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Prayer to Gullveig

(written as a gift to my friend Tove)

Prayer to Gullveig

We praise You, Gullveig, thrice arisen from the fires of Your own immolation. 
We praise You, Heiðr, Bright and burning, drenched in the gold of power, bearer of every Honor.
We praise You, mighty Völva, Prophetess wise in magic, bringer of joy to clever women.
We praise You, Challenger of the Aesir, unyielding, unmerciful, embracing even Your own destruction.
We praise You, Gold Drunk, weaver of Wyrd, Gandr-clever, Bearer of the sacred staff. 
We praise You, She Who anneals, Goddess Who brings initiation, teaching us to rise again from the ashes of our misfortune.
We praise You, Bringer of Ecstasy, Who revels in the delight Your magic brings.

Oh Seething Sacred Fire!
Oh One Pierced by Odin’s Spear!
Oh Door of Sacred Splendor!
Oh Gold-drenched Bearer of Mystery!
Oh Divine intoxication!
Oh Ruthless Wielder of Power!
Oh Unyielding Singer of Charms!

Ever do You challenge us in our reverence, ever do You proffer initiation. Ever are You dangerous oh ancient One, and ever do we praise You, Bringer of rejuvenating Might. Hail Gullveig, now and always. 
 

(by G. Krasskova)

Gullveig (Heiðr) by Halldora

Prayer to Aurboða

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.

Aurboða, Goddess of Healing by G. Palmer

Shop Now, Enjoy 15% Off & Help Veterans Too!

There’s less than a week left to take advantage of 15% off at my etsy shop, Wyrd Curiosities. Long time followers know that every November I make it a priority to donate to a non-profit organization that supports our veterans. I will rotate through a number of worthy organizations, but this year I’ll be donating 100% of my etsy store proceeds in November to the American Legion. Plus to sweeten the deal, you can enjoy 15% off any item you purchase from the shop, so that means any of hundreds of prayer cards, plus bookmarks, and more that are available at my etsy store Wyrd Curiosities

In addition to the American Legion donation that will come from November’s etsy proceeds, I will also personally match that same amount from my pocket but donate to another worthy non-profit, the Paralyzed Veterans of America

Use promocode VETS2021 at  my etsy store Wyrd Curiosities upon checkout. This deal expires November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern. 

Enjoy 15% Off & Help Veterans Too!

Long time followers know that every November I make it a priority to donate to a non-profit organization that supports our veterans. I will rotate through a number of worthy organizations, but this year I’ll be donating 100% of my etsy store proceeds in November to the American Legion. Plus to sweeten the deal, you can enjoy 15% off any item you purchase from the shop, so that means any of hundreds of prayer cards, plus bookmarks, and more that are available at my etsy store Wyrd Curiosities

In addition to the American Legion donation that will come from November’s etsy proceeds, I will also personally match that same amount from my pocket but donate to another worthy non-profit, the Paralyzed Veterans of America

Use promocode VETS2021 at  my etsy store Wyrd Curiosities upon checkout. This deal expires November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern. 

Let Us Remember Julian

Christians call him the apostate. We – many polytheists across traditions—consider him a saint, and some, a martyr. Julian (331-363) was Roman emperor from 362-363. While raised a Christian, he returned to some type of Hellenic polytheism (one deeply steeped in Platonism) very early on, and during his all too brief reign, attempted to drive back the encroaching dominance of Christianity. (1). My particular favorite bit of legislation, which he did not live long enough to really see play out, was forbidding Christians from teaching classical texts. This would, had it been allowed to come to fruition, have barred them from the corridors of power, and more importantly from evangelizing and instantiating Christianity in those corridors of power (2).

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about Julian today and it occurred to me that I have a prayer card for him. To honor him, through Monday 9pm, I will give a free prayer card for Julian to anyone who emails me at Krasskova at gmail.com asking for one. Include your name and a mailing address. One per person.

May our sancti, sanctae, and martyrs ever and always be remembered.
What is remembered, lives.

Julian by Sasha Chaitow

Notes:

  1. For Christians, this was not a good thing, but I would point out that whereas Christianity can exist, practice, and for the most part be left alone in polytheistic theology, the opposite has never been true.
  2. Christians understood this well. I think it’s rather comparable on a certain level to the way so many theology departments (I exclude Fordham, which has consistently been wonderful and welcoming) won’t even consider polytheists for their grad programs, often instead pushing them into religious studies (if they’re mentored at all).

20% Off Sale About to End

I am running a 20% OFF sale on all art, books, bookmarks, and prayer cards in my etsy shop Wyrd Curiosities through January 31, 2021. Use this code to redeem: TGI2021 (or click the link). There’s more than 300 prayer cards available for our Gods and Goddesses across a range of polytheistic traditions: Norse, Germanic, Celtic, Gaulic, Welsh, Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and so much more.

Yuletide Shopping Guide – Egyptian Products – Part 2

I created the Yuletide Shopping Guide in part because Yule is one of my favorite times of year. The guide features items polytheists would enjoy seeing in their homes or under their tree this yuletide. All with the hope of spreading some holiday cheer in a difficult year by finding items that can help feed our devotions within our polytheistic traditions, but also to hopefully along the way lift up some of the artisans in our midst too. So far I’ve included resources for crafters, makers, and DIYers: cookie cutters, crafting molds, fabric (MesoamericanEgyptianGreekNorthern Europe), machine embroidery designs, cross-stitch and embroidery patterns, as well as knitting and crochet patterns. I’ve also highlighted some items on a Krampus theme. I’ve spotlighted items you can use to deck the halls and trim the tree. 

Greco-Roman themed products relevant to devotees of Cultus Deorum and Hellenismos. There were some artists and artisans who offered a range of product across pantheons, or whose work focuses on a tradition that I didn’t have enough items to spotlight on it’s own. So I highly recommend that you carefully peruse the spotlighted artists and artisans in my miscellaneous Part 1, & Part 2. You will find offerings encompassing a vast array of traditions: Norse, Slavic, Celtic, Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Hindu, Polynesian, Mesoamerican, Minoan, Assyrian, Sumerian, Welsh, Asian, Native American/Inuit, and more!

Yesterday, I featured the first installment of products relevant for devotees of Kemetism (Egyptian Polytheism). Today I will be sharing with you the second installment of goods.

DeeEgypt

Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas, DeeEgypt is a shop that sells everything Egyptian, with a lot of jewelry, deity statuary and more. Items range from cheaply made reproductions, to more unique and premium products. There’s a few items that I feel are extra special: a Bastet sistrum, a hand-painted brass and copper altar with depictions of various deities (including Isis, Osiris, Horus, Set), a Thoth clock, a wooden carved gods boat, and an Anubis tealight oil burner.


WeEgyptians

SummitCollection’s WeEgyptians are hand painted cold cast resin figures of the Kemetic Gods and Goddesses, as well as a few other items related to ancient Egyptian culture. The artistic style of these figures would appeal to most children.


Miscellaneous


Thanks to the antiquities housed within the collections of museums around the world, you can find a range of items from books, scarves, stationary, toys, statuary, jewelry and more in museum gift shops.

Metropolitan Museum Gift Shop

New York’s Metropolitan Museum Gift Shop has an array of goodies on offer: Horus jewelry with earrings and a coordinating necklace. Plus this Horus enamel pin makes a great stocking stuffer too! Looking for something for the kids? How about some huggable Gods to be their protector and friend! You can find both Bastet and Anubis plush toy.

British Museum Gift Shop

The British Museum Gift Shop has the same Anubis, and Bastet plush toys that the New York’s Metropolitan Museum also offers. There’s a hippopotamus (an animal sacred to Tarewet) ornament , and there’s a cat (an animal sacred to Bastet) ornament. You can find a range of statuary, but these pewter statues of Anubis, Horus, Osiris and Bastet are affordable. There’s also a blue Bes statue and Bastet Bookends. Plus even more in their shop.


Next up are products of interest for Northern Tradition polytheism. Until then make sure to peruse the previous entries in the Yuletide Shopping Guide as there is a range of items relevant to Kemetics scattered throughout.

Prayer Card Agon

I have a new prayer card (in progress) for the Kemetic Goddess Nephthys (Nebet-Het). She is the wife of Set, Mother of Anubis, Sister to Isis and a lovely Goddess Who cares for the dead. I have the image for the card, but I do not yet have a prayer.

So, for the next week, until November 10 ( at 9pm EST to be exact), I am running a little agon. I am inviting readers to submit prayers to Nephthys. Prayers should be between 25 and 30 lines long (they can be shorter but they need to fit on a 2 1/2 x 4 inch prayer card, so longer is often problematic) and can be submitted to me at krasskova at gmail.com. Just put “Nephthys” in the subject line.

Once the agon closes, I’ll use divination to determine which prayer is the “winner” and the author of that prayer will receive a copy of my Sekhmet novena book (if you already have it, you can request a different novena book, but that is the only one I have to One of the Neteru) and a dozen of the cards once they’re printed. Each contributor will receive a prayer card of his or her choice (include mailing address and let me know which card you want when you submit your prayer).

I don’t have a devotional practice to Nephthys, and I always feel it’s best when prayers for these cards are written by people who do have a relationship with the Deity in question. So, I’m reaching out to you for help. Here is the card, originally mixed media on Arches Watercolor Paper.

Nephthys by Krasskova. Mixed Media on Arches Paper

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20% Off Prayer Cards in November

Because the military dead figure so heavily in my venerative practices this month, and Veteran’s Day is about a week away, I have a 20% off code for you on Prayer Cards this November in my shop. Use code YAYVETS2020 at checkout. This promotion coincides with the fact that I’ll be donating a portion of all my etsy sales to Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.pva.org). So not only can you grab a good deal right before the yuletide season, (and the prayer cards can make great stocking stuffers or bits of religious cheer to send to someone in their yule card) but you will know that part of the purchase will help some of our disabled veterans too.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America organization is dedicated to serving veterans—through medical research, advocacy and civil rights for all people with disabilities. Restoring dignity by providing solutions to those with spinal cord injuries or dysfunction (and expanded to those with MS or ALS too). They use funds to help veterans gain access to adaptive vehicles, adaptive housing, adaptive sports, and a range of other benefits.

Various Prayer Cards in the Shop.



You can find Prayer Cards for a range of Gods and Goddesses of different polytheistic traditions: Egyptian, Celtic, Balto-Finnic, Slavic, Norse & Germanic, Greek & Roman, Gaulish, Welsh, British, Mesopotamian, Canaanite, Etruscan, Lithuanian, and more.

Fourth of July Sale – 20% Off in my Etsy Shop

In honor of the Fourth of July, I’m offering 20% Off everything in my etsy shop. Just click here to get the coupon, which will then be applied at checkout. This sale will run through July 8, 2020. 

I have books (including a small selection of texts exclusive to the shop, or the odd autographed book), original paintings, and hundreds of prayer cards for deities from a range of traditions: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse, Germanic, Celtic, Etruscan, Mesopotamia, Baltic, Slavic, and more! There’s dozens of healing deities among the available prayer cards too.

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