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 nature from its winter sleep into spring.

In the homes of the ancient Slavs there were small altars in the corner of the house with wax, amber or wooden figurines where girls and women used to offer sacrifices like flowers, ribbons, embroidered napkins, etc. A fire burns or candles here that could be put out only using your fingers, otherwise the peace of the house would be put out with it.

Mother and daughter also represent the feminine or female principle embodied of woman which are: The primal principles, the soul, the instinctual and intuitive, the feeling, the subconscious, the conscious, the dreamer, the seeker, the journey, beauty, attraction, desire, love, the moving force of the world.

Slavic Goddess Lepa Mara

Spring is the time when her future husband and twin brother, the mythical Green Man sets her free from a treasure chest and she descends from heaven in the golden bough of a mythical tree on the first full moon after the spring equinox.

She drinks dew and gets her strength from the spirit of the wind and her joy from the smell of flowers. She is tall and thin, has rosy cheeks more beautiful than a rose, black eyes like the thorn bush and walks making small steps like a quail.

She wears a white dress decorated with roses and stars, with golden circles embroidered on it, she has a crown of ocean pearls on her for head and around her neck. She wears a cape of flowers, leaves and moonlight. She is a sacred weaver goddess and an embroiderer, lace maker, knitter, keeper of the home fire, baker, inn keeper, shepherdess, coach woman, chaser of witches, medicine woman, poetess, moonlight, dawn, giver of light, love, happiness and fertility.

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During the day she is a kind woman who sits on the branch of the mythical tree in the middle of Paradise or a flowering meadow and at dusk or during the night. In winter she is a woman whose together with her mother she is represented as an unknown, poor, fickle, proud, evil, cruel or ageing resident and ruler of the west or underworld.

Her mother is the Fire Lightning Goddess Perunika and is Baba Jaga/Luca/Roga/Yaga and the Lithuanian Rugiuboba who is the power of death itself.  The mother is then known as Jagbaba, Jez(i) baba, Marzana, Mokos, Vodanojka, Zimna (”winter”), Zderacica (”devourer”).

When her great goddess mother was banished as the keeper of balance of life and death, by religious fathers who corrupted her and turned her dark, her daughter Lepa Mara then becomes a stranger, a woman from Arabia, Greece, Turkey and the poor Cinderella, changeable moon or moonlight, a proud girl or cruel Morana. The name Morana comes from the Indo-European stem ”mer”, meaning ”to crumble” or ”to die”.

Croatian words ”mrijeti”, ”umirati”, ”umarati”, ”smrt”, ”moriti”, ”zamor”, ”odmor”, ”mrak”, ”Mura” all meaning death or tiredness (Mura is the name of a river in Croatia) and where the river got its name from. Since the Christians took over, both mother and daughter are inconstant like the time of day or the seasons. Changing their form from fairies into witches, into death, who they represent as the fragmented soul or dual spirit of nature.

Lepa Mara Slavic Goddess of Spring

Before Christianity they represented the place in-between both darkness and light, white and black, clear and cloudy, summer and winter, plenty and hunger, medicinal and poisonous, health and sickness, youth and old age, love and hate, care and carelessness, morality and greed, fortune and misfortune, good and evil.

She gives flame to the moon, and when man lets go and changes, it frees her of her chains, she marries Green Man on a white whinged horse and shares part of her flame but never to give man all of it again. She is a golden apple from the Paradise tree and her necklace, the first morning or spring light helps her remember how men enslaved her and her mother.

Green Man in return gives her a golden ring and both enable enchantment and love and thus make all living creatures grow and bear fruit. On each young Friday, that is the first Friday of the month celebrations and rituals connected with the fertility of the fields, orchards and gardens. In fact Mary of Fire and Beautiful Mara, although they are represented as mother and daughter in the Croatian oral tradition, show the bonds between mother and daughter and how the family flourishes or perishes.

They are represent the plants: basil, peach, birch, lily of the walley, ox eye daisy, apple, strawberry, fir, violet, poppy, olive, lime-tree, rose, rosemary, dog-rose and plum. When they are represented as animals they are the dove, quail, mare (horse), doe, cow, sow, cuckoo, purple marten (in Russian vernacular an expression for the female sex organ), hen, swan, weasel, swallow, butterfly, fox, bee, partridge, falcon, otter, she-wolf, snake, frog and woodpecker.

