The Mystery of the Ancient Spiral Paths

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain (if you share, please share the link, not parts of this article, thank you for supporting Elder Mountain Dreaming ©) Spiral Medicines are the Prehistory Spiral journey and spiritual path to bring down the Moon Medicines, integrating them within as a living practice with the seasons of nature, the cycles of the 13 moons and applied to one’s emotional harmony and soul healing. This is the work I do with my Students and Apprentices which are the ancient “Spiral Medicines” brought back from my 40 years that I was destroyed and wrathfully broken and shattered apart as a shaman and put myself together with these ancient teachings. I structured them into my sacred work and practices now, for those dedicated to heal the self. 

Having to constantly heal and purify along with pure sobriety is how I was able to sustain and have my deaths and rebirths, literally in my life. Cycles that I had to constantly put myself back together and embrace the letting go disciplines, that are a part of the great spiral medicines. I have never read books and really wasn’t interested in knowledge this lifetime, for these things came too easy and I needed challenges in my 20s and 30s. In hindsight, the path of my life, now that I am an elder and can look back, was the oral traditions and experiences that was shaped my fate.

These initiations allowed me not only to endure great durations of karmic pain, spiritual pain and real deaths from toxic shadow and demonic purification of my own two karmic lives, but also those who have this and are unconscious to it. I have lived a life purification in a grounded and disciplined devotion, but also, eventually the wisdom of self healing from literally doing it (experiences) were embraced even though no one in their right mind makes a life of accepting pain and suffering as a spiritual path unless they have to. I had to.

During the destruction and shattering apart of my souls, my emotional body, mental body, soul and mental astral bodies and the animism souls, these were all re-structured by the slow ancient remembrances under these practices of self healing and self awareness as a motion of the spiral. I reattained this ancient work to put it into the slow and safe path, it is the guiding force in my work the last ten years with apprentices.

Some people who work with me need to ground or stabilize their life, others to get sober and leave behind shamanic plants and pot for their own health, and others to push through where they are stuck in their life, and those who work longer with me for a few years to embrace difficult transitions in their life. Some devote ten or more years with me, not to be a shaman (that is impossible for a shaman to teach another to ‘be a shaman’), but rather, to discover the slow descent into the depth of self and one’s karma and hidden self that is causing self bondage without being conscious of it. 

Whatever the reason, each person’s healing as a practice to be loved, to learn to let go of what causes them suffering, or to find their spiritual purpose of their individual needs through their spiritual journey, its important that you do the hard work. The work I do to assist and guide, depends upon the duration of time and one’s own soul destiny and fate. For Spiral Medicines are in the Reverse Direction, in order to start and focus on on and with the self, and winding inward through the mental bodies issues and its sickness, the physical body, the emotional body and the many soul bodies and its real past life karma, until one busts through from the inward into the all.

single spiral - sparing
THE SINGLE SPIRAL – The 3 Moons of Spring – the Self Mirror
This is the basis spiral on the spiritual path which everyone does. These are the largest outer circles that apply to our outer life, as we begin the walk with more dedication to our spiritual path as we get older. Even if we have had ten or fifteen years into our knowledge path, socio-spiritual paths, when we begin to see the journey is really only about us and our karma, and not others or a few thousand years of patriarchal teachings of all traditions, the spiral work then begins.Its a journey of the infinite amount to understand and to heal in regards to self. The outer steps of the spiral is personal, and the self mastery required through great effort of the first layering of the mirror of self. Dedication to understand our personal journey to the outer layers of our interior mysteries and understanding the self, our sensitivities, our wounds and the focus this requires.
This is the self healing and discipline path required to ground and heal the mind. We begin by a valid commitment to the self first with real actions and disciplines that will support our decisions and begin to release philosophies and the knowledge path in general. Things take much longer to heal and syncronicities are further and fewer in-between on the first outer circles of the spiral. Literally we are trying to awaken for the first time of our being where we finally want to face our sorrows and pain, our deeper struggles with real self commitment. This path is only about you and that is the mastery of self.

double spiral - spring
– The 3 Moons of Summer – the Obsidian Mirror
The middle journey is an inter-personal mirror work of the dualistic and ritualistic principles of the motion of the figure 8. Most spiritual teachings caste out duality of the motions of the 8 because it involves karma, which means you are no longer the victim but also the unconscious perpetrator or self sabatoger. It is something that we must master and work out, not caste out. This is because its the infinite connection between self and other, between self and nature.
Note that the symbol of the double spiral is the figure eight and what is reflected of self in one’s practices and spiritual path, is mirrored all around them. Synchronicity of mirrors are very subtle, full of illusions and projections and these are the most difficult journey on the path, and that is why the first spiral requires a firm foundation of self mastery before one can begin the second.

We begin to live in real situations with what we are healing and practicing and focus on inter-personal growth with the “other” and still its not about the other, but they offer a dark and light mirror, a shadow on one side of the spiral and on the other the action of our commitment to our light. This is a more difficult and intense layering of the spiral, because we test who we are and what we have learned and what we believe put into real actions. This is where life or nature becomes involved to also test us.

We cannot preach what we have not mastered, and its common today on the knowledge and philosophy spiritual path of all teachings on earth to speak without stories to back it up. We become more aware in the second spiral, our psyche goes through a washing and detoxing that is not pleasant. The places of our soul selling and lies begin to return, or we begin to get sick, or where we believed in illusions that we could not see, slowly begin to manifest before us.

Here we overcome issues a bit faster compared with the first spiral, and its easier to accept letting go medicines because its painful and hurtful if we do not. Our healing journey is much more painful because the first layering of healing karma begin. We also begin to slowly see that our hard work and its results are becoming real and we recognize both the pain of change and its positive effects.

The double spiral shows you the shadow and light of this balance. Our emotions begin to heal, our inner child wounds begin to surface, and we begin to learn to mother and nourish this part of our pain. The more work, the more pain surfaces which requires more mothering and nurturing. The unconscious relationship and its drama begins to be recognized.

This work of our ancient spiritual and shaman leader Grandmothers of the ancient prehistory lunar and matriarchal traditions (before any grandfather teaching) had rituals and spiral rituals and disciplines, which were/are divided into four distinct parts and each of the four parts has three layers/levels as a living devotional practice for self healing and self awakening and sustaining one’s awakening in a safe manner. Real spiritual experience is quite dangerous and one must be prepared for what one opens.

Triple Spiral - Autumn
THE TRIPLE SPIRAL – The 3 Moons of Autumn – the Collective Karmic Mirror
Entering the third level is where illusions become broken, it is the most difficult and karmic part of the journey, the suffering is immense, the rejection from life is extraordinary, there is no more ordinary life in the third spiral. This at its core in the spiritual journey is pure healing, sobriety and a very discipline path because its tripled in efforts, dedication and endurance. Only the true devotee whose past lives had prepared them for this level, can enter this level – because the sacrifices are too great without past life preparation. Its not something any human just chooses to do.
Things are much tighter and much more complex as the triple spiral is where personal fears are unleashed in ways that are difficult to describe because they are unknown until the begin to surface for the individual. We do not know what we fear until we trust the unknown path when our fears arise on their own. The mental body thinks it knows everything, the triple spiral experiences shows it, that it does not. 

The third spiral is karma, diseases and illusions which begin to materialize as one in real ways and these are frightening for the dedicated self healing and self enlightenment practitioner. The path also becomes dangerous and at this level, its where people falter and turn away when intense fears felt are out of our control. Most people run back down the sacred mountain or try medication, pot or something to sooth having to face the wrath of reality at every corner. Our foundations of what we have always known begins to crumble as well, we slip into the spaces between illusion and reality which is dangerous, and into what we thought was bad has a new reality and what we thought was good is challenged.

In the single spiral and double spiral compared with the triple, are not as challenging in the ways of death, but in the trinity we are and we begin to falter.  This is where we have cancer and chose to heal it our self without help or medications. This is where we begin to fragment and fall into the pit that is not physical or involves anyone else but you. And because mental and emotional sicknesses from purification of karma can fragment the mind and body, the mental body’s unruly ego tries to keeps us from ever touching our soul which is the most powerful force we have. The first two spirals have to be completely mastered in order to move forward and once the third spiral gate is opened, there is no closing it. Many souls have stood at this doorway and knew this inherently and chose not to open it to be able to stay alive.

The dormant mystery rites of the soul begin to surface as real. Its disorienting at every level and turn because of fear as they open up, and we have to trust ourselves 100% without anyone, because spiraling out of control is real (thats why we do major discipline practices when we first enter the spiral) to protect ourselves by the time we reach the most inner spiral path.

The 3rd inner rings of the triple spiral were all our issues pf our past life and the destruction we had caused, and now we stand in this life to heal them at this gate. Its the most humbling and diseased state of the journey. And now we have entered our spiritual journey a thousand times deeper and darker, but we still remain alive. The last turn of this layer of the spiral requires total sobriety (no pot, shamanic plants (drugs), alcohol etc). All those must be let go for one cannot go any further on the path past the first half of the third spiral with them. TARXIEN SPIRAL winter

THE TARXIEN SPIRAL – The 3 Moons of Winter – the Butterfly or Death Mirror
The forth and final spiral are the death realms of the mystery and rare in an individual to survive the physical deaths and spiritual death gates. These spiral are the last levels of all karma of one’s lifetimes and shadow past lives purification, what the traditions call the purge into the true realm of light and dark. Into the final death of Self Realized, Nirvana, completed Dharma, Dreamtime or Pure Buddha Enlightenment. These are completed through the mastered death gates (mastering and overcoming death).

* Regardless of what one has walked up until now, I offer a six month, “once-a-month” personal working relationship with me, in sessions with homework in-between to touch self awareness through self healing and self disciplines in the spiritual path of groundedness and common sense that is incorporated into your real life. This work of the Grandmothers of the ancient prehistory lunar and matriarchal tradition (before any grandfather teaching) had rituals and Spiral disciplines, which were/are divided into four distinct parts and each have three layers and levels as a living devotional practice for self healing.

I assist with such work because it was my fate, and some peoples spiritual devotion and the fated aspects of their soul’s destiny this lifetime needs it. If you would be interested in working with Phoenix please write:

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  1. raventooth says:

    There is a Finnish album called Bringing Down The Moon. It makes more sense now.


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