Dreams of Tigers, Triangles and Travel

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A table is a place for bringing people together. It is a place we go to dine, work on, meet around and express our views, opinions and enjoy a meal. What are you doing at the table? Expressing ideas is often a dream we have when a table is present. Is it a short table (square) or a long table (rectangle), a round table (circle) or an odd shape? This is an important part of your dream that should be considered when looking up your symbolism. What is being done at the table? Eating? Nourishing your life. Discussing a personal issue? A way of expressing your emotions. Are you in a business meeting? This refers to opportunities that can come from your actions. Are you doing homework? Working out life problems. Is the table set? Your life is in order and comfortable. Or are you missing pieces to the settings? A gap in your life. Is there a tablecloth? This is a feeling of protection and security. No tablecloth? Considered looking for a more secure situation.

Tarot: (see Tarot meanings)

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. Dreaming about a tarot reading can suggest a desire for a third party to validate and illuminate some big decision(s) you are facing. A contrasting possibility is that you feel as though your decisions are not important and your life is in the hands of fate, outside your personal control. Whether or not you follow a metaphysical practice in your waking life it is an important element for discerning the symbolism and meaning of dreams through the images of tarot cards. The Tarot is a pack of cards used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. Parallels have been drawn between the symbols of these cards and the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. 22 cards is the same number of paths between the Sephiroth in the Tree of Life, each one an aspect of the creator. There are corresponding Zodiac signs, crystals, planets, aspects, colors and characteristics. Learn more here.

Tattvas: (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. Tattva is a Sanskrit word meaning principle, reality or truth. According to various Indian schools of philosophy, a tattva is an element or aspect of reality conceived as an aspect of deity. Together they are thought to form the basis of all our experiences.

Tau 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. Often referred to as the cross of St. Francis, it is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the basis for the Ankh symbol and found as far back as the Sumarian culture, the Roman God, Mithras and the Greek God, Attis.

Templar 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. This cross has many names throughout history but essentially stands for life, death and rebirth. Most known as both the Knights Templar Cross and the Maltese Cross of St. Germain.

Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Knights Templar became a favored order throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades.

The cross itself, represented the Power, where the two lines intersect and where the energies of heaven are released to the earth. To try to simplify this process, St. Germain explains that the Power is released through the four bodies of man as receptacles of that Power. And so the etheric, mental, emotional and physical bodies are the recipients and that is the gift from the Maltese cross. It is a symbol in perfect balance with the Matter world in alignment with the four planes of matter and the four cosmic forces of matter, and the Spirit in the inner and outer expression within the soul.

Test Taking

Test anxiety dreams where you forget about an exam, haven’t studied or don’t recognize the words on the page are among the most common ones. They usually begin in childhood and continue into middle age, and their variations are specific to the person having them. Actors and dancers may not dream of walking into a test unprepared, instead they may dream that they forgot about an audition, forget their lines or can’t remember the steps. These are all symbols of someone judging and evaluating you. It has to do with feeling exposed.


Three is considered the number of the Holy Trinity and therefore sacred. It is vibrant and alive with hope and possibility. To dream of a three is not in itself significant but must be considered as a whole with the dream, whether or not is religious, etc., and then you will be able to tie it in to get a true reading.

Tidal Wave

Tidal waves can refer to an overwhelming rush of energy that overtakes you. It is the feeling of being overwhelmed or taken over. Dreams of a tidal wave often show us we are drowning in life responsibilites with our waking day. This image tends to come up and be especially powerful in people who have experienced some form of trauma. (Other variations may include being caught in an earthquake, avalanche or fire.) But the tidal wave isn’t a literal depiction of their experience. Victims of fire, rape or attempted rape have all had this type of dream. This has been documented in the Sleep Study notes. They are not dreaming about what actually happened, but the emotion, which says “I feel over whelmed or I’m terrified”.


Considerd a symbol of luck and one of the most respected animals of 12 in the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger is a symbol of nobility, ferocity, authority and power. The tiger’s strips are believed to be the source of his anger, as it was believed he was whipped many times, leaving the uneven lines. Considered a symbol of virility and raw sexuality, the tiger’s meat was eaten only by men (in some cultures) and women were forbid to do so. Warriors who ate the meat and wore the tiger skin would be considered to have dominion over the beast. In native Indian lore, the tiger was believed to be a shape-shifter. They were able to consume evil spirits and be the guardian and protectors. In Chinese Buddhism, along with the monkey (symbolizing greed) and the dear (symbolizing love-sickness) the tiger represents anger and is one of the Three Senseless Creatures of Chinese Buddhism.


