Cane Toad

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During the beginning years of Native Symbols, I lost the revised manuscript due to a computer shop screwing up and deleting the hard drive. I lost a huge amount of revision and new stuff. The way I have worked on this book and its concepts has been a continual process …

Cicada – First Voices

Sounding like a symphony of high-pitched monotone didgeridoos, voices of summer, the piercing music of cicadas ring in chorus throughout the Australian bush and city alike. Cicadas quite likely made the first animal sounds on earth, their evolutionary history dating back at least two hundred and fifty million years. Fossils …

Clouds, Rain, Thunder & Lightning

In the Aboriginal Dreaming, it is believed that clouds were created from the first spout of water which emerged from the airhole of the first Whale. In another, inland Dreaming from the Kalkadoon people around Mt. Isa, (see Dingo) the clouds take pity upon a crying woman grieving over the …

Cockatoo – Black and White

The Australian cockatoo is either black with striking red or red and yellow tail feathers (the female also has yellow feathers on her head), or more commonly, white with a yellow crest.  Both types represent powerful spiritual symbols in the Dreaming. In their natural state, cockatoos nest in the hollows …

Copper

Copper is in many aspects of our daily lives because it is good at conducting heat and electricity. Copper is used in electrical appliances, the building industry, in your cutlery and at hospitals. It keeps boats barnacle-free, and is part of a bloodstream trace for a medical examination.  Remember the …

Cormorant (or Shag)

The name cormorant comes from old French and translates as ‘sea raven.’ These plain black or black and white land birds are very fond of fish. Only one species (the Black-Faced Cormorant) of the five found here is regarded as a seabird. Lacking the natural waterproofing, and hence buoyancy, that …

Crab

In a Dreaming from Northern Australia[1], Crab was a cannibal and her tribe buried her alive as punishment.  A spirit Crow stood over the hole, awaiting her emergence to mete out the death she deserved.  Crab prepared herself for Crow’s attack and through her magic grew a hard shell.  When …

Crocodile

Crocodiles belong to an ancient reptilian order, originating at least 160 million years ago when dinosaurs still roamed the planet. No wonder crocs are said to have a long memory! Only two species of crocodile are found in Australia, the fresh-water (or fish-eating crocodile) and the salt water (or estuarine, …

Crow

These intelligent birds are found in other places of the world and universally symbolise cleverness and slyness, as well as being messengers for the Spirit World. As an archetype, they appear as intermediaries for the devil or an evil force in movies and novels. Crows feed from carrion; and so …

Crystal

Biami’s partner is a luminous being covered in crystals. I just love this image… all the crystals forming a holographic representation of a true light being. She is a true Goddess of the Dreaming. This entity represents beauty and perfection, companionship and inspiration. Another attribute for quartz crystal is its …