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In Russian folklore there are many stories of Baba Yaga, the fearsome witch with iron teeth.  Whenever she appears on the scene, a wild wind begins to blow, the trees around creak and groan and leaves whirl through the air. Shrieking and wailing, a host of spirits often accompany her on her way.

In Russian folklore 'Baba Yaga' appears as the infamous 'Witch with Iron Teeth'. Often portrayed in books and told to be part of the 'Iron Teeth' clans.

Sirin and Alkonost, birds of joy and sorrow, Victor Vasnetsov, 1836. Sirin is a mythological creature of Russian legends, with the head and chest of a beautiful woman and the body of a bird (usually an owl).

Thus it is necessary to commence from an inescapable duality: the finite is not the infinite. ~Hans Urs von Balthasar Sirin and Alkonost : Birds of Joy and Sorrow, 1896 Viktor Vasnetsov

Sirin and Alkonost—The Birds of Joy and Sorrow (1896), Viktor Vasnetsov

nigra-lux: “ VASNETSOV, Viktor Mikhaylovich Sirin and Alkonost – Birds of Joy and Sorrow, details 1896 Ed.

Васнецов Виктор Михайлович. Гамаюн, птица вещая

Васнецов Виктор Михайлович. Гамаюн, птица вещая

ppc: "The ancient Baba Yaga is the wild old crone guardian of the Water of Life and Death. Goddess of Death and Birth who sings while sprinkling Water of Life on corpses the to let them be reborn. Although fearsome to look upon, like all forces of nature, often wild and untamed, she can also be kind. All knowing, all-seeing and all-revealing to those who'd dare to ask. She is the Arch-Crone, wild and free, a nature spirit bringing wisdom and death of ego, and through death, rebirth."

Baba Yaga - kicking a** since the Middle Ages. -seems a bit like a version of the Hindu Goddess Kali or the Celtic Morrigon! Baba Yaga is a major power of crone wisdom.

The Norns in Norse mythology are Goddesses who rule the destiny of Gods and men. The Norns spin the threads of fate at the foot of Yggdrasil, the tree of the world. Whereas the origin of the name norn is uncertain, it may derive from a word meaning "to twine" and which would refer to their twining the thread of fate.

The Norns of Norse-German-Scandinavian mythology spin the threads of fate at the foot of Yggdrasil, the tree of the world. The Norns introduce the last act of Gotterdammerung, Wagner's fourth opera of the Ring cycle