Lightning Goddess Perunika’s Daughter – Lepa Mara

Lepa Mara means beautiful woman when she wakes up in March when the thunder god Perun, her father and the lightning goddess Perunika, her mother makes their first thunder and lightning together to open heaven’s gates in Spring for their daughter Mara. Mara and her Mother Perunika are symbols of feminine rebirth and resurrection of…

Zwezda Dnierca, Zwezda Wieczorniaia, and Zwezda Polnoca

The Zorya are the three Slavic Mythological Guardian (warrior) Goddesses, known as the Auroras. They guard and watch over the doomsday hounds (shadow people) who threatens to eat the constellations of the Great Bear and the Little Bear (Ursa Major & Minor).  If the chain breaks loose, the earth’s time is said to end and…

Ukraine Vinok (вінок) Seasonal Wreaths and their Symbolism

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

Romanian Folk Magic at Midnight

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Magical practice at the stroke of Midnight are symbolic practices and are the gifts of our ancient ancestors of the distant worlds and Romanian women have always kept these traditions alive. The older pagan cultures of the Slavic peoples celebrate the New Year on the Spring Equinox (and Ukraine…

Thunderstorms in the Twilight

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I am doing a three part article on the shadows of Star Lore and how we have gone too far from earth because of the mind cults, and as earthlings everyone is born, dies and are reborn from our mother (earth) even the aliens. The first will be the…

Ukraine’s Night on Bare Mountain

Lysa Hora was the Legend of darkness of the rising powers of men, both pagan and christian, both politician and military at Bare (Bald) Mountain in Kyiv, Ukraine. People tend to think one is good and the other evil, but when you look at the destruction of white, red, black, yellow and brown indigenous cultures,…

Folk Art Nettle Fiber

Nettle, Hemp, Flex and Willow Fibers Nettle – In spring some stalks of grasses and nettle are broken by the wind or too dry in summer, some places have to exfoliate the top layers of the cortex, which contains the fiber. Their flexibility and strength is long appreciated by the birds for example, the crossbill…

White Eagle Legend of Poland

The White Eagle is the oldest symbol of Poland, but there was always another half to this story that was missing, forgotten and not kept in the hearts of women to keep it alive or maybe they were made to stop speaking about it. This was the Grandmothers half of the legend, that few today…

Cosmic Egg and the Cult of the Bird Women

The cult of the bird women goes back 300,000 years at the beginning of this larger age, and within that cycle, are four very ancient symbols that are in almost every culture: The Bird (representing our feminine side, our Soul); The Serpent (representing the healing of our Soul, Healing); The Deer or Stag (the path…

Stone Alatyr – Russian Magical Legend

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Russian Alatyr Stone, sometimes called the World Mother (Алатырь каменьям – мире мати) is a search for purity and truth as a legend lost so long ago on earth. As a keeper of dreams, I have many secrets of the pre-pagan eras and share them when my work…

Transformation from Winter to Spring – Building and burning your Traditional Folk Marzanna, Maslenitsa, Morena, Mara, Marmora

By Phoenix at Elder Mountain Dreaming – A video for the Spring Folk Rituals and Rites of Burning and Drowning my Marzanna in the pond at Elder Mountain.  Marzanna (Polish), Morė (Lithuania), Morena (Czech, Slovak, Russian) and Mara, Maržena, Morana, Moréna and Marmora is a Baltic and Slavic Goddess whose ritual is associated with the seasonal and natural…

Charms and Magic in Slovenia

Charms in the context of Magic Practices, the case of Slovenia by Monika Kropej In Slovenia, charms or invocations are one or two strophe formulas that the medicine woman or man used at addressing the powers beyond to procure healing or to influence certain natural processes. They are as if a bridge between this world…

The Pagans of Belarus – Andrei Liankevich

Андрей Ленкевич. Язычество – Belarus people have an original culture rooted back in the pre-religious times. The Belarusian culture has benefited from the fact that when the Slavic tribes came to settle in nowadays Belarus lands, they accept the achievements of the Baltic and Finno-Ugric tribes. This form of religious perception existed for about 15-20…

Didukh

A Didukh (painted on glass) by Ukraine Artist Oksana Andrushchenko

Winter’s Night & Summer’s Fire

Writings by Baba Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I respect all teachings of earth, and have taken the time to walk through the disciplines of many – not the philosophy (belief systems) or knowledge but the slower, more difficult and integrated paths that ead to wisdom. My life is dedicated to healing, awareness, sharing of…

Daemon vs Demon, Boskie vs Antiboskie, Slavic Folklore

What is demonology and daemonology Originally, languages went from only gesturing with verbal spoken, until the first written languages were created later, thus the origin of “daemon” in the older context when humans had less karma, meant a higher, supernatural, impersonal force, a power that is usually identified with nature in the form of spirit,…

Mongolian & Slavic Domovois

Autumn has come, which means the return of our Domovoi who told us his name was Tutak, which is an Indian name, he has returned, about a week ago, by banging on the glass window really loud. So we opened the window, spoke out loud thanking him for returning and helping, and set out his…

ELDER MOUNTAIN DREAMING – Dreamer’s Collective, Spiritual Artist’s Retreat/Creative and Gardens located in the Pacific Northwest, Ashland Oregon. We are a small three fold sacred space created by Phoenix the Elder, Wisdom Teacher, Dreamer and Folk Healer;  Jennifer Lee Reeves – Dreamer, Sacred Artist and Gardener; and Sarah Burnt Stone – Dreamer, Artist and Dancer. Opening Spring Equinox 2019. Phoenix…