INTRODUCTION

"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.

AOTEAROA AND THE CARDS

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.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

03

East Guardian
 
Balance

KAURI

Kauri, the forest giant, is a national treasure.  In times past the ancestors came to Kauri, to the Mother of the Trees, to ask if they might have her children to make waka to sail the wide ocean.  When this wish was granted, Kauri become the ancestors’ vessel of dreams that carried their hope to the world.

When Kauri is damaged by the storm-winds it bleeds.  From within itself it finds the means to seal and heal the hurt.  This amber gum is its inner essence shared with the world.  Some see these oozing droplets as tears of grief for the hurts of the past.

Kauri’s life spans thousands of years to hold the saddest of stories, the destruction of the greatest forests in the land.


Few Kauri remain today.  Yet they bear silent witness to our actions in the past, to a wanton harvest that cut deep without asking, that failed to honour the needs of our children seven generations hence.


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