xMoving backwards - on foot or in a train or car - may mean you are getting further away from your (true) goal. Perhaps you are too preoccupied with the past and its associated failures, rejections, guilt- feelings and resentments. As long as your present response to life is conditioned by traumatic events in the past, there is no possibility of either peace or personal fulfilment. Wounds inflicted by past experiences will heal only when you learn to live in the present, neither anxious about the future nor angry about something in the past.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
(1) A dwarf, being below normal size, may symbolize a stunted personality - in which case you need to utilize hitherto neglected / repressed parts of yourself.
(2) A dwarf may sometimes symbolize the true self, not yet (fully) manifest. Pay attention to subsequent dreams for further signals concerning the way to move closer to yourself (your self). (On self)
(In some primitive societies dwarfs were regarded with awe, as having extraordinary divine powers).
(3) Perhaps the dwarf / dwarfs take their symbolism from your association of dwarves with the Snow White story, in which they are miners, descending into the bowels of the earth and bringing up gold. This symbolizes a descent into the unconscious, the depths of the self, to discover the true nature of the self. Dwarfs may thus appear as guides on your quest for self-knowledge. Gold is a symbol of the true self. But what the dwarfs in your dreams are bringing up from your unconscious may be those qualities that you have at some earlier stage in your life rejected (for moral reasons, perhaps, or in order to concentrate on earning a living) but which you now need for the rounding out of your personality.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
Memory, resources; different roles you play or attitudes and emotions expressed if wardrobe, hidden memories and emotions, such as skeleton in the cupboard, womb. Open, closed or trapped in cupboard: whether we are ‘open or closed’ to other people; trapped in old feelings, sense of isolation. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
A pan of our personality left undeveloped or not integrated.
For instance we may have musical ability which was suppressed by the need to bnng up children. Also a pan of self malformed by painful childhood experience or lack of emotional nourishment. It may therefore be a link with our unconscious. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Internal conflicts. There might be a bloody battle between one’s moral code and sexual needs, for instance; or between what we allow ourselves to feel and the self healing process which attempts to release childhood pain; or between intellect and body needs or emotions. Idioms : in the wars; on the warpath; war of nerves; declare war. See attack; fight; soldier under roles; bomb; air raid; unofficial Christ in Christ under archetypes. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Often appears alongside sunlight and comfon in dreams; physical comfon and wellbeing; supportive family feelings; love, cheerfulness or hopefulness; feeling of emotional situation warming up’. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Warning bell, voice, signal: intuition that something needs attention in our life, internally or externally. Being warned by someone else or voice: sense of not living up to our own standards; something we have noticed unconsciously but need to become consciously aware of. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
An Ace Hardware store as the setting of a dream may symbolize your search for self-realization and a quest for wholeness. Ace equates with looking out for number one. Roaming the aisles of an Ace Hardware store may offer you the tools of your trade.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A hero with superstrength and a godlike body, Arnold may appear as a symbol of Hercules in a dream to perform superhuman feats. He, like Hercules, may appear to signify someone who must prove his worth through acts of strength yet who still appears inept or clumsy. This combination of greatness and self-doubt may comment on your poor self-concept or feelings that you are a misfit in society.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Dreaming about programs installed in your PC may signify patterns of belief that have been programmed into your mind that “run’ or drive your personality. New software— new beliefs may also be installed in your bio computer for per sonal growth.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A character obsessed with vanity and unable to be pinned down, Warren Beatty may make a short appearance as Hermes, the messenger god. His reflection to a man may be his inability to commit. He may also deliver the message that it is never too late to embrace: he institution of marriage or a real commitment to a woman. In a woman’s dream, Wrarren may appear as the charming bad-hoy lover who seduces hrr inro thinking that she is the one.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Any dream that involves celebrities or the milieu of the rich and famous connects you to that part of your consciousness that aspires to higher expression of your humanity.
