Sometimes, symmetrical considerations help us, dream interpreters, to deduce the hidden meaning of the dream. Symmetry often points to the crux of the problem, if there is one, and allows a useful contrast between the symmetrical opposites, to clarify the contribution of both primary and secondary factors.
A case in point can be the famous Biblical dream of Joseph. 7 fat cows, 7 thin cows, that is a perfect symmetry, although the axis of symmetry and the nature of the contrast may not be clear right away to a beginner.
In fact, they were not even that clear to the well trained scribes who wrote down the presumed Joseph interpretation of the dream. The proposed interpretation itself only touches the surface of the meaning, and is patently incorrect, likely attempting to reconcile the dream with the, in all likelihood, historically attested plague that assailed Egypt in the past, to ensure that Joseph could have predicted the future, a feat which is entirely unnecessary from the point of view of a simple dream interpretation.
What is the correct interpretation then? It is simple when regarded through considerations of symmetry. The cows are the object of symmetry here. And the symbol is painstakingly clear, it is that of prosperity, as could be seen by regarding several cultures and the importance of cows in them.
The other element of symmetry is the number 7, at times associated with a kind of conflict, a military one, an inner one, or in its lesser form, a disagreement or a debate.
The assertion that the number 7 here represents conflict and not any of the plethora of the numerological associations, is supported by the image of one set of cows devouring another, itself a symbol of violent domination.
If we want to repeat the efforts of the Biblical scribes and connect the dream interpreted by Joseph to historical events, then the connection is also clear. A possibility of conflict, between two parties, lacking resources; all of this points to the battles between upper and lower Egypt, for the sake of resources.
In truth many dreams, even more practical and relevant to modern life can be interpreted in such an elegant way, because the consideration of symmetry and its varied uses is a great aid towards a proper dream interpretation.
Ravens have a fascinating role in mythology, both the Greeks and the Native Americans seem to agree that they carry an uncanny potential, but could at times misuse their power, for which transgression, or sometimes dereliction of duty, they even change their color.
Based on the various raven myths from Greek, Norse or Celtic mythologies, ravens could be said to represent the ability to transform latent potential into actuality, for themselves and others.
A human who has a raven for his totem animal, might be very creative on the one hand, and yet be limited to some extent in their social circles.
A gemstone correlating to the raven energy could be tourmaline.
I could speak a lot about ravens, because they fascinate me, even their unique language, and they seem to return the favor. Whenever I leave the house, they follow me, and they even answer my imitation of their particular calls.
For others, presumably, because of their color, ravens could still be deemed the harbingers of evil, for me, it is pretty much like meeting a good old friend.
There are many beautiful games, fighting and otherwise, but the reason I return to MK over and over again, is not just the graphics, not just the setting (beautifully reminiscent of some Lovecraftian ideas, Elder Gods, anyone?) but also the strategy.
Sub Zero may win me over with his famous ice ball, Lord Rayden with his spectacular Lightning, but it is the common practice of fighting that wins the game many times, the special moves do not hurt, but serve for me to complement the already developed idea for hand to hand combat.
As a fan of martial arts, I find it enjoyable to study in minute detail how every fighter moves, how their movements affect their opponent, how they can control the space, how they weaken their flanks when they strike, and what could be done afterwards.
If I occasionally beat even the hackers who have their characters maxed out, faction wars and Shao Khan’s Towers broken, and bone shields that seem impervious to lesser attacks, it is because I enjoy all the minutia of planning ahead, of having a well coordinated team of threes whose abilities complement each other and understanding how each one would, in theory, battle against an entire team of the opponent on their own.
I don’t know about you guys, but I enjoy MKX on many levels, and not the least of them having that strategy element that depends more on my skills than anything else. It is not incredibly different for me from chess. I know a little bit about every stage of the game, all the tactical patterns and that makes it easier to play slow games against almost any kind of amateur player, I don’t lose a lot below Master level, but fast games, is a different kind of ability, I have to get lucky and be already familiar with the type of position, reconstructing in real time from scratch only works against lesser opponents. So a surprising analogy perhaps, but on the deeper levels of strategy, I would liken Mortal Kombat to chess.
If you are a fellow MKX fan, perhaps you would share my joy at this Lord Raiden figure unboxing on Youtube.