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Snow in a Dream and Snow as a Dream Symbol
Introduction to Snow Dreams
Dreams about snow may occur any time of the year, not just when its covers the ground in a blanket of frozen white.
The symbolism found in snow dreams ranges from its importance as an emotional symbol all the way to its inclusion as a symbol of the Anima archetype. The meaning of snow dreams may even be hidden in color symbolism. Here are some ideas to help readers get started interpreting their own snow white dreams.
The Emotional Symbolism of Snow Dreams
Water typically symbolizes the emotions. Since snow is a form of water, the unconscious may choose to use snow dreams as a manner of communicating one's emotional state.
Snow is water that is frozen, therefore, the message communicated in a snow dream may be that the dreamer's emotions are similarly cold or that he or she feels emotionally paralyzed in some manner.
Water also symbolizes the intuition and when it shows up as snow in dreams, it can be an indicator that the dreamer's intuition is frozen. This state may be as simple as the dreamer's intuitive information is exceptional, but the ability to act upon or trust the information received is blocked.
If one is dreaming of snowstorms, the message may be that one is feeling emotionally overwhelmed, unable to see clearly through a waking life situation--blinded, in fact, by one's emotions.
Snow's Color Symbolism
In the West, white is the color used to symbolically indicate purity or purification. Western brides and baptismal candidates both wear white to symbolize both purity and the beginning of new life. The figure of the white unicorn was often used in religious artwork as a symbol of purity.
In dreams, the color of the snow, its white color, may be of primary importance. If so and if it symbolizes purity or purification, the dream may indicate that the dreamer is entering a new phase in his or her life, or experiencing a form of rebirth.
Rebirth, however, comes at a cost. Before a new life begins, the old must end. Therefore, dreaming of snow can symbolize feelings of having been laid completely bare, stripped down to the core, with most everything one held precious ripped away.
Painful as that sounds, when all artifice is stripped away, all that is left is the purified soul. Dreams about snow can occur after a religious conversion or meaningful religious encounter. Dreams involving the whiteness of snow can indicate that one is finally ready to move on to a higher spiritual life station.
Snow Dreams and the Anima
The Anima is one of the four primary Jungian archetypes. It symbolizes the unconscious female side of the male psyche and its integration is integral in order for a man to complete the individuation process.
A critical component of Anima integration is its purification. The Anima is a psychic principle, a female principle, which means only that it is a receptive principle, not an active one. Receptive principles include intuition and creativity.
Unfortunately, the female principle is often confused with the females one has encountered in waking life. Experiences with such women, particularly experiences with women from one's formative years, end up in the psyche as imprints of the female principle. These imprints lead to all manner of Anima malfunction and must be purged.
Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, proposed that snow symbolized the white stage of the Anima, the time when the feminine principle is free of the imprints of waking life women and is functioning freely as a receptive force.
When this occurs, one not only begins accessing one's intuition and creativity more freely and purely, but one's relationships become authentic expressions of love and appreciation for another individual--not an addiction to projections of the images of what women are or should be, or frantic searches for one's missing half.
Supposedly, there exist no two identical snowflakes, a fact, which if true, makes snowflakes exceptional individuation symbols. Snowflakes are complete, whole works of singular design. They are pure expressions of individuality, they aren't seeking a soul snowmate.
Individuation brings us to another characteristic of snow. It is said that no two snowflakes are alike so it is possible that a snow dream may be pointing to a profound level not only of purification but of individuation--a reaching of an authentic Self unhindered by the ideas, thoughts, and projections of others.
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Snow as a Symbol of Innocence
Children love snow. They love it even before they are old enough to connect it with snow days.
Children do not see snow as a chaos creator. They do not worry about getting to work, or going to the store, or the slushy mess it will be when it melts. Children basically only care if the snow is going to stick, and if it does, if it will get deep enough for making snow angels.
Dreams of snow can be dreams of nostalgia, they can be dreams the bring back childhood memories of a time when snow was fun, not a force to fight.
Snow dreams may also symbolize innocence--that same innocence that shines on a child's face when she runs outside, with her head turned up to catch flakes on her tongue as they fall.
Snow dreams can mean that feelings of wonder and innocence are returning, especially if one has been experiencing a difficult emotional time or coming to terms with issues from childhood.