Posts Tagged ‘Tolkien’

The Lion Dream

On May 9, I mentioned having some powerful dreams right when the Moon conjuncted my natal Mercury at 4 degrees Gemini. I had one and then another three-part dream, which I recorded right afterwards and shared with a few friends. I had not planned to post details here, except my sweet Faery Twin Tania Marie mentioned having a similar dream in the comments of today’s post about July’s astro energies.

Tania shared: “interesting mars in leo connection to last night’s dream of a male lion following/coming at me (not threatening, but definitely getting my attention). weird that in dream i say to myself, this is the second time a lion comes at me in a dream – but i don’t actually remember dreaming of this another time. 🙂 good stuff”

me: “Remember, though, I had that amazing dream about the giant male lion a couple months ago! Maybe that’s what you were thinking about. 🙂 I had a dream on the weekend where people were turning into cats standing on two legs. They would eat one bird and then change back into people. It wasn’t violent–more surreal. Wild stuff. 🙂 ”

Tania: “hmmm, interesting. that could be. didn’t remember your dream. i think i may have had a lioness once, and the white jaguar. it was very clear to me when the lion came at me, that i’d seen this before and was being told it was second time. so could be bleed through of yours, or i’ve actually had it before in a dream state i just don’t remember and now am with the trigger again. in either case, very cool! since we’re twins it makes sense. your dream is wild for sure with cat people 😉 ”

me: “In my dream, I actually had the same thing happen where the huge lion walked across our patio, and I ‘heard’ ‘this is a miracle. remember this’ and then I had three, back to back recurring dreams where the lion came up in memory in the dream. It was significant, and it also bled through … . In my dream, it was like an Aslan figure. I used to have cat dreams ALL the time– tigers, jaguars, shapeshifting people into tigers, cougars … but until the lion dream I hadn’t had any for many years. Then this weekend I had the cat-people dream. 🙂 ”

This synergy of lion dreams leads me to share both the comment exchange and my dream here in case it holds broader messages for other people.

Shortly after my lion dream (below), I emailed Timothy Glenn, who was part of the dream, and it turned out the timing and events were highly synchronous to real time events in his own life. My recent cat dream, along with Tania’s lion dream with similar “remembering” effects, seems timely once again, so here’s my three-part lion dream: Continue reading

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City Getaway

In honor of both of our birthdays, plus my 21-year TBI anniversary between them, David and I took a long weekend getaway to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City, Michigan. We visited Traverse City last October, but we’d never been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Friday graced us with perfect hiking weather — sunny and mid-upper 50’s. The wind made it difficult to take clear photographs, but we managed to capture some of our time there.

The path to Empire Bluff felt like Faerie, and everyone leaving the bluff flashed big smiles and expanded hearts. For my part, I couldn’t stop smiling the moment we entered the green:

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White Trillium blankets the woods of Sleeping Bear Dunes at this time of year …

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… and any clearings offer stunning views, shown here through David’s eyes: Continue reading

A Taste of Spring: San Antonio and Perfect Timing

Happy Spring Equinox to those in the Northern Hemisphere! (And Happy Fall Equinox to my Southern readers.)

I’ve been meaning to post a recap of our March 7-11, 2019 trip to San Antonio, but between Mercury Retrograde and Uranus moving into Taurus, life keeps redirecting me. Despite “delays,” large and little sync winks confirm the perfect timing of everything. As giant snowflakes fall outside my windows right now, my San Antonio photos will give a much better taste of Spring.

Another sync wink occurred on March 5, just as I finished selecting clothes to pack. For context, on Valentine’s Day, I decided to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings —back to back– with no other books or coursework in between. I finished The Hobbit in about a week, but I am still reading LOTR! Depending on the edition, that’s around a 1,200 page book, so this next part seemed significant. Just before David pulled into our driveway on March 5, I reached this part of LOTR on my Kindle:

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I read this on the fifth of March, right before a seeming mishap occurred. The astounding sync wink in a 1,200 page book made me laugh and provided immediate perspective that all was in Divine and perfect order. As predicted, the mishap turned out be no big deal, especially for the chaotic energies of that day. This synchronicity set the tone for our entire trip to San Antonio, which went smoothly, despite Mercury Rx, Uranus zippy zaps, and perfect timing “delays.” Continue reading

Uranus in Taurus: An Unexpected Journey

From May 15 – November 6, 2018, we got a glimpse — a preview — of rebel-liberator-techno-cosmic weirdo Uranus moving into slow-steady-Venusian-earthy bull Taurus. Uranus is lightning quick and revolutionary; Taurus is known for stubbornness, beauty and comfort.

