Failed | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Failed

Ashes

1. One’s waking dreams of achievement or promise have failed.

2. The loss of one’s ideals.

3. One has stopped being ambi­tious.

4. A sign that one is working too hard. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Dust

1. Immobility, inertia, often in life goals.

2. A period of petty problems and irritations.

3. Feelings that others have failed the dreamer.

4. Concealing questionable activities (to dust a room).

5. To clear up past problems (to dust a room). ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Lesson

1. A need or desire to acquire new knowledge.

2. Feelings of being overwhelmed by problems or obstacles, often in life.

3. Having failed to learn a previous lesson, often in relationships. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Stairs

1. Climbing up stairs is an indication that all is going well in one’s life.

2. Climbing down stairs may indicate that one has failed at a particular thing.

3. Climbing down stairs may indi­cate that one is giving the reins of one’s job or other endeavor to someone else. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Whiff

Gave something one’s best try and failed. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Brakes

Brakes are a warning dream, and more so if you dream that you braked a vehicle and the brakes failed. Failing brakes are a warning not to accept a new offer that you have just been presented with, as there are well hidden snags that can harm more that help.

The action of braking itself is an idiom telling you to ‘put the brakes on’, whether it is business or love, or even some impetuous act that could cause you legal trouble. You should also check your brakes on your personal vehicle.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

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Circle

A perfectly drawn circle in your dream is a prediction of many good things to come, and prosperity beyond measure.

If you draw the circle yourself, be careful that you’re taking advantage of all your opportunities.

If the circle is wobbly, or appears to be a child’s drawing, you will still reach your goals but you will have troubles on the way to it.

If the circle is broken, it denotes failed marriages.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

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Dream Processing

Below are described simple techniques which make it possible to gain information quickly from dreams. They have been put as a series of questions.

What is the background to the dream? The most imponant aspects of your everyday life may have influenced the dream or feature in it. Briefly consider any aspects of your life which connect with what appears in the dream. Example: ‘1 have a plane to catch. I get to the plane but the suitcase is never big enough for my clothing which I have left behind. I am always anxious about stuff left behind. I wake still with the feeling of anxiety’ (Jane). When asked, Jane said plane flights had been a big feature of her life. She had moved home often, travelling to different pans of the world, leaving friends and loved ones behind.

What is the main action in the dream? There is often an over­all activity such as walking, looking, worrying, building some­thing, or trying to escape. Define what it is and consider if it is expressive of something you are doing in waking life. Activi­ties such as walking or building a house need to be seen as generalisations; walking can simply represent taking a direc­tion in life. When you have defined the action, look for fur­ther information under the other headings in this book, such as swimming or sitting.

What is your role in the dream? Are you a friend, lover, sol­dier, dictator, watcher or participant in the dream? Consider this in relationship with your everyday life, especially in con­nection with how the dream presents it. Where possible, look for the entry on the role in this book. See dreamer.

Are you active or passive in the dream? By passive is meant not taking the leading role, being only an observer, being directed by other people and events, If you are passive, consider if you live in a similar attitude in your life. See active/passive.

What do you feel in the dream? Define what is felt emotionally and physically. In the physical sense are you tired, cold, re­laxed or hungry? In the emotional sense do you feel sad, angry, lost, tender or frightened anywhere in the dream? This helps clarify what feeling area the dream is dealing with.

It is important also to define whether the feelings in the dream were satisfyingly expressed or whether held back.

If held back they need fuller expression. See emotions and mood.

Is there a because’ factor in the dream? In many dreams something happens, fails to happen, or appears . . . be­cause! For instance, trapped in a room you find a door to escape through. All is dark beyond and you do not go through the door ‘because’ you are frightened of the dark. In this case the ‘because’ factor is fear.

The dream also suggests you are trapped in an unsatisfying life through fear of opportunity or the unknown.

Am I meeting the things I fear in my dream? Because a dream is an entirely inward thing, we create it completely out of our own internal feelings, images, creativity, habits and insights. So even the monsters of our dream are a pan of ourself.

If we run from them it is only aspects of ourself we are avoiding. Through defining what feelings occur in the dream you may be able to clarify what it is you are avoiding. See nightmares; dream as spiritual guide.

What does the dream mean? We alone create the dream while asleep. Therefore, by looking at each symbol or aspect of the dream, we can discover from what feelings, thoughts or expe­rience, what drive or what insight we have created the drama of the dream. In a playful relaxed way, express whatever you think, feel, remember or fantasise when you hold each symbol in mind. Say or write it all, even the seemingly trivial or dan­gerous’ bits. It helps to act the pan of each thing if you can; for instance as a house you might describe yourself as ‘a bit old, but with open doors for family and friends to come in and out. I feel solid and dependable, but I sense there is something hidden in my cellar’. Such statements portray one­self graphically. Consider whatever information you gather as descriptive of your waking life. Try to summarise it, as this will aid the gaining of insight.

Try amplifying your dream You will need the help of one or two friends to use this method.

The basis is to take the role of each part of the dream, as described above. This may seem strange at first, but persist. Supposing your name is Julia and you dreamt you were carrying an umbrella, but failed to use it even though it was raining, you would talk in the first person present—I am an umbrella. Julia is carrying me but for some reason doesn’t use me.’ Having finished saying what you could about yourself, your friend(s) then ask you questions about yourself as the dream figure or object. These questions need to be simple and directly about the dream symbol. So they could ask Are you an old umbrella?’ Does Julia know she is canying you?’ ‘What is your function as an umbrella? ‘Are you big enough to shelter Julia and someone else?’ And so on.

The aim of the questions is to draw out information about the symbol being explored.

If it is a known person or object you are in the role of—your father for instance—the replies to the questions need to be answered from the point of view of what happened in the dream, rather than as in real life. Listen to what you are saying about yourself as the dream symbol, and when your questioneKs) has finished, review your statements to see if you can see how they refer to your life and yourself.

If you are asking the questions, even if you have ideas regarding the dream, do not attempt to interpret. Put your ideas into simple questions the dreamer can respond to. Maintain a sense of curiosity and attempt to understand, to make the dream plain in an everyday language sense. Lead the dreamer towards seeing what the dream means through the questions. When you have exhausted your questions ask the dreamer to summarise what they have gathered from their replies. See postures, movements and body language for an example of how to work with body movement to explore a dream meaning.

Can / alter the dream to find greater satisfaction? Imagine yourself in the dream and continue it as a fantasy or day­dream. Alter the dream in any way that satisfies. Experiment with it, play with it, until you find a fuller sense of self expres­sion.

It is very imponant to note whether any anger or hostil­ity is in the dream but not fully expressed.

If so, let yourself imagine a full expression of the anger. It may be that as this is practised more anger is openly expressed in subsequent dreams. This is healthy, allowing such feelings to be vented and redirected into satisfying ways, individually and socially. In doing this do not ignore any feelings of resistance, pleasure or anxiety. Satisfaction occurs only as we leam to acknowl­edge and integrate resistances and anxieties into what we ex­press. This is a very important step. It gradually changes those of our habits which trap us in lack of satisfaction, poor cre­ativity or inability to resolve problems.

Summary To summarise effectively gather the essence of what you have said about each symbol and the dream as a whole and express it in everyday language. Imagine you are explaining to someone who knows nothing about yourself or the dream. Bnng the dream out of its symbols into everyday comments about yourself.

A man dreamt about a grey, dull office. When he looked at what he said about the office he realised he was talking about the grey, unimaginative world he grew up in after the Second World War, and how it shaped him.

Further information on using these techniques can be found in Tony Crisp s work The Instant Dream Book, published by C.W. Daniel. See amplification; plot of dream; adventure of the dream world; dreamer; postures, movement and body language; settings; symbols and dreaming; word analysis of dreams; wordplay and puns. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Emotions, Mood

There is a level of human experience which is typified by intense emotional and physical response to life. Such emotions and bodily drives may remain almost entirely unconscious until touched by exploring our dream content in the right setting. When such feelings and bodily movements arise, as they do in dreams, we may be amazed at their power and clarity. See dream processing; sleep move­ments.

If we take away the images and events occurring in a dream and simply look to see what feelings or emotions are evident, the dream is often more understandable than if we try to interpret the symbols. Feelings in dreams are nearly always undistoned. We therefore do not need to interpret them, sim­ply to acknowledge them and see if we can recognise where they occur in waking life.

The images in a dream may be the way we unconsciously pictorialise our flux of feelings and the play of internal energy flows.

For instance love or sexual drive can give rise to physical movement—as in sexual intercourse. Repression of sex or love also represses such physical move­ments, leading to tension and conflict, which might be pre­sented in the drama of a dream.

Example: ‘I was with my wife, walking along a street, on holiday with her. But I felt awful tension. It was the son of stress I feel when I have turned off my sexual flow—as I have at the moment’ (Brian V). Brian can easily see the connection between the dream feelings and his everyday life, although sometimes we need to practise this. But the situation could as easily be expressed as a dream image of a blocked river.

The underlying feelings would then be less easy to grasp.

