This is a book of dreams and their interpretations in a dictionary format. The entries are unconventional interpretations of dreams based on the following premises:
(1) Dreams reflect the emotional and psychological state of mind of the dreamer.
(2) Recurring nightmares are reflections of psychological trauma and emotional scars suffered by victims of actual criminal assault, rape, robbery, violence and racism. Combat veterans have recurring nightmares that replay their combat experience.
(3) Most prophetic dreams portend a pending death.
(4) Our conscious mind can only comprehend the tangible world. Our subconscious mind can access a multitude of intangible alternative parallel universes and alternate parallel worlds.
(5) Dreams reflect the constant struggle between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is the active thinking mind. The subconscious mind is the reactive unthinking mind. The thinking mind knows not what is right and what is wrong. It is like a spoiled brat that needs to be constantly disciplined and reprimanded. Ethics, moral principles, honesty, honor, prejudice and hate have to be taught.
(6) Learning is a process of the conscious thinking mind. The subconscious unthinking mind counterbalances the conscious thinking mind.
(7) The conscious mind thinks, communicates and expresses itself with words. It is opinionated, biased and prejudiced.
(8) The subconscious mind does not think and does not use words. It communicates and expresses itself with emotions and images. It has no opinions, no biases and no prejudices.
(9) Telepathy exists in a meditative and dream-like state when the receiver’s conscious mind is reactive and passive.
(10) Dreams in which “conversation” takes place can be interpreted as prophetic or as a “conversation” between the subconscious and the conscious minds in which the subconscious mind “tells” the conscious mind about the emotional state and the inner feelings of the dreamer. (For example, dreaming of going to a lecture by the Dalai Lama and His Holiness comes up and shakes your hand and praises your good work)
(11) Dreams are a psychological self healing mechanism. It maintains psychological and emotional normality (sanity).
(12) Criminals who act out their fantasies of crime like to claim that “a voice” told them to commit crimes. They are acting according to the fantasies of the thinking mind. Since the thinking mind communicates with words, their fantasies are those of the thinking mind, not of the subsconscious mind.
All entries are in alphabetical order. References to alternate worlds, near death experiences, telepathy and various other topics are listed in the index.
The Index is placed here for ease of searching and scrolling.
Alternate home see Home; Alternate life see Futuristic, Regret, Remorse, Sad; Alternate parallel world see Family, Fluent, Harbor, Street, Unreal; Alternate reality see Home; Alternate world see Apartment, Daughter, Home, Homesick, Office, Penthouse, Pier, Port, Return, Taxi, Uncomfortable, Unexpected, Unfamiliar, University, Vacant, Wife; Deja vu see Familiar, Harbor, Recognize; Futuristic and Futuristic World see Flight, Futuristic, Highways, Machinery, Travel, Vehicle; Near Death Experience see Burial, Crash, Drown, Heaven, Hell, Morgue; Numbers see also Dice, Lottery; Prophetic dream see Angel, Children, Clock, Corpse, Dying, Eulogy, Exile, Foretell, Funeral, Girls, Hearse, Howl, Inheritance, Jackpot, Mourning, Obituary, Package, Pigeon, Signature, Speak, Telegram, Tomb, Woman; Prophetic portent see Intrigue; Prophetic subconscious message see Newspaper; Subconscious see Doctor, Document, Farm, Forgive, Guess, Hallucination, Kidnap, Money, Twin; Subconscious admonition see Apparition, Punish, ; Subconscious advice see Generosity; Subconscious communication see Accident, Advice, Artist, Arrogance, Blood, Catastrophe, Catch, Disappointment, Evil, Failure, Fault, Feet, Fiasco, Fictitious, Flaw, Flesh, Flimsy, Flip, Fog, Follower, Forget, Fountain, Friend, Guillotine, Hanging, Heat, Hell, Humility, Hurt, Immodesty, Indecency, Ingratitude, Injury, Inscription, Kill, Magic, Perjury, Refuse, Shame, Trap, Ultimatum; Telepathic announcement and telepathic communication see Horn, Kidnap.
Abacus Dreaming of using this ancient Chinese calculator reflects activity of the conscious mind. The abacus is still used in rural China and Russia, and many Japanese students are still taught how to use it. National abacus compeitions are held annually in Japan.
Abandon, abandonment Abandonment reflects a desire to shed one’s responsibility and change one’s present situation.
Abbey An abbey is a sanctuary and symbolizes a place to hide.
Abduction To be abducted reflects helplessness in confronting a situation. To observe an abduction reflects a fear that one’s accomplishment may be hijacked by others.
Abortion There is a desire to get rid of a burden.
Accident A dream of being in an accident may be a subconscious warning to be cautious.
Accomplice Dreaming of being an accomplice reflects one’s feeling of guilt.
Accusation To be accused reflects one’s feeling of being wronged. To accuse someone indicates a desire to make the truth known and to seek justice.
Address I often dream of walking along city streets in strange cities looking for a particular address. It reflects a mental disposition of searching for something or someone.
Admiration Admiration reflects a sense of longing.
Adrift This dream reflects loneliness, a feeling that one has to fend for himself, and confusion of not knowing what to do. There is no one to provide guidance.
Adultery This reflects one’s sexual desire. The dreamer usually already has an object of his or her illicit desire in mind.
Adventure These are usually pleasant dreams. I often dream of traveling to places where the roads are covered with shiny white snow.
Advice Giving advice reflects one’s conscious desire to help. Advice received in a dream may be advice communicated by the subconscious mind.
Afraid Being afraid is a common feeling of many dreams like crossing a bridge and being afraid of falling.
Aggression This is an emotional release dream.
Airplane Taking or flying an airplane may indicate a desire to get away from daily burden.
Alien Aliens appear in alien abduction dreams.
Alive A dream of being alive reflects a feeling of relief from worry.
Alligator An alligator stays dormant until it suddenly strikes. It provides a false sense of calm and it reflects one’s fear that the present calm may be shattered at any moment. It reflects an inner sense of apprehension.
Altitude Altitude is a measurement, and being aware of it indicates that the dreamer is comparing himself to his peers.
Ambition A dream about ambition may reflect one’s doubt about one’s goals or it may reflect one’s hopes.
Amnesty A dream of amnesty reflects one’s hopefulness.
Amputate A dream of one’s limbs being amputated may indicate an actual contorted sleeping posture that is cramping one’s limbs.
Amulet Amulets reflect nostalgia.
Ancestor Ancestors, according to Chinese dream interpretation, are ancestral spirits who are visiting the realm of the living. They may bring prophetic messages, or they may appear in dreams begging for something. If they come begging for water, that means that they are begging for money they need in the netherworld.
Angel Angels are spiritual guardians. They may appear in prophetic dreams or convey a sense of calm and protectiveness.
Anger This ia an emotional release dream.
Animosity Animosity towards someone may reflect one’s feeling of superiority. A feeling of superiority actually reflects an inferiority complex. Feeling animosity from others reflects our own timidity.
Anniversary Dreaming of an anniversary may reflect activity of the conscious mind.
Antagonism Dreaming of feeling antagonistic is an emotional release dream.
Antiques This may indicate that one is searching for something or it may reflect one’s desire for adventure.
Ants In Chinese dream interpretation, ants and insects represent disease that creep up and overwhelm the body.
Anxiety This is an emotional release dream.
Apartment The dreamer’s feeling about the place is the key to interpreting this dream. It may portend a change, a promotion or relocation. I may also be an intangible place in one’s parallel alternate world where the dreamer may feel strange, scared, curious, comfortable or sad. One may have recurring dreams of visiting or living in the same apartment at another time and place in another world.
Apology This may reflect one’s regret.
Apparition Apparitions, especially scary ones, may be subconscious admonitions. Chinese folklore says that apparitions are evil spirits appearing in our dreams. They may bring warnings.
Apprentice This may reflect a desire to shed the past and start anew.
Aqueduct An aqueduct may symbolize abundance and reflect a sense of security.
Arcade Visiting an arcade reflects a relaxed state of mind.
Archives This may reflect one’s desire to find out the truth.
Arrest Being arrested may reflect one’s feeling of penance.
Arrogance This may be a subconscious reprimand about being arrogant.
Arrow Being hit by an arrow may indicate a fear of being attacked by unknown attackers or being harmed by unknown slanderers, etc.
Arson Seeing an arsonist setting fires reflects one’s suspicion of wrongdoers.
Art The dreamer is seeking comfort in beauty.
Artist This may reflect one’s desire to be creative. It may also be a subconscious reminder that there are other creative solutions.
Assault Being assaulted is a subconscious warning that one may be confronted by an overwhelmingly malicious power. It may also reflect one’s mental trauma and psychological wounds from actual physical assaults suffered as a victim of a real crime or actual verbal abuse suffered by victims of racism.
Asylum This reflects the dreamer’s feeling that he has to contend with the madness surrounding him in real life.
Athlete One feels that one has to compete with others. It also reflects one’s desire for physical exercise which he or she does not have time for in real life.
Audience A desire to be heard is indicated here.
Avalanche Being buried by an avalanche reflects a sense of being overwhelmed.
Aversion Aversion towards strangers, children, unpleasant conditions, someone wearing dirty clothes or excrement reflects one’s desire to distance oneself from obnoxious people and unpleasant situations.
Awaken Dreaming of awakening may be pleasant or unpleasant. A pleasant awakening indicates there is really nothing to worry about. An unpleasant awakening may indicate apprehension.
Award Dreaming of receiving an award reflects one’s desire for recognition.
Awe Being in awe is a pleasant dream that reflects admiration.
Ax An ax symbolizes security.
Baggage Baggage symbolizes heavy responsibilities and psychological burdens.
Balcony A balcony provides a pleasant view. Being on a balcony looking down with a fear of falling may reflect the dreamer’s fear of losing something he or she found pleasant.
Ballroom A ballroom conveys free space and a desire for personal freedom.
Banish A dream of being banished is an emotional reaction to other people’s unfriendliness.
Bankrupt This reflects one’s worry about one’s financial wellbeing.
Banners Multi-colored banners, especially those displayed at Mongolian horsemanship competitions, reflect anticipation.
Banquet This indicates a desire to socialize or that the dreamer is physically hungry.
Bandit Bandits evoke fear and unpredictability. The dream reflects a fear of the unknown.
Bank Banks symbolize wealth and reflect a wish to have it.
Baptism This signifies a spiritual cleansing and renewal.
Bar This reflects one’s desire to seek out amorous fantasies.
Barking Barking dogs warn of pending threat.
Barracks This reflects one’s desire for comradeship.
Barrier A straight forward obstacle dream.
Basement To enter a poorly lit basement in search of a tool or a toy reflects timidity.
Basket A full basket indicates abundance. An empty basket indicates worry.
Bathing Bathing reflects a feeling of aversion and a desire to get rid of one’s feeling of embarrassment and regret.
Battle Seeing a battle reflects one’s feeling of being an observer watching contentious events. Fighting in a battle reflects one’s feeling of struggling against all odds.
Beach This reflects a desire to escape reality.
Beads Prayer beads symbolize calmness and peacefulness.
Beat To beat someone or something is an emotional release dream. Being beaten reflects a feeling of being overwhelmed by current family affairs.
Beauty Beauty evokes joy and reflects a relaxed state of mind.
Beggar Being a beggar indicates one is begging for help.
Behead In a dream of being beheaded, the falling blade may or may not be seen. The dream reflects anxiety and anxious anticipation.
Bell This is a call to awaken the dreamer to a particular realization.
Bereavement Bereavement is often associated with lament in sad dreams or regret for not having done something in real life. It reflects a sense of loss.
Bible This sacred book provides assurance and spiritual comfort.
Bicycle Pushing instead of riding a bicycle indicates exerting effort but progress is slow.
Birds A gathering of birds perched on a line sometimes symbolizes a gathering of spirits.
Birth Birth symbolizes new hope. Dreaming of one’s own birth may indicate a desire to get out of a current situation and to seek freedom and independence.
Bishop Meeting or being a bishop may indicate a desire for authority.
Bite Being bitten, usually by a snake, in dreams reveals a feeling of being trapped and a sense of helplessness.
Black This color is often associated with dreams of walking alone in a strange place or looking for something in the dark. It evokes timidity, apprehension and fear.
Blackbirds The Chinese associate blackbirds with bad luck. They often warn of a pending unpleasant event.
Blackmail A dream of being blackmailed reflects one’s fear of loss.
Blade Blades often appear shiny and evoke a sense of awe.
Blame Being blamed for something one did not do reflects a sense of protest.
Blanket This indicates comfort, relaxation and being protected.
Blaze This evokes a sense of urgency and a feeling that things are out of control. It may reflect one’s feeling of inadequacy in handling a particular situation.
Bleeding The Chinese interpret this as an indication of good fortune. Red is the color of happy occasions like weddings and birthdays and New Year’s celebrations.
Blessing Being blessed by a saint, a deity, the Virgin Mary, Guan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, provides comfort. I once dreamt of being blessed by the Dalai Lama to thank me for all the years of teaching meditation and alternative medicine.
Blind Being blind reflects a feeling of not knowing where to go. It is a cry for help.
Bloat This may indicate the dreamer’s actual need to go to the bathroom.
Blood This may be a subconscious warning to be apprehensive.
Blossom Blossoms indicate comfort, joy and tranquility.
Blue The color blue in dreams indicates melancholy.
Blush This reflects one’s feeling of being exposed and embarrassed.
Boat Being in a small rowboat with no oars, no wind, no waves adrift in the ocean reflects helplessness.
Body A woman’s body either completely or half naked is a sexual fantasy.
