& Dream Interpretation
by Leon of Leon's Planet
I have read four books on the topic of dream
interpretation, and I have been recording and interpreting my own dreams
for over 25 years.
Q: Can people see their past lives in
A: Some persons, like Edgar Cayce, have
attested that dreams can document our past lives. I'm not so
sure. I've had one dream that might qualify, but there's just no
way to know for sure.
Q: Can some dreams be prophetic?
A: Well, yes and no. A prophetic
dream would be one that tells a possible future, not necessarily an
actual, factual future. Also, some aspects of the dream, such as
persons therein, may not be actual participants in the future
events. But, yes, I believe in prophetic dreams. In
addition, there are what I would call "wishful thinking
dreams", where the dreamer dreams of a highly improbable future,
based upon hopes and wishes.
Q: Can you, Leon, interpret my dream
A: I'll give it a shot. The best
interpreter is YOU, the dreamer, because YOU have better insight to
possible interpretations, based upon what is going on in YOUR life at
the time. I am usually not privy to that knowledge, so my
interpretations will be more general, rather than specific.
My 25 year study of my own dreams has led me to understand the purpose,
function, and meaning of human dreams. To learn, you should read
my article below.
by me (Leon)
SKIP the article,
please. I want the dream dictionary (reference table).
Without beating around the
bush, dreams are images... moving images... archetypes... symbols... visual
"Arche" means "ancient" or "old"
in Greek. "Type" means a "mold" or
"replica". Therefore, "archetypes" are the ancient symbols in the
collective human psyche.
It should be noted (before I begin), that some archetypes will
vary in meaning, due to culture of a given society. For example, if I (an
American) were to dream of a pig, it might mean "dirty".
If a person from the U.K. were to dream of a pig, it might mean "greedy".
But, if a Korean were to dream of a pig, it would mean "fortune", "eating
well", "the good life".
there are some archetypes that pervade all human cultures. For instance, a
male figure in a dream would generally represent the role of providing
sustenance for one's self and his/her family. A female figure would
generally represent the role of homemaking and family relationships.
I like to
think of dreams as visual metaphors. To learn more about metaphors, please
Because of superstitions,
many people mistake some of their
dreams to be portents. This is SO UNTRUE. We humans have no
more access to the future through our dreams, than we do in waking
consciousness. HOWEVER, dreams DO often illustrate a POSSIBLE future,
based upon current circumstances. It must be noted, however, that they are
only possible futures, and we are the masters of our own destiny.
So, without further ado, I give you my
dictionary of dream archetypes.
DREAM ARCHETYPE REFERENCE TABLE
I have gathered and collected the
information below from at least 25 years of my own dreaming, having
recorded many of my dreams and using various resources (both books and
online) to gain insight. I made this page from memory.
You can find some of the information below on other
websites, but much of the information below has come from my own dreams
and through the long tedious process of trying to understand them.
You need to understand that our dreams are composed of
a language, but the language is NOT a linguistic language. It is a
language of metaphors (AKA: archetypes)!!! NOTHING can be taken a
"face-value" (except the emotions of the dream).
||The spiritual part of our psyche; the superego; our inner
sense of propriety (morality).
OR... it could have been a REAL
angel (or spirit guide) [by their fruits, ye shall know them].
Mongol Wolf - Deer
|The significance of animals is
very cultural. For example, to Koreans, a pig (in one's dream) is
considered a very auspicious (lucky) dream (although dreams are not
always what they seem); Whereas, in English cultures, dreams of a pig
would vary in significance depending upon what the pig was doing and how
it was fairing. Yet, since I cannot
explain the meaning in all animals in all cultures, I'll give some
examples from some cultures that I've experienced. (I can only
discuss that which I'm familiar with. If you'd like to add your
culture or another culture that you are familiar with, please
Mayan Crocodile =
Power over the Waters (Rain-bringer)
(Alligators and Crocodiles may be the source of dragon legends)
Tigers, and Bears"
|See Legend of Dan
Gun, progenitor of the Korean race, half god and half
'Bear' is a metaphor for a slow-witted woman.
||Black cat =
Other cats = laziness, leisurely life,
cats...they think that cats are inhabited by evil spirits.
||Same as China
||Cow w/ plenty of
milk = good times of plenty
Cow w/ no milk = bad times of leanness, famine
(Cow's milk, Horse milk, Yak milk, and goat
milk are the staple food in Mongolia)
(ancient food source)
consider themselves progenitors of the Blue Wolf and the Red
The Red Deer is the symbol of femininity.
(dogs are eaten as a source of stamina)
|Same as Korean
Winged Dragon = Evil
|Same as China
||Same as China
(Cougar) = leader, warrior.
Also...means: time to move!
Tigers and Bears"
||Protector from evil
|Same as China
||Same as China
||Same as China
|Same as China
||Same as China
||Same as China
||Good snake =
Evil snake = bringer of storms and destruction.
||Good snake =
Evil snake =
sinisterness and indifference
|Same as China
||Same as China
Tigers, and Bears"
|Same as China
||Same as China
||Same as China
consider themselves progenitors of the wolf. The
wolf symbolizes strength, power, leadership.
consider themselves progenitors of the Blue Wolf and the Red
The Blue Wolf is the symbol of masculinity.
See also: "birds" & "fish",
"anniversary" is a celebration of an event, celebrated
annually. It is usually accompanied by positive feelings, like:
happiness, pride in one's accomplishment, etc.
The feelings can be taken at
'face-value'. It is your mind's way of recognizing and celebrating
one's accomplishment(s). However, it is important to recognize
WHOSE anniversary it is. If it is...
- your father's anniversary (and you
don't see mother), then it is a work-related accomplishment being
- your mother's anniversary (and you
don't see father), then it is a family-related accomplishment being
See also, "male" and
"female" for more information.
|BATH / BATHING
|THE GOOD - To bathe signifies the
"cleansing" of one's sins (repentance, penance)
THE BAD - To try and bathe, but the dirt/scum won't come off, signifies that
either you won't forgive yourself, OR others won't let you repent, no matter how hard you
try (but most likely the former).
THE UGLY - To wash one's hands, means you are washing other people's
"filth" from you. Ex.) "I wash my hands of
See also "Washing".
||- The meaning, of course, depends upon
culture and which bird AND the color of the bird.
For instance: in the Orient, a white
crane signifies long life (or
the desire for long life),
but in the west, the white stork signifies a
baby is on the way (or the desire to have a baby).
- RAVEN is generally bad in any culture, because of its
color (BUT in Mongolia, the Raven is a hero, so if you are
Mongolian, it might be an archetype of hope and goodness).
- DOVE = universal symbol of peace.
- EAGLE (or hawk) = power,
prowess, success (unless crippled or falling).
- PHOENIX signifies the "rebirth" of a project.
- BIRDS (IN GENERAL) = especially any flying
symbolize success and freedom.
- Seeing misshapen or crippled birds, or birds that cannot fly is not
good. It could mean that one's project is having a difficult time
"getting off the ground", or it has been "grounded".
|- To witness a birth represents the
incipience of a project/venture
To witness the birth of one's own child (especially when having no
children) signifies that the NEW project OR venture is one's OWN
- To experience great joy at the birth signifies one's joy and
anticipation regarding the new project/venture
To see a birthday (such as a birthday party), signifies a kind of
'anniversary'. See 'anniversary' above.
To see/witness/experience one's own birth signifies renewal.
Have you ever heard the saying,
"Don't burn your bridges?" It means keep your
connections (with businesses and people), because you never know when
they will come in handy.
||If the bugs (perhaps giant
bugs) are attacking you, see "MONSTERS". If not, the
other aspects of the dream need to be considered, especially the
feelings. [Emotions are the ONLY thing that can be taken literally
in a dream].
||- To chase sb or sth signifies wanting something
Caveat: the thing chased in the dream is NOT necessarily the thing wanted in real
life; It is a metaphor, and the symbolism of the thing being chased must
be ascertained by the dreamer).
