Janus is an ancient deity with two faces. His shrines are found at the crossroads. He is the Guardian of the Gate through which we must pass at the beginning of the year. He reminds us that as we meditate on new beginnings, we also must ponder over the endings.
Janus is the presiding deity who holds the knife that cuts both ways in the dream. This spirit’s blessing is necessary for embarking upon any fresh outlook or new venture in the new year.
YOUR MISSION SHOULD YOU ACCEPT IT….
Create a pair of journal pages in which you explore the past and the future of one of your dream images.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. -Joseph Campbell
It isn’t always necessary to analyze or interpret this strange upside down, inside out dream world. Simply notice that you are in a lopsided world that doesn’t obey logical rules. Become curious.
Make a list of questions without any need to find answers. Take ten minutes to simply puzzle, ponder, contemplate, reflect, meditate, marvel, ruminate, speculate and wonder about the peculiar events, people that populate your dreamscape.
To have a question is at the core of being an artist. -Deena Metzger
Dreams come to us as riddles filled with enigmatic imagery, odd encounters, eccentric characters, obscure references and paradoxical imagery. They haunt us with reverberations of the unknown and the unfathomable.
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. – Rainer Maria Rilke
Ben Okri, The Famished Road
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.
Imagine living in a culture that doesn’t value dreams?
Memory feeds imagination
We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
Tao Te Ching