If this is the case, your dream was simply playing out your natural feelings of anxiety.
However, most dreams about abortion, miscarriage and still birth aren’t to be interpreted literally, as they refer to a concept you may have been mulling over, or an idea that is not realizing its potential or is not supported by your confidence or desire. There may be a need to reject a feeling, emotion, belief or concept which could be problematic in waking life. Decisions need to be taken which will help you get rid of what is no longer wanted in waking life.
How did you feel about the abortion in your dream? If you were distressed, perhaps someone or something is trying to prevent you from succeeding.
If you were relieved, your unconscious may be urging you to change direction or change your mind. Perhaps the concept is too demanding or the idea is flawed in some way. On the other hand, the dream may also have referred to something or someone about which you feel guilty. Dreams that focus on miscarriage may have the same interpretation but they may also refer to a miscarriage of justice, especially if you felt anger in your dream. Is someone in waking life taking the credit you deserve? Still birth dreams are in some ways more devastating and sad than dreams about miscarriage, as the baby has been brought to full term with the only element missing being the spark of life. In dreams, a still born baby may represent a talent you have allowed to die, or a relationship that has died due to neglect.... The Element Encyclopedia
If it appears in your dreams, it may either suggest untapped natural talents that are yet to be discovered or the need to take time for careful reflection. The Alaska Highway signifies a rugged path with a road that isn’t as rough as might be expected.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you ask someone out in your dream and they accept, you will have a rocky road to romance in real life.
If the person rejects you in your dream, it actually means good luck in real-life love affairs.... My Dream Interpretation
2. Poverty (empty basket).
3. Skill and versatility.
4. Feelings of emotional instability, turmoil (as in “basket case” or “to hell in a handbasket”). ... New American Dream Dictionary
A basket can be symbolic of blessing and prosperity if you are carrying good fruit... Christian Dream Symbols
An empty basket, or one that is damaged, implies that you will lose money due to some aspect or behavior of yourself.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
The contents of the basket are important. Symbolically, the basket is connected to the element Earth, the same way the chalice is to water. In that sense, the basket always is connected to being grounded. Ask yourself if you are doing all right in your everyday existence. Do you have reason to be dissatisfied, or are you looking for security and more acceptance? According to psychoanalysis, the basket represents the female sexual organ in a man s dream.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
2- To be attempting to fill a basket can mean that we are trying to increase our talents and abilities.
3- If the basket is full of bread it can represent sharing - as in a sacramental meal.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If the basket is empty, you will lose your present job.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
The shape of a basket makes it a natural symbol of the womb, the feminine aspect, and pregnajicy.
If the basket is full, a sign of productivity and providence. Conversely, an empty-basket speaks of something in your life that is wanting for fulfillment.
WTiat specifically does the basket contain? If it’s filled with eggs, this can either portend productivity, or act as a warning not to “keep all your eggs in one basket.”
Harvest, fertility-, or unexpected surprises. Several important legends center around children found in floating baskets filled with rushes, including the story of Moses, and Romulus and Remus.... The Language of Dreams
Depth Psychology: A basket reflects an unconscious fear that you are going to be denied something or meet with rejection.
The basket also represents “the harvest of life,” the work you have accomplished.... Dreamers Dictionary
If the basket is filled, then whatever the basket is filled with represents the type of abundance you are experiencing in your life. Also, if you dream of weaving a basket, then this symbolizes your ability to weave together seeming random and misplaced aspects of yourself together into a unified, wholesome container. Consider the feeling tone. See Goddess Athena, Integration Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations
A full one, for instance, is full fruition and abundance, a time of harvesting. As a container, a basket can also represent the feminine closing or receptive principle.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If the contents are spilt, it signifies the possible failure of a venture or sometimes the premature ending of a project.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If you see a brand-new basket in your dream, you are eager for more interesting experiences in your life.
If you carry an empty basket, you will meet with discontent or sadness.... My Dream Interpretation
An empty basket, sadness.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If the basket was full and useful, you.
will have new opportunities; if it was empty or damaged, you are in danger of loss through your own carelessness.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(2) A basket full of fruit or other provisions may symbolize well-being. An empty basket, besides symbolizing the feminine, might represent (unconscious feelings of) personal emptiness.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If it is seen by a man, it is a sign that he should carry out projects he had in mind. A basket with flowers indicates joys for the couple; with bread, economic problems; and with spoiled fruit, long-term litigation.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The same is the interpretation of seeing a slaughterer, glass manufacturer, fuller and diver.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2. Ability to work with others. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If the defenders are taller than you it symbolizes a spiritual struggle.
