Slavic Way: Morana, my matron goddess.

Slavic Way: Morana, my matron goddess.

You probably never heard of Morana, unless you were specifically looking for some Slavic goddesses. Don't worry. Even Slavs don't have too much knowledge about their native pantheon if they're not pagan or scholars, or maybe The Witcher fans. I'm not entirely sure what's it like in other Slavic countries, but I know that in Poland you'll never learn about our native mythology at school, ever.
"History" lesson! Poland officially exists since it got christened in 966 and before that there was literally nothing here. No people, no tribes, no civilization of any kind. (Too bad the Romans never managed to conquer us in the age of the "barbarians", at least we'd have proof!) And to celebrate the 1050th anniversary of the christening this year, there was an official catholic celebration on top of our sacred pagan mountain Ślęża (oh, the irony), where our ancestors cultivated Solar worship since Neolithic period, probably longer. A sister mountain next to Ślęża is Radunia - a place of Lunar worship. Yes, totally no sign of life on these lands before Catholicism!

An entrance to the Archeological Sanctuary in Będkowice
under Ślęża, where you can visit a reconstructed slavic settlement
and an original barrow cemetery, both from 8th century.

Where do we draw the line? Thoughts on cultural appropriation, Norse paganism and the Viking Oracle.

Okay, this may seem like a butthurt rant to some, so if you're easily offended by people pointing out other people's bullshit, I suggest you stop reading here. But, if you're open to discussion and are interested in perhaps expanding your view on some things, I invite you to stay and discuss this stuff with me.

I accidentally stumbled upon someone mentioning the Viking Oracle on one of the tarot FB groups, so I thought: "Wow, finally something for a Norse paganism enthusiast! Let's check this stuff out!". At first glance, I was intrigued - it's created by Stacey Demarco and Jimmy Manton who also created the Goddesses and Sirens and Gods and Titans which I quite like and use weekly. Sadly, that's where the good part ends.

Slavic Way: The importance of clothing in slavic folklore and why I stopped wearing trousers.

Slavic Way: The importance of clothing in slavic folklore and why I stopped wearing trousers.

It is believed that men and women primarily draw their energy from different sources. This point of view is present in most of the cultures across the globe, with the male-female polarities being described in various configurations, with various symbols (Moon-Sun, Water-Fire, yin-yang, passive-active, emotional-intellectual).

In slavic folklore it is believed that men draw their energy from above - the sky, which is symbolically connected to the masculine principle, Father Sky, the element of Air, intellect. Women draw their energy from below - the earth, which is connected to the feminine principle, Mother Earth, creation and nurturing.
It is represented in the way male and female bodies are built - masculine bodies are generally wider from waist up (wide shoulders), while feminine bodies are wider from waist down (wide hips). Of course, we're dealing with a serious degree of generalization here, but keep in mind that this point of view comes from ages ago, when gender roles were much less fluid than today.

Anyway, what does this point of view have to do with what people wear? When we look at traditional folk clothing, we usually see men in simple pants and women in skirts/dresses with multiple layers. Most elderly ladies in slavic countries, especially from rural areas, still wear long skirts and aprons. Personally, I don't remember ever seeing my grandmother in trousers, maybe except when she was on a trip in the mountains.

It's these babushkas who pass down their old knowledge for younger generations.

(Image source: click)

#ShadowWorkOctober: Cycles of the Self

#ShadowWorkOctober: Cycles of the Self

Cycles of the Self is a themed shadow work experience, designed to dive deep into the shadows but also strengths we inherited from our ancestry and carry with us perhaps for generations. It's not news that the conditions and environment we grow up in have a tremendous influence on who we become. With Cycles of the Self, let's take it a step further and look at the bigger picture: from our ancestry, through childhood and adulthood, to death and what we believe to await us beyod the veil.

Get yourself started on shadow work: #ShadowWorkOctober

Get yourself started on shadow work: #ShadowWorkOctober

#ShadowWorkOctober first came to be in 2015. The idea behind it was to create a tool that anyone can use at home to explore their psyche and subconscious and gain a general understanding of their shadow aspects. This is why the first edition of #ShadowWorkOctober is a great place to start your shadow work journey. And no, it doesn't have to be in October!

Originally, it was designed to use in conjunction with tarot (or other divinatory systems), but it can also be easily modified to be successfully used as a list of journaling prompts for you to explore and write about.

#ShadowWorkOctober list of prompts and spreads.

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