I dreamed of a black german shepard dog with a yellow collar running down the road. He was obviously lost by the way he acted and looked. Does this have a meaning?
Dogs usually represent your instinctive affection of loyalty and protection. It sounds like you may have lost that feeling of being protected by another’s loyalty. Yellow can be a color signifying caution is needed. These feelings have probably been “unleashed” and are looking for a home.
The dreamer replied:
Well, I’m about to get married at the end of the month. Maybe I’ve got prewedding jitters?
To which I answered:
That sounds reasonable to me. It could represent worries, that you do not want the feelings of loyalty and protection to be lost.
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A woman dreamed that she was in a mental institution. She desperately wanted to escape. She finally took off running for the door.
A charge nurse intercepted her and gave her an injection. The dreamer was later allowed to stroll the hospital grounds with an attendant. The staff seemed genuinely concerned about her and she could feel that they wanted to protect her, i.e., “Once I understood in the dream that I wasn’t meant harm I got over any negative feelings.”
In real life, the dreamer was surprised that she was in a mental institution because she recently had some major physical issues.
The dream was occurring in a hospital so it was probably about healing of some kind. The contrast is between physical healing and mental healing in the sense that the hospital is mental, but the dreamer had physical issues going on. Also, none of the healers, the doctors and nurses, talked to the dreamer.
The only intervention is physical (the nurse gives her an injection, a treatment intervention associated with pain, when she tried to escape). Nevertheless, the dreamer did feel that the hospital staff intent was primarily protective. The dream was probably talking about any possible emotional issues she may have been having because of the need for physical treatment, i.e., “Once I understood in the dream that I wasn’t meant harm I got over any negative feelings.”
It sounded to me like the dream was addressing the need for her to accept physical treatment, that the doctors and nurses were not trying to harm her when administering sometimes aversive treatments. Doctors can sometimes be insensitive about how they are affecting patients emotionally. There are frequently issues of accepting unpleasant but necessary treatments.
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In dreams, shoes typically have to do with how we are supported in life emotionally. The following dream is an illustration of this principle:
Dream 316: My Shoes Saved Me
A woman dreamed she was in the shoe store to buy some shoes. She was wearing no shoes and was barefoot. A robber came into the store with a gun.
She slipped out of the store. The robbers chased after her outside. Suddenly she had shoes on. The robber shot at her twice and missed each time. She fell to the ground, got a small gun out of one of her shoes and shot the robber dead.
Metaphorically, feet in dreams get us to where we need to go in life. Shoes help the feet support us while also protecting the feet. Getting new shoes in a dream can mean getting a new support system to help you get to where you want to go in life and to feel protected/safe.
In this case, being barefoot can represent feeling exposed and vulnerable and lacking protection when trying to go forward in life. That the dream occurs in the store suggests that the support was especially needed in her career / business or financial life. The robber was a shadow figure that forced her to escape from danger and protect herself.
While a support system would surely make things easier for the dreamer, the dream was trying to reassure her that she could take care of threats to herself by herself if necessary. She was seen by her subconscious as more than capable of “dodging bullets” in life. Within herself, the dream saw her as having the means to defend herself (the gun in her shoe).
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Wolves are predators. In dreams they represent the savage predatory influences we are sometimes subjected to. In the dream below, a mother’s protective instinct for her family is expressed.
Dream 301: Protecting my Family
A woman dreamt that a buck deer was leading his family away from wolves chasing his family. As the wolves drew closer, he decided he would have to fight the wolves while his family escaped. He carried on what seemed like an endless fight with the wolves while his family escaped into the thicket.
Dreams like to use words as a concrete pun when it can to get the dreamer’s attention. Why did the dream pick a deer family when it could have picked many other species? I believe it was because a deer family would emphasize how “dear” family was to this mother.
Animals represent the dreamer’s instincts many times. The father buck is a hero. Specifically, he is an instinctive variant of the heroic masculine archetype.
In women, this archetype represents an action part of the dreamer’s mind that she uses to protect loved ones. His motto is “to protect and serve.” It is willing to die to protect loved ones. This archetype is almost always good news when it shows up in dreams.
What this shows is this mother’s endless willingness to fight for her family’s sake. The buck was willing to die if only the family escaped the predatory savage influences that sometimes surface in the world. It is a noble and self-sacrificing archetype responsible for much of the good in the world.
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.
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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A man in his forties dreamed repeatedly that he was visited by a white robed faceless spirit. This spirited man gave the dreamer all elements of a knights armor. He was given a knights helmet, breastplate, body armor, sword, etc.
This was a recurring dream where he found himself fighting evil night after night in his protective knights armor. He felt powerful and strong. He felt the dream was spiritually significant.
At the first level of dream interpretation, each character in the dream represents a part of the dreamer’s mind or psyche. Men are usually associated more with action parts of the mind. Women usually represent more emotional parts of the psyche.
Repetitive or recurrent dreams are almost always big dreams as Carl Jung believed that some dreams meant more than others. This was especially likely to be the case with recurrent dreams. Usually, the recurrent dream is returning to a repeated theme to continue to try to resolve a repetitive problem.
This dreamer was visited by his own spirit of the heroic masculine. The heroic masculine is the most positive aspect of masculinity. It is a major archetype ingrained in the collective subconscious of mankind.
The heroic masculine motto is “to serve and protect.” This is a very spiritual dream. White is the most spiritual color.
The fact that the heroic masculine was faceless and the evil he was fighting was vague indicated that there are many aspects of himself that he is not familiar with. The dream was recurring over the course of a month as his subconscious wanted him to get to know both the positive and shadow parts of his subconscious. The dream used knights armor to emphasize that chivalry of the heroic masculine. The dream use the armor to emphasize that it was mainly about how he protected himself so that he could protect and help others.
This dream was saying that he would be protected when he uses his heroic masculine to protect himself and others from evil. This dream was saying that the dreamer had developed the positive aspects of masculinity to the point where he was a spiritual warrior. The appearance of this strong of a form of the heroic masculine indicates that he was ready to take major positive action for himself and loved ones.
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