Romanian Folk Magic at Midnight

Maramures, Romania

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 still does). One such magical practice of the spring new year, which you could use at any equinox or solstice eve, is the tradition done the night before the Spring Equinox…

Goddess celebrations of Spring, in many cultures would last an entire week, from the 19th until the 23rd of March, because the energy of the Spring Equinox is at its strongest then. You can still do the rituals here, just make sure you set your intention clearly and simple…

At the end of the night light year in-between the old and the new year, at 12:00 midnight before the dawn turning into the Spring Equinox…. go and look at the night sky and count  the new stars you see and what will be your destiny. You can also go in the house, put a ring of gold in a glass of water, place it in front of a candle and behind the candle a mirror. They say the one who looks in the mirror sees an opening of the door of their destiny.

Magic Slavic Shamanism Pre Pagn 2Leave a small night light on or a candle in a lantern all night long when you go to sleep and dream, the gates are open to get luck as the old year leaves and the new returns the next morning on the Spring Equinox. They say, if your soul is clear, the opening of the door of the heavens will give you a glimpse.

Maramureș is a geographical, historical and ethno-cultural region in northern Romania and western Ukraine and these village people at midnight lean wood pieced against the home’s outside wall. Each piece of wood represents every soul in your house until morning and when you go outside in the morning to check on them, if any fell over, that’s considered a tough year for the person it was intended for.

Villagers also read the whole year’s weather with onions – cut an onion in half and set out 12 pieces of papers (one for each month of the year). Salt each of them in equal amounts. Set the onion in the center and circle the paper around the onion. Let them sit overnight and in the morning, depending on the amount of water collected, its said that the moisture or dryness of each paper represents the dry or wet months.

I imagine you can also do this with your moon ritual on the day of the spring equinox, if you want and set the intention of difficult moons (wet) and easy moons (dry) and then keep track of your moon cycles the entire year.

On the spring equinox morning ritual take a bath and wash yourself before sunrise. In the water put a silver penny, some basil and a branch of a tree and wash yourself for lucky year and blessings of abundance.

Enjoy and keep the Magic alive, Phoenix

Sources: Iulia Gorneanu, University of Bucharest; first photo a compilation photo including Romanian grandmothers called Baba Dochia and a selection of an image of one of Douglas Girard, figurative Landscape painter; Maramures, Romania Maiden; https://www.facebook.com/ElderMountainRetreats

Ukraine Ancient Traditions of the Spring Equinox Rites of Vorotar (Gatekeeping)

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This article is from http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com with my additions, from my Shaman’s perspective and experiences – The Ukrainian Spring Equinox is one of the earth’s oldest ceremonies and it honors the ancestors as a ritual of the beginning of the new year Velykden, when the “Day” (Spring & Summer seasons were called Fire) overcomes the “Night” (Autumn & Winter seasons called Night). Vesnianky-hahilky is also known in Galicia as haïvky, iahilky, hahulky, halahilky, iaholoiky, maivky, and rohulky. Ritual folk songs sung by maidens in conjunction with ritual dances in ancient times on the Spring Equinox.

When religion came to the Slavs, the tradition of Mara (Polish Marzanna) lost its origin and thus the demonology books of churchmen forever changed the once pure spring rites and traditions. Mara then, is a female figure in Ukrainian and other corrupted Slavic folk demonology,  who was believed to assume various forms—animal, plant, ghostly (older shamanic traditions), and inanimate or monstrous females to cause people harm. The name was occasionally used to refer to the devil or to a house demon known as a domovyk. But most shamans understand clearly, that woman’s shamanic traditions were corrupted and how the church rose in power and control.

Long ago these songs and dances were performed in the meadows, highlands, along the rivers, but in modern times they are danced and sung in village streets, churchyard and cemetery. Originally their purpose was to give thanks to the mysterious spirit and forces of mother earth (nature) to provide good relations in the shamanic cultures of women, later in pagan times they were to honor nature who would supply people food and a happy life.

The magical functions of the songs was eventually forgotten but in peoples hearts, even though the magical rites are not performed by the grandmothers and mothers, the maidens still perform the dances and songs. As more female Slavic shamans reawaken to their ancient medicines and rites before paganism the more the magic will return.

ukraine eggs 3The vesnianky season in ancient times opened as a rule with a farewell to winter on the spring equinox, but once the churchmen got involved it took place on Candlemas or at the first sighting of migrating birds. A straw or wooden image of winter called Smert (Death), Mara (Specter), or Kostrub (Slob) was burned or drowned to the singing of vesnianky, and then spring, sometimes personified by a girl in a flower and herb wreath, was welcomed with ritual dances, such as Mosty ‘Bridges’ and Vorotar ‘Gatekeeper’. In prepagan times it would have been the Mothers, not maidens who welcomed spring and the grandmothers were the gatekeepers, always have been and always will be regardless of religions.

The dialogue, ‘O Beautiful Spring, what have you brought us?’ ‘I have brought you summer, a pink flower, winter wheat, and all sorts of fragrant things,’ was sung. In some localities bird-shaped bread was baked and tossed by children into the air to represent birds in flight. Many vesnianky were addressed to birds, groves and forests and trees and flowers, asking them to assist the coming of spring.

The oldest vesnianky are those associated with ritual portrayal of plant growth Mak ‘Poppy’, Proso ‘Millet’, Ohirochky ‘Cucumbers’, Khmil’ ‘Hops’, Khrin ‘Horseradish’, Hrushka ‘Pear’, L’on ‘Flax’) and the behavior of birds (Horobchyk ‘Sparrow’, Soloveiko ‘Nightingale’, Husky ‘Geese’, Kachky ‘Ducks’, Kachuryk ‘Drake’), animals (Vovk ‘Wolf’, Lysytsia ‘Fox’, Zaichyk ‘Bunny’), domestic animals (Baran ‘Ram’, Kozel ‘Goat’), and insects (Zhuk ‘Beetle’).

The simple but moving melodies have a deep rhythmic structure punctuated with frequent exclamations. Ryndzivky, a form of vesnianky, were sung at Easter by young men in the Yavoriv area in Galicia.  In Soviet times, the vesnianky began to disappear after the Revolution of 1917 and all original folk traditions that were passed down by village grandmothers for thousands of years by oral traditions, were completely gone by the end of the regimes of the Nazis and the Soviets including the Genocide of Famine to starve the Ukraine people to death in 1932-33.

Source: Mykola Muchynka is still alive and in 1988 Czechoslovak television filmed Lety mii vinochku (Fly, My Wreath), with screenplay by Mykola Mushynka, based on the Ukrainian vesnianky of the Presov Region of Ukraine. He was born the 20th of February 1936 in Kuriv, Bardejov and is a Ukrainian folklorist. After graduating from Prague University (1959) he completed his graduate studies at Kyiv University and again in Prague in 1967. He worked in the department of Ukrainian studies at the Presov campus of Kosice University (1966–71) and founded and edited Naukovyi zbirnyk Muzeiu ukraïns’koï kul’tury u Svydnyku (1965–70) for the Svydnyk Museum of Ukrainian Culture.

Because of his contacts with Ukrainian dissidents and Ukrainian émigrés he was expelled from his job and forbidden to publish. He was not reinstated in a research position until 1990. He has written over 300 studies, articles, and reviews, mainly on folklore and the culture of Ukrainians in Czechoslovakia. He compiled two anthologies of Ukrainian folklore in Eastern Slovakia (1963 and 1967) and a collection of Folk Songs sung by A. Yabur (1970). Besides a study of the folklore of the Ruthenians of Vojvodina (1976) and biographies of Orest Zilynsky (1983) and Stepan Klochurak (1995).

In Ukraine today most songs and dances are performed by professional and amateur ensembles, but to return the magic, the prehistory ways, the shamanic traditions of Ukraine can be returned by those of true female shaman paths of our birth rite initiations, lead by women in great circles again. Much of this tradition is celebrated in modern times as Kupala at the Summer Solstice which is much more popular for the main stream.

Source: http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com

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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 Grandmothers,” the planet “Neptune” and a “Hawk” speak folk and myth legends weaves together? We dreamers, empaths and artists must understand the outside influences pressuring down on our emotional body and our sensitive nature in order to understand our path with clarity… Well, let me put forth, the soul’s language together for you…

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All 3 outer planets have 3 phases, based on 10 degrees each, we have now completed the first phase and entering the second 10 degrees which will intensify. For those who have planets in Pisces or Virgo, you will be experiencing more than others. For those born with Uranus/Pluto conjunction (b. 1965-1969) you are coming of age with Neptune approaching its opposition, and dissolving the struggles that you have had as a world wide group.

Neptune has 3 main symbols, the first is the soul and it’s soul languages, emphasizing  the living energy of our soul’s spiritual and evolutionary life; our dreaming life; our karmic life and the “influences” of the “mirror” at three levels. The second main symbolism is the symbolism of self-bondage, self-sabotage, in which the military and wars are its expression. Remember, we are speaking of the soul here, the Military is a more Virgo earthy reality,0 in terms of Chiron (not Venus) and holds the opposing balance. Where we are spiritually wounded is where we are the greatest healer (once we heal our wounding  and past life woundedness). The third symbol which comes from the balance of the first two, is the great dreaming, dreams, dreamer and dreamtime as the soul’s freedom.

16473407_809120662579144_8710987552044047416_nIt is the dream itself in the family of planets including mother earth’s dreaming cycles, just like our dreams are influenced by monthly moon cycles, larger yearly cycles of nature and so forth. Great dreaming cultures have risen and fallen in the dawning and dusking of Neptune. Today, this energy begins in the great circle to rise again, as there is nothing to stop it because it is nature, the untamed nature that does not have to do with the physical plane, but our energetic plane here in which we all live with everyday. It has been dormant for now or controlled, that is about to shift.

Dreamer’s and their souls have been dead for a long, long time on earth because of our past (life) behaviors during “unconscious cycles” and now they have all accumulated, overfilled without enough work to purify. With the help of the energy of Neptune’s influences, which had begun the processes to wake up, as it closes the larger gates we must all atone, as they say. This atonement started when Neptune first went into Aquarius (Jan. 28, 1998 to Aug. 22, 1998) and then went direct until it entered Pisces in 2012. This ten years of prep, was a ‘flexing of dream energy’.

During that time from 1998 until around 2010, dreamers began awakening, heralding the end of the “Age of Pisces” and the doorways open into the “Age of Aquarius” by both constellation aspects of charting them through astrology/ astronomy and the soul aspects of rising of ancient healing including the rising of the dreamers. After 2010, younger people began to awaken around then, with lucidity and then astral travel began to share on the web has already been happening since the first Harmonic Convergence since 1987 for those of us whose dream gates opened then. The military had already begun to use the tools of dreaming to pre-plan their attacks on the dreaming fields when we sleep. I woke up to this in the late 80s and it got very strong in the 90s, working with the healing path of freedom of my soul to unbind my own past life karma. Its taken 30 years of daily work to accomplish this.

We are all aware of Neptune’s distant stories of our historical past, with the energy that allowed an opening at its beginning cycle of the Age of Pisces which started with Buddha and Christ’s enlightenment, the only two prophets of the five (Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Hindu, Judaism), to reach enlightenment. This was when Neptune’s gate first opened 2,200 years ago around 220 bce to assist this ability and Buddha was teaching in Nepal around this time.

War was also entering the new age of Pisces and should have died at the end of the age of Ares, but it didn’t and it should have. Basically everything today is 2,000 extra years of the fullness of Military power on earth, started its very beginning seeds in the Age of Aries, the Dogs (Sirius) of War (2000 bce – 220 bce). Since the Military should have been shut down, in the first 0 point of the Age of Pisces around 220 bce, it wasn’t. It has grown to become the three monsters (devils) of God: Military, Science and Religion. There is not one human alive today who has not killed as a soldier in their past lives over the last 4,000 years, many turned away, myself included around 41 ce and we have all accrued the worst possible karma of the soul.

As we enter now the next circle on the wheel, the ending of the Age of Pisces and at the “0 point” we step into the Age of Aquarius (the great rebellious one for freedom and freedom of the soul), its going to get very deep on earth and this time, the Soul, not the military will win because Pisces rules the soul and it’s bondage. Aquarius rules the mind and its total freedom and for those who discipline the mind from the wisdom of the Buddha two thousand years ago, your soul’s freedom is next to be set free.

The dreamers emotions, the dreaming, our souls expansion, animism souls and nature’s soul consciousness is hit as a direct influence. This energy on a global level is also the great one who “dissolves” what seems to be truth, but is not. It dissolves matter to energy of the soul and dust to the mind, it rules the emotional systems such as the paranormal, the intuitive arts, the holistic healing energetics, even Buddhism’s manifestations of the divine within their teachings, all the way down to an over abundance amount emotion. Neptune’s smaller cycles within that big 2,200 year one is…

“… the last time that Neptune was in Pisces was within a few years after the planet of Neptune was discovered. Neptune moved into Pisces in 1849 and remained until 1862. This created a dramatic upswing in the spiritual awareness that gave birth to many new concepts at this time that continued to evolve. As it was reported that a surge of spiritualism began “… and by 1853, the Spiritualist movement had spread to San Francisco and eventually to London, and by 1860 there were Spiritualist churches around the world …”

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The Sphinx is a short story with a very long history, he was built at the beginning of the Age of Ares, the War Dog. He was the first monument built on earth to shut down the dreamers, the rest of the pyramids around the earth succeeded and won. The Greeks who did not know him, called him the “Sphinx” which means the “Strangler” in Greek. But he is in truth “Her-Em-Akhet”… The Rising Sun, in other words, the rising of the great Military Patriarch where men becomes god. This is the system at its fullness now and its nearing its end.

“Heru” is the name Horus is Greek. In Ancient Egypt the Sphinx was known as “Heru” (Hor or Har), which is translated as “The Distant One” or “The one on High” (from the preposition “hr” meaning “upon” or “above.” Early Dynastic Period and the Old Kingdom was from 3100–2181 bce and set the tone for the coming of the setting of the moon and the rising of the sun (patriarch.)

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Heru-ur; Horus the Elder. Heru-ur (Har-wer, Haroeris, Horus the Elder) was one of the oldest gods of Ancient Egypt. He was a sky god, whose face was visualized as the face of the sun. In the building of the patriarch, it was Horus who was built the first temple in Egypt, called the Sphinx and that is what the Order of the Sphinx is. The writings of Thoth so eloquently stated this in the “Halls of Amenti” which means:

You must travel to the greatest depths to retrieve the past life souls fragmented that had broken off of your soul, where you have both stole and destroyed in the eras of the building of the great patriarch itself in the age of Ares and Pisces.

Its pretty simple to understand, the time has come due for the debt to be paid. It all started in the era of the first Kingdom of Egypt, which is the oldest, and like all crisis healing, its time of opening is always perfect. And we heal, one day at a time from then forth.

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Balkan & Slavic Mysticism

Shoymanas, known as The Queen of Airs are mythological beings very similar and maybe the same as the Rusallias (related to the Rusalka and downsized nymphs were were once Goddesses and once women.) But you know how the myths are, they are collective and descriptive whether you can alchemize them down to the root core before the corruption of the power of the kingdoms of earth of our shamanizing reality that was once our great prehistory.

In Romania they are called “Sfinte Soimane” and are connected with the Huntress, Goddess of the Moon (Diana) which is basically the prehistory shamanic She-Bear Cultures of the Grandmothers before that was also corrupted. It’s possible that their name is connected with the Hungarian word “sholyon” and the Romanian word “soim”. In both languages it means “Hawk”.

It’s said that Shoymanas are connected with heaven, white clouds and rain.  Shoymanas are part of the legends of woman’s shamanic origins and these women are called Shoymanuasa. The difference between trance induced by the Rusallias and trance induced by Shoymanas is that there is no ritual for awaking from the trance.  The symptoms that some women display who fall into natural trance, are physical disturbance and a feeling of sickness. Cleanliness is most important for Shoymanas, because Shoymanas could not bare anything but purity of mind, body and soul.

A women who feels that she may fall into trance, makes the bed, performs a ritual bath, and dresses herself in clean white clothing. Before the trance the woman sings a nice and melancholic song. The most frequent one is a moon song dedicated to the Goddess Yana – local version of the Goddess Diana.  Trance begins with pain in legs, arms, chest, stomach, and with the breaking and lowering of the temperature. During the trance, women travel through talk with supernatural beings of the pure shamanic realms, not aliens, not ascended masters nor any of the pagan god or religious god humans realms, but mother earth or natures realms.

Women who fall into trance are great sorceresses (Balkan and some Slavic, call their shaman’s sorceresses), but their knowledge and skills are learned during trance and not from other sorceresses. Among their ritual equipment are various grains, mirrors. Shoymanas present to Shoymanuasa, pebble stones decorated with strange ornaments. Shoymanuasa believe that these ornaments are prints of the Goddess and “sainte” rings. These pebble stones are very powerful amulets and tools which Shoymanuasas use to come into contact with non-human intelligence.

Shoymanuasas use these stones for prophecy and for some forms of exorcism.  For coming into contact with the realms, Shoymanuasas use bouquets of flowers with a dedicated candle in the center. Herbs connected with Shoymanuasas are: Roman Camomile (Anthemis nobilis), Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), Geranium (Geranium macrorrhisum), and Dwarf Elder (Sambucus ebulas).  It is said that Shoymanuasas often, during trance, materialize things, unexplained. These things, the Shoymanuasas use later, most frequently for healing.

People testify that in one of our villages called Zagubica , there is a Shoymanuasa who can materialize butterflies from her hands.  Although Shoymanuasas are so powerful in the material world, they are powerless before the Shoymanas. Shoymanas can punish Shoymanuasas even for the smallest mistake, like: unperformed task, betraying the secrets of the rituals, and telling the fortune to the people who are unworthy or those who are unknown to have a lot of past life karma. Punishments are often very cruel. People have said that they have seen Shoymanuasas hanged on trees. Every hair on their heads were threaded into the bark of the tree.

People said that they had seen Shoymanuasas floating on the surface of the water and screaming. Also, they are tormented in the following way: they were unable to move as heavy, invisible rocks were placed on their legs.  One of the mild punishments is the unannounced and hasty awakening from sleep, followed by the command that the Shoymanuasa must repeat the magical formula “Intronsura Mare” nine times. This formula has 250 verses. After this the Shoymanuasa falls into am unconscious sleep.

“One month before Pentecost (which is the seventh Sunday after Easter), women able to fall into a trance feel some kind of excitement or even fear. Frequently, women begin to be very disturbed after they dye eggs, (on the first Thursday before Pentecost). Before some woman fall into trance she begins to look impassive and stunned and to talk ruptured and disconnected. Sometimes she begins a furious dance and howling. Then she passes into a trance. While these women are in trance they sometimes begin to speak and frequently these women speak prophecy. It’s believed that Russalias speak through them.The entire ritual from the beginning till the end of the trance state is accompanied by music and dance. These are the most important parts of the ritual. In fact, for women is enough to hear sacred Rusallia’s melody to fall in trance.”  As the ecstatic dancing reached fever pitch, the Rusalje would commence singing a sacred song, the words of which belong to a magical language forgotten by time.
 

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We have been misguided in the age of spiritualism in many ways, its just more “information” of the lineages of the philosopher’s stone. If you are truly a genuine “soul” seek the simple path of health, inner peace, understanding, unity, and the most difficult of all, the bitch truth which humans and humanity hates because it sounds like the high pitch of an ancient dragon.

Just keep it simple and grounded magic and mysticism, don’t believe everything you hear with fortune telling, sorcery and prophecy or anything far from our dreamer’s ability to image our path (imagination) of our gifts of sacred “creativity” – the inner creative connected to the source of the divine creative: Nature has no agendas.

“Do not invite nor let anything such as calling in spirit or spells or things that allow entrance to your home or personal space in this way.  Anything that is a soul wanderer or human out of body has the ability to posses your body, soul or mind. So be smart, keep grounded and do not be fooled by new age spiritualism, if its free or a free vision, its not worth it to sell your soul and that includes shamanic plant/drugs. Nothing is free in mysticism and magic or spirituality, there is always a price that one must pay.”

The media and shadow people never glorify their human side or the strength of the good, they glorify their own deceitful and shadow nature.Re-learn the soul’s language who listens to nature as a teacher, as we shamans do, it always speaks the truth and shows us, but only if we show we are worth of her messengers.

sanzioanaSource: Frater Gwydion from Serbia (http://www.oocities.org/athens/agora/8933/index.html) and was first published in Crystal Moon Magazine; and Gordana at http://modrodnovery.com; Cheikh Anta Diop (29 December 1923 – 7 February 1986) historian, anthropologist, physicist; Andra Samson at povesticumiez.com; o grota misterioasa cunoscuta sub numele de Templul Ursitelor, Templul Dorintelor sau Templul Dacilor (Mysterious Cave Temple in Romania called Sinca Veche).

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Karelian Magic

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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.

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) – Karelian Mother

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.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865-1931) – Karelian Mother

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 calming and when you combine both green and blue you get the ultra calm yet vibrant turquoise.

If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.”– Paul Gauguin

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Water is the greatest calming energy and vibration on our planet and it effects our mind, body and especially our emotions and soul, as the clear liquid reflects its environment bringing a triple relaxation to our psyche. The folklore of a blue door is said that those who paint their doors blue enjoy peace and value truth. They are well grounded and true to themselves.

The darker and midnight blue of the night has the same effect on some people as blue does in the day, they feel connected to the earth and a part of nature and value their dreams at night when the sky is dark blue. But unfortunately for those who are sun seekers, daytime lovers, or those who need a lot of sunshine and vitamin D, the night blue has an opposite effect. In modern times, people can sometimes not see that city lifestyles, drinking at night over long periods of time, can greatly upset our natural rhythms of our dreams, our sleep and rem patterns.

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The night blue has an effect of sadness or even for some, depression or feelings of being alone, disconnected. This can also for some who need the sunshine, warm colors such orange and red or party a bit too much with alcohol. The energy of the moon in the dark blue sky, effects the flux and chaos of the emotional body of those who do not deal well with too much emotional truth or expressions of emotions. These can all have effects of having the “blues”.
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We have the most positive effects for everyone from nature’s blue wild flowers such as blue cornflower, blue iris, blue hyacinth and rocket blue larkspur. The blue spruce and some bluer pine and blue-green foliage also has a powerful calming and peaceful effects on us as human beings. The other auspicious colors are the bluish junipers and bluish palms, blue fescue, rue and hostas foliage. Those who plant blue in their garden tend to have a resting or calm garden along with their wind chimes and statuary that promotes peace.


Teresa Misopoulou’s article, The Color Blue for Repelling Evil, she explains some world traditions of blue and blue-turquoise…

In the Cyclades, next to white color, the prevailing color is blue color. The preference comes from an old belief that the sky-blue shade had the power to keep evil away.  The radiation of the color composed an invisible shield, which prevented the approach of bad spirits. Blue church cupolas, windows, doors, walls, staircases and fences, but also blue “belts” (samaria) around the buildings, will provide protection.  Blue stones on jewelry, belts will safeguard people and animals and even plants (chaimalia) against evil. Blue “eyes” and blue stones mounted on gold and silver are presented to babies and small children as a talisman for protection.

On the murals of Santorini island (about 1700 bce) bracelets for the wrist, the arm and ankle, and necklaces, are made of precious or semiprecious stones, while the shaved part of the head of young people (male and female) is painted blue.  It is amazing, that on traditional Chinese New Year’s cards, one can see the same fashion copied since thousands of years ago.

Small children also have their hair partly shaved in similar arrangement (two or three locks of hair) with the shaved part also painted blue.  The artist used the color believing that it would provide protection for his heroes. Also, on special occasions like birthdays, initiation of adolescence, the shaved parts of their heads were smeared with blue paint, their face with white and their lips and cheeks with red (like actors used to do).

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The ancient Egyptians were furnished with the turquoise-blue stone (cyanus, lapis lazuli) from the Sinai peninsula since the 4th millennium bce. The precious material is found in abundance in Tourkestan where its name originates.  It was also known in Cyprus but according to ancient writers, the best quality was the Scythian blue-turquoise, whose origin was most probably Chinese.

Today, it is mined in North America (California, Arizona) in Central America (Mexico), in Australia, in North Africa and in Siberia. In North America the artifacts of the Indians decorated with the precious blue stone are well known.  In Europe the stone is imported mainly from Iran (province of Isfahan), where the best variation of the stone is found.  Its shape is opaque and very hard, but porous, and changes color (it turns to green) and “dies”, when it comes in contact with perfumes and cosmetics.

In Athens, at Omonia square, on Dorou street No. 1 and on Stadiou street No. 58, blue friezes surround restored neoclassical buildings. Similar friezes are found in the Ionian islands, in the Cyclades, in the islands of the Argosaronic gulf and in Macedonia, in the villages of Mt. Paghaion.

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The custom is of worldwide dimension, because even today in provinces of Spain (like in the Mancha of Don Quixote) buildings are decorated with blue bands and designs. Also, houses in Egypt, in the Arab villages of Israel, and entire villages in Morocco, have blue walls. The same color decorates the houses of Mexican Indians and strongly speaks of common universal civilization features.

blue-door-key1Traditional American South Blue: Haint Blue is a traditional paint color with a Haunted History  –  Painting porch ceilings blue is a practice originally adopted in the old South, inspired by several myths and superstitions.  The Southern tradition made its way north and has had a revival with new generations of homeowners.  There are a few interesting and compelling reasons you might choose to carry on this American ritual and paint your porch ceiling and other parts of your home haint blue or some other shade resembling a clear blue sky.
The color haint blue got its name from the belief that it could ward off evil spirits.  The term “haint” was originally a variation of the word “haunt.”  Haints are lost souls or the dead’s restless spirits.  According to the Southern belief, blue paint applied to the porch ceiling as well as door and window trim can keep haints away.

It’s reported that haint blue paint was first used by African slaves in the South.  According to Gullah culture, the color haint blue is representative of water; and evil spirits aren’t able to pass over water.  (Gullah culture is from a group of people in the coastal areas of Georgia, South Carolina, and northern Florida who were of African ancestry.)

blue-door-keyHaint blue is also believed to have the good purpose of deterring spiders, wasps, and other insects from setting up house on porch ceilings.  The myth is that the insects are fooled into thinking that the blue ceiling is an extension of the big, blue sky; and they move on instead of settling in.

There was a time when this belief was more than just a myth.  In early days when the blue paint was made with milk paint formulas, an ingredient that was used actually did repel insects.  The formula for milk paint lacked durability and has long been replaced with other paint formulas which don’t have any inherent qualities for repelling insects.  But the belief lives on that you’ll have fewer insects on your porch with haint blue paint.

Sources: Houses above: Traditional Folk Painting and the Blue Door in Zalipie, Poland; Wiki, https://www.franklinpainting.com, Greek Travel Pages, Slavic Folk Museums

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Elder Mountain’s Folk Smudge & Folk Sticks – Ready Autumn 2017

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Our Seasonal Autumn Smudge will be available in late September through December (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 magical herbs and wild flowers have been hand picked in the mountains, on our land and on hikes, cured and dried to enrich your magical or prayer rites, altar work, clearing negativity in spaces and a dreaming purification smudge. Each one is Water and Moon Charmed in the Slavic Tradition on the full moon for a little extra energy.

AVAILABLE:
Available while the batches lasts and you can pre-order early if you wish.

1. LOOSE LEAF “FOLK SMUDGE” $10.00 each. (7×7 ziplock bag).
     Ingredients listed in this article, use with charcoal disks)

2. LOOSE LEAF “ROSE” FOLK SMUDGE: $8.00 each. (7×7 ziplock bag).
    85% Dried Roses, 10% Sage, 5% Folk Smudge ingredients

3. FOLK SMUDGE “STICKS” $9.00 each.
     Folk Sticks have Mugwort, Lavender, Rosemary, Mint, Madwort

4. MULLEIN Loose Leaf Tea $8.00 (7×7 ziplock bag).
Fresh picked and dried, local Mullein tea 

5. RASPBERRY Loose Leaf Tea $8.00 (7×7 ziplock bag).
Fresh picked and dried, local Mullein tea 

SHIPPING $6.50 for shipping (for 2 add $8.25 shipping)
PAYPAL Myoldsouldreams@gmail.com or check/money order
Contact: Eldermountiandreaming@gmail.com to order.

FOLK STICKS:
Seasonally dried and hung on an altar. Folk Sticks have up to three to all five items depending upon the year (nature): Mugwort, Lavender, Rosemary, Mint, Madwort. Good for smoking personal space or ritual uses, for healing, protection and healing around your dreaming space (bed). About 12 inches long. All items are organic and grow on the land here at Elder Mountain. Some years vary, containing one and not the other, depending upon nature.

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FOLK SMUDGE:
“Folk Smudge” list – We suggest using the smudge in a bowl with a charcoal disk and buying regular white sage if you want to triple your bag because its a dense smudge. All bags are blessed on the full moons by our dream shaman. All items are organic. Some years vary, containing one and not the other, depending upon nature.

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1. Lavender flowers (Lavandula officinalis) is very versatile, its used in purification, love spells and attraction sachets. Also burning lavender induces a peaceful sleep. Scattered around the home, lavender smudge (without even being burned), helps clear the atmosphere for peace and serenity.

2. Pine & Cedar needles and wood shavings – Pine is one of the most abundant trees in the Northwest and we respect each tree and gather fallen branches from storms etc. It is an ancient goddess medicinal trees, each part of the tree has nourishment, protection and cleansing. The pine and cedar wood chips (pieces) also add fuel to your magical or sacred burning bowl.

3. Mugwort – Home grown and dried for dreaming, a very powerful herb and only small amounts should be used in any sort of ceremony to allow your mind, body and soul to process as it both enhances and clears dreaming and visioning spaces. Its an ancient herb that cleanses while it helps to temporarily open the intuitive perception.

4. Madwort Yellow Tuft (Alyssum murale) – The ancient’s used this medicinal for purposes of madness and to alleviate dog bites. I had to do a lot of research on this native plant and only Harvard.edu had an old manuscript explaining its medicinal purposes. As a smudge its used for creating calm, peace and groundedness and to sooth issues of anger or aggressiveness. Grows wild in the Balkans of  Romania, Albania and Turkey and made its way over to the US in our area which they call invasive but I am glad its here, it can come in handy as a medicine for those who make tinctures.

5. Juniper Berries – Home grown and dried, Magical uses are to burn them to clear spaces that have negativity and also used in ancient traditions to break hexes and curses, carried for anytime of protection against thefts, shadow roamers, tricksters and anything that influences negatively or drains one’s energy. In ancient times this was also burned in exorcism rites both pagan and religious.

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6. Roses, Dried – Home grown and dried organic rose petals adds sweetness and calm to the powerful mixture to keep a sense of peace and groundedness when doing your magic or healing sessions with others. A favorite of those who work with or are a priestess of the Goddess, especially Aphrodite and Venus.

7. Red Clover – Local on our land and dried. Northwest large red clover flower, good for coughs and colds, indigestion and asthma so its an excellent addition to burning bowl smudge as it purifies and cleans the air.

8. Larkspur – Home grown and dried, as a smudge it clears the spores in the air, and good also for asthma or breathing problems, its also prescribed against colic and irritations.

20170902_1159279. Hawthorn – Home picked and dried, Hawthorn dried leaves and berries used by the ancients were specifically for magical powers to ward off the evil souls and the shadows of people. The berries (also known as “Pixie Pears”) contain vitamins, Hawthorn along with Sage, is a double powerful smudge for protection.

10. St Johns Wort  – Local wild St Johns Wort helps with depression and lifts the heaviness. In a smudge it has a lesser effect but can cleanse the home or space with purifying any negativity from depression causing energy.

11. Sage – I added a basic white sage to add protection and burn quality. I also added a brown sage from South America which is very thin or fine blend.

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White Eagle Legend of Poland

Polish Slavic Chicken Woman in traditional dressThe White Eagle is the oldest symbol of Poland, but there was always another half to this story that was missing, forgotten and not kept in the hearts of women to keep it alive or maybe they were made to stop speaking about it. This was the Grandmothers half of the legend, that few today know about. The legend started long ago, about 27,200 years ago to be exact, its now time to fill in the missing half…  by Phoenix of Ashland

Three cave grandmothers were preparing for their long winters sleep again, which always lasted around 2,500 years. And as they prepared for their long rest in their sacred cave, they had 1,000 years to create a symbol that their ancestral grandchildren in the future would connect with and display proudly to all their future children. The grandmothers had to make sure that this was the right symbol to announce their return when they awoke from their long slumber. Since they were bird tribe women, the bird symbol had worked last time they prepared their children, so again it would be a path they they must take.

Still nomadic, and eternally sacred, they lived in the cave in the winter seasons and wandered the lands in the summer and spring seasons for millions of years, before even a hint of any written language was created to even call themselves Polish Grandmothers. Sometimes they would wander in the flesh in the physical world, appearing to those who were older souls, and sometimes they would appear in their pure white light bodies appearing as not ghostly, but divine which Slavic people know as Zmora or Breksta or even the Black Madonna who is honored today. Other times the grandmothers would appear in forms of very large birds of course, but also animals.

Many stories were told about their existence, but since these were from oral tradition, handed down from generation to generation of granddaughters of grandmother chiefs and leaders, as the millenniums went by, very few listened. In the last three thousand years many said those were the old ways and not wanted anymore, we wanted pagan men to lead and honor only maidens and mothers who served men and gods just like religious men were starting to do as they watched the pagan men take over grandmothers positions in community.

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These three grandmothers had tried to think of a way to warn their people of the time of the great shift, which would be swift in nature’s seasons, but slow in human time, as the veils would slowly fade away like clouds revealing all. They wanted to prepare their future children, for the return of the great dreaming when the Sun would go black again in it’s cyclical winter stage that lasts approximately 300,000 years). The grandmothers knew that their children (the old ones who were reincarnated) must be able remember them and how to again master the ability to dream and be able to see in order to prepare for this Magic of the Midnight Sun, and its symbol in the form of a star, still held proudly in their hands in the winter solstice.

The Midnight Sun is the oldest teachings of the ancient peoples, it is about how the sun goes black with the solar system, the winter phase. For the last few thousand years, its a powerful symbol, legend and folktale . Pagans call it the Alatyr and its used as a protection symbol, others speak of the ancient legend called the Stone of Alatyr and it is in almost all Slavic and Balkan traditional folk clothing and art. This Midnight Sun is the core fire and heat of the core magma at the center of the earth, her belly which always keep her children warm and connected them to her, not to drift off into the stars and space or universe and get lost in their mind and thoughts.

Earth’s primordial soup where the mystery is always unfolding from here, right on earth, not “out there” in the stars somewhere. No one remembered these grandmothers, except for a few wise shaman grandmothers who see them appear sometimes at the birth of their own grandchildren. These three grandmothers are as old as the earth herself, they could appear older or appear as beautiful maidens if they wanted, not for any other reason except that they could and still can.

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These primordial bone mothers, the grandmothers – knew if they appeared to their children in the future around 900 ce, that the men would be frightened and try to kill them. The grandmothers had already seen the future ancestors fear them, those who already forgot how to pay attention to her stories, her gifts of dreaming, and for messages and didn’t care enough that they didn’t even really dream anymore to understand the other half of their life. This made the grandmothers worried the most and they knew they had to send a symbol powerful enough, that it would help them begin to dream again.

That night the grandmothers had laid down to sleep and all three dreamed of a white eagle and saw it fly and land on top of a huge tree visiting their future children. They woke up and each had shared the same dream, knowing that this would be the symbol and the sign to send forth into the future.

The second eldest Thunderbird grandmother had said to her two sisters… “which one of us should appear as a white eagle? We can’t all three appear, it would confuse them.” The eldest, the Firebird (who was originally a Polish ancestral legend, not a Russian), said: “I will appear as the White Eagle and leave our realms to cross the gates and barriers of these dream worlds, to where they exist and appear to them. The two of you will make sure that I am guided back here safely because its so far away in the future, I might not find my way back. They all agreed.

The Grandmothers were the first Wind Spirit and would visit their female shamans every five generation or so and remind the female shamans who would retell the legends of the white eagle grandmother who would appear, as a sign from the grandmothers return. Generation after generation went by and finally when ten thousand years had gone by, it was time…

The year was 900 c.e. and it was time for the grandmother’s White Eagle to come. It was time because their were no longer any grandmother shamans in the villages and they were not allowed to practice anymore, and the elder females were forbidden to lead community or teach their stories of the Eagle around the fire. So the Firebird grandmother prepared for her long journey and then flew into the realms as fast as she could across the veils, and when she arrived she shape shifted into a white eagle.

Now soul children, here is where Grandfather’s story started long ago, the one you only know as legend throughout his story (history)…

Three legendary brothers :

Lech, Czech and Ruś, leaders of their Slavic tribes, were wandering looking for a place for permanent settlements. Czech became the founder of the nation and state of the Czechs. Ruś went east and became the founder of the nation and state of the Ruthenians. Lech went further north. One day, he and his tribe stopped for a rest at the edge of a great forest. Looking around Lech spotted a large white bird, majestically circling overhead, a white eagle landed on a nest in a large oak tree.

Lech took the presence of the white eagle and its nest to be a good omen, it is in my blood and I do not know why, but he turn to his Lechitians and said: “Here will be the place of our permanent settlement which we shall call Gniezno (the old Polish word for nest) and the White Eagle shall be our symbol.”

The declaration was enthusiastically acclaimed and accepted by all the Lechitians. The men had not remembered their previous incarnations, but the grandmothers did not care, all they knew was that their ancestral grandsons saw the omen.

The next 200 years was a period during which Poland became divided into various provinces, each ruled individually by dukes of the Piast line. However, the White Eagle, that ancient sign of strength, power, majesty and royalty, was retained by most of them, including the dukes ruling Kraków, as their personal coat of arms. This fact played an important role in the reunification of the divided nation. Also, it was during this period that the White Eagle became refined into the heraldic form we are familiar with today.

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An important date in the history of Poland and its White Eagle emblem was June 26, 1295. On that date, Przemysł II, duke of Wielkopolska, assumed the crown of Poland in Gniezno, thus bringing about the reunification of the country. On the day of his coronation, he acquired the seal of majesty. The obverse of the seal shows an image of the King sitting on the throne with the crown upon his head and a globe and a scepter in his hands.

The reverse of the seal bears the Latin inscription: “Reddidit ipse deus victricia signa polonis,” that is, “God himself restored Polish signs of victory,” and a shield with a crowned Eagle on it.

In conclusion…

Well, the Grandmother said… “We don’t need to tell anyone that it wasn’t God – do we Sisters? No, but even though the men had long forgotten about us, they had received our sign and gave it great importance, and that is all that matters in fate and destiny. It made them very happy and they are very proud of our grandsons.

Now all is in place, our children can prepare, we will first appear to the shaman women again, then the dreamers, and lastly the very youngest in their dreaming letting them know we are returning, but this time we will not return as white eagle, we return as ten million Grandmother from all nations as Thunderbirds!

Also around 900 ce, another group called the White Croats (Old Rus, Bѣlyy Croats and Croats) were a Slavic tribe that lived in the 5th through the 10th centuries on the territory of Western Ukraine, Southern Poland, Northern Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the northern part of the eastern of Germany who were all Pagans.  The first time the name of the tribe called White Croats were mentioned was in connection with the City of Tanais, which was located at the mouth of the Don River at the confluence of the Sea of Azov.

Historical chronicles written in Greek in the 3rd century BCE. The Croats are mentioned during the reign of the ruler Tanais – Sauromates II (175-211). “White Croats” in the domestic chronicle appear in the story “The Tale of Bygone Years” on the settlement of the Slavs of the Danube, territories north of the Danube, Tatra and the Carpathians. These guidelines serve to steady basis for the notion of “White Croats” in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.

“… Croats now living in the lands of Dalmatia, descended from the unbaptized Croats, called “white” including Serbs who were unbaptized. In 907 ce, Croats Carpathian Rus Tribe mentioned as involved in the campaign of Oleg Constantinople: Croats (Horoti, Horiti) appear as the north-eastern neighbors Moravia. The tribe of Croats “Harvatyn” refers Arab historian and geographer Al-Masudi (second quarter of the tenth century), calling it among the Slavic tribes living to the north and west of the Carpathians “marava” “dulaba “” sarbyn “(Lusatian Sorbs),” manaban “(mazovyany?)” valinana “but, unfortunately, without giving a specific location.

Perhaps the White Croats dissolved into new ethnic group, because after the 10th century in written sources mention the people were all missing. At the end of the XX century in Galicia was discovered more than 40 settlements, most of which have an area of over 20 hectares (mostly Stilsko settlements), built in  7th – 10th century and correlated with white Croats. Some of the settlements existed until the 15th cetnury. Research conducted by archaeological expedition Verhnodnistryanskoyu NAS of Ukraine.

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