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Lewis Carroll (birth name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was born in England on January 27, 1832. The astrological chart you see here was created from http://www.astro.com/ Looking at Lewis Carroll’s Sun sign, we know him to be an Aquarian. The keywords to Aquarius is perceptive, temperamental, organized, erratic, cool, detached, ingenious, impersonal, goal-oriented, insightful, outgoing, self-expressive, revolutionary and unconventional. We certainly know Charles Dodgson was not the run-of-the-mill type of guy. He definitely had special qualities which seemed to set him apart from other people. As a person with a keen intellect, he was able to focus with a depth and vision on his passion for symbolism through intellectual and philosophical concepts.

The homepage of Lewis Carrol, http://www.lewiscarroll.org/carroll.html, especially the link “Looking for Lewis Carroll” was a tremendous help in learning about this man. For instance his love of children—Chiron just happens to sit in his 5th house, a house in which Chiron’s teachings would most likely be associated with young children.

Sagittarius and Aquarius dominate Lewis Carrol’s chart…..Sagittarius, a restless fire sign—constantly seeks the Truth……Aquarius, an air sign, is a seeker of the Golden Grail. Hand in hand did these signs help Charles to discover the door or doors to a higher consciousness through means of the physical, metaphysical, mental and spiritual worlds? If they did, let’s add Venus to this equation, also lodged in Sagittarius and we discover Charles Dodgson as an independent person who deeply desired and needed his freedom to experience and learn his own personal truths. His Mars, also in Sagittarius, acted upon what Venus found and with his own ingenuity created adventures which played simultaneously between the visible and invisible worlds—an inward and outward link of his own personal truths.

As you can see the Moon, Venus and Mars are all in Sagittarius and placed in Lewis Carroll’s 1st house or Rising Sign/Ascendant. With such an influence of fire in the 1st house, he most assuredly was an enthusiastic, energetic, and vibrant man always with an idea or project. If we were to meet Charles Dodgson we would feel privileged and fascinated by his achievements and his ability to focus and create what is important to him.
The Ascendant or Rising Sign

When reading the following interpretation by Liz Greene on the ascendant my jaw dropped in amazement….

“As we have said the Ascendant is a very important point in the horoscope. It shows how you express yourself to the world outside. In many ways the Ascendant is more obvious to people than the Sun. You have to know someone for a while to really see how their Sun Sign operates. But if you meet someone at a party, or are just introduced, then you’ll see the sign on the Ascendant. It’s like the doorway to the house. No matter what’s going on in that house, the first thing you see is the door. Some doors are open, welcoming inviting, painted in cheery colours. Other doors are silent, closed, with a little peephole so whoever lives inside can check you out first before they let you in. Some doors are large and grandiose, like palace entrances. Other’s are small and unobtrusive. The door isn’t really any index to the inside of the house. There are houses where you would never notice that shabby little door, but the inside is beautiful. Others are very flamboyant outside, but small and unobtrusive inside. Never judge a house by it’s door. But the door reflects how that person wants you to see him. So we have the sign on the Ascendant.
Liz Greene

The ascendant is who we are and how we meet life. It describes yourself, your identity, your image, your size, your shape, your hour of birth and your personality. It also indicates your childhood and how you learned to react and present yourself to the many different influences and people in your life. Lewis Carroll’s ascendant was placed in
Sagittarius, a fixed fire sign. .

Changing our personality to suit others, we rob ourselves the process of becoming. Our soul becomes imprisoned in a house that was built brick by brick from our early childhood to adulthood. The more we stay behind these ‘walls of comfort’ the more we rob ourselves of new choices and exciting ways to experience life.

We all have the choice of feeling free and experiencing life through our dreams, visions, fantasies. To do this we have to make a conscious effort to find ‘the door’ to each room, and clear out the clutter, dust and debris. The more uncomfortable each room feels the greater the chance we have of making changes in our lives.

Were the many writings of Lewis Carroll indicative of this? I don’t know if this man knew or learned astrology and or divination……what I do sense is communication was a form of stimulation for him. He enjoyed the intellectual freedom of teaching, lecturing, publishing and the exhilaration of exploring the unexplored.

We’ve already clued in that Charles Dodgson’s ascendant was in Sagittarius, a fire sign. The element fire is represented through the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Life is always a constant search for inspiration, stimulation and spontaneity. These are the signs that initiate first and ask questions later.

The moment their curiosity is aroused they throw caution to the wind and jump right in. Sometimes in their haste they tend to forget important details as well be somewhat inconsiderate of others—not intentionally mind you.

Aries likes to be Number One, Leo loves the social scene and being the center of attention. Sagittarius is the lover of freedom and independence. But as we learned from the last section “Integrity” Sagittarius likes the idea of creating with others. “Who’s doing things with me.”

My main interest in studying Lewis Carroll’s chart was to understand how the configuration of his chart attributed to his migraines. I had to refocus this intention to get back on track. This man fascinated me to the point of wanting to delineate his whole chart! Perhaps we could return at some point and do this, but for now let’s find what the underlying cause was to his headaches.

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July 13, 2008 – New Addition
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Hello everyone! Sorry for not getting here sooner. Recently, as mentioned to Jenny in the comment section, I just did another chart similar to her’s and Lewis Carroll’s natal chart. And again it was discovered this person suffers from migraines. It seems that with an intense grouping of planets in one or two signs makes migraine sufferers vulnerable and born with a blood vessel system that is easily dilated. It seems that emotional stress as well as air pressure, odors and other signals may trigger and throw their whole system out of whack.
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Lewis Carrol did seem to be a hard driven man, known psychologically as a Type A behavior which could have increased the risk of either migraines or tension headaches. Also, this interesting bio on Carroll http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Lewis_Carroll states…….
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“It is often said that he was naturally left-handed and suffered severe psychological trauma by being forced to counteract this tendency, but there is no documentary evidence to support this.”
 
