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.