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Dream Dictionary

Online Dream Dictionary & Encyclopedia by Tony Crisp

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This a non-profit site and it offers real dream interpretations – not dream dictionary features that are not real interpretations – and for which we ask no payment, but it would be a great help if you clicked on the Facebook and other links to like what we do. 

Also, I am alone in working on your dreams, and it takes time so I 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 I 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 Meaning of Your Dream

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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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. See Meaning of Your Dream
  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:



-Magda 2016-07-13 3:21:37

Tony wanted to say hello I hope you’re doing well this is Magda in Arizona


-Rochelle 2016-07-13 5:07:20

I’ve been meditating a lot and doing Kundalini and with that my dreams have become more bizarre and I can actually remember them. And I feel all my current dreams have deeper meanings from my angels or guides. The one I had a few hours ago started off with my bestfirends and I walking down a dark street, a car within group of teenagers pulled up next to ,attempting to rob us. But we threw our bags and phones over the wall into a strangers yard. The thief’s or robbers whatever they are knew that we threw our stuff over the wall and send two of them to go get the stuff. They then led us to the pickup truck they had ,putting us on the back.. Fast forward. I didn’t want them to get my phone from the stranger yard so I fought with the guy holding me ,thus pushing him of the truck onto the ground. At that time I didn’t pay much attention to that , and went of the truck into the yard. Which was weird because we chose to threw our phone s into that yard because of all the sharp spikes it had and all if a sudden I could get in without payinguch thought to them there I took our phones before our (let’s call them kidnappers for now) and the them into the house itself because a old man opened the door.

That made them give up on it but they still took us and when I got back on the truck one of the girls that was with the kidnappers told me that I had killed their friend (the guy who was holding mwband then I pushed him off the truck). Apparently the impact to the ground killed him, I looked on the ground and saw him laying there not dead,and I can remember from him is that he was wearing a grey hoodie.

Fast forward they wanted us to rob some place to get the phones that I threw in the house. But before we reached the place my dream changed to another dream at a hospital where my best friend died (in the dream) my mom and other family members were there and I cried but whenever I’d see them I’d stop crying because I didn’t want to cry in front of them.

The dream changed back to the kidnapping dream and from that point of I was no longer part of the dream but just watching on how they band my best friends made a plan and robbed the place in that time span the dream went from action to sexual to action.

And then the scene changed to a hospital and the girl that was part of kidnapping crew and me were standing around a bed looking at the guy I killed. And she was pissed at me apparently they were good friends and came from a bad background and were only trying to make make for food and stuff. And said she cant find a way to be mad at me because I lost my best friend to(which was off because it was two different dreams but she knew about the death)

Then out of the the guy’s spirit appeared and asked her if she’s bsure he’s dead and she was like yeah I’m sure, and then he said well I’m going home and she said I’ll come make a turn later on so cook something nice. And he walked out of the room but the guy was still dead on the bed.

Then I woke up.

But the weird thing is that the guy gave off the feeling that I knew him ,I felt like I knew him but never met him. So when I killed him it hurt more then the death of my best friend.. Its as if I got feelings for him after I killed him . And after I woke up I still felt sad and U still do now.

Could someone please tell me what this dream means


-Floyd Luckey 2016-07-14 12:16:46

I dreamed I was building I was a participant it was dangerous I was uncertain there was rail car’s big giant dug out land fill I was in a group that didn’t want to work in the end I escaped death.


-TOYIN 2016-07-24 8:36:21

I saw a car with all the side windows wined up. There were lots of snakes inside the car.
l warned those around not to move near just in case the snakes force their eay out to injure people.
Human being were not in the car just snakes.


-Vanessa 2016-08-13 17:00:03

I had a dream that one of my coworkers were getting trouble for doing something, and in the meantime i went to the bathroom. In the bathroom some big tapeworms were swirlomg around in the toilet. But what allowed me to know they were there was one jumped outnofnthebtoilet and escpaed by crawling in a hole in the wall. Then i was telling people I cant come to work the next weekbecause theybare removing all the tape worms


-Marisha 2016-08-24 13:12:18

Keep dreaming about ornamental treasure box myself and descead cousin find it. There are some small items in it. What could this mean


-Clementine Mazibuko 2016-09-04 6:06:47

My mother passed away while we were rushing her to hospital. she was still gasping when the ER doctor attended her. the doc said her heart had already stopped.

the first time I dreamt about her, she was kidnapped and it was made to look like she died. I kept trying to get her back until I was startled awake by my alarm.

the second time I dreamt we made it to the hospital and she was alive but in a crowded ward. but when we went to visit her, she had disappeared from her bed.

what does it mean


    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-04 9:24:39

    Clementine – I see it as you trying to find a way to understand death – but particularly the death of your mother. The suddenness of her dying must have created much emotion and questions in you.

    The kidnapping in your dream suggests the feeling of an external power or otherness snatched your mother from you. Also your statement, “it was made to look like she died” shows how you had not at that time accepted the death of her body.

    We have been bombarded by the idea that if our body or brain is sick or injured, we are dead! It implies that awareness, consciousness depends on and is created by our body and brain. But how then do people whose brain shows no sign of life managed, like Katie who had a CAT scan that revealed her brain was abnormally swollen. If not dead, she was certainly in a deep coma, and was placed on a machine and breathed for her. Yet she was able to be aware of what was happening around her and at a distance.

    We were taught that the basic part of us is atoms. So as such we were just physical bodies, with a physical brain, and of course as a physical body we know it can be destroyed or die. But in 1900 an amazing new science was born. It said that our basic being is not atoms but sub-atomic-particles, and these questioned much or past statement. So light was thought if as the fastest one could achieve; but the sub-atomic-particles were seen to be everywhere at once. Also it was seen that a human observer could change the sub-atomic-particles, suggesting that we in some way create the world around us. Also the term quantum ghosts was defined, because quantum phenomena can pass through any solid object – just as we can do when experiencing a so called out of body experience. See

    The third dream you were slowly adapting and trying to make contact with your mother in her new life. So to understand how dreams come about and realise what your dreams are telling you, it can help if you realise that just as your eyes do not directly allow you to see, but nerve impulses are sent to the brain where they are translated into living pictures. Nothing we sense in the world is directly known, but it is all impressions that are translated into a sense of smell, sight, hearing, etc. So the eye receives reflected light from an object that is translated into nervous impulses, which is then received by the brain which translates what are formless nerve impulses into what we feel we see.

    So in dreams we tend to put pictures or images collected from everyday experiences to put an interpretation on our formless dreams. We do this because we tend to have an experience of the world based on our body senses, and our dreams and communications from the dead come from a very different environment, so we put it in images and ideas we understand. So when we dream about a dead person communicating with us it can be distorted by our view of what death is – or our associations with the dead person. So if we believe in ourselves that when a person dies they are finished it creates our own view of death, or one that is a mixture of a real communication and our beliefs. Such thoughts, even if unconscious, can cause such dreams.



-Lydia Angell 2016-09-14 15:26:17

I had a dream that a flock of eagles were on the ground eating. I made a certain whistle and they walked over to me. At first I backed up but then I ended up feeding them raw meat. What does that mean?


    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-15 10:17:30

    Eagles are natural predators, and you backing up at first makes me wonder if at some time you had feelings about killing animals.

    You fed them meat showing how you are accepting this side of you.

    To exist, living forms devour each other. We are predators like every other life form. We live on other life, and are part and parcel of the whole critur eat critur business. I remembered a friend Pauline apologising about feeding meat to her cats. She was trying to avoid recognising she was in no way different to a cat, killing its food, scavenging – what is shopping? What is devouring and shitting? It is no excuse to say we are a vegan or vegetarian. All life arose from the same source, whether a plant or tree or fish. Everything has a right to live, but Life itself is the giver of itself so all life forms can live together – unless we are greedy.

    Example: Experimenting with this I attempted communication with a sick New Zealand tomato tree we had. It was in a large tub, well fed and watered, but had the greenfly, and was also wilting. We had sprayed, but the general debility of the plant seemed to attract the fly. I used the technique of LifeStream to see if my intuition could asses the condition of the plant. The first thing I felt was an unexpected wave of love, as if the plant was wordlessly saying thank you for caring. Then I had the sense of my consciousness meshing with the consciousness/being of the plant. My impression was that the plant was an entity, a form of life and awareness, but it did not have a focused consciousness which could formulate the idea what causes this sickness? Because I could ask the question, and because I allowed my consciousness to consider the plant, a new situation arose; the plant could be aware of itself. The difficulty of the process was that everything was direct non-verbal experience. As the experience of plant life was new to me, I had to spend some time allowing the sensations to soak in and be analysed by my rational mind. What arose out of this was the understanding that the root system of the plant needed to spread sideways, not down. We therefore put the plant in a sack, with the same earth spread thin. Within a week the greenfly had all gone, without spraying, and the plant grew strong and luxuriant.



-Darren 2016-09-16 16:52:36

I had dreams about seeing myself with younger lady’s an have to touch their bodies, taking off close kissing all over each other very real feelings. Then driving on highway with brothers but drop off at the bottom of hills were I clam up there’s three guys I had to fight to get away. Thanks but what does these dreams


-Kimikichan 2016-09-17 12:51:55

I keep having a dream that I am with a friend, the friend always changes. But being attacked doesn’t. Were walking and then suddenly they fall behind me and push me to the ground and when I flip over to look up she pushes me to the ground harder and starts scratching my with her nails. She never laughs but it feels like she’s enjoying it and she wants to leave and pass by me and I always grab onto her and scratch or punch her back. She has scary red eyes and keeps repeating the same thing over and over to me. “They want you dead” but she doesn’t finish the job she just continues to scratch me and leave. But tonight it was different. Always happens the exact same way but this time instead of waking up right away she touched me inappropriately and when I went to shove her hand away or attack her I woke up. Please tell me what this dream means I am terrified to sleep and I wake up feeling like im being watched or someone is going to actually attack me.


    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-19 9:08:39

    Kimikichan – Whenever we dream its images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    It is also important to realise that every image, every scary or terrifying thing, is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that every awful animal, every scary thing or person, is created out of your own fears and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. The problem is that we are often scared of or frightened of actually experiencing our emotions and so they confront us in our dreams. Avoiding them or controlling them is like running away from oneself – there is no escape.

    So the fight with the friend is actually you struggling with your own urges. It sounds as if you control your sexual urges, which creates a big pressure in you. The you fight against the pressure because it sounds as if you masturbate the fight would be over, the pressure released. See



-Shaquitla 2016-09-24 21:05:44

I had a dream of police around in streets big militant trucks pointing guns making arrest then 2 came in house to search while had my hands up looking out front window at the scene outside one of police was tall with white shirt and green bottom and his arms disappeared the other had on Brown uniform with a gun to search house.the one with no arms left through window & other left thru door left door open & I could see down hallway. I had cameras throughout & they were saying it didn’t record the wires not connected


-Donna Santiago 2016-09-30 1:39:49

having long dreams of almost drowning in the ocean / world under water but all the people I see are friends and family that have past on they seem to be unwilling or unable to help me I’m swimming or gliding along until I can no longer hold my breath and ready to give up then I awaken but I always see past friends or some family members in these dreams but not the ones I wish I could see in my dreams any suggestions would be greatfull thank you


    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-30 12:24:06

    Donna – You are trapped in an old view of dreaming, which means you have mixed up your waking world with the dream world. The two are totally different. In the first place you need to understand that the dimension our dream images take place in are not like waking life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    You cannot be hurt in your dreams. You cannot drown, you can’t die in a dream, no tiger or other animal can harm you. Of course you can feel feelings of dying, or being hurt, or drowning, but they are all images you create because you feel afraid and you haven’t faced up to your fears.

    You entered a wonderful area of you, the unconscious or heaven world. Going under the sea also show you entering into an enormous part of you most people cannot even find – the cosmic mind. See

    Your fear made you hold your breath and also made it impossible to experience the wonders of the world you entered. You have an ability to be aware of the dead, so use it. Try doing it by sitting and relaxing and imagining yourself back in the dream, but breathing easily. See



-Donna Baker 2016-09-30 22:54:43

I recently had a dream. A forefather came to me and said my child you will get you strength from the eagle the bear and the wolf for this battle. What does that mean


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