Is the festive season over yet?
There was no Yule for me this year (Yule is my ‘Christmas’), Yule is celebrated at the winter solstice, which is in June in New Zealand! Bugger, I didn’t plan that very well. I do get almost twelve months of continual summer in return, so it’s not all bad.
Following the natural cycles of the Earth as I do there is something unusual, something powerful about going from summer to summer, of not having a winter, of not having that down time, having no time to lock yourself away, retreat to the warmth of the open fire.
The winter months are a time that I use to recuperate, to reflect over the year. The winter months signify a time to wrap up warm and rest a little, a time to ponder over the year that has been and the one yet to come. It’s a kin to the night time of the year, a time to regenerate.
Conversely the summer is a time to grow and expand, to reach to new heights to experience new experiences. The summer is a time of high energy, I don’t know if it’s the longer days, the warmth of the sun as it bathes the Earth, the growth and vitality that surrounds us, whatever it is I find the summer months are high energy months. If we were solar powered then the summer time is the time that we charge up those batteries that we soak up as much energy as we can so that we can survive the on coming winter.
So what happens if winter never comes?
I guess you could say that there are those who never really experience winter and summer, those within the equatorial regions where one season drifts into another unnoticed expect for maybe a increase in rainfall. Although these people would also notice the changes that ring in a new season, a particular flower or insect say. They too would follow their seasons in their way, just as I do in my way.
Out of sync
Being in a similar country, climate wise, latitude wise, and season wise but six months out of sync is starting to feel a little odd, about now I should be wrapping up warm, moving closer to the open fire and reflecting as I stare into the flames. But I’m not, I’m approaching the middle of summer again. Please don’t get me wrong I’m most definitely not complaining, just observing.
The thought being, is there anywhere in nature where animals (humans included) just plain miss out a season, and if so what happens? Before any smarty panties say, I know that I’m not the first or the only one nor will I be the last one to travel to the other side of the world and miss out on a season. I also know that it’s not life threatening nor cataclysmic, but it is interesting, interesting to me anyway.
As I was saying
So back to the question, in case you forgot, what happens when winter doesn’t come?
That is a surprising difficult question to answer, partly because there have been so many energy shifts over the past few weeks and that I’m still mid summer, with another one to come; winter could almost be twelve months away.
The first thing that strikes me is that my energy levels have remained elevated, my body missing those natural stimulants is not cycling naturally into a winter like state. In fact it almost seems as though my energy levels are increasing, I have certainly noticed a massive increase in creative energy, hence the sudden increase in the number of posts I am making and I’m writing a book. There is also an increased sense of anticipation or expectation, but as I say we live in powerful times, and things are shifting, to attribute these sensations to a single phenomenon would be wrong. It’s more likely to be an accumulative affect.
The fundamental cycle
Spring follows winter, summer follows spring, autumn follows summer as it comes back round to winter, this is the most fundamental cycle on our planet, the seasons, the cycle that drives all others. What happens if we interrupt this cycle, what happens if we just plain miss out winter altogether?
The cynics would say nothing, nothing happens at all! Evidence shows that people can and do experience this phenomena without any adverse affects. But not all affects are instantly noticeable, some are not perceived by medical technology, some are so subtle that only an expended awareness of your own being can detect them. Changes that are so small that most would instantly dismiss them as being nothing at all. These are the changes that interest me because these are the changes that will partly make up the person that we will become.