Bandicoot – disbelief, reincarnation, dreams, persistence, misinformed judgments
Barramundi – archetypal lovers facing opposition, Divine support, pollution in environment
Bat – Extra sensory, in a crowd – joining forces, battle it out, favouritism, long life & happiness / darkness & chaos, Death, self-sacrifice
Bee – native vs introduced, playing with danger / health & healing, strength of belief against pressure, vegetarianism, hard work / sweetness of life, community, work, back to basics, procreation
Bee-eater – fighting for what you believe in, beauty, rainbows
Bilby – meat eating, Easter, rebirth, at risk / need for preservation, surprise attributes, protection, what is at risk?
Black Swan – expect the unexpected, magic, collective myths, insight, victim / victor, letting go, bypassing limitations, change
Bogong Moth – good tucker, social celebrations, inner sense, curiosity, ignoring advice, journeys, light vs artificial light, colour, flowers
Bowerbird – construction, sexual advertising, displays, mimicry, ghost bird – hanging onto old bones, short term liasons / single parenthood, dancing, home-making
Brolga – dance, creative absorption / obsession, rejected suitor, community support, celebrations, high esteem, object of envy
Brush Turkey – fatherhood, innovation via imitation, self-esteem / social comparisons, jealousy / shame, dietary health issues, find the good
Budgerigar – good tucker, grief relief, compassion, caged / wild, alone /group, memories, nostalgia
Bunyip – myths, giving fear power, desires, illusions, breaking Law – punishment, bogeyman
Butterfly – transformation, cycle of Life, eternal life, beauty, miracles, soul, faith
Cicada – music, ancient, trees, emergence, speak out
Clouds & Rain, Thunder & Lightning – compassion, intervention, solace from grief, an intermediary, warning / prevention, portents, regret, a lesson
Cockatoo – understanding Death, rain, intelligence, caged / free, comic / mischief, ‘dig your way out’, look out / alert, adherence to personal ethics or religious laws.
Copper – modern society / appliances / electronics / conductor / transfer of energy, beauty, mirror, alchemy, crap, law enforcement / laws of nature
Cormorant – water / fire / air / earth, able to enter another dimension, messages, adaptability, choices
Crab – shape shifter, protection / attack, “one more…” or “one last…”, regeneration, dancing / music, crabby / emotions
Crocodile – exaggeration / hype, long memory, heartless, warm climates, run around in circles, respect, cunning, instincts, maternal protectiveness, womaniser / seduction / sexuality
Crow – cleverness, slyness, trickster, Spirit world messengers, ill omens, define what you know versus what you believe, ego issues
Crystal – beauty, perfection, companionship, inspiration, water, sympathetic magic, wife, luminosity
Cuckoo – co-evolution, con job, trickery via imitation / fake, cooee – make contact with someone distant, “pass the buck”, play not work, avoiding responsibility, childcare
Curlew – birth / death / bereavement / mother’s loss, parenting / separation, protecting others, acceptance, love’s shadow side, personal burdens, guilt
Dingo – native or not, misconceptions, wild nature in society, watch dog, top dog, independence / interdependence, watchfulness, interspecies communication , codependency, resentments
Dolphin – special relationships / interspecies communication, play, teasing / hurts / cruelty, unconditional love, midwifery, yearning
Dugong – gentleness, feminine aspect, betrayal / infidelity, afflictions, stretch the imagination / look below the surface, vulnerability, embittered in love, time to be alone, breasts, save the environment
Emu – big man, negative space, curiosity, (single) fatherhood, protector, self-esteem, social status, men in womens’ traditional roles
Fairy Penguin – agility, finding your element, comfort & ease, water, magic and grace
Finch – cheer, abundance, things of epic or great proportions, global creation, brotherhood
Firefly – shine your light! Have faith
Fly – laziness, think ahead, need for action, irritations, healing / purification (as maggot), blessing in disguise, our place in the web of life
Frilled Neck Lizard – speaking without thinking, finding solutions, pride, be less defensive, think before action / emotional reaction, storms, anger
Frog – humour, greed / sharing, thirst, singing, purity / purifying, transformation, repressed emotion / tears
Galah – comedy, non-comprehension, exploitation, bravery, memories your scars carry
Gecko – courage, Taoism / martial Arts, ochre, thunderstorms, one chance, regeneration, decoys, last ditch effort, Asia, stand on your soap box!
Gliding Possum – sweetness, cat and mouse games, flying, leap of faith, wisdom
Goanna – defensiveness, opportunist, thievery / raid, innovation, cleaning up messes, canoes, invention, never healing from a wound / extraordinary healing – antidote found in cause?
Ibis – spiritual questioning, Egypt, direction in life, self-presentation, Divine beauty, agriculture, solitude / groups
Jabiru – loneliness / solitude, running before take-off, spirituality / magic, power items
Kangaroo – nurturing / archetypal mother, bridges / crossing / changes, generosity, utilising available resources, boxing, cruelty, dependency, dance, Aussie version of American Indian buffalo
Koala – no drink, secrets, personal power, hoarding / poverty consciousness, orphan
Kookaburra – family, laughter, success, work /responsibilities / promotions, positive attitudes, awakening / dawn, singing, vulnerability / toxins, fragility, mockery
Lily or Lotus – enlightenment, perfection, Spirit, gratitude, Soul journey, sustenance, beauty, the macrocosm in the microcosm, birth and genesis, ancestors, offerings, stars
Lyrebird – courtship, peacemaker, imitation, languages, communication (interspecies), life purpose singing / Divine duty, teacher / learning hands on
Mistletoe – sweet things, symbiosis, Christmas, pregnancy, blending in, sweet things, going through crap / digestion before new life, intricate part of an interdependent whole
Moon – archetypes, feminine spirit, cycles / tides, dreams, emotions, womaniser, lunacy, witchcraft, reincarnation
Mopoke – regret / learning from mistakes, cheer up, death, occult, wisdom, karma
Mosquito – personal boundaries, how you use your life force, irritations, limiting judgments, transformation, demands, contagious sicknesses
Native Cat – acting in the moment / impulsive, heedless / daring, tenacious, rebirth / reincarnation / nine lives.
Opal – spiritual promises, laws, faith, emotions, inspiration, art, learning from the past, water
Owl – night, wisdom, curiosity, protection, mystery, special talents, listening, feminine symbol, power
Peewee – seeking love, love, benefits, social events
Pelican – network, community roles, group success, fashion, fishing, achieving heights
Platypus – protective medicine, energy, conservation, rescue, solitude / groups, tolerance, unity, paradoxes, mystery, ancient
Possum – alertness, “playing dead,” pest / overpopulated, unattainable goals
Rainbow – promises fulfilled, transience, change, spiritual bridge
Rainbow Lorikeet – creative solutions, overcoming disability, freedom / escapism, life changing decisions, dream come true, divine intervention, persecution for being ‘different’
Rat – reputations, cleverness, adaptability, proof of something
Rosella – tragedy then triumph, love, devotion
Seagull – social life/status, competitiveness, self-expression, entertainment, seeking
Seal – polygamy, victimisation, regeneration, conservation, endorsement / authorization
Shark – dishonesty, power, battle, strength in softness, anger in parent role
Shingleback Lizard – mirages, illusions
Snake – transformation, spirituality, metaphysics, power, creation, vengeance
Spider – seduction, morals, weaving, fear, victim, World Wide Web, reprisals
Sturt’s Desert Pea – intuition, tragedy if ignored, sadness, loss, hope, retribution, endings
Sun – journeys, unchanging patterns, awakening, heat of the moment, need for giving so as not to ‘burn out”, arguments
Tasmanian Devil – reputation, greed, evil has it’s place in the web of life, animal nature
Topknot Pigeon – crowds, avoiding responsibility, balance between work & play
Turtle & Tortoise – protection, self-sacrifice, shields, no need for retreat
Wedge-tailed Eagle – revenge, forgiveness, power, ego issues, change perspective.
Whale – betrayal, victim, greed, saving
Willy Wagtail – communication, gossip, warning, pregnancy, raise your eyebrows over something!
Wombat – home issues, competition, uninvited guests[
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