Second New Moon of Autumn

Autumnn Love

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Happy New Moon dreamers, empaths, healers, artists, dancers, druids, witches and moon people! We begin our Second New Moon of Autumn (26°35′ Libra) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:12 pm (pdt). It is the traditional Scorpio New Moon and we enter the “fullness moon” of Autumn which is a celebration of the Harvest, our Abundance and of course Halloween, aka honoring our Ancestors.

This moon cycle we have the enlightenment and penetrating chaos influences of Uranus, who sits in opposition to our new moon; we also have Mercury which entered Scorpio on Oct. 17 (until Nov 5th) and Jupiter who also entered Scorpio this week (until Nov 9, 2018). I could feel them all hovering over my 12th house cusp just waiting to stir up some windy storms because of Uranus’s influences.

Mercury this month keeps the flow of observation through our thoughts, ideas and concepts, so make sure that you try to restrain just a bit from entering too deeply into shadow territory… either yours or others. A little trouble is fine for one moon cycle, but if we trip and fall on mercurial communications this month, expect hot lava to begin flow down the mountain side making us juggle much more than just our words.

All Scorpio moons ask us to take care of our checks & balances when it comes to words or even our pocketbook. People who fear their shadow will have very closed minds and they usually are the first to throw daggers your way when speaking about uncomfortable or direct truths. Keep a keen eye on what you share, where you share it, because emotional or spiritual issues that are not all fuzzy and full of love and light can spike the projector into projecting harsh things without any consciousness of it. Rather, try to categorize, compartmentalize and speak according to your most important concerns and leave the rest for next month in Sag.

Our ability to trust or mistrust our own communication or other’s is a balancing act this moon cycle. If we are not aware, then we we add the flavoring of mistrust to a relationship of any kind, which sometimes we slip for a good reason and sometimes we do not… so watch your tongue. The last five moons have been dominated by Mars, and our actions, but last month and this month involves our personal communication.

If the riverbed of Scorpio dries up in our life as empaths, then we usually have to pay a price. Its a catch 22 because we have to feel the unseen, the unspoken etc., but when we up go there, it brings up the fear in others. When the depth of our humanness becomes dry, we become very thirsty for anything to gratify us instead of practicing our spiritual disciplines of humbleness, gratitude, reverence, equanimity, respect, healthy boundaries etc. Listening to our intention this month will help. So be cautious this moon cycle but also present and honest and choose your battles wisely.

Autumn TreeThe Oracle this Moon

In the first quarter of the first month, the Year Star is at the great bridge. The east wind breaks up ice and we chose our fields. At the end of the year, the Harvest is full. This joy is hard to match. Human actions need to accord with the greater movements of our natural world (nature).

If there is harmony above, there will be abundance and blessings below. Still, we must not expect an immediate response from life. In fact, it will seem that rewards are slow in coming so wait for the natural outcome, which is a difficult practice. The “year star” is Jupiter.

Jupiter moved into Scorpio and on its positive side, it rules benevolence for difficult issues and that is a blessing. Today, I wanted to write about the main challenges that we all face when trying to walk our spiritual path. When we want to practice self-healing and integrity, we live in a perpetual awareness of our behaviors, some we can see and most we cannot – so we also watch our mirrors and our dreams for that which is hidden from our conscious self. Here is an old time list of some of the challenges we face personally or face in our relationships, traditionally they are called the seven sins, or Gandhi’s list of societal struggles. Scorpio is one such moon that allows us to address these issues. They are our unconscious issues or the more shadowy struggles around our archetypes, which tend to accumulate and express themselves in the Second Autumn Moon.

Traditionally these have been known as:
Spirituality without sacrifice
Wealth without hard work
Pleasure without a conscience
Knowledge without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humanity and humility
Politics without principle

Read over these below, and see which one you are struggling with this week. Our behaviors are a matter of awareness in order to see where we struggle. Don’t let words fool you, all these listed below are from the very simple and innocent to the most severe and some may reject them as old fashion today – but in truth, the collective truth is never out of fashion! So here we go…

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The Seven Sins – Russian Postcard

“Avarice” better known today as Selfishness, Greed and Materialism or Victimization of the lack of Physical Security. This is described as a struggle with emotional greed when we feel that only our pain or our listening and our suffering matters and should be heard regardless of what the other is going through or we do not make time to listen to their pain. Selfishness is when we cannot see the other persons point of view or their needs; and lastly, we suffer materialism when we have an issue around security or feeling safe or not feeling safe at our core. Living with the basics is all we really need to live a very healthy life, but possessions, spending or earning power have created a false sense of security, self worth, satisfaction. Avarice or greed is about our value system at its core, and it is also the root of crime. Too much and too easy makes people miserable just as too little and too hard make people suffer and disconnected. Ways to approach the healing are a sense of routine and self nurturing. 

“Envy” better known as Entitlement and Jealousy. We all go through times when we don’t feel good enough or even deserving, which is different than humbleness. But on the other side of this issue, is the demanding of self righteousness that we know it all even when we do not (but don’t know it or not aware of this within our self). The other aspect of envy-entitlement is thinking we know more than we do, without the main factor: experience. Not understanding our place in the world or in our life during certain stages of growth – always will require painful lessons for growth and being humbled. Entitlement tells us sometimes, that we are better than having to struggle and suffer for growth or for having things of value. Envy eventually is always painful (unlike pride), and it causes us to do things that harm the self or those who try to love and understand us. Jealousy of what others do or have or their lifestyle takes two paths, one we are jealous and the other we pretend we have earned it until we believe that is real.

Autumn Creatures, A Halloween Past time“Gluttony”
better known today as Addiction. Addiction’s spread all the spectrum’s today like a pandemic, from the food we eat, to the pleasure we have or the sex appetite, cigarettes, pot, alcohol and medications, money, gambling, credit cards or exercise. Everything is an “addiction” when it causes us or others pain by its accumulation. Addiction in mental terms is “distraction” from the boring, the mundane or ordinary, having to fill every moment with music or noise, or busyness or behaviors that will harm the self or others which end up with loss. Its rarer that the gluttonous person wakes up to their addiction because many years have gone by in a state of repetitive denial or justification of the addiction. Healing requires suffering, it also requires the ordinary work, play, friendship and preoccupations that adds balance to our life. Today, the usual cure for an addiction is another addiction (substitute) until the person is ready to come to terms with admission and practicing letting go.


“Lust”
which is better known today as Sexual Appetite, Sex Abuse, Excessive Self Pleasure, Rape, Sexual Deviance, Porn Addiction and Pedophilia and the Sex Slave Trade. On the simple end, lust is an excessive desire for one’s own sexual pleasure or continual masturbation daily or weekly. Sex-Love, Food and Shelter are the basics in life, and when we struggle with one of the three basics, it can take enormous amounts of work to both understand our addiction and our suffering with sexual issues. Its all fun and pleasure until it starts to show imbalance. The world likes to paint a picture that sex does not involve the issues of the soul (karma), but it does at the basic level, and for lifetimes the issues of sex can lay dormant and then appear in our adult life.  On the more severe levels of lust when its combined today with addiction-gluttony, a person can become totally unconscious of their sex-addiction. Like any addiction, self-commitments to abstinence allows a person to be with their own physical body to sense the intensity that is within them without gratification-release. This makes one very aware of the energy and how intense it is. We approach to heal it, by looking back at abuse from childhood. Practicing abstinence is a non-sexual active state allows positive detachment as a first step.

“Pride” which is known today as Conceit, Self Righteousness, Fear of Change, Denial or Unconscious Truth. When we demand attention or wish to be recognized, we struggle with pride rather than enjoyment in what we do. Pride can also be avoiding needed help or guidance but fear that it makes us look unable, unstable or unfit to handle our life, these too fall under pride. The remedies for pride is to finally seek help and recognize that this is a healthy and holistic path rather than suffering. Also practicing not taking the self so damn seriously all the time, which can add more fun in order to learn to be able to laugh at yourself. These help with our prideful actions that also arise in conflict. Others will not understand when we try to give more practice to lighten up our seriousness – and thats ok.

“Sloth” better known today as Apathy, Loss of Interest, Resistance or the old word,  Laziness. Many times these issues stem from someone who suffers from bi-polar, depression, or has had too many tragedies and are suffering emotional, mental or physical fragmentation. A loss of interest in life or even the simplest things in life become too difficult, then retreating from life occurs. Sloth is a very difficult and complex situation and to me it always involves the emotional body or lack of emotion and our personal fire, either smoldering or has gone out completely. If these continue too long, the person must force themselves to break free. A wellness plan and goals to seek help can help immensely, even if its just to manage a small current cycle of change. 

“Wrath”
also known today as Abuse, Racism, Bullying, Anger or the internal aspects of excessive Worry, Anxiety, Stress, Avoidance. Wrath (like envy), has a lot to do with what’s wrong in our world today and how we plug into such abuses as casual. When communities or groups lack awareness and consciousness when they are wronged, such as racism, many do not take this serious and there are wrathful consequences. Our own personal abuse can always be kept in check by our own ability to handle our personal anger or increasing our ability to share feelings and truth, even though we know it will hurt others. Boundary issues also have to do with the deconstruction of wrath and either we create safe boundaries for our self so not to be victims of wrath or we accept when others call the police on us that our wrathful behavior has gotten out of hand. On a greater soul level, the Call of the Wrathful Deities (dark goddesses and bone mothers) enter with chaos into our life, and come to collect a soul debt.

New Moon Scorpio

Practice patience this month, and try to be a bit more reserved in conflict and leave drama with those who choose to be inflexible with their belief systems or convictions. Try to think about the sort of person you would like to develop into ten years from now, and start this month, on that journey instead…

Examples of Scorpio New Moon Intentions! Chose only one…

I am honest with my feelings
I focus on my balance
I practice a daily grounded routine
I give myself permission to grieve
I am patient
I love myself

I nurture myself in healthy ways
I am healing my addiction
I express gratitude
I am patient
I communicate honestly
I trust myself

I practice right relationship
I trust my intuition (the first time)
I give myself permission to be angry
I ground myself when I am too emotional
I am sincere

I meditate for inner peace
I am creativity
I accept my struggles right now
I accept exactly where I am right now in my life
I hold myself accountable
I support myself

I am honest with myself
I have healthy boundaries
I forgive myself
I have healthy emotional boundaries
I honor my needs

I am healthy
I am beautiful
I am kind
I embrace change

New Moon Libra 2nd New Moon of AutumnHave a healthy moon cycle and believe in your path! Also if you use this work in your personal moon circle- please ask permission from Elder Mountain Dreaming first. Phoenix is a master teacher of dreams, dreaming and dreamtime; folk healer and shaman. Assisting in emotional body, empath issues and soul body issues and those experiencing painful transitions. Any individual or family situations that require a pure shaman (non-drug non-plant). Exorcist, remover of spells, hexes and dark magic and shadow (demon) binder.

 

First Full Moon of Autumn

Nesting Horned Owl

By Phoenix the Elder – Blessings on this full moon dreamers in the beautiful month of October… we enter our 1st Full Moon of Autumn on October 5th 2017 @ 12 degrees Ares. Our signs and synchronicities begin three days before each new and full moon and if we can be flexible enough in our attention, we can give more energy to heighten our second sight, which helps our personal intuition (empath nature, psyche, remembrance, and memory) grow stronger.

The slow progressive journey of awareness comes with difficulty and that is precisely where we walk our talk. Its fine to express ourselves and believe everything we wish, but in an Ares full moon, our actions show us more of who we are than any belief system we have, negative or positive.

So, to really see our signs clearly in the Libra right relationship cycle, the Ares full moon reveals where we are passive or aggressive, where we listen and where we deeply listen or where we put our feelings into action, negative or positive This is not a practice for those who lack attention in the greater good of right relationship, so if you need to settle the mind or intense emotions first in order to focus, then begin there!

tumblr_ojyx9hMPpX1tjduiho1_400.jpgI always write this Moon wisdom practice a day or two before the actual new or full moon for specific reasons and that is because emotional awareness is the “other” consciousness path (besides the mind), and its root of practice is much more ancient than the mind cult, especially for dreamers and empaths. Like the wind, we don’t want to be carried away too far from our center.

Major work is always required for us to ‘wake up’ as a human beings decade after decade, and these lunar practices help us increase awareness of the opening and closings of our emotional body through our life changes. Memory is very tricky when it surfaces from our past unconsciously and it effects our base instincts and can knock us off balance or not be committed to our decisions. We all tend to fall asleep everyday and then float in a hypnotic stream, becoming swept away by routines, or our compulsions, and worries, or even our past emotional woundedness. Being vulnerable to change this is always recommended and a most difficult. Setting your intention to “let go” is the most powerful ways to begin and keep repeating. Letting go is “healing medicine”.

All relationships are important, even the smaller ones as part our spiritual work, and sometimes they lead to intensity and releases during the full moon time. Our mundane life and all our responsibilities takes up so much of our time that there is little left to experience in the ways of emotional risk, conflict resolution and honoring and respect of giving things the time it needs for resolve or flow. This is where real nature’s magic gets lost, and soul people must re-learn to remember its all real, even our untouchable soul life.

Mystical and magical happens all the time around us and not in the false happy way, but  in mystic proportions of nature’s way, but when our soul is sleepy, we cannot see it, feel it or touch it. Focusing instead on the “it” are things like drama and our insecurities which “shine” more than practicing peace and detachment practices. When we are asleep we cannot see the dull shadow that permeates our  ‘shine’ so we must learn to take our time, breathe slowly, make sure we have the right tools to address our issues and concerns.

The conscious practice of emotional flow through a continual interconnection of why we are experiencing this particular issue now, in the first place is always the best place to start. Fire signs are swift with release during full moons, for some that is great, for others that is overwhelming. We cannot bake a cake in five minutes, well neither can we bake our issues under pressure and heat. But we can experience that heat which opens what was blocked.

So this month when you set  your one intention to let go of something that doesn’t serve your highest good, try to hold that intention the remaining two weeks to build awareness around it and don’t fall asleep and forget. You might be surprised what you find out about yourself. I know personally that our greater soul waits for us to find the self deep within our self, she is very patient, even for lifetimes for us to do this difficult work.

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After five moons (months) with Mars involved, this Autumn moon begins with Mercury, the blessings of communication, subtle communication and blatant communication. When we walk our spiritual path, try to remember the ancient heath fires, the season of transformation that comes at all the equinoxes and solstice shifts. This is what people talk about when they speak of the heart and communication of the heart.

The heart is pure fire energy, be that Ares, Leo or Sagittarius moons and either that fire is warm and inviting or aggressive and we feel burned. Its always our responsibility, not the other to work at resolve within, which effects the outer issue. How you touch these Ares flames today or the next few days is your choice, either it will burn in the communications and leave you upset to contemplate, or it will be warm… work at warmth and the burning, this way you find that balance.

black pumpkinIts the time for some active and conscious shift-making in our life, because we had six long moons to prepare for the Seasons of the Night which has come so quickly. All full moons within Autumn and Winter help us recenter with the “letting go in our seasonal descent” into our inner-world, our dream world, our astral world, our creative world.

Our practice of letting go intentions are a sacred art, remembering the things that arise might challenge us and bring forth the saying: “being right verses being happy.” There is a fine balance with speaking your mind verses saying too much, so try to show a little bit of courtesy to others even when upset, or at the least put some structure in place to achieve that and remember to pull back when your emotions drown you along with the other person. If you are too dry emotionally, then add some intensity of anger or tears by giving yourself permission to express the whole self. For both the expressive emotional people and the reserved emotional people, just remember to keep your hearth fires lit with warmth.

22222057_118823035452180_7400939327450991192_nThe Goddess Minerva came onto my path for this moon cycle. She is a very archaic and powerful goddess who represents balance, wisdom and the warrioress which is very Aries like.  The Etruscan Menrva (asteroid #93) stems from the Italian Moon Goddess Meneswā, which means ‘She who Measures’ with the moon. The ancient Etruscans adopted the inherited name Menerwā, calling her Menrva and its presumed that her Roman name, Minerva was based on a more ancient Etruscan mythology which puts her more into the tribal rather than cultural feminine. She is the counterpart to the Greek Athena who is more modern that her.

The Goddess Themis (asteroid #24), is closely related to the great Goddess Minerva who has many different names, and is the ancient Titaness, described as The Lady of Wise Counsel. She is the personification within divine order, fairness, law, natural law (nature’s laws), and customs of culture when her temple was build around the 5th century BCE.

Her symbolism and shamanic animals are Owl, Death & Rebirth and when that is completed, then Wisdom. Both Minerva and her Greek counterpart Athena exude the strong yet fair woman. The Owl of Minerva flies seeking nourishment from late evening until dusk. This allows us to catch a glimpse of her beauty and guidance in motion in reflection to our night dreaming. All archaic goddesses of the Night were Autumn and Winter seasonal expressions. At Night, she turns into the huntress (her war symbolism) and has entered the lucidity and dream worlds, which are the realms of our soul’s flight.

At dawn, she returns home to rest in her physical body and becomes conscious in her mundane life again. As symbolic insight, it is what we all go through to understand our journey each day and the night if we are aware of our dreams. Its also the battles we fight, where we win our desire, or find balance and compromise in ‘letting go’ of our obsessions, which can be one of the difficult parts of our life’s journey.

On the dark side of the moon, Minerva is the goddess of war, but men’s wars are very different than women’s wars. She is often depicted in her battle helmet holding a spear which represents, in a modern way, the strict and healthy boundaries one needs today to remain or learn to be empowered. Empowerment means all your validation doesn’t come from the other, the other lover, the other family member, the friend, it comes from deeper within your inner world.

The Oracle for the 1st Full Moon of Autumn…

When the one above is square-dealing and straight forward
lesser people attend to their tasks. When there is concord
in the family, younger and older all work together.

If nothing in your nature opposes your will,
you will achieve what you seek.

With the unyielding yang it is appropriate
that you must be very straight forward and
fair, with yourself and others. Harmony is
important, once this harmony is achieved,
everything can be accomplished.

Rufino Tamayo (1899 –1991)...The Astrologers of Life, oil on canvas 1947

Set your “One”
Full Moon Release Intention
based on what surfaced the
last two weeks from your
New Moon Intention,
and release what no longer
serves your highest good! 

Aries Full Moon 2017Sources: Painting of the Moon by John Philp, Rufino Tamayo (1899 –1991)…The Astrologers of Life, oil on canvas 1947; Baby Dragons in the Game of Thrones; The Cult of Minerva (http://www.romanoimpero.com); 

Monthly New Moon Intention – New, Full and Dark Moon Lunar, Dreaming and Emotional Work-study for Soul Guidance

new moonBy Phoenix of Elder Mountain – We have been getting a lot of new participators on our monthly lunar practice each month and once in awhile for the newer people, I send out a basic outline of the “Lunar Practice and Disciplines” and how and why its done. The benefits and struggles of our self awareness path can be difficult and very difficult at times, and this continual new moon intention and full moon release practice, helps us emotionally become ‘aware’ of our issues with a steady guide by the moon herself.

Basic Monthly Practice: The New Moon Intention (chose only “one”) is ONLY ABOUT YOU, not anyone else, because self-awareness comes from within through you into your conscious self. After you set the one intention, you will see what arises your original intention and it will be the “opposite”. Example: I am peaceful. For the following two weeks, you will begin to become aware of what upsets you, what triggers your emotions, or what bothers you. Each time you set a new moon intention, this is the what happens. When years go by, you can work on the same issues, and each will be revealed in different ways, depending on the energy of that particular moon cycle.

When the Full Moon comes in two weeks (after the new moon), then you set ONE RELEASE INTENTION on the day of the full moon, to let go and release something within, which was based on what surfaced with the new moon intention. It takes a while to get the practice.

