The Bug on my Doorknob

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I was juggling a load of groceries on one arm, and controlling my purse with the other arm,  while unlocking the door with one hand, and pulling the door towards me with my other hand, when I realized:  I was not alone.

There was a bug on my doorknob.  It surprised me, and I stepped back, and, it jumped off.  It was over an inch long and leggy!

I am grateful for the full use of all my limbs, just like that bug!

Talking My Walk

Before you walk your talk, you have to talk your walk.  By that I mean, what is your path? And not just, Pagan, Shaman, Druid, Wiccan, but what shapes that path?  What do you do, when you are not in your meditation, or in some ceremony?

Listen to the Birds

Listen to the Birds, Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans.  Go out in the Wilds and be quiet and listen to their voices.

Or, sit by a window and listen…

Learn to identify them by their calls and songs, by where they live, their shapes and colors.

Birds stand at the gates of climate change.  The trees and shrubs and grasses and even the ice they nest in, are going away.  The berries and bugs they eat, are dying off.

Their eggs and their bodies are poisoned by trash, (oh the sorrow of watching birds try to eat cigarettes…) and by application of pesticides and herbicides in the places birds go.

Our airplanes and cars and cats and wind turbines pluck them out of the sky, midflight…

Listen to the birds now, while you still can.

#PushDorianOutToSea

It is time to

#PushDorianOutToSea

HONORABLE SHAMANS AND FELLOW PAGANS, if you believe in prayer, then join me and many other people, to ask that Hurricane Dorian, swing East out to Sea, and not hurt anybody: #PushDorianOutToSea.

#PushDorianOutToSea

If you are not into prayer, then, skip this. If you feel it is unethical to manipulate the weather, then don’t.

As far as, “to whom do we ask this of?” We can ask:

Mother Nature, The Earth, The Universe, The Oshun, My Ancestors, my Gods, Your Ancestors, Your Gods, The Elements, The Directions, and even, The Storm Itself.

We have given the storm a name. Let’s talk to it. Ask it to become a “fish storm.”

Let us share our Peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and All The Big Waters all around (me,)

(c) 2019 to present, WhaleMaiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.

Please feel free to share the image, it is a group effort, and I do thank NOAA.

When Change Calls Your Name

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, sometimes it may seem like Change calls your name.

It might nose its way through your door like your cat or dog, with a nudge-bump, and mosey up to you, like they are looking for a snack.

They’ll say,   “Hey, whatcha’ doing? That? No, I have something else in mind, come with me.”

And you follow this animal, this Being, along a path and you have an outing — an adventure and you’re home the same day you left, or maybe the next day, if your adventure was extra-special.  Life is much the same as when you left, but you may have some nice memories and perhaps a souvenir.

Then there are times when Change comes like a buffalo or a bear or a rhinoceros bursting through your door.   You don’t have time to pack anything and you know you have no choice but to get out of the way.  You  might climb to the roof, or a tall tree for safety.  It might even be a nice view up there.  You won’t realize how far you climbed until it is time to come back.  And when you do, if you ever do,  you will find your life will never be the same.  You may find your home has been blasted to smithereens.  You may rebuild your home, right where it was — this certainly couldn’t happen to you again, could it? Or, you may decide to move far, far away from there.

While you relocate, or rebuild, more changes happen.  These are log jams or roadblocks.  Things you have to accept, or, things you have to confront.  And you have to decide whether to thrive or perish.

I’ve been going through massive changes in my life for the past two years.  Some of it –a great deal of it, in fact– has felt like my cat saying, “come with me,” and those many  adventures have been wonderful!

But the rest of it has been like a herd of fast-moving wild boars running through,  picking me up with their tusks, throwing me and my parcels on their backs, as they plow through, and deposit me 100 miles away from where I started. At times it’s been terrifying or exhilarating.

It was absolutely time for the boars.  The massive changes haven’t been easy, but, they have been exactly what I needed, at this point in my life. I’m thriving.  I’m content.  I’m happy.  I am so happy I said Yes! to this Change.

Now, I am watching the horizon and I can see a cloud of dust headed my way! The wild animals are coming!  It’s time to get ready for the next ADVENTURE.

How do you answer, when Change calls your name?

Until next time, “Share your Peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and the Big Waters All Around Us,”

(c) 2019 to present, -~Whale Maiden~ for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All rights reserved.

Hurricane Anxeity -never a named storm

HURRICANE ANXEITY IS NEVER A NAMED STORM.  Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, I am taking steps this year to reduce my own anxiety about hurricanes, and offer these suggestions for you to try.
  • Be prepared with supplies.  Gather and maintain these items for the next few months:
  •   – a week of your normal medicines, including over-the-counter and Rx.
  •  1 gallon of water per person & animal per day, 5 days worth. You can collect empty containers now, and fill them up when you need them. Remember you can fill your bathtub with water, too.
  • – Food – 5 days worth of canned and packaged food, and, a manual can opener.  Non-perishable food, too.
  • – Evacuation cash.  How much money do you need to travel 300 miles north to get out of Florida?  (Or, out of harm’s way,) And to return?
  • Have a Plan.  Figure out where you live, and how vulnerable your property is to storms of different strengths.  Decide where you will go, if you need to evacuate.
  • Accept forces of Nature.  The Gods/Nature, are in charge.  The Planet will survive this storm, it is a natural event.
  • Storms are temporary, recovery takes time.  The recovery aspects can be difficult to work through, but it can be done.
  • Imagine the worst, and walk through the what-if steps.  This sounds like it might make you feel more anxious, but it can be helpful to consider what you would have to do to get a new roof, or, to remove a fallen tree from your yard.  This gives you an opportunity to check your insurance policies, and practice calling contractors.  Be sure to only used licensed contractors for repairs.
  • Stay in touch with loved ones, even if they are freaking out.  Let them know what you plan to do, and check in with them regularly.  But don’t let them harass you, or talk you into evacuating if you don’t need to.
  • Continue your life already in progress.  This is the most important thing.
  • Do meditation, or practice deep breathing,
  • Do movement like yoga, or stretching.  Remember to warm up before you put up shutters, and do counter-stretches after shutter work.
  • Stay well hydrated.  Be sure to drink water, regularly.
  • Have Faith. Do rituals.  This time of year, we call upon our Gods more than other times.  Engage your gods in your preparations.
  • Some people work with the forces of Nature, to pray or other wise work with the energies to reduce the strength of the storm, or to turn the storm out to sea.
  • Stay informed about news, but don’t obsess.  Decide to watch the weather a set number of times, like maybe 4 times per day, when a named storm is projected.  Try  to avoid houry updates.  If you must watch the weather news, turn the sound down, so their “emergency dance beat music” does not agitate you.  <I wish TWC would stop that.>>
  • Above all, don’t isolate yourself.  Reach out to your neighbors, help each other.

Remember, Share your Peace, (your caring, calm, compassion) with Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the Big Waters All Around Us.  Be Greatful, For We Are Love.

(c) 2018 to present by Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All rights reserved.

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