What was the dream about?
Bonnie meets her Clyde all over again. Turns out, he kept his engine running for her, admiring her legs, her face, her smile, her eyes...his hungry gaze never leaving hers. His heart stayed with her as well. Bonnie was kind of oblivious to all this, or at least she pretended to be, that is, until Clyde got up close and personal with his partner-in-crime:
"Glad to see those legs haven't changed," he whispered lustily in her right ear.
Bonnie couldn't help but blush, even if she wanted to be angry at her lover for leaving her behind to take the rap on the last job they pulled together. Cheeky bastard....
Throughout the dream, a beetle was on my right shoulder. Why a beetle? Tutu, or Tithoes in Greek, is the reason...and so is Ra. Yes, I mean the Egyptian Sun god. Tutu is the god of dreams, protector of the dreamer; he is also referred to as the "One Who Comes When Called" and "Master of Demons." The beetle was sacred to Tutu, and images of Ra show he was often pictured as a giant beetle. By the way, the word "tithoes" literally refers to a variety of beetle.
Tutu's followers made the ancient Egyptian city of Kellis the center of his worship. An individual who was from Kellis was referred to as a "Kelli" during the Byzantine period. Kellis was in Upper Egypt on the African continent abutting the Tropic of Cancer. All of which are synchronicities in connection to my life.
Another Egyptian deity, Khepera, god of renewal, the power of the unseen, and, creation, was present in the dream. The beetle was there representing Khepera, who dons the head of a beetle. Khepera is an aspect of Ra through the rising Sun; the word "kheper" (pronounced "kheffer") in Egyptian means to "come into being." It may be of interest to the reader that my initials spell "Ra." Last names change, but my first and middle names will always be the same. It is perhaps not a coincidence that I was also born under Leo, whose ruling planet is the Sun.
In the last two days, I have protected, saved and shown kindness to three beetles. One found its way into my home and was on its back when I found it. Turning it over, I gently brought the terrified creature outside to my garden. It gratefully found a broad leaf and scurried on its merry way. The next day, I found an injured beetle on my porch; at first, I thought it dead and put it in my hand so I could take him to my garden and place him under the Irises. But when he went into my hand, I saw that he was still alive. His wing had gotten stuck somehow and he ended up upside down. Once the little guy got outside, he was able to right himself. While hiking later that day, I saw another beetle trying to scurry across the gravel path; two other hikers were behind me, headed right for the beetle. I blocked them to protect the innocent creature just trying to get back to the safety and shade of the grass. The other hikers looked at me like I was mad...but all life matters. And, because all life matters to me today, the old gods my soul once knew well helped me.
How does John Varvatos fit in???
John Varvatos is an American designer of Greek heritage; he is responsible for the creation of boxer-briefs after he cut off the legs from a pair of long-johns and thought it looked comfortable. Varvatos began his career at Polo in 1983. Seven years later, the designer was hired by Calvin Klein, where he would make pop culture history. Varvatos conceived of what is still one of the most iconic images in advertising today...fellow Bostonian, Mark Wahlberg, naked, except for his Calvin Kleins. Since then, Varvatos has featured many creative-talents in his ads, including the late, great Chris Cornell, who died not even five days ago. Cornell was someone I wrote about it in my last essay, #RabbitHole. However, until I looked up John Varvatos this morning, I had no idea Varvatos and Cornell were connected.
Varvatos happens to be responsible for the preferred undergarments of Clyde as well (a la Bonnie and Clyde). Clyde particularly likes to don blue boxer-briefs and given the way he was eyeing Bonnie's legs, it was clear his answer to the age-old question, "Boxers or briefs?" was going to be, "Neither." Bonnie looked pretty happy about that fact, too.
The song, "Bones," by Little Big Town was playing in my head when I surfaced to consciousness this morning; you see, I began watching True Blood again this weekend. From the beginning. The first episode of the first season closes with "Bones" rolling along with the end-credits. Interestingly, Stephen Moyer and Joe Manganiello, both stars of the HBO hit from Alan Ball, are also connected to John Varvatos. There really are no coincidences. I happen to know Manganiello, meeting him for the first time at a swanky rooftop lounge in Toronto in July 2013. My book, True Blood and Philosophy had come out in 2010 with a second edition hitting shelves in 2011. I worked with Sam Trammell in 2012, too, interviewing him live on stage at Philly Comic Con. I believe Sam's character even turns into a beetle in an episode of the show (along with a dog, a fly, and a bull, but I digress...). Talk about synchronicity!
According to Little Big Town, bones, ghosts and demons are all waiting for the Sun to go down. My ruling planet is the Sun. And, I am quite literally Ra. What's interesting is, June 1st is a deadline I created a few months ago to help move my life forward; my Sun will either rise or set by midnight. The beetle's presence in the dream would indicate a rising Sun with the beetle-faced god, Khepera. While Khepera is the aspect of Ra as he rises, Atum or Atem is the aspect of Ra that finishes the world. It is Atem who provides the ka or soul to every living creature--the part of your soul that makes you feel alive. Perhaps even electric. The Book of the Dead describes Atem as having ascended from the waters of Chaos. I wrote a piece on August 25, 2015 called #GoingDown (like Atem's sunset) that personifies Chaos. When I wrote it, I had no idea of its connections to ancient Egypt, or, to me.
Besides having 15,000 years of human-story stored in my brain, the exact meaning of my dream is something that hints at my past, present and future. The beetle is a symbol of all three, having a body comprised of three main parts. The three parts must move together, in unison. You cannot separate one from the other without causing death and destruction. And yet, we humans spend a good deal of our time trying to do just that.
Shukran ("thank you") to the old gods who protect me to this day. A'nekh djet!
Did you know the angel, Raziel, is connected to Ra as well? Whether gods or angels, we all get what we want in our dreams. Be sure to make yours a reality...not tomorrow, TODAY. For, none of us can know when Anubis, the son of Ra, will weigh our hearts against his feather. When he does, what will your regrets be? Those are the things you need to change....
Here's to a summer full of sexy sunrises, sultry songs, tan thighs, and partners-in-crime!
*Completed at 2:25...no, I'm not kidding