If any of you would like to buy tickets for the drawing, we can sort that out via Paypal. Email me.
Riverwinds Gallery is partnering with the Beacon Cemetery Committee (part of the local historical society) in this project. If any of my readers would like to participate in this fundraiser, please contact me off-list at krasskova at gmail.com. We are selling tickets at 1/$5 or 3/$10 to help raise money to repair the gravestone of Alice Judson, a turn of the century, critically acclaimed artist from Beacon, NY. Her stone was toppled, quite possibly by vandals. There will be a reception and drawing on September 27 at RiverWinds gallery in Beacon and the prize is a signed painting by Judson.
If any of you would like to buy tickets for the drawing, we can sort that out via Paypal. Email me.
I received a thank you letter from RAINN today for the donation that we made following July's Polytheist Leadership Conference. I made the donation in the name of the conference, with a note that talked about how we had a silent auction in order to raise the money. Good job, everyone. We raised $549.00. (I've blacked out my address in the letter below).
(Leto by Grace Palmer)
It's high time that I give an update on forthcoming prayer cards, as I have quite a few in process.
The most recent card, "Leto," is now available for purchase. "Jormungand" may be pre-ordered.
I have one artist working on another Cardea, one on Venus.
I have also just approved designs for Minerva, Sulis, and the Goddess Disciplina is also underway.
If you would like to sponsor a prayer card, please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com.
My latest post, wherein I discuss Dionysos, Odin, ordeal, and panic is up at the Boukoleon. Here is a small excerpt for you to enjoy:
"I wonder at the relationship between Dionysos and Pan. I know fear and it is conscious and immediate. Terror - panic- is something quite apart from that. It roils up from the pit of the soul, from the dark twisting innards of the gut, from the lizard brain of instinct, fight, or flight that we all possess. There's no logic to it. There's no panacea. It comes in waves, buffeting consciousness and must be ridden to its end. I very rarely experience panic and its peaks and valleys were new to me. Yet when I called to Dionysos, it seemed as though those feral rhythms were a cloak that He could wear at will, a weapon, a tool, a gift. It coiled around His hands like a serpent around the arms of a temple dancer. The gift He gave me, sending His priest to help, was this: to be in the conscious flow of that panic and not be overwhelmed by it. I got through my MRI with no problem, in fact, I was quite calm once it all began. I was also, as I only realized much later, in a deeply altered state. More and more I'm gaining insight into how He uses altered states to cleanse, purify, challenge, to open one up to whatever mysteries one's Gods and wyrd might have in store."
My newest book will shortly be released by Sanngetall press. It's the book I would say that people ask me for the most: Honoring the Ancestors. You can find out more about that here.
In the meantime, i still have two copies of "Dancing in the House of the Moon", my pocket-devotional to Mani, available for $22 plus $5 S&H. each book comes signed, personalized, and with the Mani prayer card of your choice.
that is all. More updates will follow soon but the semester will soon be starting and I'm scurrying around getting prepared. :)
edit: bumping this up as a reminder: one month to the deadline.
"To his friend a man should bear him as friend, and gift for gift bestow, laughter for laughter let him exchange." (Hávamál 42)
Twice a year our household makes a charitable donation to a worthy cause in return for the many blessings the Gods have seen fit to bestow upon us. As my partner and I were discussing which charity should be the recipient this time around it struck us - that money could do the most good in our community. And by that we don't mean charities local to the Hudson Valley.
A lot of polytheist folks out there have great ideas for things they'd like to do for their Gods and Spirits but lack the resources to manifest that vision: offer a special sacrifice, organize a local gathering, do research or put out a book, provide assistance to the homeless or veterans and so on and so forth.
And so to help foster the growth of our communities and support each other in our work for the next three years our household will be contributing $300 towards Óski's Gift, a scholarship given to a worthy member of the polytheist community, each equinox.
In order to be considered for this people must contribute a short (900-1300 words) description of what they would like to do, Who they are doing it for and how that will benefit the polytheist community with a deadline of three days before the equinox. These accounts will be posted to my blog to encourage others and the winner will be chosen on the equinox by Odin through divination. Óski is a heiti or by-name of Odin meaning "Bestower of Wishes" so it only seemed proper that he should get to decide.
If others would like to contribute financially to this beyond the $300 we'll be giving you may contact me at email@example.com to find out how. This is also the address that proposals should be sent to.
Together we are stronger; together we can create a better community.
(image by Lynn Perkins)
(Shiloh battlefield, August 2014)
I just returned from a fairly extensive road trip down south. My friend Mary Ann and I (leaving our menfolk at home) went from NY to VA, TN, AL, MS, KY, OH up to Niagara falls and back home again. For her, it was vacation and a chance to visit her old stomping grounds in OH, where she grew up, for me a chance to visit Shiloh battlefield and dispense some obligations to the military dead and then we both wanted to visit Berea, KY, known for its Appalachian crafts. We were gone for nearly ten days and it was exhausting (six hours a day in the car!) but also a great deal of fun. I got to see parts of the country I hadn't had the chance to visit before. I also learned quite a bit more about the necessary protocols for dealing with the military dead.
