Skadi, the Goddess of Shadows, Wounds, Pain and Casualties
Skadi is a Norse goddess. She is also known as Skadhi, Skade, Scathe, and Skajoi. Her names mean “damage”, “damage” or “injury”. She is the word from which English has the words shadows, scathe, and scythe.
Skadi was a frost giant, not a goddess, but when the Aesir killed her father, they made it up to her by giving her a husband and divine powers. She was in love with Balder, but the Aesir did not allow her to choose any of them. She made her choose her husband at the bare feet of the Gods. Skadi thought that the most beautiful God must also have the most beautiful foot, but she was wrong. The most beautiful feet belonged to the sea god Njord. Her marriage was not a happy one, as Skadi could not sleep with the seagulls howling in Njord’s ocean house, and Njord could not sleep with the wolves howling in Skadi’s frozen castle in the mountains. They managed to organize the relationship to work, and Skadi has always had a good relationship with all the Aesir.
The relationship between her father and her was also close and endearing, thus Skadi became the Goddess of the heritage of ancestors, family relationships and roots.
Human beings are social animals and we learned to talk to strengthen social bonds. Winter is the time to get together and tell stories. Because of this, Skadi is also the Goddess of knowledge, storytelling, and learning from the elders.
Skadi is the goddess of bridges. She joins the world of the Gods with the Primordial Forces, being a frost giant who becomes a Goddess. She unites the fresh water from the melting ice with the salty seawater from Njord. Scandinavia is home to the Baltic Sea, the world’s largest pool of brackish water. (All the brackish water in the world is dedicated to a Goddess).
Skadi is the archetypal yang woman, married to a yin man, an example of how to preserve freedom and wildness, but still be able to fulfill duties and expectations. You do what YOU know is right, not what OTHERS tell you to do. Skadi is the Goddess of balanced, self-confident and independent women. She runs with the wolves.
“A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, full to the brim, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, itinerant”
-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Skadi is the goddess of justice, revenge and righteous anger. The fact that she went to the Aesires to demand justice for her father and accepted compensation from her gives her this right. Later all the Aesir came to her to seek protection, advice, sentence and judgment on different matters, even Loke did this. In this She is reminiscent of Hekate, the Greek goddess of liminal spaces, who is the final judge among the Olympian gods.
Like Hekate, Skadi is also the Goddess of Magic. She represents the darkness and coldness of winter as well as the soft, protective snow. She is like ice, hard and cold, but ice can also keep people warm and sheltered in the form of igloos.
Skadi is a huntress. She hunts with a bow, accompanied by white wolves. Skadi gives hunters the skills of the hunt, so if you’re a good archer, thank Skadi. She is called the White Wolf Goddess and all wolves, not only white ones, are her animal, but also other white Norse animals such as polar bears and white reindeer. She moves through the winter landscape on skis, snowshoes or skates, and she knows these winter sports better than anyone. Her sports are sacred to her. Skadi is in many ways similar to another sports jacket, Diana-Artemis. Diana’s favorite sport was running, and when the snow melts, Skadi runs too. She is believed to be in the rivers and rapids during the summer and thus she is also the goddess of long-distance and fast running. You can honor her by participating in these sports and martial arts. She is also the Goddess of the mountains, so she covers all endurance and extreme sports.
Skadi gives people the ability to communicate with nature, animals, plants and minerals.
In the legend of Skadi’s father, his eyes were said to rise to the sky, like stars, to watch over Skadi. Therefore, Skadi is also the Goddess of the stars and all activities related to the stars, such as astronomy and astrology. Here in Scandinavia (named after Skadi) the summers are so light that the stars are hard to see. We have to wait for the Skadi season, the winter, to begin to see the stars.
Skadi is not a silver-blonde white woman, but she looks like any native northern woman. Her hair is dark, almost black, and long. She sometimes she is tied in a single knot. Her skin is brown and weather-beaten, as is the skin of every winter sportswoman, and her hands are the hands of a working woman. Her eyes are blue-gray and her teeth are very, very white. She always wears white clothes, trimmed with white fur, and for this she is called the White Lady of Winter. She carries with her a winter white cane, a great cane as tall as her, decorated with bone and fur, stone and metal. She wears bone jewelry and animal teeth and claws. She is sometimes depicted with her white snake, Gemheil, coiled around her wrist or neck. Skadi is also the mistress of snakes, and when Loke caused Balder’s death, it was Skadi who dangled the poison-dripping snake over his face, causing him to tremble and tremble as the poison hurt him.
Skadi is a shapeshifter, so you can expect to see her as anything. She is often in the form of a white animal, such as a snowy owl, white snake, or arctic fox.
Skadi lives on pears and game, especially reindeer. Its flowers are all white flowers, but especially those that bloom in the snow, such as the Christmas rose, bluebells, and catkins. All the black and white stones are dedicated to her, especially the clear quartz crystals, called “mountain crystals” in Finnish and “ice stones” in German. If she wishes to make an offering to him, she offers her blood, filtered water or vodka, pears or white flowers. She doesn’t offer him salt, because the smell of her salt reminds him of her husband’s house on the ocean and the screaming seagulls. Skadi traditionally received offers at Imbolc (Candlemass).