A - Z Dream Dictionary

Dream interpretions of popular dream symbols and their common meanings.

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Alien: Fear of change or difficulty adjusting to changes; undiscovered aspect of self; feeling that privacy is being invaded.

Animals: Often symbolize emotions, primal instincts, needs and repressed desires. Specific animals can reflect the qualities we associate with the animal; depends on circumstances and context of dream.

Aromas: Scents are associated with feelings; pleasant scents may indicate good times; unpleasant scents may indicate a warning;

Amputation/Missing Limbs: Represents a loss of skill or fear of losing something; abandoned talents; trauma; finding excuses to withdraw from a situation; lack of motivation or feeling limited.

Accident: Warning of possible danger; hidden aggression; pent up guilt or self punishment; mistakes; may indicate fears or a need to resolve or let go of a situation from the past.

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Building/Home: A building can represent a home, business and commerce, sexuality, or your own body awareness. These dreams often are interpreted by who is in the building or what happens to the building or home.

Bridge: Represents an important decision or a critical junction in your life. It can signify the crossing or moving from one phase of life or activity to another.

Baby: Represents something that requires great care and attention; innocence, warmth and new beginnings; birth and renewal; an important responsibility.

Birds: Symbolizes one's hopes, goals and aspirations; also joy, harmony, ecstasy and love; a sunny outlook; spiritual freedom and liberation; in negative contexts may indicate dissappointments, worry and sorrow; bad omen.

Books: May indicate discontent with environment or associates; seeking to study or explore customs; represents intellect, judgment, knowledge, wisdom and the ability to grasp new or foreign ideas.

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Chasing/Being Chased: Avoidance of a particular issue or person in waking life; running from emotions or an important situation.

Clothing: Represents how you see yourself or how others perceive you; depending on how the clothing appear in the dream and any interaction surrounding it; the need to change habits or patterns; personal character.

Cooking: Pleasant duties; may signify company or a gathering of friends; in negative contexts may indicate lack of cherrfulness, harassing or disappointing events.

Crying: Symbolizes the release of negative emotions; the need to let go of fear or frustrations; a painful memory or situation that needs to be acknowledged or released; a period of grief and healing in life.help.

Climbing: Overcoming obstacles; prosperous future through effort; eventual success; goals are within reach; in negative contexts may indicate hesitancy or reservation; feeling emotionally drained.

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Drowning: Water represents emotions; can indicate a loss of some sort; a cleansing or renewing of a negative situation; feeling overwhelmed by emotions; repressed issues coming to surface; subconscious; inner turmoil; an emotional rebirth or renewal of self.

Death: Symbolizing transformation or regeneration; coming dissolution or sadness; disappointments. May indicate the loss of something to make way for the beginning of something new.

Dancing: A good omen; new friends or social activities; unexpected windfall; joy and happiness, balance; may have sexual connotations in certain contexts; love or marriage.

Deja Vu: May indicate precognition;

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Eating/food: To dream of eating alone, signifies loss and melancholy spirits. To eat with others, could denote personal gain, cheerful environments and prosperous undertakings

Elevator: Ascending in the elevator may represent gains and rising in position; Descending in the elevator may represent misfortune or discouragement.

Escape: Often an omen of good luck; a rise in professional status or fortune in business; breaking out of a mold; making progress; in a negative context may indicate that one must prepare for the worst; avoiding a responsibility or obligation.

Electricity: Represents work or vitality; there may be sudden shock or change in one's personal life; disruption of plans or anxiety; excitement or nervous energy; also symbolized spiritual power or clarification about an issue.

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Fighting: Indicates inner turmoil or conflict with another in life or with self; unresolved issues or imbalance in some area; unwillingness to change old attitudes or habits, or to take responsibility; may also relate to taking a stand, defending one's self or resisting temptation.

Fire: Spiritual purification of self; A masculine presence or energy;in positive is a favorable symbol indicating prosperity; in negative contexts may indicate a threatening situation, ruin or bad luck.

Forest: Represents the unconscious mind; natural forces and inner nature; feelings of being unsettled or insecure; May also relate to spiritual enlightenment or unexplored aspects of the self.

