Dream interpretation and symbols carry various meanings based on what dream dictionary or reference is available.  For a short, but direct dream symbol list, this one works well.  -  Ed. 



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Most Common Dreams Explained 

"There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and that...every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has meaning..." -Sigmund Freud THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS

ANIMALS** Wild animals denote troubles or fears, even misfortune. Domestic animals, especially pets, usually mean good fortune. Their demeanor is significant. A fierce animal is a warning. A calm one indicates happy times. Animals often represent the primal side of our makeup and the dreamer's relationship with the animal tells how much control they have over that part of themselves. The most common animals in our dreams are:

....BIRDS* depending on the kind of bird, this is usually a sign of prosperity and unexpected happiness for you. Large birds are the symbol of Freedom. Singing birds, of happiness.

....CATS* an age-old symbol of the Feminine; the elegant and mysterious elements of our lives. To dream of a friendly cat, means you are developing your intuitive powers. If you are attacked by a cat, beware of an enemy pretending to be a friend. If you hear a cat screeching, beware of gossip. A purring cat promises happiness.

....DOGS* #1 dreamed animal! Traditional symbol of the Masculine; courage and loyalty. A friendly dog denotes coming domestic happiness. A vicious dog warns you of financial or health concerns. A howling dog warns of separation from loved ones.

....HORSES* a symbol of animal power, strength and energy. To be riding a beautiful horse denotes you will achieve much power in life. A wild horse, out of control, is a warning to curb your own passions. A sick horse cautions you of ill health.

....INSECTS* usually represent small, nagging worries. Things that "bug" you. Traditionally, they can represent relatives. How you handle the insects in your dream, tells you how to handle these worries.

....RATS* beware of deception! Especially from someone close to you. The dream-meaning of killing a rat is one of success.

....SNAKES* lead us not into temptation. A symbol of betrayals and enemies. If a snake bites you, beware of a quarrel with a friend. Your dream will show you who your enemy is.

....SPIDERS* traditionally a sign of good fortune. Money, and much of it!

....WOLVES* a balance of the Dog's loyalty and courage with Nature's ferocity. Be prepared to face a disastrous turn of events. You can overcome if you have powerful allies.

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AUTOMOBILE** The great modern symbol of power, status, vitality, sexuality. Life itself. Automobile dreams are very common and have many meanings in dream analysis. It depends on factors like -- who is driving? Is it a pleasant journey or a treacherous one? An old clunker or a luxurious new car? Beginning a drive in an automobile generally means that you are in the beginning stages of a new life-plan. Where the car takes you metaphorically shows you where your life should be going. If your car breaks down, you could be placing your trust in someone not worth it.

CELEBRITIES** Meeting a famous person can indicate a profitable new offer will be made. There will be a change for good in your life. A goal can finally be obtained. Celebrities are our cultural heroes, and to dream of them can mean that it is time for you to join their ranks.

CHASE** To dream of being chased by some frightening being can mean that it is time for you to set out on your destined path. But you are refusing to let go of elements in your life that are hindering your quest. If you are caught by that being, you have much work ahead of you. If you escape, you are almost free -- your life-quest is taking a new road.

DEATH** This dream's analysis depends on the emotional content -- if you awoke with a dreadful sense of real death, it could be a true death-dream and you have sensed someone's passing. This happens to sensitive people. The elderly may have dreams that prepare them for their passing. If, however, you dream of death without having dark emotions, it has the meaning of release from current worries and actually signifies its opposite: a recovery, a rebirth is about to occur in your life.

FALLING** The most common dream of all. It can mean the dreamer is in fear of losing respect or status; or of financial difficulties; or fading physical vitality; or losing someone's love. If you land and awaken suddenly, it is literally a "wake-up call" to attend to matters in the physical world. If you land but the dream continues, then the answer to your dilemma is being given to you in that dream

FLYING** The great Mythical symbol of Freedom. The meaning of flying dreams is one of good omens. You instinctively know the goals in life and how to seek them. Whether it's love you seek, or a place in life, or fame and fortune, you will fly over earthly obstacles and find your happiness. Recurrent flying dreams indicate great fortune. All Traditions explain flying dreams in the same way. If you are in your own human form, you will find happiness in an ordinary but successful life. If you are a bird in your dream, you will be most fortunate in life and attract good luck. If you are a Winged Human (Greek: ORNITHANTHROPUS), you are bound for a highly creative and fulfilled life.

HOUSE** A symbol of many meanings! If Falling is the most common dream, then a House or Apartment is the second most common. In a dream, a house usually represents You. ROOMS represent different aspects of yourself. DOORS are opportunities. If it is your own home, you are on a solid spiritual foundation. If you dream that you are in a strange new house, it indicates your future, what you must do. The BEDROOM has many obvious meanings...the BED is the most common dream object of all. The BATHROOM...from bathing to using the toilet, are common situations.


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LOST** The meaning of this dream is literal. You are lost in your life, adrift. Something is gone from your life -- Love, Career, Spirituality. The SETTING of your dream, where you are lost, holds the answers to your salvation....LOSING SOMETHING PRECIOUS is a variation of the LOST dream; the object lost being the key to the dream.

NAKED** Most often, this is not a sexual dream. Usually this common dream is a dream of inadequacy: you don't feel prepared for some event, or for life itself. This dream may have an element of comedy -- lighten up! Don't worry. Traditionally, this has been a dream of money luck. Buy a lottery ticket.

SEXUAL DREAMS** The meaning of sexuality in dreams depends on the emotional element. If you wake up sexually aroused, that is common. Sexuality is a fundamental part of living and sexual dreams express part of your being. Only if the content is disturbing or if your arousal is more intense from dreams than from waking experience, do you need to explore your dream's meaning. If you dream of sexual experience but are not sexually aroused, the traditional meaning is one of general happiness. Your love relationship is deepening or about to be renewed. The most common sexual dreams are:






....SEX IN PUBLIC PLACE Curiously, a more recent sexual dream is....SEX CHANGE.

WATER** Traditionally, calm water means good times ahead, clear sailing. Rough waters: caution, reconsider your actions. To drown can be a warning -- but also indicate your need for more spiritual examination.

....BATHING* warm water foretells of increased love in your life or of spiritual rebirth.

....DRINKING WATER* if the water is clear, the dream augurs financial security, prosperity. If it is cloudy; financial problems.

....SWIMMING* a complex dream, where meaning depends on all the details: conditions of water, weather...

Generally, to be swimming is a sign of current good health. If you are swimming naked, you feel energized and ready for the successes of life that are arriving.

Dream Interpretation -- a field in which YOUR DREAM TEAM has been called "The Net's Premier Dream Readers!" -- has grown to become a Key Element in what is now unfolding around us. Dream Interpretation, drawing on Traditional and Jungian dream study and on an intuitive insight of its new practitioners, is unlocking insights into our personal lives. But also, Dream Interpretation -- following the lead of Carl Jung -- has linked psychic study with the symbols and story-lines of Myth, Legend and Religion.


About the Author

Brian Alan Burhoe is the author of many articles and short stories. His Home Page is ORNITHANTHROPUS Science Fantasy by B Alan Burhoe. Many of his animal-related articles can be found at PUPPY DOGS INFO. Or just do an Author Search at GoArticles!


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