Waxing Like the Moon: Women Folk Healers in Rural Western Ukraine

By Sarah D. Phillips, University of Indiana – Once a woman came to see me… she says to me, “I can’t sleep, and I’m so weak.” I asked her, “Did something frighten you?” “No,” she didn’t want to tell me. I began to pour the wax, I said, “Something has frightened you—either a man, or […]

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Third Moon of Winter 2021

By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings Dreamers, Healers and Spiritual Seekers! We enter our 3rd and last New Moon of Winter on Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1:05 pm (cst). This is also our fifth of six 23° degrees moons which contains the largest amount of energy in a tense bucket. Full Moon will be […]

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The Empath’s Conflict

By Phoenix the Elder – If you are an empath, a true one, you know that you are an emotional wreck and trouble finds you everywhere. Oversensitive, emotions trigger easy and it takes a lot of personal healing to begin to understand who you are. If you call yourself an empath but its not a […]

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12 Basic Folk Smudge and Slavic Water Cleansing Herbs and Flowers

By Phoenix the Elder – My tradition is Slavic and we take a bowl of herbs and flowers and make a “Water Smudge Bath” to cleanse the physical body in a ritual. Many people like the “Folk Smudge” smoke and that is fine too, but the bath is very feminine in the purification rites of […]

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Blackberry Folk Traditions

By Phoenix the Elder – 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 are […]

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

Article by Llamus Dworski – 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 protective rituals, and – despite the centuries of influence of the Christian church – they survived in continuity for […]

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The Dreaming Spring: Water for Body & Soul

Every three months I remind everyone here or on our facebook, to drink 2 or 3 glasses of water during everyday, during our year water challenge which ends Dec 3, 2018. This challenge of drinking water helps fuel our emotional body, our moist soul (astral body) and our physical body. (Mysteriously my Part one of […]

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Archaic Pre-Pagan Goddesses: Dziewanna and Marzanna

By Phoenix the Elder – Dziewanna is the Slavic Summer Solstice Goddess and Mother Earth herself. She is closely related to Virgo and Demeter.  Dziewanna (pronounced gee-vanna), has filled many roles in our rich culture and in later pagan times she is the daughter of Perun (the lightning God) and Dodola (a fertile Moist Goddess […]

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13th Moon & First Moon of Spring 2018

By Phoenix the Elder – Blessings beautiful Moon People, Artful Dreamers, Creative Artists, Soulful Dancers, Witches, Wild Women and Men and everyone inbetween. We begin our 13th Moon & the First New Moon of Spring on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and the Spring Equinox, Tuesday, March 20th! Its the season of endings and new beginnings as ‘endings’ and […]

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