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Insects and Bugs

Insects and bugs can be dream symbols for small things that cause us serious concerns. The various insects will reveal what is emotionally bugging you or causing you irritation. Dreaming of bugs can reveal small unconscious worries or major emotional fears that may result in nightmares.


Psychological Dream Meaning: A butterfly can symbolise rebirth, inner beauty and transformation. It may also represent romance, joy, freedom and success. It is the essence of your true self.

Mystical Interpretation: An interesting philosophical question was raised by the Chinese philosopher Chuang Chou when he dreamed that he was a butterfly. The dream was so vivid that when he awoke he couldn’t decide if he was a man dreaming of being a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming of being a man. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may represent your lifestyle. You are probably extremely active and working very hard at the moment. And just like the busy bees, you need to be well organised. If you dream of something upsetting the order of the hive then this represents the factors that are disrupting the smooth running of your waking life activities.

Mystical Interpretation: In rural superstition, bees were always considered to be wise creatures with a special knowledge of the future. Dreams that include bees or hives may hold clues to future events.  Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Insects symbolise the irritating minor nagging of the unconscious or daily life. You may have many irritating small problems that need to be dealt with. In Kafka’s book Metamorphosis (1912), the terrified sleeper wakes up to discover he has transformed into a bug. Kafka worked most of his life in office jobs that he hated. Symbolically this can represent how working life requires us to form a brittle shell which can eventually takes over the personality completely.  Here are a few of the symbolic meanings of common insects: Ants: your life may be too orderly. Ants can represent social conformity. Bees: industry and work. Butterflies: the soul, spiritual transcendence. Flies: breakdown, putrefaction and perhaps guilt. Ladybugs: happiness at work. Locusts: lack of psychological nourishment, your creativity is being destroyed. Wasps: Angry thoughts and feelings.

Mystical Interpretation: The ancient Egyptians worshiped the scarab beetle as a symbol of creation. In dreams, it can represent the soul. In some fairytales, insects are called in when things have become impossibly muddled. For example, they may be asked to separate grain mixed with sand or to remove gold dust from the grain. In dreams, they can represent precision and meticulous thinking. 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: These may be phallic symbols. Associated with dirt and decay worms may indicate that you have negative attitude to sex. Alternatively, they may symbolise helplessness. If you feel downtrodden and oppressed, perhaps its time for the ‘worm to turn’.

Mystical Interpretation: Dream books claim that worms are a danger of infectious diseases. If you dream of destroying worms, you will receive money. Top

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