The mind, ideas, memories, past experience; things that are out of sight or forgotten. It suggests things that are out of sight or forgotten but not really unconscious – the sort of thing you knew in the past but have forgotten or not recalled for a long time. Or a person that you have not recognised.

The attic is often a place of exploration, and sometimes a great deal of sexual feeling is hidden in it. Sometimes if you are high up and have a great view it can represent your ability to have a much wider view of life – like cosmic consciousness.

Also in some dreams it is a very frightening experience where we meet those things we would rather not see or remember.

Example: I was sleeping in an attic. A large dog was with me – a wolfhound like I used to exercise a few years ago. I and the dog would go out together. The dog was wild and free. I enjoyed being with it. together we did things like hunting which felt very real in the sense of not being artificial behaviour. Although I never washed I felt clean and healthy. Leon.

When Leon explored his dream he felt the attic was a place where he could exist but not be involved with people. The attic reminded him of the attic in a childhood house, where his mother never went because of the steep ladder. So he could go there and be alone, free of other people’s presence and influence.

Example: Then I was walking up the several flights of stairs to get to the attic room. I was holding a small dog in my arms – one of those rather flat nosed toy dogs. I arrived at the attic I put the dog down. But now the attic was empty and dark. I could feel my hair stand on end and my skin ‘crawling’. Actually I feel it all again as I write this. The feeling arose because there was an unformed dark shape creeping around at the far end of the room. The dog was really afraid and came into my arms. Then the dark creature leapt at me, transforming into a massive mouth with huge fangs and awful demonic face. Immediately I leapt at it in the same way and smashed against its face with my own huge fangs. This utterly disarmed it because it had felt, in its primitive way, to terrify me. It surprised me too that I could so immediately transform into a monster when necessary.

Then I approached the dark form, back in its original condition, trying to find out what it was and why I had met it in that way. Gradually I experienced its situation. It had originally been a human being, but had gradually lost its humanness and become this slinking darkness. I was slowly able to help it realise that it could once more take the path to become human if it wanted to. Then it asked me how that could be done. I told it that first of all it had to come out of this dark and empty place to mix with people. The human environment created a different surrounding and influence that would penetrate it and help it to change. It also asked me how I knew about its condition and how I could transform into its own monstrous form. I told it I had once experienced that condition, and that’s how I knew it was possible to come out of it. In fact it was a reflection and dramatisation of an aspect myself

If trapped in an attic: a purely intellectual approach to life. Finding an attic: pleasure at new ideas, discovering potential or wisdom from past experience, or you are dealing with things you previously thought were not important in your everyday life, or are caught up in things from the past, or in isolating yourself from ordinary life

Finding an attic: Discovering memories from the past, or a new space of the mind, perhaps a way of getting away from daily cares. Pleasure at new ideas, discovering potential or wisdom from past experience, or you are dealing with things you previously thought were not important in your everyday life.

Threat from attic: Disturbing thoughts, or something connected with what you have hidden or forgotten.

Hiding in attic: Escape from other people; retreat from everyday life. See example below.

Window or turret looking out from attic: Our sense of connection with the cosmos; wider awareness in which we understand an enormous amount about the world and ourselves we never realised before.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What did I find or experience in the attic?

What am I rediscovering from the past?

Are there influences from my parents or past family I am noticing in myself?

Do I feel a need for privacy or to get away from people?

What was I doing there?

What memories of attics come to mind?

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-Mari 2018-03-02 13:18:08

I had a draeam that my family and I had found a hidden attic In one of the closets. we went to check it out and it was dirty,full of spider webs and dark but I was so scared to go I there. Then my dad told my sisters and I that we were going to move in there I refused to live there but after all we ended up living there

-May 2018-01-08 6:04:43

Nice article about attic. I recently had a dream of being in an office set, I was one of the higher ups even solving problems with the missing painting. (The painting I think is important too, the artistic one was lost and replaced by one that had a strange theme). I had my own desk but it was far from people, and I was alone in it. I wanted to use the old school computer but couldn’t work it or was slow. Somehow I ended up in an attic watching a woman ironing clothes, and I became that person, while conversing with someone that was with me at that time I could not see. There was a strange longing towards whoever that was and I ended up leaning over that person to rest while sitting at the balcony in the attic.

I connected it to my recent unemployment and desire to look for an office job, but I saw myself that I was unable to do it due to my hearing impairment. It leads me to distancing myself from others hence the feeling of aloneness and seclusion. Being in the attic also felt isolated except for that one person I couldn’t see. And maybe that is longing for romance or comfort of another

-Mag 2015-11-01 15:31:24

Hello, today I had two dreams, both involving a house and an attic. In the first one, i was in the house i used to live in when i was a kid. I was up at the attic, looking at things. I dont really remember what kind of things i found there, but i know there was alot of them yet none seemed familiar. The attic was bright but quite narrow so that i couldn’t completely stand up. Suddenly one of the things there was caught of fire and i decided to burn the whole attic down instead of puttng down the fire. Afterwards i called my mom and apologized. I dont recall the second dream very well but I know that i found a small beautiful house when i was lost in the woods. I became friends with the girl living there and visited her often. Yet i know that before, the attic of that house got burned down too. I dont know if it was me who burned it down but it might have been me. Inside of the house was beautiful and luxurious but the attic was off limits because it got burned. What could this mean?

-Mer 2015-02-09 23:49:17

I had a dream that I returned to the neighborhood where my childhood home was located. I was floating outside of my old home and there was a sense of disorder in the area. I asked what was going on and my mom told me that a person had been found in the attic. As I looked closer, I saw the roof of the house from a birds eye view. The roof was broken and out of a large hole, a crazy man was escaping. People in the neighborhood were worried. He needed to be caught, but everyone was also very afraid of him (including me) and disconcerted that he had lived there without anyone’s knowledge.

Any insight?

    -Tony Crisp 2015-02-10 10:39:43

    Mer – Before you can grasp what I am about to tell you, you need to read

    Because everything and everyone in your dream represent different aspects of you, the attic represents your memories that have been stored away and forgotten. And the crazy many is probably ideas, words told you when you were young that had a scary effect on you.

    Can you remember threats made to by parents about a boogie man for instance – it was a common threat to keep children obedient to their parents needs. And dreams create a frightening scene to reflect the fears you must have felt.

    The broken roof shows that what was said has undermined your sense of safety, and threat has live in you for ages without you remembering. You can get rid of the fear by imagining yourself facing the crazy man and demanding and explanation from him asking why your fear has caused such trouble. Every part of a dream reflects your emotional or physical energy. So dealing with him will give you more energy. Use you imagination, for that is the world of dreams, and sort him out.


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