Example: ‘I was in a very ancient crumbling building, con­fronted by a large stone door, deeply engraved with many designs and creatures. I began to open the door and felt high feelings of anxiety. I realised this was an initiation and I must calm my feelings in order to pass beyond the door, i.e. if I were controlled by my feelings I would run away’ (Derek F). How we meet the emotions in our dreams illustrates our ha­bitual method of dealing with them.

The feelings of anxiety in Derek’s dream were met and moved beyond, but this is un­usual. This is because most of us change our direction as soon as there is a hint of fear.

The amount of nicotine and alcohol human beings consume suggests how poorly we meet anxiety. Going beyond fear or pain is an initiation which opens doors for us. We might now apply for the job, ask for the date, raise the issue, express the creativity, make the journey abroad, which anxiety previously kept us from. We see this in the next example: I had a ring on my marriage finger. It was a thin band of gold. I woke up frightened’ (Angela). Angela is not married and feels anxiety about the commitment.

Dreams give us a safe area to express emotions which might be difficult or dangerous to release socially. Anger in a dream may be expressing what we failed to express in a wak­ing encounter, or it might be our habitual response. It may also be directed against ourself. Dreams also contain many positive emotions. Sometimes they present a new aspect of feeling which is life enhancing.

A person who habitually felt at odds with her father and relatives experienced a dream in which she felt forgiveness for the first time. This was entirely new for her and led to a reconciliation with her family.

Some feeling states in a dream are subtle, and may be more evident in terms of the symbols than the feelings.

A grey drear environment suggests depression and lack of pleasure.

A sunny light environment with flowers and colour shows plea­sure and good feelings.

A country landscape depicts quite a different feeling state to a smoky busy city street. We can define these for ourself using the techniques described under dream processing.

Whatever feelings or emotions we meet in our dreams, many of them are bound to be habitual responses we have to life. Where these habits are negative we can begin to change them by working with the dream images as described in the last question under dream processing. See love; hostility. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Car

(see Airplane, Horse, Spaceship)

If you are behind the wheel of the car, this shows self-control and the ability to steer your own fate.

If someone else is steering, and you’re in the passenger seat, consider if you allow other people to manipulate your decisions too much. Alternatively, there may be parts of yourself over which you have little mastery.

Travel, movement, and activity, as common to many vehicle emblems (see Highway).

A literal reflection of your current driving habits.

Parked: Halted momentum, or temporary waylay of plans, usually of your own making, whereas a traffic jam indicates external forces stopping your progress.

Your body’s condition: According to Edgar Cayce, each part of the car may correspond to a body part.

For example, wheels are legs, and therefore a flat tire may indicate regional circulation problems. Note that this is also true of buildings and other vehicles (windows = eyes, paint = skin, roof = hair or head, engine = heart or emotions, etc.). In this case, seeing a mechanic in your dream might be a gentle nudge to go to a doctor.

Speeding: Reacting quickly without real thought. Slow down, then decide the best avenue for approaching this situation.

Slow moving vehicles: The propensity for procrastination or delaying the inevitable.

Driving a standard in your dream shows how well you handle the constant changes that life hands you. Consider whether the gears grind or if the clutch sticks.

If so, get out some elbow grease and work on being more flexible and prepared.

Missing your ride indicates a failed attempt to forward current prospects. It may be necessary to wait a while before trying again (see Bus).... The Language of Dreams

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Canoe

A canoe may represent synchronized action, since it takes teamwork to move a canoe. It may signify the need to team up with others in order to fulfill a longtime wish. Losing your paddle may mean that the progress of a project you are developing with others has been upset.

A canoe may also signify that you feel like you have failed your team.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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Diabetes

As a disease caused by a lack of insulin in the body or insulin resistance, diabetes may represent your inability to process and absorb the sweetness of ife. It may indicate that you have failed to see or express joy. Diabetes in a dream may also come as a warning sign of the onset of diabetes in real life and, like any other disease that may appear in a dream, should be taken a$ a serious message to seek medical advice.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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Teeth

Teeth represent the power of assertive communication. Decaying teeth and teeth falling out represent losing the ability to communicate your feelings or thoughts effectively. Tooth decay may also refer to a situation where you failed to get your point across, especially with an authority figure.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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Agony

Vision: Agonizing over something or feeling tortured: you failed to deal with something; or you have hurt someone and it is now coming back to haunt you. Chances are good that things will improve. Depth Psychology: See Pain.... Dreamers Dictionary

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Garden

Symbol: The garden is a symbol of paradise.

Vision: Women who are dissatisfied and unhappy often dream about a fenced-in garden with beautiful flowers they can’t reach. Walking through a garden filled with beautiful flowers means emotional stability, satisfaction, and new friendships.

An overgrown garden: a sign of remorse about past mistakes and things you failed to do. Taking a walk through a beautiful garden: pleasant experiences ahead.

