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The Single Die
Dreamed 1994/10/17 by Chris Wayan
My sisters and I are little again. I'm teaching Miriel, the youngest of us, to play a board game. You progress in a zigzag along a double row of squares like a suburban sidewalk. Because we lack the official gameboard, we imagine the square path around a chair, on the floor... Moves are determined by the roll of a single die. Looks like chance, but really you're supposed to influence the die telekinetically, using the power of synchronicity. That's what the game's for, of course--it trains you to will changes in luck itself!
My sisters and I know that "the single die" is a deliberate pun: you're psychically influencing Death itself! Each move represents one life--and one death. Squares are like years, or groups of them: whole phases of life. Some squares are good, some bad...
Althea, the middle kid of us three, teaches Miriel mind techniques, while I play referee and explain the rules. Miriel quickly gets frustrated and bored, partly because she gets bad rolls. It's not lack of psychic ability, which I know she has from previous tests, but sheer frustration at not being able to throw the die very well yet with her paws.
Did I mention both my sisters are kittens? We're cat people. And Miriel, being very young, still lacks fully opposable thumbs. They develop later in cat people than in humans. Her distractability may also be partly physical, a kitten's restlessness. She finds it frustrating to be so intelligent, an old soul, in a body so young it hasn't even had open eyes all that long...
The dream's a comfort--sort of. "Your troubles don't mean you're on the wrong path. You handle advanced mental and spiritual tasks fine--just not social and material ones. But your breed matures slowly in those areas. Your eyes will open, your paws will coordinate, your thumbs will grasp. Just not overnight."
- "The single die" is a sentence! A true one. Single people die younger. Life without love is less fun--the body gets bored and loses interest in life's game. If I can't heal from past abuse and free myself to love, I may wanna die...
- My sisters and I bewitch the die = literal! My sisters and I are born witches. We score high on ESP tests, have weird luck (skewing statistical odds), crash automated systems when we're upset, and stumble into serendipitous meetings. I actually find it easier to work on this mystical level (which most folks deny is even possible) than to...
- Throw the die = physical action! Like normal humans. Hard for me for PHYSICAL reasons, not psychological ones! I'm low-energy, allergic, and rather clumsy.
- It takes time for us kittens to grow opposable thumbs. Is the dream saying psychics really are slower to mature physically, or just that our bodies will always lag behind our minds?
- The double row you meander down = waking and dreaming! Back and forth like a stitch.
- Two rows and only a single die = slow progress! Only a quarter as fast as Monopoly or backgammon, with their two dice and a single, straight path. Patience! Weirdos develop along multiple paths at once--of course we progress more slowly than simple folks living in a single reality!
- Miriel = my sexual side, underdeveloped because I went the other way, focused on mind-work. In my family, Miriel's designated role was the sweet little sex kitten, despite her intellectual brilliance and psychic readings off the scale.
- Frustrated, no thumbs = Miriel really is frustrated right now, trying to be self-supporting. She's fantastically intuitive but can't hustle up business--she's just not an entrepreneur. Why? Not a joiner! A cat who walks alone.
And one more message, comforting or not. "Your maturation is so different, why do you even bother thinking of yourselves as human?"
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