The Snake and the Dream

Elder Mountain Dreaming

Old Russian Folktale – In a certain land there was a King who had a dream and as he slept, he saw a fox hanging by the tail of the roof of the palace. When he awoke he remembered his dream and couldn’t get it out of his mind. At last he called his counselors asking if they could interpret the meaning of his dream. His advisers could not help him.

And as his recollection of the dream continued to bother him, he commanded that there be a great convocation in the city and that everyone in the Kingdom should attend. His hope was that someone wise enough would be able to help him with an answer.

The people began to assemble, one of those who came was a poor farmer named Ivan. On the way to the city he came to a rocky place where the trail narrowed. Lying…

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Saturn’s Rings

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https://phys.org/news/2018-12-saturn-satellites-earth-moon-phoebe.html

A recent discovery that was let out of the bag about a month ago has scientists baffled.  NASA’s Cassini took samples of Saturn’s rings and moons and they are just now giving the results to the public.  The results of these samples has NASA and other scientists scrambling to come up with a story about how our galaxy was formed.  Why can’t they just admit that they don’t know instead of forcing a narrative?  Maybe they know the truth, but have to keep it hidden.  Cassini was destroyed September 2017, so they have been sitting on this data for a while. 

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Herb Maker Gift-Giving Idea: Glassware

The Herb Society of America Blog

I’ve asked five blog contributors to share their favorite herb-related gift ideas.  HSA’s blog will be running one per day during the first week of December. – Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster

By Andrea Jackson, HSA Member

glassware 2I spent some time thinking about herbal holiday gifts. What is it that I just can’t do without and what is it that always thrills me when I receive it. Are you ready?

Glassware!  Yup, all different kinds.

Mason jars of all sizes for jams and jellies and to age potpourri and to store bulk herbs and to keep elderberry syrup and habanero hot sauce. And then there are corked topped glass cylinders for stacked potpourri and roller top glass vials for perfumes and tiny glass cork topped vials for mixing essential oils to make new perfume blends. Oh, and recycled decorative liqueur bottles for homemade herbal liqueurs and cordials. Lovely antique vanity jars look…

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First New Moon of Winter 2018

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Greetings Moon Lovers, Healers, Artists and Dreamers! We have arrived at our first New Moon of Winter, starting Dec. 7, 2018 including the Winter Solstice, Friday, Dec 21st and our first Full Moon of Winter on Dec 22nd. You have completed another Season of Intentions (six new and full moons), and as you reflect back over the last three moons of Autumn, what was the most important awareness that you gained about yourself? We build from that into the next lunar season.

Lunar work is based on our natural cycles, our menses cycles, our emotional rhythms, our ability to become slow and steady enough to be aware of that, in a fast paced human mind-body world. We become the movements of the moon herself, she moves each day and grows in light, then reaches a peak each month at the full, and then begins…

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Wildcrafted Yule Tree Ornaments – Painted Wood, Wreaths, Awens, and Pentacles

The Druid's Garden

As the Winter Solstice is coming up quickly and the tree just went up this past week, I’ve been busy in my art studio and out on the land looking for great things to add to the Yule tree.  As a druid who is deeply concerned about the amount of plastic and “throw away‘ quick purchase items, like cheap plastic ornaments, I didn’t want to buy any ornaments for the tree, but rather, to make them from wildcrafted materials. So today, I wanted to share two simple ways to make nice ornaments for a Yule tree from natural materials and simple tools.

Handmade Stag and Pentacle Tree Topper with Handmade Ornaments Handmade Stag and Pentacle Tree Topper with Handmade Ornaments

Painted or Burned Wooden Round Ornaments

One simple method for creating ornaments is a painted or woodburned wood rounds. These are simple slices of wood that you can decorate in a variety of ways–painting them, burning…

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Giving Thanks


Giving thanks for the bounty of friends and family in our lives.
Blessings for health and bounty in your lives.

Spirit Evocation

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

For those spirits who don’t appear spontaneously there is the route of evocation, which basically means calling upon a certain spirit (or group of spirits) to appear to the medium. There are advantages and disadvantages to both the spontaneous and evocation routes. For instance, with spontaneous manifestations we are at more of a risk for inviting in a deceptive spirit, but that isn’t always the case and spontaneous manifestations shouldn’t be thrown out altogether. No, the main reason early Spiritists encouraged the use of evocation is to limit our communication to only those spirits we know will provide useful information. As Allan Kardec put it; it’s like having an assembly of people gathered together where anyone, at any time, can speak their mind, versus having a specific individual there to deliver a certain message. In the room full of people you might get a wise scholar, or you might get…

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Contemplating Death

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Most people do not want to think about death.  They fear it.  Some think that death is the beginning of nothingness, while most others think that they are going to heaven or hell.  With the crazy rules of dogmatic religion, we are all going to hell. They were designed that way for control.   Before patriarch religion, the ancients periodically contemplated death, but it was only to spark life into the individual.  Most of the ancients text refer to one living many lives, but you only get this life once.  

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Spirit Obsession

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Relationships between mortals and spirits can be viewed in a positive or negative light. Sometimes when we encounter spirits the information given (and the experience in general) is enlightening and helpful. Other times we encounter spirits who just want to joke around, or who pose as well-meaning characters as a sort of trick. Identifying spirits of this type will be talked about at a later time. For this post I’d like to look at those negative interactions with spirits, or what people have historically called “hauntings” or “demonic possession”.

In the light of Spiritism there are no demonic possessions, and there aren’t really even demons, in fact. There are only higher and lower order spirits. These can be viewed as “good” or “evil” but I tend to view them on the “ignorant” and “altruistic” spectrum instead. In Spiritism we don’t use the word “possession” because we believe that a person’s…

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THE GOOD SIDE of BEING DOWN

Good Witches Homestead

The anatomy of anger, envy, sadness, and fear

Negative emotions do us a great favor – they save us from ourselves.
They’re mysterious signals, that oftentimes surge for “no apparent reason”, urging us to pay attention and change what we’re doing. Emotions that generate unpleasant feelings have been called sins (anger, envy), rejected in “polite” interaction (jealousy, frustration), or identified as unhealthy (sadness, shame). Culturally we’re taught to suppress these feelings, or medicate them, and punish ourselves for feeling them. Because these feelings are mostly seen as unpleasant, they are often called “negative” emotions… although “negative” is a misnomer. Honestly, if you think about it, emotions are not inherently negative or positive, they simply are a feeling to situations that happen. In esoteric practices, for example, they are distinguished by much more than whether they feel good or bad. Beneath the surface, every emotion orchestrates a complex expression of changes in motivation…

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