Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 20,545,847

December 25th. 2017 ...

Men and the Goddess

Pirates and Witches

November 15th. 2017 ...


Pagan Artist Trading Cards

October 14th. 2017 ...

A Little Magickal History

An Open Fire: Healing from Within

September 30th. 2017 ...


August 31st. 2017 ...

The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.

Gudrun of the Victory Gods

The Goddess Asherah

July 31st. 2017 ...

Cernunnos: The Darkest Wood in the Moon's Light

Truth and Lies: Finding Wicca

Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers

July 2nd. 2017 ...

Back to Basics Witchcraft: Magical Creativity for Small Living Spaces

On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

A Distant Thunder: Should You Care?

On Cursing: Politics and Ethos

Ares and Athena

July 1st. 2017 ...

Elements of Magic

June 1st. 2017 ...

Herbal Astrology

The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions

La Santa Muerte... The Stigma and the Strength

The Lady on the Stairs

Nahualli: Traditional Aztec Witchcraft and Totems

April 30th. 2017 ...

Nazis Made Us Change Our Name

Why the Faeries?

The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives

Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles

March 30th. 2017 ...

Magic in Daily Life

The East and West of Wiccan Magick

Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords

March 3rd. 2017 ...

Finding Balance: Discipline Wedded to Devotion

February 10th. 2017 ...

Understanding the Unseen

Kitchen Magic and Memories

January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

Little Dog, Big Love

December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule

November 10th. 2016 ...

What Exactly Is Witchcraft?

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans

What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)

October 10th. 2016 ...

Witchcraft from the Outside

September 11th. 2016 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess

How Did I Get Here? (My Pagan Journey)

September 3rd. 2016 ...

Rethinking Heaven: What Happens When We Die?

What is Happening in My Psychic Reading?

Nature’s Reward

August 12th. 2016 ...

When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

Past Midnight

July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum

An Open Mind and Heart

June 13th. 2016 ...

Pollyanna Propaganda: The Distressing Trend of Victim-Blaming in Spirituality

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

Life is Awesome... and the Flu

May 15th. 2016 ...

Wiccan Spirituality

Faery Guided Journey

How to Bond with the Elements through Magick

Magical Household Cleaning

Working with the Elements

April 2nd. 2016 ...

Becoming Wiccan: What I Never Expected

The Evolution of Thought Forms

The Fear of Witchcraft

Rebirth By Fire: A Love Letter to Mama Maui and Lady Pele

Magic in Sentences

Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess

March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

Spring Has Sprung!

January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Energy and Karma

Community and Perception

December 20th. 2015 ...

Magia y Wicca

October 24th. 2015 ...

The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans

Feeling the Pulse of Autumn

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 15338

VoxAcct: 282636

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 1,625

Times Read: 6,356

RSS Views: 14,587
“I Survived a Weekend with Galina Krasskova”

Author: Rev. Beatriz Banos [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: August 11th. 2013
Times Viewed: 6,356

I personally have been in the Pagan Community in South Florida for over 23 years now. I was a member of three Wiccan covens, the last two of them I contributed not only as a covener but I taught and led. I learned a lot about what it was like to be in a Coven, the pros and cons. It’s not for everyone but the lessons you learn are priceless. I have traveled and had the honor and privilege of meeting and learning from many Craft Elders to whom I am very grateful.

In 2009, my path led me to leave the last coven after officially 17 years of membership for one of solitaire practice with my husband and Magickal partner although we still gather with my brothers and sisters of the Craft during holy days. I started out as Wiccan and studied a few different traditions but I was always a Polytheist at heart. I was always drawn to the Celtic mysteries but in 1999, before I was to be initiated 3rd degree, the Goddess Freya made her presence known to me. And hence began my journey studying the Norse path, something to which I had no attraction, to be honest with you. But the Gods chose their own and the work began…

Once I left the coven, I was free to finally devote time to fully embrace my path, which was one of a Hard Polytheist and my work with many God and Goddesses began. I had learned so much now that I had the time to dedicate to my own path outside the work of a coven and its responsibilities. My new responsibilities became work on myself, my marriage (my husband and I were married in April 2010) , Devotional work to the Gods, Land Wights, and recently Ancestor work.

The Craft has had its history of the infamous “Witch Wars” back in its days. But last I checked, Paganism embraced diversity and espoused tolerance. That’s why it’s grown so much through the years. And it saddens me to say that I have learned recently that a disturbing sequel (for lack of a better word) has resurfaced in the Pagan/Heathen communities…one of judgment, prejudice, and even false accusations against Elders in our community.

Now, I am not writing this to fight anyone’s battles nor was I prompted to do this; I did it because I got pissed off! I was informed of how one particular Heathen Shaman, Galina Krasskova, was being threatened by others in the community. And these were not just little petty idle threats and rumors that I have witnessed other authors and friends have to publicly address when they’ve been through this bull. But these were actual threats on her life, her home, etc… All stemming from how she chooses to practice her path! When I heard this, I was in shock. I thought, “Surely, we as a community are beyond this!”

It’s pretty simple ladies and gentleman: if you don’t like a her work, don’t buy the books, go to the workshops, read the blogs, or like her on Facebook. Just leave her alone. She has the right just like everyone else, including her accusers, to worship, as they will. Some of her practices may seem controversial but she is not forcing you to do her work. And let me tell you, there are many other practitioners whose work is “controversial” who are being harassed too. What may be ‘controversial’ to you may not be to someone else. Words are words; positive, negative, good, bad, it’s all relative in the end. Haven’t we learned anything about history?

My husband and I just came from spending a weekend with Galina and House Sankofa and I can testify to not being raped, abused, coerced into ordeal work, or any such rumored nonsense. Instead, I survived to tell a tale of experiencing a spiritually uplifting and healing weekend with a woman whose work and the work her House does is needed in this day and age. I am blessed and honored to know her. We need more Elders like her to do the work she does. We don’t want to alienate these Elders from coming out to festivals or workshops for fear of being attacked. I am not naming names or pointing fingers, but I implore you, as not only a fellow kindred spirit of the Old ways but as a human being, to stop the bullsh*t. And let’s remember what community is all about: we are not all the same, we don’t do everything the same. We are not meant to. Everyone serves a purpose in the grand web; who are we to judge others and what they do? That, to me, is blasphemy.

At the end of the day, take what you will from this article, but if you can take one thing I ask that you remember that being different is what makes us all unique. And in essence- these attacks are all fear based. So look in the mirror, and ask yourself, “What am I afraid of”?


Rev. Beatriz Banos

Location: Hialeah, Florida

Author's Profile: To learn more about Rev. Beatriz Banos - Click HERE

Other Articles: Rev. Beatriz Banos has posted 1 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email Rev. Beatriz Banos... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Rev. Beatriz Banos ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2018 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).