Living Treefully is a book for any person, organisation, group, team or relationship that has ever asked the question, ‘Where next?’ – a system for managing change and ‘living treefully’ in the seasonal way that trees do.
Welcome to the Wheel of Segais
The Wheel of Segais is a simple but profound image and metaphor for understanding the essential nature of the great wheel of the year as it spins through the seasons and all things within its cycle have their place and time. It allows us to perceive all that we need as we experience the turning of the wheel of the year – the Four Seasons, the 12 streams or stages and the Well of Wisdom, the Well of Segais itself, in the centre. From the wheel came my book, Living Treefully, a system for managing change and ‘living treefully’ in the seasonal way that trees do.
What is the Wheel of Segais?
The Wheel of Segais is my own creation and came to me in a flash of inspiration (awen) supported by over twenty years of study in Druidry, the Four Elements / Four Seasons, the 12 Archetypes or Wisdoms, and many years as a Change Management and Career Consultant.
It allows us to perceive all that we are and all that we need as we experience the turning of the wheel of the year – the Four Seasons, the 12 streams or stages and the Well of Wisdom, the Well of Segais itself, in the centre.
The Wheel of Segais was created as a forecasting system – you frame a question, then cast nine hazelnuts onto The Wheel for answers. I then provide a Reading for you that offers profound insights. You can book in person in Wellington, New Zealand, or request an Online Reading here.
For those who want to learn how to take their own readings, a Personal Reader Kit is available here.
Online Reader Training is also offered as a qualification for doing readings for others.
In 2020, the Salmon of Wisdom splashed its tail at me and I created an oracle pack – The Wisdom & Way-Showing Cards – offering the wisdom contained in The Wheel of Segais in another form.
In 2021, the Salmon splashed again and during the Covid-19 pandemic my book – Living Treefully. An Inspiring Metaphor for Managing Change was launched. So how did this new iteration of The Wheel of Segais come about? One day, when working with the Wheel, the phrase, “All I need to know in life I can learn from a tree” planted itself In my mind as a metaphor for using the Wheel in different ways with different individuals and groups as a tool for managing change. I find a strong metaphor extremely useful when describing sometimes unwieldy processes and here was one, following the wisdom of Nature and the cycle of her seasons, where we could be both tree and gardener.
The Wheel of Segais in its new ‘Living Treefully’ form now contributes powerfully to all my life, career and business coaching, the single word on each of the 12 segments of the Wheel denoting the journey of a tree through the seasons from Seed to Harvest.
The Well of Segais is the Otherworld source of the Boyne that some say lies in the navel of the Goddess Bo-Ann. It is a deep pool, surrounded by the Nine Hazels of Inspiration. The Hazel nuts ripen and fall into the pool where they are eaten by the Salmon of Wisdom. It is said that one may never be wise until one has drunk from the Well of Segais.
See The Wheel of Segais in use
This video contains an extract from the first of what became a series of classes about how The Wheel of Segais can be used to plot the paths and cycles of your dreams, your projects, your relationships and your life through the four seasonal stages of Initiation, Emergence, Maturation and Manifestation and the 12 streams that inform them.
And if you would like to learn a little more about how this seasonal metaphor and ‘thinking like a tree’ can be used to understand the cycle of all things, be it a project, an intention, a goal, a life purpose, a relationship, a business, etc. take a look at this live video I did for ‘Tea with a Druid’ which I call, ‘Living Treefully’. It includes a short meditation that you might enjoy. Click here to view.