Elder Mountain Dreaming

We are a small three fold sacred space created by Phoenix the Elder, Wisdom Teacher, Dreamer and Folk Healer;  Jennifer Lee Reeves – Dreamer, Sacred Artist and Gardener; and Sarah Burnt Stone – Dreamer, Artist and Dancer. Dreamer’s Collective for those who are devoted to the practices of Dreaming, Spiritual Artist’s Creative & Retreat and Gardens located in the Pacific Northwest, Ashland Oregon. Opening Spring Equinox 2019. ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com

My beautiful home

In our dreamer’s collective, Baba is the universal word for grandmother and in Slavic and Balkan traditions before paganism, she was the midnight sun, the direct lineage to what is known as Bone Mother, a pre-shamanic culture of dreaming. Phoenix the Elder was fated this lifetime from birth as the next dreamer in her family’s lineage, a humble servant to mother earth. Szeptun (Szeptucha, Whisperer) in Polish and Mol’farka in Ukraine; called a Shaman to many other cultures. Her elders were from Tyczyn, Poland, a Podkarpackie Voivodeship in Rzeszów and Lubaczów, located near the border of Ukraine. Her initiation journey began at birth which continued until all was completed at 58 years old in 2016. Having undergone four decades of death initiations and a survival of karmic purification, she carries the wisdom of experience. 

Phoenix Flowers 3 2016Working with Phoenix… Dedicated to clients, students and apprentices in Folk Healing, Moon Healing and Shaman’s rites and rituals. She supports issues of emotional, physical and mental imbalances with the focus on the healing of the soul, animism soul and the blocks of karma. Transformational healing work, practices, sacred art and ceremony; Dreaming & Dreams as personal Medicine, teacher of the advancement of dreaming of both the mental body dreamer and soul(s) body dreamer. Symbolism teacher; Dreaming Journeys for group and individual (non plant, non drug) on the autumn equinox & winter solstice (underworlds); and the mystical earth journeys on the spring equinox & summer solstice (middleworlds); Healing Ceremony for the more serious healing, ceremonial cleansing, purification for individuals & community; Lunar Moon Cycle relearning the ancient way to actually live by the thirteen moons in the seasonal year. Divination: Seer, Intuitive Counsel, Medical Intuitive, Energy Healer, Astrologer. Spiritual Warrior training through self healing and self empowerment. Wind-Whisperer (shadow dream huntress and exorcist)eradication of shadow astral bodies, shadow roamers, sickness of space or land, clearings of hauntings and exorcism. Animism living teaching for apprentices only. Some student and apprenticeships are available.

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

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

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. Finding help on understanding the variables, choices, false teachings, teachers who do not walk their talk, the differences between New Age work, Traditional Spiritual work, Knowledge and Metaphysical, Paranormal, Pagan, Drug (plant) Shamanism vs Shamanism. Email: ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com for more information.

Elder Mountain magical forest Maiden2. THE GATHERING OF DREAMERS 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. 

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.

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

The Women of Water

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Doris of Greek mythology is an Oceanid, her name represents the bounty of the sea as she is a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. Doris was mother to the fifty ‘Nereids’ including Thetis, who is was mother of Achilles and Amphitrite. The ‘Sea Nymphs’ are the three thousand daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys, and each are a spirit guardian of a particular Spring, Pond, Lake, River, Sea, Rain and Clouds.

 

Nymphs and Nereids are not human, they are spirit guardians of nature. Through the journey of humankind over thousands of years, they have been portrait by artists as young maidens. But its wise to remember that they are spirit guardians of water, especially if you are fond of doing ceremony with water. Doris when not associated with a god, is considered the fertility of the ocean, of the rich fishing-grounds found at the mouths of any rivers where fresh water mingled with the brine of the ocean.

Being an Oceanid meant she is the Spirit Guardian where the Ocean and River meet.

Her name is derived from two words:
Dôron meaning the “gift” or “abundance”
Zôros meaning the “pure” and “unmixed”

Zôros was often used to describe fresh water in terms of the pure soul of a woman (enlightened in todays terms), and from this derived words such as zôrua “the transference of flowing water” or the purification processes of the living source (within) and zôrux “water conduit” which meant the connection to the source.

