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Slavic Moons and Months

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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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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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Individual

Is This The Best We Can Do?

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I ask my fellow human beings, Is this the best we can do?  I personally think the shape the world is in is the worst shape it can be. We live in a fake world from top to bottom.  We wake up everyday to basically do the same thing we did yesterday.  Our lives are on repeat.  We have the same thoughts, do the same activities, and basically see the same people.  Everyday.  This is what the movie Groundhog’s Day was trying to show.  Sure we take a vacation or occasionally try something new, but in no time we are right back to our routines.  Is this what it means to be Human?  

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The Spiritual Realms of Water

Elder Mountain Dreaming

The area of Pomerania, the north-western part of modern Poland, is symbolically surrounded by three major rivers: the Vistula from the east, the Oder from the west, the and Noteć from the south. The northern barrier of this post-glacial area is the southern coast of Baltic Sea. One of the dominant features of this type of landscape is numerous, relatively small lakes and a predominantly longitudinally-oriented network of rivers. As drinking water reserves, as well as habitats of species utilized by the early medieval economy, they must have played an important role in the cultural landscape and religious ideas.

In the following article, we intend to take a closer look at the significance of water in pre-Christian Pomeranian beliefs of the early medieval period, i.e. from the arrival of the Slavs to the region (ca. 6th–7th century ce) to the mid-13th century (which conventionally mark the end of the early Middle Ages…

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Acorn Folklore

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – This Autumn we have had an abundant of Acorns in the Pacific Northwest and in folklore, it means that we are going to have a mighty winter. The Sacred Oak Trees all grow from these little tiny acorns, which the squirrel is the one who graciously plants them in the ground everywhere. I gathered some Autumn articles of Acorns myths and mystery. Enjoy!

Acorn Folk Legends
The Celts, Romans, Greeks and Teutonic tribes all had legends connected to the mighty oak tree. Typically, the oak was related to deities that had control over thunder, lightning, and storms. In Norse legend, Thor found shelter from a storm by sitting under a mighty oak tree.

Today, people in some Nordic countries believe that Acorns on the windowsills will protect a house from being hit by lightning. In parts of Great Britain, young ladies followed a custom of…

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Health, Herbals, Plants

Herbal Meditations and Magic for Thriving in a Neo-Colonial World

Ancestral Apothecary

Guest student post by Avani Mody


Sunrise:

There is an incomparable beauty to sunrise. The time of the gods, as it is described in Ayurvedic traditions. As a child my father told me, walk barefoot on the earth and take in the green grass at sunrise, to strengthen my eyes. The combination of a luscious green and morning sunlight, calmed my eyes and mind. During my recent, formal herbal education, this advice remains in my psyche. The colors, beauty and feel of the plants, indeed calm my mind, and strengthen my vision my ability to see in multiple dimensions. Plant meditations are one of the ways I like to spend time with plants and imbue myself with their serenity.

Neo-Colonial Herbalism:

Learning herbal medicine that is rooted in traditional cultures, resilience and a holistic worldview is complex and profound. In our contemporary society, and perhaps especially here in the…

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Regional traditional folk symbolism of Lublin, Poland

Elder Mountain Dreaming

Some of my ancestors are from Lublin, Poland and when I ran across this article (source at the bottom) of Traditional art of the rural community, I thought I would share. Its motifs, patterns and ornaments in folk tradition, folk dress, folk objects and talisman of Lublin shows many of the symbols that a lot of Slavic countries applied long ago and still today. ~Phoenix

Traditional folk art of Lublin had a different function than the art of the educated social classes. It predominantly served as a uniting and integrating factor. It forged identity, emphasized distinctive features, informed, offered a link to the past and memory. Crafted items were not only aesthetic, but functional.

Folk art is inextricably linked with the traditional character of culture – it emerged from the combination of “the head and the hand,” of imagination and creation. Skills and patterns were passed down from one generation to the next. However, items created…

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