Святки (Holy Days) Is Time For Fortune Telling!

Today I’ll tell you some folk traditions of fortune telling in Russia. It starts at Christmas Eve (January 6th) and ends with the Epiphany (January 19th). In old time people believe that’s that on those days souls of dead ancestors wander around the world and check if their children and grandchildren lead righteous lives. And if someone would start talking to you through the window, you should answer him very politely, but you should not open the door: it is a spirit; people go through the door… At the Christmas Eve people believe there are two strengths in these days: Strength of Kind and Strength of Evil. And to what strength you join, the strength will make wonder with you!..

We already had a good article about old Russian Christmas traditions.In Russia people believe that if it’s snowing at Christmas Eve it will be good harvest for bread and if it’s frost at Christmas Eve it will be Happiness and Love in family life. And I am telling you right now that is just very slight snowing now but frost -15 and it will be colder by midnight! So we’ll see!

During these two weeks, people think a good time to find out about the future. Even the Russian Church does not consider this, like a sin.

There are some old folk fortune telling. They are most for girls who wants get married:

At midnight girls go out to a crossing and draw a circle in the snow with a burnt stick, and bend to the ground they try to hear the sound of a bell, or an underground bell. If she heard the sound of a bell it meant that she would get married this year.

To learn the color of the eyes of the fiancé they used such a fortune telling. At midnight girls used to go out with ‘sochen’ (a cottage cheese pie); they went wherever they liked to share the pie with the first person she met and to eat it. What the color of this person’s eyes was, the same color her future fiancé eyes will be. If she asked his name, she could learn the name of her future fiancé.

A girl who wants to see her fiancé could do it in such a way: A girl sits in dark room at midnight, she has two mirrors at the table what face each other lightning candles and tries to see a some one in the gallery of reflections.

To know about future you can such way by watching shadows: Everyone takes a pure leaf of a paper, crumples it, puts on a dish or on a greater flat plate and sets fire. When the leaf will burn down or nearly so will burn down, you translate the shadows of it on the wall by candle. You try to learn your future by watching closely the shadows on the wall.

If you want to know if this girl and this guy will be together: you put two matches on each side a matchbox and set a fire. If the burned down heads of the matches will be turned to each other, that means this guy and the girl will be together.

Here I told you just very little part of Russian folk fortune telling. When I was writing this article I learned a lot about the traditions. Some of them I never knew about but some of them I know from my childhood and we even tried them with my classmates ;).

Do you know some folk fortune telling? Do you believe in some of them?Photobucket

Best wishes and Merry Christmas!

By Svetlana Keeton

comments always welcome

Posted by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

Just get humbled at times…

How about that tree?

Sometimes when you look at an image and realize the scale of what is contained within that image, compared to yourself. Then you sometimes feel humbled and realize how massive the world really is and how vast it extends away from us in all directions…

Something that we take for granted many times is a simple, yet complex tree…

A tree is a marvel and the size as in the image above, floors the senses when you actually look around you once in awhile. Trees are a magnificent example of a living organism that thrives on our planet and does not cause issues against the world. Trees are the atmosphere scrubbers of our planet. The more trees, the better the air we breath is…

Just like bees!

The little bee, is a marvel to behold! It works for us to help us supply food to the worlds belly’s and our own belly. The bee only asks (what) for payment? Just to be left alone? Yes, bees like to be left alone…

We humans kinda fail in the leaving the world alone; Don’t you think?

Birds spread joy!

Everyday, I have a yard full of tiny little creatures. They gather together from all over the village and sing their little hearts out, too garner my attention. Once they have my attention, they wait on the fence by our front door and get so excited as I put out seed for them to eat…

Birdbrains as I call them are really, very very smart. They are so important in the biological chain of life! Many birds pollinate also, just like a bee. Birds spread seeds all over the world and birds sing to us, to life, to the world and make beautiful music, when life seems to get us down…

Birds and the Bees and Trees…

More important than we humans are on this planet…

It humbles me!

WtR