Monthly New Moon Intention – New, Full and Dark Moon Lunar, Dreaming and Emotional Work-study for Soul Guidance

new moonBy Phoenix of Elder Mountain – We have been getting a lot of new participators on our monthly lunar practice each month and once in awhile for the newer people, I send out a basic outline of the “Lunar Practice and Disciplines” and how and why its done. The benefits and struggles of our self awareness path can be difficult and very difficult at times, and this continual new moon intention and full moon release practice, helps us emotionally become ‘aware’ of our issues with a steady guide by the moon herself.

Basic Monthly Practice: The New Moon Intention (chose only “one”) is ONLY ABOUT YOU, not anyone else, because self-awareness comes from within through you into your conscious self. After you set the one intention, you will see what arises your original intention and it will be the “opposite”. Example: I am peaceful. For the following two weeks, you will begin to become aware of what upsets you, what triggers your emotions, or what bothers you. Each time you set a new moon intention, this is the what happens. When years go by, you can work on the same issues, and each will be revealed in different ways, depending on the energy of that particular moon cycle.

When the Full Moon comes in two weeks (after the new moon), then you set ONE RELEASE INTENTION on the day of the full moon, to let go and release something within, which was based on what surfaced with the new moon intention. It takes a while to get the practice.

Goals are our relationship to the outer world, Intentions are our relationship to our inner world, and that is the main difference. When this practice is walked along side your other healing work or spiritual practices, it reveals the hidden self to us. Buddhism calms and breaks the mental body down, out of its out of its harsh grip or control of a well worn and grooved path, by making us aware of the minds busy sides of static, noise and constant thoughts.

This practice is only about your emotional well being, and how this effects our soul that is untouchable. Its not about anyone else, except the mirrors of those who come onto our path each month as a reflection of our own shadow or our past life karma. This practice helps you to become ‘aware of your projections onto others’, your emotional resistance (fears or self sabotage), intuitive blocks and the responding mirrors (other people) and how that effect our emotional balance and imbalances each moon cycle.

Our emotional energy and soul energy are just… energy bodies, one feels and one does not. The soul is an untouchable and unrecognizable (astral body) even for those who astral travel (because lucid dreaming and astral travel are confined to the mental astral body). How we awaken to the multi levels self is how aware we are willing to become and that is not always pretty or nice when we recognize our own shadow or behaviors. Otherwise, every alcoholic or pot addict would stop drinking or smoking at will.

Not happening without great struggle, because the addiction has overcome the awareness body of the inner soul self and she is left weak and abandoned. Love addiction relationships are the same, anything where we are bound by habit and unawareness. We are unconscious more than we can possible imagine until we begin a dedicated journey of any kind, but this kind of practice is “emotional intelligence” and the loosening of the “subtle body” called the soul.

This practice is a very simple practice in application, that is slow, mundane, and steady each moon cycle, to reveal our emotional struggles and issues to us (creating self awareness of the intuitive body), yet reveals our very complex nature the longer we do it.

I am in my 23rd year of practicing every single moon cycle with one intention and with one full moon release. The awareness of self to self enlightenment was beyond what I ever could have comprehended in my first ten years of doing this practice. I have walked and teach it as a “living” teaching, a living experience, not a knowledge study reality.

I created this as a life path and did years of testing on myself and spent about eight to ten years doing it in my new moon circles that I taught, which were based on emotional awareness and soul awareness practices. Then I added and blended it into my “moon-goddess” circles to understand the ‘higher self’ of the feminine teachings of the emotional and soul body when it came to “inter-personal” relationships; and lastly, I added “goddess, moon with dreaming” all together in the last ten years of circles for the new, full and dark moon completion. I also tested the self awakening of the emotional soul bodies practices on apprentices since 1995. This practice is very, very subtle for the subtle bodies.

moon 3Lunar Cycles
Each Moon cycle is approximately 28 Nights
(28 x 13 moons = 364 nights in a year).  In nature’s Seasonal year, there are “3 moons” for each of the four seasons (three moons of spring, three moons of summer, etc.) – with one extra moon cycle between the end of winter and the beginning of the spring equinox. As emotional beings we must contend with our karma in smaller or larger ways, that are precisely timed in their calm and intense cycles. These cycles return the burdens of our past life deeds and play out in many simple to complex ways like physical disease, mental illness, and emotional instability including illusions all the way to bipolar and schizophrenia.

The emo-soul flow gets blocked in our memories of our emotional systems until we approach and heal them from a journey into our past (this lifetime) and the woundedness which we have all suffered. That is the wounded psyche or what we shamans call, the fragmented aspects of the soul (of this lifetime). There are soul fragments also from past lives but that is much more complicated. We do what we can, and we are even under the natural age cycles and fated cycle in doing such work. Remember, the Mind-Body reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions are not the same as the Emotional-Soul reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions and perceptions.

Spiral Medicines are the core practice of Lunar or Moon Intentional Work. Its a walking backwards in time, to revisit old wounds in order to free the emotional energy of those woundings, but we need awareness in order to “get it”.  When we do not “get it” the ah ha healing moments, we become suspended and stagnant. This is the basis of permanent emotional healing which eventually leads us to our soul. We cannot heal anything we are not “aware of” in our life and along with the mental body’s meditations, the emotional lunar work is the missing half and the remaining teaching for wholeness.

At each moon’s cycle, the subtle energies of nature and our own soul (which is different than the emotional body), begins to flow or has been blocked from lifetimes of karma even at our birth. I learned how each moon cycle was very different in its effects, its energy, its thick or thinness of energy and its effected on each individual person. Around the tenth year into this monthly simple lunar path and its disciplines I saw an awakening process that was coinciding with this work, with my other spiritual path. I also shared it at my monthly goddess circle, then moon circles and lastly, my dream circles.

moonBuilding a Monthly Lunar Foundation
In the invisible aspects of our life, which are our feelings, our soul, our intuition, our dreams, our psyche, including our personal illusions and illusions in our dreams, we also build a foundation and that is working with the moon, the cycles of the (energetic) reality of that invisible.

In ancient alchemy, the Mental body and the Emotional body (and the lesser soul that we incarnate with), are called the Sacred Marriage when they are no longer at odds or in battle, and these two bodies are housed in our Physical body and bring health. The lunar life through the night’s dreaming life, and the purification of the shadow self (karma) as a process is what fragments this flow. That is simply called self sabotage, unconscious behavior, projections, neurotic behaviors or addictive behaviors and a host of other dis eases that are mental or emotional resulting in the sicknesses of the physical body.

moon 2The actual Simple Practice
Each New Moon, the first step is to set only “One New Moon Intention” … on the day of the New Moon.

The second step in two weeks after the new moon is setting: “One Full Moon Intention Release” from what appeared on your path for two weeks.

The third and last phase is the “Contemplation of the Dark Moon” period that prepares the new intention for the next New Moon.

On each New Moon, set one inner intention (about our emotional life, our creative life, our perception life or the healing of a struggle or sickness). A “Goal” is you in relationship to your greater (exterior) world, and an “Intention” is your relationship with your (inner) world. We work with intention.

When you set your New Moon, then wait for the signs and synchronicity to begin to appear (and they will). For many, this practice is first building awareness to be able see the signs and synchronicity and then eventually to weed out what isn’t important of all the signs.

When the Full Moon arrives two weeks later, we set “One Release Intention” based upon the signs and your responses to it, of what surfaced from our new moon intention. On the full moon, speak out with I RELEASE…. or I LET GO OF…. (something that no longer serves your highest good, that is about only you.)

Then during the duration of the two weeks “after” the Full Moon, this is the time of contemplation and the processes of “awareness” occurs. It is the releases in our life that brings more clarity. We bring one small awareness to us, each month.

Foundation of the following New Moon, one month after another…
The most powerful days of signs and synchronicities are the three days before the new moon, and with practice, we begin to recognize the signs that will play out the entire month. If you do any spiritual work like fasting, or meditation retreats, try to do it the week when the dark moon shifts into the new moon. The amount of information will be doubled. This all takes a lot of practice for the more advanced Lunar Practitioner, but year after year we get one more drop of awareness. A mountain moves an inch every ten years, and so too, with real awareness (consciousness) mental or emotional body. 

For most beginners, its more a dedication to begin to see results. Within one year, you have set 13 actual intentions and 13 release intentions that are symbiotic. The next seasonal year, you begin a second layer of the same issues that arise, with the next 13 new moons and so forth.  This is a stabling process and practice and we cannot heal anything we are not ‘aware of’ – not mentally, but emotionally. The mind follows the emotional body but in the patriarch that has all been reversed along with philosophy to fragment core emotional truth.

Only my apprentices have practiced the ‘more complex 2nd through 8th stages of this practice’. But at my circles I have taught and still teach, just mastering the first stage is complex enough.

rock carving discovered in the vicinity of Almaty, a large city in southeastern Kazakhstan.Moon Cultures & Sobriety of the Emo & Astral Bodies
Last and certainly one of the most important aspects of the dreamer, intuitive, and emotional body and soul body is sobriety. This is our eternal body, unlike the intuition of the psychic or medium who works off the intuition of the mental astral body.

