Happy New Year!
How do you mark the Turning of the Wheel? Is it an occasion for you? Or perhaps you celebrate the Old Ways and November 1 is your New Year. However you mark it, can be as unique as each pair of eyes reading these words.
Some years, I use the Medicine Wheel as a tool for review, tracing and tracking any patterns I can see. Patterns are not always recognizable at first glance, which is why I like to use a visual tool. Some years, I do no review at all. For me it depends, on whether my journey was more personal, or more community orientated.
Last year (2016) I used my Medicine Wheel to trace and track my journey. I had many personal experiences, some of which left me bereaved and bereft, and one, left me for dead. My first journey was to Centre to merge with my Authentic self, once merged I am less likely blind to my own masks and hiding places. After merging, I traveled to the World Tree, walking slowing around the trunk, until I felt pulled to a particular direction. I allow myself to trust my intuition. My second journey was to South, my weary warrior self. I had to invite in my headstrong self, my cocky self, my old warrior self, and the guardian of my heart. I listened to the wise, and foolish, recounting of my year. I could not change anything which had happened, however, I allowed the wise counsel of Self help me to integrate the changes I had undergone. My third journey was to my Blindspot. Where it is for each person, I cannot say, but for me, that is in the NE part of the wheel. I did not engage my blind spot, rather I observed it with the deeper understanding my journey to the South had given me. I looked for weaknesses in my blind spot. Last year I found old words had returned to trigger a pattern, a pattern I thought I had long solved and been rid of. Patterns are individual impressions, ideas, or actions; taken together, they make up our conditioning. Repeating patterns reinforces them, creating a groove that is difficult to resist. My next journey was to North, to speak to the Ancestors, seeking a different perspective to the year I had just had. The Ancestors shared with me their vision, and version of events.
Finding another perspective is invaluable. I am stuck in my brain, with my patterns. Patterns are artful, magician-like: mesmerizing us with endless repetitions of itself, polishing a deep groove, while deftly concealing the fears, needs, and beliefs that lie beneath. Another perspective allows me to be witness to my own challenges and manifestations of those challenges.
The last journey I embarked on during the New Year time was West, to Changing Woman, the deepest spiritual aspect of myself. I went looking for a positive pattern—and was reminded of my devotion to Water and Earth. She bathed me with Waters of Life and buried me deep in the Soil. This was an Act of Dying to my own self, being reborn, renewed and re-imagined. Who I am, where I came from and where I might end up going are deep and important questions. I encourage you to journey around your medicine Wheel. Set your intention. Let your intuition guide you.
Remember, as much as Spirit matters to you, you are equally invaluable to them.
Happy New Year from Shaman’s Way!
Other resources you may enjoy:
- Shaman’s Way podcast episode 53: The Turning of the Wheel.
- The circle of shamanism – the Medicine Wheel.
- Free shamanic music and drumming.
- Or if you’re new to journey work and wish to develop your own relationship with spirit, get started with journey work here.
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