You Have to Look at Three Separate Details from the Dream…
Cat dreams can have many different meanings and interpretations – a lot of it has to do with your feelings toward these beautiful animals. Me? I’m a crazy cat lady, if there ever was one, so they represent joy, love, happiness, fun, and a million and one other positive things to me.
However, some people are actually frightened by cats and seem to have a phobia to them. Unheard of! For such a person, their dream would represent fear and a plethora of anxieties and negative feelings.
Other people view cats as signs of good luck. Some think black cats are symbols of good luck while others believe all cats are lucky.
Cats are also symbolic to many people of
The cat in the dream would, in and of itself, be symbolic of how YOU (the dreamer) feel about cats. This symbolism would, thereby, be the “heart” of the dream. For example, if you associate mysteriousness with cats, there may be something in your daily life that you’re trying to wrap your head around… something you’re trying to figure out.
As for the second step in interpreting this dream, you need to look at the color of the cat – in this case, white.
White in dreams is usually symbolic of…
- purity (such as pure snow)
- cleanliness, without blemish or spot
However, for many people, white may also symbolize nurses or doctors, due to the medical uniforms and jackets. If this is the case, the dream could be more about something the dreamer is going through that’s health-related (or something someone they care about is going through OR even something they fear going through). If the dreamer is afraid of cats, to any degree, this is more likely than not the case.
The third thing you’d need to look at for the interpretation of this type of dream is how you felt during the dream and upon wakening. Our emotions in the dream (and immediately after waking from the dream) have more to say about a dream and its meaning than most people realize. Always put your emotions front and center when determining what your dream means.
This Beautiful Symbol of America Usually Means “Patriotism”
I recently heard from a young high school student who had experienced an unusual dream. He had seen an eagle in his dream and, in fact, this beautiful bird was the only thing he could remember from the whole dream.
He said that this was fairly unusual because he’d never even seen an eagle in person and certainly hadn’t thought much about eagles, if ever.
Given the fact that he was an American – living in “H-O-T” Texas, as he put it! – I told him that the eagle symbolized America, Patriotism, and Freedom. I asked if any of these had been on his mind lately and he said they had been. He talked a little bit about world events and said that he hated when people didn’t respect their country.
Even when non-Americans dream about eagles, the symbolism is freedom and grandness.
Dream! Whatever do they mean? You might probably recognize some connections between dreams and the real world but did you know you can actually do a few things that would help nurture your dreams.
Whenever people think about analyzing dreams, they think of crystal balls and psychics. But dream analysis has nothing to do with these things. It is actually a very good way of understanding yourself better.
Here, we are going to take a look at why people dream, why its analysis is important, and how you can being interpreting dreams.
Why do you dream?
Dreaming isn’t essential as far as the survival of your body is concerned. But it is important when it comes to the evolution and development of us as metaphysical beings. Dreaming is simply the communication between our mind in the conscious and unconscious state. It helps create a wholeness in people. Dreams are the bridge which allows movement between the things we think we know and the things we actually know.
Dreams allow us to play out puzzling and painful experiences or emotions safely. Dreams also let us process events and information which may be confusing or painful in environments which are emotionally real but unreal.
Dream analysis is a very important component of becoming whole. Dreams can reveal your deepest wounds and desires. So analyzing them will help you better understand yourself.
How do you analyze dreams?
One myth about dream analysis is there are stringent rules which people must follow. But each person is different which means there can be no prescription or formula.
Dreams can be understood in the large context of the self-discovery and unfolding of an individual. But, there are a few guidelines which can help you understand your dreams better and dig into their meaning a little more.
It is very important for you to record them. This is the most important step. Taking notes, even if it is a few sentences can draw the content from the unconscious. If you have trouble remembering your dreams, try keeping a journal by your bedside. If you don’t dream, make sure you mention it in the journal. Within a few weeks, you will start remembering your dreams, and you should be able to start recording them.
Think about how you felt in the dream. Were you angry, scared, remorseful, etc.? Did you feel the same way once you woke up? How comfortable were you with the feelings?
