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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 05 Sep 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.



ChrisTheObscure  05 Sep 2002 
Was wondering if anyone else has had this experience.

When I first bought some tarot cards, it was suggested to me to sleep with the deck (in this case, the Haindl) under my pillow, and that this would help me attune to the energy of the cards. So, I tried it.

For the first three nights, I had very interesting, very vivid, very bizzare dreams. I dreamed the second night, for example, that I was looking at each of the cards in my deck - almost as if someone was holding them in front of me one by one. But instead of the major arcana, I saw people in my life - friends, family, co-workers, each "painted" on the cards of the major arcana. How cool is that?

I just thought it was interesting - before I started using tarot cards, I rarely had dreams I remembered - but now, every night I sleep with them under my pillow and most of the time, I dream vividly.

C. 


Jenny-Li  05 Sep 2002 
Hi Chris,

I think this is very often reported, personally I have had a bit of a struggle to get my dreams back, but I'm getting there too...! :D Anyways, I have heard of a lot of people sharing this experience, and I think it's kind of natural - the dreams stem from the same part of you (and your brain) as you use when working with the Tarot. So it's really a matter of... well, re-connecting with yourself.

If you are a spiritual believer you may also believe that your spiritual guides are welcoming you and your decision to start communicating through the Tarot by opening up your "night-channel" even before you've really got started...!

Welcome to the Forum! I look forward to see you around here, I see your energetic enthusiasm and have to smile, starting the Tarot journey is truely wonderful, and I am glad to have your company! Your energy is highly contagious, lots of light and love to you for that! :D

Jenny :) 


Major Tom  06 Sep 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by ChrisTheObscure
I saw people in my life - friends, family, co-workers, each "painted" on the cards of the major arcana.


It was a similar dream that inspired Major Tom's Tarot. You might want to have a look: http://majortomstarot.0catch.com/ 


Laurel  06 Sep 2002 
That sounds like a great dream, Chris!

According to a book I read recently (I think it was My Life With Spirits, Lon Milo Duquette's autobiography) life in the astral plane and dreaming world is reversed- people and animals express themselves as symbols, and symbols and ideas express themselves as people. Your dream with the people in your life integrated as tarot cards made me remember that comment for some reason.

Laurel 


ChrisTheObscure  06 Sep 2002 
I slept with my new Russian/St. Petersburg deck under my pillow last night, and boy did they want to speak to me as well!

We had a very bad thunderstorm here last night (something's about to change, not sure what yet -very wierd energy though) and I dreamt that I was running around outside, trying to cover all of my possessions with this tarp, because they were all sitting in the street exposed to the rain. I eventually had to give up and let everything just get soaked. This dream hit home for several reasons, mainly because I feel I've been trying to salvage a lot of things and I feel I was being told to just give certain things up.

Just like the dream I posted with the haindl deck, snippets of my dream were like I was watching them, like they were snapshots framed in one of the St. Petersburg cards.

Interesting...a bit unsettling, but interesting more than anything :)

C. 


Trogon  07 Sep 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by ChrisTheObscure
When I first bought some tarot cards, it was suggested to me to sleep with the deck (in this case, the Haindl) under my pillow, and that this would help me attune to the energy of the cards. So, I tried it.

For the first three nights, I had very interesting, very vivid, very bizzare dreams. I dreamed the second night, for example, that I was looking at each of the cards in my deck - almost as if someone was holding them in front of me one by one. But instead of the major arcana, I saw people in my life - friends, family, co-workers, each "painted" on the cards of the major arcana. How cool is that?


Hmm.... never had this happen to me, though I did try sleeping with my deck under my pillow when I got my first. But then again, that first deck was a Tarot of Marseilles - which I ended up not liking and which never worked out very well for me. I haven't tried sleeping with my Rider-Waite deck (which I do like and which does work well for me). Maybe it will start me on the next step of my journey... :TFOOL

Trogon 


Teal  11 Sep 2002 
I sleep with mine under my pillow and I do dream tarot! I haven't recognized very much I know how to use from the dreams yet. But last night I dreamed very vividly of this one card that I saw when looking at the pictures on some of the decks listed here. I can't remember which deck it was though, or what the name of the card was. It was kind of a new art kind of thing, where it looks like the guy is about halfway up the card, with his legs stretching right out straight to each side, and he's along the lines of the vampirish art like Londa does. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I thought it must be meaningful, since in the dream it so vividly put this card right in front of my face and up close, but it flashed right before something woke me up and that's all I can remember. 


