Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dreaming of Mountains and Tunnels

Dream 1) I was up in the mountains somewhere in a different country. They were very steep and jaggedy - maybe like Peru or possibly Europe. There was a Mayan-type structure, golden that looked like a giant snake waterslide. A group of British teachers were going to ride on it as a form of protest.

Dream 2) I was looking for my class outside the school. There was a tunnel that I needed to slide down but the bottom opening was clogged with snow. I was afraid I would get stuck, but I managed to clear it with my feet. When I finally got out, I was at the bottom of a hill. It was an isolated area in a forest but there was a rustic cabin with two mountain-men out front fixing an old car. I had to run up the logging road to get back to school. 

Since I had these two dreams on consecutive nights, I knew the symbols of Mountains and Tunnels were important.

The Mountain Symbol

Mountain, as a symbol in dreams, is the archetype for overcoming obstacles. 

If you dream of climbing a mountain, you are overcoming obstacles, literally rising above. Standing at the top of a mountain means you achieved success. Conversely, descending a mountain is taking a step back, and you might have trouble reaching your goals.  The steepness of a mountain represents the degree of challenges you need to overcome. (i.e. flat mountains relatively easy going versus sharp points).

Traditionally, mountains were seen as representing closeness to heaven, spiritual enlightenment and elevation. Hermits, those seekers of truth and knowledge, frequently inhabited mountain peaks. In Chinese tradition, mountains were viewed as a symbol of the peace that comes through meditation.

The Tunnel Symbol

In my dream, the tunnels were slides, reminiscent of a game of snakes and ladders (in the first dream the tunnel was in the shape of a snake - see my post Dreaming of Snakes for interpretation of that symbol.) 

In dreams, tunnels take you deeper into the subconscious.  It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland falling through the rabbit hole. There is a loss of control of reality when you fall through a tunnel.

Psychologically, it could represent going through the birth canal so literally a rebirth.

If you can see light at the end of the tunnel, it means you will emerge to positive outcomes but if something is blocking the tunnel, it could be a sign that you have fears or issues that are impending your way.

Like the mountain, tunnels are also a symbol of a obstacle dream. 

Interpretation of My Dream

I find it interesting that I had two prominent symbols of overcoming obstacles in both my dreams. Besides this aspect, it feels like the mountain represented my higher state while the tunnel took me down into the unconscious. I like the fact that I successfully made it to the top in both my dreams, even though the tunnel took me down, I managed to get back up. I take the dreams to be a message that I am going through some stuff that I will, ultimately, be able to overcome.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Beaver Moon - Full Moon Rituals

The Beaver Moon, so named because it was traditionally a time in North America when hunters set their beaver traps, happens in November each year. It is also known by the name, Frosty Moon, because of the drop in temperature.

Here is more Beaver Moon Information according to the Old Farmer's Almanac:

Full moons are a time when you can harness the moon's energy and shifts by letting go of what's no longer serving you. Full moons signify a time to release while new moons are a time to set intentions.


  • Light a candle. It doesn't seem to matter what colour candle you use. There are some beautiful handmade candles on Etsy that you could check out. 
  • Write out things you want to release on a piece of paper. Burn it. You could say an affirmation as you do it. This one is from @healingenergytools:

    •  "I now release the need for those things in m life that are not serving my highest good. I am not afraid to let go. In their place, I receive love, joy and abundance."

  • Clean up and throw out things that no longer serve you to make room and space in your life (literally out with the old and in with the new).

  • Take a bath with Himalayan Pink Salts to release energy. These salts will detoxify your body as well as gently soothe your muscles, promote circulation and contribute greatly to your general well being.
Full moons are excellent times to release what is no longer serving you. Here is the Full Moon Calendar for 2020 from Mad Witch Supplies so you can plan.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Using A Pendulum

Do you have a decision to make? Not sure how you're feeling about something? A pendulum might be a useful tool for you to use!

What Is A Pendulum?

A pendulum is a weight suspended from a pivot so it can swing back and forth under the influence of gravity. Objects that have a charm or stone attached to a chain or string are called pendulums and used as tools. It can be very ornate and beautiful, but people have also used basic materials, such as a string with a paper clip on it, successfully for centuries.

How Do You Use A Pendulum?

The idea behind the pendulum is that it responds to energy. So you would start by asking a question (that has a yes or no answer), charge it with giving you a response and observe what direction the pendulum will move. This will be your answer.

For example:

Question: Should I move to Cultus Lake? Turn clockwise for yes.

I hold my hand holding the pendulum by the chain over my other hand, the stone a few centimetres above. The stone slowly starts swinging, back and forth a bit and then settles on a direction and starts spinning clockwise, slowly at first and then strong and fast.

Answer: Yes

It is helpful to ask the pendulum a few easy to answer questions first to establish its own way of saying yes or no.

A pendulum can also be used in healing as it will respond to energy imbalances in the body. In my own experience, I held the pendulum over various parts of my body. It did not move until I reached my throat. Then it started turning clockwise like crazy and drew so close to my throat that I felt like it wanted me to swallow it! I have been told before that I have blockage in my throat chakra and I experience symptoms related to that.

Why Does it Work?

Similar to dowsing, the pendulum responds to the energy of the person holding it. I feel like it picks up on my own energy and feelings. So unlike a magic 8 ball or something, the stone doesn't hold the answers, you do. The stone is just telling you how you feel. As in the example above, maybe I really want to move to Cultus Lake.

Choosing A Pendulum

I had been interested in using a pendulum for awhile when I went into a metaphysical store and saw some made of a variety of materials from metal to wood to crystal. There were so many that I wasn't sure what to choose. The salesperson showed me how to use it and then said to try some out that I was drawn to. I was really drawn to a large diamond shaped green stone on a gold chain. As per the salesperson's suggestion, I asked it "Are you my pendulum?" and it said yes.  My advice would be to buy what you are instinctively drawn to.  As they say, "the pendulum chooses you".

Cautions in Using the Pendulum

As with using any tool, you don't want to become over reliant on it. I would not depend solely on the pendulum's answer in making decisions, especially big ones. You especially don't want to get into the habit of asking it questions for every little thing. I find if I use it too much it becomes very unreliable and almost silly.
If the pendulum is made of crystal you should probably clear or cleanse it before using it. There are some people who think that a pendulum is moved by spirits. While it actually can be used as a tool, like the Ouija board, to communicate with spirits, I think that used in the way I outlined above, it is pretty clear that it is responding to your own energy. But if it makes you feel scared or uncomfortable in any way, don't use it!