Ancient art and literature are crowded with references to dreams. For thousands of years dreams have been credited with supernatural or prophetic significance by the majority of the world’s spiritual traditions. The Bible, for instance, makes it clear that dreams are divine messages and this explanation for dreams was shared by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, all of whom also believed that dreams had healing powers.
Certain cultures, such as the Australian Aborigines and many African and Native American tribes, have always believed dreaming to be a way in which an individual can enter into the collective spirit memory. To this day, dream pooling plays an important role in those societies where tribal members gather together for the purpose of interpreting dreams. Another view is held by the Inuit of Hudson Bay in Canada, who believe that when a person falls asleep and dreams, their soul goes wandering.
The Egyptians are thought to have been the first to develop a system of contrary dream interpretation; a positive dream, for example, predicts misfortune and a nightmare predicts an improvement in waking fortunes. They produced the earliest known dream dictionary, written approximately 4,000 years ago. Now called the Chester Beatty Papyrus, it came from Thebes in Egypt and is kept in the British Museum.
It was the ancient Greeks, however, who first proposed the theory that dreams were not from some external, divine source but internal communications, or the divine spark within. Plato (427-347 BC) suggested that dreams were expressions of a person’s hidden desires, whilst his pupil Aristotle (384-322 BC) speculated that dreams shared similar themes and were not divine oracles but coincidences. It was the ‘father of medicine’ Hippocrates (460-377 BC) who proposed that dream symbols reflect the state of the dreamer’s body—for example, fire denoted indigestion—and should be regarded as valuable diagnostic tools.
The first fully-fledged dream researcher to focus on dream symbols and dream themes was a Roman living in Greek Asia Minor called Artemidorus (AD 138-180), who wrote a book about dream interpretation that is still in print. As far as Artemidorus was concerned, dream symbols had certain meanings but the most important aspect of dream interpretation was the symbols’ personal significance to the dreamer, along with the dreamer’s personal circumstances.
In much of Europe, even though the early Christians respected dreams for their spiritual significance, the repressive control of the Roman Catholic Church put a stop to any attempts at dream interpretation. By the fifteenth century, dreams were regarded as no longer significant or important. Even a century or so later, Shakespeare called them ‘children of the idle brain’. This school of thought persisted into the eighteenth century, when dreams were still thought to be meaningless.
In the early nineteenth century, when the restrictive influence of the Church began to wane and members of the German Romantic movement—in their quest for spontaneous expression—rediscovered the potential of dreams, a revival of interest in dream interpretation began to trickle into the mainstream with the publication of popular dream dictionaries such as Raphael’s Royal Book of Dreams (1830). The stage was now set for Freud and Jung; two men who continue to have the greatest impact on the way we interpret dreams today.... Dreampedia
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 seen in gloom or at night, it predicts sadness of a temporary nature. Safe places (could be temporary), sanctuary, perhaps help is on its way, coming to you. Sanctuary; temporary safety.
To dream that you are in an abbey is confirmation that you are safe and have no cause to worry needlessly, though this safety may only be temporary.
To come upon an abbey unexpectedly is a sign that there is help around the corner. Apply this to any worries you may have and look at the other symbols in the dream and how they relate to this. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The significance of this dream is evidently due to the regard in which the clergy of past ages held their gypsy brethren.... The Fabric of Dream
If your abdomen is exposed, this signifies trust and vulnerability, and in women it may indicate a desire for motherhood.
If you are injured or shot in the stomach, this is about emotional hurt. Traditional folklore says that dreaming of your abdomen can foretell infidelity. A shriveled abdomen warns of lies, a swollen abdomen promises success. To see your navel in your dream represents your being and self. The dream may suggest that you need to find your center and middle ground.... The Element Encyclopedia
If this is the case, your dream was simply playing out your natural feelings of anxiety.
However, most dreams about abortion, miscarriage and still birth aren’t to be interpreted literally, as they refer to a concept you may have been mulling over, or an idea that is not realizing its potential or is not supported by your confidence or desire. There may be a need to reject a feeling, emotion, belief or concept which could be problematic in waking life. Decisions need to be taken which will help you get rid of what is no longer wanted in waking life.
How did you feel about the abortion in your dream? If you were distressed, perhaps someone or something is trying to prevent you from succeeding.
If you were relieved, your unconscious may be urging you to change direction or change your mind. Perhaps the concept is too demanding or the idea is flawed in some way. On the other hand, the dream may also have referred to something or someone about which you feel guilty. Dreams that focus on miscarriage may have the same interpretation but they may also refer to a miscarriage of justice, especially if you felt anger in your dream. Is someone in waking life taking the credit you deserve? Still birth dreams are in some ways more devastating and sad than dreams about miscarriage, as the baby has been brought to full term with the only element missing being the spark of life. In dreams, a still born baby may represent a talent you have allowed to die, or a relationship that has died due to neglect.... The Element Encyclopedia
It is often a recurrent dream, especially, while dieting or for individuals that are trying to overcome an addiction. It represents the enormous effort the dreamer is exerting in order to achieve their goal. Sometimes, a former smoker dreams that he holds a cigar and, without even realizing, has smoked half of it. Frequently, the dream ends violently. The dreamer wakes up terrified, feeling that all her effort was in vain. This type of dream seems to be a signal from the unconscious not to trust your self-control entirely and remain alert to avoid falling back into such a vice.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
2. Sign that one’s life in general needs toning down. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To dream that you abstain (by choice) from drink or from any sort of temptation is a warning against overconfidence. But to dream that you abstain from necessity indicates that success and prosperity are on the way.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
To dream that you practice abstinence from drinking or any other sort of sensual temptation can be and should be considered a warning against being over confidant. But to dream that you have to show abstinence out of necessity indicates that great rewards are on their way.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
To dream that you abstain (by choice) from drink or from any sort of temptation is a warning against over-confidence.
But to dream that you abstain from necessity indicates that success and prosperity are on the way.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you dream of accosting someone, then you are exposing and/or releasing aggression and your need to control in a way that has negative consequences.... Strangest Dream Explanations
However, you can expect money in the form of profits or a legacy if you were accosted by a woman, a beggar, or anyone known to you.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Avoid unusual business risks, unless you dreamed of completing the acrostic, in which case your contemplated speculation wiU be lucky.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you favor a certain celebrity and you find yourself dreaming of them, it may refer to a physical or character trait that you wish to possess.
If you are an actor or actress, it may refer to the hard work that you have been putting into your job. Pay attention to the role you are playing; it may be a sign. Dreams of artists, photographers and cameramen may be suggesting that there is an artist or photographer within you that is crying out for expression. Take note of what you were drawing, painting, photographing or filming, as it could have special significance. A dream conductor or musician suggests an urge to control your creativity or to shape the destiny of others. Music is also often associated with spirituality, so a conductor may suggest spiritual aspirations. See also ARTS AND CRAFTS.... The Element Encyclopedia
Depth Psychology: Do you need more attention? Are you too ambitious?
Neither objective can be achieved through your present conduct. Are you playing games with others—or yourself? To what end? See Stage.... Dreamers Dictionary
If it involved the affairs of others, you can expect an improvement in your business relations. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If it involved the affairs of others, you can expect an improvement in your business relations.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(Also see Washing)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If Afghanistan appears in your dreams, your unconscious may have been using the intense media coverage in recent years as raw material, the battle-scarred landscape acting as a symbol for insecurity and conflict in your waking life. On the other hand, it may have been using it to represent hope and new beginnings.... 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
To break an alabaster figure or vessel, denotes sorrow and repentence.
For a young woman to lose an alabaster box containing incense, signifies that she will lose her lover or property through carelessness of her reputation.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If a piece of alabaster broken, smashed, discolored it is indicating disappointment. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
To dream that you break an alabaster figurine indicates that you harbor feelings of great sadness and are remorseful for certain decisions and acts.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The alchemist, wizard and magician are capable of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Whereas a wizard is associated with magical powers, the magician tends to be seen more as an entertainer. The alchemist tries to turn base metals into gold, but in its highest manifestation, alchemy seeks complete spiritual transformation. The scientist and inventor are associated with advances and developments in human history. The shadow sides of these archetypes are found in the misuse of the power and knowledge to transform people’s lives. This archetype may appear in your dreams if your work or living situation demands that you be especially inventive. On the other hand, it could suggest that you, or someone you know, may be using skills and knowledge for unethical purposes.... The Element Encyclopedia
The landscape of any dream is an alternate universe of sorts.
If you have the sense that your dream is taking place in some other reality than the one you reside in, the first consideration will be to take in the theme and interpretation you are assigning the entire dream as a whole.
If the dream has a positive and uplifting feeling to it, the alternate universe may simply be a function of your unconscious being creative and expansive. However, there may be an element of wish fulfillment or denial being expressed. Creating an alternative universe might be a simplistic and convenient way of escaping the challenges that are present in the universe you call home.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
For a young woman to lose an amethyst, fortells broken engagements and slights in love. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If lost indications of broken engagements. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Maintaining control over yourself and your situation. In the Middle Ages, this stone got the reputation of keeping people from getting drunk because whole goblets were formed from it. When filled with any substance, the effect was like looking at wine.
Religious authority in a specific area of belief. This stone appears in both bishops’ and cardinals’ rings.
Psychic energy and prophetic dreams. Pay particular attention to anything “futuristic” about this dream’s story line.
In dream oracles, an emblem that assures safety from harm, or possibly a turn of events for the better.... The Language of Dreams
Losing one of these is indicative of trouble in love affairs.
Receiving a gift of an amethyst is a forerunner of good luck in every direction.... The Complete Dream Book
To dream that you lose an amethyst is a warning that you will face failures when it comes to relationships and matrimony.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you lose a piece of amethyst jewelry then you will see the reverse of these conditions.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
See also Stone(s), Colors.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(See Stones, Boulders / Rocks.)... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
For a young woman to see clear bottles of ammonia, foretells she will be deceived in the character and intentions of some person whom she considers friendly. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Caution to wake up and be aware of something. ... New American Dream Dictionary
Depth Psychology: See Acid.... Dreamers Dictionary
If, in your dream, you actually smelled its fumes, a medical checkup is suggested.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To dream your ammunition is exhausted, denotes fruitless struggles and endeavors. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Someone is gathering emotional and/or factual ammunition against one. ... New American Dream Dictionary
Gathering ammunition indicates the expectation of battle, or an upcoming undertaking that requires a show of strength (see Fighting).
Exhausted ammunition speaks of fruitless struggles against overwhelming odds.
Taking aim at a specific problem or situation with carefully chosen “tools” that might prove harmful if they aren’t used properly.... The Language of Dreams
See also Hand, Leg, Arm, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(Also see Pardon)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2- We arc numbing - or avoiding something we don’t want to face. We may be creating a situation which requires external management. We perhaps need to be quiescent and let events unfold around us.
3- As with amnesia, an anaesthetic can be a possible indication of death, but usually of part of ourselves.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
(2) Alternatively, the* dream may be telling you that you need to get into the habit of letting vour consciousness go to sleep occasionally so as to allow the unconscious to have its saw... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
The analyst represents such power to transform, as well as the often avoided self awareness. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
2- The presence of an analyst can represent the knowledge that we are not acting appropriately in a situation in waking life.
3- We are in contact with the transformative power within.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To see an analyst in your dream means that you should change your behavior towards a certain matter or circumstance.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If a particular ancestor is highlighted, then you need to explore your personal associations with that person. For example, your great-aunt could have been renowned for her psychic abilities, so a dream about her might represent that intuitive tendency in you. Family scenes in your dream may represent feelings of security and unity, or a desire for this in your waking life. The appearance of your whole family together in a dream can indicate that you are yearning for the security and togetherness of childhood and home. On the other hand, if you dream that you see your family but are not present among them or are ignored by them, perhaps you feel emotionally distant from them at present. The appearance or mention of your family name in dreamland calls attention to your heritage or family situation.
If family planning is a feature of your dream, this suggests the need to take responsibility for your future. A family room suggests congeniality. Members of the extended family (such as cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews) usually appear in a dream as an aspect of yourself relevant to the person you dreamed about. For example, if your cousin is shy in waking life, his appearance in a dream may refer to the inhibited part of yourself.
To dream of a family tree may indicate your true spiritual heritage, providing you with a record of your origins and your place in the overall scheme of things; alternatively, if you believe in reincarnation, particularly genetic reincarnation, it may represent your own past lives.
If you are finding it difficult to analyze the meaning of your dream, it may be that your unconscious has cast a feminine or masculine archetype in the role of the relation. To determine if this is the case, ask yourself if your dream uncle has more in common with the archetypal wise old man than your father’s brother, or if your dream niece has more in common with the archetypal amazon or huntress.... The Element Encyclopedia
2. Need for a vacation. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If the idea of inoculation or vaccination is present as well, you may want to protect yourself from intrusive emotions or unwanted urges.
Injections imply healing and protection, so this dream may be trying to show you how to become emotionally fit. Bear in mind that the syringe is also a phallic symbol, so your dream may have sexual connotations. Although much disliked and feared, the syringe is generally a benign symbol in dreams that work for your benefit. It emphasizes the message that in life, sometimes a little hardship and pain is needed for the greater good.... The Element Encyclopedia
If the coldness is in the lower part of the body, this suggests sexual coldness and again, lack of passion. Coldness in the chest (heart) suggests lack of feelings or feeling cold towards someone.
Cold feet indicate a fear of doing something or indecision. The image of a dead body in a dream depicts feelings and potential to which we have not given expression in daily life.... The Element Encyclopedia
The Goddess.Receptive, prospective and nurturing. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
1- When we dream of a figure of the opposite sex we are attempting to give meaning and validity to the attributes and qualities of that particular sex. Thus a man may be trying to access his more sensitive side, while a woman may be attempting to become more logical.
2- We are attempting to balance our psychological being through an ability to be objective about ourselves. Only through understanding that we hold within us elements of the opposite sex, can we become whole and properly integrated.
3- The polarity of the way we express our own gender is an equally valid part of our personality.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The image of the suppressed or of the shadow, suggesting a chance for integration.
The type of animal in the dream is important. Jung suggested that we find out more about the innate character of the animal we have dreamed about. According to Freud, small animals always symbolize children and siblings, while wild animals are a symbol for sexually excited or exciting people, evil urges, or passions.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Wild animals: The lower nature, the unknown, fear, danger. Astrological parallel: Aries... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
A study carried out by Robert L. Van de Castle found a larger number of animal dreams in children than in adults. Dreams of a group of 741 children (383 girls and 358 boys) aged four to six- teen were examined for the presence of animal figures. The frequency for each animal figure at each age level was tabulated for girls and boys. Animal figures were present in 39.4 percent of dreams from the four- and five-year-old children. The percentage steadily dropped for each subsequent age grouping (six- and seven-year-olds, 35.5 percent; eight- and nine-year-olds, 33.6 percent; ten- and eleven-year-olds, 29.8 percent; twelve- and thirteen-year-olds, 21.9 percent; and fourteen- through sixteen-year-olds, 13.7 percent).
Boys had higher animal percentage figures at ages four through six (44 percent, versus 34 per- cent for girls), while girls had higher animal dreams at ages nine through eleven (36 percent, versus 26 percent for boys). Overall, animal figures appeared in 29 percent of the combined girls’ dreams and 29.6 percent of the combined boys’ dreams. There were more than three times as many animal figures in the dreams of children as there were in the dreams of adults. The seven most frequent animal figures for children were dogs (30), horses (28), cats (15), snakes (15), bears (14), lions (13), and monsters (e.g., wolfman) (13).
If the frequencies for all animal figures are considered, it is clear that children dream more frequently of large and threatening wild animals, while college students dream more often of pets and domesticated animals. Bears, lions, tigers, gorillas, elephants, bulls, dinosaurs, dragons, and monsters accounted for twenty-seven percent of the animal figures in children’s dreams but only seven percent of the animal figures in adult dreams. This collection of wild animals appeared more frequently (forty-four times) in boys’ dreams than in girls’ dreams (twenty-seven times). Several theorists have suggested that these large, threatening animals may represent parental figures in the dreams of children.
An interesting gender difference was found in the types of animal figures. Women and girls reported significantly more mammals, while men and boys reported significantly more nonmammals. This may indicate females identify at some level with other forms of life that nurse their young with mammary glands, and this identification is reflected in the type of animals that appear in their dreams.
The meaning of animals in dream ... Dreampedia
2. Aspects of one’s own or another’s personality as reﬂected in the characteristics of a certain animal.
3. Religious or spiritual representations. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A helpful animal normally represents the instinctive self. Look at your feelings and beliefs about this animal.
An animal relates to your own natural and inborn instincts. Good omens of a base nature as long as they are not being violent.
If misbehaving, it is an indication of a party where people are lacking good manners and are demonstrating poor judgment. This is all a reflection of the patterns that need to be repatterened within you. Your belief system is drawing you to these situations and people. Animals represent your primitive, physical and sexual mannerisms and expressions.
A heard: prosperity. Animal instincts (or human nature), sex, aggression. Animals may also be healing agents (e.g.An alligator to a timid person) or entities. Black Dog Animals represent the dreamer’s animal instincts (or human nature), sex, aggression, paternal or maternal instincts, social status, etc.
The choice of animal, its color and location indicate how the instinct is regarded.
For example, a black dog in the bedroom means the dreamer’s attitude to sex is dominated by fear. Animals may also be healing agents (e.g.An alligator to a timid person) or entities **Animals: “Carl Jung said that all wild animals indicate latent effects (feelings and emotions that we do not readily deal with). They are also symbolic of dangers (hurtful and negative things) being “swallowed” by the unconscious.
The interpretation of the animal in your dream depends on your relationship with it in daily life. Animals represent the qualities in our character or specific aspects of our personalities. They could symbolize our more intuitive and instinctive parts, or they could serve as messengers for the unconscious. Please look up each animal individually by name. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
(1) Parents may appear in dreams in the guise of animals. The animal will then usually be a focus for the dreamer’s ambivalent - love-hate - feelings towards the parent. For example, a spider or a cat may signify the threatening aspect of a mother from whose influence you need to liberate yourself.
