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The Roots of Slavic Magic: Finding Our Way Back to Balance
by Patricia Robin Woodruff

What the cuckoo clock has to do with the Slavic goddess of water, why roosters are traditionally on weathervanes and what Slavic Pagan beliefs have to do with the Phila. Mummers Parade are just some of the fascinating things that have been discovered in this study of Slavic Paganism. By incorporating modern studies of petroglyphs, archeological sites, and looking at secret magical traditions carried on for millennia, new light is shed on these ancient beliefs. This is a pivotal work that will become an essential reference book for anyone interested in the Slavic Deities and its deep magic. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
Why this book is different

Online, you will find the same information on the Slavic gods copied over and over again. It is important to understand where much of the information that currently exists on the Slavic religion came from. The pagans themselves had no written records. Most information on the Slavic religion has been drawn from the same sources, written records by the male monks and priests who came into the region around Middle Ages. So let’s take a look at that time…

It was around the y...

Chapter 2
Introduction by Patricia Robin Woodruff

My maternal ancestry is a small cultural group identified as Lemko, or under the umbrella term of Ruthenian, Galician, Carpatho-Rusyn (26) or “White Russian.” The Lemko people live in the Carpathian Mountains gathered in a few towns that have their own distinct culture. Over the centuries, their towns were taken over by one country and then another. When my ancestors came to the US, they were recorded as coming from Galicia, Austria, they considered themselves Ukrainian, but th...

Chapter 3
Looking at it in a new light

We’ve been drawing from the commonalities of the Slavic culture from Poland to Kazakhstan and up into Russia, what if we go back further to see *their* influences? Around the center of the Slavic areas we have the Neolithic Trypillian culture going back to about 4,800 BCE and existing for almost 3,000 years, into the Bronze Age. From archeological statues we can tell they undoubtedly worshipped a mother goddess. The evidence shows they were very egalitarian: there was almost no ...

Chapter 4
The geography of the spiritual realms

The terms Prav, Jav, and Nav (Prava, Iava, Nava) are often used by modern Rodnovers and the self identified “Old Believers.”  Prav is the Spirit World, Jav is the physical world that we live in, and Nav is the Underworld. The terms would seem to originate in the questionable literary source, the Book of Veles, however, the concepts are a good way to describe the world of the seen and unseen. You can certainly use these terms if they work for you, but so as not to give...

Chapter 5

“...we have many helpers on the land, and in the water, granting us good hunting in the forests, and with its abundance providing food and pelts to Moscow, the Horde and faraway lands. Our gods reveal to us the magic mysteries...” - Pagan priest Pama (14th century)

It was written in the Middle Ages that the pagans on the banks of the Black Sea worshipped “idols” “with fire, water, trees, a stone and golden woman-figure, and shaman, and wizard, and wood.”...

Chapter 6
The Gods (Bogu)

15  November, 2016 (Full moon - Super Moon) Entry from Patricia Robin Woodruff’s Book of Depth:

“Journeyed down my DNA staircase.  Baba Boyo was spinning by the fire and I sat on the floor on a cushion… I asked about the gods...  She told me that the gods were just more in touch with their Spirit essence, like an elder, knowing more, or a master craftsman having much more skill.  It was good to be on friendly terms because they could do more and swift...

Chapter 9

Siva - (Sivve, Siwa, Sieba, Siba, Siua, Shiwa, Syeba, Živa, Živena, Žemina, Żiwia, Zhiva, Zhivy, Zhizni, Zywye, Zywya, Zhywie, Razivia, Diva, Deva, Divača, Dsiva, Dziva, Deuača)

Siva is a very primal goddess and you need to understand her to grasp many other gods and goddesses. She is the goddess of the life-force. Her lore is much hazier, which would seem to indicate an earlier origin. Her name means “living, being, existing.” (1) Polish schol...

Chapter 10

Siebog (Devač, Devačo, Dovač, Devar, Devin, Dievas, Dievs)

Not much seemed to be recorded on this god, which is very misleading because he is incredibly important.  I could find mentions of him in his pairing with the goddess; mentions of Siva and Siebog or the variations of their name, Deva and Devač.  The recognition of Devač/Siebog seemed to have withered simply to an oft repeated summary of “the god of love and marriage.” However, the current concept ...

Chapter 11
Mat Zemla

"All that is alive - is a sign of the earth's kindness. Every earth born object is full to the brim with life's strength, granted by mother earth. Tree, flower, stone, and man - all from the earth. They are all full of earth's power, although in each, the power is of various shape and form." - M. Gimbutiene

Mat Zemla (maat ZEM-lah) - (Matka Ziemia, Matka Ziema, Matka Zeme, Matkę Ziemię, Matki Ziemi, Mati Syra Zemlya, Mati Zemlya, Zemynele, Zemyna, Žemina, Zemes maate, ...

Chapter 12

Triglav (TRIG-lahv) - (Triglava, Triglavu, Triglov, Troglav, Triglaous, Triglaus, Trigelawus, Triglous, Trihlav, Tribogov, Trygław, Trygłow, Tryglav, Trdoglav, Trziglov, Troian, Troyan, Trajan)

Triglav means “three-headed.”   This deity is especially revered by the Western Slavs.  Triglav is supposed to have his throne on the top of the highest mountain named after him in Slovenia.  The mountain is located in Triglav Natio...

Chapter 13

Some researchers assert that there’s no proof of a white god, Bialobog, despite pairs of mountains being named after Bialobog and Czarnobog, the black god.  I agree with them to the extent that I believe Bialobog and Czarnobog were simply titles for the gods who presided over these two parts of the year.  

Bialobog (bee-AH-LOO-boog) - (Bialbog, Bialun, Biel-Bog, Bielobog, Bielboh, Bilobog, Belbog, Belobog, Belbuk, Belbog, Bel Bog, Belun, Belye Bogi...

Chapter 14

He is known as the “Black God” (chorna, czarna, zerni, zrini, all meaning “black.”)(1) His reign is about October 26 until he “dies” and is transformed to Bialabog on May 6th. It is said that Chernobog can shape change to a black dog.(2) He is seen in Fantasia as the dark figure rising over the mountain in the Night at Bald Mountain scene. There Czarnobog calls the spirits, witches, dragons, werewolves and all the crea...

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