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Lesson 22 - Dreams
LESSON OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this lesson is to have a free discussion about the meaning of our dreams. This lesson will improve students general vocabulary and speaking ability.
WHAT ARE THE MEANINGS OF DREAMS?
"Dreams at night are a devil's delight, Dreams in the morning, heed the angels' warning."
ACORNS - Dreaming of acorns predicts pleasant things & that much gain is to be expected. For a woman to dream of eating acorns denotes that she will rise to a position of ease & pleasure. To dream of shaking acorns from a tree means that you will rapidly attain your wishes in business or love.
AIRPORT - In a dream the sight of a busy airport represents the desire for freedom and/or travel. If the airport is empty and deserted your own travel plans will be changed or delayed.
ALMONDS - If you see almonds in your dream you'll have a temporary sorrow. If you ate and enjoyed them, you'll be lucky, but if they tasted bitter, you should delay any contemplated changes for as long as possible.
ANGELS - A favorable dream forecasting success, protection, happiness, and rewarding friendships.
BABY - To see a baby in your dream signifies innocence, warmth and new beginnings. A love affair may be blooming for you in your near future. You will also make new and fun friends. If a woman dreams she is nursing a baby, she will be deceived by the one she trusts the most.
BALLOON - Seeing balloons in your dream indicates a dashing of hope on any and all fronts, business or love, as well as a general falling off of all kinds of businesses you may be involved in. If you are ascending in a balloon this is an omen of especially frustrating conditions in your life.
BEAR - To dream of killing a bear foretells liberation from entanglements.
BED - To dream of a clean, white bed denotes the end of worries. If a woman dreams of making a bed, there will soon be a new lover in her life.
BICYCLE - To dream of riding a bicycle uphill signifies bright prospects. To dream of riding downhill calls for care - misfortune is near.
BIRDS - Flying birds are a sign of prosperity to the dreamer.
BIRTH - If you dream of death it's a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it's a sign of death.
BUTTERFLY - To see a butterfly among flowers indicates prosperity. To see butterflies flying around denotes news from absent friends by letter or from someone who has seen them.
CANDLES - To see candles burning with a clear and steady flame denotes the constancy of those around you and a well-grounded fortune.
CATS - Dreaming of a cat is a generally unfortunate omen and it shows treachery as well as a run of bad luck. Cats attacking you represent enemies; if you succeed banishing them you will overcome great obstacles and rise in fortune and fame.
CROW - Seeing a crow in your dream means disappointment in everything, grief and misfortune.
CROWN - To dream of a crown predicts a change in your life. The dreamer will travel a long distance from home & form new relationships.
DEATH - If you dream of death it's a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it's a sign of death.
DANCING - To dream that you are dancing means that some unexpected good fortune will come to you.
DECEASED PERSON - If you should dream of a deceased person and this person speaks only to you, pay close attention to what the spirit is telling you as it could be very important to you. To dream of seeing a deceased person is normally a dream of warning, and it tells you that the influences around you at this time do not bode well for your affairs, and you should not enter into any binding contracts or verbal agreements.
DIAMONDS - To dream of owning diamonds is a very promising dream signifying great honor and recognition from high places.
DOG - To dream about a dog indicates great gain and constant friends. To hear the barking of dogs foretells news of depressing nature. Difficulties are more likely to follow.
DRAGONFLY - If you dream that a dragonfly lands on your body then you will have excellent news from someone far away from home. If you see a dead dragonfly, then the news will be bad. A dragonfly perched gracefully on some other object shows that you will soon be having guests that may be hard to get rid of.
DRIVING - If you dream that you are driving a vehicle it is a sign that you should be careful to take no chances with your money, such as gambling, in the next two weeks or so. If someone else is doing the driving you will find yourself in luck, money wise.
FACE - To dream of a smiling face signifies pleasant new friends, experiences, and/or financial gains. To dream of unpleasant or grotesque (unless amusingly so) faces portend loss. To dream you are washing your face denotes a necessity to atone for some past indiscretion; better make amends! To see the faces of strangers signifies an approaching change of residence.
FALLING - To dream of falling indicates a loss of emotional equilibrium or self-control. It may represent your insecurity, a lack of self-confidence, a fear of failure or an inability to cope with a situation. If you fall a long distance in your dream and get hurt, be prepared for really hard times ahead; but if you fall and are not injured your upsets will be minor and temporary.
GANG - To dream that you are confronted or threatened by a gang signifies circumstances or situations in your waking life which are overwhelming and you feel have ganged up on you.
GARDEN - To see a vegetable garden in your dream symbolizes increased prosperity will come your way through diligence and care. It also suggests of stability and inner growth. To see a flower garden in your dream foretells of tranquility, comfort, true love and happy home in your future. To see a sparse, weed-infested garden denotes that you have neglected your spiritual needs.
GLOVES - To dream of gloves means that you will have a lawsuit or business troubles, but you will settle them in a manner that satisfies you. To find a pair of gloves denotes a marriage or new love affair.
