NIU ORACLE CARDS
NIU ORACLE CARDS
Ethnic Guidance and Wisdom from the Heart of New Zealand
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Created by Bronwyn Waipuka-Callander - New Zealand based artist.
NIU - He Tangata Matauhi is a 56 oracle card set depicting 56 unique Maori influenced artworks. An 82 page published guide booklet accompanies the deck which describes the meanings behind each card.
The NIU oracle cards and guide utilises many of the teachings of classical Tarot and combines them with a Maori cultural framework to create an intuitive ethnic guidance. What’s unique about the NIU oracle is the way Maori philosophies and knowledge interlaces with modern day ‘mindfulness’ analogies. Mindfulness essentially means being tolerant and accepting of all aspects of human conditioning - pleasant and unpleasant.
The word NIU ( pronounced ‘knee-oo’) comes from an ancient Maori ritual which involved casting rakau (sticks) for the purpose of divination. How these rakau fell determined the outcome of a prophecy, forewarning, or spiritual message. He Tangata Matauhi translates as ‘one who foretells the future’, an oracle or divine messenger.
Ancient Maori were highly skilled at astronomical observation and used Tatai Arorangi, which refers to ‘celestial knowledge’, to foresee the coming of terrestrial and celestial events or conditions. You will see many of the artworks designed around this Tatai Arorangi, depicting the night sky, stars, moon etc. The colours red, white and black come from the kowhaiwhai pattern designs found in many Wharenui (sacred Maori meeting houses) throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. The red in particular is an acknowledgement of Te Kurawaka, which (in very simple terms) refers to our ancient ancestral blood line.
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