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The people and characters you dream about represent aspects of your own personality. These may be qualities you are actively displaying now or aspects of yourself that you need to give attention. They can show sides of your personality that you have neglected or hidden potentials that are latent within you.


(see also: Foreign and UFO)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Given that you have not been adducted during the night, to dream of an alien indicates that you have encountered part of the psyche which is unfamiliar to you. You may feel that this ‘unfamiliar’ part of yourself is hostile or an enemy. Your first step should be to find out what this ‘foreign’ part of yourself is and get to know this neglected aspect of yourself. For example, you may be behaving in ways that are ‘alien’ to you or have feelings that are ‘unlike you’. It is unhealthy to repress or neglect these components of your nature. What at first appears as frightening because of its unfamiliarity may in time become a mentor and ally. This alter-ego may have something good to offer you. Also, the alien may represent a situation you have recently experienced. When we start a new job we may at first feel ‘alienated’ or you may feel that you are like an outsider. Alternatively, you may feel emotionally in another world to everyone else.

Mystical Interpretation: Aliens are (arguably) a product of the modern times, so there are no traditional folklore interpretations for this dream. Top


see also Flying

Psychological Dream Meaning: As a practising medium I believe that the spirit world can contact us through dreams and that angels are the higher spirit beings that help us to progress spiritually. Since earliest times, angels have been known as messengers from God. In a psychological sense, this may be a message from parts of yourself which could lead to greater fulfilment and happiness.  Its wings suggest flight and transcendence. If the angel is sinister, recognise it as something in your life that may cause trouble. Pay attention to these things and give them expression in your life. If you dream of the angel of death, it may not necessarily be an omen of death. It may symbolise your anxiety looking for a way to express itself.

Mystical Interpretation: Considered a fortunate dream symbol, to dream of angels predicts good fortune in love, partnerships and friendships. Several angels mean you will receive an inheritance and if an angel enters your home, you will be wealthy. Top

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Psychological Dream Meaning: This may represent the creative and intuitive side of your nature. You may feel a need to express yourself and have the urge to be more creative. If you are painting a picture this may show the way you see things at the moment: how you picture your situation. You are probably starting to see things more clearly.

Mystical Interpretation:  You may have to revise your plans in order to attain recognition. If you talk about art in your dream you may expect an upturn in your business or professional status. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Bossy dream characters were nicknamed by Fritz Perls, who devise Gestalt therapy, as ‘topdog’ and are similar to Freud’s notion of the super-ego. These bullies scold and lecture other dream characters who rapidly assume the role of what Perls called ‘underdog’. This is the aspect of our personality of which we are ashamed and which we try hard to ignore. For a healthy psyche it is important accept all aspects of ourselves and let all the inner parts of ourselves come to expression. In your imagination, ask each dream character to speak to you. The answers they give may reveal a great deal about your hopes, desires and fears.

Mystical Interpretation: The first dream books were of course written for the literate upper classes. And so they tell us that to dream of being bossed around is a sign of your incompetence but if you dream of being the master you’ll rise to a high position in society. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Carl Jung claimed that childhood sibling rivalry and jealousy influence the dream symbol of the brother. For a male dreamer he 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 woman’s dreams a brother may represent the male side of her own personality (Animus).

Mystical Interpretation: A brother may occur as a guide in a woman’s dreams and take her 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 animus can guide the ego to the cause of a psychological difficulty. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: The figure of Christ may have many personal associations for to you influenced of course by your attitude to traditional religion. As well as the redeemer, the symbol of Christ can represent perfection of the self, martyrdom, worldly suffering or resurrection. Perhaps you feel like a martyr or believe you suffer as Christ did on the cross. 

Mystical Interpretation: There are many valid paths to spiritual truth and the religions of the world express the many ways that God has manifest in people’s lives. God is omnipresent and omnipotent and appears to his devotees in many guises. Perhaps the figure of Christ is using the language of the heart to bring you to the One God. Top




(see also Anima/Animus)

Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of a couple may symbolise the need to bring together the male and female parts of your psyche.

