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Work, work, work…

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What constitutes our work?

We all struggle with this to varying degrees. Is work strictly what earns money? What about the unpaid hours of mothers, wives, caretakers and friends? Is it any less important because there’s no dollar amount attached to it? Is the real work what thrills us? Scares us?

Oddly, I think the highest compliment my husband gives people is “They’ve done their work”. But what does that mean? That they’ve spent time in therapy? That they know themselves well enough to stop projecting on others?

Initiations teach us about ourselves. You learn your limits: for tolerance, fear, hunger and thirst. Next week I’ll be supervising a faster on her first vision quest alone. While she’s out in the woods by our house, I expect I’ll relive my own Initiation in that tradition, too.

But last week, when an Initiation of my own came, it was something quite different. It was an Initiation I almost gave up on ever happening… A publisher accepted my memoir manuscript.

When I got the email, my body went through a combination of shock, elation, disbelief and resolve. And I’m still not entirely over it. After steeling myself for the many rejections writers receive, I hardly knew what to do with myself when the acceptance came.

Of course, there’s a lot of hard work ahead. There’s editing to complete, packing, distributing, marketing and all the rest, but the Choice has been made, and the Commitment was kept. My Trust in my Higher Purpose and Right Action follow-through on it has given me proof about the Process. Being published is a big deal! It’s a new Initiation for me.

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On Initiation

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On my birthday, I went to the beach with a new student to help her create her own Wisdom Wheel set. We combed the shore for different colored stones together, as some stones should be white, others yellowish, red or grey to signify the four directional quadrants (to learn more about this, download our free introduction booklet).

After she selected her stones, we laid out her new wheel in the sand. It was then I realized her Birth Law is Initiation (like all Cancers). Fittingly, Initiation is the Law I am now carrying at 62 (we all live under the energies of Initiation at 8, 35, 62 and 89).

That symmetry reminded me that we were performing an Initiation right then and there, in the noon sun on a windy spring day of new beginnings. This new student was embarking on an adventure of learning and ceremony toward wisdom.

In the old days, there were many Initiation ceremonies. Where have they gone? How do we mark a woman’s coming of age? Or celebrate her entrance into Cronehood? What makes a man into a man? And who acknowledges this? Confirmations and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs remain popular, but statistics show that people’s participation in the cultures they were initiated to drop off after their Initiation ceremony. Why?

Weddings are Initiation into marriage. Before, a community would gather to celebrate and pledge support to the young couple setting out together. Weddings today are quite commercialized. What happens after the party and the 5-figure bill?

But people still hunger for what good Initiation provide! Meaning. Acknowledgement.

May this humble Initiation to the stones, the bones of the Earth, be blessed. May this sincere woman find what she is seeking in her search for wisdom. May the Wheel and the world offer us what we truly need.

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Welcome to the new blog!

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Welcome to the new blog and our redesign of the Wisdom Wheel website. Our rapidly approaching 20th anniversary has inspired a flurry of activities, as you can see. We have a lot to celebrate with newcomers and our far-flung early adopter community!

In this online space, we’ll share the origin story of the Wisdom Wheel, interpret current events through its framework and provide practical ways to apply wisdom to daily life. If there are topics you’d like to see covered, comment below! We’re also accepting submissions. If there’s a Wisdom Wheel story you’d like to share, please email wisdomwheelwoman@gmail.com. We love to hear back from Circle Keepers who prove the value of the Wisdom Wheel, by testing its principles regularly and rigorously.

Those studying the Wisdom Wheel, and those teaching it, please continue to tell us how the website and these posts can best serve your needs, especially for materials and study group support. We salute your loyalty! Each of us does what we can to spread Awareness about Universal Laws, and it’s good to know that we’re not alone in this endeavor. The Wisdom Wheel provides unbreakable bonds with wonderful people. That precious sense of community has been worth every effort along the way.

More soon,
Cynthia