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Dreamed 2015/9/13 by Wayan
Moonless night. Underlight is flow-
Meadow. Horse and rider gallop in
Hoofshocks leave a luminous spiral wake
Orange, indigo, lemon, plum, cyan, all
Rider and mount--not master and beast
Build a crackling energy in the swirl-
pool of light,
Ions in a flower-cyclotron. Power
A task not here-now. Friends generate
a spiral gate.
Wherever it leads, they'll charge in charged
with lightning life.
NOTES IN THE MORNING
- Mount & rider circle, protective glow: an image from my childhood--from Andre Norton's Three Against the Witchworld, a tale of three siblings lost in a magical land who met green folk riding sentient deer. Such mounts and riders could generate protective circles of blue-green light.
- Cycle, many-colored flowers: not an image from my childhood. Today I read Samantha Shannon's The Mime Order, about an alternate, oppressed England. The rebels use Victorian flower symbolism as a code. I think the dream's giving me an image of dreamwork itself as magic--the sleep cycle engendering dreams full of coded messages.
- All hues but red: in the Witchworld books, bad guys used blood-magic glowing red. And in Mime Order, "astral red poppy" is a magical poison. So I think this hole in the spectrum is the dream reassuring me that dreamwork is nontoxic magic.
- Why do I need reassurance? Shannon, like many f&sf writers, treats magic as creepy and blood-hungry. But my family's streak of real second sight isn't especially bloody! I get tired and hungry, at times, but mostly, after a hard day seeing inside you all, I crave... salad.
- ACTION 1: Don't internalize society's cliches about us psychics. Just one more demonized minority!
- ACTION 2: Patience! Circling doesn't mean you're stuck. Jung emphasized that dreams aim long. Building up power for a breakthrough can take a while.
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