The world of films relates to your creative impulses, and the Academy Awards in a dream reveals a powerful desire to be recognized for your gifts and talents in a very public way. This may be an over- inflation of self-worth to make up for feelings of inadequacy or a very real need to make yourself more visible in your world.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Hardware is symbolic of all the structural and mechanical elements of life, and a store is your ready access to the things that can make your life run more efficiently. Also, since many of the tools and materials purchased at such a location relate to the act of building, a trip to the hardware store in a dream could point to the need to construct something new or reconstruct something that is no longer functioning effectively. What needs fixing?... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Silverware is a symbol of civilization and sophistication. Food is what sustains us and represents nurturing and self-care. By using an implement to connect to our food, we add yet one more separation between ourselves and animals.
The meaning attached to silverware must combine the primal instinct to eat for survival with the restraint of social acceptance and grace. Parents struggle to get their children to use silverware for both these reasons, so that they will be able to feed themselves and simultaneously fit in with society.
The more sophisticated the circle one travels in, the more silverware there is to contend with. This illuminates the symbolic association of silverware to civilization and cultural hierarchy. Using silverware in a dream connects to your sense of propriety and conformity.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
War in a dream indicates that shifting boundaries are causing enormous upheaval.
The object of war is for one entity to obtain the land and / or resources of another. Therefore, war in a dream indicates change on such a large scale that it can only be accomplished by the use of major force. Our world is a set of organized boundaries that we know as countries. Our psyches are divided in a similar way. These boundaries are, ultimately, fluid. Things change— sometimes dramatically—which leaves us feeling vulnerable. When the change is sudden and violent, the unconscious may use a dream of war to express the enormity of the internal shift that’s occurring.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
You have some unfinished business or may be trying to postpone something. You also may be preparing to take action on something soon, but it is not yet time. Warehouses are places where we gather and store items that will later be distributed for their intended use. What is key to this symbol is that the storage is temporary—what is kept in a warehouse is eventually going to be moved somewhere else. In a dream, a warehouse is a symbol of change. In the arc of any transformation, a warehouse points to the middle of a greater shift—a point at which resources are gathered but have not quite yet arrived at their final destination.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
When a backward and / or forward movement is prominent this usually indicates a regressive, backward-looking tendency. We may want to retire into the past, rather than tackling fears and moving ahead.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To look back into the past can sometimes be detrimental, and at other times helpful. In dreams, to be looking or moving backwards may suggest that answers to our present dilemma lie in the past. Past behaviour patterns may not be appropriate.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: To dream of going or walking backwards indicates that we may be withdrawing from a situation, or slow to learn from it. We may need to recognize that to continue in a particular situation will, at worst, stop our progress and, at best, impede it.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: To dream of a tug of war suggests a conflict between good and bad, male and female, positive and negative – any two opposites. In everyday life our personal ethics may be at odds with the ethics of the group we belong to.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Gives gender - specific: In both men’s and women’s dreams a tug of war may represent a degree of tension between the more assertive side of the personality and the more passive. Much information can be gained by noting whether the two teams are male, female or mixed. You might also like to consult the entries for balance, conflict, lose / loss / lost and win / winning.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
As a symbol, the disintegration of order inherent in war signifies some kind of conflict in us.
The natural order is breaking down and identifying the source of the conflict – often a difficulty in achieving some kind of balance between the inner and outer selves – will help to bring a sense of peace or closure. Additional information might be gleaned by consulting the entries for argue / argument, armed forces, conflict and fight.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: War is ultimately a way of dealing with distress and discomfort. In theory, the outcome should be the re-establishing of order, but this can often only happen over an extended period of time. In dreams, when war breaks out we are dealing with destructive feelings that cannot easily be expressed in any other way.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: War is often deliberately engineered rather than spontaneous and tends to have a more global effect than mere skirmishes. It therefore suggests that we need to be fully aware of the consequences that our actions may have on others.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Gives gender - specific: Dreams of war will depend on the experiences in waking life of the dreamer. In a woman’s dream traditionally she would have been on the periphery though this may no longer be true. In a man’s dream he is much more likely to be combative.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of a warden implies a jailing of some sort in your waking life. Emotionally, you may be feeling imprisoned by your inability to defend yourself in a situation. Somebody may be taking advantage of your weaknesses to their own gain.
