What Are My Dreams About? in dream

Dreams! What do they mean? You probably recognize a connection between the dream world and the “real” world, but did you know that you can actually do things to nurture your dream life? The bulk of this intriguing volume is an alphabetical directory of the psychological and mystical meanings of various dream symbols, from angels to zoos.

For example, if you are chased in your dream, this will show a sense of insecurity. Dreams Interpreted, each page reveals the fantastic meanings of quotidian objects and occurrences that surface in your reveries. Make a note of it when you wake up so you do not forget your dream.


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Ariadne's Book of Dream

An Ace Hardware store as the setting of a dream may symbolize your search for self-realization and a quest for wholeness. Ace equates with looking out for number one. Roaming the aisles of an Ace Hardware store may offer you the tools of your trade.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

One of the most frequent dream themes is that of anxiety in some form. This may not be because most dreams are about things we fear, but simply because we re­member those dreams more than a bland dream. In our dreams the things we fear are only our own feelings. Of course, the dream may be about a snake, or car accident—things we fear which are not inside us. Even so, it is our feeling about the snake or situation which disturbs us, and these can change, even though the snake remains just what it is.

If we cannot meet our feelings of fear or emotional pain we are controlled or trapped by them. Sometimes we need the help of a professional therapist to meet what we fear, but many fears can be met by using simple techniques. See woljunder animal, dream processing, premenstrual tension.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

Dreams of apparel, denote that enterprises will be successes or failures, as the apparel seems to be whole and clean, or soiled and threadbare.

To see fine apparel, but out of date, foretells that you will have fortune, but you will scorn progressive ideas.

If you reject out-of-date apparel, you will outgrow present environments and enter into new relations, new enterprises and new loves, which will transform you into a different person.

To see yourself or others appareled in white, denotes eventful changes, and you will nearly always find the change bearing sadness.

To walk with a person wearing white, proclaims that person’s illness or distress, unless it be a young woman or child, then you will have pleasing surroundings for a season at least.

To see yourself, or others, dressed in black, portends quarrels, disappointments, and disagreeable companions; or, if it refers to business, the business will fall short of expectations.

To see yellow apparel, foretells approaching gaieties and financial progress. Seen as a flitting spectre, in an unnatural light, the reverse may be expected. You will be fortunate if you dream of yellow cloth.

To dream of blue apparel, signifies carrying forward to victory your aspirations, through energetic, insistent efforts. Friends will loyally support you.

To dream of crimson apparel, foretells that you will escape formidable enemies by a timely change in your expressed intention.

To see green apparel, is a hopeful sign of prosperity and happiness.

To see many colored apparel, foretells swift changes, and intermingling of good and bad influences in your future.

To dream of misfitting apparel, intimates crosses in your affections, and that you are likely to make a mistake in some enterprise.

To see old or young in appropriate apparel, denotes that you will undertake some engagement for which you will have no liking, and which will give rise to many cares.

For a woman to dream that she is displeased with her apparel, foretells that she will find many vexatious rivalries in her quest for social distinction.

To admire the apparel of others, denotes that she will have jealous fears of her friends.

To dream of the loss of any article of apparel, denotes disturbances in your business and love affairs.

For a young woman to dream of being attired in a guazy black costume, foretells she will undergo chastening sorrow and disappointment.

For a young woman to dream that she meets another attired in a crimson dress with a crepe mourning veil over her face, foretells she will be outrivaled by one she hardly considers her equal, and bitter disappointment will sour her against women generally.

The dreamer interpreting the dream of apparel should be careful to note whether the objects are looking natural.

If the faces are distorted and the light unearthly, though the colors are bright, beware; the miscarriage of some worthy plan will work you harm. There are few dreams in which the element of evil is wanting, as there are few enterprises in waking life from which the element of chance is obviated. See Clothes and Coat.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Adornment; Attire; Costume; Garb; Veil) In a dream, one’s apparel vary in meaning depending on their contents, colors or type, etcetera. Wearing one’s garb in the winter in a dream is better than wearing it in the summer. Wrapping oneself with a cloth in a dream means becoming poor.

An attire in a dream represents a man and a leader.

An attire for a scholar, or a merchant, or a leader in a dream represents his trade through which one earns his livelihood and which protects him from adversities.

If one’s apparel is dirty in the dream, then it reflects his life and appearance.

If one wears a beautiful garb in the summertime in a dream, it means that he is ostentatious, arrogant and vainglorious. It also could mean that he is under great pressure and suffering from a painful distress, for the heat of a summer in a dream signifies distress.

If a woman sees herselfwearing a man’s apparel in a dream, it means piety and success in her material and spiritual life.

If a man sees himself wearing a woman’s apparel in a dream, it means that he will be afflicted with fear, depression, subjugation, humiliation, trials, then all of it will be lifted away from him. (Also see Veil; Yashmak)

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The Bedside Dream Dictionary

What are the colors and condition of the apparel? This is another indication of patterns in your life now acting out. These are the patterns you clothe yourself in for others to see and experience, and the patterns that are protecting or degrading you experiences. 

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The Complete Dream Book

A yellow dress seen in a dream means that you will have happiness and make money.

To dream that you are wearing new clothes that are fashionable and of gpod fit is an augury of good fortune.

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The Complete Dream Book

Wearing fine clothes in a dream is a fortunate augury if the color is right. Look up COLOR (ch. V) for the significance of difierent hues.

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Mystic Dream Book

It is a dream of contrary to be concerned over your clothes.

The newer and more up-to-date your attire, the greater the trouble coming across your path.

To see yourself in rags is, therefore, a very fortunate sign. But the true meaning of a dream concerning clothes often depends upon the COLOUR, which you should consult.

If you see yourself or other people in a dream without clothes, it is a sign of some unexpected good fortune.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

A room where the ego is placed in the center, as in Amphitheater. Struggle, the determination to achieve, and striving for success.

If you are in the center of the arena, it is necessary to be active, self-promoting, and bold.

If you see somebody else in the center, you are too passive.

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Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- Dreaming of being in an arena either as a player or as a spectator highlights the fact that we may need to make the decision to move into a specifically created environment, one which gives more room for self-expression and creativity or theatricality.

2- We are developing a new focus of attention, or an area of conflict. This conflict may need to be brought out into the open, into open forum.

3- Today sport is often used as an energy release. Spiritually, an arena suggests a ritualised conflict.

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Mystic Dream Book

A warning of danger. Avoid crowds.

If not alone in your dream the danger is lessened.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of an empty arena symbolize that you are going to be entering a challenging period of your life.

If the arena is filled, then it symbolizes that you are in a situation that is calling for your competitive nature to kick in. See Stadium and Sports.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Today sport is often used as an energy release, so we are more likely to dream of a sports arena or football pitch rather than an ancient arena. Spiritually an arena suggests a ritualized form of combat and sometimes sacrifice, but can also suggest the need for space in which to expand or enjoy group activities.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: We are developing a new focus of attention or an area of conflict. This conflict may need to be brought out into the open for due consideration.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: Dreaming of being in an arena, either as a player or as a spectator, highlights the fact that we may need to make the decision to move into a specifically created environment, one which gives more room for self-expression and creativity or theatricality.

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My Dream Interpretation

If you dream about an arena, you would be wise to reject any new job or business venture offered at this, time. It will have some hidden snags. Also see “Sports.”

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Focus of attention; mental capability to bring an unimaginable amount of associated information and experience together in considering something; area of conflict.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Feeling overburdened, fear of the difficulties ahead. Descending into an abyss means paying attention to the unconscious, because that is where the reason for the present difficulties resides. Falling into an abyss is usually accompanied by feelings of depression, similar to those connected to Ashes, Murder, and Trap. Turning away from an abyss is often a sign of having turned a blind eye to the facts; it points to emotional grief.

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Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

If the dreamer is bare, he or she is becoming aware of his or her vulnerability.

If the land- scape is bare there is a lack of happiness or perhaps of fertility.

Psychologically we are in a situation which will not be capable of coming to fruition.

We are spiritually vulnerable when stripped of material things and living with the ‘bare’ necessities of life.

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Gypsy Dream Dictionary

If you suddenly become naked, it means you will get a surprise, which could be good or bad.

If you are the only person who is naked in a group, it is a warning of scandal to come.

If all are naked, it is a sign of warmth, joy, and friendliness.

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Mystic Dream Book

It is considered fortunate to dream that you are naked.

If only the feet are bare, then you may expect some trouble or difficulty, but by perseverance and hard work you will prove successful.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of bare feet symbolize being grounded and connected with your natural essence.

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Expansions Dream Dictionary

Allowing the future to unfold naturally.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To wander in the night barefoot with torn garments, denotes that you will be crushed in expectation, and evil influences will surround your every effort.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. Recalling youthful, carefree times (summertime).

2. Im­paired mobility.

3. Putting off success.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

In a dream, it means toiling in one’s life and exhaustion. This is thus interpreted if one does not actually see himself going through the motion of taking off his shoes and walking barefooted. Otherwise, in that case, it means that he will receive an appointment to a high ranking position. Walking barefooted in a dream is also interpreted as unloading one’s burdens and relief from pressure, divorce or death in one’s family.

If one sees himself traveling barefooted, it represents a debt that he could not repay.

If one sees himself walking with one foot bare and the second fitted in the dream, it means breaking up a business partnership. (Also see Walking)

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The Fabric of Dream

To dream that you have become barefoot, a dream of success and prosperity (Gypsy).

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

See Foot. Being grounded. Asceticism, health, frequent vacations.

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Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- Depending on the circumstances of the dream, to be barefoot can indicate either poverty or the recognition of sensual freedom.

2- To be barefoot and not able to find one’s shoes shows a lack of suitability, an awareness of inappropriate behaviour.

3- Being barefoot at one time indicated great humility. When Christ wished to show that he was no different to other men he washed his disciples’ feet.

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The Language of Dreams

(see Clothing, Foot, Nakedness, Shoes)

Consider the context of the dream first.

For example, there is nothing unusual about walking barefoot on the beach, but walking barefoot on a roadway might indicate exposing oneself to harm.

Sensitivity. Feeling the grass between your toes, and really experiencing life to the fullest.

Freedom and liberation. Tossing oft’your shoes is like being released from a cage or other material bonds.

Among ascetics, the ability to walk your path confidently and safely because you know it so intimately.

Fire-walking barefoot reveals an ability within to accomplish any task to which you set your mind, no matter how impossible it may initially seem.

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Dream Explanations of Astro Center

As feet are a symbol for the “under-standing” and also for the feelings, dreaming of being barefoot indicates that you are viewing something in your life in the simplest way. It could also mean that your deepest feelings are apparent to just about everyone around you and perhaps you need to hide them a little better.

Bare, unprotected feet imply difficulties to be overcome.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are barefoot represents your playful attitudes and relaxed, carefree attitude.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Naked, Stripping.

A frequent dream symbol when you want to hide something. Or search for the “naked truth.”

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Dreamers Dictionary

Symbol: Birds are a symbol of saved souls.

Vision: Seeing a bird: someone wants to cheat you. Seeing birds fly away: sadness and loneliness ahead. Seeing migratory birds in the sky: you are homesick or feel abandoned. Listening to birds singing: good news. Seeing predatory birds: your enemies are waiting for a chance to attack you.

A scarecrow means that you can t see many positive character traits in a person.

Depth Psychology: The bird is a symbol of intellectual flight, ideals, and intuition. But the dream also indicates your desire to solve financial matters. Your thoughts are fluttering about like a flock of birds—you can’t rest. Dreaming of being air-born reflects erotic desires.

The scarecrow indicates negative character traits or a lack of affection—either your own or someone else’s. Self-deception and a very negative attitude toward life often play a great part. See Dove, Eagle, Owl, Raven.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

he will marry a wealthy woman.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

A broken or fallen minaret suggests the people of that locality will become corrupt in matters of religions by dividing into numerous sects.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

These are usually a sign of much activity during the day (less often, a suggestion to be more active). In contrast, being an observer in the dream means to be less passive. These dreams may also point to too much stress, indicating that your life has become too frantic. Try to determine whether you see yourself as being very active in the dream or if you seem to be disappearing from view.

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New American Dream Dictionary

Have a good time, but don’t become profligate (as did the people in the play cabaret).

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of a cabaret is suggesting a need to ‘lighten up’ regarding another’s choices. Dreaming of performing in a cabaret can indicate a desire to let your hair down and express yourself more radically.

A feeling of distaste whilst dreaming of watching a cabaret shows a mismatch in the values between yourself and another.

A cabaret in your dream may also expose a need for attention and acceptance from someone close to you.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

New beginning taken by force

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Career dreams often indicate the importance of work in daily life. Such dreams either imply that we take our careers too seriously, or that we should pay more attention to them. In any case, career dreams appear only when tension exists in this area. Less often, the career itself can be seen as a general symbol of wanting to get ahead.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Concern; Conscious; Watchful) Being too careful about something that does not call for extraordinary concern in a dream means hypocrisy, straying from the truth or forgetting the divine admonition ofthe Holy Qur’iin or any part of it.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

According to the type, i.E. Hug, massage, fondle; research accordingly

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Mystic Dream Book

For a mother to dream that she is Caressing her children is a dream of contrary—she will have anxious days on account of illness.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Tender touch) In a dream, caressing a bird, a dog, a cat, a horse or a cow, etcetera, means having a soft heart, speaking gentle words, ability to draw people to oneself. Caressing someone during the daylight in a dream means slandering and backbiting him. Caressing a woman in a dream means that one will become a translator, or it could represent a frivolous person or someone who appeals to ludicrous people, or it could mean self-adulation or deficiency in one’s craftsmanship.

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New American Dream Dictionary

Feeling that in a romantic relationship he/she is the caretaker.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

See security personnel in people

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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

For the lay dreamer it is more useful to put dreams into much broader categories such as psychological. ESP, body, sexual, spiritual and problem solving. In researching the data for this book, some special cluster of dream themes were no­ticed.

For instance a cluster was noted in women past middle age, they dreamt of walking in a town and losing their hus­band. Description of these clusters can be seen in son and husband under family; losing teeth under body; flying; secret room under house; dead people; individuation. See also dream as meeting place; dream as spiritual guide; dream as therapist and healer; sex in dreams; ESP in dreams.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Single people seeing china in a dream means they are soon to be married. Breaking dishes: expect family quarrels or unhappiness. Buying new china: your family or household will “expand.” Dirt)’ dishes mean family problems.

Depth Psychology: Tableware is usually a symbol of insecurity in dealings with other people or members of the family. Frequent dreams about breaking dishes means that—in real life—you are causing a lot of unnecessary trouble—or acting like ua bull in a china shop.” See Glass, Porcelain.

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Dream Fairy

Christian Dreams Interpretations available here.

This dictionary of Christian Dreams contains over 13500 indexed entries and this dictionary.

Christian Dream Meaning

Interpretation for Christian Dreams Symbols.

Dream Analysis and Interpretation.

Understand the meaning of your dreams. Great dictionary of dream interpretations.

Christian Dream Symbols

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Masculinity; penis. Cigarette: anxiety or re­lease from it; dependence; feeling of having a suppon or help to meet stress; may associate with feelings about cancer.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. Unconscious pleading for someone to give up smoking habit.

2. Worry about illness.

3. If someone is smoking, liking or disliking the person for being out of the mainstream of behav­ior, whatever that may be.

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Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of an addictive and negative behavior

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Once the image of intellectual activity, cigarettes now indicate dependency and addiction. Symbol of taking a break. According to Freud, a phallic symbol.

