I went to a Catholic Primary school in a small town, and every year, we held a HUGE musical theater production including many of the students and staff and the entire school choir. They were big events that nearly the whole town turned out to, and really well put together, on quite a grand scale. We also entered the Eisteddfod every year in every category, one being plays/musicals.
When I was about 9 or so, we did a production called Baba Yaga. I didn't get a part in the play, but like most others in my class, I was part of the play in a way. Beneath the stage, the rest of us lined up with paper trees which we shook and waved at various points in the play and made sound effect noises, etc.
Our line of trees was in order of height, and being the tallest, I was the first to walk out. It was the beginning and we had to start our 'chant' as loud as we possibly could. Embarrassing, but yeah. The only lines I remember where the opening ones...
"Baba Yaga is a WITCH! In the forest of EVIl she dwells! (something, something, something, something) Casting her EVIL SPELLS!"
I always remembered that one because I was the one who had to start the play, and the trouble we had rehearsing. We had a really 'mean' teacher, and in rehearsals, after I'd gotten the position wrong 3 times in a row, she literally picked me up and shoved me into the right position. Bitch.
Anyhow, looking back, I always found it kind of ironic that after it all, I grew up to actually be a witch. (Obviously not the type of witches they imagined existed, of course.)
Kind of funny, hey?
A few mornings ago, I recieved this in my email. I subscribe to a mailing list at goddess.com.au and they send out an email every week featuring a different goddess from around the world. It was interesting that this one came up this week. Brought back a lot of memories, and made me ponder the charecteristics of Baba Yaga and the paralells between her energy and the things that were happening in my life at that time of the play. Lots of lessons.
Makes me realise the goddess has always been with me, whether I knew it or not.
Now that energy is back in my life through this email, (and there's no such thing as coincidence) so I'm taking the time to think about her message.
Here's the info...
The ancient Slavic goddess Baba Yaga is the wild old crone guardian of the Water of Life and Death. She is the goddess of death and birth associated with Autumn, who sings while sprinkling corpses with the Water of Life to let them be reborn. Although she is fearsome to look upon, like all forces of nature that are often wild and untamed, she can also be kind.
Often depicted living in the deep centre of earth, or in a hut surrounded by a fence of bones, she represents the power of old age, of witch, and of the life cycle that is birth, death and rebirth. She is therefore also associated with birch forests (birch being the tree of beginnings and endings). Another image is that of "White Lady", or Death Crone, as she is stiff and white and carved of bone (she can also be referred to as Goddess of Old Bones) .
Her Modern Energy
If you're feeling directionless and an emptiness in the spirit and emotion, acknowledge Baba Yaga's presence in you. Being depressed in not to be feared, rather the process and emotion should be honoured, and allowed to move on. While the Water of Life and Death can be taken by trickery or synthetic means (eg through drugs), by taking time to work in gentle silence the Water can also be given to you as a gift.
Behold Baba Yaga, she is here to force us to examine our soul in the dark mirror and to be forever transformed.
Reconnect With Your Inner Baba Yaga
Wear black, red and white scarves this week and use the colours to remind you of Baba Yaga. Black represents night and the breakdown of the personality (the crushed and broken body ready for Baba Yaga's Water of Life and Death), white represents the dawn and purification (the gift of the Water of Life and Death), and red represents day and vital life force (the powerful rebirth).
Work through the cycles of dawn, day and night gently, succumb to Baba Yaga's vibrations and trust that she will be kind to you. At the end of the week say good-bye to destructive influences as you tie the scarves around a tree in your garden. There they will be connected to the earth via the tree's roots, tapping into kundalini energy of the dark side, and also to the wind which will pick up your depression and carry it away.
Love and delight Anita Revel Creatrix :: Goddess.com.au