Wisdom of Slavic Goddesses

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

Baba Yaga - Goddess of Birth and Rebirth, A Wild Woman

Baba Yaga was originally a very old Slavic Goddess of birth and rebirth, death and regeneration, typically portrayed as a old wild woman riding a mortar with a broom. Her ways were fierce and wild and deep cutting. Now days, she is displayed as an evil witch or hag eating children and spreading horror. Baba Yaga lived deep in the woods in a house which stood on one chicken leg and could turn and dance when Baba Yaga commanded so. Its meaning was to scare away those not welcomed. Her spirit lived in the harvest - the grain. She traditionally dies after harvest and is resurrected again in spring.

Devana - Goddess of Light and Hunting

Devana was a daughter of great Slavic god Perun. She is a Goddess of Heavenly light, often portrayed as a beautiful maiden with golden long hair sitting on a golden chair. She is also Goddess of fair weather and good hunting. Devana is independent maiden, does her own things, portrayed with arrows and accompanied by wolves. She resembles Greek Goddess Artemis and is often mistaken for a Roman goddess Diana, dressed up in Slavic shoes. She is also celebrated as a Goddess of Spring, a maiden honored at the start of the agricultural year.

Dodola - Goddess of the Rains

Dodola was a wife of a great Slavic God of Thunder, Perun. She was a patroness of young girls. Slavs believed that when it was raining, Dodola was milking the clouds, which they called heavenly cows. She would fly across the fields during spring, to make fields and forest to flourish. She is a symbol of rebirth, fertility and youth. She is portrayed as a young woman dressed in fresh plants. She is a joyful goddess who loved to dance.

Kostroma - Goddess of the Fertility and Harvest

Kostroma was a Slavic goddess of fertility and fruitfulness, mostly known among Eastern Slavs, especially in Russia. She is being invoked every spring through various rituals to provide fertility and abundance to the land. Kostroma is often presented as a scarecrow. Those born on the day of Kostroma, during celebration of Semik, at the beginning of June are blessed with a special talent in writing and speaking. She is a goddess of signs, omens and coincidences. During Semik she always appears as a girl or a shadow of the straw figure.

Lada - Goddess of Creation and Life

Lada is a Slavic goddess of creation, considered to be the mother of all gods. Her name means nice, pretty and order. She is one of the most known Slavic entity. She symbolizes a mature motherhood, love, youth, joy and harmony, beauty and order. When she is around, one feels warmth, comfort and a feeling of "home". She is portrayed as a young girl with long golden hair, with a wreath of wheat, symbolizing her function of fertility. On her chest, is sometimes seen a symbol of sun. Her reign starts with celebration of Ostara on 21st of March and continues throughout the summer. Lada is showing up in form of other great goddesses as Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She is also linked with Venus. Animals associated with Lada are Cock, Deer, Ant and plants as cherry, lime, dandelion and peony.

Medeina - Goddess of the Forest

Medeina is another Slavic goddess, Nature goddess, loving forests, animals and trees. She is wild, and can often appear as a wolf. She likes to play with the hunters who enter the forest, and don't show the respect her forests deserve. She will allow them to see her as a beautiful young girl, and if the hunters dare to come closer to her, she will then transform into a wolf and attack them. She would be perceived as evil to those who didn't show respects to her forests and kept on destroying her kingdom, or murdering her friends - animals living in the deep forests.

Mokosh - Goddess of Creation, Fate and Family Life

Mokosh is a Slavic Goddess of Fertility, Creation and womanhood. She is a supporter of women and their protector during childbirth and handwork. She is associated with knitting, wool-spinning and weaving. She protects homes and harmonizes family relationships. She is also a Goddess of Fate and Destiny, where she knots the fate of every human. She is also connected to feminine sexuality. She was first rather a moist Earthy Goddess, but with time she became more domesticated and her focus shifted from raw fertility to more housekeeping oriented. Her favorite day is Friday, to summon her, one should knit her something nice.

Morena - Goddess of Death and Winter

Morena is a great Goddess of Winter Solstice, Winter season, Night and guardian of earthly treasures and bringer of death. Her name comes from a word for death. Feared and hated, she is often portrayed as repulsive wrinkled old hag with pale skin and long black hair, wearing black, a guardian of circles of life, resting and regeneration. But if needed, she can transform herself into beautiful seductive girl. She is also a goddess of unhappiness in love. She is a sister of Vesna and Ziva, and a mother of Black Three headed God of War and agriculture. In Slavic cultures, young girls would make a hay doll during around time of Ostara and throwing her from the bridge into depths of river, which will symbolize death of Winter and welcoming the Spring. As a sorceress she is associated with a Greek Goddess of Underworld, Hecate, and regards to agriculture to roman Goddess Ceres. Slavs believed that Morena pulled Sun (God Dazbog) into underworld during winter, who will then break free into arms of Spring goddess, Vesna.

Ozvena - Goddess of Echo and Gossip

Ozvena is a Goddess of Echo and Gossip. She is a companion of God Veles, Horned God of Underworld, Time and Order. It is said that she couldn't keep anything a secret, once she heard it, she could help herself not to pass it on. So whatever she was told, she shared it. If she liked someone, she would only speak good things about that person, but if she disliked someone or someone became her enemy, she would spread only bad things about this person. Ozvena loved feeling of fame, glory and listening to stories. She is connected to Greek Goddess Nymph Echo.

Rusalka - Slavic sirens spirits