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Additions by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Word magic, ideas of magic as an alphabetical river, weaving a mysterious interlacing of mental characters, mental words and the mind’s spoken voice was adopted in the middle ages. This was how magic was marked by written forms of symbols that were much older and changed. Then there were the educated book rhetoric for profiting god(s), kingdoms and kings and for the seeds of prosperity and wealth.

Before the middle ages or earlier traditions there were no written words, nor books nor runic languages for spells or the casting of magic in the earliest pagan traditions. Magic was not something to caste, it was within the person and within nature to be touched and experienced. Its hard to understand a spirituality and impressions of magic that has nothing to do with power or personal empowerment, and from earlier millenniums into shamanic cultures before paganism, where its a birth rite of our Soul for healing.

Every modern pagan runs across the healing aspects of magic whether they do it for themselves when they get cancer and chose not to go to doctors or to seek a shaman who has healed many of their own diseases through self healing and natures magic. However we get there, there is always more to learn.

The numinous vulva, inscribed with Sauwastika, on a lead effigy, found 23 feet below the surface in Troy in Ancient Anatolia

Aficionados of the culinary arts and herbal remedies, should also know that bain-marie, namely, a container which holds hot water into which a pan is placed for slow cooking, was believed also to be her invention and named after her. Ask any modern Witch about her own Cauldron and she will say it obviously must have been a woman who created it, otherwise we would have not carried into our modern traditions today.

The etymology of the word alchemy itself abracadabra, is complicated and still debated via the Old French and Medieval Latin, coming from the Arabic “al-kīmiyā”, itself derived from ancient Greece χημεία or χημία, also attested as χυμεία, “the art of alloying metals, alchemy.”

Preceded by the Arabic definition and according to one interpretation, χημ(ε)ία could derive from Χημία, the Greek rendering of Kmt which is the “The Black Land,” an Egyptian designation for Egypt under the Clans of the Black Vulture (condor or thunderbird) of the Goddess Nehkebet (Night) which represents our Soul, all birds represent our soul. So literally, the first most powerful magical word, means the night soul and its healing.

Nehkebet’s sister, the Cobra Goddess Wadjet is the Serpent Goddess (healing applied to the soul issues of karma). These are the oldest two symbols of the goddess on the oldest stones of the neolithic eras, when they ruled before the Pharaohs (pre-Sphinx and the first Pyramid society). People just automatically think the Pharaohs were the power behind the earliest kingdoms, they were not. They were women, especially Grandmothers who were shamans and chief leaders. It was only the invention of writing that weeded them out of existence and more control through writing could do that.

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To demonstrate that magical names, often unjustly neglected and considered to be owned by a particular era or religion is just not true. The etymology of post-classical Latin Abracadabra has been the subject of much conjecture; no documentation has been found to support any of the various conjectures which have been put forward. Some have suggested an origin within Latin or Greek, e.g. as an alteration of abecedarius abecedary adj. with insertion of euphonic elements (e.g. -ra-), others a borrowing from languages as diverse as Thracian (a sparsely attested Indo-European language) and Sumerian.

A connection with post-classical Latin abraxas, Hellenistic Greek abraxas has also frequently been suggested, but the nature of any relationship is really unclear. A further large group of etymological suggestions tries to derive the word from Hebrew or Aramaic or even Arabic in various ways, involving, for example, an alteration of an unknown Aramaic name of a demon, or a connection with a Hebrew word’, but again, supporting evidence is lacking, and the uses of the magical word in Jewish sources does not seem to be attested before the early Middle Ages, or around the 13th century CE which is relatively new uses of the word.

Magic outsides the context of mind, mental body, paganism and even witchcraft is a different relationship to magic for those willing to begin anew as a soul and not “use” magic but rather… “be” magical in its natural forms, not mental form and let the magic come to you in nature’s forms, not human forms. For the directions and realms of the mental body has controlling aspects of desires, that are put forth and where there is desire there is ego and control issues.

Long time practitioners will tell you that the personal journey equals the magical journey and how they master their own issues and heal them, adds to the greater magic applied. Some are naturals when young of course, but karma is a bitch when it returns what you have sent out from being young and unaware of the 360 degrees, rather than 180 or 90 degrees or even the linear process of how the mind actually works. I think modern Chaos Magic practitioners try to touch on some of the more shamanic magic but they are prisoners of the mind and not shamans.

To touch real chaos, it is a development of behavior, of attitudes,  of healing and of disciplines. In other words, the undeveloped nature of the higher self, living a lower or little self with the idea of the great power of magic bypassing real life.  In the magic of the soul and of nature, it’s quite the opposite its an incorporation of real life of the natural self and the natural world, not the world of power but empowerment. Although the meanings that are embedded in our souls memories and soul remembrance are far deeper and older than the 12th century, more than formulated letters, runic charms or sigils and spells.

Even the root, older than Nordic and German runes are the Hungarian or Magyar “rovás” runes which is ignored by runologists, even when they discuss the possible origin of the runes. A handful of faithful Hungarians who try to show the antiquity of their rovás writing. When  we move out of these written origins of mag we move into the breathing of the life forces into the world from one’s soul which receives the earths magic, natures magic from its own source.

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Silence, Breathing or Whispering will connect with the energy of magic’s energy, as a still step into soul’s magic energy of what is around you. Its what around you that is more important than you. A little bit at a time without words, books or the alphabet if rightly told; surely the ancient belief that whispering, like the Slavonic whisperers is a kind of multi-dimensional loom of women who with their clan or nomadic families were ceremonial weavers before they every called themselves magic. All of this type of magic was dissipated after the 12th century mostly because of Heraldic Religious suppression all over the world.

Magic has its other realms, it has sight, it has smells of the olfactions and its formula layering outside the context of writing and runic writing into form, into image and into pure art (creative). Its our ability of human’s interactions with the in-between the worlds magic which is untouchable and cannot be owned or used for self-reasons, because its not based on the physical. It is the Clair-alliances, Clair-audience, Clair-degustation and Clair-sentenance forms of nature that come forth and make themselves present to you. Some call this the mystery and mystical experiences, I call that magic born not of the mind but the soul. For a human does not approach this type of magic, it approaches you and with it, a storm of the winds of a reality that no longer exists in a claimed way.

