The meaning of folklore in dream | Dream Interpretation
Uroboros: See Ouroboros.
Dreams about your history, family viewpoints, and/or attachment to ways of the past are about your attempts at discerning what to keep and what to leave behind as you discover your unique style. You are contemplating your identity apart from your customs and traditions.
The dreamer is often longing for a leader—a priest or minister—or per- ceives himself to be one.
Folklore: Declining health.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Your own circumstances will improve noticeably.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A negative attitude needs to be overcome. Expression of disgust towards one’s own body, or physical self-cleansing.
Folklore: Health, or quick recuperation.
A behavior or attitude that takes on unhealthy or overwhelming proportions.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A person of authority. Authority over Water. Water relates to the emotions, compulsive tendencies, or, less often, being particularly sensitive.
A leader and example, but the Admiral also represents masculinity that has rejected aggressiveness.
The dreamer is very self-confident, able to steer the ship of life (although sometimes aggressively). There is a sexual connotation here, since a ship is generally thought of as female. One wants to rule and own women. After all, the Admiral is a seafarer, and a symbol of unrestricted sexuality.
Folklore: A very important event is about to take place.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Generally symbolic of love and fertility. This association probably dates back to when almonds were a maternity charm.
For example, the Greek god Attis was conceived with the aid of a magical almond.
Ancient mid-Eastern: An emblem of femininity and the womb of the world due to its shape. This effectively carried over into many arts wherein the lozenge (an almond shape) is used to represent the fullness of womanhood.
Folklore relates that dreaming of whole almonds foretells wealth, whereas those broken apart indicate problems in obtaining wishes.
Spiritual sweetness that awaits you. Just get beyond the obstacle or armor represented by its shell to savor the reward!... The Language of Dreams
According to Jung: Animus-figures often represent still unfinished, not yet understood, but surprisingly new intellectual gifts, power of reasoning, or character ideals.
During the night of November 10, 1619, Rene Descartes had three consecutive dreams during which the angel of truth appeared to him. On the basis of this revelation, the 23-year-old Descartes developed his philosophy. Lightning.
Opposite: clear counterimage of Devil.
Folklore: Luck in love (you are given the gift of an angel); desire for harmony and purity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Poverty, perspective, advancement.
Folklore: Engagement (since the attic is a romantic place).... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The feminine to which one feels attracted.
The aunt, as is the case with the Uncle, often symbolizes “wholesome common sense.”
Folklore: Good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The image of the axe also points to chopping wood and, with its rhythmical movement, carries a sexual connotation that implies aggression.
The meaning here could be crudeness, but it may also express the joy of sexual vitality. In addition, chopping wood always is connected to chopping trees, clearing the way to create farmland.
The soil is prepared for something new, is cultivated, which is a reference to the intellect, the power to divide, as in Sword. It could also be a reference to strength and usefulness or to something that is being chopped down. Here the question is: What are you being separated from? Or what is it that you must let go of?
In a famous dream of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon sees himself as a tree that is later chopped down and the tree stump left exposed to the weather and without protection. This depicts the King’s haughtiness and admonishes him to let go of his arrogance.
As with all tools, the axe, according to Freud, has a sexual meaning, which here is easy to see.
Folklore: Danger.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A dream known to be good, good news, success, and advancement.
A wish is fulfilled, a childhood wish. Or, it may suggest that the dreamer is childish and immature, wanting to be taken care of. Often this image corresponds to a feeling of helplessness. This is also the symbol for a loved one (“my baby,” “sugar baby,” etc.).
If the baby is perceived as a threat, the dreamer might be afraid of an accidental pregnancy, as in Abortion. Also, it may suggest fear of letting go of one’s children.
In another context, longing for rebirth and a new beginning. Always ask yourself what you would do differently if you could start over again.
Folklore: A child in a dream always promises good luck and happiness, unless the baby is not feeling well, which means bad luck in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Either bad health or problems in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you dream of eating beets, this foretells good news soon to follow.
Because of their color, they are an alternative emblem for blood. In fact, beet soup is often a part of Passover rites for this reason.
Long life that is filled with love. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, ate beets to increase her beauty. Also, in folklore, if two people eat from the same beet, they will have love eternal.... The Language of Dreams
The type of bicycle points to the personality of the dreamer: if a kid’s bike—childlike or childish; a sports bike—fast, vigorous; an old bike—you feel old. Trouble-free riding: you are pursuing your own path and have no problem with it.
Folklore: Important decision.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
According to the I Ching, fire is that which bonds and radiates.
The fire that Prometheus steals from the gods is seen as a creative act of the human, as is the flame of the Easter candle that is the symbol of God’s power.
According to Germanic mythology, if consciousness fails to rule, the world will be set ablaze and consumed by a great fire. Purification, on the other hand, takes place in the fire in purgatory. It separates the sin from the sinner.
According to the alchemists1 interpretation, it is God Himself who glows in divine love in the flame of the fire. Also, according to Jung, hell is fire, since everything is destroyed there.
The fire in hell is a symbol of eternal pain; the fire in purgatory is the fire of purification. In Frazer’s The Golden Dough are many references to cleansing, Light, and fertility, related to the powers of fire.
For the Mayans, fire is the mother of the gods, residing in the center of the earth.
The image of the “fire mother” can be found in many cultures. According to Jung, fire is the true symbol of life, the center of life, the place where it is warm and light, where people assemble; that’s where you can warm yourself and cook something. It gives protection; it is the essence of being home. Fire is the primeval component and vitality of human beings.
As a male symbol, fire is brightness, the connection to the light, the Sun, and, in particular, to Lightning (Zeus and Wotan). Fire symbolizes the power of passion and action in the archetypal man and woman.
According to Freud, it is often connected with bed- wetting.
Folklore: A serious warning to be careful.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
With a note inside: A message from vour heart, someone close to you, or your Higher Self that you’ve been trying to ignore.
Empty: Feeling drained and depleted of energy, creativity, or compassion.
Jinni in a bottle: From Arabic folklore, a potential ally or terrible adversary, which may also originate within you.
What does the bottle hold? If it is filled with fire, this could symbolize bottled-up anger or passion that’s reaching an explosive state.
Rounded bottles and vases are an alternative emblem of the womb.... The Language of Dreams
Folklore: Disappointment.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A specific event concerning your own development.
A desire for a partner, for bonding, or looking for balance between internal and external contradictions. Are you seeing your dream partner.7 Such a dream partner often depicts the ideal of your soulmate. Rarely, it signifies a warning of unwanted pregnancy. See Baby.
An unhappy or ugly bride or bridegroom often points to conflicts with your partner.
Alchemy sees these symbols as a connection between opposites. According to Jung, the images connect the masculine and feminine parts of the soul and are a symbol of light and fertility.
Folklore: Surprisingly, a bride and bridegroom in a dream always mean accident and great disappointment, particularly when you yourself are the bride or bridegroom.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: A good omen when you can pay your bills, bad if you cannot.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Illumination, understanding, or enlightenment.
The quest to understand spiritual matters.
The soul. As the Bible says, “let your light so shine among men.”
A candle being lit represents a new beginning, whereas an extinguished candle symbolizes the passing of the old.
Fear of an early death or growing old (e.g., having your candle “snuffed out”).
A winding sheet or blue flame on the candle, according to folklore, speaks of ghostly company. This might be a departed loved one, an angel, or even your Higher Self trying to communicate (see Ghost).
Energy levels. Are you burning the candle at both ends?
Hope and protection. In the Middle Ages candles were not only a source of light, but were placed near beds to safeguard the sleeper from wandering spirits.
Ideas or ideals. Suddenly experiencing comprehension (having the proverbial “light bulb” go on).
An alternative phallic symbol. Pagan folk dances often included candle jumping for fertility.
A clear burning flame on a candle indicates the presence of devoted friends, or constancy’ in yourself.... The Language of Dreams
The verb “to cap” also points to completion, the end of a situation. In fables and fairy tales, the cap often plays a significant role as a magical covering for the head, allowing the person to become invisible. It also points to the fact that you may be too visible. Or that you might pay more attention to yourself and be more outgoing. See Shadow.
Folklore: Unhappy love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
In the case of playing cards, it implies that you do not take life seriously enough and are taking too many risks. It also may be a suggestion to look at life more as if it were a game and to be less serious. It is important whether you have good or bad cards in your hand.
If you dream about a particular card, find out the meaning by checking out books about reading cards.
With postcards and maps, refer to the place or area pictured on them.
If you can’t make any connection with the picture, postcards and maps may be an expression of a desire for travel and vacation.
Tickets and business cards point to areas that are normally unavailable to you. In the case of tickets, the specific area depicted is most important: what you are admitted to is an indication of the direction you should take in your life. In the case of business cards and credit cards it is the person who carries them who is important.
A business card shows that you are, or want to be, successful.
Folklore: Quarrels loom on the horizon.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A dream about carnival points either to the need to stop pretense, to take off your mask (the persona, and show the true Self). Or it could be a message to be more outgoing and have more fun.
The image of the carnival often appears when you feel rigid and cut off from life. Particularly, when, in the dream, you are rejecting the carnival, you are denying your own wild and carefree side. Furthermore, carnival is also always connected to the Fool, a symbol that combines the absurd and the wise, and represents freedom. On the other hand, the fool is also somebody who, in a conventional sense, is unable to organize his everyday activities.
Folklore: Advancement.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The image of a cash register often means limited access to the world around you, which is blamed on money. You would rather have more than be more, indicating greed.
On the other hand, the cash register is a place where money is kept in an orderly fashion, protected and saved. In this case, Money is a symbol for your abilities and talents.
Folklore: Good omen, prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Holy place, self-contemplation, quietness in times of unrest, as in Chapel and Church, only stronger because of its size and more intense. Nostalgic, remembering old times. Structuring one’s own life, great works, correlating many different strengths, fulfilling one’s calling.
