December 8, 2020

When the days are short and the nights are long and cold, we can party like the ancient Slavs - with goat costumes, fortune-telling dumplings, sheaves of wheat that house the ancestors, and food for the dead. Read more

November 30, 2020

Imagine walking through a dense wood in the Carpathian mountains when you see a large hairy creature in the thick undergrowth. Was it a bear? Was it Bigfoot? What you are encountering is much more magical than even than the elusive Sasquatch. You have been fortunate enough to meet Chuhaister, the grandfather of the woods. Read more

May 4, 2020

Meet the rusalky, the complex, trickster water spirits of Ukrainian lore. These beautiful female spirits can bless fields but the can also lure the unwary or disrespectful to their doom - sometimes by playfully tickling them to death. Weaving wreaths, floating them on water for divination, and playing erotic games in the woods and fields keep them appeased and can prevent them from pulling you down to a watery grave. Read more

April 2, 2020

While many people are familiar with the intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs, there are also eggs dyed a single color called krashanky which are meant to be eaten to unlock their magic. In the oldest traditions, these eggs were dyed a rich terracotta red and represent the life-giving blood of the mother and amplify the vitality of the sun's magic. Learn how to make these magical talismans which can be used to empower oneself, bless the family, connect to the spirit realm and honor the ancestors. Read more

March 17, 2020

You’ve only heard the stories of Baba Yaga turning princes into stone and eating helpless little children? Well, then you’ve only heard half of the tale, my dear. Only half of the tale, and as the old saying goes, “the most interesting part of the story is the part they never tell you.” Read more

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