About and Contact

The symbolist standpoint considers life to be a living book of symbols, a sacred text that can be decoded. Through applying the proper key, the patterns of the world reveal hidden resonances and levels of information overlooked in our contemporary preoccupation with literal meanings and surface interpretations.

Ray Grasse, The Waking Dream

This blog is my refuge, where I can turn my sight inwards and marvel at the universal unconscious patterns that are shaping the lives of our souls. I hold degrees in English and Psychology but these days I devote most of my time and effort to astrology, Jungian psychology, mythology and archetypal symbolism.

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Gustave Moreau, Venice

74 Responses to About and Contact

  1. Love your blog~ You should add a Email Follow button. 🙂
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    Sindy

  2. I love your blog too and glad you met Sindy. She has been very supportive as I learn the WordPress terrain. You might like Karen Kubicko as well. A sweet person who blogs about reincarnation and such.

  3. Thank you! I always look forward to your posts and I am really excited to have discovered this blogging community. Why did it take me so long?

  4. reikiheidi says:

    Hi, thank you for visiting my blog, so I could come and find yours 🙂
    Beatuiful!
    Blessings be

  5. Yaz says:

    I really appreciate your introduction, and we seem like kindred spirits, so I am looking forward to browsing your stuff! Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  6. Robert says:

    Hello – thank you for finding me as it let me find you as well. We have some shared ideas, studies and understandings of the world and the human psyche. 🙂 Robert

  7. Hi there Symbol Reader… I’ve nominated you for the MomentMattersAward. Follow this link for the rules etc. http://runningfather.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/best-moment-award-mar-2013/

    best wishes, Jim, the RFB

    • Thank you, Jim. I am truly honoured and amazed but I feel I do not deserve it right now, as my blog is so new and fresh. I want to give it some time to develop.
      But I really appreciate this with all my heart.
      Monika

  8. Hello and many thanks for following my blog, Its nice to meet another fellow ‘lightworker’ you have a wonderful informative blog.. I will be back. 🙂
    Blessings
    Sue

  9. alohaleya says:

    oh, i love that jung quote. how could i not have heard it till now? must be divine timing… ; ) namaste.

  10. mystic1muse says:

    On another blog you said, “I would just like to remark that according to Jung, also archetypes were dynamic and not fixed.” That’s true, they are living multidimensional in nature.

  11. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I am so glad you wandered over to my blog, Thank You I appreciate your time and thoughts…
    This will be a wonderful cross-road meeting….and that is one of my favorite quotes too…
    Take care…
    )0(
    ladyblue

  12. I made a reply to yours, but think it did not go through. You will see that there is a follow up on the same theme in my blog. The subject is inexhaustible. ‘Woman’ is Creation – what more to say?

    • I did not see your reply. Thank you for getting back to me here.

      • This is the 3rd time I try to reply, simply to say that, as you will see, there is more to come, since the subject is inexhaustible. The theme is womanhood and the mystery of Creation. Today or tomorrow i will post an enlarged version of ‘Tristan und Isolde’.

      • I am looking forward to it. WordPress tends to have some glitches, for example my comment is not visible on your blog or maybe only I do not see it.
        Nevermind, I will be waiting for Tristan and Isolde.

  13. Marie Taylor says:

    Thanks for the follow on my blog. I share your interests in archetypes, psychology and mythology and was for many years a student of astrology. You may also be interested in another blog on spirituality – http://www.sacredgate.wordpress.com. Thanks again.

  14. shreejacob says:

    Hello 🙂 Thank you for coming by my blog and following it! I came across your blog and it seemed interesting…so followed it so I can come back and read your posts well before commenting 🙂

  15. Nice blog. I too am fascinated with Jung. I want to know what’s going on and what is possible at the boundaries. Christof Koch in his book Consciousness… turned me on to Haruki Murakami with his (Murakami) comment about opening doors in the labyrinth of the subconscious. I think you might enjoy Murakami and widen and deepen your path.

    • Thank you very much. Actually, I am a fan of Murakami, I mentioned him in some posts, for example Birds on My Mind and I Love You, My Secret Raven. I will look at your blog after my holiday. Thanks for visiting.

  16. I’ve nominated you for two awards! See here for details: http://juliannevictoria.com/2013/08/10/a-double-dose-of-thanks/
    Namaste _/l\_

  17. So nice to have found you… wonderful blog, I’ll enjoy popping in and catching up on your journey through life…. Barbara

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  19. Hi Monika

    I was drawn to your blog for your interest in symbolism, though for me I am only a spectator of it.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Be well.

  20. beeseeker says:

    Came to this blog via View from the Wheelhouse.
    Glad I found it.
    Best wishes.

