Snail Totem, Black Snail and Folklore

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – In the Slavic tradition, the account of the Black Snail is as follows: The black snail lazar is a lunar symbol, which like the moon extends and hides her horns (crescents first and third quarter moon). In Styria, children would tease the black snail and say: “Puž – muž, puž…

Animism 101

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – An·i·mism is the attribution of the metamorphosis of our many souls, which is not our human soul. We are born with a small part of our soul, but the remainder is divided up into several pieces from our demonic shadow from our karmic lives, all the way to our…

Magical Flight of the Fox

Last night I had a Dream on the land where I live and a pretty Fox came to visit me, she was flying all over the land and it was a joy to see, her coat was very bright and shiny in the classic orange-red and white colors! So I was searching for flying Foxes in Ancient Folklore and found a few…

Tigers in Tokyo

I call this 13,000 year old shaman’s effigy, the “Heart of the Ancient Tiger” because it has a special meaning for me. I have a very good buddhist, scientist and professional cellist friend from Tokyo, and although I had never had a dreaming with him before (the past twenty years) while he lived in the US, I…

Ancestress of the Magical Reindeers

The Ancient Saami – In the Folktales of the Meandash, the Mythic Saami Reindeer people, a Meandash young woman and the mother of Meandash, speak of an old wise and experienced woman (which in ancient Finno-Ugric tradition is a shaman woman). The Meandash-nijt lives in a human form and only becomes a reindeer upon the crossing the river of blood. She settles…

Vulture & Bird Thunder Women

Grandmother Shaman (Priestesses) of the Thunderbird, Condor and Vulture Bird Tribes, combing the Goddesses hair (Mother Earth). The image is called the Gundestrup Cauldron, from 200 BCE and 300 CE, a Douter plate, silver, gilded Vessel 3rd Century BCE – The underworld image of a man and dog, at the bottom of the image is the…

Art, Nature and Magic – The Fine Art of the Sting

When we combine a life of Art or Artful living with the joys and perils of our real emotional life, nature teaches us everything we need to know how to navigate such a winding river, and in order to navigate this journey, she teaches us through experience with her fire, her wind storms, her insects…