Longing for or fear of happy Family and a cozy Home appear often when all of this is being missed, or when it is simply too much to cope with. Enjoyment of the retirement years (Evening) indicates a zest for life and sensuality.
Vision: Dreaming about eating a rich meal: you lack empathy and concern for others—it is important to change this at all costs. Dreaming about a big meal while fasting (in real life) should not surprise you—your unconscious is looking for food. Wanting to eat but facing an empty table: you don’t have enough energy. Sharing a good meal with others: your kindness has made you very popular. See Eating.
Depth Psychology: Eating is a symbol that your soul is being nurtured.
The dream is suggesting that you can obtain vital energies through spiritual nourishment. There is also something very sensual about a good meal.
The sacred meal has always been an integral part of most systems of belief. Food is such a vehicle for the life force and for sharing in community that this type of meal becomes an important spiritual concept. It carries this significance in dreams.
Material aspects: From a purely practical viewpoint a meal eaten alone represents an aspect of self-nurturing; when eating in company, a convivial social process. In dreams, such images help to widen our perspective to encompass the needs of others. Offering a meal to a beggar would signify our need to share what we have. You might also like to consult the entries for festival, food and party.
To dream that you are eating oatmeal represents your encompassing and thorough knowledge of a matter. On the other hand, to dream that you are preparing and serving oatmeal suggests dominion over the fate of a close person.