My dreams admire cats and cat people for their independence, sexiness, and comfort in their own bodies. I've noticed that other dreamers often see big cats in more ambivalent terms, as potential man-eaters, even as nightmare figures. Maybe it has to do with guilt about your own predations. If you dreamt you were stalked by a lion, maybe it's just payback for that burger you ate (would that explain my immunity? I'm a vegetarian. Less guilt?) Or that sleazy deal you closed, you sneaky ol' predator, you! Who knows?
Or consider a third possibility--you really are being stalked by something big and toothy. That rival at work. A fatal disease. The brakes you didn't fix. The president you didn't fix.
Some dreams are flat-out warnings.
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|ADOPT A SON TO WIN A MATE: by Wayan; 2010/11/24; a dream of priorities
I'm a big cat lonely in this human city. Wish I had a mate! But as soon as I take responsibility for an orphaned boy, in walks an older girl...
|AMONG COLUMNS: by Wayan; 1989/6/19, digital picture of psychic dream
A psychic dream about a New York ballet student who was a black panther. Lower case...
|AWKWARD ENLIGHTENMENT: by Wayan; 2010/1/13; a dream of spiritual and practical advice
Anxious about a big party, I dream of being crowded. But a cat-centaur in the crowd attains enlightenment...
|BANANA MOON: by Wayan; 149K total: painting of dream figures, 1998, acrylic on wood, 36 x 48"
My figure-painting class here in San Francisco has a diverse student body, but not THIS diverse...
|THE BAR PET: by Wayan; 1994/12/4, a disorienting dreamlet.
I meet a sex-kitten in the Underground Cartoonists' Bar, but her body language makes no sense to me...
CAUTION: UNDERAGE FLIRTATION... OR IS IT?
|BAGHEERA SUGGESTS LOVAGE: by Wayan; 1993/7/31, a Jungle Book dream
The panther in the Jungle Books was really female. I grew up with her cub...
|BAST SABOTAGE: by Wayan; 1995/1/22, a dream on dreams.
In old Egypt, a part of me sabotages my audience with Bast, the Cat Goddess. Why?
|BORN IN A CAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/4/20 to 2007/8/9, a painted series of rite-of-passage dreams.
I keep dreaming of awkward but successful transitions into new life, and paint them all in one landscape...
|BREEDISM: by Wayan; 1989/1/16, a snappish dream of the future.
I'm a reporter interviewing survivors of a plane crash--a puma and a pit bull. Can I survive the survivors?
|CAT COUPLE: by Wayan; 13K, 1996, a digital wish.
I cover my computer's desktop with this image tiled endlessly. And will, till the lesson sinks in...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|CAT DANCER: by Wayan; 1996; statue of dream figure; clay, wire, acrylic, 15"
I have recurring dreams of this sexy feline anima or familiar who loves dance.
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|CATGIRL HOODED IN SNOW: by Wayan; 1982, ink sketch of daydream, 11 x 14".
I was never sure where her winter cloak ended and her winter coat began...
|CAT PEOPLE KISSING: by Wayan; clay sculpture of dream characters, 1996, 8" tall.
One of my very first sculptures... carved out of raw white clay as if it were stone.
|CATGIRL WITH A SWAN NECK: by Wayan; 1987, acrylic wash on Xeroxed ink; daydream.|
|CATRISE: by Wayan; 2000/2/21, a sexy flying dream; acrylic painting.
I'm an alien exchange student in Palo Alto High School. I get stared at--they wear clothes, they don't fly...
CAUTION: FELINE NUDITY
|CHAKAT: by Katie Hofgard; 2003/4/22?, a dream self-portrait
I dreamed I was a cattaur...
|CHEETAH: by Wayan; 110K, 1978-86, a poem on turning dreams into art.
I'm a cheetah working as a baker in Coconino County, Arizona, haunted by Krazy Kat...
|CHESTERTON'S POUNCE: by William Archer; 1920/4/6, a literary nightmare
G.K. Chesterton was a leopard, and he ambushed George Bernard Shaw... Oh, the blood! Why didn't I intervene?
|COEURL: by Wayan; 1980/2/26, a dream of surprise transcendence .
I'm trapped in an alien hotel, my true love has gone radioactive, and the only way out is to turn into...
CAUTION: LESBIAN LUNACY
|CREEPINESS: by Scottopic; 2001/11/30. A hypnogogic nightmare.
I'm in bed sleepily petting my cat, when I see my cat across the room! What's on my legs? It's big. My cat chases it off... through the wall? My room is sealed. Where did it come from, where did it go?...
|DANCE OF THE ENIGMAS: by Brian Harp; 2000, a dream of a sphinx-riddle
She asked me "What, plus a teaspoon of knowledge and a teaspoon of wisdom, makes three teaspoons of nothing?"
|DAWN SAYS 'SCULPT MASTURBATION': by Wayan; 1997/8/3; an advisory dream
My sculptor friend Dawn corrected my statue of a girl relaxing to a girl really relaxing... it only took me 13 years to act on the dream!
CAUTION: SKETCHED & SCULPTED MASTURBATION
|DELIGHT EVOLVES FLIGHT: by Wayan; 2011/12/23, an advisory dream
In a parallel world, a gliding griflynx displays a brilliant evolutionary strategy: joy! It's the strongest mate magnet...
|DON'T SLOW FOR KITTENS: by Wayan; 1986/3/8, a pointed little dream.
I'm running along a freeway, pacing a cheetah. But the kittens can't keep up...
|DREAMKU, JUNE 2006: by Roswila; various dates up to June 2006; thirty dream-haiku
Daily dream-poems in haiku style, nonstop for a month. A flood of animals, revenant ghosts, sex changes...
|DREAMKU, MARCH 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to March 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
Dream poems laid out like a calendar. Themes? Horses, camels, abused girls, vampires--all want their freedom...
|ELLIS CRITIQUE: by Wayan; 2008/12/10, four dreams comically challenge Havelock Ellis's dream-theories!
Pa warns me to protect my paws. Gilt wounds my sole. A lioness eats a drumstick. Then a bus crashes on our corner--for real!
|THE ENCHANTED WOMAN: by Anna Kingsford; Feb. 1877, an epic prehistoric dream.
Goaded by a green spirit of envy, an Ice Age sorceror kidnaps Adam's Eve, with alarming results for human evolution...
|FAMILIAR WOOD: by Wayan; 1994/11/10, a dream of the borderzone.
Downtown San Francisco hides a magic wood, full of talking tigers. I must enter it to live a while...
|FELINE WOMAN--AN ANATOMICAL PORTRAIT: by Wayan; 1996? pencil study of recurring dream figure.
A Leonardo style skeletal study of a cat person that grew into more of a character study. I just like her...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|FIGURE DRAWING: CAT-MARE-GIRL: by Wayan; 1995; studio sketch, crayon.
In life-drawing class, the model was tired and settled into a pillow-nest. She looked so feline...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|FIGURE DRAWING: DAPPLED: by Wayan; 2000, pastel with digital retouching.
A pensive leonine woman resting on a tilted rock. A life drawing with certain imaginary spots.
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|FISHERGIRLS: by Wayan; 2.6M, 42 illus.; 1996/7/15; a sexy dream epic.
I had a spectacular dream one night, that lasted many days in dream-time--a true other life. It wasn't Earth, and we weren't human.
I was a teenage lemur, sailing with two friends into unknown waters--a rite of passage. I woke on deck deep in the night, my friends curled around me, and realized I didn't WANT to pass the test, be declared a grown woman, marry and have pups. I loved my girl friends. In a world lacking the very word, I was groping toward queerdom. Sailing into unknown waters! "Here be dragons," the old maps say. And they were right...
If 2600K is too big to load, try it in parts: 1: HOME, 650K, 2: VOYAGE, 1200K, 3: BACK 750K.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, QUEER TEEN ANGST, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|FISHERGIRL IN WATERCOLOR; OVAL: by Wayan; 1996, watercolor of a 1996/7/15 dream scene.
A watercolor portrait of Leaf and me on our boat in the lost city, from the dream FISHERGIRL...
CAUTION: TRIBAL NUDITY
|FLIGHTS AND CATS: by Colette; before 1949, a sketch of her dreamscape
Colette flies, sees a birdheaded turtle, wrestles a great playful cat, debates a snake, holds hands with a shy dog...
|GOLD EATER: by Wayan; 560K, 9-page comic of a 1993/1/15 dream.
I'm an orphan shapeshifter enslaved by a gold-eating monster. But I meet a cat-girl with a hammer...
CAUTION: BAD FOSTER-DAD; CAPITALIST MONSTER; VIOLENCE TO INNOCENT VENDING MACHINES
|GYRLFALCON: by Wayan; 1971/11/26, an early dream of love and battle.
I'm a Gyrlfalcon in a theater, fighting the Wolverine and his Morlocks with my lover the Green Lion...
|THE HACKER: by Wayan; 1993/11/23, a psychic nightmare.
Who's the demon? Mom, the Dragon, the Smiler, the Rubber Ax Murderer, the Doll Princess or the Tiger?...
|HANK AND THE BENGAL TIGER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/2/27; a dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
At a party, I go hunting for my husband and find him on a terrace facing a Bengal tiger...
|HEARN'S BEAST: by Wayan; 1986/2/18, a dream fable.
Inside an evacuated region, the Lafcadio Hearn Zone, I meet the monster thousands fled...
|THE HEDGEHOG DISPENSARY: by Wayan; 440K, 27 watercolors, 2004/10/2, a dream of a furry ambitopia.
A rabbit shaman orders his apprentice to drape dead hedgehogs round her neck til she bleeds. Ow! Why? Well...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, ABUSIVE MENTOR
|HOT POT CAT LOT: by Wayan; 1992/8/6, a delayed-action psychic dream.
After a bad writing class, I meet a shy catgirl guarding a Mongolian Hot Pot, and discover who I am...
|I FIGHT FOR BEAUTY: by Wayan; 125K, 6 illus, 1990/1/1, an incubated dream within a dream within a dream.
From Hawaii to Wyoming, I fight for beauty, always waking to find I'm someone new...
|THE ILL-FORMED TALE: by Wayan; 160K, 1981/4/7, a wild dream anti-epic.
To reach the Peak of Happiness on the Isle of Dreams, I must pass four Perils--but they're all backwards...
CAUTION: RELIGIOUS NUTS, KNIVES, NUDE ALIENS, BACKWARD PLOT...
|IN THE FOG: by Wayan; 1990? Nondream (I swear!) digital landscape.
This place isn't out of my dreams, it just looks like it. It's real real real...
|ISIS HELPS TERRI GARR: by Wayan; 1988/3/27, a distractable dream .
How Terri Garr the cat-woman finally escapes Anorexic Prison, and what happened to the baseball glove...
|LEBBIRD ECSTATIC: by Wayan; 160K, 2006/8/20, nondream sculpture
A sensual moon-worshiping flying feline who'd inevitably evolve in certain Pegasian solar systems...
CAUTION: NUDE CLAY CAT
|LEONINE TRINITY: by Wayan; 1991/2000. Digital "woodcut" of recurring dream figures.
A goddess in a dream once told me to seek 3 and only 3 qualities in a mate...
|THE LEOPARD'S CLUE: by Wayan; 2012/3/17, an incubated advisory dream.|
My boyfriend, a leopard, sniffs out a clue to an old murder involving me in a past life. But did I witness, die, or kill?
|LILY THE LION: by Wayan; 1991/4/7, a small psychic dream.
My housemate Lily is a lion. She bursts into my room. Stare-down. And then she pounces. So I...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE! MUTUAL GLARING! THE VULCAN NERVE PINCH!
|LION EYES: by Patagia; 2007/11/??, a serious dream-prank.
Lions trap me in an African cave with only coffee, paper and pens! Is this what it takes to get me to write?
|LION IN A LEISURE SUIT: by Wayan; 1974, nondream doodle that shouldn't be here.
It's the 1970s. What's a lion to do? Get fern-bar camouflage: a suit and an I'm-a-bohemian moustache...
|THE LION KING: by Wayan; 1995/9/15, a time-travel dream on social skills.
When I wake up, animals rule the earth. How do they cope with specism? Well, it's complex...
|LION-MEN: by Wayan; 1995/7/9, an eye-opening dreamlet.
I'm a traveling Zen warrior talking to a circus girl in a barn. Four guys enter--and my life changes forever.
|LION RIDER: by Jo Equinity; c. 2000?, an anticipatory consoling dream
I dreamed I was riding a lion. A few days later, when my husband suddenly left me, I recalled the dream and...
|LIONS AND TIGERS: by William Archer's friend; before 1924, a zootheological dream.
At the zoo, Archer's friend found the tigers caged but the lions roaming free. The reason? Lions fear hell, but tigers...
|LYR: by Wayan; 7MB, 2005, 80 pages w/200+ drawings and maps; a virtual planet
A vast sea-world with 7 times Earth's mass, whose isles are home to at least 19 intelligent species...
CAUTION: CUTE ALIENS, WEIRD SEX CUSTOMS, GODLESS EVOLUTION!
|A MATE FOR THE BLACK STALLION: by Roswila; 2009/3/15, a dream-poem
A mare's brought in to save a rare bloodline. She's young but as extraordinary as her mate: part filly, part feline...
|MEDITATION: by Marie-Claude Girondé, spring 2007, a dream painting.
A jungle cat needs to take time out from a hard day's predation to have a quiet smoke...
|THE MER BUILDING: by Wayan; 145K, 5 illus., 2001/2/23, a dream of a double life.
I’m a puma with a night job as a cellist. But my day job with The Architectives is the bizarre one...
|MODELING A ME: by Wayan, 1994/8/29, a mirroring dream
I find a 3D program that shows your true self, the self that can love, IS love. And my wireframe is...
|MY NAME IS WAYAN: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a dream of names and manes.
A conversation with a telepathic unicorn-lion reveals that my true name is Wayan. And my species?...
|MY WILDCAT WOUND: by Wayan; 1994/7/8, a dream on gender trauma.
I'm a wildcat in a cat/fox team led by a woman who wants us to merge with a man/wolf team...
|NORASINGH: by Wayan; 1987/1/15, a Tantric Frankenstein dream.
I fall in love with my sculpture of a mythical Southeast Asian creature. Then a mad yogi breaks in...
CAUTION: SEX, TANTRA, AND GENERAL WEIRDNESS
|NOSER: by "Anonymous #13"; before 1963, a predictive dream
An orange tiger with wolf ears jumped on me. I was surprised but not scared, as if it were just a big dog.
The next day, shopping, my daughter thrust an orange wolf-eared hand-puppet in my face, jaws open...
|OPEN THE DOOR!: by Wayan; April 2002, acrylic bas-relief of waking fantasy.
I salvaged a door. When I painted it, a fox-woman wanted to open it and get out...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|PIER'S END: by Wayan, 1989/2/21, a Raymond Chandler dreamtale.
My detective lover warned me, "Stay away!" Now I'm trapped. Dare I follow the lion over the edge?
|PLANET CAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/12, a First Contact dream of love.
I'm the first man on Planet Cat, falling in love with my guide. And then I'm the Cat, falling for an alien ape...
CAUTION: NUDE CAT
|PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 16 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, COMMIES, EVOLUTION
|PUMA ORGY: by Wayan; 1988/2/5, erasable crayon drawing of a dream.
I dreamed I had to go through the Animal Orgy to get to the City of the Shining Spirits on the horizon...
CAUTION: STRANGE SEX
|RA CATS: by Wayan; 60K total, 2 versions of an image inspired by a cutting-board.
A friend gave me a meat-cutting board, with channels for the blood. Eww. So why'd it become three cats worshiping the sun?
|REFLECTIONS IN THE POOL: by Wayan; 184K total, 2 panoramas; a 1994/7/2 dream.
Night. A mirror-maze of contradictory preachings. But in the secret mermaid pool, I find love.
Then... sphinx-angels war in the air! A war of riddles. Can I, a batwinged devil, make peace?
CAUTION: SEX, NUDITY, MEAN ANGELS, AND ONE HAPPY DEVIL
|ROAR!: by Wayan; 2000/4/3, not exactly a nightmare...
Night. A jungle full of prowling lions and leopards. So naturally, I get up on a rock and roar back...
|ROBERT’S PLAN: by William Blake; late 1788; an advisory dream...
Blake was broke. Couldn’t pay to typeset Songs of Innocence and Experience. But his brother showed him in a dream...
|SALIA AND CHUR: by Wayan; 1989/2/25, a psychic Star Trek dream.
Our starship signs up a strange new woman whose quirks turn out to be fallout from slavery...
CAUTION: SEX, ABUSE ISSUES
|SATANIC LION'S WARNING: by Eldon B.; 2007/1/19, a nightmare with poltergeist activity
I fled a demon into a shadowy construction zone where an even worse telepathic lion-devil lured me in with soothing flattery. I woke shaking--and then things in my room began to move...
CAUTION: DEMONS, POLTERGEIST PHENOMENA
|SHARK SENSE: by Wayan; 1988/12/9, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a circus tiger, then a performing shark. One day, I block my human partner's high dive... Why?
|STILL DWARFED: by Wayan; 1991? Digital portrait of dream-selves, body-images.
When I start feeling worthless, I paint myself. But which me?
CAUTION: NUDITY, PAGANISM
|STRANGE AUDITION: by Nancy Price; 1948, a predictive theatre-dream
All the actors auditioning for Shaw’s play are weird mixtures of human, avian, and bestial. And Shaw’s in the balcony, listening...
|STRETCH NOW!: by Wayan; 1993? Daydream image with an agenda
Do it now! I'm doing it. I'm getting up from the keyboard and stretching. I am a cheetah...
|TAROT: DREAMTIGER! (Strength): by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Find your strength in dreams: facing (and befriending) what you've feared, or fought...
|THARN: by Wayan; 8.3MB (45 p, 200+ ill.), 2006, a nondream virtual world: maps, photos, portraits, tours
Tour a rugged, spectacular moon with air and water in deep canyons sheltering a dozen intelligent species
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, SCIENCE
|THEY FEED THEY LION: by Philip Levine; late 1960s; a dream-poem
A phrase spoken by a workmate triggers two dreams, the parents of this poem; it emerged a few days later as you see it...
CAUTION: POLITICAL RAGE, SURREALISM
|THE TIGER AND THE WOLF: by Jo; 2011/1/15; a dream of temptation
A black dog leads me into the fairy wood. I'm tempted to find out what happens to people who walk under the tree where the Lightning Tiger lurks...
|TIGERBORN: by Wayan; 1996/7/28, a dream of an alternate life.
I was raised in the redwoods in the nest of a black tiger. Only a foster child, but emotionally, I'm...
|THE TIGER CUBE: by Wayan; 1996/1/19, a mysterious not-quite-nightmare.
An alien tiger and his human girlfriend show me a cube of raw flesh, and herd me to a house... but why?
|TIGER PODIUM; c. 2003/9/29 by Monica M; a predictive dream
The stage curtain opens. Tigers sit on podiums. In the center is a great big one with blood all over its mouth. A few days later...
|THE TIGER'S THROAT: by Wayan; 1994/4/12, a psychic dreamtale.
I'm walking down a tiger's throat, but it's not what you think. Diagnosis! My friend suddenly couldn't roar...
|TIGER TALL: by Wayan; 1992/7/3, a marathon dream.
I'm a tiger from Planet Cat, visiting Earth to run in San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" race. I knew racial tensions were high, but why is William S. Burroughs out to kill me? Oh. Because...
|THE TIGER WHEEL, by Wayan, 2009/4/25; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #44
A tiger-couple on an ice floe must choose: swim for land, or ride the current full circle round the sea, risking starvation?
|TITANIA: by Wayan; 1983/1/7 and subsequent nights; an epic dream of love
Clarence the sappy angel from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Milton's Lucifer, noblest Devil of them all, land on Earth, offering treaties. Who to sign with? Clarence thinks we're perfect, and the Devil's a tinkerer, learning from failures. Failures like me, and my girlfriend Titania, the first android with a full range of feelings. Too bad one is the feeling she's fake...
|TRAIL OF POGS: by Wayan; 2002/9/6, my dreams' response to the first Burning Man dream-workshop
A trail toward Freedom has extra markers, for it's three trails, superimposed! Not all the cues are for us...
|TRESPASSERS IN MALANCHAI: by Hyal; 100K, Feb 1996?, an epic dream with a weird intrusion.
A maneless lion-boy wins his people's respect. While training, he sees weird trespassers who seem to be from someone else's dream... and ten years later, he finds that dreamer.
|TRINITY: by Nashoba Hostina; 2002?. A nightmare of losing your best friends to love...
We were inseparable: the tiger, the fox, and the wolf. Together our magic lit up the darkness around us, until...
|UNICORN ORGY: by Wayan; 400K total, 20 illus., 1997-2004; sculpture, 1'x2'x2'.
A sculpted orgy of unicorns, dryads, and werewolf-satyrs designed to stand sideways on your wall...
|A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 155K, illustrated, 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
|VERA AND HER PRIDE: by Bethany Sellers; 2005, a dream-portrait of an inner feline family.
I found myself in a whole pride of cat-people like me, each one representing some side of me...
|VERTICAL PLANES: by Wayan; 1990/3/7, an astral pirate dream.
We're air pirates running a music shop, till our biplanes are hijacked by cat angels! Furious, we set out...
|WATERCATS: by Wayan; 170K, 1987/9/10; a psychic dream of another life.
I'm a biologist who finds an 'extinct' species in a slum. But the survivors speak: they tell me I'm one of them, just hypnotized to think I'm human... And when I wake, another kind of cultural hypnosis is exposed:
|WAYAN SAYS: by Wayan; 1992-94. Digital portrait of dream-self
I'm a lean loose cheetah who works best in short bursts and long rests. I overwork when I get too human...
|WHAT TO DO IN A WIZARD'S LAIR: by Wayan; 2013/4/23, a comic dreamlet
A friend who's a sorceror's apprentice shows me his Dark Master's tower. And the bed strewn with stuffed animals. I just can't resist...
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