Mara is both a spirit and earth goddess, like her mother. At the same time she is a kind sister and a passionate lover. She and her mother Perunika (Lightning and Fire) are  goddesses of beauty, love, fertility, marriage, marital happiness and the house or hearth fire.

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 completed and the dreaming time returns. The Auroras are the Morning Star, the Evening Star, and the Midnight Sun who are depicted as the goddesses Zwezda Dnierca, Zwezda Wieczorniaia, and Zwezda Polnoca.
 Zwezda Dnierca Zwezda Wieczorniaia and Zwezda Polnoca


Zwezda Dnieca – Maiden – Aurora of the Morning Star, a warrior maiden who opens the Gate of Heaven for the Sun every morning to emerge and bring the day light. She is the goddess of horses. A fully armed warrior Goddess, courageous in temperament in her youth.
 Slavs portrayed her each morning as the Sun rose just as the other pagan traditions of the world did with Venus. She is one who stands on the side and views death in battle, and her prayers were addressed as “Defend me, O Maiden, with your veil from the enemy, from the arquebus and arrow.

Zwezda Wieczoniaia – Mother – Aurora of the Evening Star, the great and powerful warrior Mother of the Zoryas. She closes the Gates of Heaven and Death each evening as the aged Sun God returns from across the skies. She is patron of protection and was, before the sun became too greedy, lineage to the shamanic cultures of her ancient people. The fullness of the night sky, its stars and star light, the falling and shooting stars of fate.

Zwezda Polnoca – Grandmother – The Midnight Sun, the Golden Baba (grandmother) of the Zoryas. She is the Zorya of death itself, keeper of the four seasons and one to whom the Sun God returns to die and who she gives life to again in the morning. She is death and rebirth, magic and wisdom, she the is the wise elder of the collective and the Night and the Sky Light and all its magic which belongs to nature. The warriors in battle fear her, for she judges not only their actions but also the wounds or bitterness in their heart. She opens the gates of the underworld to return them to sit and wait for their rebirth (reincarnation). She is closely related to Baba Jaga in prehistory (not pagan or religion’s views of her).

Evening Mountain

To read more about the Night Goddesses, Shamans who are Dreamers and the Mysticism of the Season of Night (Autumn and Winter) and the Midnight Sun: The Generous Invitation to the Marriage of the Spirit of the North’s Wisdom: “The Midnight Sun” Kolyadky and Auseklis

https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2015/12/30/a-a-slavic-winter-her-midnight-sun

Ukraine Traditional Folk Dress, Ivano- Frankivsk Region, Ukraine

 

 

Ivano-Frankivsk Region, Snyatyn District, Ukraine
Ivano- Frankivsk Region, Snyatyn District, Ukraine

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Ukraine’s Night on Bare Mountain

On the eve of May 1, in the Walpurgis Night, Kiev witches gathered for the Sabbath on Bald Mountain
May 1st is Walpurgis Night in Kiev as witches gather for their Sabbath on Bald 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, its all the same. I wrote a poem once, that said: “Christians have the blood of Pagans on their hands and Pagans have the blood of Shamans on theirs – and we all have the blood of woman on our hands and now she has the blood of Mother Earth on hers…

The Ukraine Witches were no different in their losses of their goddess culture and their persecution like everywhere else on earth.  P. Efimenko is one of the most famous Ukrainian ethnographers who said: “Belief in witches is so common in Ukraine that in every single village, you can find one or two witches. This case is no exception even in large university cities like Kyiv and Kharkiv.” In Ukraine, they believe that “scientists” are responsible for taking their knowledge of the old witches and the proverb says: “Witch in the house, better be damn ready.”

Some witches can harm a person, but its something the witches prefer to “work out” or “settle” issues, but “scientists” not only do evil but they are unconscious of it because unlike spiritual people, or withes, shamans, magicians, they do not undergo the difficult spiritual tests and the shaman’s tests of nature. They are also not associated with icons, prayers, reading the “opposite” or “upside down” and reverse of all things presented. Most Slavic spiritual people including myself always include doing and the reverse doing (chaos), for some witches, the bind and the unbind, which covers the patterns of karmic, reincarnation or aspects of the wrath of nature within oppositions of life. Science and the Military, including their children, Corporations, cannot understand these principles when they mess with the forces of mountains, water, nature and women.

