Pluto’s Cave, Fire and Water Purification Rites

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By Phoenix the Elder – I want to preface this article of this ceremony at Pluto’s Cave, located in Juniper Flats National Park, near Mt. Shasta… I have only done two ceremonies in the last thirty years with people outside my circle of apprentices, as a collective Dreamer (shaman). The first was the Wounded Knee areas with all the tribes, seven years before Standing Rock, in order to prepare for seven years when Standing Rock happened.  The other was my group of dreamers from my ‘shut down’ Grandmother Moon page to go as a dream group to England around 42 ce and do work there. The third time is this ceremony at Pluto’s Cave.

My apprentices are the only ones who have participated with me, in all my other ceremonies. Most of my work and ceremony work since 1997 has been done alone because of the nature of my fated work, but after 2008, I decided to let them join me in ceremony if they mastered sobriety of every hallucinogen, mild like pot or more server.

This meant they had to suffer and burn off toxins for two years solid before I even talked or worked with them… burning off toxins of their previous decade or two, from any uses of any…

Occasional wine, ayahuasca, pot, synthetic drugs, alcohol, anything for pain, shamanic drugs/plants, huachuma, andachuma, aguacolla, wachuma, dmt, peyote, wine, mescaline, mushrooms, echinopsis pachanoi (San Pedro cactus), anxiety, sleep disorder, bi-polar, etc medications, shamanic plants of any kind. Basically anything that can and does alter the emotional body, soul body perception bodies and animism bodies.

That in itself, detoxing from a decade or two of even one item, is very painful because all of our organs and muscles have been saturated even with once a month or twice a month usage and the ‘reaching out’ for soothing emotions or mental things, stops completely. Pot in itself takes 9 years to clear the astral soul body and that is a very mild perception altering substance but after a decade does its damage to the astral body (soul or unified chakra body). When they start to detox, they have painful releases. Detoxing is harder than most people think once they move into detox action, its very challenging.

After they do this for 2 years, my apprentices can then talk to me and actually start to work with me as a student. Needless to say, I not only have to be extremely focused and stay in purity to deal with demons and shadows, but I have found no men warrior enough to withstand my work more than three or four months, and only a very few rare women sacrifice this type of lifestyle on a personal level of commitment to work with a real apprentice. This clear way of being, minimizes demonic energy and gives more power to the light souls. Here is a video example of the mess left from such drug/plant ceremonies…

https://www.facebook.com/ElderMountainRetreats/videos/1213477262131579/

The Ceremony

This ceremony at Pluto’s Cave was my second one, and the next level of it’s ritual purification, the first one was two years ago and took about eight hours and was completed by me and two apprentices assisting. This second ceremony was to reinforce that first ceremony and clear out what has occurred in the cave over the last two years.

I was joined in this ceremony by Marilee NiEtain of Soul Tribe Sanctuary, and one of her patrons Laura. Certain Soul Tribe Sanctuary supporters also joined us from their home (and country) in the purification ceremony. Linda Nelson, a spiritual Healer and Phil the Elder, were present and supported with their drums, intentions and healing, and Phil also had his flute, they are both from Yreka, California.

Three of my long time Apprentices (six years or more) and a few new Students joined with a prayer or two for holding space. The two apprentices stories are at the end. Also a few patrons on my Elder Mountain Dreaming joined to add support (from their home and country).

We entered the parking lot of the cave area, just as the partial eclipse full moon was happening. Marilee’s purification rite, occur before we started, even before we walked to the actual cave. She had to go and ‘release’ in nature and had fallen. I was waiting for her to return near the car, and instinctively I started to play my drum, a blood drum (long story). I played it very strongly and loud and then stopped abruptly.

Marilee had returned back to where I was standing and said she passed out and then when I began to play my drum, she could hear it very faintly as if it were in the distant, barely hearing it, and then the sounds got louder and stronger until she was fully into this physical realm with her conscious self (my drum is really loud).

Realizing she had passed out, she said she checked herself over, a little shaken, a bleeding arm, then got up, came back over where I was standing, and said, all in all, that she was ok. I poured some of the moon water I had made the night before for the ceremony, onto her arm and it scabbed over right away.

She had gotten her purification, chord cutting and cleansing even before we left the parking area. We walked to the cave and Marilee, Linda and Phil stayed at the top ridge of the cave and held space and did what they needed to do to support. Laura had gone into the cave and then spent the remaining time during my set up and ceremony time before the drumming started, at the gateway or opening of the cave. I spent the hour and a half set up time (ceremonial purification boundary whispering, necessary for myself and the others there), before I could even begin the purification ceremony process inside the cave.

I had no apprentices helping me this time, in the physical with all my stuff, which I usually have one or two giving service and assisting to carry a drum or two or a bag. The three other elders there had to take care of their things and their strength, so it was a bit taxing at first and at the very end, but I knew once the drumming began, I would get the full surges of energy, which I did.

I also go into trance generally starting the day or night before a ceremony and will dream also, so if anyone asks me questions or tries to engage in rational thinking or present normal human things when I get started on a ceremony, I am not really there, my trance and shaman come forth, the slayer ready to do the work, my apprentices understand this but others do not. My shaman power builds a day or two before an actual ceremony and the Moon Huntress dreamer (shaman) is not the nicest person when working at remaining in the shamanizing focus for the duration.

Once we reached the rim, the others stayed above near the rim and I stepped to descend the rocky downward natural steps towards the cave, when all of a sudden, my big buffalo drum jumped out of my hand, rolled all the way down the descending hill, rolled all the way into the cave, took a left and laid down exactly where it wanted me to set up the underworld circle (trap), which had a huge stone, with a bunch of small stones laid up against it.

That was the area where my circle in the cave would be set up for the ceremony, and to push the demonic energy back down through a second underworld hole opened up by mother earth when I asked (when I began the drumming part of the ceremony). I was here at this cave for three things, the first was because of seven non-incarnated, red eyed demonic black astral bodied ones had escaped and have been roaming the wilderness between Mt. Shasta and Redding, California (which is about an hour and a half drive on the highway).

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This ceremony was not an eradication of the red eyed demonic forces, it was creating an energy surge with guidance into the marked off circle I made, and then a force of pushing them down in a re-entry to a darker level of the underworld, where they would not return again. The forceful pushing would have been from the light prehistory ancestors I called and the magnetic force of pull of mother earths underworld.

When I began drumming within the first ten minutes, I heard the dark dogs of the underworld barking, loud and clear. There are guardians dogs of the underworld who are the light side of the dark, and then there are the demon dog souls of human men entrapped in the underworld where their karmic astral demon (regular demon) body remains – unless loosened by human behaviors of many kinds. And these dogs were “way to close to the veil on the other side” and I have been monitoring.

These dogs were the demonic kind, barking and the pull of the sound of my drum downward told me I was at the beginning of a specific level of the underworld that was opening. Those demons dogs have gotten closer to the in-between gate (called the veil), to here, compared to twenty years ago. The job had to be done relatively fast, so nothing escaped and the bigger seven roamers who escaped were sucked back in through the force of energy in between the veils by mother earths consciousness and movements.

I had been attacked only once by one red eyed demon three years ago at the volcano in Maui. I was between waking and sleep. Most of them at the Maui volcano, I saw them only venture out, but stayed near the opening and do not venture off that volcano. The seven red eyed black huge demonic bodies at Shasta have been venturing out much farther distances from the caves entrance… they were about 30 miles away. I saw the seven, three weeks ago near the Lake Siskiyou which is about an hour south of Mt. Shasta.

This is why I was there to do the work when Marilee and Linda began talking about 14 circles made around the cave itself and she alerted me to the issue. It set off the alarms of the seven red eyed huge demonic bodies from the underworld, and these things have no living attachments to them. All past life demon roaming in or out of the underworld, have a living incarnated human that belong together.

I only experienced one red eyed demon “living astral body” who had fully possessed a young man, who was one of the organizers “hemp” fest in Seattle in 2000. That was during the late evening and a random man showed up next to me who I knew had manifested from the light. Light and dark are always balanced and equal across the board (if its a light shadow, then there is a weaker light, etc). I was not prepared back then as my death initiations were only half completed, and then finished completely early 2017, so there was nothing I could do but walk away.

I even tell my apprentices to never engage, speak or look at red eyed demons in waking or in night dreaming because of the horrific connection of that energy, and the slow demise of ones mundane life rapidly turning into something that is not manageable and a crisis. I also had work to do at this ceremony for two clients and one apprentice. It was to sever demonic aspects that were invading their personal space and one was a family curse from a past life.

My work at the cave was to separate the clients/apprentice from what happened in their personal life with the shadow roamers causing havoc and attacks. For my apprentice – it was a red eyed demonic energy that had possessed an “ayahuasca” man who does the shamanic ayahuasca ceremonies. He wanted to bring that hallucinogen into her personal spiritual circle at an organic farm in Turkey which she belonged to. She stood up and stood against it in their circle they had when he presented about doing the plant journey for them.

She could no longer could be apart of her circle there if they chose to do it. He got extremely angry at her twice in the circles duration, she felt the rage of the demon in her empathic body (as a healer). She drove home and left the farm saying her goodbye to those she had grown close to over the last four years, and that night she was attacked by the red eyed demon in her bedroom.

The second person needed a family curse lifted and removed, and the third person was attacked after she went to Peru to do her first hallucinogenic ceremony (mescalera). I was also doing a cutting ceremony for myself from an issue that happen at Umpqua hot springs, where its not monitored nor watched by the forest service and a popular hot spot for the roaming travelers who do a lot of shamanic plants, pot etc. I sat in the springs and had gotten a bacteria that I have been doing intense detoxing for the last year and a half everyday. Its all healed, but wanted to make sure I cut chords with the origin.

Now the bigger interference… There are thousands of huge military (ufo) ships that have been roaming free at all the big volcanoes of earth, and are right across the veil since the 50s and they are the ones responsible for puncturing the gates of the underworld open through the volcanoes with their need to fuel up on the magnetic fields of these volcanoes. These are under the dominance of the telepathic ancient alien (humans) who have no soul, spirit or physical body, those were lost through millenniums, from their own karma and its final destruction of their soul and we cannot reincarnate without a soul. Many spiritual groups have many, many different names for them, chose the one you use.

California Photograph - Inside Plutos Cave by Loree Johnson
California, Inside Pluto’s Cave by Loree Johnson

What I was purging from this cave back into the underworld were no regular demons (soul shadow demons) or dark djinns (mental body astral demon bodies), or corrupted past life shadow soul roamers of incarnated humans, or even the demonic levels of humans’ darkest karma freed from the underworld from shamanic plants/drugs/pot (weekly users).

The seven who escaped the lowest levels of the underworld from Pluto’s Cave are way beyond these other levels of darkness. They are still bound by the rules of daylight (and the veils) and cannot enter our space, but at night they can cross the veils. These are solid black demons that are huge, about 14 feet tall, and ones’ in which have no jurisdiction being out of the deepest layer of the underworld at all.

Lenticular cloudsThe military activity behind the veil at Mt Shasta since 1988 has been sucking up the magnetic energy of Shasta itself, like all huge volcanoes on earth, and soul raping those who live in the area or huge volcanoes, in their dreams at night, hence the accumulated cloud moisture forms of the human (soul) moist cloud called the astral body aligning with Lenticular cloud moisture. In 2015, the ships (ufo) military ships (behind the veil) began moving their ships to Mt McLaughlin in Medford, Oregon, about 2 hours north of Shasta. The Lenticular clouds shows the size of the ships and will now begin to cease at Mt. Shasta, and will begin to appear at Mt McLaughlin and already have.

Mother earth is the only one who can open her underworld, not even the most powerful shamans on earth can. The military-cia operative in their cross-veil ships, here in the U.S. and the Russians and their ships and Saudi Arabia with their military (ufo) ships are the main three of earth. They all do a puncturing with electro-magnetic energy that has been busting holes into the underworld at the volcanoes, as they have at Shasta, and Maui, this took them thirty years of uninterrupted work to do it and that is starting to free the demonic energy.

I set up my altar in the cave, to attract the escaped red eyed demonic seven back into the cave, and the energy to attract also with mirrors, sharp objects (small deer antlers), water and moon water, and particular wind whispering (exorcism ancient chanting which pulls energy towards me) and then I was ready to go into my trance in-between waking and dreaming, with my drum, building the energy to lead all to that altar.

I put a circle of dried roses that I collected last week, circled it again with my staff to keep anything outside of that circle safe and lock in everything outside the rim above inward and lock out the other shadows from the cave areas. I then drew then around those two circles, with the moon water, which is a Romanian tradition.

It took about 45 minutes to drum the entire process and I asked the wind, to come into the cave, so I could feel the sensation on my body right before accumulation and then it was done, and the shit went down and mother earth closed it up and sealed it. And then it took about 20 minutes for me to do my thanks and clear my things.

Back at the car, Linda, Merilee and I talked for awhile, and they said during my drumming a big dragonfly had come (which i know whose soul that is), then they said a big yellow butterfly and a bunch of white butterflies were outside the cave. We were sitting there having something to eat after we were finished, a really loud cicada was buzzing around us and dancing a few times making sure we noticed it. That same cicada came to my window today as I was writing this article.

Cicada folklore represents the 13 and 17 year cycles (I am starting my new 13 year cycle in October 2017), and they also represent in Chinese folklore the free soul, the immortal and immortality.

Two of my apprentices assisted our ceremony and this is their share …

My Turkish apprentice: I found a nice spot outside, did the protection circle as you taught and had a bowl of spring water to receive released/resolved energies during the healing, then grounded and centered myself and set intention to holding space for your ceremony and performing a healing to help cleansing of Pluto’s Cave.  As soon as i started, heard you’re drumming so powerful, and I just listened for few minutes, felt the beats in my body.

