The Power of Transformation

Always there are various factors that you need to consider when offering a dream interpretation. As I have indicated in past posts, the most important interpreter is the dreamer him/her self. My goal for decoding someone’s dream is to pose alternative perspectives for the dreamer to consider, as dreams are always multi-layered. A dream might mean something very unique when reading it one day, and offer new signals, signs, awareness or direction when reading it another day. To me, dreams, like consciousness, cross the boundaries of time, space and breadth.

Because of the strong presence of snakes in this dream, I will concentrate on their symbology in my intro as they arise across many traditions and thus have many interpretations.

Snake in some religious contexts can be seen as having evil or devious energy (which I wholeheartedly disagree with), as portrayed in the Garden of Eden. But, as in that same myth, snake also signifies the exchange of wisdom. In Gram Twylah’s teachings (my long-time Seneca mentor for those of you who are new to this blog), snake’s contribution is transformation and as such its appearance announces change, shedding of the past, and rebirth, as well as the transmutation from within, that arises through guidance from without.

In Hindi, snake represents the kundalini energy, condensed primal force energy. Kundalini is a dormant energy in all of us that rests coiled three and half times around the first chakra at the base of the spine. Her name is Kundalini Shakti, and represents the unfolding of the divine energy potential in each of us, that when raised, can inform and enliven higher consciousness.

In the Egyptian neteru she is Wadjet, the protector deity of kings/queens and women in childbirth. She can be seen facing out on the diadem of the pharaohs, representing the power of sovereignty. The Snake Goddess in Minoan history protects the household and holds two snakes in her out stretched hands. I believe, like the snake symbol of the caduceus, that they represent the two strands of DNA and healing, as these goddesses were healers.

Snakes are guardians of the Underworld and act as messengers between the upper and lower worlds. Druids and bards in Celtic lore saw snakes as primal energy. They carried Adder eggs as magical charms for traveling to the ‘other worlds’ and to tap alchemical insights. In the Mayan traditions the power of snake symbolized the serpent Ixchel, whose energy can transform body, mind, and spirit similar to the rising of kundalini energy.

And in the Andean Cosmo-vision they guard the Ukhu Pacha, the lower world (our subconscious from a Jungian perspective) represented by the Amaru, the anaconda. However in the teachings of the left side of the Andean work, the goal is to raise the amaru energies or frequencies, as a representation of our personal power. Mimicking I believe, the same awareness that the rising of the kundalini life force offers. In the Chinese system, they are often linked as the little brothers/sisters of dragon energy, which I won’t go into here.

One other thing to consider. This dream came in-between the Capricorn/Cancer eclipses, during Mercury retrograde, while most of the outer planets are also in retrograde. These opposing signs share contrasting themes of ‘self parenting’ and ‘belief questioning.’ Emotional security and nurturing (Cancer) and the values of discipline and self-sufficiency (Capricorn). We need both to create balance. Retrograde planets are times to reassess and restructure. I see this dream as the perfect balance of these energies.

To the dream.

Thank you for looking into this quite puzzling dream. I have been on a small (4 persons) brother retreat in the Norwegian woods the last three days. Even then as I was doing nature meditation there, this dream would not let go of my attention. And had it not been for the unusually dark, nearly black snake, spotted the afternoon after that night’s dream I may not have given it much thought. The snakes in Norway can appear quite dark brown, but this one was by far the darkest color I had ever spotted, and it was probably just a couple of feet away from me when I spotted it. I saw the body quite clearly, but not the head.

I can unfortunately not recall much of the dream leading up to stair case although I feel something significant happened before that part as well.

The DREAM:
My recall starts at about 2-3 meters before the staircase began appearing in front of me and upon seeing it I remembered what had been said about it and the snakes appearing on it as the first step was set down on. I was walking towards the staircase having been warned that the whole stone staircase leading down to the beautiful park below was filled with snakes, but they were unseen until one took the first step down it and then they would manifest in front of your very eyes and you had to tread most carefully not to be bitten.

The staircase was a stony staircase and the snakes came from around the immediate surroundings. As I walked down the staircase there was a fairly high wall on the left (of the same stones as the stairs and equally well fitted), it supported the hill so it would not have rocks and earth fall onto the stairs. On the right side was a much lower wall. The rocks/stones were of cream/beige and grey colors, with fairly smooth surfaces, but not polished.

I think I can recall a great lake or the ocean in the distance. The staircase was linking two pathways, leading towards a beautiful garden I was heading towards. I think (not sure) that I had been told or asked or requested to go there by somebody.

I was not at all feeling scared as I was walking down the staircase. I was just very alert and trying not to upset these snakes as I was walking down. Also I did not know if they were venomous or not, I just did not want to risk finding out so I walked carefully and fairly slowly down.

I was in a way obliged to walk down the stairs, even after being told of these snakes and that they possibly could bite you. I did not have any other choice but to walk on and dare the snakes. Thankfully I am not scared of snakes as such, although being bitten by venomous snakes for sure was not something I would fancy at the best or worst of times. Hence I approached the staircase a bit apprehensively, even more so as I set foot on the very first step.

Immediately as my left foot touched it several dark snakes appeared in front of me making their way around the staircase slithering in and out between the crevices in the stone masonry of the stairs as well as crevices in the left wall supporting it. I walked gingerly down each step and was very careful not to step on any of them or give them cause for alarm.

Then as I was about halfway down they all suddenly slithered away, all but one at the second lowest step, a most handsome long black snake. It eyed me keenly and intelligently as I approached it, and then without warning it suddenly fled into the air heading straight for my neck. As it reached it at an unbelievable speed it twirled around my neck and dug deep into the back of my neck and bored its way into my spine, its head towards my crown and its tail down my spine.

I woke up with a jolt, wondering what it all meant. The next day I went outside to cut some tall grass on a hill below my house and less than a meter away I spotted a beautiful long black snake moving away from me in the grass. And in Norway there are no black snakes.

Decoding:

My recall starts at about 2-3 meters before the staircase began appearing in front of me and upon seeing it I remembered what had been said about it and the snakes appearing on it as the first step was set down on. I was walking towards the staircase having been warned that the whole stone staircase leading down to the beautiful park below was filled with snakes, but they were unseen until one took the first step down it and then they would manifest in front of your very eyes and you had to tread most carefully not to be bitten. 

The dreamer has been told how to approach these stairs. I am sensing the message came from his Higher Self, possible an outer guide, or spirit helper. From his explanation, I feel that the staircase represents a path or a transition for the dreamer. He has been warned. I do not take this as a negative, as much as an omen of change that will occur should he follow the stairs. Taking this descent into himself may activate new emotions or new inner knowing. It may bring up things from his past that he still needs to balance. The stairs descending could also indicate a challenge coming. It’s the unknown that he is being warned will come up as he explores by going deeper into himself. The stairs are going down, into the subconscious, the unexplored, the unknown, the as yet unmanifested. 

The stairs are made of stone suggesting there is solidity or a good foundation that will support his exploration. The beautiful park below suggests that the dreamer sees good things ahead by taking this path; a sense of a reward or beauty at the end of the process. But there is something ‘unseen’, something that could occur or impact his process, so he must tread lightly, cautiously, purposefully.

The staircase was a stony staircase and the snakes came from around the immediate surroundings. As I walked down the staircase there was a fairly high wall on the left (of the same stones as the stairs and equally well fitted), it supported the hill so it would not have rocks and earth fall onto the stairs. On the right side was a much lower wall. The rocks/stones were of cream/beige and grey colors, with fairly smooth surfaces, but not polished.

There could be deceit or there could be transformation under the foundation he relies on, he does not know at this point. But he is willing to suss out those possibilities as he takes that first step onto the staircase. Immediately the snakes appear. Is this a new earned wisdom as he descends or an old wound that needs to be met and healed? Is there an untamed part of himself that he needs to feel free to express or a deep emotion that will arise and transform how he sees himself?

There is a high wall on his left, and the stones are well fitted. It indicates this could be a block that has been there for a long time. Well fitted could mean he has accepted this as fitting some perception of himself, has it been there for ‘a long time.’ I would ask the dreamer what his relationship with his father was like that he might need to work through? Or perhaps, where may he have blocked his own feelings and emotions around his own Divine Feminine. The wall of stones supports the ‘hill’ so the earth won’t come tumbling down. To me this is a metaphor that it is not a ‘mountain’ of an issue, but there is still something in his past relationship with himself that he is protecting or is as yet flushed out.

The rocks are smooth, indicating emotions, like water over river stones, have soothed the trouble, confusion, pain or lack of support he might once have felt, but which still needs to be dealt with. They are gray and cream; gray indicating it is time to honor himself and his own chosen path/cream seeing something or self in its most unbiased form. These two ways of proceeding are needed in any authentic search within ourselves.

I think I can recall a great lake or the ocean in the distance. The staircase was linking two pathways, leading towards a beautiful garden I was heading towards. I think (not sure) that I had been told or asked or requested to go there by somebody. 

There is a lake or ocean in the distance, water is about emotions and how fluid, serene, calm or agitated the waters are, reflects our inner emotions. The passage he is challenging himself to take will link two paths, two ways of learning, possibly two ways of being. Again, the beautiful garden comes up, enticing him to keep moving, possibly promising something beautiful and nourishing at the end. His ‘Self’ is the one requesting he goes there.

I was not at all feeling scared as I was walking down the staircase. I was just very alert and trying not to upset these snakes as I was walking down. Also I did not know if they were venomous or not, I just did not want to risk finding out so I walked carefully and fairly slowly down.

In any shamanic experience, [and I see this as a shamanic dream], we are asked to be alert to the energies and to use caution, to not rush into anything without preparation. The dreamer is not scared, showing he has a strong sense of trust and intentionality to deal with whatever the situation may bring. He’s done his self work. Venomous snakes like cobras, rattlesnakes, asps and adders can kill, and a wise man would and should be cautious around them.

That said venomous snakes can be charmed, and their aggressions slowed with the right knowledge. The venom from certain venomous snakes, dosed in the right way is also being used now in medical circles for healing. The cobra in ancient Egyptian images showed the raised ‘uraeus’ on the Pharaohs crown symbolizing power and resurrection. Buddhist and Hindus see the cobra as power over the destruction of nature and Buddha in his enlightenment had 9 cobras above his head. Hopi Snake dancers use rattle snakes to bring their prayers for rain to the underworld. Celts used the adder to enter the ‘other worlds’ and a small amount of the asp bite sent people into an oracular trance. 

In other words when we are on a deep shamanic exploration into the Self, the outcome can be one of self destruction or self enlightenment. Taming the unbridled self to become the passionate aware Self. However when we do not release our personal poisonous thoughts about ourselves they can destroy us; and yet when we face them, the can transform us. That takes personal courage.

Immediately as my left foot touched it several dark snakes appeared in front of me making their way around the staircase slithering in and out between the crevices in the stone masonry of the stairs as well as crevices in the left wall supporting it. I walked gingerly down each step and was very careful not to step on any of them or give them cause for alarm.

This paragraph shows the work this dreamer has done on himself. The left foot forward touched the stairs. The left foot is on the heart side. Many statues of Egyptian pharaohs show them with the left foot forward, symbolizing leading their people from a heart centered place, but also demanding the respect their service requires. This dreamer proceeds in a heart centered way.

Still the snakes come from everywhere, slithering between the foundation, making themselves known from the depths of the masonry. The dreamer must deal with all these aspects of himself that have, or will, transform who he is becoming. There is no need to be alarmed, as he still has control of his pace. The gift in facing those parts of our self that are ready to give voice, are ready to give back to us the personal power we have worked hard to transform.

Then as I was about halfway down they all suddenly slithered away, all but one at the second lowest step, a most handsome long black snake. It eyed me keenly and intelligently as I approached it, and then without warning it suddenly fled into the air heading straight for my neck. As it reached it at an unbelievable speed it twirled around my neck and dug deep into the back of my neck and bored its way into my spine, its head towards my crown and its tail down my spine.

All the issues (the many snakes) he has learned to deal with, retreat. But one snake/issue remains to be faced. It’s on the 2nd step. Again, like the color gray, 2 on the Wisdom Wheels that Gram Twy taught me, represent assessing where we have to honor and give voice to something within our self. Black on the Wisdom Wheels is about listening to the Self to find our truth, ‘our personal truth’, and isn’t that one of the ways we honor our self.

This intelligent snake knows that wisdom and healing is about uniting love and will; head and heart; bringing the unconscious into consciousness. It wraps around the dreamer’s neck, digs deep into the back of his head and bores itself between spine and crown. is there any better explanation of the raising in the kundalini energy? Lord Shiva has a snake curled three times around His neck representing birth, death, rebirth. When the snake sheds its skin, it transmutes the old into something new. Shamanic deaths are always about rebirthing.

I woke up with a jolt, wondering what it all meant. The next day I went outside to cut some tall grass on a hill below my house and less than a meter away I spotted a beautiful long black snake moving away from me in the grass. And in Norway there are no black snakes.

There is a new awareness stalking this dreamer. The fact that he saw a black snake the following day on his walk, (in a country that doesn’t have black snakes), is confirmation from the spirit world, from Nature herself, that something is being birthed into his consciousness. He couldn’t see the head, maybe this indicates he must stay in his heart when this becomes clearer, because it won’t be supported by a logical explanation, rather it will be an experiential one. And we never know when or how those experiences will fully show themselves.

Thank you dreamer for sharing; I appreciate your wisdom.

 

Lucidity Doesn’t Always Provide Clarity

This dreamer has been a lucid dreamer since he was young. Basically, lucid dreaming is the ability to be conscious within the dream, that you are dreaming, and have the capacity to learn how to control, question or navigate the dream state you are experiencing. Some lucid dreamers have more control, lucidity varies, and many if not all of us at one time or another in our dream states have had a lucid dream, whether we remember or not.

String theorists have surmised that we have a ten dimensions in our Universe: the 4 we know are length, height, depth and time. Bosonic string theorists say there are 26. All these dimensions reside on a plane. The Bible suggests there are 3 x 3 dimensions in the matrix with the 10th being where we exist in its summary. And neuroscientists say our brains have 11 dimensions: https://www.sciencealert.com/science-discovers-human-brain-works-up-to-11-dimensions.

The different planes of existence in the consciousness realms for the human being are considered 7: the physical, the etheric, the astral, the Buddhic (mental), the Atmic (spiritual), and two more planes outside the nonphysical plane. The following is the best article I have read on an explanation of these planes should you wish to read it: http://www.delightfulknowledge.com/different-planes-existence-universe.

The one constant is that we really do not know. These are only what we have “discovered” and like every other aspect of our world there is still much we do not know.

Why am I referring to so many planes of existence? Because in the dreamtime we are more apt to visit these dimensions because our consciousness is not tethered to our bodies/waking self. So dreaming allows the exploration of these planes of existence that simultaneously occur within and outside of ourselves, due in part to conscious awareness. Thus in the dream state we are able to travel, encounter, change, perceive, design, and confront what we assume is our daily reality, and what lies beyond those constraints.

Dreaming in general, and lucid dreaming in particular, allows us the freedom of exploration of our multi-dimensional Universes’; it allows us to deeply question our reality; and it connects one to the power of our brains as we communicate and question the planes we encounter in our dream time, to become more aware of potentiality in our waking state.

So onto the dream. I did get to ask this dreamer one question about his dreamscape. This will be revealed as I decode.

The Dream:
I found myself on a strange plain/plane where I knew I didn’t belong, as I was not fully prepared to be there. I was vulnerable to the spirits/beings that lived there, but it was a desolate portion, so I knew if I stayed hidden I would be fine. I found myself drawn to a sector that was urban based, but more like the memory of urban. I found myself steeling my will for conflict, and entered a room. In the room was two metal crests. One, a woman with long dark hair, the other was either a crow or a magpie, I lean towards magpie because of the long tail feathers almost reminiscent of a peacock, in that they were not black, but a luminescent blue. I tried combining these crests because I knew they fit together somehow, but I wasn’t puzzling it together correctly. A female voice spoke to me, (or inferred to me or whatever, because dreams are fucking weird) and I combined the crests correctly. The guardian of the room rose up, and I found myself fighting for control of the dream. I knew I was not asleep completely, but I also knew it wasn’t entirely my dream. I literally FELT, every nerve ending from my toes to the top of my head light up not once, not twice, but three times, each more intense than the last, as I fought for control. In the end I was overwhelmed and my vision exploded with symbols that passed through my vision quicker than I could capture, starting not only in shape, and evolving in a logical sequence, but also in a color wave, evolving from infrared, to ultra violet in sequence. As I was forced from the dream (with no external cause, no sounds/influence from the waking world) I found myself gripping onto the imagery of this woman/bird and knowing I had to ask about it, (and I know this sounds dumb) but the specific wavelength of light being on the edge of blue before it turns to violet.

I asked the dreamer for clarity if the “female voice” that spoke to him, was a voice outside himself, or the dark haired woman? 

The voice/intention that gave me the intuitive leap was a separate thing than the crest. I couldn’t tell if it was an inner or outer voice though, it could’ve been a guide, or it may have been my perfect-self speaking, not sure.
The “guardian” was formless, but existed as an intention or will that existed somewhere on the electromagnetic spectrum. For whatever reason the weakness, or maybe the “key” to the lock was that specific dark blue. The same color as a magpies blue/black, and it was a battle of will power to move the light on the spectrum to that wavelength.

The decoding:

I found myself on a strange plain/plane where I knew I didn’t belong, as I was not fully prepared to be there. I was vulnerable to the spirits/beings that lived there, but it was a desolate portion, so I knew if I stayed hidden I would be fine. I found myself drawn to a sector that was urban based, but more like the memory of urban.

When we are in the dreamtime we are in nonphysical space/time where all possibilities exist. This dreamer is already aware that he is vulnerable about something on the planes he is experiencing. This is an alert to his lucid self that there is a vulnerability in his waking life. Something about his waking world feels ‘desolate’ or perhaps lonely. And, he continues to ‘hid’ that fact from himself to exist in the world in which he lives.

He thinks if he hides this vulnerability he will be o.k. But he is drawn deeper into the “spirits that life within” at least in the dream state. The environment in which the dream takes place defines the ‘environment’ that the dreamer is experiencing in the waking world. In this case urban means there may be lots of confusion, family or community issues, or the activity of chaos in his waking state that makes him vulnerable to needs other than his own.

I found myself steeling my will for conflict, and entered a room. In the room was two metal crests. One, a woman with long dark hair, the other was either a crow or a magpie, I lean towards magpie because of the long tail feathers almost reminiscent of a peacock, in that they were not black, but a luminescent blue. I tried combining these crests because I knew they fit together somehow, but I wasn’t puzzling it together correctly.

The dreamer is aware that there is conflict in his life. He enters a room, indicating he is feeling alone. In the room are two metal crests. Metal is tough, but malleable, indicating when these two parts are brought together, you can learn to be more flexible. Two on the Wisdom Wheels asks us, “How are we honoring our Self?” What do we need to assess to create a more positive change so things don’t feel so chaotic?

One of the things causing the chaos is a dark haired women. Often images/people in the dream reflect people in our outer world, suggesting this woman is secretive or manipulative. But people in the dream also mirror something in our self. So, a dark-haired women in the dream can suggest there is something being hidden from you; something that is not in your best interest. And secondly, what it suggests about the dreamer is that he is not listening to himself, that his higher self is trying to guide him to recognize or take care of an issue where he might be lying to himself about a reality he needs to change.

I will stick with the symbolism of magpie, because that is where the dreamer seems to have landed. Magpies are intelligent, risk-takers, and cunning; they are a symbol of sacred balance and in Chinese symbolism they are seen as a birds of happiness. They suggest that you can resolve something that has been making you unhappy or confused for a long time.

That blue/black color is a suggestion that once you learn not to be in servitude to something that makes you unhappy, and find the sacred path that you wish to be in service to within yourself, that then you will be listening to your Higher Self. No one can make us unhappy, we are unhappy because we are not centered in our authenticity. But if we deny, ignore or project that unhappiness onto to someone, or something else, then we are vulnerable to that ‘other.’ The fact that the color was luminous, was a suggestion that the dreamer might need to do more to develop and trust his intuition.

He is puzzling, because in his outer reality, he is trying to figure out how to bring together all the seemingly disparate pieces of his life to be more of his luminous self. No one can teach you that, though mentors might be able to guide you, you are your own best moderator of your balance, needs, and abilities. 

A female voice spoke to me, (or inferred to me or whatever, because dreams are fucking weird) and I combined the crests correctly. The guardian of the room rose up, and I found myself fighting for control of the dream. I knew I was not asleep completely, but I also knew it wasn’t entirely my dream. I literally FELT, every nerve ending from my toes to the top of my head light up not once, not twice, but three times, each more intense than the last, as I fought for control.

So the female voice (your Divine Feminine, which we all have and is not gender differentiated), is your intuitive, creative self. It is both your guide and your perfect-self, we are more than just these physical bodies.

When we combine our Divine Masculine (purpose, logic, discipline), with our Divine Feminine (intuition/instinct, passion, creativity), we are able to find balance. In the dream, the Guardian rose up. In bringing these two aspects of your awareness [at least into the dream play together], the “issue” rises up and you feel like you are fighting for control. And those parts of our self are formless until we give them form.

It doesn’t feel in part like your dream, because you do not fully know, trust or have communicated fully with this DF part of yourself. And it is a personal ‘battle of will’ to feel less vulnerable in combining all aspects of your true self, despite what the outer world tells you. ‘Right will’ only battles ‘willfulness.’

Maybe you have only sought to recognize that from without, with women in your life that either don’t allow, or don’t see your softer side. Soft doesn’t mean weak. Have they created chaos or balance for you, or within you? Can you find the balance in yourself, to experience more balance without with them? This feels like a outer conflict from the dream scenario.

I am going out on a limb here, and saying that the 3 passes of electricity is your kundalini energy. According to Buddhic dream practitioners, kundalini energy is the snake that rises through the body. It is the feminine energy that resides at the base of the spine and lies dormant until it is awakened. I see this as a great gift you gave yourself in the dreamtime, and to be aware enough to notice it through your lucidity. Three is also the number of the feminine and the number for magic.

I fought for control. In the end I was overwhelmed and my vision exploded with symbols that passed through my vision quicker than I could capture, starting not only in shape, and evolving in a logical sequence, but also in a color wave, evolving from infrared, to ultra violet in sequence. As I was forced from the dream (with no external cause, no sounds/influence from the waking world) I found myself gripping onto the imagery of this woman/bird and knowing I had to ask about it, (and I know this sounds dumb) but the specific wavelength of light being on the edge of blue before it turns to violet.

Maybe instead of fighting for control, if you surrender (which is not giving into or giving up, but rather giving over to a higher knowing), you will not be in such inner turmoil.

The exploding symbols could be what comes in a hypnogogic dream state as we are falling to sleep or awakening, yet they could have also been clues for you as to how to modulate your world with your needs? Starting in shapes (the most basic form of communication) and proceeding in a logical sequence, was merely your consciousness trying to download as much as it could, as fast as it could.

Infrared versus ultra violet light. A couple of things, red to violet is the spectrum of the chakras (which become awakened through experiences like the kundalini charge); our chakras our spiritual centers within our self, and each teach and represent something different. Infrared and ultra violet are frequencies or wavelengths that work within the spectrum of what is seen and not seen. One the Wisdom Wheels violet/purples signifies healing, the awareness that comes with gratitude, and the dreamtime.

Gripping onto the birdwoman, and knowing you have to ask about it, is your next level of self research and you bring your inner world, and by nature of that, your outer world into balance.

Thank you dreamer, this is an awesome dream, with lots more symbology to it than we have room for here. I am sure others will see some of themselves in this dreamscape too, as dreams are both personal, and within the hologram of the All That Is, there for all of us to learn from.

Everything that has Led Me to this Point

Horse is a dominant figure in this dreamer’s story. Humanity made a huge leap forward when horses were tamed. Many cultures see the domestication of the horse as instrumental and important as fire. In shamanic practices throughout the world, horses stood for the dreamtime, releasing heavy burdens, power, freedom, stamina and adaptability.

The horse ‘figure’ in astrology is Sagittarius: the centaur, half man half horse. Briefly the sign represents the pursuit of freedom, philosophical ideas, adventure, friendliness and travel. In Chinese astrology horse is likewise designated (within its positive attributes), as being witty, loving travel, honest and good with money. But with both signs the challenge is to unravel their own psyche to find what nourishes and sustains them, for they each long for intimacy but also find it fetters them.

Native Americans speak of shamans on flying horses that could access information in the heavens. They were often referred to as ‘god dogs’ and for them, the horse embodied power, freedom and authority. According to one of my personal teachers, the horse carries the “decree of responsibility.” The tribes that possessed horses were better prepared for battle. (Aside: in this dream you will see how horse represents the battle one wages within the Self.)

The Celts linked horses to Epona and Rhiannon, harbingers of good luck and protectors of the earth and fertility. For the Greeks and Romans, horses represented wealth and status and the gods and goddesses that created the horse connected those who owned them with those divine and special powers. And then there is Pegasus, the mythical winged horse that could fly to the sky realms and the Trojan Horse, who could hide our own demise.

In the Hindu culture the Sun God traveled across the sky on seven horses and was regarded as Lord Vishnu’s last incarnation. Although the horse arrived too late to ancient Egypt to become part of its pantheon, it signified wealth, status and speed. The horse was seen as precious by the Pharaohs and used cautiously in battle as they liberated fighters with the chariot.

So the overarching symbol in this dream for the dreamer to consider, is how one seeks freedom from self-imposed burdens, by illuminating and liberating, the personal battle that holds one from emotional intimacy. 

The Dream:
I am traveling with a group of people. We are on horses. We have stopped for a break. I am on a palomino tan horse. I am thanking my horse and trying to get him some water but the horse doesn’t want to stay with the other horses. I direct my horse to another place and I am petting him and thanking him. A few minutes later a train comes through and kills the other horses. The bodies of the dead horses are laying there. I feel frightened and grateful that my horse had taken me to another place.

I am traveling with a group of people. We are on horses.
The group of people you are traveling with, can be people who influenced you or were related to you in your earlier life. Or they can represent aspects of the Self that have traveled with you as you’ve developed over the years as the voice of your ‘inner pantheon’, be they helpers, distractors and/or nurturers.

We have stopped for a break. I am on a palomino tan horse.

You are on a Palomino horse. Palominos are pale yellow tan in color. As such they combine the influences of the Wisdom Wheels, which include how you need to organize and focus on knowing your personal truth, while working in tandem with overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of you loving yourself.

In some explanations Palomino horses are seen to represent spiritual awareness and warmth (due to their golden color). In Native stories, they represent the Eastgate, where one goes to seek illumination and practices the discipline it takes to find it. Do you have the discipline and trust within yourself to reach new goals and replace old beliefs? Can you allow yourself the freedom to love yourself, when you feel others didn’t, or that their actions betrayed you?

One of the attributes of horses, as I shared above, is that they are known as ‘the burden carriers’, but they also stand for responsibility. The personal responsibility we each have to release whatever isn’t bringing strength to our authentic self. To accomplish this, you may need to stop and assess how you have, or have not, been addressing how your old stories continue to hold you back.

I am thanking my horse and trying to get him some water but the horse doesn’t want to stay with the other horses. I direct my horse to another place and I am petting him and thanking him.

I see part of what you need to focus on is nurturing yourself and finding gratitude (maybe despite the past difficulties) to know you have adapted to come this far. As well as reminding yourself (thanking the horse) for all the ways you have already taken responsibility for yourself over the years, with the awareness that you have developed about yourself within that process.

You are trying to get the horse some water; water represents emotions and in dreams suggests cleansing and renewal. We cannot live without renewal, any more than we can live life fully without nurturing our changing needs. To do that, you cannot stay the way you have been, the horse doesn’t want to stay with the other ‘horses.’ It is only your ‘direction’ that can take you to another, new, more gratifying place. It is one thing to acknowledge our past stories, it is another to shift their impact.

A few minutes later a train comes through and kills the other horses. The bodies of the dead horses are laying there. I feel frightened and grateful that my horse had taken me to another place.

Trains can have many meanings in the dreamtime, and you need to assess the context in which they appear. You are not on the train; the train is not driven by you; it does not crash, although it hits all the other horses. This indicates that you may feel events in your life are out of control, especially your emotional freedom. But are you using your emotional past in ways that don’t empower you to fully move forward and create a new storyline for yourself. Awareness can become an excuse as easily as it can liberate us. Given that your horse left the group, it might imply that you are ready to let the past way of doing, feeling, emoting, and judging yourself, die to itself, so it no longer controls your emotional response to things.

Trains can also mean standing in your own power. It is only you who has the power to release the past (the other group on the horses) and find what defines your personal power moving forward. It may feel frightening sometimes to commit to that, yet you have the momentum given you are still on your horse.

The death of the other horses in your dream indicates it is time to give up the power or strength you allotted others in your life. Are there old ‘stories’ that you still need to let go of? True wisdom is found when we remember and honor our entire journey but don’t use that script to define us. Motivation is your key. Self-nurturing is your need. Freedom from the emotional past is your gift.

What Insights Might Someone from Our Past Offer or Represent to Our Future?

Sneaking this dream blog in on the final day of this month. Anyone else notice how many things need to be addressed on any given day, and how incredibly fast the months get torn off the calendar? That’s why I love dreaming. It’s my time exclusively just for me.

My teachers shared that when we dream of people, especially people who have crossed-over, that it doesn’t necessarily mean that we are being visited by them. There is a good possibility that they are being remembered as a representation of  ‘that personality’ to impart some information to us, that our Higher self is trying to get through to our waking self. Seeing someone who has passed over is not to instill fear. It does not mean someone  close to us is going to die; it is to bring awareness of something coming. When we are prepared with awareness, we can make alternative choices.

There is an interconnectedness within the Universe, whether we are on this side or in another dimension, whether we are in body or in spirit; and whether we are awake or dreaming. The mystical connection that ties it all together is the essences that we are One. But that’s a much bigger discussion.

It is true, and many will tell you, that there can be communication from someone who is no longer in the physical world.  They can come through into our dreamtime, and many mediums will tell you, that they can come through to speak if needed. But that said, in this person’s dream, this is not someone that she was actually attached to in any detailed way, like a family member, best friend, or lover.  It is more likely that his presence represents a different aspect or alternative way to create a change in this dreamer’s thinking around something as yet defined.

The Dream:
In my dream, the younger son of my neighbor when I was young, Michael, appeared looking quite healthy and tanned (his mother was Italian so he always was a little darker skinned). Michael passed from a heart attack 5 years ago at the age of 54 years.
Though facially it was not exactly how I remembered him, in my dream it was him. He said he was here for a visit. But he had a large gash on his head that at first he was stitching himself but then one of my daughters (can’t remember which one, and in this dream they were younger) began stitching his wound. I asked him how long he was going to visit and he said he didn’t know. End of dream.

I asked the dreamer what was one word she would use to describe Michael (cute) and the name of her two daughters: Allyson and Christina

In my dream, the younger son of my neighbor when I was young, Michael, appeared looking quite healthy and tanned (his mother was Italian so he always was a little darker skinned). 

The dreamer defines this presence as the ‘younger son’, of her neighbor, which could suggest that there is information that the dreamer needs to assess, that she has held since childhood.  He is ‘cute’ which means this idea or event will be gentle with her, as it comes into her consciousness. However, this information is currently outside her day-to-day thought process, implied by being a neighbor. Possibly this dream is trying to show her something from her younger years that needs to morph or change for a greater understanding of something coming (be that a belief, solving a personal conflict, or deeper awareness of an imminent  change.)

The young boy from her youth is called Michael.  Michael means “he of God” and is also the Archangel of Protection. He appears healthy and darker skinned, implying he is separate or different from her. With respect, what questions does this dreamer have around God? What might challenge her belief in her God? Has she relied on a certain belief of God for protection; a younger belief (not a naïve belief) that protects her. She will be protected, even if these ruminations challenge her and make her experience “a change of heart” or feel like an ‘attack’ to her beliefs.

Counter intuitively he looks healthy, and yet in the next segment of her dream, he is not. Is something she perceived as healthy for her or in order, about to change?

Michael passed from a heart attack 5 years ago at the age of 54 years.

Looking at numbers in dreams are always important. The number 5 on the Wisdom Wheels signifies needing to listen to oneself and allows for a more defined ‘truth’ around an issue or belief,  that can take you to new levels of understanding around an upcoming event. Couple that with Michael passing at 54. Around the age of 54 we hit our Uranus return, astrologically this is seen as the time we call “the mid-life” crisis. So this new awareness or event might feel critical at first, and it certainly will point the dreamer in a new direction, but that doesn’t have to suggest something bad. Plus if you add 5+4, the resulting number is 9. Nine’s are endings of the old, but not as a death, more as a preparation for a new beginning, without forgetting all we’ve learned from our past, as we evolve on our personal time line.

Though facially it was not exactly how I remembered him, in my dream it was him.

What ever awareness is coming, will not on the face of it be obvious, but down the line, the dreamer will realize it was the catalyst.

He said he was here for a visit. But he had a large gash on his head that at first he was stitching himself but then one of my daughters (can’t remember which one, and in this dream they were younger) began stitching his wound. 

A visit is a gentle reminder that something is coming into your awareness. Again please do not hear that this is negative or detrimental, it merely means awareness or change is coming.

There is a large gash on his head, which indicates the dreamer might fear she will fail at something when the time comes for her to think about it, or rethink her feelings about it. Wounds generally indicate suffering a disappointment; someone coming at us or our thought processes (because it’s on the head) aggressively; or an injustice, perceived or real.

He is stitching (trying to pull the information together) the gash himself, meaning you will need to deal with this on your own. But then one of your daughters helps him (maybe could help you) with this. Allyson in old German and French means ‘noble sort,’ and Christina from the Greek means “follower of Christ” or “Christian.” My sense is that which will pull you through this challenge, event, or new awareness will be your faith. That your faith, your belief in the God that you have held sense you were young, even if what occurs challenges you to broaden, widen, or change that belief, will somehow upgrade what initially appears as a wound into a personal evolution.  

I asked him how long he was going to visit and he said he didn’t know. End of Dream.

When will this happen? How long will it take? This you do not yet know, it depends on something that hasn’t presented itself as yet.  I want to stress, I do not see this as necessarily a difficult or harmful thing that happens to you. I think it is more a challenge to a way of thinking, or changing a repetitive pattern, that will be happening “for you.”

Thank you dreamer for sharing.

Ashes to Ashes, all fall down

Happy Imbolc everyone. I meant to post this dream last night, and well…that didn’t happen. Imbolc is a wonderful Gaelic holiday which is a renewal celebration of lights, and occurs at the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. It is a time in Ireland and Scotland of yore, when food was becoming scarce and seeds were being germinated for the coming spring to be put into the ground. It embraces the Goddess Brigid, she of new beginnings, birth and fire. Candles are lit and food is left to feed the Fae, the magical fairy folk.  

This dreamer offered two very similar dreams, both revolved around volcanoes and the same family members were present in both dreams. She indicated in her email, that there have been difficulties with these family members of late. Repeat dreams are often a warning or harbinger of things to come or emotions that need to be released. They ask the dreamer to pay attention to both the content and the emotions elicited by the dream’s symbols. These types of emotional ‘triggering’ dreams often reveal our fears or self-limiting belief patterns, so we can understand and restore balance in our world.

Where Imbolc is the mid-point between coming to the end of one season, the desolate winter and the beginning of another season, the birth of spring it maintains a balance through the cycling of the year. Where volcanoes bring destruction yet ironically their ash brings new life, there is again a balance of death and life, rage and restoration. Both the lighting of fires or candles during Imbolc celebrations and volcanoes bringing the fire from within Mother Earth to the surface, are fires of transformation. I chose this dream because the dreamer needs to restore balance within herself m through the transformation of the emotions she is dealing with. 

Dream One
I was in a resort town in the mountains and I was searching for my brother, Daniel. As I was going from place to place looking for him, the biggest mountain erupted, spewing lava and ash into the air. I didn’t know it was a volcano and I was surprised. I kept asking people: “Have you seen Daniel?” I was in such a panic to find him. Eventually I went into a restaurant and a man told me he’d seen my brother walking towards the hotel at the base of the mountain. I ran up there and now the whole place is shaking with tremors and I’m coughing from fumes and can hardly see for ash. I get into the hotel and it’s now apocalyptic outside. I find not only my brother, but his wife, and my parents. We run to the multi-story carpark and my brother is insisting he can drive us out of there. But I know it’s useless. The tires are literally melting in the heat. While in the car, molten lava starts to rain down on the roof dripping through the roof in places and dropping onto our skin. It’s excruciating and we know we’re going to all die. I wake up.

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Interpretation:

I was in a resort town in the mountains and I was searching for my brother, Daniel. As I was going from place to place looking for him, the biggest mountain erupted, spewing lava and ash into the air.

A resort town in the mountains suggests the dreamer needs to find some relief. Mountains can signify obstacles one must overcome or pressing matters one needs to address. Mountains can also suggest that the dreamer needs to go to a higher level of understanding to review the underlying conditions or situation.

She is looking for her brother Daniel. Daniel in Gaelic means ‘attractive’, but in Hebrew means, “God is my judge.” And let us not forget Daniel in the lion’s den. Daniel was raised to a high degree by his master, but jealous rivals tricked his master and the king was forced to throw him into the lion’s den. At dawn the king went back hoping God had spared his friend. Daniel was alive, he said the angels had shut the jaws of the lions because “he was found to be blameless” and because Daniel had also removed a thorn (a wounding issue) from a lion’s paw, that lion protected him. What is the take away for the dreamer…those who may be jealous of her and ‘thrown her to the lions’ do not stand true before the eyes of God, because she is blameless. To remove the wound she is feeling, she must ‘learn how to tame the beast’ and speak from a place of the heart. A powerful lesson to acquire during these times of conflict.

To do that she may need to directly deal with the biggest cause of this situation in which she finds herself, (the biggest mountain erupts spewing lava and ash). There is an instigator in this story that has made a big mountain-issue out of something. The dreamer needs to find a way to handle this to rebalance her own emotions. Sometimes controlled anger is justified, should one go into it without spewing  their own rage and accusations. The lava and ash is the fallout this significant agitator has caused.

I didn’t know it was a volcano and I was surprised. I kept asking people: “Have you seen Daniel?” I was in such a panic to find him.

This suggests the dreamer was taken off guard by this person or obstacle. She did not anticipate this reaction, and she is desperate to maintain some sort of balance with her brother. She doesn’t want him to judge her.

Eventually I went into a restaurant and a man told me he’d seen my brother walking towards the hotel at the base of the mountain. I ran up there and now the whole place is shaking with tremors and I’m coughing from fumes and can hardly see for ash.

It would appear that the dreamer needs to be nurtured in some way, by her brother or others-signified by going to the restaurant. Restaurants are about receiving nourishment. The man says he saw her brother walking to a hotel; in a dream a hotel signifies a temporary situation. It is at the base of a mountain suggesting she needs to get to some level of understanding with her brother, to get to the base or bottom of this. 

Timing is important before approaching him. Shaking with tremors and coughing from fumes can suggest two things. She is not ready yet to emotionally deal with this from a centered place, because the fumes are choking her ‘voice’ and the ash is ‘not having her see clearly.’ 

I get into the hotel and it’s now apocalyptic outside. I find not only my brother, but his wife, and my parents.

Now we see all the players in the dreamscape and potentially her disturbing waking life situation. It feels ‘apocalyptic outside’, like everything outside herself is coming to an end; that there is deep change; that it is uncomfortable, frightening and a huge loss. Her brother, his wife, and her parents are all involved in this deep emotional turmoil.

I would ask the dreamer to give one word for each of those players. That is because as I have often said, everyone in the dream is themselves as well as an aspect of oneself.  In any tumultuous situation we need to see our part as well, and those words would apply to something the dreamer may need to review within herself. 

We run to the multi-story carpark and my brother is insisting he can drive us out of there. But I know it’s useless. The tires are literally melting in the heat. While in the car, molten lava starts to rain down on the roof dripping through the roof in places and dropping onto our skin. It’s excruciating and we know we’re going to all die. I wake up.

Volcanic eruptions denote tempers and significant emotional confrontations have occurred. It also has shown up in this person’s dreamscape twice now (in the other dream  she sent too), which means she is feeling significant anger. With the other players, it could mean you are wrong or have been wronged and the emotions under the surface that you are harboring need to be released. Internalized anger is never good to carry around, it impacts the balance of the heart and impairs the adrenals.

A multi-story car park signifies that everyone has their own interpretation that continues to bind them all together to different interpretations of the event. They are all in the car park, the situation is going no where, it is stationary and confined. Cars often symbolize the physical body, individuality, and moving forward, but they are all in the same car which implies that no one is taking the initiative to change this situation. 

Now the lava, the anger, resentment, emotional turmoil is impacting all of them. It is raining down on them, suggesting it has gotten out of control. Dropping on their skin, and becoming excruciating, it is affecting their out worlds (skin is our largest outer organ), and it is painful for each of them. They each know this will cause something to die, be that their love for each other, their family dynamics, or their balanced emotional actions/reactions to and with each other.

She wakes up. It is significant for her to find resolution or offer forgiveness, that is the greatest gift we can give any circumstance. But who will make that first move?  

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them– Maya Angelou 

Thank you dreamer for sharing.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Hello Dreamers,
I will be decoding a number of dreams during the month of January, as I will be away teaching next month and will not have time to add to the blog. The other dream (which is a two for one) will be posted by end month.
The dream I will decode today has to do with eclipses. We just had one last weekend and we will be having a lunar eclipse at zero degrees of Leo on Monday, January 21st. This is noted as a blood moon.  It’s called a blood moon when the moon is totally eclipsed and takes on a reddish hue from the refraction of light in the earth’s atmosphere. 
As many of you who are astrologers know, this lunar eclipse will have the potential to cause some tension because of the square it makes to Uranus (the planet that has no qualms about spontaneously pulling the rug out from under you), and Mars in retrograde, (which has a speedy determination to do things its way). That said this is a time to wait, watch, and listen as a stance of preparation before concretizing those new plans; impulsive actions and reactions will not go over well. This dream suggests the same to the dreamer who offered it.
I love this astrologer and find her info well worth a listen:                                                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml9PX0Q1dNA
And this astrologer’s blog is always fascinating: https://www.instagram.com/neongeometryastrology/

The Dream:                                                                                                                                             In the dream, I am on the beach viewing multiple Lunar Eclipses all at once. One moon is large, one smaller (or further away). They seem to be eclipsing at the same time. There was another one that could only be viewed from certain angles but was just the corona of the moon.
It was unclear whether two of the Moons were real or refractions of the large Moon. Per usual; I was trying to photograph all of them, and per usual, my pictures weren’t turning out. (I try to “preserve” stuff a lot in my dreams, either taking photographs or putting things where I can “find” them later).                                                                                                I remember though that when the sun rose (which was weird because I guess that meant there were more than 3 suns eclipsing infront of the moons….all the Moons phased out like stars and that part of the dream felt over.                                                                               I drove up the coast and some people were on the side of the road also trying to take pictures. I was in my same car, a blue Corolla. The beach was calm, scenic. The Moons were red, as they usually are while eclipsing.
This was part of a larger dream montage but it was one of the more vivid parts. Later on in the dream a bunch of coworkers turned up. But by then I was in London trying to catch a train in the underground. 

In the dream, I am on the beach viewing multiple Lunar Eclipses all at once. One moon is large, one smaller (or further away). They seem to be eclipsing at the same time. There was another one that could only be viewed from certain angles but was just the corona of the moon.

You are on the beach. Beaches and oceans signify a merging between the unconscious and the conscious. The moon suggests changes are afoot, because the moon moves in phases. In most cultures the moon is associated with intuition, moods, emotions, the feminine, and bringing to light certain aspects of ones self. Thus right off the bat between the beach symbology and the moon symbology your dreamscape has doubled a piece of information that you are to pay attention to.  New awareness from the unconscious into conscious state to be worked with is happening within you at this time, which may create changes in certain aspects of your life.

Eclipse dreams signify that things are changing but possibly ‘hidden’ from ones awareness. Possibly everything is not clear right now because the information you need hasn’t manifested in full light yet. Because the Moon deals with emotions and intuitions, it may imply that you are either ignoring an intuitive hit that you have had but might not wish to acknowledge, or perhaps you could be burying some deeper emotions that you need to express or explore.

Because one of the Moons is a ‘big one’, it suggests that there is an important issue that is up for you right now. This issue can’t be eclipsed or tucked away. You need to clearly look at what needs to change to bring more emotional security into your world. Where the other one is ‘smaller or further away’, it suggests that you have time to uncover what it is you need to do about a different situation. You may feel overwhelmed right now because you think you need to deal with all of these things at the same time. The caution is to prioritize. The distance from the ‘moon’ signifies how much you are in touch with having the full information you need to make a good decision.

The third one could only be viewed from certain angles, implying you need more perspective on whatever that situation is. You can only see the corona, which indicates you should not ignore your intuition right now. Trust your gut and do not let your feminine side be overshadowed.

It was unclear whether two of the Moons were real or refractions of the large Moon. Per usual; I was trying to photograph all of them, and per usual, my pictures weren’t turning out. (I try to “preserve” stuff a lot in my dreams, either taking photographs or putting things where I can “find” them later).

Again there may be confusion on your part as to whether this is one connected issue, or reflections of similar thoughts/feelings that are generating similar emotions. Again you may be inadvertently combining situations that need to be separated to fully understand which directions you should take. 

To be taking a picture in the dream suggests you need to focus more on what it is you want. To put “them where I can find them later” suggests you are bringing them into your waking state to work on gaining clarity, perspective, and direction.

I remember though that when the sun rose (which was weird because I guess that meant there were more than 3 suns eclipsing infront of the moons….all the Moons phased out like stars and that part of the dream felt over.

Again your dream self is cautioning you to separate the issues and deal with them individually. When all the moons phase out like stars it is a sign of good luck that you will accomplish what it is you are working on. 

I drove up the coast and some people were on the side of the road also trying to take pictures. I was in my same car, a blue Corolla. The beach was calm, scenic. The Moons were red, as they usually are while eclipsing.

This is a further message from your dreamscape that you have a path you are on and should stay dedicated to it. On that path you will meet other people likewise trying to gain clarity and focus. You are in your car, which represents that you are in control of your own destiny.

The car is blue, (which on the Wisdom Wheels discussed many times throughout the blog listings as having been taught to me by Grandmother Twylah) signifies intuition, teaching, and making sure you are in service to yourself and not in servitude to someone else’s needs, desires or story. Likewise if we use word play with Corolla, it suggests listening to your ‘core’ essence when choosing how to move forward.

The beach is calm, indicating that your emotions when coming from your core, will be fulfilling and serene. And the red of the moon suggests (once again using the Wisdom Wheels), that you need to trust yourself and have faith in your process. Red also suggests that you know you are on the right path, when you feel both passion and renewal in your decisions. It is in the experience and not necessarily in the realms of logic that you will feel complete.

This was part of a larger dream montage but it was one of the more vivid parts. Later on in the dream a bunch of coworkers turned up. But by then I was in London trying to catch a train in the underground.

When a dream shifts, it may not be as profound as the previous parts, but it is still worthwhile information. To see co-workers in a dream can imply a few different things, that you as the dreamer would need to decide. It can suggest a level of competitiveness; it can suggest needing to work out something with a current co-worker to have more clarity; it might also suggest part of your inner pantheon of ‘dream players’ all have information to share with you.

You move off to London to catch an underground train. Ironically your dream ends as it started. The eclipses showed you that you need to find clarity around issues by bringing them to light or into full conscious play, and the underground train suggests that you should not bury emotions that need expression as you gain clarity.

Where London is a major city it suggests that you need more socialization instead of  possibly isolating your self (in an underground train), trying to figure everything out on your own. Although finding your answers will take mediation and personal decision making, we cannot establish balance in our world if life is all work and contemplation. The train signifies rushing to have all the answers in life met now. However, this last remembered part of the dream reminds you to stop along the way to digest what you are exploring to see if it fits for you, and to go out and have fun. Fun within life is as important in your decision making as personal reflection.

Thank you dreamer for sharing.

To Thy Self, be True

I am posting this dream on the New Moon (December 6/7, 2018) in Sagittarius, as the planet Mercury goes direct. Why? Because when Mercury stations direct we have the capacity to have our communications be more fluid and clearer, whether that is within our Self, or with others.

The new moon is a wonderful time to plant new seeds of awareness and purpose. This new moon in the mutable fire sign of Sag has the potential to bring freedom, lightness of being, and spiritual forces that can renew our faith. The moon in Sag has stationed next to the planet Jupiter, its planetary ruler. Jupiter encourages us to forge ahead and make what we thought impossible, possible.

Isn’t that what this time of celebration, light, and giving is all about? Whether you celebrate Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or any other festivity of community, this is a time of renewal, gratitude, and finding peace.

I chose this dream during this holiday timeframe because it reflects the light this dreamer holds within herself and the renewal she is searching for. Something I know we all desire, and often discount as our birthright when hard times, frustration, betrayal or loss is encountered. Although I do not know this dreamer well, I do know her public persona. What I imagine to be one of her strongest guides shows up in an alternative form in this dreamscape, enforcing and reminding the dreamer that She is always present with Her love, loyalty and encouragement.

The dream:

Ok dog lovers, I had a dream last night that I just had to share. I believe this is a message for everyone who loves their pets, but it was definitely inspired by one of my soul sisters losing her best buddy this week.  

In the dream I was in a house, not my current house necessarily, but rather the whole environment felt very much like a fairytale – like I was in a cottage in the middle of a forest somewhere. I looked out the window and I could see a very old woman, very much a fairytale crone kind of hag character, walking slowly up the path to the front door. She was slow not only because of her age, but because she was very carefully carrying an ornate wooden box. I could tell by the way that she was carrying it that it was either very heavy, contained something incredibly fragile, or both.

She was not scary in any way. She appeared very deliberate in her movements and I knew that she was wise and had something important to tell me. I opened the door and I waited for her. When she arrived on the doorstep, she nodded to the box and said, “Open it. Look inside.”

I stepped forward and carefully opened the box. Inside it held a stunning, perfect crystal ball set within folds of midnight blue satin. This incredible dark blue color was important in the dream, because the fabric moved a bit, undulated, and it gave the feeling that the crystal ball was floating in the cosmos.

The crystal began to flicker and then an image came into it: it was my first pug, Magda. (My son Conor named her when he was ten). She was the canine love of my life who was lost in a truly horrible and tragic way about ten years ago. In the crystal, Magda was barking and happy and jumping around and it made me so happy to see her.

I looked up and the crone was smiling at me. She said, “I just wanted you to know that all of the pets you have ever loved go to a place of great joy and celebration. They are perfect spirits, guardian angels, and they live on in bliss.”

I did not have a chance to ask her anything as the dream ended right after that. But I had the sense that she really wanted me to share this message with my friends. And so, there it is. I think it is beautiful message for all of us who have lost our special friends. And I want to dedicate this story to XXXXX and her little buddy XXXX, because I believe they inspired the dream message.

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Ok dog lovers, I had a dream last night that I just had to share. I believe this is a message for everyone who loves their pets, but it was definitely inspired by one of my soul sisters losing her best buddy this week.

This explanation was in part how the dreamer interpreted the impact of this dream. Although on one level this assessment is totally accurate, as you all know dreams are always multi-dimensional and richly layered in their content and meaning. Our dreamscapes bring forth underlying information from the subconscious that the Higher Self wants to impart to the waking conscious mind for self reflection. Let’s look deeper into the symbolism of this very powerful dream.

In the dream I was in a house, not my current house necessarily, but rather the whole environment felt very much like a fairytale – like I was in a cottage in the middle of a forest somewhere.

To dream of a type of house and being within it, represents our body and aspects of the self. Specific rooms in a house define certain characteristics, emotions, or attitudes concerning what the dreamer is feeling consciously, or subconsciously. In this case, she is not in her house, but a small cottage in the woods, which is very much like a fairytale. This could suggest she doesn’t feel totally at home where she is living, or even perhaps in her body. Perhaps she would like to go back to a time when she lived a sweeter existence in another setting.

Notice that the dreamer is not in the forest, but that she is in the cottage. If she were in the forest it could indicate she is searching for a better understanding of herself, but being in the cottage suggests she may feel weighted down by obligations in life, and looking for a simpler way to live her life. Because the cottage is ‘fairytale like’ she may be pining for times when her outer world was what she had always dreamed it could be.

The woods the cottage is in on the other hand, represents a need for rejuvenation, renewal, growth and/or a change of affairs from her weighted down feelings. The cottage also suggests a need for comfort, peace and serenity but the fairytale quality cautions that although one has a tender heart, they cannot romanticize a situation, a need, or even that someone will come and rescue them.

Like a fairytale, the Self is pushing limits, helping the dreamer to awaken to her infinite potential. A fairytale demands we have faith and persistence, which is not always easy when a confrontation to our faith occurs, as many fairy tales often reveal.

I looked out the window and I could see a very old woman, very much a fairytale crone kind of hag character, walking slowly up the path to the front door. She was slow not only because of her age, but because she was very carefully carrying an ornate wooden box. I could tell by the way that she was carrying it that it was either very heavy, contained something incredibly fragile, or both.

The dreamer looks out the window. Windows are doorways to the soul, and in this case represents the dreamer being open to new experiences. She sees an old woman, like a fairytale crone. As I have shared many times, everyone in the dream is what ‘they’ represent as a character in the dream story, but they also symbolize something about our self.

There is still this ‘fairytale quality’ about the dream, suggesting the dreamer would like things to be lighter, an easier tale born of yesteryear, than what she may now be experiencing. She sees the path clearly leading to her door; she is clear that she must continue to ‘follow the path her soul has laid out.’ 

She was slow not only because of her age, but because she was very carefully carrying an ornate wooden box. I could tell by the way that she was carrying it that it was either very heavy, contained something incredibly fragile, or both.

The crone wise woman is also the dreamer herself. She represents that intrinsically wise, inner voice that asks her to pay more attention to her feelings, intuitions, wisdom, and cycles of change so she can navigate life’s vagaries with more peace in her heart. The ‘hag’ quality also implies that the dreamer may be tired, that life has had its burdens and the weariness she may feel has taken her sense of youthfulness and joy.

This old crone (her past) wise (learned and intuitive) woman aspect of the dreamer has this ornate wooden box that is either heavy or fragile or both.

An ornate box could suggest that something from the past, perhaps something we have built an elaborate story around, now needs to be fully released to reshape our life moving forward. That it is wood, suggests something has atrophied. We use boxes to ‘pack things’ away, metaphorically that also means emotions. Packing emotions away can leave things feeling unresolved, in need of being protected, and/or suggests a sense of vulnerability. This can make life feel heavy or fragile or both as we try to fully face life anew.

She was not scary in any way. She appeared very deliberate in her movements and I knew that she was wise and had something important to tell me. I opened the door and I waited for her. When she arrived on the doorstep, she nodded to the box and said, “Open it. Look inside.” 

This wisdom keeper part of the dreamer is not scared, she is deliberate and this gift she is actually giving to herself, is important. The dreamer is not afraid of this new opportunity that she must now step forward into. The dreamer has all the answers within herself and possibly what she has buried deeply needs to be looked at with fresh eyes to be able to soar again.

She is in need of being deliberate when taking the actions she must use to unleash and convey the wisdom she contains, in new and inspiring ways. The dreamer is already waiting at the ‘opened front door,’ indicating she is ready to meet head on what is coming into her life. What is coming is in the box, suggesting she has tucked something of herself away.

Her wise self encourages the dreamer to open it, unpack it, and take a risk to have faith that she is ready to handle what is inside. Her Wise Woman Self would not encourage her to do that if she wasn’t ready.

I stepped forward and carefully opened the box. Inside it held a stunning, perfect crystal ball set within folds of midnight blue satin. This incredible dark blue color was important in the dream, because the fabric moved a bit, undulated, and it gave the feeling that the crystal ball was floating in the cosmos.

By taking the box, she accepts the invitation of the Higher Wise Woman part of herself. This box contains the beauty and the clarity held within this dreamer. A crystal ball denotes intuition, prophecy, and clarity. It symbolizes future hopes and plans, and the reunification of the inner and outer self, as well as drawing from the upper transpersonal chakras.

Blue is significant on many levels. It is not only the color of the throat chakra (indicating the possibility of reaching a wider audience with her words), but midnight blue is the color of the pineal gland when meditating, and is an ancient symbolic energetic gateway to the above and beyond.

Blue is also associated as being a calming color, a spiritual color in many cultures, and a power color (hence corporate power blue suits, police uniforms, etc.). On the Wisdom Wheel, one of the main questions the placement of blue asks is, “Are you in service or servitude to a person, ideal, or situation.” It is the highest placement of teaching and intuition when we authentically honor ourselves. 

The material is satin. Although satin is a complex weave where weft and warp catch and twist each other (like life), it is also very smooth and rich in hue, indicating life can take a positive turn and go more smoothly now. The ‘fabric’ of her life, like the fabric of the ‘cosmos’ that we all are floating in, is a rich hue of moving and undulating energies, ups and downs, signifying that life force energy is ever cycling and changing.

The crystal began to flicker and then an image came into it: it was my first pug, Magda. (My son Conor named her when he was ten). She was the canine love of my life who was lost in a truly horrible and tragic way about ten years ago. In the crystal, Magda was barking and happy and jumping around and it made me so happy to see her.

This is the most significant section of this dream. It represents layers for the dreamer to consider. The flickering crystal is like a neon sign, it is meant to get the dreamer’s attention, to bring lucidity into the dreamscape so she will remember this part. The image is of her pug, Magda, who was named by her son Conor when he was ten and was ‘the love of her life,’ passing ten years ago. Metaphorically, this is the crux of this dream.

Pugs are dogs, and according to one of my indigenous mentors, the late Gram Twylah Nitsch, dogs represent loyalty to the self, trust, and the need for camaraderie. Dogs are wonderful companions, but the down side of this symbol is they may be needy. I would ask the dreamer, “where she needs to be loyal to her self, and not necessarily rely on the loyalty of others?” This doesn’t imply that friends aren’t loyal. It could suggest because of the fairy tale quality the dream started with, that the clarity reflected within the crystal ball indicates she may need to shift her needs, and thus the type of people she may have relied on to change her life when she was in need, so she will no-longer feel alone in the forest.

Magda is short for Magdalene, signifying Mary of Magda is always there for this dreamer. This I know is one of her strongest and most elegant guides. The name came from her son Conor, an old Irish name meaning ‘lover of wolves’ and ‘having high desires.’ Her son represents ancestry, some thing in her blood and bones, the higher desire she has in this life. Wolves are both communal teachers, wise and wild but also need time alone to rejuvenate. The ‘dog’ is happy and barking, pugs don’t necessarily bark, so this is a further indication of her Higher Self trying to get her attention.

Conor was ten when he named the pug, and her pet passed ten years ago. It is important when a number is repeated in the dream. Numbers, like colors are frequencies, and those vibrations impart information. The number ten in numerology covers the numerical vibrations that take us from 1-9, (which equals 10).

Ten has two significant implications in the dream. It suggests that life has felt like ‘walking the razors edge’ for the past ten years, because it contains all the numbers/vibrations/frequencies. But, the number ten is also a number of renewal or rebooting, having learned from the past what not to repeat in the future, indicating a new cycle.

In the Bible the number ten indicates something that has been completed in Divine order and a return to harmony. On the Wisdom Wheel it signifies new insights and foresights. [And because dreams always play on words, may I suggest with my Boston accent, that playing off the word ‘Conor’, suggests that she has the ability now to turn a new ‘corner.’]

This significant part of her life, her dog Magda, died in a horrible and tragic way. This represents many things that have tragically died, emotionally, physically and trust-wise to her these past ten years. She has been handed a lot, like the Magdalene, but now she has to go forth with renewed life force energy, faith, and uncover a sense of happiness again. None of those images that she loved from her past want her to live without a renewed sense of life. Like Magda in the dream, they all want her to feel happiness and a level of bliss again.

I looked up and the crone was smiling at me. She said, “I just wanted you to know that all of the pets you have ever loved go to a place of great joy and celebration. They are perfect spirits, guardian angels, and they live on in bliss.”

All pets, people, lovers, ideas and opportunities come and go throughout our lives. Some break our hearts; some provide an experience that is merely a momentary cycle on our  time line; for some others, it simply was never meant to be. The cosmos has a plan we are not privy to, and only faith helps us stay the course.

Faith is not something we can learn or earn, you either have it or you don’t, as another mentor, Maya Perez once cautioned me. But those who have crossed, as well as the angels that guide and protect us, and the spirit helpers that whisper to us, want us to touch bliss in all the many ways possible, even if it is temporary.

Rumi suggested that, “Spirit asks all from us,” but it is “when we ask all of ourselves” that we bring light and renewal back into this Earthwalk.

I did not have a chance to ask her anything as the dream ended right after that. But I had the sense that she really wanted me to share this message with my friends. And so, there it is. I think it is beautiful message for all of us who have lost our special friends. And I want to dedicate this story to XXXXXXXX and her little buddy XXXXX, because I believe they inspired the dream message.

I crossed out the personal names as I only had the dreamer’s permission to post and not theirs, but the dream passage prior to this is where the power of this dream truly lies, and that’s why it ended here, as there was nothing more her Higher Self needed to show or say.

In this season of light, may you all come to realize that the light you each carry within, when you allow it to burn brightly, fans the flames of the All That Is, and the All That You Are. 

Thank you dreamer for sharing.