Category: Skaði

Huntress, My Beloved

Huntress, My Beloved by Danica Swanson Beloved Skaði of the keen eye and deadly arrow, Ten years ago You came to me As my heart howled with the grief of divorce. You expertly guided me As floods of angry tears drenched me And shards of emotional shrapnel pierced my heart. Beloved daughter of the iron

Ritual for Skaði by Ingrid Kincaid

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

Reflections on the Many Gods West conference

The Many Gods West conference, and the shrine room I built in my hotel room there for Skaði, were both successful far beyond anything I had imagined. And I’m so grateful that I hardly even know where to begin. Although I arrived home after the event exhausted from the summer heat and two nights of

Call for Donations: Skaði’s Shrine Room at Many Gods West

In July I will be building and hosting a shrine room for Skaði at Many Gods West, and I would like to invite donations of devotional writing, art, and other materials. Here are a few guidelines. Skaði’s Shrine Room will be assembled in my hotel room as a meditative space designed to facilitate quiet prayer

An Outpouring of Gratitude (Or, Skaði Throws Me a Bone)

This past week, my meager savings account was reduced to zilch, thanks to the unforgiving way the self-employed are taxed. Every last bit of money I had managed to set aside from my solo house cleaning business – intended not just for taxes, but also for my planned trips to Many Gods West in July

Announcement: Skaði’s Shrine Room at Many Gods West

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

Skaði’s Shrine Room: A Proposal

As soon as I heard about Many Gods West, a new polytheist conference that will take place this coming summer in Olympia, WA, I knew I wanted to go. Immediately I started feeling nudges toward attending this gathering in service of Skaði, and building a shrine room there for Her. Since She has been the

Gifts of Skaði: Strength and Independence

I love January.  It is my second favourite month (October is the first).  I feel Skaði’s presence very keenly at this time of year, and this year there seems to be a crisp freshness in the air around me that I cherish as a welcome manifestation of Her influence in my life.  2011 was “a

Shrine for Skaði

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