Marzanna – Goddess of Winter

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – 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…

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…

First Moon of Summer 2018

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – All Phoenix lunar and moon work is copyrighted so please do not use any part of her seasonal moon information for you own books or teachings without her permission. Greetings dreamers, healers, artists and moon people, we now enter our  first of “Three Moons of Summer” which begins June 13,…

Protection of houses against evil in the region of Mazovia, Poland

Article by Llamus Dworski – ‘Lamus Dworski’ is dedicated to Poland – Polish history, archaeology, arts, culture, folklore, curiosities, and more. Visit her site @ https://lamusdworski.files.wordpress.com People in the old Polish countryside were very particular about maintaining certain rites and preparing protective accessories in their household and the whole farm enclosure. These customs stemmed from pre-Christian Slavic…

Dziewanna (Mullein) – The Slavic Spring and Summer Goddess Sisters

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Dziewanna (Mullein) – The Slavic Spring and Summer Goddess – Mother Earth herself, in relations to the Slavic traditions of Marzanna and Dziewanna (pronounced gee-vanna), also called Marowit & Dziewanna who (Devana) are very archaic goddesses.  There are many Slavic fertility goddesses of spring and summer, and they generally represent the…

Slavic Moon Wards and Wardcraft for the Dreamers

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Slavic amulets are as old as woman herself and they have the power for both the good and selfish means. Our artist/shaman ancestors valued symbolism from neolithic times and shared their sacred creativity on rocks and caves, the same as modern sacred artists, peasants, wizards, witches, embroiderers and weavers, and…

Spring’s Rebirth – Slavic and Balkan Pysanky

Compilation by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Rites of Spring is about honoring our rebirth and the earth’s rebirth, this has specific rituals that are ancient and help us stay connected to our moon nature, our soul and our emotional nature in a positive way. Here at Elder Mountain we do the ritual of building the…

Slavic Goddesses

When web pages were new in the early 90s and 00s – you could find any goddess name on the web and there were tens of thousands of them. But now, everything that was, is practically gone, people move on, or they close down their websites etc and things tend to be more gentrified on…

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, pushed aside and then totally forgotten, because it was only kept in the hearts of Polish women. Until finally no one carried the part of the legend anymore. It was an ancient Grandmother’s legend that…

Cosmic Egg and the Cult of the Bird Women

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The cult of the bird women goes back 300,000 years at the beginning of this largest age, and within that cycle, there are four very ancient symbols that are in almost every culture: The Bird (representing our feminine nature, the Soul); The Serpent (representing the healing of our Soul); The…

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 and as a legend lost long ago on earth. The Russian myth explains it as a Mystical Stone of folktale and epic proportions, as the Russians prefer to…