Vision: Seeing an actor: you will meet an intriguing person who will encourage you to take chances. Dreaming about playing the role of a person completely different from the way you are in real life: your behavior is in conflict with who you are and this “betrayal” is not good for your self-image. See Film, Movie.
Depth Psychology: Do you need more attention? Are you too ambitious?
Neither objective can be achieved through your present conduct. Are you playing games with others—or yourself? To what end? See Stage.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dream that you have the advantage, then you are feeling confident, successful, and in control of your destiny. However, if you dream that someone else has the upper hand, then you are dealing with issues of inferiority and inadequacy.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To dream of being backstage is notifying you of your ability to understand the truth.
The power to change a situation is actually well within your reach. There are certain aspects of your life that will bring you knowledge and help you in moving toward greater success. Be more aware in your daily life of signs and opportunities.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
(Bed cover; Cover; Lioncloth; Mexican blanket; Overlay; Overspread) In a dream, a blanket represents a woman.
If one sees himself wearing a blanket over a wrapper, or a lioncloth in a dream, it means marriage. Ifhe sees a blanket made of pearls in a dream, it means that his wife is a pious woman. Wrapping oneself with a blanket in a dream means marriage, comfort, peace, tranquility and strength. Wrapping oneself with a red blanket in a dream means a fight because of a woman.
If a blanket is stolen or burned or taken away from someone in his dream, it means divorce or death of his wife.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A blanket protects against cold and offers comfort, and is most associated with bed and sleeping. As such, its primary symbolic meaning connects with being able to offer us these two fundamental qualities.
A blanket that falls short of this by being too small or worn out reflects an inability to comfort yourself in times of stress.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Vision: Wrapping a blanket around yourself means you’re afraid of your enemies; but it is also a warning to be less open toward others. Looking at one or more blankets: company is coming. Sometimes the image of a blanket might announce a new member of the family on the way. See Wool.
Depth Psychology: What are you hiding from yourself or others? What are you ashamed of? WTio do you wish would keep you warm? What would you really like to “cover up”?... Dreamers Dictionary
A dream of being at a cottage suggests that you don’t require material things to be happy. You also may need to relax and not push yourself so hard.
If the cottage in your dream is very luxurious, this is lucky and means fortune will be kind to you. if the cottage is quite old or run down, you could have trouble succeeding in a current project.... My Dream Interpretation
Comfort and serenity, as opposed to acclaim and luxury, are promised in a dream featuring a cottage or bungalow, unless the structure was derelict or deserted, in which case it signals a significant time for sorting out your personal concerns.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(Retreat; Sanctuary) A hermitage in a dream represents a spiritual retreat, abstinence, good character, seclusion, ascetic detachment, controlling one’s desires and wants, divorcing one’s wife, abandoning one’s friends, or it could mean an illness.
If a sick person sees himself in a hermitage in a dream, it may mean his death, or it could mean suppressing one’s sexual desires. Occupying a hermitage or building one in a dream means rising in station.
A beautiful and a newly built hermitage in the dream represents a wife.
A hermitage in a dream also could mean migration, bewilderment, severing a friendship, hiding, power, or it could represent one’s son. Whatever may affect a hermitage in the dream also could manifest in the life of one’s son.
(Also see Retreat; Temple)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Pawn; Deposit) If one sees himself as a hostage in a dream, it means that he has earned himself an accumulation of sins that made him a pawn for repayment of his debts. Ifone sees himself holding someone as a guarantee for a promise, or keeping him as a pawn until his demands are met in a dream, it means that he is veering toward injustice.
A hostage in a dream also represents mistakes, errors, exposing people’s private life, divulging people’s secrets, slander, or a debt that keeps the person subject to constant harassment. Being a hostage in a dream also means adversities, trials, or falling in love with someone, whereby, one’s heart becomes a hostage of his beloved.
(Also see Enemy; Enmity)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Dreaming about being a hostage suggests that you may experience feelings of victimization or entrapment. This can be indicative of a situation in daily life, such as an oppressive and unsatisfactory relationship or financial difficulties.
