Kauri – Courage – Guardian of Evergreens (Knight of Wands)

Genus: Agathis – Family: Araucariaceae

Conservation Dependent

The ancient spirit of the Kauri reminds us that it takes courage to attain our goals, especially those we are most passionate about. Kauri signals a time of taking action in the pursuit of these goals.

Kauriis the Maori name for Agathis australis, which are native to New Zealand. A giant kauri tree called Tane Mahuta, or “Lord of the Forest,” is estimated to be between 1,250 to 2,500 years old.

In the Maori creation myth, Tane Mahuta is the son of Ranginui, the sky father and Papatuanuka, the earth mother. As Tane grew he separated his parents (sky from earth) until he could clothe his mother with vegetation. The birds and animals were his children. This story of the Kauri creating space for life to grow is a powerful lesson in courage. Now is a time to separate ourselves from forces that could be containing us to create a new space for life to unfold.

The kauri’s ancestors lived during the Jurassic period 190 to 135 million years ago. It is an ancient species that in part survived by shedding its branches and bark to prevent vines and parasitic plants from growing and choking it. The kauri’s flaking bark creates a protective layer around its base that can be 4-5 feet deep. Kauri trees protect themselves by creating the personal space they need to survive. This message is also another important lesson for us.

Agathis is a genus of 22 coniferous evergreen trees that were native throughout the world, but are now limited to a small area in the Southern Hemisphere.

Kauri can live to exceed 1000 years old and their timber was popular for wood construction and shipbuilding. At maturity, a kauri can grow to be 164 feet tall with a girth that rivals giant sequoias, and it has a large and imposing crown.

Heavy logging of Kauri began around 1820. Today only 4% of uncut forests remain in small pockets. The largest virgin forest is the Waipoua Forest in Northland, New Zealand, which is a protected forest sanctuary and one of the most ancient forests in the world.

Message: The kauri reminds us that is takes courage and action to create and defend our personal space. Personal space is actually hardwired into our DNA as an instinctual survival mechanism. Some call it our “second skin.” This “sense” of space is actually our energetic anatomy that controls our survival instincts. Now is a time to trust our “vibes” and instincts. To survive we must define our boundaries. Life is often a compromise but the kauri tree is reminding us that some things are non-negotiable. Now is a time to identify where we are willing to compromise and what is non-negotiable. From that place of clarity, we can take a stand if we are being challenged, intimidated or taken for granted.

Challenge: Clinging to things, people and places. Creating an unhealthy environment for ourselves and those around us. Not setting clear boundaries that help us feel safe.