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The underworld, which contains ghosts, ghouls, demons and inferior matters, has been pictured so often as frightening that it often appears in dreams as the abyss. On a very profound level, the void or abyss is the unknowable, that part of the cosmos that is beyond our understanding. Considering the meaning of the void or abyss and exploring doubts and fears may help with interpretation of your dream.

Psychological / emotional perspective: There is a fear of losing control, of a loss of identity, or of some type of failure. More positively, it is possible to go beyond our own boundaries or present experience. Also the abyss indicates our coming to terms with opposites such as right and wrong, good and bad.

To be on the edge of the abyss suggests having to come to terms with our own fears.

Material aspects: To dream of an abyss indicates that you recognize within yourself the so-called bottomless pit or void. This is an aspect of the unknown which all of us must face at some time or another in our lives. It signifies risky action which must be taken without knowledge of what the outcome is going to be.

Often, an abyss is seen as a hurdle or something to overcome. Trying to avoid slipping into an abyss means you will overpower a current situation or problem. Tumbling into an abyss, on the other hand, can be viewed as a signal to use extreme care as trouble could arise in current business situations.

An abyss can always be considered an obstacle.

If you can manage to keep from falling into one in your dreams, though it may look like you will, you will overcome your current problem. However, falling into the abyss, is a stern warning that you should be very careful, as there may be danger present in your business dealings.

Exercise caution for there is possible danger ahead.

An abyss can also mean an invitation—to adventure, opportunity... or danger.

Precipice. This dream usually appears when we are in crisis, or when a crisis has almost been overcome, making room for its deeper meaning. Difficulties in life, critical situations, require decisions. You are looking for help.

A challenge to look deeper inside, accepting your own deeper soul.

Dreaming of an abyss or chasm represents feelings of emptiness and frustration. Something you have devoting time to is not worth the effort.

To dream of any hollow space is a sign of difficulties ahead; it is an obstacle dream.

If you escape from the Abyss, you will overcome your troubles, but if you fall therein, then be careful in your business affairs. Do not lend money, for it will not be returned to you.

1. A feeling of being lost, or with no way out of one’s life.

2. A project the dreamer is devoting time to isn’t worth it.

3. Danger coming from someone the dreamer is dealing with, such as a business contact.

4. Male fear of getting romantically involved.

Dreams of an abyss represent that you are connecting with your deeper nature, going beyond the superficial to where your inner rivers run deep and you feel your connection with the soul of the world.

If you are afraid of this abyss, then this dream is assisting you to process your fears of your power, death, overwhelm, or inadequacy.

1- To dream of an abyss indicates the dreamer recognises within themselves the so-called bottomless pit or void. This is an aspect of the unknown which all of us must face at some time or another in our lives. It is a risky action which must be taken without knowledge of what the outcome is going to be.

2- There is a fear of losing control, of a loss of identity, or of some type of failure. More positively, it is possible to go beyond our own boundaries or present experience.

Also the abyss indicates our coming to terms with oppositcs such as right or wrong, good and bad.

3- The Underworld, and inferior matters, appears in dreams as the abyss.

To dream of looking into an abyss, means that you will be confronted by threats of seizure of property, and that there will be quarrels and reproaches of a personal nature which will unfit you to meet the problems of life.

For a woman to be looking into an abyss, foretells that she will burden herself with unwelcome cares.

If she falls into the abyss her disappointment will be complete; but if she succeeds in crossing, or avoiding it, she will reinstate herself.

Take caution, you may be being warned of upcoming danger or loss in the near future. Read and reread before signing anything. Be especially attentive to any loopholes either written or verbal. Watch for any large potholes or the like when driving (or walking). Are you involved in a non-ending situation, relationship, etc.(or about to become involved in one)? You may receive an invitation or opportunity to experience adventure (possibly one with danger involved).

If the dreamer falls into one, a caution is being given not to get involved in something that will cause you misfortune. It could be of a personal nature.

If the dreamer does not fall, but explores into the abyss, it is an indication that unconscious/subconscious matters are trying to come to light to be released from the dreamer. They are seeking resolution and completion so peace may be gained in those areas. Also - This is an obstacle dream.

If you avoid the fall, you will overcome your difficulties; however, if you fall into the abyss, it is a warning that you must be extremely careful in your business dealings. 

Looking into an abyss, but escaping from falling into it, is a portent of the successful solution of a difficult problem.

Impending danger, a dream of warning (Artemidorus) ; an erotic dream of warning (Freud) ; physiologists interpret this dream as a symptom of vertigo, due to apoplexy, etc.

(see Alley, Bridge, Cauldron, Chalice, Cliff, Hole, Sky, Space)

Standing at the edge of: Your own subconscious, things you’ve long buried, hidden talents, or other matters that often get overlooked.

The abyss goes on seeminglv forever into darkness, and can be very frightening, even as discovering your own true nature can be frightening until you take the first step.

Experiencing spontaneous inspiration for a new project, as if it comes out of nowhere. Alternatively, a limitation to be overcome.

Ancient meaning: Tlie primordial womb; a deep cavern of fertility and the gate of life through which we all pass.

Real or perceived dangers.

The size of the abyss indicates how “big” you believe the hazard to be. Alternatively, following a route that goes nowhere, or one that may eventually prove self-destructive.

A bridge appearing across: Personal, dramatic changes in lifestyle or beliefs that imply some risk.

For example, if you’re thinking of getting married, the risk might be vulnerability- or failure.

Unseen or unrealized potential. In Greek mythology, the black abyss gave birth to all cosmic matter. Similarly, in the Tarot, the Fool stands near the edge of a huge cliff before starting on his path toward enlightenment.

