"Mom, you talk to the Moon too much." -- The Changeling
I beg to differ...
& were I predisposed to arguing, I might...
But I won't.
|XVII: The Moon (& others) from The Lost Tarot of Nostradamus,|
by John Matthews & Wil Kinghan.
This is a curious deck which significantly, contains a Suit of Moons.
|The High Priestess, so sleepy, from the Portico Tarot|
by Elizabeth Jordan Leggett.
|XVII The Moon/La Luna, from the DaVinci Tarot,|
developed by McElroy, Ghiuselev & Atanassov
& published by Lo Scarabeo.
|Four of Swords |
from the Mountain Dream Tarot by Bea Nettles.
"Modernist psychologists have, nevertheless, often dismissed them as random by-products of REM sleep physiology. Even when acknowledging that dreams might be meaningful, psychologists and anthropologists have tended to treat them as objects that can be recorded and analysed without reference to their cultural or personal context.
Western psychoanalytic traditions have, of course, engaged with the meaning of dreams in various ways, but my preference is for approaches that let dreams speak for themselves, and, crucially, that acknowledge the potential reality of dream visitors."
"James Hillman called for an underworld perspective, ‘an attitude of unknowing’ that ‘leaves room for the phenomenon itself to speak’. We should stay with a dream image, rather than dragging it into the day world of theoretical interpretation. Dreams arise from ancestral and imaginal depths and reflect ‘the hiding invisibilities that govern our lives’."
"Quite soon I was transfixed by a crystal clear image, in my binoculars, at unusually close range, of a female bird backlit by low winter sun. The light alternately caught her sapphire/cobalt/green, back and wings -the colour shifts as the kingfisher moves due to the microstructure of the feathers rather than pigment (the so called blaustruktur or Tyndall’s effect)- etched a phosphorescent silver-blue arc against the dark backdrop of the canal lock as she dived, and outlined her fluffed-up warm orange/ochre breast in molten gold as she turned towards me. There was a strong sense of restless tension as the bird examined the swirling waters with her dark needle sharp eye."And his bold conclusion reverberates in my mind as it rings true of my own experiences with the dreamworld:
"From a Cartesian/mechanist-materialist point of view these experiences would only seem to be connected by random co-incidence. From a divinatory/animist perspective it seems to me that they were connected by meaning, purpose, intention, action, and relationship."
"By age 13 I was less than impressed with Jung. I could not see how a white European educated privileged man with access only to his cultural references could create the Collective Unconscious."
"Time exists because I often describe past dream events to current dream people. It’s a living map of where I have been, who I have known and what I have done, the last one being in the dreamscape."
"Most of my dreams are “digestion dreams.” ...There is nothing to learn from these. However they are the sort of things archeologists shift through to learn about a culture, like how looking at an animal’s scat can tell you what they ate."
"I so tired of the dream genre, I sat down and said I refused to continue. My mind was not expecting that. I tricked my own mind. The landscape wavered a bit, but nothing replaced it, because my mind was confused because I changed the rules of the dream."
"Is it a dream if it is happening in Awake Land? I was asleep, so I suppose so, but…. This touches on major new animism topics: nonduality, vast diversity, and monist interlinking. Sleep Land and Awake Land can overlap. Instead of being different worlds, they are different parts of the same MoreWorld."
"...That dream like anything… divine caused me to feel awe, awesome, awful, awestruck."
"Like ancient animists, I believe that dreams are important... because they can reveal to us valuable insights about our lives. I believe that we should regularly day dream to help us be more creative and deal with problems. And I believe that dreams can be part of a process of psychological healing for us when necessary."
“All the paths in your palm seek to return to the pulse in your wrist, just as all the rivers in the world seek the ocean. Every Spring, a door opens again. How many more times will it open? No one knows. Few more indeed for your kind... Behind this door beats the heart of the original human places. Which means the original wild places of course. The ancient invisible gardens of wasteland and wilderness, rich with food and comfort for those who have eyes to see..."How will you receive this breathtaking invitation?
"Ah, & you thought you were weird..."
|"Somnus" by Perham Wilhelm Nahl.|
Image from the de Young|Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
|The Lovers, from the Mystic Dreamer Tarot.|
An unexpected gift from the HPS of the Temple of the Sleeping Lady.
|Luna, at Moonrise over Breakfast Canyon, December 16, 2013.|
Mother's Moon, aka Long Nights Moon.
|Lady Moon, Luna, December 20th.|
She keeps giving too.
|Nyx & Selene. Attic period (circa 430-410 BC) pottery pyxis.|
This object is among the countless ancient treasures of The British Museum.
From the Fantastic Menagerie Tarot.
|Moma Fauna & A Wordless Love Letter: A living shrine to Nyx & her many children. |
Thousands of beads -- each one an essential word in the sweaty, sparkly wordless-ness of my gesture to Her.
|ABC: Part of what I hoped to write about. Jae Rhim Lee & the Infinity Burial Project.|
|Part of what I hoped to write about. Jae Rhim Lee & the Infinity Burial Project.|
|The best of company: My husband & a handful of Amanita muscaria.|