The Aitvaras traditionally serves as a family guardian. They are powerful spirits with dominion over wealth and relationships who bring happiness, good fortune, and abundance to those they love, often quietly and anonymously. However, if angry or offended, the Aitvaras causes fires and disasters. The Aitvaras lives in forests or celestial realms, but it may be persuaded to join a family at home. An Aitvaras attached to a family can be sent to steal from other people. The Aitvaras was traditionally sent to raid barns or granaries but can theoretically retrieve anything.
The Aitvaras does not get along with Perkunas. Perhaps predictably for a spirit that usually manifests in the form of a flaming snake, it was Demonized post-Chris tian ity.
Manifestations: An Aitvaras may appear as a golden rooster; a large fire-breathing dragon; a small grass snake with a long tail, which emits light as he flies through the air (yes, a flying snake); a huge snake with a flaming head; or a snake formed entirely of fire.
Sacred tree: Wild pear tree
Offering: Serve an Aitvaras cooked meals that haven’t been tasted by anyone else, even during the cooking process.
See also: Perkunas; Snake Spirits