pop up description layer
Mother Earth - A Living Organism

The Unconscious World of Dream
intuitive knowledge
Dream Dictionary A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Colors Numbers
Submit Your Dreams For
Free Interpretation
Dream Dictionary

'the dream is a hidden door'

Dictionary Search
Search for:
Search by Hyperdictionary.com

A Dummies
Guide to Dreams

What Are Dreams
Understanding Dreams
Women's Dreams
Men's Dreams
Children's Dreams
Understanding Nightmares
All About Sleep
Sleep Disorders

Carl Jung
The Importance of Dreams

Sleep & Dreams
Visions of the Dream
Visions of the Dream
Dreams of Sex Dreams of Sex
Sex of Dreams

Other Dictionaries




dream moods

Site Directory

Simply the Best
Eric Ackroyd's 'A Dictionary of Dream Symbols'
A Dictionary of
Dream Symbols

Looking For A Symbol

symbol symbol
Go Here

Dreams & Their
Jean Benedict
More Dreams &
An Introduction to Jung's Psychology
Dreams & Their Interpretations

Jump to
Bottom of Page

Place Curser Over Definition To Highlite

Sabotage - Self destructive tendencies.

From HyperDictionary.com
Dreaming that you have been sabotaged, represents waking conflicts. An overwhelming anxiety is threatening the boundary between your unconscious and your ego. You need to get rid of your old attitudes and former ways of thinking.

Sack - Concealment;elimination of undesired traits.

Sacrifice - Given up positive traits. You may need to sacrifice something in real life, or you have made one recently.

Saddle - Placing yourself in undesired situations.

Safari - Exploring undiscovered aspects of self.

Safe - Probably a symbol of the self, containing things of great value.

Sailboat - Emotional self; riding the waves of emotions (water symbolizes unconscious.

Sailor - May represent adventuing into the unconscious (self examination of one's life through reflection and exploring one's life.

Saint - Guidance, wise self, spiritual self. This one may need further research, depending on the saint. It may be representative of a high ideal, or your need for support or guidance.

Salary - Compensation, reaping and sowing.

Salesman/person - Open to new ideas, changes.

Salvation - The resolving of conflict and the achieving of balance and wholenes in the psyche. A longing for release from unconscious guilt-feelings.

Sanctuary - Retreating within; a level of conscious necessary for healing.

Sand - Constant changes; limitless aspects of personality.

Santa Claus - Rewarding oneself.

Satellite - Communication with higher self; spiritual awareness.

Saw - Building blocks of personality.

Scales - Weighing matters before deciding; balance in life.

Scalp - Flowing from the head (intellect); stimulation for new grwoth.

Scar - Emotional wounds.

Scarecrow - Lack of confidence; false impressions.

Schedule - Restrictions placed on oneself; limiting oneself. A need to discipline oneself.

School - A place of learning and knowledge. This could mean that one has a desire to learn, or that one seeks higher ideals. If you are going back to school, it may hint at unresolved issues, or new learning opportunities. Life; Lessons learned or not learned; approaching different levels of consciousness.

Back to Top of Page
Jump to
Bottom of Page

Scientist - Rational self, intellectual self; search for knowledge, seeking to find truths; guidance; higher self.

Scissors - Cutting away what no longer benefits you; a fear of being cut off. Might be representative of the desire to break away from something or someone. Could also symbolize cutting remarks.

Scorch - Heated emotions.

Scorpion - Poisonous thinking. Maybe a symbol of an idea that is dangerous, or that you have made some comment that is stinging and hurtful.

Script - Roles we play in life; following others lead (good or bad).

Scroll - Powerful truths; book of life.

Scuba - Breathing under water {unconscious}. This would symbolize unconscious realizations, fears, desires, attitudes.

Sea - May represent the unconscious. Putting out to sea therefore would symbolize exploring the unconscious. May be the mother symbol, either that of Mother Nature or your own mother. Drowning would symbolize a fear of being suffocated by a dominating mother or mother-attachment. may symbolize the feminine, or any aspect of it (e.g intuition, receptiveness,). For a male dreamer it would symblize getting acquainted with the feminine side of his psyche - anima.May symbolize creative potential.

- Biding together; unity of emotions; coming apart at the seams.

Seasons - A symbol possibly of your present outlook. Summer is a symbol of contentment and happiness, autumn of the end of cycles and awareness, winter of resignation and patience, and spring of growth and hope. Levels of growth (spiritual, emotional); natural process of changes in life.

Secret - Unconscious thoughts being revealed; hidden parts.

Secretary - Helpful part of self; organization; identify priorities. Sub-ordinate feminine aspect.

Sedative - Emotionally uptight; learn to relax; responsibility.

Seduction - May represent a real seduction, perhaps in childhood. May represent a desire for sex.

Seed - May represent the potential for personal growth.May symbolize your true self. as opposed to the persona image that you falsely portray in waking life. New ideas; new beginnings; new birth (physical, psychological). Your dream might be hinting that you need to "plant" an idea and allow it to grow, or it may be showing you what will happen if you follow a certain course of action. (Does it grow into a beautiful plant, does it die, etc.)

Seesaw - Balance; ups and downs of life. What is at the other end of the seesaw? Is it something positive or negative?

Self - Represents your conscious ego, which is the centre of your conscious mind but not your total psyche.

Back to Top of Page
Jump to
Bottom of Page

- Motivating oneself; selling onself short.

Semen - Creative ideas; masculine self. Seeds of new growth

Sermon - Discussion with the unconscious. A moralistic rebuke.

Serpent - New life, rejuvenation, healing. The snake/serpent sheds its skin and grows new skin; shedding the old, new growth.
  • In Western societies the snake is seen as evil. In Eastern mythologies the snake (or serpent) is a symbol for healing, new life.
  • A snake/serpent may symbolize sexuality; psychic energy, or the power of Nature; intuitive wisdom; the unconscious.
  • Is the snake/serpent guarding something? If so, it may symbolize either your true and total self or something you need for the next stage of personal development.

  • From HyperDictionary.com
    Seeing a serpent in your dream means high intellectual power, deception, and the balance of good and evil. Seeing a winged serpent in your dream indicates wisdom and that you've overcome negative ways.

    Seven - A symbol for completeness. Also a symbol for change for the better.

    Sewer - May repreent the flow of unconscious energy or emotion that you have tried to suppres.

  • Usually a straightforward expression of sexual desire. sex with someone other than your partner may express a desire for that person and/or a dissatisfaction with your partner.
  • Uninhibited sex in a dream would suggest that the dreamer's actual sex life is inhibited. Revealing of patterns in your sexual relationships that you have not been aware of.
  • Dreams may reveal patterns in your sexual relationships that you have not been aware of/ What sort of person attracts you in your dreams? How do you feel about this or that aspect of the sexual encounter?
  • Another reason for paying attention to dreams depicting sexual relations is that the shadow may very well be prominent in sex; so here is a way of getting to know your alter-ego, the hidden part of yourself.
  • In dreams of sex your partner may symbolize some part of your own psyche, for example, your anima if your are male, your animus is you are female, and the sexual act will often be a symbol of the union of opposites which leads to wholeness and balance in your personality.

  • From HyperDictionary.com
    Dreaming about sex, refers to the psychological completion and the integration of contrasting aspects of the Self. You need to be more receptive and incorporate aspects of your dream sex partner into your own character. Alternatively and a more direct interpretation of the dream, may be your libido's way of telling you that it's been too long since you have had sex. It may indicate repressed sexual desires and your needs for physical and emotional love. Dreaming about sex with someone other than your spouse or significant other, suggests dissatisfaction with the physical side of your relationship. On the other hand, it may be harmless fantasy. In such situations, you may find that you are less inhibited sexually and you can even bring that sense of adventure to your existing relationship. Dreaming that you are having sex with an ex or someone who is not your current mate indicates your reservations about embarking in a new relationship or situation. You may feel nervous about exposing yourself or currently feel a resurgence of those old emotions and feelings that you felt back when you and your ex were together. Believe it or not, it is not uncommon for people approaching their wedding to experience especially erotic adventures with partners other than their intended spouses. This may be due to the intensity of your sexual passion with your fiancé. It also relates to the new roles that you will be taking on and the uncertainty that that may bring. If you are heterosexual and you dream that you are having sex with someone of the same sex means not necessarily homosexual desire, but an expression of greater self love and acceptance. You need to be in better touch of your feminine or masculine side. Dreaming that you are the opposite sex, suggests that you exhibit or need to incorporate those qualities of the opposite sex. Ask yourself, how do you feel being a man or a woman? In what ways can you incorporate those feelings into your waking life.

    Sheep - May symbolize unthinking, passive comformity to a mundance existence, taking one's ideas uncritically from authority figures or others; being eaisly lead, and consequently not in control of oneself. May also symbolize going astray; taking the wrong turn in life; forsaking one's destiny.

    Shells- A symbol of self-protection, and maybe one suggesting that you should listen to your intuition (as one listens to the sound of the sea through a shell).

    Shepherd - This may be a reference to you following someone, a leader, in life, or, if you were the shepherd, it could be telling you that others are following you, or that you are watching over and protecting someone else. May symbolize the power of love within us.

    Ship - May be a feminine symbol, representing the mother, or some other woman, or women in general. In a man's dream it may symbolize the anima. The vessel {emotions-attitudes-belief sysetm} in your life that you have attached your being to.

    - This may be a hint at something dealing with your foundation, or basic principles. This could also be a reference to station in life, i.e. the phrase "I’d like to be in his shoes."

    Back to Top of Page
    Jump to
    Bottom of Page

    Shoulders - May represent unconscious emotions. May symbolize carrying a burden i life.

    Shower - May symbolize refreshment, new joy in life, personal growth. Also getting rid of old ideas, attitudes, emotions.

    From HyperDictionary.com
    Seeing a sign in your dream indicates that you need assistance You need some direction and guidance in your life. Pay attention to what the sign says and what it is pointing you to do.

    Silhoette - You may not be seeing things fully, only dimly. This could be representative of the unconscious, or it could be telling you that you have a limited or one-sided point of view on some matter. May be a reference to your Shadow

    - May symbolize something of value with regard to your personal development. May symbolize the feminine (silver has associations with the moon)which would represent intuition; or the unconscious.

    Sink - A cleansing may be necessary.

    Sinking - May be a symbol of depression or dispair. May symbolize being swallowed by your mother (mother attachment). If a ship is sinking it may represent the end of something in your life.

    Sister - Feminine qualites of the psyche {see anima/animus www.tennlinks.com/mds2/animaanimus.html}.Qualities in yourself that you project onto other people. An older sister {for a female dreamer} may represent your 'other self' {alter ego}, that side yourself that is neglected or undeveloped {this is the 'Shadow' www.tennlinks.com/mds2/shadow.html}.

    Six - Striving for wholeness c in your human life {as opposed to your spiritual life}. Animal instincts as opposed to intuitive instincts.

    Sky - May symbolize transcendence, your true self. Sky may symbolize the realm of consciousness as distinct from earth or sea, representing the unconscious realm. See Numbers

    - May suggest that you are driving people away or turning people off. A protection reaction, using an 'odoress' attitude to drive away someone, or some inner attitude against yourself.

    Sleeping - May be symbolic of peaceful, tranquil state in which you are at one with your true self and inner awareness tkaes the place of sensory reactions to the extrenal world.

    Slaying - A dislike of someone or something. Conflict in your life. Killing a person or animal symbolizes repression of some aspect of yourself, some instinct or desire. Are you killing off, or do you need to slay some aspect of yourself.

    Smoke - Maybe you are not seeing things clearly in waking life, or things seem obscure to you.

    Snake - This could be a sexual symbol, or a symbol of temptation. This is also a symbol of Kundalini; pure energy. A snake may be a symbol of wisdom, or someone that is trying to harm you in an underhanded and sneaky manner.

    From HyperDictionary.com
    Seeing a snake or be bitten by one in your dream means 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.

    Back to Top of Page
    Jump to
    Bottom of Page

    Snow - Pure, white snow could be a symbol of purity. If the snow is dirty, this could be a symbol of how you feel about yourself and your own purity.

    Soldier - Masculine aspect, discipline. Determining own direction.

    Son - May not be symbolic at all; perhaps the dream was occasioned by your anxieties concerning your son. However, consider that the son figure represents some part of yourself. In a man it may represent his own youthful self.

    Space - Possibly an obvious statement that you need more space in life, a relationship, or a situation. If you were floating in space, this could be warning you that you have lost direction in life. The new frontiers in your life that need exploring. The mystical/metaphysical aspect of your being.

    Spell - You may be unaware that you are "under someone’s spell". This could be pointing out your desire to come by something, using a spell as an aid in achieving that desire, or reliance on a higher power.

    Spider- Representative of a fear of getting "caught in a web" or getting "spun up" in things. This could be warning you of a threat.

    Spiral - Upward spiral may represent progress and achievement. Downward spiral may symbolize something negative.

    Spirits - May represent the not yet discovered or utilized powers or capacities of your psyche offering inspiration, creativity, love and powers of healong (self-healing).May represent your 'complexes', psychic forces that escaped your conscious control. They will almost certainly damage your personal efficiency and destroy your happiness if you continue to repress and neglect them. Paying attention to them and giving them an approperiate creative role in your life, your personality will blossom.

    Spirit-possession - Being possessed by bad spirits represents neurosis or psychosis. By good spirits represents submitting to a 'higher' self other than the ego; allowing creative forces to take a leading and guiding role in your life. Being too religious.

    Spring - May symbolize the possibility of new growth in your personality.

    Sponge - You are absorbing something in waking life, or someone else is sponging off of you.

    Spoon - This just might be a reference to someone’s station in life, i.e. the saying "born with a silver spoon in his mouth." It could also be telling you to take things in small doses.

    Squirrel - What is it that you have stored away that needs recognizing about yourself? Squirrels are doers, they plan ahead.

    Stabbing - A stabbing is sometimes a symbol of deep anger or aggression. Identify that person or cause of the anger or aggression. The stranger may be some part of yourself, you are stabbing yourself for some reason.

    Stage - Your dream might be showing you to make something public, or that you desire attention and notice.

    Star - Maybe a form of guidance, or that you are making the most of what you have.

    Statue - This may represent a part of yourself that is inactive, but may come to life. It could be representative of a certain thought or ideal, as the Statue of Liberty seems to represent the spirit of a nation.

    Stealing - If you try to steal soemthing in your dream, it may mean you have some need that is not being met. Where the stealing takes place may indicate the area in which there is a lack of fulfillment.

    Stealing Water - Water is often a symbol for those unconscious aspects. Stealing water may symbolize you have certain needs that are not being met. May indicate an area in which there is a lack of fulfillment. May symbolize unconscious guilt feelings; possibly to do with a recollection of an actual theft commited by you.

    Steps/Stairs - A symbol of changes in consciousness. This may be an ascent or descent. Things will not be gained all at once, but in several steps.

    Stick - May symbolize the male phallus {Freud}. Is someone taking advantage of you, 'sticking' it to you?

    Sting Ray - Anything that swims in deep water is normally symbolic of deep unconscious aspects of the dreamer. Sting rays have the ability to inflict pain wounds.

    Stone - May represent your true self. Cold emotions or attitudes set in stone.

    Back to Top of Page
    Jump to
    Bottom of Page

    - May represent conflict, either in a relationship or within yourself. Emotional downpour, letting out suppressed emotions, release of flustrations.

    Stripes - A symbol of variety or something that is subject to change. A sreference to achievement, promotion.

    Stranger - Meeting a stranger always symbolizes an encounter with some part of your unconscious personality, your shadow. Fear of a stranger may be an expression of neurotic free-floating anxiety, which may be a result of roused but unsatisfies, usued libido.

    - If you are doing the strangling, it probably means you are not allowing some part of yourself to express or fulfill itself. If you are being strangled, there is probably something in your life that is denying you the fulfillment and staifaction you want or need.

    Stream - May symbolize healing or reinvigoration; a relaxed flow of energy.

    Study - Simply, your dream could be telling you to prepare or study more.

