Today the Sun is in Capricorn, the waxing Moon is in Aries, and we are a third of the way through the “tide” that began at Winter Solstice. We’re also a day past New Year’s in the Gregorian calendar, and it’s a legal holiday here in the states.
It’s a good day to contemplate the turning of the Wheel, looking back to where we were and ahead to where we’re going. It’s a good day (and isn’t it every day?) to stay centered at the still point of the turning world.
Here’s what I wrote about the Wheel in the Gaian Tarot companion book:
The Wheel of the Year turns and spins, as one season transforms into the next. In this card, the fiery core of the Earth is at the still point of the turning world. Trees of each season are rooted in Her body. Around the trees we see the eight phases of the moon, which correspond to the eight holy days of the solar year. The zodiac is aligned with the seasons and the lunar phases. For example, the Dark/New Moon corresponds to Winter Solstice, the shortest night of the year when the sun begins to wax again. Winter Solstice occurs when the sun moves into the sign of Capricorn. So these three — Dark/New Moon, Winter Tree and sign of Capricorn — all line up on the card, and so on around the Wheel.
The cycles of nature teach us that all of life moves in a wheel. Wherever we stand on this wheel, we are certain to move to the next point and the one after that, until we are brought full circle to the place where we started, and as T.S. Eliot wrote, we “know the place for the first time.”
When you get this card in a reading . . .
You know that change is imminent. One part of a cycle is becoming another. What is passing away in your life right now, and what is coming into being? Where do you stand right now on the Wheel? Can you see that what is happening does not happen in isolation, but is part of a pattern?
Sometimes the change that is coming is obvious and striking. More often, it creeps up on us — the trees are suddenly bare and we didn’t even notice when the first leaves began to fall. So this card also challenges us to be mindful. Keep track of the cycles of the sun and moon, which mirror our own inner cycles.
If things seem chaotic and disorderly in your life, center yourself on the still point of the turning wheel. Constant change is the nature of all that is. When you are centered, you will find that you can trust the turning cycles of change.
In centering myself, I am blessed by the turning of the Wheel.
What wisdom does the Wheel have for you, dear Readers?
A Blessed New Year to you and yours!