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…

Elder Tree 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…

Raven, Crow and Magpie, Totem and Animism

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – As a dreamer (shaman), I have both a relationship to crow, raven and magpie through my own animism souls attained but know much of the totem aspects and relationship as well. The medicines of the soul-birds are a very powerful path for those who connect with them, or experience their…

Herbals – Sacred Juniper

Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I collected some Juniper and have been stringing Juniiper beads the last few days, usually the seeds are hard and you can’t get a needle through it or need a tiny drill. I have tried but its so time consuming. This time I found a batch of junipers trees and…

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:…

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…

Karelian Magic

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…

Thunderstorms in the Twilight

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I am doing a three part article on the shadows of Star Lore and how we have gone too far from earth because of the mind cults, and as earthlings everyone is born, dies and are reborn from our mother (earth) even the aliens. The first will be the…

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…

White Eagle Legend of Poland

The 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…

Stone Alatyr – Russian Magical Legend

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Russian Alatyr Stone, sometimes called the World Mother (Алатырь каменьям – мире мати) is a search for purity and truth as a legend lost so long ago on earth. As a keeper of dreams, I have many secrets of the pre-pagan eras and share them when my work…

Pacific Northwest Thunderbird – Voices of the Wind

Years ago an old man named Too-lux, who was the south wind, was traveling north, and met an old woman named Quootshooi, who was a giantess and he asked her for food, and she gave him a net, telling him she had nothing to eat and that he must try for fish. He succeeded in…

Fire & Water Dreaming

Video by Baba Phoenix – I made this video based on the power and message of this particular song, which is about the great losses that women suffer from men’s wars. With such destruction, to both woman and her family, her husband, brother or even her own rape from the darkest sexual misuses of soldiers…

Daemon vs Demon, Boskie vs Antiboskie, Slavic Folklore

What is demonology and daemonology Originally, languages went from only gesturing with verbal spoken, until the first written languages were created later, thus the origin of “daemon” in the older context when humans had less karma, meant a higher, supernatural, impersonal force, a power that is usually identified with nature in the form of spirit,…

Lithuanian Folk Song – Kaledy Rytu Roze Inzydo

The Journey of the Rose Lyrics Christmas’ morning a rose has bloomed, lylio kalėda kalėda, Sunday morning a miracle has happened, lylio kalėda kalėda A Miracle happened as the lake is frozen, lylio kalėda kalėda The Young boy was smashing the ice, lylio kalėda kalėda, Was s Smashing the ice, to give the horse a drink, lylio kalėda…

Magical Flight of the Fox

Last night I had a Dream on the land where I live and a pretty Fox came to visit me, she was flying all over the land and it was a joy to see, her coat was very bright and shiny in the classic orange-red and white colors! So I was searching for flying Foxes in Ancient Folklore and found a few…

Ancestress of the Magical Reindeers

The Ancient Saami – In the Folktales of the Meandash, the Mythic Saami Reindeer people, a Meandash young woman and the mother of Meandash, speak of an old wise and experienced woman (which in ancient Finno-Ugric tradition is a shaman woman). The Meandash-nijt lives in a human form and only becomes a reindeer upon the crossing the river of blood. She settles…

ELDER MOUNTAIN DREAMING – Dreamer’s Collective, Spiritual Artist’s Retreat/Creative and Gardens located in the Pacific Northwest, Ashland Oregon. We are a small three fold sacred space created by Phoenix the Elder, Wisdom Teacher, Dreamer and Folk Healer;  Jennifer Lee Reeves – Dreamer, Sacred Artist and Gardener; and Sarah Burnt Stone – Dreamer, Artist and Dancer. Opening Spring Equinox 2019. Phoenix…