This beautiful handmade terracotta pot is perfect for any plant ally that you wish to seek to invoke wisdom from. The pot is ideal for decorative deciduous and flowering plants, suitable for herbs and vegetables. The clay pot has thick walls that protect plant roots from rapid changes in temperature, making the product suitable for decorating balconies and terraces. It could also be used to hold incense sticks, ritual tools, candles or whatever else you wish.
In Slavic tales in particular, notes Margaryta Golovchenko, hedgehogs are the keepers of knowledge and order and embodiments of magical power: “The Slovenian duhovin, for instance, is a version of the bewitched child, possessing special abilities and qualities, and appearing with the body of an animal such as a snake, hedgehog, or raven. And, in the Soviet animated film Ezhik v tumane /Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), Hedgehog is the bridge between the conscious and the dream world, evoking sympathy from the audience as they watch him lost in a thick mist, chasing after the mirage of a white horse in the clouds.
“Perhaps the infrequency of hedgehogs in other cultural stories speaks to a unique characteristic of Slavic culture — the stereotypically cold exterior of the Slavic people gives way to a wise and kind nature. Initially, the hedgehog’s kind personality might seem difficult to find under his intimidating façade. For the persistent reader who takes the time to discover more about him in Slavic tales, however, the hedgehog serves as a reminder that wisdom, kindness, and courage come in various forms.”
In the Balkan Slavic and Belarusian folklore, the wise hedgehog (along with the tortoise) sometimes appears as the animal capable of finding the raskovnik, a magic plant that could be used to open locks and to find hidden treasures.
Imported from Eastern Europe