Where Dreamers, Empaths, Artists & Seers Meet their Soul


cated in the Pacific Northwest in Ashland, near the California border, a small three fold community offering a “soul” education, healing and artistic expression in a mind-body spiritual world. It is the creation of Phoenix, who has been giving spiritual teachings and healing services of the soul and emotional body, the last 22 years;  Jennifer is a Dreamer, Artist, Farm & Gardener; and Burnt Stone, a Dreamer, Artist and Dancer. ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com


PHOENIX THE ELDER Folk Healer who works with the Emotional Body & Soul Body and their depth within Transformation work. She is a Master Dreamer and Oneiromancer, Empath and Wise Counsel. From 1987-2015 she dedicated to her own personal journey of self healing, spiritual disciplines and initiations as a fated shaman. Phoenix Flowers 3 2016Since 1996 she has supported and helped others overcome their personal issues and deeper fears, struggles with any kind of addiction, issues of self sabotage, sexual and rape healing or family relationship issues. She also works with those who suffer from hearing voices, depression, bi-polar, soul fragmentation, multiple subtle types of self abuses and any special needs and more. Client work also includes medical intuitive, rebirther (breathwork), energy healer, chakra (astral body) work, deeper astral chord cuttings for release, individual and group soul retrievals. For twenty five years of clients, references are available.

In the esoteric fields she is a card reader, stone and tea reader, seasoned astrologer, master dream teacher of myths, symbolism and bridge work, and seer (higher levels of the empath). As a Dreamer (shaman) she works with the most dangerous and difficult shadows, paranormal and dark spirit cleansing or purification and eradication. Helping others find clarity and peace, be it within themselves or their personal environment. Clearing of spaces, home or land from unwanted dark shadow roamers, healing of lands that hold historic crisis etc, dark ripped veils (portals) that maybe causing trouble. She does dark shadow removal and exorcisms for more severe cases. Some studentships available if one feels called to a strict self disciplined journey (non drug/plant shamanism). Phoenix was the next in her family line in the Slavic ancestral lineages of Whisperer, Szeptuchy, Mokfarka (Southeast Podkarpackie region of Poland/Ukraine border)

SPIRITUAL ARTIST RETREAT Seasonal (Spring, Autumn)
2018 Spring Opening – Supporting artists, international artists, creatives, performance artists, writers, textile artists, traditional or modern crafter, folk artists, primitive artists, videographers or any type of artist seeking to weave their soul’s journey into their artistic retreats for awareness, healing and spiritual path. One can be an artist or open to explore the artist spiritual path, the stays are between 1 and 3 weeks in a private yurt or living tent with an opportunity to teach at the local art-coop for more seasoned artists. Over 21 welcomed. Small and intimate soul, empath and dreamer community for those wishing to work with their soul, art, dreaming, creativity.

3bbf1ae20e63ba98029dae798d6a0d77FOLK “SMUDGE” FOR SALE
Our Autumn/Winter Folk Smudge 2016/2017 is now gathered, dried and availablePrice: $8.00 ea. + Ship $4.50; Two bags $16.00 + $7.00 for ship. (6×5 Ziploc).  A powerful & dense smudge, locally grown, hand collected and dried seasonally into small batches. Pine & Cedar, Dried Roses, Red Clover, Larkspur, St Johns Wort, Madwort Yellow Tuft (Alyssum murale), Hawthorn & Juniper Berries, White & Brown Sage for a better burn. Best used with a charcoal disk. See link for ingredients and descriptions: https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/elder-mountain-folk-herbal-magic-dreamers-smudge


Our Autumn Hawthorn Berries 2016/2017 are now gathered, dried and availablePrice: $15.50 ea. + Ship $4.50; Two bags $28.00 + $7.00 for ship. (6×5 Ziploc).  The leaves, berries, and flowers of hawthorn are used to make medicine. Hawthorn is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular Heartbeat. Also good for lowering blood pressure naturally along with Hibiscus tea. Initially, hawthorn berries were the only part of the plant used in making extracts but eventually the flowers and leaves were added, as they were shown to have significant concentrations of the active flavonoids as well. The extract can be taken long-term, is very safe, and will not interfere with any medications. See link for ingredients and descriptions: https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/hawthorn-tree-of-the-goddess

