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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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Journal About It

After we Journey, I always tell people to JOURNAL ABOUT IT.   Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, I’ve been journaling since 1972, so, I have some suggestions about how to do this.

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First, (after you decide what you will Journal in — see below,) document the when’s and where.  Record the full date of your Journey: month, date, year.  Make a note of the time of day when you took the Journey.  Also record the lunar phase — Full Moon or New Moon? What sign was moon in, etc.  Where were you? Indoors or out doors?  What was the weather?  This shouldn’t take too long to note, and, you may decide to do it after you record your Journey.

2.  Record your Journey, chronologically:  What did you do? Then what happened? And then what happened after that?  Aim for the “big picture” here.

3.  Who/what did you meet? Record the spirits you met.  This includes animals,  and humanoids (fairies, angels, ancestors), yes, and plants and rocks,  too.  But also note what objects you normally regard as inanimate, participated in your Journey.

3a.  What do these Animals mean to you?  Journal about this, before you ask someone to tell you what it means.

3b.  Have you met this Animal before?

4.  Then record what these helpers told you or showed you, or did.

5. Record your initial thoughts and impressions.

6.  Then…  Sit with all this…for a while… (whatever time it takes) and write about your additional impressions…

7.  Go back to this entry in a month, and see what else comes to you.  What have you experienced or learned, since this time.

Note one: you can Journal on any kind of paper.  You can journal in a blog.  You can make that blog private for your eyes only.  You can Journal with words, or you can draw pictures, or a combination.  It’s up to you.

Note two:  If you Journey frequently and Journal consistently, you will amass quite a pile of Journal pages over time.

I encourage you to not collect excess “Stuff” as you go forward in your spiritual life.

Make a habit of disposing of your paper Journals after a year or two.  This also  keeps it private.   You could make some sort of annual summary page of Animals and events /conversations /confirmations/ themes, if you want.

“Share your Peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and the Big Waters all around us.” Whale Maiden.

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

Taking Action, sign petitions for Water Quality

PLEASE…

I urge you to sign this petition, and share it with your friends for them to sign.  We have serious problems in south Florida with algae and red tide and other pollutants.  Its killing manatees.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/clean-lake-okeechobee-cyanobacteria-and-prevent-future-blooms-while-moving-fl-amendment-1

Preparing for the Hurricanes -Ceremony on 8/05/18

20180802_110505.jpgWe will PREPARE FOR THE HURRICANES….

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, Hurricane Season is coming, and we will have a Ceremony at 12:15 pm (local time) on August 5th, 2018.  This will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, Florida.  Feel free to join us, where ever you are in our ceremony.  Here is what we will be doing.

Our sacred space will be in a screened porch.  We have a central altar table, and lots of chairs.  Sit where you like.

The Altar will be covered with a blue plastic tarp which will be anchored with duct tape.  Under the tarp, there will be ceremonial objects, of course, like candles, feathers, water, rocks, statuary to honor dieties, and, gifts to honor our local totem Animsls: Wild Turkey, American Alligator, The Manatee, and, the Florida Panther, as well as relics to honor our Ancestors.

But there will also be objects at each of the four directions, related to Hurricane Planning:  communications devices, road maps, lighting devices, water containers, gas cans, the local evacuation shelter guide books, canned food, and many other items that people should have as they go into Hurricane Season.

We’ll sing songs, rattle to raise energy, greet the Elements, Animals, Ancestors.

Then, we will talk about what the animals and plants do, before/during/after a Hurricane, and, talk about the Spiritual lessons of Hurricane Season, which are many.  Faith beats Fear.

Then, we will take a Shamanic journey to work with the energies and connect to our Guides.

After that, we will talk a bit, ground ourselves, thank and return the Invited Ones, and close the Ceremony.

Then we will eat.  Please bring a  covered dish to share.  Also, please bring your own water to drink.

After the Ceremony, Whale Maiden will be on hand to tell *humorous* stories of “The Great Evacuation Road Trip for Hurricane Irma (2017), ” and other hero’s journeys.

