Dreams, Archetypes and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

(Astrology Explored) Last night I had an experience that was similar to Carl Jung’s exploration of archetypes.

Though academe and the psychological community rarely speak of it, Carl was very into the metaphysical arts, though he was careful to talk about it as “research”. Research, hah! Here was a guy who initiated séances, felt his house at times was crowed with spirits and held conversations with entities that he channeled. One entity he named Philemon, which he labeled as his animus. Archetypes, rather than being theoretical constructs, for Jung were as real as you and me.

Back to last’s night’s experience. I decided to do an extensive unguided meditation. I spend at least an hour suspended between the waking and sleeping world, relaxing my body and experiencing free floating images produced by my minds eye. In a state of peace and calm, I ended my meditation and went to sleep.

My dream started with me in what I recognized as an area of a “high school” where there were black folding chairs lined up in rows. There were a couple of others there beside myself, one person who was “chasing” me and another person with who I was conversing. I was not alarmed about the person chasing me since I was aware that I was dreaming and I could change the outcome of the dream any time I chose. There were a group of people following me, since I was leading them, but I didn’t take much notice of thesm. What is interesting is not the dream itself, but that during the dream I became aware of the dream as the top layer in the structure of the dream itself. Supporting the dream was a foundation of images that I immediately identified as archetypes, symbols that stretched universally through the psyche of man.

I examined a box of these images that looked to me as cats and mice as furry little stuffed animals. These images were supposed to be all the people at the high school about which I was dreaming. As I picked one up thinking it was a cat, but it turned out to be a mouse. I then realized that all the images in the box were mice, not a single one a cat.

Well, shades of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”! In “Hitchhiker” mice were an alien race performing an experiment. Wikipedia explains it:

. . . the Earth was actually a supercomputer commissioned and paid for by a race of “hyper-intelligent,” “pan-dimensional” beings. These creatures had earlier built a supercomputer called Deep Thought to calculate the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. This computer, after seven and a half million years of calculation, had announced that the Answer is in fact 42. Being unsatisfied with the Answer, they set about finding the Question which would give the Answer meaning, whereupon Deep Thought designed the Earth, to calculate it. However, ten million years later, and just five minutes before the completion of the program Earth was designed to execute, the Earth is demolished by the Vogons. [to create a hyperspace bypass].

Are the mice are our frustrated desires to uncover the “meaning of life” and the “answer to everything”? This certainly is an apt description of the quest of the human soul.

As Jung said:

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

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Come to the ASC New Age Fair on August 15, 2010!

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(Astrology Explored)–Mark your calendar! The Astrological Society of Connecticut is holding its quarterly New Age Fair in a few weeks!

WHEN: August 15, 2010
10 AM to 4 PM

WHERE: The Keeney Memorial Center
200 Main Street
Old Wethersfield, CT

The most popular feature of the fair is the metaphysical readings given by a wide range of practitioners: Tarot readers, astrologers and intuitives. Get here early to sign up for a slot. They go fast!

In addition there is a variety of vendors and bodyworkers like reflexology, massage or Reiki.


11:00 a.m.The King & Queen of Hearts and that “Crazy little thing called Love!” – Karen Hollis
Karen Hollis, of “Readings by Karen,” will speak on the King and Queen of Hearts in the regular deck of playing cards and how their personalities reveal interesting paths that people take to fulfill the need for long and lasting relationships. Karen will talk about the “patterns” that she sees in people’s readings, and the pitfalls of believing in those patterns. Come listen to a realistic and compelling talk by a full time psychic/intuitive and learn how to find your true love!

Karen has successfully maintained her career as an intuitive for over 20 years. She has been featured in “Connecticut Life” newspaper, and advertises in “The Door Opener” magazine. As a member of the Astrological Society of Connecticut, Karen has lectured extensively and has taught Tarot card reading at the “Lifelearn” continuing education center in West Hartford, CT. Accuracy and compassion are the key areas that she emphasizes with regard to the consulting of the cards. Her website is www.readingsbykaren.com

12:00 p.m. Planet Energy Within and Without the Body – Harvey Cushing

There is a similarity between the energy centers of the body (the chakras) and the planets. Harvey will discuss various approaches to balancing the body centers.

Harvey is a past board member of the Astrological Society of Connecticut, is an avid researcher whose interests are eclectic and constantly changing.

1:00 p.m. What is Shamanism? – Agneta Borstein

Throughout the world and in all times, the Shaman has existed to offer aid to members of his or her community. The Shaman assisted with daily decisions, in the healing of illnesses and in guiding individuals in their daily lives. Today, we extend the Shaman’s role in our modern day society and start to understand its techniques through Journeying and Drumming; bringing old Traditions forth again. Join in this exploration with Agneta and she will take you on a Journey as well …

Agneta Borstein, Professional Astrologer and Shamanic Practioner, active teacher, lecturer and writer who incorporates over thirty years into her eclectic practice and life. Current Board Member of the ASC; a member for thirty years.

2:00 p.m. Life Coaching: An Experiential Introduction – Kate Trudeau

Professional Life Coaching creates a greater awareness of who we are and empowers us to see new possibilities. The coaching process helps clients define what they want, set goals, and develop strategies to achieve them. Coaching is appropriate for any woman who is ready to act on the challenges in her life. There will be a brief overview of Life Coaching; 1 volunteer mini-session; the complementary nature of Life Coaching; 1 volunteer mini-session; Overview of Abundance Intelligence: True Abundance is exercising the freedom to be who you are. Time is allowed for questions.

Kate Trudeau is a certified Compass Life Coach, with a seminary background. A Yale graduate, Kate is also a garden variety Geek; an ardent believer in the Internet, Computers, Smart Phones and everything else that this technological age can bring. She owns her own Internet Technology Business, as well as a podcasting business with her husband. For relaxation, she writes and illustrates Children’s books.

3:00 p.m. Authentic Chinese Tea Ceremony – Ting Chaponais of Green Teahouse, West Hartford

Drinking tea has become an integral way of life. The spirit of the tea ceremony embodies the basic principles of harmony, respect, purity, appreciation and tranquility. The tea ceremony is a way to focus on mental spirituality, relaxation, and to enjoy a tradition that is thousands of years old. These principles represent the highest ideals of humanity.

Ting Chaponis is the owner of Green Teahouse. She grew up at a tea drinking family in China and came to USA 7 years a go. She received a master’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of New Haven in 2007. After graduation, she opened her family tea business in West Hartford at Blue Back Square. Their mission is to spread the Chinese tea culture around the nation and to offer the best quality teas for American consumers.

Free admission. Free parking behind the building, on the street, and across the street behind the fire station. Proceeds go towards promoting the work of this 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For information, call the ASC InfoLine at (860) 568-8617 or email NAF@myASC.org.

Directions: Take I-91 to exit 26. Follow signs to Old Wethersfield Historical district. At the intersection of Main Street (flag pole), turn left. The hall is the third building down on left. Plenty of free parking in rear of building, on the street, and across the street behind the fire station. The fair is on the second floor.

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