The dream suggests that you may experience feelings of powerlessness and can not see you way out of a difficult situation. Because a hostage is taken against his will, you may be feeling as though you have been trapped by another or by circumstances. Also, the hostage situation in your dream may represent a part of your personality that is not being expressed. It could be your creativity, intellect, or inner freedom.
The purpose of this dream may be to make you more aware of the limiting conditions in your life. Additionally, the dream may trigger your imagination and problem-solving abilities enabling you to see new possibilities.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
A hostage is a person held as security. Spiritually, therefore, this has the same connotation as kidnap since it would constitute a crime against the right of the individual. Hostages held for religious reasons in dreams suggest that we are unsure of our own beliefs.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: An emotional hostage is that part of us that in dreams recognizes that it has had the ability to think and feel for ourselves taken away, either through trauma or neglect.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: In dreams, to find ourselves taken as hostage suggests that we have put ourselves in the position of being a victim and do not feel that we are able to resist. There may be a higher purpose at stake rather than just our own freedom. Consult the entries for abduct, hijack, kidnap and victim for further information.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
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
To dream of a name tag symbolizes your own self-confidence.
To dream that you lose your name tag, or if it’s blank, this suggests confusion about your own self-identity.
If you dream of having the wrong name on your name tag, you may secretly feel that you’re not good enough, and worry that others don’t really like you. Try to improve your confidence level! Also see “Name”, above... My Dream Interpretation
To see a pentagram in your dream represents the connection of your spirit to the earth, air, fire, and water. These elements contribute to various aspect of your well-being.
For this reason, your dream may signify protection. However, if you dreamed of an upside-down pentagram, this is idenitied with evil. This dream signifies conflict, negativity, materialism and aggression.... My Dream Interpretation
The pentagram is a widely misunderstood symbol; it has its roots in Christianity but is often used in the media in an inverted shape to refer to elements of the evil side of the occult. Its pure meaning connects to the five senses and the experience of the human body. In early Christianity it connects to the five wounds suffered by Christ. In the Tarot, the pentagram connects with money and prosperity. Any of these meanings might be expressed by a dream that features this geometrical image.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
This pictograph was used widely in the ancient world as a protective amulet, specifically to ward off the evil eye and malicious magic. On the dream plane, this may indicate that you sense some type of psychic or mundane threat to your well-being for which you should take proper precautions.
An emblem of the esoteric mysteries, and possibly the development of specific occult or magical abilities within. Note that the pentacle was often also called a wizard’s star or witch’s cross in the Middle Ages.
Among Gypsies and some earth-centered religions, the pentacle was an emblem of health and long life. This probably developed due to the natural pentacle formed by seeds when an apple is sliced in half.... The Language of Dreams
Life can often feel like a performance. In this way, dreaming of this image indicates that your unconscious is expressing a sense of your current life as being under public scrutiny. This is a common recurring dream, signifying the dreamer’s sense of feeling exposed or a fear of performing up to standards.
The subtlety here is in whether you are on stage because of heightened vulnerability or because you are hiding your true feelings by “acting” your way through an experience. By considering the timing of the dream with regard to current situations in your life, you can discover your true sense of preparedness for what is being thrown at you at the time of the dream. By examining this thoroughly, you can assess whether this dream means you are feeling incompetent to face a challenge in life or if you are feeling prepared to perform at your peak capability.
A highly stylized performance could indicate inauthenticity in some area. Conversely, it could connect to a powerful sense of creative originality. Forgetting your lines may represent your discomfort in some role or false persona you are putting on for the approval of others. Life is often like a performance. How you feel about this dream reveals how you feel about how well you are performing at this moment in time.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
(see Bank / Banking, Menu, Money, Numbers, Shopping)
The prices on objects in our dreams reflect their value to us.
For example, seeing someone buy an expensive designer outfit instead of an identical brand-name one illustrates a superficial personality, someone interested only in impressing others and looking more important. Or, paying an exorbitant price on a heart-shaped pillow could represent having given too much of yourself to a relationship, or valuing love as precious.... The Language of Dreams
Dreams about relationships are extremely common. This is because the health and survival of your relationships is a primary goal for your unconscious; in your dreams it constantly reviews your relationship options, mulls things over and tries to identify what went wrong and how to do things better. It may also give you a glimpse of how different things might be if you married someone else, had an affair or got divorced.