An abyss in a dream is considered an obstacle.

If you don’t fall into the abyss in your dream, you will overcome any current problems. However, if you slip into the abyss, you should be very careful in your business dealings, for there is danger waiting for you.



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Keywords of this dream: Abyss

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Dreams often represent learning as an organic pro­cess. Ideas are taken in, digested, then form pan of an organic whole in an integrated system. Seeing something absorbed in a dream may represent the taking in of ideas, or even poison­ous feelings, depending upon what the dream images are.

abyss If feared, fear of losing control, failure; loss of iden­tity; death. Without fear going beyond the boundaries of one’s own limitations, concepts, present experience. Literally it is an entrance into enormous potential, the as yet unformed.

The ability to do this gives tremendous liberation to the dreamer, freeing them from restricting rigid concepts or habits of thinking, responding and relating. See falling. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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(see Abyss, Dead End, Path)

An unlit alley: Lurking potential for danger (see Darkness).

Being mugged in an alley: Unanticipated misfortune that leaves you feeling violated or out of control (see Banking: robbeiy).

Light at the end of an alley: Hope. Traversing a dark time to find renewal (see Tunnel).... The Language of Dreams

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Feeling overburdened, fear of the difficulties ahead. Descending into an abyss means paying attention to the unconscious, because that is where the reason for the present difficulties resides. Falling into an abyss is usually accompanied by feelings of depression, similar to those connected to Ashes, Murder, and Trap. Turning away from an abyss is often a sign of having turned a blind eye to the facts; it points to emotional grief.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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Something has come to an end, has been completely dissolved. Ashes often signify weakness, the loss of vitality, and act as a reminder to enjoy life and have fun. Symbol of the Phoenix, the Bird, who, after total self-condemnation, sets himself on Fire, only to be born again by rising from the ashes. In that sense, the ashes are a sign of rebirth, transformation and, in the last analysis, of Birth, and Death.

One feels burned out, with no interests (depression, as in Abyss and Murder). Insults, disappointments, Illness, and the Death of a loved one can create such dreams. Guilt, blame, and atonement for transgressions (Ash Wednesday, the mark on the forehead). Glowing ashes point to self-reflection and purification.

According to C. G. Jung, ashes were in the olden days seen as protection from demons, particularly against the ghosts of death. In addition, ashes are the product of cremation.

The physical shell must be completely destroyed before the soul can become free.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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In spiritual terms a black hole has the same connotation as the void or the abyss.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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(see Abyss, Basket, Cauldron, Chalice)

Womanhood. In ancient Egypt, a symbol of the divine feminine principle and womb of origination.

Generative force and creativity. Babylonians regarded the cosmos as the mixing bowl of the Areat Goddess.

Cosmic powers and influences. Native Americans use an inverted bowl to represent the heavens, which are indirectly linked to the ancestors (see Space, Stars).

Consider the type of bowl for more meaning.

For example, a mixing bowl might represent your need to better blend the various components of your life into balance.... The Language of Dreams

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A frequent symbol in dreams and mythology, the bridge spans an abyss. It is often a place of danger and of falling; you are crossing a boundary. In the Catholic faith, the protector is Saint Napomuk, patron saint of bridges. Uniting, re-establishing relationships; contradictions are bridged.

If the dreamer has self-confidence, the fear of the abyss may be going away, but although the bridge becomes wider and is safe, it is still a place of danger.

The condition of the bridge is important. How are you feeling on the bridge? When you have crossed the bridge, you have done a lot of inner work. Changes have taken place (you have reached the other shore).

In the Koran, the bridge over hell is as thin as a thread and can only be crossed by the righteous. In Celtic lore, there exists a bridge of horror that is also as narrow as a thread.

The bridge always spans an abyss in which spirits, the devil, or God resides. Often in the dream one must bring a sacrifice in order to cross the bridge.

For that reason we often see chapels on the bridge where the sacrifice has to be offered. Jung related the symbol of the bridge to the unconscious. He saw the unconscious as different islands in the sea.

For him, the bridge connected these islands and is therefore a symbol of working toward a strong consciousness.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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(see Archway) Transitions, especially if you are moving from one side to the other (see Abyss).

Standing in the middle of: A critical decision that is very difficult. Look to see what lies on each side of the bridge for greater detail.

Birth and death. Bridges span a gulf, and by so doing allow a soul to move freely from one state to the next.

Connections and communication.

If the bridge reaches to someone who is far away, or someone with whom communication has been severed, this may indicate a longing or need to reconnect to that individual.

Is the bridge on fire} If so, be absolutely certain that whatever this overpass represents is a bridge that you really want to burn.... The Language of Dreams

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1- To be on the brink of something in a dream literally means we are on the edge of something. This will have a profound effect on our lives or of those around us.

2- We may have difficulty in sorting out what Is rational or irrational behaviour.

3- There is the move towards darkness. and then there is the abyss.

The dreamer should be careful and aware - of a downward spiritual spiral.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Symbol of the dreamer s psychic energy; a path laid out by tradition. Life is too regulated and artificial.

A desire to change. On the other hand, the canal also implies “draining,” which makes land productive. There is a desire to be cleansed and rinsed out in order to become productive again. This cleansing also suggests the desire to reduce feelings (water). In the end, this dream symbol represents a matter of “emotional economy.

The condition of the water is important. Clear water is positive and means health and energy. Cloudy water is negative and means illness and depression, as in Clouds, Abyss, and Ashes.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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(see Abyss, Basket, Bowl, Chalice, Circle, Forge, Water)

The symbol of the triune, primordial Goddess and birth giver (because of its shape and having three legs).