Bomb Bombs reflect real battlefield experience. In the 1950s, a classmate served two years on the front lines on Kimoy Island. Chinese Communist artillery would fire cannon shells at set hours across the Taiwan Strait and they would fly overhead making a loud whistling sound. After his military duty, he would whistle loudly in his sleep every night at a fixed time.
Bone Scattered bones reflect a sense of chaos. A flat bed truck that was often seen in a particular neighborhood appeared in a dream of a gardener who took care of one of the properties there. In the dream, the truck was carrying a pile of broken human bodies. Suddenly, a skeleton of a tall, thin Caucasian woman rose from the pile, stepped down from the truck and began walking along the street. The skeleton which had no feet was bent over as it walked on its ankles. It evoked a strong feeling of sadness and sympathy in the dreamer.
Book Seeing a library of books or piles of books reveals one’s curiosity. Reading a book evokes calmness.
Boots Seeing someone approaching in boots evokes caution.
Bowl and ladle Bowls and ladles are often the main features of dreams in Chinese culture. Once I dreamt of my deceased cook appearing in a dream some five years after his death with a ladle in hand begging for water. In Cantonese, water symbolizes money and rice symbolizes sustenance. The Chinese and Vietnamese believe that the dead still need money and mundane things in the netherworld.
Box Boexs symbolize confinement.
Bracelet A bracelet reflects nostalgia and sentimental emotions.
Bread Like rice, it symbolizes sustenance. In Chinese folklore, spirits of the deceased appear in dreams seeking sustenance to support them in the netherworld.
Breast Breasts reflect sexual fantasy.
Bribe A dream of accepting a bribe may indicate that one’s conviction may not be as firm. Refusing to accept a bribe would indicate that one’s will is strong and will not be easily persuaded otherwise.
Bricks Bricks often symbolize burdens.
Bride Being a bride in a dream may reflect a desire for cooperation.
Bride groom This may indicate a call for help.
Brothel Visiting a brothel indicates good fortune in Chinese dream interpretation. It also indicates a desire to release one’s sexual tension.
Bubbles Bubbles represent one’s hopes nad wishes.
Bugs Bugs represent disease in Chinese dream interpretation.
Bull The bull is a phallic symbol.
Burial Witnessing one’s own burial may indicate a near death experience. Witnessing someone else’s burial may indicate a sense of loss.
Burning Seeing one’s own house burning indicates news from afar, according to Chinese dream interpretation. It evokes a sense of helplessness and loss.
Burns Burns may reflect one’s feeling of being psychologically hurt.
Bus I have often dreamt of driving buses from the countryside into the city center bus station as substitute driver. Driving a bus often reflects teaching and giving guidance. Riding a bus may reflect leisure and confidence.
Buttocks Buttocks reveal a desire to release sexual tension.
Cage This reflects a feeling of confinement.
Cannon Hearing cannon firing evokes apprehension. The cannon is also a phallic symbol reflecting sexual desire.
Canoe A canoe conveys loneliness and lonely struggle.
Canyon Being in a deep canyon and feeling lost reflect timidity, loneliness, hopelessness.
Carcass Carcasses indicate the past. They evoke a sense of loss.
Carnations They are a symbol of desire.
Carriage It reflects slow progress. Riding in a carriage indicates leisure.
Castle Castles may reflect a feeling of self aggrandizement.
Catastrophe This may be a subconscious warning of failure.
Catch A dream of catching something reflects one’s hope for success. Dreaming of being caught by the police or soldiers is a subconscious warning.
Cathedral A cathedral may evoke a sense of exaltation or it may be a sanctuary away from the chaos of daily life.
Cave, Cavern A hiding place for some, a place of curiosity and adventure for others, caves and caverns reflect a desire to see what has not been revealed.
Cellar Dreaming of entering a cellar evokes curiosity.
Cemetery This reflects one’s nostalgia. Visiting an eerie cemetery in the dark reflects one’s fear of the unknown.
Ceremony Ceremonies reflect one’s desire for recognition.
Chains Chains indicate confinement and psychological pressure and constraint.
Chameleon Dreaming of a chameleon reflects suspicion and indecision.
Chatter Chatter indicates spreading rumors. It is an admonition of the conscious thinking mind by the subconscious unthinking mind. The subconscious mind is telling the thinking mind to stop mental chatter. The subconscious mind is saying to the thinking mind: “Shut up!”
Cheating Cheating reflects one’s feeling of guilt, regret and sometimes remorse. A dream of being cheated indicates a fear that one’s accomplishments may be taken away by unscrupulous co-workers.
Children Children indicate good omen. However, a procession of children in white uniforms marching down a street with white flowers in their hands is a funeral procession. The dream is a prophetic dream of a pending death of a distant relative or a friend. This dream was related to me by a Mexican friend whose distant uncle passed away after he had this dream.
Chimes Chimes symbolize joy.
Christ A dream of Jesus Christ is a blessing. The dreamer feels he or she is blessed.
Church Attending church evokes awe, serenity, spiritual tranquility and security.
Cinder Cinders may represent souls. Walking on cinders may indicate one’s desire for a daring adventure.
Circle The circle is the I Ching symbol for the universe and it symbolizes satisfaction, completion and fullness in Chinese folklore. It also symbolizes a coming together as in the Buddhist belief in yuan, or fate. There is a Chinese saying: “wu yuan bu xiang shi.” “Without fate, we will never meet.” The Chinese also say that without fate, even neighbors will be strangers. With fate, those who are one thousand li (500 meters or 0.3107 miles) apart will be good friends.
Circus A dream of joining a circus reflects one’s desire to escape reality and boredom.
Cleaning This reflects a desire to sweep away the unpleasant past or one’s unpleasant surroundings and circle of undesirable friends.
Cleavage This is a sexual fantasy of many a young boy.
Clergy Being a member of the clergy reveals a desire to escape and hide.
Climb This reflects mental struggle.
Clock A realization that time is short is a warning that one has wasted away too much time without accomplishment.
It is also a prophetic dream of a pending death. The Chinese firmly believe that one must not give a clock as a gift. It indicates that the giver of the clock wishes the receiver of the gift to die, i.e., to count the time until death. The pending death of this writer’s mother was presaged by a dream my wife had of her mother who had already passed telling her to get a clock as a present. My wife had two dreams about her mother asking her to get a clock as a gift on a Wednesday night and a Thursday night. In the second dream, my wife was told that her mother would return at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to pick up someone. In the dream, my wife asked her mother whom will she pick up? Her mother answered: “Your mother-in-law.” On Saturday, October 26, at 2:30 p.m., 1993, my mother went into a coma. She died a month later.
Clothes, Clothing, Colorful Cloth In Chinese folklore, clothes symbolize wealth and adornment. A change of clothing may indicate a desire to start anew. It may also be a prophetic dream of a change in one’s social life or career.
Clown Being a clown may reveal a desire to please. Watching a clown perform may indicate a desire to escape from daily chores.
Clumsy This reflects one’s fear of messing up in life.
Coat A coat is adornment and may indicate achievement or status.
Cocoon A cocoon reflects a feeling of confinement.
Coins Coins represent wealth and may reflect one’s desire for riches. Seeing a treasure trove of shiny gold coins and being in awe reflect one’s feeling of good fortune in real life.
College Attending or visiting a college, especially one’s alma mater, may be a dream of nostalgia. I have recurring dreams of attending college or being a college student living in the college dorm. In the recurring dreams, I relive college life as if in a parallel world. It is not a feeling of nostalgia. It is more of a deja vu feeling.
Comb , Combing one’s hair Brushing with a comb reflects a desire to get rid of worries that are emotionally draining. A dream of combing one’s hair is also a family “message”. The dreamer woke up in real life with an urge to call her brother. The brother told her that the youngest sister had died a week before in real life.
Complain This is a dream of rebellion.
Confession A confession may reveal remorse, regret, penance and acceptance of guilt.
Confusion This is often expressed as blindness, groping about, being adrift and being alone, etc.
Contentment This feeling is often expressed by beautiful images of scenery, flowers, etc.
Contraband Discovering contraband indicates one’s desire to reveal wrongdoing. Possessing contraband reflects one’s desire to hide something from others. it also reflects a sense of guilt.
Convent This is a hidden sexual desire of a male dreamer who dreams of entering a convent at night. It is a Peeping Tom fantasy. A female dreamer dreaming of entering a convent may reflect a hidden desire to seek refuge and security or a desire to hide from male attention.
Copulate This is a straight forward sexual fantasy.
Corn An ear of corn may be a phallic symbol. When it appears in your dream, you may be having an actual erection in your sleep.
Coronation This reveals a desire for recognition.
Corpse A corpse of a family member evokes a sense of loss and grierf. A corpse of a stranger evokes a sense of curiosity and wonder. A naked female corpse reveals a hidden sexual fantasy. Seeing a corpse may or may not be a scary experience. Sometimes seeing a corpse may be a prophetic dream. Sometimes, one dreams of seeing a corpse of a friend and the next day in real life one sees the friend alive and well and is surprised.
Cosmetics Cosmetics indicate a desire to hide something, to cover up an ugly truth or a feeling of being ugly.
Counting Counting beads or money indicates anticipation.
Cow The sacred white cow of India is a religious symbol and a sign of being blessed. In China and Vietnam, the water buffalo is the beast of burden. This may reflect one’s feeling of having to carry a heavy burden in family life or at work.
Crab Seeing tens of thousands of crabs coming ashore reflects a feeling of being overwhelmed.
Crash Dreaming of being in a crash and coming out alive evokes a sense of being lucky. Dying in a crash and seeing one’s own body lying dead in the rubble is a real near death experience. Seeing a crash from afar is a warning to be cautious.
Crawl This reflects a desire to be stealthy and a feeling that one is still not ready to reveal one’s intentions to others.
Crime Committing a crime in a dream may be a release of anger at being slighted or offended. It may also reflect one’s psychological trauma from a real event.
Cripple A cripple symbolizes feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and embarrassment.
Crocodile These animals show a false sense of inactivity until they strike.
Cross The Holy Cross is a symbol of forgiveness, of penance, of absolving one’s transgressions. It also reflects a desire to beg for forgiveness.
Crossing The dream can be about crossing a river, crossing railroad tracks, crossing a street, etc. The Chinese regard these dreams as crossing a threshold. The Chinese celebrate their 59th, 69th, 79th, 89th and 99th birthdays as their 60th, 70th, 80th and 100th birthdays because the Chinese age count starts with one-year old at time of birth, counting the full term 9-month pregnancy as the first year of a person’s life in the womb. Thus a person at 69 will celebrate the passing of a threshold to start a new decade of life. It is curious but many people die within one to three months either before their birthday or after their birthday.
Crow A black bird the Chinese believe brings bad luck.
Crowd Curiosity or a sense of being rushed along.
Crown A desire for recognition.
Crucifix Penance and a desire for forgiveness. Some people actually cry in their sleep when they dreamt of the Crucifix.
Cry, Crying Crying in dreams releases pent up emotion.
Crystal The image of a crystal, a treasure trove of crystals, or a curtain of crystals, indicates a feeling of purity, focus, a mind without stray thoughts or worries.
Cubicle A cubicle symbolizes confinement.
Dagger Holding a dagger may indicate one’s resolve. Seeing a dagger in someone’s hand evokes caution.
Dam Seeing water rushing down from the floodgates indicates that all worries are being released.
Dance This reflects a desire to socialize.
Danger Sensing danger evokes apprehension.
Darkness Darkness reflects confusion, timidity, loneliness and indecision.
Daughter I often dream of my daughters in my alternate world dreams. In one travel dream, I was told that someone wanted to meet me. A double door opened and to my surprise, it was one of my daughters. And depending on whether “conversation” took place or not, this dream may reflect self consciousness, remorse, regret, or an apologetic feeling of the dreamer in real life.
Dawn Dawn indicates renewal and a fresh start.
Dead The dead in a dream, according to Chinese folklore, represent spirits of the dead that have not ascended. Dreaming of the dead coming alive may indicate that the spirits of the dead are roaming about in the netherworld and entering the spirit world that surrounds the living.
Deafness A handicap and a temporary setback, it forces one to beg for help. To dream of being deaf may indicate the dreamer’s desire to shun unfriendly people in real life.
Death One’s own death indicates good fortune and reacting to it with aversion indicates a belief in one’s invincibility according to Chinese folklore. Seeing one’s own death in a dream may turn out to be a real near death experience. It depends on whether the dream of one’s own death includes moving towards a white light at the end of a skyward tunnel and how the dreamer actually felt in the dream.
Debt A sense of obligation.
Decay Something rotten evokes aversion and an urge to get away from it. It may reflect a desire to diassociate oneself from unfriendly people or co-workers or undesirable friends in real life.
Decorate This reflects a desire to start anew or to cover up an unpleasant past.
Deer A deer is a majestic animal that evokes awe.
Defend To defend oneself in a dream evokes alertness, apprehension, or an assertion of feeling “I am right.”
Defiance A dream of being defiant is an emotional release dream.
Deform Seeing a deformed body may indicate actual pain or discomfort.
Delay This reflects frustration and anxiety.
Delirium Being delirious reflects mental chaos.
Demolish, Destroy, Destruction These reflect a desire to get rid of the past.
Depart This reflects a desire to leave the current situation behind and start anew.
Dereliction, Desolation These may be a warning of one’s dereliction of duties in real life, an admonition by the subconscious mind of the conscious mind’s way of thinking.
Desert (n) This reflects loneliness, hardship, seeking help that is not forthcoming.
Desertion This indicates a desire to escape from the present unpleasant situation in real life.
Desire This reflects one’s hidden desires.
Desk A messy desk reflects a feeling of chaos.
Despair This reflects a feeling of hopelessness and disillusionment in real life.
Detour A detour indicates one’s wish to overcome an obstacle in real life.
Diamonds Diamonds evoke pleasure, awe and surprise.
Dice If no numbers are seen, it reflects a feeling of “Come what may.”
Dictionary This is a dream of searching and seeking a direction.
Die, Dying Dreaming of oneself dying reflects a desire to give up. Seeing a family member, a distant relative or a friend dying indicates that the dreamer has been thinking about them in real life.
Dike A dike symbolizes an obstacle and confinement.
Dirt Dirt may evoke aversion and a desire to wash it off.
Disappearance To realize that something or someone has disappeared evokes a feeling of apprehension.
Disappointment This is a subconscious warning not to be too hopeful and against wishful thinking.
Disaster Seeing a disaster evokes apprehension. Being in one is a release of a multitude of pent up emotions.
Discipline This is a warning to exercise discipline in real life.
Discoloration This may reflect one’s feeling of loss.
Discover This reflects a new realization or a wish fulfilled.
Disdain, Disgust, Contempt As in aversion, these feelings reflect a desire to stay away from some unpleasant situation in real life.
Disease Disease evokes caution.
Disfigure Seeing a disfigured face may evoke aversion and apprehension. It may reflect one’s fear of seeing the truth.
Disgrace Being disgraced reflects one’s feeling of extreme embarrassment.
Disguise This reflects one’s desire to hide one’s true feelings.
Dishonest A dream of being dishonest reflects one’s desire to hide some inner feeling.
Disinfect This reflects a desire to get rid of troubling thoughts.
Disobedience This reflects rebelliousness.
Disorder As in chaos, disorder evokes a feeling of being bogged down, not being able to find or obtain what one wants immediately. One may have such a dream after having to go through a lot of red tape dealing with the government bureaucracy.
Dispute As in a quarrel or an argument, a dispute releases one’s pent up tension, anxiety and emotional stress.
Distress It is a reflection of frustration if one dreams of being in distress.
Distrust Distrust reflects doubts.
Disturbance Disturbance evokes alertness and apprehension.
Ditch This symbolizes a trap and is a warning against failure or misstep. It represents a fear of failure.
Dive This is a dream of searching.
Divorce This indicates a desire to get rid of frustration and one’s unpleasant surroundings. It may also reflect one’s real desire for a divorce.
Dock It may reflect a desire to go on an adventure, a longing for something, or a longing to go somewhere better, where the dreamer believes the “grass is greener”.
Doctor This may indicate a subconscious concern for one’s health.
Document A dream of a document may be a subconscious way to offer proof of something, and to get rid of doubt.
Dogs Dogs provide companionship. Barking dogs may symbolize a warning.
Dolls Pleasant looking dolls provide comfort, but ugly dolls evoke fear. The Chinese term for a doll is yang wa wa (yang, ocean, i.e., foreign, wa wa, baby)
Dollar Dollar bills indicate wealth.
Dome This may reflect one’s feeling of confinement and limitation.
Donation donations reflect generosity and sympathy.
Dolphin A free swimming creature may symbolize a desire for freedom.
Donkey It may reflect stubbornness.
Door New opportunities are indicated by a dream of doors.
Doorbell One becomes apprehensive when a doorbell rings.
Doubt To douobt is to distrust. It may reflect conscious doubt.
Dove A white or grey one evokes peacefulness and hope.
Dragon A man dreams about a dragon emerging from under a desk. This reflects one’s desire to emerge from one’s boring desk job. The dragon indicates that the dreamer believes his talent and his abilities are not being fully utilized and that they are beyond what his colleagues and bosses give him credit for. In Chinese folklore, the dragon represents the Heaven, emperor and thus wealth and power. There is a Chinese term bian tian lung (a change of sky dragon). It refers to a Heaven-mandated revolutionary leader who will lead the people in revolt to topple a dynasty.
Drawbridge A drawbridge may symbolize a perceived obstacle that is worth the risk crossing.
Dress Dresses are adornments and reflect new found confidence.
Drifting This reflects one’s feeling of stagnation and not knowing what to do.
Driving Driving a bus or a car that flies is a frequent dream of mine. I seem to always drive a bus as substitute driver in my recurring dreams. In another dream, I dreamt of the San Francisco Bay Area of the future, where rows of factories and smokestacks dot the Oakland landscape while San Francisco is a residential community and San Rafael is a commercial center of the Bay Area. I was driving a car. As I speeded up on the entry ramp to the freeway that goes over and across the Bay, wings extended from my car, much like the car in the Dick van Dyke movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and I flew over the Bay looking down.
Drought A dream of suffering and wondering how to survive reflects one’s worries.
Drown This is a common theme. It evokes a feeling of being overwhelmed, helplessness, fear, panic, and sometimes, it is a real near death experience. A woman had a recurring dream on several consecutive Saturday mornings of seeing her young children drown. However, all of her children are already adults and do not live with her. She went to her Catholic church and prayed for an answer to the dream. She did not get any answer but after her prayer, the recurring dream stopped. I asked her if her neighbor had a young child. She said yes. This dream may indicate that some mishap might happen to the neighbor’s child. It may also be a simple non-prophetic dream of the women’s concern for her adult children.
Drugs This reveals a hidden desire to seek a remedy or resolution to an unpleasant problem.
Drums Hearing drums in a distance evokes curiosity.
Drunk Seeing a drunk may evoke aversion. Dreaming of being drunk reflects a sense of a loss of control.
Dry Feeling the dryness of the desert may indicate a slight fever. Seeing a dried up stream may reflect worries about one’s dwindling financial resources.
Duck Salted duck and pressed duck are tasty delicacies and Peking duck is a famous Chinese dish served at banquets. It symbolizes good fortune, wealth and prosperity. It may also indicate the dreamer is actually hungry.
Duel A dream about a duel is a release of one’s pent up emotion.
Dungeon This reflects one’s feeling of curiosity, timidity and apprehension.
Dusk This may reflect dwindling hope, a realization that some event is ending, a desire for a particular situation to pass and a hope for a new situation to arise.
Dust Blinding dust indicates hindrance.
Dwarf Seeing dwarfs evokes curiosity and may also evoke aversion. Dreaming of being a dwarf reflects one’s feeling of inadequacy among friends.
Dying Dreaming of oneself dying reflects a desire to shed one’s responsibility. Seeing someone else dying may be a prophetic dream of a pending death.
Eagle Seeing an eagle soaring in the air indicates a desire for freedom.
Earrings This is a dream of nostalgia.
Ears Noticing someone’s ears reveals one’s apprehension about being heard or about some secret being revealed.
Earth Seeing the earth from space may be accompanied by a sense of floating in space. It indicates a desire for freedom. It is actually a very pleasant and tranquil feeling.
Earthquake Dreaming of being in an earthquake may reflect a feeling of being trapped. It may also indicate a real earthquake is occurring.
Eating A dream of eating often evokes a feeling of satisfaction and comfort. Of course, it may also indicate that the dreamer is actually hungry.
Eclipse An eclipse evokes a feeling of awe and some apprehension.
Eden The Celestial Garden is a place of awe and wonder and reflects curiosity.
Eggs Eggs indicate abundance and wealth. To the Chinese, the shape of an egg symbolizes fullness and new birth. In Mandarin, the character meaning an egg (dan, chicken egg is ji dan) and the character meaning birth (dan sheng, is born) are pronounced the same way.
Elephants They symbolize wealth and good fortune. An angry elephant portends risk.
Elevator I have often dreamt of waiting for an elevator of a grand hotel and riding elevators to the top floor of a grand hotel. In many recurring dreams, I dreamt of riding an elevator that became a trolley running on roof tops from the grand hotel to other buildings, taking me to shops and banks and other large office buildings. In several other dreams, the trolley went directly to a big airport where I dreamt of taking an international flight.
Embarrassment Embarrassment may reflect one’s regrets about sticking one’s neck out or over reacting to a situation or about one’s inappropriate behavior in real life.
Embezzle This reflects opportunistic thoughts and greediness.
Embrace This reveals a desire for companionship. It may also be a sexual fantasy.
Embroidery Elegant clothing symbolizes adornment and wealth.
Emerald A valuable gem stone, it symbolizes wealth and high social status.
Employment This may be a prophetic indication of getting a job or a change of employment. It may also indicate a wish for new employment. It reflects a feeling of wanting to escape from one’s present job in real life.
Enemy Being aware of one’s enemy evokes alertness and apprehension.
Engagement This may reflect one’s feeling of happiness.
Enjoyment This reflects one’s emotionally relaxed state of mind.
Entangle Being entangled reflects confinement and helplessness.
Entrance An entrance may indicate a new beginning and new hope.
Epitaph An epitaph without inscription may indicate a pending death.
Eruption A volcanic eruption evokes apprehension and an urge to escape.
Escalator It may reflect one’s feeling of successfully climbing up the corporate ladder.
Escape This is a dream advising caution.
Eulogy This may be a prophetic dream of a pending death.
Evacuate This reveals a desire for change.
Evaporate To see something evaporate may be a realization that good times do not last.
Evil To sense evil is a subconscious warning to be cautious.
Exchange This dream indicates a desire for change.
Excrement Being covered by, dirty with, or stepping in excrement indicates good fortune and wealth according to Chinese folklore. Excrement symbolizes gold for their similar color.
Execution A dream of being executed may be a warning about failure. Seeing someone being executed may reveal a hidden desire to get rid of one’s rival.
Exile Being exiled or being in exile may be a prophetic dream of losing one’s job or a change of employment. It may also reflect a feeling of being out of favor at work or being driven out by a conspiratorial colleague in real life.
Exploration This is a dream of curiosity.
Extravagance This reflects one’s confidence.
Eyes Seeing staring eyes evokes apprehension. Chinese folklore has it that prying eyes in dreams are those of evil spirits or of those who wish to harm.
Face Seeing faces of strangers may reveal loneliness. Seeing familiar faces may portend a death or that a family member may be gravely ill. A face in a dream often indicates an announcement according to Chinese dream interpretation.
Factory A dream about working in a factory seems to be a parallel world dream in which the dreamer has a slightly different but mostly similar life. This is a very familiar dream to me. In my parallel dreams, I feel very comfortable but on occasion in the dream I would realize that something is a bit different with my real life. One such realization was that in my dream, I was a factory worker while in real life I have never worked in any factory environment.
Failure A dream of failure may be a subconscious warning.
Fairy Fairies bring good tidings.
Fake Realizing something is fake in a dream indicates doubt.
Faith Dreaming about having faith reflects one’s determination and confidence in real life.
Fall A classical dream of falling is crossing a bridge with a fear of falling into the water below. The dream ends with one falling and falling but not hitting bottom. It is a common children’s dream. It may reflect a child’s wish for intimacy and a show of love from parents. The child’s dream may reflect his or her feeling of wanting more parental attention.
False Realizing some statement is false reflects one’s sense of justice.
Falsify Dreaming of falsifying something indicates a desire to hide the truth.
Fame Enjoying fame reflects emotional contentment.
Familiar Familiarity of a person, a place or a thing evokes deja vu. Often, a deja vu experience can be traced back to a dream.
Family I have had many dreams about family. In one dream, I was driving in the countryside on a snow covered road. I stopped at a restaurant and was told that a stranger wanted to meet me. I waited and then a sliding door opened and my real life daughter appeared asking me in a reprimanding voice: “Do you recognize me?” In another dream, I drove on the same road covered with snow to a restaurant with my family. After parking the car, I carried my mother who was in a wheelchair down a flight of stairs into a basement dining room. At the time of the dream, my mother had already passed but near the end of her real life, she was wheelchair bound. In a third dream, I was driving an eighteen wheeler big rig inside huge office buildings, up and down the hilly city streets of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Park to Chinatown and down to Fisherman’s Wharf. My two daughters whom I had not seen for some time in the dream met me in a park. I felt I was living a different life in this alternate parallel world.
Famine Dreaming of a famine reveals one’s fear of misfortune.
Famous Dreaming of being famous or of meeting someone famous reveals a desire to seek recognition.
Fanfare This reveals a desire to show off.
Fangs Fangs symbolize a threat.
Fantasy Having a fantasy in a dream reveals a desire to escape one’s harsh reality.
Far Being aware that one must travel far may indicate that the dreamer’s wish may not be that close at hand.
Farce A farce indicates disbelief.
Fare There are obligations (fare, fee, payment) to be fulfilled before further progress can be made.
Farewell This reflects a sense of loss and lament.
Farm In a class on meditation and focusing given to a group of dowsers, I told them to close their eyes and think of anything they wanted. Then I mentally projected an image of a bright red sun. Some visualized a bright sun over a beach. One student in particular saw a large farm with a giant red circle on the ground. The student dismissed the mental image but remained curious as to why an image of a big red circle would appear in his thoughts about a farm. I explained that he received my mental projection. Their mental imagery was a dream-like image. The big red sun and the giant red circle that appeared in their minds were the results of subconsciously receiving my mental projection of the image of a bright red sun.
Fastidious Being fastidious reveals insecurity.
Fat Being fat reveals a fear of being fat and reflects one’s worries about one’s physical appearance.
Fate Recognizing fate in a dream may indicate one’s feeling of resignation or contentment with the current situation in real life.
Father The conventional interpretation says that a dream about one’s father pertains to business affairs and a dream about one’s mother pertains to love. To me, a dream about one’s father is a nostalgic memory. Adults who had a rather strict father during childhood may dream of their fathers with a feeling of longing to be in his presence as in childhood.
Fatigue Feeling fatigued in a dream may indicate actual physical exhaustion.
Fault Finding fault as well as being faulted may be subconscious warnings to the conscious mind about its (the thinking mind’s) folly.
Favorite Dreaming of having a favorite thing or seeing a favorite person reflects longing.
Fear Fear occurs frequently in dreams. It is usually a release of pent up emotions like anxiety, apprehension, etc. In recurring dreams of actual traumatic events, it may serve as a release of emotions associated with a psychological trauma caused by the actual event.
Feast A feast indicates abundance and reflects one’s confidence.
Feathers Multi-colored feathers reflect the multiple states of one’s emotions.
Feel Being especially aware of the feeling of touch may indicate a longing to be touched in real life. It may also revel a sexual fantasy.
Feet Being aware of one’s own feet may be a subconscious reminder to take care of one’s feet, according to classical Chinese dream interpretation. A phantom limb is an often painful sensation of the presence of a limb that has been amputated. Seeing other people’s feet, especially women’s feet or pretty feet of a man, is a sexual fantasy.
Females Females in dreams may be one’s own deceased mother, a female relative, one’s own daughters, a female secretary, a female nurse, a female teacher or strange women. Chinese folklore says that the spirit of a deceased mother occasionally comes into one’s dream to see how the surviving family members are doing. Men may dream of their daughters and feel remorse or regret. Sexual fantasies are often about one’s female secretary, a female nurse, a maid, and in dreams of puppy love and teacher’s pet, the female teacher is often the desirous sexual fantasy. Seeing a group of strange women reflects one’s hidden desire to seek female companionship.
Ferocious Being aware of a ferocious animal reflects apprehension. I dreamt of watching a rabid dog growling at the end of a street once.
Fervor Being aware of one’s fervor reflects enthusiasm and excitement.
Festival Seeing or attending a festival indicates a relaxed mental state. I have had many dreams of going to the fair.
Fetching This is a straight forward reflection of searching for something.
Fetish In sexual fantasies, certain parts of a woman’s body like her thighs, her feet, her buttocks, her large breasts may be particularly prominent.
Feud As in dreams about quarrels, arguments, shouting matches, feuding reflects the contention between the conscious and the subconscious minds.
Fever Dreaming of having a fever may indicate a real fever.
Fickle Being fickle in a dream may reflect one’s anxiety and worries and lack of self confidence.
Fictitious Recognizing something fictitious may be a subconscious warning.
Fiddle To dream of fiddling about may reflect boredom. To dream of playing the fiddle may be a revelation of a desire to do something creative.
Fidget Fidgeting reveals nervousness, anxiety and impatience.
Fields Seeing and walking in fields evoke a feeling of being free.
Fight Fighting reflects a sense of struggle.
Filling Filling something indicates a desire for accomplishment.
Find To find something reflects searching. Something found indicates a sense of accomplishment.
Finicky Being finicky may reflect anxiety and insecurity.
Finish Finishing a race or finishing a painting reflects a sense of accomplishment.
Fire Seeing one’s own house on fire may presage an urgent appeal for financial help from relatives. A lady dreamt that her house was on fire and the bedroom where her daughter used to sleep in was burning. The next day, her daughter in real life called to ask for money.
Fish Fish are symbols of prosperity and abundance in Chinese folklore.
Fixation Dreams of fixation often occur as sexual fantasies.
Flabbergasted Being flabbergasted reveals frustration and anxiety.
Flabby Feeling flabby is a warning of actual weight gain.
Flag Seeing multi-colored flags reflects one’s sense of achievement.
Flakes Seeing snow flakes without feeling cold indicates a relaxed state of mind and a sense of leisure.
Flamboyant Dreaming of being flamboyant reveals a desire to be flamboyant and to show off.
Flashing A dream about flashing one’s body is a sexual fantasy. Seeing something flashing or seeing lights flashing is a subconscious warning.
Flat Being aware of a flat expanse of land or desert reveals a desire to escape from a congested world.
Flavor Being aware of the flavor of something may indicate actual hunger.
Flaw Being aware of a flaw may be a subconscious warning.
Fleece A fleece symbolizes wealth and power in many cultures.
Flesh Seeing animal flesh in a dream is a subconscious indication not to worry about one’s livelihood. Seeing the flesh of a woman is a sexual fantasy.
Flight Dreaming of being in flight and soaring in the sky indicates a desire to be free of one’s daily routine. I often dream of being in flight, flying high over San Francisco Bay in a futuristic world. San Francisco in this futuristic world is a residential community. The City of Oakland across the Bay is a newly built industrial city with domed factories and no air pollution. Cars have wings and can fly and they can also submerge and travel like submarines under water.
Flimsy Realizing something flimsy is a subconscious warning that reflects one’s feeling of uncertainty.
Fling This is a sexual fantasy. Sexual fantasies release one’s sexual tension.
Flip To flip something over may be a subconscious warning to look at the flip side of what the conscious mind has been thinking about.
Flirt Flirting reveals one’s amorous desires and the pursuit of a sexual fantasy.
Float Floating indicates a relaxed state of mind. In my meditation class, a visualization exercise is floating in the ocean or floating in the swimming pool. The objective is to feel how it feels to float and be weightless.
Flock Overseeing a flock of animals reveals a desire to rebel against having to constantly follow other people’s orders.
Flood Floods indicate a sense of being overwhelmed.
Flow Seeing water flow is a release of one’s anxieties and tensions. It may also indicate a real urge to urinate.
Flower Flowers indicate a relaxed state of mind and contentment.
Fluent Students learning a foreign language in real life often will speak in their dreams. Professional translators and interpreters switch between languages fluently. To them, switching between languages is not a translation process. It is a process of re-expressing something with a different phonetic and grammar system. In dreams of alternate parallel worlds, one may be speaking a different language as mother tongue and not realize it until one wakes up from the dream to wonder what language was one speaking in the dream. A student who was learning German spoke German in his dream but when he was awake, he could not speak German. Some people will speak several different languages in their dreams and wake up wondering which language they were speaking. Sometimes one wakes up knowing which language was spoken in the dream.
Flying I often dream of flying like a bird looking down over San Francisco Bay. It evokes a feeling and a desire to be free.
Foe Dreams of one’s foe evokes apprehension. It may also be a subconscious warning.
Fog This may be a subconscious warning that one is not seeing the true situation clearly.
Follower Being a follower is a subconscious warning to beware of being swindled and a warning not to blindly follow some wild scheme.
Food A dream of food may indicate real hunger.
Forbid Being forbidden to see or do something reflects curiosity.
Forced Being forced to do something is a dream of rebellion. It reflects one’s unwillingness.
Foreign language Dreaming of studying a foreign language reflects a desire to do something different. Dreaming of speaking a foreign language one is currently learning in real life is a subliminal activity of the mind. Dreaming of reading in a foreign language reflects one’s curiosity.
Foreigner Seeing foreigners reveals apprehension, curiosity and loneliness.
Forest Being lost in a forest reveals a sense of loss, timidity and apprehension.
Foretell This may be a prophetic dream.
Forget A dream of forgetting something is a subconscious reminder.
Forgive The subconscious is telling the conscious mind to let go of a grudge.
Forum This reveals one’s desire to express one’s opinion.
Fountain This may be a subconscious reminder that new and abundant resources are available at one’s disposal.
Fowl Fowl indicates a multitude of hopeful opportunities.
Fox A fox evokes apprehension. Being pursued by a fox may indicate that a scheming co-worker may be working against you.
Fracture This may be a dream of caution.
Fragment This reflects disorder and may indicate that a firm decision should not be made immediately.
Fragrance To smell the fragrance of flowers reflects a relaxed state of mind. To smell the fragrance of perfume is a dream of nostalgia and longing.
Frailty This is a warning of one’s health. It may reflect actual physical frailty of the dreamer.
Frantic This is a dream of releasing anxiety.
Fraud Being aware of fraud reveals a desire to know the truth.
Freedom A dream about freedom is an escape dream.
Freeze This indicates hindrance and advises patience.
Frenzy Being in a frenzy reveals one’s anxiety.
Freshness This reveals a refreshed state of mind.
Friar A friar symbolizes anonymity and a desire to be anonymous.
Friction Friction, polemical or otherwise reveals a clash of the conscious and the subconscious minds. Dreaming of physical friction is a sexual fantasy.
Friend Dreaming of someone as a friend is a subconscious warning to be less trusting.
Frigid Dreaming of a frigid woman is a sexual fantasy.
Frog Frogs symbolize abundance in Chinese folklore.
Frolic This indicates a relaxed state of mind.
Frozen This is an indication that things may not proceed as quickly as the conscious mind thinks.
Frustration A dream of frustration is an emotional release of such a feeling. Only the conscious thinking mind generates the feeling of frustration and anxiety.
Fugitive Being a fugitive in a dream reveals a desire to escape from stress.
Fumes Fumes evoke apprehension.
Funeral Funeral dreams are prophetic dreams of a pending death.
Futility A feeling of futility indicates frustration.
Futuristic I often dream of living in a futuristic world in which I live my imaginary life in a parallel world. The conscious mind recognizes only the real world as we know it. The subconscious mind is not bound by this one reality. To dream of a parallel world, certain facts of our real lives are altered and an alternate life emerges in our dreams.
Gallows This is a dream of caution.
Gambling This reveals one’s opportunistic desires and greed.
Gang I have on a few occasions dreamt of being pursued by gangs of thugs. It may reflect an inner fear of and an aversion to such a situation in real life.
Garbage Garbage reflects disorganization and chaos.
Garden Walking in a garden indicates a relaxed state of mind.
Gargoyle Gargoyles are guardians. Chinese Buddhist and Taoist temples have fierce looking guardian deities painted on the two panels of the temple gates to ward off evil spirits and they appear in dreams.
Garland This reflects one’s desire to be recognized, honored and celebrated.
Gate Gates lead to new adventures, new opportunities and parallel worlds and parallel universes.
Gathering A family gathering reflects one’s conscious thoughts of one’s family.
Geese Geese are considered to be less majestic swans. Both augur good tidings.
Gems Gems represent wealth.
Generosity Generosity is a subconscious advice to be more forgiving.
Genitals They reflect one’s sexual tension and fantasies.
Ghetto I dreamt of visiting a ghetto in a parallel world. Dreams of ghettos may evoke curiosity and sympathy.
Ghost In Chinese folklore, ghosts are evil spirits that come from the netherworld.
Giant Giants may represent an overwhelming emotion or psychological burden.
Gift In Chinese folklore, giving a clock as a gift means that the gift giver wishes the person receiving the gift to die. It also indicates that the receiver of the clock as a gift will die in real life. Therefore the Chinese do not give a clock as a gift. It is also taboo in the dream world.
Girls Seeing girls in white dresses holding white flowers in a funeral procession is a prophetic dream of a pending death. Seeing girls playing in the park evokes a feeling of peace and a happy family life. However, the same scene of girls playing in the park may evoke nostalgia and melancholy if the dreamer realizes that his or her daughters are among the girls playing.
Glamor This reveals one’s desire for recognition.
Globe Seeing a globe indicates a desire to travel. Seeing a sphere or a ball reveals one’s belief that things will go well. The sphere represents the universe. In Chinese folklore, anything that is spherical is a good symbol indicating successful completion of a task or a wish. A spherical object is also a Buddhist symbol of the Wheel (Circle, cycle) of Reincarnation.
Gloves Gloves reveal a desire to hide one’s handicap.
Glow Seeing something glowing reflects curiosity.
Glutton Being a glutton in a dream may be a warning of becoming one. It may also be a subconscious warning that reflects one’s fear of being fat, i.e., an inner fear of obesity.
Goat In Chinese folklore, the goat is a phallic symbol. The pronunciation of the characters for “sun”, “goat”, “being male”, are all yang.
God A dream of God evokes a sense of peace, confidence and exaltation. It is also considered a blessing.
Gossip Hearing gossip may be a warning of vicious rumors.
Grace Being aware of gracefulness evokes admiration and contentment.
Graduation A graduation dream indicates satisfactory completion of a task.
Grandparents According to Chinese folklore, dreaming of deceased grandparents means their spirits are visiting.
Gratitude This indicates one’s feeling of thankfulness.
Grave, Gravestone An empty grave or a gravestone in a dream may signify a pending death.
Green Green evokes a feeling of peace and tranquility.
Grief In dreams, grief is accompanied often by remorse.
Grindstone, Millstone These ancient tools reflect emotional stress.
Groan Groaning is often audible while the dreamer is groaning in the dream.
Grope Groping in the dark reflects a mental state of searching and confusion.
Grow Seeing things grow reflects a feeling of accomplishment.
Guard Guarding one’s children or family in a dream reflects apprehension.
Guess Guessing is a subconscious way to express doubt.
Guest Dreaming of guests reflects a desire for companionship. Dreaming of guests who are strangers reflects curiosity.
Guide, Guidance Providing guidance reflects self confidence. Being guided or seeking guidance indicates a search for answers.
Guillotine Seeing a guillotine reflects a morbid curiosity. Being under a guillotine to be beheaded may be a subconscious warning not to be too stubborn.
Guilt A dream of feeling guilty may be a dream of emotional release.
Guitar This musical instrument may indicate a desire for solitude.
Gulf Looking at a gulf from the seashore and feeling the sea breeze reflect one’s emotional tranquility.
Gun Handguns reflect one’s psychological and emotional trauma resulting from being a real life victim of an armed robbery or being shot at. People who have seen combat have dreams featuring rifles and handguns.
Guru Meeting a guru, like meeting a religious or political figure, indicates pride of achievement.
