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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 will 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:



-Ksn 2015-11-11 4:16:36

Hi I had a dream about have a baby with a guy I like this morning and I told him that I could not have yje baby because I was in school do you know what that means.


-Kathy 2015-11-15 16:27:21

In my dream I’m driving a rental car, sensing that it’s a mid-level solid ride. But then it’s not; the car is lightweight and barely hugs the road. I have to focus to deal with its unwieldiness but manage the drive. When I approach a traffic light where I need to make a right turn, my brakes don’t work, and, with some accompanying fear, I’m forced to take the car straight. I’m aware…no accident. I realize this means I can’t get to where I’m going on time. This happens again at another light. I am then at the rental place, which is more like a dealership with the cars parked inside, where I want a replacement for the car with failed brakes. The man shows me the “available” options, but they are cheaper models than my rental. He also shows me rather small cars with an open crib/playpen as the car’s middle. I say, “I don’t have children.” I know he has cars equivalent to the one I rented, and I feel tired of fighting this kind of underhandedness.

I’d enjoy a reply. Thank you.


-Linzi 2015-12-11 22:47:03

So for the last good few years (5+) and roughly 1+ a month I would have this nightmare that haunts me… The settings would almost always be the same; either in a hospital private room, a box room, a ward type area or a general bedroom.. I would either be lying in a bed or standing with some means of support, my parents would be there along with my daughter and I would start to feel a demonic hold take over me. It always starts at my feet and I can clearly feel it take over my body slowly.. I would shout to my family and tell them what’s happening and to run and get help and stay away as I won’t have control, i always look down at my body whilst lying on the bed and can almost physically see the darkness take over.. I know I won’t have control over my voice soon so I beg for help and eventually my fingers and arms start to contort, my voice becomes a roar and my back arches completely off the bed, these dreams are always in full colour and I remember every detail, I also sometimes wake up with my hands contorted and my back in an awkward uncomfortable position! I always feel physically drained and shaken, could you help with the meaning of this? I have suffered sleep paralysis also and if I do dream then they are almost always nightmares.. Thank you for reading


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-12-18 12:34:57

    Dear Linzi – All dreams are attempts on the part of our being to move toward wholeness and equilibrium. At times this may necessitate disturbance, just as vomiting does when the body discharges poisonous food. Nevertheless, difficult dreams are a way of bringing attention to areas of our experience we may have been neglecting to look at, or even powerfully refusing to see and/or express. The shock of the dream is therefore more to do with the strength of our repression of the insight it brings; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/defence-mechanisms/
    So I am glad you finally decided to take a step to get help and perhaps you also feel like joining the Forum where Tony is always willing to help people understand what is going on in their inner world. Co-operating with him will give you a chance to move on; http://dreamhawk.com/forums/index.php?topic=4033.msg9563#msg9563
    The way I see your dream is that you are confronted with a so called “autonomous complex”;
    This complex may express as something evil, the devil or something or someone possessing one. This can be very frightening to many people because they believe that an actual devil or something evil possesses them, rather than a repressed part of them, or the results of a traumatic experience showing itself in frightening images.
    Not having control of “your” voice could refer to a repressed part breaking through and so you “roar”. What do you associate with “roaring”?
    If you would enter your dream again while awake, what does it feel like to “let it out and roar”? http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/peoples-experiences-of-lifestream/
    Contorting your fingers and arms and your back arching off the bed can be a way of expressing with your body what cannot be put into words; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/use-the-body-to-discover-dream-power/
    The brain sends impulses to all the muscles to act on the movements we are making while in the dream. This is observable when we wake ourselves by thrashing about in bed, or kicking and shouting. A part of the brain inhibits these movements while we sleep.
    A dream is more than a set of images and emotions; it is also frequently a powerful physical activity and self-expression. If we explore a dream sitting quietly talking to a friend, even if we allow emotions to surface, we may miss important aspects of our dream process. Through physical movement the dream process releases tensions and deeply buried memories that are stored in our body. These do not release and heal by simply talking about them.
    Reading this article and the comments at the bottom of the page might be helpful too;
    Let me know if you have any questions Linzi.
    Anna :-)


-dreamer1 2015-12-23 4:49:49

A while ago I took a workshop taught by a man who seemed to have a very impressive knowledge of a topic that I found quite interesting. My initial impression of him was that his presence was quite magnetic, but I would not (and still will not) try to pursue anything because he is in a relationship and it is against my principles to be involved with someone who’s spoken for. Aside from that, he also had some ideas that I found to be dogmatic and that conflict with some of my own beliefs and values. I also felt like he acted rude, obnoxious, arrogant and condescending towards me a few times during the workshop, and this, in spite of my interest of what he taught and his magnetism, left me feeling out of sorts. Anyhow, the dream I had about him felt quite real. I was telling him about the man who I visualized I would be with (and it wasn’t him) and when I told him, he turned his head to the side and looked up with an expression that seemed to indicate frustration and disappointment. I felt it was a somewhat aggressive response and it made me feel a nervous. He pulled me closer towards him by grabbing one of my hands and led me into a room (which looked like a room in my house, but not entirely sure if it was) and then asked me, “why do you think you can only fall in love with one type of man? We were then kneeling or sitting across from each other on the floor in the room he led me into. I had a feeling that he wouldn’t take the news of my visualized man too well. I told him that I didn’t have a certain type and that the man I described was simply the one who I had a visualization about. But truth be told, when I visualized that man, I was almost consciously choosing the physical opposite of the man who taught the workshop. He then held my face in both his hands and tried to kiss me, but I turned away, knowing that a) he was already taken and that b) even if he was unattached, he would have to give assurance that it was real affection and love that prompted his kiss, and not just lust. In the dream, even though I knew the rejected kiss was for a good reason, I still didn’t want him to feel bad, so I explained that just because I did not allow him to kiss me, it did not mean that I thought he was unattractive. He looked at me with this sad look of longing. This made me feel kind of bad but at the same time, I know I made the right choice by not letting him kiss me, considering the circumstances. In my waking life, I wanted some clarity about the intentions of this man, so before I fell asleep I asked for some answers in the form of a dream. I’m just not entirely sure if what I dreamed is an accurate representation of reality. I would very much appreciate an interpretation. Thank you!


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-12-28 15:57:53

    Dear dreamer1- Thank you for sharing so openly about your waking life and your inner world; it does help in understanding your dream.
    What I see in your dream – and please explore it yourself as well http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dream-yoga/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson is that you are sharing an inner picture of your inner male – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/ – with your “workshop inner male.”
    He seems frustrated and disappointed, maybe because “he” felt you had not integrated the content of the workshop yet? (You did not share what the workshop was about, so I am guessing here)
    When he tries to kiss you, he tries to help you accept this rejected shadow part of you that looks somewhat like “he also had some ideas that I found to be dogmatic and that conflict with some of my own beliefs and values. I also felt like he acted rude, obnoxious, arrogant and condescending towards me a few times during the workshop and “just lust.”
    The Shadow is any part of ourselves that we reject, and so do not allow sufficient expression in our life. We may so dislike aspects of our nature we fail to recognise them altogether and instead see them in other people and criticise them; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-archetype-of-the-shadow/
    In your dream you become aware of “this sad look of longing” which is a reflection of the longing for feeling whole, for allowing yourself integration of your rejected parts; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/whole-2/
    This means that you can allow yourself every now and then to be dogmatic, to be in conflict with some of your beliefs and values, to act rude, obnoxious, arrogant and condescending and to feel “just lust.”
    It is my understanding that “magnetism” is about a natural pull towards “him” because there is a longing to integrate those parts that are missing and you have found them in the picture (the projection) you have created about him.
    I also feel that the clarity can be found inside yourself, and your own “hidden agenda”, rather than in him or his intentions.
    Let me know if you have any questions dreamer1.
    Anna :-)


-Dorothea Hayes 2015-12-29 0:15:17

I dreamt i was in a house looking out the window and i saw a train passing as i turned around i was surrounded by moving trains it was beautiful


-sharifa hamid 2016-01-17 17:48:14

I in 1st dream remembered…buying clothes at a flea market and in my excitement some stole my pocketbook,l was highly upset..woke into consciousness…and was betting rid of some the many clothes and clutter, l have…l was cleaning..moving things making room for someone else to put there things….feeling of happiness…and relief….


-Allie Marie 2016-01-22 1:19:40

I’ve had the same dream since I was about 5..
It’s night time and I see my father had gotten in a wreck and he had died. That’s it really he hit a tree and he was dead…
But I also have one where my parents hit a deer that happened to be a ladies pet. The lady was really upset about it my parents and even the police thoughto she was over reacting….

But both were in the same place…


-Allie Marie 2016-01-22 1:22:02

I’ve had the same dream since I was about 5..
It’s night time and I see my father had gotten in a wreck and he had died. That’s it really he hit a tree and he was dead…
But I also have one where my parents hit a deer that happened to be a ladies pet. The lady was really upset about it my parents and even the police thought she was over reacting…

But both were in the same place…

Please help me understand this night terror… I still have it to this day with an abrupt awakening followed with crying…


-Shelly 2016-01-23 23:34:39

There’s a dream that has been bothering me. I can recall the entire thing but what concerned me was that there were angels flying around and the words ‘Rest in Peace’ were spelled out in white clouds in a blue, clear sky. Can I please get some sort of direction as to what this means? I do believe in angels and that they communicate with us.


-Shl 2016-01-25 19:35:28

I had a dream if where I was in my uncles house (I was sleeping over there at the time) and someone came up in a van and was white ate the time and was trying to stay on his balcony (I think sleep he had a suitcase) but than my uncle came out and told him he couldn’t than he went to the walkway and changed clothes and became a black guy and got in a fight with him than he came on the balcony and became an Arab guy and had another person with him and he threatened my uncle to fight and he was going to whip his watch at him when I got in the way to try and block but my uncle caught it and threw it back than the guy said that we had to fight and the first to put there hands down losses so I somehow got two boxes of chocolate milk in my hand and I put them down and fought him but we did not make contact and when I was about to punch him his friend came and pulled out a knife and said you don’t want this to get in the way do you than gave it to the guy I was fighting and than we started fighting again and he backed me up to the edge of the balcony when I fell and woke up before I landed. U am very confused about what happened. Please help. Thank you.


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