Often I laugh at how absurd my dreams are, all the while suspecting they are probably a mirror image of my mind – convoluted, complex, overstuffed, and leaning hard into the world of surrealism with frequent trips down rabbit holes. In other words, exactly what delights me.
And how serendipitous it happens to be Tuesday which means it’s time for T stands for Tuesday – Elizabeth’s (from Altered Book Lover) invitation to a weekly tea (or other drinkable) party.
Perhaps, like me you’ll want to pour yourself a cuppa while I sort through my mind meanderings. This is a favorite glass I’m using for my morning ice tea today.
Today happens to be International Tiger Day, the annual celebration dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of tigers and advocating for their conservation. I happen to know that because I’ve been doing a bit of research about tigers. Tiger has recently shown up for me as an ally and now I’m actively investigating this magnificent animal to deepen the connection. Which is why I invited Tiger to come visit me last night in my dreams.
Things started off rather well. I found myself sitting under a tree. I have lots of dreams that start this way, although the particular tree and the setting vary. I was curious when I realized I was under this tree as it was one I didn’t recognize. Currently in real life I’m working on a major aromatherapy blending project, and I often find interesting clues and directions make themselves known in my dreams. So when this unknown tree showed up I wanted to look at it more closely. In that dream way of knowing, it occurred to me this was the tree where tea tree essential oil was harvested (real life note: not true!). And then it occurred to me how funny it would be if I met my dream Tiger under a T tree. My dreams are often jokesters and I thought this would be just the kind of amusing thing that might happen. So I looked around a bit and lo and behold there was a giant cat.
Except it wasn’t a tiger it was a lion. And it told me in a charming English accent that I was in the wrong time and place. This was Leo time and “that was a cat of a different stripe altogether.” And to emphasize the point it gave a giant roar, at which point I popped awake to the sound of some crazy person making a huge racket on a motorcycle.
But upon awakening it did occur to me that we were indeed in the time of Leo. And that it might be a good time to break out my supply of Leo tea. Earlier this year I purchased a fun sampler pack from Adagio Teas that has tins of teas for each of the zodiac signs. Here the tin for Leo:
The tea is a blend of chamomile and vanilla with red safflower, rooibos, orange peel and other wonderfulness making for a bold, wonderful scented and pretty colored tea. It gets a contented purr rating from me.
And there you have it, my convoluted adventure with lions, tigers, and tea. What about you? Had any good dreams lately? A delicious tea blend to recommend? An encounter with an animal ally? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
I was just looking through a calendar on Tigers and their habitats last night. How serendipitous. Of course, I totally enjoyed your convoluted dream, too. I think yours are FAR more vivid than mine.
I’m delighted you joined us for T this Tuesday, because whether it’s tigers or lions or tea, it’s always a fun post and a fun way to see how your mind works.
It’s a delight to hang out and have group tea on Tuesday – so thanks for hosting Elizabeth. And how fun the tigers drew you in. 🙂
How lovely to visit with you for tea Deborah
lions and tigers and more…oh my!
Dreams are something I feel vividly but then all too quickly they seem to slip away and become hard to put into words…just the feelings are left.
Your intention and more make for a lovely chain of events …
thank you for sharing with us.
Your tea certainly sounds most delicious as well.
Happy T Day to you
Those little leftover dream “trails” are amazing in themselves aren’t they. You know you’ve been marked by something and yet it doesn’t seem important to really know what it was. Thanks for stopping by Patty!
Nice to meet you– such interesting things ….
Oh yes – dreams —
Happy T- Stands For Tuesday!
So nice to meet you as well!
I love Roobois tea, tho I never know how to pronounce it.
My totem animal is a tortoise .
I think it’s properly pronounced ROY-boss. And how delightful to have Tortoise as a totem!
Love that cup. You probably arent aware but a tiger in our Australia Zoo made famous and owned by the late Steve Irwin, bit its handler yesterday. The guy is ok.
Oh dear! Glad to hear the handler is okay, and hope that’s true for the tiger as well.
The poppies caught my eye immediately. Your new tea sounds delicious and I would find it fun to have specific teas for signs of the zodiac. I may have to track down that company.
The teas are fun and I especially like having the little zodiacal tins.
beautiful beverage container, and quite a dream adventure…I don’t really remember my dreams…happy T day!
Thanks for stopping by and saying hello Dianne.
I guess I need to pay more attention to my dreams, because I don’t usually remember them. When my eyes snap open, they are gone! Love your colorful teacup!
I bet if I could invent a remembering net to capture those dreams before they slipped away I’d make a fortune. 🙂
Thanks for stooping by for T-Day.
Interesting dream, had to chuckle at the Lion with an English accent. I adore Lions and Tigers the only cats I really like (aside from the ones I meet on the blog……grin)
Some of my dreams are very vivid and other are just a passing thought. I read (years ago) you should keep a journal and write them down, why, I don’t remember…..LOL But it could be fun to reflect on them.
I’ve kept a dream journal since I was a teen. I love decoding the secret language of my dreams. I figure spending as much time asleep as we do, we might as well have as much a hand in that world as we can. 🙂
I read with interest your dream, how you seem to be able to walk around in there and take notes. That’s awesome. The whole cat incident reminded me of the Cheshire Cat in Alice, also the sitting under the tree and wondering what kind of tree it was. Very a-musing.
I had an odd dream the other day. Two animal allies that I completely identify with, bee and snake, acted in an unfamiliar manner. The bees swarmed me and got aggressive and I was frightened, which seems normal but I am not frightened of bees IRL even if they do swarm. And in the same dream, later, a snake repeatedly tried to bite me, maybe it did bite me but i don’t remember, I just know it struck many times and I was pretty aggravated and scared, there, too.
I chalked it up to the allies trying to tell me to slow down and pay attention. I’ve been overworking and over-thinking and over-planning. I think they are saying, “fall back on what you know works.” And probably, “don’t make me come down there again!”
I’m lucid in about 20% of my dreams and that opens up a whole new playground of wonderfulness while sleeping. Dreams are SO fascinating. Love how your allies delivered their message to you – and love that you received it. Wishing you a wonderful August without any of the “overs” except perhaps overjoy. Love you back!