Wheel of the Year 2022

(made by Edel for Imbolc Swap 2020)

Blessed Be

The Wheel of the Year is a pagan season of cycles, highlighting eight festivals celebrated throughout the year. A year will also contain the solstices and equinoxes of the moon. Some aspects of the Wheel focus on trees, and other gemstones/colors.

This craftalong encourages you to explore how the cycles of nature speak to and move you. There is no set medium, but only to intentionally make. To be thoughtful in your year. What are your creative intentions for working with the Wheel of the Year in 2022? And how do you want to explore those?

The topics below are only suggestions and should be used as a jumping off point of inspiration. Focus on your own-self and goals, but allow yourself to be inspired and moved by others’ comments and from the chat.

We will also be asking each other questions like, “How could working with the Wheel of the Year help you with your creativity?” and channeling those thoughts into physical manifestations.

Example for Moon inspiration:
Formulate a question for each moon to answer. How does the spirit or the energy of the Wolf, or the Ice Moon answer a question in your life?

Sabbats: To mark the seasons
December 21, 2021: Yule
February 4: Imbolc
March 20: Ostara
May 4: Beltane
June 21: Litha/Midsummer
August 6: Lughnasadh / Lammas
September 22: Mabon
November 7: Samhain
December 21, 2022: Yule

Moon Phases: (lunations) There are no blue moons this year

2 lunar eclipses > May 16th & November 8th
2 solar eclipses > April 30 & October 25

January 17 (full Moon): Wolf / Ice
February 16 (full Moon): Snow / Storm / Hunger
March 18 (full Moon): Worm / Crow / Sap
April 16 (full Moon): Pink / Sprouting Grasss / Egg / Fish
May 16 (full Moon): Flower / Corn Planting / Milk
June 14 (full Moon): Strawberry / Mead / Honey
August 11 (full Moon): Sturgeon / Green Corn
September 10 (full Moon): Harvest / Fruit / Barley / Hungry Ghost
October 8 (full Moon): Blood / Travel / Hunters
November 8 (full Moon): Frost / Snow / Beaver
December 7 (full Moon): Cold / Oak

Celtic Astrology

Trees:
December 24 - January 20: Birch
January 21 - February 17: Rowan
February 18 - March 17: Ash
March 18 - April 14: Willow
May 13 - June 9: Hawthorn
June 10 - July 7: Oak
July 8 - August 4: Holly
August 5 - September 1: Hazel
September 2 - September 29: Vine
September 30 - October 27: Ivy
October 28 - November 24: Reed
November 25th - December 23: Elder

Gemstones:
January: garnet - red
February: amethyst - purple
March: aquamarine - aqua
April: diamond - white
May: emerald - green
June: alexandrite - dark purple OR smokey quartz (taupe/bronze) OR moonstone
July: ruby - red
August: peridot - pale green
September: sapphire - deep blue
October: tourmaline - pink OR opal
November: topaz OR citrine - yellow
December: topaz - blue

Tarot suggestion for you:

Using your day and month of birth, calculate to find your Tarot card for the year and let it guide you. OR use the universal card which is The Lovers for 2022.

Add up your day, and month of birth, plus 2022 (for the current year)
Example:
Feb 13, 2022 = 02 + 03 + 2022 > 2027
All the numbers individually added = 11
The 11th card is “Justice”

Animals for the sabbats
February 4: Imbolc > bear / badger
March 20: Ostara > hare / duck
May 4: Beltane > fox
June 21: Litha/Midsummer > bees / horse
August 6: Lughnasadh / Lammas > crow
September 22: Mabon > wolf
November 7: Samhain > beaver / owl
December 21, 2022: Yule > stag / goat

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Wolf moon - Jan 17
Also, ice moon, cold moon, old moon, or the great spirit moon.

It is a time of slowing, comfort, and introspection as the weather is usually sharp outside. It is a time of connecting with your inner-self and your spiritual power. A time of simplifying and minimizing. Start identifying what you can and cannot control, and [try to] let go of the latter.

Imbolc - Feb 4th

St. Brigid is closely intertwined with Imbolc. She represents light and fire, and power to bring people from the dark winter into spring. There is a focus on agriculture, and prepping for spring planting. Spring cleaning is also celebrated - to sweep out the old and freshen for the new. Brigid’s crosses are made and placed over the door as symbols of protection.

Neopagans celebrate with spring flowers (dandelions, daffodils, or any spring flowers in your region).
Several foods are mentioned, such as bannock, pancakes, cheese, and colcannon. Candles are often used to represent fire.

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@Edel ! I’m so excited to begin this! Thank you so much for the inspiring ideation session!

tagging @MightyMitochondria, @curiousfae , @Wulf, @Ludi (for potential interest)

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Thank you for tagging me! This is just the inspiration I need to get back in the crafting game. I have been in a funk for months.

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Perfect!! I’m so excited to begin.

My crafty intentions for the year are:

  1. Once Covid allows, start a monthly craft group.
  2. Make something every day.
  3. Find more playfulness in my crafting.
  4. Continue to work on giving myself permission to make mistakes, to experiment and (and potentially “waste”) materials.

What are everyone else’s?

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Me, too, my friend. 100% I’m hoping it will for me as well. Just enough framework to give guidance, but a lot of wiggle room.

