If you are happily wandering alone in your dream, this may suggest a feeling that the source of your problems lies outside yourself. Dreams about anchors and lifeboats also tell of the fight for survival in daily life.
If you dream of being lost in dense vegetation, towering trees or tall reeds, you may feel that your progress is being thwarted by obstacles. As in the tale of ‘Hansel and Gretel’, this dream may evoke longing for the comfort and warmth of home.... The Element Encyclopedia
An arched bridge or a viaduct in a dream also could represents one’s wife, or it could mean dispelling of one’s worries or trouble. Driving over an arched bridge or through a viaduct in a dream means riding a vehicle’.
An arched bridge or a stone bridge in a dream also signifies richness, luxury, longevity, a sickness, renouncing one’s allegiance, or it could mean breaking a promise.
An arched bridge in a dream also could represent a middle man, a wise man, or a ruler, except if the bridge leads to a loathsome place, or to a dead end. Crossing an arched bridge that leads to the palace of a ruler in a dream means receiving money, or it could mean getting married to a noble person.
An unknown bridge in a dream represents the world and particularly ifit connects the city with the cemetery. It also could represent a ship, or the Bridge of the Day of Judgement, for it is the last hurdle before reaching paradise.
If one crosses an arched bridge in his dream, then it means that he will cross the abode of this world into the abode of the hereafter and particularly if one meets departed souls from the world or enters unknown places or sees uncommon structures, or if a bird carries him by air, or if a beast swallows him, or ifhe falls into a ditch or flies into the heavens in his dream, all of which also means recovering from an illness or undertaking a long journey, or it could mean returning home from a long journey.
If on the other side of the bridge one ends in a fertile farm, luscious fields, or meets with an old woman in his dream, it means money. benefits and prosperity.
If the other side of the bridge leads to a mosque in the dream, it means that one will achieve his goal, fulfill his intention or perform a pilgrimage to God’s House in Mecca.
If one becomes a bridge in a dream, it means that he will acquire extensive powers or becomes an inspiration to others, or that people will come to need his authority and help. Crossing a wooden bridge in a dream means meeting with a group of hypocrites.
(Also see Bridge)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To the young and those in love, disappointment in the heart’s fondest hopes, as the loved one will fall below your ideal.
To cross a bridge safely, a final surmounting of difficulties, though the means seem hardly safe to use. Any obstacle or delay denotes disaster.
To see a bridge give way before you, beware of treachery and false admirers. Affluence comes with clear waters. Sorrowful returns of best efforts are experienced after looking upon or coming in contact with muddy or turbid water in dreams. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Overcoming obstacles (especially if the bridge crosses water).
3. Facing a decision or change (note condition of bridge). ... New American Dream Dictionary
A bridge in a dream also represents a pious worshiper who patiently bears the harm people may inflict on him. It can also mean the path to fulfill one’s needs, having a high ranking connection with the governor, or it could represent one’s wife, father or mother. Each bridge in a dream represents its own type.
A bridge connecting two streets in a dream may lead to the ruler or to someone in his cabinet, particularly if it is built from stones and covered with baked bricks.
If it is a small bridge, then it can represent the secretary, door attendant ofa governor, a superior, or it can be interpreted as apimp.lfa bridge which is built from stone is transformed in one’s dream to look as if it were made of dirt, it means changing of one’s status and vice-versa.
If one sees himself transformed into a bridge in a dream, it means that he will be elected for a leadership post, and people will need him, his prestige and what he can offer.
(Also see Arched bridge; Bridge of the Day of Judgement; Contract; Knot; Transformation)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The details in the dream are just as important as the bridge itself.
The first consideration should be given to how much you travel.
The bridge can be interpreted literally if it is a part of your daily commute. On a more theoretical level, bridges can symbolize transitions (e.g. transition from one stage to another, from one level of consciousness to another). Since most bridges are over water (i.e. emotions, unconscious), this dream could also be symbolic of your rising above your emotional difficulties or unconscious drives.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The symbolism of a bridge spanning water is obviously the subconscious hope of success. ‘Do not cross a bridge,” etc., is the proverb justifying the anticipation of work in store for the dreamer who crosses a bridge in his sleep.
