Things we repeat over and over, like habits; movement towards greater awareness or insight.
Example: We walk around, go upstairs, and I notice a staircase leading to a room or rooms.
The stairs are painted in the green too, and they go up square, about eight steps in a flight, but round and round—spiral. I am scared by them, don’t want to go up, but am curious. We move in and nobody but myself has really taken any notice of the stairs. Nobody has been up. Half way up I can see there is a glass roof, the wooden frames painted green. I am terrified but have to go on. Then I wake. Next dream I got up there. It smelt very musty. Lots of draw sheets covering things. I bent to lift a sheet. It was raining. I could hear it thrashing on the glass. Then I woke (Ann H). In this example we have the spiral and the square combined in the stairs. In this way the dream manages to combine many different ideas such as climbing to the unknown, spiralling or circling something, and the squareness or down-to-eanh nature of what is being discovered. There arc things we have learnt, yet not realised consciously. Like a jigsaw puzzle, we have all the pieces, and we sense the connection, but we have never formed it into a conscious thought or verbal idea. It therefore remains as a feeling sense or hunch, but not a rational idea. Ann is spiralling towards, or circling around, such a realisation. She is frightened because it may be difficult—one may realise that all the years of marriage point to having been used as a doormat. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
A symbol of movement inward, the spiral is a circular journey toward the core self or spiritual center. It is a symbol that points to the penetration of the deepest aspects of the soul and its wisdom.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
As a path spiraling upward to spiritual attainment, a spiral staircase may appear to bridge the mind with a higher intelligence. It may signify the upward path to heaven to receive the blessing of God.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Vision: Seeing a spiral staircase: this complicated structure is always forcing us to move in tight circles. You will be thrown back on your own devices. Try to get off the merry-go-round. Depth Psychology: See Stairs, Steps.... Dreamers Dictionary
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
Changes and transformation starting from below (the unconscious) and coming to the surface (consciousness), or vice versa.
A frequent symbol in fairy tales and movies, suggesting personal growth and wholeness.
The landings in a staircase correspond to the dreamer’s energy centers (the chakras). Are you going up the stairs or coming down? According to Freud, going up symbolizes sexual union.... Little Giant Encyclopedia