About Nisaba Merrieweather

I picked up my first Tarot deck in the 1970s as a teenager, did my first paid reading in 1981. I haven’t stopped since.

This is how I once described myself on a women’s site:-

“Here I am, a fully-qualified Goddess running around Earth in a human body just to see how the Other Half live, and blimey, if being human isn’t harder than it looks! Bits of me keep wearing out – I´m not quite sure how to deal with it. And in this mortal body, it seems to be against the rules to Smite people with Thunderbolts (drat!).

“My dating technique is simple. I identify my target, I baff them over the head with my club, I drag them off to my cave by the hair, and I cook ´em. No, sorry, I cook FOR them – we´re civilised now.

“People with any sort of drug dependencies – including the legal ones – can keep well away. I´ve been badly burnt by other people´s addictions and out of control behaviour.

“Obviously about every second or third month I remember about the housework… (neat-freaks need not apply)

“I write, I paint canvasses, I´m a bookcrosser – a record of my evil bookcrossing activity exists somewhere on the bookcrossing website. I have a huge problem with loud music. I´m not into pubs and clubs – they bore me spitless. I like 19th century popular music, and I like a lot of classical music (although I´m very selective), and I like eighties music.

“I´m just your average suburban dyke-type Goddess, living in remote rural Western Australia (189 kms out of Esperance). The nearest cappuccino is a two-hour drive away – I have to be *really* motivated! For someone who lived their first thirty-one years in Australia´s biggest, most crowded and least caring city, I´ve adjusted really, really well to live in a tiny hamlet where the only form of night-life is buying a burger at a service station, and where I seem to be the only lesbian. Perhaps I´m really a nun in every way except the Catholic belief-thingie.

“People I am in love with: Jennifer Byrne, Dawn French, Gillian Marsh, Roberta Taylor (“Gina Gold”), Judith Lucy, Amanda Burton (“Sam Ryan”), Julie McCrossin. People I am NOT in love with: trendy TV beauties, pretty dolls.”

This is how I described myself in the blurb of an as-yet unpublished book:-

“Nisaba Merrieweather was born in 1960, and is still alive. She’s far less afraid of dying now than she was when she was younger, because, as she says, she has had more practice at not dying than she had earlier. She likes to keep in shape (“spherical” is a shape, isn’t it?) and enjoys the smaller things in life. These include her offspring, her pets and random bacteria. She is a dedicated – read addicted – bookcrosser, a Wiccan by religion, and has been known to wear a rainbow pin occasionally.

“Animals that Nisaba has shared with her life with at various times in the past have included but are not limited to: cats, dogs, goldfish, finches, guinea pigs, teenage daughters, quarrions, galahs, corellas, magpies, Indian mynahs (yes she knows, please don’t write in), apostle birds, alcoholic step-sons, blue-tongued lizards, skinks of various kinds, brush-tailed possums, emu chicks, canaries, tropical fish of many varieties (she always likens guppies to “guinea pigs of the sea”, as both species seem to spend most of their lives reproducing unless physically prevented), laying hens, legless lizards (who, unlike legless stepsons, were always sober), wallabies, Kashmir goats and a personable little grass-snake that used to love motorbike rides. She has also flirted briefly with camels, sheep, pigs, donkeys and kangaroos, and has bones from assorted roadkill on her front porch to greet visitors, along with a sleeping wombat.

“Jobs she has held for greater or lesser periods of time and in no particular order, have included but are not limited to: taxation officer, purchasing officer for the Dept. of Defence, ditto for the Australian Broadcasting Authority when it was still only a little Tribunal, bookseller, barmaid, hotel housekeeper (hence her extreme aversion to housework in all its myriad forms), university assignment typist for desperate students, insurance broker right up until the day after the 1987 crash, secretary to a financial adviser, worker in a float tank centre, worker in a naturopathic clinic, a chiropractor’s receptionist, another chiropractor’s receptionist, a back-to-base driver for a well-known car rental mob, a pizza delivery girl for Pizzas Pizzazz in the Eastern suburbs in the seventies before anybody else at all had started home deliveries, a short-order cook, a kitchenhand, an Avon Lady, a telemarketer, a Tarot reader and teacher, a dream interpreter and a creative writing teacher, not necessarily in that order (or in fact any order at all).

“Nisaba has qualifications in Archaeology, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Herbalism, Naturopathy and Reiki.

“Nisaba started writing stories when she was eight, poems when she was ten and articles in her teens. She is a member of a Western Australian writers’ group called the Southern Scribes. Various bits of her work have been published in various places, but she never saw the need to maintain a what-where-when file until it was about twenty years too late; she can’t even remember what happened last month, let alone twenty or thirty years ago. She paints also, and occasionally sells a painting. She is a member of the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society and has exhibited with them and alone in Sydney. Briefly in the eighties, she took over publication of an underground Pagan magazine called “The Hub”. She has a noteworthy collection of rejection-slips from publications as reputable and varied as “Southerly”, “Chain Reaction”, “Wellbeing”, Australian Short Story” and, not surprisingly and not so reputably, Mills & Boon. Her problem with Mills and Boon stemmed, she says, from the fact that the storyline outline they gave her to follow made her puke, ruining three perfectly good keyboards, so she gave up after a few thousand words and had her characters act real. Currently she offers recipes, dream interpretation and miscellaneous articles through an on-line magazine and enjoys rural life in a remote community in Western Australia.”

And lastly, here’s how the bookcrossing community knows me:-

“I read (no surprises there then), I write, I paint, I’m occasionally lucky enough to sell a painting. Up until I moved across the country I hadn’t worked for nearly two years, and in that community if you’re a woman over forty, that makes you Officially Dead (something my doctor confirmed once when she couldn’t find my blood pressure). Nobody likes giving work to steeenkin’ corpses, especially steeenkin’ fat lesbian corpses.

“I have relocated across the country, from the Far East to the Wild West, from suburbia to a rural location. I’m in a town of less than 500 people, where it simply is not possible to go out for a meal, have a decent capuccino, or walk into a bookshop, and rather to my surprise, I’m loving every minute of it.

“By religion I’m Wiccan, showing strong Thai and Russian Shamanic influences. By preference I’m slightly eccentric, with a nice line in mad hats, an unfortunate tendency to tell the blunt and brutal truth as loudly as possible in the name of ethics, and a tendency to smile like a lunatic despite long-term pain which, however, is rapidly fading here in the bush. Everyone should get out of overcrowded regional centres into the back o’beyond. It’s good for the soul, and good for the body.

“As to bookcrossing, this is something else I really should discuss with a doctor, if only the town had one. I started off slow, registering and releasing a book a day, but it got out of hand, and I’ve swapped books with other bookcrossers by mail, upped the ante to twenty, sometimes thirty registrations and releases a week, and have an unholy suspicion that next Christmas I’ll buy absolutely everyone books – and register them before wrapping them!

“This has got to be verging on a clinical addiction. I know there are rehab units for alcohol and illicit drugs, I know there are powerful pharmaceuticals like Zyban for nicotine, and I know kicking a fifteen-mug-a-day caffeine habit gave me the worst headaches of my life decades ago. I have had serious coffee and nicotine habits at different times. I keep well away from the illegals and from alcohol because I recognise in myself a capacity to go all the way with them on a first date. But there are no infomercials about the harm that a bookcrossing addiction can cause your bank account and time, and there seem to be no counselling groups or self-help manuals to help you deal with it. I’m addicted to bookcrossing, and even though I’ve drastically cut back, I’m still out of control! Help!

“I’ve been a regular blood donor since I was eighteen and a student. In 2005 I got my 75th donation pin – something they don’t give to just anyone. So I’m also Officially Nice. In addition to Officially Dead.

“Oh, and it’s worth noting, in the interests of being Officially Nice as well as Officially Dead, that every so often I package some other present for the finder of my books: it might be an audio CD, it might be a small piece of original art, it might be anything. So they’re worth hunting down.