Hairpin One of the more common dreams of the Chinese is seeing a hairpin. A shiny hairpin augurs good fortune and the birth of a son according to traditional Chinese dream interpretation.
Hallway Walking down an endless hallway is a common dream. It reflects one’s anxiety about not being able to see an end concerning some present day matter.
Hallucination Hallucinations in dreams may be reactions of the subconscious to stimuli.
Halo A halo symbolizes sainthood and represents virtue, integrity and wisdom. It may reflect a self congratulatory and self glorifying feeling.
Hammer A hammer represents hard work and may reflect a sense of struggling.
Hammock It reflects relaxation.
Hands Seeing hands may indicate poor circulation in the hands, according to traditional Chinese dream interpretation.
Handcuffs They reflect a feeling of being limited and hindered.
Hanging Dreaming of being the victim of a hanging is a subconscious warning.
Harbor Harbors feature in many travel dreams. The dreamed harbor may be familiar to the dreamer but exists only in an alternate parallel world. This often evokes a deja vu feeling.
Hare, Rabbit White rabbits represent innocence and joy.
Harem A harem reflects one’s sexual fantasy.
Harmony This reflects one’s emotional state of mind.
Harp The harp indicates exaltation.
Harvest This indicates abundance and the absence of worries.
Haste Haste evokes a sense of urgency and reflects one’s anxiety.
Hat In ancient Chinese culture, the hat represents adulthood and professional achievement.
Hate This is a conscious feeling of rebellion, aversion and fear of the unknown, usually of strangers.
Hawk It may reflect one’s feeling of being preyed upon.
Hatchet A hatchet is a farm tool and a weapon. It is a confidence booster.
Hay, Haystack Hay and a haystack provide a place to hide.
Head Seeing a head that seems to be alive reflects apprehension.
Hearse Seeing a hearse in a funeral procession may be a prophetic dream of a pending death.
Heat Being aware of extreme heat from the sun may be a conscious indication of a slight fever.
Heaven Dreaming of going to Heaven or being in awe at the realization that one is in Heaven may indicate a near death experience or it may be a travel dream.
Heavy Being aware of something heavy reflects one’s feeling about one’s burdens and responsibilities.
Heckling Being aware of heckling evokes apprehension.
Heels Heels indicate a sexual fantasy.
Height Being aware of height in a dream evokes a sense of awe. It may be a recurring dream of those suffering from a fear of heights.
Hell Going to Hell or visiting Hell may be a near death experience or a subconscious reprimand telling the conscious thinking mind: “Go to Hell!”
Help Asking for help in a dire situation in a dream reflects one’s cry for urgent help. Children who feel helpless dream of asking for help. It reflects their need for help from their unresponsive parents. This may be a psychological indication of children who have been neglected by their parents.
Hemorrhage This may be an escape dream that reflects one’s desire to escape from daily stress.
Hen A hen symbolizes the household and the family. It reflects a sense of domestic comfort.
Hermit Being a hermit reflects one’s desire for solitude.
Hero, Heroine Dreaming of being a hero or heroine reflects one’s desire for recognition.
Hide This may reflect one’s feeling of embarrassment.
Highways Highways are major features in traveling dreams in futuristic worlds.
Hills Seeing faraway hills reflects a mental state of tranquility.
Hiss Hearing hissing in a dream evokes a sense of caution.
Hit Dreaming of hitting someone is an emotional release from frustration.
Hitchhiking Hitchhiking often occurs in travel dreams.
Hole Looking down a dark hole and unable to see the bottom evokes curiosity and apprehension.
Home A dream of one’s home is a comfort dream. This dream often seems to be in another reality, a parallel world where not all things are exactly the same as those in one’s real world. I often wonder if this is an alternate reality in an alternate world that exists only in our subconscious mind and inaccessible to our conscious mind. The same alternate home dream is often a recurring dream.
Homesick Feeling homesick reflects one’s conscious feeling of being homesick. One may also feel homesick for a home in an alternate world.
Honor Being honored in a dream reflects one’s desire to be recognized.
Hood A hood hides one’s face and reveals one’s feeling of embarrassment, shyness, social inadequacy or a desire to hide the truth.
Hope A feeling of hope is often accompanied by images of dawn and sunshine. It is a dream of comfort and may reflect one’s conscious mental state of hopefulness.
Horizon Seeing the horizon at dusk or dawn evokes awe and tranquility. It reflects the current emotional state of mind of the dreamer.
Horn Horns sounding in the distance may be a telepathic announcement of news.
Horoscope Reading one’s horoscope in a dream indicates the conscious mind’s search for answers. The subconscious mind expresses itself with images and emotions and often symbols of the horoscope appear directly in dreams to provide guidance or portent.
Horror A feeling of horror is a warning to be cautious. It may also reflect an ugly repressed memory of an actual criminal assault.
Horse A horse represents strength, beauty and is a phallic symbol. Dreaming of riding a horse reflects one’s desire to escape from stress.
Howl Hearing howling in a dream evokes apprehension. It may be a prophetic dream of a pending death. In the countryside in China, dogs howl at night when someone in the village dies. One night in San Francisco in 1981, all the dogs in the Sunset District started howling. The following morning, the next door neighbor informed us that her husband died last night of a heart attack.
Humility Being humiliated in a dream may be a subconscious warning to be more humble.
Hunger Dreaming of being hungry may indicate real hunger. A 63-year-old man dreamt that he was 14 years old living in a two-story wooden house. His mother was upswtairs cooking. He was playing downstairs in the garden. He felt hungry and he knew that mother was cooking dinner. He waited for mother to finish cooking and to tell him dinner was ready. He waited and waited. He saw mother come downstairs so he walked by her and expected her to call him in for dinner. Mother walked by but did not say anything to him. He wondered why, so he turned to mother and said: “So you are not going to give me dinner?” He then woke up from his dream feeling hungry. In this case, the actual hunger felt by the dreamer somehow triggered this dream of being hungry and wanting dinner.
Hurry A sense of urgency is conveyed in a dream of hurrying about. It reflects one’s anxiety and emotional stress.
Hurt Dreaming of being hurt by a knife or a weapon may be a subconscious warning not to be too brash and impetuous.
Husband Dreaming of one’s husband reveals a desire for intimacy. A dream of quarreling with one’s husband is a frustration releasing dream.
Ice Dreaming of ice on the ground and on country roads often occurs in travel dreams. The scenery of a wintry ice covered ground evokes a pleasant feeling.
Iceberg Steep mountains symbolize obstacles according to Chinese folklore. An iceberg would represent an obstacle.
Icicles Icicles that look like hanging crystals indicate purity and can be seen only where there is light.
Idleness The feeling of being idle reflects impatience and anxiety.
Illness Dreaming of being ill indicates a desire to escape, to relax and rest.
Illiteracy This reflects a feeling of dependence on someone or something.
Illusion Being aware of illusions in dreams is a realization that some situation may not be what it seems.
Impatience Being impatient in a dream reflects one’s anxiety. It is an emotional release of stress.
Imposter Being aware of an imposter evokes apprehension. Being an imposter in a dream reveals thoughts about taking advantage of someone and a tendency towards greed and opportunism.
Impurity Being aware of impurity in a dream may be a warning that some situation may not be as transparent as it seems.
Incense If one can smell the incense in a dream, it indicates good fortune. Incense smoke symbolizes ascension.
Incest This is a sexual fantasy that releases sexual tension.
Incoherence A dream of being incoherent oneself reflects one’s muddled thinking. A dream of observing others being incoherent indicates meaningless chatter and gossip.
Indecency A dream of indecency may be a subconscious warning that one may be exposing oneself too publicly.
Immodesty This may also be a subconscious warning that one is exposing oneself too openly.
Indigestion This may indicate an actual stomachache.
Infants Dreams of infants and babies evoke joy and in Chinese folklore, they augur good tidings.
Inferiority A feeling of inferiority reveals one’s lack of confidence.
Infidelity Infidelity is a sexual fantasy and it releases sexual tension.
Ingratitude This is a subconscious warning in response to such conscious thoughts and verbal remarks.
Inheritance This is wishful thinking on the part of the conscious mind but it may also be a prophetic dream of a pending death.
Injury This is a subconscious warning of possible risk in pursuing the course the conscious mind is contemplating. It may also indicate an awkward sleeping position.
Injustice Dreaming of an injustice being done to you is a frustration releasing dream. It also reflects one’s feeling of being a victim of an actual injustice.
Insanity Dreaming of being insane oneself is a stress release dream. Seeing insane people in a dream may reflect one’s feeling that one is surrounded by inept people in real life.
Inscription Inscriptions are subconscious communications to the conscious mind, although in many dreams, with a few exceptions, the inscriptions are unreadable. Sometimes clearly readable numbers appear.
Insects In Chinese folklore, insects represent diseases. They may also reflect one’s pereceived feeling of unfriendliness of others towards oneself.
Insult To be at the receiving end of insults reflects a feeling of being victimized. Hurling insults in a dream releases one’s frustration. Recurring dreams of being insulted or hurling insults may reflect one’s psychological trauma and emotional wounds received after being insulted in real life.
Intercourse This is a sexual fantasy and a release of sexual tension.
Intolerance Intolerance reflects impatience and a tendency to find fault.
Intrigue Being aware of an intrigue may be a prophetic portent.
Invalid Being an invalid in a dream may indicate a call for help.
Invention An invention reflects one’s desire for accomplishment.
Invisibility Being aware that one is invisible reflects one’s desire to hide and to escape from attention. Being aware of the invisibility of some one or some thing evokes apprehension.
Invitation This may augur a new opportunity.
Island Being on an island is an escape dream. It indicates a desire to get away from it all. A sad dream of being on an island alone reflects loneliness and isolation.
Ivory Carved ivory is extremely valuable. To see it and to touch it augurs good tidings and help from people of high social status.
Jackpot A dream of winning the jackpot may be a prophetic dream. More often, however, it may indicate a hope for success in some endeavor.
Jade Jade symbolizes wealth, tranquility and high social status.
Jaguar This elegant animal symbolizes freedom and strength and reflects one’s desire to be free and powerful. It may also be a phallic symbol.
Jail Dreaming of being taken to jail or being in jail reflects confinement and temporary setback.
Jealousy A dream of being jealous is a release of that feeling. Jealousy exists in the conscious mind only. The conscious mind judges and compares while the subconscious mind does not.
Jesus Christ A dream of being blessed by Jesus Christ reflects contentment and peacefulness.
Jewelry Jewelry symbolizes wealth and longing.
Jilted Being jilted in a dream reflects one’s fear of being jilted.
Joker The joker in fortune telling symbolizes mischief and may indicate that anything can happen.
Journey A dreamed journey that feels difficult or tiresome reflects one’s struggles with emotional and psychological stress.
Joy This reflects one’s mental and emotional state of being happy.
Judge Dreaming of appearing before a judge may indicate a desire to express one’s opinion but feels unable to do so in real life.
Juggler Jugglers provide entertainment. Seeing a juggler may be a warning not to be mesmerized by things that are not clearly defined.
Jungle Being lost in the jungle reflects confusion.
Jury Being seated in the jury reflects a feeling of being called upon to judge others. It may also reflect a desire to hear the truth.
Justice Seeking justice reveals one’s desire to seek revenge.
Keys Losing one’s keys evokes panic in both real life and in dreams. The dream releases the feeling of panic and anxiety.
Kick People who have been victimized by criminals in real life have recurring dreams of being kicked repeatedly by them. These recurring nightmares are indications of permanent psychological trauma and emotional wounds suffered by the victims of such criminal acts in real life.
Kidnap Dreams of being kidnaped or kidnaping someone are common. A male high school student had a dream in 1962 about chasing after a female classmate on the city street, catching her and kissing her. The male student had a crush on that female classmate. He had the dream on a Tuesday night. Wednesday morning in class, the female classmate came up to him and said: “I had a strange dream last night. I dreamt that you were chasing after a car that I was in. The car stopped. You opened the car door and dragged me out and embraced me.” Apparently, the male student and the female classmate both had similar kidnaping dreams the same night. One dreamt of kidnaping the other and the other dreamt of being kidnaped. This is a true story and it may indicate the existence of telepathic communication at the subconscious level.
Kill Dreams of killing someone or some animal are emotional release dreams. Dreams of being killed is a subconscious warning to be cautious. Sometimes one is surprised that one has killed someone in the dream.
King Being king reveals one’s desire to take the lead. It reflects a desire to rebel and a desire for freedom. Dreaming of meeting a king reflects a desire for recognition.
Kiss This is a sexual fantasy.
Kitchen The kitchen is the center of Chinese household activity. The Chinese worship the kitchen god. His duties include making sure that there is sufficient rice and food to be cooked and to oversee the kitchen so that the stove does not catch on fire. A busy kitchen indicates a prosperous household.
Kite Kites symbolize freedom of flight and soaring and they reflect a desire to escape.
Kittens Kittens evoke compassion and joy, warmth and comfort.
Kleptomania This is actually a common theme in dreams. One feels the urge to steal, and the conscious mind often thinks that the only way to rid oneself of the urge to commit a crime for excitement is to commit the crime. This perpetuates criminal behavior and is often an excuse young criminals use to continue their criminal behavior and crime spree. The subconscious mind may be reprimanding the conscious mind about such criminal behavior. In the case of stealing, a dream of kleptomania is an appropriate reprimand.
Kneel A dream of kneeling reflects a sense of humiliation.
Knife A knife provides protection and reflects one’s self confidence.
Knight A knight vanquishing the heathen reveals a desire to seek revenge or to avenge what one believes to be blasphemy.
Knit Knitting conveys tranquility.
