Elder Mountain’s Folk Smudge – Autumn 2018

Our Seasonal Autumn Smudge is available now until October (because it sells fast). Our formula here at Elder Mountain is locally hand collected and dried seasonally all summer in small batches. Each bag of nature’s natural herbs and wild flowers have been hand picked in the mountains, on our land and cured and dried to enrich…

Blackberry Folk Traditions

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – We have lots and lots of Blackberries bushes and hedges that grow all around Elder Mountain. We collect the fruit for eating, the leaves for an herbal tea winter remedy and the twigs for a folk smudge stick. I love blackberries in the mid to late summer and they…

Legend of the Miskhorskaya Rusalka

In the Crimea there is a legend about this mermaid, in the vicinity of the Village of Miskhor. In one of the small houses there lived a young maiden of Arz. For many years she was in love with the shepherd Abiy-aka, who was also in love with her. Sometimes they met at the spring,…

Protection of houses against evil in the region of Mazovia, Poland

Article by Llamus Dworski – ‘Lamus Dworski’ is dedicated to Poland – Polish history, archaeology, arts, culture, folklore, curiosities, and more. Visit her site @ https://lamusdworski.files.wordpress.com People in the old Polish countryside were very particular about maintaining certain rites and preparing protective accessories in their household and the whole farm enclosure. These customs stemmed from pre-Christian Slavic…

Mi’kmaq Magic, Weather and Medicine

The Mi’kmaq Nation are people at Tufts Cove, Nova Scotia in Canada and their name Mi’kmaq derives from the term nikmaq, meaning “my kin-friends”. They have significant populations in Canada, United States (Maine); Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. Related ethnic groups are the Abenaki, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy,…

Dziewanna (Mullein) – The Slavic Spring and Summer Goddess Sisters

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Dziewanna (Mullein) – The Slavic Spring and Summer Goddess – Mother Earth herself, in relations to the Slavic traditions of Marzanna and Dziewanna (pronounced gee-vanna), also called Marowit & Dziewanna who (Devana) are very archaic goddesses.  There are many Slavic fertility goddesses of spring and summer, and they generally represent the…

Holly-Wood

Holle, or Holly-wood comes from the goddess Hel and the name of the trees have very ancient roots and its root meaning is “the place of magic”. The holly wood is a favorite source of magical spaces where they grow, magical amulet and talisman made from the word, especially wands. This magic comes from the spirit of the tree’s…

Rain Ceremony

Rain Towards Morning The great light cage has broken up in the air,  freeing, I think, about a million birds  whose wild ascending shadows will not be back, and all the wires come falling down.  No cage, no frightening birds; the rain  is brightening now. The face is pale  that tried the puzzle of their prison …

abracadabra

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…

Protecting & Healing the last frontier… our many Souls

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…

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…

Ukraine Vinok (вінок) Seasonal Wreaths and their Symbolism

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:…

Telekenisis Hydrokenisis Aerokenisis

The Kinesis Generation (Uranus/Neptune conjunction) who were born between 1988-1998 world wide, have some unique chemistry. Kinesis (biology), is a movement or activity of a cell or organism in response to stimulus. Telekenisis, Hydrokenisis, Aerokenisis, a movement of the physical, the wind and water through a persons biology/energy systems. If you were born during these years, especially…

Romanian Folk Magic at Midnight

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Magical practice at the stroke of Midnight are symbolic practices and are the gifts of our ancient ancestors of the distant worlds and Romanian women have always kept these traditions alive. The older pagan cultures of the Slavic peoples celebrate the New Year on the Spring Equinox (and Ukraine…

Shoymanas, Rusallias and Sfinte Soimane

On Friday, February 3rd, 2012 Neptune moved into Pisces and will be in its own sign until the beginning of 2026 and will close the door it had opened 2,200 years before in the great circle, which started around 220 bce. What does the weaving of the “Order of the Sphinx”, a bunch of “Balkan…

Blue Door Folklore

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The color Blue is associated with dreams, peace and clarity, both the day and the night sky. Both green and blue have an intrinsic effect on our human emotions and causes a calming chemical reaction to occur in our brain. Earth green is soothing, while blue is vibrant yet…

The Hawthorn Tree and the Soul of the Goddess

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I recently added dried Hawthorn leaves and berries to our Folk Smudge, the berries are also called Pixie Pears. There are a couple of Hawthorn trees on the land and in the local area, so I thought I would write up the great benefits that are positive medicinal properties and share…

You can do Magic

“I do believe in an everyday sort of Magic – the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; The eerie appropriateness  of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~Charles de Lint Сон в летнюю ночь с иллюстрациями Веры Павловой Midsummer…

She Shells

Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling, by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1891 According to J. B. Friedrich, “Symbolik der Natur” the Sea Shell, on account of its being a product of the Sea, or of the all-generating moisture; and much more probably from its shape, is an emblem of woman herself. Being one of the great emblems…