Spring’s Rebirth – Slavic and Balkan Pysanky

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Compilation by Phoenix of Elder Mountain –The Rites of Spring is about honoring our rebirth and the earth’s rebirth, this has specific rituals that are ancient and help us stay connected to our moon nature, our soul and our emotional nature in a positive way. Here at Elder Mountain we do the ritual of building the archaic Goddess Marzanna Effigy (at the autumn equinox and winter solstice) and then burn and throw her into the lake or river, on the day of the Spring Equinox to transform Winter into Spring (and the symbolism of the grandmother into the maiden once again.)

A Pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка, plural: pysanky) is a spring or easter (ostara) egg, decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Many other eastern Europeans decorate eggs using…

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We are what we repeatedly do. Whether your life is good or bad, it is all from your habits. You are only as good as your habits. Quality of your daily routine is going to be the quality of your life. Witches and Wizards understand that Magic doesn’t just make things magically appear, they know that it is all about our habits.

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Pisces New Moon Crystals

By Krista Mitchell

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We entered the Pisces new moon phase this morning at 9:12am ET, and I’ve been feeling the energy all day: dreamy, contemplative, quiet

This moon is said to be one of deep healing, guiding us to face our inner darkness, acknowledge our truth, and what we’re willing to let go so that we can move forward in a positive way

This is a time when new projects started will be blessed with beneficence, provided the intentions and goals you set are done so with mindfulness and consciousness about what you’re seeking to (co-) create.

At this time, you may be feeling moody, blue, insightful, drawn inward, or guided to make some healing decisions in your life. It’s best to honor those feelings.

Take time to journal, dream, or deep-dive into issues you’ve been afraid or unwilling to face.

Shadow self healing, acknowledging and addressing your wounded self and psyche, can seem like a daunting task, but it offers the ultimate reward: FREEDOM. Freedom from the same old patterns and mistakes, the negative opinion of yourself, the fear that holds you back, the resentment that keeps you tied down, and the thing that blocks your happiness.

It’s worth it, and the energy of this new moon in Pisces is supporting you in doing that work so that you’re prepared for a massive new change and fresh start coming your way.


  • Pisces: intuition + psychic abilities, liberty, artistic + creative pursuits, sensitivity, empathy, healing, introversion.
  • Chiron: the wounded healer, the gift
  • Mars: initiation, action
  • Jupiter: beneficence, auspiciousness, abundance


  • setting new intentions that feel more in alignment with your true self
  • auspicious timing for new projects
  • becoming more conscious about what you’re cultivating or creating in your life
  • deciding on what you’re ready to let go, so that you can start or receive something better
  • putting firm boundaries in place with yourself and others
  • recognizing what needs to be healed within on a deep level
  • cultivating a greater sense of compassion for yourself and others
  • surrendering the choices or behaviors that are holding you back
  • having the courage to face things that are difficult for you
  • acknowledging your own truth or owning your inner darkness
  • completion
  • taking time out for silence and introspection


Hold and meditate, sleep with, or wear one or more of the following crystals for emotional support, inner guidance, to increase your intuition, deepen your insight, or to generate even more auspicious energy for a new project:

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The 13th Moon & The First New Moon of Spring

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Blessings beautiful Moon People, Artful Dreamers, Creative Artists, Soulful Dancers, Witches, Wild Women and Men and everyone inbetween. We begin our 13th Moon & the First New Moon of Spring on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and the Spring Equinox, Tuesday, March 20th! Its the season of endings and new beginnings as ‘endings’ and ‘new beginnings’ are equal in the 13th moon cycle. There are three parts in this writing today: 1. The 13th moon writing & the Black Canoe Mythology; 2. Marzanna’s final Spring Equinox Ritual; and 3. Examples of Intentions for this month.

Clear your distractions away today, take a deep yawn and stretch and shake off last years moons, like a wolf who shakes the water off her wintery coat. Accept that its time to embody the next layer of our Moon-Spirit as the 13th moon cycle releases old…

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Alchemy is yet another tradition that has been taken literally. Most think Alchemy is turning lead into gold. They actually think that certain alchemist turned lead into gold and became rich. Alchemy is a philosophical tradition. It used to be very close to magic. Witches and Wizards are known for mixing chemicals and ingredients to make things like medicines, potions, poisons and antidotes. Alchemy is where we get the word chemistry.

