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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 other sites will be deleted.

Also, I and my co-worker, Anna de Vlaam, are alone in working on your dreams, and it takes time revising the dictionary, so we cannot always 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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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. 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:



-Jenn 2015-08-18 19:54:38

Hi there!
I had a dream this morning that I remember very clearly and I can’t seem to figure it out!
I’m not a very trusting person and have had very bad relationships that have caused me to be very panicky and safer in my life.
A couple years ago I met this guy for a date twice and we talked for about a week. We became friends knowing we wouldn’t be good as much else and are both in groups that get together and we talk now and then over social media.
This morning I had a dream we were at a large party with lots of people and “liked” each other again. Then somehow a wheel chair came in the mix and he was pushing me running as fast as he could towards a cliff. As I screamed in my dream I felt completely safe while he assured me he wouldn’t let me fall. At the end he stopped to late and the front of the wheels were over the cliff and the chair fell. I looked up and he was holding me and pulled me up. And I still felt completely safe. And other than having trust issues most my dreams like that I can’t pin point who the person is. They keep changing. But this time he was constant.

I’m so confused. And my mind won’t stop thinking about the dream. Please help!


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-08-19 9:42:40

    Dear Jenn – Every image and person in your dreams is an expression of your own life process. As such it is alive and intelligent and is something sent to help you. A dream is like a projection from a movie projector, except that you are the projector.
    Everything you see as outside you is coming from you, your emotions, your fears, your beliefs, your joys and explorations and are all you, clothed in the dream images and drama. So when you dream of someone you should not feel you are dreaming about that actual person. As with most dreams, the person in the dream is not the person themselves, but is a collection of memories, associations and feelings about him or her.
    You wrote “.And other than having trust issues most my dreams like that I can’t pin point who the person is. They keep changing. But this time he was constant.”
    The way I see it is that this is wonderful steps forwards toward learning to trust your own inner resources, your inner abilities/potential of which this friend is merely a symbol.
    The friend running toward the cliff with you in the wheel chair I see as you exploring and practising a new, more energetic approach towards daring to trust this part of your inner male who is probably helping you to move beyond the way you perceive your dream figure; as weak or ill.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/
    I believe your dream also shows that if one part of you is not capable of performing a certain task, then there are always other parts – inner friends – to rely on to get the (inner) job done.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/friend/
    If you read through this entry http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/characters-or-people-in-dreams/ then you will see that the many different aspects of you are symbolised by different – known or unknown – people in your dreams and exploring each one of them will give you an idea of “what you are made off”; of what you have created and/or what has been created in your inner world.
    We dream about different people and use them as symbols of what we picked up from the relationships. We cannot have a mass of experience with someone and move away without it influencing us. Life is, in a very real way, a learning experience, and every new experience has to be fitted into what we are learning.
    It will be helpful to use “Being the person or thing” and/or “Talking as a dream character” to get a better feeling understanding of these parts of your inner world.
    These and other approaches are described here http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/processing-dreams/
    Does that give you a start?
    Anna :-)


-Taylor 2015-08-28 16:57:07

I was escorted to a treatment facility for the mentally ill in an ambulance (I’m schizophrenic), and I’m going to a residential treatment facility next month. Then the next thing I remember is im drinking beer and told that I failed my last 12 step program (which is the truth). Then we were on a river and riding a ferry, and I began to lean over the bow with people watching. I told them if you believe in God anything is possible, and I started to hover over the water, for a few seconds moving further from the ferry. Then eventually I fell in the water, and began swimming back towards the ferry, and got back on, with people in amazement. The next part I remember is my buddy driving to a restaurant to take a girl to lunch, and he said I had to get out. So I got out, and walked to these nearby sheds. When I got there it was night, and I found money in one of the sheds, which I began to fill my pockets with. Then I proceeded to the next shed, and as soon as I entered, a truck pulled up and a guy got out. He claimed I was stealing, and I claimed I wasn’t, so he told me to empty my pockets. Then I said “let’s fight”, and then he said “I’m a judge”, and pulled out a caddle prod and shocked me with it. Then I don’t remember anything else.


-Danielle 2015-09-04 12:10:02

I had a dream about one of my closest friends lying about her health. She said she had a miscarriage and ovarian cancer and needed surgery but come to find out it had to do with her back and mom’s of the other stuff. Before I woke up, her and another friend fought over me as if they were jealous of one another with the time I was spending with one. I’m very disturbed by this dream and want to know the making behind it especially because in real life this particular friend is actually claiming to be going through this health stuff.


-Tash 2015-09-15 16:56:51

I consider myself very open minded and find that most of my dreams are highly visual to the point where I feel as though I’m watching a movie every night. On average I remember my dreams almost every night and wake up recalling the memory of smells, emotions, colours ect and then there’s night like last where I will wake up only remembering snipits. Could you help me to analyse them?

Dream one: a man that In my dream was known to me but faceless now took off his black hat and started to eat it. I remember feeling worried for him as though he was going to get caught eating his own hat.
Dream two: I was standing outside on a verander that had a slight 1meter drop that backed out onto open acres however it was completely submerged with muddy water as if there had just been a flood. Anyways I saw a small tree floating along this patch of dry sand bobbing up and down in the water and on the tree was one pineapple and I got my dad to grab it for me. that was the dream, he gave me the floating pineapple.

Funnily enough the dreams were several nights apart but the ‘venue’ was the same.. Outside my nanas backyard.
I would really appreciate if the replier could email me the reply, I have some other questions.
Thank you :)


-Christina 2015-09-22 12:52:57

This morning I woke up with these words in my mind that stuck to me from a dream….”Drive, Drove, Erase, Erasure, Indy, Indian” What does this mean? There was nothing else that I could remember.


