Dream Interpretation Outlet | Dream Meanings


An outlet in a dream represents your creative potential. You may be full of ideas awaiting expression.

Dream Symbols and Analysis | DreamForth

An outlet is the structure that gives you access to the constant flow of electricity within the structure of a building. That electrical current represents the creative source that all human beings are plugged into, and an outlet is the symbol of your ability to connect to that power.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox


Outlet | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Outlet

Blows

1. Repressed rage, often to the point of harming self.

2. Inner conflict needs an outlet.

3. Improvement in luck on the way.

4. Reverse: reconciliation is in the offing. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Hitting

1. Repressed anger seeking outlet in inappropriate ways.

2. Intensifying conflict, with likely irreversible consequences. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Tower

A frequent phallic symbol, particularly in women’s dreams. More perspective is needed (watch- tower).

A symbol of power compare the similarity of the words “tower” and “power.” Being locked up in a tower points to sexual inhibitions in women (Rapunzel), and also is an indication of an unusual and highly developed sexuality that has no outlet.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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Club (weapon)

1- To dream of using a weapon to club someone denotes an inner violence that has remained unexpressed. It may also depict our violence against ourselves.

2- We have great strength at our disposal, for which we need to find an outlet.

3- The club signifies masculinity, although rather crudely expressed in this instance.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Workshop

also see Garage

1- A workshop is a place that is productive. In dreams it symbolises the part of ourselves which creates projects which then become profitable for us, though not necessarily financially.

A workshop may often be where we meet others of like mind, people who are creative in the same way as we are. It therefore represents group interaction and talent.

3- A workshop often holds within it creative outlets this creativity can be used for the dreamer’s spiritual progression.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Chimney

The Gypsies say that dreaming of a chimney that is not smoking means you are in need of a sexual outlet.

A smoking chimney means you are involved in an affair. See also Smoke.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary

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Gypsy Dream Dictionary

Disasters

(see Accident, Lightning, Stor??is)

Warning or fear of danger. Alternatively, consternation over your ability to survive upheavals.

Avalanche: Feeling trapped, frozen, or unable to act. Or, an overwhelmingly heavy burden that you feel was thrust upon you unwillingly (see Ice, Snow).

Cave in: Tlie crumbling of foundations or an insecure position. Also a type of burial dream.

Earthquake: Something is shaking your foundations, potentially to the core of what you regard as truth. Alternatively, breaking up with, or away from, a person, organization, job, or situation.

Flood: Feeling swept away by uncontrolled emotions or overpowering circumstances. Alternatively, a thorough cleansing before a new start (see Water).

Hurricane or tornado: An alternative symbol of the air element, which relates to the mind, voice, or breath. In this case, however, the element is destructive, probably revealing ill-health or an overly active conscious mind that does not allow the intuitive self through.

If related specifically to speech, this symbolizes an individual whose loudmouthed nature destrovs much of what it contacts.

Landslide: Backward movement or retreat. Returning to old thought forms and behavior patterns.

Oil spill: A renewed awareness of personal responsibility toward nature. Alternatively, a defiled trust, the adulteration of an ideal, or a slipperv situation.

Volcano: These are Earth’s cauldrons that stir up your temper or other hot feelings that have already been building to the point of violent eruptions (see Fire). Find a safe outlet before someone gets hurt.

If the volcano exhibits a slow lava flow, this represents a gradual venting of emotions.... The Language of Dreams

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Storm

(see Disasters, Lightning, Rain, Snow, Wind) Internal or external conflict.

Emotional buildup that threatens to rage freely if you don’t find a constructive outlet for that energy.

An emotional release that leads to liberation (like a good cry), just as rain is figuratively “released” from clouds to nourish the land.... The Language of Dreams

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Wounds

(see Blood, Healing, Physician, Salve, Surgery)

Unresolved issues or an open emotional trauma that has not had time to heal.

Infected wounds represent the festering of resentment and bitterness. Remember that these negative emotions produce nothing positive, and only hurt you. Find a constructive outlet for your feelings instead.... The Language of Dreams

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Electrical Oudet

Plugging something into an electncal outlet may comment that you need to get plugged into life or diat you need an energy boost to move forward.

