For Shame

Boniface Chopping Down Thor’s Oak

A friend sent me a video today by a woman who claims devotion to Odin. I’ve known this person for years, and actually had her in a clergy training program decades ago — she was the only person I ever had to expel (she never quite warmed up to the idea that devotion would occasionally be inconvenient). Well, in this video, this woman – and I’m not sharing the video. It’s such polluted garbage I can’t—has announced that she is no longer wearing any Heathen sacred symbol (Mjolnir, valknot, runes, etc.) because she doesn’t want anyone to think she’s a white supremacist. She’s also strongly encouraging other people to throw away our sacred symbols. 

What utter cowardice. And if you read that as contemptuous, you would be reading it rightly. Now is precisely the time we should be wearing our symbols proudly and having those difficult conversations with people who would misunderstand their meaning. To put aside our holiest of symbols is to say that we care more for what strangers may think of us than for our Gods. There’s no integrity in it. Fucking Christians became martyrs for their faith and we have people like this woman who won’t even wear a necklace or be bothered to clear up misunderstandings about our Gods, spirits, and symbols. 

 What kind of person claims to love the Gods and yet acts as though everything associated with those Gods shameful?  What kind of person claims to love the Gods and is unwilling to attempt to clear up blatant lies about those Gods, or to have uncomfortable conversations that cost nothing but our willingness to be present? Runes for instance are mysteries. Odin suffered on the Tree to bring them forth and this worthless creature won’t even stand up and challenge the lies that have been spread about the runes, particularly othala? It’s one thing to be a coward oneself, but to actively encourage other people to also throw away their religious symbols just to make your own choice seem as though it has merit, is so much worse. 

People like this bury their heads in the sand which only guarantees the white supremacists win, because white supremacists don’t have a problem speaking up and taking what isn’t theirs to take. 

If that’s too much, then you really have to ask yourself why you’re doing this? Why are you here? Why are you wasting the time and resources of devout people who love their Gods and are willing to stand by that love publicly and no matter how much it causes inconvenience? Why are you actively seeking to damage the tradition? After all, when you are actively encouraging others to put aside their sacred symbols, the corollary is that you’re encouraging them to turn away from their Gods. You’re participating in gutting a tradition. Good job.  Here’s some advice that I oh, so sincerely hope you’ll take: maybe stick to Dr. Who fandom but leave religion alone.   

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 May 18, 2021, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Well, I want to vomit now.

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  2. Lots of Christians are happily watering down their beliefs to win online virtue cookies. The only difference between Social Justice Christianity and Social Justice Neopaganism is several sticks of deodorant. They both make the critical mistake of transferring their attention from the Divine to humanity, and they both wave the same flags and spout the same slogans.

    The whole “White Supremacist Heathenry” brouhaha has actually served as a useful winnowing process. If you are going to flinch in terror when somebody calls you names, what use are you going to be in the event of a real conflict?

    I find it fascinating that the Christian and Heathen sects in the Dissident Right/Trad movements have reached a lot of understandings. That’s not to say that there’s not a lot of squabbling among the ever-present village idiots. But the serious people on both sides of that divide are willing to die for their beliefs. And when you’re willing to die for your beliefs, you respect others ready to die for theirs.

    I expect folkish Heathenry to survive the coming chaos. 100 years from now Neopaganism will be a footnote if anybody is still writing books. While I think there are problems within folkish Heathenry (including a lot of Heathens worshipping Race rather than Gods), at least folkish Heathens uphold their beliefs in the face of persecution.

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  3. KatsCauldron

    the symbols & wearing the is not only something I have been solidly fighting for but for a long time. Sure, I get bent when I find people I have really cared for have gone too right & color/ethnicity coded & don’t associate in any thing they are doing but the idea of aiding that by fear of perception to others of anyone involved in heathenism is heinous too

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  4. Our Gods and ancestors deserve better than the people that claim to worship Them now. Our ancestors were kings and warriors and wise men and women and now a lot of their “descendants” (if they even deserve the term) are milksops that don’t have any interest in actually maintaining the survival of the polytheistic faiths. What a joke of a community… Next thing you know they’ll start trying to cancel Odin or something else mind-numbingly idiotic

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    • ganglerisgrove

      That’s the thing, Marcus: there’s just so little looking ahead to the future of our traditions. it’s really disheartening. I have my share of fuck ups but I want to leave this life having done the best I possibly could to further restore Heathenry, to serve my Gods, to build Their cultus. I know I had good devotional models in my life and I’m grateful for that every day but…even excepting that, I don’t get why it’s so HARD for people. It’s priorities, values, and love. I love my Gods. I’m not going to do that which says otherwise.

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      • I don’t get it why it’s hard for them either. I mean, I look at myself and don’t see anyone particularly smart or anything. I’m no one special. I grew up in a non-practicing Catholic household much like many others. I was educated in the same protestant-secular society everyone else was. I didn’t even really have any good role models until way later in my life and it was after I was already seeking them. Why do I get it? I don’t really know. It just seems logical to me to worship the Gods since They are our Gods in our religion and that we should understand Them and how to be in good relationships with Them to the best of our ability. Why does that allude others?

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  5. You know what? I actually forgot. I have actually met people that want to cancel Zeus. So maybe they will try to cancel Odin. Either way, it’s beyond me why the Gods don’t send some kind of flood or something to wipe everything out because at this point I think it’s well-deserved

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Marcus, I’ve been called a rape apologist because I did a theological break down of the story of Odin and Rind, so believe me, there are those who want to cancel our Gods. This is nothing new. What is new is that our communities are bending over and taking it without fighting back against this poison.

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      • If I had to guess? Because most people don’t actually believe in the Gods. They just want an excuse to be quirky and act like this is some kind of mythology fandom. I also have no doubt that there is a correlation between the lack of respect for the Gods and the rise in popularity of worshipping actual demons. People are embracing evil with gusto

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I agree with you. We are a terrible species. Hail ever and always to Ask and Embla…I wish we deserved them.

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  6. “I will wear the marks of my Gods proudly…I will not be emptied of Them…”

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  7. ganglerisgrove

    Marcus, YES and also popular culture has a deeply anti-deity attitude. it really is in every aspect of our culture, media, popular culture, etc. I think when that’s consumed indiscriminately it really isn’t a good or productive thing. and yes…I think we have way too many not just non-theists but anti theists in our communities, and moreover in leadership positions.

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  8. ganglerisgrove

    Marcus, I will continue our conversation a bit later — I need to finish grading papers tonight (grades due tomorrow). But I WILL respond later…this is a good convo.

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  9. Apostasy of the “Woke”. No thank you.

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  10. It is in the Roman Paganism as well. I see a sense of purging happening. I do believe that the people doing the purging are in the modern secular mindset, even though they may think they are Polytheists.

    What I find hilarious is that in Universal “Polytheism” people say the Gods call whom they will and therefore anyone can join and participate. Except Nazis…….. so either the Gods everyone or they only call a select few. If they call only a select few, then it is not “Universal.” Logical puzzle.

    It goes with the idea of Black people being White Supremists and that only certain people can determine the value of whatever.

    It is a power grab for upper-class White people to stay on top of the heap.

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  11. I can’t agree with you more Galina. I wear my Polytheist sacred symbols out in the open with deep devotion. Not because of who I am, but because I love & honor the Deities.

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  12. While I don’t entirely disagree with you, I’d like to point out it’s just jewelry. There are some people who actually can’t wear necklaces or other similar items at work because of a dress code. There are some people with metal allergies. There are some people living in poverty who can’t afford jewelry or aren’t going to wear a cheap knockoff just to prove devotion. There are people in situations like, for example, a single mother raising children in a small, very Christian town who doesn’t have options to move right now, and no, not wanting her kids taken away and put into foster care is not cowardice.

    I don’t think the Gods care whether we wear jewelry or not. Jewelry is a display of devotion but it is not the only form of devotion.

