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mauri of me #24 ~ matariki

Matariki is our Maori New Year.

 

A more technical explanation of Matariki, according to aunty google is as follows:

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki).

The name Matariki is used also for the central star in the cluster, with the surrounding stars named Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi.

Most years I’ve kinda not bothered noticing, or celebrating; lame I know. But this year, being surrounded by nature, I couldn’t help but take notice.

First we noticed the ocean roaring. We can usually hear it at high tide but then theres certain times of the month when it’s particularly loud and goes on for longer. If we take notice, we then notice other things happening in nature.

The sky is usually especially bright at night. And during the day, the moon is out.

day moon

day moon

I love that Matariki is marked and celebrated throughout the world by different Indigenous cultures; of course at different times … that we noticed the stars, the moon and everything that happens during those times. We are a ‘star’ people; a nature people … its what guided us during our voyages to this land. Not a compass; not a chart … but our instincts and our relationship with nature.

 

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