Archive for Dreams


Theme, 10 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. Ten is the tipping number from ending to beginning. This week, be aware of when you are working towards finishing one project and beginning another how old doubts, insecurities, criticisms from others and your inner critic assail you, trying immobilize you and keep you from moving forward. Keep asking yourself, “Am I going to let this stop me?”

Focus, 6 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition and creativity. Six is a number that often represents harmony and new direction (after the new awareness of 5). This week, you want to focus on where the fun and play are. How can I have fun finishing this project? How can I be playful as I approach this new project? And how do I tap into those feelings of possibility and imagination?

Action, 4 of Coins. And while you are being playful and imaginative, don’t forget to be practical. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health and wealth. Take practical steps this week to provide stability for the new project and for the launch of the one you are just finishing. Create a budget for money, time, energy. Set goals and deadlines, so you feel more secure as you set out.

Gift, 9 of Swords. And finally, the gift. Back to the suit of Swords and the mind, and the number 9, the number of gestation and birth. Look for the gift of dreams and inspiration as you sleep this week. Be alert to them, record them and then extract from them all the treasure that is there for your work.

Bob and I live out in the country on a wooded five acres. The only Starbucks is about 20+ miles into Albany or its suburbs.

When Bob and I travel, one of our traveling treats is to stop at a Starbucks for his coffee and my chai latte. Oh, and chocolate croissants.Cafes and Beaches Travel and Writing

Recently, I had a fragment of a dream—you know, one of those very, very short dreams, the kind you are tempted to dismiss as unimportant or not having enough to work with.

I call this dream fragment, of course, “Looking for Chocolate Croissants.”

In the dream, I am walking around a supermarket much like Wegmans, in an aisle where I expect to find chocolate croissants. I know I’ve looked around. I walk around people, looking a little more.

There are no chocolate croissants to be found. I feel frustrated. End of dream.

Okay, you may say, what’s the big deal? Maybe I’m just craving a chocolate croissant.

But, as I tell clients and students, like that chocolate croissant, dreams are many-layered.

Perhaps one layer, the waking reality layer, is that I really need a croissant fix and can’t easily get one where I live. But, in waking reality, when Bob and I head to Maine a few days later, we stop to get our treat, chocolate croissants et al.

So, then, on another layer, what is this dream about?

Well, what is a chocolate croissant to me? How would I describe it to someone?

It’s a flaky, delicate, delicious, many-layered pastry or baked good made of flour and butter with dark chocolate inside. Eating one is a delight for my mouth and my soul and makes me smile, especially when I have one with a chai latte. It’s treat and reward, one I get to enjoy usually when I travel away from home to visit other places, friends and family.

Thinking about that, here is at least one level of meaning and message I think the dream has for me.

That a familiar source of pleasure, my usual way of treating or rewarding myself to something yummy and delightful, is not currently available to me. Or, that looking for that treat in the usual places will not get me what I want. I need to ask myself, what am I not able to reward myself with in the usual way? What delight or treat is unavailable to me at this time? What is many-layered with a delicious dark center in my life, especially my creative work, that I can’t get right now?

Pretty intense message for such a short dream. And a good example of why you want to pay attention to your dreams, no matter how short or long, no matter how silly or irrelevant they might seem.

So, what is your chocolate croissant? And are you finding it? Are you looking for it in the right places?

And maybe more importantly, are you treating yourself to it too infrequently?

Categories Creativity, Dreams, Travel

I’m about to tell you something really embarrassing. Woman With Writers Block

For the last few months, I’ve been stalled on my manuscript. Yep, the book coach was floundering. I had 70,000 words written but couldn’t figure out what the next 10,000 or so had to be in order to get to the last 10,000.

I knew what was causing it: a concern about living/writing up to the story; so much travel it’s been hard to keep hold of the story threads; and a couple of key characters that needed more development along with a previously important key element that needed to be minimized.

All of that required Read More→

Halloween, Samhain, and Dia de Muertos, All Saint’s Day. These holidays mark the time of year when the veils between the worlds are thin and dreams of those who have died are common.

So, not surprisingly, I dreamed a few nights ago of my mother who died in 1984.

I worked with the dream as I usually do but then decided to consult the tarot to see what else I could learn. I used a spread for dreams that I learned from Robert Place, creator of The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, the deck I used. In the spread, three cards represent the dreamer.

The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery by Robert Place

The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery by Robert Place

I pulled Gabriel (Judgment), Prudence (The World) and Stella (The Star), all Major Arcana cards, representing Read More→

Categories Dreams, Family, Seasons, Tarot

Theme, The Star. A Major Arcana card, the Star shines, inspires and heals. So this week, look for opportunities to shine, to inspire and yes, heal others with your creative work. Also be alert to sources of inspiration for you.