REVIEWS

… Wow, is your name Rachel Pollack?! Thanks so much for your words. (Mindxb)

… Nisaba, I think you’re probably the very most seductive woman I’ve ever known. (Naomi de Plume)

… You may be a pervert (I have no clue) but you are certainly a treasure. (Optimus Crone)

You are so inspiring 🙂 (Optimus Crone)

Another absolutely fantastic mail Nisaba. You should be writing for the papers with this stuff. Sabrina Hahn, eat your heart out. (Optimus Crone)

Nisaba, I refer you to your own short story about another certain fabulous singer. You would fall upon a relationship with any buxom female with good songwriting credentials with the sort of alacrity that usually typifies a lioness falling upon an antelope. (Mangrovewoman)

I don’t know quite how to tell you this – but by comparison you are positively FLUFFY !!!! (Gregory)

Nisaba, you have never failed to enlighten me in the drab confines of my little republic, I for one, am deeply grateful. (Conversus)

“I adore your introduction poem. You are a very rich deep poet with wealth of wisdom shining off of your simplicities.

“You have country in the distillation of red earth words
tumbling over trees
rooted in fire-blood
fed in fire-blood
burnished into the ache
of skin-sweat oozing
a spacious present
encapsulating
enharmonic
dizziness
that makes
me
die” (Michael Thomas)

“You, Nisaba, are beautiful and fabulously twisted.” (Logiatrix)

Tarot decks I own (letters afterwards indicate sub-collections, the legend is below the list)

1 1JJ (gift) (l, h)
2 Aquarian (don’t know where this is right now)
3 Arthurian,
4 Australian Contemporary Dreamtime Tarot, (e, k)
5 Bacchus, (m)
5 Baroque Bohemian Cats, (c)
7 Blue Moon, (h)
8 Bologna, (l)
9 Bosch, (a)
10 Brueghel, (a)
11 Cary-Yale Visconti, (g, h, m)
12 Celtic (Courtney Davis) (gift)
13 Cosmic,
14 Dali Universal, (a, d)
15 da Vinci Enigma, (a)
16 Tarot of the Dead,
17 the Decameron (gift), (j)
18 Deviant Moon (loaned to Spook)
19 Diamond Tarot,
20 Tarot of Dreams, (gift)
21 Druids,
22 Elemental,
23 Tarot Erotica, (gift) (j)
24 Faery Wicca,
25 Fairytale (MRP), (c)
26 Fantastic Menagerie (c)
27 Gemstones & Crystals,
28 the GD (the Regardie version),
29 Golden Botticelli, (a, d)
30 Golden Rider,
31 Grail,
32 Granny Jones, (e, b, k)
33 Grimaud Tarot de Marseille (l)
34 Haindl,
35 Herbal, (gift)
36 Hudes,
36 Ironwing Majors Only (gift) (i)
38 KissaTarot (review copy) (b, k)
39 Klee, (gift) (a)
40 Klimpt, (a, d)
41 Legend-Arthurian,
42 Liber T, (gift)
43 Lo Scarabeo Visconti (mini), (f)
44 Lo Scarabeo gold-stamped Visconti, (d, g, l)
45 Lukumi, (l, m, k)
46 Major Tom’s Marseilles, (review copy) (i)
47 Manara Erotic (mini), (j)
48 Medieval Cat Tarot (b)
49 Mediaeval Scapini, (m)
50 Morgan-Greer,
51 Motherpeace (mini), (f, k)
52 Mythic,
53 Neuzeit,
54 Nova, (f, k)
55 Odilon Redon Tarot, (gift)
56 Oracle Tarot,
57 Pierpont Morgan Visconti, (g, l, h)
58 Quantum,
59 Radiant Rider-Waite
60 Rider-Waite (f)
61 Rumi Tarot,
62 Sacred Circle (given to Ambrosia)
63 Sacred Rose,
64 Servants of the Light (gift)
65 Shakespearian,
66 Sheridan-Douglas,
67 Shining Tribe (k),
68 Spiral (broken deck, using for “tarot bombing”)
69 Stained glass (Vetrate), (m)
70 Tapo Durer Tarot, (a)
71 Thoth (purple box, 3 Magus cards, not a greenie) (gift), (l)
72 Thunder Bay Tarot de Marseilles, (gift) (l)
73 Visconti-Sforza (LS gold-foil), (l, g)
74 Whimsical,
75 Whispering Tarot (i)
76 Witches’ Tarot,
77 Tarot of the Witches