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The Sea Nymph Okyrhoe
“swift running and fast flowing”

Okyrhoe’s father was Chiron, wisest of the Horse clan (Centaurs) and her mother was the water nymph Chariklo. Okyrhoe main gift of healing and prophecy, both waking and dreaming. In one of the myths, Chiron was entrusted by Apollo to care for a baby named Aesculapiu and so he brought the child to his cave. Okyrhoe came out to greet him, and upon seeing the child burst forth into his prophecy:

“Grow strong, dear boy, healer of all the world. Often to you, Men shall owe health and life, and yours shall be the rites of the departed souls. And, though you dare this once in heaven’s despite, Jove’s bolt will thwart that gift a second time. You, now divine, shall be a lifeless corpse, and from a corpse become divine again, and twice born, you shall renew your destiny and fate.”

In this, she predicted that the baby would grow up to be one of the greatest healers able to bring the dead back to life (the dead karmic soul aspects) or what is termed transformational healing today, death and rebirth medicines. But in doing this, he would eventually anger the gods, who would strike him down and yet even within that, the Fates who were stronger than any God, would bring him back to life, and thus he would be reborn.

Emanuela Comito.jpgOkyrhoe was a Prophet, but the ruling men of the day had used maidens gifts for their own advancement in the building of their kingdoms and were punished if it didn’t serve these ruling classes. If she broke the rules, she suffered for it. One day, she predicted that her father, would be granted death by the other gods because the pain of a serpent’s venom would torment his soul (in order to heal it). But she only was able to speak part of the prophecy:

“And from her deepest heart sighed, and tears ran down her cheeks; she said: “The Fates halted my speech. I am allowed to say no more. What good was there in having learned this art, if now it only draws the wrath of men against me? Would I not be better off without the power to predict the course of days to come? I can already sense that they are stripping all my human semblance.” (Ovid’s Metamorphoses of woman’s story of their corruption by the new clans of pagan and religious men). She was a maiden, she was not an adult woman nor a grandmother, so she could not protect nor defend herself from the abuse.

Its wise to remember when working with mythology of the Goddess, that these ancient goddess names were born forth from the elements like fire, water, wind… they were not “human” they were the spirit of the elemental. Its also wise to remember that the Greeks (or any writers that were men in any tradition on earth around the 2nd bce to 2nd ce centuries), made symbolism of the real soul and its emotional experiences non-existent when equating it to emotional sensitivities and their deeper meanings of real human beings, especially women.

Ancient Theater back then like today, did bring forth the actions of emotional embodiment into a living process but it was during the destruction of the feminine, the female in cultures, and the soul which was then eventually overtaken by mind-body cultures. The dreaming tree died.  But, it has been the artists, the philosophers, actors and women scholars over the ages who have not only brought back the symbolic meaning into the actions of our real soul and our emotional meaningful past (that was deemed either hysterical or over sterile) throughout history, but it was not.

by Branislav JovanovićOriginal mythologies spoken through oral traditions, folk stories and folk legends of women are centered around Symbolism, Dreaming and the Creative Art processes giving a real life communications to our soul’s life.  The real living ‘waters’ or actions to the soul to our human story outside of pain and suffering and outside the perimeters of war, kingdoms and conquering which caused that suffering.

Source: Water Maiden (Nymph) painting by Yuriy Ivanovich Starodubov; Water Lantern on the Coast by Branislav Jovanović; http://www.zanestein.com (Ocyrhoe myths); Emanuela Comito

First New Moon of Summer

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings artists, dreamers and moon people, we are entering the first New Moon of Summer, Friday June 23, 2017, 7:30 pm (pdt) in the sign of Cancer (a “water” element) at 2° degrees. Summer Solstice week marks the next three moons of the summer season, the first moon of summer sets the new beginning, the second moon of summer is the fullness and the final moon is the wisdom cycle.

Water and Fire moons are about purification, water brings life and nurturing to our emotional life and it soothes all fires as well. This means a relief from the heat (stress) of our emotions as we apply action towards growth rather than fear or stagnant behaviors. Cycles of struggle (changes) are sometimes long and sometimes short, but we endure, because we have to in relationship to family and ancestral sensitivities.

