Loving Savage Gods


Gangleri's Grove

A thing came up today amongst some colleagues: the difficulty of loving savage Gods. I belong to Odin: I know a thing or two about loving in the midst of Terror. A friend said “but He’s only ever kind to me. Why honor Him in His savage aspects, why not just focus on the beautiful?” Oh what a powerful question, and one that I have seen arise again and again and again.

We are fragile and sometimes hurting so deeply and the Gods are so big. We carry our hurts like a grey fever in our bones, and when there has only been hurt for so long in our lives, how can we not flinch and flee a Terror so much beyond any human fist or scathing word, or yelling voice? Gods are supposed to be nice and good and never, ever angry aren’t They? Why not just call…

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Author: Cianaodh Óg

Cianaodh (Pronounced Key-Ah-Knee or some say Kenny) is Old Irish (not modern) and means Ancient Fire. Óg is also Old Irish and it means Young which is my surname in modern English. It is not my given name but it is my chosen name for various reasons.

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