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Unicorns

Since I've often sought out, talked with, and even turned into unicorns in my dreams, I feel mad when I see the co-opting of a powerful folk symbol of wildness, sexual abandon, spiritual purity, and healing into something bland and childish. But the Christian church deliberately narrowed the meaning of purity from a healing magic strong enough to nullify poison and revive the dead, to mere chastity. The unicorn, as wild and horny as the Green Man himself, was inverted into a symbol of virginity!

As a unicorn denied my own heritage, I must reclaim the old meaning to define myself, as others have reclaimed other Christian bugaboos: gay, witch, woman, black... anarchist.

Oh... and if you dream of unicorns, consider the possibility of conceptual puns (philosophers use 'unicorn' to designate things possible that just don't happen to be), or verbal puns: I once woke from a unicorn dream and abbreviated it 'unic' in my dream notes, and then saw it meant what was unique about me--not just rare or distinctive but those odd things I am and do that no one else does.

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ABREAST OF THE COMPETITION: by Wayan; dreamed 2013/10/9, a dream on appeasing others
A tall busty girl's younger, part-unicorn friend starts developing breasts at last. She makes
boob jokes, mocking her own body to reassure her herdmate she's no competition...
CAUTION: SELF-PUTDOWNS
AICORN'S BANANA: by Wayan; 2016/6/13, a dream-parable on owning your tastes
An artificial intelligence acquires fans and has orgies with her groupies. Her creators
don't care as long as the advertisers get product placement. But she has this size fetish...
CAUTION: VIBRATORS
AN ALICORN BLADE IN THE HEART: by Wayan; 2010/12/18; a dream of a lucid flash
A witch & I duel with blades of spiral horn. But we both just want
to create an utterly truthful oracle. Can't we find a way not to fight?
ANOREXIA NIRVANA: by Wayan; 1993, a digital picture-poem of astral temptation.
I was anorexic for years; I only mastered it when I saw it was a hunger for the spirit world...
ARIEL and THE UNICORN COMMITMENT: by Wayan; 1983/12/26-27, an epic psychic dream & sequel
DREAM: to stop an idiotic bout of war-fever, I have to take on the power of the Goddess herself...
NEXT DAY: I stumble on a fantasy book, Ariel, full of details straight out of the dream...
THAT NIGHT: I sign the Unicorn Commitment, but personalize the magical contract...
CAUTION: DISSES REAGAN & SOUTHERN MASCULINITY
BASTARD UNICORN: by Wayan; 2012/6/28, a dream about ambition
Since I'm half-unicorn, my ambition drives me to share power and help the whole
herd--that's how unicorns rise. But among human politicians...
BEAGLE'S SONG: by Wayan; 1994/1/18, essay on Peter Beagle's work.
Beagle's fantasies, from The Last Unicorn to The Innkeeper's Song, closely resemble
my dreams. The ways we differ say more about our spiritual orientation than about our art...
BLACK MAGIC: by Wayan; 1986/11/10, a dream of love and rage;
Chapter 8 of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
A packet of magic soupmix sends me upstairs to a secret wizards' lab.
They've summoned a demon they can't handle: the furious Black Unicorn...
BLEEDING HEART, the SELF-HEALING CORPSE, and IN THE FUTURE DESERT:
by Wayan; 2002/5/29 - 2004/5/11, a diagnostic, predictive dream-series; Bleeding Heart as comix
A tree-girl moves to Hollywood to make film deals, but jealousy stabs her...
CAUTION: BLOODY ASSAULT, GAY DRYADS, MUTANT NUDITY
BONOBOCARE, or, THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE: by Wayan, 2015/8/8, a dream's "Modest Proposal"
Tax-funded child prostitution ends war--sex calms men down from
mean chimps to nice bonobos. Rough on street kids, though...
CAUTION: SEXPLOITATION, SATIRE HARSH AS JONATHAN SWIFT. UNICORNS, TOO!
BOY BODY: by Wayan; recurring dream 1959-62, a comic on body image. Or illus. text version
A recurring childhood dream on how weird a boy-body is when you've been a girl too many lifetimes.
