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Baba Yaga’s Magic Episode 007: Slavic Rainwater Magic
Water is essential to life, all living things need water to survive, so it’s no wonder that ancient Slavs revered water. This view of water as magical and holy has been passed down from generation to generation. For spiritually aware Slavic people, water was and is seen as a living thing with its own unique spirit – an ally who can assist us in washing away negativity and bringing in blessings. Rainwater, water that magically falls from the heavens, is seen as especially powerful and magical. There are dozens and dozens of Slavic rituals, spells and beliefs about rainwater, and in this episode, we are going to learn how to refresh our lives with the amazing magic of rain.
Baba Yaga’s Magic Episode 006: Rusalky – Slavic Water Spirits
We’re not going to be talking about the little mermaid in this episode. This one is all about the Rusalky – the ancient water spirits of Slavic lore and legend. Some say that the Rusalky are evil or treacherous spirits, haunting ponds and rivers, simply waiting for a hapless person to come by so that they can pull them down to a watery doom. But is that the real story? Of course not! In this episode I’ll be teaching you about these ancient pagan water spirits, their connection to abundance magic, their special spring and summer holidays, and ways that you can honor and even encounter these magical and enticing water creatures.
Baba Yaga’s Magic Episode 005: Slavic Ancestor Worship
Ancestor worship is huge in Slavic folk magic practices. We see the ancestors show up again and again in the old ways and beliefs. The power and presence of the ancestors can’t be overstated. But do we need a connection to our ancestors? Why would we want to cultivate that relationship? And when we do decide to bring our ancestors into our spiritual practice, how do we do that? In this episode of Baba Yaga’s Magic, we’ll be discussing all of that and more. I’ll show you the specific ways that Slavic people connect to their ancestors and how you can create some ancestral magic of your own.
Baba Yaga’s Magic Episode 004: Ukrainian Egg Magic
Baba Yaga’s Magic Episode 003: Who is the Lisovyk?
In this episode of Baba Yaga’s Magic, you are going to meet another Slavic Spirit – you can call him The Lord of the Woods of the Master of the Forest, you can call him Chuhaister or the kind one – but he is the Lisovyk! The Lisovyk is a forest spirit who can pass magical gifts on to you or trick you by leading you deeper into the woods where you will get lost. I want to share with you how to get more of the former and less of the latter and in this episode, I’ll be sharing the myths, legends and lore of the Lisovyk and tell you how you can get to know him, honor him and maybe even meet this gentle giant of the woods.
Baba Yaga’s Magic Episode 002: Who is the Domovyk?
In this episode of Baba Yaga’s Magic, you are going to meet a spiritual cousin of Baba Yaga – someone who’s not so well-known outside of Slavic cultures but is one of the most well-known spirits in Eastern Europe – the Domovyk! The Domovyk is a house spirit and in some ways, he’s a little like Dobby the house elf, but he’s someone much more important. He’s an ancestral spirit who can take care of your home, and the family within it, especially the children and pets. He’s can be a protective spirit but he can also make a ruckus in your house or hide things that you are looking for. So, is he a good guy or a troublemaker?Well, that depends on how you treat him and in this episode, I’ll be sharing the myths, legends and lore of the Domovyk. I tell you how you can get one to move in, how to encourage him to be a happy helper, and what he can do for you and your home.
Baba Yaga’s Magic Episode 001: Who is Baba Yaga?
Baba Yaga is the witch of Slavic folklore. We see her as a character in so many tales in Eastern Europe – always as a powerful old crone who lives deep in the forest in a hut that stands atop two chicken legs. In some stories she appears as a vicious ogre, in others she’s a magical helper who offers enchanted tools or information. Sometimes she’s a wise elder who tests the hero or heroine and rewards them with a horse that can jump over rivers or a magical skein of yarn that will lead them to their goal. Other times she appears like the witch in the story of Hansel and Gretel trying to trick children into going in the oven so she can eat them. But is she just a fairytale villain or is she something more? In this episode, we’ll explore this ancient spirit of feminine power and discover the real story behind the most famous Slavic witch.