Cicada Totem

By Phoenix the Elder – Cicadas are very unique because they live in retreat and underground for most of their life. They are active underground, tunneling and feeding and not sleeping nor hibernating as commonly thought. They emerge from the ground as nymphs. Nymphs climb the nearest available tree, and begin to shed their nymph exoskeleton….

Groundhog Woodchuck Totem

By Phoenix the Elder – All Animals, Birds, Insects and Oceanids do not come randomly as totems to us. To be a birth totem, you would have to see them every year, month or week the rest of your life and that can only be determined by hindsight. Totems come to us with a purpose, to…

Mythical Swans

By Phoenix the Elder – I am a dreamer and when I was 32 years old, my mother died (1990). I was spending the night at her home. That night as she slowly departed I had my first real Spirit Dream and that was the basis to know the few and powerful Spirit Dreams that I…

Elements of Myth – Lunar Flares entering Luminous Phenomena

The Fable and the Myth. Careful discrimination must be made between fable and myth. A fable is a story like the Fox and the Grapes, in which characters and plot, neither pretending to reality nor demanding credence, are fabricated confessedly as the vehicle of moral or didactic instruction. Dr. Johnson narrows still further the scope of the…

Cult of the Bird Women

By Phoenix the Elder – Moon Birds – Song of Slavic Bird Tribe Shaman Women, their Culture, Art and Soul – The cult of the bird women go back to the very beginning of the largest cycle of Soul people on earth, which I estimate at least in this largest cycle (era) to be about…

Working with Phoenix the Elder

UPDATE:  Phoenix is on an extended break and returns to work next Autumn, 2020. If you would like to work with her, she works with those 27 years or older (in six, once a month sessions with homework inbetween). She no longer works with apprentices nor students and only takes three clients per year. Serious inquiries…

Animism 101

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – An·i·mism is the attribution of the metamorphosis of our many souls, which is not our human soul. There is explanations of animism souls in knowledge form, but as an animism is basically the function of the dormant side of one part of the human soul. It goes much deeper…

3rd New Moon of Summer

Greetings to my favorite Dreamers, Artists, Mystics, Wolf Mothers and Children of the Moon…  We are entering the 3rd and final moon of Summer which begins Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – Remember that 2 1/2 days before the actual new moon, your synchronicity and signs for the month will start to appear and for the…

She Wolves

“She-wolf”by Slavonic ethno-band “Vedan Kolod” ВеданЪ КолодЪ – Волчица (Russia, Siberia) taken from their album “Wolf’s path” (2008). http://www.vedan-kolod.org.ru: – Song in Rusian, Lyrics in English: In the darkness, its very deep in the Taiga (forest), the Broad Taiga. There’s an Old Tree and under that tired old Tree, the mighty She-Wolf dreams her Dream….

Ukraine’s Night on Bare Mountain

Lysa Hora was the Legend of darkness of the rising powers of men, both pagan and christian, both politician and military at Bare (Bald) Mountain in Kyiv, Ukraine. People tend to think one is good and the other evil, but when you look at the destruction of white, red, black, yellow and brown indigenous cultures,…

Alatyr – Slavic Magical Legends

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – The Russian Alatyr Stone, sometimes called the World Mother (Алатырь каменьям – мире мати) is a search for purity and truth and as a legend lost long ago on earth. The Russian myth explains it as a Mystical Stone of folktale and epic proportions, as the Russians prefer…

Pacific Northwest Thunderbird – Voices of the Wind

Years ago an old man named Too-lux, who was the south wind, was traveling north, and met an old woman named Quootshooi, who was a giantess and he asked her for food, and she gave him a net, telling him she had nothing to eat and that he must try for fish. He succeeded in…

Spring Waters – Slavic Folk Rituals

By Phoenix the Elder (and compilation) – I love the Spring, equal to all the seasons and the older I get, I find it funny that Spring folklore can sometimes be filled with shadow things equal to autumn or winter. I personally always try to see through the corruptions in folktales from my experiences, mystical…

Animism and the Sea Folk

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – In Irish and Scottish mythology, Selkies (also spelled silkies, sylkies, selchies) or Selkie folk (Scots: selkie fowk) meaning “Seal Folk” are mythological beings capable of therianthropy, changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin. They are found in folktales and mythology originating from Orkney and Shetland. Well, I was blessed to meet a…

Szeptuch Shaman

Grandmothers  return is all about timing and I have found myself not enjoying the Slavic, Balkan and Viking Paganism, because it glorifies the maiden and the male dominance of leadership. I am a great fan of Slavic, Balkan and Viking Folk Healers, Female Shamans, Artists and Rituals that equally includes mothers and grandmothers actually leading ceremonies and leading spiritual teachings for the younger…

Mirror Mirror in my Soul

This is an ancient Etruscan Mirror with a Goddess Figure and engraved scene, bronze, 3rd century BCE. When I teach Symbolism, Dream Symbolism and Mirror work with those who seek me, I teach that our prehistory soul and emotional body must be integrated with personal work in our everyday life. Because when the two our separated, the…

Dragon & Thunderbird Drums

Crow Nation, Native American – Buffalo Shield with Flying Dragon Pawnee, Native American – Ceremonial Thunderbird & Lightening Drum

A Rabbit Totem in the Egyptian Moon?

Hare and Rabbit are two of my helpers as a shaman, not only in the waking, but also in my dreams as night. I have a Lakota friend who is an (animism) Jack Rabbit and very powerful, and has helped me a few times. I had a lot of rabbit symbolism appear in my group…

Shamanic Dances of Romania

Romanian ancient traditions of Dances of Goat, Bear and Creatures called Capra of the Winter Solstice and New Years and are done to clear out shadows and dark spirits. Suceava, Romania, and Bucovina and Moldova. What is really beautiful about this (these) traditions, was when Christian men came into Slavic and Balkan lands and they…

She Bears

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain (Compilation of the Bear Goddesses with personal writings intermixed) – Bear Goddesses called Artemis, Artio, Bendis, Callisto, Hekate, Merope, Mielikki, Mi’kmaq Bear, Ursel and Vanth… “You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of…

Daemon vs Demon, Boskie vs Antiboskie, Slavic Folklore

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – What is demonology and daemonology? Originally, languages went from only gesturing with the verbal spoken, until the first written languages were created later. Thus the origin of “daemon” in the older context when humans had less karma, meant a higher, supernatural, impersonal force, a power that is usually identified with…