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The countryside of Poland is dotted with sacred landmarksDogoda

Polish: Compassion

The persistent rituals that have been quietly taking place in the Polish countryside for centuries are finally being made public due to the wealth of information that is now available on the Worldwide Web.  Much of what was previously known about the Old Slavic Religious practices, (pre 966) came in bits and scraps via the early writings of the Roman, Greeks, and Arabs. From these old documents and current research, it is possible to piece together the significance of these legends, songs, proverbs, and exorcism practices.[1]

To ensure their survival, it was a common practice among the Shamans to offer sacrifices to the harsh nature spirits.  One practice produced thick clouds of smoke to drive off evil weather spirits, and there were rituals to the Big Dipper to mark changes in seasons. [2] While Dogoda was not considered a major God in their history books, he was the only directional wind that was anthropomorphized and who expressed the qualities of love and compassion.  His appearance ensured that the corn would grow, and mating season was in full bloom.

When the predicated belief of the people is that everything in the world is infused with God, and God infuses everything with It’s own unique spirit, it makes perfect sense that the countryside of Poland is dotted with sacred landmarks. The Polanie pray at Crossroad Shrines, Holy Wells, the Wooden Groves at the base of Giant Boulders, and Cairns for direct contact with the divine. The Slavonic tribes of the field worshipped Mother Earth, Matka Syra Ziemia (MAHT-kah SEAR-ah zhem-EE-ah). Trees, rocks and animals were considered older than mankind, far wiser, and were consulted for aid and advice.[3]

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Ritual preparations leading up to an event werean event was keyEast

Tradition is the bedrock of the Polish People. Ritual preparations leading up to an event was key;  Christmas Eve was a primary celebration. When Dogoda blows from the East, sacred memories are being stirred in the depths of your subconsciousness. in order to shift. Loyalty to time tested strategies will help you navigate change. Examine the signs and omens that cross your path. Although the loss of an idea, a loved one, a job, or a pattern may leave you feeling sad and disappointed, take heart in the knowledge that Dogoda’s breath will warm your cracks and crevices with the winds of compassion. Remain true to your rituals and ceremonies.

If you are prone to seeing the world in black and white, Dogoda reminds you to take note of the various shades of grey that are also aspects of your life. Clear your mind by discarding old ideas. Dogoda may manifest as strong words from a loving friend, reminding you to stay present to your current course. This is a time to energize sacred practices and letting go of preconceived expectations.

South

The arrival of Dogoda in the South signifies that this is the time for a moral victory over your emotions.  Dispel whatever is ugly; lighten up, laugh and enjoy yourself.  Repressed emotions may be triggered by an unexpected loss, recognition, achievement, or illness. With Dogoda’s assistance you need not suffer needlessly. You can experience compassion for self and others while moving towards a satisfactory resolution.

Do not become a martyr to your pain. You do not have to fight to stand your ground. Dogoda can help you loosen your grip on current survival strategies, that no longer work. Dogoda may cast a spell of heartbreak to expedite the healing of old wounds, and soar like an Eagle.

West

Set an extra place at the table when Dogoda comes from his home in the West for your spirit visitors. Allow your dreams and visions to take precedent over the mundane world. Be on the lookout for omens. A Polish myth describes how the nation of Poland was founded.  An army troop had stopped to rest in a meadow alongside a lake when they noticed a large eagle circling above them. It came to rest briefly on the edge of a cliff, and as it spread its wings to soar once again, the rays of Dazhbog (sun) struck its wings, which made them glitter like gold. Taking this as a harbinger from the sun God, Svarog, Lech, the leader of the battalion declared this place their new home, calling it Gniezno, (the Eagles Nest.) To this day Gniezno remains the historic center of Poland. This myth is a reminder to keep your inner and outer ears and eyes open for signs that will guide you to your rightful place.

Despite harsh and impoverished living conditions, the Polanie remained true to their faith. When Dogoda blows open your doorway of doubt, enter with joy, confidence and an open heart. Be grateful for all that you have, large and small, and remember to share your gifts with others

 

Time moves backward and forwardNorth

Farmers paid homage to a supreme God while beseeching numerous natureGods for help and guidance in their every day lives..  Dogoda comes bearing the gift of compassion. Reconcile your idealistic beliefs and allows others to express themselves as individuals.  Dogoda blows in from the North to remind you to put away the sword.

Originally the swastika represented the poles of the Big Dipper constellation, as well as time itself, which, according to shamans, moves forward and backward.[4]  The Nazi’s redefined the swastika to symbolize destruction and war.  Dogoda comes as a reminder that everything is not as it seems, and events that are occurring now are the results of past actions. To fully understand this idea requires that you undergo a paradigm shift of consciousness. Humble yourself in front of the ancient swastika, and put aside preconceived ideas. Offer up your devotion to the wind and stars, and perhaps you’ll change the course of history.

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[1] New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology Part 5   New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology Introduction by Robert Graves Crescent Books, NY 1987 Accessed on the web April 18, 16

[2] Mesolithic Shamans. https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/category/slavic-weather-shaman/

[3] Margi B, 2003 Polish Paganism. Accessed on the web. http://www.polishtoledo.com/pagan/

[4] Mesolithic Shamans. https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/category/slavic-weather-shaman/

[4] Margi B, 2003 Polish Paganism. Accessed on the web. http://www.polishtoledo

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Wayramama; Right Relationship

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Peruvian  Reciprocity

Along the invisible ceque lines are sequences of mountains, rocks, outcroppings, caves and stone fortes that are aligned to the astrological cycles. Hundreds of Haucas (holy places) dot the landscape of the Tahuantinsuyu, which is comprised of four suyus (geographical areas).

Haucas can incorporate themselves in many different forms such as people, birds and wind. Winds disseminated from these entities can be benevolent, disruptive, or deadly.

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Apus (mountain lords’) serve as intermediaries between paqos, the Gods/Goddesses and the winds. There are many types of wind energies circulating throughout the Andes, including Wayramama, the mother of the sky who is envisioned as a great serpent that moves with a great wind. “It is said in the Amazon that when she takes a bath, the sound of thunder is heard between the clouds, but no rain will fall[1]

All living things are animated with spirit. This concept is the sacred seed of reciprocity, today for me, tomorrow for you. From this core principle of Anyi, all actions flow, radiating outward from the heart, like the ceque lines found in the temple of the sun. Anyi also ensures survival. Growing potatoes on shallow terraces stacked along steep mountain cliffs requires support from others; all selfless actions are complimentary; today you receive, so tomorrow you must give back.

When Wayramama appears in your life you are being called to take direct action that will elicit an acute awareness of the natural order in your life.

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East

When Wayramama appears in the East, she is ushering in a rebirth of thought. When the missionaries brought Christianity into Peru, some beliefs were complimentary, and easily integrated, while others, like original sin, did not fit with their beliefs and were rejected. Christian statues were embraced as if they were alive with kawsay (life force energy). Now is the time to listen to, and lead with your heart; look for the aliveness in all things, allow your mind to shape shift your memories and dreams into a practical living reality.

In the contrary position Wayramama can be mal viento, creating confusion, chaos and doubt. Like your Andean brothers and sisters, look to nature to provide you with the proper spiritual guidance.

South

When mother wind appears in the South, examine how you are expressing yourself and transmitting energy into the world around you. Are you giving and receiving in a balanced manner, or are you leaking energy? A reciprocal transfer of energy is necessary if a transaction is to be successful.

If the furious winds of the Wayramama appear in the contrary position it is time to take examine your less desirable traits. Thievery, deceit, laziness and incest create hucha (heavy energies,) and discord. Now is the time to forgive yourself and others so that you may restore balance in your life.

West

If the wind currents of Wayramama appear in the West, a death of some kind is imminent. Death can take many forms; the ending of a job or relationship, a physical death, or the death of an outmoded idea or behavior. Lighten your load, clear your energy, and make room for a transformation.

If you have not cleared your hucha, Wayramama may appear as a Machu Wayra, bringing illness or inclement weather. Often, physical symptoms will appear in order to bring about a needed change. In Peru, shamans are recognized and chosen when they are struck by lightning. Are you answering the call in your life?

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North

Wayramama arrives in the north to remind you that being, and doing, must meld together as a single process. It is time to return to the source and fertilize your dreams. Take a hike to the top of a mountain where the stream originates, and offer a prayer of gratitude to the Huaca.

When your dreams are not reflecting your desires, Wayramama may be blowing in reverse. It is time to exercise the proper use of power. Exhale and release all of your doubts, fears and disappointments into a blade of grass, and allow the Wayramama to carry them away.

[1] Inca Glossary. Accessed online http://www.incaglossary.org/a.html, July 15, 15.

Kari: Creation through Word

Art by Raven Kaldera. Kari ancient Norse Wind God
Art by Raven Kaldera. Kari ancient Norse Wind God

Norse • Expression

Kari is an ancient, icy breathed, shape-shifting wind giant from mythical Asgard in Northern Scandinavia. He is believed to have created everything through his word, with the exception of planet Earth.

