foundations

The meaning of Foundations in dream | Dream interpretation


When we become conscious of the foundations of buildings, we become aware that spiritual practice needs a good basis from which to start.

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Psychological / emotional perspective: Foundations are often formed from the rubble of previous building and when this image appears we need to remember that we have available all our previous experience on which to draw.

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Material aspects: In everyday life strategy and planning are good foundations from which to start. When we become aware that there is something wrong with the foundations of our dream building, we may need to go back to the planning stage.

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Foundations | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Foundations


POPPIES

Poppies seen in dreams, represents a season of seductive pleasures and flattering business, but they all occupy unstable foundations.

If you inhale the odor of one, you will be the victim of artful persuasions and flattery.

(The mesmeric influence of the poppy inducts one into strange atmospheres, leaving materiality behind while the subjective self explores these realms as in natural sleep; yet these dreams do not bear truthful warnings to the material man. Being, in a manner, enforced.) ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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VAGINA

The vagina refers to much more than a woman’s sex­ual feelings and drives. It depicts the urges and processes of her being which are the foundations of her waking personal­ity.

The ability to procreate; the glandular bias which connects with what the conscious personality faces in emotional, mental and physical disposition; the caring, nurturing feelings which emerge out of sexual mating when healthy; the desire for a mate; the sense of connection and identity with other women, other female creatures and female aspects of nature. In its positive aspect it may represent the sure confidence with which a woman may demand from her man that he treat her womanhood with the respect it deserves. This means meeting the full flood of her sexual need with its desire for a child, a caring and supportive nest to rear that child in, and her fe­male creativity which may rise from ihat basic reproductive drive into other social creativity and personal demand for re­spect.

Example: He was very brown, could have been a native but he didn’t feel strange to me. We were making love, I was very aware of the pleasure in my lower body. It was very slippy slidy and wet, there was enjoyment for both of us. Very intense body feelings with a childlike quality, not passion— but pleasure and joy in my vagina’ (Susy I). Susy is feeling happy and joyful about her ‘native’ or natural sexual feelings —particularly the sensual side of sex. Sensual pleasure, as with emotional pleasure, is as much a food for our physical and emotional self as bread is for our physical body.

In a woman’s dream, generally how one feels about one’s own sexual needs, but this includes procreation as well; the health or feeling state of the sexual self and physical vagina; her central femininity; sexual urge; ability to have a child; concept of her physical attraction; temple or church of life, one’s experience of motherhood or experience of the procrea- tive relationship with one’s mother. Example: ‘I had very little pubic hair and thought it must be because I had just had a shower, but, no, on looking again I had very little hair. I was hugging Mary (a friend), my arms around her back and one hand holding her vagina. It was then I noticed she was the shape of a man there. I drew away for a second at the discov­ery then felt OK as it meant I was hugging a male/female person. We were very warm together.

(Two days before this dream my husband had said his mother called a vagina a Mary.)(Lucy R). Lucy is ‘touching’ or becoming aware of what could be seen as her own wholeness, which includes her male nature.

In male dreams: the vagina represents one’s feelings or fears about meeting a woman’s full sexuality, the deep experi­ence of the relationship with one’s mother, binh and how mother met one’s emerging male sexuality; one’s desire for sexual expression. Bleeding vagina: his trauma, fears about a woman and sex. Example: ‘She was now quite naked, dead and stiff, but still bleeding from the vagina. I walked along, the dead body walked like a clockwork soldier. It was quite hornble to see its semblance to life’ (Derek A). Derek’s rela­tionship with a woman, and with his own emotions and sexu­ality, is dead’ and deeply hun—the blood. He can mechani­cally have sex—the clockwork soldier—but not with deep feeling bonds or satisfaction. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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WOMB

The state of existence or consciousness from which we have grown; the state or condition prior to our develop­ment of personality—this can be personal, but it also relates to all human creatures, so is historical or evolutionary.

It is a condition without ego, with a sense of being life itself. Going back to the womb, to the condition of withdrawal or autism: regression to the ‘womb’ state of awareness—therefore per­haps a time of not being able to meet the stress of having a personality with self awareness, a time of gaining respite and perhaps touching one’s roots of being in order to gain new strength.

