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What does a tarantula and a turtle represent in a dream?

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Dream 461: Enough Planning already

A man had the following dream:

I had a dream I was sleeping on a couch. Then I looked at the floor and I saw a turtle trying to get away from a tarantula. The turtle was too slow and the tarantula started to attack the turtle. Any idea of what this means ?

Interpretation

Animals at the first level usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. A turtle represents defensiveness because it’s surrounded by a shell. A turtle also represents slow but steady progress. A spider usually represents planning in the sense that it builds webs to catch its victims. A tarantula is aggressive often.

I would say your subconscious wants you to aggressively pursue some goal and not take the slow and gradual approach for now. I’m taking it that the trantula caught the turtle. I am guessing that your subconscious is getting impatient with a slow gradual defensive approach and wants you to plan forceful action.

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What do crabs mean in a dream?

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Dream 415: Relationships Can Make Me Crabby

A man reported the following dream:

“I’m on a school boat trip again. There are a few crabs. They creep up my legs and pinch in my boy bits with their claws. I’m not mutilated but it certainly hurts.
Towards the end of the dream I feel something moving in my pants. I open them, and it’s a huge crab crawling up, it’s over a foot / 30cm across. I’m thinking “this could be nightmare material” when I see it appear slowly. Most of all I’m surprised how it makes it’s way through that very narrow space, those legs are incredibly strong!”

He also added:

“The last crab was a different model, like a king crab with a rather small shell and very long legs.
The first crabs were normal, with a big shell and small legs.”

Interpretation 

It is difficult not to get somewhat Freudian in this dreams interpretation because the images occur close to his genitals, but I will try to be more exspansive than that. Freud and Carl Jung would both agree that the dream involves his inner instincts, your sexual instincts, because it is an animal and because of the location of where the crabs attack.

First of all, I suspect the dream is talking about what he needs to learn about sexual relationships because you are on a school boat trip. The school signals that it is going to be about what he needs to learn in that area. Boats float on water and water is invariably emotion. So the beginning of the dream is announcing that it is going to be about what he needs to learn about emotion in sexual relationships.

Crabs are very tenacious and these early in the dream crabs especially hurt him and hang on for a long time so that it is especially annoying. I wonder if the dream is saying something about getting hurt in intimate relationships because he may hang on to situations that hurt him too long.

A crabs have shells which could indicate that defensiveness in intimate relationships in this case. This is the case if the emphasis was mainly upon the size of its shell. If the emphasis was on the crabs inner body, which is soft, vulnerable, and in this case very strong, I feel the dream may be describing the dreamer. He may be emotionally sensitive on the inside and strong on the outside. He was, in fact, a tall and strong man.

Dreams have many levels to them. I always like to think of common sayings that may be in the dream. The thing I am reminded of is that “crabs” is the slang term for sexual diseases. Dreams frequently give advice. It is always good to practice safe sex…

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What does a baby mean in a dream?

What's new is your life?
What’s new in your life?

Dream Answer 298: Babies are almost always good news in dreams. They typically signal new growth in the dreamer of either new emotional (girl babies) or new behavior (boy babies). The following dream indicated new emotional growth:

An adult woman dreamed that she saw a spirit (baby-like) floating up in the corner of her bedroom near the ceiling. She staring at it trying to figure out what to do when her chihuahua, who was also looking at it, turned to her and said “you see it, just speak to it”. So she asked “who are you” and it materialized into a flower (like a daisy) against her wall.

Interpretation

Each person or creature in a dream is a part of the dreamer’s psyche at the first level. Females tend to go with emotions. Males tend to be associated with behavior. A baby represents a new part of the mind/psyche.

Floating or flying typically takes on spiritual meaning. Floating indicates usually an activated energy that is hanging above the dreamer. The emotional change that the new female baby portends is likely to happen soon when it is floating which is a peaceful and serene form of flying.

Dogs typically go with the dreamer’s affections and are associated with loyalty and protection. The dog gives you advice in the sense of urging you to speak to activate this new emotional part of you. Specifically, the dreamer was urged to speak directly about what she sees going on to others (“you see it, just speak it”).

The baby turning into a flower indicated that her new emotional growth was beautiful. The flower went against her “wall” which indicated she was going to be less defensive. The new emotional growth on the verge of entering the dreamer’s life was that she was becoming less defensive by speaking out directly about what she sees going on. She was being urged to be less defensive and to be more assertive. The dream wanted her to speak her truth.

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Dream 271: The Orbs Predict Jobs

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I See the Light

Dream 271: Orbs and Ghosts

A twenty-something woman had the following dream: “The other day I had a dream about ghosts in my room, it opened my bedroom door and opened all my dresser drawers and started throwing out all its contents. Then awhile later in my dream, I was in a cabin like house with my mom and I saw 3 orbs, like silver lights, dancing all around the room. I kept saying “mom look! Mom look!” I didn’t know if she could see them. Then suddenly they were coming at me, and as soon as they were up to my face they turned into bubbles that were thick enough to touch without popping. The other integer thing I remember is having an abundance of jobs coming up in my near future. Just thought it was a pretty cool dream to have.”

Interpretation: Clothes usually represent your defenses. The ghost literally represents your spirit. By throwing the clothes on the floor your spirit is urging you to be less defensive. Orbs and circles are usually representatives of the soul and I would have no problem with seeing them as guides.

