ABDOMEN

Example The people watching are saying “Kill her! Kill her! Kill her!”...

ABNORMAL

Even if parts of one’s body or face are shown in a dream to be distorted or...

ABORIGINAL

The pan of self which still has contact with the natural life processes within,...

ABORTION

Suggests one has aboned an idea, a direction, or an area of one’s feelings...

ABOVE

See positions....

ABOVE

What is superior or has a wider view or possibility than our present...

ABREACTION

Example For some considerable time I have been troubled by a nightmarish dream...

ABSCESS

Example ‘Was looking at my knuckle and saw that I had a nasty boil which had...

ABSORB

Dreams often represent learning as an organic pro­cess. Ideas are taken in,...

ACCIDENT

Example 4I was standing in a hospital corridor looking through a glass...

ACHE

Indicates where we may be holding back on expressing the energy relevant to...

ACID

Something burning away at our feelings or confidence, our own vitriolic attack...

ACORN

Considering that our being has emerged from the tiny combination of sperm and...

ACTIVE IMAGINATION

Carl Jung several times described a technique for using imagination which...

ACTIVE SLEEP

During experiments to monitor the brain activ­ity of animals and humans while...

ACTIVE / PASSIVE

Example I was in a house that I lived in many years ago. How I got there I do...

ACTOR AND ACTRESS

See roles....

ACTOR / ACTRESS

Depending on context, can represent yourself wanting public acclaim, or not...

ADDER

See reptiles....

ADDICTED

Anxiety that something or someone is getting a hold on us. Sometimes fear of...

ADDRESS

Oneself, way one lives, one’s present style of life.

To forget or lose your...


ADLER, ALFRED (1870-1937)

Born in Vienna, Austria. Stud­ied medicine, later became a disciple of Freud....

ADOLESCENT

Example My lover and I were going to try and make love, both with our own...

ADOLESCENT

lover Initial uncertainty or clumsiness concerning emotional and sexual...

ADORATION

See worship....

ADULT

love Growing sense of recognising needs of partner. Ability to be something for...

ADULTERY

See affair....

ADVENTURE OF THE DREAMWORLD

Dreams give us a doorway into a strange and wonderful world. Although it...

ADVERTISEMENT

A desire to have others know something about yourself; a way of bringing...

ADVICE

Conscience; sense of ‘ought’ or ‘should’; what you desire to say but...

AESCULAPIUS

The Roman form of the Greek god of healing,...

AFFAIR

Example I was on board a pleasure cruiser with my wife. As I stood on a high...

AFTERNOON, EVENING

The end of life, middle or old age, the more subtle feeling areas of experience...

AGGRESSION

See hostility....

AIM

Suggests directing attention or desire towards what is represented by target or...

AIR

See wind....

AIR RAID

Example I am in a house and planes are dropping bombs on it’ (Mrs SM). We...

AIRPLANE

Example I saw a biplane fly overhead. Its pilot was performing daring new...

AIRPORT

Making new departures; changes; being en route to something new in life; a...

ALCOHOL

An influence which changes the way we feel, mov­ing us towards negative or...

ALIEN

Urges or feelings we find difficult to identify with; feelings of being an...

ALLIGATOR

See animals....

ALONE

Expresses one’s sense of isolation; feelings of loneli­ness; independence,...

ALTAR

Self giving—this can be a very positive action, or a son of self punishment...

AMBULANCE

See accident....

AMERICA

See abroad....

AMERICAN

Indian Natural wisdom. See Iroquoian dream cult....

AMNESIA

Example ‘I am sleeping rough in a garden with a woman I do not love. I think...

AMPLIFICATION METHOD

An approach suggested by Carl Jung. In essence it is to honour what the dream...

AMPUTATION

To lose whatever the limb represents; loss of adequacy, sexual or otherwise....

ANAESTHETIC

Death, avoiding painful emotions; entering the unconscious; feeling...

ANALYSIS, DREAM

See dream processing....

ANALYST

An analyst, psychologist, psychiatrist in our dream depicts our self...

ANCIENT

Usually suggests contact with pans of ourselves which are older than the...

ANGEL

The positive side of relationship with your mother, religious concepts;...

ANGER

See hostility....

ANIMAL SITUATIONS

Example ‘I am given an animal to look after (usually somebody’s pet) while...

ANIMALS

Like any other animal, human beings have devel­oped certain physical and...

ANIMUS

The male within the female, shown as a man in a woman’s dreams. Physically a...

ANIRNA

The female within the male, shown as a woman in a man’s dream. Physically a...

ANTIQUE

See old....

ANTIQUE

Elements of our past experience which might be worth keeping; wisdom of...

ANUS

In general, babyhood self expression and pleasure. Ba­sic and perhaps rejected...

ANXIETY DREAMS

One of the most frequent dream themes is that of anxiety in some form. This may...

APE

Can represent a world of experience human beings have lost and feel sorrow at...

APPARITIONS

See ghost....

APPLAUSE

Desire for acclaim or giving oneself acclaim....

APPOINTMENT

Reminder of something our unconscious feels we are about to meet, or something...

APRON

Mother role; household world, getting to work on a family situation....

ARCHETYPES

Although the word archetype has a long history, Carl Jung used it to express...

ARENA, AMPHITHEATRE

Focus of attention; mental capability to bring an unimaginable amount of...

ARMOUR

The emotional and intellectual rigidity we use to protect ourself from hurt....

ARMS

Our ability to love, give, take, create, defend, reach out. lniury to loss of...

ARMY

See soldier; war....

ARRESTED

Suggests a restraint of one s easy expression by moral judgments or questions...

ARROW

Something that has really got into us, like hunful words or actions; or being...

ART

See painting....

ARTIST

The aspect of oneself which is in contact with the irrational, creative side of...

ASCENDING

The rising feelings of passion or sexual pleasure, the transition from...

ASCETIC

Conflict with natural drives; desire to be less domi­nated by them, avoidance...

ASCLEPIUS

See Asclepius....

ASCLEPIUS

A Greek god of healing, especially in relation to dreams.

The people of...


ASERINSKY

E. and Kleitman, N. Aserinsky, while working under Kleitman in a sleep study...

ASHES

What remains in our experience, perhaps as memory or wisdom, after the event or...

ASS

The basic life processes in the body, which uphold or cany us through the...

ASTRAL TRAVEL

See out of body experience....

ASTROLOGER

Intuitions, thoughts or concern about your future; intuition concerning your...

ATLIC

The mind, ideas, memories, past experience. Trapped in attic a purely...

ATOM BOMB

Anxiety regarding external world, political forces, etc., that the dreamer...

ATTACK

Being attacked feeling under threat from external events or internal emotions,...

AUDIENCE

Standing in front of you might be dealing with an important issue in your life...

AURA

An expression of the Self. What this means is that some part of our...

AUTHORITY FIGURE

Might depict what has arisen in your life out of relationship with father,...

AUTOMOBILE

See car....

AUTONOMOUS COMPLEX

Many of the characters or elements of our dreams act quite contrary to what we...

AUTUMN

Example ‘My husband was in a wheelchair, I was pushing him along a...

AVALANCHE

The power of frozen emotions. We can freeze sexuality by anger or jealousy,...

AWAKE

See wake up....

AXE

See weapons. Idioms axe to grind; to be axed (lose one’s job)....

BABY

General one s own feelings and urges at that level of development—such as...

BABY LOVE

Completely dependent upon the loved person for one s needs, physical, emotional...

BACHELOR

Man’s dream oneself if unmarried; desire for freedom, or comparison with...

BACK

Back of house, etc. more pnvate; intimate; less for­mal; surreptitious; out...

BACK

Strength, but particularly moral fibre.

A psychiatrist once told me that many...


BAG

Example ‘I am in a strange town—usually where there are shops and lots of...

BAKER

Creative ability....

BALL

See sphere or ball under shapes and symbols....

BALLOON

Party mood; breasts; desire for sex (similarity to condom); the womb....

BANANA

Male penis. Taking one or handing one to some­one desire to receive or have...

BAND

Teamwork; sense of different aspects of the personal­ity working harmoniously;...

BANDAGE

Hun feelings; past emotional injury; healing pro­cess; death....

BANK

Resources—financial, mental and spiritual; one’s in­ternal sense of...

BAPTISM

New force entering your life, cleansing away old attitudes; opening to one’s...

BAR

Strength; male sexuality; rigidness; energy; symbol of power. What we do with...

BAR ROOM

Often indicates how we relate to groups; our feelings about society, can be...

BARBER

Change of attitudes, thoughts or opinions about ourself. Because we can change...

BASEMENT

See basement and cellar under house and build- ings....

BASEMENT, CELLAR

Example ‘I know I have killed somebody and their body is walled up in the...

BAT

Thoughts or influences emerging from the unconscious; fear of the unconscious....

BATH

Relaxation; cleansing; wanting to ‘come clean’ or be rid of guilt. Such...

BAY

Similar to beach, but the crescent shape sometimes depicts a woman’s...

BEACH

Family gathenngs or relaxation and intimacy. Also a boundary, or threshold—to...

BEAR

Power of our feeling reaction and traits; possessiveness, as or by a parent or...

BECAUSE

of the different colours in jewels, some of them may have slightly different...

BED

See bed under furniture, beer See alcohol....

BED, MATTRESS

Example ‘I sit on a bed. Near me, looking at a book I am holding is a woman...

BEGGAR

The emotions, drives and thoughts you seldom al­low into expression. Feelings...

BEHIND

See back....

BEHIND

The past, what you have chosen to or want to forget —left behind; what one is...

BELL

Warning; signal calling for attention....

BELOW

Something you feel is ‘beneath you’; what is below’ in the body—so the...

BELT

Often tightly restrained sexuality or emotions; protec- tiveness. Idioms belt...

BIBLE

Traditional moral standards; religion; one’s most in­clusive realisations,...

BICYCLE

Personal effort or motivation which gets you some­where.

For many people a...


BIG

See size....

BIG

large Importance, relationship, as when we feel small beside somebody with a...

BIOLOGICAL DREAM THEORY

J.A. Hadfield, in his book Dreams and Nightmares (Pelican 1954), puts forward...

BIRDS

Example ‘I was standing outside the house of my teens, with my mother. She...

BIRTH

Woman’s dream desire to have a baby. Man’s dream envy of the creative...

BITE

Aggression; the desire to suckle the breast hidden un- der aggression—this...

BLACK

The unconscious, unknown; hidden or avoided, the unaccepted side of self, not...

BLACK BIRD

Unconscious drives; death; the negative aspect of mother....

BLACK PERSON

Depends which skin colour one has.

If white one’s natural drives, feelings...


BLINDNESS

Unwillingness to ‘see’ something; losing sight of something; not seeing...

BLOOD

One’s energy and sense of existence. Being hurt—such as hurtful remarks,...

BLOUSE AND SHIRT

Feelings and emotions. Idioms stuffed shin; shin sleeves, informal....

BLUE

Light blues our sense of intuition, having a wide awareness of life; religious...

BOAT, SHIP

Our journey through the seas of life and how we meet the rough and smooth...

BODY

It refers to oneself, as in the word sorcxehxty. Al­though it includes the...

BOMB

Explosive situation; sudden anxiety-producing events—as when we say something...

BOOK

Memories; things you have learnt from expenence; attitudes toward learning,...

BOTTLE

Vagina. Of wine, spirits or beer sometimes an influ­ence entering your life...

BOY

If known what you feel about that boy, but referring to oneself, i.e. one...

BREAD

Fundamental nourishment; our basic emotional and biological needs. In a...

BREAD

Experience; everyday life. Given slice of bread sex....

BREAK

Broken promise, shattered idealism, hope or faith, feeling broken in spirit;...

BREATH

Holding the breath expression of will. We hold the breath when repressing...

BRIDE

Feelings about or desire for marriage. Female dream your marriage and what it...

BRIDEGROOM

Desire to be married or find a panner. Female dream feelings about marriage or...

BRIDGE

Example Having been enjoying ourselves with some work mates at a social club,...

BROTHER

Sec family....

BROWN

Depression; dullness; earthiness; excrement; conceal­ment. Idioms brown...

BUBBLE

Illusion; delicate and easily lost; daydreams, some­times the transitory human...

BUD

Vagina, the penis, the unfolding of the world of sexual­ity, full of emotional...

BUDDHA, BUDDHIST

Often in western dreams associated with the denial of our ego; liberation from...

BULL

With Taureans, may depict their innate charactenstics and how they are dealing...

BULLET

Sexual impregnation; aggression; penis; desire to hurt; pain....

BURGLAR, INTRUDER

Fears or difficult emotions arising from the unconscious, neglected parts of...

BURIAL

Letting go of the past as we knew it, and opening the way to a meeting with...

BURNING

Burning emotions; release of emotions or energy. See fire....

BUS

Experience, undertaking or relationship with a group of people; direction taken...

BUS CONDUCTOR

How we give someone authority in a group, although we may be more capable than...

BUSINESS AND DREAMING

Although the world of business and the world of dreams are often considered to...

CAGE, CELL

If the dreamer is in the cage frustration arising from a sense of social...

CAKE

Sensual enjoyment....

CALENDAR

Passage of time; reminder or suggestion of some­thing imponant arising....

CAMERA

Taking notice, memory; sometimes what we may have noticed out of the corner of...

CANAL

Most often the way we direct or control our emotions —therefore relates to...

CANCER

Fear of this illness, a part of our personality or being which is out of...

CANDLE

Male sex organ. Lighting a candle, a birth; prayer.

If lit amid darkness...


CANE

Aggression; sadistic or masochistic sexuality, canyon See valley....

CAP

See hat under clothes. Idioms cap in hand; thinking cap....

CAPITAL

city such as London, Tokyo, Moscow, unless the home of the dreamer, depict...

CAPTAIN

See roles....

CAPTAIN

The daring, doing, positive side of self; how we re­late to father figures or...

CAPTIVE, PRISONER

Many emotions, anxieties, moods or ideas captivate’ us, or act as means of...

CAR

Our motivating drives—sex drive, ambition, sense of failure, whatever is...

CARDS, PLAYING

Opportunity; sense of fate.

The different suits depict different things....


CARPENTER

The creative but practical part of us; the side of us which tends to create...

CARPET

See carpet under furniture; colour; shapes and sym­bols....

CARPET

Sometimes depicts one’s financial state, bare floor­boards being poverty;...

CARRIAGE

Similar to car but, because drawn by an animal, more suggestive of a direction...

CARRIED

An ability being used; what one is ‘carrying’ in life, such as carrying a...

CASE

See bag; example in clothes, castle See house and buildings....

CASTLE

Feelings of security or insecurity, our defensive atti­tudes; the way we...

CASTRATE

Example ‘On looking at my son I see his penis has been completely cut off. I...

CAT

Example I went to the fridge to get out some mince meat to feed the cat. It...

CATACLYSM

See end of the world; atom bomb....

CATACOMB, CRYPT

Example T was in some kind of cave or crypt. My father told me and my family...

CATEGORIES OF DREAMS

Gnffith, Miyago and Tago give 34 types of dream themes, from falling to being...

CATERPILLAR

Male sexuality; prenatal forces of growth, bacte­ria....

CAVE

Example ‘I am in a large, airy cave-like room. I am pregnant and wearing a...

CAYCE, EDGAR

Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on 18 March 1877, died Virginia Beach, January...

CELLAR

See basement and cellar under house and buildings....

CEMETERY

Depicts our thoughts and feelings regarding death; our family heritage of...

CENTRE, MIDDLE

See shapes and symbols....

CENTRE, MIDDLE

Emphasises the importance of the thing, per­son or animal in that position;...

CEREMONY, RITUAL

Example ‘A ritual began whereby a laige knife was drawn and a few deep cuts...

CHAIN

Restriction; strength; dependence. We might feel ‘chained’ to our marriage...

CHAIR

Passive, relaxed attitude, inactivity; receptivity or open­ness. Placing chair...

CHAMPAGNE

See alcohol....

CHASED

Example Three men with clubs were chasing me, but never actually caught me as...

CHASM

Feelings about death, sex, the unconscious or the unknown. See abyss; valley....

CHEMIST

Usually health concerns; healing, can be similar to doctor—wisdom about...

CHEST

Like a wooden chest, a place to store emotions. Gener­ally it represents our...

CHEST, BOX

May refer to one’s physical chest; more often the way we hide in ourselves,...

CHICKEN

Nourishment; the female in a male; being ‘chicken*. Cock a male or the male...

CHILD

See boy; girl; daughter and son under family, childbirth See baby; birth....

CHIMNEY

Smoking, the binh canal, sign of inner warmth. Belching black smoke the grim...

CHOKE

Conflict; indecision—as when we choke on our words; repression of emotion....

CHURCH

Religious feeling or beliefs, including moral code, or our feelings about...

CHURCH, CHAPEL, TEMPLE

Example ‘It was like an English church with several great spires.

The...


CIGAR, CIGARETTE

Masculinity; penis. Cigarette anxiety or re­lease from it; dependence;...

CINEMA

Our image of self. See theatre....

CIRCLE

Wholeness, it suggests a good harmony between all the aspects of our being,...

CITY, TOWN

One’s relationship with society, one’s sense of community, the mental and...

CLIFF

Example 4I was standing on a clifftop overlooking the ocean. By my side was a...

CLIMB

Example We climbed this tree, the baby as well, to see what was at the...

CLOCK, WATCH

The restrictions we place upon ourself; our sense of duty and timing;...

CLOSE

Close a door, etc. to be closed emotionally, decision; protecriveness.

For...


CLOTHES

Example I am packing for a holiday, surrounded by a lovely selection of all...

CLOUDS

If bright usually feelings of uplift or religious feel­ings.

If dull...


COAT

The general ‘self’ we use in public; we might be shy in public but very...

COFFEE

Mostly social ritual; something stimulating. Offering, being offered coffee...

COFFIN

Nearly always a reminder of one’s own mortality. Also death of a relationship...

COLD

Held back emotions, especially fear, feeling neglected or left out in the...

COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS

Jung describes this as the inherited potentialities of human imagination. It is...

COLOURS

Example ‘I was standing in a very beautifully carved chapel or religious...

COMB

Something you are doing or thinking about doing to tidy up your thoughts or...

COMMUNICATION

Careful research into speech shows that we constantly use a miracle of mental...

COMPASS

Your attempt to find a direction or activity you feel confident about....

COMPENSATORY THEORY

Jung, Hadfield and several other dream researchers believe the dream process is...

COMPUTERS AND DREAMS

Because of the ease with which computers can file, son, cross reference and...

CONJURER

Depending on dream, might be the ability to change our moods or attitudes...

CONTRACEPTIVE

Example ‘I was in my mother s bedroom with my teenage boyfriend. We were...

CONVICT

See captive, prisoner above in this entry....

COOK

The active and practical side of our nature which, by working at it, can...

COOKING

Example “I saw piles of French loaves. On picking one up I saw that although...

CORD

May be similar to chain or rope—a restriction. But often depicts the feeling...

CORE

See centre....

CORNER

Example 4I was afraid the thugs would comer and attack me’ (Pauline B)....

CORPSE

See dead body under body....

CORRIDOR

Example I’m trapped in a long passageway or corridor. I can’t get out....

COSMETIC

Desire to attract attention; our public traits; cover up....

COUNTRYSIDE

One’s natural feelings; a relaxed state; the forces of ‘nature’ in us;...

COW

Similar to the bull, but representing the female side of one’s nature,...

CRAB

The shell of bnttle emotions we guard ourself with, grasping or hurtful...

CRACK

A flaw in one’s thinking; a weakness in the attitudes or defences we use in...

CRATER

Past trauma....

CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING IN DREAMS

Few dreams are, by themselves, problem solving or creative.

The few...


CRESCENT

Femininity; the vagina; the process of feminine cre­ativity. Crescent moon...

CRICKET

See games....

CRIPPLE

Emotional hurts; pans of us injured by trauma or twisted by such withheld...

CROSS

Difficulties or tribulations we cany, perhaps unneces­sarily; human life and...

CROSSING

A change, but often with much vulnerability; an obstacle, usually of a feeling...

CROSSROAD

Example ‘I keep in touch with an old boyfriend who I have not seen since I...

CROW ROOK, RAVEN

Being carrion birds, and so often seen near corpses, they are linked with...

CROWD

Feeling crowded out; public opinion; one’s feelings about people in general....

CROWN

Success, either desired or achieved; realisation of expanded awareness See...

CRUCIFIXION

Masochism, guilt; feelings of being a scapegoat; frequently connected with the...

CRYSTAL

The human sense of the eternal; the self; rigid views or emotions. Crystal...

CUCKOO

Wanting to, or feeling your partner is, having sex outside your relationship....

CUL DE SAC

Sense of efforts leading nowhere, a woman’s legs, with the vagina at the end....

CUP

Offering oneself; a woman offering herself and sexual­ity; a receptive state...

CUPBOARD\WARDROBE

Memory, resources; different roles you play or attitudes and emotions expressed...

DAM

The way we attempt to ‘bottle up’ our emotions and drives such as ambition...

DANCING

Example ‘We were both shy of each other but as the dance went on I found I...

DANGER

Most often anxiety. We may fear the danger of al­lowing our sexual urges—the...

DARK

Example ‘1 ran down very dark streets, like a maze, and could not find a way...

DAUGHTER

See daughter under family....

DAY AND NIGHT

day

Example It was a beautiful hot sunny day, and I was in a children’s...


DEAD END

See cul de sac....

DEAD HUSBAND OR WIFE

Many dreams of dead people come from women who have lost their husband. It is...

DEAD PEOPLE DREAMS

Example ‘My husband’s mother, no longer alive, came and slid her arms...

DEATH

Example My son comes in and I see he is unwashed and seems preoccupied and as...

DEATH AND REBIRTH

The symbols of death or the fear of death can be sunset; evening; a crossed...

DEEP

Usually we live on the surface of our mind. In sleep we dive down deeper but...

DEFAECATE

Self expression; release of tension; getting rid of negative experience or...

DEFENCE

mechanisms Although the dream process attempts to release difficult emotions,...

DEJA

vu Many dreamers say they find a connection between a place they dream...

DEMOLITION

Major changes in dreamer’s inner or outer life have been, or are being,...

DENTIST

Depends on your relationship with dentists. Fear of being hurt; the courage and...

DEPARTING

Example ‘I was leaving some people, like at a junior school. Some of the...

DEPRESSION AND DREAMS

One hundred and forty dreams were collected from a group of patients suffering...

DESCENDING, DOWN

Example ‘1 look down and the stairs and bannister rail are swarming alive...

DESERT

or wilderness Loneliness, literally being deserted; lack of emotion or...

DESK

Work; authority; discipline....

DESTINATION

Because the unconscious has a powerful faculty for synthesising our experience,...

DEVIL

Usually repressed natural drives, particularly sexual feeling—one can express...

DEVIL

See evil; aboriginal. See also active/passive....

DEVOUR

Being eaten by dogs’or creatures losing our sense of identity, or what we...

DIAMOND

See jewels....

DIAMOND

Choices or direction, like the compass needle....

DIGGING, EXCAVATION

Example I entered a neglected garden adjoining a house I had formerly lived...

DINOSAUR

Exploring dreams is like uncovering different strata of human psychological...

DINOSAUR

Our personality is a young new thing. It grows throughout our life, but its...

DIRTY

Actions or feelings which we feel are grubby or im­moral.

