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...
Stories for the solstice fire

Stories for the solstice 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...
Can it be summer without sunshine?

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...

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...

Why is Matariki significant?

Mānawatia a Matariki!   Matariki has risen and it is time to celebrate. Welcome Matariki! Why has Matariki become so popular for both Pākehā and Māori, to the extent that in 2022 it will become a public holiday? Is the adoption of this festival just another...