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PAGE 1 Sacrifice to Shore PAGE 2 Shower to Syrup


Psychological Dream Meaning: A shower may symbolise spiritual energy and cleansing. You have been cleansed, your worries are washed away and you can begin afresh.

Mystical Meaning: A shower may be a symbol of healing. Here’s a healing technique you can try: Stand upright and imagine that a shower of liquid light is pouring from above. It washes over you and through you. As it does it washes away all illness, pain and worries and replaces these dark spots with glorious shinning light. Now fill yourself with light from your toes to the top of your head. Your dream may have given you a clue to self-healing. Now try it in waking life. Top


(See also City and Crossroads)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Many dreams are about problem solving. Your dream is showing you the direction to take in life. What is the destination that the sign suggests? The name of the town it points to may be a pun to represent the human qualities you need.

Mystical Meaning: The gypsies tell us that to dream of a wooden or stone signpost indicates that you will soon be able to say goodbye to a period of indecision. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Silver represents something you value. This may be something in life, such as your financial needs, or your own inner emotional resources. There may be an allusion to the Moon and therefore to the feminine qualities of intuition and feeling.

Mystical Meaning: To dream that you have silver in your purse is a sign that you will loose money. It is not considered a lucky metal to dream about. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream is expressing your current feelings. The nature of the music and the words of the song may say something about you and your situation.

Mystical Meaning: Singing can be an expression of spirituality. Consider your dream in the light of this quote from Tagore: ‘God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing. Top


(see also Drowning)

Psychological Dream Meaning: You may fear being overwhelmed by your emotions or worries about a situation. You may fear that something of importance in your life is ending. For example, you may be concerned about a failing relationship or business enterprise. It could be a symbol of despair. You have a choice: sink or swim.

Mystical Meaning: An acclaimed astrologer and phrenologist claims that this dream means you’ve been spending too much money in the shops! Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Carl Jung claimed that childhood sibling rivalry and jealousy influence the dream symbol of the sister. For a female dreamer she may represent the shadow side of the personality that is neglected and undeveloped. Sometimes this may include anti-social qualities that are alarming. However in a man’s dreams a sister may represent the female side of his own personality (Anima).

Mystical Meaning: A sister may occur as a guide in a man’s dreams and take him into a dark forest, into the depths of the earth or to the bottom of the sea. This theme, which occurs in many myths and legends, shows how the anima can guide the ego to the cause of a psychological difficulty. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may indicate that you are taking a passive position about something. Perhaps your inaction is causing problems. Instead of ‘sitting on the fence’ you may need to act.

Mystical Meaning: If you dream of sitting on a high seat your luck will be good but if the seat is low expect disappointments. Top 

Skeleton (see Bones)


Psychological Dream Meaning: Skin is the outward part of ourselves. Your dream may be saying something about the way you present yourself to others. A skin rash may be a play on words to indicate that you are making a rash decision. Or it may simply highlight your worries about your physical appearance.  Perhaps you do not like to show your emotions. Are you thick skinned?

Mystical Meaning: The Baluchi women of Oman believe that to dream of pale skin indicates that a person will receive many jewels. Top


(see also bones)

Psychological Dream Meaning: The psychologist Carl Jung decided to become a psychologist after dreaming of discovering a skull in a deep cellar under his house. The skull represented his desire to probe the secrets of the mind. To dream of a skull may also be a symbol of mortality and your spiritual contemplation of the meaning of life and death. It may also refer to finality and the things in life that cannot be avoided.

Mystical Meaning: To the gypsies a scull represents wisdom derived from their ancestors. To drink from a skull means sharing in their wisdom. In Ireland, it can be a symbol of truth for it is believed that if a man takes an oath on a skull but is lying as does, he will die soon after. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: If the sky is a dominant image in your dream, you may be thinking about the spiritual meaning of life and the purpose of human existence. The daytime sky represents cosmic consciousness as opposed to ordinary awareness. It is usually associated with God. A star studded night sky may represent the world of the unconscious. Carl Jung saw the night sky as the most suitable place for man to project unconscious content. The symbolism of the constellations and zodiac signs are archetypal symbols of the inner unconscious world.

