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Dreaming about school may reflect your insecurities and anxieties about your ability to achieve your goals. These dreams can also point to unresolved issues from childhood and adolescence. Lessons and examinations may reflect testing times in your waking life today.


Psychological Dream Meaning: Dreaming of sitting for an examination may express a fear of failure.  Examinations are a very stressful experience in which we are made to face up to our shortcomings. If you dream of failing an exam, being late for an examination or being unprepared then this shows that you feel unprepared for the challenges of waking life. Do not fear failure. Always do your very best and you will never have regrets.

Mystical Interpretation: Ancient dream guides tell us that to dream of passing an examination forecasts success in life but if you fail the exam you likewise fail in life. However, other sources say that to dream of failure augers success, so who knows what is the correct answer to this dream interpretation? Top

See also taking a test or examination


Psychological Dream Meaning: Fear of failure may originate in childhood and stem from fears of punishment or withdrawal of love. Failure themes can occur in dreams about missing trains, muddling up your words, or failing an examination. Too many people self-programme themselves with failure habits. Instead of focussing on where you go wrong emphasise the things you get right. Give yourself permission to succeed.

Mystical Interpretation: If you dream of failing in business or love you will succeed in both say the dream books of bygone days. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be a continuation of your intellectual thinking and you are assimilating new knowledge that you learnt in the day. However the dream may be saying that you are becoming a bite of a bore by the way you lecture people in real life. You need to improve your communication skills. Don’t be like Gladstone, a Prime Minister of Britain, who Queen Victoria complained ‘talks to me as if he is addressing a public meeting’.  

Mystical Interpretation: An odd British superstition claims that if you dream of giving a lecture about a poet, all your wishes will come true. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: A library may represent your desire to learn more and gain new knowledge. It may also represent the knowledge you have accumulated over the years. It is the world of ideas that you explore in your dreams. If people talk in the library or you fail to find the books you want this may indicate the need for greater concentration or discrimination.

Mystical Interpretation: According to the wise women of yore, this dream predicts that you will deceive your friends. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Pens and pencils are probably being used by your dream as phallic symbols. However they are also symbols of self-expression. Take careful note of anything you write or see written in the dream. This may be a cryptic message from your unconscious.

Mystical Interpretation: Dream lore says that if you dream of a pen that will not write you’ll be charged with serious breach of morality! Top


(see also Examinations)

I am now in my 70’s yet last night I dreamed that I was back at my childhood school. In the dream, the teacher scolds me and I notice that the classroom is in a state of decay. – Gary T, Leeds, UK.

Psychological Dream Meaning: Dreams set at school are very often reported by people from all age groups. Sometimes these dreams highlight childhood insecurities that have still not been resolved. For example, this dream, set in a decaying school building, suggests that the dreamer is carrying disappointed childhood expectations or unpleasant memories. In addition, the schoolteacher is a classic symbol for authority and may represent his father and others who have determined the course of his life. Schoolteachers may also represent the censoring aspect of his personality that keeps the chaotic impulses in control. Being scolded may indicate that the dreamer has feelings of guilt, inferiority or worries that his misdeeds will be found out. Alternatively, if the teacher in the dream were praising Gary then it would indicate that he has self-confidence and believes in his own abilities.

Another interpretation of dreams set at school is as a metaphor for what you are learning from life over a long period. These dreams may also carry a feeling of nostalgia and reveal a hidden desire to recapture the freedom, optimism and ambition of these formative years.    


Do I have any unresolved anxieties from my childhood? Clearly these problems are not going to be solved overnight but your dream may be helping you come to terms with long standing worries that need to be addressed. Becoming aware of and identifying your anxieties is the first step in the healing process.

Does the dream teach me a lesson? The dream may be showing you what you can learn from your circumstances today. Life itself is like a school where we are set may tests. I like to think that God gives his hardest lessons to his best pupils. It may explain why the most deserving people often have the most wretched lives.

Mystical Meaning: Some dream superstitions claim that to dream of teaching at school is a sign of good fortune. However, you will experience setbacks in business if you dream of being a pupil. These will be particularly bad if you dream of forgetting your lessons. Top

See also going back to school


Psychological Dream Meaning: If you dream of winning a prize or contest this illustrates your feeling of confidence. It may be a reassurance from your unconscious that you have what it takes to gain success.

Mystical Interpretation: The dream oracles suggest that this dream means the opposite. Top


Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be revealing your thoughts and true feelings. The person who it is addressed to may represent the nature of the issues that you are trying to express. If you dream of someone else writing, this may show an aspect of yourself that is seeking to express itself. The contents of the document may include useful messages from your unconscious.

Mystical Interpretation: Mystical traditions emphasise the importance of wordless inner silence. “To reconnect consciousness with the unconscious, to make consciousness symbolical is to reconnect words with silence; to let the silence in. If consciousness is all words and no silence, the unconscious remains unconscious.” – N. O. Brown. Top










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