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Divorce

Psychological Dream Meaning: The dream may represent a hidden desire on your part to end a relationship. You may feel unhappy about your marriage or partner. Perhaps you should express your concerns and make your unhappiness known. A good relationship is both giving and taking, so don’t just make demands, look for solutions that bring happiness to both of you.

Mystical Interpretation: The old dream oracles wisely advise that this dream is a warning and that you should cultivate a more congenial domestic atmosphere. Top

Dog

Psychological Dream Meaning: Dogs helped man to hunt and herd his flock. They are therefore a symbol of the right inner relationship between you and your animal nature. They may also symbolise loyalty and guidance. Alternatively if the dog is ferocious then you have a inner conflict with the animal side of your nature. A dog straining on it’s leash may indicate that your emotions are at the ‘end of the tether’. Perhaps you need to express your anger about an issue that upsets you?

Mystical Interpretation: One dream oracle warns that to dream of a bloodhound is a omen for your imminent downfall. You’d be barking mad to believe that. Top

See also our In-Depth interpretation for a Dog Dream

Doll

Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of playing with dolls may symbolise that you are trying to come to terms with an infantile aspect of yourself. They can sometimes indicate a lack of communication between the conscious and unconscious levels of the mind. It can symbolise that you have an immature attitude towards the opposite sex. Are you behaving like an adult or do you sometimes resort to childish behaviour? Alternatively, Jung believed dolls represent the Anima or Amius, the qualities of the opposite sex within ourselves.

Mystical Interpretation: Tribal magicians use manikins to inaugurate their sympathetic magic. Sticking pins in a voodoo doll of your enemy, telling your troubles to a worry doll, worshipping the corn dolly are rituals that express a multitude of needs, desires, fears and hopes. Children will confess to a doll things that they would never tell an adult. Similarly, you may tell the doll of your dream your most secret fears and wishes.  Top

Dolphin

Psychological Dream Meaning: Dolphins that leap in and out of the sea may represent communication between the unconscious and the conscious mind.

Mystical Interpretation: There will be a change of Government! Top

Door

Psychological Dream Meaning: If a door opens outward, it may show that you have a need to be more accessible to others. However, an inward opening door may represent your desire for inner exploration and self-discovery. A door may also represent a new opening in your waking life or a desire to open up your feelings. If the door is locked, you may feel that opportunities are being denied you or alternatively it can represent ‘closing the door to the past’.

Mystical Interpretation: There are lot’s of dream oracles for this one: a door knob means unexpected good luck, hinges bring family problems, locked doors show missed opportunities, an open door predicts good fortune, a revolving door means a monotonous period ahead and a trap door predicts shocking news. Top

Dragon

Psychological Dream Meaning: The dragon sometimes guards the entrance to a cave full of treasure. It symbolises the fears that we must overcome before we can realise the true self. Sometimes the dragon can represent a guardian to the spirit. A Freudian psychologist interprets the dragon symbol to represent the devouring aspect of the mother. It is the resistance that prevents a man from realising the feminine aspect of his nature. You dream could also be saying something about your sexual drive. Dragons have a strong association with fire and therefore passion.

Mystical Interpretation: In China, the symbol of the dragon is quite different to its Western counterpart. It has amazing power, is highly spiritual and symbolises the wisdom aspect of the mind. To dream about dragons is very auspicious. Top

Drawing

Psychological Dream Meaning: The dream may simply mean that you may have latent artistic abilities that should be given expression. It may be a pun to say that you are drawing in inner resources or even overdrawing on your bank account. What you draw is also important as it can show the plans, problems and worries that you are trying to resolve.

Mystical Interpretation: A strange superstition says that if a woman dreams of drawing with a pencil and then rubs it out her lover will be unfaithful. Top

Drowning

Psychological Dream Meaning: Dreams of drowning or struggling in treacherous waters may represent your fear of being swallowed by forces hidden in the depths of your unconscious. You may be proceeding too quickly with your opening of the unconscious. It may be helpful to talk your problems and fears through with a friend. They may be able to throw you a lifeline and help you ‘keep your head above water’.  The dream also shows how you are being overwhelmed by your emotions. You may fear sinking financially or be drowning in your difficulties. Do you feel that, in waking life, you are being ‘sucked into’ something you would rather not be a part of? Pause for a while and make sure you have your ‘feet firmly on solid ground’ before you make any major decision.

Mystical Interpretation: A business will flounder if you dream of drowning but will succeed if you are rescued. Top

Drunk

Psychological Dream Meaning: Are you intoxicated by your own success or do you want to escape from reality? The dream suggests that you are not seeing your circumstances clearly and need to take a more sober view of things.

Mystical Interpretation: The gypsies believe that if you dream you see a drunk you will be given a small but pleasant surprise. Top

Duel

Psychological Dream Meaning: It is likely that there is an inner conflict happening within you. You need to find the middle way between the extreme views and solutions that you are considering. Similarly, the conflict could be between your conscious thoughts and your instinctive feelings. You will not know peace until you stop this inner conflict. Stop seeing things only in black and white. A compromise is necessary.

Mystical Interpretation: Children’s stories and fairy tales often illustrate psychological processes and are rich in dream symbols. In Lewis Carol’s Alice through the Looking Glass Twedledum and Tweedledee typify the childish inner conflicts that can occur within the psyche. Top

Dumb

Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of a person who is unable to speak or refuses to speak represents an undeveloped function within the self. The psychologist Carl Jung said that these silent figures represent an imbalance between emotion and intellect. One side of the personality overpowers the other rendering it speechless or impotent. Some people suffer from sleep-paralysis. They wake up before the back part of the brain has started to function. This area stops the body acting out our dreams and prevents us thrashing around as we sleep. The dreamer may ‘wake up’ but discovers they are completely paralysed. Similarly you may feel that you want to speak, cry out or scream but find that you’ve been struck dumb. If this happens to you, don’t panic. Relax until your whole brain starts working.  Top

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of being dumb means that you are unable to convince people of the worth of your plans. However, if a dumb person dreams of being dumb they must beware of false friends!

Dust

Psychological Dream Meaning: Dust implies neglect and something that has not been touched for a long time. Your dream therefore represents aspects of yourself that been ignored or forgotten. This could be an ambition from the past or something you once treasured but have until now overlooked. Is the whole of your personality being expressed in your waking life?  Similarly, it may be a neglected talent such as an artistic, musical or creative ability that the dream draws your attention to. The objects that are covered in dust will give you a clue to the dream’s meaning.

Mystical Interpretation: The gypsies say that the more dust you see in a dream, the more minor irritations you will need to deal with. Top

Dwarf

Psychological Dream Meaning: A dwarf can represent some quality that you have not fully developed or expressed. They may also represent the neglected or repressed parts of yourself- aspects of your personality that were unable to grow to their full potential.

Mystical Interpretation: Gold is a symbol of the true self and, as in the story of Snow White, is often mined by dwarves. Dwarves can therefore symbolise your quest for self-knowledge. Top

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