" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

August 28, 2016

A Cascade of Rabbits?

The extinct thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian Tiger
Tasmania's coat of arms...extinct Tassie Tigers
This post will literally and metaphorically be a look into the rabbit hole from my last road-trip to Tasmania and back and the events since that trip that have multiplied (
like rabbits) the synchronistic thoughts inside my head since that day of looking into the rabbit hole after a brewery tour one Sunday afternoon in Hobart.  
 The Cascade Brewery and Mt.Wellington/Kunanyi in the background
Boag's Brewery formally Esk Brewery, established 1881

The 'Dead man's Hand', a pair of aces and 8s?
The Dead Man's Hand
On my last road-trip to Tasmania, it was always my intention to visit the two big breweries that dominate the beer market of the island state and on my last Sunday in Hobart I did a tour of the Cascade Brewery and then sampled their beers and had a bite to eat in their wonderful restaurant before going on a walking tour of the city of Hobart, instead of making use of 48 hour bus ticket I bought the day before when I went on a trip to the top of Mt.Wellington/Kunanyi and saw snow for the first time in my life which I wrote about in this post about another weird walk back to my motel room - 
Passing the 'World's End Brewpub' on the bus to Cascade on Sunday
Mt.Wellington/Kunanyi and the Cascade Brewery straight ahead
It was never my intention to walk around Hobart, but being such a crisp sunny day and having to wait for 20 minutes for the bus, I got the idea of walking between bus stops on my bus map and just kept walking from the brewery to the city centre and then back to Wrest Point Casino and along the way I saw some amazing things...and yes, I had been drinking, but at least I had my iPod camera with me to snap the weird walk I went on. 
A crow on a pole outside the Cascade Brewery Sunday
Another crow across the road on a pole was there to greet me as well
Actually, I should have known it was going to be an interesting Sunday when the bus driver let me off at the Cascade Brewery and there on a telephone pole was my "totem" spirit animal to greet me, once again on my road-trip.

If you have been following my road-trip posts on this blog you will know that I just can't seem to avoid the crows following me around, like they were guiding and watching me on my journeys across Oz.  
My "ticket" for the brewery tour...which I still have
The tour party started off with having our tickets exchanged for a beer label and four bottle caps.

The label was a token to prove you had paid for the tour and the bottle caps were tokens I could exchange for four beers at the end of the tour.
I thought it was rather appropriate that our tour guide was an American, instead of an Australian, as the brewery like just about all major "Australian" breweries is owned by a multi-national brewing company.
"SABMiller plc (LSE: SAB, JSE: SAB) is a multinational brewing and beverage company headquartered in London, England
It is the world's second-largest brewer measured by revenues (after the Belgian-Brazilian-American Anheuser-Busch InBev) and is also a major bottler of Coca-Cola.
Its brands include Fosters, Miller, and Pilsner Urquell.
It has operations in 80 countries world-wide and in 2009 sold around 21 billion litres of beverages.
SABMiller's origins date back to the foundation of  

South African Breweries in 1895 to serve a growing market of  
miners and prospectors in and around Johannesburg
Two years later, it became the first industrial company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
From the early 1990s onward, the company increasingly expanded internationally, making several acquisitions in both emerging and developed markets. 
In 1999, it formed a new UK-based holding company, SAB plc, and moved its primary listing to London. 
In May 2002, SAB plc acquired Miller Brewing, forming SABMiller plc. SABMiller has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index
It has a market capitalisation of approximately £42 billion as of 24 October 2015, the sixth-largest of any company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange."
"Foster's Lager is an internationally distributed Australian brand of lager
It is owned by the British headquartered brewing group SABMiller, and is brewed under licence in a number of countries, including the UK, where the European rights to the brand are owned by Heineken International
Foster's annual sales amount to around 500 megalitres worldwide, largely buoyed by UK sales, where it is the second highest selling beer after Carling.
While known internationally as the quintessential Australian beer brand, Foster's does not enjoy widespread popularity in Australia compared to other CUB beers such as Victoria Bitter or Carlton Draught."
SAB own Fosters as well, which would explain these scenes, I guess?-)

Screen shots from the movie, 'The World's End'.

An interesting sculpture in the gardens attached to the restaurant/bar
After the tour of the brewery I went and had lunch and my beers in the restaurant/bar across the road and went for a walk in the gardens attached to the restaurant/bar, which is owned by the brewery also.
Interesting globe in the centre of this sculpture as well, I think ;-)
Seeing this sculpture in the gardens I couldn't help but think how Halfasheep would love this artwork with the four pillars into one that he raves on about in his You Tubes like the ones linked below.
Genocide Memorials investigated by halfasheep
Of course Tasmania had it's Indigenous population pretty much wiped out by the British after the invasion of this island state and the mainland wasn't much better when it came to the indigenous people living there, either.
The gardens are a very nice spot for having lunch, or a few drinks in and contemplating life.
I love the PKDick like pink VALIS beam from the sun in this photo I took
After my lunch and beers I decided to walk to the next bus stop up from the Cascade brewery, as it wasn't coming for another 20 minutes and I stumbled across a park full of rabbits.
Rabbits and rabbit-holes running along the rivulet park-lands down the road
The rivulet park walk with the brewery in the background

The rivulet of...

...rabbits and rabbit-holes

The rivulet that runs through the park with the rabbits
Being from the Australian mainland state of Queensland and seeing rabbits roaming freely around a city park just blew me away, because rabbits are a pest that were introduced by the white-fella and are still running wild over the Australian landscape. 

A book I would buy later in Armidale, New South Wales on my way home to Brisbane

On a visit to an art gallery on my way home to Brisbane from Tasmania I came across a book written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan. 
The rabbits/pests in this book were obviously meant to represent the white invasion of Australia and how the continent was overrun by "rabbits" destroying the landscape.


August 27, 2016

The Shadow Side and True Colours of Liam Pieper?

How I remember Pieper is pronounced Peeper
2016 Byron Bay Writer's Festival weather and skies over the grounds

My Nimbin fridge magnet :-)
And here I was blaming Magda Szubanski for the rain Liam ;-)
Magda Szubanski, Rainbows, The 2016 Byron Bay Writer's Festival, Jung and Synchronicity
I came across two books by Liam Pieper (Mistakes Were Made and his memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year) and  read them both after hearing him at a talk at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival called, 'Writing as Salvation', which also featured Matt Nable, Tom Keneally and Anneli Knight as chairperson for the talk.
'Writing as Salvation' at the 2016 BBWF on the Saturday of the weekend
I was there mainly to hear what Matt Nable had to say, I had never heard of Liam Pieper before this talk.

Liam Pieper looking like Tobey Maguire, don't you think?
When I saw Liam on stage he reminded me of Tobey Maguire of Spider-man fame, as far as looks went.
Liam Pieper
made a mistake not reading the blurb first and by reading 
Mistakes Were Made, a collection of essays and kind-of-sort-of sequel first, thinking this would have been Liam's first published book.
But it was written after The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, which I read next, which in a way turned out right for me, as it gave me a background on Liam's life and memoir that I wouldn't have had before reading The Feel-Good Hit of the Year
I bought Mistakes Were Made because of it's cover, with the death tarot card on the front, as I saw it as a sign, because I have a woolen mobile phone cover with a similar design to that tarot card on the front of Liam's book and I'm a sucker when it comes to signs.
Also black, white and blue are the colours of my favourite NRL footy team, the Sharks. 
My woolen mobile phone cover

Death riding on horseback
It turn's out though...SPOILER ALERT!...that his death card was a reference to the first short story in that book (Catching the Spirit) when a tarot card reader in the town of Nimbin (not that far away from where the Writer's Festival was being held) saw him draw the 13th tarot card of Death.

It's a tongue-in-cheek story about spirit animals and hippie counter-culture life and fate, but having read Liam's memoir about his rise as an unscrupulous petty criminal and drug dealer/drug addict that f#cks his friends and acquaintances over, as he moves through life and they doing the same to him, until a moment of clarity and sobriety hits him while on the run in the mountains of Japan, that short story called 'Catching the Spirit' may not be so tongue-in-cheek in Jungian symbolism after-all.
An Australian bush turkey
A tick and a bush turkey, maybe?-)
Liam writes about being stalked by a bush turkey when he arrives in
Nimbin and this may well be his shadow spirit animal when it comes to a life lesson he needed at the time.
Wild Turkey - Worthy adversary
"If you dislike, hate or fear wild turkey, you may find that you have an inability or refusal to see anything that challenges you in a positive light. 
You may find the emotions you feel when you are challenged overwhelming, and choose to attack or dismiss anyone who presents a different opinion of your own. 
You may also find it difficult to change your mind, or adapt to new situations; even when you recognize a need to. 
Wild turkey challenges you to adapt and change.
Those who dislike, fear or hate wild turkey may find that they are very out of touch with the natural cycles and ecosystems around them; or even actively disrespect those cycles. 

Wild turkey challenges us not to underestimate the nature around us, what it is capable of, and how much we actually rely and depend upon it to live and survive.
Wild turkey as a shadow guide can caution against excessive greed and over-consumption; or using up the bounty of nature and people around you without ever giving anything back (including just a simple 'thank you').

Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. 
In places where the wild turkey lives, you may find that the wild turkey seeks you out through a chance encounter. 
Wild turkeys are more than capable of disappearing from view, so sighting one (especially more than once) can represent the relevance of wild turkey's lessons in your life.
Wild turkey can be a very practical guide, teaching you how to bring more gratitude and energy-conservation into your everyday practices."
But Liam also tells us that death for him nearly arrived literally on horseback when a tick infested Shetland pony he was cuddling gave it's ticks a new mode of transport and sustenance when they leaped onto Liam and went to live with and off him in his hometown of Melbourne.  
A tick

Liam seemed to identify with the tick as his spirit animal for the purpose of the story and there well might be a lesson here, too, but I think it was the bush turkey that had the real life message for him in that story.
If Tick is your Animal Totem;
If this insect is your animal totem you have the ability to stay in one spot patiently simply waiting for the right opportunity to come by. 
When this opportunity does happen along, you take quick action and seize the moment. 
You know exactly when to move to be successful. 
You know an opportunity when you see it even though you may not understand it. 
You will take a leap on faith without necessarily knowing where you will land. 
You trust in positive outcomes.
You also have a gift for getting under other peoples skin when you decide to. 

Your instinct unerringly will guide you to poke in exactly the right spot to get a rise out of someone.
If you do read Liam's memoir, then these "spirit" animal encounters of Liam's in Nimbin will seem to make sense.
Liam's memoir is more of an education of the kind of world we are all living in and certainly shouldn't make you feel good about it and if you have teenage kids, then I would highly recommend you read this book to see the world they are most probably living in, or around.
I also think that the tarot reader was right in saying that Liam's "time is coming in a very big way", as he does have the talent to become a very good author, not that he isn't already, I mean in a "more good stories within" kind of way. 
Let's just hope Liam's shadow side is well behind him as he moves forward in life and his writing career, as I think he has a bright future if he can keep those past demons of his at bay.