Dream Archetypes, Angels and Animals

~ Dream symbols and archetypes popular in every culture. The ancestral and ancient artifact of our dreams!

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Abalone Shell

Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Embracing the colors of the ocean, the shell displays iridescent colors in its blues, greens, purples and yellows. When dreaming of this unique shell, it represents something that is just for you, and you alone. It’s uniqueness represents the individual embodiment of all the aspects of the water element from which it comes from, including lovebeauty, gentleness, caring, comfort, peacefulness, delight and solace It is soft to the touch from repeated tumbling in the sand and water. Abalone is useful for handling and calming emotional situations and is very soothing to the mind/body.

Abandon

Dreams of being “left behind” are often associated with our own feelings of low self-esteem, belittlement or betrayal. How is it portrayed in your dreams? Is it a situation that really happened in your waking life? Is it an image of abandonment that has not occurred ? Are you anticipating this to happen in your waking life? Understanding your fears in your waking life, can help you manage and understand this dream. Address attachments or connections that you “hang on to”. Try working with our grounding meditation to help with issues of fear, abandonment and insecurities.

Abbey

An abbey is a place of worship and usually a home for an order of religious men and/or women. Seeing an abbey in your dreams can denote a call to a more pious life. How is the abbey portrayed in your dreams? Are you outside looking in? This can denote a need for a more religious, devout or God-fearing approach to life. Are you in the abbey? This can denote a churchgoing, spiritual, and prayerful connection in your life. Are you one of the inhabitants of the abbey? Perhaps this is to encourage your holy, Godly or saintly dedication.

Abdomen

The abdomen is often confused or associated with the stomach. The stomach is a hollow organ used to hold nourishment and process it. It is the perfect correlation to how we digest ideas. The abdomen is considered the area of the body between the chest and the pelvis. Functionally, the abdomen is where most of the alimentary tract is and most of the absorption and digestion of food occurs. The abdomen is like a girdle. It provides strength by fibers that criss-cross around the body. How do you see the abdomen in your dreams? Pain from something you eat is more associated with the stomach where as being punched or kicked in the abdomen has to do with an assult on your feeling or some emotional aspect of your character. It could be something you did not see coming.

Abduction

A dream about being abducted is the loss of self control. You may have the feeling that you are being influenced by someone else usually against your own will or desires. Some interpretors believe an abduction is a dream about being desired. The dreamer wishes for attention or to be noticed.

Abnormal

Dreams of an abnormal situation can indicate an imbalance in your waking life. What is the abnormal issue? Straying from the norm, in our dreams can help bring attention to something that is either deficient or in excess. Do you have a normal body, but have a tail attached? Are you driving a car only the car has no wheels and you are walking barefoot? Is it a beautiful day out but the sun and moon are in the same sky togther? Pay attention to the details and look up each oddity that is “not normal”.

Aborigines

The Aborigines or Aboriginals, are people whose ancestors were indigenous to the Australian continent before British colonization. Dreams play a major role within this culture. “Dreaming” is used to reference an individual or group’s type of belief system or their spirituality. Many Indigenous Australians refer to the Creation time as “The Dreaming”. The Dreamtime set the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people. Dreamtime is a sacred time in which ancestral totem spirits created the world. When you experience a dream with aborigines, it often symbolizes what makes any tribe superior and that is its strength. Every tribe has rules and those rules of upstanding rightousness, moral code, behavior befitting a tribesman, including respect, devotion and humility. On the other side of this dream are often our own aspects that resist change, stubborness, or tendency not to give up anything to gain something else. If this is for your own good, then it is a positive dream. If you are loosing an opportunity, relationship or advancement due to your unwillingness to give up current habits, make progress, or think about something in a more sophisticated and mature way, then it will surely have a negative outcome.

Abortion

An abortion dream for a women can literally be about the fear of loosing a baby. For men, it can detail the loss of a particular part of you that you have less control over…. your health, a job. In the context of your dream, it can also mean the loss of something that you needed to be free of or from. Look at the situation surrounding the abortion. In what way do you see it in your dreams. Regardless, it is the removal of something.

Above

Dreams of reaching for something above you or seeing something above you is often related to our unobtainable or spiritual selves. It is often “that which we cannot seem to grasp”. Something that is just beyond our reach or something we need to work at to reach a goal. It can also be a dream about a demeaning situation that causes us to feel inadequate about ourselves or others depending on the content of the dream.

Abroad

Traveling dreams in general have to do with your journey through life. When we have dreams of being abroad we can often be traveling outside our comfort zone or outside, on our own. Dreams of being abroad offer changes of location, people and new adventures. Dreams of being abroad are also about the unknown.

Abstinence

A dream about practicing abstinence is either your choice or against your will. If you choose to abstain in your dream, it can indicate the will to change, or free yourself from some burden or “detox” from a life filled with bad habits, people or relationships. This practice of self-discipline is often a welcomed dream and one that shows you that you are “ready” to let go. If you are abstaining against your will, it could indicate that you are holding yourself back in life. Are you abstaining out of guilt, fear, or it may even be an unconscious action. What are you missing out on?

Abundance

Dreams of abundance are dreams of fulfillment. It is usually a time in your life when you are ready to receive. Is there something holding you back from receiving? Ask. Believe. Receive. This simple task often seems impossible due to the fact that we may feel unworthy. If you dream of abundance all around you but you seem unable to manifest it…take the simple action of asking. Your dreams are telling you that you are ready. It is now important to take action in your waking life.

Abuse

Suffering abuse in a dream has been associated with your lack of self-esteem. It is the “allowing of abuse” that you are quilty of. Why do you feel you deserve this? It is the inability to stand up for yourself and therefore, the “allowing” of others to take away your power or set boundaries for you. If you are abusing a person or animal in your dream, this is often a sign of your own insecurity, anger and self- loathing that shows you just how “out of balance” and out of control you are. Consider finding a path toward gratitude and humility.

Abyss

An abyss or deep hole with no bottom in sight is often a dream about having no ground to stand on. You are feeling a lack of support uncertainty or insecurity in your waking life. How is this abyss associated with the rest of your dream? Does this make sense to you in your waking life? An abyss underneath you can also signify a long journey is still ahead of you.

Academy

A dream of an academy is about a lesson that needs to be learned. What is that lesson? Are you outside the academy looking in? This is the desire to want to increase your knowledge or understanding of a situation but are unable to do so. Often because you are unclear as to how to go about the problem. The answers can often be found in your dreams. If you are inside the academy then you are at a point in your life where you are willing and able to accept the challenge of learning a new task, concept or even career. Besides fear, what is holding you back?

Accelerator

An accelerator can increase the speed of most forms of transportation. If you dream of someone stepping on the gas or increasing speed, it can mean that you are not expecting a transition that is occurring in your waking life. It may seem out of your control or not within your reach. It can convey signs of helplessness. Acceleration by your control often means you are ready to move forward, take control and speed past any obstacles standing in your way. See also transportation, car or automobile.

Accent

A dream about speaking with an accent represents the way your related thoughts or feelings are being expressed, often to others. if someone else in your dream is speaking with an accent, it represents how an aspect of YOUR own persona is being expressed to you. Do you understand the accent? Where is it from? Perhaps the accent is French or from a region in Spain. This could be an associated dream with a place you wish to visit or someone you know from that region. What is the connection? Does the accent make a positive impression? If so, it could show you confidence in your situation. It could also be associated with an accent you hear in your waking life, which may have a negative connotation. It is believed that the accent symbolizes how you perceive yourself.

Accessories

Dreaming of accessorizing others in your dream, often refers to what you feel these others need (according to you). When you are accessorizing yourself, it shows a feeling of what you may need that you are lacking. There maybe a sense of lose or a feeling of being common or plain. We can accessorize by the company we keep, the clothes we wear or the material trappings we acquire. An accessory may also represent accentuation. Something in your life that makes you feel better. Based on the content within your dream an accessory may also indicate a dependency… perhaps on drugs, alcohol, sex… See also clothes.

Accident

Freud’s interpretation of an accident within a dream does not mean that there will necessarily be one in your waking life as a direct reflection from that dream. An accident dream would normally fall under the category of a warning from your subconscious mind telling you to steer clear of whatever was involved in the dream accident, but most of the time the dreams are not premonitions (although they can be). 1. Freud believes that this “accident” is more associated with the dreamer. The accident is symbolic of other content within the dream, so understanding the surrounding symbols will give you better understanding of its meaning. 2. The scale of the accident in your dream can be used as an indicator for the seriousness of the problem. A vehicle that breaks down may indicate that your life is running into difficulties or you need to put a stop to the idea of escaping a situation and own up to it or face it, head on. Brake failure could show you that you are unable to stop. Running out of power could be about a lack of energy.

Accuse

To dream of being accused of something, (and wrongly accused), represents your triumph over a situation you are dealing with. To accuse another, can be a reflection of your own feelings of guilt or blaming toward yourself. In our waking life we all confront our own doubts and fears we have about ourselves or particular choices we make. It is important to realize that we all make mistakes, find ourselves down a road we may or may not have created, but the actions you take, thereafter, determine your fate.

Ache

To dream of having an ache or pain may represent a particular trauma you are going through. It will also depend on what part of the body you are experiencing the ache. If it is the entire body, it may indicate emotional pain or psychological exhaustion. Aches can also reflect a need for a break from a person or your job. It can indicate time needed for yourself. For example, to dream you have a headache can indicate a difficult problem to solve. To dream of having a toothache, then a joy comes after a sadness. To dream about your breasts aching ; can indicate sickness is close.

Acid

Based on the content of the dream, to dream of acid can represent a corrosive or negative situation. Acid can also represent something or someone that is “eating away at you”. It can be an aspect of your personality that is harsh or abbrasive. Perhaps a reflection of hatred, rage or a desire for revenge. It can represent you or someone else’s behavior that may be painful, hurtful or of ill intent. A negative trait; being acidic!

Acorn

Said to bring good luck if carried as a charm, when we dream about them, it indicate pleasant things ahead. If you are picking them up from the ground, it is a sign of success to come. If you see yourself shaking them from the tree, this often denotes that your wishes about business or love will come true. When you see acorns scattered over the ground, your life will change for the better. If the acorns are green and you are picking them from the tree or the ground, you will delay your wishes as they have not come to fruition just yet.

Acquaintance

Dreaming of someone you know that is not a close friend or family member should be looked within the context of the dream. How are you relating to this person? How are they being perceived in your dream? Are they a friend or a threat? Is this someone you detest or admire? In what way? Often people in our dream that we are not closely associated with often have to do with our desire to be associated with, be like or envy. It may have to do with who they are, how they behave or what they have.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a healing practice done with tiny needles insert along meridian point that are used to stimulate a healing response. Are you or someone you know having acupuncture in your dream? Do you understand what the reason is for? Sometimes the connection can also be associated with being pinned down, unable to move or trapped. Since acupuncture has become more apart of mainstream consciousness, it has more and more interpretations in our dream state. What can this healing art do for you?

Adam and Eve

The story of Adam and Eve is central to the belief that God created human beings to live in a Paradise on earth, although they fell from God’s grace and caused the world suffering and injustice. This provides the basis for the belief that humanity was descended from a single pair of original ancestors. It also provides much of the scriptural basis for the doctrine of Original Sin. A dream of this infamous couple should be looked at in the context of the dream. The story is rich in symbolism including images of purity, falling from grace, the snake or devil, the apple and temptation.

Adoption

The dream of adoption can have several interpretations. depending on how it is seen from the point of view of the dreamer, it can literally mean the willingness to adopt a child. It can also indicate the taking on of new ideas or a need to adopt a different approach that you are willing to nurture and bring to fruition. If you dream of being adopted, it could have the literal translation of being taken care of by someone or being “brought on” by a business or company who is willing to adopt your ideas and new approach”.

Adultery

Dreams about adultery or cheating tend to be common among both males and females. It is especially true for those in a committed relationship. It is not unusual to have fantasies about having sex/relationships with someone other than our partner. Freud focused much of his theories on the associations of sex in connection to everything we see and do. Adultery has a mysterious side and that is its relationship to the unknown, not known or curious nature of being human. That forbidden fruit theory can play out over and over in our dreams. If you see yourself doing this, there can be a certain ambivalence in your relationship. There may be a desire, not fulfilled in your waking life that gets its due in your dreams. Dreams as such, have the possibility of turning into obsessions in our real life. Finding a balance is important for bring your current connection back into balance.

Affliction

Affliction or illness in your dreams can point to an area of the body that may need your attention. It is often not something that is obvious during your waking hours but dreams can be foretelling about our emotions and personal health so it could never hurt to follow up on that particular dream scape. Emotional afflictions can show us what we need to bring our attention to. Are we depressed, feeling anxious or angry? Ask yourself why. What is the affliction tied to in your dream. Pay attention.

Age

The aging process is a normal one. With age comes wisdom. With age comes an insight we do not see (or have) when we are younger. Our age can be interpreted through numbers but how we feel at any age is determined by our mind set, our outlook and the way we handle (or not) the process of “coming into our own.” What is the aging dream associated with? Is in relationship to another? A group? Or a comparison to someone younger/older? Embracing the aging process is the key to any change. No matter how big or small in our lives. The one constant in life…. is change. How are you going to deal with it?

Agent

An agent is a person who acts on behalf of another. Dreams of negotiating with an agent of any kind can indicate change in your personal life or surroundings. Are you able to get help from the agent or are they a hindrance? Is there a contract involved? If so, is it beneficial for you or not? How does this relate to something you are experiencing in your real life? Are you negotiating a change at work? A new relationship? The idea of making a move? What does the dream indicate to you?

Air

Air represents traits of rationalism, logic, intellect, analysis, judgement, curiosity, openness, ethics, fairness, and humanitarianism, as well as superiority, coldness, distance, abstraction, emotional illiteracy, and prejudice. Breath is life! Exchange of electrons. Flow of energy. Air is the primary nutrient. Survival without it is measured in minutes. It is so important that you do it without thinking. Your breathing is the voice of your spirit. It’s depth, smoothness, sound, and rate reflect your mood. If you become aware of your breath and breathe the way you do when you are calm you will become calm. Dreaming of animals that fly can represent our desire to soar along with them.
1. Suffocation in a dream can indicate the stifling of our emotions, spiritual needs or that our intellect is not being used to its full potential. 2. Wind can have an effect in our dreams. What role does it play? A gentle breeze can indicate a soothing, comforting time. A windstorm, hurricane or gale can also be about a dangerous, uncontrollable situation. It can also refer to you bending to forces you find irresistible. Perhaps, in your dream, you see yourself as flexible!
3. Smoke, mist or haze all obscure our view, making it difficult to see what’s in front of us. Flying debris can also indicate distractions in our life or being caught up in other’s ideas or issues. 4. Sacred breath can manifest also as whirling mist or smoke, depending on its use in your dream. Is it the wafting smoke from incense? Or the cosmic breath, the Hindus speak of called prana? Or is it the energetic life force the Chinese refer to as Qi? Your dream can be about flying in the air or astral travel?

Airplane

Dreams of airplanes are vast and varied. When you are on an airplane you do not have your feet of the ground, you less control, and because of this, there may be a trust/lack of trust (if the plane is going down). Traveling at great speeds and at great distances, airplane dreams can be associated with flying, but in a more contained manner. Is it smooth sailing or a bumpy ride? A dream where the dreamer is in an airport trying desperately to get on a flight can indicate a block in your waking life that is not allowing you to fly (freely) or be free in your life. What is stopping you from getting on? Moving forward or blocking your movement? Dreams of an airplane you are on that goes to a wrong destination is common and can indicate steps you may have taken in your life that have lead you down the wrong path. It could be related to your career or marriage, studies or personal life. How is this wrong destination associated with other factors or dream elements? Dreams of getting on a plane and there are no seats for you can indicate a feeling of being undeserving or unorganized. If you have no seat and are asked to fly the plane… do you? Are you up to the task? Are you taking on a project that you are ready for? If you drive the plane, then you are ready to take over and conquer the task you have been given. If you dream that you have to sit on the wing during the flight, you may have feelings of insecurity, poor working/living habits and others are starting to take notice. Perhaps you just do not fit into the “normal” way others seem to think is correct or sociably acceptable. Maybe you see things in a “different light” and may feel excluded from the group. See also: transportation.

Airplane Crash

Dreams of an airplane crashing have several interpretations and it is primarily associated with issues of control. If you are a passenger, you may feel that you have no control over your fate. This may be what you believe to be a problem in your waking life. Of course, you have much more control than you think you have, but it can be made to appear or make you feel as if you do not. It can be associated with your fear of crashing and burning in a goal you are trying to achieve. This fear is holding you back and it contributing to the problem. An airplane crash may also represent an overactive mind, and could be a sign for your to slow down. Are you too much “in your head”? Do you nee to ground your ideas or way of thinking? An airplane crash may also symbolize spending a lot of time worrying about insignificant things over which you have no control. Dreams of being the pilot of a plane is one of even greater responsibility. To the dreamer, the odds of failure are greater with even bigger consequences. If you are dreaming that you are piloting a plane that is going to crash, it may be an anxiety dream. Your fear of responsibility or fear of undertaking a project which is more than you can handle, maybe at the root of this dream. Dreams such as these are telling you how you are feeling, emotionally and not about what is going to happen in the future.

Albatross

A sign of good luck, the albatross also has another connection. The word albatross is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse (“an albatross around your neck”). This refers to the poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in which a mariner shoots the albatross with a crossbow, which is regarded as an act that will curse the ship (which indeed suffers terrible mishaps). To punish him, his companions induce him to wear the dead albatross around his neck indefinitely (until they all die from the curse). The albatross can be both an omen of good or bad luck, as well as a metaphor for a burden to be carried as penance. Birds, in general, are rich in dream symbolism. Birds are messengers and represent freedom and empowerment. They fly above and associate our connection between heaven and earth. In many cultures they are a symbol of the soul, as well as our conscious mind. Therefore, dreams of an albatross can show us our own personal connection between our conscious and unconscious mind. In flight, their outstretched wings show us the freedom we desire, as they glide over the earth expressing our unlimited possibilities we see in them. They have the ability to show us a “bird’s eye view” of things.

Alligator

Symbolic of aggression, survival, adaptability, the alligator and/or crocodile represent feelings or fears of being attacked or overwhelmed, possibly from within oneself. “That which lies in waiting, just below the surface” can pertain to our own subconscious mind and fears. The water, in which these prehistoric animals live, is also a symbol of our subconscious mind and emotions. Dreams of alligators can suggest danger lying in wait, ready to pounce. These “hidden” images or emotions can be deep-rooted in our own psyche, yet sparked by the dream of this animal totem. Considered a power symbol among Native Indians, as well as a symbol of power, life and fertility among the Egyptians, the alligator can also be interpreted as the one who makes things happen, the warrior or the ruler. Are you harboring repressed emotions, or is there a problem that was “let go of” that has now grown larger and more menacing? The alligator or crocodile is often hidden in the shadows. Dreaming about catching an alligator or crocodile can symbolize a regeneration of power, or a feeling of being in touch with powerful elemental forces. It can even symbolize reclaiming our own psychic capacity.

Altar

An altar is a symbol of spiritual strength. It represents the presence of help from a higher source and help through divine power. Dreaming of an altar, signifies your hopes and wishes will come to fruition. If you dream that you are praying at the altar, this means you have opened up to a power that is higher and shows you that you have turned your control over to a Universal energy. It can also indicate good news is coming from a surprising source, usually one you do not expect. Dreaming of someone at the altar, is a symbol of humility that is directed towards you. The power of prayer can go beyond our waking life to that area we trust the most outside ourselves. Learn how to create a sacred space or altar.

 Amethyst

In a dream, amethyst is a gem symbolizing sobriety. It is a stone used for addiction and detoxing. It was one of the 12 stones set into the breastplate of the High Priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. It is regarded as a stone of nobility due to its rich hue of purple/violet, which is a natural phenomenon. A stone that relates to twilight and the transition from the knowing to the unknowing, amethyst is a stone of intuition and spiritual connections. Dreams of amethyst bring the desire to transmute, transform and ascend to a higher level in your life.

Anchor

Anchors in your dreams have a sense of stability and security. Being anchored to the floor gives a sense of grounding and connection with ourselves. If we are achored to someone in our dreams, make note of who it is. Often an anchor associated with a person is not a good sign. As it has the connotation of not being a positive attribute and the person you are anchored to needs to learn more about the lesson of detachment. Other dream interpreters see this symbol as relating to being: 1. tied down. 2. stability. 3. power of determination and resolve from deep within. 4. desire to settle down.

Angels

Throughout history, there have been many documented events were an angel has come to a person in their dreams. Guardians and messengers from the higher realm, Angel’s main purpose are protection, guidance, bringing peace on earth and appearing at turning points in our lives. When someone needs true direction and support, angels can bring comfort and life affirming hope. Angels have undergone many transitions and have appeared in many forms from winged guardian, mysterious stranger, benevolent animal to angelic guide and protector. Coming to us through dreams, in person, on a breeze or even through a strain of music, angels find a way to appear, where they are needed most. Other dream interpreters see angels as representing: 1. wisdom. 2. guidance. 3. a coming birth or death (literally or figuratively) Andrew has created a large catalog of the most famous and talked about angels in history and you can find them here, in the Angel Compendium.

Animal Themes (Chinese, Egyptian, American Indian)

Albatross – a sign of good luck

Alligator – aggression, survival, adaptability

Ant – team player, worker

Armadillo – active, nocturnal, protection

Badger – fighter and winner over opponents

Bat – guardian of the night, cleaner

Bear – power, adaptability, strength, mobility

Beaver – builder, gather

Bobcat – fierce, loner intensity

Buffalo – sacredness, life builder, reverence for life

Bull – strength, stubbornness, warning

Butterfly – metamorphosis, carefree, change, transforming

Camel – weary, enduring

Cat – independence, grace, healing

Cougar – leadership, courage

Cow – patience, stoicism

Coyote – prankster, insight, playful

Crane – solitude, independence

Deer – love, gentleness, kindness

Dog – loyalty, protection

Dolphin – kindness, play, bridge man to ocean

Dove -love, peace, gentleness

Dragon – wisdom, nobility

Dragonfly – flighty, carefree

Eagle – divine spirit, connection to creator

Elephant – long life, self- preservation, good luck

Elk – strength, agility, freedom

Fox – cunning, provider, intelligence

Frog – connection with water element

Giraffe – watchfulness, calm, mobility

Goat – stubborn, omnivorous

Goose – faithful, communicative, traveler

Gorilla – brute strength, adaptability

Grizzly Bear – hunter, nature’s pharmacist

Hawk – messenger, stopper of time

Hippo – linking water and earth, survival

Horse – stamina, mobility, strength

Hummingbird – messenger, stopper of time

Kangaroo – feisty, fun loving

Lion – power, strength, respect

Lizard – conservation, agility

Loon – solitude, song, romance

Manatee – peaceful, unassuming

Monkey – playfulness, agility

Moose – headstrong, unstoppable, longevity

Mouse – timid, secretive, and sneaky

Orca – focus, power

Ostrich – fickle, fast moving

Otter – laughter, curiosity, truth, patience

Owl – wisdom, perseverance

Panda – playful, kindness

Pegasus – carrier of lightning

Pelican – ever watchful, grace

Penguin – playful, loving

Pheasant – confidence, attraction, perseverance

Pig – intelligence, hunger

Polar Bear – fearlessness, power

Quail – sacred spiral, ceremonial,

Rabbit – alertness, resourceful

Raccoon – bandit, shy, determination

Ram – new beginning, teacher, hoarder

Raven – trickster, mischievous

Rhino – durability, strength

Road Runner – speed, agility, cleverness

Salmon – instinct, persistence, determination

Scorpion – defense, self- protection

Seahorse – confidence, grace

Shark – hunter, survival

Skunk – wary, conspicuous, and intense

Snake – shrewdness, transformation

Spider – creative, pattern of life

Squirrel – trusting, innocence

Swan – grace, balance, festive

Thunderbird – caller of rain

Turkey – smart, elusive

Turtle – self – contained creative source

Unicorn – redemption, salvation

Whale – wisdom, power, cleanser

Wolf – loyalty, success, perseverance

Wolf Paw represents freedom, success, guidance

Zebra – family-oriented, alert

 

 Ankh: (see also, Cross)

Any symbol in a dream, must be looked at within the context of that dream. As symbols have many different meanings, it is best to discern how to interpret your dream by trying to understanding the connection between the symbol and it’s dream meaning. The Ankh or Tau Cross, is an Egyptian hieroglyph meaning “life”. This symbol is interpreted as the sun coming over the horizon, the male and female genitalia, the key to the gate of the afterlife and the union of heaven and earth.

Ant

Symbolic of a team player, a diligent worker and adaptability, ants show perseverance, reliability and enduring strength. Ants form a society which buid, survive and protect there own. Dreams of ants can often mean your affinity to your current situation. Based on your dream content, it may mean that you need to break free from the “routine” or mundane life. Ants can carry four times their weight but often your adaptability can create tension or physical wear and tear that can often break you down. Is your burden feel to heavy? Are you stuck in a routine? Or are you marching on to your goal or just meandering through life? Are you working as a team or do you feel alone? What is the nature of your current job? How is it effecting you?

Ape

Apes are Old World anthropoid mammals who are closest in makeup to man. And a dream about an ape also warns the dreamer to beware. Deceit goes with this dream. It can also indicate opposition in love.

Archetypes

These Archetype patterns derive from a universal collective unconscious, which in metaphysics is called the Grids – Akashic Records – Sea of Consciousness – that which creates our reality In this context, archetypes are innate prototypes for ideas, which may subsequently become involved in the interpretation of observed phenomena. Take our Understanding Achetypes Quiz.

 

Mother Father Girlchild
Boychild Anima and Animus Persona
Shadow Trickster Divine Child

Aphrodisiac

No one was more infatuated with the psychology of sex in dreams than Sigmund Freud. In Freudian psychology, the phallic stage is the third stage of psycho-sexual development. It is the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, who lends her name to this list of foods that are supposed to increase libido and encourage seduction. Fertility, vitality and sexual power have always been the ultimate ruler over us, good and bad. It is finding the balance between lust and control, that should be the real goal. Consider these phallic enticers:

Almond – (female genitalia), this nut, like any seed, carries the potential for new life and is shaped like the Vesica Piscis

Aniseed – (the seed of life), this has been used to help digestion and considered by the Romans to be a useful ingredient in seduction, as it is used to sweeten breath.

Apple – Famous as the fruit that tempted Eve who then gave it to Adam. This juicy red fruit is considered a symbol of sexual awakening.

Asafetida – In Ayurvedic Medicine, this ground root of the fennel plant is used as a sexual stimulant. It is nicknamed the Devil’s Dung, due to it’s strong odor.

Avocado – (male genitalia), is considered a powerful aphrodisiac in Mexico, since this fruit “dangles” in pairs from the “testicle tree”. Avocado’s textured skin adds a sensuality to this delicious, green temptation.

Banana – (male genitalia), probably the most phallic of all the fruits, the banana is said to encourage arousal just because of it’s shape. The banana flower also resembles the phallus.

Cherry – This red, sweet and juicy fruit on the outside also contains the “stone” or seed of life inside, symbolizing new life. “Popping the cherry” is also slang for losing one’s virginity.

Chocolate – The most popular sweet given as a gesture of love, chocolate by its name alone, conjures up sensuality. Given the fact that the melting point of chocolate is 98.6 (the same as our body temperature), it is no wonder the sweet taste of milk chocolate or slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate brings about the feelings of a forbidden act as it melts in your mouth! Rich in phenylethylamine, it works like natural neurotransmitter dopamine with epinephrine (also known as adrenalin) creating an elevation of senses and feelings of well being.

Cinnamon – This aphrodisiac was reputedly used by the Queen of Sheba to capture the attention of King Solomon. Cinnamon’s pungent, spicy taste and aroma has a tasty, warming sensation.

Clove – This spicy, aromatic oil has been used for centuries. Because a clove resembles a phallus, it is considered to enhance male potency. A clove tree was planted to represent the birth of a baby boy.

Coriander – (the seed of life), has a reputation of stimulating appetite of all varieties! Used in the cooking of food to bring out it’s sensuality.

Fennel – Famous in Ayurvedic Medicine, this seed of life, is a common spice that is traditionally used to improve digestion and absorption without increasing pitta. The seeds are also chewed after meals to freshen the breath.

Fig – (female genitalia), this delicious fruit has been used for fertility for centuries. Sensual, plump and sweet, this food is full of the seeds of life and juicy to the taste.

Ginger – a powerful aphrodisiac in China and India, this herb root resembles the human form. It is warming and pungent and used as a general panacea. Ginger oil is also a very sensual massage tool.

Ginseng – This root resembles the human body. Spicy and revered, this adaptogen herb is a substance that offers some assistance in helping individuals who are dealing with physical and/or emotional stress. Ginseng has been known throughout Asia as the traditional cure-all.

Honey – Bees are a symbol of fertility and the sweet nectar they produce is undoubtedly a rare and unique pleasure. Even the word “honeymoon” is given to the time spent by a couple immediately after marriage!

Mint – has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. It was used to clean the palette and give a fresh scent to the breath. Mint is used as a cooling digestive tea or used as a massage oil to stimulate the skin and olfactory senses!

Oysters – (female genitalia), infamous for their aphrodisiac powers, this “fruit of the sea” has the scent and texture of the female form. The pearl that is often found inside the oyster was said to be the “seed” that would increase arousal even more as it resembles the clitoris!

Raspberry – This tart fruit is famous for its sumptuous look and feel, resembling a nipple and full of tiny seeds.

Star Anise – (the seed of life), this star shaped symbol represents the full potential of new life and is known for its power of fertility and association to the Goddess.

Strawberry – Much like the raspberry, this red ruby colored fruit is sweet and juice! Full of life giving seeds and enticing aroma, strawberries have been a symbol of seduction and fertility. You can often find them dipped in chocolate!

Tomato – Plump, red and juicy, tomatoes are a symbol of fertility due to the fact that it is loaded with life giving seeds! Because of a misinterpretation in language, the tomato (which was once originally yellow in color) was referred by the Italians as “Pomo D’or” or Golden Apple. The Spanish Moors called it, “Pomo d’Moro. It was the French who, with one slip of the tongue, called it, “Pomme d’Amour” or Love Apple!

Discover even more aphrodisiacs here!

 

  Armadillo

Symbolic of activity, nocturnal life, and protection. This animal teaches us protection and how to utilize it. Dreams of this animal can pertain to sensitivity to other’s attacks either real or imagined. It is a dream of awareness and how to be on the defensive. Associated with boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others. Are you letting your guard down too often? Armadillo are associated with showing us how to protect our personal space. It gives us the opportunity to learn to trust what we feel with others and how to better cope with this information.

Armor

Dreaming of armor depends on the context it is seen. Are you wearing armor. A protective coating around you to shield you. The question is… from what? Do you see someone in your dreams with armor… they could be ready to do battle with you or have some unattended fear they are not facing. Is it regarding you? Is there other protective gear or weapons in the dream? “The armor of the Lord” that can protect a person from difficulties and temptations (20-23). Other possibilities: 1. rigidity. 2. barriers we put up to people in self-defense.

Arrow: (see also, Symbols)

Any symbol in a dream, must be looked at within the context of that dream. As symbols have many different meanings, it is best to discern how to interpret your dream by trying to understanding the connection between the symbol and it’s dream meaning. The Arrow has been a symbol used in divination called Belomancy. This process of discerning the answer to questions or predictions was done by shooting one or more arrows into the air. Based on the direction they would travel, if two or more arrows crossed or touched, the answer would be determined. In dreams, arrows represent, direction, penetration, male energy and flight. Cupid (meaning desire in Latin “cupido”), in Roman mythology was considered the god of erotic love and beauty. In Latin he is called “Amor” and is the product of the goddess of love, Venus and messenger of god, Mercury. In Greek mythology he was christened Eros. The piercing of the heart with Eros’ arrow, meant falling in love. The arrow was also used by Sagittarius, the half man, half creature who’s name actually means “arrow – one who perceives quickly” or quick-witted and intuitive.

Astrology

Dreaming about astrology is a desire for you to gain further knowledge of this mysterious art form. What makes astrology so interesting is its tried and true methods and it relationship between nature, the stars and ourselves? Here you will find a great deal of information regarding this very telling art form.