Free and Professional Dream Analysis and What Dreams Mean
Shared and Cultural Dream Symbols
Dream symbolsthat share a common culturalmeaning. What a symbol means is unique to each person's individual experience, yet symbols can share a meaning that applies to many, as in these examples.
HOUSES, BUILDINGS & NEW SPACES.A house or building can relate to its function, so a courtroom can be about a legal matter and a grocery store may relate to eating or health issues. A house can be a metaphor for your body and the condition of the house in the dream shows your state of health.
ROOMS.A specific room like a kitchen or office can points to that area of life as the topic of the dream. An office can refer to a situation at work or career goals, skills or attitudes about work. A kitchen can refer to eating habits or be a metaphor about nurturing and emotional needs. As a play on words, a kitchen can also show what you are "cooking up" in life. How what you cook fares in the dream can indicate how well you are handling the issue.
CARS, TRAINS, BUSES & OTHER VEHICLES.Cars can refer to your body as the vehicle with which you travel through life. Where or how the vehicle travels can indicate the paths you are taking, and where you end up can shows how the issue is progressing. If your career involves cars or you work on vehicles as a hobby, their meaning can be more complex for you. Always go back to personal experience with a symbol to determine the final meaning.
CHILDREN. A child can be a new project, a fresh phase of your life, or a new activity. How the child fares show how it is doing and where the result is heading. Depending on the dream story, a child can also be about innocence or immaturity and childishness.
CLOTHES. You change what you wear to suit your moods, needs and fashion trends, so clothes are a good symbol for attitudes - which fluctuate according to your moods and circumstances. Like clothes, attitudes change to match situations. One woman dreamed she was going through her wardrobe and found that the styles no longer pleased her, and that nothing fit anymore. She was reviewing her her whole wardrobe, and the dream was pointing out that she had outgrown her old attitudes and perspectives. The dream parallelled major changes happening in her life.
FACES & FEATURES.Parts of the body as dream symbols relate to their use.
Teeth. Rotting or hideous teeth, as an important part of the mouth, can refer to vicious or destructive words that may be coming out of the dreamer's mouth.
Head. A big head can be a play on words for “a swelled head” as someone who thinks too highly of himself.
Hair and Scalp. Since the hair and scalp are where the brain is, seeing them in a dream can point to what is on your mind. Stiff hair can be about "rigid thinking" and bugs on the scalp can point out negative or obsessive thoughts as a metaphor about what bugs you. The state of your hair, head or scalp can be an analogy for the state of your mind or feedback on attitudes, thoughts, or ideas.
MONEY & JEWELS. Precious items like money or jewelry are often symbols for what is valuable to you, and may symbolize values or attitudes toward material possessions. Someone dreamed they were stacking dollar bills on a shelf, yet felt the money was not safe there. It was a reference to high standards and a need to "secure" them. A common symbol of a winning lottery ticket is rarely about a winning ticket; it is usually about an accomplishment like getting married or a promotion.
ANIMALS.Our four‑footed and feathered friends are convenient stereotypes for personality traits and habits. It is easier to see a trait in an animal than in yourself. This was the true for a woman who was beginning to sleep in later and later and finding it harder every day to get out of bed. She dreamed of a large, brown‑eyed cow that was lazily chewing straw in her bed and realized that her dream was calling her “a lazy old cow.” After that dream, she had no trouble getting out of bed.
DEATH. As a symbol, dying and death is the biggest change you encounter, and an event that many people fear. As a result, dreams about death, dying and funerals tend to refer to a major change in you or in your life. Dying in a dream can represents a major change in attitude, career, lifestyle or a relationship. Sometimes a dream about death comes to confront a fear of death, which was the case for a young woman who lost her father and began to have recurring dreams that her mother was dying, though her mother was in good health. Her father’s death made her anxious about losing loved ones, so her dreams were trying to help her deal with that fear.
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