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The Wheel of the Year & the Wheel of Life

March 3rd, 2020

Each of the eight seasonal festivals that the Druids observe relates to a phase in human development: Imbolc: birth and infancy; Spring Equinox: childhood; Beltane: adolescence; Summer Solstice: early adulthood; Lughnasadh: mature adulthood and parenting; Autumn Equinox: ‘Golden Years’; Samhain: old age and death; the Winter Solstice: conception. A viewer of this tea session commented: “the period of time between Samhain and the Winter Solstice you suggested was the time between death and conception (symbolically). This is the time Buddhists say we spend in Bardo between incarnations.”

In this tea we explore these ideas of the connection between the Wheel of the Year and the Wheel of Life, and journey with a meditation from the book ‘The Children’s Forest’. More on the book here.

4 Responses to “The Wheel of the Year & the Wheel of Life”

  1. I love this! It seems to me, that though the book was conceived for work with children, there is probably much in it that could easily be adapted for adults? Your thoughts?

  2. Brilliant…thanks Phil for highlighting the book AND the importance of deeper connections to the trees and the plug for Forest School

  3. Yes, The best time to begin teaching Druidry & Bardic Arts is in Early Childhood! Yay! I Love the Forest School project! Thanks for the Book info. In Maria Montessori’s Book, “The Montessori Method,” She devotes an entire chapter to ‘Nature in Education.’ It was always a main focus in programs I taught in (as was music & the arts).

    She also quotes Wordsworth, who said, “The Secret of all nature lies in the soul of a little child.” In discussing Her ‘Montessori method,’ She states, “It is a pedagogical method informed by the high concept of Immanuel Kant: “Perfect art returns to nature.” Blessings for a Merrie Alban Eilir /|\

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