Lofty Principles of Dream-Interpretation

(C^en S^i-yuan : Encyclopaedia of Dreams)

Wandering Spirits, Part II (= Outer Chapters), 5-6

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pp. 130-137 – II.5 "[One’s Own Bodily] Forms and Appearances"

p. 130 signs in dreams

"Someone who dreams of crying

may go on to enjoy hunting the next day."

Master Z^uan

"Someone who dreams of singing and dancing

may wind up crying."

Master Lie

"Those who dream of praising others

may actually wish to make a request for themselves."

Book of the Long-Willow Method

pp. 131-132, 136, nn. 2, 9, 31 internal medicine (sometimes injected) to impart philosophy

p.

n.

dream

result

source

131

2

"a youth dreamt that he met [a philosopher] on the road. ... [The philosopher] then inserted medicine into [the youth]’s mouth.

From then on, [that youth] made great strides in ... philosophy."

History of the C^en Dynasty

132

9

A philosopher’s disciple "dreamt that on old man cut open his heart with a knife, saying, "Now you can really study."

Thereupon, [the disciple] ... became a great Confucian scholar."

Old History of the Tan Dynasty

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"a youth ... dreamt that someone took a giant chisel and pierced his heart as if internally administering a dose of medicine.

He was startled awake and felt that his mind and thoughts had expanded, becoming more profound."

136

31

"King Zhao of the Zhou dreamt that someone in a feathered robe ... used his finger to make a mark over the king’s heart, which was instantly split open. ...

The king was startled awake, and ... he saw the one he had dreamt of arrive, take out medicine from a tiny green pouch, and rub it on his chest."

Wan Zi-nian’s Recovered Records

pp. 132, 134, 136, nn. 3, 21-22, 32 dreams of amputation, or lack, of limb or of head

p.

n.

dream

source

132

3

"he unexpectedly dreamt that the former governor .... told him, "You will later become a governor with one arm ... .""

History of the Lian Dynasty

134

21

"dreamt that Emperor ... of the Southern Qi Dynasty cut off his tongue with a sword."

History of the Lian Dynasty

 

22

"When the Last Emperor of the Southern Tang dynasty was going to abdicate, ... The emperor said, "I dreamt at night that someone decapitated me with a sword.""

History of the 5 Dynasties

136

32

"Before Emperor Wen of the Sui attained nobility, ... One night, he moored his boat among the reeds and dreamt that he no longer possessed his left hand."

Accounts of Unique and Strange Things

pp. 132, 134, nn. 5, 16, 20 dreams of egress of internal bodily organ out from body; or washing of internal organ

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n.

dream

source

132

5

"dreaming that his five zang-organs spilled out onto the ground. Using his hands, he put them back inside himself."

Huan Tan, New Discussions

134

16

"After the mother ... gave birth ..., he dreamt that her intestines left her body and wound themselves around the Changmen Gate in Wu."

History of the Liu Son Dynasty

 

20

"The god cut open Wu [Yuan-z^ao]’s stomach and washed it clean. As a result, Wu received the techniques of the Numinous Treasure School of Daoism. From then on, he used talismans in water to cure people of their illnesses, and these were immediately effective."

Compraehensive Gazetter

pp. 132-133, nn. 6, 10 dreams of outgrowth of tree, or of superfluous bodily member, from body

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n.

dream

source

132

6

"dreamt that he grew another ear on his head."

Taiping Miscellany

 

10

"dreamt that a pine tree grew forth from his stomach."

A Record of Wu

133

"

"The mother ... dreamt that a maple tree grew from her stomach. Subsequently, she gave birth".

Old History of the Tan Dynasty

pp. 132, 135-137, nn. 7, 23, 27, 30, 38 dreams of outgrowth of horn or of hair

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n.

dream

source

132

7

"dreamt that he grew a horn on his head. ... the dream interpreter ... saying, "A qilin-beast has a horn, but he does not use it.""

History of the 3 Kingdoms

135

23

"The future Emperor ... of the Southern Qi dynasty ... dreamt at the age of thirteen that his entire body was covered with hair and that the hair on his head grew down to his feet."

History of the Southern Qi Dynasty

 

27

"dreamt that he arrive someplace where a voice issued forth from a palace, saying, "... give him an imperial beard." ... It is also said that Lu: Mengzheng dreamt that a god added a beard to his face."

History of the Son Dynasty

136

30

"The Prince of Jingling ... dreamt that someone told him, "You must get rid of your hair, Your Excellency.""