Although the following dreams can occur at any stage of your life, you may find that the focus of your relationship dreams shifts during your lifespan. In your teenage years, dream scenarios in which you are suddenly thrown together with someone to whom you are attracted are very common. The goal of the dream is to help you determine if someone is or is not interested in you in waking life. By the mid-twenties, however, relationship dreams move beyond initial attraction and begin to explore who is or is not right for us. This is the time when strangers, celebrities and friends tend to appear as dream lovers and partners. You may find the images shocking but it is important to bear in mind that the images are unlikely to represent the real person and more likely to represent qualities that you are evaluating.
During your thirties and forties, romantic dreams focus on explanations for why relationships may have disappointed in the past and offer dreams that can show you what to go after or avoid in the future. Dreams in which your current partner or lover is unfaithful are extremely common at this time; it is as if your dreaming mind is urging you to pay attention to your relationship, and secure or safeguard what you have.
During your fifties and sixties, dreams shift their focus onto things you have learned to value in your life. Past and present partners become shorthand symbols for the quality or experience you had with them. For example, your first lover represents passion and excitement or the partner who was unfaithful represents someone who cannot be trusted. Although you may dream of people from your past, your dreaming mind is using them as symbols to refer to your current relationships. From your seventies onwards, dreams are more likely to zoom in on the very nature of love itself to help you gain a deeper understanding of love and affairs of the heart.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream that you are being sabotaged symbolizes struggles occurring within yourself. Your personality, behavior, and inner qualities are all being threatened by intense anguish. You must discard your previous mindset and focus on an alternative path.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A dream about sabotage represents emotional conflicts in the dreamer’s life. You may feel stuck between doing what you feel is right, and how you think others expect you to act. You need to get rid of your old attitudes and former ways of thinking.... My Dream Interpretation
Observing or being involved in any type of sabotage in your dream portends arguments and/ or disagreements with family or business associates which could have serious consequences, unless you exercise great tact Be persuasive rather than aggressive.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Shops and pavements where merchandise is normally sold symbolize merchandise and goods. But pavements and terraces which are not normally occupied for trading purposes, but instead are utilized for converging, means that the beholder will plunge into lengthy discussion.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Vision: Seeing a stag means you have been given an opportunity to assert yourself. Shooting a stag: receiving an inheritance or something else of value. Hunting or pursuing a stag: you are chasing a hopeless situation—use your time more wisely. Standing next to a killed stag: you will successfully defeat your enemies or rivals.
A woman dreaming about a stag with large antlers means she is looking for sexual adventures. See Antler.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream of a stag symbolizes elegance and liveliness. You may have an opportunity to improve your reputation or social position. You will gain inner peace and satisfaction.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
Dreams of a stag or deer symbolize fertility and renewal.
The stag is also associated with Artemis, goddess of the hunt and independence.
The stag was also believed to guide good souls to the Elysian Fields, where they enjoyed eternal happiness after their life on earth, which means that you are being guided to happy and successful time in your life.
The stag can also be a symbol for male virility, i.e. stag parties or stag films. See Goddess Artemis.... Strangest Dream Explanations
An antlered stag featured in your dream is a symbol of sexual vigor and/or personal power, unless it was brought to bay, in which case it is a warning that you are in danger of losing status due to overaggressiveness; cool it!... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Points to an important position at work or position in life.
A desire to be more in the limelight, as in Arena. Are you outgoing? Do you share of yourself? What role have you played, or what mask have you been hiding behind? What piece have you forgotten?... Little Giant Encyclopedia
1- I’o be on stage in a dream is to be making oneself visible.
An open-air stage suggests communication with the masses rather than a selected audience.
A moving stage signifies the need to keep moving, even while performing a role.
If we are members of the audience we need to be aware of the plot of the play and how it mav be relevant to us.
1- To be at a stage (of development, for instance) is to be cognisant of what one knows, but also what one docs not.
If a project or an idea reaches a certain stage, we can envisage the potential for success.
