Finding meaning…


  • Here is a gentle approach to life that involves experiencing it as highly personalised with a sense of meaning and purpose that shows itself in our encounters with nature and our environment. Some might be familiar with the concept of ‘signs’ – this site echoes those sentiments. The world is a sentient being and communicates with us at every moment, from the clouds to an ant.

    Unusual experiences, like being startled or noticing something, can act as springboards to new ideas you can apply in your life.

    Native Symbols explores the language of archetypes, totems and symbolic meanings found in our natural environment. This website is based on the print 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 digital sacred space you will find interpretations or symbolic meanings of many plants, animals, birds, reptiles, insects, stars, metals and more. From ancient Australian Aboriginal Dreamings to more contemporary views, each symbol’s unique traits and characteristics are offered here to kickstart your own ideas.  Enjoy your visit, be curious about what you read and see if it nudges you into new ideas. Please comment if you have anything to add!


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