Mystical Meaning: Most dream superstitions agree that to dream of a blue sky brings good luck but cloudy skies spell misfortune. Some authorities claim that to dream of a red sky forecasts a terrible disaster will befall the nation. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Dreaming of being asleep may indicate that part of you needs to be jazzed up a bit. You may have become complacent or dull. From a philosophical standpoint, it may represent the nature of the human predicament. Ignorance is sleep but to understand reality we have to awaken.

Mystical Meaning: Many people report dreaming of seeing themselves asleep in bed. When it first happened to me I suddenly realised that I was actually stood outside of my body. This phenomena is known as astral travelling. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Perfumists realise that smells trigger emotional reactions. They compose a fragrance like a piece of music with high, middle and low notes. What emotions are created by the smell in your dream? If feel you disgust, you may be reacting again aspects of your own nature or be responding to the attitudes of others. Perhaps you had a ‘fuming’ argument, or something about your situation makes you ‘smell a rat?’ Maybe the smell represents the ‘sweet smell of success?’

Mystical Meaning: Each smell has a specific meaning. Camphor: scandal. Ginger: a love affair. Jasmine: a true spiritual experience. Lavender: a happy relationship. Nutmeg: deceit. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be expressing your approval of decisions you have made. You may feel pleased with your successes and achievements. There is a promise of happiness. Enjoy this nice smug feeling.

Mystical Meaning: Perhaps your dream is telling you to cheer up a bit. The Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda in his book Man’s Eternal Quest encourages his followers to be smile millionaires: “My smile comes from a joy deep within my being, a joy that you also may attain. Like a fragrance, it oozes out from the core of the blossoming soul. This joy calls others to bathe in its waters of divine bliss.” Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Smoke is caused when a fire is stifled. Ask yourself what part of your self needs to come to expression. Let your true self shine.

Mystical Meaning: A bad omen. Smoke brings disappointment unless you dream that it annoys you. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: The snake is one of the world’s oldest symbols found in some of the most ancient sculptures. They are often used as phallic symbols and have long been linked with pagan fertility gods. Because it lives close to the ground, the snake is an emblem of the nurturing earth and also the unknown perils of the underworld. Christian imagery emphasises the dark side of this symbol. It is considered evil, yet it is the snake, created by God, that tempts man to gain knowledge. In dreams, a snake can represent hidden fears. Falling into a pit of snakes may represent the many worries that are threatening you. Sometimes snakes can symbolise the poisonous words and innuendo of the people around you.

Mystical Meaning: Entwined snakes appear on the god Mercury’s caduceus, which is a symbol of the medical profession to this day. The Greeks attributed healing powers to the snake and similar symbolism may be found in Indian Kundalini yoga where it represents the life force that rises up the spinal chord. In particular, the cobra is a symbol of divine enlightenment and associated with the god Shiva. Top

See also fear of snake dreams


(see also Ice)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Snow can indicate frozen emotions but can also symbolise transformation and purification. Clean pure snow can represent a fresh start. Melting snow can indicate that obstacles and fears are dissolving whereas an avalanche of snow can indicate that you fear being overwhelmed by emotions that have been held in check for too long. Are you ‘cold’ and lacking warmth?

Mystical Meaning: To dream of watching falling snow indicates that a letter will arrive shortly. Some superstitions claim it will be from the person you will marry. The truth is that most oracles consider this dream to be one of good luck. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Associated with aggression and conquest a soldier may represent the way you impose your feelings on others. You may be preparing to do battle over an issue in your waking life or may feel the need to defend yourself from an emotional attack. Be careful how you use your power.

Mystical Meaning: For a man this dream means a change at work. For a woman this dream is a warning about a casual relationship. Some oracles believe it means a lawsuit whereas the gypsies say you will soon receive honours. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A son may represent the youthful part of yourself. He may also represent your own potential. Perhaps you recognise in him the ideal and hopes that you once had. The son may of course have no symbolic meaning at all and simply be about your own son. Are you worried about him?

Mystical Meaning: According to superstition, it is fortunate to dream about your son. If you dream he is getting married, there’ll be family worries. Top

Song (see music)


(see also Music, Flying.)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Loud sounds can indicate that the unconscious is trying to draw your attention to an issue. A bugle being blown may show a call to arms suggesting that you must become more alert to problems of pressing importance. A whistle may indicate that someone has exposed your clandestine plans (‘blown the whistle’) or it can show that you are being obedient like a dog responding to his master’s call. To hear muffled or indistinct voices indicates that you must listen more carefully to your wise inner voice. Sometimes dreams will incorporate sounds such as the alarm clock or traffic outside your bedroom into the dream and weave these into the symbolism of the dream.