  21. Love your blog. Thank you!

  22. Mitra says:

    I love your blog. thank you and keep up the great work ❤

  23. Monika you are a sister of light and love and so It gives me great pleasure in giving you The Sister of the World Blogger Award Love and Blessings
    http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/the-sisterhood-of-the-world-blogger-award/
    Love and Blessings Sue xxx

  24. I love your blog, and have nominated it for the Sunshine Award. Please see details at http://livingawarenessmeditation.net/2013/12/07/the-sunshine-blogger-award/ Peace!

  25. It seems that most wonderful things that could be said by me about your blog have been well covered before me, but I do concur with the multitudes, on all positives. I look forward to pouring over each page. Great stuff! Shalom-Daniel

  26. Thank you for stopping by my blog and following. You have an interesting place here and I look forward to poking around and reading! Blessings!

  27. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. The main reason for my accepting my own nomination was to recognize some of the very lovely souls and blogs out there, and share them with others. I completely understand if you don’t resonate with following the guidelines, and/or don’t have the time to do so. You’re still someone I want to honor! Much love, Tania http://taniamarieartist.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/one-lovely-blog-award/

    • Dear Tania, although I do not do awards I appreciate the spirit they are given in. The reason I do not participate is because I like to stick to the theme of my blog. But I always try to give back to the community as much as I can by reading and occasionally reblogging or commenting on other blogs.
      Love
      Monika

  28. ophmac says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it, it’s brilliant!
    Thanks,
    THC

  29. Could you share a few additional thoughts on your interests?

    “astrology, Jungian psychology, mythology and archetypal symbolism”

    • Hmm, what else should I say? I know my about page is very laconic; maybe because I like to stay in the shadows. The topics you listed are indeed the ones I focus on with an addition of art and literature (I read a lot of poetry). I like the name of your blog because mine could also be called that, actually – I like to ponder on metaphysical questions. I guess the common denominator to my interests would be that I really like to probe deep and always have the Soul in focus – I hope with success at times. I am grateful for your interest in my blog. I hope to watch some of your videos this coming weekend – starting with Plotinus of course.
      Best wishes
      Monika

  30. Ah, the old ‘should’ statement. Monika, I would recommend reading a few introductory articles on CBT or REBT. Cognitive Behavior Therapy in play is like getting rid of an old hemorrhoid without the cutting and tearing so to speak. In other words, careful not to ‘should’ all over yourself. 😉

    Indeed, you are well shrouded but that which you share and write is indicative of one who is steeped in the wisdom traditions. In addition you say; my hours of searching for the right kind of picture to show up in my videos at the appropriate time – may very well put me close to an obsession. Hmm, that fine line between passion and its shadow…

    Poetry, it sometimes channels through me, leaving me dazzed and confused. For me to truly appreciate a poet, there has to be a genuine connection. Jung and Lenard Cohen are soul mates to me or that which moves through them is kindred to my soul. But I make no boast in obtaining a mastery over their likeness, knowing full well that we are like vessels, receptive to this and that, a diamond sometimes, but they too are brittle and can break easy, so fire is my desire, but love is like water.

    Monika, does it feel strange when people talk openly, unhindered by the heaviness of the collective consciousness but when we wear the actors mask of poetry, there appears to be an unwritten permit to be open and honest. Poem, rhymes with home, for it is the language of the soul, it is that which makes us feel whole.

    Anywho, let’s get back to you. Your message that is… so you enjoy ‘probing deep’ into the heart of the matter; you will enjoy a number of my videos but give no preoccupation to my many masks, they are not there to allude you, as they are to amuse you. Plotinus remains a classic read to this day because of the same kind of probing, not settling for superficial or surface level answers. He possesses the audacity – so to say – to delve deep into things and comes up from the ocean with new perspectives. His pearls of wisdom are daunting. You can read it a thousand times but still realize it even more on the millionith reflection. It’s knowledge escapes the confinements of time, scientism can’t box her in, Religion can’t dogmatize it and neither can I make you eat of its sustenance or force the season to come to fruition but I could boldly say this, if you can resonate with Jung, then Plotinus will lift your soul back to its source.

    Monica, if your soul is stuck, and your re-living the same old patterns and it’s causing you shits loads of emotional pain, how can you free yourself? If you can address this question without feeling that the person who is asking it is f**ked up but can truly come to awareness that your soul is availing of other people to help you to realize who and what and why you are here, then by all means, give it some reflection, my soul would be gladdened to receive a genuine reply…

    Love and light

    • Hello
      I have watched your latest video on Plotinus and the intellect, and appreciated it enormously. “Desire and direct, immediate understanding” – that somehow connects to what Jung called intuition. We the moderns have robbed the intellect of fire, passion and feeling. What a pity.

