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.
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!
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.
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.”