Unisex Baba Yaga Skull Ring in Sterling Silver

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Unisex Baba Yaga Skull Ring in Sterling Silver

200.00

METAL: Sterling Silver

DIMENSIONS: Skull element is approx. 14mm x 11.6mm, the total height with jaw is 17.8mm. Each band is approx. 2.25 x 2.5mm, for a total band width of 4.5mm. 

FINISH: Mirror Polish, Brushed Satin, or Hammered (band only)

SIZE: Custom created for you in your size, requiring approximately 2 - 4 weeks lead time (4.5 is our sample size, which ships fastest as it requires the least amount of custom alteration)

SHIPPING: Ships via Canada Post Priority Service with 2 - 3 day delivery standards, tracking, signature, and insurance

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The first in a series dedicated to the Slavic Baba Yaga "Old Forest Witch", favourites from my childhood. She lives in a house that has no windows or doors, moves around on chicken feet, and has a fence made of human bones and skulls. Admittedly, these stories are terrifying, but at their root, in the oldest tellings, they describe the importance of trusting our intuition, acting upon our Free Will (a sacred concept related to The Norns and Destiny), and fostering a connection to our Ancestors.

Ancestor veneration at *it's* root is an acknowledgement that we are connected to our ancestors many, many generations into the past, and many, many generations into the future. We are ancestry in motion. When we stand still and ask ourselves, "How would my ancestors feel in this situation? What would they want me to decide? How would my children's children's children want me to take action?", we are generating continuity. This is what it means to be part of a collective in the broader sense.

The concept of Baba Yaga is deeply connected to the Scandinavian/Germanic Huldra, Skogsrå, and En Der Hüsker (One Who Remembers), forest witches all, and therefore intimately connected to Nature. This story is also a wild, raw prototypical version of Cinderella. As fear of "witches" grew, so did the ferocity of the Baba Yaga stories. The oldest known use of the word witch is the photo-germanic wikkjaz (necromancer/one who wakes the dead). In other words, one who considers the Ancestors as part of our human continuum.

The oldest European laws supporting the rooting out of witches are Roman, and date to Circa 300 BC. The oldest laws forbidding the use of witchcraft are the Laws of Ælfred, Circa 890 AD, and they specifically refer to holy women who use plant or spirit medicine to help or hinder. That we still talk about Baba Yaga, and love/hate her, speaks volumes about her place in our world right now. Turns out that 2,400 years of suppression didn't make one ounce of difference.