Check it out here, folks.
My most recent article is now up at Pagan Square. It's called "Terms of Engagement" and discusses the nature of "tradition" and why some of us are called to defend it so fiercely.
Check it out here, folks.
We returned to New York today and oh, it was good to be home. New Orleans was very welcoming and an amazingly friendly city but the ghede were everywhere and after seven or eight days, I found it mentally and psychically exhausting. I can never get warm when the dead are so near. I fell in love with New Orleans' French Quarter but coming home is a restorative. My land, my mountain, the spirits whose friendship and alliances I have long cultivated nourish me in ways that simply cannot be duplicated on such short acquaintance with a new city. So I'm curled up on my sofa, discussing the highlights of the trip with my partner, smoking a couple of clove cigarettes and relaxing after having greeted the house spirits and all the shrines. It's very good to be home.
There have been few cities that have affected me as strongly as New Orleans .The fabric of the city held such clear record, such sharp memory of all the lives that have passed in the quarter. The dead were so present, dancing gaily through the streets, lurking in every corner, permeating every unclaimed space. I think my favorite thing was just walking with my partner through the streets, experiencing the ambience of the city at all hours, seeing how it shimmered and shifted as the holiday drew near, how it exploded in a cacophony of people -living and dead--at certain hours. For me, I was never just in New Orleans; I was wading through liminal space, through the psychic residue, vestiges of multiple centuries whizzing by. It was exhilarating, exhausting, inspiring, and dizzying. There was always that complex overlay of time and experience wherever I went. It was strongest for me in the French Quarter and that is where i concentrated the majority of my time. While it exhausts in its own way, it also counters the loud brashness of the here and now. It balances.
One of the more moving excursions during my visit was a trip to the World War II Museum. My father was a World War II (and Korean War) veteran. Of all the military dead that I honor (and honoring our war dead is a major part of my ancestral work, a very close second only to honoring my own personal ancestors) I feel a very special affinity and respect for those dead who fought in WWII. I fully admit, it brings me full circle to the experiences of my father and maternal grandfather. The museum in New Orleans is a powerful monument. My war dead were present from the moment I entered and it was very hard reading the personal accounts at the museum, making my way through the section for the Pacific Theatre, then the Battle of Normandy. My dead buffeted me with vestiges of their experiences - sights, sounds, smells, physical sensations, emotions and by the time I left, I felt as though I had been physically beaten. My partner supported me making sure I ate and got me back to the hotel but it was an emotionally wrenching experience -- as it should be. As it should be.
Last night, knowing that we were flying home today, we went out late and walked the city streets again, bidding farewell to the city itself, making a few last offerings to the ghede that populate it--an unseen nation of the dead. We were given unexpected gifts by the city in return and today left with a sense of peace and homecoming. It was good. It was an experience properly completed, and we will return again to visit the friends we made.
(for those who are curious -- i've been getting lots of emails---alligator does not taste like chicken; in texture it's rather the consistency of friend clams and turtle soup tastes rather like spaghetti bolognese. ^___^).
Image: "After the Rain" copyright Galina Krasskova.
I have two new articles up at Heathen Heretic. Both are part of ongoing commentary during my recent trip to New Orleans. It's a wonderful city, folks, and one full of magic. ...a rather odd place to spend Yule for someone like me who is used to snow and ice ^_^ but enchanting nonetheless.
check out the articles here and here.
My newest 'Heathen Heretic" post is available, folks. You can find it here. I answer another series of questions from a reader on the proper way to dispose of offerings to the Gods and/or dead. It's a very common question and part and parcel of learning appropriate offering protocol.
In a few days, I'll post an update to my Mani series too, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, here is a picture of House Sankofa's Beltane altar.
I want to give a huge thank you to the folks who've recently made donations to House Sankofa. It's greatly appreciated and will be going toward offerings for Mani.
Speaking of Whom, i've just posted another article about Him (more reader Q&A) here.
have a good night, folks. It's late and the morning comes all too quickly. :)
My newest "Heathen Heretic" post is now available. In it I answer another reader's question on devotion.
this is part of my devotion 101 series that I"m running. If you have any questions, no matter how basic about devotion or polytheism, send them to me and I will add them to my queue of questions currently accrued and answer one or two each week until I've answered them all.
Anyway, check out my article here.
I've got another post up at Heathen Heretic -- been in the mood to write today, folks. :)
This one is all about the moon god Mani and in it, I answer more reader questions.
Keep those questions coming! If i don't have an answer, I'll do my best to refer you to someone who does.
In the meantime, the photo here is by noted Hudson Valley photographer Mary Ann Glass. (Yes, it's used with permission). Check out her work, folks. It's ethereal and elegant.
My newest "Heathen Heretic" column is now available here. In it, I make good on my promise to answer reader questions about devotion, devotional work, and polytheism.
Keep those questions coming, folks.
My newest Heathen Heretic column is up here. In this post, I discuss working in a blended House and how House Sankofa manages it.
Check it out, folks.
My newest Heathen Heretic column is available here. It's all about the Norse Moon God Mani and is the first of a multi-part series.
(This image is by Grace Palmer and may be purchased as a prayer or devotional card. Check this and the other prayer cards I have available out here).
Many of you who read this blog know that I do monthly oracle sessions with and for Odin. I have been given ...i'm not sure if i should say 'leave' or 'an assignment' to offer the same for Mani no more than four times a year. The first of those Mani oracle sessions will be at Etinmoot.
Since I am scheduled to carry Mani anyway, it seems a logical time to have an assistant present people's questions to Him. If anyone would like to send in questions for the Mani oracle session, please have them to me by no later (and i *mean* no later) than 9pm August 14, 2013. I will have one of my assistants put the questions to Mani whilst I am carrying Him and record whatever response He gives.
There is no charge for oracle work (though unlike personal divination there's also no explication of the answers given) however should anyone wish to make a donation to the House that would be greatly appreciated. It will be used for offerings for Mani in August.
Contact me at krasskova at gmail.com with any questions.