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Hattusa, Turkey

Then saw an army of scientists in the darkness, all male and wearing white lab coats. they’re just standing still, like a zombie army. Then I was in cave near you, I saw you drumming near a big fire, i watched the bright fire of purification for a while. Then had a vision of a native man, he’s in cave, hiding to the side, and stepped forward to be seen for only a moment. He’s in his thirties or early forties maybe. Has black long hair and strong face, bright eyes. His face’s painted in black, yellow and white, kind of like zigzags. I looked at him, then he stepped back to shade.

The healing took a little bit longer than an hour for me, it’s so intense at the beginning. checked the energy before i finished, it’s well. At some point during the time, I had another vision that the red eyed demon that attacked me, cracked inside out and shouted out a terrible scream, then seemed it sucked in a black vortex of the underworld and disappeared.

The next day, I took a walk in the park, all the dogs in park started to bark, one was just behind my back, a very aggressive one. i thought, “never mind, i am protected” i didn’t see it or hear its paw steps, it just growled and barked 2-3 times, then all was silent.

Oracle at Delphi Greece

My apprentice Burnt Stone: Delphi Temple in Greece – I assisted by going to the Temple at Delphi (Greece) today and did ceremony. I drew a sacred protection circle and then spoke my prayers and intentions. I set the intention to join Phoenix in ceremony and to help support the ceremony at Pluto’s Cave. I also said a prayer of gratitude and honor to the prehistoric ancestors of the light who cared for this place Delphi and said a prayer for them to push out the unhealthy influence of Apollo/Dionysus cult who had taken over this place from the women of Delphi, for its health and balance if it is for the greatest good of all concerned.

I also said a prayer to help connect Delphi to Pluto’s cave in a sacred dreaming way if it is for the greatest good. And last I drummed a prayer to the Greek goddess Eris (who I have had symbolic synchronicity with) and honored her and asked humbly to become her daughter and to work with her. I drummed and when I was finished just sat peacefully.

After I was done, ten minutes later a guard (who had been blowing his whistle at people who had been crossing the roped off area) came up to me and told me it wasn’t allowed for people to play musical instruments there. Which was kinda funny because there is no visible rule of that, I think he just made it up. So I just smiled and said “ok, all finished” and he smiled and walked away. He had walked right up to where i had placed my boundary circle and didn’t cross it. So after that I picked up the circle, packed up my drum, walked around a bit and then left.

Burnt stone’s dream the night after: I woke up from my dream from last night. The big one was I woke up in the middle of the night ( half asleep/half waking state) because I felt the energy all around me shift and get very intense and the I heard in the dream a single intense dog bark. I woke up and grabbed my drum and held it by me but gradually the feeling faded and I was awake again. Then the other dream I had was just me in places with little kids trying to steal from me. And every time they stole something I had to grab it back and speak sternly to them (probably local Greek children on the dream planes).

Update: All 3 of my clients were cleared of the demonic shadows and the family within 4 days and that work is now closed. The seven red eyed demons are back in the underworld through this lava tube (the side cave, not the main one, because a new underworld opening had to be made, from where they were coming out in the main tube). I am sure those who joined us from their homes, but did not share their story can do so if they wish and I will add it to this article.

Blessings and peace, Phoenix the Elder

 

 

Inner Child Healing helps prepare for real Soul Retrieval Work

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The video below, shows a mother and daughter in an artistic portrayal of separation. Separation leads to abandonment, phobia issues, co-dependency and addictions of any kind. It is the leading cause of drama-diseases, and as any 40 year old will tell you, things arise at midlife of what occurred twenty or thirty years earlier. Inner child work is best done in the late thirties to mid forties because that is when we are most open and can handle that level of power needed to return. There are young people of course in their 30s that have journeys and do healing work, but I have seen a lot of people heal fast when the “age” factor timing of this fated reality is appropriate for such healings. Timing is everything they say, and its true, even by age.

When we reconnect with this fragmented part of the self from the past, the inner child as we get into our later 30s and 40s, and for some even in their 50s, we slowly become aware of the underlying roots of our pain, our sleep disorders, our fears, our phobias, insecurities and self sabotaging life patterns. Inner child work is pivatol, meaning that we prepare for that work, we do it and we reach the greatest detoxes from it. Same too for Soul Retrievals, Inner Child work is one healing work that leads to peaks which are then released.

One time a doctor was referred to me, and he thought my work was amazing of all the simple things I did with him over a few months. He said I have been to many big time people in California changing me thousands, and you go in there and clear what I was looking for, over ten years. I told him, you prepared for me and without that, my work would have taken years.

We begin to unravel and address things we could not see or are not able to see until the time is right. Healing the inner child issues takes preparation, slow baby steps towards our real “wounding” which sits under layers of our issues. The issues must be addressed first. There is no “issue” discussing in sweat lodges, so don’t look there, this type of work has to be “safe” and under the very compassionate hands of a loving healer. 

I wanted to share several layers here in this article about separation, you separated from your inner child, through the separation of life experiences or in other words, where you soul your soul, where it was stolen or abused. Past life inner child or past life adult soul fragmentation separations are very different and very dangerous. Those go into more severe karmic pain and karmic struggles, near deaths and that require healing the self and inner child healing first before the work is truly done.

Our astral body was once complete, this luminous body of ours that can light up even what we think of as heaven or the bright light when die. But we all have karma today or maybe a handful of people are free from karma after a lifetime of healing but mostly even the most enlightened guru may not have paid his karma yet and is in the dormant state (underworld hasn’t opened yet).

All of us have karmic lives sitting and waiting in the abyss, because after 1200 bce, 3,000 years of wars, killing and kingdoms, we have lived lives within reincarnation, which has fragmented our souls apart. The astral soul body is a white and luminous body shape, like a cloud and whatever was not fragmented off in other lives, we get the remainder in our incarnation.

When we experience abuses this lifetime, another piece has broken off, sometimes this is how we pay real karma off, and people do not like when I say that, but its true. All the  monster and folklore creatures that are shadowy, are just real depictions of what our real human fragmented shadow energetic souls look like in its karmic states. Its pretty ugly and sometimes frightening when its at the demonic levels of fragmentation.

I saw mine in a ten year process when I got to the core of healing my two past lives. I saw my sons, then my apprentices, its not pretty, these demonic astral shadow that roam for shamans and seers to see, connected to those we love or those we want to help. We have all gone down that path, causing great fragmentation from karma, our own bad to demonic behaviors in lives we have not re-experienced much less remember or experience first hand.

1. The personal: When I began the more adult aspects of my shaman’s initiations after 30, as a Dreamer (dreamer is a fourth of four levels of a shaman); I lost my daughter and son, because the vibration of my collapsing life (shaman’s sickness) was rapidly approaching and I was losing regular human power of balancing my world. I fragmented and broke at 33, having to sustain what I could not handle in the shaman’s path. From the outside it just looked like a really bad divorce, but it was much deeper, than what appeared on the surface to friends and family.

Loss or death of anyone’s child brings grief, great stress or a living heartache. The last time my daughter lived with me, she was nine years old and my son was ten and a half. Of course that was only one of the many broken and fragmented life experiences I would have to endure as a shaman. The harder I worked at staying in contact with my children when all the forces were against me, the better I felt that I was at least giving it my all. We all experience these kinds of human traumas at some point in our lives, most people get one to three great crisis situations or health issues and then must live with the journey to find balance. 

2. Inner child work: This crisis then led me to even deeper work, and my path to “inner child work” began with consistency around 38 years old. I did all the knowledge and social paths of spirituality already and was finished with those and already to move into the more devotion practices and monthly and weekly healing of many kinds. Consistent healing work monthly, eventually pays off and inner child work is one of them.

We forget what our childhood felt like past twenty-five and when we have to go back there to do the inner child healing work, we begin to remember its pain and feel it, so it can release from our emotional body. Moving to a new home can traumatize a child, much less being abused which is high level trauma. Some examples of the wounded inner child which we trip over same old problems in our lives because of it…

  • Physical abuse, being hit or smacked by parents or grandparents
  • Emotionally unavailable parents or those who withheld basic affection
  • Being “punished” through kicking, shaking, biting, burning, hair pulling, pinching, scratching.
  • Molestation, shown pornography, or any other type of sexual contact from a parent, relative or friend
  • Children of Divorce, children of pot or alcohol addictions
  • Age Inappropriate responsibilities (such as caring for your parents)
  • Starving, or not in a Safe place to live
  • Abandonment of any kind, big or small
  • Emotional neglect, not being nurtured, encouraged or supported
  • Being deliberately called names or verbally insulted or shamed
  • Denigration of your personality
  • Destruction of personal belongings
  • Excessive demands
  • Humiliation
  • Car accidents, or other spontaneous traumatic events

Having gone through this process of my own inner child work for five years and being certified in some of the practices helping my apprentices and clients do the same, I saw the deep importance of the “length of time” it really requires to do real healing work in ordinary mundane life as a human being. I felt such burdens lifted from me and a heaviness that I was not even aware of.

The first half of my “self” healing journey and healings I received from other healers was to help me, to help heal and loosen the inner child from her prison. This was my human healing journey and it was powerful. I could see then hindsight when I did healing work on clients and apprentices and then their freedom also and the changes it brought. My shaman’s healing path was one of a more painful nature, dread and fright and I was even damaged and wounded from my real shaman’s initiations that took even more healing to stabilize that as well during my initiation time.

I have turned people away in my path because they were not ready for or did not need a shaman, they needed the 20 steps of practices and healing first. I learned and I share, that no one needs a shaman (healer) unless they are really deathly sick or can’t heal their existing disease or sickness (nor can a doctor help them heal), or those that chose when they are young, to take a path of no pot medicine, no medicines, no doctors or antibiotics to cure their sickness. Then yes call a shaman (healer) then, that is when one needs a shaman most.

All the other work we do in healing (not knowledge path after a certain point) and is just preparation to help us ground and feel better, and help us make it one more week or month in our heavy burdens. Everyone who has come to me (apprentices over the years), has been in the total collapse state, at the severest levels or was on the verge of falling into that abyss – and why they sought me out unconsciously or a deeper drive to have a working relationship together. Inner child work is such a big part of the preparation for real soul retrievals. There are many today that are good.

What is the inner child and why does it separate and fragment from us?

The inner child is like a wheel, and each year that we grow and experience any one of those concerns from the list above, and we end up surrendering (not fighting to live or give up hope) we have touched an inner child issue that is causing us pain. Many times I see this behavior all the time in people and now with social media, its extremely easy to see. Yet no one shows compassion, because they are working out the other side of the victim and perpetrator scenarios as adults.

As children our fear stay with us as adults, but they look different. We don’t kick and scream on the floor at our best friends house when we feel hurt by a random comment over dinner. Well maybe the introvert does and then expresses it later, but most people hold it in and have learned to control it, but not be ‘aware’ of ‘it’ anymore. The inner child “it” has been tampered and toned down until one gets drunk.

These issues overtakes us or circumstances in abuses in the family has been created in our family we birthed, this puts us in survival mode (shock) and people can live in great shock. Look at the survivors of Auschwitz as an example, the astral body keeps fragmenting a little at a time until we loose our energy completely and have lost the path and are now in the deep forests of our pain. Even then we can still exit, go to work and drudge our way through issues that do not heal.

The astral body fragments that partly steps out of us, at the age we were traumatized, remains outside of the body until we do the work. This is when peoples emotional body’s start to flat-line, and depression sinks in and a host of other issues like chronic fatigue etc. We are given a certain amount of our own astral life force (soul), to reincarnate with and when we are abused or hurt continually, that part of us leaves and stays outside of the realms. We can only address the original wound in order to begin to walk towards the inner child whose astral body has split off from us as we were growing and it remains outside of our body until brought back home.

But the inner child in her astral form is usually or almost always, separated from the adult self by the abusers shadow astral body. This is why its so hard to heal, the behind the scenes are not there even for really great healers and psychics. This is where a dreamer (shaman) like myself, had to be witness behind the scenes on the astral planes, seeing the inner child soul and the shadow soul in their prison (so to speak). Be that a physical or emotional abuser, who is unconscious of their shadow (and to us shamans, that the unconscious shadow is a real and living dark energetic astral soul body).

The shadow soul of an alcoholic, or shamanic drug/plant person who does peyote also has caused new problems in clans, tribes, villages and society. The darkest person in these  circles is always the most charismatic one. Or an abusive parent and the parent that was in denial can still bring up old wounded feelings by an adult with inner child issues at the holidays. The wounded child is still in the realm of the past, surrounded by us in the present, and these shadow bodies do not let go of her so easily, until its safe. I have done many soul retrievals but only when people are ready, and not before when it comes to healing. In group soul journeys (winter solstice), everyone is invited regardless because its not like individual sessions.

What this means is we have to do the healing work for her or him to return (slowly). After major healing has been done to understand your own depth of your personal story and what you have to reclaim, we have to work out and heal the majority of one issue or a few and overcome them to be ready for the next phase. Self healing is full of a thousand phases.  Then, this is where a shaman comes in to see who the demonic astral body is and begin to enter that realm with a fighting force as a warrior shaman to free the child in a soul retrieval. Most shaman journeys are feel good journeys, people feel supported by their book trained, school trained or conference workshop trained shamans, that is because they are getting “emotional support” for the first time in their lives, but it doesn’t mean their astral fragmented soul isn’t still out in the realms.

Past live soul fragments are much deeper and they cannot return until all parts of this life’s soul fragments have healed, and returned. This is because past life shadow fragments are older, stronger, more powerful demons when its our own. And that path requires a whole lifetime to overcome and many people do not. They can be slaves to their alcohol, sleep medications, doctors meds, pot, shamanic plants/drugs, or whatever keeps them separate from that pain of sobriety or past life demonic shadow fragment (dark soul body) and that chaos of that pain that appears. The rule is, most are totally unconscious of any of this type of past life shadow, as long as they feed themselves the illusion causing substances which only makes the shadow astral soul body eventually more powerful and one day busts through (if the person gets sober or wake up in ‘cycle’ of age).

The following is from “Union Within” and explains some of the dynamics of the inner child parenting process.

“The feeling of wanting to die, of not wanting to be here, is the most overwhelming, most familiar feeling in my emotional inner landscape. Until I started doing my inner child healing I believed that who I really was at the deepest, truest part of my being, was that person who wanted to die. I thought that was the true ‘me’. Now I know that is just a small part of me.

When that feeling comes over me now I can say to that seven year old, “I am really sorry you feel that way Robbie. You had very good reason to feel that way. But that was a long time ago and things are different now. I am here to protect you now and I Love you very much. We are happy to be alive now and we are going to feel Joy today, so you can relax and this adult will deal with life.”. . . . 

“The integration process involves consciously cultivating a healthy, Loving relationship with all of my inner children so that I can Love them, validate their feelings, and assure them that everything is different now and everything is going to be all right. When the feelings from the child come over me it feels like my whole being, like my absolute reality – it isn’t, it is just a small part of me reacting out of the wounds from the past. I know that now because of my recovery, and I can lovingly parent and set boundaries for those inner children so they are not dictating how I live my life. By owning and honoring all of the parts of me I now have a chance to have some balance and union within.” 

Step Processes We do not heal these parts of ourselves until we have prepared to be here, the action part of inner child work you can do and when those are completed (and take your time), leave no stone un-turned because you will just have to repeat and go back over them anyway. Here are some good first steps which I give practices to people…

1. Connecting with your Inner Child – Acknowledge your inner child exists, treat this part of you as a loving mother would. Let him or her know that you won’t let anyone ever again treat you the way a parent or partner did. Treat him or her with kindness and respect. This is all about taking care of you, being the mother or father you never had to you. Some self-nurturing communication: I love you. I hear you. I’m sorry. I forgive myself.

2. Get out a photo of you at the age of your trauma(s) – I ask people at this stage of their journey, to put a photo of themselves on the nightstand to connect with each night and and remind themselves that they are on a real healing journey and that they are on consistent and won’t abandon themselves. This is an excellent practice for a few years before a soul retrieval. 

3. Reconnect and go inward – A lot of people who enter the midlife crisis around 37 or 38 already have children or have stress in their life and overburdened at the prime of their life. Inner child work really starts at this most potent time to heal around this stage of life.  Those who have abandonment or co-dependent issues will peak during this age. Reconnecting to sides of our self that we never even knew existed as adults, can change your relationship to yourself and to others. This discovery is truly life-changing whether its inner child work or any deeply devoted healing path. Having fun and returning play is also an important action that is also needed for some people to loosen up their fool to lighten some burdens.

Meditation is not an inner child work and I see a lot of suggestions for that. Emotional and Soul issues are more connected with inner child fragmentation and emotional issues that have turned into phobias, fears or addictions of any kind. Meditation if for the mind, and what we try to do with inner child work is to get deep into that emotional body first. Here are some good holistic therapies which I would say commit to, from 1 to 3 years, building upon each other if you need to go deeper.

Try them all, especially if you were molested or raped or unconscious as an adult of some of your past abuses. There are many healings out there, when you feel ready to deal with the traumas of the past,  real healing work is very slow and make sure you ask your healer what types of healing they have done and do they drink or smoke pot. This makes a huge difference in your recovery time of your emotional detoxes. You don’t want to spend time having to heal and cleaning up your healers emotional body that has slipped into yours (if your an empath). Might as well get the best since you are investing in you…

* Water Therapy, also called Watsu is excellent;
* Rebirthing (5-10 ten sessions with a woman and 5-10 with a male practitioner)
* Massage Cranio-Sacral (work is very good for physically abused children)
* Energy work (any kind, except crystal healing, it fragments the emotional soul body);
* Re-connective Healing, which is a form of body soul work

As a shaman, I do not open up the underworlds or middleworlds to find the fragmented inner child or past life karmic demonic soul, mother earth is the only one who can open those realms. All i had to do was pass 40 years of death tests for her to do it. The pierce of the veil, to get an inner child, is gotten by the person who is seeking it, not the shaman. The person has prepared to meet her wounded self by working at healing all along, the wounded self with real healing work. The shaman only holds both self, the other or the group, in a protected place so they can return one inch deeper to that ultimate destination.

Some need soul retrievals for sickness, some need it for soul loss this lifetime (inner child), others can only withstand being close to the sickness of death for a few years and that is not enough time for past life soul fragment to return back home (purified, yes the dark soul of karma must be purified through intense pain to burn off karma)… I other words you have to feel the pain of people you killed two thousand or a thousand years ago, in your real body and it hurts like “hell”, that frees the soul you killed and you get to feel their pain. That is real inner child work of a past life. The Hindus say your can “breath away” your karma. Well, even a devout practice of 30 years of that is not going to pierce the veil to enter the realm of the dead.

We first have to heal the pain of our ordinary life that arises, before we can go to the next level, in other words we have to fix the broken arm, and it must be all healed before we can approach the broken body (soul work). Its all the brokenness that occurs when you open the doorways to this type of healing because its not something that is simple, its highly complex. If the person can withstand their own deep sorrow, grief and the detox changes that occur, then an inner child fragment (the astral body of the child of this lifetime) will return as it gets so close in your space, you become aware that you are ‘feeling better’. As a shaman when I know its time I will hear the child in waking (clairaudio) or at night when I dream walk when I have a more long term relationship to my clients or apprentices.

3. The Collective: Across the veils is one big dark mess, leave that to the death dreamers.

So to conclude, you deserve to heal your issues, start with basic support from a loving circle, a women’s circle, a sweat lodge, if that turns ugly or your intuition tells you something is not right in the group its not, move on. In the last thirty years, many leaders who are my age have never even gone to a healer, much less dedicated to a decade or two of many modalities. So move on if a circle does not support you, you will know because all they want you to do is serve them.

For a real soul retrieval and however many it takes, and you will know because the person shifts, they lose a lot of weight, they leave a spouse, they move, they quit their job, they make some kind of big change within two or three years.

Slavic Peasant Dreaming: The Ancient Spirit of Wołogór, Dreamer of Ox Mountain

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain, Edited by Sarah Burnt Stone Many teachings speak of the World Tree or what is referred to as the “Tree of Life” in Paganism, New Age Spirituality, the Kabbalah and a few others. As a Dreamer I live within the realms of the “World River” connected to the Golden Baba: The River and its wisdom that flows from the Sacred Mountains and that relationship to our soul.

The World River is nature’s mysticism of water and a symbol of our own soul in the form of clouds, moisture, fertility, rain, fog, lightening, thunder and the hovering fog of mystery which is the mysticism of our feminine soul. These were the ways pre-history and some of it remains, at least in folk art of our Slavic and Balkan ancestors. I am the descendant of these great mysteries of the elements. From this feminine root of humanity, comes the older stories of the gentle men. Wołogór is a Polish folklore and legend which is a Mountain Spirit from the Karkonosze Mountains and is from a time before history.

This article is about the legend and lore of Wołogór the Dreamer of Ox Mountain. What impresses me most about this legend and folklore is Wołogór, who is strongly connected with the world symbolism of the bull, is not associated with any men’s hunting rites nor the killing of the bull. Nor is it reflected in the ancient representations of overpowering nature with the masculine. Wologor’s story is about peaceful, soul-full men.   

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Wołogór’s exit from the Slavic lands (when humanity fell asleep) contain a great deal of gentleness and respect. The gentleness that characterizes everything about this tradition shows us he is an oral connection to the matriarchal cultural lineages of pre-history’s Grandmother Shamanism. Many people try to claim and hold onto a specific cultural story but I do not because Wologor is like other Oxen and Bull cultural stories around the world. 

Legends about the Mountain Spirits of Karkonosze are mostly from the written accounts of the Middle Ages and were recorded historical folklore from previous oral traditions, but some of them have an older shamanic culture feel, in which they were born:

Krakonoš (Wind Spirit and later a Dwarf who is a Guardian Spirit of the Mountains). This is a Czech Republic folklore, and described as ruler of the winds which makes it shamanic, and a daemon spirit who punishes indiscriminately, making it a pagan lore. In later depictions he was a righteous champion of the poor, shown more as a dwarf and capable of transforming to any creature or object, making him a magical being. He too, like the others is a guardian of the mountains and protector of the people. He has connections to both paganism and shamanism because he can shape shift and shape shift into storms (weather or elements). The first illustrations comes from the Krakonoše, Helwigovy maps of Silesia from 1561. (Wiki).


Rübezahl (Mountain Spirit) is a German folktale and he is also called Woodwose who lives in the Krkonose Mountains (Giant Mountains), a mountain range along the border between the historical lands of Bohemia and Silesia.  The Woodwose is a wild man of the forests and woods, a mythical figure comparable to a Faun or a Wildman. He doesn’t really have much in common with Wologor and is strictly pagan. He derives from the 12th century (in written languages) and depicted as being covered with hair all over his body. He is closer associated with Green Man after the 16th Century. (Wiki).

Liczyrzepa (Mountain Spirit) is a Polish folklore who was originally a personification of the forces of nature, associated with the culture of Swantewit. This Mountain Spirit was later called “Lord John” (Dominus Johannes) a resulted from the introductions of the cult of St. John the Baptist and the existing pagans. The Polish name Liczyrzepa is a direct translation of the German name Rübezahl, introduced by Stanisław Bełza in 1898. It became widespread in Poland after 1945, when Józef Sykulski started to translate tales of Rübezahl from German into Polish. In one Silesian folktale, he is called “Prince of the Gnomes” from a legend dating back to the Middle Ages. In early pagan summer solstice rites, he resembled a Deer standing on its hind legs. (Wiki).

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Wołogór

Wołogór is a Polish folklore and legend which is a Mountain Spirit from the Karkonosze Mountains who in its animistic and shamanic past was a guardian to both the mountains and the inhabitants of the mountains of that region. He has a definable shamanic past because his appearance of an ox and the body of a man. He wears his natural clothing and carries a magical staff and the most important, one who dreams and experiences love. According to Lamus Dworsky, Wołogór in the Polish tradition, was said to have been given the task of guarding the small region near Wołowa Góra (which translates to Ox mountain) and reporting the condition of the area to the Great Mountain Spirit.

It is in this context that Wołogór is most vividly depicted as having an ox head and carrying a decorated staff that endows him with magical powers. Peasants would say that this spirit ensured everything was in working order and the people living nearby were safe and showed respect to nature. Sometimes he was known for assisting the locals or showing the way to lost visitors. He appears in only the local villagers’ dreams to let them know he is there to help.

The people of Budniki, Poland who do their Wołogór celebrations call them, the Welcoming the Sun and Farewell to the Sun which makes them an Autumn and Spring Equinox ritual.  Because rituals have lost their original real “rites”, what we have left today is more a gathering to honor something of our past, which includes food, music, dancing or gatherings. The very earliest of humans who lived in Dreaming cultures without written languages, connects to the simplicity of Wołogór. As time went on, these dream cultures transformed into shamanic cultures which connects the simplicity of

Shamanic cultures transformed into Goddess cultures and Goddess cultures turned into Paganism. Paganism became Patriarchy and Patriarchy is the structure that underlies most present-day folklore, religions, political and philosophical paradigms.

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As eras of time moved forward, cultural changes combined with the growing popularity of alcohol and drug myths (Dionysian Cults). This began to change mythology, especially in the way it depicted the sacred masculine. The increasing amount of tribal and spiritual leadership that was taken over by men who worshipped the proud warrior archetype (based on the Unconquered Sun God myths) further served to expand the gap between the style of old mythology and the new. As battles, politics, science and military became the new masculine, we saw we saw many myths lose the gentleness that can still be found in the roots of Wołogór’s folklore.

The most ancient of folklore always depicted a peaceful and magical earth, where men were helpers to women and children; where there were no warriors at all. We can see how some of the tales of Wołogór actually reflect the changing eras of world culture, particularly in the way sacred masculine love was transformed into depictions of the struggle of unrequited love and rejection.

Wołogór and his human love with a woman started as an act of seduction in her dreaming. However, she loved someone else and rejected Wołogór’s advances in her dreams. He decided to appear in her home in person.

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He came with so much love that fire fell out of his heart which is symbolic for our spirit connected to nature (elements) and set her house on fire. Wołogór understood his mistakes of passion out of control, and he decided not to intervene in human lives again. The woman got married and had children and continued her life, rejecting the magical ancient earth and what it had contained.

This shows that both men and women had agreed that the old ways were not wanted anymore and that the dominance of the church and their urging women to have lots and lots of children and the binding of marriage in elaborate bride rituals without any spirituality of ancient female rituals, was the new men’s church fashion… in other words, control.

Wołogór saw that the people were changing in this way and that the sacred rivers that flowed from the spiritual mountains were not wanted anymore, in fact it became superstitious if anyone revealed the old ways as judgments were harsh. The people he had always protected and loved started to decline as they fell asleep in the great sleep of humanity. Wołogór’s magic (represented by his staff) slowly began to lose its magic. It was time for him to retreat back into the dreaming, because there’s no one left for him who believed anymore.

WołogórIt is said he went up a spring called Malina near some waterfalls, and there he pushed his staff and his right foot against a huge boulder leaving the shapes in the stone. He was never seen in the dreams again, but locals believe he might return when they are in need.

The folklore of Wołogór is very strong in small mountain cultures where ancient oxen (bull) once roamed free and there are still many Polish folk traditions that include the Ox symbolically.

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Kolęda, which is a practice of caroling at the winter solstice is a ritual that is still strongly associated with the Ox even today (and which sometimes has been substituted for a cow, but never a goat). During this time, villagers will walk around visiting homes with someone dressed as an ox and carry elaborate Christmas Stars. (See article on Elder Mountain called the “Midnight Sun”, the Koliada Star).

Some cultures have replaced the older ox with the new pagan goat in ritual and folk stories (a substitution that comes from more recent Dionysus/goat cult inspired traditions, even the Slavic peoples). The ox is the more archaic version of the animal associated with this ritual and is the indigenous Slavic animal associated with the rites of fertility. Legends like Wołogór and the Mountain Spirit of Karkonosze help us reclaim what was forgotten during the changing of cultural rituals and awaken to where we fell asleep due to religious forbidding rites connected with these dream cultural experiences.

For dreamers and old souls, times are changing for the better and we can now accept the possibility of our return so dominated by scholars, universities, archaeologist, authors or book writers who have brought limitation of what our ancient past was. We return to these rituals and these ancient ways without persecution and begin to live the rituals, perform them not as carnival or festival, but small ancient sacred ceremonies in which they were, and include the leadership of grandmothers.

This Hutsul (Ukraine) folk jacket has a near identical Wologor symbol.

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A poem about Wologor on Wołowa Mountain …

Enigmabudnik

You may think I was dreaming,
But in this wasteland, life sparks,
Not only thickets and conifers,
but deer, birds or other animals.

Rocks falling from the slopes
or mountain rushing streams,
Footprints of a stray wanderer’s shoes …
No, more real life!

Some time ago, several centuries,
You can hear the children here
Absorbed in care free fun
Yes, there were children here
so you already know yourself.

Where the children, there parents and family,
homesteads, houses and chimneys
Smoking; In a word: a real settlement,
Yes, a village was here, it’s not overdone.

Village? How is it? Seriously?
A village – I say – listen carefully!
And it is not a fairy tale nor a legend
by the fire the righteous talk.

Well, it was during the great turmoil,
When the world was engrossed in
religious movements,
  when the defenders
of faith took their heads,
 they were
fighting and dying.

Not for God’s sake, but for mammon,
After all, when the mind is asleep,
the demons wake up …

So wise people sought refuge,
They ran in their legs, without
a moment’s respite.

When they reached this place,
they rested for a moment,

Do you run away, they probably thought?
And this place is charming, peaceful,
They realized that somehow they
would survive the war.

Thirty years have passed; The war ceased,
The village has grown here, the village has been here,
They could come back safely, as they knew,
They could come back, but somehow
they did not want to come back.

Here they found their happiness 
Happiness must be guarded,
do not abandon it.
  It will grow and
flourish generously,

Life will be sweet and calm.

And so it probably was, we guess,
And exactly how it was – we do not
know that anymore.

And we’ll never know for sure,
Because history usually does
not betray everything.

Feeding the imagination, leaving some myths,
Poets, artists, magicians and fortune tellers,
Dreamy hearts about a child’s mind …
The rest is silence; this is strictly confidential.

What are some old photos betraying,
Tales kept in the attic, in the closet
I’m afraid of history, sometimes dulled
Echoes of ancient legends from
the cave under the forest.

The name to find one is the hard work:
Forstlangwasser, Forstbauden or Forest Buddy,
Forest Clamps or Foresters’ Houses,
The definition of this place we have a few.

And lastly, as the chronicles say
It is commonly known today as Budniki.
With such a wealth of names – what to do?
Well here not to overdo it?

Each of us reads the secret differently.
Let anyone who arrives in this area,
depend on your heart and your understanding,
Let her name – best as she can …

What do you think you will say about yourself?
After all, the name is just a name, letters,
What matters more is our experience
our Dreams, imagination, not the word “life” …

But there are also signs of time, unfortunately,
Hearts are very different from the poet’s heart,
In a place like this they feel different,
Thoughts are cool – profits are calculated,

Everything they want to cash in, invest everywhere,
Capable to sell everything, straighten nature,
Even the sliced secret would cut,
Without regretting for a moment,

In Budniki and houses to rebuild,
And people sold tickets to them …
When what is priceless will be priced,
This whole spell is going up and everything is over.

It will not be then a magic place,
Become more popular, more touristy
And it will be quite different than it used to be,
And no one else will dream …

But luckily there will always be something for us,
Because the place is certainly older than the slaughter,
Who knows what was happening in the old days,
What kind of sleep in the surrounding woods.

That no one will examine and will not answer us,
Maybe the camps had wild Celts here?
Because the older they are, the darker the cards,
Unforgettable myths in the earliest of times.
I am neither a seer nor a scholar,
Maybe Wologor on Wołowa Mountain
He will echo through the hole in the cloud …

Enigmabudnik, the Enigmabudnik…
Wake up the secret; Let Budnik silence continue!
Because in the silence the Heart hear Izbica Spruce,
In the veins to feel the raspberry, in the eyes of a Spark …

Poem: Izbicki’s Bride (2015.9.29)

 

Other Ox, Oxen, Bull in Mythology, Folklore, Legends

Oxen in other legends – In many cultures, the symbolism of the Ox is interwoven with a story that connects a male and female character.  One of the most famous stories is the Chinese myth of the Heavenly Weaving Maiden with the Ox herding boy. It is said that the Ox herding Boy and the Weaving Maiden must live separately their whole lives except for one day of the year when they can walk across a celestial bridge of Magpie birds to be together. This day is celebrated on 7th day of the 7th lunar month in many Asian countries and is their modern “Valentine’s Day” equivalent. This festival has been celebrated since the Han Dynasty (206 BCE). There are many stories online with older contexts than the modern Valentines Day stories.

Ox (Bull) in ancient cultures and its symbolism is also strongly featured in the Cretan myths. King Minos of Crete competed with his brothers to rule the land. Minos prayed to Poseidon, the Sea God, to send him a snow-white bull as a sign of support. He intended to kill the shamanistic woman’s era bull to show honour to the man’s human deity, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. He thought Poseidon would not care if he kept the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Poseidon made Pasiphaë, Minos’s wife, fall deeply in love with the Bull.

Goddess Cultures of the Middle East, Achaemenid period ca. 550 - 330 BCE

Pasiphaë had a craftsman (Daedalus) make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. Their offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphaë nursed him, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a mythical ox. Minos sought advice from the Seers and Oracle at Delphi, who advised him to construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. Its location was near Minos’ palace in Knossos.

The story of the Cretan Bull (which historically some scholars have suggested it as the strong female bull and its destruction of an earlier era) and the Maidens who danced upon her or him connecting their labyrinth of feminine fertility which is the connection between the solid earth and our physical life, relative to housing our Soul’s Dreaming, its Intuitive Oracular Gifts and the sight of the Seer of the ancient Body & Soul.

Budniki Forstbaude archaeological site archaeological excavations October 2014, Budniki Schronisko Forstbaude wykopaliska archeologiczne październik 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cee-HeJbuc

Note: The Golden Babas (grandmothers) article on Elder Mountain Dreaming: https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2016/11/08/stone-grandmother-каменные-баба-kamennaia-baba


Wonderful Sources: The Budniki, Poland people are the main source of a “living” ritual for all of us to enjoy Wologor, you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/Budnikipl;  Special thanks to Lamus Dworski and her scholarly (written folklore) approaches of her translations and researched version of Wologor, you can find her article of Wologor on her web page here:

Sources: https://lamusdworski.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/wologor; budniki.pl, karpacz.pl, karawaier.pl, Budniki Poland’s website: http://budniki.pl; Budniki Forstbaude archaeological site archaeological excavations October 2014 – Budniki Schronisko Forstbaude wykopaliska archeologiczne październik 2014; Gorlitz Museum Krakonoš (Rübezahl-Museum). Wiki, Vlastivědný Proceedings, Vol seventh Museum Podkrkonoší in Trutnov Trutnov, 1983, Photos and images included in this article are from the celebrations of the people who live in Budniki Poland; Baba and Bull Spring blessing of cattle in Poland; Karol Nienartowicz Polish Photographer of the Karkonosze, Gianni De Conno, Poèmes à la Lune, Polish Wiki, Various sources translated from Polish websites, Karkonosze (karkɔˈnɔʂɛ) National Park, Poland (Bohemia, 1518), Image of the large statue of the Bull in the Middle East of the Achaemenid period ca. 550 – 330 BCE.

Elder Mountain – If you are interested in learning more about the rites of a shaman, and the empowerment of our dreaming culture and how it can help be integrated into your emotional healing journey, solar, soul or moon work, or creative practices, we welcome artists, dreamers, healers, shaman apprentices (those under 50 years old) to learn and join into our community. We will be offering work-creatives, sacred retreats and ceremony on the equinoxes and solstices in Ashland, Oregon starting in the sparing of 2019. ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com

Personal note: 
My sharing of cultural weaving with my shamanic fated life of experiences over the past sixty years, is to enlighten the heart and soul of the readers beyond knowledge, study, university or book knowledge of pagan, religious tales, myths and teachings. I encourage to spark your spirit and soul with a time before the rulership of pyramids and kingdoms. Those who visit here and those who come to Elder Mountain in person, I only have respect to your traditions and learnings, and to celebrate them with you from your cultural past. My first language and culture is dreaming, and the gifts of dreaming, dream walking, soul work, soul healing, time travel (astral travel) as a pure (non drug non plant) shaman. I am most certainly grateful for all writers and authors as they share the approaches of time shared folk knowledge, from older books, old articles or library and university resources. I am very grateful to my own Polish/Ukraine lands that were once indigenous in the Carpathians and were some clues still exist from the pre-tenth century, one in which Wologor himself belongs like myself. I share, regardless who the source is, be it Wologor himself or a writer, dancer, singer or gatherer of information who all sharing the same living or re-birthing journeys of the joys of cultural traditions through the arts. All are blessed because of it, including me. 

Shoymanas, Rusallias and Sfinte Soimane

On Friday, February 3rd, 2012 Neptune moved into Pisces and will be in its own sign until the beginning of 2026 and will close the door it had opened 2,200 years before in the great circle, which started around 220 bce. What does the weaving of the “Order of the Sphinx”, a bunch of “Balkan Grandmothers,” the planet “Neptune” and a “Hawk” speak folk and myth legends weaves together? We dreamers, empaths and artists must understand the outside influences pressuring down on our emotional body and our sensitive nature in order to understand our path with clarity… Well, let me put forth, the soul’s language together for you…

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All 3 outer planets have 3 phases, based on 10 degrees each, we have now completed the first phase and entering the second 10 degrees which will intensify. For those who have planets in Pisces or Virgo, you will be experiencing more than others. For those born with Uranus/Pluto conjunction (b. 1965-1969) you are coming of age with Neptune approaching its opposition, and dissolving the struggles that you have had as a world wide group.

Neptune has 3 main symbols, the first is the soul and it’s soul languages, emphasizing  the living energy of our soul’s spiritual and evolutionary life; our dreaming life; our karmic life and the “influences” of the “mirror” at three levels. The second main symbolism is the symbolism of self-bondage, self-sabotage, in which the military and wars are its expression. Remember, we are speaking of the soul here, the Military is a more Virgo earthy reality,0 in terms of Chiron (not Venus) and holds the opposing balance. Where we are spiritually wounded is where we are the greatest healer (once we heal our wounding  and past life woundedness). The third symbol which comes from the balance of the first two, is the great dreaming, dreams, dreamer and dreamtime as the soul’s freedom.

16473407_809120662579144_8710987552044047416_nIt is the dream itself in the family of planets including mother earth’s dreaming cycles, just like our dreams are influenced by monthly moon cycles, larger yearly cycles of nature and so forth. Great dreaming cultures have risen and fallen in the dawning and dusking of Neptune. Today, this energy begins in the great circle to rise again, as there is nothing to stop it because it is nature, the untamed nature that does not have to do with the physical plane, but our energetic plane here in which we all live with everyday. It has been dormant for now or controlled, that is about to shift.

Dreamer’s and their souls have been dead for a long, long time on earth because of our past (life) behaviors during “unconscious cycles” and now they have all accumulated, overfilled without enough work to purify. With the help of the energy of Neptune’s influences, which had begun the processes to wake up, as it closes the larger gates we must all atone, as they say. This atonement started when Neptune first went into Aquarius (Jan. 28, 1998 to Aug. 22, 1998) and then went direct until it entered Pisces in 2012. This ten years of prep, was a ‘flexing of dream energy’.

During that time from 1998 until around 2010, dreamers began awakening, heralding the end of the “Age of Pisces” and the doorways open into the “Age of Aquarius” by both constellation aspects of charting them through astrology/ astronomy and the soul aspects of rising of ancient healing including the rising of the dreamers. After 2010, younger people began to awaken around then, with lucidity and then astral travel began to share on the web has already been happening since the first Harmonic Convergence since 1987 for those of us whose dream gates opened then. The military had already begun to use the tools of dreaming to pre-plan their attacks on the dreaming fields when we sleep. I woke up to this in the late 80s and it got very strong in the 90s, working with the healing path of freedom of my soul to unbind my own past life karma. Its taken 30 years of daily work to accomplish this.

We are all aware of Neptune’s distant stories of our historical past, with the energy that allowed an opening at its beginning cycle of the Age of Pisces which started with Buddha and Christ’s enlightenment, the only two prophets of the five (Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Hindu, Judaism), to reach enlightenment. This was when Neptune’s gate first opened 2,200 years ago around 220 bce to assist this ability and Buddha was teaching in Nepal around this time.

War was also entering the new age of Pisces and should have died at the end of the age of Ares, but it didn’t and it should have. Basically everything today is 2,000 extra years of the fullness of Military power on earth, started its very beginning seeds in the Age of Aries, the Dogs (Sirius) of War (2000 bce – 220 bce). Since the Military should have been shut down, in the first 0 point of the Age of Pisces around 220 bce, it wasn’t. It has grown to become the three monsters (devils) of God: Military, Science and Religion. There is not one human alive today who has not killed as a soldier in their past lives over the last 4,000 years, many turned away, myself included around 41 ce and we have all accrued the worst possible karma of the soul.

As we enter now the next circle on the wheel, the ending of the Age of Pisces and at the “0 point” we step into the Age of Aquarius (the great rebellious one for freedom and freedom of the soul), its going to get very deep on earth and this time, the Soul, not the military will win because Pisces rules the soul and it’s bondage. Aquarius rules the mind and its total freedom and for those who discipline the mind from the wisdom of the Buddha two thousand years ago, your soul’s freedom is next to be set free.

The dreamers emotions, the dreaming, our souls expansion, animism souls and nature’s soul consciousness is hit as a direct influence. This energy on a global level is also the great one who “dissolves” what seems to be truth, but is not. It dissolves matter to energy of the soul and dust to the mind, it rules the emotional systems such as the paranormal, the intuitive arts, the holistic healing energetics, even Buddhism’s manifestations of the divine within their teachings, all the way down to an over abundance amount emotion. Neptune’s smaller cycles within that big 2,200 year one is…

“… the last time that Neptune was in Pisces was within a few years after the planet of Neptune was discovered. Neptune moved into Pisces in 1849 and remained until 1862. This created a dramatic upswing in the spiritual awareness that gave birth to many new concepts at this time that continued to evolve. As it was reported that a surge of spiritualism began “… and by 1853, the Spiritualist movement had spread to San Francisco and eventually to London, and by 1860 there were Spiritualist churches around the world …”

her-em-akhetThe Order of the Sphinx

The Sphinx is a short story with a very long history, he was built at the beginning of the Age of Ares, the War Dog. He was the first monument built on earth to shut down the dreamers, the rest of the pyramids around the earth succeeded and won. The Greeks who did not know him, called him the “Sphinx” which means the “Strangler” in Greek. But he is in truth “Her-Em-Akhet”… The Rising Sun, in other words, the rising of the great Military Patriarch where men becomes god. This is the system at its fullness now and its nearing its end.

“Heru” is the name Horus is Greek. In Ancient Egypt the Sphinx was known as “Heru” (Hor or Har), which is translated as “The Distant One” or “The one on High” (from the preposition “hr” meaning “upon” or “above.” Early Dynastic Period and the Old Kingdom was from 3100–2181 bce and set the tone for the coming of the setting of the moon and the rising of the sun (patriarch.)

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Heru-ur; Horus the Elder. Heru-ur (Har-wer, Haroeris, Horus the Elder) was one of the oldest gods of Ancient Egypt. He was a sky god, whose face was visualized as the face of the sun. In the building of the patriarch, it was Horus who was built the first temple in Egypt, called the Sphinx and that is what the Order of the Sphinx is. The writings of Thoth so eloquently stated this in the “Halls of Amenti” which means:

You must travel to the greatest depths to retrieve the past life souls fragmented that had broken off of your soul, where you have both stole and destroyed in the eras of the building of the great patriarch itself in the age of Ares and Pisces.

Its pretty simple to understand, the time has come due for the debt to be paid. It all started in the era of the first Kingdom of Egypt, which is the oldest, and like all crisis healing, its time of opening is always perfect. And we heal, one day at a time from then forth.

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Balkan & Slavic Mysticism

Shoymanas, known as The Queen of Airs are mythological beings very similar and maybe the same as the Rusallias (related to the Rusalka and downsized nymphs were were once Goddesses and once women.) But you know how the myths are, they are collective and descriptive whether you can alchemize them down to the root core before the corruption of the power of the kingdoms of earth of our shamanizing reality that was once our great prehistory.

In Romania they are called “Sfinte Soimane” and are connected with the Huntress, Goddess of the Moon (Diana) which is basically the prehistory shamanic She-Bear Cultures of the Grandmothers before that was also corrupted. It’s possible that their name is connected with the Hungarian word “sholyon” and the Romanian word “soim”. In both languages it means “Hawk”.

It’s said that Shoymanas are connected with heaven, white clouds and rain.  Shoymanas are part of the legends of woman’s shamanic origins and these women are called Shoymanuasa. The difference between trance induced by the Rusallias and trance induced by Shoymanas is that there is no ritual for awaking from the trance.  The symptoms that some women display who fall into natural trance, are physical disturbance and a feeling of sickness. Cleanliness is most important for Shoymanas, because Shoymanas could not bare anything but purity of mind, body and soul.

A women who feels that she may fall into trance, makes the bed, performs a ritual bath, and dresses herself in clean white clothing. Before the trance the woman sings a nice and melancholic song. The most frequent one is a moon song dedicated to the Goddess Yana – local version of the Goddess Diana.  Trance begins with pain in legs, arms, chest, stomach, and with the breaking and lowering of the temperature. During the trance, women travel through talk with supernatural beings of the pure shamanic realms, not aliens, not ascended masters nor any of the pagan god or religious god humans realms, but mother earth or natures realms.

Women who fall into trance are great sorceresses (Balkan and some Slavic, call their shaman’s sorceresses), but their knowledge and skills are learned during trance and not from other sorceresses. Among their ritual equipment are various grains, mirrors. Shoymanas present to Shoymanuasa, pebble stones decorated with strange ornaments. Shoymanuasa believe that these ornaments are prints of the Goddess and “sainte” rings. These pebble stones are very powerful amulets and tools which Shoymanuasas use to come into contact with non-human intelligence.

Shoymanuasas use these stones for prophecy and for some forms of exorcism.  For coming into contact with the realms, Shoymanuasas use bouquets of flowers with a dedicated candle in the center. Herbs connected with Shoymanuasas are: Roman Camomile (Anthemis nobilis), Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), Geranium (Geranium macrorrhisum), and Dwarf Elder (Sambucus ebulas).  It is said that Shoymanuasas often, during trance, materialize things, unexplained. These things, the Shoymanuasas use later, most frequently for healing.

People testify that in one of our villages called Zagubica , there is a Shoymanuasa who can materialize butterflies from her hands.  Although Shoymanuasas are so powerful in the material world, they are powerless before the Shoymanas. Shoymanas can punish Shoymanuasas even for the smallest mistake, like: unperformed task, betraying the secrets of the rituals, and telling the fortune to the people who are unworthy or those who are unknown to have a lot of past life karma. Punishments are often very cruel. People have said that they have seen Shoymanuasas hanged on trees. Every hair on their heads were threaded into the bark of the tree.

People said that they had seen Shoymanuasas floating on the surface of the water and screaming. Also, they are tormented in the following way: they were unable to move as heavy, invisible rocks were placed on their legs.  One of the mild punishments is the unannounced and hasty awakening from sleep, followed by the command that the Shoymanuasa must repeat the magical formula “Intronsura Mare” nine times. This formula has 250 verses. After this the Shoymanuasa falls into am unconscious sleep.

“One month before Pentecost (which is the seventh Sunday after Easter), women able to fall into a trance feel some kind of excitement or even fear. Frequently, women begin to be very disturbed after they dye eggs, (on the first Thursday before Pentecost). Before some woman fall into trance she begins to look impassive and stunned and to talk ruptured and disconnected. Sometimes she begins a furious dance and howling. Then she passes into a trance. While these women are in trance they sometimes begin to speak and frequently these women speak prophecy. It’s believed that Russalias speak through them.The entire ritual from the beginning till the end of the trance state is accompanied by music and dance. These are the most important parts of the ritual. In fact, for women is enough to hear sacred Rusallia’s melody to fall in trance.”  As the ecstatic dancing reached fever pitch, the Rusalje would commence singing a sacred song, the words of which belong to a magical language forgotten by time.
 

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We have been misguided in the age of spiritualism in many ways, its just more “information” of the lineages of the philosopher’s stone. If you are truly a genuine “soul” seek the simple path of health, inner peace, understanding, unity, and the most difficult of all, the bitch truth which humans and humanity hates because it sounds like the high pitch of an ancient dragon.

Just keep it simple and grounded magic and mysticism, don’t believe everything you hear with fortune telling, sorcery and prophecy or anything far from our dreamer’s ability to image our path (imagination) of our gifts of sacred “creativity” – the inner creative connected to the source of the divine creative: Nature has no agendas.

“Do not invite nor let anything such as calling in spirit or spells or things that allow entrance to your home or personal space in this way.  Anything that is a soul wanderer or human out of body has the ability to posses your body, soul or mind. So be smart, keep grounded and do not be fooled by new age spiritualism, if its free or a free vision, its not worth it to sell your soul and that includes shamanic plant/drugs. Nothing is free in mysticism and magic or spirituality, there is always a price that one must pay.”

The media and shadow people never glorify their human side or the strength of the good, they glorify their own deceitful and shadow nature.Re-learn the soul’s language who listens to nature as a teacher, as we shamans do, it always speaks the truth and shows us, but only if we show we are worth of her messengers.

sanzioanaSource: Frater Gwydion from Serbia (http://www.oocities.org/athens/agora/8933/index.html) and was first published in Crystal Moon Magazine; and Gordana at http://modrodnovery.com; Cheikh Anta Diop (29 December 1923 – 7 February 1986) historian, anthropologist, physicist; Andra Samson at povesticumiez.com; o grota misterioasa cunoscuta sub numele de Templul Ursitelor, Templul Dorintelor sau Templul Dacilor (Mysterious Cave Temple in Romania called Sinca Veche).

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The Wolves of Midwinter – Rites of Romania and the forgotten Rites of Pre-history Animism

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Compilation of Ancient Romanian Folk Culture Traditions & Animism of Shamanism shares by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – This article is about the Romanian traditions of folklore rituals and shamanic connections with the Animism of the Wolf Clan people. But can animism can be applied to any tradition around the world, because the animism soul is cross culture of an older time before paganism or goddess eras. We do not get to chose our animism soul(s), its like dna of our physical body, its already predisposition at birth. The eternal soul in its light and shadow is eternal, both human form and animism for, from our own ancient souls. Even sorcerers who are all puff and smoke in their projection of an animal, is no match for those shamans who ‘are’ the wild animal soul (devoid of any human, its personality or its human soul) in their shape shifting.

I divided this article to a simple basic history of the ancient wolf people called the Dacian Tribes; The realm of shape-shifters of animism and its past life karmic loss; Wolves who turn into werewolves and why; and one of my shamanic ceremony similar to the folklore; and lastly, a dream of wolf by a maiden and youth who I know and their story with my intervention as a dreamer (shaman).

Romania, as I have discovered, never lost its connection with nature and especially to its forests, its “forest woman spirits,” to its wolf, bear and other inhabitants that populate the pantheon governing early animistic beliefs. Villagers, past and present-still, remain faithful to such symbols knowing that “She” protects and preserves the fertility and creation of all those who inhabit this cosmic space. The magic of life generated by these great forests resonates in the passages shared with us in the “Folk Almanac.”As we read them, they become instantly recognizable, and fascinating, as an unending umbilical cord stretching back into Neolithic or even Paleolithic times.

Romania has two specific ancient animal traditions that are still celebrated in Winter Rituals, one is the Wolf and the other the Bear. The more ancient Dacian tribes, the Kingdom of Dacia was a territory encompassing today’s Romania and the lands adjacent to it. The Dacians were one of Eastern Europe’s indigenous peoples who never left their inherited lands. Like most indigenous people including the white indigenous clans who were eradicated first, some small groups survived. The Dacia did not survive, but they showed a religious syncretism between the Wolf, the Dragon and the Serpent. Because they were indigenous and voiced their story traditions rather than written languages, little is know about them today. Fortunately, part of their history is written in stone.

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The Wolf Clan Dacian people also called themselves “Wolves” and the legends says they were shape-shifters who changed from human into wolves (animism) and back again. They had an ancestral spirit wolf guardian, a big white wolf who in the end when war came, had to fight next to the Dacians when their capital Sarmizegetusa fell to the Romans. Rome was also a wolf clan as well, but the earlier Etruscans were not. Rome brought in a symbol of the more aggressive and war like wolf as a symbol. Dacians were a diligent people, who thrived in the lands in and around the Carpathian Mountains of what we now call Romania.

“Our Peasants will end in life after life, but men of Empires and Wars will end in death after death. Angels wear Joy, while Men wear Empire Clothing and will wear Mourning.” ~Romanian Petre Tuțea.

dade6fc0df2b953b34031e506a3ce0c6Modern Romania is a merging of two principalities named Wallachia and Moldova who were independent tribes and they joined as one in 1859. In 1877, Romania gained independence and four years later, Romania became a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) and enjoyed decades of stability and progress. The nation itself was only officially established in 1918 – the year that all three principalities, Wallachia, Moldova and Transylvania came together. In 1947, King Mihai I was ousted from power and what followed was half a century of communist rule and repression. After the 1989 Revolution, Romania parted with the communist past and in 2007 became a member of the European Union. Although Romania has always consisted of a large majority of their own ethnic Romanians, the ethnic minorities that settled over the centuries during the upheaval of changes of the 1800s, and they have all influenced the social, economic and ethnographic landscape. (http://www.folkwearsociety.com)

“Eternity was born in the Village” says one of the most famous quotes by Romanian philosopher and poet Lucian Blaga. In his poem “The Soul of the Village” he talks about the scenery of the Romanian village and its connection to the Romanian peasant, where “every thought is slower, and the heart beats more slowly, as if it beats not in your breast – but deep down somewhere in the earth”.

