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…

Sauwastika, Swastika, Arkaim and Mesolithic Symbols

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – More and more on earth, our pre-history grandmothers who ruled the shamanic cultures are being revealed with more ancient artifacts surfacing. Its sad that only University, Archaeologists and Governments get to touch and see and we indigenous Slavs (who are shamans) and indigenous people do not.  I don’t have the…

Ritualistic Fire

A picture expresses a thousand words and a spiritual image expresses ten-thousand. The composition of this beautiful image depicts a Slavic Pagan Ritual, the day after Hallows Eve (all Souls day). Included are rectangles in the foreground with bowls of water and lighted candles as part of the ritual of calling the souls (ancestors) and…

A Rabbit Totem in the Egyptian Moon?

Hare and Rabbit are two of my helpers as a shaman, not only in the waking, but also in my dreams as night. I have a Lakota friend who is an (animism) Jack Rabbit and very powerful, and has helped me a few times. I had a lot of rabbit symbolism appear in my group…

Siberian Shaman’s Bird Mask

On some of the drums of the Siberian Shamans, there is an image of a hooked curve and line which symbolizes the Horse, like many Slavic and Balkan traditions which the horse is present in folk art and textiles. The Circles symbolizes both Sun and Moon, and lastly, the Beaks and Eyes of the Bird…

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…

Black Eagle & Black Falcon Totems – The Kabardinian Tales

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Most totems are not permanent, they are cyclical, for example a totem may come seasonal only once, or for a few years in your waking life or in your dreams. A totem can also be a lifelong messenger and come around for decades. Bird totems represent our “soul” in dreams…

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…