She Wolves of Midwinter, Slavic & Balkan Animism in the traditions of a Shaman (part 2/2)

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain ( To go to Part 1 ) – Animism and my Shaman dreaming ritual continued from part one: Zack is in High School and does drugs weekly, and because of that, he was weak in the dream and had lost power and if he continues this behavior in his waking life, by 30 he will have no more connection to his animism soul for the rest of his life. Jina is his best friend and that is why she showed up in his dream.

Zack of course has a “undeveloped” shamanic wolf soul that is still pure, but now with someones demon shadow interfering, that shadow wants to possess that part of Zack soul (his wolf) and once that happens, there is no longer any soul wolf that belongs to Zack this lifetime or future lifetimes.  He would become a werewolf by his own behavior and his continued choices of being with drug, pot and vape users.

If and when that happens if he doesn’t get sober, then he gains power of his shadow wolf (werewolf) and its demonic power and being so young, he won’t know the difference between good and evil, because the werewolf will entrap and control him in the dream realms that effects him and his relationships in this waking world. This is when a shaman like myself comes to put the werewolf “down in the underworld” in the dreamtime. 

 Zack has no power to fight any shadow off or any werewolf off, regardless of what you hear out in the world, no one can fight “real” demons until they have earned their second level soul animal or bird and can shape shift into it without any human soul interfering. That is what fights real demons. Basically, Zack is about to loose his birth rite wolf, if he doesn’t stop doing drugs and I don’t find out who the werewolf is. In almost all cases, its someone in the family because wolf rules the archetypal structure of family.

She Wolf

My work as a dream walker (because that is the only place you will be able to slay any folklore or mythological creature, demon etc) of Zack and his father George which was the next development… I completed this work recently (a few weeks after Zack coming to the near loss of his wolf soul) and I could do all the work in my dreams now that my 40 years of initiations as a death shaman (black shaman in Siberian terms) was completed. Zack’s father George, had a shadow past life demon who I called Juke, which I was following in the dreams over three nights to get more information.

Juke was gaining more and more power over George and George was encouraging his son Zack to do drugs, and stay out all night and party and it was getting worse and Zack was getting weaker and starting to lose part of his soul because of Juke. He was also skipping school this past year and making it impossible for Jina to have him in her space.

The werewolf of George, was still in a prison (not free to roam here or Zack’s dream space) because Juke the human demon of George had not possessed Zack yet, but was getting very close and just across the threshold ready to come over and the transformation of loss was going to occur. Shadows cannot roam here, they are bound to the underworld but addictions lets them out of the underworld and then they roam in the persons dream space, close to this side of the veil.  Kids and teens are not trained, parents don’t believe and then it all becomes lost or the child is put on medication or even worse, the teen or young adult starts self medicating with pot, alcohol or shamanic drugs which then creates chaos eventually.

I went into the dreaming again on the forth night, and slayed the demon Juke (Zack’s fathers human demon from his past life) and sent it back to the underworld. Both father and son were freed and their behaviors will improve immediately. The father pushed away some of the dark people he had put in his son’s life – and the son began a friendship of respect with Jina within two weeks.

As of today, everything shifted once Juke was sent back to the underworld and locked down never to return this lifetime, and the father’s werewolf was then out of everyone in the families dreams and close friends, and was pushed even further into the realm of the past.  Werewolf of the father’s soul, had no power as long as the father’s human demon Juke was gone.

“In life for those of the Wolf Clan
we feed the good wolf or we feed
the bad wolf’s (demon human)
who then frees the werewolf
to kill the wolf soul.”

Those who are wolf clan people like the Romanians or Serbians take it very seriously but the demonic scourge of all military on earth and their wars have pretty much destroyed  this indigenous aspect of all of us. The werewolf is one of the darkest and most powerful karmic animism souls to deal with as a shaman and I cannot be hurt because I have all my animism souls to fight back with and no karma, so nothing sticks to me in the way of how dark shadows and demons work.

She Wolves - Elder Mountain Dreaming Article

“In ancient Arcadia, it certainly seems to be have been an important center of Wolf worship. The story of king Lykaon leads us to Zeus Lykaios (another Arcadian “wolf god” who was Apollo Lykaios). Zeus Lykaios is the “Wolf Zeus”. In his honor, a religious festival called the Lykaia was celebrated on Mount Lykaion, the “wolf mountain.”

A historical example of where the wolf soul of a human being is destroyed and lost, and the werewolf becomes part of the man, and he returns much stronger and ten times more powerful in the ways of evil and demonic energy.

There were no werewolves in goddess and (early) pagan cultures, there was only the wolf mother in Rome, so there were no historical references to werewolves in the early Roman or Greek writings, only poetic historical accounts of the shifts of culture from shamanism and animism into paganism and religious kingdoms approximately around 800 bce until the 1st century ce. History is based on written accounts and the soul history was not, it was based on ancient art and oral traditions and peasants. But shaman’s stories of the animism souls were not shared, and fells under the mysteries and rites of the shaman woman herself (grandmother). Even I, outside the context of my apprentices do not share that much compared to what I experience everyday.

“Regarding these sacrifices during the Lykaia, we are also having the incredible story of an Olympic boxing champion that Pausanias tells us: “Damarchus, an Arcadian of Parrhasia, (…) who changed his shape into that of a wolf at the sacrifice to Zeus Lykaios, and how nine years after he became a man again”. He allegedly was turned into a wolf after he ate the flesh of a boy that was sacrificed to Zeus Lykaios by the Arcadians; Pausanias, writing in the Roman period, tell us that he “cannot believe what the romancers say about him [i.e. Damarchus]”.

Pliny’s Natural History “Agriopas (…) informs us that Demænetus, the Parrhasian, during a sacrifice of human victims, which the Arcadians were offering up to the Lycæan Jupiter, tasted the entrails of a boy who had been slaughtered; upon which he was turned into a wolf, but, ten years afterwards, was restored to his original shape and his calling of an athlete, and returned victorious in the pugilistic contests at the Olympic games.”

“Arcadia: The story of wolf transformation spread more widely and seems to have become quite popular during the Roman period. We learn about the entertaining story of Niceros who, during Trimalchios’ fantastic dinner party, told this story about his friend, a soldier, who transformed into a wolf in a graveyard: “He stripped himself and put all his clothes by the roadside. My heart was in my mouth, but I stood like a dead man. He made a ring of water round his clothes and suddenly turned into a wolf. Please do not think I am joking; I would not lie about this for any fortune in the world. But as I was saying, after he had turned into a wolf, he began to howl, and ran off into the woods. At first I hardly knew where I was, then I went up to take his clothes; but they had all turned into stone…”; and later he became a human again, returning to Nicoros’ house (Petronius, Satyricon, 61f, c. CE 60).”

Grimm’s Fairy tales did a great disservice to all animism teachings, both the wolf and the grandmother, by making grandmother the scapegoat and evil of the shadow sides of pagan (warriors not peasants) and religious men and aligned both wolf and grandmother together as a menage and destroyer of the innocence. Of course it was grandfather who did that with war and battle and complete and total control of issues in family and community… we forgive him now that his time (era) has completed.

Wolves of the World - Elder Mountain Dreaming

PAGAN VIEWS OF THE WOLF from Lamus Dworski
In the Polish rural beliefs and legends connected to the wintertime the Holy Mother is often described as a ‘Maiden protecting from wolves‘. She’s also taking care of these animals so that they don’t attack the human settlements. In this context she’s typically depicted with the so-called thunder candle (gromnica), and often called a ‘Divine Mother with Wolves’ (Matka Boska z wilkami) or ‘[The one] of the Thunder Candle with Wolves’(Gromniczna od wilków, Gromniczna z wilkami).

These beliefs are connected to ancient Slavic rites and customs that were syncretized with the Christian celebrations of the Candlemas Day. (celebrated on February 2nd) over the centuries. Origins of many elements of these celebrations in Poland are a mystery, but they show a possible connection to the Slavic goddess Dziewanna / Devana, who was the goddess of youth, hunt, wild nature, and moon, mentioned in numerous West Slavic resources.

