By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Various folk shamanic tradition practices are called Folk Healing, like the Grandmothers in this video (in other traditions its called medicine woman). The Slavs, Balkans and North regions like the Karelians pretty much have the same basic rituals for healing. The feet are important because they are both where the greatest amount of our detoxing of sickness releases and our root on the earth and grounds our body to the earth. The folk singing (chanting, spells its called in some traditions) are the direction in which the healing “intent” of the energy is given as a direction.
Song, movement, specific parts of the body, water and fire rituals, all work together as the root foundation, be that medicine chanted or spoken into sacred clothing through embroidery, or the folk healer (who whisperers) a directional energy, or our relationship to the spirit (benevolent energies) of earth to work with the healer (in shamanic way), which is closest to our body and soul of the sick.
The Karelians are a nation that belongs to Baltic-Finnic ethnic group that are currently living in Finland and Russia. In Russia Karelians mostly settle in the Republic of Karelia and in other north-western parts of the Russian Federation. There are also significant Karelian enclaves in the Tver and Novgorod regions of Russia, as some Karelians migrated after 1656 because of war.
In Finland they traditionally settle in the regions of Savonia and Northern and Southern Karelia. The historic homeland of the Karelians has been the Karelian Isthmus, Ladoga Karelia, Olonets Karelia in Russia and the provinces of Northern and Southern Karelia and Savonia in Finland. Many became refuges from German Occupation (of ww2) and their numbers are very small today.
Photograph of Marppa Martiskainen embroidering a ritual towel, käspaikka, in Ilomantsi, Karelia which is very similar to Russian or Slavic Embroidery of the Goddess Makosh.
Lunar Monthly Musings by Phoenix the Elder– We officially enter the 3rd New Moon of Winter (Aquarius) on January 27th, 2017 around 4:00 pm PST with a Lunar Eclipse on the Leo full moon in two weeks. Greetings artists, people of dreams and visions, healers, seers and empaths… we have completed our second moon cycle of Winter (Capricorn), which lasted till the very last moment! It hung onto its cycle with a fever – but on Jan 25th the energy shifted mid-afternoon and the water spilled releasing the Cancer full moon’s hold. It seems all Cancer and Capricorn people had a rough go of it and as they find their composure again, we start anew.
The electricity charge of this moon cycle will be much different than the last four weeks of accumulation. But we still have some strong ties to the Capricorn energy, making our goals and intention to focus more on freeing our self from chaos or things that weigh us down within responsibility. Aquarian and Sagittarian energy are the two most rebellious of earth, even Trump, who is a Gemini with Uranus conjunct his Sun, will show the world how Uranian energy works in living color and world wide. For those not marked at birth with chaos fate, they certainly are overwhelmed by it. For those born with the mark of chaos, its just another day.
I posted the first photo above to show you two main symbols of Uranus (Aquarian energy). The photo on the left is an expression of the 0-15 degrees of Aquarius and the influences of Capricorn: The individual, the rebel, the true energy of chaos within the family, corporations, government or business. The photo on the right, 15-30 degrees of Aquarius, influenced by Pisces: The magical, the mystical and visionary or the self-sabotage sides of Aquarius/Uranus.
The New Moon sits at 8 degrees and those who work with the energy of 8 know that its about keeping the flow between light and dark in a constant movement. This moon is going to express our personal world, the more challenging Capricorn issues of Saturn and Uranus’ who dislike anything that says no, with a bit o’chaos.
In the family dynamic, this will be the responsible person verses the chaos person, in community it will be the rebel verses structure, the closed minded verses the visionary and in the collective it will be power (leadership) verses the common sense with positive detachment. In other words, this cycle is the tension that urges great change. So wherever you sit in the world this moon, try to understand the oppositions are the greatest tension of the year – this is because the new year (spring) hasn’t begun the new energy for the year yet, regardless what current Sun cults and their calendars proclaimed around the Winter Solstice that it was the new year. People get in trouble with both energetic reality and cycle flow when they believe the new year started mid-winter. That would be like harvesting your garden at mid-summer instead of late summer and early autumn.
All of you should have experienced some chaos already with the start of this moon cycle, if not, that train will arrive on time at the Leo Full Moon on Friday, Feb 10th with a Lunar Eclipse. The work I teach is to structure soul and emotional chaos into natural flow and nature’s moon cycles which teaches us how E.I. (emotional intelligence energy works and flow), be that within us or nature.
It is not to be avoided, that only makes it worse, nor to fear it (this natural flow) or to deny it. Its about jumping into the “World River that flows down from the Sacred Mountain” and letting it lead, showing you something new about your personal fears, unconscious denials and avoidance of your own deep driving path. People like the World Tree symbolism, a solid spirituality with just a few winds in winter that tousle and untangle as quickly as it happens. Those who are dreamers must live with the World River and the Sacred Mountain Stream and that is why I love my Slavic ancestors and their dreamer’s mysticism. That is what, and where the mysterious magic is located for artists, dreamers, empaths etc.
So be very wise in your intention, your prayers, or if you do magical work, the process itself in chaos magic. Chaos should not be applied until spring comes when mother earth awaken for she does not like to be disturbed in her winter sleep. I wrote an article a few months back, here on this blog, of the Golden Baba, which are the sacred grandmothers of our past. It spoke about the white indigenous Slavic tribes of the north. The 13th century article called them the “sleeping people” and if disturbed, they would wake up angry and also die. They were an old dream (bear) culture, who fell asleep around the Autumn Equinox and did not awaken until Spring. Of course, they died out because the new world order after the 12th century which said there was no more room on earth for the old ones, just like everywhere else on earth.
For those of you who are dreamers, its very important for you to give your self permission to dream in the three moons of winter and sleep more, especially if you have a water sun or moon (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio). Its necessary for you to maintain your natural emotional health, so try not to be swayed by the fire or earth clan people who don’t need the extra sleep and dreaming, and are on the go all the time. Never compare yourself or your children to non-dreamer types, for they have an older relationship to the earth.
This new moon is also the Chinese New Year which brings fire and purification, of the bossy energy types! I will repeat again: Make sure the south direction of your home, house or property has some metal chimes hanging there until next February, 2018. Some bossy people are natural leaders, but some just need to cry and have a release and accept they are not warrior types, they are just angry and under that anger, is a lot of sadness or depression which requires a lot of tears. Most non-warrior archetypes generally get physically hurt trying to flex that archetype when its not theirs. Know the self.
I ask people in the third moon of winter: “Where is your Rebel? Where is he or she hiding from you that either sabotages you or stands up for you? Remember all fixed “energy” signs (not people), must work together in the symbolic means of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. In a fixed moon, these energies must learn to be friends in order to help us navigate a fixed moon cycle.
Taurus owns practicality, Leo owns Love, Scorpio owns seeing in the Dark and Aquarius see’s all of them plus its own Rebel vs Chaos vs Visionary archetype. Many feel people guilty for their rebel or their chaos and others make damn sure others do feel guilty for it. So in an Aquarian cycle, the natural rebel, be emotionally detached and put on your armor and when Pisces Moon comes next moon, take the fixed armor off, be emotional and throw that armor in the ocean for cleansing.
Shame or Shaming others which is used in an Aquarian cycle always backfires on the shamer or self shamer, so make sure you put that on the back burner, it is not a good attitude for this moon cycle, and its wise to remember that you are truly your own worst enemy and nobody else is. This last moon of winter says: Make a decision and stick to it (fixed sign), come hell or high water. Fixed energy is to push through difficulty, slay the self (ego, vindictiveness or jealousy) and to give yourself so much trouble that you reach a higher level of your personal struggle. So with that, set your new moon “one” intention for the entire cycle and pay attention how life, synchronicity and mirrors respond…
New Moon intentions for an Aquarian 3rd Moon of Winter Cycle:
I am independent I accept my inner spiritual warrior (if your fearful) I recognize my truth I am aware I practice silencing my thoughts I nurture myself I practice projection in a positive and creative way I am in the present moment (for the worriers / anxiety ones) I protect my intimacy (those who fear speaking their needs) I am capable & grounded in confrontation I recognize my toxic behavior I express anger with self-control I express my feelings (if your shy) I recognize my false expectation I bring my idealism into action
I am beautiful
I am making appropriate judgement
I am intelligent I breath to relax I am observing more (for big talkers) My needs are real I trust my process
Last Note: Valentines Day is Feb 14 and the Full Moon in Leo is Feb 10th! So if something arises for you it might be around a release issue of Chaos within Love or Marriage Relationships.
Also in the Chart below the Sun/Moon (new moon), are not really influenced by much here, but everywhere around them is a big fat T-Square (red triangle) which is tension. Since Leo is about relations on the full moon, note the mars, venus, chiron conjunction. If a love spat or love triangle arises, just know that your personal woundedness will arise, so use it to your advantage to learn about where you are wounded in love in order to focus your healing there for the remainder of the month. Be Nice to yourself. Also practice being still, meditate, and focus on your groundedness and let the Chaos fly all around you. Try really hard NOT TO GET INVOLVE IN OTHER PEOPLES CHAOS this moon cycle.
Work on your own chaos, just practice a bit more silence and observe more of what is happening. Whatever you do, keep your mouth shut. That is my BEST wisdom for the month. If you do have to go chaos on a situation, make sure its worth the battle.
Blessings on the New Moon, Chinese New Year and Valentines Day, be safe and focus on your spiritual path to heal and to increase awareness (consciousness) through clarity and observation.
Palms Up by Phoenix of Elder Mountain (compilation of Palmistry from sources with additions by Phoenix) – Palmistry is a prehistoric divination because we have had our hands long before any written language, occult symbols or symbolic languages such as runes and because of that, diviners have a full and unwritten past. The more modern roots of palmistry came through India and also the Chinese book I Ching or at least that is what is said, I am sure many places on earth have practiced the art. Its also endured and survived those nasty left brained people of the Mind Cults, called skeptics.
I have had my palm read three times in my life, but the last one was the best, I was around 37 years old, already having been an astrologer for twenty years and a symbolist, so I understood the readings and descriptions by the palmist. The last palmist was an elderly gentleman around 85 years old but has since passed on. He took my hands and began to draw on the lines with his red marker while he was reading them. He wore very thick glasses and I thought it was because his eyesight was bad that he used the marker, but apparently Palmists do that.
Hands are the sense of purpose, its ruled by Gemini in Astrology and it serves us in the physical accomplishments we have each day. Those who have lost a hand or finger or birth defects, have chosen a life to be more still, allow others to do such activities. We have two hands and many do not understand the differences between the symbolic and actions and in my work as a Seer I have learned many things about we human “beings” within the manifested and oracular sectors of reality:
The Left Hand is our “receptive” hand and side of the body, it correlates to the “right eye” called a Moon person. This is our emotional, intuitive, psychic, receptive energy, ability to nurture the self or others and our seeing abilities. The more water in your astrology chart, the more these are heightened or considered a right brained person or an empath. These energies flow in a counter clockwise motion and same too with the chakras and the move inward.
The Right Hand is our “giving” hand and side of the body, it correlates to the “left eye” the eye that sees only in this physical world, its also called a Solar reality or Sun People. This is the energy of logic, reason, action, giving to others, ego, and not emotional intelligence but the mental body’s rational and physical reality and its intelligence. So don’t underestimate or devalue your moon qualities, its the same power, just the difference between day and night or walking inside out.
The most grounded old souls are powerful in both Sun and Moon equally and have both potential’s developed and remaining clear, both in their reasoned intelligence, and logical, and are also highly intuitive, sensitive and emotions are used for a higher purpose, not just for the self.
After my Palmist went over the main reading with me about twenty years ago, he said I saved the best for last in our reading, with a little gleam in his bright blue eyes, he showed me that on both my palms I have the fated Mystic Triangles (sometimes called the Great Triangle, but not to be confused with the Mystic Crosses or Psychic Triangle).
I joked and said well, maybe that is because my Mercury (which rules hands) is in Capricorn (earth’s wisdom) and my sun is Aquarian (collective intellect). He smiled because he too had studied many different esoteric practices when all the symbols begin to form a “root system” at the basis or foundation of all esoteric symbolism work. I had never seen these triangles until he pointed them out, either did the other two palmists who were very good readers where I did my Seer readings.
My Palmist was the type of person that got down to business with esoteric work (the healing work that must be done, not just wanting to know knowledge about it) and I like that, and I miss him very much. I have respect for the endurance of those who are dedicated in their seasoned crafts and gifts their whole life. He definitely worked out his adult life issues and found peace in his elder stage and that actually radiated both power and love as he entered the deeper oracles with the more mature spiritual person (by age, those over 40). You can have all the gifts and all the practices, but if we do not carry a set of values and morals lived out, to test them, there is no real wisdom, just life experiences that were never resolved. It takes both.
The Mystics Triangle (Great Triangle)
Mystic Triangles relates to all things of the “soul, karma and the emotional body” because its formed (red line) by the Heart (also called the Quadrangle in relationship to the mystics triangle), the Fate line and Health line.
The second Mystics Triangle is smaller and made from the (pink) Head, Fate and Health lines. Any smaller hash lines that form smaller triangle in the center of the hand is not the mystic triangle, but the smaller hash lines of the “psychics triangle” (see below).
The Mystic Triangle shows the path to the spiritual journey as its final destination regardless of a persons occupation or career in life, but for the spiritual person it means a devout path as their fate (rather than profession) which means they do not have a choice.
The MT individual hold very strong intuition and perception (and an emotional body to go with it) and can be seen in other esoteric practices as well. For example, I have a Thor’s Hammer in my Astrology chart which is equivalent to the mystics triangle. A Mystics Triangle is self mastery in a spiritual way and generally one begins unconsciously when young to prepare them for their fate. This can also mean a battle, or a struggle in life and sometimes it lasts a decade, two and for the rare three or more. Some use the word curse, but its really karma and its purification processes.
The size of the triangle makes a difference as well, there are two sizes, a large one and one just a bit smaller because of the head line, the bigger or broader triangle is less intense of a life, but requires more endurance of a longer journey where personal will is limited. When the upper angle (made by the Head and Life Lines) is acute, the subject will be more nervous and sensitive to changes.
Mystic Triangles, although a very difficult to carry, may suffer more only because they are much more sensitive and stronger than they realize or aware of. A self healing path is a good survival tool. Triangle people need to endure more to be fulfilled, so they rarely give up or the saying ‘where angels fear to tread’ would be a good analogy. There are no monetary or outer rewards like the M (people) but a great peace are inner rewards when their mystic triangle tests are completed.
In metaphysical work (mental body esoteric work, rather than the emotional and soul body) theKabbalah says that the Magical Triangle is formed by the mind or Netzach, the Astral Body (emotional soul energy body) and the Ethereal Body (spirit body) which is also the basic life force principle. In other words… survival.
Writing this article today, because twenty years have gone by since my last palm reading, and because my mystic triangles were so prominent. I can look with hindsight to how this played out, which is the last third of the spiritualists journey, the wisdom. I am glad the palmist drew red lines over them, it made a mental forging that I would never forget.
I have two Mystic Triangles and one small mystic triangle within the large mystic triangle and I have always heard in the deeper circles of esoteric palmists, that lines will actually disappear when they are fulfilled. I was never sure about that because I had never heard anyone actually experience it and then share, or I have never seen examples of it with imaged proof of photographs of the hand.
So I redrew the red lines on my mystic triangles on both my hand today and I see on my right hand (the giving hand) the triangle has changed and evolved. The ‘Fate’ line (left side of triangle) is almost completely gone except for the top 1/2 inch. I have done my healing work on mind body and soul, and broke up any karma attached to this fated line and the results show.
The ‘Sun’ Line once obscured and faint and on an angle, is now making a new smaller triangle in the upper left corner. My ‘Saturn’ line (some call it the Karma and Purpose line) was true (right line of the triangle) because my Mars/Saturn conjunction this lifetime was the energy behind one of my two, actual Karmic lives, a soldier with lots of karma, who lived in antiquity (2 ce to 48 ce) in both the Egypt (Memphis) and his birth in ancient Italy.
The Letter “M” The oldest sound is ‘M’ because it is the sound of mother, maa, mom which is an ancient sound in all cultures and the root of nurturing. Mother, memory and remembrance comes from the root of “Moon’ – so this gives a root foundation meaning of the Palmists M. That means one can be a healer, a helper or giving service of some kind.
The next layer on top of that base is from era’s of written language cultures, the letter M is derived from the Phoenician word Mem, via the Greek Mu and its thought to represent water (the symbol of emotions). The Semitic people working in Egypt 2000 bce borrowed a hieroglyph for “water.” Symbolically then as a base root, the M is association mother (nurturing) and water (emotional nurturing) either receiving or learning to give.
If the M is on the right hand would be a giving of the nurturing aspect which healers or helpful people would have. If the M is on the left hand, it would signify a need to learn to nurture the self from the inner mother (inner nurturer).
If Ms on both hands, then balance must be found this lifetime of how to both give and receive love (nurturing and helping others selflessly) because there are issues karma, where it was abused. Not an easy task indeed.
In the mental teachings, M is also the letter of Magic from magh- “to be able, to have power.” From Persian magu “priestess, one of the members of the learned,” from O.Pers. magush; Sanskrit mahas, “power”; Latin magis and German mebr, that mean “more.” The word magic is derived from the ancient word “mag” that means magi of the priestess. “Magic, according to Novalis, is the art of influencing the inner world consciously.” “It’s said when magic is explained as it really is, it seems to make no sense to factual people, they prefer to follow their world of illusions.”
Esoteric and Folk practitioners say the letter “M” on the palm by the major lines of the heart, head and life lines joining in an M, are generally considered a loyal and dedicated types of people, who tended to be social and also service the more social groups or have to learn to be loyal and dedicated if you. Not everyone has this marking, it’s even kind of rare. M’s are generally blessed with both good fortune and are lucky in their adventures in life and can see through lies and deceit if they learn to see their own.
Ms are good at business, legal affairs and leadership and tend to work well with others and this is the dual energy as it puts them into positions in life to be able to find that love we spoke of above. M’s need to share their blessings with others and respect others as part of their good fortune. Also the political field, sports, business, and a general love of life is also important. So if they suffer depression its because they are not letting life offer them more (unless its karmic depression which can rule out action and will).
I am including Mercury here because Mercury is the ruler of the hands, an air sign (mental body) and a messenger of the psychopomp, not the psychopomp itself. That teaching has been confused by the metaphysical and mind o’ cult groups of people. Yes in Greek Mythology, Mercury does displayed Wings (his soul) but in the waking world, not the night unseen worlds. In order to express (mental body) how he assists the Sun on its sidereal course (waking daily journey), Mercury was called Wolf of the Sun: Solaris Luminis Particeps. The Palm symbol then, relates to Mind-Body rather than soul, to intellectualism, journalism, law suits, sciences, trips, logic medicine, journalism, writing, intellectualism all matters related with the Mind.
The Psychic Triangle
The psychic triangle is located under the ring finger. You will need to look at the palm carefully, this may be, under the light of the sun, or using a strong magnifying glass, this will enable the possibility of finding highly detailed symbols – To locate a little triangle then this means there are various souls that you will encounter.
You will have to work hard metaphysically to achieve success. It may help in participating dedicating to a discipline such as zen meditation and make a commitment, even attending a healer or healing center to help with some issues that need addressing this lifetime.
So if you do have the M or the Triangle on one or both hands, do appreciate the gifts. And for those who don’t have any of these, the wisdom from Native American Wistimene (Johnny Moses) says: “You’re the best and you’re no better than anybody else.” The Letter “V”
1. The “V” means its half of an X (incomplete X); 2. And its the missing line of a complete triangle. The Triangle its missing the last third.
The V really depends upon its environment, its usually unfinished business or unfinished personal development of a particular mental body (thoughts, beliefs) or emotional body issue, a soul body issue (which are always more severed, or lastly, a physical body issue. So where the V is places and near what, determines the personal work needed to be done.
If the V is right side up, then the work required is the bottom half, which is internal work, or a relationship with the issues internally that have more to do with you than others. Even if others may seem like the problem. If the V is upside down, then its the “top half” that needs completion with is external relationships and external work of self development.
The Letter “X”
“X” is derived from the Phoenician letter Samekh, meaning “fish.” The Romans took the /x/ sound from one alphabet called the Chalcidian and combined it with the ‘Chi’ symbol from another alphabet in Greek and thus the X was born.
An example of the early uses, Greek letters “X” (Chi) and “p” (Rho) superimposed together and was once a very common symbol used by scribes in a non-religious sense to mark some passage that was particularly good, with it literally implying “good”. So x’s although you may have a rough life, you have potential for development of the “good within” and then eventually the karmic life shifts. For those with a good life, your karma has not opened up yet or never will this lifetime and you get average difficulty or loss, not extreme
Later the X it was adopted as the symbol signifying Christ and was called, which is pretty much that you must make sacrifices in life that are painful. The Chi-Rho became the symbol (hence the fish symbolism applied to a religious deity long after Christ died). These are how symbols are born, transformed and even used it as persuasive myth, such as the Swastika which tarnished badly the world’s ancient sacred symbol of many world countries. Be it negative or positive, symbolism is the core basis of language before writing. In esoteric work, such as Palmistry, it has more to do with the heart and soul, rather than logic and communication of the mind.
Many people can have one X on one or both hands and that is rarer but those with more than 5 up to 13 Xs or even 20 Xs are extremely rare. In order to determine the credibility of this claim that X’s are not found that often in Palmistry, the STI University from Moscow, recently conducted a research and revealed a paper on the subject of the letter X on the palms and its potential connection to the destiny of the people who have it. But it seems to me that a lot of people in India have them but not in Russia. This says that we also have fate within a country that we live in too, not just personal.
For the more average person with one X, they show a bit more increase of the sixth sense or greater intuition, especially if they are a woman. But this mark is not a “fated” mark, its a “potential” mark. Comparing the “major arcana” of the Tarot to the remainder 85% of the deck, or the major “inner planets” in astrology compared to all the rest… marks on the hand are like that, there are the fated ones and the ones that have potential of development and the xs fall into the potential category.
The Psychic Cross
The cross lines formed by two intersected short lines with similar length are called the cross. The crosses in palmistry have varied auspicious and inauspicious implications subject to the location on the palm. If a cross is found on the three basic lines (Life Line, Head Line and Heart Line), it suggests obstacle and difficulty while the crosses not on the three basic lines are always auspicious signs.
Below the Index Finger If the cross is below the index finger (on the Jupiter Mount), it indicates that you are easy-going and have a keen eye on talents; you will get help from your lover, friends, subordinates or brothers and sisters in career and enjoy the happy and warm family life.
Below the Middle Finger If the cross is below the middle finger, it indicates that you are talented in many aspects, efficient in both brainy and brawny activities and adaptable, thus a versatile talent. Also, you are very popular and widely loved by others.
Below the Ring Finger If the cross is below the ring finger, it implies that you are helpful, very popular among the opposite sex and interested in public welfare activities; you may easily get wealth due to the help of the opposite sex and have good luck in windfalls.
Below the Little Finger If the cross is below the little finger, it implies that you lay emphasis on appearance and tend to judge people with their appearance; you are predestined to fall in love with God and Buddha and you might be obsessed with studying numerology due to the religious belief. Also, it indicates that you may have more sexual desires.
The Mystic Cross
The mystic cross is between the head line and the heart line at the palm center is called inspiration line or mystic cross or sixth sense line. If you have the cross or sign, you will have a good sixth sense of predication and the scenes in your dream will always come true. You people have the cross on the left or right palm always like to study the mysterious and esoteric things; you are talented, ambitious and insightful, have a religious belief and you are enthusiastic about medicine, astrology and fortune telling.
Many I Ching readers have this sign on their palms. A standard mystic cross at the very right location suggests the extremely high skill in metaphysics research while the non-standard mysterious cross suggests the inferior level.
Of course, the mystic cross does not necessarily suggest you will achieve success in metaphysics since it only indicates the skill level. Whether you can become famous and make a fortune or not solely depended upon the fame line and fame sign on your palm; even if there is a fame line or fame sign on your palm, the quality of the soul either dark or light also matters.
The mystic cross is closely related with the hand shape. The value of the mystic cross varies with the hand shapes.
Other Important Marks *Symbols
Sources: Book of Fate and Fortune: Palmistry by Cheiro; Hand image of the M from littlethings.com; Psychic triangle information from auntyflo.com; – Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebu, The Mystery of the Golden Blossomb; Yourchineseastrology.com; unknownremedy.com, Illustration The Mounts, Palmistry, 1908,
By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Russian Alatyr Stone, sometimes called the World Mother (Алатырь каменьям – мире мати) is a search for purity and truth as a legend lost so long ago on earth. As a keeper of dreams, I have many secrets of the pre-pagan eras and share them when my work is completed and not in danger of having an interruptions from shadow forces. I do have a second love besides the appreciation for legends and real folklore, and that is the love of stones… creek, river and ocean stones which have shown me how magical they are in their own unique ways.
The Stone Alatyr is a Russian myth of a Mystical Stone of folktale and epic proportions, as the Russians prefer to call their legends. It is a wisdom stone of earth and states that it is one which holds the great power of Russia. Alatyr sits upon the living waters, the eternal waters of purity that replenishes the earth. I wrote my other story here around the winter solstice, about the Kalada, a slavic symbol that was carried by the Slavic Christmas caroler traditions, which is also the symbol known as Alatyr (its shape). The Alatyr symbol in its Slavic pagan uses, is one of the most powerful and most common, it protects its owner from diseases and brings well-being (balance) to their personal space.
The symbolic and real legend of the Alatyr, says that a long time ago it was given to travelers for a long journey to bless their way. As a sacred amulet, its used to preserve the family hearth and the hearth fires (creation). Since Alatyr already bears all amulet characteristics, all the other charms are just small manifestations of Alatyr. This amulet can be worn under clothing, close to the chest, sewn onto clothing like most traditional Slavic, Nordic and Balkan folk clothing, or it can be combined with other pendants and necklaces for different uses.
But the Alatyr I am speaking of today, even though they are all connected in the bigger collective of the ancient Slavic and Balkan symbolism, is the ancient Midnight Sun symbol in its Slavic and Russian form which says:
The search for the meaning of life (of our soul) and how both spiritual pagan men and women searched by connecting with the greater soul of the earth mother.Under this hidden Stone Alatyr it is said: “powerful forces which offers the treasures of wisdom and keeps the dreaming alive.”
Some stories say that the Stone is located near a portal (entrance) to the underworld, for the dark and light are of equal strength and always exist right next to one another. In folklore there are a few places that have been mentioned about its location: The most mysterious is somewhere out in the ocean, which in fact, I have dreamed where it is. Legends have also said it was on the banks of the river Currant and a third version sats its hidden in a sacred mountain in Rhipaean Mountains (The Urals).
Eastern and Southern Slavs say the stone is within Irie (the Slavic Paradise) where thunder and lightning rests in the winter. The legend says that Alatyr is the mother of all our stones because of its healing powers, containing great wisdom and all life-giving love. Seekers keep searching but it is never found and that we cannot enter such legends until we are pure (have no more karma).
“The Magical Stone of Alatyr” …
White combustible Stone Alatyr The all stone in the world mother from under the pebble from Alatyr Beget pure winds. From under the
pebble from Alatyr, the waters
flow fast, around the world for
food, the whole world of healing. According to another legend, there are nine Alatyr stones (one stone that was fragmented) and buried in the walls of nine cities.Others believe its a large piece of mystical amber, for this is the only stone that is cold, but can also be ignited (combustible) but it’s not a white. There is speculation that the island Buyan – Ruyan or Rügen in the Baltic Sea (Alatyrsky Sea), is where this stone may sit but those are the later versions and I highly doubt that one.Alatyr is often described as a mountain, while amber is found only in small formations near the ocean, but oceans also have ‘older’ mountains under water.
Some Russian epics say that the Alatyr Stone appears like a stone lying on the crossroads (meaning that it only exists in-between the veils, (energetic worlds) of earth and that it awaits for the right traveler. If he or she went on the given road, they would find it, this legend I agree with because at certain higher levels of earth, one cannot enter if they must not have karma, so a soldier is ruled out as some legends said the military can find it. So this way, mother earth protects her secrets from those who have not bowed to her sacredness by suffering off their past life karma which is the worst kind of suffering there is.
It is mystical stone for a good reason, so its safe and protected from those who would do harm unknowingly without the great insights of a shaman sage.
“On the Sea on Okiyane “На море на Окияне есть we have the white-combustible бел-горюч камень stone Alatyr, unknown Алатырь, никем by anyone.” неведомый.”
According to a number of German and Eastern (Arabic and Persian) sources and Slavic negotiators who called themselves “Rus” a report that the Persian geographer Abu al-Qasim ibn Khordadbeh, writer of the “Book of Ways and Countries” which was written between 846 – 847 ce and he had his clues. Russ is one of the tribes of the Slavs who say only a Slav will be able to go back into time far enough to communicate with mother earth and only she will know where it is.
In some sources they speak of “the Island of the Russ or Rus’ which clearly shows the peninsula Ruyan (Rügen), one of the most important sacred centers of the Slavs — the Temple City of Arkona. The word Buyan is clearly of Russian origin and the root, means to blow (wind or whispering) and as applied to a forest’s movement, signifying a vigorous spirit of the forest. The connection is clearly “wind-swept.” In the early Russian ballads the invariable formula is Na ostrove na Buydne (on the island of Buyan) is highly probable that Buyan became a substantive only later, and at first was adjectival and meant “windy island.”
Legend says the healing waters flow from beneath the Alatyr Stone and on it stands the Dreaming Tree and that this stone is still guarded by two mythical celestials, a Gagana Bird and the Garefena Serpent. Only the mysterious bird called Strafil (the firebird) the Mother of all birds can enter the Paradise Island and on whom the whole of the moist earth is founded; and that if the fish shall drown, all the moist earth will fall to pieces.
In the texts of the Golubinoy books, which was published by Kirshey Danilov, legends say that the Stone, the Firebird and Magpie are connected and when I was translating this from Russian – I liked the way this translation turned out syncronistically all on its own…
Nagai Island (Alaska) – all birds of prey and she lives on the Ocean-Sea near the national nest on Obama’s White,
the stone welled up Visitors korabelschiki
on the nest of Nagai Island (Alaska) – birds and on his detushek of small.
Nagai Island (Alaska) – bird vostrepenetsya, Ocean-Sea vosklolybletsya, it replenishes rivers razlivalisya, Alexander many quick ships, Alexander many chervlenye ships.
For those of you who made it to the end of this article… The Russian Alatyr Stone was never a stone,
he is one of the Four Great Celestial Dragons of Mother Earth and much larger than the other three.
The “windy island” was the ocean floor and the “white combustible stone” meant that the dragon had to free itself through some sort of combustion (breaking free). Men fell asleep and their own legends were corrupted by the battles in their heart, and Christian Religion which killed the dreaming of the Dragons corrupted the legend even more. All Dragon’s retreated just as the Russian Dragon had done. Dragons of course, belong to Mother Earth and not to men. Only the Religious’ ego told false fairytales about overpowering them, which is nonsense. The Ideology of Saint George made it even worse over the last millennium, that they were dead. Same too with the Giants, the giants are alive and well, we know them as Archangels.
The Goddess was protected by the “old dream” and the real Dragons where to help prevent the destruction of the Souls of the souled human beings. Men know nothing of woman and her story before history which began around 2100 bce and the Magical Stone itself was only “frozen” in time, not dead nor lost. Prophecy was never stated anywhere in any this legends – the Russian Dragon, this Stone of Alatyr. The dragon is now free and free from Russia’s own past oppression.
Sources: Saint Juraj (George) and the Dragon, Zagreb, Croatia; Wiki Europe, Various Russian Pagan sites, Encyclopedia Mythica, Song of the Alatyr by Maestro Vladimir Sidorov’s Youtube page.
I love the Spring, equal to all the seasons and the older I get, I find it funny that Spring folklore can sometimes be filled with shadow things equal to autumn or winter. I personally always try to see the corruptions in folktales from my shaman and dreaming perspectives, and to encourage a love of nature, not a place of fear & fright. In basic demonology study and folklore, large groups of creatures were called water daemons residing near rivers, lakes, swamps, oceans and rain. Any water interactions with humans, sometimes had a negative consequence, and equally a sense of fertility with emotion. It does make much sense that spring would have the positive-negative forces such as forceful winds and storms in that context.
Water is both a symbol for the fertility of the earth and the feminine, or the female souls within all of us, and was once a great blessed spirit daemon, a blessing for humanity and a blessing from earth (the goddess herself). Slowly the darker and more sinister souls which began to rise around the eleventh century, there was a shadows caste and daemon went into the powerful demon, appearing as the unsettled dead souls of the earlier wars of the rising kingdoms misuses of power. This eventually lead to a great fear of the night, and a guilt of guarding the treasures of mother earth from greed and lastly the superstitions and rejection of nature and the moon tales unless they were supporting the shadows.
A good example is the Valkyrie Maidens, who take those who kill to heaven. Just not true and more of a powerful wishful thinking. And characters of the beautiful maidens who danced, not to dance for pleasure or for sacredness women’s rituals which were real, but to enticed unwary young and old men alike and hurt them… seems a bit far fetched as folk. The elemental symbol of the core of the feminine is water.. once a most honorable ritual of all women.
