The wheel is turning
and you can't slow down
You can't let go
and you can't hold on
You can't go back
and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get you
then the lightning will
Small wheel turn by the fire and rod
Big wheel turn by the grace of God
Everytime that wheel turn round
bound to cover just a little more ground
|Ezekiel's wheels within wheels|
When the wheel was inflamed and released, it backed up and spun around, burning a pattern of the Cross into the hillside before rolling down into the river. The local officials were impressed, but not in any positive way. They staked Saint Vincent to the ground, scourged him to the brink of death, and then beheaded him.
|India's Ashoka wheel|
As symbols go, the wheel is a pretty big one. The Ashoka Wheel in the flag of India seems to be about motion (which is life rather than death) and dharma (law and virtue). The Roman goddess Fortuna of course turned a wheel which governed the success or failure of individuals. The prophet Ezekiel saw the "wheels within wheels" that contained all-seeing eyes.
There's nothing cyclical about a cross. There was no way of mistaking the interference that Vincent had worked, and having worked it, there would be no surprise in the retribution. There was no slowing down, letting go, holding on, or going back for Vincent; Robert Hunter might suggest that the same is true for all of us.