Winter 2016 – 2017. A Series of three, 40 min video classes, $85.00 Paypal – Introduction to the Empath & the Intuitive; Video 2 – The Empath, its Gifts and Challenges; Video 3 – The Intuitive and it’s expressions of intuitive knowledge. This series of three, one hour long videos focused on the sensitivities and gifts of those who experience their Emotional Body called the Intuitive and the Empath. If you think you are an intuitive or an empath, these video classes are informative on what is the empath and intuitive, how does the emotional, mental and soul bodies work in these expressions, structures, insights, wisdom, knowledge and modalities of healing (empath) and physic gifts (intuitives). These videos are to enjoy in the privacy of your own home or for your spiritual group. ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com

Season 1 (2017) – Empowering the Dreamer. Video Round Table. $350.00 for the series of 6, 1-hour long videos, one month apart with practices to do in-between. Payment through Paypal. Register at Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com. Begins: Sat. January 28, 2016 (Aquarius New Moon). Elder Mountain’s Master Dreamer Phoenix lives in the realms of dreaming experiences over three decades, she has mastered Lucid Dreaming, Remote Viewing, Out-of-Bodies, Tandem Dreaming, Shamanic Dreaming, Huntress Dreaming of both the Mental body dreamer and the multiple Emotional and Soul body dreamers and the final result of mastering all those: A Dream Walker.

We invite you to the gathering of our virtual video class and work-study once a month for six months to begin to explore and learn. The series will help bring awareness to your dreaming life, for those who feel the call to become more committed dreamers. During our first Season (six once a month video classes with practices in-between), we focus on “Empowering the Dreamer” in 2017 and start off with how the dream body actual works, what it is, and the necessary tools to work with dream symbolism.Our connection with Dreaming is alive through our sacred circle of our real life, of our imagination as a respectful reality, memory and remembrance of who we are why we project in dreaming.
This circle will focus on the exploration of our Soul and its cycles which aligns with our emotions, the moon and our dreaming cycles.
The ancients had complex  dream ceremonies, much like shamanic visions and vision quests, which were called dream incubation and how the night dreams and waking synchronize in our dreams. Throughout our dream life, we can begin to understand that a slow bridge of dreams works with the very personal, in the present, to both our healing and much needed understandings of how self awareness works with dreams. For example, if your scattered and jump around, your dreams at night do too. She also offers “private phone sessions” for one on one work after the six month series is completed, if you feel that you wish to add that to your program.




























Voices that Breathe

Vanquishing means to conquer or subdue by superior force, as in battle, control or slavery. This video is about how the wise Grandmother who was once great leader, chief, shaman and leader of ceremonial rites of early pagan and pre-pagan worlds. Not all grandmothers bought this suppression to be vanquished. Try to understand that fairytales are too limiting for the greatness of our soul and its huge expression. If its limited we suffer, if we express or real truth, we heal.

The Uranus-Sedna Shift


By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – An astrologer friend of mine and myself, were talking again about the Ocean Goddess Sedna (90377), we have had discussions of her on and off since 2010 and this week, we were at it again. I shared with her that I realized  transiting Uranus is currently in Aries and going to conjunct my natal Sedna which sits at 25 Aries in my 5th house along with transiting Mercury. My friend wrote me back and decided to run the numbers and share her findings of the Sedna-Uranus conjunction. Its quite fascinating because everyone on earth is going to experience this. The second half of this writing is the Mythology and Legend of the Sea Goddess Sedna.

She said the dates are only approximates, because she checked positions for Sedna and Uranus by running reports of when the Sun conjuncted them to get a yearly position for each so she could see the trend. The start and end dates are very approximate. She notice that when Sedna & Uranus conjuncted in the past, weather phenomena like earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunami and even the great depression had occurred. Sedna seems to rule natural disasters when the lightning God Uranus is involved.

