Dreams of Pillars, Polar Bears and Pathways
~ Dream symbols and archetypes are popular in every culture. Reach into the ancestral and ancient artifacts of your dreams!
Generally, a Dream of palm trees heralds hope and peace but if the tress are withered or in some manner blighted then will your peace be removed from you for a while and you may hear of some event that saddens you. To see one palm tree standing alone is an omen of the loss of a good friend.
Symbolic of reclaiming your true power, the black panther represents leadership, courage, wild beauty and grace. As a totem animal, they represent the enhancement of our spiritual and psychic vision with a keen sense of awareness, pinpointing strong intuition abilities. Dreams of these stealth cats symbolize ferocity, valor, power and prowess. It often shows us that it is a time for transformation and time to confront lessons still needing to be understood. This, in itself, teaches us understanding of change and the agility it takes to reclaiming one’s self. When this animal appears on your life or dreams it is time to pay attention to your own psychic, mental, physical, spiritual abilities, which we all possess. Are you paying attention carefully to the world within and around you? Panthers teach us the nuance of hearing our heart and intuitive connection.
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 papal cross is an emblem for the office of the Pope in ecclesiastical heraldry. It is depicted as a staff with three horizontal bars near the top, in diminishing order of length as the top is approached. Three bar cross representing the three aspects of the power of the Pope and the Holy Trinity.
Dreams of parents are often expression of the dreamer’s memories. It is important to look at the roles played by the parent or parents in the dream. What is the interaction with the parental figure in the dream? dream of a father is a dream symbol of moral, consciousness, authority and strength. It could also represent power judgment or guidance. A dream of a mother is usually a dream that represents love, protection and nourishment of the body or the spirit. It can also be one of dominance, obedience and pain. Depending on your relationship either parent. Are you being disciplined in your dream? This often refers to your powerlessness and a lack of control. Dreams of your parents dying, can imply unresolved conflict with them.
Penta – meaning 5, is a combining form occurring in Greek, meaning “five” (Pentateuch); Gram is a combining form occurring in Greek, where it means “something written,” “drawing” (epigram; diagram ). Pen•ta•gram [pen-tuh-gram] is a noun representing a five-pointed, star-shaped figure made by extending the sides of a regular pentagon until they meet. In history it has been used as an occult symbol by the Pythagoreans and later philosophers, pagans, and magicians. It is used to represent the 5 elements of fire, water earth, air, ether. Also called pentacle, pentangle, pentalpha. The Pentacles are also one of the 4 Suits of the Minor Arcana of the Tarot deck. Associated with the element of earth. Pentacles represent the body and the material realm. The “coin” as it is sometimes called, refers to the material foundations of money, health, wealth, work, security and reality.
The Pentagram is easily recognized by the interconnected five point star as an endless knot. It is also recognized as a pentacle, the interconnected star within a circle. The (misunderstood) pentagram has been a protection talisman painted and hung above doors, a symbol of the Goddess, of life, the five elements (earth, fire, water, air, spirit or ether), and even as a Christian symbol. In Mesopotamia it showed royalty and dominion over the four corners of the world. It was used by Hebrews to ascribe Truth as found in the Pentateuch. In ancient Greece, the Pythagoreans considered it a symbol of perfection and early Christians used the symbol to ward away evil and as an emblem of protection, associating it with the five wounds of Christ. Later, this explanation was used to convert Pagans to Christianity. Christian soldiers used this symbol on their shields during the Crusades to ward harm and to ensure victory. During the Inquisition, despite the many metaphysical attributes, the Inquisitioners used this symbol to attribute Truth (in reference to Hebrew studies). In Arthurian legend, Gawain uses the pentagram to denote knightly virtues:(generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry, and piety).
The Philosopher’s Stone is a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold (chrysopoeia) or silver. It was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. For many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in Western alchemy. The Philosopher’s Stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the Philosopher’s Stone were known as the Magnum Opus (“Great Work”). (see also Sacred Stones)
In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity. The phoenix could symbolize renewal, in general, as well as the sun, the time, the empire, consecration, resurrection, life in the heavenly pParadise, Christ, Mary, virginity, the exceptional man, and certain aspects of Christian life. This common dream them reflects the process and rejuvenation of our waking life. The phoenix with its fiery plums, lives up to 100 years. Near the end of its life, it settles in to its nest of twigs, which then burns ferociously, reducing the bird and nest to ashes.From those ashes, a new phoenix rises… renewed and reborn.
