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I compiled the lessons from a class on the Evil Eye that I taught several years ago into a small book, a companion to my book on Miasma and it will shortly be available. Stay tuned, folks. I’ll post here when it’s out.
This is a collection of my writings to date on the topic of miasma and pollution. This book also contains essays by Kenaz Filan, Markos Gage, Virginia Carper, and Sannion (y’all will get contributor copies. I’m waiting for them to arrive).
Here is the blurb from the back of the book:
“Miasma, or spiritual pollution, is a frequently misunderstood concept within contemporary polytheism. While recognized as vitally important to guard against and treat in most traditions, it is nonetheless often ignored or even dismissed as a concern today.
And yet, everything good and solid in our practices begins with purification. It is what prepares us for devotional engagement, for encountering the Holy, for developing discernment, for being a practicing and devout polytheist. We can never hope to properly approach our Gods without taking into account the need for cleanliness in our work.
This book examines the nature and causes of miasma, sets forth the arguments for taking it seriously, and discusses simple and effective methods of cleansing the body, mind and spirit for both ritual and daily life.”
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I’m running another give away on Goodreads. Head on over and friend me there, and put in for this free book. It’s free. Free is awesome. lol. (I don’t choose the winner. For those wondering, when the give away is over, goodreads chooses the winner by some technological miracle and notifies me, after which i send out the book). This time I’m offering my newest devotional ‘Honoring the Mothers.” You can also pick up a copy (not for free 😉 ) here.
I’m offering two give aways on my goodreads site. It’s free to enter. Check them out:
I’m really enjoying this format. These are slim, pocket sized volumes with a series of prayers that one can do daily. They’re not heavy works of theology, but small booklets for those wanting to engage in a prayer practice for specific Deities. I love how portable they are and how flexible the practice can be. I’m definitely going to be writing more of these.
While folks are waiting for “Honoring the Mothers,” which should be available soon, check out the other novena books currently available:
To Rejuvenate and Nourish: Nine Days of Prayer to Asklepios, God of Healing.
In Praise of Hermes: Nine Days of Devotion to the God of Travellers, Mischief, and More.
By Scalpel and Herb, Blood and Healing Hands: A Novena to the Healing Goddess Eir
Sacramentum: A Devotional to Dionysos (this one isn’t a novena book per se, but it’s the same size as the novena books and contains articles and prayers).
I ‘ve been focusing on the Greek Gods, but I intend to do several for the Norse too, so stay tuned.
I just finished writing “Honoring the Mothers: Novenas to the Mothers of Our Gods and Heroes.” I’m sending it to be formatted and edited tonight so it should be available in a couple of weeks. I can’t quite believe it’s finished.
This book includes novenas to Semele, Mother of Dionysos; Maia, Mother of Hermes; Leto, Mother of Artemis and Apollo; Thetis, Mother of Achilles; Metis, Mother of Athena; Leda, Mother of Helen and the Dioskouroi; Alcmene, Mother of Herakles; Danae, Mother of Perseus; Penelope, Mother of Pan; and Pasiphae, Mother of the Minotaur.
Once these are available, I’m going to have ten copies to sell here, signed, personalized, and with a prayer card of your choice. If you would like to reserve one, please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com. they’re going to be $10 plus $2 shipping and handling.
Novena books still in progress include Freya, Sigyn, and I’m seriously considering ones for Athena and Apollo.
I want to share a little bit about my current project. In addition to the Freya devotional (which will eventually get done. I’m using a slightly different format from the other three novena booklets and it’s a bit more labor intensive), I’m also working on a novena book to the “Mothers.” This idea actually came to me in a dream and I woke up thinking “oh shit, I need to do this.” So it’s my current obsession right now.
I”m doing a novena book that offers ten novenas (each one has a description of the Goddess, a reading, and a prayer that can be pondered and offered for nine days) for the Mothers within the Greek tradition (and Roman). I’m very specific about Whom I’m including and most of them are nymphs or humans loved by Gods who later became elevated. There are a few exceptions though there are a few that I was pushed to include and I specifically excluded some (like Rhea and Ariadne) because I felt that Their primary position is dependent on other things, They are known for other things, and are *bigger* in a way.
So here are the holy Powers included in this novena book (in no particular order here):
- Semele (Mother of Dionysos)
- Maia (Mother of Hermes, foster mother of Arcus)
- Leto (Mother of Apollon and Artemis)
- Leda (Mother of Helen and the Dioskurai)
- Metis (Mother of Athena)
- Thetis (Mother of Achilles)
- Penelopeia (Mother of Pan)
- Danae (Mother of Perseus)
- Pasiphae (Mother of the Minotaur)
- Alcmene (Mother of Herakles)
The section on Semele is completely finished, the section on Maia lacks a prayer, and most of the others have readings selected. I suspect to have this finished by at least November’s end. I’m sort of alternating between this one and Freya’s.
If anyone would like to contribute a prayer to any of these goddesses (other than Semele — that section is finished, though I wouldn’t be averse to including another prayer so if that’s Who you were thinking of writing for, go for it. ), I would be most delighted to include it and would give the contributor a copy of the finished devotional in return. I always like to first reach out to people who have pre-existing devotional relationships with Deities about Whom I’m writing. It seems only polite and a thing that best serves the Deity. Contact me at krasskova at gmail.com if you are interested in contributing.
As an aside, I think Maia is awesomely cool and I think I’m going to do a prayer card for Her. 🙂
EDIT: Deadline for all submissions is Nov. 15.
There is an unexpected elegance to this devotional that I found quite moving. I don’t have a devotional practice to Poseidon, but I am always excited when a new devotional comes out. There’s a fierce satisfaction in seeing the cultus of our Gods growing, in seeing art and prayers, books, devotionals and other markers of cultus coming into being. Because of that, when I saw this book had been published, I jumped at the chance to purchase a copy, nor was I disappointed.
Firstly, I love the organization of the book. I’ve edited devotional anthologies and figuring out the most effective structure and organization is always one of the most difficult parts of the process. This book, if one will pardon the pun, flows very smoothly and I really, really like the way it seems to be focused around various praise names of Poseidon. That alone taught me something new about this God right away.
I also particularly appreciated the final piece, which was a selection of special dates and holy tides at which it is particularly appropriate to honor Poseidon – feast days if you will. This is always one of the most vexing things for me: I’m not used to working on a lunar ritual calendar (common in Greek polytheism) and becoming accustomed has taken some doing. This simple list of suggestions was immensely helpful.
Aside from that, a happily extensive suggestion list for offerings, and the introduction, the book is comprised of prayers to this God. They are lovely. Throughout the book, the author tries to answer the question “Who is Poseidon?” and he does through that exploration of Poseidon’s praise names. The prayers are quite poetic, possessing and almost architectural elegance, and they show an understanding of the culture and literature of ancient Greece. One has a sense of continuity therefore, in reading these prayers, a sense of affinity and connection to all those who, for generations honored this God, as so many do today as well. There is a measured grace to this devotional and the author’s devotion and respect for Poseidon infuse every page.
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in venerating Poseidon. It is a worthy offering and a beautiful read. 5/5 stars.
The book is available here.