First dream since joining Mortal Mist. May 9th, 2008. Friday (None)
Not all that impressive really... but at least I recalled something. It probably has something to do with the fact that I was left undisturbed to sleep in (which NEVER happens at my house) and so I did... I slept for twelve hours.
My earliest memory in this dream was going outside in the backyard with my brother. It was foggy like all of my dreams have been, but it looked just like the pavement we had for our patio, except the door I had entered from was coming in the wrong angle... simply put, I had opened my backdoor, but when I stepped outside I had come from the side door of our garage, which is on an adjacent wall to the backdoor way... anyway, this didn't really catch my attention as much as the huge snake body that spanned the patio and dropped off the edge of the concrete.
It was limp, so we just assumed it was dead. It didn't scare my brother or myself, it was more of "this is random..." feeling. (NOTE: My recollection of this dream image wise didn't involve many people. I don't even remember seeing my brother's face or looking at him, but I had a "knowing" feeling he was there. The plotline I remember clear enough but the images are foggy and fragmented at best)
I decided to pick up its head with a stick, or some other rod like object. I lfited it up in such a way that the head would face the backdoor, that way my brother could get the rest of my family and i could show it to them. As I neared the head of the snake (which was so big it could only be an anaconda), I saw that there was blood leaking from its mouth and some sort of bugs were eating at it. They were like spiders, but they had the shiny bodies of beetles, that gleamed green or red in the light. When I lifted the head of the anaconda, some web was attached, and I asked my brother to pull it off of the head of the snake, which he did.
As I lifted it up, I held it higher than my head, and with the snake's head facing forward the body became its "neck". I think that this image, a vertical element as a "neck" with the head faced forward at the top is what made it change it change to an almost equine body. Like horses or antelopes, a neck with a head on top, the snout reaching outward. And so, the snake grew four legs and a large body. I actually remember briefly watching the front legs come together at the chest, which is something we have to do with larger forms (mannerquins) in taxidermy.
By the time the image of a four legged mammal became apparent, it was no longer a snake. It had fur, and had even grown horns. The horns were that of a bushbuck (above), but the body was way too big for that animal. I remember looking at the horns curiously and reaching up to touch them (again, like non lucids are, I don't see any of this as impossible). I must've startled it, as it ran away from me, but left its horns behind... they were still in my hand.
It must've gone through the backdoor, because my next set of memory had me in the living room (if you remember the door problem before, this is the room I had exited from the garage side door, but the animal went through the backdoor and ended up where he was supposed to be). The animal had gotten smaller now, but kept the same skin (not exactly like a bushbuck, I just recall a general brown pattern), and the same head shape. I could see a break in the skin where it used to have horns, but I didn't have the horns with me anymore. My parents were sitting on the leather couch that is actually in my living room, only it was against the wall that the backdoor is on, and thats not where our couch goes. The dog-antelope ran around playfully, jumping up and along the couch and around my parents just like a dog.
I remember watching it and saying out loud to my family "but it started out as a snake...". I didn't voice my thoughts, which were, if it had a snake brain, how was it acting like a dog? (don't ask me why I think that the brain would remain a snake... at this point I'm looking at a taxidermy form come to life, with its horns removed, that is acting like a dog... this question really isn't that weird)
The dog immediately flopped over as I said it started as a snake, and began to curl up, much like a cat does... however, it was obvious looking at it that the poor dog-antelope was trying to coil up like a snake now that I had pointed out an obvious flaw in its reality.
Not gaining lucidity here is what bothers me most. Sounds pretty weird huh, a snake becoming an antelope not bothering me as much of this? I'll explain. My world had changed because of my thought, and this cause and effect chain was VERY clear to me.
Still, I didn't get lucid, and this is the last of the dream that I remember. I can't even recall if it ended there and I woke up, or if I blacked out and then woke up a bit later.
The good thing about this dream is I can point out its origins. That day (yesterday) I was helping my dad with career day at my little sister's school. He was sick from the day before and only made it halfway through the classes before he had to go home and leave me to present. I taught the kids about Taxidermy, with the mount of an Axis deer, a few mannequins, a few skins, glass eyes, etc. This would explain why the anaconda became a taxidermy mount. One of the questions I'd always ask the kids was what some of their favorite animals were, and they could raise their hands to see if I had worked on them. I distinctly remember one kid asking if there was ever an anaconda mounted, but why this stuck with me in my unconscious baffles me. An anaconda isn't so odd when animals like hippos, koala bears, and platypuses were also questioned.