Though I might go ahead and start an official thread on this topic and get a discussion going on it.
For reference there are two cited passages from the Chaldean Oracles that pertain to Hekate's Wheel. I've place the singular #194 and the full Daemon Rites reference so they both can be read in their full context. It should be noted #194 is often shown with other fragments but that would be incorrect as the # denotes it is just a fragment.
194. Labour thou around the Strophalos of Hecaté.
- Psell., 9. Nicephorus
Nature persuades there are pure Dæmons;
The burgeons, even of ill matter, are profitable and good,
But these things I revolve in the recluse Temples of my mind,
Extending the like fire sparklingly into the spacious Air
Or fire unfigured, a voice issuing forth.
Or fire abundant, whizzing and winding about the Earth,
But also to see a Horse more glittering than Light.
Or a Boy on [thy] shoulders riding on a Horse,
Fiery or adorned with Gold, or devested,
Or shooting and standing on [thy] shoulders.
If thou speak often to me, thou shalt see absolutely that which is spoken:
For then neither appears the Coelestial concave Bulk,
Nor do the Stars shine; the Light of the Moon is cover'd,
The Earth stands not still, but all things appear Thunder.http://www.esotericarchives.com/oracle/oraclesj.htm
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The Chaldaick Oracles of Zoroaster (Stanley, 1661)
Invoke not the self-conspicuous Image of Nature;
For thou must not behold these before thy Body be initiated.
When soothing souls they alwayes seduce them from these Myteries.
Certainly out of the cavities of the Earth spring Terrestial Dogs,
Which show no true signe to mortal Man.Labour about the Hecatick Strophalus
Never change barbarous Names;
For there are Names in every Nation given from God,
Which have an unspeakable power in Rites.
When thou seest a sacred fire without form,
Shining flashingly through the Depths of the World,
Hear the voice of Fire. http://www.toth.su/pdf/Chaldean/The%20C ... raster.pdf
Of that aside the rest I should note is my own opinion and perspective so greatly differs from what the common accepted opinion is of Hekate's Wheel is among the pagan community.
When I read the fragment I see it as the idea of laboring (ie working) about some instrument. It doesn't say pray. It doesn't say kneel. It doesn't say anything that would suggest any sort of religious or spiritual action to me. Labor implies work, action and movement of some sort is to be performed.
When I see the similar passage used in the Daemons Rites its talking about being initiated and seeing fire and forms and unspeakable power in Rites. To hear the voice of Fire, to see a sacred fire that makes me think of power, magic and things being done. Again instruments
To be honest (upg here and something sort of from a dream / vision I received) I got the impression from a movie. It's an older movie but the image sort of matched. It's an old movie called THE RAVEN with Vincent Price, Peter Lorrie and Bella Logosie. It's a scene of magical battle between Peter & Bella's character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2Y7FnlkuCg
As the two battle Peter's Bedlo character start's his magical fire spinning (abt 1:42) while Bella's Scarabus soon takes control over it before turning it against him. Now the scene unfolds of course but it is the gadget that Bedlo is using that I'm am thinking about that reminds me of Hekate's Strophalus that I saw in the images in my vision.
This item is definitely a sphere like item and has a sacred fire without form and you could hear the voice of the flame. It spins upon it's axis and turns about with a slight wobble. There is an internal structure to the thing though from this clip it's hard to determine exactly what that structure is. But it is clear that Lorrie's character is laboring about the item to make it work or at least make his magic work.
Now the item I saw in my dream / vision could also be done with colored glass or something like small lights. But the thing is it also reminded me of the old children's toys of the bird in the cage. That toy where you draw the colored bird on one side the paper and a cage on the other then pull the draw string and viola the bird becomes caged as the paper either turns or the bird jumps up and down and the cage spins. Each case giving the appearance of flickering flames depending upon the selected colors and lighting. Add a bit of wind and you can even give the bird a voice or the fire a voice.
Either way it's a far cry from the normal usage of the normal practice of the Hekate's wheel normally scene. Something that to me no matter how you bend and squeeze your mind and eyes the two passages in the oracles just does not support what is being pushed.
Of course as I stated this is just my own opinion so others may disagree. But I place it here for discussion.