Edgar Allan Poe taught us that everything is a dream within a dream. In a dream, I learned that what he means is that our dreams are our lives and vice versa. Since then, I have been a student of oneiromancy (dream interpretation), though this gift has passed naturally through my lineage. Ever since that very first oracular montage of prosthetic limbs and casseroles, those around me have come to depend on my insight. “Aura,” they ask. “Where did you learn it?” I tell them it came to me in a dream. For this month’s column, I have chosen to interpret three dreams with which others have presented me.
I had a dream my stepmom made matcha cream pie/ pudding instead of her usual pistachio cream pie/pudding (all Jell-O brand derivatives). Things seemed to be melting in the dream. My stepmom is always very declarative when making new foods, and dabbling in something ‘hip’ (i.e. matcha) and she cooks like an austere chemist.
I think it’s safe to assume that your stepmother is a ghost in a wedding dress. No wonder she doesn’t want to keep on making the same old pistachio pudding! The matcha is clearly an indicator that she’s ready to explore new sides of herself. Tell me, how substantial is her form? If you’re able, take kitchen shears to the hem of her gown to give it an edgy, handkerchief hem look. She’ll practically haunt herself with delight! She also may benefit from starting a psychobilly band.
I have a recurring nightmare in which someone comes up to me and asks me if I am ready for the Geometry final. “I’m not taking geometry,” I say, laughing. “Yes, you are,” they say. “The teacher calls your name every day. We’ve wondered why you haven’t been attending. Anyways, the final starts in 5 minutes.” And then I wake up in terror and it takes me 10-15 minutes to remember that I’m a grown person who does not actually have a geometry final to take.
Ah, geometry. Other than pep rallies, what stronger symbol of high school is there? High school is miserable, and any dream involving returning there is indeed a nightmare. Or is it? Sure, high school meant gym class and prom, but it was also a time when you were young and beautiful and thought you’d stay that way forever. Your dream speaks to your longing to be a vampire. Even more tragically, it seems you had the chance to be turned in high school (the teacher calling your name every day clearly being your sire), but weren’t ready for such a weighty choice (the test). Now you feel regret as time takes its toll on your wizened body. I suggest putting on The Lost Boys and producing India ink drawings about this situation.
I dreamed I had a carton of chicken eggs with transparent ends and I could see the embryos developing. When turned to the light the clear end had a hologram of a human eye. It all made sense in the dream, and I was happy that though I couldn’t eat the eggs, at least I would get chickens which would eventually lay eggs.
This is one of the most auspicious dreams a person can have. It is common among those who possess skills in the realm of the arts, manual labor, and, namely, the magickal arts.
(On a personal note, this dream has reverence for me because it makes me nostalgic for all the times I have rented black Minorca hens to eat the hexes that my enemies laid across my doorway. Without those hens to lovingly eat the mysterious twigs and powders, I may not be here. I long to watch those black-feathered angels develop in the egg!)
How advanced are you in the art of alchemy? Your dream of viewing the embryos’ growth reminds me of the alchemical homunculus, or little man produced through magic means. There was also a theory that there is a little man in each sperm, and fetuses developed by becoming larger versions of it. The eye you saw reminds me of another spiritual symbol, the eye of Horus, which looks like this:
The Eye of Horus is a symbol of great protection, health, and wealth. To summarize, you may feel like a novice in alchemy (chickens instead of humans), but you are being protected as you learn to transmute base metals into gold. And though you can’t currently perform works of the highest magick (no eggs to eat) you are hopeful you will get there through the power of Horus.