Goals are our relationship to the outer world, Intentions are our relationship to our inner world, and that is the main difference. When this practice is walked along side your other healing work or spiritual practices, it reveals the hidden self to us. Buddhism calms and breaks the mental body down, out of its out of its harsh grip or control of a well worn and grooved path, by making us aware of the minds busy sides of static, noise and constant thoughts.

This practice is only about your emotional well being, and how this effects our soul that is untouchable. Its not about anyone else, except the mirrors of those who come onto our path each month as a reflection of our own shadow or our past life karma. This practice helps you to become ‘aware of your projections onto others’, your emotional resistance (fears or self sabotage), intuitive blocks and the responding mirrors (other people) and how that effect our emotional balance and imbalances each moon cycle.

Our emotional energy and soul energy are just… energy bodies, one feels and one does not. The soul is an untouchable and unrecognizable (astral body) even for those who astral travel (because lucid dreaming and astral travel are confined to the mental astral body). How we awaken to the multi levels self is how aware we are willing to become and that is not always pretty or nice when we recognize our own shadow or behaviors. Otherwise, every alcoholic or pot addict would stop drinking or smoking at will.

Not happening without great struggle, because the addiction has overcome the awareness body of the inner soul self and she is left weak and abandoned. Love addiction relationships are the same, anything where we are bound by habit and unawareness. We are unconscious more than we can possible imagine until we begin a dedicated journey of any kind, but this kind of practice is “emotional intelligence” and the loosening of the “subtle body” called the soul.

This practice is a very simple practice in application, that is slow, mundane, and steady each moon cycle, to reveal our emotional struggles and issues to us (creating self awareness of the intuitive body), yet reveals our very complex nature the longer we do it.

I am in my 23rd year of practicing every single moon cycle with one intention and with one full moon release. The awareness of self to self enlightenment was beyond what I ever could have comprehended in my first ten years of doing this practice. I have walked and teach it as a “living” teaching, a living experience, not a knowledge study reality.

I created this as a life path and did years of testing on myself and spent about eight to ten years doing it in my new moon circles that I taught, which were based on emotional awareness and soul awareness practices. Then I added and blended it into my “moon-goddess” circles to understand the ‘higher self’ of the feminine teachings of the emotional and soul body when it came to “inter-personal” relationships; and lastly, I added “goddess, moon with dreaming” all together in the last ten years of circles for the new, full and dark moon completion. I also tested the self awakening of the emotional soul bodies practices on apprentices since 1995. This practice is very, very subtle for the subtle bodies.

moon 3Lunar Cycles
Each Moon cycle is approximately 28 Nights
(28 x 13 moons = 364 nights in a year).  In nature’s Seasonal year, there are “3 moons” for each of the four seasons (three moons of spring, three moons of summer, etc.) – with one extra moon cycle between the end of winter and the beginning of the spring equinox. As emotional beings we must contend with our karma in smaller or larger ways, that are precisely timed in their calm and intense cycles. These cycles return the burdens of our past life deeds and play out in many simple to complex ways like physical disease, mental illness, and emotional instability including illusions all the way to bipolar and schizophrenia.

The emo-soul flow gets blocked in our memories of our emotional systems until we approach and heal them from a journey into our past (this lifetime) and the woundedness which we have all suffered. That is the wounded psyche or what we shamans call, the fragmented aspects of the soul (of this lifetime). There are soul fragments also from past lives but that is much more complicated. We do what we can, and we are even under the natural age cycles and fated cycle in doing such work. Remember, the Mind-Body reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions are not the same as the Emotional-Soul reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions and perceptions.

Spiral Medicines are the core practice of Lunar or Moon Intentional Work. Its a walking backwards in time, to revisit old wounds in order to free the emotional energy of those woundings, but we need awareness in order to “get it”.  When we do not “get it” the ah ha healing moments, we become suspended and stagnant. This is the basis of permanent emotional healing which eventually leads us to our soul. We cannot heal anything we are not “aware of” in our life and along with the mental body’s meditations, the emotional lunar work is the missing half and the remaining teaching for wholeness.

At each moon’s cycle, the subtle energies of nature and our own soul (which is different than the emotional body), begins to flow or has been blocked from lifetimes of karma even at our birth. I learned how each moon cycle was very different in its effects, its energy, its thick or thinness of energy and its effected on each individual person. Around the tenth year into this monthly simple lunar path and its disciplines I saw an awakening process that was coinciding with this work, with my other spiritual path. I also shared it at my monthly goddess circle, then moon circles and lastly, my dream circles.

moonBuilding a Monthly Lunar Foundation
In the invisible aspects of our life, which are our feelings, our soul, our intuition, our dreams, our psyche, including our personal illusions and illusions in our dreams, we also build a foundation and that is working with the moon, the cycles of the (energetic) reality of that invisible.

In ancient alchemy, the Mental body and the Emotional body (and the lesser soul that we incarnate with), are called the Sacred Marriage when they are no longer at odds or in battle, and these two bodies are housed in our Physical body and bring health. The lunar life through the night’s dreaming life, and the purification of the shadow self (karma) as a process is what fragments this flow. That is simply called self sabotage, unconscious behavior, projections, neurotic behaviors or addictive behaviors and a host of other dis eases that are mental or emotional resulting in the sicknesses of the physical body.

moon 2The actual Simple Practice
Each New Moon, the first step is to set only “One New Moon Intention” … on the day of the New Moon.

The second step in two weeks after the new moon is setting: “One Full Moon Intention Release” from what appeared on your path for two weeks.

The third and last phase is the “Contemplation of the Dark Moon” period that prepares the new intention for the next New Moon.

On each New Moon, set one inner intention (about our emotional life, our creative life, our perception life or the healing of a struggle or sickness). A “Goal” is you in relationship to your greater (exterior) world, and an “Intention” is your relationship with your (inner) world. We work with intention.

When you set your New Moon, then wait for the signs and synchronicity to begin to appear (and they will). For many, this practice is first building awareness to be able see the signs and synchronicity and then eventually to weed out what isn’t important of all the signs.

When the Full Moon arrives two weeks later, we set “One Release Intention” based upon the signs and your responses to it, of what surfaced from our new moon intention. On the full moon, speak out with I RELEASE…. or I LET GO OF…. (something that no longer serves your highest good, that is about only you.)

Then during the duration of the two weeks “after” the Full Moon, this is the time of contemplation and the processes of “awareness” occurs. It is the releases in our life that brings more clarity. We bring one small awareness to us, each month.

Foundation of the following New Moon, one month after another…
The most powerful days of signs and synchronicities are the three days before the new moon, and with practice, we begin to recognize the signs that will play out the entire month. If you do any spiritual work like fasting, or meditation retreats, try to do it the week when the dark moon shifts into the new moon. The amount of information will be doubled. This all takes a lot of practice for the more advanced Lunar Practitioner, but year after year we get one more drop of awareness. A mountain moves an inch every ten years, and so too, with real awareness (consciousness) mental or emotional body. 

For most beginners, its more a dedication to begin to see results. Within one year, you have set 13 actual intentions and 13 release intentions that are symbiotic. The next seasonal year, you begin a second layer of the same issues that arise, with the next 13 new moons and so forth.  This is a stabling process and practice and we cannot heal anything we are not ‘aware of’ – not mentally, but emotionally. The mind follows the emotional body but in the patriarch that has all been reversed along with philosophy to fragment core emotional truth.

Only my apprentices have practiced the ‘more complex 2nd through 8th stages of this practice’. But at my circles I have taught and still teach, just mastering the first stage is complex enough.

rock carving discovered in the vicinity of Almaty, a large city in southeastern Kazakhstan.Moon Cultures & Sobriety of the Emo & Astral Bodies
Last and certainly one of the most important aspects of the dreamer, intuitive, and emotional body and soul body is sobriety. This is our eternal body, unlike the intuition of the psychic or medium who works off the intuition of the mental astral body.

The Moon cultures were a living culture and not based on mind-body at all, but body and soul. These were the cultures of prehistory art, dreaming, shamanism, creativity, food, music, dance, sobriety (pre-Dionysus cults), which were rituals around the lunar cycles that included maidens, mothers and grandmothers. Since then, we have all lived without a real ancient awareness practice of our emotional and soul body before the 3rd century and have accrued much karma in our past lives. The purification of karmic lives require us to experience the visions of pain returned into our body, of those we had hurt in past life relationships, be that a antiquity soldier or family issues. What remained after that was the motion, but not the enlightenment aspects of the inner spiral walk that the moon cycles can lead us to, which is first and foremost, emotional rhythm as a healing practice to eventually enter emotional intelligence through nature’s consciousness.

If we drink or smoke pot, we disrupt our emotional body’s natural rhythms and flow and each decade that this has occurred its required about half that time to purify. Example, if you started smoking pot or drinking at 15 and are now 40, the rhythm of your energetic magnetic (soul cycles and emotional body cycles) have been “dried out” and no longer work with natures’s rhythm and emotional intensities. Think of the energetic astral body of our soul and emotional body as a cloud, its moist, movements, and continual flow like a large set of clouds in the sky.

These substances dry out of soul cloud body into small, millions of dried or hardened granular sand that are no longer moist nor unified. Your mind may work with your life and nature and “think” that these are intact, but when you need the power of your soul the most, we fail in not only making large changes in our life but overcoming addicts, behavioral issues etc. The Soul offers us superpower when life hits us the hardest and the “subtle” is revealed between illusions, soul blindness and emotional waves of detoxing.

This is because our magnetic energy bodies are complicated and painful when touched and they get “lost” because pot reduces and dries out the moist “cloud body” of the emotional and soul bodies. Alcohol spikes its rhythms until they are completely off balance. If one does both, it takes about 8 years of sobriety to release what was not seen in awareness of issues or loss of the past. The memory body of the emotional body is emotional energy and the remembrances is the soul body.

These magnetic energies are a great resource that many shadows have tried to steal within our astral light (of our astral, chi or unified chakra body), not only from us in waking life, but also in our dreams at night but luring us away with useless mental, university and mind cult distractions of love and light. Keeping boundaries healthy of our receptive body (soul/emo) requires that the mental body and physical body be clear and aware that the emotional body is subdued even when it shouldn’t be. And aware that the greater self (the soul) has been put into bondage even before we reincarnated.