Focus, 6 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. The mind has its subterranean levels that need to be navigated in order to move forward. As you pass through these areas this week, what is your focus for the future? Who helps you move forward and what lights your way?

Action, The Devil. Another Major Arcana card, here the Devil is holding up the Fool from progressing on his journey. But the Fool fails to move forward because he won’t look at what binds and blocks him. This week, look. Dare to see what bedevils you, holds you back and blocks your creative way forward.

Gift, The Moon. Obviously, this is an important week for looking at what resides in the dark and the unconscious. This Major Arcana card promises to illuminate new dreams and insights if we do the work this week. So look for those dreams, both sleep and waking, and the intuitive hits and flashes that bring us home to our creative work.

Abdicate: to give up or renounce (throne, duty, etc.)

The dreamer is the final authority on her dream. It is a rule I always stress when I teach dream work.

Too often, I see people, whether they are sharing dreams with friends, with

From Ciro Marchetti's "Legacy of the Divine Tarot"

From Ciro Marchetti’s “Legacy of the Divine Tarot”

members of a dream circle, or on Facebook, give over their common sense and power to others, to professionals and nonprofessionals alike, allowing them to instruct the dreamer on what the dream is about.

I hate when I see someone comment about a dream with a flat statement that, for instance, Read More→

Categories Creativity, Dreams, Tarot

Theme, 9 of Swords. The suit of Swords represents the element of air, mind, thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. Here this woman seems to be lying awake at night because of thoughts and messages that hang over her. Perhaps they are worries about her story, or her budget, or what others might think of her work. Or perhaps they are dreams, bringing her insights. Whatever the messages are, it’s time to listen, pay attention and then respond or take action. Energy is shifted with action.

Focus, The Empress. The Empress has the power to shift energy through her ability to create, to create with beauty and abundance. She recognizes herself as the source of creative power. How are you the source of beauty and abundance in the world?

Action, Queen of Cups. Cups is the element of water, heart, emotions, dreams and intuitions. Even when you don’t feel as powerful as the Empress, you still have the power to direct your creative dreams and desires into action. Don’t just dream, take action on the dream, with love–for your work and yourself.

Gift, 4 of Wands. Wands is the element of fire, spirit, creativity, career, work. When you take action on the dream or vision with love there is a commitment made that provides stability this week, and creates a space of beauty and serenity.

Categories Creativity, Dreams, Tarot

When I teach of group of people how to work with their dreams, I ask each of them to remember a recent sleep dream to practice the process on.

Charon the Ferryman

“What if I don’t remember my dreams?” is a question that always comes up.  Every time.

“Think of a recent waking dream you may have had,” is my response.

What is a waking dream?  Well, a waking dream is something that happens to you in waking reality (i.e. when you are not asleep, meditating, doing trance work) that has the slightly surreal feeling of a sleep dream.

A waking dream is that experience of thinking of someone you haven’t seen or talked to in years and then running into them on the street.  Or being alerted by your dog to the blue heron standing in the small stream next to your driveway and then watching him walk out of the stream to your driveway to stand at the edge of the road, look both ways and then cross before taking flight (really happened).  Some experience out of the ordinary that Read More→

Categories Creativity, Dreams, Myth, Writing

Theme, 9 of Swords. These Swords (thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, communication) are waking you up at night…are they worries or dreams? For this week, prepare yourself for sleep in a way that supports your creative night life. Cleanse your space and your mind. Do a brain dump of ideas and concerns before going to sleep. Keep a dream journal and pen next to the bed so that you can record the dreams with their attendant inspiration and problem solving.

Focus, 6 of Swords. In order to continue moving forward successfully with your creative work, it’s important to know what beliefs and attitudes support you and which ones you need to leave behind. What old thought patterns do you need to drop?

Action, 3 of Cups. Creativity arises out of joy and celebration, so make sure to celebrate this week. Also, when you enter your work space, put on some music that supports your creative mood.

Gift, Knight of Cups. Look for someone this week who is a strong emotional champion of your creative work, who can help you negotiate the sometimes deep and dangerous waters of moving your work into the world.

Categories Creativity, Dreams, Tarot

In my dream, I am away from home, sleeping in a strange bed.  During the night, I was frightened, like a child, by the sense of something under the bed.  In the light of day, I decide to brave up.  I get down on the floor, reclining on my right side with my feet towards the head of the bed. 

Cautiously, I raise the white eyelet dust ruffle, breathing a sigh of relief when it appears that the box springs (in black and white ticking) go all the way to the floor.

But then I realize it is only fabric. Something is pulling that fabric up and inwards. Out of the darkness,  Read More→

Categories Creativity, Dreams