The Moon cultures were a living culture and not based on mind-body at all, but body and soul. These were the cultures of prehistory art, dreaming, shamanism, creativity, food, music, dance, sobriety (pre-Dionysus cults), which were rituals around the lunar cycles that included maidens, mothers and grandmothers. Since then, we have all lived without a real ancient awareness practice of our emotional and soul body before the 3rd century and have accrued much karma in our past lives. The purification of karmic lives require us to experience the visions of pain returned into our body, of those we had hurt in past life relationships, be that a antiquity soldier or family issues. What remained after that was the motion, but not the enlightenment aspects of the inner spiral walk that the moon cycles can lead us to, which is first and foremost, emotional rhythm as a healing practice to eventually enter emotional intelligence through nature’s consciousness.

If we drink or smoke pot, we disrupt our emotional body’s natural rhythms and flow and each decade that this has occurred its required about half that time to purify. Example, if you started smoking pot or drinking at 15 and are now 40, the rhythm of your energetic magnetic (soul cycles and emotional body cycles) have been “dried out” and no longer work with natures’s rhythm and emotional intensities. Think of the energetic astral body of our soul and emotional body as a cloud, its moist, movements, and continual flow like a large set of clouds in the sky.

These substances dry out of soul cloud body into small, millions of dried or hardened granular sand that are no longer moist nor unified. Your mind may work with your life and nature and “think” that these are intact, but when you need the power of your soul the most, we fail in not only making large changes in our life but overcoming addicts, behavioral issues etc. The Soul offers us superpower when life hits us the hardest and the “subtle” is revealed between illusions, soul blindness and emotional waves of detoxing.

This is because our magnetic energy bodies are complicated and painful when touched and they get “lost” because pot reduces and dries out the moist “cloud body” of the emotional and soul bodies. Alcohol spikes its rhythms until they are completely off balance. If one does both, it takes about 8 years of sobriety to release what was not seen in awareness of issues or loss of the past. The memory body of the emotional body is emotional energy and the remembrances is the soul body.

These magnetic energies are a great resource that many shadows have tried to steal within our astral light (of our astral, chi or unified chakra body), not only from us in waking life, but also in our dreams at night but luring us away with useless mental, university and mind cult distractions of love and light. Keeping boundaries healthy of our receptive body (soul/emo) requires that the mental body and physical body be clear and aware that the emotional body is subdued even when it shouldn’t be. And aware that the greater self (the soul) has been put into bondage even before we reincarnated.

If mother earth ignored her moon, her tides would not be consistent nor would the germination of her seeds of plants get started. So the moon is important both physically and energetically. Moon is the ancient keeper of the seasons’ natural flow, coinciding with woman’s natural emotional cycles and her bleeding cycles  – which were the original time keepers of this planet. This was replaced with the Sun calendars around the time religion came into power.

Please ask Phoenix of Elder Mountain for permission to use her Lunar work in your circle and its partnering of the sharing of our Monthly Lunar Work-study each new moon here on this blog.

 

First New Moon of Autumn & Autumn Equinox


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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings moon lovers, dreamers, healers, artists and spiritual seekers… Its been one whole month since our super-eclipse on August 21st and I hope that your intentions that day were brought forth. Many people do not understand that eclipses bring forth the new cycle of the next season and its flavoring. But this eclipse was a major shift and what is to come.

We enter this new season with the first of Three New Moons of Autumn that beings on Tues/Wed Sept. 19/20, 2017 (at 27 degrees 27 minutes of Virgo, in the seasonal Libra Moon cycle). This coincides with the Autumn Equinox which starts Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 (1:02 pm.) Equinoxes and Solstices are our four “changing moons” of the whole seasonal year within the 13 moons of the year. Each moon cycle has different energy with different effects on us as empaths and dreamers. Its very subtle, but the more you practice the moon intentions, the more you begin to recognize the imbalances in order to have emotional stability and strength.

The Oracle for this New Moon is VIRGO 27 – The Magician Disrobes
We bear a dream within us and in this dream, we can magically disperse every partisan consideration and make the truth – a common-sensical shareable thing. We endow this dream with more of our self, than any outwardly existing reality and slowly foster its seeds. We endow the dream with our heart’s aspirations and when we give it our all, the dream comes true. But until that point, we are worlds apart, just harboring a dream of separation.

slavic harvest time, full moonAutumn begins the season of the long journey of letting go (in lunar terms), and is nature’s change of letting herself die to be reborn again in Spring. She shows us the very first beginnings of the Season of Night (autumn and winter), and long ago, the ancient rituals to guide us through the next six moons of the year for our emotional well being, for our diversity of night dreaming and our emotional stability within relationship.

This is the time we begin to enter our inner magic along with the thinning of the veils of nature and the atonement with our own nature. The first moon of Autumn shifts into a slow waning of the light into our seen or unconscious shadow – so we can see why we struggle and suffer, by becoming conscious. Not everyone is a dreamer and an empath and most of this work is for us. For those of you who are more earthy or mind-body, you can still extract some small advances with this practice. Because most great healers know that… we cannot heal anything we are not aware of or in other words, our blind spots require healing work and support to awaken to our own struggles.

This lunar month has five planets all in Virgo: Venus, Mars, Mercury, Sun and Moon. These are all the personal planets, and its a lot of Virgo energy for a Libra Moon cycle. This means life is pressuring us to focus on our “health” within our “relationships” and practice this with some grace and respect verses drama and vindication. Whether our issues rise from intimate relationships, family, friends, spiritual circle relationships or working relationships, we can apply some healthy behaviors (restraint and patience) to the problems that surface.

I had my dream last night for this moon cycle: I am walking on a path in nature and a small fire was there in the middle of the path, so I got a bucket of water and poured it on the small fire starting and spreading. It was out and then I went for a swim in a pool right next to the path. This simple dream gives guidance up till the full moon. The simpler the dream, the more powerful the message.

Your dreams the night or two nights before the new moon will give you extra insight as well, about your month to come. So those of you who keep a moon-dream journal with us here, make note. Also put a star around those dreams, and see how next years first moon of Autumn shows a similarity. Awareness in dreaming is the one of the goals and we become stronger in our dreams at night when we also apply clear awareness (sober awareness) to our waking dreams. 

The season now turns golden along with the red-warmth of the trees and the cooler temperatures as the Season of Night (autumn and winter) begins. This brings another part of us forth, our non-physical life of our emotions, our soul and our dreaming. We now get to remember the warmth of summer only as a memory – as the fire in our belly grows stronger and stronger for winter. 

In mythology, Emese is the Hungarian Ancestress of the Árpád (860-870 ce) which is a legend from her dreaming. She saw herself becoming impregnated by the Turul bird, as it had appeared to her in a dream and told her that from her womb the great River flowed. The Turul bird as with all bird symbolism, represents the flight of our soul (it’s growth) and its relationship to the power of our will which is our mental body (beliefs and thoughts). What struggles we have within, between our body and soul, between our mind-body and our mind and soul, is reflected outwards in our real life.

Xuan loc XuanA touch of cold
in the Autumn night
I walked abroad, and
saw the ruddy moon
lean over a hedge,
l
ike a red-faced farmer.

I did not stop to speak
but nodded and round about
were the wistful stars with
white faces (like town children).

When we change seasons from the season of Fire (spring and summer), into the season of Night, we enter a time of the breaking down of some of our will, in order to raise our insight, foresight and second sight – so our rivers (emotions) may begin to flow. Healthy Libra’s inter-personal relationships within community is called “right relationship” and even  

I even ventured out with Burnt Stone and joined a circle which reviewed the artwork for the next We’Moon yearly calendar. I met a lot of really great people and it was nice be invited to a social event after four years of not socializing at all. Being supported and attending creative-spiritual related circles and healing circles is very good for our soul. Its wise today to make sure its more intimate, and that you are careful not to enter the more shadowy sides of the Reiki sex-energy circles or the ever present ego filled philosophical spiritual circles with many vampires leading them. In other words, be more discerning about your spiritual journey, and who you sit in circles with.

Everyone likes to be social and party sometimes, but to party like your 18 when you are 38 or 48, will dampen your soul energy. That can even be a peyote circle or shaman drug/plant experiences, it sucks and dries the soul moisture body right up. It doesn’t do that to the mind/body, so be wise. Try to be clear like you were at 12 years old again, it makes such a huge difference when dealing with adult issues. It also helps us find our groundedness more often, but its much harder to do. That is what real spiritual journeys are… much harder. I say this because this is a moon of emotional health within all our relations. 

The main point of these writings are for you to set your new moon intention as a practice, just chose one. Goal is you in relationship to your world but intentions are you in relation to your inner self. Then when the full moon comes, set one ‘release’ intention based upon what surfaced over the two weeks. A part of you that no longer serves your highest good.

