Well, we have done it together and completed another Turn of the Wheel together here in the city of the Three Rivers, Detroit, my City of the Waters. The Sabbat of Samhain is upon us and the Wheel of the Year is at its completion. This would be a good time to revisit what the Wheel is.
According to the Aquarian Tabernacle Church, a really good definition would be
“THE WICCAN CALENDAR is referred to as the Wheel of the Year. The wheel represents a full cycle of the seasons. Each season is marked by a series of holy days called sabbats to honor the particular qualities of each time of the year, life’s lessons as revealed through Nature, and our relationship with the Goddess and God. These holy days are divided into what is termed the Greater Sabbats and the Lesser Sabbats which reflect the themes of
birth, death, and rebirth. Although Samhain (Halloween) is considered the beginning of the Wiccan year, the holidays are presented here in the format of the customary Western calendar”
This can be found on their site at http://www.aquariantabernaclechurch.org/sabbats-the-wheel-of-the-year. I highly recommend this concise summary for the newcomer and beginner alike. It really encompasses the essence of most understandings generally held here by American pagans.
Since the New Year is on Thursday, the author proposes a self transformation program for the year. As far as numerology, this upcoming calendar year breaks down to a “7” and it is a good year for studies and introspection. This can be tied to any resolutions you see fit.
One such program is “Magical30’s 30 Day Talisman Challenge” Andrieh Vitimus & The Quantum Life
Science Institute http://www.magical30.com/. This is actually really good in keeping with the theme of the upcoming year, insofar as it allows the magickal pagan a chance to really expand and study and change on a real level with the beginning of the New Year, both Gregorian and Pagan.
It is important to try to correspond our actions and thoughts in such a way that we are always in harmony with the cycles around us. What good is it to live a pagan life if one is in constant conflict due to ignorance or apathy? Let this be the year that we grow along with the year in order to be in harmony.
Perhaps for you, the program may be something like a sincere commitment to learning one thing about your faith that you never explored. For another, maybe this is the year to teach for the first time in order to learn at the same time. Or maybe it is the year to work on family, i.e. celebrating and creating home Traditions. For one group here in Detroit, this is the year that they have committed to learning to teach the basics again since they feel they have strayed.
Whatever it is, let it begin now. And in this year, please observe the cycles that occur with each Esbat and Sabbat with mindfulness. In this way, let your practices be joyful and in tune with what is really going on around you.
May Deity smile upon you and Happy New Year!