Shopluk feat Santigold

Shopi is a regional term for the South Slavic people, self-identifying as Bulgarians, Macedonians and Serbs. The areas traditionally inhabited by the Shopi is called Shopluk (Шоплук, Shopluk, srb. Šopluk), a mesoregion, roughly where Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia countries meet.   The Shopluk is a mountainous area on the borders of Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia, of […]

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Acorn Folklore

By Phoenix the Elder – We have had an abundant of Acorns in the Pacific Northwest and in folklore, it means that we are going to have a strong winter. The Sacred Oak grow from these little tiny acorns, and the squirrel is the one who graciously plants them in the ground everywhere, every year. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Elderberry and Elderberry Folklore

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I wanted to preface this article with a warning to make sure “not to eat uncooked Elderberries”. This is very dangerous because the glycosides in the seeds cause cyanide poisoning and for some even handling the leaves and branches can sometimes create a bad rash that can last up […]

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Raven, Crow and Magpie Totem and Animism

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – As a dreamer I have a relationship to crow, raven and magpie through both my totem work over the last forty years and my own animism souls (that have been attained now) as an Elder. Ravens and Crows like the Jackdaw, are all cousins, and are powerful messengers of the […]

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Juniper Myth and Medicine

Phoenix – I collected some Juniper and have been stringing Juniper beads the last few days, and usually the seeds are hard and you can’t get a needle through it but I thought I would try again. Its time consuming but this time I found a batch of junipers trees next to Pluto’s Cave (a […]

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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: […]

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Symbolism of Butterflies, Moths & the Sphinx Moth

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –  A Great Ash Sphinx Moth visited Elder Mountain a few years ago, and then I had a dream in much detail, of the “Brotherhood of the Sphinx” (which doesn’t exist in the occult, magic, esoteric, nor middle ages documents). I received some information about this ancient cult from the […]

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Romanian Folk Magic at Midnight

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain (compilations) – 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 […]

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