THE CAVE IN DREAMS AND SHAMANISM
In my childhood,
we lived next to a beautiful and completely untouched
This Cave, or something very similar
to the actual childhood experience, then recurs in my dreams. In particular,
one dream of many years ago, which I found a very chthonic psychic
experience, even if it was only a dream. Later, when I first read about
Even more recently, some very esoteric material surfaced on the Bat - as a symbol in Mayan shamanism, and in the 'Medicine Cards' of Jamie Sams. The Bat and the Cave are part of the symbolic code of shamanic initiations.
Here follow some dreams over the past 20 years in which the theme of the CAVE appears.
These deep realisations. 1) Lying on my bed (
14th July. 1977
A time with a group of travelling players, masks, feathers (see Jung for group anima, et Al.). I dream of another cave with red iron-rich rocks and a terrible Goddess lives there, beneath her jewelled canopy. This experience of red is contrasted by a dream of snow white cabbage prepared by my grandmother. I dream of another cave with red iron-rich rock!
28th February. 1978
Green, almost manicured valleys, lawns, rather like Glastonbury Abbey - with ruins - possibly a cave, or such shape made from a ruined building. I approach a high energy Kali Shrine, which is a single column with a sort of radio transmitter thereon, beaming out a high frequency. Associations: lighthouse, lingam, pole, column, transmitter. K+A+L+I=7 = The Victory of Realisation. (See p. 100, The Bible and the Tarot, The Pillar of Isis.)
Drawing of Dream: June 21st.1978
A climb up a luxurious mountain slope - to find a cave - wherein a huge, glorious open stone phallus lies embedded amongst the moist ferns and stones and rotting humus. A deep blue stone phallus, it is about 5 feet, veined like marbled paper, and it has a pattern - i.e. the central streak is a clear lapis lazuli column of blue, to the left and right of this, milky, cloudy veins. Within this Yoni cave. Stepping back, I see deep beneath and behind the cave, a beautiful valley with a meandering river.
(On train en route to P.E.) Again, I am climbing up a steep mountain path - in front sits an ancient Sage, with snow white hair and staff and bright blue eyes and pink complexion. I climb to a ledge just above him and sit down on smooth shiny marble rock, rather like the lingam in the fern-cave.
August 28th. 1978
Nat & Irene in a Valley - there are two caves - deep, round, tunnels. They are supposed to be volcanoes. One is wet, or in other words active - the other dry, or inactive (or vice versa). Above is a steep grassy hill. The dream is totally connected to what I dreamt the night before sleeping: DE Rola, Alchemy, p. 123: Two Alchemical procedures, The Humid Way, and the Dry Way - plus a secret Third Way - the Lightning Way. Later Phase: Hugh and Cheryl give me a beautiful Tibetan calendar for 1979.
29th Sept. 1978
A huge spider - with a body like a mountain tortoise. I dream of Andries - a deep, dark cave where I find a sarcophagus, and a statue of a dog.
January 29th. 1980
I am with my father in a seaside cave - the sea is rising and we are trapped. An ancient stone staircase at the back - I intuit a door encrusted therein - but the sea resides. Recall that the ocean represents my mother as in her State she threatens the two of us with her subconscious.
January 30th. 1980
Another underground grotto - in shingled yellow rock - silent and hot desert - there are Chaldean cuneiform-type carvings on the walls - the nymphs were there - Temple Goddesses - and they had devoured the King, or surrogate King.
A crow like bird, cliffs, caves, greenery and an abstract threat. Fear of falling - Baakens krantzes. Deep forest beneath.
29th June. 1991.Sat.
28th May 1995.
An incredible dream, which is too
intense and I do not want to record it. I am in