The Great Wheel: Living the Pagan Cycles of Our Lives & Times
Paperback – January 8, 2020
Take your Pagan practice into exciting new territory through an exploration of circular time and the cycles of life that are woven into it. The Great Wheel incorporates meditations, rituals, and exercises that align you with the patterns of time expressed in the ancient Etruscan concept known as the saeculum, or great year. Connecting to the saeculum helps you prepare for and prevent tragedies, navigate life's challenges, and change the world for the better.
Jo Graham first guides you through the Wheel of the Year and the Wheel of Life, including the eight phases in a person's life span. Then she reveals how the Great Wheel has influenced past events and what that means for the future. Using these ideas together will help you live more fully, find peace, and uncover powerful ways to benefit both yourself and the generations to come.
"The Great Wheel offers a framework for understanding cultural change, finding your place in the world, and choosing your work. It offers theories and predictions and grounds them in telling the stories of characters who live the examples that are given. Additionally, there are suggestions on how to ritualize a fresh understanding of living in the seasons of history. It is a good time to read this book."―Ivo Dominguez, author of The Keys to Perception
"A wonderful combination of science and soul. Graham uses deftly crafted analogues to explain academic concepts in such a way that the reader is drawn to relate to people, not just to ideas. As the analogues begin to cross into each other's stories, the variety of connections expands to include the reader, allowing them to draw parallels to themselves, and to older and younger people in their lives. It's a moving way to build bridges across the generation gap, and Graham does it with casual elegance. What I found was a wonderfully researched examination of politics, intergenerational relations, and faith."―E.K. Johnston, New York Times bestselling author
"In The Great Wheel, Graham takes Strauss and Howe's 'generational theory' and elaborates on it from an entirely Pagan perspective, offering readers exercises and rituals to determine their own place on the wheel and to shape their choices wisely and with care. By turns down-to-earth and inspiring, practical and profound, The Great Wheel offers an entirely new way to think abou the cycles of history, and a truly Pagan way to prepare for the times to come."―Melissa Scott, Lambda Literary Award-winning author
About the Author
Jo Graham (Durham, NC) has practiced in Pagan and Hermetic traditions for more than thirty years. She has studied Classical traditions, Celtic reconstruction, and Wicca, and she is the cofounder of the Cult of Isis.