Slavic Paganism

I often get asked about my particular path.. I follow more or less what would be called a Russo-Slavic path…. Russian and Slavic (Russians are a Slavic people :) ). Unlike the Celtic, Greek, Roman, or even Norse path it is truly unique to the Slavic lands.. in a sense it’s almost like a blending of folk beliefs with a pantheistic system ..We have house “spirits”  the Domovoi…these are sort of like brownies or fae.. in that they inhabit the house and sometimes help out…they are also the guardians of the house protecting it and its inhabitants..It is good to offer Him some milk, bread with salt or cookies to make him happy and he will make happy your home. When you move to another house, offer Him a big shoe, He will hide in it and you can easily remove Domovoi to your new home !!

Kolovrat – The KOLOVRAT (KOLOVRAT, Collowrath) symbol is in modern ages considered as a panslavic pagan symbol of the Sun. Old Slavic faith connects people with Slavic blood all over the World and this symbol is one of these connections. (I Proudly wear one :) ..and we have a few of these in stock in our webstore!)

 

Perun – The Slavic God of Thunder (Norse equivalent would be Thor) his symbol is generally that of an axe head (sort of like the Mjölnir or Thor’s hammer in the Norse)

Lunitsa – Little Moon – Symbol of the Female deities worn by the Slavic and Viking women for protection .. basically a crescent moon

Svetovid  – God of war, fertility and abundance. He has four heads to protects you from all the sides.

Svarga (the Sun) – symbol of the God  Svarog

Svarog – the God of Sun and Fire.

There are many others as well :)

The most common question I get is about the one whom I call Grandmother … existentially Baba Yaga (Grandmother Witch)..Grandmother to me is my Matron so to speak…she is ancient .. very ancient… one of the few Bone Goddesses.. the ones that are the very representation of life and death.. she is a black shaman.. one that can heal and destroy simultaneously.. she is the crone of crones. Her symbol is the Raven.. the guider of the spirit world, transformation, and healing…   what is like to work with her? It can be a challenge at times.. she chooses who she works with.. you don’t choose her… she decides if you’re worthy… so be honored if you are so chosen to work the crone of crones :)

 

 

Etsy and Pagan Businesses

While this may seem like an odd thing to Blog about here.. we do still maintain a presence on Etsy..I also act as the Speciality Admin for PBN in regards to Etsy stuffs… this is what I jusr recently posted about..

So the storm hit.. Etsy started enforcing their rules about selling intangible items such as spells and haunted / possessed / enchanted jewelry and such..this of course led to a blow up with some folks taking to social media saying Etsy is shutting down all the Metaphysical shops and will no longer allow pagan wares to be sold, this is simply not true! Etsy has had a long standing rule regarding what is allowed to be sold and what is not allowed to be sold. Your own author here has run afoul of the rules a few times even due to certain herbs I use in various incense blends..I deal with it and move on.

Here is the posting information from Etsy:
We want to assure you that this policy applies equally to all intangible services (whether spiritual services or any other types of intangible services). We respect and value the metaphysical community of Etsy, who come from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. Please keep in mind that other types of metaphysical goods that meet our handmade and services policies are welcome in our marketplace.
Here’s an outline of the related policies:

The listings must be for tangible items (e.g., handcrafted items, digital designs, vintage goods). Metaphysical services, such as spells and healings, are not allowed on Etsy.

To qualify for sale, psychic and tarot readings must be sold in the form of a digital file or a physical document. Both the listings’ titles and descriptions need to state the format in which the reading will be sent (e.g., PDF).

Listings are not allowed to promise or suggest that the items or readings will effect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or any other outcome (e.g., love, revenge).

In short you can not sell anything that suggests a non tangible and scientifically unprovable result…

Regarding services:
Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is not allowed, even if it delivers a tangible item.