- To be chased by sb or sth (usually accompanied by an urgency to
escape) signifies wanting to escape some bad situation (in real life)
||Cleaning is a
good dream! It means you are "cleaning up" a
"mess" in your life. Doesn't matter who made the
"mess," if you dream the dream where you are cleaning, it
means you are "cleaning up" somebody's mess.
See also 'Bathing'.
See also 'Washing'.
See also 'Dirty'.
|- To witness a death represents the
end of a project (also, an unfulfilled project). The more morose one feels pertaining to the
death (e.g., the closer the person is that dies), means the more emotional
investment one had in the project/venture.
DEATH OF A RELATIVE = The End (of
- a MALE family member's death = a
BUSINESS venture recently failed (perhaps you got fired, or a
business deal fell through)
- a FEMALE family member's death = a domestic venture ended (perhaps a
personal relationship ended)
- DEATH OF ONE'S OWN CHILD = the end of a personal project
DEATH OF ONE's SELF = ???
It has been said that if you die in your
dream, you die in real life. No where has this fallacy been made
more popular than in the movie, "Inception." It's just
not true. In fact, I don't think that it is even possible to die
in one's dreams. If you, the reader, have seen or experienced your
own death in a dream, please email
me the whole dream. That said, Let's deal with the
hypothetical situation where you actually DID dream of your own death
(and lived to tell about it).
Now, if you are a bystander (as in being
outside your own body) when you dream of yourself lying dead, you might
actually have had an Out-of-Body Experience (O.B.E.) [That's one
If you witnessed yourself dying (like
let's say in a car crash or something) in your dream, and you wake up,
and nothing of the sort happened in real life, I understand that it can
be a freaky experience and you might be freaked-out by it. I would
calm down. It doesn't mean that you are going to die. It is
merely a metaphor for the "end" of something. Some
(1) End of your connection to
God/spirit/higher self/Source, etc. It's simply something along the lines of a "spiritual death,"
i.e., separation from God; but in reality it is impossible to be
completely separated from God/Source since God is Light (1John 1:5) and
God is Love (1John 4:8); So, no matter how bad our spiritual condition,
we still have that connection available to us.
(2) End of an aspect of you. Have
you ever said, "I'm not that person anymore." Well, that
old person "died" and a new person was "born."
Could be a good dream!
Now, I have dreamed that I had
died and gone to hell. But, I didn't actually experience the death
in the dream. See my dream
In my dream log, I have several examples
of dreams that I've had regarding death.
|To see the
personification of Death (AKA: Thanatos, Grim Reaper, The Reaper
of Souls, Death), could have any number of possible interpretations
depending upon the other aspects of the dream.
Generally speaking, he is ancient
archetype representing "death," or the passage of the soul
from the body into the "underworld," i.e., the spirit world;
BUT, to see him in your dream does NOT mean that you are going to die.
It is nothing to be afraid of. It
may be a manifestation of your waking fears of death. Your
sleeping mind (or unconscious mind) is often a reflection of your waking
mind (your conscious mind). So, if you have been thinking about
death a lot lately, you might manifest him in your dreams. It's
all in your mind.
Also, there is a possibility that this
is a variation of the classic "death" dream, which merely
signifies the END of something or some aspect of your life.
for a Demon...
(see "Evil Spirit")
|- To see (and/or converse with) the Devil in a dream
signifies one's baser self: (one's Id, in Freudian psychology). It
can be quite disconcerting to a religious person to have a dream of the
Devil, but it is nothing to be worried about, it is just an archetype.
If one sees A creature which is half humanoid and half
goat (Baphomet), that's
not the Devil, it is some made-up creature, invented in the mind of
Eliphas Levi in 1854. It was said to be the idol of the Templars,
but that is not true. The idol of the Templars was part cat and
part human. But, whatever... if you think it is the Devil,
or the creature identifies him/herself as the Devil, then it is the
archetype of one's Id.
Some people have "dreaming NDLEs, wherein they see and even talk
with the Devil." [NDLE = Near-Death-Like Experience], which
could also be categorized as an OBE (Out-of-Body Experience), since
they were not close to death, but merely in an altered state of
consciousness. See my NDE
page for more information.
||If the dinosaurs are
attacking you, see "MONSTERS". If not, the other aspects
of the dream need to be considered, especially feelings. [Emotions
are the ONLY thing that can be taken literally in a dream.]
||To be dirty
signifies being "soiled" with either sin OR a bad reputation
See also 'bathing'.
See also 'cleaning'.
See also 'washing'.
||DOWN = BAD
(UP = GOOD)
Going downward in a dream signifies a debasement of one's
self (if one's self goes down) or others (if others are seen going down)
||- It depends upon which kind of dragon (and the color).
- WESTERN DRAGON (WITH WINGS) If you see a Western dragon (either black or red), it is NOT
good. It IS an ancient archetype of DARKNESS and could signify some kind of evil. (see
"Devil" OR "Evil Spirit" or "Nightmare").
- ORIENTAL DRAGON (NO WINGS) If you see an Eastern dragon, it signifies fortune of some
kind. All colors of Eastern dragons are good, but the exact
meaning may vary depending upon the color of the dragon. For
- WHITE might signify purity or cleanliness of heart.
might signify the sky (and/or water from the sky).
- RED might
signify earth (and/or terrestrial waters).
might signify the depths of the sea, depths of the night sky (cosmic
sea), OR depths of one's own soul.
||see "down" and "water"
|FEMALE (girls, women)
||To see a female figure
(especially one's mother) represents the non-work and more feminine related
parts of one's life, mostly that would include one's love life and one's
family life, because anciently (and to some extent, today as well) women were seen as
the more romantic, loving, and emotional beings.
Thus, to see a female baby signifies the
BEGINNING of a romantic or family-related project.
See also "male".
|- The meaning COULD differ from
CULTURE to culture and depends
upon the TYPE & COLOR & CONDITION of fish seen. Therefore,
please keep all those factors in mind.
- To catch a beautiful, healthy fish signifies fortune.
- To try and catch fish, but to fail signifies lean
times or misfortune or failure in some project or venture in real life.
- Empty fishing nets would be along the
lines of misfortune and failure.
||- Flying is generally good, but it depends upon the
"feelings" one feels while flying
- To fly freely and easily, without effort (accompanied by feelings of
joy, freedom, and/or excitement) signifies success in one's life
(however one defines success, and that differs from person to person).
- To have great effort in flying signifies barely keeping one's head
above water, (see also "water").
- To be chased while flying is bad.
||Something new "springing
up" (usually good).
|Fruit is the universal symbol of "plenty",
unless one sees spoiled or rotten fruit, which would signify something
gone terribly wrong.
||If in good condition, they
signify success (see also: jewelry).
||To see or converse with God is an
unusual dream indeed, and frankly, I don't know the significance, but it could
be the same as "angel" (see "angel" for more
people have "dreaming NDEs," wherein they believe they see
and/or talk with a deity, whether it be Jesus or another 'god'.
Since the person is not close to death, it might be better to classify
such experiences as OBEs (Out-of-Body Experiences), rather than NDEs
(Near-Death Experiences). Anyhow, I have another page that deals
with such subject matter. Please see my NDE
|The meaning depends upon the USE of the gold.
- If the
gold was used/valued for its monetary worth, then see "money".
- If the gold was used for something else, it could have another
||Each color can have a good or bad meaning, depending upon
the other aspects of the dream; OR, it could have no meaning at all,
which is why I hesitate putting this information here, because you might
get the wrong idea. Always, the other aspects of the dream must be
accounted for first, so take caution.
- BLONDE (yellow hair) = enlightenment
- RED (orange hair or reddish
brown hair) = passion
- BRUNETTE (brown) = mother earth
- BLACK (as NIGHT) = the unknown, the cryptic,
the occulted, the mysterious
- GRAY [I honestly don't know... it could symbolize old age and wisdom, but
that would be just a guess]
- WHITE (color of "pure" snow): [It could
||Being in and/or escorted to heaven signifies great
achievement and fulfillment (If it's a dream and not a vision, it's an archetype!)
For Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE) or
Near Death Experiences (NDE), please see my NDE
|Being in (and/or sent to) HELL is
not good. It would signify the opposite of a heaven dream.
Therefore it would signify a general sense of failure or a sense that
life is a living hell. It could also be a variation of the
"trapped" dream (see "trapped" for more details).
If the "dream" of HELL seemed
too real to be a dream, you could have had an OBE
|HOUSE / HOME
||- If you see YOUR house (the one you spent the most time in
as a child), it signifies the housing of your soul (i.e., your body).
- If you see another house (not your own), I'm not sure what it could
||The key point of
a hotel, is that it is "temporary" (i.e., temporary
lodging). So, clearly it is representing something temporary in
have any of a number of meanings, depending upon the other factors in
In a dream that somebody sent
me, the person was trapped, and would not be allowed to
"check out". It could represent a feeling of being
trapped in the wrong body. If this is your case, see
See also "RENTAL PROPERTY".
||A creature (often thought to be a demon) which either
seduces or rapes women in their sleep.
- Being seduced...
- If you enjoyed being seduced, it signifies great pleasure (in real
- If you did not
enjoy being seduced or felt guilty afterward, it signifies a false
adulation or receiving adulation on false grounds.
- Being raped = Violation of one's privacy. (That is to say
that in real life your privacy has been violated).
||To see yourself
in jail or prison is a "trap" dream. See
|Jewels generally signify
living in the lap of luxury, but that all depends upon the condition of
Caveat: it could be what I call a
"wishful-thinking dream". Sometimes we have dreams where
our wishes "come true".
Metaphor: also, it could be a
metaphor for spiritual "treasure". Not a physical,
tangible treasure, but rather an intangible treasure, like true love,
family relationships, or even "treasures in heaven".
See also treasure.
|The meanings will differ to each culture, but in the West,
those creatures are seen as the enemies to humans, and are generally bad
signs, unless the creatures appear friendly in the dream, in which case,
it could be a VERY good sign.
OTHER FACTORS of the dream should be
taken into account. When I was little, I had a recurring dream of
being chased by a lion and fearing for my life, and feeling helpless to
do anything about it. Clearly that was not a good thing. It
symbolized my feelings of not being in control of my life.
|MALE (man, men)
||Seeing a male figure represents one's
work (especially seeing one's father), since in
ancient times (and even today to a great extent) men were the major
"bread-winners" of a family. [Now, feminists don't get upset
at me, these are ancient archetypes].
Thus, to see a male baby signifies the incipience of a work-related
See also "female".
||- Money is the ancient archetype of something precious,
something of value, but not in a concrete, tangible sense; more of a
- To gain money denotes an accruement of something to which someone
attributes much sentimental value.
- To lose money denotes a loss of something to which someone attributes
much sentimental value.
- That's not to say that one cannot place sentimental value upon
money... many do, and so sometimes money can signify money (or
- It all depends on what one values (especially at the time of the
||- If you see monsters, it is not good.
If you see them
in your house, it means you've got a viral or bacterial infection.
To see the monsters (and/or dinosaurs) running around the house and to fight the monsters
means that your body is fighting against the infection.
...as "house" represents one's
Monsters would include dinosaurs, strange-looking creatures that
you've never seen before, giant bugs, or any combination thereof.
||- "Mare" in Middle English, meant
"evil spirit", which attacked people in their
"Incubus" and "Succubus."
- To see an evil spirit can
have several possible meanings. To battle against an evil spirit
and win is good. It means that you have overcome some obstacle in
life. To lose would signify failure.
- To be taken (captured)
or chased by an evil spirit, would signify a debased or immoral character.
||1 = UNITY / UNIFICATION /
2 = OPPOSITION
3 = GOVERNMENT (rule, leadership, etc.)