Fertility, femininity, and procreativity.

Magical power. In Indian mythos, Indra drank from three cauldrons to empower himself with mystical energy.

Wisdom, insight, and knowledge. According to Teutonic stories, there are three great cauldrons in the earth’s center containing beverages that impart these beneficial characteristics. Odin, the ruler of the gods, was believed to have drunk from all three.

Creativity. Among the Celts, the Cauldron of Cerridwen dispensed the muse to any who partook of it.... The Language of Dreams

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(see Abyss, Basket, Beverages by type, Bowl, Circle, Cauldron)

Alternative womb and fertility symbol, especially if filled with liquid (see Milk, Juice, Water, Wine).

Arthurian and Druidical lore identify this emblem as the grail, the cup that signifies humankind’s connection with nature and each other.

Christian: The sacredness of life and the quality of forgiveness (the cup of Christ’s blood). In this case, do you drink freely of what’s offered you, or pour it away?

Unity. In Gypsy, pagan, and Hebrew marriage and courtship rites, people drinking from one cup link their destinies and become as one.

Refusing: Wishing to avert a personal trial that is really unavoidable (note the story of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane). Alternatively, rejecting an opportunity for friendship or camaraderie because of suspicious motivations.

In Eastern philosophy, a cup is shaped by what it contains. What metaphorical beverages do you incorporate into yourself by drinking of this cup?... The Language of Dreams

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Feelings about death, sex, the unconscious or the unknown. See abyss; valley. See also falling. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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(see Abyss, Balloon, Basket, Bowl, Cauldron, Chalice, Coins, Satellite Dish, Zero)

Wholeness, totality, centering. Halos, for example, symbolize spiritual wholeness and focus (see Light).

Freudian: A vaginal emblem or symbol of femininity due to its shape.

Equality and unity.

The round table of King Arthur’s court gave everyone an equal voice and symbolized the solidarity of Britain.

Protected or sacred space. In the first century B.C.E., magicians were sometimes called “circle drawers” because ritual magic uses this emblem to contain power. Similarly, % fairy ring safeguards its residents from mortals.

Going around in circles: Being trapped in progressively worse cycles, outmoded ideas, or a static lifestyle with little achievement.

A circle with a point in the center is a type of mandala emblem representing personal wholeness, order, harmony, and healing.

God or divine influences and protection. There is a Hindu saying that God is an unbroken circle without a circumference, being nowhere and everywhere.... The Language of Dreams

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See Abyss. Fear of Falling. Falling down the precipice means either fear of difficulties and adversity or a challenge to let go (See Shot, Brook, Elevator, Trapdoor). Moving up a cliff indicates that adversity can positively affect the outcome; the situation is improving.

You want to get some perspective on your life. It may also mean that you have difficulty in advancing socially, as in Climbing, Obstacle, Exam / Test, Summit.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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(see Abyss)

A crucial turning point in life that requires a decision, especially one pertaining to polarities, such as “good” versus “evil” or action versus waiting.

Real or perceived danger that exists in your current situation. Are you about to dive into something without really looking first?

Falling off of: A type of falling dream in which it’s important to figure out exactly what the cliff represents.... The Language of Dreams

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(See Black, Blindness, Night) Mysteries, the unknown, hidden matters, elusive truths, and the subconscious. Oppressive darkness: Depression, gloom, or despair. Being lost in: Frustration from the lack of di rection, or a fear of death.

An alternative womb emblem (see Abyss, Space).

A light in the darkness: Hope, troubles coming to an end, truth being revealed.... The Language of Dreams

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

The symbols of death or the fear of death can be: sunset; evening; a crossed river or falling in a river, a skeleton; snarling dogs; sleep; anaesthetic; gravestones; ceme­tery; blackness, or something black; ace of spades; a fallen mirror; stopped clock; a pulled tooth; an empty abyss, the chill wind; falling leaves; a withering plant; an empty house; a lightning-struck tree; coffin; struggling breaths; the dead ani­mal in the gutter; the rotting carcass, underground; the depths of the sea; the Void.

What lies beyond death is conjecture, but the archetype of death we are considering is not completely about physical death. It is about our observation of it in others; our concep­tions of it gained from our culture and our impressions; the feelings which generate around our experiences and thoughts; our attempts to deal with our own aging and approach to death, plus what material the deeper strata of our unconscious release regarding it. It is about how our sense of conscious personal existence meets the prospect of its disintegration.

Unless we can come to terms with what is behind the haunting images of death we meet in our dreams, we fail to live fully and daringly, we are too haunted by death lurking in the shadows of injury and the unknown. Images of death and the associated emotions, carried within for years, can have a negative influence on our health. Coming to terms means the courage to feel the emotions of fear or chill and discover them for what they are—emotions. They are certainly not death, only our feelings about it.

The differences shown in the two following examples illustrate the avoiding and the meeting. Example: 4So to get to the bedroom I had to jump across this gap. I tried to jump but missed and I fell and hit the bottom.

The next thing I remember was I was floating up. I looked down and saw myself lying face down with arms spread out and I suddenly realised I was dead. I was so frightened that I woke up. I had the feelings of fear of dying, but I felt no pain’ (Cath). Example: “Suddenly I was in a huge underground cav­ern. It was hundreds of feet high and as wide. It had two great statues in it, both to do with death.

The whole place overpow­ered me with a sense of decay and skeletal death, darkness, underground, earth, the end. I cried out in the dismal cave, “Death, where is your sting! Grave, where is your victory!” I immediately had the sense of being a bodiless awareness. I knew this was what occurred at death. Fear and the sense of decay left me’ (Andrew).

Summarising these and many other dreams, it is not only the accumulated images of death, but also bodilessness and loss of power and identity which bring so much fear. There are two antipodes of human experience. At the tip of one is focused self-determining self consciousness. At the tip of the other is unfocused void without identity. Strangely enough we experience both each day in some degree—the first while awake, the second when we sleep. Yet to face the second with consciousness feels like all the horrors of death and loss. Yet facing it is important, especially to the second half of life.

The symbols of rebirth are: the cave; an egg; spring; the tree; the cross; dawn; emerging out of the sea; the snake; the bird; a seed; arising from the earth or faeces; green shoot from a dead branch; phoenix; flame; a pearl; the womb. Rebirth is as difficult to face as death. It holds within it not just the memones of the struggles and difficulties of our own physical birth and growth, but also the challenge of becoming the un­known future, the dark possibility, the new.

The dream of Andrew in the underground cavern is an example of positive rebirth. After realising himself as bodiless awareness he emerges from the cave and finds himself near a tree. Example: ‘A tremendous jolt of power poured into me from the tree. I saw that we had arrived at a place where a line of trees, about a 100 yards in length, stood very close together in a slight semicircle on the top of a bank.

The trees had great spiritual power and the place was a holy temple. Two spiritual beings were there—an ancient Earth Being, and Christ’ (Andrew).

The next example is of a dream typical of meeting memo­ries of physical birth. As can be seen, the experience is pow­erful enough to cause physical shaking. Example: All I can see of what I enter is a very narrow space with a light showing through. But immediately I enter I realise I have made a mis­take for I am being forced swiftly through a dark, very narrow tunnel. I feel pain as I am dragged along and I hear loud banging noises which frighten me, but although they are loud they seem to come from inside my head. I feel terrified and breathless and very relieved when I wake before reaching the end of the tunnel. In fact as I write this account I am shiver­ing” (female, anon). ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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This is the world of instincts and physical perceptions. As in Abyss, Cliff, Diving, we are talking here about delving into the unconscious. This image often points to the world of the feminine and is a warning that the male archetype is too dominant. Women, particularly, but men as well, will find their center and their own identity deep within themselves.

Social or economic decline. Fear of being destroyed. How did you descend? Where did you end up? Be clear about what you really want and where you can get the energy needed for the task.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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(see Camel, Oasis, Sand) Spiritual dryness.

A retreat to find and understand the sacred, as both Moses and Jesus did in the wilderness.

If you are alone or lost in the desert, a type of desertion dream.

A very dry abyss wherein one may either lose or find oneself.

An unforgiving situation over which you’ll have little control once you’ve entered into that domain.... The Language of Dreams

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Greece Antiphon, a Greek living in the fourth century bc. wrote the first known descriptive book of dreams. It was designed to be used for practical and profes­sional interpretations. He maintained that dreams are not cre­ated by supernatural powers but natural conditions. In the second century ad a similar book was written by Anemidorus, a Greek physician who lived in Rome. He claimed to have gathered his infonnation from ancient sources, possibly from the Egyptian dream book dating from the second millennium bc. He may have used works from the Assurbanipal library, later destroyed, which held one of the most complete collec­tions of dream literature. Anemidorus classified dreams into dreams, visions, oracles, fantasies and apparitions. He identi­fied two classes of dreams: the somnium, which forecast events; and the insomnium, which are concerned with present matters.

For the somnium dreams Anemidorus gave a dream dictionary.

For example, he said abyss meant an impending danger, a dream of warning, and to see a candle being lighted forecasts a binh, to exhibit a lighted candle augers content­ment and prosperity, a dimly burning candle shows sickness, sadness and delay. This last interpretation is taken from folk­lore of the times and, because dreams tend to use commonly used verbal images, was probably true. He maintained that a person’s name—that is their identity, and the family, national and social background from which they arose—has a bearing on what their dream means.

Plato (429-347 bc) said that even good men dream of un­controlled and violent actions, including sexual aggression. These actions are not committed by good men while awake, but criminals act them out without guilt. Democritus said that dreams are not products of an ethereal soul, but of visual impressions which influence our imagination. Aristotle (383— 322 bc) stated that dreams can predict future events. Earlier Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’, discovered that dreams can reveal the onset of organic illness. Such dreams, he said, can be seen as illogically representing external reality.

Hippocrates was born on the island of Kos. On the island was the famous temple dedicated to Aesculapius, the god of medicine. There were about 300 such temples in Greece alone, dedicated to healing through the use of dreams. Hip­pocrates was an Aesculapian, and learnt his form of dream interpretation from them. In such temples the patient would ritually have to cleanse themselves by washing, and abstain from sex, alcohol and even food. They would then be led into what was sometimes a subterranean room with harmless snakes in—these were the symbol of the god. In the morning the patients were asked their dream, and it was expected they would dream an answer to their illness or problem. There are many attestations to the efficacy of this technique from pa­tients. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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See Ladder, Stairs. Emotional changes, and the degree of those changes is expressed here. Caution, remaining aware of reality.

If the lift is moving up fast—advancement, high hopes.

If the elevator is moving down fast—to the point that it is uncomfortable—fear of letting go. See Abyss and Trapdoor.

If the elevator gets stuck, inferiority complex or strong inhibitions.

A symbol of Kundalini, vitality in Yoga. Advancement and wish for self-affirmation; or, fear of Falling, and Shooting. Being constricted, as in Siege, Amber, Village, and Trap, except not so extreme. Emotional transformation; becoming more aware without effort.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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Some dream researchers suggest falling is one of the main themes in dreams. In the sample used for this book, the words fall, falls, fell, falling occur 72 times in 1,000 dreams.

The words find, finds, finding, found occur 297 times. And the words connected with looking and seeing occur 1,077 times.

During our development or growth we ‘fall’ from our mother’s womb when ripe; being dropped by a parent must be our earliest sense of insecurity; we fall many times as we learn to stand and walk; as we explore our boundaries in running, climbing, jumping and riding, falling is a big danger, at times it could mean death. Out of this we create the ways falling is used in dreams.

Example: ‘I am sitting in a high window box facing out­wards, with my son and a friend of his on my left. I feel very scared of falling and ask my son and his friend to climb back into the building. I feel too scared to move until they shift’ (Trevor N). At the time of the dream Trevor was working, for the first time in his life, as a full-time freelance journalist. His wife was out of work and his frequency of sales low enough to cause them to be running out of money.

The building behind him in the dream felt like a place he had worked nine to five —security. Falling was failure, getting in debt, dropping into the feelings of self doubt and being incapable.

In general, then, falling represents loss of confidence; threat to usual sources of security such as relationship, source of money, social image, beliefs; tension. Sometimes it is loss of social grace; losing face, moral failure—falling into tempta­tion; coming down to earth from a too lofty attitude, sexual surrender.

Example: ‘I was on a road which led up to the hospital I was put in at three. I felt a sense of an awful past as I looked at the road. Then I was standing on the edge of a precipice or cliff. My wife was about four yards away near the road. I stepped in an area of soft earth. It gave beneath my weight and I sank up to my waist. I realised the cliff edge was unsta­ble and the whole area would fall. I was sinking and shouting to my wife to help me. She was gaily walking about and made light of my call for help. I cried out again. Still she ignored me. I shouted again for her help. She took no notice and I sank deeper, the ground gave way and I fell to my death’ (Barry 1). Through being put in a hospital at three without his mother, Barry had a deep seated fear that any woman he loved could desen him. His fall is the loss of any sense of bonding between him and his wife out of this fear. His death is the dying of his feeling of love and relationship, and the pain it causes. Understanding these fears, Barry was able to leave them behind in later dreams and in life.

By learning to meet our insecurities (perhaps by using the last question in dream processing) we can dare more in life. This is in essence the same as meeting the fear of falling off our bike as we learn to ride.

If we never master the fear we cannot ride. Therefore some dreams take falling into realms beyond fear.

The following examples illustrate this.

Example: ‘Near where I stood in the school gymnasium was a diving board, about 20 ft off the ground. Girls were learning to dive off the board and land flat on their back on the floor.

If they landed flat they didn’t hurt themselves—like falling backwards standing up’ (Barry I).

The school is where we learn. Once we learn to fall ‘flat on our back’, i.e. fail, without being devastated or ‘hurt’ by it, we can be more cre­ative. Going fast to an edge and falling: could mean overwork and danger of breakdown of health.

Example: ‘As I prayed I realised I could fly. I lifted off the ground about 3 feet and found I could completely relax while going higher or falling back down. So it was like free fall. I went into a wonderful surrendered relaxation. My whole body sagging, floating in space. It was a very deep meditative expe­rience (Sarah D). Sarah has found an attitude which enables her to soar/dare or fall/fail without being so afraid of being hurt or dying emotionally. This gives a form of freedom many people never experience. This does not arise from denying or suppressing fears.

Seeing things fall: sense of danger or change in regard to what is represented. Person falling: wish to be rid of them, or anxiety in regard to what they represent; end of a relationship. Child, son falling: see baby; son and daughter under family. House falling down, personal stress; illness; personal change and growth due to letting old habits and attitudes crumble. Example: ‘I was standing outside my mother’s house to the right.

The ground in front had fallen away.

The house was about to cave in. I felt no fear or horror. Instead I was think­ing about new beginnings and the possibility of a new house’ (Helen B). Helen is here becoming more independent and leaving behind attitudes and dependency. See house; abyss; chasm. See also flying. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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A warning not to be such a realist. It might be better to just let go, as in Abyss, Cliff, Shot, Parachute, Flying, and be more open to something new. Also fear of being destroyed, as in Descent. Points to loss due to miscalculation on the part of the dreamer (see the myth of Daedalus and Icarus) or is a sign of unjustified euphoria and arrogance. This symbol often appears in dreams during times when a person has difficulty achieving orgasm and during acute midlife crisis.

Doubt and insecurity. You need to let go, as in Brook, Leaf, and Parachute. Dreams of falling often appear if you are in the process of transition to a new stage in life. Particularly when you are trying out something new, you will first, just as in the dream, fall flat on your face.

A falling dream happens again and again if you are fighting against your own limitations. It is very helpful to change falling dreams into flying dreams.

According to Freud, falling dreams are always sexual. In the case of women, the question revolves around giving in to erotic desires (fallen women). Freud has dealt with the symbol of falling extensively in his Interpretation of Dreams.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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(see Abyss, Cliff, Climbing, Ladder, Stairs)

The need for improved balance and control; feeling helpless.

Going beyond safe boundaries and losing yourself; overextension.

A phobia: The fear of falling (or fear of heights) may manifest in a dream to help you overcome the anxiety.

Letting go of something you perceived as an important foothold can cause falling dreams, like the first time a young person moves into her / his own apartment.

Lost status or the proverbial “fall from grace.”... The Language of Dreams

Dreamers Dictionary

Symbol: A bad fall into an abyss often brings an undcfinable feeling of relief.

Vision: For a woman, dreaming about falling is a metaphor for letting herself go. Falling means that you’re stumbling into an unpleasant situation. Feeling the act of falling, physically, is not a cause for alarm. It is simply a case of “getting back into your body”—waking up too quickly It might also be a sign of low blood pressure. Falling into a ditch: your reputation will suffer. Falling over something: a certain matter is made clear to you. Stumbling without falling: things could have been a lot worse. Watching others falling: you’re going to unmask your enemies just in time. See Abyss, Fall.

Depth Psychology: Dreams about falling are a sign of the fear you have of people taking the “reins out of your hand,” of losing control. Have you lost faith in yourself, lost your sense of self-worth? .Are you afraid that others—for whatever reason—are going to “drop” you? Are you losing your good reputation? Or: have you “dropped” an old belief or opinion?... Dreamers Dictionary

Psycho Dream Interpretation

To see a fish in the water indicates the dreamer is likely to receive unexpected favors.

A dead fish warns of losses.

The fish is a symbol of life, so, if the dreamer sees a fish swimming away among rocks and small caverns, it shows a desire to retrogress into an abyss of darkness where cares and responsibilities can be forgotten. Fishing quietly is a sign of good luck.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

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Overdramatization or fleeing from a problematic situation. Looking for clarification in difficult situations. Flying and Falling appear in Abyss, Elevator, and Trap, usually in nightmares; or as in: Brook, Leaf, and in part Parachute, during very pleasurable liberation dreams. In case of teenagers: often a sign that too much is being asked of them and that they are being pressured to succeed. These dreams are often like being intoxicated, having a sense of being elevated, and a lightness: like being in love. Many ancient myths show the connection between flying and sexuality, and while flying today has become a commonplace activity, the old interpretations are still true (see Fear of Flying by Erica Jong). Now modern symbolic interpretations of flying include the image of worldliness, expansive ideas, and communications. Flying is also seen as a symbol of creative ideas. This image may also be a warning not to become too aloof and removed from reality through fantasizing.

The dream may also be a challenge for either being too earthbound or taking flight into a greater dimension.

In Egypt, dreams of flying were interpreted as fleeing from difficulties. In ancient Greece and Rome, dreams of flying were seen as passionate love.

According to Freud, they were dreams of sexual desire and erection (Freud dealt with this extensively). He saw dreams of flying exclusively as desire for sex. Some modern dream experts interpret flying dreams exclusively as a desire to get away from problematic sit- uations, or to cross one’s own boundaries. Some researchers believe that in our dreams we go back to preborn states, make contact with the state of birds, and realize our innate ability to fly. Another contemporary dream researcher, Jack Maguire, believes that most dreams about flying are just a sign that we want to recuperate and refresh ourselves.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

The Language of Dreams

(see Abyss, Cliff, Underground)

Freudian: A vaginal emblem.

Jungian: The subconscious, or an opening to this realm. Aspects of the self that you’ve hidden or fear.

Manholes represent pitfalls and traps that can be plunged into, often without noticing the danger beforehand.

Falling into a hole symbolizes a hazard that was either unforeseen or underestimated. This can also be a descent into the subconscious, or a deepening depression.... The Language of Dreams

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- Dreaming of feeling hollow connects with our feelings of emptiness, lack of purpose and inability to find a direction in our lives.

To dream of being in a hollow would indicate that we need some kind of protection from what is going on around us in our ordinary everyday life.

Hollowness can come across in a dream in several ways. We can be conscious of our being hollow inside for instance, ‘it felt as though I had hollow legs’, or that we are in a hollow state - a state similar to the void (see Abyss). We are in a position where nothing is happening, where we do not feel in control and need to take control of the space we have been given.

3- Hollowness can indicate a lack of motivation, particularly on our spiritual journey.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: Hollowness can come across in a dream in several ways. We can be conscious that we are in a hollow state – reaching an understanding of the abyss or void, or of being hollow inside – devoid of emotion. We are in a position where nothing is happening, where we do not feel in control and need to reassert our control of the scope we have been given.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

The horizon was once considered to be the edge of the world and in dreams can still have that connotation, though now it is the boundary of the visible physical world. Beyond that is the abyss or void.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Material aspects: In everyday life when change is the order of the day we will become conscious of changes on the horizon in our dream – perhaps a new building or other object – which may need interpreting, to give us clarity in our prospective actions. You might also like to consult the entries for abyss, globe and world.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

The closest representation to infinity that can be experienced spiritually is the abyss or void. In dreams as we progress spiritually we can have a sense of limitlessness.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Being subjected to changes, or Letting Go. Similar to Abyss, Brook / Stream, and sometimes Parachute, only in more playful terms.

A wilted leaf means troubles.

A green leaf means rejuvenation, fulfillment of a wish.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

The Language of Dreams

(see Clouds, Disasters, Fire, Rain, Storms)

A phallic symbol. In ancient legends, lightning fertilized the womb of the abyss to begin creation.

Destruction and ruin.

The Tarot cards depict a tower being torn asunder by lightning.

The interpretation of the Tower card is devastation.

Hie flash and energy of inspiration.

Divine or righteous wrath. In African traditions, a person who survives being struck by lightning is banished because it’s considered a sign of serious divine judgment. Many European cultures depicted the gods’ anger similarly with lightning.... The Language of Dreams

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Your own nature, the archetypal feminine— life-giving, nurturing, devouring, protecting, that which is fruitful and fertile. When the mother in the dream is your real mother, it points to a bad conscience because of past behavior toward her. When the mother in the dream refers to the internal mother, it points to a desire for psychological support that is often not provided by a partner.

The mother in a dream, as well as in fairy tales, is often the helper whose strength, in a negative as well as positive sense, reaches beyond death. She is the Witch, the Wise Old One, who gives correct advice, the Earth and the goddess of the earth.

The symbol of the mother also addresses the task of self-discipline. Be a good mother to yourself and thereby become productive.

According to Jung, the mother is the archetypal symbol of “the secret, the hidden, the dark, the abyss, the temptation, the poisonous, and the inescapable.”... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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See Shot, Funeral, Corpse. Warning: A very important part of your emotions have been severed: unused talents, relationships to other people, the ability to love, and so on. These are frequent dreams during depression, and reveal repressed drives, as in Ashes and Abyss. This, however, is only one, although it is the most important, interpretation of this dream symbol. On the positive side, it is very healing that you are “murdering” something in the dream and thereby putting a radical end to it. You are standing by your aggression and thereby expressing a very important part of you. As in a detective story, murder can be stimulating as well as tragic and have a purifying effect.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

The Language of Dreams

(see Abyss, Bridge, Cage, Cliff, Dam, Gate, Hole)

Traffic jams (see Car): Taking a direction perceived as free from trouble, only to find the way blocked for some unknown reason. Usually this pertains to external circumstances that you cannot control, but find frustrating.

Walls or barriers: If walls can talk, what are yours telling you? Is it too soon to move forward, or is the wall a kind of test to overcome? Also note that walls can symbolize limitations that are imposed by family, friends, job, or culture.

Fence: This reveals perceived class restrictions and prohibitions. Alternatively, it you’re sitting on the fence, by all means make up your mind! Falling off a fence speaks of taking on a project that you are simply incapable of handling considering your other responsibilities right now.

To avoid being the proverbial Humptv Dumpty, carefully balance your schedule and duties before taking on anything else.

Consider who or what is causing the barrier you see in your dream. What part of your nature provides the best tool to remove that obstruction (the rational, intuitive, or emotional self)?

Is the obstacle natural or human made? Natural obstacles represent something that would happen to anyone approaching this same situation.

For example, a barrier reef standing between you and an island indicates everyday problems. Simply navigate around them so that you can rest in a safe haven. Conversely, human-made obstacles symbolize manufactured problems or delays. Such obstacles can be self-originated or caused by external forces.... The Language of Dreams

The Language of Dreams

(see Abyss, Seasbell, Water) ... The Language of Dreams

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

also see Abyss

1- Many people talk about the pit of despair and of feeling trapped within a situation.

A pit in a dream makes us more conscious of this particular feeling. We may be in a situation which we cannot get out of, or may find that if we are not careful we will put ourselves in such a situation.

If we are digging the pit in the dream, we have to be conscious of the fact that we may be creating the situation ourselves.

If others are digging the pit, we may feel we have no control over our circumstances and that doom and disaster are inevitable.

2- Rescuing others from a pit. particularly if they arc members of our own family, suggests that we have information which may be of use to them to enable them to overcome their problems. Pushing someone into a pit indicates that we arc trying to suppress a part of our personality.

To be conscious that the pit is bottomless signifies that we do not have the resources to recover a previous situation.

3- The pit, like the abyss (see Abyss), represents the Void and possibly death - not necessarily a physical death, but more a death of the old self. We have no choice but to go forward, knowing that we may fail, but also that if we do succeed our lives will change for the better.

To face the pit requires extreme courage.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

The pit, like the abyss, represents the void and possibly death – not necessarily a physical death, but more a death of the old self. We have no choice but to go forward, knowing that we may fail, but also that if we do succeed our lives will change for the better.

To face the pit requires extreme courage.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: Many people talk about the pit of despair and of feeling trapped within a situation.

A pit in a dream makes us more conscious of this particular feeling. We may be in circumstances that we cannot get out of, or may find that if we are not careful we will put ourselves in such a situation.

If we are digging the pit in the dream, we may be creating the situation ourselves.

If others are digging the pit, we may feel we have no control over our circumstances and that doom and disaster are inevitable. You may also wish to consult the entry for abyss.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of standing over a yawning precipice, portends the threatenings of misfortunes and calamities.

To fall over a precipice, denotes that you will be engulfed in disaster. See Abyss and Pit.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Women often dream of Falling into the abyss. Falling off a precipice means that somewhere the “bottom is falling out.” People who meditate or have out-of-body experiences have a similar sensation when their soul returns to their body. Suddenly falling off a precipice: something unexpected and positive is going happen.

Depth Psychology: The dream is a symbol that you are in emotional distress right now and are searching the depths of your soul to find the reason. Don’t stop searching—it is the only way to get back on solid ground. It may also be a sign of your difficulty “letting go.” See Abyss, Cliff, Slope.... Dreamers Dictionary

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Vision: Looking at a ravine: careless actions on your part can harm other people. Falling into a ravine: your careless actions could cause a disaster—be satisfied with what you have rather than risk an uncertain future. Seeing someone in the ravine: a good friend is in need of help.

Depth Psychology: A deep ravine always is a warning about taking the wrong path or being careless—both will cause problems. See Abyss.... Dreamers Dictionary

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Vision: Sliding down a slope: expect unpleasant events; also possible defeat as a result of your own actions. Looking up a steep slope: you still have time to change your present course of action. Standing at the edge of a cliff: fear of a personal failing or future problems. See Abyss, Cliff, Precipice.... Dreamers Dictionary

The Language of Dreams

(see Astronaut, Meteorite, Planets, Sky, Stars, UFO)

An abyss that seems vast and untouchable, but one that the wonders of human technology are slowly making accessible. What new parts of yourself lie just beyond your reach that might likewise soon open up?

A more universal mind-set that ponders many potentialities and dimensions to any situation before making a decision or drawing a conclusion.

If you are moving toward, or flying in, space, likely a type of ascension dream.

Metaphorically representative of the immense potential of the mind.... The Language of Dreams

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Depth Psychology: Looking up at a steep road ahead: great efforts on your pan will result in spiritual insight. Walking down a steep slope: your morals have gone “downhill.” The dream might also indicate failure. See Abyss, Mountain, Path, Road.... Dreamers Dictionary

The Language of Dreams

(see Crystals, Excavation, Gems, Jewelry, Mine, Minerals)

The central self; the core of your being.

Being hard-hearted or having a stony disposition.

A place of origin; beginnings with foundation. Ancient beliefs contended that humankind was born of stone, which is one of the reasons why uniquely shaped stones or those with unusual markings were worshipped as goddesses.

A rolling stone: By gathering no moss, the stone (representative of self) keeps progressing along its path. Hie caution here is not moving so fast that valuable lessons get left by the wayside.

Standing stones: Indicative of nature worship and earth religions. This may reveal an interest in same, or an urge to get closer to the land. This can also be an alternative circle, cross, or wheel emblem, depending on the stones’ configuration.

Holed stones formed from water are considered harbingers of improved luck. Similarly, small stones called saivo in Finland were carried as talismans, being gathered from the same region as the standing stones.

Throwing stones: Casting aspersions that may or may not be accurate. Placing the blame on others without seeing your own faults.

Birth stones: Dreaming of your own birth stone is very serendipitous.

Boulders: An alternative type of obstacle dream, where going around this issue is not the answer. You must find a way to clear this path, or go over the boulder instead of avoiding the issues. Alternatively, the boulder may block your path for a good reason, such as one balanced at the edge of an abyss.

Geodes: A hidden treasure. Don’t always judge a book by its cover alone—look a little further than the superficial in this situation.

The effort will yield life’s intangible riches, all of which are well worth your time.

Fossils: Evolutionary states in ourselves, others, or situations. Alternatively, a historical connection with the greater chronicles of earth and humankind.

Patience. In the East, wise people will often instruct their students to learn diligence by watching rocks grow.

Skipping stones: A kind of childhood release that allows the mind to wander. Count the number of times the stone skips and consider its numerological value. Or, take this as a simple treat from your inner child, that gently reminds us that leisure does not have to equate to being lazy.... The Language of Dreams

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In contrast to Parachute, this is unpleasant Falling, as in Abyss, and particularly as in Shooting.

See Hiding Place, but this image also accesses layers of your character.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

See abyss. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

see Abyss... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Strangest Dream Explanations

See Vacuum and Abyss.... Strangest Dream Explanations

Dream Meanings of Versatile

See abyss... Dream Meanings of Versatile

The Language of Dreams

(see Flood, Fountain, Ice, River, Rain, Snow)

Changing tides: Among the Teutonic people, each tide carried different meanings that may apply to your dream.

The tide occurring just before sunup is one of introspection, while the one at dawn bears fertile waves. Noon tides speak of tenacity, dusk tides bring transformation, the night tide edifies, and the one occurring at midnight heals.

An ocean: The earth’s womb and beginnings of all humankind. Also representative of the vast subconscious, superconscious, or Jungian Collective Unconscious (see Abyss).

Among Native Americans, water appearing in dreams indicates your spiritual state.

For example, if the water is flowing smoothly, your spirit is calm and moving in a natural direction.

Moving water: Hie seen and unseen ebb and flow of all energies.

Baptism: New life, forgiveness toward yourself, and renewed purity’ of thought and actions (see Baby).

Bathing: Getting rid of your figurative “dirt” like old habits, guilt, anger, and even sexual repression (e.g., feeling “dirty”).

Hot water: Trouble s afoot, so look for the wellhead (see Temperature).

Drowning in water: Overwhelming circumstances, problems, or emotions that threaten to defeat your efforts or sense of individuality. Esoterically, this may also reflect a memory from a past life experience (see Choking, Suffocation).

Floating upon: Dependence on your feminine nature or a mother figure. Alternatively, skimming the surface of spiritual potentialities without ever really diving in and experiencing that aspect of self.

Stagnant water: Something, often a situation, that is unhealthy for you to the point where it causes a standstill in personal growth and in your quest for wholeness.

Shallow water represents a similarly frivolous personality that avoids delving into any aspect of life too deeply. Alternatively, this can represent a fear of confronting the depths of your own suhconscious.

Tidal waves: Powerful emotions or instincts that you have let build up to a critical mass. This dream reveals the need to express those things before they come crashing over the floodgates.

Surfing on water: Taking control of, and accepting the power in, the feminine aspects of self and the Universe. Also maintaining a rather haphazard balance between the intuitive nature (the water) and the conscious self (the surfer).

A geyser: A sudden, unanticipated outpouring of creativity, goodness, inspiration, spiritual gifts, or whatever.

Wearing a life preserver in the water represents getting a second chance at something. Grab it before it gets away!

Ripples appearing on the water’s surface indicate the waves of energy we send out without even knowing it, similar to a web. This will eventually touch everything and everyone because you are part of the network of life.

Lakes: As the abode of several magical creatures, including the Lady of the Lake and water nymphs, dream lakes reflect the search for the wonders that lie just beyond the surface of reality. What does the surface of the lake cover? Are you fishing here, thereby trying to catch a little magic?... The Language of Dreams

Dream Meanings of Versatile

A well can symbolize a form of contact with the depths – possibly the depths of emotion. It is also a symbol for the abyss, though perhaps less frightening. We can access its vastness through our emotions.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
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