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Unicorns

Since I've often sought out, talked with, and even turned into unicorns in my dreams, I feel mad when I see the co-opting of a powerful folk symbol of wildness, sexual abandon, spiritual purity, and healing into something bland and childish. But the Christian church deliberately narrowed the meaning of purity from a healing magic strong enough to nullify poison and revive the dead, to mere chastity. The unicorn, as wild and horny as the Green Man himself, was inverted into a symbol of virginity!

As a unicorn denied my own heritage, I must reclaim the old meaning to define myself, as others have reclaimed other Christian bugaboos: gay, witch, woman, black... anarchist.

Oh... and if you dream of unicorns, consider the possibility of conceptual puns (philosophers use 'unicorn' to designate things possible that just don't happen to be), or verbal puns: I once woke from a unicorn dream and abbreviated it 'unic' in my dream notes, and then saw it meant what was unique about me--not just rare or distinctive but those odd things I am and do that no one else does.

RELATED TOPICS: animal people - sexy creatures - Lean On Me, a recurring dream image of a certain interracial couple - dream horses - centaurs - pegasi and hippogriffs - deer people - Krelkins - dreams of healing or with prescriptions for healing - magicians and magic - celibacy and virginity - genital and fertility symbols - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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AN ALICORN BLADE IN THE HEART: by Wayan; 2010/12/18; a dream of a lucid flash--and that's all it takes
A witch and I duel with blades carved of spiral horn. But we're both out to create an utterly truthful oracle. Isn't there a better way?
ANOREXIA NIRVANA: by Wayan; 106K, 1993, digital picture-poem of my astral reality.
I was anorexic for years; I only mastered it when I saw it was a hunger for the spirit world...
BASTARD UNICORN: by Wayan; 2012/6/28, a dream about ambition
Since I'm half-unicorn, my ambition drives me to share power and help the whole herd--that's how unicorns rise. But among human politicians...
BEAGLE'S SONG: by Wayan; 1994/1/18, essay on Peter Beagle's work.
Beagle's fantasies, from The Last Unicorn to The Innkeeper's Song, closely resemble my dreams. The ways we differ say more about our spiritual orientation than about our art...
BLACK MAGIC: by Wayan; 1986/11/10, a dream of love and rage; Chapter 8 of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
A packet of magic soup mix transports me to the secret wizards' lab in our attic. They're trouble enough, but they've called up a demon they can't handle: the furious Black Unicorn...
BLEEDING HEART, the SELF-HEALING CORPSE, and IN THE FUTURE DESERT: by Wayan; 250K, 10 illus., 2002/5/29 to July 2004, a diagnostic, predictive dream-series.
A tree-girl moves to Hollywood to make film deals, but jealousy stabs her...
CAUTION: BLOODY ASSAULT, GAY DRYADS, MUTANT NUDITY
BOY BODY: by Wayan; dreamt 1960, drawn 1996; a dream and comic on body image
A recurring childhood dream on how weird a boy-body is when you've been a girl too many lifetimes.
CAUTION: PUBLIC HUMILIATION, NUDE MONSTERS, SILLY GENITALIA
THE BRIDGE: by Wayan; a 3-page comic from two linked dreams, 1989/5/28 & 1989/10/1.
The Hunt of the Unicorn (yeah, guess who I am), as I fly through the worlds fighting Reaganism...
CAUTION: MOCKS THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR
A CENTAUR SPLITS: by Wayan; 1988/1/12, a Gestalt dream.
A centaur divorces, into a unicorn and an unfinished faun-girl, who argue "Forward!" "Not ready!"...
CAUTION: TRANSPARENT BREASTS
CENTAURPEDE: by Wayan; 90K; a 1983/3/15 dream predicts a bizarre art job in 2002!
Like a long molecule floating in darkness, this dream creature could loop and link to itself...
CAUTION: EQUINE NUDITY, LANGUAGE
CHEETAH: by Wayan; 110K, 1978-86, a poem on turning dreams into art.
I'm a cheetah working as a baker in Coconino County, Arizona, haunted by Krazy Kat...
THE CORE ISSUE: by Wayan; 100K, 1992/6/25, a dream from multiple viewpoints
The tale of a gray heart trying to heal leads to unicorn-hostage drama in the Transamerica Pyramid...
CAUTION: SEX, MAFIA THREATS, VIOLENCE
EIGHT TO A HORN: by Wayan; 1986/4/25, a magical dream, Chapter 7 of UNICORN TAG.
In the middle of Nowhere Desert, I meet a telepathic unicorn who's stuck with a false safety-tag...
FIVE HEARTS: by Wayan; 699K, dreamed 1989/1/11; a sexy psychic unicorn dream-comic (Plain text only)
I'm a nurse pulled through a glowing well to a world ruled by a five-hearted unicorn, who wants me to...
CAUTION: SEX FANTASIES, LONGING, MELANCHOLIA
FLYING UNICORNS' GIFTS: by Lily Michaud; 2007/9/5, an advice-dream inside a flying dream
Flying unicorns hang out with me and my friends, sending us dreams full of useful advice--and more concrete gifts...
GALILEO FALLS: by Wayan; 1979/11/7, a mysterious dream .
I was a closet unicorn. SO closet, I didn't even know what a unicorn was, till I went to college and met...
HUNT OF THE UNICORN: by Wayan; 1989/5/18, an overlooked psychic dream.
I marry, just to get into a clannish world where I'm seeking symbiotic unicorns. But I end up hunted too...
IN THE STAR; 1988/9/12 by Wayan; an epic, out-of-body, intrastellar quest-dream
I tour the heart of a red supergiant, where dreaming souls explore their heart's desires unconstrained by matter...
CAUTION: SWEDENBORGIAN VISON PLUS NUDE UNICORNS AND LEMURS
LADY UNICORN: by Cindy Prince; 2007/10/16, a dream of a shapeshifter.
I was working in the library, talking to this woman who announced "I think I'll grow my horn now..."
LEAN ON ME: by Wayan; 120K; 1987, 1992. Recurring dream image..
This couple keeps appearing in my dreams--as equals, as mount and rider, as friends, as enemies, as lovers...
CAUTION: NUDITY
LET ME DREAM!: by Marie-Claude Girondé, spring 2007?, a dream painting.
The dreamer becomes a horse, the horse becomes a unicorn. Dreams have their own quests apart from the conscious...
LES LICORNES: by Marie-Claude Girondé, fall 2007, a dream painting.
Three unicorns gallop out of the waves...
LOLA: by Wayan; 1995/4/22, a wild dream: psychic, shamanic and... economic? .
How the hell do I summarize this? Lola, a werefox I'm hot for, becomes my feudal Japanese brother, and her fox-shape reappears as the truck-driving maid for a Han Dynasty lady. We counter the interdimensional energy vampires by importing ghost unicorns on sailing ships, who have an orgy...
Two weeks later it all comes true. Literally? No. But closer than you think....
MY NAME IS WAYAN: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a dream of names and manes.
A conversation with a telepathic unicorn-lion reveals that my true name is Wayan. And my species?...
MY THREE HUSBANDS: by Wayan; 1981/2/26 furry polygamy dream drawn as a 15p comic ten years later
I'm three women who marry a unicorn, a goat philosopher, and a magic cat. We start a commune, but the police quarantine us...
CAUTION: INTERSPECIES MARRIAGE, UNDERAGE SEX, FRAGMENTED DREAMER and BAD COPS
THE NESS MAN, or, HOW TO HEAL: by Wayan; 50K total, 1994/4/13, a mythic dream.
Mythic creatures round a woodland pool want to heal a businessman. Do too many cooks spoil the soup?
NIGHT FLIGHT: by Catherine as told to Wayan; 1985, a flying transformation dream..
My friend Catherine dreamed she was a flying mare with golden hooves. But in real life, she lost them...
NIGHT MARE: by Wayan; 101K, 1991; digital painting inspired by a friend's dream .
I dreamed I was a feral mare: gentle, affectionate, sensual, but gone wild, wary of being tamed again...
POIROT AND THE DICKHEADS: by Wayan; 2010/3/11, a comic antilucid dream
I'm detective Hercule Poirot, but I'm losing my case and my brain--because my story isn't by Agatha Christie, it's a knockoff...
CAUTION: PINK DILDO HATS
RIDING MY UNICORN: by Wayan; 1993? Digital picture-poem of incubated vision.
I'm single and feeling shy. So I asked my dreams for an image of my true love, and got...
CAUTION: SEX
THE SEA-HAG RIOT: by Wayan; 100K, 1989/6/5, a wild dream hiding a warning.
Aliens, hypnotherapy, dancing molars, riots, witches, flying pianos, lettuce... yet there is a point.
SILKY SINGS WITH WEREWOLF BOY: by Wayan; 1998; dream figures on bedspread, 5'x7'
My anima the singing horse was encouraging a shy werewolf boy to give it a try...
CAUTION: UNCLAD HORSE CHANTEUSE
SUCK MY CONE!: by Wayan, 1995/1/11, a bluesy dream.
Nerds built the blues. Rick Moranis, famous blues-nerd, makes a groupie suck his ice cream cone...
CAUTION: MOCKS MUSIC, RACE, VANILLA ICE (CREAM)...
THE SWORD DANCE: by Wayan; 1988/4/29, a psychic dream.
I visit my friend Xanthe's lungs, where a swordswoman in a red bikini gives me a unicorn. The next day...
TALL UNICORN: by Wayan; 1990. Digital nondream picture-poem.
Since I've been seeking out, talking with, and turning into unicorns a lot in the last few years...
CAUTION: ANTI-FUNDAMENTALIST
TAROT: THE UNICORN QUEEN (Queen of Swords): by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Having (or living with) a sharp mind is like living with a unicorn. That horn can kill or heal...
TAROT: THE UNICORN WELL (the Ace of Cups): by Wayan; 1991. Digital, based on Tarot card, 3x5".
The Well of Emotion, guarded by the Black Unicorn, the shadow of all the feelings you deny...
THIRTEEN PEACE SIGNS IN A TIME OF WAR: by Wayan; early 2002, acrylic sgraffito on wood.
The animal goddess of peace, stubbornly raising her sign, my sign, as you all slide into your nice holy war...
UNICORN BOY: by Wayan; drawing 1984, shaded 2001; dream-self portrait.
Me as a unicorn boy. Though I got a haircut since then, and most people can't see the horn...
CAUTION: NUDITY
UNICORN FEEDBACK: by Wayan; 2009/1/3, a double dream of advice
A unicorn advises me. I wake, and tell a friend, who proves I must have misheard. And then I wake again...
UNICORN LEAP: by Wayan; 1987?, nondream ink sketch tinted with acrylic.
A unicorn in a dance performance--a solo vignette with a spectacular leap. And the dancer knows it...
THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
UNICORN and MERMAID: by Wayan; 1988, digital; dream figures though not dream scene.
A unicorn wades in the shallows to meet his mermaid girlfriend. Or at least they're headed that way...
UNICORN ORGY: by Wayan; 400K total, 20 illus., 1997-2004; sculpture, 1'x2'x2'.
A sculpted orgy of unicorns, dryads, and werewolf-satyrs designed to stand sideways on your wall...
CAUTION: SEX
RED-TAILED UNICORN: by Wayan; fall 1971?, a childhood icon in acrylic.
One of my first tries with paint--part Tibetan, part medieval, part hippie, part Navaho...
UNICORN ROUND: by Wayan; 2000/9/18, nondream; acrylic on a vinyl record.
Yellow fireflies circling round the horn of a reclining red unicorn, in the evening...
UNICORN SIXTY-NINE: by Wayan; 1982, ink, a recurring nondream sexfantasy.
A bizarre image I had of unicorns whose horns really were horny, with some maidens and princes...
CAUTION: LEERING SEX! LURID COLOR! LAME LINES!
UNICORN: "STILL HERE!": by Wayan; 1994? 3x5", felt pen sketch.
The 80s were rough on unicorns, but now that they're passé again, they can get back to work...
UNICORN SURGERY: by Wayan; 1996/5/2, a warning dream.
After trimming a poem to Silky, my night mare, I dream well-meaning surgeons try to dehorn a unicorn...
VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; 4.5MB; a virtual world with 130 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!

UNICORN TAG: by Wayan; 850K total, a set of illustrated dreams, 1986. Linked, but most can be read alone.
Animal teachers, mostly equine, drag me (as I scream NO!) beyond plain dreamwork into shamanism...
Chapter 1: The Deer Party: by Wayan; 150K, 6 illus.
Chapter 2: Ariane's Honeymoon: by Wayan; 8K
Chapter 3: The Everest Marathon: by Wayan; 1 illus.
Chapter 4: Who'll Be My Love?: by Wayan; 100K, 4 illus.
Chapter 5: Dreamrider: by Wayan; 7K, a nondream interlude
Chapter 6: Half Shaman, Half Statesman: by Wayan; 170K, 4 illus.
Chapter 7: Eight To A Horn: by Wayan; 2 illus.
Chapter 8: Black Magic: by Wayan, 7 illus.
Chapter 9: Misfits On Mars: by Wayan; 300K, 7 illus.
A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 155K, illustrated, 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
THE WHITE DEER, RE-ENACTED: by Wayan; 2009/3/2, a parabolic dreampoem.
I'm living in an England rendered in chalk. We wander the woods with butterfly nets, ritually hunting the White Deer--if that's what they really are...
WHO'LL BE MY LOVE?: by Wayan; 1986/4/14, a dream noir farce; part 4 of UNICORN TAG.
I'm a hardboiled detective wincing as I grill a meek little psychic (who might just be me) about embarrassing subjects like unicorns, and love...
CAUTION: A UNICORN WHO MAKES EVEN THE COPS BLUSH


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