Where Artists & Dreamers Meet their Soul

ELDER MOUNTAIN is located in the Pacific Northwest in Ashland, near the California border. We are in our creation stages and will offer a 3-fold community formed by the artistic collaborators Phoenix the Elder (Dreamer, Folk Healer, Wise Counsel & Artist);  Jennifer Reeves (Dreamer, Artist, Farm & Gardener); and  Sarah Burnt Stone (Dreamer, Artist, Dancer, Art Director)… Opening in 2018. Some opportunities available now…

2017 Gatherings…

color pencil illustration by Bernhard Oberdieck
ELDER MOUNTAIN: THE GATHERING OF DREAMERS
Season 1 (2017) – Empowering the Dreamer
Video Conference Round Table starts
Sat. January 28, 2017, 3-5 pm pst
Meets 6-times, once a month.
Cost: $300.00 – RSVP: Space Limited with
non-refundable deposit.
Write for Information
or to RSVP: ElderMountainDreaming@Gmail.com
We begin Season I with the three most importance practices of dreaming: symbolism, peaceful sleep and dream sharing. In order to be effective in our relationship with our dream life, we practice the art of an image and the symbolic language to train our mind. Phoenix teaches you structural break downs of your dream as a practice but also to teach the mind a new way to receive. Homework and practices will be given until the next session.

ELDER MOUNTAIN’S HERBAL FOLK-SMUDGE
Available
Autumn & Winter 2016

Price: $8.00 ea. (6×5 Ziploc).
Shipping: $4.50 through paypal /check/money order.
Contact: ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com
Available while they last… (see link below of all the herbs and wildflowers added). A powerful & dense smudge, locally grown, hand collected and dried seasonally into small batches. Pine & Cedar needles & thin wood shavings for aromatic purification; Mugwort for dream enhancement; Dried Roses for weetness and calm; Red Clover purifier & air cleanser; Larkspur breath issues; St Johns Wort cleanses spaces of negativity or residue of depression energy; Hawthorn berries and leaves for the heart, used by the ancients in a smudge form for both magic and to ward off dark shadows; Juniper Berries clears negative energy and used in ancient traditions to break curses and stop negative hexes; White & Brown Sage for a better burn. Best used with a charcoal disk, do not add to your smoke or Chanupa, C’anupa pipe.

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Seasonal Spiritual Artist Residency: 2018 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. Target opening for Artist Retreats is Summer of 2018. We are a 100% sober community. Local Ashland Community: A small and intimate community for those wishing to work with their soul, its heal through art, dreaming, shamanism, creativity.

Phoenix Flowers 3 2016Phoenix the Elder – Medicine Dreamer, Oneiromancer & Dream Walker, Seer, Astrologer & Folk Healer from her Slavic ancestral lineages of Szeptuchy Whisperer, Mokfarka and Szamanka. A facilitator of soul retrievals and healing, dream journeys, dream circles, vision quests, goddess moon circles and karmic structures. Clients, students and apprentices in the Whisperer Folk Healing traditions, Dreaming beyond Lucid stages, Transformation work, Mirror Work, Boundary Work, Magical Nature & Arts in Primitive Soul expression. As a healer she helps others with emotional issue including fears, addictions, self sabotage, sexual issues, soul fragmentation, mind/body healing, relationship issues, abuses, special needs, any shadow type of clearings etc. in a safe and grounded way. Phoenix also works with individual and family crisis, emotional endurance, healthy boundaries, empathic medical intuitive, certified rebirther (breathworker), certified energy healer, seer, dream seer, remote viewer, chakra healing work, esoteric reader (various), real chaos magic (not knowledge path). Healing Ceremonies, Marriage and Divorce Ceremonies, Mysticism & Ancient Moon work-study, Shadow Healing and keeping you space safe from shadows. Full bio given to potential and interested students.

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Birds of Wisdom Circle

Happy Autumn Equinox everyone… I will be posting and emailing next week the “Marzanna” Ritual (creative) Effigy that we begin building for Autumn & Winter, so make sure you’re getting our emails, Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com.  You can join with us from home or your own sacred circle to participate. This is a balto-slavic folk ritual and men are encouraged to do it as well.

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Art: POŁUDNICA Baba Yaga Brewing

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Romanian Iele

d-_paciurea_-_himera_laviuThe Iele are mythical young women in Romanian mythology and there are several differing descriptions. Often they are described as Fairies (Zane in Romanian), with great seductive powers and power over men. They have great magical skills and attributes similar to the Ancient Greek Nymphs, Naiads and Dryads which means they were all women who were and still are witches.

The same common mythological base is suggested by the close resemblance with the Nordic female elves, youthful feminine spirits of great beauty living in forests and other natural places, underground, or in wells and springs. Their sacred tree is the maple; and with magical powers, they have the ability to cast spells with their circle dances. Dancing before the Dionysus and Pan cults, were the great communication of women of empowerment who worked together to keep their community both safe and purified. These mythological terms such as  the älvdanser (“elf dances”) or älvringar (“elf circles”) were attributed to women after they lost their goddess circles because of men and their wars, and men and their Christian religions.

Arguably, Iele are the Romanian equivalent of the Fairies of other cultures, the small aspect of the magical soul connected to the insect kingdoms of earth, including the butterflies. Greek and Roman Nymph mythology, the Vili of Slavic mythology and the Irish Sídhe all fall under this domain. The Iele can fly and sometimes live in the sky, in forests, in caves, on isolated mountain cliffs and in marshes, and reported to have been seen bathing in the springs or at crossroad as they would then serve the goddess Hecate.

They mostly appear at night by moonlight, as dancing Horas (light), in secluded areas such as glades, the tops of maples, walnut trees, ponds, river sides, crossroads or abandoned fireplaces, with bells on their ankles and carrying candles. In almost all of these instances, the Iele appear to be incorporeal and the effect of their specific dance, the Hora (light) is similar to the dances of the Bacchantes.

The place where they had danced would after remain carbonized, with the grass incapable of growing on the trodden ground and with the leaves of the surrounding trees scorched. Later, when grass would finally grow, it would have a red or dark-green color, the animals would not eat it, but instead mushrooms would thrive.

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Dimitrie Cantemir describes the Iele as ‘’Nymphs of the Air’’ but the origin of these beliefs are unknown. Most likely they are after Christianize Romania, in order to hold onto the magical nature of their past, but vilified them to match the anger women must have felt when Religious men began to control everything in villages and communities.The name iele is the Romanian word for “they” (feminine). Their real names are secret and inaccessible, and are commonly replaced with nicknames based on their characteristics which are Iele, Dânse, Drăgaice, Vâlve, Iezme, Izme, Irodiţe, Rusalii, Nagode, Vântoase, Domniţe, Măiestre, Frumoase, Muşate, Fetele Codrului, Împărătesele Văzduhului, Zânioare, Sfinte de noapte, Şoimane, Mândre, Fecioare, Albe, Hale, etc.

These names must not be used randomly, as they may be the basis for dangerous enchantments and it is believed that every witch knows nine of these pseudonyms, from which she makes combinations and which are the basis for spells.

The Iele are not to be solitary creatures, but gather in groups in the air, where they can fly with or without wings; they can travel with incredible speed, either on their own, or with fire. The Iele appear sometimes with bodies, at other times only as immaterial spirits. They are young and beautiful immortals, their frenzy causing delirium in onlookers, and with bad tempers, but not  necessarily evil. They come in groups of three or seven. This version is mostly found in Oltenia.

They can resort to revenge only when they are provoked, offended, seen while they dance, when people step on the trodden ground left behind by their dances, sleep under a tree which the Iele consider as their property, drink from the springs or wells used by them. Terrible punishments are inflicted upon the ones who refuse their invitation to dance, or the ones who mimic their movements. The one who randomly hear their songs becomes instantly mute.

A main characteristic is their beautiful voices which are used to enchant their listeners, just like the Sirens from ancient Greek mythology. Invisible to humans, there are however certain moments when they can be seen by mortals, such as when they dance at night. When this happens, they abduct the victim, punishing the “guilty” one with magical spells  after they previously caused him to fall into sleep with the sounds and the vertigo of the frenetic Hora, which they dance around who they abducted, to disappear forever without a trace.

Iele are also believed to be agents of revenge and when they are called upon to act, they hound their victims into the center of their dance, until they die in a furor of madness or torment. In this, the Iele are similar to the Ancient Greek Erinyes and the Roman Furies. To please the Iele (because they could not please the witches anymore) people dedicated festival days to them:

The Rusaliile, the Stratul, the Sfredelul or Bulciul Rusaliilor, the Marina etc. Anyone not respecting these holidays was said to suffer the revenge of the Iele: men and women who work during these days would be lifted in spinning vertigo, people and cattle would suffer mysterious deaths or become paralyzed and crippled, hail would fall, rivers would flood, trees would wither, and houses would catch fire.

People also protected themselves from the Iele with Garlic and Mugwort tied together and  worn around the waist, in the bosom, or hung from the hat; or hanging the skull of a horse on a pole in front of the house. The most important cure is the dance of Căluşari. This custom was the subject of episode of the popular TV series, The X-Files.

2000 year old Ritual Dance

Sources: Phoenix of Elder Mountain and the Mythology from littlespyeye.wordpress.com; image of the Chimera by D. Paciurea, Romanian artist.

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Hawthorn Tree of the Goddess

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I recently added dried Hawthorn leaves and berries (the berries are also called Pixie Pears) to our smudge which we sell, because there are a few trees on the land and in the local area. I thought I would write up the great benefits that are positive medicinal properties, not only in smudge but other uses and share some folklore.

Hawthorn is one of the many sacred Trees, she is not very big and some are even more like shrubs. She has been honored for thousands of years because of her many benefits as natural medicine. Its considered a Goddess tree because she is very healing to our hearts, both the accumulative and the karmic principles. We humans all experience when love hurts, bringing sorrow or pain to the heart chakra area and if prolonged without emotional healing, it begins to cause physical damage. Hawthorn is an excellent herb for our heart.

When i have a client that has heart issues on a physical level, I know the underlying his or her sorrows are mainly about the long journey of love, love that was loss, or betrayal and heart related emotional issues that have accumulated over decades and begun to eat away at the actual physical body. Long ago, body & soul were important, but over the last 2,000 years the mind has taken over and is so dominant, body and soul as a working interdependent relationship has been severed. Our proof is so much physical sickness in the world and not enough emotional healing in direct relief of physical ailments. But this does not happen because the ‘mind’ cannot see the soul and thus many are not believers.

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Hawthorn, white and odorous
with blossom, framing the quiet
fields
and swaying flowers and
grasses
and the hum of Bees.

– F. S. Flint, 1885-1960

Hawthorn for the reluctant Dreamer

Hawthorn has been proven to help with insomnia and allows one to see the dreams that are more intense by falling asleep. We fall asleep sometimes to do this work which is brought forth from out karmic issues. Everyone including doctors calls these nightmares, and insomnia can be the result (of avoidance). Average insomnia is natural and the soul tells us when “not to sleep” for the dreaming will be too difficult and you need some time off so you stay awake. That is a good sign, and should be honored.

When insomnia becomes a major issue four or five times a week and over a few years, and then sleep apnia sets in, that is not healthy and then, one is completely avoiding the difficulty of their emotional body which can be avoided here, but in dreams the soul comes in and says you cannot avoid it. Thus the creation of medications to sleep then over rides everything and you soul is torn and fragmented more and more each year. This is when nightmares come as a last ditch effort with a double negative dreaming life. I do not recommend Hawthorn for that, but for the occasional insomnia person, whose dreamer is not avoiding their emotional life and dream life.

Hawthorn essence encourages forgiveness even in the most stubborn and prideful persons who wears the heaviest of heart in the waking life, and thus the dreaming life will reflect this. We learn to be vulnerable, to forgive, to slay our own mind and its belief systems when it prevents us from growing emotionally (mature).  The mind convinces we are right, when we might be wrong… that is the shadow side of the ego my friend, if its continuing beyond reason or causes arguments or only triggers anger.

Folk Rites & Protection – Magic, Magick, Magik

When using Hawthorn in magical rites or healing, add a little hawthorn leaves to your smudge which allows a statement that you are trying to release some emotional pain and release is always done on a full moon.  Hawthorn has magical powers to ward off evil as well, so as long as you are ‘aware or conscious’ enough of your evil, then it will work. It you avoid your own shadow “as in dark and shadow is neither good nor positive” and working on your shadow to heal it, then Hawthorn can assist you.

Hawthorn can be woven into a growing fence called a Hedgerow and protect spiritually the entrances of any entrances or gates to your home. These thorny barriers are very effective and have saved many villages from thieves and highwaymen. This twiggy thorny tree, with its white-stalked flowers and red anthers, also advises caution to passerbyers w ho know that a sacred person lives there and uses Hawthorn to deter the unconscious sides of people. So make a stick and wrap it with the intention to hand it around your driveway or gate.

hawthorn-nessieHawthorn is what some pagans call a Tree of Enchantment and many feel that the Insect Clans (faeries including butterfly) along with the nessie, dwarfs, domovoi and gnomes souls – are all Hawthorn’s smallest and most dedicated Guardians in the middle worlds behind the scenes. They protect the wells and springs located nearby where hawthorn grow. In a smudge, its beautiful flowers and new leaves dried, mixed together with your white sage, and used with intention or prayers reaches the upper-worlds (heaven) for good fortune and answers to your intention or spell, in any situation, if you also do the karmic work (personal healing work) as well for the yin types who must do that type of work. For yang type of people that is not really required.

