The interpretation of dreams has a very long history, dating back thousands of years ago, likely to the dawn of man and human language. Almost every major religious tradition includes stories surrounding the interpretation of dreams, such as the story of Joseph who interprets the dreams of Pharaoh, a story which features prominently in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to an extent.
It is no wonder, then, that dream interpretation would play a role in more “new age” types of spirituality, and even that some who don’t subscribe to a particular spiritual viewpoint would lend some credence to the interpretation of dreams.
My major problem, though, with modern-day dream interpretation is that it’s a bit like a fortune cookie. There’s no real substance to it. Go to your library or local bookstore and you’re likely to find a whole collection of book purporting to be “dream dictionaries” or “dream encyclopedias.” I venture to guess that for as many different books you find, you’ll find almost as many different interpretations of the same elements. Add online dream dictionaries to the mix, and the situation is only augmented.
Last night I had a very strange dream which involved running with scissors, among other things. Despite that fact that I thought I had a pretty good idea of where this dream had come from, I found myself in Barnes & Noble and happened upon a dream dictionary in the clearance bin. I leafed through it and looked up “scissors,” but found nothings. So, I looked up “weapons,” but also found nothing. I decided to look online, then, and what I found was less than useful.
“To dream that you are using scissors, denotes decisiveness and control in your waking life. Alternatively, it may suggests that you need to get rid of something in your life. It also represents your ability to cut things or people out of your life. Perhaps you are being snippy about some situation.”
Basically, then, what you’re saying is that to dream of scissors could mean almost anything. Just think of everything that you could do with or associate with scissor-vocabulary, and define the dream with that.
Using this logic, I could say, “To dream of a leaf denotes that you’re in a situation where you’ve latched onto an idea, but with enough pressure you’ll fly away. Alternatively, you might thrive in the sun, but hate the winter. It also represents your ability to work well in a complex system that depends on all of its parts, and where no single part is self-sufficient. Perhaps you’re worried about your mortality.”
Maybe I should open up a new dream interpretation business.