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Talking Animals

Dream:  Driving into my driveway, I felt I had run over something alive, but couldn't be sure.  I got out and looked under the car, and then saw a crow that had got entangled under there.  It came out, shaken and hurt but not badly.  I tried to urge it to go into the garage, where i would care for it and nurse it back to health.  The crow had meanwhile grown considerably larger, buzzard-sized.  I did get it to go into the garage, and wwe began a conversation about his recovery and rehabilitation; the crow was doubtful about the plan.  By now it had transformed into a young woman with long glossy black hair, while still remaining a crow.  Sure, I said, you can rest here and we'll soon have you back to your hunting again.  Ugh, she said, I hate hunting.

Northrop Frye says that one of the components of what he calls romance (along with dark journeys to underworlds, brothers and sisters parted in youth, and pirates, is talking animals, and intense human/animal relations.  Dreams are fiction, or the reverse, or both.


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Apr. 27th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
I once woke up from a dream because the plot stank. And every now and then, I find myself revising a dream.
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
That is a marvellous dream. A shipwreck of crow.

Apr. 27th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore !"
I never interpret dreams because I suck at it, but this one somehow jumped at me.
The crow is Rose, that is, the woman or women who served as her archetype. The dream tells of your realization that she is neither helpless, nor malleable by you and holds convictions opposed to and far removed from your own.
I trust you will forgive me for speaking as if I knew about you based only on the grounds that I admire your books; It's a hard mistake not to make.

Edited at 2008-04-27 09:48 am (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Wow, what a remarkable dream. You've made me think about how long humans have dreamed of animals becoming people, or people becoming/being animals. Something intrisic to who we are, and perhaps a way of expressing our connection with the other species?

This article about a recent find in Turkey had a section about the representation of a Sphinx from much earlier than we'd seen previously. Here's the link: http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/rp042208.shtml

PS. Also, yup, the email did bounce, did you get it from Ron? Just in case, here's the other link: http://www.vinsweb.org/
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I like that one!
May. 2nd, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
I love the fact that the crow woman seems to have your own irony.

A crow woman... so was it a dream about the Morrigu? Probably not, the Morrigu is very war-like.

The above interpretation of your dream is very clever.
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