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In Search of the Antlered Goddess of the Ways

posted by Robert Moss

The British visionary artist Chesca Potter says that when she moved to London, she had a vision of an immense goddess figure, dressed in green and gold, over the church of  St Pancras. This is the oldest church,  in the […]

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A short history of soul flight

posted by Robert Moss

In many human cultures the most profound insights into the nature of the divine and the fate of the soul after physical death have been attributed to ecstatic journeys beyond the body in waking dream or vision. In most human […]

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Lucid dreaming and astral travel in the early Church

posted by Robert Moss

Early fathers of the Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that  “most people derive their knowledge of God from dreams” urged Christians who found themselves in captivity, perhaps on the way to […]

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Here’s to the Sun of God

posted by Robert Moss

In my neighborhood, Hebe, cupbearer to the Olympian gods, is now decked out in Christmas trimmings. Though she would probably prefer to be wearing vine leaves, she may be relaxed because she will remember that Christmas decorations – especially anything […]

Approaching Halloween: when the veil between the world thins

posted by Robert Moss

The hair salon on the corner advertises, “Halloween Makeup Done Here.” There are spooks and scarecrows at the doors of the houses on my block. As we approach Halloween, I am thinking of the many meanings of the festival, from […]

Questioning dreams in ancient Mesopotamia

posted by Robert Moss

Our earliest records of the work of a dream interpreter come from ancient Mesopotamia. Here the person you asked for help with your dream was called the “questioner”. On clay tablets from Assur and Nineveh, the “questioner” is usually a […]

Reading “what is behind”; Divination in Imperial Japan

posted by Robert Moss

In imperial Japan, one-third of the officials in the Ministry of Religious Affairs — the Jingi-kan — were assigned to one department, the Department of Divination. Their job was to read patterns of coincidence and advise the emperor accordingly. They […]

Brigid’s Day

posted by Robert Moss

This is the day of the High One, the Exalted One. That is the meaning of Brig, from which the name Brigid (also Brigit, Brighid, Brigantia of England and Brigindo of eastern Gaul) derives. The church made the goddess a […]

Masks of the true spiritual teachers

posted by Robert Moss

In a third-century Buddhist sutra, the Gandavyuha, translated by Thomas Cleary as “Entry into the Realm of Reality”, there is a fascinating account of how “enlightened beings” seek to guide us to higher consciousness and an expanded view of the […]

Happy birthday to the Sun of God

posted by Robert Moss

Nobody knows for sure when Jesus was born, but it is rather unlikely that it was on December 25th. The famous early bishop, Clement of Alexandria, who died in 215, wrote that many Christians in his day believed that Jesus […]

A Buddhist poet-saint: if dreams are illusions, so is life, so dream more!

posted by Robert Moss

I am always astonished when Westerners drawn to Buddhism tell me that in tradition, dreams are regarded as illusions from an unclear mind, for which the Rx is to cleanse and purify the mind, in order to dream no more. […]

The Angel That Troubles the Waters

posted by Robert Moss

The pool of Bethesda is famous. Its name has been borrowed by countless hospitals and medical centers, and by a town in Maryland that is a bedroom community for WashingtonDC. One of the distinctions of Bethesda, MD is that it […]

Celtic dream healing with Sequana

posted by Robert Moss

Tonight, in a journey into Celtic Dreaming I am leading at a beautiful private retreat center in the foothills of the Cascades, it is our group intention to dream with Sequana, the “fast-flowing” Celtic patron of dreams and travelers. At […]

May your roses bloom

posted by Robert Moss

Tonight and tomorrow, May 5-6 are Hidrillez, a major bayram, or festival, in Turkey and among Turkic communities that celebrates the meeting of Khidr and Elijah on earth. The word Hidrillez conflates the Turish versions of their names. This is […]

The myth of the martyrs

posted by Robert Moss

  Last summer the Catholic bishop of Peoria, Daniel R. Jenky, called from the pulpit for “heroic Catholics” to oppose President Obama as the latest in a series of persecutors who “have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide […]

Full Moon in Cancer, and the spirits of dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Full moon in Cancer (my birth sign) tonight. Good time to recall the connection between the moon and dreaming. We notice the lunar ebb and flow in the cycles of our body and blood, in our mood swings, and also […]

Hopi dream bundles

posted by Robert Moss

I am endlessly fascinated by the etymology of the words for “dream” in different cultures. Often the root and alternative meanings of these words suggest a lively understanding that more is going on in dreams than is widely understood in […]

Dreaming in Bali

posted by Robert Moss

I had the pleasure of conversing with my friend Jane Carleton about her rich experiences of living in Bali, sharing dreams with Balinese people, and teaching Active Dreaming workshops there. Jane is a certified teacher of Active Dreaming, a gemologist, […]

Prophecy, dreams and possible futures: Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

Do we dream mass events and earth changes in advance? We humans are living on the planet and in a sense nothing that is human or affects the planet is really foreign to us.  We might think it is but […]

Dream the questions before you take the exam

posted by Robert Moss

Have you dreamed you are in school, having to take a test for which you are unprepared? You are not alone;  this is a very common dream theme. If you have finished school and do not have to take any […]

A marvelous day for a moonwalk

posted by Robert Moss

A young woman in my Chicago workshop last Saturday shared a dream of that morning in which the Moon appeared and came closer and closer until she could walk on it. She met a wise and good-humored guide who showed […]

Dream archaeology with gods and goddesses of Lithuania

posted by Robert Moss

Marija Gimbutas declared with urgent clarity in The Civilization of the Goddess:  “We must refocus our collective memory. The necessity of this has never been greater as we discover that the path of ‘progress’ is extinguishing the very conditions for […]

Words for the Great Mother, for Mother’s Day

posted by Robert Moss

I am walking on the Mother I am sailing on her skin I become her child and lover from the outside enter in I will praise the sky above her I will praise her in the deep I am dreaming […]

Saving the Vatican jewels

posted by Robert Moss

A woman graduate of an Ivy League divinity school shared this illuminating dream with me: I am inside the Vatican, and the whole of the Vatican City is on fire. I am desperate to save priceless jewels that have been […]

The morning after the night in the dream temple

posted by Robert Moss

In previous articles, I described the experience in the temples of dream healing of the ancient Mediterranean. After an encounter with the sacred healer – who might appear as a figure of living gold, or a dog or a snake, […]

St Patrick’s breastplate

posted by Robert Moss

It may be good to start St Patrick’s Day with a Celtic blessing that has been given his name. The blessing is known as Saint Patrick’s Breastplate. It is a lorica, or “breastplate-charm”, believed to offer a shield of protection […]

Inside the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

You have earned right of entry to the abaton, the “forbidden dormitory” of the sacred healer, by following the path described in the previous article. Your bed for the night, in the womblike space of the darkened chamber, is an […]

To the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

You are called to the temple of healing, often by a dream. You may be driven by desperation: you are suffering in body or mind, and you have found nothing that relieves your pain or heals your symptoms. So you […]

Dreaming as a survival tool in Iroquois tradition

posted by Robert Moss

“The Iroquois have, properly speaking, only a single Divinity – the dream. To it they render their submission, and follow all its orders with the utmost exactness.” –          Father Jacques Frémin, S.J., 1669-70 Long before the first Europeans arrived, the […]

Literature begins in dreams of the Goddess

posted by Robert Moss

The raw sexuality of her call to her lover is wild and shocking.  He plunges into her like a wild bull. When they couple, he is the green life of all growing things and she is the Queen of Heaven. He […]

The need for dream archaeology

posted by Robert Moss

Marija Gimbutas, the great Lithuanian scholar of Old Europe and its Goddess traditions, declared with urgent clarity in The Civilization of the Goddess, her chef d’oeuvre:  “We must refocus our collective memory. The necessity of this has never been greater […]

An Orphic invocation of the dream oracle

posted by Robert Moss

The turning of the year is a good time to seek dream guidance on what the next year may hold, and indeed on any important life issues. In cultures that value dreams, there are recognized and recommended methods of dream […]

Solstice poem

posted by Robert Moss

Eyes of the Goddess   From a vision journey to Newgrange   The poet waits for me in his countryman’s cape And shows me the map in the gateway stone: Twin spirals to get you in, and out, of the […]

Epona’s day: time for rest and roses

posted by Robert Moss

Put your feet up for a while today, smell the roses,  and give a thought to Epona, whose day (December 18) this is, in the Roman calendar. Epona was the great horse goddess of the Celts, and the only Celtic […]

In the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

The dreamgates open paths to spontaneous healing. This was the shared wisdom of the ancient world. It calls to us again, in our dreams, to move beyond our fixation with physical symptoms to the spiritual causes of wellness and illness. […]

Egyptian ritual for dispelling bad dreams

posted by Robert Moss

An Egyptian dream book inscribed in the reign of Ramses II, in the 13th century  BCE,  contains a ritual for turning away the negative energy of “bad” dreams and the psychic forces at play in them. The hieratic papyrus classifies […]

How dreams saved Jesus, according to Matthew

posted by Robert Moss

My last two posts here have sparked a lively discussion on what dreams mean in the Christian story, and how Christians are sometimes confused about that. Back to basics. I want to review very briefly what the Gospel according to […]

Dreams are your personal oracle, said the Bishop

posted by Robert Moss

We have direct access to sacred knowledge, in our dreams. Our dreams are a personal oracle that reveals the future and helps us prepare for it. We must not let anyone tell us what our dreams mean or stand between […]

How dreams and visions made Christianity the religion of the West

posted by Robert Moss

“Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” said the burly man who approached me after one of my lectures. “That’s it. I was raised Irish Catholic, and there’s no need for dreams in my religion.” I did not argue, but remarked gently […]