 
This site also states Charles Dogsons uneasiness at a private school at neary Richmond. The writer questions whether sexual abuse was involved. (more on this later)
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There are many Aquarians. Aquarius rising and North Node, South Node people, who have attested to being left handed! Aquarius is the 11th sign of the Zodiac and it is Fixed Air. These people love to live in the mind…..they are intellectual, emotionally aloof, tempermental, and unpredictable. Look at Dodgsons chart…..most of his planets are in the left quadran! It must have been hard for him and for others like him to be forced to use the right hand. It wouldn’t allow the words and mind to flow harmoniously together….instead it would create rigidness and tension in the body. Imagine getting a sudden fash of insight, a vision or dream and unable to quickly and with ease write it down. Did this contribute to his migraines?
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Also I think Lewis Carroll attributed his left handedness in his books. Ever try to teach a left handed child? To them, it’s just like looking at what you’re doing in a mirror. Go ahead, look in the mirror and try showing yourself something….it’s hard isn’t it? And I can attest to that…..I too am left handed and my mother was frustrated as heck when trying to teach or show me something. She used to curse my left handedness…..alot!! By the way, my North Node IS in Aquarius!
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Remember the Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland? Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, and the Madd Hatter definitely had the uranian qualities of inventiveness, originality and impracticality didn’t he?
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How did Lewis Carroll come to grips or ‘solve‘ his migraines? Was it the sensation of letting himself go inwardly and ‘dropping’ to a deeper level of the imagination. As he plunged down, the ground gave way, landing in an imaginary world of symbols, animals, potions and experiences. Solve comes from the Latin word ‘solvere‘, which means to loosen, release or free. In dreams, the outer personality is loosened, the ego experiencing itself as an element of something larger. What a hard thing to do…..to dissolve back into a dream and allow its images to ‘wash over you’.
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Charles Dodgson knew that one day he’d hit pay dirt, he just didn’t know how.
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The 9th house with its many interpretations is also the house of published writers, which Lewis Carroll aspired to do. Dreams also represent the 9th house as well as Neptune and Sagittarius. Although Lewis Carroll lacked the Element Water in his chart, his Neptune in the 2nd house signifies creative ideas such as fairy tales could bring him dividends—which it did. Neptune in the 2nd also relates to sensual pleasures, the arts, especially photography which Lewis Carroll enjoyed and excelled in.
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With Neptune in the 2nd house, sensuality is at the fore and a person with this placement can retreat to this ‘ultimate ecstasy’ when their life is threatened or becomes too nasty. In Dodgsons case he seemed to ‘dive into the depths’ when under too much pressure….the problem is if one stays too long in the ‘ocean’s deep’ we can become intoxicated with confusion which divers call ‘rapture of the deep’. I wonder if this intoxication was therapy to heal the migraines Lewis Carroll suffered from.
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HOME LIFE
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Pluto in the 4th house
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Howard Sasportas (The Twelve Houses) said this about Pluto in the 4th house which Dodgson had in his chart.
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“Complexes, traumas and unresolved issues from early childhood often seethe below the level of conscious awareness if Pluto is in the 4th house..the very bottom of the chart. Some children may try to cut off their deeper feelings altogether, exerting rigid control over themselves as a way of defending themselves against these raw emotions. And yet there is always the sense of something dangerous lurking there which could overwhelm them . For some, their whole life is about suppressing what’s down there, and in this respect they are dominated by those very things they are trying to keep at bay. Finding the self is like peeling an onion—layer upon layer has to be removed to reach the core. More than any other placement, this is the deep-sea diver who must plunge into the depths of the personal unconscious, bringing hidden complexes to light so that they can be examined, worked on and hopefully transmuted.”
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The 4th and 10th house describe early conditioning of parent child relationships. At one time it was believed the 4th house was the father and the 10th the mother. In modern astrology, the 4th and 10th can be of either gender. These houses describe the energy exchanged by parent and child and the specific qualities of the parents’ personalities that the child registers and stores in his subconscious. Emotional as well as behavioral patterns and attitudes become imprinted in a child’s nervous system and within their psyche.
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In his book Alice in Wonderland, Alice drinks a potion that makes her large and we find her weeping in misery at this. Then she drinks another elixir that makes her small and she finds herself drowning in her own tears. The walls of each room could have been built to separate the outer self with the inner. But all in all Lewis Carroll’s stories seem to tell us that although we wish to believe we can separate ourselves from others, ‘we are in this together’.
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Is the true essence of Neptune to seek, find, understand and re-unite with that which is larger, more spiritual and more perfect than anything found on this earth. Is it about placing our faith with something or someone whome we can trust to never let us down? What if that certain someone who most naturally would seem to be the mother but in this particular scenarios isn’t?
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With Pluto in the 4th, I’ve attributed this house to the mother…although it could be the house of the father as well. It could be, it was here, Charles Dodgson was wounded. If indeed there was conflict in the home between himself and his mother, this could very well inflict migraines on a child. Also Charles had a stammer that apparently wasn’t pronounced when around children. It was only with adults. I also don’t think he was able to rebel or speak his mind in the home. Was his mother quite frail…..so frail that anything loud and boisterous just might shatter her?
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And, a poorly aspected 4th house can indicate some kind of abuse which was mentioned earlier in this post. Mars, Scorpio and the 8th house are also attributed to sexual abuse, Lewis Carroll’s North Node in Leo just happens to sit in this house.
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RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
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Charles Dodgson was a very religious man. The 9th house has to do with our values, beliefs and philosophical ideas. It is also the house of higher learning, religion, history, principals, morals and or lack of.
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3, 6, 9, 12, houses are called the Cadent houses. Their main ‘job’ is to understand or transform concentrated energy. In each cadent house we reconsider, readjust, reorientate to understand or transform. Lewis Carroll’s 12th house is in Scorpio with no planets in it. House 9 and 12 are similar and seem to overlap in their search for the Divine, the difference is that the 12th house disires to jump into the Divine waters and merge completely with it. The 12th house is ruled by Pisces and the planet Neptune. See the correlation?
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Did Migraines become part of Charles Dodgson’s personality, his being and identity? They did indeed seem to be integrated in the framework of his life and touching all aspects of it. Because of this was the cause and pain a mystery to Carroll which encouraged him to seek their meaning as well as understand and heal the pain? Was this what Alice in Wonderland was created from? Shapes definitely alternated in different sizes…and the senses, hearing, taste, smell, touch and body image distorted.
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And what of his childhood? Who was the Queens? The Rabbit and the Mad Hatter? All these seemed quite prevalent to uncovering the wounds of his childhood. The question remaining, did it heal his migraines?
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Sample of Alice’s Adventure…..
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“Take care of yourself”! screamed the White Queen, seizing Alice’s hair with both hands. “Something’s going to happen!” (was this the beginning of a migraine)
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And then (as Alice afterwards described it) all sorts of things happened in a moment. The candles grew up to the ceiling, looking something like a bed of rushes with fireworks at the top. As to the bottles, they each took a pair of plates, which they hastily fitted on as wings, and so, with forks for legs, went fluttering about in all directions: and very like birds they look”…..
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From Neptunes depths, Plutonian energy exploded it into an array of abnormal shapes and sizes with flickering lights. The planets concentrated intensely in Lewis Carroll’s first house, visibly could be seen shaken from their very core!
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Depression, anxiety and frustration do seem to lower our threshold for pain. On the other hand endorphins (natural pain killers) have a remarkable similarity to morphine and narcotics. So what gave Lewis Carroll a natural high?
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THE SABIAN SYMBOLS
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I found a remarkable site http://www.sabian.org/alice2mj.htm written by Marc Edmund Jones (Sabian Symbols) on Alice in Wonderland. Quite enlightening!
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From this site……
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“The adventures of Alice would recommend themselves by the mere virtue of their survival alone but there are added considerations that give them unique value in the field of philosophy.
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Of principal importance is the fact that they were written by a mathematician. Mathematics is a divine science not because of its abstractions but because of what its study does to the consciousness. An untutored individual turning to nonsense produces non-sense. Even Lewis Carroll himself when building on a conscious working at nonsense produced the relatively infantile Hunting of the Snark. But the so-called nonsense allowed to emanate spontaneously from a brain that has grooved itself in accordance with cosmic ritual almost infallibly will bring forth something of cosmic significance.”
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Before even reading this, a Sabian Symbol had been picked to conclude this article on Lewis Carroll and his migraines. This is the symbol chosen:
Sun Sign: LEO Degree: 2 Number: 122 Symbol: AN EPIDEMIC OF MUMPS.
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The Karmic symbol for this Sabian is Leo Degree: 1
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Sun Sign: LEODegree: 1 Number: 121 Symbol: UNDER EMOTIONAL STRESS, BLOOD RUSHES TO A MAN’S HEAD.
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Wow! How uncanny is that??? Karmic signs apparently help us to understand why we are the way we are.
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KARMIC SIGN
“a talent that’s been brought through or an issue that needs to be worked out and possibly let go of. “
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Lewis Carroll was a mathematician. Mathematicians can be perfectionists, intelligent and overly conscientious and meticulous in their ways. They are prone with greater intensity to overwork, fatigue, worry, stress and frustration.
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Also, Lewis Carroll apparently had a stammer. This could have frustrated him to no end, causing stress to continually buildup to a breaking point. This too could have triggered his migraines.
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This is what I wrote about this symbol on the Aeclectic forum:
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“Looking at this symbol as a person, I see one who can be very strong minded. Through the course of time, they have learnt to cultivate their values and opinions…..and sticking to them. When thinking outside the box this person can be very inspirational, brilliant and enlightening. I think this person has had to look deep within their lives and has been driven by an inner need to create changes and even changes in their own character. This could also be caused by feelings of inadequacy.
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As far as feelings….I think they can be inclined to depressive thoughts and excessive worries, especially in relationships. I think they can be intensely loyal with someone and all they ask is the same in return.
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They may justify themselves by what they accomplish. And, being held in high regard could be an important aspect with this person. They need someone who loves who they are, which is sometimes hidden within a closed box.
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Did something recently occur to make them feel angry or frustrated by something you thought was trivial? Because they weren’t sure what to say or do, they bottled everything up, that’s stirring inside like a volcano. I think deep down, this person is attracted to you, but they are a master at controlling and containing their emotional side. And it really frustrates them to no end, that they can’t just open up and be themselves. “Grrr, they say, what’s the matter with me”. Because of their feelings of inadequacy they need someone who can see through the shield they’ve created and gently show and express to them, what you see is special about them.”
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And, from what we know of Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddel was that person! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Liddell She encouraged him to publish his writings and that’s how ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and other works became famous.
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Returning to the original symbol, known as what we should be ‘focussing on’ Sun Sign: LEO Degree: 2Number: 122 Symbol: AN EPIDEMIC OF MUMPS. This is also what I wrote on Aeclectic…….
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“Zowie! The word epidemic jumped right off the page at me! What is an epidemic? “Affecting at the same time a large number of persons in a locality and spreading from person to person.” (My very used dictionary has no cover left…..my apologies for not naming it)
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Metaphorically an epidemic is a victim and global consciousness shared on a collective level. It relates to stress, anxieties, and social and personal insecurities….and ‘everyone’ is plugged into it. An epidemic to me, represents inherited principles, ideas, or forces we adopted from our tribes, our cultures, our religions etc., which we need to come to terms with…otherwise they will limit, confine and imprison us.
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Mumps is a contagious disease, a virus that is easily transmitted from person to person. It swells around our salivary glands and especially those around the jaw. Catching mumps as children, we form an ‘immunity’ a support system against it. But if we catch it after puberty, it can affect the ovaries and testes in an older person….it can cause sterility!! Metaphysically I see sterility as being unable to pro-create, we are unable to bring something of ourselves into being. We are displaced and not in touch with our own senses.
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Most people see viral infections as something that exists outside of us and is independent of our control. That’s probably why we talk about ‘catching’ a cold, the flu, mumps, etc….And because it exists outside of us we give it Power. Usually we’re not even conscious of the fact that we’ve invested our spirit, attitudes and beliefs in it! Most of you might say, ‘oh no I broke away from those beliefs a long time ago’, but in truth we’ve only just begun.
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Usually we are catapulted out of an epidemic situation at sometime in our lives. When we are, we are forced to take command of our thoughts and emotions……we have to begin ruling our own life our own world to survive…..and when we do we drive out the limitations we’ve inherited or acquired and we begin consciously to free ourselves of the past. When we do, patterns are broken, chains suddenly break and fall free. We feel the dynamic call and power of our spirit…..a personal discovery of what we know as the Word.”
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The symbol following Leo 2, The Quest: The result of Lewis Carroll’s efforts….Leo 3 Degree: 3 Number: 123 Symbol: A MATURE WOMAN, KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES, HAVING HER HAIR BOBBED.
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My thoughts….
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“A change of consciousness for Lewis Carroll began!! What we see here is a healthy expression of Lewis Carroll’s sensualities, expressiveness, sensitivities, and seductive qualities…..bobbing away from the familiar rhythms and habits of expression on an individual and massive scale!”
 
To conclude, the writings by Lewis Carroll’s could have been his ability to understand, heal and transform his life. When we have an illness our goal is to be free of its ailment and get better. It has been said many times that the imaginal realm is the meeting group between the physiological and the spiritual. Were the great works by Lewis Carroll healing to his body, mind and soul? If so, there was a great deal of detective work done on his behalf to make sense of the many different visualizations and symbols. The many bottles of magic potions in Alice in Wonderland could have symbolically meant forgetfullness and sleep. It was if they were created to let go of the logic of the day world and enter the imaginal world of dreams.
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When an image evokes an emotional response (fear or wild passion) we know that that the imaginal creatures are somehow connected with the body and is ‘hungering’ to be part of our lives.
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“Ever drifting down the stream—
Lingering in the golden gleam—
Life, what is it but a dream?”
–Lewis Carroll
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