Saturday, October 28, 2006

A serious sequel to the previous dream

Last night's dream seemed a little strange, even by my wyrd standards! In the dream, there appeared a little child, a boy, Smike, as it turned out, whom I had created after reading Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, hoping to give him a better childhood with Nicholas and his bride Madeline Bray than he had had at Dotheboys Hall, under Mr Squeers, in the book. Unfortunately, however, in the game, the relationship between Nicholas and Madeline did not take off, although Smike soon graduated to "superkid" status... In my dream, he retraced his steps back through past journeys, visiting milestone-places; someone had told him that if he deleted any objects he had left behind in those places, whatever pursued him (Mr Squeers, the abominable schoolmaster?) would lose the scent, and ability to follow... At first he therefore went around deleting objects, then, when it seemed that Nicholas and not Mr Squeers pursued him, he stopped deleting, in the hopes of a reunion, and, indeed, a better life. But, when Nicholas finally caught up with him, strangely enough, he did not want a reunion, although he loved the child fondly in the book, and mourned his death; he exercised an option instead, which caused Smike and Madeline to sink slowly beneath the ground, among the apple trees of Appleview Farm (where they had lived), to find themselves later transported to another "village" (neighbourhood, in the game?) for safe keeping...

The "sinking beneath the earth" motif seems a strange one, because it does also correspond with the Celtic legend of St Odhran, i.e. a necessary "sacrifice" by voluntary burial. I had wondered how to logistically accomplish this in the game, and this dream solved the problem for me! St Odhran also discovered, to Columcille's horror as an orthodox Christian, that hell or the underworld did not seem so bad after all! So maybe, for the good of the whole game, I should allow the Nicklebys to "sacrifice" themselves, since they seem to "volunteer" for this! (Maybe also the Saint Odhran character himself?) I also wonder about the strangely evocative overtones of the connection with apples, and apple trees... ;-))

This dream also corresponds with today's cyber-Tarot of the "9 of Stones", i.e. extreme earthiness, giving oneself up to the element of earth, and I Ching:

"The present is embodied in Hexagram 14 - Ta Yu (Possession in Great Measure): There will be great progress and success.
In the first (or lowest) line, undivided, there is no approach to what is injurious, and there is no error. Let there be a realisation of the difficulty and danger of the position, and there will be no error.
The third line, undivided, shows us a feudal prince presenting his offerings to the Son of Heaven. A small man would be unequal to such a duty.
The fourth line, undivided, shows its subject keeping his great resources under restraint. There will be no error.
The situation is shifting, and Yin (the passive feminine force) is gaining ground.
The future is embodied in Hexagram 4 - Meng (Youthful Folly): There will be progress and success. I do not go and seek the youthful and inexperienced, but he comes and seeks me. When he shows the sincerity that marks the first recourse to divination, I instruct him. If he apply a second and third time, that is troublesome, and I do not instruct the troublesome. There will be advantage in being firm and correct.
The things most apparent, those above and in front, are embodied by the upper trigram Li (Fire), which is tansforming into Ken (Mountain). As part of this process, brightness and warmth are giving way to stillness and obstruction.
The things least apparent, those below and behind, are embodied by the lower trigram Chi'en (Heaven), which is transforming into K'an (Water). As part of this process, strength and creativity are giving way to danger and the unknown."

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