There is an ancient legend explaining how the tradition of creating and wearing ancient amulet martenitsa was born. Khan Kubrat’s (632–665) five sons went hunting accompanied by their sister Huba. When they reached the Danube river they saw a silver stag. Mesmerized, the men did not dare shoot at it. The stag crossed over to the opposite bank of the river revealing a ford. A pigeon flew bringing them bad tidings. Their father, the founder of Ancient Great Bulgaria was on his deathbed. In his last hours Kubrat’s last will to his offsprings ( Bayan, Kotrag, Asparouh, Kuber and Altsek ) was to keep the union between the different Bulgarian tribes. His sons vowed to love and defend United Bulgaria.
Soon after their father’s death, the Khazars invaded the land. The Khazar’s Khan Ashina conquered the capital Phanagoria and Huba, Kubrat’s daughter, was captured by Ashina. Hoping to give her brothers a chance to freedom, Huba attempted suicide but was saved by the guards. Her Boyan brothers kept his vows and stayed with his sister acknowledging the Khazars about their superior power. Kotrag went northwards, to the River Volga, while Asparouh, Kuber and Altsek went south to search for a new land without oppressors.
The brothers who left secretly arranged with Huba and Bayan to send word by a golden thread tied to the leg of a falcon if they were to find a free land. One day a falcon sent by Asparouh flew into Huba’s room and she and Bayan quickly started plotting their escape. While they were looking for a place to cross the Danube River, Khazar pursuers spotted them and rushed toward them. Trying to find a ford, Huba let the falcon free. She tied a white thread to its leg and handed it to her brother. Just as the bird was about to take off, an enemy arrow hit Bayan and his blood stained the white thread. The falcon with red and white thread was carrying a message leading their road to freedom.
While Huba and Bayan managed to reach the newly discovered by Asparouh great land(present day Bulgaria), they were both mortally wounded. Asparouh was devastated and rushed toward his dying brother and sister but he could not save them. After their death the Khan Asparouh ( The Khan of Bulgaria) decorated his solders with amulets of white and blood red yarn to always remind the price to unity and freedom. This happened around the first of March and started a new tradition in Bulgaria that survived throughout the centuries. On the first of March people in Bulgaria wear white and red amulets to signify their freedom and prosperity.
The Secrets of the Craft
On April 1st Bulgarians take down the red and white amulets with an ancient spell. This ritual has become a powerful tradition that signifies the cycle of closure of the past and the beginning of a new cycle that is spiritually free. It is believed that through the month of March we have gained the power to break free from interference and have gained the strength for personal liberty as opposed to the bondage of slavery.
The power that makes this ancient spell work is not to be found in some new recipe book. This ancient magic has proven positive force that makes it work dwells within you, and surrounds you. The real secret in this magic starts with your connection to divinity, within and without. Your thoughts, willpower, feelings, and physical exertions are expressing this divine energy from the time of the ancient Khan.
( Cyber Spell) On this Day of April 1, with all the ancient powers invested in me , I give my Freedom Amulet to you casting this powerful and magic ancient spell to have you break free from the dark forces of your evil masters, break free from the co-straights of thinking inside the box and the limitations of prejudice. The change is always within you! Your deeds today shape your tomorrow.
I wish you to be Free!