Fire Season is coming

In the Earthways Shamanic Path, I study the seasons as they unfold in my location, which is Southwest Florida.  The seasons here are, Rainy, Hurricane, Dry, and Fire.  I call this, ‘finding the Magic In the land,’

Fire Season starts in mid-February.  Some of the physical markers are, a doubling of our population, a drop in temperature, an increase in fires.  These markers relate to the spiritual aspects, which I’ll address in a different post.

I know Fire Season is coming, because the Live Oak trees are brimming with their flower parts, and will release “scree” soon.  Scree can be collected, dried, and used in place of sage, for smudging purposes. 

I don’t have Live Oak trees in my yard, but I know where they are.  The trick to collecting scree is it needs to fall onto a tarp, or on a paved surface, because it is whispy.

Scree burns fast, and you need to gather a lot of it.  Since the weather patterns have shifted so much, trees are blooming at unpredictable times.  Thus, when we see that the trees are just about to release the scree, we need to be prepared to collect it, that day, or the next. 

Share your peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and the big Waters all around us.

(c) 2017 to present, Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All rights reserved. 



Time between Fire and Rain

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, when does one year end and the next begin?

I’ve been looking at the Wheel of the Year here in Southwest Florida for a number of years, and writing about it for about five.  I’m trying to “fix” the date when Fire Season “ends,” and Rainy Season “starts.”  For a few years, I felt the Seasons changed in mid-April.  The rain starts to start in mid-April, in most years.  By that I mean, we start to have rain storms in mid-April but they don’t hit their daily stride until mid-June.

This is really important to me because I feel that Rainy Season is the Start of the Year, here in Southwest Florida (as opposed to October 31-Samhain or January 1-New Years).  That’s because so many things end in mid-June:  people graduate or move.

We recently celebrated Beltane (Beltaine) here on May 1st.  That’s a fire celebration.  Makes sense that we are in Fire Season from THAT stand point.

I need to step up my phenology studies and really monitor things like what are the average temps, what 20160409_161218is in bloom, which animals are present, and, what’s going on in the night sky.

Do you see the wind?

When it is windy, Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, do you see it? What do you experience, when it is windy? If I’m indoors, I see the effects of wind: I see the flags flapping, and I see the tree branches and leaves whipping. A leaf or two may roll by, like a small tumbleweed. But that is not the wind, itself, just a manifestation of the wind.20160321_102639

If I go outside, I can hear the wind, whistling through the tree branches or leaves. (Am I hearing the wind, or the tree, reacting to the wind?) While outside, I can feel the wind hitting my face, my arms, and wherever it hits.

And, while outside, I notice that which direction the wind is coming from. And I note, this is a cold wind, bringing cold air and temperatures down from other parts of the country.

When I talk about the local seasons, our local wheel of the year, I must remember that a marker of Fire Season, is Wind.

How do you see the wind?

Share your Peace with Our Earth.

(c) 2016 Whale Maiden

Rain relief

The rain storms of Rainy Season are finally coming.  And you’ll excuse me if I totally skipped posting about Fire Season this year.  We had a lot of household interruptions that were just a bit distracting.  We’ve started many projects and in the middle of all that, my computer wasn’t working.

My computer is in a room that is not completely air conditioned.  The room gets to about 80 degrees; that’s as cool as I can get it this time of year with fans running.  (In late-January/early February, it gets down to about 60 in here.)   My computer copes nicely operating in the cold weather, but the heat is another story.  The heat wasn’t a problem until about 10 days ago when the afternoon temperature hiked up to 100 degrees and stayed that way for a week.  I put a thermometer on top of my computer tower insider the computer stand and was shocked to see the temperature climb up to 98 degrees.  I shut it down and called my wonderful computer repair person.

After my wonderful computer repair person installed a new internal fan, and uninstalled the duplicitous antivirus software, I sawed out the back panel of my computer stand, to increase air flow.  This was probably funny to watch since I was using a hack saw which has a bowed handle on it.  There was a certain point where I had to stop sawing “down,” like the saw is designed to do, and put the saw upside down on the bottom of the kick plate and saw, “up.”  This is against the nature of the saw and took twice as much effort.

One of the household projects has caused me to put area rugs outside over tables in the back yard.  They were dirty.  Now that it is raining almost daily, tomorrow, just before it rains again, will be the perfect time to run outside and grab them.


Heading Into Fire Season

We are heading into Fire Season here in Southwest Florida.  How can I tell?  In the past two weeks, the day time temperature has hit 80 degrees every day.  It is Hot.  People are talking about how hot it is.  The psychological shift that year-rounders under go, to cope with the extreme heat we know is coming, is underway. 

It isn’t Humid yet.  (Humidity is the province of Rainy Season.)  It is Dry and Windy.

The Yellow Blossom Trees are coming into bloom.  {I’ve got to get a good picture of them THIS year!  I think I missed them last year…}

And, the Live Oak trees have flowered and dropped their seeds.  I call this stuff, ‘oak skree.’  I’ll post a photo of it, in a moment.  I gather this stuff in broad daylight and put it into whatever container I have when I see it.  Sometimes I gather it in an empty to-go drink cup; this time I gathered it into an empty bag from Wendy’s Drive Through.

I use oak skree  ceremoniously, the way some people use Sage, (*) but you have to watch out because oak skree burns FAST.  It is not a lazy, meditative smudging tool like Sage is!

(*) see “Uses of Sage,” in the next post.

What are the Spiritual Aspects of Rainy Season?

What are the Spiritual Aspects of Rainy Season?

After the Earth has become so parched as a result of Fire Season, when the Rains come, everything comes alive again and flourishes.  Animals attract mates and procreate.  Humans are glad to see more light each day and make plans.  They make plans to look good for the Summer and they make plans to do things in the Summer.

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. 

In the Rainy Season, the Idea which was formed in the Dry Season, (from the Intellect) and which is developed in the Fire Season (due to Passion and Courage), begins to take hold because we invest our Emotions in the Idea.  When you are setting about to make meaningful change in your life, if you do not care about the thing you are changing, you won’t take action. 

Water is symbolic of our emotions.  WHat do you care about?  What replenishes you?  What nourishes you?  When you think about your idea, how does it make you feel?    That is the work of Rainy 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.” 

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.