According to Adler, dreams are an expression of our ambitious desire for power and success, a way of overcompensating for shortcomings in our waking life.
For example, if a person is unable to stand up to their boss, they may safely lash out in anger at him or her in a dream. Thus dreams offer some sort of satisfaction that is socially acceptable.
Although some dreams can be interpreted as wish-fulfillment, most modern dream researchers believe that dreams have another purpose, to periodically present us with reports on our progress to date. Sometimes these updates are purely expressions of wish-fulfillment, and therefore easy to interpret: for example, those fantastic dreams in which you win the lottery, or audition successfully for the lead role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Sometimes, though, dreams are harder to interpret because the dreaming mind speaks in the confusing language of symbols. Understanding such dreams is, however, important because they often contain pertinent observations and warnings—not yet registered by the conscious mind—that can help us achieve our goals in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you are currently a boarding school student, then this dream may just be a reflection of your current surroundings and emotions.... My Dream Interpretation
If you lose at cards you will encounter enemies.
If you win you will justify yourself in the eyes of the law, but will have trouble in so doing.
If a young woman dreams that her sweetheart is playing at cards, she will have cause to question his good intentions. In social games, seeing diamonds indicate wealth; clubs, that your partner in life will be exacting, and that you may have trouble in explaining your absence at times; hearts denote fidelity and cosy surroundings; spades signify that you will be a widow and encumbered with a large estate. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Worry about gambling habits.
3. Concern over a business proposition. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you’re dealing the cards in your dream, bad news is around the corner. See clubs, and you’ll have success in business. See diamonds, and good financial news is in your future. See hearts, and it bodes well for love. See spades, and trouble is on the way.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
In the case of playing cards, it implies that you do not take life seriously enough and are taking too many risks. It also may be a suggestion to look at life more as if it were a game and to be less serious.
It is important whether you have good or bad cards in your hand.
If you dream about a particular card, find out the meaning by checking out books about reading cards.
With postcards and maps, refer to the place or area pictured on them.
If you can’t make any connection with the picture, postcards and maps may be an expression of a desire for travel and vacation.
Tickets and business cards point to areas that are normally unavailable to you. In the case of tickets, the specific area depicted is most important: what you are admitted to is an indication of the direction you should take in your life. In the case of business cards and credit cards it is the person who carries them who is important.
A business card shows that you are, or want to be, successful.
Folklore: Quarrels loom on the horizon.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A deck of cards: Is the deck complete with 52 cards? If not, you may have fragmentary information about a person or situation.
Playing cards: Consider if you’re gambling on something or someone, or taking an unnecessary risk. Alternatively, having your attention diverted from more legitimate, and worthwhile, endeavors.
Playing an ace: Successfully and confidently making your move, or having an alternative plan of action on which to fall back (e.g., having “an ace in the hole”). In terms of omens and signs, this is considered a very positive dream denoting victory (see One).
Potential mental instability, or lacking thorough information or tools with which to handle a situation (e.g., “not playing with a full deck”).
If the hand you see is filled with jokers, this reflects your own sense of humor. Is it a healthy one, or do you make jokes and laugh to cover up insecurity? Also if you’re the eternal prankster, this dream acts as a gentle warning that someone might get hurt as a result of ill-conceived shenanigans.
Tarot cards in dreams should be interpreted according to their layout and images.
For more information, consult a classical Tarot deck with interpretive guide like the Rider- Waite Tarot.
Business cards may have symbolic words and phrases upon them to consider.
The names and phone numbers can also have interpretive value. Consider each separately, and the card as a whole unit, when trying to understand this emblem.
Greeting cards in dreams reflect matters of communication, particularly those missives coming from other people. Look at the card’s message (see Writing) or its art for more meaning here.... The Language of Dreams
If you yourself are playing cards in a dream, it is a sign that you will be in danger of making a mistake in some love affair, unless the cards that you hold are mostly hearts, which combination points decisively to a happy married life.... The Complete Dream Book
Depending on the type of card being given or received, the general consensus is that the dreamer is in need of communicating with the other person(s) in the dream relative to the symbolism of the type of card.... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation
To dream of playing cards is indicative that one needs to be open to the possibility of gambling or risk taking to gain wealth. Certain types of cards can have different meanings.
