To dream of birds shows that you have hopes, aspirations and wish to rise above your troubles. Birds symbolise transcendence and the different types of birds can represent the aspects of the freedom you seek. You are seeking liberation and more freedom in your life. Dreaming of birds shows a subconscious need to find a way of escaping your troubles and these dreams are often accompanied by feelings of excitement, cheerfulness and a feeling of release from tension and constriction.
Psychological Dream Meaning: Bats were considered by the early Christians to be ‘birds of the Devil’ because of their association with darkness and their similarity to rats. They share the sexual lust of the Devil. (The devil is a corruption of the cloven footed god Pan who played his pipes in celebration of nature and sexuality.) In particular, vampire bats, that take human form in Dracula by Bram Stoker, represent predatory sexuality for it is only from the virgin’s blood that they can drink. Maurice Richardson in his book Psychoanalysis of Ghost Stories tells us that Dracula, with his dark heroism and superhuman image, has an unconscious erotic appeal for women. He argues that the story only makes sense when analysed from a Freudian standpoint. Alternatively, a vampire bat may represent a person in your life who is depleting you of self-confidence or resources.
Mystical Interpretation: To dream of one of these universally loathed creatures is a portent of disaster. They are considered to be an omen of death and injury. Because of their blindness they are also considered to be a prophecy that warns of danger to the eyes. Fortunately superstition also has an antidote for these terrible dreams: simply carry a bat’s bone in your pocket and you’ll come to no harm. Similarly, in parts of Europe they believe that a bat’s right eye carried in a waistcoat pocket will make you invisible. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: The crow may represent the dark part of your psyche that appears at first to be frightening but contains what you need for spiritual enrichment. Crows, like angels, were once believed to be the messengers of the gods. In your dream, they are messengers from your unconscious.
Mystical Interpretation: Associated with witchcraft the crow is said to have the gift of prophecy. Some people believe that dreams that include crows foretell future events. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: The eagle is a powerful bird that may represent a powerful intellectual or spiritual abilities. For a Christian it may represent John the Evangelist and for an American it may be a symbol of your country.
Mystical Interpretation: Early man considered eagles to be messengers from Sun god. In your dreams, it may be a messenger from your unconscious. Mythology often has stories of the eagle and the lion or the eagle and the snake. These stories are dream symbols that represent psychological opposites such as spiritual/animal, male/female, conscious/ unconscious and thought/instinct. Superstition says that to dream of an eagle is an omen for fame and fortune. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: Feathers can represent a gift that expresses your desire to show warmth and tenderness to someone close to you. A feather floating in the air may show your desire to ascend to higher spiritual knowledge or intellectual ambition. The lightness of a feather also implies light heartedness and enjoying the good things in life. You may benefit if you surrender for a while to the benevolent winds of fortune: go with the flow.
Mystical Interpretation: Many cultures, such as the Incas and Native Americans, used feathered head-dresses to represent spiritual authority and wisdom. Top
I dreamed that I could fly in the air, rose above the town below, and high into the night sky. It felt wonderful. I had no fear and could float gently down to earth whenever I wanted. Charles N- New York
Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of flying is usually a pleasant experience and is accompanied by a sense of exhilaration and freedom. It usually feels completely natural as if we have somehow always known how to do this. Rarely is the dream accompanied by a fear of heights or of falling. Flying may symbolise liberation from something that’s been troubling you. The obstructions and shackles that have held you down have been released and you can now experience the same sense of freedom that we see in the birds that soar in the sky. The sky may symbolise consciousness and spirituality so to dream of flying can represent the expansion of your awareness and the unfolding of your higher self. (Freud of course took a more materialistic view: to him flying dreams represented sexual release.)
Nevertheless, flying also has its perils. The ancient Greek myth of Icarus warns us not to fly too high. Your dream may show that you are being over ambitious.
What is it I am being released from? Think about the things that have been troubling you of late. Perhaps the difficulty or emotional problem that has grounded you for so long is not as bad as you thought. Sometimes it is important to tread the paths of life lightly. Let the freedom, gentleness and carefree feeling of the dream be expressed in your behaviour.
Do I feel anxiety or fear? You may thrill at the feeling of risk that your dream gives you. If so, you may want to take more risks in your life with, for example, your work or a relationship. If you feel trepidation and alarm you may be over-reaching yourself and need to get a firmer footing in your life. Your dreams and ambitions may be too grandiose and not in accord with what you can realistically expect to achieve.
Mystical Interpretation: In ancient times, a person who dreamed of flying was considered to have entered the realm of the immortal gods. The Native Americans, the Babylonians, the Hindus, the Tibetan Buddhists and many other traditions claim that we all have a light body that can leave the physical body during sleep. The light body can travel great distances and even into other dimensions that mystics call the astral planes. Here we can talk to our friends who also travel the dimensions, communicate with the people of the spirit world, or learn from the advanced souls the men once called gods and angels. Many scientists believe that there is empirical proof that out of body travel is possible. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: A nest may represent the home and your domestic life. It is also the place where eggs are incubated so there’s a promise that you are hatching new ideas or making new opportunities.
Mystical Interpretation: Dreaming of a nest full of eggs denotes that you will be prosperous. An Austrian superstition claims that to dream of a nest foretells that you will get a boil. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: An owl may symbolise the wisdom that is gained from the nocturnal world of the unconscious.
Mystical Interpretation: Superstition says that this is a melancholy dream predicting sadness, poverty and sometimes disgrace. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: Vultures are horrible creatures who live off the misfortune of other animals. Some people are like this. Are you? Or perhaps someone is taking advantage of you?
Mystical Interpretation: The gypsies believe that to dream of vultures indicates that you are surrounded by corrupt people. Top
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