Kit Tan has a Birthday

For nearly a year, Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, I’ve been writing about my cat. In this blog she is called, Kit Tan Who Is Six,  because Kit Tan is one of her nicknames and because she is six.  It’s also an homage to A.A. Milne who wrote a book of poetry in 1927 called, “Now We Are Six.”

Kit Tan has recently had a birthday and now she is seven.  Henceforth, she will be known as, Kit Tan The Cat.

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We didn’t bake her a cake.  We gave her some tuna.

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The Kit Tan who is Six doesn’t know this yet, Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans everywhere, but one day this week it will be “Next Year.”

Kit Tan Who Is Six, napping
Kit Tan Who Is Six, napping

Kit Tan wakes up from her nap, stretches first the front and then the back, checks out her food dish, and then joins me out on the Lanai.  I sip my coffee and read Facebook posts.  We listen to the birds.  Kit Tan’s days are spent playing with my family members, napping, stretching , eating, grooming, and checking out the culverts outside.   Every day merges into the next one when you are a cat.  You are sentient and connected and aware of the world in a vastly different reality from the humans in the planet.  It’s an alternative reality.

This week, the Christmas Tree Tent has changed into the Fireworks Tent.

Fireworks Tent
Fireworks Tent

This week, the TV and other media are carrying out the Year in Review.  Top stories — who really cares the color of that damned dress — are paraded about 24/7.  If “Real News” happens, we won’t hear about it until next week.

Meanwhile, there are all the helpful stories about New Years Resolutions and how to start the New Year off right: Lose weight, eat right, get exercise! Become more enlightened! Volunteer at the local charitable organization of your choice. Be more creative! Work on your relationships. Dump relationships or jobs that aren’t right for you.   I believe it is good for us, to set goals and to make plans.

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I know a whole bunch of Pagans who celebrate October 31 — Samhain — as their New Year, but who also celebrate  the New Year this week.

End of December, Gregorian calendar
End of December, Gregorian calendar

January 1, is the start of the New Year, according to the Gregorian Calendar.   All of that is made up and has no relationship whatsoever, to the Earth’s cycles.

End of December, Lunar Calendar {Luna Press)
End of December, Lunar Calendar {Luna Press)

When does the New Year start, for Our Earth?

When does the New Year start for you?

Does it start on Samhain?

Does it start tonight?

Does it start on your Birthday?

Or some other date?

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Share Your Peace with Our 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

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Waiting for Christmas

My Kit Tan Who Is Six is waiting for something, Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans.  My Daughter and I got the Tree out of the garage earlier this week, and set it up on a table and plugged in the lights to see… and Kit Tan hopped up on the table and settled in under the tree. This is her table, after all, her viewing perch where she watches the world go by.  And now she is waiting…

Buying Christmas Trees in Southwest Florida
Buying Christmas Trees in Southwest Florida

It can be  difficult to get into the “Christmas Spirit,” here in Florida.  It has been unusually rainy and warm here in Florida this month, so it sure doesn’t feel like Christmas.  Certainly not like the Christmases I spent as a Child.  I lived up in the Northeast then, and it snowed practically every Christmastime.  It was beautiful.

Growing up Unitarian-Universalist, and in my house, the focus at Christmas wasn’t so much about the Christ child as it was  a time of exploring Nature:  we put suet out for the birds, we walked through the woods in the snow, and we looked at the starry, nights — dark nights and the sky full of stars.  Sometimes, we would go sledding or ice skating.  We spent a lot of time out side.

Christmas was a time to decorate the house with family heirlooms:  ornaments and decorations.  Many of the decorations were animal figurines.  My sister and I would make a creche with dolls and put animal figurines on a table.  Each day, we would advance the animals towards the creche another step; by Christmas morning, they were all gathered around the manger.   My Mother used to tell me with great conviction, that on Christmas Eve, the Animals could all talk to each other.

Me and my parents and my sister and I would go in a car one evening to a place  where the Christmas trees were all standing in stands in the packed down snow.  We would all look at each tree from every angle and decide.  Once the tree was home and up, and watered, then we’d decorate. We had glass ornaments, and sea shell ornaments, and drink-stir ornaments made of glass, like ice sickles, and then the tinsel.   I think that tinsel was made from lead.  My folks were very frugal and we saved the tinsel every year, on pieces of cardboard, wrapped up with waxed paper.  Everything smelled like pine sap and history and the cold winter nights.

These days in Florida, I have a faux tree, which is reusable and comes apart for easy storage in the garage.  If I want a real tree, I hop in my car and drive a mile or two in the day time to a sandy vacant lot.  There’s a tent there, and in it are Christmas Trees.  There’s tents like this all over Florida this time of year, selling Christmas Trees.  (At other times of the year they sell:  fireworks for agricultural purposes, flowers, pumpkins.)  These trees come from Michigan or Wisconsin.  They are cut up there, and trucked down here.  I’m not sure how they keep these trees from drying out.  The tents smell of pine tree.

…And my Kit Tan is waiting for Christmas Eve, the night the Animals all talk.

Share Your Peace With Our 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) 2015, Whale Maiden.  All Rights Reserved.