For example, Hearts represents love and relationships; Diamonds – material wealth; Spades – conflict; and Clubs – intelligence.... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation
If there is a card up your sleeve, then you are hiding something or keeping secrets.
If all your cards are on the table, then you are being honest about your intentions. Pay attention to what cards are being revealed. See Ace, Club, Diamond, Heart, Numbers, Spade, Trump Card, Tarot Cards, Business Cards and Gamble.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The tarot – our inner truth – can be used as images in dream work.
To dream of giving or receiving a card such as a birthday card alerts us to the need for a specific kind of communication, perhaps celebrating our own or others’ good fortune and luck.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The cards that one deals, or is dealt, in a dream may have significance as to number or suit: hearts indicate emotion and relationship. Diamonds represent material wealth. Spades represent conflict, difficulties and obstacles. Clubs represent action, work and intelligence.
The king portrays human success and mastery.
The queen indicates emotional depth, sensitivity and understanding whereas the jack represents impetuosity, creativity or an adolescent energy.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Each playing card has a distinct divinatory meaning of its own, usually based on numerology. Spades rule conflict, hearts pertain to matters of the heart, diamonds refer to money, and clubs rule difficulties - and the numerological meaning of each number combined with the nature of the suit gives a rough meaning of the card’s divinatory nature.
The face cards rule people whose personalities are based on the nature of the suit they represent.
If the dream is of a Tarot card, or a group of them, the meaning of the card has a strong bearing on the meaning of the dream. Consult our Tarot experts for details.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If it is gambling, you may face economical strain.
If you are a loser, you have made an enemy.
If diamonds predominate among the cards, the signification is wealth; spades, bad news; hearts, pleasantries and fidelity of a loved one; clubs, petty quarrels with friends.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
The face cards signify as follows:
clubs: You will be helped by a friend.
diamonds: Danger from an older man who has a position of power.
hearts: True love.
spades: Opposition in your ambitions.
clubs: You need to unsnarl your love life.
diamonds: Good news concerning property.
hearts: Happy romantic news.
spades: A niggling worry through a misplaced confidence.
clubs: Deceit and trickery could cause you a loss.
diamonds: A pleasing gift or small inheritance.
hearts: Happiness through a new romance.
spades: You’ve got a rival and/or opposition in whatever concerns you most.
See also Ace and Numbers.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If a fortune teller is reading your cards, reflects own psychic attunement; or seeking your destiny from outer, not inner sources. Remember that you create from within.... The Dream Books Symbols
2- Our subconscious may be registering concern, cither about ourselves or others.
3- Visual communication, the ability to convey a message spiritually.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The cards that one deals, or is dealt, in a dream may have significance as to number (see Numbers) or as to suit: Hearts indicate emotion and relationship. Diamonds represent material wealth. Spades represent conflict, difficulties and obstacles. Clubs represent action, work and intelligence.
The King portrays human success and master)-.
The Queen indicates emotional depth, sensitivity and understanding.
The Jack represents impetuosity; creativity or an adolescent energy.
2- On a psychological level, card playing in a dream can be seen as taking calculated risks and alerts us to potential danger.
3- The Tarot our Inner Truth can be used as images in dream work.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The different suits depict different things. Hearts: emotions; relationships. Diamonds: riches; intellectual. Spades: one’s body; movement; sensuality. Clubs: instinctive drives such as fear, sex, hunger. Business card: identity or opponunity. Greetings card: hoping for news; thoughts about sender. See games. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If you dream you are winning when playing cards, you will do well and profit in life.
If you are losing, you will suffer some setbacks.
If you are shuffling cards, there will be decisions to make.
If cards are dealt to you, you will find yourself with a sudden problem to solve.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
Obtaining something that will carry a very high price over the long term. Overextension of resources, and being impatient for material things.
What is being paid for? Is it something for which you should work instead of taking the easy road?... The Language of Dreams
If you’re having financial difficulties in real life, this dream may simply symbolize your real troubles and/or attitudes related to money, work, and saving.
If you dream about losing your credit card, this suggests you are being careless in some aspect of your waking life.
A dream of having your credit card stolen suggests that something or someone is robbing you of vital energy.... My Dream Interpretation
For a young woman to be suspended from a high school, foretells she will have troubles in social circles. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Conﬂicts are temporary.
3. Need to take goals and ambitions more seriously.
4. Return to old ways of thinking, old worries and fears. ... New American Dream Dictionary
It is a time when one meets lifetime friends, commits silly mistakes, and shared hopes and dreams.
A mixture of emotions, expectations, and memories gushes out from the thought of high school.
To dream about high school refers to lessons learned and preparations made for life.
Dreaming of high school likewise brings to mind your parents’ expectations from you.
To fail high school indicates doubt in your abilities or accomplishments in your life, based on previous failure or insecurities you had in high school.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The primary symbolic meaning for this image is deeply connected to your own personal experience of this period in your life. In a general sense, high school is where most of us learned life lessons of responsibility and sexual identity as well as where we built the foundation for the directions we took as grownups. However, the overall experience of this turbulent time varies from person to person and can range from fun and joyous to excruciatingly painful. When you dream of high school, your unconscious is expressing emotional issues that have their roots in this time in your history. This common dream symbol is often related to performance anxiety.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If you dream of teaching home school, then you are taking a proactive approach to the information you are receiving, as well as taking responsibility for what you teach and how you influence those around you. See Home and School.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Hearts indicate good fortune in love; diamonds stand for wealth.
Spades point to hard work without reward; while clubs portend disgrace.
The higher the cards in the red suits, the better is the augury.
The higher the cards in the black suits, the worse is the augury.... The Complete Dream Book
Ace of Hearts: Love and happiness; a particularly favorable card that indicates troubles lifting.
King of Hearts: A fair-haired man with a good nature; or a man with water signs predominating in his chart; fair, helpful advice. Affectionate, caring man. This man helps you out without much talk; his actions reveal his kindness and concern.
Queen of Hearts: A fair-haired woman with a good nature; or a woman with water signs predominating in her chart; kind advice. Affectionate, caring woman. This card can sometimes indicate the mother or a mother figure.
Jack of Hearts: A warm-hearted friend; a fair-haired youth; or a young person with water signs predominating in their chart; often points to a younger admirer.
10 of Hearts: Good luck; success; this is an important card that suggests good fortune after difficulty.
9 of Hearts: The card of wishes; a wish or dream fulfilled.
8 of Hearts: Unexpected gift or visit; an invitation to a party.
7 of Hearts: Someone whose interest in you is unreliable; someone with fickle affections for you; can indicate lovesickness.
6 of Hearts: A sudden wave of good luck; someone takes care of you or takes a warm interest in you.
5 of Hearts: Jealousy; some ill-will from people around you.
4 of Hearts: Travel; change of home or business.
3 of Hearts: Love and happiness; can also indicate emotional problems and an inability to decide who to love.
2 of Hearts: A warm partnership or engagement; a very favorable card that indicates strength and support coming from a partner.
Ace of Clubs: Wealth, prosperity, unexpected money; can also suggest mismanagement of money.
King of Clubs: Dark-haired, kindhearted man; or a man with fire predominating in his chart; a generous, spirited man.
Queen of Clubs: Dark-haired, confident woman; or a woman with fire predominating in her chart; she may give you good advice.
Jack of Clubs: A dark-haired or fiery youth; a popular youth who is good-hearted and playful; can also indicate an admirer.
10 of Clubs: Business success; good luck with money; a trip taken now may result in a new friend or love interest.
9 of Clubs: Achievement; sometimes a wealthy marriage or sudden windfall.
8 of Clubs: Work or business problems that may have to do with jealousy.
7 of Clubs: Business success, although there may be problems with the opposite sex; a change in business that may have been expected or earned, such as a promotion.
6 of Clubs: Financial aid or success.
5 of Clubs: New friendships or alliances are made.
4 of Clubs: Beware of dishonesty or deceit; avoid blind acceptance of others at this time.
3 of Clubs: Love and happiness; successful marriage; a favorable long-term proposition; a second chance, often in an economic sense.
2 of Clubs: Obstacles to success; malicious gossip.
Ace of Spades: Misfortune; sometimes associated with a difficult ending.
King of Spades: Dark-haired man; or a man with air predominating in his chart; an ambitious, perhaps self-serving, man.
Queen of Spades: Widowed or divorced woman; a woman with air predominating in her chart.
Jack of Spades: A youth who is demanding or jealous.
10 of Spades: Worry; bad news.
9 of Spades: Misfortune; a personal low.
8 of Spades: Temptation; danger; upsets.
7 of Spades: Advice that is best not taken; loss; there is some obstacle to success, and this indicates that obstacles may be coming from within you.
6 of Spades: Small changes and improvements.
5 of Spades: Opposition and obstacles that are temporary; a blessing in disguise; sometimes indicates a negative or depressed person.
4 of Spades: Small worries; problems; financial difficulties, personal lows.
3 of Spades: Breaks or conflict in relationships.
2 of Spades: Deceit; may also warn against possible infidelity or separation.
Ace of Diamonds: Change; a message, often about money, and usually good news.
King of Diamonds: Fair-haired or graying man; a man with earth predominating in his chart; a man of authority, status, or influence.
Queen of Diamonds: Fair-haired woman; a woman with earth predominating in her chart; a gossip.
Jack of Diamonds: A youth, possibly in uniform; a jealous person who may be unreliable; a person who brings news, generally negative, but relatively minor.
10 of Diamonds: A change in financial status, often for the better.
9 of Diamonds: A new business deal; travel; restlessness; a change of residence.
8 of Diamonds: New job; change in job situation; the young or the old may find love on a trip.
7 of Diamonds: An argument concerning finances or employment, generally expected to be resolved happily.
6 of Diamonds: Relationship problems; arguments; separation.
5 of Diamonds: Happiness and success; a change for the better; a birth, or good news for a child; a good time to start new projects.
4 of Diamonds: Financial upswing; an older person may give good advice.
3 of Diamonds: A legal letter; be tactful with others in order to avoid disputes.
2 of Diamonds: A business partnership; a change in relationship; gossip.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you are currently a private school student, then this dream may just be a reflection of your current surroundings and emotions.... My Dream Interpretation
2. More “life lessons” are needed, loss of direction.
3. A friend may not be what he/she appears. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you think you are young and at school as in your youth, you will find that sorrow and reverses will make you sincerely long for the simple trusts and pleasures of days of yore.
To dream of teaching a school, foretells that you will strive for literary attainments, but the bare necessities of life must first be forthcoming.
To visit the schoolhouse of your childhood days, portends that discontent and discouraging incidents overshadows the present. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Childhood memories.
3. Performance anxiety. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Institute)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A school is a common dream setting for past or present important events in a person’s life... Christian Dream Symbols
If you are the student you may be feeling inadequate or lack self confidence. Either way, going to school or attending class in a dream is your unconscious reminder that there is a need for new learning and that you may have not learned an important lesson. School may not always be a positive experience, but it is always necessary. Ask yourself what do you need to learn more about? If you were a teacher in your dream, you may be dealing with issues of authority. From a spiritual point of view, some believe that in the dream state an individual may travel to an inner plane or the spiritual realm, where they can attend classes which assist in spiritual growth and development.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If you were a teacher in the dream, it may point to problems dealing with the authority in general, or from one specific individual. From a spiritual point of view, some believe that we travel to the inner planes (the spiritual realm) in the dream state and there we may attend classes which assist us in our spiritual growth and development.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
Example: ‘1 am back at school on the first day of the new school year. At this point it can vary slightly, but I always feel out of place, usually because I am older than the other girls now or—most common—because my uniform is incorrect and it is time for assembly—I went to a very strict convent school. There is always some feeling of panic and quite often loneliness’ (PH). PH is still uncomfortable about who she is as a person.
The influence of the school years still nags at her, that she ought to be other than she is. Not having a nature that easily conformed, she was led to feel isolated and an alien.
Places in school: particular abilities we have. Library, our knowledge and learning ability; stored information. Gymnasium: taking risks in learning something new; daring; physical health. Classroom: study, relationship with authority.
