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Apārangi huri kōaro – Mercury Retrograde


As we have had the Spring Equinox grace our Southern skies. From within the Zodiac, we are gifted the movement of Virgo to Libra and a  Full Moon void of course of Pisces to Aries. In this Final Quarter Moon energy, we align in the final Mercury retrograde in the house of Libra under a Gemini Moon. 

Te kaupapa o ākengokengo!!!  From September 27 – October 18  The final Mercury retrograde of 2021 aligns in the Sun sign of Libra in the transitioning Of a disseminating Moon to the last quarter Moon in Gemini the 3rd Astrological house ruled by Mercury. 

A positive as that sets a productive communication level for one and all. This energy delivers a positive shift of balance as technically due to Covid-19  most people will be able to capitalize on the situations ahead. 

Te whakapapa o Retrograde- the Latin word retrograde, which literally means “backward step.” And for everyone, we have the opportunity to start again after an official national standstill. So without realizing for once ‘retrograde,’ can assist us with creating balance in our Universe!! 

For myself, l have a busy month ahead, retrograde gives me an opportunity to align with those seeking individual enlightenment, with the understanding that we are to work together to raise awareness, that caters to self-empowerment. 

Mercury Retrograde will finally serve a purpose to many of a beneficial nature. We are all wanting to rush towards change and change is the remedy to many right here and now!!!

The only situation everyone needs to take note of in this timeframe is transportation – as we are just getting comfortable with our Covid realities the caution is in getting to places and destinations safely. As Mercury is all about transportation and safety and obstacles in the natural world seem to have a stronger pull of a negative force. Kia tupato koutou!!!! 

For many also starting new businesses, relocation and travel are well known retrograde no!!! nos!!! This time Covid has taken the bullet for you. So vibe off the need to survive jump in, get things started and sorted. Just factor in the rules of a worst-case scenario. Which everyone has this down pat!!! 

Simple steps are what you need… The positive list I’ve created for everyone to reflect upon when stuck in the funk!!! 

1:Brainstorm – Plan your move within the timeframe. 

2:Reflection – Take in the energy surrounding you and go off your intuitive thoughts. 

3:Organization – It’s Soring y’all Declutter Spring Clean!!!

4:Planning – Empower your mind, making steps towards those money 💰 moves. Upskill!!! Business plans!!!

5:Research – Get in contact with your Matakite, plan your forecast, invest in yourself, and find out what’s necessary for your grind!!!

6:Going with the flow:- Focus 🧘🏽‍♂️ on what serves a purpose for you, your collective and your financial well being. Also, connect with your like-minded vibe tribe. To get the just of what is essential to your success. 

So don’t look at Retrograde as a hindrance but an opportunity to elongate future steps to success. Mercury is also the positive messenger of the realms above and below. And if anything you mentally get to exercise all of the dormant mauri ready to be tapped!!!!

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Tales Of A Fan: The Fantail awesome korero from Luke Egan

I haven’t had many Fantail visitors of late, so no urgent korero is passing my way…Which is a blessing, but as all whanau know, these messengers carry korero of tuturu kaupapa, so shedding light upon all aspects is what is in Luke’s account of the humble Fantails story…

The fantail has a rep for restlessness. Is it recklessness, spontaneity, impatience or a combination of? It could be argued though that restlessness is a form of, or leads to being proactive. We will see if this supposed restlessness plays a part in fantail’s contribution to NZ myth.

Piwakawaka has several important appearances in Maori myths and legends. He has a few interactions with Kupe and Maui two hearty big names in the myths and legends/New Zealand history scene. Kupe being the first Polynesian to discover New Zealand and Maui the demi god who fished up Aotearoa

Kupe was apparently seen by the fantail and the owl when he arrived in Aotearoa and they did a haka for the birds of the sea (boats) that Kupe arrived with. The fantail’s flittering about has been credited as an inspiration for the haka since he flutters from side to side brandishing his weapon.

The most notable of Tiwakawaka’s appearances are in relation to Mauitikiti-a-taranga. Maui was on the hunt for fire from the fire maiden Mahuika and the fantail, a descendant of Mahuika, was withholding the information on her whereabouts. Maui was fazed, so in a rage, he squeezed the body of Piwaiwaka causing his tail to flare out and his eyes to pop. That’s why he (fantail) has massive eyes and a fanned out tail.

The second run-in they had was on another of Maui’s worthy quests, the quest for immortality. The plan was simple. Head to the underworld and while there he would pass through the womb of Hine-nui-te-po, travel through her vital organs and then destroy her from within. In destroying her he would prevent death itself for all future instances. Whether purposefully or otherwise, the flighty Tiwaiwaka ignored Maui’s request to remain silent and laughed when Maui ventured up the thighs of Hine-nui-te-po.

If you weren’t aware Hine-nui-te-po wasn’t a normal woman in this account. Aside from her underground status she was abnormal in size so much so that Maui was warned that Hine was the size of a giant with thighs of titanic proportion. Titanic thighs that would later crush Maui.

Having a bitter part to play in the narrative of an influential member of NZ myth carries a bad rep. The fantail has since acquired name ‘the messenger of death’. Superstition has it that the fantail is the messenger of a death in the whanau leading people to feel an air of unease when Fantail enters indoors.

I can’t say that the fantail has a stellar reputation in NZ myth for going against one of the favourites of traditional myth but in my books he is still beautiful and worthy of respect. I don’t tremble when he is in my whare instead I welcome his presence. His tail makes him one of the more memorable manu and is so distinct in fact that it gives him his name.

Toi Credits: Fiona Clarke


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Algonquin ancestral Moon cycles for the southern hemisphere

The Ancestral Moon Cycles or Lunar Calendar of my Northern Ancestors now has a great presence under the Southern Skies. A following nurtured by Tangata Whenua o Te Tai Tokerau, looking at alternative Maramataka systems, finding familiarity in other indigenous teachings. As well as a spiritual aspect acknowledged by those, who feel a deep infinity with the rising of every magical Full Moon. For myself paying homage to my Ancestors of the North and the seasonal Moon cycles they follow, makes me feel the worldly connection we all feel when looking up into the vast heavens, admiring the Moon and the illuminated night skies. I have interpreted the Moon cycles of the Northern Hemisphere for all in the Southern Hemisphere.

The four seasons determine the names given to the Full Moons, also explaining the energy surrounding these Moon Cycles. As we have begun our 2020 Moon Cycle in the Summer months for the Southern Skies…We begin the Gregorian Solar year in the cycle of the Buck Moon, also known as the Thunder and Hay Moon which are some of the well-known names, associated with this Moon Cycle. For all this full Moon cycle begins on the 10th of January and flows forward until the 12th of January. We shall welcome this Full Moon to our Southern skies. In the Northern skies, during this cycle,  the Moon is fully behind the Earth allowing the Sun to illuminate it.

The Moon and the Sun are timekeepers for us all, Lunar calendars have their limitations, Earth seasons are linked to the solar year, which is longer than the 12 Lunar Cycles. To compensate a 13th Moon month has been added to the Lunar year at regular periods. Most First Nations collectives have their own full set of Moon Names. For my Algonquian ancestors, these are the most common. The names reflect customs, regional climates, and ecology. The beautiful cultural aspect is the Moons are accompanied by legends and oral traditions that assist the Elders to instil the knowledge passed down and cultural customs.

Raumati Summer Moons 🌛🌝🌜

December Aotearoa – June NH – The Strawberry Moon
The strawberry-picking season reaches its peak during this time. This is one of the few names that was universal to all Algonquin tribes.

January Aotearoa – July NH – The Buck Moon
Buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July in the Northern Hemisphere. Frequent thunderstorms in the New England area also resulted in the name Thunder Moon. Some tribes also used the name Hay Moon.

February Aotearoa – August NH – The Sturgeon Moon
The sturgeon, a large fish common to the Great Lakes and other nearby bodies of water, is most easily caught during this month. The reddish appearance of the moon through the frequent sultry hazes of August also prompted a few tribes to dub it the Red Moon. Other names included the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

Ngahuru Autumn Moons 🌛🌝🌜

March Aotearoa – September NH – The Harvest Moon
Many of the Native American tribes’ staple foods, such as corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and rice, are ready for gathering at this time. The strong light of the Harvest Moon allowed European farmers to work late into the night to harvest their crops. The Harvest Moon does not always occur in September. Traditionally, the name goes to the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, which falls during October once or twice a decade. Sometimes the September full moon was called the Corn Moon.

April Aotearoa – October NH – The Hunter’s Moon
After the fields have been reaped, the leaves begin to fall and the deer are fat and ready for eating. Hunters can ride easily over the fields’ stubble, and the fox and other animals are more easily spotted. Some years the Harvest Moon falls in October instead of September.

May Aotearoa – November NH – The Beaver Moon
At this time of year, the beavers are busy preparing for winter, and it’s time to set beaver traps and secure a store of warm fur before the swamps freeze over. Some tribes called this the Frosty Moon.

Hootoke Winter Moons 🌛🌝🌜

🌕June Aotearoa – December NH – The Cold Moon
Winter takes a firm hold and temperatures plummet at this time. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. The full moon name often used by Christian settlers is the “Moon before Yule”.

July Aotearoa – January NH – The Wolf Moon
In July snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the cold still air. Some tribes called this moon the Snow Moon, but most often it was used for the next month.

August Aotearoa. – February NH – The Snow Moon
Snow piles even higher in February, giving this moon its most common name. Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the August moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions.

Kooanga Spring Moons 🌛🌝🌜

September Aotearoa – March NH – The Worm Moon
Snow slowly begins to melt, the ground softens, and earthworms show their heads again and their castings or fecal matter can be found. Other signs of spring gave rise to other variations: the cawing of crows (the Crow Moon); the formation of crusts on the snow from repeated thawing and freezing (the Crust Moon); and the time for tapping maple trees (the Sap Moon). Christian settlers also called this the Lenten Moon and considered it the last moon of winter.

October Aotearoa – April NH – The Pink Moon
Flowers begin to appear, including the widespread grass pink or wild ground phlox. Other variations indicate more signs of full spring, such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes).

November Aotearoa – May NH – The Flower Moon
Flowers come into full bloom and corn is ready to plant. Also called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

Mauri Ora

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