For Yule 2016, I had the pleasure of attending a feast and faining hosted by a local Cascadian Heathen group, and I made a special tribute offering to Skaði: singing a devotional song for Her in Swedish.
This song for Skaði (in Swedish, Skade) was composed by Birka Skogsberg, gydja of Samfundet Forn Sed Sverige, who is a friend of mine. With her permission, I translated the lyrics from Swedish into English (and she corrected my errors!), and handed out copies at the ritual.
Part of my intent with this offering was to strengthen the magical links between me and the potential future home for the Hermitage in Sweden, as I intend to build a full shrine room for Skaði there one day – as I have described on my blog – if it be in accordance with Her will.
This was quite a stretch for me, since I have no voice training and almost never sing, let alone in Swedish. It was the first time I sang solo in front of anyone else since my youth! It went well, though, and folks seemed to appreciate it.
You can listen to Birka sing it here!
by Birka Skogsberg
Vi finner och följer Dina lätta spår
Mot djupare skogar genom täta snår
Smyger vi, smyger vi
Endast den som prövats rätt kan hitta fram
Mot huset på bergets allra högsta kam
Stiger vi, stiger vi
Med hjortens krona och med harens ben
Ur skuggor till gläntan i Din månes sken
Träder vi, träder vi
English translation by Danica Swanson
We find and follow Your light tracks
Toward deeper forests through dense thickets
We sneak, we sneak
Only the rightly tested can find the way
To the house on the mountain’s highest ridge
We rise, we rise
With the deer’s crown and the hare’s legs
From shadows to the glade of Your moon’s shine
We enter, we enter
Photo of Skaði’s shrine by Ilana Hamilton of Blackthorn Photography