Pluto’s Cave, Fire and Water Purification Rites

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By Phoenix the Elder – I want to preface this article of this ceremony at Pluto’s Cave, located in Juniper Flats National Park, near Mt. Shasta… I have only done two ceremonies in the last thirty years with people outside my circle of apprentices, as a collective Dreamer (shaman). The first was the Wounded Knee areas with all the tribes, seven years before Standing Rock, in order to prepare for seven years when Standing Rock happened.  The other was my group of dreamers from my ‘shut down’ Grandmother Moon page to go as a dream group to England around 42 ce and do work there. The third time is this ceremony at Pluto’s Cave.

My apprentices are the only ones who have participated with me, in all my other ceremonies. Most of my work and ceremony work since 1997 has been done alone because of the nature of my fated work, but after 2008, I decided to let them join me in ceremony if they mastered sobriety of every hallucinogen, mild like pot or more server.

This meant they had to suffer and burn off toxins for two years solid before I even talked or worked with them… burning off toxins of their previous decade or two, from any uses of any…

Occasional wine, ayahuasca, pot, synthetic drugs, alcohol, anything for pain, shamanic drugs/plants, huachuma, andachuma, aguacolla, wachuma, dmt, peyote, wine, mescaline, mushrooms, echinopsis pachanoi (San Pedro cactus), anxiety, sleep disorder, bi-polar, etc medications, shamanic plants of any kind. Basically anything that can and does alter the emotional body, soul body perception bodies and animism bodies.

That in itself, detoxing from a decade or two of even one item, is very painful because all of our organs and muscles have been saturated even with once a month or twice a month usage and the ‘reaching out’ for soothing emotions or mental things, stops completely. Pot in itself takes 9 years to clear the astral soul body and that is a very mild perception altering substance but after a decade does its damage to the astral body (soul or unified chakra body). When they start to detox, they have painful releases. Detoxing is harder than most people think once they move into detox action, its very challenging.

After they do this for 2 years, my apprentices can then talk to me and actually start to work with me as a student. Needless to say, I not only have to be extremely focused and stay in purity to deal with demons and shadows, but I have found no men warrior enough to withstand my work more than three or four months, and only a very few rare women sacrifice this type of lifestyle on a personal level of commitment to work with a real apprentice. This clear way of being, minimizes demonic energy and gives more power to the light souls. Here is a video example of the mess left from such drug/plant ceremonies…

https://www.facebook.com/ElderMountainRetreats/videos/1213477262131579/

The Ceremony

This ceremony at Pluto’s Cave was my second one, and the next level of it’s ritual purification, the first one was two years ago and took about eight hours and was completed by me and two apprentices assisting. This second ceremony was to reinforce that first ceremony and clear out what has occurred in the cave over the last two years.

I was joined in this ceremony by Marilee NiEtain of Soul Tribe Sanctuary, and one of her patrons Laura. Certain Soul Tribe Sanctuary supporters also joined us from their home (and country) in the purification ceremony. Linda Nelson, a spiritual Healer and Phil the Elder, were present and supported with their drums, intentions and healing, and Phil also had his flute, they are both from Yreka, California.

Three of my long time Apprentices (six years or more) and a few new Students joined with a prayer or two for holding space. The two apprentices stories are at the end. Also a few patrons on my Elder Mountain Dreaming joined to add support (from their home and country).

We entered the parking lot of the cave area, just as the partial eclipse full moon was happening. Marilee’s purification rite, occur before we started, even before we walked to the actual cave. She had to go and ‘release’ in nature and had fallen. I was waiting for her to return near the car, and instinctively I started to play my drum, a blood drum (long story). I played it very strongly and loud and then stopped abruptly.

Marilee had returned back to where I was standing and said she passed out and then when I began to play my drum, she could hear it very faintly as if it were in the distant, barely hearing it, and then the sounds got louder and stronger until she was fully into this physical realm with her conscious self (my drum is really loud).

Realizing she had passed out, she said she checked herself over, a little shaken, a bleeding arm, then got up, came back over where I was standing, and said, all in all, that she was ok. I poured some of the moon water I had made the night before for the ceremony, onto her arm and it scabbed over right away.

She had gotten her purification, chord cutting and cleansing even before we left the parking area. We walked to the cave and Marilee, Linda and Phil stayed at the top ridge of the cave and held space and did what they needed to do to support. Laura had gone into the cave and then spent the remaining time during my set up and ceremony time before the drumming started, at the gateway or opening of the cave. I spent the hour and a half set up time (ceremonial purification boundary whispering, necessary for myself and the others there), before I could even begin the purification ceremony process inside the cave.

I had no apprentices helping me this time, in the physical with all my stuff, which I usually have one or two giving service and assisting to carry a drum or two or a bag. The three other elders there had to take care of their things and their strength, so it was a bit taxing at first and at the very end, but I knew once the drumming began, I would get the full surges of energy, which I did.

I also go into trance generally starting the day or night before a ceremony and will dream also, so if anyone asks me questions or tries to engage in rational thinking or present normal human things when I get started on a ceremony, I am not really there, my trance and shaman come forth, the slayer ready to do the work, my apprentices understand this but others do not. My shaman power builds a day or two before an actual ceremony and the Moon Huntress dreamer (shaman) is not the nicest person when working at remaining in the shamanizing focus for the duration.

Once we reached the rim, the others stayed above near the rim and I stepped to descend the rocky downward natural steps towards the cave, when all of a sudden, my big buffalo drum jumped out of my hand, rolled all the way down the descending hill, rolled all the way into the cave, took a left and laid down exactly where it wanted me to set up the underworld circle (trap), which had a huge stone, with a bunch of small stones laid up against it.

That was the area where my circle in the cave would be set up for the ceremony, and to push the demonic energy back down through a second underworld hole opened up by mother earth when I asked (when I began the drumming part of the ceremony). I was here at this cave for three things, the first was because of seven non-incarnated, red eyed demonic black astral bodied ones had escaped and have been roaming the wilderness between Mt. Shasta and Redding, California (which is about an hour and a half drive on the highway).

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This ceremony was not an eradication of the red eyed demonic forces, it was creating an energy surge with guidance into the marked off circle I made, and then a force of pushing them down in a re-entry to a darker level of the underworld, where they would not return again. The forceful pushing would have been from the light prehistory ancestors I called and the magnetic force of pull of mother earths underworld.

When I began drumming within the first ten minutes, I heard the dark dogs of the underworld barking, loud and clear. There are guardians dogs of the underworld who are the light side of the dark, and then there are the demon dog souls of human men entrapped in the underworld where their karmic astral demon (regular demon) body remains – unless loosened by human behaviors of many kinds. And these dogs were “way to close to the veil on the other side” and I have been monitoring.

These dogs were the demonic kind, barking and the pull of the sound of my drum downward told me I was at the beginning of a specific level of the underworld that was opening. Those demons dogs have gotten closer to the in-between gate (called the veil), to here, compared to twenty years ago. The job had to be done relatively fast, so nothing escaped and the bigger seven roamers who escaped were sucked back in through the force of energy in between the veils by mother earths consciousness and movements.

I had been attacked only once by one red eyed demon three years ago at the volcano in Maui. I was between waking and sleep. Most of them at the Maui volcano, I saw them only venture out, but stayed near the opening and do not venture off that volcano. The seven red eyed black huge demonic bodies at Shasta have been venturing out much farther distances from the caves entrance… they were about 30 miles away. I saw the seven, three weeks ago near the Lake Siskiyou which is about an hour south of Mt. Shasta.

This is why I was there to do the work when Marilee and Linda began talking about 14 circles made around the cave itself and she alerted me to the issue. It set off the alarms of the seven red eyed huge demonic bodies from the underworld, and these things have no living attachments to them. All past life demon roaming in or out of the underworld, have a living incarnated human that belong together.

I only experienced one red eyed demon “living astral body” who had fully possessed a young man, who was one of the organizers “hemp” fest in Seattle in 2000. That was during the late evening and a random man showed up next to me who I knew had manifested from the light. Light and dark are always balanced and equal across the board (if its a light shadow, then there is a weaker light, etc). I was not prepared back then as my death initiations were only half completed, and then finished completely early 2017, so there was nothing I could do but walk away.

I even tell my apprentices to never engage, speak or look at red eyed demons in waking or in night dreaming because of the horrific connection of that energy, and the slow demise of ones mundane life rapidly turning into something that is not manageable and a crisis. I also had work to do at this ceremony for two clients and one apprentice. It was to sever demonic aspects that were invading their personal space and one was a family curse from a past life.

My work at the cave was to separate the clients/apprentice from what happened in their personal life with the shadow roamers causing havoc and attacks. For my apprentice – it was a red eyed demonic energy that had possessed an “ayahuasca” man who does the shamanic ayahuasca ceremonies. He wanted to bring that hallucinogen into her personal spiritual circle at an organic farm in Turkey which she belonged to. She stood up and stood against it in their circle they had when he presented about doing the plant journey for them.

She could no longer could be apart of her circle there if they chose to do it. He got extremely angry at her twice in the circles duration, she felt the rage of the demon in her empathic body (as a healer). She drove home and left the farm saying her goodbye to those she had grown close to over the last four years, and that night she was attacked by the red eyed demon in her bedroom.

The second person needed a family curse lifted and removed, and the third person was attacked after she went to Peru to do her first hallucinogenic ceremony (mescalera). I was also doing a cutting ceremony for myself from an issue that happen at Umpqua hot springs, where its not monitored nor watched by the forest service and a popular hot spot for the roaming travelers who do a lot of shamanic plants, pot etc. I sat in the springs and had gotten a bacteria that I have been doing intense detoxing for the last year and a half everyday. Its all healed, but wanted to make sure I cut chords with the origin.

Now the bigger interference… There are thousands of huge military (ufo) ships that have been roaming free at all the big volcanoes of earth, and are right across the veil since the 50s and they are the ones responsible for puncturing the gates of the underworld open through the volcanoes with their need to fuel up on the magnetic fields of these volcanoes. These are under the dominance of the telepathic ancient alien (humans) who have no soul, spirit or physical body, those were lost through millenniums, from their own karma and its final destruction of their soul and we cannot reincarnate without a soul. Many spiritual groups have many, many different names for them, chose the one you use.

California Photograph - Inside Plutos Cave by Loree Johnson
California, Inside Pluto’s Cave by Loree Johnson

What I was purging from this cave back into the underworld were no regular demons (soul shadow demons) or dark djinns (mental body astral demon bodies), or corrupted past life shadow soul roamers of incarnated humans, or even the demonic levels of humans’ darkest karma freed from the underworld from shamanic plants/drugs/pot (weekly users).

The seven who escaped the lowest levels of the underworld from Pluto’s Cave are way beyond these other levels of darkness. They are still bound by the rules of daylight (and the veils) and cannot enter our space, but at night they can cross the veils. These are solid black demons that are huge, about 14 feet tall, and ones’ in which have no jurisdiction being out of the deepest layer of the underworld at all.

Lenticular cloudsThe military activity behind the veil at Mt Shasta since 1988 has been sucking up the magnetic energy of Shasta itself, like all huge volcanoes on earth, and soul raping those who live in the area or huge volcanoes, in their dreams at night, hence the accumulated cloud moisture forms of the human (soul) moist cloud called the astral body aligning with Lenticular cloud moisture. In 2015, the ships (ufo) military ships (behind the veil) began moving their ships to Mt McLaughlin in Medford, Oregon, about 2 hours north of Shasta. The Lenticular clouds shows the size of the ships and will now begin to cease at Mt. Shasta, and will begin to appear at Mt McLaughlin and already have.

Mother earth is the only one who can open her underworld, not even the most powerful shamans on earth can. The military-cia operative in their cross-veil ships, here in the U.S. and the Russians and their ships and Saudi Arabia with their military (ufo) ships are the main three of earth. They all do a puncturing with electro-magnetic energy that has been busting holes into the underworld at the volcanoes, as they have at Shasta, and Maui, this took them thirty years of uninterrupted work to do it and that is starting to free the demonic energy.

I set up my altar in the cave, to attract the escaped red eyed demonic seven back into the cave, and the energy to attract also with mirrors, sharp objects (small deer antlers), water and moon water, and particular wind whispering (exorcism ancient chanting which pulls energy towards me) and then I was ready to go into my trance in-between waking and dreaming, with my drum, building the energy to lead all to that altar.

I put a circle of dried roses that I collected last week, circled it again with my staff to keep anything outside of that circle safe and lock in everything outside the rim above inward and lock out the other shadows from the cave areas. I then drew then around those two circles, with the moon water, which is a Romanian tradition.

It took about 45 minutes to drum the entire process and I asked the wind, to come into the cave, so I could feel the sensation on my body right before accumulation and then it was done, and the shit went down and mother earth closed it up and sealed it. And then it took about 20 minutes for me to do my thanks and clear my things.

Back at the car, Linda, Merilee and I talked for awhile, and they said during my drumming a big dragonfly had come (which i know whose soul that is), then they said a big yellow butterfly and a bunch of white butterflies were outside the cave. We were sitting there having something to eat after we were finished, a really loud cicada was buzzing around us and dancing a few times making sure we noticed it. That same cicada came to my window today as I was writing this article.

Cicada folklore represents the 13 and 17 year cycles (I am starting my new 13 year cycle in October 2017), and they also represent in Chinese folklore the free soul, the immortal and immortality.

Two of my apprentices assisted our ceremony and this is their share …

My Turkish apprentice: I found a nice spot outside, did the protection circle as you taught and had a bowl of spring water to receive released/resolved energies during the healing, then grounded and centered myself and set intention to holding space for your ceremony and performing a healing to help cleansing of Pluto’s Cave.  As soon as i started, heard you’re drumming so powerful, and I just listened for few minutes, felt the beats in my body.

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Hattusa, Turkey

Then saw an army of scientists in the darkness, all male and wearing white lab coats. they’re just standing still, like a zombie army. Then I was in cave near you, I saw you drumming near a big fire, i watched the bright fire of purification for a while. Then had a vision of a native man, he’s in cave, hiding to the side, and stepped forward to be seen for only a moment. He’s in his thirties or early forties maybe. Has black long hair and strong face, bright eyes. His face’s painted in black, yellow and white, kind of like zigzags. I looked at him, then he stepped back to shade.

The healing took a little bit longer than an hour for me, it’s so intense at the beginning. checked the energy before i finished, it’s well. At some point during the time, I had another vision that the red eyed demon that attacked me, cracked inside out and shouted out a terrible scream, then seemed it sucked in a black vortex of the underworld and disappeared.

The next day, I took a walk in the park, all the dogs in park started to bark, one was just behind my back, a very aggressive one. i thought, “never mind, i am protected” i didn’t see it or hear its paw steps, it just growled and barked 2-3 times, then all was silent.

Oracle at Delphi Greece

My apprentice Burnt Stone: Delphi Temple in Greece – I assisted by going to the Temple at Delphi (Greece) today and did ceremony. I drew a sacred protection circle and then spoke my prayers and intentions. I set the intention to join Phoenix in ceremony and to help support the ceremony at Pluto’s Cave. I also said a prayer of gratitude and honor to the prehistoric ancestors of the light who cared for this place Delphi and said a prayer for them to push out the unhealthy influence of Apollo/Dionysus cult who had taken over this place from the women of Delphi, for its health and balance if it is for the greatest good of all concerned.

I also said a prayer to help connect Delphi to Pluto’s cave in a sacred dreaming way if it is for the greatest good. And last I drummed a prayer to the Greek goddess Eris (who I have had symbolic synchronicity with) and honored her and asked humbly to become her daughter and to work with her. I drummed and when I was finished just sat peacefully.

After I was done, ten minutes later a guard (who had been blowing his whistle at people who had been crossing the roped off area) came up to me and told me it wasn’t allowed for people to play musical instruments there. Which was kinda funny because there is no visible rule of that, I think he just made it up. So I just smiled and said “ok, all finished” and he smiled and walked away. He had walked right up to where i had placed my boundary circle and didn’t cross it. So after that I picked up the circle, packed up my drum, walked around a bit and then left.

Burnt stone’s dream the night after: I woke up from my dream from last night. The big one was I woke up in the middle of the night ( half asleep/half waking state) because I felt the energy all around me shift and get very intense and the I heard in the dream a single intense dog bark. I woke up and grabbed my drum and held it by me but gradually the feeling faded and I was awake again. Then the other dream I had was just me in places with little kids trying to steal from me. And every time they stole something I had to grab it back and speak sternly to them (probably local Greek children on the dream planes).

Update: All 3 of my clients were cleared of the demonic shadows and the family within 4 days and that work is now closed. The seven red eyed demons are back in the underworld through this lava tube (the side cave, not the main one, because a new underworld opening had to be made, from where they were coming out in the main tube). I am sure those who joined us from their homes, but did not share their story can do so if they wish and I will add it to this article.

Blessings and peace, Phoenix the Elder

 

 

Inner Child Healing helps prepare for real Soul Retrieval Work

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The video below, shows a mother and daughter in an artistic portrayal of separation. Separation leads to abandonment, phobia issues, co-dependency and addictions of any kind. It is the leading cause of drama-diseases, and as any 40 year old will tell you, things arise at midlife of what occurred twenty or thirty years earlier. Inner child work is best done in the late thirties to mid forties because that is when we are most open and can handle that level of power needed to return. There are young people of course in their 30s that have journeys and do healing work, but I have seen a lot of people heal fast when the “age” factor timing of this fated reality is appropriate for such healings. Timing is everything they say, and its true, even by age.

When we reconnect with this fragmented part of the self from the past, the inner child as we get into our later 30s and 40s, and for some even in their 50s, we slowly become aware of the underlying roots of our pain, our sleep disorders, our fears, our phobias, insecurities and self sabotaging life patterns. Inner child work is pivatol, meaning that we prepare for that work, we do it and we reach the greatest detoxes from it. Same too for Soul Retrievals, Inner Child work is one healing work that leads to peaks which are then released.

One time a doctor was referred to me, and he thought my work was amazing of all the simple things I did with him over a few months. He said I have been to many big time people in California changing me thousands, and you go in there and clear what I was looking for, over ten years. I told him, you prepared for me and without that, my work would have taken years.

We begin to unravel and address things we could not see or are not able to see until the time is right. Healing the inner child issues takes preparation, slow baby steps towards our real “wounding” which sits under layers of our issues. The issues must be addressed first. There is no “issue” discussing in sweat lodges, so don’t look there, this type of work has to be “safe” and under the very compassionate hands of a loving healer. 

I wanted to share several layers here in this article about separation, you separated from your inner child, through the separation of life experiences or in other words, where you soul your soul, where it was stolen or abused. Past life inner child or past life adult soul fragmentation separations are very different and very dangerous. Those go into more severe karmic pain and karmic struggles, near deaths and that require healing the self and inner child healing first before the work is truly done.

Our astral body was once complete, this luminous body of ours that can light up even what we think of as heaven or the bright light when die. But we all have karma today or maybe a handful of people are free from karma after a lifetime of healing but mostly even the most enlightened guru may not have paid his karma yet and is in the dormant state (underworld hasn’t opened yet).

All of us have karmic lives sitting and waiting in the abyss, because after 1200 bce, 3,000 years of wars, killing and kingdoms, we have lived lives within reincarnation, which has fragmented our souls apart. The astral soul body is a white and luminous body shape, like a cloud and whatever was not fragmented off in other lives, we get the remainder in our incarnation.

When we experience abuses this lifetime, another piece has broken off, sometimes this is how we pay real karma off, and people do not like when I say that, but its true. All the  monster and folklore creatures that are shadowy, are just real depictions of what our real human fragmented shadow energetic souls look like in its karmic states. Its pretty ugly and sometimes frightening when its at the demonic levels of fragmentation.

I saw mine in a ten year process when I got to the core of healing my two past lives. I saw my sons, then my apprentices, its not pretty, these demonic astral shadow that roam for shamans and seers to see, connected to those we love or those we want to help. We have all gone down that path, causing great fragmentation from karma, our own bad to demonic behaviors in lives we have not re-experienced much less remember or experience first hand.

1. The personal: When I began the more adult aspects of my shaman’s initiations after 30, as a Dreamer (dreamer is a fourth of four levels of a shaman); I lost my daughter and son, because the vibration of my collapsing life (shaman’s sickness) was rapidly approaching and I was losing regular human power of balancing my world. I fragmented and broke at 33, having to sustain what I could not handle in the shaman’s path. From the outside it just looked like a really bad divorce, but it was much deeper, than what appeared on the surface to friends and family.

Loss or death of anyone’s child brings grief, great stress or a living heartache. The last time my daughter lived with me, she was nine years old and my son was ten and a half. Of course that was only one of the many broken and fragmented life experiences I would have to endure as a shaman. The harder I worked at staying in contact with my children when all the forces were against me, the better I felt that I was at least giving it my all. We all experience these kinds of human traumas at some point in our lives, most people get one to three great crisis situations or health issues and then must live with the journey to find balance. 

2. Inner child work: This crisis then led me to even deeper work, and my path to “inner child work” began with consistency around 38 years old. I did all the knowledge and social paths of spirituality already and was finished with those and already to move into the more devotion practices and monthly and weekly healing of many kinds. Consistent healing work monthly, eventually pays off and inner child work is one of them.

We forget what our childhood felt like past twenty-five and when we have to go back there to do the inner child healing work, we begin to remember its pain and feel it, so it can release from our emotional body. Moving to a new home can traumatize a child, much less being abused which is high level trauma. Some examples of the wounded inner child which we trip over same old problems in our lives because of it…

  • Physical abuse, being hit or smacked by parents or grandparents
  • Emotionally unavailable parents or those who withheld basic affection
  • Being “punished” through kicking, shaking, biting, burning, hair pulling, pinching, scratching.
  • Molestation, shown pornography, or any other type of sexual contact from a parent, relative or friend
  • Children of Divorce, children of pot or alcohol addictions
  • Age Inappropriate responsibilities (such as caring for your parents)
  • Starving, or not in a Safe place to live
  • Abandonment of any kind, big or small
  • Emotional neglect, not being nurtured, encouraged or supported
  • Being deliberately called names or verbally insulted or shamed
  • Denigration of your personality
  • Destruction of personal belongings
  • Excessive demands
  • Humiliation
  • Car accidents, or other spontaneous traumatic events

Having gone through this process of my own inner child work for five years and being certified in some of the practices helping my apprentices and clients do the same, I saw the deep importance of the “length of time” it really requires to do real healing work in ordinary mundane life as a human being. I felt such burdens lifted from me and a heaviness that I was not even aware of.

The first half of my “self” healing journey and healings I received from other healers was to help me, to help heal and loosen the inner child from her prison. This was my human healing journey and it was powerful. I could see then hindsight when I did healing work on clients and apprentices and then their freedom also and the changes it brought. My shaman’s healing path was one of a more painful nature, dread and fright and I was even damaged and wounded from my real shaman’s initiations that took even more healing to stabilize that as well during my initiation time.

I have turned people away in my path because they were not ready for or did not need a shaman, they needed the 20 steps of practices and healing first. I learned and I share, that no one needs a shaman (healer) unless they are really deathly sick or can’t heal their existing disease or sickness (nor can a doctor help them heal), or those that chose when they are young, to take a path of no pot medicine, no medicines, no doctors or antibiotics to cure their sickness. Then yes call a shaman (healer) then, that is when one needs a shaman most.

All the other work we do in healing (not knowledge path after a certain point) and is just preparation to help us ground and feel better, and help us make it one more week or month in our heavy burdens. Everyone who has come to me (apprentices over the years), has been in the total collapse state, at the severest levels or was on the verge of falling into that abyss – and why they sought me out unconsciously or a deeper drive to have a working relationship together. Inner child work is such a big part of the preparation for real soul retrievals. There are many today that are good.

What is the inner child and why does it separate and fragment from us?

The inner child is like a wheel, and each year that we grow and experience any one of those concerns from the list above, and we end up surrendering (not fighting to live or give up hope) we have touched an inner child issue that is causing us pain. Many times I see this behavior all the time in people and now with social media, its extremely easy to see. Yet no one shows compassion, because they are working out the other side of the victim and perpetrator scenarios as adults.

As children our fear stay with us as adults, but they look different. We don’t kick and scream on the floor at our best friends house when we feel hurt by a random comment over dinner. Well maybe the introvert does and then expresses it later, but most people hold it in and have learned to control it, but not be ‘aware’ of ‘it’ anymore. The inner child “it” has been tampered and toned down until one gets drunk.

These issues overtakes us or circumstances in abuses in the family has been created in our family we birthed, this puts us in survival mode (shock) and people can live in great shock. Look at the survivors of Auschwitz as an example, the astral body keeps fragmenting a little at a time until we loose our energy completely and have lost the path and are now in the deep forests of our pain. Even then we can still exit, go to work and drudge our way through issues that do not heal.

The astral body fragments that partly steps out of us, at the age we were traumatized, remains outside of the body until we do the work. This is when peoples emotional body’s start to flat-line, and depression sinks in and a host of other issues like chronic fatigue etc. We are given a certain amount of our own astral life force (soul), to reincarnate with and when we are abused or hurt continually, that part of us leaves and stays outside of the realms. We can only address the original wound in order to begin to walk towards the inner child whose astral body has split off from us as we were growing and it remains outside of our body until brought back home.

But the inner child in her astral form is usually or almost always, separated from the adult self by the abusers shadow astral body. This is why its so hard to heal, the behind the scenes are not there even for really great healers and psychics. This is where a dreamer (shaman) like myself, had to be witness behind the scenes on the astral planes, seeing the inner child soul and the shadow soul in their prison (so to speak). Be that a physical or emotional abuser, who is unconscious of their shadow (and to us shamans, that the unconscious shadow is a real and living dark energetic astral soul body).

The shadow soul of an alcoholic, or shamanic drug/plant person who does peyote also has caused new problems in clans, tribes, villages and society. The darkest person in these  circles is always the most charismatic one. Or an abusive parent and the parent that was in denial can still bring up old wounded feelings by an adult with inner child issues at the holidays. The wounded child is still in the realm of the past, surrounded by us in the present, and these shadow bodies do not let go of her so easily, until its safe. I have done many soul retrievals but only when people are ready, and not before when it comes to healing. In group soul journeys (winter solstice), everyone is invited regardless because its not like individual sessions.

