Prophecy and Responsibility

image from the Robin Wood Tarot

On very rare occasions, I have dreams I can only describe as prophetic. They are clearly different from nightly sorting and filing dreams and from messages from my subconscious, though I can’t say exactly how they’re different. Whatever their source, though, they’re never wrong.

Several years ago I had a prophetic dream about a couple of good friends from Atlanta who are evangelical Christians (of the “live what Jesus taught” variety, not the “my way or you’re going to hell” kind). In this dream, they had a young daughter who was psychically gifted, destined to be a seer and a mystic, and a great source of consternation for her parents who didn’t understand what she was doing or how she was doing it. The dream made it very clear that I was to go and tell them.

At the time of this dream, they had one child, a boy. So I interpreted the dream as “divine disclosure” – as the gods asking me “are you sure you want to do this?” Would I be willing to tell my Christian friends their child was capable of something outside their belief system and might very well reject their religion? In other words, did I just want to know stuff because it was cool or was I willing to do something useful and helpful with what I learned?

I said “yes.” And then breathed a sigh of relief when their second and third children were also boys.

Earlier this week, I found out they’re expecting their fourth child in April – and it’s going to be a girl.

So I have a message to deliver. Through a combination of intuition and deductive logic, I figured out why I’ve been given this message for them. I’m probably the only person in their lives who is 1) familiar enough with this sort of stuff to speak intelligently about it, while 2) still “normal” enough that they’ll actually listen.

I’m not going to do anything right away. They had one miscarriage before their first child was born, and on the off chance that something goes wrong with this pregnancy, I don’t want to put any difficult thoughts in their heads. But once their daughter is safely in this world and before she’s old enough to do anything “unusual,” I’m going to have to tell them something I’m pretty sure they aren’t going to want to hear.

Be careful what you wish for – you just might get it.
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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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