A dream dictionary can come in handy here. It contains possible explanations for a number of different types of dreams. You can go through the list and get a good idea of what your dreams actually mean.
Our unconscious self is constantly calling us to feel into ideas, actions, and thoughts. This helps us get a better understanding of who we are and where we are going.
You also need to identify the recurring thoughts in dreams and in your daily life. This is very important. If you can’t do this on your own, then you could visit online forums for help. Ask every question you have and you should be able to get a decent idea of what you are going through from others who may have experienced something similar.
You should even consider all of the elements of dreams. You can show up in dreams in a number of different ways. On a number of occasions, we could find our personalities, ourselves, in various elements of dreams, even if there are clear distinctions between us and the other characters in our dream. Ask yourself what it’s like to be the villain, the aggressor, etc.?
Even though there might be a trace of collective meaning for few universal symbols which have some bearing on the internal analysis and growth of a person, what’s more interesting is where dreamers go with the symbols and what they connect to because of the dreams.
You need to remember that you are the expert here. There is no one who will be able to understand your psyche better than you can. Even though websites like Kasamba can help you out quite a bit, you should never stop trusting in yourself. Your inner guide is often the best when it comes to your unconscious self.
For therapists, they need to put aside all their information, associations, and tools for dream interpretation and universal symbols with every new client. Each person needs to be treated as a new, unique world which needs to be discovered from the ground up.
You will be able to learn quite a bit from even the most mundane of dreams. You might be thinking of dreams as being more than fascinating, profound, or flashy enough to explore. But even when you are dreaming about having breakfast, you might just be able to yield some pretty thoughtful results.
Dream interpretation is the best way for you to understand your dreams and harness them in order to increase creativity, find life purpose, solve problems, and obtain accurate guidance in your personal life.
By the time you have learned to successful interpret your dreams, you should be able to interpret hidden messages that are being revealed to you while you are sleeping.
You need to see how you can use your dreams in order to solve problems and exploring past lives and looking into the future. For example, you may have a dream where you are on an island. This might just be indicative of you wanting some personal space in life. If you dream about rabbits running through green grass, you should look think of as a good omen. A calm sea or a ship that is docked may be interpreted as the promise of love. If you can decipher the language of dreams, you will be able to achieve much greater awareness spiritually, and this is the perfect way to achieve lasting happiness. So what are you waiting for? It’s time you went online and found the answers you were looking for.
When Your Brain Tries to Tell You Something, Always Listen!
I had a dream about a woman. I have no idea who she was, she didn’t look familiar to me. I saw her working in an outdoor market in a foreign city. I believe we were in an Asian city and she appeared to be Japanese. All I know for sure about her is her name was HOPE. She was dressed colorfully and was smiling. I just really remember her being colorful and happy. I’m curious what this means because it seems out of the blue and it was so vivid and colorful. I remember all the beautiful colors and her happiness. Thank you.
This is a beautiful dream – not because of the specifics, so much, but because of what they mean. The dream is about one thing, and that’s the smiling lady’s name: HOPE. The fact that you even capitalized each letter of the name leads me to believe that, deep inside, you realize this as well.
Your subconscious, dreaming mind would find it almost impossible to translate HOPE in any way other than a woman’s name. To use a lady’s name is very clever and creative!
The fact that she was outside and represented a far away, exotic location says this to me: When you have HOPE, the wide world is ahead of you and absolutely anything is possible. It speaks to limitless potential and living without boundaries.
A colorful and beautiful world of happiness lies before you when your heart is filled with hope.
Maybe, in your daily life, you have recently thought about HOPE – possibly you were hopeful for something (or someone). The beautiful feeling simply found its way into your dream.
On the other hand, you may have recently begun to lose HOPE over a particular matter. This would be your brain’s way of telling you that, more than anything else, you need to get HOPE back. This dream is a perfect reminder of how important it is to listen to your dreams. They are almost always trying to tell you something.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful dream. I hope all of your days will be filled with HOPE and unlimited happiness.
