The holiday spurring the most dreams? Halloween and the Day of the Dead. So I've made a special sublist for All Hallow's Eve.
A few dreams mark private anniversaries. I've had dreams explicitly referring to other dreams that happened exactly one year before--even several years before, on the same date. The idea (common in sleep research) that the dreaming mind is disordered, busy housekeeping, basically unthinking... isn't always true. It's especially untrue of dreamworkers keeping a journal--unlike the average person, your dreams can tell you when a past entry has vital information for the present. Your own personal reference librarian! If you stay on her good side.
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|AMAZON A(U)NTS: by Wayan; 1997/10/28, a nightmare.
I camp in the Amazon but in the morning find I slept on top of something disturbing...
|AT THE BISEXUAL BALL: by Wayan; 1997/6/21, a dreamtale.
How I found out what I really wanted at the bisexual ball. Really, I'm not disappointed...
CAUTION: OH COME ON, READ THE TITLE
|BABY, I'LL BLOW YOUR MIND: by Wayan; 1995/3/21, a surreal nightmare
Allied submarines attack the giant Nazi toddler who's hunting us with sonar, occupying my playroom...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE AND GUILT
|BED VORTEX: by Wayan; 2002/10/24, an abstract Halloween portrait of the hypnogogic state
I sculpted a plaster abstract, then found it wasn't. A vortext of bedsheets, faces, hands, bodies...
|BEET: Five Dreams One Night: by Wayan; 2013/10/30, Halloween dreams as minipoems
Parasites, Rambo, huge fetus-beets, an exhibitionist and a living statue advise me on my love life...
|BELT-SNAKE MYOPIA: by Wayan; 1983/12/25, a dream of innocent sabotage.
A shy woman's belt slowly comes alive, but like most snakes, it has weak eyes. Would glasses help?...
|BLACK SOLSTICE; 1978/12/23 by Wayan; a warning dream-poem
It had been a weirdly mild winter day, but in my dream black storms loomed as I tried to build shelter...
|BLONDIE AND CRAZY: by Wayan; 1984/12/25, a bloody warning dream
Quiet Blondie seemed sane enough, especially compared to her driven, talkative friend Crazy, until...
CAUTION: NUDITY, A LITTLE BLOOD
|BOND: by Wayan; 1981/10/31, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
I'm James Bond. Captured and questioned, I lie to the enemy: the senators of the
Committee on Intelligence Activities. Till I see myself through their eyes...
CAUTION: SPY SEX, SPY MENTALITY
|CLIMB DOWN THE PINNACLES: by Jenny Badger Sultan, l995/12/24, a surreal dream and painting
Decision by decision, we made our way down immense rock crags. Below, I had to put out a deadly fire,
a fire as solid as wood or stone, with a white staff. What am I really trying to calm?
|CLOUD WAR: by Wayan; 2012/12/22, a dream of eco-apocalypse on the darkest day of the year
Clouds wake up. Maybe they were always aware, but now they're aware of us. And rage against us all.
Oh, humanity'll survive. But easy times are over...
CAUTION: PARTISAN INTERPRETATION
|COMING TO THE JUMPING OFF PLACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 92/5/1, painting of an escape dream
Trapped on an island, spied on and controlled, we decide to jump off
a cliff and die; but as we jump, a spirit sneaks us off be reborn...
|THE CORE ISSUE: by Wayan; 1992/6/25, a dream from multiple viewpoints
The tale of a gray heart trying to heal leads to unicorn-hostage drama in the Transamerica Pyramid...
CAUTION: SEX, MAFIA THREATS, VIOLENCE
|COYOTE PAJAMAS: by Wayan; 1983/12/17, a Dantesque dream-epic.
I'm Coyote, keeping the Business Prophet from taking over Dante's Peak. But it turns too personal...
CAUTION: IDIOTIC VIOLENCE
|DEER JESUS: by Wayan; 1988/12/25, a revisionist Christmas dream.
The Three Wise Men are a centaur, a lion-man, and a doe-girl. But there's no Christ in the manger, so...
CAUTION: DEER-MOM BREASTS
|DOCTOR VENTRIL: by Wayan; 1978/9/22, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
A doctor lures me into his office. What he turns out to be scares me less than how I defend myself...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, ARACHNOPHOBIA
|DRACONIAN VACATION: by Wayan, 2019/4/16, an alternate-Earth dream
Just a dream vacation! I take a train trip up the East Coast,
meeting, sketching and flirting with the locals, though they're...
|THEIR DREAM HOUSE: by Wayan; 1986/1/1, a New Year's nightmare.
