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Novel Gnosis part 30: Skadi

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Skadi, also spelled Skadhi, is a winter goddess. Her name means injury or harm. She was a frost giantess and joined Asgard society and became a goddess after going to Asgard to wreak vengeance and being offered weregild. Weregild is a payment to compensate for a crime. Among the things she received as weregild was a husband.

My gnosis is that Skadi’s spear point is made of clear rock crystal. Skadi’s color is white or clear and her beverage flavor is peppermint.

Outside the Fireverse, I received gnosis very early on that Skadhi represents the water cycle and specifically the snow portion of the cycle, living on mountain tops, melting, flowing in rivers to the sea, evaporating, moving to the mountains as cloud, and returning to the mountains as snow. See my poem Skadi: Water Cycle, which you can read here:

Inside the Fireverse, Skadi's story is just a fun tale. When she arrives in Asgard she marches up to Odin and declares, "My name is Skadi Thiazzisdottir. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Image: Ice Queen by Oberholster Venita, creative commons via Pixabay


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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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