Proverbs and familiar metaphors can be key to interpreting many common dreams. To sharpen your skills, let’s explore some “can’t miss” examples:
To dream of a snake in the grass means just what this common cliche usually implies – someone who is sneaky and cannot be trusted. If you dream of a snake in the grass, note any other acquaintances appearing in your dream and consider if one of them might be someone you need to beware of. Just as you might easily overlook a serpent hidden in the grass, an untrustworthy person might stand right in front of you, concealing their dishonorable intentions. Your dream may be prompting you to take a closer look.
Let the cat out of the bag on this one – dreaming of cats may refer to secrets. Are you trying to keep the cat locked up? Is the cat escaping, in spite of your best efforts? Is the cat viscious or precious? Carefully consider your secrets and decide if you need to release them or conceal them. Cats can scratch, but they can also be cozy and comforting.
Cats can also be “catty,” so consider if you need to mind your own manners or maybe just watch your back. A young African man wrote me that he was dreaming of a black cat who had recently had kittens. He watched her frolicking with various male cats who approached her, disregarding the needs of her kittens. In the dream he was disturbed that a mother cat should behave in such a manner, “tom catting around,” so to speak. I asked him if he was acquainted with someone who was behaving in a way he felt was not fitting for a woman to act, thinking perhaps he his own mother was dating and he disapproved. He wrote back that a woman in one of his college classes kept asking him to come over to her apartment. He was attracted but felt uncomfortable with her advances. I asked him to consider why he felt this way. He replied that, due to the number of children she had at her young age and the fact that she was unmarried, he doubted if she was very responsible, especially as she was inviting him, a new male acquaintance, to visit her apartment. He just felt a sense of warning. I considered that he might be feeling set up to become “Daddy” to her “litter.” I mentioned this possibility and advised that he not rush into anything. His response indicated he felt relief that he had identified the reason he felt uncomfortable about the situation, and he was able to allow himself to politely refuse her advances, realizing he had his own future to think of and did not owe her anything.
Continue reading, Proverbial dreaming, part 2
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