Folklore: Lighting a cigarette points to having new plans.

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The Complete Dream Book

To dream of lighting one cigarette from another, either your own or someone else’s, portends an improvement in your financial afifiars.

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The Complete Dream Book

Smoking a cigarette in a dream portends a period of wholesome recreation.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Depth Psychology: See Smoking.

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Mystic Dream Book

To dream you are lighting one signifies new plans; a half-smoked Cigarette held in the hand is a postponement, to smoke it to the end, means a successful conclusion to your hopes.

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The Bedside Dream Dictionary

The interpretation of this symbol, as with all others, depends on your relationship with cigarettes.

If you are a smoker or are surrounded by smokers, cigarettes may be a regular part of your daily life which has been brought into your dream state. Cigarettes could represent anything from phallic symbols and symbols of pleasure to tools of destruction. Generally, the cigarette is an object which carries social and emotional significance. When we are teenagers, we associate them with being “cool,” daring, and defiant.

For some adults they become a way of life where all emotions seem to be punctuated with cigarettes. Finally, as adults come into touch with their own physical mortality, cigarettes become dreadful objects, and smoking becomes a terrible burden and curse. When interpreting the dream with cigarettes in it, ask yourself what cigarettes mean to you. See also: Smoking

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Encyclopedia of Dreams

Smoking a cigarette in your dream is a lucky omen, as well as, giving, or offering them to another. This dream denotes much prosperity and self-satisfaction for the dreamer. If, during your waking hours, you are against cigarettes and believe them to very bad for your lungs, then you must investigate your own habits to find out what you may be doing to jeopardize your health. Have a medical examination as soon as possible.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are smoking cigarettes, means that you are trying to shield yourself and others against your emotions. You have trouble letting others in.

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The Bedside Dream Dictionary

The interpretation of this symbol, as with all others, depends on your relationship with cigarettes.

If you are a smoker or are surrounded by smokers, cigarettes may be a regular part of your daily life which has been brought into your dream state. Cigarettes could represent anything from phallic symbols and symbols of pleasure to tools of destruction. Generally, the cigarette is an object which carries social and emotional significance. When we are teenagers, we associate them with being “cool,” daring, and defiant.

For some adults they become a way of life where all emotions seem to be punctuated with cigarettes. Finally, as adults come into touch with their own physical mortality, cigarettes become dreadful objects, and smoking becomes a terrible burden and curse. When interpreting the dream with cigarettes in it, ask yourself what cigarettes mean to you. See also: Smoking 

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Declaring light to the world, one who makes things clear

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of drinking claret, denotes you will come under the influence of ennobling association.

To dream of seeing broken bottles of claret, portends you will be induced to commit immoralities by the false persuasions of deceitful persons.

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The Complete Dream Book

Like any red wine, claret in a dream is a symbol of good fortune. Look up red COLOR (ch. V).

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Mystic Dream Book

To dream that you are drinking red wine is not a good sign ; be careful in your business dealings.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of claret cup or punch, foretells that you will be much pleased with the attention shown you by new acquaintances.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Man’s carnality, unrelated to spirituality; see “clay”

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

Joined clothes, if they are soiled, means the one who wears them will become poor and needy.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Because of the ease with which computers can file, son, cross reference and present informa­tion, a great deal of work has been done in analysing the content of thousands of dreams (The Content Analysis oj Dreams, Hall and Van De Castle). As computers are an every­day pan of many homes, we can easily use them to gain insight into our own dreams. Two areas of help are as follows.

We can enter many dreams, then with a program such as Seeker or Masterfile, easily scan through them to see the fre­quency of dream themes. This approach to dreams—self in­sight through a series of dreams—is explained by Hall in The Meaning of Dreams. Important issues in our life and develop­ment occur as frequent dream themes, and are easily seen using a computer.

The program Brainstonn (Brainstorm Software Ltd) makes cross referencing dream symbols and associated comments easy. Using this program, if one dreamt of a tree and wrote one s associations, then six months later dreamt of a tree and entered this, the program instantly reminds you of the past reference to tree and can display it. Gradually a reference base of your own dreams and comments can be built up and quickly scanned. Such comparisons help to form a personality profile of yourself or others.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are able to control the action in your dreams, indicates your growing confidence, high self-esteem and increasing skills. Alternatively, this type of dream may be a way of compensating for a waking situation in which you felt powerless.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

When people of antiquity had dreams of strange cosmic events, like fire raining down from heaven, comets, etc., they would report them to the Areopagus in Athens or to the Senate in Rome. According to Jung, such dreams meant that the dreamer was being prepared for a position in government.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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

The few excep­tions are usually very clear. Example: ‘My mother-in-law died of cancer. I had watched the whole progression of her illness, and was very upset by her death. Shortly after she died the relatives gathered and began to sort through her belongings to share them out. That was the climax of my upset and distress, and I didn’t want any part of this sorting and taking her things. That night I dreamt I was in a room with all the relatives. They were sorting her things, and I felt my waking distress. Then my mother-in-law came into the room. She was very real and seemed happy. She said for me not to be upset as she didn’t at all mind her relatives taking her things. When I woke from the dream all the anxiety and upset had disap­peared. It never returned (told to author dunng a talk given to the Housewives Register in Ilfracombe).

Although in any collection of dreams such clearcut prob­lem solving is fairly rare, nevertheless the basic function in dreams appears to be problem solving.

The proof of this lies in research done in dream withdrawal. As explained in the entry science, sleep and dreams, subjects are woken up as they begin to dream, therefore denying them dreams. This quickly leads to disorientation and breakdown of normal functioning, showing that a lot of problem solving occurs in dreams, even though it may not be as obvious as in the exam­ple. This feature of dreaming can be enhanced to a marked degree by processing dreams and arriving at insights into the information they contain. This enables old problems to be cleared up and new information and attitudes to be brought into use more quickly. Through such active work one be­comes aware of the self, which Carl Jung describes as a cen­tre, but which we might think of as a synthesis of all our experience and being. Gaining insight and allowing the self entrance into our waking affairs, as M L. Von Franz says in Man and His Symbols, gradually produces a wider and more mature personality’ which emerges, and by degrees becomes effective and even visible to others’.

The function of dreams may well be described as an effort on the part of our life process to support, augment and help mature waking consciousness.

A study of dreams suggests that the creative forces which are behind the growth of our body are also inextricably connected with psychological develop­ment. In fact, when the process of physical growth stops, the psychological growth continues.

If this is thwarted in any way, it leads to frustration, physical tension and psychosomatic and eventually physical illness.

The integration of experience.

which dreams are always attempting, if successful cannot help but lead to personal growth. But it is often frozen by the individual avoiding the growing pains’, or the discomfon of breaking through old concepts and beliefs.

Where there is any attempt on the pan of our conscious personality to co-operate with this, the creative aspect of dreaming emerges. In fact anything we are deeply involved in, challenged by or attempting, we will dream about in a creative way. Not only have communities like the American Indians used dreams in this manner—to find better hunting, solve community problems, find a sense of personal life direction— but scientists, writers, designers and thousands of lay people have found very real information in dreams After all, through dreams we have personal use of the greatest computer ever produced in the history of the world—the human brain.

1- In Genesis 41, the story of Pharaoh’s dream is told—the seven fat cows and the seven thin cows. This dream was creative in that, with Joseph’s interpretation, it resolved a national problem where famine followed years of plenty. It may very well be an example of gathered information on the history of Egypt being in the mind of Pharaoh, and the dream putting it together in a problem solving way. See dream process as computer.

2- William Blake dreamt his dead brother showed him a new way of engraving copper. Blake used the method success­fully.

3- Otto Leowi dreamt of how to prove that nervous impulses were chemical rather than electncal. This led to his Nobel prize.

4- Friedrich Kekule tned for years to define the structure of benzene. He dreamt of a snake with its tail in its mouth, and woke to realise this explained the molecular forma­tion of the benzene ring. He was so impressed he urged colleagues, ‘Gentlemen, leam to dream.’

5- Hilprecht had an amazing dream of the connection be­tween two pieces of agate which enabled him to translate an ancient Babylonian inscription.

6- Elias Howe faced the problem of how to produce an effec­tive sewing machine.

The major difficulty was the needle. He dreamt of natives shaking spears with holes in their points. This led to the invention of the Singer sewing ma­chine.

7- Robert Louis Stevenson claims to have dreamt the plot of many of his stories.

8- Albert Einstein said that during adolescence he dreamt he was riding a sledge. It went faster and faster until it reached the speed of light.

The stars began to change into amazing patterns and colours, dazzling and beautiful. His meditation on that dream throughout the years led to the theory of relativity.

To approach our dreams in order to discover their creativity, first decide what problematic or creative aspect of your life needs ‘dream power’. Define what you have already leamt or know about the problem. Write it down, and from this clarify what it is you want more insight into.

If this breaks down into several issues, choose one at a time. Think about the issue and pursue it as much as you can while awake. Read about it, ask people’s opinions, gather information. This is all data for the dream process.

If the question still needs further insight, be­fore going to sleep imagine you are putting the question to your internal store of wisdom, computer, power centre, or whatever image feels right.

For some people an old being who is neither exclusively man nor woman is a working image.

In the morning note down whatever dream you remember. It does not matter if the dream does not appear to deal with the question; Elias Howe’s native spears were an outlandish image, but nevertheless contained the information he needed. Investigate the dream using the techniques given in the entry dream processing. Some problems take time to define, so use the process until there is a resolution.

If it is a major problem, it may take a year or so; after all, some resolutions need re­structuring of the personality, because the problem cannot disappear while we still have the same attitudes and fears. See secret of the universe dreams; dream processing.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

One who has many friends, relatives and acquaintances.

*(A cup-bearer is a person who fills and serves the wine cups, as in a king’s palace-Collins Concise Eng. Dic.)

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My Dream Interpretation

If you dream of being dared to do something, be extra careful to avoid offending influential people. Think everything over twice and don’t speak unless it’s necessary! If you were the one doing the daring in your dream, you can expect someone of the opposite sex to give you a hard time.

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

Dreaming of a daredevil implies that you may be allowing yourself to be unduly influenced and ultimately suppressed by another’s views.

To dream of yourself as the daredevil may be showing you that you are leaping into a situation before you have thought it through. Speaking to a daredevil within a dream suggests that heightened awareness is called for to keep you in balance.

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My Dream Interpretation

If your dream about a day care center featured children who were old enough to walk, it is a good omen of happiness in family affairs and/or school, whichever concerns you most.

If the children at the day care center were babies, the meaning depends on how they behaved.

If they were happy or cute, good things are coming to you through the help of friends. However, if the babies were ugly or in any way displeasing to you, look out for treachery in someone you trust. Helpless or sick babies are generally a warning of difficulties ahead, so be cautious in your friendship and love affairs.

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of running a daycare center suggests that there may be too much on your plate at this time.

An overwhelming sense of responsibility could be leaving you with residual stress and affecting your working life negatively.

To desire day care for your children in your dream indicates a trust issue may be becoming clear within a close relationship.

To dream of finding excellent care for your children shows that you are in the flow of life and have a good level of faith that all is well.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Example: ‘My husband’s mother, no longer alive, came and slid her arms carefully under me and lifted me up. I shouted “Put me down! Put me down! I don’t want to go yet.” She carefully lowered me on to the bed and disappeared’ (EH). Most dreams in which dead people appear are expressive of our attempts to deal with our feelings, guilt or anger in connection with the person who died, or our own feelings about death. In the example the dreamer is feeling fear about being carried off by death.

When someone close to us dies we go through a period of change from relating to them as an external reality, to meeting and accepting them as alive in our memories and inner life. In the next example the man has not only come to terms with his mother’s and his own death, but also found this inner reality. Example: A dark grey sugar loaf form materialised. This pillar lightened in shade as I watched. It didn’t move. I began to think it was Mrs Molten who died in 1956.

The feeling grew stronger but still the colour lightened. Then it bent over and kissed my head. In that instant I knew it was my mother.

An ecstatic joy and happiness such as I have never known on earth suffused me. That happiness remained constantly in mind for the next few days’ (Mr M).

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Encyclopedia of Dreams

If you should dream of a deceased person and this person speaks only to you, pay close attention to what the spirit is telling you as it could be very important to you.

To dream of seeing a deceased person is normally a dream of warning, and it tells you that the influences around you at this time does not bode well for your affairs, and you should not enter into any binding contracts or verbal agreements until this phase passes.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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

The same number of dreams were collected from people simi­lar in age and social background, but not suffering depression.

The dreams were given code numbers, mixed and given to an independent judge. He was asked to look for any evident themes of self punishment, such as ‘I was waiting for my friends all night but they never turned up’, ‘my fiance married somebody else’. Such self punishing themes were found to occur with greater frequency in the depressives’ dreams.

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About Dream Interpretation

The Scientific Literature of Dream-Problems I shall begin by giving a short account of the views of earlier writers on this subject and of the status of the dream-problem in contemporary science; since in the course of this treatise, I shall not often have occasion to refer to either. In spite of thousands of years of endeavour, little progress has been made in the scientific understanding of dreams. This fact has been so universally acknowledged by previous writers on the subject that it seems hardly necessary to quote individual opinions.

The reader will find, in many stimulating observations, and plenty of interesting material relating to our subject, but little or nothing that concerns the true nature of the dream, or that solves definitely any of its enigmas.

The educated layman, of course, knows even less of the matter. The conception of the dream that was held in prehistoric ages by primitive peoples, and the influence which it may have exerted on the formation of their conceptions of the universe, and of the soul, is a theme of such great interest that it is only with reluctance that I refrain from dealing with it in these pages. I will refer the reader to the well-known works of Sir John Lubbock (Lord Avebury), Herbert Spencer, E. B. Tylor and other writers; I will only add that we shall not realise the importance of these problems and speculations until we have completed the task of dream interpretation that lies before us. A reminiscence of the concept of the dream that was held in primitive times seems to underlie the evaluation of the dream which was current among the peoples of classical antiquity.[1] They took it for granted that dreams were related to the world of the supernatural beings in whom they believed, and that they brought inspirations from the gods and demons. Moreover, it appeared to them that dreams must serve a special purpose in respect of the dreamer; that, as a rule, they predicted the future.

The extraordinary variations in the content of dreams, and in the impressions which they produced on the dreamer, made it, of course, very difficult to formulate a coherent conception of them, and necessitated manifold differentiations and group-formations, according to their value and reliability.

The valuation of dreams by the individual philosophers of antiquity naturally depended on the importance which they were prepared to attribute to manticism in general. In the two works of Aristotle in which there is mention of dreams, they are already regarded as constituting a problem of psychology. We are told that the dream is not god-sent, that it is not of divine but of daimonic origin.

For nature is really daimonic, not divine; that is to say, the dream is not a supernatural revelation, but is subject to the laws of the human spirit, which has, of course, a kinship with the divine.

The dream is defined as the psychic activity of the sleeper, inasmuch as he is asleep. Aristotle was acquainted with some of the characteristics of the dream-life; for example, he knew that a dream converts the slight sensations perceived in sleep into intense sensations (‘one imagines that one is walking through fire, and feels hot, if this or that part of the body becomes only quite slightly warm’), which led him to conclude that dreams might easily betray to the physician the first indications of an incipient physical change which escaped observation during the day.[2] As has been said, those writers of antiquity who preceded Aristotle did not regard the dream as a product of the dreaming psyche, but as an inspiration of divine origin, and in ancient times, the two opposing tendencies which we shall find throughout the ages in respect of the evaluation of the dream-life, were already perceptible.

The ancients distinguished between the true and valuable dreams which were sent to the dreamer as warnings, or to foretell future events, and the vain, fraudulent and empty dreams, whose object was to misguide him or lead him to destruction. The pre-scientific conception of the dream which obtained among the ancients was, of course, in perfect keeping with their general conception of the universe, which was accustomed to project as an external reality that which possessed reality only in the life of the psyche. Further, it accounted for the main impression made upon the waking life by the morning memory of the dream; for in this memory the dream, as compared with the rest of the psychic content, seems to be something alien, coming, as it were, from another world. It would be an error to suppose that the theory of the supernatural origin of dreams lacks followers even in our own times; for quite apart from pietistic and mystical writers -- who cling, as they are perfectly justified in doing, to the remnants of the once predominant realm of the supernatural until these remnants have been swept away by scientific explanation -- we not infrequently find that quite intelligent persons, who in other respects are averse to anything of a romantic nature, go so far as to base their religious belief in the existence and co-operation of superhuman spiritual powers on the inexplicable nature of the phenomena of dreams (Haffner).

The validity ascribed to the dream life by certain schools of philosophy -- for example, by the school of Schelling -- is a distinct reminiscence of the undisputed belief in the divinity of dreams which prevailed in antiquity; and for some thinkers, the mantic or prophetic power of dreams is still a subject of debate. This is due to the fact that the explanations attempted by psychology are too inadequate to cope with the accumulated material, however strongly the scientific thinker may feel that such superstitious doctrines should be repudiated. To write a history of our scientific knowledge of the dream problem is extremely difficult, because, valuable though this knowledge may be in certain respects, no real progress in a definite direction is as yet discernible. No real foundation of verified results has hitherto been established on which future investigators might continue to build. Every new author approaches the same problems afresh, and from the very beginning.

If I were to enumerate such authors in chronological order, giving a survey of the opinions which each has held concerning the problems of the dream, I should be quite unable to draw a clear and complete picture of the present state of our knowledge on the subject. I have therefore preferred to base my method of treatment on themes rather than on authors, and in attempting the solution of each problem of the dream, I shall cite the material found in the literature of the subject. But as I have not succeeded in mastering the whole of this literature -- for it is widely dispersed and interwoven with the literature of other subjects -- I must ask my readers to rest content with my survey as it stands, provided that no fundamental fact or important point of view has been overlooked. In a supplement to a later German edition, the author adds: I shall have to justify myself for not extending my summary of the literature of dream problems to cover the period between first appearance of this book and the publication of the second edition. This justification may not seem very satisfactory to the reader; none the less, to me it was decisive.

The motives which induced me to summarise the treatment of dreams in the literature of the subject have been exhausted by the foregoing introduction; to have continued this would have cost me a great deal of effort and would not have been particularly useful or instructive.

For the interval in question -- a period of nine years -- has yielded nothing new or valuable as regards the conception of dreams, either in actual material or in novel points of view. In most of the literature which has appeared since the publication of my own work, the latter has not been mentioned or discussed; it has, of course, received the least attention from the so-called ‘research workers on dreams’, who have thus afforded a brilliant example of the aversion to learning anything new so characteristic of the scientist. ‘Les savants ne sont pas curieux’, said the scoffer, Anatole France.

If there were such a thing in science as the right of revenge, I, in my turn, should be justified in ignoring the literature which has appeared since the publication of this book.

The few reviews which have appeared in the scientific journals are so full of misconceptions and lack of comprehension that my only possible answer to my critics would be a request that they should read this book over again -- or perhaps merely that they should read it! And in a supplement to the fourth German edition which appeared in 1914, a year after I published the first English translation of this work, he writes: Since then, the state of affairs has certainly undergone a change; my contribution to the ‘interpretation of dreams’ is no longer ignored in the literature of the subject. But the new situation makes it even more impossible to continue the foregoing summary.

The Interpretation of Dreams has evoked a whole series of new contentions and problems, which have been expounded by the authors in the most varied fashions. But I cannot discuss these works until I have developed the theories to which their authors have referred. Whatever has appeared to me as valuable in this recent literature, I have accordingly reviewed in the course of the following exposition.

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About Dream Interpretation

The Scientific Literature of Dream-Problems

I shall begin by giving a short account of the views of earlier writers on this subject and of the status of the dream-problem in contemporary science; since in the course of this treatise, I shall not often have occasion to refer to either. In spite of thousands of years of endeavour, little progress has been made in the scientific understanding of dreams. This fact has been so universally acknowledged by previous writers on the subject that it seems hardly necessary to quote individual opinions.

The reader will find, in many stimulating observations, and plenty of interesting material relating to our subject, but little or nothing that concerns the true nature of the dream, or that solves definitely any of its enigmas.

The educated layman, of course, knows even less of the matter. The conception of the dream that was held in prehistoric ages by primitive peoples, and the influence which it may have exerted on the formation of their conceptions of the universe, and of the soul, is a theme of such great interest that it is only with reluctance that I refrain from dealing with it in these pages. I will refer the reader to the well-known works of Sir John Lubbock (Lord Avebury), Herbert Spencer, E. B. Tylor and other writers; I will only add that we shall not realise the importance of these problems and speculations until we have completed the task of dream interpretation that lies before us. A reminiscence of the concept of the dream that was held in primitive times seems to underlie the evaluation of the dream which was current among the peoples of classical antiquity.[1] They took it for granted that dreams were related to the world of the supernatural beings in whom they believed, and that they brought inspirations from the gods and demons. Moreover, it appeared to them that dreams must serve a special purpose in respect of the dreamer; that, as a rule, they predicted the future.

The extraordinary variations in the content of dreams, and in the impressions which they produced on the dreamer, made it, of course, very difficult to formulate a coherent conception of them, and necessitated manifold differentiations and group-formations, according to their value and reliability.

The valuation of dreams by the individual philosophers of antiquity naturally depended on the importance which they were prepared to attribute to manticism in general. In the two works of Aristotle in which there is mention of dreams, they are already regarded as constituting a problem of psychology. We are told that the dream is not god-sent, that it is not of divine but of daimonic origin.

For nature is really daimonic, not divine; that is to say, the dream is not a supernatural revelation, but is subject to the laws of the human spirit, which has, of course, a kinship with the divine.

The dream is defined as the psychic activity of the sleeper, inasmuch as he is asleep. Aristotle was acquainted with some of the characteristics of the dream-life; for example, he knew that a dream converts the slight sensations perceived in sleep into intense sensations (‰_÷one imagines that one is walking through fire, and feels hot, if this or that part of the body becomes only quite slightly warm‰_ª), which led him to conclude that dreams might easily betray to the physician the first indications of an incipient physical change which escaped observation during the day.[2] As has been said, those writers of antiquity who preceded Aristotle did not regard the dream as a product of the dreaming psyche, but as an inspiration of divine origin, and in ancient times, the two opposing tendencies which we shall find throughout the ages in respect of the evaluation of the dream-life, were already perceptible.

The ancients distinguished between the true and valuable dreams which were sent to the dreamer as warnings, or to foretell future events, and the vain, fraudulent and empty dreams, whose object was to misguide him or lead him to destruction. The pre-scientific conception of the dream which obtained among the ancients was, of course, in perfect keeping with their general conception of the universe, which was accustomed to project as an external reality that which possessed reality only in the life of the psyche. Further, it accounted for the main impression made upon the waking life by the morning memory of the dream; for in this memory the dream, as compared with the rest of the psychic content, seems to be something alien, coming, as it were, from another world. It would be an error to suppose that the theory of the supernatural origin of dreams lacks followers even in our own times; for quite apart from pietistic and mystical writers -- who cling, as they are perfectly justified in doing, to the remnants of the once predominant realm of the supernatural until these remnants have been swept away by scientific explanation -- we not infrequently find that quite intelligent persons, who in other respects are averse to anything of a romantic nature, go so far as to base their religious belief in the existence and co-operation of superhuman spiritual powers on the inexplicable nature of the phenomena of dreams (Haffner).

The validity ascribed to the dream life by certain schools of philosophy -- for example, by the school of Schelling -- is a distinct reminiscence of the undisputed belief in the divinity of dreams which prevailed in antiquity; and for some thinkers, the mantic or prophetic power of dreams is still a subject of debate. This is due to the fact that the explanations attempted by psychology are too inadequate to cope with the accumulated material, however strongly the scientific thinker may feel that such superstitious doctrines should be repudiated. To write a history of our scientific knowledge of the dream problem is extremely difficult, because, valuable though this knowledge may be in certain respects, no real progress in a definite direction is as yet discernible. No real foundation of verified results has hitherto been established on which future investigators might continue to build. Every new author approaches the same problems afresh, and from the very beginning.

If I were to enumerate such authors in chronological order, giving a survey of the opinions which each has held concerning the problems of the dream, I should be quite unable to draw a clear and complete picture of the present state of our knowledge on the subject. I have therefore preferred to base my method of treatment on themes rather than on authors, and in attempting the solution of each problem of the dream, I shall cite the material found in the literature of the subject. But as I have not succeeded in mastering the whole of this literature -- for it is widely dispersed and interwoven with the literature of other subjects -- I must ask my readers to rest content with my survey as it stands, provided that no fundamental fact or important point of view has been overlooked. In a supplement to a later German edition, the author adds: I shall have to justify myself for not extending my summary of the literature of dream problems to cover the period between first appearance of this book and the publication of the second edition. This justification may not seem very satisfactory to the reader; none the less, to me it was decisive.

The motives which induced me to summarise the treatment of dreams in the literature of the subject have been exhausted by the foregoing introduction; to have continued this would have cost me a great deal of effort and would not have been particularly useful or instructive.

For the interval in question -- a period of nine years -- has yielded nothing new or valuable as regards the conception of dreams, either in actual material or in novel points of view. In most of the literature which has appeared since the publication of my own work, the latter has not been mentioned or discussed; it has, of course, received the least attention from the so-called ‰_÷research workers on dreams‰_ª, who have thus afforded a brilliant example of the aversion to learning anything new so characteristic of the scientist. ‰_÷Les savants ne sont pas curieux‰_ª, said the scoffer, Anatole France.

If there were such a thing in science as the right of revenge, I, in my turn, should be justified in ignoring the literature which has appeared since the publication of this book.

The few reviews which have appeared in the scientific journals are so full of misconceptions and lack of comprehension that my only possible answer to my critics would be a request that they should read this book over again -- or perhaps merely that they should read it! And in a supplement to the fourth German edition which appeared in 1914, a year after I published the first English translation of this work, he writes: Since then, the state of affairs has certainly undergone a change; my contribution to the ‰_÷interpretation of dreams‰_ª is no longer ignored in the literature of the subject. But the new situation makes it even more impossible to continue the foregoing summary.

The Interpretation of Dreams has evoked a whole series of new contentions and problems, which have been expounded by the authors in the most varied fashions. But I cannot discuss these works until I have developed the theories to which their authors have referred. Whatever has appeared to me as valuable in this recent literature, I have accordingly reviewed in the course of the following exposition.

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Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are dreaming is usually the effect of excessive worry and in one dream the dreamer wakes up to find that things are all straightened out until, lo and behold, the sleeper finds it is yet another dream. It is not uncommon to have more than two levels to a dream, the main reason hear is fear and worry over life’s circumstances. There is no interpretation for this dream as it is not a symbol, it is condition of the state of the emotions of the dreamer.

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Encyclopedia of Dreams

To dream that you are dreaming is usually the effect of excessive worry and in one dream the dreamer wakes up to find that things are all straightened out until, lo and behold, the sleeper finds it is yet another dream. It is not uncommon to have more then two levels to a dream, the main reason hear is fear, and worry, over life’s circumstances. There is no interpretation for this dream as it is not a symbol, it is condition of the state of the emotions of the dreamer.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Greece Antiphon, a Greek living in the fourth century bc. wrote the first known descriptive book of dreams. It was designed to be used for practical and profes­sional interpretations. He maintained that dreams are not cre­ated by supernatural powers but natural conditions. In the second century ad a similar book was written by Anemidorus, a Greek physician who lived in Rome. He claimed to have gathered his infonnation from ancient sources, possibly from the Egyptian dream book dating from the second millennium bc. He may have used works from the Assurbanipal library, later destroyed, which held one of the most complete collec­tions of dream literature. Anemidorus classified dreams into dreams, visions, oracles, fantasies and apparitions. He identi­fied two classes of dreams: the somnium, which forecast events; and the insomnium, which are concerned with present matters.

For the somnium dreams Anemidorus gave a dream dictionary.

For example, he said abyss meant an impending danger, a dream of warning, and to see a candle being lighted forecasts a binh, to exhibit a lighted candle augers content­ment and prosperity, a dimly burning candle shows sickness, sadness and delay. This last interpretation is taken from folk­lore of the times and, because dreams tend to use commonly used verbal images, was probably true. He maintained that a person’s name—that is their identity, and the family, national and social background from which they arose—has a bearing on what their dream means.

Plato (429-347 bc) said that even good men dream of un­controlled and violent actions, including sexual aggression. These actions are not committed by good men while awake, but criminals act them out without guilt. Democritus said that dreams are not products of an ethereal soul, but of visual impressions which influence our imagination. Aristotle (383— 322 bc) stated that dreams can predict future events. Earlier Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’, discovered that dreams can reveal the onset of organic illness. Such dreams, he said, can be seen as illogically representing external reality.

Hippocrates was born on the island of Kos. On the island was the famous temple dedicated to Aesculapius, the god of medicine. There were about 300 such temples in Greece alone, dedicated to healing through the use of dreams. Hip­pocrates was an Aesculapian, and learnt his form of dream interpretation from them. In such temples the patient would ritually have to cleanse themselves by washing, and abstain from sex, alcohol and even food. They would then be led into what was sometimes a subterranean room with harmless snakes in—these were the symbol of the god. In the morning the patients were asked their dream, and it was expected they would dream an answer to their illness or problem. There are many attestations to the efficacy of this technique from pa­tients.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Worn when working for pleasure, under enjoyable circumstances

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

In a dream, an earthenware pot means a sharing neighbor. It also means a modestly dressed woman, her estate, family and children.

If the pot is made of brass or ceramic in the dream, it may represent a poor woman.

An earthenware pot in a dream also means decision making, concealing one’s secrets, or it could represent a woman who has frequent miscarriages. (Also see Earthenwarejar; Jar; Pot)

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

Eating the flesh of his mare means prosperity and honour. Also, he will enjoy a good reputation and receive subsistence (rizq).

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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

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Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- To be paying a fare in a dream is acknowledging the price that is paid in order to succeed.

A taxi-fare would imply a more private process than a bus fare.

2- Demands may be being made on us and we have to decide on their appropriateness.

3- A fare paying dream often occurs when one feels that past actions have not been paid for, and that we have a need to come to terms with them.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of paying a fare represent that you have to pay the price to have what you want in life, and that it is up to you to discern whether or not the price is too high or if its fair. See Money.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

A fare-paying dream often occurs when one feels that past actions have not been paid for or taken into account. Before we can move on we must pay our dues and come to terms with them.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: Demands may be being made on us and we have to decide on their appropriateness.

To be paying a fare suggests acknowledgement of help we have received on our ‘journey’ through life.

To be receiving a fare indicates that we have facilitated someone else’s passage.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: To be paying a fare in a dream is acknowledging the price that is paid in order to succeed.

