ELDER MOUNTAIN DREAMING Dreamer’s Collective, Spiritual Artist’s Retreat/Creative and Gardens located in the Pacific Northwest, Ashland Oregon. We are a small three fold sacred space created by Phoenix the Elder, Wisdom Teacher of Elder Mountain, Dreamer, Folk Healer & Sacred Artist;  Jennifer Lee Reeves – Dreamer, Sacred Artist and Gardener; and Sarah Burnt Stone – Dreamer, Artist and Dancer. Opening Spring Equinox 2019.

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“Phoenix the Elder walks the archaic path of the “Midnight Sun” which is the shaman grandmother’s traditions of walking the living phases of the moon in it’s cyclical nature; medicines of the ancient woman’s bird culture (soul & dreaming); serpent’s medicine (transformational healing of the soul); and spider (weaver of soul & healing for regeneration).  Baba is the universal word for grandmother and in Slavic and Balkan traditions before paganism, it was and still is the transformation and regeneration lineages or what is known as Bone Mother. As shaman, her avian nature is comparable to any medicines of Raven, Owl, Vulture, Condor and Thunderbird in any world culture, in which the soul’s death is so often required for the processes of detoxifying for regeneration (karmic purification) in our life.

Her archetype as shaman grandmother was so feared by pagan and religious men, that they forced her to step down from leadership, then corrupted her story of sacred and holy powers of healing as a shaman, seer, knower, transformer, nurture of family, children and grandchildren and spiritual warrior. She forever remains in her state of corruption in her fairy tale prison and called her from there forth, Baba Jaga. Phoenix brings back respect of such powerful  female shamans and holds truth of a world in denial, through the medicines of her stories of magical experiences, demon slaying and folk healing.

Phoenix Flowers 3 2016Phoenix was fated this lifetime from birth as the next dreamer (shaman) of her family’s lineage and accepted the calling. Its called Szeptun (Szeptucha, Whisperer) in Polish and Mol’farka in Ukraine; her elders were from Tyczyn, Poland, a Podkarpackie Voivodeship in Rzeszów and Lubaczów, both near the border of Ukraine.

Having undergone four decades of initiations of physical deaths, losses, soul sicknesses, homelessness, mental break-throughs, self healing purification processes, chaos medicines, demonic attacks and rebirth initiations, she was and still is devoted to her spiritual self-healing journey for pure survival and karmic purification. Her shaman initiation journey began at 17 years old in 1975; mysticism and mystical initiations began at 27; and the final third of her journey were the death initiations (the dark moon journey) beginning at 43 which continued until all was completed at 57 years old in 2015. 

Folk Healing with the Moon, supporting issues of emotional, physical and mental imbalances and karma through transformational healing work and practices; Dreaming & Dreams as Medicine, she has been teaching apprentices since 1995 and now opens to the general public and as a dream walker is capable of working behind the veil to free the soul of the person she works with; Dreaming Journeys for group and individual (non plant, non drug). Soul healing journeys on the autumn equinox & winter solstice (underworlds); mystical earth journeys on the spring equinox & summer solstice (middleworlds)Healing Ceremony for the more serious dreamers, artists, spiritual ones, ceremonial cleansing, purification and dissolve for individuals and community; Lunar Moon Cycle A working and living path to relearn the ancient way to live by the thirteen moon cycles in their four seasons and two seasons; Divination Seer Readings, Intuitive Counsel, Medical Intuitive, Astrologer. Spiritual Warrior training for maidens, mothers and wise-women. Wind-Whisperer (shadow dream huntress and exorcist) eradication of shadow astral bodies, shadow roamers, sickness of space or land, clearings of hauntings, depossessions and exorcism. 

Jennifer Lee Reeves and Sarah Burnt Stone’s Bios coming soon.

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DREAMING | HEALING | COUNSEL | WORK-STUDY | WORKSHOPS | CIRCLES :

1. SPIRITUAL SEEKER OR AWAKENED – Wise counsel sessions 
for the vastness of Spiritual teachings in the world – Empowering the spiritual seeker or the expanding spiritual person who wishes to move forward to the next level. Phoenix helps one to understand variables, choices, false teachings, the differences between New Age work, Traditional Spiritual work, Knowledge and Metaphysical, Paranormal, Pagan, Drug (plant) Shamanism vs Shamanism. They all come with knowledge and personal responsibility. Counsel session(s) are a wise guide because it can be confusing with so much from so many perspectives and opinions (the non-experienced) and even limitations. With 35 years of experience in disciplines, knowledge and healing practices and spiritual teacher of students, apprentices and clients the last 25 years, she has a well rounded in understanding from experience to help you find a “very grounded” approach to your path to help you decide the right path for you. One 2 hour session  $130.00 or five (2 hour sessions) $350.00 (Skype or Phone) Email: ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com

Elder Mountain magical forest Maiden2. THE GATHERING OF DREAMERS (July 2017) – Empowering the Dreamer. A Series of six personal dream work sessions (2 hours) with dedicated homework and practices in-between and emails.  Individual one on one teaching $350.00 – Registration is now closed. Next 6 month sessions start in July at the end of 2017.

This work-study is a personal one on one teaching, guidance, direction and practices with monthly meetings by phone or skype. Phoenix helps people advance into the trinity of “healing” along side their dream work, with understanding the differences and subtle, learning to value the “dreamer” experience. She adds practices and folk healing towards the emotional healing work which we all must do. The integration of our dreams and our personal issues, or fears hold us back when life knocks on the door again with new “change”. If you are interested in adding a new layer to your dream work, please write ElderMountainRetreats@gmail.com.

3. THE INTUITIVE & THE EMPATH
2017 Video Series:
A series of three video classes – Introduction to the Empath & the Intuitive; Video 2 – The Empath, its Gifts and Challenges; Video 3 – The Intuitive and the Gifts of the Knower. $85.00. Series is a six hour teaching videos focusing on the sensitivities and gifts of those who experience their emotional body called the Intuitive and the Empath. If you think you are an intuitive or an empath, these video classes are informative, in depth about what empaths and intuitives are and how they operate in their expression. How to structure these gifts to bring emotional relief.

Photo: Elder Mountain is located just to the left of the lake on the left.

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Dream Springs

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As a healer I am extremely devoted to my own healing, an organic life, emotional work, that has freed my soul including the purity path for my emotional life, including sobriety of everything, everyday for the last twenty-five years. I commit to this in order to walk my talk, to set an example and show that this lifestyle (a life without medicine, antibiotics, doctors, hospitals etc.) when one is sick by fate’s hands, this required and still requires dedication, responsibility and hard work. 

My path has been both a curse and a great blessing as a dreamer (shaman) to have had many sicknesses, soul sicknesses, dreamers diseases (demonic attacks) and physical diseases because you get a lot of first hand pain to extraordinary pain, to heal yourself. I call it the torture that makes a real shaman. This type of life has made me a compassionate healer even when dealing with shadows, because pain and healing go together.  The more extreme the pain and the longer longer duration, the more experienced and wise the healer.

Even today, after decades of healing, its no difference, for the last 3 years I have had some unusual weight gain for no reason, because my lifestyle did not change. I am though, still in my 2nd Saturn return and anything of course is possible. My legs have been hurting and cramping and so a year and a half ago, I upped my work outs, had already been totally organic and gluten free and committed to it weekly. Nothing was changing, so I had even given up all wheat and by-products and all dairy, I had done vegan during my vision quest years but that didn’t require wheat abstinence.  And still no change in the weight gain, it was odd.

With my waking synchronicity and signs getting worse by the day in my path over the last three months especially, I was seeing people in wheel chairs everywhere I went everyday and the mourning dove 10 hours a day cooing outside and knew it was critical although I was doing everything possible. I had been used to mourning doves being around in my more intense spiritual suffering of my shamanic initiations and as one of my totem – they mean “internal warnings” where owl is my external warning. But the doves have not been around for a twelve years or so. I finally set an intention for my inner Dreamer to reveal both the issue and the solution.  I put on my sacred necklace, a charm with the name Rose on it (both my grandmother’s names) and I drew a sacred Slavic symbol of healing on my left hand and went to go dream… 

The dream that night: I am in a hospital room and a nurse comes in and takes my left hand and says: “you need saline solution every four hours” then she shoots a needle into the top of my hand and I see bacteria appear, they are tiny, thin, and black and see about 4 of them moving under my skin. I wake up.

I get up and started doing the saline (salt water) solution drinking it every four hours and for the last two days, no more mourning doves, no more wheel chair people around me and no wasps (they were the last weeks addition to my issue of warning). I looked up the bacteria that matched what I saw in my dream, and it said it can came from a few things, but none of them applied except the hot springs. Then immediately I knew where the source was…

Three years ago I went to the upper north Umpqua River Hot Springs and hiked there with my apprentice and thus far it was the most beautiful hot springs I have seen in pictures or having gone to. I could tell that this place had many local and wandering drinkers, drug users and heavy pot smokers, a defined party place and when we got there, the partiers were even drinking and smoking pot in the hot springs itself). 

When I sat in the water that day I could feel it was sick and saturated from years of drugs, pot, alcohol, shamanic drugs usage and the small campground too which we chose not to stay at looked black energetically. I go to hot springs as part of a purifying process for my health because when you rely on no medicines or antibiotics or healthcare as a way of life, one gets pretty good at understanding even the smallest of changes in their body or the environment.

But I went in for an hour anyway and shouldn’t have, because this hidden bacteria entered my body that day and its been causing the weight gain, even though I tried every avenue but the “invisible” one.

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Through the three years and it’s passage of time I was having more issues (six months ago), I developed a knot or large bump on the bottom of my foot and my legs were hurting regardless of what I did to alleviate. So I went to an acupuncturist who said the the knot was sitting in the kidney area and the session relieved some pains in my legs and the bump reduced half the size.

My inner dreamer responded well, as it should because I also dream for my clients, students and apprentices health issues. I have no judgment about the party people, I only make a deeper commitment to be more aware of hot tubs and hot springs now and keep doing what I have learned to do so long ago, love and respect myself with healthy boundaries regardless of what others think or how they respond in negative ways to that… in fact the whole world responds in negative ways, but has much compassion for physical sickness only. I have great compassion for all three, emotional, mental and physical issues.

Water is Life!

 

top part of illustration © by Irina Serban

We Remember

Lyrics for The Big Dream (Moby reversion) by David Lynch feat. Mindy Jones

Love is the name in the wind
the wind blows through
the trees and stars
we make a wish
to be together

This night
when we dream
together
we’ll remember
when we dream
together

the big dream
the time has come.

Latvia Symbolism – Latviesu Simboli

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Latvia Symbols of Nature’s Seasons

Spring Equinox – Dawn The sign of Dawn or the rising sun sign symbolizes relationship to the top, to the heavenly world, it is the knowledge of humankind and the ideal picture of aggregation model. This sign, symbol language is sunrise and sunset graphical representation. Associated with the constant rhythm of the sun, with its eternal celestial mountain road, this is a sign of the world order for our children, because it combines an understanding of the past, present and future. The Healer by Dysharmonnia on DeviantArt

Summer Solstice – The Sun Goddess Strong sunlight is the symbolic representation of the life force culmination and fulfillment. Development of harmony symbol as a symbol of the highest mountain, sky, full of life-giving force, glory and power.   Jānis The Summer Solstice God sometimes referred to as a son of God. His Midsummer’s Night festival (which is called “Jāņi” takes place on the evening of June 23rd and is the most important festival of the year for Latvians. Once every year, Jānis at midsummer came to bring luck and fertility to the people of Latvia.

Autumn Equinox – Ths God Jumis
Fertility sign. Jumim surrenders to the end of spring and summer, and its a double or twin sign because it means two together, the harvest season. Ancient farmhouses adorned and protected the Juma horses who worked in tandem or a couple. This sign means fertility, strength, wealth, success and good luck. The word “Jumis” attributed to the word “Jumal” which means “God.”

Winter Solstice, The Wells symbol
– this symbol is character of endings, completeness, that which forms the void or Sākotne. This mark combines with the top down and the sky with underground water. This sign also heralds a new solar year on the day of the Winter Solstice but that is a Christian tradition of the sun and the world. The original early pagan and shamanic cultures did not honor the sun on the winter solstice, they honored the midnight sun of winter which is the Auseklis.

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AuseklisAuseklis – This is the most important ancient symbol which is with the references of the night. In Latvia, its the Night Sun or Midnight Star as it is associated with Winter, the Winter Solstice and the protection from evil and shadows of the underworld. In modern times, after the 8th century, later paganism changed it to the more worldly Venus, or Morning Star, but still remained a Guardian Star rather than the greater collective woman of Aurora, who is the symbol of the in-between time just like the Evening Star at dusk. This is the time when the veil is thin and both the dream or energy worlds (some call the land of the dead) and the waking dream or waking life meet together at the crossroads. After the shamanic cultures and goddess cultures waned, the remains (pagan) called it the morning star, the usher of the new day.

zim_9_zvaigzneThe Cross symbol in Latvian folklore has eight or six stars. Also at the Winter Solstice (now called Christmas), this is one of the only surviving symbols to honor the winter time ceremonies and celebrations. Many Slavic and Balkan countries in Eastern Europe will use the eight pointed Star when caroling and singing folk songs going form house to house or village to village during Christmas and the Winter Solstice.

Complete article on the AuseklisThe Midnight Sun, Goddess of the Dawn:
https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2015/12/30/a-a-slavic-winter-her-midnight-sun

Latvian Goddess Symbolism…

Latvian SymbolsZalktis, The Serpent Goddess
She is one of the ancient symbols of a deity in Latvia. Like all serpent goddesses, she is associated with wisdom, which makes her an elder or grandmother goddess. She is significantly connected with healing, especially the healing of the soul.  Today she is still know for general well-being and health, judging from the popularity of the symbol. This sign dates back to the Iron Age.

Zalktis, The Adder symbolizes wisdom and connected to animism which can access worldwide knowledge. The white ones are the most powerful, and it is signed for one of the Mara’s talisman because Mara could transform into the healing snake. Also this sign is available on women’s clothes as protection, making it a symbol for sacred crafts and ancient arts.

Then there is  žaltys, an ancient Baltic traditions, a harmless green snake highly respected as a symbol of fertility and wealth. To ensure the prosperity of family and field, a žaltys was kept in a special corner of the house, and the entire household gathered at specified times to recite prayers to it.

zim_12_zalktisOn special occasions the snake was asked to the table to share the family meal from their plates; should he refuse, misfortune was imminent. To encounter a snake accidentally was also considered auspicious and portended a marriage or a birth. Paralysis or great misfortune awaited anyone who dared kill a žaltys, the “sentinel of the gods” and a favorite of Saule, the goddess of the sun.

This symbol means happiness, energy, fire, thunder and wind. Fire cross is related to the Sun Goddess Saule and the Goddess Laima and Thunder, this sign was popular to cut into the beds of children and to interweave into belts for newborn children to wrap them in and adults to protect themselves from evil. In Latvia up to this day it is used for shirts, gloves, socks for protection against evil eye.