I would like to:

  • Make more through intuition, and less through following (play outside the lines)
  • Create animal totems for The Wheel with focus on intentions
  • Integrate Forest Bathing practices into places where I am able. But not forcing.
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I only did words of the year so far, & they’re the same as last year’s: Patience & Persistence. Year goals seem a bit ambitious at present, tho; I like the idea of trying to break things out by mini-seasons.

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Thank you for starting this! It’s a way of approaching creating that is different for me and I’ll be giving this some thought (or rather, just sitting with it and seeing what comes up).

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Sitting with it is good. @JoyfulClover and I chatted about it, and the ideas came thick and fast. But mostly it’s a collection of jumping off points, to do as much or as little as works x

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Animals for the sabbats
February 4: Imbolc > bear / badger
March 20: Ostara > hare / duck
May 4: Beltane > fox
June 21: Litha/Midsummer > bees / horse
August 6: Lughnasadh / Lammas > crow
September 22: Mabon > wolf
November 7: Samhain > beaver / owl
December 21, 2022: Yule > stag / goat

I would like to work on something with animal guides - most likely in a textile/fabric. I really like the idea of having around 6 weeks between “dates”, to be more thoughtful, and apply intention towards each. I also am considering art journal signatures?

We’ll see. I love the beginning of the calendar year (but not the wheel), starts with Imbolc. The idea of cleaning out the old, beginning anew.

~ insert happy humming ~

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I’m keeping my goals simple. Craft regularly and find inspiration from @JoyfulClover 's themes. I’m already working on a family tree embroidery. We will call it a birch tree for the December/January theme. Friends, I haven’t been around much and I have missed you. JoyfulClover, thank you for tagging me. It is the extra encouragement I needed.

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Welcome everyone! I appreciate you being here. Here are the topics to consider as the we approach the shorter moon cycles, as well as the longer term impending sabbat. Many still consider this under the Yule cycle, I’m going to work in front of the next event (Imbolc). Feel free to do what speaks to you.

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Wolf moon - Jan 17
Also, ice moon, cold moon, old moon, or the great spirit moon.

It is a time of slowing, comfort, and introspection as the weather is usually sharp outside. It is a time of connecting with your inner-self and your spiritual power. A time of simplifying and minimizing. Start identifying what you can and cannot control, and [try to] let go of the latter.

@Edel - please jump in for moon commentary, as I know you were really inspired here.

Imbolc - Feb 4th

St. Brigid is closely intertwined with Imbolc. She represents light and fire, and power to bring people from the dark winter into spring. There is a focus on agriculture, and prepping for spring planting. Spring cleaning is also celebrated - to sweep out the old and freshen for the new. Brigid’s crosses are made and placed over the door as symbols of protection.

Neopagans celebrate with spring flowers (dandelions, daffodils, or any spring flowers in your region).
Several foods are mentioned, such as bannock, pancakes, cheese, and colcannon. Candles are often used to represent fire.

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I found some great paper piecing patterns for each of the animals, and want to work primarily from stash. I would love if I had enough batiks for the background! I’ll see what I have tonight.

I like the inspiration of clearing out that which is not needed. It was interesting to see both of the topics were about simplifying. Logically, this makes sense - the seasons would dictate as you are inside, it is the best time to re-evaluate. Do I really need those 10ish pairs of heels I haven’t worn - and frankly, don’t like - in 5+ years? No, I don’t.

How does the spirit or energy of either/both of these topics speak to you?

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tagging @chiaroscuro

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Imbolc is also the milk festival as it represents the first milk for spring born animals. So feasting could include milk, cream, etc. I’m all about the feasting! This was from one of my books, some nice bits of inspiration here-i hope you can read it ok.

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I loathe milk, so my eyes just pretend not to see any postings about it! {I see nothing!} : )

It was interesting to see heavy focus on the maiden in this page you shared.

I love milk, any excuse. :wink:

I guess the maiden focus is the early youthful part of the year, before the glorious libidinous may Day celebrations. What springs to mind for me, is to ask what are the dreams and wishes of me as a girl that I set aside. How did I have fun then. One of my intentions for this year is to have more fun, and so that childlike part might be able to teach me about having fun.

Your words are like an arrow, and strike so true. I wanted to highlight these words. I might journal them.

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I love this idea and really appreciate the inspiration! Thanks for tagging me. I need to think on this a bit and formulate some ideas. I definitely want to incorporate the tarot.

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Thanks for tagging me, @JoyfulClover - it helped get me back onto LC where I belong!

I realized recently that without the steady impetus of swaps, craftalongs, etc., I am finishing far less projects. I still do a lot of crafting, but it’s all bigger things that may or may not ever get done. This may be just what I need to trigger a stream of smaller, more self-contained craft projects. And maybe more variety - I’ve been doing a lot of textile stuff the past couple of years, and a lot of my other favourites, like woodcarving and paper crafts, have just been pushed aside.

As anyone who’s done any Pagan swaps with me knows, Imbolc is one of my very favourite festivals of the year. So I’m certainly going to do something for that. Maybe make some candles (I need to re-stock my supply anyway.) And I like the idea of also doing a series of thirteen somethings for the full moons. The first thing that comes to mind is a set of wood circles (maybe tree branch slices) with symbols or images on them. Painted? Carved? Stamped?

So many ideas to think about!

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I’m planning full moon circles for this year, with some friends, so I’ll be interested in what you come up with for the moons

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