“Transformation comes from looking deeply within to a state that exists before fear and isolation arise, the state in which we are inviolably whole, just as we are.” Susan Salzberg
This morning I was reading a story about a man attending a Buddhist retreat with Jack Kornfield. In the course of the retreat they had learned about lucid dreaming – the practice of entering dreams in a state of heightened awareness which lends more control.
In the course of the retreat the man mentioned that he was troubled by a recurring dream. In the dream he was standing perilously close to the edge of a cliff, about to fall off.
The dream was not surprising in some ways because the man, who was a writer, was, at the time, afraid his career was going to fall apart. And he had recently “fallen” in love.
When once again he found himself at the edge of the cliff in the more lucid state, he let himself fall. At first he was frightened but then he noticed he was floating gently down. He was comforted to find that he had landed gently on a road in the countryside, surrounded by verdant green fields. He did not have the dream again.
The dream was very much like the Fool card in the Tarot deck which depicts a carefree vagabond, carrying a white rose and looking up at the sky, while about to walk off a very steep cliff. His dog, representing the senses, is barking in alarm. But when the Fool walks off the cliff he turns into the Magus and flies.
With Pluto still widely opposing the Sun and Venus and Mars conjunct in Leo moving up to an opposition to Jupiter, it is a good time to seek creative solutions which can have considerable power now to effect transformation.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A nature spirit dancing in the midst of a waterfall.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill