Today is my birthday, and it started with an odd dream. All I can remember is that I was with family when, suddenly, we spotted two snakes slithering across the floor. They were grey with lavender spots. Someone (I can’t remember who – perhaps my own intuition) told me that they were venomous. We all stood on chairs, watching them slither across the floor. One of my cats – a large, black Norwegian forest cat – pounced on one and was bit in the paw. I jumped from my chair to pick him up, but I woke shortly after and don’t know what happened next.
I’ve been rereading Diana Paxson’s Trance Portations in an attempt to once more start a regular trance practice. Early chapters stress the importance of paying attention to our dreams, so I’ve been religiously keeping a dream journal. As a result, dreams tend to stick in my memory after waking, and I contemplate their significance (if I feel any) for longer.
I’m not yet sure what to make of the dream I had, but snakes have continued to appear to me throughout the day! Not live snakes, just… images in books, discussions with people at work…
Since it’s my birthday, I can’t help but think of the symbolism of snakes. They shed their skin, thus rejuvenating themselves. As I enter a new year of life, I need to let go of anything that bogged me down last year and anything that is not useful to me. I must embrace the opportunities ahead!