The spiral, along with the awen, is one of the central mysteries and teachings of druidry. Life is almost never made up of squares and arrow like lines with sharp demarcations between this and that. AS those who build round houses could tell us, life is nearly always a circle or a spiral, those are the shapes and patterns of cycles.
The year turns and turns again, always after the sun goes down, it rises again. From these circles the spirals of our human life patterns emerge, often seeming to tread over the same territory, in reality we dance the same steps to new tunes, we may pass the same scenery but it is us that have changed.
In some versions of physics, time itself is a spiral, which makes perfect sense as we often feel we could almost touch a moment, or a “place” that is seemingly far away.
Once you have left the arrow of time, and found the spiral, you know you are again part of life’s endless cycles, safe in the arms of the Mother of All that Is. Even as there are times of year when things seem to stand still, so too our own cycles. A pause, a dash, sometimes like a puppy chasing our tail we retread the same steps a few times-but as long as we are walking our path, we have not become lost.
While reading all over the internet lately about everyone’s struggle with feeling as if they are going nowhere, stuck and spinning in continual circles, I sat back and thought about how we could look upon this time in a positive light. There is no dispute these are intensely trying times and there is a great demand upon our patience with the challenges set before us, but what if we were to look at these times from a spiral point of view? Here is the spiritual definition of a spiral.
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