Mystical Interpretation: Alchemy was a spiritual tradition that sought spiritual transformation of the psyche. The Royal Couple is one of the main symbols found in Philosophia reformata written by Mylius in 1622. Their coming together and merging to become one being symbolises spiritual wholeness. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be telling you that you need to make some space for yourself. All of us need to seek solitude occasionally so that we can reflect upon events. In these moments of quiet meditation we can recharge and gain a clearer insight into what it is we truly want from life. Dreaming about a crowd may show how the worries and the problems of the world are pressing in on you. Seek the peace that can only be found in solitude.

Mystical Interpretation: Old dream books say that it is fortunate to dream of a crowd so long as they are well dressed or wearing brightly coloured costumed. It means many friends will come your way. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Fairy stories are full of rich psychological symbolism and the telling of them can help children and adults express their innermost fears and hopes. For a man a fairy may symbolise the female aspect of his personality that can be integrated for better psychic balance. Similarly, for a woman a fairy may represent either her femininity or her motherly side.

Mystical Interpretation: Some cultures believe that fairies are real beings that tend and direct the powers of nature. The Findhorn organisation call them Devas and may have proved their existence by demonstrating that barren land can be made to bloom by calling for their help. In our dreams, we may actually communicate with these elemental powers. Top


see also Mother)

Psychological Dream Meaning: As an archetype, the father represents the protector, lawgiver or ruler. It may appear in dreams as a king, emperor, wise old man, or as the sun, a weapon or a phallus. Carl Jung considered this important symbol to play a crucial psychological role in the destiny of the individual. Sometimes this figure may represent the conscience and shows your conventional moral opinions. If the father plays the role of a protector, it may symbolise that you need to become more self-reliant and depend on your own resources. May people dream of hostility towards their father. This shows how the unconscious is dethroning the father in order to enable you to achieve a proper sense of yourself and be a person in your own right.

Mystical Interpretation: Freud considered the ancient Greek myth of Oedipus to symbolise the psychological development an individual. He claimed that failure to achieve freedom from parental influence resulted in an Oedipus complex. Children (usually between four and seven years old) go through a phase where they develop an incestuous desire for the parent of the opposite sex. The complex occurs when the young boy has feelings of resentment towards his father whom he sees as his rival. Perhaps the father may punish him by castration? Normally the Oedipus complex resolves itself before puberty. Top

The father as a dream symbol


Psychological Dream Meaning: A foreigner may represent a part of the psyche that is unfamiliar to you. You may be neglecting important feelings or talents that you need to get acquainted with.

Mystical Interpretation: Superstition tells us that a friendly foreigner predicts good luck. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Friends of the same sex can represent your shadow self- the aspects of your personality that you have rejected. However its friendly nature suggests that you are prepared to integrate this neglected part of yourself.

Mystical Interpretation: To dream that you have a friend who is always true, is a promise of good news. If you dream that a friend is in trouble there will be worrying news. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Giants can represent awe-inspiring powers that are dominating you or forcing you to take notice of them. Mythological giants are often connected with sex and the club they often carry is considered by many psychologists to be a phallus symbol. For a man to dream of a giant can indicate that their sexual needs are disproportionate to their opportunities of gratify them. For a woman to dream of a giant may indicate that they feel guilty about or fear the sexual act. To adults a giant may be a recollection of childhood, when all adults towered above us. They may represent a protective or fearsome father figure.

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of a giant is a lucky omen that predicts commercial success. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Grandparents are usually seen by children to be more sympathetic figures than their parents. Parents have to be obeyed but a grandparent’s advice is listened to and voluntarily applied. In dreams, they can represent wisdom that has stood the test of time. This wisdom may be the superior knowledge of the unconscious.

Mystical Interpretation: Even the wackiest of dream books agree that grandparents are a symbol of wisdom and security. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: The guru may represent your own higher self and the innate wisdom within you. He may take a religious form such as Buddha, Shiva, or a saint. This ‘inner guide’ may also appear as an old bearded man, a priest, prophet, magician or king. In its feminine manifestation, it may appear as the Earth Mother or a Goddess. For example, the Virgin Mary appearing within dreams is a symbol of supreme compassion and selfless love; your inner guide that teaches through grace rather than power. Carl Jung called these figures ‘mana personalities’. (Mana denotes the mysterious powers associated with the gods or superhuman knowledge).  Because of the awe-inspiring knowledge and insight that these people represent, they may sometimes appear as frightening or domineering figures. Dreams of this nature indicate that an extremely important spiritual aspect of your life is opening. 

Mystical Interpretation: Some spiritual traditions, such as the Tibetan Buddhists, Hindus and Native Americans, believe that the inner teacher is a real person who communicates to the dreamer via another realm of existence. The teacher may come from this world or talk to us from the realms of spirit. I am a follower of the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba who I believe has spoken to me directly through my dreams. To some of my friends, he has confirmed this by describing the content and repeating the exact words said by him in their dreams! Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: The gypsies are a mysterious people surrounded by legends and occult stories and may therefore represent your shadow- the undiscovered part of yourself. Alternatively, the dream may be suggesting that you look to the future. What will your circumstances be like in years to come if you continue as you are?

Mystical Interpretation: As gypsies are associated with prophecy, your dream may be giving you real clues to future events. Gypsies are associated with good luck so destiny may smile upon you yet. Top


(see also Anima/Animus)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Whether it be Gilgamesh, Hercules or Superman, the hero figure represents the conscious part of ourselves that bravely embarks on a journey into the darkness of the unconscious to challenge its wild powers. In most myths and stories, the hero ventures into strange lands and fights monsters in order to take possession of a great treasure or win the hand of a beautiful maiden. These are symbols of the rewards we gain by probing the unconscious mind. By taming its primitive forces and using them for creative ends, we achieve psychological integration and wholeness. For a woman, a male heroic figure may represent the masculine side of herself. Similarly, if a man dreams of rescuing a maiden, it may show that he has discovered the feminine side of his own nature.

Heroic dreams awaken us to our inner strengths and weaknesses, knowledge essential for the development of a healthy personality. Although these dreams generally occur during adolescence, they can also reappear at any age. As you would expect, males tend to have more hero dreams than women do but this is changing as women take on roles that are more assertive. 

Mystical Interpretation: Some dream sources claim that to dream of a famous heroic figure means that someone who once disliked you will now fall in love with you. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: This may simply be a dream about your relationship and your unconscious feelings about him. However, you may also be projecting other qualities into this dream image. He may sometimes represent your father or the male side of your own personality (animus)

Mystical Interpretation: Superstition says that there will be troubles ahead if you dream of being married when you’re not. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: If you dream of being an invalid you may feel that something has robbed you of your ability or self-confidence. You may feel that you are unable to act in the way you really want to. Perhaps you feel crippled by your own negative feelings or by the scorn of others?

Mystical Interpretation: Success will come slowly. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A judge may represent self-reproach or guilt. You may fear getting caught or having a secret plan revealed. Your dream may be helping you to decide what to do, it is helping you to make a judgement of your situation. Sometimes judges can represent society and the way it judges you. Freud believed that a judge is a personification of the super-ego- the standards of conventional morality that you assimilated from your parents and society. This aspect of yourself my censor your instinctive feelings and desires.

Mystical Interpretation: Your sharp tongue will make you a new friend. Top


(see also Queen)

Psychological Dream Meaning: A king can symbolise the self that sits on throne of consciousness.  He represents the dominant ruling power- the part of you that is in control. The king can also represent your father.

Mystical Interpretation: The psychologist Carl Jung recognised that Alchemy is a system of symbolism that represents the transformation of the lower self (base matter) into the divine (gold). The King was the human personification of the work. His appearance in dreams can have a number of important meanings: The king who is ill represents worn out attitudes and sometimes the conflict between the conscious and unconscious. The decrepit king shows limited Ego-bound consciousness. If the king is dissolved or returned to the mother, this shows the Ego sinking back into unconsciousness. In the strange symbolism of Alchemy, when the king gives birth to a hermaphrodite it shows how the new dominant Self is born. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: For a man a male figure may be a symbol for yourself. For a woman he represents the other half of your personality- the side of you that is rational, intellectual, competitive, aggressive and analytical.

Mystical Interpretation: If he is handsome, everything will be fine, you may even become rich, but if he’s as ugly as sin watch out- problems with friends are ahead. Top


(see also Anima, Sea.)

Psychological Dream Meaning: The mermaid symbolises the Anima- the female aspect of the male psyche. As part woman, part fish, she embodies the mystery that haunts the male psyche. She is the bringer of secret wisdom from the depths of the unconscious-represented by the sea. She is also the seductive siren who may lure the active male energies of the conscious mind into the uncharted depths of the unconscious. A man who dreams of a mermaid may have fears of being ‘drowned’ by the feminine or by the unconscious. In a woman’s dream, a mermaid might express doubts about her femininity. In some dreams, a mermaid can represent a fear of sex.

