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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The Evergreen Cult of Podłaźniczka

By Phoenix – I love trees like many people, but I was born to love evergreens, the large pine, wild cedar, semi desert juniper and fir. In the big trees I love oaks and sequoias and been blessed to live around these forests and meadows with their presence. The Pines and Cedars smell so wonderful […]

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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 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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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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Archaic Pre-Pagan Goddesses: Dziewanna and Marzanna

By Phoenix the Elder – Dziewanna is the Slavic Summer Solstice Goddess and Mother Earth herself. She is closely related to Virgo and Demeter.  Dziewanna (pronounced gee-vanna), has filled many roles in our rich culture and in later pagan times she is the daughter of Perun (the lightning God) and Dodola (a fertile Moist Goddess […]

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