Archive for March, 2014

Glad Tidings of The Eighth Magpie ~



Just saw a glad tiding of Eight Magpies in our back garden tree;
A group of magpies is called a tiding.

Related to the crow the magpie is a remarkably intelligent bird and associated with Shamanic qualities. Ancient folklore associated with the magpie suggests that when two or more fly into one’s life good fortune is coming soon. Since magpies are opportunists and seldom miss a chance to get something for nothing, those with this medicine should pay attention to subtle omens that appear in their life then act accordingly so opportunities are not missed. The magpie asks us to wake up and be conscious in every area of our life.

The Magpie is associated with prophecy in the following rhyme (which has many variants)…


One for sorrow

Two for joy

Three for a girl

Four for a boy

Five for silver

Six for gold

Seven for a secret never to be told

Eight for heaven,

Nine for a kiss,

Ten a surprise you should be careful not to miss,

Eleven for health,

Twelve for wealth,

Thirteen beware it’s the devil himself.
Magpie pairs are monogamous and stay together for the entire duration of their lives. An old English tradition notes that if one magpie flies by, you should take your hat off and bow repeating this line : Morning/Afternoon Mr Magpie. How’s Mrs Magpie and all the little Magpies? This will help assure your good luck throughout the day.

One seen flying or croaking around a house or sitting alone symbolises that misfortune is present. Should a flock of magpies suddenly abandon a nesting area then, like the crow and rook, death is present and hard times are ahead. To avoid bad luck it is said that taking your hat off to the passing birds will act as protection against darker forces. Perhaps these associations stem from the fact that it was the only bird that would not enter the Ark preferring to stay outside. It is one of the very birds that also has black and white plumage, a combination of the sacred or holy colour (white) and of evil (black).

To have one perch on your roof though is supposed to indicate that the house will never fall down. According to tradition it would be best to rearrange a journey if you see just one. If one is seen on the way to church it signifies that death is present, hence some believe that it is best to cross yourself to ward off evil or negative energies whilst saying ‘Devil, Devil, I defy thee’.

In Somerset, England it was once thought that to carry an onion at all times would provide protection against magpies.

Legend also has it that when a magpie’s mate dies it summons an assembly of other magpies at which the dead bird is honoured before a new mate is selected. In Celtic lore the bird was sacred to ‘Magog.’

Related to the crow the magpie is a remarkably intelligent bird and associated with Shamanic qualities. Ancient folklore associated with the magpie suggests that when two or more fly into one’s life good fortune is coming soon. Since magpies are opportunists and seldom miss a chance to get something for nothing, those with this medicine should pay attention to subtle omens that appear in their life then act accordingly so opportunities are not missed. The Magpie asks us to wake up and be conscious in every area of our life. More Magpie info here.

Wishing you all the luck of the Eighth Magpie –






The Four Horsemen of the Epocalypse ~

Ragnarok by Nicolas Toivola.

 As we move from ‘Global Warming’ through ‘Climate Change’ to ‘Climate Chaos’ and Instability, we see more clearly now the effects of human activity on the Earth, yet the underlying causes stay the same without any significant international effort to counter this problem.
Gaia sends the four horsemen of her Epocalypse – her Four Elements to bear upon us, behold the power of Air, Water, Fire and Earth – respected and we flourish together but neglected or abused, they return with a vengeance.



Hraesvelg, The Winter Eagle by Relotixke

Of Air. often disregarded by environmentalists, whose focus has centered on Carbon dioxide CO2, motor vehicles also emit Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which is among the most serious forms of toxic air pollution in large urban areas. Air quality suffers and in consequence so do all people, creatures and plants – our narrow peramaters of life supporting conditions errode…



Jörmungandr the Midgard Serpent & Thor in Fishing Boat

Of Water, note the increased frequency of storms and flooding, while increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causes warming and more water to be evaporated from the ocean, which will lead to ever more frequent and intense storms. Water and Oceans are also a perfect carrier of further poisons such as Nuclear radiation from Fukushima or more local chemical spills…..



Muspelheim – world of lava fire and volcanos

Of Fire, the increasing frequency of wildfires as global warming intensifies areas with long hot summers in hot and dry climates causing extensive damage to huge forested areas (and thereby decreasing the tree-covered areas that act as carbon dioxide sinks), while at the same time causing untold damage to property and human life. Even within storms, fires rage as in Wales recently where the power lines ignited fields of peat…



Angrboda “herald of sorrow” a giantess, known as the Hag of Ironwood.

Of Earth, the devastating effects of pollution, a by-product of carbon-based industrialisation (both in terms of oil and oil-based products such as plastics) have struck a deadly blow to the Earth and her wildlife. To say nothing of Genetically Modified Organisms possibly and irreversably undermining the intricate bio systems cooperative and symbiotic nature. And then there was Fracking….

Apocalyptic storms and unprecedented weather events continue, much like Ragnarok (the end of the world in Norse mythology, which is preceded by Fimbulvetr, the winter of winters ).


The Wild Hunt

Yet all hope is not gone, for after the storms have passed and Gaia heals herself, comes the dawn of a new day, a new Earth will rise triumphant.


Take heart friends of Gaia as worlds fall and raging seas rise, as storms destroy and skies bring only darkness – similalrly Ragnarok marks the end of one age – the beginning of another.

Gaia’s balance will eventually recover. She will return, lush and green and the seasons will flow in their given times once again.


Wether we will endure as welcome guests in the longer run however will remain to be seen ~


Freyr- Edward Burne Jones          



On Valentine’s Day, Lupercalia & Love ~

The Rosemary Raven  by Nethersphere

The origins of Valentine’s Day trace back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia. Held on February 15, Lupercalia honored the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.

The Roman romantics “were drunk (and)…naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.

The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.

The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. It wasn’t called “Valentine’s Day” until a priest named Valentine came along. Valentine, a romantic at heart, disobeyed Emperor Claudius II’s decree that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius handed down this decree believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged. Valentine defied the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his defiance, Valentine was put to death on February 14.
After Valentine’s death, he was named a saint. As Christianity spread through Rome, the priests moved Lupercalia from February 15 to February 14 and renamed it St. Valentine’s Day to honor Saint Valentine.

Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, “It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love.”

As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly (author of “Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine”) credits Chaucer as the one who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.
In medieval France and England it was believed that birds mated on February 14. Hence, Chaucer used the image of birds as the symbol of lovers in poems dedicated to the day. In Chaucer’s “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are related:

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

By the Middle Ages, Valentine became one of the most popular saints in England and France. Despite attempts by the Christian church to sanctify the holiday, the association of Valentine’s Day with romance and courtship continues through the Middle Ages to this day.


To celebrate this day enjoy my machinima animation The Elf Knight & The Faerie Queene. Inspired by Spencer’s poem ”The Faerie Queene” c 1590+1596 which celebrates ”Queen Elizabeth I”, and the Scottish folk song ”The Elfin Knight”.  Set to ”Scarborough Fair” sung by Gretchen Cornwall of World Tree Music, the song and this tale present the story of a man who tells the listener to ask his former love to perform a series of impossible tasks to win his love back. In this version the task setter is the Faerie Queene, ”Gloriana”.



At Valentines Day I do declare,
True Love illumines everywhere.
To those whose hearts are unrequite,
I offer hope for tender plight.
To those whose hearts are happy found,
I celebrate with joy profound.

At Valentines Day I do declare,
True love will ever guide you there.

c.Celestial Elf 2014.


Happy Valentines / Lupercalia Day !!

Open Letter to Physical-Materialist Psycho-Spiritual Reductionist Rationalists Everywhere;

Who Art Thou White Face by Leonara Carrington


I cannot dance with your machine,

Without a heart it has no dream.

I cannot welcome exploitation,

Of Earth and people – spirits desecration.


Open your heart and we will greet you,

Step within to find life anew.

More magic than your plastic kind,

The infinite heart – compassion sublime.


We will be patient while you wonder,

On this small world, outpost of the way.

But heed the divine entwined all about you,

And come join our dance – whilst you still may.


Turn away from strange fears and the desire to control,

Let the children of Earth and sacred nature evolve.

Remember your place, as a guest and a guardian,

In the many layered multiverse – the cosmological garden.


c.Celestial Elf 2014.

Merry England before the Modern Age.

The Rise and Fall of Merry England: The Ritual Year 1400-1700

by Ronald Hutton, My Review;



Charting the progress from the communal year and it’s festivals both sacred and secular towards a more centralised control and ensuing decline of festival times, holy days, rituals and revels.

The Protestant Reformation and its austere Puritanism is clearly the largest single cause which drew to a close earlier ‘Papist’ traditions of the Catholic imbued culture that had supported spiritual ritual and secular pagentry for hundreds of years.



To set the context, the English Reformation under Henry VIII had broken the Church of England from the authority of the Pope and Roman Catholic Church. From 1553, under the reign of Henry’s Roman Catholic daughter, Mary I, Henry’s Reformation legislation was repealed and Mary sought to achieve the reunion with Rome. Following Mary’s childless death, her half-sister Elizabeth inherited the throne. As Elizabeth could not be Catholic, that church considered her illegitimate, communion with the Catholic Church was again severed by Elizabeth.

Elizabeth’s reign saw the emergence of Puritanism, which encompassed those Protestants who felt that the church had been but insuficciently reformed. Puritanism ranged from hostility to the content of the Prayer Book and “popish” ceremony, to a desire for church governance and inded for society at large to be radically reformed.

The Civil War broke out less than fifty years after the death of Elizabeth I of England in 1603.

The English civil war was far from just a conflict between two religious faiths, it had much more to do with divisions within the one Protestant religion. The austere, fundamentalist Puritanism on the one side was opposed to what it saw as the crypto-Catholic decadence of the Anglican church on the other. Divisions also formed along the lines of the common people and the gentry, and between the country and city dwellers.

In this politically charged and religiously swaying environment, alternately pushing an oppresive new religious austerity or inclusively reinstalling the traditional milieu of sacred and secular traditions of British life, the festive, communal culture and its traditions waned and dwindled. Each fresh onslaught of punitive policy and legal measures gradually depleted the social enthusiasm which had bound the culture together in earlier times.


 Charles Landseer – The Eve of the Battle of Edge Hill, 1642


Among the church rituals and communal activities considered innapropriate by the changing authorities, was the ornamentation of churches with garlands at festival times such as holy and ivy at christmas, the lighting of candles below icons, boy bishops and their processions, church ales which collected money for the church rituals, rogation or blessing of fields at spring, appointment of lords of misrule to preside over festivities, morris dancers, musicians and dancing at may poles.


The time afforded such holy days and communal activities had also afforded an ocassion to gather in dissorder and this sometimes developed into protests against government restrictions and taxations.


Village fair by Flemish artist Gillis Mostaert 1590

The earlier potent mixture of rituals and revels, pagentry, music and costumes, wholesome earthy fun and good humour which had been accepted as such by the long interwoven traditions of populace with Catholic church, was uprooted and destroyed by the ardent and extreemly keen Protestants to such an extent that various of the ensuing Crowns sought to ammeliorate on behalf of the people and their traditions but with little success.

The decline continued under the fervant Protestant condemnation of such frivolities and lewdness as dancing, singing and even laughing – quelle horror! Protestant authors and clergy persued their ‘souless’ and mirtless New World Order replacing a sacral Catholic yearly cycle with secular and anti Catholic new Protestant celebrations such as of Nov 5th (Guy Fawkes night), and Royal birthdays/Accessions etc. The dissolution continued under the rising agrarian capitalism and nascent industrialism.



Highly recommended reading for any who are interested in the cultural connections between the ‘old religion’ (which actually meant the all embracing ‘magical Catholicism’ of early medieval England – and amongst these traditions were many pre Christian survivors ) and the Protestant modified puritanical exegesis and transformation of a formerly Merry England into a more dour, serious, self effacing, God fearing nation, under the varying vagaries of the Parlaiment and it’s often relentless officers.



