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 is in bloom, which animals are present, and, what’s going on in the night sky.
I first found the spiral bound EcoLogical Calendar in early 2013. I just found the four-panel fold out style for 2016 yesterday. This calendar is developed by Chris Hardman, and published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
This calendar is based on the four seasons as recognized in the Northern Hemisphere. The 2016 year starts with the Winter Solstice, coming up on December 22, 2015. The calendar has four sheets printed front and back in beautiful full color. The art work is stunning. Each of the Seasons is divided into thirds and each third is given a name which conveys the gradual progression of that Season. The days run along in a number line and each day has its own name.
The top section of each 36″ x 12″ sheet, has the “Sky Band,” which contains information on the stars, the “Sun Band,” which contains information on the strength and closeness of the Sun, and the Moon Band.
Then there’s the Earth Band which shows what is blooming and growing or otherwise changing. And, there is a “Tide Band,” which ‘graphically indicates the variation between high and low tides for each day.”
I didn’t know there was a name for the study of the timing of natural events. It is Phenology. I guess that makes me something of a phenologist.
You learn something new every day.