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Alla Kushnir (1941-2013) was a Russian-born Israeli chess Woman Grandmaster, and three times gold medallist of the Women’s Chess Olympiads, twice for Russia and once for Israel. She was also thrice challenger to Women’s World Chess Championship. 

She was outspoken in describing the pressures she received from the USSR after she started playing for Israel. After she gave up chess in her late 70s, she became a world-renowned professor of Numismatics at Tel Aviv University. 

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Slavic Polytheism and Magic Notes (1 of 5): Intro/Basics

Welcome to part 1 of 5 in my Slavic polytheism and magic 101 notes!

Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert. I’ve actually been worshipping gods from the Slavic pantheon (Veles mostly) for less than a year, so I’m very very new. However, I’m a researcher at heart, and since it can be very difficult to find reliable Slavic paganism resources in English, I decided to type up my current cited notes to make them available to others.

I will include a works cited at the end of each post, but the two resources I’m drawing from the most are: Slavic Folklore by Natalie Kononenko, and Forests of the Vampire: Slavic Myth by Charles Phillips and Michael Kerrigan.

The former is a more academic book mostly focused on Russian and Ukrainian stories and languages, the second is more of a coffee table book with condensed historical and mythological snippets, mostly Russian. “Slavic” encompasses a lot of cultures beyond these, so given the focus of my sources, these posts will obviously be limited. My posts will also be tailored to my own interests, especially Veles and death work, so if you’re looking for other information, I recommend reading these books on your own if you can.

Who can worship the Slavic pantheon or incorporate these practices into their lives?

Anyone, of any culture, race and ethnicity, sexuality, gender, etc, can respectfully learn, worship, and practice. This is an OPEN culture. I’m a QWoC who was called by Veles. Nazis fuck off.

Along those lines: some English resources for Slavic polytheism (sometimes called Rodnovery) are inaccurate and very scary, in the genocidal white supremacist sense. One such author to avoid is Dmitriy Kushnir. Please be careful.

What constitutes the Slavic ethno-linguistic geographical region?

It’s very broad, ranging from Central, Eastern, Southeastern, and Northeastern Europe, and North and Central Asia. The site of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster may have actually been the original home region of ancient Slavs (Kononenko 3).

What are the historical sources for pre-Christian Slavic beliefs?

In 988, Kievan Rus (under Prince Vladimir) formally accepted Byzantine Christianity conversion (Phillips & Kerrigan 23). The earliest known historical document in the Slavic world was compiled after this, titled the Primary Chronicle: “It covers the period from 850 to 1110 of the common era and was written in a monastery in Kyiv. The original no longer exists and we know of it from copies called the Laurentian Codex and the Hypatian Codex” (Kononenko 182).

Therefore, most beliefs prior to this only survived in writing filtered through this lens, or were passed down through storytelling, family traditions, and references in other historical documents. Piecing together the Primary Chronicle and other documents has resulted in some Slavic gods and practices being attested (182), but without much detail. Pre-Christian beliefs generally ended up merging with Christian beliefs and practices, and survived this way as well (Phillips & Kerrigan 24).

There is probably no known pre-Christian religious document depicting stories or worship of the Slavic gods. Only one “source” like this is known, The Book of Veles, translated by Kachur into English in 1973 (Kononenko 4-5), but this book is generally considered to be a forgery and not an authentic ancient document (186).

What does this mean for modern practitioners of Slavic polytheism?

Extracting lots of possibilities from tiny, incomplete snippets of information, untangling pre-Christian gods from their merging with Christian figures, learning from people’s descriptions of family traditions and magical practices, and lots of UPG!

My next (much longer) posts will be as follows:

2. Slavic Magic and Rituals: General
3. Slavic Magic and Rituals: Death Work
4. Slavic Gods and Entities: General
5. Slavic Gods and Entities: Veles

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to reblog and spread around, add information, ask questions, etc.

Works Cited

Kononenko, Natalie. Slavic Folklore: A Handbook. Greenwood Folklore Handbooks. Greenwood Press: Westport, Connecticut. 2007.

Phillips, Charles, and Kerrigan, Michael. Forests of the Vampire: Slavic Myth. Duncan Baird Publishers (text), Time-Life Books (series). Time-Life Books: BV, Amsterdam. 1999.

