The countryside of Poland is dotted with sacred landmarksDogoda

Polish: Compassion

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The persistent rituals that have been quietly taking place in the Polish countryside for centuries are finally being made public due to the wealth of information that is now available on the Worldwide Web.  Much of what was previously known about the Old Slavic Religious practices, (pre 966) came in bits and scraps via the early writings of the Roman, Greeks, and Arabs. From these old documents and current research, it is possible to piece together the significance of these legends, songs, proverbs, and exorcism practices.[1]

To ensure their survival, it was a common practice among the Shamans to offer sacrifices to the harsh nature spirits.  One practice produced thick clouds of smoke to drive off evil weather spirits, and there were rituals to the Big Dipper to mark changes in seasons. [2] While Dogoda was not considered a major God in their history books, he was the only directional wind that was anthropomorphized and who expressed the qualities of love and compassion.  His appearance ensured that the corn would grow, and mating season was in full bloom.

When the predicated belief of the people is that everything in the world is infused with God, and God infuses everything with It’s own unique spirit, it makes perfect sense that the countryside of Poland is dotted with sacred landmarks. The Polanie pray at Crossroad Shrines, Holy Wells, the Wooden Groves at the base of Giant Boulders, and Cairns for direct contact with the divine. The Slavonic tribes of the field worshipped Mother Earth, Matka Syra Ziemia (MAHT-kah SEAR-ah zhem-EE-ah). Trees, rocks and animals were considered older than mankind, far wiser, and were consulted for aid and advice.[3]

While Dogoda blows in from the island of Buyan as a gentle wind God of compassion, you may be requested to see the world in terms of opposite, and everything that is not of love may need to go.Click To Tweet

Ritual preparations leading up to an event werean event was keyEast

Tradition is the bedrock of the Polish People. Ritual preparations leading up to an event was key;  Christmas Eve was a primary celebration. When Dogoda blows from the East, sacred memories are being stirred in the depths of your subconsciousness. in order to shift. Loyalty to time tested strategies will help you navigate change. Examine the signs and omens that cross your path. Although the loss of an idea, a loved one, a job, or a pattern may leave you feeling sad and disappointed, take heart in the knowledge that Dogoda’s breath will warm your cracks and crevices with the winds of compassion. Remain true to your rituals and ceremonies.

If you are prone to seeing the world in black and white, Dogoda reminds you to take note of the various shades of grey that are also aspects of your life. Clear your mind by discarding old ideas. Dogoda may manifest as strong words from a loving friend, reminding you to stay present to your current course. This is a time to energize sacred practices and letting go of preconceived expectations.

East

Tradition is the bedrock of the Polish people. Ritual preparations leading up to an event was key; Christmas Eve was a primary celebration. When Dogoda blows from the east, sacred memories are being stirred in the depths of your subconscious, in order to shift your beliefs. Loyalty to time-tested strategies will help you navigate change. Examine the signs and omens that cross your path. Although the loss of an idea, a loved one, a job, or a life pattern may leave you feeling sad and disappointed, take heart in the knowledge that Dogoda’s breath will warm your cracks and crevices with the winds of compassion. Remain true to your rituals and ceremonies.

If you are prone to seeing the world in black and white, Dogoda reminds you to take note of the various shades of grey that are also aspects of your life. Clear your mind by discarding old ideas. Dogoda may manifest as strong words from a loving friend, reminding you to stay present with your current course. This is a time to energize sacred practices and let go of preconceived expectations.

South

The arrival of Dogoda in the south signifies that this is the time for a moral victory over your emotions. Dispel whatever is ugly; lighten up, laugh, and enjoy yourself. Repressed emotions may be triggered by an unexpected loss, recognition, achievement, or illness. With Dogoda’s assistance, you need not suffer needlessly. You can experience compassion for yourself and others whilst moving towards a satisfactory resolution.

Do not become a martyr to your pain. You do not have to fight to stand your ground. Dogoda can help you loosen your grip on current survival strategies that no longer work. Dogoda may cast a spell of heartbreak to expedite the healing of old wounds and soar like an eagle.

West

When Dogoda comes from his home in the west, show respect for your spirit visitor by setting an extra place at the table. Allow your dreams and visions to take precedent over the mundane world. Be on the lookout for omens. One Polish myth describes how the nation of Poland was founded. An army troop stopped to rest in a meadow alongside a lake, when they noticed a large eagle, circling overhead. It came to rest briefly on the edge of a cliff, and, as it spread its wings to soar once again, the rays of Dazhbog (the sun) struck its wings, which made them glitter like gold. Taking this as a harbinger from the sun god, Svarog, Lech, the leader of the battalion, declared this place their new home, calling it Gniezno, (the Eagle’s Nest). To this day, Gniezno remains the historic center of Poland. This myth is a reminder to keep your inner and outer ears and eyes open for signs that will guide you to your rightful place.

Despite harsh and impoverished living conditions, the Polans remained true to their faith. When Dogoda blows open your doorway of doubt, enter with joy, confidence, and an open heart. Be grateful for all that you have, large and small, and remember to share your gifts with others.

North

Farmers paid homage to a supreme God, while beseeching numerous nature gods for help and guidance in their everyday lives. Dogoda comes bearing the gift of compassion. Reconcile your idealistic beliefs and allow others to express themselves as individuals. Dogoda blows in from the north to remind you to put away the sword of your own illusions. Things are not always as they appear.

Symbols may not always be what they appear. Originally, the swastika represented the poles of the Big Dipper constellation, as well as time itself, which, according to shamans, moves forward and backward for Polish speaking Pagans.  The Nazis redefined the swastika to symbolize destruction and war. Dogoda comes as a reminder that sacred time is circular, and that events that occur in the past are directly influenced by present actions.  To understand this idea fully requires that you undergo a paradigm shift of consciousness.  Put aside preconceived ideas. Offer up your devotion to the wind and stars, and perhaps you will change the course of history.

 

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[1] New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology Part 5   New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology Introduction by Robert Graves Crescent Books, NY 1987 Accessed on the web April 18, 16

[2] Mesolithic Shamans. https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/category/slavic-weather-shaman/

[3] Margi B, 2003 Polish Paganism. Accessed on the web. http://www.polishtoledo.com/pagan/

[4] Mesolithic Shamans. https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/category/slavic-weather-shaman/

[4] Margi B, 2003 Polish Paganism. Accessed on the web. http://www.polishtoledo

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