I am delighted to announce that my proposal was accepted and I will be a shrine room keeper at Many Gods West, a new polytheist gathering, in Olympia, WA this July.
I will be building and decorating a custom shrine room for Skaði in a hotel room at the conference, and I will serve as its keeper for the full weekend (pending confirmation of suitable travel arrangements).
Of course this shrine room will feature a carefully curated selection of dark ambient music, including many sublime tracks from the German project Skadi! It will be a space for quiet meditation and prayer, set apart from the hustle-and-bustle of the conference. My intention is for this to be a small, “homey” and intimate space completely focused on Her – as if it were a room set aside for Her in a private home, yet open to receiving visitors. The only difference is that it will be temporary.
Aside from a few Heathen rituals in which I’ve participated, this will be the first time I’ve done the Pagan In Public thing. I’m glad I have a few months to prepare. I see it as part of my service role as a monastic-in-training. This will be a high profile role for an introvert, so I expect it to be quite a challenge…but I’m excited and very happy!
Here’s the description of the shrine room I have planned:
Skaði’s Shrine Room will be a sacred meditation space designed to facilitate prayer and deeper contemplation of Her mysteries. It will be set up in a hotel room at the conference, and will be open for posted hours. It will feature shrines for Her, art displays, devotional writings, and decorations associated with Her myths – snow, hunting, mountains, wolves, etc. Devotional playlists of dark ambient music selected for Skaði will play in the background.
Shoes can be left at the entryway, and a bowl of water will be placed at the door for cleansing before entering the space. Curtains will be drawn shut; the space will have a “sacred enclosure” atmosphere.
No liturgy, ritual, or performance will take place, though offerings for Her will be welcomed. To preserve the contemplative atmosphere, distractions such as conversation and consumption of food or drink will be discouraged.
I am compiling a collection of art and short devotional writings to feature in Her shrine room, so feel free to contact me if you have something you would like me to consider for inclusion. I am especially interested in statues and figurines.
I’m also interested in hearing about what other devotees of Skaði would appreciate in a shrine room like this, so feel free to comment or e-mail me if you have suggestions to make.
Hope to see many of you there!