Two of Freud’s most famous patients had animal phobias, as did a patient of Sandor Ferenczi (a member of Freud’s inner circle). One dreamed of white wolves in the branches of a walnut tree outside his bedroom window and the other had strong ambivalent feelings (fear and attraction) towards horses; the third was obsessed with poultry. Freud concluded that in all three cases the animals were father surrogates: in each case the person’s feelings for his father had been displaced on to animals.
(2) Animals may represent other people, besides parents. What you associate with the particular animal - slyness or aggressiveness or whatever — may be a characteristic of the particular person; the way you react to the animal in the dream may express your (perhaps unconscious) feelings towards the person.
(3) Animals in dreams may be symbolic of some primitive - ‘animal’, or even ‘beasdy5 - part of your psyche: some instinctive urge, for example. Thus, if in the dream your emotional response to the animal is one of fear, this would seem to indicate a fear of the instinctive urge (which, because of the fear, has been repressed).
If the animal has a threatening appearance, it may be a symbol of the danger that threatens the peace of the psyche when some part of it is neglected and confined to the ‘cellar’ - the depths of the unconscious - and not allowed proper expression at the conscious level. This situation may also be symbolized by the figure of a caged or wounded animal: we sometimes control our instincts too tightly or even maltreat them, and, just as animals are never more fierce or dangerous than when wounded, so it is with our Svounded’ instincts.
A view well worth considering is that we cannot - without detriment to ourselves - dispense with our animal nature, any more than with our ‘higher’ or ‘spiritual’ nature. The way to achieve peace and happiness is to allow both these sides of our nature to develop and find fulfilment in and through each other, in a symbiosis in which body and spirit, instead of going their separate ways, cooperate with mutual respect, each supplying means for the other’s fulfilment.
(4) A threatening or ferocious animal may represent aggression or anger buried in the unconscious.
If you think this may be so in your case (perhaps because you are prone to irrational, disproportionate outbursts of rage), look for the origins of the aggression. It may go back to early childhood: a child’s desire for a parent and its consequent jealousy and resentment towards the other parent may result in feelings of guilt, which in turn give rise to a desire to punish oneself. This aggressiveness directed against oneself (i.e. masochism) may then spill over into aggressiveness or rancour towards other people (i.e. sadism), especially loved ones or people closely related. Typically, an unresolved Oedipus complex (the ambivalent, love-hate feelings of an infant towards a parent) may display itself in later life in a similar ambivalence towards a spouse - an inability to love someone without simultaneously wanting to punish him or her.
Contradictory feelings towards others are a sign of inner conflict, usually a conflict between desire and conscience. And what we call conscience may be a morbid censoring and prohibiting mechanism set in motion by a childhood fear of punishment. This needs to be distinguished from a healthy conscience, which consists of all those moral guidelines we give ourselves by rational reflection. Some compromise between desires and the need to survive and succeed socially is almost inevitable; but a reasonably negotiated compromise is far preferable to the potentially dangerous inner tension that results from submitting to irrational phobias posing as the moral law.
(5) A tamed animal, or the act of taming an animal, may symbolize (the need for) that kind of controlled expression of instinct that is appropriate for living as a part of civilized society or for feeling that you are ‘king of the castle’ - that is, in control of your own actions.
(6) The wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood story exemplifies another piece of animal symbolism. The wolf here represents for a sexually inexperienced woman the terrifying aspect of the male, the fear of sexual contact. In its earliest versions the story possibly served as a warning to young girls against socially premature sexual relations with men. Animals in dreams may certainly have a sexual meaning and the wolf is an obvious example of this, if only because the word Volf is itself commonly applied to men whose sexual lust is unbounded and purely ‘animal’. See also Frog, Wolf.
(7) If in your dream you arc being chased by an animal, the animal probably represents some (repressed) emotion or instinct. As long as you keep such things buried in your unconscious thev will continue to
plague and disturb you. Face up to whatever it is, and enter into receptive and patient dialogue with it.
(8) The killing of an animal may symbolize cither what has been described in (5) above (but now given exaggerated, dramatic expression) or the actual destruction of some essential, because natural, part of your psyche. The second alternative would indicate some fear of your own instinctive nature, some phobic undervaluing of the body, the senses, or sex. You would have to be very honest to work out which of these alternatives - an irrational slaughter (repression) of the natural self (a symbolic castration), or a rational taming of an instinct diat is threatening the balance of the psyche - is applicable in your own case.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
The interpretation of the animal in your dream depends on your relationship with it in daily life. Animals represent the qualities in our character or specific aspects of our personalities. They could symbolize our more intuitive and instinctive parts, or they could serve as messengers for the unconscious. Please look up each animal individually by name.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The power of drives such as the urge to parenthood via sex might be shown as a horse which we are trying to control. More than anything else, though, our dream animal represents our powerful reactions to situations, reactions developed through centuries of human experience in frequently terrible situations. This aspect of ourself is rooted in the older portions of the brain.
The animal in our dreams has commonly been seen only as the sex drive.
A careful examination of animal dreams, though, shows this to be untrue.
The animal represents all our biological needs and responses, which include survival and hunger, reproduction; parental urges; need for exercise and rest; social drives, fear reactions, anger, urge to provide (for young and mate); home/nest building; territory protection, social hierarchy, etc.
If these aspects in an individual are damaged or traumatised, we see parents who have lost their natural bonding and caring for their child; individuals who have no sense of social status or responsibility, enabling them to be criminally violent; disturbed and misplaced sexuality. Dominating or attempting to kill out the animal in us can cause tension, depression and illness.
The common escape into dry intellectualism is a cause of internal conflict. Complete permissiveness is no answer either, our higher brain functions need expression too. So one of the challenges of maturing is how to meet and relate to our ‘animals’, and perhaps bring them into expression in a satisfying way. Such drives are fundamentally a push towards life.
It must be remembered that where sex or sexuality is mentioned, I am not simply referring to the sex act. I mean sexuality in its overall aspect, which includes the urge towards parenthood, and the love and caring connected with it.
(Brain damage or certain drugs or chemicals can diminish the ‘human’ levels of function and only the animal and lizard levels are expressed.) Below are listed some common ways animals are used in our dreams. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Animal with a cub
This will represent motherly qualities and therefore the mother.
The dreamer will be dealing with the child-like side of his or her personality, or possibly children known to him.
The hurt young animal
The dreamer may perceive a difficulty in becoming mature or facing life.
Eating the animal
The dream could be about the ‘demons’ one creates which can only be overcome by assimilating them in a constructive way. Pagan belief thought that one took up certain aspects of the animal that were superior in certain respects to ordinary’ human attitudes.
Godlike, talking awe-inspir- ing or wise animals, or those with human characteristics
Animals have not vet become conscious of, or pitted themselves against, the power from which they came so the wisdom they show is innocent and simple.
It is always important to pay attention to this aspect of animal life in fairy tales and dreams, since we need to be in touch with that part of ourselves.
The subconscious is producing helpful images from its depths.
The figures of animals arc an easy way for the dreamer to accept that help.
Killing the animal may destroy the energy derived from the instincts. Taming or harnessing the animal shows the efforts made to control the dreamer’s instincts and, if possible, make them productive and useful.
To dream of trying to find some refuge from animals whether by building defences - or perhaps by running away - is indicative of the dreamer’s struggle with his animal instincts, and whether the action being taken is adequate. Such instincts may be threatening or damaging to aspects of the dreamer’s life.
2- When we need some sort of understanding of our own psychological urges, animals will appear which symbolise those qualities. These are:
The mother (see Family) appears in dreams in many forms, the bear being one of them.
The image may be of the possessive, devouring mother or of the all- caring mother.
If it is recognised in the dream that the bear is masculine the image may then be of an overbearing person, or possibly the father.
Usually the bull in a dream denotes the negative side of behaviour, such as dcstructivcness, fear or anger (for example a bull in a china shop). However, more positively, the bull is recognised as sexual passion or creative power.
Slaying the bull
Indicates initiation into the world of the mature adult who succeeds in mastering his instincts and can also represent the sign of Taurus in the Zodiac.
To dream of cats is to link with the feline, sensuous side in human beings, usually in women. Goddesses such as Bast the Egyptian cat goddess arc usually represented as having two sides to their natures, one devious and one helpful, so the cat often denotes the capricious side of the feminine.
The elegant but also the powerful, yet overly self-sufficient aspect of woman, may also be perceived as the cat. Chameleon The dreamer is recognising either in himself or others the ability to adapt and to change according to surrounding circumstances.
Cold-blooded animals or reptiles
The unfeeling, inhuman aspect of the instincts is often portrayed by reptiles and other cold-blooded animals. They are usually recognised as being destructive and alien.
To dream of composite animals could indicate some confusion in sorting out what qualities are needed.
The various qualities of the different animals of which they are made up need to be assimilated and integrated. There are two potentials of development in one figure.
The dreamer’s animal instincts arc beginning to be recognised and humanised.
The eternal feminine, especially the mother (see Family) or mother figure (see Archetypes) is often depictcd by the cow. This is partly because it provides milk and nourishment.
The deer and the reindeer herd have a strict hierarchical structure.
The dreamer recognises his place in the world.
The deer symbolises pride/nobility
The dreamer realises that some of his impulses are offensive, or revolting.
Also see individual entry
The dreamer may recognise a faithful and constant companion, a protector or more negatively, somebody the dreamer can’t shake off and who might make trouble.
A dog that the dreamer owned or knew at some period of his life There may be memories asso- ciated with that period of his life, which hold clues to present behaviour.
A huntress with dogs The dreamer is making a connection with one of the feminine archetypes, that of the Amazon (see Archetypes).
A dog guarding gates, being near a cemetery In dreams this indicates the guardian of the threshold, and creatures which must be put to sleep or tamed before there can be an initiation into the underworld Domesticated (tame) animals When we dream of domesticated animals we arc aware of those parts of ourselves with which we have come to terms. There are passions which arc being used in a controlled way although there is the suggestion that those passions were never very formidable. Elephant To see an elephant in a dream is to recognise the qualities of patience, long memory, strength and fidelitv. In the more esoteric sense it signifies radiant and glowing wisdom.
A fox in a dream tells of hypocrisy, cunning and slyness.
A period or act of transformation (a frog transforms from a tadpole and moves on to the land). There is something repugnant which is turning into something of value (i.e. a frog into a prince). Also see Snake as all reptiles have the same significance.
To dream of a goat is to recognise creative energy and masculine vitality. It may also represent the dark side of human nature, promiscuousness and sexuality.
To be riding a goat is to be trying to come to terms with the dreamer’s relationship with the dark side of his nature.
The goat may also represent the Devil or Satan.
It is also the symbol for Capricorn.
The hare highlights intuition, spiritual insight and intuitive ‘leaps’. Intuition may be debased into madness by fear or ignorance. Because of its association with the moon, the hare can, in its negative aspect, signify the Priestess/Witch aspect of femininity or the Priest/Sorcerer of the masculine (see Archetypes). In its positive imagery however it is the radiant hare (often holding its baby in a cave) and thus the Mother of God.
The hedgehog can represent evil and bad manners, or literallv our inability to handle a ‘prickly’ situation.
The horse in a dream represents the energy at the dreamer’s disposal.
A white horse depicts the spiritual awareness of the dreamer; a brown one the more pragmatic and down-to-earth side, while a black horse is the passionate side of the dreamer’s nature.
A pale horse is taken to indicate death, and a winged horse depicts the soul’s ability to transcend the earthly- plane.
If the horse is under strain or dying there is a severe weakening of the dynamic power that carries the dreamer forward. Ibo much pressure may be being experienced in our lives.
If the horse is being harnessed to a cart the dreamer may be concentrating too hard on thoroughly- utilitarian objectives.
In a man’s dream, a mare will denote the Anima, a woman; or the realm of the feminine (see Archetypes).
In a woman’s dream, being kicked by a horse may indicate the Animus or her relationship with a man.
A horse that can get through any door and batter down all obstacles is the collective Shadow (see Introduction) those aspects of the personality which most people attempt to suppress.
The horse as a beast of burden is often the Great Mother (See Introduction). or mother archetype (see Archetypes). In modern dreams the car has largely taken over from the horse as a symbol with many of the same associations (see Car and Journey Sections).
The hyena is generally taken in dreams to signify impurity, instability and deviousness.
The jackal is associated with the graveyard, and therefore with Death. As a scavenger it is also a cleanser. Esoterically, it is the servant of the transformer, guiding souls from the earth plane into the light.
The jaguar’s main qualities are its speed and balance. It stands for the balance of power between the dark and light forces. Kangaroo This somewhat exotic animal often stands for motherhood. and also strength. Lamb The lamb is the innocent side of man’s nature.
It is said that evil cannot withstand such innocence.
The leopard represents cruelty and aggression, and traditionally the deviousness of wrongly used power. Lion The lion stands for majesty, strength and courage. It can also represent the ego and the passions associated with it.
If the dreamer is struggling with the lion there should be a succcssful development as long as the dreamer is not overpowered, or the lion killed.
A man-eating lion shows that an aspect of the personality- has slipped out of alignment, putting both the dreamer and his surroundings at risk.
A lion lying with a lamb There is a union, or compatibility of oppositcs; instinct and spirit going hand in hand. Lizard also see Reptiles The lizard appearing in a dream represents instinctive action or ‘one-track’ thinking.
The main quality associated with the lynx is its keen eyesight, thus in a dream it can often portray objectivity. Monkey The monkey characterises the infantile, childish and arrested side of the dreamer’s character.
The qualities of mischief, impudence and inquisi- tiveness all belong to the monkey. While these are often seen as regressive tendencies, that of lively- curiosity maintains a necessary lightness of spirit.
The mole is often taken to represent the powers of darkness, but can often signify the blind persistence and determination which enables the dreamer to succeed. Monster/Dragon also see Dragon in D Section A fear which is beyond understanding, usually welling up from within rather than from the outside world, is often represented in dreams by monsters and dragons.
The devouring monster The dream may deal with a recognition that ultimately we arc all absorbed back into a greater whole.
If the dreamer gets the better of the monster he will have mastery over his own fear of death, and may be able to harness this forcc for his own use. Cutting out the monster’s heart or other vital organ, or lighting a fire inside it, depicts the struggle against the dark forces of the underworld.
Also see Vermin
The mouse’s quality of timidity can often be addressed in the dreamer, if it is recognised that this can arise from turbulence and lack of understanding.
The otter is uniquely equipped to exist within its chosen element of water and to be able to gain subsistence from its environment, all things the dreamer may- need to develop.
The ox depicts the ability to be patient, and to make sacrifices for others.
Parts of animals
(the limbs, eyes, mouth, etc.)
These have the same significance as parts of the human body (see Body).
If the four legs are particularly emphasised possibly in contrast with a three-legged animal the whole rounded personality with all four functions of the mind fully developed is being highlighted. Pig or Wild Boar The pig is taken in Western belief to indicate ignorance, stupidity, selfishness, and gluttony.
The dreamer’s better self may be beginning to recognise these unattractive qualities in himself. Without such recognition there can be no transformation or mastcry of them. Pigs and jewels There is a conflict between the lower urges and spiritual values. Perhaps there is a failure to appreciate spiritual values. Big litters of piglets can represent fruitful- ness, although sometimes without result, since the sow can depict the Destructive Mother (see Archetypes). Wild Boar The wild boar depicts the archetypal masculine principal, and therefore the negative Animus in a woman’s dream.
The dreamer may be evading an issue that should be challenged and dealt with more daringly.
A trauma from the past, or from childhood, may be causing difficulty. Rabbit Rabbits appearing in a dream can mean one of two things.
The obvious connection with fertility could be important or it could be that the trickster aspect of the personality could be coming to the fore (see Hare).
A white rabbit may show the dreamer the way to the inner spiritual world and, as such, act as a guide.
The ram is a svmbol of masculine virility and power, and by association has those qualities of the sign of Aries in the Zodiac.
also see Vermin ‘flic rat signifies the diseased and devious part of the dreamer or of his situation. It can also represent something which is repulsive in some way.
The dreamer may be experiencing disloyalty from a friend or colleague.
To dream of reptiles indicates that we are looking at the more frightening lower aspects of the personality. We may have no control over these, and could therefore be easily devoured by them. We are afraid of Death or the death process, but must go through a process of change in order to be reborn.
Dreaming of a seal suggests that we are at one with the clement in which we live.
Also see Snake
The serpent is a universal symbol which can be male or female or it can be self-created. It can signify death or destruction or conversely life and also rejuvenation.
It is the instinctive nature and is also potential energy. When the power of the instinctive nature is understood and harnessed, the dreamer comes to terms with his or her own sexuality and sensuality and is able to make use of the higher and more spiritual energies which become available. In a man’s dream a snake may appear if he has not understood the feminine or intuitive part of himself, or when he doubts his own masculinitv. In a woman’s dream the snake may manifest if she is afraid of sex, or sometimes of her own ability to seduce others. Because of its connection with the Garden of Eden, the serpent is the symbol of duplicity and trickery; and also of temptation. Sheep The sheep is renowned for its flock instinct, and it is this interpretation which is most usually accepted in dreams.
The helplessness of the sheep when off balance is also another aspect which is recognisable, as is the apparent lack of intelligence.
The god-fearing, ‘good sheep’ and also the passive and ‘sheepish’ may have relevance within the context of the dream.
To dream of sheep and wolves or of sheep and goats is to register the conflict between good and evil.
Sinister Animals Any threat from animals indicates the fears and doubts the dreamer has over his ability to cope with the stirrings of the unconscious. Snake - also see Serpent. Snake dreams occur like serpent dreams - when the dreamer is attempting to come to terms with his or her more instinctive self.
Inevitably, this has to do with the recognition and harnessing of energies which have been suppressed and thwarted. Since the most primeval urge is sexuality, the image of the snake is the most primitive one available.
A snake twined around the body or limb
This indicates some form of bondage, possibly being enslaved to the passions.
A snake, or worm, leaving a corpse by its mouth
This can sometimes represent the sexual act (the little death), but can also signify the dreamer’s control of his or her libido.