A taxi-fare would imply a more private process than a bus fare. From a mundane perspective, wordplay suggests that a transaction that we have undertaken is ‘fair’.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of bidding farewell, is not very favorable, as you are likely to hear unpleasant news of absent friends.

For a young woman to bid her lover farewell, portends his indifference to her.

If she feels no sadness in this farewell, she will soon find others to comfort her.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. A need to tone things down, control emotions and ex­citement regarding situations (to be bidden farewell).

2. New acquaintances, possible friendships are in the offing.

3. A feeling that bad news is on the way.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

The suggested element contained in bidding farewell in a dream entails ultimate comfort. Wishing someone the best at parting means loss of status or job, divorce, death of a sick person, breaking of a partnership, loss in business, migrating from one country to another, or in general it could mean the reversal of one’s conditions. On the other hand, it is said that bidding farewell in a dream also means marriage reconciliation, or the changing of one’s conditions for the better.

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The Fabric of Dream

To dream of bidding friends farewell denotes a change in business (Gypsy). Evidently a dream from the subconsciousness.

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The Complete Dream Book

A maiden who bids farewell to her lover will find very shortly that he will show growing indifference.

If in this farewell she is indifferent to its significance and takes it as a matter of course, it is a sign that she will find another comforter ere long.

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Mystic Dream Book

It is generally considered a good sign to dream of bidding good-bye to anyone.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Symbol for women—your field of work / profession. (This patriarchal interpretation, which often does not correspond to the dreamer’s conviction, is nevertheless appropriate, because our internal attitudes do not change at the same rate as our ideology. Our conscious awareness is much more eager to change than our subconscious).

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Banquet; Course; Meal) If one organizes and invites people to a food fare or a banquet in a dream, it means that he will spend money to establish a business, or that he will seek the help of someone against a rival. (Also see Food)

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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

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My Dream Interpretation

If you dream of having foster parents, you should expect an appeal for help from some unanticipated quarter (probably a relative). However if you were a foster parent in your dream, your year ahead will be lucky for taking chances and making money.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Over the years many theories to ex­plain the ‘why’ of dreams have been put forward. These range from dreams being messages from spirits; being results of food eaten prior to sleep; the mind freewheeling nonsensi­cally; the garbage disposal system of the mind; suggestions from waking experience; a computer reprogramming for the brain; to Freud’s wish fulfilment and Jung’s compensation theory.

If we do not argue any particular theory, however, then perhaps we see dreams as having a much wider function.

The most primal drives observable are survival, growth and repro­duction. Other urges, such as eating, social position, curiosity, are secondary.

The human animal appears to have survived and reproduced more capably after the development of self awareness, language and reasoning. With or without these, we remain an animal with a psychobiological nature. All ani­mals are known to dream. All animals share a certain situa­tion. They have an internal world out of which arises im­pulses (to eat, to mate, to avoid danger) and feeling reactions (anger, fear, anticipation). And they have an external world which confronts them with real survival dangers, sources of food, a mate, changes in environmental conditions.

A dream lies somewhere between these two worlds.

We can think of the human personality as being like a special son of cavity into which all these influences are dropped or are thrown. Physical sensations, internal drives and emotions, language, social rules, religious ideas; prompts to make decisions; news of war, massive media and advertis­ing information, are all dropped in.

The cavity has to deal with it, but as it is a mixture of things, many of which are in opposition, some sort of balance has to be kept. But how? And it cannot be simply a matter of throwing out all of one sort or aspect of things. Eradicating the memory of criticism might make us more calm, but it would limit the process of psychological growth, which has survival value.

Dreams can be seen to be connected with our survival and self regulating process. Because this involves all aspects of oneself and one’s experience, one cannot give dreams a single definition. They probably have many secondary functions, such as an interface to balance the internal and external influ­ences, to compensate between the inner needs and outer real­ity—a baby may miss its feed so, to cope with this primal need, it may dream of being fed. Traumatic or exterior danger­ous events, which cannot be processed immediately, can be stored and dealt with (experimented with or abreacted) while asleep. In higher mammals, infant traumas can be stored and dealt with in sleep when, or if, a stronger ego develops.

To meet the loneliness and isolation of consciousness’ or fears of death, the dream can link the waking self with its unconscious sense of unity or God.

To meet survival needs of primitive human beings prior to rational thought, the dream probably acted as a computer, synthesising experience and information, giving rise to creative solutions to hunting or social situations, presented as sleeping or waking imagery. This may explain why many pnmitive people say skills such as farming, weav­ing, writing, were told them by a vision of a god or goddess.

If we realise that the dream is an end product of a process which produces it, it enables us to see that the process’ (the survival function which regulates, compensates, links, prob­lem solves) can be accessed without meeting the dream. See sleep movements; dream process as computer; Adler; Freud; Jung.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Vision + Depth Psychology: Walking barefoot: you want to get in touch with your soul, or with the very essence of life! The dream can be a challenge to keep in touch; it can also be a sign that your health is improving.

If you are walking barefoot in clear water: prospects for the future are good. Running barefoot through wet Grass: the possibilities are even more promising. Walking barefoot over gravel: a present issue can only be resolved with difficulty. Stones are thrown in your path.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

A symbol of “grand” authority

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The Complete Dream Book

If you dream of being a grandparent, your prospects of family happiness are distinctly favorable.

To dream of one or more grandparents is a sign that you will succeed through the exercise of tact.

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Mystic Dream Book

To dream that you are a Grandparent, or that your grandchildren are present, is a very favourable sign.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dreaam{sic} of meeting your grandparents and conversing with them, you will meet with difficulties that will be hard to surmount, but by following good advice you will overcome many barriers.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. Need for love and guidance or other qualities that one’s grandparents embody.

2. Need to return to childhood.

3. Need to be safe.

4. Need for nurturing and security.

5. A search for grandparents means the dreamer is searching for love and protection.

6. A dreamer who dreams of him/herself as a grand­parent sees self as a nurturer.

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Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

As a general rule grandparents are a symbol of, love, security, love, protection, love, home, and love.

If you dram of searching for your grandparents you are really searching for love and protection. There are no other interpretations for these.

If you dream of being a grandparent you will have a happy domestic life with minimal problems.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Personal feelings connected with the grandpar­ent; family traditions, such as established values or uncon­scious attitudes; spiritual values; old age; death.

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream about your grandparents indicates affection, comfort, intelligence, and safety.

To dream that you are looking for your grandparents suggests that you seek out affection and security in your life. You could be slipping back into childhood desires.

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Encyclopedia of Dreams

As a general rule grandparents are a symbol of, love, security, love, protection, love, home, and love.

If you dram of searching for your grandparents you are really searching for love and protection. There are no other interpretations for these.

If you dream of being a grandparent you will have a happy domestic life with minimal problems.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

If grandparents appear in dreams it can highlight our attitude to them, but also to the traditions and beliefs handed down by them. It is often said that grandparents do not know whether they have done a good job of raising their children until their sons and daughters have children of their own. In dreams grandparents can offer security, but this will often depend on the relationship our parents have had with them.

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My Dream Interpretation

To see your grandparents in your dream symbolizes love, security, love, wisdom and protection.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

He will marry a woman with a charming personality and a sweet, singing voice.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of hardware represent tools of change, power and resources. You are realizing your ability to construct, remodel and repair your life the way you desire it to be.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. A need or desire to fix things up, set them straight—often to repair or adjust attitudes and modes of be­havior, usually to improve emotional quality of life.

2. Possible feelings of sexual inadequacy, need for improvements.

3. Diffi­culties in relationships, a need for repairs (as in to “patch things up”).

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of a hardware store says only one thing - that you need to take a deep look within you and consider a change of mindset and attitudes.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

If you see a hare escaping from you in a dream, you will lose something valuable in a mysterious way.

If you capture one, you will be the victor in a contest.

If you make pets of them, you will have an orderly but unintelligent companion.

A dead hare, betokens death to some friend. Existence will be a prosy affair.

To see hares chased by dogs, denotes trouble and contentions among your friends, and you will concern yourself to bring about friendly relations.

If you dream that you shoot a hare, you will be forced to use violent measures to maintain your rightful possessions. See Rabbit.

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The Fabric of Dream

A dream of wealth resulting from fertility of resource, and address. Symbol of nimbleness of wit and cleverness in Gypsy and African lore.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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

The hare occasionally appears as a supernatural figure giving advice, or as a sacrificial animal. As such it depicts our ability to make great changes in life.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Symbol: The hare is a “moon animal” and a symbol of fertility and renewal.

Vision: V\Tien women dream of stroking a hare they are longing to have children. In men’s dreams it is an unconscious need for love. W atching a hare at play: don’t spread rumors about others. Shooting a hare: losing a good friend. Men chasing a hare: they are ready and willing to engage in sexual a riven m res.

Depth Psychology: The hare, as a symbol of fertility, may be a sign that a child is “on the way. “ It might also be a sign of “mental fertility.” In a man’s dreams, it often means he wants to have a love affair.

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of a hare indicates that you are going through a change. Alternatively, it may mean that you have difficulties comprehending issues and that you need some clarification on a matter at hand.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

The hare highlights intuition, spiritual insight and intuitive ‘leaps’. Intuition may be debased into ‘madness’ or capriciousness by fear or ignorance. Because of its association with the moon, the hare can, in its negative aspect, signify the priestess / witch aspect of femininity or the priest / sorcerer of the masculine. In its positive imagery, however, it is the radiant hare (often holding its baby in a cave) and thus the mother of god.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

A rabbit needs protection; it is weak and fearful, but a symbol of fertility. It may also indicate a longing for nature, particularly for someone living in a city.

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Gypsy Dream Dictionary

To see a hare or rabbit sitting still means you will have the chance to increase your prosperity A warren of rabbits means much increase in your fortunes.

A black rabbit signifies a high risk situation with your finances.

A white rabbit is a sign of a legacy

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Mystic Dream Book

This is not a good sign. Things will be difficult, but a change of residence or occupation will help to put matters right.

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Mystic Dream Book

To dream of gathering Harebells, bluebells or any blue wildflowers, is an omen of finding * true lover.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream that you maintain a harem, denotes that you are wasting your best energies on low pleasures. Life holds fair promises, if your desires are rightly directed.

If a woman dreams that she is an inmate of a harem, she will seek pleasure where pleasure is unlawful, as her desires will be toward married men as a rule.

If she dreams that she is a favorite of a harem, she will be preferred before others in material pleasures, but the distinction will be fleeting.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Signifying that one is unfaithful and has other love interests

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. A desire for or appreciation of abundance and luxury.

2. Multiple opportunities for romantic involvement.

3. Repressed sexuality, shyness of sensual pleasures.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Repressed sexual urges or inhibitions (see Rooster). Desire for erotic sexual experiences and the desire to have one’s sexuality accepted. Most of the time the sign of an inferiority complex.

Folklore: Something hidden is finding expression.

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Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- For a man to dream that he is in a harem shows that he is struggling to come to terms with the complexities of the feminine nature.

For a woman to have the same dream shows that she is understanding her own flamboyant and sensual nature. On a different level, she is recognising her need to belong to a group of women a sisterhood.

2- Any group of women appearing in dreams will signify femininity in one form or another. It will depend on whether the dreamer relates to a particular person in the scenario for a deeper interpretation.

3- The Great Mother in her more playful aspects.

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The Complete Dream Book

If a woman dreams that she ts in the harem of an eastern potentate, it does not augur well for her behavior in the near future. She should regard this as a warning against intrigue or careless associations.

To dream that she is the favorite in a harem predicts that she will be pursued by many men of light and frivolous character.

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Mystic Dream Book

Truth will out. Things you believe unknown are the subject of much gossip, but you will triumph in the end.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

If you are a man having this dream, then this is about the desire for adoration, sexual pleasure, attentiveness, and reassurance of your masculinity and virility.

If you are a woman dreaming of being a member of a harem, then you are grappling with your identification with the prostitute archetype. See Prostitute and Dance.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Any group of women appearing in dreams will signify femininity in one form or another and often the many facets of femininity.

A harem will therefore symbolize the great mother in her more playful aspects.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: It will depend on whether we can relate to a particular person in the scenario for a deeper interpretation.

The harem may be representative of the feminine aspects of our personality and one dream character may come to the fore more than the others.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: In a work situation a group of female colleagues can bond in a way that gives the appearance of a harem. While bowing to authority, there is also a connection between the women that gives a degree of solidarity. Dreaming of a harem can give information that helps to deal with the dynamics of the relationships.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Gives gender - specific: For a man to dream that he is in a harem shows that he is struggling to come to terms with the complexities of the feminine nature.

For a woman to have the same dream shows that she is understanding her own flamboyant and sensual nature. On a different level, she is recognizing her need to belong to a group of women – a sisterhood.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Many experiments have been done using hypnosis in connection with dreams. In the early pan of this century Carl Schroetter hypnotised Miss E, a pharmacist, in an attempt to test Freud’s theory of symbol formation. He suggested Miss E would dream of having homosexual inter­course with a female friend, L.

The dream she subsequently reported was ‘1 sit in a small dirty cafe holding a tremendous French newspaper ...

A woman with a strong Yiddish ac­cent—L is Jewish—asks me twice, “Don’t you need any­thing?” I don’t answer . . . she comes a third time . . . I recognise her as my acquaintance. She holds a threadbare suitcase with a sticker on it that reads “For ladies only!” I leave the cafe with her . . . she hangs onto me which I find unpleasant but suffer it . . . Before her house she pulls out an enormous bunch of keys and gives one to me. “1 trust only you with it; it is the key to this case. You might like to use it. Just watch that my husband doesn’t get hold of it.” ‘ The dream contains several of the classical Freudian symbols of sex, such as the suitcase, the key and the phrase For ladies only’. Miss E had not, according to Schroetter, heard or read of Freud’s ideas.

Roffenstein, suspecting Miss E may have known something of Freudian ideas, chose ‘a 28-year-old, totally uneducated nursemaid of lower than average intelligence, who grew up and still lives in an uneducated milieu’. He suggested she dream of intercourse with her father. She reported: ‘I dreamt about my father, as if he had presented me with a great bag and with it he gave me a large key. It was a very large key. It looked like the key to a house. I had a sad feeling. I opened the bag. I snake jumped out against my mouth; I shrieked aloud.

More recent expenments are reponed by Woods and Greenhouse in New Wbrld of Dreams.

The suggestion was made to one subject that as a child she had wet the bed and her mother scolded her. That night she dreamt she fell into a pond in winter and her mother was angry.

An interesting aspect of these experiments is that another subject under hyp­nosis was told the dream and asked what it meant. Without hesitation she said. Oh, that girl must have wet the bed.’ This and other experiments suggest humans have an inherent, al­though perhaps unconscious, ability to understand the lan­guage of dreams.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

To have a sense of personal existence distinct from others may be unique to human beings, and in large measure due to the learning of language. Jung and Neumann’s studies of the historical development of identity suggest, in an evolutionary sense, that having an T is still a very newly acquired function. This makes it vulnerable. It is also noticeably something which develops during childhood and reaches different levels of maturity during adulthood. Al­though it is our central experience, it remains an enigma—a will o’ the wisp, which loses itself in dreams and sleep, yet is so dominant and sure in waking.

In dreams, our sense of self—our ego, personality or iden­tity—is depicted by our own body, or sometimes simply by the sense of our own existence as an observer. In most dreams our T goes through a series of experiences, just as we do in waking life, seeing things through our physical eyes, touching with our hands, and so on. But occasionally we watch our own body and other people as if from a detached point of bodiless awareness.