The broken bridge bears its own significance, based upon the subconsciousness that warns the dreamer, while the fall from a bridge is a physical dream stimulated by dizziness, vertigo, etc.... The Fabric of Dream
A railroad bridge is a sign of good luck in business.
A bridge over a road (viaduct) suggests you’re being too ambitious. See a bridge set in stone or concrete, and any large plans you have will soon be realized.
If you see a bridge being built, it means you have an active imagination.
If you cross a bridge, a job change is on its way for you.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
It is dark. We come to a humpbacked bridge. As we arrive at the brow of the bridge a voice says, “Fair lady come to me”. I float and everything is black and peaceful. Then great fear overcomes me. I wake with terror and feelings of horror* (Evelyn K). Evelyn’s dream paints a vivid picture of her journey through life, drawn by the natural forces within her, shown as a horse. She has enjoyed life, but comes to the brow of her life, her 40th year, and feels it is all downhill now into old age, which horrifies her.
The bridge generally has this significance of crossing from one phase of life, activity or emphasis, to another. It depicts connection between yourself and a relationship; self and opportunity; self and change in life. Fallen bridge: lost opportunity, broken bonds and connections. Idioms, burn one’s bridges; cross that bridge when I come to it; water under the bridge. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
It is often a place of danger and of falling; you are crossing a boundary. In the Catholic faith, the protector is Saint Napomuk, patron saint of bridges. Uniting, re-establishing relationships; contradictions are bridged.
If the dreamer has self-confidence, the fear of the abyss may be going away, but although the bridge becomes wider and is safe, it is still a place of danger.
The condition of the bridge is important. How are you feeling on the bridge? When you have crossed the bridge, you have done a lot of inner work. Changes have taken place (you have reached the other shore).
In the Koran, the bridge over hell is as thin as a thread and can only be crossed by the righteous. In Celtic lore, there exists a bridge of horror that is also as narrow as a thread.
The bridge always spans an abyss in which spirits, the devil, or God resides. Often in the dream one must bring a sacrifice in order to cross the bridge.
For that reason we often see chapels on the bridge where the sacrifice has to be offered. Jung related the symbol of the bridge to the unconscious. He saw the unconscious as different islands in the sea.
For him, the bridge connected these islands and is therefore a symbol of working toward a strong consciousness.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The bridge may be depicted as weak or strong, sturdy or otherwise, which gives an indication of the strength of conncction ncccssarv to make changes in the dreamer’s life.
2- The symbol of a bridge in a dream signifies the emotional connection between the dreamer and other people or various parts of his life.
3- Crossing the River of Life.
The River Styx.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If the bridge is old, you will overcome them, but it will take much work on your part.
If the bridge is new and strong, you will have an easy time of it.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
Standing in the middle of: A critical decision that is very difficult. Look to see what lies on each side of the bridge for greater detail.
Birth and death. Bridges span a gulf, and by so doing allow a soul to move freely from one state to the next.
Connections and communication.
If the bridge reaches to someone who is far away, or someone with whom communication has been severed, this may indicate a longing or need to reconnect to that individual.
Is the bridge on fire} If so, be absolutely certain that whatever this overpass represents is a bridge that you really want to burn.... The Language of Dreams
Vision: Crossing a bridge means reaching a new “shore” on your life’s journey, changes for the better, and leaving behind old problems; also advancement in your private and professional life.
A broken down bridge or going down with a bridge that is falling: a project will end in failure and a streak of bad luck—which you are partially responsible for. Seeing a number of bridges: frustration and anger. Walking across an old bridge in poor repair: overcoming danger at the last minute. Walking across a very long bridge: your future will be filled with many adventures.
Depth Psychology: A bridge is a sign of an emotional transition.
It is usually a good omen—if the bridge does not break down.
A bridge usually indicates that you will solve your problems and that contradictory opinions can be “bridged.” You are on the wav to new shores.... Dreamers Dictionary
The choice you make can bring you great fortune, success, and happiness. Bridges symbolize a major change that will propel you to new levels of awareness or personal growth.
To dream of a run-down bridge is a warning not to consider altering any aspects of your life until sometime in the future.
To see a bridge collapse in your dream implies that you haven’t taken advantage of a potentially beneficial chance.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If the Bridge is damaged, or being repaired, then be careful and do not make any fresh plans without due thought.... Mystic Dream Book
If you successfully cross the bridge, you’ve left the past behind.
If the bridge is broken or in need of repair, then it is suggesting that you need to slowdown in a new relationship or business venture.
If the bridge is burned, then it means a relationship has been severed. Consider the feeling tone to discern its message for you.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The ancient image of crossing the river styx accompanied by the ferryman charon has been largely superceded by the symbol of a bridge.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The bridge may be depicted as weak or strong, sturdy or otherwise, which gives an indication of the strength of connection necessary to make changes in our lives.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A rise in the level of consciousness on the part of the dreamer; heightened awareness. Astrological parallel: Scorpio... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
Dreaming of a bridge over water suggests you could be conflicted in your emotions.
If the bridge was unsturdy or collapsing, this symbolizes problems in a friendship or love relationship.... My Dream Interpretation
A long bridge that seems to vanish in the distance, loss of possessions Or disappointment in love. Passing under a bridge, weighty problems that require time to solve. See Plank.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If the structure was damaged in any way, you are warned against making any changes for the time being.
See also Water, River, etc.
If your dream involved the game of bridge, you are apt to be disappointed in a business matter.
See also Cards, Games, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Freud lists four meanings of the bridge symbol:
(1) It may represent the male sexual organ, which ‘bridges the gap’ between male and female sexual partners.
(2) It may also symbolize birth - that is, the crossing from ‘the other world’ to this, or from womb to independent existence.
(3) It may represent (something that leads to) death - that is, a return to the womb, or to ‘the other world’, ‘the other side’.
(4) It may symbolize any sort of transition in the dreamer’s life. Freud gives the example of a woman who wants to be a man, and consequendy dreams of bridges that don’t quite reach the other side of the river. However, the symbolized change may be something that can be achieved more easily, but still possibly requiring will and determination; for example, a change of lifestyle, or a passing from middle years into old age.
To Freud’s list we may add the following:
(5) The bridge is a means of crossing a river, and even perhaps crossing from one country to another - foreign, new, strange - country. It may therefore svmbolize a critical juncture in the dreamer’s life, a situation that calls for a definitive decision, a decision which may be of such a radical kind that it could well be described figuratively as entering a new country.
(6) If the bridge you are crossing seems in danger of collapsing, this may reflect your anxiety about a transition in your life: for example, about whether you are going to be able to go through with a change from living on your own to living with a partner (or the reverse); from one job to another; from one set of values to another.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
A new opportunity for growth; threshold of a new direction in life. It may represent bridging levels of consciousness, the creative-intuitive with the intellectual.... The Dream Books Symbols
Dreaming of this symbol is a sign that you are evolving or undergoing a change. Perhaps it is a job, a move, or a relationship that will soon begin. In this case it will critical whether the oneiric bridge was firm and if you crossed it safely. It may also refer to something more spiritual: the reception of new values and the burial of the past. Another possibility is that you are trying to join two pieces of your life or to fill an empty space of your life.
According to the guru Sathya Sai Baba, life is a bridge that crosses a sea full of changes. We must cross it but never build our house on it. The dream may represent your life journey.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
A dream about a bridge indicates that some sort of transition is taking place or that you are in search of a solution to what feels like an insurmountable problem. Since a bridge takes you from one place to another, it also carries the meaning of a transition in life. Since many bridges are suspended over water, an emotional issue is often the underlying conflict being expressed by this symbol.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The ease of crossing it depends on the weight of deeds one is carrying. Some cross like lightening, while others have to carry their burdens and move at varying paste. Walking on it in a dream means ajourney. Ifthe bridge caves under one’s feet in the dream, it means destruction and death. Seeing this bridge in a dream also represents knowledge, truth, believing in God’s oneness and following the teachings and example of God’s Messenger upon whom be peace.
