Dear, dear friends,
This morning, a God journeyed through Osceola County.
I was working on the Motel’s Night Audit, getting it printed and getting some additional chores taken care of… changes in some of the paperwork procedures related to having a new GM made me want to mix up the morning routine a bit in order to give myself some extra time to take care of everything.
The sound of rolling thunder interrupted my everyday office early 21st Century routine. I started printing the let’s-hope-we-don’t-have-to-use-this-in-an-emergency-or-blackout-report (not it’s formal name), un-locked the Lobby door and stepped outside for a moment or two…
The pre-dawn sky was dark, but I could tell it was overcast and cloudy, and the humid air was zephyring about. The winds was shaking the palm fronds with a silken rustling sound. It was near to rain, but not quite there yet, although the clouds coming in from the South West hinted that there was already rain fall on the Peninsula somewhere. Flashes of lightening, like old-fashioned camera flash-bulbs, lit some of the clouds from the inside. These alternated with streaks of cloud-bound lightening spider-webbing across the sky. All strangely silent, accompanied only by the petticoat rustlings of the leaves and tree limbs, then long moments later the thunder would roll across the landscape. The lightest splatters of rain falling from the sky, seeming almost indecisive as the elements dances.
I spoke some greetings to the Powers of Air and Water and Fire, although I wasn’t entirely certain if Lightening belonged to the realm of Fire or Air… then too in my relations with the Natural world I am feeling increasingly drawn to the 3 elements model in some respects.
I also spoke a greeting to Zeus. The Thunderer, who was storming through the skies and raining down upon the land of the local earth-mother Our Lady of The Feast of Flowers, Holy Florida.
I had to go inside and return to my reports for a while, my work as a Hospitality worker and my calling as a Witch having to dance and wrestle with one another for a while…
I returned to the doorway after the quick pre-dawn rainstorm had moved on, The many layers of cloud-cover were doing a Brownian dance in the dawn-lit skies above me. The early morning light, dancing and bouncing between land and cloud-covered sky and sea lit everything with a gentle yet revealing quality of light that seemed almost cinematic. The rain quenched plants and grasses and leaves seemed a vibrant green even in the dim light. The air was cool, for the moment, as the spent humidity rested on the ground before it began its inevitable creep back up into the air. The day seemed clean and new, the air clear and cool, life full of possibilities.
The last month or so has been a tough time. My Friends Sandi’s Death, by ex-beloved Eugene’s death, the ups and downs of matters at work, moving in with my now-beloved fabulous Jonathan… busy, hectic, a true roller-coaster of emotions and experiences… and through all but a few days I have held to prayer and practice and the counsel of dear friends and wise words from many sources, and prayed and turned my heart over to the Holy Powers for their care.
Sometimes that is all we can do.
Sometimes there is grief and pain and pressure, sometimes there is joy and calm and beauty, accept them both, bless them both, and keep moving forward.
Sometimes, if we are lucky, patience and perseverance are rewarded with limnal numinous moments that feel like a cross-roads that allows us to set out in a new direction or that helps us to get back on the path we were on before.
Peace, and Perserverance,
Pax / Geoffrey