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Author Topic: Requesting Dream Interpretation  (Read 587 times)

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Requesting Dream Interpretation
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:25:19 pm »
I know I've seen folks ask for dream interpretation here at TC before, but I couldn't figure out where, so I hope this is in the right place. The dream I had last night was rich enough in potentially symbolic imagery that I thought I'd share:

A moth about the size of a boy was standing upright on a Manhattan sidewalk, engaged in a pitched battle with a cobra that was attacking from beneath (i.e., at crotch/abdomen level). I may or may not have been waiting for a bus as I witnessed this; I'm not sure.

Possible Symbolic Content: Snakes (though not cobras specifically) are often liminal for me, the guardians of an entrance; most notably, the entrance to the subconscious. Moths, I have no clue.

Possibly Relevant Life Context 1: I'm anxiety-ridden over a pile-up things in my life that I can't seem to stop procrastinating about lately.

Possibly Relevant Life Context 2: I'm unhappy about relationship issues (lack of intimacy) of late.

Possibly Relevant Life Context 3: Last night's dinner consisted of steak in a red wine reduction, wild & long grain rice, and a salad of leafy greens sprinkled with walnut pieces.

Discuss.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2014, 12:25:58 pm by Altair »
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Re: Requesting Dream Interpretation
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2014, 12:34:20 pm »
Quote from: Altair;163117

A moth about the size of a boy was standing upright on a Manhattan sidewalk, engaged in a pitched battle with a cobra that was attacking from beneath (i.e., at crotch/abdomen level). I may or may not have been waiting for a bus as I witnessed this; I'm not sure.



P.S. Eventually the dream shifted to just the cobra flaring its hood menacingly, which I took to mean that the moth lost.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Requesting Dream Interpretation
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2014, 03:54:57 pm »
Quote from: Altair;163117
I know I've seen folks ask for dream interpretation here at TC before, but I couldn't figure out where, so I hope this is in the right place. The dream I had last night was rich enough in potentially symbolic imagery that I thought I'd share:

A moth about the size of a boy was standing upright on a Manhattan sidewalk, engaged in a pitched battle with a cobra that was attacking from beneath (i.e., at crotch/abdomen level). I may or may not have been waiting for a bus as I witnessed this; I'm not sure.

Possible Symbolic Content: Snakes (though not cobras specifically) are often liminal for me, the guardians of an entrance; most notably, the entrance to the subconscious. Moths, I have no clue.

Possibly Relevant Life Context 1: I'm anxiety-ridden over a pile-up things in my life that I can't seem to stop procrastinating about lately.

Possibly Relevant Life Context 2: I'm unhappy about relationship issues (lack of intimacy) of late.

Possibly Relevant Life Context 3: Last night's dinner consisted of steak in a red wine reduction, wild & long grain rice, and a salad of leafy greens sprinkled with walnut pieces.

Discuss.

 
Well, my first thought while reading was snakes = sex. But I'm also doped up with the flu, so.

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Re: Requesting Dream Interpretation
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2014, 04:29:41 pm »
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I'm going to toss a few ideas about the moth at you - because it sounds like that was the really VISIBLE part to you.

moths are ... dark/night/creepy/destroyers-of-stuff?  Does any of that resonate at all?  Do moths remind you of a season, or a time, or anything like that?  Did you want it to win?  Lose?  did you care about the fight at all?

Without knowing who/what the moth is/represents, the rest of it doesn't have any meaning I can see.

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Re: Requesting Dream Interpretation
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2014, 07:01:48 pm »
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Well, my first thought while reading was snakes = sex. But I'm also doped up with the flu, so.

 
Hmmm...
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
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Re: Requesting Dream Interpretation
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2014, 07:12:51 pm »
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I'm going to toss a few ideas about the moth at you - because it sounds like that was the really VISIBLE part to you.

moths are ... dark/night/creepy/destroyers-of-stuff?  Does any of that resonate at all?  Do moths remind you of a season, or a time, or anything like that?  Did you want it to win?  Lose?  did you care about the fight at all?

Without knowing who/what the moth is/represents, the rest of it doesn't have any meaning I can see.


Moths definitely creep me out, though not as much as some other insects. It was daytime in the dream. I don't associate moths with any particular time of year or anything. I wasn't rooting for either side in the fight; I was just intensely curious. I remember thinking at first that the cobra was the moth's proboscis, because at first the moth had its head tucked down to where the snake was attacking its abdomen; but then I realized it was a cobra.

I think you're right about me needing to figure out the moth. That's not a frequent symbol choice for my subconscious at all (in fact, this may be the first time). I tend to associate them with decay, I suppose: eating through clothes, their fragile wings tearing and flaking apart, the preponderance of drab, moldering colors on them.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Requesting Dream Interpretation
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2014, 07:34:10 pm »
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Moths definitely creep me out, though not as much as some other insects. It was daytime in the dream. I don't associate moths with any particular time of year or anything. I wasn't rooting for either side in the fight; I was just intensely curious. I remember thinking at first that the cobra was the moth's proboscis, because at first the moth had its head tucked down to where the snake was attacking its abdomen; but then I realized it was a cobra.

I think you're right about me needing to figure out the moth. That's not a frequent symbol choice for my subconscious at all (in fact, this may be the first time). I tend to associate them with decay, I suppose: eating through clothes, their fragile wings tearing and flaking apart, the preponderance of drab, moldering colors on them.

 
Have you ever seen snakes in your dreams before?

My $.02: the snake and moth could be masculine and feminine sexual symbols. The moth is the dark twin of the butterfly, a common symbol of feminine beauty, and snakes are symbolically often consdidered to represent sex, especially masculine sexuality (phallic symbol ho!).

Er... having any sex or gender issues?

I don't have a flu, but am tripping balls on lack of sleep and too much caffeine anyway, so take with grain of salt.
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Re: Requesting Dream Interpretation
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2014, 10:38:10 pm »
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Have you ever seen snakes in your dreams before?


I'm sure I have, though I can't think of a specific one offhand.

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My $.02: the snake and moth could be masculine and feminine sexual symbols. The moth is the dark twin of the butterfly, a common symbol of feminine beauty, and snakes are symbolically often consdidered to represent sex, especially masculine sexuality (phallic symbol ho!).

Er... having any sex or gender issues?


I like your interpretation; it makes a lot of objective sense. But I'm not having any sex or gender issues at the moment, or at least, not any more than usual.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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