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What Can We Do?

“What can we do?”

That’s the question I and so many others have been asking these last couple weeks.

As two temples, which have withstood the centuries, were blown up. As Daesh continues rampaging through the Middle East, unopposed by the Western powers; torturing and murdering people and setting up rape camps, turning children into monsters who behead people for the cameras. As refugees flood into Europe and are turned away. As drowned babies wash up on beaches.

This is the stuff of nightmares, and it’s so easy to feel powerless in the face of it.

And that’s the lie they’re trying to convince us of. And we must resist it with everything we have.

We can pray. We can work magic. We can write letters to our officials. We can go out into the streets and protest. And we can give money to help groups that are trying to make a difference.

I’ve done some research and these groups look pretty good to me:

http://www.moas.eu

https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/syria

http://donate.unhcr.org/international/syria

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-03/5-groups-doing-important-work-help-refugees-you-may-not-have-heard

To help encourage folks to donate I’d like to make the following offer:

* If you give $5-25 I’ll send you your choice of up to five prayer cards. (One card per $5.)
* If you give $25-50 I’ll perform a setting of lights for you.
* If you give $75-100 you’ll receive a divination session with up to three questions answered.
* And for donations of $100 or more you get all of the above.

All you have to do is show me proof of your donation to claim your reward; no money will pass through my hands.

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THIS

Yesterday I shared Tess Dawson’s powerful piece “Condolences to the Gods” and one of my readers, Ryan posted in response:

“I would love nothing more than to see some internet wizard crash the websites where the human vermin who caused such devastation post their venom, and replace them with images of and prayers to the Gods they so desperately seek to erase the very memory of. Show them that all their destruction has done is renew and reinvigorate the cult of these Gods. For every image and holy place destroyed, I say we create ten thousand more.”

YES. THIS. For every image destroyed, let’s create ten thousand more. Let our world, both in person and internet be filled with prayers and images of these immortal Gods. THIS. (and if anyone does have that computer still…….be proactive. please.)

Condolences to the Gods…

A Powerful article by Tess Dawson on the destruction of Palmyria that reminds us of the need not only for mourning but for commitment and renewal in our own polytheistic practices. Let the Gods be hailed and remembered. Praise to Ba’al Shamin. Praise to Bel.

Polytheist Day of Protest and Remembrance – July 31

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When: July 31, 2015

Why:

In remembrance of the over three hundred ancient and in many cases holy sites destroyed by Daesh.

In grief and terror over the damage to and potential destruction of the UNESCO city of Palmyra, and the Temple of Ba’al Shamin.

In silent protest against the attack and forced eradication of even the vestiges of polytheism across the world.

This is not a Syrian issue. This is not a Muslim issue. This is a world issue. It is a human issue. Daesh is purposely targeting memory. They’re targeting their history, and their own *physical* connection with their polytheistic ancestors. It is done to demoralize, terrorize, and desecrate.

We polytheists who have the freedom to practice our religions without fear of our lives (regardless of how much Christian hatred we may experience) have the opportunity to unite ritually, magically, spiritually in mind and will, with hearts and spirits in a cross-community day of ancestral reverence and remembrance.

Over sixty Deities were venerated at Palmyra alone, from multiple traditions: Canaanite, Mesopotamian, Arab, Greek, Phoenician, and Roman, as well as local and ancestral gods. Deities given cultus there included Bol/Bel, Yarhibol (god of justice), Malakbel (god of the Sun), Aglibol (god of the moon), Astarte (Phoenician Goddess of love and power), Ba’al Hamon, Ba’al Shamin, Ba’al Hadad, Atargatis, the Sumerian Nabu and Nirgal, the Arab Azizos, Shams, and Al – Allat, the native Gods Gad Taimi and Arsu, and even Dionysos.

What to do? :

Print out this graphic or copy it onto a piece of paper.
Meditate for a few moments, focusing on all the destruction, desecration, and damage, on the sacred places that have been destroyed, on the erasure of these ancient polytheistic spaces, and all the other horrors Daesh have committed.

Offer this prayer:

“May the holy places of the Many Gods remain inviolate for all time.

May the hands of the enemies of the Many Gods of be smashed and their efforts come to naught.

May the worship of the Many Gods flourish in many lands once again.

May those who hold true to the Many Gods be preserved and strengthened.”

Burn the paper in offering.
5.make whatever other offerings you wish.

If possible, do this NINE times throughout the Day.

Feel free to share about this experience on facebook, blogs, twitter – this is an act of evocation of all those Gods Whose sacred places have been destroyed and Whose people are being violated. The internet is a perfect way to keep this evocation going.

This is a way of holding space for polytheism, ancient and modern, it is a way of drawing a line in the sand and declaring to the world that we stand in solidarity with those whose voices once rang out in praise to a plenitude of Gods and Goddesses. It is a statement that for every stone of every temple destroyed, we will restore that cultus a thousand fold. It is an act of evocation, execration, and magic. We’re still here.

(art by M. Gage. The logo is one of the symbols of Ba’al, heavily stylized. It seems particularly appropriate with Palmyra. Divination was done to ensure that it was ok to use the image for this purpose).