Table of Contents

Unless said otherwise, all original content are about spirits encountered in California.

Most updated list can be found here.

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Thank You List.

About Me/My Practice

  • Active Research
  • My Fae Connections
  • Questions For Fae
  • Divination Journal: Connecting With Local Mountains

Personal Spirit Household

  • Defrost, Atajar: x, x, x, x, x,
  • Glowtail, Lunar Siren:x, x,
  • Iron Drow: x, x, x, x, x
  • K, Vampire Wyvern: x
  • Kinnara/Mannangal Twins: x, x
  • Gwaffa, Pixiu/Pi Yao: x, x
  • Myriad Reef Merfolk: x, x
  • Shadowscale: x, x, x
  • Taixi (Qilin): x, x
  • Tentacle Cat: x, x
  • Vati and Silver: x, x, x, x, x

Household Roles

  • Barrier Maids: x

Astral/Energy Work/Spellwork/ Etc Journals

  • Grossness: Part 1, Part 2
  • Healing: x
  • Paracosm Check
  • Money Altar Notes: x

Living With Spirits

  • Aviation Industry
  • Banishing
  • Communication Tips
  • Defense: Use the Force, Luke
  • Eating Spirits
  • Have Space For Companions In Car
  • Names
  • Time Zones
  • Telepathy Process

Projects

  • Divine Wind (Research into the soul and air): x, x, x, x
  • SEA Cultural Links: x

Abusive Entities

  • O/din

Reviews:

Reviews Of My Services

My Reviews:

  • Creepy Hollows : x
  • Magickal Menagerie: x, x
  • Foxx Hollow: x,
  • Spirit Vexer: x
  • Witching Jackal: x

Species

Angels: x

Amphibians

  • Three-Legged Money Frog/Jin Chan

Astral

  • Asphodels and Translation Paper
  • California Etheric Ecosystem: x

Demons

  • Bondage Succubi/Incubi

Dragons - Master Post

  • Asian Dragon Toe Discussion
  • Chinese Lightning Dragon: x, x
  • Iron Fucanglong
  • Quartz/Glass Scale Winged Serpent Interview
  • Space/Void Leviathan
  • Verde Winged Serpents: x

Elementals

  • Barnacle Ancestor Rock Elementals
  • Crustle Hermit Crabs
  • Tire Slyphs and Tire Dragon

Invertebrae

  • Cockroach Interview
  • Fruit Flies
  • Oakland Blue Beetles: x, x, x
  • Monarch Butterflies: x, x
  • Needleblack and Needlewhite Caterpillars
  • Paint Eating Moths
  • Paper Eating Larvae: x, x, x
  • Nightmare Eating Crabs: x
  • Supplement Flies: x
  • Spiders: x
  • Starfish: x

Fae

  • Faun Masterlist
  • How Cali Merfolk Make Baby
  • Creek Merfolk: x
  • Dune Fauns: x, x, x
  • Elk Spirits: x
  • Fireoak Unicorns: x, x, x
  • Grassland Unicorns: x
  • Hive Deer: x, x, x, x, x, x, x
  • Hydration Unicorns: x
  • Kelp Merfolk: x
  • Milkweed Deer: x
  • Lunar Siren: x, x, x, x
  • Ming and Tentacle Cat (Cat Sidhe)
  • Redwood Fauns: x
  • Redwood Sirens:  x, x
  • Rocknest/Bay Siren: x, x
  • Rockdogs
  • Selkies: x,
  • Tidal Merfolk: x
  • Void Merfolk: x, x

Fandom Eregores

  • Doubles: x

Filipino Spirits

  • My Experiences
  • Sarimanok: x, x

Humans

  • As Prey: x
  • As Shadow People: x

Infohazards

  • Hysteriac Clouds

Item Spirits

  • Car
  • Paper Shredder: x

Qilin

  • Ming (Qilin) and Tentacle Cat

Mammals

  • Paint Eating Bats

Reptiles

  • Garlic Lizards

Road Spirits

  • Highway 1: x
  • El Camino Real: x, x

Whales: x

Worms

  • Pebble Worms

Zeitgeists

  • 2016/2017

Locations

Logs By Date

17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA

  • 12/27/16

Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

  • 12/1/16

Linda Mar

  • 3/20/17

Redwood Regional Park, Oakland

  • 12/17/16

Logs by Location

  • Big Basin State Park
  • Castle Rock State Park
  • Don Edwards National Estuary
  • Dillion Beach, CA
  • Lake Chabot, Oakland
  • Mount Tamalpais
  • Point Lobos, Pacific Grove, California
  • Roberts Regional Recreation Area
  • Treasure Island