This protects us from our own karma by doing double the work, healing our own karma and working our spiritual life out, a walking forward and a walking in reserve (of the ancestral self). Otherwise karma will return at a later time in ones life or another future lives with much more impact and severity. Doing both clockwise (work) and counter-clockwise (self work) helps increase awareness of what is internally happening equally with the external happenings of our life, other people or situations – and its generally not focused on when one is learning the path but when they begin to actually walk the path.

Ukraine Witch

Ukrainian Witches, Shamans, Sorcerers and Magicians are no different in this type of work, they do it to recognize and see when a shadowy & evil shamans, witches, sorcerers or magicians are creating near them or in their circles. Bald mountain, according to tradition, is said to be the gathering place of Chernabog (shadow god) and his followers on Walpurgis or All Hallows Eve night, similar to Halloween. Under his spell, they dance furiously until the coming of dawn. The Slavic creation myth talks about the Yusha Snake created by Svarog, the god of celestial fire, which holds the Mother Earth inside the World Egg and above the depths of the eternal ocean by coiling around it and biting its own tail. The place where the snake’s teeth and tail meet is located at the mount Lysa Hora  – the Barren Mountain, or Bald Mountain – in Kiev. But Bird and Serpent has always been a woman’s medicine, totem and soul long before Paganism and this is where Paganism was destructive like Christianity.bm3

Until now, Lysa Hora remains as it always used to be – completely devoid of any signs of civilization. The place doesn’t even have light posts, which are present anywhere in a city. The biggest action at the mount usually happens in the month of May. Groups of pagans, satanists, and the ones who deem themselves to be warlocks gather at Lysa Hora to celebrate the pagan holiday Grudie Rosnoe, the days when Volhvs – the Sorcerers would bring sacrifices to the god Rod.  Naturally, the local police is not very fond of these gatherings, since a third  of all suicides takes place precisely during these dates. Not so long ago, tolkienists and LARP enthusiasts took a liking to the place as well, in fact, all who have strong karmic past lives, will be attracted to this place.

According to the legend, the Sabbath on the mount were plentiful with witches and ghosts of deceased women partaking in shadow work and orgies with demonic men. As usual, the shadow of those in power in Ukraine, were and still are sitting on the throne, and if a witch, male or female did not do enough evil throughout the year, the top ranking shadows of people would abuse her or him.

The folklore divides Lysa Hora into three areas.

The first is called Rusalka (Mermaid) Ravine, since it is located by the Lake that was once sacred in Paganism where Mermaids used to live in peace.

The second is the Ravine of the Witches, where the Sabbaths took place after the Dionysus Cults of darkness intervened and brought their shadows from the Middle East, Russia and Greece.

The third and the biggest part of the Mountain is called the Dead Men Grove, where many ancient burial grounds were discovered.

Prior to the introduction of Christianity, Kievan Rus was a Pagan religion, and Lysa Hora was the place of worship for the followers but once alcohol of the Dionysus cults began the shadow, evil and darkness swallowed them up along with the other civilizations. Pagan priests and priestesses as a last effort, carved out dungeons in the mountain, where they stored books, sacred artifacts, and gold.  After paganism was officially banned over a long period of time, the priests moved into those dungeons, in hopes to create a new gospel, which would combine the old Slavic and Christian beliefs together, to accommodate the confusion of people during this change.

Their gospel was passed down by word of mouth, and is reflected in many Slavic myths and fairy tales of the patriarchal male Pagans, which turned into a men’s religion just like Christianity was.  The church regarded this gospel as a non-canonical Apocrypha work. Even now, stone plates with apocryphic inscriptions are still being discovered around the place. The second half of Paganism in Slavic culture was not connected to the Goddess, like it was in the first half of paganism. Over the centuries, the apocrypha writers left the dungeons and sealed the underground passages. After them, the Christian monks started visiting the mount to perform penance and prayer, and to build their own underground monastery, which connected Lysa Hora with Kiev Pechersk Lavra.

The Pagans were having a few chaos things happen, women were being burned as witches, men were try to control women with rituals of dark sexual magic and alcohol being introduced into ceremony and Christianity was trying to convert and convince men to join their God because their women would have to go along. Chaos is what was occurring and great change. Christianity had fell upon an already failing and darkened system. Lysa Hora has had enough tunnels dug into it more was to come, and during the times of Peter the Great who ruled from 1689-1725, it was decided to build a defensive military Fort for the city on top of the mount.  The Lysogorskaya fortress was a very clever construction with the underground reservoirs to store water from the river Dnieper, more underground passages and dungeons. In the case of defeat, the fortress would be flooded with the help of the reservoirs. Besides that, the reservoirs were also the place to drown the disobeying peasants – about 3000 human remains were found there.

Lysa Hora Tunnels

In the first half of the 19th century, the area around Lysa Hora was populated by monks, who peacefully cultivated fruit, vegetables, and engaged in bee-keeping. In 1897 the fortress on top of the mount became a warehouse, where issues of power again by men would surface, the gun-cotton industry, was a highly flammable explosive, and it was stored there – the locals had no clue that they could blow up any minute. Everything exploded in 1918, destroying a big area of the Pechersk region. That’s when the military moved their ammunition and it was sealed once again.

In the beginning of the 20th century, the fortress served as another dis-functional and negative organization… a prison and the area around it as the execution grounds. More than 200 criminals were executed on the mount. In the Soviet times it was fashionable for the local officials to invite foreign government representatives to the mount, in order to woo them with the fact that any wish they thought of would come true. And of course, they would.  A notable case happened when the China and Tibet conflict was at its peak, and Dalai Lama sent a number of Buddhist monks to the Mountain to wish for the end of war. On the third day of their praying, the leader of China, Deng Xiaoping, died. During the German occupation, the mount used to be the Tiger tanks base, and some researchers often came across the German military reports, describing paranormal phenomena.

All of this profanity from the late Pagan eras, then the Religion/Military eras, then the Government eras and lastly the Military/Government eras has totally destroyed all sacredness of this area. Today, Lysa Hora has a real underground city in its depths, which consists of caves from several historical periods – from the cells of the Slavonic to abandoned military bases. Besides the treasures and books deep in the mountain, all kinds of things are believed to be inside of it of the cave cultures, which are passages to other worlds, supernatural energies, skeletons of ancient adventurers and now totally controlled by the military (ufos) who crossed the veil in the 1930s and dominate this place.

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The corrupt social groups like the Military and huge religions and eastern religions including paganism have used sacred places to further their own agendas, rulership,  power and control for good or greed. All of the sacred places like Lyra have been darkened because of Pyramid societies and we are ending our final process of these eras. There are no doubts that all kinds of terrible things happened at Lysa Hora – during the excavations, archaeologists found a pit with burned books, skeletons of chickens, plaques with inscriptions and human remains. The adepts of paranormal military studies believe that there is a passage to the astral (dream) worlds through the mountain, and like all great mountains and volcanoes like Shasta, Fuji and Maui, once sacred are now demonic because of the US, Soviet and Saudi advanced shifting technologies to break the veils.

Legend says anything be it evil or good, can manifest there at any time at Lysa and bewildered people with the rising shadow occult phenomena over the past 300 years try to stay grounded.  Moreover, since Lysa Hora used to be a place of blasphemy, godly and pagan godly corruption and desecration, this emanates the energy of negative ancestral energies  for all who decides to take a stroll there after sunset.

Video: Night on Bald Mountain (Russian: Ночь на лысой горе, Noch’ na lysoy gore), also known as Night on the Bare Mountain is a series of compositions by Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881). Inspired by Russian literary works and legend, Mussorgsky composed a “musical picture”, St. John’s Eve on Bald Mountain (Russian: Иванова ночь на лысой горе, Ivanova noch’ na lysoy gore) on the theme of a Witches’ Sabbath occurring on Kupala *Summer Solstice rites, which he completed on that very night, June 23, in 1867. Together with Nikolay Risky-Korsakov’s Sadko (1867), it is one of the first tone poems by a Russian composer

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Cosmic Egg and the Cult of the Bird Women

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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 of healing the personal soul through Sacrifice) and The Spider (the weaving of our feminine life, Fate and Destiny). The Cult of the Bird Women and the birth and rebirth of it’s own symbol, the egg (the womb), which has evolved into the symbolic meaning of life, born from the earliest stages of development of human clans and tribes. When woman ruled the skies, as leader, chief and healer, creating the sacred circle of life through the healing strength of the circle of women.

