Skadi

Skadi

 

Pic from: Love of the Goddess

The Goddess Skadi, pronounced SKAHD-ee, was unknown to me when I first came across her statue. When I first saw it, I thought that it was the most beautiful but unusual Christmas ornamen that I ever saw. Yes, I said Christmas ornament. At first I thought the lady might be The goddess Figga or Freya but neither of them have a white owl with or are associated with one. I went through everything I could find either in libraries or on the internet until I came across this pic with the name Skadi. 

Skadi is known as the Goddess of winter, the Goddess of the Hunt, the Snowshoe Goddess, as well as a dark goddess. She is dipicted as light blue skinned with icy colored hair, which me makes her look a female version of Jack Frost. However, I see her with pale skin and dark colored hair. She’s always dressed warmly in furs and has either a bow or spear with at all times. 

Her animal companion is unknown, but she does have one. Some say she travels with a wolf, but considering how wolfs are viewed, aka Fenrir, I doubt it. In the pictures I have seen of her online her animal companion is a polar bear. However, she is known to have loved in the mountains so I doubt the polar bear could make it up that high. To me, her animal companion is a snowy owl. It can help her hunt, and it can easily travel, or fly, up a mountain.

Lately, we have been getting a lot snow and during today’s storm, I managed to talk to Skadi. She refused to talk about why it is snowing in Spring, instead she told me to listen. Apparently, I need to learn something from her. What I heard was that I need to get out more, I need to observe, to listen, I need to get my head out of the “square boxes” aka the computer and the TV. In other words, I need to go back to my roots, to nature. “You are imbalanced,” she told me, “Find the balance and everything will fall into place.” 

I’m not sure where my imbalance is, or how to correct it, but I will try. Wish me luck guys!  

A Visit from a Kami

Kami come from the Japanese religion Shinto. If you want to know more, check out The Twisted Rope Blog by clicking the only link here.

I had a weird dream Thanksgiving night, yet it left me feeling renewed and refreshed when I woke up. A Japanese Goddess greeted me in a huge hall. She let me scream at her and when I couldn’t she let me throw her around. When I was done, she handed me a blank mask and sad that I had a second chance. I realized later that she was letting me vent. I had been feeling sad and depressed lately. I was keeping everything bottled up, which isn’t healthy. I still don’t knw what she meant by second chance, nor do I know the name of the Goddess who helped me. I’m grateful to her and would love to thank her! So far all I remember about her is her long black hair and that she had something on her forehead.

I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving night, but I hope she comes back to visit me soon. I would like to work with her. Ever since that night, I have felt relieved, like a big weight has been lifted. The only other thing that I remember about the dream is that I had to throw a rope out to whoever I has supposed to be with. Each end had a loop on it. One was on my wrist and the other was in hers. When I saw her she felt kind and caring, but looked regal.

What offerings should I give her? Well I asked Devo and she said “As for offerings, the standard Shinto offerings are rice, water, sake, salt. You can offer other foods- stick with things that are simple, healthy and not overly smelly :3” I have since offered her water and some cranberry bread. Also, I have made a makeshift shrine, since I can’t afford to purchase a real one ( they run from $250-$650).

20131204-194329.jpg

My makeshift Shrine. The gold, shiny cloth is covering a badly stained wooden shelf. And the green leaf cloth is cover big the badly stained inside of the shallow box. Since I can’t buy a shrine, this is my attempt at mimicking one. The whole idea behind it, is to make the Kami who helped me to feel more at home. I might be missing something, so if I am, please let me know! And yes, I know that I haven’t been active on here, but I’ve been swamped with both school and my part time job.

Blessed be,
Autumn SilverMoon

The Goddess

Over the years, the Goddess has been worshipped, forgotten and discovered all over again. At one point in time, she was almost eradicated, but held on in the form of Isis. This was the point in time, when Christianity was gaining power. After years of trying to get rid of Isis, and failing every time (way to go Isis!), they decided to absorb her. The result? The Virgin Mary was born, or was given a bigger a role. If you want to learn more about this or just want to learn more about the many faces and aspects of the Goddess. Please read:

An excellent book that tells about Goddesses from all over the world.

 

I heard about this book, from a friend in P.L.A.C.E.S. it was around the time that I first joined the group. I remember asking her, how she knew which Goddess and God were the ones for her. What she told me, I will now tell you, because even though I have switched Goddesses, it has always rang true for me. “I just skimmed the names until one jumped out at me.” You see, at the back of this book, there is a list of Goddesses. It tells where they come from, and what they worshiped for.

For me, no name “jumped out” I just started to feel very warm when I got to the name of my second Goddess. I mainly the Goddess herself, but I do worship the other aspects of her. I ask them and her for guidance or what ever I need, for I know that she is very busy. Anyway, that is how Brighid (Brigid, Brigit, or Brid) came into my life. She’s an Irish Goddess who’s  the Goddess of Fertility, inspiration, and many other things if you do a google search. But they all agree on one thing, and that’s this. She’s the daughter of The Dagda and is often called ‘the poetess’. If you know about the Triple Goddess, then Brigid can be put into the Triple Goddess aspect. Also, if you know about St. Bridget, then you know about the Goddess Brigid. For they are the one and the same, or so I’ve read.

A great site to visit is Encyclopedia Mythica but don’t restrict your searches to just online ones. Your local Library is always a great place to visit, because reading books won’t ruin your eyesight the way a monitor can. Reading books is also a great way to look all scholarly and its also a great way to get in touch with the past and with people. Reading the written word has been done for as long as we remember, or read. And I hate to think that actual books are going out of style, I love the way a book feels and I love how the pages sound as I turn them. Books will be around for a lot longer than or I will. But I digress, sorry about that.

Another great site to visit is The Witche’s Voice or more commonly known at WitchVox. Here you can find a group(s) that follow the same path that you might go down or are already following. I found a kemetic group that is near me, with help from a friend. When I contacted the group, the leader (at least I think she’s the leader) was kind of to help me and answer my questions even though I am not a member. I still ask her for help now then and she always helps me. I will put up a new page that will have all kinds of useful links on later today, so be on the look out for it.

A year or so later I had this gut feeling that Brigid was no longer the Goddess that I needed. So I asked a friend and she confirmed that as people change, so do their God and Goddess. I flipped through the book once more and when I got to Ma’at’s name I bolted straight up and was very, very warm. This feeling was knew to me, and frankly so was Ma’at.

 

Now as I said in an earlier post, I also worship Bast. However, I didn’t find her. She found me. It was while I was doing homework, and I was in major panic mode. A lot was going on in my life at that point, and the last thing I wanted to do was homework. Dorm rooms are very small, so I had piled all of the books that I needed to do my Graphic Design/Typography homework on it. I leaned my elbows against the desk and glanced over at the huge pile. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a black cat walk out of one wall into another. The first thing that went through my head was “Bast.” I felt very warm, comforted, and relaxed. So I went back to my homework.

A minute later, I realized something. Cats can’t walk out of walls, and then back into them. Also, this can’t didn’t have a shadow and on top that it was the forth floor another dorm building. Like all dorms, no pets are allowed except fish. My mind screaming “You’re seeing things! Go eat dinner!” It was almost midnight and I hadn’t eaten anything since lunch, but I ignored my brain and listened to my gut. I knew that Bast had come to me in the only form that she knew I would see. Since that day she has had a place on my alter. I will forever be grateful to her.

 

 

I also had an experience with Ma’at, but at the time, I didn’t know that it was Ma’at. You see I had just met her and Bast, so I couldn’t tell them apart. I was heading down to the living room, to go on my laptop. I had just started to go down the last three steps when I saw a figure dressed in white on my front porch. At the same time I smelled a very strong floral scent. And like last time, the first name that flashed in my mind was Ma’at, but it was more like a question, then a realization. I knew that no one was on my front porch, and that there was nothing white on there either. Also no one in my house wears perfume. So I knew that I had to be either Ma’at or Bast.  Only now, years later have I realized that it was Ma’at. She was telling me, proudly. “I am here.” And I have no problem with that.

Now the thing with Goddesses is that they have a consort or partner. And more often than not, you will also worship that God. But sometimes you might be torn between two of them, like I was. But I will save the Gods for another post. Why? Cause Bast and Ma’at (mostly Bast) are glaring at me. You see Bast loves to have fresh water everyday, and I don’t blame her. I am often running late in the mornings, and when that happens, time isn’t on my side. So changing the water isn’t on the top of my list. So I just spritz some perfume a few times and promise to change it later. It works for me, because the Ma’at, Bast and Thoth are very understanding. But that’s how I view and understand them.

To me, Bast is a mother, and sister all rolled into one and put inside a feline’s body. However, I never forget that Bast can be just as mean, as she is kind. She was once had a lions form I believe. So here’s some advice, never, ever forget that Goddesses are just like us. They two can get pretty angry and vengeful at times.

That’s all for now. Blessed be to all who come. Only love shall enter and only love shall leave.

Autumn SilverMoon