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What does a fast mouse you cannot catch mean in a dream?

Dream 528: That one little final detail

A man dreamt about chasing a small mouse. Most of the dream was oriented on chasing this small fast mouse. In the dream other people even helped chase it. The dreamerI had no clue what this meant or symbolized, or if it was just “a weird dream.”

Interpretation

Animals in dreams often represent a part of the dreamer’s instincts. The mouse in this dream is fast and never gets caught in spite of other parts of your mind (other people in the dream) trying to help catch it.
If it were my dream, it would probably represent a desire to get something done right so that I felt good about it, but never getting it to be exactly the way I wanted it to be.

I wonder if there is something you have been working on, perhaps with others, that you have been trying to get exactly right, but success eludes you. At the final stage–it is almost within your grasp, but something suddenly happens, some small detail in the final stage, so that you are left unsatisfied.

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Helpful Hint to Remember Your Dreams

A psychologist who had been in Jungian analysis shared a way to help remember dreams. He noted that drinking a large glass of water would require getting up in the middle of the night. When one gets up to go to the bathroom, you usually were in an REM dream state before waking up and it will be easier to remember the dream. He recommended writing down the dream before taking care of the urge if possible so that you do not lose parts of the dream.

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What does a crow and a wicked old man mean in dream?

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Dream 518: As the crow flies

A man had the following dream:
 
I dreamt that I was in my home town, down where all the shops are, and I was on a roof ledge. There was an old man up there and he gave me a wicked smile and threw a nest with two eggs off the roof. In that instant, I became filled with rage and hate for the old man and I also realized that I was a crow not a human. I flew all over the town trying to find the old guy but I couldn’t.

If you get the time, I’d love to know your thoughts..

Interpretation

There are lots of conflicting symbols in this dream. Birds typically go with freedom and escape from limitations. Crows have been associated with death, but it is like a 10% chance that is what the dream is referring to.

Think in a more general level about the crow as representing change and being a warning about that change. The old man is a Shadow side of the wise old man archetype.

He disturbs the “nest” which is located where the shops are, where business is conducted, so it likely is referring to your business, financial, or career part of your life. He disrupts the nest with two eggs. It occurs to me that you have two children.

You are a bird and he may be giving the warning that if you fly the coop and escape the limitations of your job, you risk disrupting your home life. The dream gives one a strange feeling because the wise old man is rarely malevolent, but I think it is possible that he is trying to protect you by warning you.

The Shadow is both the parts of us that cause change and are affected the most by change. I think the dream may be saying that you want more freedom in or from your job, but your Shadow does not think it is the best idea right now, FWIW.

Feedback

The dreamer told me that there were many changes coming to his job that he was frustrated with. He was indeed considering looking for another job. For right now, the dream wants him to stay. That may, of course, change in the future.

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What does a squirrel, numbers, and a cat biting mean in a dream?

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Dream 516: The Good Squirrel in a hard situation

A woman had this first of two dreams:
“So I have been having lots of visions and seeing numbers in my dreams, but the numbers come in my dreams, just showing me the numbers. First strange dream, I had a squirrel stuck on the top of my hand, and it wouldn’t shake off, till eventually it did. I was alone and outside . I can’t remember anything else in that dream, except that it was calm and sitting on my hand. In my dream, it was on my hand the minute I was in the dream.

Here are the numbers: 180, 3011,311, and ($5.95 the price of something–
don’t know what it was.)”

She described her real life situation as follows:
“I am not working currently. I finished school and I will be taking my state test for my LPN. I am looking for work, and I am taking care of my elderly parents.”

First Interpretation

If it were my dream, the squirrel would represent saving and storing things for the future which you have done by going to school. I think it is on your hand because your hands are full and your hands are tied probably.
The numbers point to all kinds of change. Your situation took a 180 degree turn, 3 is the number of change, 0 is a full stop, the 1’s emphasize yourself. Your life was changing but came to a full stop because of your parents’ situation.

The 5.95 is interesting. Somehow it seems to be predicting or saying that you need a 9 to 5 job. There is a 9 and two 5’s= 9to5.

Second Squirrel Dream

“So how crazy can this be, I had a similar dream with myself as the squirrel. The only thing–it was a black cat with his teeth in my palm, I wasn’t bleeding either.The cat had a mean look and looking straight at me, I shook him off and it ended there. Nothing else took place that I remember. I don’t know in my dream where I was either. Another thing– in both dreams I was staying at my friend’s house when I had them.”

Second Squirrely Interpretation

Interesting images. A squirrel is an industrious creature that plans for the future. It lives in a tree which is a symbol of integration, getting your life together. A cat is a symbol of affection I believe, in this case. A black cat can be a symbol of bad luck.
Putting it together, you are an industrious little squirrel who is trying to get your life together whose hands have been tied by bad luck. You may be afraid that their will be hurt and/or angry feelings if you shake the situation off, but that is not the case because you do not get hurt.
If it were my dream, I would take it to mean that your changing the situation to pursue your ambitions without getting hurt is possible. The dream is not explicitly saying how to do it. It is simply saying it can be done in a manner that you can pursue your ambitions without causing hurt.

Dreamer Question

“So being in the same person’s house with just a different but similar dream–does it mean anything? Is it warning me of something?”

My Answer

It is a heavy dream–you probably felt relaxed enough in your friend’s house to be able to have a dream that otherwise would have been repressed because of anxiety.

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How does the shadow try to help a dreamer?

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Dream 505: Her shadow wants her to be more emotionally independent

A man asked me for interpretation of his girlfriend’s dream:

“My girlfriend had a dream that she was sitting in a living room (not recognizable) and a black figure was sitting across from her. No cape or cloak just like a shadow. He then grabbed her hand and as she went to talk, he put his finger in front of his mouth in a “shh” manner. She got quiet then had another dream running through the woods in fear and this black figure led her into a tree that had a door on it. Then this led to the final of the trilogy. She was once again running from something and there was a “safe room” at the end. I was in this one and trying to get her in safely. I kept waving my hand in a “cmon” manner. The black shadow man told me to go in but wouldn’t let her in. This was all in one night. 3 separate dreams, one figure in all of them seemingly trying to help her but holds her back once she gets to the safe room and tries to get to me in there. Just curious as to what this could mean. We have a few theories but not sure.”

Interpretation

These dreams are 3 stages of a big dream, it sounds like to me. Her shadow is definitely trying to communicate with her to get her to do what she doesn’t want to do and which the shadow believes is necessary for her to grow. They shadow frequently is the therapeutic part of your subconscious that makes you do things you don’t want to do or are denying.

In the 1st stage, this shadow is indicating that what he wants is to show her what she needs to do and not only talk about it. In other words, the shadow wants more than talk. He wants action.

In the 2nd stage of dreams, the shadow shows what the problem is. The problem is that she runs from her problems. A tree is a symbol of integration. Being on the inside of a tree is the dreams indication that the person needs to do much inner work to integrate. That is why the shadow leads her to the inside of a tree, because she is too dependent on others and needs to rely more on her own internal integration of thoughts, feelings and actions.

The 3rd stage to dreams indicates further what the shadow and her dream wants her to do to to function better. She wants to join you as a solution to her problems which could be seen as wanting to be too emotionally dependent upon you. The shadow is holding you back from doing too much emotionally for her that she should be doing for herself. She needs to find safe space within herself instead of running to a loved one’s safe room. This is said without me knowing you or the situation and probably needs considerable modification.

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What does someone calling your name in a dream mean?

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Dream Question 506:What does it mean if a person who you don’t know or ever seen calls your name in a dream?

At the first level, each living thing in a dream is a part of your mind. Men tend to go with an action part of the mind, while women tend to go with an emotional part of the psyche. If it is a person you don’t recognize, it is a part of your mind that you are not familiar with, as we all have parts of ourselves that we don’t know about very well.

If it is a man, it’s usually trying to get your attention to doing some action. If it is a woman, it usually is about how you’re dealing with something emotionally. If you are able to see the person, the characteristics of the person may be informative as to what archetype is being employed by the dream.

For example, a knight in shining armor would be the heroic masculine archetype. An older fatherly figure would probably be the wise old man archetype. Shadowy or aggressive people with bad intent would be the dreamer’s shadow which is important for the dreamer to fully know.

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Guest Blog Interview by Dream Interpreter Pamela Cummings

Dream Guest Blog Interview 505: The guest blog interview of Dr. Fox by dream interpreter Pamela Cummings is at https://learndreaminterpretation.com/2018/08/02/dream-interpretation-interview-with-dr-steven-fox/

What could intending to restore an old castle mean in a dream?

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Dream 503: Restoring the kingdom within

A man had the following dream:

“I had a dream just before I woke up this morning in which I had somehow acquired a large mansion or palace in the UK, in or near London. In the dream, I knew it had been the former residence of the King/Queen of England, and it had a lot of red brick. If it is an actual place, I have never been there or seen it in a photo. I was the only one there and was looking around, wondering, “what am I going to do with all of this?” It was in good condition but would obviously require a lot of upkeep. -This dream is symbolic, as are most dreams, and I won’t be unpacking there to live in it. However, I am now considering where I want to live. I doubt it will be in London, let alone in a former royal palace. But, the size and history of the palace may indicate for me a more influential presence abroad. This “palace” could house a lot of people, doing a lot of things, for many types of benefits to others. -Any thoughts?www.drstevenfox.com”

Interpretation 

To go really symbolic here and teeter on the edge, a place where you’re thinking of living can represent your future Self. I wonder if you are in the process of restoring yourself in some kind of way. To help you restore things that you’ve lost maybe or try to change things back to the way they were in some way. The idea is that it would be something about either restoring your situation, your relationships, yourself, or your activities somehow in some way they used to be in the illustrious or better parts of your past.

Feedback

The dreamer later told me that the dream interpretation was more correct than I would ever know.

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What could rune and hieroglyphic like images mean in a dream?

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Dream 500: Interpreting Hieroglyphics
A woman sent me the above drawing of an image she had in a dream. She noted that there were also poisonous snakes and insects all over it. I attempted to interpret some of the possible meanings.

Interpretation

These were my remarks to her:
The triangle intersecting a square looks like pieces of a puzzle coming together. A circle usually represents the soul because it has no beginning and no end. The half circle looks like a half full cup to me which would mean that you’re optimistic. The two triangles meeting at a point look like an hourglass to me. Then there are triangles facing different directions which could symbolize a triangular relationship that is taking a different turn.

Taking a totally Wild perspective, I would guess that your omniscient Self is optimistic that it can figure out the puzzle of how a complicated relationship is changing, but time is limited.

I also like the ancient runes idea, that this is material coming from the collective unconscious. I wish I had an ancient rune translation.

Snakes usually represent change because they are one of the few animals that completely shed their skin. The type of snake usually tells you the type of change it is talking about. The poisonous snake would represent toxic change. Insects may be things that bug you.

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