Aug 4, 2010

How to turn the Wheel?

Wow. I'm back. I had a stunning conference. So much to think about; so much to catch up on. I WILL source out all the previous pics. But I have a question first. I just returned from my first trip to LA. I got out to Zuma Beach, which was glorious, and tried to do as much walking as I could. As I enjoyed the sunshine, I got to wondering, how do you feel the Wheel of the Year turn when the seasons don't change? Southern Cali seems to have hot & hotter for seasons. So what do you do? Do you become really sensitive to minor variations in your climate? Do you turn to the ocean and become deeply involved with the tides & water? (I think this would be my strategy if I lived there.) Please, do tell.

I love to travel, and then I truly love to come back home. I have a renewed appreciation for my humid, foggy, cloudy, changeable East Coast.


  1. Welcome home! I've missed your posts. I was actually going back through your Bloody April stuff today looking for some home remedies for crampy pain (mine are severe).

    I don't know if I could live without seasons. San Diego is beautiful but I don't think I can live there. I'd miss my snow!

  2. I lived in Florida for a few years, and even though it's decidedly warmer all year round & the seasonal shifts are more unobtrusive, there are definite shifts. They're not nearly as drastic as in, say Colorado or even the Pacific NW where I now reside, but if you're paying attention, you can feel the seasons change as the Earth shifts from one to another.
    I remember the day my family & I arrived in Florida... It was Christmas Eve, 65 degrees F & we all went swimming in the ocean. We were, at the time, bewildered by the native Floridians walking up & down the beach in heavy winter coats & hats, staring at us like we were crazy... lol... We all thought they were crazy to be so bundled up, as we'd just come from Colorado & several feet of snow.
    By the next winter however, we'd experienced the seasons change & 60 no longer felt that warm... ^-^

  3. What Duchess said- I'm in southern California- and my body knows the fluctuations of 20 degrees. I do get cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I can also smell when fall or spring is coming :)

  4. Your home climate 'humid, foggy, cloudy, changeable' is a bit like the climate in the UK, where we can easily get all four seasons in one day.

    There's a difference between weather, climate, and seasons.

    Weather, in climates like ours, is very changeable and fickle. That's why 'the feminine' is a good metaphor for that part of nature.

    The most evident feature of the seasons, as they roll around, is changing day length - the times of sunrise and sunset. This gets more pronounced the further from the equator you live.

    A long time ago, people used to go outside and look at the night sky, more often than most people do today. In the night sky, the changing pattern of the year, as the major constellations swing aroud, is very evident.

    The Navajo used the rising of certain star groups (like the Pleiades) to determine planting times. The Navajo actually call The Pleiades, Dilyéhé, which means 'the planting stars'.

  5. I can't help with this. Being in southern New England, I enjoy *very* distinct seasons. Merry turning!

  6. Willow: I saw that you posted about Bloody April! Sorry there wasn't anything there about cramping, but I was more in celebratory mode during the series. I recommend a nice orgasm. (I recommend that for most things:) Remember, every time you masturbate, the Goddess finds a good home for a little kitten.

    I will also check what Judika Illes says. Christiane Northup has some great advice in Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, and she's all about the mind/body connection.