If you are playing well it symbolizes a good season in your life... Christian Dream Symbols
A basketball game may represent a situation that calls you to stand tall and demonstrate pnde. It may signify sinking a basket or clinching a deal through some competitive action.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
To see a basketball in your dream suggests that you need to make the first move in a situation.... My Dream Interpretation
For a single woman, loss of virtue and abandonment by her lover.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Anxiety (if the dreamer is pregnant).
3. Good fortune (depending on the marital status of the woman giving birth).
4. A new project or concept emerges into the consciousness.
5. Advancing from one phase of life to the next.
6. A new spiritual principle emerges. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Childbirth; Giuing birth)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
It is not an omen of anything to come, but simply the mind trying to cope with a significant anxiety-provoking event.
If you or your mate are not pregnant, this dream could symbolize new beginnings (i.e. giving birth to new ideas, new ways of living, or a new stage in life). Superstition-based dream interpretations say that giving birth in a dream is a sign of good luck, while multiple births are omens of forthcoming material wealth.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If the birth is in relation to animals this shows that any enemies working against your best interests will be defeated, and if the birth is multiple then you will gain a larger monetary reward for your labors.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
The beginning of a new way of life; new attitude; new ability; new project. But also the death of the old. Can be about our own physical birth, its difficulties and trauma. But most difficult birth dreams are about coming to terms with our existence. Many of us are still wondering whether we wanted to be, or want to be, born. Lots of us live at a remove from life because of this.
Birth of a shining, talking or holy child: the beginning of awareness (not intellectual knowledge) of how the conscious self is interwoven with the forces and beings of the cosmos. Birth pains: the creative process; pain of arriving at a wider vision. Giving birth to a more mature self is a struggle; the new in our life is born out of such pains. See baby. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
2- Psychologically we are coming to terms with our existence.
3- The urge to care, to love and to give birth arc all suggested by dreams of birth. It may be both a spiritual and a physical need.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The desire to have a child, or to have something important develop in your life, be it a project or characteristic.
Memory of one’s own birth, and / or unsettled psychological issues that stem from this transition, especially births that are particularly difficult.
The technique of rebirthing through guided visualization and hypnosis sometimes resolves the latter matter.
Awakening potentials and opportunity.
A new start..
Necessary pain or difficulties that result in something positive.... The Language of Dreams
If you are giving birth: a job change for more money. Having an easy birth; a long-held wish will be granted along with freedom from many worries. Dreaming about a difficult birth: you have to let go of something you love very much; sometimes it also refers to an illness. Watching an animal giving birth means a positive new phase and new opportunities.
Depth Psychology: Women’s dreams about birth are a sign of personal growth, implying that the process will be painful. In men’s dreams, it usually indicates the “birth of new ideas,” new work, or extraordinary deeds. Dreaming about birth is always a signal of a new beginning or personal growth. It also is a sign of emotional health or of regaining emotional health. Birth is always a beautiful, positive symbol!... Dreamers Dictionary
A more direct interpretation of this dream may mean that you are nervous about having a child or you are impatient for this to happen.
To dream that you are giving birth to a non-human creature indicates that you have great concerns regarding your child’s well-being. You are being extremely paranoid that your child will be born with serious disabilities.
If you are not pregnant, then this could symbolize anxieties you hold regarding a task or obligation that you are in charge of. You wish to grow to your full potential and be able to defeat any obstacles that may get in your way. In particular, if you dream that you are giving birth to a monster, it indicates that you are not yet ready to communicate your feelings because you feel that others will not consent.
To dream that the mother dies during birth symbolizes a drastic change or alteration.
The dream suggests that you are discarding an old attitude or belief and adopting a new one. This could be a major decision that will greatly affect your future.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If the birth is in relation to animals this shows that any enemies working against your best interests will be defeated, and if the birth is multiple then you will gain a larger monetary reward for your labors.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
To dream that it is the Birthday of some friend or relative is a sign that they will benefit shortly, probably in connection with yourself.... Mystic Dream Book
For married women it indicates happy confinement. ... Indian Interpretation of Dreams
A man is more likely to dream of protecting the child or the mother in some fashion.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The birth of twins or triplets indicates wealth.
If the birth involved friendly animals such as dogs, cats, horses or dolphins, then allies who will be of great assistance to you soon surround you.
The birth of scary animals, however, such as predators of all kinds, indicates the opposite: Your adversaries are gaining ground and you need to strengthen your resources.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If you dream that you are giving birth to a monster (or anything non-human), this suggests that you are holding back from expressing your inner creativity and “real” self, because you fear that others will judge your or that they will not accept your ideals. This dream is also very common among pregnant women and represents anxieties over the health of their baby.