Chose “one” Intention for the New Moon of Libra (27 Virgo):

I am positive
I AM LOVING
I am doing the best I can
I AM BALANCED
my desires are healthy
I VALUE MY NEEDS
I balance my desires
I TRUST MYSELF
I have clear judgment
I AM BEAUTIFUL
I listen with integrity
I AM RECEPTIVE (if your too giving)
I am giving (if your too receptive)
I AM INDEPENDENT
I accept my weakness with strength
I FORGIVE
I approve of myself
I AM DISCERNING
I accept where I am right now today (denial work)
I AM CLEAR MINDED (Libra is an air sign)
I am empowered
I AM IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH MYSELF
I am beautiful
I AM PEACEFUL (or CALM)

I am comfortable
I AM DIPLOMATIC
I am graceful
I AM POSITIVE

So, take charge of your issues or let them continue into an abyss that lasts forever…

P.S. The last few years I have also sent my Marzanna Slavic Ritual out at this time, but I decided to send the instructions out on the Winter Solstice instead, for those who wish to participate in this ritual again.First New Moon of Autumn 2017
If you would like to be on our once a month New & Full Moon Lunar Work-study please email: Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com

Sources: Chandra Symbols by Ellias Lonsdale; Illustrated Art by Xuan loc Xuan, Jeffrey R. Watts; Poem T. E. Hulme, ‘Autumn’. Like Crapsey, T. E. Hulme (1883-1917) favored short, often unrhymed lyrics, the first modernist poet writing in English. ‘Autumn’, written in 1908, establishes a delicate relationship between the ruddy moon and the autumn time of year, this poem marks the start of modernist poetry in England.

Arethusa, Spirit of the Rivers and Springs of Surákousai

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Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Each new and full moon, I receive my signs and synchronicity just like you, and its how those of us, who take them much more seriously, guide a lot of our moon and dreaming path, in order to sharpen our focus and our intuitive nature as the years go buy. The second half of this Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2107) cycle, is this full moon, the more internal eclipsing and reflection to release what has surfaced. Eclipses always set off a cycle of seasons and half yearly seasons.

Water is a language of the emotional body and our many souls, regardless of how many souls are re-attained. These are the empaths, the feelers, the seers, the intuitive (not the psychic) because its the gifts of the emotional body and soul bodies, not the mental body like channelers, psychics and mediums experience. The water women are atoned to body and soul, not mind body.

Sicily SYRACUSE Onkia Nymph Arethusa & Octopus Rare Ancient Greek CoinThere are water women who range from simple to the most complex and to the highest spiritual levels of simplicity. Not everyone will go pass the half way journey because the sacrifices are too demanding in loss and isolation. The mermaid and water sprites are the simplest of all water women, they are maiden regardless of age, and more group oriented. The nymph and rusalka are much more complex and fall into the adult or mother stages as water women who nurture and bring forth life.

The celestial water spirits, like Arethusa or the Goddesses of the Oceans are the grandmother stages, and can be attained as a water journey, if both their maiden and mother years were lived, experienced self destruction, healed the self through it all and then became free and forgiving to all. The journey of a water grandmother as a water being is the most difficult of earth, air and fire, for it encompasses almost all of the earth (the water) and its fluid yet destruction for purification purposes.

I had come upon the Lydian kingdom the past two weeks, which was an ancient culture in Troy (modern day Anatolia or Turkey) and Anatolia had appeared three times since the Solar Eclipse as a synchronicity. The third is always a charm for me when something appears. Its said that the Lydians of ancient Turkey were the first to actually invent money in the form of official coins. Running across Arethusa a few days later, I felt a strong pull with her essence and I know that somehow, there is a connection to do some weaving magic in my dreams at night, my waking life and the passion of ancient wisdom.

The city of Syracuse is located on the east coast of Sicily and was originally a Greek colony founded by Corinth in 734 bce. The city enjoyed a period of expansion and prosperity under the tyrant Gelon in the 5th century BCE, survived a two year siege by Athenian forces from 415 to 413 bce, and again prospered under the tyrant Dionysus in the 4th century BCE when the city controlled much of Sicily and large portions of southern Italy. Dionysus was the first ancient Greek to figure out exactly how to destroy the prehistory circle of woman, by luring the maidens with dark sex and drug/alcohol rituals.

Once maiden became unstable, she left the eternal goddess spiritual circles of mothers and grandmothers and the elder male stepped in to teach her the new ways of serving men as women and elder women. The seeds are so corrupt at the beginning that when women try to heal today, they must go back so far into their past lives to free their soul. That takes lifetimes of healing as the water women suffered the greatest and their gifts were then under siege and used against them, call magic or the mysteries of woman’s path.

Under Dionysus rulership into the temples along with the political cult of Apollo, and his teachings spread life wild fire all over the world. We call that paganism today at its root beginnings or its foundation from the past.

Arethusa of Siracusa (asteroid #95) has been one of my synchronicity that has arrive, and there is not much written about her. I find that interesting because there are so many coins with her portrait (a symbol of value), for such a random Nereid (nymph). I looked up both where Arethusa falls in my own natal chart and where she is for all of us this full moon.

Lets begin with the rising of the tides, of that powerful water and fire within us to move deeper into what holds us back and make our personal spiritual journey more ‘personal’. That takes courage to crash against the shore over and over to find the medicine or gems we need to feel at peace, to heal our self, to speak our truth and practicing healing or letting go of relationships that are abusive to us or tear our self esteem down.

Alois Delug - Die NornenSyracuse Arethusa
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

ARETHUSA arose from her couch of
snows in the Acroceraunian mountains;
From cloud and from crag with many
a jag, Shepherding her bright fountains.
She leapt down the rocks with her rainbow
locks streaming among the streams;

Her steps paved with green
the downward ravine which slopes
to the western gleams; and gliding
and springing, she went, ever singing,
In murmurs as soft as sleep.

The earth seemed to love her, and heaven
smiled above her, As she lingered towards
the deep. Then Alpheus bold, on his glacier cold
with his trident the mountains strook;
And opened a chasm In the rocks; with
the spasm, as all Erymanthus shook.
and the black south-wind.

It concealed behind the urns of the silent snow
and earthquake and thunder did rend in sunder
the bars of the springs below; The beard and
the hair of the river-god were seen through
the torrent’s sweep, As he followed the light
of the fleet nymph’s flight, to the brink of
the Dorian deep.

“O, save me! O, guide me, and bid the deep hide me,
for he grasps me now by the hair!” The loud Ocean
heard, to its blue depth stirred, and divided
at her prayer; and under the water, the Earth’s
white daughter fled like a sunny beam.

Behind her descended her billows, unblended
with the brackish Dorian stream; like a gloomy
stain on the emerald main, Alpheus rushed behind
as an eagle pursuing a dove to its ruin.
Down the streams of the cloudy wind.
Under the bowers where the ocean
powers sit on their pearled thrones.

Through the coral woods of the
weltering floods, Over heaps of
unvalued stones; through the dim beams
which amid the streams weave a network
of colored light; And under the caves,
where the shadowy waves are as green
as the forest’s night.

Outspeeding the shark, and the sword-fish dark,
under the ocean foam, and up through the
rifts of the mountain cliffs, they passed to
their Dorian home. And now from their
fountains in Enna’s mountains, down one vale
where the morning basks, like friends once parted,
grown single-hearted, they ply their watery tasks.

At sunrise they leap from their cradles steep
in the cave of the shelving hill; at noontide they
flow through the woods below and the meadows
of asphodel; And at night they sleep in the rocking
deep beneath the Ortygian shore; Like spirits that
lie In the azure sky, when they love but live no more.

Sarah Young image Arethusa Bathing

“The Syracusans seemed to have a special pride in their Arethusa. After all, her fountain and pool was in their city. Unlike the great pan-Hellenic gods and goddesses (Zeus, Athena, etc.) that could be claimed by all of the Greek people, Arethusa was viewed as Syracuse’s own unique Deity and most likely was the Patron Goddess before invasions. Furthermore, Arethusa was portrayed as noble, beautiful, charming, graceful and even stunning. Perhaps these attitudes motivated the Syracusan die-engravers to create numismatic art of the highest order.” 

Goddess Nymphs (spirits of the earth, air, water and fire)…

There are two Arethusas, one who was the Nymph of Syracuse, Sicily and the other, a Hesperide nymph who live in the beautiful garden, situated in the Arcadian Mountains (Greece) and at the western extreme of the Mediterranean, near Mt. Atlas. In this garden grows the trees with the golden apples of Immortality. The Hesperides are Aegle, Arethusa, Erytheia and Hesperia. They are also called The African Sisters.

The Hesperides were the most famous Greek Goddess-Nymphs of evening and the golden light of sunsets. They were the daughters of Nyx (Night) and were entrusted with the care of the tree of the golden apples, which was had been presented to the goddess Hera by Gaia or Mother Earth. They were assisted by a hundred-headed guardian, a Dragon named Ladon, who would ensure that safety of the golden apples, even if they had gotten into the hands of darkness, would take vengeance if compromised, when that time came in the future.