A short in tlie outlet may represent blocks in your nervous system or feeling burned out from some neganve experience.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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Volcano

Vision: Dreaming about a volcano: dangerous passions are boiling—find an appropriate outlet or pay the consequences of making bad choices.

Depth Psychology: The dream is a warning about extreme emotional outbursts, because suppressed feelings and urges want attention. You are experiencing a powerful self-cleansing.

The process will be painful at times, because awareness does not come without pain. See Crater, Explosion, Fire, Mountain.... Dreamers Dictionary

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Gorilla

To dream that you see a gorilla indicates that you could be a bit rambunctious. You may be making up for your firm and unyielding demeanor in your waking life. This dream may also indicate your primitive instincts, your outgoing adventurousness, or some sexual energy that needs an outlet.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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Anger Management

If you dream of anger management then this symbolizes a need to take responsibility for your power and energy and funnel your frustration into productive outlets.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Aquarius

To dream of the Aquarian astrological sign symbolizes that you are connecting with your spiritual, mysterious and imaginative nature. Your dream may be giving you the message to find a healthy and productive outlet for your creativity.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Atomic Bomb

Dreams of an atomic bomb represent the misuse of emotional energy, and its potentially destructive effects. Your dream is giving you the message to find a constructive, healthy and creative outlet for your bottled up feelings. See Fire.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Attack

Dreams of an attack are about suppressed emotions. You are realizing that which is suppressed must eventually express.

The message of this dream may also be preparing you to protect yourself from negative projections coming your way, or to find a healthy outlet for your stress. See Victim, Perpetrator and Anger.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Cable

Dreams of a cable symbolize that you are getting hooked up, fixed up or plugged into a love/partnership arrangement. You are either finding your creative outlet or finding a creative partnership for your business.

If the cable is strong, then it represents strength, stamina and durability in the partnership.

If the cable is frayed, then it represents vulnerability, weakness and fragility in the relationship. See Television, Communication, Plug and Wire.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Eruption

Dreams of an eruption symbolize a breakthrough; you are breaking lose into a whole new form, experiencing drastic changes after long periods of repression. Perhaps you bottled up your resentments, hurt feelings, desires, urges and inspirations, and you are realizing that your shadow emotions: anger, lust, and fear can only be bottled up so long before they will inevitably explode. Your dream may be telling you to find a healthy outlet for your passion. See Anger and Orgasm.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Hip Hop

Dreams of hip hop music represents the need for a healthy, creative outlet for your angst, pain, suppression, and victimhood.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Plug

If you dream that a plug is in an electrical socket, then this means you are energetically plugged into or committed to a job, project or relationship. Consider the feeling tone of this dream to discern whether this outlet is one that energizes you or drains you. See Electricity.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Club (weapon)

Psychological / emotional perspective: We have great strength at our disposal, for which we need to find an outlet.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Workshop

A workshop often holds within it creative outlets – this creativity can be used for our spiritual progression.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Writing

Dreams of writing letters can mean the need to get in touch with people whom you haven’t spoken with in awhile.

Dreams of writing novels, plays or stories indicate that there is a creative streak in you that needs an outlet. Many great authors have received inspiration from their dreams.

To dream of writing and not knowing what you’re writing is a warning that you may be inadvertently communicating messages to others that they are misinterpreting in an insulting way.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

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Dream Explanations of Astro Center

Anger

To dream of feeling very angry, forewarns that you will be involved in a tense situation. People you care about may let your down and disappoint you. Being angry in your dream may also have been carried over from your waking life. In your dream, you may have a safe outlet to express angry emotions that you have not vented in real life.

If you dream that someone is angry at you, this indicates inner turmoil. Some aspect of yourself is in conflict with another aspect of yourself. Perhaps a part of you that you don’t acknowledge, is fighting to be heard. This dream is also common when we’ve done something wrong, and feel guilty about it.... My Dream Interpretation

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Attitude

If you dream that someone is giving you attitude, you may have trouble and disappointment in some situation.

To dream of giving someone else attitude forewarns that you will be involved in a tense situation. People you care about may let you down and disappoint you. Being angry and giving attitude in a dream may also have been carried over from your waking life. In your dream, you may have a safe outlet to express angry emotions that you have not vented in real life.... My Dream Interpretation

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Comedian

To see a comedian in your dream, suggests that you need to be more carefree. You are feeling overburdened from your daily problems and need an outlet to release all that tension. You also need to learn to laugh at yourself and not take yourself so seriously.... My Dream Interpretation

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Disappointment

To dream of disappointment reflects real-life experiences of being continually disappointed. Such dreams often reflect repressed disappointments accumulated over a period of time. You dream serves as an emotional outlet which can provide some relief from this stress.... My Dream Interpretation

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Karaoke

To dream of singing karaoke is an expression of joy at having recently found an outlet for your talents where they are appreciated. However, if you dream of trying to sing along to a karaoke machine but you can’t read the words, expect recent frustration to continue.... My Dream Interpretation

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Fighting

To dream that you are fighting, or boxing, indicates the will to be successful in spite of many handicaps, even with an inferiority complex or lack of talent.

The dreamer must find an outlet.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

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Psycho Dream Interpretation

Gypsy

Dreaming of a gypsy or a life of a gypsy indicates a wish for a change of fortune.

If travel is connected with the dream, a restless, unhappy mood has overtaken the dreamer.

If there is dancing, the dreamer needs an emotional outlet.

If the gypsy is reading your fortune, you are dissatisfied with your present situation.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

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Psycho Dream Interpretation

Disaster

Dreams of disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis can be very distressing as they are often intense and seem very real.

• They are rarely prophetic though. More often they are an outlet for your hidden fears and anxieties about events that you feel are beyond your control.

• They signify fear of the future or being overwhelmed by events and doing too much for too many people.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary

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Wild Animals

Wild animals in dreams represent our basic instincts and urges such as lust, fear and anger - the deep emotions that we are taught to repress.

• Dreams provide a safe outlet for exploring these deeper feelings. Taming a wild animal indicates a need to control your instincts.

• To understand the individual meaning of your dream, explore the specific characteristics of the particular wild animal you dream of.

For example, bears are about the need for strong boundaries and lions represent our strength and courage.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary

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Planet(s)

If your dream featured other planets, it suggests a strong desire for adventure and/or change from your present routine which you feel would be unwise; try to resolve the conflict by finding a new extracurricular interest as an outlet for your unsatisfied drive.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

Accident

Studies have verified that some individuals have premonitory dreams, many of them about disasters or accidents; despite this fact, our oneiric activity is often an expression of our fears and secret anxieties. Therefore, dreams that portray accidents must not necessarily be taken literally because they tend to highlight a conflict in which we are immersed. So, if you are victim of an accident maybe there is something in real life that is not going well or you are taking too much risk. Sometimes it is necessary to review your existence and try to avoid making mistakes. When it is a car or train accident, the incident indicates that your judgments are precipitated, which may portend future arguments. But if you dream of a plane crash, the unconscious is transmitting a clear symbol of irrationality (the dreamer refuses to see reality as it is).

If you are driving at high speed, maybe the dream is telling you to take everything more calmly and to avoid rushing. When the accident victim is someone else, you must find the answer in your feelings. Perhaps, the envy or hatred you feel for that person can only find an outlet in your dreams. In the case of a home accident, the conflict is not far from the everyday environment of the person. Lastly, disasters caused by natural elements, such as fire or water (fires, floods, earthquakes), are usually related to a fact that has recently impacted us.

It is recommended to be cautious for twenty-four hours following this dream. According to some oneiric traditions, accidents in the sea represent matters of love. On land, they symbolize business problems. Witnessing an accident denotes cowardice; helping the injured, betrayal of a friend. According to gypsy tradition, this dream is a warning so the accident can be prevented.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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The Big Dictionary of Dreams

Kill

If you dream that you kill someone, it means that you are facing a serious conflict between your desires and the moral principles that you are forced to follow. This dream also reveals the unconscious attempt to suppress part of your mind you do not accept; so you may be killing some aspect of your nature you dislike. A good example of this is the case of a man who dreams of killing a woman. The real reason is probably that he wants to reject his feminine side at all cost. Such dreams must be analyzed very carefully, as they reveal the need to deepen within ourselves and find some acceptable outlet in order to avoid a violent situation. The dream could also be motivated by a feeling negative toward someone, which leads you to let off steam in a dream.