To dream of a stillborn baby, or giving birth to a stillborn, symbolizes your loss of trust in someone or something. It may also represent lost innocence.
To dream that you help to deliver a baby means that you will soon undergo an important life change. You may be making life changes or getting rid of your old habits and ways.
The change will begin within you, but will probably require the cooperation of others to be completed.
If the mother dies during the birth, the transformation in your life will be very significant.... My Dream Interpretation
• Positive: To dream of giving birth means that the season of preparation that you have been in has come to an end and that you are now ready to walk in what God conceived in you.
• If you have a ministry calling and dreamed previously that you were pregnant and then later dream that you are giving birth, this means that your season of training for that call is coming to an end.
• Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, • If you dream that you give birth and it is painless, this is positive and means that whatever it is that God is giving you right now, you will enter into it easily.
• If you dream that the labor is difficult, this means that whatever new thing that is coming into your life - you will need to work at it.
• To dream that you did not know you were pregnant, but now are suddenly giving birth, also has a good interpretation.
• It means that although you did not know it, the Lord had been doing a work in you behind the scenes and now you are ready to walk into it. Expect something new to open up in your life at the Lord’s hand.
Negative: To dream that you give birth of a baby that is deformed is negative. This also goes for giving birth to anything that is unclean or not human.
• This means that you have conceived something in your heart that is not of the Lord and has its roots in sin.
• Psalms 7:14 Behold, he is in labour with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and given birth to falsehood.
• James 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it bears sin: and sin, when it is finished, bears death.
• To dream of giving birth prematurely and the baby dies is also negative. This means that you ran ahead of the Lord and did not wait until you had reached maturity.
See also: Baby, Child, Pregnant.... The Way of Dreams and Visions
If the birth involved animals, it signifies defeat for anyone working against your interests.
Multiple births indicate an increase in material wealth.
Of course if the dreamer happens to be pregnant, there is no significance.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(2) Just possibly it is your own birth you are dreaming about.
If so, it might mean, especially if you are depressed, that you are asking why you were bom. But don’t miss the opportunity to relive your dream and note the emotions - positive or negative - associated with the birth. By ‘reliving your dream’ I mean closing your eyes and taking yourself all the way through the dream again.
‘... the act of birth is the first experience of anxiety and therefore source and model of the affect of anxiety (Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams). This idea of birth as the prototype of all anxiety, which all later feelings of anguish revive and reinforce, was developed by Otto Rank (Trauma of Birth), who singled out the birth trauma as the decisive psychological event and the ultimate origin of all neuroses. So, it may be worth asking yourself if the birth image in your dream could possibly be associated with an anxiety, either conscious or repressed. For example, it might be that such an anxiety-associated birth image is telling you to sort out some unfinished business with your mother - by which I mean what your mother symbolized for you as a child or young adolescent, as well as your real relationship with your mother as she actually is or was. (Even when dead your mother may live on in your psyche, perhaps preventing you from being your own person. In such cases some people find it helpful to ask their unconscious to let them meet their deceased mother in dreams, where they can engage in dialogue with her.)
(3) For Jung, birth, life, death and rebirth all function as symbols of aspects of what he calls the ‘individuation’ process, which is the development of the human psyche to full maturation, wholeness and harmony. In Jungian terms, therefore, birth may symbolize the beginning - actual or potential - of a new phase in your personal development.
If you feel some such intimation of a possible new phase in your life (inner or outer - though for Jung the stress is on the inner), you would be well advised to work seriously and purposefully towards its realization, even if this means giving up something: the death of something - an old negative attitude, old anxieties or guilt-feelings, for example - is nearly always a precondition of new life.
the unconscious and rise again renewed or transformed. Only thus can one grow inwardly, in wisdom and strength and wholeness (see also Sun).
Understood in this way, the birth image may still have connections with mother or mother image (as in (2) above): the ocean commonly symbolizes mother, or simply the feminine.
If you are male, the feminine symbolism may refer to either your mother or your anima, the feminine side of vour personality (for anima, see Brother / Sister, section (4)).
(5) Giving birth in a dream may symbolize the (sometimes painful) process of bringing something new into your life, fashioning a new lifestyle for yourself, achieving a greater degree of maturity, or releasing and expressing in an appropriately creative way some psychic function hitherto repressed. See also Baby, Child.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
It is the beginning of an evolution, something that can satisfy your deepest longings. These images suggest a period of greater happiness will begin, in which you can direct your actions at will.
If you are a woman who dreams of a birth, it could reflect your desires and feelings about motherhood. For Jung, this type of dream represented a very important stage in the process of individualization. Birth, in this case, is essential for maturation and completeness of the human psyche. Thus, it is essential for psychological development.
For married people, this dream is an omen of good luck. For single women, it predicts problems.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
This merely reflects anxiety about the birth process and should not be taken as indicating a difficult birth or a deformed child. Birth can also symbolize the beginning of a new idea or project. It also often represents the beginning of a new stage of life, in which one feels “reborn” in some sense.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
For Jung, dreams about giving birth were important because he believed they represented a stage in the process of what he called ‘individuation’, the growth of the human psyche to maturation and wholeness. Birth therefore represents the start of an important new stage in your life and psychological development. We tend to dream of birth at the beginning of a new life stage, way of life, attitude, ability or project. We also have such dreams when we need to let go of the past and come to terms with the new. Birth is symbolic of new beginnings: beginning college, starting or ending a relationship, launching a new career and moving house are all associated with birth themes in dreams. Although women from their teen years onwards tend to have birth dreams more than men, it can happen to anyone at anytime. There may often be something strange or unusual about the birth of the child. These details are important as they can symbolize what part of your life is changing and how others will receive this new development.
Jung also claimed that the symbol of the child, as with the symbol of birth, represents new beginnings and possibilities, and paves the way for future changes in your personality. A common theme in mythology is the ‘divine child’ or mystical hero or savior; for instance, the baby Jesus who saves the world from damnation. The divine child is the symbol of the true self, both vulnerable and pure, but also capable of great transforming power. In your dream, it may represent your true self urging you to explore new possibilities and reach your full potential. Therefore dreaming of a baby or child who could be yourself, one of your own children, a child you know or an unknown child, gives access to your own inner child. We all have parts of ourselves which are childlike, curious and vulnerable, and when we are able to get in touch with these parts we are reminded of our true potential for wholeness.
Although dreams of birth and childhood may appear to be simply nostalgic memories, most dream researchers believe that they have a strong bearing on your current circumstances in waking life. For example, your dream may be telling you that you have forgotten how to play or that you should take a fresher, more innocent approach to life. They may also be manifestations of an unconscious desire to escape from the responsibilities and problems of waking life. In addition, they may represent a part of you that needs reassurance and comfort, or a part of you that needs to care, to love and to begin anew. As such they can represent important psychological, spiritual and physical needs.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream that you lose your birth certificate denotes confusion about your own self-identity.
If you dream of someone stealing your birth certificate, or getting a fake one, you may secretly feel that you’re not good enough.... My Dream Interpretation
Another interpretation suggests that it indicates feelings or attitudes regarding responsibility and is connected with sexual decisions and feelings.... The Element Encyclopedia
It is also very common for pregnant women to dream about having the baby and these dreams are again often bizarre and disturbing; for example, dreaming about a baby that is born dead, malformed or with a monster’s head. It has been suggested that such anxiety dreams serve a purpose: they release a lot of unconscious tension and fear, allowing the mother to be more relaxed at birth.... The Element Encyclopedia
Aries(21 March-19 April)—topaz
Taurus(20 April-20 May)—garnet
Gemini(21 May-21 June)—emerald
Cancer(22 June-22 July)—sapphire
Leo(23 July-23 August)—diamond
Virgo(24 August-22 September)—zircon
Libra(23 September-23 October)—agate
Scorpio(24 October-21 November)—amethyst
Sagittarius (22 November-21 December)—beryl
Capricorn(22 December-19 January)—onyx
Aquarius(20 January-18 February)—jasper
Pisces(19 February-20 March)—ruby... The Element Encyclopedia
3. Rebirth, new beginnings. ... New American Dream Dictionary
The birthday is a magical time when wishes are fulfilled, but where somebody could also cast a spell over you (“Sleeping Beauty”). Important are the gifts, the kind of celebration, and how old you became. Gifts usually represent characteristics of the dreamer or the person whom the dreamer is meeting and are an indication of how rich your life is because of them. In addition, a birthday is a celebration of your personal existence and your individual characteristics are the gifts. They are worthy of being honored. Pay attention to the overall flavor of the birthday party. How did you feel?... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The sum of the digits of the numbers of your birth date are connected to important experiences of either the past or the future .
The meaning of numbers is discussed in the chapter “Numbers in Dreams.”... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream of birthday presents - or receiving a birthday card - has the same meaning as above.
