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Te Maruroa o te Takurua / Alban Arthan / Winter Solstice
20/06/2020 12:00 a.m.
20/06/2020 11:59 p.m.
Wicca - The Winter Solstice ceremony of the Druid tradition is known as Alban Arthuan - "The Light of Arthur. Here Arthur is equated with the Sun-God who dies and is reborn at the Winter Solstice. For the ancient Maori the new year began on the first new moon after the rising of Matariki (the Pleiades) in the eastern sky at dawn. The saying Matariki kainga kore (homeless Matariki) refers to the constant travel of this constellation which disappears from the sky to rest only once a year, on the waning moon of May. Matariki reappears in the tail of the Milky Way during the waning moon of June, which brings the start of the new year close to Winter Solstice. Ra was said to have two wives, both daughters of Tangaroa. He spent half the year with Hine-Takarua, the Winter Woman in the south far out on the ocean. At the Maruaroa of winter, he was said to begin his return to his other wife, Hine-raumati, the Summer Woman who dwells on land.
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Created at 21/12/2019 1:51 p.m. by Paddy Payne
Last modified at 21/12/2019 1:51 p.m. by Paddy Payne