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The Unconscious World of Dream


May symbolize passion, anger, sexuality, revolution, danger. As the colour of blood, red is the symbol of life (which is why Hindu and Chinese brides wear red); but blood, or course may also mean death (see meaning od death).

(1) May symbolize aggressiveness.
(2) Because it is the colour of the sun, it may symbolize life, or consciousness.
(3) If you are depressed, orange may symbolize the dawn of a new attitude of optimism and proper self-love.

Yellow may symbolize cowardice ('yellow streak'); consciousness, awareness or intelligence; or - particularily if golden - a promise of something good and life-enhancing, or an intimation of your true self.

Green commonly symbolizes the fertility of Nature (as in the Green Man, the spirit of fecundity). In your dreams, therefore, it may indicate personal growth, some new development in your personality.

(1) The colour may represent old age, death (see meaning of death), depression.

(2) As intermediate between black and white, and as the colour of mist, grey may symbolize an unclear state of mind where distinctions are blurred, or where you have difficulty in seeing where you are going or have lost all sense of direction.

(1) Blue may sometimes symbolize the universal or collective unconscious (as distinct from the individual unconscious). Perhaps the dream is asking you to base your life on intuitions that come from a deep source within your psyche.
(2) Alternatively, blue may represent the power of the conscious mind, particularly if it is the blue of the sky.
(3) Darm blue may be associated with depression - 'the blues'.
(4) Blue clothing may symbolize masculinity. Tony Crisp (in his Dream Dictionary) observes that women sometimes dream of threatening men dressed in blue - dark blue or navy. Such a dream should motivate the dreamer to get in touch with her animus (the masculine side of her own psyche). and enter into a dialog with it, with a view to establishing a more positive relationship both with the masculine in herself and also with real men in the extrenal world. Perhaps examining her relationship with her father wil be the key to understanding her negative attitude towards men and masculinity.
(5) The blue sea may symbolize the unconscious or the feminine (anima, mother, or Great Mother, the wise self).
(6) At an advanced level of mystical awareness, blue may represent the primal energy from which the universal life-force comes. (In mythology the primevil ocean is not itself a thing: it is without form or shape but contains the potential for all forms and shapes - a description that fits God).

May symbolize mystery and therefore represent, in psychological terms, deep intuition or awareness of some type as yet unexplored dimension of the self.

(1)A black hole or dark depths - for example, an unlit cellar or a deep well or oceanic deoths - may represent the unconscious. This blackness may be frightening, so long as the unconscious remains alien and unfamiliar. However, black can also be warm and comforting - which is hwy insomniacs are sometimes advised to close their eyes and imagine themselves wrapped round in black velvet. If you begin to trust your unconscious (which meams trusting Nature, your human Nature), each previously horrifying or disgusting part of your unconscious will show itself in a new light, as something you need for personal fulfillment. Putting your consciousness into the unconscious - becoming aware of it - means putting more and more light into the darkness. If a star or other bright light appears in the blackness, this may be seen as a 'light at the end of the tunnel', that is, as a symbol of the 'illumination' - new wisdom or insight - that may be achieved by dwelling a while in the unconscious and making its better aquaintance.
(2) Black (particularly for white people) may symbolize evil. If so, bear in mind that, as a genereal rule, what appears in your dreams is always some part of you, and that the so-called 'evil' (and therefore repressed) parts of you are really evil only if, because of neglect, they become rebellious, or if you let them take control away from your conscious self. These ' evil' things are transformed into good things - creative, and bringing fuller life, happiness and wholeness - when conscious and unconscious interact and establish a harmonious working relationship.
(3) A person dressed in black may represent your shadow (See Glossary of Jungian Term. onmain page).
(4) A black-skinned person (if you are white-skinned) may represent either the shadow or closeness to Nature.
(5) A black animal probably represents some unconscious repressed drive or emotion. If the animal is fierce, this possibly means that something you have repressed is now urgently pressing you to give it your conscious attention and let it have some expression in your waking life.
(6) Blackness (as in black night, etc.) may simply signify diminished visibility, in which case the meaning of the dream may have something to do with a loss of orientation in your life. Do you feel you don't know which way to go; or that you don't have the energy or will to go in any direction? If so, make a pact with your unconscious to the effect that, it will tell you where you have the potential - and the need - togo, you will respond accordingly in your life. Then pay close attention to the dreams that follow. (If you go the next few nights without dreaming - or, more precisely, without recalling your dreams - this probably means that you are backing out of the pact and setting up a defence against what you fear your unconscious might have to tell you).
(7) Black may symbolize dispair or deep depression. If so, follow the advice given in (6) above.
(8) In many parts of the world black is associated with death. It is possible, therefore, that this what the colour signifies in your dream. Bear in mind, however, that death in a dream may refer to something internal: the 'death' - or the giving up - of something within you (for example, some irrational fear, or other negative attitude or emotion).

(1) Brown is an earthly colour and may, therefore, symbolize the instinctive or the sensuous.
(2) Brown is also an autumnal colour and as such may signify a (feeling of ) decline; low spirits or depression.

White may signify pure and innocence, peace happines, joy; but in the East it is associated with death and mourning. (See meaning of death)

(1) Symbolically, the colour gold has connections with the sun and may represent new life, self-renewal; some new development in your psyche.
(2) Gold, as something valuable, may symbolize either your true self, as distinct from your conscious ego, or some faculity in your psyche which, if accepted and activated, could bring you closer to your real self.
(3) Gold fruit (like the golden fleece) features in mythology as a hero's prize for overcoming monster or other evils. This symbolizes the rewards of facing up to the contents of the unconscious, taming those that - through neglect - have become wild or aggressive, and intergrating them into your conscious life.

(1) Silver may symbolize something of value with regard to your personal development.
(2) Silver has associations with the moon, and may therefore symbolize the feminine; intuition; or the unconscious.

Reference: Eric Ackroyd

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