Dreams of Snails, Snow and Stars
~ Experience the dream symbols popular in every culture. Reach into dreams and interpret what they mean to you!
Sacred Geometry: (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. Sacred Geometry has its roots in the study of nature, and the mathematical principles at work. The universe is created by thought consciousness, which manifests in physical reality through a geometric blueprint that is call Sacred Geometry. This repeats in cycle giving the illusion of linear time. Archaeologists, anthropologists, architects and geo-mathematicians like to encompass the religious, philosophical, and spiritual beliefs that have sprung up around geometry in various cultures during the course of human history use the term sacred geometry. Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry, for example, the chambered nautilus grows at a constant rate and so its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape. (see the Golden Ratio). Also, honeybees construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey. These and other correspondences are seen by believers in sacred geometry to be further proof of the cosmic significance of geometric forms.
Stones of various kinds and sizes have been invested with sacredness from the earliest times. The worship of stones can be found in most ancient cultures, while sacred stones can be found in most of the world’s religions.
|Black Stone||Blarney Stone||Breastplate of Aaron|
|Hag Stone||Mani Stone||Philosopher’s Stone|
|Plymouth Rock||Seven Magic Metals||Stone Scone|
Dreams of sailing represent “smooth sailing” usually pertaining to your life in general. The act of sailing is usually a metaphor for peacefulness, calm and gently gliding over a body of water. The body of water is worth remembering (lake, lagoon, ocean, stream) as it represents an additional layer to your dream., To have a dream where you are sailing on calm waters suggests an easy time as you strive to make your way through life. Sailing in a small vessel indicates that your desires are modest and not beyond your means and that you are comfortable with a small, self contained life. Sailing in a large sailing schooner often represents larger desires in life of extreme wealth and material things. Sailing in stormy waters refers to an uneasy situation or “stormy” situation you are facing? Does the boat capsize? You are not in control and can easily feel submerged, abandon or drowning in your life’s current circumstances. What is causing your boat to turn over? Did you make through the storm without incident? A sign that your journey will be easier than you think.
A sand dune represents a symbol of protection. Your dream shows that you are seeking coverage protection or a safe haven in your life. To understand what the protection you are seeking actually is, consider looking at why you are in the desert? What does it mean to you? Isolation? Freedom? Who else is in the dream?
Considered a symbol of luck to the Ancient Egyptians, it is the sacred animal belonging to the God of the Rising Sun, Khepera. As Khepera would “roll the sun across the sky” so would the scarab beetle, rolling its own ball of dung along the ground in a similar way. Apparently hatching from its own ball of dung, this beetle came to represent death and rebirth! Its image appeared everywhere in ancient Egypt on seals and amulets, jewelry, art and artifacts. The scarab would be placed over the heart of a corpse, so that the soul could not speak of anything that would hinder the body into the Afterlife!
Man has lived his life by the seasons since the dawn of time. The rhythm of nature can be seen in the cycle of the seasons. The shift of seasons resemble the changes in our lives. The patterns in nature and the seasons can have a profound effect on our behavior, lifestyle and outlook.
Spring: To dream about spring is a sign of good fortune and adventure along with cheerful companionhips. Summer foretells joyous events and the promis of prosperity. It denotes the maturity of ambitions and signals unbound satisfaction. Autumn implies the cycle of transformation and change of your surroundings. You will experience many ups and downs, but the outcome can be positive. Winter dreams are about a cycle of disintegration and rest. It foretells happiness and financial gains that will come your way. The sequence of seasons also echos the progression from life to death and the seasons” of our lives:
Seven Magic Metals
The first seven planets recognized by our ancestors as the planets visible to the naked eye, have had a lasting influence on mankind. Each of these planets had a mystical metal linked to it. These seven metals, gold (sun), silver (moon), copper (venus), iron (mars), mercury (mercury), lead (saturn) and tin (jupiter), are the seven metals which modern civilization was founded. Of these seven metals, five can be found in their native states (gold, silver, copper, iron, and mercury). The other two, tin and lead, must be smelted from ore. Within the Dharmic religions, sacred artifacts such as temple statue and singing bowels are made up of a mixture of all seven metals.
Sex dreams are so common, they often will physically arouse us from our sleep. Men tend to have more negative erotic dreams while women tend to have more positive ones. Women seem to have fewer sex dreams but they are happier ones. While men have more sex anxiety dreams, often associated with performance. The theme comes up so often in our dreams that it can take the form of many “phallic” objects giving the meaning of sex without the blatant act of sex. It has been the basis (and argument) of both Freud and Jung’s theories.
Sometimes our sex dreams have to do with fulfilling a deep or secret fantasy. Mostly, the reveal how we tend to view ourselves and those around us, then they do our sexual desires! The power of role play in dreams is another very common theme. It often tells us how we would like to express our deeper desires, but more so, it tells us about our own personalities.
Shapes and colors have a Universal meaning, yet in almost every religion, culture and part of the world, they have their own specific meaning to go along side these definitions. These shapes are Universally recognized in dreams and play a part of our subconscious mind in one way or another. These shapes represent one general idealism; yet can represent something entirely different if used in a different context. What do you see?
Sheep Sheep have played a long role in history and symbolism. From the promise of Spring to a symbol of the “cross quarter” celebration of Imbolc, the ewe (female sheep) or lamb (a sheep less than one year of age) is also a symbol of the resurrected Christ. To see sheep in your dream indicates docility and conformity. Often an animal used for sacrifice and slaughter, this gentle animal is a simple conformist.
Dreaming about this animal often refers to your lack of creativity, individuality and initiative to venture out on your own. You tend to go along with the group. Sheep also signify your own compassion. The dream may also be a metaphor on being rather sheepish, shy or not wanting to stick out. Perhaps you have done something wrong that you wish to hide from. Either from yourself or the world. The black sheep has always been the non-conformist. To see a black sheep in your dream symbolizes greed and temptation. The dream may also be a metaphor for someone who represents the black sheep in your family. Perhaps it is you who is the non-conformist.
So honored among the Chinese, the Sheep was made one of the 12 Celestial Creatures in the Chinese Zodiac. To clarify the difference between this animals many names, here it is: Lambs are less than one year of age. They have usually not produced offspring. Lamb and mutton are also the term for the flesh of a young domestic sheep eaten as food. The meat from a sheep that is older than 12 months is called mutton. Sheep are over one year of age. They have usually produced offspring. Ewes are female sheep. “Yoe” is a slang term for ewe. A young female is called a ewe lamb. Rams are male sheep. A “buck” is a slang term for ram. (5) See also aries.
Considered one of the seven magic metals, silver has been used for thousands of years for ornaments and utensils, trade, and as the basis for many monetary systems. Its value as a precious metal was long considered second only to gold. In the Gospels, Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariot is infamous for having taken a bribe of 30 coins of silver from religious leaders in Jerusalem to turn Jesus of Nazareth over to soldiers of the High Priest Caiaphas. The Chinese Empire during most of its history primarily used silver as a means of exchange. In the 19th century, the threat to the balance of payments of the United Kingdom from Chinese merchants demanding payment in silver in exchange for tea, silk, and porcelain led to the Opium War because Britain had to find a way to address the imbalance in payments, and they decided to do so by selling opium produced in their colony of British India to China. In European folklore, silver was considered a mystical element and the myth of silver’s mystical properties goes deep into human history. Silver is believed to have purifying effects, a belief that likely arose from the observation that water kept in a silver pitcher took longer to turn. Silver has now been shown to have antibacterial properties.
The metal is said to do many things, from channel magic, to stopping evil (especially if blessed) including warding off or harming vampires and werewolves and making magic mirrors, to turning water into a healing potion. Throughout history, silver has been a common metal used to protect against evil. Ruled by the Moon and called Luna by alchemists, the symbolic meaning of the Moon meaning receptivity, reaction and reflection. The Moon acts as a mirror reflecting the light from the Sun and a mirror is just glass with a thin layer of silver. The Moon and her magnetic fields influence the rhythms of the tides. The Moon is further associated with femininity, motherliness, cycles and changeable emotions. Silver is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag (Latin: argentum, from the Indo-European root – arg: for grey or shining) and atomic number 47. Silver corresponds to crystals and the astrological house is Cancer. Use this magical metal for emotional and/or hormonal imbalances, reflecting or neutralizing negativity, dreams and intuition, psychic work and psychic abilities. (See also, silver).
A snake, also called a serpent is the age old symbol of evil or satan, makes it a bad omen to have one show up in a dream. To see a lone snake and feel threatened by it shows that you have a bad enemy that is even then working against you, it also a warning against bodily harm from an enemy. To dream of many snakes in a pit is the foreboding of much bad luck in love or business. Should you overcome and kill a threatening snake in your dream shows that you will overcome your adversary and win out. The snake is also considered to have healing powers. Two snakes wrap around the caduceus, is the common symbol for a doctor or medical symbol. The two snakes wrapped around the center wand, represent sickness/health, balance and the hidden secrets of knowledge. The serpent is also considered to represent the feminine. Slithering, wild and a temptress, she is one of the oldest emblems of female power. So honored among the Chinese, the Snake was made one of the 12 Celestial Creatures in the Chinese Zodiac.
Snow is simply frozen water. As water is a pure representation of our emotions and can be seen as crystallized rain. Often softer, colder and clearer, this (normally) gentle weather phenomenon can drastically change the environment and change your surroundings. In dreams, this can represent a subtle, gentle change or if you dream of a blizzard, it can represent drastic change or the “avalanche” of overwhelming emotions that may be out of control in waking life.
Space, in our dreams, is associated with the quality of our lives. The concept of emptiness or blank canvas, is also considered an unseen element. Space is the element in which a symbol is defined, regardless of its size. Without space, you could have no symbol.In our dreams, we may feel the space around us expanding or shrinking? How is that being associated with something going on in your waking life? Scale and distance are a frequent dream theme. Is something so big it is overpowering you or so small that it is insignificant? Are you stuck in a middle of a crowd? How does it make you feel? Claustrophobic, full of panic or paralyzed? Or do you actually feel safe, reassured of comfortable? Do you find yourself far away from something? (Your goals, wishes, relationship or dreams?) Or do you feel closer than ever? Examine your relationship of proximity to your desires and needs. Our position in space (planet Earth) can be associated with your position in life. What is your position in waking life? Is your dream telling you something? The position we are in relationship to others is important. Every thing is looked at in relationship to something else. Are you above or in front of something in your dreams? That could indicate you you feel about your life or a particular situation, specifically. Are you below or behind something? How does that make you feel? Our relationship to space within nature also tells us how we feel about ourselves and our “position” in life. Dreams of wide open spaces can be comforting See also time, symbols and See also ether.
The spiral plays a specific role in symbolism. The spiral represents the never-ending cycles of growth, change and eternal life. A spiral is a curve which emanates from a central point, getting progressively farther away as it revolves around the point. It appears in megalithic art, notably in the Newgrange tomb and the most recurring motif in the Nazca Lines. There is more than 100 spirals in the desert, in all places and sizes, sometimes even being included in a figure (e.g. the monkey’s tail). A spiral, found in Chinese art, is an early symbol for the sun. Roof tiles dating back to the Tang Dynasty with this symbol have been found west of the ancient city of Chang’an (modern-day Xian). Spirals are also a symbol of hypnosis. They are also used as a symbol of dizziness. The spiral is also found in structures as small as the double helix of DNA and as large as a galaxy. The study of spirals in nature has a long history. Many shells form a logarithmic spiral. Shells are formed by rotating a closed curve around a fixed axis, the shape of the curve remains fixed but its size grows in a geometric progression. In some shell such as Nautilus and ammonites the generating curve revolves in a plane perpendicular to the axis and the shell will form a planar discoid shape. In others it follows a skew path forming a helico-spiral pattern. (See also, golden ratio).
The spirit is our deepest healing resource. To recognize a power that is greater than our own is to recognize our Spirituality. When we are spiritual we consciously strive to live with awareness, love, faith and devotion. Our Spirit is comprised of Spiritual health – a condition marked by a diminished sense of fear and the daily experience of unconditional love, joy, gratitude, and a personal relationship with your God (or an awareness of an inner source of infinite power and compassion.) Our Spirit also comes through Social health – and consists of a strong, positive connection to others in community, family, and intimacy with one or more people. Seeing Spirits: if you dream of speaking with an unknown spirit you should watch out for someone who is trying to deceive you. Generally if the spirit is known and welcomed it is a sign of great good luck and/or good fortune in business affairs.
Steps or stairs in our dreams are often related to goal oriented dreams. Are you going up the steps or coming down them? Going up stairs refers to the climbing the ladder of success, power, knowledge and status. Coming down stairs refers to the descend of a career, aging, and a loss of success, power, knowledge and status. It can simply be a way to get between floors or transcend you between different states of consciousness. Such as moving between the lower subconscious level to a higher level of consciousness. Some experts believe that stairs for men, can have a more sexual connotation. If you are a man dreaming of stairs in a sexual dream, it can refer to an erection, power gained through sex or your own sexual prowess.
St. Andrew’s Cross: (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 Saltire is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross X, like the shape of the letter x in Roman type. Saint Andrew is said to have been martyred on such a cross. It appears in numerous flags, including those of Scotland and Jamaica, and other coats of arms and seals.
The stomach is a hollow organ and refers to how we process things in life. It can be how we “react” to a situation and is how we express our intuition based on the feelings we experience here. Dreams of a stomach ache (or pain), can refer to your lack of paying attention, perhaps due to the actions of your own or another. A large stomach also equates to an over-flatted ego or false sense of self. A flat stomach can relate to strength, courage and steadfastness and also it can relate to a sense of stubbornness or being too rigid.
When we dream of stones, it is important to look at the stone in relationship to your dream and what is occurring within. Stepping stones can indicate a slow but steady progress. Cobblestones are a symbol of warning, not to take too many risks. Throwing a stone in your dream can mean a missed opportunity. We suggest you carry a small stone in your purse or pocket. Remove the stone from your person in the evening and place it back in your pocket or purse at the beginning of the day. Whenever you touch the stone, tell the stone (and essentially the Universe), something you are grateful for. This simple reminder is a powerful and effective way to bring gratitude, humility and positive thoughts into your life! (See also Sacred Stones).
Smaller individual stones can also become invested with the sacred. The Stone of Scone, also known as the Coronation Stone or the Stone of Destiny, until very recently rested on a shelf beneath the seat of the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey in London (it has now been returned to Scotland. It is said that the stone could identify a rightful ruler of the country by emitting a loud cry. Since the 13th century, every British king or queen (except for the first Mary) has been crowned monarch while seated in this chair over this stone. The stone had been brought to London by order of King Edward I from Scotland in 1297. In Scotland the stone had been kept at Scone Palace in Perthshire where 34 successive Scottish kings had been crowned while seated upon it. According to tradition, the stone had been brought to Scotland from Ireland where, up to that time the newly crowned kings of Ireland had been crowned upon it on the Hill of Tara. Legend further explains that the stone had come to Ireland from Judah in the 4th century BCE when the daughter of the last king of Judah married into the Irish royal family. Previously, the stone had been kept in the Temple of Jerusalem (Dome of the Rock) when the kings of Judah had been crowned upon it. Traditionally, the stone is believed to be that which Jacob used as a pillow when he had his dream of angels at Bethel. (See also Sacred Stones).
Very similar to being lost in your dream, being stuck or trapped is another case where you may feel helpless, unable to move or having difficulty identifying where you are. Where did you become stuck in the dream? What is restricting your movement? How did you try to recover from your situation? What waking situation in your life does this remind you of? Being paralyzed or partially paralyzed or totally restricted in movement, like trying to run away but being unable to move fast enough is equal to paralyzing fear. See also lost.
A dream of suffocation often refers to you literally being “smothered” in waking life. What or who is suffocating you? The lack of getting oxygen is through your own actions or someone else’s? It is often a reference to being drowned by too much work, too much attention, and a lack of personal space, self and individuality.
The dream of swimming must be interpreted by using all the aspects of your dream to determine the significance of swimming. The body of water you are swimming in such as a lagoon, lake ocean, pond, river, all have an additional meaning to them. Swimming in the ocean and coming toward shore often represents good fortune. Swimming in a pool can signify the contentment you have in a contained situation. Are you teaching someone to swim? This is a dream of empowerment and represents the “spreading of wealth” power and the ability to give.
Dreams about a sword can have several meanings. Who is wielding the sword? Is it used to protect or to destroy? “A double edged sword” has two meanings, as a sword can be both destructive in nature but may also protect and clean out the clutter. The Sword is represented as one of the four Minor Arcana in the Tarot. The sword represents the element of air. It is a symbol for the activities of the mind. Virtues including honor, rationality, communication and elimination are represented by the sword. Thinking, speaking, mental energies, and a pure mind are “Sword traits”.
Every dream is a message from some deeper unconscious part of ourselves to the more conscious everyday part of ourselves expressed in a language that needs to be learned and understood. The dream has been called the royal road to the unconscious. Another way to say the dream is the window to the soul. There is a very small number of original, natural symbols that make up the countless millions of symbols in existence today.
Space – The concept of emptiness or blank canvas, is also considered an unseen element. Space is the element in which a symbol is defined, regardless of its size. Without space, you could have no symbol.
Dot – The very beginning of any symbol. It is the first mark made at the start of a journey/symbol/discovery… not the end of a sentence. The dot, or bindhu (which means drop), is the absolute, or mark on the forehead. At the place of the Third Eye, it is the point believed to be the “seat of the soul”.
Arc – In geometry, an arc is a closed segment of a differential curve in the two-dimensional plane; for example, a circular arc is a segment of a circle. The most famous natural symbol of the arc is the rainbow.
Circle – An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess and female power (moon) the god and male power (sun). The perfect circle has no beginning and no end.
Vertical Line – It is man, who stands upright and therefore, the vertical line is symbolic of the physical world. Representing man, the Tree of Life, the phallus, as well as the soul striving to reach upward to the heavens.
Horizontal Line – Opposite of the vertical line, this symbol represents the forward and backward movement of time along with the representation of matter, the horizon and man’s place on Earth.
Cross – This ancient symbol, which has been translated in hundreds of ways, shapes and interpretations is basically the crossing of one horizontal line and one vertical line. It is the symbol of the material world and the spiritual world crossing and meeting at a center point.
Square – The square represents the physical world. Like the quartered circle, it points pagans to the four compass directions: north, east, south and west. A square also represents balance, stability, and sacrifice.
Oval – This voluptuous and feminine shape not only represents completeness, but is also a symbol of the infinite. Sometimes called a Lozenge, it conjures up the idea of wisdom and the power of longevity and for all eternity.
Triangle – A triangle is a symbol of creation, creativity, or chaos. An upwards facing triangle can represent the negative aspects of creation. The downward facing triangle represents the positive aspects of creation.
Diagonal – The Greek saw this strange line as a symbol of irrational existence. Dividing a square into two diagonal triangles with no simple relationship to its sides, this Oblique (neither parallel nor at a right angle to a specified or implied line) or obelisk which later become an obelisk (a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top.)
Zig Zag – represents heat, energy, movement and vitality. It is the quintessential symbol for lightning. Found as the snake or serpent that winds up the caduceus, the double zig zag that accompanies aquarius as either life force or water or the S that wraps around a vertical line creating the dollar sign.