Knock A knock at the door in the dark of night evokes fear and apprehension. A dream of knocking on a door reflects a desire for acceptance.
Labyrinth Being lost in a maze indicates confusion.
Ladder Climbing up a rickety ladder evokes timidity, caution and apprehension. It reflects tentativeness and mental struggle.
Lair Entering a lair reflects caution, apprehension and timidity.
Lake Boating on a calm lake reflects mental relaxation. Fearing one might fall into a lake reflects apprehension.
Lamb Lamb is the food of ancient nomadic tribesmen. The Chinese character meaning to cauterize originated as an ideographic depiction of a carcass of a lamb laid over a fire. The lamb is a symbol of wealth.
Lament I often feel lament in a parallel life in my dreams. Some details about my life in the parallel world are different but lament emereges rather prominently in the parallel world in my dreams. This may be a feeling of “I should have done this or that” in my real and in my dream life.
Lamp Lamps provide guidance and visibility. Dreaming of lamps suddenly going dark evokes apprehension and caution. Holding a lamp high in the dark reveals one’s desire to discover some secret. Holding up a lamp to light the way may also be a desire to search for some solution or a desire to look into the future.
Landscape Beautiful landscape evokes joy and contentment. A moonscape may indicate a desire for freedom and escape. Sometimes it may indicate loneliness.
Lanes I frequently have dreams of walking through very narrow cobble lanes in older neighborhoods in strange cities in search of an address. Walking down a narrow lane with an extreme feeling of claustrophobia indicates that the conscious mind is stressed.
Lasso A lasso is a symbol of power, confidence and mastery. It may also be a phallic symbol in a sexual fantasy.
Late Dreaming of being late reflects one’s fear of missing out.
Latin Dreaming of studying, reading and speaking Latin reflects subliminal activity of the conscious mind.
Laughter Laughter releases tension both in real life and in dreams.
Laundry Dirty laundry represents unpleasant remnants of past memories. A dream of washing dirty laundry reveals a desire to get rid of the unpleasant memories of the past. The conscious mind is unwilling to let go of the past. Only the conscious mind regurgitates old memories, especially the painful ones, reliving the memory over and over again.
Lava In a dream of seeing lava without feeling its heat, the bright red color of lava is the main feature of the dream. In Chinese folklore, the color red indicates celebration and happy occasions.
Lawyers Lawyers represent either the side of the conscious mind or the subconscious mind in the polemical relationship between the two.
Laziness A dream of laziness may indicate a desire to release mental stress.
Leaves Spring leaves indicate a change for the better. Autumn leaves indicate a change for the worse.
Leak Leaks reveal vulnerability.
Learn Learning something reveals one’s curiosity.
Leather Leather clothing and leather sofas indicate luxury and wealth.
Lecture Giving a lecture reveals a desire for recognition. Attending a lecture may indicate curiosity. I once dreamt of going to a lecture by the Dalai Lama. As I walked into the lecture hall, the Dalai Lama came up to me, shook my hands, and said to me: “Congratulations on your good work.” I thanked him as he turned and walked back towards the lectern. In real life at the time I had the dream, I was teaching Buddhist meditation classes and classes on alternative medicine, acupressure and reflexology.
Leg A dream of a woman’s bare legs is a sexual fantasy. A dream of a man’s legs is indicative of sexual curiosity. Some high school boys have dreams of looking at the legs of a handsome male classmate.
Leopard A leopard is an elegant animal that runs fast. It can be a phallic symbol. Female leopards can symbolize the object of a boy’s sexual fantasy. It reveals a longing of a young boy for a beautiful mature woman.
Leprosy This dreaded disease evokes aversion and loathing. Dreaming of being a leper reflects one’s fear of being a social outcast.
Library A library is a place to hide from social intermingling. It also indicates one’s desire for discovery or a desire to search for something, usually for information.
Lift A lift or elevator has played a featuring role in many of my dreams. I have had many recurring dreams of staying at a particular hotel with 26 floors and two sets of elevators that take guests up to different floors. I would catch the elevators up to the top floor and would walk down the stairwell to each floor, sometimes looking for the men’s room, at other times just looking at the various restaurants on different floors of the hotel, and sometimes walking through the restaurants to get to the other side, and in many of my recurring dreams, I would walk through the restaurants to get to a central walkway lined with all kinds of shops. The scene is very similar to that in the big hotels in Las Vegas. All of these dreams occurred before I ever visited the place.
Light Seeing light evokes a sense of hope and one loses the feeling of despair.
Lighthouse A beacon of hope for sailors, a guiding light for ships at sea, it represents hopefulness.
Lightning Lightening evokes caution.
Lion Hearing a lion roar indicates celebration or a warning.
Lips Sensual red lips are a sexual fantasy. In dreams, the dreamer usually feels an urge to approach the lips and kiss them.
Lock A dream of being locked in reflects confinement and isolation. A dream of being locked out reflects a fear of bing shunned by peers. A dream of locking something away reflects one’s desire to forget bitter memories of the past. Often after such dreams, the dreamer feels much “safer.”
Loneliness This is a strong feeling common in dreams. In many of my dreams, I felt loneliness in my parallel world but not in my real life. Again, it may be that the feeling of loneliness is being suppressed in my real life.
Loss A sense of loss about someone dying or a sense of loss in a dark cavern unable to see any light or exit evokes despair and hopelessness in many dreams.
Lottery Some people dream of winning the lottery. Some others see lottery tickets in their dreams and remember some of the numbers on the tickets. The numbers may be more significant in interpreting the prophetic nature of the dream than the outcome of the dreamed lottery. Studying the numbers according to numerology is an important follow-up after having this dream.
Lotus The lotus is a sacred Buiddhist flower, the seat of Buddha and the pedestal of Guan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. Dreaming of the lotus augurs good fortune of peace, tranquility and contentment.
Love A dream of love and romance is a dream of releasing one’s pent up romantic emotions. It has nothing to do with sexual desire and fantasy.
Lust This is a sexual fantasy that reveals one’s sexual desires and fetishes.
Luxury Dreaming of luxury is an escape dream. Since dreaming involves the subconscious mind, the conscious mind does not make comparisons of the dreamed luxury and the dreamer’s real meager possessions. Therefore, this dream usually ends with admiration and awe rather than jealousy and envy or an urge to catch up with the Joneses.
Machinery In my futuristic dreams, I sometimes visit large factories full of idling machinery. In one dream, I dreamt of being a factory worker in a factory without any other workers and I was in charge of maintaining the machinery.
Magic To dream of magic may be a subconscious warning not to be fooled. Sometimes magic evokes a sense of curiosity and query. This may be precisely what the subconscious mind wants the conscious mind to do.
Maid Dreaming of a maid is a sexual fantasy. A dream about a house maid or an office maid is one of the most sexually exciting fantasies.
Mail Waiting for the mail or receiving mail reflects anticipation.
Mansion A mansion represents luxury and reveals one’s desire for luxury.
Manure Dreaming of being covered with manure or stepping in manure indicates money luck according to Chinese folklore.
Market Visiting an open air market indicates that the conscious mind is searching.
Marriage Dreaming of being married may indicate one’s desire for marriage. It may also reflect one’s wish for companionship or partnership with a co-worker in real life.
Marsh Marshes and swamps represent obstacles. A common dream is to stand on the edge of a marsh trying to figure out how to cross it.
Martyr Dreaming of being a martyr reflects one’s determination.
Masquerade Attending a masquerade ball indicates a desire to hide one’s identity. It may also indicate an inner conflict of feelings between a desire to socialize and a desire to remain anonymous.
Massage A dream of getting or giving a massage is a sexual fantasy.
Mean A dream of being mean to others or others being mean to you is an emotional release dream.
Medal Dreaming of receiving a medal reflects one’s desire for recognition.
Mermaid Mermaids are sexual fantasies.
Mess Dreaming of things or rooms in a mess reflects one’s feeling of chaos and not being in control.
Meteor A meteor seen in a dream evokes awe, curiosity and hope.
Midget Seeing midgets without feeling aversion indicates acceptance.
Millionaire A dream of being a millionaire reflects self confidence. A dream of meeting a millionaire reflects a feeling of admiration.
Mine Entering a dark mine evokes apprehension and curiosity.
Minister Dreaming of being a Christian minister reveals one’s desire for expression. Dreaming of being a government minister reflects one’s desire to be recognized.
Miracle Dreaming of witnessing a miracle reflects wonderment. A miracle may be a projection of the subconscious mind.
Mirror Looking at oneself in a mirror reflects self admiration or a sense of narcissism. Looking into a mirror and seeing someone else may indicate a suppressed split personality or schizophrenia in the dream world but not in actuality. The Chinese folklore says that strangers seen in a mirror are spirits from the netherworld. The Chinese term zhao yao jing is a mirror used by guardian gods to reveal ghosts and demons.
Missionary Dreaming of being a missionary reflects one’s desire for expression.
Mistake The realization that one has made a mistake is a subconscious reminder that one’s conscious thoughts may have erred.
Milestone This evokes a sense of achievement.
Mob Seeing a mob evokes apprehension and caution. Being in a mob reflects one’s feeling of being overwhelmed.
Monastery A monastery indicates a place to hide where one can be anonymous.
Money Dreaming of money may be a subconscious way of saying there is nothing to worry about.
Monkey Monkeys signify rambunctiousness and unpredictability. Seeing a bunch of monkeys frolicking reflects a desire for freedom. The year of the monkey is often referred to as the year of the golden monkey in Chinese.
Moon Seeing the bright moon reflects one’s tranquil state of mind. A Chinese saying wishing a couple good luck is yue yuan hua hao, “May the moon be full and round and the flowers good.” It is a wish for a harmonious family and many children. The character “good” in Chinese is hao, formed by writing the character for son and the character for girl together.
Morgue Entering a morgue and seeing corpses reflect curiosity. Seeing oneself on a stretcher being carried into a morgue reflects mental and physical weariness. Seeing oneself in the morgue on a shiny steel bed in front of a drawer designated for one’s own corpse has been part of many near death experience dreams. One week in 2002, I caught a cold and my nose was stuffed up. I went to bed one night and had a dream seeing myself in the morgue on a shiny steel bed in front of a drawer designated for my own corpse. I then floated into the drawer which led to a rather short dark tunnel with a bright light at the other end. I arrived at the other end and suddenly realized how peaceful it was there. Then I was told that I had to go back. I retorted: “I don’t want to go back. It is so peaceful here.” Suddenly I felt I was being pulled back and when I arrived at the opening of the drawer, I complained again: “I do not want to go back to that chaotic world.” But suddenly I felt a strong jolt and shiver and I woke up. I could not breathe so I had to blow my nose before I could start breathing again. This is a true story of my personal near death experience.
Mother A dream of mother who had passed on coming into one’s dream, according to Chinese folklore, indicates that mother’s spirit is visiting to see how her surviving family is doing.
Mountain A mountain in the Chinese I Ching Oracle represents obstacles, difficulties and blockage. Seeing a mountain may also evoke awe and wonder. The question is: “How am I going to go up that mountain?” This is usually a question that the conscious mind would be asking and usually without any forthcoming answer.
Mourning A dream of mourning may be a prophetic dream of a pending death. Sometimes, a dream of mourning expresses one’s remorse.
Mouth This may be a sexual fantasy. There is a popular saying in Chinese folklore: “Diseases enter through the mouth and disaster comes from the mouth.” It is a warning against spreading rumors and telling lies.
Moving A dream of moving reveals one’s desire for change. Seeing bronze, stone and wooden statues in a temple move by themselves indicates that their spirits have come from their intangible worlds and are revealing themselves, xian shen, showing their spirit, xian ling, or performing a miracle xian ling.
Mud Being dirtied by mud or excrement indicates money luck.
Murder To dream of a murder evokes apprehension. To dream of one’s own murder may signify a change.
Music Hearing music, especially pleasant music, reflects tranquility and peace of mind. Hearing heavenly music makes one feel blessed. Sometimes music accompanies the appearance of one’s guardian angel.
Musical instruments They may reflect a desire to try something new.
Mystery Unsolved mystery reflects one’s curiosity.
Mystic Consulting a mystic reflects a desire to search for answers.
Myth Being aware of a myth reflects disbelief by the conscious mind. The subconscious mind accepts myths as true. The conscious mind does not usually accept a myth as true.
Nagging Nagging is an anxiety and stress releasing dream. To be a victim of a nagger may reflect a real life situation where the dreamer is suffering from psychological abuse.
Naked Seeing naked women is a sexual fantasy. Seeing oneself naked may indicate a feeling that one has exposed too much of oneself to others. It may also be a subconscious advice to the dreamer to open up socially in real life.
Name Being aware of a name may portend a pending death, or it may be a telepathic message.
Navigation Navigating a ship at sea is a dream of adventure and a desire for freedom.
Neck Dreaming of a woman’s neck is a sexual fantasy. Dreaming of one’s own neck may indicate a contorted sleeping posture. One’s pillow may be too hard and too high.
Necklace This is a nostalgic dream.
Nervousness A dream of being nervous is a release of nervousness.
Newspapers A dream of reading the newspaper or seeing words on the front page of a newspaper may be a prophetic subconscious message.
Nightmare A nightmare in a dream, especially one in a recurring dream, may reflect one’s psychological and emotional trauma.
Nipple This is a sexual fantasy.
Nomination This reflects one’s desire for recognition.
Nude Being nude oneself reflects a feeling that one should be less shy and more open in real life. Seeing a nude person is a sexual fantasy.
Nugget A nugget of gold is a treasure that reflects a desire for new discoveries.
Numb Feeling numb may indicate a contorted sleeping posture.
Numbers Numbers in dreams are significant and one should consult a numerologist to find out the prophetic meanings of the numbers.
Nurse Dreaming of a female nurse is a sexual fantasy. Sometimes, children may dream of the family nurse or the governess. Upper class British children and wealthy Chinese children born and raised in Hong Kong do dream of their family nurse or governess. These are dreams of comfort.
Nymph This is a sexual fantasy.
Oar Struggling to row with oars reflects one’s daily struggles.
Oath Making an oath indicates the conscious mind is making a decision.
Obituary Obituaries are prophetic dreams of a pending death.
Occult Consulting the occult or observing the occult is the conscious mind’s effort to seek answers.
Ocean Sailing the ocean in a big ocean liner is a travel dream. It may reflect one’s desire to escape and relax.
Odor Being aware of odd odors may evoke apprehension. It may also be a warning to physically check the house for gas leaks, burning stoves, and space heaters.
Offer To accept an offer reflects a decision that the conscious mind makes. To take an offer into consideration reflects lingering doubt and indecision.
Office Dreams of working in an office may be dreams of an alternate world.
Officer A police officer in a dream may evoke apprehension. A military officer evokes confidence or fear. In dreams of millitary combat, enemy officers symbolize one’s arch rival. Many immigrants have had dreams of police officers and these dreams have evoked fear.
Oil paintings A portrait may be a prophetic dream of a pending death. Oil paintings of scenery such as those seen in museums evoke awe, admiration, and tranquility. They represent beauty.
Old To be aware of being old may reflect physical and mental weary.
Oration This reveals a desire to express oneself or a desire to rebel. In real life, many a revolution in modern history began with oration.
Orchestra conductor A dream of being an orchestra conductor indicates a desire for power.
Orders Orders received in a dream are instructions the subconscious mind gives to the conscious mind.
Organ A grand musical instrument mostly played in cathedrals and churches inspires awe and a feeling of sanctity.
Organs Dreaming of body organs, according to Chinese folklore, may be an indication that those organs are in poor health and it may be a reminder to have those organs checked by a physician.
Orgy This is a sexual fantasy. It may reflect a desire for sexual adventure, or it may reflect a temporary lull in one’s sex life.
Ornament If a particular ornament stands out in one’s dream, it usually carries emotional or nostalgic significance. If particular ornaments belonging to a deceased family member appear in one’s dreams, they may indicate a visit by the spirit of the deceased relative.
Orphan A dream of being an orphan reflects one’s feeling of loneliness. A dream of seeing orphans may evoke sympathy.
Owl An owl seen at night with its eyes reflecting the moonlight is a scary sight and it may indicate that a disciplinarian is watching. It may also indicate that the subconscious is watching over the conscious mind.
Oxen Oxen symbolize wealth in both Chinese and Indian folklore.
Package Receiving a package may be a prophetic dream.
Padlock This indicates confinement and stagnation.
Pageant Competing in a pageant may reflect one’s desire to show off.
Pagoda In China, a pagoda provides shade from the sun and serves as a place to take a rest for the weary traveler. A famous Chinese pagoda is the Nine Story Pagoda that is shaped like a giant wedge. Most Chinese pagodas are not religious edifices.
Pain Dreaming of pain may indicate real pain due to bad sleeping posture.
Painter (artist) Being an artist may reflect one’s desire for free expression.
Paintings Oil paintings, watercolor paintings, etc. are creative works of art and are the artist’s legacy. They symbolize one’s achievements and one’s “edifices” in life.
Palace Palaces symbolize wealth and grandeur.
Parade Watching or being in a parade is a family dream.
Paradise Being in paradise evokes a sense of tranquility.
Paralysis Dreaming of being paralyzed reflects one’s feeling of not being able to get things done, that one’s talent is not being fully utilized, that one is wasting life away. It may also indicate that a contorted sleeping posture is cramping one’s legs and arms and they are going numb.
Parasol A parasol that provides shade indicates a desire for protection or to hide from public view.
Parchment Seeing a parchment may indicate a partial thought or idea.
Parents A dream of one’s parents may reflect a desire for parental love or may reflect one’s conscious thoughts about them.
Passage Discovering a passageway, being given passage on a ship or a train, being given passage through a border crossing may all be indications of new solutions and new possibilities.
Passenger I often dreamt of being a passenger on a bus or a train and then asked to be a substitute driver to bring the bus or the train back to the main station. I also frequently dream of taking the same bus to go to the same destination in recurring dreams.
Passion A dream of passion is a dream to release one’s sexual anxiety.
Pastor Dreaming of being a pastor reflects one’s desire for expression.
Paths Paths are ways towards new opportunities, new solutions and new futures. The subconscious mind provides the paths for the conscious mind to choose. The conscious mind may or may not choose the right path. Thinking and timidity usually get in the way of taking the right path. One hindering thought of the conscious mind is: “I wonder what others will think of me?” Master Chen says: “Who really cares?” The subconscious mind is usually right and the conscious thinking mind is usually wrong in making personal decisions. When contemplating a decision, ask yourself: “How do I feel about the decision?” Do not ask: “What do I think about the decision?” This is a lesson in meditation.
Patience The subconscious mind urges patience. The conscious mind has none because it thinks.
Patterns Patterns, usually pleasing ones, are communication devices of the subconscious mind. The conscious mind finds it very difficult to decipher them or interpret them in any meaningful way. Here, the crop circles come to mind.
Pavement In a dream of driving on a paved road, the pavement would symbolize a straight course ahead without obstacles. Potholes in the pavement would be the unforeseen dangers.
Peacock A peacock with its tail spread out in full display evokes awe. That is an appropriate reaction since in Chinese folklore, the peacock is considered a heavenly bird of good fortune.
Pearls A dream of seeing pearls may be a nostalgic dream. A string of pearls on a woman’s neck is a sexual fantasy. A dream of a curtain made of strands of white pearls evokes awe and a sense of purity.
Pebbles A dream of holding pebbles in one’s hand reflects achievement.
Peel A dream of peeling reveals a desire to know the truth.
Pendulum A pendulum symbolizes indecision.
Penthouse This is a dream of luxury and fantasy. Often I dream of living in a penthouse. It is a sanctuary and I feel very comfortable there. This place exists only in my parallel alternate world.
Perfume Noticing the smell of perfume in a dream and recognizing it in reality are a rather common experience of many people. Sometimes, one will suddenly smell a whiff of very strong tobacco and immediately react by saying: “Oh, there is grandpa.” In many cases, grandpa had been dead for years. There are other similar experiences where a woman doing her chores would suddenly smell a whiff of very strong men’s perfume or tobacco and immediately react by saying: “Oh, here he is checking on me. ” In this case, the “he” is alive but at a different place at the time the woman seemingly smells the perfume or tobacco. To the woman, this is not a dream experience and she is not dreaming at the time. It is almost always described as a real experience. Often the person with such an experience would even deny that he or she was thinking about the other person at the time. Sometimes men would suddenly smell a strong whiff of perfume and would recognize it as that worn by his girlfriend, his wife, his lover or his aunt who are alive.
Perjury A dream of committing perjury may be a subconscious warning.
Phallus Dreaming of seeing the phallus reflects one’s sexual tension.
Piano Pianos are often a prominent feature in nostalgic dreams.
Pictures Pictures may appear in nostalgic dreams or they may be prophetic of a pending death.
Pier I often stand on the pier to watch sail boats in my real world and my alternate parallel world.
Pigeon Pigeons represent messengers. They may appear in prophetic dreams.
Pilgrim Being a pilgrim may reflect a desire for adventure and travel.
Pirate Dreaming of being a pirate may reveal one’s greed, a desire to pillage and to take by force. It is a sexual fantasy. It is also an emotional release dream that releases one’s anger or it may indicate a desire for adventure.
Pistol Using a pistol in a duel in a dream may reflect the conflict and constant battle between the conscious and the subconscious minds. Seeing a pistol pointed at you is a warning to be cautious.
Pit Seeing a bottomless pit evokes apprehension and a fear of failure.
Plague A dream of an epidemic or a plague may indicate overwhelming stress.
Planets Dreaming of the planets may be an escape dream.
Platform Stepping onto a lecture platform without an audience reflects a desire for expression. If there is an audience, it reflects one’s desire to be recognized.
Play Seeing children play evokes a feeling of domestic bliss.
Poison A dream of being poisoned indicates suspicion.
Port A seaport is often a travel destination in alternate world dreams.
Praise A dream of receiving praise reveals a desire for recognition.
Praying Praying indicates a desire for solace.
President Dreaming of being president indicates a desire for recognition and power. Dreaming of meeting the president reflects a wish to be recognized.
Prey A dream of being a prey indicates timidity and apprehension.
Priest A dream of being a priest indicates a desire for solitude.
Prison A dream of being sent to prison is an obstacle dream.
Prize Receiving a prize indicates a desire for recognition. It may also indicate a sense of self congratulation for one’s accomplishment in real life.
Profanity Hurling profanity in a dream releases one’s pent up anxiety, stress, anger and a sense of injustice.
Prostitute Dreaming of visiting a prostitute reveals a sexual fantasy and a suppressed desire to do so in real life.
Punish Dreaming of being punished indicates a subconscious admonition of the conscious mind.
Quarantine A dream of being quarantined is an obstacle dream.
Queen Dreaming of meeting the queen is a sexual fantasy. Dreaming of being the queen reflects surliness.
Rabbi A dream of being the rabbi reveals one’s desire for recognition.
Rabbit Rabbits symbolize prosperity and abundance in Chinese folklore.
Race Being in a race indicates mental stress.
Rage This is an emotional release dream.
Raid Dreaming of hiding in an air raid shelter reveals apprehension. Dreaming of being raided indicates that there may be something one wants to hide. Going on a raid as a pirate is a dream to release frustration. This may also be a sexual fantasy to release pent up sexual frustration.
Railroad Riding the train and traveling by railroad is a travel dream indicating leisure.
Rainbow Seeing a rainbow evokes awe and a feeling of hope and tranquility.
Rancid Being aware of something rancid evokes aversion.
Ransack Seeing one’s home ransacked indicates one’s fear of loss.
Ransom Being held for ransom is a common obstacle dream.
Rape This is a male sexual fantasy. Recurring nightmares of being raped reflect one’s psychological and emotional trauma of actual victims of rape.
Rats Rats evoke aversion and fear. It reveals a feeling of being overwhelmed.
Raw In Chinese dream interpretations, raw meat portends misfortune.
Recognize Recognizing someone in a dream may be prophetic. These dreams often result in deja vu experiences in real life.
Refugee Dreaming of being a refugee may reflect one’s actual experience as a refugee. It may also indicate a feeling of being ostracized. Some people have dreams of what their actual real life will be like.
Refuse Dreaming of refusing something may be a subconscious warning not to accept things as they are presented.
Regret Feeling regret often occurs in alternate life dreams.
Rejection A dream of rejection reveals one’s fear of being rejected. It is an unemotional way to deal with such fear.
Remorse Remorse also occurs often in alternate life dreams.
Rendezvous This is a sexual fantasy.
Repentance Asking for forgiveness reveals one’s feeling of being sorry for some deed in one’s real life.
Reprimand This reveals the struggle between the conscious and the subconscious minds.
Return Returning to a familiar place in an alternate world is a common feature of recurring parallel world dreams.
Revive Seeing the dead being revived signifies hope.
Revolt Dreaming of revolting reveals a desire to rebel against stress and work pressure or parental discipline.
Ring A ring represents fulfillment and completion in Chinese folklore.
Rope Dreaming of being tied up with a rope is an obstacle dream.
Rose Roses represent a feeling of romance. The color red is a joyous color in Chinese culture.
Roulette A dream of a spinning roulette reflects one’s opportunistic desires.
Rude Dreaming of being rude is an emotional release dream. Dreaming of others being rude to you reflects a feeling of shunning others.
Run This is an escape dream that reveals a desire to escape from stress.
Rush A dream of rushing about is an anxiety release dream.
Sabotage Being aware of sabotage in a dream reveals one’s apprehension.
Sad, Sadness Feeling sad in a dream is very common. Sometimes there is no aparent reason for the sadness. Sometimes a sense of regret brings on sadness in dreams. At other times, listening to a familiar song brings on sudden sadness while one is awake. Sadness also occurs in alternate world dreams. A dream about family members may also trigger sadness in the dream. Sadness in dreams will linger on after the dreamer awakes. These dreams may be an emotional release. The smell of a familiar perfume or a feeling of loneliness in a dream also triggers sadness.
Sailboat A dream of sailing in a sailboat reveals a relaxed state of mind.
Saint Meeting a saint or being blessed by a saint augurs good tidings.
Santa Claus Meeting Santa Claus, like meeting a saint, augurs good tidings and one’s wishes may be fulfilled.
Sapphire A precious gemstone, it represents luxury and wealth.
Satin Satin and silk garments and textiles represent luxury, wealth and prosperity in Chinese folklore.
Scarf A scarf is a symbol of romance and reflects one’s romantic feelings. It may also be a nostalgic object that evokes romantic memories.
School Dreaming of going to school reveals one’s desire to seek new friendship.
Scream Sccreaming may be an emotional release mechanism of recurring nightmares that reflect real life traumatic experiences. Screaming in dreams usually occurs when the dreamer is arguing with someone or is having a shouting match or is dreaming about being wronged. In escape dreams, the dreamer would often shout: “Get out! Get out!” in the dream and he would be shouting in his sleep. Sometimes a dreamer will curse and use swear words in the dream and often he or she will actually be shouting out loud while still asleep. Sometimes one will be shouting in a foreign language. Partners will often say: Did you have a bad dream? You were shouting in English or Chinese or some other language in your sleep. These would indicate a dream of arguing, quarreling, having a shouting match with a stranger, or escaping from danger.
