What relationship is sustained between the average man and his dreams?
Then why is man not always able to correctly interpret his dreams?
If they relate to the future, why is it we so often dream of the past?
Why is it that present environments often influence our dreams?
What is an apparition?
How does subjectivity deal with time?
If that is so, why can’t you tell us accurately of our future as you do of our past?
In ancient Greece, people believed that dreams were a direct contact with the gods. One of the principal uses of dreams was for healing. Sick people went to special temples that were dedicated to dreaming as a curative method. There, a physician would help to induce a dream, which the physician would then interpret as a guide to the treatment of the ailment, and its cause as well. In modern times, the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, drew upon the writings of Artemidorus, a Greek who lived in the second century B.C.E. whom Freud much admired. Artemidorus’s books have been preserved for over two thousand years and were in constant use as references before the scientific revolution put dreams into the category of “unimportant nonsense.”
At the time of the Italian Renaissance, when rational thinking was beginning to come to the fore, dreams began to be dismissed as trivial by-products of sleep. William Shakespeare denounced dreams as “the children of an idle brain.” (On the other hand, he wrote eloquently on the nature of dreams in his play Hamlet!) John Dryden, an English philosopher, dismissed dreams as the result of indigestion or infection. The bias against dreams continued through the nineteenth century, when most people thought that dreams were caused by some external stimulus—such as a knock on the door making a person dream the house was being burglarized. Aside from such shallow interpretation, most ordinary people, doctors and philosophers, church fathers and professors, believed that dreams had no meaning and saw no need to heed them.
In his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Dr. Jung tells of a dream in which he was a guest at a garden party. Another guest was a woman from the town of Basel, a good friend of both Jung and his sister. In the dream, Jung says, he instinctively knew the woman from Basel would die. However, when he woke up he had no idea who the woman was in real life, though the dream was exceptionally vivid. He writes, “A few weeks later, I received news that a friend of mine had a fatal accident. I knew at once that she was the person I had seen in the dream but had been unable to identify.”
It took the work of Sigmund Freud to open people’s eyes once more to the possibility of dreams being important and useful. Though Freud was obsessed with sexual meanings in dreams to the exclusion of all else, he performed a useful service with the publication of his book on dream interpretation. However, his narrow view held that dreams were mere “wish fulfillment” and a substitute for sexual satisfaction. Fortunately, one of his student colleagues, Carl Gustav Jung of Switzerland, disagreed with Freud and formulated a more comprehensive theory of dream analysis.
Jung researched the previously unstudied territory of the unconscious and came up with the idea of a collective unconscious, through which all people were connected by a common store of knowledge and experience that often revealed itself in dreams.... Dreampedia
If a person sees a dead person giving him something of this world it mean he will acquire livelihood from an unimaginable source. And if he sees himself giving a dead person clothes normally worn by living persons and he accepts such clothes and wears them it means he (the giver) has a short life span.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If accounts are presented to you, business entanglements. If you present accounts to others, disagreements or business problems may arise.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If it is about collecting objects, the episode might predict scarcity.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
To confess a murder in a dream means that one will attain peace, leadership or advancement to a supervisory job.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a businessman or trader sees it, it would mean expansion in business..... Islamic Dream Interpretation
An influential and powerful person will become subservient to him.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If your dream involved meeting actors or actresses, be careful not to repeat gossip or you could lose a friend.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Life’s roles: Shakespeare intimated that life was a stage, making dreams the theater of your mind. Here, you can act out various “parts” to literally walk in someone else’s shoes, try out options, or get different perspectives.
Sensing that you, or someone you know, have been putting on airs instead of being real with people.
The various important “characters,” “sets,” and “props” in and around your life.... The Language of Dreams
If it’s a pleasant dream, lying has worked in your favor, but it could have bad consequences. Meeting an actor warns of a false friend coming into your life. Also see “Celebrities”, “Rehearsal”, “Stage” and “Understudy”.... My Dream Interpretation
If your dream involved meeting actors or actresses, be careful not to repeat gossip or you could lose a friend.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you dreamed that you were acting on stage, how did the audience react to your performance? We all role-play during our waking life, projecting a persona that may not be entirely who we are, in order to make ourselves more appealing to others; so it is possible that your unconscious was commenting on how your performance was perceived. The part you were playing and the scene you were acting could be particularly relevant to situations in your waking life. Were you a tremendous success on stage and did you receive a standing ovation? If you did, your unconscious may be telling you that the image you are presenting is convincing to others. If, however, your act was not well received, this might suggest that the image you are projecting is unconvincing to others and unhelpful to you.
If you dreamed that you were unwilling to step into the spotlight, this could suggest that your unconscious is mirroring your reluctance to be someone you are not in waking life, or it could simply suggest that you dislike being the center of attention.
If you forgot your lines or needed the assistance of a prompter, you could be suffering from a lack of confidence in waking life, perhaps because you feel unprepared in some way. You may also be relying on someone else in waking life to guide you towards success.
If an actor or actress dies or is dead in your dream, this could suggest that a particular role you have been playing in life has outlived its usefulness and relevance. On the other hand, dreams about acting may simply be reminding you that life is not a dress rehearsal and that you only have one chance to make a success of it.... The Element Encyclopedia
During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the stage of sleep most closely connected with dreaming, a portion of the brain called the pons (located in the primitive hindbrain) generates electrical signals that go to many different brain areas, including those associated with motor activities, sensory activities, and conscious thought. Hobson and McCarley hypothesized that one of the effects of this electrical activity is to send a series of essentially random images, feelings, and so forth to the higher mental centers of the forebrain. This is the “activation” stage of the theory.
In normal waking consciousness, the fore- brain sorts through various kinds of internal and external sensory input to create a meaningful experience of the world. Faced with a barrage of disconnected inputs during REM sleep, the higher mental centers attempt to impose order on the incoming messages, creating whatever narrative structure dreams have. This is the “synthesis” stage of the theory. Many dreams are just masses of incoherent images representing incoming groups of signals that the brain was simply not able to synthesize.
For anyone who has been exasperated by the convolutions of Freudian or other schools of dream interpretation, the activation-synthesis theory has a certain iconoclastic appeal because it dismisses dreams as just so much nonsense. How- ever, because almost everyone has had at least a few truly insightful dreams, the theory is ultimately unsatisfying. Also, on a purely physiological level, it is an incomplete theory because it does not offer an explanation for the dreams that occur during non-REM sleep.... Dreampedia
If it’s a pleasant dream, lying has worked in your favor, but it could have bad consequences. Watching actors in a dream means you feel out of control. Meeting an actor warns of a false friend coming into your life. Also see “Celebrities”, “Rehearsal”, “Stage” and “Understudy”... My Dream Interpretation
A machine meant to add up numbers properly may also be a sign that something does not “add up,” indicating that your suspicions may be warrantee.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
To swear solemnly by the stars, the celestial signs or by any physical sign in a dream means arrogance, deception, humiliation, hypocrisy or heedlessness.
If one is truthful in his oath in a dream it means that he will win his argument, speak the truth or perform an act that pleases God Almighty.
To swear by God in a dream when failure to perform requires atonement means following the truth and emulating the leading example of God’s Prophet, upon whom be peace.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Something from deep in your unconscious is trying to get your attention. Maybe you have chosen to ignore or suppress it? See Poster.... Dreamers Dictionary
An old man may symbolize wisdom and forgiveness while an old woman may represent life and death. In general, aging may represent the wisdom that a person acquires through experience.
The dream may also be giving you a message in regard to life’s lessons. This may be a good time for you to apply some of your experience and knowledge to a current situation. This dream may also be a reflection of your concerns about aging.
If you are thinking about your mortality and do not welcome maturing and age, the dream may be bringing out some of your worries and/or vanities.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If you are having serious problems sleeping, consult your doctor; but if you are simply more wakeful and restless in the night, the DIY perfect sleep and dreaming remedies on page xxiv of the Introduction should help you sleep and dream better.... The Element Encyclopedia
If it is a different person who agonizes, that person’s attitude towards you will turn around.
To see oneself dying is, for some, a key sign of illness, pain, or loss of inheritance. And for others, a prediction of longevity. To see somebody unknown agonizing indicates unexpected benefits.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The desire to cool the air by artificial means is symbolic of your ability to regulate such elements of life at your own whim.
The larger the air-conditioning unit, the greater the sense of control that is being expressed. In this way, a window unit is reflecting a modicum of control, whereas central air relates to a more comprehensive desire to rein in your passions.
If the air conditioning is broken, such a dream relates to the inability to keep cool under pressure.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
2. Commitment, dedication.
3. If walking among a crowd, one feels admired. ... New American Dream Dictionary
Mansions and palaces in dreams have a similar interpretation as houses, but with the emphasis on those possibilities within us that have yet to be developed and explored. There is a sense of something special or wonderful happening within yourself, as palaces are places of enchantment and treasure in fairy tales. However, palaces may also represent a warning against adopting a pretentious façade and living beyond your means.... The Element Encyclopedia
The symbol of a person who has attained the perfect balance of male and female characteristics, an androgynous being represents the union of opposites, an important idea in Jung’s theory. In dreams, this archetype is not so much referring to your sexual nature, but more to the union of your inner and outer world. Your interpretation will depend on how this dream image made you feel; were you relaxed and natural, or did you feel repulsed or confused? The latter suggests disharmony, whilst the former suggests harmony.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you fail to catch any, it will be bad for you. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Creating a crafty plan to succeed. ... New American Dream Dictionary
See also Fish, Water, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To dream of leaving a message on an answering machine, means that you will be placed in an unpleasant situation.... My Dream Interpretation
Archetypal symbols in our dreams, Jung taught, are especially important as they carry potent healing energy, enabling us to change on inner levels that bypass pure intellect. The unconscious mind actually‘speaks’ in symbols—symbols are its language—so we accomplish change most powerfully when we communicate with the inner self using archetypal symbols instead of words. Let us say, for example, that you have an exceptionally clear and vivid dream about a robed, bearded figure—a typical image of the wise old man—and he is floating outside the windows of your home. Since the home often represents yourself, the dream might make you aware that you are seeing wisdom outside of yourself instead of within. But the presence of the archetypal symbol also tells us that our higher self seeks to intervene!
Or let’s say you dreamed of a valiant hero or heroine rescuing you from extreme danger. You may be hoping to be rescued by someone in your waking life. Your dreaming mind is urging you to accept assistance if it is given to you; it may also be urging you to find the hero or heroine, in other words courage, within yourself. Or you might have an archetypal dream of a mother bear. In the dream, this archetype of the great mother might be cuffing her young or refusing to feed them. Such a scene would give you important information about how you are nurturing others or yourself. Perhaps you neglected your basic needs. In some way, you are not ‘mothering yourself’ in a healthy and beneficial manner; your higher self seeks to call this to your attention.
On the other hand, in a time of loneliness in your life, you might dream of being held and comforted by a great mother figure—and wake up from the dream feeling energized and ready to go on. The great mother in your dream, in a very real way,‘kissed it and made it better’. In looking at these two views of the mother, you can see the opposite sides that Jung pointed out were an essential aspect of all archetypes. It is through integrating this duality that you can become whole and at peace.... The Element Encyclopedia
2. Strengths and weaknesses of an individual. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you are arguing with only one person the conflict is likely to be between two polarities of thought in you; with more than one person the issue is probably one connected with a wider, more global belief or concept.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Dreaming of an argument can help us to vocalize coherently in ordinary life.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To be having an argument with someone with whom you normally have a good relationship suggests you are unsure of your motivation in actions you are taking.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To see other people arguing means you are wasting your time and money in a real-life situation. It can also be a sign that others are gossiping about you.
If you dream that your boyfriend is fighting with someone other than you, it can be a sign that he is unworthy of your affections. Also see “Yelling.”... My Dream Interpretation
2. Problem that must be decided.
3. Parts of one’s personality are in conﬂict. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If the dream focused on a young person arguing with an older person, perhaps the dream represented tension between the part of you that longs to be more spontaneous and the part of you that is a stickler for routine.... The Element Encyclopedia
If the lift goes out of the top of the roof, or the connection with base is missing: can show a critical situation of the mind being split from body awareness (schizoid). Ascending a hill or mountain or tree: often shows having a more inclusive view or understanding of one’s activities and place in the scheme of things. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
2- The transition from expressing our energy through sex to expressing it in self-awareness is often shown as ascending.
If we are climbing stairs, going up in an elevator or lift we are making a movement towards waking or becoming more aware; we are making an escapc from anxiety or being down to earth and arc freeing ourselves from physical constraints.
3- We are searching for spiritual awareness.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The transition from expressing our energy through sex to expressing it in self-awareness is often shown as ascending.
The act of ascension is a breakthrough to a new spiritual plane which transcends the state of being human.
It is an awareness of different levels of concentration, which give a fresh perspective to being human.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If one sees himself ascending a mountain it means depression, stress and travels. However, rising in a dream means elevation of status, and descending means a backslide.
If one sees himself walking up a steep road in a dream, it means rising in status, but involving toiling and hardships. Ifone sees himself climbing a mountain, then the mountain in a dream is interpreted as one’s goal. Thus, one’s dream may mean attaining one’s goal as far as he reaches in his climb. In dream interpretation, any ascent of a mountain, a trail, a hill, an elevation or even climbing a roof means attaining one’s goal or satisfying one’s needs.
To see oneself climbing flat on his back in a dream then means uncalled for, or unnecessary hardship.
(Also see Air; Ascent; Climbing a mountain; Flying)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream of an awakening of the spirit denotes many friends who will stand by you through thick and thin.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
Dreaming that you are walking through a beautiful landscape denotes better times after a difficult period. Many people cultivate the ability to wake up in dreams in order to gain information about the future. One method of achieving this is to imagine that you are in a time machine. The dream will come on in the calendar as you indicate, and your mind will receive relevant premonitions.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
For others it may highlight their attitude to family responsibilities or to parenthood.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If the baby you are taking care of is crying, you are lacking understanding from others.
If you dream that someone is babysitting you, you are frustrated that others try to manage your life for you - you want more freedom.... My Dream Interpretation
To have someone back-bite you means you will have problems with family and/or children.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
2. Actions may have potential to hurt others. ... New American Dream Dictionary
What are you baking and from what recipe?... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Another dream that comes to pregnant women due to the somewhat antiquated phrase “bun in the oven.” Needs no further examination in this situation.
Simmering pots: Ideas that are “slow cooking” to perfection. Watch closely, however, so that your conceptual dish does not burn or boil over from lack of attention.
If something comes out of the oven undercooked, contemplate current plans or ideas to see if they’re well thought out. Otherwise you may find the whole thing is “half baked.”... The Language of Dreams
(See Betty Crocker foods.)... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If you are combining different elements that normally don’t blend, this indicates that you should search for the relationship between two independent objects or events. Sometimes these seemingly non-complementary items could show beneficial results.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
(2) Since ‘pregnane / and related words such as ‘birth’ and ‘baby may be used metaphorically, the baking in your dream mav represent the opening of a new phase in your personal development, a new idea, a new perspective on life or new attitude towards (yourself and) life.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you bake bread, soon you will obtain great profits, since this symbolizes nourishment and health.
According to ancient superstitions, this dream has good omens. However, to dream that you burn the bread predicts a miscarriage.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
A great outlook is ahead for you.
To see a bakery in your dream signifies richness and success.... My Dream Interpretation
Vision: Seeing a baker: a present worry is going to be resolved; something changes for the better. Seeing a baker baking bread: be careful, people want something from you. Seeing a baker s oven actively being used: you can expect improvement in a financial matter; the same is true also when you are the baker, baking. See Cook.
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about a baker or baking indicates that a change will take place for the better. So—don’t stop dreaming about baking! The baker may reminds you of people with similar last names.
The oven means that your financial situation will improve. Seeing embers stands for harmony in all areas of your life.... Dreamers Dictionary
A dream that your hair is falling out, or that you are bald or balding, means you will have to take care of yourself and not depend on others.... My Dream Interpretation
A ball also is considered the place where one is introduced to social / cultivated passion.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
An empty ballroom shows a longing for company and / or family. Intricate dancing symbolizes an ability to do well in anything you try.
To see others dancing means you will get pleasure from someone else’s good fortune.
To be dancing yourself means you will get pleasure from work that you do yourself.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
To dream that you are clumsy on the floor indicates that you may be feeling over anxious about your next move and need to relax and let yourself take the next step despite your fear.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you didn’t know the identity of the person with whom you were dancing, it could suggest longing for a relationship or greater intimacy in the relationship you already have.... The Element Encyclopedia
Financial concerns, specifically with regard to savings.
A source of wealth, possibly your own hidden talents and potential.
Robbery of: Feelings of vulnerability and betrayal. Having your hard work or good ideas undermined or usurped by an opportunist.... The Language of Dreams
If you didn’t know who they were, you should seek out the necessary help and support.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you see a happily barking dog in your dream, this symbolizes pleasures and much social activity.
If the dog is barking ferociously, then it represents your habit of unnecessary complaining about people and the situations around you. It could also mean unfriendly companions.... My Dream Interpretation
See also Dog and Animals.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If something is stopping you, think about what it might be and make sure that you’re on the right path.
If the barrier is open: obstacles are in your way and they could turn into a serious problem.
If the barrier is down: problems can easily be overcome.... Dreamers Dictionary
It is possible that help you are trying to give may be being viewed as interference.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To be wearing a bathing costume denotes a degree of permitted exposure.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
For men, it is more likely to be functional and, therefore, a time of planning. You might like to read the entries for swimming, washing and water.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If it is in tbe open and the water is clear, then it shows success in business. But if the water is dirty, or muddy, or choked with weeds, then you may expect difficulty and trouble in you* work or profession.
If you are yourself taking a Bath indoors, it is not a good sign. I f the water is cold, it shows sorrow; if hot, then separation from some friend or loved one, perhaps a quarrel if steam is seen.
To see yourself naked is a good sign in itself, but you must not be in water. See CLOTHES.... Mystic Dream Book
2- “I’o dream of bathing someone shows the need to nurture or to have an intimate connection with that person.
3- Communal bathing depicts innocence and sensuality combined.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To bathe with other people, gossip about the dreamer may be disturbing.
For a widow or widower, remarriage. Bathing in clear water, business expansion or renovation about the home. Physiologically, dreams of bathing may be due to physical discomfort. Psychologically they imply a guilt complex.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If you bathe in a lake, your difficulties will soon fade away.
If you bath in a river, good surprises are coming towards you.
If you bathe with others in your dream, it means that someone close to you needs your help.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
A bathtub filled with water may suggest preparation for a spiritual or emotional cleansing.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If one dreams of taking a bath in clean water with good results, he or she may expect an improvement in both material and spiritual conditions.... The Complete Dream Book
If you are taking a cold bath, the prediction is that you will meet with an unexpected rebuff or disappointment.
To dream of taking a warm bath means a new opportunity that will work out favorably for you.
