KRASHANKY

Another Ukrainian magickal egg is the krashanka. Unlike pysanky, krashanky are hard-boiled and intended to be ritually eaten at sunrise on Ostara, while pysanky are kept raw, to preserve their fertility magick.

Krashanky are dyed a single color, usually red, while pysanky are inscribed and dyed with several colors.

Krashanky are associated with a race of spirits called "Blazhenni" or "kindly ones," who dwell in darkness on a distant land on the banks of a river. On Ostara, the red shells of the krashanky were thrown into the rivers to float as messages to the Blazhenni, informing them of the Sun's return. In later Christian times, the Blazhenni were associated with the spirits of children who died before baptism.

Krashanky were also placed on the fresh graves of loved ones at Ostara. The egg here was a symbol of rebirth and resurrection. Krashanky also have magickal applications, mainly healing. A sick person would wear the egg on a string around the neck where it would absorb the sickness. Touching a person with a consecrated krashanka would prevent blood poisoning. Amulets of krashanky and tassels of wheat were hung over doorways of new homes for protection. Rolled in green oats and buried in a field, they insured crop fertility. Placed under a beehive, they increased honey production while protecting the bees. (Of course, these would not be eaten).

The Druids dyed eggs scarlet in honor of the Sun, using furze (gorse) blossoms or possibly madder root. They too, ritually ate the eggs at sunrise on Ostara.

 

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