ChrisTheObscure  11 Sep 2002 
I had a very strange dream last night with my St. Petersburg deck.

There's this old church in an old movie theatre near where I grew up, that was recently torn down. It was kind of a cultish-end times-deliverance type church with a huge sign that said, "Prepare to Meet Thy God" over what had once been the marquee. I dreamed that I was first outside it, then I thought I woke up but it turned out that instead of being in bed, I was in a pew in this church. I was scared someone would find be so I tried to get up, but I couldn't move, and then I heard the minister unlocking the door to the sanctuary and someone kept saying over and over again, "prepare to meet thy god".

Creepy. That's what I get for going to bed after watching 9/11 hype on CNN.

C. 


Alissa  19 Sep 2002 
Last night I dreamed that I was shuffling my cards and found a new card in the major arcana.

Oh my god, I pulled it out to look atit, and thought how could I have missed a card for so long like this?

The card was Love (not the Lovers), and I vaguely remember how the illustrations looked. I wanted to take note of the card's number, and now it's hard to remember upon waking, something like 6,7 or 8 (I remember the V and a I or II (?) after it).

Strange, but I just thought I'd relate it. I've dreamt of cards before, but never a new arcana card!!! 


ChrisTheObscure  19 Sep 2002 
Alissa - that's awesome! Can you describe the card, and what deck it was from?

Chris 


Alissa  19 Sep 2002 
At this point, I only have/use a Universal Waite deck (but I've been promised a deck for my birthday later this onth, so that will soon change weee!)

So the illustration style was in that genre, Smith-style (I hope I'm remembering that name right).

I remember leaves, lush and green, suggesting a garden (of Eden?) I remember stylized red hearts floating in the background of the card. And then I wanted to take note of the number, and remember vaguely a VI or VII or VIII I just don't recall now but in the dream it made perfect sense (of coursE).

It was so exciting, I felt like I had found a long lost piece of a puzzle~! 


laura_borealis  05 Mar 2004 
I was looking through my old tarot journal and found a dream of a new tarot card.

At the time I dreamed this, I was the cheese dept. manager at the local co-op, and I was beginning to really hate my job.

"I dreamed I was reading the cards, using the Robin Wood deck. I turned up a card I had never seen before.

"It was the Five of Parmesan.

"In the style of the Robin Wood deck, five bowls of grated parmesan hovered in mid-air. In the background, a medieval street in Italy, fading into the distance to the upper left. In the lower right, a young woman (seen from mid-torso up) held up a warding hand to the hovering bowls of cheese, and turned her face away with an expression of dismay."

I remember when I dreamed this, I woke up and said, "I really have to quit my job!" :D 


brandi124  08 Mar 2004 
I slept with my cards in my room last night (Goddess tarot deck) and I had a really really vivid dream of Rhiannon riding a horse around in my bedroom which was suddenly A LOT bigger than normal but otherwise the same. I kept going in and out of sleep so it was weird because it seemed like she *really* was riding around in my room. That's the first tarot related dream I have had so far and it is also the first night I had the cards in the room with me when I slept (I meant to put them under my pillow but forgot!). 


Star Spirit  08 Mar 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by laura_borealis
I was looking through my old tarot journal and found a dream of a new tarot card.

At the time I dreamed this, I was the cheese dept. manager at the local co-op, and I was beginning to really hate my job.

"I dreamed I was reading the cards, using the Robin Wood deck. I turned up a card I had never seen before.

"It was the Five of Parmesan.

"In the style of the Robin Wood deck, five bowls of grated parmesan hovered in mid-air. In the background, a medieval street in Italy, fading into the distance to the upper left. In the lower right, a young woman (seen from mid-torso up) held up a warding hand to the hovering bowls of cheese, and turned her face away with an expression of dismay."

