Volume 95, Issue 81

Thursday, March 7, 2002
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Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream so I can take it to Charles McPhee

Nightmares and dreamscapes: Exorcising your personal bogeyman

Tidbits on dreams

Nudity, death, fire and pregnancy: A guide to common dream symbols

How to remember your dreams

Nudity, death, fire and pregnancy: A guide to common dream symbols

Having dreams involving a curious combination of Q-tips, your grade nine math teacher and an abnormally large pear? Well, we can't help you with that, but here are some common symbols in dreams and their corresponding meaning according to the Dream Doctor, Charles McPhee:

Death – No need to increase your life insurance policy. Death in the dream world usually represents anxiety over separation from something or someone.

Fire – This usually denotes an urgent situation you must address quickly.

Calling 9-1-1 – A dream 9-1-1 telephone call for assistance simply mirrors reality – you are making a cry for help.

Pregnancy or giving birth – You are ready to let something special come out of you – either an endeavor or creative idea. However, if you want to have a baby – you can do that too.

Houses – Exploring a house in the dream world is usually a metaphor for exploring the self. Finding new things in the house you didn't realize were there represents self-discovery.

Water – This is a very common symbol and it comes in a variety of forms. A tidal wave can mean an overwhelming emotion that you feel is swamping you. Rain can represent an outburst or release of emotion.

Falling – Usually represents an insecurity about something.

Being naked – This can signify the "naked truth" about yourself. In life, you need to overcome feelings of vulnerability and learn self-confidence. Being partly-dressed may mean you are not prepared for what lies ahead.

Airplanes and plane crashes – This is usually associated with having a big goal and the crash often symbolizes a fear that this endeavor will fail.

Tambourines and John Lennon albums – An indication that, despite your outward capitalist agenda, you are secretly harboring a desire to be a hippie and should probably start writing for The Gazette.

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