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Cultural Appropriation, Plant Relationships, and Nature Connection

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As a druid, someone who connects to the local landscape spiritually, I’ve gotten my fair share questions about cultural appropriation and druidry’s relationship to indigenous practices, particularly traditions indigenous to the USA. The conversation may go something like this, “So druidry, is that like Native American?” My response is, “Druids and Native Americans both honor and respect the land, and see spiritual significance in nature.  However, Druidry comes from a different cultural tradition (the British Isles, particularly Wales) and our relationship with the land, spiritual practices, and celebrations are completely different than indigenous peoples in North America”  Another thing that happens with some frequency is that I describe something on this blog, like land healing, building sacred spaces, or other such spiritual work. And someone who has never commented before leaves a comment that says something like “You don’t have a right to do that, this land belongs…

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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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From Winter to Spring

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – When I celebrate gromnitsa / gromnica, I do not do it for one night, I do the ritual like I do my Marzanna, I do it over the entire winter season. I light my candles (three to ten candles) every night in my home from the First Full Moon of Winter (equinox) until the first Moon of Spring or around the (equinox), making the three moons of winter sacred for me personally. 

Pagan, spiritual or religious people tend to do shorter rituals, one day, a week or one night and when I was younger I do that as well, but I do less rituals, for longer periods of time in a simpler way. I stay consistent with the four season broken into the moon cycles and find that winter is one of the most powerful times of the year. Autumn used to be my…

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Druidry for the 21st Century

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This is a challenging age, doubly so for anyone who is connected spiritually with the living earth and who cares deeply about non-human life. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released towards the end of 2018, presents a dire picture for the future. This isn’t the only recent report from governing bodies globally–report after report continues to paint a clear picture of what humanity is doing, and what we need to do to change.  And yet, it seems to be business as usual.

The cycles of nature The cycles of nature

When I talk to druids about their thoughts about this present age, there seems to be a few ways to think about it.

First, the glass half empty approach is feeling extremely demoralized, looking at climate change reports and long-term forecasts and seeing the continued inaction on behalf of world leaders. The glass half empty approach may also have feelings that nothing we…

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Wildcrafted Yule Tree Ornaments – Painted Wood, Wreaths, Awens, and Pentacles

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As the Winter Solstice is coming up quickly and the tree just went up this past week, I’ve been busy in my art studio and out on the land looking for great things to add to the Yule tree.  As a druid who is deeply concerned about the amount of plastic and “throw away‘ quick purchase items, like cheap plastic ornaments, I didn’t want to buy any ornaments for the tree, but rather, to make them from wildcrafted materials. So today, I wanted to share two simple ways to make nice ornaments for a Yule tree from natural materials and simple tools.

Handmade Stag and Pentacle Tree Topper with Handmade Ornaments Handmade Stag and Pentacle Tree Topper with Handmade Ornaments

Painted or Burned Wooden Round Ornaments

One simple method for creating ornaments is a painted or woodburned wood rounds. These are simple slices of wood that you can decorate in a variety of ways–painting them, burning…

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Marzanna – Goddess of Winter

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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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Sacred Tree Profile: Oak’s Medicine, Magic, Mythology, and Meanings

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A glorious oak tree in fall colors! A glorious oak tree in fall colors!

There is nothing quite as majestic as an oak, which is likely why ancient druids met in groves of them to perform their ceremonies.   As I write this, I look at my glorious black oaks, white oaks, and burr oaks in the surrounding landscape and their incredible mantle of gold, tan, crimson and oranges.  Where I live, the oaks keep the green on their leaves through most of the fall season, and begin their transition into color just before Samhain. The oaks and beeches, here, are the very last to lose their leaves–if they lose them at all.  Many of the oaks, especially the younger ones, keep their leaves all winter, dry and crackling, and only drop them before they bud out again in the spring.   Their behavior in the fall and winter months is certainly a testament to their energy and…

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