When we become conscious of the foundations of buildings, we become aware that spiritual practice needs a good basis from which to start.
Psychological / emotional perspective: Foundations are often formed from the rubble of previous building and when this image appears we need to remember that we have available all our previous experience on which to draw.
Material aspects: In everyday life strategy and planning are good foundations from which to start. When we become aware that there is something wrong with the foundations of our dream building, we may need to go back to the planning stage.
The significance of air in dreams often varies with its strength and other characteristics.
For example, a spring breeze is gentle and refreshing, whereas a wind storm may energize or blow away your foundations.
Hot air represents anger and self-importance, especially in the way one speaks (e.g., “being full of hot air”).
Cold air symbolizes real or perceived chilly feelings, to the point of being emotionless and stoic. Alternatively, this can indicate that a cooling-off period is necessary before reapproaching a problem will prove successful.
Humid air portends sadness by its damp nature, or a sense of discomfort that comes with nervousness. Alternatively, since humid air often precedes rain, it can reflect a forthcoming release of pain or period of refreshment.
Dry air reveals spiritual, emotional, or intellectual “dryness” manifested as droll words, tedious actions, or an overwhelming feeling of monotony in your life.
The world’s soul and breath that gives life to all things. In Sanskrit, the word from which we derive “atmosphere” literally means breath.
In Native American beliefs, dreams that center on the element of air are indicating mental issues that need attending.... The Language of Dreams
An anchor holding firm in a torrential sea speaks of your personal need for security and stability.
If you haven’t reinforced your foundations lately, do so.
Anchors are also connected to the sea and sailing (see Boat, Water). In earlier times when ships carried valuable goods to port, such an arrival was heartily welcomed. So, sailors and things associated with their trade became “lucky.” Perhaps your ship is soon to “come in” and stay for a while!
Safety or improved vitality. In ancient Egypt, an anchor cross became a variation of the ankh, the emblem of life, around 4-5 C.E. This emblem was used frequently as a seafaring amulet.
A ship that lacks an anchor represents being adrift, going from one idea or goal to another without ever accomplishing anything.... The Language of Dreams
The grizzly or domineering side of our moods (e.g., acting “bearish”).
The wildness within that wishes more expression.
Heraldic: Among the medieval artisans, this creature provided the perfect vehicle for visual puns, and usually stood for for-BEAR-ance.
She-bear protecting cubs: The maternal instinct fully developed; righteous anger or anxiety with real foundations.
Hibernation: An alternative type of death dream. Also, resting and storing up energy for difficult times ahead (see Cave).
The term “berserkers” among warrior clans came from “bear sarks,” a shirt originated by Artemis to give strength and protection to those defending her lands.
Native American: Supernatural power and fortitude.
Biblical: The she-bear, particularly, is portrayed as ferocious (noted in Samuel, Hosea, and Proverbs).
To what project or relationship are you, or should you be, applying this type of fervently protective energy?... The Language of Dreams
Depression and foreboding, especially if hovering around you in the dream.
An earthy color that can indicate good foundations, practicality, and the potential for growth (e.g., “being down to earth”). Much depends on where or how the color appears in the dream.... The Language of Dreams
This represents the blank slate of life upon which our experiences, cultures, families, and personal dispositions paint the mural of our being. Look at the image closely. It will tell you how you perceive yourself. Also check the easel on which the painting rests to be sure your foundations are secure.... The Language of Dreams
Foundations and security. Is the concrete fresh—or crumbling?
If your feet or other body parts are encased in concrete, this is a partial cage or other burden that needs to be released so that you can move freely.... The Language of Dreams
Warning or fear of danger. Alternatively, consternation over your ability to survive upheavals.
Avalanche: Feeling trapped, frozen, or unable to act. Or, an overwhelmingly heavy burden that you feel was thrust upon you unwillingly (see Ice, Snow).
Cave in: Tlie crumbling of foundations or an insecure position. Also a type of burial dream.
