In earlier times, every house had its own
garden. It was a personal domain, which married couples cultivated
and tilled with their own hands. A dream garden is thus an age old
symbol it has the significance of growth, fertility and renewal.
The figure of the giant refers to a too-powerful
father-figure. In mythology, as in fairytales, the giant symbolizes
the threatening aspects of unconscious male drives or instincts.
It is characteristic of these fairytales that it is never the hero
who defeats the giant, but the native youngest brother. It is he
who comes up with a bright idea for defeating the giant. The symbolic
significance of events like this in fairytales is that in battle
with monsters and giants, the intellect - however alert is
often not enough. The figure of the native brother embodies that
psychic function which has contact with the unconscious. This signifies
that it is only in connection with intuition that the intellect
can find the correct solution.
Gold is a dream symbol of great significance,
a symbol of immortality. Discovering gold or being given gold can
be seen as indications by the psyche that new understanding will
be gained and that an expansion of consciousness will take place.
The grape was originally a religious symbol
belonging to the Dionysus myth. In the Greek cult of Dionysus, he
is trodden and squashed in the symbolic form of the grape. The deep
symbolic meaning of wine is that of the transformation of grapes
into a drink. The dream image of the grape is a positive symbol
of transformation of change.