Pictographs, Dream Interpretation


By definition, pictographs are picture-like symbols used to communicate specific concepts. On the dream plane, these can be very potent keys for unlocking deeper meanings.

A comprehensive listing of pictographs is a subject worthy of a complete book, but for the purpose of illustration, here are a few examples:

Pictograph Name Meaning(s)

= Equal sign The need for symmetry and equity.

O Circle An alternative lunar or solar emblem.

Completeness and cycles. Enclosure and protection.

Square The four elements in balance.

A pictorial pun

for someone who is socially awkward. Truthfulness (e.g., a “square deal”).

Pictograph Name Meaning(s)

Plat Feeling as if life has lost its flavor.

A project

that fizzled out. Something that has gotten slightly off-key and needs tuning for harmonious interaction.

Male

An emphasis on the masculine nature and associated characteristics.

The rune of the warrior showing strong convictions and the willingness to fight for a just cause.

Triangle Tlie triune nature, balance, and an alternative fire emblem.

Circle / wheel The winds, the four directions, and a type of cross emblem. Infinity Something that has longevity, or that goes on seemingly forever. Heart

Matters of love or emotions.

Check mark Correctness or incorrectness, red check marks denoting the latter.



Pictographs | Dream Interpretation

Keywords of this dream: Pictographs

The Language of Dreams

(see School, Signage, Writing)

Life’s important lessons—the ones that we return to regularly to determine our actions and reactions.

Structured learning and accumulated knowledge.

A common dream appearing to students during exam time. In this case, what’s on the blackboard is likely a reflection of those studies.

A formula appearing on a blackboard often refers to the solution to some conflict or problem. Try to find a way to translate the pictographs into positive actions.... The Language of Dreams

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Feeling stepped on or ignored.

Red carpets: Special treatment or well-deserved honor.

Sweeping beneath: Hidden matters or things you’re trying to conceal (see Broom).

Flying carpet: Another type of flying dream, but one that also denotes a sense of rescue, maneuverability, and safety. Aladdin’s carpet aided him in times of great need.

Buying a rug in dreams is a good sign that foretells gains and financial help that’s available from friends.

Wall-to-wall carpeting reflects an attempt to try and cover up some type of flaw in your character instead of fixing it.

Tapestry rugs often have pictographs or whole scenes that reflect prevalent matters in your life. Look at the whole image first, then each object or person shown, for significance (see Fabric).... The Language of Dreams

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Something coming to an end or a crossroad.

The Celtic or Greek equidistant cross: An elemental balance and wholeness (see Pictographs).

Carrying a cross: Burdens that may not be yours to bear. Self-imposed martyrdom.

Protective energy. Carrying or wearing a cross was long considered a potent safeguard from evil, especially from vampires.

A Red Cross: Take special note of your health, as this suggests you may be overlooking a problem that could become serious with time.

According to Jung, other items that are symbolic of crosses include the ace of spades (see Cards), forked branches, anchors, and four-armed wheels.

If any of these appear in your dream, consider both entries for interpretive value.

A Saltire Cross (one rotated halfway) creates an X, marking the spot under which you should look for more answers, or to discover the treasures.... The Language of Dreams

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(see Writing)

Wishing to negate something as if it never existed, or correct a mistake totally.

Your own ability to rectify a situation that has been haunting you. Look to see what words or pictographs get erased for more interpretive value.... The Language of Dreams

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(see Locations, Pictographs)

A means of self-identification. What image appears on the flag, and what does it say about your true self?

Battered flags indicate some type of war being waged, often on an emotional level. Raising flags represents honor and remembrance of traditions.

Flags flying at half-mast represent a literal or figurative death, or some type of memorial. This can be circumstantial too, like the death of a relationship, or the ending of a job.

Allegiance and devotion. In what condition does the flag appear? If torn in two, this can represent divided loyalty or a conflict of interest. Also note the country, state, or city the flag represents for more insight.... The Language of Dreams

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(see Signage, Pictographs)

In the Middle Ages, a person’s coat of arms revealed a great deal, including family lineage, trades, and characteristics. These often appeared on armor so that honors won in battle could be properly attributed (and so you didn’t accidentally kill an ally).

For your dream, consider first what appears on heraldry 7 for more clues. Each item and color symbolizes aspects of you, your relationships with others, your profession, and how all these facets of your life intermingle. Additionally, having an item like this show up in your dream may represent an unfulfilled need to set yourself apart somehow, and make your mark.... The Language of Dreams

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The origin of the language, if known, may have import here.

For example, if your family originated in Italv and vou dream in Italian, this may be a subconscious desire to learn more about your heritage.

The letters in some languages, like the Norse and Germanic runes and certain Hebraic characters, have very specific symbolic values.

For more insight, peruse a book on the appropriate language at your local library, or ask someone who is familiar with the tongue (see Pictographs).

If the language is unrecognized, write it phonetically in your journal for future reference. This may he a past life memory, a spiritual message, or a type of glossolalia (speaking in tongues) that can be interpreted later.

Communication difficulties (e.g., someone who is not “speaking your language”).... The Language of Dreams

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(see Desert, Oasis) Spiritual or emotional dryness.

A self-imposed hermetic retreat for the purpose of delving further into your Higher Self or communing with God.

Being buried in sand, or engulfed in quicksand, equates to a kind of death or burial dream in which you feel completely engulfed by people or circumstances that drain your resources, but never give anything back.

Denial and refusing to see the truth for what it is (e.g., “having one’s head in the sand”).

Sand paintings among Native Americans represent healing and knowledge, especially of a spiritual nature. Observe this dream closely to see if any pictographs appear in the sand for further interpretive value.... The Language of Dreams

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(see Pictographs)

The swirling powers of creation.

The essence of individuality (note the shape of DNA molecules).

Depending on its direction of movement, this can indicate a type of ascension into higher thought patterns, or a descent into self and introspection (see Sinking). Downward spirals can indicate a strong focus on the less evolved animal nature within.

Stationary spirals can be an alternative type of stair or circle dream.

Matters of love and caring. Sacred geometricians depict the heart chakra as a spiral flame.

The cycle of death and rebirth, in a literal or figurative sense. This is why many ancient sacred dances (see Dancing) had circular patterns.

Divinatory ability: The ancient Roman augurs carried a staff called a littus which was often capped with a spiral pattern, likely acting as a focus for the seer (see Rods, Sticks, Wand).... The Language of Dreams

The Language of Dreams

(see Body, Ink, Pictographs)

Taking pride in something specific.

For example, many people put the name of a wife or husband on a tattoo, or the flag of their nation to honor that affiliation. What does the one in your dream depict?

Allegorically, the marks that life leaves upon us. People in some tribal cultures tattoo their personal history on their bodies for the world to read. What types of markings has your life’s experiences left behind?... The Language of Dreams

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