Dear Dream Tending Community,

The long, dark night of the winter solstice is more than the turning point of the sun’s journey. In Dream Tending, we bring our attention and gratitude to the value of lunar consciousness. In community, we honor this dark night of the soul’s journey. Here, in the lunar landscape of the dreamtime, dream images make their independent journey, separate from our personal quest. As we befriend living images in dreams, they in turn invite us to explore the reflective realms of deep imagination.
The navigational tools you use to journey in lunar consciousness are different from the interpretive methods used to maneuver in solar consciousness. Techniques of association shift to modes of illumination. What reveals is the soul’s desire to evolve on behalf of itself. When you bring a witnessing presence to this revelation, the innate intelligence of imagination becomes known.
It is a privilege for me to be in a community where we honor the place of the dream in the wintertime of death, birth, and rebirth. Here we practice the ways of hosting the innate intelligence of the dreaming psyche, the places of soul-making.
On Saturday, December 18th, I will once again offer our Dream Tending Winter Workshop. I will begin by describing the foundational skill set of our approach. Then I will open the portal into dreamwork that the winter solstice asks of us. We will journey into lunar consciousness, the home place of dream and imagination. If interested, I want to personally extend an invitation to you. Join us. Let’s do this together.

Until next Tuesday…

In the dreamtime,

Dream Incubation and Tending at this Time of Winter Solstice


1) On your bedside table, place an object that represents for you the significance of the winter solstice. This may be an object from nature, a piece of jewelry, a poem, or something else that evokes the spirit of this time.

2) As your eyes are closing and daytime transitions into dreamtime, repeat three times—“tonight I am going to listen to dreams.”

3) In the morning, in the transition between sleep time and awake time, pause. In this liminal time/space, breathe.

4) Get quiet and listen with ears that can hear and a heart that can receive.

5) Express what you have seen/heard/felt in a sketch, doodle, or poem.

6) Bring what has come forward into the rest of your day. Then, when the sun sets, find your attunement with winter solstice and read aloud or look anew at what came through you in the morning.

7) Consider this question: “What are the rhythms of nature asking of me now?”

8) Imagine ways of responding to what guidance came forward.



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Stephen Aizenstat

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founder of Dream Tending, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. He is a world-renowned professor of depth psychology, an imagination specialist, and an innovator. He has served as an organizational consultant to major companies and institutions, and as a depth psychological content advisor to Hollywood film makers. He has lectured extensively in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations, where he has spoken. Professor Aizenstat is the Chancellor Emeritus and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has collaborated with many notable masters in the field including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, and Robert Johnson.