A house with a fire-ghost infestation. Worse than termites! And the ghosts tell me it's my fault....
|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, SEPTEMBER 2006: by Roswila; thirty dream-haiku with various dates from 1960-2006
One dream-poem in haiku style each day for a month!
Ghosts, snow, penguins, yoga babies, elves who leave their tree...
|DREAMKU, MARCH 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to March 2007; 31 dream-poems--mostly haiku
Dream poems laid out like a calendar. Themes? Horses, camels, abused girls, vampires--all want their freedom...
|DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku
Dream haiku laid out like a calendar. Roswila's favorite is the pirate, but mine is the were-salamander...
|DRIVE AROUND SEEKING MY CAR: by Lily, 2017/4/1, an April Fool dream... hiding advice?
I drive around hunting for my car, but even though it's a bright red rental car
I can't spot it anywhere. From my car. From my bright red car...
|EASTER HEALING: by "Clairity"; 2008/03/23, a joyful lucid dream
I will a clay cat to come to life, then start healing real cats and dogs and...
|THE EGYPTIAN GOD: by Wayan; 1991/12/21, a 7-year precognitive dream.
Egyptian archeologists dig up a living god. He sees us as dolls to play with, but we've grown up...
CAUTION: GOD AS A RAPIST
|FIGHT GOD!: by Wayan; 1979/12/25, a Christmas fight dream.
I'm in Heaven, but... it's full of Christians! I fight 30,000 angels, but I wanna go right to the top, and...
CAUTION: PAGANISM AND PUGILISM
|FINANCIAL PORN: by Wayan; 1980/12/24, a Christmas dream on capitalism.
On Christmas eve, I ask my dreams what they think of our annual orgy, and...
CAUTION: THE F WORD AND THE C WORD (CAPITALISM)
|FISH REMAINS: by Katherine Metcalf Nelson; 1985/9/18; a ritual closing-dream
On my 45th birthday, at the end of my eight-year dream-art project, I dream of a women's rite
turning scraps of chewed flesh into a whole fish I offer to the fishbowl in the heart of the Vatican...
|FISHEL AND FRISH AND FIREBIRD: by Wayan, 2003/12/4, a seven-year dream.
Why do the guests arriving for our seven-year reunion include
part-time giants and dog-headed gods? They tell me...
|THE FOREST BRIDE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1994/7/23 & 1994/12/10; opposing solstice dreams
In the midsummer dream, I'm at a wedding in the Russian forest;
in winter, I dream I hold an emaciated girl as she breathes her last...
|FULL MOON KIDNAP: by Wayan; 2018/4/30, a dream warning that recurrent illness shapes the psyche
Every full moon, kidnappers jump me. Sometimes I escape, but when they succeed, they torture me till
the moon wanes. They're careful to leave no physical scars...
|GIANT'S HANDS: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/12/23, a split-consciousness nightmare
I was a giant carefully & guiltlessly flattening San Francisco--just following orders
to recycle it! Killing how many? While my mind inside the giant's mind was appalled...
|HANDMADE DIMENSIONS: by Wayan; 2009/3/2, a how-to dream.
I meet an interdimensional traveler. Her navigational technique is unbelievably rough! Yet it works...
Is it time to drop my belief that math and science are always necessarily precise?
|HIJACK! The Christmas Special: by Wayan; 2012/4/13, a trapped-in-bad-TV dream.
I'm stuck on a jet full of cartoons. We get hijacked by a kid who just wants
pilot practice, and then a talking cactus counter-hijacks us...
CAUTION: THE F-WORD
|INSURANCE: by a young widow; 1947, a dream of lucrative ghost advice
After my husband's death, I dreamed he pointed at a small black bag I hadn't opened. It held insurance policies...
|THE IRRATIONALITY OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989/12/31, a New Year's dream.
On TV, the first Jungian anima to leave the unconscious is granting an interview. But the questions are...
|LITTLE BROWN RABBITS IN THE MEADOW: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/3/20; painting in the Box of Dreams
I visit a friend's ramshackle cottage--trees grow through the walls. But glorious meadows! Spring at last...
|LITTLE DEVILS: by Roswila, 2007/10/30; a dreamku
A dream haiku of little devils dancing the conga. What's it mean? Well, check the date...
|LOVE DAY: by Wayan; 1989/3/21, a sitcom dream.
On Love Day you can't mock anyone's come-on, of course; but in the bar "Cheers", Carla's mad at Diane...
|MAYAN DOOR: by Wayan; 2008/3/21, a character-evaluation dream.