In 1929, Uranus first conjuncted Sedna and impacted the late teens, which found themselves facing a world without much opportunity. By 1930-1931, Uranus conjuncted natal Sedna of every person in the 1920s. As todays roaring 20s (2020) are fast approaching,, I can’t help but feel that the energy of frenzied irritation and a high creative spike, will again be upon us,  with Uranus-Sedna’s influences like the 1920s.

Also Neptune is in its own sign of Pisces now, is involved in the global earth shift. Neptune also rules the great oceans like Sedna. I can be pretty sure that the spiritual and physical energy will be heightened with Uranus and Sedna and the remaining Pluto in Capricorn.

Astrologers and mythologists tend to forget that the God Neptune / Poseidon, originally started out as small Creek Demi-Gods and was elevated and promoted to Ocean God, only because the Sea Goddesses like Amphitrite and Salacia, were demoted to sea nymph and nereid. The rising of the Sea Goddess has some very powerful undercurrent of spiritual forces that we as humans will eventually come to recon with.

Here are the Great Depression conjunctions:

Uranus conj Sedna at 10/11 of Aries in June of 1929,
affecting those born 1910-1914.

Uranus conj Sedna at 12 of Aries in April of 1930,
affecting those born 1914-1918.

Uranus conj Sedna at 14 of Aries in May of 1930,
affecting those born 1918-1924.

Uranus conj Sedna at 15 of Aries in July of 1930,
affecting those born 1924-1928.

Uranus conj Sedna at 17 of Aries in May of 1931,
affecting those born from 1928-1931.


For those of us living now…
No one born after February 23, 1932 has yet to experience a transiting Uranus impact on their natal Sedna. I have written a few articles about the Great Shift of the Convergence (1987-2026) over the years, which my friend had remembered that I shared with her, that we should start peaking in the shift around the end of 2019 and the final closure around 2026.

Most recently I posted an article on Elder Mountain about the second half of the Shift (1987-2026) which started in 2013. Most people thought the Harmonic Convergence or Great Shift was the end all in the year 2012, but it was a much larger cycle. Many were disappointed that spiritual leaders put so much focus on the end when it was really the beginning in 2012. Nature is very slow in her progressions and evolution, she builds a steady force, a peak and then finally a retreat. All death and rebirth cycles are slow, planetary ones are too. Until they get going, 2012 was the ‘get going’ beginning.

The Uranus-Sedna cycle started of course in 2013 helping this shift along and you have seen the weather patterns the last three years and it will remain the same or even increase up until 2026. This second half of the shift after 2012, will be less energetic-spiritual expansions, and more psycho-spiritual and very physical. As a shaman I am seeing more physical issues with spirits (souls), ghosts and demons, actually randomly starting to effect the physical world, especially with children who have no defenses and parents untrained to deal with such things in life. Uranus will conjunct the natal Sedna of everyone currently living, age 27 and older in the next 5 years and then the younger ones.

The approaching and current Uranus-Sedna conjunction

Last year in 2015, Uranus conjuncted the Sedna of people in their late 80’s. This year, 2016, Uranus is conjuncting the Sedna of people in their 70’s. Next year, Uranus will conj. Sedna at 24 Aries in 2017 affects people down to age 62.
Uranus will conj. Sedna at 28 Aries in 2018
– affects people down to age 52.

Uranus will conj. Sedna at 02 Taurus in 2019
– affects people down to age 43.

Uranus will conj. Sedna at 06 Taurus in 2020
– affects people down to age 34.

Uranus will conj. Sedna at 10 Taurus in 2021
– affects people born in 1989.
2021 – people in their 20s
2022 – children in their 10s
2023 – under ten.

paul-toolooktook-sedna-stoneThe Legend of Sedna the Sea Goddess is not a pretty one, nor a positive story because when legends speak of a woman or a large spirit bird,  you can be sure  it involves prophecy. Sedna is a story like so many stories around the earth of women’s loss of freedom, her bondage under the patriarchs evolution, especially between the 3rd and the 13th century. It’s another world creation story of a young woman who does not want to marry or be in an arranged marriage and the consequences for her are harsh for her and humanity.

I would imagine when Uranus, the energy of both truth and chaos, along with the power of the Goddess of the Ocean combine, a supernatural force guided by regeneration, is a cleansing for humanity from all of the terrible injustices and restrictions of mother earth, of woman and the spirit of the natural laws of the feminine.

Sedna (Inuktitut: ᓴᓐᓇ, Sanna) is the goddess of the sea and mother of the sea and marine animals in the Inuit folk stories or oral traditions. The story of Sedna is a creation myth, describing how she came to rule over Adlivun, the Inuit underworld. Sedna is also known as Arnakuagsak  in Greenland and Sassuma Arnaa, Mother of the Deep and Nuliajuk, District of Keewatin, Northwest Territories, Canada. She is sometimes known by other names by different Inuit groups such as Arnapkapfaaluk, the “Big Bad Woman” of the Copper Inuit from the Coronation Gulf area and Takannaaluk (Igloolik).


Sedna in the Netsilik region, the story states that Nuliayuk was a mistreated orphan. One day the people tried to get rid of her by attempting to drown her by chopping off her finger tips. But the fingertips would transform to seals and walruses. Eventually Nuliayuk marries a sculpin and lives in the sea controlling all sea mammals.

Another version is that Sedna as a beautiful maiden who rejects marriage proposals from the hunters of her village. When an unknown hunter appears, Sedna’s father agrees to give her to him as wife in return for fish. Sedna’s father gives Sedna a sleeping potion and gives her to the hunter who takes her to a large nest on a cliff, revealing his true form: a great bird-spirit, variously described as a raven, a fulmar or a Kokksaut / Petrel-spirit. She wakes surrounded by birds.

Her father attempts to rescue her, but the bird-spirit becomes angry, causing a great storm. In desperation, Sedna’s father throws her into the raging sea. Attempting to cling to the kayak, her hands freeze and her fingers fall off becoming the creatures of the sea. She falls to the bottom of the sea.

In one legend Sedna is a giant, the equal to the creator-god Anguta and later, called a daughter. The daughter has a great hunger that causes her to attack her parents. Angered, Anguta takes her out to sea and throws her over the side of his kayak. As she clings to the sides, he chops off her fingers and she sinks to the underworld, becoming the ruler of the monsters of the deep. Her huge fingers become the seals, walruses, and whales hunted by the Inuit.

Sedna is linked to a different bird creature in yet another version. Her father then leaves in his kayak to rescue her from the floating ice-island where she is imprisoned while the bird creature is away. The creature, enraged by her disappearance, calls to a spirit of the sea to help. The sea spirit locates the kayak with the two humans aboard and creates huge waves to kill them. Her father throws Sedna overboard in the hope that this will appease the angry bird. Sedna clings to the kayak but her father grabs a little axe and chops three of her fingers off before striking her on the head and murdering her. The three fingers each become a different species of seal. The stroke to her head sends Sedna to the ocean floor where she resides, commanding the animals of the sea.

images-asc-ohio-state-eduIn the old ways and teachings, all teachings of earth have gone through what I call a ‘grandfather clause’ – meaning that as the men and elder men took over spiritual leadership, shamanism and many other roles of the grandmother around the 2nd century bce, in all races, including indigenous – things changed to a shorter or less complex version. As you know women are much more complex than me emotionally and so were their millions of years of teachings.

Stories from ancient objects of the past carry deep emotional and soul energetics, which is the truth way beyond the mental body and its written forms of languages such as writing, ancient writing or symbolism of writing’s beginnings. These carry emotional information and its why governments and universities took all the indigenous arts around the world, and even religious who have store houses (along with museums), who do not let types like myself touch the ancient objects or step on very powerful ancient sites (which have not been corrupted yet).

