Hair has wide-ranging symbolic significance.
In popular belief, the white hair of old men and women is seen as
a sign of wisdom. Black hair is connected with great passion,
while blond hair is seen as a sigh on inconstancy. Red-haired
people are considered dangerous.
In the middle Ages, the hare was a symbol
for God. Three hares in a picture symbolize the Trinity, which
continuously keeps watch and sees and hears everything. It
is only recently that the hare has degenerated from being a symbol
of fertility to being exclusively a sexual symbol.
|Hearth, kitchen-range (stove)
The domestic hearth is a symbol of marriage;
it is the focus for family activity. Its significance is,
however, wider ranging. In the hearth, the energy of the fire
transforms, so to speak, foodstuffs into all-important food for
the family. (Of course nowadays its cooking function has been
taken over by the electric or gas stove). The hearth thus
has the significance of a symbol of transformation and of life itself.
It is a serious sigh if the fire in the hearth goes out in a dream.
Similar dream images appear in presentiments of death in the family.
The horse is a dream symbol of great significance.
Dream research has to some extent confirmed the popular superstition
that the horse is a messenger of death.
The hospital appears as an image of spiritual
illness and impoverishment. The specific departments in a hospital
or clinic refer to corresponding psychic functions. Heart
disease, for example, refers to emotional disorders, eye trouble
refers to the failure to see a problem or a relationship with someone
in its true light, a stomach ailment indicates that a situation
of conflict has become 'indigestible' and is thus causing illness,
The dream image of a hotel refers to areas
or situations which bring transition or changes with them. The hotel
is not a place where people live permanently; new people are encountered
there. Translated into dream language, this would mean that the
people whom the dreamer meets in the hotel embody unconscious or
unknown psychic influences.
There are medieval pictorial representations
of man in the form of a house. What is meant here is the house
of the soul. In a dream, the house also assumes this symbolic meaning,
and the individual rooms can be interpreted correspondingly. The
cellar is the realm of the unconscious. The kitchen, in which psychic
nourishment is prepared, is the province of female and motherly
aspects. The living room and study have exactly this significance
for the psyche's area of experience. The bedroom is the marital
sexual domain and the attic has, in a dream, the meaning of an area
of forgotten or suppressed memories.