If mother earth ignored her moon, her tides would not be consistent nor would the germination of her seeds of plants get started. So the moon is important both physically and energetically. Moon is the ancient keeper of the seasons’ natural flow, coinciding with woman’s natural emotional cycles and her bleeding cycles  – which were the original time keepers of this planet. This was replaced with the Sun calendars around the time religion came into power.

Please ask Phoenix of Elder Mountain for permission to use her Lunar work in your circle and its partnering of the sharing of our Monthly Lunar Work-study each new moon here on this blog.

 

First New Moon of Autumn & Autumn Equinox


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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings moon lovers, dreamers, healers, artists and spiritual seekers… Its been one whole month since our super-eclipse on August 21st and I hope that your intentions that day were brought forth. Many people do not understand that eclipses bring forth the new cycle of the next season and its flavoring. But this eclipse was a major shift and what is to come.

We enter this new season with the first of Three New Moons of Autumn that beings on Tues/Wed Sept. 19/20, 2017 (at 27 degrees 27 minutes of Virgo, in the seasonal Libra Moon cycle). This coincides with the Autumn Equinox which starts Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 (1:02 pm.) Equinoxes and Solstices are our four “changing moons” of the whole seasonal year within the 13 moons of the year. Each moon cycle has different energy with different effects on us as empaths and dreamers. Its very subtle, but the more you practice the moon intentions, the more you begin to recognize the imbalances in order to have emotional stability and strength.

The Oracle for this New Moon is VIRGO 27 – The Magician Disrobes
We bear a dream within us and in this dream, we can magically disperse every partisan consideration and make the truth – a common-sensical shareable thing. We endow this dream with more of our self, than any outwardly existing reality and slowly foster its seeds. We endow the dream with our heart’s aspirations and when we give it our all, the dream comes true. But until that point, we are worlds apart, just harboring a dream of separation.

slavic harvest time, full moonAutumn begins the season of the long journey of letting go (in lunar terms), and is nature’s change of letting herself die to be reborn again in Spring. She shows us the very first beginnings of the Season of Night (autumn and winter), and long ago, the ancient rituals to guide us through the next six moons of the year for our emotional well being, for our diversity of night dreaming and our emotional stability within relationship.

This is the time we begin to enter our inner magic along with the thinning of the veils of nature and the atonement with our own nature. The first moon of Autumn shifts into a slow waning of the light into our seen or unconscious shadow – so we can see why we struggle and suffer, by becoming conscious. Not everyone is a dreamer and an empath and most of this work is for us. For those of you who are more earthy or mind-body, you can still extract some small advances with this practice. Because most great healers know that… we cannot heal anything we are not aware of or in other words, our blind spots require healing work and support to awaken to our own struggles.

This lunar month has five planets all in Virgo: Venus, Mars, Mercury, Sun and Moon. These are all the personal planets, and its a lot of Virgo energy for a Libra Moon cycle. This means life is pressuring us to focus on our “health” within our “relationships” and practice this with some grace and respect verses drama and vindication. Whether our issues rise from intimate relationships, family, friends, spiritual circle relationships or working relationships, we can apply some healthy behaviors (restraint and patience) to the problems that surface.

I had my dream last night for this moon cycle: I am walking on a path in nature and a small fire was there in the middle of the path, so I got a bucket of water and poured it on the small fire starting and spreading. It was out and then I went for a swim in a pool right next to the path. This simple dream gives guidance up till the full moon. The simpler the dream, the more powerful the message.

Your dreams the night or two nights before the new moon will give you extra insight as well, about your month to come. So those of you who keep a moon-dream journal with us here, make note. Also put a star around those dreams, and see how next years first moon of Autumn shows a similarity. Awareness in dreaming is the one of the goals and we become stronger in our dreams at night when we also apply clear awareness (sober awareness) to our waking dreams. 

The season now turns golden along with the red-warmth of the trees and the cooler temperatures as the Season of Night (autumn and winter) begins. This brings another part of us forth, our non-physical life of our emotions, our soul and our dreaming. We now get to remember the warmth of summer only as a memory – as the fire in our belly grows stronger and stronger for winter. 

In mythology, Emese is the Hungarian Ancestress of the Árpád (860-870 ce) which is a legend from her dreaming. She saw herself becoming impregnated by the Turul bird, as it had appeared to her in a dream and told her that from her womb the great River flowed. The Turul bird as with all bird symbolism, represents the flight of our soul (it’s growth) and its relationship to the power of our will which is our mental body (beliefs and thoughts). What struggles we have within, between our body and soul, between our mind-body and our mind and soul, is reflected outwards in our real life.

Xuan loc XuanA touch of cold
in the Autumn night
I walked abroad, and
saw the ruddy moon
lean over a hedge,
l
ike a red-faced farmer.

I did not stop to speak
but nodded and round about
were the wistful stars with
white faces (like town children).

When we change seasons from the season of Fire (spring and summer), into the season of Night, we enter a time of the breaking down of some of our will, in order to raise our insight, foresight and second sight – so our rivers (emotions) may begin to flow. Healthy Libra’s inter-personal relationships within community is called “right relationship” and even  

I even ventured out with Burnt Stone and joined a circle which reviewed the artwork for the next We’Moon yearly calendar. I met a lot of really great people and it was nice be invited to a social event after four years of not socializing at all. Being supported and attending creative-spiritual related circles and healing circles is very good for our soul. Its wise today to make sure its more intimate, and that you are careful not to enter the more shadowy sides of the Reiki sex-energy circles or the ever present ego filled philosophical spiritual circles with many vampires leading them. In other words, be more discerning about your spiritual journey, and who you sit in circles with.

Everyone likes to be social and party sometimes, but to party like your 18 when you are 38 or 48, will dampen your soul energy. That can even be a peyote circle or shaman drug/plant experiences, it sucks and dries the soul moisture body right up. It doesn’t do that to the mind/body, so be wise. Try to be clear like you were at 12 years old again, it makes such a huge difference when dealing with adult issues. It also helps us find our groundedness more often, but its much harder to do. That is what real spiritual journeys are… much harder. I say this because this is a moon of emotional health within all our relations. 

The main point of these writings are for you to set your new moon intention as a practice, just chose one. Goal is you in relationship to your world but intentions are you in relation to your inner self. Then when the full moon comes, set one ‘release’ intention based upon what surfaced over the two weeks. A part of you that no longer serves your highest good.

Chose “one” Intention for the New Moon of Libra (27 Virgo):

I am positive
I AM LOVING
I am doing the best I can
I AM BALANCED
my desires are healthy
I VALUE MY NEEDS
I balance my desires
I TRUST MYSELF
I have clear judgment
I AM BEAUTIFUL
I listen with integrity
I AM RECEPTIVE (if your too giving)
I am giving (if your too receptive)
I AM INDEPENDENT
I accept my weakness with strength
I FORGIVE
I approve of myself
I AM DISCERNING
I accept where I am right now today (denial work)
I AM CLEAR MINDED (Libra is an air sign)
I am empowered
I AM IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH MYSELF
I am beautiful
I AM PEACEFUL (or CALM)

I am comfortable
I AM DIPLOMATIC
I am graceful
I AM POSITIVE

So, take charge of your issues or let them continue into an abyss that lasts forever…

P.S. The last few years I have also sent my Marzanna Slavic Ritual out at this time, but I decided to send the instructions out on the Winter Solstice instead, for those who wish to participate in this ritual again.First New Moon of Autumn 2017
If you would like to be on our once a month New & Full Moon Lunar Work-study please email: Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com

Sources: Chandra Symbols by Ellias Lonsdale; Illustrated Art by Xuan loc Xuan, Jeffrey R. Watts; Poem T. E. Hulme, ‘Autumn’. Like Crapsey, T. E. Hulme (1883-1917) favored short, often unrhymed lyrics, the first modernist poet writing in English. ‘Autumn’, written in 1908, establishes a delicate relationship between the ruddy moon and the autumn time of year, this poem marks the start of modernist poetry in England.

Arethusa, Spirit of the Rivers and Springs of Surákousai

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Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Each new and full moon, I receive my signs and synchronicity just like you, and its how those of us, who take them much more seriously, guide a lot of our moon and dreaming path, in order to sharpen our focus and our intuitive nature as the years go buy. The second half of this Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2107) cycle, is this full moon, the more internal eclipsing and reflection to release what has surfaced. Eclipses always set off a cycle of seasons and half yearly seasons.

Water is a language of the emotional body and our many souls, regardless of how many souls are re-attained. These are the empaths, the feelers, the seers, the intuitive (not the psychic) because its the gifts of the emotional body and soul bodies, not the mental body like channelers, psychics and mediums experience. The water women are atoned to body and soul, not mind body.

Sicily SYRACUSE Onkia Nymph Arethusa & Octopus Rare Ancient Greek CoinThere are water women who range from simple to the most complex and to the highest spiritual levels of simplicity. Not everyone will go pass the half way journey because the sacrifices are too demanding in loss and isolation. The mermaid and water sprites are the simplest of all water women, they are maiden regardless of age, and more group oriented. The nymph and rusalka are much more complex and fall into the adult or mother stages as water women who nurture and bring forth life.

The celestial water spirits, like Arethusa or the Goddesses of the Oceans are the grandmother stages, and can be attained as a water journey, if both their maiden and mother years were lived, experienced self destruction, healed the self through it all and then became free and forgiving to all. The journey of a water grandmother as a water being is the most difficult of earth, air and fire, for it encompasses almost all of the earth (the water) and its fluid yet destruction for purification purposes.

I had come upon the Lydian kingdom the past two weeks, which was an ancient culture in Troy (modern day Anatolia or Turkey) and Anatolia had appeared three times since the Solar Eclipse as a synchronicity. The third is always a charm for me when something appears. Its said that the Lydians of ancient Turkey were the first to actually invent money in the form of official coins. Running across Arethusa a few days later, I felt a strong pull with her essence and I know that somehow, there is a connection to do some weaving magic in my dreams at night, my waking life and the passion of ancient wisdom.

The city of Syracuse is located on the east coast of Sicily and was originally a Greek colony founded by Corinth in 734 bce. The city enjoyed a period of expansion and prosperity under the tyrant Gelon in the 5th century BCE, survived a two year siege by Athenian forces from 415 to 413 bce, and again prospered under the tyrant Dionysus in the 4th century BCE when the city controlled much of Sicily and large portions of southern Italy. Dionysus was the first ancient Greek to figure out exactly how to destroy the prehistory circle of woman, by luring the maidens with dark sex and drug/alcohol rituals.

Once maiden became unstable, she left the eternal goddess spiritual circles of mothers and grandmothers and the elder male stepped in to teach her the new ways of serving men as women and elder women. The seeds are so corrupt at the beginning that when women try to heal today, they must go back so far into their past lives to free their soul. That takes lifetimes of healing as the water women suffered the greatest and their gifts were then under siege and used against them, call magic or the mysteries of woman’s path.

Under Dionysus rulership into the temples along with the political cult of Apollo, and his teachings spread life wild fire all over the world. We call that paganism today at its root beginnings or its foundation from the past.

Arethusa of Siracusa (asteroid #95) has been one of my synchronicity that has arrive, and there is not much written about her. I find that interesting because there are so many coins with her portrait (a symbol of value), for such a random Nereid (nymph). I looked up both where Arethusa falls in my own natal chart and where she is for all of us this full moon.

Lets begin with the rising of the tides, of that powerful water and fire within us to move deeper into what holds us back and make our personal spiritual journey more ‘personal’. That takes courage to crash against the shore over and over to find the medicine or gems we need to feel at peace, to heal our self, to speak our truth and practicing healing or letting go of relationships that are abusive to us or tear our self esteem down.

Alois Delug - Die NornenSyracuse Arethusa
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

ARETHUSA arose from her couch of
snows in the Acroceraunian mountains;
From cloud and from crag with many
a jag, Shepherding her bright fountains.
She leapt down the rocks with her rainbow
locks streaming among the streams;

Her steps paved with green
the downward ravine which slopes
to the western gleams; and gliding
and springing, she went, ever singing,
In murmurs as soft as sleep.

The earth seemed to love her, and heaven
smiled above her, As she lingered towards
the deep. Then Alpheus bold, on his glacier cold
with his trident the mountains strook;
And opened a chasm In the rocks; with
the spasm, as all Erymanthus shook.
and the black south-wind.

It concealed behind the urns of the silent snow
and earthquake and thunder did rend in sunder
the bars of the springs below; The beard and
the hair of the river-god were seen through
the torrent’s sweep, As he followed the light
of the fleet nymph’s flight, to the brink of
the Dorian deep.

“O, save me! O, guide me, and bid the deep hide me,
for he grasps me now by the hair!” The loud Ocean
heard, to its blue depth stirred, and divided
at her prayer; and under the water, the Earth’s
white daughter fled like a sunny beam.

Behind her descended her billows, unblended
with the brackish Dorian stream; like a gloomy
stain on the emerald main, Alpheus rushed behind
as an eagle pursuing a dove to its ruin.
Down the streams of the cloudy wind.
Under the bowers where the ocean
powers sit on their pearled thrones.

Through the coral woods of the
weltering floods, Over heaps of
unvalued stones; through the dim beams
which amid the streams weave a network
of colored light; And under the caves,
where the shadowy waves are as green
as the forest’s night.

Outspeeding the shark, and the sword-fish dark,
under the ocean foam, and up through the
rifts of the mountain cliffs, they passed to
their Dorian home. And now from their
fountains in Enna’s mountains, down one vale
where the morning basks, like friends once parted,
grown single-hearted, they ply their watery tasks.

At sunrise they leap from their cradles steep
in the cave of the shelving hill; at noontide they
flow through the woods below and the meadows
of asphodel; And at night they sleep in the rocking
deep beneath the Ortygian shore; Like spirits that
lie In the azure sky, when they love but live no more.

Sarah Young image Arethusa Bathing

“The Syracusans seemed to have a special pride in their Arethusa. After all, her fountain and pool was in their city. Unlike the great pan-Hellenic gods and goddesses (Zeus, Athena, etc.) that could be claimed by all of the Greek people, Arethusa was viewed as Syracuse’s own unique Deity and most likely was the Patron Goddess before invasions. Furthermore, Arethusa was portrayed as noble, beautiful, charming, graceful and even stunning. Perhaps these attitudes motivated the Syracusan die-engravers to create numismatic art of the highest order.” 

Goddess Nymphs (spirits of the earth, air, water and fire)…

There are two Arethusas, one who was the Nymph of Syracuse, Sicily and the other, a Hesperide nymph who live in the beautiful garden, situated in the Arcadian Mountains (Greece) and at the western extreme of the Mediterranean, near Mt. Atlas. In this garden grows the trees with the golden apples of Immortality. The Hesperides are Aegle, Arethusa, Erytheia and Hesperia. They are also called The African Sisters.

The Hesperides were the most famous Greek Goddess-Nymphs of evening and the golden light of sunsets. They were the daughters of Nyx (Night) and were entrusted with the care of the tree of the golden apples, which was had been presented to the goddess Hera by Gaia or Mother Earth. They were assisted by a hundred-headed guardian, a Dragon named Ladon, who would ensure that safety of the golden apples, even if they had gotten into the hands of darkness, would take vengeance if compromised, when that time came in the future.

This is because the Hesperides were also the keepers of the balance of Heaven. The nymphs and their glowing, golden apples were regarded as the source of the golden light of the humans who had reached immortality, and the symbol of that was the golden light of sunsets – a phenomena of heaven. Because the demonic forces of the underworld also must pay for their imbalances and destruction by tearing down the earth making it hell on earth, so too does heaven tear down the great forces of evil. This happens every 25,000 year cycle at its end of time into no time or dreamtime.

Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria C5th B.C.
Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria 500 bce.

The etymology of the word Syracuse seems to have derived from “Sirokos” which means the Sirocco Wind, or from “Sirakousai” which means the “Salt Water” and some scholars, however, argue that the name is in reality of Phoenician origin, signifying The “Rock of Sea-gulls”.

Areth means “Waterer” and usa means “Essence” and together, she bears the great title of the Nereid who is the “Essence of Water.” Like fire, water is the great purifier and the great renewal of life. Arethusa is the original water bearer of the dreaming cultures, long before any Greek every stepped foot on earth. In her mere mortal goddess life, she was the daughter of Nereus and the Goddess Doris and it seemed that power was part of the essence of the earlier nymphs.

According to Greek tradition, Crete was also a Nymph, who gave her name to the island. The name Crete could have probably some connection with the words krato, -ein, “reign,” and kratis, -o, “strong, powerful.” Crete’s father was said to be the Sun God Helios and the tales about her origin and about her relations had to demonstrate the glory of the island Crete, showing it as powerful.

Nymphs were associated with the Spirit  of water or land in a more celestial light. The Roman writer Ovid called Arethusa by the name “Alpheias”, because her streams are believed to have a subterranean communication with the River Alpheius, in Peloponnesus. Arethusa was a daughter of Siracusa (Syracuse), the ancient Mediterranean cultural place, which has vast archaeological sites, on the edge of their modern city today. Rare treasures of temples, amphitheaters and an ancient castles, on the Island of Ortygia which was a center of Greek, Byzantine and Judaic civilizations. Physical evidence of these three cultures can still be seen today and finds items that date back to 1500 bce. Prehistory Siracusa (Sicily) had lasted for a thousand years until Rome conquered it in 212 bce.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century, it was destroyed and taken over again by Vandals and Goths, and the Byzantine Greeks of the Eastern Roman Empire took it in 535 ce. For a few years in the middle of the seventh century, the Emperor Constans made it his capital and then the Arabs arrived in the ninth century, converting the large cathedral into a mosque, which earlier was converted from a large Greek temple to Athena.

All of these destruction’s eclipsed Syracuse in population and affluence. Arethusa as the spirit of the sacred waters, sacred springs, lakes and rivers connects her more to the indigenous tribes of those thousand years. In her beginning story, she had to flee her home in Arcadia beneath the Sea and came up as a fresh water fountain on the island of Ortygia in Syracuse, Sicily. This makes her an actual “element” spirit or goddess, like the winds of Zepher, or the Spirit of Water and Fire, not a human nymph. Needless to say, Arcadia was important to her story and why she fled. Why do women ever flee, women know why afterwards, but not during their great flight.

The Arcadians were an ancient tribe situated in the mountainous Peloponnese (what is now southern Greece and later famous because of Hercules). It was considered one of the oldest tribes which settled the area, and were proto-Greeks, mentioned by the ancient authors as Pelasgians. It is clear that the Arcadians were considered as the original inhabitants of the region and Arcadia seems to have been a cultural refuge.

When the Greek Dark Age descended (1200 bce – 800 bce), certain gods and goddess became more in demand, and as patrons of Arcadia who are: Hermes, Psychopomp, Magic and Thievery; Pan (Dionysus), Destroyer of the circle of maiden, mother and grandmother through dark sex magic, intoxication and alcohol into rituals; and Atalanta, Daughter of the King of Arcadia. Why did Arethusa leave Arcadia? Most likely war and the destruction of the old goddess.

Tetradrachm of Syracuse Arethusa, 405-400 BC-syracuse-sicily-classical-periodAfter her arrival to Syracuse, she who was the River and Springs Goddess, were given to the god Alpheus and she was demoted to NereidIn Arcadia, in her clear stream and was bathing in the form of a human, not water, not knowing the river god Alpheus was watching her, he flowed down through Elis to the sea. He fell in love with her during their encounter, but she fled after discovering  his intentions. She wished to remain independent and the attendant of Artemis who was the newly founded political goddess.

After a long chase, she prayed to her goddess to ask for protection, and Artemis hid her in a cloud, adding the element of cloud goddess of rain, moisture, storms to her story. But Alpheus was persistent, and she began to perspire from fear, and soon transformed herself into her stream form. Artemis then broke the ground allowing Arethusa another attempt to flee. Her stream traveled under the sea to the island of Ortygia, but Alpheus flowed through the sea to reach her and mingled with her waters. This short story of Arethusa says so much, not only on a goddess level, but also a shamanic culture level of the soul and its ability to shape shift. Since the Greeks chose to share nothing of woman’s powers, their gifts of the actual souls ability, small pieces of very small stories say so much.

Arethusa is on the coins of Syracuse, Sicily, which were minted between 415-400 bce, during Demeter’s search for her daughter Persephone. In symbolism, coins and money mean value or values, and combining that with her soul water element, it is the value of the soul that she had stood for before Greek conquests. For the soul is eternal, but needs the moisture of nature, love, stability and peace in order to heal or retain gifts of the soul, or to return them.

In one of her stories, Arethusa entreated Demeter to discontinue her punishment of Sicily for her daughter Persephone’s disappearance. She told the goddess that while traveling in her streams, she saw her daughter looking weak and sick as the queen of Hades. Arethusa’s most popular version of the legend as daughter of Nereus and Doris who passed her time in the retinue of Artemis the Romans’ Diana, Huntress and Goddess of the woods.

Herself a huntress, Arethusa vowed never to marry and be a priestess of Artemis. But these were newer stories, as the long-lived, beautiful nymphs maidens were usually associated with natural locations, such as streams, mountains or forests. But not the stream itself. Arethusa was a river nymph and her myth originates geographically with the River Alpheius in the city state of Elis in the northwestern region of Peloponnese.

Syracuse Arethusa-classical-periodCertain parts of this river, which empties into the Ionian Sea, passes underground. The message of the story, if one can be said to exist, involves more than lust, love or desire. It seems to say something about some woman’s need to be free and escaping judgment and repression emotionally.

The Arethusan Spring on Ortygia was a sacred place to the cult of Artemis. The Greek flowers that grew there were said to come directly from Greece, and it was said that a cup tossed into the Greek river would emerge in Arethusa’s Syracusan spring, which today is a freshwater pool. The classical names Aretha and Areta are based on the name of this eternal nymph, the ancient Sicilians’ protectresses of Syracuse. It has been suggested that the Arethusa’s underground spring feeds the mikvah of Syracuse in Ortygia’s Jewish Quarter.

For eight centuries the legend of Arethusa survived as part of the fabric of Syracusan life, just as Persephone’s cult endured at Enna in central Sicily. Their stories bear a striking similarity which may not be entirely coincidental. The cult of Arethusa remained strong throughout the Roman rule of Syracuse.

The statue of Arethusa laying at the feet of Artemis…

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The coinage of Syracuse began around 515 BC and, unlike the coinage of other city-states, tetradrachms were among the first coins minted. The availability of silver to the Syracusan coiners was the most likely reason for the prompt development of this large denomination.

The silver coinage of Syracuse is interesting in terms of both its artistry and diversity. Arethusa was the water nymph associated with Syracuse. She was pursued by the river god Alpheos from Peloponnese to the small island of Ortegia, which is a part of Syracuse. When she re-emerged in the freshwater spring at Syracuse, she became the patron of this city-state which was dependent upon the water that surrounded it.

 

arethusa - hair dolphins coinOver the next several decades, her head was enlarged to take up most of the coin while the four corners of the squares metamorphosed into four dolphins, re-affirming Arethusa’s status as a water-nymph. By the fifth century, the artists of Syracuse were experimenting with a multitude of different styles and images for the water nymph. Through varied hairstyles and different types of ornamentation, the artists achieved the greatest elaboration when they signed their work.

A usage of simple design and low relief mark the first issues of the fifth century. Arethusa has an archaic eye, a fleshy nose, parted and slightly upturned lips, as well as simply-punched hair that invites comparison to the immensely popular Athenian trade coins of the same time. Several years later, the artists developed a more naturalistic Arethusa with more realistic hair formed by lines rather than punched dots, a beaded diadem or laurel wreath instead of the modest linear diadem, and eye features that fill the voids prevalent in the earlier issues.

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Astrological chart for the Full Moon in Pisces, within the Solar Eclipse cycle (Aug 21 2017) and awakens the great renewal and karmic purification.
 

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Phoenix is a dreamer (shaman); folk healer; emotional body healer, wise elder, astrologer, energy healer, seer reader, and much more. If you would like to work with her, please write Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com. Sources: Steven Roach was a PCGS intern in 1999. About the Author: Palermo native Vincenzo Salerno has written biographies of several famous Sicilians, including Archimedes, Frederick II and Giuseppe di Lampedusa; Tetradrachm of Syracuse Arethusa, 400 BC-classical-period coins; www.bestofsicily.com; Sarah Young’s Illustration of Arethusa. Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria 500 bce.

Stars, Moons, Charming and Tattoos

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I work with Slavic-Balkan Moon Charming through Water, when moisture needs to rise. That can be emotional issues within folk healing, which is done when the mental body and mental activity has terribly repressed and imbalanced the body’s relationship to the emotional body. I also do Fire charming rituals, which are strictly for purification, an emptying out. Emptying cover a wide range of issues, from addictions, self abuse, or even the root foundations of physical healing, its also called chord cutting.

In folk healing, charming can also be done with song or dances applied to healing, as long as the intent is set for “transformation and change” of the persons life. Charming has also been called magic, but shamanism and witchcraft are very different when it comes to magic. One is human based and the energy going outwards, the other is strictly nature and applied only to the self. Both are done within the phases of the moon of course, as paganism sprung and was birthed out of goddess cultures, which were born from shamanism.

The important natural magnetic energy of all living things are receptive and this is what is the magic aspects of nature, within shaman’s rituals. A shaman’s healing work or healing ceremonies are all based upon the experience of the shaman herself who required decades to heal their deadly diseases and that has given them the medicines through many experience (non plant, non drug shamanism).

Prehistory was not base on the sun and time, or the outward flow of energy, electro-energy. It was and still is based on the cycles and phases of the moon and no-time, on deeper emotional energy and living energy of feeling by all plants, humans, birds, animals etc. The flow of receptivity. Charming then, is the relationship to the environment and it’s energy of magnetic reception, through a personal application of it is utilized with natures flow. That is a very important factor because its energy uses are receptive and if the intention and basis is not balance and the shaman balanced, then it will backfire causing more harm to the shaman.

 

The natural rhythm of the full moon is about releasing emotion and the new moon is the points of transformation. The earth’s natural calendar for millions of years was the combination of the cycles of the moon and woman’s cycles of bleeding in unison, along with the seasonal changes of nature, and the equinoxes and solstices.

18555939_10154573588818321_8501052371301068701_nNew moon ritual that included sacred tattoos can also help as a visual reminder for women to become in alignment with nature. Sacred tattoos also done in ceremony can energetically connect ones dreaming and intuition with the tattoo itself. I have done all of my vision quest tattoos this way.

When the moon work is added to both tattoo with sacred or purity rites, the tattoos transference of dreams becomes stronger. In the beginnings of lunar cycles, within a ceremony and full moons which carry the most power of endings, releases and letting go, we learn and begin as a practice, flex-self awareness. This means that to become more free in expressing our truth through emotions, the more we are willing to work with our fears. These contributions actually are the energetic power that feeds the symbol of the tattoo and makes them applicable as sacred items on the body.

Within the cycles of sickness that begin to release from awareness practices, one must commit to begin a journey of sobriety for groundedness, and flexibility during struggles of changes. Changing moon is a path for those who are serious about their health and spiritual journey and willing to be flexible or flex-self. Without being flexible to personal fears, then stagnation and rigidity remains. All of this is done with strict and healthy boundaries in relationship. To advance spiritually, it must all be worked with together.

Larger rituals for community are set around the moons of the yearly solstices and equinoxes. The most powerful healings for individuals or community occurs after the Autumn equinox, especially right before dusk. This the the most powerful time that our personal releases from our emotional body can be released.

When doing Moon Charming, moonlight illuminates water, adding more of nature’s power to magnetic energy within receptive water, not just in a physical way, but an energetic way. Setting bowls of water outside, in a quiet natural place, asking the water to receive the light of the moon and to bring blessings and healing from its light is basically all that needs to be done. On the great shift eclipse August 17, 2017, I did an eclipse moon charming. I did it specifically for dreaming and drank the water a little each night and set my dream intention. The more our heart is into this kind of magic, the more powerful it is. Working with our perception body (emotional body and soul body), with magical pure water, is a great purification elixir (drinking it). Moon charming is added to rituals to bring a receptive quality to our path, as the most powerful rituals are the most simplified.

When I do chanting in my shamanic work I am generally alone and I never do moon charming with my drum. Drums open doorways and stir up shadow and sickness (shaman’s drums), or lightning and thunder energy. They shouldn’t be used when moisture is needed because its more of a nurturing energy. Fire and Water rituals are different, they are both for healing and purification.

The photo below of the Chukchi woman has her three charmed tattoos on her cheek and mouth. All are and still are today, for protection of shadows. They say the dead, but as most real shamans know, they are for the shadows of living people, that roam outside their body or have been freed from the underworld. The charming rites of shamans goes much deeper than medicine people . For some reason when we fell asleep, those who have ancient traditions or modern ones, think that even forces are not known and the dead, but they are not.

When I received my tattoos for all of my vision quests, they were charmed and they serve my purposes as well in the same manner. I did ceremony with each tattoo artist which I made them also participate, they received a blessing as well. Those were my water rite or moon charmed tattoos. Now I begin a series of tattoos for my fire rites and they will complete my 40 years of shaman’s initiations of death, transformations and rebirths.

 
CHARMED TATTOOS. Chukchi woman with three fertility tattoos on cheek and a cruciform tattoo foil marking the corner of her mouth that was intended as a charm against evil spiritsTattoos themselves do not protect us by themselves and never have, but rather, the experiences of healing and tests to overcome one’s personal fear are the power. These tests and sobriety and another disciplines mastered, purify the astral soul body (chakra body or chi), which then is the power against shadow forces. The tattoo is only the “honoring of that” or the power of the soul honored in the form of symbolism in sacred tattooing.
 
When I lead group journeys (my shaman’s journeys), everyone offers a piece of their hair by cutting it to represent letting go of what has held them back, their own emotional, mental or physical disease while alive. I burn all their hair in a fire charming ritual with them present before we journey. I gather it all in a sacred bowl and I do this because its not only is it an intent of cleansing of their own personal issues but it is a way in which I can protect them during a journey.
 

This Chukchi tradition is that after the death of a relative, the Chukchi fastened a single bead to a lock of hair to repel the “spirits of disease”.

THE EARTH & THE ESTONIAN STAR BRIDE

Long ago before grandfather took over all things spiritual or leading community, grandmother’s teachings were that “star” means “night”, not the night sky. Night meant the inner reality that is feminine, hidden, unconscious and perceptive. The emotional body in its highest expression along with the soul. That is what star meant. When the astronomers took out astrology, especially in first through third centuries, star took on grandfathers teachings, which was the physical and science spiritual concepts of other beings off planet. When we return to wholeness, the other half that has been missing a few thousand years, we leave those night tales and paranormal tales go and return with two feel on the ground and remember that star means night and night means our inner life.

According to a Chukchi legend, the Earth (Nutenut) lives in a large house. The story tells that the Sun, Moon, Sky, Sea, Dawn, Fog and Mist were visiting. They all wanted to marry the Earth’s beautiful daughter. The story resembles to some extent the Estonian myth of the Star Bride yet their endings are different.

In The Star Bride the maiden picks the Star to be her fiancé. In the Chukchi myth the maiden does not get to choose a fiancé, but suitors compete and the winner marries the bride. However, none of the aforementioned suitors wins the contest, but a Chukchi shaman Jettögöt, who raises his staff and touches every rival with it.

As a consequence the touched side of each suitor catches fire and they all flee in panic. And Jettögöt marries the maiden. By the way, polygamy is not forbidden among Chukchis and is unofficially practiced to our day. As can be seen from the above text, the Sun already has a wife called Kavra-ŋŋa.

tumblr_otknikhOc71v933qho1_1280.jpgTHE NORTH STAR

The North Star (in the Chukchi language Iluk-eŋer ‘the Immobile Star’, ‘the Nail Star’ or Unp-eŋer ‘the Driven-in Stake Star, and the ‘Pole Star’ is cast in the central role among stars. V. Bogoraz Tan claims that the latter version of the star’s name is common all
over Europe. The North Star in the firmament is like a pole or stake driven into the ground around which stars circle, resembling horses or reindeer tied to a pole. Its house is near the Zenith and through its smoke opening it is possible to travel between worlds.

Due to that opening the North Star can be seen in all worlds, and the underworld as well as in upper realms, while other stars and constellations are not the same in different realms. At the same time it is believed that the North Star’s house is higher up than other houses. Its house is made of ice-like substance and to its top is fixed a lighthouse, like source of light.

In his book Andres Kuperjanov lists the names different peoples call the North Star by the Golden Pillar (Mongols, Buriats, Kalmyks and Altaian Tatars), the Iron Pillar (Kyrgyzes, Bashkirs and Siberian Tatars), the Lonely Stake (Teleuts), the Golden Stake (Tunguses). All these ethnic groups picture the North Star as an immobile stake or pillar or a stake driven into the sky. The same applies to Chukchis. The Chukchi name of the Nail Star has a close resemblance to the Estonian name of Põhjanael ‘Northern
Nail’.

ARCTURUS & VEGA

In the Chukchi worldview stars ranking next to the North Star as to their importance are the so-called heads (in Chukchi Leutti). Heads are formed of two stars. The First Head is Arcturus in the constellation Bear Watcher (Chukchi Janotlaut, Estonian Karuvalvur
‘Guardian of Bear’) and the Second Head is Vega in the constellation Lyra (Chukchi Jaatlaut, Estonian Vabamees ‘Freeman’, The Sun, the Moon and Firmament in Chukchi folklore.

According to Chukchis these stars are cousins. Travelling in the nighttime tundra Chukchis use the mutual position of the heads and the North Star as a reference point to find the right direction. Arcturus is sometimes also called the leader or the guide of stars. Chukchis turn to both of the stars to seek help when healing. In case of diseases a sacrifice has to be brought to Arcturus or the First Head. In case of stomach ache the sacrifice and spell have to be addressed to Vega or the Second Head.

STAFF STARS, ORION AND CELESTIAL BODIES

The Estonian Staff stars are the three stars in a row in the constellations Aquila (Old Staff Stars) and Orion (New Staff Stars). The stars a (Altair) and g (Tarazed) in the constellation Aquila have a special meaning to Chukchis. They are called by the name Pettigún. The Aquila constellation brings the new year to Chukchis for it appears for the first time on the horizon on the winter solstice. Reindeer herders as well as Chukchis living in the coastal areas brought sacrifices on the occasion, at least formerly. Especially suitable were fat male reindeer. At other festivals, blood is sometimes sacrificed and reindeer are exchanged for symbolic statues made of plants or snow.

Sources: Joan Miro stone painting, Hair repel from larskrutak.com, the Star stories from www.folklore.ee, Artist Remedios Varo

Amber Elektra Ηλεκτρα & Aura Avra

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Elektra (Asteroid #130) of Mycenae is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, first mentioned by Aeschylus in Choephori. She and her brother Orestes killed their mother and her lover Aegisthus, for the murder of their father. In her later evolution, Electra is the daughter of Atlas and Poleon, daughter of the Ocean, or Ishonis, a sister of six sisters, all of whom were called the Pleiades. With the exception of Meropi, they all joined the gods (three with Zeus, two with Poseidon, one with Mars).

In the Italian variations of the myth, Elektra becomes the wife of the King of the Etruscans of Korithos and their children Dardanus and Iasius are born in Italy and then leave, one in Samothrace, the other in Troad. Later, Elektra and her sisters were beaten and abused. The Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), is derived from ηλεκτρον (electron) meaning “Amber”.

For the causes of transformation of the seven siblings, various reasons are given:

1. The Pleiades, together with their mother Poleonis, hunted Orion the Hunter, who hunted them for five years, in Boeotia. Jupiter eventually regretted them and transformed them first into pigeons and then into a star.  2. They felt deep sorrow for their father Atlas, condemned by Zeus to carry the sky on his shoulders.  3. They were deeply saddened by their sons, Yades, for the death of their brother Handa, who had snickered him. Pleiada Elektra, from whom the genus of the Trojan kings came, was very sorry for the fall of Troy, and because the genus of Dardanus’ son was completely lost. That’s why she was removed from her sisters, who were thought to have been taking the circle of star dancing and ceasing to shine. He settled in the arctic circle and only occasionally in the year appears in the celestial dome, with his hair turned off and laughing. That’s why people called it a comet or a fox.

Electra in the memory of Agamemnon Sir William Blake Richmond (British 1842-1921)Elektra siblings were her brother Orestis , and two sisters, Iphigenia and Chrysosthemis. The myth of Elektra begins with the Trojan War, when Eleni, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta and her sister Clytemnestra, flew to Troy with the prince of Paris, the Greeks decided to campaign against Troy and bring Eleni back. Agamemnon, brother of Menelaus, was chosen as the commander of the Greek forces.

Before the Greeks could sail for Troy, a saint told Agamemnon that he would have to sacrifice his Daughter of Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis, for the fleet would be destroyed by the winds. Artemis received the daughter as a priestess, and the Greek fleet started for Troy. Clytemnestra, who was defeated by the loss of Iphigeneia, never forgave her husband. As long as Agamemnon was fighting in Troy, Clytemnestra and her husband’s cousin, Aegisthus, became lovers, but Elektra remained loyal to her father and longed for her return.

After ten years of fighting between the Greeks (Achaeans) and the Trojans, Troy was finally defeated, Agamemnon returned triumphant to Mycenae, but did not return alone. As a war lord he had taken Cassandra, the daughter of the king of Troy, Priam. Within a few hours of his return to the palace, according to some versions of the myth, Clytemnestra, Elektra’s mother, with Aigitus murdered Agamemnon and Cassandra.

Clytemnestra then planned to kill Orestes, but Elektra secretly arranged for her young brother to be sent to the kingdom of Phocis where he was raised safely. Betrayal and revenge was the story of this family. For many years afterwards, Elektra was in mourning from her father’s death and avenging revenge. When Orestes matured, he learned about the way his father was killed, and he started for Mycenae with his cousin and friend Pillades. When the two men arrived at the palace, they were disguised as travelers to go unnoticed. They claimed to have brought the ashes of dead in a hydra.

ELEKTRA, ORESTES AND AURA Asteroids (example in my family’s charts) 

The myth of Elektra and her brother, relates as an archetypal story of my own families karma and its purification. I look up my chart and my two children’s charts to see where Elektra, Aura and Orestes (asteroids were). The first chart is my wedding chart, which had Moon/Mars conjunct and Sun/Mercury conjunct in the eighth house, which are both signatures in my children’s birth chart.

In my chart, Elektra and Orestes are both at 29 Sagittarius (galactic center), conjunct my Mars/Saturn (21/22 Sag), square my moon. Aura is conjunct my Sun/Venus/Chiron (where I caused karma), opposite Uranus (involved with four other planets in that T-Square).

In my son’s chart, Elektra is conjunct his Moon/Mars in Libra and no aspect to Aura; but Orestes is at his IC (conjunct my sun/venus/chiron).

My daughter’s Elektra conjuncts her Uranus (exact) opposite Chiron; Orestes is opposite her Sun/Mercury conjunction. Aura is opposite her Saturn.

671aa-ceb7cebbceb5cebacf84cf81cf83cebfcf86cebfcebacebbObviously the death I had experienced from my divorce was not only that event but my karma as well. It effected my children greatly as all divorces do, but our was lifetimes in the making, and that anger brought a great rejection of me as their mother (Pisces Moon in the 4th house).

My children became so angry at me in their youth, then their teens and all of their twenties, for leaving their father and them. Even though it was because my intense shamanic initiations would lead me to my deaths, they didn’t want to live with me at all after my divorce. This was one of my first personal deaths as a mother of two young children and broke my heart.

We had all experienced a very tragic Pluto influence in our family (all four of us with Scorpio Rising and a 4th house Aquarian cusp. Our story was the Elektra and Orestes (my children) who would deliver the woundings to me, that would eventually help heal me through rejection. The supercharged of otherworldly energy of Elektra and the involvement of the family scenario, brought intense deaths and rebirths to all of us, cutting the chords to the past life karma in which we were all, as a family, to heal.

You learn a lot about your karma first hand, when its delivered that way through twenty five years of pain, at least the very personal relationships of the inner circles of your life. Elektra being located in the galactic center of 29 Sagittarius, meant that there was no fixing this situation, there was only the journey to the other side and all the way through each part of the disasters. Eventually there was a slow reconciliation starting about half way through the destruction, and I kept building a bridge to my children, through the path of forgiveness with healthy boundaries and so too with their father. We all have a good relationship now, but it was a rough Scorpion path, for a long time. 

Ορέστης και Ηλέκτρα
Ορέστης και Ηλέκτρα – Elektra and Orestes

Elektra had married the cousin of Pylades, who was fraternal friend of her brother and were challenged because the Furies. Together her and her brother went to Tabriz (Iran), under the command of the Oracle “Iphigenia in Tauris” Euripides. From Elektra and Pylades marriage, were born two boys.

The Phoenician word Elēkrŏn, meaning ‘Shining Light’.”  Clearly 2,500 years ago, its birth of the Shining Light is attributed to Goddess Elektra. Her story is the root of all civilization, humanity and culture with other goddesses of Illumination and the Night Light. I have always been interested in the wholeness and root of her shamanic and dreaming past, her cave life, her ancient art and rock art, and her reflection upon our lives today. Because they were before written languages and I focus on the values of what small pieces are left from prehistory as her root.

Orestes, Hermes and ElectraThe name Elektra carries much about a Goddess (woman) herself, and her tales, more than words could ever express, from a past to build a kingdom against her.

In most Greek tales woman is either vindictive or a victim of men and their behaviors. To me, that is such a small part of and even though we live in a modern mind-cult world, extractions through our art, creativity, dance, song and rituals tell another tale of our archetypal past. We return to our root soul, to understand our world (mother earth), which sits deep within us, under layers and layers of karma and pain, and the much deeper patterns of our personal healing journey that can be extracted.

Latin electricus, from Latin electrum ‘Amber is from the Greek word ēlektron, because rubbing amber causes electrostatic phenomena. Being Slavic, amber is a sacred stone and has qualities that help add power to the subtle bodies.

Who is Elektra before and after the patriarch has dissolved? She is who she has always been, the life force of electricity, the energy of friction that leads to illumination. The being who causes the winds to move in any direction that she wishes. She is a life force of energy that fragments what is whole (within shadow) and destroys it.

She is also associated with the human forces of Aerokenisis, Hydrokenisis, Electrokenisis and is equaled to the Thunder God but is both thunder and lightning.

Aura is the divine personification of the breeze, from the plural form, Aurae, Breezes

AURA – Avra or Avrig (Asteroid #1488)

Aura is the daughter of Perivia from Phrygia and Titan Lelanda. A divine personification of the breeze, from the plural form, Aurae, “Breezes.” She is one of the daughters of the Anemoi and belonged to the circle of Artemis and shared with her the huntress experience. The most well-known Aurae is Chione; a daughter of Boreas (the North Wind); Chione is also a goddess of the Winter season and snow.

Auras association with horses puts her in the shamanic family of the “wind horse” which means she travels in-between the worlds and is not limited to the physical world. Aura as Chione is the goddess personification of snow and of winter; as the goddess of winter, she is often depicted accompanying the seasonal Horae; Thallo (Spring), Auxo (Summer), and Carpo (Autumn). Chione is an Aurae (the daughters of the Anemoi) and daughter of Boreas, the god of the North (wind), and Orithyia, the lady of mountain gales.

Aura,Aurae are also said to partially resemble Ghosts, and can become part of the breeze or can prevent it. They appear to disappear into the air, which, along with the fact that they glide, is why they are often mistaken for Spirits of the Departed. They are also said to sometimes work with Aeolus, Master of Winds, and are the more gentle cousins of the Harpies.

Anemoi were wind goddesses and gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction from which their respective winds came and were each associated with various seasons and weather conditions. The Anemoi Goddesses are the Aurae who are the Wind (but then later demoted to wind nymphs).

In later stories (5th century ce), Dionysus fell in love with her, but a lighter and free goddess (virgin), she refused him, and had the advantage of running like the wind and escaping his clutches. When Aura came to understand what Dionysus had done, she fell to the Sangarios River to die. Aura adorns one side of one of the two-sided reliefs of the pillars in the Archos or the Enchanted (Incantadas) in Thessaloniki (2nd century ce).

Orestes at Delphi flanked by Athena and Pylades among the Erinyes and priestesses of the oracle perhaps including Pythia behind the tripod - Paestan red-figured bell-krater cORESTES (Asteroid #13475)

In Greek mythology, Orestes has several stories. His name means “mountain dweller” derived either from orestias “of the mountains” or oresteros “mountainous” from oros “mountain” was the name of the following:

Orestes, son of River God Achelous and Goddess Perimede, daughter of Aeolus. Orestes, the famous son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Orestes, a Greek warrior slain by Hector and Ares during the Trojan War. Orestes, a Trojan soldier who attacked the Achaean wall together with Asius and was killed by Leonteus, a Lapith leader. Orestes, one of the leaders of the Satyrs who joined the army of Dionysus in his campaign against India.

A lot of the stories that involve Orestes and his purification after he murders his mother:

According to Euripides, the mother-in-law will suffer, until exhausted, by the Erinids. Elektra supports him, but can not soften the attack that Orestes receives from his remorse. Aristotle’s natural aversion to the murder of the mother is convened by Orestes’ grandfather and father, Clytemnestra Tynareos. The possible punishment that will be imposed on them by the tribunal to try them is death by stoning, so that no Argos will be infected by contact with the two siblings, who put their hopes on their uncle Menelaus who had just flown with the ships In Nafplio.

Orestes kills Clytemnestra.The first concern of the Spartan king is to send Eleni to the palace of Agamemnon, to protect her from the possible vengeance of a father who would like to avenge the death of his son in Troy for her sake. In the supplications of the two brothers he stands reluctant, let alone thinking that Orestes may be extinguished in Argos. He only promises to claim the Grace’s grace, but he did not do it at the time of the trial.

The Argives decide the death of the two brothers, but with their own hands. Following the suggestion of Pyladi, and then another of Elektra, Orestes decides to enter the palace and kill Helen or start a fire in the palace; then they capture Hermione and threaten her father so that he, in turn, asks the Argives to let them go.

It is Apollo, who, by order of Zeus, saves Helen from the swords of her two friends, raises her to the ethers, where Eleni will live immortally beside her brothers Dioskouros, keeping them in their work to protect the sea travelers. Apollo will resolve the impasse as the two friends and Elektra hold Captain Ermioni, blackmailing Menelaos for his mediation to the Argives, and deciding to burn the palace.

The god announces the fate of Eleni, orders Orestes to stay exiled in Arcadia for a year, then to go to Athens where he will be tried by the gods and will be acquitted. The final order concerns the marriage of Orestis and Pyladi, with Ermioni and Elektra. Thus, the culprit is again in the social system, cleansed of crime and offering offspring,

Orestes and his sister ElektraOrestes and Iphigenia – With Iphigenia in Tauris , Euripides adds another chapter to Orestes’ treatment of the madness of guilt. According to an oracle that Orestes took, he would have to bring the statue of the goddess Artemis from Tauris. But:

“[…] And the people over  Artemis glorify the Tavriotissa. And when the feast is celebrated, when the priest celebrates for his slaughter, he has been called a priest by swording a man’s throat and spoiling him for the grace for the pilgrimage of the goddess. “(Euripides, Iphigenia in Taurus , 1456-1461) .

Both Pyladies and Orestes were imprisoned to be sacrificed to the goddess. However, Iphigenia had the opportunity to ask strangers for her homeland and thus to be recognized. As soon as they were informed of the purpose of their journey, Iphigenia was engineered to allow Orestes to take the statue of Artemis from Tauris and take it to Attica, to escape from the sacrifice and to make it all together -Arestes, Pyladis, Ifigeneia – to return to their homeland.

Marriage and death – Engaged by Agamemnon’s father and her cousin Ermioni, he had to kidnap her when he came back from Tavrida because Menelaos in Troy defaulted on his speech and gave his daughter to Neoptolemos. He even killed Neoptolemos in Delphi, at the invitation of Hermione. They captured a son, Tisameño, and reigned seventy years. He died ninety years ago and showed his tomb in Tegea, where he gave him divine honors after sending colonists to Asia Minor to restore the cities and their sanctuaries destroyed by the Trojan War. This is why he pillaged his kingdom shortly before he died. This last legend marks the decline of the Mynenean civilization and the beginning of colonization. 

220px-Las_Incantadas_Louvre_Aura velificans caryatid from the agora of Thessalonica (late 2nd–early 3rd century)
Sources:

Electra in the memory of Agamemnon, Sir William Blake Richmond (British, 1842-1921); https://argolikivivliothiki.gr; Pottery representation from a white-red red peat of the 4th century BCE where Orestes, Hermes and Electra are depicted in the memory of Agamemnon, Museum of the Louvre, Paris; Orestes, Hermes and Electra Pottery;

The Aura. A marble statue depicting the Aura on the back of a horse is attributed to the sculptor Timothy, about 380 BC. It was the right cape of the western frontier of the temple of Asclepius in Epidaurus. Athens, National Archaeological Museum. Other art from http://www.greek-language.gr.

Orestes at Delphi flanked by Athena and Pylades among the Erinyes and priestesses of the oracle, perhaps including Pythia behind the tripod – Paestan red-figured bell-krater, c. 330 BCE; Orestes kills Clytemnestra.