Rusalki and the Summer Solstice – Slavic Summer Rituals

By Phoenix the Elder – Learning to live by the Moon cycles, all thirteen of them, we embrace that the year is divided into four seasonal moons and each of the four seasons have rituals that are attached to them. In Slavic traditions there are the remains of pagan traditions that are celebrated and carry […]

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Behind the Traditional Cloth

By Phoenix the Elder – I ran across some Kursk Embroidery from Russia and these particular designs are called “Months”. Kursk is South of Moscow in Russia near the Ukraine border.  There is a not a definite oral tradition explanation for these but they seem to represent growth of cycles. In nature, there is no seed that […]

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Marzanna 2020

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

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Slavic Ancestors

The East Slavs Buzhans, ancestors of Ukrainians (alternatively identified as West Slavs) Dregovichs same with Draguvites, ancestors of Belarussians Drevlyans, ancestors of Ukrainians Dulebes, ancestors of Ukrainians Goryuns Ilmen Slavs, ancestors of Russians Kiev culture, ancestors of Ukrainians Krivich, ancestors of Russians and Belarussians Korchak culture Penkovka culture Polans (eastern), ancestors of Ukrainians Polochans, ancestors […]

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Slavic Day and Night Goddesses in Folk Art

Lepa Vida: Light and Darkness – Lepa Veda occupied an important place in Slovene folk traditions. Evident proof of this is found not only in numerous folk songs, but also in the vernacular name for the artemisian and metaphoric connotations connected to the character of Fair Vida (Lepa Vida) in Slovene, and it has become a veritable […]

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Ziva, Siwa – Slavic Goddess Waters

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming (compilation) – I searched and did a compilation on the Goddess Siwa or Ziva as she is known. Because I work with Slavic Fire and Water Rituals, both in my folk healing and collective work, the Living Waters of Siva | Ziva is one of my favorites including Marzanna. Both of […]

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Slavic Winter Divination

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I have been a huge practitioner of divination for myself and for clients and apprentices, so much so, that I have them as part of my folk healing medicines. I am also a shaman and divination is not shamanism, it falls under divination and some things fall under folk […]

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The Ural Chudi 

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

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Goddess of Winter

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

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Shopluk feat Santigold

Shopi is a regional term for the South Slavic people, self-identifying as Bulgarians, Macedonians and Serbs. The areas traditionally inhabited by the Shopi is called Shopluk (Шоплук, Shopluk, srb. Šopluk), a mesoregion, roughly where Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia countries meet.   The Shopluk is a mountainous area on the borders of Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia, of […]

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