The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year: Fall: structure & cleanse. Winter: notice & allow. Spring: adjust structure. Summer: relax & receive. Harvest: notice & bank. Image credit: RAISING CLARITY.

The Wheel of the Year, created by me.


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The Wheel of the Year

The wheel of the year is a concept as old as time. And the Earth itself. Yet few in my culture seem to understand how to work with it.

Working with the Wheel of the Year

Working with the wheel of the year is simple. It just takes knowing what season you are in, and what season you hope to do something.

This wheel I’ve drawn (with the kind help of Canva) will help you understand what season is best for what, and learn to cooperate with the seasonal energies to make your life, work, and projects easier.

How the Wheel of the Year works:


Fall: Structure & Cleanse


Fall is the beginning of the year as I understand and experience it. I realize others use other starting points (Winter and Spring in particular are the top contenders for the beginning of the year in others’ understandings.)

Fall as the beginning of the year is what I teach, use, and experience. This is strongly influenced by the work of Perelandra.

Fall is when to start new projects.

You’ll notice for Fall, I’ve written, “structure & cleanse” as the primary activities.  We don’t manifest; Nature does. The world of form, in other words, is what manifests for us. Our job is to be clear in our intent, structure, and get out of the way (which often looks like cleaning and cleansing obstacles to our intent). For what I mean by “structure,” click here after you’ve read this post.


We are very often in the way. So cleansing is huge for us humans!

Here are some key questions to help you cleanse:

      • What can you let go of inside you that’s in the way of what you want?
      • What can you let go that’s outside you–stuff you own, stuff you hoard, stuff you never use–that’s also very likely in your way, even if you’ve stopped seeing it? Will yourself to see it, and get some help letting it go if you need a friend to help you.
      • How well do you like emptiness? Does it make you uncomfortable? We say, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” but I think it is us, we humans, who are uncomfortable with emptiness, not Nature. Get comfortable with the spare, bare, utter, radically emptying and cleansing nature of Fall.


Structuring is the other good thing to do in Fall. This means letting your intent take form in your mind. And then setting dates and times to put energy into your intent, in each season appropriate to that season. (See the Wheel for what’s your role in each season.) Yes, it’s much easier than you might have heard to manifest an intention. This is because you’re collaborating with the forces in Nature that actually do the manifesting!

This detailed post helps you think more about structuring.

This detailed post shows you how I structure my own day and more importantly, the principles I use that you can use to create your own day.

The wheel I’ve drawn above helps you structure your project into phases. I count the year as divided into five seasons, influenced by wuxing in Chinese philosophy–the philosophy of the five elements, or five energies that move one into the other in every natural cycle, including human ones.

Here are some key questions to help you structure:

      • What are you doing? What is your project? What is your intent? State it to yourself and the Universe. Write it out.
      • What are your inner questions about it? Give self-doubt and ambivalence a designated space so they don’t run the show.
      • What are your outer questions about the time, money, and material things that you see now that your intent will need to manifest? What about people  to help you?
      • Looking at the wheel of the year, when will you:

        • cleanse and empty out?
        • take time to notice and allow in Winter?
        • adjust your structure in Spring once you can feel it manifesting?
        • take time to relax and receive in Summer?
        • harvest and bank, store up, and notice what you’ve received throughout your goal-gardening year?
When, exactly?

When I ask “When will you” do these things, I mean: when exactly? Will you put dates to do these things and times to do them on those dates in your calendar? That will work best. It may feel unfamiliar if you don’t commonly use my methods; it will get more familiar and you will notice that you do almost nothing you plan to do if you don’t schedule it. It’s really that simple. So: schedule it!

The other piece I’ve written that will really help you think about this yearlong planning idea is this one. Don’t try to do everything at once! “Chunk it up,” like that piece shows you how to do.

My Fall Video Course is designed to help you

This 30-minute video takes you through a guided contemplative review of your past year; gives clear prompts and guidance to help you answer the three questions I believe we need to ask ourselves each Fall. It offers supportive suggestions about how to implement your answers throughout the rest of your year. The whole experience takes about one hour. It is well worth it for the clear path it will set you on for your year. Enjoy a taster video, learn what the three questions are, and read testimonials about the course–all free of charge–at this link.

I offer videos for each season of the year to support you continuing on this mindful journey. I list each video in its season, below as well as here.



