The pagan charms of the Slavs — the meaning and interpretation of symbols
The ancient Slavs used charms to protect themselves, loved ones and their homes from various threats. In each case, the symbol was selected individually, depending on age and gender, goals. He could be put on clothes, made small amulets.
It was not just a beautiful accessory, but a talisman, the loss of which meant a bad omen. For many years I have been studying the Slavic charms, in the article I will talk about the most powerful of them.
Old Slavic charms for the stronger sex were aimed at preserving health and luck. They looked pretty laconic and simple.
The symbol was put on clothes, weapons, or a metal talisman was made. The things that a close woman did — mother, daughter, sister, or wife — were most powerful.
It was believed that the guardian is able to return a man from the battlefield alive.
It is a symbol of the patron of cattle breeding and poetry, Velez was the second most important god in the pantheon after Perun. Externally, the amulet looked like a bear’s paw, inside of which there was an ornate pattern.
The symbol was aimed at enhancing luck, protection of activities related to the weather — fishing, hunting, farming. The loss of the Seal of Veles meant the approach of serious misfortunes.
The most common amulet among the Slavs. Gave a man courage in battle, defended from death. There was a sign reminiscent of the Celtic symbol of the sun, only the number of rays is different.
When they died on the battlefield, Kolyadnik was always burned along with the warrior.
Gromovik and Grozovik
These are two similar talismans that gave boys and men, respectively. It was believed that the symbol enhances valor and courage, and also makes a person more resilient. Amulets were more often used in families where there were warriors.
Externally, it is represented by a simple pattern of three suppressed lines.
Preserved in honor of the patron saint of thunder and lightning, externally presented with a hammer with patterns. It was believed that the symbol brought the man protection and gave strength.
He helped to stand on the battlefield, to protect the earth from enemies. After death, the amulet was always left with the deceased, for help from adversity in another world.
Women’s amulets differed a large number of small parts. You can always find a lot of points, intricate lines and circles on them. Were aimed at preserving the family hearth, health and help in the birth of children.
They were embroidered on casual clothes, worn as decoration.
The most popular guardian of female happiness and love. The outlines of this symbol for a long time used for framing kokoshnikov. Helped find the other half, have a baby.
Preserved Lunnitsa and today is actively used as earrings, but for the Slavs such an accessory could allow only warriors, wealthy people.
Star of Lada
The amulet served as a symbol of respect for Lada — the Slavic goddess of love, beauty and home warmth. Helped a woman to maintain its attractiveness, protected from evil eyes and spoilage.
In some families, it was given to young girls for a successful search for a husband.
The guardian was used only by women who wanted to have children. In addition, it was believed that the amulet gave strength during childbirth and helped to conceive a healthy child.
After birth, the talisman was left to protect the newborn from the evil eye, damage and ailments.
Symbol of a goddess patronizing weaving, crafts and fate. Was considered the mother of the harvest, so the amulet was very popular because of the widespread agriculture.
The talisman was worn only by married women for protection and family happiness. More often Makosh used for drawing on clothes.
Amulet for family and home
Slavs paid great importance to the protection of the house. Charms hung on the wall or hid on the floorboard.
They were designed to protect against evil spirits, natural disasters and damage.
Popular today sign to protect the house from evil spirits, thieves. Alatyr was always hung over the entrance door, it was believed that the loss of the amulet threatened with serious disasters.
It looks like a star, framed in a circle.
Charm is presented in the form of a small doll. This amulet today is made for the birth of a child.
When creating the symbol, it was forbidden to use sharp objects; on top of the doll they tied it with a thin red cloth. It is impossible to draw a face, and also to designate any sexual signs.
It was believed that he saves the baby from ailments, protects from damage.
This symbol was prepared by the parents of the newlyweds, and then laid on the bed after the wedding. It was believed that the guard protects against parting and disagreement.
The sign can not be worn spouse separately, as well as embroider it on clothes. After the appearance of the first child, the amulet was hidden in the most secure place in the house.
This is a universal sign of the ancient Slavs, symbolizing the movement of the sun. According to legends, he possessed tremendous power, saved a man from harm, helped to preserve his vitality. Embroidered on clothing or used for application to the body.
Kolovrat popular today as a pattern for tattoos.
- Amulets actively used Slavs to protect themselves and their homes. They were put on the body, clothes, used as accessories — talismans, earrings, amulets.
- The most famous men’s charms of our ancestors are the Seal of Veles, Kolyadnik, Sekir Perun. They brought courage, gave strength and courage.
- Women used the symbols Lunnitsa, Star of Frets, Mokos. Their main task was the preservation of beauty, family warmth and assistance in childbirth.
- Various signs were used to protect the home, family. These include Swedebnik, Kolovrat, Alatyr.
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