Here is a little ghost story for October 1 - the start of the month that ends in Samhain, when the veil between the worlds becomes thin:
Last night I dreamt that my cat Jerry, who died just over a week ago, came back to me.
I dreamt there was a knock at the front door. I opened it and there was a postman outside with two unexpected parcels for me. Now, unexpected parcels are always a pleasant surprise, but more of a surprise was that the postman said my cat was outside and wanted to come in.
"It can't be my cat, he died," I said.
But the postman was insistent and a large ginger cat nipped through the open doorway into my hall. I looked at the cat suspiciously, and the cat looked up at me with big eyes, and I recognised my Jerry - a bit skinny but healthy looking and very much alive. I stroked his head and he purred and purred.
After I had made a big fuss of Jerry, I opened my parcels. The first was a piping hot, delicious looking pizza. Now, I know postmen don't normally deliver pizzas, but of course this was a dream. Postmen don't normally deliver cats that have been brought back from the dead either.
The second parcel contained a lovely tarot deck.
Of course, dreams tap into all sorts of things that are going on in your head. My husband had bought me a take-away pizza last Saturday night. It was a rare treat because normally we are so skint we don't order take-away food.
The tarot deck delivery also made sense. Last week a lovely friend had sent me a gift of a tarot deck - The Mystic Faerie Tarot- to cheer me up because I had been having a rough time of late. It is a really beautiful deck and I was so touched by my friend's kind thoughts.
And, of course, people are often visited in their dreams by loved ones and pets who have passed through the veil of death. Whether it is a real connection or anything more than wishful thinking, I don't know. But I would like to think that Jerry would visiting me from the spirit world to tell me he was OK if he could.
The picture at the top shows my cat Jerry a few years ago, wearing a small witch's hat.
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