Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dreaming of Sabazios

Sabazios, the Great God on Horseback of the Phrygians, first appeared to me in a dream about a week ago.

In the dream, I was in a desert, the wind was howling.  I was all alone, and I was scared.  Ereshkigal appeared, her cloak whipping in the wind.  She raised her hands to the sky, and I hear hoofbeats in the distance.
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A man who looked almost exactly like Khal Drogo, appeared, riding a HUGE black horse, with a white diamond on its third eye.  He stopped ahead of me, and laughed, a huge booming laugh like thunder.  "What a fine body you have chosen for me!  So large and so dark and so famous!"  [At this point, I knew he was Sabazios, although, honestly, I'm not sure where I'd even heard that name.]

Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones
In the way of dreams, next thing I know, I am riding on a giant pig, next to Sabazios on horseback.  We gallop through the desert, over dunes, over mountains, onto a broad grassland plain.
Concept art from The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
In the steppes, I am standing next to Sabazios, who is still on horseback.  He sweeps me up onto the horse's back.  I haven't ridden a horse since I was little, but I used to love it.  Ereshkigal takes the pig, and slits its throat while Sabazios and I are "occupied".  The hot blood sprays over us.  I wake up.

I wake up in my yurt, and rush to the Temple of Sabazios to tell them my dream, and to demand a blessing.  At first, they don't want to let me in (I think because I am a virgin?), but I tell them that my uncle Haran (*) is the high priest.  They admit me into the Temple courtyard.  It is made of tan brick.  There is a large rectangular reflecting pool.  Around the edges are arches and columns.   I wake up again, for real this time.

(*) Haran is a brother of Abram and Sarai in the Bible.  He is the uncle of both Isaac and Rebekkah.


  1. Fun fact: Wild boar was my late father's totem.

  2. Ereshkigal has this to say on the topic of the boar: "It's called a 'patronus' because it's your father's totem."

  3. Powerful and interesting dream.
    -Andrew b. Watt (