What better way to act upon a dream that required recognition of my Celtic heritage than to officially creep out of my dream closet on what some believe to be the start of the Celtic New Year.
So here I stand before you, albeit virtually, declaring that I am a Dream Teacher. What does that actually mean? Well I will explain that later but why come out now?
There seems to be an awakening of sorts to the true Celtic roots of Halloween prior to the Christian hi-jacking of the festivity. It’s often the Irish celebration Samhain that gets the attention and not the Welsh “Nos Calaen Gaeaf” or other Celtic streams. What’s not so well known is that this is often considered to be the end of the Celtic Year. The oldest known Celtic calendar is the 2nd Century Gaulish bronze tablet Calendar discovered in Coligny in 1897. It lists the 13 months of the lunisolar year and the first month as Samonius. The Gaulish root of the word suggest that this is a summer month but like most things Celtic there is no consensus and some scholars make the case for this having the same quality as Samhain which may, or may not, mean Summer’s end!
What’s not in dispute is that the festival was the time of preparation for the winter; the slaughter of the weaker livestock, the wintering of the stronger livestock, the preparation of provisions for the dark months ahead and importantly a time to honour ancestors as it happens to be the time when the veil between the spirit world and the living world is at its thinnest.
One Welsh tradition “Eiddiorwg Dalen” prescribes that during this festival in order to receive prophetic dreams a boy should cut ten leaves of ivy, throw away one and put the other nine under his pillow; for a young girl she would need to have grown a wild rose around a large hoop and on this night step through it three times, cut it in silence and then place it under her pillow. If it’s a time for revealing dreams then it’s a time to reveal my role as Dream Teacher!
When it comes to dreams I know the Celts mean business. In one of my earliest journeys I was confronted by a large Celtic warrior and two of his large warrior aides. He gave me his name which originally sounded more Norse to my untrained ear, but subsequent research on the name and other details given during the dream made it clear to me that this was Arawn (or a representation thereof) the Welsh God of the Underworld, who was not at all as dark and foreboding as I might have imagined, although definitely to be taken seriously. I was given some tasks and I must be doing OK because Arawn on occasion still chooses to act as a Dream Guide.
So back to that first question what does it mean to be a Dream Teacher?
If you are schooled by Robert Moss it means, amongst other things that there is a certain duty to help others to get in touch with their dreams to enable them to act on living their bigger story. To me a dream is a place where the soul takes the opportunity to gently whisper or on occasions shout violently its requests. Yet most of the time we are not listening and we miss this opportunity for guidance.
It also means that I share in a mission to elevate the importance of dreaming to its rightful place at the hearth (yes I mean hearth) of our Society. Indigenous cultures were often dependent upon their dreams for their survival. I believe, while the nature of the threat has changed the need for dreams to ensure continuance remains.
So my Celtic New Year resolution is to step out of that dreaming closet and spread the word on how to use dreams to live your Greater Story!