It may be hard for us now to imagine the full extent of a medieval and earlier pagentry imbued Britain, alternately revelling and worshiping its way through the sacred year, with churches drawing on hundreds of years of iconography decoration to embellish and add impact to the many sacred days and rituals which were widely observed, town and merchant guilds hosting processions of costumed and robed actors, with giants, dragons and unicorns represented in huge models animated by their wearers, individuals taking part in group as well as singular traditions from the milk maids dances and green men in spring (the chimney sweeps as it happens) to finding (or capturing) a maypole for dancing, to say nothing of seasonal feasts provided by local landowners and gentry for their tenants and neighbours. I offer for comparison the more widely known religious traditions of Tibet as they until recently held communal religious and social activities which comprised thousands at a gathering, with elaborate ritualised dramas and with embroderies as large as hills, with weeks long events of one sort or another. Similar in commitment if not form were many among the earlier traditions of Merry England.



nb book priced at ₤50 pprbk is doubtless worth it for the extensive research alone, but I got my copy well thumbed from a second hand book dealer.


The Ent




Ents, also known as talking trees, are rarely encountered and its a great privilege to actually see or talk with one.

Oracular Trees are attributed with the ability to speak to individuals, especially those gifted in divination. In particular, Druids were said to be able to consult Oak trees for divinatory purposes, as were the Streghe with Rowan trees.


The word “Ent” was taken from the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) word ent, meaning “giant”. Ents are probably the most ubiquitous of all creatures in fantasy and folklore, perhaps second only to dragons, most famously known now as the Ents in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth stories.


Perhaps not quite Ents, but the Cad Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees) medieval Welsh poem preserved in the 14th-century manuscript known as the Book of Taliesin refers to a traditional story in which the legendary enchanter Gwydion animates the trees of the forest to fight as his army. The poem is especially notable for its striking and enigmatic symbolism and the wide variety of interpretations this has occasioned particulalry by Robert Graves in his book The White Goddess.


I made a short animation based on the Cad Goddeu –

Taliesins Battle Of The Trees;


In Ireland a tree may help a person look for a leprechaun’s gold, although it normally does not know where the gold is.

According to Greek mythology, all the trees in the Dodona (northwestern Greece, Epirus) grove (the forest beside the sanctuary of Zeus) became endowed with the gift of prophecy, and the oaks not only spoke and delivered oracles while in a living state, when built into the ship Argo the wood spoke and warned of approaching calamities.

The rustling of the leaves on an Oak tree was regarded as the voice of Zeus.


The Greek Talking Elm: Philostratus spoke about two philosophers arguing beneath an elm tree in Ethiopia which spoke up to add to the conversation.


The Indian Tree of the Sun and the Moon: Told the future. Two parts of the tree trunk spoke depending on the time of day; in the daytime the tree spoke as a male and at night it spoke as a female. Alexander the Great and Marco Polo are said to have visited this tree.


In Hugh Lofting’s 1928 novel Doctor Dolittle in the Moon, the lunar flowers and trees are intelligent and capable of communication by using scents, the sounds of wind through branches, etc.


Imbued with Earth wisdom gathered over their very long life spans, the Ent is a friend to consult on all serious matters, but dont expect a hasty answer for as J.R.R.Tolkien explains of the Ent “My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.”




Blessed Be the Ent and Ent Friends xx ~

Environmental Serenity Prayer

Gaia grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

the brevity of a beautiful day and my time upon the earth,
the harshness of the seasons and futility of a world without mirth.
Of people who are foolish, the heartless and the cruel,
the death of all our loved ones – natures immutable rule.

Gaia grant me the courage to change the things that I can;
such as impatience with ignorance in all its forms –
consciousness raising to basic humanitarian norms,
respect for our ancestors bones and sacred circles of stones –
spiritual diversity imbues this life with mysterious meanings unknown,
saving ancient forests and trees who make the air that we breathe –
our narrow parameters of existence enabled by evironments we need,
getting rid of greenhouse gassess and anthropogenic emissions –
by curbing industrial air pollution and such short sighted commissions,
offsetting offsetting because lifes microhabitats are rare –
and cannot be replaced at goblin markets of biochemical fare,
forgoing fracking – both public and secret –
that earth be safe without carcinogenic chemical seepage,
dropping dioxin toxins and plant pesticide armagedon –
by fostering farming that is safe to the seventh generation,
barring gene splicings and science fiction mutations –
by supporting a sustainable world built on ecological foundations,
rescinding radiation, nuclear-atomic aberration –
for sunlight and windpower and possibly clean fusion salvation,
ommitting oil spills from oceans by choosing –
other forms of energy and greater care using,
abandoning xenoestrogens in birth control pills –
and countless strange medecines that do not cure our ills,
ending genocide and ecocide in all of its forms –
by supporting green business that all survive lifes storms,
not a call for new luddites and progress avoiders,
but rather for compassion, so please come and join us.

Gaia grant me the wisdom to know the difference today,
to take personal action in every small way –
choices I make to give and to take,
to understand the consequences and blessings awake.

c. Celestial Elf 2014.


A Russian Fairytale


The Spirit of Genghis Khan invokes a WindHorse to send Happy Year of the Horse Blessings 

( from Jan 30th -2014).

The Wind Horse thunders across the vast Asian continent to the Enchanted forest where the Russian Patriarch sings his spiritual blessing at Nature’s first temple under the heavens, a woodland glade where assembled are her wild creatures and her magical spirit beings.


Slavic Fairytales

Slavic fairy tales overflow with fantastical creatures such as Alkonost, Baba Yaga, Koschei the Deathless, Firebird, Zmey, also with songs and tales of legendary heroes such as Russian bogatyrs, and superstitions about various nature spirits such as the Domovoi- the home spirit and Leshky or Forest spirit.

