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Welcome to my website. Here you will find my personal website with information on the services I provide and updates about my recent and forthcoming work. (photo above by Jess O.)



I walk in many worlds. I am an academic and a theologian, a priest and Northern Tradition shaman, a vitki, conjure woman, and above all else an ancestor worker. I practice Heathenry (Norse and Germanic polytheism) and also cultus deorum.  I live and die by the blessings of the Powers and that is a joyful thing. This site is an offering to Odin. It’s a work in progress and I try to update fairly regularly. As the title of this blog suggests, I am particularly drawn to Odin as the Wandering God Gangleri. While I have explored many paths to Him, it is this one that seems to define my own devotional life. 

  

It is said in the Grimnismal that Odin feasts upon wine alone. We who serve Him are that wine, the sweetest vintage, which He utilizes and then devours. Thus this God of hunger is served. Thus is He celebrated and thus does He pour Himself forth in the world.



Be welcome and may the Gods smile upon you.


 

About Galina Krasskova

imageGalina Krasskova has been a priest of Odin and Loki since the early nineties.  Originally ordained in the Fellowship of Isis in 1995, Ms. Krasskova also attended the oldest interfaith seminary in the U.S.- the New Seminary where she was ordained in 2000 and where she later worked as Dean of Second Year Students for the Academic year of 2011-2012.  Beyond this, she took vows as a Heathen gythia in 1996 and again in 2004. She is the head of House Sankofa, Urdabrunnr Kindred, and a member a member of the Starry Bull tradition.

Ms. Krasskova holds diplomas from The New Seminary (2000), a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Empire State College (2007), and an M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University (2009). She has completed extensive graduate coursework in Classics (2010-2016) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology.

Ms. Krasskova  has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, to books on runes, prayer, devotional practices, and with more books on the way. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a new journal focusing on contemporary polytheism and spirit work and the first journal of polytheology. While very busy with teaching and school, she does also occasionally lecture around the country on topics of interest to contemporary Heathenry and polytheisms. For more information, please contact her directly at krasskova at gmail.com.

(Photo by Mary Ann Glass).

 

Current Publications

Heathenry

“By Scalpel and Blood, Herb and Healing Hands: A Novena to the Goddess Eir” (Sanngetall Press)

“Dancing in the House of the Moon: A Devotional to the Norse Moon God Mani” (Sanngetall Press)

“Consuming Flame: A Devotional Anthology for Loki and His Family” (Sanngetall Press)

“Transgressing Faith: Race, Gender, and the Problem of Ergi in Modern Heathenry” (Sanngetall Press)

“He is Frenzy: Collected Writings on Odin” (Sanngetall Press)

“Neolithic Shamanism” (Inner Traditions, with Raven Kaldera)

“Essays in Modern Heathenry” (Asphodel Press)

“Runes: Theory and Practice” (New Page Books)

“Exploring the Northern Tradition” (New Page Books)

“Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner” (New Page Books, with Raven Kaldera)

“Feeding the Flame: A Devotional to Loki and His Family” (Asphodel Press)

“The Whisperings of Woden” (Asphodel Press)

“Root, Stone, and Bone: Honoring Andvari and the Vaettir of Money” (Asphodel Press, with Fuensanta Arismendi)

Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power (Asphodel Press)

“Day Star and Whirling Wheel: Honoring the Sun and Moon in the Northern Tradition”

“A Child’s Eye View of Heathenry” (Spero Press)

“Honoring Sigyn: the Norse Goddess of Constancy” (Spero Press)

“Sigdrifa’s Prayer: An Exploration and Exegesis” (Asphodel Press)

“Skalded Apples: A Devotional Anthology for Idunna and Bragi” (Asphodel Press)

“Walking Toward Yggdrasil” (Asphodel Press)

“Full Fathom Five” (Asphodel Press)

 

Cultus Deorum

“In Praise of Hermes” (Sanngetall Press)

“To Rejuvenate and Nourish: Nine Days of Prayer to Asklepios” (Sanngetall Press)

“Sacramentum: A Devotional to Dionysos” (Sanngetall Press)

 

General Polytheism

“On Divination” (Sanngetall Press)

“Devotional Polytheism: An Introduction” (Sanngetall Press)

“Honoring the Ancestors: a Basic Guide” (Sanngetall Press)

 

Miscellaneous Devotionals

“Sekhmet: When the Lion Roars” (Asphodel Press)

“Into the Great Below: A Devotional for Inanna and Ereshkigal” (Asphodel Press)

 

Art Books

“Numinous Places” (blurb.com)

  1. I wanted to thank you for your book on the solitary practicing of Northern Tradition paganism. It has inspired this rural Ohio boy to try to know the gods of his ancestors. May the gods bless you with strength and wisdom.

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  2. May the gods bless you with strength and wisdom. Thank you for your many works of devotion!

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  3. Kimberley Channing

    I want to thank the goddesses and gods for finding you. You have inspired me and confirmed my path. I am oathsworn to Freyja, Odin and Thor whom I gave all aspects of my soul. I also have a great endless devotion to the beautiful goddess and Hel and I think I am being called by Loki. This path is very hard but totally worthwhile. I have just received your book Consuming flame about Loki and his wonderful family. Morgana xxxxx

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  4. kashcidvipashcit

    Hi Galina. Asking about https://krasskova.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/the-battle-for-polytheisms-soul/ since comments seem closed there.

    I want to know what exactly you are referring to in these places:
    * “when faced with a religious worldview (Christianity) that desired exclusivity and extinction of polytheism, our antique forebears had the good sense to impose a litmus test to ferret out the destructively impious.”
    * “Secondly, yes, our polytheistic ancestors were – with occasional exceptions– tolerant of every possible approach to polytheism. Look where it got them. Exterminated. So maybe we might want to rethink reifying “tolerance” of every assed up, non-theistic view put forth as ‘polytheism.’ We have clear evidence of where such tolerance leads. Perhaps we can afford to be tolerant when we’re not under siege but that day is not today.”

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    • ganglerisgrove

      WordPress closes comments after a certain period of time. IT’s very annoying. regarding your first point, when the number of christians began to grow in the empire, and the Roman government began to see them as a threat, the romans imposed a test: everyone had to sacrifice to the gods. People would do this before an official and receive a document attesting to the fact that they had done it. Since this violated the core tenets of Christianity, it was used to rule out and ferret out Christians. (We’re talking roughly 3rd century C.E. here).

      Re. your second point. When Christianity spread across the Mediterranean and europe the result was forced conversion to Christianity and the decimation of indigenous polytheisms. One of the reasons I believe that Christianity gained such a foothold, first in Rome and then the rest of the European world was that the polytheism of the time was immensely tolerant. there was zero expectation of exclusivity of worship and belief. Likewise I don’t think the polytheists of the time understood that for Christianity not only was this demanded but the latter group gave themselves a religious imperative to convert others. Such attitudes would have been largely incomprehensible to polytheists at the time. They were tolerant and because they were tolerant they didn’t see the danger until it was too late.

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