From our January 2016 Newsletter
What a gift to be able to commune with you all in this way, thank you. This month we would like to talk to you about weather, what weather means symbolically for the shaman, how to read its meaning into the larger picture of life, and what weather can tell us about humans’ energetic relationship to the planet. We will be talking about these things briefly, this is not the forum for the detail the topic really requires, but we are confident that you will be in the picture.
First, the symbolism of weather. It would be easy for us to tell you what the seasons represent symbolically: winter, dying, in preparation for new growth, sleeping and resting to allow for the growth energy to build up, time for thought; spring, new life, bursting to tell the news of what has gone on in the winter and how successful the ministrations of interested parties has been; summer, abundance, laziness, busy-ness, clear thought, freedom, exploration, discovery; and autumn, changing energy, harvesting what you have previously sown, preparing for survival, nervousness that you may have not done enough, and slowing down in preparation of the dark. But you already know that. No, we are interested in the symbolism of weather phenomena, such as storms, hurricanes, floods, fires, and so on.
The symbolism of weather phenomena is, of course, aligned with the four elements of water, air, fire, and earth, and their symbolism. Water is a nourisher and a cleanser, and represents movement. Air is a life giver and a clearer, and represents freedom. Fire is a cleanser and a healer, and represents work. Earth is an anchor and a rejuvenater, and represents survival. Now apply this to some of the weather phenomenon.
A storm. The wind howls, and rips through the atmosphere, you can almost see the air. It clears and cleans the atmosphere leaving behind a freshness that is a delight to breathe in, and there is a sense of freedom in each breathe. The rain falls out of the sky, battering the earth with its large penetrating drops. It fills the earth with its nourishing energy, and helps energy move through time and space in its cleansing way. The lightening bursts like flames in the sky gathering angry energy together. Working out this energy, it expresses itself, fearfully; cleansing and healing. The thunder sounds like the planet itself is being torn apart, the noise makes humans fumble. But there is the earth, strong and stable, that anchor to which we attach ourselves, on which our survival depends, and we are stronger, we are rejuvenated.
You see, a storm isn’t just wind, rain, lightening, and thunder, it is how we understand ourselves, how we rate ourselves, and how we live in the world. The air that clears and gives life, is the same air for everybody. Every breath you take is a breath that someone else has taken. Sometimes the air becomes stale, polluted, poisoned, if you keep breathing that air you, and others, will die. What if we changed the word air to knowledge? If the knowledge that you absorb is stale, outdated, or polluted by prejudice and complacence, or poisoned by hate and misconceptions, then the knowledge that you are breathing will kill you and others. Perhaps not right away, maybe others before you, or maybe not for many generations, but it will have a detrimental affect. The point is that if the air is not cleared, there is no life giving, and there is no freedom of thought, or action. When the wind comes, ask yourself, why. What do we need cleared, what freedom do we need to create?
You might be saying that weather phenomena, such as, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons happen because of the way the planet moves, the heat, the movement of the oceans, and so on, and that this is born out by the locations and times of these weather events nearly always being the same. And you would be right, but those locations are changing, as is the weather. Perhaps, it is climate change, and perhaps that is due to pollution, but this is not the first time that all of this has happened, this has been a recurring pattern all throughout human time. Just for a minute, think of these wind storms as occurring because something in these places needs to be cleared, a new kind of life needs to be birthed, and freedom from ? is required. Now look at the locations, and who else it affects, and ask yourself the previous questions. You might be surprised by the answer.
As a shaman, or one who is interested in the shamanic tradition and way of life, it is vital that you look at all of nature and try to glean its message. Try to connect and commune with all that is around you, animate and inanimate. Ask yourself, why did that village get flooded and not the one next door. Ask yourself, why did that boulder become loose and crash down the cliff side into that house. There is a message in everything that nature gives us, but the really important message for the shaman is why did the people or person commune with nature to create this weather event. As a shaman, if you can answer that, then you will be using your gift productively and compassionately.
Of course, for many people in these modern times, this kind of message seeking would be considered as superstition or ignorance, because science has explained these phenomena for us. However, we would suggest that they are just explaining the mechanics of the events. If you drive a car then you will understand that the conscious and deliberate design of the car is sometimes more important that the mechanics driving the car. Reading the meaning behind any weather pattern or event can give a very clear insight into an individual or group of humans’ energetic relationship to the Earth Mother. It is not superstition or ignorance. It is not science. It is love. Love of humankind – past, present and future, love of nature, the planet, the cosmos, the universe, and the development and expansion of the universal consciousness. Start with yourself, and find your meaning in the weather around you and the meaning of the weather for you.
May the sun shine on your upturned face,
the breeze pass gently over your skin,
the earth beneath you support you when you stumble,
and the soft rain falling on your head clear your mind.
Mother Shaman Riah
(c) Copyright Brad and Caroline Dunn 2016