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Working on a novena book for the Vanir

My current project, which I’m hoping to have finished by Nov. 1, is a novena book for the Vanir. I’ve decided to post chapters as they’re finished, for my patrons over at my Patreon account. So if you are curious to see the work in progress, to see the book as it’s being written, head on over to this site, and consider becoming a sponsor. 🙂 

EDIT: the first installment has just been posted.

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Wyrd Curiosities at Etsy

My academia.edu page

My amazon author page.

Walking the Worlds Journal

My art blog at Krasskova Creations

My blog about all things strange, weird and medieval.

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My Miasma Book is Out

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My newest book, “With Clean hands and clean minds: Miasma–what it is and how to treat it” is now available. Folks can purchase it here or here

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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Be sure to check out my other sites:

Wyrd Curiosities at Etsy

My academia.edu page

My amazon author page.

Walking the Worlds Journal

My art blog at Krasskova Creations

My blog about all things strange, weird and medieval.

And if you like what you see, consider becoming a sponsor at Patreon.

Updates to my Author Page over at GoodReads

I’ve just uploaded excerpts of two of my books over at goodreads. Folks can now get a sneak peek of “Sacramentum: A Devotional for Dionysos” and “Devotional Polytheism: An Introduction.” 

Just type in my name or the title of the books. 🙂 While you’re there, take a peek at “Honoring the Mothers,” my new novena book. I’m sponsoring a giveaway at Goodreads and it’s free to enter. 

Book Give Aways on Good reads

I’m offering two give aways on my goodreads site. It’s free to enter. Check them out:

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Sacramentum by Galina Krasskova

Sacramentum

by Galina Krasskova

Giveaway ends January 01, 2017.

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Dancing in the House of the Moon by Galina Krasskova

Dancing in the House of the Moon

by Galina Krasskova

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Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak at the cover of “Honoring the Mothers.”

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Novena Books Currently Available

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:

asklepius

To Rejuvenate and Nourish: Nine Days of Prayer to Asklepios, God of Healing.

hermes-novena

In Praise of Hermes: Nine Days of Devotion to the God of Travellers, Mischief, and More.

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By Scalpel and Herb, Blood and Healing Hands: A Novena to the Healing Goddess Eir

sacramentum

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Novena Book – DONE

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. 

Current book project update

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): 

  1. Semele (Mother of Dionysos)
  2. Maia (Mother of Hermes, foster mother of Arcus)
  3. Leto (Mother of Apollon and Artemis)
  4. Leda (Mother of Helen and the Dioskurai)
  5. Metis (Mother of Athena)
  6. Thetis (Mother of Achilles)
  7. Penelopeia (Mother of Pan)
  8. Danae (Mother of Perseus)
  9. Pasiphae (Mother of the Minotaur)
  10. 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.