Over Thanksgiving dinner, the topic of dreams arose amid my family. Recurring dreams, symbolism, and deeper meanings added to the laughter of the more ridiculous visions we’ve encountered. My father, for instance, admitted to dreaming of being chased by lions through a forest, and found a door to get away from them. Thing was; it turned out to just a door, with no means to save himself.
When we dream, our subconscious works with the wakeful Self in coping with worries, solving problems, and sometimes even finding answers to pervading questions. Sometimes dreams are nothing more than brain noise, or as Freud put it “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”. They can be entertaining, terrifying, and most importantly, a powerful tool for the witch (or pagan) to learn more about him or her Self.
Keep a dream journal. This often provide insight in symbols and meaning behind our dreams. Add the dream in the order you remember it, adding how you felt about the situations. Sometimes you’ll find something you would normally be terrified doesn’t bother you at all in a dream, or visa versa. This could be important.
Recite the dream as soon as you waken. This includes journaling the dream, or telling someone else about it. Even talking to yourself can help you remember bits and pieces.
Don’t depend on dream dictionaries for symbol meaning. Most books use symbols that are from society or myth, not our personal experiences. I dreamt several dreams on Yellow Jacket wasps, and if I depended on dream dictionaries, they warned against someone talking behind my back. That’s not the meaning I got at all from my dreams. If anything it had to do with fear and relationships.
Instead, meditate or read up on various sources to see what strikes you as being the right symbol. Its all open to interpretation.
Interpreting a dream can take days or even years to reveal its meaning. This often depends on how much we understand our Selves and how we feel about matters. The better you get at understanding your motivations and feelings, the easier dream interpretation are.