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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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What might blackbirds, sleeping in a dream, and animals mean in a dream?

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Dream 473: Shadow Blackbird

A woman had the following dream:

“While sleeping I had a dream and in the dream I was sleeping. I was awakened by a loud noise.  When I looked out the window, I saw several black birds, huge ones, and several very large animals. The animals were like the size you would see in a Harry Potter movie. The animals were surrounding my house protecting me. They created a wall so no one could bother me.

What is that all about?”

Interpretation

Birds typically signal freedom, “free as a bird.” The blackbirds often goes with shadow energy with secrets and mystery. Animals usually represent your instincts in the dream.

That you are sleeping in a dream usually means that the dream is addressing subconscious issues. To have many animals around you is a good sign in a dream because it means you have the energy to protect yourself from Shadow elements.

You need Shadow energy (our “get up and go”) to accomplish goals, but you have other parts of your energy that will protect you from misusing Shadow energy. I do not know you, so take the above with a grain of salt as I do not know the context.

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What might a lion, a skateboard, and a white stallion represent or symbolize in a dream?

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Charged Spirit

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Flaming Courage

Dream 471: Charging boldly with spirit

A woman dreamed of lions head with flames on a skateboard. She then saw herself trying to lead a white stallion home?

Interpretation

Animals usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. A lion goes with courage and strength. The head is emphasized I think to say you have brave ideas. Flames and fire go with change because fire turns matter into energy.

I think the skateboard is emphasizing that you are well-balanced. A stallion goes with sexuality and virility, and the ability to charge forward. The color white is the most spiritual color.

I think the dream is saying you are a strong person who can charge bravely forward with ideas and actions of spirituality for the benefit of all.

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What does a centaur, lioness, avian, Pegasus and nuclear explosion mean in a dream?

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Dream 470: Controlling My Instincts

A man posted the following question:

“I am posting for a friend, because when she recalls her dreams, they usually mean something. They use imagery, symbolism and metaphors.

In the first part of her dream, she had to contain a room full of snakes without hurting any. That’s about it…

In the second part of the same dream, she was on ‘Earth’ but there were human-animal hybrids that imprisoned and ruled over humanity. They were protected from the ‘end’.

The moon was to collide with the planet, but as it hit, the sky flickered like a hologram, and the world leaders announced a failed nuclear detonation. They were trying to destroy the planet but blame something else.

The hybrids stand out to me:
-Avians
-A strange form of centaur that was half horse, but half were-wolfish
-A form of pegasi that had bat wings
-Human-Lioness hybrids. White/blonde

Interpretation

The first part of a dream sequence usually announces what the dream is going to be about. Snakes almost invariably represent change. What is interesting about this is that she’s not worried about the snakes hurting her, she wanted to be careful to not hurt the snakes.

A snake is considered, broadly speaking, to be an animal. Animals usually represent our instincts. It is interesting that she wants to be careful not to damage her instincts which is unusual and bodes well for her, I believe. As we treat ourselves so we tend to treat others, and I would suspect that she is a very considerate type of person. So the dream is announcing that this sequence is going to be about change and how she handles her instincts, making sure not to damage her groundedness.

One can’t help but like the hybrids part of this dream. It represents instincts that are well-controlled.

In fact, I believe this series of dreams is all about her concern over controlling her instincts. Fortunately, I think the dream delivers mostly good news on this account. She is a very diverse person with well-controlled instincts. Let me take them one by one.

The Avians are like birds and usually represent freedom, i.e., “free as a bird.” Freud was right on a few things, and one of the things he was right about is that a horse usually goes with female sexual power. But this is a centaur, which is half human, which would normally indicate that her sexuality instincts are usually well-controlled; however, this centaur is half-horse and half were-wolf-like. That would indicate that she is worried about the wild side of her sexuality.

I think of the pegasi as a magical flying horse. So this would probably represent the magical power of sensuality.

The human lioness image is powerful. It is always good to have powerful animals in your dream. She has a lot of psychic energy that can be used for good. A lioness is Queen of the Jungle and actually does all of the hunting while the King of the Jungle sleeps. To me this would imply that she has a solid work ethic and maternal instincts.

The white & blonde color is interesting. White is the most spiritual color, while blonde is considered to be an ideal quality of the feminine and Divine Child in Western culture.

The Moon is usually thought of as going with subconscious emotional impulses that are somewhat in the dark. The Moon is literally colliding with the Earth which is a way of saying what she fears what will happen if her subconscious instincts are actualized, i.e., what will happen if her instincts become grounded and actualized in reality.

The Hologram is interesting. Any piece of a hologram will reflect the whole hologram. So in some sense a hologram is indestructible. I think the dream is trying to reassure her that her world doesn’t come to an end because of subconscious conflicts and change going on in her life.

Fire goes with change because fire changes matter into energy. A nuclear explosion is super fire or super change.

I think part of this involves the dream trying to reassure her that her world doesn’t come to an end if she becomes somewhat more instinctually uninhibited.

The world leaders are the opposite of the instinctive parts of herself. They actually think about destroying the world when they are supposed to be the leaders of the world. In other words, they are so logical that they make no sense. Does this sound like her parents?

This dream is partially a cautionary tale of rationalization and logic going too far, which she will not do because she honors her instincts highly. On the other hand, safe sex should be practiced to prevent a detonation.

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What might a starving cat in a vegetarian’s dream mean?

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Dream 457: More ways than one to feed a starving cat

A woman had the following dream:

“I keep having a reoccuring dream of my dog.  She is a small dog.  I wake up and she is on my front step.  There is a tub with hundreds of baby chickens. She is eating them and I hear their bones crunching.  It’s scary for me because I’m vegeterian.

Interpretation

Each person or animal in a dream is part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of interpretation.  Animals usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. In this case, it seems the cat represents some part of her instinct too survive.

Household pets usually represents the person’s affections or preferences because of the good feelings we have about pets.  Cats usually are associated more with feminine energy because they are independent, sensuous and intelligent.  I think this cat is announcing what you need to eat to survive.

Her subconscious is dramatically screaming that she needs protein. She does not have to totally give up being a vegetarian, but she should consider doing “social chicken.” After all, 89% of vegetarians go back to eating meat. Especially as you get older, you typically need the protein.

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What do lions mean in a dream?

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Dream 442: Your Inner Lions

I had a dream about a group of lions: A female and male leader, two males, two females and a lion cub. They were watching me from a cliff or a ledge. Then, they crawled down and started to run. As they ran , images of everything that has been bothering me appeared in the sky(weight, suicidal thoughts, hurt, etc). Finally they lead me to a cave, and the images in the sky disappeared. I followed them to a beautiful grotto inside the cave.

Then the lioness stood there on top of a hill near the opening of the grotto. Like she was waiting for me to follow her. I followed and we sat near a waterfall that was flowing into a lake. There were glowing fireflies and butterflies around us.

She spoke, and said to “release it”. I crawled over to the lake and threw up continuously into the lake.

She told me the animal kingdom is calling to me and that I must pay attention and listen to what the animals are telling me in my dreams.
She is one of the first but there will be many others that will help me in this difficult time.

After wards, I woke up at 3 am in the morning to throw up. And for the rest of the day I felt sick.

Does this have a deep meaning?

Interpretation

Yes, this is a deep dream or “big dream.” Animals usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. Having a lot of animals is a good sign that you have a lot of subconscious emotional energy you can use.

You have a plethora of lions within you. Lions usually go with strength and courage. Your subconscious is saying that you have balanced energy potentials as there are an even number of adult males and females. Males tend to go with action potentials while females tend to go with emotional energy.

The dream makes a strong case that your worries are not real and are just floating in the sky. Going into a cave typically represents going into your subconscious. Water is virtually always emotion. The dream is saying, I believe, that you have a spring well of flowing positive emotions you can use to refresh yourself.

The cub lion is present because the dream wants you to grow in inner strength and courage even more. Vomiting is getting rid of things making you sick. I believe your subconscious wants you to rid yourself of toxic emotions that are making you sick.

Your inner lioness is urging you to use your instincts and to go with your gut feelings as much as you can given other factors.

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Can dreams help you make decisions about moving or getting another job?

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A 36-year-old fine arts professor dreamt that he was on the patio of a Mexican restaurant. There was a wasp’s nest above the kidney shaped bar. Suddenly, a wasp flew down and stung him in the head. The dream shifted to him listening to a waittress. She was telling him about a long sordid affair she had with a professor.