Bird images and the birth of its manifestations is prevalent in modern, ancient and primal art, the egg is also prevalent in Eastern Europe, as well as all cultures which have had ancient bird or egg (an oval or round circle) images – on stones, petroglyph rock art, pottery, ancient buildings etc., these all have the same connection. This core of the bird tribes of women, led later to the idea of the world as a Cosmic Egg from which the universe was born or in real terms, culture was birthed and nurtured from within and inside of woman. She does the same things now, and today, she must learn to honor this. Her art keep repeating the same symbols then and now.

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The Phoenix which means much more than its tagline  “rising from the ashes” (overcoming difficulties), as it once stood for the emerged animism of the celestial soul, the highest form of the collective ‘humanity’ soul, and its expression called the World Egg. The Phoenix was much later adopted as a Christian symbol in the first century CE, as it appeared on funeral stones in early art, in churches, religious paintings and stonework. The egg in religion had also become a symbol of rebirth at Easter (Spring) and the Slavic and Balkan Pysanky Folk eggs also took this form.

In Findland, Luonnotar, the daughter of nature floats on the waters of the sea, when an eagle arrives, builds a nest on her knee, and lays several eggs. After a few days, the eggs begin to burn and Luonnotar jerks her knee away, causing the eggs to fall and break. The pieces form the world as we know it: the upper halves form the skies, the lower the earth, the yolks become the sun, and the whites become the moon.

Cult of the BIrd = Egg
Painted ceramic eggs from the mid-twelfth and thirteenth centuries. (aratta-ukraine.com)

The sacred roles that eggs and birds took from the earlier bronze age, where stone eggs, or oval stones have been found, sometimes these are called shaman stones. The bird cult was an integrated and complex culture rooted structure of nesting (the hearth of home) in its core and its connections to bird flight, which in ancient symbolism of woman meant soul flight, what I term as dreaming. Dreaming is the root of all religions, pagan and spiritual religions of earth. What remains of this symbol, the eggs, the stone eggs transformed into images of the body of woman and the changing of a woman’s position from Sun (Sky Goddess) now a Sky God (God in religions) and the return of the earth goddess where eggs are attributed to a solar tradition in pagan era’s rather than the fertility eggs of a woman’s body in a goddess culture. The yolk inside the egg is the nourishment, just as woman is nourishment to all of humanity.

Some think that the stone eggs or shaman stones have great magical value, and were originally made as talisman and amulets. This eventually evolved into modern folk art, in Eastern Europe, the Pysanky egg representing Spring.

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The following is from aratta.wordpress.com :

Findings have been reported from inner Mongolia at Hutouliang and Southern Siberia at Krasnji Jar in Trans Bajkal of large ancient Struthiolothus Ostrich eggs in Cherson, Ukraine, and of Stone Eggs in Visoko on the Bosna River. Neolithic burial jars of old European cultures such as Cucuteni-Trypyllia were often egg-shaped, while clay eggs were often buried with the dead, symbolizing the regenerative power of the Great Goddess. The primary symbolism of Old European burials focuses on the tomb as the womb for the regeneration of life.

The Orphic Egg in the ancient Greek Orphic tradition is the cosmic egg from which hatched the primordial hermaphroditic deity Phanes / Protogonus. The egg is often depicted with a serpent wound around it. On the island of Cyprus, the egg is represented as a gigantic egg-shaped vase. Phanes was believed to have been hatched from the World-Egg of Chronos (Time) and Ananke (Necessity). The older Creation Nyx (Night) called him Protogenus. She created nighttime, he created daytime.

In 1955 poet and writer Robert Graves imaginatively reconstructed “Pelasgian creation myth” features a supreme creatrix, Eurynome, “The Goddess of All Things”, who arose naked from Chaos to part sea from sky so that she could dance upon the waves. Catching the north wind at her back and, rubbing it between her hands, she warms the pneuma and spontaneously generates the serpent Ophion, who mates with her. In the form of a dove upon the waves, she lays the Cosmic Egg and bids Ophion to incubate it by coiling seven times around until it splits in two and hatches “all things that exist… sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures”.