Our ancestors were able to celebrate, as we are able to do it and we do. But think about — why or why do you celebrate?
What a strange question. To mark an event, enjoy again something that has been or is now. To not pass significant day humdrum, but was filled with joy, fun and laughter.
Indeed, we want, we take pains to make this holiday memorable for, gave new strength, new sensations, we incur on in life.
Our ancestors, celebrating different events, also aspired to it. Aspired to forces of nature came in, and helped to go on a full and happy life.
You can, of course, to say that our ancestors worshiped idols or gods, from whom everything depended on their understanding. But would you believe it? Do you believe in that honor, respect, understanding, strength, which appears as an idol or deity names, deprives man of his natural features? I think not. Indeed, union with the power of nature, represented by the deity, can not make a person weaker or more vulnerable. Just because a man — of this nature.
God is in the understanding of the Slavs, of our ancestors, it is, above all, the one who helps, guides, teaches, and shows how to live. But not because he demands it from his vanity, pride or selfishness, but because he is a reflection of a specific force of nature, only visible and understandable manner, telling about its laws. Compliance with these laws, or failure is carried out according to the will of man. The punishment for disobedience — a natural consequence of these laws.
And what if the gods were needed? Why do they have names? Why do they put the idols and sacrifices?
Offerings to the godssacrificed in the days of the holidays, and in honor of the event, or request that they turn to God.
It was a gift of respect, offer to share the fruits of his labors man. Least — the victim, as an attempt to make amends or atone before God.
I would not want us to deeply into mythological or religious depths, as the issues that are raised there, in fact, do not have a clear answer. Instead of answering, I will offer you a few questions, a genuine response to that you’ll see a lot.
So. Do you remember the name of the man who first flew in space? You remember the one who discovered the periodic table? Do you go to the cemetery and wear flowers in memory of a man who is in the grave? You’ve seen on the streets of the great monuments of the people?
Then let us not contradict themselves.
This is not a call to remember the heroes. It is a call not to forget them, and most importantly — what made them so, at a time when information about the man and his act was not broadcast in the media.
In ancient times, people were just as pragmatic and realistic, as a matter of survival, nutrition, and, in fact, life itself was a daily and very acute.
Large range of tribal rites, primarily conducted or celebrated by all the inhabitants of the community to which people belong. They said at the time, when the forces of nature have been most active. An introduction to the forces of nature, the unity with them, the opportunity to get some support — these are the key purpose of these ceremonies.
In our book, we do not give ourselves the rites due to the fact that they are collective, and therefore require the participation of a number of people. And because such a goal should not be made in creating this book.
It is important to note that at the time of each great holiday there rituals that, on the one hand, is part of this holiday, and on the other — have been autonomous and performed by individuals to achieve their goals, regardless of the purpose of society. It is clear that the direction given by the holiday, to be exact, by whom he was devoted, was preserved.
Kupala — swim, Kolovrat, Solstice
This is one of the most important big holiday tribal circle, which was celebrated on the night of 22 to 23 June (main phase from 21 to 24 June), when the day has ceased to grow, and the night ceased to decline.
This was the shortest night of the year, when the forces are weakest Navi. On the day of Kupala people united in reported bet — community groups. This defines one of the directions of the holiday — togetherness. Besides, the festival was designed to search or finding a partner — Mr Right.
It is from these two components and proceeded our ancestors, when preparing these ceremonies.
Fern (Fire-color)- A plant which, according to legend, blooms only once a year — on the night of Kupala. Has wonderful magical properties, such as the ability to acquire magical knowledge and various skills, find happiness. The man who owns this flower, understands the language of animals, can find treasures, to comprehend the essence of flowers and plants.
Rite aims to make a handkerchief-amulet that protects people from evil spirits and give him the opportunity to develop their talents.
At dawn on June 23 (or Kupala week) we have to take a handkerchief, go into the woods and on the road to wet it in the morning dew, then find sagebrush thickets and disrupt some grass, which tied in two diagonal corner of the veil in knots.
