Matariki and quintessence

Matariki, the Maori New Year celebrates the return of the Pleiades star constellation to our southern night sky. This occurs at the time of the shortest day.

My Camellia Quintessence (more here about this lovely plant) near my door bloomed on the shortest day this year.

This quote I found seemed appropriate.

Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.

Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

For readers in the southern hemisphere happy Matariki, new beginnings, as the light returns and for northern hemisphere readers enjoy the fullness of the light.


2 thoughts on “Matariki and quintessence

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Juliet. I went and looked at the other Camellia Quintessence shrub this morning and the beautiful perfume from the 6 flowers on it wafted up to greet me. The perfume is sweet and light, rather like the sound of the word “quintessence”. It is a rich word.


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