Wheel of the Year
This year-long program is an invitation to observe and celebrate the solar cycle. As humans, we are extensions of Gaia: our bodies are formed of the Earth and sunlight, starlight. Celebrating the solar cycle brings us closer to patterns of nature that influence our experience of embodiment.
The solar cycle is marked by eight alignments referred to as the wheel of the year: solstices, equinoxes and the four “cross-quarter” ceremonies that are between the solstices and equinoxes.
Each of the eight wheel of the year ceremonies will supporting us through the eight transition times, metaphors for our personal journey. We will look at cultural celebrations and temple complexes worldwide, with a slight emphasis on the Celtic calendar.
Each participant will also be asked to consciously relate to one plant of their choice through the year, observing its changes through the seasons. This will help to ground the experience of embodied nature through the year.
Celebrating the Wheel of the Year honors the solar cycle and also acts as something of a realignment. The Gregorian calendar which most of the world is now synched to (though many other calendars exist and are adhered to, simultaneously: the Jewish calendar, Islamic, Chinese, Buddhist, Navajo, Hawai’ian, Mayan, etc…) is a variation of the Roman calendar, which was placed out of synch with the natural world, partially for reasons of taxation, and partially for political and religious reasons. This “overlay” of the Roman Empire’s perspective of time has perpetuated a disconnection from the wisdom of the natural world, and from ourselves as nature-al beings.
Sign Up Here:
$13 a month for the full year-long series (12 months, from December 2022 to November 2023)
What will you receive:
8 newsletters, one for each point of the wheel
3 75-minute group gatherings, via zoom
Dates of the 8 points of the wheel:
Newsletters will be sent out a few days before the alignment. The dates refer to the Northern hemisphere timings, though the approach will be globally holistic. Participants from both North and South are welcome.
Winter Solstice December 21
Imbolc February 3
Spring Equinox March 20
Bealtaine May 5
Summer Solstice June 21
Lughnasadh August 7
Autumn Equinox September 22
Samhain November 7
Timing of the Zoom gatherings:
Each gathering will be part meditation, part workshop.
Winter Solstice: Sunday December 18 at 1.30pm US Central Time
Bealtaine: (timing tbd 6 weeks prior)
Samhain: (timing tbd 6 weeks prior)
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Or, sign up for just for the December Solstice Zoom contemplative workshop:
Sunday December 18th at:
11.30am Pacific Time
1.30pm Central Time
7.30pm UK Time
8.30pm Central European Time.
We will meet for 1 hour and 15 minutes and share a brief meditation, and spend a time sharing our embodied experiences of the solstice time: e.g. how does it feel to experience the short days and long nights? Are you noticing any changes in your body? etc.
$21 dollars. If you choose to sign up for the whole series by the end of December, your monthly rate will be $13 for 11 months.
What if you change your mind?
If you change your mind, you can disenroll from future payments at any time. All sales are final and non-refundable.