The ancient Slavs acted very honorable and respectful of natural phenomena and Mother Earth. The people revered the power of the wind, recognized the significance of rain, humbly accepted the rampages of the elements, accepting them as requital for sins. In order to soften nature up, people were making talismans.
They behaved particularly honorably towards the sun and moon. They venerated before the Sun, they offered sacrifices, and they also created ancient jewelry with symbols that were bringing health and luck. The Slavic peoples considered the Moon as a defender of the planet Earth and individually each person. Lunula pendant – a lunula symbol of 8 moons could protect from danger, disasters, evil jinx, otherworldly evil forces, help to get rid of illnesses.
This traditional female talisman also gave happiness in love and was the patron of all enamored people. It is believed that the Slavic necklace with the sign of Moon was worn by every second Slav lady, because in those days, besides beauty, the decoration contained the deepest sacred significance. Slavic pagan jewelry in the form of moon invoked the power of the night luminary, healed from infertility, favored conception, during bearing the child and gave a relief of birth pains. In addition these types of adornments subtly emphasized the zest and elegance of women.
Features of the amulet
Slavic pagan pendants in the form of a crescent were called lunula. The name was like a Latin small moon, because the ornaments had a crescent shape, the ends of which are directed down or in the shape of sickle. And at that the whole figure was divided into 3 fragments – the triangles. As a result, several lunula symbols were formed: the central part symbolized the goddess and the ruler of the dreams Maru, the left side is the incoming month, and the right side is the descending one. The symbol of the nightly luminary represented a full phase – the 28-day cycle of the moon. The amulet had an ancient jewelry design, a unique style: exactly 28 cuts were made, which symbolized the days of the lunar cycle.
The shape of the lunula could be represented on the Slavic pendants, chest bandages, earrings, and elements of headdresses. This type of decoration was one of the most common in antiquity and was met throughout the women’s attire.
Any known at that time alloy or metal could be a material from which the Lunula pendant was made of: brass, bronze, silver, gold. The appearance of the female lunar talisman could be different. Lunnitsas were:
Jewelry items were decorated with lines, flowers, interspersed, various signs of fertility and triangles. Lunnitsa was rarely used as an independent amulet. Often it adorned the Slavic amulet, pendants, belts, lunula necklaces and earrings.
Protective properties of amulets
It was believed that a woman is more susceptible to the influence of magical dark forces, so she in particular needed protection day and night. An ancient Slavic amulets were worn to unify the divine and human energies. It was used for the following purposes:
- Feminine fertility.
- Crop capacity of the land.
- Strengthening marriage ties.
- Remedial of female ailments.
- Conciliation and discovery of sensuality.
- Protection from jinx and the evil eye.
Slavs chains with the Lunnitsy amulet could save from any actions of otherworldly forces, especially from night spirits, who are active in the lunar time.
Basic characteristics of the talisman
At birth, the girl received the first gift – the pendant that was with the lunula signs. This talisman defended the child because under the protection of the goddess Mary, the energy of the baby was protected and directed to the right track. The successor of the family grew healthy, wise and patient, and when married then she was receiving Slavic pendants or Lunula jewelry from her husband, the pendant already served as a guardian while the woman carried the baby and facilitated the pain during childbirth.
This unique lunar amulet worked gradually, accumulating and opening its capabilities when it was close to the owner. Before using the pendants or bracelets for Slavic chains bracelet with lunula, it was customary to wash them in running water, and also to fill the energy of the Moon, leaving the amulet in the moonlight for 7 nights.
Despite the fact that centuries have passed, the power and mysticism of the Moon are still relevant today. As before, each of the phases of the luminary has its own values and tokens. The ancient Slavs tuned their lives, rituals and daily duties to the lunar rhythms: they were planting the plants and sowed bread on the growing moon, on descending – read conspiracies and healed, on a full moon – created amulets and dried herbs.
A lot of signs and traditions are saved to our day: the Slavonic lunar calendar has never lost its popularity among truck farmers and those who worked on the land. That’s why even in the 21st century it’s easy to meet people who believe in and wear slave chains.