Leadership, planning, opportunities
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: ALEXANDRIA SANDLIN
I chose the tale of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Beautiful because I’m a little obsessed with the tale. It has dark forests, a seemingly evil witch, a clever young heroine, and a crazy magic house with chicken legs. I feel that it works for this card which is a card of commitment to challenges and goals. In the tale Vasilisa is forced to go to Baba Yaga’s hut to get fire for her home. However, with the blessing of her late mother she is able to fulfill all of Baba Yaga’s impossible tasks. She is rewarded with the fire that she needs to go home, be rid of her evil stepmother and sisters, and take back control of her future.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Vasilisa has been picking mushrooms as she journeys to Baba Yaga’s hut. She is daunted by the prospect of her work for the witch. Especially as she approaches fenceposts with skulls on top, so takes a moment to think it through before she continues. You’ve started well, now it’s time to keep looking forward! There’s more work and challenges ahead of you, so it’s now that you need to focus on the long term goal and keep moving towards it. Dream big and look for opportunities that may arise along the way, as well as possible problems you’ll face. Don’t let yourself be blindsided.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: BABA YAGA AND VASILISA
Baba Yaga is the infamous old, wicked crone or witch of Russian folklore, and features in a wide range of legends and tales. She flies, but in a mortar and pestle rather than on a broom, her house is a wooden hut on chicken legs, and her fence posts are human skulls. Vasilisa is sent to her one day, by a wicket stepmother who hopes that Baba Yaga will kill her. But no matter the tasks given to her by Baba Yaga, Vasilisa completes them, aided by blessings from her mother. Upon finding this out, Baba Yaga sends her away. Her constant evaluation of the situation, and planning for worst case scenarios makes this legend a perfect fit for the card.
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