Example: ‘In the bathroom area, a school class was being held, so I had to wait for my bath, steam would be bad for the books. I didn’t have any soap with me but I was going to wash my hair and could use the shampoo’ (Leonie K). Leonie is getting rid of attitudes or a self image developed at school, shown as shampooing her hair.
The new attitudes of letting off steam would not have been acceptable at school.
Idioms: of the old school; tell tales out of school, old school tie; well schooled. See schoolteacher under roles. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
1- School is an important part of everyone’s life. In situations where we are learning new abilities or skills, the image of a school will often come up in dreams.
It is also the place where we experience associations which do not belong to the family, and can therefore suggest new ways of learning about relationships. School may also be the place where we learn about competitiveness and how to belong to groups.
2- When we are relearning how to deal with our own personalities, the school or classroom will often appear in dreams. They will often appear at times when we are attempting to get rid of old. outmoded ideas and concepts. Also, when we are learning different ways of dealing with authority and with feelings of inadequacy, our feelings about school will surface.
3- Spiritually it is often considered that life itself is a school. Life is an arena for learning and experiencing so that we can maximise our best potential.
It is believed that life is a testing-ground for the reality which comes afterwards.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The classroom of life itself. WTiat are you learning in this dream, and how can you apply it to your present situation?
Matters of education and training. What level of schooling is shown in the dream? Elemental-}’ school reflects the need to get back to basics, whereas college symbolizes preparation and learning as a key to success in our endeavors.
An unvoiced desire to return to school and achieve a specific personal goal, manifesting through the dream.
If this is the case, check with your local institutions and see if you can’t make this dream a realitv!... The Language of Dreams
If you are still in school and you dream about school, then this can simply be a reflection of your experiences. In addition, a dream that takes place in school may represent morals that you have been taught throughout your life. *See Teacher... Dream Symbols and Analysis
It is an arena for learning and experiencing so that we can maximize our best potential; life is a testing-ground for the reality that comes afterwards.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
It is also the place where we experience associations that do not belong to the family, and can in dreams, therefore, suggest new ways of learning about relationships. School may also be indicative of how we learn about competitiveness and belonging to groups. Consult the entries for education, teacher and university for further information.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A dream that takes place in school may also be a metaphor for the lessons you are learning in your life.
To dream of ditching/skipping school may indicate that you have skipped something important or avoided your responsibilities - have you done the right thing in a situation? If you dream about the first day of school, you could simply be nervous about returning to school in real life. Or, this dream may also be a warning to pay closer attention to your responsibilities.
A dream about the last day of school can be a straight-forward reflection of reality, meaning you are looking forward to school being over! This dream may also represent how much you have learned from your experiences, and your readiness to go forward with a new phase of your life.
If you dream of visiting an old school, your unconscious mind is telling you that you have come a long way. Try to consider the lessons you learned in the past, and apply them to your current challenges. Your mind could also be trying to teach you what worked or didn’t in the past, so you can change your behavior and be happier in the present. Also see “Boarding School”, “Expelled”, “Principal”, “School Bus”, “School Trip”, “Suspended” and “Teacher”... My Dream Interpretation
If you dream that you are a youngster at school, it is a wish to avoid present duties.
To revisit your childhood school indicates frustration.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
• It can also indicate your relationship to authority. Not being able to find the classroom is reflecting your concerns around social acceptability and acceptance by your peers.
• Dreaming of a first day at school may signify the same insecurities and fears of fitting in you felt back, then but triggered by a new job or new situation in your life now.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
• 2. A picture of the education system in the world.
Depending on your personal view of school, you will have a different interpretation.
The most universal of course is a place of learning, and it speaks of the knowledge you have attained over the years.
• If you dream that you pass a test or go up a grade in school, it means that you have passed a spiritual test and that you are ready to move forward.
• It is an indication that you qualified in the task that the Lord gave you to do and now you are ready to be promoted to a new level.
• Of course with that new level will come more testing and learning.
• Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, [you] good • and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will • make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.
• This may speak of spiritual maturity or of a ministry office.
• If you dream of going to a school or University, it means that there is some knowledge that you lack and the Lord wants you to receive it.
• If you dream of a school you attended in the past and your emotions are intense, then what you are looking at is a good example of a healing or a purging dream relates to that era in your life.
