Tips to Understanding Dreams
It’s been said an unobserved life isn’t worth living. Same holds true for unobserved dreams.
Dreams reflect our inner selves. They mirror back big juju going on in our lives. As such, observing dreams can give us an inside track about our most authentic, pure, deepest inner landscapes.
Imagine you’re reading one wicked-awesome book. The images and plot are so riveting! To your dismay, you discover somebody came along and ripped out random pages throughout the book. Your missing crucial parts of this vivid world described in the book!
That’s a close analogy to ignoring our dreams. Our lives are complex, rich and diverse. Understanding dreams is like having those missing pages. Dream meaning and interpretation can fill in the blanks of our lives and provide moresubstance and brilliance to our experiences.
With a goal to be our truest, most whole selves, I’m offering six quick steps to understanding dreams. I hope these tips help you to get the full story on your beautiful life and your beautiful self.
Six Simple Steps to Understanding Dreams
1) Record it
Keep a notebook or a recording device by your bedside and record your dreams the moment you wake up. Do not delay because dreams are so whispy; the moment we engage in activity, dreams begin to blow right out of our memories. Record your dreams in small bits – it doesn’t have to be overwhelming detail. Odds are, if you record just the meaty bits of the dream, your memory can recall the rest. Record what seemed most important to you. Interestingly, studies have shown the process of recording our dreams actually helps us find meaning to them. The analytical mind becomes engaged with the creative mind, and this marriage creates new understandings.
2) Summarize it
After you’ve recorded your dream, take a few moments to jot down single words that best describe the overall feel of the dream. You can do this upon waking, or as you go through the day. After you’ve safely recorded your dream, your perceptions of it may morph as you go about your day. Keep track (in a notebook or via recording device) of the single words you’d pick to describe the pervasive feel of the dream. For example, if you were being chased in a dream, you might choose “panic” as one word to describe the whole feeling of the dream.
3) Compare it
By now you are starting to concretize the feeling of the dream. By recording the dream and then putting single-word identifications on the feeling of the dream you are fleshing out the dream and it is taking on a substantial meanings. Now you can begin to compare the feelings and events in your dreams with those you experience in waking life. For example, if you were chased in your dream, think of instances in your waking, every-day life that make you feel the same way you felt as you did whilst being chased in your dream. By comparing dream feelings with “real-life” waking feels we begin the gap between two worlds – the conscious and subconscious worlds. And when we do this, dream meanings inevitably follow.
4) Revisit and Observe it
Revisit your dream and observe the people, places, activities and events in your dream. Pay special attention to the people and animals in your dreams. What are they doing? What do they look like? What colors are dominant in the dream? What kind of activities are taking place? What is the season in the dream? Just play around in a free-associative way with the various elements in your dream. You can write down these thoughts, or merely ruminate in a “daydream” sort of way. Doing this will cause profound meanings to surface in your conscious mind.
5) Self-project it
After you have taken stock of the different people and/or animals in your dream, imagine these people are you. For example, if the main player in your dream is a yellow dog, imagine this dog is you. What does that mean to you? What was the dog doing that you also do? I’m taking this straight from the dream master, Dr. Carl Jung, he proposed everything in our dream is actually a projection of the Self. That means a mother in your dreams is actually the mothering aspect of you. The yellow dog in your dreams is the loyal aspect of yourself. That is, if you subscribe to dogs being man/woman’s best friend. If you have a phobia about dogs, the dream is speaking to a fearful or attacking aspect of yourself.
6) Putting it all together
If you’ve diligently followed steps 1-5, you now have a great overall outline of your dream. Now you will put all of your recordings, impressions, single-word associations, observations and self-projections together. Invest in quiet time alone as you ponder all your dream interpretations. Ask your spirit guides to help you with interpreting dream meanings too – they often communicate through dreams and are happy to help with interpretations.
Common Dream Meanings
[Dream Meaning of Flying] Flying
Anyone who has experienced flying in dreams can tell you it's a spectacular sensation. Dreams have a way of making everything feel so real, and flying "for real" (even if in dreams) is a superior experience indicating a sense of freedom in your life. That's right, if you're dreaming of flying give out a shout for joy as you are experiencing a personal liberation in your life. Flying dreams convey messages of limitless potential, freedom from bondage and "thinking outside the box" kind of disposition.
[Dream Meaning of being Naked] Naked
This one is awkward. Ever dreamed you were standing nude in front of a crowd of onlookers. Yikes! Here again, these dreams can be so vivid, and will leaving you feeling quite vulnerable upon waking. That's the prime message of the dream. Dreaming you're naked in front of others conveys a message of vulnerability or feeling unequal to those around you. It also offers a message that you are feeling overly exposed to the elements. We have these dreams when our feelings are raw and we may need to take action to protect our emotions.
[Dream Meaning of Teeth] Teeth
Ever dreamed of your teeth falling out? It's a common dream, and gives the dreamer a terrible feeling of helplessness - not to mention insecurity. These are the underscored emotions behind these dreams - helplessness and insecurity. We have dental-damage dreams when we are overly concerned about how we appear to others. This could mean we lack confidence in public settings. This could stem from feeling physically inadequate (not feeling attractive) or even socially or mentally unequal to the social groups in which we are circulating.
[Dream Meaning of being Trapped] Trapped Dream Meanings
As with many of the dreams on this list, dreaming of being trapped deals with the most primal fears within the human saga. Trapped dreams are messages that we are stuck in our waking life and have an intense need to shift ourselves out of a limiting situation. Dreaming of being trapped will also hint to a feeling of helplessness in our real lives. Depending on the dream-scenario, these dreams may indicate a huge burden, or point to the dreamer being overwhelmed in his/her daily life.