The best possible result will come from you gaining strength and courage from within before making any sudden moves.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The warehouse is a physical representation of your untapped resources. Consider what skills, talents, and energies you may bring to the table that you have previously left unused. Also, consider if you have stopped pursuing your dreams. Conversely, the empty warehouse is a representation that all of your inner resources have been burned up.
It is time to take a break and recharge your batteries.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream of a mighty warrior coming toward you implies that an extremely capable and courageous aspect of yourself is asking to be involved in a situation in your waking life. Know that you have everything you need to confront a task that is awaiting you.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream of a warthog is an indication of a trek into the less obvious parts of your life. Although you may be accustomed to defending yourself with physical or emotional aggression, the warthog suggests to lay down your weapons and explore the more vulnerable aspects of yourself. Be safe in the knowledge that you are able to fight if necessary.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A dream of moving backward may mean the dreamer feels he or she is losing ground in some endeavor. Retracing one’s steps may indicate that information from the past may be needed to bring about an understanding of a current situation, especially one that has gone wrong.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
Dwarfs are small people, traditionally regarded as possessing magical qualities or powers of divination.
This may thus be a highly fortuitous dream symbol. Alternatively, dwarfs can be negative symbols, representing some part of the dreamer’s psyche that is stunted or repressed.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
A common dream experience if one is a military veteran, a dream about war can also represent conditions that call for aggression (war) or for a resolution (peace treaty).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
Dreaming about a warehouse might be about past memories or something else in the past. Alternatively, perhaps we have put something in storage, such as artistic ambitions, in order to pursue something else.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
Warmth in a dream can be a reflection of warm feelings and comfort. Perhaps cheerfulness or love. We also tend to refer to preliminaries as “warm up exercises.”... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
A warning in a dream is often a warning about something in our everyday life, though it could also be an unwarranted feeling of alarm. Alternatively, a dream warning could be a message that something in our life needs attention.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
Vision: Single people seeing china in a dream means they are soon to be married. Breaking dishes: expect family quarrels or unhappiness. Buying new china: your family or household will “expand.” Dirt)’ dishes mean family problems.
Depth Psychology: Tableware is usually a symbol of insecurity in dealings with other people or members of the family. Frequent dreams about breaking dishes means that—in real life—you are causing a lot of unnecessary trouble—or acting like ua bull in a china shop.” See Glass, Porcelain.... Dreamers Dictionary
Vision: Looking at a lot of merchandise: your business is doing well. Piling up merchandise: admit your miserliness and greed and get it under control! Spending time in a warehouse: you are having a hard time making decisions. Depth Psychology: See Shopping.... Dreamers Dictionary
Vision: Being ill the midst of a war: you have to face official business, and perseverance is the only way to get through.
If you are taken prisoner: you will meet a powerful adversary who could harm you. Looking at war machinery: extremely difficult times are ahead.
If the war machinery is damaged: your present dilemma is going to ease.
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about war means that you are in a difficult situation: you are fighting with yourself. But the dream may also be an indication that you are “at war” with others— spouses, parents, colleagues, business partners, officials, etc. All these conflicts—the result of unrealistic hopes and/or expectations—will come to an end if you make a firm decision. See Fight.... Dreamers Dictionary
Vision: Seeing warts: get ready, things are going to be unpleasant for the next few days and the problems will make you angry. Having warts: people have found your weak spots and don’t hesitate to point them out to you.
Depth Psychology: A wart symbolizes a weakness you would like to hide from others. Sometimes warts symbolize “dark things” from the past of which you are shamed.... Dreamers Dictionary
(Lacking courage) Cowardliness in a dream means training one’s horses for a racing business, or it could mean modesty, or defending what is right and opposing what is wrong.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Daring; Courage) In a dream, forwardness means a battle between good and evil and it could be interpreted according to one’s standing in that case. Forwardness in a dream also means lack of determination and disdaining to serve one’s true needs.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A swarm of locusts is one’s dream represents an army. And an army of soldiers represents a swarm of locusts which will cause havoc and destruction.
If a swarm of locusts is seen approaching or flying without buzzing it represents one’s wealth which one had accumulated secretly. But if it is with buzzing sound it means enmity and hatred.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A swarm of locusts is one’s dream represents an army. And an army of soldiers represents a swarm of locusts which will cause havoc and destruction.
