The canopy is one of the
attributes of a ruler. In a dream, it can be a sigh of male sovereignty.
In a dream, the car symbolizes the motive
energy or the vitality of its owner. Both the size of the
car and its external apperances can indicate how the dreamer is
regarded by the world about him. A speedy sports car can be
a sexual symbol. The freedom of movement and the thrill of
the speed are suggestive of unconstrained love. It is noteworthy
that this symbolic meaning is used for advertising purposes.
In dreams, however, cars and driving symbolize vitality in general
rather than sexual potency.
Carnivores symbolize strong aggressive
tendencies. In mythology birds and beasts of prey are part
of the entourage of the goddess of nature. This signifies
the threatening and negative aspects female sexuality has for men.
The carnivore also has this significance in dreams. The dream
animals which signify male sexual aggression in women's dreams are
mostly smaller carnivores like polecats, wildcats, pine martens,
Castles and fortresses, like all buildings,
should be seen as the zone of the dreamer's psychic life. They are
also mother symbols, representing the sheltering and protective
aspects of motherhood.
The cat symbolizes the realm of the emotions.
mostly it has an erotic significance, indicating that attitudes
towards sexuality are still on an animal, perfunctory level.
The cat's sexual symbolic significance is illustrated by the fact
that it is more or less a tame miniature carnivore. Implicit
in this is a parallel ot the dreamer's own muted animal instincts.
The cat indicates a certain egocentricity on the dreamer's part,
as well as difficulties in making contact with the opposite sex.
In the dreams of neurotic women a tomcat can, for example, be the
sign of a father-complex.
The grotto is a holy place in the mythology
of many races, particularly when there is a spring in it.
It was dedicated to the goddess of nature and inhabited by nymphs,
elemental spirits. In a dream, the grotto is an indication
of the problems surrounding womanhood.
Chains symbolize a tie or a bond.
This can apply, in a positive sense, to marriage. The negative
significance of chains is imprisonment. A shackle in a dream, and
also the familiar fashionable gold chain round the ankle, can imply
The child symbolizes a new potentiality.
Usually, the dreamer is being informed of the possibility of a new
attitude to life. If the dream child is ill or on the verge
of death, this is a warning signal. It shows the dreamer that spiritual
aspects within him are in danger of becoming deadened. Dreams like
this, however, are rate; mostly the child appears as a positive
Childhood is frequently re-experienced
in a dream. The dream refers to long-forgotten events which
perhaps unconsciously still play too great a role in the dreamer's
life. the situation must be thought over again. In this way,
the roots of neuroses can become apparent in dreams. Experience
has shown that disturbed behavior in later life is conditioned all
too frequently by childhood.
When the image of Christ occurs, it should
at all events be taken as a serious signal. It indicates that
man cannot come to terms with the idea that his life is purely a
meaningless coincidence without damage to his psychic equilibrium.
If the dreamer finds himself in a church,
this indicates the necessity of giving some thought to the meaning
of life. Experience has shown that church dreams appear particularly
when the dreamer avoids such consideration far too much in real
Circumcision is a part of the cult of initiation
and masculinity rites. Should a similar scene appear in a
dream, it is in no way connected with castration - quite the opposite!
In the belief of primitive peoples, circumcision symbolizes the
sacrifice of the animal instincts. The image of circumcision
or of similar rituals in a dream indicates the necessity of becoming
aware of one's animal instincts.
If a clergyman or vicar appears in older
people's dreams, the dream is indicating the necessity of giving
some thought to the meaning of life. In general, the image
of a priest can also contain an allusion to his helpful function
as a spiritual physician.
Clothing shows the dreamer's personality,
or how he thinks his fellowmen see him. But it also shows
the reverse - how he is really seen by the world about him.
Clothes are symbols of the Persona, a concept of Jung's. what he
meant by this was man's personality as he projects it - usually
unconsciously - toward the world about him.
The symbolic significance of clouds arises form their rain
bearing properties. Rain still has the significance of the
element which fertilizes seeds.
The coat is a symbol of protection and
also disguise. As a rule, these tendencies apply to the dreamer's
personality. This image can also indicate that those around
him need protection.
The psyche often makes use of color symbolism
to convey information in dreams. It is often asserted that
people rarely dream in color. This is untrue. When the dreamer
particularly emphasizes having dreamed in color, this simply means
that he remembers the colors. As far as interpretation is
concerned, this means that the dream is giving additional significance
to the information conveyed by the use of these colors.
The following should be considered when interpreting the individual
colors: BLACK must be regarded as a signal of a state of non awareness
in the sense of a standstill. WHITE can also be a reference
to a state of non awareness, like that which exists before the start
or after the end of the psyche's conscious life. White can
thus indicate forebodings of death.
Yellow is like gold. In a dream, it is the color of mental,
Red is the color which most excites out attention. Ted is
the symbol for the dynamics of life. It is also a symbol for
animal instincts and aggression. Orange is a particularly
strong signal for activity.
Blue is the color which symbolizes the intellect. It indicates
clear-headed deliberations and dispassionate thinking.
Purple is a signal for especial significance.
As new life begins in spring, when fields and meadows turn a fresh
green sheen, this color has an extremely positive meaning.
Color test series over a period of years showed that brown is preferred
by neurotics and indicates unconscious complexes.
Violet in a dream symbolizes conflict situations arising form the
opposition of body and intellect.
The cornfield is a symbol of fertility. A waving cornfield in a
dream is an extremely positive signal. It indicates a rich
harvest; a harvest which however doesnot fall effortlessly into
out laps as a gift of nature. The harvest previously required
hard work on the farmer's part.
A corpse in a dream is a danger signal
of the highest order. Death is a symbol of transformation,
followed as a rule by rebirth. The corpse, on the other hand,
is a symbol of the long dead, inanimate side of a personality.
To a certain extent, this relates to a spiritual relationship which
the consciousness regards as lifeless, or to a complex which still
burdens the unconscious.
In men's dreams, the cow can indicate strong
ties to the mother. In women's dreams, the symbol of the cow
frequently signifies that the dreamer should develop the motherly
aspects of womanhood within herself.