The Empath’s Conflict

By Phoenix the Elder – If you are an empath, a true one, you know that you are an emotional wreck and trouble finds you everywhere. Oversensitive, emotions trigger easy and it takes a lot of personal healing to begin to understand who you are. If you call yourself an empath but its not a […]

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Behind the Traditional Cloth

By Phoenix the Elder – I ran across some Kursk Embroidery from Russia and these particular designs are called “Months”. Kursk is South of Moscow in Russia near the Ukraine border.  There is a not a definite oral tradition explanation for these but they seem to represent growth of cycles. In nature, there is no seed that […]

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Marzanna 2020

By Phoenix the Elder – Its that time of year again to honor the Goddess of Winter, the Slavic Marzanna, Morena, Maslenitsa. The archaic night goddess and primal grandmother connection to her shamanistic and animistic mysteries of the past, present and future. These pre-religious rites are still done in very simple ways today and I hope […]

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Slavic Goddesses of Water: Ziva and Siwa

By Phoenix the Elder (compilation) – I searched and did a compilation on the Goddess Siwa or Ziva as she is known. Because I work with Slavic Fire and Water Rituals, both in my folk healing and collective work, the Living Waters of Siva | Ziva is one of my favorites including Marzanna. Both of these goddesses […]

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Slavic Winter Divination

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I have been a huge practitioner of divination for myself and for clients and apprentices, so much so, that I have them as part of my folk healing medicines. This began in my family when I turned 17 and participated in the Winter Divinatory process. It came natural with […]

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Goddess of Winter

By Phoenix the Elder – Its that time of year again to honor the Goddess of Winter – Marzanna, an archaic night goddess and primal connection to her shamanistic and animistic mysteries of the past, present and future. These pre-religious rites are still done in very simple ways today and I hope you join us again […]

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

Article by Llamus Dworski – People in the old Polish countryside were very particular about maintaining certain rites and preparing protective accessories in their household and the whole farm enclosure. These customs stemmed from pre-Christian Slavic protective rituals, and – despite the centuries of influence of the Christian church – they survived in continuity for […]

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Archaic Pre-Pagan Goddesses: Dziewanna and Marzanna

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

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