If we accept that dreams portray in im­ages our conception of self, then dreams suggest that our identity largely depends upon having a body, its gender, health, quality, the social position we are bom into, and our relationship with others. In fact we know that if a person loses their legs, becomes paralysed, loses childbearing ability or is made redundant, they face an identity crisis. But the bodiless experience of self shows the human possibility of sensing self as having separate existence from the biological processes, one’s state of health and social standing. In its most naked form, the T may be simply a sense of its own existence, without body awareness.

Dreams also show our sense of self, either in the body or naked of it, as surrounded by a community of beings and objects separate from the dreamer, and frequently with a will of their own.

If we place the dreamer in the centre of a circle and put all their dream characters, animals and objects around them; and if we transformed these objects and beings into the things they depicted, such as sexuality, thinking, will emotions, intuition, social pressure, etc., we would see what a diverse mass of influences the ego stands in the middle of. It also becomes obvious that our T sees these things as outside itself in nearly all dreams. Even its own internal urges to love or make love may be shown as external creatures with which it has a multitude of ways to relate.

If we take the word psyche to mean our sense of self, then in our dreams we often see our psyche at war with the sources of its own existence, and trying to find its way through a most extraordinary adventure—the adventure of consciousness. One of the functions of dreams can therefore be thought to be that of aiding the survival of the psyche in facing the multitude of influences in life—and even in death.

See Individuation; dreamer.

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Dream Fairy

This dictionary of India, interpretation of dreams contains over 93 indexed entries.
Indian Interpretation of Dreams

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Strangest Dream Explanations

See Types of Dreams (Introduction.)

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Although mind and body may be a total unity, and the separation in language merely a conve­nience, despite its unity our being has a number of interacting systems.

The action of the hean on the other systems is obvi­ous, and the influence of emotions on the organs is also be­coming obvious. What is not so well established is the impor­tance of the feedback occurring when we gain insight into our own functioning through understanding a dream. Although our being is already a self regulating system, the ability to turn consciousness inwards to make clear aspects of unconscious function appears to increase the efficiency of self regulation. This is shown in the first example of reptiles, lizards, snakes, where David finds a long-standing neck pain and goes through insight into its cause. In this way wc might be seen as a conscious organism which not only reprogrammes mental patterns or habits, but to some extent can renovate or change body efficiency as well. See dream analysis; dream process­ing; the Introduction.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

To descend unto greatness, renewed in christ

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Caring, pure spirit, beloved one

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Dreamers Dictionary

A Something unique, the beginning of a new event or project.

B Self-isolation, things hidden and not yet known.

C Matter that surrounds spirit, language, throat.

D Symbol for food and growth/development.

E Bridge between body and spirit, call for unity.

F Symbol for the outside and inner world, insight, hope, understanding.

G Weapon, staff, scepter—conquest and/or domination.

H Balanced, self-improvement.

I The human need for safety and severity.

J Adviser, admonishing or threatening index finger.

K Creative vitality, straightforward action, abundant energy.

L Reaching arm, striving for material and/or intellectual fortune.

M Mother, woman, fertility, creative energy.

N Masculine spirit stimulated by the feminine.

O The circle, insurmountable limits of fate.

P Mishaps, bad luck, accidents, disappointments, negative experiences.

Q The result of our action, our language.

R Male energy’, used to pursue our goals.

S Weapons, tools, techniques, and support.

T The cross, origin of your power/energy.

U The cup, the chalice, the passing of life/rime. Success, victory, the search for completeness.

W No specific symbols could be found, but possibly refers the ups and downs of life.

X The ten, checkmarks, crossing out.

Y The unknown, sometimes also sexual needs.

Z Risk decisions, lightning, electricity.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Being conscious during the dream state represents a high level of mastery. You are realizing your ability to powerfully orchestrate your life that will help you achieve clarity and empowerment in your life.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are able to control the action in your dreams, indicates your growing confidence, high self-esteem and increasing skills. Alternatively, this type of dream may be a way of compensating for a waking situation in which you felt powerless.

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The Complete Dream Book

To dream that one carries or bears the mace before the king or chief governor, shows that the dreamer is to arrive at great honor in a Little time.

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Mystic Dream Book

Dignities and distinctions will be bestowed on you.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of seeing mares in pastures, denotes success in business and congenial companions.

If the pasture is barren, it foretells poverty, but warm friends.

For a young woman, this omens a happy marriage and beautiful children. See Horse.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

A mare or female horse symbolises a woman.

If a person sees himself as becoming the owner of a mare or as mounting his own mare it means he will acquire a good, honourable and blessed woman.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

A mare in a dream represents a noble woman.

If one sees himself riding a mare in a dream, it means that he may rape a chaste and a noble woman. In general, a mare in a dream represents people who are known for their honesty and good conduct. Buying a mare in a dream also means getting married. Ifone is already married, then it means that he will own a property or a farm.

A mare in a dream also represents a rich person, a beautiful woman or a handsome looking man, a religious person, a comforting wife, a forbearing husband, or a sick person.

If one loses his mare, or if it dies in the dream, it means that he will lose his source of income. Dismounting a mare in a dream may mean loss of one’s business, a divorce, or loss of one’s house. Hearing the squealing of a mare in a dream means increase in one’s income, or it could mean one’s promotion at work. Drinking the milk of a mare in a dream means developing a beneficial relationship with a politician. (Also see Donkey; Horse)

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The Fabric of Dream

For a man to dream of seeing a young mare denotes marriage to a beautiful, young, rich gentlewoman; an ill— shapen mare denotes a disadvantageous alliance (Artemidorus).

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The Complete Dream Book

If any man dreams he sees a young, generous mare come into his house, well harnessed, it is a sign that he is to be suddenly married to a beautiful, young, and rich gentlewoman, that will be delightful and comfortable to him.

If it be an ill-shapen mare, without saddle, that denotes a maid-servant who will be disadvantageous to him.

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The Complete Dream Book

(See Horse), if a young woman dreams of seeing mares in lash, green pastures, she may expect a marriage without regrets and children who will do credit to her and her husband.

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of a mare or several mares signifies your instinct and perception.

To see a white mare in your dream represents ambition, inventiveness, and intensity.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Consult the entry for horse in this section.

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The Bedside Dream Dictionary

The “fiery” planet is named after the Greek god Ares and Roman god Mars. He was the god of war, spring and youth. Mars was the guardian of young men and was himself highly impetuous. Mars represents energy, aggression, violence, desire and the male sexual organs. He is sometimes the symbol of life and death. In mythology, Ares was often beaten and humiliated by his enemies. He was like an ill tempered child that was unable to receive the amount of credit that he desired. Thus, seeing this planet in your dreams may be symbolic of your own frustrations that lead to aggressive thoughts and feelings. Mars is a symbol of male energy. This energy, when used in positive ways, creates permanent change and transformation.

The dream maybe encouraging you to get in touch with raw emotions and desires, to ponder upon them, and then to use them to transcend difficulties.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Looking at a lot of merchandise: your business is doing well. Piling up merchandise: admit your miserliness and greed and get it under control! Spending time in a warehouse: you are having a hard time making decisions. Depth Psychology: See Shopping.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Spiritual guide; Letter carrier; Lighthouse; Minaret of a mosque) In a dream, the minaret of a mosque represents a righteous man who fosters unity and love between people, who calls them to live by their religious covenant and guides them on the path of God Almighty.

If a minaret is demolished in a dream, it represents the death of such a spiritual guide, fading of his name, dispersal of his community, and perhaps it could lead to the reversal of their conditions.

The minaret of the city’s central mosque in a dream represents a letter carrier, or a guide calling people to God’s path. Falling down from the top of a minaret into a well in a dream means marrying a strong minded woman who uses vicious expressions, when one already has a pious wife with whom he enjoys peace and tranquility. It also means losing one’s authority or control. Climbing a wooden minaret and calling people to prayers in a dream means attaining authority and rising in station through hypocrisy. Sitting alone on the top of a minaret, praising God’s glory and glorifying His oneness in a dream means becoming famous, while the loud glorifications mean that one’s distress and sorrow will be lifted by God’s leave.

The minaret of a mosque in a dream also represents the chief minister of the ruler, or it could represent the muezzin. (Also see Lantern; Mailman; Masjid; Mosque; Muezzin; Watchtower)

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Islamic Dream - Cafer-i Sadik

(tower of a Mosque from which calls to prayer are made) : its interpretation is upon 4 sides: authority & man of great importance & imam who calls to prayer.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of being attacked with this hideous sensation, denotes wrangling and failure in business.

For a young woman, this is a dream prophetic of disappointment and unmerited slights. It may also warn the dreamer to be careful of her health, and food.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

The fear and distress is real, but can be overcome by seeking spiritual wisdom

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. Bitter disappointments.

2. Possible health issue.

3. Out-of-control anxieties, fears.

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The Bedside Dream Dictionary

If you have nightmares, try to understand the fears and the events in those dreams. They suggest that you might be holding on to be traumatic or guilt based conflicts. You may have a lot of powerful negative feelings that require reconciliation.

If nightmares continue for an extended period of time, the individual should consider obtaining professional counseling services. Nightmares are a direct result of overwhelming feelings of fear and helplessness, or a result of an unprocessed traumatic experience.

A nightmare is any dream that wakes you up because of its frightening and overwhelming images.

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The Fabric of Dream

To be ridden by a nightmare signifies that a woman shall suddenly marry; that a man shall be domineered over by a fool (Artemidorus).

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Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

Nightmares suggest that you are holding on to very strong conflicts, which may be traumatic or guilt based. You may have a lot of powerful negative feelings which need to be reconciled.

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The Complete Dream Book

To dream of being ridden by the nightmare Is a sign that a woman so dreaming shall be suddenly after married; and that a man shall be ridden and domineered over by a fooL.

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Mystic Dream Book

To imagine that you are Dreaming, or have Nightmare, in your dream, is a warning to you of treachery on the part of someone you trust.

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Indian Interpretation of Dreams

You are guided by foolish persons. Beware of such people.

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My Dream Interpretation

If you had a nightmare, try to remember some specific images events from the dream, and look up the meanings of those symbols for a detailed interpretation.

If you dreamed that you were having a nightmare - a very rare dream - suggests that you are probably repressing a rather intense and deep-seated emotional problem.

If you know what it is, talk it over with someone you trust, or seek therapy. You must allow your mind to relax and heal.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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

If the emotions felt are frightening or disgusting we call the dream a nightmare. One of the common features of a nightmare is that we are desperately trying to get away from the situation; feel stuck in a terrible condition; or on waking feel enormous relief that it was just a dream. Because of the intensity of a nightmare we remember it long after other dreams; even if we seldom ever recall other dreams, even worry about what it means.

As so many dreams have been investigated in depth, using such varied approaches as hypnosis, exploration of associa­tions and emotional content, and LSD psychotherapy, in which the person can explore usually unconscious memories, imagery and feelings, we can be certain we know what night­mares are. They arise from six main causes.

Unconscious memories of intense emotions, such as those arising in a child being left in a hospital without its mother. Example: see second example in dark.

Intense anxiety produced—but not fully released at the time—by external situations such as involvement in war scenes, sexual assault (this applies to males as well as females, as they are frequently assaulted). Example: ‘A THING is marauding around the rather bleak, dark house I am in with a small boy.

To avoid it I lock myself in a room with the boy.

The THING finds the room and tries to break the door down. I frantically try to hold it closed with my hands and one foot pressed against it, my back against a wall for leverage. It was a terrible struggle and I woke myself by screaming’ (Terry F). When Terry allowed the sense of fear to arise in him while awake, he felt as he did when a child—the boy in the dream—during the bombing of the Second World War. His sense of insecurity dating from that time had emerged when he left a secure job, and had arisen in the images of the nightmare. Un­derstanding his fears, he was able to avoid their usual paralysing influence.

Childhood fears, such as loss of parent, being lost or abandoned, fear of attack by stranger or parent, anxiety about own internal drives.

Many nightmares in adults have a similar source, namely fear connected with internal drives such as aggression, sexuality and the process of growth and change, such as encounter with adolescence, loss of sexual characteristics, old age and death. Example: see third example in doors under house, buildings.

Serious illness. Example: ‘I dream night after night that a cat is gnawing at my throat’ (male from Landscapes of the Night).

The dreamer had developing cancer of the throat. These physical illness dreams are not as common as the other classes of nightmare.

Precognition of fateful events. Example: My husband, a pilot in the RAF, had recently lost a friend in an air crash. He woke one morning very troubled—he is usually a very positive person. He told me he had dreamt his friend was flying a black jet, and wanted my husband to fly with him.

Although a simple dream, my husband could not shake off the dark feelings. Shortly afterwards his own jet went down and he was killed in the crash’ (Anon.).

Understanding the causes of nightmares enables us to deal with them.

The things we run from in the nightmare need to be met while we are awake. We can do this by sitting and imagining ourselves back in the dream and facing or meeting what we were frightened of. Terry imagined himself opening the door he was fighting to keep closed. In doing this and remaining quiet he could feel the childhood feelings arising. Once he recognised them for what they were, the terror went out of them.

A young woman told me she had experienced a recurring nightmare of a piece of cloth touching her face. She would scream and scream and wake her family. One night her brother sat with her and made her meet those feelings de­picted by the cloth. When she did so she realised it was her grandmother’s funeral shroud. She cried about the loss of her grandmother, felt her feelings about death, and was never troubled again by the nightmare.

The techniques given in dream processing will help in meeting such feelings. Even the simple act of imagining ourselves back in the nightmare and facing the frightening thing will begin the process of changing our relationship with our internal fears.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

It is reasonable and healthy for all of us to have a dream which surprises us or shocks us occasionally. As dreams partly deal with aspects of our urges and fantasies which we do not allow in waking life, such occasional dreams are safety valves. It is healthy to be able to allow a wide range of dream experience, from the holy to the deeply sexual; from outright aggression to tender love. In fact we gain an idea of the depth and broadness of our own soul—whether or not our psyche is narrow—from the range of dreams we experience.

If obscene dreams assail and worry us again and again, however, then there is a problem in the way we are relating to ourself and the exterior world. Psychotherapeutic counselling might help.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of a pall-bearer, indicates some enemy will provoke your ill feeling, by constant attacks on your integrity.

If you see a pall-bearer, you will antagonize worthy institutions, and make yourself obnoxious to friends.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. A sign of approaching change—often for the better, usually relating to social relationships.

2. Honor and distinction, especially in relationships or socially.

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Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of death and mortality, Eccl. 12:5 NLT

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Encyclopedia of Dreams

If you dream of a pallbearer then you will have to watch your temper as someone will try to provoke you to violence.

If you see them carrying a coffin this will indicate that you will lose your job through your own obnoxious behavior. This dream is a warning to change.

If you are the pall bearer then expect an immediate rise in your status.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of a pallbearer reflect your feelings about death, change, and that you are participating honorably in the completion of a project or relationship or period of your life.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Removing the rough edges; research whatever is pared for more clarity

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

A parent or an authoritative figure substituted for one of like character and ability, research name

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Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of authority, Deut. 5:16

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Mystic Dream Book

See FATHER and MOTHER.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To see your parents looking cheerful while dreaming, denotes harmony and pleasant associates.

If they appear to you after they are dead, it is a warning of approaching trouble, and you should be particular of your dealings.

To see them while they are living, and they seem to be in your home and happy, denotes pleasant changes for you.

To a young woman, this usually brings marriage and prosperity.

If pale and attired in black, grave disappointments will harass you.

To dream of seeing your parents looking robust and contented, denotes you are under fortunate environments; your business and love interests will flourish.

If they appear indisposed or sad, you will find life’s favors passing you by without recognition. See Father and Mother.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. The “parenting” roles and aspects in a broad sense; nur­turing, shelter, unconditional love and support.

2. Relationship between the dreamer and parents.

3. Approaching change, often in aspects of life or personality (if dreaming of being a parent when the dreamer is not).

4. Good luck and prosperity.

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The Bedside Dream Dictionary

In this dream you may be expressing feelings and concerns about your parents that you could not express in daily life. Some believe that this dream usually has nothing to do with your parents, but rather the male and female sides of personality or Self.

The father may represents the expressive, creative, and protective sides of God while the mother His receptive and nurturing side. Carl Jung suggests that women in dreams represent our collective unconscious and men our collective consciousness. Thus, the woman is that force, or current, inside of you that urges you on and inspires you. This knowledge is intuitive and unexpressed by words. Men, on the other hand, represent the active part of us that uses the information received to create the physical reality of our lives. When the two are working together well we have balance and experience awareness leading to peace and productivity. See also: Mother , Father

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The Fabric of Dream

A dream of warning, especially if the parents be dead; if you have been guilty of folly their visit is to rebuke and to warn you of danger (Raphael). Obviously a dream inspired by a guilty conscience, expressed through the symbolism of the subconsciousness.

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Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

Dreams of parents are seen in many different ways by different people. These interpretations range from unresolved conflicts with either or both parents, to unresolved conflicts with the male and female aspects of yourself.

The interpretation will depend on what other aspects were involved in the dream, and how you feel about your parents, in general.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Father, Mother. You are seeking help from the outside, as in Physician, Medication, and Pharmacist; however, the danger is not that great. Often an expression of considerable immaturity in adults. “Dream parents” are a hint that you need to be a good father or a good mother to yourself. Are you a mother to yourself? Are you a loving father to yourself?

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The Language of Dreams

(see Men, Relationships, Women)

A reflection of your relationship with your parents now, or a memory from past experiences with them.

Archetypally, the God or Goddess parent to all humankind who guides and inspires (see Angel, Icon).

Any authority figure whom you respect in the same manner as a parent.

A personification of your Higher Self.

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The Complete Dream Book

(See Mother, Father).

A maiden who dreams of either or both of her parents may look forward to a happy marriage with a man of ample means.

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The Complete Dream Book

It predicts some unusual form of happiness to dream of both your parents at the same time.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: A man dreaming about his parents is hoping for support because he is in a hopeless situation. Seeing your already deceased parents: a good sign—you are finished grieving. This dream also promises unexpected help in a dire situation. Seeing your parents dead while they are still alive: an expression of your own fear. It often implies that your mother and father will have a long life. Talking to your parents: happiness and lots of fun.

Depth Psychology: Dreams about parents are a sign of maturity and letting go of the standards, rules, and problems with which your parents raised you.

The dream also may refer to your need for more guidance, security, and emotional warmth. Important here is the actual relationship you have with your parents!

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of your parents represents authority, comfort, and affection. You may also be conveying your anxieties and worries about your own parents. Dreaming of parents may also symbolize the union of the feminine and masculine facets of your personality. *See Father, Mother.

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Encyclopedia of Dreams

To dream of your parents could be quite an involved thing and must be sorted out by consulting the rest of your dream. By and large the dream of a father is a dream symbol of authority which this parent has held over you, it could also represent power, or strength, or discipline.

A dream of a mother is usually a dream that foretells a happy conclusion concerning a love interest as a mother represents love, protection, and nourishment of the body or the spirit.

If a deceased parent speaks to you in a dream you will have some very good luck. Unfortunately to dream of parents in law you will soon become involved in an embarrassing situation.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of your parents often symbolize the way you see God. Your parents in your dreams and in real life reveal to you your best and worst characteristics. Also, this dream can also be exposing your feelings and attitudes toward parenthood. See Mother and Father.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

See archetypes in the introduction and family in people

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Dream Explanations of Astro Center

Dreaming of a father symbolizes authority and discipline, while a dream of a mother symbolize love and protection - depending, of course, on how the dreamer felt about his or her parents.

If the parents are still living, perhaps you need to contact them.

If the parents have passed on, then they could be bringing you an important message. Dreaming of one’s parents is perhaps the most subjective dream symbol of all.

The dreamer’s relationships with his or her parents, as well as the other symbols in the dream, need to be considered before a workable interpretation can be found. Astrological parallels: Saturn (father) and the Moon (mother) Tarot parallels: The Emperor, The Empress

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My Dream Interpretation

To see your parents in your dream, symbolizes power, shelter and love. You may be expressing your concerns and worries about your own parents. As a rule, fathers represent authority and mothers symbolize love, and you will have to figure out the full meaning of your dream by thinking about what your parents did or said in your dream, and how that could be related to situations or issues in your waking life.

If you dream that your parents are getting divorced, you may be expressing your real life concerns and worries about your folks.

For more detailed descriptions, also see “Mother” and “Father”.

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Expansions Dream Dictionary

Old, left-brain, right-brain ideas that guide one.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Separating from Parents, a new beginning (particularly when leaving home). Security in the Family, Notice-of-Intention-to-Marry, Sidewalk, and Bureaucrat. Suggestion of helplessness. In this case, ask yourself how you experience your childhood. How are these feelings connected with your life today.7 In addition, the question of parenthood comes up. What do you want to bring into this world .7

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. Anger at aspects of self represented by parents (e.G., Nurturing mother, overprotective father).

2. Repressed anger at parents or parental figures.

3. Desire for a quiet life.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

In attempting to put together the information gathered from viewing thousands of dreams—not simply at face value, but explored in depth through the emo­tions and direct associations of the dreamer—a philosophy or view of life arises. It suggests that our birth as a physical and psychological being is a paradox. We are unique, and at the same time a common undifferentiated person. Psychologically we have our identity out of the lives of thousands of humans who preceded us and left the gift of language, of music, an, of concepts and information. Our mental life, our consciousness, is in some very real way formed out of what they left from their life. Our consciousness has been hewn out of the rock of possibilities by the love, the struggle and pain, the endeavour and wit of their lives. Particularly our psyche has been shaped by or modelled on our parents, and the traces in their life, unknown though they may be, of their parents, backwards for many generations.

Our identity is given to us by the humans who raise us. This sense of self arises because we are treated as if we were a self. This, with language, is the creative matrix of our self awareness.

The giving of a name is therefore a miracle which acts as a nucleus around which the many mental connections can be made which form our self image. Perhaps this is why giving the name in baptism is seen as a holy rite in Chris­tianity.

Our conscious personality can live without ever becoming aware of its connections with other lives except as it meets them in everyday affairs. That its existence has depended upon what was given by countless other lives—that humans constantly create each other, consciously and unconsciously, through the dynamic flux of communication—might never be realised. That one’s own life is also a part of this creative process, this sea of living consciousness, might never be known. Nevertheless, each individual life constantly takes pan in the collective, negatively or positively. This is not a mystical thing, but is plainly observable. From the point of view of dreams, if our life has given nothing in deed, in love, in rearing of children, in ideas or art, or in common human­ity, we are dead—during life and afterwards. Giving and re­ceiving, kinship and symbiosis, growth and decay are the fun­damentals of the living process according to dreams.

At death, we face a very real end, a real death. There is no magical escape from this. All that we have been, all we have become, all we gathered and won is lost—finished. But the paradox occurs again. Dreams suggest that out of all we gave of ourself, out of all we received from the being of others, we are recreated in a realm of consciousness. This may mean that we continue as living influences in the lives of those who still live. But the suggestion is that something more than this oc­curs.

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Islamic Dream - Cafer-i Sadik

a vision of porcelain is interpreted upon 4 sides: woman, maid & young girl, usefulness from direction of women.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

See Types of Dreams (Introduction.)

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Strangest Dream Explanations

See Types of Dreams (Introduction.)

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

In psychodrama there is no in­terpretation’ of a dream.

The dreamer unravels the meaning of the dream by acting it out with the help of others.

The dreamer acts the main role of him or herself, and directs the helpers in the other roles. In dramatising and exploring the dream in this way, the obvious as well as the hidden meaning, associations and emotions are made clear.

To finish, the dreamer is encouraged to take the dream forward, altering it to what feels more adequate and satisfying. This gives the person opportunity to express and enact what was absent in the dream, and provides release from recurring dreams, and catharsis where necessary.

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The Language of Dreams

(see Animals)

The lunar, feminine aspect of self or the Universe.

Fertility, abundance, and sexuality (e.g., “breeding like rabbits”).

Metaphorically: Prolific energy, as when a writer, musician, or artist overcomes creative blockage and creates a masterpiece.

Potentially sexual obsession that needs to be controlled or examined closelv before it becomes destructive.

An overly large white rabbit in American theater represents the fine line between “imaginary” things and reality.

Rabbit sfoot: The ability* to move quickly and cleverly, or an omen of improved luck.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Revealed in order to acknowledge a quality which may not be recognized

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

If an object is rare it is rendered so by its scarcity, so spiritually suggests ancient knowledge and practices, which we have not yet uncovered.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: If something is rare it is precious and thus not seen often. This can be translated in dreams into emotions that we do not often allow to surface.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: In dreams, as in waking life, if meat is rare it is only partially cooked and thus represents ideas that are not yet fully formed or concepts that have been put forward without having been finalized. This does not mean that they are any less valid and this would be the same if we dreamt of any other rare article or object.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

If we keep a record of our dreams it will soon become obvious that some of our dream themes, charac­ters or places recur again and again. These recurrences are of various types.

A cenain theme may have begun in childhood and continued throughout our life—either without change, or as a gradually changing series of dreams. It might be that the feature which recurs is a setting, perhaps a house we visit again and again, but the details differ. Sometimes a senes of such dreams begin after or dunng a particular event or phase of our life, such as puberty or marriage.

Example: ‘This dream has recurred over 30 years. There is a railway station, remote in a rural area, a central waiting room with platform going round all sides. On the platform mill hundreds of people, all men I think. They are all ragged, thin, dirty and unshaven. I know I am among them. I looked up at the mountainside and there is a guard watching us. He is cruel looking, oriental, in green fatigues. On his peaked cap is a red star. He carries a machine gun. Then I looked at the men around me and I realise they are all me. Each one has my face. I am looking at myself. Then I feel fear and terror (Anon.).

The theme of the dream can incorporate anxious emotions, such as the above example, or any aspect of experi­ence. One woman, an epileptic, reports a dream which is the same in every detail and occurs every night. In general such dreams recur because there are ways the dreamer habitually responds to their internal or external world. Because their attitude or response is unchanging, the dream which reflects it remains the same. It is noticeable in those who explore their dreams using such techniques as described under dream pro­cessing that recurring themes disappear or change because the attitudes or habitual anxieties which gave rise to them have been met or transformed.

A recurring environment in a dream where the other fac­tors change is not the same. We use the same words over and over in speech, yet each sentence may be different.

The envi­ronment or character represents a particular aspect of oneself, but the different events which surround it show it in the changing process of our psychological growth. Where there is no such change, as in the examples above, it suggests an area of our mental emotional self is stuck in a habitual feeling state or response.

Some recurring dreams can be ‘stopped’ by simply receiv­ing information about them. One woman dreamt the same dream from childhood. She was walking past railings in the town she lived in as a child. She always woke in dread and perspiration from this dream. At 40 she told her sister about it.

The response was ‘Oh, that’s simple. Don’t you remember that when you were about four we were walking past those railings and we were set on by a bunch of boys. Then I said to them, ‘Don’t hurt us, our mother’s dead!” They left us alone, but you should have seen the look on your face.’ After realis­ing the dread was connected with the loss of her mother, the dream never recurred. Another woman who repeatedly dreamt of being in a tight and frightening place, found the dream never returned after she had connected it to being in the womb.

Recurring dreams, such as that of the railings, suggest that pan of the process underlying dreams is a self regulatory (homocostatic) one.

The dream process tries to present trou­blesome emotions or situations to the conscious mind of the dreamer to resolve the trauma or difficulty underlying the dream.

An obvious example of this is seen in the recurring nightmare of a young woman who felt a piece of cloth touch her face, and repeatedly woke her family with her screams. Her brother, tiring of this, one night woke her from her screams and made her talk about her feelings. His persistence gradually revealed that she associated the cloth with the burial shroud of her grandmother. This brought to the surface grief and feelings about death she had never allowed herself to feel before.

The nightmare never returned. See nightmares; dream processing.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

See Types of Dreams (Introduction.)

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My Dream Interpretation

Recurring dreams can be highly useful and important to analyze. They happen for one of two reasons: (1) they reflect an unhealthy pattern that you have fallen into in real life, and they are trying to show you that your behaviour is not helping you be happy. Or, (2) they represent unresolved feelings, such as anger or sadness over a past situation that you have not healed from. In many recurring dreams, your sleeping self is trying to solve a problem - or confront an emotion - that you are unable to face in real life. Whatever the subject of your recurring dream is, you can be sure it is reflecting something in your current life situation, even if the dream takes you back in time. Use the Dream Dictionary to analyze the major symbols and events in your dream, to piece together its message. Think carefully about what in your life might be causing you continual stress or worry.

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The Premier in Dream Dictionary

Repetitive dreams are a clear message from our dreaming mind that we are stuck in a particular mind set or behavioural cycle. • If a dream continues to repeat itself, it is worth exploring it’s meaning as it needs your conscious understanding and action in order to resolve something in your emotional make-up. • Recurring dreams can be a trauma relieving response to the original event that triggered them.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

In most ancient cultures, consider­ation and even veneration of dreams played a great pan. Some groups felt that dream life was more real and imponant than waking life. Not only were dreams looked to for information about hunting (Eskimo groups), but also for ways of healing physical and psychological ills (Greek dream temples) and insights into the medicinal properties of herbs, barks and clays (African tribal witchdoctors). Common to most of these groups, and evident in the Old Testament, was also the sense that through dreams one had awareness of the transcendental or supersensible. St Peter’s dream of the sheet and unclean animals was a turning point in the history of western socicty —as was Constantine’s dream of his victory if he used the symbol of Christianity.

At its most fundamental, the human religious sense emerges out of several factors. One is the awareness of ex­isting amidst external and internal forces of nature which cause us to feel vulnerable and perhaps powerless. Such natu­ral processes as illness, death, growth and decay, earthquakes, the seasons, confront us with things which are often beyond our ability to control. Considenng the information and re­sources of the times, one of religion’s main functions in the past was the attempted control of the ‘uncertain’ factors in human life, and help towards psychological adjustment to vali­ne rability. Religions were the first social programmes aiding the human need for help and support towards emotional, mental, physical and social health and maturity. Even if prim­itive, such programmes helped groups of people to gain a common identity and live in reasonable harmony together. Like a computer program which is specific to a particular business, such programmes were specific to a particular group, and so are outdated in today’s need for greater integra­tion with other races. Religions also offered some sort of con­cept of and connection with the roots of being.

Example: ‘For two nights running I have dreamt the same nightmare. I am in a chapel walking down the first flight of several flights of steps when I hear loud noises behind me. I am told to run, being warned of the soldiers who ride the cavalry horses nght down the steps, and who run you over if you are in their way.

