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(see also Mandala, and Colours)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Associated with the springtime daffodils are a symbol of renewal. This is a time of inner growth, optimism and hope. The beautiful symmetry of flowers is reminiscent of mandalas, which can symbolise psychological wholeness. The colour yellow is sometimes associated with the Sun and the light of inspiration.

Mystical Interpretation: According to a Celtic tradition from the country of Wales a bunch or field of daffodils means more gold than silver will come your way but a single bloom brings misfortune. Top

Dagger (see Knife)


Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of a dam may mean that you have some pent-up emotions that need to be released. If you dream of a dam bursting it shows how you have lost control. Your anger may have gone beyond the point of self-control. You may feel overwhelmed with emotion. There is more than one way to deal with frustrations. Be kinder to yourself and others and honestly express your feelings in a controlled and gentle way.

Mystical Interpretation: Victorian dream books interpret blockages, impediments and obstacles as prophecies forecasting problems ahead that must be overcome. Dams fall into this category. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Dance is usually a celebratory activity and something we do when we feel happy. This dream may therefore indicate that you feel pleased about the way a situation is progressing at the moment. You may feel a sense of freedom from constraining influences. Other things may also be expressed by dance: For example, if you dance with another person, this intimacy can represent sexual intercourse. A man and woman dancing together may show the union of the masculine and feminine aspects of your personality (see anima and animus).

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of dancing can be a mystical symbol. It can, for example, represent the eternal dance of the Hindu god Shiva who symbolises the eternal movement of time and the powers of creation and destruction. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Light is a symbol of awareness. Darkness is the absence of light and therefore is a symbol of the unconscious. If you react with fear, then you may fear the unconscious but if the darkness is comforting then you accept this unknown part of yourself. If you dream of being lost in darkness this may represent your feelings of desperation, depression or insecurity. If you see light, this may show that you are being guided towards wholeness and understanding.

Mystical Interpretation: The Chinese oracle of the I Ching, that was used by Carl Jung as an aid to interpreting dreams says of darkness: ‘In the end it perishes of its of its own darkness, for evil must itself fall at the very moment when it has wholly overcome the good, and thus consumed the energy to which it owed its duration.’ (Richard Wilhelm translation, Routledge & Kegan Paul  1951). In other words- things can only get better. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: The dawn brings with it a new beginning. A period of inner darkness is being replaced by the light of realisation and consciousness. At last you have hope and optimism in your heart.

Mystical Interpretation: The ancient Egyptians identified dawn with New Year’s Day and the beginning of the world when the eye of Atum searched the great primeval ocean. Since the earliest times humanity has worshiped the rising sun as a symbol of God, hope and rebirth. Top

More about the dawn in a dream



(See also Funeral)

I dreamed that I was dead and everyone was stood around me crying. I woke with a feeling of abject horror. Is this dream a prediction of my death? Jose T- Quebec

Psychological Dream Meaning: Dreams of death represent the ending of one phase so that a new one can begin. It can show forthcoming finalities such as the end of a marriage or career. These are symbolic dreams and are unlikely to forecast an actual event. If the dead person is someone you know, consider what aspect of yourself that person represents. For example, if you dream of your mother dying could it represent the ‘death’ of the motherly side of your own nature. Perhaps you should try to be more caring and maternal or perhaps plans you have should be nurtured rather than killed off. Alternatively, you may also be expressing your hidden feelings about the person shown. Do you have a secret resentment towards them or desire to be independent of them? Dead animals may also represent aspects of yourself. They indicate that you may be rejecting or repressing your instinctive side.

Freud believed that everyone has two contending basic drives:  Eros, which is the drive towards pleasure and life and Thanatos the drive towards death.  If the dead person in your dream was yourself, you may want to consider the following:


1. What is being expressed in the dream? Perhaps you fear dying and the dream is reminding you of your own mortality? It is healthy to accept that death comes to us all as this realisation broadens our spiritual perspective and loosens the grip of material craving. Everything in the world is the dust of stars but look deep within yourself and you may find the part of you that is eternal.

2. Are you trying to free yourself from something? You may want to leave your old self behind so that a new you can be reborn. Free yourself of emotional burdens and open yourself to new potentials. There is no need to be a martyr. The way forward is to establish a new set of values that are beneficial to you and others.

3. Do you feel suicidal? There’s no need to punish yourself or punish others because of how you feel.  Occasionally everyone feels that they want to retreat from life’s problems or from the feeling of failure. But suffering is a blessing as well as a curse. It is through adversity that we grow to become better people. Be like a strong tree that bends with the wind but never breaks. Better times will inevitably come again.  

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of meeting the dead people you once knew is part of the grieving process. Sometimes the feeling of loss is symbolised by being rejected, divorced or attacked by the person you loved. You may dream that they ignore you or have travelled far away. This is all part of the process of coming to terms with the death of a loved one.  However, there are some dreams that cannot be explained as symbolism, allegory or metaphor. From the many casebooks I have collected, it appears that occasionally the ‘dead’ can communicate to us through dreams. I have cases on file where information has been given to the dreamer that could not have been known other than by paranormal means. For example, one woman wrote to say that her ‘dead’ husband told her exactly where to find the missing will and I have many instances recorded where the ‘dead’ person has announced their passing via a dream. Top

More about dreams of death
See also Dreams About Being Dead
See also Funeral and Burial Dream Interpretations


Psychological Dream Meaning: In many dreams this may represent descending into the unconscious. In particular cave entrances, wells, tombs and cellars can represent entrances to the netherworld of the unconscious. Alternatively, you may interpret this as a downward phase in your life- you may feel ‘down’ as the Hippies say. On the other hand, perhaps you are over the worst and everything is down hill from now on.

Mystical Interpretation: Legend has it that the ancient people of Crete built temples in underground caves. Here they held their strange rituals and bull dancing ceremonies. Since the earliest times, the descent into the underground world has been a symbol of man’s search for divinity and spiritual empowerment.  Top

More about dreams of a descent


Psychological Dream Meaning: In real life detectives seek out hidden truths. During sleep, you may be trying to resolve a problem and want to know the truth about this issue that worries you. Perhaps you detect that something is wrong or that someone has been less than honest with you.

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of being falsely accused of a crime by a detective, is a dream prophecy that fortune and honours are coming your way. Top

More about spys and detective dreams


Psychological Dream Meaning: The devil in your dream may personify your fear or repressed desires that have been buried in the underworld of the unconscious. In reality, the unconscious mind is not full of evil demons and satanic forces; it is your inner resource that gives energy and wisdom. Your own fear of the unknown prevents you from finding the wholeness and healing that the unconscious offers. Alternatively, the Devil may symbolise evil words and deeds that you or others have been displaying in waking life. What the devil fears most is light and love.  Honesty and kindness may be the right form of conduct to overcome the perceived evils that trouble you.

Mystical Interpretation: The figure of Satan occurs in the Jewish Christian and Islamic traditions. Originally he was a god that represented fertility and the powers of Nature. Similarly the cloven footed god Pan of the ancient Greeks was a god of the abundance of nature. These ancient symbols of fertility are sometimes used by the unconscious to show the inauguration of a new phase of psychological growth. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Do you have a feeling of disgust? Dreaming of dirt could represent your emotional reaction to your instincts or self-disgust about sexuality. You may have guilt feelings that could originate from childhood. Our society places too great an emphasis on sex. Accept it as a natural. It’s not ‘dirty’ but also is not necessarily the all-important issue of life.

Mystical Interpretation: Earth and soil can represent the alchemists prima materia, the unconscious content that we work with in order to become enlightened.   Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Sometimes dreams spot an illness before we are aware of any symptoms. If your dream persists, then get your health checked by your doctor. Alternatively the dream may be highlighting anxieties and inner conflicts. You need to heal these inner troubles and find psychological harmony. If someone else in your dream has a disease then you may either harbour hostile feelings towards them or fear for their mental equilibrium.

Mystical Interpretation: African superstition has simple interpretation to this one: see your witchdoctor for a cure. Top


(see also Persona)

Psychological Dream Meaning: It is likely that you are hiding from something in your waking life. You want to ‘dress up’ an issue and turn it into something its not. It’s time to face reality and stop hiding behind that mask. Be yourself.

Mystical Interpretation: Many myths and children’s stories tell stories of people who wear masks but then to their horror realise that they can’t remove it. This is a symbol that shows how we can sometimes become the person we pretend to be but forget who we really are. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Water and the sea often represent the unconscious. Diving into water symbolises your decent into the unconscious. You are getting in touch with the deepest strata of your being. Alternatively, the dream may be telling you to take a chance concerning an issue from waking life. It’s time to ‘take the plunge’.

Mystical Interpretation: There are may myths that tell of heroes who dive to the bottom of the sea and bring up great treasure. In dreams this represents the ego descending into the unconscious and finding the self. Top

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