“… a time older than the time of chronometers, older than time counted by anxious worried women, lying awake calculating the future.” ~ Nick Hobson
And what of time?
Wisdom is the ability to live in a chaotic world. It requires the "knowledge behind the knowledge," which means an understanding of the hardware of the mind, its structure, as opposed to the software - the particular languages, sciences, and religions which the mind creates. This is knowledge of Chaos, of the real world in which we all live, and how to find the hidden universal order, the fractal patterns, which lie behind it. The clocks, the TV schedules, the media timetables tell us about the structure of minutes. But what is your heart telling you? Life repeats itself mindlessly - unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. The WHEEL warns us not to be trapped on the tiny wheel of time like a hamster running relentlessly around in circles. Would we not do better than to watch and listen to the greater cycles that govern us?
The imagery of this card shows a mill wheel turned by a running stream, yet, in the foreground there are hindering reeds that have slowed its progress. The Wheel is set into a brick wall that almost seems forbidding … an architectural structure formulated and built my mankind to keep the undesirable out. Still, the Wheel’s greater purpose is community service. It is depended upon to grind corn to make the flour used to bake bread and feed the entire township. From this imagery it is easy to assess that human beings have cycles and wheels built into the architecture of their minds …
The cyclical pattern of seasons provided the ancients with their livelihood while the movement of the stars provided their philosophy. The cycle of generations, business cycles that govern worldwide economies, electoral cycles that dictate democracies, Circadian cycles, bodily cycles and even mood cycles all provide the rhythms that make up our world. The Wheel adamantly seeks to remind us to understand our own individual cycles and rhythms because it all starts every single day with the SELF. Sensitivity to the psychic clocks of ourselves and others is vital.
9-5? - Throughout my years of studying psychology, I began to notice that the 9-5 life doesn't fit anywhere within the natural boundaries of our human psyche- in fact, it is completely unnatural. It's like fashion designers announcing that all clothing will be one-size-fits all. The typical 9-5 hours and work conditions do not coincide with a healthy and happy life for most people. Most people's circadian clock doesn't match that of a 9-5 schedule. We keep pushing this one-size-fits all lifestyle on everybody and we keep getting more obese, stressed, and more divorced. Coincidence? Prove me wrong.
The Wheel asks us to trust not just the inner SELF but also the tide of events provided by the universe. In Hebrew, the turning of the Wheel meant reincarnation which was central to the Kabbalah and which taught that the soul was recycled. Life is an energy flow and death is nothing. Buddhist philosophy accepts the Wheel as the eternal flux granting tranquility and enlightenment. Perhaps The Wheel gives us consolation … its endless turning lets us know that all things come full cycle ... the Wheel will come around again and things will happen for us. Even when we feel our lives are going nowhere and that we are drifting, we are still becalmed by those reeds that have slowed us down to rest. It is advantageous to remember that wheels are a part us as much as straight lines. Are you still obsessed with “clock time” and blind to psychological time?
Where do you want to go? You have a set of “wheels.” Elucidate spiritually with those wheels … Use them. Learn to accept opportunity with grace and calamity with composure … the Wheel may turn just a little or instead make a great revolution. No one can deny the inevitability of change. Change is inevitably tied to your own thoughts and beliefs and so turn the Wheel. It is “time” to take responsibility.