Keywords for Skadi are communication, inspiration, good, truth, joy and prosperity
Skadi was drawn today from the Viking Oracle, Wisdom of the Ancient Norse by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton. It is the 34th card in the set.
In numerology, 34 becomes 7 which vibrates with the energy of; faith and spirituality, spiritual awakening, awareness, enlightenment, spiritual development, mysticism, intuition, inner-wisdom, psychic ability, the esoteric, inner-self, deep contemplation, introspection, eccentricity, religion, thoughtfulness, understanding of other, natural healer, healing, secrets, myth, ritual, peace, poise, emotions, inner-strength, endurance, perseverance of purpose, ability to bear hardships.
When you see Skadi it means authentic communication, honesty, and truth are needed now. It is time to let the world know where you stand. Be clear about how you really feel, what you desire and what your needs are.
Be mindful of the words you choose. Avoid miscommunication at this time, give yourself time to think things through before you speak, do not make a hasty decision or say things you do not mean.
When you do things that are not a reflection of the real you, you will not be happy with yourself and will end up confused. As difficult as it may seem at first, have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as someone else thinks you should be. Do not take action or pretend to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance.
Message from the book
Know yourself. It is the most important of life’s work. Express your independence. Let authenticity be your guide. Compromise is part of every relationship, but when compromise pushes you to be someone you are not, a change should be made. There is an easier way to do things. Speak plainly.
Brings me joy
There is so much to discover.
Unfettered by what is not mine,
I speak my truth, and
I am heard and heeded.
I sing along with my wolves
In harmony. I am myself.
I am Skadi.
Skadi is a Norse goddess best known in the mountainous parts of the region. Beautiful, strong, resourceful and independent, her name is linked to the words for ‘unknown’ and ‘darkness’ and may even be the source of the word ‘Scandinavia’ – a land dedicated to her. Skadi is a huntress, an archer, a keeper of wolves and, most of all, a lover of snow and of the highest mountains.
Her mythos tell us that once married – to a husband she demanded from the other gods as recompense for the death of her beloved father, Pjazi, Skadi tried to live in her new husband’s house. But her husband, Njoror, was a sea god and lived on an island crashing with waves and smelling of seaweed. The incessant sound of the ocean and screeching of sea birds was too much for Skadi, who was used to the soft silence of the snow and the howling of her wolves. When she spoke of missing her true home and her desire to be independent, she and Njoror agreed to try alternating homes every nine days. When dividing their time between Noatun and in Prymheimr did not work out, they decided to live apart, but stay married. Skadi then returned to her beloved mountains, where she hunted from her skis – which she and the god Ull invented!
The Norse asked Skadi for protection on winter journeys, for success in hunting and for survival in harsh times. When darkness was almost total in the Arctic winters, it was she they often referred to. She favoured those who loved the snow and ice and who were honest, open and plain speaking. Her cult extended to the Sami Arctic region and the Arctic Circle, where people skied for survival, not just for fun.
Should Skadi step into your life with this card, she is reminding you that being honest, direct and respecting your own personal freedom is paramount. If you need to courage to be who you really are, ask Skadi for assistance.
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