Security and a place of quiet. It often suggests the need to take time out for contemplation.
Folklore: Viewing a cathedral from the outside is positive; from the inside, negative.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: A sign pointing to unhappiness in love relationships (the partner is unfaithful or wasteful).... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you are being chased, maybe you are running away from or trying to escape those things that are frightening and unpleasant (possibly your own habits and negative behaviors).
If you are doing the chasing, it may be that you are expressing some aggressive feelings toward others or are pursuing a very difficult goal. On the deepest level, if a stranger is chasing you it may represent your chasing a part of yourself, the unconscious attempts to catch up with the conscious in order for you to become more aware of yourself and your own multidimensional nature.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Folklore: A good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The ability to self-govern. Positive interpretation: positive masculinity, “ruler” over your own affairs. Seeing yourself as a chief is usually a wish-dream or a compensatory dream: you feel inferior and inadequate, or you are not making good use of your powers. According to Jung, it is usually the voice of the domineering, masculine side of us.
Folklore: Dreaming about your chief / boss is a sign of advancement and thereby prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The child represents the essential in us that we want to see mature. We are supposed to tell the truth (“children and fools speak the truth”) and be less complicated (“if you become like children...”).
If women dream about a child, it is usually because they are longing to have one, or that they are looking for something new, meaning a change in lifestyle is about to happen.
Also a symbol of the prime of life and continuity.
A sick child points to emotional difficulties. Pay attention to what attitude the child has in the dream! These attitudes want to be supported and made conscious.
According to Freud, the child may represent self- regression or one’s own genitals (“my little one,” my penis). It is still true today that regressive tendencies are involved when an adult dreams about a child.
However, we ought not to dismiss Freud’s belief that “reclaiming one’s own childlike simplicity” can also be a positive process that allows us in later years to become lively and even revive a sense of eroticism.
The symbol of the child appearing in a dream is always connected to vitality, the joy of life, and also sexuality.
Folklore: Growing family.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The three-leaf clover points to the normal and the everyday. According to Freud, because of the three leaves it is a symbol of masculinity (see also Three).
Folklore: Luck in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Be careful in matters of love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: The devil hides in the corners. Today we might think of the devil as representing unknown danger or unknown chances.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The way the crab is moving is important. You are not pursuing your goal in a straightforward line, but coming at it from the side. See Scorpion, Fish.
ASTROLOGY: A symbol of the emotions.
Folklore: The crab is considered a messenger that brings bad luck, illness, and death.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The claws could be symbolic of a clinging and hurtful person, or a side of your own personality. There may be too much dependence, clinging and forcefulness in your life.
The crab may also symbolize your inability to effectively move forward and address your own difficulties. (Remember the crab often moves sideways or backwards.) Some folklore interpretations say that the crab is an omen of poor health. However, there is a more positive interpretation for the crab in your dream. In some areas of metaphysics, the crab is a representative of the sea and the sky. It represents physical nourishment which can be obtained from the sea and also intellectual nourishment. As with all water dwelling animals, the crab could also represent something in the unconscious and the emotions. See also: Animals, Cancer ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Folklore: Warning of being unfriendly.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If that is the case, this is a message to seek your true self.
Folklore: In general, always speaks of a good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
According to the 2nd century dream interpreter Artemidorus: if you see an ass that is carrying a load, a burden is removed from you.
The most widely read book of the Middle Ages, Physiologus, relates the ass to the custom of castration.
Folklore: Luck in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Because Dragons are mythological in nature, if you keep dreaming of dragons, it could mean that you have been getting into writings of this nature.
• Visions Negative: The devil is mentioned as a dragon in Scripture, so if you see a vision of a dragon, this speaks of high level demonic attack.
• Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
• If you always have visions of dragons and other such folklore, then I would say that you have opened up your heart to teachings and fables that are not of the Lord.
• You have contaminated your spirit and given the enemy a hold of your life. See also: Alien, Alligator, Demons.... The Way of Dreams and Visions
A direct reflection of your listening skills, or lack thereof.
The size of the ears here might help interpret the dream further, large ones being more open but also less discreet.
The need to listen more closely to your inner self, or the messages from those who care about you.
Earrings represent decorating or exaggerating the facts of a storv to make vourself look better (see Jewelry). Alternatively, this may be a warning from your own conscience to stop listening in on private conversations. In folklore, the ear originally got pierced as a chastisement for such impropriety.... The Language of Dreams
Folklore: Good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: You will hear about a positive event. Economist / Specialist: See Villa.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Looks on the elf as having no soul, and the dance of the elf is seen as a sexual temptation.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The image of the elk is also connected to the sense of wide-open spaces that is usually expressing a longing for mental clarity and openness. As a mighty animal, the elk elicits awe about the nature of passion.
A symbol of self-development and redemption. Also masculine power and superpower. In myth, it corresponds to the “Huhertus Elk,” a white elk with a cross between his antlers.
To see him is considered a sign of special grace.
Folklore: Erotic meaning.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The color of the evening gown has great symbolic importance.
As a “wishful dream”: a longing for social advancement. It may be that there is happiness about reaching it, or a failure to know how to handle it.
Folklore: The more beautifully the woman is dressed, the worse the omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: News about a Birth.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A disfigured face reflects rage, aggression, fear.
A distorted face indicates internal turmoil.
An uneasy or inscrutable face expresses the search for identity. Is the face a Mask, is it made- up, or is it open and free?
Folklore: A friendly face is a good omen; unfriendly, a bad omen. Many strange faces mean that you have to move soon.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Unexpected events.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The idea of three fairies is at times interpreted as representing childhood, adulthood and old age, or birth, life and death. Fairies may be called the “mistresses of magic” and they may symbolize the extraordinary powers of the human spirit and our fundamental capacity of imagination. Alternatively, we may want to hold on to beliefs in magical powers that will save us from ourselves. In order to be well adjusted human beings, we need to adapt to our environment and accept our limitations.
The fairy in your dream may be interpreted according to the details of the dream and according to your current issues or developmental dilemmas. Is the fairy in your dream giving you hope by encouraging you to be creative and resourceful, or is she playing tricks on you and perpetuating your desire to be saved by magic?... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The ferry brings you to the other shore, traveling to another world. See Bridge.
A new goal for your life’s journey.
Folklore: Warning of danger.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: A warning.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To reach for something way down deep (Water). Quiet and contemplation.
Folklore: Disappointment or reaching for success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The dreamer should not just drift along. This is dangerous, because when you’re floating, it is difficult to steer. On the other hand, you may trust that the water will carry you. It is very important how the trip is proceeding.
Folklore: An interesting life.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To be given a bouquet means that we are being rewarded for an action the colour of the flowers may be important (see Colours). In folklore, each individual flower had a meaning in dreams: Anenome Your present partner is untrustworthy. Arum Lily An unhappy marriage or the death of a relationship. Bluebell Your partner will get argumentative. Buttercup Your business will increase. Carnation A passionate love affair. Clover Someone who is in need of finance will try to get in touch.
Crocus A dark man around you is not to be trusted. Daffodil You have been unfair to a friend, look for reconciliation.
Forget-me-not Your chosen partner cannot give yon what you need. Forsythia You are glad to be alive. Geranium A recent quarrel is not as serious as you thought. Honeysuckle You will be upset by domestic quarrels. Iris Hopefully, you will receive good news. Lime/Linden This suggests feminine grace. Marigold There may be business difficulties. Mistletoe Be constant to your lover. Myrtle This gives joy; peace, tranquillity, happiness and constancy. Narcissus Don’t mistake shadow for substance. Peony Excessive self-restraint may cause you distress. Poppy A message will bring great disappointment. Primrose You will find happiness in a new friendship. Rose Indicates love, and perhaps a wedding, within a year. Snowdrop Confide in someone and do not hide your problems.
Violet You will marry someone younger than yourself.
2- The feminine principle is often represented in dreams by flowers, as is childhood.
The bud represents the potential available, while the opening flower indicates development.
3- Spiritually flowers signify love and compassion, both that which we may receive and that which we give to others.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The devil and Neptune both carry a pitchfork (the three prongs are a symbol of the ancient trinity that represents Unity; see also Three). As a garden fork, to dig down into your own depth, grounding, also work.
As a “fork in the road,” it is a symbol for your ability to make decisions and to differentiate.
As a tuning fork, it is a symbol of harmony (the right note) and orientation. Or—what or whom are you “forking” up / over?
Folklore: A sign of a fight.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Men seldom experience this dream. Men usually dream of toads.
If a man dreams of a frog, it usually indicates cowardice.
Folklore: Business success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the garden is wild, it means that you may have difficulties but with some care and attention you are capable of overcoming them.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If these images appear continually and are frightening, seek professional advice.
The task connected with these dream images is often to find a better understanding and a more creative use of your intellectual powers.
According to Freud, they appear most often as women (in a white nightgown).
Folklore: Times of troubles are ahead.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: A good sign, because you are letting go of something.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The Ur god Amun was depicted in the form of a goose.
For the Greeks and Romans, the goose stood for vitality and fertility, leading to the term: “silly goose” for a young girl. In addition, the goose was the divine animal of Aphrodite and was sacrificed to the god of fertility. In antiquity, it was a symbol not only of wisdom, but also of marital love.
The St. Martin s Day goose is closely connected to the idea of sacrifice and mercy.
To this day, a goose appearing in a dream is seen as being connected to love, sacrifice, and fertility. In the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the goose that lays the golden eggs is the symbol of something precious, something that we long for. In Celtic myth the goose and the Swan are messengers from another world, and for that reason a goose could never be used as food in Brittany.
The goose is also an ancient symbol for the initiated.
Folklore: A positive sign.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A field of grain points to the “Fields of Life” and the “Field of Experience.” Here is a chance to find out what you have to work on.