      Regarding the question you ask in the last paragraph, I am not sure what you are asking of me… The way I deal with my “stuff” at the moment is through therapy (I am lucky in that respect) and also through reading extensively. I am also planning to spend a considerable time by myself to get a new sense of grounding. I think the answer is always one: look within, rest within your-self. I realize this does not sound very original but it works for me.

      Thank you for the considerate comment.

      Best wishes

      Monika

  31. Correction: … as this video was being created or during the creation of this video. 😉

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  33. Goldie says:

    Dear Symbol Reader

    I am a fan of your writing and wanted to thank you for sharing your incredible depth of thought 🙂

    I have a dream that has been playing on my mind for a while, mainly because I feel it is in some way connected to an earlier dream i had last year. Sort of in the vein of Yeats’ gyres on a smaller scale, I feel like both are symbolic of endings in my life and I am afraid that there is a third, much more sinister dream coming.. I will share the second dream with you before I cloud anything with my own introspective analysis. I will add that i did not take drugs or stimulants prior to this

    Second dream
    The dream starts with me walking up to the front door of a house in suburbia much like where I live currently, but I get the feeling of being closed in – like I cannot see or reach the street/outside world easily from this path.

    There is a baby lying oddly in a stretcher outside the door.. I look closer and I notice the baby looks ill, I start calling out “mother”‘ but then I realise with horror that the baby is part of a trap. I try to run down the path which is now like an alleyway and a woman with a baton overwhelms me and forces me inside the house. The interior is rich and red and eventually we have a struggle where I manage to stab her (with scissors) and escape. Cats and snakes escape with me as I run back down the alley. Then I look down at my feet and see a snake eating its own tail. I feel repulsed and scared

    I wake up.

    Please let me know if you have any insight into this, I had absolutely no idea what the ouroboros symbol was until researching it after having this dream. I would have seen the infinity symbol somewhere of course but I am alarmed that I would dream something like this that appeared to come out of my own subconscious

    I won’t describe the first dream or what I think the third dream might be just yet as the second dream I just described is what I most need your help analysing.. Thank you very much and best wishes

    • Hello,
      First of all, thank you for lovely words of praise and encouragement. Am I correct in assuming you are a woman? That somehow influences dream analysis, I think. Your comment comes at a very special moment, when I have been reading about Asclepius and dream healing.

      Anyway, I am mystified and fascinated by your very alchemical dream – it is so powerful. Altogether, I think as the “I” of the dream you did tremendous work – you were active and effective. The initial thought was about how staying in that house wounds your feminine side. The woman with a baton (a phallic symbol) seems like a sinister figure – Jung would say she is dominated by her masculine animus side, which leaves no room for compassion, kindness and relatedness. It seems to me it is a great idea for you to lave that house – the dream seems to be saying that. The red interior is very telling – I think it is about using your own feminine power, power of the dark goddess of menstruation (blood symbolism https://symbolreader.net/2015/06/28/rose-red-symbolism-of-blood/) to overpower that cruel woman, who does not let you leave. Cats and snakes that escape with you are both connected with feminine energy, too, and though you are repulsed by the ouroboros it is an enormously powerful healing symbol, signaling full rebirth and regeneration. For now, I do not have any further thoughts, for example nothing occurs to me in relation to the baby. Just perhaps something relating to your own fears of your own mothering instinct? Really no idea and I do not want to be presumptuous.

      Thank you so much for sharing your dream in the eve of the solar eclipse.
      Best wishes

      Monika

      • Goldie says:

        Hi monika

        Thank you for your great analysis, I am a woman with a desire to be a mother but I do have a lot of fear about birth and raising children.

        I really appreciate your thoughtful response and it has cleared up a lot of questions I’ve been pondering

        Like I said, this was the second dream in a series of three (I have not had the third dream as I think it will come to me in the future as a part of my life ends or a cycle renews like yeats’ gyres).. So the below is just a theory but I would love to know your thoughts

        1. Death of the flesh – last yea I had a dream where the clouds opened and Jesus appeared.. He said nothing but it was a vivid and profound dream. Soon after I tried to adopt Christianity but abandoned this shortly before the second dream

        2. Rebirth – the escape from the house that I already described

        3. Death of the soul – has not happened yet and the idea of this dream terrifies me as I have not come to terms with oblivion..

        Thanks and talk soon

  34. Hi Monica, with so many things to learn and in demand and so few hours to do it with, I’ve find myself unable to frequent your site. Nevertheless, I am glad to see that you are keeping on top of it. Keep up the good work!

    Regards,

    JY

    https://about.me/jasonyoungman

    • Hi Jason,
      Good to hear you have been so busy and in such a demand!
      Similarly, I have had a lot on my plate, especially connected with private affairs. I hope to return to philosophy and contemplation as soon as I can.
      Thank you very much for your visit and a thoughtful comment.
      Monika

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