Sea Floating in the sea may indicate loneliness and hopelessness.
Searching A dream of searching for something but not finding it is a frustration release dream.
Seduce Dreaming of seducing someone or being seduced is a sexual fantasy.
Seminar Dreaming of attending seminars at universities may indicate a desire to be recognized.
Separation This reveals a desire for separation from one’s current situation.
Serenity Feeling serene reflects one’s emotional state.
Sermon Dreaming of giving a sermon reveals one’s desire for expression. Listening to a sermon may be a dream in which the subconscious is lecturing the conscious mind.
Sex Dreams of having sex with one’s mother reveal an Oedipus complex fantasy, and dreams of having sex with one’s father indicate an Electra complex fantasy. Dreams of having sex with one’s teacher indicate infatuation. Dreaming of having sex with siblings reveals an incestuous fantasy. Sometimes, young men will dream about having a sexual encounter with another male. This is a homosexual fantasy. These are fantasies and they do not indicate any actual deviancy. But when one thinks about actually doing something or scheming to fulfill such fantasies, such thoughts may turn into deviant behavior.
Shadow Shadows evoke apprehension.
Shallow Being aware of shallow waters evokes a desire for adventure.
Shame This is a subconscious reprimand.
Sharp Being aware of something sharp evokes caution.
Shiver This may indicate that the dreamer is feeling cold and needs more blankets.
Shoes Dreams of women’s shoes are sexual fantasies.
Shore Standing on the shore looking out at the sea indicates hopefulness and longing.
Shout Shouting matches reflect the struggle between the conscious and the subconscious minds. They also reflect one’s feeling of injustice.
Sick Dreaming of being sick may reveal a desire to escape from stress.
Signature Seeing one’s own signature in a dream may be a prophetic dream.
Silence Dreaming of silence reveals one’s desire for silence and a desire to escape from one’s chaotic life.
Silk Silks have always been precious commodities since the time of the Silk Road. Silk symbolizes riches, prosperity and high social status.
Silly Being silly in a dream releases one’s feeling of timidity, embarrassment and awkwardness in real life.
Sing Dreaming of singing reveals a happy and serene state of mind.
Sink The sinking feeling is a common theme in dreams. It reflects one’s feeling of helplessness.
Skin A dream of seeing or touching beautiful smooth skin is a sexual fantasy.
Slipping A dream of slipping reveals one’s fear of falling or failure.
Snake Seeing many snakes slithering on the floor is a common theme. According to classical Chinese dream interpretation, slithering snakes pertain to affairs of the netherworld. However, snake dreams are universal to all cultures. The Western interpretation is that snakes are phallic symbols. An alternative explanation is that a single snake may be a phallic symbol. A group of slithering snakes represents mundane chores, obligations and work, and that a dream of seeing many slithering snakes reflects one’s weariness in having to handle so many mundane chores. The dream reflects one’s feeling of being overwhelmed by all the responsibilities of daily life.
Snow A dream of driving in the snow or standing in the snow provides a feeling of calm and leisure.
Speak According to Chinese folklore, the spirit of a deceased parent may appear in one’s dreams and speak. It usually speaks very clearly. This is a prophetic dream often of a pending death of a close family member. In my dream about going to a lecture by the Dalai Lama, he came up to me, shook my hand, and said to me: “Congratulations for all your good work.” My interpretation of this dream is that my subconscious mind was confirming what my conscious mind was thinking, that what I was doing at the time was good work. At the time, I was teaching Buddhist meditation, alternative medicine, acupressure, reflexology and natural supplements.
Spin Seeing something spin evokes curiosity.
Stage Being on stage reveals a desire to be recognized and a desire for expression. It is also a dream to release anxiety particularly of one’s stage fright.
Stage fright Having stage fright and overcoming it in a dream is an emotional release dream. Having stage fright without overcoming it indicates frustration and timidity.
Stare Staring at something indicates curiosity. Aware of being stared at evokes apprehension.
Starvation This may indicate actual hunger.
Stocking This is a sexual fantasy.
Street Streets appear in many dreams. I often dream of walking along narrow cobble streets in strange cities or walking along city streets in familiar cities in alternate parallel worlds.
String of pearls This is a nostalgic dream.
Surrender This indicates exhaustion and a feeling that one is getting tired of struggling and fighting.
Suspicion Being suspicious of someone indicates apprehension. A dream of being under suspicion indicates a search for the truth. Suspicion may also reflect one’s rebellious feeling.
Swimming Swimming requires physical effort, therefore a dream of swimming may reveal a feeling of struggling.
Sword A sword symbolizes strength, and power one hopes to have.
Table A kitchen table or a dining table may indicate hunger. A card table or a pool table may indicate luxury. Library tables reveal one’s intellectual curiosity.
Taxi I dreamt of taking a taxi into the city of Cincinnati. The city streets were familiar but I have never been to that cdity in real life. I felt I was in a parallel alternate world. And in that world, I knew where I was going in that city.
Tease Teasing someone is an emotional release dream. Being teased by someone evokes apprehension. A striptease is a sexual fantasy. An exciting one is dreaming of a woman in an bath towel standing there and suddenly the towel drops to the floor to reveal her completely naked body. Another one is dreaming of a woman in a bath robe standing there and suddenly she opens the robe and flashes her naked body.
Telegram A telegram indicates news from afar. It may be a prophetic dream of announcement of a pending death or disaster.
Telescope A telescope may indicate one’s hidden desire to discover some secret or it may reflect a fantasy of a peeping Tom.
Terror This feeling reflects one’s psychological and emotional trauma resulting from actual experience.
Theft Being aware of a theft reflects a feeling of being victimized.
Throne A dream of sitting on the throne reveals a desire for recognition and power.
Throw This is an emotional release dream.
Thunder Thunder represents a threat and evokes caution. In the I Ching, the trigram Thunder symbolizes a distant threat as in the expression: A bark but no bite.
Tickle This is sexual fantasy.
Tiger, Tigress A tiger evokes awe. A tigress represents a domineering woman in one’s life.
Toilet I often dream of looking for a toilet in grand hotels in my travel dreams. This actually indicates a physical need to go to the toilet.
Tomb Seeing a tomb is a prophetic dream of a pending death.
Traffiic Traffic congestion reflects one’s anxiety and impatience. It is an emotional release dream.
Tragedy Dreaming of a tragedy evokes remorse and sadness. It is an emotional release dream.
Trail Walking along a mountain trail or a trail in a park without worries indicates one’s tranquil state of mind.
Train I have often dreamt of taking the train and sometimes conducting a passenger train into Central Station in the heart of downtown Manhattan.
Transform Seeing something transform reflects one’s curiosity and wonder.
Trap Being aware of a trap evokes caution and apprehension. It may be a subconscious warning.
Travel I often have travel dreams. They evoke a feeling of relaxation and sometimes curiosity. I often travel to futuristic cities and snow covered countryside.
Treasure Finding treasure may presage a surprise.
Trick Being aware of a trick indicates that one knows the truth.
Triumph This indicates a desire for recognition.
Turtle A turtle represents longevity in Chinese folklore. Dreaming of being a turtle may indicate a feeling of slow progress and sluggishness.
Twin Dreaming of being a twin may be a reflection of one’s subconscious self.
Ugly A dream of being ugly may reflect one’s self consciousness.
Ultimatum An ultimatum may be a subconscious warning about one’s laziness.
Umbrella An umbrella provides shade and protection.
Umpire Dreaming of being an umpire indicates a desire for authority.
Unbearable Being aware of something unbearable indicates a feeling of aversion.
Uncomfortable I often get the feeling of being uncomfortable in alternate world dreams.
Undress This is sexual fantasy. Dreaming of oneself undressing indicates sexual desires.
Uneasiness Feeling uneasy indicates apprehension.
Unending Seeing an unending tunnel indicates apprehension. In dreams, there are unending streets, unending roads, unending falls from a bridge, unending expanses of sea and sand. These often evoke a sense of serenity. In near death experience dreams, however, the tunnel in which one passes through to the other end where the White Light is, is not unending. It ends with you arriving at the White Light, and for some, meeting up with relatives.
Unexpected One often dreams about encountering something unexpected in alternate world dreams. They usually evoke surprise.
Unfaithful This is a sexual fantasy and it indicates rebelliousness.
Unfamiliar I sometimes dream of entering an unfamiliar room in alternate world dreams. Unfamiliar faces indicate visiting spirits.
Unfriendly Being unfriendly to others indicate caution. An unfriendly encounter may indicate intrigue on the part of others.
Unhappy A dream of being unhappy may reflect one’s feeling of unhappiness about some situation.
Unicorn A unicorn represents magical powers and may reveal one’s wish for a magical solution to a problem.
Uniform A dream of being in uniform reflects one’s wish for authority. Seeing a woman in uniform is a sexual fantasy.
University I often have recurring dreams of being a student at a university in my alternate world dreams.
Unpleasant This feeling reflects aversion.
Unreal Being aware that something is unreal in a dream may be a realization that one is in an alternate parallel world in the dream.
Unzip This is sexual fantasy.
Uphill Dreaming of going uphill reflects one’s mental and psychological stress.
Urban I oftne dream of going to urban areas in a bus or a train and walking the city streets after disembarking.
Vacant I often dream of entering a vacant room or a vacant warehouse in an alternate world. In the dream, I get a feeling that the room or the warehouse should be used in a productive way but it is not. Sometimes I get the feeling that perhaps I could somehow bring it back to life and use it for productive purposes.
Vagabond Dreaming of being a vagabond reflects one’s desire for freedom.
Vagina This is sexdual fantasy.
Vehicle I often dream of futuristic vehicles that have wings and can fly.
Vendetta Dreaming of a vendetta is an emotional release dream.
Vengeance This is also an emotional release dream that reflects a feeling of being wronged.
Vicar This is a desire for authority.
Victim Dreaming of being a victim of a crime may be a reflection of the psychological and emotional trauma one suffered from a real experience. It may also reflect one’s fear of being attacked.
Village A village evokes a tranquil surrounding and reflects a peaceful state of mind.
Violence Seeing violence evokes apprehension. Seeing violence on TV newscasts may often evoke dreams of violence.
Visitor Visitors are often interpreted as visiting spirits.
Vomit Vonit evokes aversion. Dreaming of vomiting may indicate weak health.
Voyage I often dream of going on voyages. It reflects a relaxed state of mind.
Wagon This may reflect one’s feeling that progress is slow. A wagon may also symbolize protection in many dreams.
Waiting Dreaming of waiting reflects impatience and may be an emotional release dream of frustration.
Walking Walking along a narrow path in the garden or walking the streets in a big city all evoke a feeling of leisure or searching.
Wall A wall represents an obstacle.
Wander A dream of wandering may reflect indecision.
War A dream of being in a war may be a reflection of one’s memories of war experience.
Washing This may reflect one’s desire to get rid of the past.
Watch A watch reminds us of the passage of time. In a dream, the time shown on the watch may be prophetic of a pending death.
Water In Cantonese folklore, water symbolizes money. In a dream about our deceased family cook, he came to me with a ladle begging for water. The next day, I went to a temple and offered incense and some funerary paper money. The Chinese and Vietnamese believe that the deceased still need money and things like watches, houses and cars in the netherworld.
Well A dark bottomless well often appears in dreams. It reflects apprehension.
Whip This is sexual fantasy.
White White is a sacred color. In Chinese culture, black and white are the colors of funereals and white color is never used in traditional Chinese weddings.
Wife I often dream of my wife in both my real and alternate worlds. This may indicate that the same soul exists in both the tangible and the intangible worlds, and that two souls that have come together in this world may continue to be together in alternate worlds. This theme also occurs in reincarnation in which the same souls are reincarnated and seek each other out.
Wig A wig is a device to hide something, therefore in a dream, it reflects the feeling of wanting to hide some truth.
Will Dreaming of making a will does not mean one’s death. It reflects thinking activity of the conscious mind. Seeing someone drawing up a will in a dream, however, may be a prophetic indication of a pending death.
Win A dream of winning reflects one’s confidence.
Windfall A dream of a windfall reflects one’s greed.
Wish A wish in a dream may reflect one’s real life wish.
Witness Being a witness may reflect one’s feeling of having to keep a secret.
Woman The woman in a dream may be one’s grandmother, mother, aunt, and the object of one’s sexual fantasy. Dreams of deceased grandmothers and mothers or aunts who visit and speak usually indicate that their spirits are conveying a message and they may portend a pending death in the family. My deasesed mother-in-law appearing in my wife’s dreams to foretell my mother’s death in 1993 was a prophetic announcemdent and the dream involved only women.
Worm In Chinese folklore, worms in dreams represent diseases. Like in dreams about snakes, seeing many worms may reflect one’s feeling of being overwhelmed by mundane chores.
Xenophobia Being xenophobic or being a victim of xenophobia reflects apprehension.
Yacht Sailing in a yacht is a dream of luxury and it reflects a relaxed state of mind.
Yell Yelling in dreams are often audible while dreaming. One may be reliving a traumatic experience or one may be releasing an intense emotion in the dream. Often, the dreamer wakes up from the dream yelling still.
Yellow Yellow is a royal color in Chinese culture. It symbolizes, gold, prosperity and high social status.
Yoga A dream of practicing yoga may indicate relaxation.
Zebra Seeing a zebra evokes curiosity.
Zodiac According to Chinese folklore, one’s own zodiac sign augurs good fortune.
Zoo A dream of visiting the zoo reflects a relaxed state of mind.