This is because the Hesperides were also the keepers of the balance of Heaven. The nymphs and their glowing, golden apples were regarded as the source of the golden light of the humans who had reached immortality, and the symbol of that was the golden light of sunsets – a phenomena of heaven. Because the demonic forces of the underworld also must pay for their imbalances and destruction by tearing down the earth making it hell on earth, so too does heaven tear down the great forces of evil. This happens every 25,000 year cycle at its end of time into no time or dreamtime.

Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria C5th B.C.
Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria 500 bce.

The etymology of the word Syracuse seems to have derived from “Sirokos” which means the Sirocco Wind, or from “Sirakousai” which means the “Salt Water” and some scholars, however, argue that the name is in reality of Phoenician origin, signifying The “Rock of Sea-gulls”.

Areth means “Waterer” and usa means “Essence” and together, she bears the great title of the Nereid who is the “Essence of Water.” Like fire, water is the great purifier and the great renewal of life. Arethusa is the original water bearer of the dreaming cultures, long before any Greek every stepped foot on earth. In her mere mortal goddess life, she was the daughter of Nereus and the Goddess Doris and it seemed that power was part of the essence of the earlier nymphs.

According to Greek tradition, Crete was also a Nymph, who gave her name to the island. The name Crete could have probably some connection with the words krato, -ein, “reign,” and kratis, -o, “strong, powerful.” Crete’s father was said to be the Sun God Helios and the tales about her origin and about her relations had to demonstrate the glory of the island Crete, showing it as powerful.

Nymphs were associated with the Spirit  of water or land in a more celestial light. The Roman writer Ovid called Arethusa by the name “Alpheias”, because her streams are believed to have a subterranean communication with the River Alpheius, in Peloponnesus. Arethusa was a daughter of Siracusa (Syracuse), the ancient Mediterranean cultural place, which has vast archaeological sites, on the edge of their modern city today. Rare treasures of temples, amphitheaters and an ancient castles, on the Island of Ortygia which was a center of Greek, Byzantine and Judaic civilizations. Physical evidence of these three cultures can still be seen today and finds items that date back to 1500 bce. Prehistory Siracusa (Sicily) had lasted for a thousand years until Rome conquered it in 212 bce.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century, it was destroyed and taken over again by Vandals and Goths, and the Byzantine Greeks of the Eastern Roman Empire took it in 535 ce. For a few years in the middle of the seventh century, the Emperor Constans made it his capital and then the Arabs arrived in the ninth century, converting the large cathedral into a mosque, which earlier was converted from a large Greek temple to Athena.

All of these destruction’s eclipsed Syracuse in population and affluence. Arethusa as the spirit of the sacred waters, sacred springs, lakes and rivers connects her more to the indigenous tribes of those thousand years. In her beginning story, she had to flee her home in Arcadia beneath the Sea and came up as a fresh water fountain on the island of Ortygia in Syracuse, Sicily. This makes her an actual “element” spirit or goddess, like the winds of Zepher, or the Spirit of Water and Fire, not a human nymph. Needless to say, Arcadia was important to her story and why she fled. Why do women ever flee, women know why afterwards, but not during their great flight.

The Arcadians were an ancient tribe situated in the mountainous Peloponnese (what is now southern Greece and later famous because of Hercules). It was considered one of the oldest tribes which settled the area, and were proto-Greeks, mentioned by the ancient authors as Pelasgians. It is clear that the Arcadians were considered as the original inhabitants of the region and Arcadia seems to have been a cultural refuge.

When the Greek Dark Age descended (1200 bce – 800 bce), certain gods and goddess became more in demand, and as patrons of Arcadia who are: Hermes, Psychopomp, Magic and Thievery; Pan (Dionysus), Destroyer of the circle of maiden, mother and grandmother through dark sex magic, intoxication and alcohol into rituals; and Atalanta, Daughter of the King of Arcadia. Why did Arethusa leave Arcadia? Most likely war and the destruction of the old goddess.

Tetradrachm of Syracuse Arethusa, 405-400 BC-syracuse-sicily-classical-periodAfter her arrival to Syracuse, she who was the River and Springs Goddess, were given to the god Alpheus and she was demoted to NereidIn Arcadia, in her clear stream and was bathing in the form of a human, not water, not knowing the river god Alpheus was watching her, he flowed down through Elis to the sea. He fell in love with her during their encounter, but she fled after discovering  his intentions. She wished to remain independent and the attendant of Artemis who was the newly founded political goddess.

After a long chase, she prayed to her goddess to ask for protection, and Artemis hid her in a cloud, adding the element of cloud goddess of rain, moisture, storms to her story. But Alpheus was persistent, and she began to perspire from fear, and soon transformed herself into her stream form. Artemis then broke the ground allowing Arethusa another attempt to flee. Her stream traveled under the sea to the island of Ortygia, but Alpheus flowed through the sea to reach her and mingled with her waters. This short story of Arethusa says so much, not only on a goddess level, but also a shamanic culture level of the soul and its ability to shape shift. Since the Greeks chose to share nothing of woman’s powers, their gifts of the actual souls ability, small pieces of very small stories say so much.

Arethusa is on the coins of Syracuse, Sicily, which were minted between 415-400 bce, during Demeter’s search for her daughter Persephone. In symbolism, coins and money mean value or values, and combining that with her soul water element, it is the value of the soul that she had stood for before Greek conquests. For the soul is eternal, but needs the moisture of nature, love, stability and peace in order to heal or retain gifts of the soul, or to return them.

In one of her stories, Arethusa entreated Demeter to discontinue her punishment of Sicily for her daughter Persephone’s disappearance. She told the goddess that while traveling in her streams, she saw her daughter looking weak and sick as the queen of Hades. Arethusa’s most popular version of the legend as daughter of Nereus and Doris who passed her time in the retinue of Artemis the Romans’ Diana, Huntress and Goddess of the woods.

Herself a huntress, Arethusa vowed never to marry and be a priestess of Artemis. But these were newer stories, as the long-lived, beautiful nymphs maidens were usually associated with natural locations, such as streams, mountains or forests. But not the stream itself. Arethusa was a river nymph and her myth originates geographically with the River Alpheius in the city state of Elis in the northwestern region of Peloponnese.

Syracuse Arethusa-classical-periodCertain parts of this river, which empties into the Ionian Sea, passes underground. The message of the story, if one can be said to exist, involves more than lust, love or desire. It seems to say something about some woman’s need to be free and escaping judgment and repression emotionally.

The Arethusan Spring on Ortygia was a sacred place to the cult of Artemis. The Greek flowers that grew there were said to come directly from Greece, and it was said that a cup tossed into the Greek river would emerge in Arethusa’s Syracusan spring, which today is a freshwater pool. The classical names Aretha and Areta are based on the name of this eternal nymph, the ancient Sicilians’ protectresses of Syracuse. It has been suggested that the Arethusa’s underground spring feeds the mikvah of Syracuse in Ortygia’s Jewish Quarter.

For eight centuries the legend of Arethusa survived as part of the fabric of Syracusan life, just as Persephone’s cult endured at Enna in central Sicily. Their stories bear a striking similarity which may not be entirely coincidental. The cult of Arethusa remained strong throughout the Roman rule of Syracuse.

The statue of Arethusa laying at the feet of Artemis…

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The coinage of Syracuse began around 515 BC and, unlike the coinage of other city-states, tetradrachms were among the first coins minted. The availability of silver to the Syracusan coiners was the most likely reason for the prompt development of this large denomination.

The silver coinage of Syracuse is interesting in terms of both its artistry and diversity. Arethusa was the water nymph associated with Syracuse. She was pursued by the river god Alpheos from Peloponnese to the small island of Ortegia, which is a part of Syracuse. When she re-emerged in the freshwater spring at Syracuse, she became the patron of this city-state which was dependent upon the water that surrounded it.

 

arethusa - hair dolphins coinOver the next several decades, her head was enlarged to take up most of the coin while the four corners of the squares metamorphosed into four dolphins, re-affirming Arethusa’s status as a water-nymph. By the fifth century, the artists of Syracuse were experimenting with a multitude of different styles and images for the water nymph. Through varied hairstyles and different types of ornamentation, the artists achieved the greatest elaboration when they signed their work.

A usage of simple design and low relief mark the first issues of the fifth century. Arethusa has an archaic eye, a fleshy nose, parted and slightly upturned lips, as well as simply-punched hair that invites comparison to the immensely popular Athenian trade coins of the same time. Several years later, the artists developed a more naturalistic Arethusa with more realistic hair formed by lines rather than punched dots, a beaded diadem or laurel wreath instead of the modest linear diadem, and eye features that fill the voids prevalent in the earlier issues.

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Astrological chart for the Full Moon in Pisces, within the Solar Eclipse cycle (Aug 21 2017) and awakens the great renewal and karmic purification.
 

