THERE’S MAGIC ALL AROUD US…Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, this time of year, I focus on pursuing my passions. I love to attend Festivals and Fairs. This time of year there are hundreds of such opportunities all over Florida, every weekend. The task at hand, is to decide where to go, which event to attend. I am blessed to be able to travel. Some of these events create distinct moments where magic happens. Others present opportunities to achieve altered states. And all of them provide me with so much happiness and freedom.
And, when I’m not at a Festival or Fair, I return yet again, to the Wild. I look, and look, and look and then See.
And in between all of that, I rest.
Magic is everywhere.
Share your peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky, and the Big Waters all around us…
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.
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?
Let’s continue exploring what Fire Season is all about here in Southwest Florida. This is the time of year when people are visiting us from the Northern United States and Canada. People stay for a week or two or more, perhaps a couple of months. To the visitors, it is warm here, compared to Michigan or Ohio, or Pennsylvania, where it is below freezing. Consequently, January-February- and March is when we have every imaginable festival going on. It is an explosion of riches.
There are: Food festivals, arts festivals, medieval faires, music festivals; Concerts, Circuses, and Open Houses and parades of homes, and street parades, and more. There are also all the fund-raisers events going on. The charity balls, the galas, the silent auctions. Most of these events are held on the weekends.
And there is typically at least 3 different things you want to do each weekend, and people have to make decisions about what they will attend, and what they will have to skip this year. (Of course, some events may migrate to the net town up the road, next weekend so if you want to catch it, you could go on a road trip.) Most people have a limited allowance of money or time to spend on all this activity. You have to budget accordingly.
But in a few months, all that activity will die down. The Snowbirds will leave, and it will become too hot to have festivals outdoors every weekend. (At least, too hot for most people.) There will still be some events like boat races and the seafood festivals.
SO the yearly influx of people is like a fuel for the fire of the yearly smorgasbord of festivals.