When you look in the mirror, you're looking at that perfect reflection of yourself! The reflection has been passing down from generation to generation. Each time, it has been reshaping and getting better and better. This face of ours is perfection within its highest form. From the time of our very first Ancestors to that of our mothers and fathers today, it has been reshaping to this very face.
Take a look at your face and ask yourself, why should you show honor and respect to the Ancestors that came before you or all of the sacred Spirits? Now, think of your children, or those who will be here, in this place, where you are standing right now after you've transcended to the hereafter. Would you like them to forget this image which you're looking at?
Ιn Old way witchcraft, we honor our ancestors, ourselves, and the spirits.
Natasha Helvin is an author, an occultist, hereditary witch, and priestess in the traditional Caribbean religion. She is a passionate researcher of tradition/religion and simply a woodland creature who feeds on folklore and magic!
Natasha is also involved in researching the paranormal. She uses her gift to communicate and help bring answers and relief to people. She has traveled worldwide to help people deal with the grief of loved ones and receive messages from Spirits, which bring a sense of peace and help cleanse the place.
Having a passion for discovery, learning, and listening, Natasha also passionate about clinical psychology. Her empathy for and understanding of others strengthens her ability to persevere in psychology with heightened curiosity regarding mental disorders' genetic nature. It has enhanced her awareness of others who struggle with schizophrenia and personality disorders.
Natasha grew up in the Soviet state, in a secluded small village, amongst dense woodland and endless rivers, until she was 18. With a deep-rooted connection to the mysterious natural world, Natasha inherited her passion for magic (manipulation of the energies) from her mother and previous generations. She learned from her family the ancient secrets of magic (manipulation of the energies), healing, and the boundless potential of the human Spirit. As a child, Natasha saw her grandmother and mother use magic (manipulating the energies) in their everyday lives to help neighbors, friends, and anyone simply seeking help. She spent a lot of her time when she was a child in the underbrush, searching for wild berries, "befriending" ancient trees and forest spirits, exploring ruins covered in moss and ivy – elements that unsurprisingly Natasha blends into her magical work and are still present today.
Natasha does not believe in karma, dogma, or divine judgment. All these come from monotheistic religions, and Witchcraft (Universal laws of Nature) is not!
In fact, not theism at all! It transcends the definition of religion! Religion necessarily involves worshipping someone. In this case, the more correct term will be a worldview. Witchcraft is a system of certain theoretical and practical knowledge based on universal laws. Worldview, which relies on studying objective laws and not slipping into vague, debilitating statements such as "God works in mysterious ways."
Is the philosophy of action, not passivity.
Society and religion have conditioned and instructed us about what is right and what is wrong, what is real and what is false, to the point that we have forgotten a fundamental truth: all life is full of mystery, and the only way to understand it is to learn about the mystery.
In Witchcraft, we do not worship, worshiping in fact, contradicts the essence of Witchcraft, but instead, we honor!
What Natasha does believe in is your ability to change the world by starting from within yourself.
She believes that you can bring forth peace by first learning to love and appreciate yourself and your ancestors. She believes that rules are not arbitrary but made by you in accordance with your own beliefs. She adheres to the wisdom of her own voice because she knows the greatest gift in the universe is free will—ultimate and omnipotent— bound only by love and ameliorated by the practice of magic.
Natasha Helvin's books
“Russians brought Christianity and Paganism together to that extent, where it was difficult to say which one prevailed in such mixture.
Christianity – accepted within itself the pagan origins, or paganism, which swallowed the Christian dogma.”
Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord, XV century
In Russia, Christianity and Paganism constantly struggled with each other to dominate the popular consciousness, but in an odd way these two belief systems also complemented each other.
The baptism of Russia happened forcefully. In fact, there were three separate attempts to convert Russia to Christianity, and they all failed. People didn’t want to accept a new faith that was significantly different from paganism, and with good reason. Authorities were trying to manipulate the most sacred and intimate thing a person has: his faith.
Christian saints began to replace pagan gods, but the old gods were always there, hiding underneath.
This led to the creation of a unique “dual faith” phenomenon that still persists.
There is no reason to categorize the mixture as good or bad. Its existence simply shows the originality and uniqueness of Russian culture. To this day, every part of our lives is infused with the remnants of paganism, even though more than a thousand years have passed!
Magic played an important role in the lives of Eastern Slavs, espe- cially peasants. It was impossible to do anything without it. It was widely used in medicine, as sorceresses used spells and charms, often combined with worldly practices, as well as medicinal plants or psychotherapy. Water, fire, and eggs were highly esteemed by the Russian sorceresses.
Magic was also an important part of calendar rituals related to the household, agriculture, sowing, harvesting, moving livestock to pas- tures, and family life, birth, marriage, and death. Rituals often included acts such as submerging something in water, jumping over fire, and using fur coats to symbolize wealth.
