Symbol: The compass indicates hope and virtue. Vision: Looking at a compass: you are confused, but the solution to the problem is at hand and it will change your life for the better. Losing a compass: you have lost sight of the direction you are taking in your life.
Depth Psychology: The compass shows your direction, self-development, and self-realization. Have you lost your bearings? Where is the compass pointing you? See Four Corners of the Compass.... Dreamers Dictionary
Example: ‘I went into a cellar. It was rather cavelike. I had to scramble to get into it.
The entrance was difficult to find, but I had discovered it many years before and been in lots of times. I found objects in the cellar and was looking for something’ (Tony C). Usually, as in the example, to discover, realise, become aware of some aspect of oneself and gain access to or use of. One might be living with constant resentments about one’s past or present situation, and then ‘find’ release from this for a day, yet not be conscious how it was achieved.
The dream might attempt to define this. Or it might be a new idea you realise unconsciously in sleep.
Example: Then I was with my father (dead) and was showing him a handful of exotic banknotes I had found in the building. They were £100 notes. I wasn’t sure if the money was legal tender or not.
The notes had an unusual design’ (Andy). Andy has found a sense of his own value—the money —but is not sure if other people also value him.
The dream illustrates the attempt to ‘find a place* in society.
The effort to search and find is frequently to do with one’s own identity, and what one is searching through is one’s experience, as in Tony’s cellar above, or this example: l was looking into the crowd in the film to find me and it was like looking at a snapshot, it felt very important that I find me, I saw my green slacks just showing, right at the back of the crowd’ (Trudy K). See look; see. Idioms: find oneself; find fault; find out; find one’s bearings. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Being lost depicts confusion, loss of motivation or ability to make clear decisions. Sometimes suggests issues in your life have arisen and not been noticed and you are being negatively influenced, in which case consider the environment in which you are lost. Lost in unknown place: it suggests you are in a new area of experience, a new situation or period of your life. You need to take stock calmly and get your bearings. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Dreams of a map symbolize that you are getting your bearings and a sense of where you are and where you are going in life. This dream is showing you that you desire certainty, direction, and guidance.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Vision: In a man’s dream, a train is often a sign of fear—fear of having missed something.
The train you have missed in the dream is the equivalent of a missed opportunity in real life. Traveling in a train: you are advancing quickly in life. Watching a train leaving the station: a separation is unavoidable. Seeing a train: you will have to say goodbye to someone. Being on a train that goes through a tunnel: you are giving away one of your secrets. In a woman’s dream, a train is a sexual symbol, particularly if it is driving into a tunnel.
Depth Psychology: Riding in a train is symbolic of your life’s journey. You are changing your emotional bearings—don’t miss your connections! The lead engine symbolizes your vitality; the railroad cars your experiences and adventures: the tracks the values that guide you and give you direction.
The trip itself is a symbol of how your life will unfold. See Train Station.... Dreamers Dictionary