April’s Agon will be devoted to the Norse Goddess Nerthus. She is a Vanic Goddess of earth and growth, terrifying in Her power. In the ancient world, only those devoted to Her, priests and the like, could view Her image unveiled, all others were put to death.
There will be prizes for this Agon.
Everyone who submits something will receive a Nerthus prayer card.
The Winner will receive the following: a prayer card, a copy of my forthcoming Vanic novena book (though this may take a little time—i’m still working on it. If you’d prefer one of the existing novena books, that can happen instead), and I will donate $25 to the charity of your choice (so long as it is not something that I cannot morally stand behind. for Nerthus, I recommend charities that in some way support farmers or the earth).
The winner will be chosen by divination as has been the norm for these.
Please consider submitting something.
Here are the final submissions to the Ares Agon.
A Devotional Candle by N. Kostich who says “Devotional candle making is my particular devotional craft. I had never had contact with Ares until about a week before you announced the agon, when I saw Him in a dream. The candle is a 6 inch pillar infused with frankincense, dragons blood resin and cinnamon. Its always such a joy to create these candles!!”
Then there is this lovely prayer by Sparrow, who reminds us that Ares had a dancing teacher before He learned combat.
“Dancing God” by Sparrow
There is another God besides Dionysos
Who loves to dance.
He parries and thrusts
Moving in time to the music of the battlefield
Swords and shields clash together sounding like cymbals.
He moves so gracefully and quick
Sprints here, moves there
To deflect His enemy’s lunge.
Then with a quick sword stroke,
He kills His Enemy
Another dancing partner now dead.
Ares smiles. His old dancing teacher Priapus would be so proud of Him.
And finally, a vibrant painting by J. J Starmans.
Thank you all for contributing to the agon. The Ares Agon is now closed. I will announce the winners tomorrow.
The April Agon will be devoted to the Vanic Goddess Nerthus. 🙂