This event is sponsored by CUUPS of Fort Myers.

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

never eat soggy waffles… Get Orientated

NEVER EAT SOGGY WAFFLES… North, East, South, West.  Hello Honorable Shamans.  Here is the Earthways Shamanic Path Stepping Stone #3, “Get Orientated.”  

In this Stepping Stone, we will explore the act of getting orientated, of knowing where you are on the Earth.  To begin this Stepping Stone exercise, you may want to review this information before you go outside, to the spot you found in Stepping Stone activity #1, “Stand Your Ground.”  Once you are there, take a moment to ground yourself as described in Stepping Stone exercise #2.

What you’re going to do now, is get orientated.  This means, you are going to figure out where you are.  There are at least two reasons why this information is important to us.    First, we acknowledge these Four Directions in  ceremony and rituals.  Second, when you go out in Nature, you need to know where you are and where you are going, in order to return home safely.

I know a lot of folks who have a hard time telling their left from their right.  And, I know a couple of people who just can’t tell where they are, for one reason or another.  If you are one of these people, please don’t go into the woods or wilds alone.    Please take someone with you who can help you to get home.

The Four Directions are “North, South, East and West.”  But that’s not how they are situated, when we are looking for them, are they?   The Boy Scouts say, “Never Eat Soggy Waffles,”  as a way to remember the order of the four directions, which are also known as compass points.  And that’s helpful.

Let’s start with the East, because that’s where the Sun rises.   But wait, let’s start with a circle.  We talk about the “four directions,” but what we are really doing is dividing the circle of the sky, into portions.  When you are on the Earth, you are always at the center of this circle.  When you move around or turn, you are changing directions.  Your sense of direction is always an interaction between where you are standing, and the path the Sun makes across the circle in the sky.

Perhaps you know that the Sun rises in the East and it sets in the West.  So, you can find East in the morning, by noticing where the sun rises.

When you are facing the Sun, you are facing East.   While standing, if you turn your body to the right,  you should then be facing South.  (That’s 1/4 around a circle.  That’s also 90 degrees.)  If you turn your body to the right, again, you should be facing West.  That is the direction the Sun should set, later this same day.  And, if you turn your body to the right, one more time, you should be facing North.   Stop for a moment and check to see if you are with me:  With your nose to the North, your right shoulder should be pointing to the East, where the sun rises, and your left shoulder should be pointing to the West.

Carry a compass and a map when you go out into Nature.  Learn to use both. But first, you need to know more about  finding the directions without a compass

Once you have identified the four directions in your spot, then you can greet them.  We’ll cover that, next time.

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I have theories on why some people get lost in some places, but not in others.  I’ll expound on those later.

And Let’s Share Our Peace with Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the Big Walters all around Our Earth.

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

Time to be sure about what normal is

IT IS TIME TO BE SURE WHAT NORMAL IS, as far as daily rain storm patterns.  And, seems to me, we have about 10 days left this year, for you to actively study this.  We are in Rainy Season right now in Southwest Florida, and very soon, we will find ourselves in the throes of Hurricane Season.  (The esteemed scientists at NOAA indicate the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 1.  But for the purposes of the spiritual work we do in the Earthways Shamanic Path, we identify the start of Rainy Season as  June 15th, and the Hurricane Season as August 15th.  These are all just dates in calendars, since to be clear, Hurricanes can pop up in the Atlantic, all year.)

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At any rate, you need to be paying attention to the timing of the daily thunderstorms, and paying attention to their scale.  Each area of Florida has a daily pattern of rain storms.  Some areas have morning thunderstorms.  Some areas have afternoon thunderstorms.  If you’ve lived in Florida for awhile, you may have a sense of the rhythm of the storms.

This is important because, when a Hurricane is approaching, and I mean, when it is up to about 10 days away, it starts pulling weather patterns.  The clouds 5 days ahead of a Hurricane, look like they’ve had the life sucked out of them.  As an example.

So, learn what normal is, so you can detect shifts which will foretell Hurricanes.

“Share your Peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and the Big Waters all around us.”

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