The unconscious...


DISAPPEARANCE

Depicts the way our conscious self relates to the unconscious. Memories,...

DISPLACEMENT

Displacement of aggression from a threaten­ing target to a less threatening...

DISTANT

Barely conscious of; a long time off, something one does not identify with...

DIVING

Taking a chance; facing anxiety. Diving underwater delving into one’s mind...

DIVORCE

May be an expression of anger towards one’s spouse; fear of or hope for...

DOCTOR

Our dependence upon authority figure for a sense of wholeness, or to deal with...

DOG

Easy expression of such aspects of ourself as aggression —maybe because dogs...

DOLL

Example ‘She continues to attack him and, to my horror and feeling of...

DOOR

See door under house and buildings....

DOOR

Example 41 find my way to a door and knock. It is at the end of a cul de...

DOSE

Intimacy, being made aware of; what one feels con­nected with or has ties...

DOVE

Peace; awareness of one’s potential; religious experi­ence. See religion and...

DRAGON

Because the pan of our mind we name ‘the uncon­scious’ is so ancient and...

DRAMA

See film; theatre....

DREAM ANALYSIS

Sigmund Freud was the founder of modern therapeutic analysis of dreams. Freud...

DREAM DEPRIVATION

See science, sleep and dreams....

DREAM PROCESS AS COMPUTER

The brain is not a computer, but it has the power to compute.

The word...


DREAM PROCESSING

Below are described simple techniques which make it possible to gain...

DREAM WITHIN DREAM

A dream presents us with emotions or information we may be avoiding while...

DREAMER

Our current ‘self image’ is displayed by what we do in our dreams.

If we...


DREAMING

one is paralysed is similar. It depicts the paralys­ing effects, either of...

DREAMING THE FUTURE

Just before his title fight in 1947, Sugar Ray Robinson dreamt he was in the...

DREAMING TOGETHER

Example41 dreamt my sister was attacking me with a pair of scissors. She...

DREAMS AND ANCIENT

Greece Antiphon, a Greek living in the fourth century bc. wrote the first known...

DRESS

Femininity; exteriorisation of feelings....

DRILL

Working through the emotions and fears which resist our insight; sex when there...

DRINK

To absorb or take something subtle into oneself. This may be taking in feelings...

DRIVING

See car...

DROWNING

Example ‘1 fell into a pond. My brother was frightened to be by himself so...

DRUM

May represent the hean, sexual tension, intercourse, masturbation, depending on...

DRUNK

Loss of control; lack of reason; having no soul or self control; abandonment to...

DWARF, MALFORMED FIGURE

A pan of our personality left un­developed or not integrated.

For instance...


EAGLE, BUZZARD, HAWK

Sometimes the hunting providing par­ent; dominance. Often the ability to...

EARTH

The things we take for granted which act as the sup­portive background to our...

EARTHQUAKE

Insecurity; the breakdown of opinions, atti­tudes or relationships which...

EAST

Personal connection with source of life; birth; the mys­terious or religious...

EATING

Satisfying one’s needs or hunger’. This can be any area of need, such as...

EGG

Potential; parts of self as yet unrealised or not fenilised by our conscious...

EGYPT

Usually the hidden side of self; the riches of the unconscious. In the Biblical...

EIGHT

Death and resurrection; infinity; old fonts and baptis­tries are octagonal...

EJACULATION, EMISSION

Example I was in a cubicle or small toilet with a very black coloured woman....

ELEPHANT

The enormous potential power of life, in growth and activity.

If we run from...


EMBRYO

An extremely vulnerable aspect of us; our own prenatal experience; or our...

EMOTIONS, MOOD

There is a level of human experience which is typified by intense emotional and...

EMPTY

Example ‘I was down in a low bit of a village, trying to get to a road high...

ENCLOSED, ENCLOSURE

The defences we use, such as pnde, beliefs, anger, to protect ourselves from...

END

Used in many different ways, depending on context. Generally it represents a...

ENGINE

One’s motivating drive or energy; the body’s energy and mechanical or...

ENTER, ENTRANCE

New experience or new area of experience. Secret entrance an attitude or...

EROTIC DREAMS

See sex in dreams....

ESCAPE

Example I dreamt I was a prisoner with many others. Myself and other men were...

EVANS, CHRISTOPHER

In his book Landscapes of the Night, Dr Evans puts forward a new theory of...

EVENING

Relaxation; quiet peace, time for oneself; nearness to the shadows’ of the...

EVIL

Example ‘At the top of the stairs is a small door, half opened as if...

EXAMS, BEING EXAMINED

Self criticism or attempts to live up to moral or intellectual standards;...

EXCREMENT

Feelings of repulsion; emotions or parts of expe­rience which need to be let...

EXPLOSION

Anger; dramatic release of energy in making changes in self expression; social...

EYES

See eyes under body....

FACE

See head under body, faeces See excrement....

FAILURE

Example I was in a race riding a horse but couldn’t get to the staning gate...

FAIR

See hair under body....

FAIRGROUND

One’s public activity; the range of human fate— rich to poor, midgets to...

FALLING

Some dream researchers suggest falling is one of the main themes in dreams. In...

FAMILY

From our family we leam most of the positive and negative patterns of...

FAMOUS PEOPLE

One s own potential, often unacknowl­edged, and projected on to dream...

FARE

The price one pays to achieve a goal; getting the right attitude or stance. See...

FARM, FARMYARD

Care or expression of our natural drives, such as sexuality, parenthood, love...

FARMER

Feeling easy with sexuality and material world; prac­tical down-to-earth...

FAT PERSON

Defences used against anxiety or feelings of in­adequacy; healthy, jolly...

FATHER

The dream images representing father are many God, a god, a giant, a tyrant,...

FEAR

See emotions and mood....

FENCE

Example I saw that we had got into a fenced off area where the gentry...

FERRY

Movement towards change; often associated with ferry across Styx, and death....

FIELD

Fields often appear with animals, and suggest the dreamer’s contact with what...

FIGHT

Example ‘Some three years ago I had constant dreams with my mother. We were...

FILM

An aspect of our own past or character which we do not wish to acknowledge. It...

FILM STAR

See famous people....

FIND, FOUND

Example ‘I went into a cellar. It was rather cavelike. I had to scramble to...

FIRE

Passion; sexuality, anger, desire; burning feelings such as resentment or...

FIREMAN

How we deal with our passions or outbursts of emo­tion or anger, dealing with...

FISH, SEA CREATURES

When we will to speak or move, uncon­scious physical and psychological...

FIVE

The human body; human consciousness in the body; the hand; sometimes called the...

FLAMES

Life itself, our life as it moves through experience leaving only memories;...

FLOATING

On water—relaxation; being indecisive; being car­ried along by events. See...

FLOOD

Depression would be seen as an inundation of nega­tive emotions; anxiety a...

FLOWERS

Sense of beauty; flowering of the feeling quality or ability; the sexual...

FLYING

Example During childhood I leamt to fly in a long sequence of dreams. Each...

FLYING SAUCER

See UFO....

FOG

Confusion; indecision; inability to see the real issues in yourself and your...

FOLLOW

Example ‘The group I followed on the underground got off. I followed...

FOOD

There is food for the mind, food for thought, food for the body, and spiritual...

FOREIGN COUNTRIES

Different attitude; different mental or emotional ‘climate’ than one’s...

FOREST

See tree....

FORGETFULNESS OF DREAMS

See science, sleep and dreams, fortress See house, buildings....

FORTRESS

See castle above in this entry....

FOUNTAIN

The process of life; flow of consciousness up into awareness; joy of collective...

FOUR

Physicality; the earth; stability and strength, the home or house; reality;...

FRASER

Boa tells the story of a man who told his analyst he had dreamt of Red...

FREUD, SIGMUND (1856-1939)

When Freud, as a qualified doctor and neurologist, became interested in...

FROG

The deeply unconscious psychobiological life processes which transformed us...

FROG

See reptiles....

FROMM, ERICH

A New York psychoanalyst, who stands be­tween Jung and Freud in his view of...

FRONT

Front of body, house, etc. the more public or ex­pressed part of one’s...

FROZEN

See ice....

FUNCTIONS OF DREAMS

Over the years many theories to ex­plain the ‘why’ of dreams have been put...

FUNERAL

Feelings about one’s own death; very occasionally warning about health of...

FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS

Attitudes or habits developed from family or home life, especially if it is a...

GAMES, GAMBLING

Generally, games can be stances used to meet life; not taking life...

GARAGE

Depends how you see a garage. It may be a tool- shed, workshop, frozen food...

GARBAGE

Pans of your experience, feelings, no longer useful. Occasionally one discards,...

GARDEN

Generally, the inner life of the dreamer, the area of growth or change in your...

GARDENER

The down to earth but wise aspect of self; the wisdom or insights gathered...

GATE

A threshold, like that between conscious self aware­ness and our total...

GEESE

Freedom; our soul. See birds....

GENITALS

Direct reference to sexual aspect of self. See penis and vagina under body;...

GESTALT DREAM WORK

See dream processing....

GESTURES

See postures, movement and body language....

GHOST

Memories, feelings, guilt, which haunt us, parts of the wider awareness of the...

GIANT

Childhood feelings about grown-ups, especially the frightening side of parents....

GIFT

Intuition, unconscious knowledge; what is received in a relationship, such as...

GIRL

Feelings, emotional self; young sexuality, vulnerability.

In male dream...


GIVING

Relatedness; the son of exchange or give and take which goes on in a...

GLASS

The sort of invisible yet tangible barriers we may erect or feel around others,...

GLASSES, SPECTACLES

Ability to see, understand—or lack of it; a way of hiding oneself, as behind...

GLOVE

See clothes, gnome See dwarf....

GLOVES

Protection, as in wearing rubber gloves; keeping one’s hands clean’, as in...

GOAT

A Capricomian’s basic traits. Rutting sexuality; ability to climb socially....

GOD

Jung says that while the Catholic church admits of dreams sent by God, most...

GOLD

The best or most valuable in oneself or in opportunity, what stands the ‘acid...

GRANDPARENTS

Personal feelings connected with the grandpar­ent; family traditions, such as...

GRAVE

Feelings or concepts of death, feelings about someone who is dead; realisation...

GRAVEYARD

See cemetery....

GREEN

Potential for growth; healing or positive change. Often found in dreams about...

GREEN

See colours....

GREY

See colours....

GROUP

See people....

GROWTH OF SOMETHING

The changes in us which bring about new ways of relating to other people,...

GUILLOTINE

Losing one’s head, or threat of it; killing one’s ability to think and...

GUILT

Feeling guilt in a dream is a direct experience, but what you are feeling...

GUN

See weapons....

GUN

Penis, male sexuality; anger, confidence in defending oneself against...

GURU

See God; the self under archetypes....

HAIR

Thoughts; self image; attitudes. Changing hairstyle changing attitudes; a...

HALF

Example ‘I could see an older woman watching me from the road. I felt very...

HALL

Public or dance hall how you relate to groups or the public; meeting...

HALL, CALVIN

Author of The Content Analysis of Dreams and The Meaning of Dreams. Hall’s...

HALLUCINATIONS, HALLUCINOGENS

Example ‘1 dream insects are dropping either on me from the ceiling of our...

HAMMER

See tools....

HAMMER

Aggression; desire to hammer home one’s point; energy to break through...

HAND

Most frequently dreamt of pan of body. In general it represents self...

HAND

See hand under body....

HARBOUR

See quay....

HARE

Intuition; creative ideas, the crazy irrational notions we sometimes call...

HARE

See hare under animals....

HARNESS

Directing our energy or potential; control; restraint, hat See hat under...

HAT

Opinions, beliefs, mental attitudes—for instance a Jew­ish skull cap would...

HEAD

Thoughts; opinions; intellect; decisions; intentions; self image. Fairly...

HEARSE

Feelings about death, reminder of time left to live. See funeral....

HEAVEN

Compensatory feelings for difficulties in life; intu­ition about life after...

HELL

If threatening emotions, anxieties which one is fearful of; one’s self...

HERMAPHRODITE

Example4I was outdoors in my underpants teaching a group of people. Looking...

HERO / INE

The archetype of the hero has fascinated, taught, even ennobled human beings...

HERO / INE

If we are not the hero/ine of our own dream, we are probably still not...

HIDING

Example ‘I was in my bedroom, I looked up and saw the top of some long...

HIGH

Example41 must have climbed up this fire escape OK, but the building was...

HILL

Example 41 am riding through thick fog. I feel I should turn back. But then I...

HISTORIC

In some dreams we find ourselves in the past, with the feeling of those times....

HOLDING

Example ‘I am a prisoner in a room with three boys aged three, five and...

HOLE

Difficulty or tricky situation in life; a situation you might fall into’; a...

HOLIDAY

Sense of relaxation; being independent; satisfying one’s own needs; reaching...

HOLLOW

Feeling of emptiness in one’s life; womb feeling or memories, feelings about...

HOME

Example ‘I was sitting in the living room at home and my mum was sitting...

HOMOSEXUALITY

Each of us has some element of homosexu­ality in us unconsciously. In one’s...

HONEY

The essence of one’s experience; pleasure; sweet­ness....

HORNS

Protectiveness; desire to hurt; the animal in the hu­man. as in the form of...

HORSE

General pleasurable energy and exuberance; dynamic sexual drive. Example...

HORSE

See animals....

HOSE

Intestines; penis. Hosing sex play. See water; garden....

HOSPITAL

Example ‘I was a prisoner in a hospital, although there were no locked doors...

HOSTILITY

Direct expression of that feeling. It is worthwhile considering who or what the...

HOT

Pleasurable warm’ feelings, passion for someone. Very hot, burning...

HOTEL

Temporary attitudes or way of life, a short term situa­tion; relaxation;...

HOURS

of the day May refer to age; period of life, 12 noon being midlife, something...

HOUSE

If the house is one we know, live in now or in the past, what is said about...

HOUSE, BUILDINGS

A house nearly always refers to oneself, depicting one’s body and attributes...

HOUSEWORK

The cleaning out of non-functional, negative attitudes, thoughts and...

HUMPHREY, NICHOLAS

Sees human beings as needing to learn and modify strategies for social survival...

HUNGER

Our needs, or demands, physically, emotionally or mentally. We may feel the...

HUNTER, HUNTRESS

The aspect of ourself which is either kill­ing out our ‘animal’, or...

HUSBAND

Depicts how you see the relationship with your husband; your relationship with...

HUT

Childhood family feelings; basic uncomplicated situa­tion or relationship....

HYPNOSIS AND DREAMS

Many experiments have been done using hypnosis in connection with dreams. In...

I

See dreamer. See also identity and dreams; individuation....

ICE

Being cold or emotionally or sexually. It depicts what is meant by the term...

IDENTITY AND DREAMS

To have a sense of personal existence distinct from others may be unique to...

IDOL

See statue....

IGLOO

A cold and perhaps unloving home environment. Also the womb; frigidity; a sense...

ILLNESS

If one has painful memories which are never cleared, or feelings of anger or...

IMPRISONED

We are often imprisoned by a state of mind, by a fear, or by ignorarce. In...

INCEST

Such dreams very seldom refer to physical incest, but to the desires we carry...

INCUBATION

As can be seen from the entry on hypnosis, the dream process is quite amenable...

INDIAN

An aspect of your own desires or needs which you do not usually identify with...

INDIGO, VIOLET

Mostly religious feelings, intuition....

INDIVIDUATION

One of Carl Jung s most interesting areas of thought is that of individuation....

INFECTION

Ideas or thoughts which cause irritability or nega­tive internal states....

INFORMATION PROCESSING

According to modem theory, the amount of information the human brain can hold...

INJECTION

Feeling other people’s opinions or will forced on and influencing one;...

INSECTS

Example ‘I have to keep walking because there is something I am afraid of...

INTERCOURSE

See sex in dreams....

INTERNAL ORGANS

Often to do with concerns over health. Could be a sense of illness in that pan...

INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS

Although mind and body may be a total unity, and the separation in language...

INTRUDER

See burglar, intruder....

INVENTOR

Creative aspect of oneself; personal insights; the self....

INVISIBLE

Becoming invisible or appearing out of nowhere suggests something emerging from...

IRON

Strength; the material side of life; unbending emo­tions. Idioms iron fist in...

IROQUOIAN

dream cult The Iroquois (Huron and Seneca) American Indians, as early as the...

ISLAND

Feelings of isolation or loneliness—the loneliness could be as one might feel...

IVORY

Something precious or beautiful, such as an insight or personal quality, which...

JAILER

May be any of a range of attitudes, such as guilt, self criticism, sense of...

JELLYFISH

Feelings arising from the unconscious which might be painful/sting the dreamer,...

JELLYFISH

See fish, sea creatures....

JESUS

In a general sense, free from institutional dogma, Jesus can represent the...

JEWELLERY

May represent the giver of the piece, or one s feelings about them—love given...

JEWELS

Things we, or our unconscious, treasures, our integ­rity or sense of...

JOKES IN DREAMS

See wordplay, puns....

JOURNEY

How we are feeling about our life and its ups and downs, goals and...

JRUITS

Fruits of experience or effort and what emerges from them. Soft, luscious...

JUDGE

Sense of guilt or self judgment; conscience; decision making. May depict the...

JUDGE

Feelings of guilt; self criticism or judgment; how we are relating to someone...

JUMP

See postures, movement and body language....

JUMP

Daring; taking a risk; sometimes connected with fly­ing. Jumping to avoid...

JUNG, CARL (1875-1961)

Son of a pastor, his paternal grandfather and great grandfather were...

JUNGLE

• Eruption of urges and feelings from the unconscious —could be negative or...

JURY

Decision-making; conscience. See judge....

KEEL

See boat....

KEY

An attitude, thought or feeling opening up areas of memory, experience or...

KICK

Self assertion; self expression; protectiveness; aggres­siveness. Idioms for...

KILL

Example ‘When inside the house I dream of recur­rently, I am terrified of...

KING

One’s father; what you are ruled by; feelings of inferi­ority/superiority....

KISS

Example ‘The cat came in, as it fed I had a strong urge to touch it, such...

KITCHEN

See house under house, buildings....

KNAPSACK

The resources and difficulties we carry in life; our past experience or karma;...

KNEEL

See postures....

KNEEL

Humility, acknowledgment of dependence or coopera­tion; sense of awe, defeat....

KNIFE

See weapons....

KNIFE

Penis, cutting intellectual insight, aggression, depend­ing on how used in the...

KNITTING

Something you are concentratedly working at in your life; knitting a...

KNOB

Penis; one’s hold on a situation. Doorknob turning point in opportunity,...

KNOCK

One’s attention called to whatever is knocking Some aspect of self, or a...

KNOT

Tangle of feelings or tension, relational tie; a problem; the ties we have to...

KRISHNA

See Christ under archetypes....

LABEL

Self image; how you feel others see you; your view of what is labelled;...

LADDER

Your feelings—whether anxious or secure—about reaching situations or...

LAGOON, LAKE

The inner world of our feelings and fantasies, the unconscious. Sinking into...

LAMB

The childlike, dependent, vulnerable part of self; inno­cence; Christ....

LAMB

See animals....

LAME

Feeling uncertain about how one stands in life; loss of confidence or strength...

LANDSCAPES

Our moods and attitudes, but particularly the set of habitual feelings we meet...

LANE

See road....

LANGUAGE, FOREIGN OR STRANGE

One function of dreams is to bring aspects of our thinking or feeling, which...

LARDER

See house under house, buildings; food....

LARGE

See size....

LATE

See time of day....

LAUGH

Release of tension; attempt to put others at ease, ridiculing or feeling...

LAVA

Deeply buried past experience which has pushed to the surface; heated emotions...

LAVATORY

See toilet....

LEAD

Heavy hearted; a weighty situation; materialistic atti­tudes....

LEADER

See roles, leaf See tree....

LEADER

Our relationship with authority figures, or the gener­ally accepted ideas...

LEAK

Wasted or lost energy; or something being allowed out or expressed. Idioms...

LEARNING WHILE ASLEEP

There have been many claims that one can learn while asleep—possibly with the...

LEFT BEHIND

Example ‘In my dream I woke up and had the feeling that a lot of time had...

LEFT, RIGHT

Left

if we are right handed, the left represents the less dominant or...


LEGS

Support; motivation.

To have one’s legs knocked out from under one’ means...


LEGS

See legs under body....

LENS

Focusing attention on an area of experience, realisa­tion or intuition....

LETTER

Thoughts about or intuitions concerning person letter is from; unrealised...

LIBRARY

One’s life experience; the wisdom and skills we have gathered; the intellect;...

LICE

See insects....

LIFE AFTER DEATH

See philosophy of dreams; death; murder; out of body experience....

LIFT

Mood shifts or movement of attention, as when we move from being involved in...

LIFT

See lift under house, buildings....

LIGHT

Generally, being aware; waking as opposed to sleep­ing; being able to...

LIGHTHOUSE

Warning of danger of unconscious elements that may wreck areas of your life...

LIGHTNING

Unexpected changes; discharge of tension, per­haps destructively, expression...

LIMP

See lame....

LION

The power of our physical strength, of our temper, of our emotions or...

LIQUID

Because feelings arc often felt to flow within us, as when we listen to rousing...

LITTLE

See size....

LITTLE, SMALL

Of little importance; feeling ‘small’; relating to childhood. See also...

LIVER

Irritability; suggestion for health or diet changes, per­haps in connection...

LIZARD

See reptiles, lizards and snakes....

LOBSTER

Male sexuality when it appears aggressive and pro­tective. See crab....

LOCK, LOCKED

Generally, the emotions or physical tensions we use to keep others from getting...

LOIRY

Similar to car—drives such as ambition, what moti­vates one—but usually...

LOOKING

See seeing, saw, sight....

LOSING

something A lost opportunity; forgetting something which is important....

LOST

Being lost depicts confusion, loss of motivation or abil­ity to make clear...

LOUDSPEAKER

Something we have heard, something which is trying to gain ‘a hearing’; how...

LOVE

Like most emotions, love in a dream is usually a direct expression of that...

LOVER

One’s lover present feelings or fears about the rela­tionship. Dream lover,...

LUCIDITY, AWAKE IN SLEEP

Sometimes in the practice of deep relaxation, meditation or sensory...

LUGGAGE

The habits or attitudes, or the emotional environ­ment we have created in our...

LUMINOUS

Unity of many aspects of one’s nature. See aura....

MACHINE

Example I see a little girl humming an innocent tune, plucking daisies in a...

MAD

A dog running across a busy road to chase a bitch isn’t acting rationally...

MAGGOTS

Impurities in body; sickness, feelings about death. See body....

MAGIC

Might be the wish to accomplish something without effort or difficulty; desire...

MAGICIAN

See roles....

MAGICIAN

Sometimes the self—the magical abilities the un­conscious has which are...

MAGNET

The influence—to attract or repel—we have on others or they have on us....

MAKE-UP

Our ability to change the impression we make on others; cover-up for our real...

MAN

Example ‘I was walking down the steps of a house, leading into the front...

MANDA / A

This is any circle or square within which shapes, objects or other symbols...

MANDALA

If one could produce a graphic image of the whole of human nature, many...

MANSION

Although a house represents all the aspects of self in which our identity...

MANSION

See house, buildings....

MANURE

In some ways our personality or identity is like a plant which feeds from the...