This is a traditional Ancestral moon, that strong connection to belong. Most of the events of summer moons show us where we have come from, the connection to our ancestral reincarnations, the root of our family history and our religious or spiritual commitments. These have led to emotional sicknesses over the millenniums and if family is one of your bigger karmic issue it can be dis-heartening.

Also its the moon of the personal humanity of Cancer’s tribe, clans, villages, society on a personal level, rather than the impersonal humanity which is Aquarius, the positive detachment archetype. Cancer and Capricorn is the deepest foundation of family in connection with “survival” and “security” through family. Where Scorpio (the second water moon of the year), rules survival of the individual. So much of this first moon cycle of Summer is based on emotional behaviors that were or are handed down through emotional family relations, in other words: “Our Belief System.”

This is because we are either taught or not taught by example of how to handle stress, resolve conflict or heal our real life issues as they are occurring through the portal of emotional issues. To undo and relearn our own values is very difficult because of this root family power and the ancestral past connected to it.

Ukrainian artist Oleg Alexandrovich Ershov

Weltenstürme (world storms)

In the silence of that night
We thought of the oath
Flames blaze, sparks spray
In a heart-warming heart glow

Still unaffected by life
Surrounded by many passages
Let us pass the painful path
But trembles whisper a quieter advice…

“In the storms of this world
 Everyone is now on their own
 Everyone knows their power
 The fire that creates life.”

In the silence of that night
We have done the work
In sunshine and shadows
Let us surround the world.

If you go to as spiritual circle of any kind, its wise when you pray or call to spirit, to clarify it as your own enlightened ancestors, rather than someone else’s traditions (even if you are participating in other traditions). Calling our own completed (enlightened) shaman or medicine person from our own family ancestral ancient past, helps us reconnect to the power of our own lineage even deeper.

Cancer Moons represents the mother, our memories, our grandmother’s magic and the moisture to heal our emotional bodies that effects our physical body and its traumas. Its our identity reflective of our feelings of being loved, of being accepted, or the rejection of these qualities by the self or others. If you are having family issues in your cycle of growth, its a good time to open the doors to healing. Be honest and open even if  you feel rejected, because it will clear the air. 

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From our ancestors comes the birth of our emotional insecurities in relationship to our everyday struggles of life, our partners, lovers or children and sometimes even our close friends. Feeling comfortable in our own skin is very important to our daily routines of health and when we work with moon medicine, that is true about our emotional health and feeling comfortable with our soul.

When things haven’t work out the way we had hoped they would in life, this is when we begin to allow our memories to guide us. Most use intuitive cards or astrology, psychic readings to find guidance, but this month, its more about our own personal memories of our past, so practice it this moon and let that guidance find you solutions within your personal fears or blindness.

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“I Know a Bank Where the Wild Thyme Blows”  ~ A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Example Intentions for the First New Moon of Summer | Cancer New Moon: 

I structure my responsibilities
I allow myself more rest
I focus on the present moment
I nurture a past wound (which one?)
I am abundant
I respect my boundaries

cancer-moon-mosaicsmI have confidence

I reclaim my inner authority
I respect my intuition
I love my body
I am serious (when I need to be)

I am stable

I am secure
I have purpose
I honor myself
I accept change with groundedness
I accept change with gratefulness
I accept change with humbleness

I respect myself

I overcome my fear of _______.
I grieve my loss with support
I manage my addiction 
I honor my inner (mother/father)
I forgive myself
I ground my insecurity
I trust myself

Chose one intention, speak it out loud, light a candle or some sage, go outside or near a river or water this moon cycle if you can or in your personal circle to make your intention more sacred. When the full moon comes in two weeks, you will know what to release (one release) based on what arose from your intention.

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Blessings to you this moon cycle ~Phoenix

To receive our once a month moon medicine work-study, please write us at ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com and we will put you on our list. Sources: Noc Kupala by Ukrainian artist Oleg Alexandrovich Ershov; Oracle or bone mother inscriptions from the village of Xiaotun, Henan province, China; Shang dynasty

 

Water Dragons

I finally finished my Water Dragon from a piece of driftwood that I found at the lake near Elder Mountain. Generally its a good place to find small driftwood pieces. ~Phoenix

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Ptaki Mądrości

Ptaki Mądrości (Birds of Wisdom)…  Now, I shall tell a tale to God and all the Gods, however wise he and his men may be. The Eagle clutched with his talons onto a colorful Nightingale and bore her aloft into the clouds. When she wailed (cried out about his horrors on earth), pierced by the crooked claws, the Eagle arrogantly said:

“Wretch! why do you shriek? I am much stronger than you, singer though you are. I shall make dinner of you, if I so wish or I shall let you go.”

But foolish he, who sets himself against the stronger, for not only can he never win, but suffering is added to his great shame.  …so spoke the Grandmother Thunderbird, flying down for her evening meal (the Eagle).

~ Premixed, 8th Century bce, 2020 ce.

Sobriety Spirituality is for Old Souls and Dreamers

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Healing takes a long time, one issue we have can weave through a lifetime for twenty or thirty years. That issue has an equivalent symbols in your dreams (at certain periods of your life) until the issue is completely healed. Never feel rushed in your healing journey, its better to be slow and steady, and just know its about you and you alone and using your dreams as guides is an extra bonus.

I am very dedicated to the few who go above an beyond (my students and apprentices) and sobriety  is part of a truly dedicated spiritual and spiritual self healing path. Everything else is just the power of the fears and of change. Miley Cyrus is a young Sagittarian-American and 24 years old, she is an extremely creative maiden. She stated in the video below, that she has decided to go sober and give up pot, not an easy thing to do for a daily smoker, but she found the reason to and sometimes, that is all that matters.

Its not unusual that a maiden around the age of 24 generally begins making choices that are different, because she starts to “feel” the energy of adulthood coming and winter. So she starts to walk with a little more seriousness, because at this stage, they enter the season called the “winter of their maiden” (24-28 years old). Not Shield-maiden, not Virgin-maiden, but the Death-maiden and by death, I mean this in its root meaning… “change”. 

With my female students and apprentices and some of the beginning challenging parts of their work with me is to get completely sober from meds, pot, wine, alcohol, shamanic drug (plants), etc. I have no such relations to this though, with my clients or artists. From my observation of almost twenty five years of working with apprentices, it actually takes about a full 8 years to completely clear pot from their emotional body system, lymph system, menses cycle system, energy body system and the soul cloud (soul, dream body) system. Its a long journey and one that takes great dedication.

Modern Addictions by TOMAAS

In his recent “Modern Addictions” fine-art fashion photographer TOMAAS explores the over-consumption and dependency on prescription drugs. “Over the course of our lifetime, many people are likely to be prescribed over 14,000 pills. It seems we are on the verge of becoming a very deeply medicated society,” he explains, describing his inspiration for the photo series. In his photos, he combines cinematic and surrealist styles, depicting copious amounts of pills. 

A wickedly bad dream remembered, will also help people make good choices, as it did for Miley, but unfortunately a trillion dollar market of pushing meds into every home, to alleviate fear, when basic psychotherapy, talk therapy or holistic therapy (when dedicated) will begin to unravel the original wound and the original trauma.

Some medications, drugs and marijuana generally will sever, deteriorate or eradicate one’s dreaming body all together (in some people), and for others they will heighten a constant repetitive projected dream stuck on one or two symbols which isn’t healthy either that eventually gets more shadowy with time.

With the world pushing more and more ways to ease pain rather than permanent heal, this is where meds, pot, alcohol, shamanic drugs (plants), come to shut up the feminine feelings and horrors of pain and their many steps. Many accept pain meds especially when young and then 15 or 20 years go by and the original wound is still active if they try to stop or get off meds. This just allow us to turn our head away from the original wounds, and then enter the great fall under the addiction issues – its then we have 2 things to heal. Some do get off of these and begin to take back control, some by sheer will with blessings from fate.

For Miley, I say very good for her, it takes a lot of strength in the entertainment industry she is in, to go sober and as for her strength, as a role model for millions of younger kids, her choices do influence others and do make a difference.

Spirituality to sobriety as a practice, even if one has an addiction, is heal-able eventually – as long as one is given information that spirituality and drugs/pot together is saturating of illusions. In other words its mixing fire with illusion and that is the most dangerous kinds of spirituality there is. If you have an addiction, just know that working with it piece by piece, step by step takes personal strength, continued support with healers (not knowledge teachers) and dedication. The practice is: If you heal with letting go enough over and over over a decade or so, the release of the addiction eventually becomes reality.

Mullein Herb Medicine and Warding Off Evil

I am picking Mullein this week nearing the New Moon and Summer Solstice, and drying it to make some tea for my detox purification that I am doing for three months. I have never had sinus until the US Air Force started spraying (chemtrails) about 8 years ago pretty heavily. When they spray I do get some sinus blockage, and it seems Mullein breaks it up and of course that is good for my body. I have a Tea Recipe, Spray for those with (asthma) and general information I found around the web…

The large flowering stems of Mullein were dried by the ancient cultures and dipped in tallow, and then used as a lamp wick or for a torch. These torches were said to ward off evil spirits and witches, although witches had these in their herbal gardens and were not the bad guys. For those interested in a ‘tallow’ recipe, I put the link at the bottom.

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The name mullein comes from the Latin word mollis, meaning soft, referring to the plant’s woolly stem and leaves. A couple of folk names for mullein have more intriguing associations. “Candlewick plant” refers to the old practice of using the dried down of mullein leaves and stems to make lamp wicks. Mullein stems were dipped in tallow to make torches either used by witches or used to repel them, hence the name “hag taper.”  The custom of using mullein for torches dates back at least to Roman times.

Frazier writes in the Golden Bough that mullein was added to the bonfire on Midsummer’s eve celebrations to ward away evil. Some ancient magical grimoires have been found to list powdered mullein leaf as a substitute for graveyard dust when that was unavailable. “Jacob’s staff,” “Jupiter’s staff” and “Aaron’s rod” all have been used as names for the tall flower stalks. The plant’s soft leaves also are known commonly as “bunny’s ears” and “flannel leaf.

~ Phoenix

Mullein – Known as Verbascum thapsus, its Latin name, Mullein is considered beneficial for the lungs because it is an expectorant. This means that the herb helps the body remove excess mucus from lungs and soothes the mucus membranes with its emollient properties. Good for bronchitis, heavy coughing, chest colds and even asthma.

Mullein is a common all over but this plant is much more than a bit of roadside greenery, as it holds the cures for several common conditions within it its fuzzy, pale green leaves and yellow rosettes. Still used by Native Americans and Herbalists because of its proven, beneficial effects on the respiratory system. Curing common ailments such as coughing, lung weakness, respiratory constriction and chest colds, the mullein plant is truly a lung healing herb.

mullein silverBoth leaves and the flowers of the plant contain saponins, a natural detergents which make a cough more productive in releasing and expelling phlegm from the walls of the lings, and mucilage, a gelatinous substance which soothes any irritated membrane.

Dried mullein leaves, flowers and roots can all be used to heal these lung abating conditions. A mullein tea is the most common method of preparing the herb and the recipe below makes one cup of tea, which can be consumed up to 3 times a day. Gargling the tea once it has cooled down is also very effective for coughing and soreness of the throat.

Also, Mullein extract infused with olive oil has been used to reduce the inflammation of earaches, sore joints, insect bites and hemorrhoids because of its soothing properties. Simple poultices made out of fresh, mashed mullein leaves and flowers mixed with water can also be used to relieve, burns, boils and sores.

Mullein Tea

Ingredients…
1 ½ cups boiling water
1-2 teaspoons dried mullein
leaves and/or flowers (flowers make
a sweeter tea)
1 teaspoon dried spearmint
(optional for flavor)
1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Method

Steep the mullein leaves in hot water inside a tea ball or strainer for 15 minutes. If the flavor of mullein doesn’t agree with you, add some honey a spearmint or lemon mint.

For those with asthma, make an inhalant. To do this, boil the leaves in water for 5 minutes and inhale the steam to relieve coughs, congestion and asthma. Mullein can fight asthma and keep away colds because it actually prevents infections from settling into the delicate respiratory tissue by curing dryness and constriction. Rather ironically, mullein can also be smoked, thus rendering itself the only type of cigarette that could be considered beneficial in treating lung conditions.

Mullein is primarily a respiratory herb, although its benefits reach much further than our lungs. The herb is a diuretic and thus can relieve urinary tract inflammation when taken through a tea. It can also be used to decrease inflammation in the bowels, helping to reduce colitis and other issues.

Source: Mullin information from http://www.motherearthliving.com and http://www.organicauthority.com and Tallow is at: http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/12-02/make-your-own-tallow/