[Dream Meaning of being Chased] Being Chased
Being chased in your dream may indicate a need to take a break, vacation or holiday in your waking life because the stress and pressures are starting to catch up with you. Chasing dreams point to a "snow ball effect" - meaning undesirable events are stacking up in our lives and we feel like we cannot escape from all the things we must attend to. These dreams are particularly telling if you have very high-stress lives. Dream chases may also indicate a need to run away from the truth. In this light, the dream may be an invitation to face the truth, be honest and come clean about some issues in our lives.
[Dream Meaning of Death] Death or Dying Dream Meanings
Commonly, these dreams indicate a chapter in our lives will soon be, or has already come to a close. Dreaming of our deaths is typically a signal of transformation in which a part of ourselves is receding to make room for new aspects to come more to the forefront. These dreams can also be quite literal in that people we have known come to pay us a visit in dreams after they have passed on. These visitations from the deceased will always contain a message for you - pay attention. In either case, these dreams are messages of renewal, rebirth, recycling and transition.
[Dream Meaning of Falling] Falling
Dream meanings of falling are similar to flying dreams. These dreams speak to us about letting go of control and surrendering. We often have these dreams when it feels like we have no control over our lives. These dreams will surface too when we want more freedom in our lives. Falling dreams also point to issues of faith and might reflect the condition of our spiritual walk. How you feel, and the condition of your environment in these dreams will more clearly indicate the meaning of this dream.
Common Dream Meaning and Dream Symbols
Common Dream Symbols and Dream Meaning
[Dream Meaning of Blood] Blood
Dream meaning of blood deals with life, fluidity, passion and that which sustains us. Blood dreams get right down to the nitty gritty of emotional issues that have been coagulating deep beneath surface life experience, those aspects that dwell in the deepest fathoms of our awareness. Some messages that may manifest from blood include a sense of guilt (dreaming of blood on our hands), overburdened or weak and needing to take rest (loosing blood in our dreams), challenges with making social connections or emotional ties (seeing someone else's blood).
[Dream Meaning of the Body] Body
Another foundational dream symbol, the body speaks from our dreaming mind in terms of stability, action, knowing, basics, foundations and structure. The body may also offer clues into our status of health. In our conscious realm, we rely most heavily on our physical senses for understanding - our bodies are big sensory devices, endlessly interpreting (taste, touch, smell, hearing, seeing). So, when we dream of bodies, it may be a call to pay closer attention to our surroundings - get a deeper sense or interpretation of our environment.
[dream meaning of buidings] Buildings
According to Dr. Carl Jung, the building is symbolic of us, and the condition of the building will be telling about our current status (emotional, mental, spiritual and particularly physical status). The dream meaning of buildings may also point to social status, specifically building a network in business relationships. Buildings also remind us of progress, and could be a sign of advancement, promotion and building on a solid foundation. I'm a bit twisted - buildings look phallic to me, so I often interpret them as a sign of a need to thrust creative power into a receptive outlet (told you I was twisted). See also dreaming of houses.
[dream meaning of clouds] Clouds
They are the macrocosm of thought. The moisture (rain) they hold is the macrocosm of emotion. So, clouds in dreams talk to us about the balance between our analytical (thought processing) mind and our touchy-feely emotions. Dark clouds hint to a brooding nature, perhaps a situation in which we have dark feelings about something, but are unable to (mentally, constructively) express these feelings. Bright puffy clouds indicates a healthy disposition, a hopeful outlook and a state of well-being. See also dreaming of water.
[dream meaning of earth] Earth/Soil
The dream meaning of soil or earth is very similar to the body because it deals with our roots, stability and foundations. When we dream of dark, rich soil it is a message of fertility, birth and suggests now is an optimal time to plant the seeds of our creativity with the promise of prime growth. If we're viewing barren lands in our dreams, it's time for renewal - take a holiday, go to a spa - do what you've got to do to refresh your inner landscape. Here's a link to my post on dream meaning of mud you may be interested in too. You may also dig my page on earth symbols here.
[dream meaning of eyes] Eyes
Understandably, the dream meaning of eyes deals with perception. Eyes interpret light, and so when we dream of them we're dealing with a greater vision, illumination, enlightenment, understanding and even our concept of reality. Injured eyes may indicate we're not seeing the facts clearly, or we're simply unable to face certain truths at this time. Closed eyes may either indicate surrender to a situation (leaving it to faith) or choosing avoidance over action. Eye color in dreams is subject to your interpretation too. Eye patches suggests perception is marred, not all the facts are known, and it might be time to explore all the details. You may also be interested in my entry on dreaming of eyeglasses and my full-page post on symbolic meaning of eyes (in general).
[dream meaning of faces] Face
Dream meaning of faces should be interpreted according to the expression on the dream face. These are pretty explanatory. Happy faces elicit meanings of joy, harmony, peace, prosperity. Gruesome or unpleasant faces indicate turbulences, discontent, hostility, worry, inner displeasure. Illuminated faces are often portents of higher knowledge dispensed to the dreamer (maybe from a loved one, spirit guide or angel). A dream face with no features points to a heavy reliance on faith, spirituality or extrasensory perception to gain understanding over the use of physical senses. Also see dreaming of eyes (above).
[dream meaning of flowers] Flowers
Transition, cycles, fragility, development - all the delicate beauty flowers convey are mirrored in our dreams. Blossoming flowers in dreams carry a sweet scent of growth, development and becoming more aware of ourselves within the context of our environment. Faded, wilting or dying flowers indicate the passing of a season, a chapter of our life experience is coming to a close. Flowers (like soil/earth dream meaning) also point to health, and the condition of our dream flowers can help us in our healing practices. The color of flowers can also be telling in our dream interpretation. See my page onsymbolic meaning of flowers here.
[dream meaning of hands] Hands
Dream hands signal communication, generosity, industry, activity, receptivity and control. Open hands indicate an open heart, a willingness to receive deeper knowing on a spiritual level. Praying hands carry the same meaning, but the learning comes from a more structured source (seminary, college, church or organized study). Clenched hands conveys a feeling of wanting to take action, but feeling incapable of doing so. Other aggressive hand gestures hint to the same - frustration due to feeling helpless or a lack of control. See my full-page post on symbolic meaning of hands here.
[Dream Meaning of Nudity] Nudity
Ever had the naked dream? Common interpretations will reveal a dream of being naked (particularly before a group of peers) is a sign of insecurity, humiliation, shame or feelings of vulnerability. I don't buy it. I think dreaming of ourselves in the buff indicates a return to our natural state. "Be yourself" is the message I get. Further, dreaming of ourselves nude may be a message to become liberated, get a taste of true freedom, break out of conformity, limitation and the ties that bind.
[dream meaning of planets] Planets
This one wasn't a common dream symbol among the requests for interpretations, but there were a few questions, and I dream of planets pretty often, so I'm throwing it in the mix. When those bright beauties light up my dream life, I associate the dream planet with the actual personality of the planet. Our Greek friends can help with this (you know, Mars, the god of war would indicate aggressive, heat and assertion). They're all archetypes and can enhance our understanding. Non-specific planets speak to us of influence (what orbits your awareness, and what kind of influence do you have over it - or vice versa). See my page on planet meanings here.
[Dream Meaning of Storm] Storms
Kind of a no-brainer, dream meaning of storms conjures up questions like "Who or what am I allowing to rain on my parade? What storms are brewing within my emotional being right now? Are tumultuous emotions accumulating and why?" Torrential storms are an obvious sign of discontent - usually due to a feeling of helplessness over the situation ("acts of God" or "there's nothing I can do" that sort of mentality). Storms often brew in our dreams when we've got some serious fears we're glossing over in our conscious lives.
[Dream Meaning of Street] Streets/Roads
Dream meaning of streets and roads meander in our minds when we are on a specific path. Dream streets may point to a destination after a long, arduous trek in our personal evolution. They may also indicate a philosophical/spiritual journey we've embarked upon. In this case, the condition of our dream streets will clue us in on our progress in our spiritual walk. Streets also point to navigation, a message we may need to check in, or stop and get directions or help in our current situation. My blog post on the meaning of crossroads here may also help your interpretations.
[Dream Meaning of Teeth] Teeth
This one is a biggie. I've had the dream too. Teeth falling out. Very unsettling. It points to an underlying belief or fear we have no control over our lives. It may also indicate a loss experienced. Or, a fear of losing something/someone of great value. I've read some interpretations in which teeth are associated with sexual prowess. I'm not sure I buy that one either. Perhaps more befitting is the concept of speech and the act of speaking when dream teeth come to chatter. Losing them may indicate a fear of losing our voice (metaphorically speaking) . Otherwise, the condition of dream teeth may clue us in on our ability to verbally express ourselves.
[Dream Meaning of Cars] Vehicles
Power, control, navigation, direction and innovation. Vehicles are devices 100% reliant upon humans to create, operate and maintain. That's a powerful symbol of will. Vehicles also point to the ability to escape. Don't like what's going on? Jump in a car and leave it behind. That's how the dreaming mind often processes conflict - in terms of escape. Dream vehicles are also symbolic of navigating our way through the various mazes we find ourselves in. Dream meaning of vehicles may indicate a need to consult a map (education, mentors, spiritual texts, whatever) for guidance.
[Dream Meaning of Weapons] Weapons
Dream meaning of weapons aim at aggression, assertion and action. These are also phallic symbols (in my opinion) and so speak of masculine (yang) energy. Dreaming of weapons points to a propensity to settle difficulties through force, maybe even violence. Weapons may also hint to themes of provision (you know, hunter-provider archetypes). Weapons (particularly swords) may also carry sacred symbolism, mysticism and ritual. At its core, dreaming of weapons points to a fine balance between lack and gain in conjunction with our methods of obtaining what we want.
[Dream Meaning of Wings] Wings
Dream meaning of wings carry messages of "spread your wings and fly" to new locations (physical moves), understanding (gaining knowledge through study, school, etc) or flying to new spiritual heights. Dreaming of wings themselves may indicate it's time to work on inner landscapes, or a prompting to fly into the realms of spirituality. It may also encourage a spring cleaning of the mind (sweep away rubbish thoughts) to gain clarity in thought about a certain troubling situation. I've written more about the meaning of wings here. You may also be interested in my dreaming of angels entry.
Color Meanings in Dreams
Color Meanings in Dreams
[dreaming red. color meanings of red in dreams] Red: Dreaming of red is about activation, physicality, passion and intensity. In the chakras red is the root, it's a primitive energy that expresses itself in terms of survival and prime instinct. Consider the deep blood red that runs through our veins. Life-affirming, flowing, and activating our energy on a very base, physical level. Red is the root that runs through our psyche. It speaks to us of dormant power. Consider fire. It requires an igniting action. The capability of fire is all around us, but it takes a spark to release the power. I particularly love the symbolism of volcanoeswhen contemplating color meanings in dreams. The red hot energy is always there, just under the surface. What provokes its resurfacing is key. If you see red in your dreams:
What needs activating in your life?
What physical (body, material) conditions need your attention?
Are your basic, primary needs being met?
Is stagnation disallowing reproduction?
Is it time to reconnect with nature?
Are you in an environment that allows you to ignite your passions?
[dreaming orange color meanings] Orange: Orange in dreams is a sign of equalization, balance and temperance. Orange stands stoically between the raging initiations of red, and the themes awareness/realizations of yellow. It is not entirely physical and not completely mental. Orange is the fulcrumand our perception the teeter-totter. When we dream in oranges, we are asked to consider what is in-balance (or need of balance) in our lives. Orange offers messages of harmony and contentment too - often achieved through a specific (sometimes lengthy) cycle of time. Orange also asks us to build up our immunities, freshen up our routines and engage in practices that enhance our daily lives. On a personal note, I think of pumpkins when my clients tell me they've dreamed in orange. Pumpkins speak to me of manifestation - from tilling soil, to planting seed, to tending the plant, and then harvesting. In other words, actions over a period of time lead to specific results. . Color meanings of orange in dreams offers questions like:
What needs balancing in your life?
How can I temper my obsessions yet still remain creatively productive?
What kind of results are my actions, over time, going to yield?
Am I approaching my life in a creative way?
How can I incorporate more creativity and play in my daily life?
What's my idea of satisfaction, contentment, completion?
[color meanings of yellow in dreams] Yellow: Yellow color meanings in dreams radiates themes of centralization, focus, awareness and reminds us of our role as humans within the context of the whole. Consider the yellow tones of the sun, and how central this star is to our existence. Consider the center (solar plexus) chakra which is also yellow and governs our will and even our sense of identity. Some of the first flowers to burst out of a long dormancy are yellow (dandelions, daffodils), this screams to me about awakening - resurfacing - becoming aware (maybe for the first time) of the larger picture of life. Yellow is the color of intelligent design, and when we dream in yellow it reflects a special kind of clarity. Yellow is a bright idea, and an epiphany on a grand scale. When we dream of yellow, our deeper consciousness is paving the way (yellow brick road?) to a path of higher understanding and mystical awareness. Yellow centralizes our energetic focus so that we may intensify our presence. That intensity then radiates outward - just as the light of the sun does. Effectually, dreaming of yellow indicates a time of intelligent reflection in which we are influencing the world around us in amazing ways. . Questions prompted from color meanings of yellow in dreams:
What perceived barriers do I have that prohibit my greatest view?
What core belief do I express that puts me in the best advantage?
How am I influencing others?
What is my guiding light, and how can I remain illuminated?
What can I do to gain more clarity?
What steps can I take to nurture my creative awareness?
[color meanings of green in dreams] Green: Color meanings of green in dreams often point us in the direction of growth, healing, love, giving, and inspiration. Green corresponds with the heart chakra, which governs passion, love and healing. The Anahata is associated with the element of air, and so we see a different kind of love than what we experience in the primal red hues. Green is symbolic of communicating care on a subtle, energetic level. When we dream of green, we are imbued with a magical ability to transfer knowledge by unorthodox means. Green facilitates growth, love and healing by mental stimulation. Greeks believed intelligence came from the heart. This combined with the green of the heart chakra talks to us about emotional intelligence and communicating with an open heart. I realize I'm being vague here, this kind of ethereal communication isn't easily identified. However, we can look to mother nature for help in explanation. She speaks in viridian tongue - communicating a sea of burgeoning growth - all expressed by the color green. When we dream of green we're experiencing levels of healing and growth that are subtle. It's time to concentrate on the areas of our lives that need to flourish. Once we hone in, and begin to express our identification on an emotional (heart) level, our growth will be exponential and immense. . Questions prompted from color meanings of green in dreams:
If your life were a lawn, what would it look like?
How could you improve you lawn's health, appearance, longevity?
How am I communicating my love to others effectively?
Am I aware of my own needs and meeting them?
What other methods of communication can I develop?
What if wellness was programmed in my DNA? How can I tap into that inherent health?
[color meanings of blue in dreams] Blue: The color meanings of blue in dreams point to thoughts, ideas, dreams and the ability to convey them. I've got a lot of artists as clients, and overwhelmingly, these brilliant minds feel, think and dream predominantly in hues of blue. I believe it's because their prime motivation is to effectively convey their visions to the world. These artists find purpose in expressing their ideas through remarkably profound (and creative) methods. That's what the color blue asks us to do. Consider the skies overhead. This atmosphere is symbolic of vast, endless opportunities for discovery, renewal and expression. As humans, our attempt to define, project, perceive and share this vastness is innate. We've got to take it all in, process, and then tell everybody we know about it (art, music, literature, even social media are all testimonies to our need to share our perceptions creatively). So, when we dream in swirling blue hues, it's often a sign of our ability to tap into the vast mysteries of life. That's step one. The other step our blue dreams ask of us it to interpret these mysteries and share them with our environment. Blue dreams remind us that opinions and perceptions can be run on a neuro-network...a path of interchange and exchange. . Blue color meanings in dreams might ask questions like:
If I suspended judgment, how would I describe my environment?
What's my ideal of tranquility?
How can I more effectively communicate what I'm feeling?
Am I aware of my own immortality ?
What's my idea of "flying high" and how can I connect with that feeling more often?
What ideas can I share that can potentially change the world for the better?
[indigo color meanings in dreams] Indigo: Indigo color meanings in dreams are about psychic tuning, contacting the ephemeral, and connecting with spiritual vision. Indigo goes deep, real deep. Therefore, deep minds will dream in indigo as a message that indeed, there is no end to the proverbial rabbit hole experienced by Alice in her Wonderland. Indigo is the wonderland, and once submerged in the oceanic waves of extrasensory perception, there is no limit to the non-linear knowledge that can be obtained. It sounds heavy because it is. Dreaming in indigo marks the consciousness' ability to dive far deeper than what daily reality holds. If you're dreaming of indigo, next time make a conscious (lucid) effort to dive even deeper, push the limits - and you will find there is no end to the startling revelations available to your perception. Indigo dreams are initiations into a world where common rules and conventionalism will not apply. Consider the deepest, darkest depths of the Marianas trench - far deeper than this is the capacity of the psychic mind. Dive in, there's endless treasures to be found in the dreamy realm of indigo. .Indigo color meanings in dreams ask us:
How far can I move into my deepest presence/awareness/consciousness?
How fully can I trust in the things I see with non-physical eyes?
What are my beliefs around extrasensory perception?
What's my viewpoint on reality? How can I shift that if I want?
What purpose do my dreams and visions serve?
Where is my power?
[violet color meanings in dreams] Violet: Color meanings of violet dreams indicate divinity, peace, tranquility and enlightenment. I hesitate to even use that word "enlightenment" because it's tossed around so haphazardly. We're talking about a devout presence of knowingness in violet hued dreams. It's as if higher wisdom is a personality of its own, and it presence is standing within your body - thinking - knowing - watching - independently yet separately. It's a sensational experience, and violet dreams are a glimpse inside that kind of awareness-phenomenon. Violet is about blossoming and opening up to new, unconventional experiences. It's chakra is the crown, and is depicted as a thousand-petal lotus unfurling its luscious body to drink in all the sensations available to it. And, the key is everything is available for the lotus sensory organ to devour. Violet dreams mark the union of the soulwith body, mind and divine consciousness. With this kind of conjugation comes bliss, satisfaction, and rest. These are fleeting moments...swim in them loosely for as long as you can. The more we swim in violet energies, the more we'll experience this lucid presence of knowing. So, if you have violet dreams, appreciate every square inch of them, because they are a real gift from the divine source. . Violet color meanings in dreams ask us:
How can I become more fully aware of the watcher within?
How can I experience life more fully?
What is my highest intent for life, and are my actions aligned with that intent?
Is peace a state of mind? State of being? What are my beliefs about peace?
Do I have to earn contentment and tranquility?
What is my relationship with this present moment - thisnow?
I hope you have enjoyed these color meanings in dreams.
What about black and white dreams?
Dreaming in black and white indicates a heavy reliance on structure, uniformity and order. Black and white dreams point to a distinct separation between reality and fantasy. Some of my colleagues encourage integration of right and left-mind behaviors when they learn their clients dream only in black and white. I'm not sure I agree. I'm more inclined to explore the shadows, and values in the black and white and mine the meaning from that landscape rather than learn another method of dream expression.
Black and white dreams can offer crystalline perspectives. They offer fewer distractions so the purity of meaning can be more easily sought. Furthermore, black and white dreams offer a crisp, clean beauty that is incredibly remarkable to the exploring mind.
I notice I have black and white dreams when my inner awareness needs me to recognize the facts about the situation. No fluff, no baloney. Black and white dreams give me a "newspaper" understanding of the events playing out in my present life. They are extremely easy for me to interpret. Straight forward, chronological, and orderly.
These are just some thoughts wrought from my own dream-color experiences.
I encourage you to explore the realm of color meanings, as well as black and white meanings in your dreams and discover your own understanding of this facet of deeper interpretation.
One: One primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy. The number One reflects new beginnings, and purity. The symbolic meaning of number One is further clarified when we understand One represents both kinds of action: physical and mental. This combined with Ones urgency for new beginnings, we begin to see Ones recurring in our lives indicates a time to exert our natural forces, take action, and start a new venture. One encourages us our action will be rewarded in kind.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Two] Two: The symbolic meaning of number Two is kindness, balance, tact, equalization, and duality. The number Two reflects a quiet power of judgment, and the need for planning. Two beckons us to choose. The spiritual meaning of number Two also deals with exchanges made with others, partnerships (both in harmony and rivalry), and communication. Two urges us out of our indecision, calls us to unite with like-minds, and like-ideals. Two asks us to exert our natural flow of judgment to do what is best for our souls.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Three] Three: The spiritual meaning of number Three deals with magic, intuition, fecundity, and advantage. The number Three invokes expression, versatility, and pure joy of creativity. Three is also a time identifier as it represents Past, Present and Future. Consecutive Threes in your life may symbolize the need to express yourself creatively, or consider your present directional path in relation to past events and future goals. Three may also represent promising new adventures, and assurance of cooperation from others whom you may require help. Three typically symbolizes reward and success in most undertakings.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Four] Four: The symbolic meaning of number Four deals with stability and invokes the grounded nature of all things. Consider the four seasons, four directions, four elements all these amazingly powerful essences wrapped up in the nice square package of Four. Fours represent solidity, calmness, and home. A recurrence of Four in your life may signify the need to get back to your roots, center yourself, or even "plant" yourself. Fours also indicate a need for persistence and endurance.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Five] Five: The spiritual meaning of number Five deals with travel, adventure, and motion. With the highs that come with these attributes, Fives also carry instability and unpredictability, and radical changes. The spiritual meaning of Five draws our attention to the wonder of life, and beckons us to appreciate the perception of chaos all around us. Five has wild vibrations: primitive and erratic. When Five continues to pop up in your life be prepared for some action, like a trip. Remember, trips aren't all necessarily taken physically. Some of the best journey's are taken in the mind and spirit.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Six] Six: The symbolism behind number Six is legend. With Venus as its ruler, Six represents harmony, balance, sincerity, love, and truth. Six naturally reveals solutions for us in a calm, unfolding manner. We invoke the Six when we need delicate diplomacy when dealing with sensitive matters. The spiritual meaning of number Six also deals with enlightenment; specifically "lighting" our path in areas we require spiritual and mental balance. Sixes beckon us to administer compassion and consciously choose forgiveness in a situation.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Seven] Seven:Sevens, like Threes, deal with magical forces. Sevens deal with esoteric, scholarly aspects of magic. Representative of scholarly activities, mystery, and the focused search for esoteric meanings. Seven deals with the activation of imagination and manifesting results in our lives through the use of conscious thought and awareness. Ruled by Saturn, Seven can represent impractical dreaming, but with a deeper understanding of the aspects of Seven, you can quite deftly utilize its magical vibration to your own benefit.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Eight] Eight: The symbolism backing number Eight deals largely with business, success, and wealth. This is due to the fact that Eight represents continuation, repetition, and cycles. Such elements are seen in arenas wheresuccess is obtained simply because of dogged determination and repetition. Also, matters of business and wealth largely depend on cycles to fulfill their manifestation. It's like the snowball analogy: As it continues to roll, in gets bigger and bigger with each revolution. Eight represents that kind of momentum.
[Spiritual Meaning of Number Nine] Nine: The spiritual meaning of number Nine bring us to the very height of vibrational frequencies in this number sequence. Nine represents attainment, satisfaction,accomplishment, and our success to achieve an influence in our circumstances. The spiritual meaning of number Nine deals with intellectual power, inventiveness, influence over situations and things. Nine beseeches us to recognize our own internal attributes, and extend these abilities out into the world to make a positive, influential difference.
Symbolic Meaning of Number Eleven
The spiritual meaning of number eleven is quite diverse. The number eleven is thought of as a "master" number in numerology because it is a double digit of the same number. When this occurs - the vibrational frequency of the prime number doubles in power. Meaning, the attributes of the Number One are doubled.
Therefore, the very basic andprimary understanding of the Number One is that of new beginnings andpurity. When we see this digit doubled as with the eleven - then these attributes double in strength.
Meaning of Number Eleven in Numerology
The number eleven carries a vibrational frequency of balance. It represents male and female equality. It contains both sun energy and moon energysimultaneously yet holding them both in perspective separate-ness. Perfect balance.
Consequently, constant reoccurances of number eleven in our lives often signal us to be aware of our balance:
Balance of work and play
Balance emotion, thought and spirit
Balance of masculine and feminine aspects
Elevens are magical messages asking us if we are centered or off kilter.
When we add 1+1 (eleven reduced) we get number two - which is also a balance number - Numeral two also deals with:
Those who recognize the spiritual meaning of number Eleven in their lives are quite sensitive to vibrational frequencies matching these attributes above listed. Elevens appearing on a consistent bases is indicative of a reflective, thoughtful and intuitive soul.
I get loads of emails, and it seems to me, number Eleven presents itself to people who appear to be very psychically connected. I believe each time then number eleven if observed it is the Universe sending a message of...
Messages the Number Eleven Proposes
Confirmation to maintain integrity
Enter into an open space of conscious awareness
Realign, reaffirm, re-establish (re-balance) ourselves
As we deal with energy in our lives it is integral to understand we are at once a part of it, and yet the option to separate from energetic forces is present. The spiritual meaning of number Eleven deals directly with our involvement with the progression of life. When it appears, it references both our ability to be objective and subjected to life events - it is how we enter through the doorway of choice that determines the purity of the outcome.
The symbolic meaning of number zero alludes to:
Primarily, the spiritual meaning of zero deals with pure potentiality. It is the point from which all other numbers spring forth. Even visually – the number zero is symbolic of the seed, womb or egg from which pure potential emerges.
Because the zero also visually resembles a circle, this is symbolic of eternity, evolution, infinity. Additionally, as with most symbols comprised or containing the circle we’re dealing with meanings of cycles, evolution, and time. Think wheels here – “what comes around goes around.”
However, due to its numerical value, the zero may also be interpreted as a void – a representation of non-existence, and sometimes death. But, again, our minds wander back to the symbolism of enternity and infinity as well as cycles and rebirth. Consequently we may say there is no real death only another phase of life.
Mayan glyphs used the “cosmic spiral” to respresent the numeral zero – they inherently knew the massiveness of mystery swirling in the pools of zero-ness.
Pythagoras, (practically the father of numerology) viewed the sign of the zero as the container for all things and the birthing place of all other values (that which preceeds must be the birth giver of all that follows). This is also the interpretation of the zero in Tarot numbers as well as other mystery school teachings.
Focus upon the zero is encouraged when we wish to be present in the moment, when we are trying to regroup our level of awareness. This is because the zero is representative of the essence of reality. It is everything and nothing at the same time.
As you can see – just from this brief summary, the concepts of the spiritual meaning of zero are heady indeed. When we begin to contemplate zero we soon find ourselves on an endless adventure.
Eagle (Ogham = The Birch Tree)
Eagles as Celtic animal symbols cry out to us for social connections, and strengthening our community. This takes a highly developed spirit, and so the Eagle is also a Celtic symbol of maturity and growth. Eagles are also quite fearless, and so when this regal birds flies into your skies, it may be time to make a bold move.
Quail (Ogham = The Rowan)
Quails have an intricate system of communication, and much of is revolves around avoiding danger. Quails have an uncanny sense of their surroundings, and are masters at eluding predators. They stay grounded, preferring the comfort of tall grasses over open skies. This reminds us to keep ourselves protected. When Quail comes to call, be smart, communicate your hesitation clearly and be mindful to stay out of harm's way.
