At the time of this article (July 2021), I’ve had 110 nights with dreams since March 2020. Given that I have between 1-4 dreams a night, this means that I’ve looked at 250+ dreams, 90% of them that I’ve analyzed to my satisfaction.
A quick survey over those dreams shows a higher than usual number of big and transformative dreams. But – for all intents and purposes – I’ve had only one dream directly related to the pandemic. Moreover, I had that dream in June 2021, so nothing showed up in 2020 for me.
Here is the dream:
I am reading an article written by Jason Reza Jorjani. The article reads as if the author was directly talking to me. He is writing about two options: the fire of Covid or himself. Jason states that both fires are weak but he can stand against ridicule. There is a graphic picture looking like a ritual humiliation where his face is covered by someone else’s genitals.
The article continues, saying that he is a military commander and he is very dangerous. He says that I should choose him because he will defend me.
The main symbols are:
- Jason Reza Jorjani, which I associate with Promethean spirit, here mostly rebellion against tyranny.
- The fire of Covid, which I associate with the group consciousness of the status quo.
- Fire, which I associate with libido, the sexual and creative aspect of consciousness, life energy, chi.
- Ritual humiliation, which I see as an initiation, one that teaches humility or acceptance in the face of ridicule.
The personal context was that I shared online a video of Geert Vanden Bossche. His position is that, though vaccines are effective on an individual basis, they should not be taken in a time of pandemic when variants are emerging. Unsurprisingly, sharing this video got me a stream of hostile and dismissive responses. Being fairly conflict-averse, I went to bed pondering if I should engage socially at all on this topic or not.
Given those elements, the interpretation is quite straightforward. I am being presented with two choices: I can go with the fire of Covid, the group consciousness of the status quo, or I can go with the Promethean spirit, a rebellious yet creative force that stands against corrupt authority.
Both fires being weak refer to two separate phenomena. The Covid group consciousness is weak because, as Jung writes in The Undiscovered Self, “Just as the addition of however many zeros will never make a unit, so the value of a community depends on the spiritual and moral stature of the individuals composing it.” The Promethean fire is also weak, but this time it’s because it has to be carried by the individual and not a group.
It was a great surprise to see the Promethean fire arguing that I should choose him. In fact, this article is an attempt to pay some respect towards it.