The Wheel of the Year is a very important symbol in the Pagan and Wiccan community. The wheel represents the full cycle of the seasons according to the Sun, where each season has its specific name and qualities to differentiate it from the next. The seasons are called Sabbats, and Sabbats are holy days to us Wiccans. There are 8 Sabbats in total and they were used by our ancestors as markers for when to plant and when to harvest, and also when to stock up.
On the beginning of a Sabbat, we take time to pause, reflect on our life, celebrate our life, and give thanks to the God and the Goddess. To honor and celebrate each Sabbat, is to learn from Nature. Because each Sabbat carries with it a lesson. And the coming of each Sabbat is Nature’s way of teaching us these lessons.
Take for example the Litha, or Summer Solstice. It is time of abundance and harvesting of crops. What could it mean for you? It means it’s also time to reap what you have been sowing. It is the time of transformation. Have you been advancing your education? Going to the gym? Practicing how to speak in public? This is the time to transform show the world what you have been working on. And don’t forget to give thanks to the God and Goddess for the opportunity of improvement and transformation.
Another example is Ostara. Ostara marks the beginning of Spring. Agriculturally, it is the best time to plant seeds since there is a balance of light and dark during the season. How does it apply to you? Use Ostara as the time of hope and renewal. It is the best time to invest in yourself and make changes in your life. Think of all the things that you have always wanted to do but held off from doing. Like wanting to take that yoga class or study a new language or live in a new place? How about wanting children but you’ve always thought you are not ready to take the plunge. Whatever it is, Ostara is the time of fertility and new beginnings.
See, what the Wheel of the Year teaches us is that life as with everything, moves forward. As the seasons change, we also undergo some changes. Each season, we are given the opportunity of change, rebirth, and regrowth. The best we could do with it is to utilize the time given just as Nature utilizes the seasons in caring and providing for the Earth. Keep the Wheel of the Year within reach and close to your heart to be reminded of the this wonderful opportunity for progression you have each year in your life.