Today marks the 137th anniversary of the invasion by government troops of the Maori settlement of Parihaka, in Taranaki, New Zealand. A community established in 1865, towards the end of the second Taranaki land war, it consisted of people from all over Taranaki and beyond who were dispossessed of their land. It attracted those who chose to come together to live in an intentionally peaceful community to resist further land confiscation. Since then this small, physically isolated village has become a potent symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of aggressive domination. It could be considered a profound New Zealand equivalent of the more widely-known Gandhian non-violent action against oppression.
In this long post I explore the fascinating astrology of this terrible event, and the current possibilities for redemption.