I find it fascinating, the inventive and often amusing devices my psyche or my angels/guides use to get a point across in a dream. (I think there must be a team of angels assigned to look after me).
On the eve of posting Auspicious Dream: Part II, I had another. I’m not going to be boring and go through the thing, but I had to laugh.
I’ve been stalling, creatively, recently. Got stuck. Focus problems. My dream included someone I knew only briefly – a passing acquaintance – and over 20 years ago. Overnight, I puzzled about this, then found the answer in his name. It’s Beckenstall. My helpers were beckoning me to quit stalling!
There’s more to it. Stan (lovely man) made important discoveries of neolithic rock art, (petroglyphs), cup and ring markings. He used to take groups on walks. I wanted to join in but at the time he advised against my trekking across isolated moors in icy rain just after a hysterectomy. Ah, well.Cup and ring markings. They fascinate me. They’re found mainly in Northern England, Scotland Ireland, Brittany, Portugal, Galicia (north west Spain), north west Italy, Greece, Switzerland. Similar forms are found around the world: in Mexico, Brazil and the oldest cup marks recorded to date are in a Paleolithic cave at Daraki-Chattan. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup_and_ring_mark).
Often, there’s a depression surrounded by etched circles. Depressions can be connected in a pattern with gutter channels. Their raison d’etre is shrouded in mystery. Interpretations abound. It’s conjectured that they relate to fertility rites. To the sun. Findings from comparisons between various sites is interesting, but the code of the cups has yet to be cracked.
I identify with these in various and entirely non-scientific ways. Here’s my entirely unproveable theory: if they are connected with fertility rites, could it be that the cup would represent the womb, into which, as part of the rite, a phallus would be symbolically inserted? That nothing has been discovered could mean that the phallus may have been made of wood. These would have decayed. This idea came to me because I’d read up on the linga and yoni stones of Hindu tradition. The yoni is the receptable for the linga, the phallus. It’s about divine conjugation and the linga and yoni are at the heart of every temple dedicated to the god Shiva in India.
So, not only have I been beckoned and told to quit stalling, but I’ve been given some delicious images to play with.
Are you stalling? Beware! In my dream, I was shot, with a round pellet (like a cup marking). The shot went right through my body. These angels just aren’t going to put up with my procrastination.
Walking the sites of cup and ring markings would makes a great themed walking holiday.
The drawing above is one I did from the piece of fossilised coral I developed an obsession for, for a while. I’ve blogged about this before. Search the word linga if you’re interested.
- Volunteers throw new light on prehistoric moors life (yorkshirepost.co.uk)