tea_and_pigeons wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:56 am
It would certainly be interesting to hear from those who currently practice the traditions as they were passed down! The Native Polish Church does sound interesting (from a quick read of the Wiki page lol). What's the origin of "Seasons of the Slavic Soul"? Was it written by a current practitioner?
From a Russian perspective that would also be hard because the Slavic neopagan movement there tends to be a bit, uhh white supremacist. So I don't really know how I'd start a search for people that are more tolerant haha.
Hmm, the author is a practitioner of Polish descent. As for the book itself, it's vague in some ways, but not what I'd call in a bad way. If that makes sense. It feels like the author was more or less in a similar position as our quest to learn and understand what we can, and the book was the result of her accumulation of knowledge in order to log what she's gathered and pass it on as well. That said, the book itself is very short, but arranged into chapters based on seasons (interestingly, I assumed the book's title was a well worded metaphor, but it's actually quite literal!), and in it she recounts what she's learned from her travels (Poland), as well as speaking with people to learn what traditions and rites have been passed on, etc.
There's also a keen correlation to (as the Slavic Witchcraft book also makes mention of) Christianity, and namely how post-Christianity practice evolved along a similar line as Voodoo. Incorporating the Abrahamic God, the Catholic saints, etc... It's quite fascinating. Each "season" is ended with a page each to offer suggested questions for reflection, and suggested practices for that season/intent. Again, though, it's very short compared to what books on Wicca and many other pagan paths can offer, so don't expect toooo much if you're interested in getting it. (or find it for a cheap enough price. The 10ish USD I paid - i think - isn't that bad, in my opinion.)
And yikes. Yeah, regrettably a lot
of pagan paths have a strong draw to those kind of people. Especially since, in my experience, Slavic practitioners (and many Slavs in general tbh, at least from my experience with the Polish community here) are often very humble and quiet when they're genuine, so you'll get the bad eggs wielding tradition in a harmful way, while the positive ones are left unseen.
While I'm not concerned about it in the Polish wing of things, I absolutely share your concern in general. Granted, I also generally am a cautious person and while I like to be friendly and positive first, I also get picky with friends and connections as a protective measure. A lot of those bad eggs like to pull people over slowly, which is both sad and dangerous.