We can access emotional information of the object, I call our gift, ememoretic, sort of like the telekinetic people who can manipulate the physical energy of objects… we can extract the emotional. The Oceans are one huge memory vault, the water as a collective carries everything, as our great ocean mothers womb which is alive with consciousness.

Sources, Images: Artists Nora Cabrera, Oviloo Tunnillie; Paul Toolooktook’s Sedna Stone.www.coastalpeoples.com; Wiki; Weather info in the Sedna chapter of this book: smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1844095053.










2nd Full Moon of Autumn


Full Moon Musings by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – How was everyone’s three days of this Full Moon energy with Mars at 11 degrees Capricorn conjunct Pluto which is a volatile combination, and Eris is over there with Uranus and the Moon in Aries puffing up some feminine warrior energy? This is definitely a moon cycle where the feminine pulls both Uranian chaos along with strong female emotional Eris warrior energy. All of this is challenging the more male energy of Mar’s action conjunct the death and rebirth energy of the masculine energy with Pluto. I wanted to wait until after the fullness to post my writings so you could review with hindsight (again) your last three or four days and what this brought up for you personally because this is full on battle energy between the masculine and feminine forces. Except on earth this time, the feminine is empowered as the warrior now.

Did anything surface that demanded you to take the high road, self-righteous path or the addiction or co-dependent path? Were you in control and peaceful or did everything enter that Mar’s half-bezerker (as we astrologers call it) energy? We all live in reality and we all exist where we are truly at, rather than where we “think” we are really at. In order to understand ourselves better this Blood Moon or Hunter/Huntress moon, we were shown exactly what is deep down below our surface these past few days.

I am adding Mars to this moon writing because Uranus rules Aquarius and Eris is Mar’s sister. Even though he isn’t conjunct the sun or moon, it involves him as a player by sign (Aquarius). For many, our issues started on the New Moon and lasted two weeks with challenges, for others it begins on the Full Moon and the issues will last the remaining two weeks. This cycle happens every single moon cycle your entire life. If your issues started on the full moon, then Eris is either allies of yours or an enemy. She rules the female warrior and this makes Mars uneasy and not in control.

Pluto rules Scorpio and thus Mars in Capricorn right now, has become the unconscious foot soldier so to speak of Plutonian destructive energy.  Mars is generally involved with our physical actions, our anger, arguments or the management of those two and jealousy with women. In his positive dress, he protects women and children, he is the pure and sober athlete and he gives service to the greater, as a spiritual warrior in a selfless way.

The Goddess Eris along with Uranus is directly involved this full moon, and she has been dormant and repressed for over 2,000 years as Mar’s equal that in her reawakened about twenty years ago she is a new player that comes on strong, especially with the Pluto in Scorpio generation (Nov. 1983-2000). She is an asteroid deemed with all her reclaimed power as a warrior, and her name can be associated with the slaughtered Amazons or the warrior witches (females) reborn.

Yet, she comes with a family and a very powerful one, a female family of sisters who support each other regardless of how in servitude a woman maybe to a man by society or proxy. She is the equal to her brother Mars and her weapon is not a sword, but emotional truth and it cuts like a very fine tuned twist into the truth of any situation. Wherever we find the Goddess Eris toady, we will find the digging into the dead, in order to let strife or discordance, to awaken the dead (parts of self or others). She is there to deal with it or give energy to change and make it happen.

The third active principle along with this full moon and Eris is the ruler of chaos himself Uranus, the Lightning God. These three will dominate some really personal actions that we must be accountable for. Uranus is the only one who is not personal, he rules our higher vision, the path of truth, idealism and an all round troublemaker, but for a good reason.

He throws his lightening bolts to stir in lightening quick trouble which also involves quick resolve and visionary insight that comes after such energy and motion. This is so we can see our truth much more clearly within chaos, when we don’t hold control over situations with others.

pmpAll these are in the sign of Aries making even the impersonal, personal – under a self consuming energy, as it should be, because that is what Aries energy does and what Eris is all about. This energy is the first signs and ruler of the house of Spring. But in October, Aries arrives at his full ending, not beginning. Eris arrives at her beginning in the Autumn and Winter season and she begins her journey and grows in strength. All of this powerful energy can make one delve into both their actions, its consequences, its meaningfulness and its shadowy self righteousness.

Needless to say, the bigger and stronger planet here is Uranus guiding us here, and we do not control what comes from him, we respond to the change. He is pure air, electricity and energy, so there is not much balance with him, nor our personal control. These three powerful forces in Aries, generally rise only in conflict. That is their job.

The balance comes from the opposite, the Sun, Haumea and Spica which brings relief. Haumea is the Hawaiian Goddess of fertility, mother of the Volcano Goddess Pele. She is a very powerful earth being, who rules both birth, death and creation itself. Spica is one of the most positive stars in the sky and adds a little luck here if we do our work to better our self, temper our pride and ego.

The Astrologer Kenneth Johnson says: “Spica in the third and final kingdom of late Egyptians and was the constellation of Virgo and sometimes perceived as the Goddess Isis and Spica was the divine child Horus seated in the lap of the great mother. Spica and Virgo are inter-changeable, were later changes after Paganism into Religion became the infamous Mother and Child. Spica, in particular produces men who act as the “hierophant” (high priests) as well as the philosopher. Even they have mothers and mother issues like we all do.  So allow some peace, freedom and letting go of old worn out relationships with the archetypes of your past as they dissolve. This will help you understand where you have come from, and who you wish to be today.”

Anything which arose at the core from the energy of the full moon has more to do with the inner child and his or hers relationship to their mother and father. These maybe masked by current affairs in ones life, but its wise to review the past in the next two weeks and see if what you stand for is yours or your family or parents values.

This can play out as either the victim or the hero, heroine of your own life. Or the troubled guilty one who holds tight and won’t let go to change and grow. Or the incessant seeking of freedom internally, that may have come from an over doting or dominant Eris type of mother. We all have healing to do, these are all blessings in our life, even if they are difficult.

Set your “ONE” full moon “release” intention today if you have not!

And blessings in the next two weeks to all of you.

Photo by Mary Wethey.; http://kennethjohnsonastrology.com.


Grandmother’s Ancestors – Siberian Effigies

Article By Olga Gertcyk for the Siberian Times

20,000 year old prehistoric effigies shows people of all ages and the larger figurines of the basic large grandmothers (which in all archeology are so inappropriately called Venus). These Siberian art effigies include men, women, teenagers and children, the new research shows. It’s true that in the past some of the woolly mammoth tusk carvings were known to be clothed as they were dressed for protection from the Siberian winter, and are possibly the oldest known images anywhere in the world of sewn fur clothing.

Figurine back

Siberian archeologist and historian Alexey Okladnikov in 1957, found the Paleolithic art from the Buret excavations in this collection. Carved of mammoth tusk, these female forms rested in the ‘moist and warm soil’ soaked by a recent night thunderstorm. Seemingly enchanted and using language veering from the strictly scientific into the lyrical, he hailed this figurine as ‘not a dead piece of long-vanished world, but something soulful and full of life’. Entranced by the ancient vision, he lauded her ‘narrow, Mongolian slanted eyes looking at us, the people of the twentieth century, mysteriously and even somewhat ironically.’

Siberian Venus


Famous Mal’ta and Buret are located in about 25 kilometers from each other, close to Lake Baikal. In rich poetic vein, he continued:

Her face, carved so unexpectedly gentle and tender, had a barely noticeable smile. The feeling of vitality and mystery coming from this fragment of mammoth tusk was getting even deeper because the statuette radiated the warmth of a living creature as most likely all cultures ruled by women were.

It wasn’t yellow or brown, like dozens of ancient sculptures from mammoth tusks that lie behind the museum glass window. It was pink and almost warm, like a live human body. This is exactly how a piece of a fossil ivory looks, soaked with the millennial Earth’s juices.’ But now deeper study using modern technology has been conducted by Dr Lyudmila Lbova and trace analysis specialist Dr Pavel Volkov.

‘In the collection of Malta figurines, the overalls are more typical for small sculptures (those of 2-4 cm in height), depicting children.’ Picture: Lyudmila Lbova

And a striking new light has been cast on the Mal’ta and Buret figurines – found from the 1920s to the 1950s by the Angara River close to Lake Baikal in modern-day Irkutsk region. Notably, the research disputes the widely-held believe that some of the figures are nude.

‘There were many attempts to understand the idea of these figurines, and their symbolism,’ she said. ‘And there were many interpretations. Totally there are 40 known figurines found both on Mal’ta and Buret: we have (so far) studied 29 of them, using microscopes and macro shooting.


She explained: ‘We worked with sculptures from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum at St Petersburg. First, we found out how these figurines were made and checked our conclusions with experiments. Some of the figurines are just work pieces, to the finished works. In other words, they are prototypes and ‘this allowed us to reconstruct all the steps in their creation.

‘Yet the most unexpected result was that we saw traces on the surface of the figurines that were not spotted earlier, as they are not visible to the naked eye, due to the ravages of time. These traces showed more details of clothes than we had seen previously: bracelets, hats, shoes, bags and even back packs.

Dr Lyudmila Lbova

Dr Lyudmila Lbova: ‘We decided to pay more attention to some material things, to study the surface, to understand how these figurines were made. This approach allowed us to reveal many interesting new details and review some ideas about these sculptures,’ she said. ‘Previously, there had been different approaches to the classification of these figurines, but the basic was a division into ‘dressed’ and ‘naked’. ‘Our research showed that all of them are more or less ‘dressed’. We saw the different types of hats, hairstyles, shoes and accessories, which were depicted with thin lines. The ancient masters used different techniques to highlight the different materials – fur, leather, and decorations.

Face close

‘In the realistic elements of clothing and hats are obviously seen the details of traditional outerwear of Nordic peoples. The most ‘popular’ outerwear on the figurines are fur overalls’ – similar to ‘kerkery as worn by Koryak children and women in the extreme east of Siberia. ‘In the collection of Malta figurines, the overalls are more typical for small sculptures (those of 2-4 cm in height), depicting children. Besides, all the figures dressed in overalls have a disproportionately large head.

Mikhail Gerasimov on excavations

Mikhail Gerasimov [the archaeologist who found the first figurines] on the excavations at Mal’ta in 1958. ‘Such proportions we see in children under 5 years old, dressed in overalls with high hoods. These sculptures show small childfren in clothes typical for them and in the right proportions. ‘On other sculptures, we can see overalls made of guts, probably from fish or seals, which women wore in summer along with short parkas. We see similar ones in the culture of the indigenous people who live in the Russian north-east, like the Koryaks and Itilmens.’

Figurine's head


The most common are these fur hats that cover the head, neck, ears, cheeks and chin.

The detail spotted on these figurines is intriguing.  ‘Most interesting are the hats and hairstyles. There are fur ‘hats’ meaning a hat that covers the head and shoulders – ‘hats and hoods.

On the figurines ‘we can also see the bags and in one case an  outline of a traditional back pack with two straps. It has not so much detail, and it is not clear if this is male or female, yet the proportions of bodies show that this is definitely a younger person.

‘All the figurines were found within the living facilities of ancient settlements, some of them even in ritual places in the home: they were covered with mammoth scapula bone or sprinkled with ocher.’

‘What we can say for sure is that these realistic details of clothes, accessories, hairstyle clearly show that ancient masters made the figurines of some real people, maybe their relatives. I strongly doubt that these were the images of abstract goddesses or spirits’ in the sense often used.

Source: Dr Lyudmila Lbova is a researcher and Dr Pavel Volkov is a leading researcher both at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  The research was conducted by the Laboratory ‘Interdisciplinary Study of Primitive Art of Eurasia’, which is a joint project of Novosibirsk State University’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and University of Bordeaux. The Laboratory is based in Novosibirsk State University. Pictures: Kunstkamera Museum, Lyudmila Lbova and Jokersy/Panoramio



Vesta Goddess of Fire

vestaSacred rites are returning to Italy today, which is a very important step of the circle of return, of the Goddess, rather than just festivals. This video shows the more meaningful return of the ancient ceremony of the Fire Goddess Vesta shown here with 3 Priestesses. Vestalia rites were always held between the 7th and 15th of June each year.

Vesta was one of most powerful goddesses of the ancient world along with Ceres (Mother) and Hecate and her mother Asteria (Grandmother / Crone). She was a triple goddess along with her sisters Juno and Ceres. Her temples were run by the grandmothers and the Vestal Priestesses who served the grandmothers, were not only the accountants of Rome who handled all the wealth distribution, but also kept the sacred fire lit for the country as a whole.

Vesta’s sacred flame was from a much earlier time before Saturnalia, but still remained in the heart of the area later known as Rome. She originally was honored under a thatched hut with ‘walls woven from pliant wicker’ as a village and then Vesta’s shrine was re built several times, until its last incarnation in the late republic by which time the Romans replaced the straw with ‘roofs of bronze.’

The shrine of Vesta was always a circular sacred space, even in her building, to emulate the earth, according to Ovid. There was no statue of Vesta in her shrine because she was the spirit of mother earth. Only in the inner sanctum, along with the sacred flame were certain archaic sacred objects.

1835 watercolor of the Aedes Vestae (Temple of Vesta)

On the final day of the Vestalia, the shrine of the goddess was ritually swept out and cleansed. The resulting ‘scouring’ were carefully collected and deposited in the River Tiber so they would be carried away from the city and out to sea. This cleansing at one time no doubt served a practical purpose but it was also symbolic; of our individual spiritual cleansing, with the resulting impurities removed and neutralized by a fast flowing body of water. Water being the symbol of our emotional bodies connection to our soul.

Mothers and maidens wore white in ancient ceremonies and Grandmothers wore black in ceremony (not funerary) as archeologists would have us all believe. Vesta only had female priestesses and grandmothers as leaders. The female priestesses called the vestal virgins (virgin in its origin meaning of a free woman who could own land and be free of a husband if she chose). The priestesses guarded and protected the sacred flame and this freedom of woman. Some sacred objects were in the temple, until the destruction of the cult of Vesta in 394 ce collapsed by the rising religion of both the Dionysus (pan) and Apollo Cults who were inseparable as deities and rising Christian religions.

Vesta was transformed then, into the form of what is called the Holy Spirit of the Catholics, Ceres was rolled in to the Virgin Mary and the grandmother, elder was destroyed completely. Eventually men took over the leadership of most of women’s temples around the 4th century bce all over the Mediterranean including Greece, Macedonia, Turkey and Italy and  Grandmother was then completely rejected and replaced by a single male figurehead as a spiritual leader – one main Priest who would then be served by only maidens, as mothers and grandmothers were by law no longer able to lead spiritually.

Once wine, drugs and sex were brought into the previously pure temples of women, the slow demise which led to Christian religions overthrowing of all temples. Only priests were then allowed to do public ceremony which lead to the total transformation of men leadership of the three male god religions, Christianity, Judaic and Muslim religions. Seven centuries later the submission had gone into abuses and violence against women between the 10th and 15th centuries which would remained status quo until the until the beginning of the 1830s.

Now the true sacred circle of woman has truly returned and for ceremonies to the Goddess Vesta, to be in the open public in Rome, and not in a “festival” format, but a ritual format, is the only confirmation we need to know, that the sacred circle has been mended and healed in this part of the world.

A beautiful Vesta ceremony…