Recently I attended a lovely and moving public ritual for Skaði by Ingrid Kincaid, The Rune Woman, held in Portland, OR. About twenty of us were there to pay Her tribute. The beautiful altar featured two enormous raw femur bones, along with evergreen bows, firewood, a bow and arrows, fresh blood, vodka, and more. Attendees all wore head coverings in winter white, blood red, and evergreen colors. I wore the white burnout velvet shawl I got in 2006 when I started my Shrine of Skaði ritual dance project. It was the first piece of bellydance costume gear I ever owned, and to this day I use it only for devotional dances for Her.
I also brought along a wooden plaque for the altar made by Deb’s Den, and a small bit of deer hide which had been donated by hunter and fellow devotee Nicholas Haney for Skaði’s shrine room at Many Gods West which I built last summer.
Through my Chthonic Cathedral project, I consulted with Ingrid to provide a dark ambient musical playlist for this ritual. Her selections were some of my all-time favorites:
Wake Skadi by Hagalaz’ Runedance
Nordvinterögon by Ulf Söderberg
Morgonmåne by Ulf Söderberg
Vargskymning by Ulf Söderberg
Some bits that spoke deeply to me from the text of the ritual:
“In winter it is truly evident that life can only exist because of death.”
“Skaði, the taste and smell of blood are your sacraments, bright red against the white of snow. You truly understand what it means to take life in order to live.”
“I call upon you, Skaði, to remind me that I must find focus in order to take aim and hit the target.”
What a blessing it was to be able to attend my first public ritual for Her, and to have the unprecedented opportunity to consult with the organizer to provide the music for it. What a powerful form of service it was for me, especially after ten years of serving Her through my home-based practice. I am so grateful for this collaboration and for the magic we made. Thank you to Ingrid, to my friends Ilana and Fjothr who attended at my invitation, and to all who honor Her as She so richly deserves.
Hail, beloved mighty Huntress of the North!