What this means is we have to do the healing work for her or him to return (slowly). After major healing has been done to understand your own depth of your personal story and what you have to reclaim, we have to work out and heal the majority of one issue or a few and overcome them to be ready for the next phase. Self healing is full of a thousand phases.  Then, this is where a shaman comes in to see who the demonic astral body is and begin to enter that realm with a fighting force as a warrior shaman to free the child in a soul retrieval. Most shaman journeys are feel good journeys, people feel supported by their book trained, school trained or conference workshop trained shamans, that is because they are getting “emotional support” for the first time in their lives, but it doesn’t mean their astral fragmented soul isn’t still out in the realms.

Past live soul fragments are much deeper and they cannot return until all parts of this life’s soul fragments have healed, and returned. This is because past life shadow fragments are older, stronger, more powerful demons when its our own. And that path requires a whole lifetime to overcome and many people do not. They can be slaves to their alcohol, sleep medications, doctors meds, pot, shamanic plants/drugs, or whatever keeps them separate from that pain of sobriety or past life demonic shadow fragment (dark soul body) and that chaos of that pain that appears. The rule is, most are totally unconscious of any of this type of past life shadow, as long as they feed themselves the illusion causing substances which only makes the shadow astral soul body eventually more powerful and one day busts through (if the person gets sober or wake up in ‘cycle’ of age).

The following is from “Union Within” and explains some of the dynamics of the inner child parenting process.

“The feeling of wanting to die, of not wanting to be here, is the most overwhelming, most familiar feeling in my emotional inner landscape. Until I started doing my inner child healing I believed that who I really was at the deepest, truest part of my being, was that person who wanted to die. I thought that was the true ‘me’. Now I know that is just a small part of me.

When that feeling comes over me now I can say to that seven year old, “I am really sorry you feel that way Robbie. You had very good reason to feel that way. But that was a long time ago and things are different now. I am here to protect you now and I Love you very much. We are happy to be alive now and we are going to feel Joy today, so you can relax and this adult will deal with life.”. . . . 

“The integration process involves consciously cultivating a healthy, Loving relationship with all of my inner children so that I can Love them, validate their feelings, and assure them that everything is different now and everything is going to be all right. When the feelings from the child come over me it feels like my whole being, like my absolute reality – it isn’t, it is just a small part of me reacting out of the wounds from the past. I know that now because of my recovery, and I can lovingly parent and set boundaries for those inner children so they are not dictating how I live my life. By owning and honoring all of the parts of me I now have a chance to have some balance and union within.” 

Step Processes We do not heal these parts of ourselves until we have prepared to be here, the action part of inner child work you can do and when those are completed (and take your time), leave no stone un-turned because you will just have to repeat and go back over them anyway. Here are some good first steps which I give practices to people…

1. Connecting with your Inner Child – Acknowledge your inner child exists, treat this part of you as a loving mother would. Let him or her know that you won’t let anyone ever again treat you the way a parent or partner did. Treat him or her with kindness and respect. This is all about taking care of you, being the mother or father you never had to you. Some self-nurturing communication: I love you. I hear you. I’m sorry. I forgive myself.

2. Get out a photo of you at the age of your trauma(s) – I ask people at this stage of their journey, to put a photo of themselves on the nightstand to connect with each night and and remind themselves that they are on a real healing journey and that they are on consistent and won’t abandon themselves. This is an excellent practice for a few years before a soul retrieval. 

3. Reconnect and go inward – A lot of people who enter the midlife crisis around 37 or 38 already have children or have stress in their life and overburdened at the prime of their life. Inner child work really starts at this most potent time to heal around this stage of life.  Those who have abandonment or co-dependent issues will peak during this age. Reconnecting to sides of our self that we never even knew existed as adults, can change your relationship to yourself and to others. This discovery is truly life-changing whether its inner child work or any deeply devoted healing path. Having fun and returning play is also an important action that is also needed for some people to loosen up their fool to lighten some burdens.

Meditation is not an inner child work and I see a lot of suggestions for that. Emotional and Soul issues are more connected with inner child fragmentation and emotional issues that have turned into phobias, fears or addictions of any kind. Meditation if for the mind, and what we try to do with inner child work is to get deep into that emotional body first. Here are some good holistic therapies which I would say commit to, from 1 to 3 years, building upon each other if you need to go deeper.

Try them all, especially if you were molested or raped or unconscious as an adult of some of your past abuses. There are many healings out there, when you feel ready to deal with the traumas of the past,  real healing work is very slow and make sure you ask your healer what types of healing they have done and do they drink or smoke pot. This makes a huge difference in your recovery time of your emotional detoxes. You don’t want to spend time having to heal and cleaning up your healers emotional body that has slipped into yours (if your an empath). Might as well get the best since you are investing in you…

* Water Therapy, also called Watsu is excellent;
* Rebirthing (5-10 ten sessions with a woman and 5-10 with a male practitioner)
* Massage Cranio-Sacral (work is very good for physically abused children)
* Energy work (any kind, except crystal healing, it fragments the emotional soul body);
* Re-connective Healing, which is a form of body soul work

As a shaman, I do not open up the underworlds or middleworlds to find the fragmented inner child or past life karmic demonic soul, mother earth is the only one who can open those realms. All i had to do was pass 40 years of death tests for her to do it. The pierce of the veil, to get an inner child, is gotten by the person who is seeking it, not the shaman. The person has prepared to meet her wounded self by working at healing all along, the wounded self with real healing work. The shaman only holds both self, the other or the group, in a protected place so they can return one inch deeper to that ultimate destination.

Some need soul retrievals for sickness, some need it for soul loss this lifetime (inner child), others can only withstand being close to the sickness of death for a few years and that is not enough time for past life soul fragment to return back home (purified, yes the dark soul of karma must be purified through intense pain to burn off karma)… I other words you have to feel the pain of people you killed two thousand or a thousand years ago, in your real body and it hurts like “hell”, that frees the soul you killed and you get to feel their pain. That is real inner child work of a past life. The Hindus say your can “breath away” your karma. Well, even a devout practice of 30 years of that is not going to pierce the veil to enter the realm of the dead.

We first have to heal the pain of our ordinary life that arises, before we can go to the next level, in other words we have to fix the broken arm, and it must be all healed before we can approach the broken body (soul work). Its all the brokenness that occurs when you open the doorways to this type of healing because its not something that is simple, its highly complex. If the person can withstand their own deep sorrow, grief and the detox changes that occur, then an inner child fragment (the astral body of the child of this lifetime) will return as it gets so close in your space, you become aware that you are ‘feeling better’. As a shaman when I know its time I will hear the child in waking (clairaudio) or at night when I dream walk when I have a more long term relationship to my clients or apprentices.

3. The Collective: Across the veils is one big dark mess, leave that to the death dreamers.

So to conclude, you deserve to heal your issues, start with basic support from a loving circle, a women’s circle, a sweat lodge, if that turns ugly or your intuition tells you something is not right in the group its not, move on. In the last thirty years, many leaders who are my age have never even gone to a healer, much less dedicated to a decade or two of many modalities. So move on if a circle does not support you, you will know because all they want you to do is serve them.

For a real soul retrieval and however many it takes, and you will know because the person shifts, they lose a lot of weight, they leave a spouse, they move, they quit their job, they make some kind of big change within two or three years.

Slavic Peasant Dreaming: The Ancient Spirit of Wołogór, Dreamer of Ox Mountain

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain, Edited by Sarah Burnt Stone Many teachings speak of the World Tree or what is referred to as the “Tree of Life” in Paganism, New Age Spirituality, the Kabbalah and a few others. As a Dreamer I live within the realms of the “World River” connected to the Golden Baba: The River and its wisdom that flows from the Sacred Mountains and that relationship to our soul.

The World River is nature’s mysticism of water and a symbol of our own soul in the form of clouds, moisture, fertility, rain, fog, lightening, thunder and the hovering fog of mystery which is the mysticism of our feminine soul. These were the ways pre-history and some of it remains, at least in folk art of our Slavic and Balkan ancestors. I am the descendant of these great mysteries of the elements. From this feminine root of humanity, comes the older stories of the gentle men. Wołogór is a Polish folklore and legend which is a Mountain Spirit from the Karkonosze Mountains and is from a time before history.

This article is about the legend and lore of Wołogór the Dreamer of Ox Mountain. What impresses me most about this legend and folklore is Wołogór, who is strongly connected with the world symbolism of the bull, is not associated with any men’s hunting rites nor the killing of the bull. Nor is it reflected in the ancient representations of overpowering nature with the masculine. Wologor’s story is about peaceful, soul-full men.   

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Wołogór’s exit from the Slavic lands (when humanity fell asleep) contain a great deal of gentleness and respect. The gentleness that characterizes everything about this tradition shows us he is an oral connection to the matriarchal cultural lineages of pre-history’s Grandmother Shamanism. Many people try to claim and hold onto a specific cultural story but I do not because Wologor is like other Oxen and Bull cultural stories around the world. 

Legends about the Mountain Spirits of Karkonosze are mostly from the written accounts of the Middle Ages and were recorded historical folklore from previous oral traditions, but some of them have an older shamanic culture feel, in which they were born:

Krakonoš (Wind Spirit and later a Dwarf who is a Guardian Spirit of the Mountains). This is a Czech Republic folklore, and described as ruler of the winds which makes it shamanic, and a daemon spirit who punishes indiscriminately, making it a pagan lore. In later depictions he was a righteous champion of the poor, shown more as a dwarf and capable of transforming to any creature or object, making him a magical being. He too, like the others is a guardian of the mountains and protector of the people. He has connections to both paganism and shamanism because he can shape shift and shape shift into storms (weather or elements). The first illustrations comes from the Krakonoše, Helwigovy maps of Silesia from 1561. (Wiki).


Rübezahl (Mountain Spirit) is a German folktale and he is also called Woodwose who lives in the Krkonose Mountains (Giant Mountains), a mountain range along the border between the historical lands of Bohemia and Silesia.  The Woodwose is a wild man of the forests and woods, a mythical figure comparable to a Faun or a Wildman. He doesn’t really have much in common with Wologor and is strictly pagan. He derives from the 12th century (in written languages) and depicted as being covered with hair all over his body. He is closer associated with Green Man after the 16th Century. (Wiki).

Liczyrzepa (Mountain Spirit) is a Polish folklore who was originally a personification of the forces of nature, associated with the culture of Swantewit. This Mountain Spirit was later called “Lord John” (Dominus Johannes) a resulted from the introductions of the cult of St. John the Baptist and the existing pagans. The Polish name Liczyrzepa is a direct translation of the German name Rübezahl, introduced by Stanisław Bełza in 1898. It became widespread in Poland after 1945, when Józef Sykulski started to translate tales of Rübezahl from German into Polish. In one Silesian folktale, he is called “Prince of the Gnomes” from a legend dating back to the Middle Ages. In early pagan summer solstice rites, he resembled a Deer standing on its hind legs. (Wiki).

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Wołogór

Wołogór is a Polish folklore and legend which is a Mountain Spirit from the Karkonosze Mountains who in its animistic and shamanic past was a guardian to both the mountains and the inhabitants of the mountains of that region. He has a definable shamanic past because his appearance of an ox and the body of a man. He wears his natural clothing and carries a magical staff and the most important, one who dreams and experiences love. According to Lamus Dworsky, Wołogór in the Polish tradition, was said to have been given the task of guarding the small region near Wołowa Góra (which translates to Ox mountain) and reporting the condition of the area to the Great Mountain Spirit.

It is in this context that Wołogór is most vividly depicted as having an ox head and carrying a decorated staff that endows him with magical powers. Peasants would say that this spirit ensured everything was in working order and the people living nearby were safe and showed respect to nature. Sometimes he was known for assisting the locals or showing the way to lost visitors. He appears in only the local villagers’ dreams to let them know he is there to help.

The people of Budniki, Poland who do their Wołogór celebrations call them, the Welcoming the Sun and Farewell to the Sun which makes them an Autumn and Spring Equinox ritual.  Because rituals have lost their original real “rites”, what we have left today is more a gathering to honor something of our past, which includes food, music, dancing or gatherings. The very earliest of humans who lived in Dreaming cultures without written languages, connects to the simplicity of Wołogór. As time went on, these dream cultures transformed into shamanic cultures which connects the simplicity of

Shamanic cultures transformed into Goddess cultures and Goddess cultures turned into Paganism. Paganism became Patriarchy and Patriarchy is the structure that underlies most present-day folklore, religions, political and philosophical paradigms.

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As eras of time moved forward, cultural changes combined with the growing popularity of alcohol and drug myths (Dionysian Cults). This began to change mythology, especially in the way it depicted the sacred masculine. The increasing amount of tribal and spiritual leadership that was taken over by men who worshipped the proud warrior archetype (based on the Unconquered Sun God myths) further served to expand the gap between the style of old mythology and the new. As battles, politics, science and military became the new masculine, we saw we saw many myths lose the gentleness that can still be found in the roots of Wołogór’s folklore.

The most ancient of folklore always depicted a peaceful and magical earth, where men were helpers to women and children; where there were no warriors at all. We can see how some of the tales of Wołogór actually reflect the changing eras of world culture, particularly in the way sacred masculine love was transformed into depictions of the struggle of unrequited love and rejection.

Wołogór and his human love with a woman started as an act of seduction in her dreaming. However, she loved someone else and rejected Wołogór’s advances in her dreams. He decided to appear in her home in person.

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He came with so much love that fire fell out of his heart which is symbolic for our spirit connected to nature (elements) and set her house on fire. Wołogór understood his mistakes of passion out of control, and he decided not to intervene in human lives again. The woman got married and had children and continued her life, rejecting the magical ancient earth and what it had contained.

This shows that both men and women had agreed that the old ways were not wanted anymore and that the dominance of the church and their urging women to have lots and lots of children and the binding of marriage in elaborate bride rituals without any spirituality of ancient female rituals, was the new men’s church fashion… in other words, control.

Wołogór saw that the people were changing in this way and that the sacred rivers that flowed from the spiritual mountains were not wanted anymore, in fact it became superstitious if anyone revealed the old ways as judgments were harsh. The people he had always protected and loved started to decline as they fell asleep in the great sleep of humanity. Wołogór’s magic (represented by his staff) slowly began to lose its magic. It was time for him to retreat back into the dreaming, because there’s no one left for him who believed anymore.

WołogórIt is said he went up a spring called Malina near some waterfalls, and there he pushed his staff and his right foot against a huge boulder leaving the shapes in the stone. He was never seen in the dreams again, but locals believe he might return when they are in need.

The folklore of Wołogór is very strong in small mountain cultures where ancient oxen (bull) once roamed free and there are still many Polish folk traditions that include the Ox symbolically.

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Kolęda, which is a practice of caroling at the winter solstice is a ritual that is still strongly associated with the Ox even today (and which sometimes has been substituted for a cow, but never a goat). During this time, villagers will walk around visiting homes with someone dressed as an ox and carry elaborate Christmas Stars. (See article on Elder Mountain called the “Midnight Sun”, the Koliada Star).

Some cultures have replaced the older ox with the new pagan goat in ritual and folk stories (a substitution that comes from more recent Dionysus/goat cult inspired traditions, even the Slavic peoples). The ox is the more archaic version of the animal associated with this ritual and is the indigenous Slavic animal associated with the rites of fertility. Legends like Wołogór and the Mountain Spirit of Karkonosze help us reclaim what was forgotten during the changing of cultural rituals and awaken to where we fell asleep due to religious forbidding rites connected with these dream cultural experiences.

For dreamers and old souls, times are changing for the better and we can now accept the possibility of our return so dominated by scholars, universities, archaeologist, authors or book writers who have brought limitation of what our ancient past was. We return to these rituals and these ancient ways without persecution and begin to live the rituals, perform them not as carnival or festival, but small ancient sacred ceremonies in which they were, and include the leadership of grandmothers.

This Hutsul (Ukraine) folk jacket has a near identical Wologor symbol.

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A poem about Wologor on Wołowa Mountain …

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You may think I was dreaming,
But in this wasteland, life sparks,
Not only thickets and conifers,
but deer, birds or other animals.

Rocks falling from the slopes
or mountain rushing streams,
Footprints of a stray wanderer’s shoes …
No, more real life!

Some time ago, several centuries,
You can hear the children here
Absorbed in care free fun
Yes, there were children here
so you already know yourself.

Where the children, there parents and family,
homesteads, houses and chimneys
Smoking; In a word: a real settlement,
Yes, a village was here, it’s not overdone.

Village? How is it? Seriously?
A village – I say – listen carefully!
And it is not a fairy tale nor a legend
by the fire the righteous talk.

Well, it was during the great turmoil,
When the world was engrossed in
religious movements,
  when the defenders
of faith took their heads,
 they were
fighting and dying.

Not for God’s sake, but for mammon,
After all, when the mind is asleep,
the demons wake up …

So wise people sought refuge,
They ran in their legs, without
a moment’s respite.

When they reached this place,
they rested for a moment,

Do you run away, they probably thought?
And this place is charming, peaceful,
They realized that somehow they
would survive the war.

Thirty years have passed; The war ceased,
The village has grown here, the village has been here,
They could come back safely, as they knew,
They could come back, but somehow
they did not want to come back.

