Security, protection, as in Roof, Gable, and Arch.
Folklore: Advancement at work.
If you succeed in killing it, you will finally overcome obstacles.
To see a dead reptile come to life, denotes that disputes and disagreements, which were thought to be settled, will be renewed and pushed with bitter animosity.
To handle them without harm to yourself, foretells that you will be oppressed by the ill humor and bitterness of friends, but you will succeed in restoring pleasant relations.
For a young woman to see various kinds of reptiles, she will have many conflicting troubles. Her lover will develop fancies for others.
If she is bitten by any of them, she will be superseded by a rival. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To dream you are safely handling a reptile symbolizes your permissiveness in the face of sarcasm and demeaning jokes from your friends. It further suggests that this bitter breakdown will lead to subsequent renewal of friendship.
To dream that you are bitten by a reptile signifies the emotional depression and anguish from losing your beloved to a rival.
To dream that a dead reptile comes back to life symbolizes an old problem whose resolution turned out to be temporary, but later became the solution.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
1- Reptiles in dreams link with our basic and instinctive reactions and responses. WTien there is a basic urge such as a need for food, sex, etc. - we sometimes cannot face it full on, but will symbolise it as a reptile.
2- When there is a need to understand why we do things, we first need to control our basic drives. Many reptilian dreams arc about control or management. Control of a crocodile would suggest some fear of an aggressive nature. Feeding a lizard or stroking a snake can be very simply interpreted.
3- With understanding of the basic urges and the way to manage them we can create a firm foundation. From there we can progress spiritually.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The unfeeling, inhuman aspect of the instincts, usually recognized as being destructive and alien, is often portrayed by reptiles and other cold-blooded animals. We may have no control over these instincts, and could, therefore, be easily ‘devoured’ by them. We learn to understand deceitful behaviour. Though we are afraid of death or the death process, we recognize that we must go through a process of change in order to be reborn.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To see one snake denotes arguments. Two snakes warn that two friends or associates may deceive the dreamer. Various kinds and numbers of reptiles, convicting obstacles. Reptiles, especially the snake, are representative of the male reproductive organ. So it is argued that the snake in a dream is indicative of a man and his power.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
Modern humans face the difficulty of developing an independent identity and yet keeping a working relationship with the primitive, thus maturing/bringing the primitive into an efficiently functioning connection with the present social world.
The survival urge at base might be kill or run, but it can be transformed into the ambition which helps, say, an opera singer meet difficulties in her career. Also the very primitive has in itself the promise of the future, of new aspects of human consciousness. This is because many extraordinary human functions take place unconsciously, in the realm of the reptile/spine/lower brain/right brain/autonomic nervous system. Being unconscious they are less amenable to our waking will. They function fully only in some fight or flight, survive or die, situations.
If we begin to touch these with consciousness, as we do in dreams, new functions are added to consciousness. See The dream as extended perception under ESP and dreams.
Unconscious life or growth processes which can lead to transformation (the frog/prince story); the growth from childhood vulnerability—tadpole to frog—therefore the process of life in general and its wisdom. Frogspawn: sperm, ovum and reproduction.
Example: ‘My wife and I saw a large lizard on the wall near a banana. It was there to catch the flies.
The lizard turned so it was facing away from us—head up the wall. We then were able to see it had large wing-like flaps which spread from its head in an invened V. With amazement we saw on these flaps wonderful pictures, in full colour, of birds. In fleeting thoughts I wondered if the bird “paintings” were to attract birds, or were some form of camouflage. But I felt cenain the lizard had “painted” these wonderful pictures with its unconscious an’ (David T). Generally, a lizard is very much the same as a snake, except it lacks the poisonous aspect; awareness of unconscious or instinctive drives, functions and processes. In the above dream, the banana is both David’s pleasure and sexuality, while the lizard is the creativity emerging from his unconscious through the attention he is giving it—he is looking at the lizard. Chameleon: either one’s desire to fade into the background, or adaptability.
Example: A small snake about a foot long had dropped down my shirt neck. I could feel it on the left side of my neck Fearing it was poisonous and might bite me, I moved very slowly. At one point I put my head on the ground, hoping the snake would wish to crawl away. It did not. Then I was near an elephant I loved, and hoped it would remove the snake. It did not. Even as I slept I felt the snake was an expression of the attitude of not shanng myself with anybody except family’ (David T).
For months prior to the above dream David had experienced a great deal of neck pain. After discussing the dream with his wife, and realising much of his thinking and feeling was intumed, the pain disappeared. So the snake was both poisoner’ and ‘healer’. This may be why snakes are used as a symbol of the medical profession.
The Hebrew word for the serpent in the Garden of Eden is Nahash, which can be translated as blind impulsive urges, such as our instinctive drives.
So, generally, snakes depict many different things, but usually the life process.
If we think of a person’s life from conception to death, we see a flowing moving event, similar in many ways to the speeded up films of a seed growing into a plant, flowering and dying.
The snake depicts the force or energy behind that movement and purposiveness—the force of life which leads us both to growth and death. That energy —like electricity in a house, which can be heat, power, sound and vision—lies behind all our functions. So in some dreams the snake expresses our sexuality, in others the rising of that energy up our body to express itself as digestion—the intestinal snake; as the healing or poisonous energy of our emotions and thoughts.
Example: ‘I was in a huge cathedral, the mother church. I wanted to go to the toilet/gents. As I held my penis to urinate it became a snake and reached down to the urinal to drink. It was thirsty. I struggled with it, pulling it away from the unclean liquid. Still holding it I walked to a basin and gave it pure water to drink’ (Bill A). Here the connection between snake and sexuality is obvious. But the snake is not just Bill’s penis. It is the direction his sexual urges take him he is struggling with. Out of his sense of love and connection with life— the cathedral—he wants to lift his drive towards something which will not leave him with a sense of uncleanness. Snake in connection with any hole: sexual relatedness.
A snake biting us: unconscious worries about our health, frustrated sexual impulse, our emotions turned against ourselves as internalised aggression, can poison us and cause very real illness, so may be shown as the biting snake. Snake biting others: biting remarks, a poisonous tongue.
A crowned or light-encircled snake: when our ‘blind impulses’ or instinctive or unconscious urges and functions are in some measure integrated with our conscious will and insight, this is seen as the crowned snake or even winged snake. It shows real self awareness and maturity. In coils of snake: feeling bound in the ‘blind impulses’ or habitual drives and feeling responses. Instincts and habits can be redirected, as illustrated by Hercules’ labours. Snake with tail in mouth: sense of the circle of life—binh, growth, reproduction, aging, death, rebirth; the eternal. Snake coiling up tree, pole, cross: the blind instinctive forces of life emerging into conscious experience—in other words the essence of human expenence with its involvement in pain, pleasure, time and eternity; the process of personal growth or evolution; healing because personal growth often moves us beyond old attitudes or situations which led to inner tension or even sickness. Snake in grass: sense or intuition of talk behind your back; danger, sneakiness. Colours: green, our internal life process directed, perhaps through satisfied feelings, love and creativity, into a healing process or one which leads to our personal growth and positive change; white, eternal aspect of our life process, or becoming conscious of it; blue, religious feelings or coldness in relations. See colours; anxiety dreams; death and rebirth, the self under archetypes; dreams and Ancient Greece; cellar under house, buildings; hypnosis and dreams; jungle; paralysis. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
To become frightened and think you are falling, signifies that, while you may advance, you will have no firm hold on your position.
To see a roof falling in, you will be threatened with a sudden calamity.
To repair, or build a roof, you will rapidly increase your fortune.
To sleep on one, proclaims your security against enemies and false companions. Your health will be robust. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If one sees himself running on top of a roof in a dream, it means that he will be struck with a calamity. Sittingon top of a roofin a dream during the summertime means comfort, dispelling aggravations, recovering from an illness, or divulging secrets.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you are dreaming about a leaky roof, new information may be trying to get into your conscious awareness. On a more pragmatic note, the roof in your dreams could be bringing up issues of protection and materialistic comfort (a roof over your head). See also: House... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
For others it may represent a barrier between states of consciousness.
If you are dreaming about a leaky roof, new information may be trying to get into you conscious awareness. Finely, when dreaming about roofs you may be working on issues of protection.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
Folklore: Well-being and prosperity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the roof leaks then we are open to emotional attacks.
If we arc on the roof we are not being protected.
2- A roof is a basic requirement in man’s need for comfort. Psychologically, it is important to be protected against the elements. Equally, he needs to know that he is capable of ‘reaching for the sky’.
3- The sheltering aspect of the feminine as the guardian of the hearth is sometimes represented as a roof.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A leaking roof may signify emotions interfenng with your thinking and ability to reason away difficulties.
A burned roof may signify damaged thinking.
A tile roof may mention hard headed ness.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A shingle felling from the roof: your effort are for naught—you are wasting your time. Standing underneath a rain gutter: unhappiness in matters of love. Looking at a damaged roof: bad news. Putting shingles on a rcx)f: prospects are good for the future, expect to be more secure.
If a roof is on fire: pay attention, you might be getting sick!
Depth Psychology: Standing on a roof means that deep-seated passions are clamoring for attention. You are in danger of “losing your footing.” The roof stands for good sense and the future. See House.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dream that the roof is leaking or caving in, then your dream is giving you the message to take time to review your belief systems and make some repairs or perhaps to remove the roof entirely.
If you are standing on the roof, then this can either represent aloofness or a quest for higher consciousness. Consider the feeling tone. See Lid or Cover.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The various types of roofs have different significances in dreams.
A pitched roof signifies our ability to reach for the sky and attain our goals.
A pagoda, with its many roofs, signifies a holy place.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If the roof leaks then we are open to emotional attacks.
If we are on the roof we are not being protected and, therefore, could be vulnerable.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream that the roof is falling in, suggests that you high ideals are crashing down on you. Perhaps you are unable to live up to your own high expectations.... My Dream Interpretation
To be reaching for the roof while running or climbing, a struggle to reach your ambition.
If you are building a roof, your income may be augmented through strenuous works.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
To dream that the turnstile is locked or closed and you cannot move through it, signifies lost chances or opportunities that are denied to you.
If you are outside a place trying to get in, the dream reflects some anti-social tendencies you have.
If you are inside trying to get out of somewhere, then it represents lessons you need to learn in order to grow as a person.... My Dream Interpretation