Earthquake: Something is shaking your foundations, potentially to the core of what you regard as truth. Alternatively, breaking up with, or away from, a person, organization, job, or situation.
Flood: Feeling swept away by uncontrolled emotions or overpowering circumstances. Alternatively, a thorough cleansing before a new start (see Water).
Hurricane or tornado: An alternative symbol of the air element, which relates to the mind, voice, or breath. In this case, however, the element is destructive, probably revealing ill-health or an overly active conscious mind that does not allow the intuitive self through.
If related specifically to speech, this symbolizes an individual whose loudmouthed nature destrovs much of what it contacts.
Landslide: Backward movement or retreat. Returning to old thought forms and behavior patterns.
Oil spill: A renewed awareness of personal responsibility toward nature. Alternatively, a defiled trust, the adulteration of an ideal, or a slipperv situation.
Volcano: These are Earth’s cauldrons that stir up your temper or other hot feelings that have already been building to the point of violent eruptions (see Fire). Find a safe outlet before someone gets hurt.
If the volcano exhibits a slow lava flow, this represents a gradual venting of emotions.... The Language of Dreams
Anger or other emotions that threaten to blow up if not properly redirected.
What does the dynamite demolish? This may be a symbol of something within of which you wish to rid yourself. Due to the potency of dynamite, however, caution is indicated here. Don’t go after this ideal or characteristic so forcefully that you destroy something valuable in the process.
Do the initials TNT mean anything to you? This abbreviation for dynamite has been used for a long enough time that the subconscious may use the abbreviation as a vehicle for its message.
Unanticipated personal expansion or exposure.... The Language of Dreams
Being grounded or having solid foundations (e.g., being “down to earth”). Earthly or mundane matters.
The physical plane.
Plowing and planting: Efforts toward acquiring or accentuating positive attributes (see Garden, Farm).
A place of emergence, especially for magical power. In the Middle Ages, it was widely believed that witches gained energy from the earth, and could disappear if they touched soil. Alternatively, this can imply positive energy directed toward developing personal traits and characteristics.
A period of peacefulness. Teutonic tribes would often put down their weapons of war during the season of the Earth Goddess.
Groveling in earth: Debased morals or ideals, or possibly begging for forgiveness.
Mud: Ambiguous circumstances; things getting botched (see Dirt). Alternatively, malicious gossip meant specifically to make a perceived opponent look bad (e.g., “mud slinging).
Among Native Americans, the earth element represents the physical nature, so if the land in your dreams is rich and fruitful, you are likely quite healthy, as is any effort that requires “hands-on” attention.... The Language of Dreams
If you have been dieting lately, this is likely a circumstantial dream that needs no further explanation.
The ideas, concepts, or beliefs currently being internalized (e.g., “you are what you eat”).
In esoteric traditions, eating is a way to ground energy and reestablish foundations in the material world. Consider if both feet have been on terra firm a lately.
Metaphorically, is there something for which you hunger in your life, physically, mentally, or spiritually? If so, find the right food to fill that hunger so that strong, healthy growth may begin (or continue).
A representation of your current eating habits. Are you eating well-rounded meals—or too much junk food? Consider what the dream shows you in terms of how you’ve been feeling lately, and make appropriate adjustments in your diet.
Eating a celebratory feast represents sampling a little from many different aspects of life, and enjoying each fully. It may also portend a period of abundance and pleasant surprises soon to follow.
Arriving late for a feast indicates the presence of many pressing personal matters that often detain social interactions.
Reviewing a menu in a dream signifies life’s decisions and how metaphorically “good” they are for you. Consider what types of foods were chosen, and if the choices were costly, for more specific symbolism.
Leaving a table hungry represents being dissatisfied bv the results of an effort, the answer received from a question, or a situation that is less fulfilling than you might wish.... The Language of Dreams
Metaphorically digging up the dirt on someone or a situation.
