A PSA I posted to Reddit: “Deity work” is not dangerous!

Excellent, absolutely excellent article. Here’s the take away: “gods are only dangerous if you treat them like shit.” So don’t do that. The Holy Powers are not people. They are above us in the cosmic hierarchy. If that is difficult or “triggering” to you, that’s a problem for you to explore with your spiritual elders. it’s not something inherently wrong with the Gods Themselves. This is a brilliant, brilliant article that underscores the need for elders, tradition keepers, respect, reverence, and common friggin’ sense.

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You, yes you, all the way in the back:

“Deity work” is not dangerous.

This is an insidious lie that damages communities, and activelyharms people.

Gods, and having relationships with them, are not any more dangerous than interacting with any other human being. It is no more dangerous than getting behind the wheel of your car. It is no more dangerous than showing up to work. It is no more dangerous than cooking dinner.

That is, thereisa risk. But it is not what you seem to think it is: it is dangerous if you lack basic respect for that – or in this case,Whom- you are interacting with.

You know who claims gods are dangerous? People who are selfish assholes. People who want to convince you they have special abilities or training that you don’t. People who want power and attention. People who wrongly, stupidly,

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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 February 13, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. If someone demanded my attendance at their ceremony, told me to do stuff for them, refused to pay me for doing it, and then told people I didn’t actually exist, I would be tempted to punch them in the nose for being a jerk, or at least not bother interacting with them until they stop acting that way. Most other people would also feel similarly peeved.

    Yet so many people believe treating the Holy Powers that way is just fine when they would never consider doing it to a human. I’m truly shocked (and eternally grateful) that the Gods want anything to do with us these days.

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