A POLYTHEISTIC DAY OF PROTEST & REMEMBRANCE

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When: July 31, 2015

Why:

  • in remembrance of the over three hundred ancient and in many cases holy sites destroyed by Daesh.
  • In grief and terror over the damage to and potential destruction of the UNESCO city of Palmyra, and the Temple of Ba’al Shamin.
  • In silent protest against the attack and forced eradication of even the vestiges of polytheism across the world.

This is not a Syrian issue. This is not a Muslim issue. This is a world issue. It is a human issue. Daesh is purposely targeting memory. They’re targeting their history, and their own *physical* connection with their polytheistic ancestors. It is done to demoralize, terrorize, and desecrate.

We polytheists who have the freedom to practice our religions without fear of our lives (regardless of how much Christian hatred we may experience) have the opportunity to unite ritually, magically, spiritually in mind and will, with hearts and spirits in a cross-community day of ancestral reverence and remembrance.

Over sixty Deities were venerated at Palmyra alone, from multiple traditions: Canaanite, Mesopotamian, Arab, Greek, Phoenician, and Roman, as well as local and ancestral gods. Deities given cultus there included Bol/Bel, Yarhibol (god of justice), Malakbel (god of the Sun), Aglibol (god of the moon), Astarte (Phoenician Goddess of love and power), Ba’al Hamon, Ba’al Shamin, Ba’al Hadad, Atargatis, the Sumerian Nabu and Nirgal, the Arab Azizos, Shams, and Al – Allat, the native Gods Gad Taimi and Arsu, and even Dionysos.

What to do? :

  1. Print out this graphic or copy it onto a piece of paper.
  1. Meditate for a few moments, focusing on all the destruction, desecration, and damage, on the sacred places that have been destroyed, on the erasure of these ancient polytheistic spaces, and all the other horrors Daesh have committed.
  1. Offer this prayer:

“May the holy places of the Many Gods remain inviolate for all time.

May the hands of the enemies of the Many Gods of be smashed and their efforts come to naught.   

May the worship of the Many Gods flourish in many lands once again.

May those who hold true to the Many Gods be preserved and strengthened.”

  1. Burn the paper in offering.

5.make whatever other offerings you wish.

If possible, do this NINE times throughout the Day.

Feel free to share about this experience on facebook, blogs, twitter – this is an act of evocation of all those Gods Whose sacred places have been destroyed and Whose people are being violated. The internet is a perfect way to keep this evocation going.

This is a way of holding space for polytheism, ancient and modern, it is a way of drawing a line in the sand and declaring to the world that we stand in solidarity with those whose voices once rang out in praise to a plenitude of Gods and Goddesses. It is a statement that for every stone of every temple destroyed, we will restore that cultus a thousand fold. It is an act of evocation, execration, and magic. We’re still here.

(art by M. Gage. The logo is one of the symbols of Ba’al, heavily stylized. It seems particularly appropriate with Palmyra. Divination was done to ensure that it was ok to use the image for this purpose).

In response to Palmyra

I am so sick and angry and disgusted at what is happening in Palmyra. Daesh is a pestilence. I am a devotee of the Gods and a theologian and my only recourse is cultus. Therefore, through the winter solstice, i will be sending any of the Canaanite, Mesopotamian, or Kemetic prayer cards (especially Isis, since Her name is being corrupted) to *anyone* who wants to set up cultus to these Deities and I will be doing so for free. Since Dionysos was one of the major Deities at Palmyra too, I will also offer His cards for free. Just send me an email at krasskova at gmail.com with your address and the cards you want.

The Temple of Ba’al Shamin is threatened in Palmyra.

Let our response be a thousand new shrines to Ba’al,

a thousand new shrines to Anat,

a thousand new shrines to Inanna, Ishtar, Marduk, Enlil, Enki and all the other Gods that were once venerated in Syria and neighboring lands.

My next set of commissioned prayer cards will be to Allah’s daughters, Goddesses that were once venerated long before the scourge of Islam swept across Africa and the Middle East: Al-Uzza, Al-Allat, and Manat.

I will also offer these free. (I am open to sponsors for the cards–again, contact me at krasskova at gmail.com).

Let us build our cultus until we overwhelm and outnumber these deranged usurpers.

Daesh Places Mines in Palmyra

I am close to throwing up right now. I just read this article. Daesh has set mines in the city of Palmyra. This UNESCO site is an irreplaceable treasure. I can’t write any more….just may the Gods strike them down and every man, woman, and child who willingly gives them succor. This makes me sick beyond words.

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Day of Mourning

Today, on World Heritage Day, many of us kept a day of mourning. I held ritual space and made offerings (to Enki, Assur, Inanna). I offer this prayer once again, that Daesh and all who support them may be destroyed, driven out from their lands, that they may be broken on the steps of Irkalla, given nowhere to which to flee, no help, no sanctuary. May they be rent like rotted meat in the jaws of a hungry jackal. May they perish ever and always. I commend them into the hands of the Gods of the lands they seek to corrupt.

Prayer to Inanna
adapted from Enheduanna’s “Adoration of Inanna of Ur”

I call upon You, Inanna,
Queen of Heaven and Earth.
I call upon You, Inanna,
mighty warrior,
Who destroys Her enemies,
Who stomps upon Their fallen bodies
Who feasts on Their corpses
like a hungry dog.
I call upon the great Queen,
in the words of the priestess
Enhenduanna, who loved Her well.
Please hear me now, Inanna.

Destroyer of the Foreign Lands,
You have given wings to the storm,
Beloved of Enlil – You made the storm blow over the land,
You carried out the instructions of An.

Now a plague of human filth
stalks the lands that were once filled
with Your praises.
Now this pestilence called Daesh
perverts Your lands and Your people.
Strike them down, oh Mighty Queen.
Strike them down, I pray, Inanna.
Press their throats into the dirt.
Lay them open on the steps of Irkalla.
Destroy them, I pray.

My Queen,
the foreign lands cower at Your cry,
In dread fear of the South Wind, mankind
Brought You their anguished clamor,
Took before You their anguished outcry
Opened before You wailing and weeping,
Brought before You great lamentations in the city streets.

Hear our lamentations now, Great Goddess.
This plague has swept over Your lands and beyond.
They are garbage, a walking disease.
They corrupt the minds of Your people.
They raise impious hands against sacred places.
Please hear our lamentations.
Purify those lands that once rang with Your praises.

In the van of battle, everything was struck down before You,
My Queen,
You are all devouring in Your power,
You kept on attacking like an attacking storm,
Kept on blowing louder than the howling storm,
Kept on thundering louder than Ishkur,
Kept on moaning louder than the evil winds,
Your feet grew not weary,
You caused wailing to be uttered amongst Your enemies.

Rend them before You.
Destroy Daesh and all who support them.
Let the cities of Your land ring
with the cries of your enemies.
May the streets run red with their blood,
dark with the stench of their corpses.
Please, Inanna, rid the land
of this pestilence.
Free Your people.

My Queen,
All the Anunna, the great gods,
Fled before You like fluttering bats,
Could not stand before Your awesome face,
Could not approach Your awesome forehead.
Who can soothe Your angry heart!
Your baleful heart is beyond soothing!
Queen, Happy of “Liver,” Joyful of Heart,
whose anger cannot be soothed, daughter of Sin,
Queen, Paramount in the Land,
Who has ever paid You enough homage!
The mountain who kept from paying homage to You –
vegetation became “tabu” for it,
You burnt down its great gates,
Its rivers ran with blood because of You,
its people had nothing to drink,
Its troops were led off willingly (into captivity) before You,
Its forces disbanded themselves willingly before You,
Its strong men paraded willingly before You,
The amusement places of its cities were filled with turbulence,
Its adult males were driven off as captives before You.

Even though Your people have forgotten Your name,
I beg You protect them.
Even though they have turned away from You,
to the clutches of a foreign God,
there are still those of us who sing Your praises.
You are not forgotten, Great Lady.
May the lands once called Sumer yet again
resound with Your praises.
Drive out the usurper with their perverted ways
and corrupt ideals.

Against the city that said not “Yours is the land,’
That said not “It belongs to the father who begot you,”
You promised Your Holy Word, turned away from it,
Kept Your distance from its womb,
Its woman spoke not of love with her husband,
In the deep night she whispered not tenderly with him,
Revealed not to him the “Holiness” of Her heart.
Rampant Wild Cow, elder daughter of Sin,
Queen, greater than An,
who has ever paid You enough homage!
You who in accordance with the life giving ME,
Great Queen of Queens,
Have become greater than Your mother who gave birth to you,
as soon as you came forth from the Holy Womb,
Knowing, Wise, Queen of All the Lands,
Who multiplies all living creatures (and) peoples —
I have uttered Your Holy song.
Life-Giving Goddess, fit for the ME,
whose acclamation is exalted,
Merciful, Live-Giving Woman, Radiant of Heart,
I have uttered it before You in accordance with the ME.

All praise to the Goddess Inanna.
All praise to Queen of Heaven.
She is mighty.
Let Her enemies fear.

Oh Look :)

All hail to the Mesopotamian and Canaanite Gods for doing a good thing. I’ll be making extra offerings of thanks this Friday.

Prepping for Friday’s Ritual

The day after tomorrow (on my birthday no less) I will be doing the second ritual of excoriation against Daesh (may they and their supporters be devoured from the inside out by putrefaction). I’ve done some preliminary divination just a little while ago and confirmed that I should do the ritual just as I did last Friday. This means that i will be making offerings and invoking the following Deities:

Enki
Asherah
Anat
Nanna
Sin
Inanna
Assur

There is one difference, though. If any of you, my readers, would like to participate, please feel free to send me prayers to the Mesopotamian or Canaanite Deities and I will read them out during the ritual. Of course, you may also do your own rituals, and I certainly encourage this 110%. I’ll be doing mine between 10-11pm EST, a little later than last week.

Inanna has been very present in my consciousness since last Friday’s ritual and I suspect that I will be engaging in more veneration to Her over the next few week, or perhaps even months. I find it also rather ironic that in one of my academic classes, we just started studying the Enuma Elish this week. I love these synchronicities.