Baba Yaga has been socially misaligned as the wicked witch in the woods that eats children for a long while now and she still remains as the infamous dark creature featuring in Russian pantomimes. Baba has interesting associations that belong to her story such as a house with chicken legs and a mortar and pestle that she fly’s around in. There is much Mythology regarding this Old Crone of the forest but most tales all agree that Baba is very wise and likes to test people for their own growth.
The Psycho drama Goddess: Baba Yaga sometimes appears with ghastly features this can certainly act as, a type of ‘mirror’ pointing out to us that we alone cannot see beyond the surface of things. This wild Hag is not beyond shape shifting; Baba could appear as a delightful looking woman which would appeal more to the judgmental eyes of the community but by choosing to appear as crazed, old, wild and disgusting – Baba teaches us a very valid lesson. Any of us who are repulsed by her appearance, may find in our own heart that we ourselves carry shame, by way of shunning ourselves or others brandishing them as the dark places that must be banished and denied.
Therefore Baba Yaga’ magick is guarded by our own disgust and clambering after superficial appearances and failing to penetrate to the deeper truth of things. Do we judge ourselves or others when we perceive ugliness? Can we see ourselves and others ‘truthfully’?
Due in part to Baba Yaga being shunned from the community, as a Goddess she has cultivated her mighty magickal powers in the wildest of places and terrains, where humans do not dwell. It is within these places, held in ones own psyche, that Baba Yaga really flourishes and empowers. For her magick lends itself well to the empathic human suffering of such a misgiving. Baba’s magick is best suited then to those that understand the deeper more penetrating truths of the heart - having experienced devastating disapproval, been outcast or having had their own powers stripped from them and then been cast off by others much like an empty carcass. Baba is the epitome of how as a Wild Woman/Man we can all flourish and cultivate our own unique personal power which need not be reliant or modelled on the communities that we dwell in. With Baba’s help we find our own unique voice our own wild dance as we deeply let go of the need for others approval.
To work with Baba Yaga magickally we call her power in from the wild untouched forest with earnest and ask her to heal and restore us from within. Baba Yaga emanates as a wild joyous tidal stream of magickal energy so we like to invite Baba Yaga around for dinner ‘quite often’ as a way to encourage her into our lives…..
Spirit feeding as Goddess worship
This Goddess likes to be fed and have a drink more than any other God we honour here at Child of Bones! so if you want to encourage Baba in from the wild here’s some tips we have learnt that Baba loves the most!
Baba Yaga is very fond of luscious rich food - she likes a feast. If you intend to feed her then offer a small plate that can barely hold the abundant offerings. Baba adores - freshly ground coffee, rich chocolate, butter, tobacco, flower pollen, sweets, cakes, and rum anything of these appeals to this wild Goddess of the deepest jungle and forests.
Baba likes a tipple so if you pour her Rum (her personal favourite) - don’t water it down and allow her to drink deeply! You can add chopped up chilli to the glass, she likes strong & spicy combinations. When we feed Baba Yaga we light a tea light candle and tell Baba that when the tea light candle had burned down her ritual feeding will be complete. When the feast has ended we take Baba’s food outdoor’s, we pour the rum on the Earth and leave the food offerings on the ground for the local foxes to enjoy a bit of decedent recycling.