12 Ukraine Symbols

Translated by: Christine Chraibi – How very colorful and varied the vyshyvanka! It can be one color or many-colored, richly or delicately patterned, embroidered with flowers or geometric forms… But, do we actually know what are these intricate patterns adorning our traditional clothing means, how ancient their origins are, what they symbolize and why they are the […]

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Knowledge of Sorcery of the Eastern Slavs

Prepared by Olga Stanton and additions by Phoenix the Elder – Tales of the Sorcery in Eastern Slavic lands are mostly in oral traditions and small talk of whisperers and healers but much of it no one remembers anymore, people still believed in magic and the supernatural but not everyone experiences it. Many believed that […]

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Waxing Like the Moon: Women Folk Healers in Rural Western Ukraine

By Sarah D. Phillips, University of Indiana – Once a woman came to see me… she says to me, “I can’t sleep, and I’m so weak.” I asked her, “Did something frighten you?” “No,” she didn’t want to tell me. I began to pour the wax, I said, “Something has frightened you—either a man, or […]

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First Moon of Winter & Winter Solstice 2020

By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings Dreamers, our Winter Moons are finally upon us and we have a powerful week coming up as our Winter Moons have arrived… Monday, Dec 14, 2020: First New Moon of Winter @ 10:16 am (cst)Total Solar Eclipse3rd Moon of Six “23” degree moonsGeminids Meteor ShowerMonday, Dec 21: Winter Solstice200 […]

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When Fairy Tales, Wonder Tales and Magic Tales become real

By Phoenix – I like it when full circles return of any kind, even my own. This is no different for grandmother, who was demoted over three millenniums. By the 12th century her leadership of the world and shamanism cultures were invisible and completely forgotten except for a few old souls that remained. Same is […]

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Marzanna 2021

By Phoenix the Elder – Its that time of year again to honor the Goddess of Winter, the Slavic Marzanna, Morena, Maslenitsa. The archaic night goddess and primal grandmother connection to her shamanistic and animistic mysteries of the past, present and future. These pre-religious rites are still done in very simple ways today and I hope […]

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The Ural Chudi 

Numerous legends about the “Chud,” about the “Chud people, ” have a peculiar fate. Having arisen on the basis of real facts and events in the period of the formation of Old Russian statehood and the first campaigns of Novgorod to the northeast, these legends then gained an independent life , being brightly colored by […]

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Goddess of Winter

By Phoenix the Elder – Its that time of year again to honor the Goddess of Winter – Marzanna, an archaic night goddess and primal connection to her shamanistic and animistic mysteries of the past, present and future. These pre-religious rites are still done in very simple ways today and I hope you join us again […]

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