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, especially 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 pastures, and family life, birth, marriage, and death. Rituals often included acts such as submerging something in the water, jumping over fire, and using fur coats to symbolize wealth.
Magical 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
RUSSIAN BLACK MAGIC
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.
REALM OF THE ANCESTORS
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 of rural Ukraine/ Russia and Haiti.
Author points out the connection/similarity between Haitian Vodou and the Slavic tradition of healing (witchcraft/rootwork), including honoring once ancestors as a foundation, the existence of supernatural forces, life after death, funeral traditions, and much more.
In this book, you will also find information about folk customs (traditions, beliefs), both from Slavic and Haitian traditional cultures. This information is not only a tribute to the culture of our ancestors but also an effective tool and a great source of information on primitive doctrine and dogma.
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.