The original Wheels of Time and Place toolkit by Anne Forbes is out of print. However, the contents of the toolkit are available for download below at no cost. Please use them and share them with others! For those who are new to the Wheels, please enjoy learning about them as an inspiration to observe and reflect on your life and the world around you.
About the Wheels of Time and Place
There is surely something magic about a circle, the way it influences us to be both grounded and expansive at the same time. Most of us have been taught to think of the passing of time as linear, with one event following another in sequence by day, by month, by year. Placing the same events in a circle helps us discover patterns and use them to communicate about what is really important to us.
The Wheels of Time and Place is a set of blank circular journals that you use to explore the glorious details of a place. Simple and endlessly versatile, they can be adapted for a variety of time frames, places, and ages to create a unique record of your experiences in nature. In creating your own wheels using the blank templates provided, you pay routine attention to cycles of day and night, phases of the moon, passing of the seasons, and your own growth and learning.
Whatever landscapes you experience — urban, suburban, rural, or wild — the practice of using the wheels helps you use all of your senses to observe the world around you and seek to live more consciously within it – rather than simply on it.
Because the wheel is round, you may begin any time you are ready — change of season, new moon, birthday, holiday, new beginning, or any other inspired moment. The best time to begin is of course… Now! Download the print materials, including all Wheel templates, here:
The 10-page instruction booklet Wheels of Time and Place
A Taste of Wheels: six small Wheels on one page
You can download the circular Wheel templates as PDF files that you can print at home, or better yet, enlarge at a copy shop to 12-inch in diameter, 24-inch diameter, or any size you choose:
- One Day: 24 hours
- Lunar Month: full moon, waning moon, new moon, waxing moon
- Year: through the months and seasons of the year
- Lifetime: child, youth, adult, elder
- Five Elements: earth, air, fire, water, space-spirit-center
- Blank Wheel (open circle)
- Blank Wheel (open circle divided into quarters)
- One Year with Moon Phases: 2020
- Wheel of the Year with Moon Phases: 2020
Many of you have used the Wheel of the Year with phases of the moon shown for each day. These were made by a graphic designer for me in 2010 to go through 2020, and there are probably better ways to do it now. I am not creating them for future years. Below are some ideas if you’d like to try to create your own.
A caveat – the moon orbit is not round! So there is a bit of slop in the moon phase dates when put on a circle. That is, they don’t match up perfectly.
Print a large copy of one of the outdated Wheel of the Year with Moon Phases: 2020. Then, alter the outer ring in some way to indicate the full and new moon dates for the current year. For example, you could cut off the outer ring and turn it by hand – and affix it again with tape. Or, more simply you could cross out the moon ring entirely with a dark marker and then add the current full and new moons by hand or by pasting small images.