It is a quite commonly held belief that we only dream in black and white, but many people are able to identify tones of color in their dreams.
If this is the case, why is it believed that we only dream in black and white? It may be because dreams that appear to be black and white only appear so because the color is not relevant. This doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that such dreams are in black and white. Black and white is a function of television when the color information is removed, but the same is not true of the mind. For example, grass might not be green in a dream, but it’s not gray as it is in a black and white movie; the color simply is not relevant and your unconscious isn’t highlighting it. This non-relevance fools the conscious mind on waking up into concluding that, by implication, the dream must have been in black and white.
A black funeral may suggest difficulties in, or the need for a new approach to, a relationship or work issue, as the current approach is doomed. Or are you grieving for a phase or aspect of your life that has recently come to an end? As stated above, black often represents the death of new ideas, so could your dream be telling you to prepare for the transition? Black animals that appear in dreams are usually associated with notions of temptation, unconscious drives and urges, whilst black clothes and underwear are a symbol of hidden or unconscious feelings, or sexuality. A night dream scene shrouded in darkness may relate to a certain lack of direction in your waking life. According to traditional symbolism, black is also associated with wickedness, so if you are menaced by a person wearing black in your dream, could the dream be a depiction of your darkest fears. Do you worry that someone is a threat to you or are you your own worst enemy?
Keywords: the unknown, the unconscious, danger, mystery, darkness, death, mourning, hate and malice.... The Element Encyclopedia
And Allah knows best.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To see eagle feathers, denotes that your aspirations will be realized.
To see chicken feathers, denotes small annoyances.
To dream of buying or selling geese or duck feathers, denotes thrift and fortune.
To dream of black feathers, denotes disappointments and unhappy amours.
For a woman to dream of seeing ostrich and other ornamental feathers, denotes that she will advance in society, but her ways of gaining favor will not bear imitating. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. A need or desire for a lightening of burdens.
3. Success, wealth, business and self-fulﬁllment.
4. Decorative, pretty feathers indicate happiness in social affairs.
5. Comfort, warmth and pleasure. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To see a number of feathers floating in the air, whatever their color, means you will have a chance to fulfill your desires.
A large number of ostrich feathers is a sign of prosperity but this is not necessarily accompanied by happiness. See also Dress.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
An eagle feather is used for sacred ceremonies by Native American cultures and thus may signify the need to bnng spiritual dimensions into your life through prayer.
A turkey feather is the power of giving and receiving. Owl feathers are for healing and denote wisdom.
A feather may also be telling you to lighten up and not take things so seriously, or to lighten your load.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A white feather means fun; or you are found to be innocent because an accusation was proven false.
A black feather means bad luck (see the chapter “Colors in Dreams).” Seeing feathers fly: curb your money-spending habit—your hopes for getting money are futile.
Depth Psychology: Feathers represent thoughts and hopes, sometimes also vanity and false pride. Did somebody “clip your feathers” in a business matter? The color of the feathers as well as the other symbols in the dream arc very important here.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you have a feather in your cap, then you are feeling proud as you are being recognized for an accomplishment. Because birds of a feather flock together, this dream could also symbolize that you desire a harmonious relationship. See Bird.... Strangest Dream Explanations
A bird’s plumage is its protection, but it is also its power and strength. Used in this sense, it is alerting us to the fact that we can use our own strength and ability to achieve what we want to do in the future.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If you have something created out of feathers, such as an outfit or object, then this aspirational consciousness is taking an even more significant form.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Drawing together the symbols of the Sun and the Eagle, this image represents our ability to move into other areas of perception and knowledge.
The Centre. Solar Power.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Spiritual purity and truth: In ancient Egypt, the soul was weighed upon death against the Plume of Maat, whose name means truth. Similarly, the Hopi regard the gift of an owPs feather as a means of helping the recipients be true to themselves. Less directly this may pertain to honesty in communications.
Lifting of guilt or burdens, or someone who is a truly free spirit (e.g., being Tight as a feather”).
Changeability: Feathers equate to the air element that shifts directions without any forewarning.
A prognostication: In ancient Greece, people used found bird feathers as portents of their travels and the future. Consider the feathers color, where it lands, and the type of bird from which it comes for expanded interpretations.... The Language of Dreams
Ornamental feathers, or articles made of them, such as ostrich feather fans, boas, or feathered hats, indicate an increase in social popularity for a woman or personal power for a man.
To dream of gathering or sweeping feathers up or picking them off clothes or furniture predicts a life of many small joys.
Other than the foregoing, a dream of feathers can have as many meanings as there are varieties of feathers, or it must be interpreted by correlating its action and other factors to the color of the feather(s).... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If the feather is floating in the air it denotes your desire to ascend in spiritual knowledge or increase your intellectual ambition. Its lightness also represents the good condition of your heart and pleasures that you enjoy in life. The message is clear: you should get carried away, like the feather, by the fortunate air stream that you currently enjoy. (See BIRD)
Many cultures such as the Incas or Native Americans wore feathered headdresses to represent spiritual authority and the wisdom they possessed.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you are allergic to feathers, they may have a negative interpretation, but in general, feathers represent the beauty of the bird from which they came.
If you know the bird from which the feather came, see the BIRDS A TO Z on page 84, and follow that interpretation.
If you don’t know the species, the general interpretation for BIRDS applies. The color, or colors, of the feather are also significant. (See COLORS.) Feathers can also represent flight to aspects of yourself, and because of their connection with wind and air can suggest a connection to the more spiritual side of yourself.
If a feather drops on you from above in a dream, this is a message from your unconscious but what is that message? Features are light and so do you need to lighten up and take a more relaxed and softer approach to life? A white feather suggests cowardice. A black feather relates to the unconscious and your ability to explore it.
Feathers on a ceremonial headdress suggest achievement (having a ‘feather in your cap’). Features may also suggest disagreements of some kind; has someone ruffled your feathers? Alternatively are you taking a featherbrained or frivolous approach to some aspect of your life? Or do you need to feel comforted in some way? Feathers are often stuffed in pillows and are therefore associated with warmth and comfort.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you imagine that you yourself are Grey, it is still fortunate, but indicates difficulties before success.... Mystic Dream Book
If one puts food in his mouth in a dream, it means worldly gains and profits, unless one puts something that tastes bad, or which is spoiled, then it means losses, distress and depression. Putting good and tasty food or sweets in one’s mouth in a dream means living a happy and a rich life.
If one’s mouth is buckled in a dream, it means death, sickness, dumbness, silence, helplessness, or defeat. Ifone’s mouth looks larger than usual in the dream, it denotes growth and greater benefits, but if one’s mouth looks smaller in the dream, then it means the opposite.
If one’s mouth smells good in the dream, it means speaking good words. Infection of one’s mouth in a dream means a disaster or business losses.
If something nice comes out of one’s mouth in a dream, it means kindness toward others. Ifone sees his mouth sealed in a dream and did not know who did it, it means a scandal or defamation. In a dream, one’s mouth is interpreted in seven ways : It could mean knowledge, a coffer, a cellar, a bookcase, a market, a doorman, a minister, or a door.
If a pious person sees a harness around his mouth in a dream, it means fasting from food.
If an impious person sees that, it means rebuke and reprimand.
(Also see Body’)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you dream of being gagged, for example, this represents either swallowing your words, or having your speech repressed by societal or situational standards.
An overexaggerated mouth can reveal a propensity to gossip or to dominate a
conversation with your own ideas.
Freudian: An alternative vaginal emblem.
With an extended tongue, the mouth becomes an emblem for gender unification, and therefore potent speech that affects all who listen.
It is only in recent years that this symbolism transposed into an insult. Depending on the remainder of the dream, this might reflect the need to watch your words, being certain they carry the intended meaning for the most powerful impact on the listener.
A mouth with a forked tongue represents lies, and purposeful misrepresentations with an aim of personal gain or profit.... The Language of Dreams
Depth Psychology: The mouth is one the most important human “tools,” used for eating (taking in something new and sensuous) and also for spitting out, getting rid of something “indigestible” or bad.
The mouth is for speaking (communicating with others, making contact, expressing feelings), but also is for kissing (sexual/sensual needs). What did your mouth “do” in the dream?... Dreamers Dictionary
A mouth can also represent physical and emotional hunger; perhaps you have been starving for affection. Your mouth is an avenue of communication, expression, passion, kissing, pleasure and manifestation. Consider what it is you are hungry for.
An open mouth represents receptivity or a desire to express.
A closed mouth represents secrecy or a fear of expression and exposure. See Throat, Teeth and Lips.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The circumstances of the dream may give a clue to the correct interpretation. Sometimes the mouth can symbolize the feminine side of our nature.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
An open mouth with teeth showing indicates a false friend - be on guard.
If you dream that someone is covering your mouth so you can’t talk, this indicates your inability to persuade others into your mode of thinking. It may also suggest that you gossip too much.... My Dream Interpretation
(2) The dream may be saying something about self-expression. Is there some part of you that has not been allowed to express itself in your conscious life? Are you bottling things up, instead of talking about them?
(3) Perhaps something is threatening to swallow you up. Have you not yet achieved inner independence of your mother?... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If the mouth is fleshy it will indicate a repressed desire to maintain an emotional relationship. On the contrary, to shut up and to utter no word at all when someone speaks reflects a refusal to communicate and a profound rejection of that person. According to Freud, besides a sex symbol, the mouth represents an immature childish fixation on verbal assault.
Dreaming of a big mouth portends wealth; of a small one, poverty. To see someone with a twisted or deformed mouth portends a family dispute.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If the mouth is open, this may represent your receptive side, as in mouth-watering. On the other hand, perhaps too much has been said and it is time to close your mouth—in other words shut up. A dream of your mouth being buttoned or sewed up can again suggest regret over what has been said or done.
If you dream that you are chewing, it might suggest that you are mulling over, or considering, something.
If you are pulling something out of your mouth, perhaps you need to clear the air by expressing your feelings, or do you have a nasty taste in the mouth?
