What is Walk The Wheel?
WALK THE WHEEL (v. walked, walking, to walk the Wheel)
To Walk The Wheel is to follow and celebrate the festivals on the Wheel of The Year; a practice commonly found in modern Paganism. Although some of its festivals are traced back to pre-Roman times (primarily found in Ireland/England/Scotland/Wales) the format in which it is most commonly used today is likely a composite of numerous ideas, traditions and cultures that has developed over more recent history.
To Walk the Wheel is also a way to open our senses and awareness to seasonal changes in the World around us. It can be followed by anyone, of any (or no) belief or faith, and can be interwoven with strands from a variety of other spiritual and none spiritual practices (e.g: folk traditions or mindfulness practices). Walking the Wheel can be an extension of your life as it stands or a way to develop it in new directions. Or both.
For more detailed information on the Wheel and its origins check out the ‘What Wheel?’ page on this blog.
WALK THE WHEEL (n.)
Walk the Wheel is…
* A gathering of folk who come together to share and celebrate the festivals. There are currently two events for each turn of the Wheel: one meets in Hadfield and the other in New Mills (both in High Peak, Derbyshire).
Each event includes thoughts on the time of year, small acts of ritual to mark the changes in energy and passing of the seasons and a group sharing. The events are participatory and everyone is invited to bring along something to share that inspires in them the themes of the current festival/season. We’ve had everything from stories, poems, music and songs, to recipes, artwork, objects and even baked goods… The only limit is your imagination!
Walk the Wheel events aim to bring people together to experience the time of year and develop a sense of community spirit. To hear what people think of WtW and the effects it has for them see the Testimonials page.
* A blog.
Which you can read by clicking the ‘BLOG’ tab at the top of the page.
It gives updates on new events and happenings and also contains articles on the seasons, the festivals as well as some more personal insights into my journey.
> The Musings Series – a complete set of 8 articles giving information on the themes and ideas behind each festival.
> The Marking Series – in progress; a set of articles providing practical ideas and ways to celebrate each festival.
* In keeping with its virtual identity, WtW has an active presence on popular social media sites.
You can follow us on Twitter, simply search @walkthewheel.
Or join the Facebook group here.
Providing updates and event information, these outlets also provide a social space for all Wheel Walkers to interact between meetings. The FB group is an active community where people share their thoughts, experiences and insights throughout the year.
In 2015 we also began hosting an online sharing event for each festival on the FB group; thus allowing anyone who is unable to attend the in-person events to see and share seasonal offerings virtually
And coming in Autumn 2015… our first online course! So you can Walk the Wheel with us wherever you are.
Photo credits: 1) nahimaart @ deviantart
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