There will be disputes and you will have to make sacrifices.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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The Big Dictionary of Dreams

Metamorphosis

Dreams in which living beings experience changes are symbols of evolution. If, for example, you see the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, this means you should trust your ability to the end, without allowing fear or despair to defeat you, because all will work out eventually. At the same time, metamorphosis can also be a negative sign, if it is a transformation of degeneration or corruption. The context of each dream tell you how to interpret it. (See WORM, BUTTERFLY, and CATERPILLAR) Meteorology The weather that appears in the dream may represent the state of your mind and your emotions. A stormy sky, for example, is evidence of disputes and anger; a sunny one, however, denotes happiness; if it rains, your stress may have found an outlet; if it snows, then your emotions are cold.

Dreaming of a nice weather predicts happy events. But if it is unpleasant, your fortune will exude the same.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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Drawing

The act of drawing is an effort to take something from inside of your consciousness and express it in the world of form.

It is a creative act that results in something tangible. As a dream symbol, drawing relates to this impulse to allow yourself an outlet for creative expression and the patience to allow form to appear to you slowly.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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Complete Dictionary of Dreams

Plug

Putting a plug into an outlet or a socket may indicate getting an increase in one’s energy or knowledge. Could also suggest the dreamer will be getting hooked up with new people or new ideas that will plug her or him into a better social network for business or personal goals.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia

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Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia

Books

To dream of books can symbolize knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, the search for knowledge and the ability to learn from the opinions of other people.

If you are surrounded by books in your dreams, this might suggest that you are more concerned with theory than practice. Depending on the kinds of books that figure in your dream, they can also suggest the world of imagination and escape. Are you surrounded by literary novels, racy best-sellers or fascinating biographies? If the books are very old, this suggests learning and inherited wisdom.

If the books are account books, this indicates a need to take care of financial matters.

Sacred books, such as the Koran or the Bible, signify a search for hidden or sacred knowledge. Dreaming of a sacred book can also represent a need to know you are heading in the right direction. To dream of an encyclopedia suggests a hunger for knowledge and new experience, as an encyclopedia represents collective human wisdom. On the other hand, it can also suggest information overload and a need to find focus. To dream you are searching in a dictionary suggests a need to find answers to a particular problem or situation in your life. It can also suggest an over-reliance on the opinions of others.

If you look up a particular word in your dream, this can be very significant (see LETTERS AND COMMUNICATION; SOUNDS). Finally, a poem is the ultimate form of self-expression, so if you are a poet, or a poet figures in your dream, or you are reading poetry, your unconscious is urging you to find a creative outlet in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia

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The Element Encyclopedia

Fostering And Adoption

Dreams of fostering and adoption suggest a new approach to life, or taking on the responsibility of someone, or something, that needs your care and help to grow.

If you fostered or adopted a baby in your dream, did you welcome the child into your home with love and gratitude? If you are thinking about adopting or fostering, your dream could reflect your feelings about this, but if this isn’t in your plans, the dream may be showing you how satisfying it can be to offer love and guidance to someone who needs your care. Do you need to find an outlet for your urge to love and nurture selflessly in waking life? This doesn’t have to be a child, but perhaps a partner, a pet, a friend, a project or a charity.

If you dreamed of fostering or adopting someone you know in waking life, perhaps you long to lavish attention on that particular person.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Toilet And Elimination Themes

Elimination in dreams can symbolize release and self-expression. When we urinate or eliminate, we are ridding ourselves of bodily waste and when these actions occur in dreams your unconscious is referring to the removal of emotional waste, such as unhappy memories. So, if you dream of rushing to the bathroom, what are you trying to flush out of your system in the real world? Or do you wish you could purge yourself of destructive, negative emotions such as jealousy or envy? Is there something you need to let go of in your waking life? Did you find it hard to let go in your dream or did everything go smoothly. The answer will help you see how emotionally blocked or constipated you are.

