I hope all is well with you. Just now I am skimming through the 2018 ebooks (Cappy/Aqua oscillations) and paused at the mention of keeping a dream journal. I’ve been floating on the MM’s website waves for a couple years now, every so often you will find a new way of gently prodding/giving reminders of the benefits of keeping a dream journal.
I have had one now for most of this year, pretty consistently, and insights have arisen, but I’m wondering if you’d have any advice in terms of more…hmmm…studied ways/practices to work with the material that comes up. (In a practical way, not a ‘please tell me what my dreams mean way’:\)
– Can one come to be able to decipher the difference between a ‘personal’ dream vs being somewhere else, like the astral plane? Or other places that are not ones personal psyche? Is the quality different?
Two, three years ago my dreams suddenly began to be VERY peopled and almost always familiar faces. Whereas prior 99% of dreams were of structures – wandering through them, not much happening etc. If there were people they were more like figures present and I didn’t engage or respond to them. I have taken the approach that everything in my dreams are really an aspect of me, but sometimes I’m like ‘oh mai gawd what if I somehow MET that person somewhere in dream land and I’m trying to unconsciously influence them, or vice versa?’ Not in a paranoid way, (got over that phase) but sometimes it does cause tension…simply because I don’t know (aqua compulsion)
-Does it help to try different styles of writing dreams down? When I started I barely started because I was so eager/frustrated to remember every single last nuanced detail…when details really began to come in it got to the point of being like ‘okay do i really need to write down the colour of the light in the shop window in the corner vision of my eye when i’m clearly having an indepth moment right in front of me that feels more significant?
I’ve started to make bullet points rather than narrative because I find with narrative my conscious mind begins to embellish. But then wonder if that’s a bit of co creating? (I raised my eyebrow as I typed that.)
If not bullet points than I ask myself a few pointed questions -..list three things you can remember ..-or ask myself the W’s of the dream
Do you have any modes you’d be willing to share?
This all with Mercury about to enter into my 12th house Sag and I’m getting inklings that there’s a BURST about to happen in dreams, where it’s going to come fast, maybe furious, but more so frenetically and am wondering if I might add on new ways of dream journaling/new perspectives so as to avoid newbie terror of invisible realms (way too much of an explanation to get into…just imagine a rock suddenly realizing it’s own sentience and subsequently realizing that it’s not a rock at all…)
Cap rising foundation mode – inside and out,
Dear Cap Rising Foundation Mode,
Yes i am an ardent advocate of dream recall and dream journal-keeping. When ever i read back over my dream journal, it is always a series of “aha” moments. And it seems like such an accessible way to connect with “other” or with guides, our own subconscious genius and problem solving neural synapses. Einstein famously said that we only use a small percentage of our brains – maybe we access more of it when we sleep, while our bodies are in renewal and clean-up mode?
But my techniques are pretty haphazard. I just scrawl whatever i can remember so that i don’t forget it and i don’t find it makes sense until later. I think that dreams communicate in symbols but that in general, the symbols are personal to you so you can’t just say that – for example – a bull or a beach means something in particular. What i do know is that the more you pay attention, the more helpful and potent the messages become. And that we all have our own psychic landscapes that we return to again and again.
When you are repeatedly having those dreams that feel like they’re not your turf, i feel like it means someone else or something else is too much in your psyche. And, a really prosaic Mars in Virgo note here, any food capable of inflaming your gut is also just as likely to produce technicolor nightmares. What else? I think that there are long, epic-saga type dreams that leave you with a sad, nostalgic feeling upon awakening and that those are past life dreams. I am going to do a post on this in Astro School soon but i have been tracking this and the Moon crossing your personal South Node seems to be a bang-on time to get these, especially if you consciously align with that; get an early night, maybe have some mint tea (Mugwort if you are game but don’t treat this lightly – it’s not called herb of Artemis because it is a mild) and meditate or otherwise settle before sleep.
There are dreams that neural dump dreams where your brain is doing a “hard-refresh” of things and maybe putting stress factors into perspective, there are dreams where unresolved love pangs and ancient angst show their presence (still) in your psyche, there are dreams where magical guides give you genius concepts, there are dreams where you return to the scene of previous life dramas and there are dreams that alert you to danger or solve a mystery.
If you go on a media bender on your iPhone pre-sleep, it is probably the worst thing you can do for quality dreaming and not just because your brain fills with politics, tabloid love affairs, douche-core conduct, lugubrious “female interest” stories and hate crimes. The light from the phone blasts your pineal gland apparently. Whatever weird magical hormones (melatonin and co) that flip open the portal to other realms don’t get activated and you just dream of missing buses, being naked in suburban streets and having stupid conversations with irrelevant people. Moon on Neptune (this is always marked in the Scheduler) is also an epic dream-time in general.
But my mode – seriously – is just to scrawl what i recall and return to it later to see how it has played out. I will say this. That for everyone, water and the health or purity of it in dreams seems to be directly and universally related to one’s psyche/emotional wellbeing. Water is the elemental spirit of dreams. Note any water. Note also what is given to you as a gift.
And, for a super practical tip, i read that Vitamin B6 deficiency messes with dream recall.
What does everyone else think?
Image: Victor Brauner – The Poet and the Moon
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