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  • 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 ancient Australian Aboriginal Dreamings to more contemporary views, each symbol’s unique traits and characteristics are offered here for your consideration.  Enjoy your visit, be curious about what you read and see if it nudges you into new ideas.

  • 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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