moving from Hurricance Season to Dry Season

We have left Hurricane Season in the dust and are now well into Dry Season.  I think this happened a few weeks ago, but I’ve hit a kind of writing rut. 

We were fortunate in Southwest Florida this year, because we didn’t have any major Hurricanes hit us.  (I think we didn’t even have any minor ones hit us.)  Hurricane Season represents the time when the air and the land and the water bodies, are full of moisture. 

After Hurricane Season ends, we move into Dry Season.  It won’t rain on a daily basis again until April or May.  So, the air and the land and everything on it will gradually dry out. 

SOmetimes, (like this year) the drying out won’t be gradual.

We are in for a big Fire Season this year.

more later.

Why write about Mulch?

Mulch! by WhaleMaiden April 2010

 

Mulch is the marker between the end of Fire Season, and the beginning of Rainy Season.  Mulch is the last of the ‘red’ things that you will see in Southwest Florida.   Although it is fake-fake-fake, it looks pretty good on green suburbia yards.  And this is the time of year when people get out in the cool time of day and do some gardening.  (Almost everybody does this; we haven’t done any gardening lately.)  Once you get the “flower beds” weeded, and put down a thick layer of Mulch, you can kiss the weeds good-by for a couple of months. 

That’s gardening in Suburbia.

The Spiritual Aspects of Fire Season

The Spiritual Aspects of Fire Season.

In my opinion, the point of following a Path is to bring about positive, meaningful change in your life.  This is similar to goal setting, creative visualization, and manifesting desired changes.  Keeping in mind that the Seasons follow one after the other, then work we do now, was developed in a previous season.  And, whatever we do “now,” lays the groundwork for something we will do “later.” 

Remember that symbolically, Dry Season represents the East, Fire Season represents the South, Rainy Season represents the West, Hurricane Season represents the North.  The Center is Spirit.   Fire Season follows Dry Season.  In Dry Season, (Air=Intellect) it is time for new ideas to spring forth as more and more of what was grounded, previously, now symbolically dries up into the Air.  So, the Idea is developed in the Dry Season.

Fire is symbolic of passion and creativity.  This is a time to discover what you are passionate about, and what is it that you create.  I believe everyone is capable of creating something.   When you think about the Idea that manifested in the Dry Season, do you get excited about it?  Do you think about ways you can make your idea happen, how to create it?  That is the work of Fire Season.

We will return to this discussion later.

Out to the Beach — Sanibel in March

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to go out to Sanibel Island for the morning.  My Daughter, Agatha, had a school assignment out there and I went along for the ride.  It was sunny, but windy and cold!  I was also surprised at how foggy it was.  So of course, the first thing I look at when I am at the Beach, are the Waves in the Gulf of Mexico.(*)  And then, I look left and right.  Then, I look down at the Beach itself. 

I saw an “earth circle,” which is what I call a natural formation that makes a circle.  (A Medicine Wheel.)  This one is made of a spindy vine of some kind.  I saw a nice Pen Shell.  Note the air holes in the sand next to it.  Those may be from sand crabs.  The purple pointy object, is a small Sea Urchin.  It was smaller than a golf ball.  The last photo (with the snake looking object,) is a Welk Egg Case. 

(*)  You must keep in mind that the Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico which is to the West.  I’ve been here in Southwest Florida for almost 30 years.  However, I spent my formative summers at the Shore, which faces EAST.  So, anytime I am orienting myself even to this day, I have to consciously think about where I am.

Fire Season — Fires and Fog in February

Fire Season is obviously about Fires, but it has been such a wet Fire Season(*)  that there haven’t been too many Fires to talk about.  For Property Owners, that’s a good thing.  But for various participants in the Agricultural World, the lack of fire can be a problem.  Some trees and plants need Fire to open seed pods.  Farmers use Fire to clear land to grow things, and I am pretty sure they use Fire to “fix” nitrogen in the soil. (**) 

I went out to Belle Glade, Florida in mid-February and there were lots of fires that day.  Belle Glade’s slogan is, “Her Soil is her Future,” and I wish I had taken a picture of the rich, black earth when I was out there.  The Farmers there, set fire to the Sugar Cane crop at some stage in its growth and harvesting.  This was about a week before the annual Sugar Cane Festival. 

