"Learn as much as you can about symbolism; then forget it all when you are analyzing a dream." C.G. Jung
Ten Top Rules of Thumb
Rule Number One:
Rule Number Two:
Rule Number Three:
Rule Number Four:
Some dreams will have an unusual, "timeless" quality to them. (After all, they do originate from a timeless place.) These timeless dreams may be speaking to you of your past, present and/or future circumstances.
But the fact is, though,
that for most of us -
On the other hand... sometimes these unusual, timeless quality dreams may contain prophetic warnings of a sort. Your dream may be speaking to you with a deep inner-wisdom regarding the possible consequences of a particular path you're traveling on.
Okay, okay… the example - dreaming about the death of your dog MIGHT refer to a quality within you which hasn't yet been able to surface into waking consciousness and you're in danger of letting it die.
Combine that idea with whatever the special qualities are which you ascribe to dogs in general and to your dog in specific.
In this case the deep wisdom of your dream is speaking to you regarding the possible future - but the strong odds are that it's not speaking in LITERAL terms regarding the future. It's not warning you about the impending death of your dog.
Rule Number 5:
Ask yourself some questions, such as… What does this person mean to me in my waking life?… What qualities does this person have that I like?… What do I dislike about this person?… How does this person treat me in waking life?… How did this person treat me in the dream?… What action took place in the dream and how did I feel about it?
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