Folk celebrations of various Christian festivals are also very popular with beliefs in various saints replacing earlier myths and legends, for instance St Elijah the Thunderer, is a replacement of old thunder-god Perun. Likewise, traces of ancient deities can also be found in cults of many other saints, such as St Mary, St Vitus, St George, St Blaise and St Nicholas, and it is also obvious that various folk celebrations, such as the spring feast of Jare or Jurjevo and the summer feast of Ivanje or Ivan Kupala, both very loosely associated with Christian holidays, are abundant with pre-Christian elements. These beliefs have considerable religious and sacral significance to the people still performing them. More information on Slavic Mythology here.

In this context, my amalgamation of two differing traditions is a heartfelt attempt to portray that all the spirit denizens coexist with the many faiths and respect each other in the same spiritual universe.


Orthodox Christmas Day – Russia (Jan 7)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks banned Christmas celebrations. Many Christmas traditions, such as decorating a fir tree and giving presents, turned into New Year’s traditions. Christmas became an official holiday and a non-labor day in Russia in 1991. It began regaining popularity only recently, partially because Russian leaders, starting with Vladimir Putin, annually attend a Christmas liturgy. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates religious holidays according to the Julian calendar. Russia uses the Gregorian calendar for secular purposes since 1918.


Ghenghis Khan – Tengriism

Ghenghis Khan although a follower of Tengri, was religiously tolerant and very interested in learning philosophical and moral lessons from other religions. He frequently consulted Buddhist monks, Muslims, Christian missionaries, and the Taoist monk Qiu Chuji. In Tengriism, the meaning of life is seen as living in harmony with the surrounding world. Tengriist believers view their existence as sustained by the eternal blue Sky, Tengri, the fertile Mother-Earth, spirit Eje, and a ruler who is regarded as the holy spirit of the Sky. Heaven, Earth, the spirits of nature and the ancestors provide every need and protect all humans. By living an upright and respectful life, a human being will keep his world in balance and maximize his personal power Wind Horse.


Wind Horse – Prayers In Tibet

A Wind Horse, or Tibetan Lung-Ta is a prayer flag which like a horse carries the vibration of the colours  prayers, and auspicious symbols written or painted on them across the countryside, up the mountains, and into the clouds bringing happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and to all those in the vicinity. Tibetan Bhuddists, Shaman and many others realise that color has energy and that written prayers and blessings travel in time and space. Tibetan traditions connected blue with sky or space, white with air or clouds, red with fire, green with water, and yellow with earth.


Year of the Horse – China

In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things as Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can fly. A white Celestial Cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin. Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings.  January 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm PST begins the year of the Wood Horse. Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can fly. Wood is the cosmic element associated with growth, spring, something new coming out or breaking through, and with creativity. The 2014 Wood element has a positive polarity. This means that a seed will be planted, something new will be created. It will be a year for cooperation and helping each other, towards a higher purpose.

The ‘Longma’ or horse-dragon is a sign of connection with the manifestation of one of the legendary sage-rulers of legend, particularly one of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. The Chinese monk Xuanzang, was legendarily held to have retrieved Buddhist scriptures from India with the help of a famous Bailongma, or ‘White Dragon-Horse’.

In Russia they refer to the year of the Blue Horse, while in Chinese tradition the Horse is Green. In fact both blue and green are possible, as are emerald and turquoise. Green is the color associated with wood, nature and harmony. Blue is the color for Water, the element that nourishes the Wood.



The horse plays a significant part in native shamanism of Asiatic peoples.  Here the white horse is used to transport the shaman to mediate with souls of the dead and to return messages from the other world to the living.  The shaman’s drum, used to assist attainment of the altered state of consciousness, is often referred to as ‘the horse’.


Celtic Myth

Celtic peoples developed a horse-based society, and as such were dependent upon the horse for their success through Europe.  In Celtic mythology the goddess Epona was the protectress of the horse and horse keepers, she is also attributed with concern for guidance of the soul to the afterlife. Tacitus noted in the 1st century that Germanic Celtic priests considered horses to understand the will of the gods more clearly than man and so could reveal divine secrets.  The legendary horse was available for travel to other realms and could travel over land and water and between realms with equal ease.

Norse Myth

Scandinavian culture likewise attached great importance to the horse as a means of transport and warfare.  Bronze Age Scandinavians associated the horse with the journeying sun, as clearly indicated by the model of a bronze horse drawing a gold plated sun disc found at Trundholm in Denmark.  Solar and lunar significance prevailed, with Skinfaxi and Hrimfaxi drawing the sun and moon across the sky respectively and so being responsible for the continuity of solar and lunar cycles.  Sleipnir, the 8-legged mount of Odin was considered to be the universal traveller, able to carry his rider over land and water, and to Hel and back.


May the Blessing of the Wind Horse find you ever Healthy, Happy and Free.
Celestial Elf  ~

Flight of the Shamanic Santa


Two great Tenger, Keiden Khan and Usan Khan, 

Talked about the old things 

Of long long ago,

When the heavens swirled with bright fog above 

and the earth did not have any corners below.

The grasess had not yet begun to grow, the great stag still a fawn,

the giant snake a worm, it was a beautiful time to look and to learn.


But times have changed, and now even the star people are troubled.


Gal Nurma Khan, a fearsome sorcerer has arisen to destroy the Earth.

Snarling his dark oath; ”Mankind will die in one generation!”

Gal Nurma Khan went to the land of the yellow lake,

Where he prepared three hundred evil spirits and thirty demons 

to lead them,

With yellow spotted horses, beards, and robes, 

Yellow lice for their food.

Then he traveled to the land of the blue lake,

And prepared there three hundred evil spirits with thirty demons 

to lead them,

With blue spotted horses, beards and robes, 

Blue lice for their food.

Going further to the land of the black lake.

He prepared three hundred evil spirits, with thirty demons 

to lead them,

With black spotted horses, beards and robes, 

Black lice for their food.


Nine hundred evil spirits and Ninety demons now lay waste to the Earth 

Their damage acute,

Flowing waters they poison at source, 

Growing plants they pollute at their root,

The land infested by their snakes of suffering,  

The Earth dying, her people crying.

Anthrax and plague killing them cold, 

Sickness dances with hunger and need takes both young and old.

The people and creatures die, by day, by dusk and by night 

Sad spirits fly.


Altai Ulaan, Shaman of the North, 

Heard the cries of the suffering all around him.

From the city of Ultima Thule where they call him 

SantaHo ClausHeim,

To consult with the Council of Stars – 

Where they call him Little Jolnir Longbeard the fine,

And to Keiden Khan and Usan Khan, where they call him Friend.


In the bleak mid-winter – on Earth hard as iron,

With the wild wind wasailing all round us.

Walking outwards and onwards and father and further,

Walking onwards As Snow falls on snowfalls.

Long time was our Altai travelling thgrough fields and towns,

Passed woodland glades where there was dancing,

Over barren planes and all kinds of strange,

To the Great Forest of the formlessness found him.


Here these Tenger greet Altai Ulaan with delight,

They made a feast that lasted eight days and forty two nights.

On the ninth day they talked about the important things due,

Things which have changed and which should never be true.

It was decided to take their message through the skies to the Stars,

And to the great Grandmother Manzan Gurme, Ancestor of ours.


And Altai Ulaan asked his friends then 

“Will you give me the four magic breaths for my journey as wren?”

Keiden Khan looked to Usan Khan and after a moment  

“We Will Give Them!” they said.

And Altai Ulaan grinned and then he said 

“Will you give me the white steed to cross the ten thousand realms?”

And they gulped 

“We Will Give It!” as his forebearance overwhelms.

Altai paused and then whispered aloud 

“Will you give the healing heartmind that is placed on the crown of the brow?”

And they gasped 

“We Will Give It!”  as the heavens allow…

Then Altai laughed 

“I will climb the thousand storms, take our message through the sky to the Stars 

And to Grandmother, give I!”

Keiden Khan and Usan Khan  heard his wise decision with gladness, 

And they confirmed it just so to defeat the bad badness.


Riding his drum, his shamans journey begun, 

Altai Ulaan began his transcending.

With thirteen magicks on his palm and twenty-three on his fingers,

Into trance he advanced crossing one realm into another, 

Past many countless ringers.

Be wary here lest lost in fear the path without a footfall beyond all going,

Ride on Altai Ulaan and rise on and rise up, 

Follow the way of the spirits formless flowing.

To Grandmother Gurme – Altai Ulaan was shamanizing…….


And he called through the skies, to the great yurt beyond sighs,

”Grandmother Gurme please do arise!

You who gave birth to the ten thousand most freely,

Now Nine hundred evil and Ninety demons beseige we.

And Gal Nurma Khan – his wickedness deceives us,

Our flowing waters pollute, our plants uproot, our existence by maggots  is eaten and moot.

My message I send, fly straight to the end, 

To my Grandmother the Great Manzan Gurme!”


This message overflowing with illness and disease tumbled up directly

On Altai’s heart breeze,

To Grandmother Gurme who 

Was filled with amazement and with woe……..


Looking in her magic mirror she saw the Earth world below:

And the ninety demons and the nine hundred spirits 

Of Gal Nurma Khan grow.

Their noses like stovepipes running strings – bubbling snots,

Eating Black pots of lumpy disgusting things and foul blots.

Walking upright – topless hats on their heads, soleless boots on their feet,

Riding tailless horses raising black fogs over Earth’s pathways and streets.

Slithering like worms and swarming like flies,

They trample the animals and peoples to die.


Grandmother sipped from her cup of reflection,

And then she said, with a powerful inflection;

“The orphaned and the lonely, and the people of the Earth,

Tormented and dying and passing away.

Being mowed down like hay, and broken like reeds,

Those who travel out destroyed on the road,

Those who remain home decayed all the same.

It is your fault foul Gal Nurma Khan –

And You will correct it as soon as you can!”

Having said her say under a dark stormy sky,

She went back to her home and the messengers fly.


Sent out in the ten thousand directions 

Of the dark-bright-heavens twinkling,

To call a meeting of Stars to make a wise decision for the unjinxing.

We meet on the moon to make a beautiful decision true,

The Stars, Gal Nurma Khan, will keep no place for you.

You will change now, or you will ever be banished.

And as you are vanished we recover our kinfolk,

We send sacred starlight to heal them from your yoke.



Altai Ulaan returned to his friends,

On a comet his spirit  traveled in reverse of acsend.

And the three great spirits greeted each other again,

With joy and delight to his earthly needs tend.

Altai Ulaan brought them gifts from above,

The certainty of change and the promise of love.

With the steadfast knowledge that all will eventually be well,

Now that Star nations to Earth’s needs abseil.


Knowing that it was now soon, the time to be leaving,

Before sadness came to Keiden Khan and Usan Khan grieving,

Altai Ulaan, Shaman and friend beset him away,

With a blessing and a laughter that you can still hear, to this day…..


c.Celestial Elf. 2013.

 Inspired by and adapted from aspects and characters in The Epic of King Gesar





Santa Claus Origins in the North;

Most religious historians agree that during the Christianization of Northern Europe local traditions were incorporated into the new Christian holidays to make them more acceptable to the new converts, thus Saint Nicholas was elevated for his kindness to the poor and Santa Claus was created, a Christianized version of earlier Pagan gods.

In support of this view, Santa researchers agree that many aspects of Santa derive from The Norse mythology.

Thor was the god of the peasants and the common people, represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, with a long white beard. His element was the fire, his color red and his chariot was drawn by two white goats (Cracker and Gnasher). He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and thus became the Yule-god.

Contrastingly,  the Prose Edda, written in the 13th C, describes Odin as riding an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir (Santa originally had eight reindeers, Rudolph was nine) that could leap great distances, giving rise to comparisons to Santa Claus’s reindeer. Tradition has it that Odin led the souls of the dead on a furious cross-country ride during the twelve ‘bad’ days between Christmas and Epiphany (January 6). The resulting gale carried along the seeds of the produce of the fields, stimulating fertility. The apples, nuts, and other autumn produce given around St. Nicholas Day were symbols of fertility and by giving the Gods these symbolic presents during the cold, dark winter days would result in increased fertility for man, animal, and soil.


According to religious historians & astrologists, Santa’s magical journey on his sleigh around the whole planet in a single night, is apparently developed from the ‘heavenly chariot’ used by many Gods from whom Santa and other shamanic figures are descended.


The Shaman traditionally undertake vision quests into many spirit realms to communicate with Gods, Nature Spirits and even deceased people on behalf of an individuals need or for the community – a literal paralell to Santa’s allegoric flight around the world. Shamen also return with gifts, not toys, but messages for the individuals and the tribe, concerning the year to come, their hunts and harvests, the fate of their world.( more here )


Shamanic Healing;

Shamans gain their knowledge and the power to heal by entering into the spirit dimensions by means of trance like states induced by repetitive drumming, and plants with psychotropic qualities to further their altered perceptions of reality beyond the physical constraints of normal reality in the earth plane. The shaman may have or acquire many spirit guides, who often guide and direct the shaman in his/her travels in the spirit world. These spirit guides are always present within the shaman though others only encounter them when the shaman is in a trance. The spirit guide energizes the shaman, enabling him/her to enter the spiritual dimension and thuis t gain the wisdom or undderstanding he needs to help or heal the individual or society. In shamanism it is believed that part of the human soul is free to leave the body. The soul is the axis mundi, the center of the shamanic healing arts. Shamans change their state of consciousness allowing their free soul to travel and retrieve ancient wisdom, gods and great spirits of nature.



Mongolian Tenger, Chotgor, and other Nature Spirits;

There are many different types of spirits in the sky and in nature recognised in Shaman spiritual awareness; some are very strong and cannot be mastered by shamans, others are relatively easy to control. No spirit should be disturbed or controlled unless for the purpose of restoring balance, and not for any frivolous purpose. Spirits are not greater or lesser than living things with bodies, only different in essence, and should be treated with the same respect as humans or animals. The strongest of the nature spirits are the sky spirits, tenger, who live at each of the four directions. Tenger are very powerful and cannot be controlled, but they can be called for assistance during shamanist rituals. The greatest of the western tenger is Ulgen, son of Father Heaven and lord of the spirits of the upper world. The greatest of the eastern tenger is Erleg Khan, Ulgen’s brother and lord of the spirits of the lower world. Usan Khan, the lord of the water spirits, is invoked from the southern direction; Keiden, also known as Tatai Tenger, is invoked from the north, he is the controller of violent weather, lightning, and tornadoes.


The sky is also home to the Endur spirits, who are the suns souls of humans that have lived such outstanding lives that they do not return to the lower world. They are not as powerful as tenger, but live in clouds and cause rain to fall.


The Earth is home to a great variety of spirits, including chotgor, ozoor, ongon, burhan, and gazriin ezen spirits. Among many Siberian tribes these nature spirits are known collectively as the ayyy. Chotgor spirits, also known as kut or abaasy, are frequently the cause of disease, mental illness, or confusion. Some chotgor are the suns spirits of dead people who did not find their way to the lower world or came back from the lower world. In such cases a shaman simply needs to send them to their proper home. Other troublesome spirits have never been incarnated but simply exist in nature. After being mastered by a shaman they can become helper spirits. ( more here )



Santa Claus Gift to you;

The true gift of Santa Claus then, lies not in the fraught or hopeful exchange of gifts or toys, but in celebrating our individual health and community health and well being, priceless gifts from Divine Nature:The gifts, of perception and awareness, that allow us to witness the beauty of this life and its many wonders, of seeing the solstice sun, or hearing joy in the voices of our children and friends, of love…..

So when the jolly Shaman gifts you with his blessings this year, remember that the Nature which expresses itself in endless galaxies of light and wonder, also celebrates its existence in you and through you, that is his real gift…..


Blessed Be By Starlight and True Sight,

May you Ever Share Infinities Delight.

Ho Ho Ho.



c.Celestial Elf. 2013.

Oak & Ash & Thorn – The Faerie Trees


Moonbeams dance on Oak and Ash and Thorn,

The magic people they here adorn.

By each of these three fairy trees,

To dance and sing on midnight breeze.


Grandfather Oak, home of the fay,

King of the forest leads the wise Druids way.

By Oak apples and acorns, by leaf and by branch,

Mysteries revealed – understandings advance.


MoonMother Ash brings harm to none,

Connecting this world with the Others as one.

Her wisdom found in runes and sees,

As above – so below, established with ease.


Hawthorn of the Witches and the Beltane and We,

Unlucky be those who ever cut thee.

Guardian of our chambers, holy wells and hills,

Gateway to the underworld of faerie free wills.


These sacred trees, empowered – revere,

The LuNanTiShee fae and many others here.

Yet death has come creeping into our lands,

Seizing our trees with insatiable hands.


Morning and evening hear the Goblins cry:

Come die! – Come die! with bacteria we fly…

Polutants unpecked and Blooms unsuspect,

All ripen together under our tender neglect.


Come die! come die! – see the stems bleed and cry,

Blackness bubbles and drips awry.

Towering trees now release the dark sky,

Come die! – call the Goblins as they hobble and pry.


GleAwGesCyrrpan the White Dragon,

In the gloaming does happen.

Without sweetness he finds,

An Oak very transformed around which the death windes.


Moonbeams dance on Oak and Ash and Thorn,

The magic people in sorrow now adjorn.

GleAwGescyrrPan the White Dragon he flees,

To tell the Faeries on breath of bees.


Mankind calls it Ash Dieback and Acute Oak Decline,

The trees of our island and their magic combine.

To withstand Goblin assault from their netherland,

A radiance is needed to overcome the dark hand.


Silver Faerie comes all pensefull – stumbling alone,

To assay the foul damage that Goblin has sown.