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Phoenix is a dreamer (shaman); folk healer; emotional body healer, wise elder, astrologer, energy healer, seer reader, and much more. If you would like to work with her, please write Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com. Sources: Steven Roach was a PCGS intern in 1999. About the Author: Palermo native Vincenzo Salerno has written biographies of several famous Sicilians, including Archimedes, Frederick II and Giuseppe di Lampedusa; Tetradrachm of Syracuse Arethusa, 400 BC-classical-period coins; www.bestofsicily.com; Sarah Young’s Illustration of Arethusa. Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria 500 bce.

Stars, Moons, Charming and Tattoos

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I work with Slavic-Balkan Moon Charming through Water, when moisture needs to rise. That can be emotional issues within folk healing, which is done when the mental body and mental activity has terribly repressed and imbalanced the body’s relationship to the emotional body. I also do Fire charming rituals, which are strictly for purification, an emptying out. Emptying cover a wide range of issues, from addictions, self abuse, or even the root foundations of physical healing, its also called chord cutting.

In folk healing, charming can also be done with song or dances applied to healing, as long as the intent is set for “transformation and change” of the persons life. Charming has also been called magic, but shamanism and witchcraft are very different when it comes to magic. One is human based and the energy going outwards, the other is strictly nature and applied only to the self. Both are done within the phases of the moon of course, as paganism sprung and was birthed out of goddess cultures, which were born from shamanism.

The important natural magnetic energy of all living things are receptive and this is what is the magic aspects of nature, within shaman’s rituals. A shaman’s healing work or healing ceremonies are all based upon the experience of the shaman herself who required decades to heal their deadly diseases and that has given them the medicines through many experience (non plant, non drug shamanism).

Prehistory was not base on the sun and time, or the outward flow of energy, electro-energy. It was and still is based on the cycles and phases of the moon and no-time, on deeper emotional energy and living energy of feeling by all plants, humans, birds, animals etc. The flow of receptivity. Charming then, is the relationship to the environment and it’s energy of magnetic reception, through a personal application of it is utilized with natures flow. That is a very important factor because its energy uses are receptive and if the intention and basis is not balance and the shaman balanced, then it will backfire causing more harm to the shaman.

 

The natural rhythm of the full moon is about releasing emotion and the new moon is the points of transformation. The earth’s natural calendar for millions of years was the combination of the cycles of the moon and woman’s cycles of bleeding in unison, along with the seasonal changes of nature, and the equinoxes and solstices.

18555939_10154573588818321_8501052371301068701_nNew moon ritual that included sacred tattoos can also help as a visual reminder for women to become in alignment with nature. Sacred tattoos also done in ceremony can energetically connect ones dreaming and intuition with the tattoo itself. I have done all of my vision quest tattoos this way.

When the moon work is added to both tattoo with sacred or purity rites, the tattoos transference of dreams becomes stronger. In the beginnings of lunar cycles, within a ceremony and full moons which carry the most power of endings, releases and letting go, we learn and begin as a practice, flex-self awareness. This means that to become more free in expressing our truth through emotions, the more we are willing to work with our fears. These contributions actually are the energetic power that feeds the symbol of the tattoo and makes them applicable as sacred items on the body.

Within the cycles of sickness that begin to release from awareness practices, one must commit to begin a journey of sobriety for groundedness, and flexibility during struggles of changes. Changing moon is a path for those who are serious about their health and spiritual journey and willing to be flexible or flex-self. Without being flexible to personal fears, then stagnation and rigidity remains. All of this is done with strict and healthy boundaries in relationship. To advance spiritually, it must all be worked with together.

Larger rituals for community are set around the moons of the yearly solstices and equinoxes. The most powerful healings for individuals or community occurs after the Autumn equinox, especially right before dusk. This the the most powerful time that our personal releases from our emotional body can be released.

When doing Moon Charming, moonlight illuminates water, adding more of nature’s power to magnetic energy within receptive water, not just in a physical way, but an energetic way. Setting bowls of water outside, in a quiet natural place, asking the water to receive the light of the moon and to bring blessings and healing from its light is basically all that needs to be done. On the great shift eclipse August 17, 2017, I did an eclipse moon charming. I did it specifically for dreaming and drank the water a little each night and set my dream intention. The more our heart is into this kind of magic, the more powerful it is. Working with our perception body (emotional body and soul body), with magical pure water, is a great purification elixir (drinking it). Moon charming is added to rituals to bring a receptive quality to our path, as the most powerful rituals are the most simplified.

When I do chanting in my shamanic work I am generally alone and I never do moon charming with my drum. Drums open doorways and stir up shadow and sickness (shaman’s drums), or lightning and thunder energy. They shouldn’t be used when moisture is needed because its more of a nurturing energy. Fire and Water rituals are different, they are both for healing and purification.

The photo below of the Chukchi woman has her three charmed tattoos on her cheek and mouth. All are and still are today, for protection of shadows. They say the dead, but as most real shamans know, they are for the shadows of living people, that roam outside their body or have been freed from the underworld. The charming rites of shamans goes much deeper than medicine people . For some reason when we fell asleep, those who have ancient traditions or modern ones, think that even forces are not known and the dead, but they are not.

When I received my tattoos for all of my vision quests, they were charmed and they serve my purposes as well in the same manner. I did ceremony with each tattoo artist which I made them also participate, they received a blessing as well. Those were my water rite or moon charmed tattoos. Now I begin a series of tattoos for my fire rites and they will complete my 40 years of shaman’s initiations of death, transformations and rebirths.

 
CHARMED TATTOOS. Chukchi woman with three fertility tattoos on cheek and a cruciform tattoo foil marking the corner of her mouth that was intended as a charm against evil spiritsTattoos themselves do not protect us by themselves and never have, but rather, the experiences of healing and tests to overcome one’s personal fear are the power. These tests and sobriety and another disciplines mastered, purify the astral soul body (chakra body or chi), which then is the power against shadow forces. The tattoo is only the “honoring of that” or the power of the soul honored in the form of symbolism in sacred tattooing.
 
When I lead group journeys (my shaman’s journeys), everyone offers a piece of their hair by cutting it to represent letting go of what has held them back, their own emotional, mental or physical disease while alive. I burn all their hair in a fire charming ritual with them present before we journey. I gather it all in a sacred bowl and I do this because its not only is it an intent of cleansing of their own personal issues but it is a way in which I can protect them during a journey.
 

This Chukchi tradition is that after the death of a relative, the Chukchi fastened a single bead to a lock of hair to repel the “spirits of disease”.

THE EARTH & THE ESTONIAN STAR BRIDE

Long ago before grandfather took over all things spiritual or leading community, grandmother’s teachings were that “star” means “night”, not the night sky. Night meant the inner reality that is feminine, hidden, unconscious and perceptive. The emotional body in its highest expression along with the soul. That is what star meant. When the astronomers took out astrology, especially in first through third centuries, star took on grandfathers teachings, which was the physical and science spiritual concepts of other beings off planet. When we return to wholeness, the other half that has been missing a few thousand years, we leave those night tales and paranormal tales go and return with two feel on the ground and remember that star means night and night means our inner life.

According to a Chukchi legend, the Earth (Nutenut) lives in a large house. The story tells that the Sun, Moon, Sky, Sea, Dawn, Fog and Mist were visiting. They all wanted to marry the Earth’s beautiful daughter. The story resembles to some extent the Estonian myth of the Star Bride yet their endings are different.

In The Star Bride the maiden picks the Star to be her fiancé. In the Chukchi myth the maiden does not get to choose a fiancé, but suitors compete and the winner marries the bride. However, none of the aforementioned suitors wins the contest, but a Chukchi shaman Jettögöt, who raises his staff and touches every rival with it.

As a consequence the touched side of each suitor catches fire and they all flee in panic. And Jettögöt marries the maiden. By the way, polygamy is not forbidden among Chukchis and is unofficially practiced to our day. As can be seen from the above text, the Sun already has a wife called Kavra-ŋŋa.

tumblr_otknikhOc71v933qho1_1280.jpgTHE NORTH STAR

The North Star (in the Chukchi language Iluk-eŋer ‘the Immobile Star’, ‘the Nail Star’ or Unp-eŋer ‘the Driven-in Stake Star, and the ‘Pole Star’ is cast in the central role among stars. V. Bogoraz Tan claims that the latter version of the star’s name is common all
over Europe. The North Star in the firmament is like a pole or stake driven into the ground around which stars circle, resembling horses or reindeer tied to a pole. Its house is near the Zenith and through its smoke opening it is possible to travel between worlds.

Due to that opening the North Star can be seen in all worlds, and the underworld as well as in upper realms, while other stars and constellations are not the same in different realms. At the same time it is believed that the North Star’s house is higher up than other houses. Its house is made of ice-like substance and to its top is fixed a lighthouse, like source of light.

In his book Andres Kuperjanov lists the names different peoples call the North Star by the Golden Pillar (Mongols, Buriats, Kalmyks and Altaian Tatars), the Iron Pillar (Kyrgyzes, Bashkirs and Siberian Tatars), the Lonely Stake (Teleuts), the Golden Stake (Tunguses). All these ethnic groups picture the North Star as an immobile stake or pillar or a stake driven into the sky. The same applies to Chukchis. The Chukchi name of the Nail Star has a close resemblance to the Estonian name of Põhjanael ‘Northern
Nail’.

