How to approach summer solstice

How to approach summer solstice

    Summer solstice is approaching. The longest day will be here on December 22.   Is it on your calendar? Is it in your awareness?   Why am I drawing your attention to summer solstice?   This, the most glorious festival of the year, is easily...

Make way for Beltane!

Make way for Beltane!

  I was surprised. She didn't want to be Persephone in the school play. I thought all the girls would have lusted after the part of the maiden, dancing with her friends amidst the spring flowers, her head crowned with a ring of blossoms. But not 11-year-old Mira....

Your creative spirit

Your creative spirit

    Today my new book, The Persimmon Journal, arrived from the printer, box after box, bursting with the joy of birthing. I will say more about this exciting news in a moment. But first I want to ask you a question.     Do you find that some...

Equinox, royalty and rituals

Equinox, royalty and rituals

    Did you notice the elaborate protocols set in place for the ten days following the death of Queen Elizabeth? Every step has been prescribed, within an hour of her death, from the different locations for her body to lie in state, to precise timing, and...

A fresh start for spring

A fresh start for spring

    Spring is here—Te Koanga—and with it, the chance to make a fresh start.   Is there a fresh start calling you? Maybe you’d like to freshen up your home, or a special relationship. Maybe you need to revive your energy and enthusiasm for life, or take...

A winter vision

A winter vision

    A winter vision In the sheltered quiet of winter, a woman is knitting She dreams a future into the stitches She makes sure the colours are bright. She will plant a river bank when the earth warms She is planning a food garden She is planning acts of...

How to start a new year

    A profound cultural event has just taken place in Aotearoa: the first Matariki public holiday. At last, the new year has come into alignment with the seasonal cycle of Aotearoa! — the return of the sun at winter solstice; the return of the stars at...

Honouring Matariki

  Photo: Anne Dean Ruffell   What does Matariki mean to you? Can you remember when you first saw Matariki? I can. But it was by another name. In my early twenties with the help of a little star book, I began to explore the night sky from the balcony of my...

Harvesting the kumara

Harvesting the kumara

I found this blog that I wrote nine years ago. It awakens memories of my years at Te Henga, the cycle of the kumara and the excitement of harvesting with the community. I thought you might enjoy it too.   The kumara garden lies hidden between the dunes and the...

Ancestors, Samhain and Matariki

Ancestors, Samhain and Matariki

  Every Sunday my Aunt Jessie would visit the graveyard. The graveyard lay on the other side of town, a little further out than our house, so it became a natural thing for me to join her at our gate and run alongside.   This is how I came to explore the...

Ritual for change

Ritual for change

    Do you resist letting go of a season once you have settled into it?   Here in Aotearoa New Zealand as autumn rains are followed by a chilly wind that rattles the dry leaves on the pathways, I am thinking of change. In the northern hemisphere as...

Seasons of life

Seasons of life

    I’m feeling moved. Last night I asked a simple question to visitors on my Facebook page: ‘When you think about being old, what are your three main concerns?’ I gave a list of eight to choose from. (You may view the post here). I wasn’t sure if anyone...

Equinox bounty

Equinox bounty

The woman sitting next to me at the concert pulled a paper bag out of her handbag. 'Would you like two pears from my tree?'    This was rather surprising, first as I knew her only slightly and hadn't seen her for two decades. Second, we were sitting on pews in a...

My friend the tree

My friend the tree

  Pōhutukawa love to stretch and yawn, to lean their limbs out into space, even as their roots remain firmly anchored in cliffs and solid ground. In the park where I walk, one such ancient tree has stretched a mighty limb out over the path. The bushy end of the...

First Fruits-Te Waru

First Fruits-Te Waru

  Here in Aotearoa after the expansion of summer, we are now facing contraction as the need to draw back into restrictions affects us all.   In uncertain times, the rhythms of nature bring comfort and teachings. Expansion and contraction are part of the...

Solstice Blessings 2021

    When you lose your footing May the earth hold you When your heart is aching May the waters soothe you When life feels overwhelming May the air lighten you When your thoughts are darkening May the fire illumine you.         Blessing...

On wings of spring

On wings of spring

  Their wings beat non-stop as they fly across the Pacific,   leaving behind the cold of Alaska and landing in Aotearoa New Zealand. Spring is the season for the return of the kuaka (godwits). They may now be seen on sandbanks and estuaries along the coast...

Aligning with the season

Aligning with the season

    How do you bring yourself into alignment with the season?   Which season? If you are in the northern hemisphere you will be in autumn right now, and approaching Halloween, Samhain, the festival of the dead, at the end of October. So here's something...

Voices of spring

Voices of spring

  Over the years that I’ve been writing these newsletters I’ve never had to think, ‘What shall I write?’   They always arrive easily. But this time I did find myself wondering, because my mind has been elsewhere during Auckland’s weeks of lockdown. I’ve...

How to awaken

How to awaken

    How do you awaken after a long slumber, or emerge from deep meditation?   How do you emerge from winter slowness, from the season of hibernation?   Slowly Meditation traditions teach that slow, conscious emergence from the depths allows time to...

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