venturing into places where women should not go

August 4, 2012

Aboriginality, sunday stroll

I take my three boys into the bush in the mountains where we live. We call it Sunday Stroll. I deliberately go slow and encourage them to slow down and see everything.

On this day in July, we  decided to stay closer to home and drove into the National Park and along ten kilometres of good dirt road. It was a clear and crisp Winter afternoon.

Near to the start of the walk was a cave with many ochre handprints. The handprints were of adults and children.

From the cave, I was getting a feeling that this was a men’s place. And as we walked along the track and down into the valley the feeling got stronger.

It felt secretive and ancient.  The bush was close to the track and there were a lot of hidden features. There were many caves and overhangs.

There were scars all the way up some trees where cuts had been made to make the climbing easier to catch possums. My in-laws told me the story that when William Dampier came to Australia in 1688 he initially thought that the people were giants because of the cuts so high up the trees.

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At a creek there were grinding grooves in the rock where stone axes had been sharpened.

The energy was very masculine.

Towards the end of the walk there was a rock outcrop on a hill. I walked up to have a closer look. Prior to that there was no breeze, but as I approached the rock a strong wind came up and shook the trees above the rock vigorously. A branch fell down from a tree and landed behind me. There was a strong and dark energy associated with that area. I apologised to the spirits and left.

There are women’s places in these mountains where there are waterfalls and open spaces for gathering together. I am certain this was a men’s place.

Some of my Aboriginal colleagues at my workplace say they have never had this type of experience. Others say they don’t walk in the mountains as there is strong magick there. They tell me that if women find themselves in men’s places they should cover their heads, eyes downcast, and be led out of the area by a male.

Aboriginal culture has men’s business and women’s business. Many things, including tasks are separated into gender to acknowledge the importance of both male and female in working together and maintaining balance. Each is as important as the other.

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2 Comments on “venturing into places where women should not go”

  1. michaelwatsonvt Says:

    Thank you for taking us on your spirit walk. I am glad you are alive to the Magick.

    Reply

  2. greenmackenzie Says:

    This is a beautifully written post. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Reply

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