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.
When I was out at Sanibel Island last Saturday, I saw a Crow having a bite to eat. I didn’t realize Crows eat Bivalves! Be sure to look at Photo #4 carefully to see the Crow clutching the seashell in its talons.
Yesterday was the Spring Equinox. I went out to a field and selected a spot and some of my friends joined me with Picnic foods, and afer we ate we focused our energies with burning sage on crystals and seashells and feathers. It was a fairly simple meditation and we all felt very uplifted afterwards. The sun was so bright as I was taking pictures of the flowers in the field. I didn’t notice the buds, nor the purple stripes on the buds, until I got home.
I’ve been very concerned about the Bees since lots of the flowering trees and shrubs in Southwest Florida were frosted this January. I am hopeful that the Bees and Birds and Butterflies will find enough nectar to keep them healthy. We saw tons of Bees out in the field and many Birds and Butterflies.
The Spring Equinox fits right into Fire Season. Fire Season in Southwest Florida, is all about this buildup of energy, bursting forth like the buds blooming everywhere.
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 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!!!
I was raised Unitarian Universalist by really good people. If you’ve followed my Blog, you’ll figure out fairly quickly that I’m Pagan. (*)
I saw the movie Avatar twice, and appreciated the spiritual message: that we are all connected. that we are all part of the Divine. And because I believe this, Christians automatically think I’m a bad person. Where do the Christians get off, calling everybody who was raised differently from them, bad?
I believe God created us in his own image. I believe God is a multidimensional, multifaceted force. Thus, God can create christians and their whole faith and resulting belief system. And at the same time, God can create pagans. We all have a right to be here.
— > 5-02-2010: (*) Please note, not all Unitarian Universalists are Pagan, and, not all Pagans are Unitarian Universalists.