If one’s foot slips while crossing in the dream, it means that he will miss the true path.
If one sees himself walking the path in a dream, it means that he is on the right track, follows what is commanded and abstains from what is forbidden. It also means that one will undergo awesome changes, undertakes major responsibilities and succeeds to reach safety. Ifone’s foot slips in a dream, it also means that he will fall into sin and deviate from the straight path.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
It is the connection between consciousness and the unconscious, sometimes being open and sometimes not. Support and help.
Folklore: Unexpected travel.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the drawbridge is not working properly, your own ability to distinguish between emotions and thoughts is being affected.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
2. Reverse: immense courage.
3. Anxieties about tasks and projects. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one sees himselfscared and running away from fear in a dream, it means that he will win the upper hand.
If one sees himself in a dream waiting to battle with fear, it means that he will join a war.
If one sees himself afraid, and if a voice says to him “Do not be afraid, you will not die, nor will you be able to bear this life,” it means that he may become blind. Ifone sees himself as a God-fearing person in a dream, it means that his worldly fears will dissipate and he will develop true devotion and constant remembrance of his Lord.
The person or object causing fear in the dream represents harm and aversion.
To feel scared in a dream means happiness in wakefulness. Fear in a dream also could mean evil, corruption or sufferingfrom the consequences ofwrongdoingone has committed. Ifone dies offear in his dream, it means that he does not pay people their rights and particularly ifhe is afraid of a human being or from his own evildoing.
(Also see Running away; Take a flight)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you have repressed issues, they may be coming to the surface. Think about the fear in your dreams and try to be honest with yourself. Face your fears and as a great American president once said “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Having fearful dreams seems to be relatively common. Most dreams are unpleasant and that is the nature of our private unconscious. Issues and concerns, repressed emotions, and daily stress all contribute to an uneasy sleep and to fear filled dreams.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
It is important to determine what made you become frightened.
Usually, this is about literal fear, or about undoing a mistake. On the other hand, such a dream might also suggest letting go of unnecessary fears. Fear can escalate into nightmares, showing the way to personal development. Fear is also connected to being too narrow, and is usually a sign that the dreamer is in search of a more broad, liberated alternative to his or her present lifestyle.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you overcome your Fears, or get over your trouble, then all will go well. But if the Fear persists, and you cannot trace the cause, then expect treachery or deceit on the part of someone you trust.... Mystic Dream Book
If your life circumstances are calm and pleasant at the moment, dreaming that you are afraid of something is a warning of trouble ahead. Other symbols in the dream, and circumstances in your life, can explain to you exactly what the trouble will be and how to resolve it.
If you’re presently involved in some tense situations and you dream of being afraid, people whom you consider to be friends may turn out to be less than that.
To dream of calming someone else’s fears implies the resolving of misunderstandings.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If you know exactly what scared you in your dream, check out that dream symbol in this dictionary to get an even deeper interpretation.... My Dream Interpretation
The stimuli for such dreams may come from reading, from watching crime pictures, from a culmination of events and circumstances, or from something very personal to the dreamer.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
• Sometimes fear dreams can be in relation to post traumatic stress following a major trauma.
If you have a fear dream reflect on what you’re scared of facing in your life and find ways of getting help to face your fears and work through them.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
As a general guide if you conquered the cause of your dreamed fear and/or the sensation disappeared during the dream, the forecast is that you will overcome your difficulties; however, if the’ feeling persisted and/or the cause was indefinable, you should expect to have to cope with problems arising from the deceit or dishonesty of someone you trusted.
To dream of calming the fears of others indicates the clearing up of a misunderstanding and/or removal of a threat to your peace of mind.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Fear is a common theme in dreams and is the essence of what are called nightmares. Its significance may pardy depend on what, in the dream, is the object of your fear, but this will nearly always represent something within you - for example, some repressed emorion or insrinctive drive.
(1) What is frightening in a dream may represent (your encounter with) the unconscious in general, to the extent that it is still unexplored. Since - according to Jung - the unconscious compensates for the conscious mind and therefore contains qualities opposed to those of the conscious mind, you may well be frightened by it. However, those opposite qualities are there to round out vour personality as you go through life, till you achieve wholeness; so, overcome your fear and get acquainted with what vour unconscious contains. The unconscious may be represented in dreams by
anything deep and / or dark (cellar, well, sea, black sky, etc.) or by a mother figure or brother / sister. (On the shadow) See also Mother; Brothcr / Sistcr.
(2) The frightening thing may represent some particular content of the unconscious, usually something you have repressed - guilt- feelings and fears of punishment, sexuality, anger, etc. Sexuality and anger are sometimes represented in dreams by wild animals. (On repression) See also Animal(s).
(3) A father figure or other authority figure may feature in a dream that expresses fear or guilt. This is because self-condemnation and anxiety often derive from childhood fears of father’s (real or imagined) disapproval, prohibitions or expectations. According to Freud, all other fears of punishment get their energy from the fear of castration, which, for a male child, forms part of the Oedipus complex. In a dream castration may be represented by the cutting off of any part of the body. (For Oedipus complex) See also Castration.
(4) Fear of mother may appear in dreams, where mother as an object of fear may be represented by a spider, or water, or crocodile, or dragon. Are you in danger of being overwhelmed by your mother or your mother-attachment?
(5) Fear of castration does not appear in women, but its place is taken by fear of losing mother’s love; and for both sexes mother is the first object of love, and so any fear of loss of love in later life (e.g. that of a spouse) may evoke that earliest fear associated with mother.
(6) Something representing a man’s anima or a woman’s animus may be the frightening thing in the dream. This would suggest that you have repressed or neglected your anima / animus, probably because you find it difficult to acknowledge that the human psyche is bisexual, the woman’s unconscious having strong male characteristics (centring round the use of reason, competitiveness, etc.) and the man’s having strong female characteristics (centring on feeling, relatedness, etc.).
If you are a woman with a tendency to be bossy or argumentative, you have not brought your animus into consciousness - which is why it sometimes erupts.
If you are a man given to emotional outbursts, you need to give your anima a proper place in your conscious life; then it will cease to behave in an embarrassing way and will instead complement your masculinity in a creative cooperation. (For anima / animus, see Brother / Sister, sections (4)-(6))
(7) Does the frightening thing seem evil? If so, it will probably represent some part of you that is destroying or threatens to destroy your inner peace or outward efficiency. Bear in mind that nearly everything in your unconscious has two aspects: a threatening or disgusting aspect, when it is shut away and neglected; and a positive, creative aspect, when it is acknowledged and given an appropriate place in your conscious life. See also Demons, Devil, Evil.
(8) According to Freud, anxiety dreams are invariably disguised wish- fulfilments. For example, a dream in which you are anxious about a person’s health may reveal an unconscious resentment or hatred of the person. Take this possibility seriously: repressed negative emotions are very common. See also Anxiety.
(9) Fear of falling is a common dream theme. See Falling.
(10) Does the fear felt in the dream bring the dream to a premature end? See the advice given under Falling, section (2).... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
complex. (See ABYSS, ACCIDENT, and DEMON)
Popular superstition about this dream is very similar to the opinions of modern psychology.
If in dreams you conquer that which you fear, the same will happen with the things that scare you in real life.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Discussing such dreams with others may help to ease your fears.
Any dream in which you are attacked or pursued is also a representation of fear; you should try to identify who or what is attacking or chasing you.
Facing your dream demons may help to understand and resolve them in waking life. Dreams in which you are being attacked or threatened by animals are sending a clear message that you have suppressed your instincts too much and need to be more natural, or loosen up, in waking life. Dreams in which an intruder breaks into your house are extremely common and they also express a fear or concern about a specific person or situation in your waking life. Try to identify the intruder, as this will give you a clue to the interpretation.
If you experience paranoia in your dream, or have an irrational fear in your dream of going mad or insane, this will reflect an uncertain situation in your waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
For a young woman, this dream forebodes disappointment and unfortunate love.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Accidents: Inability to focus on the here and now.
Aging: Lack of appreciation for the natural stages of life.
Alcohol: Doubts regarding your self-control.
Aloneness: Low self-esteem and the need for others to validate you.
Amnesia: Insecurity about your identity.
Animals: Basic instincts that are threatening to spill over into your waking life.
Ants: Inability to cooperate with others.
Bacteria: fear of being affected by others.
Baldness: fear of losing the ability to think clearly.
Beards: Suspicion over what someone is hiding.
Bedtime: Fear of dying before certain goals are accomplished.
Beggars: Fear of appearing helpless or difficult feelings when faced with another person’s neediness.
Birds: Fear of freedom or success.
Black/dark: Fear of what you do not understand.
Blindness: Dread of losing your perceptive skills.
Blood: Dread of losing your inner strength.
Blushing: Fear of embarrassment.
Body odor: Dread of offending others.
Books: Fear of the opinions or criticism of others.
Brain disease: Fear of losing your reason.
Buildings, high: Fear of being forced into a situation in which you feel you have no control.
Bullets: Fear of loss of self-control.
Burglars: Sense of vulnerability.
Buried alive: Fear that a pending plan will not have a chance to prove itself.
Cancer: Fear of negativity, poor health.
Cats: Fear of loss of independence.
Childbirth: Fear of change or new beginnings.
Children: Fear of the child within.
Clocks: Fear of falling behind in your schedule or commitments.
Clowns: Fear of letting your guard down.
Coitus/sex: Fear of getting close to another person.
Cold: Fear of becoming lazy or apathetic.
Color: Fear of standing out.
Computers: Fear of learning new things.
Confined spaces: Fear of getting into situations in which you feel trapped.
Constipation: Feeling unable to express yourself.
Cooking: Aversion to planning things.
Cross: Fear of being reminded of sacrifices you need to make or have made.
Dancing: Dislike of showing emotion.
Daylight: Fear of exposure.
Death/corpses: Refusal to accept reality.
Decisions: Fear of taking responsibility.
Demon/goblin: Fear of life’s negatives.
Dentists: Fear of someone changing your mind.
Disease: Fear of problems.
Doctor: Aversion to the opinions of others.
Dolls: Tendency to look at the motives of others with suspicion.
Electricity: Dislike of control from anyone but yourself.
Empty rooms: Suggests lack of vision.
Fat/gaining weight: Fear of loss of self-control.
Fire: Fear of emotional outbursts.
Fish: Revulsion towards anything associated with religion or spiritual growth.
Floods: Fear of being emotionally overwhelmed.
Flowers: Denial of your talents.
Flying: Fear of expressing your opinions.
Food: Fear of nourishing an aspect of yourself.
Gay/lesbian: Fear of human diversity or traits different to yourself.
Ghosts: Fear of your past returning to haunt you.
Gold: Inability to handle money.
Hallowe’en: Dread of discovering hidden aspects of another person’s character.
Heat: This suggests procrastination and the avoidance of challenge.
Heights: Reluctance to advance due to fear of failure.
Hell: Fear of depression.
Horses: Fear of others seeing your own wild nature.
Hospitals: Fear of change.
Houses: Fears about personal security.
Hurricanes/tornados: Aversion to fanaticism.
Injections: Fear of the new and different invading your personal space.
Insanity: Fear of losing grip on reality.
Insects: Inability to deal with life’s irritations.
Jumping: Fear of becoming impatient.