Next, go to the forest and go as far as possible as long as the feeling that is about to get lost, or feel that it is not necessary to go further. It is from this place to start the search fern from which removed a few leaves. These leaves are tied in the remaining two corners of the scarf.
Out of the woods. At the edge of the dew to wash my face. And to go home.
Home dry cloth without untying knots. Handkerchief to carry a talisman that gives wisdom and knowledge, as well as protection.
Request to the mermaid
Such ceremonies are usually held not only in baths, but also during the mermaid of the week, which will be discussed later. But it was believed that the most effective Kupala ritual.
The timing of the ceremony — the evening or morning, 22 June 23.
Need to go to the river bank. On the way to collect the flowers and weave a wreath of them, but do not put it on his head and held in his hands.
When he reached the river, found on the ground rod with which to write your wish on the banks, submerging it in water.
After this wreath dive — in gratitude for the fulfillment of a wish. In addition, the wreath you can find out whether it will be realized in the current year.
If a wreath swam across the river, then it means that the wish will be fulfilled.
If the wreath was drowning, the desire is not fulfilled this year.
If the wreath came back to the shore, it is pointed out that there are obstacles to its execution and that the spirits of the water can not help you.
Mermaid (grooves, Mavka)- Spirits of water for different beliefs, they are girls who have died before the marriage, at least the souls of dead relatives. The ratio of the Mermaids was ambiguous, as they could bring the person and the harm and benefit, depending on how the person’s behavior in this world. However, despite the dual attitude of mermaids feared and revered.
«Many parts rite convinces Kupala festival that was due not only to the sun, which lights in honor of the» live fire «famous Kupala bonfires, and the dew, which eared watered daily at this time of bread. In Kupala night draw dew, wash it, and even with the magic of the stele to the tablecloth in the dew. «
Maksimov SV «evil, mysterious and power of the Cross»
Deliverance from adversity
There are times when people everywhere pursue failure. To interrupt the streak, the Magi were advised the following method.
Early in the morning, on Kupala week, go to the water — river, lake. To take with their own clothing, preferably underwear and old. On the shore of a fire, which cast brought clothes. And most get into the water, and three times to plunge. Then, without drying, to pass on the dew, wash her face and hands up to the elbows, feet to the ankles. Without drying, put on new clothes and go home without looking back, no matter what was happening behind him.
Rosa, who is on the grass in the days of the week Kupala, has a number of special features that our ancestors tried to use. Usually, the water was collected and stored (or used) until the next holiday.
So, if this dew to wash, you can increase its attractiveness and relevance to society. In addition dew used as an excellent tool from magical effects (with bath).
It is believed that the name of the country «Russia» arose from the fact that our ancestors have paid great attention to the dew ritual, from which followed the word. The reason for this attitude of respect for the dew is that it is both a manifestation of the two live-bearing forces — water and land, on which he arose.
More information about potential embroider make a wish will be discussed later, when I talk about home rituals. But, talking about the holiday Kupala, we can not say that such embroidery, Kupala soaked with dew, gives a disproportionately large effect.
If that day to go to the forest and collect twigs from birch, and then make them birch twigs, then the whole winter you can stock a very useful assistant from disease, as well as get the opportunity to gain power, so necessary for the long winter.
Birch twigs collected in these days, has healing properties, they were used in those cases where there is such a need.
Naturally, it was a broom for a bath. Sometimes, however, have made great birch brooms, which broke yards. They, along with bunches of sage, has a protective effect and the ability to sweep away dirt and film from its territory.
Oak with our ancestors considered senior tree, from whom all the other trees. In addition Oak — symbol generic (family) tree, which combines living and long dead.
If a family or genus were disagreements, conflicts, quarrels, the midsummer week was the most convenient to address these issues with the forces of nature.