To see your own tongue in your dream signifies self-expression. Have you said too much or do you need to say more? If you rip someone’s tongue out in a dream, this means that you are extremely upset by what someone has said in waking life but have been unable to express your anger. To dream of your own jaw in your dream represents your stubbornness, determination and forcefulness.
If your jaws are tight, this could suggest unexpressed anger and other powerful feelings that you are holding back.
If lips appear in your dream, this is associated with sensuality, sex, love and romance, as well as communication, as in ‘read my lips’.... The Element Encyclopedia
A peacock feather is considered a powerful totem of good fortune and prosperity.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If one sees his face white in the dream, it means sickness.
If he sees his cheeks radiant white in the dream, it means honor, bounty and a high rank in his community. White in a dream also represents elderly people.
(Also see Colors)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A desire to go through life undefiled.
The color white in a dream points to purity—the dreamer is either living a pure life or is longing for it. One is seeking cleansing, and probably is already cleansed in a certain sense, simply by having a dream about the color white. But it could also suggest exaggerated cleanliness, an addiction to washing and cleaning, etc.
On the other hand, white can also be an expression of fear, such as the white whale in Moby Dick and the great white shark. Here the reference is to a blinding white color. Ghosts, like those appearing as mice during delusional episodes (delirium tremens), are always white.
The archetype of the wise man is usually clad in white (the guru, and also the physician). White is also the fundamental symbol for the animus; it addresses the male intellect and also male aggression (when white is experienced as blinding and gleaming).
The union of Red and white is that of contradiction: it is the symbol of the mystical marriage and Tantric sexuality (white semen and red menstrual blood). Here is where innocence meets the physical body and where heaven meets hell. Red and white are the colors of alchemy as well as the colors in the coats-of-arms of England and Switzerland.
Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh epic poem, refers to the white dogs of the underworld, except they have red noses and red eyes.
According to Freud, white always points to the feminine.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
In Eastern cultures, the color of death and mourning.
Purity, as with the cleansing white light of New Age beliefs, and the blinding light of God in the Bible.
Covering up a mistake or blemish, as is accomplished with white-out and whitewash.
Alchemical: Following white light in a dream is a step that takes the dreamer on the path of ascent toward purity.... The Language of Dreams
The white horse appears where death is waiting or when we have a premonition. White in a dream might possibly be a reminder to resolve special situations or problems. WTiite is feminine, symbolizing virginity, but also emotional coldness and immaturity.
Depth Psychology: White is the color of the bride. It stands for completeness, idealism, purity, innocence, elegance, openness, and the beginning and end of all colors.... Dreamers Dictionary
It is this concept of reflecting the light that shines onto you back out into the world that embodies the high consciousness associated with the color white.
(See Colors.)... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If white appeared in your dream in connection with someone you know, your dream may have reflected your faith in that person’s goodness, or perhaps you feel that in some respects this person can show you a better way. In addition, whilst black or darkness obscures surroundings, white or brightness illuminates them, which is why it can denote transparency and truth.
If you dreamed of being bathed in white light, your unconscious may have been indicating a sudden burst of self-knowledge that will enable you to put the past behind you and make a fresh start in the world. If, however, the feeling in your dream that featured white was one of sadness or frustration, could the suggestion have been that you are tired of your colorless waking life and long for more excitement and color?
A white sky may be wishful thinking for a purer, simpler life, a white room may symbolize a state of calm or a sense of peace, whilst white trees could be connected to a deep-rooted wish to make a fresh start and end a difficult personal conflict. A white book may be a symbol of insight and knowledge, and a white hand the beginning of a new friendship. White food or drink is linked to notions of emotional purity, and if the food or drink is tainted in any way, this may suggest that the dreamer is in need of cleansing in some aspect of their emotional life. However, bear in mind that in many Eastern cultures, white is associated with death and mourning. As an absence of color, white may therefore evoke desolation or the bloodless, lifeless corpse or ghost. Keywords: purity, perfection, peace, innocence, dignity, cleanliness, awareness, and new beginnings. You may be experiencing a reawakening or have a fresh outlook on life.... The Element Encyclopedia
It is a holy color (pun intended). Any animal that appears in your dream as white is a very sacred visitation indeed.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
A dream that features this image is first and foremost an expression of the collective consciousness of the United States as a great world power. Additionally, the dreamer’s personal associations with government and politics must be added for a satisfying interpretation.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
For a woman to see one flying around in the room at night, forebodes unrequited wishes and disposition which will effect the enjoyment of other people.
To see a moth flying and finally settling upon something, or disappearing totally, foreshadows death of friends or relatives. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The wood of the white thorn also is used to make magical wands. Considered a holy plant in Christianity, the white thorn grows in Glastonbury in southern England and is said to have been brought there by Joseph of Arimathea. It blooms twice every year.
Folklore: Good luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To see others with whiteheads on them means that you will be troubled with complaints from friends and acquaintances.
To dream that you are popping your whiteheads, indicates that you need to face and express your negative emotions.... My Dream Interpretation
For a young woman, this dream is significant of well-laid plans to deceive others and gain back her lover who has been estranged by her insinuating bearing toward him. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation