Dream Symbols and Meanings
What Do The Symbols in Your Dreams Really Mean?
When we dream, there are many esoteric symbols that can be found drifting just beneath the surface of our conscious brains. These images come from the dormant, unconscious part of our psyche.
These archetypal representations can be a part of our shared "universal experience" that have common interpretations, or they can be unique in meaning to only us. Either way when we can examine and analyze these dreamscapes we are able to gather insight and new perspectives into our own subconscious mind.. Various life experiences influence the interpretation of these symbols, thus each individual's dream is unique in both context and analysis."Dreams are nature's answering service - don't forget to pick up your messages once in a while." ~Sarah Crestinn
The Complete Dream Book
Renowned psychic and teacher Betty Bethards shows how we can decipher the subconscious messages of our dreams for a fuller understanding of ourselves with her outstanding collection of 1,650 dream symbols.
Remembering Your Dreams - A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read. ~The Talmud
There are a number of ways to remember our dreams and to uncover their often seemingly cryptic, or obscured meaning. Many experts will tell you to talk to yourself during the stage between waking and sleeping. Tell yourself, to remember your dreams, If it doesn't work immediately, keep repeating the suggestion each night before bed.
According to dream researchers, if you develop a habit of recording your dreams, in time you will not only gain a clearer vision of your present life's course but you will also gather insight into your past and your future destinations.
It is helpful to do some research on the various methods of dream work or dream analysis to focus your mind as well. After you begin to remember your dreams, it is important to record them in a log or dream book immediately after waking. The longer you wait to record your dreams, the fewer details you will retain.
Interpreting Movement in Dreams
Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions. ~Edgar Cayce
Climbing - Highlights dreams and aspirations. Growth and achievement will come after facing and conquering unexpected difficulties.
Drowning - Losing control of a situation or your emotions.May represent an inability to handle a circumstance or a social situation.
Falling - May signify a fear of failure, or the loss of control and personal power..
Flying - Shows independence, positive thinking and a feeling of unlimited possibilities.
Paralysis - Loss of forward movement, stagnation and a questioning of making any big life changes..
Running - Highlights the need to be free or escape from an unwelcome situation (or obligation) from which you are dreading..
- To dream of being unable to run indicates a lack of self-confidence.
Sex - Solidifying either a close relationship with your partner. Or it can be your way of dealing with your alter ego, the part of you that you don't like.
Sleeping - Unconsciousness to the real world leading to denial and a sense of.false security.
Walking - Wanting freedom. or forward motion,. Ask yourself where is your path really leading...
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Dreaming in Colors - Some colors exist in dreams that are not present in the waking spectrum. ~The Quote Garden
Beige - Everything related with this color denotes neutrality and detachment. An absence of communication.
Black - Black signifies isolation and a transition period. It appears when conflicts and friction are overshadowing your current relationships with family and friends. If however, joy is the prominent emotion the blackness could symbolize spiritual and divine forces nearing..
White - An abundance of energy and vitality.
Black and White To dream in black and white, suggests a need to be more objective in your decision-making. You need to find balance between two opposing views. Alternatively, black and white dreams can also be a sign of depression or sadness.
Blue - Blue represents truth, wisdom, heaven, eternity, devotion, tranquility, loyalty and openness. Inner peace, optimism and contentment.
Brown -Denotes worldliness, practicality, domestic and physical comfort.. This is an auspicious color to dream about, as it signifies freedom, success, money, happiness and a long-lasting union.
Gray - Related with a transition period. If bright and clear, it signifies peace, but if it is murky, it signifies fear, depression, ill health, and confusion.
Green - Green heralds growth and. simple creative projects that will bring great joy.
Dark Green indicates materialism, cheating, deceit, and/or difficulties with sharing.
Orange - The color orange in dreams indicates hope, friendliness and new social encounters..
Pink - Associated with romance and love. Relations with opposite sex.
Purple - Great aspirations and understanding of both the visible and invisible world. Creativity, dignity, devotion.
Red - This is an indication of intense passion and sensitivity in your emotional relationships. Symbolizes raw energy, force, vigor, aggression, power, and courage. Red is also the color of danger, shame, sexual impulses and desires.
Yellow - In pleasant dreams, the color yellow is symbolic of intellect, energy, agility, happiness, harmony, and wisdom.
- On the other hand, if the dream is an unpleasant one, then yellow represents cowardice and sickness. This color also signifies confidence in spite of opposition.
The Hidden Meaning of Dreams
Interpret the hidden messages revealed to you in your sleep. Begin by mastering techniques to remember your dreams and learn to keep and use a dream diary. See how to use dreams to solve problems, explore past lives, and look into the future. By deciphering the language of your dreams, you can achieve greater spiritual awareness and lasting happiness.
Animals in Dreams
Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud. ~Grey Livingston
Birds - Flying birds are a sign of prosperity, a feeling of freedom, or a burden being lifted.
Butterflies - Related to beauty and grace. Butterflies indicate prosperity and wealth.
Cats- Associated with an independent spirit, female sexuality, creativity, and power, cats can also represent misfortune and bad luck. The cat could indicate that someone is being deceitful or treacherous.
- Attacking Cats- Represents one's enemies; if the dreamer succeeds in dispelling them, he will overcome great obstacles and earn fortune and fame.
- A Cat with No Tail- Signifies a loss of free will.
- A White Cat- Denotes difficult times ahead.
Coyote - Know as a trickster, rogue and thief, he means disappointment or serious disaster ahead.
Crow - Seeing a crow means major disappointments. Grief and misfortune loom ahead.
Dolphins - Symbolizes spiritual guidance, intellect, mental agility and emotional trust. Dolphins represent a willingness and ability to explore new emotions.
- Riding a Dolphin- Represents one's optimism and giving nature.
Doves - Symbolizes peace, tranquility, harmony, affection and innocence.
-White Dove- Represents loyalty, love, simplicity, gentleness and friendships. It may also signify a message and blessing from the Holy Spirit.
Eagle -Associated with far-sighted vision and power they symbolize the realization of ambitions and the fulfilling of desires.
Elephant - Associated with wisdom, memory and the power of persistence.
- Riding an Elephant- Indicates control of the unconscious and overcoming fears.
Frog - Folk tales say that dreaming of a frog means good fortune, happiness and friendships.
Modern dream interpretation regards the frog as a symbol of transformation; therefore a frog in your dreams, represents a potential to change or something new and unexpected coming.
- If a Man Dreams of a Toad- Represents their feminine- motherly aspect which protects and warns us against danger.
- Leaping Frogs- Indicates a lack of commitment. It may also suggest a need to take some major steps towards a desired goal.
- Catching a Frog- Signifies carelessness concerning one's health.
- Hearing a Frog Indicates incomplete tasks.
Horses - Symbolize strength, power, endurance, and virility.
- Black or Dark Horse- Signifies mystery, wildness, and the unknown.
- White Horse- Signifies purity, prosperity and good fortune.
Insects - Denotes financial gain or a mystery solved.
Lamb - Lambs represent innocence purity and vulnerability. In dreams they symbolize deception.
- Holding a Lamb-Signifies some sacrifice.
Lion - Associated with nobility, strength and pride. Success will depend upon coping with opposition. Also represents the strength of a valuable friendship.
- Attacked by a Lion- Indicates obstacles to overcome.
Owl - Symbolizes wisdom, insight and virtue. The owl is also synonymous with death and darkness.
- The Hoot of an Owl- Denotes disappointments and forewarns death in the wake of joy and health.
- A Dead Owl- Signifies a narrow escape from illness and death. Warns of the approach of a deceitful person.
Peacock - Can represent spring, birth, new growth, longevity, and love. It is a good omen, signaling prestige, success and contentment in relationships and careers. Alternatively, the peacock signifies pride, confidence and vanity. The want to be admired that ends only in disappointment.
Pig - Usually denotes good fortune and success coming one's way because pigs are thought to be greedy but smart.
Raven - Disaster and unhappiness to come. Injuries caused through deceit.
Reptile - Gossip and hidden enemies. The need to be cautious in business affairs.
Snake - The snake may refer to a someone near being callous, ruthless, and untrustworthy. As a positive symbol, snakes represent healing, transformation, knowledge and wisdom. It is indicative of self-renewal and positive changes.
- A Snake Ready to Strike- Means treachery where least expected; killing it means victory over enemies.
- To be Bitten By a Snake- Signifies hidden fears and worries.
Spider - Denotes a need to be cautious in current endeavors in order to earn fortune. Domestic Happiness.
Swans - Seeing swans, signifies a prosperous outlook and wonderful experiences. They also symbolize good health and a mystery revealed.
Turtle - Symbolizes wisdom, faithfulness, longevity, and loyalty. Opportunity for advancement. Alternatively, beware of secret enemies.
- Being Chased by a Turtle- Indicates that the dreamer is hiding behind a facade.
Sources: DreamMoods.com, SecretsofDreams.com
by Chuang Tzu
I do not know how long I dreamed, or what came before.
The dream was my world and I was content within it.
And as I dreamed, a man spoke to me and said:
Once I dreamed I was a butterfly.
I knew I was a butterfly and did not know I was a man.
Suddenly I awoke, and there I was, visibly a man.
I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
Or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming that I am a man.
I turned to ask the man what he meant by this,
But saw only my own reflection in a moonlit pool.
As I gazed upon the image, I was struck by how this man was me and yet not me.
While my hands were old and wizened, his were young and smooth.
While my skin was dark and rough, his was fair and soft.
Yet in his eyes I saw myself, or rather who I would be had I been born another.
Curious, I reached down to touch the shimmering surface.
It was then that I realized I was looking up through the pool
As he gazed down upon me from the world above.
Once again he spoke:
You are that which I would be but cannot.
You follow a path I dare not follow.
You live a life that I shall not lead, for I have chosen another.
You are one facet of my soul, among many.
Each with their own purpose, will, and spirit.
It is said that life is not a problem to be solved,
But a reality to be experienced.
This is truer for you than you know or can imagine.
With this, a cloud passed over the moon and the dream began to fade into darkness.
I am awakening.