Here they found their happiness 
Happiness must be guarded,
do not abandon it.
  It will grow and
flourish generously,

Life will be sweet and calm.

And so it probably was, we guess,
And exactly how it was – we do not
know that anymore.

And we’ll never know for sure,
Because history usually does
not betray everything.

Feeding the imagination, leaving some myths,
Poets, artists, magicians and fortune tellers,
Dreamy hearts about a child’s mind …
The rest is silence; this is strictly confidential.

What are some old photos betraying,
Tales kept in the attic, in the closet
I’m afraid of history, sometimes dulled
Echoes of ancient legends from
the cave under the forest.

The name to find one is the hard work:
Forstlangwasser, Forstbauden or Forest Buddy,
Forest Clamps or Foresters’ Houses,
The definition of this place we have a few.

And lastly, as the chronicles say
It is commonly known today as Budniki.
With such a wealth of names – what to do?
Well here not to overdo it?

Each of us reads the secret differently.
Let anyone who arrives in this area,
depend on your heart and your understanding,
Let her name – best as she can …

What do you think you will say about yourself?
After all, the name is just a name, letters,
What matters more is our experience
our Dreams, imagination, not the word “life” …

But there are also signs of time, unfortunately,
Hearts are very different from the poet’s heart,
In a place like this they feel different,
Thoughts are cool – profits are calculated,

Everything they want to cash in, invest everywhere,
Capable to sell everything, straighten nature,
Even the sliced secret would cut,
Without regretting for a moment,

In Budniki and houses to rebuild,
And people sold tickets to them …
When what is priceless will be priced,
This whole spell is going up and everything is over.

It will not be then a magic place,
Become more popular, more touristy
And it will be quite different than it used to be,
And no one else will dream …

But luckily there will always be something for us,
Because the place is certainly older than the slaughter,
Who knows what was happening in the old days,
What kind of sleep in the surrounding woods.

That no one will examine and will not answer us,
Maybe the camps had wild Celts here?
Because the older they are, the darker the cards,
Unforgettable myths in the earliest of times.
I am neither a seer nor a scholar,
Maybe Wologor on Wołowa Mountain
He will echo through the hole in the cloud …

Enigmabudnik, the Enigmabudnik…
Wake up the secret; Let Budnik silence continue!
Because in the silence the Heart hear Izbica Spruce,
In the veins to feel the raspberry, in the eyes of a Spark …

Poem: Izbicki’s Bride (2015.9.29)

 

Other Ox, Oxen, Bull in Mythology, Folklore, Legends

Oxen in other legends – In many cultures, the symbolism of the Ox is interwoven with a story that connects a male and female character.  One of the most famous stories is the Chinese myth of the Heavenly Weaving Maiden with the Ox herding boy. It is said that the Ox herding Boy and the Weaving Maiden must live separately their whole lives except for one day of the year when they can walk across a celestial bridge of Magpie birds to be together. This day is celebrated on 7th day of the 7th lunar month in many Asian countries and is their modern “Valentine’s Day” equivalent. This festival has been celebrated since the Han Dynasty (206 BCE). There are many stories online with older contexts than the modern Valentines Day stories.

Ox (Bull) in ancient cultures and its symbolism is also strongly featured in the Cretan myths. King Minos of Crete competed with his brothers to rule the land. Minos prayed to Poseidon, the Sea God, to send him a snow-white bull as a sign of support. He intended to kill the shamanistic woman’s era bull to show honour to the man’s human deity, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. He thought Poseidon would not care if he kept the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Poseidon made Pasiphaë, Minos’s wife, fall deeply in love with the Bull.

Goddess Cultures of the Middle East, Achaemenid period ca. 550 - 330 BCE

Pasiphaë had a craftsman (Daedalus) make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. Their offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphaë nursed him, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a mythical ox. Minos sought advice from the Seers and Oracle at Delphi, who advised him to construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. Its location was near Minos’ palace in Knossos.

The story of the Cretan Bull (which historically some scholars have suggested it as the strong female bull and its destruction of an earlier era) and the Maidens who danced upon her or him connecting their labyrinth of feminine fertility which is the connection between the solid earth and our physical life, relative to housing our Soul’s Dreaming, its Intuitive Oracular Gifts and the sight of the Seer of the ancient Body & Soul.

Budniki Forstbaude archaeological site archaeological excavations October 2014, Budniki Schronisko Forstbaude wykopaliska archeologiczne październik 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cee-HeJbuc

Note: The Golden Babas (grandmothers) article on Elder Mountain Dreaming: https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2016/11/08/stone-grandmother-каменные-баба-kamennaia-baba


Wonderful Sources: The Budniki, Poland people are the main source of a “living” ritual for all of us to enjoy Wologor, you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/Budnikipl;  Special thanks to Lamus Dworski and her scholarly (written folklore) approaches of her translations and researched version of Wologor, you can find her article of Wologor on her web page here:

Sources: https://lamusdworski.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/wologor; budniki.pl, karpacz.pl, karawaier.pl, Budniki Poland’s website: http://budniki.pl; Budniki Forstbaude archaeological site archaeological excavations October 2014 – Budniki Schronisko Forstbaude wykopaliska archeologiczne październik 2014; Gorlitz Museum Krakonoš (Rübezahl-Museum). Wiki, Vlastivědný Proceedings, Vol seventh Museum Podkrkonoší in Trutnov Trutnov, 1983, Photos and images included in this article are from the celebrations of the people who live in Budniki Poland; Baba and Bull Spring blessing of cattle in Poland; Karol Nienartowicz Polish Photographer of the Karkonosze, Gianni De Conno, Poèmes à la Lune, Polish Wiki, Various sources translated from Polish websites, Karkonosze (karkɔˈnɔʂɛ) National Park, Poland (Bohemia, 1518), Image of the large statue of the Bull in the Middle East of the Achaemenid period ca. 550 – 330 BCE.

Elder Mountain – If you are interested in learning more about the rites of a shaman, and the empowerment of our dreaming culture and how it can help be integrated into your emotional healing journey, solar, soul or moon work, or creative practices, we welcome artists, dreamers, healers, shaman apprentices (those under 50 years old) to learn and join into our community. We will be offering work-creatives, sacred retreats and ceremony on the equinoxes and solstices in Ashland, Oregon starting in the sparing of 2019. ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com

Personal note: 
My sharing of cultural weaving with my shamanic fated life of experiences over the past sixty years, is to enlighten the heart and soul of the readers beyond knowledge, study, university or book knowledge of pagan, religious tales, myths and teachings. I encourage to spark your spirit and soul with a time before the rulership of pyramids and kingdoms. Those who visit here and those who come to Elder Mountain in person, I only have respect to your traditions and learnings, and to celebrate them with you from your cultural past. My first language and culture is dreaming, and the gifts of dreaming, dream walking, soul work, soul healing, time travel (astral travel) as a pure (non drug non plant) shaman. I am most certainly grateful for all writers and authors as they share the approaches of time shared folk knowledge, from older books, old articles or library and university resources. I am very grateful to my own Polish/Ukraine lands that were once indigenous in the Carpathians and were some clues still exist from the pre-tenth century, one in which Wologor himself belongs like myself. I share, regardless who the source is, be it Wologor himself or a writer, dancer, singer or gatherer of information who all sharing the same living or re-birthing journeys of the joys of cultural traditions through the arts. All are blessed because of it, including me. 

Karelian Magic

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Various folk shamanic tradition practices are called Folk Healing, like the Grandmothers in this video (in other traditions its called medicine woman). The Slavs, Balkans and North regions like the Karelians pretty much have the same basic rituals for healing. The feet are important because they are both where the greatest amount of our detoxing of sickness releases and our root on the earth and grounds our body to the earth.  The folk singing (chanting, spells its called in some traditions) are the direction in which the healing “intent” of the energy is given as a direction.

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) – Karelian Mother

Song, movement, specific parts of the body, water and fire rituals, all work together as the root foundation, be that medicine chanted or spoken into sacred clothing through  embroidery, or the folk healer (who whisperers) a directional energy, or our relationship to the spirit (benevolent energies) of earth to work with the healer (in shamanic way), which is closest to our body and soul of the sick.

The Karelians are a nation that belongs to Baltic-Finnic ethnic group that are currently living in Finland and Russia. In Russia Karelians mostly settle in the Republic of Karelia and in other north-western parts of the Russian Federation. There are also significant Karelian enclaves in the Tver and Novgorod regions of Russia, as some Karelians migrated after 1656 because of war.

In Finland they traditionally settle in the regions of Savonia and Northern and Southern Karelia. The historic homeland of the Karelians has been the Karelian Isthmus, Ladoga Karelia, Olonets Karelia in Russia and the provinces of Northern and Southern Karelia and Savonia in Finland. Many became refuges from German Occupation (of ww2) and their numbers are very small today.

