Kangaroo

A popular and well-known symbol of Australia, Kangaroo is a favourite, unless of course, one is a cattle farmer!  Kangaroos feature in many children’s stories, songs and television shows, they make endearing characters (see ‘Dot and the Kangaroo’ clip below). In the modern Dreaming[1], a kangaroo trying to make the leap over …

Koala

Koala brings many messages as one of the most world known symbols of Australia. Koala medicine brings questioning your relationship with lack and abundance. Endearing like a teddy, but definitely not a bear, Koala is a popular symbol of Australia. These unique creatures appear to have little intelligence. Their success …

Kookaburra

  Kookaburras are a well-known symbol of Australia, sometimes referred to as a laughing jackass. Territorial birds, they remain in family groups until around four years of age.  The offspring help with the feeding of successive generations before they start their own families.  They also build their nests in not …

Lily / Lotus

A white lily balancing gently at the end of its graceful, slender stalk is said to symbolise the journey of a star across the heavens at night. The stem represents the map or path of its journey and the flower is the star itself, at its most perfect moment. This …

Lyrebird

Lyrebird is the mimic of the bush, copying the calls of the other birds and bush sounds.  It is the male who carries the beautiful tail feathers shaped like a lyre.  During mating season, he builds a mound out of forest debris that serves as a platform from which he …

Introduction

In the years since writing the text for the Oracle of the Dreamtime[1] many people have asked me about creatures that were not included.  This guide, the first of its kind in Australia, is for those who encounter, dream about, or are drawn to these as indigenous symbols. The many …

Magpie

Magpies warble and chortle a cheerful chorus at dawn and during the day – and sometimes in the middle of the night! They make a lovely sound, however someone who chatters a lot might be called a magpie! Magpies are a very common Australian bird, familiar in town and country.  …

Mistletoe

Mistletoe, found in places globally, is a fascinating symbol of co-adaptation between plants and seed spreading birds and animals. The mistletoe is a parasitic plant that attaches itself to certain trees and relies upon the mistletoe bird to eat its fruit and pass the seeds. The digestive system of the …

Moon

The Moon is a symbol universal to all of humanity, and probably has been since the beginning of time. Often viewed as feminine, the moon has been directly linked to women (through menstruation) and the femininely viewed energies of intuition and the emotions. Our lunar friend has also been linked …

Mopoke

Another name for this shy yet common owl is Boobook. Mopoke is another interpretation of its call, which sounds very mournful and forlorn. Aboriginal Dreaming lore attributes the Owl’s call to a bad tempered, selfish man who refused to share his ample possessions with the Great Spirit who was walking …