Like all cutting or pointed weapons, the
saber can have erotic significance. This is particularly the
case in the dreams of younger people. The saber does not simply
mean the phallus, however, but rather the young man's aggressive
invasion of the sphere of female sexuality, a sphere still unfamiliar
Sacrifice is one of humanity's oldest symbolic
activities. Its significance in a dream is similar to that
in almost all religious myths and fairytales. It contains
the idea that supreme values can only be acquired by a sacrifice.
This image can also indicate that incorrect behavior in life or
detrimental relationships should be given up.
Salt and bread are an expression of happy
social life. If bread is a symbol for spiritual nourishment,
then salt is to some extent the intellectual spice. If the
dreamer has to drink up an over salted soup, this is an indication
that he is intellectualizing problems too much.
The images of school, school work and fear
of examinations are dream references to comparable processes in
the school of life. The school of life forces man to participate
in these learning process for as long as s he lives; they are inescapable.
Many people, however, a re unaware of this state of affairs; the
dream image of school serves to remind them of it.
If the scenery in the dream is by the sea,
or if the action in the dram takes place on the seashore or ever
at sea, then the dreamer is being shown an assurance which belongs
to the most elemental area of the unconscious.
Seed, either as grains of seed or as human
sperm, signifies vitality. Fertilization processes in a dream,
even when couched in terms of sexual union, should in no case be
interpreted sexually. The seed symbolizes the origination
and development of life. If the dream presents the image of
oral fertilization, this has no connection with unfulfilled or repressed
desires. Rarely does it indicate sexual perversion on the
dreamer's part, as is often assumed. It is precisely this dream
image which symbolizes the necessity of a particularly intimate
The significance of sexuality was given
by different races at different times, and the nature of sexual
activity both have symbolic meaning. The individual sexual symbols
bear witness to this. These inform the unconscious of the
fact that sex possesses not only a physical function but also a
psychic function, that of creativity. Sexual activity in a
dream needs on no account to be interpreted sexually. With
these images, the dream is indicating the need for a more intimate,
intensive or more complete relationship with someone who has been
neglected in conscious life. This holds particularly true
for incest dreams, i.e., dreams of sexual union with children or
The ship is the symbol of the ship of life.
It has had this significance for all races since time immemorial.
In a dream, the ship symbolizes the unconscious process of life's
In a dream, the shoe should be seen as
symbolizing a person's attitude or point of view regarding the world
about him. Growing out of children's shoes indicates giving
up a childish attitude to life. Further indications are given
by the condition of the dream shoes. The dreamer's clothing,
for example, may be elegant and faultless, but to his consternation,
his shoes are nevertheless not cleaned or even worn out. The
dreamer gives himself away by his shoes.
In the German language, slippers are a proverbial symbol of female
domination. The Pantoffelheld (slipper hero) or henpecked husband
is dominated by his wife. The slipper has here also a secondary,
sexual significance; sexual dependency is of course often the case.
An estreme case is that of the shoe-fetishist. For him, shoes
have the significance of substitute objects for the female genitals.
The sexually aggressive woman by whom the masochist longs to be
dominated is symbolized by women's boots or shoes with pointed heels.
Silver is the color of the moon, which
has the female symbolic significance as the sister of the sun, or
of gold. Silver or silver coins in a dream should be seen
as indications of positive female values.
If a woman's sister appears in her dream,
she represents the dreamer's unconscious shadow. In a man's
dream, his sister is a symbol of the Anima; she embodies his female
The snail, which retreats into its shell,
was a symbol of virginity and of resurrection in the Middle Ages.
On the other hand, its slowness of movement has become proverbial.
Experience has shown that the snail's most important dream significance
is that of slowness, as well as vacillation and over sensitivity.
Problems in making contact with the world around are indicated.
In extremely rare cases the snail has sexual significance.
The snake is an ancient and ambiguous symbol.
In the biblical story of the Fall, the serpent represents Lucifer.
The forbidden fruit which Eve receives form the serpent and passes
on to Adam signifies mankind's gaining of awareness. It is
the consciousness which forms the basic difference between man and
all other living beings. With this, man was elevated to the
level of likeness to God; on the other hand he became aware of his
In dreams, the significance of the snake is extremely varied.
It also symbolizes man's instinctive drives. With young people,
it may well be appropriate to interpret the snake sexually.
Freud saw the snake as a typical phallic symbol, but this by no
means exhausts the list of possibilities. In the dreams of
older people and those in middle age, the snake mostly appears as
a symbol of change and renewal. It can also appear as a danger
signal, if the dreamer is hopping to regain youthful energy by sexual
over-indulgence. The danger that a middle-aged man might be
laid low by the seductive talents of a 'viperous' woman (i.e one
who is cold and calculating) is of course obvious.
Spiders in a dream are a serious danger
signal This significance arises from the image of spiders
catching victims in their webs. Webs are popularly linked
with 'webs of intrigue'. This can mean female intrigues aimed
at ensnaring men, and refers to the cold, calculating nature evident
in some women.
The image of a spiral is a very positive
symbol; it is the image of a concentration of the mind which results
in progress. Experience has shown that it often indicates
that a spiritual deadlock is being overcome.
In a dream, the staircase connects various
areas of the personality. it is a place where 'ascending'
or 'descending' tendencies in the dreamer's attitudes toward particular
situations in life are expressed.
Suitcases indicates burdens the dreamer must bear or accept.
The sun appears as an image of men's creative,
procreative power. In the pre-Christian era, the sun was the
supreme deity in the heavens. It guarantees the possibility
of life on earth. Its dream significance can vary, but it always
indicates productive, creative energy which sets in motion intellectual
or artistic processes, as well as processes of the consciousness.
People frequently appear in dreams who
perform the impossible and seem to have superhuman powers at their
disposal. Usually, the dream is indicating extremely dangerous
delusions of grandeur. It can also indicate that intelligence and
rationality are being valued too highly.
Extremely abundant vegetation
develops in a swamp, but it is very dangerous for the inexperienced
traveler attempting to get through it. The dream frequently uses
the image of a swamp to describe an oll-too abundantly flourishing
imagination. in the case of younger people, this must also
be seen as an indication of sexual fantasies. Not everyone
possesses the strength of that famous liar Baron Munchhausen, who
pulled himself out of a swamp by his pigtail. It is therefore
advisable to interpret the image of a swamp as a warning signal.