Just as in the case of birch, people went into the forest and gathered branches on an oak broom. But before you break off a branch from a tree, they turned to him for help and support. On this principle, the relationship of human labor with the power of oak and arose following the ceremony.
It does not mean that it is a true orphan, though it’s possible. In fact, you can be an orphan with living parents. But communication with parents, energy contact with them is very important in human life. Because then it is supported by the entire family, his strength and capabilities. A man alone, though, and contains some kind of power in your blood, is capable of much less. Such cases arise and abandonment due to denial of a parent (or parents) from a man curses his father or mother, or they are caused by the actions of the individual. And of course, the abandonment by parents of their children under the age of 10 years.
In order to help people resolve the situation of orphans, restore and build relationships with the energy type, you need to spend the next ceremony.
The time of the ceremony — noon. The outdoors. Next should be a river or a spring.
Bring along the following things: the water from the house, about 0.5 liters, which you need to drip blood from his left thumb, a loaf of fresh bread, a piece of meat — 200 g candle.
Come to the largest oak tree in the place where you will spend the ceremony. Light up next to it (approximately one meter) candle. Put the water with his blood between the candle and the tree, and, looking through the flame of a candle, look at the water. Do not worry about anything, thought themselves begin to appear in your head.
Once you feel that it is time, pour water under the tree. Say:
Wood type, wood strength, power tree, the tree of recognition. I came.
Extinguish the candle and take it with you.
Take the bread and scatter around the tree. There, no closer than one meter from him, put the meat.
Pocono honor, honor ancestors, honor the memory of the land. With gratitude for all that your son (daughter) (first name and surname).
Take a branch of the tree, thank. Turn around and walk away.
In the evening, light a candle. Look at the fire. Imagine a place where you conducted the ceremony.
I am old, and kind of me, and there’s nothing between us, that prevents me.
Wait until the candle burn down.
Winter Solstice — Kolyada, Christmas, Prosinets, Month buildup sun
The winter solstice, which is celebrated on December 23, starting the whole cycle of holidays that last until January 6.
Indeed, this time for our ancestors was important for several reasons.
First, the day ceased to decline, and was on the rise, that foreshadowed the coming of spring.
Secondly, it is the end of the year, the cycle Kalends (carols), which created the groundwork for this new phase of life. For it is in this period of divination and sorcery were intended to clarify the situation in the new annual cycle.
And third, the winter that stifle life and hampered many public processes, demanded something to stir the people to unite, to revitalize the toughest winter months.
A certain part of the rituals that took place at this time, is reflected in the domestic rituals. Divination, which our ancestors are described in the chapter «Divination.» But some of them are listed below.
Avsenev (Bausen, Tausenev, Govsen, Ovsey, Usen)- Old Slavic deity, which is devoted to treatment during the Christmas carols and hymns. This deity, giving strength to the new year and a new crop.
Later this deity was simply forgotten and folk elements of the holiday.
This ritual is performed in order to freeze the feelings, attitudes. Or vice versa — thawed, enhance the feelings between people.
For this morning, December 23 went out and recruited a pot of snow. Bringing it into the house, gave a little melted, that from it can be blind figures — images a person or persons, which are scheduled for this rite. Once the figures were blinded, they endured the cold to shovel (you can on a cutting board) and left for a few hours. In this figure be named the names of people for whom the ritual was carried out.
Then the figures brought into the house, put in a pot and set on fire.
In this case, read any conspiracy, which said that the fire inflame the hearts and feelings of these people.
When the figures were melting and the water begins to boil, it took off from the fire and poured under the stove, as if giving the control over the process houses. You can just put the pot under the battery for a few days.
In any case the water is not poured on frozen ground, otherwise the action is frozen.
If, on the contrary, it was required to cool someone’s feelings, the procedure ended up with water poured into the cold with the words «Karachun, take away.»
One of the days of the 12-day cycle was little festive holiday Rod and Rozhanitsy, which aims — to honor the memory of our ancestors, to strengthen the power and possibilities of family, and to combine family.
