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Jung saw the dark, enclosed labyrinth as a symbol of the tortuous depths of the unconscious and a dream of entering it as a voyage of self-discovery or an attempt to locate a deeply buried emotion. The void at the center of the labyrinth may suggest despair but it can also symbolize serenity and calm. A labyrinth is an archetype with which you can have direct experience. It is a metaphor for your life’s journey. As in the Greek myth of Theseus who entered King Minos’ labyrinth in Crete to slay the Minotaur, your descent into the unconscious, hidden aspects of your nature may involve confronting impulses that threaten your personal security and well-being.
Mazes are often confused with labyrinths but they are quite different. Labyrinths tend to symbolize the quest for knowledge and freedom, whereas mazes mirror the general confusion that may be fogging your sense of purpose in waking life. A maze is first of all open to the light, whereas a labyrinth is in the dark; furthermore, a maze has numerous entry points whereas a labyrinth only has one. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved, possessing twists, turns and blind alleys. It is a task that requires logical, sequential, analytical activity to find the correct path into the maze and out. A labyrinth, on the other hand, involves intuition and creativity. With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The choice is to enter or not to enter. With mazes there are many choices to be made, with many entrances and exits.
Dead ends and cul-de-sacs present riddles to be solved. Mazes challenge the choice-making part of yourself.
In dreams, a maze can therefore reflect the difficulty in finding a direction to follow in life. No one can predict what is right or wrong, so you may have to rely on your instincts. If, in your dream, you have a map, chart or password to help you navigate your maze, this may reassure you that you are on the right path. Mazes can also often portray a confusion of ideas and feelings, the difficulty in finding your way through the mass of apparently irrational emotions and images arising from within, or the variety of opinions and seemingly authoritative sources of information with which the modern world bombards you. You may dream of a maze of corridors, for example, during periods in which your life seems particularly complicated and you are faced with choices and decisions. In this sense, the maze represents an attempt to find your way through conscious thoughts, opinions and doubts, to an opinion or mindset that is yours alone.
If you enlisted the aid of a ladder to help you get out of your maze, your dreaming mind may have been suggesting that you take a more logical, rational overview of your situation.
If you found a way out of your maze, this suggests that you will find a way to break free; but if you found yourself ending up in the same place whatever path you took, this could be reflecting your sense in waking life of going round in circles, covering the same ground or not being able to make a breakthrough. Bear in mind that tunnels and paths in dreams represent transitions, and entrances represent new directions; perhaps you have been so overwhelmed with emotion and confusion that you have not seen the opportunities already being presented to you. ... The Element Encyclopedia
If you see a maze in your dream, it may also indicate the need to find direction in life and the skills needed to negotiate change.
If a map or chart of a maze appears in your dream, this may be a reassuring sign that you are on the right path.... The Element Encyclopedia
The monster may represent a talent or idea you believe others will invalidate or that will not be understood.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
2. Frustration and/or fear of the future. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A maze is a frightening and confusing place.
If in your dream you are trapped in a maze and are having difficulty getting to the end, then you need to stop and consider your current emotional and psychological status. I don’t mean to suggest anything is terribly wrong. Simply speaking, are you often confused and unsure of which way to go? If you are facing many hard decisions this dream is a good indicator that you need to step back and look at the entire picture. Edgar Cayce said that being in a maze in a dream may be symbolic of an “emotionally disorganized” person. At times we are all emotionally disorganized and confused, but admitting this dream’s message is step in the right direction.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The maze symbolizes the womb of the Earth Mother and the cosmic order, which each of us has to create within ourself. And that is your task! The path is like a maze; after many twists and turns you finally reach your goal, where you can fulfill your obligations and responsibilities, find your shadow, and come to terms with it. Every time you dream about a maze you are challenged to come to terms with the monster within yourself.
On the other hand, the image of the maze points to a mother complex: if you cannot let go of the feminine, you are lost in it, which means the masculine in you loses its identity. And if this masculine identity is devoured by the feminine, the feminine cannot find its own identity because it doesn’t have access to it, and you cannot find your way out of the maze.
The symbol of the maze probably goes back to observations made about how the sun or the moon is traveling across the sky. In the center of the maze resides death, where the sun and the moon are at their lowest point. After we have met death, we leave the maze in the same way as Theseus. Our modern world, the metropolitan big city, the asphalt jungle, where people are easily getting lost and feeling trapped, is often compared with the maze. What is addressed here is the idea that our lives have become so complex that it is difficult for us to find our way. See Food (stored), Thread, Dragon.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
1- A maze often represents a confusion of ideas and feelings. There are conflicting urges and opinions and we often discover that in attempting to find our way through the maze we have learnt something about our own courage, our own ability to meet problems. Often there is the apparently irrational fear and doubt that arises from not being able to find our wav in and out of the maze.
This can allow us to release feelings of self-doubt and fear.
2- Psychologically; the maze may- represent the variety of opinions and authoritative beliefs that we come up against in our ordinary, everyday world. We may be trying to find our own way through this mass of detail and we picture it in a dream as actually trying to find our way through a maze.
3- The path to the Divine.
The way to the feminine is a strange route, and all the roads that lead there are winding, but the end result has worthy consequences.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you are unable to get out, beware of being dominated by insincere friends.... Mystic Dream Book
If you dream of being in a hedge maze, you will have unexpected happiness where you were expecting disappointment.... My Dream Interpretation
If you are running around in the maze of life, imagine it changing into a freeway and get on with your growth.... The Dream Books Symbols
Confusion (such as a confused state of mind, or confusion about a certain decision).
A perceived challenge, puzzle, or problem in your real life.
Feeling unsure how to achieve a certain goal or create a certain situation in your life.
See also: Puzzle; Confused... The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary
If the dreamer found his or her way out and wasn’t particularly concerned about it, then whatever problems you face will be set right and you can get on with your life. But if the dreamer was frightened, panicked, and kept running into dead ends, then the dream is telling him or her that it’s vital to calm down, try to relax, and face whatever appears to be stopping him from doing what he wants.
A change of direction is likely to be necessary.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
To slay a monster, denotes that you will successfully cope with enemies and rise to eminent positions.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Deep fear of someone. ... New American Dream Dictionary
The monster in your dreams could be your fear, bad temper, negativity, smoking habit, or anything else that is hurtful and needs to be changed.
The way that you deal with the monster in your dream is generally symbolic of the way you are dealing with the corresponding negativity in your daily life.
If you wake up from this dream and are very frightened, just remember that your mind created those images and that their purpose is to teach you something about yourself.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
2- When, in everyday life, events get out of proportion we often have to suppress our reactions. In dreams we cannot do this and so our minds create some way of dealing with the problem. Often the colour of the monster (see Colour) will give us some indication of what the problem is, thus a red monster would indicate anger (possibly uncontrolled), whereas a yellow one might suggest resentment.
3- Fear of death and all that goes with it.
A monster can highlight a more childlike fear, and can be looked at thus.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Slaying a monster: Becoming the hero for your own life; transforming fear into victory and creativity (see Sword).
Repressed drives and ambitions that need to be expressed.... The Language of Dreams
If we vanquish the monster, it is said that we must take care not to kill it, since we may be killing off part of our personality. Equally it should not be allowed to overcome us; self-survival kicks in and we will normally wake up before it does.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The monster may represent a side of your personality that makes you uncomfortable. This dream often means that you would do well to consider a change of direction, or give up a bad habit that’s unhealthy for you.... My Dream Interpretation
If you overcome your fear, you will find in your unconscious all you need to complement your conscious ego. (In legends monsters guard treasure sought by a hero; in religious myths they guard mana-f\Hied things - sacred objects / places. Psychologically speaking, you are the hero, seeking your self; the sacred place is your inner core; ‘slaying’ the monster is bestowing love on a feared and repressed desire / drive / emotion, and so transforming it into a creative factor in your conscious life.) All that is now unconscious is destined to become conscious. That is why you have to Svrestle’ with the ‘monsters’.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
It is recommended that you face whatever these monsters represent in your emotional life.
According to old books on dreams, to vanquish a monster in a dream means that you will overcome our enemies and become more important. The ancient peoples of Tibet believed that the most terrible monsters were divine guardians. Therefore, they symbolized those inner powers of being that could deter and defeat ignorance.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you do recognize your personal monster, you might also want to try and engage it in a dialogue. A classic way to interpret a difficult dream such as this was devised by Dr Frederick Perls, the distinguished Gestalt therapist. Take two chairs and place them opposite each other. You sit in one and imagine your dream monster or enemy in the other chair. Move between the chairs as you first ask and answer the questions. Try asking your dream monster what it wants, why it is in your dreams and why it is chasing you. The process may take some time, but eventually you (as the dream) may deliver a message that speaks to you. When that happens, you may find it easier to face your fears and interpret your dream. By understanding nasty nightmare animals, as well as people, places or things, you may be able to harness their energy and take back into your self those parts of your personality you have been trying to disown.
Animals in dreams reflect the animal or instinctual part of your nature, so if the fierce animal terrorizing you in a dream is a tiger, lion or snake, consider what this animal represents to you and what it says about your psychological state. Are you confining, restricting or subduing an important part of yourself? If you begin to get answers to these questions, you may find that the animals in your dreams become less fierce and threatening. It might also help to draw or write a description of your animal. Of course, your personal associations to the specific animals is of great importance here.
If your shadow—the part of yourself that you keep hidden—appears in your dreams as a monster, fierce animal, murderer, vampire, werewolf, ghost or other sinister threatening being, this may be a positive thing; it is your dreaming mind’s way of reintroducing the parts of yourself you are repressing in an effort to make you whole. See also ANIMALS; SPIRITS AND GHOSTS; SURREALISM AND FANTASY.... The Element Encyclopedia
A real-life situation in which you felt threatened or pursued.
A person or thing with whom you associate a certain characteristic of the monster (such as a monster’s red color representing the red pick-up truck that hit your car last week).
A monster coming after you can represent: a physical, emotional, or mental threat (or fear of one); An indicator of a Toxic Dream.
See also: Deformity; Werewolf; Vampire; Zombie; Ghost; Mythological Character... The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary
Talk to the frightening monster in your dream, have it out with him and observe him.
Mythical creatures, like dragons and ocean monsters, point to moral conflicts that may cause personality disturbances. Seek therapeutic help when these images appear often and include a great amount of fear.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you are a parent and feel that you are reflected in monster dreams, try to encourage your child to share these dreams with you. Bear in mind that, in some instances, the monster may reflect someone else in your child’s life: a sibling, an uncle or aunt, or even a neighbor. This is particularly so among school-age children who have to meet the expectation of peers and teachers.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you killed the monster in your dream, you will successfully deal with your personal issues and rise above them.... My Dream Interpretation