• Want to know what a special encounter with a creature might mean? Curious about engaging with the world in a more meaningful way? Native Symbols explores the language of archetypes, totems and symbolic meanings found in our natural environment. This website is based around the book Native Symbols – A Guide to the Energies of the Australian Bush (1997)  by Donni Hakanson and this site includes much more than the original print version.

    In this special little space on the interwebs, you will find interpretations or symbolic meanings of many plants, animals, birds, reptiles, insects and more. From Australian Aboriginal Dreamings to each symbol’s unique traits and characteristics, Native Symbols covers a broad area of nature as well as the odd article in the blog. Enjoy your visit, we hope it gives you a deeper appreciation of the mystery of life!

  • “Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”  Albert Einstein

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I do believe in an everyday sort of magic —
the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience
with places, people, works of art and the like;
the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity;
the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.
CHARLES DE LINT

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