A query from an Aquarius newly turned onto the power of dream interpretation prompts my tips on How To Be A Genius Dream Analyzer.
I’ve been floating on the MM’s website waves for a couple of 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 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 one’s personal psyche? Is the quality different?
-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 in-depth 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. You know, like listing three things you remember or asking myself what the three Ws of the dream were.
Do you have any modes you’d be willing to share?
Cap Rising Aquarius
Be A Genius Dream Analyzer With No Prior Training!
Dear Cap Rising Aquarius,
Yes, I am an ardent advocate of dream recall and dream journal-keeping. Whenever 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 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? So with the caveat that it’s a very personal process, here are my tips for being a genius dream analyzer. I like your idea of listing three things by the way!
* Make a note of your recurring symbols. The definition of “bull” or “beach” in a dream dictionary is probably not super-relevant to you. But if you keep a separate section in your dream journal for them, their deeper meaning will become more apparent.
* The more you pay attention, the more potent your dreams become. You will notice that you return to specific landscapes. Give these unique names. A particularly common dream terrain is a compilation of various places important in our childhood. If you name it, preferably a made-up name that has resonance to you, you will be able to consciously ‘ask’ to visit it as you to sleep. Or for it to give up its secrets. The dreamlands are we connect with our psyche, past lives, astral realms, and guides.
Water Is The Elemental Spirit Of Dreams
* If you are consistently having dreams that feel like they are not your usual turf, someone else is too much in your psyche. Or, you may be eating something that is inflaming your gut and messing with serotonin/bacterial balance.
* Past Life dreams are characterized by awakening with a melancholy, nostalgic feeling. The Moon crossing your South Node stimulates these dreams, as does Neptune. But the former is every month and the latter quite rare. If you really want up up your dream game, experiment with mint tea before bed or – if you’re game – Mugwort tea. The Moon Neptune Lunar Portal is also a fabulous dream enhancer.
cat* Dreams that alert you to danger or an incoming situation are usually short and to the point. They may be cloaked in symbolism but you will understand them.
* Some dreams are just neural dumps. Your brain is doing a hard refresh and dropping a whole lot of trivia and impressions to de-frag the psyche. They are those dreams that feel crowded and irrational.
* When you dream of ex-lovers all the time, it is usually alerting you to an unresolved emotion around them. Somewhere in your psyche, a shadow self is still trying to win the argument or wishing you had not broken up.
* People who have passed on can and do visit you in the dreaming. I don’t know how or why but they do, animals too. Familiars are very active on the astral. Some of my most profound dreams have involved ravens and cats.
* Water and numbers are extremely significant in dreams. Turgid water suggests sluggish and toxic emotions. High waves portend feelings in turmoil or overwhelming passion. Water is the elemental spirit of dreams.
Finally, genius dream analyzer types don’t take their mobile phone to bed and blast the pineal gland with the light right before going to bed.
What does everyone else think?
Image: Victor Brauner – The Poet and the Moon