"Wisdom of the Four Winds"
is a unique boxed set consisting of a comprehensive guide book by Barry Brailsford with explanatory text and readings, accompanied by 50 cards. The art work was done by Cecilie Okada.

At present we are displaying three cards to introduce the concept and show a little of what they have to offer. The Wisdom Cards are not predictive, they merely allow us to pause and look at our situation with the help of the kaitiaki or guide who arrives by chance, through the blind pulling of a card.

At this moment an expert is designing a program we can put on line. It will offer all 50 cards in a way that allow chance to come into play. Then you will hear a reading of your card and have the opportunity to consider what it offers you at that moment.

That's in the future but meanwhile get acquainted with Kahu the Hawk, Kauri the mighty Tree and Kea the clever Mountain Parrot.

This beautiful gift is available from Stoneprint.


Everything and everyone has a spiritual home. In the Maori world of Polynesia it is known as our Tu-ranga-wae-wae, ‘the place where we stand tall.’ That ‘sanctuary’ may or may not be our birthplace, as its power is of many realms.

It offers a special strength and nurture. Sometimes we are called to stand in its wonder, to speak to our mountain and our river, to remember the ancestors and honour once more our dreams. We can feel its presence in any place at any time, for we carry ‘the standing tall place’ within.

Friday, 23 March 2012


Keeper of The South

Mountain Parrot

Kea is of the high beech forests, the yellow tussock lands and the rocky peaks, for it is the mountain parrot.  Kea’s home is in sheltered crevices where the families gather to bring forth young in the new light of the spring-born days.  Its spirit is of the vast open spaces and the closeness of the child’s world of fun.

Coloured a beautiful olive green to match the upland forests, Kea reveals its first surprise in flight when it presents the scarlet underside of its wings.  This flash of joy is true to the nature of this alpine bird.  The walker, new to the mountains, is often astonished when Kea arrives to share the trail, one or two hopping in front and several following close behind.

This is Kea, trail companion, child of delight and wayward humour.  The wary know it is unwise to leave packs and tents unguarded.  For the moment they turn their backs Kea hops in to investigate the wondrous toys carried by the traveller.  Socks are shredded with razor-hooked beak, toothpaste is opened and tasted for flavour, a shiny spoon is a welcome boon and instant source of Kea laughter.  This is the play that is their way no matter how old the bird, for all are of the child eternal.

We have named other parrots, taught them words to say, and caged them for our amusement.  Kea gifts to us its joy without giving up its freedom.  It visits entertains and leaves by its own choosing.

Kea, child of the dawn, fun on the run, spirit of innocence reborn, the ever-joyful one, soars on high to greet the sun and touches everyone.

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