The History and Implications of Dream
Historically, dream was thought of as communication from the gods. Even though it is said that Egyptians were the first to interpret dreams, as early the 5th century BC, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, suggested that a person's dream world was something created in their own mind. They believe that dreams carried divine messages, but they could only be interpreted with the aid of a priest similar to those of the Babylonians and Egyptians. Plato realized how much dreaming could affect a personality or someone's life. Aristotle suggests that dreams are in fact believed to be a recollection of the days events.
Christianity, like other world religions have recognized the importance of dreams. The Bible has made many references to dreams: In The Old Testament, probably the most famous dreams was Jacob's dream of a ladder from Earth to Heaven. In the New Testament, Matthew's account of Joseph's dream about Mary's conception of Jesus was another well known dream. The Christian religion sees dream as communication between God and man, man and angels and between man and his higher self. http://www.dreams-online.com.au/bible.htm
The most well know modern philosophers of dream are Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Sigmund Freud's theory was that although dreams may be prompted by external stimuli, wish-fulfillment was the root behind most of our dreams. Freud's idea was that our dreams were reflection of our deepest desires going back to our childhood. To Freud, no dream was of entertainment value, they all held important meanings.
Carl Jung was a student of Sigmund Freud. Jung beliefs were contradictory to Freud's. Jung believed that dreams reminded us of our wishes, which enables us to realize the things we unconsciously yearn for, and helps us to fulfill our own wishes.
It is argued that most psychologists believe in Jung's theory of dream. Psychologists believe that it is through Jung's theory that dream analyst can be made applicable to our every day lives. Jung believed that dreams were meant to be understood.
As a child, family members were constantly talking about their dreams. They seemed to use their dreams as roadmaps throughout their lives. My curiosity in dreams began as early as five years old, when I would recall details of my dreams for family interpretations.
Dream about Snake (The Serpent)
Dreaming of snake, was asymbol of evil or satan, makes it a bad omen to have one show up in a dream. To see a lone snake and feel threatened by it shows that you have a bad enemy that is even then 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.
I can recall a dream that I had one night before I was to go on a school trip to the zoo. In the dream a snake had bitten my best friend who was sitting next to me on the bus. As she laid dying, I jumped on the snake and crushed it. That was a very "bad" dream. Snake in a dream represents enemy or bodily harm. Needless to say, I did not go on the school trip the next day. I learnt later that many of my friends who went on the trip had a bad case of food poison and some had to be hospitalized. This early dream experience has taught me that my dream holds information that I may tell me something of the future. This is a prophetic dream as it reveals something negative that would happen in the future. I believe that Jung may have interpret that the dream reveals my fear of the unknown.
Dream of Spider
All spiders except tarantulas are omens of good luck. If you see a spider climbing the wall you will have your dearest wish come true and if you see a spider spinning a web you will have an increase in your income due to hard work. A large spider sitting on a telephone shows you will have a phone call that will benefit you greatly. The larger the spider, the bigger the rewards.
The African story-telling tradition is an oral one, and Anansi, a spider is always featured as the unassuming hero who cleverly outwitting everyone. http://anansistories.com/Traditional_Stories.html Even though Anansi or spider is smaller in comparison to other animals or people in the stories, he could solve life's delimas by thinking them through rather than using physical strength, which it lacks. Anansi has always overcome in the end.
As a child, I however was very fearful of spiders, so any dream about spiders would freak me out. In my dream of spider, I was always very scared and resorted to crushing it. Which is ironic, because there was a saying that if you killed a spider that you would have bad luck. In one of my dreams, I saw a spider crawling up the wall in my bedroom. It was a big spider and it looked scary and mean. I grabbed a broom and crushed it. As it laid on the ground, I remembered looking at the innards with disgust. http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/s3.htm
Jung argues that dreams remind us of our wishes, which enables us to realize the things we unconsciously yearn for, and helps us to fulfill our own wishes. I believe that he would interpret my dream of seeing a spider climbing the wall as a reminder of my fears and how I react to them. Killing the spider, he would argue is how I unconsciously try to deal with the situation, thus getting rid of the source of my fear or eradicating my fear, in this case my fear of bad luck.
Dream of Fish
The fish is an ancient symbol of Christianity and Christian beliefs. Consider also the common phrases "like a cold fish", "fish out of water" or something that is "fishy" about a situation. It may also imply a slippery or elusive situation.
Dreaming of fish swimming may symbolize conception. It is said that if you dream of fish swimming, it means that the dreamer or someone close to the dreamer might be pregnant. Some women dream of swimming fish when they get pregnant. As a teenager, a dream about fish was not a good one. It was actually the worst dream a teenager could have. I remember one morning, my mother said that she dreamt about fish and she was concerned if any of her three girls were pregnant. Luckily none of us were, but we were all uncomfortable during breakfast. I believe Jung would argue that dreaming of fish in my mother case showed her fear that her teenage daughter might have early pregnancies. If on the other hand, we were grown women, it would represent her wish for her daughters.