Time, in our dreams, is associated with the quality of our lives. We live our waking life by the clock. Time is measured from seconds to years. In between there are markers that we associate with. Our work day, our weekend, our birthday, our New Year…. are all markers of time. In our dreams there is no limitation, deadline or time frame. Often, time seems suspended. Time can lapse in seconds in what may take years in waking life. Dreams associated with time and measures are often how we are summing ourselves up! How do you measure up? Do you feel like you fit in or are you out of place. Are you on time for things in your dreams or are you always behind? Being ahead is often a sign of satisfaction, Trying to keep up with time can represent your loss of control or how “time seems to be slipping away from you”. Are you trying to get somewhere fast and time (or other obstacles) are holding you back? You need to analyse WHY you are being held back! Distortion of time may also be related to how clearly (or not) you are seeing something. This is a reflection in your waking life. See also space.


Considered one of the seven magic metals, tin is not found in its native state and must be smelted from ore. This silvery, malleable poor metal is not easily oxidized in air and is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. The first alloy, used in large scale since 3000 BC, was bronze, an alloy of tin and copper. After 600 BC pure metallic tin was produced. Pewter, which is an alloy of tin with the remainder commonly consisting of copper, antimony and lead, was used for flatware from the Bronze Age until the 20th century. In modern times tin is used in many alloys. Tin resists corrosion from water but can be attacked by acids and alkalis. Tin can be highly polished and is used as a protective coat for other metals. Cassiterite (SnO2), the tin oxide form of tin, was most likely the original source of tin in ancient times. Other forms of tin ores are less abundant such as stannite that require a more involved smelting process. Cassiterite often accumulates in alluvial channels as placer deposits due to the fact that it is harder, heavier, and more chemically resistant than the granite in which it typically forms. Tin is a chemical element with symbol Sn (for Latin: stannum) and atomic number 50. Tin is ruled by Jupiter. Its astrological houses are Sagittarius and Pisces and it corresponds to carnelian. Use for meditation and relaxation, honor, wealth and wisdom. Use tin to promote abundance, prosperitysuccess in business and in legal matters. Tin stimulates attraction of what you desire, energy, healing, regeneration and rejuvenation.


Dreams that you are caught up in a tornado, or see other people in one, or you are in danger from a tornado, refer to the feeling of the unknown. It is often a chaos you feel in waking life. The overwhelming power that you have no control over is spreading your well laid plans all over the place. Are you seeing the tornado in the distance? This is a dream about a possible disaster if you do not take heed. Are you actually caught up in the tornado? Then you are currently being pulled from all directions and need to “take shelter” in waking life to protect yourself from your current situation.


Considered a symbol of luck and a symbol of life. Most famous to Chinese, Buddhism and Hindu beliefs, the tortoise was the world or the earth. The four strong legs represented the four elements and four directions. The legs held up the underside of the tortoise, which represented the earth. The dome-shaped shell represented the vault shaped dome of Heaven. Therefore, the tortoise carried the world on his back. In Native American lore, they believed the World Tree or Tree of Life, grew out of the back of the tortoise.


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. Transportation dreams are about movement, getting from one place to another, change and control. It is important to first understand what the form of transportation is. Then you ask yourself why? Are you then a passenger or the driver? Are you heading forward, backward or stuck in traffic? Then understand what is happening inside the vehicle. Here is a list of the most common forms of transportation in our dreams.

Airplane – feet off the ground, less control, trust/lack of trust (if the plane is going down). Traveling at great speeds and at great distances, airplane dreams can also be associated with flying, but in a more contained manner. Is it smooth sailing or a bumpy ride? Learn more about airplane dreams.

Balloon – A balloon is similar to dreams about flying. It expresses a feeling of flying free, freedom and the power of air, wind and soaring (like a bird). The balloon still has a grounding quality as you are often standing in a hot air balloon. So your feet are on the ground but you have an active imagination. Dreams of soaring through the air in a balloon offer us escapism.

Bus – How is a bus represented in your dream? Are you a passenger or driver of the bus? A driver of your own destiny or are you along for the ride? Does the bus go along a certain route or are you on a bus to nowhere? Sound familiar? Is your ride bumpy or smooth? Often a metaphor for your journey in waking life. Learn more about bus dreams.

Cab – A cab ride is often a short journey and shows us a tiny portion of our life along the way. Dreams of either a smooth or bumpy ride is synonymous with the experience we are currently having in life. We are most often a passenger in the journey so we are allowing someone else to take the responsibility for this action. Learn more about cab dreams.

Car – Speed, size, color… Freud saw the car as a symbol of sexuality and moreover masculinity. When a man dreams about a car it has to do with issues of masculinity, power and class. When women dream about cars it can relate to their own appeal towards men or their ambitions. Learn more about car dreams.

Carriage – Often a slower and more meandering way of travel, a carriage is a symbol or traveling through your past. Is the journey through a wooded area or along a cliff? A representation of protection or danger. What is the color of the carriage? Is it going fast or slow? Are you alone or with others? Are you moving away from something or going towards it? Running from your past or more accepting of it?

Train – Speeding along in a train often is a dream about moving quickly in to the unknown. Are you excited about it or are you moving too fast? These dreams can either be about loneliness or the excitement of the unknown.


Travel is a dream that has several different meanings and should be used in the dream as a stand alone as meaning a wish to leave your present. Traveling dreams refer to our journey through life. They can be associated with escapism during tough times or they can symbolize our desire to broaden our horizons. Are you traveling alone, with another or a group? This often reflects how you feel in life. Strength in numbers or a burden? How do you see it in your dream? Travel dreams reflect our desire to change, our fear of change or our need to make a change. Where are you going? What is the reason for your journey? How are you traveling? Are there obstacles? Is it easy traveling? Each represents your own personal journey through a particular situation or life in general. Are you lost or do you know where you are going? Do you need a map or are you sure of the destination? Finding your way or moving forward with determination are expressed in the way you navigate through your dream. environment. See also transportation and soul satisfying journeys


Found in almost every culture, the symbol of the tree is “rooted” in world consciousness. As a symbol of life, the tree has its head in the sky and its roots deeply buried in the earth.

Tree of Life

Symbolic of the tree. This is a common theme in various theologies, mythologies and philosophies. This mystical concept alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet, the gaining of knowledge, and our evolutionary descent and connection to heaven and the underworld. The Tree of Life may also be a synonym for the sacred tree – the tree of life, connecting all forms of nature and creation. Found extensively in the Kabbalah and angel lore, no where is it more prevalent than in the Celtic culture and tree divination.

Triple Goddess

Also called The Triple Moon Goddess, this symbol has been adopted by many by way of the Celts to represent the term referring to the historical goddess triad and single goddesses of three forms or aspects.  In common Greek and Roman usage, the three female figures were frequently described as the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone, each of which symbolizes both a separate stage in the female life cycle and a phase of the moon, and often rules one of the realms of Earth, Underworld, and Heaven. Mid-twentieth century England and their ancestries, practices and theology varied widely, but honoring the Triple Goddess of maiden, mother, and crone was seen as a respectful belief system. In their view, sexuality, pregnancy, breastfeeding, along with other female reproductive processes are ways that women may embody the Goddess, making the physical body sacred. The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth, youth and youthful enthusiasm, represented by the waxing moon.

The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, sexuality, fulfillment, stability, power and life represented by the full moon.

The Crone represents wisdom, repose, death, and endings represented by the waning moon. 

“Blessed be the maiden,
of pure and sacred snow,
of innocence, divinity,
and promises aglow.
Blessed be the mother,
of fertility and growth,
tis full moon and her child,
she’s always loving both.
Blessed be the crone,
of wisdom, knowledge, truth,
she shows us strength and power,
while reminding us of youth.
Accept these lessons closely,
as each one has to show,
their part of sacred journey,
which each of us must know.”

~(excerpt from The Crystal Witch by Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac)

Tripod of Life

Also referred to as the Borromean Rings, this symbol is three rings that intersect evenly. It is part of another smaller symbol the Vesica Piscis and part of a much larger design referred to as the Flower of Life, this tripod symbolizes the power of the number 3, such as the mind-body-spirit, father-son-holy ghost, maiden-mother-crone.


This very ancient symbol originally meant triangle and was used to refer to various three cornered shapes. It has come to be referred to as the Trefoil Knot, which is a more complicated form of three Vesica Piscis, sometimes with an added circle in or around it. The triquetra has been found on rune stones in Northern Europe and on early Germanic coins. It presumably had pagan religious meaning and it bears a resemblance to the Valknut, a symbol associated with Viking God, Odin. The triquetra is often found in metal work and in illuminated manuscripts like the Book of Kells. It is also found in similar artwork on Celtic crosses and slabs of stone from the early Christian period. The symbol has been used by Christians as a sign of the Blessed Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), especially since the Celtic Revival of the 19th century. When modern designers began to display the triquetra as a stand alone design, it recalled the three leafed shamrock, which was similarly offered as a Trinity symbol by Saint Patrick.


Turtles signify the odd and the unusual in your life and if you dream of seeing one you will have an odd incidence befall you and the good or the bad of it will have to be gleaned from the entire dream and the emotions expressed in it. Turtles are considered a good luck symbol as well as a symbol of long life and good health. Also the term ‘duck soup’ tells you if something is easy to accomplish, especially if you are drinking it. See alsoTortoise

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