So many things happen in cycles, even if we are not aware of them. There a couple of things that have made me think about this a lot lately. In my personal life, I see evidence of a Karmic-like cycle - what goes around comes around. As a specific example I gave to my Dad yesterday, I've been doing a lot of fundraising and charity work over the last few months - and now Sean has his promotion (8 months early, I might add) and over the next couple of months, that raise. To me it is a great (and very specific to money, strangely enough) example of what you do coming back. Could it be coincidence? Sure it could. I choose not to look at it that way, though.
On a larger scale, another area I'm noticing a cycle shift in is the human rights movement, in particular the GLBT rights movement. This Ellen Degeneres/JC Penneys thing going on right now is a huge part of that. The fight for GLBT rights is the next part of the human rights cycle. I'm just going to pick a random point in history to start here - say the reformation. The fight for the right to believe something other than what the Catholic Church said was right. Take a few more jumps, look at the fight for women's voting. Look at the fight for African American rights. After each of these struggles for equality, the majority of people assumed that all was well - there were no more rights battles to fight. Now the tide is turning in the GLBT battle. It will continue, and it there will still be struggles, but more ground has been gained than has been lost. Closer to the Pagan side of things, look at what Ginger Strivelli is doing for religious equality. I think within the next 20 years we will see a new shift towards life rights instead of human rights - all living things deserve to be treated fairly, not just humans. Who knows where these fights will go - but it will never be completely finished. Such is the nature of something cyclical. History repeats itself, after all.
What cycles have you noticed, both in your personal life and on a larger scale?
As a Note: This post isn't exactly what I wanted it to be - my words aren't working this morning! I felt it was a neat topic though, and not something that my brain would ever figure itself out on, so I posted it anyway. Yay for weekends?