This book is a practical guide to the ancient magical tradition of Russian sorcery and Eastern Slavic magical rites. it offers step-by-step instructions for more than 300 spells, incantations, charms, amulets, and practical rituals for love, career success, protection, healing, divination, communicating with spirits and ancestors, and other challenges and situations.
Revealing specific places of magical power in the natural world as well as the profound power of graveyards and churches for casting spells, this book explores the folk history of this ancient magical tradition, including how the pagan gods gained new life as Eastern Orthodox saints, and shares folktales of magical beings, including sorceresses shapeshifting into animals and household objects.
Passed down through generations, the Slavic practice of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery is still alive and well in Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as the Balkans and the Baltic states. There are still witches who whisper upon tied knots to curse or heal, sorceresses who shapeshift into animals or household objects, magicians who cast spells for love or good fortune, and common folk who seek their aid for daily problems big and small.
Sharing the extensive knowledge she inherited from her mother and grandmother, including spells of the “Old Believers” previously unknown to outsiders, Natasha Helvin explores in detail the folk history and practice of Russian sorcery and Eastern Slavic magical rites, offering a rich compendium of more than 300 spells, incantations, charms, and practical rituals for love, relationships, career success, protection, healing, divination, averting the evil eye, communicating with spirits and ancestors, and a host of other life challenges and daily situations, with complete step-by-step instructions to ensure your magical goals are realized. She explains how this tradition has only a thin Christian veneer over its pagan origins and how the Slavic pagan gods and goddesses acquired new lives as the saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church. She details how the magical energy for these spells and rituals is drawn from the forces of nature, revealing specific places of power in the natural world as well as the profound power of graveyards and churches for casting spells. She explores the creation of amulets and talismans, the importance of icons, and the proper recital of magical language and actions during spells, as well as how one becomes a witch or sorceress.
Offering a close examination of these two-thousand-year-old occult practices, Helvin also includes Slavic folk advice, adapted for the modern era. Revealing what it means to be a Slavic witch or sorceress, and how this vocation pervades all aspects of life, she shows that each of us has magic within that we can use to take control of our own destiny.
This book came to my attention while researching source material regarding Baba Yaga. I had hoped that She would be featured in this book, however sadly She was barely acknowledged. Having said that I enjoyed what I read. I had not realized that Christianity and Paganism were so intertwined in Slavic cultures. Bearing that in mind, Pagans who do not want to include Christian aspects to their path may find the book less relevant.
The folklore and spellcraft included was quite informative, with a great deal of similarities to other material I've encountered that was not Slavic-based. I found that extremely interesting and am happy to say that the spells in the book are extensive, which makes it (in my humble opinion) worth investing in. So while Baba Yaga was mentioned only briefly, I am glad that I have a bit more insight into Slavic Pagan traditions, if only to enhance my understanding of Her.