But as in the modern culture this festival continues to be present, becoming a part of New Year celebrations, it’s nothing special you do not have to, but to add some elements of ritual. Of course, if you set a goal — to strengthen the forces of race and family.
On the holiday table is placed the famous kutya — millet porridge with jam or berries and nuts. It was she who is the main course, which is to start a holiday. You have to eat at least a little of this dish. And while everyone is eating, the hostess knot at the edge of the tablecloth, which will symbolize the unification of the forces kind.
Karachun(Korochun) — in Slavic mythology, the god of winter brace, the shortest day, the god of death and the death of all living things. But despite such a tragic meaning honored along with all the gods.
Death, the end, the end stage. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes — evil. And on days when Karachun was stronger expressed in nature, he brought gifts, trying to find his protection.
If Karachun wast, the whole year was calm. A shock if the case, then ended without much loss.
What kind of gifts? Most often sacrificed to the frost and millet curd kuti that leave with gratitude.
In fact, in the «feeding frost» on Karachun was a great meaning, which is, as a minimum, that the gifts were eaten by animals and birds. In winter, this additional forage was always needed. Even now, a habit to feed wild animals and birds kept in our culture.
Carol (circular Bratchina)
The uniqueness of this ceremony is that activates the mutual strengths and capabilities, the overall capacity of the circle.
As it did in ancient times? In the morning a few specially designated people taking more skin or bags and went from house to house caroling — to collect the food and drink at a common table.
In the evening at home to begin the festival favorites, the meaning and the essence of which was to unite the common strengths and capabilities.
As you can imagine, the joint provision of food, its joint eating enhances the interaction between tribal communities and makes it easier and easier to deal with many of life’s challenges.
So, to make it easier to overcome difficulties and hardships, nobody forbids to invite friends or family holiday and arrange carols. Special words and action is required, and the effect will be made certain.
Kutia (kolivo’s Eve)- Ritual commemorative dish of cooked whole wheat, less barley and other cereals. In kutyu add nuts and honey. Kutya prepared not only at the funeral for the dead, but during the holidays, when people commemorate the dead relatives. Such holidays were called «zadushnitsy» or «grandfather.»
Komoeditsa (Shrovetide Brezozor, Berezozol)
Komoeditsy celebration held on the vernal equinox. At present, its counterpart is Carnival, which is due to religious conventions shifted to the beginning of Lent. But it is not the holiday itself, nor its religious significance has not lost its power.
Imagine: a heavy and hard winter leaves, and about the long-awaited spring. This is what our ancestors enjoyed — beginning a new life and a new stage.
«Pancake ritual dish — pancakes — preserved in the Russian way of life to the present. It has long been suggested that the pancakes are a symbol of the sun and their production and collective eating celebrate the victory of the day over the night, light over darkness. In Russian villages IX-X centuries, known around the clay pans with jagged edges and incised even on wet clay cross, the sign of the sun.
Perhaps they were made for a batch of pancakes oilseeds. All small frying pan (20 cm), with its luminous edges is like a model of the sun. «
Rybakov BA «Paganism ancient Slavs»
During Komoeditsy was made to get rid of all the old, unnecessary, or that burden. Energy is a very good day to start a new cycle with no problems.
Usually used for this purpose the fire, which threw old clothes, things, and all that fell into disrepair and disuse. Thus, the energy returned back into the maelstrom of forces and return the person is treated, without encumbrances and problems. Made up for it by eating pancakes with honey and celebrating the arrival of spring.
It’s part of the holiday Komoeditsy when celebrants dressed in animal skins, dancing and having fun.
One of the purposes of this ceremony was to create a solid connection with tribal totems, which will be mentioned in the relevant section. If you intend to pay serious attention to the subject of totems, the vernal equinox is the most favorable.
In that case, when they wanted to deceive not last — the goddess of evil fate, put clothes inside. It was thought that since Nedolya not see a man who was hiding from her for a totem — the patron saint of nature. From the point of view of power clothes worn inside out, changing the usual flow of energy in the chakras. And the one who usually does not carry, has a chance to find luck.