On that day many Polish Rodnovers (Slavic Native Faith Believers) celebrate a feast of Dziewanna Gromniczna (Dziewanna of the Thunder Candle). It includes lighting the ‘thunder candles’ in honor of the goddess, and in order to enrapture warmth for the second half of winter. Dziewanna, as the goddess of wilderness, is asked for protection during the cold months (especially from the freezing weather or from attack of wild animals like the wolves), and guidance during winter travels. The Slavic feast of Dziewanna Gromniczna would be analogous for example to the pagan Gaelic feast of Imbolc.

Russian Wolf by rubrum lepus, illustrator

RUSSIAN WOLF CLANS MIXED INTO PAGANISM
Of Wolves and Dragons: Slavic Traditional Witchcraft of Rodnovery and pre-pagan Shaman Cults. (found onAmmiano Marcellino’s page in Italian)
Russia and several Slavic Countries were one of the last countries in Eastern Europe and Europe to have its pagan faith. The Volkhvy were a class of priestesses and priests that led numerous rural uprisings against the imposition of the Byzantine faith. Their name stems from Russian volk, meaning “wolf”, in fact, wolves themselves were believed to be the reincarnated souls of dead Rodnover priestesses and some priests, which in Animism teaching is only partial truth. You have to be “alive” in order to operate with your animism soul, so the pagans only had a bit of truth of shamanic culture.

In 1068, the volkhvy led an armed rebellion in Kievan-Rus to free Vseslav Briachislavich, the Prince of Polotsk and secret pagan. For the next two decades the volkhvy rallied the peasant class in an anti-feudal revolt against oppressive landowners before being crushed by Prince Iziaslav Iaroslavich with the help of Poland’s Mercenaries. After that, the volkhvy went underground where they remained popular in the countryside.

The volkhvy were so popular in fact, Orthodox clergymen wary of their waning influence launched the witch trails throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and this is where 90% of all shamanism and animism was lost forever after the 16th century. Over time, the name volkhov evolved into a “derogatory” term for sorcerers. Vedma, or “witch”, was a similar pejorative applied to women. But Vedma literally means “Seer” or Knower”.

Today the volkhvy constitute last the keepers of the old ways. They are considered masters of a much larger tradition in Russia called Koldovstvo and Ukrainian Chaklynstvo. It should be noted that one does not have to possess the the lineage of the volkhvy to practice koldovstvo. Such women and men are called koldun or koldunya, meaning “cold ones”, and are considered folk magicians. The cold ones might also be connected to the sleeping ones of the north, which were pre-pagan nomadic people who slept all winter (dreaming culture) but they were extinct by the 15th century.

A similar systems prevails in the Balkans where conversion happened much earlier in the sixth century, but as a consequence the church was much more permissive of the old ways and allowed people to merge from the old goddess religions into the pagan religions, along with the new religion of Christianity. The craft there is known as Vračanje, from the verb Vraćati meaning ”to return”.

Russian volkhvy are thought to descend from Shamans (which they were) and who had the ability to shape-shift into wolves and bears in the Balkans, especially in Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria,who say they are the descendants of Dragons like some of the Chinese. This lore is preserved in an apocryphal text called the Book of Enoch II written in Serbian. Here the fallen angles are called dragons, but more practically are understood to be meteors that fell from the heavens eons ago.

Once on earth, these dragon spirits roamed the land who were Women and Men’s souls creating the vještice (witches) and zduhaći (dragon women and men). Chief among these dragons is Dabog, the Serbian “man in black”. He is described as a tall, silver bearded wanderer who wears a black mantle and wide brim hat followed by, incidentally enough, two wolves.

But remember, this story was a time of great wars and conquering and anything black is shadow, so the shadow began to rise in both witch circles and their lives (in order to survive) and men in their sorcery circles. Spirituality is not all good or all evil, the merge between the old ways and the new pagan and new religions ways which brought both shadow and corruption to the witches and shamans alike in their tribes and clans being destroyed.

People forget that Russia, like America is about about 300 years old, and all the main damage to the indigenous whites were done during this time. The corruptions and shadows in the second half of the Pagan eras got really dark, Veles too is honored by vještice in much of the Balkans, but under different folk guises and much shadow was in the Veles beginnings.

Wolf-Slavic-Totem

In Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Poland he does still have some light, and is known as a lesnik, leshy, and from Russian leshovik, a tall, hairy, woodland man with glowing yellow eyes who protects the wildlife of the forest. He is mischievous and known for turning around sign posts, imitating the cries of loved ones, or shape-shifting into various forms to confuse travelers. In Croatia they are called vedi, like Russian vedma, meaning “knowledge keeper”. Thus If one becomes friends a lesnik or ved, he or she may be initiated into the mysteries of magic.

The vedi were thought to bury their dead inside the hollowed trunks of dead trees and peasants would make packs with them in return for protection of crops or dark shadow magical knowledge. Similar to ved is vodjan, meaning “water man”, a green man covered in moss or water vegetation which is lighter. Because vedi and vodjani were known to be covered in fur and connected to the shamanic wolf animisticism of the old ways.

Veles may stem from Proto Indo-European wel meaning “wool” – remnants of the Veles cult are preserved in the mumming rites of the vucari (wolfmen), zvoncari (bell ringers) and kukeri (quivering ones) and the legends of the vučica (she-wolf). All these traditional pagan rites today based on men like Kukeri were actually she-wolf rites in the shamanic cults, but when paganism took over, they were handed over to men and again, grandmother’s spiritual and cult rites were forbidden.

Surnames with variants of the word vuk (wolf) are so prevalent in the former Yugoslavia (even grandmothers names were eradicated by deleting the country), but there is little doubt that the volkhvy, or at the very least a priestesshood like it, once existed in the Balkans. Koldovstvo and vračanje constitute just a snapshot of the surviving body of Slavic native faith, handed down one generation to the next. As such, there are only three circumstances in which one inherits this tradition. For most, it reveals itself at birth. This most often takes place during a series of lucid dreams (3 dreams in a row), where one is visited by ancestors or living enlightened ones, who teach secret rituals or astral powered objects in their dreams.

These usually take place during times of soul sickness when the person is vulnerable and open to the astral realms naturally (not shamanic plants which destroys the souls), or a near-death experience, or when one develops unexplained behavior that leads them into the wilderness for an extended period of time. Here they are taught magic by the old ones like the Forest Mother, The Shaman (Baba Yaga/Jaga) Veles, Dabog, vedi, vodjani, vile (sylphs), rusalki (nymphs), palcice (dwarfs), and the like. The only other way to claim old ways is by seeking out one’s purification in their life, speaking only the truth which then community turns against you, and the immersed disciplines in a spiritual way including vision quests with nature and mother earth.

To be a Slavic woman possess the ability to astral travel and fall easily in and out of trance states if they are clear (no wine, no drugs, no medications, no pot or shamanic plants). Current paganism teaches that women have to adhere to the Slavic principles (Prav, Jav and Nav) and the three forces (Um, Život and Rod) but these are not truth, these are Dionysus rituals passed down to empower the maiden but destroy woman and grandmother. I suggest walking away from such teachings.

Modern Song of the Wolf Mother
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czj7SyPNRto


Sources and Images: Illustration by Edward Kinsella; Illustration by Boris Zabirokhin, wolf and man Russian Illustrator; Singer Ruslana and a beautiful Polish Wolf; http://www.beyonddracula.com/the-wolf-warriors; Photo of wolf via danais.ro; Romanian basic history from http://www.folkwearsociety.com – Folkwear Society is a not-for-profit initiative, founded by social anthropologist Ana Bogdan; https://lamusdworski.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/holy-mother-with-wolves; The Romanian Folk Almanac compiled by Ion Ghinoiu Translated by Doina Carlsson from the Comoara Satelor: Calendar Popular, All Rights Reserve, Published by BTFF, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Copyright © 2010, Ion Ghinoiu; http://ralphhaussler.weebly.com/wolf-mythology-italy-greek-celtic-norse.html; SIM. FL. Marian – the holidays the Romanians, 1898. (David Romano and Mary Voyatzis, suggesting ritual activities on Mount Lykaison since circa 3,000 bce via http://ralphhaussler.weebly.com/wolf-mythology-italy-greek-celtic-norse.html). Pliny’s Natural History 8.34 via http://ralphhaussler.weebly.com/wolf-mythology-italy-greek-celtic-norse.html; http://www.bogowiepolscy.net/aktualnosci/dziewanna-gromniczna.html; Italian page: https://www.nuovaresistenza.org.

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