If a swarm of locusts is seen approaching or flying without buzzing it represents one’s wealth which one had accumulated secretly. But if it is with buzzing sound it means enmity and hatred.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Correspondent; Exchanging letters; Spy) Exchanging letters between two army camps in a dream means nearing the end of one’s life, quelling a riot, accepting the truth, following what is lawful, death of a sick person, or the victory of an oppressed person. Ifone becomes a war correspondent in a dream, it means that he may become a spy, or be promoted in his field.
A fairy-tale figure, a helper, and a symbol for being connected to the earth. Are you feeling small and inferior.7 Should you be more humble.7 Also a symbol of the shadow, of what is minuscule and invisible. You still feel like a child; or you know how huge the world and cosmos are and feel small, again like a child.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Real fear of war. In addition, confrontation between different parts of the personality of the dreamer: inner conflict. This dream image points to current confrontations with your own aggressiveness. Check to see if you are too aggressive, or if you should express your aggression more directly.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Symbol of commerce or greed, but also may refer to an independent life and taking care of the Self. What is offered in the warehouse or department store refers to talents that are available.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To see (or be) a flight attendant in your dream suggests that you will hear news from a distance or concerning someone who lives far away. This dream sometimes foretells news of the illness of a friend or relative.... My Dream Interpretation
To dream of war is an omen, warning of unhappy conditions at home and in love affairs.
If you dream that your country wins a war, your life will be significantly better in the near future. This dream can also be a normal reaction to upsetting news of war or unrest in real life.... My Dream Interpretation
Dreams of recognition of your achievement symbolize success, fortuitous events, acknowledgement, and prosperity. You are coming into a feeling of worthiness. See Wish Fulfillment Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you dream that someone or something is going backward, then this symbolizes rebellion, feeling out of style, or attached to outmoded ways of the past. Perhaps your dream is telling you that you are going the wrong direction, that you are off track, and are going against the flow, or perhaps that you are being contrary and rebellious. See Rewind.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you dream of being caught this is calling attention to your lack of integrity in an existing personal relationship or business venture. This dream is suggesting that you should clean up your thought and deeds. Perhaps someone or something has hooked your attention and you’ve been caught or seduced into their web.
To be caught in a dream can also symbolize that you have been running from responsibility and neglecting a decision that you are now being forced to deal with.
If you catch something, this represents your willingness and capability to get what you need in life. See Venting Dreams, Integration Dreams and Thief.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of a dwarf symbolize that you have become small energetically. You have lost or abdicated your power to someone that has left you feeling insecure, diminished and insubstantial. Perhaps this dream is showing you that you’ve been downplaying your talents and gifts. Dreams of dwarfs also represent that you are connecting with a magical, childlike aspect of yourself.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of hardware represent tools of change, power and resources. You are realizing your ability to construct, remodel and repair your life the way you desire it to be.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of Martha Stewart can represent resourcefulness, creativity, and a desire for the illusion of domestic perfection. Also, this dream could represent, and to make sure that your insides match your outsides, because you are realizing that a lack of integrity will eventually catch up with you. See Goddess Hestia.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of receiving an honor or reward forecast recognition, admiration, and that you will be applauded for your unique contribution to life. You are allowing your -love to inspire you forward on your path. See Award and Wish Fulfillment Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of software signify your attention and connection with new information. You are on the cutting edge of thought, and your learning curve is sky high, and you are downloading a whole new belief system and/or paradigm. See Computer.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of a war signify chaos, endings, death, and that you are tearing down old belief structures within you and are undergoing massive transformation with regards to internal conflicts within yourself. Also, dreaming about war can be a venting dream helping you to process and release the shock and trauma from hostile circumstances in your life. See Venting Dream and Fight.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of a warden reveal a fear-based aspect of you that feels it is its job to keep your talent and true expression locked up and every action monitored and scrutinized. See Critic and... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the warehouse is full, then this dream is about abundance of resources and/or unfulfilled potential. This also may be about unfulfilled dreams of the past, memories and ambitions you’ve put in storage.
If the warehouse is empty, then your dream is telling you to pay attention to your finances, and begin to invest your time, money and energy in ways that will create spiritual and material security for yourself.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If you dream that something is warm whether it be, a person, a towel, or a bowl of soup, then this signifies tender feelings, pleasure, comfort, and well-being. You are feeling hopeful, optimistic, balanced, and just right.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of a warrant signify that you are punishing yourself for something you did or didn’t do that is against your own moral code. Your dream is giving you the message to pay back your karmic debts and face any unfinished business from which you have been running.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of a warrior represent your connection to your source and power. You are discovering your heroism in the face of the your fears. You are realizing that in the face of your greatest challenges is where you find your strength. See Shaman.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of a wart signify that you are feeling unworthy, unattractive, and that there is a mark against you. Also, you may be identifying with the power of the witch or Crone archetype. See Witch and Pimple.... Strangest Dream Explanations
1- To dream of going backwards indicates that we may be withdrawing from a situation or slow to learn from it. We mav need to recognise that to continue in a particular situation will stop our progress.
2- Mentally we are not using our best faculties. When she looked backwards, loot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.
To look back into the past can be detrimental.
3- Regressive tendencies can cause us to move backwards into previous behaviour patterns.
The dreamer should take note of what is happening in his life at this time, and determine the reasons for this.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- Any malformation in a dream indicates a part of our personality which has not been integrated or has been left undeveloped. In a dream a dwarf denotes a part of ourselves which has been left damaged by painful childhood trauma or a lack of emotional nourishment.
2- A dwarf may signify a small part of ourselves that needs consideration. This may be a stunted aspect of our personality which does not become apparent until we are prepared to take responsibility for it.
3- A dwarf symbolises the Unconscious and undifferentiated force of nature.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- In dreams war always denotes conflict. It has a more global cffcct than one-to-one combat, and would suggest that we need to be more conscious of the effect our actions will have on others. We also need to be aware that we are taking part in conflict which is deliberately engineered rather than spontaneous.
2- War is ultimately a way of dealing with distress and disorder.
The outcome should be the establishment of order, although sometimes this can only happen through the passage of time.
To dream of war, therefore, indicates that this natural process is taking place on an inner level.
3- War is a symbol of spiritual disintegration. We need to be aware of what is disintegrating within our lives to understand the full symbolism.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- A warden in a dream is often a manifestation of the guardian or the keeper. We may have a part of our personality which acts as monitor or attempts to suppress other parts of our personality, and this appears as a warden.
2- In working with dream images we will often recognise aspects of the Spiritual Self which protcct us from outside influence and this also can appear as a warden.
3- The Guardian of the Threshold’ between the physical and the spiritual is represented by the warden.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- A wardrobe, often because it is large, can have the same significance as a passage, and therefore suggests a period of transition. Because it houses our clothes, it also suggests how we deal with our self-image.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If the dwarf is well formed and pleasing in appearance, it omens you will never be dwarfed in mind or stature. Health and good constitution will admit of your engaging in many profitable pursuits both of mind and body.
To see your friends dwarfed, denotes their health, and you will have many pleasures through them. Ugly and hideous dwarfs, always forebodes distressing states. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To dream that a warrant is being served on you, denotes that you will engage in some important work which will give you great uneasiness as to its standing and profits.
To see a warrant served on some one else, there will be danger of your actions bringing you into fatal quarrels or misunderstandings. You are likely to be justly indignant with the wantonness of some friend. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
At times people will see dwarfs, midgets, or very small people in their dreams. These images seem to represent, or allude to, the childlike creative powers in the unconscious. You can think of the dwarf as a “worker” in your unconscious. He could represent some childlike condition which has the potential and power to influence your life. Consider the details and the emotional tone in the dream and make an attempt to connect it to a situation in your daily life.
