At this very moment, we are aligning with a myriad of cycles going on in perpetual perfection. Wheels within wheels. A day has its cycle of bringing in and letting go, beginning and ending, as does a breath, a life.
In our culture so many cycles are built by the framework of time and tasks. We consciously align ourselves with these cycles in our lives, but we are also unconsciously part of an infinite number of them happening within and around us all the time. We are superficially aware of seasons on a large scale as we see changes in the land and in the holiday section of the stores, but we are unaware of all the cycles within that season. Each plant, insect, animal, bird, microbe, eco-region, elemental has its own cycle that interacts with others in the perfection of nature. We are clueless about them, but as we all are part of the same environment, we are affected by them in unknowable ways.
Human beings have been paying attention to cycles for a long time. In the Druid and Wiccan traditions that I am part of, we keep track of the seasonal cycles with ceremonies and rituals throughout the wheel of the year. We connect our ceremonies today with those that our ancestors have been doing for thousands of years. The ceremonies reflect observation and enmeshment of ourselves in the cycles of the natural world around us, and our reverence for the innate wisdom and life force of the Divine Spirit in all things.
In Wiccan traditions it is common to do rituals of letting go and banishing during waning moon cycles. Then the new moon acts a doorway to new beginnings, so at that time it is common to focus on and ritually charge our intentions. As the moon waxes it adds support to the manifestation and growth of those intentions.
We want to work with and be supported by cycles, but not feel constrained by them. We also need to honor the flow of our individual rhythms and will. If we feel like it is a good day to clear clutter, or clean out our closet and donate clothes we no longer wear, we don’t need to wait for the new moon or waxing moon for that! We can always bring in the new and always let go of what is no longer serving us with every breath, every circular thought pattern, every dawn of a new day.
One reason I love astrology is that it is all about cycles. Every planet moves in its own steady orbit through the constellations, which also move in their measured celestial ages over thousands of years. Some of these influences are so long we may not realize their effect at all, they are just part of the background energy of the cosmos. But if we tune into them with intuition and intention we find ways to evoke their powerful wisdom within us.
The moon phases are just one example of a cycle that people use not only for ritual and intention, but also for tracking tides, menstrual cycles and fertility, guiding planting and harvesting, just to name a few.
I was studying archaeology in college many years ago and I was quite intrigued by a picture in our textbook of a bone with the moon cycle incised on it. It was dated around 34,000 years old and found in Europe, presumably from the paleolithic Aurignacian culture. I wondered about the person who made it and why they recorded it on a portable object. I look at my new 2022 moon cycle calendar and I feel a connection to that ancient human whoever they were; a wise woman keeping track of her fertility cycle, hunters tracking game migration, a shaman calculating the shift of seasons.
There is magic in seeing a reflection of something in our lives in the outer world and feeling in sync with it in our inner world. There are times to honor the constraint of a cycle and times to follow our own rhythm. If it seems on the surface that we are out of sync with one cycle, we are no doubt perfectly in sync with another.
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Roger Wheelock and Gayle Ruth are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association.