Dry Season in Southwest Florida – pace yourself!

Hello Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, welcome, finally, to Dry Season.

To catch you all up a bit, here in the Earthways Shamanic Path, I’m writing about the Seasons from a place-based point of view.  I encourage you to really get to know Mother Earth where you live, to learn what the Seasons are where you live, beyond the four known as “Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer.” 

Dry Season starts in Southwest Florida in mid-October, and runs till about mid-February.  The first obvious marker of Dry Season, is that it stops raining every day.  And, it gets markedly less humid in Dry Season.  So all the people say, “Ahhhhhh, it is such a nice day out!!!”  The light is shifting.  Different trees are blooming now, and different fruits and vegetables are growing now.  Birds are beginning to migrate here from other places.

Turner Road-Dry Season
Turner Road in Dry Season

And people are migrating here from all over the country.  Down here, we call them, Snowbirds.  (A Snowbird is different from a Tourist; Snowbirds tend to own property here, and stay for several months, whereas most Tourists rent and don’t stay as long.  A lot of people say there are only two seasons in Florida, Tourist Season and Rainy Season.  They are missing the nuances.)  There is a gradual influx of people until the crescendo in mid-February.  By then, our regional population about doubles.

Dry Season in Southwest Florida is marked by a surge in THINGS TO DO.   Suddenly, there are festivals all over Florida, every weekend.  There are art gallery openings and exhibits and contests.  There are plays and concerts.  There are fund raising events and college alumni get-togethers.  And, because it has stopped raining so much and the weather is more comfortable and less buggy, there are now all kinds of nature-oriented things to do too.  People go camping now, and there are swamp-walks and people go star-gazing and kayaking.

While most people were almost in hibernation-mode in their air-conditioned homes and offices during Hurricane Season, now in Dry Season, they can get out and about.

The primary Spiritual aspect of Dry Season is to pace yourself!  There is so much to enjoy, and most people can’t do everything.  You have to prioritize:  you have to decide what’s really important to you, and figure out how much time and other resources ($$$) you have, and do what you can.  And, you have to find your way to stay centered.  You need to carve out down-time for yourself, to restore your energetic reserves because if you try to do everything, you may tire yourself out.

Although the Earthways Shamanic Path is based in Florida, it can be celebrated anywhere.  You just need to explore the magic of your land.  What is it saying to you?   What are the seasons, where you live?  What do they mean to you?  How are they celebrated? 

And “Let’s Share Peace With Our Earth.”

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The Quickening – Tropical Storm in May 2012

We were watching TV last night and there was a big thunderstorm happening in Glades-Hendry and Collier County, with winds gusting to 45 mph.  That was interesting enough since it is “Dry Season,” right now and a little early for rain.  Not that I’m going to say, “no thank you.”

Then the weather station announced that there is a Tropical Storm developing along the coast of South Carolina.  This is the first named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  This means the ocean temperature has gotten high enough to host storms.  (I think it really means that the ocean didn’t cool down much this winter-spring.) 

We all need to stay vigilant since it looks like we may have a very strong Hurricane Season.

Ants in the bathroom

It is dry season in Florida and all creatures need water.

I have ants in my bathroom.  They make a very long trek each day, all day, every day, to climb into my house then up the smooth side of a Tervis Tumbler and then down into the waiting reservoir of cool water.  I don’t leave the water there for the ants.  I am leaving it there for my cats.

Each day, I refresh the water for my cats.  Sometimes I do this by pouring water from another cup, into the water cup on the floor.  That way, I can fill it to the rim.  Other days, I pick up the cup from the floor and rinse it out in the sink and start over with fresh water.

Every day, I rescue the ants.  They can’t help it if they are thirsty.  There’s usually a line of ants along the edge of the glass where the water meets the glass.  I rescue these by putting my thumb under the lot of them and raising them up like a mini-tsunami.   And there is always a group of ants swimming together in the middle of the cup, holding each other up. 

I rescue the ants, and put them on terry cloth towels to dry out.  I ponder the confusion the ants must experience when they are placed down on the towel, far away from the scent of their path, their line of previous ants and wonder what they will do when they encounter the loops of the terry cloth.

When Hurricane Season winds down

We went from a high of 85-95 degrees two days ago, to a high of 70 or so today.  Hurricane Season is ending, the Dry season is coming. 

It is very windy today and a cold front blew in even while there is Hurricane Tomas running amuck over Haiti.  (As if they haven’t had enought to deal with this year.  I can’t imagine living in a tent, much less living in a tent during a hurricane.)   

Everybody I spoke to today was happy about the cold front, because it meant we could wear our sweaters — yes, it is “Sweater-Weather” day in Southwest Florida!

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.)