Drives

  • Monterey to San Jose
  • 12/28/16
  • Driving to Point Lobos

Reblogs ———————————

Petitions/Donate

  • 350 Pacific Climate Warriors
  • Save Bats From Fossil Fuel Companies
  • Help Orcas
  • Stop Nickelodeon From Destroying Filipino Ecosystems

Afro-Diasporic Religions: x, x, x

  • On Head Marking
  • No Veve For Orisha

Animism

  • Dodo Bird
  • Disease Spirits: x, x, x, x
  • Giant Potato 
  • Flying Devil Oil
  • Fossils
  • Hospital Spirits
  • Invasive Spirits
  • Spirit Conflicts
  • Single Cell Spirits
  • Song Spirits
  • Megalodon: x
  • 8 New Witch Ghost Grandmas
  • Working With The Remains of Pets
  • Vending Machine

Astral

  • Focus Levels
  • Lepida
  • Masterlist of Travel
  • The man and the circus
  • Soul Retrieval
  • Why Clairvoyance Isn’t Everything
  • What Is Phasing

Australia

  • Adelaide City Fae
  • Field Guide to the Parklands
  • Park 14

Brazil

  • Saci Perere

California

  • Oakland Blue Beetles: x, x
  • Sacramento Fish Ghosts
  • Santa Ana River

Chinese

  • Qilin
  • Pi Yao/Pixiu:  x, x, x

Community Warnings

  • Creepy Hollows: x
  • Don’t Read This Anti-Semitic Shinto Book
  • Dmitriy Kushnir
  • Eternus Amici: x,
  • Kari Tauring

Cultural Appropriation/Decolonizing/Closed Cultures

  • Cultural Appropriation & Anthropocentrism
  • East Asian Dragons
  • Jewish Appropriation vs Appreciation
  • Misuse of Chrakas/Karma
  • Tattoos of Kali
  • Heal White Ancestors of Racism
  • Unpopular Opinion
  • Vietnamese Folk Religion 
  • Vietnamese Dragons and Magickal Menagerie
  • Vietnamese Spirits

Demons

  • Hellborn Fox Demon
  • Lady V

Dragons

  • Cloud Dragons
  • Fate Dragons
  • Javanese Dragons: x, x, x
  • Korean Dragons
  • Star Dragons
  • Wurmy Dragons
  • Void Leviathan

Eldritch

  • Eldritch Practice
  • Naming/Common Misconceptions
  • Pop Culture Investigation

Eregores/Thoughtforms

  • My School Created A God
  • Coyote Guardians
  • Texan White Supremacist Eregore

Florida

  • Avitas, Bird Land Guardian
  • Alligator Spirits
  • Butterflies:  x, x
  • Invasive Cat Spirits
  • Lake Spirit: x
  • Lunar Soldiers
  • Storm Bird
  • Toad Curse Eaters
  • Lady V/Praying Mantis Goddess

Fae

  • Appalachia
  • Arcadia
  • Amethyst
  • Bay Laurel
  • Bone Maidens: x
  • Chamomile
  • Changling
  • Fae andThe Dead
  • Fae Sidhe Frost/Snow Elementals
  • Keshali: x
  • Kallikantzaros
  • Lucxia, Fae Sidhe Winter Queen
  • Meals
  • Moon Court
  • O, the Sunflower Fae
  • Names: x, x
  • UPG About Fae Is Important
  • Winged Fae Cats: x
  • Wind Spirit Offerings
  • Unseelie: x, x

Hawaiian

  • Jennifer Lawrence Is Disrespectful Shithole
  • Native Hawaiian Commentary on Pokemon

Healing

  • Communicating With Points
  • Energy Blockages
  • Energy System Map
  • Energy System Checks
  • Healing Journey II
  • Healing Meditation II
  • Personal Healing V
  • Personal Healing VI

Himalayan

  • Everest is a Goddess, Dont Climb Her

Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork:

  • Money Pots and Prosperity Boxes
  • Zora and The Hunt for Hoodoo in New Orleans

Indonesia

  • Antaboga
  • Leak/Leyak
  • Tuyul

Invertebrae

  • Cockroach and Locusts

Humans

  • Soldier Ghosts: x, x

Kemetic

  • Abaset and Popculture Servitors
  • Amulets
  • The Heart

Land Spirits: x, x,

Lovecraftian

  • Hastur

Magic Business/Money Magic

  • How To Start
  • Money Magic

Middle East

  • Atargatis: x

Norse

  • Hati and Skoll
  • Heart Eating
  • Nornir
  • Werewolves

Philippines

  • Anito Resource List
  • Maria Makiling
  • Mayari
  • Lakapati
  • Tagalog and Bisayan Pantheon

Plants

  • Creepy Garden
  • Fog and Plant Spirits
  • Elder Trees
  • Tree Revenge

Reptiles: x

Shinto 

  • Japanese Dragons, X
  • Inari

SPACE

  • Planetary Spirits

Spirit Life

  • Checkup Spread
  • Cleansing
  • Diaro For Spirit Tracking
  • Discerning Harmful/Beneficial Spirits
  • Discerning When Mentally Ill
  • Dragon Meditation
  • Working With Local Spirits by Berrybel: x, x
  • Parasites
  • Psychic Communication
  • Learning Korean
  • Other Spirit Households: x, x, x, x
  • Schedule
  • Self Confidence/Direction
  • Spirit Learning Challenge
  • Spirits Can Eat You
  • Spirit Shop Critique/Concerns
  • Taking Child Spirits Away Is Bad Idea
  • Things To Do With Spirit Companions

Slavic

  • Bolotnik
  • Demons
  • Is It Closed?
  • Racism In Rodnovery

Theoi

  • Hades

Traditional Witchcraft

  • Ritual

Warding

  • Banishing Powder
  • Mistakes
  • Wards and Shields II
  • Warding Your Inner Space

Misc

  • Cemetery Honey
  • Beaver Computer

Aisha Syed Castro (born September 15, 1989), is a Dominican violinist and a member of the Yehudi Menuhin School orchestra.

Aisha was born in SantiagoDominican Republic, the daughter of Saifuddin Syed, of Pakistan descent and Carolina Castro. She is the second of four children. She has three siblings: one sister, Sabah, and two brothers, Kabir and Kareem.

She started studying violin and flute when she was four years old at El Hogar de la Armonia in the City of Santiago, Dominican Republic with Professor Henry Disla. Then she traveled twice a week to Santo Domingo to take classes with master Hipolito Javier Guerrero, years later becomes master student Caonex Peguero. By the age of six she was already a member of the Children’s Symphony Orchestra.

At 11 she debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra, becoming their youngest solo performer. The same year she attended a symposium on the violin at the Juilliard School in New York.

In 2002, following a two-year audition process, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School in London. She was the first Latin American to be admitted to the school. She passed all the tests and secured a scholarship from the British government.

Aisha presently resides in London, and has performed 57 concerts in Europe and the Dominican Republic.

In 2001, she performed at the National Theater in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

In 2007 she shared the stage with Michel Camilo Dominican Jazz Player at the Casandra Awards and shared a scene with pianist Jeremy Menuhin.

In 2009, she performed at the National Theater in Santo Domingo for the Casandra Awards. In March that year, she shared the stage at the Eilat Festival in Israel with performers of classical music such as violinist Julian Rachlin, Aleksey Igudessman, Pavel Vernikov and Boris Kushnir. She was directed by director and violinist Maxim Vengerov. She was later selected by Israeli composer Noam Sheriff to perform the world premiere of his Concerto Canarian Vespers, at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad in July 2009 in Gstaad, Switzerland.

As a soloist she has performed in festivals such as Claygate, Shipley, SummerRoyal Tunbridge Wells International Music, Thaxted and Bath. Her other performances include fundraising in Europe at The Leatherhead Charities, Princess Trusts, Rainbow and Save the Children. She also performed at the Royal Festival Hall a concert called “Moving Young Minds”. She performed for the Diplomatic Corps in the City of London, for the commemoration of the Independence of the Dominican Republic at the Bolivar Hall.

In January 2009, Syed won an international contest in which three thousand young people from 20 countries took part. She won the Cassandra 2009 as an International Violinist.

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