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Dreams and DreamWork * Silk Road Journeys

Much of our dream life we hardly remember, but without these visits to the Temple of Dreams we could not survive here in the Outer World. Though experienced on a different plane of reality, dream life is as real as our waking lives. In fact, our dream life is much more creative and transformative than most of our waking life. Through dreams we embark on shamanic journeys and encounters within our own psyche and beyond.

This is Part 1 of my Dreams and DreamWork Series (Note that the featured image here is Flight Of Aquarius by the wonderful artist Josephine Wall).

Dreaming and the Higher Self: A Spontaneous Balancing Process
When we sleep we enter the Temple of Dreams, and here we become in some way different – the Dreaming Self, the Observer. We seem to play many roles, but to retain a vantage point – the “I” who reaches conclusions and makes choices in dreams.

At the same time, however, there seems to be a larger Self behind the scenes, one Who keeps track of all one’s dreams, picks up their themes in meditation, and relates them to our life through other events in the mysterious events we call synchronicity. This wonderful presence is the Higher Self, and as Carl Jung observed, its whole purpose appears to be to help keep all of our experiences – conscious and unconscious – within a Circle, and then to move them toward the Center as we become aware of their patterns of meaning.

The Higher Self is this bridge, then, to the Soul, and the Circle of Meaning is the archetypal Mandala. I think of this magical process as part of the Road in our spiritual Silk Road Journey.

Dreaming is essential to the healing and psyche-balancing process which goes on all our lives. It is not a mistake that the unconscious is unconscious. There are reasons concerning mental, spiritual, and physical health which make the unconscious accessible to our everyday conscious selves only in rare states.

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Gods, Goddesses, and Archetypes * Dramas, DNA, and Human Personality

Astrology, as both art and science, has always drawn deeply upon Archetypes, and these mysterious Forms are immortalized in the earliest of the world’s literature and theatrical performances, made most famous, perhaps, in the work of Shakespeare. For although it is true that they convey deep psychological truths in modern terms, it is also true that Archetypes are entrancing openings to higher realms of energy which enfold, shape, and somehow nurture us.

Carl G. Jung, the great psychiatrist, comparative mythology specialist and, ultimately, western shaman, used astrology because he understood that its focus on archetypes provided insight to the Psyche, commenting:

“Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further
restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the
psychological knowledge of antiquity.”

Gods and Goddesses * Living Templates
The ancient Greeks, and Plato especially, knew long before Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell that the Archetypes were much more than symbolic components of moralizing stories. Whether as the Forms or Gods and Goddesses (he used both terms), Plato understood the Archetypes to be cosmic building blocks which literally organized all of the world we see, including human lives.

Precise definitions as to how Gods and Goddesses operated as Archetypes were not really spelled out, but on a general cultural level Greeks and Romans – and many civilizations before them – believed that Archetypes, called Gods and Goddesses because they ruled or at least altered and shaped the destiny of human beings, could be seen at work in the lives of individuals and nations in epics large or small. These came complete with a recognizable story line and with the possibilities of plot and character development all along the way.

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Shamanic Astrology, Edgar Cayce and the Living Biosolar System

The signs of the Zodiac are Karmic Patterns; the Planets are the Looms; the Will is the Weaver (Edgar Cayce Reading #3654-L-1).

What I write on Shamanic Astrology is in large part channeled material – it forms a contribution to what I call Theoretical Astrology. I find it a little intimidating in its scope, I must say, and I do not suggest I have all the answers. But I share these psychic insights along merged with my own reflections, as a beginning, at least, of something new.

I have written a companion piece to this, exploring a new scientific and philosophical framework for Shamanic Astrology – the Lacy Web – as well as ancient Chinese understanding of Humanity at the Center, linking Heaven and Earth – see Cycles, Archetypes, I Ching, and the Lacy Web * Exploring Shamanic Astrology

Flight Of Aquarius by Josephine Wall

Towards a New, Shamanic Astrology
Astrology matters – it may ultimately become a science which links together the spiritual and philosophical and healing traditions of reincarnation and karma, shamanism, yoga, and depth psychology.

But we need a new Astrology – one based on a Shamanic understanding of the BioSolar System in which we are embedded. There are glimpses of this Shamanic Astrology in ancient Egyptian writings which resember the channelling of Edgar Cayce on Astrology.  Both sources link our many lifetimes and karmic patterns to the living energy of the solar system, with each planet, as well as Earth, playing a role in our overall spiritual evolution.

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Beginnings * My First Psychic Pictures

Hillshore on the Bay of Quinte, c. 1954

I was no more than ten, sitting on the back steps that led into the old extra room, really a storage shed, tacked onto the farmhouse at Hillshore. In there, we kept our piles of chopped wood for the ancient black cook stove, “Beulah”.

It was also the place where Rocket, our large bullmastiff, used to sleep with Patsy, the small black Labrador cross, tucked close to Rocket’s tummy for warmth. Our stolid bodyguard, a cat named Sir Pook of Quinte, would ensconce himself on Rocket’s back and in this fashion the trio would settle in for their night’s sleep.

The day came, however, when Dad tore down the old shed with its step, and we could go directly across the small gulley to the larger apple orchard. Rocket was allocated his own suite of rooms in the barn for winter, Patsy was given hers close by, and Sir Pook of Quinte had by then inveigled himself into becoming a House Cat….

But the old steps and shed were still there when I settled in that evening in the late fall after supper. It was almost dark, and a light mist had fallen over the Bay. It was quite usual for me to find an odd spot to ponder things. I was a thoughtful, only child, very interested in the deeper questions of life. I was born under the Sun in Aquarius too, so that I was  a child deeply concerned from an early age about justice, animals, refugees; I was always different” in some way, not quite one of the crowd.

And with an IQ of around 140, I was said to be “gifted” though no one paid much attention to such things in those days…certainly it was always more of a burden than a gift…

Bay of Quinte shores, southern Ontario

But I was a dreamer, and found my world in places others did not see.  So as I sat there on the old steps, I was fascinated by the large auras of mist around the trees that lined our waterfront along the beautiful Bay of Quinte, and stood in groups in our apple orchard.

I felt myself merging with those misty apparitions, and as I gazed at them, a series of pictures began to form in my mind. They were very different from daydreaming, quite unconnected with anything I had been thinking about; they were coherent, with a message, a teaching session.

Such an experience might, in some circumstances, have been a worrisome “symptom” of impending mental illness in a child; not all that appears “psychic” truly is.  Fortunately, in my case, these pictures were the announcement of a lifelong gift.

I know now that such pictures are a form Active Imagination, a kind of dreaming, during which the conscious mind and therefore the Ego both remain awake, participating in the spiritual, clairvoyant, and often psychological revelations of the Higher Self (and sometimes of one’s spirit guides). These pictures or images “come in”, one might say, like a text message.

These were the pictures that, in the future, would always be there on request when I gave professional life readings. They enter my mind spontaneously as I pore over my clients’ birth charts.  These were the pictures that would light my Path in the darkest of times.

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