Thursday Theories – The Moon

I did some research into this one, after having a discussion with Della Ratcliffe at Inner Journey Events Blog about her post “2023 a year of 13 moons”

I am Australian, but I am first generation white Australian though. I am not an Aboriginal person. What I have been researching into is what do Aboriginal people do when they think of the Moon.

Aboriginal people have, what is called “Dreamtime Stories”

They generally have a story for everything, from the Murray River was created till how the Australian Native animals were created.

“Emu in the Sky” constellation of dark clouds, and stories about the Sun, Moon, and stars,  revealing a great depth and complexity of ancient Aboriginal cultures. Not only did they know the sky intimately, but they were familiar with planetary motions, tides, and eclipses.

Emu in the Sky | June – On the left hand side of the Southern Cross, try to find a dark oval shape, called the Coalsack Nebula. This is the head of the Emu with the beak pointing downward. The long neck stretches to the left through the middle of “the Pointers”. The body and legs of the Emu stretch halfway across the horizon towards the east.

Aboriginal people don’t celebrate necessarily the same way that Celts would have. They did/do celebrate the different types of moons. They map a lot of the land, and the moon and the sun, and the weather. During the Summers in Australia, a lot of elders from Aboriginal tribes will still help too “burn off” dry land. Too stop such devastating fires from occurring. They have had nearly 60,000 years on working out how to work with the land.

The dreamtime stories have been handed down through 60,000+ years. They don’t have HUGE feasts, like the Celts would have. The Australian land is not really made for huge feasting, it’s dry and hot.


Australia Day – The Platypus Story

On January the 26th Australia celebrates “Australia Day”  which is pretty much Captain James Cook and his crew coming to Australia and settling in Australia (and also started the settlers to wipe out the Indigenous people of Australia…but that is for another day). So I present on this Magical Monday a story of significance to my country. The indigenous people of Australia call their “stories” the ‘Dream-time’ and I thought since the Platypus is such a bizarre creature and a lot of people find it fascinating…I thought that I would present this story to you all…Enjoy!

Dreamtime Story Animation “Biladurang The Platypus” for the Marambul Yuganha Exhibition at the Griffith campus of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute 2011.

Exhibition Coordinator: Carolyn White
Animation by: Mick Ashley – RedPixels Animation

For information regarding Captain James Hook please follow this link:
Wikipedia 2014, James Cook, Wikipedia Australia, <;