Building with Cob, Part II: Soil Tests and Mixing Cob

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Happy feet mixing cob!

In a meadow under the summer sun, a group of dancers laugh and fling mud.  Beneath their feet, clay, sand, and water become mixed together, creating a sticky earthen blend that sticks to their feet, their legs, and, after some play, faces and fingers! This is a cob mixing party, one of the best times you can have with good friends. After the cob is mixed, it is added by others to the bench and more soil is added and the dance continues.  In last week’s post we explored some reasons to consider exploring natural building as a potential way to build sustainable structures and be more attuned with the energies of earth.  In this week’s post, we will get into how to test your soil and how to make some cob!

One thing I want to share about cob–you don’t have to build big things…

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Building with Cob, Part I: Project ideas and Honoring Earth

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Making some cob!

Connecting with the earth can mean a lot of things–and today, I want to talk through how to create a simple building material that can be used for a wide variety of purposes: cob.  Cob is an ancient building material that is a combination of sand, clay, and straw (or other strengthening materials) mixed with water. Cob, the synthesis of water and earth, becomes the passive forms through which we shape anything from a small earth oven to a whole living space.  In this post, I’ll introduce cob and offer some different kinds of projects that you can do with it. This post compliments last week’s post, where I shared how to make ecobricks from waste plastic materials.  Cob is certainly one of the more sustainable and local construction materials to use in conjunction with ecobricks, so I thought it would be a nice time to…

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Native American Truth

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We are taught that the Native Americans were hunter gathers, savages who sacrificed children, that they were illiterate and  uncultured.  This is the furthest thing from the truth.  The Bering Strait theory that Natives walked across from Siberia to Alaska was thought up in 1964 and the theory came unglued in 1997.  Findings in southern Chile made archeologists publicly concede they were wrong.  Yet this theory is still taught and forced down our throats.  Archeologist Stuart Fiedel even stated. “Everything we knew is now supposed to be wrong.  We’re in a state of turmoil”.  The only reason why the Bering Strait and human origin stories are the way they are is because it keeps the lies of the Bible intact.  So much for science and religion being separate.  

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Wild Cakes for Camossung: A Prayer For Restoring The Garden — Gather Victoria

My family background is pretty diverse (stretching across Europe, from Spain, France, Greece to Eastern Europe and Russia) so I harvest and write about the many foods my ancestors have eaten for literally thousands of years. But I also resonate deeply with the food cultures of the Coast Salish Peoples whose territories I occupy. I…

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Grosbeak Totem

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – I found a Black Headed Grosbeak Feather today after a month of great changes and it is a very welcoming sign today. These bird’s feathers are black and white on their wing and because they are both opposing colors they represent both our moon internal and sun external. 

Grosbeaks represent as a symbol, both our shadow and our light with the fiery passion (red and orange colors) and the serene love of family (blue grosbeaks). Both the Rose, Eastern Blue and Black-headed Grosbeak are medium in sized and seed-eating birds. They are in the same family as the northern Red Cardinal (family of the cardinalidae).

Keywords
Positive Family and Family Issues
Past Life and Past Life Karma Families
Broken Family Relations
Healing and Repairing Family Issues
Completion of a Karmic Family Cycle
Healing of Old Family Wounds
The Letting Go of Family members

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Slavic Ancestors

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The East Slavs
  • Buzhans, ancestors of Ukrainians (alternatively identified as West Slavs)
  • Dregovichs same with Draguvites, ancestors of Belarussians
  • Drevlyans, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Dulebes, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Goryuns
  • Ilmen Slavs, ancestors of Russians
  • Kiev culture, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Krivich, ancestors of Russians and Belarussians
  • Korchak culture
  • Penkovka culture
  • Polans (eastern), ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Polochans, ancestors of Belarussians
  • Radimichs, ancestors of Russians (reported as Lekhitic tribe)
  • Severians (also South-Slavic, as Serbs), ancestors of Russians
  • Tivertsi, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Ulichs, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Volhynians, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Vyatichs, ancestors of Russians (reported as Lekhitic tribe)

West Slavs

  • Glopeanie, ancestors of Poles
  • Hevelli, ancestors of Germans
  • Lendians, ancestors of Poles
  • Lugii (Slavo-Germanic)
  • Milceni, ancestors of Germans and Sorbs
  • Mazurs, ancestors of Poles and Germans
  • Obotrites, ancestors of Germans and Sorbs
  • Pomeranians, ancestors of Germans, Kashubians, and Slowinzen
  • Polabians, ancestors of Germans
  • Polans (western), ancestors of Poles (never mentioned)
  • Pyritzans, ancestors of Germans

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Slavic Moons and Months

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – My dedication in life as a Dreamer was to be free, to be healthy, to pay my real karmic debt and live to tell about it. As an elder now, I begin to receive my past experiences with hindsight that flows into wisdom, through expressions of creativity. The path we all walk is long and unexpected and the moon path is the most unexpected of them all.

We have now completed a 2500 year cycle of the sun cult (patriarch, Regulus in Leo) and now, as those doors are permanently closed, many challenges await us as we navigate this world of ours in the messy state its in. It may not seem like it on the surface. but the moon time is slowly and steadily rising to serve the other half of humanity now, the soul people.

You can already see it happening…

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Bird Songs and Bird Tribe Shaman Women, their Culture, Art and Soul

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming The cult of the bird women go back to the very beginning of the largest cycle of Soul people on earth, which I estimate at least in this largest cycle (era) to be about 300,000 years ago. The culture of Bird Women (Shaman cultures and Dream cultures) is a birth and rebirth of one’s own symbol, the egg (the womb), when we didn’t have a fleshy body but existed within our own non-fragmented or non-separated astral bodies with both their consciousnesses.

Today these are partially housed in our physical body, with fragments of our astral bodies all over the place including our shadow lives, whats left of our pure astral body (higher selves) our dormant animal selves etc.

When woman ruled the skies, as leader, chief and healer, creating the sacred circle of life through the healing strength of the circle of women…

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The Living Waters of the Slavic Goddess Ziva, Zhiva, Siwa, Zywie

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming (compilation) – I searched and did a complilation on the Goddess Siwa or Ziva as she is known. Because I work with Slavic Fire and Water rituals, both in my folk healing and collective work as a shaman who whispers, the Living Waters of Siva Ziva is one of my favorites, besides the dark goddess Marzanna. Both of these goddess know as the waters of life.

With the demotion and demolishing of the Goddess over the last 2400 years, her rebirth in the last fifty years has brought both women scholars, writers and pagan writers to the forefront of all that was lost and returned (rebirthed). She is the embodiment of prehistory, before grandfathers cultures and kingdoms and even paganism existed, and she is here to stay.

I have honored the goddess all of my life in her nature, mother earth, animals, birds and…

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Slavic Faceless Doll Talisman and its Magical Powers

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In ancient times, the Slavs took making doll talisman quite seriously. Dolls were the main charms, as each carried out their “duties”. Most identified with the image of female deities and goddesses, dolls like Zernushka was “responsible” for a good harvest. But to grow and harvest food is only half the battle. The harvest should provide a comfortable life and prosperity in the home and to do this without the doll Bogatka (Great Tit song bird)does not work, our ancestors believed this.

At its base, the doll had a wand also called a column, for which it was also called Stolbushka (same as Motanka Doll). For full prosperity in the house it was necessary to ensure that the doll was not bothered to fulfill its “duties”, it was hidden from prying eyes and could even be kept on an altar.

Slavic doll talisman not only decorates the interior or played with by children, they have always…

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