In Tolkien terms, “Uranus in Taurus” is the Wizard Gandalf with his lightning fireworks and incomprehensible wisdom “inviting” Bilbo Baggins on an adventure. Although his birthday falls on September 22 (on the cusp of Virgo/Libra), Bilbo reacts like a Taurus facing Uranus. Like most Hobbits, Bilbo loves food, security, and his home in the Shire. Like Uranus, Gandalf disrupts a perfectly ordinary “Good Morning” and offers Bilbo the chance for radical change and growth.

When Bilbo declines that offer, Gandalf brings the party to Bilbo. Literally. As with Uranus, resistance to Gandalf is futile. A band of Dwarves throw Bilbo’s home into chaos, eat all his food stores and drive him so crazy that his inner “Took” heritage starts fighting with the more sensible “Baggins” side. In a shocking twist, Bilbo finds himself a willing and essential participant in the adventure he refused. The rest is Hobbit history and one of the most beloved stories ever told. Of course, good stories involve challenge and change, but they also bring growth. Like Uranus, Gandalf ignites and liberates a dormant part of Bilbo. Life becomes much less predictable, but the changes redefine how Bilbo sees himself and the world.

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Uranus moves back into Taurus until July 7, 2025. Continue reading

Pure Delight!

This past Valentine’s Day marked some very special transitions. David and I held our own lovely celebration, but that day also opened a new era in my personal life, especially related to writing fiction. Always in eerie sync, my sweet friend Tania Marie opened her new Etsy shop that day. She had texted me previews of the photos, but clicking on The Magick Rabbit shop link brought new levels of delight.

As I sat at my writing desk in my blue office, staring at the waterfall tapestry with a blue velvet “watery” chair beneath, I just knew I needed a “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea DIY Rabbit Fairy Crystal Garden Kit in Tortoise Finish Indoor Planter Pot Seashell Conch Fairy House.” How could I resist? This precious little bunny in a boat makes me smile every time I see him:

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I love all of Tania’s whimsical creations. If I had the room, I would give every single one a spot, but I love this one the best. I also wanted to support Tania’s new venture, and it felt like a perfect Love Day gift to my creative spirit and inner child. I understood the concept: Tania procures and designs the “gardens,” ships them to you, and then you can assemble per the original design or make your own. I was not prepared for all the fun, though! Continue reading

Becca Tarnas ~ Dissertation Defense of “The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien”

This video was yesterday afternoon’s treat following a busy several weeks of sessions, study and synchronicity. I have followed Becca’s graduate work for years, as her interests in the Imaginal Realm, Faerie, Jung, Tolkien, symbols, Story and astrology dovetail with my own. Had my 1998 TBI not rerouted me away from a PhD in English Literature, these kinds of studies would have been right up my alley. Actually, they still are; I just do them in a different way, with different ends.

In any case, this is a fascinating and brilliant dissertation defense. I love how all the academics recognize Becca for “bringing the Soul back to academia.” If you have an hour and 45 minutes, this talk delves into the world I live in, especially these past few weeks. Highly recommended!

Eve Goodman ~ Dacw ‘Nghariad (Welsh Folk Song)

I awoke the other night from a dream telling me that Tolkien’s Elvish was based on Welsh. In my daily deluge of synchronous gifts and delights, I’ve received some odd nudges to learn Welsh, so I decided to investigate that dream. Sure enough, Tolkien based Elvish on Welsh sounds and grammar. Well, then! I completed my first lesson today.

It’s a musical language, and of all the languages I’ve had on my potential docket, perhaps one of the least practical. On the other hand, the way my life works, I wonder what surprises learning Welsh will bring. 🙂

In any case, I find it enchanting. I hope you do, too!

Inward to Ovate

Regardless of how you label your spiritual path, this post speaks to so much of what I’m hearing in sessions and from friends, and feeling in my own life. How could I not re-blog a post that quotes both Bilbo Baggins and the Tao Te Ching?! Worth a few reads if you find you’ve changed (or are changing) so much in recent years that you barely recognize yourself, and little remains of what you called “life” … yet still you travel on.

A Druid Way

pathImagine a path you create as you go. We don’t need to call it “shamanism” or “Druidry” or “earth spirituality” or anything else in particular. If anyone asks, it’s “nothing special.” It’s just “what you do every day.” I call it my life.

You respond, or you don’t, to the guidance of hints, nudges, dreams, gut instinct, chance encounters, coincidence. You seek, or you don’t, for something that begins to answer the call inside you, the tickle or itch that won’t go away. Oh, you can dull it for days or decades with a wider variety of distractions now than at almost any other time in the last ten millennia.

Sometimes, perversely, it seems the call or itch or tickle is ITSELF the distraction. Can’t do it all. Just gonna live my life. Keep my head down. Leave me alone, will ya? Not gonna get suckered into a wild goose chase, a…

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Perspectives on Fairy-Story: Tolkien, Lewis, MacDonald, Chesterton & Clark

“The peculiar quality of the ‘joy’ in successful Fantasy can thus be explained as a sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth. It is not only a ‘consolation’ for the sorrow of this world; but a satisfaction, and an answer to that question, ‘Is it true?’” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

A lovely piece by Becca Tarnas:

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“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.” – J.R.R. Tolkien[1]

With these words J.R.R. Tolkien introduces his readers to Faërie, a realm encountered by means of Imagination, the domain of fairy-story. But what are fairy-stories? Often they have been construed as short tales written for children, of little weight or importance in the world of adult matters, yet this simplifying definition is addressed and overturned by Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, and Stephen Clark in five separate essays written in defense of fairy-story. From different angles, but much the same perspective, these five writers address law and morality, fantasy and reality, Imagination and Truth, as they are brought…

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Does Planet Earth Need Humans?

Julian Rose sent me an article today, called, “Why Humanity Must Come Through,” which you can read below. The article touched a cord with me, as he expected it might — although perhaps not quite in the way he imagined it would. I’ve included my own response to him, followed by his article, both for your own consideration. I don’t claim to have all the answers here, but I do know what I’ve observed, including Julian’s enormous heart. I suppose I just live in a bit more multi-dimensional world on a daily basis than most people. 😉

My response:

Hi Julian,
 
Lovely to hear from you. Things are well here, thanks — it’s harvest season and soon Monarch butterfly migration season, for which I’ve planted a butterfly garden to help them along. I don’t know if you follow such things, but the Midwest USA is a difficult passage for them, as so many previous milkweed havens are now filled with GMO corn and soy. Ours is an “Official Monarch Way Station” where they can lay eggs, eat milkweed, sip zinnias and other flowers and then head on their way. It feels like a nice way to give back, and, of course, the flowers are a gorgeous bonus. 🙂
 
Wishing you a wonderful autumn, and thank you for the article. While I do see your point, with my experiences in communicating with animals, plants and the faery and elemental realms, I just don’t view the reincarnation cycle as anywhere near so linear (i.e. humans at the top of the chain). I’ve encountered animals and trees who are FAR more conscious than most humans and who would scorn to incarnate as a human, because that would mean such a stepping back of their awareness. Even science attests to some of this — have you seen or read “The Secret Life of Plants” or studied fungi? It’s pretty incredible, and it’s not just instinct. Plants sing, fungi facilitate telepathy and are highly connected with ancient fairy tales.
 
This doesn’t mean I think humanity should just give up and die. A harmonized, loving relationship between humanity and Gaia (or Terra, as I call her) and all her creatures (seen and unseen), seems very important in this little corner of the Universe. I just liken it to the Lord of the Rings trilogy in which the Hobbits were given the task of disposing of the Ring (“One ring to rule them all — i.e. New World Order). The Hobbits (humans) had a certain inner nobility and courage; however, they were certainly not Gandalf’s (wizards of higher consciousness beings)! They weren’t anywhere near as advanced as Elves or many of the other creatures encountered. The more intuitive sessions I do, and the more time I spend in Nature, the more I’ve come to recognize Tolkien’s work as very close to “real.” For whatever reason, humans seem to have a particularly redemptive potential for ridding the evil that has pervaded this planet, but I wouldn’t attribute that to humanity’s status as the highest level of consciousness on (or in) Terra. Far from it!
 
Can Terra shift without homo sapiens? I don’t know. Given the more recent attempts from the Faery Realm to communicate with humans and guide them in preserving the Earth, I rather think Terra does need humans to make her shift. At least SOME humans. I’m not at all convinced we won’t see a mass extinction — I think the part up for grabs is what kind of people will remain? Will it be the mindless-transhumanist slaves the NWO desires? Or will it be those rare humans who awaken and see with heart the need and the joy of harmonizing with Nature and each other? Or both but on different timelines? I don’t claim to know, although the stark contrast continues to grow between those camps.
 
Anyway, I appreciate you thinking of me with this article and am happy to continue the discussion if you desire. If not, that’s OK, too. I am just of the opinion that humanity (in general) needs to back away from Cartesian, patriarchal and “dominion” based thinking in order to embrace the humility necessary for making this transition. It’s too bad the Illuminati have given the Goddess such a bad name, because we desperately need to cultivate openings for the Divine Feminine if we wish to heal the destruction and devastation on this planet. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I am certain that humans are by far not the pinnacle of consciousness on planet Earth. And thank heavens for that!
 
Homo sapiens does have a tremendous opportunity, which I feel would be richly rewarded if engaged … but empowerment also means looking honestly at one’s ignorance and humbly recognizing how homo sapiens sapiens — like Americans — are neither as great nor as ridiculously wretched as we’ve been led to believe. The awakening, imho, will involve finding a new balance, which is much more about communion than dominion or hierarchy. Living on Terra is a privilege and an honor. Until humanity recognizes that at a core level and feels the tremendous love and respect of the living being of this planet, I don’t see much progress happening. Ironically, though, once humanity aligns with the living being of Terra, her own consciousness will assist in humanity awakening to the Supreme Consciousness of which you speak in your article. Clearly, this has already begun to occur in individuals. Are there enough of them, though? We shall see …
 
Blessings, respect and warm wishes to you,
Laura
 
Julian’s article:
 
Why Humanity Must Come Through
by Julian Rose
 

Need I say it, we are living in – and through – an apocalyptic time. Disintegration and destruction manifest at an accelerating pace as our World is buffeted by a jumbled combination of opposing energies: the distorted man made toxic ones as well as the universal vibratory waves that are an integral part of great cosmic changes.

Nothing we have experienced up until now quite compares with this. There is little that could prepare us for our journey through this collision of forces, aside from an emerging awareness that they are both external and internal manifestations. Manifestations of human and universal energies seeking to redefine and rebalance their shared essence.

Consider for a moment the contribution that our own specifically ‘man made’ toxic cocktail makes to this confusion: electromagnetic smog; atmospheric aerosol pollutants;  HAARP inspired weather engineering; leaking radioactivity from  nuclear power plants; a highly destructive and continually active war machine; blanket agrichemical pesticide contamination of both air and soil; transgenic crops and animals; unprecedented number of highly contaminating oil spills/leaks; chemical assisted fracking for gas; pharmaceutical and industrial pollution of air water and food; and – not least – the dark side’s deliberate distortion of human energies and the mindless splashing around of these energies by its unaware recipients.

The extremity of this multi-pronged violence enacted upon our living planet, its peoples, plants and animals, has led to the suggestion that humanity will pay the ultimate price and be wiped out. Destroyed by its own hand; its own uncontrolled hubris. Its failure to overcome its own blinkered shortcomings.

Some say the World, battered and bruised as it is, will be better-off without man. That freed from its chief oppressor, Gaia will more assuredly survive and heal; will find her equilibrium anew and come through – restored.

It is quite easy to sympathise with this view, not least because it seems to provide an answer to those who feel closer to nature than to their fellow humans – and can see no redemption for a mankind so determinedly set on the path of self destruction.

Yet, even when taking into account the tragic mismanagement of humanity’s journey thus far, I do not consider this to be any kind of answer. For, it is my contention, that with man out of the picture, the advancement of universal equilibrium – however erratic – will be completely arrested. On the macro-cosmic level, I believe a world without human beings would constitute a major set-back for the entire universe. And at the micro-cosmic level, a major set back for the plant, animal and insect kingdom as well.

Why do I say this?

Imagine for a moment the vast arena we call the cosmos. It is a vibrant intelligent life force. Intelligent, because it is at once self governing and on the move. It is in a state of permanent transition – never static. As it expands (and it still is expanding) it discovers itself … just as we discover ‘ourselves’ as we gain awareness and experience. We share with the cosmos a common intelligence which is without limitation, except in as much as it is held in check by counter productive forces of entropy.

So humanity draws down unto itself the intelligence which is manifest in all elements of the cosmos. While standing behind that cosmic intelligence – and informing it – is the omnipotent, omnipresent source of Supreme Consciousness; a characteristic of which is an infinite creativity and unquenchable curiosity..

The intelligent cosmos is an expression of Supreme Consciousness’s passionate exigence. But the Supreme Consciousness cannot experience who or what He/She/It is until those exigencies solidify and take on form; offering a reflection of that which
goes into them.

How do we know this?

Because it is in us that these Source based exigencies take on earthly expression. We are the earthly torch bearers of the Divine spark. It is in us that those Divine exigencies take form. And to the degree to which we earth bound beings in turn start sending back to the intelligent cosmos our own exigencies  – expressed as love, joy, pleasure, pain –  so Source gains greater or lesser degrees of awareness concerning (His) creation.  In us, Source sees a third density reflection of (His) divine exigencies!  But not in us alone of course. In every living being, rock, tree and sea – as they are all expressions of that same Supreme Consciousness.

However, out of the great diversity of beings and matter that compose our planet, man has emerged as the best equipped to consciously recognise in himself – that infinite exigence which has its source in the Supreme Consciousness. Not only to recognise it, but to respond intentionally to its call: that pull we call ‘aspiration’. That wonderful upwardly reaching joyous impulse which is the inherent (unblocked) birthright of all humanity.

Were this force to be wiped off the face of the planet – a great vacuum would be left in its place. For the plant and animal kingdoms cannot ‘consciously’ respond to the call of the intelligent cosmos, they can only act as reflexive recipients of its energies and act as mirror-like re-transmitters. Yet we see and experience in plants and animals a special kind of purity – because they are uncorrupted reflections of divine intelligence – and in this way – a permanent source of inspiration to homo sapiens.

The plant and animal kingdoms do not have the free will and the evolved powers of self determination that humanity possesses. So should humanity be destroyed – or destroy itself – the plant and animal kingdoms would lose their stepping stones towards acquiring states of self determination and consciousness. Homo sapiens represents this stepping stone – the next rung up the ladder of cosmic consciousness for the animal and plant kingdoms.

The fact that the great majority of mankind has so far failed to exercise its potential of cosmic consciousness is not a valid reason to conclude that it should be nullified.

We humans provide a link between the Supreme Consciousness and all other living and animated features of Gaia.  It is just a small minority who set out to deliberately distort that link – and set themselves up in its place as the false gods of engineered hubris.

In our undistorted state, we are pulling on an invisible rope of which all living beings are attached.  Next in line may be the dog which develops a strong affinity with its loving master/mistress. It maybe will have the chance to return to Earth as a human in the next spirit cycle. The courageous cat or the sensitized horse likewise, and so on  along the chain. Even rocks will eventuality get their transformation chance. But, critically, only as long as all of life retains its spiral of forward and upward momentum – which it can only do if we humans fulfill our role in contributing our dynamic to that movement.

Everything on that jostling, energetic chain of life is aspiring towards becoming an ever more subtle form of itself. We included. Continuously aspiring to once again become one with Supreme Source. Yet as the evolutionary energies move ever onward – and not simply in a repeating circle – that which we come from is itself also further evolving. What we yearn to return to is itself in movement, continuously evolving and metamorphosing. However its omniscient essence is retained throughout and will be instantly recognized as ‘home’.

We humans occupy a pivotal point in all this. One which draws upon that which is below and aspires to that which is beyond. This places man in an unique position of responsibility towards the evolution of both Earth and Universe.

We humans have inherited powers that, when used wisely and creatively, can positively determine the future direction of Life both on the microcosmic and macro-cosmic levels. And equally, when used unwisely and destructively, can retard that same evolution. That is our gift from Divine. We are entrusted with responsibility for this planet – and ultimately the entirety of universal evolution.

We are even gifted with the potential to influence the ongoing composition of that which our Creator imagined into existence. The Creator does not cling to power as the delusional Illuminati do – but passes on the gift through us.

Therefore, should humanity be erased off the face of this Earth who will carry on the great experiment?

We are the ones to whom the baton of life has been passed and in whose hands its future rests. We are awaking to the realisation that ‘to be human’ means that we occupy a pivotal role in furthering the work of Creation. That is a gift which surpasses all other blessings with which we are endowed.

So precious is it that we cannot but totally commit – and fully embrace our calling. And that means fully embracing the inclusivity of planetary diversity as expressed through all its multifarious species; the poverty or richness of whose lives is inseparably linked with the poverty or richness of our lives – and whether we are able or unable to fulfill the quest to realise that potential with which we are all endowed.

So for the sake of that which we call Creation, mankind must come through. Humanity must prevail.

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Julian is an early pioneer of UK organic farming, an international activist and author.
His acclaimed book “In Defence of Life” is now available in paperback or ‘ebook’ at Amazon.com and also from Julian’s website http://www.julianrose.info