Do you interpret your dreams?

Do you interpret your dreams? - A picture of dreaming.
Singapore
April 18, 2007 5:14am CST
I dreamed of snakes last night. Of late, I keep dreaming of them. I think I can count as least 5 instances recently. Sometimes it was just one snake, occasionally it was a few. Last night, it was a sea of snakes. And I didn't dream of them as if I was someone outside looking at a scene being played out. I was inside. I was in the first person's view, literally moving around the snakes. I wasn't exactly feeling scared - though I was feeling cautious when wading through them (some hanging, some on the ground). Snakes are not common in Singapore. Of course, I have seen them in the flesh before, but those times were when I visited zoos or special tourist attractions featuring snakes. I certainly haven't been looking at any pictures of snakes. Neither have I been reading about them or watching shows containing them. It thus seems uncanny that I would be dreaming about snakes for no reason. I checked out several websites that offer dream interpretation guides. Dreammoods.com says that snakes signify hidden fears and worries. Yet it can also represent transformation, knowledge and wisdom, an indication of self-renewal and positive changes. library.thinkquest.org says that snakes are evil and harbingers of trouble. maljonicsdreams.com says that snakes symbolize the ability to transcend into higher levels of consciousness or into areas of knowledge that exist outside perceived time and space. What am I suppose to make of these varied interpretations? They are vague and can be stretched to fit any possibility. This dream about snakes was the last in my series of dreams last night - so I woke up feeling somewhat unsettled. Any ideas? Do you try to interpret your dreams like me? Have you had any kind of success? Do you let your dreams affect your real life? How much consideration do you give them?
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@yanjiaren (9050)
18 Apr 07
I think snakes are good in a dream. My Chinese Zodiac sign lol too!! I think they denote wisdom and moving into new domains of knowledge and stretching one's limits. The fact that you saw many denotes to me a sea of opportunity but the fact that you were cautious means that you will succeed and not fail in whatever you will be venturing into. That was a good sign. I would be quite o.k and not worry about it in a negative way I mean. Five is also a good number, you have four points in a square and a point in the centre. Means you have every angle covered and you cannot be conned or taken for granted easily. Good Luck.
• Singapore
18 Apr 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
You are a snake, barbie? NICE. You know why? Because snakes are supposed to be my "secret friend" (it's a vice versa thing anyway). Your interpretation makes me feel good. But what if...?
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@yanjiaren (9050)
18 Apr 07
What if what lol? Liked that medal, is that for me? Do not go for the negative, unless it is a double negative..take a negative and double it, you will find its positive..
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• Singapore
19 Apr 07
You are an optimistic barbie... and yes, I think that medal was for you.
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@winterose (39899)
• Canada
18 Apr 07
they have to be vague, they do not know you, they are writing this for millions of people to read. Examine your own life are there people you do not trust, that you need to be careful with how you deal with them or what you say to them? To me those are your snakes.
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• Singapore
18 Apr 07
If someone is really a snake in the grass, you won't know till you are bitten. Either that or you simply avoid all the grass and stay in the mud.
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@winterose (39899)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
You dream could be forewarning you to be careful, that is my point, sorry I didn't make it clearer.
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@tyuepsc (189)
• China
19 Apr 07
You must wear something tied and the conditions make you feel uncomortable when you are asleep.(This is what I read in a book about the mysteries of dreams) Next time, when you sleep, you'd better choose a looser and bigger clothes.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
18 Apr 07
Snakes in my country are very common and part of our everyday lives. As far as your dream, or dreams are concerned, I have found that whenever I dream of snakes, I loose something so be careful, either a friendship that is going to turn sour or a friend might back stab you. The worst is, be careful for a break-in or something valuable that can get stolen. Sorry I sound like the prophet of doom, but be careful!
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• Singapore
18 Apr 07
Thanks. And common? Gosh... you need to be careful then. They are so dangerous...
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• United States
18 Apr 07
Wizzy I think you are dreaming of the world.. dangers.. I'm am not trying to flatter you, but smart folks can be very intuitive and sensitive.. and have a large horizon/interest.. ..can't help thinking your dreams are of the world.. and dangers which are there.. {I do not think the dangers are personal, you're just thinking about the state of the world..?)
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• United States
18 Apr 07
Although as Anniedup says, it never hurts to be cautious.. a good thing these days.
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
18 Apr 07
Well, I try not to interpret my dreams much, because they are just so wild and I think they are mainly influenced by all the stuff I see on TV and in games, but they're really interesting, I try not to derive any meaning out of them, but sometimes they can really freak you out, if some part of them comes true. It doesn't happen a lot but does happen and very small parts come true almost like deja vu. Snakes, well, don't freak out on me, but mostly people believe that these signify that you have some kind of enemy. I used to have dreams like that before, of snakes, and in some of these dreams, I was also bitten by these snakes. And when I asked, most of my friends and even my mom told me that it signifies some enemy or someone plotting against you. I couldn't think of any enemy then, I like to think I have no enemies, and these dreams were really common before even though like you, I have no fear of snakes. And now, poof, it's like they never existed. Before I used to have one every night, and now, none at all, not for over a year. I cannot help but make the connection with some friends I lost in touch with in the past year. Although, they were not my enemies and we just drifted apart, but now that this thing is in my head, I can't help but think about it. But let me give you a piece of advice, don't let these dreams or my interpretation of them change the way you look at your friends or possible enemies, there's no ground behind these claims, so don't think too much about it. Dreams are a part of life, but they are not supposed to govern our lives, and most dreams don't mean anything anyway, this just might be one of those.
• Singapore
18 Apr 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
You have a wild and active mind. :P And yes, my dreams are typically very interesting too and I normally have more than one each time. Looks like I have many enemies last night.
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
20 Apr 07
yippee, another medal, I'll have quite a collection if this keeps going on, great. So, well, that's what the older people here say, that it signifies enemies, but we can't let dreams and our active imaginations come in way of our life.
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• Singapore
20 Apr 07
Alright alright, I will try to give you fewer of these. Not good if you run out of space to store them. :P
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Ok, going to try this again, had a extremely long response and when I went to post it disapeared :( errrrr I am surprised that you found such a wide range of interreptations normally there is some general theme. But I would agree with what someone else said that these sites are writing very general and most likely not a lot of scientific study behind their results. I have in the past spent a lot of time interpreting dreams and have had many dreams over the years that affected my life directly. I have had dreams that came true and that is the main reason why I pay attention to them. Does this mean I believe you are going to find yourself in a nest of snakes? NO, I am guessing there is something going on in your life that is causing these 'snake dreams' but then I could be wrong. Each person is different and dreams come from your own mind for the most part. Looking within yourself may give you an answer.
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• Singapore
18 Apr 07
Faith you need to save your work before submitting. The least you can do if you have a long response is to select all, do a ctrl-c for copy, before submitting. Just 2 secs more. That's the problem. I have tried to look inside so many times but it doesn't seem to work. :(
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Apr 07
LOL - my biggest problem is when I get going my mind goes faster than my fingers and in the process of them trying to keep up they just hit that button before the brain says "wait, check the firewall first". I actually had a feeling that you had already done the searching inside thing. I may not have ever met you but I think I'm getting to know you pretty well. I think the most difficult, confusing dreams I've had have all been connected somehow with a subject I really didn't want to face so a part of me was avoiding seeing what the dream was saying. I do sympathize with you :(
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• Singapore
19 Apr 07
You have to practise slowing down then. Yea, looked, found nothing. :P
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I do not try to interpret my dreams. I rarely even remember them unless they make a very strong impression on me. I have only ever had a couple of dreams that have hit me hard enough to wake me from a deep sleep and allow me to remember my dream. These were bad dreams, and both came true... but don’t let that scare you. That's just me. :P
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• Singapore
18 Apr 07
My dreams tend to leave quite deep impressions on me. So after I wake, I just sit there enjoying them again... trying to recall what has gone past. And yes, I do that for both good dreams and nightmares. In fact, most of my dreams are just "neutral" interesting movies.
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• India
18 Apr 07
no... yu should never try to interpret dreams.... and whatever you see you should think it is a good dream... i don know much but as my parents used to say... never tell your dreams to whom you dont trust and untill 3 venings pass!!! as dreams are very much connected to life!!! but few dreams are just things what we see, think and hear during the day!!!
• Singapore
18 Apr 07
Er...
