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Psychological Dream Meaning: The person or thing that you rescue may represent an aspect of yourself that has been neglected or ignored. They symbolise an aspect of yourself that is trying to find expression. If you are being rescued then consider what the scene represents. For example, rescue from a ferocious animal may show that you fear your animal nature. Rescue from a stormy sea may show how close you came to drowning in your emotions. Who is it that rescues you? This person may represent the psychological qualities and attitudes that you should apply to your life.

Mystical Interpretation: Mystical traditions claim that everyone has the potential to be super human. Deep within you there is a psychological resource that enables you to achieve just about anything. You can rescue any situation. Nothing is impossible. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of taking part in a revolution may represent an inner revolution that is happening to your attitudes and behaviour. You no longer need to conform to what society expects of you. You can be yourself.

Mystical Interpretation: Dreaming of a revolution may spell troubles for business affairs. If blood is spilt it is a sign that you are taking too many financial risks. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Freud advises us that riding a bicycle, motorbike or a horse symbolises the rhythm of the sexual act. A tame and well-controlled horse may symbolise control of your passions whereas a runaway horse represents the opposite. The dream could also be a pun. Is your ego ‘riding high?’

Mystical Interpretation: This is deemed by superstition to be a very fortunate dream, particularly if someone you love rides with you. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: The dream may refer to marriage or commitment to a relationship. You may feel that you want to be loyal to your partner. Similarly, a ring could mean loyalty to your principles and ideals. It may represent a binding oath. From a spiritual perspective, a ring, being a circle with no beginning and no end, can represent eternity, wholeness and your true self.

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of being given a ring augurs well but to loose a ring is a warning of trouble. If you dream of finding a ring means you will soon have a new friend or lover. However, some superstitions say that to dream of being given a ring means a broken promise. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Rituals can symbolise the transitions in our lives. They are also a form of drama that invites you to escape the confines of the conscious mind and pass into the world of the imagination. According to Carl Jung, images of fertility rites in dreams emerge from the collective unconscious in an attempt to abolish the separation between the conscious and unconscious minds. Your dream is putting you in-touch with your instinctive self.

Mystical Interpretation: Shaman rituals induce a dream like state and may trigger clairvoyant and prophetic powers. Make a note of your dream that you can refer to later as your dream may include a real prophecy. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A river may represent the flow of the life force. In a spiritual sense, it may show your acceptance of divine will and destiny. Instead of struggling against life you ‘go with the flow.’ Crossing a river may symbolise a fundamental change of lifestyle.

Mystical Interpretation: Consider your dream in the light of this quotation from Siddhartha by Herman Hesse: ‘But he learned more from the river than Vasudeva could teach him. He learned from it continually. Above all, he learned from it how to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgement, without opinions.’ Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be a metaphor for the roads you travel through life. The twists, turns and obstacles are the difficulties you encounter in ordinary life. A fork in the road or a crossroads may represent a difficult decision you have to make.

Mystical Interpretation: Flowers or trees bordering a road predict success say the dream books of long ago. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: You may feel that someone has stolen your success. For example, a work colleague may have accepted the praise and honours for work that is in reality yours. Similarly, you may feel robbed of your ability to emotionally express yourself or act in a decisive way. What is it that has been stolen? This may represent the part of yourself that needs to be recovered from the unconscious.

Mystical Interpretation: The gypsies believe that to dream of robbing means that you have a guilty conscience. However, if you dream of being part of a gang of robbers this means that you can count on your friends. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may be telling you that you are behaving in a mechanical way and have lost the ability to express feelings. Is your emotional life running on automatic? Do you speak from the heart or are your responses unnatural and rigid. Similarly, the dream may be portraying your working life. Perhaps work is making you feel like a robot?

Mystical Interpretation: Von Danieken aside, robots have not featured in traditional mysticism. However, they have become a modern archetype. Why is it we find the Daleks, Terminator and Hal so frightening? These machines symbolise our fear at losing our sense of humanity in this mechanical age. They can also represent the inevitability of death. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A rock symbolises permanence and security. It is the foundations or essence of the self. If you dream of sailing towards rocks, this is a signal that you may be encountering dangerous situation. Perhaps you should set a different course?

Mystical Interpretation: The Sirens who lure sailors to their death upon the rocks with their singing are dream symbols for the negative side of the intuition. The dangerous rocks remind us that we must not disregard the practical realities of the real world. Idealism should not be taken to extremes. Top


(see also Buildings)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Rooms stand for different aspects of your personality. The living room represents the conscious mind, the cellars the unconscious and the upper rooms represent your higher aspirations and spirituality.

Mystical Interpretation: The variations on this theme are too numerous to list. However, one interesting superstition states that to dream of your bedroom means that you will visit far away lands. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A red rose has been the traditional symbol of love since Roman times. The theme of your dream is likely to be about love and the way you feel about your past and present emotional relationships. Freud considered the red rose to symbolise the female genitalia, or the blood of menstruation. In addition, the way a flower unfolds and its symmetry are reminiscent of a mandala (see Mandala) which is a symbol of the wholeness of the self.

Mystical Interpretation: The Romans believed that the rose could protect the dead from evil spirits and so decorated their tombs with the flower. As a dream symbol, it therefore meant safety and protection. Most oracles believe roses to be a favourable omen. Top

Rubbish (see Garbage)


Psychological Dream Meaning: Do you feel that your life is in ruins? Perhaps your business collapsed or a relationship has failed. This dream represents your feeling of defeat. Perhaps this demolition was necessary. You can start again to build a new life.

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of finding ancient ruins or holy relics may symbolise your discovery of the treasures that lie within you. You are uncovering the ancient wisdom of the unconscious. Top

Interpretation for Ruined Buildings

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