How to fill your home with happiness: ancestral beliefs about corners in the house

By Jurassic JennApr 17, 2024 10:38 AMSuperstitions
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In the world of our ancestors, the corners of the house had a deep significance, serving as a container of mystical energies that could influence the fate of the household. Guided by their beliefs, our ancestors identified "red" and "black" corners in their homes, each of which played a specific role in protecting the home and attracting blessings to their lives. SSPDaily told more about it.

The "red" corner, which was closest to the entrance, was a sanctuary of positive energy. The ancient Slavs, mindful of the influence of this corner, decorated it with icons that not only protected the home but also served as centers for personal reflection and reverence. The practice of baptizing in front of these icons at the entrance to the house further strengthened the connection with the divine. In addition, the family dining table was located next to this corner, symbolizing the unity and prosperity that the family sought to foster.

Complementing the "red" corner, on the opposite side, to the left or right, depending on the placement of its red counterpart, was the "black" corner. Decorated with a broomstick with the handle facing down, the "black" corner served as a talisman against evil forces and envious glances. This practice, based on the idea of warding off negativity, echoes the ancestral belief in the need to protect one's home from evil intentions.

Sprinkling holy water on these corners is another embodiment of the ancestors' connection to the divine. Our ancestors ritually sprinkled holy water, which had a spiritual significance for purifying and strengthening the protective energy of the corners. In addition, in times of despondency or lingering negativity, the corners would come to life with the soft glow of candles, which was meant to dispel the darkness and bring new optimism.

Another fascinating tradition involves placing a coin and a piece of bread in the corner. This symbolic gesture, simple but powerful, was believed to ensure a steady flow of wealth and prosperity. However, harmony was paramount, as disorder or chaos in these corners could lead to the accumulation of harmful energies, potentially preventing the desired blessings from being received.

The ancestors' view went beyond physical corners, perceiving doorways as passageways connecting the realm of the living and the afterlife. The transmitted wisdom reminds us to be careful when we hear a knock on the door, because it is believed that this threshold is a portal to unknown worlds.

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