I’ve mentioned, in a previous post, before the Nords were as they are today, during the rule of the Dragon Priests, the people of Atmora worshiped nine animal gods – six shown as male, and three as female. The Fox, depicted as male, is thought to be Orkey, Nordic god of mortality, who tricked the Nords into having a limited lifespan until Shor removed this curse. Orkey is considered to be an enemy to the Nords.
If the Fox is Orkey (“Old Knocker”), then it is also a Trickster and seen as a combination of two other gods – Mauloch (also known as the Daedric Prince Malacath) and Arkay. Orkey is sometimes called a loan-god because of this; it is thought that the Nords did not worship him until the period of Aldmeri rule over Atmora.
But, perhaps Orkey is deserving of his own post; here, I’d like to focus on Fox as seen by the Ancient Nords. What relevance does Fox have for those of us who are not from Atmora? What can Fox teach us, and what aspects of Fox are important to remember and apply?
Fox as a Trickster may be a reminder to look before we leap, and to make sure we have all the information we need before doing something. Without checking, how can we be sure we’re making an informed decision?
Fox as a symbol of curses and the betrayed may be a reminder that everyone has the potential for allies and that those we think of as “lesser” may have stronger support than we realize.
Fox as a symbol of the cycle of birth and death may be a reminder that everything comes full circle eventually, and to focus on what can be done in this life and to live that life to the fullest.
For me, Fox is a reminder to act rather than stagnate; there’s no point in remaining still and wasting the time I have on indecision. What is Fox for you?