I'm Ravenari, the webhostess of Wildspeak.com
(which has been going strong in some incarnation or another since 1998,
when it started as a tiny Geocities website).
I was born in 1981 (saves me from going back and editing my age
every year, heh), and I live in Western Australia.
I have felt compelled to work with animal energies and guides from a very young age.
I guess you could call me an animist. I
believe in the sacredness in everything,
and then seek to bring that forth in my spiritual artwork.
The process involves
a light trance state, and has been tuned or honed over quite a few years now.
Through that, I am able to bring you
the animal information and artwork that I do. I hope you get something out of it,
but I'm okay if you don't. I'd really
like it if you didn't share the information without crediting me,
or linking back (and letting me know is wonderful!),
and please don't take my artwork without asking or crediting me. This is also my livelihood, you see.
I have been everything from
a green tea taster, to a supervisor/trainer/buttmonkey at Toys 'R' Us, to a radio broadcaster,
a librarian in an architecture firm. Right now, I am an artist, and a writer,
and on Disability for PTSD. Life has taken me everywhere, once or twice.
I also enjoy bushwalking, researching everything and anything, media studies,
being a reclusive, introverted nerd, healing and growing, never letting myself be stagnant.
Wildspeak.com was always intended to be an animal guide / symbolism dictionary,
one that generally focused on unusual animals
more often than it did the common ones.
I saw - especially in 1998 - a gap between really common animal guides
like wolf being represented everywhere, and no literature at all on say,
Australia's marsupial mole. I also felt that
I might be able to do something about that.
And in the process, help people to learn that actually, learning what
an animal might mean for them symbolically is something they could do too. Books and websites help, but they aren't crucial
to the process.
You see, we can all speak the wild language.
This website is intended as a small stepping stone on the path to learning it.
And I hope it brings you as much spiritual nourishment as it has me.