Iroquois dreaming: for survival, soul, and good luck

posted by Robert Moss

Long before the first Europeans arrived, the Six Nations of the Longhouse, or Iroquois, taught their children that dreams are the single most important source of both practical and spiritual guidance. The first business of the day in an Iroquois […]

The Egyptian art of dream travel

posted by Robert Moss

The ancient Egyptians understood that in dreams, our eyes are opened. Their word for dream, rswt, is etymologically connected to the root meaning “to be awake”. It was written with a symbol representing an open eye. The Egyptians believed that […]

Daniel, an active dreamer in the Bible

posted by Robert Moss

In yesterday’s article, we saw how Daniel found a dream that King Nebuchadnezzar II claimed he had lost. Scholars suspect that the content of the symbolic dream of the composite statue was invented in Hellenistic times, perhaps around 200 BCE, […]

Daniel finds the king’s missing dream

posted by Robert Moss

Nebuchadnezzar II was the warrior-king of Babylon who laid waste to Jerusalem, destroyed Solomon’s Temple, and deported the Jews of Palestine into exile. An intriguing episode from Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (605-562 BCE) provides a window into an ancient way of dreaming. […]

Ancestral healing through dreams

posted by Robert Moss

One of the many forms of healing that becomes available to us through dreams is the healing of our relations with our ancestors. Sometimes this reaches far back through the bloodlines. Let me share the story of Aine, a woman […]

The dream secret of Celtic inspiration

posted by Robert Moss

Awen – inspiration – was, as Caitlin Matthews reminds us, “the supreme preoccupation of Celtic poets, especially among those who had inherited the ancient prophetic and visionary arts of the ovate or faith – probably the earliest form of Celtic shaman.” [1] The word awen derives from […]

Making Death your ally

posted by Robert Moss

I recommend getting to know Death, and approaching life’s choices with the clarity that the presence of Death brings. Saint Ignatius Loyola, the warrior-father of the Jesuit order and no slouch at visualization, recommended the following means of making a […]

Dream archaeology: the Assyrian priest who solved a mystery

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams guide us to the necessary past, to the history we need to know and use. Dreams may also trigger and direct specific lines of research, as in the case of an archaeologist whose dreamed the solution to a mystery. […]

The future of imaginal healing

posted by Robert Moss

As we reclaim the skills of dreaming, imagery for healing will become central to our medicine. Advances in hard scientific research, especially in the fast-expanding field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have helped to provide the mandate, because they supply overwhelming evidence that […]

The bee-priestess and the tears of Ra

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes it is quite impossible to avoid sensing an intelligence – or multiple intelligences – at work in the riffs of synchronicity. Here’s another personal example, from a weekend workshop at a wilderness center in the Northeast.  In the morning […]

Following the red horses to a Death Goddess

posted by Robert Moss

Red horses are racing above mountain tops. They are flying over the hills, immense and powerful. Plumes of steam rise from their nostrils. From the steam, men fall to the ground; they appear to be tiny stick figures in proportion […]

Dreaming the Song of the Lord

posted by Robert Moss

“Action is better than inaction” – Krishna to Arjuna. Dreams can call us to traditions and cultures of which we may have had little or no previous knowledge, from any obvious sources, yet may now prove to be part of […]

Catch a plane, or a crane

posted by Robert Moss

Oakland airport The Taoist immortal “will have a garment of feathers, will ride on a beam of light or saddle a star…His bones will shine like jade, his face will glow, a halo will surround his head, all his body […]

An experiment with Tibetan dream yoga

posted by Robert Moss

A note from my 1999 journal: After a long work day, I sat up with Tenzin Wangyal’s book on Tibetan dream yoga. Quite a lot of it appeals to me, especially the guidance on using dream states for emotional clearing, […]

In the room of golden serpents

posted by Robert Moss

She shows me the story of her life, in a room richly decorated with golden serpents. I am fascinated by the fine definition of their scales. Some project from the walls like water spouts, others are coiled, some interwined, each […]

Of divination

posted by Robert Moss

The world’s great divinatory systems – I Ching, Ifa, Tarot – are more than tools for fortune-telling. In their design, the hexagrams, the odu and the cards bring together symbols representing all the forces and processes at work in the […]

Dreaming with Žemyna: Active Dreaming for Cultural Soul Retrieval

posted by Robert Moss

I have been privileged to lead Active Dreaming workshops in Lithuania three times. Each visit has been a grand adventure, a deepening encounter with the spirits of the land, and a lesson in how we can use the arts of […]

Honor the Gatekeeper at the New Year

posted by Robert Moss

Are you ready for January 1? Maybe you want to spare a thought for what the ancients who named the first month, and made January 1 New Years Day, believed is going on at this time – and for who […]

Dreaming like an Egyptian

posted by Robert Moss

The ancient Egyptians understood that in dreams, our eyes are opened. Their word for dream, rswt, is etymologically connected to the root meaning “to be awake”. It was written with a symbol representing an open eye. The Egyptians believed that the […]

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