A snake in the grass This image denotes disloyalty, trickerv and evil. With its tail in its mouth This image is one of the oldest available to man and signifies completion and the union of the spiritual and physical (see Shapes, Circle). Being swallowed by a snake This shows the need and ability to return to the ultimate, and lose our sense of space and time (see Eating). Because snakes are such a low form of life, while also being in some cases poisonous, they have become associated with death, and all that man fears. Snake twined around a staff or similar (see Caduceiis) The unconscious forces that are released once the dreamer reconciles the opposing sides of himself create healing, rebirth and renewal, and this is universally represented as two snakes entwined round a central staff.
It is a symbolic representation of the basic form of DXA, the ‘building blocks’ of life.
The colours of the snake may give additional insight into the meaning of the dream (see Colours). Squirrel The squirrel represents the hoarding aspcct of our personalities.
The tiger signifies royalty, dignity and power and is both a creator and a dcstrover
To dream of toads is lo connect with whatever the dreamer may consider ugly in life, or in his behaviour. However, implicit in that ugliness is the power of transformation and growth into something beautiful.
For a toad and an eagle to appear is to note the difference between earthly and spiritual values.
Transformation of animals In dreams, the metamorphosis of the dreamer or other people into animals and vice versa shows the potential for change within any situation.
The unicorn is a symbol of purity and traditionally could only be owned and perceived by virgins.
It is a return to, and a resurgence of, an innocence necessary in self-understanding, and it often suggests the control of the ego and selfishness.
In dreams vermin may represent the enforced contemplation of something that is unnecessary or that has invaded one’s spacc.
Animals with backbones often give an understanding of the qualities associated with that animal.
The smaller and lower orders of animal signify the unconscious, the higher orders the emotions.
The whale, because it is a mammal which lives within water, indicates the power of resurrection and rebirth man’s abilitv to come back from the dead.
The weasel traditionally highlights the devious, more criminally oriented side of ourselves.
see Sinister Animals
Usually wild animals stand for danger, dangerous passions, or dangerous people. There is a destructive force arising from the unconscious, threatening the safety of the individual. Such a dream may be a way of understanding anxiety.
Domesticating wild animals The dreamer may- have come to terms with his or her wilder side.
Dreaming of wolves may- indicate that we are being threatened by others, whether singly or by the pack.
The dreamer may- have cruel sadistic fantasies without taking responsibility for them.
The She-wolf The hussy; but also the carer for orphans and rejected young.
The dreamer may be suffering either emotional or spiritual wounds.
This animal has the same significance as the horse, but with the additional meaning of balancing the negative and the positive in a very dynamic way.
3- By understanding animals and their symbolism we approach life in a more simplistic and natural way.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The primitive wildness within and a yearning to return to nature.
A threatening animal reveals hidden aggression or unexpressed anger toward something or someone. Alternatively, this may mean that you personally feel threatened by someone perceived as predatory.
Taming an animal: Bringing (or wishing to bring) yourself under greater control, especially characteristics like a hot temper or overly intense passion (see Whip).
Native Americans believe that the spirits of animals appear in our dreams as teachers and guides. In this case, read that animal’s entry for more insight into its lessons.
Killing an animal: Consider what the creature itself symbolizes.
For example, killing a bird signals a fear that you are somehow stifling personal freedom or vision (see Carcass).
Jung felt that the central self was often represented in dreams as an animal, specifically the elephant, horse, bear, bull, fish, or snake.
Consider the creature’s positive and negative characteristics or integral qualities as they reflect upon the way you behave.
For example, are you being bull-headed or figuratively bearish?... The Language of Dreams
The appearance of any animal in a dream may point out that man and nature are not separate but are intricately connected.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Bear: a symbol of vitality, power, and endurance (particularly in women’s dreams). See Bear.
Fish: a fear of losing love; your partner is “slipping” through your fingers, but when the fish is alive, it is a sign of successful planning. See Fish.
Dog: extremely repressed sexual urges. See Dog.
Insects: repressed anger, emotional stress, family problems. See Flies, Insects.
Cat: a symbol of female eroticism, and sometimes a repressed desire for independence. See Cat.
Cow: female sexual urges—but always combined with patience and calm. See Cow.
Lion: glorified and powerful physical contact between men and women.
Mouse: a symbol of the female; the fear of mice is an expression of the dreamer’s fear of a vet-to-be-acknowledged femininity. See Mouse, Rat.
Horse: aroused, but unrealized physical energies, or controlled vitality. See Horse, Horseback Riding.
Serpent: a phallic symbol; women who dream about serpents suffer from unfulfilled sexuality; a serpent crawling up your legs means sexual desires have been awakened. See Dragon, Serpent.
Small animals often symbolize a small sibling; large animals usually stand for the dreamer’s own character traits and repressed cravings. Animals with human voices: a warning not to let other people hurt or take advantage of you. Dead animals are a sign of changes in your personal situation.
Depth Psychology: Animals are a symbol of primitive character traits, like greed, passion, or anger.
The other symbols in the dream are very important.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream that animals can talk indicates insight and intellect. Pay attention to the words it utters; the meaning being conveyed may represent your ability to achieve all that you desire.
To dream that you are saving the life of an animal indicates that you are aware of some personality traits that you have in common with the animal. In addition, you may feel as if you are lacking a particular attribute or you are insignificant in the scheme of things.
To see lab animals in your dream represents a personal attribute that you are hiding from yourself and others. You need to gain confidence and face these emotions, even if you feel as if you will be overcome by them. Be more open-minded and willing to try different things.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
It is generally given that the more primitive the animal then the more primitive or deeper the layer of consciousness that represents.
To dream of being bitten by an animal may be a manifestation of a fear of animals. What the animal is doing in the dream is also very important, if say, a pig is dancing, then maybe that means that the side of you that likes to over indulge is very happy with that. But if the pig were crying then that might indicate an inner urge to curb and over indulge in habit.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
It is always important to pay attention to this aspect of animal life in fairy tales and dreams, since we need to be in touch with that part of ourselves.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If you tame a wild animal in a dream, you achieve success through expressing yourself honestly.
If you are attacked by a vicious animal and you manage to kill it, you will triumph over your rivals.
Dreaming of domestic animals (such as pets), if unfamiliar, can mean you feel pressured to be something you’re not.
The same meaning applies to dreaming of wild animal babies (of any type of wild animal).
Dreaming of farm animals suggests that you are ready for growth. It’s time to start exploring your potential. Also see “Cow” and “Chickens” for more specific meanings.
If you dream that you kill a gentle animal (example: you’re driving and you run over a deer), something you are doing in real life goes against your values and you are “killing” a sweet part of yourself. You must change your behavior and stop acting against your instincts or a part of yourself will be lost or damaged. Talking animals in dreams serve as messengers of the unconscious. Pay attention to what they say, for they are trying to help you to trust your instincts and intuiton, and possibly warning you of dangerous or negative emotions that you have absorbed from others. Animals attacking other animals in your dream means you are feeling a deep conflict with someone you are close to. This dream may also suggest that you are scared of showing your true emotions and desires, because you think they are too powerful for others to deal with.
If you dream of being an animal, it could be an expression of your primitive desires, physical characteristics or even your romantic longings. Animals in dreams symbolizes the untamed and uncivilized aspects of yourself. Think about how you felt in the dream, and how you acted, for clues to your dream’s meaning. Also look up the specific type of animal you were, for further analysis.
If you dream of lab animals, you need to experiment with your fears, choices and beliefs. Try not to limit yourself by what others think you are capable of.
If you dream of a dead animal, an aspect of yourself is being repressed. You feel that you are not able to fully express your desires and emotions.
If you dream of experiments being done on animals, you will encounter difficulties in carrying out your goals and plans. However, if you rescued the animals from the experiments, you are successfully facing emotions and characteristics represented by the animal.
If you dream of hybrid animals (half one creature, half another), this symbolizes that you are beginning to incorporate different sides of yourself as you grow and mature into a fully-formed personality. Look up the animals that the hybrid was made of, for additional meaning about these sides of yourself.... My Dream Interpretation
See also Lion, Dog, Cat, Bull, Cow, Horse, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you dream of eating an animal, it means that you are assimilating natural wisdom.
If you fight against it, it means you are having trouble with your hidden self, rejected by the conscious.
If the animal is guarding a treasure then the material passions are preventing you from spiritual fulfillment.
Its meaning depends on whether it is about domestic or wild animals. While the wild animal is indicative of secret enemies and professional problems, the domestic one announces the return of absent friends and reconciliation. To own, feed, and care for them, especially if they are ruminants, indicates wealth and good businesses. Those endowed with horns predict happiness.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The first element of any interpretation of an animal that appears in your dream is to investigate the special trait that the particular animal represents. You will find many such interpretations within these pages, but a little research will yield great results if your dream animal is not listed.
The animal’s behaviors and habits will illustrate the instinct that is being highlighted.
The second facet of your interpretation will come from what the animal is doing in your dream.
The activity it is engaged in will correlate with some type of movement (or obstacle to movement) in your waking life.
The dream may be asking you to stop trying to think your way through a situation and instead turn to your instinctive nature for an answer.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
A proper interpretation also depends on one’s personal associations with animals. Generically, animals symbolize the physical, instinctual, “animal” self, and wild dream beasts that one cannot specifically identify usually represent this aspect of the self (or “beastlike” people in one’s environment). One should be careful about this generalization, however, because certain other, more specific animals (e.g., birds) can symbolize precisely the opposite (e.g., the higher self or the soul).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
Thus, to dream of a certain animal could suggest an aspect of your personality that is instinctual, hidden or striving for recognition. It could also represent a part of yourself you find hard to control. And because we often assign characteristics or personality traits to animals, dream animals may also symbolize gut feelings we have about others. An attacking lion, for example, may depict how we see someone who is being aggressive toward us.
Animal dreams rouse special interest because they contain images that are familiar to us, but at the same time we recognize something that is unfamiliar and obscure. Traditionally, the characteristics of the dream animal are applied to the world of humans, often seeing the animal as a harbinger of misfortune or good luck; for example, a wolf is often thought to predict thieves or misfortune. According to Freud animals in dreams are not predictive of future events but a classic expression of repressed or unexpressed sexual and aggressive tendencies. Jung, however, argued that animals in dreams should be analyzed individually, depending on the character they portray in the dream and the association the dreamer has to them.
Jung believed that animals are sublime and, in fact, represent the ‘divine’ side of the human psyche. He suggested that animals live much more in contact with a ‘secret’ order in nature itself and—far more than human beings—live in close contact with ‘absolute knowledge’ of the unconscious. In contrast to humankind, the animal is the living being that follows its own inner laws beyond good and evil—and is, in this sense, superior and a source of inspiration and guidance.
Although animals are one of the most common dream symbols, dreams that feature them can be complex and hard to interpret. Perhaps the simplest way is to first think about how you feel about the specific animal in your waking life.
You may, for example, adore cats and think of them as lovely creatures because you have a much-loved pet cat, or you may associate cats with feeling unwell because you are allergic to them. Thinking about how that animal makes you feel within the context of your dream should help you recognize if that feeling is struggling to the fore, or is already expressing itself in daily life.
If, on the other hand, you have no feelings in particular about the animal in your dream, you need to think about the quality you typically associate with it; for example, a fox with cunning and stealth, an elephant with strength and mystery, or a dog with unconditional loyalty and love. Because animals are thought to represent unedited feelings and drives, it’s possible that your unconscious used the symbol of the fox in your dream to alert you to your own or someone else’s cunning. Thinking about that aspect of yourself—again within the context of your dream—should tell you whether you need to nurture and develop it, tame it or be on your guard against it in someone else.
If you still feel puzzled, it may be that the hidden meaning lies in archetypal, traditional, legendary, mythical or magical associations. Dream animals may also embody a pun. For example, if you dream of a badger, are you feeling badgered or aggravated in some way? If you dream of a zebra, could this refer to your black and white view point?
Dream animals, no matter how problematic, offer us an opportunity to contact and explore both the parts of ourselves that we have shut away and the parts that we have yet to discover. In general, researchers believe that animal dreams mean that the subconscious has woken up and has come to life.
Our dreams will be selective and personal in the choice of animal used to portray our life situation, but as you interpret never forget that animal symbols in dreams typically represent a fundamental push toward life and living it with passion. See also BIRDS; REPTILES, FISH AND AMPHIBIANS; PETS.... The Element Encyclopedia
When instincts need to be understood, expressed or controlled in some way animals can often appear in our dreams to symbolize them. By understanding animals in dreams and the qualities they represent, we can approach life in a more instinctive, simple and natural way.
Bear in mind though that there is a huge difference in meaning between wild animals and domesticated animals in dreams. In general, domesticated animals or pets, such as a dog or rabbit, represent those urges we have more control over and are therefore less threatening to our conscious desire to be in charge. The wild animals we dream of are more threatening to our ego, but they are also more powerful, because if we can develop a working relationship with them they offer incredible potential for growth.... The Element Encyclopedia
The size and strength of such animals is the deciding factor for the strength and power of such enemies.
And Allah knows best.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the young animal is injured or dying, this could suggest problems with maturing or dealing with adult life.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream that your life is in an anime world means you don’t take life too seriously. Or, it could mean you need a break from a stressful daytime life.... My Dream Interpretation
See also Quarrel, Anger, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
The masculine aspect. Force – God ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Good relationship with or marrying the man: shows the woman integrating her own ability to be independent and capable in outwardly active terms. This makes her more whole, balancing her ‘female’ qualities. It also shows the woman meeting her experience of her father in a healing way. This enables the woman to have a realistic relationship with an actual man. It also bnngs a sense of connectedness between her conscious self and what she senses as the ‘commercial’ world. See father in this entry.
To be in conflict with the man, or unable to make real physical and pleasurable contact with him: suggests difficulty in meeting what may have been a painful or threatening experience of father. This can lead to lack of ability to make clear judgments, and lack of decisiveness in areas outside feeling values. She is prone to acceptance of collective or long held social norms without question; family or national attitudes not applicable to present situations; and reasoning’ which actually arises out of emotions connected to such family or social norms. Actual relations with men will be difficult, or entered into simply as a duty. Emotional or intimate merging with a man is threatening because it brings the woman close to the conflicts and pain connected with father. Sex may be possible but not a close feeling union. See man.
Christ Although people generally think of Christ as a historical figure, in dreams Christ is not this at all. He is a powerful process in the human unconscious. In the west we give this process the name of Christ, but the process or archetype is universal and has various names in different cultures. Sometimes represented in dreams as a fish or a big man, in general the Christ is an expression of the dreamer’s own potential— what they can become in their life. But it also depicts what might be called a sense of the forces of symbiosis or cooperative activity operative in human life and the cosmos. There are at least four aspects to Chrisi as depicted in dreams.
The Sunday school or Church Christ: depicts social norms, the generally accepted morals and social rules. This Christ’ comes about because the Church tends to represent traditional values, and also the attempt to press people to live these values.
The dreamer may have a childlike relationship with this Christ or, if attempting to be self responsible, be in conflict with it. Some people find this Christ has a castrating role in their life, and flee in horror. In fact this aspect of social indoctrination may lead to such a burden of guilt and suppression that it can create psychic cripples. Trying to do all the right’ things may lead us to the point where ‘we can’t say no to a glass of water without a pang of guilt*. Two of the great forces which push at the human soul or psyche are social pressure, such as the moral norm, and biological pressures, such as the sex drive, individuals may fight a lifelong battle with one or the other of these.
The social cnminal typifies battle with the first; the ascetic, battle with the second.
The ideal Christ: the psychological process which causes us not to take responsibility for our own highest ideals; our own yearnings for the good, our own most powerful urges arising against what we see as evils in the world. This influences us to wait for a sign from Christ in our dream in order to gain authority, or to overcome the anxiety associated with the drive. We want God to say we should act in a cenain way because we are not willing to be self responsible. Example: I stood outside a castle. It was closed and guarded by soldiers in armour. Wondering how to get in I thought that if I dressed and acted as a soldier I would be allowed entrance. It worked and inside Christ met me and said he had important work for me to do’ (Sonia).
The closely guarded secret is Soma’s own impulse to do some son of socially creative work. She doesn’t want to acknowledge the impulse as her own; it is much easier if she can say ‘Christ told me to do this’. In this way she avoids direct encounter with opposition.
The unofficial Chnst. Example: A fierce battle was raging with bullets flying. I immediately fell down and played “dead”. It wasn’t that I was hurt in any way, but I didn’t want to be at any risk in the fight. As I lay there, I saw a tall well built man in soldier’s uniform walk to me. He gave no sign of any fear concerning the bullets, and quietly knelt beside me. I felt he was Christ, but was confused by him being a soldier. He placed a hand on my back and gradually worked his fingers under the shell of a large limpet type creature that I had never before known was parasitically attached to my back. I could feel him pull it away, but knew its tentacles still ran right into my chest. He then sat me up and told me how I could rid myself of the tentacles and so be healed’ (Peter Y).
Peter had a debilitating psychosomatic illness at the time of the dream, causing pain where the tentacles ran.
The shell is his defence against feeling his own hurts and inner conflicts.
The dream shows him contacting a strength which is not afraid of his internal battlefield of conflicts, and can show ways of healing real human problems.
The healing rests upon the dreamer’s conscious action, not Christ’s, suggesting the dreamer taking responsibility for his own situation. Peter realised he had been avoiding his own internal battlefield, but felt he had met a strength which would support his efforts to find healing. In fact he met his conflicts and grew beyond his ailments. Peter’s conflicts were between his love for his children and his sexuality. This Christ is our undammed life; the flood of loving sexuality; the strength to burst through social rules and regulations because love of life pushes us. It doesn’t give a hang about bullets, death, nght or wrong, because it has a sense of its own integral existence within life, and its own lightness and place in eternity.
The integral or cosmic Christ. Example: ‘I am a journalist reponing on the return of Christ. He is expected on a paddle steamer going upstream on a large river. I am very sceptical and watch disciples and followers gather on the rear deck.
The guru arrives, dressed in simple white robes. He has long, beautiful auburn hair and beard, and a gentle wise face. He begins to tap a simple rhythm on a tabla or Indian drum. It develops into complex intermingling of orchestral rhythms as everyone joins in. I now realise he is Christ, and feel overwhelmed with awe as I try to play my part in the music. I’m tapping with a pen and find myself fumbling.