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imagesSaule The Sun Goddess
The title of supreme only goes to the god in Slavic and Balkan Pagan men’s traditions, but as we return fully to the deeper and more creation goddess, Saule is truly a Supreme Goddess and one of the oldest Goddesses of Latvia, and before the gods.  The oldest cultures on earth have the Sun as a Goddess and Latvia is included, a time when the sun meant feminine and life giving. She is a Baltic region and mythology who determines the well-being and regeneration of all life on earth, a Creator Goddess.

zim_7_sauleSaule, the sun, rides each day through the sky on a chariot with copper wheels, drawn by horses who neither tire nor rest nor sweat. Toward evening Saule washes the horses in the sea, sitting on top of a hill, holding the golden reins in her hand. Then she goes beyond the silver gates into her castle at the end of the sea. The red ball of the setting sun, one aspect of Saule, is portrayed in Baltic art as a ring, a falling red apple, or a crown. As the full light of the sun, she is also represented by a daisy, a wheel, or a rosette.

Saule’s daughters were courted by the Moon God Meness after Christian Religion brought in their myths into the country. The older myth, found in both Lithuanian and Latvian traditions, tells that Mēness is married the Saule, the Sun Goddess, but he proved to be as changeable as the moon and soon began to court the Goddess of the Dawn, the Midnight Sun (star). Pērkons (Lithuanian: Perkūnas), the Thunderer, cult of the moon god to pieces for this slight to Saule. This story happens around the earth wherever the Religious fathers began to control pagan Grandmothers who were forced out and then eventually forced out by Pagan fathers.

Because of her association with growth and fertility, Saule was remembered in prayers by the farmers at both sunrise and sunset. The major event in her honour was the Līgo feast, a midsummer festival celebrated on June 23 (Summer Solstice. On that day, the sun, wreathed in a garland of red flowers, was said to observe the summer solstice by dancing on a silver hill while wearing silver shoes. Great fires were lit on the hills to ward off evil spirits who might threaten health and fertility. Young people, wearing wreaths of flowers, danced and sang Līgo songs and leaped over the fires.

Saule The Sun GoddessSun designs now usually consist of eight parts for the four seasons and half way points between the solstices and equinoxes. We see Sky in day and sky at night, the ancient Latvian folklore specially points that central star is the Goddess Saule. She is the symbol of eternal movement and life. In the line of other stars, Sun Goddess is placed in one of the highest hierarchical rating. Sun sees everything and knows everything. In the territory of Latvia Sun symbols are found on bone tools already in late Stone Age. Rhomb or cube is also seen as symbol of Sun and is seen on the ceramics of Middle Stone Age.

13059b8b308f9c2efae42232517fea62Moon is presented as the consort of the Sun Goddess and also the Sun has all relatives such as sun fathers, sun mothers, sun daughters and sons and the children of the sun goddess. Behind other symbols, the Sun Goddess symbol is placed to be in the most honorable position any symbol can be. It is also because Sun Goddess is represented as mother of all children.

All drawings of Sun are always circle typed (egg, ball, golden acorn etc), who symbolizes the Sun’s trajectory. At the simplest level, Sun can be displayed as a circle. All the detailed Sun projections have one common point – the center of this circle is always double crossed or specially pointed out. The detail count of Sun symbol are countless, for a common is supposed to be detailed multi-angle – eight-sided symbol, but also there are simple four-angle symbol.

In Latvian art the motive of Sun is displayed on every possible items. If Sun is displayed more than few times in one row, it symbolizes special magical productivity and warmness rituals. Symbol of Sun is specially used in women’s clothes and jewelry, most of the Sun symbols are also found on those tools that is used for own goods made.

A harmless green snake, žaltys who was a special favorite of the Sun Goddess Saule’s; it was considered good luck to have a žaltys in the house — and bad luck to kill one. Now we associate the Goddess with the moon, but in prehistory she was the sun and still is the Sun Goddess in older traditions like Latvia. Today as the goddess she rules both the earth’s fertility and woman’s fertility. She is a patroness goddess of those who have hard lives, the unlucky, including orphans. The design was originally a simple circle, which evolved over the years into many variations.

Laima - Bird Goddess, Goddess of Destiny & Fate

LaimaLaima Goddess Ancient Pre-Pagan Bird Goddess, Pagan Goddess of Destiny & Fate
The similarities of signs of the Goddess Laima or Deivė Laima, is with feathers of a sacred Bird, from a shamanic past when animals were one of our souls (animism). Pre-pagan associations with Laima is the bird symbol, considered one of the most ancient signs, as it occurs in the pottery and stone axes from about 3000 years ago in ancient tribal settlement areas and in some of the Ukrainian areas the birds are 7,000 years old.

Many other country’s goddesses were described as fickle, such terminology is never used with Laima. Her honor is unchanging. Thus, the Baltic may not have been scapegoated because the Baltic female deities were held in more honor than the southern Indo-European female deities; they were not subordinated to the gods. Therefore, there would have been no precedent for the punishment of the female.

latvju-sena-zime-laimas-skujina Earlier bird symbolism means “the Soul” and the Goddess Laima, protector of Souls and Old Souls has not changed. Laima in the new pagan traditions always had a broom as the symbol by her side making her patroness of the Witch like Ragana. Laima also protected the newborn child who was often birthed in the bathhouse.

34440136f4afa27d8d030dbf647265bdToday she is more like the Slavic Lada, the name Laima derives from the word laime, which means “happiness” or “luck”. Laima determines whether one’s life will be short or long, fruitful or poverty-stricken, carefree or worrisome. The sign is thought to bring luck. In the Latvian mythology, Laima and her sisters, Kārta and Dēkla, were a trinity of fate deities, similar to the Norse Norns or the Greek Moirai. Laima makes the final decision on individual’s fate and is considerably more popular. While all three of them had similar functions, Laima is Goddess of luck and is more related with mothers and childbirth, Dēkla is in charge of children, and Kārta holds power over the adult’s life.

In modern Dievturi these three goddesses are referred to as the three Laimas, indicating they are the same deity in three different aspects. Birth rituals at the end of the 19th century included offerings of hen, sheep, towels or other woven materials to Laima. Only women could participate in the ritual, performed in a sauna (pirtis) which is much like the native american sweat lodge.

mara_by_dysharmonnia-db97eyzzim_4_mras_krustsMāra Dark Goddess of Winter
She is the second of the supreme goddesses because she is a triple goddess (maiden, mother and grandmother) and the goddess who was responsible for the birth of the land, the waters, and every living thing. In ancient Latvian mythology, Mara was not just the mother of all the gods including Dievs, she is creator.

Mara’s Cross
This is a sign of the living matter, which is closely associated with fertility, fire, and the home. This sign is formed from four sloping croup, it symbolizes the dynamic nature of matter in the active state. In ancient times the cross cross was put on loaves of bread before it was placed in the oven and in the evening, going to bed, it drew the hearth ashes. Sometimes cross cross is also called the Cross-Cross. Each thing that symbolically hoisted cross cross is sacrificed to Mara and the blessing is returned.

Today we strongly associate Mara with children and childbirth; children are said to enter the world “through the gates of Māra” making her a creation deity. She is also the protector of women, especially mothers, and daughters. She is also the Goddess of the Hearth Fires making her a Spirit or Fire goddess like many other fire goddesses around the world. Māra is also Winter making her like her sisters  Marzanna and Morena of other Slavic traditions. In winter, she often takes the form of black animals such as ravens.

zim_3_mras_lklocisThe Waters of Māra, the Checks of Māra
When meaning checks, have to point, that Latvians and other nations understands this sign as symbol of water. Maybe because of it is common, that this sign symbolizes Mara as mother of Seas and Lakes, Rivers etc. It’s believed, that simple horizontal line symbolizes Mara as mother of Land and this sign is called the Land of Mara. Checks are one type of common geometrical signatures, already used in Early Stone Age. The use of check as symbol becomes popular in Iron Age. In the sample artworks of public artists this sign can be found many times. Check symbol is used also as the start of all other signs.

maras krustsMāras krusts (Cross and Cross of Crosses)
This is the symbol that guards, blesses and brings happiness and is used in many traditional folk crafts and tradition folk dresses and belts. One of the most positive in Latvian symbolism.

Ragana WitchRagana The Witch Goddess
Goddess who Sees, Seer, Healer, Mystic. Ragana [ˈrɑ:gʌnʌ] is the Lithuanian goddess who takes care of others, a healer who is gifted at healing and seeing into the future. Ragana in Lithuanian means the seeing, which is close to the Slavic Vjed(ż)ma (who knows).

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Latvian God Symbolism…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMēness The Moon God
The true Supreme God, older than all gods even Dievs. He is the fertile one, the old one. He guards and helps female warriors and male warriors, and protects those who clans reject. The Moon Sign has been found on men’s bracelets dating back to the Iron Age. Sword embellishments also boasted Moon Signs. Found on pendants and pins, orphans clothing. There are two symbols, the Mēness krusts and Mēness zīme.

perkuns thunder god symbolPerkuns The Thunder God
Thunder is well known in whole world over 5000 years, starting from Asia up to Northern America but many people associate it with the military of Hitler demonized it. Its actually a very good and positive sign and symbol over the last five-thousand years, in many countries including Latvia. The sign of thunder, is one of the most ancient symbols in the world and has been used by all nations. The Latvian sign of thunder symbolizes light, fire, life, health and prosperity. No other nation has used the swastika so widely, nor developed so many variations of it as the Latvians. Perkuns follows most of the other Slavic Thunder God’s stories and lore.

zim_13_siŪsiņš Bee and Horse God
The first information about the Latvian deity Ūsiņš, was related by the Jesuit Joannis Stribingius in his 1606 report on missions in the Latvian part of Livonia: Deo Equorum, quem vocant Dewing Vschinge, offerunt singuli 2 solidos et duos panes et frustum pinguedinis, quem in ignem conijciunt. “They sacrifice to the God of horses, whom they call Deviņ Ūšiņe, each two pieces of money and two pieces of bread and a bit of fat which they throw into the fire.“ The motif of horses connected with Ūsiņš also appears in Latvian dainas.


Ūsiņš God of Horses, Bees and Light
On Ūsiņš’ Day, which falls in early May, the animals are let out to pasture for the first time. Ūsiņš is said to drive the chariot of the Sun across the sky with his two horses much like Helios of the Greeks. It is also called key sign, since Ūsiņš unlocks doors in the summer which brings the trees into full leaves and the grasses of the land. Ūsiņš sign also gives special powers, it encourages observation and understanding. Its also a symbol of blessings, known as a sign of life. The symbol is put in the cradle and the thresholds and elsewhere as a protective sign. This sign gives strength, heals diseases and strengthens the union of partnerships.

Latvian Ūsiņš, with variants Ūsenis, Ūsinis, can represent proto-Baltic *ūśinja- or *ōśinja- has been interpreted as an East Latvian dialectism. Summing up, the Latvian deity Ūsiņš ‘bee-god and patron of horses’ represents both the pleasures of life (honeybee) and the untamable water of nature and its counterpart our emotions (horse).

 

zim_1_dievsDievs Father God
In ancient Latvian mythology, Dievs was not just the father of the Gods, he was the essence of them. This symbol represents the sky, as a roof over the earth. Dievs, also called Debestēvs (Latvian), Lithuanian Dievas, Old Prussian Deivas, in Baltic religion Dievs and Laima, the goddess of human fate, determine human destiny and world order. Dievs is a wooer of Saule, the sun goddess and like Jupiter, he sleeps with many different goddesses but not as many. He is an Iron Age Baltic king who lives on a farmstead in the sky making him a later pagan and not shamanic early god. Latvia is a very matriarchal clan and thus a lot of the Balkan and Slavic gods had to be imported from Viking times.

Wearing a silver gown, pendants, and a sword, he occasionally rides down to earth, on horseback or in a horse-drawn chariot, to watch over farmers and their crops. Dievs has two sons (Dieva dēli in Latvian; Dievo sūneliai in Lithuanian), who are known as the Heavenly twins and the morning and evening stars which were the Goddess stars but in later Paganism like all paganism they were given over to the new rising Gods. In name, Dievs is cognate with the Vedic Dyaus-Pitṛ, the Latin Dies-piter (Jupiter), and the Greek Zeus, denoting originally the bright, daylight sky. The word dievs was also used by the ancient Balts to denote god in general and in modern usage refers to the Christian God.

Like their Greek (Dioscuri) and Vedic (Aśvins, or Nāsatyas) counterparts, Dieva dēli are skilled horsemen. They associate with Saules meita, the daughter of the sun goddess, and when she is sinking into the sea with only her crown still visible, Dieva dēli come to her rescue. Again, very late paganism right before the Christians came showing the ‘hero’ god saving the maiden (which is the start of the patriarch of both pagan and christian religions) myths.

ebJumis God of Fertility
Pagan God Jumis, is an agricultural deity representing fertility and a good harvest. He appears dressed in clothes made from field crops, such as wheat and barley.

Symbol of JumisThe symbol of Jumis has a symmetrical form somewhat like crossed grain flails or (if you use your imagination), a shock of wheat. In some forms the bottom ends are bent up. Any “double fruit” that occurs in nature or in cultivation such as two cherries fused together or two ears of wheat on one stem is considered representative of the God Jumis. If there is a double fruit or ear of grain, it should be left “on the vine” to be used as part of the “catching Jumis” ritual (see below). The symbol is used as a decorative element and it brings good luck to the user. The design is woven into the card-woven belts which are an important traditional folk art among the Latvian and Lithuanian people.

The name of his festival in Latvian is Apjumibas, after Jumis. It is celebrated at the fall equinox, specifically for the three days, Sept. 22-23-24. This is an after-harvest celebration and it is different than many after-harvest festivals which are usually set closer to Oct 23 or Oct 31, because the Baltic states (Latvia and Lithuania) are so far north. The time between the grain harvest celebration and the slaughter of cattle is very compressed in northern countries because the growing season is so short. Another name for the festival is Mikeli which refers to the archangel Michael, because the feast day of St. Michael also falls at about this time, Sept. 29th according to the Christian church.

In Latvian folk belief, St. Michael is the receiver of souls, and it would appear that he has accepted this task from Jumis, simply because his is the next nearest holiday. By the time of the festival, the harvest must all be brought in and stored. After the festival, the “gates of winter” are opened. At the end of reaping, a “Catching Jumis” ritual occurs in the grain fields which is intended to capture his spirit and his fertility for the fields of a village. A clump of uncut grain, (preferably one with a double ear) is left in the field. It is tied in a bundle and the top is pushed down and weighed down with a stone or soil to press it into the ground.

This is thought to direct the fertility of the field back into the soil where it will be available for the grain crop next year. Sometimes the sheaf is plaited into a wreath or braid and presented to a high status woman in the community who keeps it until spring. In the spring any seeds will be rubbed out and scattered over the field and the entire wreath is planted under a rock in the field. When the harvest is done, Jumis is celebrated with a community feast which includes a special Jumis loaf, and responsorial singing, dancing and fertility rituals.

Jumis means ‘twin’ in Latvian and is the cognate form whose name Yama means “twin” and who represents the Ox which was sacrificed to make the standards of Indo-European creation myths of the patriarch. Most likely in the early pagan cultures he was not sacrificed but honored in ceremony of goddess and shamanic cultures.  It is this Proto-Indo-European God who developed into the various Gods and Saints.

Latvian Talisman Symbolism…

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Cross of the Thunder, Cross of the Fire (Swastika) &
Ugunskrusts Sign of Fire or Thunder Cross
Thunder
 is one of the oldest ancient elements along with lightning.  In Latvia the Thunder cross is mentioned from 3rd century and the symbol was found in early iron age, where it is forged in bronze talisman and jewelry. This symbol has several names – cross of Thunder, cross of Fire, Branch cross, etc. There is so much on the web that you can search for its ancient and sacred meanings.

Shrovetide
Shrovetide represents a new start of each symbol. Pitched Cross, which fills the solar signs void, creating a new, dynamic state of development and points to the deliberate entry. Various living material and ideal processes the center or balance.

Mārtiņa symbolism
Martina is a sign of light and fire. In dark times or long winters, the light and warmth of the people is very much needed. This sign, stylized, depicts two roosters who are up first thing in the morning, so they are the light messengers, and is derived from the Jumis signs; Shade Jumis. In winter, the lifeblood of stored roots, this sign tells the story of this life and the strength of the ground forces, it is the gateway through which we pass to start something new.

Austras koks Sun Tree (World tree) –  
This is the emblem of the Romuva religion, a revival of the indigenous Pagan religion of Lithuania. The symbol of Romuva is a stylized oak tree, representing the axis mundi, or “world tree,” known in local mythology as Austras Koks, ” tree of dawn,” i.e., a tree of life. The three tiers represent the three worlds: the world of the living, or present-day, the world of the dead, or passed time, and the world to come, the future.

The flame represents the ritual offering fire central to Romuva religious practices. The runic inscription here reads, “Romuve,” or sanctuary, the root from which the the word Romuva is derived.

Austras koks Sun tree. World tree.

Laima

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Hand-embroidered Latvian folk Moon Latviešu tautas raksts Meness krusts
Hand-embroidered Latvian folk Moon Latviešu tautas raksts Meness krusts

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2nd Full Moon of Spring

Art - Seung-Hwan Chung

The “Second Full Moon of Spring” arrives Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 20 degrees Scorpio. We are half way through our moon cycle, so chose your release intention wisely and base it on what surfaced from your new moon intention two weeks ago. All full moons are a three-fold process which then flows into the 3rd quarter moon (a tension) just like the 1st quarter tension. Full moon energy is the night before, the night of and the night after, where all of our emotions are flushed to the surface, through the moon’s magnetic pull, we then either hold it, or allow it (our emotions) to flow in order to then be released.

Last year’s second full moon of spring was at 2 degrees Scorpio on April 20, do you remember what your sacred intention of release was? If not, check your journal to see how your release issue has progressed since then, or you can start a dreaming-lunar journal with us to remember. The moon is all about our feelings, our memories, remembrance, mother (nourishment) and mirrors that are entrapped in our physical body, our mental body and come from the source: our emotional/soul body. Our inner mother that we all must eventually learn to develop a relationship with, is equaled to our inner child who we learn to protect. This is a deeper part of our emotional life.

A Scorpio Full Moon Elegy

The role of elegy is to put a death mask on tragedy
a drape over the mirror. To bow to the cultural debate
over the anesthetization of sorrow, of loss, of the
unbearable after image of the once material.

To look for an imagined consolidation of grief
so we can all be finished once and for all
and genuinely shut up the cabinet of
genuine particulars.

What is elegy but the attempt to re-breathe
life into what the gone one once was
before he grew to enormity.

“The Role of Elegy” by MJ Bang

The harvest moon rising behind Hawksbill Crag Upper Buffalo River Wilderness - Ozark National ForestThat Elegy poem is a perfect symbol for the memories of our emotional past and how we just wish to shut it up or as some say today, get rid of it. There is no getting rid of a cloud, it resurfaces the old energy when we suffer. What we do is begin to welcome it back home, returning the memories to give us insights on what we are struggling with now. The way healing works is the wounded damage has been done, all we do is reopen the court case from the vault of self sabotage or self rejection. On the full moons each month, we practice the sacred art of “letting go” and “release” so the big huge emotional, mental and physical crash or burn can be tempered. Like controlling a fire in order to balance the warmth verses the pain of fire. We do a little work each moon cycle because we are dealing with our emotional energy and its turbulence and power. In order to find or regain balance of our emotional life, we work with releases a little bit, because we are all a nuclear power within and the full moon helps us temper that.

We all receive our seasons of joy and our seasons of struggle and even our life initiations of great loss and this is exactly why we practice our spiritual disciplines because it helps nurture us and holds us through them all. We also live and thrive in a world today that relates to the kindness approach – which is fine when all things are going great, but this doesn’t really work when collapse and chaos cycles are occurring or return an old issue into our life.

If we do not enter the full to dark moon phase of our inner life, then we keep searching harder and deeper for the life we built on growth and praise or the praises of acquisitions, new beginnings, new marriages, adventures or accomplishments of the tactile physical life. These are all good, but for those of us who must learn to live cyclical with both sun and moon, its because we have complicated or empathic soul nature and others who do not, or hide away from, do not understand our processes. We must deal with our emotional life daily or weekly, otherwise it all goes to hell (chaos).

The world doesn’t seem to care too much about this invisible hell reality of ours, which we only develop stronger in our senses, seeing and intuitive nature, the world only cares what gifts this brings them and sometimes even then, its unwanted. So we must learn how to protect and care for our soul and its expression of emotion instead – regardless of what the world does. Our moon self, must trust and find our beliefs as valuable, even finding the gems in our soul’s dreaming, because these are all truly an ‘invisible’ reality expressed – one made of energy & motion (change) equaling e-motion. We must all eventually come to terms with this part of our self and learn to first be responsible with it, secondly to trust it and third turn the word crazy or chaos into visionary and experienced.

