(see also Rejection)
Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may express your unconscious emotions of being forsaken. Examine the reasons for this feeling. Do you feel that people emotionally neglect you? Perhaps you harbour feelings of resentment such as an unresolved problem from childhood? The dream also may be saying how you need to express your feelings and be understood by others. On another level, the dream may say that you need guidance with some life issue. For example, you hope for an 'authority figure' to help you take control of your life. Many people have this dream after the death of a loved one. Grief brings a strange mixture of emotions: anger, resentment, depression, panic and abandonment. These feelings are all part of the healing process.
Mystical Interpretation: To abandon something unpleasant indicated good financial news ahead. But the omens are bad if you abandon someone or something you cherish - destiny sees troubled times. However, if you are the one abandoned then reconciliation will happen quickly. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: A spiritual aspect to your life is about to unfold. Buildings in dreams usually represent the dreamer, the body or the various levels of the mind. The Abbey is a holy place, ancient and free of pomp. It symbolises the true you- your spiritual self. If the Abbey is very old then you may be prompted to explore the wisdom given to us from ancient times such as the stories of the Celts or the early Christian myths. These dream-like tales will help to trigger your spiritual awakening and draw upon the archaic powers of the unconscious.
Mystical Interpretation: Although generally considered a good omen superstition says that if a young woman dreams of entering an abbey it foretells an illness. A ruined abbey predicts that plans will fail and if your way to the abbey is blocked it augers that you will be saved from a ruinous mistake. To dream of an abbot also means an illness or plot is afoot but an abbess denotes happy friendships. Top
Abdomen (lower body)
Psychological Dream Meaning: The dream may have a physiological cause such as constipation or indigestion. Emotionally there may be something worrying you, something that you 'cannot stomach' or want to 'get out of your system'. There can also be sexual innuendo in the dream symbolism and, for a woman, it can indicate a desire for motherhood.
Mystical Interpretation: Traditional folklore says that to dream of your own abdomen promises great things that you must work hard for but the dream can also foretell of infidelity. A shrivelled abdomen warns of lies, a swollen one promises ultimate success and if there is blood, it warns of a tragedy within the family. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: You may have real or imagined problems that are creating anxiety. You may feel like 'falling into a pit of despair' or feel that your situation is abysmal. You may be 'stood on the brink' of something and fear 'taking the plunge'. These feelings threaten you now so it is important that you examine your situation and discover what is causing these unpleasant emotions. The answer may lie within you. A dark abyss can also symbolise the unknown part of you. If you feel anxious, it may be because you are uncertain what you will discover about yourself and about your hidden feelings and fears. Sometimes dreams of this nature occur when the dreamer is thinking about death- not as a prediction but as a way to remind us of the importance of life.
Mystical Interpretation: The abyss is considered an omen that foretells financial difficulties. You must be extremely careful in all your business dealings. Some archaic systems warn of romantic, employment or health problems ahead. The collective advice is: proceed with great caution in all your affairs. Top
I keep dreaming of car crashes. Do you think that my dream is a forecast for the future? I am beginning to fear driving. - AG- California
Your dream is not necessarily a premonition of the future so do not jump to conclusions. Nightmares of this type reveal deep anxieties and fears. The car crash may symbolise your emotional state. Are you driving yourself too hard? Perhaps you should slow your life down a bit. If your life feels like it is set on a course for disaster, examine your mistakes and resolve to set a new and better course. If the accident happens to someone else in your dream then examine your heart for you may have suppressed hostility towards that person. Unexpressed jealousy resentment or hatred may be finding its release through your dream. Perhaps also the dream refers to accidents of a different kind such as accidentally saying the wrong thing or accidentally forgetting your anniversary.
1. Do I feel emotionally at peace with myself? Probably not but use the dream as a prelude to a more peaceful you. Get yourself in balance. Relax, listen to music, and take up yoga, meditation or some therapeutic activity. And stop punishing yourself!
2. Have I had similar dreams before? If yes, try to recall your emotional state at the time. Remember the lessons you learnt from the past and apply them again to today's circumstances.
Mystical Interpretation: The augury says to take care for 24 hours following the dream. Some dream traditions believe that accidents at sea pertain to love affairs but accidents on land symbolise business problems. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: Don’t take these dreams too literally as they usually highlight inner fears. You may have hidden worries about your sexuality or desire something that’s not in your best interest. The dream is a way for your unconscious to express its sexual urges. Sometimes it does this in ways that may go against what is socially acceptable or advisable.