Mystical Meaning: If the subtle body re-enters the physical body too quickly after an out-of-body experience the dreamer may hear a loud crack like a shotgun being fired in the room. This is very disconcerting but quite normal. It will disappear once you master the art of astral travel. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A spider may represent a fear. Perhaps you feel trapped in a web of deceit or entangled by emotions and fears from which you cannot escape? Alternatively, are you the spider that’s spinning a web to ensnare someone else? Sigmund Freud believed that in dreams spiders represent the devouring mother who consumes her children through possessiveness or her power to arouse guilt. She is symbolised by the spider that traps and lives off her innocent victims. (Freud’s Mom has a lot to answer for!)

Mystical Meaning: Arachnophobia may be an instinctive fear that originates from the primordial times when poisonous spiders were common. Your dream draws upon these ancient memories to express the fear you have about something that is upsetting you. Superstitions dating back to the Middle Ages claim that it is lucky to dream of spiders. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: An upward spiral may represent advancement and progress. A downward spiral may represent despair and failure. Are things spiralling out of control?

Mystical Meaning: According to the Chinese mystical tradition of Feng Shui, spirals are very auspicious symbols that stimulate health, wealth and happiness. Chi energy, the life force, is said to be at its best when it moves in spirals. Top

Spirits (see Ghost)


Psychological Dream Meaning: You may wish to be rid of something that is part of yourself. Perhaps you feel the need for inner cleansing and spiritual healing. Spiting may represent anger and contempt.

Mystical Meaning: Superstitious people agree that if you have a bad dream you can rid yourself of any bad luck by simply spitting three times as soon as you wake up. Please note: This technique can also cause problems in relationships. Top

Stage (see Theatre)


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Psychological Dream Meaning: Stars can represent your higher states of consciousness- the exalted spiritual state that you wish to attain. They can also represent your desire for worldly success- particularly if you work in showbiz! Stars may also symbolise the forces of destiny that you feel may be controlling your life at this time. Usually the stars carry a happy favourable meaning.

Mystical Meaning: The ancients believed that when a great person died they became a star in the sky. To dream of the stars therefore implies that the gods are guiding you. “Have patience, Candidate, as one who fears no failure, courts no success. Fix thy soul’s gaze upon the star whose ray thou art, the flaming star that shines within the lightless depths of ever-being.” – Blavatsky. Top

See also: Star Dream Interpretation


(see also Train and Journey)

Psychological Dream Meaning: A station is a point of departure. It indicates that new opportunities await you and that you are preparing for a new and perhaps exciting venture. Railway lines run in straight lines so your journey to your goal will be direct and on target. A station is also a public place so it may represent your role in society.

Mystical Meaning: It is fortunate to dream of meeting someone at the station for this means that your career will be helped forward by someone with great influence. It can also signify news coming. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A statue or bust often represents the desire to idealise someone or something. If you do this and ‘put them on a pedestal’ then you only increase the perceived feeling of remoteness and unattainably associated with this person or situation.

Mystical Meaning: If you dream of a statue coming alive this means that you will reform a broken friendship. Some oracles deem sculptors to be auspicious omens. If you see one working or dream of being one, your fortunes will change for the better. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Do you feel that someone has cheated you or perhaps it is you who have been less than honest? You may unconsciously feel that you have set your sights too high and feel that you cannot attain your goal without breaking the rules. The dream could also represent the fact that you have needs that are not being met and feel a lack of fulfilment.

Mystical Meaning: Some superstitions say that this dream refers to matters of the heart. You may be infatuated by someone. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A stick may be an instrument of punishment or power. If you are punishing an animal with a stick, you may have negative feelings towards your instinctive nature. The people you hit with a stick may represent part of yourself that you are in conflict with. Freud has this one sussed: the stick is a phallic symbol.

Mystical Meaning: Masters of mystical oniromancy say that to dream of sticks is an unlucky omen. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Stone can represent permanence and the things that endure. Similarly, it can represent the unchanging eternal self.  However, it can also symbolise coldness, stubbornness and a refusal to change. Perhaps it represents a weighty problem that you have to deal with?

