First New Moon of Winter 2018

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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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Marzanna – Goddess of Winter

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Its that time of year again to honor the Goddess of Winter Marzanna, an archaic night goddess, a primal connection to woman and her shamanistic and animistic mysteries of the past, present and future. These pre-religious rites are still done in very simple ways today and I hope you join us again this year in making her. Marzanna is a night goddess in her origins and is a sacred mystery. 

Marzanna is one such seasonal lunar goddess who represents the Winter time of year and are based on a goddess who represents mother earth. I moved away from the simplicity of the traditional Polish Marzanna ritual in Slavic paganism because it is too simple for such a powerful and prehistory goddess and because these rituals do not honor Winter or Winter Moons as a Winter Goddess. These pagan rituals only glorify Spring and leave out…

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Queen Of Air And Darkness

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The early Celts savoured the dark side of life. They embraced war like a lover, plunging into battle naked, singing gloriously boastful songs. They were fearless in the face of death, which their belief in reincarnation taught them was ‘…but the centre of a long life.’ It was not uncommon for a man to lend money and agree on repayment in a future lifetime. Their day began at dusk; the new year at Samhain, the festival we know as Halloween. Darkness was associated with new beginnings, the potential of the seed below the ground. In Celtic mythology and folklore, the wisdom of darkness is often expressed by powerful goddess figures. Whether in the natural, cultural or individual context, their role is to catalyse change through the transformative power of darkness, to lead through death into new life. A Dark Goddess of nature, particularly in Scotland, is the Cailleach, a name…

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Goddess of the Sea: Salacia & Amphitrite

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –In ancient Roman and Greek mythology, Salacia (asteroid #120347) and Amphitrite (asteroid #29) are the feminine divinity of the sea. They were worshipped as goddesses of the ocean and salt waters, who presided over the depths of the oceans. Neptune was Salacia’s consort who presided over the surfaces of the waters but originally Neptune and Poseidon were spring, creek and river until their promotions. Salacia and the Greek Amphitrite are basically the same goddess.
 

I write my articles with empowering ancient mythology to support women and men today in their archetypal journeys, not just the destruction of the era’s these ancient mythologies recorded, but the gained awareness to heal our personal issues side by side with our archetype and our karma.

Salacia, Goddess of the Sea is crowned with seaweed as was Amphitrite…

By the streams that ever flow

by the fragrant winds that…

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Our Winter goddess and the calm in the storm

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Samhuinn Fire Festival is sometimes seen as a battle between two seasons, but there is a key third aspect of our story that leads the ritual turn from Summer to Winter. We sat down with Kate, who this year will embody the mysterious Cailleach, to learn more about her interpretation of the Crone goddess.

Photo of Kate as a Blue. Copyright Vince Graham for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved. http://www.beltane.org / http://www.facebook.com/beltanefiresociety

First a bit of background. The Cailleach traditionally manifests as an old woman, part of the triple goddess who changes as the seasons turn. At Beltane Fire Festival She emerges as the May Queen, goddess of the Summer when new plants and animals flourish. In Winter She is older, a Winter goddess associated with the formation of the landscape and fierce storms that batter the land, and She plays a pivotal role in maintaining the balance…

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Aphrodite, Venus, Ishtar, Inanna and Astarte birthed the original Wicked Step-Mother, Evil Mother and Dark Grandmother

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – I am a goddess lover, honoring the goddesses for as long as I can remember. Doing ceremony, prayer and facilitating goddess circles since the early 90s. As I get older, having had a debt to Venus (conjunct my Chiron), it was important to pay homage and respect to the goddess this lifetime. I completed that forty year journey and still honor Venus to this day.

Aphrodite is an ancient Greek goddess of: Love, Beauty, Youth, Pleasure, and Procreation. She is identified with the planet Venus (signs Taurus and Libra), which is named after the Roman goddess Venus, with whom Aphrodite was extensively syncretized. Aphrodite’s major symbols include Myrtles, Roses, Doves, Sparrows, and Swans.

The cult of Aphrodite was large, and derived from that of the Phoenician Goddess Astarte, a cognate of the Eastern Semitic goddess Ishtar, whose cult was based on the Sumerian…

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Elen of the Ways – Magical Deer Woman

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –I made the special Talisman with the pink encircling the Reindeer in 2017 – to honor the completion of my karmic journey, to the Deer Woman who mysteriously appeared in my waking life so long ago, and to my karmic debt to Venus. This week, my apprentice William and I were talking about “Elen of the Ways” because he said her name just came to him out of the blue and he had never heard of her.  I shared with him the day my first initiation began as a young woman, with a sacred Deer Woman who appeared to me in the waking on August 16, 1987.

Elen of the Ways is one of the original magical Deer Women, the British Venus who in earlier times was a Deer Goddess, Guardian of the Sacred Waters, Streams and Rivers, which carry the wisdom of woman and…

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The Voice of the Goddess

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What I am about to show you is advanced.  Not many will get it and even fewer will believe it, but belief is not needed for something that is true.  Every genius and artist of this world knows what I am about to show you.  Some may know what it is others may not.  Patriarch religions have stolen it and said it is the voice of god and only priests can hear it.  Well, I am about to reveal a huge secret that every religion and government does not want the masses to know about.  I call it……The Voice of the Goddess.  

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Fat Goddess

Fat Goddess …

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There have been figurines or statues of Goddesses found that are plump or fat like the Venus of Willendorf.  All over the world they are finding  statues like these and no one seems to know what they are or what they represent.  The the free-standing sculptures or drawings of the Goddess is represented as an imposing, and hugely fat woman with dangling breasts, egg-shaped buttocks and bulging calves and forearms.  Some are standing, some are sitting and some are lying down.  They are various sizes from miniature to grand scale carving and drawings.  With the patriarchal mind of today, no one knows what they mean.  Time to illuminate.  

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Happy Mother’s Day

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First, I would like to take the time to say Happy Mother’s Day to my readers.  I hope that today will be a day that you find how much power you really have.  If it wasn’t for our mothers, there really would be no human race.  So take time to give your mom a hug today and thank her for all she has done.  Most think Mother’s day is a United States invention.  Well the capitalist version you see today is, but Mother’s day was held in many ancient societies and goes all the way back to….you guessed it, Ancient Egypt.

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