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Published November 25th 2013
Hells Bells, Spells and Tarot Cards
Welcome, a market full of color
Abracadabra, across from the pub, Buddhist musical instruments you must rub,
Smell of fragrant oils and incense, Anticipation and wonder intense, Ancient knowledge and power - Rune readings, Mystic energy, for those believing.
The sound can only be made by some
Set in a beautiful bush setting, be prepared to walk, as there's no parking on site. It is situated after all on the corner of two main roads and stalls seem randomly juxtaposed along dirt tracks.
The sign 'No Dogs Allowed' surprises me, it looks like they take all comers.
My city kids raise their eyebrows when they see the patrons. Multicoloured leggings, handmade jumpers and hats, long grey ponytails are the norm. I'd say there are many regulars, sitting around sipping organic drinks and enjoying the tasty vegetarian food.
Now that's a paella. Free range, organic, chicken and chorizo, gluten free with black mussels only $10
A one-man band and an Aboriginal storyteller are busking. My daughter is so distracted she leaves her brand new iPod at a stall but it's still there when she realises half an hour later.
A captivating monologue
It's a long time since I have been to the St Andrews market. I had forgotten that this is no ordinary market. You need time to fossick around in all the gems and potential treasure.
Smudging and incense bowls, protective dragon pillows perhaps?
Dreadlocks are being created, henna painted onto arms, meditation adventures advertised and crystals sold by the bag. Wolfstar of Druid is delivering Rune readings for those seeking spiritual guidance and there are magic spells created for every occasion.
I kid you not. For less than $10 a spell by request can be made especially for you. For example: for health, protection, self-esteem, study, safe travel, success, love and happiness. I wonder if they do a deal for a combo spell?
More than just oils... magic oils!
This the year of trying new things for me so I am here to have my future read. I did not realise there was such choice for these matters. I can have Rune, Tarot or palm reading. It's a mystery to me why I made the selection I did. Perhaps the result would have been different if I'd chosen more carefully?
I go willingly with a large dose of scepticism and I guess Adele knows this. I notice she is predictably adorned in a long black dress and velvet cloak. The Tarot card reading is awkwardly accurate about my personality description. I feel like she is peering right into my soul.
How long can you wait to have your fortune told?
I promise myself I won't be emotional and give anything away… it's hard. I think it's an obvious statement for a single mother of four children to need to take time for self. I am warned about my inner child, whatever that means.
Adele swiftly moves the cards around in various combinations to tell me what I already know, what I want to know and yet there's still so much more that's unclear. Despite myself I yearn to know more. What is the spiritual truth, aren't I the creator of my own destiny, what is my ultimate reality? My time is up. For now I have to be contented that I selected the Wheel of Fortune.
I head off on the track towards my destined future, two loads of washing, dinner to cook and more taxi driving for the kids. I am leaving the spiritual epicentre of Melbourne too soon? There's another unanswered questions I should have asked Adele!
I love this place, it's like everyone is playing dress up and grabbed every colour and texture in their wardrobe to fit in. Anything goes! The stalls have barely changed in the 30 years I have casually attended and neither has the fashion. On a recent visit, I bought a gorgeous handmade paper, embossed leather journal imported from India, beautiful dangly light weight earrings, some scrumptious champagne raspberry jam, and delish paella. You must go to A boy named Sue' cafe right opposite the market too., wonderful people, atmosphere and food. A lamb and zucchini wood fired pizza or whatever they have created on the day with their home grown pickings. Everyone should experience the funky timeless place!! Even if it's just to people watch.
So scary watching mum's with pushers and punters on the long trek from parking on this narrow busy road on the outside of bumper to bumper parked cars both sides heading for this fabulous hippie/craft/organic market that is so different from the usual run of mainly commercial ones.