Dream of the Month (June 2004)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: The women, the moon and the blood suggest the focus of the dream is the feminine.
When a dream presents arresting symbolism such as this, there is a powerful temptation to try to guess what each individual symbol may represent. Sometimes a step back to examine the theme is a good place to begin the search for meaning.
The setting of three women in an immobilized vehicle seems almost like a parable. They have vision, they have each other, but they cannot move. The car, made for movement, is ill-equipped or damaged in a way that makes it an enclosure, not a vehicle. In the beginning we see that the vehicle isn’t workable, and at the end we learn the women feel paralyzed and afraid. So being “stuck” is a large part of this story. In the mythic language of dreams the number 3 sometimes reflects the possibility of an organic threshold – a time when the dreamer is ready for change and is struggling to discern how to initiate it.
Another thread of this story is the juxtaposition of the perfect image with the wounded energy. The big yellow moon appears perfect; the small bloody moon isn’t doing so well. It is the human condition to cultivate and present what works in the world, and to dismiss our bruises and unwanted energies, or stanch their bleeding and march onward.
The implication here is that somehow, in the wondrous alchemy of the human spirit, turning on the ability to move, to change, to have greater choices lies in the acceptance of that small, soiled moon. This intuition arises as the need to “clean” the moon, but perhaps on a deeper level, it’s necessary to accept, to listen, to study and attend to energy that has received very little endorsement from the outside world.