Animal Totems

There was a time when humanity recognized itself as part of nature, and nature as part of itself. People would often use images of nature to express this sense of unity.

In the past shamans, priests and priestesses were the keepers of the sacred knowledge of life. They were capable of walking the threads that link the invisible and visible worlds. They helped people to remember that all trees are divine and that all animals speak to those who will listen. We can use animal imagery and other nature totem images as a way to learn about ourselves and the invisible world.

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Dream Archetypes

In a dream, conscious awareness is united with the unconscious because a dream has roots in both. It is a bridge over which images from the outer world travel to the inner.

On the occasions when preoccupation with the personal unconscious is diverted or overcome, a symbolic rise from the depths of our being, can launch us high into the spacious dream world of the collective unconscious, among the universal ‘archetypes’. Here we have an independent existence, another life entirely, where the dream dreams the dreamer. Jung wrote, “people do not dream’, they are dreamt. We undergo our dreams”.

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Intuitive Symbology

Symbology is the study of signs and symbols. This can range from the common signs we see every day. Such as road signs, to the more esoteric signs, such as the meaning of two magpies.

Intuitive symbology relates to the latter. The universe is constantly sending us signs; yet, more often than not, we don’t tend to notice, unless they are really obvious. This can happen when we start to see the same thing repeatedly in a short period of time. If you see a cat on your way to work, you may not think this is significant – cats are everywhere, right? But, if you see another cat as you walk into your office building and you’re then greeted by another when you return home, then you may start to question whether this has some sort of meaning.

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The Symbology Of Life

Symbology relates to the study of symbols. These can be common symbols we see every day, such as company logos, or the more abstract symbols in our lives. Such as those we see in our dreams. I am going to be focusing on abstract symbols, in this article.

Although there are some people who study this subject in depth, you can start to learn about the signs and symbols in your own life. You don’t have to be psychic to do this. If you aren’t sure where to start, try reading some books on the subject. Some dream books are very good at giving you the meanings of some of the most common symbols people often dream about. A common dream, that a lot of people have, is the dream of their teeth falling out. Most dream dictionaries are in agreement that this symbolises getting older, or taking on more responsibility; this relates to the real life experience of losing our baby teeth.

Dream dictionaries are a great place to start because the meanings of common symbols can be used to read the signs and symbols the universe sends you each day. If you keep seeing cats, for instance, you can look up the meaning of cat in your dream book and it will tell you that cats symbolise the supernatural, independence and femininity. You can then start to analyse why you keep seeing cats. Is the universe trying to teach you to be more like a cat? Probably.

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Amulets And Talismans

Amulets have been worn for protection for thousands of years. Early peoples lived in a world where strange and frightening things occurred that defied explanation. Consequently, amulets were used to protect homes, families, and livestock. Amulets were also used to protect people from the “evil eye.” The belief that a person or animal could harm another by staring at them with an evil eye dates back at least five thousand years, and ancient clay tablets have been found that describe the damage that the evil eye can inflict. The Sumerian god Ea spent most of his time fighting the evil eye. Even today, in many parts of the world, the evil eye is considered a major threat, and various kinds of amulets are used to avert it.

Apparently in a recent survey, funeral directors had said that there had been a big increase in the use of Amulets being buried with their clients and that this trend was worldwide. This raised an interesting point that there is a real upsurge in people’s belief in the spirit unseen world. Maybe it is an interesting sign of the times we live in, it can be a frightening place to be and with the upswing in interest in the Occult, the hidden spiritual realms, we are reverting back to using our intuitive, sensitive side in relation to the world around us. These amulets, talismans offering comfort a feeling of protection that they had offered to our ancestors.

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An Understanding Of Dreams

We spend over a third of our lives asleep and, according to scientists we enjoy between three and six dreams a night.  Dreams are intensely personal experiences, known only to the dreamer unless they choose to share them with someone. They are visual experiences and often, mere words are not enough to convey the subtle nuances involved.  We all have unique dreams woven from the threads of our conscious lives, our hopes, fears, memories and imagination. The power to interpret dreams has occupied the great and the good in every generation for centuries. In the distant past, dream interpreters could make themselves powerful and invaluable to princes and rulers, and today there are many books, magazines and websites devoted to understanding dreams.

Many ancient cultures set great store by their dreams and use them to influence their daily activities. For example; The ancient Chinese regarded dreams as the experiences of the soul, which went wondering while the body slept. A bit like an out-of-body experience. The Tibetan Book of the Dead, calls dreaming an intermediate stage between life and death, and many Tibetans believe that sleep is a necessary preparation for the inevitable.

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