If you dream that people forgot your birthday, your dream may be telling you that you have forgotten something in real life, like an important date or appointment. Alternately, this dream may represent your fear of being abandoned by friends.... My Dream Interpretation
A dream of birthday presents has the same significance. ... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
A new birth.... The Dream Books Symbols
If the dream birthday celebration is for someone else in the dream, consider this to be an anniversary marker of an ongoing cycle as it relates to the quality of your personality assigned to the person whose birthday it is.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If the cake is half-baked or burnt it symbolizes worthlessness Hosea 7:8... Christian Dream Symbols
If the cake looks ugly in the dream, then you will have some minor bad luck that will not be long lasting, or devastating to the dreamer.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
2. Regrettable deeds or activities from the past.
3. A distinguishing, identifying feature. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If empty, your life will be void of any joy or consolation from outward influences. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Since a cask is usually hand-made, to dream of one indicates the care taken in dealing with one’s own emotional make-up.
2- It is more likely to be the content of the cask which has meaning on a psychological level and indicates our ability to be creative with raw- materials.
3- A bottomless cask represents needless effort.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
An apparently bottomless cask represents needless effort.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
An empty casket signified a lost friend, but not necessarily through death.
See also Funeral, Death, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
The casket itself represents the ability to contain the process of change and transformation that a death implies.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
A certificate is a symbol of authenticity.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If you’ve been waiting for a certificate to feel worthy or to begin doing your life’s work, then here it is.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If a pregnant woman sees herself giving birth to a girl in a dream, it means a boy, and if she gives birth to a boy in the dream, it means a girl. Giving birth to a girl means relief from distress, while giving birth to a boy in the dream means distress and worries.
If a sick person sees his mother giving birth to him in a dream, it means the approach of his death, for a deceased person is wrapped in a shroud, while a newborn is wrapped with a receiving cloth.
If the person in question is poor, it means that his financial conditions will change for the better, but if he is rich, it means restriction of his earnings, for a child is dependent on others while his movements are restricted.
If a traveler sees his wife giving birth to a new child in a dream, it means obstruction of his travels and changes in his plans.
If a woman gives birth to a child from her mouth in a dream, it means her death.
If a man gives birth to a son in a dream it means illness, escape from danger or separation from a bad wife.
If a man gives birth to a daughter in a dream, it means relief from distress, happiness or the birth of a child from his posterity who will grow to become a renowned leader. Ifa woman gives birth to a cat in a dream, it means that her child will grow to be a thief. Childbirth in a dream means relief from hardships, recovering from illness or departure from one’s home or neighborhood. Childbirth in a dream also means comfort, relaxation, payment of one’s debts and repentance from sin.
If a woman gives birth to a son in a dream, it denotes the conclusion of her sufferings, glad tidings, payment of her debts or repentance from sin. Ifshe gives birth to a daughter in the dream, then it means honor, prosperity and ease.
If a poor man gives birth to a child in a dream, it means prosperity.
If he is rich, then it means distress.
If he is unmarried, it means a forthcoming marciage, so that his future wife will give the birth he saw in his dream. In general, if a man sees himself giving birth in a dream, it means his death or the death of a relative, or it could mean experiencing poverty. As for a needy person, it means relief or an escape. As for a merchant, giving birth in a dream means loss of his investment.
(Also see Dragon)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you see a body in the coffin you will soon have sadness, but if the person in the coffin is the dreamer then is this a contrary dream and the dreamer can expect some very good luck.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
For a lover to place this rose in your hair, foretells that you will be deceived.
If a woman receives a bouquet of damask roses in springtime, she will have a faithful lover; but if she received them in winter, she will cherish blasted hopes. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To dream that you are given a bouquet or damask roses indicates that you will discover a true and honest companion in life.
For women, if you dream that you are given a damask rose and place it in you hair, this suggests that you will be swindled by an individual whom you considered to be a faithful friend.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If she receives a bouquet of them in the Springtime she will find true love but if it is winter her search will be fruitless.
To see the old fashioned rose bush in full foliage denotes a wedding in the family.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
What lies beyond death is conjecture, but the archetype of death we are considering is not completely about physical death.
It is about our observation of it in others; our conceptions of it gained from our culture and our impressions; the feelings which generate around our experiences and thoughts; our attempts to deal with our own aging and approach to death, plus what material the deeper strata of our unconscious release regarding it.
It is about how our sense of conscious personal existence meets the prospect of its disintegration.
Unless we can come to terms with what is behind the haunting images of death we meet in our dreams, we fail to live fully and daringly, we are too haunted by death lurking in the shadows of injury and the unknown. Images of death and the associated emotions, carried within for years, can have a negative influence on our health. Coming to terms means the courage to feel the emotions of fear or chill and discover them for what they are—emotions. They are certainly not death, only our feelings about it.
The differences shown in the two following examples illustrate the avoiding and the meeting. Example: 4So to get to the bedroom I had to jump across this gap. I tried to jump but missed and I fell and hit the bottom.
The next thing I remember was I was floating up. I looked down and saw myself lying face down with arms spread out and I suddenly realised I was dead. I was so frightened that I woke up. I had the feelings of fear of dying, but I felt no pain’ (Cath). Example: “Suddenly I was in a huge underground cavern. It was hundreds of feet high and as wide. It had two great statues in it, both to do with death.
The whole place overpowered me with a sense of decay and skeletal death, darkness, underground, earth, the end. I cried out in the dismal cave, “Death, where is your sting! Grave, where is your victory!” I immediately had the sense of being a bodiless awareness. I knew this was what occurred at death. Fear and the sense of decay left me’ (Andrew).
Summarising these and many other dreams, it is not only the accumulated images of death, but also bodilessness and loss of power and identity which bring so much fear. There are two antipodes of human experience. At the tip of one is focused self-determining self consciousness. At the tip of the other is unfocused void without identity. Strangely enough we experience both each day in some degree—the first while awake, the second when we sleep. Yet to face the second with consciousness feels like all the horrors of death and loss. Yet facing it is important, especially to the second half of life.
The symbols of rebirth are: the cave; an egg; spring; the tree; the cross; dawn; emerging out of the sea; the snake; the bird; a seed; arising from the earth or faeces; green shoot from a dead branch; phoenix; flame; a pearl; the womb. Rebirth is as difficult to face as death. It holds within it not just the memones of the struggles and difficulties of our own physical birth and growth, but also the challenge of becoming the unknown future, the dark possibility, the new.
The dream of Andrew in the underground cavern is an example of positive rebirth. After realising himself as bodiless awareness he emerges from the cave and finds himself near a tree. Example: ‘A tremendous jolt of power poured into me from the tree. I saw that we had arrived at a place where a line of trees, about a 100 yards in length, stood very close together in a slight semicircle on the top of a bank.
The trees had great spiritual power and the place was a holy temple. Two spiritual beings were there—an ancient Earth Being, and Christ’ (Andrew).
The next example is of a dream typical of meeting memories of physical birth. As can be seen, the experience is powerful enough to cause physical shaking. Example: All I can see of what I enter is a very narrow space with a light showing through. But immediately I enter I realise I have made a mistake for I am being forced swiftly through a dark, very narrow tunnel. I feel pain as I am dragged along and I hear loud banging noises which frighten me, but although they are loud they seem to come from inside my head. I feel terrified and breathless and very relieved when I wake before reaching the end of the tunnel. In fact as I write this account I am shivering” (female, anon). ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
See also Drink, Wine, Brandy, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If a traveller sees himself carrying a food basket in a dream, it means that he will take a positive look at things, or that he will walk a step forward that will bring benefits to him and to his family.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you are wearing a gas mask it symbolizes protection from something harmful ... Christian Dream Symbols
The good news is, you will emerge victorious from this incident.... My Dream Interpretation
The gas mask is therefore a symbol for the protection needed to keep such ideas from harming you. Is the environment in which you find yourself in your life right now toxic?... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
A difficult birth may represent problems in delivering a product to the marketplace.
A premature birth may remark that you are way ahead of yourself and others and, as a result, your ideas may not have been cultivated long enough in order to be realized.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If you are pregnant and you dream that labor and delivery was difficult, it probably reflects anxieties about the impending birth. The same applies to dreams about giving birth to an animal; they are simply mirroring your concerns and anxieties.
If you are a prospective father, your dream may also be depicting your hopes and fears for the welfare of your unborn child.
If you are not pregnant, birth dreams can indicate a desire for children but are more likely to represent something else in waking life. The birth of a child signals a new beginning and the emergence of new life; in dreams the meaning is much the same: a new way of life, a new attitude, a new discovery, a new project and so on.
If you hear about a birth, or watch or witness a birth in your dream, this also suggests the beginning of a new and fruitful cycle in your life.
Birth dreams therefore are an expression of big changes that have been occurring for a long period of time. Did the dream delivery go well or was it difficult?
Again, the answer may indicate the likely ease of turning your hopes into reality.
If this doesn’t apply, then dream births may symbolize your brain child, perhaps an idea or a project you are longing to complete successfully.
Alternatively, did your dream focus on one aspect of birth—the umbilical cord, for example? If the cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, this may indicate that your ideas are being strangled or in danger of being strangled.
If the cord was neatly severed, this can indicate that your ideas have been cut free and are now independent of you.
If there were problems cutting the cord, this could be a symbol of a grown-up family that is beginning to leave home. Or it may be that you yourself are finding it hard to fly the family nest and branch out on your own.
If you are not able to see your baby after a difficult labor, this can indicate that you are laboring in vain in waking life and aren’t being rewarded by the sight of your mental offspring.... The Element Encyclopedia
A laundry basket may also carry those negative attitudes to the washing machine to be cleansed.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
To see others masking, denotes that you will combat falsehood and envy.
To see a mask in your dreams, denotes some person will be unfaithful to you, and your affairs will suffer also.
For a young woman to dream that she wears a mask, foretells she will endeavor to impose upon some friendly person.
If she unmasks, or sees others doing so, she will fail to gain the admiration sought for. She should demean herself modestly after this dream. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Trying to deceive or avoid deception by others.
3. Fear of one’s actions being misconstrued.
4. Trying to avoid recognition by enemies or associates.
6. Lacking sense of self, identity.
7. Feeling distracted from reality or a particular situation. ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Helmet)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The roles that we play in life such as parent, student, or worker. On the other hand, masks can be a symbol of pretentiousness.
If you are wearing a mask, look inside and check if you are being sincere in your presentations, or if you are hiding something and pretending to be something you are not.
If other people are wearing masks, it suggests that you may be concerned about their genuineness ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
A weak sense of self, inferiority complex. Hiding from the truth. But also fun, lust, and erotic adventures. Being misled, false impressions, and temptations.
If the mask in your dream is visible, this is also a sign of your ability to look behind the scenes (including your own). See Curtain.
Folklore: Always negative.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To dream of a mask often alerts us to cither our own or other people’s facade. When we are not being true to ourselves we can often experience this in dreams as a ‘negative’ or frightening mask.
2- When we are trying to protect ourselves and prevent other people knowing what we arc thinking or feeling, we ‘mask’ ourselves.
A mask appearing in a dream can therefore represent concealment. Additionally in primitive cultures, to wear a mask such as that of an animal gave the wearer the powers of that animal. In Shamanism that is still accepted today:
3- The Death Mask, either our own or another’s, can appear in dreams as a signal that it is time to put an end to a spiritual game we arc playing.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Facades. Tilings not being what they seem. Or, the image you present to the world being only a partial truth.
Adapting to difficult circumstances: Ancient people wore masks to help them commune with specific energies. Today, we don figurative masks and temporary per-sonas when faced with new, unfamiliar, or demanding situations. This results in stressing particular characteristics that help us cope in these new settings.
The element of surprise and mystery, like at a costumed dance where you wonder what’s behind the mask.
Emotions or ideas that abide in your subconscious may manifest through a dream mask’s color, shape, or depiction.
For example, a red mask that looks angry can reveal your own outrage that was either subdued or silenced.
Jungian: The dreamer’s connection to the archetypes in the Collective Unconscious, mediating therein between two distinct factions, such as the mundane and the supernatural aspects of self.... The Language of Dreams
If she unmasks, it is a sign that through her honesty she will find herself in difficulties through no fault of her own but, nevertheless, her trials will seem serious until they are finally overcome.... The Complete Dream Book
Vision: Looking at a mask: you are either trying to hide your true self or the dream is a warning of false friends or an intrigue. Don’t be fooled by others and don’t fool yourself! Seeing a person with a mask: a good friend is shamelessly deceiving you. Watching a masked ball or being at one: you like to play with the feelings of other people (consciously or unconsciously).
The dream might also be warning about other people who are playing with your affections.
Depth Psychology: The mask is a sign that you are afraid of the truth or emotional “unmasking.” Are you unsure about the intentions of other people or maybe your own? See Makeup.... Dreamers Dictionary
A mask can represent shame about your authentic self, fear that you are not good enough, powerful enough, or strong enough, and that you are unwilling to be authentic and naked. Keep in mind that sometimes the wearing of a mask is a necessary step of evolution until your ego has integrated the power the mask symbolizes, at which point, the mask is no longer necessary. Masks also represent ancient symbols of power, evoking the medicine (qualities) of the Gods/Goddesses they represent.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If we dream of wearing such a mask, we may need to consider that animal’s qualities and how they can be, or are, applied in our waking lives.
The death mask, either our own or another’s, can appear in dreams as a signal that it is time to put an end to a spiritual game we are playing.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A mask appearing in a dream can, therefore, represent concealment, perhaps of emotion, perhaps of finer feelings.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of a mask often alerts us to either our own or other people’s facade. When we are not being true to ourselves we can often experience this in dreams as a ‘negative’ or frightening mask. You might also like to consult the entries for animals and shaman.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If someone you know is wearing the mask, that person is keeping something from you.
If the wearer of the mask is a stranger, and male, then there is intellectual knowledge out there that you don’t have but should be aware of.
If the stranger is female, you’re not in touch with your emotions and should be.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
To see others wearing a mask in your dream means that you will battle against deceit, falsehood and jealousy.... My Dream Interpretation
If somebody else is wearing the mask, the dreamer becomes the victim of the deception or becomes suspicious of the wearer of the mask.
To see many people with masks indicates envious friends or associates.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If your dream concerned wearing one yourself, it predicts that you will end up with a profit from a scheme intended to cheat you.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(2) An animal or other strange mask may symbolize something in your unconscious that demands attention. Associated feelings of frenzy might suggest that what is depicted by the mask is threatening to take over control from the conscious ego. To be on the safe side, you could consult a psychotherapist.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
It is necessary to gather your courage to be who you really are.
According to Arab tradition, he who has a pure soul will never be disappointed by his dreams. Otherwise, it will means that we are fooling ourselves.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If the mask is being removed, you are stepping into a more genuine version of your self-expression.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If you see a pair of masks, this can symbolize your inherent duality—in Jungian terms, the opposed forces of light and shadow that exist within each one of us. Dreams that feature costumes, fancy dress or drag suggest that you are attempting to disguise some aspect of your personality. Dreams of transvestism—deliberately dressing in clothes of the opposite sex—are unlikely to be about sexual preference but more about the need to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of your personality.
If you are wearing a historical costume in your dream, either for a play or as normal dress, then perhaps your image needs updating or a part of you is disguising your real self.
If you come face to face with someone in your dream and they are wearing a mask, your dreaming mind is sending you a powerful message that you believe they are wearing a false mask in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
The roles that we play in life such as parent, student, or worker. On the other hand, masks can be a symbol of pretentiousness.
If you are wearing a mask, look inside and check if you are being sincere in your presentations, or if you are hiding something and pretending to be something you are not.
If other people are wearing masks, it suggests that you may be concerned about their genuineness.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If you think the celebrity represents a quality in yourself you’d like to foster, don’t assume you have to copy them and follow their life path. Remember dreams only depict the essence of something; the way you choose to put that energy to work, and how it appears in your life, is entirely up to you.... The Element Encyclopedia
The majority of traditions use symbols of baptism to represent the entry into spiritual life. One of the prettiest is phoenix. Although it is consumed in its flames, it is reborn from the ashes. So, this manifests new hopes and a great interior transformation.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If it is empty it indicates material, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual poverty.
A basket full of fruit promises romantic pleasures; full of flowers, happiness in love; a basket full of gold, abundance and fertility; an empty one, loneliness and unrequited affections; a closed one, secrets.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you find yourself contented in a state of want, you will bear the misfortune which threatens you with heroism, and will see the clouds of misery disperse.
To relieve want, signifies that you will be esteemed for your disinterested kindness, but you will feel no pleasure in well doing. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. One is in a state of misfortune. ... New American Dream Dictionary
2- When in dreams we find we want to do or be something different, we are aware of the potential within us either to achieve success or to change our lives.
For instance, to dream of wanting to be a poet instead of an actor can suggest exploration of one’s creativity in a different format.
3- Desire in its fullest sense although the dreamer should take care as want is sometimes considered a form of sin.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Example: ‘1 still want him all to myself. We never touch or kiss or anything in the dreams, and I want him to, but would never let on I wanted this. I am a bit coy in my dreams’ (Pauline B). Pauline is dreaming about a past lover whom she has tried to forget, but when we pick out the wants’ we see how strong her feelings are. Looking at dreams in this way helps us define what our desires are.
Example: The older man still wanted something from me. I didn’t want to be involved with him at all and yet had to be polite, etc., so he wouldn’t hit out at me/us. We needed some kind of contact with this man, I lent forward and kissed him on his face and drew back quickly as I didn’t want to give any more than that, I had a fear that he would want more’ (Sandra O). Sandra had divorced an older husband, and was living with a younger man.
The complication of her wants’ is shown in the dream. When it is a ‘don’t want’ in the dream, it is helpful to change it to a positive. ‘I didn’t want to go with my mother’ could become ‘I wanted to do my own thing.’
Because what we want is complex and often in conflict, our dream characters may want something which we oppose, as in the following example. Example: To escape from a man chasing me, I decided I must get a taxi home. Got in one driven by a woman who wanted to take me to the man who was chasing me. Woke up sweating’ (Ann G).
The urge to integrate the male pan of herself, seen as the taxi driver, is in conflict with Ann’s fear of it. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences