Third New Moon of Summer and Full Solar Eclipse

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By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings everyone, this is our last moon cycle of summer, we end the season with this third (moon). As an astrologer, the last forty years, I am not influenced by spiritual fads, nor fancy words when it comes to my path and journey.  I say this because… This is the first time I will speak these words… this is the first “Supermoon” we have seen in a long, long time, and what is rising before us. The total Solar Eclipse looks like this :

Begins at 9:03 am (pacific time)
Reaches maximum at 10:17 am, 0.94 magnitude
Then the New Moon (28 Leo), is precisely at 11:30 am
and then the Eclipse ends at 11:37 am

I hope you are doing something special to mark the event on that day. I have marked many events in this life and honored this one with my ceremony at Pluto’s Cave last week which was a cleansing and purification ceremony for the region but also three people who were in a “collective” shadow glitch-mess. I myself am doing a final third and final round of asking for forgiveness, from those who I need to ask. This is the third layer, and third decade I have done this, because the final layers are finishing up for me. I like my space, heart and energy clear as I use my spiritual time very wisely.

This moon, we also have Mars involved again, the 5th time in a row and we are adding Mercury (in its retrograde influences) to this addition. The north node is always involved in a Solar Eclipse, which adds the fate point to the conjunctions. This make up the small bucket of planet which are all “very” personal planets, so expect this New Moon cycle the next 28 days and nights to be very personal. If you have been aware and working your path up to now, then this should go smoothly this month or at least the part you are working on. I say this because these plants are all in a trine with Uranus and Saturn, and that is “very” beneficial for flow. 

Actions are really required this moon cycle besides words. I would suggest not passing this opportunity by, and take action upon what needs to change and change in your life right now. What needs to be forgiven and forgiveness with other people or the self. What addictions or shamanic plants and drug addictions, pot and alcohol that needs to be addressed or family members to address.

What emotional sabotage or victim issues need to be focused on in order to heal. What dream or expectation that collapsed leading to more self nurturing, needs to take place. Whatever it is you need to do, do it this next moon cycle (again) with the big collective opportunity within our small personal moon cycle.

Many people in their 50s-70s who have been on a long spiritual journey are reaching the last peaks of their spiritual lessons and purifications and finishing thirty to forty years of spiritual work and self healing. Hopefully you were not just on the ever popular spiritual-social, or spiritual-knowledge path.

Others in their 40s are deepening their awareness and healing journey and ‘right relations’ (Pluto in Libra group). Those in their 30s are finding out what its really like to be in an adult and in adult situations for the first time and how powerful they are compared to their youth or maiden under 30. Those under 30 are eternally the same when it comes to everything in life, they are ‘youth’ and that never changes.

My wisdom to you is that Eclipses are not personal, they are collective, they play on humanity, not us as individuals unless you were actually born on the day of an eclipse (lunar or solar). This supermoon is the first of a series of collective accumulations that is going to give rise to change, good or bad, ugly or beautiful. If you have not practiced letting go disciplines, I suggest you start now. The more flexible you can be in the next ten years and learn to let go, the better you will manage your journey.

So, like always, set your “one” intention for this moon cycle like you do (and me too), for your own personal growth, personal awareness and personal cycle this month. Many of you have been here long enough doing this work with us to see the results now, and this moon will be no different. Keep focused on that and the symbols that start to come your way, starting August 18th, until the actual new moon on the 21st (Monday).

Since its a special Supermoon, I will just leave you with a video and the intention examples and keep this article short. We have to repeat our Leo intentions again, with the flavor of this third moon. Its usually a Virgo quality, but the new moon is hovering at the 28/29 degrees in Leo, which is an auspicious point in the sky, so we too must accept its quality of our heart and soul.

Slavic Protection Symbol - 8 pointed Star, the feminine Midnight Sun. Four circles representing two way doors (earth, air, fire and water) with Earth at the center.Examples of Lunar/Leo Intentions (again):

I am healing my drama
I listen to my soul (small inner voice)
I trust in the process of purification
I am aware of my inner peace
I am healthy

I am creative 
I am passionate
I am healing my heart
I am forgiving 
I am grounded in my emotions

I recognize my inner child needs
I protect my heart
I am emotionally honest
I am positive in my detachments
I replace drama with self-love

I practice my spiritual disciplines
I express my courage with compassion
I allow stability in my life
I am nurturing my inner child
I allow love to come from deep within me

I use my anger in a positive, healthy way
I accept more joy
I am mindful of my projections
I respect my talents
I judge only my own actions
I commit to healthy passion
I overcome my fear of _______

 

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Here is a great explanation of total solar eclipses and lunar eclipses:

Second Full Moon of Summer 2017

Artist Charles Vess

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.

Fire & Lightning

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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First New Moon of Summer

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings artists, dreamers and moon people, we are entering the first New Moon of Summer, Friday June 23, 2017, 7:30 pm (pdt) in the sign of Cancer (a “water” element) at 2° degrees. Summer Solstice week marks the next three moons of the summer season, the first moon of summer sets the new beginning, the second moon of summer is the fullness and the final moon is the wisdom cycle.

Water and Fire moons are about purification, water brings life and nurturing to our emotional life and it soothes all fires as well. This means a relief from the heat (stress) of our emotions as we apply action towards growth rather than fear or stagnant behaviors. Cycles of struggle (changes) are sometimes long and sometimes short, but we endure, because we have to in relationship to family and ancestral sensitivities.

This is a traditional Ancestral moon, that strong connection to belong. Most of the events of summer moons show us where we have come from, the connection to our ancestral reincarnations, the root of our family history and our religious or spiritual commitments. These have led to emotional sicknesses over the millenniums and if family is one of your bigger karmic issue it can be dis-heartening.

Also its the moon of the personal humanity of Cancer’s tribe, clans, villages, society on a personal level, rather than the impersonal humanity which is Aquarius, the positive detachment archetype. Cancer and Capricorn is the deepest foundation of family in connection with “survival” and “security” through family. Where Scorpio (the second water moon of the year), rules survival of the individual. So much of this first moon cycle of Summer is based on emotional behaviors that were or are handed down through emotional family relations, in other words: “Our Belief System.”

This is because we are either taught or not taught by example of how to handle stress, resolve conflict or heal our real life issues as they are occurring through the portal of emotional issues. To undo and relearn our own values is very difficult because of this root family power and the ancestral past connected to it.

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Weltenstürme (world storms)

In the silence of that night
We thought of the oath
Flames blaze, sparks spray
In a heart-warming heart glow

Still unaffected by life
Surrounded by many passages
Let us pass the painful path
But trembles whisper a quieter advice…

“In the storms of this world
 Everyone is now on their own
 Everyone knows their power
 The fire that creates life.”

In the silence of that night
We have done the work
In sunshine and shadows
Let us surround the world.

If you go to as spiritual circle of any kind, its wise when you pray or call to spirit, to clarify it as your own enlightened ancestors, rather than someone else’s traditions (even if you are participating in other traditions). Calling our own completed (enlightened) shaman or medicine person from our own family ancestral ancient past, helps us reconnect to the power of our own lineage even deeper.

Cancer Moons represents the mother, our memories, our grandmother’s magic and the moisture to heal our emotional bodies that effects our physical body and its traumas. Its our identity reflective of our feelings of being loved, of being accepted, or the rejection of these qualities by the self or others. If you are having family issues in your cycle of growth, its a good time to open the doors to healing. Be honest and open even if  you feel rejected, because it will clear the air. 

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From our ancestors comes the birth of our emotional insecurities in relationship to our everyday struggles of life, our partners, lovers or children and sometimes even our close friends. Feeling comfortable in our own skin is very important to our daily routines of health and when we work with moon medicine, that is true about our emotional health and feeling comfortable with our soul.

When things haven’t work out the way we had hoped they would in life, this is when we begin to allow our memories to guide us. Most use intuitive cards or astrology, psychic readings to find guidance, but this month, its more about our own personal memories of our past, so practice it this moon and let that guidance find you solutions within your personal fears or blindness.

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“I Know a Bank Where the Wild Thyme Blows”  ~ A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Example Intentions for the First New Moon of Summer | Cancer New Moon: 

I structure my responsibilities
I allow myself more rest
I focus on the present moment
I nurture a past wound (which one?)
I am abundant
I respect my boundaries

cancer-moon-mosaicsmI have confidence

I reclaim my inner authority
I respect my intuition
I love my body
I am serious (when I need to be)

I am stable

I am secure
I have purpose
I honor myself
I accept change with groundedness
I accept change with gratefulness
I accept change with humbleness

I respect myself

I overcome my fear of _______.
I grieve my loss with support
I manage my addiction 
I honor my inner (mother/father)
I forgive myself
I ground my insecurity
I trust myself

Chose one intention, speak it out loud, light a candle or some sage, go outside or near a river or water this moon cycle if you can or in your personal circle to make your intention more sacred. When the full moon comes in two weeks, you will know what to release (one release) based on what arose from your intention.

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Blessings to you this moon cycle ~Phoenix

To receive our once a month moon medicine work-study, please write us at ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com and we will put you on our list. Sources: Noc Kupala by Ukrainian artist Oleg Alexandrovich Ershov; Oracle or bone mother inscriptions from the village of Xiaotun, Henan province, China; Shang dynasty

 

Mullein Herb Medicine and Warding Off Evil

I am picking Mullein this week nearing the New Moon and Summer Solstice, and drying it to make some tea for my detox purification that I am doing for three months. I have never had sinus until the US Air Force started spraying (chemtrails) about 8 years ago pretty heavily. When they spray I do get some sinus blockage, and it seems Mullein breaks it up and of course that is good for my body. I have a Tea Recipe, Spray for those with (asthma) and general information I found around the web…

The large flowering stems of Mullein were dried by the ancient cultures and dipped in tallow, and then used as a lamp wick or for a torch. These torches were said to ward off evil spirits and witches, although witches had these in their herbal gardens and were not the bad guys. For those interested in a ‘tallow’ recipe, I put the link at the bottom.

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The name mullein comes from the Latin word mollis, meaning soft, referring to the plant’s woolly stem and leaves. A couple of folk names for mullein have more intriguing associations. “Candlewick plant” refers to the old practice of using the dried down of mullein leaves and stems to make lamp wicks. Mullein stems were dipped in tallow to make torches either used by witches or used to repel them, hence the name “hag taper.”  The custom of using mullein for torches dates back at least to Roman times.

Frazier writes in the Golden Bough that mullein was added to the bonfire on Midsummer’s eve celebrations to ward away evil. Some ancient magical grimoires have been found to list powdered mullein leaf as a substitute for graveyard dust when that was unavailable. “Jacob’s staff,” “Jupiter’s staff” and “Aaron’s rod” all have been used as names for the tall flower stalks. The plant’s soft leaves also are known commonly as “bunny’s ears” and “flannel leaf.

~ Phoenix

Mullein – Known as Verbascum thapsus, its Latin name, Mullein is considered beneficial for the lungs because it is an expectorant. This means that the herb helps the body remove excess mucus from lungs and soothes the mucus membranes with its emollient properties. Good for bronchitis, heavy coughing, chest colds and even asthma.

Mullein is a common all over but this plant is much more than a bit of roadside greenery, as it holds the cures for several common conditions within it its fuzzy, pale green leaves and yellow rosettes. Still used by Native Americans and Herbalists because of its proven, beneficial effects on the respiratory system. Curing common ailments such as coughing, lung weakness, respiratory constriction and chest colds, the mullein plant is truly a lung healing herb.

mullein silverBoth leaves and the flowers of the plant contain saponins, a natural detergents which make a cough more productive in releasing and expelling phlegm from the walls of the lings, and mucilage, a gelatinous substance which soothes any irritated membrane.

Dried mullein leaves, flowers and roots can all be used to heal these lung abating conditions. A mullein tea is the most common method of preparing the herb and the recipe below makes one cup of tea, which can be consumed up to 3 times a day. Gargling the tea once it has cooled down is also very effective for coughing and soreness of the throat.

Also, Mullein extract infused with olive oil has been used to reduce the inflammation of earaches, sore joints, insect bites and hemorrhoids because of its soothing properties. Simple poultices made out of fresh, mashed mullein leaves and flowers mixed with water can also be used to relieve, burns, boils and sores.

Mullein Tea

Ingredients…
1 ½ cups boiling water
1-2 teaspoons dried mullein
leaves and/or flowers (flowers make
a sweeter tea)
1 teaspoon dried spearmint
(optional for flavor)
1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Method

Steep the mullein leaves in hot water inside a tea ball or strainer for 15 minutes. If the flavor of mullein doesn’t agree with you, add some honey a spearmint or lemon mint.

