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...

Hecate’s place, Te Henga

  HECATE’S PLACE, TE HENGA, APRIL 1983   It is April 1983. I am drawn to making a large pit in the sand, big enough to lie in. I dig a deeper hole within it; add shells, seaweed, sticks and a feather. It feels like a shrine, something secret. I add water to...
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,...
Make way for Beltane — again!

Make way for Beltane — again!

    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...
Breaking the shell at equinox

Breaking the shell at equinox

    Have you heard how sweet and clear the bird song is now — especially in the mornings?   Birds are busy mating and nesting as spring equinox approaches on September 23. The pīpīwharauroa has returned from its winter pilgrimage, singing ‘Kui,...