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...
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...
How to approach summer solstice 2023

How to approach summer solstice 2023

  Summer solstice, te maruaroa o Hine Raumati, is approaching. The longest day will be here on December 22nd. 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...
Can it be summer without the sun?

Can it be summer without the sun?

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