The below dream exploration was originally posted to my dreams and poetry blog, but I have recently realized it should also be posted here. I offer it as an illustration of how the Tarot can help us understand our dreams -- in this case from within a dream. [The three Tarot cards below are from the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck.]
On May 15, 2006 I had a dream in which I was to "morph" into either the Three of Pentacles, the Five of Swords, or the Nine of Pentacles.
The Three of Pentacles:
is one of my "family" of Tarot cards based on my birth date. So it can be seen to represent the givens of who I am. I.e., a craftsperson (writer, Tarologist, dreamworker) attempting to heed and communicate the inspiration she receives.
The main figure on the Five of Swords:
has always looked fearful to me. He clings to all his stuff, afraid and unwilling to share it, maybe due to past rejections, misunderstandings, disinterest, and so on.
The Nine of Pentacles:
is the card I chose many years ago to be the logo for a series of open poetry readings I originated, organized and ran. I called the series "Kestrel," after the bird on the Lady's gloved hand. This Lady was how I aspired to be at the time: confident and centered. With the reading series, I was hoping to offer a creative space where my fellow poets could share with each other and within which I could showcase poets whose work I especially admired.
So this dream, at least in part (most dreams work on many levels), was emphasizing an on-going choice I wrestle with. Given who I am -- the Three of Pentacles -- I can either cling to my work and ideas, nursing past hurts and fears and refuse to release them into the world -- the Five of Swords; or I can nurture them until they are ready and then help them take flight as is their nature to do -- the Nine of Pentacles.
I think this dream was precipitated by the recent launching of my Tarot blog.* I also have a niggling intuition that the dream may be preparing me for negative feedback on some recent effort of mine,** by showing me very clearly the choice I always have in front of me. I can close down out of hurt and fear, or I can concentrate on creating and sharing out of my life's three passions: dreams, poetry and Tarot.
* * * ** I.e., in May 2006, which is when this article was originally posted.
** This intuition proved to be accurate. I received rejections from two different online publishers of some of my poetry within days of the dream. And I've had to deal with the upset of seeing almost all of my poems published after this dream, appear with errors in them. All of which has challenged my never very strong resolve to continue to put my work out there. Though I hasten to add I have have not given up. :-)
Resource: Museo dei Tarocchi
, this may take a while to load but it's well worth it; it's an automatic horizontal scroll through of modern Tarot images, a very dream-like experience.
‘til next time, keep dreaming, and enjoying the Tarot.
[aka: Patricia Kelly]
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