Experience in the field of psychotherapy
has taught that unusual machines, mechanical apparatus or an area
filled with machines in a dream indicate the danger of serious psychic
The mask is an indication that the dreamer
identifies himself with a person of force which does not belong
to his conscious personality. Psychologically speaking, the
mask symbolizes identification with an anonymous, superhuman power.
At the root of this lie delusions of grandeur; these, however, are
pathological compensatins for an inferiority complex.
In real life as in dreams, a green meadow
shows that winter - indicating a standstill - is over. In
this way, the meadow symbolizes new growth and productive activity.
A communal meal in a dream is the image
of communal activity of a ritual or magical nature. When interpreting
the dream, note should be taken of the dreamer's religious beliefs;
where relevant, the significance of the Last Supper symbolism should
be brought into play. The dishes which appear on the dream
table can be varied and, in general, signify corresponding psychic
matters or functions.
In popular legend and fairy tales, the
mermaid is a being whose upper half is woman and whose lower half
is fish. It embodies female sexuality at a cold and still
elemental stage. The dream is indicating here that human warmth
is lacking. In the dreams of young people, the mermaid indicates
underdeveloped, immature sexuality; in adult women's dreams it indicates
The image of a mirror is a warning signal.
Its effects as a dream symbol are not dissimilar from those in real
life. It must not be forgotten, though, that the mirror has
magical effects in all fairytales. It shows the dreamer his true
face. Because this reflection takes place within the unconscious,
the dreamer sees, so to speak, unconscious aspects of his personality.
This can be frightening, but equally necessary.
Naturally, money also plays a part in dream
language. Here it symbolizes psychic energy, or rather amounts
of energy. The dream has a positive significance if money
is found unexpectedly. Losing money, on the other hand, indicates
that certain talents or potentialities in the dreamer's life are
not being exploited in reality. Money usually appears in a
dream in the form of coins. If they are silver coins, then
they indicate a female aspect. Correspondingly, when the dream
takes place in banks or savings-banks, it indicates a zone of psychic
energy or spiritual values. The saving of large amounts of
money in a dream is not necessarily positive. It should be
understood more as a signal that energy which is available is being
Modern behavioral research makes use of
the term 'naked ape' to explain primitive human reactions.
The monkey, with its similarity to human beings, symbolizes to a
certain extent man's animal properties. It is an extremely
positive sigh when the dream monkey has a human face. This
would signify that the dreamer will become conscious of his own
Morning, dawn and sunrise are indications
that a new situation is about to begin. This can also refer
to gaining awareness.
When men dream of their own mother, she
embodies their unconscious spiritual attitudes to women, which are
formed by the mother's up bringing in early childhood. In
women's dreams, the mother correspondingly appears as an image of
the dreamer's unconscious shadow (Jung), or shadow personality.
The actions of unknown mother figures in dreams are important indications
which should be thought over by the dreamer.
Like the car, the motorcycle is a symbol of energy.
In a dream, it refers less to potency but more to the problems of
keeping the animal instincts in check.
In fairytales and in everyday speech, the
mouse has erotic significance. Dream mice are a bad omen only when
they appear in large numbers.
Murder murderers and victims in a dream
are in no way connected with crime in real life. Nevertheless,
the dream is a danger signal. It is an indication that the
dreamer has, within his own consciousness, forcibly dissociated
an aspect of his personality. This can refer to talents, unexploited
potentialities or relationships with other people.
In a dream, these are indications of stages
of stupor or intoxication. it is known that many toadstools
contain alkaloids (poisonous substances) which induce such states.
Mushrooms and toadstools thus have a sexual significance; the parallel
can be seen in expressions like "intoxicated with love".
A mussel symbolizes female sexuality. A
mussel which is closed is a symbol of female chastity.