In VA, I ended up stumbling quite by accident (ok, I got surreptitiously pushed by the dead and led my traveling companion right to the battlefield…completely without realizing it) on New Market battlefield and that laid me out quite a bit. I pick up the emotions of the place, the battle, those who fought there, sometimes also getting sensory input from the dead. I was totally unprepared for it but I think my dead were doing me a favor. So much of what i learned there, enabled me to pass through Shiloh relatively unscathed. I'm a quick study--thank the Gods! Shiloh was a beautiful and terrible place. The battlefield is enormous and lovely but a miserable place to die. We went through as much of it as visitors were permitted to visit. The worst was the confederate mass grave - after the battle the bodies were buried in mass graves--where the presence of the dead was particularly strong. This is actually one of the reasons we ended up finishing our trip at Niagara Falls---while the town itself is an utterly tacky (as only Americans can be) tourist trap, the falls themselves are powerful, pristine, cleansing, and blessing. Hermes had indicated in divination that we should go to the falls rather than Elmira, NY (where we'd intended to pass a night to break up the ride back home, but which was the site of a prison camp for confederate soldiers and a graveyard for the military dead) and I realized once I was there, that it was a matter of Niagara spirit being tremendously willing to cleanse and restore. I could have stayed there for hours, despite the tourists crawling like mindless vermin over a magnificent and sacred place. i got as close to the dirt and water as I could, and as I dared.
I wasn't online much while I was traveling. We were up and on the road from dawn to whenever we arrived at our desired destination and after sight seeing and sometimes spirit-work, I found myself too tired to worry about emails so I'm now playing catch-up. One thing I wanted to touch on here, since i've had maybe half a dozen people asking my opinion on the matter, was the Ferguson riots. That there is racism in our society and moreover within our power structures including the police comes as no surprise at all. It's appalling and worthy of outrage, and I've seen a lot of Pagans and polytheists just that: outraged. It's a start. But I think that in our collective responses to this injustice we're missing something very important. My opinion on the matter is that we need to step back and start listening. We need to start listening to those in our midst who are too often overlooked and ignored, marginalized i think the word is: Pagans and Polytheists of color. We have a group of people in our communities that has been dealing very directly with racism their entire lives and I don't think they need us to explain to them how they ought to respond, however well meaning our 'splainin' might be. I think that our portion in this fight -- and rooting out this type of hatred and ignorance is a fight-- is to step back, listen to what those of color within our communities have to say and then to *support them* in how they wish to address this. Their voices aren't being heard and when that happens in our communities, it makes us every bit as culpable as the racists we decry.
To my mind, this is just common courtesy. I dislike it as a polytheist when someone outside of my community attempts to define polytheism or tell me what I ought to believe. As a woman, I get irritated by the endless 'man-splainin' that every woman has had to deal with ad nausaeum in our culture. Not a single one of us can really comprehend on a gut and bone level the impact of racism in America…too often in our privilege I think we may even contribute unwittingly to it -- and that is a sickening thought! Nor am I saying don't be outraged. I think that outrage in the face of racism is the appropriate response. I'm saying that first and foremost we should listen to those most directly affected because we don't know how to untangle this. As a white woman i'm too blinded, however well meaning I may be, by my own privilege. I've had the luxury of not having to consider it on a day to day basis. It's our time to listen and to stand behind our colleagues and friends and community members of color and that is a challenging thing: to accept that we don't know what needs to be done and to put our willingness to do *something* at another's disposal but I think that as a community we're big enough to do just that.
So there are my two cents on the matter. I've got a few more updates that I'll be posting over the next day or so, including information on the next book forthcoming from Sanngetall Press so stay tuned, folks.
"Walking the Worlds" is running a subscription contest.
The 24th person to subscribe for a yearly subscription will receive that subscription for free.
The 50th person to subscribe will receive half off a yearly subscription rate.
Both winners will have their choice of one prayer card from those listed here.
The 100th person to subscribe for a full year will receive free subscription, a prayer card, and a choice of a signed book from either me or Sannion.
So pass it on, folks.
'Walking the Worlds" journal is now accepting subscriptions. We've posted our guidelines here. It is quick and easy to subscribe. Check it out, folks.
I have a very brief mini-round up for everyone today.
Firstly, T.P. Ward has written a post at his blog over at witches and pagans wherein he is soliciting readers' questions about money and money-anxiety. Check out his blog and some of his recent work there. Asking these questions, being able to name them is the first step - at least I think so- in starting to untangle our relationship with money, individually and as a community. What questions do you have for him?
Secondly, Camilla Laurentine has just issued a call for submissions for a devotional to the beloved dead. I'm *very* excited about this project. She is calling for prayers, poetry, and more, all for the ancestors. Check it out here, folks.
Finally, Dver has a new page where all of her work is consolidated. There are books, jewelry, and more. Check that out here.
There's lots going on in our community. To quote a certain Thracian who shall remain Anomalous, "it's a damned fine time to be a polytheist!"