Happy Litha and Summer Solstice

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Litha falls on the summer solstice. With the sun at it’s zenith, this is the longest day of the year. It is a celebration of the God and Goddess at the height of their power. They are the king and queen of the fertile lands and together they rule over the fertile, growing earth. Their mature love for each other ensures the success of the ripening crops. It marks the preparatory period before the harvest season at a time when the Holly King Takes over for the Oak King until Yuletide.

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Ukraine Vinok (вінок) Wreath Symbolism

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All Slavic traditions and folk traditions include flowers, but Ukraine is much more abundant. The Ukrainian Wreath Vinok (вінок) is a crown made of wild flowers and herbs which, in traditional Ukrainian culture, is worn by maidens (those unmarried) as a pagan tradition. There are different types of wreaths: a wedding, a wreath of love, monastic, wreath of hope, devotion, separation and kupala. The wreath of love was not only for marriage ceremonies but also divorce ceremonies.

Today and in the more prominent neopaganism of Kupala, more and more wreaths are returning back before religious influence and are worn by women of all ages. The wreath dates back to the old East Slavic customs that predates Christianization of Rus which still remains a valued part of Ukrainian national creative attire, worn on festive occasions and on holy days.

Flowers are a part of all their celebrations, traditional folklore, craft…

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Scarab Beetle

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Scarab Beetles were popular amulets and impression seals in Ancient Egypt. They have found these amulets in large numbers and there is a significant amount of artwork showing the Scarab Beetle. But the Scarab is found in several other ancient cultures including American Indian, Buddhism and Taoism. What does this symbol mean? Mainstream archeologist and researchers will tell you it represents Ra rolling the sun across the sky. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Crawdads

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Crawdad bone against syphilis – “I have known hillmen to spend hours and even days searching the rivers for very large crawpappies in order to get the two circular lucky-bones found in their bodies. These are carried in the pockets to ward off syphilis. The bigger the bones the better, and really large lucky-bones are rare.” ~Randolph OMF 152

Pinchers worn for stomachache – “It is said that a pair of crawpappy pincers sewed into a man’s clothing has the same effect [stomachache].” ~Randolph OMF 154

“If you tie crawdad claws around your neck it is suppose to cure the bellyache.” ~Parler FBA III 3276

“A remedy for the bellyache is to tie a pair of crawdad claws on a string and wear them around your neck.” ~Parler FBA III 3277

Lucky crawdad bones – “The two lucky bones in crawdad’s head will bring a boy good luck if he…

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Cultivating the Flow of Awen in our Lives

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I shall sing of the awen, which

I shall obtain from the abyss

Through the awen, though it were mute

I know of its great impulses

I know when it minishes;

I know when it wells up;

I know when it flows;

I know when it overflows.

–Taliesin, “The Festival” from the Book of Taliesin, 13th century

What the poet Taliesin writes of is the “Awen”, a central principle in the druid tradition meaning “flowing inspiration” or “divine inspiration.”   In ancient times, bards embraced the flow of Awen to be masters of memory, sound, and expression. The bardic path was a lifelong pursuit and vocation; bards would spending many years (by one Scottish account, 7 years[1]) learning the bardic arts which included the arts of memory, diction, rhyming, and composition.

The flowing of Awen isn’t just an experience, it is a magical and meditative process. Perhaps you’ve…

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Sacred Tree Profile: Magic, Medicine, Folklore and Ecology of Ash (Fraxinus Americana)

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I remember the first time I met an Ash tree suffering from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in South East Michigan. She was a young ash, about 20 years old, about 4” thick at her widest point typical age, and had begun producing seeds. She stood proudly to the south-east of my sacred grove behind my pond, and I would visit her often. All of her elders in the surrounding area had been killed by the Emerald Ash Borer some years before. The EAB is a bright green beetle that came into the Detroit, MI harbor in 2002 and spread quickly into the surrounding ecosystem (now threatening ash trees along the midwest and eastern seaboard).  The EAB larvae eats the cambium (green inner bark) of many ash species; however, the borer ignores trees that are young and instead goes for more mature trees that have a more developed cambium. As…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Cranesbill

I love seeing this along the roadsides in Western Maryland.

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Cranesbill, Spotted – Geranium maculatum

Parts used: root, leaf, flower

Traditional uses: Astringent, compound decoction used as a wash for thrush in child’s mouth. Used for open wounds and to remove canker sores. Infusion of roots taken for diarrhea.

“Styptic, astringent, tonic. Used for piles and internal bleeding. Excellent as an injection for flooding and leucorrhoea, and taken internally for diarrhoea, children’s cholera, chronic dysentery; a good gargle.” ~Grieve MH

Brewed for sore throats – “Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) is brewed into a fine astringent medicine for sore throats.” ~Randolph OMF 93

Root used as a “flux stopper” – “The root of a plant called cranesbill (Geraniummaculatum) is also a popular ‘flux stopper.’” ~Randolph OMF 97


Grieve, Margaret A Modern Herbal (MH)

Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (NAE)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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Trinity of Polish Divinity: Summer Solstice, Water Rites & Magical Crowns

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If you dig far enough into any group’s history, you will find wars and conquest of one people over another. Of course, the victors write the history, but there are always those that have been Guardians to the whole truth.

In my humble opinion, the conflicts today are the same as when the first human bashed another in the head with a rock and took his stuff. Only the weapons, and the ways we communicate those actions have changed. A few have awakened and are trying to make true changes, but mostly it’s just talking heads.

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I remember watching Avatar in 2009 and thinking this is a cool movie. My brother died shortly after this movie and that led to my enlightenment and rebirth. Watching it again recently and knowing what I know now made this movie great. Cameron was genius in making the natives of Pandora huge and us the aliens small. The aliens that created us were huge, that is what Cameron is hinting at here. All he did was switch roles. Notice that we are the war species in this movie because that’s what we are, a war mongering race.

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A Shared Spiritual Origin in Celtic Europe and Indo-Aryan India?

If you work from the teaching that all things originated in Egypt …

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DISCLAIMER: METAL-GAIA DOES NOT SUPPORT RACIST IDEAS, SUCH AS WHAT WAS FOUND IN NAZI GERMANY. THIS IS A DISCUSSION OF INDIA, EUROPE AND WEST ASIA’S SPIRITUAL PAST. FOR METAL-GAIA’S THOUGHTS ON RACISM, REFER TO PAGANISM AND RACISM.


The word Aryan immediately has many controversial connotations. Merely speaking the word “Aryan” in most Western countries will conjure the image of Nazis and a flaxen haired, blue eyed people from the north. Yet the reality is that the Aryans (if they did exist as a singular people) were most likely from West Asia, not Northern Europe, and that Aryans were a Hindu topic for thousands of years before the Nazis came along.

The reason why people associate Hindu spiritual concepts like the Swastika and Aryans with the Nazis is because the Nazis appropriated many historical Hindu concepts. Even the swastika that is now famous as a Nazi symbol, was historically a Hindu symbol of well being…

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