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Dream Dictionary

Online Dream Dictionary & Encyclopedia by Tony Crisp

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. Also looking at Questions may quickly answer many queries.

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:



-Anonymous 2014-07-21 18:30:52

I had a dream where I was shot in the chest. Then memories of a person with me started to play though those things never happened in reality. I suddenly appeared in a place with maple trees and there where pink roses as well. And there was a beautiful woman in white dress who talked to me but I don’t remember what she said. What does this mean because usually I wake up before the moment I die


-Melanie Hart 2014-07-29 1:56:54

What would the living in two diffrent apartments (both from my past) fully furnished, overly furnished. Buy no one ever locks the door. Im always able to walk in. My children have babies( in real life too) and were always arguing. But im always in the mail room opining two diffrent boxes with a boken keys. Everytime there is a lot of mail. Then im in the other apartment. Same thing about 60% of my dreams.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-04 8:03:28

    Melanie – I feel that you are a mom who has given so many years to looking after your children that it is difficult to not be involved in their lives. The mail room suggests that you are getting too much communication, probably from your children. It is taking up too much of your life.

    The broken key is saying that you had a key at one time that was not broken. It is a key that gives you entrance to a different life. So think back to a time when you entered your own life in a different way.



-Haley 2014-08-13 6:52:44

I have lots of sleep problems especially paralysis where a dark shadow is watching me. I also have a recurring dream with the same house in it, or the house will be in the background of my dream. But today i am asking about the worst dream ive hsd, i was on a hospital gurney being rushed along a corridor machines beeping, my mother was there there were doctors and nurses crowded round like talking like i was in a and e, then i have a heart attack i felt my body convulse literally and my heart squeezed and stopped. Then i felt myself being dragged out of my body and i was looking down over myself on the bed dead, my mother was sobbing over my corpse. Then my soul was dragged by an invisible force through the hospital celing i was floating agsinst, up and up backwards faster and fasterthrough the levels of the hospital and out the roof then up and up i could see the people and houses getting smaller as i was going higher then i carried on zooming backwards and left the earths atmosphere and was in space looking down at the earth, i kept travelling untill i passed through some white cloud like substance and then i was in my first flat i shared with my first love, i remember thinking i am a ghost and this is where i am to stay. Then i woke.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-17 9:26:02

    Haley – I feel that the fear you feel arises because our education fails to tell us some basic facts about waking and sleeping. So first I would like you to read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/sleep-paralysis/

    And after that I think this will explain a lot more to you – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#Reaction

    Also it is important for you to realise that 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.

    Your experience of dying was something that many people meet as their limited awareness meets the vastness of our inner world. But it seems to me that you are quite a lonely person who longs to get back to the feelings of your first flat and sharing. You must have felt the loss of that intensely to lead you back there. Perhaps also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/out-of-body-experiences/



-Pam yockey 2014-08-19 2:50:59

From age 5 thru adult age of 34 dreamed i was on like a canoe with someone else we going along and go thru dark tunnel and canoe starts to tip and i wake up


    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-24 9:56:33

    Pam – We are only aware of things that our senses allow us to know about. But we are only aware of 1% of visible light and only 1% of sound, so we are virtually blind and deaf. But we are much bigger creatures, and when we start to be aware of the parts of ourselves – the process of Life that formed us – we often become anxious and so wake up.

    The dark tunnel is representing the dark or unknown parts of your nature. But you became scared because it was new and unknown. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing



-adhiraj tak 2014-08-22 5:28:32

Saw an ugly fat black huge man holded my hand saying i like you and will take you with me. I saw my family standing beside my bed. I got frightened said why me then recited hanuman chalisa again and again then he left my hand and went away and i woke up but was very scared.


-Vicky 2014-09-15 13:37:02

I’m pregnant now with twins but before I used to have similar dreams but never felt how I have recently. I’ve also moved away from my mums house into a new house but all my dreams are at my mums. People from my past keep appearing in my dreams and they all start happy and then I end up back at my mums house. I don’t know why but I always have to lock the door and I suddenly go freezing. Only recently I can’t lock the door because something is pushing it on the other side and when I let go, I’m dragged up and thrown across the road. I’m launched onto te floor and I actually ache all over but I’m always sat looking back at my mums house. I can’t scream and I can’t move and I feel like I’m left there for a reason and no one comes and helps me. Any idea what my dreams are trying to tell me?


-Anya Wolf 2014-09-19 8:20:39

I awoke twice from a horrid dream tonight. There was horrible death and dismemberment in it, the cooking of people from a mad man and the “bad man” in the dream was hurting children. All the children in my dream were boys. All the dead bodies were grown women. There was also a teenage boy who was stuck in time, as if he had watched my dream in a movie or read it in a book and he got pulled into it and stuck, but tried to escape right before I woke. It was terrifying. Please help.


-nora 2014-09-19 13:20:24

I had a dream that i was sleeping in a hammock when my dead mother came from behind grabbed my shoulder, turned me around and wanted to hit me with an axe. I screamed for her to let me go.


-Christina 2014-10-02 12:58:55

Had a dream that my 1 year old suddenly died. Everyone kept telling me it’s ok because I had one just like him (a clone). Spend the whole dream trying to bring him bsck to life. Woke up and my cycle had started a week early (which is not normal for me)


-Nicole 2014-10-15 19:11:42

My new boyfriend of 3 months had a dream he seen a demon in my house . It was crawling like a spider he said and he also said that he tried getting up from the bed but he felt pushed down. Please help


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