April 7, 2011 Irish Spirit Wheel
The Celtic Way of Seeing: Meditations on the Irish Spirit Wheel by Frank MacEowen looked like it could connect to this Irish and Pagan themed diary, and it has. MacEowen talks about the idea of da shelladha (two sights), bru dariche (dream seeker) and taibsear (vision seer). These ancient ideas are parallel to modern ideas of psychic powers, mythic memory and synchronicity. MacEowen stresses the idea that there is power in words and that story telling has always had a spiritual quality attached to it. A Celtic storyteller heals the word with words.
The spirit wheel or Mandela is a place to begin meditation. It encompasses the four airts or wind directions. The West symbolizes knowledge. The North symbolizes battle and struggle. The East symbolizes prosperity. The South symbolizes the divine song and poetry. The Center pulls us into the divine ruler, sovereignty and the Great Goddess herself. We must connect the eye to the heart and learn to cultivate a life of awareness and balance through our mediations.
MacEowen explains that the North calls us to leave no stone unturned. It allows us to examine our shadow shelves. We can do battle with our obsessions, addictions and projections, thus finding a way to end our suffering. If we end our suffering, we can then put and end to the conflicts and wars outside of us as well.
The East calls us to become an offering through hospitality. We can consider ourselves and others as sacred. MacEowen urges us to keep our homes clean and open to others, but not to deplete our energies by taking care of everyone else. Our physical homes are representative of the home we give our souls.
The South calls us to listen carefully. Listen to nature, listen to the storytellers and listen to ourselves for God is in sound. The sound of things like waterfalls can provide a portal between the physical world and the spirit world.
The West calls us to seek out knowledge, counsel, vision and wisdom. We must be able to envision the connection between the soul and nature.
Many things throw us off center. We can suffer from illness, insanity and addiction. When we feel off-balance we can find strength and gentleness within the Spirit Wheel and the Great Goddess.
MacEowen suggests that we begin by asking ourselves some important questions. How does your problem relate to the center of the wheel? How does your problem relate to the idea of destiny or a sense of mastery? Hoe does your problem adhere to an inner sense of housekeeping? How does your problem relate to a forgotten sense of rhythm in your life? What is it that you long for? What deeper knowledge do you need? Are you doing battle with something?