Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dream Meanings

  By Shed Spread special request I went and checked DreamMoods.com for their online dream book.  They have literally oodles of dream symbol meanings and, surprisingly, different interpretations for your personal feelings on things.  (what something means in your dream will differ depending on whether you have harsh or happy emotions attached to something when you're awake).  They have a big ol' section on cats, but nothing on being a cat.  However, The Guild Companion says that "being a cat denotes stealth, agility and luck", but the fact that this is a D&D reference article has me a bit skeptical.  OOoooooh  O.o  Now this is interesting.  According to DreamMoods.com, to dream of consuming poison (snorting bug spray is consuming poison, right?)  indicates "that you are introducing something into yourself that is harmful to your well-being.  This may be feelings of bitterness, jealousy or other bad feelings that is consuming you."

  Now, my High School psychology teacher would probably bust a gasket over this, but you don't need to look up every single last syllable ("Evil Dead" rocks) of a dream to figure out it's meaning.  Mine was pretty easy.  I was a cat, and I got poisoned.  Yet, if I were to go and look up: Mother, Father, 3 (three cats altogether), jump, vent, car, driveway, neighbor, lady, roof, etc.; then the message itself would just get muddled.

  Ex:  In HS psychology when we did dream interpretation the night before I had dreamt that my boyfriend at the time was driving me somewhere and we ended at a cross-roads in the middle of the woods where there was a traffic light (cuz that happens all the time in Texas, lol) and when he tried to stop the car spun around and nearly flipped over.  Personally, from the way I felt about him, and his manic driving, this told me the end was near.  Which it was.  However, through looking up all the symobls the book (can't remember if it was Freudian or Jungian) said that I felt safe with him. 

  My point (Yes Virginia, there is a point) is that when it comes to dream interpetation, 9 times out of 10, go with your gut.  How do you feel about what's going on?  If a dream seems to have no direct message, but is rife with symbolism, then look up those symbols for which you have no direct feelings one way or another.  I'll generally look up certain animals in the three books I have with dream symbols in them.  Maybe my Gypsy book has something on being a cat . . . .  Actual interpretation is not my forte, but I will add interpretation to dreams I post.  Assuming it's not too long.  lol 

  If you're wanting to check on your own dreams and don't wanna go out and buy a book (I've seen 'em between $30-$100) then just check DreamMoods.com  So far the most complete collection of dream symbols I've found.

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