In daemonology, Bolotnitsa (omutnitsa, lopatnitsa) are the maids of water and depending on where they live, they get the appropriate titles of “Spring Maiden” if the water is pure. Water maidens also can live in the swamps, called Bolotnitsa. A lover of whirlpools – omutnitsey and have behaviors and characteristics which resemble mermaids. Brodnica – are Bereginya guarding the fords as the water maidens prefer to settle in the quiet backwaters. According to legend, they coexist with beavers. Brodnica built of sticks fords and keep them in order. If the enemy pochuyut imperceptibly destroys a ford, they confuse, zavedut and begin a maelstrom. “… And the water Brodnica, floating quietly unworried in blue waters can enter the deep bowels of Charu, called navoe or dark graves”(AM Remizov. “By the Sea-Ocean”).
Kostroma is an East Slavic Goddess that is the embodiment of spring and fertility. In ceremonies of spring, Kostroma are young woman who are wrapped in white cloth, with an oak branch in their hands, accompanied by a round dance. Slavs also made an effigy of Kostroma of straw and arranged the death ritual ceremonial winter goddess just like Marzanna. Her name is derived from костёр (kosteor), Russian word for bonfire. Both these rituals symbolize nature’s death and rebirth or revival. In the oldest goddess rituals, the year was cut in half, winter (night) ruled one half and summer (fire) ruled the other half. These were one goddess who transformed between the two halves of the year.
Swan Maidens long ago represented death, the souls flight to the other side at death, but in modern times she turns into the water maidens, and can be found on the edges of water. Swan maidens initial values are the personification of Spring, rain and clouds; together with bringing down legends about celestial sources on the ground, swan-maids are the daughters of the Ocean Sea Goddess. Swan Mothers give prophecy of wisdom; and are a supernatural task force to subdue the very nature. Swans are one of the oldest impersonation of the white summer clouds, as the adult women and grandmothers expressed the swan nature in their prophecy and prophetic cloud seership. Foresight given to them as the gift of the immortal wellspring water drink, which they possess; dance, music and singing (metaphors swirling eddies and howling storms). Spring of joy and fun of the water spirits; excitement and eddies as a consequence of their dances. All these features: are the vescheyu power are a tendency to dance, sing, create music and songs as they approach to aerial beings of violent thunderstorms to sooth them.
Bolotnitsa(the swamp maiden) is the drowned maiden living on a bog. She has long black hair and is cleaned by a sedge and forget-me-nots. The swamp maiden is pale and green-eyed, always naked and ready to entice people without any special fault to tickle them to death and to sink them in bog. Bolotnitsas can send shattering storms, torrential rains, destructive hailstones; steal canvases, cloth and threads from the women who have fallen asleep without a prayer. In the older traditions of the shamanic past, she was a weather shaman and kept the village and towns clear of shadows and visitors or groups with bad intention.
Brodnitsas (the ford maidens) are spirits the protectresses of fords. Legends of the brodnitsas live together with beavers in the peaceful creeks. They protect the fords made of brushwood, repair and guard them. When the enemy secretly steals up, Brodnitsas hides the fords and directs the enemy to a bog or in a whirlpool.
Chislobog (goddess of the moon). She holds the moon in her hand, calmness, regularity, dispassionate struggles. Her time is from early twilight to dawn, but despite this, she is indifferent to evil powers. Beholding the validity, she imperturbably counts seconds and centuries.
Dana(goddess of water), a pale goddess. She gives water to the tired travelers, and cleans a wound of those who are hurt. She also rises into the sky, falls a fertile rain to fields. She was considered as the kind goddess giving a life to all living.
Karna (Karina) (goddess of emotional grief) the goddess-mourner, sister of Zhelia. If a person was lost far from home, Karna is the first who mourns.
Kupala (goddess of water), Herbs, and Magic. Her festival takes place on the day of the summer solstice. Her worshipers bathed themselves in rivers and springs on this day to purify themselves. They also brought offerings of flowers, which they set adrift on the rivers. Another means of purification was jumping through bonfires built in Kupala’s name. Her name means “to bathe”.
Morjana (sea maiden) amaiden of sea waters, daughter of the sea. Swims in depths of the sea and can turn into a fish and shifts into her dolphin form. She appears on the coast in peaceful evenings.
Pharaonkas (fish maidens). The name faraonka is connected with secondary interpretation of the traditional image of the mermaid. She is a shape shifter who can be both a woman and a fish, where mermaids are dolphins who remain so.
Rusalka (maiden of water) is one of the most popular legends, wife of the nix. She is the tall, beautiful girl living at the bottom of a pond. The rusalka has no fish tail. At night she laps on a water surface. The maiden of water has the power of death or can lead one away from death.
Vodjanitsa (the water woman) is the wife of the nix, but the drowned woman from christened that is why does not belong to undeads. Vodjanitsas prefer forest and mill whirlpools and like deeps under mills where the rapid mixes the water and washes away holes. Under mill wheels usually sleep with nixes.
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