Flying: Depends on context and environment; a strong desire to travel; freedom; imminent danger that requires escape in negative contexts; often indicates slight astral projection/lucidity/obe in dream.

Food/Eating Food: Very common dream; a strong desire to travel or an imminent danger that requires escape.

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Garbage: Represents the need to dismiss or let go of something; releasing the past; childhood issues; the throwing away of unnecessary characteristics, habits or personal conditions; changes with many confused events and emotions.

Glass: Depends on context; broken glass signifies a break through or breaking up of something; mirrors or seeing one's reflection indicates the need to ponder and reflect on an important life situation.

Ghosts/Deceased: Strong memory of something you find difficult to let go of; unresolved issues; a warning of something (may be indicated by the context or content surrounding the apparition); something unobtainable or out of reach; feeling disconnected from life or society.

Garden/Gardening: Represents one's life as a whole; potential talents and abilities; unexpressed or unutilized in negative contexts; cultivation and ambition in positive contexts; hard work and energy.

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Hair: Relates to self image, attitude or thinking style; in negative context in may indicate poor self esteem or fear or loss; in positive contexts may represent motivation, social status; sensuality or attraction; self protection.

Hallways/Corridors: Feelings of being at a crossroads in life; indecision; self exploration; a transitional phase in life or a journey into the unknown; emotional growth or new opportunities.

Handbag/Briefcase: Depending on the context of the dream and contents of the bag, may indicate pleasure, success, fruitful efforts; in negative contexts may represent burdens or attitudes that are holding one down; Something that is hidden from self or others.

Hiding: Represents inner feelings and emotions one is hiding from the outer world; not ready to handle truth or confrontation; keeping secrets or hiding information; feelings of guilt or insecurity.

House: Depends on the context of the dream. Symbolizes the self and the soul; aspects of the psyche; security issues; family; secrets; social attitudes or past influences.

Hospital: Can be related to an actual illness or medical situation; desires to improve a life situation; self esteem issues; feeling determined to fix a problem or situation in life; making progress; life changes.

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Insects/Bugs: Represents annoyances; petty issues; feeling pestered or bothered by something or someone; dissatisfaction in daily tasks; uncertainty or feeling vulnerable.

Ice/Cold: May signify distress or disruptions that may involve another; holding back of something; abandonment or gloom; unforeseen events; also represents inflexibility or a ridged attitude; sometimes indicates danger.

Illness/Disease: Relates to hanging on to old ideas, negative situations or people; actual health concerns; trouble or discord with family; warning to be cautious; unexpected event.

Ignoring/Being Ignored: May represent something of high importance that may be overlooked by self or others; may indicate regrets concerning the past or involving a person; also relates to aspects of self that are being ignored or denied.

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Jumping: Indicates success in an endeavor in positive contexts, also eagerness, confidence and enthusiasm about something; in negative contexts may relate to dissappointments or recklessness; intolerable situations.

Jail/Imprisonment: May represent safety issues or fear of unknown threats; feeling indecisive or overwhelmed by choice or lack of options; inability to cope with a particular situation or person; sense of entitlement or superiority.

Jewelry/Jewels: Relates to value, pleasure and riches; inheritance or promotions; ambitions and advancement in business or personal affairs; inheritance; also relates to flattery or exhibitions.

Judge/Jury/Courtroom: Symbolized judgment and decision making; aspects of behavior or attitudes that need defending; unresolved issues; authority figures; feelings of guilt and justification.

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Key: Depending on the context may represent the uncloaking or revealing of something hidden; the solution or answer to a problem; unexpected or unforeseen events; influential friends or relations; new opportunities.

Killing: Feelings of losing one's temper or self control issues; also indicates the ending of an old habit or former way of thinking; may indicate addiction or self-loathing; aggression or depression.

Kissing: Denotes love and affection; tranquility, harmony and contentment in positive contexts; inn negative context may suggest too much involvement or feeling overwhelmed in relationships, or feeling confused.

Knife/Blades/Swords: Symbolized cutting or loss; freeing one's self from something or separation; in negative contexts may indicate aggression or failure.

