2018 Beach and Foreshore Clean-up


Saturday June 2, 8-9am at TOONDAH HARBOUR
Meeting at the tall flags Middle Street G.J. Walter Park, Nandeebie (Cleveland)
part of Yura! Welcome! Quandamooka Festival 10.30am, Goompee (Dunwich)


Saturday July 28, 3-4pm at SOUTH GORGE
Meeting at the tall flags part of the Yalingbilla – Welcome the Whales
Quandamooka Festival at the Headland Park, Mooloomba (Point Lookout).

Please wear closed in shoes and bring hat, sunscreen and water.

Sky Reading


Weatherwise is the sea wo/man’s ability to read the sky and refers to lore of clouds and sky colour bequeathed by past generations of seaman and country folk and it is an art to read them


Red Sky at Night, sailor’s delight;

Red sky in the morning, Sailor’s warning.




Shine after dark on clear nights are the highest clouds found at around 50miles above earth and consist of ice-coated particles from outer space.

Cirrus (High level) clouds are the most common type of cloud then and whips meaning ground-level wind will soon strengthen.


‘mackerel sky’ clouds consist entirely of ice crystals and appear as white patches or spherical masses arranged in regular patterns like ripples of sand in the sky.  But with air movement the clouds can look to be like markings on a mackerel.



These clouds are associated with cold fronts often forming at night when temperatures are low. Appearing as rolls arranged in lines or waves.



Fleecy and seperate from each other it allows the sun to shine directly on the clouds, so they appear very white with clearly defined edges.


Most common near mountains and coasts and if at ground level it appears as fog which clears by way of evaporation of its lowest layer, and remaining fog becomes stratus cloud. Often forming overnight in fine weather especially over water.


These deep and large clouds have a menacing appearance produce thunder storms, hailstorms and tornados and torrential snow or rain. Illuminated from within by Lightning sparking.


Rolls or rounded masses of darker clouds giving a textured appearance. Converging rays of light  are created at dawn and suck with sunlight shining through any gaps illuminating dust particles.



Moon Glade

Mulmakul; Death Adder

Auntie Margaret Iselin told me that Adder Rock’s traditional name is Mulmakul meaning death adder and that Adder Rock was place of the death adder.

She also said to me that the old people knew it as a “place of healing” as they would lay upon the hot rocks. Mulmakul captures winter’s gabura biyigi and and the last hours of summers setting biyigi. No matter what season ‘jara’ captures ‘budlubara’ here,  Mulmakul; yanggabara.

Words and spelling taken from Jandai Language Dictionary self published by the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council in 2011.

Aspects of the Goddess

Major aspects  of the “Goddess can be symbolised upon the glyph of a nine-pointed star…each of the numbered points corresponds to the following aspects, which are given non specific titles which can be applied to any mythology or tradition … Examples of goddesses who manifest under these aspects are drawn from world mythology”.

1. The Energiser i.e. Hathor, Shakti, Guinevere

2. The Measurer i.e. Mnemosyne, Maat, Kundry

3. The Protector i.e. Durga, Sekhmet, Argante

4. The Initiator i.e. White Buffalo Woman, Cardea, Ceridwen, Nimue

5.  The Challenger i.e. Ereshkigal, Kali, Morgan

6. The Deliverer i.e. Rhiannon, Sophia, Persephone, Enid

7. The Weaver i.e Circe, Neith, Ragnell

8. The Preserver i.e. Brighid, Mary, Igraine

9. The Empowerer i.e. Isis, Mary Magdalene, Dindraine.

Matthews, C and J. Ladies of the Lake

Green Man

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“The label “Green Man”… dates back only to 1939, when it was used by Lady Raglan (wife of the scholar and soldier Major Fitzroy Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan) in her article “The Green Man in Church Architecture”, published in the “Folklore” journal of March 1939.

The most common… interpretation of the Green Man is that of a pagan nature spirit, a symbol of man’s reliance on and union with nature, a symbol of the underlying life-force, and of the renewed cycle of growth each spring. In this respect, it seems likely that he has evolved from older nature deities such as the Celtic Cernunnos and the Greek Pan and Dionysus.

Several other ancient cultures also had green deities, often with some features in common with the Green Man. These include: Humbaba, the ancient Sumerian guardian of the cedar forest, as well as Enkidu, the wild man of the forest in Sumerian mythology, both of which date back to at least 3000 BCE; the Egyptian corn-god Osiris, who is often depicted with a green face representing vegetation and rebirth; Attis, a Phrygian god of vegetation and Nature; the Tibetan Buddhist deity Amoghasiddhi; the Hindu demon Kirtimukha; Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, fertility and water; and several others. Some of the features incorporated into ancient representations of these gods reappear centuries later in the Green Man. For example, the “Face of Glory” of the Hindu Kirtimukha is usually shown with a mouth issuing leaves, notably missing a lower jaw, and there are several similar representations of a jawless Green Man in Europe.

Many modern Neo-Paganists and Wiccans, partly as a result of the influential work of Margaret Murray, see the Green Man as a variant of the pagan Horned God, which is in turn a syncretism of several older nature and fertility deities, including the Greek gods Pan and Dionysus, the Roman Silvanus, the Celtic Cernunnos, the Hindu Pashupati, etc (both Dionysus and Cernunnos were sometimes portrayed with hair composed of stylized leaves and vegetation).

The very fact that images of the Green Man have appeared historically in such disparate and apparently unconnected locations have led some commentators, notably Roweena Pattee Kryder and William Anderson, to suggest that the figure is part of our collective unconscious, and represents a primeval archetype (in Jungian parlance) which is central to our relationship with Nature.

In the same way, the modern resurgence may have been triggered by the environmental crisis we are currently living through. In its modern revival, in the wake of James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis and the birth of the modern Green movement, the Green Man can be seen as the archetype of the “conservator”, whose brief is to counsel us to take from the environment only what we need to survive and to conserve the rest, and to remind us of our responsibilities for the stewardship of the natural world. A quote from Mike Harding succinctly summarizes this position: “If anything on this poisoned planet gives us hope of renewal it is this simple foliate head that has been there in one form or another since the beginning”.