    That said, I would agree this individual’s reasoning for doing so was not due to any of the above legitimate reasons, and is misguided and in poor taste. This isn’t like a swastika where probably nobody in 2021 should be wearing one openly. There is, as you pointed out, a teaching opportunity here. “This Mjolnir is a symbol of Thor, who protects all of humanity! That means everyone, of all races!” “This valknut is a symbol of Odin, who traveled the worlds seeking wisdom from all different kinds of people!” Etcetera. If we give up the symbols because racism, what ends up happening is ONLY the asshats have them, and I think the Gods, and their future worshipers, deserve better than that.

    I would also like to point out that I’ve known of this individual for years and I don’t think they’re doing it out of any sincerely held motivation to not offend people and do the right thing. The individual in question has hopped on different bandwagons – the godspouse bandwagon, then the Pop Culture Pagan nonsense, then when Luciferianism got to be trendy all of a sudden she was Luciferian now and it had been Lucifer all along who called her (not Odin), then she went back to Odin and now she’s woking it up and pretending to be Jewish for extra Oppression Olympics cred, and is also calling herself “queer” (when she’s said for years her relationship with her spouse is platonic and not romantic) for woke points, because woke is the trendy new thing and she seems to go wherever she thinks she can get money for her Etsy shop, like some sort of mercenary vulture. It’s bothersome and THAT disgusts me more than her telling everyone to throw the valknut and Mjolnir and runes away. I’d still be disappointed if she were doing it from a sincerely held belief, but knowing this is a grab to convince people to buy from her Etsy shop is bullshit.

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    • I find her trying to get people to throw out the Mjolnir more disgusting. You want to have no commitment and just do whatever is trendy enough to grab you attention? Fine. That’s on you. But don’t try to get other people to be as idiotic as you!

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      • KatsCauldron

        this is what I told people on reddit months ago when people came in whining & then saying people should do that & the symbols didn’t mean anything anymore. it’s like wtf

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    • I finally connected to who everyone is discussing. I have followed their blog during all of this. I personally felt that they were bouncing from thing to thing. What struck me was the disconnection between beliefs and reality. They kept crying poverty but kept adopting multiple pets who needed intensive vet intervention. Either you decide you are disabled enough to be on the dole and can’t care for many animals or you are able bodied and can work. What puzzles me is that do they have followers now or have most people left?

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    • You left out her very brief The Morrigan phase. That said, I love my jewelry, and the runes. Runes make up a huge chunk of my magical practice.

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  13. Meanwhile in Asia, Shintos, Buddhists and Hindus are still constantly using the swastika in their lives because they take their religions seriously. These neopagans have no conviction.

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  14. @ Marcus – right, I’m not saying that her throwing out the Mjolnir or other symbols is OK. If she actually truly thought she was doing the right thing I could sort of respect that (respect is the wrong word; “agree to disagree” perhaps) even if I thought she was wrong wrong wrong (and she is). Knowing that she’s just hopping on the “woke” bandwagon to try to convince people to buy from her on Etsy, though, adds an extra layer of disgust to me. If that makes sense. It’s knowing there’s no actual real conviction or principle there and she’s just trying to score points for money. If she had the conviction behind it she’d still be wrong but it would offend me slightly less. Selling this garbage as proper praxis when she doesn’t even truly believe what she’s saying is disgusting hypocrisy.

    @ Seidrwoman – I totally forgot about that. She’s had so many phases LOL! We should start a betting pool on what she’ll be claiming to be a year from now.

    @ neptunesdolphins – exactly. If I was her and wanted to be “woke” I’d maybe care about the message this is sending. Every person like her who’s crying poverty while taking care of umpteen animals makes it harder for real legitimate disabled, poor people to get the assistance and resources they need. And she has some followers still. Amazingly.

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    • KatsCauldron

      she has an etsy store? what is she selling? flip me a link because I am curious, am way out of all the loops of whos who

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  15. This is the assinine logic that leads one to throw out the proverbial baby with the bath water. If the symbols are to be all chucked out, then what’s next, the reality of our Gods?

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