Dream Interpretation

This professor recently received job offers from colleges in Ohio and California. WASP also stands for White Anglo Saxon Protestant. I asked him which college was more conservative. He replied that the college in Ohio was much more conservative and he did not know if it would tolerate his avant-garde teaching style and research. I asked him what he associated with Mexican restaurants, and he replied California. I asked him what was the biggest mistake he ever made in his field, and he replied that he regretted a decision not to attend a college in California. That she, the waittress had a sordid affair with a professor indicated that his emotions (the waitress) had been untrue to his intellectual decisions (the male professor)—this was highlighted by the fact that he regretted not going to college in California/

The dream voted in the direction of the college in California. His subconscious exclaimed that a conservative atmosphere was hard on his head and thinking. A restaurant in a dream nurtures one psychologically, and the dream is saying that, for him, California is much more likely to be nurturing.

The female waittress is a part of his work emotions. In dreams, a waittress is often seen as “one who waits.” He told me consciously that his biggest career mistake was not attending a learning institution in California. The waittress is talking about an emotional mistake with a professor. The dream is warning him about making sincere and solid emotional connections. The dream is screaming that he needs to attend a learning institution in California.

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What do Tigers, trucks, kitchens, upstairs and a leash mean in a dream?

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Dream 429: Keeping My Shadow on a Leash

A woman had the following dream:

“I don’t remember all of the dream but it was a tiger in my dream.  The tiger was already like a pet in the dream, the tiger was already a part of the house.  I think I was cooking fish or salmon.    When I went downstairs with the food, the tiger was following me and looking strange with his mouth.  It scared me so I ran upstairs to my family.

I was telling them, “okay, we got to get rid of this tiger because I don’t feel safe anymore.” So the Tiger followed me up the steps and went into my closet and fell on my brother that is deceased and my oldest brother’s talking.  They went into the next room, and when my deceased brother came out, he said it won’t happen again.  He said, “I promise this won’t happen ever again about the tiger” as if he were the one who brought the tiger there, but then tiger was gone.  Then I was outside, I was like near a road.  A truck went by and, lo and behold, it was a tiger laying on the back of the truck….

Interpretation

Animals usually represent our instincts in dreams. A tiger is a very powerful symbol. It usually is good to have powerful animals in your dreams because it means you have a lot of instinctive energy in your subconscious.

This tiger may represent the shadow side of your instincts to some degree, but it is a very well-controlled Shadow. You have it on a leash. I believe part of the concern is you don’t want to feed the energy of the Shadow for fear it might get out of hand and harm you.

A house can represent the dreamer to some extent because it is a framework out of which you live. When you move from upstairs to downstairs you’re basically moving from your brain to the kitchen which is basically a place of nurture and creativity. You expressly do not want to feed the Tiger. You don’t want to give more energy to your Shadow side even though it’s well-controlled.

I am guessing that at least one of the brothers represents the heroic masculine. This is good news because it’s used to represent a spiritual dimension since one of them is deceased. Your heroic masculine archetype, the part of you the does helpful and positive things for yourself and others, apologizes for bringing the spirit of the tiger to your consciousness to the point where it scares you. One might say it scares you to death almost.

The dream ends with the deceased brother promising you that it won’t happen again. But you know the way Shadows are, they just don’t go easy. You see the tiger pass by on the truck after you think you’ve gotten rid of it.

The dream is reassuring you that you can’t just get rid of your shadow. You need your shadow, particularly in situations like work which I think is represented by the truck because trucks usually do work-related things. Your Shadow is also your get-up-and-go, it just needs contact with other parts your personality so it doesn’t get out of control.

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What are Power Animals in dreams?

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Dream image 424: Power animals
In dreams, animals represent a part of the dreamers instincts. Basically, when you ask what a particular person’s power animal is, you are asking what instincts are particularly effective, relevant and salient for that person in their situation now. By getting in touch with their power animal, the thought is that the dreamer will be able to use the most effective part of their instinctive energy to help them in their life now consciously.

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What do horses and animals mean in dreams?

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The power of life and love

Dream 408: Loving Life

I dreamed I was in a dark forest walking on a dirt path, in the middle of the path there were black horses breathing fire thru nostrils. I felt terrified and sat on ground in a fetus position, praying to please allow me to cross over the other side. I crawled slowly, getting under the horses. Suddenly these horses started rubbing heads on my face with so much love. Slowly removing the extreme fear with loving touches. Then different animals in the forest– deer, mice, rats,snakes and so on. All where rubbing and caressing me, and I was in a state of overwhelming love..WOKE UP..cried because i still felt the sensation of this love, I couldn’t eat meat for months. I couldn’t cut chicken for my family’s dinners. I would start crying. It was strange to still feel it after months. I am not religious or a vegetarian.

Interpretation

Animals generally represent our instincts which are biological necessities in order to survive. Horses in particular seem to represent female living energy or libido. The first part of the dream is you have the power of that life force. It is the shadow side of the life or love force that provides the “horsepower” needed in life. The remainder of the dream is trying to make you comfortable with accepting that energy because when that life force is used correctly, it is loving, instinctual, and the basis of life.

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What does it mean when cats attack me in my dreams?

Avoid those who do not return your affection
Avoid those who do not return your affection

Dream 395: Looking for love in all the wrong places

A man had the following dream:

“I have trouble with cats in some dreams. At first I’m glad to see a cat, but sooner or later they claw in my arms or legs and they won’t let go. It’s painful and I want it to stop asap, feeling annoyed and threatened maybe. I don’t really know what to make of it.”

Interpretation

I think this dream is a combination or a condensation of the first two levels of dream interpretation which is as it involves yourself and as it involves you in interpersonal relationships.

To say it simply, you have hurt yourself by having affections for people who do not have affection for you. Pets usually represent your affections. They are probably women given the cat usually goes with women and female affections. In any case, the emphasis is on emotional affection and how you are being hurt by it.

The thought is that on the interpersonal level the people you are having affection for do not only not return the affection, but actively hurt you. It is interesting that the cats will not let go and continue to hurt you.

I believe this is saying that you persist in showing affection to people who do not return the affection, and these people continue to persist in wanting to hurt you. You continue to show affection to people who are not only not neutral, but are hazardous to your welfare.

  1. This is not given in a professional sense but in an investigative / interest way and should not be relied upon to run your life.
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Love those that return the affection and see things from a different angle

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What does your mother being bitten by an ant mean in a dream?

It's always when you just get settled!
It’s always when you just get settled!

Dream 391: My Sister Is Very Irritating

A woman had the following dream: “I had a strange dream I was walking then I saw my sister at an office and she says that my mom got bit by ants. I believe that was the doctors office. It ended there.”

My Interpretation

“Each living thing in the dream represents a part of your mind at the first level. It sounds like it mainly involves emotions since women tend to go more with emotions. The mother in the dream is the mother in your mind that we call the mother introject. The mother introject is often the basis of emotions.

Animals (in this case ants) usually represent our instincts, what we are prone to do naturally. Ants are methodical, routine and focused on accomplishing what needs to be done for the group compulsively.

Being bit by ants is a nuisance/irritating. I wonder if there is a situation (maybe involving family) where you have put in a lot of work and are feeling a little annoyed or taken for granted?”

The dreamer responded with the following confirmation: “Yes, my sister was over for a month.My sister is very bossy and doesn’t use nice words to tell them to do things. Not cursing, not a sweet person very cold and mean!”

What does it mean when you find money in a barn for the family you babysit for?

Getting Energy from Doing What You Love
Getting Energy from Doing What You Love

Dream 390: Old MacDonald had a Barn Full of Energy

A woman had the following dream:

“I dreamed that the family I babysit for (I am friends with the mother) had lost like a friend or family member and a very large sum of cash was owed/given to them. The family drove me to the place to pick it up because they needed help getting it. We go to this farm looking space and I walk into the barn/ware-house type building. It was only being lit from the natural lighting coming from outside but it was enough for me to see this huge trunk in the middle of the room that i needed to use to put the money in for the family, there was huge wads of cash and single bills scattered about the floor. I filled up the trunk as much as I could, and left the rest there, as I made my way back to the family’s car. Just because I was the only one in there taking the money for the family, it felt in a way like I was stealing, but i was only doing what I was told to do, I think I felt odd being the one having to go get the money instead of one of the family members doing it themselves, but they said they needed me to help get it for them. When I got to the car, a man who was following me, walked up to us (tan, dark hair and handsome; wearing overalls), said sorry he was not in the room with me to help out and he had work elsewhere to do, and he brought me the remaining cash that was for the family. Then we all drove away.”

My Interpretation

In dreams, money is energy. The barn is a natural and I want to say innocent place where your instincts (animals) are nurtured.

It sounds like you want to give all of the instinctive energy you can to the family you babysit for and want to give even more, but hold back wondering if you should, but then say it is okay because that is what I am supposed to do.

You get the energy free of charge from the universe by doing what you do for this family and you even get paid for doing it (no reason to feel guilty about being paid). The heroic action part of yourself feels that you could give even more energy to this family because it is nothing but good. What a country!

The tall, dark and handsome man is the representation of your own heroic masculine archetype which is often the initiator of therapeutic action, of things that are good for you. This part wholeheartedly wants you to feel uninhibited in giving personal energy to the family (the energy of the universe is supplied to you without your asking for it and this is a good thing for you and for the family).

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What does a Unicorn, flight and thorny bushes mean in a dream?

 

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Run for the Roses

Dream 348: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

A woman dreamed she rode a unicorn through a series of thorn bushes and meet a stranger that offered her help. The unicorn disappeared. There was a direction marker pointing south. A stranger appeared who was covered with oil. The stranger who was anointed with oil offered her the great advice that she herself could fly and did not need the unicorn in order to fly. Then she flew away and woke up.

Interpretation

Animals represent instinctive processes. A horse often represents female sexual power. Men have dreams of horses far less often than women. The unicorn brings the element of magic.

The dream portends that the dreamer’s journey through romantic relationships has been thorny. She had been hurt by galloping through situations that she hoped would magically lead to growth (bushes are plants), but had mostly led to her being hurt (the thorns). It is interesting that the most romantic flower, roses, grow on thorny bushes.

I like the idea of the stranger being sacred advice because he is anointed with oil. Being male, he is likely to be offering advice about future actions rather than it being strictly emotional advice. North is at the top of a map and in my mind would imply flight in this case. It is not a usual symbol, but I believe the emphasis is on not letting things “go south,” i.e., get even more negative, by magically hoping that her instincts would get her to where she wanted to go.

The revelation is that she could take flight, which has spiritual implications of her finding her higher self rather than hoping that following her instincts will magically lead her to higher ground away from thorny situations.

This dream was a gift and was giving specific information. If she was recovering from a relationship, or looking for a relationship, the implication was for her to take time out and focus on her higher self.

What does a dragon mean in a dream?

Serious Change
Serious Change

Dream 326: What does a dragon mean in a dream?

Animals represent an instinctive energy in a dream. A dragon represents very powerful and almost magical instinctive energy. the following dream illustrates this principle.

A woman dreamed that two men replacing millstones deep in the earth through a long shaft because they believed it would unleash energy from the earth. She thought the energy that freed to go to the surface was a wild dragon.

Interpretation

Men usually represent action parts of the mind. Tunneling into the earth usually represents traveling to the subconscious because you are going underneath what underlies reality. Things buried in the earth have an interesting history.

In Greek, Norse, and Germanic mythology, things buried in the earth like a stone or a millstone were seen as bringing forth powerful energy from the earth. In Greek mythology, the Giants sprang from objects buried deep in the earth. The Giants were in opposition to the gods and frequently were at war with them. It was thought that each volcano had a giant buried beneath it which, when the giant was angered, led to eruptions.

So the dream essentially meant that she was unleashing powerful instinctive and almost magically wild energy from her subconscious and bringing it to the service of consciousness in her life. If the dragon was a flying dragon, that would signal even more energy. And if the dragon breathed fire, that would be serious change because fire transforms matter into energy. In any case, it was a very big and powerful dream that forecast new and magically wild energy surfacing in her life.

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What does a cougar mean in a dream?

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Self-Reliant and Self-Sustainable on the Prowl

Dream 324: What does a cougar mean in a dream

A man dreamed that an animal warned him to go back because at the top of the mountain he was climbing, there was a predator waiting for him.

Interpretation

Climbing a mountain often represents achieving a goal in life and the high effort you are willing to put forward to reach your goals. Animals represent your instincts. An animal warning the dreamer about the predator at the top is the part of the dreamer that feared making it to the top and wondered if the dreamer could handle others preying upon or using him.

A cougar is very self-reliant and self-sustainable. It hunts by itself and it is not a pack animal that relies upon a group. A house can represent the dreamer themselves because it is a framework out of which you live.

The dream was reassuring him that within himself there was a powerful self-reliant and self-sustainable competitor that could compete with anyone else. It saw him as capable of succeeding by himself and not needing a group of others to succeed. He had a powerful part of himself that would take care of business.

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What does fire and Bigfoot mean in a dream?

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A man asked the question, what does fire and Bigfoot mean in a dream?

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Fire often means transformation because it transforms matter into energy. An animal is usually instinctive energy. Bigfoot is a mythical creature that we don’t know whether it exists or not.

Bigfoot would represent unknown unrecognized instinctive massive energy that he probably has in his subconscious that  he was unaware of. The dreamer’s goal, should he decide to accept it, was to activate his Bigfoot energy appropriately. If these two symbols appeared together in the same dream, that would emphasize the importance of changing by using his newfound and massive energy.

These interpretations are based upon my experience. Individual interpretations may vary depending upon the person and circumstance.

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What do large animals mean in a dream?

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At the first level of dream interpretation, each living thing represents a part of the dreamer’s psyche. Animals represent basic drives or instincts. It is usually good to have large and powerful animals in your dreams because it means that you have lots of instinctive energy that can be used in your life. The following dream illustrates this principle:

Dream 317: The Moose Lives

A woman’s dreamed that a mother moose gave birth to her calf in the dreamer’s house. The dreamer was in awe of the size of the massive moose. The calf seemed to be in trouble and the dreamer was worried whether it was going to live. The baby recovered eventually and was walking around with no difficulty much to the relief of the dreamer.

Interpretation

Animals in dreams represent our instincts. The dreamer’s house can represent the dreamer herself because it is the framework out of which she lives. A moose is a very strong animal capable of surviving in harsh environments. This dream suggests that the dreamer could handle what life threw at her.

The giving birth to a calf means that the dreamer was investing some of her energy in a new project, that she was creating something strong and durable. A moose is often shown to be in snowy and cold terrain. In any case, the dream saw the dreamer as a strong and adaptable person who could adapt to harsh conditions. She was investing energy in a creative project which was somehow strong and durable.

The dreamer gave me feedback that she considered this interpretation “perfect.”

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What does a shark mean in a dream?

It's Really Difficult to Leave This Home Pool
It’s Really Difficult to Leave This Home Pool

Dream 302                                                                     
A woman dreamed that she was underwater in a swimming pool that was a combination of a swimming pool and the ocean. It seemed vast and open on the one hand, but had a ladder and  swimming pool accessories on the other hand. In the water with her was a shark with a bloody mouth because he had just been feeding.

The shark made no move towards attacking her. She decided to leave the pool because she could not hold her breath any longer. She climbed up the pool ladder and was intending to go towards her mother and sister.

The shark grabbed her by the right leg as she was leaving the pool/ocean. The shark did not hurt or bite her. The shark only put enough pressure on the leg that  she could not leave the ocean/pool.

Interpretation

Water is invariably emotions in dreams. Particularly subconscious emotions. It depends upon what type of body of water it is also.

The open ocean represents the best symbol we have for the vast subconscious. A pool represents our emotions at home because pools are located near homes. The image in the dream sounds like a combination of the ocean and a pool so that they together represent deep subconscious emotions at home.

Each character in a dream represents a part of our mind. Women tend to represent the parts of the dreamers mind that deals with emotions. That her mother and sister are in the dream especially emphasizes that it’s about emotions at home.

Also, the shark having a bloody mouth indicates the color red. The color red goes with the first chakra. The first chakra often deals with family (or tribe) issues. The color red also signals strong emotions such as love and anger (which are present in spades in family issues).

Animals represent our instincts. The shark is an aggressive predator. It is a shadow energy that we all deal with and are uncomfortable with for the most part.

The dream implies that she is immersed in her emotions and dealing with instincts or anger which we all have. We need these instincts to some extent to defend ourselves. The dream indicates that she worries about being overly angry sometimes at home and tries not to dwell on it as it makes her uncomfortable.

