Slavic folklore finds her deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs. Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter or seek her out. A wild wind begins to blow, the trees begin to creak and groan, and whirlwinds of leaves, scarlet and golden, spiral through the air. Baba Yaga, the Arch-Crone, the Bone Mother has arrived in her season; the shrieking and wailing of a host of spirits accompanying her on her way. Wild and untamable, she is a force of nature, a nature Being, bringing wisdom through death and rebirth. Dozens of books and historical articles can be found about this powerful figure. Author Andreas Johns identifies Baba Yaga as "one of the most memorable and distinctive figures in Slavic European folklore," and observes that she is "enigmatic" and often exhibits "striking ambiguity." Johns summarizes Baba Yaga as "a many-faceted figure, capable of inspiring researchers to see her as a Cloud, Moon, Death, Winter, Snake, Bird, Pelican or Earth Goddess, totemic matriarchal ancestress, female initiator, phallic mother, or archetypal image.
Join us as we gather for a celebration of Samhain, one of the most important Pagan holidays of the year.
Devotee of the Dark Goddess, Priestess of the Black Tent, and Earth Traditions community member, Gerrie Ordaz, leads us in an exploration of this ancient archetype, in her aspect of Baba Yaga.
Hear the story of Baba Yaga, craft a helper doll such as the one Vasilisa carries in the story. Journey to meet her and to receive her wisdom. Honor our Ancestors as we call the names of our Beloved Dead and partake in a Dumb Supper in their names.
This event is Adults – 21 and over.
Please bring a small photograph of one of your beloved dead and a votive candle in a cup for our altar
There will be a Dumb Supper. Please wear black.
Bring a potluck dish that represents your ancestry, a childhood favorite, or a family tradition. Put some thought into it; make it special. Please write the ingredients on an index card.
Dessert and beverages will be provided. You may bring a bottle of wine or mead to share after the ritual.
Bring a drum or a rhythm instrument (optional)
The cost is $25.00 per person.
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