I remember when I dreamed this, I woke up and said, "I really have to quit my job!" :D


That's very funny, laura_borealis :)

I've always had very vivid dreams so I don't think I can account that to tarot. I have yet to have a tarot-related dream. I haven't tried sleeping with a deck under my pillow (although I do put my amethyst pendulum under there, as it helps me sleep). I'll have to try it sometime though. 


laura_borealis  08 Mar 2004 
I wish I always had vivid dreams. I love the vivid ones I have, but these days I usually forget what I dreamed about.

Any time I've tried to sleep with a deck under my pillow, I didn't sleep well because of worrying I'd knock it to the floor. I kept waking up to check it. I tried in the pillowcase, but then I worried about it falling out whenever I turned over... I decided sleeping with a deck is not something for an insomniac like me. On the bedside table works for me, though. :) 


TheoMo  10 Mar 2004 
I had a dream a couple nights ago where I was at a bar, and the bartender had on a shirt that had the RW 5 of Cups on it (the print was on a red background). I remember thinking in my dream that it was a pretty clever design for a t-shirt ;) 


psy_nuhri07  26 Mar 2004 
i guess if you saw a person in a particular card, it may signify their whole character, life and everything. that particular card speaks for them. if you did dream peacefully with your tarot cards, it means that you're being welcomed by its divinity.


>psy_nuhri07 


DesertHowler  28 Mar 2004 
This is part of a journal of a shamanic journey I took a while ago. In this journey, I just asked my spirit animal to show me some things and didn't ask for anything special. This was a surprise. I guess it isn't really a dream...as I see it, these journeys are real.

In the tunnel, after a short walk, I first meet The Devil from the Universal Waite Deck with the two people chained. He says, “They are free to go whenever they wish. All they need to do is lift up the chains around their necks and walk away. The opening in the loop is large enough. But they feel material and physical things are important so they chained themselves. It’s not bad to have material things and enjoy the physical pleasures. You can do it without the chains if you want to. The chains are very limiting. But, it’s your choice. It’s about responsibility for your actions. I’m not responsible for your actions.”

My animal and I travel a short way further into the tunnel. We meet The Star energy. The woman leaning over the pool says, “The pool is hope. You can drink from it any time. There is no limit to how much of it you can use.” She stands and gives me a cup filled from the pool. I see she isn’t as tall as I expected. I drink from the cup. Then she hugs me. As I leave, she reminds me, “The pool is always here. You can always find hope here.”

We continue along the tunnel. Next we met Death. I don’t fear him. Death says, “I am change and should be welcomed. Without me, you won’t get to go to The World. The child doesn’t fear me because it understands about change. We will meet often on your journey through life. I am necessary for your growth.”

Next we come to The World. The dancer reveals itself as hermaphrodite (I wonder why the artist didn’t draw it that way. Maybe it is just a tough thing to draw.). “I represent the meeting of the duality of the lovers and bring it into one,” the hermaphrodite says. “This is the goal but you will never get there in this life. This is understanding everything. When you get close you will die and start again. You will get there eventually.”

Just something I thought might be interesting to some.

DesertHowler 


Star Spirit  28 Mar 2004 
Very interesting, DesertHowler :) 


mysticalowl  28 Mar 2004 
I don't sleep with my tarot decks; however, I have dreams about the tarot all the time. There are always cards and images that pop up and that I try to record in the morning as best I can. Wonder if I would get even more vivid dreams if the cards were in the room...hmmm? I'll have to think about trying it.

mysticalowl :) 


Star Spirit  29 Mar 2004 
I just realized...I have had one dream involving tarot.

I dreamed I was in my old high school gym with my class and all my rabbits I used to have were with me for some reason (only a lot more). We were playing a "game" where half of us lined up and had to dodge these huge darts that the other half of the students were throwing. It was very dangerous and one of my rabbits got nicked, so I tried to chase them out of the gym, but it got very chaotic as the students started chasing them, picking them up, kicking them and tossing them around, and I was getting very angry at them. Enter tarot. Somehow, each of my rabbits was represented by a tarot card. I don't remember actually seeing the images on the cards, I just knew that there were 2 decks full of rabbits, and a card would appear on the floor every time a rabbit was safely out of the gym, and a friend and I were picking them up one by one. At the end of the dream my deck was one card short, and I found it was because one of my rabbits was seriously injured or dead. Someone led me outside to the bush it was apparently lying behind, but I never got to see it because I woke up. It was very strange (although not really compared to most of my dreams). 


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