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…
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.”
Last week a confluence of cultural and religious events and experiences led me to transcribe a series of belief statements which I think can be called a modern New Age-Pagan Treatise.
In roughly chronological order the experiences included:
A. Listening to My Chemical Romance (MCR)’s newest cd, “Danger Days–True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” which is based somewhat on the various apocalypse movies, such as Mad Max and maybe Blade Runner, and which contains the following three Truths:
i. “Everybody wants to change the World,”
ii. “Everybody wants to live forever, no body wants to die,”
iii. “You can live forever if you’ve got the time.”
B. Attending the UU Church service where the –sermon– was about the Three Magi and how they were men of wisdom — they were magicians or wizards, depending upon your word choice but they were also what a lot of people mean when they call themselves Light Workers. I hadn’t thought of Light Workers as going back that far in history before, but it makes sense to me.
C. Seeing the Chronicles of Narnia movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, in which the truths of other realities was reinforced: that animals talk (that we can communicate with beings other than ourselves,) that magic is apparent in everyday life, and that swords and rocks and other objects have special functions.
D. Then there was the Solstice+Full Moon+Eclipse, which had most people I know just buzzing with all the energies and the vibrations.
So here are the belief statements: We the New Age-Pagans believe:
1. We believe in a Positive Force greater than ourselves, but to which we are also connected.
2. We believe we are of the Light Side. Many of us believe we are Light Workers.
3. We believe we will live forever, that we have lived before.
4. We believe we can access magic.
5. We follow our Intuition and base our decisions on signs and signals.
6. We believe we are, to some extent, invincible. (If we get wounded, we believe someone will come along with a spell or an ointment or a touch and patch us back up through various healing arts; but they have to come along timely and sometimes, if our wound is too severe (or caused by Evil,) then we pass on.
7. Many of us believe that those of us (Light Workers) alive now, will be alive to witness the “coming End Times,” or certainly that our Light Working skills will be called upon in 2012, or other times.
8. We believe we can communicate with all beings, not just people.
9. In spite of our efforts and good intentions, we know there is a Dark Side, which most of us actively work to oppose.