To understand dreams is to learn how to identify the types of symbolism within the dreams. Symbolism in this respect is in attributing meanings or significence to objects, events and images in a dream that are specific to the dreamer.
Symbols within dreams give a much deeper meaning to the dream itself than what it appears to be. This meaning will depend a lot on the individual themselves as they can mean different things to different peope.
For instance a pen, to a writer might be symbol of earning ability or creativity, others may also go so far as to say it is a phallic symbol (the man’s penis). Subjectivity allows a person to understand what symbolism in dreams means to them and keeping a regular Dream Diary will enable the dreamer to back it up with a valid reason.
Your Dreams and Interpreting Dreams
The most obvious symbols in dreams are the events taking place during the dream. What is going on? Is the dreamer involved in the dream or is he/she merely observing. Is the dreamer running, walking, driving, hiding? Activities within dreams are key features of symbolism.
Objects are another key feature of symbolism. What objects appeared in the dream. Where were they? What do these objects mean to the dreamer? How did their presence affect the dream? Were there any numbers or colours in the dream? How predominant were these? Colour can give insight into the emotional and psychological condition of the dreamer. Numbers might relate to a date of birth, house number, telephone number or specific date.
Symbolism in Dreams
Emotions and feelings should be analysed. Strong impressions that linger after waking are especially important.
People who appear in dreams might symbolise current friends, childhood friends or family. People can also symbolise aspects of the dreamer’s nature or patterns in life. For instance if someone from the past appears in a dream, seemingly from out of the blue, consider events that were going on during the time they were last in your life. Could similar patterns of events be occuring now?
Conversations within dreams should be carefully analysed too. Were they interesting, inspiring, worrying? Were any sights, sounds or scents attractive or repulsive?
This kind of methodical questionning helps the dreamer to dilute the torrent of complex symbolism and so isolate the key features of the dream.
Hidden Meanings in Your Dreams
The next step is to consider the hidden meaning behind each symbol. In order to do this, each symbol should be analysed alongside the personal likes, dislikes, background, lifestyle and experiences of the dreamer.
This is why one symbol isn’t going to and cannot mean the same to every single person. A dog appearing to a dreamer who was once bitten by a dog could be a warning whereas a dog appearing to a dog-lover could mean something entirely different.
Someone dreaming of a witch who sees a witch as being malicious and threatening might see this as a warning to be cautious of certain people in their lives whereas another person who associates the word witch with the Old Religion or Wicca might see this as a sign of spiritual development.
Dream Interpetations and Dream Symbols
As can be seen from above, there can be general meanings behind specific symbols and these may well prove useful as a sarting point to the dreamer when trying to analyse dreams however on considering the vast range of personalities, experiences and reactions between one person and another, symbolism can be open to many interpretations. This is the beauty of symbolsim and the dreamer should therefore be wary of bending a dream to fit a convenient meaning.
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