Mystical Interpretation: A legal action may befall you if a man dreams of adultery. For a woman it means she will lose the affections of her husband. The ancient dream dictionaries, that were written before the advent of women’s rights, predicted far worse consequences for women than for men who had this dream. Top
see also: Flying.
Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of being in an aeroplane may show you 'rising above' your troubles. It is a symbol of transcendence and may promise a release from a psychological or material difficulty. The sky is a symbol of the expanded consciousness of the higher self: your aeroplane dream expresses your desire for greater awareness or spiritual knowledge. An airport or the air journey itself may indicate a new departure in your life. This could include a new job, new relationship or an adventure. It is interesting to note that to a Freudian psychologist the aeroplane is a phallic symbol by virtue of its forceful penetrative motion. You may have high ambitions and want to progress in life swiftly. Aeroplanes are the quickest way to get to a destination. You want to achieve your goals as quickly and directly as possible. Alternatively, you may simply desire to travel or have a holiday. If you dream of an aeroplane crashing then this can show that you are over ambitious and have set your sights too high. Materially or emotionally you may be expecting too much and have doubts about your ability to reach your set goals.
Mystical Interpretation: Most modern superstitions say that to dream of an aeroplane indicates that money is on its way. If you are the pilot then you will succeed in a business adventure. If the plane crashes then a business will fail. The gypsies say that to dream of an aeroplane indicates that you must share your enterprises with your relations Top
see also: Child.
Psychological Dream Meaning: The dream may highlight concerns about getting older so try not to be so dated with your opinions and be a little younger at heart. However, an old man or woman in a dream may also be symbolic of superior wisdom within you. If this is the case then listen to the advice and guidance that your higher self, brings you. Alternatively, if you dream of being a child then you may be drawing upon the psychological resources that are the foundation of your personality.
Mystical Interpretation: To dream of old people brings good luck but to dream of growing old yourself is a sign of failure. To see a friend grow old suddenly is a warning of disappointment about them. Top
(see also Elements and Wind)
Psychological Dream Meaning: Air represents wisdom and clarity of thought. As an element it symbolises spiritual concerns but in a dream may also be a warning of the dangers of losing contact with reality. As a breeze or wind it may represent the spirit that inspires us or the life force that animates us.
Mystical Interpretation: Old dream books claim that to dream of are means that your hopes will wither away. Top
(see also: Foreign and UFO)
Psychological Dream Meaning: Given that you have not been adducted during the night, to dream of an alien indicates that you have encountered part of the psyche which is unfamiliar to you. You may feel that this ‘unfamiliar’ part of yourself is hostile or an enemy. Your first step should be to find out what this ‘foreign’ part of yourself is and get to know this neglected aspect of yourself. For example, you may be behaving in ways that are ‘alien’ to you or have feelings that are ‘unlike you’. It is unhealthy to repress or neglect these components of your nature. What at first appears as frightening because of its unfamiliarity may in time become a mentor and ally. This alter-ego may have something good to offer you. Also, the alien may represent a situation you have recently experienced. When we start a new job we may at first feel ‘alienated’ or you may feel that you are like an outsider. Alternatively, you may feel emotionally in another world to everyone else.
Mystical Interpretation: Aliens are (arguably) a product of the modern times, so there are no traditional folklore interpretations for this dream. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: From a religious standpoint, the altar can have a number of meanings. Firstly, it is a place of sacrifice so the dream may symbolise a personal sacrifice you have made or intend to make. Or it may mean that you have sacrificed something within yourself: something within you must die if a new, happy life is to born. For example, you may sacrifice the ego so that more sincere feelings can manifest in your life. In addition, the altar may symbolise the wedding of the unconscious and conscious mind- the union of opposites that compensates for the development of a one-sided personality. Another interpretation may be that it symbolises the consecration of something you deem sacred. Many dreams express themselves with puns. Maybe the dream is suggesting that you should ‘alter’ your plans?
Mystical Interpretation: To dream you are inside a church is usually considered a bad omen. It warns of error and repentance. To see a priest at the altar warns of quarrels and problems at home or with a business. However to see a church from the outside brings good fortune and blessing. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning:Carl Jung believed that the secret art of the alchemists was a system of symbols used to bring about the transformation of the personality from its base state (Lead) to exalted spiritual consciousness (Gold). Alchemical symbols are archetypal images from the unconscious. If you dream of alchemy then you are now experiencing a period of inner transformation that may sometimes be painful but is most definitely for the best.
