Dream 287: A 47-year-old man dreamed that he and his wife were on a beach. They took their wedding rings off and threw them into a pleasantly rising wave in the ocean. They felt safe and relaxed.
A circle is the best symbol we have for the soul because it has no beginning and it has no end. A ring is circular and is worn on your finger virtually permanently. A wedding in a dream represents the integration of male and female aspects of the dreamer as it stands for a man and woman forming a committed relationship.
Water is almost always emotion. The ocean is the best symbol for subconscious emotion that there is. The dream indicated that their emotions were rising. What the dream is saying by their throwing their rings into a rising tide is that their commitment to one another was increasing and creating a new and pleasant wave of emotion. Their commitment to one another created a new wave of lasting love.
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Dream 285: A woman dreamt said she saw a huge wave of water crashing into a building. Then she saw she two cats fighting. The fur was flying and the fight was vicious. At least one of the cats was black and white.
Water in dreams is virtually always emotion. Buildings in dreams can represent the dreamer because it is a framework out of which the dreamer operates. Family pets usually represent affections. Dogs often represent male affections or loyalty. Cats typically signal female affection or sensuality.
Each creature in the dream is seen as part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of dream interpretation. Black and white colors typically stand for opposing feelings or good vs bad. The dream is saying that she has been hit by a wave of emotion that has led to a cat fight amongst her affections.
To know the details of what these affections were for, we would have to go to the second level or interpersonal level of dream interpretation where information from the dreamer is vital. Usually only the dreamer has enough information of the details to specify what content the symbolic conflict amongst her emotions or affections is about. I would speculate that it may have to do with her emotions toward some unspecified women because of the cats engaging in the classic “cat fight.”
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A 36-year-old man dreamt that he was on a raft with his brother who was two years older. There were other swimmers in the water who were quite relaxed. Suddenly a huge wave came that lifted the water level very high. Then another wave raised the water level even higher. He decided to land the raft at a nearby island where he went to a campground. He left the brother behind.
Dream 194 Interpretation
The brother consistently bullied him when they were growing up. Worse than that, his brother hit on two of his girlfriends when he was in his early twenties. The dream presents himself surrounded by his relaxed parts of the psyche while he tries to deal with his anger (his older brother). He is trying to deal with the emotional upset with his bullying brother that still irritated him and made it more likely that he would lose his temper.
Water is emotion. The two huge waves are the huge waves of emotion he felt after his brother tried to seduce each of his girlfriends. The dream, by the way it begins with relaxed bodies in the river (relaxed parts of his psyche), and by the way it ends with him going to a natural island campground and leaving the brother on the raft, is urging him to leave the anger behind and relax. The dream urged him to ride the waves of emotion out to where they can do no harm.