A woman who dreams of taking a milk bath should be warned against careless association with men of whose intentions she does not feel sure.
Turkish baths signify that someone will apologize to you.... The Complete Dream Book
See also Water.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If all the suits feel tight or ill-fitting, you need to protect your reputation by cooling down your activities with boys.
If you try on lots of great suits, success is ahead for you.
If you dream of wearing a bikini, you want to fall in love. Also think about the color of the swimsuit(s) to get more meaning out of your dream.... My Dream Interpretation
The very act of swimming, immersing oneself in water for sheer pleasure, brings with it a likelihood of nakedness. Culturally, however, we are compelled to cover up. In this way, a bathing suit is a symbol of that modesty and the desire to keep a certain amount of protection. There is also an implication associated with this symbol of a connection to water that may not be present in the dream itself.
If you are wearing a bathing suit, then you have in the past or may in the future connect yourself to water, the ultimate symbol of emotional expression.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Vision: Dreaming about swimming outdoors: everything is looking up because you are gaining strength and endurance. Taking a bath in cold water: your health is good, but you need to be more active. Taking a bath in hot water: illness or problems.
If the water in the tub is clear: a danger is passing, a situation is clearing up. Swimming in a lake with many waves: use your skills to solve a difficult problem and you will succeed! Swimming in murk)’ water points to a negative environment. See Brook, Foam, Water.
Depth Psychology: Dreams about swimming or bathing always point to an emotional cleansing, like a rebirth. Even if other people are bathing or being bathed, the dream always means your own renewal and cleansing.... Dreamers Dictionary
To beat someone with a wooden stick in a dream means failing to fulfill a promise, or it could mean lying to someone. Ifsomeone in authority hits his employee in a dream, it means that he will give him a raise.
If he hits him on his back in the dream, it means that he will pay his debt.
If he hits him on his backside in the dream, it means that he will give him a daughter in marriage. Ifone hits someone head with a stick in a dream, it means that he desires his position or it may denote his jealousy.
If one hits someone between the eyes in a dream, it means that he wants him to get lost. Beating someone in a dream also means to rebuke, revile or insult him, or it could mean to admonish him. Beating someone over his scull in a dream means that the victim in the dream will attain excellence of expression and reach his goals.
If he hits him over the earlobe and if it bleeds in the dream, it means that the assailant will rape and deflower the daughter of the victim. Like that, interpreting the subject of beating must be associated with the meaning of the limb affected in the dream.
(See Body’), Beatings in a dream also connotes supplications.
If one sees himself beating a donkey in a dream, it means that he does not earn his daily bread unless he regularly prays for it.
To beat someone in a dream also means cursing him. Ifhe hits him over the head in the dream, it means speaking ill of him and that one cannot retrieve his words or apologize for them. Beating a family member in a dream means that one’s wife is committing adultery. Beating someone in a dream also means benefiting him, or it could mean business losses. Ifone is beaten in a dream, it means profits and benefits, unless if the one beating him is an angel, or a deceased person, or a member of his family. Beating someone with a leather belt or with a cane in a dream means bad consequences in wakefulness. Hitting the floor in a dream means taking a trip.
If one receives one hundred lashes on his back in a dream, it means that he has committed adultery, or it could mean that he has the intention to do so.
If one receives forty lashes in a dream, it means that he indulges in drinking alcohol or uses intoxicants.lfhe is lashed eighty times in a dream, it means that he slanders married women.lfhe is whipped by a deceased person in the dream, it means that he is pursuing wrong ideas and should reverse his course, for a deceased person dwells in the kingdom of truth and follows only what pleased God Almighty. However, if one sees himself in a dream beating a deceased person, this could be interpreted to denote the strength of his faith, certitude, prayers and charitable nature. It also could mean benefits from a business trip or pursuing a lost interest. Beating in a dream when it causes no pain, bleeding or scratches means receiving a new garment, paying debts, or hearing sarcastic comments. Beating an animal in a dream means either training him, or it could mean ignorance and being unfair toward such an animal.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2- To be beaten either physically or in a game indicates submission on our part to a greater force.
3- Particularly if one is taking a beating, humility, anguish and grief arc symbolised.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
It is also fortunate if a man dreams that he is Beating some woman who is not his wife. In the same way, if a father or mother dreams that they are punishing one of their own children, it is a fortunate sign, but not if the child is a stranger.... Mystic Dream Book
The child who has this kind of dream tends to be coping with some kind of problem or obstacle; for example, financial hardship, or family tensions and conflicts, and the dream may reflect these tensions. The child may feel that they are trapped by the situation and are helpless to do anything about it; the dream refers to their desire to make problems disappear magically. But this kind of dream may point to more than a wish for magical powers, as it also shows the dreamer that within them these magical and unique powers are just waiting to be discovered.... The Element Encyclopedia
It is also interpreted as a symbol of isolation. It portrays the inability to communicate in a healthy way with others.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
A similar interpretation is given if he sees himself as a shepherd of a flock of sheep.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2- We may have worries about correct behaviour in society or of being condemned for improper behaviour.
3- Bed wetting can in dreams suggest a need for freedom of personal expression.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To see others beheaded, if accompanied by a large flow of blood, death and exile are portended.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Completion, often in business affairs.
3. Fear of castration.
4. Lack of connectedness (as in “losing one’s head”). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one knows his assailant in the dream, it means receiving wealth at his hand.
If one is sick, it means that he will recover .from his illness, and ifhe is not sick, it means that he will attend a pilgrimage.
If the assailant is a young boy, then it means comfort, joy and relief from his burdens through his own death.
If a healthy person is beheaded in a dream, it means the end of his comfort or loss of his job or authority.
If one sees the governor ofthe town beheadinghim in a dream, it means that God Almighty will save him from his sorrows and strengthen him in this life.
If one sees a ruler beheading his subjects in a dream, it means that he will issue a decree of amnesty for all prisoners.
If one is beheaded as a result of a judgment or by robbers in a dream, it means that either one of his parents or a child of his may die shortly.
If a condemned person on death row sees himself beheaded in a dream, it means that he will be released from prison and his judgment will be rectified.
If an investor or a money exchanger sees that, then it means loss of his capital investment.
If a traveler is beheaded in a dream, it represents his safe return home. Ifrivals see that in a dream, it means loss of their fight.
(Also see Cutting off)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(2) Alternatively, beheading may signify a need to get free of a too dominating head: you may have been relying too exclusively on intellect - in w hich case, you need to give more room in your life to instinct.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
The head symbolizes the intellect, so beheading can also represent alienation from feelings or from one’s own body. (See also Decapitation, Guillotine).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
Depth Psychology: Your conscience is watching over your behavior. Does secret guilt “keep you awake”? Should you be more alert to what you are about to do? Are you looking for protection? You will know which of the above applies to you!... Dreamers Dictionary
• Or you’re running away from something literal in your life or perhaps an emotional or psychological issue. Revisit the dream and face what’s chasing you.
• By accepting who you are, exactly as you are, right now will help you make real progress towards your future and relieve some of the stress.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
If you do not know your assailant, it may simply be you trying to catch up to you with something important that, if embraced, would allow you to feel more complete.
If you know who is chasing you, the person may have more to offer you if you let him or her catch you. Even if being caught ends in being killed, that death could be a symbolic transformation of such significance as to be the very thing needed to bring your greatest heart’s desires into reality. That is, of course, if you have the courage to stop running and turn around. Sometimes it is part of human nature to be afraid of success, and a dream of being chased is alerting you to stop running from your own magnificence.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself, who is the one chasing you, and you may gain some understanding and insight on the source of your fears. The dream could also indicate that you are refusing to acknowledge a certain viewpoint or idea. On the other hand, the pursuer or attacker who is chasing you in your dream may represent a part of yourself. Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love, can assume the appearance of a threatening figure. You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser and your dream is calling your attention to your own self-destructive actions. A more direct analysis of chase dreams is that they reflect the simple fear of being attacked. Media hype and overexposure play on this fear and magnify our level of risk.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you are being chased in your dream it is important to think about who or what was chasing you, and then ask yourself whether there is anyone or anything in your life that reminds you of your pursuer.... The Element Encyclopedia
On the other hand, a dream in which you are famous would be considered wishfulfillment by Freudians, reflecting a yearning for more attention and recognition in waking life. It could also, however, reflect the fact that more people recognize your waking behavior (for good or ill) than you realize.
Dreaming of being a famous person or celebrity is quite common for adolescents, reflecting their desire to be part of a talented and admired group of people. Such dreams show a strong urge to find a place within a group that is emotionally secure and creatively satisfying.... The Element Encyclopedia
You dream that you are lost, desperately trying to find your way home. No matter which direction you take, you never manage to find the right road and nobody you meet can help you. Often this dream indicates that you want a more fulfilling job or a different lifestyle but you have no idea how to proceed.
If you come to a crossroads and don’t know which way to take, it may mean that in waking life you are faced with several choices. You have to make a decision but don’t know what to base it on.
Your destination sometimes provides a clue to the meaning of the dream. Perhaps you are trying to get back to a place where you used to have happy times. This suggests that your current lifestyle is unsatisfactory. If you are looking for a place you associate with your youth the dream implies concerns about growing older.
Being lost in a place that feels dangerous reflects feelings of unease about a current situation. The dream is a warning that someone or something is posing a threat to your well-being.
Dreams about being lost have special significance if you’re middle- aged or elderly. The further you progress along your journey through life, the more essential it becomes to reassess your values and your priorities. Otherwise the more spiritual side of your nature remains unfulfilled so that, at a deeper level, you feel ‘lost’.
Questions to ask yourself - and what to do when the answer is ‘yes’
Do / feel unfulfilled?
Am I faced with several choices?
Do I tend to live in the post?
Do / long to find my ‘spiritual home’?
You dream you are in a public place when you suddenly realize you are naked. Although many people feel shame, embarrassment or horror in the dream, others are untroubled about being exposed to public gaze.
The dream usually indicates that you feel intensely vulnerable in some area of your life. It may be that a relationship has stripped away your defences, leaving you emotionally exposed. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable about an occasion when you revealed more of yourself than you had really wanted. Sometimes the dream suggests that you haven’t yet found a suitable role in life.
If the dream is set in your office, it can signify underlying feelings of inadequacy about your work. You may be harbouring a fear that others will realize you are not as capable as they think.
Questions to ask yourself - and what to do when the answer is ‘yes’
Do I feel emotionally susceptible?
Am I worried that I may have revealed too much of myself?
Am I trying to find a suitable role in life?
Am I worried about my ability to do my job properly?
• Where you are in the pregnancy will give you clues as to your progress.
If you’ve just conceived then it’s a new idea.
If you’re heavily pregnant the idea or project is nearing completion and if you’re giving birth you’re about to manifest or deliver this creative idea to the world.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
You are frantically running away from an unseen pursuer or perhaps a crowd of people. Yet you always wake up before you are caught.
An unknown pursuer often represents an inner force that you are reluctant to acknowledge but which is determined to become a part of your life. The more you try to run from it the more threatening it feels. You therefore need to turn and confront it. When you do you may find that something you assumed was hostile is in fact an ally. The pursuer may symbolize unused abilities or unresolved emotional issues.
Whatever is chasing you could be an unfriendly figure that embodies a situation you feel threatened by in waking life, like an illness, problems at work or difficulties in a relationship. It could also signify a negative aspect of your nature, usually a harsh inner critic that stops you from feeling at peace with yourself.
Being chased by someone you know may mean you are harbouring hostile feelings towards this person that you need to resolve.
Crowds of people who are pursuing you often symbolize the demands you make on yourself in an effort to please others.
Questions to ask yourself - and what to do when the answer is ‘yes’
What am I so desperate to avoid?
Is an aspect of my own nature undermining me?
Do / tend to put myself out too much for others?
According to Freud, this image, particularly in men’s dreams, appears when sexual intercourse is problematic and can’t be actively lived out.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Depth Psychology: Seeing yourself emaciated: be prepared for losses. Seeing others emaciated: chances for success are improving. See Losing Weight.... Dreamers Dictionary
To bend as in bowing generally acknowledges a higher power or authority.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To find yourself bending the rules shows an element of rebellion.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Depth Psychology: Your unconscious is informing you that you are involved in a risk)’, uncertain matter. Think hard and reconsider your decision.... Dreamers Dictionary
If betting at the tables, any new undertaking must be carefully investigated before investing.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If you are small in comparison to something big, this represents intimidation and inadequacy. However, if you are big in comparison to the size of your challenge and/or people you are dealing with, this represents that you feel capable, superior, powerful and possibly overly qualified. See Super-Size.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To see a big person in your dream, represents authority and power.... My Dream Interpretation
If the dream involved others being very big, it signifies prosperity ahead.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To a woman, it predicts that she will suffer dishonor unless very discreet.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. A need for discretion.
3. A division of loyalties or devotions (if the “arrangement” is not approved of or is met with alarm).
4. A sign of drain, loss of strength. ... New American Dream Dictionary
2- When we dream we are married to a bigamist we need to be aware that we are being two-timed or deceived by someone very close to us.
3- Spiritually bigamy can represent the choices one has to make, possibly between right and wrong. By association it may represent the astrological sign of Gemini.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
For a woman this dream is about relationships within the tribe and self esteem. This dream is calling attention to commitment issues.... Strangest Dream Explanations
For instance, a man might dream of a harem whilst a woman is more likely to dream of serial monogamy. You might like to consult the entries for affair and marriage.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If you dreamed of a mountain-dwelling bigfoot, you will need to be strong to get through a tough social or emotional ordeal.
If the creature you saw dwelled in the forest, follow your instincts to keep certain things to yourself - this is an important time to protect your privacy. Also be careful of giving in to irrational urges that go against what’s best for you.... My Dream Interpretation
Some tribal societies deem it possible to ward off evil spirits by a change in routine. So, walking backwards is a way to confuse them. In oneiric terms, therefore, it denotes that fortune is on the way.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
It is also very common for pregnant women to dream about having the baby and these dreams are again often bizarre and disturbing; for example, dreaming about a baby that is born dead, malformed or with a monster’s head. It has been suggested that such anxiety dreams serve a purpose: they release a lot of unconscious tension and fear, allowing the mother to be more relaxed at birth.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you bite someone else in your dream, however, it means that your relationship with your lover is based on false pretenses.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If you are biting someone as a vampire then you feel like you must make your own way and not be dependent on others, which makes you feel like a ‘bloodsucker’. See Vampire.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you dream of getting bitten by a wild animal, you feel out of control in some situation in real life.... My Dream Interpretation
If you are doing the biting and it feels good, the dream may be expressing anger that arises out of repression. What is the repressed part of you that is craving - and undoubtedly deserves - recognition and expression in your outer life?
(2) If vou arc being bitten, what is ‘biting’ you? What is bothering you in your life, or what is the inner problem that you need to resolve? Bear in mind that everything in a dream is usually an aspect of yourself. Therefore, both what is biting and what is being bitten need to be both identified and reconciled. In other words, the biting means there is some inner conflict, which will usually be between vour conscious ego and something in your unconscious.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you are the victim of a bite, you may be burdened by a problem or going through a difficult time.
If an animal bites you, you should ask yourself what aspect of your personality that animal represents. (See MOUTH, TEETH, and JAW)
To dream of bite marks means you will suffer a loss because of your enemy. To receive a bite foretells jealousy and annoyance.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dreaming of biting someone you know is usually a wish-fulfillment dream, expressing anger, either overt or repressed, toward that person and a desire to punish him or her.
Dreaming of biting a stranger, or an animal, indicates a psychological conundrum that needs to be brought to the surface and resolved.
Dreaming of being bitten by a person is a harbinger of treachery and betrayal - and if you know the person, be careful what you say to him or her.
Dreaming of being bitten by an animal implies the revelation of someone else’s secrets - that you’d really rather not know. This also could be interpreted to mean that you should avoid becoming involved in the affairs of others.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
Depth Psychology: The blacksmith is working on personality traits that are rigid and unbending. Blacksmith dreams are always a sign of change, of a personality being formed. What are you “forging” in the dream? Maybe the dream suggests you use your energies and creativity to solve your problems and reach your goals.... Dreamers Dictionary
2. Losing physical vitality; tired.
3. Castration (male).
4. Onset of menstruation (female).
5. Opposition or contempt (bloodied nose). ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also seeBleeding nose)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The same dream could also mean that there is doubt insofar as the lawfulness of his wealth is concerned.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The secret of life. Is the bleeding accompanied by pain?... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To stop the bleeding of yourself or others represents a vital, energetic nature.... My Dream Interpretation
If one’s nose bleeds and ifhe thinks in the dream that such bleeding will benefit him, then it means that he will receive benefits from his superior at work. Otherwise, if in his dream one thinks that such bleeding will hurt him, then harm will unfailingly come to him from his superior.
If he is the boss, then he will benefit or lose accordingly.
A bleeding nose in a dream may represent good health. It also could mean correcting one’s religious and spiritual attitudes. In fact, it all depends on one’s own consciousness in his dream and how he perceives the bleeding of his nose. Thus, feeling bad about it or weak from it means poverty.
If the blood stains his clothing in the dream, it means that he will receive unlawful money or commit a sin.
If the blood does not stain his clothing, then he might walk free from an ill he had indulged in. Ifthe blood from one’s nose drips on the road in the dream, it means that he regularly pays his due alms which he distributes to poor people in the streets.
It is also said that seeing one’s nose bleeding in a dream means finding a lost treasure. Otherwise, it means distress and depression.
(Also see Bleeding; Cut; Injury; Wound)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2. Feelings of confusion, being overwhelmed—usually by life, often by emotions, sometimes by groups of people.
3. The ability to “blend” together sometimes conﬂicting thoughts and feelings. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Enemy; Introduction page xxui.)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If we are blindfolding someone else we are not being honest in our dealings with other people. This may be through ignorance on our part.
2- Psychologically we may need to spend time ‘in retreat’ that is cut off” from visual contact with the external world.
3- In spiritual terms, blindfolding is a rite of Passage.
It is a transition between two states.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
According to Freud, a reference to female sexuality. White flowers mean sexual innocence; red flowers mean sexual maturity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To see worn blotting paper, denotes continued disagreements in the home or among friends.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
(Also see Bellows; Trumpet of Resurrection)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Blowing over a fire presages slander; doing it loudly with the mouth, evil- speaking.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If no filth is expelled it means he will lodge a complaint against someone.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If she sees others blush, she will be given to flippant railery which will make her unpleasing to her friends. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Recent gossip should be stopped or discouraged.
3. Feeling under the weather; not feeling one’s best (to put on blush). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one sees his face embellished with red cosmetic makeup in a dream, it means that he will commit adultery, and that he will be exposed thereafter. Ifone sees his entire body turning red in a dream, it means long sufferings and lack of success in his life. Glowing redness in one’s face in a dream also means recovering from an illness, or the home returning of a traveller.