Dream analysis continues to be a part of human attempts to understand his/her actions and emotions. Sometimes interpreting is not very obvious and so dream symbols are analysed to clarify our understanding of a situation or emotion. I believe like Jung that, dreams are ways in which the unconscious mind seeks to clarify what the conscious mind has not yet processed. Dreams can also be prophetic.
See also What Does Your Dream Mean?
msimone21 on May 31, 2012:
SO recently I had a dream that I was at home and there were 4 big fish swimming in my bathtub, and I was using the restroom. There was an angel fish about 2 inches, two goldfish and a large catfish that was about 9 inches long. So all of a sudden there was this not to be discusting but really pale white sperm shaped fish and it began swimming as it swam the catfish opened it's mouth and it went straight into the catfish's mouth. Then it started eating all the fish, so I saw these M&M's in the water that said $100,000 on it and as I was trying to reach it the catfish kept attacking me so I tapped it on its head and got all the M&M's out the water and afterwards the catfish climbed out the tub and turned into a snake and tried to attack me, so I began running. What does this dream mean?
Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on May 24, 2012:
Nice hub, but I don't see any of these creatures in my dreams. I see elephants instead hahaha. I normally dream of my family and I on the run and some of them chasing us, mostly in urban setting. I am always trying to protect my family and myself. In real life, I love elephants. I consider them to be equal to humans in intelligence and conciousness. I have a fair collection of documentaries on them.
ALice on March 04, 2012:
I dreamt of tropical fish swimming on the wall!! Can't stop thinking about it
Manda on February 29, 2012:
I just had a dream that I was swimming with fishes and I believe snakes but they weren't bothering me but I was swimming through then away from them but I found myself swimming with them again..then I woke up..does this mean anything?
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 19, 2012:
stacie, thanks for your visit and for sharing your dream. Dreaming of fish swimming represents your unconsciuos mind. To catch a fish means that you will gain some insight into something that had been of concern to you for a while. You're smiling in the dream, so it could mean that your wishes will be materialized.
stacie on February 01, 2012:
I had a dream about me being in a fishing boat and fishing. While in the dream there where two fishes that had been caught with fishing poles. Still on the poles I looked down into the water and saw the two fishes swimming I can remember I had a big smile on my face. Any clue to what this mean.
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on April 18, 2011:
Craig15, are you sure that you weren't smoking some...LOL! Anyway seriously marajuana can be a hallucinogen for some people. While some people have found benefits through pain relief, more research is necessary to determine its medicinal properties and individual reaction to the weed.
Dreaming about germination could represent your intention. Goldfish represents some valuable insight; rainbow your higher self and the peace sign represent your hope/desire.
We are made of mostly water and need it to survive. What essential to life do you feel that you lack?
Think of it what are your desires? What is your passion? How can you impact the world?
Your dream is a message to get plugged into your true potential. Find that thing that gives you sustenance. Is it helping others? or being the best you in the world? You'll not find it in temporary highs.
craig15 on April 02, 2011:
i had a dream last night of starting to grow my marajuana crop, i was at the stage of germinating the seeds in a moist paper towel the next day i opened the container the seeds were in and none had sprouted but one had turned into a smallish goldfish with a rainbow on it and a peace sign on its back but it didn't need water
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on March 16, 2011:
Aly, thanks for your visit and for sharing yoru dream.
I'll hasten to say that I'm not a dream expert, but can give you some clues to interpret your dream.
Dirty water represents negative emotions. You might be anxious about your children; concern about their safety and preserving their childhood. As a parent, it is natural for you to be concerned about your children's safety, of course that is our role as parent.
Your dream however seem to be denoting that there might be some latent emotions that raising girls are bringing to your consciousness. You must not suppress those emotions or past experience because only by acknowledging them will you be able to deal with them effectively.
Only by dealing with our negative past can we be effective parents - other wise we are passing on our fears onto our children. We are giving them baggage that they don't desire to deal with.
You are wanting to transcend your fear (the staircase) but you need help.
Seek help whether through reading up on whatever you're suppressing and face it or see an expert, such as a therapist.
Your children are counting on you to be whole and present. If you have anxieties from your past you cannot be a positve role model for them.
Memories of the past can be scary or downright ugly and you might be fearful of what others might think of you when you start dealing with the past.
Only by facing the past can you move forward successfully.
You and your daughters deserve it.
Aly on February 23, 2011:
I dreamed that i was in a dirty pool with one of little girls and that she imitated one of the reptiles there and ate like a small octopus then when i saw here took it away then she even throw up then after i was scared of a reptile swimming there too like a big lizard so i climbed over some stairs surrounding the pool then i could not get off because it was slippery and i heard some one it the back ground say it will die after you wake it up and it does not it with in hours.. then one of my husbands friend help me down then i was following my husband which was filling a gold club case with the dirty water and taking it with him and grabbing our daughter by the hand and taking her with him up some stair i was following right behind... but i never saw our older daughter in the dream and once we were on the top of the stairs it looked like ugly... and a lot of people watching us do this all sitting on the stairs surrounding the pool... do you thing you can help with this one. please!