Here is the FTC (Federal Trade Commission):
Federal Trade Commission Truth in Advertising Law: www.ftc.gov/news-events/media-resources/truth-advertising

When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it’s on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence. The Federal Trade Commission enforces these truth-in-advertising laws, and it applies the same standards no matter where an ad appears – in newspapers and magazines, online, in the mail, or on billboards or buses. The FTC looks especially closely at advertising claims that can affect consumers’ health or their pocketbooks – claims about food, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, alcohol, and tobacco and on conduct related to high-tech products and the Internet, such as the dissemination of spyware.

Its pretty simple really you can not sell a spell that says do this and you will get a million dollars ..or wear this and you’ll attract a soulmate. That is not only illegal in the eyes of the Federal Government, but also unethical. As a Pagan and a Shaman I would never guarantee that anything I sell will affect a change… could it? Sure. Will it every time? Nope. Magick is about intent…something that’s hard to explain to “muggles” .. I always compare it to prayers from the Christian perspective.. your sending out energy as an intent, the physical manifestation of which is a result, heres an example: I do a spell to increase business and suddenly I get 20 sales..is the result due to the Gods working on my behalf or is it my energy going into marketing and finding good products? Something to think about when you list your items… remember we are the representation of Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, Shamans, and the like on Etsy and elsewhere let us show the world what we are.. we are not scammers trying to make a buck off some person who has lost a loved one or is in a bad place. We are selling ourselves and our beliefs as much as an item…I’ve encountered people before who have wandered into a Spirit Show or Pride Day and have no clue about Paganism..I’ve taken the time to talk with them and listen and answer their questions to the best of my abilities. Sometimes its led to a sale and other times it hasn’t but the end result is simple I helped someone that had questions and was seeking knowledge .. let us strive to do that more and really understand ourselves and our Religion..

–Jason

Co-owner of Phoenix Rising Apothecary

Giveaway Oppurtunities!

Want a chance to win some cool stuff? Here’s your chance… we have product in two different giveaways! Also many of our dear friends from Pagan Business Network have swag in there as well! Give it a look-see and enter away!

1: Janet Callahan

To enter:
1: Go to Janet Callahan Contest
2: Follow the instructions

2: Earth Day Charity Raffle

To enter:
Go to Earth Day Raffle

Remember with this one all the proceeds are going to a Charity! So the more you can enter the better the charity does :-) Good luck!

Spring Equinox

Being one of the few people I know that doesn’t follow a Celtic path to me the Spring Equinox is a bit different… I follow a Russo-Slavic path that is an Eastern European path… Spring Equinox is called Maslenitsa ..it is like others a time for celebration..it marks the turning of the year..the end of the winter frosts as we prepare for planting in the coming months… living in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan it feels right to follow the northern trad… things are a bit slower up here ..we still have snow on the ground (we get a LOT of snow…) the trees are just beginning to bud out … the lakes are still somewhat frozen over…the animals are just waking up… to me this is a time of renewal .. the earth comes alive again after a long rest … the days are getting longer and warmer..it is a time to celebrate and have a few drinks!

Sleeping Gryphon

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All I can say is wow… just epic! beautiful woodburned pieces that are done with a masters touch and are perfect for what I will be using them for!

First the Raven Box- Being a follower of a Russo-Slavic path I always love Ravens.. this box is the perfect size for storing crystals, herbs, even a smudge stick… of course I will use it to store some special incense blends for charging :) the raven is perfectly done and the Pentacles are beatiful adorning either side of the raven.

Secondly- I had Sadie do a custom altar tile of the Slavic Solar cross with a bit of a gypsy flair thrown in … I was suprised at how large the tile itself was expecting a coaster sized one .. it is so beatifully done considering I just gave her links to a few crappy pictures of what my idea was and the tile itself is large enough and thick enough to be used a was hanging for above my altar.. I may use it to put one of my many ravens on even for the Raven altar!! absolutly beatifully made with attention to detail. Sadie really captured my vision in it and the energy is incredible!!

If you’re looking for something unique and handmade (like boxes ,Altar tiles, wall plaques, even a wooden spoon for your kitchen (I am a big fan of magick in the kitchen!) ) I highly recommend Sleeping Gryphon!!

 

 

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