Latvian Symbols – Latviesu Simboli – Elder Mountain Dreaming

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Symbols of the four Seasons

Spring Equinox – Dawn
The sign of Dawn or the rising sun sign symbolizes relationship to the top, to the heavenly world, it is the knowledge of humankind and the ideal picture of aggregation model. This sign, symbol language is sunrise and sunset graphical representation. Associated with the constant rhythm of the sun, with its eternal celestial mountain road, this is a sign of the world order for our children, because it combines an understanding of the past, present and future.

Summer Solstice – The Sun Goddess Strong sunlight is the symbolic representation of the life force culmination and fulfillment. Development of harmony symbol as a symbol of the highest mountain, sky, full of life-giving force, glory and power.  Jānis – The Summer Solstice God sometimes referred to as a son of God. His Midsummer’s Night festival (which is called “Jāņi” takes place on the evening of June 23rd and is the most important festival of the year for Latvians. Once every year, Jānis at midsummer came to bring luck and fertility to the people of Latvia.

Autumn Equinox – Ths God Jumis
Fertility sign. Jumim surrenders to the end of spring and summer, and its a double or twin sign because it means two together, the harvest season. Ancient farmhouses adorned and protected the Juma horses who worked in tandem or a couple. This sign means fertility, strength, wealth, success and good luck. The word “Jumis” attributed to the word “Jumal” which means “God.”

Winter Solstice, The Wells symbol
– this symbol is character of endings, completeness, that which forms the void or Sākotne. This mark combines with the top down and the sky with underground water. This sign herds a new solar year on the Winter Solstice, a sign of the sun and the world.

Symbolism

SnakeZalktis (Serpent Goddess) is one of the ancient symbols of a deity in Latvia. Like all serpent goddesses, she is associated with wisdom, which makes her an elder or grandmother goddess. She is significantly connected with healing, especially the healing of the soul.  Today she is still know for general well-being and health, judging from the popularity of the symbol. This sign dates back to the Iron Age.

zim_12_zalktisZalktis (Serpent Goddess)  – The Adder – symbolizes wisdom and connected to animism which can access worldwide knowledge. The white ones are the most powerful, and it is signed for one of the Mara’s talisman because Mara could transform into the healing snake. Also this sign is available on women’s clothes as protection, making it a symbol for sacred crafts and ancient arts.

zim_7_sauleSaule (Sun Goddess) the Supreme Goddess and one of the oldest Goddesses of the Slavs and Balkan, a time when the sun meant feminine and life giving. Now we associate the Goddess with the moon, but in prehistory she was the sun. Today as the goddess she rules both the earth’s fertility and woman’s fertility. She is a patroness goddess of those who have hard lives, the unlucky, including orphans. The design was originally a simple circle, which evolved over the years into many variations. Sun designs now usually consist of eight parts for the four seasons and half way points between the solstices and equinoxes.

We see Sky in day and sky at night, the ancient Latvian folklore specially points that central star is the Goddess Saule (Sun Goddess). She is the symbol of eternal movement and life. In the line of other stars, Sun Goddess is placed in one of the highest hierarchical rating. Sun sees everything and knows everything. In the territory of Latvia Sun symbols are found on bone tools already in late Stone Age. Rhomb or cube is also seen as symbol of Sun and is seen on the ceramics of Middle Stone Age.

13059b8b308f9c2efae42232517fea62Moon is presented as the consort of the Sun Goddess and also the Sun has all relatives such as sun fathers, sun mothers, sun daughters and sons and the children of the sun goddess. Behind other symbols, the Sun Goddess symbol is placed to be in the most honorable position any symbol can be. It is also because Sun Goddess is represented as mother of all children.

All drawings of Sun are always circle typed (egg, ball, golden acorn etc), who symbolizes the Sun’s trajectory. At the simplest level, Sun can be displayed as a circle. All the detailed Sun projections have one common point – the center of this circle is always double crossed or specially pointed out. The detail count of Sun symbol are countless, for a common is supposed to be detailed multi-angle – eight-sided symbol, but also there are simple four-angle symbol.