A bottle or can opener comes to me from the direction of Christ. I try to beat a complementary rhythm, a small pan of a greater, universal music’ (Lester S).
Each of us has a sense of connectedness with the whole, with the cosmos. We may be little aware of this sense, our scepticism may deny it, as Lester’s was doing. But finding it can enrich the rest of our nature.
The sense bnngs with it a realisation of taking part in the unimaginably grand drama called life. It gives a feeling, no matter what the state of our body, crippled or healthy, that we have something that makes any faults in body or achievement insignificant. It doesn’t take all the difficulties out of life, but it is a good companion on the way. In dreams and religion Christ is also represented as the son of the Cosmos or God. This aspect of Christ is cosmic, from beyond the Earth. This is a process in the cosmos which the unconscious senses and presents under the image of Christ, or other figures in different religions.
It is possible that there is an innate process in human beings to do with love and symbiosis which humanity became aware of at a particular stage in the development of consciousness. This becoming aware was expressed in what we know as the histoncal Jesus. See religion and dreams; the self within this entry. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Good relationship with or marrying, the woman: shows the man integrating his own real emotions, sensitivity and intuition. This makes him more whole, balancing his exterior male qualities. It also shows the man meeting his experience of his mother in a healing way. This enables the man to have a realistic relationship with an actual woman. It also brings a sense of connectedness between his conscious self and what he senses as Life or, as Buckminster Fuller calls it. Universe. See Great Mother in this entry.
To be in conflict with the woman, or unable to make real physical and pleasurable contact with her: suggests difficulty in meeting what may have been a painful or threatening experience of mother. This can lead to becoming an intellectual but emotionally barren man. Or being possessed in a negative way by the female traits, becoming emotionally unstable, opinionated and illogical. Actual relations with women will be difficult. Actual emotional or intimate merging with a woman is threatening because it bnngs the man close to the pain or fear connected with mother. Sex may be possible but not close feeling union. See woman. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
It is said that lightning without rain symbolizes impending disaster for both, a musaafir as well as muqeem.
It is also said that lightning with rain symbolizes cure and remedy for a sick person.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The Imaam exclaimed: “How wonderful a dream you have seen! You are being soaked in the rahmath and bounties of Allah. You will be granted peace and rizq in abundance”.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a traveller sees the Antichrist in his dream, it means that a band of robbers may attack him. His appearance in a dream also denotes the conquest of a land which is saturated with evil.
If one becomes the Antichrist or accompanies him in a dream, it means that he will suffer from black magic, sorcery, falsehood, decrepitude or it could denote that a global disease will appear on earth and cause mass physical defects, destruction and death.
The landmarks that the Antichrist passes by in a dream represent adversities, trials, injustice, ruins, inundations with floods, destruction of crops and drought.
(Also see One-eyed)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If others are arrested, you’ll soon receive a surprise gift.
If you are released from an arrest in a dream, it means that a sudden success will be yours.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
As a metaphor, it can mean a process that has been cut off prematurely, as in the expression “arrested development.”... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
If they resist the officers, you will have great delight in pushing to completion the new enterprise. See Prisoner.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Fears of medical problems (cardiac arrest). ... New American Dream Dictionary
1- To dream of being arrested suggests the restraint of one’s natural self-expression by moral judgements or questions of right or wrong from other people, lo dream of arresting someone else would indicate our instinctive disapproval of that part of ourselves which is represented by that person in the dream.
2- Psychologically, we are unsure of our motives in an action we are contemplating. We should slop and carefully consider our behaviour before we act.
3- There is a need for authority.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To dream of arresting someone else would indicate our instinctive disapproval of certain actions.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If you are guilty of the crime in your dream though, it foretells that a season of unfortunate incidents is ahead of you. Dreams of seeing others arrested means you want to make changes in your life, but you are nervous about not succeeeding.... My Dream Interpretation
2. Artistic achievement.
3. Picturing oneself living in a garret could mean that one is being too vain, considering self above others. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Architect; Painter)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2- We need to make use of our desire or ability to be creative. We may also be linking with that part of ourselves which records events for posterity.
3- The Creator, the Guiding Principle often manifests as the artist in dreams.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To dream of posing in the nude for an artist is a sign that your frankness will win a high position for you.... The Complete Dream Book
The picture that you are painting may reflect your feelings and attitudes regarding a certain issue or matter.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you dream of a famous artist, you need to ask yourself what this particular artist means to you, and how you feel about his or her work.
If you’re a fan, then you’re on the right track, either with regard to a specific matter you’re concerned about or your life in general.
If the artist is an unknown male figure, then your intellect is trying to convey a message about something you’re working on. Consider the picture: Is it just begun, half finished, nearly complete? Is it a good painting, or is it a mess?
If the artist is an unknown female figure, then the picture concerns matters of the emotions. Again, look at the picture itself, as well as the other symbols in the dream, to judge what the picture is trying to tell you.
The same goes if YOU are the artist.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
See also Oil Painting, Pictures, Sculpture, Museum, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you are painting a picture, it may represent the description of your own situation at the time. So, soon you will see things more clearly.
Probably, you need to brush up your plans in order to gain recognition.
If in the dream you talk about art, you might be promoted at work.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If the dream features behavior that is excessive or dangerous, you may be engaging in patterns in your waking life that are not serving you by being too impulsive. Consider the media that the artist works in as well.
A sculptor is more grounded and earthy, whereas a painter is more connected to passion.
A performance artist is more aligned with acting out behaviors.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Dreaming of an artist at work may indicate a repressed desire, and possibly a potential talent, to express oneself in a creative arena.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
In dreams, the artist archetype suggests the need for self-expression. The shadow artist indicates an eccentric nature and the madness that often accompanies genius. In evaluating your relationship to this archetype, recognize that the need to inspire others in some way—for example through teaching, writing, listening and encouraging—is as much an expression of the artist archetype as actually holding a brush in your hand. See also ARTS AND CRAFTS.... The Element Encyclopedia
If they appear in your dreams they can enlighten and inspire us to follow our dreams.... The Element Encyclopedia
If any one assists you, you will be pleasantly situated, and loving friends will be near you. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Helpful hands, of which you may be unaware. Consider the source of aid shown in the dream for its literal or figurative meaning, then find a correlation in your life.... The Language of Dreams
See also Flowers.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If the asteroid hits the earth then it may mean that these initiatives are not taking root and you must think of new ideas.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If the asteroid hits the earth, then it indicates that your idealistic notions are deteriorating are being shattered apart.... My Dream Interpretation
A spectre or picture of your astral self brings heart-rending tribulation. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
An astrolabe in a dream also represents someone connected with the leadership of a land. Accompanying such a person in a dream then means benefits equal to what one sees in his dream. Seeing an astrolabe in a dream also may connote someone with uncertainty, or an ever changing person who lacks determination, loyalty, or honor.
(Also see Astrologer)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
An astrologer in a dream also may mean knowledge of people’s secrets, curiosity, inquisitiveness, meddling in people’s affairs, divulging people’s secrets, soothsaying, fortune-telling, backbiting, predicting the future, hearsay, gossip, distress or trouble.
If the one who is seeing the dream suffers from any of the above ills, seeing an astrologer in a dream also means dispelling such misfortunes. Seeing an astrologer in a dream also signifies marriage, divorce, the death of a sick person, travels, delivering a baby, hearing good or bad news. Seeing an astrologer in a dream also may denote knowledge, following the true path and acting upon it, for a God fearing astrologer mostly arbitrates by the prophetic rules.
(Also see Astrolabe; Divination; Fortuneteller)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
See also Horoscope.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you are given an astrological forecast or see your horoscope in your dream, this may offer a significant message which should be analyzed closely to see how it relates to your life. A dream astrologer often represents your intuition or unconscious insights into yourself and others; there may be a link with your need for a sense of destiny or direction. But perhaps you do not believe in astrology, in which case your dream might be suggesting you are being misled in some way.
Astrology can enter your dream world in ways that you have probably never imagined. The celestial messages may come through symbols, numbers, archetypes, elements, planets, gemstones, body parts, plants, colors and places associated with a particular sign of the Zodiac. It is also possible that symbols in your dreams can be connected to astrological ideas relating to your own birth chart or people connected to you. A person appearing in a dream can be an aspect of your psyche, show an attitude or quality, represent the real person, be a symbol, or a combination of all of these. Similarly, several other elements can have meaning if you are able to crack the code. For example, if you dream you are a warrior charging into battle, this is definitely an Aries theme. At critical times of transformation in your life you can dream of the astrological event that is thought to correspond to what is actually happening. For example, when you experience a Saturn Return, which according to astrologers is a time of coming of age and maturing that only happens once every twenty-nine years (between the ages of 28-30, 57-59, 86-88), you might dream of climbing a mountain and reaching the top of the first peak.
If you dream of a particular Zodiac sign or symbol, see Zodiac signs below. See also SPACE AND SCIENCE.... The Element Encyclopedia
If an astrologer is talking to you: you are examining a situation (and yourself) and are going to be successful. Dreaming about seeing astrological signs (signs of the zodiac or symbols of planets) means you are gaining insights into issues that have previously been foreign to you. Life will change for the better. See Fortune-teller, Planets, Signs of the Zodiac, Stars.... Dreamers Dictionary
2. One knows that a certain situation will require courage. ... New American Dream Dictionary
For a young woman to dream that she is going to be married in August, is an omen of sorrow in her early wedded life. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Folklore: Unexpected news.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If there is an extreme feeling tone of austerity in your dream, then your subconscious is telling you to loosen up and goof off in order to find the balance you need. See Martyr.... Strangest Dream Explanations
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
The power to change a situation is actually well within your reach. There are certain aspects of your life that will bring you knowledge and help you in moving toward greater success. Be more aware in your daily life of signs and opportunities.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If the ballast was being taken on, it is a warning to guard your resources; however, if the ballast was being thrown overboard, you may expect some cherished hope to be realized.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you are banished to foreign lands, death will be your portion at an early date.
To banish a child, means perjury of business allies.
It is a dream of fatality. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Opportunities expand in a new environment, usually in terms of ﬁnancial security. ... New American Dream Dictionary
Ridding yourself of an unwanted or undesirable characteristic, situation, or person.
Feelings of loneliness, displacement, or fatality that stem from others’ disapproval of your lifestyle or ideas.... The Language of Dreams
The more serious the disturbance appears to be, the greater your, future prosperity.... Mystic Dream Book
If it appears broken it indicates instability and lack of poise when making important decisions.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
It is not that others are keeping you from it; you yourself are responsible for the situation! However, jumping a barrier means that you will overcome hurdles in real life. Standing in front a very tall barrier: a hint that you need to reexamine your plans—you’ve been too optimistic and idealistic; or you overestimated the situation. See Wood.
Depth Psychology: A barrier stands for inhibitions or hurdles that vou need to get over soon. Or are you protecting yourself against impending changes and/or people?... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dreamed of being one, you can expect some unusual honor to come your way; of someone else being one, you can look forward to an improvement in your social standing.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
For a woman to baste her sewing, omens much vacation owing to her extravagance. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
It is possible that help you are trying to give may be being viewed as interference.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
(Also see Hunter)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To see faceless beasts relates to some circumstance that you are failing to fully realize or confront; you are basically indifferent.
The dream also could mean that some event or person is raising worry and anxiety in you.
The Bible says that a beast is a symbol of honorable men who are undiscerning.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A beast may symbolize your own ‘animal nature’.
If so, it probably means that you take a low view of instinctive forces (‘the Beast’, after all, is a traditional name for the Devil or Antichrist). You - the conscious ego - therefore need to begin to interact creatively with your unconscious (vour body and your primal psychic energies) and give it more value and more expression in your conscious lite.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
It is very important to honor the beast within you in order to find your own true humanity.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The interpretation of this symbol should start with the energy associated with the animal that appeared in the dream. Examining historical references that match your dream image can yield a treasure trove of information that your unconscious mind is attempting to convey to you.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
See also Animals.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
The bed stand may be where you place the concerns you need to dream about or release at night... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A white turnip means complications in your love relationship.
Depth Psychology: A turnip may symbolize sexual needs, but generally it may be a sign of good luck, happiness, or sarcasm, depending on the rest of the images in the dream.... Dreamers Dictionary
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’?
If you bequeathed in your dream, you will receive something of value; but if you were the recipient of a dreamed bequest, be prepared for a small loss.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
The relationships you have with those around you are important in learning about yourself, so look to the friends you dreamed about for signals of personality traits they have that you desire in yourself, and work on those things. Additionally, dreaming of friends sometimes foretells that you will hear happy news from them.
If you dream of seeing your friends saddened or troubled, in your dream, they are headed for distress in real life.
To see a friend in your dream who you no longer see in real life (the friendship is over or they moved away), means you wish for a time in your past when you had no responsibilities and things were much simpler and more carefree. You may be wanting to escape the the pressures and stresses of growing up. Or, it could be a signal that it’s time to start acting more mature.
If you dream of a friend dying, it means you have anxious feelings or insecurities about the friendship - you may worry that your friend is becoming distant from you or losing interest in the relationship.
If you dream of a friend that you don’t really have in real life, this person actually represents another side of you - the part that is usually repressed and hidden.... My Dream Interpretation
For a woman it foretells future security.
See also Wedding.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Dreaming of dominating an animal smaller than you may indicate a power imbalance in your intimate relationship that you are not comfortable with.
To dream of watching bestiality and enjoying the experience may indicate a wish to ‘tame the wild beast’ within yourself.
Dreaming of bestiality in any form shows a personal power issue that is on the verge of being resolved.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
2. Exposure, emotional vulnerability. ... New American Dream Dictionary
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 bikinis, 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
If young ones are in the nest, it denotes successful journeys and satisfactory dealings.
If they are lonely and deserted, sorrow, and folly of yours will cause you anxiety. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
A nest full of eggs means success in your personal life.
A nest full of baby birds presages a coming trip with friends.
An empty nest means that plans for a trip will fall through. See Bird for individual bird nests.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
If you dream of birds leaving the nest, it might suggest that you are taking on new responsibilities in waking life or are the parent of a child who is about to leave home. Similarly an empty nest can suggest your own sense of loneliness. Has your brood flown away to make their own way in the world?... The Element Encyclopedia
Aries(21 March-19 April)—topaz
Taurus(20 April-20 May)—garnet
Gemini(21 May-21 June)—emerald
Cancer(22 June-22 July)—sapphire
Leo(23 July-23 August)—diamond
Virgo(24 August-22 September)—zircon
Libra(23 September-23 October)—agate
Scorpio(24 October-21 November)—amethyst
Sagittarius (22 November-21 December)—beryl
Capricorn(22 December-19 January)—onyx
Aquarius(20 January-18 February)—jasper
Pisces(19 February-20 March)—ruby... The Element Encyclopedia
If one sees himself touching the Black Stone in his dream, it means that he will follow and learn at the hand of one of the Imams of the Arabian peninsula. Seeing the sacred Black Stone in a dream is perhaps an indication of going to perform one’s pilgrimage.
If one sees himself cutting into the Black Stone in a dream, it means that he wants people to follow his personal opinions.
If he sees the pilgrims searching for the Black Stone but cannot find it in a dream, it means that he thinks of himself to be right and the rest of the people to be wrong. It also could mean that he possesses a knowledge which he hides from others. Ifhe touches the Black Stone in his dream, it means that he follows the teachings of an Imam from among the Hijazite Arabs.
If he sees the Black Stone being a castle for himself in a dream, it means that he follows religious innovations.
If he swallows the Black Stone in his dream, it means that he is a affected person who will mislead people.
(Also see Ka’aba; Corner Stone)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2. May indicate more attention or effort is required toward problems or projects.
3. A need to address repressed anger or rage. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To dream that you got the blister from hard labor means you need to make more effort to overcome your little problems.
To dream that you got the blister from a burn, suggests an emotional or relationship problem. Where the blister is located is also important.
If the blister is on your hand, you are having issues related to power and your abilities.
If the blister is on your face, this relates to issues involving your identity and self-image.... My Dream Interpretation
If still in blister form, you need to release disharmony in order to heal. See Boil.... The Dream Books Symbols
If you burned yourself, have you got too close to the flames emotionally? Dreams in which you are burned alive or someone else is torched suggest the need for some kind of drastic change in your life. Rashes, sores and eczema are all unpleasant ailments that are not serious but uncomfortable as well as embarrassing. So if these conditions appear in a dream, what are you feeling ’sore,’ uncomfortable or embarrassed about? Although it may seem a big deal to you, your dream is telling you that you have no need to feel anxious as the situation is not as serious as you might think. The skin is a symbol of how you present yourself in public, so rashes are recognized as one of the most clearly psychosomatic disorders. In dreams, therefore, a skin rash can express lack of confidence in your ability to face the world. A dream bruise may reflect some emotional hurt or emerging health problem, whilst scars can carry their figurative sense of hurtful memories and suggest an awareness that emotional healing takes time.
For Jewish or Christian dreamers, boils may express feelings of guilt for how they have behaved towards someone in their waking life; this is because in the Bible, boils were the sixth of the ten plagues visited by God on the Egyptians to force Pharaoh to free the Israelites. Rough skin suggests a rough exterior, whilst burnt skin might indicate hurt in a relationship with the outside world or people.
If you are shedding skin like a snake, you are changing your way of life and leaving old attitudes behind. Spots and blemishes represent your sense of not being good enough in some way, and a feeling that other people see you as unattractive or see failings in you; they can also indicate shyness and the difficulties you experience being in the company of others.... The Element Encyclopedia
For a young woman to receive one as a gift, denotes she will suffer estrangement from one friend, but will, by this, gain one more worthy of her. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
It is also reputed to grant all wishes.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
2. Repressed enjoyment of sexuality.
3. A feeling of suffocation, often in an intimate relationship.
4. Possible difﬁcult, tight or “constricting” times ahead. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To kill one is good. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To boast to a competitor, foretells that you will be unjust, and will use dishonest means to overcome competition. ... Ten Thousand 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
If you dreamed of visiting a book store, you will advance toward your goals at a slow and steady pace.... My Dream Interpretation
2. A need to acquire knowledge or pass it from one level of understanding to the next. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Bookseller; Marketplace)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(2) It or they may symbolize your mother, who gave you birth and nourishment. But are you too attached to her; does your attachment prevent you from achieving a properly independent individuality?