The horses are fierce and they absolutely race down the steps at the same time every day, and you literally have to lock yourself away in a nearby room which is a long way down the chapel. I ran into the room hearing the pounding of the horses’ hooves. It was a terrible pandemo­nium in that chapel. In the room were school children the same age as me and some perhaps younger’ (Maria H). Maria, who is 16, in describing her dream says she had recently been confronted with whether to have a sexual relationship with her boyfriend. Religion, represented by the chapel, is Maria’s way of locking out her powerful sexual urges. Many dreams show that religion, as a set of beliefs, is used as a way of avoiding anxiety in the face of life’s uncertainties.

For many people, the rigid belief system helps them to avoid uncertainty in making decisions.

Dreams also portray and define the aspect of human expe­rience in which we sense a kinship with all life forms. This is the side of spiritual expenence through which we find a con­nection with the roots of our being. While awake we might see the birth of a colt and feel the wonder of emergence and newness; the struggle to stand up and survive, the miracle of physical and sexual power which can be accepted or feared. In looking in the faces of fellow men and women we see something of what they have done in this strange and painful wonder we call life. We see whether they have been crushed by the forces confronting them; whether they have become ngid; or whether, through some common miracle, they have been able to carry into their mature years the laughter, the crying, the joy, the ability to feel pain, that are the very signs of life within the human soul. These things are sensed by us all, but seldom organised into a comprehensive view of life, and an extraction of meaning. Often it is only in our dreams, through the ability the unconscious has to draw out the signif­icance of such widely divergent expenences, that we glimpse the unity behind phenomena which is an essential of spiritual life, i.e. we all have a life, we breathe, we have come from a mother, so share a universal experience.

Example: To quote J.B. Priestley from his book Rain Upon Godshill: ‘Just before I went to Amenca, dunng the exhausting weeks when I was busy with my Time Plays, I had such a dream, and I think it left a greater impression on my mind than any experience I had ever known before, awake or in dreams, and said more to me about this life than any book I have ever read.

The setting of the dream was quite simple, and owed something to the fact that not long before my wife had visiied the lighthouse here at St Catherine’s to do some bird ringing. I dreamt I was standing at the top of a very high tower, alone, looking down upon myriads of birds all flying in one direction; every kind of bird was there, all the birds in the world. It was a noble sight, this vast aerial river of birds. But now in some mysterious fashion the gear was changed, and time speeded up, so that I saw generations of birds, watched them break their shells, flutter into life, mate, weaken, falter and die. Wings grew only to crumble; bodies were sleek, and then, in a flash bled and shrivelled; and death struck every­where at every second. What was the use of all this blind struggle towards life, this eager trying of wings, this hurried mating, this flight and surge, all this gigantic meaningless ef­fort? As I stared down, seeming to see every creature’s ignoble little history almost at a glance, I felt sick at heart. It would be better if not one of them, if not one of us, had been bom, if the struggle ceased for ever. I stood on my tower, still alone, desperately unhappy. But now the gear was changed again, and the time went faster still, and it was rushing by at such a rate, that the birds could not show any movement, but were like an enormous plain sown with feathers. But along this plain, flickering through the bodies themselves, there now passed a sort of white flame, trembling, dancing, then hurry­ing on; and as soon as I saw it I knew that this white flame was life itself, the very quintessence of being; and then it came to me, in a rocket burst of ecstasy, that nothing mattered, nothing could ever matter, because nothing else was real but this quivering and hurrying lambency of being. Birds, men and creatures not yet shaped and coloured, all were of no account except so far as this flame of life travelled through them. It left nothing to mourn over behind it, what I had thought was tragedy was mere emptiness or a shadow show; for now all real feeling was caught and purified and danced on ecstatically with the white flame of life. I had never before felt such deep happiness as I knew at the end of my dream of the tower and the birds.’

Some Nonh American Indians developed the totem out of similar processes. In one generation a person might learn to plant a seed and eat the results. Later someone might see that through fertilisation more food was produced. Still later some­one found that by irrigating, still more improvement was made. No one individual was responsible for such vital cul­tural information, and the collective information is bigger than any one person, yet individuals can partake of it and add to it.

The totem represented such subtle realities, as it might in a modem dream; as Christ might in today’s unconscious. That older cultures venerated their collective information, and that modem humans seem largely apathetic to it, shows how our ‘religion’ has degenerated. Yet utilising the power of the unconscious to portray the subtle influences which impinge upon us, and building the information gained into our re­sponse to life, is deeply important.

With the growth of authoritarian structures in western reli­gion, and the dominance of the rational mind over feeling values, dreams have been pushed into the background. With this change has developed the sense that visionary dreams were something which ‘superstitious* cultural groups had in the past. Yet thoroughly modem men and women still meet Christ powerfully in dreams and visions. Christ still appears to them as a living being.

The transcendental, the collective or universal enters their life just as frequently as ever before. Sometimes it enters with insistence and power, because a too rational mind has led to an unbalance in the psyche—a bal­ance in which the waking and rational individuality is one pole, and the feeling, connective awareness of the uncon­scious is the other.

Although it is tempting to think of the transcendent as ethereal or unreal, the religious in dreams is nearly always a symbol for the major processes of maturing in human life. We are the hero/ine who meets the dangers of life outside the womb, who faces growth, ageing and death.

The awe and deep emotions we unconsciously feel about such heroic deeds are depicted by religious emotion.

See angel; Christ, rebirth and Devil under archetypes; church; evil; fish, sea creatures; example in whale under fish, sea creatures; heaven, hell; sweets under food; dream as spiritual guide. See also hero/ine; mass; masturbation; old; paralysis; colours; sheep under animals.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Considering that each of us has four or five periods of dreaming each night, most of our dreams are forgotten. But for people who observe family or friends regu­larly remembering a dream, and yet themselves are seldom if ever able to recall one, the question arises as to why such a wide divergence occurs.

There are many different reasons why dreams may be for­gotten.

The most obvious is that we do not give enough atten­tion to our dreaming process. When people become intrigued by what they might be dreaming, and develop a motivation to remember, they frequently start recalling several dreams a week. From this standpoint, the reason why some people have always remembered might be that they have always been ei­ther intrigued or anxious about their nightly dramas.

The way we rise in the morning has an effect upon this type of memory.

If our attention is immediately turned out­wards on waking, there is little hope of recalling a dream unless it has great power, as might a nightmare. Spending a few moments leaving our mind open to memory aids recall. Any visual, or even muscular activity, will fill consciousness with new and powerful impressions which might obliterate the subtler impressions of dreaming. Rorschach suggested not opening the eyes, and remaining physically still. Tests also showed that passage of time, even a few minutes, between dreaming and attempting to remember causes many dreams to fragment and be lost. So any attempts to remember need one to record the dream quickly, by speaking it to one’s bedmate, using a tape recorder by one’s bed, or writing it down.

Some dreams have rather misty or fragmentary imagery and theme, while others are clear, concise and dynamic. These latter are more easily remembered. There may be times when we sleep with longer periods of wakefulness, perhaps due to feeling cold, or uncomfonable in a strange bed, which cause us to remember as we are nearer consciousness. Be­cause dreams occur in cycles during the night, if something wakes us during a dream cycle the memory is easier, if only because less time has elapsed since occurrence. So another method of captunng a dream is to have one’s alarm gently sound prior to the time one usually wakes.

The last hour or so of sleep includes a long period of dreaming, so waking in this period with intent to remember can often capture the quarry.

Thereare also psychological reasons for forgetfulness. Dreams often deal with past areas of experience which we do not wish to remember, or would rather not be aware of.

If we find it difficult to feel emotions, or feel uncomfonable with them, it is highly likely we repress dream memory, as dreams have a base of high feelings. Experiments have shown that during dreaming our heartbeat, body movements and breath­ing frequently reflect intensified emotions. Also, research into what areas of the brain produce dreaming suggest that dreams may be from the ‘visceral brain’, which is largely non verbal.

If temperamentally we find feeling qualities a foreign lan­guage, connecting with a dream would need to be a learnt skill.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of seeing a roundabout, denotes that you will struggle unsuccessfully to advance in fortune or love.

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Islamic Dream - Cafer-i Sadik

whoever sees himself sitting in the Meki Harem, and was afraid [then] he will be saved from a wrongdoer and become safe from his cunning.

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Gypsy Dream Dictionary

To dream you are scared by some frightening object or event shows that you have many reservations about a decision you have recently made. You need to examine that decision.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Experiencing a scare: expect to receive a pleasant announcement. Frequent dreams of being scared mean your nerves are shot and you need a vacation.

Depth Psychology: Scares and fearful emotions have made you vulnerable and insecure.

The dream is a sign that you need to come to terms with the reasons for them. Pay attention to the rest of the symbols in the dream.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. One is being warned away from something.

2. A bar­rier to achievement or happiness.

3. Depression.

4. Fear.

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Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of putting your trust in something that cannot help you, Jer. 10:5

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The Fabric of Dream

A dream denoting dishonest friends (Gypsy).

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of a scarecrow symbolize animosity at people that have trespassed over your emotional boundaries, or anger at yourself for having allowed this. Your dream is giving you the message to protect what is most sacred and precious to feel reassured that it is ok to fend off unwanted influence. See Boundary.

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My Dream Interpretation

A dream that features a scarecrow represents a lesson poorly learned, something from the past that you should have heeded more carefully.

If the scarecrow has a recognizable face, it’s time to get to know that person better. Your conscious mind may have misjudged them.

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream that you are scared denotes that you are experiencing feelings of low self-worth and uselessness. You no longer hold power over some aspect of your life. You may feel rage towards someone or something.

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My Dream Interpretation

Feeling scared in dreams signifies that your achievements may not be as successful as you had hoped. You are having anxieties in certain circumstances of your life, possibly related to people who you are not able to trust. However, your worries will be temporary and short-lived.

If you know exactly what scared you in your dream, check out that dream symbol in this dictionary to get an even deeper interpretation.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. Hidden anger at someone or something.

2. Fear of numerous problems or persons in real life.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

In 1937 through the use of the electroencephalograph (EEG) measuring tiny electrical brain impulses, Loomis and his associates discovered that the form of brainwaves changes with the onset of sleep.

The next leap forward in understanding came when Aserinsky and Kleitman found rapid eye movements (REM) in 1953. In 1957 the REM were linked with dreaming. This defined sleep into two differ­ent observable states, REM sleep, and NREM (non-rapid eye movement or non-rem) sleep. Within NREM three different stages have been identified. These are defined by the different EEG patterns of electrical activity in the brain. They are mea­sured by the height (amplitude) of the brain waves and fre­quency of up and down movement. There are also electrical changes occurring in the muscles (measured using an electro- myograph or EMG), and in movement of the eyeballs (mea­sured using an electro-oculograph or EOG).

While awake the height is low and frequency fast. As we relax prior to sleep the EEG shifts to what are called alpha waves, at 8 to 12 cps (cycles per second). Stage one of sleep is the transition between this drowsy state of alpha waves to sleeping, in which theta waves occur, at 3 to 7 cps. In this first stage we experience random images and thoughts. This lasts about 10 minutes, followed by stage two, in which ‘sleep spindles’ occur which have 12 to 14 cps on the EEG. These last from 1/2 to 2 seconds, with K complexes following, which are slow large EEG waves. About half our sleep period is spent in this second stage of sleep. Deep sleep is reached when our brain exhibits delta waves, with 1/2 to 2 cps.

After approximately an hour and a half from falling into deep sleep, an exciting change occurs. We return to level two and REM occur. Suddenly the brain is alert and active, though the person is asleep and difficult to wake. This level has been called paradoxical sleep because of this fact. Voluntary mus­cular activity is suppressed and the body is essentially paralysed. Morrison has pointed out that, although the brain is transmitting full muscular activity messages, these are usu­ally suppressed by an area of the brain in the pons. But bursts of short actions occur, such as rapid eyeball jerks, twitches of the muscles, changes in the size of the pupil, contractions in the middle ear, and erection of the penis. It may be that similar excitation occurs in the vagina. Also, autonomic storms’ occur dunng which large erratic changes occur in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and in other auto­nomic nervous system functions. These are the changes ac­companying our dreams.

If we slept for eight hours, a typical pattern would be to pass into delta sleep, stay there for about 70 to 90 minutes, then return to stage two and dream for about five minutes. We then move back into delta sleep, stay for a short period and shift back to level two, but without dreaming, then back into level three.

The next return to stage two is longer, almost an hour, with a period of dreaming lasting about 19 minutes, and also a short period of return to waking. There is only one short period of return to stage three sleep which occurs nearly four hours after falling asleep. From there on we remain in level two sleep, with three or four lengthening periods of dreaming, and returns to brief wakefulness.

The average amount of body shifting is once every 15 minutes.

1- In undergoing 205 hours of sleep deprivation, four healthy males showed various physiological and psychological changes. Some of these were headache, lack of concentra­tion, hallucination, memory loss, tremor and, in some, paranoia. In all cases one night’s sleep restored normal functioning.

2- One in ten people who complain of excessive daytime drowsiness suffer from sleep apnoea, which is a stoppage of breathing while asleep.

3- A condition called narcolepsy causes sufferers to fall asleep at inappropriate times—while making love, walk­ing, playing tennis, working.

4- As we age we usually sleep less. Our REM sleep in partic­ular decreases sharply.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

An unresolved problem or an incomplete event of destiny; when resolved, the dreams will cease

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The Complete Dream Book

To dream of reading Shakespeare or of seeing him in person, is an indication that your love affair will be straightforward and sincere.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of William Shakespeare or of Shakespearian language represent poetry, romance, tragedy or comedy. Your dream is giving you the message that all the world’s a stage, which means to remember that whether you are sleeping or awake, you are in a dream theatre, and you are the director, actor and writer of your play. See Play.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of Shakspeare, denotes that unhappiness and dispondency will work much anxiety to momentous affairs, and love will be stripped of passion’s fever.

To read Shakspeare’s works, denotes that you will unalterably attach yourself to literary accomplishments.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are sharing something with others, symbolizes your generosity towards others. Or, the dream could be about a feeling that you’re trying to express.

If you dreamed of someone else sharing with you, you will be lucky in money and love. This dream also symbolizes a job well done, and that you are held in high esteem by people around you.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

See Bank, Money. Are you taking too many risks? Are you looking for great riches and easy money? Are you looking for security (See Family, Bureaucrat, and Sidewalk) that is not necessarily available? Or do you simply want to be part of something? What is it that you want to (or feel you should be) part of?

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Sheep shearing) In a dream, a sheep shearer represents a barber, an evil fight, or squandering money. (Also see Scissors)

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Psycho Dream Interpretation

A dream about silverware indicates discontent.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are smoking cigarettes, means that you are trying to shield yourself and others against your emotions. You have trouble letting others in.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Catch; Hunt; Lure) In a dream, a snare means deception, duplicity and fraud.

If one is captured or held with a snare in a dream, it means that he will be victimized. Ifone places a snare to catch an animal or a bird with it.in a dream, it means that he earns his money through deception and fraud. (Also see Trap)

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Mystic Dream Book

A change for the better.

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Ariadne's Book of Dream

Dreaming about programs installed in your PC may signify patterns of belief that have been programmed into your mind that “run’ or drive your personality. New software— new beliefs may also be installed in your bio computer for per sonal growth.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of software signify your attention and connection with new information. You are on the cutting edge of thought, and your learning curve is sky high, and you are downloading a whole new belief system and/or paradigm. See Computer.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

A person or object not usually used, except in emergencies, i.E. Feeling like a fifth wheel

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Ariadne's Book of Dream

As a spectator in a sports arena, you may capture the greater view or the whole picture as to your position in life’s game. You may gain an overall sense of your performance.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Figurative of that which is in perfect proportion, whether a square person or meal

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. Feeling like a “nerd,” in the slangy, critical sense of the term “square.” 2. Feeling boxed in.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Down to eanh; reality; the physical experience; sta­bility; the materialising of an idea, feeling or plan. Leonardo da Vinci’s diagram of the man in the circle within the square represents a complete balance of the vanous aspects of human nature—as he may have achieved himself. See mandala above in this entry.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

A symbol of wholeness. You are on the path of individuation and self-awareness. You are grounded and emotionally balanced.

The idea of being grounded was particularly emphasized by Plato, who considered the square the original symbol of Earth, since the angles of the square are an expression of permanence, in the sense of its structural shape.

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The Language of Dreams

(see Four, Pictograpb)

Metaphorically, the inability to fit in due to social awkwardness (e.g., being “square”).

Trying to adapt to an impossible situation, like putting a square peg in a round bole.

Boundaries. Like the outlines in a coloring book, the lines of a square may contain something, or keep something out. Look to the rest of the dream for more information to see if this fits.

For example, if a house sits amid a high square fence, this probably shows that you’re very private and keep a strong wall between vourself and others.

If a square frame, highlighting a perspective.

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Ariadne's Book of Dream

Anything square appearing in a dream may comment on the importance of structure. It may represent fixed or concrete ideas. It may also represent the four comers or directions as bringing form to your ideas.

A square denotes rigidity.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Seeing a square: you are caught up in a serious problem—take care of it as soon as possible. Stay calm and collected and things are going to work out just fine.

Depth Psychology: The square is a symbol of a certain emotional strength and stability. See the chapter “Numbers in Dreams—Four.”

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of a square are a sign to develop more balance, equanimity, order and organization in your lifestyle. Alternatively, this dream could be giving you the message to think outside of the box, and to stop being so square. Consider the feeling tone of this dream. See Box.

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My Dream Interpretation

Dreams that strongly feature squares suggest the dreamer feels a need for more stability in her life.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

The square and cube both signify the manifestation of spirit into matter. They represent the earthly realm as opposed to the heavens.

The cube is a more tangible representation of this.

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Mystic Dream Book

Chequered material or a pattern of Squares is a good sign of success.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are a standard-bearer, denotes that your occupation will be pleasant, but varied.

To see others acting as standard-bearers, foretells that you will be jealous and envious of some friend.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

If a person dreams his mare as being stolen or dead, the same will happen to his wife.

If he sees any defect in her the same is to be expected with regards his wife.

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Ariadne's Book of Dream

Traveling on a thoroughfare may suggest that you can coun: on power and prestige at the end of the road for adopting a thorough and fair approach to business.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

It must be borne in mind that the most authentic dreams are the ones observed in the latter part of the night and during Qayloolah (sleeping at midday ) and during the day. Dreams during the fruit-ripening season and fruit-selling season are also very potent.

The most inopportune time wherein dreams hardly have any significant meaning is during the winter season and when rain is imminent.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

It must be borne in mind that the most authentic dreams are the ones observed in the latter part of the night and during Qayloolah (sleeping at midday ) and during the day. Dreams during the fruit-ripening season and fruit-selling season are also very potent.

The most inopportune time wherein dreams hardly have any significant meaning is during the winter season and when rain is imminent.

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Unable to disguise by pretense or deceit

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Available to insight and awareness; something we can ‘see through’—therefore suggesting gaining discern­ment; may also show us feeling vulnerable because others can see parts of our nature usually hidden, or that we are revealing more of self.

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Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- When something is transparent in a dream we may be feeling vulnerable, but may also be aware of insights we would not normally have.

To be inside a transparent bubble, for instance, would suggest visibility and vulnerability in our lives, perhaps taking on new- responsibilities.

For someone else to be behind a transparent shield suggests they are somewhat remote and unavailable to us.

2- When we arc aware in dreams that things around us are transparent, we become our ability to ‘see through’ things. We arc able to be discerning in our judgement.

3- Transparency in the spiritual sense represents honesty.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

If something is transparent, then this could either signify a lack of importance, or it could signify that your true feelings are being exposed and that you are wearing your heart on your sleeve with nothing to hide. See Fish Bowl.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Transparency in the spiritual sense represents honesty, integrity and responsibility.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: When we are aware in dreams that things around us are transparent, we become our ability to ‘see through’ situations and people’s behaviour. We are able to be discerning in our judgement.

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: When something is transparent in a dream we may be feeling vulnerable, but may also be aware of insights we would not normally have.

To be inside a transparent bubble, for instance, would suggest visibility and vulnerability in our lives, perhaps taking on new responsibilities.

For a dream character to be behind a transparent shield suggests they or what they represent are somewhat remote and unavailable to us.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are transparent, signifies feelings of not being noticed. Maybe you feel like people don’t see the real you, or recognize what is important to you. Alternatively, you may be trying to withdraw from the realities of life.

If you dream of someone else being transparent, you may not “see” people as they wish to be seen. You have trouble accepting people for what they are.

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Ariadne's Book of Dream

Visiting a True Value hardware store may suggest a search for intrinsic value. It may also indicate a search for tools or skills that are valuable for your work.

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My Dream Interpretation

Generally, to dream about playing Truth-or-Dare symbolizes issues of self-acceptance. You need to work on liking yourself more, and presenting the same, honest front to everyone, instead of trying to act how different people expect you to. Some more specific meanings: If you were challenged to tell the Truth in your dream, you may be feeling guilty about something.

If someone else got a Truth challenge, especially if you doubt the truth of their answer in your dream, you are having suspicions about a particular person, relationship or situation in real life.

If you got a Dare, be extra careful to avoid offending influential people. Think everything over twice and don’t speak unless it’s necessary! If you were the one doing the daring in your dream, you can expect someone of the opposite sex to give you a tough time.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of Tupperware represent that you are preserving and saving your energy, ideas, resources and potential for a later date. See Zip Locked.

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My Dream Interpretation

If you dream of being unprepared for something, you have a fear of failure, and you may even be a perfectionist.

If you mess something up in a dream because of being unprepared, you are worried that you don’t have what it takes to accomplish something expected of you in real life.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Venting dreams represent your subconscious mind’s attempt to assist you with the process of cleaning out the old in order to make room for the new. You may be playing out a a frightening or anxiety provoking scenario in order to come to terms with how you would handle it, or to conquer it. Venting dreams usually occur as nightmares or frightmares, anxiety dreams that leave you feeling shaken up. Venting dreams are showing you what we are ready to release. See Types of Dreams (Introduction).

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of a warehouse, denotes for you a successful enterprise.

To see an empty one, is a sign that you will be cheated and foiled in some plan which you have given much thought and maneuvering.

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New American Dream Dictionary

1. If empty, loneliness.

2. If full, security.

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Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of things that are stored but accessible only through God, Job 38:22-23

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The Fabric of Dream

Success and possessions through frugality and saving (Gypsy).

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Memories; past experience; aspects of self put in storage, such as ambition while bringing up children.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

See warehouse under house, buildings.

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Ariadne's Book of Dream

Entering a warehouse may point to the exploration of the ideas, feelings, and attitudes that were stored away in the past.

If the warehouse is empty, it could represent that you have a vast empty space in your head or hean to fill.

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The Complete Dream Book

It is a prophecy of being abie to have virtually anything you want to dream of being in a warehouse where goods of many kinds are stored.

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

The warehouse is a physical representation of your untapped resources. Consider what skills, talents, and energies you may bring to the table that you have previously left unused. Also, consider if you have stopped pursuing your dreams. Conversely, the empty warehouse is a representation that all of your inner resources have been burned up. It is time to take a break and recharge your batteries.

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Mystic Dream Book

A dream of good omen. You wil be successful in business and married life.

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Strangest Dream Explanations

If the warehouse is full, then this dream is about abundance of resources and/or unfulfilled potential. This also may be about unfulfilled dreams of the past, memories and ambitions you’ve put in storage.

If the warehouse is empty, then your dream is telling you to pay attention to your finances, and begin to invest your time, money and energy in ways that will create spiritual and material security for yourself.

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My Dream Interpretation

To dream of a warehouse full of boxes or goods represents success in a business undertaking.

To dream of an empty warehouse suggests you will be cheated or fooled in some situation.

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Symbol of commerce or greed, but also may refer to an independent life and taking care of the Self. What is offered in the warehouse or department store refers to talents that are available.

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The Fabric of Dream

Always a good dream (Gypsy).

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Mystic Dream Book

To dream of meeting a Wayfarer on a lonely path is a sign of a new friend.

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of preparing or eating Welsh rarebits, denotes that your affairs will assume a complicated state, owing to your attention being absorbed by artful women and enjoyment of neutral fancies.

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Dreamers Dictionary

Many people have a deeply rooted aversion against—even a fear of—the number Thirteen. Ancient cultures assigned great importance to it, considering it more positive than negative. It is stated in old writings that “he who knows the meaning of the number 13 has the key to power and control”!

Christianity, however, was opposed to any kind of occultism and had a lot to do with giving this number such a bad reputation. They insisted that 13 was an unlucky number because there were 13 people sitting at the table of the Last Supper. This gave rise, for instance, to the belief that when 13 people sat at a table, one of them would die in the same year. And to this day, there are hotels where no room is numbered 13. Theaters in Italy don’t have a seat numbered 13. But this suspicion is rare in the rest of the world. It is only prevalent in places where the Christian Church is very influential.

Cheiro, in The Book of Numbers, wrote:

In the Indian pantheon there are 13 Buddhas.

The mystical discs which surmount Indian and Chinese pagodas are 13 in number. Enshrined in the Temple of Atsusa, in Japan, is a sacred sword with 13 objects of mystery forming its hilt. Turning westward, 13 was the sacred number of the Mexicans. They had 13 snake gods.

The original states that formed the American Union were 13; its motto, E Pluribus Unum, has 13 letters, the American eagle has 13 feathers in each wing, and when George Washington raised the Republican standard he was saluted with 13 guns.

The sum of the number 13 is 4 (1+3=4), the number of “radicals,” because Four-people often feel misunderstood and unconsciously invite secret envy and enemies. They are not inclined to recognize authorities who act as if the power is theirs alone and often misuse it. Challenging conventional standards, laws, and the powerful—and speaking out—has never been popular with the general public, least of all with the ruling authorities.

The number 13 is Four on a higher level and has thereby more gravity, increasing the intensity of any revolutionary conviction even more—including the struggle to bring about social reform and justice.

13 is a symbol of your whole person and your entire life. Don’t let others drive you crazy—13 is not an unlucky number! On the contrary, it seeks to “revolutionize” in the sense of reforming a world that is in dire need of it.

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About Dream Interpretation

Dreams! What do they mean? You probably recognize a connection between the dream world and the “real” world, but did you know that you can actually do things to nurture your dream life? The bulk of this intriguing volume is an alphabetical directory of the psychological and mystical meanings of various dream symbols, from angels to zoos.

For example, if you are chased in your dream, this will show a sense of insecurity. Dreams Interpreted, each page reveals the fantastic meanings of quotidian objects and occurrences that surface in your reveries. Make a note of it when you wake up so you do not forget your dream.

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About Dream Interpretation

Recurrent dream themes often start at a young age, but can begin at any time, and persist for the rest of one’s life.

The theme of missing an exam, to take one example, commonly begins during college years, when the stress of performing well may be more intense than ever before. However, this theme may then carry forward as a recurring dream for many years, even as one moves on to a career.

The “missing the exam” dream may reappear the night before an important job interview or an evaluation at work.

The circumstances may change, but the same feelings of stress, and the desire to perform well, can trigger the relevant recurrent dream. Theorists suggest that these themes may be considered “scripts” (Spoormaker, 2008) or perhaps “complexes” (Freud 1950); as soon as your dream touches any aspect of the theme, the full script unfolds in completion. Dream theorists generally agree that recurring dreams are connected to unresolved problems in the life of the dreamer. In a previous post I discussed the idea that dreams often portray a Central Image, a powerful dream image that contextualizes a certain emotion or conflict for the dreamer.

The Tidal Wave dream is an example of a Central Image that represents overwhelming emotions such as helplessness and fear.

The Tidal Wave dream is a common dream to experience following trauma or abuse, and often becomes a recurrent theme that reflects a person’s struggling with integrating and accepting the trauma. Resolution of this theme over time is a good sign that the trauma has been confronted and adaptively integrated in the psyche. Empirical research has also supported findings that resolution of a recurrent dream is associated with improved well-being (Zadra, 1996). This is one way that keeping track of your dreams can be extremely informative and helpful in a therapeutic, or even self-help, process.


Many people have the same or a similar dream many times, over either a short period of time or their lifetime. Recurring dreams usually mean there is something in your life you’ve not acknowledged that is causing stress of some sort.

The dream repeats because you have not corrected the problem. Another theory is that people who experience recurring dreams have some sort of trauma in their past they are trying to deal with. In this case, the dreams tend to lessen with time. Nightmares are dreams that are so distressing they usually wake us up, at least partially. Nightmares can occur at any age but are seen in children with the most frequency. Nightmares usually cause strong feelings of fear, sadness or anxiety. Their causes are varied. Some medications cause nightmares (or cause them if you discontinue the medication abruptly). Traumatic events also cause nightmares. Treatment for recurring nightmares usually starts with interpreting what is going on in the dream and comparing that with what is happening in the person’s life. Then, the person undergoes counseling to address the problems that are presumably causing the nightmare. Some sleep centers offer nightmare therapy and counseling. Another method of treating nightmares is through lucid dreaming. Through lucid dreaming, the dreamer can confront his or her attacker and, in some cases, end the nightmares.

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

He will marry an exceptionally beautiful woman.

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The Complete Dream Book

To dream of enjoying Welsh rarebit is a forerunner of grief through an accident.

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Having written a dream down, by using highlighting pens to make all matching words the same colour, one can immediately see the main issues in some dreams.

Example: ‘We walk around, go upstairs, and I notice a staircase leading to a room or rooms. It goes up square, about eight steps in a flight, but round and round—spiral. I am scared by them, don’t want to go up, but am curious. We move in and nobody but myself has really taken any notice of the stairs. Nobody has been up . In one dream I try to go up but the children are scared for me. They plead, ‘Don’t go up Mum, just forget them”. Then I wake. In the next dream I wait till they are asleep. Half way up_ I am terrified but have to go on. Then I wake. Next dream I got up there. Then I woke’ (Ann H). Ann’s dream theme recurs, so is important to her. In marking just some of the words we see that the ‘up’ or go up’ is important. Childhood fears hold Ann back for a while, but she dares to climb.

If we look at the entries for climb and stairs, we see they depict taking steps towards ex­ploring the unknown, daring to explore one’s potential or opportunities.

By marking the words in this way we might also highlight certain statements otherwise hidden in the dream. Particularly watch out for the connections with the word T, such as I want, I do, I will, I have, I know, I cannot, etc. Example: ‘1 want to withdraw.’ I was full of sadness but was trying not to show it.’ ‘1 felt keyed up and ready to fight.’ Taking such statements out of context and looking for connections with everyday feelings oi situations often throws considerable light on the dream.

If what you realise is then considered in con­nection with the plot of the dream, the viewpoint your uncon­scious has on the situation might become evident.

For in­stance, the statement ‘I felt keyed up’ occurred within a classroom, and helped the dreamer understand the anger gen­erated at school. See amplification; plot of the dream; the comments on dream processing in the Introduction; dream processing; postures, movement, body language; settings; symbols and dreams.

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