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Article ID: 4565
Age Group: Adult
Posted: June 17th. 2002
You Always Take the Weather with You
If it is summertime in Florida, then it's also time to start watching the Weather Channel again. During our first few months living here in the Sunshine State, we had found it slightly amusing that Floridians seemed to be so obsessed with the weather. In fact, we were told that we couldn't even begin to consider ourselves as 'natives' until we had survived our first Florida summer. I don't know if any other state residency requirement code contains such an initiation rite, but we soon realized the wisdom of this one. Summer in Florida is hot -- very hot-- and one's reaction to months and months of 90-plus degree temperatures coupled with 98 percent humidity will undoubtedly determine just how long it is that one will plan to stay. If you can't take the heat, you'd better stay the heck outta Florida, my friend! But if you do decide to stay, you'd better find out which cable station carries the Weather Channel.
The weather here can change rapidly. As a peninsula, Florida is the middle ground between two warring sea breezes- one coming from the cool eastern Atlantic Ocean and the other from the warm western Gulf of Mexico. During a typical summer, as east meets west, we get some of the most spectacular lightning storms in the entire world. Because the land is so flat, you can see the band of such showers creeping toward you like the hemline of a dark gray wool blanket. Those are the predictable ones. Yep, time to bring the patio cushions indoors, all right! Then there is that other kind of thunderstorm-the pop-up. These literally seem to form out of nowhere and amazingly quickly, too. Oh well, the sun will be out again tomorrow and those cushions will dry out again in no time.... In any case, visitors and tourists to Florida can enjoy the weather watching down here much like any other sort of spectator sport or vacation thrill ride.
For residents however, it's a serious matter- this weather business- and for residents with computers, it is time to check on the status of the battery back-ups and surge protectors. And it was while doing so the other day that I realized that Neil and Tim Finn were right: "Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you." I had been imprinted.
The weather 'in the world where you live' forms us and shapes us in mysterious ways. In more ancient or pre-modern times- hereafter referred to as 'BWC' (Before Weather Channel)- keeping an eye on the sky was an instinct born of necessity. Whether one's ancestors were at work in the fields, sailing upon the open seas or tending the cattle in the hills, the weather was always there lurking on the fringes of awareness. A sudden change of wind direction, the subtle smell of damp upon the breeze or even the flight of the sea birds could signal that something was on the way. We in the here and now, with our fancy one button, pop-open umbrellas and Doppler radar reports might think such weather parables as 'red sky at morning, sailors take warning..." is pretty quaint stuff and that we have moved far beyond that sort of archaic thinking. But we haven't. Not really. It is just that we, unlike our ancestors, don't value weather knowledge anymore. Although many of we women do value the sight Jim Cantore with his shirt off. Now talk about some serious atmosphere, eh ladies?
Think about the weather patterns where you live. You may surprise yourself when you realize that you really do know from which direction the wind usually comes in during the afternoon or where most of the storms form. The joke about Grandpa's 'rheumatiz' or the stories about Uncle Dick's 'weather elbow' acting up before a storm may have a basis in fact. Barometric pressure really does affect the human body and some people may be more sensitive to these subtle pressure changes than others. We even use weather terms to describe certain personality traits or dispositions. What's yours?
The Sunny Disposition: You either love to be around these people or you utterly despise them. How can they be happy and optimistic all of the time? Don't they know what is really going on? Are they in denial or what? Do white-lighters, fluffy-bunnies and Sunnies ever acknowledge the dark side?
Of course, they do. Most 'Sunnies' have been to the dark side of the sun and back again. They are not blessed with fewer problems than anyone else and they aren't denying anything. They simply choose to be positive most of the time-or to at least not inflict others with any personal crap that they may be experiencing. Surprisingly, the Sunny Personality may actually be the trademark of those who most value their own privacy. Their 'light' is focused on you and away from themselves. If you think about your Sunny friends, you might realize that you know very little about their personal lives. You may assume that they have no problems, or that they deny that problems even exist, simply because they don't discuss their problems with others. Their problems are their problems, not yours. They have a few close friends and lots of acquaintances. They can 'burn you out' (or up) with all of that light and love stuff though. Sometimes, too much sun is just, well... too much sun.
The Stormy Disposition: When they are good, they are very, very good and when they are bad--just get the heck away from them!
Passionate? Yes, they are passionate about causes. Today anyway. Tomorrow? Who knows? Emotionally driven, it is hard for them to keep a definite focus and it is hard for those around them to know if this is a good time to bring something up or not. Hot and cold, back and forth, Stormies blow up suddenly and seemingly pull 'issues' from out of nowhere. They get bored with calm. They like excitement and thrive on controversy. They'll switch sides sometimes just to keep the argument going. Like standing outside during a good thunderstorm, they can be exhilarating to be around. And the clear air that results after they have blown through can be a welcome relief. If you're still standing after the gale, of course.
The Rainy Disposition: You got a parade? They'll rain on it for ya. You got all A's and one B on that report card? You know it. That one B is what they focus on. There is never silver lining in any cloud and, by the way, life is nothing but one cloud after another.
But if you want someone to commiserate with, call a Rainie. They will cry with you if you will cry with them. And they'll always have a hankie. Sometimes we really do need to wash some stuff away and rinse off some of those unrealistic ideas that we've been carrying around. Rainies are quite adept at that. A little shower now and again is good for the health of the spirit. It's that constant dripping dampness that can be irritating.
The Volcano Disposition: Do we really wanna to go here? Well, some people are thrill-seekers, so enter at your own risk. Don't forget to out on your asbestos suit. And I'm sure that you can think up many more 'weather' type of personalities. Someone should really make a list....
The weather where you live leaves its imprint upon you and the people whom you meet where you live do the same. Learning to watch the weather, learning the patterns of the changing weather conditions in your area, can be both an interesting pastime and an exercise in gaining awareness of the energy patterns that surround us all. Since people also envelope us with their energy patterns- and these energies can also affect how we feel- watching the weather with an educated eye can also help us to better relate to the various and changing dispositions of the people who come in and go out from our lives.
The weather is neutral. We generally judge it as being either 'good' or 'bad' depending simply on how it affects us and our personal plans. We often judge people by those same criteria. "Good' people help us or support our personal plans, goals or beliefs. 'Bad' people don't. Once we can get beyond thinking about the weather as either good or bad according to our personal ego demands perhaps we can then move on to do the same with more people and for more of the time.
The influence of patterns is always there in our subconscious. Bringing these patterns up into our conscious minds can help us to discern 'which way the wind is blowing' and make whatever preparations or adjustments we might need to do. The weather changes things. So can you.
Everywhere that you go, you always take your weather with you.
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, June 17th., 2002
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