The dwarf suggests possibilities for learning and brings to the conscious mind messages from the unconscious.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Dreaming about a war or a battle suggests that the dreamer has internal conflict. One part of personality or psyche may be battling with another for control and the dream reflects this internal war. Another reason for dreaming about war is that you may be faced with a situation that requires you to be aggressive or assertive and to come to terms with opposition. War veterans and others who have experienced war first hand may, from time to time, have such dreams based on memory and trauma.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Dreaming that you walk backwards means that you are regressing in life. What you are looking for is increasingly farther away. You may feel unsuccessful, unable to achieve goals. Thanks to the warning sign of this dream, you must begin to take action. On the other hand, perhaps it expresses that the best option is to withdraw. Sometimes you waste time fighting for something that is not worth it. A good option is to stay back momentarily, regain your strength, and then return with more vigor and momentum.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dwarves tend to symbolize values like thoroughness, careful work, perseverance, etc. However, if in the dream you are the dwarf the meaning changes completely. The latter signals a very stark view of things; you might be limiting your potential. Your creativity, therefore is underutilized.
Gold symbolizes our true self and, as in Snow White’s story, the dwarfs extract it from the mine. So, this image can also represent the search for self- knowledge. To see your friends dwarfed predicts good health for them and a great joy from living with them.
If in your dream dwarfs appear ugly and malformed, the outcome is disaster.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dreaming of pretty silverware that is well conserved denotes good familial relations and feelings; while if it is dirty or broken, it indicates a period of conflict. || Buying silverware shows the desire to grow your circle of friends; cleaning it signifies catching up with old friends; breaking it, the expression of your feelings toward someone who has done you harm. For a woman, dreaming of silverware is a sign of a happy marriage.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Every war concerns the struggle of light against darkness, of good against evil. At the psychic level, it symbolizes the struggle between the subject’s actions and thoughts, because we always have the tendency toward inner unity. According to Jung, this dream reflects an inner conflict; war is being waged between your conscious and unconscious part, between the instinctual impulses and social norms. In oneiric terms, this dream reflects insecurity and fear of the events of life, but it also shows your desire for rebellion against inner oppression. When you see no end of the fight, it indicates that the conflict is not exactly about to be resolved. (See ARMY and ENEMIES)
A time of difficulties and dangers is announced. The dream also predicts family discussions.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
All your problems will disappear as if by magic if you dreamed of being or seeing a dwarf, unless the dwarf was ugly or malformed, in which case you are being warned against a false friend, so be cautious about sharing secrets.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Warts on your hands ugnify approaching money, and the more warts the more money: however, on other parts of your body, they are a warning that your generosity is likely to land you in hot water, so try to sidestep any current requests for help.
If your dream featured warts on others, they symbolize hidden hostility where you least expect it— be on guard.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To see wild animals caged suggests that you are in control of your instincts.
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 warrior archetype represents loyalty, physical strength and the ability to protect, defend, and fight for one’s rights. To be unbreakable and to fight to the death is a large part of the warrior archetype, which is also associated with the passage from boyhood to manhood. Such dreams appeal to our fantasies of independence, and the power to defend ourselves and right wrongs. The shadow warrior distorts or abandons ethical principles and decency in the name of victory at any cost. The warrior archetype is just as connected to the female psyche as to the male. In today’s society, the warrior woman or Amazon archetype has emerged in its glory once again through women who liberate and protect others, especially women and children who need vocal and financial representation. The concept of the spiritual warrior directs us to use the classic warrior virtues of heroism, stoicism, and self-sacrifice for conquering the ego and gaining control of our inner lives.... The Element Encyclopedia
People who have been in a war situation may be plagued by dreams that recall their ordeals, but for those who have never seen war, such dreams usually refer to private battles raging either within themselves, or between themselves and other people. Are such battles necessary, or would reconciliation be better than victory? Are you being too hard on yourself? Carl Jung believed dreams of war to represent a conflict between the conscious and unconscious minds, which is a struggle between the deep instinctive forces and the rules of conscious conduct. However, sometimes turmoil is needed in order for the personality to develop and grow.
If you can accept the part of yourself that is trying to find expression, you may be able to draw up a peace settlement. Anger, sorrow or pity are usually found in dreams about war; whichever of these emotions you feel will show the feeling or action in waking life that has provoked the dream.