ARCTURUS & VEGA

In the Chukchi worldview stars ranking next to the North Star as to their importance are the so-called heads (in Chukchi Leutti). Heads are formed of two stars. The First Head is Arcturus in the constellation Bear Watcher (Chukchi Janotlaut, Estonian Karuvalvur
‘Guardian of Bear’) and the Second Head is Vega in the constellation Lyra (Chukchi Jaatlaut, Estonian Vabamees ‘Freeman’, The Sun, the Moon and Firmament in Chukchi folklore.

According to Chukchis these stars are cousins. Travelling in the nighttime tundra Chukchis use the mutual position of the heads and the North Star as a reference point to find the right direction. Arcturus is sometimes also called the leader or the guide of stars. Chukchis turn to both of the stars to seek help when healing. In case of diseases a sacrifice has to be brought to Arcturus or the First Head. In case of stomach ache the sacrifice and spell have to be addressed to Vega or the Second Head.

STAFF STARS, ORION AND CELESTIAL BODIES

The Estonian Staff stars are the three stars in a row in the constellations Aquila (Old Staff Stars) and Orion (New Staff Stars). The stars a (Altair) and g (Tarazed) in the constellation Aquila have a special meaning to Chukchis. They are called by the name Pettigún. The Aquila constellation brings the new year to Chukchis for it appears for the first time on the horizon on the winter solstice. Reindeer herders as well as Chukchis living in the coastal areas brought sacrifices on the occasion, at least formerly. Especially suitable were fat male reindeer. At other festivals, blood is sometimes sacrificed and reindeer are exchanged for symbolic statues made of plants or snow.

Sources: Joan Miro stone painting, Hair repel from larskrutak.com, the Star stories from www.folklore.ee, Artist Remedios Varo

Second Full Moon of Summer 2017

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By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings, we now enter our Second Full Moon of Summer, and work with our one release intention, something that does not serve our highest good. We are hitting the peak of summer with this full moon, what is actually the true Midsummer and she sits at 14 degrees Aquarius beginning on Monday, August 7, 2017, which also includes a Partial Eclipse. I want to thank those of you who do this work-study with us and have written me thanking me for the work presented. I appreciate it and I appreciate you sticking with the grandmother teachings of the ancient earth, because its a very slow practice for the emotional and soul body each moon cycle. Results are guaranteed but they are slow because it requires the development of emotional consciousness. 

The moon this month sits opposite a Sun, Mars conjunction, pushing us all towards a direction with our will power. Many people focus on love most of the time, but that is such a big word, it covers too many things and too many heartbreaks. Its like saying cheese for every happy moment in your life. Sometimes our life is not happy because we have to change. Fears rise like the tide or the sun, when change is present or going to happen. The medicine for change is grounding and open communication.

This is also the moon cycle that expresses our emotional inner child, both the lost one and the magical one. A lot of inner child issues arise when we don’t get our way, when we are abandoned, when we have control issues and consequences happen because of it. In my healing work this month, many are working hard at healing their past wounds while others are just beginning that journey as it unfolds. Either way, the inner child is one of the three major healings of the emotional and soul body, and it always involved at some level, a past wound.

The part of us that gets emotionally hurt, controlling or angry in a Leo moon cycle or if you have a Leo moon, is the place we learn to sit, sooth, nourish the self, hold our feelings to feel them like a master practice, and recognize its “not” the other person, its our inner child or our shadow who is upset. Most inner child aspects of the soul body are fragmented and not inside our body because of trauma. Healing inner child issues the successful therapies such as regression hypnotherapy, watsu, rebirthing, deep tissue massage, energy work, and a few others. This Leo moon governs over children and the inner child.

If you are sick in mind, body or emotional body, always make sure your healers are seasoned, reputable, sober and gentle. With that combination, the work ends up being much faster and the detoxing much smoother. A little at a time consistently goes a long way. Those in their 20s and 30s can prepare and do some work, but major healing work occurs in one’s 40s and 50s because we have had many life experiences, the power to handle such depth.

This Aquarian Full Moon means Truth or Chaos – and because we have another Mars/Moon connection this month and a partial eclipse before the big 100 year eclipse coming in the next moon cycle, the forces of nature are very strong. Life is asking us to really make emotional, mental or physical changes and is giving us the power to do so (and it doesn’t do that often). I rarely say this, but this moon and next moon are true Super Moon and the first supermoon I have seen in the last ten years. The decisions we make now in the next two moons set a tone and a path in its new direction, so if you are in the middle of making a decision, now is the time to do so. Make it wisely and exactly what you want (and willing to work for).

I decided to look up the Mayan 13-moon calendar to see what “gliff” was for our full moon this cycle. I hadn’t look up this information in the last two, 13 year cycles at all, so I was curious what it says on the day of the full moon…

“The Yellow Spectral Warrior is about the Conscious Self, who we are and who we are becoming or who we have become. Yellow Warrior is the mystical gatekeeper, embodying the mystic’s gift of both trust in direct with accurate guidance. This means that the signs you get now are very fated and most people do not live by fate. So open our heart to listen.

Through trust, we all journey to the place of our heart (that silent mind) and the (active) mind which both requires practice. This is the “web” of the Mayan grandmother’s mystic spider – who weaves the interconnection with consciousness to receive the ripples of knowing. For those who are elders, hold your staff tight.”

This energy of the Mystic Warrior and the Mars energy together for this full moon, is making a “clear” and accurate issue surface, for proper decision making, healing approaches and leading your path away from idealism. The real work is the hard work of emotional development in the ways of practicing sincerity, kindness, service and bowing to others as part of your spiritual work. For those with shadow, this is even more difficult and requires much more effort. We need mirrors (people) who reflect our negative shadow issues in order for us to truly grow and it happens anyway, so why not bow to the occasions rather than keep resisting in your suffering… but keep yourself safe when doing so, which means structure. No matter how small or how huge our changes may be within our growth path, you are given a gift now of deciding the next four years. 

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I made a video on the last New Moon about the Ocean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmrWdWyQqBY ) and an unexpected gift from an Elder Mountain patron Brandi, invited me to go with her to the ocean this week. I was given an enchantment gift from a Stingray, who came out of the ocean to visit, this gift has been truly auspicious and touched my heart deeply. It also gave me a healing of some issues I have had to deal with for the last three years from a hot springs that I went to

I held my hands over its beautiful body of the Stingray for a few minutes and closed my eyes, leaving myself open and also sending love for the kind visit. It was in a very calm and in a peaceful state. I then touched its body and then put my hands in the water and said ok mother earth, bring the ray back home. A wave came right in and Stingray was gone in an instant.

That was a collective soul gift for me and I felt extremely blessed, this particular Stingray lives between Africa, to India and to Australia and had traveled so far to come to that shore.  We were the only ones on the beach except for a Chinese fisherman who was catching lots of fish.

Eastern Yellow-bellied RacerBrandi (in the photo above) who had visited Elder Mountain a few times this summer, to do trade work with me and Juniper, is a lovely person, and a part time student (I call her)! She is an herbalist and I treated her with grace and kindness and it was a blessing to have her in my space. She had made her connections with Stingray as well, and since she is young in her spiritual practices, dedications and her spiritual life, nature had brought her a special gift as well… a live “Eastern Yellowbelly Racer” snake, which also lives in her own home state. We had talked about her serpent totem and serpent experiences quite a few times, and today she had received another one, delivered and unhurt by Racer (tiger), the kitty.

I would really like all of you to also reflect where you have been and review your last four years since 2013 and see where you are now, what are your blessings that have happened, has your health improved compared to where you were four years ago. Are you in a better place internally, have things settled down a bit and have you grounded yourself. Are you sober or healthier than you were four years ago? Can you communicate your feelings better and more in control or more freeing?

After 2012 many spiritual people felt a little lost and humanity felt a little more confused, and rightly so. It was the end of time and the patriarch and its showing up in soul peoples lives very strongly. Four years ago many did not know what would happen and now we sit here today with choices of these last four years. Where you sit today, is “what happen.”

I want to share a bit of Ariel Guttman’s Venus Start Point article for this month, which speaks about the shifting roles we are going through, all of us! Some of you are very Venus ruled, as most women are and the female sides of men. I had karma with Venus my whole life, so I will be joining you now in your Venus path because my debt and karma is repaid to her. Venus is the issues of love, right relationship of all my relations, comfort and the artistic aesthetics of life, and your money. Ariel writes only about the Venus Star Point in her work…

Piero Di Cosimo, Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (detail), c. 1480

“Wonder Woman accompanying weapons became as important to the film as some of the supporting cast. First, there is the luminescent lasso of Hestia (Vesta in Roman), a truth-revealer, sparkling with Hestia’s sacred fire. We all possess one of these, representing our own sacred truth. Then, there are Diana’s metallic armbands which she acquired at the moment Wonder Woman was birthed. (When my movie companion whispered, “I want those”, I responded by saying “I Wonder if you can order them from Amazon?”) And here is how the returning 8-year Venus cycle occurs. Wonder Woman was created in 1941 as a comic-book heroine. The film premiered on June 2, 2017 just as Venus was passing through the final degrees of Aries. Gal Gadot, the actress who portrays Wonder Woman is an Aries. 

