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Dream Dictionary

Online Dream Dictionary & Encyclopedia by Tony Crisp

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Also, I and my co-worker, Anna de Vlaam, are alone in working on your dreams, and it takes time so we cannot always keep up with the number of request you send. Also I am revising the dictionary – a long business – so please look at the dozens of replies at the very end of the ‘comment’ section, hopefully you will find something helpful. Also it is important to give a full account of your dream – see Give Us Enough Information. 



Also be aware that we offer a personal dream interpretation service. You can access this by putting a full explanation of your dream in the ‘Leave a Comment’ box at the top right of most dream dictionary pages. Or if you click on the Discussion Forum you can have a personal interpretation and see thousands of dreams already interpreted, completely different to the dream dictionary.



I know how much you might like to skip the introduction, and if you are tempted to do so, please, please read Summing Up. Without understanding the things given there you are likely to completely miss the point of understanding your dreams.

Your dreams can become vortexes of power to transform your life, and to enhance your perceptions. There is no ‘wave a magic wand’ route to this. It will not happen because you read a great book, or look at a good dream dictionary. Those things might help, but the real magic lies in whether you can enter into your dream in the right way. Try using Being the Person or Thing

But you can start right here by entering a dream image and clicking the search symbol – or you can read some fuller information below about the dictionary and how best to use it. The easiest way to find something is to enter it in the box below or in the search box on each page.

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Also if you find it difficult to express well in English, write your dream out in the language you are fluent in and put the result in Translate it into English and send the result. You can then translate any response back into your own language. Interpretations are given by Tony Crisp and Anna


What does my dream mean? – How to explore your dream meanings:

It is important in reading the definitions of dream images to realise that not every possible meaning can be covered. So please see if you get the idea of what is being said and allow your own imagination/feelings to fill in the meaning.

There are several ways you can understand the meanings held in your dreams, and there are several levels. The first is an easily understood level, followed by greater depths:

  1. You can enter a key word in the search box above. The Dream Dictionary contains interpretations on almost any type of dream subject. So if you dreamt of a flying saucer landing in a field, and aliens getting out and taking a baby,  a snake, and a pregnant dog back into the saucer, you could search separately for each of these subjects in the Dream Dictionary. Find the entry for flying saucer; then the entry for dog, baby,  snake,  pregnant, and so on. For each entry, find further related entries by looking under “Similar Articles” on the right hand side of the page. Then see Techniques for Exploring your Dreams
  2. Each entry gives the general meaning of the dream subject, just as an encyclopedia or dictionary does for a word. Several possible meanings are given. This is because as with our speech the position of the word – the context – gives it special meanings. So a hot dog would be quite different to a black dog, dog-end or dead dog. So when you read an entry which has several different meanings, sometimes with a ‘;’ between, it simply means any one of them could apply. So you need to think about the feelings in your dream, the context, the other imagery used. Please do not fall  into the trap that one reviewer made of saying that the whole dictionary is about sex. Of course sex is one meaning among many others. So use your own sense of your dream as well as any definitions given.
  3. To really explore the meaning it is useful to use the Dream Dictionary as it is designed, rather than arrive at a ‘thought out’ interpretation. To see a working example of this see Dream Interpretation Example One’

Below are links to the full explanation and introduction to the complete Dream Dictionary Ultimate. You will see that it is being enlarged and improved all the time.

Introduction to the Dream Dictionary Ultimate

Tony Crisp has been interested in the health of mind and body since his early teens. I began writing about these subjects in 1956. My fascination for what lay under the surface of the mind led me to personally explore the unconscious using dreams and other mental and physical disciplines.

From 1972 till ‘94 I worked as a psychotherapist using an eclectic, Humanistic Psychology approach which included dream work and releasing the secrets the body holds. My books include Do You Dream; The Instant Dream Book; and Liberating The Body and many more. See My Books also Life’s Little Secrets

During those years I has worked as a dream columnist for The Daily Mail, and She Magazine. I was the regular dream interpreter for the London Broadcasting Company; I ran Teletext’s dream page on UK television’s Channel Four; and also for New Zealand Teletext and now run this web site giving dream help as well as many features on subjects connected with the  human inner world.