MANY

little fish in round container could be sperm, or depict becoming, or wanting...

MAP

Clarification of a direction in life, or how best to direct ambition or...

MARKET

Reality of everyday life; the push and shove, give and take of relating to...

MARRIAGE, WEDDING

One’s marriage or feelings about mar­riage, uniting two different aspects of...

MARSH, SWAMP

Feeling bogged down, held back, losing ground, perhaps due to lack of self...

MARY, VIRGIN

Motherhood; positive feelings about one’s mother, religious openness or...

MASK

Our false self we put on in meeting others. Latent qualities we can express or...

MASS

The approach of our individual self to the sense of wholeness, the communal...

MASTURBATION

This may be represented in a dream by such things as using a pump, beating a...

MATTRESS

Similar to bed—the situation, comfortable or oth­erwise, one has created in...

MAZE

Confusion of ideas and feelings; conflicting urges and opinions; the difficulty...

MEAL

See food....

MEALS

Social pleasure; acceptance; social intercourse.

If alone independence; loss...


MEASUREMENT

Might refer to wondering how long—days and weeks—something will be;...

MEAT

Physical or worldly satisfaction or needs....

MEAT

See food....

MECHANIC

See roles....

MEDICINE

Healing influence; meeting experiences we might not like but need in order to...

MEDITATION

Being self responsible for state of mind; listen­ing to intuition and...

MEDIUM

Intuition, but perhaps in an obscure way; contact with the unconscious or the...

MELT

A change; emotions softening....

MEMORY

Penfield’s experiments with memory, along with the experiential side of...

MENHIRS

The eternal or universal aspect of self emerging into consciousness. See rock....

MENSTRUATION

Emerging sexuality; procreative drive; mys­tery of life; acceptance of life...

MERMAID, MERMAN

The link between the deep forces of the unconscious and the waking self.

The...


METAL

Hardness of feelings; the restrictions of the real world or of one’s own...

MICROSCOPE

Introspection; extended cellular perception; making mountains out of molehills....

MIDDAY

Midlife; fully awake, as opposed to the unconscious....

MILK

Self-giving, baby needs....

MILK

Human kindness; mother love; self-giving; sperm. Idi­oms milk and water; milk...

MILL

Process of extracting what is useful from one’s gath­ered expenence. Can be...

MINES

For many a place of work; otherwise the uncon­scious and its resources;...

MIRROR

Concern over one’s image’ or how others feel about one; self examination,...

MISCARRIAGE

May be an attempt to heal the experience, if dreamer has had miscarriage or...

MIST

See fog....

MOAT

The Tve got a headache’ type of defence against an­other person’s approach...

MONEY

What we value; one’s potential, energy or personal resources; personal...

MONK

See roles....

MONK

Influence of religious teachings; difficulty in meeting sexuality and emotional...

MONKEY

Foolishness; thoughtlessness; being ruled by im­pulse. But sometimes same as...

MONKEY

See animals....

MONSTER

Our own internal emotions or drives we are fright­ened of. Use the approaches...

MOON

Love; romance; intuitions arising from the uncon­scious; one’s inner world...

MORNING

See time of day....

MORNING

Our youth, or the first part of our life; energy, en­thusiasm....

MORTUARY

Feelings about death, pans of self dead but not buried, may be brought to life...

MOSAIC

Our life, its pattern and what we manifest by it through the many separate acts...

MOTH

The self we assume in our dreams or fantasy, the unconscious urge our being has...

MOTHER

See family....

MOTORBIKE

Youthful drive and motivation; physical energy, restlessness, sexual drive,...

MOUNTAIN

Something big in one’s life; reaching a wider awareness of our life or...

MOUSE

Minor irritations; fears and worries, the mousy or timid part of self, the...

MOUSE

See animals....

MOUTH

See body....

MUD

The fundamental, primordial, sensual, slimy basis of life and how we relate to...

MUMMY, EGYPTIAN

The dead, feelings we have buried about a dead person; our mother, a pan of...

MURDER, MURDERER

Each of us are implicated in killing—by denying, repressing, controlling some...

MUSCLE

See muscle under body....

MUSCLES

One’s strength, therefore confidence and sense of adequacy, sense of being...

MUSEUM

Memory; family and cultural heritage; the living past within us....

MUSIC

The play of subtle feelings and forces in our being; realisations difficult to...

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Often one’s sexual organs; one’s skills in self expression. Large complex...

NAIL

Bonding; holding power, male sexuality. Nail in bor*,. consciousness painfully...

NAME OF PERSON, PLACE

Our name represents our sense of self, our essential T.

If name is altered...


NARROW

Narrow minded; limited choices or view; feeling restricted....

NATIVES

Natural feelings; being uncivilised. See aborigine; black person....

NAVEL

Dependency, especially upon mother, the way we connect our deepest self with...

NEAR

The nearer something is to you in a dream, the closer it is to becoming...

NECK

Connection between body (feelings and sexuality) and head (thinking and...

NECKLACE

Display of special qualities; rich feelings, feelings connected with giver, may...

NEEDLE

Penetrating insight; male sexuality; power to mend ills; irritations. Needle in...

NEGRO

See African; black person....

NEIGHBOUR

One’s relationship with other people, the quali­ties we see in our...

NEST

Emotional dependence upon parents; home life; not being independent; female...

NETTLE

Feeling stung by remarks; irritation, feeling nettled; sickness in the body; a...

NEW

Whatever is new in one’s life—a relationship, oppor­tunity, scheme.

If...


NEWSPAPER

Something that is news to you, or you have just become, or need to be, aware...

NIGHT

See day and night; time of day; dark....

NIGHT

Example Three of us were on our way to a lively night out and I suggested a...

NIGHTMARES

Many dreams lead us to feel an intensity of emotion we may seldom if ever feel...

NINE

Pregnancy; childbirth; the end of a cycle and the start of something new,...

NO

Unless we can say ‘no’ effectively, our ‘yes’ in life may be...

NOON

See time of day....

NOOSE

Fear of getting ‘hung up’ on something or somebody; fear of a trap—or...

NORTH

The head, as opposed to south, the genitals; uncon­sciousness; coldness,...

NUCLEAR EXPLOSION

Fear about the future. See atom bomb....

NUDE

Dropping the facade, attitudes or feelings we may mask our real emotions with...

NUMBERS

Numbers can have a personal or symbolic signifi­cance.

For instance we may...


NUN

Sexual restraint; religious feelings or morals; idealism....

NUN

Sexual purity, fear of sex; religious feelings; one’s sister....

NURSE

Healing process; someone you know who is a nurse; job of work for many; sister....

NUT

Feeling a nut’; inner nourishment or wisdom which needs work to get at its...

OAK

See trees....

OAR

The personal energy and skill used to direct our way through the ‘waters of...

OASIS

The life-giving influence of emotions and life pro­cesses within the...

OATS

Sexual energy; sexual satisfaction. Idioms have one’s oats; off one’s...

OBELISK

One’s creative energy leaving its mark in the world —it is sexual in the...

OBESITY

See fat person....

OBLONG

An area of our expenence—might be sex, mind, etc.; boundaries of our...

OBSCENE DREAMS

It is reasonable and healthy for all of us to have a dream which surprises us...

OBSESSED

We are each obsessed in some degree. Few of us could walk down our road nude,...

OBSTACLE

Depicts something which causes uncertainty or withdrawal of enthusiasm,...

OCEAN

See sea....

OCTOPUS

Feeling trapped by one’s mother, dependence upon mother, one’s own...

OCTOPUS

See fish, sea creatures, odour See perfume....

OFFICE

Feelings about or relationship with work, feelings about authority....

OFFICER, OFFICIAL

Relationship with authority or officialdom, one’s father, how we authorise...

OGRE

Feelings developed in relationship with one’s father, lack of sympathy or...

OIL

Attitude which removes friction in oneself or in a rela­tionship; flattery,...

OINTMENT

Care; healing....

OLD, ANCIENT, ANTIQUE OLD

The past; the different lives we have lived—baby, youth, lover, parent,...

OLIVE

Peace, kindness, because the oil can be pressed from the olive....

OLIVE

See food....

ONE

One-self; a beginning; the first; unity, being alone, inde­pendence. Just one...

ONION

See food....

OPAL

See jewels....

OPERA

Dramatisation of inner feeling situations. See arena; stage; film....

OPERATION

Memories regarding actual operation; a sick in­ner attitude which needs...

OPPOSITE

Meeting or ‘facing’ a situation; opposition or resis­tance to decided...

OR

object....

ORACLE

Intuition; unconscious hopes or desires; attempt to manipulate. See ESP in...

ORANGE

Blending or balance of emotions and intellect. Some­times warmth; religious...

ORANGE

See colours; food....

ORCHARD

Efforts may be bearing fruit; one’s growth See gar­den....

ORCHESTRA

The working relationship between the different aspects of oneself—mind, body,...

ORE

One s potential; new ideas or energy; resources needing work to make usable....

ORGAN

The different aspects of self, different ideas, feelings, abilities, weaknesses...

ORPHAN

Feeling abandoned or unloved; feeling rejected or misunderstood—or part of...

OSTRICH

Because of folklore, may represent avoidance of see­ing what is happening...

OTHER NUMBERS

Ten a new beginning; the male and female together—ten to one. Eleven...

OTTER

See animals....

OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE

Example ‘At about two or three in the morning my wife Brenda and I were...

OVAL

The womb; female qualities or sexuality....

OVEN

Because of the idiom ‘one in the oven’, may depict pregnancy or the womb;...

OWL

Because the owl sees in the dark, it represents our intu­itive sense which...

OWL

See birds; second example in wife under family, oyster See fish, sea creatures....

PACKING

Depends on dream. Already packed case readiness to meet change. Packing and...

PADDLE

See oar. Idioms paddle one’s own canoe....

PADLOCK

See lock....

PAINTING

The unconscious frequently senses things, or synthesises out of our experience...

PAN, POT

Receptive state of mind and feelings, perhaps con­nected with creativity...

PAPER

Blank writing paper unexpressed sentiments or ideas; opportunity; feeling a...

PARACHUTE

Depicts whatever life skill one uses to deal with anxiety about...

PARADISE

Experience of being in the womb; feeling in har­mony with self. See heaven....

PARALYSIS

Example ‘It starts as a dream, but I gradually become aware that I cannot...

PARASITES

Lice, fleas, bugs things said, thought or done which make you feel...

PARCEL, PACKAGE

Something we have experienced but not explored the impon of.

A parent may...


PARLIAMENT

The many aspects of self involved in decision making; one’s feelings about...

PARROT

Repeating without judgment what others have said; accepting or copying...

PARTY

Example Then I was in a place where we were having a staff party. Not very big...

PASSAGE

A sense of being in between* regarding work, love or life; change, as in a rite...

PASSENGER

Being a passenger feeling that circumstances are carrying you along, either...

PASSIVE

See active/passive....

PASSPORT

One’s sense of identity, with its connections with racial, national and...

PAST

lives While there may be some evidence for reincarna­tion in the work of Dr...

PATH

The approach or attitudes one uses regarding life in general, in relationships...

PATTERNS

Concepts or realisations, made up of interblending pieces of information and...

PEACOCK

Pride; self display, sometimes the same as phoenix....

PEARL

See pearl under jewels; oyster under fish, sea crea­tures....

PEDESTAL

To feel special or to make special, to place above other things; to idolise or...

PEGASUS

See horse under animals....

PELVIS

The whole sphere of sexuality and sensuality, not just the sex act. Our...

PEN, PENCIL

Desire to communicate, occasionally male sex­uality because of shape....

PENDANT

See necklace....

PENGUIN

Suggests feeling isolated by cold emotions, penis See penis under body,...

PENIS

For a man the penis represents more than simply his sexual appetite. It depicts...

