A Message to New Readers

In a different time and place, I’d make a subtle, carefully reasoned argument about why it was important to pray or make offerings. I’d go into the ins and outs of piety and help newcomers to my blog see why it was so important. I would do, what I have done, for thirty years laying out the theology of devotion, of human anthropology, and opening up our cosmology in ways that lead one more easily down the paths of piety. Yeah. Today is not that day. These things have been covered by me numerous times before and by those across a broad spectrum of traditions who are wiser than I in these things. I’m tired of repeating myself. Besides, trying to speak common sense to someone lacking character, virtue, or identity (you know, outside of their genitals or whom they choose to rub those genitals against) is like pissing in the wind these days. So let me be clear and y’all can stay or go as you wish. 

I have zero interest in discussing theology with people who lack the most basic respect for the Holy, people who have no concept of devotion. We literally do not speak the same language. Do not step to me with your muddled thinking, your entitlement before the Gods, your foolishness, lack of piety, pollution, refusal to show the most basic elements of devotion, refusal to pray – to do that one very simple thing that aids in our discernment, draws us closer in devotion to our Gods, and protects us from evil. You fucking people have destroyed, polluted, and shat on your own “traditions” and now you’re coming into very polytheistic spaces to do the same to us. NO. 

If you find it too damned much trouble to pray. GTFO. 

If making a simple offering seems ‘wasteful,’ likewise GTFO.

If serving the Gods as a faithful and pious retainer isn’t the center of your being: GTFO. 

You sensing the theme? Take it to heart. 

Polytheism is about venerating the Gods, Who exist as independent Beings outside of us. WE are not the center of the universe. We were put here to serve the Gods, to live lives of mindful devotion creating in our world doorways to that which is Holy, to that which created us all.  

It is not enough to just exist and pretend to practice a religion. One actually has to DO something. People who come on blogs and other social media sites and tell you that any contact with the Gods is mental illness, that sacrifice is wrong, that devotion isn’t necessary, that prayer isn’t necessary, that cleansing isn’t needed, or who project their every identity dysfunction onto the Gods, are like fire hoses full of shit. They are purposely spreading pollution. This is evil. I’m done pretending otherwise and I’m done being anything approximating hospitable or nice. 

I encourage my readers to comment on my posts here but read the fucking room first. There are plenty of places where people can go to defile themselves. No one needs to do that here. There’s a whole internet at one’s disposal. GTFO.

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 June 16, 2021, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I have argued with friends & not about this. I am very hard Polytheistic, always have been. It is annoying to see/hear people go the I am Good God is me, yeah yeah, we all have a touch of the divine in us but hard nah to that. People can have alot of different ideas over offerings & sacrifice to Dieties & I have mine. It should bring joy too them imo. Have been honored in the past when people had me make things even something as simple [but complex] as incenses for Midsommer & intend to have my altar & ceremony set up like that

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I think being able to make things for a ritual, or offering, be it a tool, a sacred image, an icon, incense, shrine cloths, etc. is really lovely and very sacred work. The hands of the crafter are sacred.

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      • thank you I do too, once I made some pieces to give to someone that had gifted me something, later he told me he had put it on a boat at ceremony/get together to set off [maybe in not thinking much of it not sure] I couldn’t have been more honored & told him so because it was out of real stones & put together with all intents for the Gods & sure enough though I wasn’t there the blessings came in like crazy & could feel their satisfaction

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  2. I can only imagine what comments prompted this post lol

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  3. I have been saying this for years. Great stuff.

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  4. I can literally think of examples from sources referring to food being given as an offering. That person didn’t know what they were talking about. Plus her saying that the devotion of the Greeks didn’t mean anything because of the Greco-Persian war is dumb. Did we forget about the fact that Pan literally is said to have driven away the Persians in exchange for worship from the Athenians? Or the apparitions of the initiates at Elysium going to aid the Greeks? Didn’t Athena and some other deities show up too? Sounds to me like devotion brought the Greeks a lot in that situation…

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  5. It is nothing more than willfull obtuseness. If you don’t want devotion, then why are you in religion Go be an atheist.

    There are so many records, from written accounts, to archaeological discoveries. These gods were worshipped. Period.

    Pick any of the traditions and it’s there, in abundant clarity.

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  6. Normally I am not one for conflict but sometimes I am just so grateful that you’re willing to call shit out when you see it and in a way that is intelligent and true. Not just driven by ego and a need to be right, but by a connection and relationship with the Gods.

    I’m just now catching up on reading a backlog of blog posts I haven’t gotten to and I saw the comment that spurred this one on. That same user commented on my miasma post and was the driving force behind my newest post on discernment. The ego on that one…. Man oh man. I don’t understand why devotion and relationship with the Gods is such a difficult thing for some people to grasp. Keep doing what you’re doing and writing these good pieces cause I know I appreciate them

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