The sky is round, and I have heard the Earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.’
– Black Elk , Elder of the Oglala Sioux People
Since the beginning of time, the circle has represented equality, protection, fertility and feminine wisdom. The Wheel of Life works just like a great circle; a circle that journeys us from baby to elder, from summer to spring, from dawn til dusk; journey that invites us to explore the four elements, the four phases of growth, the four races of man and the four seasons. It speaks of the four winds, the four directions, and the corresponding influences that govern each of them: the elemental spirits, angels, animals, stones, plants, colours, emotions and sensations. It’s a journey we all take, both physically and metaphorically, once over a single lifetime, and countless times during the course of a single day.
Beginning with new life in the spring, to the height of fullness and energy in summer, from the inward contemplative energy of autumn, winter’s wisdom of old age and finally to the passing over to begin a new life once again in the east, the Wheel of Life aims to remind us of our mortality and our immortality while instilling within each and every one of us a greater understanding of Mother Earth and the forces of nature that surround us every day.
Celebrate the Wheel of Life and in doing so make a pact with yourself to live a richer, fuller more aware life full of happiness, health and abundance.
Celebrating the Australian Wheel of Life is more than a few sound bytes of wisdom. It’s a distillation of Earth based spirituality or nature shamanism – it would take many years of reading and searching to integrate and collate this knowledge. Scott has put it together impressively: it is a compendium of spiritual knowledge that I would recommend as a starting point for many seekers. Scott’s words are set to the haunting music of Sacred Earth. I feel Scott has gone beyond a spirit guide, zoomancer or animal psychic to the role of spiritual teacher. They are so chockfull of wisdom. Jeremy Ball, Nova Magazine (November 2008)