*sigh* PSA

Every autumn, my household cleans the ancestor room as thoroughly as possible. We empty out drawers, pull out furniture, dust, vacuum, discard offerings that may be lurking and put things in order for Yule. Having just finished this process for this year (and what a weight to have off one’s shoulders!), it brings to mind a few things I’d like to share. 

Often, as a spiritual professional (be it priest, vitki, shaman, spirit worker, etc.) when one maintains a shrine, others will come and leave offerings at your personal shrines. Sometimes people are shy about doing it at their own and feel that such things have more power when left at the shrine of a priest or spirit worker. Be careful. Personal concerns work both ways. Clean your shrines often and carefully and respectfully dispose of offerings left by others. Do not allow your shrines or your home to become repositories for the personal concerns of others *through which they may work ill upon you*.

Be aware also of gifts given. Magically – and yes, as spirit worker and priest I very much believe in magic—right of maker always, ALWAYS takes precedence over right of owner. The exchange of money, especially when a contract or legal document is involved (as in buying a house) can nullify this to a large degree; however, beware gifts given. When the friendship sours, they can become conduits of malefica. I suggest donating them or burning them. 

Here is a good article on personal concerns. 

That is all. 

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 October 25, 2021, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have found that in the Polytheistic traditions that I know about – Roman, Mesopotamia – had in their calendars – the cleaning of shrines and altars. I think it is something that modern people lump in with housework. Cleaning does change the energies and brightens the altar. Also, at least in my experience, the Gods appreciate a clean space. I have found that even the Gods who are associated with death such as Anubis also appreciate cleanliness.

    As for decommissioning sacred items, that is another subject altogether. I did that with an owl’s wing that I was given for my altar. The woman who gave it to me was a devotee of Athena. The owl’s wing felt wrong on my altar, but I waited until I received instructions as to whom to give it to. (Instructions were to give it away and not burn it.) At a festival, I found the person who was to receive it. Of course, I explained its history, and said that I had cleansed it by putting it out in sunlight. (I had received instructions to do it that way.) But that they would want to see what they needed to do before putting it on their altar.

    Of course this is a tangent to your original posting.

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  2. When I am disposing of sacred items, depending on what it is, and barring instructions otherwise, I will commend it to fire, water, or earth with blessings and usually offerings of thanks to the Powers involved.

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  3. OK after reading that article you linked to this makes way more sense. Personal concerns made me think of sharing “joys and concerns” (or sorrows) at churches! I’ve mainly had an issue with people putting mundane items on my altar or touching things without permission, so I’ve had to explain & remind them of this. Various public rituals I’ve been to, as well as hospitality suites at Paganicon have shrines that anyone participating can pray/meditate at/leave offerings etc. Public/semi-public shrines are different than personal, and even so when possible it’s good to have someone nearby to keep an eye on them, especially in spaces with people of many traditions!

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