|Illustration for Baba Yaga's Blue Rose Tea (Celestial Seasonings) by Patrick Sheehan|
This week's question and answer (via poet and oracle Taisia Kitaiskaia* of The Hairpin):
- Wanting to share this with a particular friend, buuuut she's engaged. (stroopwafel)
- this absolutely gutted me, in the best possible way. (Lady Pants)
I just hope that if they make soup in my cauldron after the fact, they give it a good clean first. (!)
In the meantime, have some tea...
"Seeking out her aid is usually portrayed as a dangerous act. An emphasis is placed on the need for proper preparation and purity of spirit, as well as basic politeness. It is said she ages one year every time she is asked a question, which probably explains her reluctance to help. This effect, however, can be reversed with a special blend of tea made with blue roses." (Source)
Wow. I really do need some tea. Specifically some of THAT tea, stat!
What do you think of Baba Yaga's advice?
Want to ask Baba Yaga a question of your own?
There's now an email address where you can send your questions
directly to Baba Yaga herself.
AskBabaYaga AT gmail DOT com
To encourage Baba Yaga to continue imparting her no-bones-about-it wisdom (ok, there may be some gristle in there... bones too), I suggest we not to leave her box empty...
Thank you Baba Yaga (& Taisia).
* Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. Born in Russia and raised in America, she's had her poems and translations published in Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, and others.