So there I was shopping at an upscale ladies store in an outlet mall in Southwest Florida and all of a sudden I found myself engaged in a conversation with another shopper and one of the very helpful store clerks. One of the ladies had just told the other that someone they knew had just accepted a job cleaning up the Oil Spill in Louisiana. The other lady said that BP could hire all those unemployed fishers, to help clean up the Oil. I agreed, but noted it is very toxic, the oil. By this time they had included me in their conversation, which now had migrated to how HOT it has been. [It has been over 90 degrees every day for WEEKS.] We all agreed that it was so much HOTTER than we remember it being in previous years. We agreed to each other that we are concerned about how big the Hurricane Season will be. Hurricanes like hot water and the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico is nice and warm right now. Then we all looked at each other and simultaneously started wondering if the Oil spill, is what bible prophecy means by ‘blood on the water,’ and the next thing I knew, the one lady said to the other lady, “My Husband thinks it is all leading up to 2012!” The other Lady and I nodded to her, because we knew she was testing our water, so to speak. Once we agreed with her about 2012, then she nodded, too.
What impressed me is that these ladies looked like what I call, “muggles,” [people who do not believe in metaphysical things, like magic] and yet they both are wondering about 2012.
I wonder about it too. I have been thinking about “Earth Changes,” and “End Times,” since at least 1987, when people started talking about the Harmonic Convergence. I believe there will be a change of consciousness among people on this planet. I believe I am here to assist people in adjusting to that change in consciousness, or in making that change, when they ask for that assistance. That’s the work of a Shaman.
That is how many of us who live in Southwest Florida are feeling right about now, as we watch , what is it day 40? — We are watching the spewing, the oil plume, every day and we feel that BP has committed MURDER and they should be made to pay. They have Murdered our water, our very way of life. This is what the water looks like now in May 2010. How long will it take for the oil balls, the tar balls, the goop, to drift or slide or roll, in to our shores?
What will happen to our mangroves? Our estuaries? This is where the fish lay eggs and where the hatchlings live. What will happen to our fish? Our Snook (“Schnook”)? Our Mangrove Snapper? Our Mullet? Our Grouper? What about the Pompano? What about the Sheepshead. People fish for these and many other fish all over Southwest Florida, day after day. Fishing is a pastime for visitors, and is a livlihood for many, many people.
Beyond us as a species, beyond the people who play and fish in the water, and who drink this water, there are the Birds and Sea Turtles and all manner of other species who depend on the water being clean and just right for them. When the oil comes (And we feel it is only a matter of time, really,) and the oil soaks into all the nooks and cranies of the mangroves, it will coat all the roots and branches with oil and kill everything in its path.
This isn’t a particularly good picture– I got the focus off a bit — but it shows you what the base of the mangroves looks like. Each one of those b rown things is a root going into the shallow water. This is the way our land is formed here in Southwest Florida. How do you clean the mangroves without destroying them?