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A Russian Fairytale

 

The Spirit of Genghis Khan invokes a WindHorse to send Happy Year of the Horse Blessings 

( from Jan 30th -2014).

The Wind Horse thunders across the vast Asian continent to the Enchanted forest where the Russian Patriarch sings his spiritual blessing at Nature’s first temple under the heavens, a woodland glade where assembled are her wild creatures and her magical spirit beings.

 

Slavic Fairytales

Slavic fairy tales overflow with fantastical creatures such as Alkonost, Baba Yaga, Koschei the Deathless, Firebird, Zmey, also with songs and tales of legendary heroes such as Russian bogatyrs, and superstitions about various nature spirits such as the Domovoi- the home spirit and Leshky or Forest spirit.

Folk celebrations of various Christian festivals are also very popular with beliefs in various saints replacing earlier myths and legends, for instance St Elijah the Thunderer, is a replacement of old thunder-god Perun. Likewise, traces of ancient deities can also be found in cults of many other saints, such as St Mary, St Vitus, St George, St Blaise and St Nicholas, and it is also obvious that various folk celebrations, such as the spring feast of Jare or Jurjevo and the summer feast of Ivanje or Ivan Kupala, both very loosely associated with Christian holidays, are abundant with pre-Christian elements. These beliefs have considerable religious and sacral significance to the people still performing them. More information on Slavic Mythology here.

In this context, my amalgamation of two differing traditions is a heartfelt attempt to portray that all the spirit denizens coexist with the many faiths and respect each other in the same spiritual universe.

 

Orthodox Christmas Day – Russia (Jan 7)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks banned Christmas celebrations. Many Christmas traditions, such as decorating a fir tree and giving presents, turned into New Year’s traditions. Christmas became an official holiday and a non-labor day in Russia in 1991. It began regaining popularity only recently, partially because Russian leaders, starting with Vladimir Putin, annually attend a Christmas liturgy. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates religious holidays according to the Julian calendar. Russia uses the Gregorian calendar for secular purposes since 1918.

 

Ghenghis Khan – Tengriism

Ghenghis Khan although a follower of Tengri, was religiously tolerant and very interested in learning philosophical and moral lessons from other religions. He frequently consulted Buddhist monks, Muslims, Christian missionaries, and the Taoist monk Qiu Chuji. In Tengriism, the meaning of life is seen as living in harmony with the surrounding world. Tengriist believers view their existence as sustained by the eternal blue Sky, Tengri, the fertile Mother-Earth, spirit Eje, and a ruler who is regarded as the holy spirit of the Sky. Heaven, Earth, the spirits of nature and the ancestors provide every need and protect all humans. By living an upright and respectful life, a human being will keep his world in balance and maximize his personal power Wind Horse.

 

Wind Horse – Prayers In Tibet

A Wind Horse, or Tibetan Lung-Ta is a prayer flag which like a horse carries the vibration of the colours  prayers, and auspicious symbols written or painted on them across the countryside, up the mountains, and into the clouds bringing happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and to all those in the vicinity. Tibetan Bhuddists, Shaman and many others realise that color has energy and that written prayers and blessings travel in time and space. Tibetan traditions connected blue with sky or space, white with air or clouds, red with fire, green with water, and yellow with earth.

 

Year of the Horse – China

In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things as Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can fly. A white Celestial Cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin. Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings.  January 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm PST begins the year of the Wood Horse. Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can fly. Wood is the cosmic element associated with growth, spring, something new coming out or breaking through, and with creativity. The 2014 Wood element has a positive polarity. This means that a seed will be planted, something new will be created. It will be a year for cooperation and helping each other, towards a higher purpose.

The ‘Longma’ or horse-dragon is a sign of connection with the manifestation of one of the legendary sage-rulers of legend, particularly one of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. The Chinese monk Xuanzang, was legendarily held to have retrieved Buddhist scriptures from India with the help of a famous Bailongma, or ‘White Dragon-Horse’.

In Russia they refer to the year of the Blue Horse, while in Chinese tradition the Horse is Green. In fact both blue and green are possible, as are emerald and turquoise. Green is the color associated with wood, nature and harmony. Blue is the color for Water, the element that nourishes the Wood.

 

Shamanism

The horse plays a significant part in native shamanism of Asiatic peoples.  Here the white horse is used to transport the shaman to mediate with souls of the dead and to return messages from the other world to the living.  The shaman’s drum, used to assist attainment of the altered state of consciousness, is often referred to as ‘the horse’.

 

Celtic Myth

Celtic peoples developed a horse-based society, and as such were dependent upon the horse for their success through Europe.  In Celtic mythology the goddess Epona was the protectress of the horse and horse keepers, she is also attributed with concern for guidance of the soul to the afterlife. Tacitus noted in the 1st century that Germanic Celtic priests considered horses to understand the will of the gods more clearly than man and so could reveal divine secrets.  The legendary horse was available for travel to other realms and could travel over land and water and between realms with equal ease.


Norse Myth

Scandinavian culture likewise attached great importance to the horse as a means of transport and warfare.  Bronze Age Scandinavians associated the horse with the journeying sun, as clearly indicated by the model of a bronze horse drawing a gold plated sun disc found at Trundholm in Denmark.  Solar and lunar significance prevailed, with Skinfaxi and Hrimfaxi drawing the sun and moon across the sky respectively and so being responsible for the continuity of solar and lunar cycles.  Sleipnir, the 8-legged mount of Odin was considered to be the universal traveller, able to carry his rider over land and water, and to Hel and back.

 

May the Blessing of the Wind Horse find you ever Healthy, Happy and Free.
Celestial Elf  ~

Baba Yaga Reclaimed

 I came across this interesting account and wanted to share it;
 

Once Upon a Time, there lives an elder named Baba Jaga, she was a loving woman and very powerful shaman, respected by all the rand tribes people. But one day, vampires of earth came, men who lead large armies under the Vatican’s command. 700 years ago, and when the demon warriors of the church, came, they were only following the orders of their Vatican leaders.

And they wanted Baba Yaga dead in the Slavic and Balkan lands, so first they destroyed her reputation as a Grandmother, a sin under the heaven and earth, that reaps a most severe punishment from the primordial grandmothers who are eternal.

Then they made up lies about Baba eating babies and stealing children, the second sin they committed, then they killed her women, her medicine and her soul, the third. These demons raged through the villages, forest and mountain to kill all Baba healers,who were wise sages before religion had ever touched these sacred lands, and then they destroyed her teachings and finally her original myth as shaman and wind whisperer, until all that was left, was her corpse, laying in the mud, raped and beaten.
Then the church tortured and raped her until only her name would be spoken in vain and images of her would only carry their darkness on her face. They even killed and destroyed the most sacred alkonost’s, siren’s and magpie women.

After 700 years of this oppression Baba Yaga is finally returning to wholeness, for Spring always returns in the circle of life and Mother Earth has commanded her wisest Baba’s to restore what was corrupted. She gladly said yes with a song in her sweet voice. Knowing that sending Demons to hell is one of her favorite jobs.”
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In response to queries over the nature and orientation of Baba Yaga, was she not fearsome before she was demonized by Christian orders, I have researched further. Even when Baba Yaga appears in the most unfavorable light and has a ferocity of nature, she still knows the future, has countless treasures, and knows secret knowledge – all typical aspects in the portrayal Shamanic Wise Women and Healers.
Often she is said to live in the densest forest, which further scared people and added to the mystery and fear surrounding her because the forest is perceived as the boundary between the world of the dead and the living. No wonder then that her hut is surrounded by a palisade of human bones and skulls and that in many fairy tales, Baba Yaga eats human flesh.

Incidentally many magical practitioners of various sorts have employed aspects of death such as use of skull or grave dirt etc in their work of divination and beyond, including the pre Buddhist Bon magicians of Tibet (whilst Tibetan monks have also been known to use goblets carved from human skulls) and a ‘symbolic’ eating of flesh (usually by the super-natural entity) is well attested in accounts of Cunning folk and their familiar or faery spirit helpers, as well as in many forms of Christianity.

The Entsiklopediya mythology also claims that originally Baba Yaga has been a god of death: a woman with a snake tail, who guarded the entrance to the underworld and accompanied the deceased souls of the dead on their journey. This is somewhat reminiscent of the ancient Greek maiden-snake. According to ancient myths, from his marriage to Heracles Echidna gave birth to the Scythians, and the Scythians are considered the earliest ancestors of the Slavs –

Therefore whilst Baba Yaga may indeed have been a fearsome old woman that lived in a house made of bones before further demonisation by the Church, these aspects of her status as a healer and Wise Woman need not be in conflict to any extent at all. 

Blessed Be those that See xx ~
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