Baba Yaga & the Rusalka: Harvest & Fertility in Slavic myth - A HexFest 2019 Workshop with Yeshe Matthews
August 9 to 11, 2019 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel Presented by Brian Cain, Christian Day, and the Witches of New Orleans


Baba Yaga & the Rusalka: Harvest & Fertility in Slavic myth

Featuring Yeshe Matthews

Saturday, August 10

3:15 pm

St Ann Cottage 2 [map]

Full Schedule

As witches, we know that life and death are two sides of the same coin - a spectrum of experience. The Maiden of Spring is the Crone of Winter, and the queen of night is reborn as the daughter of morning. Within each life, these variations of experience are also present. We turn to the Slavic myths of the Rusalka and Baba Yaga in this workshop to examine the mixed blessings and challenges of life, death, and rebirth in the Wheel of Life.

There are many who believe in reincarnation, and many who just don't know if anything happens after death at all. Yet in your single lifetime, how many lives have you really lived? Through the lens of Baba Yaga and the Rusalka, we will work through a series of questions and exercises to identify the seasons of our lives and crystallize the lessons of each season, making sense from things that may have previously seemed inscrutable. We'll call upon the wisdom of the crone within, and invoke the laughter of the inner maiden, as we examine our own tides and cycles of free will and destiny.

Workshop explorations will include:

  • unpacking the myths of Baba Yaga and the Rusalka
  • learning a framework for understanding the many lifetimes contained within a single lifetime
  • locating our timeless wisdom and the birthright of our joy, reconnecting fragile or broken threads in our wholeness
  • making offerings and pouring libations to the Goddess, celebrating her many ages and forms

"If I should not return, let my brother sow the seed next Spring. As the moss shrouds my bones, so will I enrich the Earth. One morning, go into the field and take a rye-stalk in your hand, kiss it as you would your beloved. I will live on in the sheaves of grain." -World War II Polish Soldier's song

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