Te Kohanga, Birthplace of the Gods…a Winter Solstice natural dolmen circle. Back home in Wisconsin was a sweltering drought. New Zealand in winter….time to delve deep, reflect, measure the stars, do some writing, some re-thinking, some heart connecting.It was winter, right? Time to run through the rain, write in the journal for hours, obsess on keeping the wood stove going, look up at the Milky Way. Here at Te Kohanga, you can feel the birth of the South Island…the guardianship of the ancient ones. This is one of the Waitaha sacred places.
Went ‘Down Under’ with Nate, my friend and travel companion. Nate’s a pretty mean cook. And great fun to travel around with. We thought about co-creating a tea house business on the South Island, but something shifted over the solstice….no worries.
The Fourth of July in New Zealand….we walked the Cape Foulwind track and hung out on the West Coast for a few days. Have you ever seen a real astrolabe? I had not, until walking along an unpopulated remote track on the West Coast, and found an astrolabe in a box in the middle of nowhere. \
Actually, this is where it was…
An ancient instrument used widely in medieval times by navigators and astronomers to determine latitude, longitude, and time of day. The device employed a disk with 360 degrees marked on its circumference. Users took readings from an indicator that pivoted around the center of the suspended device like the hand of a clock. The astrolabe was replaced by the sextant in the 18th century.
And here it is: