Introduction & Explanation
Since I began seriously using native Australian Flora and Fauna in my Craft, I have tried to keep notes explaining the way in which I have come to understand them, either through Aboriginal Traditional Lore as passed on by friends or researched various place, or my own use, experimenting and spending time understanding the nature of this thing or that. I also have a habit of researching things from a biological, scientific perspective as a start point for discovering its sorcerous or spiritual nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in Nature, (ch. 4,1836, revised and repr. 1849), “Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind, and that state of the mind can only be described by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.” I believe that in terms of the natural world, it is the Art of the Witch to explain that natural symbol in terms of its spiritual truth, and healers, doctors, shamans, men of high degree through history and across the world have done so.
This list is by no means definitive. I mean it only to demonstrate the reasons I use things, and as a starting point for others who might wish to consider Native Australian Flora and Fauna in their Craft. I also hope that it sparks a conversation through which the experiences of others might be shared, and my own knowledge might grow.
Items are listed according to their common names, and then sometimes twice with their scientific or Latin name, or binary nomenclature in parenthesis. This becomes particularly important in Australia where ‘gum’ can mean any of just shy of 1500 species. Or where ‘wattle’, bottlebrush, gravillia all have numerous species in numerous environments across an entire continent. It is clear to me that being comfortable with one thing does not always translate across an entire Genus or even Species.
I will endeavour to be as thorough as I can, but at the same time provide a concise description in terms of Classical Western Occult/Planetary Correspondences. This is not a fine art, even in terms of European flora it is often not so. And link to external sites and information where I can.
I also hope to include the occasional odd entry, like for example, Australian Coinage, which we often use in sorcerous operations.
Lastly, this is the sort of project that will be ongoing, indeed, it seems impossible to consider it as something that might be finished. I add only those things I am confident working with myself. This is also a side project, a result of my Craft.