willy-willy


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willy-willy

(ˈwɪlɪˈwɪlɪ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a duststorm
2. (Physical Geography) obsolete a tropical cyclone
[from a native Australian language]
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In Aboriginal myth the willy-willy are spirits which emerge from a spinning vortex.
On a deeper level, does not the picture look like the whirlpool of a hurricane, or, on a smaller scale, what we in Australia term a willy-willy? As the following section will reveal, during the research I was `whirled up' into the high-level theory of symbo-construction, critical theory, analytic psychology, heuristic inquiry, reflective phenomenology, and who knows what else.
The tree is reassuringly solid and well rooted enough to withstand the willy-willy of my being caught up by theoretical esoterics.