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Levitation: Indicates strong emotions being expressed or hesitancy about actions; advised to keep one's feet on the ground and not get carried away;

Lamp/Light: Depends on the context or environment; in negative contexts may indicate failure or false hopes, depression, jealousy, suspicion or secrets; in positive contexts may indicate rising fortune, merit for works, domestic bliss, encouragement and sympathy.

Library/Books: May indicate discontent with environment or associates; seeking to study or explore customs; represents intellect, judgment, knowledge, wisdom and the ability to grasp new or foreign ideas.

Lost/Getting Lost: May represent the loss of something life changing; forgotten aspects of one's self or neglect; may represent the need to organize one's life or priorities.

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Music/Musical Instrument: Depending on the context/type of music may indicate harmonious circumstances, pleasure or fortune, or lack of harmony or troubles in relationship or home; relates to healing and deep emotions.

Machinery: May indicate the undertaking of a project that causes anxiety, but with favorable outcome; overcoming enemies or challenges; the building of fortune; in negative contexts may indicate loss in business or bad deals.

Mountains/Hills: May symbolize the need to overcome obstacles or struggles to achieve progress or gain clarity; success through effort;

Money: Depending on the context may indicate loss or gain; represents issues concerning power, control and competence; context may indicate how one relates to finances.

Monster: Related to feelings of being threatened, frightened or confused about a person or situation in life; may also indicate actual malevolent forces or sinister motives.

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Natural Disaster: Represents one's personal anxieties and fears; worry over unknown future or outcome of a situation; spiritually may represent a chaotic period of life or a crisis that leads to renewal or change.

Nudity: Relates to one's personal sense of self; feeling exposed or vulnerable in life; depending on the context may relate to personal feelings of shame or guilt, or anxiety about a particular person in your life; unexplored or repressed desires.

Night/Darkness: Meaning may depend on the context/environment; may relate to loss, stagnation; adversity, obstacles or setbacks in one's life; may indicate dark or hidden aspects of a situation yet to be revealed.

Numbers: Depends on the numbers since each number may represent something on its own; may indicate an important date or past/future event.

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Obstacles/barriers: May represent an important decision on one's path in life; also feelings of being closed off, limited or trapped in a life situation or with indecision that is delaying or preventing progress.

Outer Space: Relates to the imagination; the unknown in life; fresh experiences or travel to new destinations; desires for wish-fulfillment or unexpected opportunity; searching for meaning in life.

Old Age/Antique: Symbolized the past; wisdom; the need to apply learned knowledge or experience to a present situation or to utilize or develop previous skills or interests; in negative contexts it may relate to fear of the future or moving forward; feeling stuck in the past.

Oceans/Rivers/Lakes: Water represents emotions; indicates mixed emotions or a change of feelings; the passage of time; also may represent intuition; meaning may depend on conditions of the water.

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Police/Law: May represent feelings of guilt or obligation, or issues involving one's dignity, honor or status in life; may indicate uncontrolled desires; also the need to escape a situation or to seek peace.

Parade: May relate to a situation or opportunity in one's life, or one that is being passed up or overlooked; may also indicate boasting or showing off, or in some contexts, the need to take a stand.

Party: Depends on context of the dream; symbolizes socializing or social skills--or lack of them; ability to cope in tense situation; standing up for one's self or beliefs; feeling inhibited or shy.

Pain: May indicate regrets of a trivial situation; warning that one may be making mistakes; being too hard on oneself; a situation that is out of your control; may indicate actual physical pain.

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Quest/Adventure: May symbolize an actual physical journey in one's life; also may indicate the need to slow down; also caution or care involving some aspect of life to avoid loss.

Quakes (earthquakes): Relates to aspects of one's self and self control; may relate to a time of personal crisis or the shaking up of the foundation of something in one's life.

Quilts/Blankets: May represent lies or deceit in one's life; hiding or the need for protection; also may be a symbol for intimacy or uncovering a hidden aspect of one's self;

Quiz/Tests: May be literally representing an actual test or exam in waking life; fear of failure, lack of confidence or inability to advance;

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Roads: Often a symbol for one's path or destiny, or a personal goal; depending on the context/environment, may indicate pleasure, peace or prosperity; in negative contexts it may indicate inner turmoil or obstacles in the way of a desire.

Religious Symbols: Usually related to one's actual religious or spiritual beliefs; may indicate an important or life changing event or phase in one's personal life.

Running: Often related to fear, especially if being chased; a situation in life where one is feeling pressured or trapped; obstacles that must be overcome;

Royalty: Represents spiritual strength and power; extravagance or domination;

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Sex: Meaning depends on the context; often may be interpreted literally or may not be related to sexuality, but rather concerns deep emotions involving a particular person or self;

Stairs/Staircase: Often foretells good fortune, success and progress in positive contexts; in negative contexts may represent envy or unfavorable circumstances.

Sports: Meaning depends on the context/environment; represents personal responsibilities in life; success and satisfaction; the need to communicate or connect with others.

Singing: Usually a favorable dream; happiness, joy and sincerity; troubles or worries passing away; unexpected blessings on the way; unknown or unexpected outcomes.

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Travel/Transportation: May indicate actual travel in one's waking life; represents one's goals or destiny in life; issues concerning control.

Telephone: Relates to communication; an important or influential person in your life; also symbolizes the actual need to get in contact with someone in waking life, possibly from the past.

Tunnel/Cave: Represents the subconscious/unconscious mind; uncertainty about future or outcome/results of something; also may represent overcoming fears, rising above a situation or keeping faith.

Teeth: Symbolizes change; fear of losing something important; anxiety over appearance or how other's perceive you;

Time Travel: Meaning depends on the context/environment of the dream; indicates past or future hopes or fears; sometimes represents romantic or career related ideals in one's life; may also indicate aggression in some area of life or a health concern. [more about Time Travel Dreams]

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UFO: Symbolizes one becoming aware of something new, or a new aspect of self; may also indicate aspects of one's religious or spiritual life and beliefs.

Uniforms: Represents self-awareness or self-examination of one's personal or professional role in life; also feelings related to conformity to culture, rules or standards.

University/School: Often appears when one is contemplating a major decision in life; moving forward--especially in academics or career; also indicates a learning/growing or transitional phase in one's life.

Underground/Underwater: May represent a hidden, unexplored or unconscious aspect of one's self; may sometimes symbolize loss of fortune or reputation and the desire for greater security and peace of mind.

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Vacation/Voyage: Indicates either fortune and blessings or loss and fear depending on the context; may indicate an actual need for rest or relaxation.

Vault/Safe: Relates to concerns over personal boundaries; feelings of being taken advantage of; theft; keeping secrets or the revealing of something hidden.

Vegetation/Plants: Represents spiritual development and the potential for personal growth;; may also relate to femininity, fertility, pregnancy or an issue with a female in one's life.

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War: Represents personal conflict in one's waking life whether internal or external; ro parts of one's self that is in conflict with one another; a decision that needs to be made.

Water: Water in any context represents the emotions; in negative contexts it indicates emotional overwhelm, repressed emotions or fear; in positive contexts it represents emotional cleansing, renewal and releasing of fears.

Washroom/bathroom: Relates to one's primal instincts or sexuality; in negative contexts it represents feelings of lack of privacy or personal space, and repressed emotions, fear or shame; in positive contexts it represents self renewal and emotional cleansing/release, and often spiritual , purification.

Waiting: Indicates expectations one may have in their life or expectations of someone; or pressure from the expectations of others.

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X-Ray: A desire for inner knowledge of self or someone close to you; in a medical context it could indicate health concerns.


Yard Sale: Represents the use of lessons and skills from past experience; utilizing talents for productivity in a current situation.

Yard: In negative contexts reflects aspects of life that are out of control or disorganized; in positive contexts represents balance in work and social life;

Yelling/Shouting: May indicate joy, courage and triumph over a situation; foretelling of distressing news in negative contexts; in positive context may be a lucky omen; self expression and release.

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Zoo: Depends on the context and circumstances within the dream; feeling on display or caged in; memories of childhood; travel and adventure.

Zombie: Represents feeling emotionally or physically detached from people or situations; feeling helpless, overpowered or overwhelmed by forces beyond your control.

What Is Your Unconscious Trying to Tell You? You Can Analyze Your Own Dreams.

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