PEOPLE

Several people in dream not feeling lonely; involve­ment of many aspects of...

PEPPER

Warming up one’s emotions; livening up the situa­tion, irritation....

PERFUME, SCENT, SMELL

Example I went back in time in circles, almost as if going unconscious. I went...

PERSPIRE, SWEAT

Mostly fear. As we get near to experiencing areas of our memory or inner...

PET

Our natural drives and feelings—such as procreation or desire to be...

PETROL

Energy, explosive or dangerous emotions, petticoat See clothes....

PHILOSOPHY OF DREAMS

In attempting to put together the information gathered from viewing thousands...

PHOENIX

The ability to find a new impulse, new strength, new growth even in death....

PHOENIX

See birds....

PHOTOS

Memories; wanting to be remembered or noticed; looking at some aspect of...

PHYSICIAN

See roles....

PIANO

See musical instrument....

PICTURES

See painting; photos....

PIG

Physical appetites; life directed only by physical needs, sensuality.

The sow...


PIG

See animals....

PILL

An experience you need, or are making yourself meet because you think it is...

PILLOW

Comfort; support. Hugging pillow feeling alone and needing contact....

PIMPLE

Character blemishes, if on face; sense of not being inwardly clean, feelings...

PIN

Small ideas, actions or information which, connected, help create something or...

PIPE

Unconscious connections with others; emotions, or things which you feel are on...

PIRATE

See roles....

PIRATE

Our own piratical or plundering urges or what we feel plundered by; sens£ of...

PISTON

Sexual drive or activity....

PIT

Feelings or situations one finds it difficult to get out of; feelings about...

PLACE, ENVIRONMENT

See setting....

PLACENTA

Dependence; being depended upon; how one gains nourishment from another....

PLAIT

Plaited hair girlhood. See hair under body. Plaiting rope, etc. weaving...

PLANE

See airplane....

PLANETS

The influence of the abstract or subtle in one’s life; desire for the strange...

PLANK

Depends what it is used for in dream. Can be secu­rity for life if floonng, or...

PLANTS

Areas of progressive change in one’s life, emerging personal qualities;...

PLATE

Example ‘I am at a wedding at which we are being served a celebratory...

PLAY

See film; theatre....

PLAYING

Depends on what the ‘game’ is. Whatever we ‘play’ at in a dream might...

PLOT OF THE DREAM

In attempting to understand our dreams, it is imponant to honour their drama or...

PLOUGHING

Working at preparing or changing oneself or a situation; making way for new...

PLUMBING

The way we direct emotions or the flow of feel­ings; our internal plumbing’....

PLUNGE

Taking a risk; facing uncertainty; going into some­thing unknown or untried....

POCKET

One’s personal secrets or thoughts; self; sense of ownership or possession;...

POINT

Anything pointed can refer to male sexuality, reach­ing a point—arriving at...

POINTING

Drawing one’s attention to something; feeling at the receiving end of...

POISON

Warning to avoid something; something that will not be good for us; attitudes,...

POLE

The penis, male sexuality, life force in its positive expressive aspect....

POLICEMAN / WOMAN

See roles....

POLICEMAN / WOMAN

Sense of what is socially right or wrong— our feelings of what others would...

POOL

Our inner world of thoughts, fantasies and feelings, sometimes a sense of union...

POPE

Father, code of behaviour arising from religious be­liefs; God. See dream as...

POSITIONS

One’s stance or position in life; the way one is relating to what is...

POSTER

Something the unconscious is trying to show you....

POSTURES, MOVEMENT, BODY LANGUAGE

Even in everyday life, the way we hold and position our body, the inclination...

POTTER

The drives you are shaping your life with, or being shaped by; the self....

POVERTY

Feelings of being inadequate; negative emotions depriving one of well being;...

PRAYER

Depending upon feelings in dream, looking for cer­tainty in face of anxieties;...

PRECIPICE

If at the top fear of failure; on the edge of losing confidence; near to a...

PRECOGNITION

As a pan of the human survival ability, the capacity to predict the future is a...

PREGNANCY

A new area of one’s potential or personality developing; a deepening...

PREHISTORIC

Our own primeval urges and drives, such as fear, territorial aggression, mating...

PREMENSTRUAL TENSION

Dr Ernest Hartmann carried out studies in connection with people who have...

PRESENTS

Receiving being affirmed; feeling recognised or loved; gaining something from...

PRIEST, PRIESTESS

One’s religious beliefs, one’s relationship with religious beliefs; a sense...

PRINCE

The best aspect of the dreamer if male, one’s brother or lover/boyfriend if...

PRINCESS

The best aspect of the dreamer if female; one’s lover/girlfriend if male....

PRISON

See imprisoned; wolf under animals; cage, cell; es­cape; holding; trapped....

PRIZE

May reflect people having praised dreamer, feeling rewarded; occasionally...

PRONE

Relaxation; letting go of activity; introversion; sex. Or retreat from the...

PROPELLER

One’s driving force or interest....

PROSTITUTE

Dire sexual need unconnected to feelings of care or respect, sexuality breaking...

PSYCHODRAMA AND DREAMS

In psychodrama there is no in­terpretation’ of a dream.

The dreamer...


PUB

See barroom....

PUBLIC HOUSE

Social, free and easy side of self; alcohol depen­dency....

PULLING

Doing something about a situation; positive action or expression of will. Being...

PULSE

Feelings about health; life in us; anxiety about death....

PUNISHMENT, TORTURE

Depicts the internal pain, or fear of retribution, that occurs inside us due to...

PUNS

See wordplay, puns....

PUPPET

Manipulation or feeling manipulated; feeling pow­erless against what feels...

PUPPY

See animals, pet....

PURSE

Something in our nature we value and try not to lose; a woman’s sexual...

PUS

Emotions infected by fears, self doubts, jealousy, etc.; occasionally sign of...

PUSHED, PUSHING

Pushing being positive in what you want, exening one’s will or effon of...

PYJAMAS

Being casual or intimate; sexuality; difficulty in facing life....

PYRAMID

The self; wider awareness; integration of self; death....

QUARREL

Conflict within the dreamer. See people—it de­scribes some of the main areas...

QUARTZ

Deep internal process, such as those shaping the body—consciousness can...

QUAY

Departures; meetings and partings; leaving a phase of life behind, or meeting a...

QUEEN

See king....

QUICKSAND

Feelings of insecurity, emotions which take away our confidence or sense of...

RABBIT

Sexuality, due to human associations with its rapid breeding; softness and...

RABBIT

See rabbit under animals....

RACE

One’s life or taking part in life and the human race, perhaps acknowledging...

RADAR

Intuition, one’s subliminal sense of other people, or of what feelings or...

RADIO

Our sense of what is ‘in the air’—messages we are picking up from other...

RAILWAY

Lines, tracks a communal or generally accepted direction, habitual pathways of...

RAIN

Depending on dream setting, depressed feelings or dif­ficulties; emotions...

RAINBOW

A sense of better things to come; illusion; an awareness of the beauty and...

RAINCOAT

The attitudes we use to meet difficult emotions or events, often appears in...

RAINCOAT

See clothes....

RAPE

Example \ tried to turn but my legs were like lead.

The man caught me and I...


RAT

What the dreamer senses as sick or negative inside self; physical sickness or...

RAT

See rat under animals....

RAVEN

See birds....

REACHING OUT

The desire for something; attempt to grasp, control or manipulate something or...

READING

Realisation, recall from memory, scanning internal memory for information....

RECEPTACLE

For example, a jar, cup, bottle or kettle recep­tive state of mind; our body...

RECORD, CASSETTE, CD, COMPUTER DISC

Can simply be the son of pleasure we feel on listening to music; the...

RECURRING DREAMS

If we keep a record of our dreams it will soon become obvious that some of our...

RED

Example ‘An old woman with a very pink, lined face, and wearing a clashing...

REFLECTIONS

Present view or opinion of ourself. Because few of us define how we really see...

REFRIGERATE

To cool down our emotions or sexuality, to be cold emotionally or sexually, a...

RELATIVES

Including uncle, aunt, cousin, nephew, niece, etc. Usually an aspect of oneself...

RELATIVES

Sec family....

RELIGION AND DREAMS

In most ancient cultures, consider­ation and even veneration of dreams played...

RELIGIOUS THEMES

See angel; Christ and Devil under arche­types; church; evil; heaven; hell;...

REMEMBERING DREAMS

Considering that each of us has four or five periods of dreaming each night,...

RENT

Interpersonal responsibility, what we pay’ for what we have or want....

REPTILES, LIZARDS, SNAKES

Our basic spinal and lower brain reactions, such as fight or flight,...

RESCUE

Intervention in our life by someone else’s action or emotions; something...

RESTAURANT, CAFE

Sociability; search for emotional or sexual satisfaction; hunger for company or...

RIDING

Idioms along for the ride; a rough ride; ride some­thing out; let it ride;...

RIGHT

See left, right....

RING

One’s wholeness; one’s essential self. Wedding, en­gagement ring the...

RITUAL

See ceremony....

RIVER

The images used in drama of rivers helps us under­stand their symbolism.

The...


ROAD

One’s prevailing direction in or approach to life. This direction/approach...

ROCK

Reality, but not just physical reality; the physical world; the eternal as it...

ROCKET

Male sexuality; energy to gain greater awareness of oneself....

ROLES

The different people in our dreams, such as doctor, lawyer, business person or...

ROOF

The philosophy, beliefs or coping strategies we use to protect ourself from...

ROOM

A particular feeling state—for instance the room might feel sinister, warm,...

ROOM

See house, buildings, root See tree....

ROPE

Tied by what is holding us back from expressing; strength turned against...

ROSE

See flowers....

ROUND

See shapes, symbols....

RUINS

See house, buildings....

RUN

Exuberance; flowing life energy; strong and easy motiva­tion, Running away;...

RUNNING

See postures, movement, body language....

RUST

Negligence, sense of ageing; seeing how transitory worldly things are....

SACK

The womb; death; getting the sack....

SACRIFICE

May refer directly to feeling someone is or will make you a scapegoat;...

SADDLE

Influencing something or somebody by our will; feeling constrained to support...

SADISM

Anger from childhood hurts; sometimes the inabil­ity to face the real...

SAILING

How we are handling or feeling about our life.

The images in sailing lend...


SAILOR

One’s ability to meet the storms and calms of life....

SAILOR

See roles....

SALAD

Sometimes a direct reference to the body’s need for such foods; lack of meaty...

SALESMAN

Someone seeking to influence you; opportunity; one’s business sense. In...

SALT

The subtle qualities we bring to our activities which transform them from empty...

SAND

Lack of security, passage of time; lack of emotion or nourishment. See desert....

SATAN

The things in self, or in the world, which we feel frightened of, or feel we...

SATELLITE

Communication between the more global aware­ness of the unconscious and our...

SAUSAGE

Penis or male sexuality, down-to-earth experience. Idioms not a sausage....

SAVINGS

Sense of security; what we have not expressed; one’s potential....

SAW

See tools....

SAW

Energy to reshape old attitudes; wordplay on see; sex as the relationship meets...

SCALES

Justice; conscience; trying to make a decision— weighing the information;...

SCAR

Influences still remaining from past hurt....

SCHOOL

The learning process; what we leamt at school—not lessons but...

SCIENCE, SLEEP AND DREAMS

In 1937 through the use of the electroencephalograph (EEG) measuring tiny...

SCIENTIST

Creative rational mind; intellectual curiosity; in some dreamers the fear of...

SCISSORS

Cutting remarks; cynicism, sharp tongue; anger, fear of or feelings about...

SCREW

Male sexuality; intercourse; security. Idioms got a screw loose or missing,...

SCURF

Thoughts, ideas; opinions....

SEA

Most activities which underlie our physical and mental life are beyond our...