Throughout more than five decades I have been involved in a personal search for the secrets of mind and spirit. In those years I have also taught thousands of people techniques of deep relaxation, meditation, and methods of self exploration using dreams. Wanting to dig deep I explored the use of dreams and taught individuals and groups of people how to use these visions of the night to discover and heal the deepest issues in themselves, and to touch the high ground of their spiritual awareness. I worked for twenty years as a psychotherapist using several approaches, one of which was a way of honouring the body as a doorway to the unconscious mind, the emotions and spiritual experience. See The LifeStream

During the sixty years of seeking the wild wondrous beasts of the mind and spirit I dared my own inner adventure. But I also travelled with other people as an ordinary person, not a therapist, sharing their experience of fear and wonder as they unveiled and set loose their fountain of perception. I have travelled countless dream pathways, traversed the timeless with those using awareness enhancing drugs, and wrestled with the vitality of the body as people mimed and shouted their deepest intuitions through movement, dance and voice.

Acknowledgement to this Edition

The Next Step – Criticisms

Introduction to Using the Dream Dictionary

The Discovery of Dreams – Things We Need to Remember About Us

Gaining Insight Into Your Dreams

A Master Course in Exploring Your Dreams

Using The Dictionary Search the Dictionary:



-vanessa 2016-03-23 9:25:57

I need help on a dream I have had twice


-Shelbie 2016-04-01 23:19:04

I’m a women and I dreamt I was looking at my self bare chested and it was a mans chest more so my breast where men’s .


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-04-05 10:20:48

    Dear Shelbie – Unfortunately you do not mention how you feel about seeing yourself this way and perhaps you feel like exploring it;
    Depending on your feelings, your dream may reflect how you gain much of your identity by your (sexual) attractiveness.
    Our sense of personal value and positive existence, may be built on many things, but can ultimately become less dependent upon particulars such as physical attractiveness or sexual partnership.
    Looked at your dream from another point of view, you may be exploring your male qualities.
    Psychologically, we may only express part of our potential in everyday life. In a woman, the more physically dynamic, intellectual and socially challenging side of herself such as assertiveness and taking charge of situations may be given less expression. Apart from this some features, such as innovation and creative rational thought, may be held in latency. Even if this is not true for the modern woman, there are features of her full potential that are held as secondary or latent characteristics, and are depicted by the male (physical parts) in female dreams.
    See also
    Anna :-)


-renata 2016-04-02 9:21:30

Pls help me to understand my dream
I’m very tired mentaly
Is been a while i have panic attack
And my dreams make me to think more
So I dream that I made a cache
And my grandmother ask me why I want to kill her,by putting poison for the rat in the cache
I ask her what u mean,she said I should go and see the deadt rat,I went to see it was dead cause he eat from the cache
So please help me to find a meaning of this dream


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-04-06 7:04:42

    Dear Renata – Thinking or not thinking is a (unconscious) choice and it seems that you have decided to feel a victim of your own decision maker. That is not helpful.
    A wise decision could be to stop thinking as it is also not the way to understand your dreams;
    Dream images are like icons on a computer screen.
    You have to ‘click’ on your dream images to make them come alive.
    “Thinking” about your dream and attempting to interpret it according to your rules of logical thought is like trying to understand what it would be like to bathe in the sea by thinking about it when you had never before been in water. Thinking will not come up with the answer.
    Your grandmother may refer to you killing/repressing Life within you while trying to get rid of your fears and worries.
    So why not try a different approach?
    See also and
    Anna :-)


-raphel 2016-04-16 10:20:20

Kiss my ex in my dream. What is the meaning


-David 2016-05-02 1:27:03

Please help me I dreamt when I have beaten a dog and it chased me and when I hid in the store , it passed its teeth and wanted to bite my right thumb and I woke up immediately. Ut am so scared help me tell me please. Thanks


-Shakiera Stokes 2016-05-03 15:54:47

i had a dream where i was being visited by my coworker. This coworker is a male who is really nice and sweet. In my dream I’m interested in dating him but this is not how I feel in reality. My female cousin, who also visits me, wants to date him. I becomes upset at her because she steals him away. Further in my dream, I’m having a debate with another family member over religion. That’s all I remember.


-Stephanie 2016-05-19 14:28:33

I just had a dream that my son and I were older (he was late teens, early 20s right now he is only 2). I went outside of our house in the backyard there was someone there…We got into a fight around the car (he kept chasing me) and throwing knives but I kept ducking. I had this stupid pathetic flip knife (the one with scissors, nail clippers, etc). It went on for about 20 minutes…My son came out to see what was taking me so long but he walked into the middle of it. He grabbed him and held a knife to him, I put mine down and started walking towards him but he got away and punched him in the face. He got the knife away so i ran inside to call the cops when i came out my son was on the ground there was a girl and the man looking over him she had a gas can in her hand and he lights a lighter and drops it on him. He lights up on fire, I scream, dropping into the side of the house and than I wake up.

Its happened 4 times so far in 2 years. First time was weeks after he was born, second time was about a year later and third time was 6 months or so after that. This time is almost a year later.

I am a young Mom (20s) but I am sucessful in my physical, emotional and love life, I didn’t have a good upkeeping in my own childhood, I made a lot of enemies and very little loyal relationships because I was selfish coming from nothing I wanted sucess more than I wanted the sun to shine.

I didn’t reach out all other times but lately I have been scared of my past catching up with me. I have an amazing fiance soon to be married but he knows very little about my past experiences (what I have done to others), I am always scared someone will come back and hurt my boy.

Everytime it is the same man, I remember his face but do not know it. I didn’t see the female but she had blond hair.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-05-25 5:21:02

    Dear Stephanie – Thank you for describing your dream so well and for sharing so much of yourself.
    The dream you described may reflect an inner conflict and unresolved issues that leads to an explosive inner situation. The people and images in your dream reflect aspects of your inner world.
    Also feelings – like aggression – that are not allowed expression in your waking life may “sneak out through the backdoor” into the backyard while you are dreaming.
    That is because our dreams also function as a way of balancing the physiological and psychological activities in us. So your dreams serve as a safety valve releasing tension and emotion not dealt with in waking life.
    When unresolved issues from your past catch up with you in the present, you are more likely to project these issues into an imagined future and then you will fear the future you have created in your mind.
    There is a way to digest your past and to create a safe place to express all of your feelings in your waking life;
    This process will also gradually heal the relationship with your inner male.
    In general we can say the man in a woman’s dreams represents the woman’s mental and social power, her ability to act creatively in ‘the world’. It also holds in it an expression of her complex of feelings about men, gained as experience mostly from her relationship with – or lack of relationship with – her father. The animus is also a synthesis of all her male contacts. So the whole realm of her experience of the male can be represented by the man in her dream, and is accessible through the image;
    Accessible through the image means for instance that when you use for the man in your dream and your son in your dream that you will move into a deeper feeling understanding of these inner aspects. You can use this approach for the girl too.
    Another approach could be that instead of running or avoiding things, even scary things you take them into you. This is like eating; you take something in and it becomes you. This is because we project all things outside of us in dreams, and to some extent we lose the energy they would otherwise give us. So accept that every part of your dreams is an expression of some part of you. So taking it into you makes you stronger and more capable. In fighting the man you are fighting and running away from yourself. Taking it in means you have his strength. Obviously you need to face and deal with your fears to do that, but that again is a wonderful thing to do; freeing yourself of your fears.
    Let me know if you have any questions Stephanie.
    Anna :-)


-Tommy 2016-05-24 16:33:01

I dreamt I was walking to the mall with some friends. As we walked to cross the street, I began to step onto the curb. I looked to my (4 o’clock) and saw my son sleeping on the curb. His legs were laying in the open in the lane as bikes and cars began to drive. I quickly grabbed his legs and picked his body off the ground and went to sit down. I was no longer interested in hanging out with my friends and going to the mall.


-Lucie 2016-06-01 14:45:14

Hello, I’m a woman in my 20s and I had a dream a few night ago that I felt something and looked into my underwear and realised there was a little bit of menstrual blood. It was really bright against my yellow underwear. It surprised me because in my waking life I had just ovulated. Then my dream changed into me looking at my left hand, and a beautiful dragon fly landed on my pointer finger. I’ve read your page about both menstrual bleeding and hands which was helpful, I was just looking for a little bit more insight.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-06-04 12:21:36

    Dear Lucie – A little bit of menstrual blood during ovulation – also called ovulation spotting – reminds you in your beautiful dream of your potential to create and transform your inner and outer life.
    When we fall in love with someone, the feelings, emotions, ideas, and energies released by the experience of love can change or transfigure our whole life.
    Similarly, the release of an egg; the release of inner feelings, spiritual energies, new ideas, can have a transmuting effect upon us. It thus symbolises outer change through the release of inner forces.
    Transformation is natural to the dragonfly, but also to us. From the microscopic sperm and ovum we transform into an adult millions of times larger, and capable of living in a different environment. This transforming influence is still at work even when we stop growing physically. It is still available to continue mental and spiritual growth – spiritual meaning and awareness that transcends the limitations of the physical senses.
    See and
    A dragon fly is a wonderful example of the end of a cycle of inner transformation and the ovulation symbolises the start of a new one.
    While looking for more information about the life cycle of a dragonfly, I found and enjoyed reading Emilah’s article;
    Googling “inspiring transformation of the dragonfly” will bring more interesting articles about this symbol.
    Anna :-)


-Malou 2016-06-10 3:26:13

So in wake life im in love witg this guy and have been for about 2-3 years, its complicated but basically he is in another country which i will be moving to in a couple years, and even while we dont talk at the moment and for a long time i have always been hoping we could get in contact when i move there and possibly be together. I dont know id he even has someone else or not. Now in the dream i dreamt i was in a mall with him and about 3 other girls where one of them seemed to be his girlfriend, he was picking her up and such and i was hurtigt so badly to look at it, and i was about to cry and suddenly he was walking in front of me, walking backwards so he could look at me, and i was scared he would see my tears so i hugged him, and he was shocked and didnt hug me back, and then everyone sat down on 2 round benches, where all the girls sat on one and he sat on the other where there was only one space left on it beside him where i was supposed to go sit, but then i excused myself to the toilet to go cry, and i went and stood in line for the toilet and one guy was in front of me while i think the line continues around the corner (it was like a tiny hallway leading to the toilets) and there was a sign on the ground saying something like “wait here before continueing in the line, theres no reason(/or its not good to/ something like that), to hover over people” and then i woke up while i was waiting there. I woke up in heartbreak, i have no idea if this dream means that im not the one for him or not, i just dont know. Please help


-Samantha Savage 2016-06-13 4:43:24

I am on a the ferry boat, to Ireland, to Dublin where I love and where my family come from, and I am walking around the boat looking for somewhere to sit for the journey. I don’t find anywhere suitable so I accidentally wander off the boat, and at the docks I see the boat leaving without me. I run towards it and eventually I get back on board just as its leaving to sail into the Irish sea.


-Samantha 2016-06-17 5:01:45

I had a dream where my new septum piercing kept slipping out, no matter how much I tried to fix it.

I recently had another dream that I was in better shape than I am now, and having my picture taken in a bikini. I have multiple scars on my stomach from surgery I had seven years ago and a colostomy bag that has since been reversed.


-Emma 2016-06-20 2:46:42

I had a very disturbing nightmare shortly after falling asleep a few nights ago from which I woke up sweating from. I was in a psychiatric seclusion cell and was experiencing a demonic possessive vividly. Words came out of my mouth that was not spoken in my voice. I don’t know what it said, and it may not have been English. I also think my body was lifted up by the demon. I keep my eyes closed during this as I was too frightened. I think I keep calmly requesting it to leave me as it’s not welcome. Eventually it left my body. I was then protesting to the staff not to leave me locked up alone in the secluded cell as I was not safe from evil on my own. My boyfriend was present in the cell at one point but he agreed with the staff about my mental illness and left me there alone. One or two nights later I had another disturbing dream where one of my dogs was possessed by a demon, I knew this as his eyes had changed. I was desperately carrying him around in my arms seeking help. In my waking life I’ve gone through a spiritual awakening and was a bit concerned about negative forces since now becoming aware of the truth and such positive energy. I have had strange supernatural experiences throughout my life, including a near death experience where I was told it was not my time and I had to go back. Most disturbingly, I had a recurrent hallucination as a young child, off and on, of a small “man” in the corner of my bedroom spinning round slowly and nodding his head knowingly, and smiling mocking me as he knew how bad was my life was going to be. So, I’ve felt almost influenced or manipulated by negative forces. Therefore I did research how to protect oneself from negative entities by clearly telling them to leave prior to having these nightmares, which is what I did in this first dream. I’ve also heard negative entities are attracted to those with strong positive energy vibrations such as occur when spiritually awakened. Should I be concerned about my safety?


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