Welcome to Erotic Dreaming, a monthly column in which writer, editor, artist, and dreamer, Manisha Anjali, engages with our readers sex dreams.
The dream: "I’d like to know more about sex dreams. Last night I had sex with an octopus in my dream. It’s wasn’t a regular octopus it was like an alien creature with eight arms (I think), black, silky looking and made low growling sounds.
Kind of human, kind of octopus, very sexy. It wrapped is tentacles around me and was caressing my body. It’s probably the most aroused I’ve ever felt during a sex dream, so I’m curious to know more about the possible meaning behind it. I’m not into manga or anything water-creature, sex-related."
Answer: Tako to Ama, more widely known as The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife is a woodcut of the ukiyo-e, translated as ‘pictures of the floating world’, by Hokusai in 1814. The image is widely regarded as the first depiction of tentacle eroticism. It depicts a long-haired ama diver intertwined in sex acts with a pair of octopus ⸺ the larger, moon-eyed sea beast has entangled itself around the diver, performing cunnilingus on her, while the baby octopus offers some sweet mouth-to-mouth and nipple fondling. The sea woman rolls her eyes back in ecstasy, deep in dream in the secret pleasures of the mysterious sea. The text in the woodcut, translated by James Heaton and Toyoshima Mizuho, is an erotic dialogue between the diver and the pair of octopus:
LARGE OCTOPUS: My wish comes true at last, this day of days; finally I have you in my grasp! Your bobo is ripe and full, how wonderful! Superior to all others! To suck and suck and suck some more. After we do it masterfully, I’ll guide you to the Dragon Palace of the Sea God and envelop you. “Zuu sufu sufu chyu chyu chyu tsu
MAIDEN: You hateful octopus! Your sucking at the mouth of my womb makes me gasp for breath! Aah! yes… it’s…there!!! With the sucker, the sucker!! Inside, squiggle, squiggle, oooh! Oooh, good, oooh good! There, there! Theeeeere! Goood! Whew! Aah! Good, good, aaaaaaaaaah! Not yet! Until now it was I that men called an octopus! An octopus! Ooh! Whew! How are you able…!? Ooh! “yoyoyooh, saa…
hicha hicha gucha gucha, yuchyuu chyu guzu guzu suu suuu….”
LARGE OCTOPUS: All eight limbs to interwine with!! How do you like it this way? Ah, look! The inside has swollen, moistened by the warm waters of lust. “Nura nura
doku doku doku…”
MAIDEN: Yes, it tingles now; soon there will be no sensation at all left in my hips.
Ooooooh! Boundaries and borders gone! I’ve vanished….!!!!!!
SMALL OCTOPUS: After daddy finishes, I too want to rub and rub my suckers at the ridge of your furry place until you disappear and then I’ll suck some more. “chyu
What I love here is the title of the woodcut reveals to us that this encounter took place in the unconscious travels of the sea woman, and confirms, that sexual encounters with cephalopods in dreams are centuries old.
In dreams, we cross time and space to meet entities, and in some of these encounters, we are invited to expand our sense of reality. To experience intense, otherworldly arousal with an entity makes sense ⸺ human pleasure is one thing, but alien, supernatural sex is another.
Astral squids, tentacle monsters and extra-terrestrial octopus are known to pop up in dreams and mushroom trips. In some stories, we learn that each tentacle can transmit different thoughts and sensations to the receiver, ranging from evil and malice to pure love and pleasure. I have heard conspiracy theories about the alien origins of the octopus, involving cryopreserved octopus eggs attaching themselves to comets which crashed into the ocean millions of years ago. I appreciate what these stories spark in our earthly imaginations – a sense of wonder, adventure and curiosity for life out there. Deep space and deep ocean are both unknown, underexplored spaces, which in dreams can bring forth existential curiosity and confrontation with our shadows, which can manifest in the form of endlessly enigmatic and mesmerising creatures, such as the octopus.
This dream evokes liberation, freedom and pleasure sourced from unexpected encounters. Let go of existing conventions and standard measures of attraction as defined by society. The entity has initiated you into a realm where anything is possible. You are invited to expand your worldview and scope of human experience by undergoing an ego-death. Many people I speak to with similar visitations often go on to have recurring dreams with the same entity over several different nights ⸺ and thereafter, their perception of sexuality shifts. After these encounters, dreamers walk away with gifts of sexual liberation, be it no longer repressing desires for same-sex partners, or being attracted to partners they had not considered before.
Ultimately, we learn here that pleasure can be derived from unexpected, otherworldly
sources. But these entities, be they octopuses or aliens or demons, are a reflection of what already exists within you. Go out into the wilderness and revel in the sweet gifts of ego annihilation – just as the sea woman says in Tako to Ama – “Boundaries and borders gone! I’ve vanished….!!!!!!”
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