(3) The bosom or breasts may be those of Mother Earth, that is, the source of (new) life. In this case the dream is probably beckoning vou to look inside for sources of renewal and growth. Mother Nature dw ells within us: not in our consciousness, perhaps, but in our unconscious depths - the source of life, growth and healing.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
To see a breakfast of fresh milk and eggs and a well filled dish of ripe fruit, indicates hasty, but favorable changes.
If you are eating alone, it means you will fall into your enemies’ trap.
If you are eating with others it is good. See Meals.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Desire to do something a little crazy; use caution in affairs.
3. An affair is growing more serious (not eating breakfast alone). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you’re eating the meal with others, however, it’s an indication you’ll get what you want if you’re patient enough to wait.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If you dream of eating a healthy breakfast, then you are feeding yourself positive affirmations about your life.
If you dream of eating an unhealthy breakfast, then consider changing your negative thought patterns. Consider the types of food you are eating. See Food.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Alternatively, your mind may already be thinking ahead about what to make for breakfast in the morning. It is not uncommon for your fleeting thoughts to be incorporated into your dream.
If a lunch features in your dreams, this implies a need to take time out from your daily efforts to revitalize yourself. The appearance of a dream lunchbox could be urging you to get as much done as possible or economize financially.
Supper pertains to a need to revitalize and energize yourself, whereas dinner connotes your main source of nourishment. The dinnerware used will portray your personal perspective towards nourishing yourself. A dinner dance suggests the joyful, nourishing benefits. A dining room usually suggests a concentrated and enjoyable manner of being nourished, whereas a dining car corresponds to a need to pay attention to your emotional needs whilst on your life journey.
If you enjoy a snack in your dream this implies rejuvenation or the re-energizing of yourself.... The Element Encyclopedia
(Also see Porridge)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If one sees a woman hanging down from her breast in a dream, it means that she has committed adultery and that she will give birth to a bastard son.
If a man sees milk coming from his breast, and ifhe is poor, it means that his poverty will end, his life will be a long one, and he will even carry the financial responsibility of caring for two of his brothers. Ifhe is unmarried, it means that he argues about his fertility and doubts his own ability to conceive children.
If a young woman sees her breasts in a dream, it means that she will bear a child. Otherwise, if a single young girl sees her own breasts in a dream, it means that she will get married.
If a female child sees herself having matured breasts in a dream, it means her death.
If a man sees himselfsuckling milk from a woman he does not recognize in a dream, it means a long sickness. Otherwise, ifhis wife is pregnant, it means kissing his wife’s breasts. Suckling milk from a woman’s breast also means imprisonment and deprivation, stress and sadness.
If an old man sees the breast of a woman in his dream, it means that he will hear bad news.
If a teenager sees that, it means that he is in love.
If a man sees himself having a female milk suckling breast in a dream, it means friends, children, or a wife who are of no benefit to him. Ifsuch breasts look hanging tall in the dream, it means either death of one’s child, or it could mean that one will commit a sin.
If one’s breasts are dripping milk in a dream, they represent a woman who cares about her home duty, or it could mean falling into debts.
If one’s breasts are transformed into iron or copper in the dream, it means loss of a child.
A growth in children’s bosom or breasts in a dream means an illness, festering wounds, or it could mean an ulcer.
The nipple of the female breast in a dream represents one’s personal wardrobe. Woman’s breasts in a dream also may be interpreted to mean one’s father and mother.
(Also see Body’)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a chest appears in a dream, this indicates a sense of social confidence or good feelings about yourself. Alternatively, it represents feelings of being overwhelmed and being dangerously confronted by something. Consider also if the dream is telling you that there is something that you need to ‘get off your chest’.
If nipples appear in your dream, this signifies dependency.
If you squeeze pus out of your nipples you may be feeling inadequate sexually.... The Element Encyclopedia
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 you are the person doing the beating, is the dream referring to your ambition? If a man dreams of injury to his genitals, it may be highlighting his fear of impotence; for a woman, such dreams may highlight her anxiety about reproduction or sexuality. A dream of castration can be terrifying for a man as it alludes to his whole sense of power and virility.... The Element Encyclopedia
Vision: Looking at the beautiful breast of a woman: good luck and a joyful love life.
An emaciated breast: poverty and misery. I laving hair on your chest: a positive sign—soon your financial situation will improve. Holding a Baby to your breast: a sure sign of homesickness; or simply that you have much empathy for another person. Watching a baby nursing on its mother’s breast: much good luck in all your personal affairs. Having a large breast: prosperity is on the rise.
Depth Psychology: The breast usually expresses sexual desires, but also a need for love, safety, and security.
If you frequendy dream of cuddling against somebody’s breast, you may be afraid of taking life into your own hands and seek to escape back to that protected state.... Dreamers Dictionary
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
2- Psychologically we arc at our most vulnerable where matters of the heart are concerned, and most often need protection in that area.
To dream of someone else wearing a breastplate indicates their capacity to be hurl emotionally.
3- Our need to protect ourselves spiritually.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- Considered to be one of the most often dreamed about parts of the bodv. it is the svmbolism of the nourishment and love belonging to motherhood that is most often understood.
For a man to dream of breasts usually indicates his unconscious connection with his mother or the nurturing principle.
2- While intellectually we deny the need for mothering or ‘smother- love’, psychologically this need surfaces when we are under stress and usually comes up as the dream image of breasts.
3- Motherhood, protection and love.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
For a woman, having larger breasts in a dream may remark on her desire to give more. Breast disease may be a response to feeling that you have given too much to others. Sore nipples in a dream also suggests that others have been sucking your energy and that you feel depleted.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
For women, this dream may be indicative of a concern about becoming a mother.
For girls, they may be concerned about becoming a woman.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
Dreaming of losing a breast may alert us to health matters, or indicate that we are withholding love and affection from someone.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
For a woman, changes in size may suggest that she uses her feminine attributes in a different way.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of being topless in public means you feel anxious and out of control about something.
If you dream of getting breast implants, someone is taking advantage of your loving nature - be very careful with giving your affections. Also see “Breast Feeding” and “Breast Pump” below.... My Dream Interpretation
To see breasts full of milk or to suckle from them reflects a desire to return to infancy. This dream could have various origins. Probably it is due to a feeling of insecurity or loneliness, or the need for affection and cover. It could be that the problems is an excessive load of responsibilities or a state of high stress or anxiety.
If a woman dreams that her breasts are droopy and look bad, it means that she will experience heartbreak.
If they are white and big, she will be rich.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dreaming of breasts often connects to the level of self-care of the dreamer, whether the person is male or female. Even erotic dreams involving this symbol should be viewed through this concept. Breasts that are not real might indicate that the nurturing you are giving yourself as an adult is somehow false and not truly nutritious. Older or sagging breasts would indicate a resource that is no longer full. Breasts on a man could indicate a need to cultivate more sensitive and nurturing qualities.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If you were drunk in your dream, find further meaning under “Drunk Driving”... My Dream Interpretation
To see fires of brimstone, denotes you will be threatened with loss by contagion in your vicinity. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To dream of listening to a broadcast means we should be listening to the message that other people arc trying to get across.
2- Psychologically, the performer in us needs some form of self- expression.
3- Widespread spirituality.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A broadcaster in a dream also could represent a story teller, an advisor, a preacher, a reader, or an expert in investigating the news.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you dream of a bone being broken, it tells you that some area of your life is on shaky ground.
The solidity or strength beneath that which is creative or expressive is what is compromised.
If your dream included the injury itself, add the means by which your bones were broken to your interpretation, including if there was another person responsible.
The more creative you are with your rumination of these symbolic meanings, the more successful your interpretation will be.
(See Bones, Body Parts.)... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Sometimes the well is interpreted as cunningness, cheating, grief and sorrow.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
An Unknown Garden : It stands for Jannah. Entering and touring such a garden suggest that the observer will attain Jannah by way of making greater progress in matters of Deen.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you have such a dream, has something in your waking life changed dramatically and has that change caused you pain? If you are eating the glass, this suggests that you are taking in the painful experience, but it may be asked whether you are trying to swallow rather than acknowledge your pain.
If you are walking on glass, consider how your direction in life is causing you pain.... The Element Encyclopedia
If it is rough water, there is the possibility of social gaffes and gossip. See also River.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
If you dreamed of flying on a broomstick, this represents a situation with a negative or heartless female in your life.
If your flight was smooth and you flew high, you will triumph in this situation. But if you had trouble maintaining height and speed, or your flight was troublesome, you feel powerless in controlling the situation.... My Dream Interpretation
If the former is the case, it may be obvious to you: recent encounters with your brother or sister, or some piece of news about him or her may be recognized as prompting the dream. Always be on the look-out, though, for those dreams where a brother or sister plavs a symbolic role. The dream source may choose its materials - its images - from your recent external experiences, but what those dream images represent is nearly always some part of yourself. So please read on.
(2) In early childhood a brother or sister is a natural object of jealousy and hatred. In the eyes of a small child the mother may seem to be favouring his or her sibling. When a second child is bom, the firstborn is especially likely to develop hostile feelings towards the new’ rival for mother’s attention and affection. Sometimes w’e carrv such jealous grievances (at an unconscious level) into adult life, w’here they continue to affect our behaviour and attitudes.
It is then imperative that w’e sort them out, face up to them, acknowledge them for w’hat they are, and so liberate ourselves from their damaging influence (see (3) below, second paragraph, on projections).
(3) An elder brother or sister (brother for a male dreamer, sister for a female dreamer) may represent your ‘other self (‘alter ego’), that side of your personality that has so far been neglected and undeveloped. Jung called it ‘the Shadow’’. We start adult life w’ith a self-image that is usually some sort of compromise between what w’e w’ant to be or do and w’hat parents or society at large seems to require of us.
If this self-image corresponds to our actual abilities, all may be well for a while; but a time mav come w hen wre need to give attention to other facets of our (potential) self. These other facets - our Shadow- - will show- themselves to us in dreams; and one form they take in dreams is that of an elder brother or sister.
People often project their shadow- on to a sibling of the same sex as themselves; and if it is not projected, it may express itself in all kinds of aw kward and embarrassing ways - astonishing rudeness, for example, or other antisocial behaviour. The contrast between your conscious ego and your alter ego mav be as startling as that between Jekvll and Hyde. Don’t be alarmed, though: remember alw-ays that your unconscious is vour ally - vour best friend - and even the most frightening or appalling things that reveal themselves in dreams as parts of vour unconscious are frightening or appalling, first, because of their unfamiliaritv and / or secondly, because, having been neglected and locked away in the dark, they tend to behave like a neglected child and mav become mutinous (on this phenomenon, see Demon). Pay proper attention and proper respect to them, and their threatening features will disappear; they will prove themselves valuable supplements to vour personal equipment for coping with life and achieving full satisfaction and wholeness. Introduce them into your consciousness, identify them and their needs, and give them a controlled and appropriate part to play in your waking life.
Incidentally, one test you can apply to check whether you have a neglected shadow-self is to ask yourself if there is some characteristic that you particularly dislike in other people (particularly your partner): a domineering tendency’, perhaps, or an over-liberal attitude, or whatever.
If there is (and of course you need a lot of honesty’ to admit this), then that characteristic is likely to belong to your shadow-self. We tend to project on to other people the dark, ‘nasty5 things that live in our own unconscious.
If something is going wrong in our life, we tend to put the blame on to other people, the government, or our parents; we look for some scapegoat to carry the blame. The blame, how ever, is ours, because we have not put our own house in order: we have not paid due attention to the demands of our unconscious and have not allowed our ‘other self proper scope for expression in our life.
(4) When a female dreams of a brother, or a male dreams of a sister, the brother / sister may represent w’hat Jung called the ‘soul-image’, w’hich is the masculine side of a woman’s personality (her animus) or the feminine side of a man’s personality (his anima). There would seem to be very basic differences between man and woman arising out of different biological functions (as well as less basic differences that owe their existence to social conditioning). There are w’hat have traditionally been called feminine qualities and capacities (such as gentleness, a caring disposition, creativeness, cooperativencss and relatedness, intuition) and, similarly, what have been called masculine qualities (such as aggressiveness and competitiveness, rationality’, and a tendency to analyse and look for differences). However, it is widclv accepted nowadays among psychotherapists that the male psyche also contains feminine qualities and the female psyche also contains masculine qualities, albeit often dormant and neglected, or repressed.
If you arc a man, do you admire the ‘masculine’ tv pc of woman? If vou do, vou may be in need of redressing the balance in vour psyche: vour feminine side
has possibly swamped your masculinity, and you now need to promote the latter. In your case, the anima will be rather masculine. This is just one instance of a general rule: the animus / anima will have the opposite characteristics to the conscious self-image.
Either male or female dreamers may find themselves in a dream in an heroic relationship to an anima / animus figure. A man may, in a dream, rescue a damsel in distress; a woman may waken a dead prince with a kiss. These should be seen as invitations to incorporate your anima / animus into vour conscious functioning, to rescue it from oblivion and neglect: to make Cinderella or the Frog-Prince your partner in life. Personal wholeness cannot be achieved without this. See also Cinderella, Frog, section (3), Marriage.
(5) A sister in a man’s dream or a brother in a woman’s dream may take the dreamer into some frightening abyss, to the bottom of the sea, or into a dark forest. This may represent the man’s anima or the woman’s animus leading the ego into the unconscious, to discover, for example, the deep emotional causes of a psychosomatic illness; the repressed rage that lies at the bottom of a chronic boredom; or the fount of energy or wisdom that can furnish a more fully satisfying existence. Literary and mythological representations of this can be found in the examples of Beatrice, who led Dante safely into hell and out again, and Ariadne, whose thread enabled Theseus to find his way out of the Cretan labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur. Both hell and labyrinths are symbols of the unconscious. See also Labyrinth, Monster, Underworld.
(6) Sometimes the anima / animus figure in a dream may appear in some way hostile or threatening. For example, in a man’s dream the anima may take the form of an enchantress, a femme fatale, seducing men into a lake or ocean. The watery depths may be seen as symbolizing the depths of the unconscious. The meaning of such a dream may be that the dreamer needs to explore his other - unconscious - self, despite (or, more accurately, because of) its frightening and threatening aspect. Water, however, is a symbol of the feminine, too. The meaning of the dream, therefore, might be that die dreamer is too heavily fixated on his mother and needs to liberate himself by asserting his masculinity and independence; in extreme cases the man might be in danger of being “possessed’ or ‘swallowed up’ by the feminine within his psyche. Such a dream may be, however, not a warning, but an invitation: the unconscious may be urging the man to get on better terms - equal terms - with the feminine side of his psyche. Give your anima / animus equality, and it will cease from its mutinous attempts to take over the whole of your psyche.
In the case of a woman, a dream may contain a male seducer: some Pied Piper animus figure. Again, the dreamer will have to decide whether such a dream is a warning or an invitation: a warning against being carried away by her masculinity (perhaps she has not resolved her early father fixation), or an invitation to discover and utilize her neglected masculinity. Commonsense and, above all, honesty should guide her to the correct understanding of the dream; and in any case, bear in mind what was said above about giving equality to the anima / animus.
(7) The unconscious compensates the conscious mind. It contains those qualities and capacities which the conscious mind lacks. In this sense it is the opposite of the conscious mind; hence its otherness, its alien appearance.
It follows, therefore, that the image that represents anima or animus in a dream may be the opposite of the psychological type to which the dreamer belongs. For example, if you are a woman of the intellectual type (i.e. if thinking is your strong point at the conscious level), your animus may be represented in dreams as a sentimental type (a romantic Don Juan, for instance).
If you are a sentimental woman (moved at the conscious level mainly by feelings - including moral feelings), your animus may show itself as a bearded professor or other intellectual figure.
If you are an intuitive woman (an artist, for instance), your animus mav take a muscular he-man form in dreams (the sensational type, functioning most strongly at the sensory level).
(8) If brother and sister appear together in a dream, this may symbolize either the tension of opposites, or the union of opposites. The opposites are the conscious and the unconscious contents of the psyche. Their union and interfusion are the means by which the self- the true self that is already within you but waits to be unfolded - is realized.
The appearance of this symbol will usually be an auspicious sign, meaning that, despite all appearances to the contrary, there is within you a latent and attainable order and harmony. But of course you - the conscious ego - must make that latent order real by paying loving attention to the needs of your unconscious opposite (like the prince who wakes the sleeping beauty with an embrace).... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If a woman dreams of a younger brother, it can express either her own or her brother’s rivalry or vulnerability, but if she dreams of an older brother, it might signify her extrovert self.
The sister in dreams usually represents the feeling, expressive side of your personality and you can make contact with that side of yourself by understanding your sister’s personality.
If a man dreams of older sisters, it can represent anxiety but also caring.
If the sister is younger, however, she can symbolize the vulnerable side of the male dreamer.
If a woman dreams of younger sisters, it can suggest rivalry, but if she dreams of older sisters, she may be concerned about her own practicality.... The Element Encyclopedia
Important information or truth you need to gather up (see Water). Remember, however, that one must go to the well and lower the bucket for it to be useful.
An alternative cup emblem that indicates more profuse quantities.... The Language of Dreams
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
2- If we dream of being Buddhist, we need to look at the difference between western and eastern religion.
3- Spiritual Clarity and all that it entails.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If your buddy list is empty the dream may be suggesting that it is time to communicate with your tribe.
If your buddy list is overflowing, then you may be dealing with issues of quantity versus quality. See Text Messages, Instant Message and Friend.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the ammunition belongs to someone else, this represents things that you feel other people can use against you, such as lies, anger and so on.
If you have the ammunition, it can represent assets you have that can build your confidence, things you could say or do to wound others if you had to.
If you run out or don’t have any ammunition, you may be feeling hopeless about a situation and unable to defend your position.... The Element Encyclopedia
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
Even a wounded bust predicts money luck.