HAIR - Dreaming about hair means that you are careless in your personal affairs and will lose advancement by neglecting mental application.
HAIRDRESSER - For a woman to dream of going to a hairdresser shows she will soon be entangled in some family scandal concerning the morals of a member of her family. Should she have her hair dyed, she will narrowly escape imprisonment. For a man to dream of a hairdresser will presage much gossip or a need to dominate a beautiful woman.
HAM - If you dream of eating ham then you will lose something that means a lot to you.
HONEY - To dream of eating honey foretells that you will attain wealth and love.
ICE - Sitting on ice in your dreams is a dream of the contrary.
ICE CREAM - Eating, making, selling or serving ice cream suggests that you are feeling contentment and satisfaction in your life.
JAIL - To dream that your lover is in jail signifies that this lover is deceitful and untrustworthy. To dream that you are in jail signifies your feelings of confinement and suffocation.
JAM - If you dream of eating jam you will suffer embarrassment at the hands of a woman through no fault of your own.
KANGAROO - Seeing a kangaroo in your dreams foretells unexpected and exciting trips.
KEYS - To dream of keys denotes unexpected change. If the keys are lost, unpleasant adventures will affect you. To find keys means domestic peace and success in business.
KILLING - If you dreamed of killing someone, whether intentionally or by accident, it signifies a period of severe emotional stress during which you must make a heroic effort to control your temper.
LETTER - To dream of receiving a letter from a friend foretells their arrival or that you will hear from them soon.
LIGHTS - A light shining out of the dark, or a flashlight beam, shows that you will finally find the truth in a situation or the answer to a personal problem that you have been searching for. If the light is dim, you will only find part of the solution.
MAGIC - Any form of magic in a dream predicts unexpected changes. To dream of being mystified and/or amused by a magician indicates a reunion with a long-lost friend or the rekindling of a past love affair.
MARRIAGE - Dreaming of a marriage, or a wedding, is the sign of a death in the family. If the marriage was between strangers, then the death pertains to a not too close acquaintance or friend.
MICE - Dreaming of mice foretells domestic troubles or that business affairs will assume a discouraging tone. If you dream of a mouse jumping on you or getting in your clothing, then you will be involved in a scandal with a friend.
MONKEY - To dream of a monkey denotes that you have deceitful friends who will flatter you to advance their own interests.
NECK - A dream featuring the neck is a sign of approaching money, unless the dream concerned a broken neck, in which case it is a warning against mismanagement of your affairs.
NECKLACE - If you dream of losing a necklace you will soon be suffering bereavement of a loved one. If you dream your loved one places a necklace around your neck or that you are wearing one, it shows an early marriage and a happy domestic life.
NEEDLE - To find a needle predicts that you will have friends who appreciate you. To look for a needle foretells useless worries.
OAK TREE - To dream of an old, spreading oak means long life and prosperity. If it is filled with acorns you are due a promotion or some type of increase in your life. If a newlywed sees many oak trees in a forest it foretells a long marriage and many children.
OCEAN - If you dream you are standing on shore and watching the waves foam up as they break over the beach foretells that you will have some narrow escape from an accidental injury. If you are far out on the ocean and hear the waves as they lap against the hull of the ship, you will have setbacks in your business and a troubled domestic scene. To sail on a calm ocean is always a good omen for all concerned.
OWL - To dream of an owl denotes a narrow escape from desperate illness or death.
RACCOON - To dream of a raccoon warns you to be on your guard.. To see a raccoon in your dream shows that people are presenting false faces to you in your everyday life. To be chased by a raccoon shows that a person you thought a friend has turned on you and now works behind your back for your downfall.
ROSE - If a woman dreams of receiving a rose and places it in her hair then will she be deceived by someone thought of as a good friend. If she receives a bouquet of roses in the Springtime she will find true love but if it is winter her search will be fruitless. To see a rose bush in full foliage denotes a wedding in the family.
RUNNING - Dream of running: a sign of a big change in your life.
SNAKES - To see a lone snake and feel threatened by it shows that you have a bad enemy that is working against you, it also a warning against bodily harm from an enemy. To dream of many snakes in a pit is the foreboding of much bad luck in love or business. Should you overcome and kill a threatening snake in your dream shows that you will overcome your adversary and win out.
SPIDERS - All spiders except tarantulas are omens of good luck. The larger the spider, the bigger the rewards. If you see a spider climbing the wall you will have your dearest wish come true.If you see a spider spinning a web you will have an increase in your income due to hard work.
TATTOOS - If you dream you are a tattoo artist and you are tattooing someone's body you will soon break with friends or family over strange practices. If you dream you are the one being tattooed you will become the target for a strangers jealousy but if you see someone else with tattoos then you will take a long, hard journey from home.
TEA - To dream that you are thirsty for tea means that you will be surprised with uninvited guests.