In Latvian art the motive of Sun is displayed on every possible items. If Sun is displayed more than few times in one row, it symbolizes special magical productivity and warmness rituals. Symbol of Sun is specially used in women’s clothes and jewelry, most of the Sun symbols are also found on those tools that is used for own goods made.

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The Midnight Sun, the Dark Goddess (now called the Star) – This is third most important ancient symbol is the Night Sun (star). It has huge dark and underworld connections and the protection from evil of the underworld. The drawings of stars have a magical meaning in Latvian folklore and it means you understand the secrets of magic. If your bed sheets are covered with star symbols then bed sheet protects the dreamer from evil wandering souls. The star symbol is also associated with the medicine wheel, the straight or turned cross style.

Simplest form of star is simple cross which symbolizes fire and the light. Pagan Latvians believes that magical rituals can be performed with this symbol and it often has a great meaning to those who use it in a sacred way. The Cross symbol in Latvian folklore has eight or six stars. Also at the Winter Solstice (now called Christmas), this is one of the only surviving symbols to honor the winter time ceremonies and celebrations. Many Slavic and Balkan countries in Eastern Europe will use the Midnight Sun (star) when caroling and singing folk songs going form house to house or village to village.

Auseklis (The Morning Star, Guardian Star) is the symbol of the morning star, the usher of the new day. Auseklis is thought to protect people from the forces of evil which roam at night. He is represented by the complex eight-sided star, which must be drawn in one continuous line without lifting your hand to receive the benefit of his blessings.

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Dreaming 102 – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Middle World: As the illustration below shows, when you are experiencing in your dreams or the in-between (states of waking and dreaming) of the “pulling or sucking upward” experiences. This means that your astral body (soul) is being sucked up by a outside source (ifo ships). Fight and resist this as much as possible and wake yourself up to pull yourself out. Sucking up which is an outside influence.

Under World: As the illustration below shows, when you are experiencing in your dream state or in-between (waking and dreaming)  the falling downwards is a natural state and not to be frightened. This is when one must begin to deal with the karmic astral body in the underworld. One should “never” work with their karmic astral body shadow and the various consequences of such interaction, it is mandatory to keep healing boundaries “outside of the underworld.” If the “falling downward” begins to happen its time to work with grounded disciplines and sobriety. This is the time the realm opens to heal personal issues at greater levels than normal and begin to work with a shaman of experience.

As a dreamer (shaman) I counsel and guide with experienced wisdom, for those wanting to ground and stabilize this activity of one’s soul body. I work with the different levels,  practices and grounding disciplines of  the processes all levels of the soul, paranormal experiences, out of bodies, multiple levels of dreams, dreaming and more advanced dreaming.
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Art: Pierre Julien Fieux

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First Full Moon of Spring – Elder Mountain Dreaming

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First Full Moon of Spring (in Libra) is Monday, April 10, 2017 (11:08 pm PDT) Set your ‘one’ full moon release intention, based on what surfaced from your New Moon Intention for the past two weeks. There are many various names each month for all the different full moons, and whichever you follow just try to keep it simple. The moon is about our very intimate and very personal nature, rather than cosmic (sun or solar).

Because lunar work is so intimate, it symbolically represents our “inner emotional life” so go out and just look at the moon tonight or tomorrow night and connect with the beauty on a personal level. You will recognize that she is quiet, gentle and simple. This is a great mirror for us in a world of movement, challenges or stress.  

Moon is also symbolic for everything emotional that has happened to us, so for this month, its time again to honor who we are and find our ‘release’ of what no longer serves your highest good… to let it go, one full moon at a time.

Blessings on the Full Moon ~Phoenix

Source: First Full Moon of Spring – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Wołogór the Dreamer and the Ancient Spirit of Ox Mountain – Elder Mountain Dreaming

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Wołogór, Mountain Spirit’s helper
(via Lamus Dworski)

Legends about the Mountain Spirit of Karkonosze is shared in Polish, Czech and German folk legends, where he is usually called Liczyrzepa, Krakonoš or Rübezahl respectively. In the Polish legends apart from the popular name of Liczyrzepa, also names of Duch Gór (Mountain Spirit), Karkonosz, Rzepiór or Rzepolicz are used in various Silesian regions.

Wołogór has a task of guarding the small region near Wołowa Góra (which according to local tales was named after him), and reporting the situation to the Mountain Spirit. Wołogór is depicted with an ox head, and carries a decorative staff that gives him magical powers. He makes sure that everything works in order and the people living nearby stay safe and respect the local nature. Sometimes he can help the locals or show a way to lost tourists.

Local stories tell about occasions where he helped the inhabitants to hide from bandits raiding the villages by covering an entrance to a cave with his magic, or when he used his staff to melt snow and make safe passages through the woods during harsh winters. He was appearing only in the locals’ dreams to let them know who gave them a helping hand.

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One local legend says that Wołogór fell in love with a girl named Maria and started seducing her in her dreams. However, she already had a man she loved and was always rejecting Wołogór’s advances in the dreams. He didn’t want to give her up and one night decided to appear in her home in person.

He came burning so much with love, that a spark fell out of his heart and it set Maria’s house on fire. Everyone thankfully survived, and Wołogór understood his great mistake. He helped to rebuild the house and decided not to intervene human lives. Maria got married to her beloved man and had lots of kids.

Years were passing by and the surroundings of the mountain were changing. The village Wołogór was always protecting started declining when people began moving to bigger cities for a better lifestyle, and Wołogór’s staff was slowly loosing its powers. Eventually, he understood it’s time for him to go and there’s no one left for him to take care of.

He went up a spring called Malina towards waterfalls, and there he pushed his staff and his right foot against a huge boulder leaving the shapes in the stone. He was never seen in the dreams again, but locals believe he might return when they will be in need. (end)

The Karkonosze Mountains by Rajmund67

Phoenix of Elder Mountain – What I find the most interesting about this entire legend is that Wołogór is a Dreamer, who experiences Love and has a Magical Staff. These are three really great symbols of the sacred masculine and in some ways, the legends show the transformation from the sacred masculine of love, into the struggle of unrequited love in a changing time of cultures around the world (from shamanic cultures into pagan and then into the patriarch).

The symbol of Wołogór’s staff is etched into a stone near the Ponura Cascade near the waterfall. This area is made of natural forms and cascades of rocks covered with diverse mountain vegetation. This is where the start of one of the ravine branches of Malina. The image on the stone looks like a maiden with the symbol of a bird upon her head with wings on her body, which is in the shape of a dress (which some Slavic symbols have this similarity).

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Cultural symbolism of a Maiden with Ox legend are also found in “Ox Heard Boy & Weaver Girl” which are ancient legends of the Chinese, based on the symbolism of the Magpie Bridge and Ursa Major (but in modern times, its their Valentines love story). Its also symbolically similar in symbolism to the Cretan myths of the Minos Bull and the Maidens which dance upon him:

The story in Crete is that Minos competed with his brothers to rule. Minos prayed to Poseidon, the Sea God, to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of support (the Cretan Bull). He was to kill the bull to show honor to the deity, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. He thought Poseidon would not care if he kept the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Poseidon made Pasiphaë, Minos’s wife, fall deeply in love with the Bull.

budnikach staffPasiphaë had craftsman Daedalus make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. The offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphaë nursed him, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a mythical oxen; Minos, after getting advice from the Seers and Oracle at Delphi, had Daedalus construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. Its location was near Minos’ palace in Knossos.

I find these remarkably similar in the the language of symbolisms, except that the Slavic tradition includes the folklore of the “Dreamer” which is so wonderful. The legend it says that he leaves because the times have changed (shamanism to paganism to patriarchy) as well. Just as Ox Heard Boy and Weaver girl are separated and can only unite at a certain time of the natural year which is the 7th day of the 7th month. The festival has been celebrated since the Han Dynasty (206 BCE).

“Wołogór went up a spring called Malina towards waterfalls, and there he pushed his staff and his right foot against a huge boulder leaving the shapes in the stone. He was never seen in the dreams again, but locals believe he might return when they are in need.”

