Koru Explained

Renewal from Bud to Full Blossom 

lovely koruKoru is a word from the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, the word means loop. The Koru is associated with fresh starts, rejuvenation, renewal, and cycles of rebirth as seen in nature each year at springtime. In the early spring, the tightly coiled vibrant green fiddlehead is one of the first plants to emerge from the thawed ground as winter comes to an end. The spiral shape itself is a symbol of renewal. Spirals and loops are seen in patterns of nature, in the artwork of carvings, paintings, jewelry, and architectural design details. The carved coil shape is also found in the upper portion of a cello and a violin. The shape is found in the spiral of seashells as well as in the cosmos itself. Koru designs are often seen in body art of tattoos with a number of variations chosen by women and men for its symbolism and what it can represent for a person during certain cycles of life.   

Spring Always follows Winter

As a symbol, the Koru reminds us that no matter how long, cold, and dark the winter has been, the warmth and blossom of spring will follow. And with the spring comes the potential for new growth, revitalization, and a renewed sense of peace and optimism. Being human has its challenges, we encounter difficulties throughout our lives, distressful circumstances that can challenge us or bring us down emotionally and physically. Winter seasons and winter moods can feel long, cold, and isolating. For some, “Winter” can be experienced not only as an environmental season but also as an internal cold dark place, the light dims, the struggles feel tougher. The aim of this work is to provide soothing compassionate care and insight, helping to illuminate a warming path up and out from the darkness of winter. 

The Koru’s meaning also includes protection, peace, optimism, vibrancy, and health.