Understanding Your Dreams – Common Dream Symbols

Dreams attract people and their meaning is the same as people have. From ancient civilizations to the modern world, dreams are filled with tremendous meaning, and people turn to their nightly excursions and gain insight and clues about their waking existence. While dreams are not the magic key to the waking world, they can provide valuable tips and insights about the dreamer's mental and physical condition. Dreams can tell you a lot of things, whether you are in charge or out of control, whether you are safe or worried, and whether you are ready to take the day off or just go with the flow. Dream analysis can range from recording and analyzing your own dreams to fun, to therapists, psychologists and others analyzing other people's dreams as part of their careers.


Dreaming about taking a trip on an airplane can mean you are ready to overcome your obstacles by rising above them. Dreaming about flaying a plane can indicate you are feeling in control and confident.

Dreams about alcohol can mean many things, depending on the dreamer’s relationship to and experience with alcohol. For instance, a recovering alcoholic may express fear of relapse through dreams of alcohol, while a devout Catholic may dream of wine as a symbol of the blood of Christ.

Angels are seen to symbolize purity and goodness. Dreaming of angels bearing messages can mean there is something the dreamer needs to hear and pay attention to.

Dreams about a beheading can mean that past poor judgment or bad decision are being recalled. Loss of ones head can also indicate a lessening or loss of intellectual capacity.

Dreaming about cancer or other wasting conditions can be indications that the dreamer feels he or she is wasting his or her life and losing hope.

Dreaming about a couch can symbolize love and longing.

Dreaming about a doctor can indicate anxiety about health. In some cases, the doctor can be used to represent another authority figure, such as a clergyman or teacher.

Dreaming about drowning can indicate you feel overwhelmed or out of control.

Dreaming of earth, or of working the earth, often represents that your life has a firm structure.

Dreaming about failing an exam is very common. Dreams about an exam can represent anxieties in either work or school.

Dreams about one’s father have meanings that vary along with the relationship between father and child. Dreaming of an absent or estranged father can be manifestations of yearning for a lost childhood.

Dreams about fire can also have various meanings. Fire can symbolize destruction, but it can also symbolize passion.

Dreaming of food can mean a desire for spiritual or mental nourishment, or a need to be taken care of.

Dreaming about giants can indicate that you fear obstacles in your life and see certain problems as insurmountable.

Dreams about a still globe can mean the dreamer’s life is in control, while seeing a spinning globe can indicate that the dreamer’s life is spinning out of control.

Dreaming about guns can indicate a desire for protection, or a fear of crime.

Dreams of hell can indicate a fear of being punished, or a manifestation of past guilt.

Telling a joke in a dream can mean you take life lightly and not too seriously.

Seeing a knife in your dream could indicate you fear being betrayed by a friend or family member.

Dreaming about magic, or performing a magic trick, can symbolize creativity and power.

The meaning of dreams about money depends on the context. Dreams about wealth can indicate that the dreamer is powerful and in control, while dreaming about lack of money can be manifestations of low self worth.

Monsters in a dream can represent parts of the dreamer’s mind of which he or she is ashamed.

Dreaming of being at an office can indicate the dreamer is preoccupied with work and making money.


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