Binding power, strength to hold together, as a common belief will bind people together of opposite temperaments. A nail may also represent, as in Christ being nailed to the cross, the painful links that bind us to our body, our earthly experience, our pains and trials.
Bonding; holding power, male sexuality.
Fingernails: These sometimes depict your ability to effect or change something, to grasp small things. They could also reflect your way of life such as rough physical work or otherwise, suggesting whether life has been hard or kind. Perhaps also your state of health. They might be weapons, or reflect your personal condition – i.e. dirty or cared for, whether you are ready to really use your hands.
If nail is in body: Consciousness painfully bound to physical reality; pain of bonds, but also the willingness to be fully involved in ordinary physical activities as you tread the path toward wider awareness. It might also be the willingness to be fully involved in ordinary physical activities.
Padre Pio, the stigmatist, caused to appear on his hands the nails he meditated upon in the hands of his saviour. Some people are able to make any image quickly appear on their skin.
The symbolism of the nails in the hands and feet depict how our personal awareness, and the divine at our core, are nailed to physical life, and through being willing to work at the common tasks necessity demands, we experience the falling away of personal desires. The nail holes in the feet are the willingness to accept everyday life and earthbound consciousness, instead of struggling to rise above common humanity. The binding clothes are the restrictions of sensual consciousness as it falls away.
“Gradually there was an awakening. The crown of thorns was lifted off. I felt my pierced side. There were nail holes I felt in my hands. I understood I had suffered these by being willing to work at the common tasks necessity demanded. The nail holes in my feet I had suffered as the willingness to accept everyday life and earthbound consciousness, instead of struggling to raise my own consciousness. The binding clothes were the restrictions of sensual consciousness falling away”.
Problems hammering in a nail: For a man it can indicate his masculine inability, his anxieties about his sexual ability. For a woman it can mean she is scared of sex which is violent.
Example: “I dreamed I was pulling nails (used in building) out of the soles of both feet. Infection had already set in. Someone gave me an injection.”
The major problem of this man was being hypercritical. The dream showed the infection lay in his own personal trait of building himself up (represented by carpenter’s nails) by tearing others down. Therefore, he had first to remove the infection by the “injection” of right principles. Quoted from Dreams Your Magic Mirror
Example: My husband had this dream twice in one week. He is at work when he feels something between his teeth. He uses a piece of wood with a nail in it to try to remove the object. The nail then gets stuck too! Feeling anxious he goes home to get the pliers in the hope of pulling the nail out. He wakes worried and confused. Sarah
Being at work sets the scene. This is about an irritation your husband has about his job. It might be a small irritant, as something stuck between the teeth might be, or the sign of a larger issue he has not been able to work out.
Idioms: Hit the nail on the head; tough as nails; nail biting; bed of nails; nail down; nail in ones coffin; nail it down; tooth and nail
Useful Questions and Hints:
What were the nails being used for?
Was there any hurt involved?
Am I good at do-it-yourself?