had a dream last week where I discovered that around a dozen fairies were
living under my bed. The tiny people had been living under my mattress for
months and then in the dream I discovered them. I was a little bit frightened
but also fascinated. What do you make of this?
Terry T., Omaha,
when dreams take on a whimsical quality, and the appearance of creatures like
fairies usually telescopes us back to a time in our childhood when the
existence of magical beings seemed real. So the first thing I would ask you, if
we were discussing your dream in person, would be: How did the dream make you
feel? You mention fear but also fascination. So this dream might be addressing
a time in your childhood where you were beginning to lose contact with the
imaginary realms that children experience. To do so is to begin to move into
maturing, and for a child that can feel like loss; it can feel frightening.
Another way to consider your dream is through the lens of ancient magical
ceremonies. In that world Ďelementalsí (fairies, gnomes and other tiny
creatures) participated in the actual magical transformations the magician or
alchemist was attempting. I mean spells or processes that changed a person from
one condition to another. So this dream might be signaling to you that magical
work is underway, in the nighttime, while you are asleep. Ask yourself what you
most long to see happen in your life right now and then make a request to your
nocturnal elementals for assistance.óDC
Dear Dream Catcher
keep dreaming about being in a car and the brakes donít work. In one, Iím
driving with some friends up a steep ramp to a bridge, and they get out before
the ramp for some reason, then I have to gas it hard to get up the steep
incline, which is frightening because I canít see whatís beyond the top (and I
donít like bridges!) I get over the frighteningly high bridge, then take the
wrong exit, thinking to myself, well, my friends can just text me if they want
to know where I am. The signs appear to be in Chinese. I actually pause to
think, ďWell, I like Chinese food.Ē Then I realize Iíve driven past a toll
booth, so I stop the car and try to back up to pay the toll, but the brakes
donít work and Iím going faster and faster, past the toll booth, trying to get
the car to stop, but I wake up before I can. This is the second dream Iíve had
of a car that Iím driving in reverse and the brakes donít work.
Tiara I., Vashon,
Wow! To start, if we donít interpret the dream
right off, and simply sense the energy
in your retelling, that sensation will reveal much. So the energy level here is
what Iíd call Ďhigh octane.í This is not the dream of a passive observer! No.
This is the dream of someone putting a lot attention and focus on direction. Where to move and when. Itís
almost a rule (though I donít like rules in dream work) that a car will
symbolize a personís sense of self (or ego). Just like in the olden days,
someone dreaming about, say, their horse would be dreaming about a part of
herself that is related to how she is situated in the world and, again, where
she might be going. The sections of the dream involving Chinese probably have
nothing to do with China and everything to do with the mind surrendering its
ability to read or plan in a linear wayĖforcing you to rely on your gut or
instincts. That this is the second dream of this nature, again, represents the
force and power of the dreamís message. I recommend putting yourself out into
nature as a way to receive direct transmission (and direction) from the Earth.
We are all Earthlings and the natural world, if we allow it, will guide us on
our wayĖall we need to do is follow the Earthís instructions. Your mind canít
do that, but your body can. Happy trails! óDC
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