A garden surrounded by a high fence: someone will deny you an urgent favor because you have failed to show how you truly feel.

The dream is usually a sign that you are isolating from the people around you.

Depth Psychology: The condition of the garden in your dream is a symbol of the state of your inner life, how seriously you take your responsibilities, and how well you use your talents and natural abilities. What does the garden look like? What is growing there? See Flower, Grass, Pasture, Tree.... Dreamers Dictionary

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Antelope

To see an antelope in your dream indicates that it will take a great deal of time and vigor to reach your goals and aspirations. Incredible wealth and prosperity may be in your near future.

To see an antelope collapse in your dream means that you are responsible for a failed relationship.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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Jaw

To dream that you are in the jaws of an animal signifies a threat to your happiness due to failed relationships and hasty judgment.

To see your own jaw in your dream represents your stubbornness, persistence, and forcefulness. You may have need to be more purposeful in your approach.

To dream that your jaws are tight indicate ill feelings and bottled emotions.

To dream that you break or dislocate your jaw suggests that you are allowing yourself to be swayed by your emotions rather than adhering to your principles.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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Jellyfish

To dream of a jellyfish signifies unpleasant unconscious memories from the past that are now becoming evident. This may represent strong feelings of aggression in certain aspects of your waking life. Additionally, this indicates feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy. It may be due to some situations in the past where you failed to adhere to your principles and beliefs.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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Rooks

To dream of rooks failed expectations from your friends. This may be a expectation for pleasure, vivacity, and elation.

A dead rook bodes sickness or death of someone dear to you.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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Bacon

To dream of handling bacon with dirty hands is an ill omen and must be taken with the dream as a whole. Bacon that has gone rancid denotes a failed affair, either love or business. Curing bacon properly is a good sign that you are doing something right.... Encyclopedia of Dreams

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Boys

Any dream that you have that features boys in any activity is a good omen and bodes well for the dreamer in whatever he/she is undertaking at the present time. Of course, if the boys are injured, or otherwise beset, then you must take the dream to mean an ill omen. Brakes: Brakes are a warning dream, and more so if you dream that you braked a vehicle and the brakes failed. Failing brakes are a warning not to accept a new offer that you have just been presented with, as there are well hidden snags that can harm more that help.

The action of braking itself is an idiom telling you to ‘put the brakes on’, whether it is business or love, or even some impetuous act that could cause you legal trouble. You should also check your brakes on your personal vehicle.... Encyclopedia of Dreams

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Circle

A perfectly drawn circle in your dream is a prediction of many good things to come, and prosperity beyond measure.

If the circle is wobbly, or appears to be a child’s drawing, you will still reach your goals but you will have troubles on the way to it.

If the circle is broken, it denotes failed marriages.... Encyclopedia of Dreams

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Lemon

Dreams of a lemon represent beauty and bounty.

A lemon can also represent bitterness, jealousy, envy, and the pain of not being recognized or of being skipped over. In addition, a lemon can also represent that you are processing a deal that has gone awry or of a situation that has failed to fulfill your expectations. See Fruit and Yellow.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Exam

An upcoming crisis in the attainment of a cherished goal.

If the dreamer fails the exam, or if he awakens before knowing whether he passed or failed, the goal may be unfeasible at this time and should be re-examined.

If the dreamer passes the exam, then, in spite of obstacles, he has it in him to get what he wants. Astrological parallel: Saturn or Uranus Tarot parallel: The Tower... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

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Ashes

To see ashes in your dream, signifies bitter changes and disruptions. Ashes may represent a failed relationship or a bad performance on a test. You may be feeling blue, like the good times are over. Alternatively, you may be dwelling too much on the past. Either way, you need to learn to let go and move on.... My Dream Interpretation

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Brakes

To dream that your brakes failed, forewarns that you are lacking stability in your life. Things in your life are out of control. Also, be careful - any agreements or contracts that you involve yourself in at this time will prove risky.... My Dream Interpretation

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Car

To dream that you are driving a car, symbolizes your ambition and your ability to navigate from one stage of your life to another. Consider how smooth or rough the car ride is - that suggests how easy or hard your path will be to your goals. Also consider whether you are driving the car or a passenger, because it represents whether you take an active or passive role in your life.

If you are a passenger, it can also mean your knowledge will earn you good fortune, especially if the car is expensive. Some more car dream meanings...

If you are in the backseat of the car, your dream indicates that you let others tell you what to do, possibly due to low self-confidence.

To dream that you are almost hit by a car, suggests that your lifestyle, beliefs or goals may be in conflict with another’s.

If the car hits you, you are in serious conflict with a rival who you should try to avoid.

If you dream of being in a car that breaks down, you won’t get as much pleasure out of something as you expect.

To dream of buying and/or driving a brand new car means that your happiness is on the rise. You are getting better at dealing with new things that life throws at you.

If you dream of a flying car, you will rise above your current troubles and achieve your goals.

To dream that your brakes failed, forewarns that you are lacking stability in your life. Things in your life are out of control. Also, be careful - any agreements or contracts that you involve yourself in at this time will prove risky.

To hear a car horn is a warning against taking risks.

A dream about a remote control car suggests you feel like the events of your life are out of your control.

To dream that your car is stolen, means that you are experiencing an identity crisis or you are suffering some sort of loss in your life. Alternatively, you may feel that someone has stolen your success or has taken credit for something you did.

To dream of a car going in reverse suggests that you are feeling stuck. You’re having trouble growing up, or moving on to the next stage of your life. You may feel like you’re repeating old habits or mistakes.

To dream of jumping out of a moving car may symbolize your fear of not being able to complete or succeed in a task. It may also represent your instinct to leave a relationship or situation that is taking you in the wrong direction.

To see or dream that you are in a convertible, refers to your glamorous attitude. You are showing off your power and influence.

To dream of a rental car is very positive. You are trying out a new way of dealing with issues in your life, instead of falling into the same old patterns. Also see “Car Crash”, “Car Wash”, “Car Mechanic”, “Chauffeur”, “Driving”, “Driving Lessons”, “Headlights”, “License Plate”, “Parking Lot”, “Road Trip” and “Window Wipers”.... My Dream Interpretation

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Mentally Challenged

To dream that you are a mentally challenged person, indicates that you are having feelings of self-doubt. You are afraid of being left out or left behind by others.

To see a mentally challenged person in your dream, suggests that someone around you is feeling ignored or overlooked. Perhaps you have failed to listen to what they have to say.... My Dream Interpretation

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Pinata

If you saw a pinata in your dream, you may feel that happiness is hanging just out of your reach, especially if you tried and failed at opening it.

If you suceeded in smashing open the pinata, you will soon be happy - even if you don’t believe it at this second.... My Dream Interpretation

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Puzzle

If you dream about a puzzle, the meaning relates to whether (or how easily) you solved it.

If you found it difficult to solve, or you failed to solve it, you are stuck in a troubling real-life situation and you don’t know how to proceed.

If you solved the puzzle in your dream, you will be able to conquer your real-life problems.... My Dream Interpretation

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Retarded

To dream that you are a mentally challenged person, indicates that you are having feelings of self-doubt. You are afraid of being left out or left behind by others.

To see a mentally challenged person in your dream, suggests that someone around you is feeling ignored or overlooked. Perhaps you have failed to listen to what they have to say.... My Dream Interpretation

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Rot / Rotten

To dream that something is rotten, suggests that you are wasting away your potential. You have failed to make use of the opportunities that have come your way. However, if you dream of rotten fruit, this is a sign that someone in your life is being untruthful.... My Dream Interpretation

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Brake

You will be offered a new opportunity which will increase your responsibilities if you dreamed of braking a vehicle; if the brake failed or made a noise, you would be wise to consider very carefully before accepting any new offer, as there is apt to be a well-hidden snag.

See also Automobile, Train, Airplane, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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Examination

The classic daddy of obstacle dreams with a classic simplicity of meaning.

If you failed the examination, the dream is telling you that your ambitions are beyond your ability and you would benefit from a change of goal.

However, if you passed the exam easily or it presented no major problem to you, it predicts comfortable achievement of all your hopes.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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Boats

(1) Because of their connections with water, boats may symbolize (some aspect of) the feminine, either with a plainly sexual reference or with reference to the unconscious (in the case of a male dreamer, the reference may be specifically to the anima), or with reference to mother or Great Mother. See also Mother.

(2) Leaying one’s own shores for a foreign country may symbolize entry into the unconscious insofar as the latter is unknown and frightening - alien, in fact.

(3) If the boat is crossing a narrow stretch of water, it may symbolize death or some other transition: for example, moving from one phase of life to another, or making a new start and a clean break from the past. See also Dead / Death, Ferry.

(4) If in the dream you miss the boat, the meaning would seem to be obvious: you have failed to take advantage of an opportunity that has offered itself - perhaps an opportunity to open new vistas in your life.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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Passenger

(1) If you are the passenger, this may indicate that you are not in control of your life: you are letting yourself be driven, either by unconscious contents that you have failed to integrate into your conscious life, or by other people.

