Thursday, December 29, 2005

Facade - Online Tarot Readings

Online tarot readings - Pick your deck and spread

The Rainbow Serpent

Dreaming Stories

What are Dreaming Stories about?

Dreaming stories vary throughout Australia and there are different versions on the same theme. For example the story of how the birds got their colours is different in New South Wales and in Western Australia.

Stories cover many themes and topics. There are stories about creation of sacred places, landforms, people, animals and plants. There are also stories of language or the first use of fire. In more recent times there are stories telling of the arrival of the first Europeans on ships or stories about trading with Macassan fisherman in Northern Australia.

The Tracks of Life

The journey of the Spirit Ancestors across the land are recorded in Dreaming Tracks. A Dreaming track joins a number of sites which trace the path of an Ancestral Being as it moved through the landscape, forming its features, creating its flora and fauna and laying down the Laws. One of these Spirit Ancestors is the Rainbow Serpent, whose Dreaming track is shared by many Aboriginal communities across Australia.

Rainbow Serpent

And that... is the resting place of the Rainbow Serpent, and all of the gullies and all of the lagoon itself was about the Rainbow Serpent created after he had created the universe and all the dry gullies is the tracks that he's made looking for a resting place.

Carl McGrady,
Aboriginal Education Assistant,
Boggabilla, describing the path of the
Rainbow Serpent at Boobera Lagoon,
northern New South Wales, 1996.

The Rainbow Serpent is represented as a large, snake-like creature, whose Dreaming track is always associated with watercourses, such as billabongs, rivers, creeks and lagoons. It is the protector of the land, its people, and the source of all life. However, the Rainbow Serpent can also be a destructive force if it is not properly respected.

The Rainbow Serpent is a consistent theme in Aboriginal painting and has been found in rock art up to 6000 years old. The Rainbow Serpent is a powerful symbol of the creative and destructive power of nature. Most paintings of Rainbow Serpents tell the story of the creation of the landscape particular to an artist's birthplace. Some aspects of Rainbow Serpent stories are restricted to initiated persons but generally, the image had been very public. Today, most artists add personal clan designs to the bodies of Rainbow Serpents, symbolising links between the artist and the land.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Heaven is feeding Kangaroos and Lorikeets

Ode to Australia, land of the Snake. I thank you for hosting me and welcoming me in the language I speak the best.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Berry Cocao Booster shake

Berry Cocao Booster shake
400ml Homemade Almond milk
16 Fresh Raspberries or 2-3 tbls Black Cherry concentrate (Bernard Jensen's)
2 tbs freshly powdered cocao bean pieces (Nibs)
1.5 tbs Agave nectar
5 capsules of Maca (opened and emptied into the drink) or 1 tsp Maca powder
1/4 tsp Ginseng powder
2 tbs Tropical Traditions Coconut oil
4 drops absolute Vanilla (or use vanilla extract, but a larger quantity)
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Blend all ingredients well in a blender. Put in the freezer for at least an hour to make it a refreshing summer cold. Or warm gentley (don't boil) if winter is your current season! Serves 1, and don't forget to chew!
Inspired by the book Naked Chocolate

Raspberry Coconut Ice Cream (No dairy and yummy!)

Raspberry Coconut Ice Cream (No dairy and yummy!)

1/2 cup Cashew milk (Soak whole, raw cashews in water 4 hours, dump water and blend with equal parts fresh water)
1 cup Raspberry puree
1/2 cup Tropical Traditions Coconut oil, melted
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp raw cane sugar (if raspberry puree is unsweetened)

Blend all ingredients except coconut oil in a blender. Slowly drizzle the melted coconut oil into the blender while the blender is running so that it emulsifies well with the mixture. Run this mixture through an ice cream maker until done. If you have no ice cream maker, try putting it like this into the freezer, or alternately, fill ice cube trays with the liquid mixture then freeze and blend the cubes together to make ice cream when ready to eat.