Great Spirit Manitou

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Compilation with additions by Phoenix the Elder I never write about Native American lore or their teachings because I have my own Slavic Indigenous traditions, but I now live near the Piasa Dragon-Bird petroglyph that was kept updated over the decades and the word Manitou seems to have been served on my plate.

Along side the great Piasa Bird-Dragon here in the Midwest, is the legend that Chief Ouatoga worked with the great spirit Manitou to have the power to kill the Piasa. The term “Manitou” was widespread at the time of early European contact in the Native Indigenous Canadian and American continent peoples.

In 1585 Thomas Harriot recorded the first glossary of an Algonquian language, Roanoke (Pamlico), he included the word Mantóac, meaning “Gods” (plural). In some Algonquian traditions, Gitche Manitou refers to “Great Spirit” or supreme being just like paganism and religious folk refer to their…

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Imbolc Symbolism for the North Eastern US: Reflections on the Landscape

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Imbolc was traditionally a Gaelic holiday celebrated in the holiday celebrating the first signs of spring. When I first started down the path of Druidry, I never felt very connected to Imbolc as a holiday because there seemed to be this huge disconnection between the holiday’s traditional roots and what I was seeing on my own landscape. Part of this is that the weather in the UK is much milder than where I’ve lived and I’m more likely to see at the Spring Equinox–or later–what might be first signs of spring at Imbolc. I thought it was funny when I’d see rituals where I should decorate my altar with snowdrops when they were still another 1-2 months away from coming forth!

Snowfall at our homestead Reflections on Imbolc

My own issue with Imbolc speaks to what I see as one of the major challenges we have in Druidry, here in North America and globally: …

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Cycles of Nature, Cycles of our Lives: Allowing for Fallow and Abundance in Spiritual Studies

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Preamble: Now that I’m the Grand Archdruid of AODA, starting in 2020, I will be doing one AODA Druidry-based post a month. A lot of my posts are already tied with AODA practices as it is my core spiritual practice, but I wasn’t always as explicit about it as I will be now! 🙂  All of these posts, while framed in the context of AODA druidry, will be applicable to many different kinds of nature-based spiritualities and druidries.

A beautiful cardinal flower in late summer

The Wheel of the Seasons offers us many lessons and one of the core principles in AODA is the principle of the Cycle and Season. In Western Pennsylvania, where I live, we have a growing season that runs from May to late October. That us, from Beltane to Samhain, during the light half of the year, we can grow vegetables, forage berries, and be…

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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).

Keywords
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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