Lightning/thunder: Reluctance to experience new insights.
Machinery: desire to avoid assistance.
Medicine: Lack of trust.
Men: Distrust of men or problems accepting masculine traits within yourself.
Mice: Worry over something invading or upsetting your routine.
Mirrors: Apprehension over facing yourself or knowing yourself.
Money: Avoidance of responsibility.
Myths: Fear of hearing the truth about a situation.
Night: This implies someone with an overactive imagination.
Noise: Someone who is easily distracted.
Old people: Fear of aging or mortality.
Open spaces: Fear of exposure.
Opposite sex: Being out of touch with your opposite gender characteristics.
Outer space: Feeling helpless and weightless.
Pain: Fear of being hurt in waking life.
Performing: Panic about being watched or judged.
Plant: Fear of not using your natural talents and not measuring up to expectations.
Railways/trains: Fear of not being able to change direction.
Relatives: Fear of others knowing things about you.
Reptiles: Fear of what you do not understand.
Ridicule: Fear of being criticized.
School: Fear of the inability to reach your potential.
Shadows: Suspicions about all sorts of things.
Snakes: Fear of what you do not understand.
Speaking aloud: Fear of being criticized for speaking your mind.
Speed: The need to take things slower.
Spiders: Fear of being manipulated by others.
Stairs: Fear of moving forward.
Stuttering: Fear of not being able to express yourself.
Swallowing: Fear of being gullible.
Technology: Distrust over advancements.
Telephones: Aversion to communication without being able to read the other’s body language.
Tests: Trepidation about your ability or competence; fear of failure.
Tombstones: Fear of facing your mortality.
Ugliness: Inability to face reality.
Walking: Fear of being independent.
Wind: Fear of showing emotion.
Women: Fear of not being accepted by others or inability to accept feminine traits within yourself.... The Element Encyclopedia
If it the river is static, your unconscious may have been commenting on your lack of drive and direction.
If you threw a stone in the river, did the ripples that formed echo your sense of going around in circles in waking life? The river depicts the richness or poverty of your life energy, so if you are crossing a river in your dream, this suggests you are in the process of making great changes in your life.
If you are in the water to cross, it means you will feel a lot of emotions in the process of change.
If you see someone else cross the river or fall into the river, this may refer to your feelings about aging and the passage of time.
If the river is contaminated, this suggests that you are holding back your feelings in waking life and not doing the best you can for yourself.
If you were in a river—or steamboat in your dream, this may refer to the circumstances that surround you, for example your family or home life. The context of the dream and how you feel will all help you with the interpretation. Was the boat solid and safe like a steamer, or fragile like a canoe or a dingy?
Canals, dams and reservoirs are all designed to regulate water flow and in dreams they suggest conscious attempts to control emotion; how effective they are at directing the water mirrors how effective you have become at controlling your emotions in waking life. A canal may also symbolize the birth canal and thus represent a desire for children. Because reservoirs are where water is collected and stored, if one features in your dream, could it be commenting on your own emotional reserves? The water level of the reservoir in this dream is important.
If it is high, your emotional resources are abundant but if it is low, you may be feeling emotionally drained by the demands of others. In dreams, dams also suggest control over your emotions, and their effectiveness in your dream will say a lot about your emotional health. If, in your dream, you were standing on a bridge watching the water flow beneath you, you could be ready to leave the past behind—as suggested by water under the bridge—since you are at a turning point in your life (the bridge is a symbol of transition). See also TRAVEL.... The Element Encyclopedia
A broken one, points to death in your circle, or friends.
To climb a steeple, foretells that you will have serious difficulties, but will surmount them.
To fall from one, denotes losses in trade and ill health.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The top of the steeple is the mind and wider awareness, male sexuality. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If you dreamed of the steeple breaking or falling, you may worry about being forgettable, or making a poor impression on others. Also see “Church”... My Dream Interpretation
2. Feeling as if a friend has been lost.
3. Domestic difﬁculties. ... New American Dream Dictionary