Negative: If you dream that you have to write the same test repeatedly or repeat a grade, it means that you have not learned the lesson that you needed to learn in life.
• If you keep dreaming of a school you attended in the past, it could mean that there are still hurts from this area that are troubling you.
See also: Buildings.... The Way of Dreams and Visions
It is a throwback to the past, but it can help you understand the present. Not surprisingly, dreaming about the school may mean that you are behaving childishly. For this reason, the unconscious is returning you back to that time, reminding you to be over with that stage if you want to look forward and progress in life. School ultimately urges you to learn and accept the lessons of life. A teacher in this dream represents your own self-censorship and self- control.
If the teacher scolds you it indicates that you feel guilty, or you consider yourself inferior compared to others, or your misdeeds will come to light.
If the teacher congratulates you it means you trust yourself and your abilities.
If you are the teacher of the school the dream portends good fortune.
If you are a student you will suffer a setback in business; it will worsen if, in the dream, you forget the lesson.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If your dream does not take you back to your earlier life, a school can be an indication that there are life lessons to be learned.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If the dreamer is a teacher, the dream may symbolize authority. In some esoteric groups it is said that during sleep the soul attends classes “on the inner planes” (in the spiritual realm), so that dreams about being in a classroom would be interpreted as reflecting this type of “spiritual learning” experience. (See also Class, Seminar).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
If your school dream was negative, however, and you hated school, then your dream may be suggesting that you have not resolved your feelings about this life experience. You need to reassess your school days from an adult perspective.
If the school was ruined or dilapidated in your dream, this can represent the collapse of youthful illusions; your dreaming mind is urging you not to dwell on the past but to move on. Another interpretation of dreams about being back at school is that you are feeling suffocated by rules, regulations and restrictions in your waking life that are preventing you from leading the life you want to live. It can sometimes refer to feelings of rejection, aloneness and stress on leaving your mother for the first time. Your dreaming mind may also be urging you to seek out knowledge or learn new skills in waking life. Specific places or rooms in the school represent attitudes learned at school. For example, the library is a place of knowledge and stored information; the gymnasium is associated with physical health and a place where you take risks. School clothes suggest the social image you developed at school and school friends, those of your attitudes that you developed at school.
In general, dream of high school or secondary school are not so much about the lessons you learned there, but about social concerns or the desire to fit in at all costs. Whether you couldn’t find a classroom or were unprepared for an exam, the primary concern of such dreams centers around your own abilities and what others think of you. Dreams set in high school reflect your insecurities and social fears.
If you dream of the school playground, this represents the importance of relaxation or recreation to balance the time you spend working.
Not wanting to join in with school games suggests an inability to switch off from work, whilst reluctance to leave the playground suggests a lack of discipline.
If you dream of bullying and are identifying with the victim, you may be expressing old memories of school experiences that were upsetting. Alternatively, the bully might represent a domineering figure in your current life or aspects of your own character that are domineering.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you are still at school, or if you have a job and your dream referred to your actual workplace, then your dreaming mind was probably referring to your everyday concerns.
If you have left school, or the school or workplace in your dreams is unfamiliar to you, your dreaming mind may have been suggesting a past feeling or experience that has relevance for your current situation. Such dreams could also indicate a sense of restriction and your resentment that you can’t spend your time doing what you want. They could also be commenting on your social interaction with your peers and authority figures, since relating to others is an essential part of school and work.
Jung regarded dreams as teachers and guides on the road towards wholeness; from his perspective, dreams that feature schools and teachers were especially significant because schools are places of learning and maturing into a healthy adult. Jobs are closely linked to self-esteem in waking life, so the type of job that features in your dream—and the reward or lack of reward associated with it—can be significant indicators of your feelings of self-worth and of the success or failure of your approach to life’s challenges.
Education... The Element Encyclopedia
If you missed your school bus in the dream, you may feel that others are leaving you behind socially or emotionally.
To dream that your school bus gets in an accident means you will find yourself in an embarrassing situation. Also see “Bus Driver” and “Bus Stop.”... My Dream Interpretation
If you are riding a school bus in your dreams, you may be on your way to learning something new.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If you are one, you are likely to reach desired success in literary and other works. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If you are the teacher in the dream it is a desire to be successful in the literary realm.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Are you revisiting experiences that you haven’t come to terms with yet? If that is not the case, the dream is showing you the “school of life” and challenging you to learn from past experiences. Maybe you are going to be “tested’’ in the near future.... Dreamers Dictionary
A high school may represent that which prepares you for worR in the world or lessons about your spiritual nature. Enrolling in a university or college might represent being ready to leam what it takes to graduate in life. It may represent concerns about your professional career or ways of achieving recognition and status in society.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
2. A need or desire for a broad approach to an issue that requires healing (especially if individual tarot symbols are not noted by the dreamer). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you had a tarot reading in your dream, pay attention to what you were told by the fortune teller - it could be your sleeping mind’s way of sending you an important message from your unconscious.... My Dream Interpretation
The Major Arcana
0- The Fool
A jester figure representing impulse, birth and youth, sometimes shown beginning a journey and accompanied by a dog.
If this card appears in your dreams, it stands for a new start and infinite possibilities. When it appears, you might be about to make a move, not just to a new home, but to a new job or way of thinking. There is more than just change, renewal and a brand new beginning in the Fool; there’s also movement, and a fresh, exciting new time. But the card carries a little bark of warning as well. Stop daydreaming and fantasizing and watch your step, lest you fall and end up looking the fool.
1- The Magician
Sometimes shown as a juggler or illusionist at a fair, sometimes playing with the symbols of the four suits, representing consciousness, a sense of self-control and dexterity. In dreams, this card might be telling you that you will have a vision, an idea or a magical mental image of whatever it is you most want, whether it is the solution to a problem, a successful career or a fulfilling love life.
2- High Priestess
Shown as a female religious leader, representing women’s liberation, wisdom, independence and psychic development. The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinct and the supernatural. She offers secret knowledge, like the moon on a dark night, so that you can find your path in life. She sits between the pillars of dark and light, consciousness and unconsciousness, waxing and waning. All secret knowledge is hers.
Shown as a queen on a throne or as the mother goddess, she represents illumination, intelligence, understanding, maternity and creativity. The Empress is a creator, be it the creation of life, of romance, of art or business. This card tells you that if you want your new romance, career, business or creation to grow into all it can be, you have to pay attention to it, baby it and be willing to let it take those first steps when it is ready. Most of all, like any pregnant mother or good gardener, you have to be patient. All things need time to gestate and sprout.
Sometimes shown as a king on a throne holding a sphere and scepter, he represents sight, vision, realization, power and strength. In the best of circumstances, he signifies the leader that everyone wants to follow because he rules with intelligence and enthusiasm. But sometimes that throne can also be a trap, a responsibility that has the Emperor feeling restless, bored and discontent.
5- Hierophant or Pope
A religious leader, sometimes shown as the Pope seated on a throne, he represents the link between God and man, and symbolizes spiritual discovery, the father, transcendence, and the teacher. The Hierophant’s only problem is that he can be stubborn. At his best, he is wise and soothing, offering much-needed advice; at his worst, he is an unbending traditionalist.
Shown as two people surrounded by cupids, flowerbeds, they represent struggle, beauty, sovereignty and, union. Above all, this card is a symbol of choice. Love is a force that makes you choose and decide for reasons you often can’t understand; it makes you surrender control to a higher power. When this card appears in a dream, you are being told to trust your instincts, to choose this career, challenge, person or thing to which or whom you are so strongly drawn, no matter how scary, how difficult, irrational or troublesome.
Sometimes shown as warriors parading triumphant in chariot or an icon of a hero being paraded around, it represents victory, the domination of humankind over nature, power, war and self-control.
If this card appears in your dream, it suggests that control is required over opposing emotions, wants, needs, people or circumstances; it is urging you to bring them together and give them a single direction, your direction. The card can indicate new motivation or inspiration that gets a stagnant situation moving again.
8- Strength or Lust
Represents love as a source of strength, endurance, will to survive, strong desires and perseverance. In dreams, this card suggests that you can control not only the situation, but also yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining your integrity. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.
Often shown as a hermit holding an hourglass, the hermit represents withdrawal, solitude, abandonment of convention via inner conviction and a preoccupation with details,. This is not a time for socializing; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. Nor is it a time for action, discussion or decisions; it is a time to think, organize, ruminate and take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent during this time of withdrawal. But such times lead to enlightenment, illumination and clarity.
10- Wheel of Fortune
Represents karma, reincarnation, the consequences of chance happenings, cycles, optimism and generosity. This card can mean movement, change and evolution, but its primary meaning is that such changes will seem to come out of the blue as a stroke of good, unexpected fortune.
Often shown as ‘lady justice’ (blindfolded with scale), representing decision, equilibrium. Justice is about cold, objective balance through reason or natural force. This is the card that tells a person they can’t keep smoking and drinking without consequences to their health. It is the card that advises cutting out waste and insists that you make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
12- Hanged Man
Represents sacrifice, violence, transition. Sometimes you need to sacrifice cherished positions, opening yourself to other truths and other perspectives in order to find solutions. One thing is certain; whether the insight is great or small, spiritual or mundane, once you have been the Hanged Man in your dreams, you never see things in quite the same way again.
Often shown as a skeleton or the Grim Reaper, this card represents stagnation and routine, but also fresh starts, a clean slate, liberation and renewal. This is a time of change, a time for something to end, but also a time for something new to begin. You may feel sad, empty or low, but that will help you rise again, like a phoenix from the ashes. Death is not the end. It is only the precursor to resurrection.
This card represents enthusiasm, moderation, truthfulness, the mixing of opposite ingredients in proper proportion, and working together. Temperance may, at first glance, be a warning to ‘temper’ or modify your behavior, to cut your wine with water. But it may also be a reminder that seemingly irreconcilable opposites may not be irreconcilable at all.
15- The Devil
Perhaps the most misunderstood of all the major Arcana, the Devil is not really ‘Satan’ at all, but Pan, the half-goat nature god, or Dionysus, the god of wine and licentiousness. This card represents superficiality, confusion, ignorance, apathy, limitations, frustrations and sexual problems. These are gods of pleasure and abandonment, of wild behavior and unbridled desires. This card is about ambition, but is also synonymous with temptation and addiction. On the flip side, however, the card can be a warning to someone who is too restrained, someone who never allows themselves to get passionate, messy or wild- or even ambitious.
16- The Tower
Representing spiritual awakening, destiny, often shown as a ‘house of god’ or a ruins, the Tower is a card about war. This war is between the tangled structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth.
If this card appears in your dreams, you can expect to be shaken up or to be blinded by a shocking revelation. It sometimes takes such a shock to make you see a truth that you refuse to confront, or to challenge and destroy beliefs that are well constructed and deeply defended. What is most important to remember is that the tearing down of this structure, however painful, makes room for something new to be built.
17- The Star
Often shown as a woman kneeling on a sea shore, this card suggests clarity of vision and spiritual insight, and represents meditation, inspiration, hope, immortality. Most importantly, it suggests that unexpected help will be coming, but that help is only the first step. The star only reveals the future. It is up to you to find your way to that future.
18- The Moon
A card that is connected with sleep, and so both with dreams and with nightmares, the Moon represents illusion, self-deception, confusion and the growth of intuition. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. It should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition.
If this image appears in your dreams, you may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.
19- The Sun
Just as the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious or from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully conscious whilst wide awake, and represents enlightenment, clarity, understanding, comprehension, wisdom, happiness and splendor. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy, as well as symbolizing science and math, beautifully constructed music and carefully reasoned philosophy.
Often showing angels blowing trumpets, this card represents awakening to something new and rebirth. There are wounds from the past that may not have healed and Judgment advises you to finally face these, recognize that the past is past, and put them to rest, absolutely and irrevocably. This is also a card of healing, quite literally from an accident or illness, as well as a card signaling great transformation, renewal and change.
21- The World or Universe
Simply put, this card tells you that a successful conclusion to a long-term project is in sight, and that it will be accompanied by well-earned praise, celebration and success. It represents completion, reward, perfection, a unity of positive and negative, and, on a more mundane level, the World card indicates travel. These are not short business trips, but long, fantastic trips. This is a wonderful card of wholeness, perfection, satisfaction and happiness.... The Element Encyclopedia