n. infantile pattern of suckle-swallow movement in which the tongue is placed between incisor teeth or between alveolar ridges during initial stage of swallowing (if persistent can lead to various dental abnormalities) v. [content removed due to Bush campaign to clean up the internet] n. act of nyah-nyah v. pursuing with relentless abandon the need to masticate and thrust the world into every bodily incarnation in order to transform it, via the act of salivation, into nutritive agency

Sunday, September 13, 2009

what the pig it means

So, in my dream last night, a farmer comes up to me and asks if I can come down and look at his pig. I say, sure, why not, and put on my galoshes, and through the late evening near-dark, muck on over some hills to a pig pen where there's this huge white pig rolled over on its side, wheezing and coughing, little bits of blood along its sides, oozing downwards.

Once we've looked at the pig for a few minutes, the farmer turns to me and says, "Well, I just had the vet over to take a look at him. He gave me some medicine for the pig, but I thought I better ask you what you thought about it. Pretty sure that vet didn't know what he was talking about."

Of course, I look at the farmer, feeling totally perplexed, then look back over to the pig, then back to the farmer and say, "Well, the vet is going to be way more trained to tell you what's wrong with that pig than I am. Why in the world would you be asking me, anyway? I'm no expert!"

Farmer kind of rocks back on his haunches, scratches his head, then leans into the fence again, looking closely at the pig. After a few minutes, he looks sideways at me, a little slyly, and says, "Well, J-, you know that's not a real pig, don't you? That's a dream pig, and what the hell do vets know about dream pigs? Surely you're in a better place to tell me what's wrong with a metaphorical sick pig that's shown up in your dream..."


Swear to god, that was one of my dreams last night. I woke up laughing my ass off.
i know, right?
Dreaming about this animal in your dream forces you to consider the negative characteristics of yourself or others. There are not many positive characteristics associated with pigs. In some cultures pigs are considered to be very "dirty" and unfit for human consumption. At times, men are referred to as "pigs" for their sexual desires or attitudes. Pigs are also associated with other negative characteristics: greed, stubbornness, and gluttony. Are you (or someone important to you) being "hoggish" with money, time, food, energy, or personal possessions? Superstition-based dream interpretations say that the pig in a dream may suggest a frustrating time in family affairs but success in business. In some cultures the pig is a symbol of prosperity because the families owning one are assured of food for an entire year. As a dream symbol it represents "korist," which is loosely translated to mean a valuable possession or event. Also See: Animals

Mystical Meaning: Pigs have long been the subject of superstition. For example, fishermen believe that if you say the word ‘pig’ before fishing you will have a poor catch. However in dreams pigs denote exceptionally good news or a stroke of luck. The dream could also mean impossible goals - we say "Yeahhhh and if Pigs Could Fly" when we don't believe something will ever happen.
Would a sick pig be the opposite of all of that?

I find it both interesting that a) I occasionally dream of injured or sick animals, but this instance was perhaps the first ironic, self-conscious usage that seems pretty friggin' weird if you ask me (it reads like some kind of farmer joke!);

and b) I've recently-ish finished polishing a piece about the metaphoric value of five particular animals, and am looking for a place to send the piece, without too much hope because it's a weird piece. In this writing, the pig is symbolic of career, specifically education for me.

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