4 = END / CHANGE (death, judgment, end of one cycle, turning over a new
5 = OVERCOMING (success, immortality, etc.)
6 = CREATION / PROCREATION (sex)
7 = COMPLETION / REST
8 = NEW BEGINNINGS (birth)
9 = TRIAL, TRAVAIL, TRIBULATION
10 => 1+0 = 1 = UNITY
11 => 1+1 = 2 = OPPOSITION (If you defeat the opposition, you become
a MASTER, because 11 is the "master number")
12 => 1+2 = 3 = GOVERNMENT
13 => 1+3 = 4 = END / CHANGE
14 => 1+4 = 5 = OVERCOMING
15 => 1+5 = 6 = CREATION / PROCREATION
20 => 2+0 = 2 = OPPOSITION
40 => 4+0 = 4 = END /CHANGE / JUDGMENT / PURGING
666 => 6+6+6 = 18 => 1+8 = 9 TRIAL / TRAVAIL / TRIBULATION
||- To see one's
self... I have no idea. If you see yourself sleeping,
you are probably having an Out of Body Experience (OBE).
- To be experiencing the
dream as one's self, simply means one's self.
||To have an orgasm in a dream signifies great fulfillment
of joy in one's life.
(Unless you are male and have a wet dream,
in which case it means nothing).
|To be living in
a rental signifies a temporary station - could be a temporary job, or a
I have this recurring dream that I'm
living in my father's rental. I never understood what it meant
until now: father represents my business life, and I move around a
lot for my work. Clearly, because of the "father"
figure, it represents my current station/post of business (which changes
a lot, as I am a global nomad).
See also "Hotel".
||If one is running in one's dream, it signifies trying to
escape from a given situation. If one tries to run, but is either
thwarted or runs in slow motion, it signifies not seeing a way out of a
bad situation (in real life)
See also "chase", "scream", and "trap".
|SAVING A LIFE
||Saving a life means that a project, which seemed in
trouble or "near death" has been resuscitated, and hope for the
project is renewed.
The closer the individual that you saved is to you, the more
important the project.
||Going to school (any kind of
learning institution), especially for one
who has already completed his/her formal education, signifies attending
the "school of life" or in the vernacular: "the school of
hard knocks". My alma mater has the following written on a
school monument: "The World is Our Campus", and so it
is. And so it is.
Basically, it means that there is
something that you need to learn.
||Screaming may have no significance other than the
expression of frustration; BUT, to try and scream, but nothing comes out
has a special significance... it means one is in a bad situation and
sees no way out. It the same with feeling (being) trapped in a
See also "trap" and "run".
||If enjoyed, it signifies great pleasure, but if one fails
to achieve orgasm, it means a lack of fulfillment in one's life.
(This interpretation has its limits. For example, if one is male
and he has a wet dream, well then the sex doesn't mean anything).
|See "fountain" and
||If you are male, you might be seduced by a succubus.
This represents your overactive libido, nothing to be worried about.
Probably means that you are undersexed. (SEE ALSO: SEX)
||- Swimming can be good or bad...
- To swim freely and without much effort (usually in clean, clear
water) signifies good fortune.
- To try and swim, but to have difficulty in doing so, signifies
trouble in one's real life (barely keeping one's head above water).
(SEE ALSO: DROWNING)
|TRAP / trapped
||To feel or be
literally trapped in a dream signifies,
feeling or being figuratively trapped in some situation in real life.
mean real treasure or financial wealth.
It is a metaphor/symbol of the true
"treasures" in life, such as: abundance of peace, love,
If you are truly happy with your life,
you may see treasure in your dream.
|TREE / trees
|- The meaning depends upon the kind and condition of the
- In ancient times, trees were universal symbols of all life (all living
- A SMALL/SHORT/BABY TREE = a child
- A TALL TREE = an adult
- A HEALTHY TREE = a good, healthy, and spiritual and/or moral life
- AN UNHEALTHY TREE = a bad, unhealthy, and/or immoral life
||UP = GOOD,
DOWN = BAD
Going up in a dream signifies
exultation and/or exaltation (but not in the
religious sense). I mean it means climbing the so-called ladder of
||- The meaning depends heavily upon
the CULTURE, the TYPE and the CONDITION of the vegetable(s).
- AMERICAN ABORIGINES : CORN = one's
- ORIENT : RICE = one's living
- THE WEST : BREAD = one's living
washing is a good thing. It signifies cleansing one's life.
Washing clothes = repentance;
penance [Note: your born-again Christians probably would never
have this dream, because their conscious paradigm is that they cannot
cleanse themselves of their sins; In their paradigm only Jesus can
wash their clothes.]
Washing dishes = cleaning up a
mess (See also: "Cleaning"). If you dirtied the dishes
yourself, then you are cleaning up your own figurative mess. If
other people dirtied the dishes, you are figuratively cleaning up their
Washing your face = repairing
your reputation. Ex.) egg on your face means your reputation has
been soiled. Face = reputation in all cultures. "To
lose face" means to lose your good reputation. So, washing
your face means fixing your reputation.
Washing hands = you are absolving
yourself from the sins (or dirty deeds) of others. Ex.) "I
wash my hands of it."
See also "Cleaning".
See also "Bathing".
See also "Dirty".
||- Water can have many meanings depending upon the
- CLEAN / CLEAR WATER = good
(fortuitous), especially bathing in it (see
- DIRTY / MURKY WATER = bad (unfortunate), especially if one is in the
- REMEMBER THE RULE: UP = GOOD,
DOWN = BAD
- SINKING = BAD
- FLOATING = GOOD
See also: "bath", "drowning",
||A waterfall could have two meanings, depending upon the context:
1. To see a beautiful landscape containing a beautiful waterfall,
may not have any meaning by itself.
2. To be going down a waterfall (see "down") is
BAD. It means you are going DOWN.
||Seeing or visiting a zoo is
not an archetype, the meaning would vary depending upon all the
particulars of the dream.
to Interpret your own Dreams
Interpreting a dream is
usually very easy!
PREFACE: If you want
to save us all a lot of time, I can tell you what the dream was about right
now... It was about some major event of the day just preceding the dream
OR whatever was preoccupying your mind just prior to sleep. "Nahhhhhhhhhhh!"
you say? "Bull Caca!" you say? Well,
just follow the following step-by-step process of interpreting your dream and
you'll see that I'm right.
The Process of Dream
Take stock of your emotions during the dream, for they are the only thing that
can be taken at "face value" besides yourself. Whatever emotions
you experience in a dream are REAL! They are perhaps the most important
part of the dream for dream interpretation!
Write down the major symbols of the dream and look them up on the reference
table of dream archetypes above.
If you cannot find a symbol on the table above, you may contact me (or for
faster results try other websites).
Put it all together. You will see a thread or theme of the dream.
That is what your dream is about. Look back to what happened just prior to
sleep and you will see a correlation.
Example of Dream Interpretation:
On June 8, 2004, I had a dream just before getting up.
I'll tell you the dream, then I'll interpret it for you.
I was back at home in the states and all the family was there,
but it seemed to be long ago, not present day. For instance, I was
younger, and my siblings were younger than they are now.
We were having a big feast, much like we used to on Christmas
Eve. Suddenly, one of my younger brothers started choking on
something. I was first to see, and called attention to my father, saying,
"Dad, Dad! Look! J is choking!"
Dad and I ran over to him. Dad picked him up, but didn't
know what to do. My brother was turning a dark purple in the face,
signifying a lack of oxygen. I yelled, "Heimlich!
Hiemlich!" But, my dad did nothing. I grabbed my brother and
started administering the Heimilich maneuver. Nothing. I turned him
over and pounded on his back. Nothing. My brother was starting to
turn a pale blue, signifying a severe lack of oxygen. Finally, I stuck my
finger in his mouth to initiate the vomiting reflex. As I did so, the pink
color came back to his face and he smiled at me. I asked, "Are you
okay?" and he nodded "Yes".
The end. I woke up.
At first, when I awoke, I was at a loss as to the meaning of the
dream, but as I began to analyze it rationally, the meaning became clear.
Saving a life means the resuscitation
of a "dying" or
"seemingly dead" project. My brother is male. That means
it is a work-related project. He was the second closest brother to me
the one that I mentored throughout our lives (yet the closest
emotionally). I felt a great affinity for
the brother in my dream. Thus the project is a very important project, one
very dear to my heart.
For the past couple months I have been working on a work-related
project (to find a job). It is a very desperate project, one very dear to
my heart, because I need it to support my son and myself. I finally found
one in a country, which shall remain nameless, but I was VERY worried that I
would not get the work visa. In fact, after I sent all the necessary
documents, it took a long time to get word back from my prospective
employer. I was getting really worried. Yesterday, I received email
that notified me that my work visa had been approved. Naturally, I was
Obviously, the dream was about that.
I tried to find special meaning
in my dreams. I hoped to communicate with God, or receive portents and
omens for the future. I found none of that. All I found was a
mirror. I saw myself (my life) replayed in my mind's eyes, each
night. After ten years of research into my own dreams, I became bored with
the study. I did not need to be reminded of things I already knew. I
did not find it to be a productive use of my time.
In conclusion, I'd like to say that things cannot be taken at
face value in a dream, except two things: (1) yourself always represents
yourself (your mind), (2) your emotions. Everything else is symbolic. It would appear that our
subconscious chooses to communicate with our conscious through imagery and not
words. But, more often than not, our subconscious appears to
"mirror" the experiences in our daily life.
I have made this page for you, my readers, in hopes of
helping you understand your own psyche a bit better.
Special Note to Parents
Does your child frequently have nightmares? Does he/she
wake up screaming in the middle of the night? I hope I can help both of
you. Read on...
First of all, it is probably not good to expose young children
to scary stories or scary films; definitely NO horror films! They tend to believe them and are frightened by
them, and will have recurring nightmares about them for many years. [I
know! I have.]
Secondly, if the child is sick, the child will
possibly see monsters (in his/her dreams) either trying to invade his/her home, or
attacking his/her home, and this can be very
scary. Tell the child that the little monsters (from the dreams) are
symbolic of germs (bacteria and viruses); and the home represents one's
body. Germs (such as bacteria and viruses) can be found in the air (around
sick people) and in bad (spoiled) food and on the ground (especially in the
soil). So, it is important to wash hands often. When those monsters
(germs) get into our bodies, we have
bad dreams (about them). Here, take this medicine; it will kill the
little monsters (germs), so
that you can sleep peacefully. [I have done this with my own child.
It works very well.]
If the child is not sick, but still sees monsters, the meaning
is that there is somebody in the child's life who terrorizes the child, and the
child sees no way out (because he/she is too little and powerless to stop the
terror). It is the duty of the parent to find out who or what it is that
terrifies the child. It could be a bully at school, or worse (but I won't
go into that, you know what I mean).
Our children are extremely sensitive and lack the
ability to deal with terrifying things. [I have learned that what we
adults call "common sense" is NOT innate, but rather a learned
phenomenon; Children are NOT born with so-called 'common sense'. We
have to teach them 'common sense'!] It is our duty as parents to provide
terror-free environments for our children to grow up in. Sometimes that is
impossible. In such cases, it is the duty of parents to help their
children cope with potentially terrifying situations.
For instance, the first day of school can be a terrifying
experience. The night of the first day of school can produce
nightmares. Teaching the child how to make new friends can be a great
stress-reliever for a child. Children are not born with the knowledge
about how to make friends, you know.
Bullying is a huge problem in America's schools (and
all around the world). It is terrible that children should have to be subjected
to such atrocity. For more information, see my issues
in education page. I have been exposed to bullying when I was in
elementary school, and it was truly terrifying. I wouldn't be surprised it
resulted in my recurring dreams when I tried to run, but couldn't, and tried to
scream, but couldn't.
Believe you me, if I ever see a child bullying another child,
I will do everything in my power to stop it.
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