The wheel of the year and the tree of life

Yesterday, in introducing the book, Encountering New Religious Movements and the Thin Places missional worship experiment, reference was made to a collaborative project “in designing an artistic reinterpretation of the sabbats that visually portrays Christ’s mission.”

Well, here’s the actual artwork.

Wiccawheel

You’ll find more, including the explanation at The Wheel and the Tree, the online version of the project.

In retrospect, having used this at Winter Magic Festivals and the like, I don’t think it worked as well as we’d hoped (the tarot cards were far more effective as a communication tool IMO) but I learned a lot from the project, so in that respect I think it was very valuable.

Oh, and just for a treat before I move onto the questions, here’s some art you won’t find on the official website. An earlier draft and other experimental designs.

Dancing-mother-of-god Jesus-discovery

5 thoughts on “The wheel of the year and the tree of life

  1. My mental picture of the wheel of the year goes anticlockwise, with December at the top, January to the left of it, and so on.
    Maybe it’s because I live in the southern hemisphere, where sundials go anticlockwise, or maybe it’s because I’m lefthanded. But I find it exceedingly odd to see March where September should be, and vice Versal.

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  2. Well, I’ve seen a whole book on the challenges Wiccans face in translating their path to the Southern Hemisphere. For instance, should they be celebrating Samhain on October 31, with the rest of the worldwide Pagan movement, or Beltane as would seem more appropriate for the Southern Hemisphere given the emphasis on seasonal sensitivity? I’ve seen Wiccans do both.

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