25 Oct Dream Within A Dream ~ October 26 -November 1
Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
“…I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand—
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep—while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?”
This beautiful poem by Edgar Allan Poe, one of the greatest American writers of all time, is a melancholy meditation for this week of Halloween. Though this poem contains no murder, mayhem or monsters, Dream Within a Dream bleeds from the heart of the poet, evoking the essence of what the Scorpionic season is all about: the visceral concrescence of life and death.
This pain, made into poetic song, is from the knowledge of how easily dreams are lost to us upon waking, how quickly hope fades into despair, and how illusory the narrative you think you are enacting in life truly is. The poet is tortured by the realization that life is but a handful of memories, and that it is only in the dreams wrought from memories that life exists at all. Time is slipping through his grasping hands and each moment erodes away the last one until there is nothing left. The agony of the poet’s grief is one shared by all those who realize how indefinite are the boundaries between life and death; dreams and reality.
Remember this week that Halloween was not always about cheap candy and binge-drinking. It was once a time to honor the spirits of the dead, to devote some of your mortal life to their memory, merging a divided world of duality into a holistic continuum. This week will be one to allow some solemnity and devotion back into your consciousness as you contemplate the mystery of mysteries!
Monday/Tuesday – The Ace of Wands
The Ace of Wands indicates that at the beginning of the week you are full of power and energy. With the Moon in Aries on Monday, the element of fire will ignite your motivation to succeed and forge ahead! The Moon will become full after midnight, illuminating the wee hours of Tuesday morning with the light of the Full Moon in Taurus! Let your senses seduce you into a state of purifying enjoyment.
This is an excellent time to work on stabilizing a relationship or to make a more solid environment for your professional endeavors. If you have been a wanderer in the desert, chasing mirages in the relentless sun, this full moon will finally lead you to an oasis!
Wednesday/Thursday – The Empress
On Wednesday, the Moon is still in Taurus and has filled you with a profound sense of power and beauty! The Moon is trined to Venus in Virgo and then
Mars in Virgo. “How does your garden grow?” This is the question you will be empowered to answer on this day with ingenious acuity! What is healthy and steady in your life? What are your most abundant sources of nutrients? (think mental, physical and spiritual) To devote yourself to prosperity and fertility, surround yourself with sensual forms of beauty: fruit, flowers, jewelry, perfume, etc..etc..
On Thursday, the Moon in Gemini will square Venus and Mars in Virgo as well as Neptune in Pisces. Herein lies the philosophical inquiry that begins to lead you down the path of wondering, fearing, doubting, and dreaming dreams of exquisite horror.
Devil’s Night, Halloween and All Soul’s Day!
The Sun in Scorpio will be trined Neptune in Pisces, lending a quivering sensitivity to your emotional experience this weekend. In addition, the Moon will be in Cancer, completing the water trine and giving you a full range of feelings to be summoned and performed! This will be great for getting into the spirit of the holiday, but it will come with a lot of melodramatic tendencies as well. Watch out for people becoming possessed by their passions and acting like there is no tomorrow!
Halloween is always intense and emotionally raw, but powerful transformations of the spirit can occur when you submit to the darkness and let it flow through you. This weekend is the time to be swept away by the night, whether that be in reverie or in ritual is up to you. At this time, the boundaries between Life and Death are shadowy and vague, rendering your senses quite vulnerable to new impressions of what your story really is.
This weekend is about the release of repression, manifesting in unexpected psychic experience or emotional upheaval! Hedonism is a devotional act on Halloween, so devote yourself to it in your own way with a fair amount of caution and a marvelous sense of adventure. The urge to wear a disguise in order to explore sexuality, evil and altered states of consciousness is a sign of your ravenous desire to reverse and release your societal conditioning. This is healthy and necessary, though if you are suddenly dragged into a black-hole of drunkenness and sexual depravity that causes you regret, take this as a sign that you need to release your repression more often. Seek more revelatory and ecstatic experiences throughout the upcoming year.
Halloween weekend is a time when your thoughts and experiences will reveal to you the continuum of experience that is often ignored. Memories of fun and merriment give us pain in the present. Therefore, sorrow is born from joy and evil is revealed as a consequence of goodness. As if from a dream, you will awaken from this tumultuous night, with only the faintest glimmer of its wisdom to guide you on until next year’s encounter with these shadows.
<3 Aeolian Heart <3
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