Born a Taurus Sun (April 30, 1985, Petah Tikva, Israel) Gadot possesses a substantial cache of Aries planets, including the Venus Star Point, natal Venus, Pallas Athena, Eris, and Mercury. Loaded with Aries, a sign that is governed by both Mars and Athena, she leads with the Solar force of Taurus, governed by Venus. Gadot, aka Wonder Woman, is a picture of Venusian beauty. Several scenes portray her love for all people, animals and nature. Accompanying those Venusian qualities are the Aries innocence, fiery will, action-oriented, fighting spirit that a super heroine needs to get the job done.

What is the job that this Aries Star energy is calling for? To save Earth and earthlings, who are under the evil spell of Ares (that’s Ares/Mars warrior god, not Aries the zodiac sign, although the two are connected) dealing with the constant threat of war. “Most Amazons tend to be Athenes, but most Athenes are not Amazons.” This was vibrantly evident in the land of the Amazons. Not all were to be trained to be warriors, only those who had the right stuff. The others used their penetratingly sharp Athena-like minds to tend to other areas of life. But Diana fought hard to claim her place as the warrior, even going against her mother, Queen Hippolyta. This demonstrates her Athena-like quality where the goddess dismisses her mother.

She and her Amazonian tribe fight for justice. Where does Justice come in? In an interesting reference to the island of Themiscryra, the home of the Amazons, we find the root “Themis”. Themis was the Titan goddess of divine law and order, of justice. She was variously associated with Zeus in a number of ways, but most notably in birthing the Morai, or three fates, whose laws even Zeus could not alter. When Themis was ignored, Nemesis (the goddess from whom we derive the attribute) was invoked.

Gadot as Wonder Woman has both Athena and Venus in Aries, amplifying her Aries VSP and possessing many of the traits of the modern woman: one who fights for justice and one who fights for love.

Now to Mars (Ares) who is the adversary in Wonder Woman’s world and for that matter, the adversary of Earth. Diana believes humans have been put under the spell of this Ares, submitted to him and lost their ability to stop the constant wars. From the Greek stories it is eminently clear that Ares was born to fight. But this Ares is different. This Ares has gained awareness. He is enlightened to the reality that Earth is so beautiful that frankly, humans don’t deserve it because they continue to destroy it. So he is fighting for a cause—the cause to extinguish humanity by fueling and funding their repetitive series of endless wars against one another. 

Mars (Ares) could be tamed or disarmed by no other god or goddess with the exception of Venus. She took the fight right out of him, even if only temporarily. The myth in no way indicated that Mars and Venus were going to stay love-locked forever. There was work to be done. Another battle to fight. Another act of love to engage in.

It is clear that Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, has sworn loyalty to the principles of her Amazonian people, but who, through working with the masculine earthling pilot, Captain Steve Trevor, also finds another reason to defend human-kind. In one scene, Captain Trevor says to Wonder Woman: “You saved them”. She replies, in very Venusian Feminine Fashion – “We saved them.”

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My new 13 year cycle begins because I am ruled by the Jupiter cycle (12 years), not in astrology fact of the highest planet of my chart, but because I live by the moon and its rhythms, energy and culture. And because Juniper conjuncts my moon’s “north node” (fated destiny). I am writing below here, a very short “Reflection Full Moon” for a review of the last four years. I don’t usually do this, but I feel its necessary with whats occurring celestially and with mars so involved.

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My arrival to Oregon began four years ago with a welcome from Fire & Lightning. I had finished my work as an adult with apprentices and left my home, family and children as I entered my elder stage (2nd Saturn Return). Arriving in Oregon was already fated by a Native Canadian Elder Grandfather, who I visited a few times at night in dream walking, in his dream lodge. He remembered my phone number and had his grandson (who spoke english), call me to speak my own prophecy that I told him in the dream, to move to the Northwest and begin my work, that was 16 years ago.

Having finally arrived then, the first week in Oregon was Oregon’s worst wildfire year and fire-smoke year in its history, which happened from the 6 – 12 of August, 2013. I held my first new moon circle (in this state) on August 6th, a New Moon in Leo (at 14 degrees). Those storms, although deadly, was a wonderful sign for me as a weather shaman, as it had shown me its great kindness and also its very dangerous powers. Even my apprentice who lived in Oregon since she was younger, the one who invited me to live on her land, by the 9th of August, 2013, when the firestorms peaked, she said we might have to evacuate off of her land from the reports of the fire district.

I said I am staying in the yurt, I am fated to be here in the Pacific Northwest and to leave after I just arrived is not going to happen for me. I told her, you and your family leave if its ordered and be safe, I am staying, the fire and lightning won’t touch me, its like a bigger vision quest that involves a million acre fire and lightning – and I am up for that. The look on her face was precious at that moment.

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August 6, 2013, the beginning of purification… 

Mother Jones report: This example of “extreme fire behavior” (to use the forestry department’s words) went down in the Douglas Complex wildfire, one of several conflagrations turning conifers to cinders in southern Oregon. The intensity of fires in this sector of the country, which is locked in a ten year stubborn drought, is strong enough that nearby towns and cities are getting covered with big, lung-painting plumes of ashy air. On Monday, NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over to observe the supreme smokiness of the fires, sparked by lightning activities. After noting that the fire-friendly weather is expected to worsen this month, the space agency laid out the dismal situation so far: Big Windy fires as of August 6, 2013. Collectively, the two fires had burned nearly 50,000 acres (20,200 hectares). The Red Cross distributed 20,000 respiration masks in southern Oregon. 

August 9, 2013, the Peak of purification… 

Portland Newspaper: The lightning storms hit dead center on top of Government Camp and Mt. Hood – snapping trees along Highway 26 with sudden gusts to at least 45 mph, piling up hail 2″ deep near the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 26 and the pouring rain and lightning. This storm was in and around Mt. Hood for more like 90 minutes and created about 2,000 lightning strikes. Oregon Department of Forestry officials took to the legislative committee and said that the costs of the wildfire seasons, broke the books. This happens every year, but this time the numbers were historic. “This was the most costly season in history,” said Dan Postrel, ODF spokesman. Thunderstorms and Lightning created the worst fires in the states history, total Lightning Strikes for the total state of Oregon on August 9, 2013 was 12,000 lightning hits. The Portland metro area and the Willamette River were also hit by the lightning, hail and rain storms.

August 12, 2013, the winding down and end of the fire-lightning storms…

The Oregonian: The Northwest was thrashed again by more than 42,000 lightning strikes over the weekend, igniting dozens of new fires. Officials have reopened the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, but with restrictions. Two fires burned on the coast between Arch Cape and Manzanita, seven fires are burning in the area of Santiam State Forest east of Salem, another fire is burning north of Shady Cove in southwest Oregon and three fires are burning around Coos Bay. A temporary flight restriction is in place in some areas. The Bone Mountain fire, which has seared 300 areas, is six miles south of Remote. The Camas Creek fire, covering about 40 acres, is seven miles northeast of Remote. The Shingle Mill fire, which has scorched 30 acres, is three miles east of U.S. 101, between Arch Cape and Manzanita. The nearby Falcon fire, which has spread over 50 acres, is almost out. The 1, 2, 3 complex of fires covering 200 acres, is burning 15 miles east of Silverton. The Green Mountain fire burned seven miles west of Gates. 125-acres Alder Creek Fire burned 16 miles north of Shady Cove.

Happy Full Moon and may the rest of your two weeks be courageous, brave, lightening of the heart and lightning purification, one more step, in your souls journey. ~Phoenix

astro_2gw_160_aa_full_moonSources: Artist Charles Vess; Piero Di Cosimo, Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (detail), c. 1480; Astrologer Ariel Guttman (www.VenusStarRising.com); the Mayan 13 Moon Calendar at http://spacestationplaza.com; 

First Full Moon of Summer

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greeting Dreamers, Moon People, Artists, Healers and Witches, we enter the Full Moon on Saturday July 8, 2017 with a very powerful line up. Mars & Sun are conjunct, sitting opposite Moon & Pluto, giving all of us some energy and will power (mars) into the energy of transformation called death and rebirth (pluto).  These are all in a T-Square (tension) with Jupiter (expansion and opportunity). 

Capricorn moons tend to carry a somber or heaviness because of Saturn, so over the next two weeks we focus on positive detachment, keeping calm, breathing deeply and just doing your best with whatever situation began at the new moon or is arising on the full. The nodal point, point of destiny this Full Moon and the remaining two weeks is conjunct Vesta, the Fire Goddess, so fine that inner Fire along with mars and make yourself do even if you don’t want to.

