The examples given below show at least three different things dreaming about brothels can mean. The first one depicts how one can feel sexually liberated without guilt. The second one is about expecting to enjoy himself but on closer inspection found the scene ‘sick, ugly and without beauty’.
The third example shows a man trying to find a way out of the worlds attitude to sex, and doesn’t want his younger self trapped in that attitude.
Money plays a part in the second example and this is how many people earn a living. See Archetype of the Prostitute.
A brothel can also be a dream scene where you are trying to work out a problem, such as repressed sexual feelings; a great shyness or physical difficulty that a professional sex worker might be useful for; a tremendous need to express your sexual energy; a way to learn about sex; or a lover you enjoy without the wife or partner knowing.
Example: I went to a place with my mother and her best friend where we had intercourse with male prostitutes, one after the other. I was lost, and before my turn came I was in a corridor from which I could hear but not see. This was the most exciting part. I felt that my orgasms would be extremely intense since the men were “professionals,” and since I was excited, and in a brothel with my mom. From Sexual Dreams by Gayle Delaney.
Example: A youngish man went into a place like a brothel and paid his money. He took a big box of assorted contraceptives. The man at the desk made some remark about enjoying himself. The man went upstairs to the “girls”. At first sight these were very beautiful and sensuous. Closer inspection showed them to be sick, ugly, and not at all beautiful in anyway.
Example: I went down the steps looking for my children, and found myself in a high walled garden. The walls were about ten feet high, impossible to see over. In the garden and old and slovenly woman was on a couch. She seemed to be in charge of the place – like a Madame of a brothel or disreputable club. She asked me what I wanted. I told for I was looking for my children. They had somehow got over the wall, beyond some of the walls, and I was trying to find within which walls they were trapped. I had a feeling that lots of walls of other gardens ran off those around me, and planned to look over them.
Useful Questions and Hints:
What part am I playing in relation to the brothel?
Am I learning something from the brothel?
Am I attracted or repelled by my dream?