Glenda, the good witch in the Wizard of Oz, waves her magic wand to remind the dreamer that the power to get home is within. She may come to represent a spiritual guide who protects the heroine on the Yellow Brick Road to enlightenment. She may point to a friend who is compassionate and wise and who can give you some sound advice.
The good witch may also represent the higher self.
Vision: Looking at a switch means you have forgotten something important. It might also be a sign of marital infidelity. Hitting someone with a switch: beware, don’t treat others harshly. Making a switch: thoughtless actions on your part will result in a difficult situation.
If you dream of switching places (swapping minds/bodies) or switching clothes with someone, it symbolizes that you are trying to understand that person better. You may envy something about them and want it for yourself, or you may be trying to “get inside their head” so you can figure out why they are acting a certain way in real life. This dream can also represent the wish to be someone else, especially if you are feeling stressed.
To dream of witches, denotes that you, with others, will seek adventures which will afford hilarious enjoyment, but it will eventually rebound to your mortification. Business will suffer prostration if witches advance upon you, home affairs may be disappointing.
The witch in your dream could represent evil and ugliness or something more desirable such as enchantment.
The word witch is usually used to describe a mean and heartless person, and in your dream you may be making associations in regard to yourself or someone else that fits that description.
A witch could also represent power, magic, and goodness. “White magic” is as popular and culturally significant as darker witchcraft. However, whether good or evil, the witch always tries to defy natural law and uses a short cut to accomplish a task. Ask yourself questions about the general message in the dream; is it about revealing negative characteristics or about solving your problems and getting what you want out of life by using shortcuts? The most positive connotation of this dream could be that it encourages you to solve difficulties by using creativity and intuition and brings you closer to finding powerful and magical parts of yourself.
Example: ‘1 talked about my mother, she was standing before me in full anger and blaming me for bringing out the witch in her. She said “Look at my eyes”, they were horrid to see, all red and angry and she was dark’ (Lesley M).
The fears or difficult feelings and habits we have developed in relationship with our mother. Because these feelings are now pan of ourself, if female, we can of course become the witch in relationship to someone else. Also vindictiveness, jealousy, etc.
A negative symbol for Mother, the overpowering, malevolent woman who is feared. Often points to a mother who does not care properly for her children (particularly in children’s dreams). Less often, the image of a witch points to the wise woman (particularly in women’s dreams) who exudes great magnetism.
The witch is almost always a symbol of the power of the unconscious—Magic. In fairy tales as well as in dreams, the witch plays an important, archetypal role, because she separates the hero or dream-self from his (usually royal) origin, which can then only be recaptured after he passes a certain test.
Vision: Dreaming about a witch: plans you have made are proceeding well.
Depth Psychology: The witch represents people with ill intentions—and perhaps also your own nastiness. It is a sign of your fear of the irrational, and suspicion of the unconscious forces that often influence your actions. Was the witch in the dream good or evil? Is there a witch inside of you? If so, what part of you does she represent? The witch might also stand for certain, strictly sexual emotions.
If you feel empowered by this dream, then a witch signifies your irreverent power and ability to create magic in your life.
If you feel weakened or scared by this dream, then you are running from your power, and are afraid of the negative influence it could have. Keep in mind that the shadow aspect of you is only a shadow until it is embraced by the light of your being. See Crone.
Spiritually a witch is someone who has come to understand the intrinsic power they have and learnt to use it properly. Because this power, which is based in strongly held beliefs and codes of behaviour, is perceived as dangerous there are many ideas as to the protection necessary, such as hanging garlic. Consult the entries for magic / magician, wand and wizard as well as the information on witch in archetypes in the introduction.
Psychological / emotional perspective: The conventional picture of the warty-nosed old crone is actually a personification of malevolence. Any blemish that comes to our attention in dreams can be accepted as evidence of there being a distortion in our view of the world. In dreams we have the opportunity to confront our fears, overcome them and use the power thus generated successfully.
Material aspects: In mundane terms we may dream of witches when we do not fully understand the use of personal power. Dreaming of warts, which are often associated with witches, links with that part of ourselves which remains superstitious and afraid of an energy we have not fully comprehended.
If the dreamer is a woman, dreaming of a witch could represent her own senex, or that part of her psyche that is older and wiser. Thus any message that she receives from the witch is important, and should be written down immediately upon awakening.
If the dreamer is a man, he needs to take a good, long, honest look at his attitude toward women. He may be caught up in the notion that all women are out to get him.
If the witch is friendly in the dream, whether the dreamer is a man or a woman, it augurs an increased social life.
If the witch is the ominous Halloween figure, rough times in romance lie ahead.
To dream that you are performing “good” or harmless witchcraft, signifies many pleasant surprises. It may also represent a creative mind and foretell that events will turn out the way you had hoped for.
To dream of performing black magic (mean spells), means that you have obtained your wishes through deceit and underhanded ways.
If you dream of someone else casting black magaic against you, this symbolizes evil and treachery - beware of false friends or the tricks of enemies.