Mystical Meaning: Stones on the road symbolise awkward people who stop your progress, throwing stones indicates accusations and some oracles say that if you dream of collecting stones you’ll inherit some land. Finding precious stones is of course a symbol of good luck. Top


(see also Buildings and House)

Psychological Dream Meaning: The storeys of a building represent levels of consciousness. The top floor may represent your spirituality and the basement represents the unconscious. The floors in between represent the many states of mind that you experience.

Mystical Meaning: If you dream of being at the top of a big building, you will achieve success. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A storm may indicate emotional conflict or turmoil within you. It may indicate anger or frustration that lacks an outlet. 

Mystical Meaning: Superstition says that this is an obstacle dream that indicates separation from what you desire. If your house is damaged by a storm, people with evil intention are nearby. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A stranger represents those aspects about yourself that you either reject or are unfamiliar with. Are there aspects of your personality that you deny? If the stranger is frightening, he may symbolise things that you have repressed.

Mystical Meaning: Superstition claims that to dream of talking to a stranger means you will hear news from afar. Some oracles claim that this is a dream of contrary meaning that indicates that friends will help you. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: If you dream of being strangled this may represent something in your life that you feel is emotionally restrictive. To dream of strangling someone, may express your frustrations with that person in real life. Alternatively, the person being strangled may represent an aspect of yourself that you are not allowing to be expressed.

Mystical Meaning: The dream seers claim that if you make a wish after waking from a dream about strangling someone, the wish will come true. Top

Street (see Roads)


Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may represent the frustrations you feel about your circumstances or an inner conflict of some kind.

Mystical Meaning: Your dream may be expressing something about the nature of struggle. Sai Baba explains: “There is no struggle; only the karmic pattern of the past which has created apparent problems for the present and future….. Let the love flow and surrender everything to God. Then all your worries, fears, frustrations, doubts and struggles will fade away. They are all aspects of illusion.” Top




Psychological Dream Meaning: You are turning your feelings of aggression against yourself. Perhaps you are unable to overcome feelings of guilt or feel degradation and helplessness. You may feel unable to cope with a problem that has troubled you for some time.  Part of you is crying out for help. I suggest that you talk over your problems with someone you can trust. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Mystical Meaning: A dream of disappointment, say the dream oracles. Top


(see also Clothes)

Psychological Dream Meaning: A suit may represent your desire to impress someone. It may represent the confident side of your personality or the aspect of your self that you display at work. Perhaps the suit is a pun for “following suit” or being “well suited” to someone.

Mystical Meaning: The raggle-taggle gypsies say that to dream of wearing a suit foretells success. Top

Summer (see Seasons)




Psychological Dream Meaning: A swan is a beautiful, elegant and calm bird. Your dream may be saying that the right way to behave is with dignity and grace.

Mystical Meaning: A swan, with its long neck, may also be a phallus symbol. In the Greek myths, Zeus loved Leda, wife of Tyndareos king of Sparta, and seduced her by transforming into a swan. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: You are getting rid of old ideas and attitudes. Sweep away the junk from the past and open a new and better phase for the future.

Mystical Meaning: Superstition says that it is unlucky to sweep waste out of the house as you may sweep your good luck with it. Dreaming of sweeping can have similar negative connotations. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Expanses of water usually symbolises the unconscious. Dreaming of swimming shows how you trust the unconscious and are supported by it. You have confidence and are receptive to its creative power. If you dream of swimming underwater this may indicate that you have accepted and are at one with your unconscious. This union is even more apparent if you dream of being able to breathe underwater.

Mystical Meaning: Swimming strongly in clear water means you will achieve great success in love and business. The opposite applies if you struggle or the water is dirty. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A sword can represent aggression but also discrimination, truth and justice. Attacking someone with a sword may indicate hostility towards that person or what they represent and being stabbed represents your feeling that you’ve been defeated over something. A sword can also be a phallic symbol. 

Mystical Meaning: As a symbol of truth, the sword is your consciousness that frees itself from the ‘devouring mother’ aspect of the unconscious. This symbol for the process of individuation often occurs in myths and stories in which the hero slays the dragon or demon with his sword. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Are you exhibiting sickly sweet emotions? Syrup may represent excessive sentimentality or nostalgia.

Mystical Meaning: Some superstitions associate dreaming of sweet things as sexy. It is now known that the human brain produces a chemical called phenylethylamine when lovers are in a state of excitement. It is also found in chocolate. Top

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