What is behind the interwoven hearts of Earth Beat and why does Earth Beat take place on Equinox?
Whakarongo, whakarongo, whakarongo ki te tangi o te manu e karanga nei; tui, tui, tui, tuia—Listen to the cry of the birds calling for unity.
The two interwoven hearts symbolise the journey to unity through understanding duality.
Everything in existence has both a dark side and a light side. Whether a person or an event. day/night, light/dark, winter/summer, Rangnui, Papatūānuku. each side contains a measure of the other’s substance. The symbol represents the interconnectivity between the two—they exist together, yet as one.
The symbol reminds us not to fear duality, yet learn what balance is for us. Balance in our human design takes place in our heart beat. We find peace, and harmony when we bring the issues of life to the heart. The kind of radical changes and shifts we all hope for in our world means a conscious, proactive evolving where love is the engine that motivates our actions.
The symbol of Earth Beat stands for one of the primary principles that permeates through the culture of the festival: Balance. Balance in ourselves, in our communities, and as human beings on Earth.