A magic work or a magic ritual is a construction of astral spiritual forms, a framework for future events. The building material for this framework is the energy of natural elements such as Earth, Fire, Water, and Air, and the tool for its construction is your will, faith, and imagination.
Magic is a special kind of energy. To split a rock with a hammer, you must raise and lower the hammer many times with force. In other words, you have to allocate and use energy. It is this energy that destroys the rock, not the hammer. That energy comes from your arm and hand. Magic is something like this energy, but it comes from your mind
In this book, I will present the foundations of the belief system and occult practiced by blasphemers and heretics.
The text considers the main components of the faith: questions about the forces and people’s relationships with them, the creation of the world, moral values, religious practices, attitudes toward various social institutions, and so on. The purpose of this book is to familiarize all those who are interested in the teachings of Russian black mages as it has been passed on through mage communities for generations.
Witchcraft is a system of certain theoretical and practical knowledge based on universal laws. This system of knowledge enables mages to influence others. There are many different systems of witchcraft in the world, but likely the most well known and effective is the witchcraft tradition that has developed over the past two millennia based on Christianity, the world’s dominant religion. At the heart of this witchcraft, tradition is the confrontation between good and evil (God and the devil).
Russian black magic is cerebral and philosophical, a studied practice of intellectual arts and the manifestation of the human Will. It is for those who are curious about the unknown, rather than those who fear mysteries and taboos.
From the beginning of time, all cultures have had mystical traditions, secret teachings, and myths explaining the nature of the world. Many of these myths were dichotomies that divided the world into cosmic and chthonic forces: the light gods of heaven and the dark gods of the underworld. The forces of the original universe were projected onto heaven and earth and took on forms native to those places. A way to think about this is that there is a tree with two sets of branches; the first set of branches grew in heaven, and the second set grew in the underworld. Each group had its own hierarchy, fulfilled a role in the universe, and guarded secrets. Both sets of branches were made of intelligent spiritual beings—angels in the upper world, demons in the underworld—each with a name, personal characteristics, a particular form, and a seal. The different branches are all of one tree trunk. The different paths, spirits, and demons of witchcraft are all connected to one concept and one concept only: the manipulation and manifestation of the human will.
This book examines the material of traditional Slavic culture associated with archaic ideas about death, the dead and their posthumous existence, the soul and the afterlife, funeral and memorial rituals, folklore sources, and everyday beliefs.
On the basis of this material, some general hypotheses are put forward about the typological nature of Slavic paganism and its relation to the Christian tradition (the so-called "dual faith"). The author proposes the concept of a ceremony as a non-verbal message with its own laws of construction and a distinctive kind of poetics.
In addition to describing the pagan mythological image of the Slavic world, part of the book is devoted to the Christian Orthodox tradition of church commemoration of the dead.
Also, the author talks about how the actions of distant ancestors continue to influence our destiny. She answers the most important question: is it possible to change what, in the most literal sense, is "written in someone's bloodline"?
In this book, the author conveys that the ability to learn from mistakes and improve is the basis of both biological and spiritual evolution. One of the most important human tools to help you do this is paying attention to your destiny topic.
"We study nature and gods, natural sciences and history, comprehend the past, and see the future. We see and know this world as the flow of information processes and energy connections. We learn to foresee patterns and uncertainties and manipulate the energy around us. But we forget about our ancestors.
Remembrance is the tribute that we all must pay to those who brought us into this life, to those who passed on our character traits, talents, and patterns of behavior: our complexions, and eye color, hair, and, in many ways, our destiny.
Many people in the West do not even know who their ancestors are because they are not taught to consider it important. Many people cannot even call their great-grandfathers by their first names!
In Haitian Vodou culture as well as in Slavic Old world tradition, knowing the dead and communicating with them, whether they be their biological ancestors or their spiritual (clan) ancestors, is a very important part of everyday life. Ancestors are always present.
Practitioners/Believers always remember that they live and breathe thanks to those who came before.
One common proverb is, "If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors."
Your roots define your existence. They shape your world and your actions. They are what make you YOU, say certain things, and hold on to certain beliefs. No matter how you try to escape from them, you will never be able to. It's like running away from yourself. You will only enslave your subconsciousness and consciousness to someone's doctrine, which will never be in your favor. You will find yourself restricted by your own actions. You are you, and you have to make sure that you are the main reason for your existence. You must be your own source of inspiration.
Everyone needs to understand the mechanism by which a person's ancestry influences him—it's essential for those who have magical abilities (psychic) or ambitions.
In the shamanic tradition, the first thing a practitioner must do is establish a relationship with an ancestor's spirit. To study how energy circulates among people and how the forces of life and death work, it is advisable to start with what you can closely and carefully observe, that is, your ancestral system. It is essential in the modern world when the transmission of magical tradition (beliefs) in many cases has been interrupted, and a mixture of different traditions/religions all blend together, sadly often contradicting each other.
In this case, someone having great power and little knowledge can lead to serious mistakes that harm the person himself and his loved ones and his descendants".