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Dream Dictionary

Online Dream Dictionary & Encyclopedia by Tony Crisp

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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It will help if you take time to read Summing Up. In a short space it sets out many things that people need to know about dreams – it saves a lot of time.

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.

Also I occasionally have people write to me – from the USA – telling me of the terrible spelling mistakes in the pages. This is because they believe that the American spelling is right and any other is wrong. So it is strange that I, an English (UK) speaker, should be accused of wrong spelling – words like realise – labour – colour – etc, which have a long history in the ‘English’ language are criticised and not criticized as in the American language.  Also, HERB is said with an ‘h’ in England and is not pronounced ‘erb’ as in America – which is French – and so on and on! :-) So please bear with me and our strange similarities and differences.

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 fifty 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

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. Using The Dictionary Search the Dictionary:



-Irene 2014-02-05 7:54:42

I have native blood and don’t know from where I have many dreams I dream I was following a eagle who leaned me to a medicine man we spoke for hours then wolves speak to me tell me to go they don’t want to hurt me and some time they do I don’t understand . Also a lot of my dreams come true sooner or later


-shweta 2014-03-20 18:18:51

Last night i dreamt of a lion and tiger together. It goes like this…its a remote village and i was walking in the evening i saw a lion which was wanting to eat me….i ran into the house. Suddenly a tiger came and they both started fighting as the tiger also wanted to eat me. I locked myself into a room…..later what happened i dont know…the tiger vanished and my maternal uncle tied lion in a corner with a thick chain.

I dont understand what does it indicate. However i see lions often in my dreams and i get afraid of them


-Mikayla 2014-03-22 14:12:05

My nan passed in 2012 and we were extreamly close …she was in hospital for several weeks because she had a very bad problem with her bouwl and i use to viset her so often….i loved her more than anything and she passed away in surgury ….the hospital fed her rat poison and were also very crule to her for no reason what so ever it was like torcher anyway later on at her funeral, (open coffin) everyone was going upto her coffin saying “goodbye, rest in peace” and also kissing her and when i went up i instantly cried and held my hamd on her chest ….about a month later i dreamt that i was in the hallway and near all the bedroom doors and i walked past her locked door an saw that the light was on so i knelt dowm amd looked under the door and i looked around and in the corner of the room i saw her feet and then my eyes followed from her feet to her stomach then to her cheast them to her face and her eyes were read and she had several more teeth then any human then her eyes instantly just shone bright red and expanded and at the same time her teeth multiplied and expanded too then she started hovering towards me and then i instantly stated to cry alot then i tryed crawling away and i didnt have enough energy then i suddenly woke up and looked down the hallway and started to cry ….ever since then i have a rush of fright everytime i walk past her bedroom door -.-


-Beth 2014-03-27 2:00:50

Last night I had a dream where I kept trying to make a lamb/goat burger for a work colleague, but I could never get the order right. I tried over and over but never got frustrated. Today I found out she is a vegetarian?


-Alexis 2014-04-12 13:25:19

Hi! I am searching for an answer.
This morning I dreamt of being in a new home, walking out of my room to find a man in a black suit and hat, on my couch, sitting up straight & looking straight ahead. I was frightened ran back to bed and told my husband to go check it out. We went together, no one was there, but we were immediately thrilled to be in a new home, possibly a new town and start a new journey.
Sounds good right? But the man in the hat still haunts me! What does he symbolize?


    -Tony Crisp 2014-04-13 11:12:49

    Alexis – The man in black is your own fears of failure or of something new entering your life. That is why you ran back to bed and your husband.

    But when you go back to the problem of creating and new you – the home – with the inner support you learnt from your husband, your dreams can come true. It is all about your confidence and the man in black is when you doubt yourself.

    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing



-Valerie 2014-04-19 23:06:50

I had a dream I was on a very high mountain peak, so high that I felt I was floating a little above the peak. There was snow on the peak. I was reaching above my head to touch a cloud. I then heard a multitude of birds chirping. I felt very peaceful. At that moment I was awakened by spouse entering the room, I feel that this dream would have continued. Please reply your interpretation.


-Ariadne 2014-04-21 11:54:52

Had a dream my 9 year old son was seeing spirits. He was always scared and crying, i would find him doing random things like standing on a table staring down ready to jump. It was almost like they were surround them. They would point at them and they were everywhere. I couldn’t see them but knewthey were dark shadows shooting across him. What could this mean?


-Ryan Bigler 2014-04-22 12:17:16

I had a dream where some friends and I were driving through the woods and I got out to walk the rest of the way, which was only a half mile, and an alligator started chasing me. It wouldn’t attack me, it would just follow me step for step. Only when I turned to face it did it attack and out of nowhere a bar comes along and kills the alligator. Afraid, I climbed a nearby tree and used a stick to keep the bear at bay until my friends arrived. Now that I think about it I think the bear wasn’t trying to hurt me but was trying to tell me something….just a little confused. Can you help me?


-Anna K. 2014-04-23 17:36:32

Last night I was being chased by a man,he wanted to kill me. I knew I was in trouble for something I had done but I don’t remember what it was. I was hiding, he had sent his men after me and they were searching for me. I would switch hiding places frequently…Then he found me and I was annoyed that he wouldn’t leave me alone and I stabbed him and he died finally.
Then a crazy maniac was trying to get into my house and I would lock the doors and windows, he couldn’t get in but he wouldn’t leave me alone either. I tried calling for help but I couldn’t because at first I didn’t remember the number then the buttons kept changing and then there was all sorts of buttons with weird symbols I did not recognize. What does this all mean? Thanks.


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