In modern magic (1000 bce to present), the transcribed, the scribes, the knowledge, the divination of priestesses, the symbolic or runic languages were created to bring word form into the right here. But in prehistory these magic applications were dances, song and a shamanizing action, sometimes with a drum and with the more rare, with the soul of the self activating pain. Interceptions actually created more power then for men during the pagan era, and then the original voodoo witchcraft for men (was to gain power through woman’s soul and womb as one) and steal her fire began to spread… the Hebrew Demon Bowls are proof.

There was a site that referenced abracadabra as “a word of Kabbalistic“ significance that was, and still is used for incantations. It was declared that when written, folded so as to conceal the writing, sewn with white thread and worn around the neck, your ailments would subside. Sometimes you were required to remove letters and this would further cause the illness to diminish.” Did this work? Well the journals do not give accounts to this experimental time on earth of who, when, where and what. So no, there is no accountable data for that.

To dive deeper, you can walk further into it, but the notion is hardly unique that the myth of the power of words and language has a heavenly effect, but more of a power and control effect. In Arabic, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese, there are dozens of mystical scripts and amalgams of marking alphabets or ideograms that are moved to talismanic objects equal to this one Kabbalistic reference.

abracadabra talismanAnother reference is that the phrase is Roman in origin — with a slightly different spin: “from ancient Rome the phrase abracadabra! It’s likely a version of the Aramaic words abra (to create) and cadabra (“as I say”)— or “create as I say.” According to the 2nd century CE – physician Serenus Sammonicus, who was Emperor Caracalla’s personal doctor, said it was an incantation used to weaken the hold that disease or illness would have over a person.

Shamans who undo curses, or bind demon vampires, werewolves, witches, evil sorcerers or undo sickness of the soul, travel to the place of the sickness within the soul, with their own soul to cut the chords between the human and their demon. That is magic at its highest and full conscious levels. The mind has no jurisdictions here, except observation. When a dreamer (death shaman) consciously leaves her body with her soul (astral body) she has the power to slay the sickness or the persons karmic astral body (demon or shadow) and send it back to the underworld where it belongs and was freed by that person through shamanic plants, drugs, psych meds etc, either consciously or unconsciously. The unbinding then has really occurred. If abracadabra was written and worn in a container around the neck, it would cure something only if the soul was involved. This is the earliest magic of the pre-pagan eras, in the shamanic eras.

The earliest destruction’s account was a Biblical account, found in the history of Rachel. When with her sister Leah, and her husband Jacob, they left the house of her father, and the first connection of a female holding magic in her hand, was documented saying that Rachel was a thief. Of course when it comes to women, we know the hate of religious father’s hell pit of distortion and misunderstandings and slaughter of women.

Douglas Harper, etymological wizard, offers, “magical formula, 1690s, from the Latin (Q. Severus Sammonicus, 2th century), from Late Greek — Abraxas, a kabalistic or gnostic name for the supreme god, and thus a word of power. It was written out in a triangle shape and worn around the neck to ward off sickness, etc. Another magical word, from a mid-15c. writing, was ananizapta.

fire-%d0%bf%d0%be%d1%82%d0%b5%d1%80%d1%87%d0%b0%d1%82%d0%b0-1963The earlier recollection than Kabbalistic reference, is that which comes from Egyptologist, Orientalist and Philologist, E. A. Wallis Budge, in a reference work on talismans and amulets, that the word meant, from the Hebrew — abreq ad habra

“Hurl your Thunderbolt even unto Death.”

This is the holiest of its meanings and leaves the human teaching out of it, and goes further back into the goddess era’s of nature and natural phenomena, instead of human magic as a human creation. Nature at the root assists us and I believe the entanglement of our lives in our adult stage (not youth or elder) is what magic & meaning holds from within, extracted outwards and taking non-magical paths of learning which unfolds magic even deeper.

What lies beneath our mind and body is our soul, and she requires many sacrifices and humbling pain in order to enter her swirling realms of energetic information, the great spiral must first be walk, then limp, then crawled in libation to power humans cannot even imagine. In other words, at the greatest levels you suffer, are the greatest levels of your souls abilities. All this lays in the womb of woman and she is crippled in her maiden stages (0-30) and much of their adulthood is a path that requires healing in their 40s and 50s and sometimes even their 30s to reclaim what they lost in their youth. The magic of healing of emotions, not words is the medicines that heal her.

Somugriem Emaljētajās saktās UgunskrustsWith all magic, even modern Hebrew (after 2000 bce), there is also the shadow or demon aspects, nowadays, such demonic forces of real living humans and their shadows may seem foreign to us, but in our culture too, often unknowingly, we still allude to shadows that keep us separate from our own shadow, such as the word “nightmare,” for example. “Mare” is not an evil spirit to suffocate sleepers by lying upon them, so if we move beyond these surface teachings, the mares are one of the shamanic terms that bring the dreams. In Slovak mythology it is said that we do not feed the horses with oats but water them with fog. This is a direct meaning of the shamanic aspects of horses which are the unbridled or uncontrolled nature of the emotions of living things and of water (emotion) of nature.

Amenta sometimes called Amente, is the Goddess of the Psychopomp, identified as Thoth, and identified with Hermes by the Greeks and later known as Hermes Trismegistos, and Mercury of the Romans, who is regarded as the founder of alchemy, hence, of course, the word “hermetic” in the sense of “esoteric, cryptic” but also, surprisingly, of “airtight.”

Indeed, the expression “hermetically sealed” derives from the fact that airtight containers were used in the Hermetic art of alchemy to collect vapors after heating substances. Such an early distillation apparatus called κηροτακίς and used by Egyptian alchemists was considered to be the invention of Mary the Jewess, a famous alchemist, said to have lived in Alexandria in the first century CE and who used to write under the pen name of Miriam the Prophetess, sister of Moses.

