2. Alleviate burdens.
3. Disgrace (reconcile with spouse). ... New American Dream Dictionary
Psychologically, most experience is translated into bodily feeling, and therefore becomes a rich source of symbolism in dreams. When emotions cannot be faccd in ordinary everyday life, they very often become distorted dream symbols.
Physical manifestation of an inner spirituality.
Different aspects of the body can have various meanings in dreams.
To dream of the upper part of the body is to link with the mind and the spiritual aspects of the charactcr, while the lower part of the body represents the instincts and emotional aspects of a character.
An adult’s head on an immature body, or a child’s head on an adult body is an indication that the dreamer needs to recognise the difference between mature thought and emotion.
If there is conflict between the upper and lower part, it indicates that there is disharmony between the mental faculties and instinctive behaviour.
The right side or hand being especially noticeable in dreams signifies we should take note of the logical side of our personality, whereas the left side or left hand indicates we need to be aware of our intuitive, creative side.
Body parts can have relevance as follows:
Abdomen, stomach, belly When the dream appears to concentrate on the abdomen, there is a need to focus 011 emotions and repressed feelings. Anus also see Excrement.
The young child’s first experience of control is as he or she gains control over bodilv functions. In dreams, the mind returns to that experience as a symbol of self- realisation and self-reliance and. more negatively, of suppression and defence. Such a dream therefore is indicating an aspect of childish behaviour or egotism. Arms We use our arms in all sorts of different ways. In dreams we may be defending ourselves, fighting or being held. We may also be showing passionate commitment. Back Dreaming of seeing someone else’s back suggests we should identify the more private elements in our characters. We should also be aware that other people may not at this present time - wish to share their thoughts with us. We may also find that we are vulnerable to the unexpected.
If we dream of turning our backs, we arc rejecting the particular feeling being experienced in the dream. Backbone If the backbone is particularly noticeable in a dream, we should consider the main support structure in our lives. Intellectually; we need to consider our firmness of character. Blood also see individual entry and Menstruation in M Dreaming of blood can have one of two meanings. It can signify that the dreamer feels on some level that a sacrifice is being made. This links into the ancient belief that the blood somehow contained the life of the spirit, and therefore spilt blood was sacred. It can also represent renewal of life through its connection with menstruation. Many- people fear blood, and thus a dream about blood can highlight the need to come to terms with these fears. On a more spiritual level it represents the blood of Christ.
Breasts also see individual entry Usually; to be conscious of breasts in dreams, indicates our connection with the mother figure and our need for nurturing. Such a dream can also indicate a wish to return to being an infant without responsibilities.
Constipation (in life as well as in dreams) Retention signifies an inability to let go of the past or of previous patterns of behaviour, literally to be uptight. Excrement I he dreamer may not have progressed on a subconscious level beyond a feeling that anything to do with bodily functions is dirtv and self-centred.
There may be an element of rebellion in the dreamer’s waking life. Playing with excrement can represent money and value, so playing with it in a dream can highlight anxiety about money, as well as fear of responsibility.
If the excrement is transformed into living animals, maybe rats, the dreamer is coming to terms with the fact that he is responsible for managing his own impulses. Excrement in its more spiritual meaning belongs to the realm of feelings and we may simply be trying to get rid of bad feelings. Those bad feelings can be turned into something worthwhile. Evacuation of the bowel usually highlights our need to be free of worry and responsibility, or possibly the need to learn how to be uninhibited. It can also signify the sexual act.
Eye Any dream to do with the eye is to do with observation and discrimination.
It is indicative of enlightenment and wisdom, protection and stability. It has a connection with the power of light and, in ancient times, of the sun- gods. Through its connection with Egyptian symbolism, the eye is also a talisman. Loss of eyesight signifies the loss of clarity and, depending on which eye, can be either the loss of logic (right eye) or the loss of intuition (left eye). Regaining the eyesight can indicate a return to the innocence and clear-sightedness of the child. Fat To dream of becoming fat is to recognise the need to widen the scope of our activities in some way.