For those with asthma, make an inhalant. To do this, boil the leaves in water for 5 minutes and inhale the steam to relieve coughs, congestion and asthma. Mullein can fight asthma and keep away colds because it actually prevents infections from settling into the delicate respiratory tissue by curing dryness and constriction. Rather ironically, mullein can also be smoked, thus rendering itself the only type of cigarette that could be considered beneficial in treating lung conditions.

Mullein is primarily a respiratory herb, although its benefits reach much further than our lungs. The herb is a diuretic and thus can relieve urinary tract inflammation when taken through a tea. It can also be used to decrease inflammation in the bowels, helping to reduce colitis and other issues.

Source: Mullin information from http://www.motherearthliving.com and http://www.organicauthority.com and Tallow is at: http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/12-02/make-your-own-tallow/

Ukraine Vinok (вінок) Seasonal Wreaths and their Symbolism

Sbu Zapobihla Kontrabandi by the border of cultural values of Kiev Rusy. A unique complex starovynnykh jewellery with gold and silver stayed in Ukraine.
Kyev Rus, Folk Ukraine, this is our story, this is our treasure.

All Slavic traditions and folk traditions include flowers especially during Kupala and Noc Kupala, but Ukraine exceeds them all in the abundant uses of flowers and symbolic flowers. The Ukrainian Wreath Vinok (вінок) is a crown made of wild flowers and herbs which is collected in the traditional ways.

There are different types of wreaths: a wedding wreath, a wreaths of love, monastic wreath, wreath of hope, wreath of devotion and kupala wreaths. The wreath of love was not only for marriage ceremonies but also divorce ceremonies. In Ukrainian culture the wreath was traditionally worn worn by maidens (unmarried) as a pagan tradition. 

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Ukraine “Summer” Vinok Wreath

In the more prominent neopaganism groups today during Kupala, more and more wreaths are returning back before religious influences and are worn by women of all ages. The wreath dates back to the old East Slavic customs that predates Christianization of Rus which still remains a valued part of Ukrainian national creative attire, worn on festive occasions and on holy days.

Flowers are a part of all their celebrations, traditional folklore, craft embroidery, women and their ceremonies, and even painted interior and exterior home decorations. They mark the seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The pagans honor Lada and her daughter Lely and the wreaths are in their honor. Midsummer is the time to gather flowers and herbs to not only make wreaths but for healing herbs and for prosperity.

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Ukraine “Spring” Vinok Wreath

Some of the most common are the crown for summer solstice called Kupala and are made with cornflower, marigold, saffron, parsley, parsnip, Corollas mint, lovage, marjoram, cornflower and sage, which are all protections against shadows.

In the full traditional Ukrainian wreaths, there should be 12 flowers: Wormwood, immortal, lynx, cornflower, chamomile, cherry blossom, apple, gooseberries, mallow, peonies, cornflower and baptismal bells. Wormwood is a symbol of inertia and immortal, a symbol of the immortality of the human soul. The cherry blossoms are a symbol of maternal love.

The wreath varies in many of the regions as young women throughout the country wore various headdresses made with yarn, ribbon, coins, feathers and grasses, but these all had the same symbolic meaning. In parts of central and eastern Ukraine, the flowers were raised in the center front and multicolored ribbons were attached to the back.

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Ukraine “Bridal” Vinok Wreath

Custom weaved wreaths denote the seasons as the customs came to Ukraine from prehistoric times and garlands with flowers and herbs are one of the oldest Ukrainian symbols. In ancient Goddess images of women, she wore headdress of flowers, grasses, herbs and branches in her shamanic beginnings.

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Ukraine “Bridal” Vinok Wreath

Putting your wreaths into water is to tell your future and personal guidance but putting a wreath in the Sea and it will tell the fortune of your soul. Setting wreaths on the water usually accompanies folk songs, because that was the first honoring of the first goddess.

Its more popular today to wear the casual versions of the vinok. It is not uncommon to see women in Kiev wearing a headband embellished with flowers during the summer as a fashion statement or Ukrainian pride. Additionally, the growing popularity of the vinok has contributed to the increase of vinok specialists, as well as the demand of local florists

Ukraine flowers , herbs, color of ribbon and their symbolic meanings…
Braided wreath – Symbol of prosperity and fertility.

