It is much psychologically safer for me and much less energy draining to dream them than to go into the cards using meditation. At this time, it is also unnecessary for me to go to the depth that meditation can take me, I still am internally processing the results from my meditational cycle through the Connolly Majors which started at the end of September. Nonetheless, dream work alone would have taken me much longer to achieve the results of the 22 days with the Connolly Majors since meditation can be much more focused and powerful - using both the conscious and unconscious mind together. Also, because I have so recently done the meditational cycle, this dream work is more for tidying up loose ends than covering a lot of new ground, so that also makes it less intense.Lyones said:Wow! it seems like you get quite a lot from looking at the cards through dreams David.
Like so many other things in life, there is a choice between the fast, intense, more encompassing and less safe method, or the slow, more relaxed, less complete but safer path. Overall, my journey since the union in April 2004 has been very fast and intense, like living a lifetime in less than a year - and I feel that I still have a lot to catch up on. There have been mistakes in the last year along the way, but I tend to look at life with the "nothing ventured, nothing gained" approach. It seems that I am being led or guided through it anyway, the Priestess at work.
I'm not quite sure how to answer that. As most significant dreams do, it is operating on several levels.Lyones said:So, it's like revealing to you something you hadn't thought about before, or not quite in that way?
Firstly, the dream itself is a communication from the internal expression of the High Priestess archetype, Sophie, in a sense a commentary on herself, inspired by study of the Legend card.
Secondly, in the dream narrative, we see how the internal High Priestess functions in affairs of the heart, bringing up to consciousness what has been felt at the Self level, that the Beloved person and I have already connected below consciousness, Self to Self, in what is popularily called "chemisty". No matter how we may express this union physically, the union is already occurring psychically. It is likely however that physical expression will reinforce the psychic expression and vica versa, in a positive feedback loop. The High Priestess usually brings this hidden activity to consciousness in not so subtle ways, through excitement and arousal, telling you, "This is the one". Thus the dream ego reaches out in a caress from a level below his direct awareness and then bring to consciousness their mutual love.
Thirdly, the High Priestess or Intimate Beloved is an internal template by which all potential lovers are judged. It is she who selects whom it is a man desires, projecting her idealized and almost irresistable form and behaviour onto the object of love. The woman in the dream was erotically attractive because the Inner Beloved made her so. Of course if the Beloved is out of step with the needs and wisdom of the Self, her projection may be inappropriate (I am ignoring at this point the somewhat similar function of the internal Empress).
Fourthly, this dream was also a reminder of the function of the Priestess as a projection. I knew at some level during the dream, and certainly in full consciousness upon waking, that this was not just a wistful dream about an old girlfriend, but an archetypal dream. This was no ordinary woman - not that there are any ordinary women - but what I mean is that the dream girlfriend was idealized, she was the perfect woman who only exists as an archetype. She was numinous. Sophie was telling me, "That young woman you caressed on the bus was not only her, it was me". Now I'm not sure why she felt she needed to remind me of this yet again, but perhaps I have not been giving her enough conscious attention. On the other hand, I think that this dream was more intended as a gift, psychic candy if you like, as if to say, "I really want you to work through the deck this way by dreaming it - and I can make it worth your while!"
Which leads me to the final level of the dream, an illustration of the Priestess as interpreter of the will of the Self. The Self wishes to bring the psyche into wholeness, that is its lifelong purpose. For this purpose, the Priestess was directed by the Self, "Give him that dream". "OK, Boss."
Now, how this Jungian model translates into the feminine domain is problematic and many feminist Jungians are still thrashing it out. Its not as simple as saying, "Oh, the female equivalent of the anima is the animus. The animus projects himself onto her potential lover, take it from there." This would be like saying, "The Magician or Emperor is the model of your perfect lover." For some women this may be the case, but it is usually a lot more complicated than that. For one, the High Priestess must also have a part in this process, since she has the same function in a woman's soul, as gateway and guide to the unconscious.