The clue to the dream’s subject may be found in the identity of the opposing armies, or the landscape, in the soldier’s clothing and the course of the battle may be suggesting a similar action in waking life. Which army did you belong to? If it was a savage army, perhaps your dreaming mind is suggesting that your true allegiance lies with your instincts, but if you belong to a modern, sophisticated army, the dream may be telling you that your inclination is to follow the rule of your intellect.
If you witnessed the outcome of the battle in your dream, or admired the victorious army and its winning tactics, this may give you an indication of how best to resolve the conflict within yourself.
Although war and battle dreams may indicate disagreement between two individuals, they may also point to explosive disagreements between certain groups of people in your life; for example, disagreements in the workplace or differing opinions within the family. Your dreaming mind may be warning you that you will soon be entangled in that conflict and this is especially so if a battlefield features in your dream. The battlefield may indicate the area of conflict and your dream may be indicating whether you should take sides or act as peacemaker. A battlefield scene may also represent your working environment or a battle you are waging with yourself, such as the battle to give up smoking, the struggle to keep to a diet and so on.
If you dream of war, rather than simply a battle, different interpretations are appropriate. War has a more global effect that one-to-one combat or fighting, and this would suggest that you need to be more conscious of the effect your actions have on others. The outcome of war should be the establishment of order, and dreams of wars coming to an end can have a positive interpretation, suggesting that this natural process is taking place on an inner level.... The Element Encyclopedia
If, in your dream, you were part of a regiment, this may suggest that you feel safe in numbers, as a part of a crowd or group of people.
If you feel sorrow or guilt or resentment, this may reflect your attitude to the group of people you associate yourself with in waking life. Taking part in guerrilla actions suggests secret plans in waking life, whilst a preoccupation with a helmet and protective clothing may mirror a desire to ‘take cover’ in waking life. A dream in which an invasion takes place may be symbolic of an invasion of your space in waking life, either real or psychological.
If a tank appears in your battle, this is an aggressive phallic symbol. It can also suggest an attack on convention and an indiscriminate flattening of all those who stand in your way. The torpedo also symbolizes male sexuality but, unlike the tank, it delivers destruction by stealth. High-tech missiles, cannon, field guns and other forms of artillery also present variations on the phallic symbol. On the other hand, they may also symbolize obstacles or ‘hot shots’ you feel are against you as you pursue your goals. This may be particularly the case if you are a woman in a stereotypically male profession.
If an air raid takes place in your dream, this indicates emotional attack from people or feelings you have about the events around you. A bomb suggests an explosive situation or sudden events that have produced anxiety. It can also suggest your own anxiety.
If an underground mine figures in your dream, this can suggest bringing to consciousness potential and innate wisdom. A dream explosion with billowing clouds graphically mirrors the damaging consequences of exploding with pent-up fury or tension in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
Although you could interpret your dreams literally, a much more likely interpretation is a symbolic one. In this respect, dreams about nuclear war, the earth exploding, stars and planets falling from the sky, or the superpowers declaring war on each other would be a symbol for the ‘end of the world’ as you know it—in other words, some kind of personal upheaval that would completely change your life. Amongst such events, one should consider: the divorce of your parents, having to move house, ending your time at one school and going to another, having your best friend move and so on. Whatever has changed in your life has rocked your sense of things and your peace of mind on a global level. Therefore, rest assured, the dream is probably not about the end of the world, but is instead about a big change in your world. Whatever and however your life has been up until now, it has changed and it will never be the same again; the positive message that you take from such a dream is that you will emerge from this destruction into a fresh, new phase.
Feeling dramatically out of control in your personal life can trigger apocalypse dreams. These may be caused by hormones in adolescence, the menopause or andropause, the death of a loved one (especially a parent), or divorce and other significant relationship losses. The dream visions of the world ending are an escape mechanism to avoid dealing with a world so dramatically changed by new circumstances. In some cases, world-ending dreams feature the dreamer alone amongst generally unrecognized figures, reflecting the dreamer’s sense of isolation in waking life. When interpreting this type of dream, you should ask yourself, ‘How is the world ending and who is to blame?’ This dream may be calling for you to protect yourself against a risk that takes you well outside your comfort zone, to become more involved in a particular cause, or to think again about the rationale of your fears.
If you are religious in waking life, you may have a dream in which significant icons of your faith initiate, or withstand, the massive destruction. Another scenario is that adherents to your religious or belief system are identified in a particular way and thereby survive the destruction. In these dreams, the world is often reordered. Often, these dreams will accompany a time in the dreamer’s life when they feel that the entire world is against them, and it is only their association with something larger than themselves that can provide a resolution to the struggles being faced.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you dreamed of opening a cupboard door to find that it opened into an empty room or a room you hadn’t seen before, your dreaming mind is telling you that you are ready for new challenges in life. The time is right to begin a new project or make a change. The dream can also suggest hidden memories and emotions, suggestive of the ‘skeleton in the cupboard’.
If the cupboard is open, closed or you are trapped in it, this indicates how open or closed you are to other people and the possibility of change. To see a closet in your dream symbolizes something in your life that you have kept hidden. It may also signify an unveiling of previously hidden aspects of yourself as in ‘coming out of the closet’. Storing clothes in the wardrobe or dressing room may express the image you want to present to the outside world—or in Jungian terminology, the persona. A locked wardrobe indicates a desire for privacy, whereas a wardrobe overflowing with clothes suggests extravagance.... The Element Encyclopedia
Swarms of insects in dream can depict instinctual urges in life, such as sexual urges. Swarms may also represent small children or the sperm swarming toward the ovum, and therefore may be suggesting issues to do with pregnancy. The power of the group can additionally be suggested by a swarm; where one insect seems to be moving aimlessly, large numbers do not. Your dream swarm might be telling you that you can often only succeed in changing matters by group effort. As Jiminy Cricket suggests, insects can also represent your conscience, guilt and feelings you might want to forget; perhaps insects represent these areas because they live their lives in our house and garden largely unseen, although we sometimes sense their presence. In this sense, a swarm might represent being overwhelmed with guilt.
If you see a swarm of insects around you, this suggests malicious rumors are being spread about you, but if you manage to kill the insects or escape, you will find an easy remedy for your problems.
If insects are taking something apart in your dream, this suggests you may be in the phase of ending something and you need to complete that process before starting something new.
If the insects have invaded your food or contaminated something in your dream, consider whether your lifestyle is a healthy one. A dream of killing or spraying insects may also recall childhood hostility towards a sibling that may persist into later life.
If the insects are flying off, this may represent children leaving home or the end of a particular problem that has been upsetting you.... The Element Encyclopedia
In dreams, war always denotes conflict and suggests that you need to be aware of the effect your actions are having on others. Dream battlefields can represent areas of conflict in your waking life, for example conflict with your partner or boss. More typically, however, a war zone is a picture of an internal battle raging within you. A dream of a minefield may be referring to a waking life full of explosive situations and potential danger. Your dream may be reflecting your concern, or urging you to call in an expert and tread with care.
If you find yourself in a trench in your dream, this may express your fear that a current situation is not as secure as you might think. A trench may also be warning against inflexibility and entrenched views. To see or live in a concentration camp in your dream indicates that you are afraid of differences; you are having difficulties accepting others and the way in which they are different from you.
Learn to appreciate diversity and the uniqueness in yourself and in others around you.
If you actually lived in a concentration camp, the dream may signify a situation in your waking life which is triggering similar feelings.... The Element Encyclopedia
An ominous dream of hatred against which you are warned to protect yourself (Artemidorus). The malevolence and ill-temper of the dwarfs by whom great personages were attended is proverbial. (Gypsy). Persians use it as a charm against the devil, it also bestows knowledge of the future.... The Fabric of Dream
Recognition or acceptance that you deserve to be honored for special efforts that you’ve made.
A nudge from the subconscious reminding you to award yourself for hard work and unselfish deeds. Many people are hesitant to give themselves that pat on the back, but it’s very healthy.... The Language of Dreams
Warrants allow access into normally “forbidden” or “private” realms. Through what doors does this paper give you the freedom to glimpse? Take care, however, as the discoveries in such a search can be both wonderful and disconcerting... The Language of Dreams