Matariki is the Maori name of the Pleiades, or seven sisters.
There has been a resurgence over the past twenty years, of the deeper aspects of the Maori culture. Always there, always maintained over the centuries, but the resurgence is now really strong in this country. Which is wonderful.
And Maori astronomy, which includes Matariki, is part of this. A very important part, for Matariki is the start of the Maori new year.
There are the deep spiritual aspects to this, but as you-are unique is a lifestyle blog, I'm looking today at the everyday aspects of Matariki, and how it can positively impact my own life. On a daily basis.
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Look to the past, and those who have gone before us:
Honouring those who have Passed Over, is such an important part of life. Myself, I feel that it keeps us humble, by reminding us that it's not "all about oneself". I have had deep and beautiful memories flowing, of my grandparents, mother, step father, father, sister, cousins and aunts. We all share DNA. I am lucky enough to carry part of each of them within me.
As are you. With your own family.
And honouring our friends. I have the last message on my phone that one of my dearest friends ever, left me, shortly before she Passed Over. I treasure it. I am remembering the gift of love and support from her, too.
Looking at the past year:
I'm also looking at this. Although Matariki is more about coming together.
Specifically what I can do, right now, and this coming new year, to waylay the difficulties of this past year. It has been a challenging time for me, and at the same time, so rewarding and precious.
Matariki does seem to me, to be a space when the tide turns with harder times.
Bring on the changes!! And I am using the four pillars for this. Sometimes I think that our day to day life can get overlooked in the grand scheme of things.
Celebrating the present:
Preferably with our family and friends, our community. Remembering that we are part of the whole, that we all matter. I've missed out on celebrations, as I'm slowly recovering from the dastardly virus which has swept our country. But tonight I shall be doing a meditation for it.
Hopefully next year I can:
- go to the Observatory for a Matariki event and viewing
- take part in a ceremony for Matariki
- be part of a group meditation for it