Dreams of Owls, Oceans and Oak Trees

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Oak Tree

These trees are robust in nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting. People born under the sign of the oak tree are independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action. To dream of an old spreading oak means long life and prosperity. If it is filled with acorns you are due a promotion or some type of increase in your life. If a newlywed sees many oak trees in a forest it foretells a long marriage and many children. It is also the symbol for the tree of life and denotes good luck in all cases where the oak is healthy; reverse if the oak is sick or damaged. See also Celtic astrology and birthday trees.

Ocean

Vast and expansive, the ocean is symbolic of our unconscious mind. Reaching far and wide, its expression of feminine energy and intuition mirror that of the mystical mermaids or the huge ships forging through its journey, much like a metaphor for life. Crashing waves, calm waters and turbulent storms reflect our own inner struggles and the way our lives “flow”. Boundless energy, the ocean is often referred to “the Mother” or Mother Nature or the Goddess of the Sea, Yemaya. It is a form of the Universal spirit one higher guide.

The ocean, like all bodies of water, also represents our emotions. They can be serene and calm or stormy and wild. The ocean can also be seen as the symbol for the vast and mysterious Universe and how it relates to our feelings.

Orthodox Cross: (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 Orthodox, Byzantine or Russian (Orthodox) Cross is a variation of the Christian cross, commonly found in Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches of Byzantine rite. The cross has three horizontal crossbeams. The top represents the plate inscribed with INRI, (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews) and the bottom, a footrest. In the Russian Orthodox tradition, the lower beam is slanted: the side to Christ’s right is usually higher. The slant represents two directions of Heaven and Hell.

 Otter

Symbolic of playfulness and freedom, the sea otter represents wakening curiosity, continually searching for information, ideas and new concepts. Eccentric and unconventional with an inquisitve way of looking at things, the sea otter may discover many truths and many paths, but does not seem to want to delve deeper in the waters to fully understand the real truth. They can often just be content with what is on the surface. Dreaming of a playful sea otter? Do you seem to find wonderful things that keep your interest on the surface? Are you interested in knowing more in detail? Perhaps you may be shown this animal, because you need to let go of deep speculations or rooted belief systems that do not serve you any longer. Perhaps it is time to have a more playful approach to your life or actions. On the other hand, depending on your situation, maybe it will serve you better to look deeper at the truths, which are eluding you. The difference in looking deeper, should be done with humility, non-judgement and the ability to utilize this information with an ability to live and let live!

 Owl

Symbolic of wisdom and omens, this totem animal represents covert information, occult knowledge and secrets. This nocturnal bird has exceptional sight and is often related to the clairvoyant or “second sight”. An owl represents wisdom and in some instances, higher education. this is a symbol that must be integrated with the entire dream to determine its meaning. The sound of an owl hooting is a dream of a different kind as this sound presages disappointments and reverses, unless you chase it away. The word “owl” in Italian “strix” also means witch. This nocturnal bird gives it the association to covert information, occult knowledge and secrets. This is why she is connected to the Goddess Athena/Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom. Often portrayed as perched on the top of books, this is her symbolic association to knowledge. The additional links to witches and witchcraft have to do with the owl’s habits. A great loner, she lives a solitary existence, only coming together to mate. An exceptional hunter, it’s killings are often accompanied by an eerie scream that country dwellers attributed to supernatural causes. This bird has exceptional sight and is often related to the clairvoyant or “second sight”> The owl is a symbol of the feminine and the moon. Throughout history, the owl has been associated with the God and Goddess of Death, including Hecate and Yama who are both depicted with an owl, the soul guider of the deceased to the afterlife.

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