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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


"Return to Anahata," Tarot Dream Card Collage, by Patricia Kelly

I just did the Tarot Dream Card Collage above Friday as part of an online Tarot workshop led by Lauren Schneider (in the International Association of the Study of Dreams/Psiber Dreaming & The Arts Conference). In one of the exercises she suggests we design our own Tarot card referencing a dream. Mine above is about the last dreamku in the dream series listed below for September 25th, which also has some explanation. (By the way, I presented my dreamku workshop at the conference on Sunday, September 30th. More on that in the future.)

Okay, this month seems to have a lot of religious/spiritual symbols, including my power animals – horse and tiger. Yes, I’d say matters of the spirit have been more apparent than usual. And I wrote my first dream tanka – see September 13th. The Pope is in it. Ain’t that a hoot for this old agnostic solitary Pagan? Of course, my Tarotologist’s mind goes right to the fact that The Hierophant/High Priest in The Tarot is also often called The Pope. But I’d say the Catholic Pope was also intended by that dream, as he was celebrating the Mass. Lastly with respect to this issue: I was raised Catholic. So it’s a many layered image, as the vast majority of all dream images tend to be.


September 1, 2007


I sit by the door
while prom-goers play sports
no kiss yet

not my hope, but fun
he kisses my living
black and white photo

September 2, 2007


broken escalator
the dirty guy waits for help
to fix it

she and I walk off
the stalled escalator
flights of stairs loom

echoing staircase
I try to follow but she's
too far ahead

September 3, 2007

the cat cannot birth
the last two fears
greed and happiness

September 4, 2007

I look to see if
she’s still following along
she’s turned off

September 5, 2007

I assemble
the white log cabin model
missing links

September 6, 2007


again and again
she does not respond to me
pushed over the ledge

stuck down on the beach
with the tide coming in
a boy goes for help

will they be able
to heft me up the sand ledge
weighty issue

September 7, 2007

long ride home
my deceased mother
points out the way

September 8, 2007

the horse falls in
a cat scrambles out
dirty fur

September 9, 2007

she needs to believe
Xena is her baby’s sire
highway rest stop

September 10, 2007

there’s no letter C
on her chocolate cell phone
I leave to fix it

September 11, 2007


a path of rubble
the familiar man
teaches us a hymn

*I shared this dreamku last year on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Tiwn Towers here in New York City. I post it here this year also in memory and in the hope that those far more deeply affected by this tragedy than I (who was fortunate not to lose anyone, just my job) are finding healing.

September 12, 2007


tiger stripes on her large
finger tip nipples

in a horse costume
with milk-heavy teats
living history

* From a dream of 9/11/07; Tiger and Horse are my two "Power Animals."

September 13, 2007

[my first dream tanka]

Mass is celebrated
behind the blank white wall
I kneel before it
from a speaker near my head
the Pope's voice

September 14, 2007

the chocolate bus
do I have to go gambling
to ride it?

September 15, 2007

the devil child
comes through the closet
where’s mama?

September 16, 2007

falling out
of the plane wheel assembly
a toddler boy

September 17, 2007

many small mogul-like
bumps on the bar wall
a nazi in one

September 18, 2007

her star-shaped keys his mishandling

[one-liner; where possible it's effective and fun to make a sort of pivot between the two sections, making it read two different ways. E.g, in this one it can be read: her star-shaped keys//his mishandling, or her star-shaped//keys his mishandling. I've certainly not fully developed this little twist in one-liners, but it seems to be emerging slowly. :-)]

September 19, 2007

embraced from behind his hand on my heart

[another one-liner]

September 20, 2007

at the ACM
to buy our protection
her intense envy

September 21, 2007

my white pearl/red rose/unknown

September 22, 2007

the female pilot
rushes to her star-fighter
actresses at war

September 23, 2007

murder and disease
in the small chapel
is caring worth it?

September 24, 2007


city-wide disaster
they teach blind folk
how to get around

black screen
only the newscaster's voice

they fumble along
in the dark T.V. station
determined staff

blind punk
she resists but learns new steps

lone drummer
a blind man starts
an hispanic dance

Chandler** moves aside
the blind man dances forward

*a sort of renga, in that it's written in alternating verses of 3 and 2 lines
**on waking I was immediately struck by the fact that this name means "candle maker"

September 25, 2007


he asks for a hug
but keeps it short and distant
my frustration

he's irritated
I can't take notes faster
"Now I've lost the words!"

I find the Irish beach
tape he wants me to view
Anahata* Castle

* This is what the castle in the distance on a beach was called in the dream. Until I googled it on waking I did not recall it's the name for the Heart Chakra. I learned for the first time today though that in Sanskrit "anahata" is said to mean "sound made without two things striking."

September 26, 2007


I did the same work
before she was even born
possible new boss

the male worker
clearly cannot stand me
all too familiar

the files are a mess
and crammed into the drawers
her bright red dress

she expects me
to be at her beck and call
do I want this job

September 27, 2007

nude and unconcerned
on the archipelago
it’s their problem

September 28, 2007

wooden poor box
I pick up dimes and pennies
but leave the quarters

September 29, 2007

a new morning
"the wheat of beast-tide
beside me"*

*words in quotes were in my mind as I woke

September 30, 2007

invited in the dream
to join a women’s club
awake, asked again*

*This is an appropriate end for this month’s dreamku. It’s a psi dream [predicted a future event] and I’m currently participating in the PsiberDreaming Conference 2007.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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