(Also see Bashfulness)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To observe someone else blushing is a warning against repeating gossip.... My Dream Interpretation
The seriousness of the investigation will depend on the capacity of the vessel. Ultimately he will be liberated from their clutches.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you are currently a boarding school student, then this dream may just be a reflection of your current surroundings and emotions.... My Dream Interpretation
2. Current difﬁculties, often emotional, are temporary.
3. Emotional state, well-being. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To boast to a competitor, foretells that you will be unjust, and will use dishonest means to overcome competition. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The significance of the piercing is based upon which part of the body is pierced.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To dream of a boiling ocean symbolizes that you are being overwhelmed with turbulent emotions such as anger, rage and frustration.
If you dream of being in the boiling sea (either swimming or in a boat), this suggest that you are being swept up in your troubled or confused emotions.... My Dream Interpretation
(Also see Hot water)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream that you are struck by lightning is a favorable omen of achieved goals. Lightning over your house, on the contrary, indicates danger and unexpected events.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The tallying of your life or actions against a prespecified guideline.
For example, many religions speak of a divine book wherein deeds are recorded to determine the soul’s fate after death.
A type of money dream
If the numbers in the dream won’t add up, then there is something in your life that likewise doesn’t quite make sense...all the pieces don’t reckon.... The Language of Dreams
For a banker to dream of borrowing from another bank, a run on his own will leave him in a state of collapse, unless he accepts this warning.
If another borrows from you, help in time of need will be extended or offered you. True friends will attend you. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The borrowed object also could signify prosperity and success in one’s life, or it could mean committing a shameful act, suffering from a scandal, or a warning which implies the need to avoid a scandal, deceit or corruption. Borrowingor lending in a dream represents the importance of, or one’s need for such an object or his love for it. Thus, the enchantment which is derived from borrowing or lending an object to satisfy such things as love, attachment or need may be temporary.
To borrow a bad object or something which is used for evil purpose or something one can do without, or an unnecessary thing means that one will suffer because of it, though one’s sufferings will not last.
To borrow a vehicle in a dream means to carry the lender’s burdens or liability.
(Also see Lending; Loan)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a woman sees herselfbowing before God Almighty in prayers in a dream, it means repentance and exalting her name by protecting her chastity.
(Also see Prayers)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
An empty bowl means you are worried about the future, and you are waiting for an invitation that is never going to come. See Vessel.... Dreamers Dictionary
Folklore: Disappointment.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you dream of bowling a bad game, the dream symbolizes your regrets.
If you have a great game, then it suggests that you are on your way toward a successful future.
To dream that you bowl a gutter ball, suggests that you are stuck in a rut and need to make some changes in your life.... My Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Bowling stands for the streak of luck we all hope for. But the dream is usually a warning: curtail your risk-taking habits.
If you throw a strike: be bold and make a quick decision. See Ball.... Dreamers Dictionary
A boxer with a lot of injuries foreshadows a lot of ideas that are going to need further research and revisions.
If the boxer is a woman, you’re nursing a lot of emotional scars that need more care than you’re giving them.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
A frequent symbol for work / profession or marital situations, but it can also point to a positive fight.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the person seen in a dream is already dead, it is a warning for his family. It also means failure to satisfy one’s religious obligations.
If the person noted in the dream is sick, then it means that he may be nearing his death.
If he is healthy, then bragging while yawning in a dream means affliction with an illness.
(Also see Boast)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream of someone else bragging suggests you have a judgemental streak. Try not to be overly harsh in your judgements of others.... My Dream Interpretation
(Also see Hair)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The act of connecting the threads of life, meaning different situations and personal characteristics.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The greater the branding the great will be the curse and ridicule.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: See Beatings, Fighting.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dreamed of breaking into someplace, you will suffer losses due to foolish or careless behavior.... My Dream Interpretation
If you drop or smash things in your dreams, this indicates that you are letting go of—or need to let go of— some project, relationship, person or idea. Be sure to analyze the significance of what is being dropped or smashed. Another explanation for dreams of breaking things is that you are expressing some dismay or regret at how you let something slip through fingers.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you dream of someone else breaking up with you, you may have low self-esteem or feel alienated from others. This could also be a straight-forward fear of rejection.... My Dream Interpretation
If you dream of having trouble breast feeding a starving baby, this represents your dependence on others. You are experiencing some deficiency in your life that needs immediate attention and gratification.... My Dream Interpretation
If a woman sees herself breast-feeding a man in a dream, it means tightness of worldly means or imprisonment for both of them. Breast-feeding a child after weaning him in a dream means a sickness or imprisonment. Though, if a pregnant woman sees herself breast-feeding a child in a dream, it means that she will have a safe delivery. Ifone sees himselfbreast-feeding a hunted animal, or a domesticated one, or if one sees himself suckling their milk in a dream, it means that an affliction, or a calamity will strike at that person, then it will secede.
If a man sees himself having milk in his breast in a dream, it means material success and prosperity. Should he breast-feed someone in that dream, it denotes ill consequences for both people. Ifa woman sees a man suckling milk from her breast in a dream, it means that he uses force with her to give him her money.
If a woman sees herself moving between other women and breastfeeding them in a dream, it means that she will never yield milk. Ifa sick person sees himself suckling milk in a dream, it means that he will recover from his illness.
(Also see Milk)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If not an apnea symptom, holding one’s breath in a dream represent an expression of will, or repressing one’s anxieties or emotions. Breathing is also central to an unusually large number of idioms: “a breath of fresh air,” “a waste of breath,” “take your breath away,” “catch your breath,” “out of breath,” and the like, any one of which could find expression in one’s dreams.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
If you’re breathing slowly and calmly in your dream, however, it means the time is right to achieve all types of things.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
Absorbing information; learning.
The need or desire to learn about something. Astrological parallel: Gemini... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
To dream that you are breathing underwater, represents a retreat back into the womb. You want to return to a state where you were dependent and free from responsibilities. Perhaps you are feeling helpless, or caught up in intense emotions.
A dream of holding your breath represents your stubborn state of mind. You need to be more open to the opinions of others.
If you are unable to breathe in your dream, you may have failure where success seemed sure.
If you dream of someone breathing fire at you, this indicates an attack on your character and the need to defend yourself. You are feeling stressed, vulnerable and mistreated.... My Dream Interpretation
If you dreamed that you needed an oxygen mask, your dream might be suggesting that you need to get some fresh air into your life, not just in the form of outdoor activity, but in the form of ideas and energy.... The Element Encyclopedia
This kind of dream tends to be outgrown by the time one reaches the age to leave home, but it can and does re-emerge if you are thrown into difficult, new or challenging situations in adult life. It should be seen as a reminder of your ability to survive tough circumstances, even when you feel out of your depth.
The dream can also arise among adults who find themselves not only in a difficult new situation, but in a situation that does not allow them to express their own concerns.... The Element Encyclopedia
Dreaming about brewing may indicate the need to rise above your circumstances, like the bubbles in the wine.
Temporary anxiety over a situation that will have a successful outcome.
The blending of ideas (e.g., the ingredients) from two different facets of life.
For example, mingling the spiritual with the mundane effectively.
Waiting for a beverage to mature symbolizes the personal development that comes only with time and patience. You cannot rush this process without damaging the quality of learning.... The Language of Dreams
Depth Psychology: Owning a lot of bricks: your future is secure. Looking at roof tiles or shingles: you are looking for safety and security (physically as well as emotionally). See Clay, House, Roof.... Dreamers Dictionary
It is an indication of stable relationships and firm commitments.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
A whisk broom is the most auspicious.... The Complete Dream Book
To find yourself in danger is an indication of success; to escape it has an inverted symbolism, it predicts misfortune.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you see a friend brushing their teeth, it may be a warning that your friend has been talking against you. Or, you might be feeling paranoid about how good a friend they really are to you.... My Dream Interpretation
2- Bubbles as beautiful but fragile objects remind us of the transitory nature of human existence, that nothing is permanent.
3- A bubble represents the illusory elements of everyday life and. more specifically; the daydream.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A large building is a tremendous energy source; suggests you have great opportunities, tremendous potential and a big destiny to fulfill.... The Dream Books Symbols
A strong edifice means strength and firmness. It also means support, help and a long life. Raising a new edifice in a dream represents either personal or collective material benefits in this world. Ifone sees himselfbuilding an edifice in a dream, it means having intercourse with his spouse. Ifone builds a church, it defines him as Christian.
If he builds a mosque, it defines him as Muslim.
If a man of knowledge sees himselfbuilding a mosque as an offering to please God Almighty in a dream, it means that he will compile a study from which others will benefit or that people will seek his advice in religious matters or interpretations.
If a king, or a ruler sees himselfbuilding a mosque as an offering for God’s pleasure in a dream, it means that he will rule his subjects with justice, command what is lawful and forbid what is unlawful.
If he builds a school, it shows him to be a man of knowledge.
If he builds a hospice in a dream, it means that he is an ascetic.
If a sick person sees himself building a house in a dream, it means that he will recover from his illness and enjoy good health. Seeing buildings in a dream explains one’s determination, it also means one’s wants for himselfwhen he rejoices at finding something suitable for status. Ifone sees his house bigger than it is in reality in a dream, it means expansion in one’s material resources.
If it grows beyond the normal norms in a dream, it means anxiety, or a delegation that hastens to enter that house without permission, announcing a calamity, or it could mean that a wedding will take place in that house. Buildinga house in a dream also means extendingone’s connections, strengthening one’s relationship with his kin, friends, or if the person in question is a general in the army, or a leader, then it means building a strong army. Building a house in a dream also means regaining power, rejoicing or success in one’s business, all of which are relative to the thickness of its walls. On the other hand, demolishing one’s house in a dream means disagreement, disintegration or separation of one’s family, relatives, friends, associates or dissolution of one’s army.
If one sees himself working for some people to renovate an old building in a dream, it means correcting the norms of conduct in that community or reviving old traditions.
For example if one sees himselfreconstructing the house of Pharaoh in a dream, it means that he is reviving or reestablishing Pharaoh’s system of government, or adopting its principals. Erecting a foundation for a building, then completing its structure in a dream means seeking knowledge, wisdom or leadership. Building a house in a different county, town or locality in a dream means a marriage with a woman from that neighborhood. Building an edifice from ceramic in a dream means decorating oneself.
If the building is from clay in the dream, it means lawful earnings.
If one engraves pictures or forms thereon in the dream, it means acquiringknowledge, learning a new craft, a leading position in the government which involves partying, alcohol and mingling with what is unlawful. Building an edifice from plaster or backed bricks encrusted with pictures or forms in a dream means engaging in an unlawful or a deceitful act. Building a house in a dream and strengthening its walls, means to complete the father’s traditions, and to continue working in his trade.
(Also see Builder)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the buildings are beautiful with lots of green lawn around them then are you destined for a life of plenty. Should the buildings be dilapidated and in ruins then this will show that you will have business or love problems with the likelihood of loss very high.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
The condition of the building is important, as is the atmosphere in and around the building, and where it is located.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you are in the lower levels of the building, the dream reflects your base desires, sexual wants and needs.
To see a ruined or damaged building implies that you need to tackle a problem or issue in a different method. Your current system is proving to be unsuccessful. You must make major alterations. Perhaps your ego has been damaged.
To dream that you or someone falls off a building implies that you are beginning to understand the various aspects of your personality. It may also represent your anxieties regarding your ability to finish a project or reach an objective.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If the buildings are beautiful with lots of green lawn around them then are you destined for a life of plenty. Should the buildings be dilapidated and in ruins then this will show that you will have business or love problems with the likelihood of loss very high.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you are in the lower levels, then this represents your exploration of the foundational, primal, sexual and instinctual aspects of yourself.
If you are on the top of the building, then you are connected to your higher awareness, solutions, and spiritual realizations.
If you are half way up, then you are either feeling stuck in the middle or you are finding a balance between higher consciousness and mundane reality. Because the building represents your body or your life, the condition of the building is very telling.
If it is in ruins, then this shows you have a lot of work to do to get your life up to code.
If it is under construction, then you are in the midst of an inner renovation and transformation.
If the building is in pristine shape, then so is your body and your life.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To see a building in ruins forewarns of problems in love or at school. It could also mean your self-confidence has suffered a blow.
To dream that you or someone jumps or falls off a building, suggests that you are learning about and acknowledging aspects of your inner self. This dream may also symbolize your fear of not being able to complete or succeed in a task.... My Dream Interpretation
The building(s) represent your life achievement; therefore if the structures were imposing, well kept, beautiful, and/or impressive, you can expect eventual luxury; if they were rqodest but pleasant in appearance, you can expect comfort but not wealth; and if they were old and/or dilapidated, you’d better start saving for the rainy days ahead.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Vision + Depth Psychology: Building something—no matter how big or tall— using a lot of materials, is a good sign, because your plans will be successful. However, if you are adding on to an existing house that is in bad shape or falling down (the roof is caving in): a warning that plans or decisions you have made recently are going to hurt you or result in losses. In a woman’s dreams, the house is always a symbol of her body.
The roof stands for the head; doors and windows for the sexual organs; the ground floor and first floor for internal organs; the feet for the basement). Seeing a basement, for instance, might indicate poor circulation in the feet.... Dreamers Dictionary
The process of building usually points to independence—rebuilding oneself during hard times.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If in the dream you are dedicated to building a house it means that you are rebuilding your life, so you have new projects. Buildings and houses present in dreams are symbols of the Self. The higher floors are your conscious. The lower levels, your unconscious mind.
If going down to the basement produces an unpleasant feeling or frightens you it means that there are aspects that make you frustrated. A good solution is to develop activities and new knowledge. The building’s condition also expresses how you value yourself emotionally.
If it is in ruins it indicates suffering because of your image. You need to do things that make you feel better. On the other hand, it could also refer to your physical condition. The different parts of the building, finally, can represent life’s time periods. Modern rooms are your present and conscious side. The oldest, your unconscious past. (See CONSTRUCTION)
Small buildings presage bad luck; large ones, advantageous changes in the future.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
2. Symbol of achievement, success.
3. A need to assess attitudes—possibly toward relationships, likely toward situations. ... New American Dream Dictionary
The features of the building mirror the features of the dreamer’s personality. Buildings in dreams can become composite, and therefore confusing. In understanding the dream, we should interpret the main appearance of the building first, as its main function, and the secondary appearance as qualities to be recognised. Various buildings have distinct meanings:
Boarding house or Hotel - also see individual entry in
To dream of a boarding house or hotel indicates that we may not feci secure within our living conditions.
Castle, Fortress, Citadel
The symbolism of the castlc or fortress is that of the defended spacc and therefore can be taken to represent the feminine or the Great Mother.
In dreams, the courtyard is a place of safety and often the shape will be relevant (see Shapes).
Church, temple etc. also see Church Buildings in C and Church in Religious Imagery As an environment for us to consider our system of belief, any religious building will suggest a place of sanctuary and refuge. Although we may not consciously adhere to any particular religion, most of us have principles by which we live, which will surface in dreams in recognisable images.
If we are aware that the house is not empty - that there is something in it (e.g. furnishings) it shows some aspect of the dreamer. Someone else in the house suggests that the dreamer may be feeling threatened by an aspect of his own personality.
If there are different activities going on it indicates there is a conflict between two parts of our personality, possibly the creative and the intellectual.
The front of the house portrays the front we show to the outside world.
Going into/out of the house
We may- have to decide whether we need at that time to be more introverted or more extroverted.
An impressive, awe-inspiring house In a dream like this we are conscious of the Self or the Soul.
Moving to a larger house
There is need for a change in our lives, perhaps to achieve a more open way of life, or even for more space. Being outside the house The more public side of ourselves is being depicted.
A small house, or the house where the dreamer was born
The dreamer is seeking security, or perhaps the safety of babyhood, without responsibility.
If the smallness of the house is constricting
We are being trapped by our responsibilities, and may need to escape.
Work on the house; cementing, repairing, etc.
Relationships may need to be worked on or repaired, or perhaps we need to look at health matters. We may need to take note of the damage or decay that has occurred in our lives.
Igloo - also see individual entry Because of its shape, the igloo stands for completeness and sanctuary.
It is warm on the inside and cold on the outside and therefore signifies the difference between the internal and the external.
Pyramid The pyramid is considered to be a focus for power, so for one to appear in a dream is to be concentrating on the power within.
Temple - see Church Buildings in C and Church in Religious Imagery
Tower (obelisk, steeple, lighthouse, etc.)
Any image of a tower is representing the personality, and the Soul within. While there are obvious connotations that conncct it with masculinity, it is more corrcct to perceive it as the Self within a wider context. When thought of in this way attention can then be paid to other attributes of the tower, such as where windows, doors and staircases are placed. This leads to a greater understanding of the Spiritual Self.
The warehouse being primarily a storage place has the symbolism of being a repository either for spiritual energy or for spiritual rubbish.
Components of buildings Balcony (or ledge, sill, etc.)
We all have need for support within our lives and a balcony indicates both support and protec- tiveness. It can also represent the Mother in her protective aspect. Construction or demolition of a building. We all have the abil- itv within us to construct successful lives and equally an ability to self- dcstruct.
A dream that highlights construction or demolition gives us access to those qualities and abilities within ourselves. Doors also see individual entry Doors refer to the openings of the body and therefore, by default, one’s scxualitv.
The front door and back door signifies the vagina and the anus respectively. Breaking down the door can be taken to indicate an inhibition over sex and an unwillingness to face the issues. It can also represent rape or abuse.
Opening and closing the door
While often taken to stand for intercourse. this can show the dreamer’s attitude to sex.
Refusing to open the door
Although the dreamer may not technically be a virgin, for this to occur represents an innocent approach to their scxualitv.
A door between the outer and inner rooms shows there mav be a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious. Barring the door This highlights the dreamer’s need for self- protection.
If an animal or person forces his way in and destroys the lock
Our own protective mechanisms have let us clown. Escaping by another door indicates the dreamer needs to find a new solution to the one he thought of to solve a problem.
Someone knocking on the door signifies that the dreamer’s attention is being drawn to an external situation.
Any passage can stand for the passages within the body; for instance the vagina or the anus. Equally; on a psychological level, it signifies how we allow our personal space to be penetrated. Passages also represent the transitions between the various stages of our lives.
Lift A lift usually indicates how we deal with information.
For instance, a lift going down would suggest going down into the subconscious, while a lift going up would be moving towards the spiritual.
It is believed that in the sleep state we leave our bodies. Thus, descending in a lift and getting stuck represents the entrapment of the spiritual by the physical body.
Rooms in a dream can describe various parts of our personalities or levels of understanding, but often signify either the womb or the mother figure. Thus the kitchen would be the home- making part of us whereas a sitting room would be the more relaxed, comfortable side.
A small room with only one door or a basement with water in it is a direct representation of the womb, and may indicate a return to the womb-like state.
A series of rooms
This refers to the various aspects of femininity and often to the whole soul. Anything in an upstairs room An upstairs room usually signifies mental or spiritual attributes, so any object will represent an idea or concept.
