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TAROT

A list of dreams using or referring to the Tarot--and of selected Tarot images, from a dream-Tarot I drew.

I've always rather liked the Tarot--if you're going to dabble in divination you might as well do it in style, with blatantly archetypal pictures. And the complex layouts allow for equally complex, detailed questions and answers, unlike the I Ching / Yi Jing, which has only sixty-four responses (plus infinite shadings via the moving lines, I admit). The I Ching is ritualistic and general; the Tarot, dreamlike. And open, like dreams, to a specificity that skeptics of divination and ESP naively deny.

Besides, Tarot goes beyond "Pick a card! Any card!" You can pick your whole hand--hell, you can choose your favorite layout, your favorite deck. Or even better--draw your own!

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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?...
Tarot: THE BUILDER: by Wayan; 1974/5/19, a Tarot card illustrating a dream.
I met a god. Unmistakably a god. The Builder, hard at work--making Utopia, by hand.
CENTAUR AUDITION: by Wayan; 2012/1/7, a dream about undreams, and a sequel 2012/1/30, a Pygmalion dream
Non-dream centaur ballerinas invade my dreams, because they long to be in the World Dream Bank...
CAUTION: BARBIE CENTAUR NUDITY, CASTING-COUCH SYNDROME
CHANGES, or, A WHISPER OF RESISTANCE: by Wayan; 1980/9/25, a dream of identity-chaos.
An identity earthquake that just wouldn't stop. I transform half a dozen times, and so does everyone else...
DOLLY'S TAROT: by Wayan; 1995/9/5, a dream on roles.
Tarot with Dolly Parton. But I piss her off. "Men! You think I'm dumb, cuz of my tits!" She fixes THAT...
CAUTION: STUPID BREAST HUMOR BUT AT LEAST IT'S NOT GRUESOME
EMPRESS AND PIG: by Doug Williams; 2006/10/10, a dream of romantic beginnings
A pig led me off my path to meet a lady. I told her my true name, and felt something shift...
EXPLORATION OF TAROT IMAGES IN A DREAM: by Roswila, 1998; an analytical numerate dream
Tarot cards fuse and meanings layer, to warn me I've similarly (con)fused real and trance-induced memories during therapy...
CAUTION: ABUSE ISSUES
FOOD CAME BETWEEN US: by Wayan, 1993/4/25, a tasty dream epic.
The terror of Navy breakfast, the joy of filterfeeding, how to marry pudding, and a sniper lunch with kisses...
A GAME OF CARDS: by Anna Kingsford; 1883/12/7, a god kibitzes on a Tarot game
Anna trusts to luck, but her mentor urges her to plan--"Think it out!" And what are these cards?
THE RULES OF THE GAME: by Wayan; 1992/11/30, a Gestaltish dream.
The Inner Theater. I'm duelling someone who keeps changing the rules. But so can I... can we make a deal?
SONG FOR THE DANCE: by Roswila; 2000/11/25, a dream-poem
A joyful song about ignoring your critics. The last stanza came verbatim from the dream...
TAHOE TAROT: by Wayan; 1988/4/13, a silly mystic flying dream.
My sister and I are playing cards in the air high over Lake Tahoe. Playing for the world. But we cheat...
TAROT: MEDIA MINDFUCK (2 of swords): by Wayan; 32K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The traditional figure is blindfolded, holding two crossed swords. I used crossed TV antennae...
TAROT: FRIENDSHIP (3 of cups): by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Three friends in a garden pledge loyalty forever with a toast of the wine of the heart...
TAROT: IN TEARS (5 of cups): by Wayan; 21K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Floating in tears, have you noticed the other cups behind you, unspilled?
TAROT: RENUNCIATION (8 of cups): by Wayan; 41K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Giving up a wall of material treasure for the moonlit path...
TAROT: WAKING FROM A NIGHTMARE (9 of swords): by Wayan; 27K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card confirming those silly fears are true. The nightmare is real. You're in trouble...
TAROT: THE ANOREXIC DANCER: by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of excessive self-denial, whether compulsive or artistic or spiritual...
TAROT: THE BUILDER: by Wayan; 46K. Tarot card, 3x5", of a 1974/5/19 dream.
The card of building your dream no matter what. I dreamed I met the Primal Builder...
TAROT: BIRTH (the Empress): by Wayan; 16K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of fertility--and the pangs and effort of starting a new thing...
TAROT: THE CENTAUR (Ace of Pentacles): by Wayan; 360 x 528. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Mind and body integrated. S/he can hold up even the world-serpent that the gods couldn't lift...
CAUTION: ANDROGYNOUS CENTAUR BREASTS
TAROT: CHAOS: by Wayan; 36K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of big messes, confused beginnings--and fertilization...
TAROT: CLINGING: by Wayan; 17K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
When the Birth card's reversed, the child clings to the womb like a burrow in a green meadow.
TAROT: THE COP (Knight of Swords): by Wayan; 25K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of force not always used wrongly. The Knight says, "Sometimes ya gotta bust a few heads..."
TAROT: CARING or THE PIETA: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
The card of caring, caregiving, and compassion...
TAROT: GUILT TRIP: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
When the card CARING comes up reversed, you wake up with this crucified guy floating over your bed...
TAROT: THE SEA-DADDY (the king of cups): by Wayan; 49K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The sea-captain, baby bottle in hand... The card of the warm man, the nurturer...
TAROT: DEATH (Resurrection): by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
So you die, and to your secular surprise, your soul or psyche (which does after all mean butterfly) metmorphoses into...
TAROT: DIRTY DISHES: by Wayan; 26K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
It's time to tackle that unpleasant task. But so what? You know how. And you have gloves...
TAROT: DOGGY (The Hierophant or High Priest): by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Some folks are dogs, bullying those below them, fawning on those above. But if the Wizard is a Humbug...
TAROT: THE YIN-YANG EARTH (the Wheel of Fortune): by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Earth is always shown from the side, never its axis. But from the pole, it's a vast wheel: the real Wheel of...
TAROT: THE EXPLAINER (The Page of Swords?): by Wayan; 36K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Using the mind's blade humbly, respecting ideas and people, clarity's disciple may not see her own power...
TAROT: HAW!: by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Humor's one of the big emotions--laughter's as loud and uncontrollable as crying or orgasm...
TAROT: HOKULE'A (the Star): by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Hokule'a, the "Star of Gladness", guided Polynesians across thousands of miles of ocean...

