To dream of a cross augurs success and honor; to carry it, trouble (Artemidorus). The cross as a symbol of victory is illustrated in the dream of the Emperor Constantine as related by Eusebius. In one of the marches the Emperor saw the “luminous trophy of the cross placed above the meridian sun, and inscribed with the following words : By this conquer.”—Gibbon.... The Fabric of Dream
Psychological / emotional perspective: Usually in dreams, when something appears as luminous, what is represented is transparent, easily understood and with a quality beyond the norm.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Circular, luminous ‘flying saucers’ may symbolize superior intelligence or wisdom. NB What is ‘superior’ need not be outside you; it may reside in the ‘depths’ of yourself.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
Although, among ancient cultures, it was the emblem of the soul and the unconscious attraction to the luminous, the butterfly is currently associated with lightness, fickleness, and imprudence. However, if you dream of the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, it becomes a sign of metamorphosis, change, and regeneration. The meaning changes since this means you should trust your ability to the end, without allowing fear or despair to defeat you. In short, everything will eventually be solved. So, what at first seems negative may end up being positive. Other interpretations associate butterflies with romance, joy, freedom, and success. (See WORM, METAMORPHOSIS, and CATERPILLAR)
Chuang Chou, a Chinese thinker, raises an interesting philosophical question about a dream similar to this one. One night he dreamed he was a butterfly and the oneiric scene seemed so real that when he awoke he did not know if he was a man who had dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was a man. The Turks believe that the dead may return in the form of a butterfly and, therefore, are careful not to kill them.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Usually, a castle is the symbol of spiritual strength and vigilance. Its analysis is complex because it also derives from HOUSE; and the fact of being located on the top of a hill adds additional information. Furthermore, its shape, appearance, and color, as well as its darkness or luminous appearance, provide the final details for its interpretation. Therefore, the meaning of this dream is usually protection and transcendence. The condition of the castle as a solid fortress allows introspection, creativity, and spiritual contemplation. While the house represents the body, the castle symbolizes the soul.
Dreaming of a castle can also demonstrate a need for isolation that depending on the castle’s aspect, it may be positive or negative. To see the castle from the outside means that you still have some way to go but at the end of it, you will reach your goal. Conversely, if you dream that you live in the castle you will soon get spiritual wealth.
If the castle is impenetrable it will be equally difficult to get to know yourself.
To see a fortified castle means protection and virtue; and if it is closed, resistance. To enter it, uncertain hope or unexpected adversity. To live in it portends wealth. To besiege them is a sign of victory over enemies, both physical and spiritual.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Light has traditionally been identified with the spirit. It symbolizes knowledge, inspiration, and intuition. For this reason, if your dreams are luminous, it means you possess great self confidence. However, if they are dark, it reveals the presence of feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem. To turn on a light in darkness augurs that you will discover a secret. Finally, you must pay attention to the different forms of light, since the reading depends on it. So, the rainbow represents hope; the sun, happiness; and the moon, the guide that comes from your most hidden unconscious self. (See YELLOW, CLARITY, and LAMP)
The light you see in dreams can have a great spiritual importance. It may deal with a journey toward enlightenment, or an experience in the interior, similar to those the mystics had. In many cases, it has a religious meaning. Christ is often called “the light of the world” and, regarding the Buddha’s nirvana, they say it is “unlimited light.” Equally, the teachings of yoga describe “the light of ten thousand suns.”... The Big Dictionary of Dreams