New Zealand Kingfisher
Halcyon sancta vagans
Essence: focus, ability to encompass the whole picture, action arising out of stillness.
Use: for distraction, unproductive busyness, disruption and deflection that causes projects and right action to falter.
Description: I often see kotare perched on posts, telephone and power lines, or bare branches. It perches with a clear view, overlooking pasture, gardens and water. They are often still, except their tail will flick, or their head will turn. They are waiting for the prey (usually insects like cicada, mice, also cockabullies and small fish) to appear on the ground or in the foliage. And then they are off in a direct descending flight snatching the prey and carrying it crosswise in their beak back to their perch where it swallows it whole. Kotare feathers are blues and green and turquoise with a touch of white around the neck and a soft yellow on the breast.
Meaning: The kotare essence is an ultimate experience in focus, a focus that encompasses the whole. It works with the parts of our brain that contemporary people have forgotten they have. It is our ability to observe with a focus that emerges from our whole participation in our world. To observe without thinking, without the narrative bubbling away. This alert presence is to the whole of our surroundings, knowing the language of our environment.
This essence invites us to move across the rifts, faults fractures of relationship, through seeing the stories that cause us to turn away from painful revelation. It invites us to see and understand compromise and the loss associated with compromise.
Kotare supports our nervous system and can relieve tension headaches particular when triggered by fear. There is a combination of alert and restful, the fulfillment experienced through clear action. Time, the past as well as the future, is encompassed in the wholeness of the presence expressed by the kotare essence.
Key words: nucleus heart, hub, attention, integrated insight into splits and compartmentalising. Focus and wholeness.