The basement or cellar This meaning can be ambivalent, since a cellar can represent the parts of ourselves that we have chosen to suppress. It can also represent family beliefs and habits, particularly if the basement is that of the parents. Leaving one room and going into another If this is a deliberate action in the dream, then it represents a change of state and of leaving something behind. Empty rooms Something, such as comfort or support, is lacking in our lives. Stairs Stairs are often an indication of the steps we must take in order to achieve a goal. Climbing the stairs is indicative of the effort that we must make in order to have access to the more mystical, spiritual side of our being. It can more simply be the exertion we practise in our everyday life. Going downstairs Conversely, in order to have access to the hidden unconscious side of ourselves, we need to ‘go down’ into the unconscious.
A golden staircase
This is such a basic image, with so many interpretations, that particular attention needs to be paid both to other aspects of the dream, and also the dreamers spiritual state at that specific time. Largely it represents a ‘death’, but not necessarily a physical death.
It is more the realisation that we no longer need to be trapped within the physical, but can move towards a more fulfilling life.
It is a way out of the mundane.
Walls A wall signifies a block to progress a difficulty we have or will come up against. Often the nature of the wall will give some clue as to what the block is.
For instance, a wall which looks old will signify an old problem, whereas a glass wall would indicate some difficulties with perception. Walls closing in could describe the remembered feelings of birth, but is more likely to represent a feeling of being trapped by the lifestyle we have.
A brick wall, rampart or dividing wall all signify the difference between two states of reality often the inner psychological state and the exterior everyday world.
Windows Windows will describe the means by which we appreciate the world we live in, the way we perceive reality. Dreaming that we arc looking outwards through a window can suggest that we have a more extrovert view of ourselves and will tend to look at external circumstances. Looking inwards through a window indicates we are looking inwards at our own personality, and perhaps at our own motivation. Opening a window The interpretation depends on whether we are opening the window from the inside or the outside.
If the former, we are dealing with our inner feelings which we may need to escape; the latter shows our attitude to outside opinion.
Breaking through a window (or glass door)
This can suggest the first sexual experience.
Stained glass windows
Because of the connection with churches, stained glass can be accepted as religious belief (also see Colour).... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The condition of the building can reveal the condition of your health, a relationship, or a situation.
What does the building hold? If it is just an empty shell, consider if you’re living superficially, without gaining any real spiritual substance.
Of what is the building constructed? Just like the story of “The Three Little Pigs,” you want your hopes to be based on good foundational material if they’re ever going to materialize in reality.
Are the doors and windows of this building open and accessible? If so, this shows a very open-minded person who may be too exposed. Similarly, a building that appears locked up tight indicates narrow views and large obstacles to intimacy.
What type of building is it? Certain structures carry fairly direct meanings.
For example, hotels, motels, and mobile homes represent temporary conditions, change, movement, and transition, sometimes literally in our living space.... The Language of Dreams
The environment we put ourselves in reflects our state of mind or the emotions we have about a particular situation. We all have the ability within us to construct successful lives and equally an ability to self-destruct.
A dream that highlights construction or demolition gives us access to those qualities and abilities within ourselves.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
• If you are dreaming of being in a building from your past, it is possible that hurts or what happened back there is being stirred up once again in your life.
If you dream of the house you grew up in, it could indicate that you are either facing conflicts from the past or perhaps putting things from the past to rest.
• Look up the subject of Healing Dreams in the Way of Dreams and Visions for more on this.
• Office Buildings • An office building is where you work and speaks of your life in the workplace and world.
• It is also a good picture of business and wealth. In the Old Testament such business was conducted at the city gate.
• Positive: We have often seen a ribbon cutting ceremony in front a new building.
• This is a picture of a new ministry or division of the ministry that the Lord has established in the spirit.
If you are in intercession and see something like this, then the Lord is calling you to birth the new vision in the spirit.
To release it through decree.
Negative: If you see a building being demolished, you need to decide of this is a good or a bad thing. At times a prophet will be called of the Lord to speak destruction on a work that is not of Him.
• If you are a prophet you might see a building being built or torn down in the spirit.
It is for you to speak that forth in the spirit.
• Jeremiah 1:10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant..... The Way of Dreams and Visions
In these dreams he believed the house represented his personality, and the new things he discovered in the house related to new developments in his work.
Many dream researchers subscribe to Jung’s theory and believe that buildings in dreams represent aspects of the self, or constructions we make in our lives. The upstairs represents the conscious mind, and the lower floors and cellars the unconscious, or hidden, mind. Different parts of the building might represent different times in your life, and the attitudes and beliefs you have built from experience. The features of your dream building can also mirror features of your personality; by so doing, they reflect your character, hopes and dreams, and how you feel about yourself.
If you dream of a house or a building, ask yourself what aspect of you the building represents. Does it represent how you see yourself? Is it a symbol of your body, mind or spirit? If the house is crumbling or decaying, are you in need of some kind of psychological, spiritual or physical cleaning and renewal? If the building is burning, does this show your desire to get rid of something that is holding you back? If the building is in ruins, do you feel worthless and manipulated by others? If the building is tall, does this suggest ambitions yet to be fulfilled? Is the house symbolic of your feelings in childhood or other past experiences? What are the conditions like in the house? Ask yourself what personal associations the buildings in your dreams have and what they represent to you.
The environment and your feeling reaction to the building in your dream will all contribute important clues as to its meaning, but it is also important to bear in mind the purpose for which the building is used in waking life. For example, castles and fortresses suggest protection and royalty, whereas factories suggest work and routine. Although high-rise buildings are believed to be phallic symbols, as a type they all have different functions: skyscrapers are homes and workplaces, lighthouses offer hope to sailors at sea, and towers isolate, elevate and imprison.
Churches and religious buildings offer us hope and quiet reflection, libraries and museums supply us with information and stimulate our minds. Courts provide social justice, whilst public buildings symbolize work, tax, bureaucratic or legal matters that need to be sorted. Hospitals are centers of healing and castles are historical icons. Houses, bungalows, flats, mansions and palaces offer different types of accommodation for different types of needs. Prisons are places for criminals to learn the consequences of their actions, and hotels provide a welcome break from home.
If any of these buildings appear in your dream, this chapter will help you interpret the meaning; but for domestic buildings, homes and shops you may want to refer to HOME and MONEY AND SHOPPING. For places associated with entertainment, such as cinemas and theatres, you may want to refer to ARTS AND CRAFTS and LEISURE, and for places of work and learning consult SCHOOL AND WORK.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you were being bullied, you are likely to hear some pleasant financial news shortly.
To dream of watching others being bullied indicates the accomplishment of a secret ambition.... My Dream Interpretation
It is vital to realize that you were willing to gamble in the first place.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you are scared of jumping, or have an unpleasurable experience, this symbolizes your feeling that you’ve been deserted by a close friend or someone you liked romantically.... My Dream Interpretation
To burn your hand in fire symbolizes strength of mind and good friendships.
To burn your feet by walking on fire or coals, means you can accomplish anything you try. However, if you are all burned up in the fire, you will be tricked by supposed friends.
If you dream of seeing people burning, you are experiencing some intense emotions. There is some situation or issue that you can no longer avoid - you must confront your feelings and take action. Also see “fire”... My Dream Interpretation
2. Worries and fears (house or other structure burning).
3. Release, cleansing, a form of catharsis— often emotional, frequently sexual. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Sometimes the dream also signals a sinus infection in the making). Seeing smoke coming from a chimney: your affairs are taking a turn for the better. Standing in front of a (brightly burning) fire: success.
Depth Psychology: Fire and water always symbolize emotional energy’. Fire is cleansing. Seeing bright flames means new ideas.... Dreamers Dictionary
If the lamp extinguishes and no cause for its extinction is known nor is there any hint of any person’s death, the observer of the dream will soon encounter difficulties and unpleasant conditions. Also his own condition will change.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Also see Sanding)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If one is in business, there is information in one’s own memory, along with considered projects, questions about problem areas, which have never been put on an electronic computer. And there is no computer program outside our own mind which can handle and manipulate all the variables, the integrating of different information sources—written words, feeling hunches, spoken information, personal observation and experience—and then sift, explore different combinations, and reach into pure creativity by leaping into the new.
Dreams should not be seen as oracles, but if we take their information into account along with our other sources, we find them a real addition to our business equipment. See creativity and problem solving in dreams. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
(Also see Sale)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2. Financial caution is needed (purchases for self ).
3. Good fortune ahead (purchases for others). ... New American Dream Dictionary
For paying the price for anything is in reality expressing one’s gratitude.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you get a receipt for your purchases in your dream, better times are waiting for you around the corner. Go to a sale in your dream, and you’ll soon see a valuable gift.
If you see yourself on a spending spree, however, it’s a warning that you should be very careful with your money.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If he pays for the meat it means he will be compensated for his difficulties.
If not, he will not be compensated and will experience shock.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
It is said that buying a slave girls is better than selling her.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Your own unconscious is calling for attention! It either wants to give advice or a warning of danger to come. Try to find the meaning of the dream—it could give you very helpful advice.... Dreamers Dictionary
The significance of the dream, of course, depends on the words one hears-—whether warning or reassuring in their tone.
The voice of a living person heard in a dream foretells exciting news, which may be either pleasant or distressing according to what is said and the manner of speaking.... The Complete Dream Book
Folklore: Secret admirer.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If it is a military camp, there should be news of a wedding.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If camping gear features in your dream, this suggests the need to equip yourself with more tools to achieve a less stressful state of mind. A campfire denotes an inner peacefulness or tranquility. ... The Element Encyclopedia
Setting aside some type of resource for a time when you feel it will be needed. Hiding something; what’s getting locked away in that can?
Alchemical: Canning as an art mythologically owes some of its beginnings to Hermes Trismegistus, a legendary author of alchemical doctrines sometime in the first three centuries C.E.
(e.g., Hermetic seals), and the god of communication.
The implied symbolism here is that something is “bottled up” or “airtight,” often pertaining to discourse.... The Language of Dreams
We all dream several dreams a night and it’s been suggested that we each have 100,000 dreams over the course of our lives. So you might be wondering why you can’t remember a single one. Medications, alcohol, too little sleep and anxiety about the content of our dreams can all block dream recall.
We’re most likely to remember the dreams closest to awakening, but with a little effort you can boost your dream recall. In fact the more attention you pay to your dreams, by thinking about them, writing them down, working with them, the more likely you are to remember them. Keeping a note pad and a pen beside your bed and recording your dreams immediately on waking is one of the best ways to help your dream recall.
Some dreams fade quickly from memory, so it is crucial you capture them as soon as you can. Immediately on waking, write down your dream or dreams —even if this is in the middle of the night; don’t brush your teeth first or leave it until your alarm clock goes off. If you do that, you’ll probably forget all about it and will lose a valuable dream. If you record your dreams in words, you create permanent reminders that you can use to help you figure out what they are trying to tell you.
Later in the day, transfer the information to a dream diary, specifically set aside for your dreams. In this diary include: the date of your dream, any people involved, the moods and feelings expressed, prominent colors, numbers, or shapes, the problems and conflicts encountered, prominent symbols or stories, information about the dream landscape, whether it was past, present or future and, finally, how the dream ended.
With practice, you will soon get the hang of remembering and writing down your dreams. Use this encyclopedia to help you unlock the meaning of your dream themes and symbols, but never forget that the best book you will ever read about dreams is the one you write yourself: your dream journal.
Programing your mind for dream recall
Some dreams are so vivid you can’t forget them but many are so fleeting they can vanish without a trace. One way to make sure you remember them is to talk to yourself in a positive way. Before going to sleep tell yourself that you will remember your dreams on waking. Try this visualization technique.
When you feel sleepy, turn off the lights and settle down in your favorite sleeping position. In a relaxed way, think about your dreams. Breathe in for a count of five, and out for a count of ten. Repeat this, and then breathe normally. Now imagine you have just woken in the morning and, as you slowly move back into consciousness, you reach for your pen and write down your dream. Bring your attention to the present again, and feel comfortable, warm and sleepy. Tell yourself that in the morning you will remember your dreams.... Dreampedia
Are you driving yourself or is somebody else driving you? What kind of an auto is it? For example, a sports car relates to virility, a utility vehicle to control. What color is the car? Are you fixing it up or Driving it?
According to Freud, in psychoanalysis a car is often the symbol for treatment. As Freud sees it, a slow car is making an ironic statement about the slowness of the analytical process.
According to Jung, it is a symbol for moving away. See Wagon.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
2- Our subconscious may be registering concern, cither about ourselves or others.
3- Visual communication, the ability to convey a message spiritually.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The cards that one deals, or is dealt, in a dream may have significance as to number (see Numbers) or as to suit: Hearts indicate emotion and relationship. Diamonds represent material wealth. Spades represent conflict, difficulties and obstacles. Clubs represent action, work and intelligence.
The King portrays human success and master)-.
The Queen indicates emotional depth, sensitivity and understanding.
The Jack represents impetuosity; creativity or an adolescent energy.
2- On a psychological level, card playing in a dream can be seen as taking calculated risks and alerts us to potential danger.
3- The Tarot our Inner Truth can be used as images in dream work.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The different suits depict different things. Hearts: emotions; relationships. Diamonds: riches; intellectual. Spades: one’s body; movement; sensuality. Clubs: instinctive drives such as fear, sex, hunger. Business card: identity or opponunity. Greetings card: hoping for news; thoughts about sender. See games. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If you dream you are winning when playing cards, you will do well and profit in life.
If you are losing, you will suffer some setbacks.
If you are shuffling cards, there will be decisions to make.
If cards are dealt to you, you will find yourself with a sudden problem to solve.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
If you are the one receiving caresses by others then it means you do not have all the affection you need in real life.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If we dream of being carried, we may feci that we are in need of support.
To dream of carrying someone registers the fact that we may be accepting responsibility for someone else and that this responsibility is a burden.
When we are prepared to ‘carry’ something we are taking Spiritual Responsibility.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To dream of being carried by someone else suggests we are in need of nurturing and support. Whilst carrying another person can mean we are being burdened by someone else’s problems.... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation
If the weight is heavy on the carrier, it means trouble or harm caused by one’s neighbor.
If a woman sees herself carrying a heavy load, such a load could represent her gluttonous husband. Carrying a load over one’s shoulders in a dream also represents one’s sins.
A pregnancy in a dream means comfort for the baby but discomfort for the mother. Seeing oneself carrying bushes from the woods means backbiting, slandering and reporting lies.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a person sees himself as carrying a dead person in a normal way it means he will either obey and follow the ruler of the time or he will take upon himself some of his responsibilities.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A book, song, etc.... Dream Dictionary Unlimited
To dream that you are carving a cooked animal suggests that you are attempting to dispel particular emotions from within. You may be attempting to create space from your emotions and view them from a impartial perspective. On the contrary, someone or some circumstance could be in violation of certain parts of your life.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you are serving yourself, it shows your own prosperity, but if you are Carving for other people, then someone else will benefit by your actions.... Mystic Dream Book
To dream of carving meat, indicates that you are trying to rid yourself of certain emotions, maybe anger or frustration.
To dream of a wood carving or engraving, symbolizes your need to strengthen your spiritual side.... My Dream Interpretation
If you were carving for others, you can expect someone else to get the lion’s share of profits from your current efforts; but if you were being served, you can be sure of reaping your just rewards.
See also Cut, Meat, Eating, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If one wins a bet in a dream, it means that he will overcome his opponent.
If one loses the bet to his counterpart in the dream, it means that he may suffer from a life imprisonment.
(Also see Gambling)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the cat is overpowered, he will recover quickly. But if the cat bites him he will remain ill for a lengthy period. According to Imaam Muhammad bin Sireen his illness will span for one whole year. And a wild cat bespeaks of more serious illness and for a greater period.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If it is made of wood, then it represents a fallacious and a deceptive person.
If the ceiling looks as if it were going to cave over one’s head in a dream, it means being afraid of someone in authority.
If consequently some dirt falls over his shirt from the ceiling in the dream, it means that he will receive money in compensation for his pain and sufferings.
If the central pillar that holds the ceiling cracks and falls in the dream, it means the death of the man of that house.
If the ceiling collapses in the dream, it means the death of the man of that house. Ifone hides under a roofin a dream, it means that he will enter his house and rob his family’s belongings. Ifwater is leaking from one’s ceiling in a dream, it means crying in that house for the sake of a departed soul or crying because of a sick person in that family.
If rain dissolves the ceiling in a dream, it means loss of money and falling-out from grace.
If one sees himself standing on the ceiling of his house and cannot come down in the dream, it means his imprisonment. In a dream, the central beam that carries the ceiling represents a hypocrite who supports the business of an alliance of profiteers. Should the central beam break down and fall in the dream, it means that such a person will be removed from his office.
If the ceiling falls over someone’s head in a dream, it means that punishment and sufferings will befall him too. Ifone sees the stars under the roofof his house in a dream, it means that his ceiling may actually cave-in.
(Also see Cave-in)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A slanted ceiling may represent ideas that are skewed in one direction.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A low ceiling symbolizes that you are feeling cramped or stifled in your expression and in your ability to progress.
A high ceiling represents lofty thoughts, open-mindedness, and feeling that there is room to grow and advance. See Roof, Lid and Cap.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the ceiling was cracked or damaged, the dream is a warning against possible trickery from inside your close circle of friends.
If you rise up to the ceiling in a dream, you are learning a new mental or spiritual perspective.
If you get stuck on the ceiling, you are having trouble breaking through old habits and patterns of thought.
To dream that the ceiling is collapsing, suggests that you high ideals are crashing down on you. Perhaps you are unable to live up to your own high expectations.
To dream of being in a room with a very low ceiling, suggests that you should improve your self-esteem. You do not have enough confidence in your ability to achieve your goals, and are stuck in old ways of thinking that are holding you back from doing better.... My Dream Interpretation
2. Freedom to grow (high ceiling).
3. Growth inhibited (low ceiling). ... New American Dream Dictionary
Limits or boundaries that are set by an outside source, some of which may hamper free expression of ideals or beliefs.
Oppressive moralism from others with regard to your lifestyle and its outward representations.
Not getting complete information; having the truth clouded for the sake of political correctness.... The Language of Dreams
Favorable resolutions direct us to the most constructive ways of solving problems, whilst unfavorable dream resolutions contain a warning of negative changes. Dreaming of animal skin could mean you may have found or need to acquire the traits, power and wisdom of the animal concerned.... The Element Encyclopedia
Dedicated religious observance. Numerous civilizations recognized chanting as a viable expression of veneration, or a means of communing with greater powers.
The Om chant from Tibet acts as a creative spell that reaffirms the self and the Source. In a dream this reflects the birth of a more aware, actualized person who has discovered the Divine within.
