The eminent psychologist Carl Jung once stated: 'No dream symbol can be separated from the individual who dreams it." Keep this thought in mind as you study the following concepts. Notice that almost all of the universal symbols have various shades of meaning. In fact, some even have contradictory meanings. The interpretation of such symbols can only be done by YOU, the dreamer, through consideration of your own feelings towards the dream, the symbol and your own intuition.
The dream is a complex and almost limitless combination of symbols. It can be analytical, judgemental or therapeutic in nature. The majority of dreams are analytical. That is, they provide a means for the higher self to comment on your everyday life and your spiritual development. It will analyze how you are relating to your environment and your fellow man and woman. A small percentage of your dreams are of a prophetic nature, to warn and prepare you for future events (the percentage of prophetic dreams varies greatly from one person to another but it is estimated that perhaps one dream in twenty concerns the future. Don't immediately jump to the conclusion that what you dream about brother Bob, or cousin Mary, is an indication of something that is about to happen to him or her. It may be but far more likely is not). Along with this, incidentally, it should be noted that invariably the principle characters in your dream are actually representing YOU—or some aspect of you. So when you dream of your sister Suzy arguing with you about something, you are actually seeing a representation of an inner conflict—one part of you at odds with another part (perhaps your male aspect against your female aspect)— with the image of sister Suzy being used simply as a recognizable form that you can accept.
Again depending on the individual, the number of therapeutic dreams varies from person to person. It simply depends on the need of the individual. If a person has a strong feeling of inferiority, their therapy may be to dream of being a powerful, capable and attractive person. In this way, the Higher Self is compensating for the dreamer's psychological lack. If a person has a strong feeling of superiority, they might be taken down a peg or two by a dream that depicts him or her as a weak, defenseless and inferior person. Thus the dream often attempts to overcome character defects.
Prophetic dreams will only occur when the individual needs to be prepared for an event in the future. Even though you may not consciously remember it, the dream prepares you, subconsciously, for the shock that is to come. Not all precognitive dreams are of significant events; some may even appear quite trivial. But they are important just the same. They program and prepare the subconscious and conscious minds, over a period of time, to deal with the future events and situations in a proper manner._
Arrow: Pleasure; festivity. Auction: Promise of abundance. Automobile: See Transportation. Baby: Crying: frustrated plans.
Laughing: plans fulfilled. Sleeping: Waiting period; patience. Ballon: Frustration.
Basement: A place of refuge or retreat. Battle: Internal conflict. Bells: Fulfillment of plans; joy. Bicycle: Hard work will bring plans to fruition; also see Transportation. Birds: Usually transcendence from one state of being to another. Birth: Transition to new phase, or new
It would be impractical, if not impossible, to list all of the Universal Symbols here. However, the following list provides the basics and gives you an idea of their function. From this you can begin to develop your own list.
Abundance: Desire for independence. Accident: Something unplanned. Actor/Actress: Desire for recognition. Adultery: Guilt. Airplane: See Transportation. Altar: Self sacrifice.
Anchor: Stability. Sometimes a desire for a permanent home.
AniffifLAThe feminine aspect of the individual. Guide to the inner world. The Goddess. Receptive, prospective and nurturing.
Animal: Depends on your feelings for the particular animal (for typical meaning see the specific type). A helpful animal normally represents the instinctive self.
Animus: The masculine aspect of the individual. Uncompromising conviction. Force. The God.
aspect, of self.
Bridge: Overcoming difficulties; a change.
Broom: The ability to sweep or clean up.
Bull: Animal nature; stubbornness.
Burial: End of a phase; time to take a new direction.
Cane or Crutch: The need of support.
Capital (City or Town): The center. Also see Cities.
Cave: A place of retreat or refuge; a need for time to think and meditate.
Circle: Totality; perfection; infinity; the All; the Collective Unconsciousness.
Cities: Gatherings of consciousness. If significantly placed, it can represent the Anima.
Climbing: The self-mastery process; raising consciousness.
Clock: The passage of time; the need to take action.
Clothes: Attitudes; personality.
Coffin: See Burial.
Colors: The symbolic meaning of color is a fascinating study in its own light. I only wish to touch lightly on the subject here, to give you the basic idea of the meanings of individual colors in your dreams. The following list is not inclusive but will give you the primary colors:— RED—strength, health, vigor, sexual love, danger, charity ORANGE—encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness YELLOW—persuasion, charm, confidence, jealousy, joy, comfort GREEN—finance, fertility, luck, energy, charity, growth BLUE—tranquility, understanding, patience, health, truth, devotion, sincerity INDIGO—changeability, impulsiveness, depression, ambition, dignity
VIOLET—tension, power, sadness, piety, sentimentality
Cradle: Potential for advancement.
Crossing the River: A fundamental change of attitude.
Crying: Emotion; usually a sad event.
Crystal: Union of matter and spirit.
Curtains: Concealment; adornment.
Darkness: The spirit world; the subconscious; turning inward.
Death: The end of something; opportunity for new beginnings.
Dog: Loyalty; laziness; anger.
Eating: Need for new interests; stimulation.
Evening: Descending into the subconscious world.
Eye: Perception; self-examination.
Falling: Failing to live up to expectations. Fish: Transcendence from one state of being to another.
Fire: Anger; purification; abundance of energy.
Flowers: Contentment; pleasure. Flying: See Transportation. Girl: Immature feminine aspect. Glass: Perception; being able to see (sometimes into the future). Graduation: Initiation; completing a phase. Hair: Thought Grey or Silver hair indicates wise thought. Hammer: Power to drive forward. Helpful Animal: The instinctive self. Highway: The path; the way ahead. Horse: WHITE HORSE—Symbol of life (the Keltic Goddess Epona was often depicted on a white mare); prosperity.
BLACK HORSE—Change of fortunes.
WILD HORSE—uncontrolled instinctive urges.
WINGED HORSE—transcendence from one state of being to another. House: The symbol of personality and conscious interest from the spiritual view. The particular room represents particular interest:— BATHROOM—Cleansing; elimination of the undesired. BASEMENT—place of refuge, retreat, concealment. BEDROOM—place of rest and recovery.
DINING ROOM—place of sustenance; refortification. KITCHEN—a place to prepare the sustenance.
LIVING ROOM—place of socializing.
Ice: Coldness of character; frigidity; rigidity. Illness: Boredom, delay. Individual Self: The "real" you; the inner you; the all-wise, all-powerful spiritual self. Jail: Confinement; frustration; inability to act.
Journey: See Transportation. Judge or Jury: Your conscience. Key: The answer to a problem. Kiss: Satisfaction; completion. . Ladder: Ability to climb (note the length of the ladder). Left (as in side or direction): The subconscious side; sometimes the wrong side or direction; the logical side; the scientific side. Light: Hope.
Lines: Broken lines represent the feminine aspect. Solid lines, the masculine aspect. Lizard: Transcendence.
Lock: Frustration; security. Man or Male: Animus, the masculine aspect. The age indicates the maturity or lack of it in the individual. Mask: Falsehood; deception; concealment Mirror: Need to reconsider. Mother: Haven; comfort. Nakedness: Real; true; without false attitudes;
exposed; natural. Night (especially midnight): Greatest strength of the super-consciousness. Noon: The greatest clarity of consciousness.
Number: In interpreting numbers you should first of all examine their balance or lack of balance. EVEN numbers signify balance and harmony. ODD numbers signify imbalance and discord. In considering the following definitions, note that a larger number is made up of a combination of smaller numbers: ONE—the beginning; the source; the ego.
TWO—duality; the male and female; positive and negative. THREE—the trilogy: father, mother and child; past, present and future. Completion of the first plane. FOUR—the material universe; consciousness, reality and law; physical power, initiative, religion and spiritual evolutioa It is Three and One.
FIVE—the number of Wo/Man. It represents materialism, expansion, change, understanding and justice. It is Three and Two. SIX—the number of cooperation and balance. It represents interaction between the material and the spiritual; mental and physical. It signifies psychism, peace and completion of the second plane. It is twice Three.
SEVEN—Completion; old age; endurance; evolution and wisdom. The seven stages of spiritual transformation. Four and Three. EIGHT—the number of dissolution and separation. The law of cyclic evolution and invention. Five and Three.
NINE—rebirth and reformation. Intuition; travel; karma and completion of the third plane. Three times Three.
ZERO—the circle. Infinity; the universe; the All. Ocean: Opportunity; spirituality. Owl: Wisdom; need for further evaluation. Pearl: Joy. Broken string of pearls—.misunderstanding. Pirate: Suspicion. Prison: See Jail.
Pyramid: Thirst for knowledge; seeking. Railroad: A set path to follow; see also
Transportation. Rainbow: Great happiness; opportunity. Reading: Learning; gaining in knowledge;
perceiving. Riding: See Transportation. Right: The conscious; correctness; the artistic side. Ring: Completion; loyalty. River: Spirituality; a boundary. Rocket: See Transportation. Rocks: The unchanging self. Rodents: Transcendence or a less-than-
nice person; distrust; betrayal. Roller Skates: See Transportation. Roses: See Flowers. Ruins: Failure of plans. Sacrifice: Overcoming pride. School: A place of learning; a need to learn.
Scissors: Distrust. Sea: See Ocean. Self-Image: The inner or spiritual self. The age indicates maturity or the lack of it. Sex: Union of opposites; union of male and female principles; satisfaction; completeness. Shadow: The subconscious; insubstantial-
ity. Ship: See Transportation.
Skeleton: The basics; the root of a problem.
Snake: Spiritual wisdom; transcendence into a state of wisdom.
Snake-bite: Infusion of wisdom (bites are not usually painful in dreams).
Soldiers: Force; power; regimentation.
Spade: Penetration; cutting; tough work lies ahead.
Sunrise: Clearing of consciousness; awakening.
Sunset: Need to protect assets.
Swan: Beauty; comfort; satisfaction.
Sword: Penetrating and cutting; conflict.
Table: Support; a platform for presentation.
Telescope: Need to get closer to subject.
Thief: Loss or fear of loss; insecurity.
Towns: See Cities.
Touching: The manner of touch and your feeling about it is important. Touching normally represents the laying-on of hands, usually healing. On rare occasions it may mean a curse. Can be comfort; security.
Trains: See Transportation.
Transcendence: Achieving full realization of the individual self.
Transformation: See Transcendence.
Transportation: Spiritual advancement. The more efficient the mode, the more effective and rapid is the advancement. The rocket would be the
The obvious first step in dream interpretation is to remember them. If you have difficulty in remembering your dreams, the probable reason is that you have ignored them for so long the subconscious no longer tries to bring them to your conscious memory. If this is the case, you must program yourself to remember. This can be done through affirmation. During meditation, and just before going to sleep, tell yourself very firmly: "I WILL REMEMBER MY DREAMS". Do this three times. Release the command. Then again tell yourself, very firmly, three times: "I WILL REMEMBER MY DREAMS". Release the thought. Then for the third time, repeat the three commands: "I WILL REMEMBER MY DREAMS". So you instruct yourself nine times in all.
The second step in interpretation is recording the dreams. Place a pad and a pencil by your bed for this purpose. This very act, in itself, reinforces the command to remember. When you first awaken—even before that eye-opening cup of coffee!—jot down notes on what you remember. Don't worry about trying to get everything in perfect order at this point. The most rapid and the highest traveling. Crawling would be among the least effective. A train is forceful and direct, but is confined by narrow tracks. A car is fairly efficient and maneuverable. The airplane is more efficient than the car or train and rises higher than any surface mode of transport. Roller skates are more effective (faster) than walking, but require a smoother surface and more effort; etc.. Traveling: The act of spiritual advancement. Tree: The life principle; psychic growth and development; success. Tunnel: Hiding; being afraid. Turning: Changing or developing. See Left or Right. Turning in a circle represents lack of progress. Twins: Ego and alter ego. Umbrella: Shelter. Veil: Insecurity.
Volcano: Sexual energy; emotions. Wall: Frustration; inability. Watch: See Clock. Water: Spirituality; emotion. Wedding: Culmination of plans; happiness; success. Witch: Supernatural ability; wisdom. Woman: The anima. Her age represents maturity Or lack of it. Wreath: Self-pity._
important thing is to capture what you can, even if you only have time to make a few brief notes. You will find that later on you will be able to recall more of the details of the dream.Then write down all the details that you can remember. Describe the people, their identities, occupations, clothes, the state of their emotions and their activities. Note your attitude towards them and their attitudes towards you. Describe everything you see, feel and hear. Pay special attention to the numbers of things and their colors. It is all important. Then try to arrange your notes in the order in which they were dreamed.
Once you have completed your notes and organized them you can begin the task of interpretation. First of all, examine the dream to see if it fits any of the events of the preceding day. This will explain a few of your dreams. If this test fails, then you must determine whether the dream is literal or symbolic.
A LITERAL dream is one in which the main dream character or image is a real person or thing in your life, or on your mind, at the time. If the literal interpretation makes sense, you may have found the key. When the literal interpretation fails to make sense, the dream is obviously symbolic.
A SYMBOLIC dream is one in which the dream character and images cannot be taken literally, as a real person or thing. Then the image is that of an aspect of you, the dreamer. Then the ancient wisdom of the Universal Symbols should be applied.
As you first begin to work with symbology, you may still have difficulty unraveling the tangled threads; you may only decipher part of the mystery. Don't worry about this for it is quite natural in the beginning. Continue to affirm that you will remember. Continue to faithfully record all of the details that you can. As you do, you will find that the symbols will gradually begin to clear, as you and your higher self develop a dialogue that you can consciously understand. The hidden symbol in one dream will suddenly be revealed in another. When this begins to happen you should start to compile your own personal Dream Dictionary. Take a notebook that is not used for any other purpose and divide it into alphabetical sections. As you discover the meanings of new symbols, write them down. Soon you will find that you have an extensive set of personal symbols which will permit nearly total interpretation of all your dreams.
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