You can handle whatever it is, because you have already handled many things in your life thus far. All life is asking of you is to take one more small step this moon cycle. For those who have an easy Cancer moon cycle (beginning of Summer), it should continue flowing that way. For those who have found (from keeping track in their work-study moon journal with us) Cancer moons to be challenging, review last years moon cycle and see what happened.

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We have all been the fool for something or someone in our life and for those of us   who learn these lessons well, we began to learn that we are completely responsible for everything we do. People may love us, hearts may get broken, choices maybe made to let go and move forward in life, but through it all, its still all our choices. Becoming conscious of that is the first step, the second is to make the best choice you are able. These take a decade to learn, even with the most eager and hard working student of life who focuses on it everyday. Its to learn how to transform our experiences into personal accountability which is change.

The oracle: “Expectation is only a crisis for the young or the foolish.”

Whether we are aware or conscious or not, we are still accountable for our words, our actions, our visions and our intuition and because of this commitment to our spiritual journey, we must always be flexible with others and with the self, as we grow and mature. Maturity is is not a dirty word in an emotional-unaccountable world. That is what makes soul people different, we strive for emotional awareness, magic in our lives, creativity and to have a relationship to our soul. The rest of the world avoids this at all cost, and the two always seem to run into each other.

The first full moon of summer is not always difficult, but in the Cancer and Capricorn scenarios of life (summer activities and winter holiday activities), its never quit as fun as we had hoped for. Its always better to wait for Leo and Aquarius moons to have more authentic fun a month later, much less complications with family, tradition and expectation.

eldermountaindreaming.comSet your release intentions around staying grounded or have a little fun if you go on vacation, which will balance out the heat. Watch and remember your signs, totems and dreams for guidance, because this cycle isn’t all fun and games with the involvement of mars. Mars does give us the courage though, because its involved on both this new moon and full moon), its a required blessing to make your more serious “small” choices into decisions. For those who live on a whim and pure intuitively, you may want to ground even that a little more this moon cycle with Mars and Pluto directly involved.

I had my blessed Sea Eagle show up yesterday when I took a walk along the lake and it dove right into the water to get a fish about five feet away. It was pretty intriguing to watch, and six hours later, it flew over here to the pond here at Elder Mountain, flapping its wings and hovering over the pond so I could see (it was spotting some fish). But this time it hovered and then flew away. As a messenger for my full moon and the next two weeks, it was pretty clear to continue supporting my challenges emotionally on my health issue and dive in for the nourishment when I need it. At other times just hover and observe the nourishment to see if I need it. Birds represent Soul and its counterpart is the Nourishment of the Body and Soul (Fish). 

When we pay closer attention, sometimes even the difficult challenges have some optimism when our signs our clear, this is why we work so hard at our spiritual and life journey. Try to learn to cherish hearing the truth, because most of the time its the last thing on earth we ever wanted to hear but we all get to the point when we have to begin that journey. Truth is so deeply connected to our personal healing path in ‘real’ scenarios of the great mystery, that we must allow flexibility within the good, the bad and the uncomfortable.

Below I shared two examples of Capricorn-Saturn types of messengers. There is a shadow side of authority, and there is a wisdom side of authority both connected to the masculine or father figure, which in its higher experience is connected to our responsibilities and our lower, the criminal.

First one is more collective, the second one is very personal. This is how we learn about signs, then symbols which reveal eventually the more collective archetype – so we can eventually one day understand our own archetype of our fate and destiny… 


An Intimate and more personal look at this full moon:

https://www.facebook.com/FreebieAl/videos/1891281064423789

This Astrology Chart below is set at Pacific Time for the Full Moon, Blessings and Happy Full Moon to you, your family and friends and hang in there!

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Third Full Moon of Spring

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Monthly Moon Musings By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings dreamers, artists and moon people, we enter our final Full Moon of Spring on June 9, 2017 in the fiery sign of Sagittarius at 18 degrees. There is no doubt about it, Sag energy is the coyote troublemaker, so if you chose to cause trouble or respond to trouble in this moon cycle from here forth, be prepared for the great mirror. In fire moons, there is always a sense of risk and sometimes the risk is worth it and other times it opens up Pandora’s box. We never really know what the outcome is and that is the beauty of risk. It makes us feel alive, and that can sometimes be more than we bargained for.

This remaining moon cycle has some opposition energy of masculine and feminine, Saturn conjuncts the Moon, so we take our emotional issues a little more seriously with the nurturing mother energy. Venus is conjunct Uranus, giving erratic but electric behaviors to our sensual and independent side. Saturn restricts and Uranus wants total freedom, Moon wants to nurture and Venus wants to have a good time.  With this strong opposition, patience with instinctual spontaneity is the number one rule with the focus on our natural balance, not going too far on one side or the other. That is a lot of energy to hold still.

Having finally made it to the last stage of the Spring season, we do need this push and pull of the fire’s purification to complete it. When I teach about the 3 moons of each of the 4 seasons as a practice, its what they offer us in the ways of our personal emotional growth, the inner building trust of our intuition and the slow increases our dreaming rites and gifts because moon (magnetic energy of our feeling body) and dreaming are inseparable.

The final 3rd moon of any season, is always the “dark moon phase” and this is where all things are revealed, that were hidden, in small amounts. To reveal such depth, we practice mirror medicines, where you allow fate, to walk hand in hand with you, cautiously, while you intuitively scan your environment for the signs and synchronicity and trust that guidance through each season. Lunar work is very slow and steady, because our soul contains the immensity of our eternal lives and all that energy of our past and our past lives, is so very potent.

So what do we need to practice in the element of a fire purification full moon?

When you’re feeling anxious or worried; practice patience.
The key of patience always opens the door of happiness. ~Rumi

Deer horns with the sun goddess (Saule) Elnias su Saule raguose
The last moon of this spring season is comparable to something of great beauty and yet, inexperience at the same time. This means our inexperienced self is challenged, and that can feel troublesome, especially if we are older and think we have learned everything we need to know in life….  Not!

Аленький цветочек, Русская сказка - The Red Flower, RussianThe beauty of spring is hidden in its flowers, or the heavenly scent and the incomparable visual fertility that wonderfully surround us everyday! Yet, if we do not match nature’s vibration of such beauty on the inside, the opposing forces like fire moons, comes to pay us a visit. These are the myths of the trolls and those little monsters we are always fighting off.

This can make us struggle emotionally and that is exactly what third moons of each season do for us, a gift of struggle. In a world that hates and despises struggle (and that dark force that never lives to far from the light).  I say build an altar to your struggles, learn to accept pain as a teacher, for its the only way to heal our struggle because suffering a crisis or an issue is the only true way all humans rise above themselves. Its always for a good reason, it makes us recognize where we are truly at in life, not where we ‘think’ we are at in our soul walk.

Full moon energy contains the most magic, so focus on that one struggle by reviewing what your Gemini New Moon “intention” from two weeks ago. Really focus on what pain was at your core that surfaces these last two weeks? This will help you hit that Sagittarian bull’s eye to empty out one more drop of struggle, depression, confusion, unhappiness or anything you must work with right now and in your world.

Rose petals scattered upon your path…

Protection, guidance, grace dispensation offered a way to move right through the middle of life’s labyrinths and stay straight on. Your innate sanctity preserves you against the play of the opposites, you stay singular and straightforward. Throwing off complications and conundrums, stick with what is sweet and eternal. Most essentially, you wear the cloak of innocence at this time, a tightly fitting garment of unworldliness. And as you pass for a fortunate and blessed soul, it all turns out to be true.

We remember what we have lost in our lives and that can become conscious when we work with full moon energy of letting go, because fire, like water is a purification and it comes to heal. Letting go, as a practice is to feel lighter from a release with conscious intention. Many cry and have their release and don’t know why it surfaced, but with lunar work, we may cry or release spontaneously, but sooner or later “we become conscious of it” and what is connected to it in our path. This brings feelings of release, and that makes us feel freer from our emotional life’s power and sometime its heaviness or burden.

Scotch Heather by John Carlisle

Sagittarian Moons are about freedom to spontaneously let rise whats deeper within, below our ability to tap into the consciousness of such medicines and Full Moons are about emotional freedom. Eventually we become more consciously aware of spontaneous fire energy as we work this medicine. If you did that this month, just let something blurt out, then you are actually beginning to get into the rhythm and flow of the dark moon phase with the lightness of fiery Sag and his spontaneity.

The intent is always to nurture yourself within that, and not to beat yourself up. Instinct always demands a natural response to life, as it is presented to each of us. Especially the remainder of this moon cycle. We cannot begin Summer until we have buried and let go of spring on the last full moon!

Set your one full moon release intention:
“I let go of __________ (something from the inside).”

The season is about to change again, and before you know it, the Summer Equinox will be here and we get to start anew again in the Seasonal Moons of Summer so let the fire purify with your letting go.


june 9 2017 full moonArt Source: Scotch Heather by John Carlisle, Edward Burns Jones, Ellias Lonsdale symbols, Аленький цветочек, Русская сказка – The Red Flower, Russian.