The feminine and female mythical connections and representations related to Dochia of Romania was their honoring of the Neolithic Mother Goddess who dies starting late Autumn and is then Reborn on Spring Equinox. In our Slavic traditions we called her Marzanna and Morena and she is in honor of this ancient tradition that is still performed today in a more simplified way. I do ceremony and ritual with Marzanna that starts on the Autumn equinox and she is done with shamanic ritual and then put on the lands at the Winter Solstice and then burned on the Spring Equinox for specific intention of my shamanic rites.

The Dochia is the old and powerful grandmother who is connected to the prehistory and primal earth. Beginning with Dochia’s Day, March 9th, the equinox of the old almanac and the female representations of divinity are grouped into their three generations (Triple Goddess): The Old Goddess (Grandmother) Dochia; Mother Goddesses: Mary the Virgin, the Woods Mother and the Caloian’s Mother; and Maiden Goddesses: Floriile, Sanzienele, Dragaicele, Lazaritele, Ielele.

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The Wolves of Midwinter

Their are two Saint (modern traditions) associated with the older Pagan wolves, the first was the night of Saint Andrews is a legacy passed down from the Romanian ancestors, the Dacians, or wolf warriors as they were known given their battle symbol in the figure of the wolf headed dragon, a custom shrouded in mysticism. Old legends say that the wolves accompanied the warriors and that the one who was their leader watched over apostle Andrew through the wilderness of Dobrogea to the sacred Grandmother Cave that was offered to him as shelter.

The Wolves of Midwinter – Another legend of the winter traditions but much later than the Dracians is the peasant villager, specifically the Shepherds of Romanian.  A folk almanac was compiled by Romanian writer Ion Ghinoiu and I will share below. I make a note, that the Serbians Peasant Villagers also are a wolf clan people, who also have a strong prehistory connected to the wolf clan as well that still remains in smaller rituals of villagers by the elder women, the men’s wolf ritual dance circle and the whole community,  in a positive way of their relationship to their Midwinter Wolves.

dacian-woman-carrying-the-ancient-symbol-of-her-people-the-wolf“The She-Wolf”
by Vedan Kolod

In the darkness, in its very deep in the Taiga (forest), the Broad Taiga (forest) there’s an old Tree and under that tired old Tree, the mighty She-Wolf dreams a Dream.

She was the leader of her wolves’ pack, she was the wise Queen of the frost stunned Siberian Taiga. But her bones became weak when era’s had passed, and the death is flying above her head.

She-wolf is old and tired and wolves’ howls freeze in the air.
She can only dream a dream of her children running free.

The Wolves of Midwinter is a prehistory Shamanic relationship to nature through her animals and those of us who are old souls who carry the lineage of an animal, avian, insect (fairy) or oceanid soul which today are very underdeveloped because of our karma of past lives of destruction during the last three millenniums. These ways which were fully active before the Patriarch, which was then carried into ancient Paganism, and then into  their last destruction of the Christianized influences. In some Slavic and Balkan traditions these were more of a confluence with paganism and Christianity which helped preserve the stories.

One of these mergings is the celebration called Sânpetru which falls around the third moon of winter (January 16-20) also called the Wolves of Saint Peter. The folk tradition tells us that the Wolves gather in packs at howling places where they start singing to call their great divinity (mother earth, then god, then saint) to distribute their share of prey to which they are entitled for a whole year.

 This divine one arrives at midnight on a white horse and allots each wolf its prey: a lamb, a sheep, a deer, rabbit or a human. The wolves would spare no morsel of the shares promised. The story is told of a shepherd being curious to see how wolves meet their divinity. To find out he climbed up to a howling place in broad daylight, and hides himself among the branches of a high fir-tree. After the wolves had gathered and howled their calling, Saint Peter arrived on a white horse and quietly distributed the prey to each, but before the end of the meeting, a lame wolf came limping. Seeing him, Saint Peter barked at him: Since you didn’t come on time, you should eat that human over there, hiding in the fir-tree. Within a year’s time, the curious shepherd was eaten by the lame wolf. (19 Ghinoiu, 1997, p. 45).

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Myth narrates a sacred history; it relates an event that took place in primordial time. In short, myths describe the various and sometimes dramatic breakthroughs of the sacred (or the “supernatural”) into the world. It is this sudden breakthrough of the sacred that really establishes the world and makes it what it is today.  ~Romanian Mircea Eliade

 

Because Romanian culture like most older pagan and shamanic cultures didn’t live by sun calendars in pagan times, they lived diligently by the seasons and divided winter into several rituals and ceremonies and the “Wolves of Midwinter” was one of them. The Peasants say if they give back to the middle of winter, then winter will give back in the form of returning spring on time. Sânpetru believers say that the wolves were and still are an intricate part of the cycle of winter and a protection against evil.

a-shepherd-wears-a-coat-known-as-a-subaIn the Folk Almanac, the winter was a time of magic and charms; foreseeing the weather and how rich the new year will be. At this time, it is believed that the Heavens open and animals speak and that treasures burn. In reaction to this, purifying magical practices, hallowed waters (consecration by the priests) and rituals are predominant.

In North-Eastern Transylvania, they light fires (Ardeasaâ in Bucovina); spreading of bad-smelling substances; fumigating people, cattle and household. In their fight against evil spirits people got help from the “Midwinter Wolves” which they say are able to see the demons and chase them and tear them with their teeth. Frightened by the wolves, the devils jumped into waters and those men who were brave enough jumped after them.

Priests would throw their hallow waters with consecrated water and would throw in the cross driving away evil spirits is also horse running or horse chasing. Once every year in Midwinter the two rivals: the Wolf and the Horse, the former being master over winter and the latter being master of summer, fight for a common cause, namely driving away the demons and devils.

January 29 is the Winter “Phillipies─ (phillipies) are divinities who protect wolves and are celebrated by shepherds until the beginning of February. In the Folk Almanac the Winter Phillipies mark the end of a long mating period for wolves, having started about eighty days before in Autumn.

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The Carpathian Mountains where white Indigenous still live (Hustul, Lemko and Romanians).

Ancient Romanian “Nedeia Wolves” (Night Wolves)

Similar to the Winter Ceremony Sânpetru, the Romanians say that in the middle of the night, the “Nedeia Wolves” around Midwinter or a month after Winter Solstice, the Night Wolves come to gather to get their share of food for the whole year. The deity or saint rides the white horse, bringing offerings to wolves. That when the wolf clans gather, they howl and gather usually at the crossroads:

“We are going to eat the sheep of this village” but tonight, at the midwinter, one important night of the year, guided by the divine Peasants leave good out for the wolves to honor them. Then the Priest (and what used to be the Grandmothers but were forbidden after Religion came), is that they put their sheep in the stables with belief that their animals will now be guarded by wolves all year long.

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“The Romanian Book of the Dead, another landmark of spiritual culture of the Carpato-Danubian people, contains sacred texts initiating the soul of the dead into a mythical journey on the path separating this earthly world from the world beyond. These texts are sung by a women’s choir at particular places and at significant moments of the funeral ceremony. The messages are addressed to the dead, to the goddesses of destiny (Zorile) and to the surviving husband. The Goddess of Death appears in the shape of a bird of prey (the kite, the raven, the vulture) or as a goddess that looks human (the Old Fairy, the Virgin Mary, Mother Irodia).

The texts to the songs contain, one by one, providential guides (the wolf, fox, or otter), well intentioned customs, as personified means of orientation (the willow tree in bud, the apple tree in blossom), psychopomp characters (the horse, the stag) and finally, in the world beyond, the dead person’s relatives.”

One last note…  because Ukraine is along the border of Romania, it too has wolf lore, but those are later Pagan era’s when the focus was only on men and male gods. In Ukraine the “white wolf” is connected to Lesovik, a Forest Spirit who was previously probably god of the forests and before that a shamanistic grandmother or female forest soul; this spirit is often called, among other names, “the wolf’s shepherd”. It’s important to note that the motif of a wolf chasing after the Moon exists in both Nordic and Slavic along with Romanian mythology. The ancient Nordic peoples believed that a wolf called Hati is chasing after the Moon, which he will devour when he finally catches up with it, creating thus a lunar eclipse.

Symbolically this means when the seasons change (eclipses), our moon, which is our soul, catches up with us at each solar and lunar eclipse if we do not do emotional work. For many, this has now accumulated for decades and thus our diseases come faster and are more and more serious.

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Animism Part 1: The Fragmented, then Lost Souls of our Animism Rites

Animism is rare around on earth today and pretty much was shut down between the first century ce and the 13th century or the dark ages. It’s rare because people living today, accrued their real karma of their past lives during those centuries. It wasn’t because we fell asleep, although that is a part of it, our animism souls were destroyed by the constant suffering from rising war cults of the Patriarch (Religion, Military and Science.) Each war or wars we went through in our past lives accrued in losses, be it a victim or a soldier of fortune. The stresses, strains, loss of community and rape effected all indigenous whites, reds, black, yellow and brown peoples.

 

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My focus is to always help others to understand that relearning of our relationship to our shamanistic purity and our karmic soul, its relationship to our emotional body (at both our instinct levels and our lack of boundaries) and their relationship to nature (non plant non drug shamanism). Our personal and our real past life karma binds these two parts of our soul inside of us, sometimes both (the emotional body and the soul astral body) are not even merged together and separate, which makes it even harder to heal. The animism and other souls we have which are not our human aspects – do not live in this world, they live in the dream worlds (energy fields across the veil from us) which is less than five inches away energetically and remain there in the first gate of the middle worlds of earth.

imagesAnimism is also a lifelong “sober” dedication. When we are young and pure, we may have a glimpse or shape shift a few times, but after 30 (first Saturn return) its a different story and most of that is lost as the gates to youth and childhood close). Many also have trauma in childhood and this too effects the animal souls destruction and loss. After the first saturn return, we enter adulthood and this is where karma and karmic purification of our next 30 years begins. Most people, even spiritual people live regular lives and are not in a constant state of crisis that occurs with karmic purification, or what people refer to as the dark night of the soul. One dark night can seem like ten years and in actual work, the crisis can last from ten to thirty years of the dark night for the devout spiritual persons journey.

Since the early 70s, many things have been superimposed onto shamanism that really is not a part of shamanism and animism. Even Plant shamanism is new on earth (only since the 1500s), but opinions of those who do them for ten or twenty years will try to convince you otherwise. Just try to stay sober when dealing with shamanic reality, that will pay of after fifty or sixty with better health.

Part 2: My Ritual Shamanic purification work with Animism

Wolves in nature have a hierarchy and a complex family and so do wolf clan people. Much of the issues that arise is complex family issues that need to be addressed and healed and takes a long time for such work to play out. I just completed a six month ceremony a few weeks ago on a local werewolf and aware of who it’s human is and he has a complex, very complex issue in relationships in regard to family. In animism, the soul of the animal, bird etc. can be possessed by the human karmic shadow astral body (demon) which would then turn a wolf into werewolf.

Because our shadow human body is in the underworld or free and roaming the dream planes, the mystical connections between our light or dark soul and our animal soul has an evolution that started long ago from the past and its past lives. That is the simple explanation.

%d0%bf%d1%80%d0%b8%d0%bb%d0%b5%d0%bf-%d1%80%d0%b5%d0%b3%d0%b8%d0%be%d0%bd-bulgaria-prilep-regionI was surprised when I found this folk almanac today, that was a Romanian shamanic custom which I was doing without knowing a few weeks ago. That made my day and brought a smile to my face. The story of the werewolf of my shamanic work started six months ago, as I began to hunt a werewolf shadow soul after it attacked me on the full moon on the land. I did most of my shamanic work in that Gemini moon cycle six months ago and when the Sagittarian Moon arrived (its opposition) in late November, early December, I waited for the signs in order to complete this job. Of all the work I have done that is not collective, but individual, the werewolf soul is by far the most dangerous.

Having finished most of the work, the werewolf shadow soul of this human was reduced into a smaller size (the raccoon) through the slaying, which carried what was left of the demonic human soul drastically reduced. After that work, again the chickens were killed in the Sagittarian Moon cycle but not eaten.

I then did the final ceremony with my apprentice to call both the Bobcat clan in and the Coyote clan who live close to us, to assist me in catching this raccoon, and I also said some intentional prayers asking the Ancestral bobcat and coyote clan ancestors to help as well. We left the ancestors and the bobcats and coyotes, all five of the chickens which had been killed at “Midwinter” as an offering. And for them to guard the remaining goats and chickens and honoring them for helping us. It took three days – but finally the bobcats and coyotes came and took all the dead chickens.

Yesterday the dead raccoon was on the road and the werewolf roaming the dreaming or energetic fields (in-between the veils) is slain completely now and its human counterpart, remains unharmed and untouched. I have done this job with two Skinwalkers and they were easy compared with the werewolf, but Skinwalkers are Coyotes, not Wolves. Wolf is a whole different complex system of clan, family and the more root of animism because of its complex social system. Up until now, as long as this human person’s demon owned his werewolf – he receive no karma, only other people have. That time is over now in his lifetime and he continues his path as a human without the power of the werewolf.

Lycan was an ancient Greek human who can shape shift into their animal soul (animism), lycan is a dark term, meaning werewolf, one whose soul has gone into killing but not having paid the karma by suffering themselves.

In my shamanic work I live by the ancient Slavic traditions and do my work according to that practice over the years along with the cycles of the moon as timing and synchronicity of my work. I live by the 1/2 Year of Fire (spring and summer) and the 1/2 Year of Night (autumn and winter). Wolves have just returned here  the Pacific Northwest, where I live, so eventually with their return, this shamanic origin ceremony will be preformed by me in the future if they come near the area, but I will still do it with coyotes and bobcats as well to honor them in Midwinter from here forth. To have a relationship with nature and its wildness is mandatory in the ways of respecting and honoring wolves, bears, coyotes etc.

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Part 3: Two High School Friends have a Dream

A high school Maiden gave me permission to share her dream, I will call her Cloud, her mother is one of my eldest Apprentices so she as daughter, who was familiar in the last six years of this type of work with her mom, the dos and don’ts…

Her Dream: Cloud went to help her friend Dex confront a giant black and red eyed demon when they dreamed together one night. She saw Dex shifting into a wolf partially, mostly just facial features, eyes, cheeks ears etc. Cloud remembers being in a house that she knew her mother was at in the dream with Dex. A great room with a huge kitchen counter island.

Dex was holding Cloud in a protective way as they hid under the counter facing a huge wooden door. There were lots of younger children and Cloud was telling them everything was ok and sending them out to different areas of the house. But when they were all gone she told Dex “we may die you know” and he said “yeah I know”. Then Cloud saw the bolts and screws holding the wooden door securely to be pounded by the other side of something that wanted in. They started to twist their way out on their own and she told Dex, that the huge demon was trying to get in and get them.

a0fd70654c6e28e5818066077c0371b5So Dex moved next to the door and hunkered down like a wolf, and that’s when she saw his face start to shift… he took off his shirt and she saw that he had a tattoo on his upper middle back that was healing, like it was done recently, like an iron cross type of design and two smaller tattoos on each shoulder blade. Then the door blew off the hinges and it slammed into Cloud pushing her against the wall and she saw the demon walk in. It was about 9 or 10 feet tall, red skin like a frogs skin and black marks on its face with an elongated pointed chin and large slanted red eyes and huge protruding muscles like the hulk.

She heard Dex scream her name in shock when she got slammed into the wall by the door and hearing him she popped out of the dream. She woke up, and she got out of bed crying and went to the bathroom and saw she had a red marks on her forehead where the door hit her in the dream.

My notes: Dex is in High School and does drugs weekly, because of that, he was weak in the dreaming, and lost power. Cloud is his best friend and that is why she showed up in his dream. Dex of course has a “undeveloped” shamanic wolf soul that is still pure, but now with someones demon interfering, that shadow wants to possess that part of Dex soul and once that happens, there is no longer any soul wolf that belongs to Dex this lifetime or future lifetimes.  He would become a werewolf.

If and when that happens if he doesn’t get sober, then he gains power, shadow and its demonic power and being so young, he won’t know the difference between good and evil, because the werewolf will entrap and control him in the dream realms that effects him and his relationships in this waking world.

The ego in this world then gains power until he or anyone meets someone like me… a dream shaman who is a dream huntress to slay the shadow and free the human. Dex has no power to fight this werewolf off. Regardless of what you hear out in the world, no one can fight a “real” demon until they have earned their second level soul animal or bird and can shape shift into it without any human soul interfering. Basically, Dex is about to loose his birth rite wolf, if he doesn’t stop doing drugs and I don’t find out who the werewolf is. In almost all cases, its someone in the family because wolf rules the archetypal structure of family.

My work of Dex and his Father George came next:

I completed this work recently (a few weeks after Dex coming to the near loss of his wolf soul) and I could do all the work in my dreams now that my 40 years of initiations as a death shaman (black shaman in Siberian terms) was completed. Dex’s father George, had a shadow past life demon who I call Blackie which I was following in the dreams over three nights to get more information. Blackie was gaining more and more power over George and George was encouraging his son Dex to do drugs, and stay out all night and party and it was getting worse and Dex was getting weaker and starting to lose part of his soul because of Blackie. He was also skipping school this past year and making it impossible for Cloud to have him in her space.

The werewolf of George, was still in a prison (not free to roam here or Dexs dream space) because Blackie the human demon of George had not possessed Dex yet, but was getting close and just across the threshold ready to come over and the transformation of loss was going to occur. This is the way it is all over the world, this tightly wound woundedness of lifetimes in the family of many people with gifts. Kids are  not trained, parents don’t believe and then it all becomes lost or the kid is put on medication or worse, the teen or young adult starts self medicating with pot, alcohol or shamanic drugs.

I went into the dreaming again on the forth night, and slayed the demon Blackie and sent him back to the underworld. Both father and son were freed and their behaviors will improve immediately. The father pushed away some of the dark people he had put in his son’s life and the son began a friendship of respect with Clouds within two weeks.

As of today, everything shifted once Blackie was sent back to the underworld and locked down never to return this lifetime, and werewolf was then out of everyone’s dreams and was pushed even further into the realm of the past, into the past life where the fathers wolf was overtaken (most likely the middle ages and a few centuries before where most of wolf clan men damage was done).  Werewolf had no power as long as the father’s demon Blackie was gone.

Forty years of initiation and training from real demonic activity makes my work very easy today, its done fast and complete.

“In life for those of the Wolf Clan
we feed the good wolf or we feed
the bad wolf’s demon human
who then frees the werewolf
to kill the wolf soul.”

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Those who are wolf clan people like the Romanians or Serbians take it very seriously but the demonic scourge of all military on earth and their wars for any reasons – destroys this indigenous aspect of all of us who are willing to suffer and heal our karma. 

The werewolf is one of the darkest and most powerful karmic animism souls to deal with and this destruction from wolf into werewolf began with the rising powers of the Kingdoms and Chiefs of earth from accumulated individual karma. It first began in the spread of the war cults such as Rome, Greece, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Jerusalem, North Africa (Egypt), Iraq or any country that built a religious-wars over the last 5,000 years. America was only the last to join the ranks.

“In ancient Arcadia, it certainly seems to be have been an important center of wolf worship. The story of king Lykaon leads us to Zeus Lykaios (another Arcadian “wolf god” who was Apollo Lykaios). Zeus Lykaios is the “Wolf Zeus”. In his honor, a religious festival called the Lykaia was celebrated on Mount Lykaion, the “wolf mountain.”

A historical example of where the wolf soul of a human being is destroyed and lost, and the werewolf becomes part of the man, and he returns much stronger and ten times more powerful…

“Regarding these sacrifices during the Lykaia, we are also having the incredible story of an Olympic boxing champion that Pausanias (6.8.2) tells us: “Damarchus, an Arcadian of Parrhasia, (…) who 5614b4a09aaadc89f2feeed7afd221cbchanged his shape into that of a wolf at the sacrifice to Zeus Lykaios, and how nine years after he became a man again”. He allegedly was turned into a wolf after he ate the flesh of a boy that was sacrificed to Zeus Lykaios by the Arcadians; Pausanias, writing in the Roman period, tell us that he “cannot believe what the romancers say about him [i.e. Damarchus]”.

Pliny’s Natural History (NH 8.34): “Agriopas (…) informs us that Demænetus, the Parrhasian, during a sacrifice of human victims, which the Arcadians were offering up to the Lycæan Jupiter, tasted the entrails of a boy who had been slaughtered; upon which he was turned into a wolf, but, ten years afterwards, was restored to his original shape and his calling of an athlete, and returned victorious in the pugilistic contests at the Olympic games.”

There were no werewolves in goddess and (early) pagan cultures, so there were no historical references to werewolves in the early Rome or Greek writings, only poetic historical accounts of the shifts of culture from shamanism and animism into paganism and religious kingdoms approximately around 2,500 bce until the 2nd century bce. History is based on written accounts and the soul history is based on ancient art and oral tradition and folklore. But shaman’s stories of the animism souls were not shared, and falls under the mysteries and rites of the shaman. Even I, outside the context of my apprentices do not share that much compared to what I experience everyday.

“Arcadia: The story of wolf transformation spread more widely and seems to have become quite popular during the Roman period. We learn about the entertaining story of Niceros who, during Trimalchios’ fantastic dinner party, told this story about his friend, a soldier, who transformed into a wolf in a graveyard: “He stripped himself and put all his clothes by the roadside. My heart was in my mouth, but I stood like a dead man. He made a ring of water round his clothes and suddenly turned into a wolf. Please do not think I am joking; I would not lie about this for any fortune in the world. But as I was saying, after he had turned into a wolf, he began to howl, and ran off into the woods. At first I hardly knew where I was, then I went up to take his clothes; but they had all turned into stone…”; and later he became a human again, returning to Nicoros’ house (Petronius, Satyricon, 61f, c. CE 60).”

 

Sources: Illustration by Edward Kinsella; Illustration by Boris Zabirokhin, wolf and man Russian Illustrator; Singer Ruslana and a beautiful Polish Wolf; http://www.beyonddracula.com/the-wolf-warriors; Photo of wolf via danais.ro; Romanian basic history from http://www.folkwearsociety.com – Folkwear Society is a not-for-profit initiative, founded by social anthropologist Ana Bogdan; The Romanian Folk Almanac compiled by Ion Ghinoiu Translated by Doina Carlsson from the Comoara Satelor: Calendar Popular, All Rights Reserve, Published by BTFF, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Copyright © 2010, Ion Ghinoiu; http://ralphhaussler.weebly.com/wolf-mythology-italy-greek-celtic-norse.html; SIM. FL. Marian – the holidays the Romanians, 1898. (David Romano and Mary Voyatzis, suggesting ritual activities on Mount Lykaison since circa 3,000 bce via http://ralphhaussler.weebly.com/wolf-mythology-italy-greek-celtic-norse.html). Pliny’s Natural History 8.34 via http://ralphhaussler.weebly.com/wolf-mythology-italy-greek-celtic-norse.html; 

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Marzanna Ritual – Autumn Equinox to the Spring Equinox

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Phoenix’s Marzanna, beginning stages of building her. Then on the Winter Solstice when she will be taken out to the field and ceremony for protect of land/town for 3 months of Winter 2016/17.

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – It is the season of Maržanna, Mara, Maržena, Morena and all her Slavic names associated with the traditional Folk Ritual of many Slavic countries. I have invited our patrons on this page Grandmother Moon and Slavic Folklore Dreams over the years to participate with us. Most of you have made your personal small Effigy doll and done it in the tradition of your healing journey of what you need over the “season of night” (Autumn and Winter).

My work as a shaman with Marzanna each year is a six month (moon) ritual and ceremonies that is mandatory for the protection of our land here at Elder Mountain. Most Marzanna traditions are still practiced today, but like all ancient traditions, they have lost their shamanic ritualistic power of real protection and for the relationship to the consciousnesses of the earth mother (nature) and what roams between the worlds that we shamans experience and how to keep the winter moons safe.

Religions of the middle ages which challenged the world indigenous populations that were white, red, yellow, black and brown nations, could not have any competitors of their newer symbol of the “dying on the cross” and Morena and Marzanna represented a threat to their power and control, so she had to be forbidden, they only wanted the symbol of women as compassionate and loving mother, not powerful goddess over death.

So as in direct competition to male religions, this much more ancient ritual (which there will be no physical proof because she is burned in a ceremonial fire) she had to be banned and eradicated and even in some villages… corrupted. Even still, her rituals still survives today all over the world by balto-slavic people. The word Mor is the root of a very old Slavic word Mor meaning Death.

Morena a powerful grandmother (later changed to a beautiful young maiden), is the cold winter goddess of death and ruler of the underworld, who must journey to the underworld (shaman) and cross the river Smorodina (Smorod, meaning stench from the dead souls), through which you can only flee, guide and get to the other side. In many ways this small story is the story of all true shamans who cross the veils of life and death, where the karmic souls are prisoners in the underworld.

This is why many cultures do Autumn and Winter shamanic rituals to protect the waking plane from roaming shadow spirits. But now most are just light festivals or like Marzanna, reserved for fun and school children on one day of the original six months.

tumblr_o4200qlac91uc488jo1_500Today in modern times, Marzanna is still alive and well, but more associated with children and festivals of Spring and most of the tradition is focused around Spring and the end process of burning her to release winter. I do a serious shamanic working ritual each year not only for my own protection as a shaman because of the veil I am exposed to wherever I may live.

She is also a protector of the land in which we live and the clearing of what energies roam locally during the winter months, especially at night and around the full moons. I focus not on Spring (the end) but the entire six month process as a whole ritualistic ceremony. Its a very serious ceremony, in which children are not allowed because of the adult nature of shamanism of protection and healing.

My process is a duration of six months is the old prehistory rituals, when the season of night (Autumn and Winter) and the season of fire (Spring and Summer) where the two seasonal rituals of the ceremonial grandmothers. I start my building of my Marzanna each year on the day of the Autumn Equinox and do ritual and ceremony with her foundation or basic structure and set the intentions with each piece of what we need in Autumn and Winter. Every year is different for me because nature’s communication with the wind, the clouds, rain, snow, rivers, creeks and ponds all speak their magic and are all a part of the power that Marzanna will carry into the dark phase of the year of Winter.

My Marzanna seems simple as she stands around six feet tall, and when I her out to the field on the day of the Winter Solstice as she begins her work which represents the decades of my work and healing work put into her. When the Spring Equinox arrives, she is treated in the same traditional way that modern Slavs do their Morena or Marzanna and we welcome Spring and the rebirth of the year and is burned and thrown into the water.

Women have made effigies and talisman for thousands of years and today they are called dolls but still basically serve the same purpose when that doll effigy is not about anyone but you. When that doll becomes about someone else, outside the context of healing work, then its black magic and voodoo and reverse negative karmic action.

Those who ponder why we sacred artists do this, inspires curiosity about our past lives when we did the same things for the same reasons. Modern times are no different than today except we all have lifetimes of karma and we have used natures gifts inappropriately and brought death to the surface here with digging for oil. Well what comes with that death and power of the archaic grandmothers of the primeval eras of humanity.

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To be connected to the awareness of birth, living, transformation, death and rebirth is a person who honors all things and understands natures cycles by working with it personally and with nature herself. This is a living planet with a natural mysticism that is alive if you can ‘see’ and if you participate in ritual enough years it becomes easier to see. These effigies are an expression of our soul and our ability to create and heal out of hardships and death. Beyond that, archaic ritual is a shamanic reality and before that, a dreaming culture reality, which all of this has sprung forth from our soul’s dreaming power because our soul exists beyond the physical, metaphysical.

In ancient times we used embroidery thread and in prehistory, we made effigies with  actual braided hair. In modern times after the 12th century that was associated with black magic and voodoo, but most things were corrupted in the middle ages. Later horse hair was used in some fine weaving, and then eventually textile fabrics such as embroidery and tapestry dominated cultural life that was more domesticated.

My Marzanna is done the way it was done in prehistory, with some of my own hair I collect all year long. When I lead shamanic soul retrievals I also do a ritual with having those who come for the evening to snip off a piece of their hair and I burn it with the sage. I do this because in winter, we practice letting go which is physical sometimes but also symbolic of our “old growth” that needs to be released in order to prepare for the new, when spring arrives.

I attach some of my sacred necklaces, textiles and talisman and painted symbols to Marzanna and then remove them before I burn her. I also add things I have made or worked with during the year, like the leftover stalks of the lavender I harvested, the strings of rosehips and wild flowers I collect for my smudge. I add pieces of the abundance of nature such as pine cones, tree branches, wild grasses, twine, sticks, berries and more. I add each piece in a ceremony and work on building her for three months.

In this video you can see my Marzanna burn and in the flames the soul energy burnt by seeing the faces in the fire. I take my work extremely serious when building her with each piece, and the things I put  on her is for a specific reason in what roams between the veils and the rituals that we do here in the north, south, east and west directions of the edge of the property.

Your Marzanna of course is more traditional of what is done today in most Slavic countries and as the winter soon approaches I encourage you to join in the artistic and healing aspects of Marzanna. This is an amulet or effigy which reflects both you and the great mother (light and dark) goddess. Take photos and share if you want and I will add to this photo group.

Traditional Marzanna or Morena Folk or Peasant Rituals

6ad3b3ae222a95d2e20a194a71d6447aMarzanna (in Polish), Morė (Lithuanian), Morena (Czech, Slovak, Russian) and also Mara, Maržena, Morana, Moréna, Mora or Marmora is a Baltic and Slavic Goddess associated with seasonal agrarian ancient death and rebirth rites of nature. She is associated with death and winter and is often described as the Goddess of death. To this day in some regions of Poland, there is a festival held where an effigy of Marzanna is made in the month of March, and is burned to welcome springtime from winter.

This is known as The Burning and Drowning Ritual of Marzanna. The tradition of burning or drowning an effigy of Marzanna to celebrate the end of winter is a folk custom that survives in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. For many years, the Burning and Drowning of Marzanna was held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and it was not until the 20th century that the date 21 March was fixed, which coincidentally is the day of the vernal equinox (20–21 March). The rite involves preparing a doll dressed in female clothing, which can then be set on fire, drowned in the river, or both.

The Church tried to Christianize the tradition of Marzanna and replace it by burning Judah or throwing Judah puppet from the churches’ roof on Holy Wednesday. This tradition is cultivated in some Polish regions, but Marzanna tradition is known much better all through Poland. In the Czech Republic or Poland, this is often performed during a field trip by children in kindergartens and primary schools.

The effigy, often prepared by the children themselves, can range in size from a puppet to a life-size dummy. This ritual represents the end of the dark days of winter, the victory over death, and the welcoming of the spring rebirth. It concerns the “drowning of Marzanna,” a large figure of a woman made from various rags and bits of clothing which is thrown into a river on the first day of the spring calendar. Along the way, she is dipped into every puddle and pond …

Very often she is burned along with herbs before being drowned and a twin custom is to decorate a pine tree with flowers and colored baubles to be carried through the village by the girls. There are of course many superstitions associated with the ceremony: you can’t touch Marzanna once she’s in the water, you can’t look back at her, and if you fall on your way home you’re in big trouble. One, or a combination of any of these can bring the usual dose of sickness and plague.

Grandmother represents the Winter Stage (Dark Moon) phases of life, the Death and Rebirth stages of life and in this very ancient Ritual of the Burning of Marzanna during the first few days of Spring, she represents the archaic dark primordial grandmothers releasing winter into the rebirth of the maiden’s spring. The Winter Goddess, who is the original Snow Queen is a Slavic Goddess associated with seasonal agrarian rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of the nature and woman herself.

She is associated with death and winter and often described as the goddess of death. The 15th century Polish chronicler Jan Długosz likened her to Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. Her name is derived from the same Indo-European root as Latin mors ‘death’ and Russian mor ‘pestilence’. Some authors also likened her to mare, the celestial horse spirit of Slavic folklore, associated with dreams and sleep paralysis (astral travel). In some Russian dialects the word ‘mara’ means ‘phantom’, ‘vision’, ‘female Prophet’ or female Visionary.

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The tradition of burning or drowning an effigy of Marzanna to celebrate the end of winter is a folk custom that survives in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Typically taking place on the day of the vernal equinox, the rite involves setting fire to a female straw effigy, drowning it in a river, or both. In Poland, this is often performed during a field trip by children in kindergartens and primary schools.

The effigy can range in size from a small doll size effigy to a life-size goddess statue out of straw. This ritual represents the end of the dark days of winter, the victory over death, and the welcoming of the spring rebirth.

The “Drowning of Marzanna,” a large figure of a woman made from various rags and bits of clothing which is thrown into a river on the first day of the spring calendar. Along the way, she is dipped into every puddle and pond … Very often she is burned along with herbs before being drowned and a twin custom is to decorate a pine tree with flowers and colored baubles to be carried through the village by the girls, mothers, women and the baba elders.

Carrying out Morena (Marzanna) is a Slovak Tradition, a custom first written down in the 16th century, from previous folk traditions of the Goddess. It says that the youth carried an effigy of the Goddess, made of two wooden sticks in the shape of a cross in tangled harvested wheat and straw. This effigy dressed in festive traditional costume and a singing by the whole village as they carried her to the river.

Behind the village threw her off a bridge into the water, or burned in a bonfire as the symbol of winters end, and springs renewal, that from death comes rebirth. While people believed that death, winter was to be survived, the goddess cultures influenced this folk custom of local slavic regions to make it through long winters. The original faith of ancient Slavs and Slovaks were banned by male religions and many withdrew into seclusion for fear of persecution with their ancient honoring of a goddess.

98ce1f6e043de2e8c6b1549c1f5a53d7Morena in winter gains power as the old sun god Dažbog experiences his death. Her flying chariot drawn by snow-white swan represents death and those who dream of large spirit swans will have witnessed a loved one’s soul carried over to the other side (from old Slavic folk lore).

Marena is dressed in white as snow as the keeper of gates to heaven and the hair and complexion of her is the same. Her Ceremony is in late winter until spring, where the underworld experiences natural cycle of decay, and we honor Morena, to pay respect to the forces of mother nature, and then in the spring honor the growing Dažbog. Morena’s animals and avian are wolves, ravens and swans, as a symbol of winter’s death and then its rebirth. Her Majesty marks the time when we honor our ancestors by paying respect to all the Slavic the Goddesses.

Sources: Photo by Czlowiek Kamera; Dragovid; Wiki, Elder Mountain, Slavic Folklore Dreams; “Morana” by Игорь Ожиганов; beksinski.dmochowskigallery.net

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Grandmother’s Ancestors – Siberian Effigies

Article By Olga Gertcyk for the Siberian Times

20,000 year old prehistoric effigies shows people of all ages and the larger figurines of the basic large grandmothers (which in all archeology are so inappropriately called Venus). These Siberian art effigies include men, women, teenagers and children, the new research shows. It’s true that in the past some of the woolly mammoth tusk carvings were known to be clothed as they were dressed for protection from the Siberian winter, and are possibly the oldest known images anywhere in the world of sewn fur clothing.

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Siberian archeologist and historian Alexey Okladnikov in 1957, found the Paleolithic art from the Buret excavations in this collection. Carved of mammoth tusk, these female forms rested in the ‘moist and warm soil’ soaked by a recent night thunderstorm. Seemingly enchanted and using language veering from the strictly scientific into the lyrical, he hailed this figurine as ‘not a dead piece of long-vanished world, but something soulful and full of life’. Entranced by the ancient vision, he lauded her ‘narrow, Mongolian slanted eyes looking at us, the people of the twentieth century, mysteriously and even somewhat ironically.’

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Famous Mal’ta and Buret are located in about 25 kilometers from each other, close to Lake Baikal. In rich poetic vein, he continued:

Her face, carved so unexpectedly gentle and tender, had a barely noticeable smile. The feeling of vitality and mystery coming from this fragment of mammoth tusk was getting even deeper because the statuette radiated the warmth of a living creature as most likely all cultures ruled by women were.

It wasn’t yellow or brown, like dozens of ancient sculptures from mammoth tusks that lie behind the museum glass window. It was pink and almost warm, like a live human body. This is exactly how a piece of a fossil ivory looks, soaked with the millennial Earth’s juices.’ But now deeper study using modern technology has been conducted by Dr Lyudmila Lbova and trace analysis specialist Dr Pavel Volkov.

‘In the collection of Malta figurines, the overalls are more typical for small sculptures (those of 2-4 cm in height), depicting children.’ Picture: Lyudmila Lbova

And a striking new light has been cast on the Mal’ta and Buret figurines – found from the 1920s to the 1950s by the Angara River close to Lake Baikal in modern-day Irkutsk region. Notably, the research disputes the widely-held believe that some of the figures are nude.

‘There were many attempts to understand the idea of these figurines, and their symbolism,’ she said. ‘And there were many interpretations. Totally there are 40 known figurines found both on Mal’ta and Buret: we have (so far) studied 29 of them, using microscopes and macro shooting.


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She explained: ‘We worked with sculptures from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum at St Petersburg. First, we found out how these figurines were made and checked our conclusions with experiments. Some of the figurines are just work pieces, to the finished works. In other words, they are prototypes and ‘this allowed us to reconstruct all the steps in their creation.

‘Yet the most unexpected result was that we saw traces on the surface of the figurines that were not spotted earlier, as they are not visible to the naked eye, due to the ravages of time. These traces showed more details of clothes than we had seen previously: bracelets, hats, shoes, bags and even back packs.

Dr Lyudmila Lbova

Dr Lyudmila Lbova: ‘We decided to pay more attention to some material things, to study the surface, to understand how these figurines were made. This approach allowed us to reveal many interesting new details and review some ideas about these sculptures,’ she said. ‘Previously, there had been different approaches to the classification of these figurines, but the basic was a division into ‘dressed’ and ‘naked’. ‘Our research showed that all of them are more or less ‘dressed’. We saw the different types of hats, hairstyles, shoes and accessories, which were depicted with thin lines. The ancient masters used different techniques to highlight the different materials – fur, leather, and decorations.

Face close

‘In the realistic elements of clothing and hats are obviously seen the details of traditional outerwear of Nordic peoples. The most ‘popular’ outerwear on the figurines are fur overalls’ – similar to ‘kerkery as worn by Koryak children and women in the extreme east of Siberia. ‘In the collection of Malta figurines, the overalls are more typical for small sculptures (those of 2-4 cm in height), depicting children. Besides, all the figures dressed in overalls have a disproportionately large head.

Mikhail Gerasimov on excavations

Mikhail Gerasimov [the archaeologist who found the first figurines] on the excavations at Mal’ta in 1958. ‘Such proportions we see in children under 5 years old, dressed in overalls with high hoods. These sculptures show small childfren in clothes typical for them and in the right proportions. ‘On other sculptures, we can see overalls made of guts, probably from fish or seals, which women wore in summer along with short parkas. We see similar ones in the culture of the indigenous people who live in the Russian north-east, like the Koryaks and Itilmens.’

Figurine's head


Face

The most common are these fur hats that cover the head, neck, ears, cheeks and chin.

The detail spotted on these figurines is intriguing.  ‘Most interesting are the hats and hairstyles. There are fur ‘hats’ meaning a hat that covers the head and shoulders – ‘hats and hoods.

On the figurines ‘we can also see the bags and in one case an  outline of a traditional back pack with two straps. It has not so much detail, and it is not clear if this is male or female, yet the proportions of bodies show that this is definitely a younger person.

‘All the figurines were found within the living facilities of ancient settlements, some of them even in ritual places in the home: they were covered with mammoth scapula bone or sprinkled with ocher.’

‘What we can say for sure is that these realistic details of clothes, accessories, hairstyle clearly show that ancient masters made the figurines of some real people, maybe their relatives. I strongly doubt that these were the images of abstract goddesses or spirits’ in the sense often used.

Source: Dr Lyudmila Lbova is a researcher and Dr Pavel Volkov is a leading researcher both at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  The research was conducted by the Laboratory ‘Interdisciplinary Study of Primitive Art of Eurasia’, which is a joint project of Novosibirsk State University’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and University of Bordeaux. The Laboratory is based in Novosibirsk State University. Pictures: Kunstkamera Museum, Lyudmila Lbova and Jokersy/Panoramio

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