This moon cycle Mercury & Uranus grants us a wish, these are both conjunct this full moon, and contain subtle power, if you pay attention. The listening and communication of Mercury is our everyday mundane life who meets with the deeper Uranian listening and communication that is more worldly into the non-physical everyday life (metaphysical). This is when magical or chaosical things happen.

Example: I was washing my clothes today and on the last spin cycle while I was writing this article, I heard someone drumming outside and thought they were pretty good, enough for me to get up and check. I stopped for a second and wondered if this drumming rhythm was coming from the washing machine making such precise drumming beats during its rapid spinning wobble?

Artist Michael Vincent Manalo Photography Edition 1 of 10

I opened the door and no one was drumming outside and as I turned around, standing in front of the washing machine, sure enough, the rhythms of a master drummer was all coming forth in the chaos of the wobble. I don’t use my Mercury (mind) to question mundane reality merging with the mystical (energetic), I have too much experience for that. Instead, I go straight into the silence of the Uranian energy and listen even deeper. Mercury is about “choice” of whether I want a latte or iced tea, Uranian mystical energy is about accepting that life has some magic in store for me!

For those struggling this month, let chaos or loss be your teacher, teaching you to just feel, or to let go or even to stop swimming ‘up stream’ once you realize. Chaos if handled well, contains suffering yes, but its not fully your destroyer, because if you truly listen to your signs and mirrors, you will evolve with a practice of healing, into the unity of self-empowerment, authentic humbleness, a truth-saying grounded bitch and a silent warrior of spiritual strength (eventually) with enough decades of practice.

Sabian Oracle of Scorpio at 20°
A woman draws away two dark curtains
closing the entrance to a sacred pathway.
 

The “Woman Within” — faith that is rooted in the deepest intuitions of the soul is seen here as the hierophant unveiling the realities which we alone cannot perceive. The path to the mystic’s “unitive life” is opened up once the shadows of fear, egocentricity and dualistic morality is abandoned and then slowly removed. –This is the last symbol of the forty-sixth five-fold sequence. It reveals what a positive reliance upon faith and intuition can bring about. Courage is needed to go through the veiling darkness and the courage to venture beyond the familiar into the unknown is called facing one’s fear from light or the extreme.”

ieva-un-austras-koks_3293047076This full moon expect some shadow roamers to be seen around (like they always are) if you are the type to see and feel shadow. Since our Soul (is the ocean) it is a part of our smaller emotional body (the river), and by the processes of emotional healing, sobriety and a continual healing of your progressions of personal fears and struggles to learn letting go (after you have enough pain or enough information), we enter the “healing” approach to step into some smaller aspects of our fears that arise, rather than run from them. This also includes those who must see, sense or feel shadows (demon astral bodies that roam of various living human beings) be it around our home or in our personal space. Just make sure you know who is entering your home and what illusion addictions they have as part of their monthly life (pot, wine, alcohol, drugs, peyote, strong medications and even some dental medications, shamanic plants etc.) before you keep inviting them (and their shadow) in.

Set your one full moon emotional release on what does not serve your highest good this moon cycle without any rewards except for release (leading to groundedness), inner peace and self healing where we suffer this month. This is how karma is paid small or huge, just one moon cycle at a time, and especially on a Scorpio Full Moon.

Blessings Phoenix!
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Sources: Photograph of the moon rising behind Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo River Wilderness – Ozark National Forest. Art of Seung-Hwan Chung; Artist Michael Vincent Manalo Photography, Premonition, Edition 1 of 10.

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Bird Tribe Shaman Woman

The journey of shamanism of woman, had evolved from the previous dreaming cultures a million years earlier. She needed no plant to give her a vision, needed no medicine to ease her emotional pain, no outside sources or forces to give false vision, she was her dreaming, her creativity and her knowing as an embodied soul. Self respect (love), in relationship to nature’s magic (not human magic), and her intertwining mystery allowed her soul to be free.

Today, we have all come through the patriarch (builder of karma and the destruction of our souls) over the last three-thousand years, some of us here are to heal our soul and bring her back home to us. To do this, we only need our dreaming womb, our souls purification, the healing of our karma and its astral body which are the basic root of who we are and where we have evolved from and evolving to.

Let life be your greatest teacher and guide and from there forth learning to heal your sorrows and your pain with support of the great circle of women but also doing the work to let go and release that which does not serve your soul. Let chaos be your teacher, not your destruction because without it destroying you, you will evolve into a ‘you’ of inner unity of empowerment, humbleness, a truthful bitch and a silent warrior of spiritual strength (eventually).

Commitment to being spiritual also includes being sober completely for your eternal Soul (astral body). She is the unspoken one that is entrapped and in bondage from karma, she is so far away that one can barely hear her faint cry. She is also a part of your emotional body, and by giving up illusions of a more physical nature that saturate your astral cloud, your process of emotional balance and paying your karmic dept becomes the great “healing journey” in today’s world. At the root below mind-body, is a soul waiting to be f r e e  …