(2) If someone else is the passenger, he or she may represent a part of yourself that you need to learn to relate to, to cooperate with in your journey through life.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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Season

Each season has its own special significance in our growth. Each year the same lessons await us if we failed to learn them in the previous growing season. Also, represents the natural process of change, variation and progress in our lives; everything has its own season:

Spring - is the beginning of the growing season; we receive practical lessons in our relationships with self and others;

Summer - is a continued time of high energy and rapid learning;

Fall - brings a slowing of the energy and we harvest the insight from our lessons;

Winter - is a period of spiritual introspection, sorting, and preparation for the next spring of growth.... The Dream Books Symbols

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Abortion

An abortion (your own or someone else’s) signifies that the situation that is worrying you will not end happily the way you are approaching it.

It is advisable, then, to change tactic, to build new projects on stronger foundations, and to plan again without trusting appearances. No wonder abortion is a synonym for failed plans.

It indicates liberation, the end of a penance, troubles that will no longer weigh on the dreamer.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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Academy

If the dreamer is not of school age, the academy suggests frustration due to a failed project, as well as the need for news on pending subjects from people around them. Dreaming that you are the owner of an academy shows that, though lessons will be learned in real life, they will not be clearly assimilated or properly applied.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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Shipwreck

To drown in a shipwreck reveals a feeling of distress, which has lasted some time, due to a project that has not prospered or a personal relationship that has failed, leading you to believe that “all is lost.” Normally, a dream of this kind indicates that you have taken on too many responsibilities. Therefore, it can be interpreted as a warning that you should rest or take a short break. You have reached the limits of your strength and you need to recharge. (See WATER, BOAT and SHIP)... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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Falling

Falling is a universal dream motif. Psychologists speculate that fearful falling dreams are rooted in our early experiences as toddlers learning to walk. Falling dreams often reflect a sense that one has failed or “fallen down” in life.

Dreams of falling also occur when one feels completely overwhelmed or out of control, such as during a divorce or the loss of a job.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia

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Mother

[DREAM IMAGES: MATRIARCH, MOTHER NATURE]

The mother archetype appears in many forms—mother, princess and witch— and is symbolized by the primordial mother, or ‘earth mother’, of mythology, by Eve and Mary in Western traditions, and by less personal symbols, such as the church, the nation, a forest or the ocean. According to Jung, someone whose own mother failed to satisfy the demands of the archetype may well be one that spends his or her life seeking comfort in the church, or in identification with ‘the motherland’, or in meditating upon the figure of Mary, or in a life at sea. In dreams, mother figures suggest nurturing aspects of ourselves and others, or the need for greater compassion and selflessness; they can, however, also suggest the shadow side, which is overprotection, abandonment, cruelty and abuse. Bear in mind that the qualities that are associated with this archetype can be expressed in other than biological ways, such as giving birth to books or ideas, or nurturing others. See also FAMILY.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Vulture

The vulture is a scavenger and feeds on the spoils of others. Are people around you taking advantage of you or are you concerned about the well-being of dependents? Alternatively, a vulture in your dreams can suggest that past experiences can give valuable insights into a current situation or problem. Do you need to ‘pick off the bones’ of a failed relationship or project, so that you can learn from your disappointment and move forward with your life?... The Element Encyclopedia

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Nursery

A nursery full of babies suggests that starting a family may be high on your agenda, but it can also mean that you may be thinking about keeping a pet, or nurturing a group of people or a project.

If the nursery is badly run, this is a reflection of your anxiety about leaving your children or a sick family member under other people’s supervision.

If the nursery school in your dream is full of very young children, this suggests that your ambitions will take you far, but if the nursery is empty or deserted, your plans may be unrealistic and you should review them before proceeding further.

If you dreamed of being back at kindergarten, or some other environment strongly associated with the early years of learning, it may be that your unconscious is transporting you back to that time in order to remind you of a valuable lesion that you learned, or failed to learn, there. For example, did your kindergarten teacher encourage you to join in with the activities, and have you been aloof in waking life recently? On the other hand if you dreamed that you were playing around with your friends and driving the teacher to distraction and received a bad report as a result, could this be a pattern that is being echoed in waking life? By reminding you of the relationship between cause and effect, your unconscious may be urging you to stop using immature strategies to gain popularity or impress others, and start applying yourself instead. See also SCHOOL AND WORK.

If you are baptizing someone, this means you are ready to pass on your knowledge to others. There is also a possibility that you may be having religious beliefs imposed on you if you have this dream. Baptism is symbolic of many things: rebirth, regeneration and renewal and the common theme for all these is the sense of optimism surrounding them.