SEANCE

Meeting the unconscious as if it were spirits; con­cern about death or the...

SEARCHING

Usually indicates an attempt to find a past way of life, like wanting to have...

SEARCHLIGHT

Focused attention; concentration; insight....

SEASONS

Times of life. See spring; summer; autumn; win­ter....

SECRET

of the universe dreams Writers commonly quote the experience of William James...

SECRETARY

The other woman; practical business side of self supporting creative action....

SEDATIVE

Attitudes we use to stop ourself feeling anxiety or emotions. This may be...

SEDUCTRESS, SEDUCER

One’s sexual drives which have not ma­tured into satisfactory expression in...

SEED

Sperm or ovum, new idea arising out of past experi­ence; a suggestion; a new...

SEEING, SAW, SIGHT

This is one of the major aspects of dreaming. Unless we are born blind,...

SEMEN

Essence of masculinity; the sense of one’s personal identity, but also the...

SERVANT

Social roles—top dog/underdog feelings; feeling you are treated like a...

SETTINGS

The environment in which the action of the dream takes place signifies the...

SEVEN

Cycles of life—7, 14, 21, etc.; a week; spiritual mean­ings—seven candles,...

SEWING

Creating a new attitude; changing old habits; heal­ing a hun, or tear in a...

SEX

in dreams Although sex is symbolised in many dreams, where it appears directly...

SEX WHILE ASLEEP

Example Many times in my adult life I have woken to find I have made love to...

SHADE, SHADOW

Feeling ‘put in the shade’; feelings still overshadowing one from past...

SHADOWY FIGURE

Example A shadow thing came very quickly up the stairs, along our corridor and...

SHAMPOO

Attempt to clear away thoughts or attitudes which are not useful, or interfere...

SHAPES, SYMBOLS

These are a visual presentation of our own internal or psychological structure....

SHEEP

Sheep depict the way we might be led into situations, sometimes awful, by...

SHEEP

See animals....

SHELL

The defence we use to avoid being hun emotionally, or to defend the integrity...

SHELLFISH

Often the defensive shell we use to avoid hurt or sexual or emotional...

SHEPHERD

Being in contact with instinctive or feeling reac­tions in self; the Self. See...

SHINE

Containing a lot of our personal energy. See aura; light...

SHIP

See boat, ship, shit See excrement; toilet....

SHIVER

Fear or conflict; excitement. Idioms give one the shivers; send shivers up...

SHOES

Position in life; life situation; the condition of one’s chosen direction,...

SHOES

See clothes....

SHOP

Desires, something we are looking for or want—love, fame, sex; place of work...

SHOPKEEPER

May relate to work if dreamer works in shop or store; relates to how one...

SHOT, SHOOTING

To be shot a traumatic injury to feelings, often out of parental or other...

SHOULDERS

Ability to bear or to cany what life brings. Idioms have broad shoulders, put...

SHOVEL, SPADE

Introspection, the work of digging into our memories; uncovering our past...

SHRINK

dreamer or people shrink return to a childhood feeling state or point of view;...

SICK

Bad feeling you are discharging; feeling sick of a rela­tionship or situation;...

SIDE

Supportive feelings as by one’s side’; as well as; indica­tion of choice,...

SIGHT

See seeing, saw, sight....

SIGNATURE

Agreement; what you will....

SILENCE

Uneasiness; unspoken feelings; expectancy, being unable to voice one’s...

SING

Expressing one’s inner feelings, one’s real self; touch­ing the flowing...

SINKING

Despairing, losing ground, loss of confidence. Idi­oms be sunk; sinking...

SISTER

See family....

SIT

One’s situation at time of dream; status, depending on where one is sitting;...

SIX

Harmony or balance; sex. Idioms sixes and sevens; six of the best, hit for...

SIZE

How important we see something, or what feeling im­pact it has on us, or how...

SKELETON

Feelings about death; pan of your own ability, feelings or talent you have...

SKIN

One’s contact with the world; what tactics we use to deal with others. Rough...

SKIRT

More particularly sexual than dress. Colours and length say a lot about what is...

SKY

The mind; our potential. Dream scenes such as the sky opening and people or...

SLEEP MOVEMENTS

Adrian Morrison at the University of Pennsylvania, investigating narcolepsy, a...

SLEEP ROCKING IAN

Oswald (as related in his book Sleep) observed active rocking in some children...

SLEEP WALKING

Very common with some people, especially during adolescence or times of stress....

SLEEPING

Not being aware, avoidance of feeling or looking at something, surrender of...

SMELL

See perfume, scent, smell....

SMOKE

Intuition of danger or anxiety about danger, smouldering passions or emotions....

SMOKING

Anxiety; something controlling our decisions— habits; sometimes connects with...

SNAIL

Vulnerability, its shell depicting our defence against being hurt; feelings of...

SNAKE

See reptiles, lizards, snakes....

SNOW

Depending on feeling reaction to the snow, it can depict emotional coldness or...

SOAP

Feeling one needs to ‘clean up one’s act’ in some way, or ‘come...

SOLDIER

If dreamer in opposition with soldier things we feel in conflict with; our...

SOLDIER

See roles....

SON

See family....

SOUP

A hunger being satisfied. See food....

SOUTH

The genital area of self; warmth, lightness, feelings....

SPACE

Space in a building one’s potential or what has not been used up in activity...

SPECIES BEHAVIOUR AND HABITS

As a species, humans have cer­tain norms of behaviour, many of which we share...

SPECTACLES

See glasses....

SPEED

Intensity of feelings; growing anxiety; feelings of not being able to cope with...

SPHERE, HALL

Wholeness; an all round’ view or a rounded character. Ball interaction...

SPICE

Sex, pleasure....

SPIDER

See insects....

SPIRAL

Things we repeat over and over, like habits; move­ment towards greater...

SPIRITS

Feelings or intuitions about the dead or death; fears concerning one’s own...

SPLINTER

Minor irritation; hurtful words or ideas; harboured ideas which bring negative...

SPRING

New growth; what was latent emerging; a new stan in business or relationship;...

SQUARE

Down to eanh; reality; the physical experience; sta­bility; the materialising...

SQUATTING DOWN

The down expresses sleep; rest; withdrawal; non-involvement. Idioms feel down,...

STAB

Feeling ‘wounded’ by someone else’s remarks, actions or attitude,...

STABLE

The natural urges you have....

STAGE

See theatre....

STAIRS

Taking steps towards something; going up or down in life in your own...

STAIRS

See stairs under house, buildings....

STANDING

Our involvement in the exterior world of change, opposites, and needs which...

STAR

Six pointed personal harmony between physical, mental and spiritual. Five...

STARS

Intuitions about the cosmos, the perhaps almost un- noticeable promptings or...

STARVATION

Something in oneself not given due attention; the impoverished and ignored...

STATION

See railway....

STATISTICS

In the following box are figures based on a word count of 1,000 dreams.

If we...


STATUE, IDOL

An unfeeling or dead’ pan of self, feelings that someone is unresponsive or...

STEALING

Taking love, money or opponunity under false pretences; not giving as good as...

STEAM

Emotions under pressure, expressed emotions; something transitory. Idioms...

STEEPLE

A landmark in one’s life; may also refer to the body, as ‘bats in the...

STEPS

Effon made, or to make, to get somewhere. See stairs under house, buildings....

STERILISE

Fear of illness; reference to infection in the body....

STIFFNESS

Sensing that you are either holding yourself back in relationships or...

STONE

Hardness, loss of feeling or unfeeling. Idioms cast the first stone; leave no...

STORM

Anger, emotional outburst; feeling battered by events or emotions. Storm is...

STRANGER

Unknown aspect of oneself; pan we avoid meeting’ in everyday life....

STRANGLE

Holding back feelings; trying to kill emotions or sexuality. Most of our...

STRING

Attempts to make something secure; mending a situ­ation or relationship;...

SUBMARINE

Ability to meet the depths of feelings in the unconscious, as well as...

SUCKING

Emotional hunger, experiencing childhood long­ings, dependence or feelings....

SUGAR

Pleasure; substitute for relationship or love; may refer to body health....

SUICIDE

Remembering that most people in dreams depict an aspect of oneself, this may be...

SUITCASE

Example ‘In last night’s dream the baby I dream about incessantly had been...

SUMMER

Mid life; success; fruitfulness; pleasure; warmth....

SUN

Warmth; vitality; conscious awareness; the self or source of one s life energy....

SURGERY

A surgery one’s health, emotional or physical. Having surgery feeling got...

SWALLOWING

Holding back emotions; swallowing words or anger, taking in something. Idioms...

SWAMP

Feelings which undermine confidence and well be­ing; might depict feelings...

SWEEPING

Clearing away outmoded attitudes, anxieties or emotions; getting feelings about...

SWEETS

Sensual pleasure; pleasures in life; special love. Ex­ample A lot of sweets,...

SWEETS

Pleasure; rewards. See sugar....

SWIMMING

Example ‘I looked at a large pool where a river surfaced.

A woman swam in...


SWING

Like rocking, may refer to way we relax ourself when facing stress—see sleep...

SWORD

Because it often has a cross as a handle, has mixed meanings. Erection; social...

SYMBOLS AND DREAMING

Words are themselves symbols of objects, ideas, or feelings. Whether we look at...

SYRINGE

Intercourse, a sense of what influence other peo­ple’s opinions or criticism...

TABIC

Example Then I was in a place where we were having a staff party. Not very big...

TABLE

See furniture, tablet See pill....

TADPOLE

Sperm; a baby, so perhaps pregnancy; our feelings about prenatal life. See frog...

TAIL

As the tail can be raised and lowered, can refer to sexual excitement; the...

TALISMAN

Feelings or beliefs we use to ward off anxiety, loss of confidence, or sense of...

TALKING

Sense of being in contact with whatever is depicted, expressing what one feels...

TALKING IN SLEEP

Most people who have kept a dog have witnessed it bark while it is obviously...

TAME

Developing a relationship with the animal aspect of self; taking away sexual...

TANGLED

Confusion - Bodies tangled together pleasurably in­timacy; acceptance....

TANK

Defensive aggression. Water tank the womb, espe­cially if fairly small and...

TAP

Emotions, turning them on and off, tapping one’s re­sources; depicts how...

TAPESTRY

Reflection of one’s inner condition or history; the tapestry of life, its...

TARGET

One’s aims or motivations, the self; vagina. Idioms sitting target....

TASTE

Likes, dislikes, desires and standards.

The words used to describe taste...


TATTOO

Indelible memory of an experience or relationship— might relate to pain also;...

TAX

Feeling ‘taxed’; what we owe to life and society for our existence; how...

TAXI

Desire for help. See car....

TEA

Sociability; uplift or energising influence; allowing one­self time to...

TEACHER

Relationship with authority figure; learning situa­tions; something to learn...

TEACHER

See roles....

TEDDY BEAR

Desire for comfort; wanting sympathy and love which cannot hurt us or respond...

TEETH

See teeth under body....

TELEPATHY

See ESP and dreams....

TELEPHONE

Desire or attempt to communicate; attempt to make contact with an aspect of...

TELESCOPE

Taking a ‘closer look’ at whatever is being viewed, making something bigger...

TELEVISION

TV set the function of seeing what is going on, or what is the news from...

TEMPLE

See church....

TEMPTATION

Conflict between different aspects of self—per­haps sexual urges and social...

TENNIS

See games....

TENT

One’s relationship with natural forces in self, feeling of being on the move,...

TESTS

Measuring oneself against others; self assessment; feelings of being compared...

THAW

Change in emotional responses; forgiveness; melting of frigidity or emotional...

THE GREAT MOTHER

The symbols are Virgin Mary, sometimes one’s own mother, a divine female, an...

THE SELF

Our conscious self or ego is only a tiny pan of our totality, as is obvious...

THE SHADOW

Depicted as a shadowy figure, often the same sex as the dreamer, a zombie or...

THEATRE

Observing the play’ of one’s own thoughts and feelings, hopes, fears and...

THERMOMETER

Concern about health if medical thermome­ter, one’s emotional warmth or lack...

THIEF

Fear we might lose something, or that what we have gained will be taken,...

THIRST

To have an inner need for something, to long for satisfaction, probably in...

THREE

Triangle; mother, father, child, synthesis; creativity— the child springing...

THROAT

Self expression. Idioms at each other’s throats; cut­throat competition,...

THUNDER

Repressed emotions being released; warning of emotional outburst; external...

TICKET

The price we pay to achieve something or get some­where, sense of right to...

TICKLE

Attempt to release tension, to break down barriers of reserve, prelude to...

TIDE

See tide under sea....

TIME OF DAY

The passage of time in our life; our age; our sense of ease or pressure.

the...


TOAD

Deeply unconscious drives and processes, such as the biological activities to...

TOAD

See reptiles, lizards, snakes....

TOILET

Privacy, our need for time where we are not always considering what others need...

TOMATO

Passion, sexuality; if dream shows body reactions, may show personal reaction...

TOMB

Feelings or insights about death; fears we face when beginning the meeting with...

TOOLS

Practical abilities we have, suggestion of things we might need to do in our...

TORCH

Confidence in meeting the dark or unknown aspects of self; insight. See...

TORNADO

Emotions and urges against which we feel power­less, and which may become...

TORPEDO

Unconscious or unadmitted sexual drive which could be destructive; unconscious...

TORTOISE

Our vulnerable feelings or huns which hide be­hind a defensive shell, perhaps...

TOUCHING

Being aware of, becoming conscious; meeting and becoming intimate; contacting....

TOWER

Something we have built or created in our life. As such it can be an outer...

TOWN

See city, town; capital....

TOY

Childhood attitude to life or people; not taking some­thing or someone...

TRACK

A little used, unconventional, or more natural way of going about something....

TRAIN

See railway....

TRAMP, DROP OUT

The ignored or little expressed side of oneself, the ‘yes but’ syndrome—I...

TRANSFORMATION

Any dream in which an obvious change occurs in one of the dream figures shows...

TRANSPARENT

Available to insight and awareness; something we can ‘see...

TRAPPED

Example ‘After our first baby was born I had such nightmares my doctor gave...

TRAVELLING

What you are doing with your life. Thus your destiny or direction in life; the...

TREASURE

The riches of the self—the wonder, wisdom or value of our own life in its...

TREES

The tree depicts the living structure of our inner self. Its roots show our...

TRESPASSING

Feeling that you are not respecting someone else’s boundaries or wishes—or...

TRIANGLE

The three major aspects of human nature—body, personal experience and...

TROUSERS

Maleness; protection; socialised sexuality. Idioms wears the trousers; with...

TUNNEL

Pathways you have created into your unconscious; ways you have evolved to deal...

TURN

A change; making a new decision....

TWO

Duality, indecision; balance; male and female, two sides to an argument—or a...

UFO

Example ‘A flying saucer dropped a man on our lawn. He was 7 feet tall and...

UMBILICAL

Dependence upon others for one’s needs; emo­tional tie to mother, prenatal...

UMBRELLA

The coping skills we use to ward off difficult feel­ings and changes in...

UNCONSCIOUS

As dreams apparently emerge from what has been named the unconscious, it is...

UNDER / UNDERNEATH

The person we are beneath our social mask; the feelings and urges we have but...

UNDERCLOTHES, KNICKERS, UNDERPANTS, BRIEFS

Intimate sexual feel­ings.

If black restraint or unconscious sex drives....


UNDERGROUND

Under the ground the usually hidden side of ourself; our unconscious depths of...

UNDRESS

Reveal one’s real feelings; reveal one’s sexual feel­ings; be intimate....

UNEARTH

Bring to consciousness; reveal to oneself or realise; become aware that you...

UNIFORM

Identification with a role, such as soldier or nurse; identification with, or...

UNIVERSITY

Individual potential and learning ability; some­thing important you are...

UP, UPPER

Example ‘When I was very small probably even pre-school I often dreamt of...

URINE / URINATE

Release of sexual feelings; other people’s sexual attitudes, or their...

UTOPIA

Escape from our difficulties or internal pains; sense of one’s own wholeness....

VACATION

See holiday....

VACCINATION

Ideas or feelings received from someone else— depending upon how you feel in...

VAGINA

The vagina refers to much more than a woman’s sex­ual feelings and drives....

VAGINA

See vagina under body....

VALLEY

Being down to earth; outward activity; fertility; de­pression or gloominess;...

VAMPIRE

The fear associated with emotional or sexual rela­tionships; feeling that...

VANISH

Thoughts and feelings constantly appear and then disappear, sometimes never to...

VASE

Womb, receptivity; our ability to contain something. With flowers sense of...

VAULT

The womb; our store of resources; sexual potency; memories; unrealised wisdom....

VD

Sense of uncleanness in sexual life or an unhealthy sexual attitude; feeling...

VEGETABLES

Basic needs; material satisfaction.

If long as carrot, male sexuality if a...


VERMIN

See insects; mouse and rat under animals....

VICTIM

Being the victim feeling victimised; often depicts the chip on our shoulder....

VICTIM

Feeling victimised; having a passive relationship with others, or one’s own...

VILLAGE

One’s childhood; quiet homely feelings, rural or un­sophisticated in a...

VINE

One’s connections with family and ancestors; growth or fruitfulness of pans...

VIOLIN

Innermost feelings; heanfelt feelings or urges. See music; musical instrument....

VIRGIN

State of being which is free of preconceptions; recep­tivity; girlhood or...

VISIONS

See hallucinations, hallucinogens; religion and dreams; unconscious; ESP in...

VITAMIN

Intuition about health needs; anxiety about health —hypochondria; thoughts or...

VOICE

Expression of oneself, not simply ideas, but subtle feelings or realisations....

VOID

See abyss....

VOLCANO

Long held emotions or hurts.

If erupting emo­tional release—possibly...


VOMIT

Discharge of feelings and ideas that one’s system finds irritating or...

VOYAGE

A new undertaking, relationship or way of life Sometimes the voyage of...

VULTURE

A relative waiting for you to die, or vice versa; people around you trying to...

VULTURE

See birds....

WAITER / WAITRESS

Wanting to be waited on; feeling you are be­ing made to wait on others;...

WAITER / WAITRESS

See roles....

WAITING

Looking to others or circumstances for your cue. Idioms waiting in the wings;...

WAKE UP

To realise something; to ‘wake up’ to one’s situa­tion; to come out of a...

WALK

Motivation and confidence; where you are walking is what you are meeting in...

WALKING

See postures, movement, body language....

WALL

Codes of behaviour, belief systems, attitudes—often un­conscious—you live...

WALL

Our defensive attitudes; feelings of security; social bar­riers; boundaries...

WALLPAPER

Surface appearance of things; the surface layers of your own feelings and...

WAND

personal influence over others; power of suggestion; spell we cast over...

WANTING

Wanting is a primal drive which, through social­isation, we may crush and...

WAR

Internal conflicts. There might be a bloody battle be­tween one’s moral code...

WAREHOUSE

Memories; past experience; aspects of self put in storage, such as ambition...

WAREHOUSE

See warehouse under house, buildings....

WARMTH

Often appears alongside sunlight and comfon in dreams; physical comfon and...

WARNING

Warning bell, voice, signal intuition that some­thing needs attention in our...

WASHING

Getting rid of negative feelings such as despair or self doubt, fears about...

WASP

See insects....

WATCH

(wrist) If a present probably relates to giver or cir­cumstances of giving....

WATCHING

Being aware of; observing something—perhaps something you have noticed from...

WATER

Emotions, moods and flow of feeling energy. Because of the nature of water it...

WEAPONS

Guns, rockets, knives, spears, etc., depict our de­sire to hurt someone or, if...

WEATHER

Changing external situations, or internal response to situations; our moods and...

WEB

A sticky situation you feel yourself in; feeling caught up in something that...

WEDDING

See marriage, wedding....

WEEDS

Things you have developed in your life which are not contributing much, or...

WEIGHT

Seriousness; sense of a burden or responsibility; importance. Weight of someone...

WELL

Access to one’s deepest resources of life; the source of one’s...

WEREWOLF

See vampire; animals....

WEST

Where the sun sets—death or the end of something; physical life;...

WHALE

The powerful evolutionary drive involved in reproduc­tion, which lies behind...

WHALE

See fish, sea creatures....

WHEAT

Wisdom of experience; the harvest of life experi­ence; fruitfulness....

WHEEL

The ability to meet changes, to be mobile. Large water wheel or fun fair wheel...

WHIP

Hurtful remarks; angry feelings, sexuality which has as its base a desire to...

WHITE

Awareness; clearness of mind; purity; cleanness; light feelings. In cenain...

WHITE

person Depends on skin colour of dreamer.

If black feelings about whites; or...


WIDOW

Married woman dreaming of being a widow fears of losing husband; desire 10 be...

WIFE

See wijc under family....

WIG

False ideas; unnatural attitude.

If dreamer wears wig- feelings about being...


WIND

The movement of consciousness or mind; the hidden influences in our life; ideas...

WINDOW

Example I was looking at a little matchbox shaped thing and one looked into it...

WINDOW

See window under house, buildings, wine See alcohol....

WINTER

Emotional coldness; an unfruitful period of one’s life; old age; death....

WIRELESS

What we listen to or hear going on around us or inside us; company; other...

WISE MAN

Father, the self; what we have leamt from our active experience. See the self...

WITCH

Example ‘1 talked about my mother, she was stand­ing before me in full...

WIZARD

See magician and conjurcr under roles....

WOLF

Although the wolf can depict our sense that ‘things’ are out to get us, the...

WOMAN

Example 41 gave birth to a baby girl I named Char­lotte. I had mixed emotions...

WOMB

The state of existence or consciousness from which we have grown; the state or...

WOOD

Wooden things the past, or structures of thought or behaviour we have built,...

WOOL

Warmth, gentleness; motherhood; protective fuzziness of thought and feeling,...

WORD ANALYSIS OF DREAMS

Having written a dream down, by using highlighting pens to make all matching...

WORD PLAY, PUNS

According to Freud, one of the major pro­cesses of the unconscious is...

WORK

At work concerns or issues connected with one’s work or lack of it. Working...

WORLD

The sphere of one’s experience; one’s own world of awareness and activity;...

WORM

Feeling insignificant or ineffective; something you treat as insignificant, the...

WORSHIP

Worshipping opening oneself to the influence of what is being worshipped—an...

WOUND

Hun feeling; trauma from the past.

If wounding someone desire to hun...


WRITING

Thinking about something; soning out one’s ideas and decisions; leaving...

X

Sometimes represents an error, X marks the spot; 10; the cross; an unknown...

X-RAYS

Something influencing your life unconsciously, see­ing into a situation or...

YACHT

See boat....

YAWN

Boredom, tiredness, unconsciously trying to say something—yawning is a...

YEAST

Ideas or intangible influences which can yet change one’s life or situation....

YELLOW

Lightness of feeling; intellect; extroversion; coward­ice....

YES

Whenever we say yes to a person or situation in a dream, we are opening to the...

YOGI

The Self; withdrawal from outward activity....

YOUTH

Oneself at that age; the attitudes and responses de­veloped at that age.

If...


ZERO

The female; unconscious; the absolute or hidden; com­pleteness....

ZERO

See numbers....

ZIP

Connections with others; one s ability to be ‘open’ or ‘closed’ with...

ZODIAC

Where an animal or figure of one’s birth sign—such as a lion in a Leo’s,...

ZOO

One’s natural urges and instincts, such as sexuality, parental caring, social...