TAROT: A JOVIAL INFLUENCE: by Wayan; 25K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Jupiter's massive presence tugs its moons to geologic life. Just being exerts a power and a pull...
TAROT: (THE CHARISMATIC) LIZARD: by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of driven leaders. It's so refreshing to hear someone honest and passionate. Right? Well...
TAROT: THE LOVERS: by Wayan; 290 x 500. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of love. I'm not sure what genders the lovers are, but no matter...
TAROT: THE MAGE: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Jung said most people let one aspect of life dominate them. The Mage balances them...
TAROT: THE MAZE: by Wayan; 32K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
When you start thinking and scheming hard, you can end up "amazed": lost in a maze of choices...
TAROT: THE MAGENTA MESSIAH: by Wayan; 26K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
True teachers and leaders do exist, with vision enough to make seeds (and people) sprout...
TAROT: MINE CHILD: by Wayan; 31K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Deep down in the strata inside you, gems lie waiting in the dark. Waiting for this child to dig them free...
TAROT: THE MOON (Full Tide: Life): by Wayan; 37K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Time, tide, cycles... In this phase, the hourglass is full, life brims over. Passion's time. Action's time...
TAROT: THE MOON (Ebb Tide: Memory): by Wayan; 39K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Time, tide, cycles... At ebb, the hourglass drains, the tide recedes, life hides in the cracks...
TAROT: MUTUAL ATTRACTION: by Wayan; 32K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
That moment when you recognize a kindred spirit, and realize he or she feels that way too...
TAROT: PHOBIA!: by Wayan; 22K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Groundless fears slow you to a crawl, testing every step of a clear, safe path...
TAROT: THE PIANIST (Knight of Wands?): by Wayan; 27K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The knight of creative fire, who takes over when you've mastered technique but kept your passion...
TAROT: THE QUEEN OF FLUTES: by Wayan; 1981/6/19, a brief dream image.
I dream I'm giving a friend a Tarot reading, and the card she picks for herself is one I've never seen:
TAROT: THE SMORGASBORD OF LIFE: by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
You get to fill one tray. Guns sex jewels pot hamburgers TV boredom God power thrills love? Choose!
TAROT: THE SOLAR REVOLUTION: by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
The card of revolution! The old towers of strength come down, not through war but obsolescence...
TAROT: THE SPHINX (the High Priestess): by Wayan; 328 x 546. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of intuition, dreams--and asking. She knows all the secrets. And might just tell you, if...
TAROT: OUTSTANDING (The Seven of Wands): by Wayan; 22K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Those of you who see or sense auras know how rare it is to meet someone with all four cylinders firing...
TAROT: THE SULKY: by Wayan; 300 x 480. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
At the Dream Circus, a grumpy little greenish Scotsman rode a sulky, pulled by a playful black horse who...
TAROT: TAHOE DRAGON: by Wayan; 34K. Tarot card from a 1980/8/16 dream.
A wild, happy, homicidal dragon who forced me to fight it midair over Lake Tahoe...
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...
TAROT: REST!: by Wayan; 17K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of fatigue and rest. Tarot's so primal--never a dull moment. Well, take a break...
TAROT: THE UNICORN QUEEN (Queen of Swords): by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Having (or living with) a sharp mind is like living with a unicorn. That horn can kill or heal...
TAROT: THE WINGED COYOTE (Freedom! No suit. No rank.): by Wayan; tarot card from a dream, 1979/3/14.
I dreamed I was the Spirit of Mexico: a winged coyote flying around Sonora howling at the moon...
TAROT: THE UNICORN WELL (the Ace of Cups): by Wayan; 1991. Digital, based on Tarot card, 3x5".
The Well of Emotion, guarded by the Black Unicorn, the shadow of all the feelings you deny...
WHAT! MORE?: by Wayan; 300 x 500, ink 1985, digital color 2001.
The world needs Zen cards, to balance out the Tarot. Here's my Zen pack--all one of them. One too many.


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