Early Birds get the good stuff

The Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering is approaching.  It is just a few weeks away.  The Early Bird prices for the weekend conference expire tomorrow, so I hope you’ll register today and save money.  Here’s  The link to the Eventbrite page.

The Conference is April 15- 17, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers;  13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912.  Rustic camping and six meals are included with the full conference registration.

Our presentations include:

  • Shamanism and the Fae
  • “Playing Foot Sees” – the art of Earthing
  • Role of Shamanic Journeying for healing and growth
  • Shamanism, Death and Dying
  • Hollow Bones: Shamanic Songs and Chants
  • Making Shamanic Tools-Pouches**
  • Making Shamanic Tools-Rattles**
  • Shamanic Journaling
  • Meditations, and Ceremonies

**These 2 classes have an extra supplies fee.

This is going to be a wonderful conference and you won’t want to miss it!  Be the Early Bird and get the good stuff!  Come, share your Peace with Our Earth.

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Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering 2016

EwSP Gathering 2016 Brochure  <— click on this link to see the brochure

We are excited to announce that the Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering 2016, is coming to Fort Myers, Florida, April 15-17, 2016.  It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers at 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers.

The EsWP Gathering 2016 is open to all people over the age of 18 who are interested in core shamanism.  The Gathering is for educational, spiritual, and, networking purposes.  You will not become a shaman as a result of attending this Gathering.

We have wonderful  speakers and  facilitators for this year’s EwSP Gathering.  Most of the presentations will be on Saturday and topics include:

  • Shamanism and the Fae
  • “Playing Foot Sees”
  • Role of Shamanic Journeying for psychotherapeutic healing and health
  • What is the Earthways Shamanic Path
  • Co-creating medicine with Nature Spirits
  • Meditations, Ceremonies, Great Food, and much more.

The EwSP Gathering 2016 is sponsored by CUUPS of Fort Myers.

Find the Magic in your land

The Earthways Shamanic Path is an Earth-based religious path.  It is based in Southwest Florida, yet can be practiced all around the world.  We ask you to discover, “What are the Seasons where you live?  How do you celebrate them?”    We advocate the achievement of altered states of reality through meditation, drumming and dancing, as well as through exploring nature, for greater self awareness and to “Share Your Peace With Our Earth.”

A Registration Portal will be open soon at Eventbrite.  Just look for Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering 2016.

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Doorways to the Earthways Shamanic Path

There are many doorways to access the Earthways Shamanic Path. 

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Honorable Shamans, this pagan path looks at earth based spirituality from a Shamanic perspective and is Florida based.    It was previously called the Florida Earthways Path, and then the Florida Earthways Shamanic Path, and you may see it called that in some places.

1.  You are at my Word Press Blog called, Whale Maiden — Suburban Shaman.   The tag line is, “The Earthways Shamanic Path – celebrate the magic of your land.”

2.  My Blog posts are published to the Word Press website and also to the Facebook PAGE called,  Earthways Shamanic Path.  This Facebook PAGE serves as an intermediate zone between the Blog and the Facebook Group.I post my morning meditations with the Kit Tan Who Is Six to the PAGE.

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3.  I share my blog posts, and morning meditations to the   Earthways Shamanic Path-The Group  (we added the phrase “The Group” to it, to help everybody keep it separate from the FB PAGE.)   This is where all the content eventually lands.  This is where all the discussion happens, and this is where people share pictures and thoughts.  This is also where I post events going on in Florida.

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4.    The website for Earthways Shamanic Path, is in development.  (Whoot, WHoot!)

So now you know how to find the Earthways Shamanic Path.  I hope this information is helpful to you, and please visit us through any of these doorways.

Walk through a doorway and share Peace with your Earth.

~Whale Maiden~

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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?

Join Whale Maiden in the discussion at the Earthways Shamanic Path – Facebook Group

(c) 2016, Whale Maiden. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

The End of Hurricane Season – for now

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans…  Oh, Dry Season is coming to Southwest Florida!  We’re excited to leave the Heat and Humidity and Daily Torrential Rainstorms of Hurricane Season behind us.  Particularly the Heat.  And the Humidity.

But first, here is a ritual to close out Hurricane Season.

Ground yourself as described in the Earthways Shamanic Path Stepping Stone #2 – https://whalemaidensuburbanshaman.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/earthways-shamanic-path-stepping-stone-2-get-grounded/

You may complete this Ritual, over the course of several days.  You may do some of it with family members, and some of it by yourself.

First, put your Hurricane Supplies away.  Inspect and clean all your equipment that you got, and put it away.  If you have a generator, follow the instructions to prepare it for long-term storage.  Maybe you can put a tarp over your Storm Shutters.  Make sure your wingnuts are all packed up in the wingnut bucket.  Visit your “To Go” box, and make sure you haven’t left any trash in it.  Make sure to leave a road map of your State or Region in there, and maybe this year’s Storm Guide.  The Storm Guides are usually good for all kinds of disasters, and it is good to have a plan.

Second, bring a sturdy box to your supply of canned food and inspect those cans. (Inspect the expiration dates.)  Are there some that you want to donate to a local food pantry?  This is an excellent time to do this, because after Hurricane Season ends, and the Dry Season starts, our Snowbirds will arrive and the food pantries need more canned foods.  You can also empty the water bottles you created – use them to water plants or your lawn, or your favorite tree.  Release what is no longer needed.

Third, review everything you learned this Hurricane Season about how storms are predicted and tracked, and how intense and unpredictable they really can be. Make some notes about what you and your family need to do in the coming months, to better prepare yourselves for next year’s Hurricane Season.  Visit my previous posts to get an idea.

Forth, review what happened to the people who were in harm’s way in the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and Haiti and the Bahamas and Bermuda and South Carolina, and consider donating funds to a reputable disaster relief organization.

Finally, think about what you learned about yourself spiritually, this hot and humid Hurricane Season.  As we pointed out previously, the spiritual aspect of Hurricane Season has to do with planning ahead, and being ready to take correct action, but not letting that constant state of readiness exhaust you, or make you anxious.   And, it also involves asking for help when you need it, and how to offer help to others, when they need it.  Were you able to experience the middle line of having a plan, but being flexible as changing circumstances warranted?  Do you feel that you were adequately prepared for this Hurricane Season?  What did you learn about asking for help and providing help?  Take a few moments to reflect on this, and write about it in your Journal.  Remember, Hurricane Season is an annual event in the Wheel of the Year

Close out this Ritual as directed in the Stepping Stones.

Now's the time to release the canned food items you don't need
Now’s the time to release the canned food items you don’t need

And Remember to Share Peace With Our Earth

© 2015, Whale Maiden.  All Rights Reserved.

Join Whale Maiden in the discussion at the Earthways Shamanic Path – Facebook Group

The Florida Wheel of the Year – Earthways Shamanic Path

Hello Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans.  One of the things we encourage in the Earthways Shamanic Path, is for you to learn about the Seasons where you live, based upon studying the flora and fauna where you live.

I’m in Southwest Florida and I’ve been working on this Path for a while.  Here is the Wheel of the Year – Florida Branch of the Earthways Shamanic Path edition.

The Wheel of the Year, Florida Branch of the Earthways Shamanic Path edition
The Wheel of the Year, Florida Branch of the Earthways Shamanic Path edition

Here you can see our Seasons:  Hurricane Season, Dry Season, Fire Season and Rainy Season.  We are in Hurricane Season now.  (Understand that it still rains in all the other Seasons.)

Each of these Seasons presents us with different experiences and challenges.  For example, during Hurricane Season, we plan  around the daily “afternoon” thundershowers and the truly intense humidity.  The trade off is, it isn’t as crowded here then.  During Dry Season, and Fire Season, we witness the annual influx of tourists and “snowbirds.”  Everything gets more busy and crowded.  All these dynamics present us with opportunities to grow and develop as spiritual beings.

