The Evergreen Cult of Podłaźniczka

By Phoenix – I love trees like many people, and I especially love evergreens, the large pine, wild cedar, semi desert juniper. In my hard trees I love big oaks and sequoias. The Pines and Cedars smell wonderful and as you may know, are great medicine trees. I love when I am in a Pine…

Behind the Traditional Cloth

By Phoenix – 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 grow…

Marzanna 2019 / 2020 Winter Slavic Ritual

By Phoenix – Its almost that time of year again to honor the Goddess of Winter, the Slavic 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…

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 medicine bag. I continued to work with divination because my path required so much support, assistance and healing this lifetime. I have…

Marzanna 2018 – 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…

Slavic Spring & Summer Goddess Dziewanna and her Sister of Autumn & Winter Marzanna

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), are also called Marowit & Dziewanna who (Devana) are very archaic goddesses.  Devana is the Slavic Goddess of Forests and Wildlife ,much like the Huntress Artemis….