Ancestors, Samhain and Matariki 2024

Ancestors, Samhain and Matariki 2024

    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...
A ritual for the equinox

A ritual for the equinox

  Happy autumn equinox/Ngahuru! And to you in the northern hemisphere, happy spring equinox!   At equinox on March 20, light and dark, day and night come into balance. At equinox, our two hemispheres of this planet come into balance.   We are together,...
Summer’s end

Summer’s end

We are reaching summer’s end, and it’s time to contemplate how to hold the goodness of the season.   At a Summer Retreat I led on Waiheke some years ago, we imagined our own personal containers for summer’s gifts, then made these containers on...
Balancing extremes at First Fruits

Balancing extremes at First Fruits

  As the season changes and shifts on February 2, how do you balance extreme realities —   such as the inert face of the parched earth with the juiciness of ripe stone fruits and berries? If you are in the northern hemisphere, read on, because extremes can...
Can it be summer without sunshine?

Can it be summer without sunshine?

    How do you lean into the gifts of summer when it is rainy or cloudy and not very summery?   This is what a reader from Tauranga at the end of last summer. Sarah wrote to me, wondering, ‘Many of the summer blessings you describe in Dancing with...