CAUTION: PUBLIC HUMILIATION, NUDE MONSTERS, SILLY GENITALIA
THE BRIDGE: by Wayan; a 3-page comic from two linked dreams, 1989/5/28 & 1989/10/1.
The Hunt of the Unicorn (yeah, guess who I am), as I fly through the worlds fighting Reaganism...
CAUTION: MOCKS THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR
A CENTAUR SPLITS: by Wayan; 1988/1/12, a Gestalt dream.
A centaur divorces, into a unicorn and an unfinished faun-girl, who argue "Forward!" "Not ready!"...
CAUTION: TRANSPARENT BREASTS
CENTAURPEDE: by Wayan; a bizarre 1983/3/15 dream predicts a bizarre art job in 2002!
Like a long molecule floating in darkness, this dream creature could loop and link to itself...
CAUTION: EQUINE NUDITY, LANGUAGE
CHEETAH: by Wayan; 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...
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
CREATURE BECOMES CREATOR: by Wayan; 2015/2/5, three linked advisory dreams on world trends
A weird little forest god bred me from an ordinary deer into a creature who can
almost pass for human. But World War 2 killed my god, and now I'm growing into...
CAUTION: NUDITY, CROSSBREEDING
EIGHT TO A HORN: by Wayan; 1986/4/25, a magical dream, Chapter 7 of UNICORN TAG.
In the middle of Nowhere Desert, I meet a telepathic unicorn who's stuck with a false safety-tag...
EQUESTRIAN NUNAVUT: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a dream of a utopia in an unlikely place
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of our wiser successors,
after we drown America: the sentient equines of Greenland and Nunavut...
CAUTION: SKINNYDIPPING UNICORNS
EXPLOITED UNICORN: by Wayan, 2019/1/11, a disturbing dreamlet
Night, downtown. A unicorn in tears, chained to her... barker? owner? pimp?
"Just $300" he yells. But for what? Magic? Sex? Healing?
CAUTION: PROSTITUTION? SLAVERY? GIG ECONOMY?
FAMILY JESTERS: by Wayan; 2017/3/15, a dream mixing Kurt Vonnegut and My Little Pony
Coastal unicorns are slender; inlanders bloat. Genes, diet, both? Inland bosses enslave their gracile minority.
Performing pets! Jesters caged, chained & handicapped to heighten the wonder they can do their art at all...
CAUTION: TROUBLING SOCIAL ANALOGIES
FIVE HEARTS: by Wayan; dreamed 1989/1/11; sexy psychic unicorn dream-comic (text only: FIVE HEARTS)
I'm a nurse pulled through a glowing well to a world ruled by a five-hearted unicorn, who wants me to...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX FANTASIES, LONGING, MELANCHOLIA
FLYING UNICORNS' GIFTS: by Lily Michaud; 2007/9/5, an advice-dream inside a flying dream
Flying unicorns hang out with me and my friends, sending us
dreams full of useful advice--and more concrete gifts...
FOAM, FURS, DREAMS: by Wayan; 2012-16, a blog + 170 pics; 43 dreams lead me to sew furry dream sculptures.
Dreams urge me to build furry dream creatures with joints, muscles & bones, then to heal myself by mating with them...
CAUTION: FETISHISM, FURRY NUDITY & SEX
GALILEO FALLS: by Wayan; 1979/11/7, a mysterious dream .
I was a closet unicorn. SO closet, I didn't even know what a unicorn was,
till I went to college and met Lindsay, who was half and could pass...
GIRAFFE CAMOUFLAGE: by Wayan; 2020/9/1, a dream of the anti-closet?
A human and a talking giraffe fall in love. But some hunters still shoot animal people.
So he camouflages her with paint. Bright paint. Now she's more visible than ever!
Not that I can criticize his eccentricities. I'm in love with a unicorn songwriter...
CAUTION: FURRYPHILIA
HOW THE WAYAN GOT ITS NAME: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a predictive dream on names (& manes)
A telepathic unicorn-lion says my true name is Wayan. And my true species? I'm like him!
I wake, change my name to fit the dream, move to a new city. Near my new house,
my dream-name is scratched into the concrete sidewalk...
HUNT OF THE UNICORN: by Wayan; 1989/5/18, an overlooked psychic dream.
I marry, just to get into a clannish world where I'm seeking symbiotic unicorns. I end up fleeing...
Next evening, a TV movie--Goldie Hawn marries into a clannish world and ends up...
IN THE STAR; 1988/9/12 by Wayan; an epic, out-of-body, intrastellar quest-dream
I tour the heart of a red supergiant, where dreaming souls explore
their fears and heart's desires, unconstrained by solid matter...
CAUTION: SWEDENBORGIAN VISION, UNICORN NUDITY
INCREMENTAL HEAVENS: by Wayan; 2016/9/5, a reincarnation-frustration dream, baffling then. Not now.
I keep getting reincarnated in dull heavens where all is blocked by know-nothings. After the 2016 election...
CAUTION: CAUSTIC
LADY UNICORN: by Cindy Prince; 2007/10/16, a dream of a shapeshifter.
I was working in the library, talking to this woman who announced "I think I'll grow my horn now..."
LEAN ON ME: by Wayan; 120K; 1987, 1992. Recurring dream image..
This couple keeps appearing in my dreams--as equals, as mount and rider, as friends, as enemies, as lovers...
CAUTION: NUDITY
LET ME DREAM!: by Marie-Claude Girondé, spring 2007?, a dream painting.
The dreamer becomes a horse, the horse becomes a unicorn.
Dreams have their own quests apart from the conscious...
LES LICORNES: by Marie-Claude Girondé, fall 2007, a dream painting.
Three unicorns gallop out of the waves...
LOLA: by Wayan; 1995/4/22, a wild dream: psychic, shamanic and... economic?
How the hell do I summarize this? Lola, a werefox I'm hot for, becomes my feudal Japanese brother, and
her fox-shape reappears as the truck-driving maid for a Han Dynasty lady. We counter the interdimensional
energy vampires by importing ghost unicorns on sailing ships, who have an orgy. Two weeks later,
it all comes true. Literally? No, but closer than you'd think....
MASK: by Wayan; 1989/11/21, digital print of dream-me trapped in the day-world.
I'm a unicorn in a life-drawing class, feeling more naked than the model...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
MY LITTLE 'POCALYPSE: by Wayan, 2019/5/10; a predictive dream of a TV show making mass extinction cute
The 'toon actors from My Little Pony gleefully volunteer to die horribly in a TV documentary on the
impact in Yucatan that killed off the... dinosaurs? No! Unicorns, griffins, pegasi and dragons! As I
draw the dream, I get an email from the maker of a TV documentary on climate catastrophe...
MY THREE HUSBANDS: by Wayan; 1981/2/26 & 1991/5/26, dreams drawn as a 15-page comic
I'm three women at once! We marry a unicorn, a goat philosopher,
and a magic talking cat. But cops raid our furry commune...
CAUTION: INTERSPECIES MARRIAGE, TEEN SEX, BAD COPS
THE NESS MAN, or, HOW TO HEAL: by Wayan; 1994/4/13, a mytho-musical dream.
Mythic creatures round a woodland pool want to heal a businessman. Do too many cooks spoil the soup?
NIC THE UNICORN: by Roger Martinez; 2013; a dream encounter
I met Nic as he steppd out of the elevator. We were both spooked. Nic asked if I believed in
mermaids and unicorns. I said “yes.” I asked Nic if he believed in dreamers, and after a pause...
NIGHT FLIGHT: by Catherine as told to Wayan; c. 1962, a recurrent childhood flying dream.
My friend Catherine dreamed she was a flying mare with golden hooves. But in real life, she lost them...
NIGHT MARE: by Wayan; 1990/11/23; digital painting inspired by a friend's dream.
I dreamed I was a feral mare: gentle, affectionate, sensual, but gone wild, wary of being tamed again...
PHOTOS LURE SOULS: by Wayan; 2016/3/12, dream of summoning spirits
I'm photographing lifesize furry statues. How explicit, how sexy? If I get shots they like,
souls will be lured to enter their bodies and bring them alive...
CAUTION: NUDE CREATURES
PINKIE CLEANS THE WINDOWS OF PERCEPTION:
by Wayan; 2017/2/5, an advisory dream fusing Aldous Huxley & My Little Pony.
My new housemate Pinkie is a party animal, but she's really nice.
Pinkie climbs a high ladder to help wash my Windows of Perception...