When she tries to get out of the pool to go to her mother and sister, the shark grabs her right leg. This is important. It sounded like it didn’t really hurt the dreamer but mainly wanted her to stay in the pool.

This is the dreams way of saying it wants her to deal with these emotions. The dream wanted to help her deal emotionally with others. Even the fact that it grabbed her right leg is significant.

Legs support us. The right side is associated with our conscious intentions. This suggest that the dream wants her to deal with any angers she had at home to help her be supportive to others and to herself.

Possible Details to Wonder About

We know at the first level that this dream is about emotional conflicts at home. At the next and second level of the dream, it is vital to get details from the dreamer. Let me explain.

For example, this dream could involve money conflicts and difficulty leaving home. The term “loan shark” comes to mind. One wonders whether there are money issues.

It is possible that she is subconsciously angry because she feels controlled because someone she is close to her has a financial hold on her (the shark not allowing her to leave the pool is the major clue here). Being in such a situation is especially stressful because if she leaves the current financial arrangements, she might feel that she didn’t have a leg to stand on (the shark would not let go of her leg). While it looks like she might be in a “hostile dependency” situation, getting further details from the dreamer would be vital to fully interpret this interesting dream.

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Calming the Tiger Within

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Calming the Tiger Within

This stunning picture is of a Buddhist monk sharing his meal with a tiger. His inner peace is so strong that the tiger feels it, is not threatened by him, and is able to modulate tiger instinct. This could be a model of how to deal with the vastly different parts of each person’s mind.

In dreams, at the first level, each creature and character in the dream represents a part of the mind or psyche. If this were a dream, the tiger would represent the shadow, often the aggressive side of our instinctual nature. This instinctual nature needs to be tamed and not eliminated. The monk would typically represent an altruistic action part of the subconscious.

The Shadow energy is vital for self-defense. It also is our “get up and go” energy needed to complete any work, projects, or competition successfully. The Shadow has to allow other parts of the personality to cooperate with it or disaster unfolds.

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Loving the Pigs

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A forty-two-year-old man dreamt that about a police car with two beautiful blonde twenty-something women in the front seat. Each woman was holding and consoling a pig. The back doors of the police car were wide open.

Interpretation:
Women most often represent emotions in dreams. Ideal model women, like in this dream, are animas that are frequently involved in the dreamer’s healing. Cops are often referred to on the streets as “pigs.”

Policemen and soldiers usually represent the heroic masculine archetype as soldiers are willing to die for their country and the police motto is “to serve and protect.” This dream is good news as his positive emotions (the animas) are in control of his aggressive (“pig”) instincts.

Police usually have people they arrest in the back seat. That the back doors were open was showing that he relaxed his strict superego. This was indeed the case as he was avoiding being aggressive with his teenage sons and was giving them somewhat more freedom from supervision. He recently returned from combat and was learning to be a more reasonable and patient parent.

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Will I Ever Trust a Man Again?

owning-a-dogDream 255: A 28-year-old woman dreamt that her abusive boyfriend hit her dog over the head with a shovel. The dog was dead. He was burying the dog. She wanted to stop the burial because the dog might still be alive.

Interpretation– Each person and animal in a dream represents part of the person’s mind. Animals typically represent basic instincts. Dogs in particular usually represent internal tendencies to be loyal and protective. The dream was saying that her experience with her abusive boyfriend had damaged her ability to feel protected and loyal towards men. That the dog might still be alive indicated that her trust of men was damaged, but that she might be able to heal from this traumatic experience.

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Dreams: Guide to the Soul

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This book shows how an experienced psychologist developed an intuitive dream interpretation method.

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20160810_125921 Steven G. Fox, Ph.D. Is the author of “Dreams: Guide to the Soul”

I am finishing my personal story and sojourn to health by putting MS into remission with the help of the universe/God. It will be my second book showing that dreams were an important part of that journey. My personal psychology enters into the picture a lot. I basically see years of physical abuse as laying the foundation for having the foundation for contracting the chronic illness of multiple sclerosis. Amazon will publish it first as an ebook. The name of the book will be something like MS Mission Remission: Healing Severe Chronic Multiple Sclerosis Against All Odds.

Use Your Head and Relax, Man

Use Your Head and Relax, Man

Dream 224: No Problem, Man

A 24-year-old woman had the image in a dream of a horse’s head with Jamaican Rastafarian curly and intricately braided hair.

Dream 224–Interpretation

Animals are instinct. Horses are renowned for having common sense, i.e. “horse sense.” Jamaicans are known for having ample supplies of marijuana. She insisted on using marijuana to relax. The dream was screaming that she needed to use her head about how much marijuana she used.

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Killing My Disability

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Dream 222: Killing the Idea of Going On Disability

A 42-year-old man dreamt that he was walking with his 8-year-old daughter down a path. They came upon a rattlesnake that looked threatening. He killed the rattlesnake and gave the rattlesnake’s rattlers to his daughter which she used as a play toy.

Dream 222–Interpretation

He was an engineer for many years. He quit when his anxiety became unmanageable after he was given an exceedingly critical supervisor. He went on short-term disability. He decided for many reasons not to go back to engineering. He then went to college to become a physician’s assistant.

He did not like the effect disability had on his emotions nor did he like the example it was setting for his children. Each animal, human, creature or spirit represents a part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of dream interpretation. The path represented his path in life.

Snakes in particular represent change, as they are one of few animals that completely shed their skin. In this case, it signaled the massive change in family life that the disability threatened to entrench. The dream was saying thst he needed to change his path in life. He frankly killed the idea of going on disability.

His daughter in this dream represented the Divine Child archetype which were his hopes and dreams. He decided to go into a healing profession which was the medical field. It is notable that snakes are also often associated with healing (think of the two snakes encircling a staff which is the symbol for the American Medical Association). His giving the rattlers to his daughter to play with as a toy suggested that he would even find these massive changes in his life fun.

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Scaring Myself

gaff-rigged-sailboat-in-lagoonDream 207: Scaring Myself

A 42-year-old man dreamt that he was sailing across a lake with a small, sleek and beautiful sailboat. The lake was crystal clear water. At some point, he decided to enter a lagoon surrounded by dense forest and plants.

He wanted to go ashore, but the shallow water was murky with a soft and muddy bottom. He did not want to walk through the mud to get ashore. He suddenly flew to the house he grew up in located near the lagoon. He went up a set of stairs to the second floor where his progress was blocked by a vertically  sliding closed door. He slide the wooden door open to find a little boy who made animal noises and tried to scare him. He wondered what to do with the little boy.

Dream 207 Interpretation

A lake is local or familiar emotion. The dream indicated that he was navigating (the sailboat) his emotions relatively well, although he had some challenges represented by his sailing against the wind. The dreamer was a long time alcoholic who had been sober for over a year.

The lagoon represented a place of growth within himself given the plants and trees. The dream noted that his internal little boy was the problem. His immature emotions frightened himself by pointing to what he potentially could do when in immature contact with his instincts. The dream implies that he needs to work on the little boy in his head (the house represented the dreamer to some extent and the little boy being upstairs emphasized how immature instincts affected his thinking).

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Focus On Your Music and Get Rid of the Stuff

Dream 197: Get Rid of This Stuff and Play Music

A 19-year-old man dreamedOasis_drummer he was going to a shopping mall to find his high school girlfriend that recently broke up with him. He went to a pet store where she worked in the dream. She was cleaning out an animal cage. She ignored him. Her back was to him and she focused on music that was blaring from a speaker.

Dream 197 Interpretation

Dreams that start out in shopping malls are typically announcing that the dream is going to be about how the dreamer was “mauled” in life, in this case by his girlfriend. It is important to remember that each character in the dream is a part of the dreamer’s psyche. The girlfriend in the dream is the part of his psyche or emotions that dealt with this girlfriend.

That it occurs in a store that sells domesticated pets indicated that the dream was about how she affected his affections and instincts. That it was in a commercial establishment implied that the dream was concerned about how it affected his business which was music. The setting of the dream often points to the part of the dreamer’s life that is being affected.

The dream is blatantly urging him to ignore her and get rid of the stuff (euphemism since the part of his psyche that dealt with her was cleaning feces from animal cages) about his instinctual sexual and affectionate feelings toward her. The dreamer was a drummer for a recording studio. The dream was urging him to focus on his music.

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