The Power of Art

Why do I write about ballet, art, and music so much on a blog dedicated to polytheism/theological topics? Over and above my own involvement in these things, and the relevance of ancestor veneration and lineage ancestor veneration, I write about Art (and here, read this as multivalent: dance, music, writing, poetry, painting, sculpture, pottery, glassblowing, weaving, embroidery, sewing, etc. ALL art) because it is sacred. I write about it because it is a conduit through which the Gods may work. I write about it because bringing Art into the world at any level of competency is a holy thing. It drives back the Unmaker. It reaffirms creation. It aligns us with the Gods who carefully designed and wrought the worlds. It restores and cleanses and preserves the soul from evil. To bring art into the world, to facilitate its expression, to experience it with wonder, to allow it to work its healing is sacred. Not everyone is a priest or spirit-worker, shaman or other specialist. But just as everyone can pray, everyone can experience Art in some way, and doing so heals the soul of pollution and the fury of evil. It’s important, just as remembering and calling to mind our lineage ancestors is important.

It is not a waste of time to look at a painting and ponder it, to dance, however inexpertly, to music you like, to listen to a song, to embroider a pretty design, to make a wobbly pot, to practice an instrument, to muddle out a painting even if you think it sucks. Make art. Craft things. In all ways large and small, make it, inhale it, imbibe it, devour it, bring it into the world, and open space for others to experience it. Allow yourself this gift. It cleanses. It allows the Gods to speak. 

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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 August 22, 2022, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Amen. I would add: Make art for the gods. Craft your offerings. Get creative with your shrines. So much better than just buying a bunch of mass-manufactured stuff. And if you can’t make things from scratch, modify what you buy, personalize it, embellish it.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Absolutely, Dver! I’m glad you added that if you can’t make from scratch, it’s ok to modify things. I don’t know that many folks think of that.

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      • I am only so-so at most crafty things so I use this compromise a lot to make my stuff more special – and not just religious things. For instance, I will buy a thrift store jacket and replace the buttons with something more interesting (can’t sew an outfit but can at least sew buttons!). I’ve also painted mass-made white plaster statues (more authentic to antiquity anyway), turned an old birdhouse into a spirit dwelling, etc.

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  2. ganglerisgrove

    I really like the idea of replacing buttons! I would also suggest gold leafing. it’s not hard and a little gold leaf added to a statue is a lovely thing.

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  3. “…when an artist adds his soul in every brushstroke, magic happens. Of all the talents people posess, the talent to create is the most mystical and impressive. We need to pay homage to that, as much as we do to God. That’s why we don’t just go to church. We visit museums and galleries and study history. All to honor the sacred in this world.

    “That had been his mantra – to honor the sacred in this world.”

    [excerpt from “The House of Long Ago”, Steve Berry and M. J. Rose]

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