VI The Lovers

Union of Opposites, Surrendering to love.

An ambiguous card that points to the finding of what we love most and asks us if we are living in our own truth and joy? When we marry together the polarities of masculine and feminine, Yin and Yang, our inner and outer worlds, we can find peace.

To truly surrender to the beloved requires each of us to be coming from a place of wholeness. There may be a choice to make here, to dive deeper into relationship? To embark on a joint venture? Surely this is a relational space, this is the first Major Arcana card to feature more that one person, usually two. The Gemini twins. Androgynous, Hermaphrodite, self completing.

The inevitable cycles of life create union and dissolution simulatenously and continually.

Unconscious loving leads to dependancy, clinging, jealousy, possessiveness. It is to abandon the self and live only from a place of lack. In order to reach unconditional love it is necessary to have down the physical, mental and emotional groundwork.

To love another is to witness a thousand deaths of people they have outgrown, goals completed or abandoned, personalities discarded,  transformations embraced. To love the self is to allow this to occur within, self acceptance, appreciation, and the ability to be alone as well. To fulfil ones own needs at times when you are the only one who can fully understand them.

Mother Peace. Vicky Noble. HarperSanFransisco. 1983.
Songs for the Journey Home. Catherine Cook & Dwariko von Sommaruga. 1996.
Book of Thoth. Aleister Crowley.
The Way of the Tarot. Alejandro Jodorowsky. Destiny Books 2004.
The Alchemists Tarot. Matsu & Hayat Morrison. 2020
Tarot. Kathleen McCormack. Fontana Books 1973

V The Hierophant

The Pope, The Teacher, Spiritual Authority,

Bridging between the inner and outer worlds The Hierophant is our guide to finding inner truth. When we feel we have reached the peak of our journey, it is The Hierophant who helps us reflect on how far we have come and who will gently show us how much wider our horizons are from this vantage point. They are the externalised spiritual authority, from whom we ask forgiveness.

Sometimes attributed to Venus, and sometimes to the all seeing Jupiter, The Hierophant can also become our own internalised judge, to whom we may be continually trying to please and coming up short.

If corrupted, The Hierophant may manifest as the greedy guru, the abusive parent, the hypocrite, the pervert. We have these negative archetypes within us, and we may find them outside us, repressing our power and our atunement with the Goddess.

Can we forgive ourselves? Can we forgive misdeeds done to us? Can we accept forgiveness when it is granted to us?

Are we blindly accepting the morality imposed apon us by society, family, school, religion? Or are we able to search deep within ourselves for our ‘own truth”?

IV The Emperor

The Patriarch. The Father. The Authority.

On the positive side, the Emperor is your inner authority, your mature masculinity and your disciplined, controlled self. He is able to lead you steadily to achieve your goals.

However this part of ourselves (and of society) has often becomes toxic. So it’s important when drawing the Emperor to examine if you are trying to control or assert authority over another, or if you are perhaps on the receiving end of this treatment and experiencing some kind of repression.

Therefore, how can you stand with sovereignty and be the master of your own destiny?

III The Empress

Earth Mother, Papatūanuku, Pachamama, Tonantzin, Venus, Ishtar & Aphrodite. She offers an abundance of life nurturing energies as the Goddess of sustenance, receptivity and understanding. Here is the part of you who holds space for healing and prosperity. She is fertile with new life and her gifts overflow whilst never rendering her empty. Reach down to the core of your creativity and she is there. She takes care of you and helps you rejuvenate with rest and gentleness. She dances in harmony between body and spirit. Invite her to be with you this week by accepting her offer of positivity and passion for life.

I The Magician

Take a moment today to acknowledge that you are at home within yourself. A child of the earth, oceans, wind, starts and ether. Through focussing your intention you can manifest whatever you visualise. So take some time to reflect quietly on what you really want, and then make a tangible step towards your goal. Feel your way into the outcome, your desire, your direction and ACT. Now is the time to own your path and summon your magical energy to alchemise the raw elements around you. Sing yourself into being. Dance your way through the obstacles. Speak your truth.

0 The Fool

Trust in your intuition. Allow yourself to experience life from an state of innocence. Leave your intellectual analysis for another moment. This is a moment for action with little for-thought. Make a start, don’t over think it. Just do it.

In some decks the Fool has no number, in other’s it has number 0 and could be considered to be either the first or last card of the Major Arcana.


What does it mean to be in sanctuary?

The form holds the space and the space is there for the form. Lean in and investigate.
Uliai Williams

I am presently occupying at Artist Residency space at Wingsong Sanctuary on Waiheke Island, which is home of Ngati Paoa iwi, in the Hauraki Gulf.

How does being in sanctuary space affect my residency?

Space, silence, stillness
Conscious action
Deliberate movement
Observance of surroundings
Feminity – receptivity

Heart opening
Learning as I teach
Opening to possibilities
Burning the ego in soul fire

Everything is medicine
Sunsets, oceans, Pohutukawa
Patience with other people
Divine timing

Leaning in to opportunity
Letting go of expectation

Knowing when to act and when to receive
Spaciousness, relaxation, nurturing
Appreciation of other people
ideas, needs and boundaries
Everything is medicine
Everything is sacred


It was interesting to talk with a friend about ‘excitement’ last night.

‘It was a “Are you ‘excited’ about what you have coming up in your diary?” sort of question ….”there are some good things coming up for you, you must be excited!”

But no, what I feel is not excitement. For me excitement is an ungrounded, jump in my heart feeling. Slightly off world and out of control, with a weakness in the knees, in the belly.

Excitement has not helped me create great work.

Excitement takes over my head and makes loud thoughts.

What I need is slow, gentle, groundedness and weighting into the earth. I need to sink my toes into mud and stay with the sensation of water squelching between my skin and the earth.

I need calmness of breath to work, to create, to organise my upcoming opportunities.

I need to tune in to my soul and what message she wants to take out into the world.

I need the courage to get bored and to find the new ideas that lurk in the corners of boredom. In the familiar things.

So …. what place has ‘excitement’ in my life?.

Before I play I experience a tide of energy. First she leaves me, I slump empty on the couch. Then about an hour later, she fills my every pour with a surge of …. excitement… adrenal spike. That’s my moment to take all the work I have done in those long months of preparation and offer it to the world.

Those last moments before I am on-stage, in the greenroom, as the lights come up, as who ever is playing before me is reaching for the stars and showing me how well the sound system is pumping.

That’s when I am excited.

Today I am here, with my two feet on the earth. There are a lot of creative ideas and realities inhabiting my mind and I need to be still to filter and form them.

Presencing Collective Intelligence

Here is the transcript from the workshop ‘Presencing Collective Intelligence’ that I facilitated as part of the New Frontiers Conference held in Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand / Aotearoa on March 12, 2019.

Participant number : 15. Duration : 55 minutes. Facilitator : Kāren Hunter

Purpose : To presence Collective Intelligence here today.

Culture : Curiosity, Respect for Difference, Love, Embodied Receptivity, Listening, Clear Communication, Equity

After aligning on the workshop Purpose and collectively creating our Culture we did a few warm-ups and sat together in a circle for the Presencing of Collective Intelligence. These are the [unedited] words that were spoken ;

Were the emotions I felt when I connected with my neighbours my own emotions? Their emotions? Or was it a blend?

I feel they’re a little bit of you, and you’re little bit of them, as we are all a little bit of each other. So it’s a blend in a sense… but it’s also an essence.

I think everyone is you… whatever you see in someone else is just little parts of yourself. Whatever you see in someone else are just parts of yourself. So if you see something you don’t like about someone else, generally it’s a part of yourself that you don’t like about yourself, or if you see something that you really respect and admire, you have that in you as well.

This kind of exercise cultivates a much deeper connection that we can sometimes put in words in terms of how we relate to a person. When we see the person… how they are in that moment… it’s basically… I think, it brings so much more that whatever you can communicate verbally and just if we can do that with more people around us it can create this sense of empathy and understanding. It’s beautiful.

One model of social psychology is that we are the sum total of our communications with others, so we not only bring each other but we bring the sum total of all the communications we’ve had with everyone and the earth to this point in time. So there is an interesting aspect to Collective Intelligence in that it’s not just about the physical bodies that are in this room.

I feel a deep calm in this space.

I feel as though this whole event is a sort of tuning fork for Collective Intelligence and intention.

