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

This article is from 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” […]

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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 […]

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Karelian Magic

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Republic of Karelia is a region in northwest Russia, bordering Finland. Beside Lake Onega, capital city Petrozavodsk is home to cultural artifacts at the National Museum. On an island northeast, Kizhi Museum is an open-air complex of traditional wood buildings. Northwest, Kivach Nature Reserve has pine woods and […]

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Thunderstorms in the Twilight – Pleiades, the Sisters of Plenty

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Seven Sisters who science called the Pleiades, sit in a cluster inside the belly of Taurus the Bull, one of the four  cardinal points. They are associated with the Bull cultures like the Hindus and the Minoans. The Bull is feminine and so are her cultures, its symbolic […]

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Blue Door Folklore and Mythology

Compilation and Writing by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I posted this article because I had a dream about a blue door and needed to find out its mythology and folklore. Today, three years later (after this original article) I was emailing a friend and the painting of the goat shadow man on the left […]

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White Eagle Legend of Poland

The White Eagle is the oldest symbol of Poland, but there was always a part of this story that was missing, pushed aside and then totally forgotten, because it was only kept in the hearts of Polish women. Finally… no one carried the part of the legend anymore. It was an ancient Grandmother’s legend that few […]

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Alatyr – Slavic Magical Legends

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – The Russian Alatyr Stone, sometimes called the World Mother (Алатырь каменьям – мире мати) is a search for purity and truth and as a legend lost long ago on earth. The Russian myth explains it as a Mystical Stone of folktale and epic proportions, as the Russians prefer […]

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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 […]

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The Midnight Sun – A Generous Invitation to the Marriage of the Spirit and the North Winds. Slavic & Balkan Traditions of Kolyadky & Auseklis

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain and other contributors, edited by Sarah Burnt Stone – The Midnight Sun in the pre-pagan traditions of the Moon Cultures which includes the pre-shamanism cultures of the Dreamers. The Moon lights our way through the Winter which is all year long… The Languages of  symbolism is very deep, rich and […]

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