Culture coloring eggs, use them in rituals were known in Russia long before the advent of Christianity, and the custom to celebrate Easter.
Egg — the symbol of life in the ancient Slavic symbol enormous potential hidden in it. It is in order to help people achieve their potential, performed this ritual.
However, the new features coming to man not only from interest or not last (ie, the fate), but the kind of — that is transmitted to humans by his ancestors.
To perform the rite used eggs Krashenki.
You need six boiled eggs to be colored in onion peel. Apart from the fact that the bow is a dye, he is also an excellent tool that protect people from evil.
The ritual begins with the first day of the spring equinox, ie March 23, or carried out during the autumn holiday Roda — September 23. Six eggs are divided as follows. One — on the first day, two — in the second, three — in the third.
In the morning, before washing, breakfast or to do what is customary, you will need to begin the ceremony.
Place the egg in front of him. Think about what it is you want to get the kind of support. Eat egg.
On the second day, repeat the procedure on the third day — the same thing. Only on the second day you eat two eggs, and the third — three. Every day, remember that you need to clearly express their desire.
Shell of the eggs do not discard them, that she kept until, until the desired. But not longer than one year from the date of the ceremony.
If you need to attract support ancestors strengthen tribal influence, complicated ritual. Not used six eggs, and nine, three of which, after the main phase of the rite, attributed to the cemetery and left on the grave of the next of kin.
Eggs(Patterns painted eggs) were and are still considered magical symbols of fertility, protection and prosperity. Magic patterns (see the «Charms») is placed onto a white egg with beeswax. To do this, use the «kistku» made of ash or apple (sometimes nuts), which is heated in the flame of a candle. Eggs, unlike krashenok, eating raw to preserve fertility potential, their life-giving force.
Eggs often used in healing rituals, or to restore the energy potential of the person.
For those who are familiar with the culture of the ancient ritual, the rite-belief is not something out of the ordinary.
Oil-week, it was decided to prioritize the relationship between births. This was not done openly, but as it gradually.
For example, if the mother-in-law urged him to bake pancakes, it was considered that for the next year it acquired control of a native wife. But if the mother-in-law’s son-shill for meat meal, the preponderance of the forces for the next year was with the female gender.
This is a simple, but very effective practice, which was compatible with all seriousness. Especially when in the family, because older, scheduled disorder.
First pancakePancake Day is usually put in the red corner or skylight — «for parents shower» and remembrance of ancestors. Often, especially in those places where the house was considered the progenitor or dead ancestor, the first attempt gave him.
This part of the ritual techniques arose primarily from the culture of marriage ceremonies. It was thought that a girl or a guy had on the term of a family. If something went wrong, it was believed that to them «tied Nedolya.» In short, there were difficulties in finding the second half.
However, perhaps the problem was not just that. And our ancestors, examining this issue, run the following hurried ceremony.
It is very important to get assistants. For women — a woman for men — men. They are without a main culprit rite determined the punishment which he had to undergo during the Oil of the week.
Penalties were different. It could be a piece of wood, which is tied to the leg. Could get a whole week to wear some thing turned inside out. In any case, the punishment for ‘not last’ cause physical discomfort.
Then be free from punishment, declaring to him that he also spared from the problem that tormented him. Most often, the object personified by punishment, burned Pancake stake.
Rusal. Yarilin day
Rusal, or mermaid week — a large complex of holiday that commemorates the start of a new natural cycle — summer pores flowering, early fruit growth. These days, the forces of nature gave the plants their juices that they help keep the human race, gave people food for the next year.
Rusal — the holiday, which was celebrated big celebration and merriment. People, usually young people, dress itself in different clothes, skins, all dancing around campfires and had fun. It is no accident said that Rusal — youth festival designed to strengthen the relationship between girls and boys.
