Bird Tribe Grandmothers

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By Phoenix – I love ancient pre-patriarchal tradition, and there are a few left around the world that are proof that grandmothers were our leaders of shamanistic cultures, of bird tribe cultures like Perm, and leaders over our circles and spiritual ways. This was before both paganism and religious cultures took over and we fell fast asleep. With the complete destruction of the Grandmother’s ways and leaving her out of early writings was an agenda of the rising powers of men, her existence during the early to middle patriarch (500 bce – 1200 ce), refused to be forgotten in our soul, our psyche and our remembrances as women.

I have said over the years that in many countries, men took her rites and rituals over so not to lose their grandmother’s traditions completely to religious heresy.  They did it as an honoring of the grandmother who birthed pre-history cultures and…

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Moons of the Winter Solstice

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By Phoenix the Elder –The three moons of Winter has had many symbols over the millennium, both light and the harshness of the winter itself. Death shown here, plays with the magician, the sorcerer, the clown, the trickster and the clown. Illustration is De Kapelle der Dooden by Abraham a Sancta Clara in 1741.

Skeleton symbolism has always represented the core bones of who we are, its symbolized what is left of us after we pass on and its represented humanities condition in the world, where we are left abandoned and the hardships of starving, longing desperately for union with a nourishment from heaven and earth.

For most that is hard to imagine in the golden age 1950 to present around the world in all countries, but if that changed, then we would truly understand what it meant. For some like Syria pr Ukraine right now, or other…

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Awen, Bardic Arts, and the Ancestors

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The time between Samhain and Yule is always a time of deep reflection for me.  As a homesteader, this represents the end of the season– the first frost happened in the week I was drafting this post, making everything curl up and die. By the time late November comes around, any major outdoor projects are complete for the year. We anticipate, even embrace, the winter months when snow carpets the ground and all is frozen and still.  While in the light half of the year, I spend most of my spare time gardening, doing various permaculture projects, or just being outside in the summer. In the dark half of the year, this is when I turn to more inward-focused bardic arts, more intense practice of my magic and journeying,  and learning from books of all kinds.  So as we move into the dark half of the year, I’ll be spending…

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Ancient Order of Druids in America

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Dear readers, I’m taking a pause from my regular article-style blog posts this week to share some big news and do a bit of reflection. Last week, as of the Fall Equinox, I became the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). I’ve been in leadership and service with the AODA since 2013, serving first as Trilithon journal editor for four years, then as Grand Pendragon, then as the Archdruid of Water for the last four years. And now, I’ve stepped up to lead the AODA, following Gordon Cooper, and before him, my friend and mentor, John Michael Greer. Because of this, I wanted to take a week to share my story of AODA and reflect on this path. I do this for a few reasons–first, I wanted to share the news. But also, I realize that a lot of people may find this reflection useful…

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Native American Truth

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We are taught that the Native Americans were hunter gathers, savages who sacrificed children, that they were illiterate and  uncultured.  This is the furthest thing from the truth.  The Bering Strait theory that Natives walked across from Siberia to Alaska was thought up in 1964 and the theory came unglued in 1997.  Findings in southern Chile made archeologists publicly concede they were wrong.  Yet this theory is still taught and forced down our throats.  Archeologist Stuart Fiedel even stated. “Everything we knew is now supposed to be wrong.  We’re in a state of turmoil”.  The only reason why the Bering Strait and human origin stories are the way they are is because it keeps the lies of the Bible intact.  So much for science and religion being separate.  

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Wild Cakes for Camossung: A Prayer For Restoring The Garden — Gather Victoria

My family background is pretty diverse (stretching across Europe, from Spain, France, Greece to Eastern Europe and Russia) so I harvest and write about the many foods my ancestors have eaten for literally thousands of years. But I also resonate deeply with the food cultures of the Coast Salish Peoples whose territories I occupy. I…

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Grosbeak Totem

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – I found a Black Headed Grosbeak Feather today after a month of great changes and it is a very welcoming sign today. These bird’s feathers are black and white on their wing and because they are both opposing colors they represent both our moon internal and sun external. 

Grosbeaks represent as a symbol, both our shadow and our light with the fiery passion (red and orange colors) and the serene love of family (blue grosbeaks). Both the Rose, Eastern Blue and Black-headed Grosbeak are medium in sized and seed-eating birds. They are in the same family as the northern Red Cardinal (family of the cardinalidae).

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Positive Family and Family Issues
Past Life and Past Life Karma Families
Broken Family Relations
Healing and Repairing Family Issues
Completion of a Karmic Family Cycle
Healing of Old Family Wounds
The Letting Go of Family members

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Bird Folklore of Healing and Death

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –As a bird shaman, a very ancient one, birds have been my helpers, my animism souls and my bringers of prophecy my whole life. In Etymology, Avis in Arabic means to fly away in reference to a “bird” and in Greek and Roman Latin it means “Bird”. The more correct Latin is Avis Praeda which means “Bird of Prey”.

The basic theme and meaning of this Avis bird, which has several different names in different cultures is that it can sure and bring death equally. There is a bird known as the Iterus, from its peculiar color; if the patient looks at it, he will be cured of jaundice, they say, and the bird will die. This is the same bird that is known in Latin by the name of Galgulus.

In Roman Mythology the caladrius is a snow-white bird that lives in the king and queen’s…

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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

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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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