If the dream involved a suckling baby, you can expect to be very happy indeed in the near future.
See also Breast, Art, Sculpture, and Statue(s).... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you’re with a group of friends, however, support of all kinds is available from people who care for you.
If the caf? is chic and nicely decorated, your world is pretty much in order, but if it’s a shabby place, both your spirits and your life circumstances could use a lift, and you may need to seek it outside your usual domain... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
Dreaming of California is an indication of an exciting venture undertaken followed by positive results. Risks taken at this time may herald an upturn in your financial situation. California within a dream is a reminder to honor your ambitious nature as you have the ability to succeed in the career of your choice.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
(Also see Chandler)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If empty, the reverse. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Vision: A candlestick with burning candles indicates a happy love relationship, and perhaps a beautiful party ahead. See Lamp, Light.... Dreamers Dictionary
If empty, the reverse.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
Folklore: A secret is being told to you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
3. Sense that one is going to be devoured.
4. One wants to “eat” someone else (sexual act). ... New American Dream Dictionary
The desire to establish an intimate relationship with somebody. You feel you are eaten up by something, usually a relationship. See Incest.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A cannibal also represents power, control, and a battle for energy. See Venting Dreams, Animal, Fight and Flight.... Strangest Dream Explanations
(Just kidding!) This dream may reflect dark, destructive and forbidden desires or obsessions. Cannibals literally consume other people’s lives and, along with it, their energy. When interpreting this dream, consider those things which consistently drain you and take away from your enthusiasm and the general quality of your life. It may be any number of things, such as career or a relationship. However, realize that you are not a victim of life, but rather its creator. Thus, make changes which will increase your energies, but not take away from others. Some believe that dreaming about cannibalism is a dream warning the dreamer to stay away from things that are destructive and less than honorable.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
To be aware of eating human flesh may indicate our dislike of unsuitable foods or actions. There is often a part of ourselves we have not ‘internalised’ which we need to absorb.
2- Eating human flesh in a dream can mean that we are taking in wrong information.
3- Absorbing powers or qualities belonging to someone else.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
It is a warning to stay out of those kind of situations if you have not already been tempted into it.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
To be aware of eating human flesh may indicate our dislike of unsuitable foods or actions. There is often a part of ourselves we have not ‘internalized’ which we need to absorb.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of being a cannibal means you are scared by your own feelings and desires.... My Dream Interpretation
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
A carnival when masks are used, or when incongruous or clownish figures are seen, implies discord in the home; business will be unsatisfactory and love unrequited. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Beware, what looks worthwhile and solid may be a come-on.
3. If one has the opportunity to go to a carnival and misses it, one may be avoiding an opportunity that only comes along every so often. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A dream about carnival points either to the need to stop pretense, to take off your mask (the persona, and show the true Self). Or it could be a message to be more outgoing and have more fun.
The image of the carnival often appears when you feel rigid and cut off from life. Particularly, when, in the dream, you are rejecting the carnival, you are denying your own wild and carefree side. Furthermore, carnival is also always connected to the Fool, a symbol that combines the absurd and the wise, and represents freedom. On the other hand, the fool is also somebody who, in a conventional sense, is unable to organize his everyday activities.
Folklore: Advancement.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A carnival may dircct you to look back at an event within the last few days that brought you fulfillment, or point to a colorful and magical experience that you enjoyed immensely... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If you are watching ‘freak shows’ then you have a lack of peace and fulfillment within your home life. Sadness will be coming to parts of your life that were once happy and content.
To dream about being on a carnival ride indicates that you are traveling in loops. It could also represent simple enjoyment; the kind that leave no lasting impression.
To dream that you have run away with a carnival represents that you will have close ties or will be involved with the entertainment industry in some manner.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To join in a carnival and enjoy yourself shows that you will be treated to some unusual entertainment in the near future.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you observe freakish sights, there is a lack of harmony in your family life.
To dream that you are on a carnival ride, suggests that you are going in circles in your life. It may also symbolize cheap thrills.
If you dream that you run away with the carnival, you will be involved the entertainment field one day.... My Dream Interpretation
If you are performing in the carnival, you are due for a period of many changes.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If the sensation of the dream feels connected to being a guest at the carnival, then interpret this dream through the lens of play.
If the dream is more a behind-the-scenes experience, then you may be connecting to your rebellious nature.
(See Circus.) ... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The image of a cash register often means limited access to the world around you, which is blamed on money. You would rather have more than be more, indicating greed.
On the other hand, the cash register is a place where money is kept in an orderly fashion, protected and saved. In this case, Money is a symbol for your abilities and talents.
Folklore: Good omen, prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A cash register whose drawer is stuck may remark on your inability to make money.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
See your doctor.... 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
To see an old and vine-covered castle, you are likely to become romantic in your tastes, and care should be taken that you do not contract an undesirable marriage or engagement. Business is depressed after this dream.
To dream that you are leaving a castle, you will be robbed of your possessions, or lose your lover or some dear one by death. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. One is dreaming of glory. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A castle in a dream also represents its owners, an army’s fortification, or it may represent knowledge, the Qur’an, or it could mean seeking refuge in God’s protection from the evils of the accursed Satan and his armies, such as deities, preposterous or exaggerated titles, etcetera.
The towers of a castle in a dream represent the leaders. Its battlement represents the solders and spies. Its gates represent the guards. Its fortress represents the minister. Its hospices and barns represent the clan or the coffers.
It is also said that a castle in a dream could represent an infallible and a strong person. Seeing it from a distance. means rising in rank or guarding one’s chastity.
(Also see Citadel; Fortress)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Dreaming of visiting a castle indicates you’ll soon be traveling.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
1- Dreaming of a castle links us right back to the feminine principle of the enclosed and defended private space. It can represent the fantastic or perhaps difficulty in obtaining our objectives.
2- Before we can be fully open to other people, we normally have to let down our barriers, and being trapped in a castle may represent our difficulty in freeing ourselves from old attitudes. Trying to enter a castle signifies that we recognise obstacles which have to be overcome.
3- Spiritual testing; overcoming obstacles in order to gain greater understanding.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Entering is a premonition of marriage with someone you have known only a short time.
Leaving a castle alone betokens the breaking of an engagement; with a party, it is the sign of a quarrel that may or may not turn out disastrously.
Seeing a castle forecasts an impending change in your circumstances, either in love affairs or in finances.... The Complete Dream Book
Depth Psychology: The castle is a warning of being too vain and ambitious. See Fortress, Palace.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream that you live in a castle represents your desire for solace and safety. Be careful that you don’t distance yourself from those who love and care for you.
To dream of standing outside a castle indicates the awakening of a powerful source of wisdom within you at this time.
To dream of standing inside a castle suggests there may be a visit or connection with an authority figure. Be sure to listen to any advice given as this may lead to the unlocking of powerful energy and information leading you to fulfillment.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A man will tend to dream of trying to enter one.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If you see an old castle, dilapidated but still beautiful, disappointment and frustration may disturb you temporarily.
If you live in a dream castle, tradition promises vast riches and holdings.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
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
If you are trapped in a castle in your dream, this may indicate that you have problems freeing yourself from old habits or attitudes. Trying to enter a castle may signify obstacles that you need to overcome before you can progress in waking life. See also BUILDINGS.... The Element Encyclopedia
Physical matters, as with any structure. Note the condition of each portion of the castle and its relationship to your body (see Body, Car).
According to Henry David Thoreau, the image of our highest hopes and aspirations that may or may not have any foundation to uphold them (e.g., building “castles in the air”).
Matters of honor or chivalry, going back to medieval tradition.
A place or situation that seems safe and secure, as if surrounded by an impenetrable mote.
The mote, however, may also represent obstacles or ai~mor that you place between yourself and others.
Being locked in the tower or dungeon of a castle: A type of cage dream.
An old, vine-covered castle represents romantic idealism that may not have any footing in reality. Take care not to get locked into this vision without being aware that the “here and now” cannot always meet up to lofty expectations.... The Language of Dreams
Or are you feeling so vulnerable that you are putting up emotional defenses to protect yourself? The symbol of the castle is that of a place where you can defend yourself from attack, so it may represent the methods you use to protect yourself from ‘attack’. On the other hand, your dream may highlight your self- imposed isolation from others, and the sense of security you get from being self- reliant.
If your stronghold came under siege, did you identify the faces of your attackers? Are these people you know in waking life? And did your dream defenses hold firm? If they did, this suggests that you are successfully fending off attempts to wound or get through to your emotions.
If you are a man who dreamed that you are laying siege to a castle, the Freudian interpretation is that it expresses your desire to have sex with a woman who has resisted your advances. The castle is also a place of historical interest, so it may suggest a need to look to the past for inspiration. It can also represent a mandala, a symmetrical pattern that symbolizes the psyche.
If a courtyard or moat appears in the dream, this again refers to protection or the desire to feel safe and secure. The shape of the moat or courtyard will also be relevant.... The Element Encyclopedia
A castle in a dream may also represent feelings of security, protection, isolation or remoteness. You may have a castle dream when you have realized a desire or accomplished a goal. Darkened castles may be symbolic of unconscious or unfocused desires, at times, black castles represent our failures and white, or lighted castles, symbolize achievement and awareness. Home and ruling authorities within.Contained life.Group consciousness. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The more unpleasant the dose, the better it will be for the dreamer.... Mystic Dream Book
The dream graphically shows that sexual drives are like a living process.
Trauma and/or fear regarding sexual drive, possibly leading to ‘cutting off’ full sexual flow; fear of the responsibility which develops with sexual maturity; the difficulty in facing the pains and adjustments which come with rejection by the opposite sex, competition for work and wealth, standing without parental support, making decisions, discriminating in the world of ideas and exercise of will.
Doing it to oneself: denying one’s own sexual drive, introverted anger at sexual drive; the conflict of choice between feminine and masculine. Done to one: trauma in sexual nature. Doing it to another: one’s own sexual pains or trauma may lead to the unconscious killing out of sexuality in one’s children or others. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
1- In anv dream that contains sexual trauma, we are usually being alerted to our inner fears.
The violent act of castration in a dream indicates the damage we are doing to ourselves in denying such fears.
2- Conventionally, there may be some difficulty in coming to terms with the conflict between the masculine and feminine within oneself.
3- We are prepared to make a life sacrifice, to give up or control the sexual act in favour of celibacy.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
For a male to dream of castration, it may infer the individual has not come to terms with their sexuality. It may also mean the dreamer has not dealt with prior sexual trauma.... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation
Whether the castration was your own, someone else’s, or involved animals, its augury is that of eventual triumph over ail obstacles and/or opposition to your aims.
See also Operation.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
2. Overall fear of sexual inadequacy.
3. Fear that someone—usually a female love interest— seeks to emasculate one.
4. Fear of failing at work.
5. Fear of failing in sports.
6. Fear that another male will show that he’s more potent sexually.
7. One feels that one has lost a sense of self.
8. One feels one is in a relationship that results in the loss of sense of self. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one meets a castrated person who is unknown to him and who has a dignified look and speaks words of wisdom in the dream, it means that he has met an angle who is conveying glad tidings or bringing a warning from his Lord. Ifhe recognizes the castrated person in his dream, it means that he has met with an acquaintance of his. Seeing oneselfcastrated in a dream also means increase in one’s devotion and guarding of his chastity. Castration in a dream also means negation of favors, loss of one’s family or children, or it may imply absence of mannerism, choosing to satisfy one’s personal comfort over the interests of others, and it represents evil intent or hypocrisy.
(Also see Impotence)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A woman is not likely see herself as a castrated man, and aggressive masculinity is today accepted by man and woman as an important part of themselves and does not need to be punished with castration. Castration dreams today are mostly seen as referring to work and vitality. Also, castration dreams dreamed by women and men are often a reference to their relationship.
If a relationship is problematic and a partner feels restricted, fantasies and images about castration are normal. Castration dreams, in rare cases, may also have a positive side: one is liberating oneself from burdensome tasks. See Donkey, Genital Organ, Sexuality.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If these dreams appear frequently, you might consider seeking professional help.
A woman dreaming about the castration of a man, a cat, or any other animal, usually indicates feelings of aversion toward male sex- uality. Be honest: do vou really want to castrate him?... Dreamers Dictionary
The violent act of castration in a dream indicates the damage we are doing to ourselves in denying such fears, or in denying natural urges.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
(1) In a man’s dream castration may mean he has lost, or feels he has lost - or might lose - his sexual drive or his manliness. Sell-castration is not uncommon.
If is a result of fears arising from some traumatic experience of sex, or feelings of guilt or disgust bred by early indoctrination.
(2) Occasionally, in a man’s dream, castration may express homosexual inclinations, or some kinds of disenchantment with his masculinity (which includes other aspects than sexuality: ambition, drive, aggressiveness, competitiveness, relying on head rather than heart).... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
The myth in which Saturn castrated his father represents the fear of maturity and the desire to supplant the father’s figure.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you escaped injury and/or gave assistance in any way, the change will be a happy one; otherwise you would be well advised to avoid any form of risk in the year ahead.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you are in the cage with them, it could suggest a need to break free from constraints.
If you dream of an animal tangled in barbed wire or in a trap, this could suggest an unhappy relationship with yourself or someone else.
If the animal seems calm, it suggests inner strength during adversity but if the animal panics, unhappy memories or unhealthy habits are limiting your potential for development and growth.... The Element Encyclopedia
The second celestial sphere represents the scribes of a king.
The third celestial sphere represents a marriage to a woman from a noble lineage.
The fourth celestial sphere represents leadership, prosperity and reverence.
The fifth celestial sphere represents marriage to a most beautiful woman. Travelling in its orbit together with its stars in that galaxy in a dream means travelling to meet a ruler, a warrior, a pious man, or a perfect man.
The sixth celestial sphere represents knowledge, blessings and steadfastness.
The seventh celestial sphere represents the inner circles of a ruler.
The eight celestial sphere represents the company of a great ruler.
The ninth celestial sphere represents the company of a revered man. Seeing the tenth celestial sphere or the all-encompassing sphere in a dream means meeting the greatest ruler. Orbiting a celestial sphere or a galaxy or seeing them in a dream means rising in station and honor, attaining one’s goals, or increase in one’s power.
If one sees the all-encompassing sphere in a dream, it means that he will meet the Almighty Lord, the Master of the universes, God Almighty Himself or become the intimate friend of the greatest ruler in the world.
If one sees himself in a dream changing the order of stars, galaxies or constellations, it means being unjust or trying to obscure the truth.
If a woman sees herself under the first celestial sphere in a dream, it means that she will marry someone from the ruling class.
(Also see Constellations, Dog; Moon; Skies; Star)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: See Furniture, Chair, Sofa. Chalice
Vision: Seeing a chalice: great sorrow ahead. Drinking from a chalice: joy and calm waters are yours right now. Breaking a chalice: bad news will spoil your fun.
Depth Psychology: The chalice symbolizes the “vessel of your soul, “ where all your emotions, hopes, and desires reside and of which you are only partly aware. It also is representative of the relationship you have with your feminine side and your mother. Often the chalice stands for the “cup of sorrow.” See Cup, Container.... Dreamers Dictionary
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
If it shows children dancing, much joy is yours, and if you see dating couples dance the Charleston you will have great success in your endeavors.
If you are one of the dancers you have an omen that tells you that your business enterprise will grow and expand.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
To dream that you administer chastisement to another, signifies that you will have an ill-tempered partner either in business or marriage.
For parents to dream of chastising their children, indicates they will be loose in their manner of correcting them, but they will succeed in bringing them up honorably. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If the dream involved children being chastised, it might be wise to get a medical checkup.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Depth Psychology: See Bill, Cafe, Proprietor, Restaurant.... Dreamers Dictionary
If women dream about a chemist, it is usually addressing her animus.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
2- The chemist on a psychological level is the part of us which looks after health concerns and self-healing.
3- The Alchemist is one who changes base material (basic spiritual knowledge) into spiritual gold.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you dream of radioactive compounds, this may reflect the effect of other people’s thoughts or feelings upon yourself, or indicate the extent of your influence on the lives of other people.... The Element Encyclopedia
(Also see Chess; Chessboard; Chessmen)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a woman sees her beloved inside her chest in a dream, it means that she is suffering because of him or complaining about him, or if she is ill, it means that she will recover from her illness.
To have a broad chest in a dream also means giving preference to others’ needs. One’s chest in a dream also represents what one may conceal in it ofknowledge, guidance, heedlessness or it could represent a coffer where one hides his money. One’s chest in a dream also represents a guest, one’s wife, a rank, a position, magnanimity or generosity.
The narrowness of one’s chest in a dream represents heedlessness, or it could mean going astray, loss of money, or one’s stinginess. Ifone sees his chest turned into a stone in a dream, it means that he is a hard hearted person. However, a broad chest in a dream also could signify being unjust.
The chest in a dream also represents the house of worries and anxieties. Having chest pain in a dream denotes a sin one is being punished for, or it could mean being a spendthrift or generous in other than God’s pleasure, and the pain in the dream represents his punishment for it. Ifa man sees himselfhaving a woman’s breasts in his dream, it means that he will get married, or fall in love with a woman, or have a secret affair that will turn into a scandal.
(Also see Body’)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Breasts in woman’s dream: Example: ‘I was about to lie down naked near my grandmother as I was caring for her, when she started to suckle my breast.
For a short time I was very frightened that she would hurt me or even suck my breast right off, but she didn’t and it felt very good as I fed her. It felt as if we were one, our bodies forming a circle’ (Kate). Here Kate gives of herself, even though frightened, and feels whole —the circle. In many women’s dreams the breasts figure prominently in a generally sexual dream. Breasts in a man’s dream: return to infant dependence; sexual desire. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
To dream that you are beating on your chest implies that you have just achieved an important victory or have found success.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A closed chest in a dream is indicative of a need to hide our true selves, in particular, our emotions and ideals.
An open chest infers we are vulnerable but open to being loved.... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation
If you dream of a pirate’s treasure chest, then this symbolizes wealth and treasure.
If it is a buried chest, then you are keeping your talent buried. See Breast and Heart.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To dream of chest hair on a man symbolizes vanity, seduction and passion.
If you dreamed of hair growing on your chest, you have been keeping something inside that needs to get out. Share your confusion with a trusted friend.... My Dream Interpretation
See also Bust, Breast, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(1) The human chest may symbolize emotions. A tight or aching chest may indicate pent-up emotion, or tension; and this may be so even if one of the causes of that symbol is purely physical — a touch of bronchitis or whatever.
(2) Female breasts may represent either mother, or motherhood / nurturing, or sexual desire.
A WOODEN CHEST OR BOX
A wooden chcst / box may symbolize your (true) self.
If there is a hint of treasure in the chest, the treasure is all the wonderful potential that lies in the as yet unexplored and unintegrated parts of yourself.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If body; heart chakra, God or love center within.... The Dream Books Symbols
A beautiful, healthy chest is a sign of happiness; of great dimensions,
Chestnut It is a fruit related to winter and scarcity, suggesting the idea of foresight. Formerly considered suitable food for the dead, the chestnut is representative of long life, health, and protection. Some Nordic traditions advise to always carry one in your pocket, renewing it each year as a talisman of good luck and a charm against diseases.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Emotionally, we need to give some limitation to our feelings and secret desires. In dreams a box whether plain or otherwise will show how we handle life.
Pandora’s Box and the story of how negativity was released into the world is the best example of a box image 011 a spiritual level. We need to be aware that care must be taken when first exploring the spiritual.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A chest or box represents all those things we suppress or want to keep hidden, sometimes the darker side of ourselves, sometimes aspects that we have not yet explored. We need to be aware that care must be taken when first exploring the spiritual.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A jewel box signifies that which needs to be kept safe and only made use of when appropriate.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
(Also see Bodyl; Chest”; Pain)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Who is “pulling the chestnuts out of the fire” here? Will it be to your advantage or does it serve someone else? Are others helping you?... Dreamers Dictionary
A chestnut tree indicates you will have sons. See also Tree.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
For a young woman to dream of eating or trying her fortune with them, she will have a well-to-do lover and comparative plenty.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
An unmarried woman who has this dream will make a good marriage with a man who will be faithful and reasonably successful in business. Men who have this dream will have devoted wives.... The Complete Dream Book
If you were splitting or opening the chestnuts, you will solve a mystery or a problem which has been plaguing you.
If you cooked the nuts, you are in danger of being exploited by someone you trust; eating chestnuts in a dream predicts happy relations (sexual and/or social as may apply) with the opposite sex.
Lucky you.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To see one in order, indicates pleasant friends and entertainments. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Your dream childhood home can help give you clues about your current situation and help you examine your personality. What kind of house was it? Was it a large or small house, and did you think it was the same size when you were young? Are you still living in the same house? How many floors did it have? How many windows? What was its shape? Most of us live in square houses with corners, but some people’s houses are round with no corners. Some suggest this may have a profound effect on a person’s psychology because circles represent infinity and thus no restrictions. Can you remember what colors your house was painted in; how do those colors affect your feelings now? If something good always happened to you in a certain room, the color of that room may still make you happy for the rest of your life. Was there a place in your house where you went if you were miserable, or a place where something bad happened? What were the colors and shapes that were involved? Is it a dark place or a light place?
Although you are by no means doomed to repeat past mistakes, your dreaming mind may use your first home as an important reference throughout your life and you may often find yourself trying to work through current issues in the setting of this childhood home. Try to think of such dreams as an opportunity to reflect on your basic beliefs about home and family. Are you repeating patterns from your childhood in a current relationship and situation? Can your dream help you relate the past to your present life and to your life in the future?... The Element Encyclopedia
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If the chopsticks were damaged, you may expect to make a long journey, or to see old friends soon.... My Dream Interpretation
If in the garden of the Gethsemane, sorrowing adversity will fill your soul, great longings for change and absent objects of love will be felt.
To see him in the temple scourging the traders, denotes that evil enemies will be defeated and honest endeavors will prevail. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Live one’s life like christ. ... New American Dream Dictionary
The dream also suggests that you search for greater self-knowledge, new insights, new goals, all in the service of personal growth. In an indirect way, the image of Christ is like a Guru, there to help you discover your true self.
The dream also indicates that you are living in harmony with yourself, your fate, the world, and that you are trusting in a higher power.
A very profound dream!... Dreamers Dictionary
One might be tempted to say that the Christ figure means whatever it means for you. That mav be true; but you are advised to consider the following possibilities.
(1) The Christ figure may represent perfection for you.
If so, it may be
functioning in your dream as a representation of your own true self. There may be a sense in which the Christ / supreme value is outside and beyond us: we are not yet perfect. However, the Christ in your dream comes from your own unconscious and signifies that what is of supreme value is realizable in yourself: indeed, it is yoprself, your not- yet-realized but potential self.
(2) If the figure is that of the Christ as a child, the interpretation given above is strengthened. See also Child, sections (3) and (4).
(3) If there is any association of homosexuality or bisexuality with the Christ in your dream, this again would tend to confirm the interpretation in (1) above. The hermaphrodite (literally, a fusion of the god Hermes and the goddess Aphrodite) is a recurring figure in religious symbolism - for example, the Hindu representation of Shiva as part man, part woman. It stands for the union of opposites. In psychic terms, such a figure represents the bringing together of conflicting forces such as conscious and unconscious, thought and feeling, ‘spirit5 and ‘body5, extroversion and introversion. See also Marriage.
(4) If the Christ in your dream is the crucified Christ, it may be a symbol of martyrdom.
If you identify with this figure, so that you are the wronged sufferer, ask yourself what purpose is being served by adopting this role. Does it make you happy? Well, pain may give pleasure if it helps us to feel ‘different5 and superior. (And that is often the other side of a martyrdom complex: an inflated view of self - inflated by fantasy.) But to get happiness by making yourself unhappy is self contradictory.
Your dream is most likely telling you to look at yourself objectively, and to get rid of the fantasy that has taken possession of you. It may help you to do so if you can identify the occasion that first started off this programme of self-punishment, or - failing that - any later occasions that reinforced the programme. The first cause will probably be some childhood feelings of guilt; and almost certainly it will be an imagined guilt, with little or no justification. (For instance, did you have, as a child, erotic desires for your parent of the opposite sex? So did we all.)
Above all, realize that you are not in the grip of some inexorable fate. What we call fate is actually those unconscious self-programmings that
begin as attempts to ward off the anxious fears that arise when our desires conflict with (real or imagined) parental or other authoritative disapproval.
(5) What is the Christ in your dream doing or saying? Is he healing someone - you? If so, the figure probably represents Nature’s power of healing that lies within yourself. The fact that this inner healing power reveals itself in a symbol means that it lies in your unconscious. You need to activate it, and the first step towards this consists of getting to know yourself better - vour unconscious self. In particular you need to get to know the opposed positive and negative forces at work in you and that element within you - perhaps long neglected - that is essential for healing. In psychological terms ‘healing’ means wholeness and harmony (the resolution of all serious inner conflicts). What is it vou need in your life to bring about wholeness? What part of you has been neglected?
The fact that the healing Christ has appeared in your dream, however, is a very good sign. It means that your unconscious is offering you its healing power. Don’t refuse it.
(6) Is the Christ figure pronouncing forgiveness? If so, it may mean either that you have been suffering from guilt-feelings and you have identified these as the symptoms of an inner conflict and are now ready to let go of the guilt and the tension; or that your unconscious is now offering you the means by w hich those guilt-feelings and the associated paralysing anxiety’ can be laid to rest once and for all.
In essence, forgiveness is a dissolving of guilt and anxiety’ (i.e. fear of punishment); and the dissolving agent is objective intelligence which sees through the guilt-feelings to their innocent cause. How can an innocent cause give rise to guilt-feelings? The answer lies in the power of fantasy, w’hich, especially in early childhood (w’hen, according to the psychologist Jean Piaget, no distinction is made between fantasy and reality’), makes mortal sins out of natural and unavoidable desires and leads to a belief that the whole world is bent on punishing the ‘offender’.
(7) Does the Christ figure in vour dream suggest submission and self- surrender, or non-resistance? If so, the dream may be understood to be showing you a pattern in your life that you need to change - a negative pattern of submitting to ‘fate’ or ‘circumstances outside your control’. Alternatively, it could be urging you to practise a positive kind of submission, in w’hich the ego gives wray to the greater wisdom of the unconscious, and false ambitions give wav to the promptings of the
inner true self - which represents your true ‘destiny5 (not to be confused with ‘fate5: fate is external, destiny comes from within).
(8) Is it the risen - resurrected - Christ who appears in the dream? If so, this may be taken as an auspicious sign of potential self-renewal or self-transcendence: the possibility of rising to a new and fuller selfhood, leaving behind all deep internal conflict, anxiety and discontent.
(9) Is the Christ in your dream surrounded by four figures (the four evangelists, or their symbols - angel, lion, ox, eagle)? This is a mandala (see Mandala), which represents psychic wholeness.
NB It can be dangerous to rely too heavily on a being outside ourselves. For example, to think of our sins as being off-loaded on to an external Christ may be a useful and, indeed, healthy stratagem so long as the idea is not taken literally; so long, that is, as it is seen as a symbolic representation of an internal process in which the sin-dissolving agent is our own intelligent T. Otherwise, we are in danger of relinquishing responsibility for our actions and for our own future.
The Christ figure - like all other figures that occur in your dreams - is thrown up by your unconscious and is a pictorial representation of something in the depths of your psyche.
This does not contradict the religious view of the Christ as a universal reality. It would seem that there is a layer of the individual psyche which is not an individual possession but belongs to Nature as such and manifests itself in every existing being. Psychology and theology meet in the mystical understanding which sees the Christ as the universal T, the only subject there is. This is to see all things and all persons as incarnations or embodiments of one and the same reality. This mystical view is found in all the great religious traditions.
If this view is true, it provides a basis for an immediate and intimate relation between the individual and God, a relationship which can properly serve as a source of certainty and confidence, a correct self-esteem and immunity to anxiety.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
There are many ways to reach spiritual truth, as there are many religions to reach your own God. Dreams of this type show those ways.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
It signifies hard work for little reward.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
2. If christmas is joyful, it reﬂects optimism about a project. ... New American Dream Dictionary
For some, however, Christmas is synonymous with materialism, shopping and the pressure of gift buying.
To the inner child, Christmas is symbolic of joy, magic, enchantment and the belief that anything is possible. Consider the context and feeling tone of your dream.... Strangest Dream Explanations
It is also representative of new beginnings and fresh starts.... My Dream Interpretation
A reflection of past ties with family and friends, meaning they imparted to your life; strengths you can draw upon in the present.... The Dream Books Symbols
It is also a way to embrace tradition and have loving moments with the family. Many people, meanwhile, associate Christmas with children. Dreaming repeatedly of the holidays may be due to emotional deprivation.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
To see one dismantled, foretells some painful incident will follow occasions of festivity. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2- We may recognise in a Christmas tree the lightening up of a situation which has been either oppressive or depressive.
3- The tree of rebirth and immortality, because of its evergreen qualities.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If your dream of a Christmas Tree occurs in December, it may indicate the expected pleasures and anxieties associated with the holiday season.... My Dream Interpretation
A Christmas tree: expect a lot of joy and happiness.... Dreamers Dictionary
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
To draw from one, foretells that you will enlarge in your pastime and enjoyment in a manner which may be questioned by propriety.
To see an empty one, foretells despairing change from happiness to sorrow.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The cistern of a fellowship house, a khanakah or a mosque in a dream represents its Imam or its supervising spiritual teacher or the caretaker and guard of the property. Ifone sees the water cistern of the house sitting in an unsuitable place in that house in a dream, it represents the spirit of a jinni who pursues such a person or who may haunt his house.
If one sees a well being used as a cistern in his house in a dream, it denotes that the dwellers of that house are of the middle class, or it could mean that the water of that house is salty or nonpotable.
If one sees the cistern filled with butter or honey or milk in a dream, it means that one’s wife is pregnant, or it could mean prosperity for that family.
If the family of such a house is thirsty in the dream, and if the cistern is filled with other than water, then it means that they owe alms tax and must pay the necessary charity on their assets, or it could mean that such a family has turned its back to God’s path and preferred worldly gains instead, or that they have a knowledge that they do not practice, or it could mean shortage of rain in that locality that necessitates spending money on God’s path.
A cistern in a dream also could represent a protective shield or a pocket, one’s dignity, blessings or attaining a respectable rank or dispelling difficulties. However, this interpretation can only apply for those who use a cistern or a similar water container or a water dispenser and in their case, it also could mean peace and protection from any fears.
(See Urn)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If your dream involved falling into a cistern, it is a warning to avoid stepping on influential toes.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Vision: Looking at or finding clams: a pleasant, peaceful, and harmonious future (particularly for a female dreamer). Watching a clam being opened: a carefully protected secret is revealed or betrayed.
Depth Psychology: The clam, mussel, and oyster represent female sex organs, and the dream, therefore, expresses erotic desires (particularly in men s dreams). But the dream also suggests a rich emotional life and a vulnerability that is hidden inside hard shells. Maybe there is even a pearl hidden inside? See Jewelry, Pearl. Would you like to hide inside a mussel, or ttclam up” and be silent? See Crab.... Dreamers Dictionary
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
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
A dream of visiting a clinic or helping in one predicts surprising news. Also see “Addict/Addiction”.... My Dream Interpretation
For a young woman to dream of a cloister, foretells that her life will be made unselfish by the chastening of sorrow. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The cloister is also a symbol of sanctuary in times of trouble. This might be a suggestion to learn to deal with discipline—either to exercise more or to be more gentle.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Depth Psychology: A cloister stands for your idea of the “meaning of life.” It is also a symbol of your faith, your trust in God, or your spiritual strength. See Church. Maybe you would like to pull back in order to renew your strength.... Dreamers Dictionary
Depth Psychology: A downpour announces unexpected good luck in a quandary that you could not have resolved with your head alone. That makes a cloudburst represent good luck—even if you get wet in the process.... Dreamers Dictionary
Vision: In a woman’s dream: hearing a cock crowing: be careful when dealing with men. Seeing a rooster and a woman means satisfaction in all matters of love (for both sexes). Watching a cock laying eggs: play the lottery you just might win!
Depth Psychology: The cock is usually a symbol of masculine sexuality. Depending on how it appears in the dream, it is a warning about being too aggressive, or a sign of repressed masculine characteristics (if the rooster has been plucked). By the way, a rooster play’s mean tricks in order to copulate with hens.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you are having a stroke in your dream, is there an area of your life in which you feel unable to take action and about which you are feeling particularly frustrated? If you dream that you have cancer or some other lifethreatening disease, it is unlikely that you actually have the disease in question. However, if you are concerned and feel run down, it might be worth seeing your doctor. It is more likely that the cancer in your dream is referring to a person or a problem that is eating away at you and lowering your resistance in real life. Try to work out who or what it may be. On the other hand, you may know someone who is born under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, and the dream could be referring in some way to them.... The Element Encyclopedia
For many, to say, “I understand you” is synonymous with “I love you.”... Strangest Dream Explanations
A database would, for instance, suggest the ordering of information. Text messaging might suggest brief but necessary information, whereas a fax, being slightly outdated, requires us to bring what we know up to date.
The telephone signifies communication with unseen people and might therefore highlight communication with the spirit world.
The television is, quite literally, a medium through which information is passed.
The internet will tend to signify wider, more global, communication and available information.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A stored document suggests that we are making a link with past memories or stored information which we may need to access in order to progress.
The computer and other high technology images are now such a part of people’s lives that it very much depends on other circumstances in the dream as to the correct interpretation of the image.
A computer crashing, for instance, suggests that there is a problem with the means of communication rather than communication itself. As modern day technology spreads, such an image may simply be a means of conveying a message from the unconscious to the conscious mind, whereas in other cases it will be a reminder of personal potential or abilities.
A keyboard, requiring a certain degree of skill, can suggest the stages of proficiency we need to acquire in order to communicate our ideas efficiently.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
• It can also indicate feelings of isolation and being left out. Do you feel unable to express yourself? Are you being heard? Are you failing to get your message across? • Communication dreams are also a way for your dreaming mind to communicate a relevant message to you so pay attention to what you hear or see written down in these types of dreams.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
If you dream that you have muddled your words, this suggests a vain struggle to attract the attention of someone in your dream. The inability to say the right words when you meet them may symbolize feelings of inadequacy in real life or a deep sense of frustration that the important people in your life, or the people you respect and admire, do not appreciate or even notice you. One of the most distressing scenarios in a dream is when you try to talk or cry out but have no voice.
If you have such a dream, try to work out who is not hearing you in waking life; do you need to listen more and give your voice a rest?
Tripping up in public, forgetting your words when giving a speech, treading on someone’s toes in a dance, or spilling food and drink over a VIP can all betray a deep sense of social inadequacy, even with regard to people close to you. Perhaps your ineptitude masks an element of defiance, expressing your feelings of frustration with the stifling rules and norms of social convention.
If someone you know appears in a dream but you find yourself unable to recognize them, this suggests feelings of frustration or ambivalence towards that person in waking life. A similar sense is conveyed if you are looking on as a spy whilst a friend or lover commits a crime, or an illicit or compromising act.... The Element Encyclopedia
A religious sacrament, drinking from christ’s cup of regeneration... Dream Dictionary Unlimited
The 64-million dollar question: “How do you feel about religion?”
In addition, important here is the dual nature of bread and wine, which mirror a duality: the material versus the spiritual world.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To dream of social companions, denotes light and frivolous pastimes will engage your attention hindering you from performing your duties. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Being accompanied by a person you don’t recognize: something in you, some part of your personality, has grown up and wants to “to go its own way.”... Dreamers Dictionary
To see the gnostics of a land means increase in one’s knowledge.
To see the wise men of a land, means increase in one’s wisdom.
To see the preachers of a town in a dream means spiritual growth and increase in one’s happiness.
To see the righteous dwellers of a land and God’s trustees therein in a dream means increase in one’s devotion. Ifone sees past companions alive in a dream, it means prosperity, justice and economic growth for the inhabitants, coming from a God-fearing leadership.
