How are things going? What is happening in my spiritual life? In all parts of my life? What is happening in nature? How is what's happening in my spiritual life connected with what's happening in nature? (Is it?)
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The spiral of the seasons -- a circle that never quite returns to the same place it was, but keeps progressing through time -- reflects for me the rhythms of life, and also provides a model for my spiritual life and spiritual growth.
Picture a slinky in your hands. (If you have a real-life slinky, feel free to take an actual slinky in your hands!)
Is it a classic silver one, or perhaps one of the rainbow plastic ones?
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Take the slinky in one hand. Take your other hand, grasp the top, and pull it up; stretch it out vertically, so it looks more like the path a spiral ramp or spiral staircase would take.
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Imagine you are walking along that spiral. As the spiral curves gently upward, imagine Spring Equinox; about an eighth of the way around, imagine Beltane; a quarter around, Litha; another eighth, Lammas; half-way around, Fall Equinox; another eighth, Samhain; three-quarters of the way around, Yule; another eighth, Brigid; and, as you reach the spot directly above where you started, Spring Equinox again.
The repeated cycles of the Wheel of the Year travel in time along this vertical spiral.
At Spring Equinox each year, I might be at the same place on the spiral in one sense. But I am at a completely different place in another sense. Those two loops of the slinky, those two loops of the ramp, those two steps on the staircase, cannot occupy the same place at the same time.
As I have traveled the spiral, I have continued to travel in time -- and hopefully in other ways, too. I'm in a similar place, but it's not possible for me to be in the exact same place.
How does your spiritual life resemble a spiral?
How is the image of a slinky, or a ramp, or a staircase, useful to you? How does it help you?