We praise You, Aurboða, companion of Eir, companion of Mengloth, great in the ways of healing. We praise You, Aurboða, wise and pious in making offerings to the land and the spirits therein. They are Your allies and a source of Your power. Yours is a bond of mutual respect. We praise You, skilled in herbs and medicines, great apothecary of Lyfjaberg, Whom even other healing Powers consult. We praise You, Canny Seeress, Who knows the ways of reverence, Who easily untangles the snarled skeins of wyrd and reads them rightly. We Praise You, Mother of Gerda, Who raised Your daughter in the ways of Power, a jewel in the hall of the Mountain tribes, Carrier of Your peoples’ sovereignty. Oh Wisdom beyond Measure! Oh Mighty Healing Power! Oh Tree of richness and plenty! Oh Caretaker of the land! Oh Protector of all the spirits of the earth! Oh Jewel of Prophetic Wonder! Mighty Apothecary of the Gods, ever and always do we praise You! Hail to You, Aurboða! Teach us ever and always we pray, to make good offerings, to walk in the ways of respect and reverence, and to honor the land that has shaped us, every day of our lives.
(by G. Krasskova
This is written in the style of the German mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg — I was quite taken with one of her poetic meters and have been using for prayers to our Gods for years now.
Our world right now is revolving around the developing global-impact story of Covid-19. This is an unprecedented event. In times of stress, it is only natural that we turn to our Gods. Awareness of Their blessings can help us get through the next few weeks, likely to be trying, of quarantine and social distancing–the measures on travel bans, schools and businesses closing or shifting to telecommunications is all about two things: curtailing the spread to protect the most vulnerable in our community, and to slow the spread so we don’t overwhelm our medical services.
To bring a bit of light in a time of anxiety for so many, I thought to give away some prayer card sets for the healing deities, and thought the requirements of the giveaway would be to actually create prayers, artwork, or music to the healing deities from our various polytheistic traditions. It seemed fitting, and a lovely reminder that outbreaks may come and go, but our Gods endure.
With such a rich abundance of polytheistic traditions, we have so many deities traditionally associated with healing. Here’s just a few to inspire you: Alatevia, Apollo, Asklepios, The Aśvins, Aurboda, Bjord, Bleik, Blith, Brigid, Eeyeekalduk, Eir, Endovelicus, Frith, Hlif, Hlifthrasa, Hygeia, Isis, Ixtlilton, Mengloth, Odin, Osanyin, Salus, Sekhmet, Sirona, Sukunabhikona-no-Kami, Sunna, Thjodvara, Wong Tai Sin, Żywie, and so many more!
How to Enter:
draft a prayer, create a visual artwork, or compose a song to a healing deity from a polytheistic tradition
- post your entry below in the comments, or if you want to share it at your blog or preferred social media account just do so publicly on your chosen platform and place the link in the comments below.
Deadline: Enter by March 31, 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
Winners Receive 1 of the following Card Sets
- Norse Healing Deities Prayer Card Set
- Featuring: Aurboda, Bjord, Bleik, Blith, Eir, Frith, Hlif, Hlifthrasa, Mengloth, and Thojdvara.
- Roman Healing Deities Prayer Card Set
- Featuring: Asclepius, Hygeia, Salus, and Panacea
- Healing Deities of the Sun Prayer Card Set
- Featuring: Apollo, Sunna
*I have variants for some of the deities in these card sets. So some deity images may differ than what is shown here in the final prize set.
Winners will be randomly selected from all valid entries. There will be at least 3 winners, but the more entries, the more winners, up to a final tally of 9 total winners.
Winners will be announced on the blog (krasskova.wordpress.com) by no later than April 6, 2020. Winners will have until April 22, 2020 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time to contact me from that announcement with their legal name and shipping address to claim their prize. Failure to do so, will result in a forfeited prize.
Open to worldwide participation. Please keep in mind that as borders close in response to Covid-19, delivery of items might be held up with any impacts upon domestic and international shipping systems.