Kolovrat slavic mythology


Kolovrat is the most widespread symbol in Slavic culture. It is a Slavic name for the Swastika, an old symbol that was used worldwide with similar connotations. Its name consists of words 'kolo' which means 'circle' or 'Sun' and 'vrat' that means 'to spin'.

Universally, it carries the meaning of the Sun and good luck and was most often used in Astronomy or as an amulet. The oldest Swastika found was discovered on an ivory figurine in Ukraine and the oldest culture that was known to have used it is the Vinca culture from the area that is now Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Hercegovina.

When Neopaganism was forming, Kolovrat was used as a unifying symbol of Slavic faith as it also represents the Gods of the Slavic pantheon and the constant battle and the balance between them. Svarog, a Slavic God of the Sun thought to be the creator of the world, is represented with Kolorat with eight rays, sometimes called 'the little Sun'.

In Slavic culture, Kolovrat amulets can have different number of rays with different meanings. Eight rays denote the strength of the solar flame, six rays give the owner of the talisman the Peruns protection and four rays symbolize fire. Kolovrat whose rays are directed clockwise is along the solar path, meaning it provides its bearer with the purity of thoughts and protection of the Gods, but if its rays are directed counter-clockwise it is against the solar path and connected with the underworld, helping it bearer predict the future and defend against the witches.

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