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Ukraine “Autumn” Vinok Wreath

Clover – Symbol of fidelity;
has the magical power to reconnect.

Elecampane – Root of nine forces,
strengthens and returns health.

Fern (Rozmai herb) – Attracts love.
Garlic – Protection, also weaved into
braids on the bride crown before the wedding.

Hatchets – Field grass is a symbol of healthy fields, cornfields and abundance.
Iris – Peace and vitality.

King-flower – Vastness.
Krinov (lily) – Magical symbol of the feminine because she is essentially moist energy. The ancient name of the flower Krinov means “well” as it treats heart ailments.
Kalina (raspberry, rose) – Three sisters, acrimony as a form of magical contact, when there is a prick of blood. Overcoming obstacles, after which comes the miracle and magical dream as the likeness of eternity.

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Ukraine “Autumn” Vinok Wreath

Loboda – Symbol of misery and poverty.
Lyubka – a symbol of beauty and youth doable.
Lovage – Love, harmony. Bathe in lovage.
Lions (sunflower) – Symbol of fertility, growth and fruiting, and, hence, yield.
Marigold – Mans beauty.
Narcissus – Protects ones health.
Nechuy-wind – Boundaries
Oregano – Symbol of maternal
love and care of children.

Pansies – Symbol of love of family.
Parsley (wormwood) – Spring
Pauline – Bitterness of life, is protection agai
nst shadows.

 

ukraine.jpgPeppermint – Guardian of children and their health.
Peonies – Flowering of maturity.
Poppies (red)- Beauty, purity and magical forces of protection.

Rozsa (Rose) – Symbol of goodwill, prosperity, and swarming bees.
Red mug – Beauty and cleanliness.
Roman Herb Forest (chamomile) – Love.
Rouget (Rose hips, mallow, rue) – Glory.

Ruta – Sadness and a bitter life.

Vasylko (marigolds) – Ceremonies.
Violets – Joy.
Voloshky (blue cornflower) – Symbol of beauty and goodness, modesty and tenderness.
White Lilac – Family life.
Wreath of Roses -Symbol of health

Colors of Ribbons

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Ukraine Grandmother Vinok

A wreath of flowers and ribbons protects she who wears that halo on her head, it has a magic. Our grandmothers knew and still know this magic well, lot of different secrets of when and how to weave a wreath passed down from her grandmother.

Colorful Wreaths of Magic which is the union of Mother Earth with the Spirit Sky (Sun) as the divine marriage of the powerful belief of immortality – the way of Love. A corolla of intertwined ribbons of different colors, each have meaning:

Light brown: Mother Earth
Yellow: Sun, Blue: Water
Orange: Bread, Purple: Wisdom
Crimson: Sincerity
Pink: Abundance.

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On the left side of the white ribbon is gold thread as the sun, and on the right, silver, as the moon (month).

Red Colors (ribbons and mug, carnation, rowan, viburnum) – Divination and charms, blood and fire. On the one hand it symbolizes beauty, joy and love of life, the other, vengefulness and destruction. Red is used for charms, tends to counteract evil spell.

Popular color in Pysanky eggs and also using red thread, beads and flowers in divination embroidery. The best way to protect children from evil spirits and evil souls in dreams, is to tie the hands of a child something red.

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Ukraine Winter Vinok Wreath

Green – Spring, beauty of nature, transformation, envy.
Purple & Green – Wisdom and caution.
Red & Blue – Fidelity and love.
White & red – Reward and respect.

White (ribbons and flowers) – Purity, innocence, joy. White is associated with daylight and life. Our ancestors believed in the relationship with the divine worlds. White robes are worn women in circles and by ancient priests or magicians. During the first crop of our ancestors wore a clean white shirt. White is also associated with death. Our parents, grandparents deceased wore white clothes and covered with a white shroud. White robes and ghosts are dead people.

Black – Night, Powerful Ancient moon women. Yellow – Sun, gold. In ancient times perceived as sunlight. Blue – Water, eternity. It unearthly secrets of the world. Symbolizes honesty, good reputation and loyalty. In mermaids cold and recalls the shade.

Ukraine neopaganism-folk Vinok (вінок)
Ukraine Neopagan Folk Vinok (вінок).

Sources: http://1vib.co.ua