Time of celebration — from mid-May to early June, depending on where in the band performed the rites.
Coltsfoot and fern dyed eggs in a light green color. These eggs are often used to remove the human illness or disease induced witchcraft.
This ancient ritual was aimed at finding a young man labor force, support, to exercise any undertaking.
Rite difficult, but if it was possible to do, the young man received considerable support.
In the evening, closer to sunset, you had to go to the forest. Go as far as possible into the thicket and cut a hazel branch thicker, measuring about one meter.
Further delineate the branch circle around himself. Outside the circle put everything split and can cut. Then sit in the circle before sunrise.
Returning home, the rod (branch) should be put in a cast with dried peas on the day. During this time the young man should get three bands of different colors. That is to get — to ask, to agree — but do not buy. These ribbons tied around the wand as if encircling his.
Later rod kept in the family, handed down from generation to generation. It was believed that the one who was able to make a wand, acquires the ability to witchcraft and would subsequently become a sorcerer, witch or sorcerer.
Sometimes called rod Yarilin staff.
During the mermaid rites were widely used tape in different colors, which are tied to the birch, in the trees next to the ancestral stones, which we will discuss later.
Tape color is determined by the girl, depending on whether it was a desire. Sometimes the whole tie braids because it was thought that so wish will be granted soon.
Our ancestors believed that when the nature of the activity, when there is growth and development of all living things, it will certainly have an impact on the growth and development of those requests, which were addressed to the nature of man.
Bereguinyas- Is a species of mermaids, who lived in shallow water off the coast. Considered the most responsive to the requests of people.
Rod and Rozhanitsy
Rod and Rozhanitsy holiday, although not included in the four major tribal festivals, yet extremely important. On this day, not only remember our ancestors, dead and living, but also formed a certain relation to the fate of the race.
Do not remember the accident rozhanits — Dole and not last — with the supreme deity of our ancestors — Rod.
This holiday is held in early September, during the Indian summer, when I consider all the same formalism as in the spring of Remembrance Rod and Rozhanitsy.
It is no accident holidays that include the commemoration of the ancestors, as well as increased tribal circle — family, friends, blood relatives — in the spring and fall. Spring — a time of flowering, when the forces of nature awakening after a long winter, is formed by the activity of the next stage. The desire to join this stage, to give new strength to his family enough natural and understandable. Autumn, in turn, the time of harvest, which can be described as the counting of that has been achieved. And also an occasion to strengthen its reach in the tribal circle.
Rozhanitsy- Share and Nedolya. One gives him good fortune, the other — cruel. But not by choice, but by the will of Rod and the choice of the individual.
According to ancient beliefs, Rozhanitsy always stay close to someone, despite the happy or sad page in his life, as if to say that the misfortune, not last always, share happiness.
Rod and holiday Rozhanitsy more esteemed by the older generation.
In the early times of the world was in darkness. But God has revealed the golden egg, which was signed Rod — parent of all. Rhode begat Love — Lada-mother, and by the power of love destroyed his prison, created the universe — an infinite number of worlds star and our earthly world.
Then the sun came out of his presence.
Month of light — from his breast.
Stars frequent — from the eyes of Him.
Dawns clear — from his brow.
Dark night — but from his thoughts.
Winds boisterous — out of breath …
«The Book of Carols»
This rite resorted when the family is not able to conceive. This is sort of a vow, which echoes the opportunity atone for the sins of.
On holiday — 8 or 9 September — chose the sacrifice that had to make to save any kind of problem. Then, depending on where people live, is elected bringing the sacrifice.
Most often sacrifice performed on the island, which they brought a sacrificial animal. It did not kill him, but left on the island, requesting to Rod and rozhanits to posterity or to calm turmoil in the family. Less often sacrificed on special stones, which will be mentioned in the relevant section.
Perun holiday can be safely attributed to the male holiday as it was at this time held the dedication to the soldiers, military sacrifices god Perun. It is known to all. But little known that Perun was the guarantor of justice, the law — among the gods, and between people.