Sources – Ancient Anatolia (Troy) effigy of the Goddess Culture, Turkey; Many various writings on the web, wiki, etc. all adjusted and shamanized into a new direction, by Phoenix; One of the Magical Talisman (working) Stones of Baba Phoenix of Elder Mountain; Symbol Somugriem Emaljētajās saktās Ugunskrusts

Protecting & Healing the last frontier… our many Souls

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – There was a life before men’s kingdoms of conquiring, of war and killing. This life was our many ensouled life, the one we reincarnate with, the one of our animism shape shifting soul that some of us still retain, few but strong. People only know history by what they have been told, but when you have out of bodies, can time travel and astral travel, most of its not true. Yes kingdoms did rise and fall and yes the Dragon was the symbol of women’s cultures before men took over. And all at the cost of people don’t even know what the soul is and what is did before the kingdoms rose to power around 1000 bce.

In today’s world, the development of our emotional body and the development of our intuition is mandatory and that doesn’t even include the eternal soul astral body. To protect this soul and emotional body of ours, is even more important today because there are not many of us left. We may not o to the extreme of this photo, but energetically, we definitely have to protect what we have worked so hard for in waking up and knowing that power and control is a mind reality and its built Religion, War and Science and they don’t give a shit about your soul.

I suppose it depends upon where you live whether you even have an ability to heal your soul, not many do and even in western countries or first world countries, so many are asleep, still. Within the ability to heal our personal issues, our drama, our emotional destruction to self or others, our past wounds and learning to not taking things so personally, as daily practice along with sobriety, then there is a chance you can walk and stay on a path when things get really intense. These are the times in our life when cycles of change begin to descend and letting go becomes self bondage (making our life more miserable by not letting to).

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True healing practices are weekly, if not daily, if you can see them in the light of becoming new while burying the old. Even just a little pull back when you want to lash out, or walk away rather than engage in conflict if you are an extrovert, or the opposite if you are an introvert. These self development practices, which are based in common sense, helps us develop our intuition by mastering our own emotional energy and protecting it at the same time by confronting our fears.

Once we chose to commit to our emotional wellness, we learn to increase our listening abilities to a greater or lesser degree depending upon the person. Healing practices help us remain grounded in our sicknesses, and emotional clarity even helps us to begin to recognize our personal fears within our emotional responses if we can become aware of them while they are happening. Triggers to our emotional issues are some of the most complex energetic realities out there when it comes to personal mastery. Loosing our shit is what its called, or collapsing in upon our self from fear.

I put this lion photo together to show the evolution of the natural history of Baghdad. First the lion was admired and fear, meaning that nature and woman were respected. Then the power of men began to tear down the goddess (women, animals, nature and our souls journey making it impossible to heal with the loss of the elder grandmother shamans); and lastly, the imprisoned soul from the misuses of the feminine soul, destroying both its gifts and the birthing our repetitive shadow which has soul loss lifetime after lifetime.

This is a result, of all the wise and shaman grandmother teachings of how to really heal the soul by paying and healing real karma (not religious and pagan writing substitutes), were excluding. Writing and its invention was exclusive, it was only taught and allowed by and for men (and maybe one or two daughters of Kings). Now on earth because of this, we are coming to a crisis and peak of karma.

In 1918, the last lion in Iraq vanished, and now, one imported lion sits in a cage starving to death in the Baghdad’s Zoo. That is all that is left after 2000 years of its Kingdom. This is what happens when you deny half of the earths population in spiritual and religious leadership (women).

Baghdad is just one place of the millions of places that have this same thing happening.  In animism (my shamans reality and living of it), the souls of men and women and their animal (animism) souls, like lion, is completely wiped out by religion/warrior religions. All religions were warriors from their beginning and the true soul people of earth, have paid a great price for allowing that to spread and grow.

Today it is not only necessary to protect our emotional body and our soul, but mandatory through our sensitivities, because so much shadow and temptation roams as power these days, even in the small forms like ego, pot, selfishness, fear, astral sex, etc. You would have to be fully asleep to not even recognize shamanic plants are destructive to the soul or astral sex is a form of rape. When we are an emotional person, or even the more server emotional person, called an empath, it makes a great difference in our quality of life on a daily level if we nurture our wounds, stand up for our self emotionally and intuitively. Most of us, for years suffer emotionally until we begin to really commit to do something about the mess that our mental and emotional imbalances are in.

When we do finally commit to the “healing” (spiritual) journey, we also effect the development of our intuition, and when adding or getting healing work done monthly our quality of life improves to add strength to our issues. There are no quick fixes in healing once something has opened up.

In my shaman’s reality, I rely on these healed aspects everyday.  I rely this sharpness, and focus and especially the positive detached nature I have mastered over three decades of healing and practices. I do not separate my human self from my animism nature which includes my shaman self and all three now work together without any blocks. Long years, hard work and even retreat from the world.

Within all living life, the animal clans, bug or insect clans, bird clans and oceanid clans, they guide us, give us information along our path as we travel this world, travel the in-between worlds (this world and the energetic / dream worlds) of earth. We have a great connection to nature, not our drum. The drum is only used in certain instances to go into more intense places, not to be used like drum circles, or meditation. Its a tool that is used very specifically for specific reasons in many traditions around the earth.

The natural world is our allies in order to do our work more precisely. The trees, rivers, wind, oceans also contribute and lend their help as well. Whats arising today is a lot of young people doing aerokenisis, hydrokinesis, cryokinesis, pyrokinesis, terrakinesis, electrokinesis, chronokinesis and others, which are all manipulations of energy, either mental astral body or soul astral body, but the majority are the mental astral bodies energy system, its like the sublevels of astral travel. Bulldozing a forest is also a manipulation of energy, or the miltiary training electrokonises soldiers to shut you and your soul down – is also a real future coming.

So what do gifted people do? Do what they always have done… peace and self healing.
bronze bird 1st millennium BCE Perm AnimismWhen most are young, these gifts are born out of wanting to be powerful, and just like war, opposing forces come to hunt. Developing our skills, whether its intuition or a kinesis abilities also requires ego destruction practices, anger and emotional trauma healed, mastering not taking things personal for many years, because it is our own karma which has given you bad experiences or drugs/pot/shamanic drugs, which ends up energetically being our own self destruction.

As a shaman, our realms of animism, which is “so different” from sorcery and waking magic, we don’t do magic nor set spells, nor enchantment or intent outside the self – because the karmic wrath is too severe of a punishment. Animism is our jurisdiction and even as a small girl I could shape shift into my black jaguar and it took years to heal and purge karma, which kept my jaguar alive. These types of gifts protects us while roaming the real underworld levels or the more shadow parts of the middle worlds and without them you do not survive.

Those who think they are roaming this reality with shamanic plants and drugs are not, not even astral travelers enter our realms, the mental astral body rules both lucidity and astral travel and those are beginners. They don’t even come near. Shamans enter these realms, only when we do healing work for those who have lost their souls, have sickness from soul ‘loss’ this lifetime or other lifetimes or being attacked by living humans and their demonic shadows that are sometimes freed through addiction or ritual manipulations for power.

In animism, the fairy clans are bug and insect groups of people, and are highly respected, whether they are in their shape shifted forms or their human form, after all they are over one and half million years old. I have read on some fairy clans that they think they control the bird clans, from Thunderbird down to song bird. This is not true because bird clans eat bug clans for nourishment.

Shamans serve a purpose in healing and that is what they have always done, whether they add aerokenisis as a gift of their incarnation or not. It is our job when shadows, dark forces, are too big for others to handle, and sicknesses descends because of it… not only in times of plagues (that is why they originally wore the bird mask), but also in times of great shift of the ages, such as now.

Sources: Female shamans of ancient Perm animism (birds), Baghdad lions.

Mullein Herb Medicine and Warding Off Evil

I am picking Mullein this week nearing the New Moon and Summer Solstice, and drying it to make some tea for my detox purification that I am doing for three months. I have never had sinus until the US Air Force started spraying (chemtrails) about 8 years ago pretty heavily. When they spray I do get some sinus blockage, and it seems Mullein breaks it up and of course that is good for my body. I have a Tea Recipe, Spray for those with (asthma) and general information I found around the web…

The large flowering stems of Mullein were dried by the ancient cultures and dipped in tallow, and then used as a lamp wick or for a torch. These torches were said to ward off evil spirits and witches, although witches had these in their herbal gardens and were not the bad guys. For those interested in a ‘tallow’ recipe, I put the link at the bottom.

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The name mullein comes from the Latin word mollis, meaning soft, referring to the plant’s woolly stem and leaves. A couple of folk names for mullein have more intriguing associations. “Candlewick plant” refers to the old practice of using the dried down of mullein leaves and stems to make lamp wicks. Mullein stems were dipped in tallow to make torches either used by witches or used to repel them, hence the name “hag taper.”  The custom of using mullein for torches dates back at least to Roman times.

Frazier writes in the Golden Bough that mullein was added to the bonfire on Midsummer’s eve celebrations to ward away evil. Some ancient magical grimoires have been found to list powdered mullein leaf as a substitute for graveyard dust when that was unavailable. “Jacob’s staff,” “Jupiter’s staff” and “Aaron’s rod” all have been used as names for the tall flower stalks. The plant’s soft leaves also are known commonly as “bunny’s ears” and “flannel leaf.

~ Phoenix

Mullein – Known as Verbascum thapsus, its Latin name, Mullein is considered beneficial for the lungs because it is an expectorant. This means that the herb helps the body remove excess mucus from lungs and soothes the mucus membranes with its emollient properties. Good for bronchitis, heavy coughing, chest colds and even asthma.

Mullein is a common all over but this plant is much more than a bit of roadside greenery, as it holds the cures for several common conditions within it its fuzzy, pale green leaves and yellow rosettes. Still used by Native Americans and Herbalists because of its proven, beneficial effects on the respiratory system. Curing common ailments such as coughing, lung weakness, respiratory constriction and chest colds, the mullein plant is truly a lung healing herb.

mullein silverBoth leaves and the flowers of the plant contain saponins, a natural detergents which make a cough more productive in releasing and expelling phlegm from the walls of the lings, and mucilage, a gelatinous substance which soothes any irritated membrane.

Dried mullein leaves, flowers and roots can all be used to heal these lung abating conditions. A mullein tea is the most common method of preparing the herb and the recipe below makes one cup of tea, which can be consumed up to 3 times a day. Gargling the tea once it has cooled down is also very effective for coughing and soreness of the throat.

Also, Mullein extract infused with olive oil has been used to reduce the inflammation of earaches, sore joints, insect bites and hemorrhoids because of its soothing properties. Simple poultices made out of fresh, mashed mullein leaves and flowers mixed with water can also be used to relieve, burns, boils and sores.

Mullein Tea

Ingredients…
1 ½ cups boiling water
1-2 teaspoons dried mullein
leaves and/or flowers (flowers make
a sweeter tea)
1 teaspoon dried spearmint
(optional for flavor)
1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Method

Steep the mullein leaves in hot water inside a tea ball or strainer for 15 minutes. If the flavor of mullein doesn’t agree with you, add some honey a spearmint or lemon mint.

For those with asthma, make an inhalant. To do this, boil the leaves in water for 5 minutes and inhale the steam to relieve coughs, congestion and asthma. Mullein can fight asthma and keep away colds because it actually prevents infections from settling into the delicate respiratory tissue by curing dryness and constriction. Rather ironically, mullein can also be smoked, thus rendering itself the only type of cigarette that could be considered beneficial in treating lung conditions.

Mullein is primarily a respiratory herb, although its benefits reach much further than our lungs. The herb is a diuretic and thus can relieve urinary tract inflammation when taken through a tea. It can also be used to decrease inflammation in the bowels, helping to reduce colitis and other issues.

Source: Mullin information from http://www.motherearthliving.com and http://www.organicauthority.com and Tallow is at: http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/12-02/make-your-own-tallow/

Ukraine Vinok (вінок) Seasonal Wreaths and their Symbolism

Sbu Zapobihla Kontrabandi by the border of cultural values of Kiev Rusy. A unique complex starovynnykh jewellery with gold and silver stayed in Ukraine.
Kyev Rus, Folk Ukraine, this is our story, this is our treasure.

All Slavic traditions and folk traditions include flowers especially during Kupala and Noc Kupala, but Ukraine exceeds them all in the abundant uses of flowers and symbolic flowers. The Ukrainian Wreath Vinok (вінок) is a crown made of wild flowers and herbs which is collected in the traditional ways.

There are different types of wreaths: a wedding wreath, a wreaths of love, monastic wreath, wreath of hope, wreath of devotion and kupala wreaths. The wreath of love was not only for marriage ceremonies but also divorce ceremonies. In Ukrainian culture the wreath was traditionally worn worn by maidens (unmarried) as a pagan tradition. 

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Ukraine “Summer” Vinok Wreath

In the more prominent neopaganism groups today during Kupala, more and more wreaths are returning back before religious influences and are worn by women of all ages. The wreath dates back to the old East Slavic customs that predates Christianization of Rus which still remains a valued part of Ukrainian national creative attire, worn on festive occasions and on holy days.

Flowers are a part of all their celebrations, traditional folklore, craft embroidery, women and their ceremonies, and even painted interior and exterior home decorations. They mark the seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The pagans honor Lada and her daughter Lely and the wreaths are in their honor. Midsummer is the time to gather flowers and herbs to not only make wreaths but for healing herbs and for prosperity.

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Ukraine “Spring” Vinok Wreath

Some of the most common are the crown for summer solstice called Kupala and are made with cornflower, marigold, saffron, parsley, parsnip, Corollas mint, lovage, marjoram, cornflower and sage, which are all protections against shadows.

In the full traditional Ukrainian wreaths, there should be 12 flowers: Wormwood, immortal, lynx, cornflower, chamomile, cherry blossom, apple, gooseberries, mallow, peonies, cornflower and baptismal bells. Wormwood is a symbol of inertia and immortal, a symbol of the immortality of the human soul. The cherry blossoms are a symbol of maternal love.

The wreath varies in many of the regions as young women throughout the country wore various headdresses made with yarn, ribbon, coins, feathers and grasses, but these all had the same symbolic meaning. In parts of central and eastern Ukraine, the flowers were raised in the center front and multicolored ribbons were attached to the back.

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Ukraine “Bridal” Vinok Wreath

Custom weaved wreaths denote the seasons as the customs came to Ukraine from prehistoric times and garlands with flowers and herbs are one of the oldest Ukrainian symbols. In ancient Goddess images of women, she wore headdress of flowers, grasses, herbs and branches in her shamanic beginnings.

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Ukraine “Bridal” Vinok Wreath

Putting your wreaths into water is to tell your future and personal guidance but putting a wreath in the Sea and it will tell the fortune of your soul. Setting wreaths on the water usually accompanies folk songs, because that was the first honoring of the first goddess.

Its more popular today to wear the casual versions of the vinok. It is not uncommon to see women in Kiev wearing a headband embellished with flowers during the summer as a fashion statement or Ukrainian pride. Additionally, the growing popularity of the vinok has contributed to the increase of vinok specialists, as well as the demand of local florists

Ukraine flowers , herbs, color of ribbon and their symbolic meanings…
Braided wreath – Symbol of prosperity and fertility.

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Ukraine “Autumn” Vinok Wreath

Clover – Symbol of fidelity;
has the magical power to reconnect.

Elecampane – Root of nine forces,
strengthens and returns health.

Fern (Rozmai herb) – Attracts love.
Garlic – Protection, also weaved into
braids on the bride crown before the wedding.

Hatchets – Field grass is a symbol of healthy fields, cornfields and abundance.
Iris – Peace and vitality.

King-flower – Vastness.
Krinov (lily) – Magical symbol of the feminine because she is essentially moist energy. The ancient name of the flower Krinov means “well” as it treats heart ailments.
Kalina (raspberry, rose) – Three sisters, acrimony as a form of magical contact, when there is a prick of blood. Overcoming obstacles, after which comes the miracle and magical dream as the likeness of eternity.

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Ukraine “Autumn” Vinok Wreath

Loboda – Symbol of misery and poverty.
Lyubka – a symbol of beauty and youth doable.
Lovage – Love, harmony. Bathe in lovage.
Lions (sunflower) – Symbol of fertility, growth and fruiting, and, hence, yield.
Marigold – Mans beauty.
Narcissus – Protects ones health.
Nechuy-wind – Boundaries
Oregano – Symbol of maternal
love and care of children.

Pansies – Symbol of love of family.
Parsley (wormwood) – Spring
Pauline – Bitterness of life, is protection agai
nst shadows.

 

ukraine.jpgPeppermint – Guardian of children and their health.
Peonies – Flowering of maturity.
Poppies (red)- Beauty, purity and magical forces of protection.

Rozsa (Rose) – Symbol of goodwill, prosperity, and swarming bees.
Red mug – Beauty and cleanliness.
Roman Herb Forest (chamomile) – Love.
Rouget (Rose hips, mallow, rue) – Glory.

Ruta – Sadness and a bitter life.

Vasylko (marigolds) – Ceremonies.
Violets – Joy.
Voloshky (blue cornflower) – Symbol of beauty and goodness, modesty and tenderness.
White Lilac – Family life.
Wreath of Roses -Symbol of health

Colors of Ribbons

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Ukraine Grandmother Vinok

A wreath of flowers and ribbons protects she who wears that halo on her head, it has a magic. Our grandmothers knew and still know this magic well, lot of different secrets of when and how to weave a wreath passed down from her grandmother.

Colorful Wreaths of Magic which is the union of Mother Earth with the Spirit Sky (Sun) as the divine marriage of the powerful belief of immortality – the way of Love. A corolla of intertwined ribbons of different colors, each have meaning:

Light brown: Mother Earth
Yellow: Sun, Blue: Water
Orange: Bread, Purple: Wisdom
Crimson: Sincerity
Pink: Abundance.

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On the left side of the white ribbon is gold thread as the sun, and on the right, silver, as the moon (month).

Red Colors (ribbons and mug, carnation, rowan, viburnum) – Divination and charms, blood and fire. On the one hand it symbolizes beauty, joy and love of life, the other, vengefulness and destruction. Red is used for charms, tends to counteract evil spell.

Popular color in Pysanky eggs and also using red thread, beads and flowers in divination embroidery. The best way to protect children from evil spirits and evil souls in dreams, is to tie the hands of a child something red.

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Ukraine Winter Vinok Wreath

Green – Spring, beauty of nature, transformation, envy.
Purple & Green – Wisdom and caution.
Red & Blue – Fidelity and love.
White & red – Reward and respect.

White (ribbons and flowers) – Purity, innocence, joy. White is associated with daylight and life. Our ancestors believed in the relationship with the divine worlds. White robes are worn women in circles and by ancient priests or magicians. During the first crop of our ancestors wore a clean white shirt. White is also associated with death. Our parents, grandparents deceased wore white clothes and covered with a white shroud. White robes and ghosts are dead people.

Black – Night, Powerful Ancient moon women. Yellow – Sun, gold. In ancient times perceived as sunlight. Blue – Water, eternity. It unearthly secrets of the world. Symbolizes honesty, good reputation and loyalty. In mermaids cold and recalls the shade.

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Ukraine Neopagan Folk Vinok (вінок).

Sources: http://1vib.co.ua

Slavic Peasant Dreaming: The Ancient Spirit of Wołogór, Dreamer of Ox Mountain

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain, Edited by Sarah Burnt Stone Many teachings speak of the World Tree or what is referred to as the “Tree of Life” in Paganism, New Age Spirituality, the Kabbalah and a few others. As a Dreamer I live within the realms of the “World River” connected to the Golden Baba: The River and its wisdom that flows from the Sacred Mountains and that relationship to our soul.

The World River is nature’s mysticism of water and a symbol of our own soul in the form of clouds, moisture, fertility, rain, fog, lightening, thunder and the hovering fog of mystery which is the mysticism of our feminine soul. These were the ways pre-history and some of it remains, at least in folk art of our Slavic and Balkan ancestors. I am the descendant of these great mysteries of the elements. From this feminine root of humanity, comes the older stories of the gentle men. Wołogór is a Polish folklore and legend which is a Mountain Spirit from the Karkonosze Mountains and is from a time before history.

This article is about the legend and lore of Wołogór the Dreamer of Ox Mountain. What impresses me most about this legend and folklore is Wołogór, who is strongly connected with the world symbolism of the bull, is not associated with any men’s hunting rites nor the killing of the bull. Nor is it reflected in the ancient representations of overpowering nature with the masculine. Wologor’s story is about peaceful, soul-full men.   

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Wołogór’s exit from the Slavic lands (when humanity fell asleep) contain a great deal of gentleness and respect. The gentleness that characterizes everything about this tradition shows us he is an oral connection to the matriarchal cultural lineages of pre-history’s Grandmother Shamanism. Many people try to claim and hold onto a specific cultural story but I do not because Wologor is like other Oxen and Bull cultural stories around the world. 

Legends about the Mountain Spirits of Karkonosze are mostly from the written accounts of the Middle Ages and were recorded historical folklore from previous oral traditions, but some of them have an older shamanic culture feel, in which they were born:

Krakonoš (Wind Spirit and later a Dwarf who is a Guardian Spirit of the Mountains). This is a Czech Republic folklore, and described as ruler of the winds which makes it shamanic, and a daemon spirit who punishes indiscriminately, making it a pagan lore. In later depictions he was a righteous champion of the poor, shown more as a dwarf and capable of transforming to any creature or object, making him a magical being. He too, like the others is a guardian of the mountains and protector of the people. He has connections to both paganism and shamanism because he can shape shift and shape shift into storms (weather or elements). The first illustrations comes from the Krakonoše, Helwigovy maps of Silesia from 1561. (Wiki).


Rübezahl (Mountain Spirit) is a German folktale and he is also called Woodwose who lives in the Krkonose Mountains (Giant Mountains), a mountain range along the border between the historical lands of Bohemia and Silesia.  The Woodwose is a wild man of the forests and woods, a mythical figure comparable to a Faun or a Wildman. He doesn’t really have much in common with Wologor and is strictly pagan. He derives from the 12th century (in written languages) and depicted as being covered with hair all over his body. He is closer associated with Green Man after the 16th Century. (Wiki).

Liczyrzepa (Mountain Spirit) is a Polish folklore who was originally a personification of the forces of nature, associated with the culture of Swantewit. This Mountain Spirit was later called “Lord John” (Dominus Johannes) a resulted from the introductions of the cult of St. John the Baptist and the existing pagans. The Polish name Liczyrzepa is a direct translation of the German name Rübezahl, introduced by Stanisław Bełza in 1898. It became widespread in Poland after 1945, when Józef Sykulski started to translate tales of Rübezahl from German into Polish. In one Silesian folktale, he is called “Prince of the Gnomes” from a legend dating back to the Middle Ages. In early pagan summer solstice rites, he resembled a Deer standing on its hind legs. (Wiki).

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Wołogór

Wołogór is a Polish folklore and legend which is a Mountain Spirit from the Karkonosze Mountains who in its animistic and shamanic past was a guardian to both the mountains and the inhabitants of the mountains of that region. He has a definable shamanic past because his appearance of an ox and the body of a man. He wears his natural clothing and carries a magical staff and the most important, one who dreams and experiences love. According to Lamus Dworsky, Wołogór in the Polish tradition, was said to have been given the task of guarding the small region near Wołowa Góra (which translates to Ox mountain) and reporting the condition of the area to the Great Mountain Spirit.

It is in this context that Wołogór is most vividly depicted as having an ox head and carrying a decorated staff that endows him with magical powers. Peasants would say that this spirit ensured everything was in working order and the people living nearby were safe and showed respect to nature. Sometimes he was known for assisting the locals or showing the way to lost visitors. He appears in only the local villagers’ dreams to let them know he is there to help.

The people of Budniki, Poland who do their Wołogór celebrations call them, the Welcoming the Sun and Farewell to the Sun which makes them an Autumn and Spring Equinox ritual.  Because rituals have lost their original real “rites”, what we have left today is more a gathering to honor something of our past, which includes food, music, dancing or gatherings. The very earliest of humans who lived in Dreaming cultures without written languages, connects to the simplicity of Wołogór. As time went on, these dream cultures transformed into shamanic cultures which connects the simplicity of

Shamanic cultures transformed into Goddess cultures and Goddess cultures turned into Paganism. Paganism became Patriarchy and Patriarchy is the structure that underlies most present-day folklore, religions, political and philosophical paradigms.

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As eras of time moved forward, cultural changes combined with the growing popularity of alcohol and drug myths (Dionysian Cults). This began to change mythology, especially in the way it depicted the sacred masculine. The increasing amount of tribal and spiritual leadership that was taken over by men who worshipped the proud warrior archetype (based on the Unconquered Sun God myths) further served to expand the gap between the style of old mythology and the new. As battles, politics, science and military became the new masculine, we saw we saw many myths lose the gentleness that can still be found in the roots of Wołogór’s folklore.

The most ancient of folklore always depicted a peaceful and magical earth, where men were helpers to women and children; where there were no warriors at all. We can see how some of the tales of Wołogór actually reflect the changing eras of world culture, particularly in the way sacred masculine love was transformed into depictions of the struggle of unrequited love and rejection.

Wołogór and his human love with a woman started as an act of seduction in her dreaming. However, she loved someone else and rejected Wołogór’s advances in her dreams. He decided to appear in her home in person.

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He came with so much love that fire fell out of his heart which is symbolic for our spirit connected to nature (elements) and set her house on fire. Wołogór understood his mistakes of passion out of control, and he decided not to intervene in human lives again. The woman got married and had children and continued her life, rejecting the magical ancient earth and what it had contained.

This shows that both men and women had agreed that the old ways were not wanted anymore and that the dominance of the church and their urging women to have lots and lots of children and the binding of marriage in elaborate bride rituals without any spirituality of ancient female rituals, was the new men’s church fashion… in other words, control.

Wołogór saw that the people were changing in this way and that the sacred rivers that flowed from the spiritual mountains were not wanted anymore, in fact it became superstitious if anyone revealed the old ways as judgments were harsh. The people he had always protected and loved started to decline as they fell asleep in the great sleep of humanity. Wołogór’s magic (represented by his staff) slowly began to lose its magic. It was time for him to retreat back into the dreaming, because there’s no one left for him who believed anymore.

WołogórIt is said he went up a spring called Malina near some waterfalls, and there he pushed his staff and his right foot against a huge boulder leaving the shapes in the stone. He was never seen in the dreams again, but locals believe he might return when they are in need.

The folklore of Wołogór is very strong in small mountain cultures where ancient oxen (bull) once roamed free and there are still many Polish folk traditions that include the Ox symbolically.

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Kolęda, which is a practice of caroling at the winter solstice is a ritual that is still strongly associated with the Ox even today (and which sometimes has been substituted for a cow, but never a goat). During this time, villagers will walk around visiting homes with someone dressed as an ox and carry elaborate Christmas Stars. (See article on Elder Mountain called the “Midnight Sun”, the Koliada Star).

Some cultures have replaced the older ox with the new pagan goat in ritual and folk stories (a substitution that comes from more recent Dionysus/goat cult inspired traditions, even the Slavic peoples). The ox is the more archaic version of the animal associated with this ritual and is the indigenous Slavic animal associated with the rites of fertility. Legends like Wołogór and the Mountain Spirit of Karkonosze help us reclaim what was forgotten during the changing of cultural rituals and awaken to where we fell asleep due to religious forbidding rites connected with these dream cultural experiences.

For dreamers and old souls, times are changing for the better and we can now accept the possibility of our return so dominated by scholars, universities, archaeologist, authors or book writers who have brought limitation of what our ancient past was. We return to these rituals and these ancient ways without persecution and begin to live the rituals, perform them not as carnival or festival, but small ancient sacred ceremonies in which they were, and include the leadership of grandmothers.

This Hutsul (Ukraine) folk jacket has a near identical Wologor symbol.

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A poem about Wologor on Wołowa Mountain …

Enigmabudnik

You may think I was dreaming,
But in this wasteland, life sparks,
Not only thickets and conifers,
but deer, birds or other animals.

Rocks falling from the slopes
or mountain rushing streams,
Footprints of a stray wanderer’s shoes …
No, more real life!

Some time ago, several centuries,
You can hear the children here
Absorbed in care free fun
Yes, there were children here
so you already know yourself.

Where the children, there parents and family,
homesteads, houses and chimneys
Smoking; In a word: a real settlement,
Yes, a village was here, it’s not overdone.

Village? How is it? Seriously?
A village – I say – listen carefully!
And it is not a fairy tale nor a legend
by the fire the righteous talk.

Well, it was during the great turmoil,
When the world was engrossed in
religious movements,
  when the defenders
of faith took their heads,
 they were
fighting and dying.

Not for God’s sake, but for mammon,
After all, when the mind is asleep,
the demons wake up …

So wise people sought refuge,
They ran in their legs, without
a moment’s respite.

When they reached this place,
they rested for a moment,

Do you run away, they probably thought?
And this place is charming, peaceful,
They realized that somehow they
would survive the war.

Thirty years have passed; The war ceased,
The village has grown here, the village has been here,
They could come back safely, as they knew,
They could come back, but somehow
they did not want to come back.

Here they found their happiness 
Happiness must be guarded,
do not abandon it.
  It will grow and
flourish generously,

Life will be sweet and calm.

And so it probably was, we guess,
And exactly how it was – we do not
know that anymore.

And we’ll never know for sure,
Because history usually does
not betray everything.

Feeding the imagination, leaving some myths,
Poets, artists, magicians and fortune tellers,
Dreamy hearts about a child’s mind …
The rest is silence; this is strictly confidential.

What are some old photos betraying,
Tales kept in the attic, in the closet
I’m afraid of history, sometimes dulled
Echoes of ancient legends from
the cave under the forest.

The name to find one is the hard work:
Forstlangwasser, Forstbauden or Forest Buddy,
Forest Clamps or Foresters’ Houses,
The definition of this place we have a few.

And lastly, as the chronicles say
It is commonly known today as Budniki.
With such a wealth of names – what to do?
Well here not to overdo it?

