Elder Mountain’s Folk Smudge – Autumn 2018

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Our Seasonal Autumn Smudge will be available mid-September through December (because it sells fast). Our formula here at Elder Mountain is locally hand collected and dried seasonally all summer in small batches. Each bag of nature’s natural herbs and wild flowers have been hand picked in the mountains, on our land and on hikes, cured and dried to enrich your prayer rites, altar work, clearing negativity in spaces, dreaming purification smudges or your magical soul. Each one is Water and Moon Charmed in the Slavic Tradition on the full moon for a little extra energy.

Each year we have different offerings,
depending upon the season of collecting:

1 Folk Smudge
2 Smudge Sticks
3 Raspberry and Blackberry Smudge Sticks.

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AVAILABLE while the batches lasts and you can pre-order early if you wish.

1. LOOSE LEAF Folk Smudge $10 each (7×7 ziplock bag) + shipping.
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The Enchanter’s Daughter

The Enchanter’s Daughter …

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Illustrations by Errol Le Cain and Written by Antonia Barber – The princess believes that she is the daughter of the Enchanter with whom she lives in an isolated castle. She has no name other than “Daughter”, and she has vague dreams in which she can remember another life, in which she has a name.
 
She grows lonely and frustrated, and the Enchanter gives her books to read, in an attempt to distract her. This was a mistake, because in these books she learns about all kinds places and things, and especially about brothers, sisters, and mothers.
 
She is especially curious about the mothers in the stories, and she asks the Enchanter who her own mother was. He tells her that she never had a mother. She had been a rose, and he had turned her into a girl by magic. She asks him to turn her back…

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Snail Totem, Black Snail and Folklore

By Elder Mountain Dreaming

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –On the morning of the Summer Solstice, I was going outside and I look down on the front porch, and there was the tiniest black snail. I wondered how long its journey was to get on the porch to greet me for the summer solstice morning? Last summer solstice, another snail was on the little water plate in the garden and it was pretty magical too, so this being the second time, I was very happy to see the tiny black one. I have had big mountain lion totems, hawks, egrets etc. but the older and wiser I become I see the great power of the small.

My life is pretty slow in general and I can say I have worked hard for that in my spiritual journey over the decades with self-healing, disciplines and spiritual practices. This particular summer solstice moon cycle, I…

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Protection of houses against evil in the region of Mazovia

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Article by Llamus Dworski – ‘Lamus Dworski’ is dedicated to Poland – Polish history, archaeology, arts, culture, folklore, curiosities, and more. Visit her site @ https://lamusdworski.files.wordpress.com

People in the old Polish countryside were very particular about maintaining certain rites and preparing protective accessories in their household and the whole farm enclosure. These customs stemmed from pre-Christian Slavic protective rituals, and – despite the centuries of influence of the Christian church – they survived in continuity for as long as the early 20th century in many parts of the rural Poland.

The following informations I’ve translated for you are describing the old protective customs from the historical region of Mazowsze (Eng: Mazovia) located in the north-east parts of the central Poland. The same or very similar customs are common in other regions of Poland, as well as in many other Slavic countries.

Mazovian people were…

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Spellbinding Sweet Woodruff Cake: Prosperity Magic — gather

In my tiny wildish garden, nestling at the foot of a tall tree, is sweet woodruff. Her glossy leaves and small white blossoms may be hidden by a profusion of taller plants, but it is her scent that perfumes the air. Fresh, her fragrance (like rain, earth, fresh air and green grass all condensed into…

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Dziewanna – Spring and Summer Goddess

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Goddess as Mother Earth is my relationship in the Slavic traditions of Marzanna and Dziewanna (pronounced gee-wanna). These are seasonal and oppositional Sisters or Twins that carry a “wholeness” of the entire yearly season divided into the thirteen moons: Spring/Summer is ruled by Dziewanna and Autumn/Winter is ruled by Marzanna. Each of the two rule the two seasons that are six moons (months) long. All their rituals were once lead by the mature adult woman and the grandmothers.

There is not much historical writings of Dziewanna and Marzanna, but there still are a few simplified rituals in Slavic countries and Poland that have survived. Dziewanna means the plant Mullein in Polish, a goddess of spring and summer herbs, healing and healing ceremony. The plant is used for any respiratory ailments including colds, flu, asthma, lung diseases or illnesses that prevents the breath of life…

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Mexican Mint Marigold

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This very ancient herb goes by a variety of common, but somewhat confusing names. ‘Mexican mint’ marigold is the most common, but you’ll also find it listed as ‘Texas’ tarragon, ‘Mexican’ tarragon, cloud plant, Coronilla, winter tarragon, sweet mace, sweet marigold and ‘Spanish’ tarragon. It isn’t, however, related to ‘French’ tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus ‘Sativa’) at all.

Don’t confuse ‘French’ tarragon, which is used for cooking, with false or ‘Russian’ tarragon, A. dracunculoides, because it is somewhat invasive, grows well in hotter climates, and is grown from seed.

The Latin name, Tagetes Lucida, refers to its other Tagetes relatives, the marigolds. ‘Mint’ marigold is a perennial, native to Central and South America and has been used as a seasoning herb, tea plant and medicinal in native cultures for more than a thousand years.

The flavor is anise-like, a bit sweeter than ‘French’ tarragon, but used in some of…

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Spring’s Rebirth – Slavic and Balkan Pysanky

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Compilation by Phoenix of Elder Mountain –The Rites of Spring is about honoring our rebirth and the earth’s rebirth, this has specific rituals that are ancient and help us stay connected to our moon nature, our soul and our emotional nature in a positive way. Here at Elder Mountain we do the ritual of building the archaic Goddess Marzanna Effigy (at the autumn equinox and winter solstice) and then burn and throw her into the lake or river, on the day of the Spring Equinox to transform Winter into Spring (and the symbolism of the grandmother into the maiden once again.)

A Pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка, plural: pysanky) is a spring or easter (ostara) egg, decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Many other eastern Europeans decorate eggs using…

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What to Harvest: March

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There are useful plants to be harvested year round, if you pay attention to the land, the weather, and generally what’s happening outdoors around you. Here is the first installment of a series I’m going to try and maintain about what useful medicinal and edible plants are popping up throughout the year. Please note, this is based on the weather in Northwest Arkansas, so these plants may be delayed depending upon where you live.

**All medical suggestions are offered for educational purposes only and a trained medical professional should always be consulted before adding any herbs to your self-care routine.**

Wild Onions / Wild Garlic:

Sometimes also called “onion grass” this is a weed that everyone likely has in their yard (if you’ve ever mowed and thought, “Hmmm, I smell onions” you have it), but few know it’s completely edible.

Parts Used: Bulb, foliage

When to Harvest: Wild…

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Cabin Fever: You Get What You Ask For

Appalachian Ink ~ Home of Anna Wess (and Granny)

Every now and then, I get a glimpse of Granny’s wild spirit, the very one she’s kept hidden from the rest of us girls no matter how many times we’ve sat around the table in her kitchen. Sometimes, just sometimes, she lets that spirit out. And if there’s anything that’ll bring out her wild spirit, it’s cabin fever, sisters. Cabin fever and those bottled spirits in the china cabinet. And memories of them bitches, of course.

Granny turns on the radio and tunes it to her favorite station, WRIC-AM 540 radio in Richlands, Virginia, and she continues a’ singing the song in her head, some tune about Tom Dooley and his imminent demise, even while the announcer reads the local obituaries, forlorn organ a’ playing and all. Granny don’t know any of those dead people on the radio. And even if she does, she doesn’t let on. Lord, no.

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