The subconscious mind responds better to images than words. Symbols provide a way to directly communicate with your inner self. Artists frequently include symbols in their work in order to represent ideas.
Magicians often use symbols to symbolise ideas. The tools that magicians use in rituals — the wand, chalice, athame, and pentagram — symbolize the four elements. Symbols can also be placed in charms as a way of emphasizing specific energies and intentions. Some magical practitioners like to wear clothing adorned with meaningful symbols or to decorate their sacred spaces with significant imagery.
Other symbols are personal; they connote something distinctive to you that may not concur with the usual meaning. Lillies might represent purity to you and death to someone else. Initials and family crests are examples of personal symbols.
Whatever resonates strongly with you, you may choose to view it as your personal symbol. Arrows, crescent moons, shells, or strawberries might signify something profound to you. You might feel an affinity with cats, so you could display photos and figurines of cats in your physical surroundings. Personal symbols, like animals and power objects, can help you focus your own power and draw upon energies outside yourself. Notice incidents of synchronicity that involve your symbol, too. Any time your symbol appears unexpectedly, it’s a wake-up call – remain proactive!!!
You will need to learn to incorporate symbols within your spellwork. There is not really any right or wrong when going with what feels right - personally. You may plan a “love Spell” with the thought of sprinkling rose petals inside your circle of protection – while others may choose to use phallic symbols, photographs or simply visualization.
A sigil is a uniquely personal symbol you create in order to produce a specific result. In a sense, a sigil is a secret code because no one else can interpret the symbol. Although there are various techniques for designing sigils, the easiest one involves designing an image from letters.
Both creating the sigil and applying it are magical acts. You can draw a sigil on a piece of paper and slip it into a magic charm. Display a sigil on your wall or altar to constantly remind you of your intention. Carve one on a candle, and then burn the candle to activate your objective. Have a jeweller design your sigil as a pendant or pin and wear it as a talisman. Give your imagination free rein. There’s no limit to how many sigils you can draw or how many ways you can use them.
- Stage 1: The first stage of sleep. It is a very light sleep. Stage one usually lasts just a few minutes. If the sleeper is not disturbed by anyone or thing, he or she will quickly journey into stage 2 sleep.
- Stage 2: This is a much deeper sleep than stage 1. Dreams start to brew around stage 2. Although there are no clear images, vague thoughts and ideas drift through the sleeper’s mind. If the sleeper remains undisturbed, he or she will drift off into stage 3.
- Stage 3: A deeper sleep than stage 2. The sleeper’s muscles are all relaxed by now, and his or her heart rate has slowed down. The sleeper’s blood pressure is also falling. His or her breathing is steady and even. The sleeper is very difficult to wake now. Only two things can wake the sleeper now, a loud noise or an repetitious calling of the sleeper’s name. Before long, the sleeper will venture into stage 4 sleep.
- Stage 4: The deepest sleep of all. This is the time the dreams occur. The sleeper is almost impossible to wake now. If there is a loud noise or if the sleeper is shaken, it will take the sleeper a few seconds to wake up. Both the sleeper’s blood pressure and heart rate fluctuate, the sleeper’s brain heats up. Then comes the REM (or better known as rapid eye movement). If the sleeper is woken up during this time, he or she will be able to remember a recently dreamt dream. The first REM period will last only about ten minutes. After that, the sleeper goes back into a deep stage 4 sleep. Again, the sleeper goes into a REM stage after a short period and cycles through REM and stage 4 until the sleeper is woken up.
The origin of dream interpretation is unknown. Some of the earliest examples of dreams being interpreted was in the bible. Joseph interpreted dreams in the bible of two persons, a cupbearer and a baker:
…the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt who were confined in the jail both had dreams on the same night, each dream with its own meaning. When Joseph came to them in the morning , he noticed that they looked disturbed. So he asked Pharaoh’s courtiers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, ‘Why do you look so sad today?’ They answered him, ‘We have had dreams, but there is no one to interpret them for us.’ Joseph said to them, ‘Surely, interpretations come from God. Please tell the dreams to me.” (Genesis 40:5-8)
In fact, this interpretation by Joseph had a tremendous impact on not only Egypt, but the future of dream interpretations.
Not until that mid 19th century did another philosopher as great as Aristotle come along. A man by the name of Sigmund Freud truly revolutionized the study of dreams. He believed that the analysis of dreams was a very useful and powerful tool in uncovering unconscious thoughts and desires. Freud also believed that “the purpose of dreams is to allow us to satisfy in fantasies the instinctual urges that society judges unacceptable. ”
- Before even going to bed, you must keep a clear mind of all the drama of the day. Having many thoughts on your mind – especially negative ones can cause you to forget the dream.
- Take a pen and a couple of pieces of paper and put the close to next to while you sleep.
- Try to relax on your bed and try not to think of anything. Think of your favourite place or imagine you are sunbathing on a float in the ocean – just feeling the waves move you gently along. One at a time, begin relaxing in order your toes, legs, torso and head.
- Slowly close your eyes and continue to keep a clear mind. You should now fall into a peaceful sleep.
- If at any point during the night you wake up, write down all you can remember from the dream and the go back to sleep.
- When you wake up in the morning, you should write down everything you remember from the night’s dream.
- After all the items you have written down, draw a line under all of the main aspects of the dream. What stood out the most and why? Was it disturbing, funny and how did it make you feel?
- On the back of that sheet of paper write down anything in your life that has been disturbing you, causing anxiety or joy.
- It’s important to remember that what happens in life can enter our dreams. Sometimes our subconscious is trying to tell us things – and sometimes due to our lifestyles, we are not listening to what we are being told.
Once you have written down the notes of your dream, please refer to our Dream Dictionary for a full interpretation.