Category Archives: Nature Worship

Joseph Taylor, Psycho-Radio-Cosmic, and the Militaristic Influence of Mars

Joseph Taylor was a Nelson businessman turned astrologist, who fancied himself the Clement Wragge of natural disasters. His specialty being the prediction of earthquakes buy the movement of the planets. unfortunately he lacked both Wragges scientific rigor and his accuracy, though the parallels of their interests and activities (including interest in the … Continue reading

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Dunedin Druids

Photos of the Dunedin branch of the United Ancient Order of Druids  c.1890s-1920s, a selection of those held by the Hocken library. Also see the picture in this link.

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Dunedin from the bay

by the author of the national anthem Thomas Bracken DUNEDIN FROM THE BAY. North Otago Times, Volume XV, Issue 554, 9 September 1870, Page 4 with thanks to the National library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=NOT18700909.2.20.1&dliv=&e=——-10–1—-0–

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Spirits on fog shrouded hills

FAIRIES AND ELVES. Not all the supernatural beings of the olden Maoris were grim monsters or fierce goblins; the fairies and elves are in a different category. The hill near Palmerston South, known as Puketapu, is sometimes swathed with fog … Continue reading

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Elemental Offering

From “The Forerunner”, the magazine of the Havelock Work issue 18 (1914)

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The Poet’s Gods

THE POET’S GODS. Maoriland Worker, Volume 12, Issue 296, 1 November 1922, Page 12   With thanks to the national library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=MW19221101.2.54.3&e=——-100–1—-0distant+gods–

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Moon Musings

ON MOONLIGHT. Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7020, 23 March 1888, Page 2   with thanks to the national library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=CHP18880323.2.4

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Pagan stirrings: Weird excerpts from Tui’s Annual

1931 1931 1930 1931 1931 Due to density (both segments containing numerous lengthy poems) and in the intrest of giving each room to set its own tone the Gothic segements will recieve a seperate entry next week.

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Art Deco Covers

Some fantastic monumental  Deco images from Tui’s Annual, a periodical aimed at Farmers. Though the quality was highly variable it deserves recognition for its use of entirely New Zealand produced content. these covers especially standout for their bold composition and unapologetic optimism.  They exude a real … Continue reading

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An exploration of the Dead Tree theme in New Zealand newspapers

In today’s post we will be exploring snatches of prose inspired by encounters with Burnt Trees collected from New Zealands News Papers. Influenced by the seminal Frozen Flame & Slain Tree: The Dead Tree Theme in New Zealand Art of the … Continue reading

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