October, Autumn, and Samhaintide

So, of course, it’s been Autumn here in Orlando for a while now…. but because of an unseasonably warm September and October we haven’t really felt it until a recent cold front brought the sudden onslaught of overnight temps in the 50’s and daytime temps in the windy 60’s and low 70’s..

Now I realize that some of you are reading that last sentence and shouting at the computer screen…

“Cry me a river, Pax!”

…you must understand that to have the change occur suddenly, is most of the shock effect.  Mind you it is quite amazing how chilly those temperatures, once spring timey and delightful to my Alaskan raised self, can seem after a few summers of daytime highs in the upper 90’s with 90% humidity!

Never the less Autumn has officially arrived and the Live-Oaks are dropping a few of their leaves in subtle reference to Autumn and Winter and the Turning of the Wheel of the Year.  Samhaina nd the Holidays are approaching and I am looking forward to finding some new ways of celebrating them both on my own and with dear friends old and new.

(and yes, Jonathan, the fabulous new bf too!!)

With the Autumn has also come some changes in my work situation.  I am now working the Night Audit at a Motel.  This means working from 11pm-7am on a regular basis.  I am actually welcoming this as it is not only much less strenuous, and more educational, than my previous Theme Park job; but it is a regular schedule.  That set schedule will allow me time to get involved in things in the Pagan and Gay communities locally and also some room to follow my bliss.

I have mentioned re-reading and working through T. Thorn Coyle’s book Kissing the Limitless.   For me Samhain has always been the season where I start turning inward…a mark of growing up in Alaska where by Samhain some years Winter is in full force with inches to feet deep drifts of snow.  I am enjoying this contemplation and excercise and being surprised at some of the realizations that are bubbling up in relation to how I view myself and also in how I have grown and changed over the last few years.



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