Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dream Dictionaries for the Bookish

For those who might want to do some background reading and are looking for good references to help understand their dream life better, I have a couple of suggestions.

Jung - Foundational Research on Dreams and Symbols,

A fine place to start is Man and His Symbols, by Carl Gustav Jung. This is probably available at your public library, but if it is not, it is still in print. Dr. Jung researched dream phenomena extensively and his research is very helpful in understanding the purpose and intent behind our dreams. He also researched universal symbols that occur over and over again, across time and culture. The fact that many people experience the very same symbols in their dreams makes finding their meanings a bit easier. We can actually help one another.

Dream Dictionaries

I also own two dream dictionaries that I refer to constantly, along with the good old Websters dictionary. The first one is The Dream Book, by Betty Bethards, which has many good suggestions, especially on numbers, colors, and houses. Her focus is very much on the practical application of the dreams in our daily lives.

The other dream dictionary is Cloud Nine, A Dreamer’s Dictionary, by Sandra A. Thomson. The Cloud Nine dictionary has more words, and sometimes more extensive historical research that can include Alchemy, and even ancient Egyptian symbols and meanings.

I have to admit, my symbols are mostly shockingly mundane, which points to a misspent youth. But your dream symbols may indeed hark back to a much earlier time and be very interesting!

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