The Aesir (“ICE-ear”) were major Germanic deities who governed the forces of nature. Kari’s interest in mankind is to govern self-expression.

He is the overseer of sound who teaches people how to sing and move energy.

Cooperating with Kari will teach you how, to “go with the flow,” and adapt to ever-changing conditions. Appearing youthful in the spring, Kari ages as the season’s progress, becoming a bearded old man by winter. His personification of the aging process is a reminder to exercise caution when choosing your words. Just as young children will sometimes blurt out immature interpretations of what they experience at home, and embarrass their parents, over time they acquire wisdom, and learn to practice restraint. Kari cautions us to resist making snap judgments or jumping to conclusions.

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The Aesir believe that each element of nature has it’s own in-dwelling spirit, and when left unchecked, these patterns can become harmful. In the same way we assume authority over our inner child, the ancient Aesir empowered the giants to exert authority over nature, thereby ensuring harmony in world of man.

Rainbow-Bridge-Bifrost: If you resist change, your options will become limited, trapped like the giants who were unable to pass the firey bifrost (Rainbow Bridge) to reach the Milgard, the upper world of awakening.How you manage change depends on your ability to accept present conditions. Eventually you will be able to manage challenges easily like the shapeless winds passing through narrow channels. By contrast, if you resist change, your options will become limited, trapped like the giants who were unable to pass the firey bifrost (Rainbow Bridge) to reach the Milgard, the upper world of awakening. By surrendering to the energy of change, you‘ll find yourself in a safe, warm, and happy place, even if a frosty north wind momentarily ices your dreams.

The wind makes music when it rustles through the leaves of a tree or strikes a wind chime. Our breath also makes music when it passes through the reed of a clarinet or across the openings of a flute. This kind of friction relates to the energy of Kari.

If you find yourself in the midst of a significant change, ask yourself, “What is my desired outcome?” and, “How can I best use this change to navigate successfully through life?” Learning to accept change brings wisdom.

East

New ideas and dreams are formed in the East. In Norse Mythology, Kari is the oldest son of Fornjót, the frost giant. His name literally means gust of wind; he is the father of snow, frost, blizzards, and storms. As the storms and blizzards of your life recede with the spring thaw, new ideas will start to form. When Kari arrives as a cool breeze, he may manifest as a young man, a true ally, energized and ready to help you meet any challenges you may encounter.

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The arrival of Kari as a relentless, contrary east wind is a signal that you should examine long-held beliefs. Since memories are stored in the East, it is time to take note of the dragons in your life; those archaic beliefs that have become extinct. Keep in mind that your brain has the capacity to generate innovative ideas. Acknowledge old, worn out thoughts and memories, and then cast them into the wind.

South

Kari ages with the growing cycle. Summer is a time of naivety and surprises; expect rapid and unexpected changes in your life. Love may arrive on an invisible wind. It is important to express your needs because without emotional balance you will feel battered and bruised.

When Kari’s wind leaves your shelter-less, it is easy to fall prey to the two-headed monster of fear and doubt. Words can sting like frost on your face when you regress into childlike behavior. This is a good time to take daily walks in nature and seek wise counsel. Take a deep breath, pause and reflect, before giving wind to emotionally charged ideas. Be mindful of the words you utter, because like frost on a window, they can leave scars.

Asgard-Midgard: The Aesir (“ICE-ear”) were major Germanic deities who governed the forces of nature. Kari’s interest in mankind is to govern self-expression.West

Kari arrives as a song on the breath of the wind; a gentleman dancing with the leaves as they fall from the trees. He encourages you to sing along and keep your energy flowing lest darkness engulf your life. Breathe deeply and celebrate before proceeding. Changes of season can be stressful on the body. Pay close attention to your lungs; breathe slowly and deeply.

How are you coping with physical challenges such as aging, illness or injury? Listen to Kari and you’ll know what part of your body requires immediate attention. Do you find yourself fueling your body with junk food in attempt to deal with stress and appease your anxieties? In this quadrant, the presence of Kari reminds you that your body is a sacred temple that requires attention and respect.

North

Whenever soul has a great need for expression, Kari blows in from the north and offers his wisdom. Your dreams may need to be put on hold until the frost on the window fades. Wait patiently with Kari in his cave at Niflheim until the blizzards have subsided.

If you find yourself in the midst of bitter confusion, ask yourself, “What is my desired outcome?” and, “How can I best use this change to successfully navigate through life?” Learning to accept the unseen will make you wiser. Everything in nature is perfectly timed. Whenever you need guidance, sing your songs of pain and joy with passion, and know that the wisdom of Kari is always yours for the asking.