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Baba Yaga Grandmother Ritual

January 20 is Baba Den or Grandmother’s Day for the Goddess Baba Yaga.  The following ritual can be used to connect with Baba Yaga in her aspect as helper and wise woman.   The best time of day to connect with Baba Yaga is noon. Her planet is the Sun and Her element is fire.   

  

You will need:

  1.  Offering of tobacco, black tea or a jigger of vodka
  2.  1 Purple candle for Baba Yaga
  3.  1 Candle for yourself, in a color of your choice
  4.  Oil for Dressing the Candles (Ginger, Rosemary, Clove or Petit grain)
  5.  Bowl of water
  6.  6 Small Stones
  7. Incense Burner and charcoal disc
  8.  Incense made with sunflower petals (if available), bay leaves, and /or copal  - be sure to grind the incense in your Mortar and Pestle. It is sacred to Baba Yaga and her principle means of transportation, She rides through the sky in Her Mortar and steers with Her pestle.

                                             As you grind chant:  Baba Yaga, Baba Yaga, Baba Yaga

   Cast your Circle in the usual way.    

 

Light the charcoal and place it in the incense burner.  Once it is glowing red hot, add your incense.  Continue to add incense throughout the entire ritual.

 

 Place the bowl of water and the stones in the center of the Altar directly in front of you.

 

 Carve “Baba Yaga” on the purple candle and anoint it with the oil.  You may also carve symbols meaningful to you on the candle if you wish.  As you are dressing and blessing your candle chant:

Baba Yaga, Baba Yaga, Baba Yaga

 

 Light the Baba Yaga candle and place it on the left side of the bowl of water.  Say something like:

 I call upon the power of the Ancient Grandmother Baba Yaga.  I invite you into my Circle. I honor you with these gifts. 

 

Place your offerings in the center of the Altar in front of the Baba Yaga candle.

 

Carve your name or sigil on the candle that represents you and anoint it with the oil.  As you are dressing and blessing your candle, chant your name.

 

Light the candle that represents you and place it at the farthest right corner of your Altar.  Say something like:  This candle represents your name.   Baba Yaga I wish to draw closer to You and experience your wisdom.

 

Baba Yaga, Baba Yaga!

 I search for you in the birch forest.

I journey to your house

That stands on chicken feet,

At the edge of the underworld.

 Drop one pebble in the bowl of water and move your candle a little closer to the Baba Yaga candle.

 

Teach me the ways of the Crone.

The ways of releasing and drawing,

The ways of living and dying.

The ways of strength and yielding.

 Drop one pebble in the bowl of water and move your candle a little closer to the Baba Yaga candle.

 

You are the wild woman,

You are untamed and unapologetic.

Teach me your ways,

I am ready to learn

Drop one pebble in the bowl of water and move your candle a little closer to the Baba Yaga candle.

 

I stand before your hut,

And bravely face the door.

Within lies your oven,

Of death and rebirth.

 Drop one pebble in the bowl of water and move your candle a little closer to the Baba Yaga candle.

 

I agree to burn away

All that is a burden.

Burn away in your oven

Of  death and rebirth.

 Drop one pebble in the bowl of water and move your candle a little closer to the Baba Yaga candle.

 

My spirit is reborn.

My wild heart beats.

We rise above the forest

In your chariot that is a mortar.

 

Take a few moments to experience your connection to Baba Yaga.  Listen to whatever She may have to say to you.  Her words may come to you as a vision, or as a scent, or as a bird singing.  Pay attention to everything around you, for all is Divinity.

 

When you are finished thank Baba Yaga for joining you.  Extinguish the candles and open the Circle. Take the offering outside and pour or place it on the ground.

 

Rowan Morgana 2014

 

 

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