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Angel
A Force of light, there are many types of angels, all working for the higher power. If you need help - ask for it, an angel might just be waiting for you to say help!
Akashic record
this contains all the information of your total existence, all your lives from lives gone by to now.
 
Ankh
an Egyptian glyph for life.
 
Anubis
an Egyptian God, who is either seen as a Jackal or as a Jackal headed man, to the Egyptian's Anubis was a protective and guiding force.The God Anubis bought the dead over from the land of the underworld to the hall of Justice.
 
Aphrodite
Goddess of love. The Goddess Aphrodite was asked to remove her famous girdle that made every one fall in love with her.
Apple
represents wisdom and knowledge.

Astrological Symbols

Apollo
Greek Sun God, has a famous statue at Delphi engraved with the words "Man Know thy self".
 
Athene
The Greek Goddess Athena stands for personal justice balance and fairness.
 
Attack
to be attacked can come from anxieties, feeling stressed that and maybe pressured from life's demands.
 
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Baby
the promise of new life, new beginnings.
 
Bat
a creature of the night, which uses sound rather than light to find their way, their basic message is when you cannot 'see', 'listen' for direction.
 
Book
contain learning and wisdom. To be given a book is the chance to learn. also see Akashic
 
Bridge
A walk way between the conscious and the unconscious. Moving from one perspective or even area of life to another new or undiscovered part of self
 
Boat
boats carry us over water (our emotions).
 

butterfly -  symbol of the cycle of life and immortality Butterfly's symbolise life and the transformations that one goes through to become the beautiful end product.

 
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Car
can be seen as yourself, moving from one point to another. If someone else is driving then that could signify that your direction is governed by somebody else. Driving your own car would be good as you are in control.
 
Cats
Symbols of eternit. Black cats are creatures of good fortune.
 
Cave
hidden areas of self, often hiding treasures
 
Chiron
half man, half horse, Chiron is known as the wounded healer, although he could heal others he could not heal his own wound as he was shot in the leg by Hercules with an arrow which had Medusa's blood on it.
 
Cleaning
literally a cleansing process.
 
Clown
appearances not not always as they seem, to see a clown could be someone hiding behind a mask.
 
Crown
symbolises power
 
Crying
cleansing of your emotions
 
Crystals
particular crystals have different energies, if you dream of a particular crystal then check out the crystal page and see what its area of influence is, maybe you need to work with that particular stone.
 
Cow
in many religions the cow is a sacred symbol, for she gives nourishment.
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Death/Dying
death is really rebirth, if you dream that you are dying this could be the ending of one phase for a new one to begin.
 
Dog
Generally can be seen as a protective force, especially if it's black. If you are being attacked by a dog then caution, watch for someone who pretends to be a friend.
 
 
Dolphins
Symbols of spring associated with Apollo. A lucky dream indeed, dolphins can help us travel our subconscious: the light and beautiful parts of ourselves.

 

Dove
Universally represent peace and love.
 
Dinner
a time of nourishment, eating - taking things in, digesting information.
 
Dragon
ancient creatures of strength, wisdom and power.
 
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Egg
With some myths the beginning of creation began with an egg. This is also a symbol of the soul.
 
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Fairies
wishes coming true, the importance of dreaming and believing in the magic and mystery of life.
 
Falcon
creatures of the air, the ability to see life from a higher perspective.
 
Fear
What exactly is fear? Fear is a personal reaction to....? Is still real although invisible, its actually something that we create ourselves, hence the ' we have nothing to fear, but fear itself'. The closer you look at fear or rather the image that has symbolized your fear, begins to get smaller and smaller until you are left with the root problem which step by step can be dealt with.
 
Feather
The Egyptian Goddess Maat, Her Emblem is the feather of Truth and Justice who stands in the halls of the under-world ready to place her Feather of Truth on the scales if the heart balanced with the feather they would have eternal life. If s/he didn't’t then the waiting monster Amemait would eat their heart
 
Firebird
A bird of flame and fire, that to some to see one signifies true love. In some myths the Firebird is a symbol of the Sun Goddess and to some myths this bird has a sweet voice and gilds all that it touches. Also in some Russian myths the firebird is a creature of light travelling through its own unique paths to its destination.
 
Flying
Freedom! Life is too fantastic to be looking down all the time! Reach for the stars, we're all perfect in our own way :)
 
Food
eating it - nourishing self, if food is available and you don't eat it, this could be refusing yourself the rewards of life (unless your on a diet and you have tempting dreams!)
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Gate
an open gate, able to move forward easily, maybe even moving into a new area of your life. If the gate is closed to you it could be that your trying to access areas/information that is not available to you.
 
Girdle
The Goddess Athene has a girdle which made men fall in love with her.
 
Gnome
the little DIY experts of the garden, who work with the seasons.
 
Guide
often if you meet someone in your dreams and then he or she seem significant for some reason then they could be a 'guides' or teacher. Remember that if you call for help you will be heard.
Make sure you note down dreams like this down.
 
Gold
Gold the metal representing the Sun, bright and fiery.

Grass
Green Grass, which is symbolic of a blessing that may exist or is comming. Wet Grass is also a blessing, but is a blessing that is tainted, or has a darker side to it. (thanks to Nick for this)

 

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Happiness
To dream of being happy promises joyful laugher.
 
Healing
if you receive healing in a dream, this could be receiving healing whilst sleeping. If you go somewhere to heal then it would be interesting to see if that place existed and go there to receive healing.
 
House
another representation of self, the different rooms signifying different aspects of your life.
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Ice
Frozen water, water represents emotions.
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King
Man of established power, having matured and learned the rules of life.
 
Kissing
closeness with another, definitely a shared experience.
 
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Light
the purity of spirit. (light is not white, it is the harmonious mixture of all the colours)
Lilies
flowers of purity, peace and rebirth
Lion
Emissary of the sun, symbolising light, truth and regeneration. Creatures of strength and passion, which can also symbolise secret wisdom - King Soloman was symbolised as a lion.
 
If befriended by one then this could represent a friend or protective force around you. If you look like you could be dinner, this could represent inner feelings of insecurities.
 
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Maat
The Egyptian Goddess Maat, Her Emblem is the feather of Truth and Justice. She stands in the halls of the under-world ready to place her Feather of Truth on the scales if the heart balanced with the feather they would have eternal life. If s/he didn't’t then the waiting monster Amemait would eat their heart
 
Magpie
messengers of the Gods, 1 for sorrow, 2 for joy, 3 girl, 4 boy
 
Mercury
Symbolically he is the trickster, he’s in dreams and the joker. He is also known as the messenger to the underworld,and of the heavenly realms.

Mice
Used to bed in temples of Apollo

 
Minotaur
a creature with a human body and a bull's head. See Taurus myth.
 
Monsters
Can be the manifestations of unaddressed fear. see Fear
 
Mountains
obstacles, goals or journey
 
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Oroborous
snake eating its own tail, symbol of the cycle of life. This was also a symbol of the Greek Goddess Gia at her temple at Delphi.
 
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Panther
for myself this is a symbol of the mighty female force: protective, dangerous and beautiful.
Pesephone
Greek Goddess of the Underworld (see Virgo myth for more info)
 
Phoenix
Creature born of fire which returns to t
 
Pomegranate
the fruit of Hades, some of these seeds were eaten by Pesephone who then was called back to spend some time of the year with Hades. The pomegranate itself represents the uterus with ova, the seeds of life and the cycle's that we travel. A positive sign.
Pregnant
this can either be prophetic! or this could be seen as a newness coming about, really depends on the context of the dream.
 
Pyramids
ancient places of power
 
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Rainbows
a truly happy omen, a time to wish, to love and to be happy, if you dream of a rainbow make the effort to look for the beauty in life rather than the darkness, after all how we see life is a decision that we make for ourselves.
 
Rain
cleansing, washing away the dust, a purification.
 
Roses
beautiful roses, these are very hardy plants, they come in many colours: pink - love, red - passion, white - purity, yellow - sincerity, blue - divine love.
 
Runes
this is an alphabet that is used for predictions, each letter has a particular meaning. if you dream of a particular sign then its worth looking to see what it means.
 
 
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Sacred Places
Can be real or visited in a dream, everywhere their are ancient places in the land.
 
Scales
Ancient image of law and justice, represent balance and justice from a spiritual point of view so enhancing universal truths rather than earthly ones that can be quite different. This also represents the high ideals that Libra stands for.
 
Scarab
This symbol related to death and rebirth and also represents Atum (also known as the sun God Ra) as pushing the Sun around the heavens until it is reborn at dawn, only to die each night where he/she fights with the underworld to emerge victorious to begin a new day. To dream of a beetle could signify new beginnings.
 
Sick
the action of being sick could be seen as getting rid of negative energies.
 
Scorpion
astrologically their they illuminate, as their laws were thought to hold the light.
Star
star of David or six rayed star. The message is: 'as above below'
 
Snakes
ancient symbol of female power,
spiders
are representations of the Goddess, she who spins her web, for myself I always see spiders as sign that She is just about to come out organizing people/situations.
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Table
Made to place things on, in a dream this could represent the things that are on offer to you in life.
 
Teacher
wo/man who has much to teach and learn from. In the Tarot this is signified by the Hierophant. If you dream of a teacher or guide, then listen.

Tellus
Roman deity, Goddess of fertility.

 

 
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Underwear

 
Umbrella
Protection from the rain.
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Vase
Holds many things, a passive object although depending on its state (whether its cracked or bright shiny new) would signify whether it can be seen as a positive or negative sign.
 
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Water
is a life giver, symbolizing the emotions.
 
Wheel
represents the cycle of life, life is full of spirals and circles, the moon spirals the earth, we are born, we grow, we learn, we experience, we die, we become reborn. In life we need to rebirth, when we have experienced and learned all that there is from a situation, life again changes presenting us with new challenges and fresh experiences.
 
 
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Yin/yang
symbolises the polarity of light and dark, the balance between feminine and male.
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star of David or six rayed star. The message is: 'as above so below'

 

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