“All my living I have been an old woman, in the woods ;alone. I do what I like : I muddy & sweep my hut, carry myself into the sky & listen to what it says, I gather mushrooms, terrorize foxes & men with my friendly claws & gait, laugh a long time into a bucket until it laughs back with a spit, breathe as a stone at the bottom of a creek—& many other things I do not say. But non of it is done from fearing. Poke at the fear as into the dying fire in yr hearth: which way do the sparks go, how does the fire hiss? If you , choose my life—know you are choosing it, not hiding in the woods.” ~ Ask Baba Yaga: Poetic Remedies for Troubled Times by Taisia Kitaiskaia
The Full Moon of November traditionally belongs to the Slavic Goddess Baba Yaga. And how apropos that this Taurus Full Moon is a lunar eclipse and is carrying some very intense energies!
Baba Yaga is the Wild Witch of the forest who flies through the air in her mortar and pestle followed by her chicken-legged cottage. Author Andreas Johns describes 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” in his book.
For me, Baba has always been the Secret Keeper. She holds the space for the mysterious within nature and within our souls. Her very essence is woven into the realms around her, from the animals of the forest, to the plants, to the aether of our world and the Otherworld. Baba is liminal, even her cottage is perhaps-always-somewhere-else. We encounter her when we need her and frequently in the most challenging times of our lives. For some Baba Yaga is fearsome, the archetypal witch that cooks children up in her oven. Personally, I think Baba revels in her reputation and it adds to her precious secrets. For plant witchery, Baba is the Goddess to consult and her teas are legend. However we encounter Baba, we will always come away transformed and the better for our experience.
I am so delighted to be honoring Baba Yaga and leading us on a journey to meet Her where She abides. Join me on Saturday, November 20 at 3pm eastern. Click the link below to get the Zoom info.
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BABA YAGA RESOURCES
Ask Baba Yaga: OtherWorldly Advice for EveryDay Troubles (Book 1) by Taisia Kitaiskaia
Ask Baba Yaga: Poetic Remedies for Troubled Times (Book 2) by Taisia Kitaiskaia
Baba Yaga: The Ambiguous Mother and Witch of the Russian Folktale by Andreas Johns
Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales by Sibelan Forrester and Jack Zipes
Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse by Jane Yolen
Baba Yaga Mister from Kim at Murphy’s Essentials
Baba Yaga Goddess Mist from Brandi at Red Priestess
Flying Butter from Gwen at Daughters of ISIS
The Witch Oils Collection from Gwen at Daughters of ISIS