Spiders and their webs represent good luck for Ukrainians. Acceptance of spiders in the home, as with many other Ukrainian traditions, originates in legends & fairytales.
A Pavuk (spider) is a Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of straw. On Christmas Eve this wheat spider was hung on the central beam of the house. Sometimes a candle was placed under it so the rising heat would would heat the air under it making it turn around and reflect shadows on the walls. People believed that these were the shadows of the souls of passed ancestors who came for the holidays.
These beautiful geometric straw mobiles were not only a decoration, but also an amulet with the ability to capture visible and invisible evil, thus protecting the house from negative energy.
When a person was sick, or when a woman could not get pregnant, they were placed under to take away all the bad energy.
So, next time a spider decides that your home is warm and cozy, think twice before fetching a broom to sweep the webs away.
Amber amulets were worn as protection from diseases and against being killed in a battle. People believed that amber “pulled out” a disease from the body & “attracted” good luck – in the same way as it attracts small objects if you slightly rub it. It was believed that amber adornments averted misfortune, kept its owner safe from black magic, cast out devils, guarded one from the evil eye, brought luck in love, and made it’s owner stronger and cleverer. An amber necklace was placed on children to prevent kidnapping as it extends general protection to the wearer, especially children. Beaded amber necklaces are still a traditional gift for a child.
As amber is often harvested from the sea it is also associated with fertility, life and catharsis. It is alleged to relieve depression, anxiety, and promotes joy. In Latvia, bands of amber rings were used in wedding ceremonies to ensure an eternal bond. Today, amber represents renewed fidelity in marriage.
Some believed that eagles would place pieces of amber in their nests to protect them from snakes. Lumps of amber were blessed in church on the Epiphany and then used as incense. On Midsummer’s Night on the 23/24 of June (which is the shortest night of the year), and thought to have extraordinary activity of evil forces, people incensed their houses and cow-sheds to cast out evil spirits and so that witches would not harm their livestock.
In present day, medicines containing Succinic Acid have been manufactured and patented. Natural Baltic Amber has unique properties unlike any other amber in the world because it contains Succinic Acid which is a is a bio-stimulant and has been used for ages to promote healing.
Beautiful Cognac Baltic Amber set in .925 sterling silver
8.25 inches from end to end