I Things connect. We don't always see it but the Universe knows what is going on and sends all sorts of synchronicity our way until we see it or get smacked upside the head with it.
From the last dream on 11.22.20 The Eleusinian Mystery tour - I started looking for more on the subject and hoping for another dream to help light that one up but other things got in the way and while I never forgot it, I just didn't concentrate much on it until recently.
I finished Robert Moss's book Dreamgates last night and was thinking about his Active Dreaming techniques for going back into a dream to suss it out and started reading more on the Mysteries themselves. I had forgotten it was about Initiation into the Cult of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Not much else is known but general guessing, because it was death to anyone who told what happened during the rites. But it was theorized that the rebirth of Persephone symbolized the eternity of life which flows from generation to generation, and they believed that they would have a reward in the afterlife. As well as to elevate man above the human sphere into the divine and to assure his redemption by making him a god and so conferring immortality upon him.
Oddly enough, I was looking for a new book to read and Amazon Unlimited had a deal on some new books for free. One was A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair and low and behold - it is a retelling of the Persephone/Hades myth! I see what you're doing there Universe LOL
So, last night, while having all these symbols flying through my head and trying to journal them all down, I keep wondering what it all MEANS.
Then I have the dream.
I am in a house that looks like my grandparents farm - I walk out onto the back porch and fall/lay down? A male comes out and looks down at me, like I am faking being hurt or dead? Or something like that and then walks away as if to say I am on my own. I get the feeling he was like the Animus, telling me I can do this on my own.
So, I get up and walk around a corner into a square open space of green grass surrounded by trees. (hope, renewal, growth, levels realms) It is evening/darkish. Things start to shift - normal/then super vivid clarity. And with the shift a few things appear/disappear. I see a castle type building appear in a very colorful shiny shimmery way, then disappear - and I realize I am seeing two worlds. This world and the Otherworld (after death)
Interesting to note but Castles can mean refuge, protection and individuation. Jung believed that the solitude represented by the castle was necessary to the process of individuation.
I look up and see three crows flying around me - I start singing and one flies to me and lands on my left arm. He is black but then switches to white - on and off. I keep looking around me in wonder that I can do this and it feels like home. (left arm - left symbolizing, unconscious, night, moon, death and the underworld)
I realize I am to help others cross over and there is a male waiting in a cement out building off the grassy tree area I am in. I go sit with him and we talk about various things and I feel really badly that I have to do this or that he has to die... but he is totally ok with it and is ready and then he just "goes."
I also get the feeling there was a door opening behind him in the cement wall and I think there was a station there - subway? Train? Place to board and go on....
In a later dream before waking - I am working at a disneylandish place, I am new and I need to find this item to restock and I cant find the exact item and I am getting panicky and want to flee, run, go but instead I stop and stay and try to think of a way to get through this without running. Then I wake up. (this is important because I used to always just leave bad situations instead of dealing with them - also, remember what the Hierophant asked me in the Eleusinian Dream? Do I want to do what I always do or what I should do? - I chose differently this time.)
So, I asked my Thoth deck how best to look at all of this and pulled the Three of Swords - not a generally cheery card - but holy crap. One of the keyphrases, "purpose in life," and "individuation." Um... yes.
Because in this dream I am a Psychopomp.
Crows are also known as pyschopomps as well as messages from your subconscious mind. They herald change and transformation and can fly between the world of the living and the dead. They also help you see your Purpose in Life.
Synchronicity at its finest. I have been reading a LOT about the death doula industry for a few years now and was hoping to take classes last year before Covid arrived. It is still in my mind, helping people have a Good Death - especially those that may be scared and alone and just want some dignity. This dream, connected with the Eleusinian Dream - sealed that deal.
I guess you could call me a Modern Day Persephone - one thing I know for sure - waking up and finally knowing what your life purpose is? There are no words to describe it. I am so full of energy right now that I am practically flying like the crows in my dream.
Wow. Just. Wow.
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