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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.
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.  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.While Dogoda blows in from the island of Buyan as a gentle wind God of compassion, you may be requested to see the world in terms of opposite, and everything that is not of love may need to go.Click To Tweet
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.
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 subconscious, in order to shift your beliefs. 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 life 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 with your current course. This is a time to energize sacred practices and let go of preconceived expectations.
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 yourself and others whilst 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.
When Dogoda comes from his home in the west, show respect for your spirit visitor by setting an extra place at the table. Allow your dreams and visions to take precedent over the mundane world. Be on the lookout for omens. One Polish myth describes how the nation of Poland was founded. An army troop stopped to rest in a meadow alongside a lake, when they noticed a large eagle, circling overhead. 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 (the 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 Eagle’s 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 Polans 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.
Farmers paid homage to a supreme God, while beseeching numerous nature gods for help and guidance in their everyday lives. Dogoda comes bearing the gift of compassion. Reconcile your idealistic beliefs and allow others to express themselves as individuals. Dogoda blows in from the north to remind you to put away the sword of your own illusions. Things are not always as they appear.
Symbols may not always be what they appear. Originally, the swastika represented the poles of the Big Dipper constellation, as well as time itself, which, according to shamans, moves forward and backward for Polish speaking Pagans. The Nazis redefined the swastika to symbolize destruction and war. Dogoda comes as a reminder that sacred time is circular, and that events that occur in the past are directly influenced by present actions. To understand this idea fully requires that you undergo a paradigm shift of consciousness. Put aside preconceived ideas. Offer up your devotion to the wind and stars, and perhaps you will change the course of history.
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 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
 Mesolithic Shamans. https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/category/slavic-weather-shaman/
 Margi B, 2003 Polish Paganism. Accessed on the web. http://www.polishtoledo.com/pagan/
 Mesolithic Shamans. https://eldermountain.wordpress.com/category/slavic-weather-shaman/
 Margi B, 2003 Polish Paganism. Accessed on the web. http://www.polishtoledo
What can you pull from the flames of creation? This week’s Winds of Spirit Wisdom comes from Ilmarinen, a supreme Finnish Wind Deity of divine origin who created the sky and conjures up magic from the flames of his smithy. Ilmarinen rushes in from the East, which pertains to the Mind. When Ilmarinen “sets the four winds blowing” in your life, the magic of alchemy is at play, yet be wary, for the gold may be otherworldly and different than what you expect.
Yesterday, I was speaking to someone who had just returned from Auschwitz. Like many other visitors, she was scarred from the experience. It was a tad eerie when we pulled Imarinen from the deck. A certain story states that when this Wind God lost his beloved, he created a gold statue from the flames of his smithy, hoping to sooth his broken heart. Sadly, the statue was void of thought and emotion, and did not offer any value to his experience. This is a reminder that events in our lives don’t always makes sense.
Magic is the key ingredient of the Kalevala (cal-e-vala), an epic tale of the Finnish people who lived along the coast of the Baltic Sea, in the North Western corner of Russia. Finno-Ugric mythology has endured the test of time; music and poetry live on as everlasting reminders of the magic that transpires when humans live in harmony with nature.
At the core of the 22,795 mystical verses in the Kalevala are two brothers who are creator Gods. Väinämöinen is the wise shaman, and Ilmarinen is the innocent-wizard craftsman. Ilmarinen is a supreme Deity of divine origin who created the sky, and the son of the celestial Ilmar who was impregnated by the wind at the dawn of creation.
In one tale, Väinämöinen encourages Ilmarinen to conjure a sacred Sampo, wooing him with the promise of marriage to the beautiful and mysterious Rainbow Goddess. Despite his skepticism, Ilmarinen journeys North from The Land of Heroes to the harsh-barren lands of the Lapp witches. Possessed by a fairy maiden’s charm, the alchemist constructs a smithy on a colored rock, igniting a raging inferno from which he extracts a plethora of objects, including weapons of war that he immediately destroys. After four failed attempts, Ilmarinen calls upon the four winds for assistance. The Sampo appears in the flames as a mill with a multi-colored top, capable of grinding out grain, salt, and gold.
When Ilmarinen “sets the four winds blowing” in your life, the magic of alchemy is at play, yet be wary, for the gold may be otherworldly and different than what you expect.
Until the Kalevala became their national tale, the Finnish people had long-forgotten their origins. When Ilmarinen fans your fire, it is time to extract the truth from the brightly lit flame of the Smithy residing within you. It is not enough to craft your identity from illusions, social media or television. Immerse yourself into the deep waters of your divine inner wisdom. Great inventions are similar to cloths woven from the threads of innovative thoughts and ideas.
