Baba Yaga 4  

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IN SLAVIC MYTHOLOGY," BABA YAGA "IS THE ARCHETYPAL HAG, THE OLD WITCH, THE ANCIENT SLAVIC GODDESS OF DEATH AND REGENERATION. "BABA", IN EASTERN EUROPE, MEANS "REVERED GRANDMOTHER" OR "HOLY TEACHER." SHE IS THE WILD OLD CRONE WHO LIVES IN THE NOCTURNAL DARKNESS, FAR FROM THE WORLD OF MEN. SHE RULES OVER THE ELEMENTS AND ORDERS THE CYCLES OF NATURE. SHE IS "MOTHER TIME" HERSELF. SHE IS OFTEN DEPICTED AS LIVING IN A REMOTE FOREST IN A MAGICAL HUT WHICH IS SURROUNDED BY A FENCE OF BONES; SHE REPRESENTS THE POWER OF OLD AGE, OF WITCH, AND OF THE LIFE CYCLE THAT IS BIRTH, DEATH AND REBIRTH. SHE IS THEREFORE ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH BIRCH FORESTS.

SHE WATCHES OVER THE "WATER OF LIFE AND DEATH, "AND DESPITE HER POWERFUL APPEARANCE, SHE IS ALSO THE" EARTH MOTHER "WHO POSSESSES THE POWER OF NATURE AND ALL OF THE SEASONS. INDEED, "BABA YAGA "IS THE"GREAT G"ODDESS OF NATURE" AS WELL AS THE "GODDESS OF DEATH"....IN THE SENSE THAT DEATH IS PART OF NATURE. AS THE GODDESS OF DEATH AND BIRTH, SHE IS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH SERPENTS AND DRAGONS. ALTHOUGH SHE IS FEARSOME TO LOOK UPON, LIKE ALL FORCES OF NATURE THAT ARE OFTEN WILD AND UNTAMED, SHE CAN ALSO BE KIND. ALTHOUGH SHE IS ESSENTIALLY REGARDED AS A FEMALE DEITY, SHE IS EQUALLY AT HOME IN THE WORLD OF MEN AND CARRIES A WAND WITH WHICH SHE CAN TRANSFORM HERSELF AT WILL.

SHE IS A POWERFUL FIGURE TO WOMEN OF ALL AGES, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE PAST THE AGE OF REPRODUCTION. WE MEET HER EACH DAY AS PARTS OF US DIE AND IN EVERY SITUATION OF LOSS--JOBS, RELATIONSHIPS, ETCH. SHE IS THE REFLECTION OF OUR SHADOW, OUR DARK SIDE, AND IT IS THROUGH HER THAT WE CAN HOPE TO BE REBORN. DEALING WITH "BABA YABA" MEANS WE HAVE TO BE IN TOUCH WITH OUR OWN LIFE FORCE, AND AS FOR AS LONG AS WE ARE HOSTILE TO HER, SHE WILL BE HOSTILE TO US, BUT TO THE PURE AT HEART, SHE OFFERS ADVICE, WISDOM, AND MAGICAL GIFTS.

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