So much of our foundations of experience are connected with our experience of prenatal life and birth that we may need to touch these experiences to heal or free pans of our nature for further growth. See vagina under body; individua­tion; see also balloon; nest under birds; breath; catacomb; blue under colour; dark; deep; descending; hole; hollow; example in room under house, buildings; igloo; receptacle; recurring dreams; river; sack; under the sea under sea; suit­case; tank; tunnel; water. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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AIR

(see Fan, Wind)

The significance of air in dreams often varies with its strength and other characteristics.

For example, a spring breeze is gentle and refreshing, whereas a wind storm may energize or blow away your foundations.

Hot air represents anger and self-importance, especially in the way one speaks (e.g., “being full of hot air”).

Cold air symbolizes real or perceived chilly feelings, to the point of being emotionless and stoic. Alternatively, this can indicate that a cooling-off period is necessary before reapproaching a problem will prove successful.

Humid air portends sadness by its damp nature, or a sense of discomfort that comes with nervousness. Alternatively, since humid air often precedes rain, it can reflect a forthcoming release of pain or period of refreshment.

Dry air reveals spiritual, emotional, or intellectual “dryness” manifested as droll words, tedious actions, or an overwhelming feeling of monotony in your life.

The world’s soul and breath that gives life to all things. In Sanskrit, the word from which we derive “atmosphere” literally means breath.

In Native American beliefs, dreams that center on the element of air are indicating mental issues that need attending.... The Language of Dreams

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ANCHOR

An anchor dragging through water or sand represents things that weigh you down, and hold you back.

An anchor holding firm in a torrential sea speaks of your personal need for security and stability.

If you haven’t reinforced your foundations lately, do so.

Anchors are also connected to the sea and sailing (see Boat, Water). In earlier times when ships carried valuable goods to port, such an arrival was heartily welcomed. So, sailors and things associated with their trade became “lucky.” Perhaps your ship is soon to “come in” and stay for a while!

Safety or improved vitality. In ancient Egypt, an anchor cross became a variation of the ankh, the emblem of life, around 4-5 C.E. This emblem was used frequently as a seafaring amulet.

A ship that lacks an anchor represents being adrift, going from one idea or goal to another without ever accomplishing anything.... The Language of Dreams

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BEAR

(see Animals)

The grizzly or domineering side of our moods (e.g., acting “bearish”).

The wildness within that wishes more expression.

Heraldic: Among the medieval artisans, this creature provided the perfect vehicle for visual puns, and usually stood for for-BEAR-ance.

She-bear protecting cubs: The maternal instinct fully developed; righteous anger or anxiety with real foundations.

Hibernation: An alternative type of death dream. Also, resting and storing up energy for difficult times ahead (see Cave).

Fearlessness.

The term “berserkers” among warrior clans came from “bear sarks,” a shirt originated by Artemis to give strength and protection to those defending her lands.

Native American: Supernatural power and fortitude.

Biblical: The she-bear, particularly, is portrayed as ferocious (noted in Samuel, Hosea, and Proverbs).

To what project or relationship are you, or should you be, applying this type of fervently protective energy?... The Language of Dreams

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BROWN

(see Colors)

Depression and foreboding, especially if hovering around you in the dream.

An earthy color that can indicate good foundations, practicality, and the potential for growth (e.g., “being down to earth”). Much depends on where or how the color appears in the dream.... The Language of Dreams

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CANVAS

(see Ait)

This represents the blank slate of life upon which our experiences, cultures, families, and personal dispositions paint the mural of our being. Look at the image closely. It will tell you how you perceive yourself. Also check the easel on which the painting rests to be sure your foundations are secure.... The Language of Dreams

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CONCRETE

(see Dam, or other objects formed from)

Foundations and security. Is the concrete fresh—or crumbling?

If your feet or other body parts are encased in concrete, this is a partial cage or other burden that needs to be released so that you can move freely.... The Language of Dreams

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DISASTERS

(see Accident, Lightning, Stor??is)

Warning or fear of danger. Alternatively, consternation over your ability to survive upheavals.

Avalanche: Feeling trapped, frozen, or unable to act. Or, an overwhelmingly heavy burden that you feel was thrust upon you unwillingly (see Ice, Snow).

