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Dream Dictionary

Online Dream Dictionary & Encyclopedia by Tony Crisp

(Please note this site asks no fees, and posts that have any adverts or links to adverts will be deleted.

Also I am alone working on your dreams, and also taking time revising the dictionary, so I cannot keep up with the number of request you send. So please look at the dozens of replies at the very end of an entry. Hopefully you will find something helpful. Also see Questions which I hope to enlarge soon. )

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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 But to find the meaning for yourself read it is good to read Processing Dreams  or Being the Person or Thing

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 http://translate.google.com/ Translate it into English and send the result. You can then translate any response back into your own language.


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:



-Jody 2015-03-14 17:50:31

I had a dream that the life I thought I lived was something made up and nothing was actually real. I was this girl that looked nothing like I think I look, had no friends and was treated awfully. I found all of this out in my dream and went crazy. I went to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and saw people stuck needles through my skin all over my face and scalp and the it didn’t look like me at all. I went to my two best friends and they had no idea who I was and laughed at me when I told them because they just thought I was a weird girl in school. I called my dad but I kept calling the wrong number as if he was never my dad. At the end of the dream, I slept in the snow on the property where my old house burnt down except in my dream I made up that that happened and created it in my imagination. As I was waking up from the snow I woke up in real life.


    -Tony Crisp 2015-03-15 11:32:25

    Jody – A really interesting dream that could mean many things.

    But it sounds in your dream you have created the life of an outsider. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-outsider/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing

    It can be a blessing or a curse as you felt it to be, but it is often because you try o be like everybody else – a modern curse for women and men.

    You felt that you had lost your real self – that can be caused by, and I quote from Eric Fromm’s book Escape from Freedom, “A personality offered to him by cultural patterns; and he therefore becomes exactly as all others are and as they expect him to be. The discrepancy between “I” and the world disappears and with it the conscious fear of aloneness and powerlessness. This mechanism can be compared with the protective coloring some animals assume. They look so similar to their surroundings that they are hardly distin¬guishable from them. The person who gives up his individual self and becomes an automaton, identical with millions of other automatons around him, need not feel alone and anxious any more. But the price he pays, however, is high; it is the loss of his self.”

    Your old house burnt down, suggesting that the person you originally felt yourself to be has been destroyed. And I am guessing that your not understanding your situation left you feeling lonely and frozen inside. But that is actually a sign of waking up to who you actually are. Please read http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/animal-children/#Program see also http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/lifes-little-secrets/



-Ashley 2015-03-18 5:02:42

I’ve now dreamt twice of being in a movie theatre where I am the only one there&the first dream, where the screen would be, it’s a beach&I’m worrying about the tide rising…the second dream, which I might add is now about a yr. apart from the other, there’s just no screen&again, I’m alone..there’s other aspects to this dream that I’d rather not mention….but I’m just curious about the theater being empty&why the theater is really not a theater at all?



-Michaela 2015-03-20 7:14:43

Hello, I have been having some weird dreams lately. They’re all different, but they all seem to make me feel the same, which I distressed. Most of them are incredibly vague except for main parts of them that I remember photographically. However, this evening I had a dream and all of it was very clear. I dreamed that I had moved beside of dad’s house, although the surroundings were NOT anywhere near where my dad lives, I suppose I just assumed he was in the building next to mine. I looked up onto a hill as I was walking into an unfamiliar home and saw a black panther, who seemed to be minding its own business and I was not alarmed in any way, actually I enjoyed seeing it(I love jungle cats). I then noticed that there were a couple of house cats wall king around closer to me, when I looked up and towards the side their was either a lioness or a young , maybe like teenage lion laying down, again I was not alarmed I was actually pleased… I began to wonder if the house cats were in danger, I suppose I assumed cats would not eat themselves. I then walked outside and the lion was eating one of the house cats, still I was not afraid, I thought that wa weird, but I looked in the lion’s eye and something clicked between us I felt instantly like a potential snack, I was pretty stealthy in my dream and made it back into the house… Only to find that the panther was in the home… Again I was not alarmed at first.. But somehow I looked into its eye and again that changed… I did everything I could to hide and get away, the strange thing is that they only stated at me and never actually attacked … Like they locked on to me for a different reason other than to attack, still I am awake at two in the morning because of the distressed feeling, which has been happening often, sorry I wrote so much


