Circles, Cycles & Sprirals

Circles, Cycles & Spirals

Triggered by the form of the figure 8 of this Dryade druid camp edition number, to be held in the year 2018, while the first Dryade druid camp (theme: 'The spiral of life') was in 2008, we have chosen "Circles, Cycles & Spirals" as the theme for the 8th edition of the Dryade druid camps. Honouring that, we are also spiraling to the place where the first Dryade druid camp was held.

Also the current 77th†edition (autumn 2017) of the Dutch Dryade magazine for druids marks the completion of a Metonic cycle since the first issue in 1988. After such a 19-year cycle both the sun and the moon are in exactly the same position as 19 years before. This cycle is also called Enneadecaeteris (Greek for 'nineteen years'). A real druid lustrum, based on the cycles of the moon and of the sun together! On the archive page of Dryade magazine you can find an overview of all the issues of the magazine.

And that cycle connects two 'Brķ na Bůinne' stones for Dryade! From the 1st edition in 1998 the logo of the Dryade magazine is a petroglyph of the 'Entrance stone '(K1) of Newgrange, depicting a triple spiral. Now, exactly 19 years later, our view is focused on Knowth's 'Lunar stone' (K52), that proves that the realization of the sun/moon Enneadecaeteris was already known in the new stone age. The Observations of 5000 years ago have passed on to future generations through the petroglyphs.

Circles, cycles and spirals are abundant in nature, including the galaxies around us.
In human cultures these three concepts also play quite a significant role, often used as symbols. They connect us to the mystery of the universe, to the spiritual source that we may draw from, and to the creativity and transformation that allows us to keep evolving throughout our lives.

Following below are three quotes, on each of the three terms in the theme, for you to contemplate on:

Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion and embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold? The tree says to the leaf: "Thatís the cycle of life. You may think youíre going to die, but you live on in me. Itís thanks to you that Iím alive, because I can breathe. Itís also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveller. Your sap is in my sap; we are one thing.
Paulo Coelho (1947)

Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are. The journey is both repetitious and progressive; we go both round and upward.
William Butler Yeats (1865Ė1939)

Shells in Scotland by Peadar