Tāwhirimātea Maori New Zealand
Tempest–Order follows Chaos
About fifty generations ago, ancestors of the Māori left Polynesia, and sailed eastward to populate the isolated Chatham Islands. Since that time Native Zealanders have protected their sacred place of belonging, the land of the long white cloud. As guardians of their land, the Māori protect tradition, home and family, while embracing adversity. Kapa Haka is a dance used by Māori warriors to intimidate intruders. Each rhythmic dance move builds upon the next, and is anchored in the principle of oneness with the earth. Connection with the earth mother is the sacred heart beat of every story, song, dance, dream and decision. Aggression and discord are primary themes in the cosmogony of the Māori culture.
In the beginning, darkness prevailed throughout the universe. Papatuanuku (Papa), the Earth Mother, and Ranginui (Rangi), the Sky Father, entwined in a passionate, loving embrace, created only male offspring. As one might expect, frustration mounted as seventy gods competed for the power that lay wedged in the dark thin layer. Dissension grew. While some progeny wanted to separate their parents, a few, including Tāwhirimātea, did not. After many unsuccessful attempts to free themselves, Tāne-mahuta (Tane, God of the forest and trees) planted himself firmly against the earth mother Papa, and pushed Rangi the father, into the heavens, bringing light, and consciousness to our planet. He breathed the sacred breath (HA) into the nostrils of the first woman – Hineahuone… as he did so he said – “Tihei mauri ora!” (Behold there is life!).
Stricken by grief, Tāwhirimātea sided with his heavenly father, and together they plotted revenge on his brothers. Carrying the winds of each direction, his vengeful rage caused destruction throughout the planet. During his tantrum, he uprooted forests and disfigured the landscape, which gave rise to the New Zealand Alps. Then, he erupted the volcanoes, which heated up the ocean and created the rocky island landscape. Out of fear, some life forms fled to sea for safety, while reptiles settled inland. This occurrence led to the notion of “original separation.”
One of his brothers, Tūmatauenga (Tu) withstood his wrath and silenced him. This brave act led to the birth of civilization and the emergence of human consciousness. The Māori cosmogony casts a wide net over the range of human behavior, and the complex consciousness of community and family systems. The preservation of family lineage is at the heart of the Māori people. Throughout Europe they were well known as fierce warriors who would protect their family, land and sea at any cost.
When Tāwhirimātea charges headlong into your life, a power of a sacred order (Tapu) is about to enter and “shake up” your daily life.
If you ask family members to recount the details of a story, you can be sure that many variations will emerge; the truth, however, usually lies somewhere between the lines. Maori legend states that a fleet of seven large canoes (Waka) containing women, livestock and basic supplies, discovered New Zealand. In the 1950’s, radiocarbon dating (science) disproved this myth, yet many still cling to the original story.
When Tāwhirimātea makes landfall in the East, your prevailing stories will be uprooted. It is time to surrender long-held ideas; your landscape is about to be radically transformed by the force of this storm. In it’s wake a new cycle will emerge. Proceed cautiously and consider how your new choices will impact the world of future generations.
If Tāwhirimātea blows in as a cross wind of fear, ask where you are suffering from, “Contempt prior to investigation.” The illusion of separation appears when you feel superior, less than, or different from another. The Maori believe that all humans share a similar ancestry, and that invisible strands of light connect everything in the universe.
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It’s time to move out of your comfort zone when Tāwhirimātea comes raging in as a South wind. Despite the love of Rangi and Papa, darkness prevailed due to their intimate coupling. Light was needed for humanity to grow and flourish. Often pain and resistance are gifts that lead to the greatest growth. Embrace the wrath of Tāwhirimātea. Ask for the willingness to draw from your life experiences so you can find compassion and understand your complex emotions.
As Tāwhirimātea moves from East to South in a contrary position, fear buffets the helm of your canoe, causing a rainstorm. As he was circling the skies, Tāwhirimātea Behavior created the very results he was avoiding, the feeling of separation. Your tantrum is wreaking havoc upon your family and community. It is time to consider the negative effects of your selfish behavior on others. An apology is meaningless without a change in behavior. Extended grief can produce ill effects and can reap destruction in your life.
When Tāwhirimātea comes with enormous force from the West, pay close attention to any aromas that may accompany him. Scent is key to partner selection, meal preparation, and choosing a home. Death has a distinctive smell that permeates the atmosphere whenever a person exhales his or her last breath.
Tāwhirimātea has arrived to teach you that certainty is possible, even in the midst of unpredictable weather patterns. Every fall, a storm arrives with a cold blast and two claps of thunder before it annihilates the sea village. This is a reminder that destruction is a natural aspect of life.
If Tāwhirimātea swamps your waka, it is time to see where you have become imbalanced. Once we stop taking, we start learning about giving and receiving. In order to ensure regeneration in your life, practice tossing your first fish back into the waters of plenty.
Tāwhirimātea energizes your fearless imagination when he blows in from the North. Endings are like spiritual threads in a vivid tapestry, woven together to represent your multi-layered world.Click To Tweet
Artistic expression is the embodiment of spirit. Life has become routine and the time has come to fan the flames of your divine creativity.
When Tāwhirimātea arrives as a contrary wind, it is time to rest and rejuvenate. Like children wedged between their parents, ideas cannot germinate in a dark, limited, suffocating space. If you want your plans to grow and flourish, you must provide a healthy, supportive, nutrient-rich, spiritual environment.