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What does a crow and a wicked old man mean in dream?

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Dream 518: As the crow flies

A man had the following dream:
 
I dreamt that I was in my home town, down where all the shops are, and I was on a roof ledge. There was an old man up there and he gave me a wicked smile and threw a nest with two eggs off the roof. In that instant, I became filled with rage and hate for the old man and I also realized that I was a crow not a human. I flew all over the town trying to find the old guy but I couldn’t.

If you get the time, I’d love to know your thoughts..

Interpretation

There are lots of conflicting symbols in this dream. Birds typically go with freedom and escape from limitations. Crows have been associated with death, but it is like a 10% chance that is what the dream is referring to.

Think in a more general level about the crow as representing change and being a warning about that change. The old man is a Shadow side of the wise old man archetype.

He disturbs the “nest” which is located where the shops are, where business is conducted, so it likely is referring to your business, financial, or career part of your life. He disrupts the nest with two eggs. It occurs to me that you have two children.

You are a bird and he may be giving the warning that if you fly the coop and escape the limitations of your job, you risk disrupting your home life. The dream gives one a strange feeling because the wise old man is rarely malevolent, but I think it is possible that he is trying to protect you by warning you.

The Shadow is both the parts of us that cause change and are affected the most by change. I think the dream may be saying that you want more freedom in or from your job, but your Shadow does not think it is the best idea right now, FWIW.

Feedback

The dreamer told me that there were many changes coming to his job that he was frustrated with. He was indeed considering looking for another job. For right now, the dream wants him to stay. That may, of course, change in the future.

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But Mom…I Feel a Movement in the Force

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Dream 264: An eight year old boy dreamt that Yoda, the wise little old man alien Buddha philosopher from the movie Star Wars, was throwing all personal care items, like soap, toothpaste shampoo, etc., from the top of his mother’s bureau onto her bedroom floor.
Interpretation: He objected strenuously to his mother insisting that he regularly brush his teeth, wash his hands, comb his hair, take showers, etc. He was using a very creative version of the archetype of the wise old man to deliver a message. An archetype is a pattern of thought handed down through the generations by human consciousness.
Archetypes are propelled in culture and can be up to twenty to forty percent of the dream’s content. Jung thought we each had a personal subconscious which was connected to an overriding collective unconscious. This collective unconscious was created by culture and sustained and passed on by human consciousness.
Children most often have dreams of desire or want which are dreams of the way they wished life actually was. This creative child had the desire that wise Yoda would talk some sense to his mother. Moreover, the wise Yoda should cast away the personal care items so that his mother could finally see that her son’s protests about maintaining personal hygiene were correct.
The wisdom of the universe was dramatically expressing the child’s wish that he be freed from brushing, washing and cleaning. His dream desired that his mother finally see the prudence of his cleanliness protests. In his dreams, he felt that he did not need no stinking toothbrush. Further, he had Luke Skywalker’s advisor prove his point of view.

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Dream: The Wise Old Man Gives a Gem

Dream 179: The Wise Old Man Gives a Gem

A 60-year-old woman dreamt that she made her way to some fields towing a 5-year-old boy. She was accompanied by her sister and brother. The first field was a field of vibrant and green broccoli. The second field was full of vividly colorful and artistic exotic flowers. The third field contained a baseball diamond surrounded by a stadium which was still under construction. The area from second base to third base was so overgrown that a path was carved out of the overgrowth so that base runners could run without interference.

She then went with the small boy to a movie theater. An old man gave her a huge and finely cut green emerald. While handing the gem to her he said, “Being with people I loved was far more satisfying than going to work every day.”

Dream Interpretation

The 5-year-old boy represented a relatively new part of herself, a new way of doing things. The emphasis was on action because the child was a boy. She noted that her sister and brother were pompous and stuffy. She was wanting to change these emotional (sister) and action (brother) parts of herself.

The different fields represented different areas of her life that she wanted to change. She wanted to eat more healthy foods (broccoli) and appreciate the aesthetics (flowers) more. The baseball field represented the game of life. Old growth was interfering with her advancement and she needed to carve a way to third base in her life.

She took the boy, a relatively new way of doing things, to a movie theater. A movie theater in dreams is usually a place where life review takes place. A theater is dark which underscores that it is a subconscious review of life.

The old man represented the wise old man archetype. This part of the subconscious typically gives advice and support regarding what actions are advisable for the dreamer. He literally gave her a gem of advice. The green of the fields and the green of the emerald emphasized that the dream and the advice given were concerned with growth. Her dream was saying that she needed to take care of herself (eat right), enjoy art and aesthetics more, and surround herself with the people she loved.

She decided to accept her daughter’s offer to have the dreamer live with her family in the country. The area was surrounded by fields. She decided to decrease her work schedule and focus on improving the aesthetics of her surroundings.  Beauty, nurturing and growth with family you love, rather than work, were the relatively new areas (fields) of her life that she wanted to enjoy.  

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