Photograph of Marppa Martiskainen embroidering a ritual towel, käspaikka, in Ilomantsi, Karelia which is very similar to Russian or Slavic Embroidery of the Goddess Makosh.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865-1931) – Karelian Mother

Marzanna Ritual – Autumn Equinox to the Spring Equinox

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Phoenix’s Marzanna, beginning stages of building her. Then on the Winter Solstice when she will be taken out to the field and ceremony for protect of land/town for 3 months of Winter 2016/17.

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – It is the season of Maržanna, Mara, Maržena, Morena and all her Slavic names associated with the traditional Folk Ritual of many Slavic countries. I have invited our patrons on this page Grandmother Moon and Slavic Folklore Dreams over the years to participate with us. Most of you have made your personal small Effigy doll and done it in the tradition of your healing journey of what you need over the “season of night” (Autumn and Winter).

My work as a shaman with Marzanna each year is a six month (moon) ritual and ceremonies that is mandatory for the protection of our land here at Elder Mountain. Most Marzanna traditions are still practiced today, but like all ancient traditions, they have lost their shamanic ritualistic power of real protection and for the relationship to the consciousnesses of the earth mother (nature) and what roams between the worlds that we shamans experience and how to keep the winter moons safe.

Religions of the middle ages which challenged the world indigenous populations that were white, red, yellow, black and brown nations, could not have any competitors of their newer symbol of the “dying on the cross” and Morena and Marzanna represented a threat to their power and control, so she had to be forbidden, they only wanted the symbol of women as compassionate and loving mother, not powerful goddess over death.

So as in direct competition to male religions, this much more ancient ritual (which there will be no physical proof because she is burned in a ceremonial fire) she had to be banned and eradicated and even in some villages… corrupted. Even still, her rituals still survives today all over the world by balto-slavic people. The word Mor is the root of a very old Slavic word Mor meaning Death.

Morena a powerful grandmother (later changed to a beautiful young maiden), is the cold winter goddess of death and ruler of the underworld, who must journey to the underworld (shaman) and cross the river Smorodina (Smorod, meaning stench from the dead souls), through which you can only flee, guide and get to the other side. In many ways this small story is the story of all true shamans who cross the veils of life and death, where the karmic souls are prisoners in the underworld.

This is why many cultures do Autumn and Winter shamanic rituals to protect the waking plane from roaming shadow spirits. But now most are just light festivals or like Marzanna, reserved for fun and school children on one day of the original six months.

tumblr_o4200qlac91uc488jo1_500Today in modern times, Marzanna is still alive and well, but more associated with children and festivals of Spring and most of the tradition is focused around Spring and the end process of burning her to release winter. I do a serious shamanic working ritual each year not only for my own protection as a shaman because of the veil I am exposed to wherever I may live.

She is also a protector of the land in which we live and the clearing of what energies roam locally during the winter months, especially at night and around the full moons. I focus not on Spring (the end) but the entire six month process as a whole ritualistic ceremony. Its a very serious ceremony, in which children are not allowed because of the adult nature of shamanism of protection and healing.

My process is a duration of six months is the old prehistory rituals, when the season of night (Autumn and Winter) and the season of fire (Spring and Summer) where the two seasonal rituals of the ceremonial grandmothers. I start my building of my Marzanna each year on the day of the Autumn Equinox and do ritual and ceremony with her foundation or basic structure and set the intentions with each piece of what we need in Autumn and Winter. Every year is different for me because nature’s communication with the wind, the clouds, rain, snow, rivers, creeks and ponds all speak their magic and are all a part of the power that Marzanna will carry into the dark phase of the year of Winter.

My Marzanna seems simple as she stands around six feet tall, and when I her out to the field on the day of the Winter Solstice as she begins her work which represents the decades of my work and healing work put into her. When the Spring Equinox arrives, she is treated in the same traditional way that modern Slavs do their Morena or Marzanna and we welcome Spring and the rebirth of the year and is burned and thrown into the water.

Women have made effigies and talisman for thousands of years and today they are called dolls but still basically serve the same purpose when that doll effigy is not about anyone but you. When that doll becomes about someone else, outside the context of healing work, then its black magic and voodoo and reverse negative karmic action.

Those who ponder why we sacred artists do this, inspires curiosity about our past lives when we did the same things for the same reasons. Modern times are no different than today except we all have lifetimes of karma and we have used natures gifts inappropriately and brought death to the surface here with digging for oil. Well what comes with that death and power of the archaic grandmothers of the primeval eras of humanity.

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To be connected to the awareness of birth, living, transformation, death and rebirth is a person who honors all things and understands natures cycles by working with it personally and with nature herself. This is a living planet with a natural mysticism that is alive if you can ‘see’ and if you participate in ritual enough years it becomes easier to see. These effigies are an expression of our soul and our ability to create and heal out of hardships and death. Beyond that, archaic ritual is a shamanic reality and before that, a dreaming culture reality, which all of this has sprung forth from our soul’s dreaming power because our soul exists beyond the physical, metaphysical.

In ancient times we used embroidery thread and in prehistory, we made effigies with  actual braided hair. In modern times after the 12th century that was associated with black magic and voodoo, but most things were corrupted in the middle ages. Later horse hair was used in some fine weaving, and then eventually textile fabrics such as embroidery and tapestry dominated cultural life that was more domesticated.

My Marzanna is done the way it was done in prehistory, with some of my own hair I collect all year long. When I lead shamanic soul retrievals I also do a ritual with having those who come for the evening to snip off a piece of their hair and I burn it with the sage. I do this because in winter, we practice letting go which is physical sometimes but also symbolic of our “old growth” that needs to be released in order to prepare for the new, when spring arrives.

I attach some of my sacred necklaces, textiles and talisman and painted symbols to Marzanna and then remove them before I burn her. I also add things I have made or worked with during the year, like the leftover stalks of the lavender I harvested, the strings of rosehips and wild flowers I collect for my smudge. I add pieces of the abundance of nature such as pine cones, tree branches, wild grasses, twine, sticks, berries and more. I add each piece in a ceremony and work on building her for three months.

In this video you can see my Marzanna burn and in the flames the soul energy burnt by seeing the faces in the fire. I take my work extremely serious when building her with each piece, and the things I put  on her is for a specific reason in what roams between the veils and the rituals that we do here in the north, south, east and west directions of the edge of the property.

Your Marzanna of course is more traditional of what is done today in most Slavic countries and as the winter soon approaches I encourage you to join in the artistic and healing aspects of Marzanna. This is an amulet or effigy which reflects both you and the great mother (light and dark) goddess. Take photos and share if you want and I will add to this photo group.

Traditional Marzanna or Morena Folk or Peasant Rituals

6ad3b3ae222a95d2e20a194a71d6447aMarzanna (in Polish), Morė (Lithuanian), Morena (Czech, Slovak, Russian) and also Mara, Maržena, Morana, Moréna, Mora or Marmora is a Baltic and Slavic Goddess associated with seasonal agrarian ancient death and rebirth rites of nature. She is associated with death and winter and is often described as the Goddess of death. To this day in some regions of Poland, there is a festival held where an effigy of Marzanna is made in the month of March, and is burned to welcome springtime from winter.

This is known as The Burning and Drowning Ritual of Marzanna. The tradition of burning or drowning an effigy of Marzanna to celebrate the end of winter is a folk custom that survives in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. For many years, the Burning and Drowning of Marzanna was held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and it was not until the 20th century that the date 21 March was fixed, which coincidentally is the day of the vernal equinox (20–21 March). The rite involves preparing a doll dressed in female clothing, which can then be set on fire, drowned in the river, or both.

The Church tried to Christianize the tradition of Marzanna and replace it by burning Judah or throwing Judah puppet from the churches’ roof on Holy Wednesday. This tradition is cultivated in some Polish regions, but Marzanna tradition is known much better all through Poland. In the Czech Republic or Poland, this is often performed during a field trip by children in kindergartens and primary schools.

The effigy, often prepared by the children themselves, can range in size from a puppet to a life-size dummy. This ritual represents the end of the dark days of winter, the victory over death, and the welcoming of the spring rebirth. It concerns the “drowning of Marzanna,” a large figure of a woman made from various rags and bits of clothing which is thrown into a river on the first day of the spring calendar. Along the way, she is dipped into every puddle and pond …

Very often she is burned along with herbs before being drowned and a twin custom is to decorate a pine tree with flowers and colored baubles to be carried through the village by the girls. There are of course many superstitions associated with the ceremony: you can’t touch Marzanna once she’s in the water, you can’t look back at her, and if you fall on your way home you’re in big trouble. One, or a combination of any of these can bring the usual dose of sickness and plague.

Grandmother represents the Winter Stage (Dark Moon) phases of life, the Death and Rebirth stages of life and in this very ancient Ritual of the Burning of Marzanna during the first few days of Spring, she represents the archaic dark primordial grandmothers releasing winter into the rebirth of the maiden’s spring. The Winter Goddess, who is the original Snow Queen is a Slavic Goddess associated with seasonal agrarian rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of the nature and woman herself.

She is associated with death and winter and often described as the goddess of death. The 15th century Polish chronicler Jan Długosz likened her to Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. Her name is derived from the same Indo-European root as Latin mors ‘death’ and Russian mor ‘pestilence’. Some authors also likened her to mare, the celestial horse spirit of Slavic folklore, associated with dreams and sleep paralysis (astral travel). In some Russian dialects the word ‘mara’ means ‘phantom’, ‘vision’, ‘female Prophet’ or female Visionary.

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The tradition of burning or drowning an effigy of Marzanna to celebrate the end of winter is a folk custom that survives in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Typically taking place on the day of the vernal equinox, the rite involves setting fire to a female straw effigy, drowning it in a river, or both. In Poland, this is often performed during a field trip by children in kindergartens and primary schools.

The effigy can range in size from a small doll size effigy to a life-size goddess statue out of straw. This ritual represents the end of the dark days of winter, the victory over death, and the welcoming of the spring rebirth.

The “Drowning of Marzanna,” a large figure of a woman made from various rags and bits of clothing which is thrown into a river on the first day of the spring calendar. Along the way, she is dipped into every puddle and pond … Very often she is burned along with herbs before being drowned and a twin custom is to decorate a pine tree with flowers and colored baubles to be carried through the village by the girls, mothers, women and the baba elders.

Carrying out Morena (Marzanna) is a Slovak Tradition, a custom first written down in the 16th century, from previous folk traditions of the Goddess. It says that the youth carried an effigy of the Goddess, made of two wooden sticks in the shape of a cross in tangled harvested wheat and straw. This effigy dressed in festive traditional costume and a singing by the whole village as they carried her to the river.

Behind the village threw her off a bridge into the water, or burned in a bonfire as the symbol of winters end, and springs renewal, that from death comes rebirth. While people believed that death, winter was to be survived, the goddess cultures influenced this folk custom of local slavic regions to make it through long winters. The original faith of ancient Slavs and Slovaks were banned by male religions and many withdrew into seclusion for fear of persecution with their ancient honoring of a goddess.

98ce1f6e043de2e8c6b1549c1f5a53d7Morena in winter gains power as the old sun god Dažbog experiences his death. Her flying chariot drawn by snow-white swan represents death and those who dream of large spirit swans will have witnessed a loved one’s soul carried over to the other side (from old Slavic folk lore).

Marena is dressed in white as snow as the keeper of gates to heaven and the hair and complexion of her is the same. Her Ceremony is in late winter until spring, where the underworld experiences natural cycle of decay, and we honor Morena, to pay respect to the forces of mother nature, and then in the spring honor the growing Dažbog. Morena’s animals and avian are wolves, ravens and swans, as a symbol of winter’s death and then its rebirth. Her Majesty marks the time when we honor our ancestors by paying respect to all the Slavic the Goddesses.

Sources: Photo by Czlowiek Kamera; Dragovid; Wiki, Elder Mountain, Slavic Folklore Dreams; “Morana” by Игорь Ожиганов; beksinski.dmochowskigallery.net

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Grandmother’s Ancestors – Siberian Effigies

Article By Olga Gertcyk for the Siberian Times

20,000 year old prehistoric effigies shows people of all ages and the larger figurines of the basic large grandmothers (which in all archeology are so inappropriately called Venus). These Siberian art effigies include men, women, teenagers and children, the new research shows. It’s true that in the past some of the woolly mammoth tusk carvings were known to be clothed as they were dressed for protection from the Siberian winter, and are possibly the oldest known images anywhere in the world of sewn fur clothing.

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Siberian archeologist and historian Alexey Okladnikov in 1957, found the Paleolithic art from the Buret excavations in this collection. Carved of mammoth tusk, these female forms rested in the ‘moist and warm soil’ soaked by a recent night thunderstorm. Seemingly enchanted and using language veering from the strictly scientific into the lyrical, he hailed this figurine as ‘not a dead piece of long-vanished world, but something soulful and full of life’. Entranced by the ancient vision, he lauded her ‘narrow, Mongolian slanted eyes looking at us, the people of the twentieth century, mysteriously and even somewhat ironically.’

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Famous Mal’ta and Buret are located in about 25 kilometers from each other, close to Lake Baikal. In rich poetic vein, he continued:

Her face, carved so unexpectedly gentle and tender, had a barely noticeable smile. The feeling of vitality and mystery coming from this fragment of mammoth tusk was getting even deeper because the statuette radiated the warmth of a living creature as most likely all cultures ruled by women were.

It wasn’t yellow or brown, like dozens of ancient sculptures from mammoth tusks that lie behind the museum glass window. It was pink and almost warm, like a live human body. This is exactly how a piece of a fossil ivory looks, soaked with the millennial Earth’s juices.’ But now deeper study using modern technology has been conducted by Dr Lyudmila Lbova and trace analysis specialist Dr Pavel Volkov.

‘In the collection of Malta figurines, the overalls are more typical for small sculptures (those of 2-4 cm in height), depicting children.’ Picture: Lyudmila Lbova

And a striking new light has been cast on the Mal’ta and Buret figurines – found from the 1920s to the 1950s by the Angara River close to Lake Baikal in modern-day Irkutsk region. Notably, the research disputes the widely-held believe that some of the figures are nude.

‘There were many attempts to understand the idea of these figurines, and their symbolism,’ she said. ‘And there were many interpretations. Totally there are 40 known figurines found both on Mal’ta and Buret: we have (so far) studied 29 of them, using microscopes and macro shooting.


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She explained: ‘We worked with sculptures from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum at St Petersburg. First, we found out how these figurines were made and checked our conclusions with experiments. Some of the figurines are just work pieces, to the finished works. In other words, they are prototypes and ‘this allowed us to reconstruct all the steps in their creation.

‘Yet the most unexpected result was that we saw traces on the surface of the figurines that were not spotted earlier, as they are not visible to the naked eye, due to the ravages of time. These traces showed more details of clothes than we had seen previously: bracelets, hats, shoes, bags and even back packs.

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Dr Lyudmila Lbova: ‘We decided to pay more attention to some material things, to study the surface, to understand how these figurines were made. This approach allowed us to reveal many interesting new details and review some ideas about these sculptures,’ she said. ‘Previously, there had been different approaches to the classification of these figurines, but the basic was a division into ‘dressed’ and ‘naked’. ‘Our research showed that all of them are more or less ‘dressed’. We saw the different types of hats, hairstyles, shoes and accessories, which were depicted with thin lines. The ancient masters used different techniques to highlight the different materials – fur, leather, and decorations.

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‘In the realistic elements of clothing and hats are obviously seen the details of traditional outerwear of Nordic peoples. The most ‘popular’ outerwear on the figurines are fur overalls’ – similar to ‘kerkery as worn by Koryak children and women in the extreme east of Siberia. ‘In the collection of Malta figurines, the overalls are more typical for small sculptures (those of 2-4 cm in height), depicting children. Besides, all the figures dressed in overalls have a disproportionately large head.

Mikhail Gerasimov on excavations

Mikhail Gerasimov [the archaeologist who found the first figurines] on the excavations at Mal’ta in 1958. ‘Such proportions we see in children under 5 years old, dressed in overalls with high hoods. These sculptures show small childfren in clothes typical for them and in the right proportions. ‘On other sculptures, we can see overalls made of guts, probably from fish or seals, which women wore in summer along with short parkas. We see similar ones in the culture of the indigenous people who live in the Russian north-east, like the Koryaks and Itilmens.’

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The most common are these fur hats that cover the head, neck, ears, cheeks and chin.

The detail spotted on these figurines is intriguing.  ‘Most interesting are the hats and hairstyles. There are fur ‘hats’ meaning a hat that covers the head and shoulders – ‘hats and hoods.

On the figurines ‘we can also see the bags and in one case an  outline of a traditional back pack with two straps. It has not so much detail, and it is not clear if this is male or female, yet the proportions of bodies show that this is definitely a younger person.

‘All the figurines were found within the living facilities of ancient settlements, some of them even in ritual places in the home: they were covered with mammoth scapula bone or sprinkled with ocher.’

‘What we can say for sure is that these realistic details of clothes, accessories, hairstyle clearly show that ancient masters made the figurines of some real people, maybe their relatives. I strongly doubt that these were the images of abstract goddesses or spirits’ in the sense often used.

Source: Dr Lyudmila Lbova is a researcher and Dr Pavel Volkov is a leading researcher both at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  The research was conducted by the Laboratory ‘Interdisciplinary Study of Primitive Art of Eurasia’, which is a joint project of Novosibirsk State University’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and University of Bordeaux. The Laboratory is based in Novosibirsk State University. Pictures: Kunstkamera Museum, Lyudmila Lbova and Jokersy/Panoramio

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