and more importantly from evangelizing and instantiating Christianity in those corridors of power (2).

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about Julian today and it occurred to me that I have a prayer card for him. To honor him, through Monday 9pm, I will give a free prayer card for Julian to anyone who emails me at Krasskova at gmail.com asking for one. Include your name and a mailing address. One per person.

May our sancti, sanctae, and martyrs ever and always be remembered.
What is remembered, lives.

Julian by Sasha Chaitow

Notes:

  1. For Christians, this was not a good thing, but I would point out that whereas Christianity can exist, practice, and for the most part be left alone in polytheistic theology, the opposite has never been true.
  2. Christians understood this well. I think it’s rather comparable on a certain level to the way so many theology departments (I exclude Fordham, which has consistently been wonderful and welcoming) won’t even consider polytheists for their grad programs, often instead pushing them into religious studies (if they’re mentored at all).
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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 30, 2021, in Lived Polytheism, prayers and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hail Julian the Pious! May our own leaders be as enlightened as you were. May we hold the line each and every day like you did. May you be with us in our fight to re-establish the worship of the Holy Powers.

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  2. Hail Julian the Martyr! Hail Julian the Blessed! Please bring us back to our Gods and show us how to properly worship them. Hail beloved of Helios and Cybele!

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  3. Hail Julian the Faithful!

    In addition to the prayer care image here, I’m reminded of this beautiful icon: The Bridegroom of Wisdom: The Apotheosis of Julian.

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  4. Hail Blessed Julian.

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  5. I had quite a scare initially. I thought something had happened to Julian Assange…

    Hail to the Martyred Emperor
    For Faith’s Freedom is a worthy cause.
    Thank you, Julian Apostate Emperor of Rome,

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