Mystical Interpretation: Alchemy was the medieval equivalent of modern psychology. Its strange symbolism can still invoke the unconscious forces that bring about positive inner transformation. Top
(see also Horse, Lion, Fish, Monkey, Birds etc.)
Psychological Dream Meaning: Animals signify the primal, instinctive and sometimes base desires. Your dream may be drawing your attention to an aspect of your nature that you undervalue or part of yourself that you repress. Try to get in touch with the ‘natural you’. Be more spontaneous and less rational. Within everyone is a deep instinctive energy that has a transforming power. If you dream of eating an animal this is a classical mythical symbol that represents assimilating natural wisdom. Fighting an animal may show that you are grappling with your shadow- the hidden part of yourself that the conscious mind has rejected. Animals guarding a treasure can represent the brutish passions which may prevent you from realising your true spiritual potential. Animals may also express certain qualities: For example, a dog may represent devotion, a cat may represent the intuition, a tiger may represent fear and a pig may symbolise gluttony and bad behaviour. Sometimes animals can represent other people i.e. we often describe people with animal images: sly as a fox, slippery as a fish, a lying snake, strong as an ox etc.
Mystical Interpretation: To dream of an animal was considered to be an omen for the future. Peaceful cows and bulls were considered particularly good omens but try hard never to dream of crocodiles, dogs or cats for these bring troubles. In the Far East, to dream of a green monkey means that a medicine will not work. Indeed to even think about a green monkey while taking a medicine stops it working. Next time you take a medicine try NOT thinking about a green monkey- it’s impossible of course! Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: You may be looking for greater security as an anchor represents a stabilising force. It may also symbolise an influence in your life that brings greater steadfastness and strength. For a career person it can show a desire to be the ‘anchor man’ (or woman). Alternatively, the anchor may represent something negative that is holding you back and restraining your freedom. For example, you may feel shackled to a relationship that isn’t working or feel tied to an emotional problem. A Freudian psychologist may interpret the dream as being chained to your dependency on your mother. (The sea can symbolise the mother.)
Mystical Interpretation: An old superstition states that if a girl dreams of an anchor one of her children will choose a life as a sailor. It is also favourable for a sailor to dream of an anchor. For the rest of us, it means a change of residence or foreign travel. Generally it is considered a good omen but if the anchor is in the water or partly hidden in any way then expect disappointment. Top
see also Flying
Psychological Dream Meaning: As a practising medium I believe that the spirit world can contact us through dreams and that angels are the higher spirit beings that help us to progress spiritually. Since earliest times, angels have been known as messengers from God. In a psychological sense, this may be a message from parts of yourself which could lead to greater fulfilment and happiness. Its wings suggest flight and transcendence. If the angel is sinister, recognise it as something in your life that may cause trouble. Pay attention to these things and give them expression in your life. If you dream of the angel of death, it may not necessarily be an omen of death. It may symbolise your anxiety looking for a way to express itself.
Mystical Interpretation: Considered a fortunate dream symbol, to dream of angels predicts good fortune in love, partnerships and friendships. Several angels mean you will receive an inheritance and if an angel enters your home, you will be wealthy. Top
(see also Hero/Heroine)
Psychological Dream Meaning: The Anima is the feminine principle in the male psyche. It is often symbolised by a beautiful young woman. She may leave the dreamer determined that he must embark on a heroic quest to meet her again. The dreamer may mistakenly look for the ‘girl of his dreams’ in the outside world but in reality the dream points to the motivation to discover the feminine part of himself. The integration of both the masculine and feminine sides of our nature leads to psychological health and wholeness. Similarly, the Animus is the masculine principle in the female psyche. A woman may dream of it in the guise of a beautiful young man or a hero figure.
The anima (the feminine principle in a man) can also take a negative role. Instead of providing spiritual inspiration and a more balanced view of life, it can appear in dreams as moody, irritable and oversensitive. If the ‘woman of your dreams’ is like this then this may signal that these destructive characteristics are dominating your personality.
Similarly, the animus (the masculine principle in a woman) can also be a destructive force. According to Jung a negative animus causes a woman to be opinionated, argumentative, rigid, controlling and excessively critical of herself and others. Jung believed that everyone should strive to find a proper balance between the positive qualities associated with both the anima and animus and integrate these into the personality.
Mystical Interpretation: The wisdom of yore says that to dream of a young man or woman is a sign that there will be a reconciliation of family disagreements. Top