Winter: Notice & Allow


In our culture, we sometimes use the seasonal energies in our culture correctly. But not in Winter. In Winter, too many of us fritter away the lovely, subtle energies available to us especially for our inner, spiritual development on parties, cookie-baking, more parties, shopping, getting together with friends, more shopping, gift-guilting, gift-wrapping, gift-giving. All of those are wonderful things and I enjoy them myself. But overfocusing on them is inappropriate to the season which is where we–ahh!–lie back and sit down and stay warm and receive the subtle energies the world of form is enjoying deep in the Earth and our personal physical form looks forward to as well.

In Winter, we are wise to remember that “the spirits that lend strength are invisible.”

My Winter Video Course is designed to help you

The Winter course is shorter than the Fall course, and helps you soften to and receive the Winter energies, showing you the three lights that you have within you that guide and illuminate your path in Winter. Find out more about these three lights and watch a taster video at that link.



Spring: Adjust Structure


In Spring, as in Fall, we work more actively with Nature/the world of form, which is super-active at this time. The breath of life, which had lain underground all Winter activating what was deep in the Earth (including your project and your intent), is arising on cue and says: Poof! I’m here!

Here are some key questions to help you adjust the structure you put in place in the Fall:

      • What’s going on in the world of your project? What are you seeing emerging in your life? It may or may not be obvious to you how it’s related to your project–but it is.
      • What’s feeling “too much” right now? How can you thin it out, prune it a bit? Make your life as manageable as you can because the growth energies arising now are powerful and you want to allow and collaborate with them, like the “lazy Earthling” I recommend we be, and enjoy being!
      • What are you just loving that is starting to show up in your life right now? It, too, is related to your project. How can you nourish it? Tend it? Give it additional structure? Think of yourself putting a trellis in your project to help it grow in the direction of your intent, like this:

A simple trellis. Photo by Jo Magcayang on Unsplash


Spring is when our project begins to flower.

My Spring Video course is designed to help you

This short, powerful course teaches you the three tools that will make your life much easier during the proliferative season of Spring! Find out more about them and watch a taster video at that link.



Summer: Relax & Receive


This one shouldn’t be too hard! But again, just like in Winter, we overdo in Summer. When Nature is fruiting all around us, showering us with gifts!

The secret to a successful Summer for your inner development and your project is to look closely at what is right in front of you. What you see is what you get in Summer.

Ours is not a culture that respects mystery. We may revere it, but we don’t understand it and we don’t know how to work with it. That’s simply because we’ve never asked ourselves the question.

In Summer, however, there is no mystery. The invisible forces that were deep in the Earth fructifying everything very quietly, including your project, trust me, are now very much out in plain sight. They are shining on everything everywhere, increasingly as Summer progresses. Our job is to receive them. We begin by noticing!

      • Are you receiving what you wanted in terms of your project?
      • Are you receiving what you didn’t want? Do you see that it was what you asked for?
      • Can you change the terms of your project in time for the coming Fall? That would be the time to do it, rework/reword it and working with Nature again next year, manifest closer to what you wanted. But make your notes now; use them in Fall.
      • Can you love and embrace what you are receiving now?


We are most of us not terribly good at receiving, though we crave it. Here is a useful post on how to receive more deeply.

Summer is when our project begins to bear fruit.

My Summer/Harvest Video Course is designed to help you

This short course teach you to recognize the three fruits of Summer, receive, and harvest them. I offer a free taster video and deeper information at this link.



Harvest: Notice & Bank


You’ll notice there’s a lot less doing and a lot more relaxing, receiving, and noticing I recommend we do when we create a project and seek to manifest it over the course of the wheel of the year.

Have you noticed?


Harvest is when we fully receive the fruits of our project and “bank” them, store them up for the coming year.


Lynne Twist says, “What you appreciate, appreciates.”

You literally experience more of it.

Curious about how to “bank” your harvest? Here are some ways. In detail!

PS: Remember those questions you probably answered back in Fall? It’s time now to look back at your questions, their Fall answers, and what you see now. The learning from this can grow you tremendously as you prepare for the next wheel of the year.

Work with me:

To work with me using the Wheel of the Year in your own project, life, or calling, please click here for a free exploratory meeting or email me at [email protected].

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