The Weekly Familiar - An animal message from Tony
As many of you know, the koala is a sacred animal to Tony and I and we thank everyone who has helped us raise money for these beautiful creatures in the past. This little sweetie is Amanda a recently orphaned baby koala who is being cared for by the amazing Colleen Woods and her team of volunteers at The Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter. Amanda is available for immediate sponsorship - just $40 a year and 100% of every donation goes to the koala and it's care. We have visited Colleen many times over the years and we are always awed by her courage, determination and her huge heart that keeps giving despite facing some really horrible realities about the challenges koalas are dealing with in our modern world.
Tony and I will be visiting Colleen very soon to take up funds raised through donation at our drumming circle. If you would like to give a donation we will gladly take your assistance up to the Shelter. We have been told that they have named a koala Sacred Familiar! So you can be a vital part of this koala's care if you feel called. You can also contact the Southern Ash Shelter at: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to sponsor Amanda or the many other koalas that arrive daily into Colleen's care. Colleen's intention and aim is to give the koalas a safe sanctuary to heal and recover so that they can be returned to the wild again.
The koala is a beautiful and unique Australian animal and they really need help from the us, the new humane guardians of the land. Every dollar truly counts so if you can give, please get in touch,
Oceans of love, Julia & Tony
|Colleen Woods and a beautiful koala now released back into the wild
Southern Ash on Facebook
Tony & Becker one of Sacred Familiar's sponsored koalas
Southern Ash is launching the “Give 10 for a Ted” initiative.
Via our social media outlets we will pick a monthly date and each month announce to our loyal followers that it’s time to “Give 10 for a Ted”.
By 10, we of course mean $10 donations. You can make a donation for one month, every three months, or every single month if you prefer. It’s not a direct debit system so it’s entirely up to the generosity of our supporters. This money will be used for the daily operations of the shelter such as milk supplements, transport for sick animals, vet bills, medications and medical supplies.
Direct debits can be made to:
Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter Public Fund • BSB: 033 128 • Account #: 186132
So Team Koala.... Its time to GIVE 10 FOR A TED! :)
|These are the beautiful koalas at The Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter - you can sponsor a koala for just $40 and they need our love and help. Here is a link to sponsor a koala.|
On Monday Tony and I travelled up to Mount Baw Baw to visit the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter and deliver the generous donations you all contributed at our Koala Meditation night. Colleen and the koalas thank you! Tony and I fell in love with them all over again and Tony now has a koala named after him! You can have a look at the incredible work Colleen Woods and her volunteers do helping to rescue, heal and release these beautiful koalas back into the wild at her website: www.samthekoala.com.au. Or you can jump over and say hi on their Facebook page: Unfortunately these beautiful creatures are now more in danger than ever before, every little bit really does help - sponsoring a koala costs just $40. And there's nothing better than koala love!
|The Three Bears|
|Tony and Molly who climbed up Tony's leg for a cuddle - Tony definitely has the touch|
|The enchanted pool where the platypus live - the energy here was magical|
|Human-sized wombat burrow / temple|
I woke up this morning and saw this image over on the site of the woman of wonder that is Sister Wolf and I thought how apt it was for the energy of the Dark Moon at the moment. It is a particularly heavy Dark Moon tonight and tomorrow as we are processing the changes and experiences of our lives since the nineties - the era of Neptune in Aquarius. For some of us the last week has felt like a very lonely time, I saw an image of debris being washed up on the shore just then - as if the arrival of Neptune into Pisces earlier this month was a 'moving in time' and we are realising only now that this new energy is making us aware of old furniture and clothing in our 'house' that doesn't fit the new us. There may be relationships that we are seeing with new eyes & employment that feels so old and far away from who we are right now. I have heard from many clients who are experiencing changes in their workplaces that are out of their control - much like the 'dark night of the soul' this is the Dark Moon before the illuminating light of the New Moon in Pisces on Wednesday (9.35am). This New Moon is also conjunct Neptune making it even more magical and flowing - a truly incredible and quite possibly the most powerful New Moon of 2012. So whenever there is a build up to such an important time, we will feel this even more deeply than usual.
|Goddess of the Western Isles by Iain Lowe|
So in these next 2 days we cannot fight the release and really why would we want to? The Dark Moon is a time to rest, reflect without thinking to much - to open ourselves to feeling the loss of the old before we make way for the new. We are letting go of the old structures, work and relationships that have helped us so much in the last 2 decades and we need to release them as they will become prisons that our heart needs to move beyond in this new era of spiritual awaking. We are being called to be more connected to the voice of our own Spirit and to the voice of the land, our Mother Earth. In this time I will sit with the energy of An Cailleach - the Crone Grandmother of the Celtic Otherworld. This archetype is strong and sometimes fierce - she has no time for wasting - she helps us as we sit at the crossroads of our life. The crossroads are where we are right now, a liminal space of transformation right at the point of stepping out of the old and before we have taken a step into the new. This is a time to talk with our ancestors, our wise relations to ask for guidance and then to listen to our own hearts to find the direction our new path is taking.
|The Little Mermaid, Karel Kachyna, 1974|
So for everyone who is feeling the rise of debris from the old life as it hits the shore, don't try to hold on, to cling to the past - let go, there is another path waiting after the birth of the New Moon, a path bright & glittering. What is your new path? What is your new commitment to your Spirit? This may come to you over the next 2 nights - a beautiful time for consulting oracles, the Tarot and meditation. If you feel called to deepen the connection to your spirit with the wise old crone An Cailleach, we will be journey with her on Wednesday, the New Moon night as she helps to strip away the debris, the old self before she rebuilds us again, breathing new life into the new self. In this ceremony we call Commitment to Self, held on the date of 22.2.2012 a powerful day in the Mayan Calendar called the Red Solar Serpent Day, a day of creating Harmony within ourselves directed by the balancing energy of the Number 2 we will feel the threshold of the New Path just in front of us and at the New Moon take a conscious step into it.
If you wish to join us please let me know - we are donating all proceeds from this powerful and magically charged evening to the beautiful koalas of the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter. Let's take that step into the future together.
And the song 'Anthem' by singer & poet Leonard Cohen that always helps me to let go... 'there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in'.
|Tony and his new sponsored 'son', Becker|
|Koala joeys in their 'rumpus room'|
|Cindy pulling me up for a chat on our last visit|
|Colleen and Alvin one of the koalas now back in the wild!|
We'd love to see you in the circle at Spring Equinox to help us raise money for the gorgeous koalas at the Southern Ash Wildlife Fund. Please bring along a small bottle or jar to take home your very own healing water and a small strip of cloth or ribbon to create your 'clootie' (wish or prayer ribbon).
Waterfalls of abundance to you all,
Julia and Tony
Here are some photos of the beautiful recipients of the $700 that was raised last month at the Winter Solstice Meditation circle. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Colleen Wood and her volunteers are doing amazing preservation work with koalas. If you'd like to help her to help more koalas (she does it all without any funding from the government) you can 'adopt' a wild koala during it's stay with Colleen and you will receive updates on how your koala is healing before receiving a photograph of your koala returning back to the wild once it is fit and healthy again - now that is special!
To find out more about this vital and important program and the work of Colleen Wood, please go to: www.samthekoala.com.au
|Colleen and Alvin|
|Alvin the biggest koala we have ever seen (about 15kg) looking strong and healthy and very different from the state he arrived in.|
|Tony and Jacob who walked over to see what everyone was talking about and to get another cuddle|
|Me and Jacob|