“Wheels in the sky keep on turning. I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow” goes the lyric to a old Journey song. And right now I can completely sympathize with this sentiment. It seems as if things just keep changing and I have no idea where I fit in this new world order. Of course the reality is life is change and the only thing we control is how we deal with those changes. Unfortunately for me, change is something I tend to avoid like the plague. I’ve had enough change and upheaval in my life. Changes makes me feel uncertain and as though I’m not on solid ground.
The shirt on the loom of the Wildwood Wheel seems to be one with nature; woven of grass and feathers, it has an organic feel to it. This speaks to me about the need to be one with your environment; see yourself as part of a bigger whole. The figure on the DruidCraft Wheel seems to be carving out magical space; creating a circle within which she can safely perform her workings. Each card offers a slightly different message – one seems to encourage becoming an integrating piece of the whole while the other suggests carving out your own space is important. But are these two messages mutually exclusive? Not at all.
It occurs to me the there is a time and a place for both approaches. There are times when we need to be part of the community, integrated into the world around us and the community in which we live. At other times we need to carve out time and space to do our own things; time to be on our own and explore our own interests. This ties in beautifully with the overall message of the Wheel of Fortune. There are cycles to life; ebbs and flows to the tides of our experiences. Sometimes we are up, we are involved and we are extroverted. Other times we are more introverted, more introspective and more desirous of solitude.
The reality is that change is inevitable. We can’t stop change anymore than we can hold back the ocean or stop from aging. The only thing we can control is how we handle these changes; how we go with the flow. I have always had issues with water so I can sometimes be very resistant to going with the flow but I do love splashing at the beach. I’m not quite as resistant to changes as I often claim but I am sometimes overwhelmed by the rapidness with which change occurs and there are certain changes I resist will all my might (and will probably continue to do so). As long as I know my proclivities, I don’t think I’m causing myself any harm. If I were oblivious to this stubborn resistance it might be a different situation but I am usually very aware of my quirks, and this is one of them.