Most of us have heard about the Pagans, but not all of us correctly perceive these people and their belief. Pagans have their own vision of life and convictions. It can be boldly said that this is whole and integral universal system of views, which in perfect volume transmitted the general picture of the world to the inhabitants of antiquity.
Our ancestors had a hierarchical pantheon of gods, they lived in close connection with nature, wore pagan protection pendant, the protection included various silver pagan pendants depicting different Deities, the God of Sun, Earth. They believed that everything is under Gods control, the seasons and elements, believed that everything is been controlled by the spirits, and therefore the spiritual part of life was subordinated by the Pagans.
It is worth to apply for the facts about the pagans to see a virtually holistic, indivisible with the highest powers system, 100% associated with Mother Nature. Nature was the center of the universe, it was honored, it was offered sacrifices and gifts, it was worshiped. That is why the pagan symbols of protection against evil necessarily contain an image of a certain element or season of the year.
The ancient Slavs had three most important cults: the Sun, Mother Earth and the worship of the elements. Pagans regarded themselves as children of nature, co-existed in harmony with the surrounding world.
Initially, the Pagans believed in the existence of good and evil spirits. Later, a group of Slavic Deities was defined, in which each God was the personification of a conditioned element, a phenomenon or reflected different social relations.
Divinities of the ancient Slavs
Before the acceptance of Christianity, the main belief of the Slavs was paganism. The people worshiped the Divinities, among which the main figures were Yarilo, Hors, Perun, Dazhdbog, Makosh, Lada, Lelya, Svarog. There were pagan symbols for love, pagan symbols of luck, health, the continuation of life, fertility and all of them were applied to amulets and talismans. The range of adornments was big, it could be inexpensive pagan rings, or the precious pagan symbol necklace with a pagan symbols. Regardless of the cost of the amulet, they had a powerful influence on the ancient Slavs. Silver, wooden, copper, brass, gold pagan jewelry, depending on the sign depicted on the amulet, bestowed the owner of the jewelry what he dreamed of or asked the Gods:
- Perun was considered as the supreme deity, who at first was represented in the form of a bull. The design of pagan rings with the image of Perun helped to protect against all bad things, forces and disasters. Therefore amulets with the Perun’s pagan symbols of power and victory were extremely mighty.
- God Hors represented the sun. Jewelry items that were represented by the pagan rings with the image of this god could give spiritual strength and protection to their owners.
- Dazhdbog was the ancestor of ancient people. His symbol was a solar square. Pictured on the pagan necklace charms or pagan pendant, the symbol bestowed its owner luck in all affairs and prosperity.
- Rozhanitsy carried the creation of life, they could change destiny, therefore they personified it. This sign denoted fertility. Therefore, the girls who dreamed to continue the kin, and who sought among pagan symbols the most suitable, were often choosing the sterling silver pagan pendants with the image of the Rozhanitsa.
- Svarog is a symbol of spiritual kinship and protection of all Slavs. If a powerful fire pagan protection symbols against evil was needed, men were always choosing pagan’s jewelry on which the Svarog’s sign was depicted.
- God Voles was the patron of livestock and guarded domestic animals, also was considered as a patron of sale. Sterling silver pagan pendants depicting the sign of Voles brought harmony to the world around the owner and other people, allowed to have a considerable magical power.
- Stribog – the lord of the winds and storms was also very significant among the Slavs. Therefore, a pagan pendant with a sign resembling a mill was chosen by those who often faced discords. The talisman could help to establish a calm during the storm, to open the road to the rays of the sun, and to dispel the clouds.
- Simargl was the mediator between the heavenly Divinities and people on the Earth. People who wore amulets with this pagan symbol – the tree of life, received energy and strength coming from the bowels of the earth. Interesting facts about pagans say that it was Simargl who brought the tree of life from heaven to Earth, so the amulet had the ability to heal from infirmities.
- Makosh – the deity, who symbolized the feminine onset, patronized all women. Gold pagan jewelry with the sign of Makosh gave women happiness, could endow with intuition, brought happiness to the house and was helping with the offspring.
In the symbols of that time, a magical effect and a sacred meaning was always hidden. Even today, in the 21st century, people who wear amulets put in them a magical and priestly meaning. So we can say that we all in some measure are pagans.