Living outside the norms of society and always by her own rules, Baba Yaga and her hut have come to embody the concept of feminine power and emancipation in the modern age. The hut will only permit entry after a certain secret incantation is said: “Hut, hut, turn your back to the forest and your front to me”. According to Slavic legends, Baba Yaga, is wise, all knowing, all seeing and tells the whole truth to those who are brave enough to ask. Do you dare to enter the hut? It is said that if you encounter her, she will either eat you, put you to work or give you advice. If she gives you advice, the outcome will be better than you could imagine. If she puts you to work, the work will be hard but you will do better than you ever dreamed possible. If she eats you, well, better luck in the next life!
In story and song, she is a witch, best known for her dealings with Vasalisa. Around the mortar are images from one of these tales. She rides her mortar, using her pestle as a rudder and sweeps away her tracks with a broom as she travels the night sky. Baba Yaga lives in a hut which stand on chicken legs, this “хата” even appears secretly in Slavonic folk embroidery as a talismanic solar motif such as the one shown on this ritual oils label.
She lives in a hut in the forest. The hut seems to have a personality of its own and can move about at will on its large-sized chicken legs, that’s why it’s called Hut on Chicken’s Legs. Usually the hut is either spinning around as it moves through the forest or standing with its back towards a visitor and when approached, will only permit entry after a certain secret incantation is said: “Hut, hut, turn your back to the forest and your front to me”. It spins around with blood-curdling wild screeches and creakings and eventually comes to a stop to face the visitor, where it will lower itself down on its chicken legs and throw open its door. Its windows are sometimes described as its “eyes”.
The hut is surrounded by a fence made of the bones of Baba Yaga’s victims. Baba Yaga scares passersby to death just by appearing to them and then devours them. Her fence is topped with the skulls of her victims whose blazing eye sockets illuminate the darkness.
хата, хата! turn thy back to the forest and thy front to me!
Burn incense as offerings, to carry your wishes, desires, and when casting your spellwork.
To attract things to you and for positive work waft the smoke towards yourself upwards (bottom to top / toe to head). To expel or get rid of something in your life waft the smoke in a downwards motion (top to bottom / head to toe).
10 incense cones handmade in Alberta Canada with real essential oils.