Perhaps you were searching frantically for a toilet in your dream, but couldn’t find one.

If this is the case, you need to find the catalyst for emotional release. Dreams about being clogged-up, or about a lack of toilets, are not so much about emotional baggage as about a lack of proper outlets for your own creativity and selfexpression. They can also suggest that you are the kind of person who takes on the problems of other people, leaving no room for your own.

Dreams about frustrating attempts to find a toilet could also suggest that you have over-committed yourself in waking life, and that there is no opportunity for you to express your own feelings and talents. On the other hand, you may also feel that you have been taken advantage of or dumped on by someone in waking life? Finally, such dreams may also be due simply to a physical need to pee in the night.

Other elimination dreams include using a toilet in a strange place, in front of people or in the middle of a conversation. In such dreams, the elimination represents the expression of an opinion or insight unsuitable for public consumption, or not appropriate to the situation. It could also reveal concern that you might have been too impulsive in the way you have expressed yourself, and your dreaming mind is urging you to bear in mind the possible impact of your words.

If you can’t find a private toilet in your dream, perhaps you are living or working in a crowded environment and your dreaming mind is compensating for a lack of privacy and personal space in your waking life.

If you dream of a bathroom and a toilet, this may suggest your need to clean up your sexual attitudes or attitude to others and yourself.

If you put anything down a toilet in your dream, take careful note of what it is, as it will symbolize what your dreaming mind considers to be the least important or unpleasant aspect of yourself or your experience. Urine suggests letting go of strained feelings or the release of sexual feelings. Feces indicate letting go of parts of yourself that you need to let go of. It can also indicate new beginnings, as excrement makes great fertilizer. Evacuation of the bowel usually highlights a need to be free of responsibility, or sometimes the need to be uninhibited.

If you are eliminating over someone in your dream, this can indicate a repressed desire to belittle that person or feel superior.

Playing with excrement can represent money, so playing with it in a dream may suggest anxiety about money and fear of responsibility.

If the excrement is transformed into an animal, this suggests that the dreamer is coming to terms with the fact that he or she is responsible for managing their own instincts.

If you are vomiting in your dream, this indicates a discharging of unpleasant feelings, or experiencing something unpleasant. Finally, if you realize you are sweating in a dream, you are alerted to the amount of energy you may be expending handling your own emotions and fears in waking life.

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Arguments

If you dreamed that you had a heated argument with someone, try to identify who that person was. Your dream may mirror real-life hostility between the two of you, or you may be consciously unaware of your aversion to that person or their aversion to you. Your unconscious may use the dream as an outlet to release feelings of aggression, or it may use the dream to alert your conscious self to the hidden aggression. If, however, you can find no reason for hostility between the person in your dream and yourself in waking life, then perhaps the dream argument represents an aspect of yourself—this interpretation is even more likely if you are arguing with someone you don’t know. Try to recall what the person looked like and what the argument was about.

If the dream focused on a young person arguing with an older person, perhaps the dream represented tension between the part of you that longs to be more spontaneous and the part of you that is a stickler for routine.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Sadness

If you feel sad, melancholy, morose or depressed in your dream or wake up with feelings of sadness, your unconscious has used your dream as an outlet through which to release feelings of despair and sadness. Shedding dream tears may be a cathartic experience if you have buried feelings of grief or sadness, and do not wish to put yourself through the pain of dealing with them. If, however, you find yourself repeatedly unhappy or grief-stricken in your dreams, your unconscious may be expressing the onset of depression; such dreams are likely to continue unless you seek professional help.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Dog

The dog appears more often than any other animal in dreams. It represents your natural drives that, despite usually being well socialized, still have a tendency to revert back to their spontaneous or ‘wild’ state. This is particularly the case if the dog within is provoked or encouraged. Dogs can also represent those parts of yourself that you express spontaneously: your easy-flowing natural feelings; devotion, perhaps to a lover or child; fidelity and faithfulness. Like the cat, the dog can be a substitute baby for women, or represent an outlet for affection or caring. This is particularly true of dreams about puppies, which are a symbol of childlike playfulness or following someone about in a devoted way. In mythology, the dog has symbolized the guardian of the gates of death, or a messenger between the hidden and the visible worlds. The dog was also thought of as a guide or guardian of the hidden side of life.

If a dog appears in your dream, pay attention to whether it was aggressive or friendly. It is also important to consider what your waking feelings about dogs are, as this will have an influence on the interpretation of your dream.

If you love dogs and you enjoyed caring for or playing with your dog in your dream, then it may be a sign that you are in need of more fun and friendship in your real life. Alternatively, because dogs are traditionally thought to be loyal, dependable, faithful friends and protectors to humans, it may be that your unconscious was highlighting these qualities within yourself or a person you know. Perhaps you are longing to have a friend you can trust and on whom you can depend.

Dogs typically represent friends and companionship in dreams, so if you dreamed of taking out-of-control dogs for a walk with them all straining on a lead, perhaps you are finding it hard to fit into your current circle of friends; do you feel that you have little in common with them anymore? If your dog broke away from you or you dropped its lead in your dream, do you fear losing the trust or loyalty of your friends? If you are taking a dog for a walk and were holding the lead, this suggests that you might be restraining of your aggression towards a friend or someone else; if someone else is holding the lead, it may be that you are feeling attacked by someone you know.

If a dog was aggressive in your dream and you fear dogs in waking life, your unconscious may have been reflecting your waking fear. If, however, you love dogs in real life, such a dream may represent a friend who is about to turn on you in waking life—perhaps they already have.

The loud barking of a dream dog can signal the animal within you trying to break free. Perhaps you feel angry about someone or something and are close to exploding with rage; or is your bark worse than your bite? A dog barking happily shows that you are enjoying your social life. A friendly, happy dog shows that you have lots of good friends. A dog barking and snarling warns against enemies and if the dream dog is big and powerful, as well as friendly, it shows that you feel in need of a powerful protector.

If a dog bit you in your dream, could this suggest an ungrateful loved one or relative who is biting the hand that feeds? Since dogs are often associated with masculine energy, if you were attacked by a dream dog, such a dream might represent feelings about a man or a relationship with a man. The black dog figures quite frequently in people’s dream imagery. For some people it represents depression; for others, death.

If a dog appears in your dream you may also want to consider if your dreaming mind is speaking in puns. Do you feel ‘sick as a dog’ or are you ‘in the doghouse’, and so on? Although interpretations will vary, bear in mind that in general a dream of dogs usually has positive association.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Garden

Dreams in which a garden features tend to refer to your inner feelings, areas of potential growth and change, and what it is you are trying to cultivate in your life. Considering the garden’s features will tell you whether you are successfully cultivating the seedlings of your potential or allowing them to become choked and killed by weeds. Gardens also reveal the inner life of the dreamer, allowing you to see what you appreciate about yourself; they also represent features of the difficult process of self-discovery, as symbolized by the tree of knowledge.

Other interpretations suggest that dreams of gardens express a desire to be closer to nature or your natural self. Sometimes, dream gardens are symmetrical with a central point; this mandala symbol represents the inner wholeness of your true self and to dream of a garden that reproduces its form may indicate inner healing after a period of unease or even illness.

If your dream garden is beautiful, this suggests creativity and abundance in your life, whereas an overgrown neglected garden warns that you have neglected your personal growth. It is time to clear away the weeds and start nurturing your talents.

The garden is also the symbol of the feminine attributes and the qualities of wildness that need to be tamed in order to create order. Closed or walled gardens, in particular, have this significance and can represent virginity. Freud saw the garden as an image of the female genitals, with the dreamer perhaps facing the carnal temptations associated with the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

If your dream garden is square or circular in shape, this suggests unconscious wisdom and insight.

If there is a pool in the garden this refers to memories of childhood or hidden, unexpressed emotions.