Each of us reads the secret differently.
Let anyone who arrives in this area,
depend on your heart and your understanding,
Let her name – best as she can …

What do you think you will say about yourself?
After all, the name is just a name, letters,
What matters more is our experience
our Dreams, imagination, not the word “life” …

But there are also signs of time, unfortunately,
Hearts are very different from the poet’s heart,
In a place like this they feel different,
Thoughts are cool – profits are calculated,

Everything they want to cash in, invest everywhere,
Capable to sell everything, straighten nature,
Even the sliced secret would cut,
Without regretting for a moment,

In Budniki and houses to rebuild,
And people sold tickets to them …
When what is priceless will be priced,
This whole spell is going up and everything is over.

It will not be then a magic place,
Become more popular, more touristy
And it will be quite different than it used to be,
And no one else will dream …

But luckily there will always be something for us,
Because the place is certainly older than the slaughter,
Who knows what was happening in the old days,
What kind of sleep in the surrounding woods.

That no one will examine and will not answer us,
Maybe the camps had wild Celts here?
Because the older they are, the darker the cards,
Unforgettable myths in the earliest of times.
I am neither a seer nor a scholar,
Maybe Wologor on Wołowa Mountain
He will echo through the hole in the cloud …

Enigmabudnik, the Enigmabudnik…
Wake up the secret; Let Budnik silence continue!
Because in the silence the Heart hear Izbica Spruce,
In the veins to feel the raspberry, in the eyes of a Spark …

Poem: Izbicki’s Bride (2015.9.29)

 

Other Ox, Oxen, Bull in Mythology, Folklore, Legends

Oxen in other legends – In many cultures, the symbolism of the Ox is interwoven with a story that connects a male and female character.  One of the most famous stories is the Chinese myth of the Heavenly Weaving Maiden with the Ox herding boy. It is said that the Ox herding Boy and the Weaving Maiden must live separately their whole lives except for one day of the year when they can walk across a celestial bridge of Magpie birds to be together. This day is celebrated on 7th day of the 7th lunar month in many Asian countries and is their modern “Valentine’s Day” equivalent. This festival has been celebrated since the Han Dynasty (206 BCE). There are many stories online with older contexts than the modern Valentines Day stories.

Ox (Bull) in ancient cultures and its symbolism is also strongly featured in the Cretan myths. King Minos of Crete competed with his brothers to rule the land. Minos prayed to Poseidon, the Sea God, to send him a snow-white bull as a sign of support. He intended to kill the shamanistic woman’s era bull to show honour to the man’s human deity, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. He thought Poseidon would not care if he kept the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Poseidon made Pasiphaë, Minos’s wife, fall deeply in love with the Bull.

Goddess Cultures of the Middle East, Achaemenid period ca. 550 - 330 BCE

Pasiphaë had a craftsman (Daedalus) make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. Their offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphaë nursed him, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a mythical ox. Minos sought advice from the Seers and Oracle at Delphi, who advised him to construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. Its location was near Minos’ palace in Knossos.

The story of the Cretan Bull (which historically some scholars have suggested it as the strong female bull and its destruction of an earlier era) and the Maidens who danced upon her or him connecting their labyrinth of feminine fertility which is the connection between the solid earth and our physical life, relative to housing our Soul’s Dreaming, its Intuitive Oracular Gifts and the sight of the Seer of the ancient Body & Soul.

Budniki Forstbaude archaeological site archaeological excavations October 2014, Budniki Schronisko Forstbaude wykopaliska archeologiczne październik 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cee-HeJbuc

Note: The Golden Babas (grandmothers) article on Elder Mountain Dreaming: https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2016/11/08/stone-grandmother-каменные-баба-kamennaia-baba


Wonderful Sources: The Budniki, Poland people are the main source of a “living” ritual for all of us to enjoy Wologor, you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/Budnikipl;  Special thanks to Lamus Dworski and her scholarly (written folklore) approaches of her translations and researched version of Wologor, you can find her article of Wologor on her web page here:

Sources: https://lamusdworski.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/wologor; budniki.pl, karpacz.pl, karawaier.pl, Budniki Poland’s website: http://budniki.pl; Budniki Forstbaude archaeological site archaeological excavations October 2014 – Budniki Schronisko Forstbaude wykopaliska archeologiczne październik 2014; Gorlitz Museum Krakonoš (Rübezahl-Museum). Wiki, Vlastivědný Proceedings, Vol seventh Museum Podkrkonoší in Trutnov Trutnov, 1983, Photos and images included in this article are from the celebrations of the people who live in Budniki Poland; Baba and Bull Spring blessing of cattle in Poland; Karol Nienartowicz Polish Photographer of the Karkonosze, Gianni De Conno, Poèmes à la Lune, Polish Wiki, Various sources translated from Polish websites, Karkonosze (karkɔˈnɔʂɛ) National Park, Poland (Bohemia, 1518), Image of the large statue of the Bull in the Middle East of the Achaemenid period ca. 550 – 330 BCE.

Elder Mountain – If you are interested in learning more about the rites of a shaman, and the empowerment of our dreaming culture and how it can help be integrated into your emotional healing journey, solar, soul or moon work, or creative practices, we welcome artists, dreamers, healers, shaman apprentices (those under 50 years old) to learn and join into our community. We will be offering work-creatives, sacred retreats and ceremony on the equinoxes and solstices in Ashland, Oregon starting in the sparing of 2019. ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com

Personal note: 
My sharing of cultural weaving with my shamanic fated life of experiences over the past sixty years, is to enlighten the heart and soul of the readers beyond knowledge, study, university or book knowledge of pagan, religious tales, myths and teachings. I encourage to spark your spirit and soul with a time before the rulership of pyramids and kingdoms. Those who visit here and those who come to Elder Mountain in person, I only have respect to your traditions and learnings, and to celebrate them with you from your cultural past. My first language and culture is dreaming, and the gifts of dreaming, dream walking, soul work, soul healing, time travel (astral travel) as a pure (non drug non plant) shaman. I am most certainly grateful for all writers and authors as they share the approaches of time shared folk knowledge, from older books, old articles or library and university resources. I am very grateful to my own Polish/Ukraine lands that were once indigenous in the Carpathians and were some clues still exist from the pre-tenth century, one in which Wologor himself belongs like myself. I share, regardless who the source is, be it Wologor himself or a writer, dancer, singer or gatherer of information who all sharing the same living or re-birthing journeys of the joys of cultural traditions through the arts. All are blessed because of it, including me.