Houses or cabins can represent the dreamer because they are frameworks out of which you live. The number three is significant because it is the number of change. Three people in a relationship tends to be unstable, and things are going to change. So the dream is predicting personal change.

It is interesting that I think this dream is partly symbolic and partly predictive. Bubbles are made of water and water is emotion almost always. That they do not burst is a good sign because I think the dream is predicting job opportunities for you in the sense that ” your bubble will not be burst.” The ghosts are probably more defensive spirits or attitudes from the past that need to be thrown out. The orbs are likely to be new possibilities she is facing. The orbs are a good omen.

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Dream 269: Saving Face

Send in the clowns
Send in the clowns

Dream 269:

A 32-year-old woman dreamed of an image of her face with a huge number of stitches which covered her face almost like a mask.

Interpretation
Her job was in security for a federal building. She had to thoroughly search each person who entered the building. It often was necessary to be assertive and even abrupt with difficult people.

In dreams, a mask is it defense that hides who you really are. She thought that she had to put on a stern façade which was not like her real personality. The image in this dream brings to mind the saying of “saving face.” She thought that to heal herself she would have to quit the job because it was covering who she really was.

She disliked the scars which the job forced on her personality. She felt the job was ruining the image she had of herself. Consciously, she felt the job was good paying and have good benefits; however, she knew that her subconscious would eventually insist she leave the job.

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Defending My Ideals

Compromise?Dream 227: Defending My Ideals (written by the dreamer)
I am always fending off or struggling with someone or some situation in my dreams. Not a physical fight, but defending my actions/words or trying to get someone to understand a universally perceived truth. Is this my subconscious telling me to not be so concerned with others opinions? Any thoughts?

Dream 227 Answers–One enters an endless hall of mirrors when talking about conflict in this case because we are literally discussing how the different parts of your own psyche disagree at the first level of dream interpretation. There is a very idealistic part of you concerned with universal truth that is defending itself from compromising what you believe in versus what you may have to do to satisfy other needs. The constant struggle is emotionally draining and upsetting.

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Be Less Defensive

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Dream 215: Throw Down Your Shield

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A Knight in Shining Armor Needs to Throw Down His Shield

A 28-year-old man dreamt that a knight was defending himself against a powerful opponent knight. He could not see his nemesis very well. The raging knight was attacking women and the dreamer himself with a sword. The dreamer defended himself with a shield. The shield was bulky and he was making little progress against the errant knight.

Suddenly, the dreamer had the thought that if he were less defensive, things would go better. In a dramatic moment, the dreamer threw his shield down and faced his fear of the other knight. The other knight immediately quit fighting and took his shiny armored helmet off. Upon closer examination, the other knight was a handsome man with blonde hair and blue eyes. The dreamer discovered the reason the man was attacking women and the dreamer. The man was wounded and was taking his anger out on them. The dreamer realized that the wound needed to heal.

Dream 215–Interpretation

The dreamer was generally unsuccessful with women. He came on too strong. When his disproportionate advances were not reciprocated by a woman, he became angry and defensive and then ruined any chance of starting a relationship.

The dream dramatically states that his anger is directly related to his defensiveness. He needed to throw down his shield and get in touch with the heroic masculine part of his nature. That he could not see his nemesis very well meant that he had little insight into his problem. The dreamer was always mystified by women rejecting him because he knew his nature was essentially chivalrous and noble like the heroic masculine knight.

The dream showed that underneath his rage, he himself was wounded. For the first time, he realized that he needed to heal his wounds, that he needed to work on his resentments in therapy. It was a major breakthrough in therapy.

Let Your Hair Down

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 Below is a dream and interpretation from my psychologist private practice. The client is anonymous and biographical details were changed to protect the identity of the dreamer. The interpretation is based upon my book at http:www.drstevenfox.com 

Dream 162: Let Your Hair Down

A 33-year-old woman dreamt that she was sitting in a room.  A group of young adult handsome and dashing men came in and started to help her put on coat after coat, one on top of the other.  After she was wearing three coats at the same time, the leader of the group announced that was enough, that she did not need any more coats.

She then saw herself and a female friend having a discussion.  The friend unfurled her long hair and urged the dreamer to do the same.  They next were sitting at a house of prostitution.  They were simply viewers of the scene.  Each man was receiving money for having sex with each prostitute.  Each man did not enjoy the experience and felt forced to do it.

Dream 162–Interpretation 

The group of young men were various parts of her inner heroic masculine.  These parts typically are protective and encourage positive action.  Clothing represents defenses as they are the outer shell we show the outside world. The number three (number of coats) is significant because it implies change.  She did not like her current job and had sought out and interviewed with three other possible jobs that were interested in her. She did this as she was preparing for a written test at her current workplace.  She had obtained the three job possibilities as defensive backups if she did not pass the test.  The leader of the heroic masculine announced that she had sought out enough jobs for her security.  The implication was to stop looking for more jobs and continue studying for the test.  Her heroic masculine was concerned that she was devoting too much energy on finding backup jobs rather than studying for the test before her.

She worked in customer service.  She felt like she was hired to screw customers over (the prostitutes) who did not appreciate it (she did not like the way she had to interact with customers).  The dream was encouraging her to “let her hair down” emotionally, i.e., to be less defensive (the female friend unfurling her hair).