If you are gardening in your dream, this indicates that you are in the act of creation; the dream may be referring to your psychological growth and increasing emotional maturity. To see a vegetable garden symbolizes increased prosperity will come your way through diligence and care; it also suggests stability and inner growth. To see a flower garden in your dream foretells of tranquility, comfort, true love and a happy home in your future. To see a sparse, weed-infested garden indicates that you have neglected your emotional and spiritual needs. A garden gate may represent a welcome invitation to a more natural environment for those detained awhile by city life. Walking through a garden gate may represent moving into a new phase of life; new opportunities await you. An open gate represents changes for the future; a closed gate means problems or obstacles ahead

A conservatory or hothouse full of exotic plants symbolizes the unconscious being kept under tight control. A fountain in the garden is a symbol of encouragement, renewed hope and a release of creativity. A well in the garden may stand for your most valued talents and inner resources, but if the well is dried up and you cannot draw water from it, this suggests frustration at being unable to find an outlet for your talents. To see a neat and wellkept yard reflects your ability to maintain and organize aspects of your outside life, such as work and your social activities. To see a messy and neglected yard denotes those aspects of your life that are out of your control. See also Plants entry in NATURE AND THE SEASONS; TREES.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Carer

You may dream of carers or being a carer yourself. Perhaps you are ill in your dream and no carer answers your cries for help? Or conversely, are there too many carers surrounding your bed? Does the carer give you the right kind of medicine or TLC? And who is the carer: a stranger, or someone you know and love? If you have dreams of carers or caring, such dreams may simply be reflecting your anxiety about becoming old and vulnerable. As we live longer, it is natural that issues of caring should show up more frequently in our dreams.

If you are a carer yourself, you may have dreams in which you are a terrible carer, and unwilling or unable to tend to your patient’s or loved one’s needs.

If this is the case, don’t take it literally; your dreams are simply letting you know what the repressed part of you feels and suggesting to you that it might be a good idea to find some outlet in waking life to let off steam.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are full of rich psychological symbolism that expresses our innermost fears and dreams. Beginning with the fathers of the field, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, numerous psychoanalysts have turned to fairy tales in an effort to understand the human mind. Just as many fairy tales hinge upon a revelation of the truth about those who have been somehow disguised, so too fairy tales cut to the essence of adult identity. Freud suspected that dreams and fairy tales stemmed from the same place, and the relaxation of inhibition that occurs in the dream state is also true of many storytellers. So fairy tales might prove, as with dreams, to be windows opening into the unconscious. (Indeed, many fairy tales include dream-states as important plot points.) For Freud, fairy tales are rife with wish-fulfillment fantasies and complicated sexual undercurrents.

As far as Jung was concerned, the ‘collective unconscious’ that lies at the core of his work, and which he believed is shared by all human beings, is revealed through archetypes, forms and symbols found in ample quantity in fairy tales. Jungian therapists study fairy tales to help analyze the dreams of their patients. Jung’s disciples have gone on to interpret fairy tales as lives in miniature, suggesting, for example, that each character within a tale may represent an aspect of human personality.

More recently, perhaps the best-known—and certainly the most widely- quoted—psychologist to incorporate fairy tales into their practice is Bruno Bettelheim, who published Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales in 1976. Bettelheim argued that fairy tales are an important tool for children learning to navigate reality and survive in a world ruled by adults. The family conflicts and moral education of the protagonists (conveniently often children themselves) could provide models of coping. Others have disputed aspects of this interpretation. The German cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin notes that the morality of fairy tales is rather complicated, with the heroes and heroines often known to lie, cheat, steal and torture villains. But there remains something empowering and psychologically insightful in these stories that, as fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar writes, demonstrate the ‘triumph of small and weak over tall and powerful’.

To sum up: one of the most useful functions of the fairy tale is to use fantasy to help address the problems of growing up. During the course of the fairy tale, the hero or heroine is taken on a journey to greater self-awareness and psychological wholeness. In a child’s life there may be many conflicts and the fairy tale helps the child express the hostility these situations may cause. Many psychologists recommend fairy tales as beneficial to children, believing they help children assimilate problems such as violence, sexuality, growing up and learning to deal with family conflict. In many ways, fantasy dreams share the same functions as fairy tales; not only do they provide a healthy outlet for socially unacceptable behavior, they can also empower the dreamer and teach hidden lessons.... The Element Encyclopedia

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