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Dream Dictionary

Online Dream Dictionary & Encyclopedia

by Tony Crisp

The latest edition of the Dream Dictionary, the result of some fifty years experience of working with dreams and their interpretation. The Dream Dictionary which encompassing articles on a vast range of topics. This gives the reader an unparalleled insight into the study of dreams and the inner life. But there are an enormous amount of Features that cover a range of topics about dreams and the inner life.

The aim of the Dream Dictionary is to help you make connections between your dreams and your everyday life; to discover more fully the powerful emotions and reactions that unconsciously direct your decisions and responses in waking. This is not an attempt to give you merely ideas to play with, to agree or disagree with, like fortune telling. It can lead to real insights which empower you to make more of yourself, and find your way through the many decisions with which life confronts you.

Learn how to Interpret Your Dream

I know how much you might like to skip the Introduction to Dream Dictionary, and if you are tempted to do so, I wholeheartedly ask you to read Summing Up. Without understanding the things given there you are likely to completely miss the point of understanding your dreams.

You can start using the Dream Dictionary by entering a dream image into the Search box below and clicking the search symbol – or you can read some fuller information below about the dictionary and how best to use it.

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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 Meaning of Your Dream).

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. Therefore, when you read an entry which has several different meanings, sometimes with a ‘;’ between, it simply means any one of them could apply, which means 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.


Useful Links

Introduction to Using the Dream Dictionary

Using The Dictionary

The Discovery of Dreams – Things We Need to Remember About Us

Gaining Insight Into Your Dreams

Acknowledgement to this Edition


The Next Step – Criticisms

A Master Course in Exploring Your Dreams (‘Your Guru the Dream’)

Features Found on Site: this is a full list of the topics covered by the Dream Encyclopedia (not a list of dream dictionary words). The site has enormous resources – you can search for so many things, from abortion, the house in your dream to sex and death – simply by putting the search words in the Search box.


Personal Dream Interpretation

I also offer a personal dream interpretation service. You can access this by putting a full explanation of your dream in the Forum Section – Forum.

Note: comments that have any adverts or links to other sites will be deleted.

It is important to give a full account of your dream – see Give Us Enough Information.

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 into Google Translate. Translate it into English and send the result. You can then translate any response back into your own language.

Please note, I am mainly alone in working on your dreams, and it takes time so I cannot always keep up with the number of requests posted by readers. I am also in the process of revising the Dictionary – a long business – so please look at the dozens of replies in the pages of The Forum, hopefully you will find something helpful.

In the meantime, here is a way to work out your own dream – Getting at Your Dream’s Meaning.

Please note: this a not-for-profit site and it offers real dream interpretations, not dream dictionary features that are not real interpretations. We ask no payment for these interpretations, but it would be a great help if you Liked our Facebook page and and other links, if you would like to support what we do.


A Note About the Author: Tony Crisp

I have been interested in the health of mind and body since my early teens. I began writing about these subjects in 1956. My fascination for what lay under the surface of the mind led me personally to explore the unconscious using dreams and other mental and physical disciplines. From 1972 – 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; Mind and MovementThe Instant Dream Book; Life’s Little Secrets and Liberating The Body and many more. See My Books.

During those years I 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 I run this website 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.








-Corah Simone 2017-07-04 0:07:27

I had a rather simple dream last night with vivid images. I was in a strangers house and a woman told me there was a box of beets and one lemon underneath the sink in the bathroom, and that they were free to take. Without even seeing them, I got the impression that the beets were rotten or on their way to rotting, so I didn’t go to take them. However, I considered taking the lemon from the pile of beets, thinking it may have been more fresh. In the past, I’ve dreamt of a lemon before (rather a lemon peel) that was lying on the ground as I was trying to escape something. I saw it, felt it was extremely important, and stopped to grab it. To me, I suppose lemons symbolize hope/light/”zest” of life, but I would be greatly appreciative if you could interpret the other parts of my dream, particularly the beets and sink.


-Caitlin McDaniel 2017-07-06 3:14:18

What I can remember of my dream is I was in a school like situation and I can remember knowing that I was in a relationship with two people. One person was my friend a couple of years ago in my freshman year in highschool that I stopped being friends with and some really pretty blonde girl, the dream skipped to a part where I try to pick up a soda can that he put in the trash but I thought it fell on the ground and I stood there for a minute then caught up with them ask we walked to class, for some reason I thought and knew my relationship was over with them. When she went to hug him I bumped into her by accident then I went in to class and sat at my desk. I could see myself from the roof and through my eyes.


-stephen 2017-07-12 15:11:51

Sir I had a very intense dream right before I woke up today and would like to share with you to get your guidancr thank you kindly Stephen


    -Tony Crisp 2017-07-13 8:45:52

    OK Stephen – Send your dream in the same way you sent this message, by writing it in the Comments box.



-Aerial 2017-07-17 6:31:22

I couldn’t figure out how to use the “keyword search” for dream interpretation. Perhaps I entered too much information. This is what I entered.

“Porcupine, owl, 3 miniature horses, ducks, sparrows, cheese popcorn, flooded backyard”

In the dream/nightmare – it wasn’t scary, but I woke up feeling uncomfortably alarmed. Torrential rain had flooded the neighborhood and my “unknown” neighbors were outside after the rain fall and so was I. Our yard had a low-lying pond area that prevented water from reaching our house. Some teenaged male neighbor was standing in water with an oar using it to push water down the hill into the pond area. There were several other people viewing the animals that were around and in the ponded water. I was first alone in my yard sitting on a bench there, made of steel (maybe cement) eating cheese popcorn out of a bag – feeding these animals some. The porcupine was an upright sort of animal with quills that submerged itself in the water. (I Googled “animal with quills but not porcupine” and found something called a Brazilian Porcupine that was apparently discovered in 2013, that looked more like this animal in the dream – but still not close enough.) I had no previous knowledge of this animal. It submerged itself and throughout the dream I could see it in the water but it never came out before I then went into my house with 2 of the unknown neighbors, a mother and daughter who both discussed with me a “prior” problem with cocaine abuse.

I woke up at that moment and immediately Googled “dream keywords” to end up on this page and completely baffled? WTF?

This is the second time today I’ve woken up having whackadoodle dteams. I had a procedure Friday for a medical condition and am sleeping as much as I can, as I have an early appointment at HCMC and several others all week, with another procedure on this upcoming Friday.

My earlier dream – which was more a nightmare than a dream – had absolutely nothing to do with anything like I just described.

Any help/clues with this seemingly nonsensical symbolism?


-Zaverix 2017-08-07 13:40:20

The article on this website about “Black Magic” in dreams is very close to the truth. I really appreciate the notice where the article says: “Fear is the thing to overcome.” I highly respect the fact that this website informs people on what to do if you are a victim of black magic. Thank you for informing the public about all of this.

– Zaverix


-Carolyn 2017-08-12 16:35:52

I am due to have surgery on 08\16\17 and my deceased friend came to me in my dream. I was in a crowded room with people that I did not know my we walked out into a hall and my friend told me not to have the surgery and I ask if this was a message from God and she said that it was not a message from God but from her. I ask her why should not have the surgery and she said have it and I will find out. I went to ask her another question and she had disappeared. My friend died in 2015 after being home for a day after having her gallbladder removed.


-Victoria 2017-08-16 11:15:16

I had a dream of some sort of experience of hate between people and my boyfriend, all of a sudden I was finding out he died I broke down in tears screaming. He’s my life and he’s the father to our children, he had been stabbed and died it seemed so real. I was ringing everywhere trying to figure out what happened and who did it, I went mad and started crying some more then I went to ring my mum but she turned up to the door saying she has heard and that she’s so sorry and we both started crying I broke to the floor and in the dream it felt like my two children were not there no where to be seen. This dream felt so real as soon as I woke I hugged him and looked at my children. But I know it was just a dream. It was frightening.


-Karren 2017-08-24 4:37:03

I dreamed of having a boyfriend I never met before but I know in my heart during that dream how I love that person and also this feeling I felt for him is somewhat new for me. We were in a family outing away from the city which has trees in it but suddenly both of us are required to go to the city because we were called to have an interview. We went together riding a cab and had our interview in a high building. Aftwerwards, we went to our relatives house which we ate. There I suddenly knew his name because I suddenly realize thay he is a friend of my cousin and they knew each other (in reality no). Then, the dream suddenly shift to my cousins who are and who are both engineers (in reality they are) they are testing a remote controlled robotic machine that is flying. In second dream I was passive but on my first dream I am actively participating in.

I tried searching for several interpretation but I cannot seem to find about robot flying and married cousins etc. Thank you for you response in advance!!!


-Redd5 2017-08-29 15:01:22

I had a dream that a bady rat with no hair was on my kitchen fighting a baby possum also with no hair. The rat then stop fighting the possum and turn and charged after me. I started fighting the rat off with a pillows as i kept knocking it out of the way it kept charger back at me but it never touched me. I made my self wake up because the rat would leave me alone


-RoseMarie Croteau 2017-11-01 0:12:08

Hi, I was looking up what does it mean when you see in the spirit, like a vision of me wide awake in a clear plastic coffin. I had this when I was a teenager.

Also I have seen 3 grim reapers in front of me with no scycept. Just curious. Thank you so much for this
Rosemarie Croteau


-Robert ford 2017-11-17 0:56:04

Day time vision of a horse chest piece


-Robert ford 2017-11-17 0:56:05

Day time vision of a horse chest piece


-Deneen 2017-11-28 14:20:27

Had a dream that my daughter, husband and church congregation showed up unannounced and had a cookout on my front lawn, with loud music. I went to check outside and found a BBQ grill hot and smoking in my downstairs. I went outside, told everyone to pack up, cleanup and go home. Told my daughter she never considered me as family so why would you come here, also I haven’t heard from you since you lost the baby…..then I woke up


    -Tony Crisp 2017-12-03 13:35:23

    Hi – The answers I give arise not out of me thinking up things to say, but from fifty years of exploring dreams in depth. So some of what I write may seem wild. This may be because dreams arise and are experienced by a level of your mind or awareness that very few people have any concept or experience of – usually called the unconscious. Life dreamt in its creatures millions of years before even humankind awoke and developed self awareness or language. So to understand dreams we need to leave our thinking minds behind and go into our feelings and reactions – a much older level of awareness.

    But it would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPersonor http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Deneen – Whether we remember or not, each time we sleep we create an apparently real world out of our remembered impressions, habits and emotions. As the stage managers of our inner theatres, we have the most abundant props, costumes and backdrops imaginable. Yet, because a dream is our own creation, no part of it, no emotion contained in it, no flight of fancy portrayed, is other than oneself. Even when we dream vividly of another person, such as the man in our life, the dream personality is made up of our own impressions, hopes and feelings. Most people are often totally unaware of the experience they take in and how it interacts with them when we live with someone. In other words the memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost.

    So all the images and drama, along with the emotions you feel are simply you looking at yourself. Most of it we do not recognise because we are so blind to our failings and of course our wonder. So it seems what you saw in the mirror of your dreams was that you still hold difficult feelings about the past.

    Maybe you need to face the need for forgiveness. We are indeed left with our own distress and feelings of hurt, and what we will do with them? Even if we can see and admit what stress they cause, and damage they do, it is often not possible to simply let go of them. But what I found, from a situation that had made me ill and couldn’t forgive, was that in the end it wasn’t about forgiving the person, but dealing with the feelings in my self, feelings that led me to want to really want to hurt the person involved and continually caused me not to be at peace with myself. So it isn’t about forgetting what happened, but forgiving gets rid of the inner disturbance in you.

    Also I realised that after I had forgiven the person I was also judging myself in a similar way, causing me to feel at fault a lot of the time.

    Unfortunately nobody else can do it for you. Maybe look at http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/


-Pal 2017-12-10 17:34:34

I saw a dream last night. Where i with a male friend was running from storm caused by rain and heavy tides of peacock feathers. Can u plz guide what would b the meaning of seeing such dream. Peacock feathers everywhere out.


-Rachel 2017-12-26 16:01:17

In my dream I was in an apartment (I haven’t lived in an apartment in over 10 years and this place didn’t look like any apartment that I’ve lived in) it was definitely the place I call home in that dream. My significant other wasn’t home but there was a male figure there with me and my little one was in their room. There was a knock at the door, I looked through the peephole and there was a man standing there with a cap on and carrying a carton of eggs that looked like it had strawberry tops on top like it came from the trash and in the dream that’s exactly what I was thinking. The man noticed me looking through the peephole and covered it up with his finger. The male that was home with me was trying to unlock and open the door and I threw myself between him and the door and said “no! Something’s not right!” I stopped him from unlocking the door and screamed “call the cops! Call the cops!” The man on the other side of the door then started to shoot. I got hit in the gut and didn’t die or go down. The man ran off. I could remember his face and the police told me to keep a look out for him. A few days (same dream, it was moments after the police said to look out for him) I saw him at the apartment complex and when he saw me it was like he was seeing if I recognized him. I could feel myself build up the courage and energy (my stomach wound hurt and it was patched up) to run after him and call the cops. Another man started to walk up to the shooter and they both noticed that I knew who he (the shooter) was and started to run away from me. I started to run and then I woke up.


    -Tony Crisp 2018-01-02 12:06:07

    Rachel – In dreams we tend to use images which are usually linked with something else. So the man with the eggs mostly likely represents a hurt event – getting shot which represent something that happened that was an awful criticism or hurtful remark that was like a punch in the stomach.

    We tend often to avoid using images of the actual people as it lessens the original pain. You must have thought or seen the person again for your stomach wound hurt once more.

    The dream ends by showing a possible way of dealing with ‘him’. By facing him he will back down and try to ‘run away’. But that takes courage. Obviously you need another person with you – ‘Another man’.

    I wonder what the eggs represent – what was his original approach?


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