Tāwhirimātea, New Zealand Tempest Wind God

Summon this powerful wind when you seek impetus and motivation for change, or when your family or community need protection.

The west signifies celebrations, the end of cycles, and the physical body. Current events confirm what our ancestors predicted; we are at the end of a great cycle. They warned us that this would come as a great turning over of order. You may feel battered, and think that everything you have grown and cherished is at risk of being washed away by this torrential storm.  As the energy from old forms is carried away by the wind, many people are trying to hold onto their old vision of the world.

Tāwhirimātea, comes as a message that it is time to roll with the storm. Click To Tweet

As you reflect on the accomplishments of the previous seasons, enjoy the physical bounty of your labor, while preparing to enter into a period of awakened hibernation. If you get caught up in the drama, you will be swept away to sea. It is time to harvest your crops and prepare for the darkness ahead. It is important to remember that seeds grow when timing is right. This week, I have been forced to retreat inward due to illness, and in doingso I realize I need to claim the silence that is mine.

About 50 generations ago, ancestors of the Māori left Polynesia and sailed eastward to populate the isolated Chatham Islands.[i] Since that time, native New 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, whilst 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 heartbeat of every story, song, dance, dream, and decision.


When Tāwhirimātea blows in 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 hits the South Island 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 learn about giving and receiving.  In order to guarantee regeneration in your life, practice tossing your first fish back into the waters of plenty.

[i] “Ideas of Māori Origins,” Encyclopedia of New Zealand, February 8, 2005, September 22, 2012, http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/ideas-of-maori-origins.

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