Have you forgotten the words to your favorite childhood song? Hum until the words rise up from the depths of your shared history. Become a fascinated seeker; search for words while you sleep and explore the worlds of magic within your dreams. Before Väinämöinen sailed away, he reclaimed all of the aesthetic tears that were shed when he sang, and reshaped them into pearls of wisdom. He vowed to return one day when there was a new song to sing; that time has arrived.
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In ancient times, when people were in awe of the world, and nature remained a mystery, superstitious Roman farmers had a God for every occasion, and relied on wind direction to foretell the future. During the 7th century, rituals were conducted at home in simple round straw roof huts, while elaborate temples, designed exclusively for Gods, were erected throughout the land.
During this time, women called upon the goddess Cardea to bless their homes and families. Click To Tweet
They hung wolf fat on metal hinges and wool wrapping on wooden doorposts as a means of protection from the menacing spirits of the night.
Originally, Cardea was a nymph who was committed to virginity and non-patriarchal marriage, until an enamored Janus, the ancient Italian God of doorways, tricked her. Cardea would flirt with suitors by enticing them into an empty cave, and ask them to wait for her. Once they entered she would flee. With keen eyes on both sides of his double-faced head, Janus did not succumb to her wiles, and seduced her. In exchange for her love, Janus elevated her to the status of The White Goddess, the overseer of hinges and the four directional winds. He also granted her dominion over the flowering Hawthorne, which was used to protect homes and children.
During the 7th century doorways were guardians that bore witness to possibilities and dangers. Ritual practices organized around farming communities were rooted in obligation to the clan. Gates to the city remained open except during times of war. As the goddess of hinges, Cardea was the axis upon which seasonal winds revolved; she possessed the power to unlock mysteries and reveal possibilities.
Once a year, during the Feast of Cardea, the head of every household enacted the ritual of tossing beans into the dooryard as a plea for redemption. Beans were the symbol of prosperity, alive with the spirit of Carna, whom, according to legend, may or may not have been Cardea. The passing of gas was considered a good omen.
When Cardea arrives as a strong breeze crossing your doorway, divine protection is assured. According to the poet, Ovid, Cardea has come to “open what is shut, to shut what is open.”
Cardea swings the door of fate wide open when she arrives as an east wind. Be prepared to experience life anew, while undergoing abrupt changes in your daily routines, habits and rituals. As the goddess of hinges, Cardea stimulates and awakens the potential in your life by bringing unseen forces to the forefront and making them visible.
A door slamming shut is a powerful message telling you to seek opportunity elsewhere. Everything in nature has a time, a reason and a season. Don’t expect to harvest a bountiful crop from a fallow field.
When Cardea blows in from the south and greases the hinge of your gate, you have won the favors of the Gods. The White Goddess has brought your needs and desires to the front lines of experience. The doorway is open for closer connections, kinship, and affection. Cardea’s sweet breath brings change and opportunity into your life. When summoned, she is a fierce protector of children as well as your inner child. Acceptance her guidance and express your gratitude by placing flowers on the windowsill of your home.
The struggle for existence was always at the forefront of Roman society, and the needs of community were of primary importance. Cardea reminds you that you are never alone; your friends or lack of a blood family can fill an emotional gap. Remember to put the needs of others before your selfish desires.
Inus Geminus is a double-gated Roman temple, with one door facing the rising sun, while the other looks toward the setting sun.  As Cardea blows in, she closes both doors, vanquishing what no longer serves your best interests.
When you cling to old, lifeless forms, Cardea arrives as anger, disappointment and heartache. Resentment leads to physical deterioration and illness. Ask her to blow the past away. Be sure to close all doors that remain ajar.
When Cardea descends from her castle in the stars and blows in from the north, pay close attention to her prescient messages. Inspiration is achieved through sacrifice, discipline and dedication to community. In order for your crops to germinate, grow and thrive, your cauldron of inspiration must feed the community. When faith is strong, and judgments are few, enlightenment can be found in ordinary experiences and is available to everyone. Cardea reminds you that there is no separation between work and worship. The manner in which you show up for anything is invariably the same way you show up for everything.
The central hearth of the Roman Empire was a system built around the clan, a key organizing principle of the farming community. Obligation to the Gods was expected from every member. The head of each family kept religious order, observed seasonal rites and performed sacrifices. Cardea can be a strong wind ricocheting inside your compass, creating havoc and confusion. You can appease this tumultuous wind with an offering of selfless service to your community.
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 Cardea: Blessing the Doorway, June 10, 2011 by M. Horatius Piscinus, accessed on the web Feb 2016 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religioromana/2011/06/cardea-blessing-the-doorway/
 Janus the Roman Gods of Beginnings. Accessed on the web February 16, 2016 http://www.novareinna.com/festive/janus.html