Among the Greeks, Mesopotamians, and Egyptians, sacred sounds and words symbolized the originating force within all things, including you!... The Language of Dreams
Actually being pursued, probably in the sense of being “chased” by a potential lover, employer, or customer. Astrological parallels: Aries, Gemini, Mercury.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
(2) If you are doing the chasing, the ‘you’ in your dream is probably your conscious ego and the thing you are chasing is almost certainly some part of yourself that frightens you. Chasing it away means disowning it, banishing it from your conscious life. It might be much better to try to integrate it into your conscious life. At the very least, get to know it and understand it.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you dream that you are chasing someone, it means you are attempting to overcome a difficult goal or task in real life. You may also be expressing some aggressive feelings toward others.
To dream that you or others are being chased by the police, suggests that you are trying to avoid responsibility for something.... My Dream Interpretation
If you’re do the cheating, someone will soon outwit you in your waking life... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
To dream that one has overcome a temptation to cheat predicts happiness.
Misfortune in love affairs is predicted by unmarried folk when they dream that they are cheated In card or other games or in business transactions.... The Complete Dream Book
If the dreamer is being cheated, he can expect a stroke of luck. Astrological parallel: Pluto Tarot parallel: The Wheel of Fortune... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
In your dreams, winning by cheating may leave you with an empty feeling.
If you get caught cheating in your dream, this can leave you feeling anxious as well, and these feelings are your unconscious reminding you that you don’t feel worthy of the prize. Sometimes, though, cheating dreams can be positive, indicating that you’re beginning to see yourself as a potential winner, but are not yet ready to recognize this inside yourself. The best way to make sense of these sorts of dream is to think about how you feel, and what situation in waking life they may be referring to.... The Element Encyclopedia
Alternatively, you may feel that you are not measuring up to the expectations of others. To dream that you are cheating at a game suggests that you are not being honest with yourself.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you dream that your partner was okay with you cheating, you may feel be feeling guilty about something. Alternately, this dream can suggest that you are exploring areas of your sexuality, but still wish to remain with your real-life partner.
To dream that you are cheating with your boyfriend’s friend means you are feeling neglected by your boyfriend.
To dream that your sweetie is cheating on you, means you are scared of being abandoned. You may feel some lack of attention in the relationship.... My Dream Interpretation
If you hear others cheering, it’s a warning to stop any extravagant spending.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If you were doing the cheering, you are likely to have cause to regret some impulsive action; if you heard others cheering, it is a warning to curb your extravagance.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you dream that you are a cheerleader, you are self-confident and have good self-esteem. You must also be more active and positive in some waking situation in your life.... My Dream Interpretation
The source of it all begins with greed. Anything that is chewed in a dream means an exchange of words.
The only exception to it is chewing a stick of sugar cane in a dream. In that case, it means lauding someone or hearing pleasing words one desires to hear over and over.
(Also see Chewing food; Chewing gum; Greed)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Also see Chewing gum; Chewing)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If one sees himself chewing gum in a dream it also could signify talking too much, or constantly complaining about something, or engaging in a major dispute, or sustaining an argument, or it could mean losing one’s sense of taste.
(Also see Chewing food; Chewing)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you have this dream, you may have bitten off more than you can chew and the dream’s message is that you should find ways to ease your burden, such as asking for help, delegating tasks or saying no more.... The Element Encyclopedia
The dreams are almost exactly the same and involve the dreamers’ inability to get rid of chewing gum.
The more they attempt to remove it from their mouths the larger and more unmanageable it becomes. In the dream they become frustrated and panicky because the harder they try to pull, the larger the mass becomes in their mouths. This dream suggests that the dreamer may experience frustration in daily life due to a large scale or standing insolvable problem that leaves them feeling powerless.
The dream represents an inability to digest or to process information or a dilemma. It also suggests that the dreamer is not able to express him or herself effectively and that repetitive and ineffective verbal expressions are typically used. Chewing gum in dreams may be a sign of childlike behaviors, vulnerability, powerlessness, and a need for nourishment.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If you are choking on food, then it may be an expression of your guilt about something.
To dream that someone is choking you, means you are suppressing your feelings - you have difficulties in showing your fear, anger, or love. Alternatively, you may feel that you are being prevented or restricted from freely expressing yourself.
If you dream that you are choking a person, you have feelings of aggression towards someone. You may also be trying to prevent something from being said or revealed. Also see “Heimlich Maneuver.”... My Dream Interpretation
If you are choking someone else it can symbolize hatred for that person.
If you are being choked in a dream the source can be the worries of the world and a pursuit of wealth, Matt. 13:22. If you are watching someone get strangled it can be a warning about a physical or spiritual attack on that person... Christian Dream Symbols
Something that is so sugar coated that it is impossible to swallow. Look further here and uncover the truth.... The Language of Dreams
If choking another, hatred of that person.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
It is very important that you restore the sense of identity in order to regain freedom of action. (See DROWNING)
Superstition believes this dream announces sadness and poor health.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you are choking someone else, consider that you may be trying to stifle a particular way of communicating in the world that may be out of control or not serving you in some way.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
You feel stifled by people or circumstances and are not in control of either. Choking in dreams also suggests an inability to express yourself properly in waking life. There may be some kind of conflict or indecision about whether or not you should speak out or hold your tongue.
If you struggled to breathe in a smoggy or smoke-filled atmosphere of a polluted dream environment, this could suggest that you are finding your reallife circumstances claustrophobic and stifling to your individuality and personal growth. Or do you feel that the demands of your job or lifestyle are killing your curiosity and creativity? If you were strangled by someone, this suggests you may be holding back feelings as most of our feelings create sounds, such as laughter or crying; an attack on the neck is thus an attempt to stifle these emotions. Whatever you decide caused you to fight for air in your dream, be it a positive or a negative influence, your unconscious was probably warning you to broaden your horizons and let some metaphorical ‘fresh air’ into your life. See also NIGHTMARES.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you are ringing a bell: you will make someone very happy (without knowing it). See Signal, Whistle.
Depth Psychology: A bell always announces something—whether positive or negative depends on the rest of the images in the dream. Was it a happy or distressed sound?... Dreamers Dictionary
1- A church represents our feelings about organised religion. In dreams it can be a placc of sanctuary, particularly in the sense that we can have a shared belief with other people. This may be as much to do with a shared moral code as with a code of personal behaviour.
2- A church building may or may not be considered to be beautiful, but its image links with our appreciation of beautiful objects which mark and enhance our sense of worship. We link with the forces of life within us which enable us to live life more fully.
3- A church becomes a ‘world centre’ since it marks all that is holy and essential in our lives.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To dream of church buildings can imply we are formulating a new set of values or morals. It may also mean we are abandoning old, outdated beliefs.... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation
To the farmer, it denotes profit from a plenteous harvest; to a young woman, it denotes a thrifty and energetic husband. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2- We very often need to become conscious of a very deep-rooted chaos in ourselves in order to become appreciative of our capacity for order.
3- Ultimately, chaos must give way to order. One school of thought is that form arose out of churning the chaos.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To the single, happy marriage.... Mystic Dream Book
If you dream that you are clapping, you must learn to love yourself more.... My Dream Interpretation
If one hears hands clapping, or if he claps his hands in a dream, it may indicate an illness or it could represent a vacant house or a ghost town.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Remove emotional, mental, and moral blemishes that are clogging up fragile spiritual connections.
It is also important which objects are being cleaned or what is being “swept” out—pay attention to the rest of the images.... Dreamers Dictionary
See also Wash, Teeth, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
The same applies to washing stains in clothes.
If you are taking a shower or bath in your dream, this could indicate a problem that overshadows you in waking life.
If you are washing your hair, this is connected to your emotions, and if you are washing your genitals, there may be some kind of sexual adventure in waking life that you are ashamed of. You could also be worried about sexually transmitted diseases.
If you are cleaning your home, this could suggest that you want to get more organized in your waking life, but before you can do that you need to dispose of dirt or dust; this may refer to ways of thinking or responding that are clouding your judgments in waking life.
If you were watching a washing machine in your dream, this is a reference to your daily routine and the boredom you feel.
If you are trapped in the washing machine, you feel stifled by your daily routine; it will therefore be important to make changes in daily life as soon as possible.... The Element Encyclopedia
To climb a ladder to the last rung, you will succeed in business; but if the ladder breaks, you will be plunged into unexpected straits, and accidents may happen to you.
To see yourself climbing the side of a house in some mysterious way in a dream, and to have a window suddenly open to let you in, foretells that you will make or have made extraordinary ventures against the approbation of friends, but success will eventually crown your efforts, though there will be times when despair will almost enshroud you. See Ascend Hill and Mountain. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. If climbing is easy, goals are being achieved easily. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you dream of a very long climb, potentially the desire to retreat or escape. Alternatively, this can portend a lengthy period of hard work before you reach your goals.
To a platform: A type of ivory tower from which it is easy to fall. Alternatively, a place where you can get a better outlook.
Over a wall: Anxiousness, or the need to escape from a restrictive situation imposed by your family, society, religion, or whatever. Alternatively, overcoming an obstacle.... The Language of Dreams
If the climb takes a lot of effort or is difficult: many problems need to be overcome before you are rewarded for your efforts. Climbing a high mountain: difficult obligations in your life have to be concluded. In the case of men, this dream symbol often indicates fear of sexual dysfunction. Climbing a steep mountain with your intimate partner: you desire sexual climax.
Depth Psychology: This dream symbol is always seen as a form of spiritual renewal.
If the dream has sexual connotations: you are longing to reach orgasm.
The dream could also raise such questions as: are you climbing the social ladder? Do you find the climb difficult? What else do you see on your climb? See Mountain, Rock.... Dreamers Dictionary
Climbing the ladder of success; attempting to reach the top.
Ascent towards higher consciousness, aiming for a higher purpose in life. Astrological parallels: Saturn, Capricorn Tarot parallel: The Fool... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
(1) Climbing may be a symbol of ambition or success. Does the climbing fill you with fear; or do you feel giddy when you reach the top? If so, this may symbolize a fear (unconscious) of ‘coming a cropper’. Perhaps you need to sort out an inferiority complex. On the other hand, the dream may be a warning. There is such a thing as climbing too high. ‘Pride comes before a fall.’
(2) Are you climbing (a tree, for instance) to escape from a fierce animal or to save yourself from a river in flood? This would symbolize an attempt to escape from some emotion, some inner disturbance; or from some external situation - at home or at work.
(3) Climbing a mountain may give you a panoramic view. This might mean that you desire - or need - a more detached view of yourself or your situation; that you need to get things in proportion; or that you need to lift yourself above mere material values.
(4) On the other hand, climbing a mountain may be a form of escapism, and the mountain an ivory tower where the world and your problems (external or inner) can be left behind. Needless to say, anxiety, resentment, inner conflict can never be left behind; not, at any rate, until you face them and talk things out with them. Otherwise, wherever you are, they are. (For ‘talking things out’)
(5) Climbing a wall, particularly if it has jutting-out bricks or stones that you can take hold of, may (Freud would say must) represent, for a male dreamer, sexual intercourse. The protuberances are symbols of female buttocks and breasts.
On the other hand, it may express (a need for) liberation - for example, from irrational or neurotic constraints; from a habit of selfdenigration; or from a state of morbid withdrawal from life.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
A climb is the effort that must be expended to reach a particular goal. All goals require effort; many can involve struggle. As you identify what struggle in your life might be represented by the climb, the feelings and images in the dream can inform how you are approaching the current challenge in your life.
A dramatic shift is akin to embarking on a journey of some kind, whether it is emotional, financial, spiritual, or dealing with a health challenge. It may show up in a dream as a climb as your psyche tries to show you that you have the resources to make it to the top, despite the fear or intensity of the effort involved. By the same token, the dream may be telling you that you may be overemphasizing the struggles in your life and that you are applying more effort than is required.
If this is the case, consider the lack of balance between effort and expectations you are currently experiencing. Your job is to define the journey and find the balance between intent and effort. This way, the ascent to your destination can be met with joy and enthusiasm.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
(Also see Kllimar; Veil)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the stairs are in a home, it is your sense of self that is being examined. Social issues and how you operate in the world are connected to a stairway that is located in a building or public place. Moving upward could indicate an increase in awareness and a readiness to elevate your thought process. Moving downward might connect to reexamining your past or considering something more deeply.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If the climb in your dream is extremely difficult, it may be pointing to some obstacles that you need to overcome before reaching your goals. Consider all of the details in your dream, and if you recently completed a difficult task, achieved a goal (e.g. graduating), this dream may be reflective in nature. See also: Cliff ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If one’s thoughts are good, then it will show, and if they are evil, they will also manifest.
If one wears a slipper over his head and a turban in his foot in a dream, it means that he is carrying trouble. Depending on its type and name, a garment in a dream could represent a man or a woman. Wearing a new garment in a dream is better than seeing an old one.
If a man sees himself wearing a woman’s apparel in a dream, it means that he is a bachelor. Ifa woman sees herself wearing a man’s garment in a dream, it means that she is unmarried. Wearing a tightly buttoned shirt in a dream means experiencing tight circumstances or reuniting with a traveller returning home, or it could mean marriage for an unwed person. Wearing a stately apparel in a dream means honor and dignity. Wearing a soldier’s uniform in a dream means war. Wearing a scholar’s robe or a teacher’s vest in a dream means studying to become a learned person. Wearing an ascetic’s woolen wrap in a dream means becoming a renunciate. Wearing a salesman’s suit in a dream means hard work or looking for work if the suit looks expensive in the dream, for people mostly wear expensive looking suits when they are still searching for work. Wearing a white garment in a dream means pride, honor and dignity. Wearing silk in a dream means strength and occupying a high rank in a business or government.
If one sees a deceased person wearing a silken garment in a dream, it means that he is dwelling in the heavenly paradise. Wearing a garment that is adorned with gold in a dream means victory over one’s enemy.
A black garment means honor, reign and having mastery over people. Wearing a green garment in a dream means martyrdom. Wearing a cotton garment in a dream means following the Prophet’s tradition (uwbp). Wearing a woolen garment in a dream means clarity, unless if it is coarse or unfitting and in that case, it means poverty and humiliation. Wearing a linen garment in a dream means enjoying a blessing or a favor. Wearing a brocaded garment in a dream means receiving an important and a revered message, rising in station, enjoying wealth or it could represent the blessing of having a child. Wearing a robe that is trailing behind one’s feet in a dream means rebellion and disobedience, while wearing a moderately short coat in a dream means purity, virtues and chastity. Wearing any type of garment in a dream means emulating the character of such people or becoming a prisoner of war. Wearing a kufi or a headdress for prayers in a dream means atonement for one’s sins. Wearing a jubbah or a long cloak in a dream means longevity. Wearing an open sports jacket in a dream means ease in one’s life or financial success. Wearing a special costume for a festival or a celebration in a dream means prosperity and a wealth that is saved for one’s children, or it could mean buying new merchandise for one’s shop. Wearing a military uniform in a dream means distress, trouble or a scientific dispute. Wearing one’s traditional costumes in a dream, or that of another community means to befriend them and to celebrate their festivities with joy.
(Also see Filth; Linen; Used clothing)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A poor man wears different clothes than a rich man.
A doctor’s attire is different from that of a carpenter.
The type of clothing that we wear varies from situation to situation.
The type of clothes that you are wearing in the dream will give you clues to the meaning of the dream and to your unconscious ideas about yourself and others.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
For example, clothing that is tattered or torn may signify that you feel emotionally shredded by an experience. You may also be expressing a “poor me” attitude.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If in the dream you change your clothes, you’ll be successful.
A dream of being naked in public is a very common type of dream, and usually means that the dreamer feels exposed, vulnerable and at the mercy of others.
Dressing yourself, especially if in fashionable clothes, indicates advancement socially and professionally. Undressing, however, indicates temporary setbacks.
Dirty, soiled, or worn clothing is a warning not to take anyone’s word for anything. Get the facts yourself.
Tight or otherwise uncomfortable clothing hints at being involved in a prickly situation or that some situation in your life is making you uncomfortable, and you need to make some adjustments.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If your clothing is worn, you should rethink some of your habits and attitudes. In this sense, you may need to improve yourself. When you dream that you are changing clothes, it means that you will soon experience developments in your life. And, if it is tight on you, maybe you are restricting some issue too much: it could be an emotional relationship or a position at work. (See SHIRT, TORN, NUDITY, RAGS, MAKEUP, and PANTS)
The earliest oneiric interpretations found say that dreaming of a nude woman predicts good luck, as you will be provided with unexpected satisfactions. In contrast, dreaming that you are wearing too much clothing means that your vital needs are not covered.
Dreaming of new clothing, lastly, foretells a domestic argument.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you be single, it denotes an early marriage and a luxurious home.
To hear one at night is despair, and cause for tears you will have.
To dream of seeing cocks fight, you will leave your family because of quarrels and infidelity. This dream usually announces some unexpected and sorrowful events.
The cock warned the Apostle Peter when he was about to perjure himself. It may also warn you in a dream when the meshes of the world are swaying you from ``the straight line’’ of spiritual wisdom. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. One has given one’s all in a particular situation. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A collapsed ceiling in a dream means devastation.
If one sees a destroyed house standing erect anew in a dream, it means spiritual awakening of its owner.
If one is awaiting the return of a member of his family, or if he is awaiting a guest to arrive, and if a part of his house caves in, it means the near arrival of such a traveller. Ifa daughter or a sister or another woman live in that house, it means that the guest will seek her hand for marriage.
If a hurricane destroys his entire house in a dream, it means that death will take locality in that place at the hands of a tyrant. Ifone sees himself demolishing an old house or edifice in a dream, it means evil.
If a woman sees her walls caving in on her in a dream, it means the death of her husband.
(Also see Destruction)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you dreamed of someone collecting money and you contributed, you can expect some minor but pleasing good luck.
If you were collecting funds, you will take an unexpected short trip.... My Dream Interpretation
If the comb is broken: a serious rift is going to get worse. Combing your hair is a message: keep your affairs and house in order. Buying a comb: you are now able to take care of your own affairs. Combing long hair: a new friendship is beginning and will last for a long time.
Depth Psychology: These symbols are a challenge: keep your sexual cravings under better control, particularly if you are cutting, washing, and combing your hair in the dream, or if you are trying to tame an unruly head of hair. See Hair.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream that someone else is comforting you, suggests that you are feeling lost or overwhelmed.... My Dream Interpretation
Perhaps the most common of all traveling dream is the one in which you miss your plane, boat or train. No matter how frustrating this dream is, it is actually trying to help you get what you want. Look closely at what you should have done in the dream to make your connection; if there is clearly something you could have done differently to ensure you were on time, your dream is encouraging a shift of emphasis, understanding or action in waking life.
Another common dream is taking the wrong bus, train or plane.
This dream is particularly common to people who have problems making decisions in life because they are worried about what other people think. Your dreaming mind is urging you to correct this tendency by focusing on what you think is right. Yet another common dream involves being on board a boat, ship or plane and the person in charge becomes unable to pilot or steer. You are suddenly called upon to steer. This dream suggests that you are about to be thrust into a position of authority and that others are relying on you. For dreams of crashes or disasters whilst traveling, see also DISASTERS.
