COMMON DREAM SYMBOLS
Common Dream Symbols
Some dreams and their specific colors in dreams really grip into our beings as though they are trying to reach out and answer questions we may not even be asking. It is important that we learn to listen to these dreams because they can provide valuable insight into what we truly want or need in our lives. There are some surprisingly unifying symbols that occur regularly. Here are the most common dream symbols and their basic meanings.
Teeth Falling Out
The symbolism of teeth falling out can be a double-edge sword and has significantly different meanings depending on who you are talking to. As with all things regarding dream interpretation, it should be an “interpretation” and not set in stone. Here are some common ways to interpret teeth falling out in a dream:
NEGATIVE INTERPRETATIONS POSITIVE INTERPRETATIONS
• lack of confidence • a windfall of income
• fear of aging • a wish coming true
• uncertainty about a situation • a sudden change
In order to determine what your subconscious may be telling you, take into consideration the many variables that may influence the symbolism behind your dream. What were you doing when your teeth fell out? Were you trying to speak to someone you care about? Sometimes this can mean that you fear speaking or are worried that you may break something by moving forward.
Did you observe what your teeth looked like when they fell out? Were they gold or did they transform into something else once they were out? As with the concept of the tooth fairy, sometimes losing teeth can mean that we are maturing or moving onto another stage of our lives: a stage which can sometimes be monetarily rewarding.
How did you feel when they fell out? Were you fearful? Relieved? Confused? Sometimes changes seem to come at just the wrong time. We may not be prepared but that does not mean that we shouldn't try our best to understand how to move forward with confidence. Sometimes dreams about teeth should be taken more literally than figuratively. For example, if you are experiencing regular headaches and are in your 20’s, perhaps your body is trying to tell you that its time to get your wisdom teeth out. Are you in your golden years and haven’t been taking proper care of your dentures? Perhaps your subconscious is telling you it’s time for a new fitting. Really take into account the other influences in the dream to get a better understanding of what this symbolism might entail.
POSITIVE ASPECTS: a much needed change, a windfall of money.
NEGATIVE ASPECTS: lack of confidence, fear of change, inability to communicate.
Marriage & Pregnancy
Dreams about marriage and pregnancy both typically have positive implications. As with all aspects of dream interpretation, you should consider the overall context of the dream itself. Common meanings behind marriage in a dream often include finding harmony or unity between either yourself, a situation, or someone you care about. Likewise, common meanings regarding pregnancy in dreams include gaining creative insight, growing as a person, or even a literal pregnancy. When trying to discover the underlying meaning to your dream, consider whether or not the marriage or pregnancy is happy, forced, or unexpected. Marriage or pregnancy dreams can sometimes indicate that you don’t feel prepared for a change or feel forced into a situation you aren't ready for.
POSITIVE ASPECTS: unity, harmony, joy, creativity, growth
NEGATIVE ASPECTS: coercion, being unprepared, fear of responsibility
Snakes are one of the most ancient and ingrained fears in mankind. In fact, many scientists credit the development of acute vision to our need to detect and avoid snakes. In this regard, snakes are almost always associated with anxiety, danger, and a threatening environment. If you have a familiar or intimate relationship with snakes, then the common interpretations may not apply to your dream. Some questions to consider when investigating the symbolism of the dream include: What is the snake doing in your dream? Is it coiled, ready to attack? Is it knotted and bound? Is it chasing you or following you? This type of dream can mean that you are fearful or potentially entering a situation without proper knowledge of the dangers involved.
Is the snake being harmed? Are you eating the snake or worse, being eaten by the snake? Dreams such as these can often indicate that you fear someone betraying you or that you are having trouble seeing the truth behind someone in your life. Does the snake have two heads, two tails, no eyes or a familiar human-like face? Sometimes double-headed snakes can have a positive meaning: two working as one. No eyes or a familiar human-face may mean that there is a liar in your mist.
POSITIVE ASPECTS: working as one, unity
NEGATIVE ASPECTS: danger, anxiety, not seeing the truth
We have all experienced this. Unless you’re a thrill seeker, the sensation of gliding through the air, without any protection or purpose is not a pleasant one. Typically dreams about falling indicate uncertainty or worry that may be taking you down physically. Have you been experiencing sickness or needless worry? Have you found yourself unable to relax or make decisions? Dreams in which you are falling can usually imply that you do not feel you have control or support in your life. It is a worrisome symbol but there is some hope in it. If you find that you do not fear the fall, are exhilarated by it, or accept it, then it could indicate that you will find some peace in a situation or gain new confidence in yourself.
POSITIVE ASPECTS: gaining confidence in yourself
NEGATIVE ASPECTS: feeling a lack of control, uncertainty, fear
These few symbols tend to be the most common dream symbols that people turn to for interpretation. Often this is because the context of the dream is so abstract or bizarre that it leaves you bewildered. As with all dream interpretation, it is important to ask the right questions. If you can look deep into the symbolism and be honest with yourself you will discover a powerful truth.