The astute among you will have noticed that in that collection are the makings of a number of sub-collections:

a)- a collection of decks by or styled on well-known artists;
b) – cat-decks;
c) – Magic Realist Press decks
d) – decks with gilded images or edges;
e) – Australian decks;
f) – mini-decks,
g) – a collection of Visconti-variants;
h) – decks with the worst cardbacks in the world (proudly headed by the Blue Moon, the Mind-body-Spirit version of the 1JJ and the Cary-Yale Visconti;
i) – signed and numbered limited editions;
j) – erotic decks;
k) – naive decks,
l) – historical decks
m) – a number of decks with creative input from Luigi Scapini.

Regarding the last of those, in my defence all I can say is that nobody’s perfect, not even me. And given that my criterion for a sub-collection is three or more, then I also have a well-established sub-collection of sub-collections! Meta-collecting. This is collecting raised to a mystical plane, now.

Oracles I own: the The Gypsy Fortunetelling Cards, a set of handmade glass runestones made especially for me, a remarkably opinionated dowsing pendulum of rutilated quartz, The Australian Animal cards, The Wisdom of the Australian Animals cards. There might be others – you’d have to ask them. Oracles tend to hide around here – they are badly outnumbered by Tarot decks and tend to get bullied.

In my defence again, it must be said that some of these oracles actually work and work well. I use them as supplements to proper Tarot.

WISH LISTS:

Tarot:
Curioser and Curioser. The Alice Tarot – 2010 (Magic Realist Press)
Vandenborre
Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights
Australian Animals Tarot
William Blake
Paul Gauguin
Tarot of Prague
Tarocchi di Giulietta e Romeo (“small” edition)
i Tarocchi dei Visconti (Dal Negro Edition)
i Tarocchi del Visconti (il Meneghello standard edition)
Tarot of Magic Herbs
the [url=http://boltcutterdesign.net/tarot.html] Boltcutter Dark[/url] Tarot
Tarot dos Anjos (Tarot of the Angels) – Brazil
Tarô Místico (Mystical Tarot) – Brazil
Tarot of the New Vision
Tarocco Indovino
il Tarocco Bizzarro
Tarocchi Veneziani
The Science Tarot http://www.sciencetarot.com/
Lo Scarabeo-Urania Konigisfurt edition of the Rider-Waite
Maroon Tarot
Anna K

** Note: My Tarot Garden wishlist, which is somewhat different, is number 4494; but I’m not quite sure whereabouts on the site you go to feed that number in to see exactly which of my desires the TG is happy to help you with …

Non-Tarot wishes:
Complete DVD sets of Dawn French’s “Murder Most Horrid”, all seasons. Ditto, Tony Robinson’s “Tales from Fat Tulip’s Garden”.

DVD movies “Queen of Hearts” (Anglo-Italian),
“My Beautiful Laundrette”,
“Kiss of the Spider-Woman”,
“Butterfly Kiss”,
“Samson and Delilah” (the indigenous Australian version),
“My Mother was/is an Angel” (Poland).

Always looking for large square coloured silk scarves, in shades of green/blue/purple for preference, but all colours if they are clear, strong jewel-tones. Tie-dyes favoured.

Looking for a copper-bladed ceremonial sickle (bone or wood handle), plus working sharp stainless-steel sickle and scythe for yardwork (modern tools just aren’t comfortable for me). If there are any flint-knappers out there wondering what to give me for my birthday, Neolithic-type flintstone tools of all kinds from working axes to the tiniest arrowheads are always welcome. Authentic discarded tools taken from Aboriginal middens are NOT welcome. Copperwork is always welcome, too.

Also, always wanted: skulls and long-bones of any road-kill, dead pets or dead livestock. Birds, mammals, reptiles (not fish but sea-mammals are okay). Large or small. Native, feral or non-native bred. The spirits of all such creatures will be especially honoured.

Also feathers, if clean, and with the “barbs” still interlinked and not damaged. Also spirits of the birds will be honoured with these.

Stones with natural holes (not human-drilled), even the plainest kinds of stone.

