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Adults frequently experience their own
father in a dream as a helpful figure. He reminds the dreamer of
things he has taught him which are now forgotten, and embodies that
aspect of the dreamer's personality which is formed by the father.
As a rule, the father is a symbol of traditional order and of that
natural authority which is vitally necessary. The father appears
particularly frequently in the dreams of younger people. Here, he
becomes the dreamer's opponent. With this image, the dream is broaching
the question of the so-called generation gap. it is necessary ,
however, for young people to rebel against the guidelines established
by the father in order to develop their own, independent personality.
The dream is seeking to help the dreamer overcome his childish image
of his father and to see him as the person he really is in real
The image of a field can indicate to the
dreamer that a fertile phase is beginning. This image can, however,
also indicate that the dreamer must apply himself to a specific
The fire symbolizes the warmth of human
emotions. It frequently appears in women's dreams, where it indicates
the problems of marriage. In earlier days it was, of course, the
woman's task to keep the fire burning. Interpretations should be
The image of fish in water in a dream can
imply a sexual theme. Fish live in water, which is a straightforward
symbol of the unconscious. Seen in this light, the fish indicates
man's instinctive aspects, which are governed by the unconscious.
The positive, life-preserving significance
of fire arises from the concept of the eternal flame of life. The
appearance of devouring and destructive fire in a dream is a danger
signal. The danger can relate to the dreamer's sexual problems.
We commonly speak of devouring love when we really mean dependency.
Flowers are symbols for the dreamer's feelings.
There are proverbial parallels between human and plant life cycles
growing, budding, blossoming and fading. A system of flower symbolism
holds true only for certain plants like, for example, roses, lilies
and cacti. A fresh-cut bouquet or a tree in blossom, as a rule,
has positive significance.
Dreams of flying are extremely common.
An airplane can appear positively in a dream as a conveyer of thoughts
or ideas of far-reaching significance. It can equally well signify
a desire for independence. Generally, however, flying is a danger
signal, particularly when the dreamer flies or hovers on his own,
without an airplane. This dream image shows that the dreamer's thoughts
have become divorced from the realities of life. To a certain extent,
he is making things too easy for himself by "flying over" his problems.
In a dream, the forest indicates the realm
of the unconscious. Experience has shown that dream events which
take place in a forest or wood are archetypal patterns of the collective
unconscious. Frequently, these are behavior patterns we know from
fairytales and legends, as to some extent fairytales, legends and
myths represent the dreams of mankind.
In myths and fairytales, fountains and
springs symbolize the origin of life. Stemming from the belief that
it is womankind which continually renews life by childbirth, the
fountain has acquired the symbolic meaning of the fountain of life.
Men rarely dream of frogs, but more often
of toads. In women's or girl's dreams, the frog has a similar significance
to that in the well-known fairytale of the frog king by the Brothers
Grimm. In this fairytale, the frog turns into a radiant prince.
But this only happens after the princess, on her father the king's
orders, has given the frog food from her plate and warmed him in
The frog is an animal which lives partly on land and partly in water.
It indicates a transitionary phase in the process of evolution of
living things, and is in this respect a symbol of change or transformation.
The frog's life in water refers to cold and still impersonal elemental
nature. The fairytale tells us allegorically that this impersonal
side of nature, which also plays a role in sexuality, can only be
elevated into the sphere of an acceptable human relationship by
spiritual nourishment and by being firmly embedded in human emotions.
The toad is the symbol of the fertile, devouring mother goddess,
who is also the mother of death. A toad in a man's dream can, therefore,
be seen as a warming signal.
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