I am excited to share my new collection on Etsy of alchemical creature talismans that bring gifts to the wearer. Please visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDreamCollector/about to view the collection!

THE COLLECTION

These pieces entitled “The Dream Collector: Fauna and Flora: Specimens Oneiritica” reflect images from my dreams that I have been collecting, examining and processing over the last twenty years of my life.

By combining Oneirology with Entomology, these displayed alchemical symbols have been extracted from the dream, according to identity and alchemical process, and made into one-…of-a-kind amulets. The illustrations along with natural found objects, like flowers, stones, seaweed, are put into resin inside upcycled copper.

HOW IT WORKS!

These unique art pieces act as a talisman, bringing potency and special gifts to the wearer. Each amulet carries a special name and detailed explanation of its properties.

From inviting in love, joy and abundance to clearing out old energy to make way for the new, take your time examining each image and see which one “calls to you.” Then have fun seeing which alchemical process is present for you or a loved one at this time.

To enhance your experience, you may add essences to the lava stone for aromatherapy! Or combine two alchemical symbols together to create a more individualized look and energy. Custom one of a kind art and pieces are also available for the ultimate experience.

Thanks for visiting and please my etsy shop to explore more creatures https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDreamCollector/about

 

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Flora  Oculus: Flowering Eye as Sephiroth

https://www.etsy.com/listing/201659841/medium-adjustable-flowering-eye-alchemy

Alchemical Process: wisdom, esoteric knowledge, learning the deep mysteries, the Initiate/Alchemist

Element: Earth, Air, Water, Fire

Tarot Card/Rune: Hierophant, Hanged Man/Algiz

Essences: Neroli, Elemi, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Clary Sage,
Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Rose, Melissa

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Identity: Two Salamanders Born in Fire

Collection: Fauna, vulcanales coniunctio

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200101219/adjustable-salamander-heart-alchemy-ring?

Alchemical Process: Coniunctio with calcinatio, unity, marriage or sacred marriage,
joining together, love, passion, fire, the Lovers

Element: Fire

Tarot Card/Rune: The Lovers/Ehwaz

Essences: Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Melissa, Cinnamon, Neroli, Rose, and Rosewood.

birdman pendant

Identity: Becoming One with the Oneness of the Universe

Collection: Fauna, Ba-soul

https://www.etsy.com/listing/201458352/large-birdman-alchemy-talismanamulet?ref=shop_home_active_4

Alchemical Process: sublimatio, lucid dreaming, messages, esoteric knowledge, traveling between realms, the Shaman

Element: Air/Water/Fire/Earth

Tarot Card/Rune: The Magician/Ansuz

Essences: Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Rose, Melissa, Neroli, Elemi, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Clary Sage

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The Collection

This collection is entitled The Dream Collector: Fauna and Flora: Specimens Oneiritica. These pieces reflect images from my dreams that I have been collecting, examining and processing over the last twenty years of my life. By combining Oneirology with Entomology, these displayed alchemical symbols have been extracted from the dream, according to place, date, identity and alchemical process. This collection has been shown in San Francisco, Amsterdam, New York and in IASD’s PsiberDreaming Conference.

To view more of her work click here.

To see one of her illustration come to life recreated from a lucid dream click on image.

Dreamers of the Alchemical Order

There are many dreams that inspired this art collection including one entitled “The Dreamers.” In this dream, I am an excommunicated monk in search of my true home. What I find is a monastery of alchemistic dreamers who test my abilities by placing iconic figures on my left arm and ask that I interpret the meanings of each.

Amazingly, these symbols are reminiscent of the “stream of consciousness” illustrations I have been creating since I was sixteen years old. The meanings, like the symbols, have evolved over the years and, as in my dream, I could not give the alchemist a definitive answer. I could only respond that these icons represent Nature and the urgent need to protect and understand these delicate creatures. I was reassured by these Dreamers that they would teach me and that I had just forgotten the ways.

What truly astounds me about this dream was the accurate premonition of the direction my life would take three years later. In 2006, I began studying dreams and alchemy in a more serious manner and with that new path emerged a need to illustrate again. After a ten year hiatus, the images have returned full force along with my passion for the dream and all its mystical possibilities. This constant questioning of Self and the call to understand, explore and preserve Nature has led me to this work.

Images as Portals to Alchemical Processes

One such fascinating discovery was that I had drawn a bird man and later recognized him to be the Egyptian symbol of the soul, Ba. He is found in many tombs to symbolize the soul leaving the body to fly into the next world. I have also discovered other symbols like eggs, salamanders, peacocks, sun, moon, and dragons appearing in many of my illustrations. Since I had been writing down my dreams for many years, to my amazement I discovered these same alchemical symbols and processes related to this ancient Art. I realized through examining or “mapping out my dreams” using the “alchemical method” I can uncover the hidden meanings relating to the process of transformation or the goal of the Great Work, the finding of the Philosopher’s Stone.

Ba-Soul: Ba-Soul Becoming One with the Oneness of the Universe

Preponderance of the Small

In another dream that inspired this collection entitled “Manipulate Time and Space” or the “The TSK (Time Space Knowledge) Tool,”  I receive an instrument that looks like a magnifying glass but it is folded in half. In the dream, I put the tool over an illustration (I believe rendered by a famous artist). A man is telling me how revolutionary this is–it works like the opposite of a magnifying glass. I am not sure how but it is fascinating! I suddenly feel this knowing that I am a part of time and space. That I must love and embrace it but at the same time I can manipulate it: Time and Space are the same. We are all the same.

septina, herba marina, solution: the cuttlefish hides in the unconscious

What also became clear was the idea of bringing infinite smallness and largeness together: A point where they meet and are one in the same. It reminds me of the concepts in Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum and the ‘still-point’ of the universe. Eco writes, “The Pendulum told me that, as everything moved — earth, solar system, nebulae and black holes, all the children of the great cosmic expansion — one single point stood still: a pivot, bolt, or hook around which the universe could move. And I was now taking part in that supreme experience. I, too, moved with the all, but I could see the One, the Rock, the Guarantee, the luminous mist that is not body, that has no shape, weight, quantity, or quality, that does not see or hear, that cannot be sensed, that is in no place, in no time, and is not soul, intelligence, imagination, opinion, number, order or measure. Neither darkness nor light, neither error nor truth.”

As well as the potent lines of Hermes Trismegistus from the Emerald Tablet translated by Persian Mystic Jābir ibn Hayyān, “Truth! Certainty! That in which there is no doubt! That which is above is from that which is below, and that which is below is from that which is above, working the miracles of one. As all things were from one.”Linda and Dragonfly

What I create can truly come to be. As an artist and poet, this philosophy comes naturally to me. What I create in my mind I can put down on paper either with words or illustrations. I never thought about this act of creation linked to something magical or cosmic before. Not to say that often when I step back from a finished piece I need to ask myself with wonder, “This came from me?” However, it wasn’t until I worked with my dreams as a practice did I experience this state that both my art and dreams come from the same source.

Linda Mastrangelo has been illustrating and writing down her dreams for over twenty five years. Her process of these alchemically organic images can be closely described as creation through “waking dream.” The art emerges spontaneously and fluidly and, like the dream, can have a multitude of layers and meanings. Linda’s work has been shown internationally including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Prague and Amsterdam.