Warm greetings to all!
Thank you once again to all those who reached out and connected with the earth in last week’s challenge: Earth-Friendly Witchcraft! After immersing ourselves in the energy of nature, it’s time to go even deeper- this time, within ourselves!
The theme for this week’s challenge will be…
This challenge is all about venturing into and exploring the hidden potential within ourselves. Through our dreams, we can go far beyond the limits of our conscious minds, leave behind our physical bodies, and delve deeper into both the universe and the universe within ourselves .
Dreams are a key into the beyond- learn to find messages, meanings, and guidance while you sleep .
For those unfamiliar with dream magick, this challenge is welcoming you to diversify your knowledge and learn about this fascinating practice . Share what you’ve learned to complete the challenge!
For those with prior experience or a desire to try something new, this challenge tasks you with the mission to go even deeper- try a new practice, experiment, and return to us with your new wisdom to share!
Are you ready? Grab your comfy pillows and pajamas, it’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
STEP 1: Practicing Dream Magick
~An Overview to Dream Magick~
@Francisco has compiled a great introduction to the Magic of Sleep and Dreaming- it is a great place to get an overview of different types of dream magick, definitely check it out if you haven’t already!
~Learning to Find Meaning in Your Dreams~
Look for symbols and signs in your dreams. You may find some of them to be of great importance to you- and may be able to find Your Personal Symbol!
If you can remember items that appeared in your dream, jot them down and then look them up to find their meaning. You can search for the meaning of your dreams from various sources, such as:
Remember that one symbol may have different meanings depending on the guide you are looking at- the most important meaning is the one that calls to you! These are your dreams- consider looking for connections and representations to people and places that are close to your heart before looking through a dream guidebook!
A great practice is to keep a Dream Journal ! Doing so will not only help you to prevent dreams from slipping from your conscious memory, but will also help you to track patterns and symbols that re-appear time and time again
Lucid dreaming is the practice of regaining awareness and taking control of your dream- while remaining inside it. Both a magickal practice and a hot topic in the field of cognitive science , lucid dreaming is a difficult to attain but wondrous ability that is worth giving a try!
Tech Insider has an intro to lucid dreaming on their YouTube Channel
There are numerous books available on the subject of lucid dreaming and how best to go about it- I’m about halfway through and enjoying Lucid Dreaming: Guide to the Inner Self by Robert Waggoner
Lucid dreaming is a very advanced and difficult practice that, for most lucid dreamers, requires a lot of training and patience! It is normal if it takes a long time to be able to achieve awareness inside your dream . Keep trying, stick to one or two “signs” to guide you, and keep trying- good luck!
~Connect with a Dream Diety~
There are many deities that are connected with sleep, dreams, or other worlds. Here are just a few- consider learning about and possibly appealing to one or more of these deities to enhance your dream magick abilities!
(From Selene: Goddess of the Moon)
Oneiroi: Greek Gods of Dreams
While originally the Oneiroi were a countless number of smaller demons or deities, the term eventually came to refer to the gods of dreams in Greek and Roman traditions.
Morpheus – Some would name Morpheus as the leader of the Oneiroi. Morpheus’s name means form or shape, and his role was primarily to take on the shape of humans in dreams.
Phobetor (Icelos) – Phobetor would take on the form of animals, birds and reptiles in dreams. The name Phobetor can mean “to be feared”, and this was the name man knew the god by, but gods referred to him as Icelos, meaning “resembling”. Phobetor was also occasionally referred to as the god of nightmares.
Phantasos – Phantasos was the god of inanimate things within dreams, the like of water and earth. Phantasos was sometimes considered to be the god of surreal dreams.
In Roman mythology it was also common to name the Oneiroi not sons of Nyx, but the offspring of Hypnos and Pasithea. As such the Oneiroi were also often perceived to be attendants of Hypnos found in the god of Sleep’s cave in the Underworld.
[From Greek Legends and Myths:The Oneiroi in Greek Mythology]
From a playlist on Greek Myths on YouTube:
Baku: Nightmare Eater
(From Ancient Origins)
Baku are yokai or spirits in Japanese mythology that can be summoned to free you from nightmares and bad dreams. Unlike some of the other tricksy or ill-intentioned yokai, Baku are usually depicted as benevolent spirits.
~Make a Dream Pillow~
Dream pillows are sachets or small bags filled with dried leaves, pieces, and petals of plants that have dream or sleep-enhancing abilities .
The following herbs have a host of medicinal and magical abilities in addition to being connected with sleep and dreams :
- Lavender (and mentioned here as well)
- Heather [*Heather has a connection with ghosts and the Fae- be careful when using]
(Picture of dream pillows kindly shared by @roxanne)
You can also find a step-by-step guide to making dream pillows in The Magic of Sleep and Dreaming.
STEP 2: Share Your Experience
In order to participate in the challenge, you must share your experience! Please feel free to create a new post in the forums (and don’t forget to mention the challenge!) or write about your experience below!
This challenge will be open for: 7 DAYS!
To join in the challenge, please post about your endeavors delving into dream magick by 5:00 AM (Central European Time) on Thursday, August 13!
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
For those that dare to venture deeper into the reaches of their own minds, expect to receive a shout-out and small prize for your efforts !
A warm reminder that this challenge is very open- you are encouraged to participate in a way that reflects your unique practice . There are no right or wrong answers so long as you practice respectfully, and there is no way to ‘lose’ the challenge if you participate!
The goal of this challenge is to help you help yourself- to learn more about the exciting practice and possibilities of dream magic , to further diversify and strengthen your magickal practice , and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another
May the hidden pathways of your mind open to you, and may you find wonder and delight in the magickal world inside yourself!