The Mayan cave was a door between worlds. But also a model of the character you need to walk through that door...
|MEREDYTH AND LILLY: by Meredyth Watts; May 2010, 2010/11/14 and 2010/12/7, episodic dreams
I dream over & over of the same place, time, & woman. We fall in love. Strangely, I'm the one who gets pregnant...
|MERRY WITCHMAS!: by Wayan; 1990. Digital dreamy image
Just a witchmas card spreading love and paganism to all, and to all a good night...
|MOLLY'S PROSTHETIC: by Wayan, 1994/9/22, a dream predicting a mood drug will fail
My dad's new wife is a collie. Naturally, she wants a prosthetic arm. But she has no site to bind it to...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, LEERING BUSINESSMAN, DOG WIFE
|MONSTER PROM: by Wayan;(Dec?) 1993. How parties look when you see auras.
If you sense auras, every singles event feels like a scene from Halloween Hell...
CAUTION: HORNY MONSTERS
|MY LIFE ISSUE: ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS: by Wayan; 1994/1/2, a warning dream.
I dream the real issue in your life isn't the one you complain about most, but the one you hide...
|NO ROOM ON THE MOON!: by Wayan; 2014/7/7; poem of a frustrating surreal dream
I want to catch a crescent moon home--our transit system's been buying up
old moons and running them across town--but tourists reserved all the seats...
|NO TRAVELER RETURNS by Nancy Price; 1948/2/2, a predictive dream
I don't love my husband, so I'm stranded in the hotel between life & death, from which...
|THE NOTE: by Wayan; 1976/12/31, a psychic nightmare.
On New Year's Eve, I dream my college no longer welcomes me, and wake to find it's true...
|NOUVELLE BARBIE BODS: by Patagia, 2012/12/22, a playful poem on a dream-diorama
I visited my friend Chris Wayan's workshop and found him building
a dance troupe of joyfully obscene centaurs out of Barbie dolls...
|NOW WE ARE 48: by Laurel Blossom, 1991; a dream-poem of a rescue.
At the beach I dive into deep water to save my drowning friend Kathy, and find it’s not so clear who’s who...
|OCTOPIA: by Wayan; 1996/3/21, a spiritual dream-comic on play; ill. text version
I'm a stratospheric bat who finds a flying swastika. Is it creeping fascism?
Or a Hindu blessing? Neither! It's an Octopian frisbee. I return it...
|THE OLD WITCH: by Wayan; 1991/8/1, a dreamtale on abandon.
A Hollywood sex goddess confronts the Ingenue who's supplanting her. Just how far will she go?
|ONE-EYED BOY: by Roswila; 2009/4/5, a dreamku on the limits of desire
You'd think his Christmas wish would be "a new eye"; well it was, in a way...
|PAIN-RATIONER'S STRIKE: by Wayan; 1987/1/1, a dream on self-torture.
Three men torture my friend (or is he ME?) and try to keep me from intervening...
CAUTION: FAST-TALKING BULLIES
|THE PLAGUE-CURE: by Wayan; 1996/1/1, a diagnostic dream that worked.
After weeks of headaches I dream of a fatal, mosquito-borne plague.
Humanity looks doomed till my friends devise a folk remedy...
|PRECOG TUNNEL : by Wayan; 1984/1/1, a small psychic dreamtale.
I'm riding a train through a tunnel in Marin full of symbolism. I wake, interpret it all, and open the paper...
|PREGNANCY FROM HELL: by Wayan; 1994/6/6, a predictive dream-farce.
I'm pregnant with the Antichrist. This is going to ruin my vacation! Why do I think this is all about money?
|RADIANT LIGHT: DREAMING IN THE HYPOGEUM:
by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1999/5/15, 6/12 & 7/14, a painting based on 3 dreams
I'm in the Hypogeum, an ancient Maltese dream-temple. I join some women
staging a ritual; a little girl draped in a web plays the role of an insect...
|RIBBING: by Wayan; 1992/12/25, an assertive dreamtale.
After seeing 150 years of family photos, I dream of being teased by time-traveling cheerleaders, and...
|(THE MEANING OF) RINGS AND TURQUOISE: by Wayan; 1998/11/1, a dream on independence.
I'm in the park, feeling sad, till a girl on the lawn near me semaphores a message via rings and turquoise...
|SANTA CLUMP: by Wayan; 2009/9/16, an absurd dream-poem; Dreamverse #54
I find myself sitting on toy trains and fake snow as I'm told a fable:
how a herd of department-store Santas got tragically lost in a blizzard...
|SHASTA STANDARDS: by Wayan; 1998/9/19, a dream of social change.
In a future where we gengineer ourselves instead of others, we no longer have to choose lesser evils...
|SHIRT GIRL: by Zooop and Wayan; 1993/10/17, a shared, embarrassing telepathic dream.
A fictional niece acting sexy in a shirt, plus... water balloons? I woke, and a friend told me HER dream...
CAUTION: DREAM INCEST, KIDS WITH GUNS, GENERAL WEIRDNESS
|THE SINGLE DIE: by Wayan; 1994/10/17, a dream on child prodigies.
My sisters roll a single die. Miriel can influence it telekinetically,
but can't shoot very well. Since she hasn't grown opposable thumbs yet...
|SISTERS OF THE INTERFACE: by Wayan; 1983/12/21, a shamanic dreamtale.
My sister's beautiful; I'm plain. When she's murdered, I ride into the Interface Desert, where worlds meet...
|6-MONTH TOMBSTONE, 17-YEAR CABINET:
(by a California model, pre-1961, and by a Texas maid, 1945; two predictive dreams compared)
Predictive dreams rarely hint how far they've peered ahead; they just place you in their foreseen future...
|SKY-THAW; 2012/6/8 by Wayan; a comic, surreal, political dream-poem
While watching two rooftop actors (one a chicken) I noticed the icebergs in the sky were melting at last...
|SORTING HAT, DRUNKEN CAT: by Wayan; 2013/10/18, a steadily mutating warning-dream
I discover a Sorting Hat, as in Harry Potter--and it moves in with us. Our cat crawls in and plays peekaboo.
She becomes a teenager eager to get drunk at Thanksgiving--like every adult in her life. But she's not
puking drunk like them, so she must be OK! Just as I think I am--I only overwork to exhaustion.
CAUTION: DRUNK TEEN CAT, SEVERELY ALCOHOLIC ADULTS
|SUTRO PARK: by Wayan; 1990/11/2, digital painting of nondream surreal event.
The tale of the most truly sincerely religious revelation I've ever witnessed...
CAUTION: REAL WITCHES
|TAG WITH A BOUNTY HUNTER: by "Caradon"; 2010/3/3, a playful lucid dream
A bounty hunter stalks me through a jungle, but lucidity turns a potential nightmare to joy...
|THIRD-PARTY DEFENSE: by Wayan, 2004/9/11, a dream challenging lifelong pacifism
At a party, a stranger singles me out and keeps sniping at me. I dreamed aliens deviously attack Earth. We learn the
aggressors have driven other peoples extinct. Earth fights all-out! Not just self-defense, but for the next species...
|TIAMAT'S REBELLION: by Wayan; 1988/1/1, a dream about neoteny.
That day: I read of a young healer in rural Indonesia harassed by the local mullah.
That night: I dream she leads a revolution on a starship against her elders...
|TONY DIGS UP THE RED EARTH: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2008/2/23; painting in the Box of Dreams
It's Thanksgiving but my brother won't come in; he's digging up red earth. In our family he always digs up...
|TWILIGHT'S OVAL GAME: by Wayan; 2017/10/4, three dreams arguing "Friendship is Magic"--literal magic.
I'm racked with guilt over failing to save a magic tree that fell and killed someone.
A giant pinball game's played on a tilted oval relief-map. But you can only win as a team of six friends...
A Caribbean girl with a weird aura tries to align two magic crystals to heal herself...
CAUTION: BREASTS, PONIES
|A USED POPE: by Wayan; 1983/12/25, a Christmas dream.
A friend buys a frozen used Pope, to navigate her starship with Papal infallibility. Call me a Luddite, but..
CAUTION: SACRILEGIOUS PUN
|VALENTINE: by Wayan; 1989/2/14, a nondream picture-poem
A lipstick poem for that stickiest of holidays...
|WAITING FOR PIGFALL: by Wayan; 1979/10/31, a puzzling Halloween dream.
The messiah of a suicide cult prepares to ritually sacrifice me. Then a miracle occurs! But... whose?
|WATERSHIP DOWNTRODDEN: by Wayan; 1983/6/22, a dream of another life.
I'm an intelligent rabbit in an alphamale's harem, organizing a feminist movement...
|WING IT: by Wayan, 1995/12/29-1996/2/14, a 9-page improv comic.
An art experiment--the only rule is DRAW without preconceptions--
no models, no ideas, no plans, not even dreams. Drawing from the void!
|WINTER SNAIL: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1994/1/22, twin dreams of renewal fuse in a painting
At the beach, a barrel of huge snails somehow heal my legs.
In the next dream, back on the beach, I give birth to our son...
|WITCHMAS: see MERRY WITCHMAS!|
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