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Portable Shrines to the Gods of Palmyra — SOLD OUT as of 9pm EST

UPDATE: as of 9pm EST: SOLD OUT

My friend E. contacted me yesterday. She doesn’t have a blog and asked if I would publicize this project. I could not be happier to do so.

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In response to Daesh destroying Palmyra, E. has created twenty small portable/wearable shrines. This is something we can all do: let’s see ten thousand images of these Gods, ten thousand temples and shrines of one sort or another spring up. E. heard that call and ran with it.

She’s offering these for free on a first come first serve basis. DO NOT POST HERE IF YOU WANT ONE; EMAIL ME PRIVATELY.

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If you’re interested, contact me at krasskova at gmail.com and i’ll forward your info on. There are eighteen fifteen available. (she is keeping one and I claimed one).

What each person will receive:
The pin pictured below (see photos).
The pin is approx. 80mm long
Components include:
Temple of Bel pendant
Temple of Baal Shamin pendant
Palmyra Triad pendant
Sari ribbons will vary on each pin since they are made from recycled materials.

the pins can be combined in various ways. they can be worn, or they can create a hanging wall shrine. The choice is yours.
If you want one, contact me asap before they’re all gone.

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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.

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.

Temple of Ba’al Shamin in Palmyra Destroyed.

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Today I read that Daesh, may they suffer, has blown up the temple of Ba’al Shamin in Palmyra. This is a week after the slaughter via beheading of the custodian of Palmyra, Khaled al-Asaad (may his ancestors favor him. He lived his life and gave his death protecting a polytheist site). I read this and it actually made me vomit.

May all those culpable in this act (including those in our government who allowed this group of filth to come into being) suffer. May they and all they love rot. May their bones be laid open to the sun. May plague, famine, and disease be their lot. May their lineages be damned and destroyed root and flower. May they be expunged from the earth. May they be called to answer at the feet of Ba’al Shamin

We have made this. We have done this. By our apathy and indifference, by our god damned exceptionalism and interference. It should be our duty to right. This is ours to fix. I go to grieve. This sacred site was worth more than every single one of this shit eating filth will ever be.

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).

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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