Uncovering treasures that are just waiting for your persistent efforts to discover them.
Digging through your own past to discover the worth of experiences, and how they have made you what and who you are today.... The Language of Dreams
Your sense of mobility and spiritual or emotional balance (e.g., “footing”). Taking a new step or direction with your life.
Jungian: Our connection with the earth; our foundations in materiality.
Kissing or washing of the feet represents humility and service, as Mary Magdalene with Christ.
Footprints: Leaving behind a wavmark that others can recognize, respect, or follow.
Aching feet may represent trying to move too far too fast. All of life’s journeys have an optimum pace. Try and find that pace before you wear out.... The Language of Dreams
Ivy is an emblem of striving for notoriety and honor, such as the “ivy leagues.”
Among Druids and the ancient Greeks, this symbolized blessings for a union, specifically used during weddings.
The evergreen nature of ivy implies that your efforts will be long lasting.... The Language of Dreams
A kite that cannot get off the ground represents a project that seems doomed to stagnate or fail. Wait for a better wind and try again.
A kite soaring high in the sky reflects ambitions and lofty goals. Take care, however. From this height the wind can easily snag the kite out of your hands, and all control may be lost.
A kite that is flying firmly controlled from the ground symbolizes goals that have good foundations. With continued management, this effort should prove successful.... The Language of Dreams
As the child of a volcano, this stone represents creative eruptions of some type. This is a flash of insight, bridging artistic obstacles, and resulting in true genius.
Hawaii: Health and well-being, especially if someone is seen in a circle of lava stones. More drastic healing and cleansing is symbolized by being within hot, flowing lava.
Reciprocity with nature. Hawaiian lore claims that the goddess Pele does not allow anyone to take lava stones without leaving a small offering first that acknowledges the gift of the earth.
Flowing lava becomes a river of fire, indicating a similarly fiery course for your life right now. However, lava does cool eventually, as will circumstances. With the settling, new foundations will develop.... The Language of Dreams
How is the metal used in the dream? Are you building with it, and if so, what? For example, building a wall out of metal represents a very strong obstacle to intimacy.
As with crystals and gems, each specific metal has different symbolism:
• Copper: guidance and control
• Flint: durability and utility
• Iron ore: love, safety, and willpower
• Lead: foundations or delays
• Quicksilver: quick responses
• Steel: rigidity, hard-heartedness
• Tin: improved luck... The Language of Dreams
In northern Europe, this tree is strongly affiliated with god figures, including Jupiter, Thor, and Zeus, giving it a masculine overtone, with the acorn becoming an emblem of fertility.
Strength, firm foundations, and longevity. In folk beliefs, the oak’s roots delve as far into the earth as its branches reach toward the sky.
An oak filled with acorns portends a promotion and financial increases.
Braver}’ and charity that benefits others. In Rome, any hero who saved the life of a citizen was crowned with a wreath of oak leaves and acorns.... The Language of Dreams
While these are sometimes considered phallic due to their shape, in ancient Greece pillars were regularly carved in the shape of a woman whose visage was modeled after a priestess of the Moon Goddess. In this form, pillars can emphasize the need to balance gender-specific outlooks, or to accept the traits you exhibit from the opposite gender as a building block to your whole personality.
What do these pillars uphold? If, for example, they support a temple roof, this implies having strong foundations and evidence for your beliefs. However, cracking and decayed pillars reflect a belief system that you have outgrown, but not left behind.
Ancient Egyptian: A hieroglyph called the Pillars of Horus was placed on the walls of homes to keep negativity away from the residents. Such symbols inscribed on your dream’s buildings may represent feelings of oppression or danger from which you wish to protect yourself and your kin.
A person’s best attributes that are worthy of recognition or honor (e.g., being a “pillar of truth” or “pillar of the community”).... The Language of Dreams
If you inhale the odor of one, you will be the victim of artful persuasions and flattery. (The mesmeric influence of the poppy inducts one into strange atmospheres, leaving materiality behind while the subjective self explores these realms as in natural sleep; yet these dreams do not bear truthful warnings to the material man. Being, in a manner, enforced.) ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Desiring a change of scenery and refreshed perspective. Sometimes in order to truly grow, you have to leave someplace comfortable.
Freedom, liberation, and self-discovery. Getting away allows you to be free of other people’s images and expectations so that you can build your own foundations for living.
The beginning of a personal quest that requires some type of mental or physical “travel” into the unseen portions of self or to new places, respectively.
Possibly an... The Language of Dreams
Free will and the ability to choose (note the Garden of Eden).
Life, knowledge, and wisdom. Many cultures have a mythological Tree of Life, including that of the ancient Hebrews, Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Norse.
The tree of self. How do your roots and fruits fare?
A personal branching out, or improving your foundations by putting down firm roots.... The Language of Dreams
The ability to procreate; the glandular bias which connects with what the conscious personality faces in emotional, mental and physical disposition; the caring, nurturing feelings which emerge out of sexual mating when healthy; the desire for a mate; the sense of connection and identity with other women, other female creatures and female aspects of nature. In its positive aspect it may represent the sure confidence with which a woman may demand from her man that he treat her womanhood with the respect it deserves. This means meeting the full flood of her sexual need with its desire for a child, a caring and supportive nest to rear that child in, and her female creativity which may rise from ihat basic reproductive drive into other social creativity and personal demand for respect.
Example: He was very brown, could have been a native but he didn’t feel strange to me. We were making love, I was very aware of the pleasure in my lower body. It was very slippy slidy and wet, there was enjoyment for both of us. Very intense body feelings with a childlike quality, not passion— but pleasure and joy in my vagina’ (Susy I). Susy is feeling happy and joyful about her ‘native’ or natural sexual feelings —particularly the sensual side of sex. Sensual pleasure, as with emotional pleasure, is as much a food for our physical and emotional self as bread is for our physical body.
In a woman’s dream, generally how one feels about one’s own sexual needs, but this includes procreation as well; the health or feeling state of the sexual self and physical vagina; her central femininity; sexual urge; ability to have a child; concept of her physical attraction; temple or church of life, one’s experience of motherhood or experience of the procrea- tive relationship with one’s mother. Example: ‘I had very little pubic hair and thought it must be because I had just had a shower, but, no, on looking again I had very little hair. I was hugging Mary (a friend), my arms around her back and one hand holding her vagina. It was then I noticed she was the shape of a man there. I drew away for a second at the discovery then felt OK as it meant I was hugging a male/female person. We were very warm together. (Two days before this dream my husband had said his mother called a vagina a Mary.)’ (Lucy R). Lucy is ‘touching’ or becoming aware of what could be seen as her own wholeness, which includes her male nature.
In male dreams: the vagina represents one’s feelings or fears about meeting a woman’s full sexuality, the deep experience of the relationship with one’s mother, binh and how mother met one’s emerging male sexuality; one’s desire for sexual expression. Bleeding vagina: his trauma, fears about a woman and sex. Example: ‘She was now quite naked, dead and stiff, but still bleeding from the vagina. I walked along, the dead body walked like a clockwork soldier. It was quite hornble to see its semblance to life’ (Derek A). Derek’s relationship with a woman, and with his own emotions and sexuality, is dead’ and deeply hun—the blood. He can mechanically have sex—the clockwork soldier—but not with deep feeling bonds or satisfaction. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
So much of our foundations of experience are connected with our experience of prenatal life and birth that we may need to touch these experiences to heal or free pans of our nature for further growth. See vagina under body; individuation; see also balloon; nest under birds; breath; catacomb; blue under colour; dark; deep; descending; hole; hollow; example in room under house, buildings; igloo; receptacle; recurring dreams; river; sack; under the sea under sea; suitcase; tank; tunnel; water. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences