Dogoda (Polish) Compassion
Request Dogoda’s help to neutralize highly charged situations. Now is the time to Forgive.
As the year comes to a close, it is crucial that we call upon our collective prayers and ceremonies to hold space for the return of light and wonder.
Dogoda arrives to sooth the harsh winter climate. Much of what was previously known about Old Slavic religious practices (pre-966 AD) came to us in bits and scraps via the early writings of the Roman, Greeks, and Arabs. From these old documents, together with current research and the Internet, it is possible to piece together the significance of these legends, songs, proverbs, and exorcism practices.[i]
To ensure their survival, it was common practice among Old Slavic shamans to offer sacrifices to the harsh nature spirits.
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One practice produced thick clouds of smoke to drive off evil weather spirits, and there were rituals performed in honor of the Big Dipper to mark changes in seasons. [ii] While Dogoda was not considered a major god in these shamans’ history books, he was the only directional wind they anthropomorphized, expressing the qualities of love and compassion. His appearance ensured that the corn would grow and the 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 unique spirit, it makes sense that the countryside of Poland is dotted with sacred landmarks. The Polanies pray at Crossroad shrines, holy wells, the wooden groves at the base of giant boulders, and at cairns for direct contact with the divine. The Slavonic tribes of the field worshipped Mother Earth, Matka Syra Ziemia. Trees, rocks, and animals were considered older than mankind, far wiser, and were consulted for aid and advice.[iii]
While Dogoda blows in from the island of Buyan as a gentle wind god of compassion, you may be requested to explore the concept duality in your life; everything that is not of love may need to go.
Polish 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. For example, the swastika originally represented the poles of the Big Dipper constellation, as well as time itself, which, according to shamans, moves both forward and backward for Polish-speaking pagans. However, the Nazis redefined the swastika to symbolize destruction and war. To understand this idea fully requires that you undergo a paradigm shift of consciousness. Put aside preconceived ideas.
Dogoda comes as a reminder that sacred time is circular, and that events that occur in the past are directly influenced by present actions. Offer up your devotion to the wind and stars, and perhaps you will change the course of history.