Dreams of traveling to a safe harbor or haven highlight the need for comfort and security in waking life. Remember that the trials, frustrations and challenges that you face in the dream symbolize real- life impediments and emotions that are slowing you down or helping you along your way. When interpreting traveling dreams, always consider the reactions and solutions that the dream calls upon you to make to improve your dream journey. The necessary ingredient to encourage your progress is often a symbolic representation for the action or position in waking life that will be most beneficial to you.... Common Dreams
If someone else was complaining in your dream, you may feel overwhelmed with responsibilities, or burdened by the confiding of friends. You need a break!... My Dream Interpretation
If a known young person, or if an old man compliments him in a dream, it means attaining success at their hand.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the lift is going down, we may be going down into our unconscious for self-understanding, whereas a lift going up could represent moving towards greater self-understanding. Halls or passageways in a dream can, for Freudians, represent passages within the body, such as the vagina or penis. On a psychological level, they can suggest how we let others invade our personal space. On a spiritual level, passages can represent the different stages of our life. A hall is the center of a building and to dream of entering a hall may therefore represent the beginnings of a journey towards self-awareness.
According to dream lore, to dream of a long hallway suggests a period of worry ahead.
Walls in dreams indicate potential blocks to your progress, or difficulties you may be up against in waking life. They suggest obstacles that are stopping you from getting what you want. This may be something from real life or something within yourself. Perhaps you are being like a brick by refusing to show your feelings, or have come up against a brick wall with a particular problem or issue.
If the wall looks old, this suggests the problem is old.
If the wall is made of glass, this suggests problems with perception.
If the wall is closing in, the dreamer may feel trapped by their current lifestyle. A brick wall, rampart or dividing wall all suggest the difference between everyday life and the inner psychological state. According to dream lore, if you find a gateway through a wall, this is a sign of good fortune. See also entries for doors, rooms, stairs, staircase and windows in HOME.... The Element Encyclopedia
(Also see Secret)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
For a young woman to dream that she is under strange influences, denotes her immediate exposure to danger, and she should beware.
To dream of seeing hypnotic and slight-of-hand performances, signifies worries and perplexities in business and domestic circles, and unhealthy conditions of state. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Security and safety. Tying up loose ends and knowing that everything is in its place. Connections and networks. Maintaining those ties you perceive as important. Relationships. Binding yourself to someone or something (e.g., the “ties that bind”).
Note that if the connecting device is being taken off” or opened, the above symbolism is reversed.... The Language of Dreams
The cooing of a pigeon in a dream also represents the voice of a teacher.
(Also see Sound of animals)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: The dream reveals your need to make certain matters in your life easier or more palatable (experiences, disappointments, insights), allowing you to adapt better to responsibilities and demands. You will do so if the meal you are cooking in the dream turns out well.... Dreamers Dictionary
If there is discord or a lack of cheerfulness you may expect harassing and disappointing events to happen. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If the food is well cooked in the dream, then it means money and profits. Cooking raw meat in a dream and finding it hard to cook means getting involved in something that will not mature. Otherwise, if it does cook, and ifone can eat from it in the dream, then it means success. Cooking mutton in a dream means living an honorable life, being generous and earning lawful money.
If one cooks beef in his dream, it means living a comfortable life using the labor of tradesmen. Ifone sees himself cooking lion’s meat in a dream, it means that he will rise to leadership over unjust people, though one will have to maintain his vigilance and live in constant fear.
If one sees himself cooking dog’s meat in a dream, it means that he will manage a lowly job.
If he cooks the fat with it in a dream, it means that he will earn unlawful money. Otherwise, without the fat, it means that he will perform a lowly job and remains poor and deprived.
If one sees himself cooking a bird in a dream, it means governing or managing a business or earning lawful money from associating with rich and noble people.
If one cooks his meal with vulture’s meat in a dream, it means governing or trading with non-intelligent or heedless people and earning unlawful money.
(Also see Pot; Stew)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2- To be able to move forward in our lives we may need to blend ccrtain parts of our existence in new and original ways in order to succeed.
Dreaming of cooking highlights this. We may need to nurture a new ability.
3- Cooking can symbolise creativity. There is a delightful fable which tells how God baked the various ethnic races into being.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To dream that you have difficulties cooking means that you need to stop exerting so much energy getting people to accept you.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A man’s dream may be a way of refocusing on a creative problem.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
It is a promise of material comforts in the near future.
A dream of cooking broth or soup predicts an eventual rise to a position of great power.... My Dream Interpretation
If you do not serve enough food, frustration, incompletion of responsibilities.
If nobody is happy in the dream, disappointing events are to be expected, often in connection with a loved one.
To see food cooking, avoid gossip.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
A dream of cooking broth or soup predicts an eventual rise to a position of great power.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If food is burned it means that despite your good will, you still have a lot to learn. Cooking also symbolizes the desire to transform the harsh reality into something more “edible.” On the other hand, if you dream of cooking for others, it can denote your intention to influence them. Maybe you want people to think something in particular or make them dependants from your care.
It is said that this dream portends multiple visits of your friends in the future. ... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If someone else was cooking for you or helping you in the kitchen, you may regard this person as a source of emotional support. A cookbook denotes the many opportunities and ways you can use to reach your goals. To dream of a cookery school represents a means of becoming aware of the many ways you can offer your help and support to others in life.... The Element Encyclopedia
For a young woman to dream of using a cooking stove, foretells she will be too hasty in showing her appreciation of the attention of some person and thereby lose a closer friendship. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To dream of some living person as dead and rising up from a cooling board, denotes she will be indirectly connected with that person in some trouble, but will find out that things will work out satisfactorily.
To see her brother, who has long since been dead, rising from a cooling board, warns her of complications which may be averted if she puts forth the proper will and energy in struggling against them. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
For a young woman to dream that she is copying a letter, denotes she will be prejudiced into error by her love for a certain class of people.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The counselor may represent your Higher Self, the subconscious, or some other type of guide who can offer you insight in this situation (see Conversation).... The Language of Dreams
To dream of counting money, you will be lucky and always able to pay your debts; but to count out money to another person, you will meet with loss of some kind. Such will be the case, also, in counting other things.
If for yourself, good; if for others, usually bad luck will attend you. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The number one in a dream signifies uniqueness, superiority, having the leading edge in knowledge, money, prosperity, marriage, child, or it could mean languor, solitude or liking to be alone or cessation of activities.
The number one in a dream also represents the truth or God Almighty Who has no partner, associate or equal.
The number two means help against one’s enemy.
The number three signifies fulfillment of a promise.
The number four means a pilgrimage to Mecca.
The number five means doubt and weakness of one’s faith. Perhaps the number six also means victory against one’s enemy or establishing a proof of guilt against one’s adversaries. Counting up to number seven or eight in a dream has negative connotations. Counting up to number ten in a dream could mean atonement for one’s sins. Ifone sees himself in a dream counting money coins that has the name of God inscribed on it in a dream, it means that he celebrates God’s praises and glorifies His Name. Ifone sees himself in a dream counting large denomination of money that has the Name of God Almighty written on it, it means acquiring knowledge. Ifthe money coins or the banknotes are designed with images or portray the picture of known people in the dream, then theymean engaging in innovation, religious innovation, falsehood or polytheism. Counting pearls in a dream means reading the Qur’an. Counting gems in a dream means learning wisdom or acquiring knowledge at the hand of a gnostic. Counting beads in a dream means getting involved in people’s business, using obscene language, or fornication. Counting sheep in a dream means counting money or counting one’s children. Counting cows in a dream means longevity or going through a long and difficult times.
If a farmer sees himself counting camels in a dream, it means rain and a good harvest. Counting buffaloes in a dream means hardships and toiling in one’s life.
(Also see Money)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream of counting money forecasts an increased income or allowance.... My Dream Interpretation
Try to shift some of them elsewhere, or, if possible, detach yourself.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Depth Psychology: Doing calculations: you can solve your problem if you start using your head.
A slide rule is a sign that you have made a mistake and are looking for help. Sometimes very manipulative people dream about slide rules.... Dreamers Dictionary
(Also see Bodyl)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a poor person sees himself crawling in a dream, it means that his needs will be satisfied.
If he is a rich, it means that he will become needy. Crawling in a dream also could mean complaisance and partiality toward people.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you are crawling over stones and other damaging material and hurt yourself you may shortly experience some humiliating events that are forced on you by others.
If you are crawling in muck and mire with someone, then you will shortly fall into a depression over a business failure.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you crawl over rough place and stones in your dream, it symbolizes that you have not taken proper advantage of your opportunities.
If you dream that you are crawling on the ground and you hurt your hand, you will be asked to do something that you find humiliating.... My Dream Interpretation
The few exceptions are usually very clear. Example: ‘My mother-in-law died of cancer. I had watched the whole progression of her illness, and was very upset by her death. Shortly after she died the relatives gathered and began to sort through her belongings to share them out. That was the climax of my upset and distress, and I didn’t want any part of this sorting and taking her things. That night I dreamt I was in a room with all the relatives. They were sorting her things, and I felt my waking distress. Then my mother-in-law came into the room. She was very real and seemed happy. She said for me not to be upset as she didn’t at all mind her relatives taking her things. When I woke from the dream all the anxiety and upset had disappeared. It never returned (told to author dunng a talk given to the Housewives Register in Ilfracombe).
Although in any collection of dreams such clearcut problem solving is fairly rare, nevertheless the basic function in dreams appears to be problem solving.
The proof of this lies in research done in dream withdrawal. As explained in the entry science, sleep and dreams, subjects are woken up as they begin to dream, therefore denying them dreams. This quickly leads to disorientation and breakdown of normal functioning, showing that a lot of problem solving occurs in dreams, even though it may not be as obvious as in the example. This feature of dreaming can be enhanced to a marked degree by processing dreams and arriving at insights into the information they contain. This enables old problems to be cleared up and new information and attitudes to be brought into use more quickly. Through such active work one becomes aware of the self, which Carl Jung describes as a centre, but which we might think of as a synthesis of all our experience and being. Gaining insight and allowing the self entrance into our waking affairs, as M L. Von Franz says in Man and His Symbols, gradually produces a wider and more mature personality’ which emerges, and by degrees becomes effective and even visible to others’.
The function of dreams may well be described as an effort on the part of our life process to support, augment and help mature waking consciousness.
A study of dreams suggests that the creative forces which are behind the growth of our body are also inextricably connected with psychological development. In fact, when the process of physical growth stops, the psychological growth continues.
If this is thwarted in any way, it leads to frustration, physical tension and psychosomatic and eventually physical illness.
The integration of experience.
which dreams are always attempting, if successful cannot help but lead to personal growth. But it is often frozen by the individual avoiding the growing pains’, or the discomfon of breaking through old concepts and beliefs.
Where there is any attempt on the pan of our conscious personality to co-operate with this, the creative aspect of dreaming emerges. In fact anything we are deeply involved in, challenged by or attempting, we will dream about in a creative way. Not only have communities like the American Indians used dreams in this manner—to find better hunting, solve community problems, find a sense of personal life direction— but scientists, writers, designers and thousands of lay people have found very real information in dreams After all, through dreams we have personal use of the greatest computer ever produced in the history of the world—the human brain.
1- In Genesis 41, the story of Pharaoh’s dream is told—the seven fat cows and the seven thin cows. This dream was creative in that, with Joseph’s interpretation, it resolved a national problem where famine followed years of plenty. It may very well be an example of gathered information on the history of Egypt being in the mind of Pharaoh, and the dream putting it together in a problem solving way. See dream process as computer.
2- William Blake dreamt his dead brother showed him a new way of engraving copper. Blake used the method successfully.
3- Otto Leowi dreamt of how to prove that nervous impulses were chemical rather than electncal. This led to his Nobel prize.
4- Friedrich Kekule tned for years to define the structure of benzene. He dreamt of a snake with its tail in its mouth, and woke to realise this explained the molecular formation of the benzene ring. He was so impressed he urged colleagues, ‘Gentlemen, leam to dream.’
5- Hilprecht had an amazing dream of the connection between two pieces of agate which enabled him to translate an ancient Babylonian inscription.
6- Elias Howe faced the problem of how to produce an effective sewing machine.
The major difficulty was the needle. He dreamt of natives shaking spears with holes in their points. This led to the invention of the Singer sewing machine.
7- Robert Louis Stevenson claims to have dreamt the plot of many of his stories.
8- Albert Einstein said that during adolescence he dreamt he was riding a sledge. It went faster and faster until it reached the speed of light.
The stars began to change into amazing patterns and colours, dazzling and beautiful. His meditation on that dream throughout the years led to the theory of relativity.
To approach our dreams in order to discover their creativity, first decide what problematic or creative aspect of your life needs ‘dream power’. Define what you have already leamt or know about the problem. Write it down, and from this clarify what it is you want more insight into.
If this breaks down into several issues, choose one at a time. Think about the issue and pursue it as much as you can while awake. Read about it, ask people’s opinions, gather information. This is all data for the dream process.
If the question still needs further insight, before going to sleep imagine you are putting the question to your internal store of wisdom, computer, power centre, or whatever image feels right.
For some people an old being who is neither exclusively man nor woman is a working image.
In the morning note down whatever dream you remember. It does not matter if the dream does not appear to deal with the question; Elias Howe’s native spears were an outlandish image, but nevertheless contained the information he needed. Investigate the dream using the techniques given in the entry dream processing. Some problems take time to define, so use the process until there is a resolution.
If it is a major problem, it may take a year or so; after all, some resolutions need restructuring of the personality, because the problem cannot disappear while we still have the same attitudes and fears. See secret of the universe dreams; dream processing. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
A woman in drag could be expressing a desire to be seen as more aggressive or powerful.
A man in drag might be considering what it would be like to be more receptive in the world and be perceived as more sensitive.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
2- We may encounter something we cannot control, and which may control us.
To be crossing a field shows we could have a false sense of security, or may need to bring our feelings out into the open.
3- Crossing a river or chasm often depicts death, not necessarily a physical death but possibly spiritual change.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To be crossing a field shows we could have a false sense of security, or may need to bring our feelings out into the open.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
(2) Crossing the sea, going from one country to another, may symbolize a fundamental personal re-orientation; perhaps leaving conventional values behind in favour of values discovered within oneself.
(3) Even crossing the street may have similar significance. Pay attention also to the direction: are you crossing from left to right, or from right to left? See also Left, Right / Left.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If crossing a street, the obstacle is a social one. But if it is a natural barrier, the problem will likely be internal.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you are crossing a field, you may need to bring your feelings out into the open. Crossing a river or chasm depicts the end of one phase or stage of life and the beginning of another. To dream that you are at a crossroad signifies that you have come to a point in your life where you have several options from which to choose, all of which will take you to different destinations. This dream suggests you need to make an important decision, often in relation to career or life changes. To turn left at the crossroad can indicate following your intuition, whilst to turn right can mean making logical decisions. To dream that you are walking down a long corridor signifies your desperation in trying to escape a repetitive situation or behavior patterns.... The Element Encyclopedia
For a woman, wearing a crown means marriage to a foreigner.
For a man, wearing a crown in a dream implies overcoming false allegations.
If a merchant sees himself wearing a crown in a dream, it means loss of business and influence.
If a ruler sees himself wearing a crown in a dream, it means failure in his religious commitment.
If a king sees his crown being taken away from him in a dream, it means that he may be killed or lose his kingdom.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Vision: Looking at a crown is a warning: “Before you become a king you must first become the servant of the people.” The dream can also point to hidden ambitions and warn you not to set your sights too high.
If you are being crowned: expect to be handed a great task in the near future. See Emperor, King.
Depth Psychology: The crown is a sign of vanity and the need for admiration.
A damaged crown means your hopes have been dashed. Being crowned means imminent success.... Dreamers Dictionary
To see others crying, forbodes unexpected calls for aid from you.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
(Also see Laughing)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If it is the cry of an animal, the emotions are likely tied to whatever that creature represents.
The cry of a child can represent your own inner child trying to get attention (see Baby). Alternatively, for new parents this is a circumstantial dream caused by normal concerns, and by being woken up so frequently by the newborn.... The Language of Dreams
To dream of crying oneself foretells success in an important undertaking.... The Complete Dream Book
Depth Psychology: Dreams about crying often indicate tension and fears. Arc you crying because you regret something you did? Are you crying “crocodile tears”? Crying tears of sorrow: before you know it, something will make you laugh—a very hopeful dream!... Dreamers Dictionary
To see others crying in your dream, it foretells unexpected calls for help from you.... My Dream Interpretation
According to oracles, the meaning of this dream is the opposite. So, crying will bring happiness and laughter.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you are crying in a dream, then you are likely in some sort of mourning or expression of grief.
If someone else is crying, then a character aspect that lives within you is involved in a powerful emotional process.
If this is the case, then use the character who is crying to gain a deeper understanding of what part of your personality is undergoing a shift. Tears of sadness connect to loss. Tears of joy connect with gain and could indicate getting to the other side of a challenging transition.
The more acutely you can feel the physicality of crying upon waking, the closer to consciousness the wound is.
The level of disconsolation you feel may give you an idea of the intensity of the hurt you are cleansing. Remember that in your dreams, just as in life, crying is a healthy and powerful way of processing grief and facilitating transition and transformation.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Dreams of crying may function as a release for the sorrow or grief that has been holding you back consciously or unconsciously in waking life. Alternatively, such dreams may be an intuitive awareness of something ending or someone leaving in your waking life; or are your tears crocodile tears?
Dreams of laughing suggest a release of tension or an attempt to put yourself and others at ease. Depending on your feelings during the dream and on waking, the laugh may however be a sign that you are hiding the truth or taking things too lightly, as sometimes laughter can hide sadness and the truth. Bear in mind that laughter can also be a sign of contempt, and if someone laughs in your face, your unconscious may have used the archetype of the Trickster in an attempt to make you rethink something or reconsider your values. When the laughter becomes the kind of cackling associated in folklore with wicked witches and mischief-making, this may represent your inner voice questioning and ridiculing your pretensions.... The Element Encyclopedia
It is a release of negative emotion, frustration, or fear. On the other hand, you could be experiencing the tears of joy. Due to repression or denial, sometimes people are unable to express their feelings. In the dream state some of our defense mechanisms may relax and an emotional release occurs. Some emotional dreams may be compensatory in nature. Thus, if you never cry in daily life, you may cry in your dreams.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
CUL-DE-SAC... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you are a man, dreams of cunnalingus symbolize your desire to please or win over the women in your life. You may also be finding pleasure as you explore the sensuality, receptivity and sensitivity of your inner female. See Tongue and Vagina.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you are associating with cunning people, it warns you that deceit is being practised upon you in order to use your means for their own advancement. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If cupping is administered but no blood comes from it in the dream, it represents buried monies that one cannot find. Cupping in a dream also means silence, desistance or abstaining from reply.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream that you are watching a curling competition, represents two opposing viewpoints or conflicting opinions.... My Dream Interpretation
(Also see Infringement)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To hear others curse in your dream, means that you have overlooked an urgent matter or situation. Someone may even need to be rescued from some unusual circumstances. It may be your job to protect them.... My Dream Interpretation
If you cut yourself in the dream, you are being your own worst enemy.
A dream of cutting something signifies a broken relationship or severed connection.... My Dream Interpretation
If you cut yourself: the whole affair will end in failure—something you already knew beforehand.
Depth Psychology: Cutting something is a sign that you want to put your past behind you. Are you harboring aggressive feelings toward someone? Do you feel “cut off’ from your emotions, ideals. and desires because of present adverse circumstances? See Scissors.... Dreamers Dictionary
To cut someone means that the dreamer mistrusts that person and wishes to sever the relationship. Cutting one’s self, the strain of overwork or unpleasant family problems weigh heavily, so the dreamer wants to end it all.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If someone else cuts you, a friend will betray you.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
(See Wound(s).) [contents]... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The same is the interpretation if his flesh is cut.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If one’s hand and heels are cut off in a dream, it means corruption in one’s religious life or forsaking the spiritual circles, or it could mean being barren or being freed from the duty to raise children. Cutting off one’s nose or ear in a dream means a punishment for a crime, or it could mean poverty or missing someone’s news. Cutting offone’s tongue in a dream means invalidating one’s argument or proof, or it could mean preventing him from asking for anything.
If one sees himself dismembered in a dream, then it means that he will undertake extensive travels, or that members of his family will disperse into different locations, or it could mean severing one’s blood ties or paying a penalty.
(Also see Beheading; Rupture of relations)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Also see Slippery surface)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To see people Cycling, friends from afar will visit you.... Mystic Dream Book
To be dancing in a dream portrays the creation of happiness, feeling at one with the surroundings and possibly getting closer or more intimate with a partner.
2- Psychologically, dance can be a reinforcement of freedom of movement, strength and emotion.
3- Spiritually; dancing has always been taken to represent the rhythm of life.
The patterns created are reputed to mirror the patterns of creativity. Dance also signifies the transformation of space into time.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The patterns created are reputed to mirror the patterns of creativity.
If space and time are part of one continuum, movement and the flow of dance link the two together.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To be dancing in a dream portrays the creation of happiness, feeling at one with the surroundings and possibly getting closer or more intimate with a partner.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The rhythm of life, specifically the female’s.
To this day, many native peoples depict important life events in dance, and it often happens that a new situation is introduced during a dream in the form of a dance. Similar to Swimming.
Dancing with a partner refers to the roles people play in a relationship. Who was leading?
Desire for a partner; dynamic expressions within a relationship (playfulness).
According to Freud, all rhythmic body movements are a symbol for intercourse. According to Jung, a female dancer expresses the principal archetype of the female. See Ball (Dancing).... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Vision: Dancing by yourself: you would like more attention from a particular person.
If you are dancing alone as if lost in a dream: usually it’s a sign of being happy and in love—though sometimes only for a very short time. Being led to the dance floor, you will have to accept a certain situation, ev en if you don’t like it.
If you are dancing with a partner, who is leading? That would reveal the respective roles in a present or future relationship.
If a woman is dancing “rings” around her partner while he is moving slowly, she needs to stop trying to have things always go her own way.
If a man is dancing alone, he is dying to have a sexual adventure. See Ballet, Music.
Depth Psychology: The dream is either reflecting your present emotional balance or is a reminder to be more spontaneous. At times the dream, of course, also refers to sexual feelings and the need to have some fun and diversion. Frequent dreams about dancing might indicate you are too pleasure-oriented and lack seriousness.... Dreamers Dictionary
If one sees himself dancing for someone else in a dream, it means that he will share his problems with him. Dancing alone in one’s house in a dream signifies joy and satisfaction.
If a sick person sees himself dancing in a dream, it denotes his anxiety. Ifone is pulled to a dancing circle in a dream, it means that he will be saved from tribulation or be declared innocent from false allegations.
If a child is seen dancing in a dream, then it means that he may lose his speech or become dumb, because when a child dances, he mostly moves his hands to express himself.
If a prisoner sees himself dancing in a dream, it means that he will be set free. Dancing on top of a table, a raised stage or on top of a hill in a dream means a scare. Dancing inside one’s house, surrounded with one’s family members with no outsiders in a dream means joy and celebration.
If a sick person sees himself dancing in a dream, it means longevity. Seeing a woman dancing alone in a dream means a scandal.
If a traveller sees himself dancing on the road in a dream, it means adversities.
If a poor person sees himself dancing in a dream, it means richness.
(Also see Dancer)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The example shows the general meaning of dancing, feeling at one with someone or aspects of yourself. It shows unity, as seen in the cells working as a harmonious whole. It can also mean happiness; sexual mating dance; getting closer or more intimate.
If the dance is awkward: lack of harmony connected with what is depicted. Animals dancing: harmony with unconscious drives and sexuality. Skeletons or dark ‘things’ dancing: developing a relationship with what we fear—meeting it; dancing with death. In life we always dance with death, meaning we have an intimate relationship with it, but might not be ready to recognise who our panner is. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
A type of passionate, sexual dream, like the Dance of the Veils in Arabia.
The act of courtship.
Joining a dance equates to integrating with a new group or situation. Watch to see how smoothly this dance progresses.
The dance of life. Consider if you are standing at the sidelines here, being a wallflower, or if you participate fully in what the music offers.
Ecstatic dance: In places like Africa and .Arabia, this type of dancing reflects religious zeal and acts as a vehicle for divine possession. So, ask yourself how much you wish to be controlled by faith, lead by convictions, and influenced by creeds.
Dancing without a partner: Either reveling in self-fulfillment, or wishing for someone with whom to share the dance floor of your life.
A representation of the universal feminine aspect through movement. In many ancient cultures, dance was part of fertility rites. In Asia, specifically, the art of belly dancing developed from this idea.
Each form of dance has specific implied or symbolic interpretive value.
For example, tap dancing can equate to side stepping the issues, whereas ballet reflects either a graceful demeanor in difficult situations or walking on tiptoe around people.... The Language of Dreams
It is a fortunate dream also for married people, for they may look forward to much pleasure and pride in their children.... The Complete Dream Book
To dream of dancing yourself means sudden good fortune.... The Complete Dream Book
For young dreamers, many pleasures.
For adults and the very old, bright vistas in store. Modern interpretations add sexual desires to any dance dream.
It is sometimes masked as exhibitionism.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
(2) By virtue of its sexual associations, dancing may represent a coming together - courtship - of the masculine (animus) and feminine (anima) side of one’s nature (for anima / animus, see Brothcr / Sistcr, sections
(3) Joining a dance probably means relating cooperatively with the other person or group. What does that person or group symbolize? It may be some part of you: your hidden self, with its multitude of emotions, instinctive impulses, ideas, ideals, beliefs / prejudices, attitudes, ambitions, etc.
(4) Perhaps it is the ‘dance of life’. Participating / not participating in the dance would then mean relating harmoniously with Nature (or your unconscious) / being out of step with it. (Dancing clumsily might signify that you were ‘out of step’.)
(5) If the dance is a frenzied solo performance, it may represent some kind of‘possession’, indicating that some psychic element is threatening to take you over.
If this is the case, you need to identify the causes of any compulsive behaviour you observe in yourself; and then to come to terms with it - which will usually mean either making space in your life for some hitherto repressed part of you; or getting rid of (repressed) guilt-feelings; or both. (For repression)... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
It is a socially acceptable behavior that is designed to escalate toward intimacy and sex. Even dancing alone is a sensual experience that celebrates the ability to move in space. This results in a sensual experience of one’s body, signaling a readiness for sexual expression. In group dancing, such as ballet or modern dance troupes, the symbolic conversation expands to the idea of poetry in motion.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
For a young woman to dream that her lover is a dancing master, portends that she will have a friend in accordance with her views of pleasure and life. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To watch a dancing master give instructions in your dream shows you will neglect some vital business matters.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you are not in a good mood, and don’t feel very joyful, this dream may be compensatory in nature. It may be trying to balance negativity and stress that you feel in daily life. Superstition based dream interpretation says that dreaming of dancing predicts happy times ahead. Depending on the content of this dream, it may have some sexual connotations.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The same interpretation is given to courage in a dream.
(Also see Boast)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To see it is a warning against gossip.... Mystic Dream Book
If you dream of dating your guy friend, you may have secret feelings for him! Or, this dream can mean that you are picking up on vibes from him that he likes you as more than a friend. Also see “Ask Out”, “Double Date”, “Ex-Boyfriend” and “Love”... My Dream Interpretation
When you are asleep, your defense mechanisms are down and you are psychologically more vulnerable. In other words, we shed the masks we wear in public.
Therefore what is expressed in night dreaming is probably a better representation of whom we are, not just our waking hopes and fears. Feelings and thoughts we might be unwilling to acknowledge in waking life often surface boldly in dreams.
Night dreams also speak to us in the powerful language of symbols, whereas the language of daydreams tends to be more tangible, reflecting events that have a clearer reality to them.... Dreampedia
• Some part of your behaviour, your life or a habit has to “die”. You need to take some radical, life changing action to resolve your current dissatisfaction.
• Find the courage to let go of the past and act on your inner ambition to solve this dream.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
Basically, there are eight different levels of this symbol:
1. An indication that a necessary end has come to a certain phase.
It is a transition to something new.
2. The desire to shed something (attitudes, behavior, situation, etc.).
3. A suggestion to come to terms with death and the fear of death, meaning a search for fulfillment and productivity.
4. A limit has been reached and there is an inability to know how to go beyond that limit.
5. A suggestion to take better care of one’s health.
6. Something is dying inside.
7. A close connection with somebody deceased.
8. A desire for peace, solitude, and harmony (“the death of fear”).
According to Jung, dreaming about death means letting go of something that has died; it is a symbol of transformation and a new beginning.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
(Also see Death)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream of seeing a deceased person is normally a dream of warning, and it tells you that the influences around you at this time does not bode well for your affairs, and you should not enter into any binding contracts or verbal agreements until this phase passes.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If it is a different person who makes those decisions it shows that you tend to let others decide for you, and that this will eventually harm you.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
(Also see Frying)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The same applies to purchasing a female slave.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The same applies to buying a male slave.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Also see Darkness)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If only a portion of his house is demolished it means he will suffer worldly loss proportionate to how much is demolished.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
1- To be departing from a known situation such as leaving home indicates a breaking away from old or habitual patterns of behaviour. We may need to give ourselves the freedom to be independent.
2- We may have a strong desire to get away from responsibility or difficulties, but must be careful how we handle it.
3- Conscious rejection of the past can be represented by departure in a dream.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If the ladder breaks half-way through in the dream, it means losing to one’s adversary.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
There are legends claiming that the ancient civilization of Crete built temples in underground caves. There, they performed their dances, ceremonies, and rituals. Since the beginning of time, descending to underground places symbolized the divine and spiritual quest of the human being. ... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The person who actually lived in this part of the house was the owner’s mother. She treated me badly but no one knew as she was artful in her abuse. She pulled me along by my hair, locked me in a cupboard, and once locked me in the orchard—four high walls and a hidden door’ (Rita). Something below us: as in Rita’s dream, where there is fear, it can depict past trauma which is not being faced (literally run away from); something we have left behind or we feel ‘above*.
Descent, going down stairs or in a lift: getting more down to eanh or practical; a return to difficulties after living in our fantasies or escapism, depression; sexual restraint; a return from meta conception (see aura). Descending into cave, cellar, hole: awareness of unconscious content, experience of womb existence. Example: Then I was climbing down a steep hill. Arriving at the foot I found rippling sparkling water. I stopped and looked around and found everything incredibly beautiful—the green fields and the pebbles in the water, the soft fresh air, then I looked up and the sky was a glorious picture, the sun so warm and the clouds fluffy and soft and pretty. I felt at peace and so happy, and thanked God with all my heart for giving us so much beauty’ (Mrs RE). Going down a hill: can mean loss of status, ageing, failure or death, but is also, as shown in the example, a positive sense of life after death. Idioms: feel down; down and out, down in the dumps; down to earth. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
2- We may fear a loss of status, and yet be aware of the positive aspects of such loss.
3- Going down into the underworld, the quest for mystic wisdom, rebirth and immortality arc all shown in dreams bv descent.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
It is a symbol for exploring the unconscious.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The same is the interpretation if a person sees himself holding his neck with both hand.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Bear in mind, too, that the cigarette is often seen as a phallic symbol and it could be so in your dream; similarly, there might be another meaning to that dream detox—it may be about unhealthy attitudes, habits and emotions that are poisoning your system and not food.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you were exercising or lifting weights in a gym in your dream, this may be referring to your body image. How easy or difficult you found the exercise may be commenting on your psychological and physical ability to complete a project in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
A metaphorical representation of other types of intake, including emotional and spiritual “foods.” Is your body-mind-spirit receiving the nutrients it deserves and needs?... The Language of Dreams
If you dream of being on a diet, you may be telling yourself to limit your emotional involvement in someone or something.
If you suddenly ballooned to obesity in your dream or became waif-like and starving, such scenarios all point to poor body image.
If you aren’t preoccupied with your weight in waking life, such dreams may suggest a feeling of being dragged down by weighty problems that you long to shed. Or perhaps you are indulging yourself or getting obsessed with a hobby or a job and your waking life has become unhealthily unbalanced. On the other hand, if you are studying, you may feel as if you have taken in so much information that you are fit to burst.
If you are too thin in your dream, have you been starved of vital nourishment recently—intellectual, emotional, sexual or spiritual—in waking life? If someone is withholding food from you in the dream or preventing you from eating in some way, they may be the cause of emotional malnourishment or are perhaps trying to protect you from self-destructive habits.
If you suffer from food poisoning in your dream, is there anyone you know who might be trying to poison your mind by feeding it toxic thoughts? Or are you poisoning yourself with an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, perhaps with little or no exercise and a high alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, salt, additive and saturated fat intake?... The Element Encyclopedia
(Also see Food)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dig a hole and find any glittering substance, denotes a favorable turn in fortune; but to dig and open up a vast area of hollow mist, you will be harrassed with real misfortunes and be filled with gloomy forebodings. Water filling the hole that you dig, denotes that in spite of your most strenuous efforts things will not bend to your will. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To “dig up” the dirt on someone... Dream Dictionary Unlimited
2. Unrestrained, possibly detrimental self-examination.
3. Gossip (as in “dig up dirt”). ... New American Dream Dictionary
The digger’s plot also may backfire.
If a sick person or if someone in his household who is sick sees himself digging the earth in a dream, it could mean digging a grave.
If a business traveller sees himself digging the earth, it represents his travels and the dirt he gathers represent his profits. Digging a hole, a water well or irrigations and planing to water the plants through them in a dream means looking for a job to earn one’s livelihood and to bring its benefits to his family. Eating from the dirt one digs in his dream, means profits earned from deception. Finding oneself inside a hole in a dream means that one may divorce his wife.
If one sees himself outside a hole, looking at it in a dream, it means an argument with her which will end in reconciliation. Ifa sick person sees himselfcoming out of a hole in a dream, it means recovering from illness or being set free from prison.
If one sees himself digging the earth in a dream, it also means muddling in falsehood to earn nothing but wrath. Digging a cavity through a mountain in a dream represents a person who associates himself with a difficult but a beneficial person. Digging a well in a dream also represents a crafty and an artful deceiver.
A person digging the ground in a dream also represents a jailer, or veiling abominable actions.
(Also see Pickax; Construction worker)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A person who has this dream may be assured that his or her efforts will lead slowly but surely to a desired goal.... The Complete Dream Book
To dream that you dig a hole and discover something shiny suggests that there will be good luck coming your way.
To dream that you dig a hole and fill it with water signifies that regardless of your effort, you cannot get things to turn out the way you want. You should understand the concept of compromise.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
For a person in business cm* in a job, it signifies that hard, or harder, work will be necessary to attain what he wants.
For a professional person, it indicates that a further course of study or acquisition of higher qualifications would be beneficial to his or her aims.
If you don’t fit either of the foregoing categories, then the key to the meaning of the dream lies in the effort involved in the action; if the soil was soft and/or the digging easy, you are in for a happy period of easy living; if the digging was hard and slow going, you can expect to have to struggle for a while yet... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
1- Often when we begin the process of learning about ourselves we need to uncover those parts we have kept hidden, and this is shown in dreams as excavating a hole or digging up an object.
2- On a creative level we may have realisations which arc hard to access and must be dug out.
3- Spiritually we need to have access to the characteristics of the unconscious.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If the act of digging is important then we are required to make an effort rather than simply wait for information to come to the surface.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
So if you are digging in your dream, is there something you need to learn about your past? Or is there something you want to find out, a vital piece of information that will complete the picture? If you are uncovering an object or old bones, then you are probably becoming conscious of long buried memories and feelings from your past.
If you are trying to bury something, what are you trying to cover up or hide in waking life? Bear in mind the expressions associated with digging, too. Is someone having a dig at you in waking life? Did your dream reflect your entrenched, firmly held opinions? Or was your unconscious urging you to adopt a more down-to-earth approach? If you are a gardener, you will know that although the earth is the giver of sustenance, security and new life, each life cycle also has an end, so when earth figures in a dream, it may also indicate the end of a phase in life and the beginning of a new one
A dream about digging, watering or feeding the earth may therefore suggest your desire to begin a new phase. It could also depict your fear of unpalatable hidden truths being exposed in waking life. Anything growing from the earth in your dream shows something that has developed from the possibilities of your life, and who you are.
If your dream depicted you planting a seed, try to make a connection with your waking life. The dream seeds may refer to the planting of an intellectual or creative concept that has the potential to grow if placed in fertile ground and cared for. Then again, planting dreams may refer to your thoughts about starting a family. A dream of healthy crops may suggest that your waking ventures or family are flourishing.
If what you are taking from the earth is vegetables or things to eat, these are the fruits of your past efforts, and suggest benefits arising in your life. If, however, the earth in your dream is barren and nothing is growing, this could indicate that you are emotionally and physically exhausted by the demands of waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
A grave digger in a dream also represents a pander, a procurer, or he could be someone who loves the world, or a treasure hunter.
(Also see Grave)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If he is unknown to him, he will pursue a matter wherein he will not succeed.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Also see Court)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The dreamer in the example was a man in his 40s who had taken up meditation on the suggestion of a friend. It shows him discovering and uncovering a pan of himself he had not known before. In doing so he meets explosive emotions and conflicts he is not used to dealing with. Digging usually depicts delving into hidden or buried areas of ourself. We may uncover feelings from our childhood—creative realisations, features of the unconscious, even dead bodies or ancient creatures. Digging can also represent our work on renovating our attitudes, personality structure or habits. See garden. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If the two right people are alone, it is a presage of an early marriage-.... The Complete Dream Book
If the dining room is empty or chaotic then you are dealing with unresolved family issues.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the feeling and events of the dream were positive, this means you are happy in a real life relationship.
If the dream was negative or frightening, you may be feeling nervous or guilty about a friendship situation.
To dream of being alone in a dining room, especially if you were watching others eat, means you are feeling sad and left out. You need more fulfillment, love and friendship in your waking life.... My Dream Interpretation
A dining room is a place where food is shared with others. There are two elements to this image that bear consideration. One is the act of taking in nurturance and sustenance; the other is the desire to share this act in community. Whatever is happening in the dining room of your dream is a reflection of these principles in your waking life.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If one disappears within the earth without going through a hole in his dream, and ifhe remains a long time therein until people think that he will never come out again in the dream, it means self-deception, arrogance and love for the wor ld, and such a person will die in that pursuit as a consequence of adventuring with his own life.
(Also see Evanescence)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If it breaks he will remain at his destination.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you were dancing with a group of people, this could suggest good team spirit in waking life. A dream about a discotheque is a sign that the dreamer may be feeling excited but confused about a new relationship or project... The Element Encyclopedia
Depth Psychology: This dream indicates that yours is a resdess, questioning, searching human mind. Dreaming about a discovery often means far-reaching changes in your life. It might also indicate that your views and vour actions are too theoretical or idealistic. See Uranus. Finding or discovering something is a warning—don’t rely too much on good luck.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you do wake up from a dream in which you have had sex with someone inappropriate or that contains graphic, disturbing or violent imagery, there is most likely to be a nonsexual interpretation. However, if you do find the dream distressing and it repeatedly recurs, be sure to seek professional counseling. Unless your erotic dreams are seriously disturbing (when psychiatric help should be sought), there is no reason why you should not enjoy them like any other fantasy.... The Element Encyclopedia
If the water is muddy, you will suffer anxiety at the turn your affairs seem to be taking.
To see others diving, indicates pleasant companions.
For lovers to dream of diving, denotes the consummation of happy dreams and passionate love. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Sexual intercourse.
3. Caution is needed (if conditions are dangerous). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one brings a pearl out of the water in a dream, it means marriage or acquiring knowledge or discovering a treasure. Ifone dives into a river and finds it difficult to come out of the waters in the dream, it means that he will suffer from burdens he cannot carry, or bear patience with adversities. Diving into the ocean to extract pearls from oysters in a dream also means seeking knowledge or wealth.
(Also see Pearl diver)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2- We need to be extremely foe used and attentive to dive successfully and must bring these qualities into play in a situation we are in.
3- Diving suggests the taking of spiritual risk.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you yourself are diving without great effort, the prediction is of an achievement that will gain you many friends.... The Complete Dream Book
Depth Psychology: Do you want to “dive” into something unknown? Or should you “dive” into your unconscious—exploring the deeper layers of your soul?... Dreamers Dictionary
(2) (Deep) water sometimes symbolizes the unconscious; so diving may symbolize descent into the unconscious.
If this is the case, it will usually be a sign that your dream is recommending you to get in touch with your unconscious. Perhaps there are unconscious motivations - desires or fears - that are causing you to function inefficiendy; some neglected or undervalued part of you that you need to learn to respect and utilize if you are to achieve (fuller) satisfaction or happiness.
(3) There are myths of divers who plunge to the depths of the sea and bring up treasure. In psychological terms this represents either what is described in (2) above or the ego descending into the unconscious and finding the self (see Introduction, page 44).... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
In many myths, the hero dives into the depths of the sea, and returns to the surface with a great treasure. In the case of dreams, this represents the self that ventures to explore the subconscious and finds the valuable and true self.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The dive then becomes the ritualized expression of not only the intention to do so but also the skilled creative expression of the act itself. In this way, a dive is symbolic of the practiced and majestic way that someone has prepared to courageously explore the hidden depths of his or her own nature.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If you are diving into water in your dream, this represents trying to find parts of yourself that have been repressed.
Dreams in which you are floating in warm water safely and calmly are amongst the most comforting and secure you can have. They may reflect a longing to be able to coast effortlessly through life, letting worries wash over you. But if you felt uneasy, such dreams may be mirroring your concern that you lack direction and power in waking life, and are just treading water as opportunities fly past you.
If you have a dream in which you are swimming calmly and happily through calm waters, this suggests a positive attitude to your waking life, as things are going well, or ‘swimmingly’, for you, and you feel in your element, be it at school, work or home. If, however, you dream that you are struggling against a current, it suggests inner conflict and the force of opinion against you in the waking world. In your dream, did you swim with the tide or continue with your struggle? If you found yourself out of your depth when you went swimming, this may mirror a sense of being out of your emotional depth. Drowning suggests that your emotions are overwhelming and engulfing you.
If a lifeboat appears, you believe your unconscious can throw you an emotional lifeline.
Where water is contained in a space, such as a bath or swimming pool, it signifies controlled emotion and restraint. A dream shower or bath in which you wash yourself may refer to a need to cleanse your emotions of negative influences, whilst a Jacuzzi may have sexual connotations. Being in a swimming pool may remind you of the importance of relaxation. A surreal underwater scene, in which you meet and interact with family and friends, may suggest that you have been too busy to take the time to connect emotionally with loved ones. It might be wise to slow down and devote more quality time to them in the real world.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you were unable to jump, you are not yet ready to deal with your feelings about a situation. You are repressing strong emotions.... My Dream Interpretation
The reader will find, in many stimulating observations, and plenty of interesting material relating to our subject, but little or nothing that concerns the true nature of the dream, or that solves definitely any of its enigmas.
The educated layman, of course, knows even less of the matter. The conception of the dream that was held in prehistoric ages by primitive peoples, and the influence which it may have exerted on the formation of their conceptions of the universe, and of the soul, is a theme of such great interest that it is only with reluctance that I refrain from dealing with it in these pages. I will refer the reader to the well-known works of Sir John Lubbock (Lord Avebury), Herbert Spencer, E. B. Tylor and other writers; I will only add that we shall not realise the importance of these problems and speculations until we have completed the task of dream interpretation that lies before us. A reminiscence of the concept of the dream that was held in primitive times seems to underlie the evaluation of the dream which was current among the peoples of classical antiquity. They took it for granted that dreams were related to the world of the supernatural beings in whom they believed, and that they brought inspirations from the gods and demons. Moreover, it appeared to them that dreams must serve a special purpose in respect of the dreamer; that, as a rule, they predicted the future.
The extraordinary variations in the content of dreams, and in the impressions which they produced on the dreamer, made it, of course, very difficult to formulate a coherent conception of them, and necessitated manifold differentiations and group-formations, according to their value and reliability.
The valuation of dreams by the individual philosophers of antiquity naturally depended on the importance which they were prepared to attribute to manticism in general. In the two works of Aristotle in which there is mention of dreams, they are already regarded as constituting a problem of psychology. We are told that the dream is not god-sent, that it is not of divine but of daimonic origin.
For nature is really daimonic, not divine; that is to say, the dream is not a supernatural revelation, but is subject to the laws of the human spirit, which has, of course, a kinship with the divine.
The dream is defined as the psychic activity of the sleeper, inasmuch as he is asleep. Aristotle was acquainted with some of the characteristics of the dream-life; for example, he knew that a dream converts the slight sensations perceived in sleep into intense sensations (‘one imagines that one is walking through fire, and feels hot, if this or that part of the body becomes only quite slightly warm’), which led him to conclude that dreams might easily betray to the physician the first indications of an incipient physical change which escaped observation during the day. As has been said, those writers of antiquity who preceded Aristotle did not regard the dream as a product of the dreaming psyche, but as an inspiration of divine origin, and in ancient times, the two opposing tendencies which we shall find throughout the ages in respect of the evaluation of the dream-life, were already perceptible.
The ancients distinguished between the true and valuable dreams which were sent to the dreamer as warnings, or to foretell future events, and the vain, fraudulent and empty dreams, whose object was to misguide him or lead him to destruction. The pre-scientific conception of the dream which obtained among the ancients was, of course, in perfect keeping with their general conception of the universe, which was accustomed to project as an external reality that which possessed reality only in the life of the psyche. Further, it accounted for the main impression made upon the waking life by the morning memory of the dream; for in this memory the dream, as compared with the rest of the psychic content, seems to be something alien, coming, as it were, from another world. It would be an error to suppose that the theory of the supernatural origin of dreams lacks followers even in our own times; for quite apart from pietistic and mystical writers -- who cling, as they are perfectly justified in doing, to the remnants of the once predominant realm of the supernatural until these remnants have been swept away by scientific explanation -- we not infrequently find that quite intelligent persons, who in other respects are averse to anything of a romantic nature, go so far as to base their religious belief in the existence and co-operation of superhuman spiritual powers on the inexplicable nature of the phenomena of dreams (Haffner).
The validity ascribed to the dream life by certain schools of philosophy -- for example, by the school of Schelling -- is a distinct reminiscence of the undisputed belief in the divinity of dreams which prevailed in antiquity; and for some thinkers, the mantic or prophetic power of dreams is still a subject of debate. This is due to the fact that the explanations attempted by psychology are too inadequate to cope with the accumulated material, however strongly the scientific thinker may feel that such superstitious doctrines should be repudiated. To write a history of our scientific knowledge of the dream problem is extremely difficult, because, valuable though this knowledge may be in certain respects, no real progress in a definite direction is as yet discernible. No real foundation of verified results has hitherto been established on which future investigators might continue to build. Every new author approaches the same problems afresh, and from the very beginning.
If I were to enumerate such authors in chronological order, giving a survey of the opinions which each has held concerning the problems of the dream, I should be quite unable to draw a clear and complete picture of the present state of our knowledge on the subject. I have therefore preferred to base my method of treatment on themes rather than on authors, and in attempting the solution of each problem of the dream, I shall cite the material found in the literature of the subject. But as I have not succeeded in mastering the whole of this literature -- for it is widely dispersed and interwoven with the literature of other subjects -- I must ask my readers to rest content with my survey as it stands, provided that no fundamental fact or important point of view has been overlooked. In a supplement to a later German edition, the author adds: I shall have to justify myself for not extending my summary of the literature of dream problems to cover the period between first appearance of this book and the publication of the second edition. This justification may not seem very satisfactory to the reader; none the less, to me it was decisive.
The motives which induced me to summarise the treatment of dreams in the literature of the subject have been exhausted by the foregoing introduction; to have continued this would have cost me a great deal of effort and would not have been particularly useful or instructive.
For the interval in question -- a period of nine years -- has yielded nothing new or valuable as regards the conception of dreams, either in actual material or in novel points of view. In most of the literature which has appeared since the publication of my own work, the latter has not been mentioned or discussed; it has, of course, received the least attention from the so-called ‘research workers on dreams’, who have thus afforded a brilliant example of the aversion to learning anything new so characteristic of the scientist. ‘Les savants ne sont pas curieux’, said the scoffer, Anatole France.
If there were such a thing in science as the right of revenge, I, in my turn, should be justified in ignoring the literature which has appeared since the publication of this book.
The few reviews which have appeared in the scientific journals are so full of misconceptions and lack of comprehension that my only possible answer to my critics would be a request that they should read this book over again -- or perhaps merely that they should read it! And in a supplement to the fourth German edition which appeared in 1914, a year after I published the first English translation of this work, he writes: Since then, the state of affairs has certainly undergone a change; my contribution to the ‘interpretation of dreams’ is no longer ignored in the literature of the subject. But the new situation makes it even more impossible to continue the foregoing summary.
The Interpretation of Dreams has evoked a whole series of new contentions and problems, which have been expounded by the authors in the most varied fashions. But I cannot discuss these works until I have developed the theories to which their authors have referred. Whatever has appeared to me as valuable in this recent literature, I have accordingly reviewed in the course of the following exposition.... About Dream Interpretation
I shall begin by giving a short account of the views of earlier writers on this subject and of the status of the dream-problem in contemporary science; since in the course of this treatise, I shall not often have occasion to refer to either. In spite of thousands of years of endeavour, little progress has been made in the scientific understanding of dreams. This fact has been so universally acknowledged by previous writers on the subject that it seems hardly necessary to quote individual opinions.
The reader will find, in many stimulating observations, and plenty of interesting material relating to our subject, but little or nothing that concerns the true nature of the dream, or that solves definitely any of its enigmas.
The educated layman, of course, knows even less of the matter.
The conception of the dream that was held in prehistoric ages by primitive peoples, and the influence which it may have exerted on the formation of their conceptions of the universe, and of the soul, is a theme of such great interest that it is only with reluctance that I refrain from dealing with it in these pages. I will refer the reader to the well-known works of Sir John Lubbock (Lord Avebury), Herbert Spencer, E. B. Tylor and other writers; I will only add that we shall not realise the importance of these problems and speculations until we have completed the task of dream interpretation that lies before us.
A reminiscence of the concept of the dream that was held in primitive times seems to underlie the evaluation of the dream which was current among the peoples of classical antiquity. They took it for granted that dreams were related to the world of the supernatural beings in whom they believed, and that they brought inspirations from the gods and demons. Moreover, it appeared to them that dreams must serve a special purpose in respect of the dreamer; that, as a rule, they predicted the future.
The extraordinary variations in the content of dreams, and in the impressions which they produced on the dreamer, made it, of course, very difficult to formulate a coherent conception of them, and necessitated manifold differentiations and group-formations, according to their value and reliability.
The valuation of dreams by the individual philosophers of antiquity naturally depended on the importance which they were prepared to attribute to manticism in general.
In the two works of Aristotle in which there is mention of dreams, they are already regarded as constituting a problem of psychology. We are told that the dream is not god-sent, that it is not of divine but of daimonic origin.
For nature is really daimonic, not divine; that is to say, the dream is not a supernatural revelation, but is subject to the laws of the human spirit, which has, of course, a kinship with the divine.
The dream is defined as the psychic activity of the sleeper, inasmuch as he is asleep. Aristotle was acquainted with some of the characteristics of the dream-life; for example, he knew that a dream converts the slight sensations perceived in sleep into intense sensations (‰_÷one imagines that one is walking through fire, and feels hot, if this or that part of the body becomes only quite slightly warm‰_ª), which led him to conclude that dreams might easily betray to the physician the first indications of an incipient physical change which escaped observation during the day.
As has been said, those writers of antiquity who preceded Aristotle did not regard the dream as a product of the dreaming psyche, but as an inspiration of divine origin, and in ancient times, the two opposing tendencies which we shall find throughout the ages in respect of the evaluation of the dream-life, were already perceptible.
The ancients distinguished between the true and valuable dreams which were sent to the dreamer as warnings, or to foretell future events, and the vain, fraudulent and empty dreams, whose object was to misguide him or lead him to destruction.
The pre-scientific conception of the dream which obtained among the ancients was, of course, in perfect keeping with their general conception of the universe, which was accustomed to project as an external reality that which possessed reality only in the life of the psyche. Further, it accounted for the main impression made upon the waking life by the morning memory of the dream; for in this memory the dream, as compared with the rest of the psychic content, seems to be something alien, coming, as it were, from another world. It would be an error to suppose that the theory of the supernatural origin of dreams lacks followers even in our own times; for quite apart from pietistic and mystical writers -- who cling, as they are perfectly justified in doing, to the remnants of the once predominant realm of the supernatural until these remnants have been swept away by scientific explanation -- we not infrequently find that quite intelligent persons, who in other respects are averse to anything of a romantic nature, go so far as to base their religious belief in the existence and co-operation of superhuman spiritual powers on the inexplicable nature of the phenomena of dreams (Haffner).
The validity ascribed to the dream life by certain schools of philosophy -- for example, by the school of Schelling -- is a distinct reminiscence of the undisputed belief in the divinity of dreams which prevailed in antiquity; and for some thinkers, the mantic or prophetic power of dreams is still a subject of debate. This is due to the fact that the explanations attempted by psychology are too inadequate to cope with the accumulated material, however strongly the scientific thinker may feel that such superstitious doctrines should be repudiated.
To write a history of our scientific knowledge of the dream problem is extremely difficult, because, valuable though this knowledge may be in certain respects, no real progress in a definite direction is as yet discernible. No real foundation of verified results has hitherto been established on which future investigators might continue to build. Every new author approaches the same problems afresh, and from the very beginning.
If I were to enumerate such authors in chronological order, giving a survey of the opinions which each has held concerning the problems of the dream, I should be quite unable to draw a clear and complete picture of the present state of our knowledge on the subject. I have therefore preferred to base my method of treatment on themes rather than on authors, and in attempting the solution of each problem of the dream, I shall cite the material found in the literature of the subject.
But as I have not succeeded in mastering the whole of this literature - for it is widely dispersed and interwoven with the literature of other subjects -- I must ask my readers to rest content with my survey as it stands, provided that no fundamental fact or important point of view has been overlooked.
In a supplement to a later German edition, the author adds:
I shall have to justify myself for not extending my summary of the literature of dream problems to cover the period between first appearance of this book and the publication of the second edition. This justification may not seem very satisfactory to the reader; none the less, to me it was decisive.
The motives which induced me to summarise the treatment of dreams in the literature of the subject have been exhausted by the foregoing introduction; to have continued this would have cost me a great deal of effort and would not have been particularly useful or instructive.
For the interval in question -- a period of nine years -- has yielded nothing new or valuable as regards the conception of dreams, either in actual material or in novel points of view. In most of the literature which has appeared since the publication of my own work, the latter has not been mentioned or discussed; it has, of course, received the least attention from the so-called ‰_÷research workers on dreams‰_ª, who have thus afforded a brilliant example of the aversion to learning anything new so characteristic of the scientist. ‰_÷Les savants ne sont pas curieux‰_ª, said the scoffer, Anatole France.
If there were such a thing in science as the right of revenge, I, in my turn, should be justified in ignoring the literature which has appeared since the publication of this book.
The few reviews which have appeared in the scientific journals are so full of misconceptions and lack of comprehension that my only possible answer to my critics would be a request that they should read this book over again -- or perhaps merely that they should read it!
And in a supplement to the fourth German edition which appeared in 1914, a year after I published the first English translation of this work, he writes:
Since then, the state of affairs has certainly undergone a change; my contribution to the ‰_÷interpretation of dreams‰_ª is no longer ignored in the literature of the subject. But the new situation makes it even more impossible to continue the foregoing summary.
The Interpretation of Dreams has evoked a whole series of new contentions and problems, which have been expounded by the authors in the most varied fashions. But I cannot discuss these works until I have developed the theories to which their authors have referred. Whatever has appeared to me as valuable in this recent literature, I have accordingly reviewed in the course of the following exposition.... About Dream Interpretation
The humiliation will be equaled to the extent of the clothes it had ripped.... Islamic Dream Interpretation