If you are a city person, the image of peace and quiet indicates a longing for a more natural life and relaxation. It relates to the idea that life bears fruit and brings maturity. Grain nourishes.
Folklore: A sign of luck. Success after hard work.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Eating grapes is supposed to increase the frequency of oracular dreams. Alternatively, according to folklore, eating grapes or raisins aids concentration and conscious alertness. In a dream this may mean improved prophetic abilities or an increased need to focus on studious matters, respectively.
The abundance of grapes on the vine shows that the positive energy put toward your goals will reap rewards.
Fortitude shared with those around you. In a garden, grapes strengthen the hardiness of most nearby plants.
An emblem equated with Bacchus or Dionysus, both of whom had rather roguish natures, being fond of wine, song, and laughter.
For the dreamer, this can reflect more social times or an improved sense of well-being accompanied by playfulness.
If the grapes are tart, this reflects a similarly caustic attitude (e.g., being full of “sour grapes”).... The Language of Dreams
The term “Gypsy” discriminates against the Siniti and Roma tribes, branding them as outsiders and “second-class citizens.” This image in a dream often points to an immature masculinity.
Folklore: Luck, if the Gypsy is offering you something.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A symbol of wealth and fertility. In mythology, cutting off the hair is the equivalent of castration. Samson was robbed of his strength when Delilah cut off his locks. Hair for men is a sign of freedom; for women, long hair is a sign of femininity. According to Robert Bly, wild men and wild women are always covered with hair. Those who dream about “hairy” beings are on the way to satisfying their own nature, longing for vitality. This longing for “the wild energies” to be set free is clearly expressed in the musical Hair, which depicts the mythology of the sixties generation.
Today, hair often appears in dreams in connection with wanting to create a certain image, one that we would like to present to the outside world. It also may refer to “splitting hairs.”
According to an ancient Indian interpretation, hair that has been cut off means grief and sorrow.
Also, hair-dreams are thought to be about close relatives. And, in addition, they may mean spiritual and intellectual property.
According to Freud, hair, as a secondary sexual characteristic, has phallic meaning. Also, according to Freud and Steckel in The Language of Dreams, dreaming of hair means castration.
In mythology, hair and beards play an important role.
The chiefs of the Masai were afraid they would lose their supernatural powers when their hair or beards were cut.
For many primitive tribes, hair was considered taboo.
To be protected from danger means never getting your hair cut. Kings in Franconia (Germany) would lose their throne if they had their hair cut. Young warriors of Teutonic tribes could cut their hair and beard only after they had killed their first enemy. Hair, therefore, seems to mean power, strength, and magical vitality.
Folklore: Abundant hair means wealth; little or gray hair, troubles.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Personal strength (as with Samson).
Long hair: Equates to the wisdom and sagacity that comes through a long, well-lived life, especially if the color is gray. Alternatively, prosperity. In Asia, long hair was so valuable that it was used as currency.
Cutting: Drastic life changes. Many religious orders mark initiation rites through the cutting of hair, notably of monks and nuns (see Religions).
Power: In Tantric Oriental traditions, undoing the hair was a way to access the forces of creation and destruction. Also, in European folklore it was believed that a witch could increase the power of her spell by letting down her hair during its casting (see Incantation).
Consider the texture and style for further symbolic clues.
For example, hair brought up in a very tight bun reveals someone who is prim, sometimes to the point of restrictiveness. Disheveled hair, on the other hand, exposes confusion and a flurry of activity-. Dyed hair reveals someone concealing true thoughts, and greasy hair suggests a person with a “slick” disposition.
Baldness: Too much thought, or possibly a visual metaphor for “pulling your hair out.”
Being cut by a barber: x\ttention to details, and being meticulous in your efforts especially with regard to personal appearances.
Wigs: A false line of reasoning.... The Language of Dreams
A need for security, as in Buoy, Anchor, Dam, and Family. Also, inhibitions.
A frequent dream symbol in marriage, but also a place of adventure and “disrepute.” When a harbor is visited for a short time only, vitality and self-confidence.
Folklore: Happy times, or you are discovering falsehoods.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Something hidden is finding expression.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the dreamer is a city person, the image of an Ear-of-corn or Farm might mean a romantic longing for the country and the simple life. Crop failures usually point to inferiority complexes.
Folklore: Luck (in love).... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: A warning against impending danger, particularly accidents and fire.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A lack of self-protection and a weak immune system. Are you afraid of confrontation.7 Or are you making your points too aggressively7 It is necessary to find out what it is that you really hate.
If a “hate dream” overwhelms you, and you have it often, consider consulting a psychologist.
Folklore: A sign that relief is in sight.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The symbol appears frequently in the dreams of “confirmed” bachelors and men with strong bonds to their mothers, as well as in the dreams of girls who have had a particularly sheltered upbringing. Acknowledge your urges and have the courage to be who you are!
According to Jung, it points to problems with one’s shadow. According to Freud, repressed cravings in connection with living out one’s sexuality.
Folklore: Winning in the lottery and, in general, luck in games involving money. See Prostitution.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
According to Freud, a life as well as a death wish.
Folklore: Horses can be messengers of death. This shows the influence of Christianity, which stated that, in Celtic religion, God was the “Horse Goddess Epona.”... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A warning to live unconsciously. Also “idiot” in ancient Greece meant the “nonpolitical” common man—in other words, those who were thought to be negative because they didn’t care about the community. In addition, today we use the expression “the idiot savant,” which raises the question: what does the idiot know?
Folklore: Unexpected fortune.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Stability, willpower, resilience, hardness, and coldness, as in Ice. Also having “your iron in the fire,” which points to vitality and transformation (recasting, forming).
Folklore: Difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Fortune through hard work.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Vanity or pleasure in one’s own attractiveness.
Folklore: In the case of women, ambition; in men, wanting to possess the jewel, the woman. Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The jungle is a symbol of the working, everyday world. Frightening or intimidating situations, usually of the emotional type. See also Primeval Forest.
Folklore: Financial difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The kettle, just like any of the containers in alchemy, is where transformation of matter takes place, and for that reason it is reminiscent of the uterus or the center of the earth.
The kettle is almost always a sign of creative energy. Figuratively speaking, it is the kettle where the vitality of the dreamer is transformed into something new. It is the blended pot where emotional energy and the power of the soul are blended together to create the individual personality.
Folklore: Good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Locking up something speaks of fear of relationships and of fear of getting involved.
According to Freud, the symbol of the key / lock stands for sexuality.
The key is the phallus, the lock the vagina, and the function of locking means intercourse.
Folklore: To lose a key has negative connotations; to give somebody else your key means domestic luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Analysis and differentiation, as in the Sword in the Tarot.
According to Freud, a phallic symbol; but today it is rarely seen in that context.
Folklore: Betrayal and deception.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Danger and illness.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A blinking traffic light is always a warning to be careful.
If you or someone else is turning the traffic light off: the danger has passed, expect improvement in the present situation.
If the light in the lantern is burning brightly: you have gained great insights, or you are about to reveal a secret.
If the light in the lantern is flickering or going out: don’t get involved in other people’s business; you are probably misreading the situation. See Light.
Depth Psychology: The image of a traffic light is always a sign of a budding love affair—particularly’ when the traffic light is Red.
A softly burning lantern reflects deep insight and inner wisdom. See Lamp.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you don’t, this symbol refers to restlessness and irritability—something is galling you. Also, it is a symbol of vitality and productivity.
Folklore: Eating liver leads to good health.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the wood is not split, cutting down trees may also mean a loss of energy. On the other hand, chopping wood may also be seen as aggressive action against one’s own aliveness and health.
The logger may stand for being wooden and unrefined, resulting in a stupid and dull position or attitude. In the case of a city person, there could be a romantic longing for a simpler life, as in Farmer and Craftsman.
Folklore: Great effort without gain.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Changing into any animal form reflects moving backward into more primal ways of thinking and behaving.
The type of creature portrayed in the dream will help you to determine what aspect of your personality is returning to this wildness.
Communion with the astral realm. Shamans often transform into animals to travel in the spirit world.
Because folklore portrays this as a lunar phenomenon, this may be an alternative emblem of the moon.
Taking after your family in ways that are not necessarily complimentary.
The ancients often believed that lycanthropy was hereditary.... The Language of Dreams
A weak sense of self, inferiority complex. Hiding from the truth. But also fun, lust, and erotic adventures. Being misled, false impressions, and temptations.
If the mask in your dream is visible, this is also a sign of your ability to look behind the scenes (including your own). See Curtain.
Folklore: Always negative.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Bad omen for lovers.
The way you treat money is the way you treat your lover.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Obstacle dream.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The “small” or unimportant things can also mean those that are invisible.
Mice are often “signs of death” (Death is meant in the sense of completion). They are symbols of nagging thoughts and a nagging conscience. When they become a plague, they are a bad omen. In Goethe’s Faust, mice appear in the form of ghosts that nibble at the Pentagram that is supposed to ban the devil. Gray and black mice in a dream point to bad luck.
The gray and the black mouse may also be a symbol of the shadow, since gray and black are shadow colors.
The positive meaning of this symbol lies in the fact that parents sometimes call their children “little mouse.” It is also the language of lovers who use such endearments.”
According to Mohammed, the mouse represents the “little sinner,” the adulteress. When Faust dances with a witch, a mouse jumps out of her mouth. White mice are believed to be the souls of children and of the poor, and also fever demons.
According to Jung, the mouse is the animal of the soul, the image of a difficult-to-understand reality, the relationship of the dreamer to sexuality, fertility, and the devil or witch.
Folklore: Always has an erotic meaning.
The mouse is the penis escaping into the hole.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Solutions to problems.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Example: I am standing in a bookshop. It is a long established business. As I look at the books I find two which are about the life of Christ. They are leather bound and handwnt- ten—quite ancient. Both seem to me to be about the author’s own inner life. I believe one is written from a religious viewpoint and the other from a more occult one. I am not attracted to either’ (Bill O). Bill is looking back on past attitudes, one religious, one occult, which had been big parts of his life. Old people: wisdom, mother or father, past experience; traditions; old age, death. Old building: past way of life; former life with family or another person. Old things, furniture: past or outworn ways of life or activities. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
An eccentric person glittering in many colors. Either dependency and immaturity, or a challenge to be more unconventional, exotic, and colorful.
Folklore: Unfavorable gossip is being spread about you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Spiritual directions and focus. Taoism, for example, translated from the Chinese, means “the way” or “path.” Buddhism teaches the eightfold path to enlightenment. Christ spoke of the path of righteousness.
A guideline, edict, or idea that you are following now, or plan to follow in the future. Paths have defined borders that set them apart from the accompanying countryside, showing the way to go.
A sign of fahy mischief or presence. In European and rural American folklore, bright green lines of grass were called fairy paths, and believed to be created by the passage of these elemental beings.
Meandering: Varying from your destiny or taking temporary detours away from a previously specified goal.
Divergent: A decision must be made, but both options appear equal. See if your dream reveals something about this choice that you have not seen yet, such as one path exhibiting weeds that might entangle you.
Well-worn: Either being in a rut, or staying so constrained to one way of thinking and living that the same old routes get walked again and again.
Straight: Staying true to your ideals, lifestyle, and / or goals.... The Language of Dreams
Folklore: The promise of happiness, only—be patient!... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Happy marriage.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Getting stuck, being glued to something (in reference to relationships, work, etc.). Something may be smoothed out with plaster, as in Ironing. Plaster is used to make a copy of an original. What are you copying? Falsehood.
Folklore: Being wrongly accused.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Your friendship is being taken advantage of.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The old story of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow- is so firmly entrenched in folklore that this meaning often conies across in dreams.
2- The raising of consciousness and appreciation of something as ethereal as a rainbow suggests the need for a heightened sense of awareness. More esotcrically, a rainbow is said to represent the seven steps of awareness necessary for true spirituality.
3- A rainbow symbolises the spiritual glory that is available to the dreamer through understanding and learning.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The old story of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is so firmly entrenched in folklore that this meaning often comes across in dreams.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A longing for social contact and diversion. Eating and feeling comfortable in public points either to being open or lack of a private space.
See Food, Eating. It is important what type of restaurant and what is happening there. How do you feel being there?
Folklore: Good omen, if you see yourself in the restaurant. Watching yourself eating points to small pleasures; watching others eat suggests poor emotional health.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A new beginning, perseverance.
For Christians, this image is always connected to “The Last Judgment” (fear of death, overcoming death).
Folklore: Long journey.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Well-being and prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The contradiction of blossom and thorn.
The rose plays the same role in the West that the lotus plays in the Orient. Both blossom, producing many thousands of petals, and represent the highest stage of consciousness.
The rose is often a symbol of the self. As a well-known symbol of love, it points to the dreamer’s feeling of security and suggests that he should be more open to love.
The Greek word rodor for rose came from the ancient Greek word for “flowing,” which may have been coined to convey the flow of fragrance from this flower. But this never-ending flow of fragrance from the rose also shortens its life, causing it to wilt rapidly. Because this magnificently flowering, fragrant blossom wilts so fast, it is also considered a symbol of death.
The rose also points to the world beyond, which is the reason that the Catacombs in Rome are decorated with garlands of roses.
The rose also is the harbinger of death in the Oraclesy and it is reported that a few days before their death, bishops would find a white rose on their chair.
The belief in the death-announcing rose has influenced customs in England and Germany, where people have been reluctant to bring roses to a sick person. And if a rose bush produced a green rose—that is, when the petals turned green—as English folklore had it, a family member would die.
It is not only in England that the rose is connected with death. As far back as ancient Rome, every year a festival of the roses was celebrated where the dead were honored. Graves were decorated with wreaths made from roses.
Since time immemorial, what happens in the presence of the rose is not talked about. In antiquity, when a rose was suspended above the table, the meal was taken “sub rosa,” as it was called then, which means that absolutely nothing from the conversation was repeated after the meal.
The early Christians took up this symbolic tradition: the presence of a rose indicated that silence was to be observed when heathens were among them.
The rose as the symbol for silence continued into the 18th century, when, for instance, wooden roses were carved into the woodwork of the confessional and roses were also included in the stucco of the halls of the court.
The rose, like the lotus, is considered the perfect flower, which is one of the reasons why the Christian Church declared it to be the image of wisdom. This was instrumental in the rose becoming a symbol of Christ. Mary is also depicted as a rose, but a rose without thorns, because in Christian symbolism the thorns of the rose indicate sin, and Mary was free of sin.
The rose has something very mystical about it. Praying the rosary is considered meditation.
The Sufis pray with a drop of rose fragrance dabbed on the area of the “third eye,” because it is said that the rose cleanses and strengthens the spirit. In ancient Greece a wreath of roses was already thought to strengthen the mind.
The Roman Emperor wore a wreath of roses for the same reason. Romans wore wreaths made from roses during decadent outdoor feasts, because they hoped the roses would minimize the effects of too much drinking.
The rose as the image of a clear mind was also known to the alchemists, who connected the rose to the idea of deliverance. In Dante’s Paradiso the small group of saved sinners is pictured in the form of a white rose above which angels circle like bees. That the way to salvation is possible only through love is perhaps the most important lesson of the rose, the flower originally dedicated to Aphrodite, goddess of love. But that the rose also symbolizes flesh and blood is seen in the fact that Dionysus also claimed the rose to be his.
Time and again we hear about a rose bush that never stops blooming; about rose branches in a vase that for 70 years produced white blossoms; and about how the food for the poor that, in the basket of saints, is transformed into roses.
For those interested in the magic of the rose, we might also mention the Pentagram of the Rose.
If you connect the center of each petal with the center of the petal that comes after the next, you will form a pentagram, the foot of the Druids, the old magic figure that Faust wanted to use to overcome Satan.
The Greeks considered the long-lived, five-leaved rose bush, with the imprint of a pentagram, to be the symbol of the cycle of the Cosmos, which, according to Aristotle, is determined by the five elements (fire, water, earth, air, and ether). Also, the Rosicrucians see the rose as a symbol of hidden wisdom, using it as a symbol in their cross.
The color of the rose is also important.
A wilted rose is a sign of a relationship gone bad. According to Jung, the rose is always the symbol for wholeness, representing, in the form of the mandala, a symbol for the order of the world.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Warning false friends.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The Wool of the sheep refers to warmth, protection, and the need for loving care. See Lamb, Aries.
Folklore: Luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
1. Out of the “starting gate” like a shot.
2. Fear of wars, as in Helmet, or more generally, fear of aggression. See Explosion, Lightning, Marksman / Hunter, Fireworks, Shooting.
In classical depth psychology, a sexual image: emission / ejaculation dream, sexual aggression. It can symbolize the aggressor as well as the victim. This aggression is not necessarily negative, because it can also express sexual freedom, reaching the goal (gratification, orgasm).
Folklore: Illness.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: A setback.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Lack of moderation.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The position of the thumb can mean life or death, as in the fights of gladiators in ancient Rome. According to Freud, sexual urges.
Folklore: Obstacles are in the way.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
That which destroys and cleanses. Thunder gives your aggression a voice.
Folklore: Great difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Warning of a lovers’ quarrel.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Dreaming about a tulip indicates a quick engagement and secret marriage.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the valley is already in the shadows, it symbolizes dark areas.
A valley that is shaped like a canyon symbolizes either female sexuality or sexual anxieties.
Folklore: Warning of an illness.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The resonating power of a violin also points to how our inner world resonates. It could be interpreted as the “echo of the soul.”
If a string breaks, it means quarrels.
Folklore: Domestic happiness.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
2- We are often distressed by anything which is out of the ordinary or wrong.
A great deal of folklore has grown up around warts and how to get rid of them. Dreaming of warts links with that part of ourselves which remains superstitious.
3- A distortion of a spiritual kind may be affording the dreamer little insight at this moment.
If this is the case, the dreamer should bide his time and allow the distortion to run its course.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The wood of the white thorn also is used to make magical wands. Considered a holy plant in Christianity, the white thorn grows in Glastonbury in southern England and is said to have been brought there by Joseph of Arimathea. It blooms twice every year.
Folklore: Good luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Strong winds or storm winds reveal powerful forces at work in your life, some of which may cause confusion about your direction and path.
Change and movement, which often meets with some turbulence before positive transformations occur.
A sign of latent psychic abilities developing.
In Christian theology, the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Angry winds are often considered a sign of evil or negativity. Note that Lucifer is called the Prince of the Power of the Air, and in the Koran, demons control stormv winds (see Monsters).
Howling winds: In folklore, this portends either trouble on the horizon, or an unsettled spirit (see Ghost).
Anciently an emblem of the masc uline nature, with the four directions becoming a natural wheel or cross that later became the weather vane.
Weather vanes that show which way the wind blows are an alternative emblem for both a wheel and a cross, indicating the originating source of energy or problems.... The Language of Dreams
In the I Ching, wood means gentleness, that which penetrates, like the wind, and it is related to the first daughter.
According to Freud, wood is a symbol for femininity. However, in the Tarot, wood corresponds to the wand which—according to traditional as well as modern interpretation—is connected to masculinity. This is an example of how contradictory meanings can be in the symbolism of depth psychology. At a certain level of consciousness, the difference between masculinity and femininity loses its importance. This higher level of consciousness is mirrored in everyday life where some symbols can be seen as typically feminine as well as masculine, in accordance with the present state of consciousness of the dreamer.
Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Folklore: Receiving money, or a love affair.... Little Giant Encyclopedia