If one sees himself resurrecting one of the companions, their followers or successors in a dream, it means that he will revive his practices and traditions.
If one sees himself turned into one of the known righteous companion or followers of God’s Prophet, upon whom be peace in a dream, it means trials in one’s life to equal the exalted station of such blessed beings, though the end is praiseworthy.
(Also see Righteous people; Scholars)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
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
The qualities of the various animals need to be assimilated and integrated in order to progress; there are two potentials of further development.
If a half-animal, half-human is seen it shows that the dreamer’s basic instincts are beginning to be recognized and humanized.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of a shabby and dark condominium, or one that seems spooky, indicates misfortune and possible loss of a boyfriend or loss of money. Also see “Penthouse”... My Dream Interpretation
2. Desire to control a situation.
3. One recognizes that he/she can’t achieve a task alone. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Resin)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If your dream featured a cedar, could this be a reference to Lebanon (just as a maple might be a reference to Canada)?
Perhaps you associate it with the precious furniture of the Middle East, or is it a reference to the Bible, in which it was often mentioned?
Common in graveyards, the cypress or false cypress is a symbol of the inevitability of death, but also conjures up the hope of rebirth and new beginnings.
Strongly associated with Christmas, the fir or spruce is linked to the birth of Jesus. The image in a dream may express strong positive or negative feelings about family occasions.
Traditionally associated with Christmas, holly is a dream symbol of family festivity and joy, mingled with pain.
If you dream of this fast-growing conifer, is someone trying to erect a boundary between you and them in waking life? Or perhaps you are undecided about something and are ’hedging your bets’?
If you dream of pine trees, are you pining for someone or something in waking life? A pine cone, depending on the context of your dream, may also symbolize masculine virility or feminine fecundity.... The Element Encyclopedia
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
If the dream symbol (person, event, object, action, setting, etc.) exists in your real life, it might represent that actual element of your waking life. For example, your mother who was hugging you might represent a particular time she hugged you, or her affection toward you in general. Consider whether the dream symbol might represent the same thing in your current life, past, or imagined future, and whether your feelings about the dream symbol remind you of feelings you felt about something in your real life (perhaps recently).
The emotions you feel regarding the dream symbol are probably the same as the emotions you feel about whatever the symbol represents in your real life. For example, if you feel overwhelmed by a swarm of insects in a dream, the swarm might represent your to-do list that feels overwhelming in real life. (See more about emotions in the Emotions symbol category.)
Abundance or Lack
A dream symbol can represent something that you feel you have too much of, do too much of, or want less of in your real life. Alternatively, your dream symbol could represent something that you feel you lack, do too little of, or want more of. If your dream contained a pleasant experience (such as relaxing on a beach), your subconscious mind could be pointing to your desire for more relaxation in your life. If your dream was unpleasant (such as someone judging you), your subconscious mind may have been focused on trying to avoid that kind of experience in real life.
A dream symbol may convey meaning that you personally associate with it based on your experiences, feelings, and other influences (as described in Subconscious Influences on Dream Symbolism). For example, one person might associate a baby with vulnerability and someone else might associate it with growth.
A particular dream symbol may bring more than one meaning to mind for you. For example, money might bring to mind how fun it is to spend, but you might also think of money as power or a solution to financial problems. If the first meaning that comes to mind doesn’t seem to relate to anything in your real life and doesn’t resonate intuitively, explore additional meanings (TOOL: Caveman Explanation is helpful for this).
The symbols you tend to notice in a dream are often the most important ones. So a good place to start when exploring your dream is with the symbols that stood out. Symbols may stand out because they’re so huge you can’t miss them (like a boulder falling on your house) or they could be small details that happen to stand out in your mind (like the chipped rim of a teacup). Sometimes an important symbol is highlighted in the dream with a bright color, illuminated with light, pointed to with an arrow, or emphasized in some other way.
If there’s a sense of urgency involved in the dream, the dream might represent an urgent matter that you feel needs attention in your real life (or one that you fear or imagine needing attention). For example, a dream about trying to put out a fire at work could point to a real-life problem that arose suddenly at work that you feel requires quick action to avoid catastrophe.
A dream might be about you or it could represent your perception of a friend or a recent situation—even in the media, on TV, or in a movie. For example, in a dream about a girl wearing a cheerful flowered dress, the girl could represent a happier version of yourself or your desire to feel more cheerful. Alternatively, she might represent a friend who was in a happy mood when you saw her yesterday, an upbeat song you just heard, or an optimistic character you saw in a TV show last night.
A dream symbol could represent something in your past, present, or imagined future. Look for elements that bring to mind a particular time frame, either in the characteristics of the symbol itself or in the other things associated with it in the dream (people, activities, clothes, places, music, books, etc.). Time-related cues could include things like hair or clothing styles, a person appearing younger or older than their current age in real life, technologies of a different era, or personal cues such as the cowboy boots you wore at age seven.
When a dream portrays a real-life situation that’s particularly emotional for the dreamer, sometimes the situation shows up as exaggerated in the dream. In other words, the subconscious mind may amplify the real-life situation, “making a mountain out of a molehill,” expressing how strongly you feel about the dream’s subject matter. For example, if in real life you saw a baby snake in your yard, and you’re very afraid of snakes, the snake might show up in a dream as a huge serpent attacking you. So, consider whether a particular dream symbol could represent a similar but less extreme situation in your waking life, about which you feel strong emotion.... Common Dreams
The celestial pole in a dream represents a devout worshiper or a high rankingcommander-Pollux means delays-The Ursa Major and Ursa Minor mean pursuit, following, signs of guidance or tracks of moving around-Triangulum means conditions-Vela means confrontation-Viergo means a contraceptive-and Vulpicula means screaming.
(Also see Celestial spheres; Dog; Star)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The process is faltering.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If it was made from adobe [brick] and / or mud, then it indicates the validity of his religion and his trustworthiness.
If he sees he is building a wall from plaster then it indicates the change of his religion.... Islamic Dream - Cafer-i Sadik
Dreaming that you build something with your hands is generally an omen of abundance and rapid change. However, according to the type of construction, the meaning will be different. Building great buildings reveals grandiose projects; small houses, inconvenience, discomfort, losses, and illness for friends or relatives. Building a tomb promises a true and eternal love; Instead, a church or an altar indicates serious danger to the dreamer.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
For instance, if the frame is up, this suggests that you have already created the foundation and skeleton of your project.
A construction site may also be an indication of the progress of the psychological work you arc doing.
A truck on the site may mean you have all the necessary tools to embark on the construction of a new area in your life.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A construction worker in a dream also represents someone who stirs-up people against one another for a price.
If some dust falls over him during his work in the dream, it means that he will benefit accordingly, and if no dust falls over him duringhis work in the dream, it means that he will get nothing from inciting people against one another. Ifone sees a construction worker demolishing a wall or a house in a dream, it means that some enmity will grow between friends that could bring about the death of one of them.
(Also see Carpenter; Digging; Labor; Pickax)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream that you win the lottery, represents your inner desires to live without having to worry about financial and material troubles.
To dream that you receive a prize, denotes that you have made significant progress towards personal goals.... My Dream Interpretation
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
(Also see Black stone; Ka’aba)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If Costa Rica features in your dreams, this may relate to some kind of fall from grace or deviance in waking life. On the other hand, it could represent energy, vitality and prosperity.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you take it off, something will cause you to drop the fa?ade very soon.
If you are only one amongst many wearing a costume, especially if some of the others were children, this portends an amazing and totally unexpected - but nonetheless favorable - turn of events.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
The omen is especially fortunate if the costumes were worn by children or very young people.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Many myths and kids’ stories portray characters wearing masks that cannot be removed. This shows that sometimes it is possible to become whoever you want to be by paying a high price: neglecting your true self.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
To dream that you are wearing a costume, signifies that you are putting on a false face toward others. Your true self is not being revealed and you are not being completely honest with people around you.... My Dream Interpretation
If you are wearing a ridiculous costume, such as a chicken suit, this could indicate that you are being foolish about certain matters in your life and must look to the other symbols to find out just what it is.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
2. One feels need to assume other roles.
3. One does not feel comfortable presenting one’s own image. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A facade or charade. Tilings are not as they seem.
Various roles we play in life.
For example, someone who is an authority figure may be seen in a costume depicting a famous leader like Julius Caesar (see Icons).
Mimicry of various real-life scenarios as if in a play. This provides a safe medium for the expression of your perceptions.
Sustenance and support. Among ancient tribal cultures, costumes and masks served as a vehicle for sympathetic magic.
For example, if they needed crops to grow, they might dress as vegetation and perform a jumping dance to encourage that growth. So, what facet of your life does this costume represent, and how does it accent that facet?... The Language of Dreams
If you dream of a family crest, then this dream is about family pride, honor, and respect for your tribe. See Coat of Arms.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the crest of a wave, an emotional turn around; or feeling on top of everything.... The Dream Books Symbols
Because we associate grasshoppers and crickets with the lazy days of summer, to dream of them may be often be more positive than is suggested by the interpretations above; your dream may simply have been wish-fulfillment. It could also have been a comment on your grasshopper mind: the inability to focus on anything for long before turning to something else.
The image of a plague of locusts is so strong in human thought that even in dreams it can present retribution for some wrongdoing in waking life. Dreams of locusts could mirror the horde of ugly problems that have been plaguing you in your waking hours. To see locusts in your dream could also signify scattered thoughts that need direction if they are to make an impact in your waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
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
If the person you have a crush on is younger or older then you, then this is a sign that you suffer guilt for misleading the innocent party, after you have plumbed the shallow depths of your emotions.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
2. One is too sassy (has “too much crust”). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you are bitten or pinched by a crab in your dream, it is possible that some part of your current situation is resistant to change; this might be because of yourself, or because of another. The armored body of the crab suggests the need to protect yourself against something or someone, and the pincer-like claws show a willingness to attack or tackle whatever obstacles lie in their path.
If a crab appears in your dream, could it be a reflection of a crabby or bad-tempered aspect of your personality; an aspect that resists the attempts of others to penetrate the rough outer shell you have developed in waking life to protect your soft emotional center?
If your dreaming mind saw a crab or lobster without its shell, this is a symbol of your feelings of emotional vulnerability.
If the crab scuttled sideways in your dream, this may mirror a tendency to be evasive when others try to get too close to you or it may also reflect your inability to think logically or in a straight line. Additionally, with their habit of burrowing under the sand, the crab may represent anything that is sapping your energy. Bear in mind, too, that the crab is the symbol for someone born under the astrological sign of Cancer, so your dream crab may be referring to them.
If a shrimp appears in your dream, this may represent rivalry or resentment towards someone, as ’shrimp’ is often a disparaging nickname. But when coupled with the mother image of the sea, the shrimp may represent the reawakening of dormant sibling or childhood rivalries.... The Element Encyclopedia
For a woman to dream of seeing a dining-room furnished in crystal, even to the chairs, she will have cause to believe that those whom she holds in high regard no longer deserve this distinction, but she will find out that there were others in the crystal-furnished room, who were implicated also in this sinister dream. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation
To dream of seeing a reflection in crystal, symbolizes how you are looking within yourself to find your true destiny.... My Dream Interpretation
Crystal glassware, household articles, or items of adornment promise happy social events ahead.
See also Jewelry and Glass.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(2) A crystal may be a symbol of purity and innocence, openness and receptiveness.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you look at it carefully it means that you are seeing within yourself to discover your true fate.
Crystals are related to peace, harmony, and healing powers of the spirit.
Dreaming of them means that there lies your hidden potential.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If a particular type of crystal appears in your dream, you may want to research the meaning associated with that crystal.
(See Stones, Boulders / Rocks.) ... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If you were looking into a crystal ball in your dream, what you see is most likely to be wish-fulfillment or a reflection of your hidden fears. To dream of coral has a significant meaning in dreams, since coral comes from the depths of the sea; it may therefore relate to your deepest hopes and fears
A crystal is an earth compound—a mineral or gemstone. Both ancient cultures and modern science have utilized the mysterious qualities of crystals, which have the ability to receive and transmit energy.
If a specific crystal appears in your dream it may therefore be highlighting a particular quality: Amber: balance; Amethyst: spiritual awareness, transmutation, healing; Aquamarine: purification, healing, calming; Bloodstone: courage, physical energy; Calcite: balance, peaceful meditation; Carnelian: sex, self-esteem, creativity; Fluorite: healing, releasing unwanted energies; Hematite: encouraging willpower, concentration; Herkimer diamond: dream recall; Jade: fertility, wisdom, tranquility; Lapis lazuli: communication, healing; Malachite: protection, money; Moonstone: love, psychic awareness, femininity; Obsidian: inner growth, psychic development; Opal: passion, love, and emotional expression; Quartz: change, focus; Red jasper: compassion; Rhodolite: love; Rose quartz: love, compassion; Tiger’s eye: empowerment, willpower, courage, clarity; Topaz: new beginnings; Tourmaline: healing, balance; Turquoise: balance, friendship, positive thinking.... The Element Encyclopedia
A crystal ball can forecast your future. Other images in the dream will provide important information. See Psychic, Witch.
Depth Psychology: Crystals show the basic personality traits that have “crystallized” over the course of your life. They also point to your intellectual strength.
A crystal ball reflects the expectations and hopes you have for the future.... Dreamers Dictionary
CUL-DE-SAC... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
A single crystal: The core of self, our identity and existence. Look at how the crystal appears for more interpretive value. Is it clear, multifaceted, cloudy?
Clear vision, discernment, or foresight. Smooth crystal surfaces were used for scrying throughout history, in numerous cultures including that of Medieval Europe
and Victorian America. Watch and see if any symbols or images form in the sphere, and use those as a starting point for interpretation (see Divination).
As with gems, each crystal has different interpretive value and represents various omens. Agate, for example, portends positive business ventures, while amethyst reveals contentment with your work. Conversely, dreaming of losing an amethyst signals the loss of love or self-control. Here is a brief list of other common crystals and their interpretations. Note that many meanings correlate to the crystal’s color:
Beryl: harmonious relationships Lapis: psychic awareness
Bloodstone: wish fulfillment Lodestone: enticement Camelian: luck and safety Malachite: peaceful rest Garnet: faithfulness Onyx: discord Hematite: charm and grace Opal: change, bad luck Jet: sadness and mourning Quartz: energy, strength
What happens to the crystal in the dream will alter the interpretation.
To illustrate, having a bloodstone shatter probably indicates that you feel as if your hopes have been dashed, whereas receiving the gift of a lapis might indicate an openness to develop your latent psychic abilities.... The Language of Dreams
According to Freud, rocks and stones are obvious phallic symbols on account of their hardness. The appearance of rocks, stones and metals in dreams for Jungians, however, has a different interpretation inspired by Jung’s interest in alchemy. Alchemy is the ancient art of transmuting base metals into gold but it is not just about this transformation. It can also be viewed as a system of self- initiation. Jung was amazed to find that the images and operations he encountered in old alchemy texts related strongly to his theories of psychoanalysis and the unconscious. He saw in alchemy a metaphor for the process of individuation or personal transformation, and the morphing and mutating imagery of that process which emerges from the stream of consciousness. For Jungians, therefore, the appearance of rocks, stones, metals and jewels in dreams are potent and powerful symbols of a person’s basic nature, heart and soul, and of their potential for personal transformation. See also NATURE AND THE SEASONS; PLACES.... The Element Encyclopedia
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
For lovers to dream of stepping together on a curb, denotes an early marriage and consequent fidelity; but if in your dream you step or fall from a curbstone your fortunes will be reversed. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
A young woman will meet a stranger who will in time become a warm friend.
If the custard has a sickening sweet taste, or is insipid, nothing but sorrow will intervene where you had expected a pleasant experience. See Baking. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Spilling custard, or throwing it, is usually the precursor of scandal regarding your love affairs.... The Complete Dream Book
See also Food and Eating.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To dream of winning custody of a child foretells a surprising turn of events concerning a cause you believed to be lost.
If you were the one being fought over in your dream, you may feel torn between conflicting beliefs or groups of people in your waking life, or be stuck for an answer on a certain decision.... My Dream Interpretation
To enter a custom-house, foretells that you will strive for, or have offered you, a position which you have long desired.
To leave one, signifies loss of position, trade or failure of securing some desired object. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
It is time to review the experiences of the past and to begin drawing conclusions, so the new stage is enjoyable and successful.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you dream of getting a cyst from hard work or labour, you need to put in more effort to overcome your minor problems.
To dream that you got the cyst from a burn or other injury, suggests an emotional or relationship problem.
The location of the cyst also has meaning.
If the cyst is on you hand, you may be having power struggles, or issues of self-doubt.
If the cyst is on your face, the problem relates to your confidence and self-image.
If it’s on your arm or leg, you are feeling under-confident about your ability to achieve your goals. Don’t try to struggle through alone - ask for help!... My Dream Interpretation
If this scenario appears in a man’s dreams, they may be calling on him to rescue his anima from its imprisonment in the unconscious, to utilize this previously hidden and abused feminine side of his nature, and so attain a proper balance in his personality. (For anima) See also Dragon.
(2) When Theseus saved Ariadne from the Minotaur, he had to make his way through a labyrinth; Perseus cut off Medusa’s head to rescue Andromeda. Both labyrinth and Medusa may be negatively charged symbols of mother.
If such an image appears in a hero-rescuing-damsel dream, it may be taken as indicating that the dreamer needs to free
himself from an emotional entanglement with - or all-consuming dependence on - his mother. Only then will he be able to let the feminine in himself express itself. (If he doesn’t let it express itself, it will still do so - but in destructive emotional outbursts.)... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
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
It is also said, that one who sees him (uwbp) in a dream may become a leader, a minister, acquire extensive knowledge, but yet suffers a painful persecution which he will later defeat. Ifone sees himselfcarrying the prophet Daniel, upon whom be peace, over his shoulders, sitting him beside a wall or talking to him, or if he sees the prophet Daniel talking to him, delivering glad tidings to him or feeding him honey with his own hand, it means that the person in the dream will become a great scholar or a commentator in religious interpretations.... Islamic Dream Interpretation