As you observe the Seasons where you live, you can develop your own Wheel of the Year, tied in to the actual Seasons and the magic of the land around you!

Let’s Share Our Peace With Our Earth.

Please join in the discussion at the Earthways Shamanic Path Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1016713368359826/?fref=nf

And Now it Begins: Hurricane Season in the Florida Branch of the Earthways Shamanic Path

Yesterday marked the 11th  anniversary of Hurricane Charley hitting Southwest Florida.  This weekend is the start of Hurricane Season, as celebrated by the Florida Branch of the Earthways Shamanic Path.  [The Good Folks at NOAA define the Hurricane Season as starting June 1, and going until November.  But that’s for the entire Atlantic Ocean.  In this Blog, and throughout the Earthways Shamanic Path documentation, we are talking about what is experienced in focused locations.]  Our Shamanic Path Hurricane Season runs from mid-August to mid-October.  It is mercifully short.

During June and July, the air temperature heated up, the water temperatures heated up and everything is warm-to-hot.  This heat stimulates storm activity.  Over the years, I have noticed that the intensity and frequency of Hurricanes
“increases” after the middle of August.  And here we are.

When we presented the Wheel of the Year for the Florida Branch of the Earthways Shamanic Path at our recent Monthly meeting, someone asked, “why would we celebrate Hurricane Season?”  Like her, several people attending our meeting had lived through the Hurricane Season of 2004, and still have vivid memories of that time.

Hurricane Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne hit Florida in 2004.
Hurricane Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne hit Florida in 2004.   Photo from NOAA.

So, I asked her, what is the Spiritual Meaning of Hurricane Season?

The themes of Hurricane  Season, are about planning and flexibility.  Here in Southwest Florida, in early June, the Hurricane Planners and Media folks do a great job to remind people that Hurricane Season is coming, and to make sure people know what to stockpile at home, what to keep in their car, and what to do when a Hurricane is approaching.  Due to the hard work of a lot of really good people, Florida has good roads in place, to help people evacuate.  There are wayfinding signs to help people evacuate.   It has hurricane shelters available.  The media print awesome Hurricane Guides.

Our job is to heed that advice.  We should make sure we have fresh batteries, stockpiles of water, and get our important documents in order.

And then we wait and wait and see what happens.  Most people do not like Hurricanes, because they do bring damage to man-made property.  However, some people really like the approaching storms, and get kind of excited about it.  The interesting thing about Hurricanes, is that they are a vital part of the Earth’s weather system.  It is how the Mother moves heat around and moves water around.

So the spiritual aspect has to do with planning ahead, and being ready to take correct action, but not letting that constant state of readiness exhaust you, or make you anxious.  During the 2004 Hurricane Season, there were Four major Named Storms in six weeks, and there were also  several tropical storms that we thought would come through, so we were in a state of constant readiness for weeks.

So as Hurricane Season approaches, in our Celebration, we will ask that we not be complacent.   We will ask that we learn to read the weather signs.  We will ask that our preparations will ensure us safe passage through the storm(s) that may come.  We will ask for Strength.

Another aspect of Hurricane Season, is learning how and when to ask for help.  After a hurricane blows through your house and your town, you will need help.  Recovery doesn’t happen all by itself.   Yes, we are strong and independent people.  We are grown ups, we are adults.  But after a Hurricane, it is ok to ask for help.  And it is certainly ok, to provide help to other people.

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 Honorable Shamans, as we observe our holidays, “Let’s Share Peace With Our Earth.”

(c) 2015, Whale Maiden.  All Rights Reserved.

