Traditional Marzanna, Maslenitsa, Morena, Mara, Mora and Marmora

By Phoenix the Elder – On the Winter Solstice Day, we begin to honor and build our Marzanna Effigy. The newer pagan traditions build it and burn it on the same day (the Spring Equinox), but the Shamanic cultures are much older so we begin to build her on the Winter Solstice and for those doing […]

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Shamanochki Horned Kichka – The Evolution from Grandmother Shaman reduced to Maiden Bride

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I am particularly interested as a shaman, in my ancestral grandmothers and their ancient prehistoric rituals which were dominant before the 5th through 8th centuries. Before writing, we had art and oral traditions that carried our stories during the long winter moons and the celebrations of life. Much can be seen […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Dreaming of Fire and the Fire Goddess Part 2

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – (Part 1: Dreaming of Fire and the Fire Goddess is here.)  The great mystery is understood through a journey of self healing, karmic detoxing, spiritual disciplines, sobriety and applying new actions to old issues and behaviors. This creates the new and slow process of changes.  Most important is the […]

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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 […]

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