If the dreamer is uncomfortable with his or her size it would indicate fear possibly of taking on too much responsibility or of not being adequate for a task. Hair The hair represents strength and virility. In dreams to be combing the hair is to be attempting to untangle a particular attitude we mav have.
To be having our hair cut is to be trying to create order in our lives.
To be cutting someone else’s hair may be to be curtailing an activity (it is possible that there may be some fear or doubt connected with sexuality).
To be bald in a dream is to perhaps recognise one’s own intelligence. Hand The hands are one of the most expressive parts of the body and signify power and creativity.
The two hands contrasted with each other, a different object in each hand There may be some conflict in the dreamer between his belief and his feelings.
A hand on the breast signifies submission. Clasped hands indicate union or friendship, while clenched hands suggest a threat. Folded hands suggest deep repose, or a state of rest.
The hands covering the eyes generally represent shame or horror, while hands crossed at the wrists suggest that one is being bound.
The open hand represents justice and the laying on of hands signifies healing and blessing particularly if the hand is placed on the neck.
The hands placed together is an indication of dcfencclessness, while placed in someone else’s is an indication of a pledge of service. When the hands are raised this can indicate either adoration, prayer or surrender; if the palms are turned outwards a blessing is being given, while when they are raised to the head the dreamer should give a great deal of thought and care to his situation. Washing the hands suggests innocence or rejection of guilt, while wringing the hands signifies grief.
A huge hand, particularly from the sky suggests that one has been ‘specially chosen’.
The right hand is the ‘power’ hand, while the left is passive and receptive. Sometimes in dreams the left hand can represent cheating. Head The head is considered to be the principle part of the body. Because it is the scat of the life force, it denotes power and wisdom.
Dreaming of the head suggests that we should look very carefully at the way we deal with both intelligence and folly.
To dream of the head being bowed suggests supplication. When the head is covered we may be covering up our own intelligence or acknowledging somebody else’s superiority.
A blow to the head in a dream can indicate that we should reconsider our actions in a particular situation. Heart The heart is the centre of the being and represents ‘feeling’ wisdom rather than intellectual wisdom.
It is also representative of compassion and understanding. Heel This suggests the part of ourselves which is strong but, at the same time, vulnerable. Jaw The jaw often is representative of our self-expression. It also, on a more esoteric level, suggests the opening to the underworld. Kidneys The kidneys are organs of elimination, therefore to dream of them is to be aware of the need for cleansing.
Knees The knees are symbolic of prayer and supplication, and of emotional commitment. Limbs Whether it is partly to do with some kind of cellular memory and the growth process that takes place is uncertain, but in dreams anv limb can be taken to mean sexuality and fears associated with gender issues. Being dismembered can be taken in its literal sense - we are being torn apart. Sometimes this can suggest the need to restructure our lives and begin again. At other times it can indicate that there is a way in which we arc being threatened to the very core of our existence. Liver The liver is representative of irritability and suppressed anger.
Lungs In Chinese medicine the lungs represent grief. They are also involved in decision-making. Spiritually, the lungs are the seat of righteousness, and the source of thoughts concerning the Self. Mouth The mouth represents the devouring, demanding part of ourselves. It can also stand for the receptive side.
The circumstances of the dream may give a clue to the correct interpretation. Sometimes the mouth can svmbolisc the feminine side of our nature. Nose The nose in dreams can stand for curiosity, and also for intuition.
Penis Dreaming of a penis either one’s own or someone else’s usually highlights the attitude to penetrative sex.
Skin Skin in a dream stands for our persona or the facade we create for others. Hard, tough skin shows we have crcatcd a tough exterior, and are trying to protect ourselves.
Stomach -see Abdomen in this section Teeth Popularly, teeth are supposed to stand for aggressive sexuality although more properly they signify the growth process towards sexual maturity. Teeth falling or coming out easily indicates we arc aware of going through some form of transition, similar to that from childhood to maturity, or from maturity to old age and helplessness.
If one is anxious about teeth dropping out il suggests there is a fear of getting old and undesirable, or an anxiety about maturing. In a woman’s dream, if the teeth are swallowed this can signify pregnancy.
Throat Dreaming of the throat denotes awareness of our vulnerability and also of the need for self-expression.
Thumb Dreaming of a thumb suggests awareness of how powerful we are.
The thumb pointing upwards represents beneficial energy, poiting downwards is negative. This latter was used as the death signal for Roman gladiators. Tongue The tongue in dreams often signifies our ability to know- when to speak and when to remain silent. It may also be to do with our own understanding of information that we wish to pass on to other people. We may have deeply felt beliefs we wish to share. Another explanation that is much more basic is that of the symbolism of the serpent and the phallus, and hence sexuality. Urine Urine in a dream often indicates our feelings about emotional control. We may either yield to emotion or bottle it up. How we deal with urine often also tells us a great deal about our own sexuality.
Vagina Most often, dreams of the vagina are to do with one’s self image. In a woman’s dream, il highlights her receptivity. In a man’s dream it suggests his need to be penetrative, both mentally and physically. Womb The womb represents a return to the beginning. We all have need of basic security and shelter, and perhaps to do away with responsibility. Dreams of the womb can signify our need to satisfy those requirements. On a slightly more esoteric level the womb represents our connection with the Great Mother or Mother Earth (see Introduction). Dreams of returning to the womb suggest our need to reconnect with the passive, more yielding side of our nature. We may need a period of self-healing and recuperation.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- Almost universally the cauldron represents abundance, sustenance and nourishment. By association, the magic cauldron suggests fertility and the feminine power of transformation.
To dream of a cauldron, therefore, reconnects us with our basic principles.
2- Psychologically, when a cauldron appears in a dream we may need to take note of our intuitive abilities, or of our ability to create new things from simple ingredients.
3- Spiritually the cauldron symbolises renewal and rebirth.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- To be drunk in a dream means that we are abandoning ourselves to irrational forces. We want to be free from responsibility and from having inhibitions.
To make someone else drunk is to be forcing our irresponsibility onto someone else.
2- Being drunk indicates the need to reconnect with a part of ourselves which can tolerate inappropriate behaviour. In previous societies it was an accepted part of life that, at certain times, drunkenness was allowed as a way of celebration or as a release of tension - hence the term a Bacchanalian revel’.
3- Ecstasy is reputedly achieved after inhibitions have been removed through getting drunk.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Broader perspectives and higher outlooks on any situation.
If on the journey up, your head literally reaches into the clouds, put those flights of fancy in check and come back down to earth.
Emotions or memories surfacing from deep within.
Spiritually, the quest for enlightenment and reconnection with the sacred.
If you climb alone, you have accepted the role of spiritual leader for your life.
If climbing toward a guru or master figure, the teacher you’ve long awaited will soon appear.... The Language of Dreams
Standing in the middle of: A critical decision that is very difficult. Look to see what lies on each side of the bridge for greater detail.
Birth and death. Bridges span a gulf, and by so doing allow a soul to move freely from one state to the next.
Connections and communication.
If the bridge reaches to someone who is far away, or someone with whom communication has been severed, this may indicate a longing or need to reconnect to that individual.
Is the bridge on fire} If so, be absolutely certain that whatever this overpass represents is a bridge that you really want to burn.... The Language of Dreams
Growth, health, and rejuvenation as the color most strongly associated with the season of spring. Take care, however, that growth is always tempered with conscientious pruning to yield more fruit.
A need to emphasize, or reconnect with, the natural world regularly in your life.
A manifestation of jealousy or spite (e.g., the “green-eyed monster’).
Feeling that it is the right time to move ahead with your plans (e.g., “getting a green light”).
Moldy, rotting green represents the things you’ve neglected in your life.
If a light green color is dreamt of in a stone, this symbolizes having strong faith and godly devotion.... The Language of Dreams
Because of its nearly universal use in ancient temples,, incense has strong correlations with life’s rituals and conventions, especially of a religious nature.