-Toya 2015-09-24 18:59:41

2015-09-24 18:53:47
I had a dream that I was around all these young boys and helping take care of them. I sending them to school and I had one boy who didn’t go to school yet so he stayed home with me. The little boy wanted to go outside so I started to get him dressed. As I buttoned his shirt, I looked outside and saw some little girls walking home so I told the boy that school was out and the other boys were on their way home. All of the boys came home and played and talked to each other. For some reason I thought I was pregnant. Remembered I bought some and went to get on out of the drawer. I tried to hide it so nobody would know what I was doing and dropped the piece that I collect the pee with. I made it to the bathroom but I started peeing in the toilet before I could get the test ready so I just put it under there and peed on the whole thing. I wiped it off and looked at it and the test read negative.


-Chris 2015-09-26 13:01:24

Dear Anna,
I am writing to ask for advice with a dream which is deeply troubling me. I have a history of anxiety and OCD which definitely makes me lock into the most fearful interpretation of dreams, and has proved extremely destructive in the past. You have been wonderfully kind and helpful in helping me reinterpret a dream once before and I am writing to ask for your help once again.
To give you some context, I have been having a nervous breakdown for months which has meant succumbing to certain addictions (including alcohol) and breaking Buddhist vows numerous times. As such there is a tremendous amount of guilt in play.
In the dream I was in the top floor room of a building where there was a person in the east position playing cards on a table. In the west facing him there was a fire which threatened to consume the room and us all. The person I knew had to triumph in the game (solitaire) in order for the flames not to destroy us all.
In the next instance the flames died down and I was able to escape to another room (to the left), where there was a girl playing on the floor. I asked the girl how I had managed to escape and she said that there was going to be ‘an event’ in the room involving the card player. I also sensed that this person could not win more than one or two times.
I thank you in anticipation for your feedback.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-10-11 12:12:10

    Dear Chris – The way I see your dream is that it is mainly helping you see what you are doing to yourself. This could be felt/perceived by you as “makes me lock into the most fearful interpretation of dreams”, probably because you and I and all of us like to hide our resistances towards release/letting go and healing.
    It is important to realize that we ALL have resistances (fear) to letting go.
    In many ways we are attached to the very condition we say we don’t want. Holding on may be the source of what is bothering me, but at least it is familiar.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/news/avoiding-being-my-own-victim/
    You are observing yourself in the room playing your cards “right” in order not to be touched by the healing process of Life; the fire that will consume/destroy the old, what was alive or lived in the past, and releasing their energy.
    Fire can show the process of growth or change in you that radically alters your old dependencies and viewpoints. Fire completely alters much of what it touches, so can depict big changes.
    Your escaping from the room merely reflects that you managed to NOT use the opportunity Life offered you to release some of the things that are bothering you. LIFE IS loving and very patient and understanding as far as our fears and resistances are concerned. Your dream suggests that IT will create another event which will make that you cannot “escape from healing” anymore. You also felt that in the dream; “I also sensed that this person could not win more than one or two times.” I think it means that you as well will reach a moment where you will stop trying to beat LIFE inside yourself.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/lifes-little-secrets/
    Anna :-)


-Chris cruse 2015-10-09 15:10:35

I had a dream where ime and my wife were in a car she was passenger i was drivinh. She kept yelling and complaining that either i was not doing it right, or about somthing ive dong wrong.while this was happening i was driving and it seamed like the car would get no traction or control. I was driving up a hill on gravel and evertime she complained or yelled the car would loose control. Then i saw an old old friend that was a grounds worker for the hill and he was trying to help me gain control but this friend in real life i havent seen in 20 years and is a really bad influence on me. I want to know what this means please help.


-Alan 2015-10-12 8:37:24

Dear Anna,

You are so kind and helpful with your responses and are undoubtedly helping lots of us grow.

I have a question for you. I’ve been having a lot of blessings lately, but also am apt to dwell on fear. In my dream there was a Barcelona Football Club player and he was looking into a mirror, making a commercial for an after-shave. He was bald. Then suddenly the words ‘YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A CAR CRASH’ appeared one by one in the mirror. I’m not a driver but am now cautious about getting into a car. I would appreciate your interpretation. Alan


-craig 2015-10-12 22:38:47

Hi. I have a lot of dreams, and seem to listen to them more and more. This is because I sometimes see things in my dreams weeks before and they happen. Obviously I don’t think im going to believe everything I dream happens, but I am mistaking when something i might dream be what to come in the future and what I am just feeling at the actual time. The latter is the ones I get confused with. The latest dream I cant make much sense of. Please guide me. The starts with a sort of decay to my ceiling a small patch of maggots or insects creating this and a drip or leak coming from it, but im not worried about it. Just attending to lt like a job to be done. Then I later come back to it and the patch is now a square hole. This hole is solid wood all round and im blaming it on the termites. Im asking how I have termites, and quickly refer to my ex partners sister and son who came to visit from America. Im referring to the luggage they have has carry a termite and thats how they are in my house. So I quickly patch up this hole. Im not worried at all through this dream. There is now some kind of creature what I can remember to be a armadillo and its a coral colour . Its trapped in a square plastic box or bag even tent but square and it is is over the now fixed hole in the ceiling, but im watching it wilt and getting worse each time see it. Then there is a opening in the box and im happy because its better again and leaves through the opening. Then im trying to catch the termite but the termite is flying. Thats when I wake. Hope thats enough information for you and be grateful for your help. The plastic is a clear plastic. Thanks craig


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