    Subtraction - Are you denying {subtracting} what is really there? What has been deducted from your life? {addition, subtraction, equation} What is the total sum of your life? Is it what you really want it to be or are you living a life that is not original?


  • A dream of committing suicide doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suicidal. It could be pointing out a major change that you are about to undertake, or that you feel as if things have gotten out of hand.
  • If you commit suicide in a dream, it probably means you feel unable to cope any longer with a problem that has obessed and flustrated you for a long time. Perhaps you need professional help to sort this out.
  • Do you witness someone else's suicide" Perhaps some part of you that has been repressed and neglected is now getting desperate - in which case you need to give it urgent attention with a view to meeting its legitimate demands.
  • If the person commiting suicide is close to you inreal life, it may be that you harbour {unconscious} negative feelings toward that person.

  • From HyperDictionary.com
    Dreaming that you commit suicide indicates that conditions in your life is so frustrating that you are no longer willing to cope with a situation or relationship in the same way as you did in the past. Alternatively, you may be unable to overcome feelings of guilt and thus turning the aggression on yourself. On a more positive note, it may suggest that you are saying good-bye to one aspect of yourself or character that your have been carrying around. Seeing someone commit suicide in you dream, highlights your concerns for that person. Also consider what characteristics and qualities in that person you may be trying to "kill" and annihilate in your own self. Perhaps you hope that you are not like that person in some way and are making attempts to get rid of those traits within your own self.

    Summer - May symbolize the stages of human life, in which case summer would represent the early middle age, which for most people is the period of maximum external, material achievement. After this the inner life may demand more attention.

    Sun - The spiritual force or something that is necessary for your wellbeing. It may represent the opportunities for knowledge and learning. This could also be a sign of power. Or, your dream could be suggesting that you get out into the sun more often. See Sun

    - the way you look at things is somewhat shaded (biased or prejudiced). Also, you may not be seeing things clearly. Physically it could be a signal from the body that the eyes are in need of examination (rare).

    Sunrise/sunset - Sunrise may symbolize new life, or a new phase in your life. Sunset may represent death, literally or figuratively; or the end of a phase.

    Superhuman Beings - May symbolize authority and wisdom. But be careful not to relinquish your own inner wisdom in favour of some external imposed authoritarian code of belief and behaviour.

    Surgery - Cutting away unwanted or unhealthy aspects of your life.

    Swan - Symbol of peace and serenity. If you were or saw a black swan or a dirty swan, your dream could be telling you that you view yourself as unattractive, that you are behind the crowd, or that you are in a period of discord.

    Swimming - May symbolize a trustful and receptive attitude towards your unconscious, or your mother, or nature. It may also symbolize staying 'on top' of your emotions. Do you sometimes feel you are swimming in a sea of emotions? Do you understand how to maintain yourself in the emotional waters of life?

    Sword - A symbol of the spirit, power, and authority. It could also be a symbol of protection. A need to cut away some part or aspect in your life. This may even be a sexual symbol.

    Back to Top of Page
    Jump to

    Dream Dictionary A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Colors Numbers
    The spiritual path....is a psychological journey
    Common Dream Symbols & Motifs
    Autos Boats Bridge Buddha Bugs Chains Chase/Chased Child Cliff Clothes Conflict Colors
    Dancing Death Devil Demons Drowning Dying Eagle Earth Earthquake Father Fighting
    Fish Frog God Goddess Guilt Gun Hair Hands Head Horse House Insects Jesus
    Ladders Monsters Moon Mother Nightmares Nudity Numbers People Rape Relationships
    Rooms Sex Snake Sun Teeth Tornado Tree Urinating Violence Water Whale
    Famous People
    Dreams & Childhood Recollections
    Dreams & Repression
    Personal & Collective Unconscious
    Do Dreams Predict the Future
    introvert-extravert-thinking/feeling-sensing-intuitive-judging....Jung's Model of the Psyche

    as of 11/22/03

    Myths-Dreams-Symbols is Supported by:
    Gifford Fence-Middle Tennessee    &     Gifford Fence Orlando

    Creative Thinking Web Design
    Melbourne, Florida