TEETH - If you dream of having false teeth this indicates that you will have unexpected help on a problem. To dream of rotten teeth shows that you have been telling someone a lie or using your smooth words for getting your own way. If your teeth are rotten, crooked, and/or falling out this means that your lies are hurting someone very badly and that you will soon be found out. If you dream you have swallowed a tooth you will soon have too 'eat your words'
UMBRELLA - Carrying a closed umbrella in the rain is highly unfortunate for the dreamer and his business plans. To dream of carrying an open umbrella in the rain is a very fortunate sign that speaks of good luck in most endeavors. A leaky umbrella denotes quarrels with loved ones.
WATER - Dreaming of clear water is a sign of great good luck and prosperity, a dream of muddy water foretells sadness or sorry for the dreamer through hearing of an illness or death of someone he/she knows well. Dirty water warns of unscrupulous people who would bring you to ruin.
YARN - To dream of yarn shows you will soon become the wife of a wealthy man.
DREAMS ABOUT ANIMALS:
Alligator - It is a dream of caution. Primordial fear. Be careful in making new speculations. It is a dream unfavorable to all persons connected to it.
Ants - Expect good business activity. Feelings of general dissatisfaction in all things. You mast cooperate to achieve your desires.
Ape - Warns the dreamer to beware. Deceit goes with this dream. You will find opposition in love.
Bear - Victory over enemies. Bear is significant of overwhelming competition in pursuits of every kind.
Bees - Activity. Productivity. Social life. Happiness in life. Success in love. Good earnings. Bees signify pleasant and profitable engagements.
Flying - birds are a sign of prosperity to
the dreamer. Feelings of freedom, liberation from weight of physical plane.
Canary - A dream of having a canary at home translates in a happy and comfortable life fill of exquisite refinement, wealth and satisfying friendships.
Cats - A feminine aspect. Cats attacking you represent the enemies; if you succeed banishing them you will overcome great obstacles and rise in fortune and fame.
Chicken - They represent fortune in love ,joy and happiness all aspects of your life.
Cow - Great prosperity in all ventures but watch out your own affairs carefully. They promise abundant fulfillment of hopes and desires.
Cricket - To see crickets in your dream indicates hard struggles with poverty. They also indicate famine and distress among poor, and you should e willing to contribute to their store.
- Seeing a crow in your dream means disappointment in everything. Grief
Dog - To dream about a dog that fondles you indicates great gain and constant friends. To hear the barking of dogs,foretells news of depressing nature. Difficulties are more likely to follow.
- It signifies fortunate journeys also they could indicate thrift and a
fine harvest. It also denotes marriage, and children in a new home.
Fox - To dream about a fox means that an enemy or rival is among your acquaintances. If the dream involve the killing of a fox you will overcome a threat of trouble and will win in every engagement.
- They are related with health problems and may cause no little distress
among those of your family.
Goldfish - To dream of goldfish, is a prognostic of many successful and pleasant adventures.
Horse - To dream about horses generally is associated with big earnings and will enjoy prosperous and happy life.
- Enemies seek to cause injury but will fail.
You will be embarrassed in business or love, but by persistent efforts
you will overcome difficulties.
Lizard - Enemies will cause you injury, but if in the dream you are killing a lizard means you will have a good reputation and will regain lost fortune.
- They foretell domestic troubles and business affairs will assume a discouraging
- You have confidence of friends, but will
received flattery from a deceitful person. There is a place in your life
where you lack originality.
- Street smarts. Sneaky and untrustworthy.
They foretell serious trouble to come but unfinished business will be successful.
Shark - There is a powerful feeling threatening you, but you will overcome obstacles.
Sheep - A dream about sheep foretells coming success through well-conceived plans.
Snake - A snake ready to strike means treachery from one you least expected; killing it means victory over enemies.
Spider - To dream of a spider, denotes you being careful and energetic in your labors and fortune will be amassed to pleasing proportions. Domestic happiness.
Squirrel - To see squirrels in your dream foretell you will acquire a few new friends and there is happiness in the home.
- To dream of seeing swans holds prosperous outlooks and delightful experiences.
Also they ring good health and revelation of a mystery.
- Opportunity for advancement is available to you. You have secret enemies
COLOURS IN DREAMS:
Beige - Everything related with this color denotes neutrality and detachment. There is absence of communication.
Black - Black signifies isolation and transition period. It shows up conflicts and friction with relations and friends.
Blue - This dream denotes a great source of inner peace and a symbol of contentment.
Brown -This is an auspicious color to dream about:signifies freedom, success, money and happy and long-lasting union.
Gray - Related with a transition period. If clear signifies peace but if dull signifies, fear.
Green - Growth and serenity. There are projects which you are enthusiastic about. Great pleasures from simple things.
Orange - The color orange in dreams indicates passion in every aspect of your life.
Pink - Associated with tenderness and love. You can expect interesting developments in relations with opposite sex.
Purple - Great aspirations and understanding of visible and invisible realms. Take advantage of your creativity.
Red - This is an indication of great passion and sensitivity in your emotional relationships.
Turquoise - Normally indicates new opportunities and the successful completion of projects. Sign of good luck.
White - People feel they can rely on you. You have an abundance of energy and vitality.
- This color is a sign of confidence in yourself and your abilities but
will encounter opposition.