Thursday, November 17, 2005

Full moon, and a weird Voodoo dream: pots de tete?


Yikes.com! Speaking of spirit guides, this one just left his calling card, and in no uncertain terms, and in the Voodoo Tarot to boot... *I hear my beloved knocking, and I arise to answer with myrrh dripping off my fingers* (Song of Songs)... After a quite pleasant phone conversation with B-E (although he no longer regards Voodoo among his classification of "pure religions"), I went to bed and to sleep, woke up at about 2 am, noted full moon streaming in through window, could not get back to sleep for a while, so I 'pottered' (interesting word, in the context!) about in AT a bit, before returning to bed and sleep, with the strange 'head' sensation this time of the little balls that maintain balance rolling about in my inner ear, although I lay still...
In my dream, I had a doll which I cherished as if it equated to a real child (maybe on some level, it represents my 'spiritual child' self since recent initiation?). Only, not so much the head, as the plastic front part of the face (persona or mask?) kept falling off, and this odd, moulded clear plastic form kept popping out, kind of like one head on top of another, only also with folded wings in between, kind of like a totem pole (a model of the self/Higher Self relationship?). I kept popping it back in, and replacing the face. Later in the dream I also had another doll, smaller and darker, only it seemed just a head, that spoke to me... It seemed quite embarrassing when this happened in public, or in the presence of someone else (another woman, proprietress of the toy shop, i.e. Ayizan as guardian goddess of the marketplace, domain of women, and maintainer of hounfor proprieties? Interesting that, true to form, she remained more or less faceless, in my dream... Having just commented on her as such in AT on the thread of the Empress).
Woke up with the image of Rada Hounsis (Page or Princess of Swords) before my eyes, feeling somewhat intellectually challenged by all this, and definitely recalling my own Page image of little Alice recently promoted from pawn to queen on the chessboard: only this hounsis lovingly tends all the pots-de-tete in the hounfor, i.e. jars, or sometimes dolls' heads, protectively containing the "Ti Bon Anges" (Temperance angels or spirits) of the sorcerers as talismans, i.e. her particular temple function seems something of a sacristan, in Catholic terms. Must re-research this aspect of Voodooism. I have my own small jar, well-hidden, already, connecting me to this Tarot, and I think of it as my 'pot-de-tete', but I believe they do a lot of work, and art, with dolls' heads in particular, to preserve the spirits of the loa, as in bottles, i.e. real Voodoo art (and not, as everyone thinks from Hollywood, dolls of your enemies for sticking pins in, although that may relate to the 'lefthand side' of Voodooism as in the creation of Zombis for exploitative slave labour! i.e. When you see washed-up dead fugu, puffer fish, on St Kilda beach, think that a Zombi - will-less Hanged One - 'walks' somewhere? ;-P)
I believe I already used a doll's head ('found art') for this purpose in creating my mermaid (La Sirene, 7 of Cups, although I erroneously called her Yemaya (9 of Pentacles) at the time... but then, confusions can happen when in the watery 7 of Cups domain! lol I trust La Siren and Yemaya will both forgive me my ignorance and inexperience, and have a good laugh at my expense! lol
At its silliest, and most literal level, the 'Pope' made an appearance in the last act of Sister Act, in Gawith's "rich tapestry" today, perhaps by way of confirmation? ;-))

5 Comments:

Blogger mythosandbios said...

A truly initiatory dream with the peeling away of the faces (personas). Reminds me of one I had years ago. In it, I was helping to set up a New Age Festival. In the store room, I opened a huge wicker basket and inside it was a grey bloated dead me lying on brightly coloured fabric. She climbed out, wanting to re-merge with me. I took off like a bat out of hell, recognising that to allow her touch was to return to a 'dead' time within. She staggered after me, and everything she passed died. Before me, and as I moved through, all was truly alive with colour and vibrancy, flowers etc. I dreamt that I woke before she could re-enter me with a live rose still in my hand (I had to take it with me to keep the passion alive).

8:40 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Interesting that you describe yourself as taking off "like a bat out of hell", and then everything turning to flowers; sounds like a Bat medicine dream (see Nahualli Animal Tarot, and Bat medicine in particular: apparently Bat made the flowers come on earth by going down to the underworld, and making love to the goddess of the underworld... Kind of puts a new spin on Bat, doesn't it? Also more of a shamanic-type initiation, "shaman" equating to a keyword for Bat ;-))

9:36 am  
Blogger Sebastian Aristos said...

Very interesting dream Claire. Are you going to re-explore it using active imagination ? I would be fascinated to hear what the different 'characters' have to say.

I wonder also what the pots mean, and what they are used for. I can see in the tarot card that they seem to be some vessel for spirit, which is a metaphor I guess for what we are, isn't it ?

Please explain why you feel that the mermaid you made is something you identify with the 7 of pentacles rather than the 9 of cups. The 9 of cups is such a nice card too.

I haven't had an interesting dream for a while. You've made me feel a little nostalgic having had such a cool one.

PS. I'm loving "The Art of Happiness", and even tried one of the techniques to cultivate compassion today. Now that my scanner is working, I will have to blog some pictures of the books that I got with the voucher that you gave me. Thank you again.

11:39 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

As I said in my post, Sebi, this hounsis (page/princess of swords in the Voodoo Tarot) lovingly tends all the pots-de-tete in the hounfor, i.e. jars, or sometimes dolls' heads, protectively containing the "Ti Bon Anges" (Temperance angels or spirits) of the sorcerers as talismans... for when they leave their bodies, so no harm comes to them(?)... i.e. her particular temple function seems something of a sacristan, in Catholic terms.

>Please explain why you feel that the mermaid you made is something you identify with the 7 of pentacles rather than the 9 of cups. The 9 of cups is such a nice card too.

Previous books on Voodoo got me confused between La Siren (Voodoo tradition: sea goddess) and Yemaya (earth-goddess in Santeria - independent, but accepted, earth-based tradition) - I find them both "nice", as you call it ;-))

Glad you like them, the books, that is! ;-))

1:55 pm  
Blogger mythosandbios said...

Interesting that you describe yourself as taking off "like a bat out of hell", and then everything turning to flowers; sounds like a Bat medicine dream (see Nahualli Animal Tarot, and Bat medicine in particular: apparently Bat made the flowers come on earth by going down to the underworld, and making love to the goddess of the underworld... Kind of puts a new spin on Bat, doesn't it? Also more of a shamanic-type initiation, "shaman" equating to a keyword for Bat ;-))

>>> How very, very apt! At the time I had this dream I was involved in an on-line group called Bats - something - can't remember the name, and I was exploring shamanism in some depth.

Oh memories rising from the midst of mythos' misty mind. I did a pathworking and met a black woman shaman (or sharwoman as I prefer to call her). She killed and cooked a rabbit (my Chinese astrology - double rabbit, double dog), and we ate it. I, in essence, devoured myself.

I was so engaged in the process that veggo me went out and bought a rabbit, roasted it (the oven was still working then LOL) and ate it. Yum - mythos tasted good lol.

But, gosh, whole new levels of meaning emerging. Thanks Claire.

I put the Nahualli Animal Tarot on my list a couple of weeks ago.

It is interesting too that, as I become more and more steeped in the Western Mystery tradition - which I had avoided - I am also finding myself attracted to South American traditions.

6:40 am  

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