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Weekly Goddess Inspiration: Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga might be one of my favorite Goddesses/female figures from folklore. I love the image of the wild-haired Baba Yaga, living in her house perched on chicken feet, embodying all our stereotypes of the witch. The "eating children" part I'm not as down with, but I get how that is part and parcel of her image. I've been fascinated with images of witches since I was a child, and even today as a Witch myself, I collect images and figures of witches of all different kinds.

What I also love about Baba Yaga is that, in her guise as a witch, she embodies some of humanity's deepest fears. And perhaps the biggest fear we have is change.


Baba Yaga, by Kris Waldherr

My life has been in a lot of flux these past weeks, and so it seems appropriate that the Goddess send me a reminder to embrace change. Coupled with Berchta's message about destiny from my last entry, I'm taking this as a message that I have to trust that what's coming my way is for my highest good, and that I'll be able to surf the waves and navigate the shoals. It is perhaps no coincidence that many of the stories surrounding Berchta and those associated with Baba Yaga have common themes. These two Crone Goddesses, in many ways fearsome and dangerous, are also the Goddesses that help us find our path.

Some questions to ponder this week:

What is changing in my life right now?

What changes would I like to make in my life?

How can I support myself in navigating change?

How can I ask others to support me in navigating change?

What scares me about change?

What excites me about change?

How can I care for myself in the midst of change?

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Susan Harper is an eclectic solitary Feminist Witch from Irving, Texas. She is a professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies, with a focus on gender, religion, and sexuality. She is also an activist, community educator, and writer. When she's not making magick or fomenting social change, Susan is the head soapmaker, herbalist, and aromatherapist for Dreaming Priestess Creations. She shares her life with her partner, Stephanie, five cats, and two guinea pigs.


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