By Jase Te Patu, award-winning yoga and mindfulness instructor and CEO and Founding father of M3 Mindfulness
Mānawa mai e te putanga o Matariki
Mānawa mai e te ariki o te rangi
Mānawa mai e te Mātahi o te tau
Hail the rise of Matariki
Hail the lord of the sky
Hail the New 12 months
On the twenty fifth of June, the entire of Aotearoa will have fun Matariki with a vacation. For Māori, Matariki, that means the ‘eyes of the Atua’ or Māori god Tāwhirimatea, has a a lot deeper that means.
Maramataka: Phases of the moon
In Te Ao Māori, we’re guided by the phases and phases of the moon. This method is known as Maramataka. Marama is the ‘moon’, and Taka is ‘to rotate’.
Maramataka let our tupuna or ancestors know when the most effective time was to do actions like fishing, looking, planting, and harvesting meals. It knowledgeable them of the most effective days to carry hui and excessive or low power days for these duties.
Maramataka additionally inspired a deeper connection to nature, the waterways, the land beneath, and the sky above.
The Pleiades star cluster
Our Maramataka system runs off the lunar cycle somewhat than the photo voltaic system of the Gregorian Calendar, so our 12 months is 354 days in size somewhat than the mainstream 365.
The Pleiades is a cluster of 9 stars that Māori confer with as Matariki.
Every year, they arrive nearer to the earth, the place every star has a task in caring for Papātūanuku or Mom Earth. It is a time for us to replicate and honour what occurred within the earlier 12 months, together with honouring those that have left us.
Mirror, join, have fun
Matariki is a time to hunker down in winter and replicate. It is a time to nourish and nurture ourselves with stunning wellbeing practices and put together for the longer term. Our ancestors used this time additionally to plant greens that may be prepared for harvesting in spring and summer time.
Principally, Matariki is a time to have fun. It is our Māori New 12 months!
Matariki and self-care
So, based mostly on this data, how can all of us use this time to take higher care of ourselves?
For me, winter is a time of deep nourishment. My staple practices are lengthy durations of sleep, quick naps, wholesome kai like vegetable soups, sizzling baths, deep meditations, reflective journalling, heat drinks, and karakia.