Aesculapius (or Asclepius) was the most popular healing divinity of the Hellenistic world. He was a mortal son of Apollo, who was slain by Zeus for daring to bring people back from the dead. Taught the healing arts by the centaur Chiron, he was a healer by profession. He gradually evolved into a god, and by the end of the classical period he was one of the most popular deities of the Greek pantheon.
The central asclepieion (temple dedicated to Aesculapius) was situated six miles inland from the Greek city of Epidaurus, the birthplace of the legendary healer. This temple was established in the sixth or seventh century B.C.E. and was the focus of Aesculapius worship for over eight hundred years. The cult of Aesculapius was officially trans- planted to Rome in 293 B.C.E. when the asclepieion at Epidaurus sent a giant snake regarded as a form of Aesculapius himself to Rome in order to halt a disastrous plague. The subsequent waning of the plague was attributed to Aesculapius, and he became a popular god among the Romans. At least two hundred asclepieions were know to have existed in the Greco-Roman world.
The principal activity at the asclepieions was the seeking of cures via the technique of dream incubation, the practice of seeking dreams for specific purposes—for everything from healing to practical guidance. (Dream incubation was extremely popular in the ancient world and seems to have originated as a method of divination in ancient Mesopotamia.) People went to asclepieions to “camp out” and sleep with the intention of receiving a healing dream from Aesculapius. Particularly in the earliest centuries of the cult, it was believed that the dream directly cured the pilgrim. However, as the cult evolved, it came to be regarded as acceptable if the dream merely provided information that, if followed, would lead to a cure. Aesculapius himself some- times appeared in the seeker’s dreams, touched the diseased part of the body with his finger, and then disappeared. In other healings, he appeared in the form of a dog or a snake.
The dreamer fasted and engaged in other rituals before lying down to sleep. In cases where the temple was too far away from the person seeking dream guidance, or when the person was too sick to undertake the required fasts, sacrifices, cold baths, or other rituals, a surrogate could go through the rituals for the seeker. Priests assisted pilgrims in performing the proper rituals and were also available to help interpret their dreams.... Dreampedia
Babysitting is an activity which crosses the divide between the spiritual and the physical. Spiritually it suggests the nurturing, caring side of the personality or that part which is ready to take responsibility for others.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: Viewed from a psychological perspective, babysitting in dreams suggests that there may be a part of our personality which has not yet matured fully and needs looking after.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: For many teenagers, babysitting is an ordinary, mundane activity and thus provides a dream scenario in which they can work out their attitude to other responsibilities in their lives.
For others it may highlight their attitude to family responsibilities or to parenthood.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Gives gender - specific: In a man’s dream, to be babysitting suggests an increase in responsibility which may not necessarily be family related, whereas in a woman’s dream it is more likely to be.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If a person sees himself as having boarded a vessel which is sea-bounded or merely cruising on water it suggest that he will become entangled with the king or authorities carrying out an investigation on him.
The seriousness of the investigation will depend on the capacity of the vessel. Ultimately he will be liberated from their clutches.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Dreams of a collapse represent surrender and acquiesce to another’s point of view; feeling too much pressure, and that you are at a breaking point. It may be time for you to take a break to regain your composure before your situation breaks you. See Break, Breakdown and Breakthrough.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Psychological / emotional perspective: When an object in dreams collapses we need to be aware of situations in our lives which are damaged or under threat if we do not take care. Seeing a person collapse suggests that there may be a health issue around which needs attention.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: If a barrier or wall is seen to collapse without assistance it signifies that two aspects of life are coming together and there is no longer need for division.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Ifone sees the walls of his house collapsing as a result of a flood in a dream, it means the death of his wife. Ifone sees his house caving in on him and causing a big cloud of dust in a dream, it means that he maybe afflicted with measles.
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
Sitting on the lap of one of the opposite sex forecasts an exciting new love affair; a dream of slipping or falling off someone’s lap predicts a loss of status through foolish behavior.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Your lap is both about the body and about a particular posture of making space on which to hold something or someone.
It is a sign of intimacy and connection to sit on someone’s lap or allow someone to sit on your lap. In this way, anything that involves a lap in your dreams is asking you to consider your relationship to intimacy and affection. Holding someone or something in your lap indicates your perception of that individual or thing as dear to you. You sitting in someone’s lap expresses a desire to be comforted in some way. Consider the meaning of the other people involved as aspects of your own personality that either are in need of nurturing and care or that can offer those things to you.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
To dream of a lap-dog, foretells you will be succored by friends in some approaching dilemma If it be thin and ill-looking, there will be distressing occurrences to detract from your prospects. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Called the philosopher’s stone, deep blue lapis enables you to communicate your depth and wisdom and esotenc knowledge. Presented in a dream, lapis may signify your readiness to deliver your wisdom through writing or public speaking.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Psychological / emotional perspective: A slip of the memory or an inability to hold on to information can manifest in dreams as a lost object or a sense of searching for something we know we have once had.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Dreams of a laptop computer symbolize that you are attached at the hip to your work. Laptops can represent an extension of yourself, your power and ability to communicate. See Computer.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you dream of a computer, pay careful attention to the other symbols in your dream.
The computer is saying “put the pieces together to understand the overall meaning.” Also, if you use a computer a lot during your waking life for work or play, your dream could be telling you to get outside more and take a break from the screen.
If you dream of someone hacking into your computer, there is a sense that your privacy is being invaded. You may be overwhelmed and have the feeling that you are at the mercy of another. Also see “Computer Game”, “Computer Virus” and “Computer Mouse.”... My Dream Interpretation
If someone dreams of the Moon being in his or her lap while he or she is holding it, it is a glad tiding that he or she will be blessed with a boy who will be of much benefit to him... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about being on your mother’s lap: you don’t want to take responsibility for yourself. Is life, with all its responsibilities, tasks, and problems too much for you right now? Did you—psychologically—go back to the early stages of childhood in order to work through experiences from the past? Would you like to “give birth” to something new in your life? Try to find the appropriate answer for the present situation, taking into consideration the rest of the dream symbols.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you got slapped, you will win some well-deserved but unexpected sodal kudos; if you observed, or did the slapping you are likely to suffer a social embarrassment.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
When the one slapping you in dreams is someone known it suggests the need to analyze the relationship you have with this person. Things are not very clear and, therefore, you must be sincere with her. You have to prevent the situation from worsening and amend what is deteriorated.
If it is you who slaps someone else you are expressing frustration of your desires.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
(Striking) Slapping someone on his cheek in a dream means cautioning him or warning him about his heedlessness.
If a woman gently slaps her own cheeks in a dream, it means glad tiding of a son she will conceive at an advanced age, or after havinglost hope in conceivingchildren. However, slappingsomeone’s face in a dream also could mean injustice, an illness, or cold.
(Also see Slapping on the cheek)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A slap always indicates a drastic reaction. It can be interpreted as a warning from the subconscious to rectify a judgment or an attitude. Maybe, the time is right to take a break along the way and reconsider. It may also warn against an illness that you have not yet noticed any symptoms of.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
(Blow; Criticize; Smack) To lightly slap someone in a dream means to reprimand him, or to oblige him to recognize a favor, boasting about one’s generosity, or constantly reminding the other person of some shabby assistance. Ifone playfully slaps someone lightly on his cheek in a dream, it also means that the latter owes him something or a favor and the opposite is interpreted accordingly. Slapping someone’s face with anger in a dream means that the victim will triumph over the assailant.
To slap someone in a dream also means recognition of his seniority or superiority. Threatening someone in a dream also maybe a recognition of his superiority.
(Also see Digging up the past; Slapping; Threat)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream that you are standing suggests that you are asserting yourself and feeling proud of your achievements. To dream that you are sitting indicates indecision and not knowing what to do with your life. It could also suggest laziness.... The Element Encyclopedia