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The next Mercury Retrograde is days away. From November 16 to December 6, the planet of communication will be moving backwards against the sky canvas; and with that, we may find that the style in which we perceive and understand things takes on a different rhythm.
And while Mercury Retrograde periods provide us with time for reflections and re-do’s, just what opportunities they offer each of us can be better understood by seeing how they connect with our personal astrology chart.
To help you align with insights about what this Mercury Retrograde may inspire for you, I’ve carved out some time this week—on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (November 15 -17) to once again offer my pop-up mini sessions.
In this 20-minute phone or video-chat appointment, you’ll get personalized perspectives and strategies to make the most not only of Mercury Retrograde, but of the other activated astrological events—Venus shifting direct, the Gemini Full Moon, the Neptune station—that also occur over the coming weeks.
Mercury Retrograde Mini Sessions are $50. They can be done by phone, Skype or FaceTime video, and are recorded so that you can listen to them again (and again). They are available for current and new clients.
Clients love these mini sessions as they provide them with the opportunity to get some insightful personal guidance when they don't have the time or money to allocate for a full Stellar Guidance Session. They are also great if you've never had a session with an astrologer and want to get an introduction into the benefits that astrological counseling can offer.
Remember these will only be available this week for three days, so if you want to schedule one, try to do so soon. And, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to write me.
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The land of Nod and the landscape of art—both with their connection to the liminality of the unconscious and imaginal realm—form a beautiful kinship.
Here are but a few ways that sleep and dreams have inspired artists and where art has served as a sherpa for sleep and dreams.
Art Created in Dreams
As you likely know from your own dreams, they are a fertille canvas upon which the imagination takes shape and form. If you wondered about the power of dreams to catalyze creative insights, we only need to look to the many stories of artists giving credit to their dreams for some of their greatest opuses. A few examples include:
Mary Shelley noted that it was in a dream that she had a vision that forged the basis of the idea for her famous novel Frankenstein. The groundbreaking Flags painting by American artist and printmaker Jasper Johns is said to have come to the artist in a dream. And, Samuel Coleridge claimed that his notion for his classic poem Kubla Khan arrived in a dream (an opium-inspired one, at that); the poem's subtitle, if you may remember from high school English class, is aptly named A Vision in a Dream.
Doing Poetic Justice
While Kubla Khan may have emerged from Coleridge's dreams, the theme of dreams has been captured in poetry the world over. A round-up at the American Academy of Poets website includes scores of poems on the subject of sleep and dreams by various poets, classic and contemporary, including Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, and Margaret Atwood (whose Variation on the Word Sleep is one of my very favorite poems). And lest us not forget those sleep- and dream-remarking lines from Shakespeare's Hamlet, likely emblazoned into our memories from our school days "To sleep, perchance to dream. / Aye, there's the rub, / For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, / Must give us pause."
Let The Music Play
Numerous musicians—be it Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Stipe, and others—have noted that it was in their dreams from which the seeds for songs emerged. And, as it turns out, these weren't just any old songs, but legendary ones, such as Yesterday, Purple Haze, and It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).
Music can also relax us, helping to put us in the right space for sleeping. Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Moby have crafted a playlist and album, respectively, intentioned to help quiet the mind and lull listeners to sleep.
Artists may use dreams themselves as the kernel of inspiration for their creation. An example includes Laura Frick who created drawings that captured the patterns of her sleep cycles; in addition to being such an interesting way to understand and evaluate the inherent waves that compose sleep, these drawings have a beautiful graphic design quality to them. Frick is not the only one, of course, using sleep and dreams as the groundwork for art; for example, there is a juried Dream Art Exhibition held each year at the annual International Association for the Study of Dreams conference.
At the Movies
Movies sometimes feel like waking dreams, as we get to leave behind our daily world and climb into the imaginative world offered by the film. That said, there are some movies in which dreams play quite the starring role, including Total Recall, Inception, Waking Life and Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, the latter a movie based upon the director's dreams. Check out this list of 20 dream-themed movies to see which you may have seen and/or which you want to add to your to-watch list.
The Artist in You
I'd love to know what role you've found sleep and dreams play in your creativity. If it so moves you, please send me a note to share.
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