Sudden storm

Sudden storm

  The odd thing was that just a moment earlier I had driven into a quiet patch where the rain had stopped and the air was still. I flicked off my windscreen wipers and drove into a side street.     The next moment, in a blast from the skies, my little...

Missing Matariki

Missing Matariki

  It's June, and here in New Zealand an important event has occurred in the night sky: the return of Matariki, a beautiful star cluster that many will know by its European name: The Pleiades.   Matariki the wanderer dips above and below the horizon, teasing...

Dark by day, dark by night

Dark by day, dark by night

    Can you love the dark? Do you flinch from it or do you walk towards its enfolding embrace?   The winter quiet We have entered the six darkest weeks of the year (or the six brightest weeks if you are in the northern hemisphere, so here's something...

The dark of Easter

The dark of Easter

    Easter has just passed. What do you make of it, the way this spring festival of resurrection lands in the southern hemisphere season of dying?   Of course, if you are in the northern hemisphere, you will be in high spring right now, and fully...

Rebalancing at Equinox

Rebalancing at Equinox

  How do you rebalance and return to equilibrium after the shock of devastating events? You may be wondering, can I ever find peace again? Or trust? Or safety?   To restore balance at Equinox following the recent events in Christchurch, your inner world may...

No fruiting

No fruiting

This was my karaka tree last year, in a great abundance of fruiting. The ripe berries fed many native birds who visited the high branches, shaking the surplus to the ground, where it peppered the pathways with rich orange plumpness.   This year it's a very...

Enlivening

Enlivening

  On my evening walk I saw a woman running down the steep street, very fast. In her hand she held something which she passed to another runner at the bottom of the hill. He took off up the hill while she bent over to stretch.   I marvelled at their fitness....

Solstice Blessing 2018

Solstice Blessing 2018

    May you cherish your loved ones May you cherish the earth May you cherish your own dear self As the wheel turns at Solstice Amidst the busyness, remember to slow down, breathe, and open to blessings. With love, Juliet Remembering what matters  ...

Erratic seasons

Erratic seasons

  Erratic seasons, they can turn around and bite you just when you thought you could breathe a sigh of relief at the unfurling of leaves, buds, and your pain.   A growth spurt is followed by a blasting storm and promise is killed on the twig, dashed from the...

Spring surge

Spring surge

    These children are full of the joy of spring. Yet at the end of October their schools and kindergartens will be encouraging them to don witches’ hats and commemorate death.   What are we on about? How did this happen, that a northern hemisphere...

How nature heals

How nature heals

  I heard the chainsaws and knew the arborists had come back for the flame tree.   From my window I could see its upper branches shaking and swaying. The men had fastened ropes to the branches as they sawed through, and lowered them one by one to the ground....

Spring struggles

                    Do you struggle with the uncertainties and changeability of spring?   Alongside bare trunks and branches, new grass flies through the earth, and I marvel at how these delicate blades can find...

Time to refresh

Time to refresh

  Are you ready for a change of season?   In the northern hemisphere, summer will soon be melting into autumn, and I have an autumn message for you. Here in the southern hemisphere, winter is yielding to spring in fits and starts. Weeds are pushing through...

Glimmerings at First Light

Glimmerings at First Light

  Do you ever have times when you run low on patience, or even hope? — when it seems you've been struggling with something long enough, and you feel the situation may never change?   There is a season that knows all about this. It takes place in the six...

Matariki Moon Time

Matariki Moon Time

As Matariki returns and opens the season when Maori would go into the dark forests to snare birds, I plunge into my own dark to catch new ideas.   For me, winter is a creative season, a time to catch and preserve new life so it can safely gestate in the still...

Winter Fire

Winter Fire

How do you maintain your inner fire at winter solstice, when thunderclouds rumble through the sky and cloudbursts drench the air, bringing plummeting temperatures that set you shivering?   If you are in the northern hemisphere, you will soon be celebrating summer...

Honouring Last Light

Honouring Last Light

    My granddaughter and I wandered through the park, picking up anything that was dying or dead: tiny pine cones that had been shaken down in the storm before they had ripened, mature cones, silvery sticks, autumn leaves, maple seed balls and more. Here, on...