If you sit under a Hawthorn on May 1st, the Celtic legends of the Goddess says that you are liable to be whisked away to the faerie worlds in your dreams at night or for the lucky few, a visit to you during the day if you can be still of mind enough. Also at dusk candles are lit on the Hawthorn (May Tree) as it is also known, to welcome Summer although May is technically still spring until the Summer Solstice, so use common sense today regardless of tradition. The blooms of the Hawthorn are used for fertility, happiness and good luck in fishing. Wands which are made of the sacred Hawthorn have great power and allow the person some boundary power. Witches use Hawthorn for protection, love and marriage spells.  As an Omen, its said that if you take a blossoming branch of Hawthorn inside one’s house it will bring illness to one’s mother.

To protect yourself, try carefully gathering a few thorns from the tree and on a piece of paper, write the name of the person or situation from which you seek protection from. Then wrap it around the thorns and bury this in the ground – if possible near the tree from which the thorns were collected and do it out of love and forgiveness to that person (Sandra Kynes). You can carry a few berries in your pocket or even string them like a beaded necklace and wear them during ceremony or for protection or anytime you feel you need protection from shadows.

Herbal Medicine for the Physical Body
A medicinal flower, fruit, leaves and berries, all which are all astringent and useful. They are very helpful in curing that Winter sore throat to bring relief. In more serious ailments its a good dilate for the blood stream improving oxygenation and re-energy metabolism in the heart and decreasing lactic acid, basically any physical ailment connected with the heart. Hawthorn berries used in combination with motherwort will also strengthen the heart.

Medicinal Uses for Hawthorn:
Parts used: Flowers, leaves, berries.
Cardiovascular Heart Issues, Stress, Hypertension
Properties: Cordial, Hypotensive. Constituents: tannins,
flavonoids, essential oils, triterpene-carbonic acids
and purine derivatives.

Hawthorn is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. It is also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol. So far, research suggests that hawthorn might be effective in treating congestive heart failure. Some people use hawthorn for digestive system complaints such as indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach pain. It is also used to reduce anxiety, as a sedative, to increase urine output, and for menstrual problems. Hawthorn is also used to treat tapeworm and other intestinal infections. Some people apply hawthorn to the skin for boils, sores, and ulcers. Hawthorn preparations are used as a wash for sores, itching, and frostbite.  Before taking hawthorn, talk with your a professional and seasoned herbalist, for she or he would want to know if you take any medications. It has major interactions with many prescription medications.

Last note….
As the strong souls once again return the ancient pagan and pre-pagan traditions and call it back forth from the divine realms of pre-history – we now are able to honor openly with strength our healing ways and practice them again as the Goddess (nature) returns to help us heal during this last cycle of the patriarchal god. When the Pagan teachings were forbidden along with the ancient shamans & witches who were “the” medicine people, around the 4th century the long and beloved tree was then under science’s control. Even though in small villages and smaller clans, the women still did their healing and magical healing work, by the 11th century it was renamed and called the God of War’s Tree (Mars) and thus followed by the plague in the 13th century.

The seeds in the berries were increasing in the uses of alcohol and alcohol had its first uses of widespread “what ails you, drink your troubles away” acceptance, but that was not enough to stop the development of broken hearts and with so many heart issues and diseases today, 8 centuries later, the soul has turned dull and lifeless as the magic of the goddess was gone, or what we shamans call, the dreaming trees have died. Time to replant them!

Nicholas Culpeper, in 1653 believed that there was nothing left of the Goddess in the Hawthorn flowers because they still bear the smell and experience of the Plague of London from a thousand years of war. The tree then was regarded as the Crown of Thorns and was crowned in English royalty having won the battle over the old ways, the Oglives, chosen by Henry VII.

Sources: http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Hawthorn.htm ; anniesremedy.com, webmd.com, thegoddesstree.com, Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes ; The Old Woman in the Wood, from The Grimm’s Fairy Tales, illustration by Arthur Rackham ; Hawthorn Tree Vintage Botanical ;

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Bitter Salt

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An Arabian Tale of The Three Daughters by Mongolian Poet Misheel Chuluun “The fairytale I’m referring to describes Salt as Bitter, however, the use of the word “bitter” references more than authenticity to this allegorical tale, but also to the bitterness of life when you experience loss.

It’s ironic that the father causes so much bitterness & anguish in the most intelligent of his daughters, over her unique interpretations and answers to his question:

“How do you love me?”

Misheel’s poem:

The daughter who loved her father
as salt was flung out of his realm.
He favored the daughters who loved
him as sweet honey, as much money.
But tides pull back as they do and
the abundance of life changes.
All the daughters may have equal
claims, but only bitter salt is sometimes
needed, more than all the other fluff.

Photo of a Mongolian Man (not sure photographer)