-Nate 2015-03-21 14:21:30

Looking for a possible interpretation to my dream it start with me leaving my 3 children home alone when my youngest is only a baby to go help my cousin as I am there I realize I’ve been gone a long time and can’t find my truck keys I start to freak out because I keep seeing visions of my baby boy in his swing crying looking for me as I’m looking a little girl tells me she can help me if I give her a piggyback ride so I do. As I start walking through the house wich has now changed to my aunts house is empty. I look out a window to see the weather has also changed and is now dark with a deep howling wind. We get to a large room I’ve never seen before with no lights. The girl has me a small flashlight and I look around to find a casket with 2 dead babies in it. I look around some more and find like little shrine memorials of different family members in a line until I get to this couch. I can feel myself getting more nervous as I slowly put the light on the couch to only see myself dead laying there still with my skin on but no meat just skin and bones it seemed so real even when I woke up I could still smell the mustyness of that room thanks


    -Anna 2015-03-22 21:10:11

    Nate – What a touching dream you sent us. Every symbol in this dream is a reflection of your inner life and should not be confused with your waking life.
    In the dream you become aware that your inner baby – not your son in your waking life – has been left behind by you for too long now.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/health-and-healing/inner-baby-and-child/
    At first you do not find the right approach to return to him, symbolized by the keys you cannot find.
    You reach a turning point when you fully become aware that you have to help him and with realising this, an endearing little girl appears who is willing to guide you in a rather playful way. She is a precious part of your inner life and so please cherish her.
    With her you are able to move through the dark and often difficult stages of your inner journey, until you reach what you are asked to look at.
    She helps you to bring into your awareness – the flashlight – what was unconscious before.
    It/she enables you to see the parts in you which were killed and I think the little shrine memorials reflect that there is a pattern of killing certain parts in the inner world in your family line.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-conjuring-trick/
    When you dare to look at yourself – which is a courageous step too – you become aware that rather than digesting unpleasant emotions, you killed them and then you covered them up with skin.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/corpse/
    The good thing is that you can bring yourself back to Life and working with your dreams is a wonderful tool for that purpose.
    In order to understand that you went in one dream through a healing process which will take longer, I like you to read the dream from Naomi-Lim and the comment I wrote.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/woman-2/
    Anna :-)


-Wendie 2015-03-23 14:12:37

As I was waking this morning I saw an image of a tall Native American Indian woman with her arms by her side. She was wearing a beautiful dress … Not a hide. It was woven with many different geometric figures. She was looking downward. The word shikanuk came to me. I thought it might be a name but cannot find a name even similar. Any ideas?


    -Anna 2015-03-23 17:20:18

    Wendie – I once had a dream in which a man introduced himself to me. I understood his name was Theo Sofaa and it did not make sense to me. It was only later that it became clear to me that I had “received” his name wrong, for it should have been Theos of Aa. Theos means God and AA means the Acts of the Apostles.
    In the dream this name did not make sense, in my waking life it did.
    So perhaps you spelled the name wrong and it was ChikanUK?
    Chikan comes from the Persian Chakeen and it means “elegant patterns on the fabric”. Chikan embroidery originates in India and geometric figures are used as well on the fabric.
    Your IP number does not show where you live.
    Perhaps the UK as in United Kingdom makes sense to you in association with Chikan embroidery?
    Anna :-)


-Minu 2015-03-27 21:54:54

I was in a trip with my parents, brother, boyfriend and my cousin sister. We were having lunch at some place and suddenly my boyfriend was mad about something. There was a lion and it wasn’t kept in any cages but it was very peaceful. My boyfriend started doing things at the lion while I was telling don’t. The lion got angry and it roared. My parents couldn’t run anywhere because of the side they sat but me, my brother and my cousin sister ran out of that place. While running we heard my parents screaming and mostly my mother. All called my name. I was crying and I was helpless. I suddenly woke up because I was in shock and pain.


-Jenni 2015-03-28 10:34:02

I was woken from a dream about the aftermath of my father-in-law dying in a plane crash. I was left with a feeling of major upset as well as my hisband whom is very close with his father. Also in dream my husband had to tend to business which in real life he is very much involved in his father in. Also my young son was in dream and was asking me to speak with his grandfather after incident. They too are very close. Very real dream, would like to know what this could mean.


    -Anna 2015-04-01 17:45:13

    Jenni – The symbol of a crashed or wrecked plane could mean worry about failing. It can be anxiety bringing down your ambition or adventurousness; a loss of self-confidence or mental equilibrium; warning about a business project; broken dreams and hopes. Sometimes shows or refers to a break up in a relationship.
    I find it hard to distinguish whether this dream is merely expressing your intuition about whatever is going on in the (business) relationship between your husband and his father, or whether this is about aspects of your inner world.
    So perhaps you can explore this dream for yourself to get a better understanding?
    You can use any (or all) of these techniques for that purpose:
    Anna :-)


-shorty 2015-04-01 11:18:34

I had a dream I was stuck in my dad’s old house with a lion and I was staying away from him and he could never reach me and never hurt or attacked me just walked around and hot close a few times. I am also 32 weeks pregnant what did my dream mean


    -Anna 2015-04-01 18:05:20

    Shorty – In order to explore what the lion symbolises in this dream, you can enter the dream again while awake and try to explore these questions:
    Is this a house you once lived in, or knew well?
    If so what was your way of life in that house? What happened to you there? – were you going through puberty; were you in or leaving a relationship; was success or failure experienced there; was it a move to or achievement of independence? Whatever you remember or define about it, how is that relevant now and in what way is it active in your life?

    Also, what was the environment or atmosphere like in that house? What feelings does it evoke in you now? Sometimes it is easier to see this looking back as you are often too immersed at the time, so take time to describe it to yourself.
    While going through these questions, you will be able to digest (some of) the experiences that you feel stuck with.

    Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/personal-growth/
    Anna :-)


-Summer 2015-04-02 2:06:37

Hi Tony,

I’ve been dreaming very vividly lately and a couple of night ago I had a dream I was pregnant with my ex fiancé’s baby! [I left him because he was unfaithful] It was so crazy. We were leaving his hometown on our way to Atlanta and he said “I’m so excited your pregnant!” I replied, “I told I was pregnant a week ago…” Then he said “I know, but I didn’t believe you.” We arrive at a hospital in Atlanta, but I walk into my delivery room and some how it’s on the countryside of Italy (beautiful view!!). Anyway, a nurse walks in and hands me this gorgeous baby, but I can’t tell the gender of it. I say to the nurse “I don’t remember having the baby” (I’m on the verge of tears) She says, “It’s okay, you have a beautiful baby.” Well I tried to feed my baby, but I couldn’t!!! The bottle would go everywhere but the baby’s mouth and it frustrated me soooo bad! Then my ex walked in with his friends bragging and I woke up. Crazy right? What does all of this even mean?


    -Anna 2015-04-02 5:16:21

    Summer – Most people are often totally unaware of the massive experience they take in during a relationship and how it interacts with them when we love someone. In other words the memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost.
    This inner change is symbolised in your dream by being pregnant from your ex and by giving birth; even when you don’t remember having the baby.
    You do not know the gender of the baby in your dream and perhaps this information can give you a hint.
    If you have given birth to a baby boy, it is usually about the principle of maleness entering your life. Maleness is like the sun, it expresses most of its energy outwardly to give life. Whereas the female is like the earth, receiving and nurturing life.
    It can be the birth or emergence of a new phase of self-expression in terms of activity or achievement.
    If you have given birth to a baby girl, it is usually about the principle of femininity. Femininity is about having the power of creating life within and nurturing its growth.
    Your dreams often present you with opportunities to change or to grow. If the dream is dealing with an emerging part of your nature, or a new love or project, protecting and helping this new dimension of your life is important. So, for instance, if your baby needs feeding or affection, sit quietly and imagine yourself feeding the baby, or giving it affection. Do whatever you feel is needed to help it.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    Anna :-)


-James Turek 2015-04-03 15:53:59

I had a dream that I saw my girlfriend walking my dog alone. That was it. Could it have any meaning?


-Galaxy 2015-04-06 14:20:59

I’ve been stuck in a few loop holes of dreams.. One of them is me going to my secret place where I always go. But yet I’m always encountering a man on a horse an I can’t see his face. He always tells me everything is going to be ok and he wants to take me away.

Then the second flash comes in and I find myself looking at dogs playing in a yard. Behind them is a forest.

I always set forth and go into the forest. At times I end up at a top of the mountains or back on my server place and starts over again..

Please help me to understand this message.
Thank you.


    -Anna 2015-04-07 11:41:16

    Galaxy – “back on my server place and starts over again”
    I understand from this sentence that you perceive your dream like a computer game, where you did not make it “to the next level”.
    Games are the main purpose of many people’s use of their computer. Most games are challenges of one sort or another, and so in a dream will probably be a way of assessing your skill in life or relationships. The game or the computer might also depict a tool, a doorway, an initiation into deeper levels of yourself, or greater achievement.
    In general dreams recur because there are ways the dreamer habitually responds to their internal or external world. Because their attitude or response is unchanging, the dream that reflects it remains the same. It is noticeable in those who explore their dreams using such techniques as described under processing dreams, that recurring themes disappear or change because the attitudes or habitual anxieties that gave rise to them have been met or transformed.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/processing-dreams/
    So while awake, try a different approach; like instead of going into the forest on your own, you can explore the symbol of the man on the horse and what his message is about.
    You can use several techniques:
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)


-Kajsa 2015-04-09 17:14:55

I had a dream that a lady, to whom in my dream I acted like I knew, was pregnant. In the dream I felt as if she was pregnant but it was my pregnancy and my child. I stood beside her as she layed on a hospital table and the doctor cut her stomach open and pulled the baby out. I cried as if I had just given birth to the child. I looked to see if it were a boy or girl and it revealed to be a girl. I jumped up in joy and told my 3 year old son he was a big brother and had a baby sister. I then looked back at the baby and noticed it had 2 more sets of legs that were partially developed as if she were supposed to be triplets but did not mutate. I was still completely in love with her and held her right away, and all I felt was pure joy. Then I woke up.


    -Anna 2015-04-13 15:43:48

    Kajsa – I “sat and looked into your dream” for a while. I think I have found a clue in what you told your 3 year old son, but I am not sure if I am “looking into the right direction”, and so I would appreciate your feedback.
    The clue I feel is in the words “he was a big brother”
    When we give birth to something it could relate to giving birth to something vulnerable inside us; perhaps something we still have to learn to deal with.
    Because of this baby girl having more legs, I wonder if your son is capable of doing more things himself than he is willing to do and/or than you encourage him to do.
    Like for instance do you still pick him up and carry him around when he asks you, where he could be able to “do some more steps himself”?
    Anna :-)


-lorene brooks 2015-04-13 7:16:50

I font usually dream, but this scared me so bad cause I dont own cats, I sleep on my stomach with arm folded under my chin and I can see the white cats eyes thru my fist and the claws seem so real digging thru my wrist and my daughter comes in a wakes me saying I was screaming, go go get away from me over and over, please help


    -Anna 2015-04-14 9:55:14

    Lorene – The white cat in your dream is a part of you that if you took the time to get past the blockages you have as protection (with arm folded under my chin and I can see the white cats eyes thru my fist), then you become more whole, more sane, and with more powers. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain
    You have to realise that there is nothing outside of you while you dream. So it is all taking place within your community of yourself. Therefore it doesn’t matter whether you dream about a dragon or a cat you do not own in your waking life, it is still you paralysed by you if you fear it. So instead of protecting yourself against yourself, it is wise to integrate the white cat and have its feminine intuition and a link with the natural beauty in you.
    To integrate the white cat open your heart and your body to feel the creature. Open by accepting it as a part of yourself – just as the blood and guts and faeces are a part of you. Allow yourself to grow. See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/
    Feelings of beauty appear again and again in a multitude of dream places and situations. It takes some dream work to uncover this beauty that lies within you. It doesn’t matter what you look like physically for you are beautiful at your core. It is like dusting the sand and dust off of the beauty that lies beneath.
    Anna :-)


-mia 2015-04-16 17:40:51

I had an encounter were I tried waking up and I couldn’t move , like sleep paralasis type of thing happened and saw myself lift my arms up and opened up like a book ,it seemed like it was like my spirit or something and the book was shining with light I was scared so I prayed and then I was able to move and then I had three other sleep paralysis type of thing happen to me . I wonder what this means.


    -Anna 2015-04-17 5:21:35

    Mia – What a wonderful “meeting” with the Huge that you are!
    When we begin to meet the Hugeness that we are, we often react to it in our dreams or in waking with fear or panic. But it is only our small self-image, our ego that reacts because it feels powerless, even though in reality the Hugeness is part of our totality. It is the enormous potential you have within you, it is Life you are frightened of or have been ignoring.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#Reaction
    Also many people experience feeling paralysed while they are partially awake but dreaming. This may be due to the fact that voluntary movements are inhibited during periods of the dream process. All brain signals to the voluntary muscles are stopped. Therefore if we become slightly awake and attempt to move at that time we feel paralysed. This is not sensed as a problem if we are unconsciously involved in a dream. While dreaming another level of will takes control of the body, so any sounds or movements made are not from ones conscious will.
    If enough self-awareness arises in the dream state, then awareness of the inability to move may occur, along with the anxiety this can arouse. In fact this is probably only a problem to people who are frightened of the paralysis, as for most people, active dreams manage to break through the inhibition enough to cause mild movements and vocal sounds.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/sleep-paralysis/
    I see the symbol of “opening up like a book which was shining with Light” as another example of a dream that could suggest your akashic records.
    The word akasha refers to an Eastern concept that there is an aspect of nature which records all experience. In this universal recording of all human life and cosmic events, it is stated that one can find detailed insight of such things as past lives.
    In the West, Jung’s description of the collective unconscious has similarities with the akashic records. Also the metaphysical theory of the Cosmic Mind or cosmic consciousness. Many instances of people being able to access the akashic records or cosmic mind have been recorded.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/akashic-records/
    Anna :-)


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