Folklore, Dream Interpretation


  • Bad luck.
  • Difficulties ahead.
  • Be careful.
  • One of the best of all omens.
  • Your wishes are granted.
  • Temptation.
  • Bad omen.
  • The bird of the soul.
  • Wishes are being fulfilled.
  • Good omen, particularly monetary.
  • A young relative is being honored.

    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.



    Folklore | Dream Meanings

    Keywords of this dream: Folklore

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    Bishop, Monk; the archetype of the priest comes to the fore, a person of authority (male or female), who is austere and dignified. Romanticized Father / Mother- figure, particularly with very religious people (consciously or unconsciously).

    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

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    Repressed urges, similar to Bomb, Attack, Surf, Explosion and Electricity, Defloration, Flames, Violence, Greed, Harem, Skin Rash, Wire (High-Voltage), and Hooker / Prostitute, Longing to be rescued from a situation, but the strength to do something is missing.

    Folklore: Your own circumstances will improve noticeably.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Need for cleansing—similar to Sewage / Waste.

    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

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    See Captain, a symbol of manliness, like Abbot, Athlete, and King.

    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

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    Bird. Elegance, ease, good control.

    Folklore: Good news is “on the way.” Everything will turn out okay.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Fear of being swallowed up by tasks and work. Pay attention to your animalistic aggressions.

    Folklore: A warning that an enemy is arriving.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    (see Eating, Nuts)

    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

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    Wholeness and complete spiritual richness is realized. Order. Highly oriented toward the abstract, as also when dreaming about numbers.

    Folklore: A friend is returning.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Flying. Messenger from God. In a broader sense, angels are messengers from the higher self who is guiding the dreamer. Or a woman or man we love is being placed on a pedestal.

    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

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    Female sexual symbol, well-being. One of the most common erotic symbols for skin, often used as a metaphor in contemporary pornography.

    Folklore: Being lucky in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Luxury, well-being and driving out bad moods. Vacation memories.

    Folklore: Artichokes are said to drive out demons.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The place where forgotten goals and expectations are hidden. According to Jung, the place of the first sexual experience, as in the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” where the princess is pricked by a spindle in a room under the roof of the high tower. Here in the attic are the intellectual taboos, the sexual ones, and the taboos of independent conscience. In the attic are the thoughts that we don’t dare explore and the attitudes we don’t dare express.

    Poverty, perspective, advancement.

    Folklore: Engagement (since the attic is a romantic place).... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Vacation time, harvest time, relaxation. Also heat, laziness, and eroticism.

    Folklore: Unexpected news.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    As with every female symbol in the dream of a man, it is a symbol of the man’s feminine side. In the case of a woman, the image of the aunt in a dream often refers to her own shadow; only in exceptional cases would it represent an ideal.

    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

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    Ability to assert oneself, desire for control, often carried too far, bad behavior.

    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

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    See Child.

    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

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    To a large degree, similar to Backyard, Frequently, the way to escape.

    Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Hidden place, secrets. Poverty and the unconscious.

    Folklore: Engagement.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Remembering vacation; androgyny, because of the Scottish kilt.

    Folklore: Relationship difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Command, focus, and planning.

    A symbol for female breasts.

    Folklore: Points to hurdles / obstacles.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Intellectualization (the crown chakra). Also brutality, or effects of radiation. Intellectual failure. According to 2nd century dream interpreter Artem- idorus, loss of relatives or objects.

    Folklore: Either bad health or problems in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The way you care for your hair shows your attitude toward your own sexuality. Vanity, as in the case of all jewelry.

    Folklore: Economical difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Alcohol. Happiness, social life, and either foggi- ness or inspiration.

    ASTROLOGY: Symbol of Neptune.

    Folklore: Monetary loss.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

    The Language of Dreams

    (see Vegetables)

    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

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    Getting ahead under your own power. Individualism and independence—you are pursuing your own path.

    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

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    Symbol of masculinity, as in: Author, Pope, Father, Wise Man.

    Folklore: Poor health, similar to Abbot.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Connected to nature. All Berries have a sexual connotation (clitoris).

    Folklore: Bad omen because of the dark color.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Bird. Subtle sign of hope.

    If the bird is singing, happiness and the need to be more casual. Points to the carefree life of birds: they neither sow nor reap.

    Folklore: A bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Fire. Emotional purification. Psychological and physical energy (flame of life), will. Devastating dangers, destruction, depletion, and transformation. Sexual passion up to and including addiction (“my old flame”); or intense passion. Need for togetherness, or the power to consolidate or remove contradiction. Cremation is said to assist resurrection (See Ashes).

    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

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    Referring to life experiences, the spiritual and emotional backbone of life, but also “ossification.”

    Folklore: Usually implies poverty; when in the form of a skeleton, Death or wealth.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    (see Beverages, Canning)

    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

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    On one hand, you may want to take it easy, look for relaxation and fun; on the other hand, bowling expresses power and agility. Last, but not least, this symbol could point to hidden aggression, if a powerful throw “bowls over” the pins.

    Folklore: Disappointment.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Metal. Usually points to a desire for success and prosperity.

    Folklore: False friends.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Marriage.

    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

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    Points to simple food (for body, mind, and soul).

    As with most types of vegetable, a symbol for female sexuality.

    Folklore: Health and long life.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Pay attention to the symbolic meaning of numbers! Do you want to—or should you—take stock of your life and pay for your deeds, meaning taking responsibility? See Price / Payment.

    Folklore: A good omen when you can pay your bills, bad if you cannot.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Advancement. Symbol of a desired identity.

    Folklore: Secret admirer.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    (LAMP) (see Fire, Light, Torch)

    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”).

    Spiritual presences.

    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

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    Container. What is in the canister is important.

    Folklore: A secret is being told to you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Hat. Consciousness and thinking. Are you living too much in your head? It also addresses the fact that you keep something hidden or that something seems to be hidden.

    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

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    Cards can appear in dreams in many different forms—such as postcards, maps, entrance cards or tickets, playing cards, and business cards.

    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

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    An attempt to voice a desire that can only be expressed through flowers.

    Folklore: A girl who can be “bought.”... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The time, or the age, or period of development where “anything” goes, where you can be “somebody else.” Merriment and being carefree, but also a warning about pretense.

    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

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    See Auto, Chauffeur, Wagon, A symbol of personality and status. What kind of carriage is it.7 Folklore: Loss.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Money.

    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

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    (Dome, as in “House of God”):

    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

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    Need for rest.

    Folklore: News from an absent friend.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Sparkling Wine. Advancement, happiness; be good to yourself, treat yourself. Longing for luxury, as in Oysters. At the same time, it is a warning not to be too extravagant. Taking a bath in champagne is considered a symbol for titillating sexuality and decadent luxury.

    Folklore: A sign pointing to unhappiness in love relationships (the partner is unfaithful or wasteful).... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Amulet. Make sure you pay attention to what is pictured or written on the charm.

    Folklore: Danger, specifically when in a crowd.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Folklore interpretations say that if you are looking at a chase or participating in it, you will have a comfortable old age. Although this may be comforting, there is a more realistic understanding of this activity in a dream.

    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

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    See Money.

    Folklore: Financial loss.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The cheek that receives the kiss of friendship as well as the slap in the face. In classical Greek dream interpretation, red, round cheeks meant a full cash register, while pale, white cheeks meant an empty one.

    Folklore: A good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Symbol of male authority, as in Father. You are really your own boss. Or the “chief” is a symbol of your own, higher authority.

    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

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    Either a positive symbol that refers to new possibilities, or a hint that we are resisting maturity and completion.

    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

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    Once the image of intellectual activity, cigarettes now indicate dependency and addiction. Symbol of taking a break. According to Freud, a phallic symbol.

    Folklore: Lighting a cigarette points to having new plans.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The four-leaf clover is a well-known symbol of good luck.

    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

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    Advancement, ambition, vanity, and the need for power.

    Folklore: Protection through powerful friends.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Sweets. People are laughing at you, or you are laughing at somebody.

    Folklore: A good omen for family, not so good for business.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Money. You either need or have money. Coins are always connected to your energies and talents. Fear of impending poverty, as in Savings, Food.

    Folklore: Good omen if the coins are made from copper (a symbol of Venus).... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Pillar, and possibly also Tree. Support and help.

    According to Freud, a phallic symbol.

    Folklore: Honor and success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Special event; this image always points to character.

    The comet may also point to advancement. See Star.

    Folklore: Success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Fun, lively continuation of archaic shower and fertility magic.

    Folklore: Disappointment.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Indulging in sweets. In general, the time for sweets is in childhood, but you are still enjoying sweets. Are you longing for your childhood? Do you wish to have the protection and care you had when you were a child? Is “sweetness” missing in your life? Maybe you should make more room in your life for security and childlike enjoyment? According to Freud, cookies with a smooth surface represent nakedness.

    Folklore: Be careful in matters of love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Symbol for the beauty of life. And since the coral is a water creature, emotions are also addressed here. Are you using your emotions as the key to a happy life?

    Folklore: Return of the lover.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    You would like to lasso somebody.

    Folklore: Good sign.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Take a chance on being more open and direct in your communications. It is also possible that somebody is hiding something from you. Or are you hiding something?

    Folklore: The devil hides in the corners. Today we might think of the devil as representing unknown danger or unknown chances.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Often connected with fear of illness. Positive meaning: age-old instincts, and, in addition, hidden and rare wishes and fears. Now they can be more easily identified.

    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

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    At first glance a crab seems to be a very negative dream symbol. It could represent a “crabby” or unpleasant personality.

    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

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    Emotional or mental handicap. In this dream an important part of the shadow is expressed: your own weakness and neediness, for example. This dream symbol often appears when you are feeling overly important and are tending toward arrogance. Often it is a challenge to become more responsible, compassionate, and helpful. In addition, the image of the cripple is also related to Beggar, which may point either to becoming more humble or to greed and a hunger for possessions. See Illness, Crutch.

    Folklore: Warning of being unfriendly.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    New life is emerging.

    Folklore: Luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Tree. Memories of vacations. Longing for Warmth. Slender and graceful.

    Folklore: Troubles.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Symbol for girl, as in Goose.

    A childlike quality and naturalness that you are missing.

    Folklore: Luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

    The Bedside Dream Dictionary

    Dreams which include excretory functions usually represent cleansing and emotional release. Look at all of the details of the dream in order to obtain meaning. Ask yourself which emotions you may be releasing: anxiety, anger, mockery, annoyance, etc. Some very old folklore interpretations suggest that dreaming of feces is a good omen which suggests a financial gain. See also: Feces ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

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    See Physician. Helper, healer, wise man, adviser, and leader. Symbol of the healing power residing in yourself, which you can trust. On the other hand, “Doctor” as a title points to the appearance that we would like to present to the outside world.

    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

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    The obvious meaning is stupidity. But also stubbornness, sexual energy, and vitality. (In the language of the 16th century, “driving an ass” meant to arouse the penis.) Today this symbol is seen differently, since the proverbial stubbornness of the ass can be seen as his strength. He follows his own sense and possesses a sense of what is his. And in the pursuit of his urges, the ass can also be very smart (urges are not always stupid!).

    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

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    General Meaning: A picture high level demonic attack • Dreams

    Negative:

    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

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    See Bridge. It is the connection between consciousness and the unconscious, sometimes being open and sometimes not. Support and help.

    Folklore: Unexpected travel.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Closet. Image of secrets and possessions.

    Folklore: An open drawer is positive; a closed drawer—or drawer full of underwear—points to unfaithfulness.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Contradictory thoughts and feelings, as in Duel, but more harmonious. Harmony, particularly in relationships.

    Folklore: Domestic bliss.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Jewelry. Are you greatly invested in your outward appearance? Or should you listen more carefully, as in Ear?

    Folklore: Quarrels.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    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

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    Creativity.

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    Resurrection, joy, and vacation. See also Spring, with people becoming visible again, going outside. Easter is closely connected to the joy of resurrection. This image shows that after any dark period, light and joy will return and you can go outside again and let others see you.

    Folklore: Good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Black, Wood, Beauty. In the fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” ebony plays a role.

    Folklore: Traveling to a faraway place.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Usually the result of noises in the immediate environment. Otherwise, you ought to pay more attention to the impact of your own words; everything that you send out is coming back to you. Also, it is frequently a symbol of the soul, where everything resonates. You are hoping for a reaction from the world around you. It may refer to remembering something that was said a long time ago, and that now may possibly be seen in a new light.

    Folklore: You will hear about a positive event. Economist / Specialist: See Villa.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Helpful spirits, figures of light. As a complementary symbol, it often points to inner tension and imbalance, as in Electricity (as in power plant). Elves represent emotions and situations in everyday life and are friendly toward human beings. Such dream images also may point to flight into the world of fairy tales and away from reality. In this case, the dreamer is shown something that is foreign to him—lightness, being carefree and selfless. According to Jung, the elf is the guide of the soul.

    Folklore: Looks on the elf as having no soul, and the dance of the elf is seen as a sexual temptation.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Being in nature. Points to the basics of life and longing for freedom and simplicity; if held captive, you are unable to live out your physical urges, your male instincts, your need to roam about.

    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

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    One of the hardest gemstones, the emerald symbolizes the character or the innermost soul.

    Folklore: Good fortune in business or separation from loved ones.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Ambulance, fear of accident; you are looking for help.

    Folklore: Your wishes will be fulfilled quickly.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Marriage, Wedding. Symbol of at least a temporary union.

    An unknown side is integrated. It is symbolically important whom you have become engaged to.

    Folklore: A bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The image of evening dress combines enjoyment and culture, a cultivated passion that one can either experience or long for. See Suit, Ball, Dress.

    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

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    Longing for or fear of happy Family and a cozy Home appear often when all of this is being missed, or when it is simply too much to cope with. Enjoyment of the retirement years (Evening) indicates a zest for life and sensuality.

    Folklore: News about a Birth.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Feelings of estrangement and abandonment. Longing to belong. Or are you seeing a part of you that you have “condemned into exile”.7 Repression. See Hermit and Asylum / Exile.

    Folklore: Luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Stress, hurry, and importance.

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    Vanity. Eyebrows joined above the nose are, according to folklore, a sign that physical urges dominate. During the Middle Ages, it was seen as revealing a pact with the devil. Important is the motion of the eyebrows as, for instance, raised eyebrows.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Facial expressions stand for the emotional situation of the dreamer, for the way he respects and judges himself. They are a symbol of the dreamer’s identity, willpower, and power of intuition.

    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

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    Community spirit, team, collective action, integrating well, and, in addition to all this, a symbol for the different parts of your personality working together cooperatively. But also: slaving away, hard work, and being taken advantage of (as in Charlie Chaplin s film Modem Times). Also, becoming impoverished, social demotion, isolation, lifelessness. Loss of wholeness, being cut apart. In case of conflicts between people in the factory: poor cooperation.

    Folklore: Unexpected events.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Communication, contact. See Masses, Mall.

    Folklore: Well-being.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    These mystical, magical creatures are a part of European, Roman and Greek folklore. They are known for their fickle nature, for their ability to grant wishes and for their whims of trickery. Fairies have a capacity for malice, their tools are wands and rings and they can generally be found in groups of three.

    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

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    Fairies are a specific group of otherworldly beings with mystical abilities found in most folklore, particularly in celtic and teutonic tales. Usually known for being mischievous, it is this aspect that becomes important for us in dreams. As a branch of neopaganism the increase of belief in fairies may well lead to a greater awareness and appreciation of these nature spirits and their qualities. As archetypal figures they may appear more frequently in dreams.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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    Recreation and vacation.

    A good time to bring into reality what you have planned.

    Folklore: A luxurious plant means that nature will be on your side.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A sign of transition (sometimes also initiation) that plays a major role in fairy tales, mythology, and dreams.

    The ferry brings you to the other shore, traveling to another world. See Bridge.

    A new goal for your life’s journey.

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    Manual dexterity. According to conventional psychoanalytical theory, a phallic symbol.

    Folklore: Suggests that looking at your own fingers, in a dream, means you want to fight.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Playing with illusion. Points to how special an occasion is. Blending passion, lust, orgasm, and enthusiasm.

    Folklore: Be careful.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Repressed aggression, or too little aggression, as in: Attack, Surf, Fire, Flames, Violence, Greed, and Wire (High-Tension). Feelings of inferiority, repression, as in Termination, Attack, Harem, Skin Rash, and Prostitute. Fear of war or aggression, but also desperate search for physical or personal closeness.

    Folklore: A warning.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Being dependent on somebody, or wanting somebody to depend on you, often with sexual undertones (the happy hooker).

    To reach for something way down deep (Water). Quiet and contemplation.

    Folklore: Disappointment or reaching for success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    An emotional conflict situation, fear of emotional conflict.

    Folklore: In almost all cases, a ship at sea is a bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Going forward by the most simple means on the Water of emotions.

    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

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    1- Flowers in a dream usually give us the opportunity to link to feelings of pleasure and beauty. We are aware that something new, perhaps a feeling or ability is beginning to conic into being and that there is a freshness about what we are doing.

    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

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    Overstimulated nerves. Resistance, nervousness, and slight irritation, as in Flea. May also point to Flying. Small things that can be very annoying.

    Folklore: Sign of an unsurmountable obstacle.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Enjoyment of life.

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    Usually points to eating (particularly when you’re actually hungry during your sleep).

    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

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    See Wealth. Abilities and talents.

    Folklore: The greater your fortune, the greater the effort you have to make in the future in everyday life.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Death and rebirth, medicine, and poison.

    Folklore: Usually a sign of good fortune.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Frequent dreams of young girls. Fear of sexuality. At issue is the emotional connection to her sexual partner (as in the fairy tale “The Frog Prince”). Because the shadow—something she is most repulsed by—is dissolved, she is changed. This is partly to be seen as a challenge to overcome our disgust and then to watch what happens. Conquering this feeling usually leads to a sense of self-liberation, particularly in the area of sexuality.

    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

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    Often a real forecast when the dream takes place in the future. Also, a time when you are able to consciously experience intuition, fears, and expectations of the future.

    Folklore: An old quarrel is being resolved.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Restriction and lack of freedom, similar to Cage, Prison, Shackles. Restricted movements are particularly emphasized here.

    Folklore: A dream about obstacles.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    It may be a symbol of lost innocence or youth. Folklore tells us that dreaming of beautiful gardens is symbolic of great happiness and love.

    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

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    Here, it usually means the so-called “spirit of life,” which makes up a distinctly human life. In addition, it might possibly point to unused or wrongly applied intellectual activities or actions. You are chasing a phantom. This is a warning against illusions and wrong insights. Creatures from the world of fairy tales are always somewhat frightening. They may be helpful or have bad intentions. Ghosts are often an expression of guilt feelings and pangs of conscience.

    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

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    Tendency toward addiction.

    Folklore: A short life and many changes.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Changes in the way you live and questions about your responsibilities. Separating from something important—a person, behavior, emotions—is imminent, has taken place, or is necessary. Compare this to Corpse, Death, Abortion, Sword, Divorce, or Funeral.

    Folklore: A good sign, because you are letting go of something.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A young girl, as in Daisy. Stupid goose, stupidity. In ancient Egyptian creation mythology, the goose represented—together with the universal egg—a symbol of origin.

    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

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    Diminished movements, lack of freedom and mobility, as in Prison and Cave. Also, part of your own nature has remained unconscious and “lacks guidance.”

    Folklore: Avoid overexertion.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Rye. Grain in general symbolizes mental / intellectual and physical needs; but it may also—through an association with the “grim reaper”— point to the transforming power of Death. This may also address the question of personal productivity. See Field, Harvest. Bountiful harvest means self-confidence and health, crop failure the opposite.

    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

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    (see Fruit, Vine, Wine)

    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.

    Fertility.

    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

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    Longing for a permanent relationship.

    A need for connecting with the other side of the Self. See Bride / Bridegroom.

    Folklore: A warning of false friends.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The wild and adventurous person within. At the same time, one of the oldest images of the scapegoat in our culture.

    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

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    Well-known symbol for fighting.

    Folklore: Difficulty, disappointments.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Baldness, Beard.

    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

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    (see Body)

    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

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    Hearty nutrition, substantial food, and the need for meat (real meat or flesh).

    Symbolizes carnal thought; also a symbol for impurity. See Pig. Are you afraid of getting sick? Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Security and order. Crying. Grief. With a handkerchief on hand, you are prepared for all situations. It often represents something comforting that one holds on to.

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    Protection from the storms of life. Coping with life during difficult times or anguish.

    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

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    Repressed sexual urges or inhibitions (see Rooster). Desire for erotic sexual experiences and the desire to have one’s sexuality accepted. Most of the time the sign of an inferiority complex.

    Folklore: Something hidden is finding expression.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Desiring recognition, Success, and security, as, for instance, in Shares, Stock Market, and intellectual wealth. Here questions about your goals in life are raised. What is it you want to accomplish, to “harvest”? Short-term as well as long-term goals may be addressed here.

    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

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    In dreams, in spite of hurrying, we usually never reach our goal. You are afraid you’re missing something; pay attention to your plans, stop for a moment and deliberate. As with all dream images that have to do with time, remember that “time” is often only another word for limitation.

    Folklore: A warning against impending danger, particularly accidents and fire.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Repressed aggression, often due to a lack of boundaries.

    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

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    In the past it was in the hay loft that many people had their initial sexual experiences. Wealth.

    Folklore: Very favorable, luck in all areas (for example, “making hay”).... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Inheritance; precious quality. Talent and / or a task that has to do with the preservation of what has been handed down.

    Folklore: Don’t let others dominate you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A symbol of the unconscious. Repression and flight from problem situations. Need and desire to find and to be found.

    Folklore: Bad news.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Small obstacles, good perspective.

    A female sexual symbol.

    A corn, or callus, aging and experiencing pressure.

    A hardening.

    Folklore: Favorable for business.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Security that originates from a particular place in the world that you have either searched for or found. This image is often related to Parents, and is similar to Parents’ House. However, with increasing maturity, one usually dissolves the link to homeland and parents. Longing for quietness and a feeling of belonging.

    Folklore: Prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    As in Bordello, only more active. Your physical urges are clamoring for attention. This dream symbol appears particularly often when one’s principles are too rigid. Desire for wild sex during times of involuntary isolation. Points to the difficulties the dreamer has in integrating love and sexuality.

    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

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    Vitality, energy, mobility, and honor. It may mean speed, power, potency, and drive. Dynamism. According to 2nd century dream interpreter Artemidorus, luck in love. Other classical authors see in the horse a symbol for the woman the dreamer would love to possess physically. In late medieval books on dreams, hitching horses to a carriage meant that one had many love affairs.

    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

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    See Dog.

    Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Wild times, but they will pass.

    Folklore: Bad omen, quarreling.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Fear of mental overexertion, longing for a simpler, childlike life.

    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

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    Something is in need of improvement or needs to be “ironed out.” Are you being too conventional? Domesticity, as in Communion, only here, the social meaning is more or less missing; rather more like Flowerpot, Baking, Roast, and also Hen, Pillow, Porcelain, Apron.

    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

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    Old relationships are getting stronger. Also, warning of false friends. You can be smothered (parasites on the plant). Compare this also with Vampire. Also steadfastness and stamina (ivy is ever green.) Folklore: Good health.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    What image would you like to present to the outside world? Similar to Shirt.

    Folklore: Hard work and little reward.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Something not highly valued, but still important and precious. Points to too much vanity or to a bright personality. According to Chinese understanding, jade is a lucky stone that keeps you healthy.

    Folklore: Fortune through hard work.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Female gender.

    Folklore: Great luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Uncomfortable feelings or, in rare cases, a hint that you entertain addictive thoughts. Memories of vacation.

    Folklore: Negative omen and loss.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Well-being. Beauty for women, honor for men, or vanity; but it also implies that an inner Treasure has been discovered. Also a desire for acceptance and affection. According to Freud, the symbol of the person one loves.

    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

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    At issue here is the attitude toward a very important matter and justice. Earlier dream interpreters believed that the conscience was speaking. Court, Attorney, Confession.

    Folklore: A journey across the land.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Often points to difficulties, particularly when you have to clear your own path in the dream.

    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

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    Where cooking takes place and where life is renewed. In the mythology of the Mabinogions (medieval Welsh lore), the kettle was where dead soldiers were brought back to life.

    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

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    See Lock. You have the right attitude and are posing the right questions, in the sense of how you are using your personal qualities. Ideas and new experiences.

    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

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    Control, Law, Authority Figure. Special someone in your life. In African folklore, the King is said to be “the one who holds all life, human and cosmic, in his hands; the keystone of society and the universe.” In the modern world, we may not associate the King with ultimate power, knowledge or wisdom. However, historically the mythical King was highly spiritual, was the center of the wheel of life and was said to have a regulatory function in the cosmos. Psychologically, the king and the queen are said to be the “archetypes of human perfection.” As a dream symbol, you can understand the king or queen in your dream by realizing that they represent your ability for independence, self-understanding and self-determination. They also represent inner wealth that will enable you to be your best and help you to achieve your goals. Consciously, you may never have the desire to be a king or queen, but psychologically, these figures are symbolic of our highest potential and our desire to be the “king or queen” of our own world and our own lives. On rare occasions and depending on the details of the dream, the king and queen may represent a powerful force that is unkind and tyrannical.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

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    Seeking power. Aggression and symbol for masculinity. However, the knife may also point to security and protection. Often internal suffering and passions are being addressed, pointing out innermost secrets that you want to hide. Ask how to call up the unconscious strength that could bring results. Are you able to show your wounds and acknowledge your injuries? Can you see that acknowledging your wounds and your vulnerabilities could make you more human and likable? To acknowledge pain eliminates your fear of weakness, making aggressive action to protect your boundaries unnecessary. According to psychoanalysis, in the case of women, the desire for total abandon.

    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

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    The place where we experiment—with life. This dream image represents the way we deal with our emotions and where we do our emotional work. How do you deal with your emotions? Is your life too planned or deadened by too much technology?

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    Purity in the sense of patience and gentleness. See Victim. Easter.

    The Easter lamb also points to a new beginning.

    Folklore: Domestic bliss. See Sheep, Aries.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Vision: According to ancient folklore, a lighted lantern stands for an impending, sorrow-filled event.

    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

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    See White. White laundry and white clothing are considered the symbol of innocence and purity. White laundry is, according to Freud, a symbol of femininity.

    Folklore: Quarrels, separation, and loss.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Striving for success and acceptance. This may be a warning not to be addicted to approval and fame.

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    A symbol for woman.

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    Vitality, elegance, drive. In case of danger, a leopard points to your fear of erotic entanglement. See Cat.

    Folklore: Difficulty.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Lamp, Lantern. Helpful for orienting oneself in difficult situations. Problems that you are not aware of are made conscious. Well-known phallic symbol.

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    Love, tenderness, and romance. It is also a warning against arrogance and witchcraft.

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    See Tree. Healing; a power place where energies are renewed.

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    The color is important.

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    Relaxation or troubles.

    Folklore: Be warned—somebody wants to cozy up to you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    First, make sure that you do not have real, physical complications involving the liver.

    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

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    Usually a harmless miniature Dragon will bring you luck.

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    See Wood- Since in the past the forest was thought of as a dark place and, therefore, the place of the unconscious, the logger is seen as creating order in an area of chaos. Here, the harshness of nature is transformed into something more refined, as the wood removed is put into the service of people in the form of firewood and building material.

    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

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    Time and fate, the thread of life. Longing for a “simpler life.” Often a sign that much spiritual work is being done.

    Folklore: Small financial losses are about to occur.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    (see Animal, Wolf)

    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

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    Greed and laziness.

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    Union of contrasting parts of yourself (often your feminine and masculine sides). Longing for a permanent bond.

    Folklore: Unfavorable omen, because after the so- called “happy ending,” “things” are just getting started.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Separation or longing for a relationship.

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    That which we would like to present to the world around us, or what we would like others to view as being real.

    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

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    In psychoanalysis always a phallic symbol.

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    Youth, eroticism, and growth; a productive time; and a favorable outlook.

    Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A hint that something needs to be remembered. Do not repress your feelings. Remember vacations or other memorable events.

    Folklore: A wish is not being fulfilled.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Speed, nervousness, agility, and poison. Symbol for the planet Mercury.

    Folklore: Having fun.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Grain.

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    Might be a suggestion to be more generous, open, and flexible. Or can you never be satisfied because your needs are not met.7 See Vulture.

    Folklore: Bad omen for lovers.

    The way you treat money is the way you treat your lover.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Usually points to the need to deal with mistakes made during waking hours. Something is missing.

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    Prudish restraint, emotional tension. Naturalness and asceticism.

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    See Swamp, Mud. Physical desires that are being repressed, that are dragging you down. Fear of death or fear of life. You are unable to move forward, and are being held back—pulled back—into the unconscious through fear of the feminine. On a positive note, the wild side of the character can be helpful in healing.

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    A symbol of control and lack of control that you have over the small things in life.

    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

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    See Beard, Hair. Symbol of creative power.

    Folklore: Unimportant squabble.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Sharp; hot; spicy intellect, irony, cynicism.

    Folklore: Your talk is getting you in trouble.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A new beginning and fun.

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    The title and content are important.

    Folklore: Danger in matters of business.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Narrowness, protection, and security.

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    An erotic symbol. Relaxing after the troubles of the day, wanderlust, or memories of travel. According to Jung, it is the place that has water in the ground, which he interprets as contact with the unconscious and the possibilities of redemption.

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    Phallic and power symbol.

    Folklore: Procession.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The past; the different lives we have lived—baby, youth, lover, parent, provider, what is es­tablished and well worn; tradition and wisdom of folklore.

    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

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    A sexual symbol, erotic adventures, or travel memories.

    Folklore: Peace, prosperity, and luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Vitality and health, but also false tears.

    The onion is the hot spice of life.

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    Life that glitters in many colors! Opals also have the reputation of being unlucky.

    Folklore: Extremely favorable omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Because of folklore, may represent avoidance of see­ing what is happening around one. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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    Luxury, social advancement. Desire for material excess. According to classical depth psychology a symbol of female sexuality, and often seen as an aphrodisiac.

    Folklore: Troubles.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Wanderlust, travel experiences. You are looking at your own body and soul as a temple.

    Folklore: A trip is cancelled.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Creativity and a sense of beauty.

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    Highly confidential secrets are being given away by close friends.

    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

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    Pleasure after work is completed, social exchange, and communication. Well-being, fun, and joy in the dream, as in life, always mean to search for or to have found your center. Your personal characteristics are getting stimulated and recognized, and that is the meaning of “party,” too.

    Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    (see Alley, Comer, Dead End, Highway)

    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

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    Female sexual symbol (clitoris). Easily irritated, or positive sensitivity (as in the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea”). In another fairy tale is the incident of “counting peas,” which could mean either pettiness and being a stickler for details or being precise and careful when dealing with small items.

    Folklore: The promise of happiness, only—be patient!... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    An erotic symbol. Romantic relationships. According to Freud, a symbol of the female breast.

    Folklore: Since the Middle Ages, a peach has meant reunion with a lover.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A symbol of the mature soul and completeness of the emotional experience. Also a female sexual symbol (clitoris), and a general symbol of women, loved ones, something precious and complete. Pearl also refers to domestic help and “the good soul.” If a pearl necklace breaks, trouble and worries due to a loss.

    Folklore: Happy marriage.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    The ups and downs of life. Fixing on the point “above,” which means Heaven. In that sense the pendulum is a symbol of faith and eternal law.

    Folklore: A big journey.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Quiet and relaxation.

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    A symbol that points to unmet sexual desire or fear of unwanted pregnancy. In antiquity it was a symbol for foolish gambling.

    According to Freud, it often points to children or siblings.

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    See Metal.

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    Enjoyment.

    Folklore: Domestic joy.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Rest, relaxation and domesticity, as in Baking, Roast, Cooking, Flowerpot, Iron, Porcelain, Apron, Hen.

    Folklore: Difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Stabilizing, bonding medium. Being steadfast or stubborn. Heat that needs to cool down.

    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

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    Vision: Seeing porcelain: an exaggerated wish for wealth and luxury! Porcelain shards: it is not only in folklore that broken crockery brings good luck; it does it in dreams, too. Breaking china or porcelain: you have made a mistake that you can’t undo. It is time to learn from your mistakes. See China, Fragments.... Dreamers Dictionary

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    Withdrawing because you are too sensitive and too easily injured, while at the same time being “prickly” and ready for some cunning attack. According to early Christian understanding (the most widely read book of the Middle Ages, Physiologus), the porcupine is lovable and loves children. It kills Snakes.

    Folklore: Your friendship is being taken advantage of.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Someone who is carrying the burden for others. Is it you or is somebody else carrying your burden for you?

    Folklore: Slander.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Mask. Inferiority complex, disguise. You want to pretend you’re something that you are not. On the other hand, completion, the final touch.

    Folklore: A festive occasion.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Self-portrayal or lack of it, depending on whether, in the dream, you have an audience or you are the public.

    Folklore: Social advancement.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Holding together (against the outside world).

    Folklore: Hard times.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    1- A rainbow appearing in a dream is the promise of something better to come.

    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

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    Material aspects: A rainbow appearing in a dream is the promise of something better to come.

    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

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    Analytical thinking, the need to smooth something out.

    Folklore: Warning of troubles and quarrels.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Enjoying contact and communication; but there is also superficiality here.

    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

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    Developmental process. Something has to die, needs to be let go of, as in Ashes, Funeral, and Phoenix.

    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

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    See Grain.

    Folklore: Plans may go awry because of wrong advice.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Security, protection, head, and intellect. Area of conscious mental activity. We are talking about having “a roof over our heads,” and very often “roof” is a metaphor for a higher intellectual capacity. Are you asked to gain more new insights? Roof also stands for the whole House.

    Folklore: Well-being and prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Security, protection, as in Roof, Gable, and Arch.

    Folklore: Advancement at work.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A symbol of Venus—love and devotion.

    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

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    See Grain.

    Folklore: Good omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    May be a phallic symbol, but, as with all fish symbols, it usually points to the attitude of the dreamer toward his emotions.

    Folklore: Family squabble.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Seeing or interacting with the devil in your dreams may have several different meanings and the interpretation depends on the details of the dream. However, it almost always points to something negative and disturbing in your personality, daily life, or environment. Carl Jung called such dark figures “the shadow” and said that they represent the negative ego personality and qualities which are painful and regrettable. You may have dark thoughts or have engaged in negative actions and now are experiencing guilt, fear, and anxiety. Dream interpretations based on folklore say that seeing the Satan in your dreams may be a warning about poor health, and if the dream persists, you should get a physical checkup. See also: Devil... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

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    An intellectual process and separation (something is being cut off). Also it often points to the repression of aggression. According to psychoanalysis, the scissors, like all stabbing objects, are a symbol for masculine sexuality. Scissors may also be a more threatening symbol against masculinity, since they are used to cut something off—castration.

    Folklore: Warning false friends.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    “Under the seal of secrecy”; or, you are locking up something, closing off something (usually yourself). You are taking yourself very seriously.

    Folklore: Insecurity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Warmth, protection, and deep devotion. Sheep: Patience, stupidity, romanticism about the country, but also devotion and innocence.

    The Wool of the sheep refers to warmth, protection, and the need for loving care. See Lamb, Aries.

    Folklore: Luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Shoe. Being grounded.

    Folklore: Bad luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    In a sense, this image represents two different situations:

    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).

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    Desire for cleanliness, as in Bath, Soap, Sauna, but the sense of not being clean is not as negative as in Abortion, Abscess, or Sewage / Waste. It is more a desire to gain new energy and more zip (emotional rejuvenation). Relaxation. See Rain, Fear.

    Folklore: A setback.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Something important is not being understood.

    A lack of clarity, and consciousness, avoidance of problems.

    The need for rest.

    Folklore: Negative omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Domesticity in all its different meanings. Sluggishness and insecurity.

    According to Freud, female genitals. See Shoe.

    Folklore: A small gesture of friendliness is royally rewarded.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Retreat, being overly sensitive, inhibition and lack of contact. This dream symbol appears often when one’s shyness collides with the desire for an energetic lifestyle. Are you facing risks with courage? Or retreating into your shell? This dream symbol is also a challenge to make life a little easier and to follow your own Rhythm. According to Freud, a sexual symbol.

    Folklore: Lack of moderation.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Symbol for cleanliness, as in Bath, Shower, and Sauna.

    Folklore: Something is dissolving. Soccer: See Football.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Sexual meaning; attempted grounding.

    Folklore: Satisfaction.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Fast, shy, smart animal that symbolizes ideas, plans, and hope. Longing to be in nature.

    Folklore: Hard work is ahead for you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Elevation, as in podium, but also unsafe seat. You need more security, support, and grounding.

    Folklore: To sit on a stool is sitting in a place of honor.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Sexual symbol (like nipple). Marriage, becoming a mother, summer fun.

    Folklore: Sign of unexpected success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Rest.

    Folklore: Changes.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Order and discipline, as in Office. Restriction, male authority; can also mean negative masculinity. Pressure at work, but also having a good perspective / overview.

    Folklore: Promotion at work.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Dress, Needle, Thread.

    The traditional meaning is cunning and being a coward. Vanity, as in Jewelry.

    Folklore: In the case of a woman, marriage below her state.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Focus, the ability to assert yourself.

    Folklore: Hitting the center of the target means good luck; missing it, bad luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Stimulation. Practice patience.

    Folklore: Difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Tentatively moving into a new, usually public area, and presenting the Self to the outside world. Relaxation and free time.

    Folklore: Reaching a higher position due to an inheritance.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    This image is always a barometer of the dreamers moods.

    Folklore: Much excitement is in store for you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Spine, Thistle, Rose. According to dream interpreter Artemidorus, obstacles and difficulty with a woman.

    Folklore: Poverty.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Indicates male and female productivity (also seen as a symbol of male and female genitals). Symbolic expression of creativity. Often points to the dreamer feeling small.

    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

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    See Lightning. Be more assertive and don’t put up with everything. “Let it roar!” The task here is to shape your own personal world. According to the I Ching, thunder indicates excitement and, by implication, the firstborn son. According to ancient Egyptian dream interpretation bad news, anger, rage, aggressive emotions. According to Homer, Zeus, the jovial “thun- derer.”

    That which destroys and cleanses. Thunder gives your aggression a voice.

    Folklore: Great difficulties.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Suggests that you become much more careful in your present situation. Do you want to perform at the highest level.7 However, it could also mean that you are not resolute enough and lack wholeness. See Dance, Thumb, Finger.

    Folklore: Warning of a lovers’ quarrel.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    You are lovesick.

    Folklore: Happy news.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Spiritualization. It is a female sexual symbol if the tip points down; male, if the tip points up.

    Folklore: Triangles in relationships.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Fish. Enjoyment of life; you are able to move freely in the waters of your emotions.

    Folklore: Difficulties are disappearing; innate emotional balance.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Cleansing, as in Shower, Bath, Sauna.

    Folklore: Hard times if the tub is empty, good times if the tub is full.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    A dream of women, rarely men. Being connected to nature. As is the case with all flower symbols in dreams, the image of the tulip also has sexual meaning.

    Folklore: Dreaming about a tulip indicates a quick engagement and secret marriage.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Two. Talking to both sides within the Self, or one specific side—the side represented by the image of the twins. “The better half” and “the other self” (alter ego).

    Folklore: Very bad luck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Low point, crisis, and turning point. Going down into the valley means either getting to the bottom of something, or descending into the unconscious. Pay attention to the kind of valley (its shape and what is growing there).

    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

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    As in Cave, a symbol for mother and security.

    Folklore: Difficulty.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Insult, disappointment; you are sour. Something is getting ruined (turning sour).

    Folklore: All your efforts are in vain.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    An idealization of the female body. Or wanting to “play the first violin.” As with all musical instruments, harmony is addressed; and as with all string instruments, the image symbolizes the “string of nerves,” as well as the mood and tension of a person.

    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

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    You need to make people to listen to you. Raise your voice.

    Folklore: Bad omen.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Exploitation has become a way of life It may serve as an explanation of why you have difficulty with the world around you.

    Folklore: Your enemies are a danger to you.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Symbol of love as well as Rose, Circle, Dance.

    Folklore: A secret admirer.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Symbol of witches. See Witch.

    Folklore: Wealth.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

    Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

    1- Any blemish which comes to the attention in dreams can be accepted as evidence of there being a distortion in our view of the world.

    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

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    Symbol for speed.

    Folklore: A warning of so-called friends.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Sinking into emotions, into the unconscious. See Diving.

    Folklore: You are inheriting something.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    White thorn is the bush Viviane hides behind to put a spell on Merlin.

    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

    The Language of Dreams

    (see Air, Fan, Whistle)

    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

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    Intellectual powers. Intellectual or spiritual work. Battling with imagination, as in Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

    Folklore: Small winnings.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Symbol for mobility, warmth, and naturalness. Important is the condition and type of wood; for example, Firewood and Ebony.

    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

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    Bond / relationship; a feeling of one’s activity being restricted, similar to the symbol of Chain or Cage. Also, an emphasis on independence. In the form of Jewelry, it implies vanity, but jewelry can also be an expression of pleasure in one’s own beauty.

    Folklore: Receiving money, or a love affair.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Thread.

    A relationship that should be kept intact. Red yarn is the red thread that Ariadne gives Theseus to help him to find his way out of the Maze.

    Folklore: A joyful event.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Untruthfulness, “spinning a yarn,” or thoughts and feelings that are taking shape very slowly. See Thread.

    Folklore: Prosperity. In folk tradition, dreaming about spinning a yam is thought to bring luck in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    What drives us; the important, small things in life.

    Folklore: Money that you have saved.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    Contradictions in life need to be better integrated or more clearly defined.

    Folklore: Differences among friends.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Airplane. Phallic symbol

    Folklore: Unrealistic ambitions.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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    See Metal.

    Folklore: Your future is secured.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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