His heart collapse broken between the laying of leaves,

His tears fall as black, as deaths poisoned fleas.


Healing cantation with loves power to mend,

Bring pain and bring sickness to their singular end.

I will it so and thus weeping I weave,

Stand fast then! Bear well! I will now leave.


To WoodWose Greene we upon the wind,

With Henkie Troll and OtherWivet Toad winged.

For wisdom seek we the Lord of Trees,

The OfWundrian keeper of the magical keys.


Across the wide veils of the day and of night,

A terrible burden to somehow set right.

This party of three passed all kind of terrors,

Lest we never suceed – HeOnOn and EllEllEs. (from here and otherwise)


To WoodWose  temple of lifes greengrowing delight,

An audience with wisdom in luminous hyght. (bliss)

Blow upon us a cleansing for the trees of the earth,

He delivered a blide blessing of infinite worth.


So returned we GeberScipe of three for the trees, (party)

with a Men-Nisc-Nis of a LeodSong in ancient tongue these. (incarnation / poem-Chant)

Gathered all to the Oak Tree in advance to intone,

It is arrived – a terrible vanquishing to lead good health home.


Disease! Disease! I beseech you away,

Each tree by heart spells be healed I pray.

With this invocation I will cast out your dark doing,

Breath blasted wickedness tis your time for the hewing;


Ic BonNan AbRreCan GastLic HaeLan,

GeBlanDan FraCod Adl Ge Nu HweorFan.

EoWer GamEtiGan LangLice Her EndE,

Se Maere Beams FreOþian FeLaMin FreondE.


(I summon a storm of spiritual healing)

(corrupt wicked disease now you must go)

(your empty time here ended)

(leave the illustrious trees care to my many friends so)


Grandfather Oak roots deep in the earth,

May new sun bring you strength, and joy and mirth.

May new moon bring you peace and rest to your fill,

By the fellowship of the Greenwood – overcome all your ill.


I will it thus, and so with this spell,

May you be ever happy, twice healthy, thrice well.

And as everything yet does come so in threes,

To you dear friend listener I also say please…


O people of the wisling world, be empowered and attest,

If Goblin tree sighted, summon from your wise men the best.

Take care of the shimmering and chanting of Oaks,

The faerie trees need all your prayers and your bright hopes.


Moonbeams dance on Oak and Ash and Thorn,

The magic people here are sworn.

By each of these three fairy trees,

To cherish and protect as natures trustees.


c. Celestial Elf 2013.




Oak, Ash, and Thorn – 

These three trees are called the Faerie Triad because groves which include all three of these trees are places where you can see the faeries. All three are Druid sacred trees and part of the Celtic Tree Calendar which is a Lunar Calendar of 13 months, each 28 days in length. Each month of the Celtic Lunar calendar bears the name of a tree, which also stands for one of the consonants in the Celtic ‘tree alphabet’. It is terribly bad luck to cut down a faerie tree or damage it in any way, as it is said that you will never know a good nights sleep again for the rest of your life. Unless you are a friend you should also stay away from the trees at full moon because if you hear music coming from the trees a faerie kingdom is celebrating the full moon and if you touch the tree you may be swallowed up and kept by the Faeries forever.  Pookas, Cluricaunes and mysterious white-clad women have all appeared near these trees and bushes.


Of all the trees that grow so fair, Old England to adorn,
Fairer are none beneath the Sun, Than Oak and Ash and Thorn.

Rudyard Kipling. (Kipling’s Oak and Ash and Thorn poem Here)




Ash dieback has reached our shores and our nation’s 126 million ash trees are now at risk. This disease has swept through Europe in two decades leaving 60-70% of ash trees infected. In just one year, ash dieback has now been recorded in over 600 locations across the Britain. Ancient woodland is irreplaceable. Wooded since at least 1600, it is ecologically our richest land-based habitat, home to many rare and threatened species. Creating woods with a wider variety of native species and more diversity in age and structure will better enable our trees to withstand the inevitable arrival of those diseases that do get through the net. ( Support Woodland Trust Here )



A mystery disease causing Britain’s oak trees to “bleed to death” has prompted a £1.1m research effort to identify its cause.  Acute Oak decline is a  new disease to the UK that infects Britains mature Oak trees of over 50 years old of both Britain’s native oak species (Quercus Robur, known as Pedunculate or English Oak, and Quercus petraea – Sessile Oak).


Dr Sandra Denman, lead scientist on the project to identify its cause, said: “AOD is a serious problem for both of Britain’s native Oak trees. Oak is our most important native broad-leafed tree species and is iconic to Britain…The disease can be seen on affected trees as a black, tarry-like resin bleeding from the tree bark”… Key symptoms are black weeping patches on stems (called stem bleeds); lesions and necrotic tissue underlying the bleed points, and larval galleries are usually present weaving a sinuous path along the cambial zone.

It is thought to be caused by a bacterial infection and symptoms include “bleeding” cankers (areas of dead bark from which a black exudates) on the stem of the oak tree.  The extent and potential spread of this disease is presently under investigation by Forest Research and confirmation on the cause of the disease and its likely threat to our native woods is due within the next 6-12 months.

studies indicate that a similar condition has been observed in continental Europe since 1918, spreading southwards and westwards since then. In some instances the disease is accompanied by insects attacking the trees too, particularly the buprestid beetle, We also have a highly significant co-occurrence of the native buprestid or oak jewel beetle (Agrilus biguttatus) with the lesions in symptomatic trees. These are not thought to be the cause of the disease but rather they are opportunistically taking advantage of already weakened trees; such infestations further weaken and can hasten the death of trees.


With a cure yet to be found, there is no plan for dealing with AOD so diseased trees must be left to die naturally over the five to 10 years it takes for AOD to take hold. If the cause can be identified, a plan can be put in place to prevent the disease spreading.

In the meantime, it is hoped that the public can help by using the Forestry Commission’s Tree Alert tool to report suspected cases.


We encourage people who work in or visit areas with affected oak trees to help us limit the spread of the condition by not touching affected trees if possible, cleaning their footwear between woodland visits, disinfecting tools after working on trees in affected areas, and not taking any plant material such as leaves and sticks out of affected woodlands.


( More information on Managing Acute Oak Decline Here )


( Report Infected Trees with free Google Tree Alert App Here )




Oak Tree Lore;

Oak is one of the most sacred trees, traditionally prized by the Celts and Druids. Carrying any piece of the Oak draws good luck to you (remember to ask permission and show gratitude.)  Oak beams are often used to make doors, but the tree itself is a great portal to the other realms. Witches often danced beneath the Oak Tree for ritual. The druids would not meet for ritual if there was not an Oak tree present. The oak tree endures what others cannot. It remains strong through challenges, and is known for being almost immortal, as is often attested to by its long life and ability to survive fire, lightning strikes, and devastation. ”I honor the energy of oak, the doorway to the mysteries. I will call upon the strength of the Horned One when I feel in need of protection. So mote it be”

Magickal properties:  “Oaken twigs and strings of red Deflect all harm, gossip and dread.” Dreaming of resting under an Oak tree means you will have a long life and wealth. Climbing the tree in your dream means a relative will have a hard time of it in the near future. Dreaming of a fallen oak means the loss of love. If you catch a falling oak leaf you shall have no colds all winter. If someone does get sick, warm the house with an oakwood fire to shoo away the illness. Carry an acorn against illnesses and pains and to increase fertility and sexual potency. ( More Oak Tree Lore Here )



Ash Tree Lore;

The most famous Ash was the Norse World Tree, Yggdrasil, on which Odin hung, to receive the wisdom of the runes, thus Ash possesses indescribable knowledge Ash is associated with communications of all sorts. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. Many ancient cultures believed that humans originated within the Ash – for instance, souls were born in the branches of Yggdrasil. In some places in the world people leave locks of human hair hanging from an ash tree in so their wishes will come true.

Magickal properties: Ash leaves attract love and prosperity. Burn Ash wood at Yule to receive prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.   ( More Ash Tree Lore Here )



Hawthorn Tree Lore;

This trees it also called the “Whitehorn” or “May” tree and is probably the most sacred tree to the faeries. If you sit under the Hawthorn tree on Samhain, Midsummer Eve, or Beltane you can commune with the faeries. To rid yourself of troubles make a ball of last years foliage, tie it with a white ribbon, and burn it on a bonfire new years day. Then, make a ball of fresh thorn brances and leaves and keep it for next years bonfire. The original May Poles were also made of Hawthorn.

In Irish folklore the Hawthorn is sometimes referred to as the faerie bush, due to the belief that fairy spirits inhabit the tree as guardians, and since early times it has always been considered bad luck to cut or damage the tree in fear of offending them.  However after due regard to the guardian spirit, the collecting of sprigs and flowers from the tree particularly during the May Day celebrations was allowed, and thereafter place in the home to banish evil influences. However, do not take a blossoming hawthorn branch inside your house lest this cause your mother to die.

Magickal properties: The tree essence cleanses the heart of negativity and stimulates love and forgiveness. ( More Hawthorn Tree Lore Here )

In 2010 and 2012 the most well known British thorn, The Glastonbury Thorn has been savagely vandalised, whilst our prayers are for the trees recovery, our fears are also for the miscreants who carried out these acts.



The Faeries;

Faery-sprites are also known as the Sidhe, Gentlefolk, Little People, Elemental Nature Spirits and more. Various theories about who the faeries are and their origin have developed over time ( none put forward by the faeries themselves however), including the following view that they represent a conflation of disparate elements of folk belief, influenced by literature and learned speculation. In Alchemy in particular they were regarded as elementals, such as gnomes and sylphs, as described by Paracelsus. In folklore, they are variously regarded as nature spirits, a hidden species, or as spirits of the dead, (even, by Christians, as descendants of their own fallen angels or demons). Another theory is that the faeries were originally minor goddesses, such as nymphs or tree spirits, later displaced by incoming Christianity, a trend now being reveresed as many spiritually reawaken to the ways of nature and the interconectedness of all things.

The Lunantishee, or Lunantishess, are a tribe of fairies who guard blackthorn bushes (one of the Fairy Trees). They will not allow that a blackthorn stick is cut on May 11th (originally May Day) or November 11 (originally All Hallows Eve). Should on person cut a stick some misfortune will befall them, those who damaged the tree go from being healthy to sick, become paralysed, eventually going mad or in the worst cases have died.



This Is Not A Dream.

The modern tendency to prettify fairies in children’s stories represents a remarkable trvialisation of what was once a serious and even sinister folklore tradition. The fairies in earlier times were both respected and feared as dangerous and powerful beings who were sometimes friendly to humans but could also be cruel or mischievous. Conversely they could be the best of friends if you have earned their trust or friendshipo and as for loyalty, their protection of the Earth and all the natural residentrs therupon is second to none.


Faeries- Enchanted Eco Warriors;

Forerunners of our modern eco-warriors, legends and myths about the faeries regulated the relationship between humans and nature, and the rules of human society. It was vital to not take more from nature than you needed, or you would upset a supernatural people believed to live underground. And these subterranean people were known to extract their revenge on greedy humans. Myths also helped maintain the set standards and roles in society, in earlier and wilder times If you strayed from the norm you risked serious consequences such as physical danger or social ostracism which could lead to death without a community to belong to. It could ironically be argued that whilst this rule held in earlier times when people and their lives were more bound to nature and her ways, but that now as a culture we have moved ever further from such involvement, wether to conform to an ‘un-nature-all’ norm is still the best course to follow, perhaps we should follow the faeries once again as in times of yore.



To learn more about Faeries and the Faerie Faith I strongly recommend  The Faery Faith: An Integration of Science with Spirit by Serena Roney-Dougal, ( my review here )


By Oak and Ash and Thorn, Bright Blessings ~






Celestial Elf ~

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