Alligator Dreams Symbolize an Enemy or Foe…
I recently had a dream that I was at someplace like an auditorium. I was with a group of people I’ve never seen but have dreamt of before. We used to play a game and I forgot how, but I needed to battle someone. I left my cards in the back of my moms car on the floor so I sat outside to look at the cards i would duel with instead. While out there my dog and a skinny stray greyhound appeared and my friend and her mom and little brother touched it. A book from a friend I actually know is suddenly next to me and he’s texting me a secret about it. “The first few verses of my bible…” were all I got to see because the bible refused to open for me as if someone were turning the pages back. An alligator with red eyes appears where the greyhound was and squeezes through the bars in an attempt to kill my dog and my friends brother. I make it inside but have to throw my dog to the alligator. I get my dog out the gators mouth and tell her to hold it so I can take her to the vet though she looks dead. I mount the gator forcing it flat on the floor and rip its head off while telling someone to look up animal exorcisms and demonic animals. The alligator reattaches it’s head and my dream ends. But I see a google page of animals doing magic.
Please help me understand what this means because my friend has never given me a book and the other people I’ve had dreams with before along with the game.
This dream definitely falls under the categories disturbing and creative! On the one hand, you can feel how troubling it must have been for the dreamer, but you also kind of have to appreciate the creativity of this dreamer’s subconscious mind. Many people who have such creative minds are some of the most talented artists, authors, and creators in the world.
Of course, when you’ve had a disturbing dream like this, all of that means very little. You just want answers. That’s what we’ll try to get at below as we look at the different dream symbols.
Alligator. (Also Crocodile) Alligators and crocodiles represent very imposing enemies – this could be another individual or even a situation or goal. Some people “animalize” situations in life, such as disappointments, broken promises, lost dreams, lost jobs, money problems, etc. An alligator or crocodile usually represent something pretty large that the dreamer feels has attacked him/her or could possibly attack.
These animals could also appear in the dreams of people who frequently watch shows such as Swamp People or other shows/movies/games involving these animals.
Dog or other pet – dreaming of a dog or pet is very common. We feel protective of our pets and often think of them as family. It’s perfectly natural for them to appear in dreams. When a pet appears along with something dangerous or threatening, it often indicates that the dreamer wants to protect someone from something. In their daily life, there may be an individual they care about that they’re concerned for and wish to protect from harm.
Game – dreaming of the game (and even the cards) implies something that the dreamer needs to do… but, more importantly, needs to do well. A game in our dream suggests that our brain believes we have “one shot” to get it right. That we will, in essence, either win or lose. The fact that “battle” and “duel” are also mentioned adds to the weight of this burden. This dreamer obviously had something pretty heavy on their mind – something that probably involved trying to protect someone from something devastating.
The presence of a Bible and “demonic” animals is the perfect (make that PERFECT) example of conflict. These are such powerful opposites that you can literally feel the conflict the dreamer is under. While it’s not 100 percent certain, this implies that the dreamer isn’t sure how to approach their real-life dilemna. There’s someone they want to protect, but this conflict implies that they aren’t sure which way to go. They know very well that one way would be the right way (the Bible) – where everything is good and perfect but the other way (the demonic animals) would be disaster – in fact, it would be “hell.” The phrase “hell to pay” may even come into play.
Google is symbolic of searching – which goes along with this dream beautifully, as the dreamer is searching for answers. Animals doing magic somewhat suggests that the dreamer has even thought of their dilemma (wanting to protect someone) in terms of needing a “magic key” or a “miracle.”
Red. I’m also not the least bit surprised that red comes into play in this dream. As pointed out on our Dream Colors Page, red usually means something along the lines of “Alert!” or “Pay Attention!” in dreams. It is in keeping with the urgency the dreamer feels.
It’s also worth mentioning that people who are fans of “The Hunger Game” books or movies will often dream of large crowds, auditoriums, and “games.” Dreams are, in many ways, movies our subconscious mind creates while we’re sleeping. Fans of a particular type of entertainment will often see a recurring theme in their dreams – it simply means that their subconscious mind prefers this setting to the rest.
The crowd of people are probably just part of the scene, however, if they “feel” important to you, they could indicate that you feel everyone is watching you or that “all eyes are on” you.
The fact that the alligator reattaches its head simply means that the dreamer feels what they are up against is uncommonly powerful and fears that even their best efforts may not be enough.
While troubling dreams like this can rock our emotional world, it helps to think of them as helpful messengers. This type of dream can be used to help you step up in life and do whatever needs to be done. After all, whatever you fight today… at least it will NOT be a demonic alligator!
Thanks for sharing your dream and I hope your next dream is much more agreeable!
See our growing Dream Dictionary for more dream symbols, meanings, and interpretations.
The dream analysis for dreaming about a honeysuckle vine is actually a little more complicated than you’d think. A honeysuckle vine is one of those dream symbols that can mean a lot of different things for a lot of different people.
The following dream scenarios are just a few:
- If someone with a severe allergy to honeysuckle dreams about a honeysuckle vine, they could be dealing with fear in their day to day life. They could also be struggling with a feeling of being “left out of” something. For example, someone with an allergy to this plant may sometimes feel “cheated” or left out by having to deal with allergies. The more allergies an individual has, the more likely they are to feel this way. In this case, dreaming about something they are allergic to could indicate that they feel they’ve been wronged, overlooked, or even cheated.
- If someone is a gardener and loves to grow beautiful plants, dreaming of a honeysuckle vine could be symbolic of goals, hopes, and dream. There is, most likely, something they are dreaming about – something they want to “grow,” so to speak.
- For many people (I’d say well over half), dreaming about a honeysuckle vine is a “return to childhood” type of nostalgic dream. Most of us remember enjoying the nectar from honeysuckle vines when we were kids. In fact, the smell of a honeysuckle vine takes me right back to being a little girl in western Kentucky! Understandably, we often long for the carefree, careless, fun days of our childhood and, in our dreams, our subconscious mind often allows us to visit sweet memories of our childhood.
Another thing to consider with a dream such as this is the surroundings. Was fear involved? Did you awaken from the dream feeling stressed, anxious, or relaxed? Each of these emotional details factor into the dream interpretation and analysis.
I WILL get caught up, however.. and it starts today!
Have you ever had a dream about a church? Whether it’s your own church, a church you attended as a child, or simply a church you’ve seen – church dreams have a specific interpretation all of their own.
It’s first important to think about things we associate with churches:
A church is a symbol of God and is, therefore, one of the most holy and sacred symbols we have. Other religious symbols include…
- the Cross
- the Holy Bible
- John 3:16
- Preachers, Priests, Nuns…
While each of these religious symbols (in life and in dreams) can point to God, Jesus, our faith, hope, beliefs, eternity, Spirituality, and Christianity – a church takes it one step further.
Dreaming of a church has more to do with how we FEEL than anything else. Churches conjure up feelings of comfort, peace, contentment, and most of all SAFETY.
To dream of a church indicates either a feeling of safety and peace or a longing for safety and peace. To differentiate between the two in your own personal dream interpretation, you have to look at the rest of the dream
Was the dream peaceful and, upon wakening, did you feel peaceful, safe, and content? Most of the time, this indicates that you feel safe in your day to day life.
If the dream was chaotic, troublesome, and confrontational, and you awoke with negative feelings – it indicates that you are searching for peace and safety.
As with all dreams, nothing is set in stone and other dream symbols could affect your own personal interpretation. This is just a general interpretation for church dreams and the symbolism for churches in dreams.
As always, sweet dreams!
How Anger Dreams Help Us Release Tension and Hostility
Have you ever had a dream that just left you feeling angry when you woke up?! Maybe you felt angry in the dream – or maybe something happened in the dream that left you feeling mad when you stepped out of the dream.
Anger dreams are actually pretty therapeutic. They allow the dreamer to…
- Release hostility they fell unable to express in their waking world.
- Release tension and even anxiety.
As I often point out in Dream Interpretations, one of the most beautiful things about dreams is the fact that they allow our brains to “wrap” themselves around ideas that may elude them when we’re completely conscious.
When we’re awake, a lot of things are going on – not just around us, but in our minds as well. There are situations (and often individuals) that we have trouble coping with when we’re in the middle of so much commotion.
However, when our subconscious mind takes over when we’re sleeping, it can try to sort out and process information.
The same holds true for EMOTIONS. When we’re fully awake, we may feel a great number of emotions – and often all at once. It’s hard, sometimes, to figure out which emotions are the “truest.” When we enter our dream world, our subconscious minds gets to work.
Our emotions (as well as “information”) play out in our dreams as mini movies as our brain sorts through everything.
Have you ever stopped to think about just how fascinating this all is?!!?
If there are people, events, or situations that leave us frustrated – and yet we feel completely helpless about the feeling – we’ll often have “anger dreams.” In our daily life, lashing out at a co-worker or confronting someone in our family might not be the wisest or coolest thing to do. Telling them that the way they chew with their mouth open could hurt their feelings after all!
But, seriously, how uncouth is that?
If we’re unable to react in our waking world, it’s as though at night the brain says… “Okay, NOW I’ll blow off some steam!”
Ironically, more times than not – after the initial anger – we wake up and realize that what we thought was a huge deal… one worthy of so much hostility!… isn’t really that big of a deal. We’re able to put things into perspective and even feel thankful that we didn’t lash out or overreact in the “real world.”
That drama is better off in dreams.
The Meaning Can Actually Go One of Several Ways….
Dreaming of a cemetery or graveyard (or of anything pertaining to a cemetery such as headstones or graves) can have several meanings.
For some people, cemetery dreams indicate that they either have (or have recently had) a fear of illness or a sense of impending doom – either relating to themselves or someone they love. If serious illness or any form of catastrophe has been kicking around your mind, the subconscious brain may go all in and manifest these thoughts in a cemetery-themed dream.
I guess you could say these types of dreams could be a reminder to pay careful attention to what you think about during the day!
Cemetery dreams can also symbolize the words death, dead, or dying in different… decidedly less fatal… ways. The following thoughts and comments can put the words death, dead, and dying in the subconscious mind:
- a”dying” relationship
- a “dead end” job
- being “dead in the water“
- saying “you’re killing me“
- anything that may have made you say or think, “this is going to be the death of me!“
- a pretty dramatic individual may even say something inside of them is dying.
It only takes a small thought or a single, mindless comment to produce a dream. The subconscious mind hangs on tightly to things it finds particularly interesting, then produces, casts, and directs mini-movies called dreams. More often than not, the “set location” for these mini movies have as much to do with the dream’s interpretation as the action, itself.
Some older dream dictionaries believed that cemetery dreams indicated the dreamer’s need for physical, emotional, or spiritual rest. In the past (as in long, long, long ago) cemeteries were viewed differently than they are today. We don’t associate peace, rest, and quietness with cemeteries today as much as they did in the past. Part of the reason may be the language used THEN compared to the language used NOW. A very common phrase regarding cemeteries in the past was “a final resting place.”
People also used to refer to death more as “at rest” or “at peace.” Therefore, cemeteries and graves were viewed as places of rest and peace. While this may still be true in some parts of the world – it isn’t as prevalent as it once was.
Having said all of that… if you dream of cemeteries or graves and you happen to view death as a “final rest,” you could possibly interpret your dream as your brain telling you that you need a rest.
As with most dreams, your own individual interpretation may be different from the next person’s. You have to ask yourself:
- What are my feelings about cemeteries?
- How did I feel immediately after awaking from this dream?
Your own thoughts and emotions will help direct you to your own personal analysis.
It’s worth noting, too, that if you recently lost a loved one or even heard of someone dying you hardly even knew – your mind could “process” this information by producing a graveyard or cemetery in your dream.