Skadi is the goddess of the high wild places, the white huntress that teaches us to ski, to shoot, and the cold bitter truth of testing our strength against the mountains. I did ten years as a soldier, and spent a lot of time learning Skadi’s ways in the high wild places.
She comes to us from the Jottun, Skadi Thiazidottir. Hers is the old way of teaching, the old relationship, as with Nerthus, where the lessons are edged with fangs, and mistakes paid in blood. She is a good instructor for those able to put aside their ego and listen. You cannot pit yourself against the mountain in defiance. The lessons of Thor to dig deep, of Tyr to endure unflinching, of Odin to hurl your defiance in the teeth of superior strength will get you killed, and the mountain won’t care.
Soldiers come to the mountain hard and…
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