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What does a tsunami, the number eleven and armpits mean in a dream?

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Dream 468: I need to change some things about myself

A woman had the following dream:

“I had an unusual dream about tattoos under each one of my arm pitts. I don’t have any tattoos or want them but there were 3 inside my arm pitts. They were small like a dime size. ¬†One had a date like March 11th on it. What does that stand for? It was very strange.”

Interpretation

Three is the number if change. You do not like tattoos. The tatoos are in an unusual place that cannot ordinarily be seen by others, the pits of your arms.

The number eleven implies a sense of urgency, as we talk about changing things before it is too late, ie., we especially need to change when a situation is “in its eleventh hour.”

It is notable that the Japan tsunami was on March 11th of 2011. Water is virtually always emotion. A tsunami is an unexpected flood of emotion.

I think that you may believe that you need to change things inside you that are hidden, but close to the surface, that you consider to be “the pits.” It is likely that you may have recently experienced a flood of emotions that made you think that there was a strong urgent need to change things about yourself that you do not like.

The dime is interesting. I am reminded of the saying, “to stop on a dime.” I believe this is added emphasis that the emotions mainly need to change now.

The dreamer later told me that she was flooded with emotion from the recent death of her mother. I recommended that she attend grief counseling to make the change of expressing her emotions more.

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What is the meaning of a swimming pool in a dream?

Emotions Close to Home
Emotions Close to Home

Dream 233: What is the meaning of a swimming pool in a dream?

The dreamer was a 29-year-old coed in Florida. She could never remember her parents getting along with one another. She dreamt that her mother and father were now swimming in their pool at home, playfully splashing about as if they had never divorced or experienced any sort of trauma. She walked inside and saw a tattoo machine and proceeded to tattoo herself, knowing that tattooing yourself can be a very dangerous thing. She put the machine in her hand and carved a heart on her ankle.

And then she awoke, feeling good about her accomplishment!

Dream 233–Interpretation

The dream showed aspects of a dream of desire. I believe that at the first level of dream interpretation, it represented what was occurring within the dreamer. Her emotions (mother introject) and actions (father introject) were integrating. Water in dreams is virtually always subconscious emotion. A swimming pool in particular represents emotions at home since pools are near home.

On the second and interpersonal level, the dream represented a lifelong desire that her parents would have gotten along and that the dreamer’s own marriage was not in separation. She was taking matters into her own hands (the tattoo machine) now. The tattooed heart represented a permanent subconscious promise to herself about what she learned from her parents and from her husband. The fact that the tattoo was on her ankle, a supportive part of anatomy that helps us get somewhere in life, emphasized the emotional support she felt from making this commitment not to forget the painful lessons she learned.

She was making sure that the pain and lessons from parent and relationship troubles was never dismissed or forgotten. The experiences etched into and under her skin the importance of taking care of her heart. The dream was good news in that she was integrating and transforming and was generally happier with her life.

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