These photos are looking Northwest and the slip of blue, are the waters of Lake Okeechobee.  (No, not the guardrail.  Just over the guardrail.)

 (*) It is raining as I write this!

(**) You could look up ‘fixing nitrogen’…

(***) I want to thank the kind folk(s) who took care of my posting sequencing issue!!!

Fire Season, in spite of all this rain.

My Daughter Agatha asked me the other day, “How can it be ‘Fire Season,’ if it is raining so much?”

We are having an unusually cold, wet ‘winter’ this year.  (Sometimes I still say, “winter,” because that is how most people refer to this time of year.)  The rain and cold, has no impact upon the progression of the Sun and the Moon, nor does it impact the Stars and Planets, which mark the progress of the Seasons, right?    They are interrelated systems, true.   I haven’t yet found out what drives the progression of Fire Season, Rainy Season, Hurricane Season and Dry Season.  I’m still working on identifying the markers of the Florida Earthway Seasons.

It’s a good question, and I’ll have to keep studying this.

Fire Season, Cypress Trees.

Ok, so in the previous post, we had some photos of the plants that are in bloom this time of year, Fire Season, and they all have red tones in them.  Today, I’m posting some photos of trees.  This post contains the photos of Cypress (another post will contain the Live Oak photos.)   At this time of year, the Cypress trees are dormant.  They look ‘dead,’ or ‘dried up.’  But they are really ok.   At other times of the year, these trees will have green needles with red at the tips.

The top left photo shows the cypress tree.  They are triangular trees.  The photo under the Tree, shows cypress berries forming. 

The top right photo shows an Air Plant that is living in the Cypress Tree.    The photo under the Airplant, shows the cypress knees.

The Plants of Fire Season: Red.

In mid-February, in Southwest Florida, this is the time of year when the red things are in bloom.  From the top left, we’ve got:  the Croton shrub, the Aloe plant (great for mild burns, and sunburn); 2 plants I’ll have to look up;  the Asparagus Fern,  and the Klanoche.

The Aloe plant has a flowering tip (oh, need another photo) that is reddish-pink on a long spike.  Very fascinating forms.  But note how the tips of the aloe leaves, are tinged with red.  In the Hurricane Season, they are green and fleshy.

Fire Season Returns

Fire Season Has Begun.

Here in Southwest Florida, according to the Florida Earthways Path, we have the following Seasons:

Fire Season, which runs from about mid-February to mid-April.

Rainy Season, which runs from mid-April to mid-August.

Hurricane Season, which runs from mid-August to mid-November, and,

Dry Season, which runs from mid-November to mid-February.

Please note, The Florida Earthways Path’s Hurricane Season, is different from the one established by the various official agencies. That runs from June 1 to November 1.  Also, please note that these The Florida Earthways Path Seasons, do not coincide with the typical Seasons of Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, or of the Holidays of Imbolc, Beltaine, Lammas, or Mabon.

And how do we know that Fire Season has started? Well for one thing, it is mid-February. And, there is something on Fire and you can smell it in the air. Also, most of the vegetation is totally dried up tan-dun-yellow- and the wind has been relentless.

(This Post was first published at  WhaleMaiden – SuburbanShaman Blog, https://whalemaidensuburbanshaman.wordpress.com/     on February 11, 2010 at 20:59.) 

WhaleMaiden’s Suburban Shaman Blog

I’m Whale Maiden.  I explore the mundane and the magical in Southwest Florida, from a Florida Earthways Path perspective.   Some of the Posts on this Blog were originally published at:

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and, a few also were previously published at:

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