Mystical Interpretation: Mythology has many figures that are part human, part animal. The upper half represents the conscious ego but the lower fish half is still primitive, irrational and in need of conscious attention. (A similar comparison can be made with the centaur or Pan) These mystical symbols were invented to show how the animal and human nature are inseparable. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A monk may represent devotion piety and your religious feelings. He could symbolise your need for a period of solitude. In a man’s dream, it may represent the spiritual self.

Mystical Interpretation: Superstitions claim that to dream of a monk foretells unpleasant journeys and dissension in the family. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: The mother may symbolise the unconscious intuitive side of yourself. However, the mother symbol can take both positive or negative forms. She may appear as a kindly mother, grandmother or aunt or as a place such as a cave, church or garden. These images may represent the qualities of solicitude, growth, nourishment and fertility. The negative mother symbol may appear as a witch or a dragon and represents dark destructive tendencies that devours, seduces or poisons. Some people have problems freeing themselves from mother-attachment. This prevents the development of their individuality and inner self-dependence.

Mystical Interpretation: Most mystical traditions have the symbol of the Mother written into their legends and myths. At her most exalted she is the divine Great Mother at her most frightening she is the gorgon Medusa or the Sumerian goddess Lilith. Freud believed that the Greek myths of Oedipus and Electra symbolised psychological conditions. In the story Oedipus killed his farther and married his mother. Freud claimed that this represented a boy’s incestuous desire for his mother and jealousy towards his father. Similarly Electra desired her father and was jealous of her mother. A girl may therefore unconsciously believe that she has been castrated by her mother and is now an incomplete male. According to Freud this gives rise to ‘penis-envy’, which is one of the root causes of women’s feelings of inferiority. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A nun may represent purity and chastity. To dream of a nun may symbolise a need to find spiritual meaning.

Mystical Interpretation: If you dream of being a nun you will experience disappointment in love but if you meet a nun the reverse is true. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be saying that you feel lonely, unloved and rejected. Alternatively, the orphan may represent some part of yourself that you have rejected.

Mystical Interpretation: dreams of orphans foretell profits from rich acquaintances but unhappiness in matters of the heart. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: If you dream of people you know, this may be your unconscious making you aware of qualities and feelings that you desire. The feelings that your interaction with them gives you expresses will be those you are becoming aware of in real life. If you dream of people you do not know, this may be a way of confronting aspects of yourself. Ask yourself what the dream says about the hidden aspects of yourself. Do you like the person in the dream? What does this person mean to you?

Mystical Interpretation: So long as the people you meet are friendly and well dressed, you can expect good fortune say the dream books of old. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A priest may represent traditional religion with its spiritual rules and regulations. Are you making moral judgements? Alternatively, he could represent your own spiritual wisdom.

Mystical Interpretation: Any dream concerning a priest is deemed good by superstitious people. In particular it means the end of a quarrel. Top


(see also Anima, Animus, King, Mother)

Psychological Dream Meaning: Freud believed that the king and queen represent the dreamer’s parents while a prince or princess represented the dreamer. She may stand for the unconscious, intuition, nature and the instincts. Jung saw royal figures as representations of animus (the male principle) and anima (female principle). The white queen from Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the Looking-Glass (1827) runs continuously to stay on the same spot. Some authorities claim she expresses the way the earth is in a continuous state of upheaval in order to stay much the same.

Mystical Interpretation: Carl Jung recognised that the strange writings of the alchemists were in fact symbols for the integration of the personality.  The queen personified the feminine forces within the psyche, the unconscious feeling for life. 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: A sailor represents the adventurous side of your personality. It can represent your desire to explore the unknown reaches of the unconscious as symbolised by the sea. He may also simply represent your desire to travel.

Mystical Meaning: As well as the strait forward interpretation of travel, dream oracles advise that dreams of sailors on shore predict a new romance. If they are aboard ship there will be news from far away. It is unlucky for a woman to dream of being a sailor. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may allude to your sexuality. The savage represents your primitive urges. In addition, the savage may be a shadow figure representing the aspects of yourself that you reject or banish to the jungles of the unconscious.

