Slavic Native Faith – Ritual In Practice. (How to)

The Slavic ritual, with its inherent profundity, unfolds itself through a sequence of four distinct steps. Firstly, the devout individual undertakes the solemn task of consecrating a sanctified space. This hallowed act encompasses the utilization of fire, an element that symbolizes purification and transformation, and the recitation of fervent prayers directed towards the celestial entities known as  Rod, Dazhbog or Perun. Through this initial step, the stage is meticulously set, laying the foundation upon which the forthcoming ritual shall manifest.

 

The second facet of this sacred undertaking involves the invocation of the revered deities or spirits, those ethereal beings to whom a gift shall be tendered. The manner in which this invocation is carried out may assume various forms, as it is a deeply personal avenue of communication with the divine. Whether through fervent supplication, melodious incantations, or whispered entreaties, the worshiper seeks to establish an intimate connection with the ethereal realms. Thus, a profound dialogue commences, intertwining the terrestrial and celestial realms through the harmonious exchange of words and intentions.

 

Once the bonds between the worshiper and the invoked deities or spirits have been meticulously forged, the third step of the ritual beckons the act of offering. In this quintessential gesture, the devotee declares and presents a carefully chosen gift to the deity or spirit, bestowing it upon the altar or before the sacred idol. The significance of this gesture lies not merely in the physical act of giving, but rather in the profound symbolism it embodies. Through the offering, the worshiper symbolizes their reverence, devotion, and profound gratitude, thus establishing a tangible connection between the human and the divine.

 

 

The culmination of this profound ritual is encapsulated within the fourth and final step, in which the worshiper articulates their intentions and desires, beseeching the benevolence of the divine forces. It is in this moment of humble supplication that the worshiper expresses their yearning for reciprocal blessings and gifts from the celestial realms. With unwavering faith and an ardent plea, the devotee beseeches the deities or spirits for their grace and favor. Within this humble request lies a profound acknowledgment of the interdependence that exists between the mortal and the immortal, and the cyclical nature of the divine-human relationship.

 

The sacred ritual, with its meticulously crafted progression, embodies the essence of reciprocity and cyclical renewal. The worshiper, driven by a deep yearning for communion with the divine, initiates the exchange by bestowing their gifts upon the gods. In turn, the gods, ever benevolent, reciprocate the act of giving, establishing a profound cycle of gift exchange that traverses the boundaries of the temporal and the eternal. With each successive ritual, this bond between worshiper and deity strengthens, fortified by the continual exchange of sacred offerings and fervent supplications. The divine-human relationship, thus fostered and nourished, attains an enduring quality, imbued with the resplendence of mutual benefaction.

 

In the final moments of the ritual, it is only fitting to express gratitude and appreciation to the deities or spirits for their gracious presence and attentive ear. The worshiper, cognizant of the celestial response to their call, extends heartfelt thanks for the divine benevolence bestowed upon their sacred space. Through these humble words of gratitude, the worshiper acknowledges the profound significance of the divine presence, and the inextricable bond that has been forged through the ritual’s intricate dance of reciprocity.

 
 

Note : This is our practice and its not universal.

Sample Ritual Format to Perun

Consecration: (Light Candles, Walk around or wave a candle around the altar) Perun, mighty thunderer, bless this place. Set it apart from the mundane realm. Bind it to the celestial abode, the dwelling of your divine ancestors.


Invocation: (Incense optional) Perun, come forth and receive my offering. Great warrior, lord of the heavens, patron of lightning and storms, heed my summons. Hail to you, who battles the forces of chaos with unwavering resolve. Hail to you, Perun.

 

Offering: (Place gift on altar) I present this [gift] to you, Perun. May you accept it and find pleasure in it.


Intention: Perun, I express my gratitude for listening to my prayer and accepting my offering. I beseech you to [do /give ].

 

Slava Perunu! Слава Перуну!