So as I’ve been playing Skyrim, I’ve been getting more and more involved in the lore of everything and how it could relate to pop culture witchcraft. Since video games, movie and book pantheons are totally open to work with and a lot easier to access for most witches. I’ve seen lots of Skyrim magic posts, and have made a few myself, but never any really related to the deities of Skyrim and how they could be applied to someone’s practice. So, here is a list of the nine divines and their associations. I’ll be doing a post for the Daedra separately.
The Aedra: The Nine Divines
Rules Over: Time, the Pantheon of Gods.
Associations: Endurance, Longevity, Invincibility, Dragons.
Offerings: Iron, Amethyst, Carnelian, Energy, Sand from an Hourglass.
Blessing: Renewed Magical Energy.
Commandment: “Akatosh says: Serve and obey your Emperor. Study the Covenants. Worship the Nine, do your duty, and heed the commands of the saints and priests.”
Activities (to perform in their honor): Meditation, Studying.
Rules Over: Mortals, the Cycle of Birth and Death.
Associations: Funerals, Burial Rites, Seasons.
Offerings: Iron, Silver, Obsidian, Autumn Leaves, Bones, Graveyard Dirt.
Blessing: Renewed Health.
Commandment: “Arkay says: Honor the earth, its creatures, and the spirits, living and dead. Guard and tend the bounties of the mortal world, and do not profane the spirits of the dead.”
Worship Verse: “Come to me, Arkay, for without you, there is neither breath nor beginning, nor can any man live, love, or learn without the spark of your spirit.”
Activities: Spirit Work, Honoring the Dead, Bringing Flowers to a Cemetery.
Dibella// Goddess of Beauty, Pleasure, Lust and Creativity.
Rules Over: Art, Beauty, Women, Emotions.
Associations: Beauty, Lust, Creativity, Love, Friendship, Sex, Pleasure.
Offerings: Mercury/Quicksilver, Iron, Obsidian, Ruby, Roses.
Blessing: Improved Communication and Creative Skills
Commandment: “Dibella says: Open your heart to the noble secrets of art and love. Treasure the gifts of friendship. Seek joy and inspiration in the mysteries of love.”
Worship Verse: “Come to me, Dibella, for without you, my words must lie dull and leaden without the gilding of grace and sagacity to enchant the reader’s ear and eye.”
Activities: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sexual Activity.
Julianos// God of Wisdom, Logic and Education.
Rules Over: Wisdom and Logic.
Associations: Literature, Language, Education, Law, History, Contradiction.
Offerings: Onyx, Obsidian, Books, Poetry.
Blessing: Improves Magical Power and Ability
Commandment: “Julianos says: Know the truth. Observe the law. When in doubt, seek wisdom from the wise.”
Worship Verse: “Come to me, Julianos, for without you, my wit is weak to sort the wheat from the chaff, and my eyes should neither know the true from the false, nor sense from folly, nor justice from prejudice and interest.”
Activities: Learning a New Skill, Reading a Book, Writing Poetry.
Rules Over: The Elements, The Heavens, Air, Sailors, Travelers.
Associations: Wind, Rain, Plants, Nature, Life, Healing, Medicine.
Offerings: Flowers, Rain Water, Sea Glass, Driftwood, Sapphire, Moonstone.
Blessing: Increases Stamina and Endurance
Commandment: “Kynareth says: Use Nature’s gifts wisely. Respect her power, and fear her fury.”
Worship Verse: “Come to me, Kynareth, for without you, I might not know the mysteries of the world, and so blind and in terror, I might consume and profane the abundance of your beautiful treasures.”
Activities: Gardening, Collecting Sea/Rain Water, Environmental Activism, Donations to Conservation Efforts.
Rules Over: Love and Mothers.
Associations: Motherhood, Marriage, Compassion, Emotions, Family.
Offerings: Silver, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Lavender, Rosemary.
Blessing: Increases Healing Abilities
Commandment: “Mara says: Live soberly and peacefully. Honor your parents, and preserve the peace and security of home and family.”
Worship Verse: “Come to me, Mara, for without you, I might forget the ways of our fathers, and preening by the light of latest fashion, my words might tremble like the thin reeds of novelty in the tempest of enthusiasms.”
Activities: Volunteer Work, Donations, Charity, Showing Love to Another, Adopting a Rescue Animal.
Rules Over: Righteous Might, Merciful Forbearance, Magistrates and Rulers.
Associations: Mercy, Justice, Loyalty, Charity, Comfort.
Offerings: Steel, Silver, Mercury/Quicksilver, Jade.
Blessing: Increases Protection and Strength of Protection Spells
Commandment: “Stendarr says: Be kind and generous to the people of Tamriel. Protect the weak, heal the sick, and give to the needy.”
Worship Verse: “Come to me, Stendarr, for without you, I might be deaf to the manswarm murmurings of thy people, and forgetting their need for comfort and wisdom, I might indulge myself in vain scribbling.”
Activities: Volunteer Work, Donations, Charity, Activism when the Government is Unjust.
Rules Over: Warriors, Heroes, Man and War.
Associations: Mankind, Battle, Law, Government, Honor, Might, Courage.
Offerings: Steel, Cinnabar (Dragon’s Blood), Septarian ( Dragon Stone).
Blessing: Increases Power of Spells
Commandment: “Talos says: Be strong for war. Be bold against enemies and evil, and defend the people of Tamriel.”
Activities: Standing up for what is right, Helping your fellow human.
Rules Over: Work, Commerce, Traders, and Merchants.
Associations: Wealth, Labor, Commerce, Communication,
Offerings: Steel, Gold, Pyrite, Copper, Bronze, Emerald, Aventurine.
Virtue: Hard Work
Blessing: Brings Wealth and Good Luck
Commandment: “Zenithar says: Work hard, and you will be rewarded. Spend wisely, and you will be comfortable. Never steal, or you will be punished.”
Worship Verse: “Come to me, Zenithar, for without you, like a child, I might fiddle and fret when only through struggle and labor may I craft a work worthy of your name and the name of my patron.”
Activities: Learn a New Craft, Open an Online Store, Start a Savings Jar.