Considered a symbol of luck and one of the most respected animals of 12 in the Chinese Zodiac, the pig (or boar, as it is sometimes referred to as), represents abundance, fertility and determination. Native American Indians saw the pig as a symbol of the abundance in daily life and believe that it teaches us to celebrate life and share it with others. The Celtic God of the Sea, Manannan, kept a herd of magical pigs for there ever renewing qualities. The Greek fertility goddess, Demeter, kept a sacred pig which became a symbol of fertility.
To ancient astrologers, the planets represented the will of the Gods and their influence on human affairs. To modern astrologers, the planets represent basic drives and impulses within the human psyche. These drives express themselves as different qualities throughout the twelve signs of the zodiac and in different circles of life through the twelve houses. How exactly the planets manifest themselves also depends on their relationship to each other in the sky as seen from Earth. The patterns that the planets make in the sky reflect the ebb and flow of basic human impulses. The planets are also associated, especially in the Chinese tradition, with the basic forces of nature. The planets are an influential energy source that exerts power over you depending where they where at the time of your birth.
Representing the start, growth, decay and death of life, dreaming of plants and their state of being, are one explanation of what your dreams may indicate. The plant is a perfect symbol of man. The roots represent the deep rooted unconscious that is either nourished or not. If feed properly, they produce a healthy plant above ground. The visible manifestation of healthy branches, leaves and flowers represent a mind and spirit that is properly feed so that it can go on to bear the fruit of consciousness and awareness. Trees are the resemblance of man. Vines and flowers are often associated with pleasures, beauty, giving, receiving, and relaxation. Vines may represent growth and ambition or they may mean the need to escape a situation. Fruits and vegetables, in general represent the ripe and juiciness of life and are associated with fertility. Alternate ideas of the plant kingdom can represent death and decay, under nourishment, temptation or underlying unhappiness.
Platonic Solids: (see 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. Platonic Solids are shapes which form part of Sacred Geometry. They were first cataloged by the ancient philosopher, Plato (hence their name), although evidence of these most magical of shapes has been found around the world for in excess of 1,000 years prior to Plato’s documentation.
They are made up of the Five Convex Regular Polyhedra: hexahedron (cube), octahedron (double inverted pyramid), tetrahedron (pyramid), Icosohedron and dodecahedron. The names are derived from the number of sides each shape has: 4, 6, 8, 12, and 20 respectively.
The first four shapes correspond with the elements: earth (hexahedron), air (octahedron), fire (tetrahedron) and water (Icosohedron), with the fifth, dodecahedron, representing heaven, ether or the Universe. Learn more about the Platonic Solids.
Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. It is an important symbol in American history. The first written reference to the Pilgrims landing on a rock is found 121 years after they landed. The Rock, or one traditionally identified as it, has long been memorialized on the shore of Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The location of the Plymouth Rock (more specifically, Dedham granodiorite, a glacial erratic), at the foot of Cole’s Hill allegedly passed from generation to generation in the first century after the Pilgrims’ landing in 1620. When plans were afoot to build a wharf at the Pilgrims’ landing site in 1741, a 94 year old elder of the church named Thomas Faunce, then living 3 miles from the spot, declared that he knew the precise boulder on which the Mayflower pilgrims first stepped when disembarking. Faunce’s father had arrived at the colony aboard the Anne in 1623, more than 2 years after the Mayflower landing, and Elder Faunce himself had been born in 1647, but Faunce insisted that not only his father but several of the original Mayflower passengers had, when he was a youth, identified the precise rock to him. Faunce was brought in a chair to the shore, in the presence of most of the town, and he reportedly began weeping at what he was sure would be his last sight of the rock, which he identified. Although Faunce identified the rock in 1741, it was not moved from the shore until 1774. The rock is located about 650 feet from where it is generally accepted that the initial settlement was built, on nearby Leyden Street leading up toward Burial Hill. (See also Sacred Stones).
Symbolic of wisdom and purity, the polar bear represents change. The wisdom and understanding of change through death, birth and transformation. This totem animal teaches us strength in adversity, sustenance with minimum resources and endurance through introspection and solitude, tapping into our own emotions with clarity and purity of spirit. Dreams of this animal offer us a mystical quality and show us to be aggressive and forthright in order to achieve our dreams, embrace our desires and empower our thoughts and ideals through positive thinking. Considered one of the strongest totem animals with the great ability of observation and movement with perfect timing. Are you skating “through life” or skating on “thin ice”? Are you conserving your strength and applying it to good use or wasting your energy on things that have no future relevance or reality? It is through grace, balance and truth that you will find the most from life, with minimum effort.