If you are a Christian, baptism is associated with a washing away of original sin and the start of a new life as a Christian; your dream may have been denoting your wish to be reborn or— depending on who is being baptized or christened—your desire for someone else to undergo a transformation of some kind. On the other hand, your unconscious may also be recalling a baptism you witnessed in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Childhood Revisited

It is during childhood that we learn many of the fundamental rules and responsibilities of life. It is also the time when we develop our personalities and become increasingly socialized. It makes sense, therefore, that dreams of revisiting a place or a scenario from your own childhood often focus on lessons that you learned, or failed to learn, and these lessons may be relevant to your current situation.

If you dreamed of a particularly happy childhood memory—for example, you are seven years old and your dad brings home your first bike, or you are five years old sitting happily on your mum’s lap sucking your thumb—the dream could either be pointing to your nostalgia for a time when life was full of fun, or it could be more concerned with your present feelings of insecurity. The dream is reminding you of a time when life was simple, and in so doing, it compensates you for your current feelings of confusion.

If you are facing a difficult decision, it could also have been highlighting your need to put yourself forward and take a risk by focusing on your new bike—something you wanted but also feared, as you weren’t wholly confident riding it yet.

Consider, too, whether your unconscious has cast archetypal figures in the role of your mother and father. Relation-figures in dreams of childhood can often represent archetypes rather than actual family members. Alternatively, if your unhappy childhood returns to haunt you in dreams (which may reoccur), your unconscious may be forcing you to relive those miserable times in an attempt to make you confront the source of your distress and deal with it, now that you have an adult understanding of the situation. Your unconscious is trying to help you come to terms with what happened to you, so you can put it behind you.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Danger

Dreams about earthquakes, landslides and volcanoes all point to inner turmoil or emotional conflict that is shaking the foundation of the dreamer’s world. The dream may often come close to being a nightmare, but such dreams are warning you about something that is going on in your waking life to which you need to pay attention. A dream about a natural disaster is unlikely to be prophetic; it is more likely to be referring to something dangerous in your waking life. For example, an avalanche dream may refer to oppressive forces in waking life threatening to overwhelm you—an avalanche of responsibility, for example, that accompanies the birth of a new child.

If you are swept away in the dream, you are being urged to find something, or someone, to hold onto in waking life to regain stability.

If you dreamed that the earth was cracking open beneath you, this threat may be echoed in changes at work or insecurity within a relationship.

An explosion may reflect sudden changes in waking life or the release of emotion. What damage has the explosion inflicted in the dream? If anything was broken, interpret its symbolism; if someone was clinging on to you in the dream, who are they? If you dreamed you were in danger of thunder or lighting, again this may refer to emotional turmoil in waking life; but a dream about being struck by lighting could refer to sudden insight.

If you dream that you are falling into a dark hole, is there some situation in waking life out of which you feel you cannot climb?

Dreams featuring alarms may be caused by car or house alarms that go off in the night; if there is no external stimulus of this sort, and your dream features a house alarm, does this allude to your family? Does someone need protection at this time? Was the alarm effective in the dream? If the alarm failed to go off, this is an extremely significant symbol.

If your dream features a car alarm, this may allude to some kind of rash behavior and, as men often equate cars with sexuality, you may want to consider it in this context.

Dreams can also often warn of dangers of which we may be unaware in waking life. For example if you dream of overspending, this may suggest you are expending too much emotion on a particular person.

If you dream of escaping from a prison to a happy landscape, this may be a warning that you need to relax more. There are other practical warning dreams. For example, you may dream that your car brakes fail and in waking life find that this is indeed the case. There is usually a simple explanation as your unconscious mind may have registered the fault, but this kind of dream should not be ignored (see ACCIDENTS, ACTION AND ADVENTURES). Similarly dreams of bodily aches and pains and other signs of poor health are also worth taking note of. See also SICKNESS AND HEALTH.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Money / Handbag / Jewelry / Purse / Wallet

Money, cash or coins in dreams are often thought to be a sign of emotional transactions.

If you give money away, this suggests a generosity of spirit or it might reflect emotional ties that are expected of you at present. Receiving money can suggest the acceptance of emotional support or the emotional needs of the dreamer. Borrowing money can be a warning to hold back as far as financial plans are concerned and to explore all aspects of the deal before going ahead. Making a payment, signing a check or using a credit card are thought to be positive signs that things are going to plan. The notion of saving and investing in dreams may refer to the need to prepare yourself emotionally for situations and relationships that need your attention

A wallet, purse or pocketbook containing personal items may relate to your private world, the kind of person you are and your interests.

If you dream of an expensive designer purse or bag, you may feel a need to have a more glamorous image. A worn purse may symbolize feelings of being worn out and shabby. Do you need to brighten up your identity so that you look and feel brighter? Your dream wallet may symbolize your private thoughts and desires, hidden from public view. Is your wallet full or empty? Are you worried that someone has got too close to you or on the contrary are you seeking greater intimacy? A bag in your dream may symbolically carry your hopes for the future. A heavy bag suggests more projects than you can handle, whilst an empty bag—far from meaning that you have no hope—suggests that you wish to search for new ideas. Frequently associated with fruit, a basket may evoke images of fertility and sexuality. Depending on what is in the basket, it can suggest youthful energy or ripe maturity.

Finally, items of jewelry are symbols of wishes and wish-fulfillment.

If you are given a gift of jewelry in your dream, you may be experiencing a sense of recognition in waking life. Viewing a rare jewel from a distance may be a sign that you have failed to understand the importance or meaning of an event or relationship. Losing a jewel may reflect fears of personal or financial loss in waking life. See also CRYSTALS, GEMSTONES AND ROCKS; MONEY AND SHOPPING.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Fish

Water is the element in which fish live, so there may be a strong emotional factor in a dream about fish; fish can also represent unconscious insights, as the unconscious is often represented by the sea, the fish being ideas flitting through it. According to Jung, fish are symbols used in the dream to mimic impulses that suddenly dart out of the unconscious and which have a frightening or redeeming effect in waking life. In the realm of sleep, fish are considered harbingers of inspiration and creativity, so a fish or schools of fish glimpsed beneath the surface often represent unconscious material or truths hidden within yourself. To dream of a fish’s eye symbolizes a watchful and diligent nature, but to see a dead fish signifies a worry about the way you interact with others. Is your lack of emotional warmth turning you into a cold fish? If you dreamed of a fish leaping out of the ocean before returning to the waves or fish caught in the net and brought to the surface, this may indicate the brief emergence of intuition.

If the fish are dirty, injured or ugly, this doesn’t mean that you are too; it just means the phase you’re currently in may be painful and tough. This is a time for patience and gentleness with yourself.

If fish are swimming just below the surface, they may represent the wisdom you have not yet brought to consciousness in waking life, whilst dead fish in your dream may suggest you have failed to express your basic urges or emotions. If, in your dream, the fish are in an aquarium, this may refer to aspects of your personality that are prevented from expressing themselves, or constricting emotional conditions in general. The dream may also refer to aspects of yourself that need to be nourished emotionally; a goldfish bowl may simply suggest boredom or a lack of privacy or confidentiality.

If you dream of a fish that needs your care, it is likely that you are a creative, sensitive person who has become trapped in a lifestyle that inhibits self-expression. According to Freud, fish are a phallic symbol because of their elongated shape, and, because females spawn hundreds of eggs, he also associated them with fertility.

The symbol of Pisces in the Zodiac is a fish, and dream fish may perhaps be reminding you of a person you know born under that sign. The fish is also one of the oldest symbols of Christianity, so a dream of a fish, fishing or eating fish may also reflect your desire for spiritual nourishment. Fish may also appear in your dream as messengers telling you that something does not feel right, that something ’smells fishy’; alternatively, they may be telling you that you are feeling misplaced or you don’t belong, like a ’fish out of water’. A fish on a hook may suggest accepting something completely, without hesitation or question; but be attentive to what being a ’wet fish’ means. See also PETS.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Examination Or Test

A dream of taking an exam or being singled out by a teacher usually highlights waking anxiety about facing a difficult challenge in your real life. Perhaps you are trying to live up to impossibly high standards or are worried about some test of self-value, such as a new job or a new relationship. A common dream involves turning up naked to an examination, which may point to a fear of social humiliation. A feeling of powerlessness to control your life may be suggested by a dream in which you arrive late for an examination or hand in a blank paper at the end of the exam.

If you find your name on a list of those who have not passed a school exam, you may feel that you have failed in some way in waking life or that someone is marking you down.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Moon

The moon symbolizes the mysteries and creativity of the feminine, and in dreamlore it represents the emotional aspect of the self. Its constant changing shape and wandering across the sky establishes the moon as a symbol of the cyclical nature of life. Because of its connection to the tides, the moon also indicates the tides of feeling or mysterious dark desires that are overpowering you. The full moon is a symbol of hope when times are difficult; a waxing crescent moon may symbolize gestation or new ideas; a waning crescent moon, ambivalence or a life force that is weakening; the black or invisible moon, death; and the new moon, rebirth. A dream journey to the moon could suggest a search for inner wisdom or a longing to experience the flowering of your imagination or, if you are a female, a desire to conceive a baby.

If you failed to reach the moon, could the message have been that you are attempting the impossible?... The Element Encyclopedia

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