In past cultures beans were believed to connect the human soul to forces of the earth, and to the spirits of the dead – in other words to transfer your awareness to another realm.
For many of us beans link with a basic form of diet and sustenance, suggesting ordinary everyday life, suggesting ordinary everyday life and satisfied hunger.
A growing bean or beans suggest something that has a lot of growth potential and can also fulfill your needs. And a harvest of beans could mean that you are providing your and your family’s needs.
“Beans have been sacred food offered in rituals to feed and propitiate the dead. The Greeks considered beans to be symbols of transmigration of the soul and immortality. Beans also are believed to have magical properties, and have been used in exorcism rites to banish unwanted ghosts and spirits from homes. These underworld associations link beans in dreams to the unconscious”. Quoted from Dream Encylopedia.
The slang word ‘beaners’ suggests someone or something illegal or not wanted entering your life. See: food
There are coffee beans and cacao beans also, both of them powerful stimulants and enemies of sleep. In your dream they could link with the ability of awareness and stimulation of thoughts.
To quote from Our Dreaming Mind by Robert Van de Castle, “Cuna Indians, particularly with their neles, who serve as dream interpreters, physicians, and also oral historians. In fact, their cosmology presents a perfect set of metaphors for the multilayered nature of dreams. The Cunas believe there are eight levels of reality or existence beneath the surface of the land on which they live. One could thus vertically descend through eight levels of kalus, or kingdoms beneath the ground, to discover the source of certain dreams. I have observed neles inhaling cocoa bean smoke in their attempts to descend to these deeper “kalus, with the aid of their wooden nuchu dolls, which acted as assistants on their underground journeys.
Idioms: full of beans; spill the beans; a hill of beans; bean pole; cool beans; row of beans; string beans.
Useful Questions and Hints:
Does my dream suggest this is to do with basic ordinary life – if so what is it about?
If the bean(s) are growing, what do I feel?
Is there something magical about the beans and if so what?