Protectiveness or desire to hurt. It can show the animal in the human – as in the form of Pan, or it can indicate; sexuality or the penis.

Example: ‘I ran into a house and came face to face with a huge stag. It started eating my leg. I was pushing against his horns and managed to stop him chewing me.’ Jasmine C.

The first part of Jasmine’s dream, not quoted, is obviously sexual. Being eaten therefore suggests she is being consumed by her sexual drive.

Example: She started walking up to meet me and I saw behind her all the hill was covered in pink and white flowering trees in full bloom, it was very beautiful and I knew I had never seen it like that before. I opened the gate and the goat started to charge me, it was her way of greeting, I saw she had very long horns and said to someone who was standing with me now, “You must be careful as her horns can be dangerous but if you don’t get in the way she will not hurt you.”

Horns are used to warn of danger, but can also be used to express triumph. Since animal horns protrude from the head and are used for defense, so they can suggest a negative attitude.

They can represent hardened thought projections, thought-forms, the shape of long-held ideas. Horn projecting form a unicorn is an extention of the sexual drive that was blocked at the genital level and allowed to express the level of insigiht in the head. That is why the unicorn was only captured by virgins. It needs a virginal mind, one not controlled by preconceptions, to reach the higher levels of mind.

Idioms: horn in; Pull in one’s horns; lock horns with someone; take the bull by the horns; on the horns of a dilemma; toot your own horn; horny; don’t blow your own horn; horn of plenty; horny; Gabriel, come blow your horn; lock horns; pull in your horns.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Do I see the horns as dangerous or protective?

What sort of horn was it, sexual or musical or of a creature?

Have I ever kept my mind virginal by avoiding preconceptions?

See Inner WorldvirginSumming UpTechniques for Exploring your Dreams

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