Also a Celtic harp or a Reverie harp would be a fantastic thing – I’ve been wanting a Celtic harp for decades, I just haven’t known about reverie harps before, which look and sound wonderful. http://www.heritage-music.net/servlet/the-template/workingtemp/Page

Wish-list of Books:
Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrison
Women of the Golden Dawn by Mary K. Greer
Where’s My Cow? by Terry Pratchett
Utterly Wicked: Curses, Hexes & Other Unsavory Notions by Dorothy Morrison
Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins
Universe in the nutshell by Stephen Hawking
Throwim Way Leg by Tim Flannery
The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
The Tree of Life: a study in magic by Israel Regardie
The Thirteen Books of Euclid’s Elements, Books 1 and 2 by Thomas L. Heath
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by P. Dukas’
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Nature of Space and Time by Stephen Hawking
The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
The Mirror of Ink (Pocket Penguins 70’s S.) by Jorge Luis Borges
The Lucy Family Alphabet by Judith Lucy
The Love Songs of Sappho by Sappho
The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley
The Invisible College by Robert Lomas
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, trans. Rex Warner
The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
The God of small things by Arundhati ROY
The Future Eaters by Tim Flannery
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Popular Science) by Richard Dawkins
The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities by Dossie Easton
The Essays (or Counsels, Civil and Moral, of Francis Ld. Verulam) by Francis Bacon
The Erotic Silence of the Married Woman by Dalma Heyn
The enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
The Creation by E. O. Wilson
The Craft Companion by Dorothy Morrison
The Craft – A Witch’s Book of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison
The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand
The Botany of Desire by Pollan, Michael
The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
The Birth of Sydney by Tim Flannery
The Art Of Tarot by Liz Dean, Emma Garner
The Aleph and other stories 1933-1969 by Jorge Luis Borges
The Advancement of Learning (Oxford English Texts) by Francis Bacon
Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner
Shaman’s Path by GARY DOORE
Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple: The Alchemy and Crafting of Magickal Implements by Chic Cicero
Rockets by Peter Macinnis
Quest For A Theory of Eveything by Stephen Hawking
Poisons: From Hemlock to Botox to the Killer Bean of Calabar by Peter Macinnis
Poison: A History and a Family Memoir by Gail Bell
Philosopher’s Stone by Israel Regardie
Once More with Footnotes by Terry Pratchett, Priscilla Olson, Sheila Perry, Omar Rayyan, Esther M. Friesner
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy
by Stephen Hawking
On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein
Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Of Empire (Great Ideas) by Francis Bacon
Oblomov by Ivan Gontsjarow
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
Middle Pillar: The Balance Between Mind & Magic by Israel Regardie
Lysistrata; The Clouds/Poetics/Elements of Geometry by Aristophanes, Aristotle, Euclid
Lucinda’s Web by Dorothy Morrison
Lovesong by Elizabeth Jolley
Levin’s God by Roger Wells
Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks
History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Grimus by Salman Rushdie
Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly over the Edge by Ed Regis
Gog by Giovanni Papini
Fury by Salman Rushdie
Forest of Souls by Carla Banks
Everything & Nothing by Jorge Luis Borges
Everyday Tarot Magic: Meditation & Spells by Dorothy Morrison
Everyday Sun Magic: Spells & Rituals for Radiant Living by Dorothy Morrison
Enochian Magick Of Dr. John Dee by Geoffrey James
Enchantments of the Heart: A Magical Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life by Dorothy Morrison
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
East, West by Salman Rushdie
Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges
Dream Dancer by Janet Morris
Despair by Vladimir Nabokov
Darwin and the Barnacle by Rebecca Stott
Bud, Blossom & Leaf: The Magical Herb Gardener’s Handbook by Dorothy Morrison
Borges: Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen Hawking
Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar by Peter Macinnis
Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks
Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace by Scott Thorson
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Affinity by Sarah Waters
A Leg to Stand on by Oliver W. Sacks
A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
1421 by GAVIN MENZIES

5 Responses to About Nisaba Merrieweather

  1. Pingback: Link to introduction | Nisaba Merrieweather – Journey through Inner Space

  2. submerina says:

    Welcome to the blogosphere, my favourite scorpion-ejaculate-protected one! 😀

  3. Hi, nice to meet you !

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