I was thinking that what we are doing is kind of ‘meta’. Collective intelligence about Collective Intelligence so it’s… a little challenging.

I share something of that, which is that I feel as though my intelligence wants to work on a ‘thing’.

That’s exactly the same feeling as what I have… that we are lacking a topic.

I came in a bit late and might have missed it but what is Collective Intelligence?

We create something that is more that we could individually do, even if you put all of us together. Like, I’ve had an experience with Collective Flow recently, where a bunch of people with a shared vision, how quickly things just materialised, our groups wisdom all aligned and magic happened. … But it takes a shared vision, it takes like… one mind, one heart, collected/collective and then magic happens.

So maybe here it would be that we each put what we hear when Collective Intelligence is put to us, our own definition, we put them all in the middle, and that’s an example of Collective Intelligence. So for me Collective Intelligence is where I put in my definition but then it sits alongside everybody else’s as well and so it’s not just one voice or one experience, which is interesting, because that goes back to what we were just talking about earlier, before some other people joined about we are the sum of everybody that has ever communicated with us. Or the experience I have with someone else will be a little bit of them but it will also be a little bit of me projecting on to them a part of myself as well

If we are the sum of every connection we have ever had then I would posit that there is no individual intelligence, that there is only Collective Intelligence, and in the words of Beatrice Bruteau the Christian theologian “ We are connected to the intelligence and narratives of our conviction theory.” That there isn’t actually an individual intelligence per se.

What about the intelligence that’s contained within the experience of embodiment? If it’s a collective pull, we are at least individuated or articulated by our embodied state…I was musing on… I have this feeling of… us being connected and being aspects of a whole, and I also have the experience of being embodied which is that I have this individuated experience which is represented by my body, and all of the intelligence that comes inside my body. So I feel an individual experience within the collective pack.

I’m fascinated by these bodies that we all have. These bodies come from one cell, every single cell in your body shared the same core, the same origin, and the same DNA. And yet when they develop, brain cells become brain cells, nail cells become nail cells, hair cells become hair cells… they choose such a different part. But because they all play their part in perfect harmony, the whole works… in perfect harmony. And why can’t we, as humans, do the same thing as our cells?

Together as one …

Together… It’s all about planning our purpose, our role you know? Culture dictates that it’s more glorious to be one cell versus another cell and therefore so we all chase our own dreams. But as a whole we don’t function then we all need to find our space.

I worry sometimes about the Collective ‘Unintelligence’ and the ‘unintellegent’ stories and narrative that form a false intelligence or culture, and how to bring more of the real, and the deep Collective Intelligence that exists in everyone. What xxxxx said brought up something really strong in me about conditioning that has created that individual, dualistic, collective, deconstruction which is, like with the cells, as you were speaking… our cells are perfect when they’re formed. Cancer is a cell that has found itself different or feels unloved and then often, if we have that cell, we’ll reject it and try to kill it which makes it feel more unloved and it tries to attack every cell around it. And I find the same with humans. And where we’re at in our lack of Collective Intelligence, acceptance that sometimes there’s a human intelligence that’s like a cancer cell and it feels not part of the group so then it tries to damage things around it which creates chaos. So Collective Intelligence is crucial to rediscover, and make the healthy cells the priority, so we can all be a functioning body that is whole and healthy.

…Which comes from the heart, and comes from the breath, connected to the mental. When we do something that’s not who we are, many times it comes from the mental state without the heart, and without the embodied receptivity of who I am. And who I am is unique into this group, and as a group we have a collective that we are moving forward. In our unique way we have a unique voice to achieve that purpose.

How I perceive the Collective Intelligence is; we are all each others shape, form, or something that is at the origin not shaped. And it is just embodied in the physical molecular world, and each time there are different levels and when we are all together we are forming an entity, that’s this group. And this group has got loads of properties. And when we’re presencing that group we are connecting with all of the different properties which we have all brought up, into putting on the table. So, we can be aware of only our own one or we can be aware of everything around us as defined by the culture that we defined at the start of the session.

Our Closing words: Being, Presence, Heart, Head, Gut, Curious, Hello, Parts and Wholes, Peaceful, Friends, Mindful, Gratitude, Joy,

We are not only the sum of our experiences but the sum of all the people behind us, all our ancestors.