Laura’s New Love: Lenormand

Gilded Lenormand Deck by Ciro Marchetti

Sometimes, you get the perfect gift. My deck of Ciro Marchetti’s Gilded Reverie Lenormand arrived in the post one day when I was stuck at home because of dangerous road conditions. I’d been scheduled to spend the day in a nearby town with my most enduring friend, so I was feeling pretty blue. It wasn’t […]

Tattoos in dreams

I recently heard a dream report of having leopard print tattoos on the forearms. The dreamer at first thought they were really cool, but later had the reaction of “What have I done?”

In my imagined version of this dream, the forearms are the area of the body that supports and facilitates my use of […]

Dolmen

A dolmen is a Neolithic stone tomb, usually with two side stones and a capstone that spans the distance between the side stones. They were, in some cases at least, covered with soil, which has weathered away. They could be considered portals to the afterlife. As a dream symbol, they carry associations with death (transformation) […]

Dreaming of being the Opposite Sex

I hear a lot more dreams from women than from men, so my sample is skewed, but I’ve heard many dreams in which the female dreamer dreams she’s a man and not many at all from men who’ve dreamed of being a woman. However, I expect that similar themes are at play in both versions […]

Cannibalism as a Dream Symbol

This is an intriguing symbol, and not one I’ve encountered very much. So I’ll start with a theoretical piece about eating in dreams in general, which has resonated for me. Since we don’t need to eat in the dream world, when we do eat, the act has symbolic significance. I’ve learned a lot about this […]

Tornadoes as a Dream Symbol

Throughout history and around the world, people have seen tornadoes as manifestations of God’s will. In the Book of Job in the Old Testament, God speaks to Job out of a whirlwind. In Hosea, the whirlwind is the punishment of the wicked. The fearsome power of tornadoes, and wind in general, is associated with the […]

Small Messengers

Photo by Laura K. Deal

I have a history with bees. The associations are multiple and interconnected, and bees are showing up in my dreams and in waking life.

From running barefoot in the backyard, I had my share of childhood beestings. They hurt like crazy, and then my foot would swell and it […]

Mirrors in Dreams

I’ve often heard Jeremy Taylor refer to dreams as “the magic mirror that never lies.” Dreams, if we can unpack them, reflect us back to ourselves. And what I see in a mirror in a dream is often a glimpse of my truest self. I’ve been thinking about two mirrors—one in a dream I had […]

Twelve as a Symbol

Since today is 12-12-12, the last of the triple dates of the new century, I thought I’d explore what symbolic resonances the number twelve has.

Twelve disciples, things sold by the dozen, twelve signs of the Zodiac, twelve months of the year, twelve hours on the face of clock—we have a lot of twelves in […]

Nissan Leaf as a Dream Symbol

Photo by Laura K. Deal

Last May, my husband and I bought our first new car—a Nissan Leaf. It’s all electric, no gasoline. We use it for almost all of our driving; having plug-ins at or near all the places we usually go. A couple of weeks ago, it showed up for the first […]