Sunday, September 07, 2008

Weird Dreams

Lately I have been having eye-brow raising nights. A few nights ago I began thrashing in the bed and yelling. I woke up with my husband shaking me, going "Baby, wake up, wake up, you're dreaming." The whole following day was colored by that event even though I couldn't remember what I was dreaming.

Last night I dreamed I was in this huge house. Like the Biltmore but not.

A lot of it was in sad disrepair. An unknown man guided me through the house to show me the repairs. I think I was writing an article about it.

He was using snakes to repair the house. The snakes would slither across the walls and in so doing it would remove the mold and mildew or whatever and leave the tiles in pristine condition. It was innovative if not a little unnerving.

There were snakes everywhere, all supposedly trained not to bite and to move along in proper patterns for the required work.

Meanwhile, down in the basement there was a huge toy museum, with toys of all kinds. It was a noisy place but very eery because it wasn't open to the public yet and there was no one there. Just a lot of toys making toy noises. I remember a lot of monkeys playing the cymbals.

And then it grew dark, and I was trying to use the elevator but I couldn't because it was full of snakes.

I tried to find a light switch but something short-circuited and a fire started. The house was a huge dark maze full of snakes on the walls. I knew there were other people in the huge mansion but I didn't know where they were.

So I started yelling "Fire" as I raced through the halls trying to avoid the smoke and the snakes....


One of my dream books says this about elements of my dream:

Snakes: This denotes sly enemies who will conspire against you and by whom you will suffer in your character and estate. (That isn't a good sign!)

House: To dream you are building a house foretells prosperity and success in trade. (I wasn't building it, though, so I guess someone else is going to proper).

Fire: A dream of fire denotes health, great happiness, kind relations and warm friends. But to dream you are burned with fire portends calamity. (Yikes! I wasn't burned but it was surely getting close!)

Darkness: Dreaming you are lost in darkness and stumble denotes a change for the worst - by imprudence you will dreadfully commit yourself. If you emerge and see the sun, you will ultimately be happy.

Sheesh. It looks like I am in for some bad days ahead, doesn't it, if dreams really do tell something... fortunately I have never found my dreams to be anything more than the sum of my worries. If I had to interpret this dream, I would say I am worried about having something I've written blow up in my face.


  1. Wow, sounds like you've been busy at night :) The dream book you are using sounds more like a prophecy book than a dream interpretation book. In therapy, there are ways to interpret dreams. I used the technique of having the person give each object a voice and tell me what they think it would say. That often tells you what each object or person represents in your dream. It's not foolproof, but it helps people understand their dreams better. I recommend doing this with a therapist so they can guide you, but if you don't take it too seriously, this could at least give you some idea about your dreams.

  2. Whatever the interpretation, I would certainly say that your dreams denote a wonderfully creative and active mind. You have the most interesting dreams I've ever seen. Mine, by contrast, are rather muddling and dull. :-)

  3. I have read that the condition of the house or vehicle in which one finds oneself in a dream is a portrayal of how one views the state of one's circumstances or life. One possible interpretation of your dream could be that you do realize that your life is grand with much great potential, but in need of some adjustments or repair to fully realize the grandness. Perhaps the icky snakes represent a path toward repair that would be very distasteful to you, even if effective.

    I guess lots of different thoughts come to my mind regarding your VERY vivid dream. I like to think of dreams as tools. Sometimes they are very helpful for giving insight into those dark recesses that influence us ever so subtly. Or not so subtly. (is that spelled correctly?) When I have such a vivid dream I pray and ask for guidance: should I pay attention? is this just crazy workings out of an overtired mind? if it is meaningful, please help give a divinely inspired ACCURATE interpretation.

    For whatever it is worth! Snakes and monkeys are oh so creepy, however you interpret them!

    BTW, happy to meet you!

  4. I am sure you'll be ok. You have creative outlets.

  5. While I do think dreams have relevance, I don't think they foretell the really did well to remember all that. If I remember anything at all, it quickly fades away.

  6. Wow...sounds like a movie scene. One of my friends is having weird dreams too lately. Maybe there's something in the water.....

  7. From the "Dream Moods" website:

    To see a snake or be bitten by one in your dream, signifies hidden fears and worries that are threatening you. Your dream may be alerting you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet surfaced. The snake may also be seen as phallic and thus symbolize dangerous and forbidden sexuality. The snake may also refer to a person around you who is callous, ruthless, and can't be trusted. As a positive symbol, snakes represent transformation, knowledge and wisdom. It is indicative of self-renewal and positive changes.

    Dreams relating to a house often refers to various aspects of the Self. When trying to analyze the house in your dream, consider also how the house is kept and the condition of it. The rooms in the house relates to facets of your personality.

    To see an old, run-down house in your dream, represents your old beliefs, attitudes and how you used to think or feel. A situation in your current life may be bringing about those same old attitudes and feelings. Alternatively, the old house may symbolize your need to update you mode of thinking.

    To dream that you are in a basement, symbolizes your unconscious mind and intuition. The appearance of the basement is an indication of your unconscious state of mind and level of satisfaction.

    To dream that the basement is in disarray and messy, signifies some confusion in which you need to sort out. It may also represent your perceived faults and shortcomings.

    Depending on the context of your dream, to see fire in your dream can symbolizes destruction, passion, desire, illumination, transformation, enlightenment, or anger. It may suggest that something old is passing and something new is entering your life. Your thoughts and views are changing. In particular, if the fire is under control or contained in one area, it is a metaphor of your own internal fire and inner transformation. It also represents your drive and motivation.

    To dream that a house is on fire, indicates that you need to undergo some transformation. If you have recurring dreams of your family house on fire, then it suggests that you are still not ready for the change or that you are fighting against the change. Alternatively, it highlights passion and the love of those around you.

    To see toys in your dream, symbolizes childhood, domestic joy and harmony. You may be searching for the comfort and security of home. It also represents playful attitudes and your childish ways.

    And there's a lot more stuff on that site.

    My grandmother was a great believer in the meaning of dreams. (When I had chronic mono, I had some weird dreams.)

  8. scary stuff! Stop eating cheese right before bedtime x

  9. I'm glad I didn't have this dream because you know I would be stumbling upon snakes and fire shortly thereafter ;) Oooh, that monkey with cymbals toy always scared me. I had one as a child and swore it was possessed.

    As far as interpreting it I would go with your intuition, that's usually on target.

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