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Dreamwork 03 Working with Dream Symbolism + 3 Card Spread for Analysis

Symbols can have Universal meanings, the one that is present in the Collective Consciousness, and also a Personal Meaning. I recommend that you keep a dream journal to keep track of what has been happening in your dreams: what you encounter, what you see and interact with. And also where are these symbols seen, what is happening when they appear. What do they do to you? What do you do to them? Is it a tool? Does it change? Is it static? How to do you feel when you see these symbols? Do you hear or taste anything? Do you feel anything Kinetically or Emotionally? All these little details can tie together to form a complex meaning of what the symbol is to you.

Most importantly, what does the symbol mean to you on a personal level? Within your own personal history, your life, any circumstances in which this symbol came up. What have you learned about this: What have people told you about this symbol, and what have you learned through your own research. You can also look online to find common meanings for this symbol in Dream Analysis. I recommend that you emphasize your personal meaning of this card before you look for information about what this symbol means to other people, because they are not you. Yes there are basic Archetypes, and meanings within the collective consciousness. However, dreams are deeply personal and customized for our subconscious, in our dream world, in our personal adventure.

If you work with Cartomancy, here is a simple three card spread that can help us analyze the meaning of a symbol within our dreams:

I also give an example by reading about my personal symbol, The Scorpion, which has reoccured in various dreams around three times already.


Tarot & Oracle Cards: Similarities & Differences

Tarot & Oracle Cards : Similarities & Differences

Tarot and Oracle cards are both used for divination purposes. Tarot cards follow a standardized format of 78 cards including the 22 Major Arcana illustrating the Fool’s Journey and the 56 Minor Arcana showing aspects of life. There are four suits: Swords/Air/Mind, Pentacles/Coins/Earth/Security (usually of the physical realm), Wands/staves/Fire/Drive, and Cups/Water/Emotions.

Oracle Cards are any cards created for divination purposes that do not follow a standardized format such at Tarot, Lenormand, or Poker. Poker cards can be used for divination, but you don’t have to. These are CARDS, you can just treat them as pretty Cards if you want.

The two most commonly used formats for Tarot are the Rider-Waite or Crowley-Thoth. Beginners are often encouraged to start with one of those decks because of the vast amount of learning material available for those. Rider-Waite is the most popular. Even though I do not own either or those decks, some of the decks that I use do follow the “themes” behind either the Rider-Waite or Crowley-Thoth format.

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Creating Your Own Deck

Most artists will pick a format and create accordingly. Tarot is a profound collective of symbolism and psychoanalytical processes that is wonderful to both study and work with. What is becoming more popular now, is the creation of Oracle decks. With Oracle decks, the Artist or Designer does not have to create all 78 cards; they can create as Many or as Few as they want! I kept talking about Marcella Kroll’s deck because I love the strong symbolism and also how she incorporates Runes with Alchemical Elements, Native American Symbols, Egyptian Symbols, and original symbols based off of topics that have deep meaning to her. In general, have fun browsing the many different Tarot, Oracle, Lenormand, and Poker decks that are out there! And enjoy creating your own when you are inspired to!

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