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Rumi-nation

posted by Robert Moss

A quick way of getting a message for any day is to open a book at random and see what is in front of you. The fancy name for this process is bibliomancy. The favorite book that has been used […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Freezing in front of the future channels

posted by Robert Moss

A friend dreamed that I had a very special television set delivered to her house. It was stylish and had many features she had never seen before. When she inspected the set more closely, she was astonished to find that […]

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 […]

Notice what’s showing through your slip

posted by Robert Moss

The book in which Freud gave the most complete account of the phenomenon known (after him) as the Freudian slip was first published in 1901 as The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. It’s  a collection of essays that was probably better-known and more […]

Dream the future and change it for the better

posted by Robert Moss

Our dreams are constantly coaching us for challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us on the roads of life. It’s possible that we rehearse everything that will take place in the future in our dreams, though we forget most […]

Life is a slice

posted by Robert Moss

Walking a gritty block just south of the Loop in downtown Chicago, I received a message from the world in the sign of Pauly’s Pizzeria: LIFE IS A SLICE. That’s a great advertising slogan for a pizza restaurant. It also […]

We dream the future, all the time

posted by Robert Moss

Precognition is knowledge of things to come that we cannot conceivably know about through ordinary channels. A precognitive dream contains specific data about a future event that is not available to you outside the dream. You receive confirmation of a […]

Friday 13th

posted by Robert Moss

Quick, repeat after me the following word: paraskevidekatriaphobia. This is the learned name for fear of Friday 13th. It doesn’t trip off the tongue quite as lightly as triskaidekaphobia, which means fear of the number 13. The longer tongue-twister is derived from the Greek […]

Messages from hawk, and other personal omens

posted by Robert Moss

I am in favor of personal omens. Sometimes these are hand-me-downs. Not every old superstition is “merely” superstition. Some have a kernel of sound common sense, like the old adage that you should never walk under a ladder; something or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sidewalk Tarot

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes we don’t have to look very far to get a message for the day. In my neighborhood on the Fifth of July, the legacy of Firecracker Day included not only the husks of rockets and catherine wheels and multi-chambered […]

In praise of the shelf elf

posted by Robert Moss

Arthur Koestler spoke of the Library Angel – that bookish spirit that makes texts appear at just the right time. I wish to speak now of a lesser, but highly active, spirit of stacks that we may call the Shelf […]

Looking through Tarot windows

posted by Robert Moss

My first Tarot deck fell into my hands when I was 17. It was the old Rider-Waite deck, the only one publicly available in that era, and a very good set of cards for newbies. However, as I spread and […]

The best divination deck ever

posted by Robert Moss

Today the tulips are blazing red and gold, pink and purple, in my local park, and soon it will be Tulipfest. My mind goes back to a coincidence card game we played in one of my recent evening classes. A […]

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 […]

In praise of black dogs

posted by Robert Moss

In Praise of Black Dogs I am in favor of personal superstitions. Not the kind Granma mumbles Or the stuff of fright-night moves But the ones that grow on you When you notice which incidents in a day Are shadows […]

Thrills and abundance in 2011

posted by Robert Moss

A quick note on what flowed from the New Years assignment I suggested for dreamers in a recent blog article: to send the dream self out to scout what lies ahead in 2011. This has produced a cornucopia of dream […]

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 in the New Year

posted by Robert Moss

As we approach the New Year, this is a good time to think about making the conscious decision to let your dream self scout out what 2011 may hold for you. By my observation, the dream self is forever traveling […]

Call of the Chinese oracle

posted by Robert Moss

Oracles have their own life, and can call you even when you are not calling on them. Last night my dream self was test-flying some new games involving the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle. These involved identifying a “life […]

Catch a one-liner with your morning coffee

posted by Robert Moss

One of my favorite coincidence games is also one of the very simplest. It’s to catch a one-liner for the day from what the world gives you. This may be the vanity plate on the car in front of you, […]

The language of the birds

posted by Robert Moss

Just back from California to the snowy Northeast, I find a dozen books I recently ordered waiting for me.  I open the largest, the handsome new Book of Symbols from the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. It falls open […]

The dog park oracle

posted by Robert Moss

“This isn’t a game.” I turn from my puppy, who is straining his leash to dark at squirrels and falling leaves, to see the speaker. He’s on a rise in the park, above the service road. His words are the […]

The breakfast buffet oracle

posted by Robert Moss

“Sometimes you find the universe has a different plan.” These words give me pause, as I transfer pieces of cut melon to my plate at the breakfast buffet at the Omega Institute, where I am leading a workshop this weekend. […]

What the bleep do you know that you don’t know you know?

posted by Robert Moss

What the bleep do we know that we don’t know that we know? A sudden shift in your energy or feelings in the presence of a stranger – or a life memory that floats to the surface – may be […]

Tarot cards from the world

posted by Robert Moss

A frisky breeze is tossing fall leaves into the air in front of my windshield when I turn on the car radio. The commentator on a classical music station is introducing a recording of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio. He explains that […]

The Coincidence Card Game

posted by Robert Moss

One of my favorite games in my workshops is the Index Card Oracle. I get everyone in the circle to write something – a summary of a dream, an incident from memory, a reflection or a favorite quote – one […]

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The Books of Night and Day
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 us and the direct experience of ...

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Lucid dreaming and astral travel in the early Church
Early fathers of the Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that  “most people ...

posted 5:17:18pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

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