Native Vampires

Australia does not specifically have a vampire in its lore, but the Aboriginal cultures had a vampire-like creature called the yara-ma-yha-who. These creatures were described as little red men with oversized heads with equally large mouths.  But they didn’t have any teeth, simply swallowing their prey whole.  According to legend, the Yara-ma-yha-who is only active during the day and only targets living prey. These guys make the nine and ten of swords look like a fun fair activity.

The yara-ma-yha-who waited in the tops of fig trees for unsuspecting victims to seek shelter and then dropped on them, drained their blood and left them weak and helpless before it would later come back to consume its victim whole, drink some water and take a nap. Later, when the yara-ma-yha-who wake, it regurgitates the undigested portion of its meal, supposedly the victim would remain alive through this entire process, although typically came out a little shorter and shiny, gradually gaining hair all over their body before they were changed into one of the mythical little furry creatures of the forest.

Little wonder that the terrified possum and kanga took off and headed for safety. Cora, the fearless Forest Raven prepared to dive bomb these critters.

If this is not terrifying enough there are stealthy hunters known as Eer Moonan, bipedal creatures that look like Echidnas and have the bodies of dogs. Everyone agrees that with characters like this stalking folk there is a call for some darker Babylonian style magic to deal with this lot.

Bonnie’s skill as a Magician is likely to be put to the test.

The Distillery

Rum producers are fond of announcing that they have secret malt, sourced from a distillery known for its well-Sherried expressions…Could it be Glenfarclas? Macallan? Glendronach? Well word got out through the bush telegraph that Bonnie has a secret product to show off in her Apothecary soon. It didn’t take long for these folk to locate this establishment but what does lie below that old outdoor toilet?

Rosie Red Back Cassowary Reading

Paternal Energy. Balanced Masculinity and Femininity. Strength. Stubborn. Earth Wisdom. Rainforest Wisdom. Prehistoric Wisdom. Overcoming Obstacles. The Forest Warrior. Parent of Trees. Self Defence. The Wild Heart.

Cassowary’s have complex mythological stories associated with them in Australia, Papua New Guinea and other regions. One by the Ilahita people of PNG suggests that cassowaries shed their skin and turn into beautiful human women, and that if a mortal should steal the skin, he could imprison the woman. There is also a contemporary myth circulated in Australia that; because they can fatally attack humans, there has been a spate of cassowary-caused fatalities amongst tourists in Australia, and that the government has been covering up their deaths. Clearly the cassowary is popular in all manner of storytelling. Source: Wildspeak

There are three living species of cassowary, one is the third largest bird in the world, living in Papua New Guinea and Australia. They are strong birds with large casques (bony growths) on their head. These casques are used in courtship, territorial disputes, attacks, and to protect their head when they careen through the forest) and strong legs, they are the only armoured bird in existence today. The legs are extraordinarily powerful and are equipped with a long innermost claw. Cassowary kicks have been fatal to humans, and the cassowary has been listed as the most dangerous bird in the world in the Guiness Book of World Records.

With a helmet worthy of any roman soldier and razor-sharp claws from the dinosaur age. The cassowary spirit is one of a spiritual warrior. A solitary soldier of nature. Ready to protect with ancient knowledge, wisdom and crazy fighting skills.

When a Cassowary came tapping at my chamber door I wondered what advice she could possibly be seeking. After all, she knows how to safeguard herself and everything she loves. She has a heightened sense of danger and knows when something is wrong long before the event actually happens.

It turned out that this particular Cassowary wanted some advice about her emotional needs. So I dipped into my resources and turned to Rider Waite and the Morgan Tarot, which is more like an Oracle deck than a Tarot Deck.

“Try to move away from that steely reserve and heightened sense of danger and open yourself up to love. Consider directing your awe inspiring intuitive powers to conjuring some magic. Take this special powder, wrapped in the bark of a gum tree, from Bonnie’s Bush Apothecary, and use it with some spell making as the moon rises”.

Humans reading this might note that the Cassowary brings us one of the most important lessons of mankind today. The metaphysical message behind this incredible ancient bird is to work with nature not against it. To work with all things in and around us to reach a balance, a deliberate harmony. Harmony and balance bring peace and happiness.

Living in this manner with honour to all things creates earth magic of an ancient kind. Good feelings and energy spread like wildfire, when people catch on, it grounds the common sense of it all. Once momentum has been reached all the forests inhabitants all work together with natures rhythms. And no is harm is done, actually, the opposite happens, an influx of extreme abundance. Finding this balance in your own life is the symbolic message of the Cassowary totem.

The World

When The World card appears in a Tarot reading, you are glowing with a sense of wholeness, achievement, fulfillment, and completion. A long-term project, period of study, relationship or career has come full circle, and you are now reveling in the sense of closure and accomplishment. In this instance this card represents the completion of a long held aspiration, to put together a 22 card collection that depicts an Aussie Wildlife interpretation of the Major Arcarna. We are celebrating that we have finally accomplished our goal. Everything has come together, and we are in the right place, doing the right thing, achieving what we have envisioned. We are feeling whole and complete.

Biddy Tarot says that “The World card invites you to reflect on your journey, honor your achievements, and tune into your spiritual lessons. Celebrate your successes and bask in the joy of having brought your goals to fruition. All the triumphs and tribulations along your path have made you into the strong, wise, more experienced person you are now. Express gratitude for what you have created and harvested. Finally, make sure you don’t rush into the next big project; celebrating your journey will set you up for success when you are ready for your next challenge”.

However, I am sure when this was written they didn’t have a high energy bird in mind. Bonnie is excited to take on the next challenge!


Habitat destruction is one of the biggest threats facing plants and animal species throughout the world. The loss of habitat has far-reaching impacts on the planet’s ability to sustain life, but even with the challenges, there is hope for the future. 

Habitat destruction, defined as the elimination or alteration of the conditions necessary for animals and plants to survive, not only impacts individual species but the health of the global ecosystem.

Habitat loss is primarily, though not always, human-caused. The clearing of land for farming, grazing, mining, drilling, and urbanization impact the 80 percent of global species who call the forest home.

The Sun

In all the Tarot Suns the solar orb or sunburst is prominently displayed and, indeed, is the one consistent image. An interesting design for the Sun that appears on seventeenth and eighteenth-century tarots of the Belgian pattern depicts a single boy, sometimes naked, riding a horse and carrying a banner. Bonnie is appalled and immediately produces her Hard Core Sunscreen for this child and even for the hardy lizards shown here.

Visit a summertime beach or poolside and you’re likely to find humans stretched out to enjoy the sun. Lizards also bask in the warm rays of sunlight, but their focus is on survival, not on getting a tan. Lizards lay out early in the morning, relying on the morning sun to jump-start their metabolism.

Like all members of the reptile class, lizards are cold-blooded. That means their bodies do not generate stable internal temperatures like those of birds and mammals, warm-blooded animals. Cold-blooded creatures depend on the environment around them to control their body temperature. Lizards bask in the morning sun to raise their internal body temperature and stimulate their metabolism. They position their body to soak up maximum sunlight, spreading themselves to create more surface area. As their internal temperature warms up, their muscles become limber, which is crucial for hunting and escaping predators. If a lizard becomes too warm, it will move into a shady spot or burrow into cool soil.

This card may feel like waking up from hibernation. After a long winter, we finally feel the sun’s rays on our faces and awaken, refreshed and ready to move. It’s the energising nature of that light, the way it encourages us to rise and embrace the day.

The Moon

The Moon represents witchery, spellwork, magic and occult arts of all kinds. It’s rituals and ceremonies, and also smaller acts of magical intent. It asks you to forget about what is rational, what you ‘know’, and to delves into life’s mysteries. This can be soulful, creative and profound work, or it can be simple and experimental.

While most of us are asleep there are creatures who thrive functioning by the light of the moon. A wolf howls, the possums play as a young Quoll sprints by.

The Tower

The Tower has a simple meaning: The crumbling of the status quo.

The Tower – whatever it represents in your reading – comes crashing to the ground. All that you held to be true is suddenly…not true. The world looks different, and it can feel like a disaster. This card’s usual image of lightening destroying a tower is incredibly scary – destruction is all that we can see. The ground is unsteady beneath our feet. We don’t know what to hold on to.

It may point to something external – like a power structure being toppled – or it might be internal, like the overcoming of a personal struggle through a momentous and destabilising change. It may be the result of a long and bloody battle, finally over. Or it may be completely out of the blue.
Little Red Tarot

The Devil

Drawing The Devil card upright traditionally tells you that you’re currently living in a state of fear or attachment, according to Biddy Tarot.

The card usually depicts the devil above a man and woman who are chained. This represents the idea that in the material world, it is quite easy to find oneself attached to the dark or addicting forces surrounding you.

In this case the Devil is represented by the destructive forces of mankind towards other living beings. Duck Shooters regard it as sport to target these birds and have them drop from the sky. They would appear to be attached to some addictive forces.