The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives
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Author: Alexia Moon
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Most Pagan paths celebrate seasonal rites. These are different in name and traditions depending on the Pagan paths we are talking about but the final goal is the same: To connect to Nature. In this article I will take into account the Wiccan Wheel of the Year since itís the most celebrated both by Wiccans and even several non-Wiccans.
The Wheel of the Year is of essence in a Wiccanís life and path and also in the life of the Witches and Pagans who also decide to celebrate this set of festivities. We celebrate the Wheelís rituals and cycles, we dance, we laugh, and we light bonfires and make corn dolls. Eight times a year we meet with our friends and companions or we opt to celebrate alone in the presence of the Gods but we always take some of our time to dedicate ourselves to the celebration of a Sabbat.
Alas, how many of us have stopped to think about the importance and influence these rites have in our daily lives? The Wheel of the Year happens not only eight times a year, but always and at all times. We can feel the changes in ourselves, without looking at the calendar. Around us we see Nature changing and taking other forms. We see flowers blooming and growing, birds chirping, the weather starts to heat up and the sun to rise higher in the sky... and then we see the trees losing their leaves, the ground becomes filled with blankets of autumn leaves, the wind starts blowing stronger and the rain begins to fall sharply on the window panes while we are wrapped in our blankets with a good cup of hot chocolate.
The Wheel of the Year is an intrinsic part of our daily lives and not only on eight separate occasions. This is how we connect to Nature by seeing the changes in our lives.
Nowadays we have become too accustomed to routines. We wake up, take a shower, have breakfast, leave home, get in the car, go to work, leave work, get in the car, go home, sit on the couch watching TV and then go to sleep. Every day we repeat the process. And every day are equal, all days are the same.
This is not how it should be. We must see how the days are different and feel these changes. When leaving the house in the morning look at the sky and see the moon hiding and the sun coming to take her place. Watch the birds in the trees and notice the treesí bare branches or their green leaves. When in the car, donít just focus on the radio or in the car in front of you but try to see the landscapes and everything in the path to your job or school/college. And even when working, notice the details that show you how Nature is changing, like the fact that your co-worker left his gloves at home because it is no longer cold or that your classmate brought her warm sweater because itís getting cold again.
Itís small things like this that we usually consider as insignificant but which actually matter because they show how Nature has an influence on us and allows us to see how our life changes as Nature also changes.
So be attentive. Look around you, think outside the box and outside of your routine and let yourself see the small details in life. Choose an afternoon and take a stroll through the city or the countryside, if itís close to you. And see the changes, feel the change around you. Notice the animals, the birds and the wildlife. What do they do? Are they out of their burrows in search of food and socializing with others? Or are they collecting supplies for the harsh winter or even migrating to warmer places? And the trees? Are they leafless and are their branches exposed to wind and cold or are they abundant in green color and healthy leaves and flooding with vividness?
Feel the warmth of the sun. The warmth of its rays hitting your skin. How is the heat outside? Quick to arrive and warm enough or still shy and difficult to be noticed? Look at the people around you. See their behavior and how they react to the natural cycles. Are the people in your city walking around with warm clothes and equipped with gloves, hats and several layers of clothing? Or are they using fine clothes and ready to go for a swim at the beach or the swimming pool? Or maybe something in between if itís Spring or Autumn. Is it raining? Is it sunny?
Notice the world around yourself. Notice how Mother Nature influences everything and everything is influenced by Her. No need to memorize all the pretty dates and know it all by heart and do all the rituals with the best tools and best prayers if youíre not doing the most important part which is to feel the cycles of Nature in your life and in yourself.
Paganism is not only, in some of its paths, a religious walk in life but also a philosophy. A philosophy of life and way of seeing and dealing with the World around you. Being Pagan will not only influence your religious and/or spiritual life but it will have an influence and impact in all parts of your life. You will see the world and experience it differently than before and will deal with it in very different way as well, a more personal and close to the heart way.
So my main advice is: Be here, live in the present. Notice what happens around your and near you. Look beyond the obvious and see Nature as it is. See Nature as something beautiful and constantly changing, in an endless cycle. See this cycle. Live with it. Grow with it. Feel it in your life, see it in the lives of those around you and in everything. Become an active member of the World and not only a mere observant like most people do. Live with it, celebrate with it, grow with it, cry with it.
Remember that you are part of Nature and belong to it. We are not separate from the natural world, even though we live in concrete cities, we are part of it and, especially as Pagans, we must connect with it and feel it. So take this opportunity and step outside and breathe deeply. Take it all in and join Mother Earth in her never-ending cycles.
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