During this festival, which is characterized by 20 July, you can refer to Perun for protection, assistance, protection.
Those who consider themselves wronged innocent, would find protection Perun to this day do yourself rite, without the help of the wise men.
For this it was necessary to go to oak grove and firebrand from the oven (or coal) to put a sign on a tree Perun — the circle divided into six equal sections. Then deliver his request to Perun. Please usually been associated with the restoration of justice.
Then he took an oak twig, returned home. Hearing the words of the people who met on the road, it is concluded that, whether or not granted their request. And if wrong, was the one who had requested to Perun, punishment awaited him.
Yarylo (Yarila, Yarylo)considered one of the incarnations of Perun, which gave us strength and courage to cope with any task.
In celebration of Perun was taken to consecrate weapons because this god patronized not only soldiers, but also those who did for their weapons.
It is clear that at present some form of weapons purchased and not used as it was earlier. But, nevertheless, the knife for a man is still an important tool. A knife, prepared on the day of Perun is also a talisman.
To create such a talisman, in addition to the knife, you’ll need a piece of meat — pork, and oak twigs for a fire. Fireplace must rekindle the river, after having drawn on the future site campfire thunderous mark (see «Charms»). Preheat the fire knife and stick it in the ground. So do three times, giving the knife active land.
His speech to the Perun to bless weapons. Then go down to the river and enter the water. Heat the knife three times, and three times in the flame cool it brought in water.
Then put the meat on the fire. This will be your gift and sacrifice to Perun.
Wait until the fire burn out. Take a piece of coal, and slide it on the hands and face. Worship fire.
At this ceremony is over. You can go to the river to wash.
Perun- The god of thunder, lightning, which he punished the enemies and those who violated Pocono set for people.
The patron of the military and those who defend their land.
On the day of Perun was performed on young people in the Warriors. Magi conduct complex rituals to protect the homeland.
Bonfirewas an integral part of the ritual actions of our ancestors. Thus, the treatment, the gifts which were brought into the flame the fire quickly reached the world of the gods. So, come and help quickly.
In addition, the fire symbolized the sun, which gave and gives people the life and warmth.
«The vast majority of the old Slavic pagan festivals and conducts public prayer is an event, a joint spell of nature and are not held in the home or community, and beyond the range of everyday consumer. Ancient farmers had to, first of all, to influence the nature, appeal to its vegetative power, refer to different «roscheniyam» sacred trees, to water sources — springs (not from the Sort it?), A storehouse, Studenica, to fields during plowing , sowing and during ripening precious harvest. In addition to these, it is the specific nature of the partition where the magic similnaya seen very easily, there is reverence for the mountains and hills are associated with generalized nature, with the rozhanits and Rod, who controlled nature in general, manage, from the sky, which are. Universal is the veneration of mountains and conduct special prayers for them, addressed to a particular deity. As we recall, for the Slav it can be assumed to have the Bronze Age. «
Rybakov BA «Paganism ancient Slavs»
The autumnal equinox. Veresen. Tausenev
Celebration of the autumnal equinox is not as common as the other three major holidays. Autumn — time to decay, reducing the activity of natural forces. That’s why the relationship with this energy was not as common as in the spring when there is an active awakening of nature.
Nevertheless, there were ceremonies, which will be discussed below.
The rite is very simple, but at the same time extremely powerful. It is usually carried out one of the young, often female.
During the autumnal equinox, at dawn, the woman walked into the woods. Bowing at the edge of the forest Mistress, she went into the thicket with the sole purpose — to find an empty slot. It’s not easy, but not as difficult as it may seem at first glance.
Nest — a symbol of home, comfort and protection, which will acquire a family, if she has a nest.
Nests found stored in the corner, along with the many charms of the family.
Sometimes those who are desperate to start a family, turned to the master of the forest to give him a nest, and therefore the family, in return for a service or vow, which gave people. And it always brings results.
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