Thank you for saying so Nature Mama. Glad you found some use there.
I was thinking about your mention of feeling pressure change. When we're talking about the sensations of weather we often focus on pressure or pain from inflammation. Its not often we talk on other senses, such as hearing. Around here I learned in school if you could hear a horse for a minute before you could see it expect rain. We have a folklore explanation for that they didn't teach. But are folklore didn't stop us from later saying if you could hear a train before you see it or here a plain you can't see rain is coming. In my younger days my friends and I would sit on a bridge over the train track till one came by. Often the outcome would end up picking the activity of the day or what campsite to head for. It seldom lead us wrong. Anymore, I use a neighbors horse. Its got a distinct voice and I can only hear it if its going to rain.
Well that struck me as funny Citoyenne. Thanks for that.
I think you've brought up a lot of good point to look at there. So much of it got me thinking I'll have to see how much I can respond to right off.
To get it out of the way. Yep, the majority of my food for the year is affected by the world around me. If its a hard year we learn to do without. So yes, I can relate there.
And yes, like most of the world are weather is in a rapid state of flux. Though if I remember your home ground, I hear y'all are having it pretty rough.
As for it being an opportunity, that’s not the word I would use. It is what it is, its our world, and our life. And, I for one ain't going to belly ache about the cards that been laid out. I'm going to do what I can and keep livin' it.
As for signs that don't pan out, I wouldn't discard them right off myself. Although, some like the seagulls you mentioned are more about regaining family lore. If any seagulls show up here I'm more like to give them directions and ask if they need a place to stay for the night than anything else. However, like you said we're in a flux. This means what's true today isn't necessarily true tomorrow. The world is always in a state of flux(all be it typically slower). So, in the past this meant what was true last year or decade may not be true today. For the old farmer that knows many of the weather signs this means noticing that something isn't holding and not trusting it for a spell. But, it may come back around.
However, I find this is not necessarily the case for a witch. Depending on the witch, their methods and how clever they are at reading signs, I find there are many more factors at play. Say for instance a deeper knowledge of the sign. I find its not always enough to know what was said. It helps me to also know what they meant and what they were talking about. I'm still collecting data in my personal study, but the next bit will be track back the sings and building understanding of them. The hawk flying low we could say is a reaction to presser systems. We could also say it is because the hawk is a messenger of the sky. I see no reason for these things to be mutually exclusive, however knowing them can add versatility and connection.
I think the idea of this connection can take us to the bigger point. That is that for many witches there is more to reading and distinguishing signs than the event taking place. If we were to write out every sign passed down and in published folklore we likely couldn't look anywhere without seeing something that is a sign. Many would also conflict with others. For many what separates the event from the sign is this connection that tells us what to read and when to read it. Back to the hawk there are three hawks that I see on a daily basics. Through a day of working the land I may see any combination of the three flying both high and low, these are events. When it is a sign the connection is made, and the importance is clear.
As a witch I also may look to those signs that hold deeper spiritual significance. For instance what direction are the horns of the moon pointing. This can tell me a lot about what to prepare for. I also may look to direct communication with the forces sending the messages to begin with to seek clarity. Or, I may communicate with those that can advise me on what is to come or how to proceed. These are just a handful of many ways some might work.
More in the immediate. I'm glad to hear your getting a handle on day to day weather changes. I'm making good progress in being more comfortable there as well. I think most would agree with you that the deeper into the future we try to look, the foggier it gets. I've been getting some forecasts for our winter together. More than my topical “It'll be rough” or “I don't think you need to worry”.
Winter's not like to be the way it was in past years with this spring and summer. Again I've been looking a lot to the animals. I should probably say that this is playing on my strengths, I work a lot with the wildlife. I think honing that is good, but I need to push more out of my comforts. But, for now its been some direct communication and a lot of being nebby about what the deer, bear, coyote, and fox are getting up to when the weather's fair. This is giving me impressions about what they think is coming. For instance the coyote are fighting a lot, but not hunting much. I'd think likely concerned about pack size. That got me thinking, along with what the others are doing they're figuring on having steady, but not abundant food. Then its a matter of that weather's likely to match that expectation.
As for establishing new patters, well no one said it will be fast or easy. I'm feeling that to. You also make a good point that most folk now days can't get out there every day. I might still suggest keeping a weather journal even if its limited in data. Mine at the moment has some entries like “Hot as blazes, but a cold night”. Got to start somewhere.
This far I'm only seeing a few possible patterns, but hope it will bare more fruit in the long run. Can't say if the same will work for others, but some of my work is making me think the small repetition of short term weather will give more about long term changes. This came largely from spiritwork. I figure I'll be looking much more to spirits and divination to give me advice and inspiration in where I might look for more possible patterns.
I suppose a lot of what I'm saying here is, there is more to traditional ways than repeating the actions of our folk. Their actions were built from the same lessons they taught us. They used those lessons to find ways though their lives and we can do the same. To simply go through the motions they did and hope the world hasn't changed would be learning how to take the test, without knowing the lesson. It wont help when the test's over.
Well I hope this is readable and makes sense. My communication lines have been down a few days and I rushed through this in case it dropped again.