Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday This Is Your Spell -Dreams


As the night of Samhain is between the years, it is a night when we are most in tune with our psychic abilities. Therefore, I would like to offer this spell for psychic dreams which may be performed on Samhain night, or in any suitable moon phase. Before going to bed, drink a cup of Mugwort tea. Make the tea by pouring a cup of boiling water over two tablespoons of Mugwort. Let it steep for at least six minutes of so. Strain off the herbs and drink the tea. Next, prepare a dream-gathering powder using one part each of the following herbs:

  • Cardamom
  • Coriander
  • Licorice (anise)
  • Cinnamon
  • Mugwort
  • Sandalwood
  • Deer's Tongue
  • Musk

Scatter the powder around and under your bed, on your sheets, between your pillowcase and pillow. Burn it also as an incense before going to bed. Place a pen and notebook beside your bed to record any dreams you have (be sure to write them down IMMEDIATELY upon waking). Before going to bed, recite the following words:

"Spirits of the west, Guides in the realm of dreams,
Swim with me, And guide my soul to visions"

Weave a Spell of Dream Magic
By: Karri Ann Allrich in New World Magazine

Inform your magic and creativity with true consciousness by incorporating the wisdom of your dreams into your waking life. A Witch’s Book of Dreams will guide you through the fascinating process of understanding your dream symbols and interpreting their meaning intuitively. You’ll discover the function of myth and archetypes, the necessity of facing your shadow, and the way to find your inner soul twin. You’ll also learn how to:

• Create a dream journal and personal dream dictionary
• Use dream symbols to heal
• Cast a dream spell
• Understand the message of nightmares
• Use magical correspondences in dream interpretation

With an extensive Witch’s Dream Dictionary to help you get started, you can begin immediately to weave the energy and power of your dreams into the fabric of your days. In the following excerpt, author Karri Allrich considers the significance of animal dreams, and interprets a dream that illustrates how powerful symbols may hold different meanings for different people.

Animal Visions

As dream symbols, animals provide a rich tapestry of traits and behavior patterns, even personality types. When an animal reveals itself in one of your dreams, you have received a gift. On the symbolic level, first look at the mythological significance of the particular animal. Look up the individual animal in the Witch’s Dream Dictionary. There I have provided many general mythic and spiritual meanings most agreed upon in North Euro-American/Celtic/Native American traditions. There will usually be a story and inherent lesson represented by the animal. If you enjoy a vastly different heritage, be sure that you bring your own tribal wisdom and stories into account when defining the animal’s significance for you.

The following dream about snakes illustrates the importance of attaching our own response to an animal symbol. I worship the Goddess and, to Her, snakes are wisdom.

My husband Steve and I are outside. We are on a mission, hunting snakes. He and I each carry cloth sacks. We diligently look among foliage, under bushes, rocks, and in the garden. As we find a snake, I hold my sack in my left hand, and capture the snake with my right hand, grabbing it by its tail. Steve quickly throws a cloth over the snake, which tames it into submission. I go around and capture more than a dozen snakes, all a silver gray color.

My sack is quite full. I head home. In the kitchen, I heat up a large fry pan. I pour in a generous amount of olive oil, and several cloves of fresh garlic. I then slice up the snakes on my wooden cutting board, and toss them into the garlicky oil, frying them up.

I had this dream a couple of years ago, and was absolutely fascinated with it upon waking. It felt very productive. In studying symbology and the Goddess for so many years, my immediate association with snakes is wisdom and rebirth. I have always felt it is unfortunate that the Christian church downgraded the serpent to such lowly symbology, demoting ancient wisdom into evil and deception.

In the dream, I am accompanied by my Animus figure—in this instance, it was my husband. I feel that he is indeed a symbol for my own inner male, helping me “out in the world” searching for snakes. This is very close to what I actually do, searching symbology, mythology, art, and psychology, finding any wisdom of the Goddess I can get my hands on.

I believe the color of the snakes, silver gray, also alludes to the feminine, as silver is associated with the moon. So this dream appears to be a search and capture quest for ancient knowledge and Goddess wisdom.

At home I bring the snakes in the kitchen, the seat of alchemy, and get the frying pan hot. Heat is energy that transforms. By cooking the snakes I am transforming the wisdom into a form I can absorb and “digest.” I am taking in this repository of information, “cooking it up.”

I season the snakes with a little olive oil and garlic. (For Witches, garlic is protection and healing.) I do like to spice things up in all aspects of my life.

To put it simply, in the dream the snakes represent knowledge and how I assimilate it, expressing it all in my own words, after I’ve had a chance to digest it.

Spell for Dreamless Sleep

Top to bottom and left to right,
In sacred sphere by candlelight,

God/Dess bless me with sleep so tight
And grant me a full dreamless night.

No spirit talk for me to cite,
Not one vision for me to write.

Shield me in your purest white light
Glowing, growing forever bright.

As I will this with all my might,
So mote it be with none to slight.

© DreamMatrix 2007 from Rhythm and Rhyme

To interpret the dreams you have, there are numerous Dream Dictionaries available, both online and in book form. Here are a few of the online ones:

Dream Moods A-Z

Dream Dictionary/Interpreter

Aisling Dream Dictionary

Disclaimer: No one involved in this blog or its contents may be held responsible for any adverse reactions arising from following any of the instructions/recipes on this list. It is the reader's personal responsibility to exercise all precautions and use his or her own discretion if following any instructions or advice from this blog.

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