Shrine for Skaði

Shrine for Skaði, 2011
Shrine for Skaði, 2011

This is my shrine at The Hermitage for Skaði, the bold, strong-willed and enigmatic Jötunn, mountain-dweller, Öndurdís, goddess of winter and the primal hunt.  Maria Kvilhaug calls Her “the giantess of the underworld.”  Lee Hollander calls Her “dweller among the rocks.”

The altar cloth is silver-grey crushed velvet.  Draped over the front are two iridescent scarves – one white, and one purple and black.  Laid on top of the purple scarf is a strand of crystal beads.

In the small black cauldron in the front is an offering to Her – in this case, white tea leaves.  The tea I chose for Her is called Snowflakes, which I thought was just perfect.

To the left of the photo there is a small round box which I use for written prayers, and behind that a blue candle with snowflake imprints.  In the center is a silver serving plate shaped like a star, with a snowflake etched into the center.  To the right of the photo there are two white candles, one shaped like a snowflake and surrounded with clear stones.  (Although you can’t see it in this photo, the candle in the back has a beaded bracelet that I made for Her wrapped around it.)  Immediately to the right of the white candles is framed artwork of wolves in moonlit snow.

In the center is an artist’s interpretation of Her, in a frame wrapped in silver crushed velvet.  Above that is a small arched mirror framed in black stone.  To either side of the mirror are silver wall sconces, through which I draped more iridescent fringed scarves.  The background is holographic snowflake-print wrapping paper attached to the wall.  It reflects light nicely, giving a lovely rainbow effect.

I discovered that the pictures accompanying one of the first shrines I made for Skaði – at the LiveJournal pimp_my_altar community – have gone missing, so I will re-post them here eventually.

Hail Skaði!

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