Changing Seasons, changing lives

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Rainy Season: Afternoon thunder shower forming over the Mid-point Bridge from Cape Coral to Fort Myers, FL. June 9, 2015

I think it is FINALLY Rainy Season here in Southwest Florida.  I have traditionally marked it as starting June 15th, plus or minus a day or two, since the Earth does wobble a bit on her axis.

It seems to me that this time of year, is the start of the new year, in Southwest Florida.  Many Pagans I know, start their year at Samhain (October 31st) when it is said that the the veil between the worlds is thin.

But the way I look at it, this is the start of the new year.  This is the time of year when school is out for the summer, and people are graduating, getting married, and moving away.  Some people do all of that in a whirlwind week of change.  The rest of us, go see them off:  we go to graduation ceremonies, to weddings and we help people pack up and move.

In Southwest Florida, all of that is happening as we slog into Rainy Season.  When I place an emphasis on “Rainy Season,”  I am talking about the Wheel of the Year, in accordance with the weather here in Southwest Florida.  (This concordance is in contrast to the Pagan Wheel of the Year celebrated by a lot of pagans:  Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lunnasagh, and Mabon/Autumnal Equinox.)

Here in Southwest Florida, we have Rainy Season,  Hurricane Season, Autumnal Equinox, Dry Season, and, Fire Season.  The Solstices and Equinoxes are interspersed in this annual cycle, but I’ll talk about that more, in another post.

After we do all those family rituals and ceremonies, then it is a smart time to do a ceremony to honor the shift of what “was,” and recognize that everything that follows, is new now.  In Southwest Florida, the Rain is very cleansing.,  It usually hasn’t rained a whole lot since about mid-October.  The Earth is dry and everything is kind of dusty.  The Rains literally wash the dirt away.

Once the daily afternoon thunder showers start happening, here in Southwest Florida, then the accompanying element of Humidity, rears its head.  (Humidity is another face of Water.)

In Southwest Florida, our whole way of approaching daily life, changes in Rainy Season.  It must, because Rainy Season is characterized by Rain — usually daily afternoon thundershowers, high Humidity, and Heat.   We also have a high UV index, because we are so far South, we are in the Tropics.

This time of year, I tend to get up earlier, because I want to get a lot of things done before it gets too humid.  I want to sit on the lanai in the morning and bird watch and read Facebook, until it gets too hot to sit out there.  I need to do yard work, before it gets too hot.  I should run to the grocery store, before it gets too hot.  Hmmm, maybe I’ll go to the Beach, before it gets too hot.  So, I have to prioritize and decide, before it gets too hot.

This time of year, by about 10:00 AM, it is usually over 80 degrees and Humid.  If you can manage it, you don’t run errands from noon until after it has rained.  For one thing, it is too hot to be out, if you don’t have to.  For another thing, once it starts raining, seems like everybody forgets how to drive on wet/slippery roads.  This is a particular problem, because the daily afternoon thunder storms occur during rush hour.

On the other hand, there’s less traffic on the road this time of year because the Snowbirds left just before Easter, and, the Tourists haven’t all arrived yet.  {That’s a distinction I’ll save for another post.}  So, for a few weeks, the restaurants are less crowded, and so is everything else.  It is just hot, and everyone is exclaiming that to each other.

When Rainy Season starts, in Southwest Florida, we do a Water Ceremony.  After setting up sacred space, and after acknowledging the Great Spirit and Father Sky, the Big Water, and Mother Earth, and the Four Directions, then we thank the Rains for coming, for without it, we’d all go hungry.  We honor the aspect of High Humidity, because that’s about all you CAN do about Humidity.  We drink water, to honor the Rains and because this time of year, that’s just smart to stay hydrated.

After the daily afternoon thunder shower, the plants and the Mother Earth usually drink up all the water very quickly, and what wasn’t absorbed gets steamed off…

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After it Rains, June 2015.

The point of the Earthways Shamanic Path, is to learn what the natural rhythms are where you live, and then, honor those rhythms.  In doing so, you will Share Peace With Our Earth.