a reply to: sayaangel
I had some meaning interpretations arising as I read it, but then it is the dreamers meanings that count- only you can find them. Write more on what
some of the things in the dream felt like to you, or subtle associations you can remember... though the longer you wait to do that, the more it all
fades from memory doesn't it?
I once had a dream, many years ago, which was similar, in that I was sort of trying to escape being caught , but I was alone, and everyone else around
were vampires! Like sucking each others blood was a normal social activity.
I had to pretend to be one too, in order to not be discovered and caught. In the dream, someone proposed an exchange of blood sucking, and I had to
make up some excuse- I am too busy right now, or something like that.
It was also in some city I seemed to know well, though upon waking, I had no idea where it might be. I was also spending time flying around and
looking into peoples homes like a tourist. I though it was interesting to observe the different styles of interiors and such.
I had some notion of myself as "the Butterfly" ... and could overhear conversations amongst these vampires, in which they were all seeking the
Butterfly, which is why I had to keep my identity hidden.
I'm not into vampire lore at all either, though I did play Wilhelmina in a production of Dracula when I was younger, which could have left traces in
Now, I suspect it was simply an expression of my first experiences with the internet, in which I became fascinated with forums and chats, getting to
admire and learn about different people and their differing "interiors" personality-wise, and my avoidance of developing real relationships with them
off-line, in which real exchange of emotion, time, energy, physical-material, would be expected.
The butterfly was probably just a reference to being a "social butterfly" as is said in my native culture.
Your dream has some really interesting references to consider! Here's some fleeting thoughts that went through my mind-
1- The Beast.... and social animal instincts
2- Vampirism... and the emotional, physical, and material exchange which is part of social cohesion.
3- Females, and female bonding....Paris and the French culture
4- The similarity of your recite with stories of jews having to flee and hide from the Germans in WW2
I go on a lot on these boards about the de-valuation of our social instincts that went too far in the US in particular, with it's exaggerrated focus
upon Individualism, exaggerated opposition of any trace of Social ideals.
I think it caused a lack of solidarity in the nation as a whole, and resulted in a culture war, and various ways the human need for sense of belonging
to a larger entity-tribe became distorted.
I think this peeked with my generation, often called the X generation, and in the last two younger generations, is swinging back to a backlash of very
strong social sense.
I see it in the young people I am close to- they not only know how to be part of a group and work as team, they know the value of collective force is
stronger than individual force (always) in the physical world.
They have to deal with us old fogeys and our paranoia about Communism and fear of being sheep, and our increasingly irritating blustering on about "my
Females have, throughout our history, been equated with the physical senses and instincts.
With Christianity, which devalued those, the devaluation of women was unavoidable. The physical instincts seen as the pathway to sin, the female form
stimulating those senses and instincts in men, Eve is the one ever offering the poisoned fruit (whether she does so knowingly on purpose or not, she
is, by her very female-ness, the source of sin).
As the Bonobos know, the physical senses are also very tuned towards social adhesion....
The french culture values the physical senses and drives much higher than the US. This is not only evident to me know, but it seems, has been for a
large part of their cultural history. Our association in mind of the french with sexual abandon, food, drink, smoking, laziness, is not unfounded.
Women are much more powerful here, and have less conflicts with their femininity than what you will often find in the US. There is no prominent
feminist movement- the women feel less prejudiced against, and less desire to prove and be considered as "manlike". Being as a man is not that
So, if a group of females (or people socially driven) wanted to escape prosecution from individualist extremists, France would probably be the first
place they'd think of.
Except that it is currently being invaded by another patriarchial religion seeking to take the place of Christianity as beast/female tamer and
oppressor, so big cities like Paris would be less good for that....
I'm having fun with the connections in my head of your symbols, but ultimately, it is yours that are important.
Maybe you can discover what those are even by the ways you feel and objection to mine! Sometimes we find things through first becoming aware of what
they are not.