<![CDATA[Gangleri's Grove - Blog]]>Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:12:32 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[This Blog is Moving as of Oct. 7, 2014]]>Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:04:55 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/this-blog-is-moving-as-of-oct-7-2014As of October 7, 2014, my blog will be moving from weebly to wordpress.com. I will be leaving the archives of this blog up here, but all new material will be posted from here on out at the new and improved Gangleri's Grove. Check it out here

And the fact that weebly's new interface, insists on making the entire sentence a link, when in fact I highlighted only one word is just one of the many reasons that I'm jumping ship. >_< 

at any rate, the new site is already up and running, the prayer card project page is up as well as my blog, and I'll shortly be adding material. Be sure to update your links, folks. See you at wordpress. 

<![CDATA[Diviner's Meme: Final Question]]>Sun, 05 Oct 2014 21:29:44 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/diviners-meme-final-question9. What's the difference between a diviner and an oracle?

This is a really, really important question in part because in discussing oracular work vs. divination we're talking about two very different, but related things and partly because for those of us who are both diviners and oracles, we tend to blur the lines a bit and in truth, one can lead quite readily into the other. 

Basically, I differentiate between the two in the following manner: divination is a combination being able to tap into the wyrd, translate its flow and patterns, and then interpret them for a client. This may be done via inherent psi-gift, by negotiation/interaction with various Gods and/or spirits, and by means of  careful training. It involves receiving messages and information from the Gods and ancestors and conveying that to the client. The diviner sits at the crossroads of heaven, earth, and the underworld as it were (to use very simplistic terminology) and watches all the currents, reporting on what is observed. The diviner has agency: the divination happens because the diviner sits down at the divination mat and decides to do a reading. It's a flexible process, often involving negotiation with the Gods and spirits. 

An oracle is one taken up by a Deity or spirits and used in a way that allows the Power in question to spew Itself through the mouth of the oracle into this world. The oracle becomes a window. There is little of the oracle's own agency involved other than perhaps showing up. Often we do not have forewarning that we will be used in this way, and there is no translation/interpretation happening. The Deity or spirit in question is vomiting insight, knowledge, prophecy, or whatever else directly through our mouths. There is nothing of the diviner in the process. 

I suppose if i were speaking poetically, I might say that the diviner is outside the flow of wyrd, while the oracle is taken up by it. Either way, they are two distinct and different things. I think that the lines get blurred only because every oracle I know is also a diviner, and when they are taken up as oracles, it often occurs during the course of divination. Suddenly the process shifts, the Gods step in and it becomes something other than divination. 

Being taken up as an oracle is not quite the same thing as deity possession but it's far, far closer to that, than it is to divination. 

This wraps up my diviner's meme. I'm currently finishing up a pamphlet on divination, discussing the ins and outs of this sacred craft in depth and I shall post here when it is available. 

<![CDATA[I Literally Wrote the Book on Devotional Polytheism]]>Sat, 04 Oct 2014 16:02:42 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/i-literally-wrote-the-book-on-devotional-polytheismPicture

My latest book has just been released: "Devotional Polytheism," which is a step by step guide toward developing a devotional practice within a polytheistic framework. As I note in the book itself, devotion is the heart of polytheism . It makes our traditions live and grow, infuses them with joy, and opens doors for our Gods to come through. Devotional practice is the most important work any of us will ever do. This book teaches the reader how to begin. 

Right now, "Devotional Polytheism" is available here. In a few days, it will be available on amazon.com as well. 

I am offering a special deal, as I did with my other recently published book "Honoring the Ancestors." I have ten copies, that I am offering signed, personalized, and with the prayer card of one's choice for $25 plus $5 S&H. Interested readers should contact me at krasskova at gmail.com. 

In the meantime, check out the other books available at Sanngetall Press

<![CDATA[This!]]>Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:55:35 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/thisWeebly has been particularly frustrating of late, leading me to seriously consider moving my blog to wordpress (stay tuned, this may yet happen).

I"ve tried to post this three times and each time weebly eats the text. Here goes a fourth.

I read this post of Sannion's today.  I could not agree with him more. I was similarly appalled when I read the article that he discusses, appalled at the short sightedness, the cowardice, the sniveling pacifism of some of the commenters. Our ancestors cherished their traditions. In some cases they laid down their lives for them. They *valued* them. Pity so many of us don't seem to do the same.

Fundamentalist Christians attempted to intimidate and disrupt a Pagan gathering. There was the threat of weapons. The police did nothing (one of the officers was apparently part of the Church doing the threatening). We should be outraged. Those of us hosting, organizing, or planning on attending gatherings should be planning our united response should we end up facing the same time of religious bullying.

What we shouldn't do is hide our heads in the sand, advocate hiding ourselves in a spiritual closet, and further bowing our necks to the yoke of monotheism.

Let's not ask what Jesus would do in a situation like this; let's ask what Malcolm X would do. We might be better served.
<![CDATA[Charon Devotional Now Available]]>Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:55:10 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/october-02nd-2014Picture
Bibliotheca Alexandrina's newest devotional is now available. 

This is a project that I've slowly been working on for the past couple of years, a devotional to the God Charon, the Ferryman of Souls. My adopted mom had a deep respect and compassion for this Deity and when she died, I promised that I would craft a devotional for Him. Thanks to BA and the many talented contributors, I've been able to make that happen. 

The book, a collection of essays, fiction, poetry, and prayers may be purchased here

<![CDATA[Sale!]]>Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:03:24 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/salePicture
I am selling several of my smaller paintings for seriously reduced prices. 

If you are interested in owning a piece of original art, check out my art site here

All of these were part of a recent gallery show in Cold Spring, NY. 

<![CDATA[Coming Soon...]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:22:28 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/coming-soon2]]><![CDATA[The Alice Judson Fundraiser was a Success]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:52:20 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/the-alice-judson-fundraiser-was-a-successPicture
RiverWinds Gallery  - “Alice Judson Memorial Fundraiser" a noted success!

RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
Open Wed-Mon 12-6, 12-9 2nd Saturdays
RiverWinds Gallery at 172 Main Street, Beacon, NY  hosted a very successful "Alice Judson Memorial Fundraiser" culminating in a reception on September 27th. The goal was to raise funds to help restore the gravestone of one of Beacon’s well-known female artists. It was so successful that not only will the Beacon Cemetery Committee be able to restore Alice Judson's damaged stone, but also the stone of Professor Charles Davies, a noted mathematician and friend of Charles Dickens. Davies' stone, located a few yards away from Ms. Judson, had been similarly damaged.
RiverWinds Gallery donated “The Porch," a rare signed architectural oil painting by Judson as a prize in a drawing, the proceeds of which are going toward the restorations.  
On Saturday September 27, Diane Lapis, a member of the Beacon Historical Society gave a presentation on the life and work of Alice Judson. Robert Phillips of the Beacon Cemetery Committee drew the winning ticket, that of Mrs. K. Tannahill age 94.  She and her husband were neighbors of Alice Judson and owned several of her paintings.  When he passed away, his wife donated the Judson paintings to the Beacon Historical Society. The Historical Society bought tickets in her honor and the plan is that this painting will hang with the ones she previously had donated, at the Howland Cultural Center, thus preserving an important piece of Beacon's cultural and artistic legacy for future generations.
Stonemason John Benjamin from St. Phillips Church in Garrison is handling work on the stones.
Alice Judson (1876 – 1948) is one of Beacon’s earliest famous painters.  She studied under John Henry Twachtman at the Art Students League in New York City. Alice's art career flourished in the 20's and 30's. She belonged to North Shore, Dutchess County, Putnam County, Hudson Highlands, and Pittsburgh Art Associations, as well as the Gloucester Society of Artists, National Academy of Woman Painters and Sculptors, and the Society of Independent Artists.
There are only 8 remaining paintings from the Alice Judson Collection at the gallery.  They are all on view at RiverWinds and may also be seen on its website:  www.riverwindsgallery.com.  
RiverWinds Gallery is a multi-faceted art space featuring over 45 of the finest Hudson Valley artists; Traditional fine art including paintings and photography, and contemporary crafts, including jewelry, cards, ceramics, scarves and hand dyed yarn.  The current Featured Artist is Ellen Metzger O’Shea.  Her “Coming Home Series” is on view through October 5th.  RiverWinds is a member of the Beacon Arts Community Association (BeaconArts) "www.beaconarts.org and Art Along the Hudson www.artalongthehudson.com
Location: RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508, 845-838-2880
Website: www.riverwindsgallery.com
Hours:  Wednesday - Monday 12-6 p.m.   Beacon Second Saturday 12-9 p.m.   
Directions:  Route 84 exit 11, take Route 9D south, turn left at Main Street. RiverWinds Gallery is on the left, a block and half east on Main Street.

<![CDATA[Divination Meme - Question 8]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:00:24 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/divination-meme-question-88. If we have knowledge of the future can we truly be said to act and choose freely?

I think this is perhaps the most common misconception about divination. Divination is a translation of patterns and potentiality; it is not a recounting of some immutable future. There are always choices. Wyrd, the flow of all that has been, all that is, patterning all that will be is created and woven from our choices, our actions, and our inaction. It's ever shifting. Moreover, part of the power and skill of a good diviner is the ability to shift and change what divination reveals is most likely to occur. Nothing is ever set in stone. "Fate" is a framework within which we have tremendous freedom of action. When we incarnate, we're dealt a certain hand, based on our own past lives, based on ancestral debt, based on many different things but we have both the choice and opportunity to meet those challenges wisely and well. We can almost always change a predicted pattern. 

Part of divination is a push-pull, a tension between the dominant flow of events and our maneuverability. We're creatures of habit so even when a thing can be changed, most people, at least so far as I've found, won't because it means changing our ingrained, habitual responses to our world. Basically, divination shows one the 'lay of the land.' How we navigate that is up to us and it's how we navigate the flow of wyrd that determines what actually happens in the long run. Even with those things that for us as individuals may be relatively immutable (because they were locked into the wyrd by a confluence of choices and events over which we had little control), there's still no unchanging, pre-determined fall-out. So much of what happens in our lives depends on the traces we leave, our responses, our choices. Divination can help us make the best choices possible. "Fate" is not this monolithic thing over which we have no control. It's a flow of cause and effect with which we are absolutely capable of engaging. 

The future might seem immutable, because we're not just dealing with our choices and responses, we're dealing with situations created and patterned by the responses and decisions of many, many others. We can only control our own actions. That's a different thing from the future being absolutely set in stone though. As a diviner, when something comes up in a session that is potentially problematic for a client, I will always ask if there's anything that can be done to offset, change, or avoid this situation. That is the power of a diviner: not just to see but work within the wyrd, to alter it, shift it, change it. We not only have the capacity to see the most likely future, but also the ability to create it. Sometime the window in which we have to work is quite small, but there is almost always something that can be done to shift things to the client's greater benefit. 

(Readers, I have one more question left in my Diviner's meme. If you have any questions that you would like me to answer about divination, please send them to me at krasskova at gmail.com. I'll give it a shot to the best of my ability). 

<![CDATA[My newest at the Starry Bull]]>Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:44:48 GMThttp://krasskova.weebly.com/blog/my-newest-at-the-starry-bullPicture

My newest article is up at the Starry Bull. In it, I talk about my relationship to Dionysos and what it means to be a perpetual outsider to His mysteries, and how sometimes, that can be a gift and a grace as well. 

I wrote the article early yesterday but only got around to sharing it now. It's been a busy, busy weekend, folks and I'll post more about that when I have a chance. 

In the meantime, check out my article, "I praise the God of Outsiders..' here