Then our unicorn friend Rarity walks in. She warns me to pace this renovation project...
CAUTION: PONIES
POIROT AND THE DICKHEADS: by Wayan; 2010/3/11, a comic antilucid dream
I'm detective Hercule Poirot, but I'm losing my case and my brain--
because my story isn't by Agatha Christie, it's a knockoff...
CAUTION: PINK DILDO HATS
POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles,
pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
RIDING MY UNICORN: by Wayan; 1993? Digital picture-poem of incubated vision.
I'm single and feeling shy. So I asked my dreams for an image of my true love, and got...
CAUTION: SEX
RUBY UNICORN: by Wayan; dreamed 2012/11/15; a sculptural dream.
THAT DAY: My bandmates want to record crowd-pleasing songs. I want to record our strangest ones...
THAT NIGHT: In a woman's art studio, I'm struck by a low, feline, muscular unicorn mare, carved
out of a giant ruby. I ask, and she says "Oh, that's not mine. I found it in the trash"...
THE SEA-HAG RIOT: by Wayan; 1989/6/5, a wild dream hiding a warning.
Aliens, hypnotherapy, dancing molars, riots, witches, flying pianos, lettuce... yet there is a point.
SILKY SINGS WITH WEREWOLF BOY: by Wayan; 1996/7/10; dream figures on bedspread, 5'x7'
My anima the singing horse was encouraging a shy werewolf boy to give it a try...
CAUTION: UNCLAD HORSE CHANTEUSE
SIX AND A HALF EXPERTS VIEW THE BEAST: by Wayan; 2018/12/11-2019/1/31
(a poem answering Wallace Stevens's 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird)
As the beast in question (and recalling the fable Six Blind Men and the Elephant)
I don't mind letting six half-blind humans have their say--as long as I get my own...
CAUTION: UNICORNS
SUCK MY CONE!: by Wayan, 1995/1/11, a bluesy dream.
Nerds built the blues. Rick Moranis, famous blues-nerd, makes a groupie suck his ice cream cone...
CAUTION: MOCKS MUSIC, RACE, VANILLA ICE (CREAM)...
THE SWORD DANCE: by Wayan; 1988/4/29, a very unlikely predictive dream.
I visit my friend Xanthe's lungs, where I meet a swordswoman in a red bikini. I get a unicorn pendant,
go lucid, and become a heron too, but next day, it's the red-bikini-swordswoman I actually meet...
TALL UNICORN: by Wayan; 1990/2/20. Digital nondream picture-poem.
I've been meeting, talking with, and turning into unicorns in my dreams these last few years...
CAUTION: ANTI-FUNDAMENTALIST
TAROT: THE UNICORN QUEEN (Queen of Swords): by Wayan; 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 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...
THIRTEEN PEACE SIGNS IN A TIME OF WAR: by Wayan; early 2002, acrylic sgraffito on wood.
The animal goddess of peace, stubbornly raising her sign, my sign, as you all slide into your nice holy war...
TWILIGHT ANIMA RISING: by Mardi Storm, 2005, a dream leading to artistic defiance
I dreamed of a unicorn rearing in the desert. I wanted to sculpt it and applied to Burning Man
but was rejected. So I sculpted the unicorn anyway, out of playa mud. It was a hit...
UNICORN BOY: by Wayan; drawing 1984, shaded 2001; dream-self portrait.
Me as a unicorn boy. Though I got a haircut since then, and most people can't see the horn...
CAUTION: NUDITY
UNICORN FEEDBACK: by Wayan; 2009/1/3, a double dream of advice
A telepathic unicorn gives me some subtle advice. I wake, and tell a friend, who easily proves my account
is distorted by my own biases. Telepathy's confusing! Wake again. Her correction was part of the dream...
UNICORN LEAP: by Wayan; 1987?, nondream ink sketch tinted with acrylic.
A unicorn in a dance performance--a solo vignette with a spectacular leap. And the dancer knows it...
THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a predictive dream; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So
I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
UNICORN MENTALITY: by Wayan; dreamed 2008/7/16, a dream of unicorn art spilling over into reality
Dreamworkers gawk at sexy unicorn drawings all over my bed. One friend's part unicorn. The other? I wonder...