Mystical Meaning: Sometimes the shadow can appear as a helpful guise. For example in one of the oldest mythical stories in the world, Gilgamesh is helped by the dark Enkidu, lord of the forests. Similar dream like images are found in the noble savage from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) or the story of Mowgli from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book (1849) 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: 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


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: Twins represent polarities within the psyche. Examples are: introversion and extroversion, ego and shadow or masculine and feminine. Perhaps the dream is simply saying that you are ‘in two minds’ about an issue or that you have to duplicate everything you do.

Mystical Interpretation: Many ancient cultures considered twins to be divine. A very widespread and ancient belief, found among many peoples, says that twins always have different fathers. One of these dads is supernatural, a god or spirit of some kind. Your dream may be showing you the spiritual side of yourself. Top

Two (see Numbers)


(see also Father)

Psychological Dream Meaning: This may be a negative aspect of the father archetype. You may fear being yourself. The dream may also be saying that you are being forced to do something against your will. The tyrant may therefore represent the person or situation that is restricting your personal freedom.

Mystical Interpretation: Dream oracles interpret this as a contrary dream. You will meet someone nice. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A villain may represent part of your personality that may need reform. He may represent the rebellious side of yourself and your secret desires to break the rules of society. Perhaps he represents feelings you have for revenge or your wish to undermine someone’s plans. He may represent a vice such as smoking, excessive drinking or over-indulgence.

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of a ruffian or villain denotes a letter or gift from your sweetheart. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be nostalgic.  Are you looking back to the innocent days before you experienced the pain and complexities of human relationships. A virgin may represent something in your life that is pure and unsullied.

Mystical Interpretation: The Virgin Mary may represent the anima in a man’s dreams. She is a spiritual guide that leads the man to personal wholeness. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A waiter may represent a helpful influence or person in your life that is being of service to you. It may also be a pun for ‘waiting’- your dream may be telling you not to act yet. A waiter does the bidding of others. Perhaps you feel that people treat you like their personal servant?

Mystical Interpretation: The most reliable superstitions say that if you dream of being served by a waiter at a hotel there will be good luck but the dream spells trouble if you’re served in your own home. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may be about your real wife or she may represent feminine qualities. A Freudian analysis may propose that the way you relate to her may contain elements reminiscent of your relation with your mother.

Mystical Interpretation: To dream of an unmarried man, walking with a woman who claims to be his wife indicates unexpected news. Top

Wise person

Psychological Dream Meaning: Listen to the advice given to you by a wise person in your dreams. It is likely to be exactly the guidance you need. It is the unconscious guiding you.

Mystical Interpretation: Some oracles claim that this dream means you will soon receive a message. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Since the advent of Christianity, witches have been given a bad press. Their original role was as the priestess of the Earth Mother and the bringer of divine wisdom and healing. She may represent these qualities in yourself. In most dreams, witches represent the destructive aspect of the unconscious. This may be the result of repression of a part of yourself that is trying to gain recognition. She may encapsulate negative qualities such as moodiness, dislike of women, deceit or jealousy. You will need to consider your personal associations with this image and notice the feelings that the dream triggers to fully understand its exact meaning.

Mystical Interpretation: The fear of the Devil and his witches lies at the heart of many omens and superstitions. Since the Dark Ages, it has been believed that dreams of witches are an ill omen. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: For a woman a female figure may be a symbol for yourself. She may also symbolise your mother and how you react to her and what she says may reveal a great deal about the way you deal with people in waking life. For a man a woman may represent the other half of your personality- the side of you that is intuitive, sensitive and nurturing. She may appear in a helpful or fearful guise depending upon the degree of acceptance you have for your anima.

Mystical Interpretation: It is deemed fortunate by superstition to see many women in your dream for this brings wealth and fame. There are also specifics: An ugly woman means worry but a beautiful one means happiness; a woman dreaming of being pregnant will have happy news and if a woman dreams of being a man, she will one day give birth to a son. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A youth may represent psychological qualities within yourself that have not as yet grown to maturity. This dream may also be about vitality and sexual desire. Or the dream may simply highlight your concerns about getting older.

Mystical Interpretation: There will be a reconciliation of family arguments if you dream of seeing a young person. If a mother dreams that her child is young again, she will experience a period of renewed hope and vigour. Top

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