Vodou and Dreams
|Many people often ask whether or not dreams mean anything in Vodou and the answer is yes, yes, yes! Dreams are very important in the Vodou tradition. Healthy dreaming is important and if someone does not dream or does not dream often there is usually something spiritually unbalanced in the person.
Many times our Lwa or ancestors will send us important messages, guidance, and warnings in our dreams. The Lwa may also tell you something or teach you how to do something. Dreams will sometimes come to reassure someone that the Lwa will bring results.
Certain things are also considered important or ominous when they show up in dreams. A Lwa may even tell someone to kanzo during sleep time. People have also been known to receive winning lotto numbers from the spirits in dreams. I am not saying this happens all the time, however.
Not all dreams are ominous either. Not every dream you may have will be significant, thus many people have a Houngan or Mambo to consult with as to whether or not a dream is truly important. Not everyone agrees on what the meaning of everything is either. The context of the situations are also usually taken into consideration.
Then there are times when a dream is all muddled up and incomprehensible. Usually when you dream with the spirits things pretty much go in a row – in a normal sequence, but not always. Usually, muddled up dreams are not important.
It is important to start remembering your dreams. Usually this is the real problem with people and their dreams. They may know they dreamt, but not remember the dream. The best way to start remembering them is by writing them down as soon as you wake up. Don’t talk to anyone until you are finished writing. Then put it away until the end of the day and then reread. Usually you will have more clarity at this time.
Remember to keep paper and pen by your bed. If you wake up during the night and remember dreams, write them down right then because you won’t remember them in the morning. A glass (yes it must be glass) of cool water, that has been blessed, by the head of your bed assists in dreaming. Also write down your feelings at the time, if you have any.