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water, water everywhere



As I am falling asleep, I am aware that I am shivering but not cold and as I drift into my dream I find myself swimming in the ocean. I am far from land so I don’t know where I set off from. I swim, getting progressively more exhausted until I come to a very small island.

On the island there is a small tree, a bench and a chest that when opened is like an esky with bottles of water. Nothing else. I sit on the bench looking out to sea. In each direction I look the horizon appears a different colour: deep purple to the north, green to the east, orange to the west and black to the south.

After what seems like a very long time a message arrives in a bottle. It is written in what appears to be rainbow ink and it just says ‘There is no way back….and no way forward….this is the end’.

I always wake up really distressed.


This dream reminds me of the Hermit card in the tarot… You are all alone and must rely on your inner wisdom
to overcome your situation. Waking in a distressed state, shows that you are not comfortable doing this.

The barrier to change is an emotional one (water = emotion). You are tired of swimming. Ask yourself: What are tired of? What are you ‘bottling up’ inside? On-going relationship issues? Struggling to love yourself? Whatever the issue is – and I’m sure you know it well – it needs to be addressed.

The island is there to stop you from drowning. It is a place for you to rest as you negotiate the emotional sea and plot your course. It offers support but not a solution to the problem.

And the problem is concisely, if not subtly summed up in the message in the bottle. Say them aloud. Are these words true?

The words in the bottle are a challenge. It is up to you, and you alone, to accept or reject this message. It is a call to action, a dare, a dare to take a risk and do something.

Although you could, of course, choose to stay on the island – plenty of water in that chest and there’s a tree and a bench and 360 degree views. What more do you need? (That wasn’t a rhetorical question.)

All around you are choices. The rainbow ink of the bottled message indicates a range of opportunities. Each direction you look offers a different colour, a different choice. In the North, deep purple (indigo?) for divine spirituality; to the East, green, perhaps a rebirth/renewal of love; orange to the West, promising vitality and will; and to the South, black.

I believe the South represents your past. It is the nameless place: I don’t know where I set off from. It is black, exhausted. There is nothing more there for you. You can stay on the island alone or be brave and set off into the unknown.

Like the Hermit, take some time to think, to meditate, regain your inner strength. But then, sweet dreamer,
choose a direction and swim. Swim for your life.


Author: Kim

Writer; editor; astrologer; dream worker; transpersonal counsellor; witch.

2 thoughts on “water, water everywhere

  1. Wow….so much to think about! I think it relates to a number of aspects of my life at the moment, the black (past) is somewhere I have been visiting a lot this past (almost) year, since my dads passing and I have been questioning myself about how I got to where I am now….Not such a good place.

    The purple (divine spirituality) Is the place I want to be but that is one of the alone places right now and I feel very lost…. The Green (rebirth/renewal of love) not sure about that one….Orange (vitality and will) I wish I had more of it people tell me I am strong but I have REAL trouble seeing or believing it.

    Right now I am treading water but the legs are getting tired and the sharks are circling…. in a world full of people I dont think I have ever felt more alone.


  2. Hi Kerry

    Thanks for your comment. I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Losing those we love is difficult. Fortunately love is not constrained by time and space; your father’s love lives on in you.

    My interpretation of the horizon colours in your dream are only possibilities. Your subconcious is communicating a message using symbolism that is unique to you. It may be worthwhile meditating with each colour to integrate the colour’s qualities according to your personal needs.

    The people are right: you are strong. But you must believe it. Think of all your achievements in life and the challenges that you have overcome or endured; however, do not dwell on the past. Everyday you draw on that strength to work towards your goals – career, family, personal, spiritual. Recognise and celebrate your strength and the loneliness will become independence.


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