To dream that you are participating in a carnival, portends that you are soon to enjoy some unusual pleasure or recreation.
A carnival when masks are used, or when incongruous or clownish figures are seen, implies discord in the home; business will be unsatisfactory and love unrequited. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If you see a carnival, but are not participating, it’s an indication you’re going through a period of depression. Get stuck on a carnival ride, and it’s an indication your life is too filled with the ups and downs of daily stress.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
The time, or the age, or period of development where “anything” goes, where you can be “somebody else.” Merriment and being carefree, but also a warning about pretense.
A dream about carnival points either to the need to stop pretense, to take off your mask (the persona, and show the true Self). Or it could be a message to be more outgoing and have more fun.
The image of the carnival often appears when you feel rigid and cut off from life. Particularly, when, in the dream, you are rejecting the carnival, you are denying your own wild and carefree side. Furthermore, carnival is also always connected to the Fool, a symbol that combines the absurd and the wise, and represents freedom. On the other hand, the fool is also somebody who, in a conventional sense, is unable to organize his everyday activities.
Folklore: Advancement.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Being at a carnival may represent your concerns about fulfilling a desire for more amusement and fun.
A carnival may dircct you to look back at an event within the last few days that brought you fulfillment, or point to a colorful and magical experience that you enjoyed immensely... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If you dream of being at a carnival and grotesque figures in masks come within your vision, there will be either matrimonial discord or unsatisfactory developments in a love affair.... The Complete Dream Book
If you are in the midst of a carnival and you see unusual, and freakish, sights you will experience much discord at home, and if you also have a feeling of sorrow in the midst of all the laughter this portends a divorce.
To join in a carnival and enjoy yourself shows that you will be treated to some unusual entertainment in the near future.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
Dreams of a carnival are calling you to live life to its fullest and honor life’s rites of passage. This dream may also indicate that something exciting is forthcoming. There is also a shadow side to a carnival. This dream may be telling you to look beneath the surface of the “eye candy” in your life. Consider the feeling tone of this dream. See Mardi Gras.... Strangest Dream Explanations
This word is associated with the idea of orgy and a temporary return of the primeval chaos in order to release tensions. Therefore, if the dream provokes happiness, it is a sign that you should have more fun. Carnival also suggests the need to compensate and balance a life that is too tidy.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
A tightly knit community of fringe society, a carnival creates an atmosphere of fun and escapism for the person who attends one. In a dream, this image may relate to either the event itself or the people responsible for creating the event.
If the sensation of the dream feels connected to being a guest at the carnival, then interpret this dream through the lens of play.
If the dream is more a behind-the-scenes experience, then you may be connecting to your rebellious nature.
If kidnapping features in your dream, this may suggest the desire to dominate or be dominated by another person.
If you are the victim but don’t feel afraid, this could lend a sexual connotation to your dream.
If you are held hostage in a dream, this could indicate that you feel someone has a hold on you, or that you are subject to some influence that prevents you from doing what you need to do. Hostage-takers often make demands for money, personal recognition and so on. Is there someone in your waking life who is placing unnecessary demands upon you, or making you feel guilty? In some hostage dreams, as in real life, a rapport develops between the victim and the hostage-taker; if this is the case, it could indicate a love-hate relationship in your waking life. Finally, might this kind of dream not also suggest that you are held hostage, not by a person, but by your fears?
See also CHANGE AND CONFLICT; NEGATIVE EMOTIONS.... The Element Encyclopedia
Dreams of a used car salesman signify underhanded motives, and opportunism. Perhaps you are dealing with trust issues and feeling taken advantage of or you are grappling with the aspect of you that just wants to make a buck. You are dealing with issues of integrity and realizing that what goes around comes around.... Strangest Dream Explanations
(Attire; Goodwill; Secondhand) Buying used clothing in a dream means poverty, but selling worn garments in a dream means good deeds, for in that case, one repels his aggravation or unwarranted adversities.
A thrift shop salesperson in a dream represents a layman. Selling used clothing in a dream also means putting an end to one’s problems.... Islamic Dream Interpretation