Ukraine Vinok (вінок) Seasonal Wreaths and their Symbolism

All Slavic traditions and folk traditions include flowers especially during Kupala and Noc Kupala, but Ukraine exceeds them all in the abundant uses of flowers and symbolic flowers. The Ukrainian Wreath Vinok (вінок) is a crown made of wild flowers and herbs which is collected in the traditional ways. There are different types of wreaths:…

Romanian Folk Magic at Midnight

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain (compilations) – Magical practice at the stroke of Midnight are symbolic practices and are the gifts of our ancient ancestors of the distant worlds and Romanian women have always kept these traditions alive. The older pagan cultures of the Slavic peoples celebrate the New Year on the Spring Equinox (and…

Lemko Folk

Lemko (Лемківщина; Lemkivshchyna) and Lemko region is a large territory traditionally inhabited by the Lemko peoples of Poland, Ukraine and Slovak territory since stone age times. After the deportation of Lemkos from the northern part in 1946, only the southern part, southwest of the Carpathian Mountains do these people remain, which is known as the…

Thunderstorms in the Twilight – Pleiades, the Sisters of Plenty

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Seven Sisters who science called the Pleiades, sit in a cluster inside the belly of Taurus the Bull, one of the four sacred cardinal points and associated with the Bull cultures like the Hindus and the Minoans. The Bull is feminine and so are her cultures, its symbolic…

Ukraine’s Night on Bare Mountain

Lysa Hora was the Legend of darkness of the rising powers of men, both pagan and christian, both politician and military at Bare (Bald) Mountain in Kyiv, Ukraine. People tend to think one is good and the other evil, but when you look at the destruction of white, red, black, yellow and brown indigenous cultures,…

Alatyr – Slavic Magical Legends

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – The Russian Alatyr Stone, sometimes called the World Mother (Алатырь каменьям – мире мати) is a search for purity and truth and as a legend lost long ago on earth. The Russian myth explains it as a Mystical Stone of folktale and epic proportions, as the Russians prefer…

Didukh

A Didukh (painted on glass) by Ukraine Artist Oksana Andrushchenko

Hutsul Folk Song

This song was kindly shared with us by Enrico Rossini Cullen who has more great videos on his Vimeo page (just click his name and the link will take you) – Rico says “Here is a Hutsul song that was sung to me some years ago by a woman from the Carpathians in 2011 by…