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Spiritual Cleansing Bath – Basic Recipe

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SPIRITUAL CLEANSING BATHI often get asked about simple spiritual washes without all the hooplah. This one is very basic, in-fact… a lot of my blends are made with these core ingredients, then I layer other ingredients to customize. This is so easy, very fragrant, cleansing, soothing and perfect to calm your nerves and put you back together again.

I got a knock on my door this evening and my neighbor has herbs in hand and a rock… lol… she asked if I could cook up some bath wash for her. She has the recipe and I’ve shown her how to make it, and somehow she says she prefers the way it smells when I make it. Go figure! I have the ingredients on hand, but she brought hers all except for the horseradish I decided to add for her. I don’t use measured amounts, I just eye it.

I made us some…

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Victim Mindset


Being a victim is what 99% of the world’s population loves being. Alan Watts called it being “poor little me”. One will never have control of their life if they play the victim. What is dangerous about this mentality is most don’t know they are doing it. If you are stuck in life or in a certain area of your life, maybe you are playing the victim.

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Virgo Full Moon Crystals: Manifesting Goodness in Your Life

By Krista Mitchell

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I recently read an article Oprah wrote for her “O” magazine in which she discussed her aversion to small talk, asking how someone could make small talk when “our world is burning”. I was struck by the power and direness of that statement.

If our world is burning, how do we, as lightworkers, respond? Healing each other one person at a time, raising our voices collectively in favor of consciousness, practicing tolerance, compassion and forgiveness, helping where we can, and owning our sh**.

We must face the darkness in the world, but we must also hold space for the light. We have to embrace our own inner shadows, but we must also claim and celebrate our radiance. How or what that looks like depends on you.

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Simple Spiritual House Cleansing

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Simple Spiritual House CleansingHello everyone, sorry for the lack of posts we have had some unseasonably warm weather and I have been taking advantage of it. Before the next snow storm hits of course.

We have started doing some refreshing in parts of the house, little cracks here, little cracks there, knicks, bumps, dents and gaps in the trim work from the varying temps all that fun stuff. Easy stuff to do, but more tolerable when the sun is shining, birds are singing and you can crack open the windows a bit.

Every time I do work like this in the house, not only am I feeding the soul of the home by showing it love and respect, but I follow up with a spiritual cleansing and blessing. I also do this outside on my property when I have done a big clean up, kicked up a lot of earth, trimmed things, pulled…

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Full Moon ~ Will You Be Seduced by the Sirens’ Songs?

By Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D. Universal Energy Waves

In Greek Mythology, the Sirens were sea creatures who lured sailors into the depths of the sea through their song. Their haunting and beautiful songs were so irresistible that their influence was said to make anyone who heard them lose all ability for rational thinking and acting.
This is what the astrological influences connected with this Full Moon (reaching its peak on Thursday, at 7:51 EST) may make you feel.
While the Full Moon itself is in Virgo, an analytical, rational, and practical sign, the Water Element is so strong and the influence of Neptune so seductive, that it may pull us towards wanting to drown in the ocean of emotions.
Those emotions, mostly arising from the unconscious mind, may take us by surprise. They may play on our deepest fears, bring up our tightly-held illusions, resurrect our negative beliefs and leave us feeling super-sensitive and unsure of which way to go. Given that all this is in play, what we should not rely on is our intuition as it is very likely that any intuitive signals we receive will be distorted.
Instead, we should hold onto what we know is solid, take things one step at a time, have patience and self-discipline.
Do you know what the sailors who survived the seductive siren songs did?
They wore earplugs!
So if you think of the siren songs as your own negative beliefs, which may come up strongly today, tomorrow and on Friday, make sure to use those earplugs and turn your attention to practical things, things that are in your control, small tasks you can do to deal with what is right in front of you.
Crystals that will help with this are Mahogany Obsidian, Ruby (pictured above), Brown Tourmaline (pictured below), Black Agate, and Red Jasper.
Of course, how you experience and go through all this will depend on what your personal balance of Elements is like.
Now imagine if you knew this and if you knew what to do to better prepare yourself ahead of time, based on your personal balance of Elements, for times like these . . .
The Sunday Workshop Crystals, Elements, Ancestors (March 4th3pm to 7pm) in Williamsburg, VA, is designed not only to give you these tools, but also to clear some of the blocks that may show up as illusions, fears, or negative beliefs described above.
To learn more and to register, please go HERE.
Registration closes Friday at noon so I can prepare all the crystals and materials you need!
Hope to see you there!
Till next time, stay happy and healthy!
Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.