2- Spiritually a stage is a representation of our own life play. We are able to observe and be objective about what is going on. By externalising the ‘play’ into a framework we can manipulate our lives.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Being onstage may mention that you are performing in life and may not be expressing your authentic nat’ire. It may also represent the stage on which we play out our life dramas and comedies. It may point to the need for self-reflecrion.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Vision: Being on stage: do you want to be successful on the job without working for it? Seeing other people on stage: you are envious and don’t want to admit it! Take a good look at yourself: are you really honest and forthright—with yourself and others?
Depth Psychology: A stage might indicate that you want more respect; or you are recognizing your desires, interests, and hopes as a “stage of your life.” Do you want more attention—do you want to be in the limelight? Is there a drama in progress on stage? See Actor.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream that you are on a stage symbolizes how you influence others through your actions and performances. This is how you relate to other people. Perhaps you require being the focus of everyone’s consideration. Pay attention to your actions on the stage. This can also have significant meaning.
To dream that you are on a side stage implies that you are a passive person. You should be more assertive and outgoing.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
All the world is a stage and we are all actors playing a part.
The trick to figuring out this dream is to try to find the symbology that will point to your ‘performance in life’ and then you will be able to correlate the stage with any items you see on it and the actions of the actors as they role play in order to receive the intended message.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you dream of speaking or performing on a stage, then you have a desire to express yourself, take a stand for something, display your talents, and to be noticed and appreciated for your unique contribution to life. Also, dreams of a stage signify your awareness of the roles you play and the particular scene that you are acting out in the drama of your life, or are willing to express yourself publicly. See Play.... Strangest Dream Explanations
A stage is a structure for presentation. As a symbol in a dream, the stage suggests a moment in your life when you either desire to or are being required to present a certain idea, concept, or new direction in your life in a very public way. Because what is presented on a stage is a manufactured reality, this image in a dream may be asking you to consider how authentic you are being in your life right now.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
To be on stage in your dream suggests a desire to become more visible.
If the stage is open air, this suggests communication with a large audience, not just a selected few.
If the stage is moving, this indicates your desire to keep moving, even when acting a role. Carl Jung once wrote, ‘The whole dream-work is essentially subjective, and a dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer, the author, the public, and the critic.’ In other words, dreams are themselves like a theatre in which your problems, hopes and fears are acted out by characters generated by your imagination. To dream of a theatre is therefore like a dream within a dream.
If you dream of watching or acting a play, pantomime or circus, consider what aspects of your personality each character represents. Do these characters raise the curtain on some of your most poignant questions and experiences in life?
This dream is showing you your life, the way you behave and the way you present yourself to others from a new perspective. The scenes being played out are typically ones that are being played out at present; they are experimenting or exploring an idea, relationship or situation. For example, if you watched members of your family or a group of friends performing a play, your unconscious may be telling you that in waking life they may be deceiving you in some way or not revealing their true feelings.
If the stage was empty, your unconscious may be referring to the lack of creativity in your waking life and the need for more color, variety and stimulation. A curious superstition claims that if you dream you cut new teeth, it is a sign that you will hear of the birth of a child who will do great things in theatre.... The Element Encyclopedia
In his 1930 essay ‘Stages of Life’, Jung postulated four stages of life— childhood, youth, middle age and old age—based on his own clinical observations.
He viewed youth as a period of expanding consciousness, middle age as a period of questioning long-held convictions, and old age as a period of increased introspection and preoccupation with self-evaluation. According to Jung, dreams are important tools of self-discovery for you, whatever your age or life stage.
This is because in every stage of your life you will face many challenges: emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical. These challenges can trigger fascinating dreams, some of which can help you to meet those challenges and pass on to the next phase of your development.
Jung believed that what prevents people from becoming independent, fulfilled and ultimately happy is their refusal to open themselves to change or to new and unfamiliar experiences that potentially threaten their sense of self. His approach to finding balance in every stage of life was through the analysis of dreams and a process he called ‘individuation’. Dreams are a powerful tool for self-discovery and individuation is a self-analysis, a self-discovery, a way of analysing your own reactions and responses at every life stage so you can discover what truths lie underneath your conscious and egocentric personality.
In this chapter you will explore dreams that are believed to be typical of distinct life stages; some dream analysts refer to them as ‘developmental dreams’. This is because they seem particularly to reflect the typical stresses, questions and issues you may face at specific times in your life. This makes sense as you would expect the dreams you had when you were fifteen to reflect the concerns of your life as a teenager, just as you would expect the dreams you have now to have evolved into a mirror of your current situation and age group. Bear in mind, however, that how the stresses and challenges of your current life stage is represented in the dream world depends upon your personal circumstances, your sleep patterns and your ability to remember your dreams.
Bear in mind, too, that it is possible to have any one of these dreams even if you don’t fit the life-stage profile that coincides with it.
Dreams of death will also be explored in this chapter, as death is the final stage or change that comes to us all. Although dreams of death may explore your feelings about death or represent potential you may have missed or not expressed in general, dream analysts believe that such dreams represent the ending of one phase so a new one can begin. They reveal forthcoming finalities such as the end of a relationship or career and should not be interpreted literally. Because in the past we were terrified at the idea of death, it also represents upheaval, calamity and the sense that things will never be the same again. It was something that could only be endured but never be understood. Today, as our attitudes towards death have changed, death in a dream represents a challenge that cannot be avoided and which must be confronted if progress is to be made in waking life.
The message is that some approach or attitude to life needs to be changed or adjusted; if you can find the courage to make that adjustment successfully, there can be a fresh start or a new beginning.
For dreams concerning childhood, see BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD. See also LOSS AND FRUSTRATION; NIGHTMARES; SPIRITS AND GHOSTS.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream of staggering is a caution against the flattery of those who wish to exploit you; if your dream concerned others staggering, you can expect to be asked to help a friend who is in trouble.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To dream that a tag is sticking out of your clothing or still attached to merchandise that you have purchased suggests that a detail that could have been overlooked may soon become clear. Be aware to treat any forthcoming details with the attention they deserve, as this could be more important than you think.
To dream of being tagged or tagging another in a game is an indication that you may be singled out for some reason. Or, this may signify somebody you desire.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you dreamed of being involved in a game of tag, the meaning depends on how you enjoyed the game.
If you had fun, you can anticipate good times ahead.
If you were frustrated because you were “It” and couldn’t catch anyone, you are having trouble in real life overcoming a difficult goal or task. Perhaps you are not getting the attention you want from a crush.
If you dreamed of being the one who was chased, or if the game felt scary or unpleasant in any way, you are avoiding facing a threatening or unhappy situation in your real life.... My Dream Interpretation
‘Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.’
Perhaps the best way to understand sleep and dreams is to understand the brain. At the very start of the twentieth century it was found that the brain gave off electrical impulses, and by the 1920s scientists could measure brain waves. To obtain these readings, electrodes were attached to various parts of the head, the impulses being transformed onto electroencephalograms (EECs) on computer screens.
It seems that once you settle down to bed, your brain and body undergo radical changes from their waking state. The difference between being asleep and being awake is loss of conscious awareness, and once you start to doze, dream researchers believe you progress through four stages of sleep. These form the basis of a cycle that repeats up to four or five times every eight hours of sleep.
During the first stage, your body and mind become relaxed. Heart and breathing rate slow down, blood pressure lowers, body temperature drops slightly and eyes roll from side to side. You are neither fully conscious, nor fully unconscious, and could easily awake if disturbed. This stage of gradually falling asleep is also called the hypnagogic state (the hypnopompic state is a similar state when you are just waking up) and you may experience hallucinations that float before your eyes.
In stage two, breathing and heart rate become even slower, eyes continue to roll and you become more and more unaware of the noises of the outside world. It isn’t until the third stage of sleep, however, that you are sleeping soundly and it would be difficult to wake you. Finally, you enter a deep sleep state known as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) when your brain is released from the demands of the conscious mind. It will now be quite hard to wake you and, although you may sleepwalk or have night terrors, you will rarely be able to remember them. This slow-wave sleep cycle lasts about ninety minutes. At the end of stage four, you move back through stages three and two and one, at which point you enter a phase called rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep.... Dreampedia