Old-fashioned Banana Fritters

A Hundred Years Ago

Banana Fritters are a wonderful comfort food, so I was thrilled to find a hundred-year-old recipe for them. The fritters were crispy; and, when served with a little confectioners sugar sprinkled on top, had just the right amount of sweetness. The fritters are made using banana slices or chunks, and when I bit into them, the embedded fruit was pure delight. This recipe is a keeper.

Here’s the original recipe:

Source: American Cookery (March, 1919)

And, here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

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Ancient Shaman Artists

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – My sacred archaic orison today…

I give great reverence, great respect and praise to all our ancestral and ancient women artists whose names were never known, or never mentioned by scribes in any sacred texts of earth the last few thousand years.

I light a candle and whisper to the wind to you, to send you the message from my heart, that your glowing love, your passion and connection to nature through the meadows and caves you once lived, still breathe and still holds its beauty. I am grateful to know you and the pure earth through your eyes again, where my soul had once lived.

The same creeks, rivers, streams, oceans, mountains and clouds are here, where you sang your honoring songs through your dreaming cultures, then your shaman cultures and much later, your goddess cultures. The culture of clan, tribe, town, village…

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Slavic Ancestors

Elder Mountain Dreaming

The East Slavs
  • Buzhans, ancestors of Ukrainians (alternatively identified as West Slavs)
  • Dregovichs same with Draguvites, ancestors of Belarussians
  • Drevlyans, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Dulebes, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Goryuns
  • Ilmen Slavs, ancestors of Russians
  • Kiev culture, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Krivich, ancestors of Russians and Belarussians
  • Korchak culture
  • Penkovka culture
  • Polans (eastern), ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Polochans, ancestors of Belarussians
  • Radimichs, ancestors of Russians (reported as Lekhitic tribe)
  • Severians (also South-Slavic, as Serbs), ancestors of Russians
  • Tivertsi, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Ulichs, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Volhynians, ancestors of Ukrainians
  • Vyatichs, ancestors of Russians (reported as Lekhitic tribe)

West Slavs

  • Glopeanie, ancestors of Poles
  • Hevelli, ancestors of Germans
  • Lendians, ancestors of Poles
  • Lugii (Slavo-Germanic)
  • Milceni, ancestors of Germans and Sorbs
  • Mazurs, ancestors of Poles and Germans
  • Obotrites, ancestors of Germans and Sorbs
  • Pomeranians, ancestors of Germans, Kashubians, and Slowinzen
  • Polabians, ancestors of Germans
  • Polans (western), ancestors of Poles (never mentioned)
  • Pyritzans, ancestors of Germans

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Magic and it’s Wounded Soul – Goddess Melinoë

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – I wanted to look up some Magic Gods and Goddesses to see if there are traces and clues to the ties of karma that real living magicians and sorcerers are connected to in the eras of our past history. Magical Tradition basically is a body of spell-casting techniques, or philosophical or religious alchemy beliefs pertaining to one particular view or method of magic or occultism. Alchemy can involve math and symbols and even the ancient demon bowls from long ago to attack women in power, by the rising Jewish men’s in their religions. 

Most magical endeavors today are from the Middle Ages, antiquity texts written and put into form, by Pagans, the Metaphysical or Esoteric traditions. Free magic and human magic are two completely different things, for free magic involves mother earth, energy and elements of nature, and human magic unfortunately involves past life…

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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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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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Druidry for the 21st Century: Psychopomping the Anthropocene

The Druid's Garden

As an animist druid, I recognize the spirit of all beings.  I honor and interact with the spirits in the land, in the trees, in the animals and birds, in the insects, in the rivers, in the mountains. Animals die, plants die, insects die. Their spirits live on.  In the Anthropocene, even mountains die, they are removed for mining activities all along the Appalachians and in many other places.  Rivers die, and have been dying cor centuries as we fill them with refuse. In the Anthropocene, many things die. What happens to that mountain’s spirit when the mountain is gone? What is happening now to the millions of non-human lives that are dying because of human activity? That’s the question we focus on today–as part of my druidry for the 21st century series.  Earlier posts in this series include Druidry for the 21st Century and Druidry in the age of…

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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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