Links to old shamanic ways can be found in legends and folklore (what Slavic people call paganism), Wołogór most likely has much earlier beginnings as an ancient oxen (bull) which had roamed free in the mountains and probably goes back to the same times of the Cretans. As a folk legend Wołogór is a good spirit, and one of helpers of the Mountain Spirits and that puts him fully into the shamanic category.

The other Ox Polish pagan folk tradition includes Kolęda; Old Polish Kolenda and Kolędowanie (caroling) at the Winter Solstice (Christmas for the Catholics). Ukraine and Poland both both have strong caroling rituals associated with animals, the (goat, associated with pagans) and the ox (associated with shamanism). They walk around the week of Christmas visiting homes with someone dressed as one of these two animals and carrying elaborate  Christmas Stars. (See article on Elder called the “Midnight Sun”, the Koliada Star). 

During the magical period of the winter solstice time in Poland (now called christmas) pagan rituals were to foretell fertility for the coming year, and people would dress as animals, in particular the spirit of the Ox called the Turoń. Two more kolędowanie festivals emerged from this — Szopki and Herody. Where a boy would wear a wooden Ox head, complete with movable jaws, horns, and a sheepskin covering. In pagan terms, Turoń is an older tradition that the pagan Dionysus Goat who appeared in cultures, but that cult had arrived very late in the Slavic lands, making Ox still seen in modern rituals. The older oxen had greater meaning from a more archaic time of indigenous rituals than the newer goat symbolism.

Turoń, typically has two boys “walk” the Ox on a leash from door to door and upon entering a home, the Turoń would begin dancing and acting festive in the hopes of bringing on a fertile year. Just like the Russians walk the bear in ritual.

Legends like the Mountain Spirit of Karkonosze help us reclaim we have forgotten when we fell asleep from what religion had forbidden during the changing of cultural rituals. Now we can return them without persecution, maybe harsh judgment, but times are changing for the better.

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Sources: Lamus Dworski http://lamus-dworski.tumblr.com and her sources: budniki.pl, karpacz.pl, karawanier.pl; Images from: https://www.facebook.com/Budnikipl; https://crazypolishguy.com; http://www.nocowanie.pl/powitanie-slonca-w-budnikach_1.html,

Source: Wołogór the Dreamer and the Ancient Spirit of Ox Mountain – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Ukraine Ancient Traditions of the Spring Equinox Rites of Vorotar (Gatekeeping) – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Source: Ukraine Ancient Traditions of the Spring Equinox Rites of Vorotar (Gatekeeping) – Elder Mountain Dreaming

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This article is from http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com with my additions, from my Shaman’s perspective and experiences – The Ukrainian Spring Equinox is one of the earth’s oldest ceremonies and it honors the ancestors as a ritual of the beginning of the new year Velykden, when the “Day” (Spring & Summer seasons were called Fire) overcomes the “Night” (Autumn & Winter seasons called Night). Vesnianky-hahilky is also known in Galicia as haïvky, iahilky, hahulky, halahilky, iaholoiky, maivky, and rohulky. Ritual folk songs sung by maidens in conjunction with ritual dances in ancient times on the Spring Equinox.

When religion came to the Slavs, the tradition of Mara (Polish Marzanna) lost its origin and thus the demonology books of churchmen forever changed the once pure spring rites and traditions. Mara then, is a female figure in Ukrainian and other corrupted Slavic folk demonology,  who was believed to assume various forms—animal, plant, ghostly (older shamanic traditions), and inanimate or monstrous females to cause people harm. The name was occasionally used to refer to the devil or to a house demon known as a domovyk. But most shamans understand clearly, that woman’s shamanic traditions were corrupted and how the church rose in power and control.

Long ago these songs and dances were performed in the meadows, highlands, along the rivers, but in modern times they are danced and sung in village streets, churchyard and cemetery. Originally their purpose was to give thanks to the mysterious spirit and forces of mother earth (nature) to provide good relations in the shamanic cultures of women, later in pagan times they were to honor nature who would supply people food and a happy life.

The magical functions of the songs was eventually forgotten but in peoples hearts, even though the magical rites are not performed by the grandmothers and mothers, the maidens still perform the dances and songs. As more female Slavic shamans reawaken to their ancient medicines and rites before paganism the more the magic will return.

ukraine eggs 3The vesnianky season in ancient times opened as a rule with a farewell to winter on the spring equinox, but once the churchmen got involved it took place on Candlemas or at the first sighting of migrating birds. A straw or wooden image of winter called Smert (Death), Mara (Specter), or Kostrub (Slob) was burned or drowned to the singing of vesnianky, and then spring, sometimes personified by a girl in a flower and herb wreath, was welcomed with ritual dances, such as Mosty ‘Bridges’ and Vorotar ‘Gatekeeper’. In prepagan times it would have been the Mothers, not maidens who welcomed spring and the grandmothers were the gatekeepers, always have been and always will be regardless of religions.

The dialogue, ‘O Beautiful Spring, what have you brought us?’ ‘I have brought you summer, a pink flower, winter wheat, and all sorts of fragrant things,’ was sung. In some localities bird-shaped bread was baked and tossed by children into the air to represent birds in flight. Many vesnianky were addressed to birds, groves and forests and trees and flowers, asking them to assist the coming of spring.

The oldest vesnianky are those associated with ritual portrayal of plant growth Mak ‘Poppy’, Proso ‘Millet’, Ohirochky ‘Cucumbers’, Khmil’ ‘Hops’, Khrin ‘Horseradish’, Hrushka ‘Pear’, L’on ‘Flax’) and the behavior of birds (Horobchyk ‘Sparrow’, Soloveiko ‘Nightingale’, Husky ‘Geese’, Kachky ‘Ducks’, Kachuryk ‘Drake’), animals (Vovk ‘Wolf’, Lysytsia ‘Fox’, Zaichyk ‘Bunny’), domestic animals (Baran ‘Ram’, Kozel ‘Goat’), and insects (Zhuk ‘Beetle’).

The simple but moving melodies have a deep rhythmic structure punctuated with frequent exclamations. Ryndzivky, a form of vesnianky, were sung at Easter by young men in the Yavoriv area in Galicia.  In Soviet times, the vesnianky began to disappear after the Revolution of 1917 and all original folk traditions that were passed down by village grandmothers for thousands of years by oral traditions, were completely gone by the end of the regimes of the Nazis and the Soviets including the Genocide of Famine to starve the Ukraine people to death in 1932-33.

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Source: Mykola Muchynka is still alive and in 1988 Czechoslovak television filmed Lety mii vinochku (Fly, My Wreath), with screenplay by Mykola Mushynka, based on the Ukrainian vesnianky of the Presov Region of Ukraine. He was born the 20th of February 1936 in Kuriv, Bardejov and is a Ukrainian folklorist. After graduating from Prague University (1959) he completed his graduate studies at Kyiv University and again in Prague in 1967. He worked in the department of Ukrainian studies at the Presov campus of Kosice University (1966–71) and founded and edited Naukovyi zbirnyk Muzeiu ukraïns’koï kul’tury u Svydnyku (1965–70) for the Svydnyk Museum of Ukrainian Culture.

Because of his contacts with Ukrainian dissidents and Ukrainian émigrés he was expelled from his job and forbidden to publish. He was not reinstated in a research position until 1990. He has written over 300 studies, articles, and reviews, mainly on folklore and the culture of Ukrainians in Czechoslovakia. He compiled two anthologies of Ukrainian folklore in Eastern Slovakia (1963 and 1967) and a collection of Folk Songs sung by A. Yabur (1970). Besides a study of the folklore of the Ruthenians of Vojvodina (1976) and biographies of Orest Zilynsky (1983) and Stepan Klochurak (1995).

In Ukraine today most songs and dances are performed by professional and amateur ensembles, but to return the magic, the prehistory ways, the shamanic traditions of Ukraine can be returned by those of true female shaman paths of our birth rite initiations, lead by women in great circles again. Much of this tradition is celebrated in modern times as Kupala at the Summer Solstice which is much more popular for the main stream.

Source: http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com