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 20, 2011:
You're welcome Nea. It is the dreamer who does the interpreting within the context of his/her life. Dream symbols are universal, but could mean different things depending of what is happening in one's life.
I wish you all the BEST.
Nea on February 19, 2011:
Thank you so much, for someone who is not an expert that was a very good interpretation
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 12, 2011:
Hi Nea, thanks for sharing your boyfriend's dream and for your question.
I am not a dream expert so I will analyze your dream base on the main symbols within the dream. You can assist your bf to obtain the details of the dream as he relates it to his actual life events.
Fishing denotes that one is confronting hidden emotions.
The fishrod represents the need to explore repressed feelings from perhaps past experiences.
Cleaning fish - suggest that one is adjusting their emotional expression to please others.
Eating the fish raw could represent beliefs, spirituality, energy and luck. They, you bf, mom & male friend may need to openly and honestly express their fears, anxieties, expectations and desires to each other.
Overall, the dream is positive and could mean that your bf will be happy with his mother's choice.
Nea on February 08, 2011:
My boyfriend dreamed about fishes. He found himself, his mother, and a male friend of his mother on an small remote island. The three of them. The male friend took the only fishing rod/stick that was around to fish for fishes in the sea/ocean. My boyfriend said he did not see any fishes swimming in the sea. But the male friend caught fishes, he and the male friend cleaned the fishes. All all three of them, him, his mother and the male friend ate the fish. The fish was eaten raw and uncooked. What could this dream mean??
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 06, 2011:
alisha, thanks for your question. Your dream is very interesting and only you can interpret it within the context of what is happening in your life. However I will look at some of the symbols in your dream.
The rowboat represents your attitude - hard work and perseverance. The fish swimming toward you in clear water reprsents your consciousness and intuition. Spearing the fish could mean that you have gained clear insight into something that has been baffling you for some time.
Your dream seems to indicate that your hard work and clear intuition will be rewarded. You will achieve success in whatever you desire.
So go forth and conquor!
alisha on December 01, 2010:
I had a dream that I was in a little rowboat looking down at a fish swimming up at me through clear water, and then I speared it. What does that mean? Its kind of disturbing?
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on July 15, 2010:
allura9, thanks for visiting and for you question. While I am not a dream expert, I'll try to make some general comments on what your dream means. Only the dreamer, you, can fully analyse your dream within the context of your life.
Fish in your dream represents some new insights or consciousness. Fruit represents growth and abundance. You must filter what this dream means in the context of your desires and goals. It sound like they may be insync with your hubby's desires and goals. So go for it - whatever 'IT' is. Not sure if you have started a family yet; if not or is thinking of expanding - it might be a great time to do so.
Best of luck with all your endeavors.
allura9 on July 06, 2010:
i had a dream that my husband brought a brita water container from a market simular to a farmers market and it had 3 maybe 4 colorful fish in the brita water container and i thought the fish were butterflies at first but they later appeared to be fish . my husband squeezed a fruit in my cup it looked like a wrinkled mangoe or something and poured water from the container in my cup i dranked the water and it taste so sweet does anyone have any advice of what this dream might mean and when i woke up my husband said he had a dream of a yellow golden and black fish in the garbage disposal as well freaky right! he said it was alive and vibrant and squirmy do you think our subconcious could be trying to tell us something
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 21, 2010:
Liz, snakes in a dream is usually a warning of impending temptations. Snakes suggest feelings of deviousness, or temptation. The number 4 represents some limitation or materialism. To see a hallway in your dream, symbolizes self exploration and the beginning of a path that you are taking in life.
It sounds like whatever the temptation is, it appears to be attractive and alluring. Your reaction means that you may have it under control but you are uncertain.
It also sounds like a struggle between your values and beliefs. Look for parrarels in your daily life. What is the alluring temptation that you need to control of?
Thanks for stopping by.
LIZ on February 21, 2010:
I had a dream about 4 serpents all poisoinus, in individual cages along the hallway in a home where I was staying. They were pit vipers, with fangs and various colorings, and I was anxious that they were in the home, even in cages. One escaped (it was a strange looking snake; chubby and colored like a coral snake with its tail missing but malicious none the less....I cousght it and put a string around its head so it could not bite...later it escaped again, and I had to put it back, but I began to feel compassion that it would die and needed food and water.....so I removed the string/muzzle??Any thoughts?
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 03, 2009:
sabbatha1, you are welcome!. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment. Today I was reading a booking by Deepack Chopra and he mentioned that dreaming is the second of five levels of consciousness. I find that an interesting concept, which is somewhat similar to what Jung said.
Sweet dreams! Namaste.
sabbatha1 from firstname.lastname@example.org on November 01, 2009:
I really enjoyed your hub. Thanks for all the great information.
Sandria Green-Stewart (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 03, 2009:
Kimberly, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Dreams tell us so much about our waking realities; some of which we do not process for whatever reasons. If we only stop to think about them.
Kimberly Bunch from EAST WENATCHEE on September 01, 2009: