Dream Dictionary - Part II

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Map

The interpretation depends on whether you are following a map that is leading you to a particular destination and you feel good about it, or whether you are trying to follow a confusing chart. A confusing chart may indicate that you lack a clear sense of direction in your every day life or are in the midst of changing long term plans. Following a good map in your dreams suggest that you are feeling confident in your current path and pursuits.

Marriage

It is a symbol of commitment and depending on the details of your dream, you may be currently dealing with this issue. The commitment could be to your work, to yourself or to your partner. If you are not married, this dream could simply be a form of wish-fulfillment.

Masks

They are a symbol of pretentiousness. If you are wearing a mask, look inside and check if you are being sincere in your presentations, or if you are hiding something and pretending to be something you are not. If other people are wearing masks, it suggests that you may be concerned about their genuineness.

Medicine

When we take medicine we usually feel better. Medicine in your dreams may be a sign for your subconscious that you are fixing your problems and will overcome your difficulties.

Melody/song

Hearing sounds in your dreams can be looked at from a spiritual point of view. Nice sounds are usually seen as positive omens. Some may say that in your dream state you have traveled to other higher and more spiritual plains. Traditional interpretations tell us that if you hear a familiar melody, you may bump into old friends.  Psychologically speaking, you may have heard a song during the day and in your dream state you are simply replaying it.

Milk

The interpretation of this dream can be looked at from two very distinct viewpoints. First, milk can be a safe representation of semen and you may have unconscious (or conscious) desires for sexual relations. Second, milk is a symbol of nourishment and it suggests, depending on the details, that you are giving or receiving an adequate amount of support and consideration from your environment.

Mirror

It is a symbol of vanity and superficiality. You may be concerned about your image and the way you present yourself to the world. Some say that if you see a clear image you may be getting a glimpse of your true self. Broken mirrors always seem to be a sign of bad luck, or at least represent some distortions.

Moon

The moon is an interesting symbol, which has been associated with mostly the irrational and intuitive side of things. It effect the ocean tides, and it has been linked to madness or lunacy. As a dream symbol is can represent all of these things and more. As always, pay attention to the details in the dream before making conclusions about the meaning of your moon or moons. The moon could represent romance and our earthly impulses and passions. It could reveal things about the nature of our soul and the unconscious. For those lucky people, the moon can reflect their inner peace and their sense of serenity and security.

Money

The significance money has in your waking life is reflected in your dream state. Money is a symbol of power and wealth. We often judge ourselves based on our ability to make it, save it, and spend it. First consider your own relationship with money and your current financial situation as this dream could be simple wish-fulfillment. As always, consider all of the accompanying details in your dream because they will help you to understand where your issues lie. Traditional Dream Interpretations indicate that losing money in your dream is a good omen, and that most likely the opposite will happen.

Mother

The relationship that we have with our mother is the most psychologically significant relationship of them all. Rarely all good or all bad, our mothers always invoke powerful emotions. We may dream about our mothers in all different forms. She may be in disguise in our dreams, and it is our job to find her in there. If you are dreaming about your mother, you may be addressing some issues or concerns in your dream, or your dream may be based on a valuable memory. The general image of "mother" in a dream may symbolize a variety of feelings and ideas, including: caring, nurturing, love, acceptance, hard work, sacrifice, martyrdom..etc. Also See: Parents

Mountain

Climbing a real mountain is not always fun, but it is always challenging and rewarding. These ideas can be applied when attempting to understand a dream with a mountain in it. Some say that the mountain may represent spirituality and all the lessons awaiting you. Others say that it represents mental development and awareness. The most logical (but not necessarily applicable to you) interpretation is that, in your dream state climbing a mountain represents attainment of your goals. If you are ascending a mountain, you are working hard and trying to accomplish your goals, and descending may represent letting go of issues and emotional baggage. Either way, this sounds like a good dream!

Music

Hearing music in your dreams has positive connotations. Music is healing to the soul, and as you are listening to it in your dream, you may be connected to the wonderful, creative spirit or flow of life. It suggests a degree of inner harmony and emotional expression. Also See: Melody/song

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Nails

This is a very interesting symbol. If you are hammering you may be: a) expressing some violent feelings, or b) you may be reflecting on hard work and honor (depending on the content). Additionally nails may have some sexual connotations. A man may be expressing some repressed anxiety about sexual potency and a woman may be expressing her unconscious abhorrence of sex.

Night

Night time appears to be a very common background to many dreams. If it is very dark in many of your dreams, it suggests that you are hiding something or are not willing to see things clearly. You may the the type who likes to ignore, minimize or hide your problems.

Nightmare

If you have nightmares try to understand the fears and the occurrences in those dreams. They suggest that you are holding on to very strong conflicts, which may be traumatic or guilt based. You may have a lot of powerful negative feelings which need to be reconciled. If nightmares continue for an extended period of time the individual should consider obtaining professional counseling services.

Nudity

This dream may be encouraging you to come forth with what's really on your mind. Your subconscious is encouraging you to be more open. On the other hand this dream may have many more connotations. There may be sexual meaning in this dream, depending on its details. Additionally, if you see yourself naked in inappropriate places, your rebellious side may be coming through and with it some fear that people may not accept you for what you really are.

Numbers

This dream may be difficult to interpret. Our subconscious mind picks up a lot of information and at times it seems to get muddled in our dreams. Numbers may be a reflection of a financial concern, or you may dream about numbers that are meaningful to you in daily life. However some fun dream interpretations go something like this: Even numbers represent the feminine Odd numbers the masculine or the peculiar.

  • 1 - you may consider yourself "number one", it is also a masculine symbol.
  • 3 - father, mother and child, the trinity
  • 5 - represents the life force; refers to the five fingers and five appendages of the body.
  • 7 - sacred number in Christianity and Judaism.
  • 9 - relates to pregnancy and achievement
  • 10 - marriage
  • 12 - represents time

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Obesity

As with all interpretations, the interpretation of this dream depends on you. You may be concerned about your looks and fear fat. Be realistic in regard to this area of your life. If you are very thin and can not stop worrying about your weight you should see a doctor. Psychologically speaking, obesity usually is a sign that the individual has issues with self esteem and personal power. The fat emotionally insulates us from others, and isolates us physically.

Ocean

It historically represents our great unconscious mind. Look at all of the details in this dream. Is the water clear or murky? Is it calm or turbulent? Are you catching fish or are you stranded and afraid? Look, listen and try to comprehend the messages in this dream. No one can really give meaning to your dreams, like you can. Concentrate and learn for yourself. Also See: Water

Octopus

You may say, "who dreams of an octopus?" But people do, and a friend did just the other night. If the dream makes you feel happy it may imply that the person is involved in many different activities or adventures. If there is a negative emotional reaction to the dream it suggests that unhealthy  attachments and entanglements are present in daily life. Also See: Animals

Oil

Your subconscious may be sending up symbols regarding wealth, religion or sex. Seriously, the interpretation depends on the content. Traditionally oil is used in many religious sacraments. It represents wealth for people who own it, and it has also may have sexual connotations. What does it mean for you?

Old Man/Old Woman See: Aging

Oven

The obvious symbolism is that of a womb. You may be having some fears or anticipation in regard to having children. A warm oven is said to have "fruitful" or positive connotations and a cold oven the opposite. Of course, an oven may simply represent housekeeping and cooking. Also See: Kitchen

Owl

It is another symbol for the unconscious. It usually represents wisdom and virtue, and your subconscious may be giving you important massages, so pay attention to the details in the dream. In the American Indian tradition, the owl is considered to be the eagle of the night. Dreaming about owls may indicate that changes are on the way.  Some older dream interpretations suggest that dreaming about an owl is a negative omen, which indicates a reversal in good fortune. An owl in the house predicts family arguments, unless you chase it away, in which case things will work out for the best.

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Packing

This dream, as all dreams, could have several different meanings. If you are packing your stuff and storing it, or packing to move you may be concerned about significant changes that are going on in your life. Otherwise, your subconscious may be organizing and letting go of emotional "baggage". Some other interpretations say that dreaming about packing is simply a hint from your subconscious that you are involved in too many activities and may need to pack some of them up and put them away.

Pain

When considering the interpretation of feeling pain in your dream first look at you physical health. If you are feeling pain in your daily life, it may carry over into your dream state. Additionally, if the pain is emotional in nature, question the painful feelings and attempt to identify their source. The dream state is usually a safe way to experience negative feelings that you may not want to deal with otherwise. 

Panic

The feeling of panic suggests lack of control and confusion. If the primary emotion in your dream was panic, consider the details and try to understand why you were panicking. Do you feel fear, a sense of helplessness and confusion, or were you unable to make a quick and accurate decision?  Answering these questions will enable you to understand the message in this dream.

Paralysis

Dreaming that you or someone else is paralyzed could be a very scary thing. Depending on the details of your dream and your current situation in life, there are several different, but equally, reasonable interpretations. You may be paralyzed with fear in your dream, which may be symbolic of the fear that you are experiencing in daily life. You may feel somewhat unable to change a current situation and it has manifested itself in your dream, in the form of paralysis. Also, this dream could be sending you a message of caution. It may be conveying to you to stay still and do nothing for now, in regard to a situation that is on your mind and that may be problematic for you.

Parents

In this dream you may be expressing feelings and concerns about your parents that you could not express in daily life. Some believe that this dream usually has nothing to do with your parents, but rather the male and female sides of personality. Others believe that the father represents the expressive, creative and protective side of God and the mother the receptive and nurturing side of God. See Mother, Father 

Parking Lot/Garage

These are interesting symbols and many people have requested their additions to the dictionary. Traveling is very common theme for our dreams. Traveling in a car is the most common form of this type of dream. Traveling in a vehicle generally can represent our journey through life -- or a portion of our life's journey. If in your dream, you find yourself in a garage or a parking lot, two different types connotations can be made. Please consider the content of your dream, the mood in it, and your current dilemma or situation in life. The parked car could represent a period of inactivity and indecision in your life. The dream could be pointing out that you have been idle for a period of time and that it may be good time to "get a move on". The more positive interpretation of this dream may be that the parked car is symbolic of a reflective period or mood. You may be in "park" for a while so that you can rest, relax, regroup and think things over.

Pants

If putting on pants or changing your pants, was a major activity in your dream you may be questioning your role (at work or/and in private life). To better understand this, just think of the expression "who wears the pants". If your were trying to cover up your genitalia, then the dream may be bringing up sexual issues.

Peacock

We have all heard the expression "as proud as a peacock". When you are dreaming about this bird you may be conveying a message of beauty and pride. We all know that some pride may be a good thing, but too much pride is the opposite of humility, which for the most part, is not good. Consider all of the details of your dream and try to understand the message. Is the peacock in your dream beautiful., proud and unassuming, or is he noisy and flaunting his beauty to all that are willing to look?

Pen/Pencil

Having a pen or a pencil in your dream may be symbolic of your need to communicate with yourself or others. Our ability to communicate through written language is a vitally important and necessary part of life. When we take our pen and write a check to pay bills, it can still be considered a form of communication! Writing is a form of self expression and it provides as with another way to think, and to express our thoughts. Dreams with tools of writing in them, such as pens, pencils and keyboards, may be an encouragement for you to write and communicate. Whether this may be personal, professional or simply a necessity of modern life, is up to you to determine.

Penguin

The penguin is an interesting, earth bound bird that lives in and around the ocean. As a dream symbol it may represent concrete thinking, feelings of being burdened by unwanted emotions, lethargy, and a need to achieve balance. Penguins just never looked that comfortable to me, and they don't seem to have a lot of fun. Additionally, if someone called you a penguin, it would not be considered a complement. Penguins seem to give off a feeling of being stuck! Think about your dream and see if any of these ideas are relevant to you. Superstition based dream interpretation books say that the penguin indicates that your problems are not as serious as you may think them to be.

Penis

The male sex organ is symbolic of fertility, power and energy. Your gender and sexual orientation play a part when interpreting this dream. Are you dealing with issues of sexual orientation, power or aggression? Answering these questions will enable you to interpret your dream. 

People

Usually our dreams are filled with people. We dream about our families, our friends, our neighbors and  our classmates. We dream about strangers, colleges, famous people, teachers, and at times, about those that we consider to be our enemies. Each dream is very special and carries its own unique message. When interpreting the dream with people in it, consider all of the details and the feelings in the dream. If the person is known to you, think about your relationship with them and the issues that the dream has brought up. We learn about ourselves through others, and probably our most valuable possessions are our relationships. Some believe that the strangers in your dreams represent different parts of yourself and your personality. Many people believe that their dreams predict the future. When  they have negative or scary dreams, they become anxious about the future. Alternatively , when their dreams are a form of wish fulfillment, they get very excited and are hopeful that the dream will come true. Most dreams are not prophetic. They are psychological or spiritual in nature, and their primary function may be to help us live better in the present moment, rather than telling us about what is to come. Also See: Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, Siblings, Child, Parents, Father

Photograph/Picture

Seeing old or even unfamiliar pictures in your dreams may be a reflection of how you remember certain parts of your life. The pictures may represent longing for a time that has passes and is a matter of memory. However, there are several other type of interpretations that can be made. Generally this dream may be difficult to interpret and the dreamer may need to put significant amount of effort into understanding this dream. Some believe that since a photograph is a representation of something real, it could represent a deception of some kind. Someone may be trying to sell something to you and is covering up the truth, or you may be covering up the truth from yourself. New age thinking points out that you are dreaming of pictures because you have not learned a particular lesson in life. The dream may be pointing out the past and reminding you that you are making the same errors all over again.

Piano

The piano is a symbol of music and harmony. It represents creative expression, and all types of sounds may be uplifting symbols of spiritual awareness. Superstition based dream interpretation books say that the piano is an omen of a good financial period in your life, and that moving a piano represents solid achievements on the part of the dreamer. Also See: Music, Melody/Song

Pig

Having this animal in your dream forces you to think of negative characteristics in regard to yourself or others. There are not many positive characteristics associated with pigs. In some cultures pigs are considered to be very "dirty" animals, and unfit for human consumption. At times men are referred to as "pigs" for their sexual desires or attitudes. Some of the other characteristics which can be associated with pigs are: greed, stubbornness and gluttony. Gluttony is probably the most serious negativity and you need to consider where you (or someone important to you) are being "hoggish".. Is it with money, time, food, energy or personal possessions? Superstition based dream interpretations say that the pig in a dream suggest a frustrating time in family affairs and success in business. Also See: Animals

Pink

Pink usually symbolizes health and good feelings. It is a traditionally a feminine color, and some feel that it connotes love. Pink is soft and fuzzy, like girls! Pockets From a Freudian point of view, pockets may symbolize the female reproductive organs. However, for many people this dream may have an entirely different meaning. The pockets in your dreams could represent those things that you keep just for yourself, your memory, your secrecy, your valuable possessions, or your inner resources. If you  were hiding your hands in the pockets, it suggests that you may feel a degree of helplessness or guilt, in regard to a some situation in daily life.

Police

Dreaming about the police could symbolize many different things, thus please consider all of the details carefully. If the police is chasing you, it suggests that you may be feeling some guilt about something that you have done, or have been thinking of doing. The police could be addressing Karmic Law as well as the laws in our physical world. If you are feeling that you can't meet all of your obligations and are fearing repercussions due to an unmet commitment, the police in your dream may be an unwelcome sight. On a more positive note and depending on the details of your dream, the police could symbolize support and protection. Your emotional response to the police will provide you with good clues to interpreting this dream accurately. Old dream interpretation books say that dreaming about police is an indication that you will obtain unexpected assistance with a current problem.

Pool

For many people swimming pools are associated with summer fun, vocations, rest and relaxation. Interpret your dream based on its content, and see if any these positive feelings are being conveyed to you. All bodies of water represent our emotions and our unconscious. The light in which they are represented depend on the dreamer and on the details of the dream. Also See: Water, Ocean, River. 

Porcupine

Old dream interpretation books say the porcupine in your dreams is a omen of good news and bad news. Good things may happen to you, but they will carry with them difficulties. From a more pragmatic point of view, porcupines are cute, but untouchable animals. As a dream symbol it may represent a situation or a person in your life that fits that description. 

Pregnancy

If you are afraid of being pregnant, you may dream of it often. At times woman learn about their pregnancy in their dreams. Your mind knows about everything that is going on in your body even if you are not consciously aware of it. But, don't panic! You could also be pregnant with ideas! Old dream interpretation books say that for a woman to have a dream about pregnancy is a good omen, and that an improvement in her intimate relationship is forthcoming. For a man, it is a warning against casual sex. 

Priest

The priest in your dream could be representing your spiritual needs, your conscience, your desire to be virtuous, your inner guidance or your higher self. This dream could be comforting if it reassures you that there is safety and strength in spiritual forces. Please remember that dream interpretation is very, very  personal. Some people may have had negative experiences with clergy and in that case the dream may have an entirely different tone. The spiritual forces represented in this dream could be intrinsic, revealing your own spiritual qualities, strengths and abilities, or they could represent the spiritual forces around you.

Puppy

Puppies may represent playfulness, dependency and carefree fun. Please look up "Dog" in order to obtain a full range of possible interpretations. 

Purple

Here on Earth, purple is usually the color of royalty, high rank and dignity. It is a strong color, which can not be ignored. Likewise, most people have a strong opinion of purple, they really like it, or don't like it at all. To some people, purple has spiritual connotations. The Catholic Church uses it at funerals and around Easter time. It represents spiritual and personal transformation. Purple could also represent higher consciousness and spiritual protection. A version of purple is also the color of the crown Chakra. When interpreting this color consider all of the details in the dream and try to make connections between the above mentioned ideas and your current issues.

Also See: Colors

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Quarrel

If you are quarreling or arguing in your dream you may be experiencing some inner conflict. The quarrel may reflect your own inability to decide on important issues, ideas or values. From a very pragmatic point of view, you may be experiencing difficulty with authority figures or you may have carried an argument from your daily life into your dream. Very old dream interpretation books say that quarreling is a dream of the contrary and that you will have peace and harmony with your loved ones.

Quicksand

You may be experiencing feelings of helplessness and an inability to get out of a situation in your daily life. This common sense approach can easily be applied and with some effort you can examine your feelings and actions which are symbolized in this dream.

Quilt

It is usually something warm and pretty that we cover ourselves with for comfort. The different parts of a quilt may represent many aspects of your life and indicate that there is harmony. Your subconscious may be comforting you in this dream and saying, "You are doing a good job, keep going".

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Sacrifice

Before we can nourish others we first need to nourish ourselves. Making sacrifices is human, but when we do to much for the world and not enough for ourselves, we are left feeling neglected and weak. Martyrdom is not fun, and martyrs are at times enjoying. This dream may be suggesting to you, that you need to prioritize. Eliminate things in your life that are not necessary and that continuously drag you down. Also, consider the fact that whatever is continuously requiring you to make personal sacrifices, may not be in your best interest or conducive to your health or happiness. Superstition based dream interpretations say that dreaming about sacrifice is a dream of the contrary and that you will be enriched in the near future.

Saint

Dreaming about saints usually has spiritual implications. You may have traveled to another plain and are having a wonderful and very meaningful spiritual experience. For those that can not accept this possibility, your unconscious may be relaying some feelings of pressure or possibly the need to sacrifice on some level in your daily life. Also See: Priest, God.

Salt

Is one of the most abundant chemicals on Earth. Dreaming about it suggests that you may be thinking about, or desiring those things that are dependable and at the same time exciting (salt-spice of life). If you associate an individual with the salt in your dreams you may be giving that person the attributes that were just mentioned.

Satan

Seeing or interacting with the devil in your dreams may have several different connotations, depending on the details. However, it almost always points to something negative and disturbing in your personality, daily life or environment. 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 persist that you should get a physical checkup.

School

This dream may be interpreted on several different levels. If you are the student you may be feeling inadequate in some areas of your life, or you may lack self confidence. School has not always been a positive experience, but it is always considered necessary. Ask yourself what do you need to learn more about? If you were a teacher in your dream, you may be dealing with issues of authority. From a spiritual point of view, some believe that in the dream state an individual may travel to the inner planes, or the spiritual realm, and there attend classes which assist in spiritual growth and development.

Scorpion

Dreaming about a scorpion may be symbolic of something in your environment which is hurtful, dangerous and "stinging". It may represent bitter words and very negative attitudes. Superstition based dream interpretation books say that dreaming about a scorpion is a dream of warning. It goes further by saying that if the scorpion in your dream bit you, you will overcome your problems. However, if you killed the scorpion, be exceptionally careful around people that are not your friends, or are false friends.

Sea

Waters generally symbolize the emotions and the unconscious. They could also represent the collective unconscious or your soul experiences. All dream interpretations depend on the individuals personal belief system. See Ocean

Seed

Seeds symbolize new opportunities and new beginnings. Just like a seed is the beginning of a new life (or its earliest stage), your subconscious may be telling you that the ideas you have planted are beginning to germinate. Additionally, your past experiences and hard work may be leading to new opportunities or possibilities.

Sex

It is very difficult to name just a few possible interpretations for this dream. It is complex and complicated, and the interpretations vary with each dreamer and with the situations in the dream. A sexual dream may be about physical pleasure, but it may also be about power, control, manipulation, virility and effectiveness. It may be a form of wish fulfillment or a memory. In most cases it is not a prediction of things to come in the near future. For some more clues see Intercourse and People.

Sharks

Please remember that the water in your dreams may be a statement about your emotions and the unconscious. Sharks, water dwelling animals, could reflect some unpleasant emotion or a perceived attack on the self. You may feel some emotional upset and the shark could be the symbol of the perceived emotional danger.