Marama

Some peoples follow the sun, but our life is joined to the phases of the moon, Marama.  Our lives are counted by the nights, not the days.  We listen to the internal rythems and the energies of nature that flow from Marama.  Impelled by the skies, they skim along the seas, raising and lowering the tides, taking the ocean currents to unendingly far places and raising the sap in the trees of our forests.  Within ourselves, the tides also rise and fall.  The currents of procreation and conception flow in men and women through the energy of the moon.

 

The moon lifts the spirit, soul and body, so that we can fulfill tasks which surpass our usual strength, free energies to teach and learn, think and do, as in no other moment.  When it wanes, we retire to plan the things that we propose for when the light returns.  Each year, Marama and her children, the stars, reveal to us the time to plant and to harvest, to fish and to hunt, when it is time to sail to new lands and when it is time to marry.  The children born under the light of the full moon are the children of Marama, the “Ariki”, distinguished by their “Varua”.

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By the light of the waxing moon our mothers observe their children to discover the path of their “Varua”.  They find that some are active and full of curiosity, gathering insects and small fish, investigating, asking many questions.  Their souls soar like a falcon following the route of the rainbow to observe the stars.  They carry within themselves the “Varua” with the sacred knowledge of the ancestors.  There are also children who are nervous with the light of Marama and release their anger through working the land, building walls of stone or water courses.  Some, on the other hand, resist directing their force into community work, prefering to beat their brothers and sisters until they leave them crippled.  Those travel the ways of the lost.  Finally yet some remain seated tranquilly tending the fire until the others return.

 

Marama separates the waters of the soul and leads us to the paths of the spirit.  Sometimes a child is born with a “Varua” older than old, with a deep wisdom that is greater than his Mauri (physical body), his Ha (strength of heart) and his Hau (breath).  He is too young to follow the long road of the the “Varua” and stays only a short time in this world.  During our birth, we each seek our “Varua” from among the stars, and with our death that “Varua” returns to them.

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