A Continuation of Accounts of Strange Events

137

38

"He once dreamt that his pubic hair was brushing against his ankles".

History of the Northern Wei Dynasty

pp. 136-137, nn. 33, 37 dreams of black coloring being applied to site on body

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n.

dream

source

136

33

A woman "died in childbirth at [his parents’] home. It was a local custom to mark the faces of those who had died in childbirth with black dots, [the dead woman’s father] secret added the black dots himself when no one was looking. ... [In another district, the dead woman’s husband] dreamt that his wife had come to his bed, and he clearly saw that there were black dots on her freshly powdered face."

In Search of the Supernatural

137

37

"Duke Xiang of Shan said, "... when Duke Cheng of Jin was born, there was a dream that a god made a mark in black on his buttocks to indicate that he would rule over the state of Jin. ...""

Conversations of Z^ou

pp. 134-135, nn. 17, 25-26, 28 dream of exchange of bodily member

p.

n.

dream

source

134

17

"He dreamt one night of a man [who] asked, "Could we exchange heads?" [The dreamer] agreed to the exchange in the dream."

A Record of Ghosts and the Living

135

25

"he dreamt that several functionaries told him, "We can offer you talismans to change your eyes." ... The functionaries ... inserted two pills into his eyes. When he awoke, ... a physiognomist told him, "... you have a pair of demon’s eyes. ...""

A Record of Collected Strange Events

 

26

"a governor during the Tang dynasty ... dreamt that his head turned into a tiger’s head. When he awoke, ... His wife said, "Last night, I dreamt that I was looking in the mirror and my head was that of a tiger’s. ..." Ten days later, [he] was summoned to court to become grand councilor of the right and both husband and wife were ennobled."

Transmissions of Unique Events

 

28

"Director ... dreamt that a god carrying a bamboo basket filled with human noses looked at him and said, "... Your nose is crooked and small." He cut it off, then picked another one out of the basket and changed it."

A Record of Collected Strange Events

pp. 133-134, nn. 13, 19 dream of implantation of organs, or of implement, into body

p.

n.

dream

result

source

133

13

"he dreamt that the supreme god Di sent a god to change his organs, who told him, "You will have an excellent destiny."

After he awoke, he suddenly found that he had attained a new level of mental clarity and intelligence. ... He could predict both good fortune and calamities."

Gazetter of Han-z^ou

134

19

"He dreamt of someone holding a giant mirror with shining stars and asterisms in its center. His belly was cut open, and he received the mirror into his body. ...

But, as a result of this, he studied astronomy and astrology and gained a deep understanding of their principles."

History of the 5 Dynasties

pp. 135-136, nn. 24, 34 dreams by women about hands

p.

n.

dream

source

135

24

"The wife of [the magistrate of Xian-yan] said to him, "In the past I dreamt that my hands were as hot as fire, and then you became the administrator of [a] Commandery. ...""

History of the Southern Qi Dynasty

136

34

"she fell seriously ill and dreamt that the Buddha stuck his hand through the window and that it resembled a mat to sit on."

Narrations of Strange Events

pp. 132, 136, nn. 4, 29 dreams by man of emergence from his body of another person

p.

n.

dream

source

132

4

"When ... seriously ill, he dreamt that he was pregnant"

A Record of the Inner Light

136

29

"One night he dreamt that someone emerged from his body and told him. "You have overworked your mind ... . Now I am leaving you." [He] died soon after."

Past and Praesent Records about the 5 Agents from the Tan Dynasty

p. 137, n. 36 dream by man of viewing woman’s vulva

dream

source

"a rectifier of omissions ... dreamt that he saw his mother’s genitals".

An Extensive Record of Anomalies

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pp. 138-146 – II.6 "[One’s Own] Food and Clothing"

pp. 142-143, nn. 9, 18 dreams of comesting animals

p.

n.

dream

source

141

9

"prayed to the heavenly bodies for talent. He dreamt one night that he swallowed a little golden turtle. ... Then, he dreamt one day that he spit {spat} out the golden turtle into the water. He died not long afterward."

Casual Chats of a Herd-Boy

142

18

"He dreamt that his mother said to him, "... you ate ... a toad. In front of my memorial bier are three pills ...." Qiu awoke, startled, and ... expelled several liters of tadpoles. The Qiu family treasured this bottle".

