As we have stated elsewhere in this book, the subconscious mind speaks to us in symbols and in colors. But it also speaks to us in our dreams, giving us information which the conscious mind either cannot comprehend, or refuses to accept. Oftentimes the spiritual self seeks to communicate through the dreams of the subconscious, letting one know in symbols and archetypes, things which the ego or waking personality is unaware of, or tries to deny. For example, if a person is abusing his/her body, a dream about sickness and death might be a warning from the unconscious. Dreams can also be the source of great inspiration and creativity from the Divine Self. When one studies complex and detailed mystical systems like the Qabalah and the Tarot, the mind is opened up to many avenues of spiritual and magickal advancement which are abundant sources of dream symbols and archetypes.
Many people are passive recipients of dreams, forgetting them as they go about their daily affairs. Others remember their dreams for the odd things that happen in them. Some people try to analyze their dreams or have someone else do it for them. However, relatively few people try to actively engage their dreams by working to direct the dream's contents. This is the work of the magician, who invokes specific symbolic and mystical knowledge into his/her dream.
The illustrations of the Tarot cards make them perfect tools for magickal work while in the dream-state. In a way, this is not unlike the technique of scrying except for the fact that while scrying, the conscious mind is manipulating the vision; in dreamwork the subconscious mind is the controller.
Like any form of magick, this technique requires persistence and determination. Dreamwork in particular can be frustrating and can take many nights of practice before success is obtained. However the reader may find that two weeks worth of dreams not remembered will suddenly be rewarded by an elaborate dream vision of great significance.
The following method describes how to ritually invoke a dream about a particular Tarot card, gaining knowledge about the card through the unconscious dream-state.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.