”Traditionally Australia’s first women gave birth on country with other women around them, and there are important ceremonies that take place outside on country that welcome the child into the world,” says Aboriginal midwife student Tanya Bonner
May all children value and learn about our first Australians and the culture and languages as part of their education.
“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” — Victoria Erickson
WHAT SEASONS MAY COME
Sweater on, then sweater off,
one minute sunshine, next rain,
one minute, cold, the next you’re hot.
go outdoors and run back inside again.
Umbrella up, umbrella down,
hazy sun, over dew drop ground.
Glowing sunrises, heavenly sunsets,
golden saffron, aflame with fiery red.
Thunder claps and missiles of rain,
sniffing burnt leaves of fires again.
Southwest winds, freeze air at night,
early in the morning and at twilight.
Time for hunting and gathering.
as winter is now foreshadowing.
In a wonderland of scarlet leaves,
red banksia flowers and gum trees.
Elder fella, slowly nods his head,
time to collect and store food he said.
Calling on his mob to: ‘Be prepared’
hunters must gather and be aware.
Wise men, read Great Earth Mother signs,
to Australia’s first people, it's ‘DJERAN’ time.
Finding treasures of earthly, bush foods,
Kangaroo, Frogs, Turtles and Emus.
Witchetty grubs, hidden in tree stumps,
Swan feathers scattered across bush.
Bullrush, seed pods and berries, clumped.
Native wildlife, is going to sleep now. Hush.
In this great Western land of Oz, that I live,
reading nature’s omens, is indigenous gift.
First Australians respect land and seas,
to take from Earth, only what you’ll ‘need’
Victoria Healing ~ 1.5.2021
The area that I live in Western Australia is called Nyoongar country, the Nyoongar people acknowledge six seasons, not the commonly used four. These seasons also are not given a specific calendar start and finish date as with nature it is fluid and does not conform to our ridged calendar. The calendar months have been used as a guide only.
DJERAN – is a cool and pleasant season, represented by the colour Green. Held between April and May. It is known as the season of Adulthood.
OUR SPIRIT. KNOWS
She stood. In contemplation there.
She would. Feel it in the brisk of air.
She could. See beyond stars in sky.
She knew. A change had come nigh.
The light haze. As sun shone through.
Trunks of gums. Shadowing purple hues.
Rough ground. Covered in brown bark.
Humming of insects. Listening in. Hark.
She walked about. Scrubland bush.
Listening deeply. To the seasons hush.
She saw. The Pelicans. Migrating flight.
She saw. Native flora. Sprouting to life.
She saw. The clouds .Were a scudding.
Grass Trees. And Red Banksia. Budding.
She could see. By the flight. Of ants;
*DJERAN’ season. Has come. To her land.
Victoria Healing ~ 5.5.2021
Your Spirit. Knows
The Spirit of Dadirri:
To Listen deeply. Is to connect.
‘You don’t learn while you’re talking, you learn while you’re listening’ ~ Unknown
Congratulations to indigenous elder, artist and educator Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann for being named the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year. She has dedicated her life to giving Aboriginal children the skills to navigate western and traditional culture.
‘Dadirri’ is an ancient living practice that supports spiritual well-being. Like the soft underbelly of a crocodile, this is the gentle, quiet, deep spring that is in all of us; where our sense of identity, belonging, purpose and connection is explored, founded and nurtured. As it is in me, it is also in others. It is the Indigenous gift to all Australians’
~ Dr Miriam-Rose
‘You gotta slow down. And listen’
DJERAN ~ (Nodjam) (Autumn) April – May
Symbolises cooler weather and Eucalyptus Trees. Ant Season. Season of the Adulthood. Green.
Disclaimer: I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging
Disclaimer: I am not an indigenous person of Australia. This information has come from my research and living in this country.
‘The stars nodded, the ocean agreed, the flowers chorused. “Bloom now – bloom free’ – Tess Guinery
THE WORLDS OLDEST STORY
Tracking the Song Lines, with the Seven Sisters, up to the Pleiades Star Cluster
Tracking the Seven Sisters features the world’s highest resolution six-metre-wide travelling dome under which visitors are immersed in images of Seven Sisters rock art from the remote Cave Hill site in South Australia, as well as animated artworks and the transit of the Orion constellation and the Pleiades star cluster.
INTO THE UNKNOWN
‘You’ve drawn a Blank’
‘What do you mean?’
Then where do I start?
where do I go?
I don’t blinking know.
Is this the beginning, or is that an end?
to trust in fortune, can I depend?
to surrender the limits, of all control;
is that the ultimate spiritual warriors goal?
Will I be abandoned? Will I fail?
will my fate and destiny, be taken away?
are positive powers, forever in heart,
by chance or luck, how do I start?
Odin's Blank Rune replied;
Lucky is as lucky does;
just breathe, there is no rush’
You’ve Drawn a Blank!
The Book of Runes. ~ Ralph Blum
The Blank Rune
The Unknowable. The Divine. Odin.
“Sometimes we’re persuaded to relinquish control, and when this happens, time becomes more synchronic and coincidence more profound. It’s the same cosmic force, but without so many restrictions. This is when guardian angels can roll up their sleeves to say, ‘Now we’ve got food and shelter done, let’s get to work!
We can keep our indigenous wisdom alive and heal our baby Word Pressers of the earth, by bringing them back into communication again with Mother Earth’
THERAPIST: and what can we do, to help save planet earth?
ME: We plant seeds?
THERAPIST: (Nods) we should all plant seeds
Our everyday choices, the way we think, talk and walk, has a big impact on earth. It’s time to ask each other, what positive difference can we create on this earth? ~ Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
Moving forwards, on our own paths, the Spiritual Warrior within ‘self’ is tasked. Otherworldly riddles will be made clear, when releasing “self” from all that you fear. Commitment in your ‘own’ soul path, waiting patiently, is what is asked. Cutting away from the dead and the old, is your mission, to let inner truth unfold.
“Each” (The White Horse) – The Goddess, The Land, Travel”
Wholeness within, is a spiritual warrior’s quest,
discovering who we really are, is the ultimate test.
Bringing our own essence, alive into form,
expressing our selves, away, from society’s norm.
Retreating inwards, to discover our strengths,
letting light inside secret parts, needed to comprehend.
Practicing the art of doing, without doing,
deliberating our intentions, taking ‘time-out” for reviewing.
What is inside your heart, that, you’d like to pursue?
May the blessings of “Each” and Rhiannon, be by our side,
integrating inner parts, with those, that try to hide.
The spirit of “Each” calls us on our journey to travel,
inner, or outer, letting our true happiness unravel.
God speeds our energy with the power of land and sun,
where all of, our dreams are created and begun.
Finding our spirit and strengths with our ally as the “Horse”
spiritual Messenger “Each” guides us forwards, on course.
Rhiannon is our Mother-Goddess there, inwards, to find,
directing life, birth, death, cycles through infinitive times.
In Welsh traditions, Rhiannon holds the key,
unlocking gateways to those secret mysteries, as you might seek.
Victoria S Healing ~ 1.11.2018
Blessings To “Each” in Us
“Each” ~ (White Horse) and “Rhiannon” represent:The Goddess, The Land and Travel”
In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon rides a white horse.
Poem inspired by ~ The Druid Animal Oracle ~ Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm)
The White Horse is the most common hill figure in England.They are often associated with the sun chariot, warrior-heroes and fertility The Celts believed the appearance of a white horse meant purity and spirituality. It symbolised light and goodness, power and wealth, and freedom.