Transcriptions of Historical Events

pp. 140-142, nn. 2, 8, 14-16 dreams of comesting vegetal substances

p.

n.

dream

source

140

2

"The empress dreamt that someone gave the wet nurse two bottles of sesame porridge. When the empress awoke, the wet nurse’s milk was flowing in abundance."

History of the Southern Qi Dynasty

140-1

7

"When young, ... His father brought him to the Temple of the Green Lotus Blossom where his entrusted his son to become a Daoist priest. Later, Zhao [Zi-ran] dreamt of an old man who told him his surname was Yin and led him to a high mountain where ... he took a green cypress leaf and had Zhao swallow it. After Zhao awoke, he no longer ate food. More than a year later, he again dreamt that he met the old man, who taught him several hundred ... graphs. When he awoke, he was able to write them all down from memory and showed them to others. No one could understand them, and ... they were ... sacred Daoist talismans."

History of the Son Dynasty

141

8

"When [a boy] was seven and studying the Book of Changes, his mother dreamt one night that an extraordinary person gave him a purple lotus to [the boy] and had him swallow it."

History of the Son Dynasty

 

10

"Her mother-in-law was Mistress Zhang [vide p. 140, n. 6] ... . Mistress Li dreamt that a god ordered her to eat a bowl of porridge with jade chopsticks and told her, "Do not kill yourself, for you will give birth to a fine son.""

[History of the Son Dynasty]

142

14

the future emperor Xuan-zon of the Tan "took a nap. Meanwhile, a wisteria vine in the courtyard was just beginning to bloom, and [the future emperor’s host] Cui saw a giant snake [viz., the dream-body of the future emperor] eating the blossoms. He was about to approach it ... when it disappeared. After Xuanzong awoke, he said, "... I dreamt that I ate wisteria blossoms until I was quite full.""

A Supplemental History

 

15

"When his mother fell ill ..., he dreamt that his father told him, "... The Supreme God of Heaven ... has bestowed a divine herb located on a branch of the mulberry tree behind the house. ..." After awakening, Xiahou [Xin] went to look for it and indeed found the herb. He administered it to his mother".

Exquisite Words on the Origins of Surnames

 

16

An herbalist "dreamed that someone told him, "This year an epidemic sent down from heaven will spread widely, and half the population will die. Those who eat rhubarb will survive." Later, a plague ran wild, and, indeed, those who consumed rhubarb did not die."

History of the Son Dynasty

pp. 140, 143, nn. 1, 23 dreams of comesting pills

p.

n.

dream

source

140

1

"he dreamt that an adept of the Way gave him a handful of pills, which he swallowed while still dreaming. After this, he was cured".

History of the Lian Dynasty

143

23

"Empress Dowager Chen ... dreamt of a god in vermillion robes who was holding an ivory tablet of high rank. He offered her medicine in the form of a pill that glowed brilliantly. She swallowed it and upon awakening sensed ... an unusual fragrance".

A Record of the Founding Destiny of the Min Dynasty

 

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"Empress Chen ... enjoyed a dream where she consumed medicine. Upon awakening, she smelled the fragrance of orchids."

San Yueh, "Rhapsody on the 2 Capitals"

pp. 142-143, nn. 19, 22 dreams of comesting pearls

p.

n.

dream

source

142-3

19

"in Nankang ... a child ... once dreamt that he was bathing in the stream. Someone gave him a vessel full of pearls saying, "... swallow these ... ." ... so he swallowed more than sixty of the smaller ones."

A Record of Inquaests into Spirits

143

22

"Xiuji, the wife of Gun, observed a comet invading the asterism Mane. She dreamt that she encountered it and was stimulated by it. She also dreamt that she had swallowed a divine pearl like a kernel of yiyi-barley. Her body split open, and Yu the Great was born."

Annals of the Thearchs and Kings

pp. 140, 143, nn. 3-4, 6, 20 dreams of comesting books {cf. book eaten by Ioannes in his dream, according to the Apokalupsis}

p.

n.

dream

source

140

3

"When Han Yu was young, he dreamt that someone gave him a volume containing seal-script graphs written in cinnabar ink. The man forced him to swallow it while someone else standing by clapped his hands and laughed."

Biographies of Extraordinary People

 

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"Han Yu often said that when he was young, he dreamt that someone gave him a volume containing seal-graphs written in cinnabar ink to swallow. ... their forms were unlike any writing by humans." {I have often seen, in waking visions, writing (a running script) unlike anything human.}

A Record of Lon-c^en

 

4

"Yu Fan created a method for interpreting the Book of Changes. In a memorial to the throne announcing this he stated, "Commandery Chief Chen Tao dreamt that your humble official and a Daoist were casting the six lines of a hexagram when the Daoist took three of the and served these to me as a drink. I swallowed it completely, and the Daoist said, ‘The Way of the Book of Changes lies in heaven ... .’ ""

History of the Wu Dynasty

 

6

"Mistress Zhang ... once dreamt that eight transcendents descended from heaven and gave her a written talisman that they had her swallow."

History of the Son Dynasty

143

20

"Emperor Xizong of the Tang ... dreamt that someone gave him The Book of Chess in three chapters, which he burned and swallowed."

Additional Records

p. 141, nn. 11, 13 dreams of comesting a rainbow or a star {this is also a Daoist ritual}

p.

n.

dream

source

141

11

"[a boy] at the age of thirteen or fourteen was once asleep under the eave of a roof. There was a heavy rain, and a rainbow extended from the Yellow River into his mouth. [This was witnessed by his mother.] When he awoke, ... he replied, "I just dreamt that I had entered the Yellow River, drank from its waters, and returned home full." ... The monk said, "This is the outer rainbow ring of a dragon ... .""

A Record of Cautionary Examples

 

13

"in serving his parents ... at their funerals ... He dreamt that his father taught him the method of ingesting the Southern Star. It proved effective".

A Collection of Strange Tales

p. 145, n. 35 woman’s dream of sun

dream

source

"Mistress Hu ... dreamt that she was sitting in a jade basin in the sea when the sun entered under her skirt. Subsequently, she became pregnant and gave birth to the future Last Emperor."

History of the Northern Dynasties

p. 145, n. 36 dream of beast’s appropriation of sigil

dream

source

"dreamt that he was walking along the edge of the water when he saw a woman and a ferocious beast come up from behind him and tear off his leather pouch containing a seal of office."

History of the Jin Dynasty

pp. 144, n. 34 dream of painting of insignia being performed on garment

dream

source

"When the future Emperor Shizu of Southern Qi was in Yingzhou, he dreamt that someone flew down from heaven. The man had a brush stuck in his hair and drew images along both sides of Shizu’s upper garment."

History of the Southern Dynasties

p. 144, n. 28 dream of feathered robe

dream

source

"Empress Zhangyi, formerly Mistress Li ..., dreamt that someone barefoot in a feather robe descended through the window. Subsequently, she became pregnant with Emperor Renzong."

History of the Son Dynasty

pp. 144-146, nn. 27, 39, 41, 43 dreams of purple, crimson, or vermilion garb

p.

n.

dream

source

144

27

"he dreamt that someone was calling him, so he went out to greet him. He saw someone wearing a purple cord and holding an ivory tablet of high rank. The man ... presented ... a young boy with tufted hair dressed in green, saying, "Because you were concerned for the common people, the supreme god Di was pleased and presents you with this boy, who is a suitable son ... ." Wang accepted the child and then woke up. That same night, his wife ... became pregnant. Later, she indeed gave birth to a son, and he ... often spoke about matters in heaven. ... he told his parents, "The Lady of the Upper Monad commanded me to serve as a divine Jade Boy ... .""

An Unofficial Record from Mount Xian

145

39

"According to A Record of Mr. Wang’s Conversations, he said, "... I dreamt that I entered the imperial palace leading a man wearing a purple robe. ... After a year, Duke Jing received the purple robe of high rank. I ... led him into the imperial garden. The path we followed was exactly as I had seen it in the dream."

History of the Son Dynasty

 

41

Liu "dreamt that a filial son led him to a sandalwood tree and ordered him to climb it ... . He climbed it whereupon the filial son pulled forth a crimson robe from his body and ordered Liu to put it on. After Liu awoke, he changed his name to Tan [sandalwood]."

Collected Stories from the jade Stream

146

43

A Daoist woman "dreamt that celestial beings dressed in vermillion robes filled the sky, each one more than ten feet tall. Their banners covered her dwelling and a golden light illuminated her body. As a result, she became pregnant and subsequently gave birth to the Lord of Fates. ... When he was fifteen or sixteen years of age, he left home in search of the secret of longevity and subsequently obtained the technique for becoming a transcendent."

Recovered Biographies of Transcendents

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Richard E. Strassberg (transl.) : Wandering Spirits : Chen Shiyuan’s Encyclopedia of Dreams. U of CA Pr, Berkeley, 2008.