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Hey LW What a cool discussion topic-I used to have dreams of snakes all the time so I asked a friend who was into torot & all that sort of supernatural stuff -she told me it meant I had enemies after me. I like the ones you came up w/ better. My dreams do affect me when I wake up I could be grouchy,sad or happy depending on the dream I had. I also read some where you should keep a note pad beside the bed b/c you get your best ideas as soon as you wake from dreaming but forget them as the day goes on. +'s 2 U
• Singapore
19 Apr 07
I would be worried if they were coming after me in my dreams. :P
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18 Apr 07
I have had dreams of snakes myself, the worst of which was thinking that my bed was full of snakes. I have given up trying to interpret dreams, as there are far too many possible outcomes. However, sometimes a dream can be so vivid and real that I have to take notice of it, after all.
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• Singapore
19 Apr 07
Now that would really be some horror!!
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
I usually forget what I dreamed about as soon as I wake up, so I could not usually interpret them :). But when I dream of loved ones that have passed on, I believe that they have come to visit me.
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• Singapore
18 Apr 07
You are waking up at the "wrong" time. Whether you remember you dream or not (and what it is about) depends on what "time"/stage you wake up.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
I'm not an expert in interpreting dreams but you might like to check www.doctordream.com. You can submit your dream details including your feelings and thoughts. They will sent you the interpretation result through email. I tried to assimilate your dream. It can be that you have some unknown enemies lurking behind you ready to pounce on you anytime. Snake represent a venomous creature which can be a friend who will betray you. You mentioned a lot of snakes, which can mean money problem. I have so many dreams in the past and amazingly, I was able to decipher each one of them. Most of them are in some point related to my hidden fears. The fear that I tried to push back to my subconscious mind only to have it come out through dreaming.
• Singapore
18 Apr 07
The good thing is they are in front of me (though as I wade through them, they would of course become around me)
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
18 Apr 07
Snakes in dreams can mean a spiritual awakening and the snake has long been a symbol of healing. The two intertwined snakes on Hermes's staff used as the symbol of the medical profession tends to indicate healing and not illness, this is the intention. When the snake arises in dreams it can be symbolic for the rising of the kundalini energy in Hindu teachings. I had a snake dream and I will never forget it. Quite dramatic and since I don't usually remember dreams I took notice. In fact all dreams for me seem to be prophetic. The snake was albino - go figure! For me personally it was to do with spiritual awakening. The interesting, or paradoxical experience after having this dream experience (ie kundalini awakening) is that a release can take place in your body, and this release can mean a release of tension. Tension releases can create illnesses such as a cold or similar. It's the body's way of clearing toxins or blocks from the body. With dreams in general, my rule of thumb is to ask "What does this mean to me." What is it teaching or telling me.
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• Singapore
19 Apr 07
I am not sure if I had dreamed white snakes before. Does the illnesses include depression? :P
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
20 Apr 07
No, depression has to be dealt with by other means - and not those damn pills!
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
20 Apr 07
Maybe it was telling you to move your human a**
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Good morning Lordwarwizard, I only interpret certain dreams. Those that I can remember, and those that seem to lie outside the normal chaotic unravelling of daily stress. If it seems that a dream might represent a noteworthy analysis of current personal events, or if it completely defies my normal dream patterning, then yes ... I will contemplate it. As for your snake dream, it is important to remember that what snakes represent to you will likely have little meaning to those of other cultures or beliefs. So, dream interpretation must be based on beliefs the individual holds regarding symbols contained within the dream. So the real question is what do snakes mean to you? Based on your geographical location (far East), and certain interests of yours (for example Reiki) it's a logical presumption that snakes may represent power and perhaps a sense of mysticism. Unless, of course, you have an overriding fear of snakes, which doesn't seem to be the case. See what I mean about your personal beliefs superceding any documented meaning of the symbology? If I had to offer a specific take, based on the detail that you've provided in this and other threads, I would tend to believe that you are ready to shed an outmoded layer of skin. I.e. ready for a new beginning or challenge. Of course, my take could be just as skewed as the documented interpretations you've read. The only truly valuable interpretation is yours! But hey, the really good news is that you are dreaming ... reaching R.E.M. stage, which means that your insomnia isn't totally interfering with your life. Yeah!
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• Singapore
19 Apr 07
Hello Lady Luna, You made several interesting points, thank you. As for insomnia, I found a method that is working for me most of the time now. I already know this method but somehow I had never use it for insomnia. It's basically a form of meditation where I make disappear parts of my body from head to toes or the other way round. Then I "sink" further and further into deep sleep. But there are times when it won't work. So I just choose an image and hold still that image till I fall asleep. I still haven't got to the hops yet but they would be a bonus now that I have these 2 methods which are working right now.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Good morning Lordwarwizard, Glad to hear that you've found some techniques to remedy the insomnia issue. Oh, and thanks for sharing your techniques.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
20 Apr 07
Do any of those interpretations have any meaning for you? Does one of them ring a bell or call to you? As you say they are fairly general in their own right but they are different. Change and renewal and fears and anxieties sound about right to me.
• Singapore
20 Apr 07
I just take it as an *interesting* story now.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I was positive I'd answered this already but myLot is being screwy for me today... I do dream interp and ahve for a few yrs now and I have to point out to you that a good thing to remember and apply to your dream analysis is how you are in real life towards certain symbols (in this case Snakes)....if you have a fear of snakes in real life the meaning will be completely different than if you DONT have a fear for them in real life....
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• Singapore
19 Apr 07
Glitches aplenty.
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
18 Apr 07
This is a very good post, wiz. I can tell you that i do interpreted my dreams, and there are also people that are coming to my house after a few days of a restless sleep, asking me to help them with those dreams. I am sure you do know that in night, we let go of all of the fears and complicated situations that we have in real life. In real life we have different codes of reacting to things, and we can not start breaking apart because of certain fears and problems, so we just tuck all of those to sleep, and in our dreams, the subconscious starts to wake up. There are a lot of times, that the dreams have a special shield for the people that is dreaming them, and so dreams that we do remember in symbols, are dreams that can not contain simple and direct things of our life. It is easier to cope with analyzing symbols, then direct things. I also know that that i can not interpreted dreams, without knowing a few more things about the person. like what is he dealing with, the environment that he lives in and more details. It would be irresponsible to take a symbol that occurred in his dreams, run it through the Internet, and tell him that this is what that is. Those snakes can be a lot of things. It can be competition at work, it can be the Eros-passion that you need in your life now, it can be something that you wish you have and those not belong to your natural environment (like you said, there are snakes in singapore, only at the zoo). So be careful with interpretation of those. If you wish you can PM me with more details and i might be able to help here. But yes, this is a very interesting post you opened, and i thank you for it.
• Singapore
19 Apr 07
Wow, so you are some professional? :P Thanks for your offer, but it's alright... I have sort of put it behind me. I would just be careful...
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
18 Apr 07
Yes normally people dream of snakes for this reason that they are worried about something or that they have hidden fears about one thing or the other. Although I would think in your case that it would be for wisdom as I find that you are very wise, and knowledgeable to what I have read since being a friend of yours and doing your discussions. Sometimes I do try to interpret my dreams like you are. Yes I have had some success at doing this. Sometimes my dreams do affect my real life. It all depends what I have dreamt whether I consider them to my life.
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• Singapore
19 Apr 07
Could be..
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@navtech (1776)
• India
18 Apr 07
According to our belief seeing snakes in dream, in case you are married, your wife will become pregnant otherwise it will destroy your enemies and also bring financial benefits. I had seen snakes in my dream (that day I saw a snake carried by a snake chamer.) My dream would have been the result of having had seen the snake. Nothing happened as per our belief. Life went on as usual. There is one possibility that something good things would happened to me out of the snake dream and also I would have benefited of the dream but I never realised till date. Also no bad things happened to me till date out of the snake dream.
• Singapore
19 Apr 07
Would be nice if something good happens to me. :P
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@all4ucnc (861)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I've had many weird dreams that have left me wondering. But most of the time I can't hardly remember the dreams I've had, I'll remember bits and pieces but it's mostly just a blur. I use to try to figure out what some meant, but when I'd get into sites, or look in books, it seems as though all the answers were completely different, leading me to beleive the experts don't have the answers either, so now I just see them as mini stories my mind is telling me to write. If only I could remember the whole dream.
• Singapore
19 Apr 07
I don't really trust those dream interpretations... but no harm just checking them out.
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@miryam (6507)
• Italy
20 Apr 07
I dream morer, but are a dream like a live, a piecew of normal live, my live.I cant interpreter are so true and clear....... can thy are a special signifycate but I dont know......and are more......
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