Cave in: Tlie crumbling of foundations or an insecure position. Also a type of burial dream.

Earthquake: Something is shaking your foundations, potentially to the core of what you regard as truth. Alternatively, breaking up with, or away from, a person, organization, job, or situation.

Flood: Feeling swept away by uncontrolled emotions or overpowering circumstances. Alternatively, a thorough cleansing before a new start (see Water).

Hurricane or tornado: An alternative symbol of the air element, which relates to the mind, voice, or breath. In this case, however, the element is destructive, probably revealing ill-health or an overly active conscious mind that does not allow the intuitive self through.

If related specifically to speech, this symbolizes an individual whose loudmouthed nature destrovs much of what it contacts.

Landslide: Backward movement or retreat. Returning to old thought forms and behavior patterns.

Oil spill: A renewed awareness of personal responsibility toward nature. Alternatively, a defiled trust, the adulteration of an ideal, or a slipperv situation.

Volcano: These are Earth’s cauldrons that stir up your temper or other hot feelings that have already been building to the point of violent eruptions (see Fire). Find a safe outlet before someone gets hurt.

If the volcano exhibits a slow lava flow, this represents a gradual venting of emotions.... The Language of Dreams

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DYNAMITE

A sudden, and rarely pleasant, revelation or shaking of your foundations.

Anger or other emotions that threaten to blow up if not properly redirected.

What does the dynamite demolish? This may be a symbol of something within of which you wish to rid yourself. Due to the potency of dynamite, however, caution is indicated here. Don’t go after this ideal or characteristic so forcefully that you destroy something valuable in the process.

Do the initials TNT mean anything to you? This abbreviation for dynamite has been used for a long enough time that the subconscious may use the abbreviation as a vehicle for its message.

Unanticipated personal expansion or exposure.... The Language of Dreams

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EARTH

(see Clay, Globe)

Being grounded or having solid foundations (e.g., being “down to earth”). Earthly or mundane matters.

The physical plane.

Plowing and planting: Efforts toward acquiring or accentuating positive attributes (see Garden, Farm).

A place of emergence, especially for magical power. In the Middle Ages, it was widely believed that witches gained energy from the earth, and could disappear if they touched soil. Alternatively, this can imply positive energy directed toward developing personal traits and characteristics.

A period of peacefulness. Teutonic tribes would often put down their weapons of war during the season of the Earth Goddess.

Groveling in earth: Debased morals or ideals, or possibly begging for forgiveness.

Mud: Ambiguous circumstances; things getting botched (see Dirt). Alternatively, malicious gossip meant specifically to make a perceived opponent look bad (e.g., “mud slinging).

Among Native Americans, the earth element represents the physical nature, so if the land in your dreams is rich and fruitful, you are likely quite healthy, as is any effort that requires “hands-on” attention.... The Language of Dreams

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EATING

(see Food by type, Beverages, Candy, Fasting, Hunger)

If you have been dieting lately, this is likely a circumstantial dream that needs no further explanation.

The ideas, concepts, or beliefs currently being internalized (e.g., “you are what you eat”).

In esoteric traditions, eating is a way to ground energy and reestablish foundations in the material world. Consider if both feet have been on terra firm a lately.

Metaphorically, is there something for which you hunger in your life, physically, mentally, or spiritually? If so, find the right food to fill that hunger so that strong, healthy growth may begin (or continue).

A representation of your current eating habits. Are you eating well-rounded meals—or too much junk food? Consider what the dream shows you in terms of how you’ve been feeling lately, and make appropriate adjustments in your diet.

Eating a celebratory feast represents sampling a little from many different aspects of life, and enjoying each fully. It may also portend a period of abundance and pleasant surprises soon to follow.

Arriving late for a feast indicates the presence of many pressing personal matters that often detain social interactions.

Reviewing a menu in a dream signifies life’s decisions and how metaphorically “good” they are for you. Consider what types of foods were chosen, and if the choices were costly, for more specific symbolism.

Leaving a table hungry represents being dissatisfied bv the results of an effort, the answer received from a question, or a situation that is less fulfilling than you might wish.... The Language of Dreams

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EXCAVATION

Hunting for something that seems elusive or hidden from direct view. Due to the soil involved, this may have something to do with personal foundations.

Metaphorically digging up the dirt on someone or a situation.

Uncovering treasures that are just waiting for your persistent efforts to discover them.

Digging through your own past to discover the worth of experiences, and how they have made you what and who you are today.... The Language of Dreams

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FOOT

(see Barefoot, Body, Shoes)

Your sense of mobility and spiritual or emotional balance (e.g., “footing”). Taking a new step or direction with your life.

Jungian: Our connection with the earth; our foundations in materiality.

Kissing or washing of the feet represents humility and service, as Mary Magdalene with Christ.

Footprints: Leaving behind a wavmark that others can recognize, respect, or follow.

Aching feet may represent trying to move too far too fast. All of life’s journeys have an optimum pace. Try and find that pace before you wear out.... The Language of Dreams

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IVY

Ivy leaves on or near your head reflect being overly intoxicated by an idea or dream without any firm foundations upon which to build.

Ivy is an emblem of striving for notoriety and honor, such as the “ivy leagues.”

Among Druids and the ancient Greeks, this symbolized blessings for a union, specifically used during weddings.

The evergreen nature of ivy implies that your efforts will be long lasting.... The Language of Dreams

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KITE

(see Air, Wind)

A kite that cannot get off the ground represents a project that seems doomed to stagnate or fail. Wait for a better wind and try again.

A kite soaring high in the sky reflects ambitions and lofty goals. Take care, however. From this height the wind can easily snag the kite out of your hands, and all control may be lost.

A kite that is flying firmly controlled from the ground symbolizes goals that have good foundations. With continued management, this effort should prove successful.... The Language of Dreams

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LAVA

(see Disasters, Fire)

As the child of a volcano, this stone represents creative eruptions of some type. This is a flash of insight, bridging artistic obstacles, and resulting in true genius.

Hawaii: Health and well-being, especially if someone is seen in a circle of lava stones. More drastic healing and cleansing is symbolized by being within hot, flowing lava.

Reciprocity with nature. Hawaiian lore claims that the goddess Pele does not allow anyone to take lava stones without leaving a small offering first that acknowledges the gift of the earth.

Flowing lava becomes a river of fire, indicating a similarly fiery course for your life right now. However, lava does cool eventually, as will circumstances. With the settling, new foundations will develop.... The Language of Dreams

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METALS

(see Copper, Gold, Iron Ore, Silver) Strength and resiliency.

How is the metal used in the dream? Are you building with it, and if so, what? For example, building a wall out of metal represents a very strong obstacle to intimacy.

As with crystals and gems, each specific metal has different symbolism:

Aluminum: flexibility

• Copper: guidance and control

• Flint: durability and utility

• Iron ore: love, safety, and willpower

• Lead: foundations or delays

• Quicksilver: quick responses

• Steel: rigidity, hard-heartedness

• Tin: improved luck... The Language of Dreams

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MUSEUM

(see Antiques, An)

Your own past, or humankind’s collective past.

The foundations of your thoughts, actions, and ideas, some of which can (and should) be dusted off so that understanding, integration, and growth can occur.... The Language of Dreams

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OAK

(see Forest, Leaves, Trees)

In northern Europe, this tree is strongly affiliated with god figures, including Jupiter, Thor, and Zeus, giving it a masculine overtone, with the acorn becoming an emblem of fertility.

Strength, firm foundations, and longevity. In folk beliefs, the oak’s roots delve as far into the earth as its branches reach toward the sky.

An oak filled with acorns portends a promotion and financial increases.

Braver}’ and charity that benefits others. In Rome, any hero who saved the life of a citizen was crowned with a wreath of oak leaves and acorns.... The Language of Dreams

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PILLARS

(see Archway, Buildings, Concrete, Stones)

While these are sometimes considered phallic due to their shape, in ancient Greece pillars were regularly carved in the shape of a woman whose visage was modeled after a priestess of the Moon Goddess. In this form, pillars can emphasize the need to balance gender-specific outlooks, or to accept the traits you exhibit from the opposite gender as a building block to your whole personality.

What do these pillars uphold? If, for example, they support a temple roof, this implies having strong foundations and evidence for your beliefs. However, cracking and decayed pillars reflect a belief system that you have outgrown, but not left behind.

Ancient Egyptian: A hieroglyph called the Pillars of Horus was placed on the walls of homes to keep negativity away from the residents. Such symbols inscribed on your dream’s buildings may represent feelings of oppression or danger from which you wish to protect yourself and your kin.

A person’s best attributes that are worthy of recognition or honor (e.g., being a “pillar of truth” or “pillar of the community”).... The Language of Dreams

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TRAVEL

(see by mode of Transportation, Journey)

Desiring a change of scenery and refreshed perspective. Sometimes in order to truly grow, you have to leave someplace comfortable.

Freedom, liberation, and self-discovery. Getting away allows you to be free of other people’s images and expectations so that you can build your own foundations for living.

The beginning of a personal quest that requires some type of mental or physical “travel” into the unseen portions of self or to new places, respectively.

Possibly an... The Language of Dreams

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TREE

(see by type, Forest, Fruit, Rods, Stick, Wand) Familial lines (e.g., “the family tree”).

Free will and the ability to choose (note the Garden of Eden).

Life, knowledge, and wisdom. Many cultures have a mythological Tree of Life, including that of the ancient Hebrews, Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Norse.

The tree of self. How do your roots and fruits fare?

A personal branching out, or improving your foundations by putting down firm roots.... The Language of Dreams

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ROCKET

Short-lived success is portended. You must build on firmer foundations next time.... Mystic Dream Book

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ZINC

Your future will be built on firm foundations and your romance will be a long lasting one. ... Mystic Dream Book

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CATECHISM

Dreams of this Catholic training ground for children represent spiritual inquiry, foundations of spirituality, and ritualistic repetition. Consider the feeling tone of this dream and your associations with the Catholic Religion. See School and Catholicism.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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NORTH

Material aspects: When we dream specifically of the north, we are searching for patience and understanding. We need firm foundations.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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ROCK

(see also Stone)

(1) A rock may symbolize permanence or antiquity; the most ancient - unconscious - part of the human mind; the foundations or essence of the self.

(2) Rocks at sea may symbolize a threat of disaster. The threat could be external or internal. Are you getting too emotional? You may need to change course and take a d life rent direction in life.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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BULLDOZER

Great power to build up or tear down. May mean clear away the old, get ready for the new. Get rid of old ideas. Depending upon dream context, may mean destruction of limits, construction of new foundations, or both.... The Dream Books Symbols

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ABORTION

An abortion (your own or someone else’s) signifies that the situation that is worrying you will not end happily the way you are approaching it.

It is advisable, then, to change tactic, to build new projects on stronger foundations, and to plan again without trusting appearances. No wonder abortion is a synonym for failed plans.

It indicates liberation, the end of a penance, troubles that will no longer weigh on the dreamer.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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BONES

Bones tend to be associated with death and the distant past. They predict problems, loss of excitement, and generally, indicate that we are going through a period of pessimism and dejection.

If you dream of a broken bone, the foundations of your real life and personal power could be teetering.

Goddesses that wear a necklace of bones around their necks or on their hip refer to the pressure of the passing and swiftness of time.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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LEAKS

Dreaming of a leaky house is a clear indication that your emotions get out of control easily and that you do not take enough care of them. Conclusion: you should not put emergency “patches” on your relationship, but rather strive to build your feelings on more solid foundations. In short, leaks reveal lack of attention to our emotions.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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TREE

The tree represents, in the broadest sense, the life of the cosmos: its density, growth, proliferation, etc. In oneiric terms, it is the embodiment of the subject’s personality. Thus, the type of tree and its condition will indicate the state of mind and spirituality.

If any of its parts have been damaged, some dimensions of the subject will have suffered as well. In this sense, the branches represent your superior functions; the trunk, your social role; and the roots, the foundations of your personality and your unconscious. A leafy and strong tree therefore symbolizes self confidence and creativity, as well as material and spiritual protection. But if the tree is weak and without leaves, you are not on track and you lack sufficient experience to undertake your life’s purpose. On the other hand, if you dream of planting a tree or if it is in bloom means a sign of fertility or inner maturity.

According to tradition, the tree symbolizes time: roots represent the past while branches the future. Perhaps the dream portends a premonition or your future hopes and fears. In the event you dream that you climb a tree, you will be lucky.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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BIBLE

The Bible is a fundamental symbol of the word of the Divine made manifest here on Earth. Your relationship to this as a symbol must be rooted in your personal associations with it. This can be complicated, because for some the Bible is uplifting and powerful, while for others it is a powerful tool used to inflict hatred and separation. As a book, the Bible relates to thoughts that are made permanent and a part of the foundations of your beliefs. Add to this your personal associations and you may arrive at a satisfying interpretation.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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POSTURE

Your posture is the foundation for all your movement through life.

It is an accurate reflection of your underlying mood and expressions of the unconscious.

If your dream reflects particularly good posture and an erect spine, you are expressing a profound sense of well-being. This can also be a compensation for neglecting a holistic approach to how you move through life. Bad posture could be a clue that something outside of your conscious awareness is throwing you off entirely; time to check on the foundations of your lifestyle.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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QUARTET

A quartet specializes in music that can only be made when four different voices come together, whether those voices are human or made by musical instruments.

The number four relates to structure and foundation in the realm of numerology. Music connects to passionate expression. Put together, a quartet in your dream signals the creation of the foundations for more passionate expression in your life.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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AVALANCHE

If you dreamed of an avalanche, your unconscious is warning you that the foundations of your waking life are under threat. Or maybe you just feel snowed under by responsibilities, or overwhelmed by the avalanche of work your boss requires of you? If you dreamed of being caught in the middle of an avalanche, this suggests you are feeling overwhelmed by circumstances, but if you witnessed an avalanche, you are currently experiencing a destructive force in your life. The dream is urging you to assume control and take precautionary steps to protect yourself from danger. An avalanche dislodges snow and ice, so your dream may have expressed your fear of someone else’s hostility or emotional coldness, and the impact this has in the real world. Snow is white (the color of innocence), so you should also consider whether you are disguising some action in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia

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EARTHQUAKE

Dreams about earthquakes, in which the ground cracks open beneath your feet and your surroundings crash around you, can be seen as attempts to prepare you for big changes in your waking life. This is because earth symbolically represents the stability and security of your personality, and dream earthquakes signal that your emotional foundation is being—or is about to be—shaken to the core, bringing the structure of your waking world crashing down around you.

Try to make a connection between your dream and your waking life. Are there signs that you might lose your job or that your relationship is in trouble? Such events would shake the foundations of your life, but remember that when the rubble has been cleared away, reconstruction can begin. You may find that rebuilding your life makes you a stronger person because you can build on the ruins of your past by learning from your mistakes.... The Element Encyclopedia

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HOME

If the house that featured in your dream was your actual home and some aspect of it was highlighted, you need to decide whether your dream was literal (if you were clearing out a cupboard, is this on your to do‘ list?) or whether it relates to some aspect of yourself (could the same dream be telling you to sort things through and reassess your priorities?). The foundations of the house symbolize the basic attitudes and processes upon which your life is built.

If your dream house represents yourself, what did your dream tell you about your foundations and structure? Were they sturdy and able to withstand bad conditions, or were they in danger of collapsing?

If your home is damaged in your dream, first consider whether you are worried about the condition of your home in real life; if you find that you are not worried about it all as you have just had a positive surveyor’s report, then consider the dream’s symbolic meaning.

If the walls or fences were damaged, this would allow outside elements to get through, so perhaps you feel vulnerable or undermined in waking life. Broken doors also indicate vulnerability and an inability to maintain boundaries. Broken windows leave you open to intruders and may affect your view of things.

Houses in dreams often represent parts of your mind or personality, so if you dream of leaving your current home to live in another house, this simply reflects your awareness of different parts of your personality. Maybe you have been moving from one part of yourself to another, trying out different aspects of yourself? Maybe you are trying to decide who you really are? To dream that your house is broken into suggests that you are feeling violated. It may refer to a particular relationship or current situation in your life. Alternatively, it indicates that some unconscious material is attempting to make itself known, because some aspects of yourself have been denied.

If your dream home is burgled, this may symbolize something you valued that has been taken away from you, leaving you feeling violated. Are you taking care of all of your valuables in your life, including yourself? Is someone trying to breach your personal defenses?... The Element Encyclopedia

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HOME IMPROVEMENT / HOUSEWORK

If your dream hasn’t been triggered by a television home makeover show, making improvements to your home may symbolize making improvements to yourself. Are there any jobs that you feel need to be done right now? Could you do with a coat of paint to brighten yourself up with a fresh new color? If you dream of building an extension, do you want or need to expand your horizons? Putting on a new roof may relate to raising your expectations, whilst applying a coat of varnish or paint can suggest a desire to disguise your own self-perceived flaws. It can also indicate the desire to gloss over problems in a relationship.

Whitewash may represent your attempts to cover up something that causes you embarrassment, whether relating to your own feelings of guilt or your suspicion that others are not what they seem. Clearing or laying down new paths or foundations may relate to new approaches to life.

If household breakages feature in your dream this may represent flawed ideas. A cracked cup can symbolize lost love. A dream of breaking things in the house may suggest anger or despair.

Dreams of housework in general suggest keeping your internal house in order, perhaps by taking time to clarify or define motives, opinions and feelings about others; they also stand for the cleaning out of non-functional or negative attitudes, thoughts and experiences. To dream that you are cleaning your house with a broom or dustpan and brush signifies your need to clear out your thoughts and get rid of old ways. You are seeking self-improvement.

If you, or a cleaner, are cleaning, this may also recall memories of your mother. Alternatively, the house being cleaned may symbolize the self and a need to give extra care and attention to neglected aspects of your personality.

When compared with sweeping up, vacuum cleaning suggests both a definite desire to do away once and for all with the effects of a past action, and a definite desire to move on and put the past behind you.

To dream of cleaning windows suggests that you are trying to get a clearer view of the world around you. Using a washing machine may suggest it is time to confront old issues that are destroying your peace of mind. The water may also point to deep-seated childhood issues that need to come out in the wash. Hanging your clothes out to dry may suggest a yearning for the lost innocence of childhood or a desire for uninhibited sexuality.

If you are washing the dishes in your dream kitchen, this may suggest a desire to wash away feelings of shame or disgust, or a wish to deny responsibility for something.... The Element Encyclopedia

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ON THE BEACH

A dream in which you are lying sunning yourself on an idyllic beach with rolling sand, gentle waves and warm tropical sunshine may represent simple wish-fulfillment and a longing to escape the daily grind of your routine and responsibilities. Another interpretation, the Freudian one, suggests that events on dream beaches can highlight your anxieties. For example, dreams of burying any authority figure in the sand may be symbolic of the Oedipal murder of the father figure, whilst castration may be represented by tall sand castles being washed away by the incoming tide of the feminine or maternal sea.

If you dreamed of taking a dip in the sea, pay attention to how you felt.

Beaches are places where water meets the earth, or, in symbolic terms, where the unconscious meets the rational mind.

If you dream of emerging from the water, for example, this may signal an end of a period of emotional conflict in your waking life. Do you feel emotionally stronger or emotionally battered by the experience? If you stayed on the shore, do you prefer to remain on the firmness of land and reason, rather than venturing into the perilous depths of the sea or the unconscious mind? Bathing whilst on holiday lends itself to a Freudian interpretation as a dream symbol of birth or of the desire to return to the mother’s womb.

If the sea washed away your footprints in the sand in your dream, is there something in your past from which you wish to move away so you can make a fresh start? If the sand in your dream starts to shift so you lose your footing, could this mirror a concern that the foundations of your life are about to give way? Holiday dreams can often contain romantic scenes in an arbor or other sheltered retreat such as a cave. Such dreams can suggest a longing for romance but they can also suggest frustration with aspects of your current relationship or love life, as well as a need for adventure and freedom of responsibility from daily chores.

If you dream of a holiday from hell in which you are given poor accommodation, are double booked or experience terrible weather or food, such a dream can warn against over idealism. It also suggests that negative thinking and pessimism will destroy the quality of your life if you allow them to continue. In dreams, desert islands may be symbols of loss or a general sense of emotional insecurity. Alternatively, they may also express a yearning for solitude, clarity, simplicity and time alone to reflect and work out your priorities.... The Element Encyclopedia

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UNDERWATER SCENE

A journey into the unconscious may be symbolized by an underwater dream. The underwater descent is a journey of discovery into your unknown parts and is a sign that you are ready to explore your own intuitive and instinctive aspects. The symbolism may also be a representation of the womb, the underwater scene symbolizing regression and the hope of rebirth. Perhaps you are feeling helpless, unable to care for yourself and long to return to a stage where you are dependent and free of responsibilities. To dream that you are underwater may also indicate that you are feeling overcome with emotions and are in need of greater control in your life, or that you may be in over your head regarding some situation.

How the water behaves in your dream is also significant. Rising water indicates rising emotions. Turbulent, choppy waters symbolize being overwhelmed emotionally. Being caught in a swift moving current suggests being ’swept up’ in one’s emotions. Cloudy water suggests lack of emotional clarity or a fear of emotional contamination. Swimming or bathing peacefully in water symbolizes a comfortable immersion in your emotions. The ability to breathe underwater and interact with creatures of the sea indicates that you have access to your unconscious feelings and awareness. Seeing a diver or becoming a diver suggests that you are delving into your unconscious, or trying to ’get to the bottom’ of a current situation or problem. Not surprisingly, Freudians believe that underwater diving may have sexual connotations and represents intercourse.

In addition to fish and sea creatures, what you observe in your underwater dream may be significant.

If you see a sea chest, this indicates what you carry with you on your spiritual quest, or in everyday terms, your spiritual baggage. The sea floor refers to your spiritual foundations. Is it ablaze with color and life, or barely inhabited? Sea foam stands for spiritual confusion or a stirring of your beliefs, seafood for spiritual knowledge and nourishment. Recall the condition and type of food. Sea level pertains to spiritual truths, whilst sea legs suggest spiritual comfort or feeling at home with your spirituality. Sea monsters suggest spiritual danger and an earthquake at sea warns that your beliefs might be shaken. Sea salt stands for strong spiritual beliefs, seashells for spiritual gifts and talents. Recall the quality and quantity of the shells. Sea slugs warn of spiritual laziness or entrapment, sea snails denote a slow and steady progress with your spiritual development, sea sponges stand for spiritual over absorption and sea spray represents spiritual gifts or insights. Finally, coral symbolizes your spiritual attributes, coral fish stand for spiritual protectiveness and guarding your beliefs from outside influences and a coral reef represents the difficulties of maintaining a spiritual balance in the physical world.... The Element Encyclopedia

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TRIANGLE

For many, the triangle represents the three parts of the Holy Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it can also represent the number three and its various manifestations in father, mother and child, or body, mind and spirit.

If you are religious, the triangle could be telling you to pay more attention to your religious teachings. It can also mean feeling independent or being able to stand on your own two feet.

If the triangle is facing upwards, this suggests that it would be better to channel your energies into your conscious objectives but if it is pointing downwards, you should turn inwards and explore your unconscious mind.

On the other hand, the triangle was a symbol used in Third Reich to mark out those who were ’different’ and ’bad’.

If you are seeing a triangle in a negative manner in your dream, it could be that you are feeling singled out, feeling like people are harassing you for no good reason and that you are frustrated and frightened by this. For Freudians, the triangle is an image of sexuality, male pointing upwards and female pointing downwards.

If your dream incorporated a triangular figure or shape, it may also have denoted three people who are closely linked to you in the waking world; perhaps your children and your partner, or perhaps a love triangle.

According to Freud, a pyramid is a symbol of an erect phallus. Others suggest that this powerful image represents spiritual aspirations. Alternatively if you dreamed that you found yourself in an Egyptian setting awed by the sight of the Great Pyramids, perhaps your unconscious is urging you to travel and see the great wonders of the world or to explore your own inner world. The square base of the pyramid can denote your unconscious foundations and the apex of the pyramid your aspirations. The pyramid can also represent a mountain you need to ascend in order to achieve your highest ambition, which may be spiritual enlightenment. There is a well-known game—square, circle or triangle?—in which you draw a square, circle or a triangle and ask someone to elaborate each of these shapes into a drawing. Whatever your playing partner makes of the square is supposed to relate to their outlook on the world, the circle to their inner being and the triangle to their sex life. See if any of this makes sense if squares, circles or triangles appear in your dreams.

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