In the Norse tradition, Odin’s Ravens are called Huginn and Muninn which represent his intellectual/spiritual capabilities journeying outward (from his physical form) in the form of fittingly intelligent and curious birds.*
It is only in recent times that western science has begun to recognise the entangled inter-connection of mind, body and spirit. Our mechanical or biomedical model of the body is informed by anatomical research back when grave-robbers furnished the medical establishment with bodies to study.
The treatment of the mind as separate and unto itself is echoed in the way psychology has been treated as a study ‘of the mind’ rather than the whole person. So for me, psyche still has connotations of ‘the mind’ and that is what is examined in this anthology. As a teen many of my poems expressed a desire for inner peace which I now equate with self-acceptance...
Like white summer rain
Curling up inside a swirling curve pink shell
Smudge that expression off your face
Relax into the morning dew freshness of a dark and gaze-less space.
Cartography is the practice of drawing maps whereas the palette traditionally holds the selection of coloured pigments with which you are going to paint. Thus, dream cartography is the practice of mapping the dream world, and using the ingredients found there in that rich bed of oceanic archetypal-matter to seed new form: imagined into being in your waking life.