If you have recently reached a special crossroad in your life (like engagement, pregnancy, or retirement), consider honoring and better integrating this new experience through a ceremony shared with family and friends.
Religiously symbolic of the sweet prayers of the faithful rising to the gods. How long has it been since you reconnected with those sacred powers?
Overwhelmingly potent incense represents unnecessary trappings and embellishments to your faith. This dream acts as a counsel to get back to the core of your beliefs, instead of focusing on the externals. No amount of dressing can hide your heart and motivations from the Divine.... The Language of Dreams
Since meteorites often supply one of the few sources of pure iron, this is sometimes called the sky stone and can herald a reconnection with more “cosmic” awareness.
Everyday life, and how effectively you use the simple tools you have available. In ancient times, iron was rarely used magically or religiously. People believed the metal would hinder metaphysical energy. Instead, iron became a favored metal in hand tools.
Because of its metaphysical neutrality, iron did find its way into amulets and talismans to protect people against fairies, jinni, ghosts, and dragons (China). Consequently, dreaming of it may portend a visitation from or the need to safeguard oneself from the Devic realms.
Roman: Strength and health. Athletes carried iron for endurance, and if worn as a ring or bracelet, they believed it could draw out maladies (see Jewelry).
Have you been daydreaming a lot, or are your goals too lofty? Iron reminds us to keep at least one foot in reality.... The Language of Dreams
Esoterically, the development of the soul through a spiritual sojourn. Transitions in life, from one phase into another.
Situational dream caused directly by pondered or forthcoming travel plans.
A renewed focus on life’s lessons. In the East, the importance of a journey is not determined by the path taken, or the destination, but by what you leam along the way
Seafaring voyages represent diving into the subconscious or reconnecting with your Higher Self (see Boat).
Mountain journeys symbolize concentrating on the mind and intellect (see Climbing).
Also consider your mode of travel in these dreams for more insight.
For example, a journey by train affords time to take in the scenery, thereby also allowing you to take in what’s happening along the way.... The Language of Dreams
If attached to a thread, the emblem of repair, alteration, and reconnecting. Perhaps a relationship has been torn asunder and needs mending. Or, maybe there is an aspect of self that needs healing or other important adjustments.
Conducting fruitless searches or participating in unproductive worrying (e.g., looking for a “needle in a haystack”).
Tilings, people, or situations that bother you to the point of distraction (e.g., “what’s needling you”).
Knitting needles can represent manipulating circumstances so that they come out a specific way. Alternatively, this may be a type of networking dream in which the fibers of a situation are carefully knit back together.
Embroidery indicates an intense attention to embellishing basic details and making sure everything has finishing touches that reflect your personality.... The Language of Dreams
If the religion depicted is the one you currently practice, this dream reveals your feelings toward that faith, its tenets, and your activities within that organization.
The subconscious or Higher Self expressing a need to reconnect with sacred powers and spiritual ideals.
Different religions appearing in dreams may stem from your exposure to recent articles or documentaries on the subject.
If this is the case, consider this part of the dream situational.
Each faith has a slightly different focus, which may reflect heavily on your current situation.
For example, Buddhism is highly introspective and philosophical, which might reflect too much brooding on your part, or perhaps not enough, depending on the other dream images.... The Language of Dreams
Frequently a masculine symbol. Both Hindus and Native Americans speak of “father sky” (see Men).
An alternative, higher level of awareness. Possibly a type of flying or ascent dream.
The transcendent, limitless self.
An image that reconnects the dreamer to her / his heritage as a universal being (see Star).... The Language of Dreams
Gifts, talents, and abilities within you that are just waiting for discover)’. Friends, loved ones, and other precious things in life.
Unexpected prosperity that conies through a windfall.
Digging deep to reconnect with the suhconscious, Higher Self, or Collective Unconscious.
Consider each piece of treasure for additional symbolism.
For example, unearthing a jeweled crown can represent taking up your rightful role as the ruler of your destiny, and finding a string of pearls can symbolize following the voice of wisdom for successful outcomes.... The Language of Dreams
A color strongly associated with the element of air, this represents the mind and your ideals.
Bright: An extroverted personality who gains much energy from being around people and is very upbeat.
Depending on the shade observed, this may also symbolize cowardice.
Jaundiced yellow reflects the need to get some sun, metaphorically stressing a reconnection with one’s masculine, logical nature.... The Language of Dreams
The signs of the zodiac carry different meanings based on their depiction. Frequently they represent aspects of your personality that are not wholly known or acknowledged, and therefore need developing.
For example, dreaming of Virgo may represent your need to reconnect with feminine attributes or clean up your act physically (Virgo is the virgin). Here are some other sample correspondences which may be expanded by reading any good astrology text:
Aquarius: Erratic creative energy; feelings of unrest.
Aries: Quick decisions that may not be wise; courage and zeal for things to which you commit yourself.
Cancer: Paradoxical actions that others find confusing.
Capricorn: A cool, patient temperament that hides deeper passions.
Gemini: A restless, artistic nature; often impedes meeting goals due to getting bored or distracted.
Leo: Strong leadership skills always need to be tempered with wisdom so that you don’t become boastful or pompous.
Libra: The need for balance, especially with the emotions.
Pisces: A strong spiritual nature is starting to develop along with a new sense of responsibility.
Sagittarius: The mark of an overachiever. Make sure your goals are reasonable.
Scorpio: A bold, determined nature that sometimes “stings” to achieve its goals or communicate a vision.
Taurus: Watch your temper and tendency to want “things” to fill up vour life.... The Language of Dreams
(See Crystal.)... Ariadne's Book of Dream
To dream that you are watching a drama indicates that you will reconnect with old acquaintances.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream of Egypt represents your need to reconnect with your own thoughts, spirituality, and feelings.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The bright colors of a jellybean are joyful, they remind us of childhood. Eating a jellybean in a dream may symbolize a reconnection with your inner child.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream of being afraid in kindergarten indicates that your inner child may need to be comforted and supported. Memories from your past which have made you feel shy or insecure may be causing you trouble in the present.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream of shopping in a lingerie store indicates a desire to reconnect with your feminine side.
A dream in which you buy lingerie for yourself may also indicate that you would like to appear more desirable to others.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The bible is also an invitation for you to reconnect with Christ consciousness within yourself and to take your spiritual practice to the next level. See Christ.... Strangest Dream Explanations
A racing bike represents competition that is animating and inspiring you to be your best, or that you are in a hurry for change.
If you are riding for pleasure, then you are enjoying the phases of life without stress or worry.
If this is a tyke bike, then you are reconnecting with your youth, and finding your sense of balance.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the gauge indicates your tank is full, then you are in a state of abundance.
If the gauge reflects that your tank is empty, then it is time to refuel and reconnect with your power source.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you are searching for a lost keepsake, you are trying to reconnect with a special and important part of your soul.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you dream of a park in nature, then this represents that you are connecting with your soul, your essence and true nature.
If you dream of parking your car, then this represents that you are in a holding pattern, waiting to reengage with life. See Parking Lot.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you dream of the road less traveled, then you are on a very unique life path.
If you dream that you are on the road to nowhere, then your dream is giving you the message to pull over, check your map and reconnect with your inner compass.
If there is construction or detours on your road, then you are overcoming obstacles along your way.
If you dream of a road stretched out before you, then this represents your future. And if you dream of a road that stretches behind you, then this road signifies your past. This dream may be affirming that you are on the right track, and that you are aligned with your highest destiny. Consider the feeling tone and keep in mind that all paths are sacred and end up in the same place.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If this is the case, you’re your dream is giving you the message to de-program yourself of conventional paradigms and reconnect with your emotions and the feelings of your soul.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the smell is pleasing, then consider that this dream is giving you a green light to proceed with the relationship, career opportunity, or creative project you are considering.
If the smell is offensive, then consider this to me a message to stop and take a step back to sniff out what is really going on. Also, dreams of a particular fragrance or scent can reconnect you with a scentsational memory, or a nostalgic, but powerful aspect of yourself. See Nose.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The first links with the idea of being able to let go completely – to be without restraint – and links with the dionysian concept of abandoning the serious for fun, entering into a state of ecstasy and achieving an altered state of consciousness.
The second meaning has a more negative connotation and deals with a sense of loss and deprivation. From a spiritual perspective this can arise from the initial separation anxiety that a baby may suffer when it is first born and realizes that it is no longer in the safe environment of the womb. There can also be a strong sense, as we progress spiritually, of having been abandoned or of having lost something important, perhaps our relationship with the divine. Dreams can often help us to reconnect as we become more conscious of needing to find a safe haven.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of a cauldron, therefore, reconnects us with our basic principles.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To be attending a carnival or fiesta means we can drop whatever constraints or restraints we may impose on ourselves or others.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If the sweater was too hot or itchy, you are impatient to get started on something you have been thinking about for a long time.
If the sweater was too tight, you need to protect your reputation by cooling down your behavior with the opposite sex.
If you lost your sweater in the dream, you need to reconnect with a forgotten or neglected aspect of your own self.... My Dream Interpretation
The child of nature archetype inspires deep, intimate bonding with natural forces. Although the nature child is loving and giving, it can also have an inner toughness and ability to survive—the resilience of Nature herself. Nature children can develop advanced skills of communicating with animals, and in dreams reflecting this archetype, an animal often comes to the rescue of its child companion. Such dreams can reflect a compassionate, nature-loving aspect of our character, or the need to stop abusing the environment (understood in its widest sense) and reconnect with nature.
The magical child embodies qualities of wisdom and courage in the face of difficult circumstances. In dreams, it suggests the power of imagination and the belief that everything is possible. If, however, the magic is not put to positive use, the dream image is a negative one, and indicates lack of energy and action in waking life.
The orphan child is the major character in most well-known children’s stories, including ‘Bambi’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Little Orphan Annie’, ‘The Matchstick Girl’, ‘Snow White’ and many more. The pattern in these stories is often reflected in the dreams of people who feel from birth as if they are not a part of their family or community, or who fear surviving alone in this world.
The wounded child archetype in dreams holds the memories of the abuse, neglect and other traumas that may have been endured during childhood. From a spiritual perspective, a wounded childhood cracks open the learning path of forgiveness. The shadow aspect may manifest as an abiding sense of self-pity, a tendency to blame your parents for your current shortcomings and to resist moving on through forgiveness.
Whilst dreams about children that never grow old reveal a determination to remain eternally young in body, mind, and spirit, they can also suggest an inability to grow up and embrace the responsible life of an adult. Peter Pan is the most obvious example of this archetype—he resists ending a cycle of life in which he is free to live outside the boundaries of conventional adulthood. For women, this archetype may manifest as extreme dependency on those who take charge of their physical security. A consistent inability to be relied on, and the inability to accept the aging process, are also markers of this archetype.
Carl Jung claimed that the dream symbol of a child is a metaphor for the forgotten things in childhood. For example, your dream may be telling you that you have forgotten how to play, or that you should take a more innocent, carefree attitude. The symbol of the child also represents possibilities and paves the way for future changes in the personality. In addition, it can also represent the part of you that needs security and reassurance. See also BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD.... The Element Encyclopedia
Whatever the identity of the deceased person, dreams of being bereaved also bring up issues of loneliness. Perhaps you feel that your partner is neglecting you or you feel you are losing touch with your friends. Such dreams may be urging you to make a conscious effort to reconnect with other people
A house is often interpreted as a symbol of the dreamer and represents the place from which you withdraw to live your inner life. A dark, cold or empty house can symbolize a profound sense of loss, suggesting that you feel deprived of emotional warmth. Images of ashes and dust in dreams are also often associated with the loss of a treasured person or thing in waking life.
If you dream of an empty purse, you are mourning—through a classic symbol of death and bereavement—for the comfort and happiness we all crave. On a literal level, however, it may signify that you overvalue material things in life. See also LIFE STAGES; SPIRITS AND GHOSTS.... The Element Encyclopedia