Ten years later, having learned I have a rare mutation making me not too human, the dream feels half-predictive...
CAUTION: UNIPORN?
UNICORN and MERMAID: by Wayan; 1987/11/15, dream figures; primitive (16-color) digital art.
A unicorn wades in the shallows to meet a mermaid.
Are they lovers now, or just headed that way?...
UNICORN ORGY: by Wayan; sculpture group based on 1995/4/22 dream, finished 2004/3/30; 1' tall.
A sculpted orgy of unicorns, dryads, and werewolf-satyrs designed to stand sideways on your wall...
CAUTION: SEX
RED-TAILED UNICORN: by Wayan; Sept. 1971?, a childhood icon in acrylic.
One of my first tries with paint--part Tibetan, part medieval, part hippie, part Navaho...
UNICORN ROUND: by Wayan; 2000/9/18, nondream; acrylic on a vinyl record.
Yellow fireflies circling round the horn of a reclining red unicorn, in the evening...
UNICORN SIXTY-NINE: by Wayan; 1982, ink, a recurring nondream sexfantasy.
A bizarre image I had of unicorns whose horns really were horny, with some maidens and princes...
CAUTION: LEERING SEX! LURID COLOR! LAME LINES!
UNICORN STAIN-GLASS WINDOW: by Wayan; 1983/4/28, subliminal or predictive dream
The stained-glass unicorns were stunning, sexy... but veiled by a bland, tasteful,
flowery inner stained-glass window. 18 months later I saw the dream window...
UNICORN: "STILL HERE!": by Wayan; 1994? 3x5", felt pen sketch.
The 80s were rough on unicorns, but now that they're passé again, they can get back to work...
UNICORN SURGERY: by Wayan; 1996/5/2, a warning dream.
After over-editing a weird poem to Silky, my night mare, I dream that
well-meaning surgeons think a unicorn's a defective horse, and try to dehorn her...
UNICORN TIMEFORKS: by Wayan; dreamed 2019/5/25, a shamanic warning dream
A man enslaves a unicorn and makes her split time, for his profit! But the timeforks
don't heal as he expected. So the unicorn takes unilateral action (sorry).
Those time-forks look like our current political war. Prepare for sharp kicks...
VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; a virtual world with c.200 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!

UNICORN TAG: by Wayan; 1986, a linked series of illustrated dreams.
Animal teachers, mostly equine, drag me (as I scream NO!) beyond plain dreamwork into shamanism...
Chapter 1: The Deer Party: by Wayan; 6 illus.
Chapter 2: Ariane's Honeymoon: by Wayan; 8K
Chapter 3: The Everest Marathon: by Wayan; 1 illus.
Chapter 4: Who'll Be My Love?: by Wayan; 100K, 4 illus.
Chapter 5: Dreamrider: by Wayan; 7K, a nondream interlude
Chapter 6: Half Shaman, Half Statesman: by Wayan; 170K, 4 illus.
Chapter 7: Eight To A Horn: by Wayan; 2 illus.
Chapter 8: Black Magic: by Wayan, 7 illus.
Chapter 9: Misfits On Mars: by Wayan; 300K, 7 illus.
A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I wander a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who love unicorns but
fear cyborgs, who love ants but fear unicorns! And while the Three Tribes squabble, cave-monsters
sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four aspects of my tetrahedral soul...
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
THE WHITE DEER, RE-ENACTED: by Wayan; 2009/3/2, a parabolic dreampoem.
I'm living in an England rendered in chalk. We wander the woods with butterfly nets,
ritually hunting the White Deer--if that's what they really are...
WHITE HORSES, FIVE TALENTS: by Regina van der Poel; 1999/10/29, a dream equinifying talents
I meet a man in a box. A mob wants to attack him. But five white horses defend him! One's
a unicorn. I know each horse is a talent, but only recall one when I wake: clairvoyance...
WHO'LL BE MY LOVE?: by Wayan; 1986/4/14, a dream noir farce; part 4 of UNICORN TAG.
I'm a hardboiled detective wincing as I grill a meek little psychic
(probably me) about squish-softboiled topics like unicorns and love...
CAUTION: SMUTTY UNICORN MAKES EVEN COPS BLUSH


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