My husband and I were recently in San Francisco and saw these fern korus at the deYoung Museum.
A koru is a new fern frond as it begins to unfurl. The word “koru” (pronounced kor-roo) is the Maori word for “loop.” A number of years ago I was introduced to this word when my daughter lived in New Zealand. For the indigenous people of New Zealand the koru symbolizes new beginnings and hope for the future. It embodies a new phase of life, positive change and personal growth, working together in harmony and being mindful of the good things in life. I felt the word koru symbolized everything I wanted my officiating business Koru Ceremony to represent. The koru personified the ideals of new beginnings we want to honor in ceremony.