Fox (Ogham = The Alder Tree)
The ancient Celts observed every nuance of their animals for meaning. The fire-red fur of the fox symbolized passion, play and action. When the fox comes darting into your view, it's time to act on your passions. If you've ever watched a fox run, they're bodies move like a pointed arrow. We can translate this in our own lives by driving toward the goals that ignite our passion with laser-like aim. Fox asks us to hit the target of your dreams!
Deer (Ogham = The Willow Tree)
Be kind, be aware, and be tender with yourself and others. Deer as Celtic animal symbols walk gingerly and gracefully into our consciousness to bestow a quality of gentle reassurance. The deer, particularly does are reminders of spiritual evolution, and the patience required to allow our spiritual unfolding (at our own pace). If you've ever encountered the deer, you know they'll wait for an eternity until they are quite sure it's safe to make the next move. The deer asks you to do this same in your spiritual walk.
Butterfly (Ogham = The Ash Tree)
Much, like the deer, butterfly Celtic animal symbols beckon us to take life at the pace most suitable for our growth. The butterfly does not unfurl from her cocoon in response to an alarm clock - she emerges in her refinery at the perfect hour, fully developed and ready to receive the waiting winds for her first flight. Recall this kind of imagery if you are being pressured. Remember your inner evolution is like the path of the butterfly. Call upon her elegant rhythm and pure intuition. Further, when the butterfly comes to you, thank her for her natural poise and recognize the strength in her delicate ways.
Owl (Ogham = The Hawthorn)
When the owl screeches out to your consciousness, it's a safe bet. Owls have enchanted both ancient Celts and modern humankind alike. I often wonder if myth delegated the watchful owl to the realm of underworlds because the owl is so mysterious and cannot be defined - just like the underworld. Admittedly, the owl has some unusual mannerisms and behaviors. But, to be sure, she is a magnificent creature with vast attributes for our consideration. To wit, consider her hunting ability. Owls know how to get what they want (and often do so using curious methods). When the owl brushes your thoughts, begin to consider ways to get what you want, but not by using linear methods. Claw out of the usual, and fly into more unusual methods to accomplish your goals.
Horse (Ogham = The Oak Tree)
Among one of the most honored Celtic animal symbols, the horse is a vehicle for some amazing transcendental experiences. Hop on the back of a horse, and take a free ride into the groves of your mind. With the horse as your guide, you will encounter themes of stability, honor, trust, intelligence and strength. Utilize the powerful energy of the horse to invoke courage in situations that otherwise leave you a little shaky. The horse is noble blood to the Celtic mind, unquestioning in its authority. Take on that same persona when you need to charge into a situation with confidence.
Badger (Ogham = Holly)
The badger does a lot of digging, and in esoteric symbolism this links the animal to the earth - a very grounded, nurturing, foundational energy. Furthermore, the burrowing badger is a symbol of magic, because this act is symbolic of returning to the Source. Burrowing into the earth is also akin to returning to the womb in metaphorical symbolism. This connects with the Holly because it is a hearty plant in one of the most brutal seasons - Winter. Holly is the winter king to the Celts, and the badger is equally regal in fierce will to survive (even under the most brutal circumstances). Holly and badger are symbols for survivors and strong will.
Salmon (Ogham = Hazel)
I know, it's odd to have a fish among the Celtic animal symbols associated with the trees of the Ogham, but the salmon wins its place on this list because of its mystical powers, which it shares with the hazel tree. In the legends of Fionn, the salmon lives in a fathomless well of wisdom where it swirls up ripples of knowledge from which the righteous may drink. There are hazel trees surrounding that well, and the savvy salmon would eat the hazel nuts that dropped into the well. So what does that mean to you? Dive deep within your own inner well and swirl around in the inherent depth of wisdom that is at your core. Furthermore, the salmon asks you to eat of the fruit of fine wisdom. Let your mind only consume that which augers well-being, and discount all the rest (like nay saying, negativity, etc).
Wren (Ogham = The Apple Tree)
Homemakers are particularly honored with these Celtic animal symbols because the wren is a harbinger of a happy home. When the wren comes gaily into our experience, it's time to focus on hearth, home and families. Make a joyful noise with your kinsmen and women, and ease their burdens by helping out around the house. Contribute to the common good, and be part of solutions (not problems). Wrens also ask us to turn the other cheek. If someone incites your ire, turn the tables on them and be kind. This reverse-psychology tactic will totally throw your foe off-course. And, in so doing will make your heart just as the wren prefers it- light and happy.
Swan (Ogham = The Vine)
One look at these Celtic animal symbols gives a full visual explanation of swan symbolism. Each movement of the swan is delicately choreographed, as if she is always being filmed before an admiring audience. And so, when the swan comes into your life's production, it's time to do the same. Make a fuss over your appearance, take time for self-grooming, and behave in a manner that shows how classy you are. Flaunt your feathers a little, make a conscious effort to exude beauty, grace and style. Be sure to keep it honest, clean and pure (the white swan asks us to be honest in our intent for beauty).
Swallow (Ogham = The Ivy)
Swallows speak to us about partnership. Swallow pair monogamously (having only one partner). And so when the swallow wings its way into our thoughts it's time to focus on our relationships. Swallows ask us what we have we done for our partner lately. Pay a compliment, run an errand (out of kindness, not obligation) or offer assistance without being told. As Celtic animal symbols, the swallow also bends common gender roles. The males are the one to start the nest and they sing lovely songs to woo their mate into their freshly made roost. We can take the same cue from the swallow by going outside of our conditioned gender roles.
Goose (Ogham = The Reed)
For sure, home is where the heart is, but sometimes the act of going back to our psychological/energetic birthplaces offers tremendous healing and insight. Geese, as Celtic animal symbols, remind us we can navigate back to our origins with the purpose of renewal. With healing and love as our "true north" we move with the heart's compass. This is the message of the goose. The goose also encourages us to be at home within ourselves, and make friends with all the various houseguests we may have (i.e., bad habits, self-defeating thoughts, etc). This may sound counterproductive, but it's not. The goose knows that healing begins with acceptance first.
Bee (Ogham = Blackthorn)
There's a reason bees are classified as busy, because they are! These creatures are tireless in their productivity. More importantly, it's their drive to contribute to the common good of the community that is noteworthy. Everyone does their part to see to the wellbeing of the commonwealth. Bees know that when one fails, the hive fails. That's why bees are fantastic Celtic animal symbols of industry, humanitarianism ( er, bee-itarianism, rather) and compassion. Bees have an innate and intricate sense of fellowship. I think bees are some of the most powerful symbols for psychic perception available to us in the animal world. See if you can be like the bee, and "sense" the need of your fellow man and provide - all without speaking a word. Learn more about symbolic bee meaning here.
Crow (Ogham = The Elder Tree)
I love crows and ravens for their attitude. They do what they want, when they want and they'll tell you to "stow it" if you don't like it. You've got to admire that kind of gumption. As Celtic animal symbols, the crow stands for individuality with blazon disregard to what others think. Further, the crow is deeply honored by the Celts as an augury oracle. Crows carry big secrets stuffed betwixt their black feathers. Celts knew this, and were wise to let them have their way (indeed, killing a crow was a felony under Druidic rule). What kind of secret powers do you have? And, are you too concerned about what everybody else thinks to even entertain the idea of exploring your powers? If you get flak from others about your uniqueness, make like a crow, and tell them to stow it.
Sparrow (Ogham = Fir Tree)
On the other end of the attitude spectrum from the crow, the sparrow encourages us to be more polite in our dealings. Sparrows as Celtic animal symbols are representatives of simplicity, honesty and diligence. Like the wren, she is a bright omen to the home, and promises cheer and harmony within the family. Sparrows recognize safety in numbers, and when she flies into your sight, she may tell you to reconnect with friends and family. She may also prompt you to seek additional support in your projects. When the sparrow flies to me, I'm always reminded of my carbon footprints. Sparrows require so little, and leave nothing to waste. They ask me to do the same and limit needless consumption with a mindfulness to care for mother nature.
Rabbit (Ogham = Gorse)
As Celtic Animal Symbols, rabbits are connected with the moon and so they run full circle with her cycles. They also share connections of femininity and fertility - which are also lunar-based attributes. When the hare hops into your awareness, it's time to set your mind of matters of reproduction. Hang on gentlemen, it doesn't have to be thoughts of physical birth. The rabbit talks to us about conception, conceiving new ideas and holding them in our fertile minds and hearts until they are ready to give birth in their own perfect timing (just as the moon would have it). And rabbits produce new life in such a humble way. There is no drama, rather there is a quaint, simple, calming way the rabbit goes about offering her new offspring. We can offer our new life (in all its hues) with trust, faith and assurance too. Get tons more symbolic rabbit meanings here.
Pheasant (Ogham = Heather)
If pheasants were jewels, they would be the rubies, sapphires and emeralds of the grasslands. Just close your eyes and envision these birds brilliantly bounding through brown grasses, what a sight! Pheasants are all about glam and a showy display of Technicolor brilliance. As Celtic animal symbols, the pheasant speaks to us of wooing our mates by playing up to our redeeming qualities. When the pheasant flashes himself to you, it's time to play to your own strengths. It also means that romance is in the air!
Dove (Ogham = Aspen Tree)
Soft-soul'ed and supple-hearted, the dove coos to the softest sides of our awareness. When she comes to pay us a visit, it's time for us to settle into the soft down of her energy and take refuge in her feathery wings of comfort. Doves often come after a time of suffering because she recognizes our need for sanctuary. The Celts recognized the tenderness of the dove, and so can we. Look to the dove for healing, grace, kindness and peace. She carries all of these attributes and promises safekeeping form the storms of life.
I am Quail.......what is your animal association?
Birch - The Achiever
December 24 - January 20
If you were born under the energy of the Birch you can be highly driven, and often motivate others they become easily caught in your zeal, drive and ambition. You are always reaching for more, seeking better horizons and obtaining higher aspirations. The Druids attributed this to your time of birth, which is a time of year shrouded by darkness, so consequently you are always stretching out to find the light. Birch signs (just like the tree) are tolerant, tough, and resilient. You are cool-headed and are natural-born rulers, often taking command when a situation calls for leadership. When in touch with your softer side, you also bring beauty in otherwise barren spaces, brightening up a room with you guile, and charming crowds with you quick wit. Celtic tree astrology Birch signs are compatible with Vine signs and Willow signs.
Rowan - The Thinker
January 21 - February 17
Celtic tree astrology recognizes Rowan signs as the philosophical minds within the zodiac. If you were born under the Rowan energy, you are likely a keen-minded visionary, with high ideals. Your thoughts are original and creative, so much so, that other's often misunderstand from where you are coming. This sometimes makes you aloof when interacting with others as you feel they wouldn't understand where you are coming from anyway. Nevertheless, although you may appear to have a cool exterior, you are burning within from your passionate ideals. This inner passion provides inner motivation for you as you make your way through life. You have a natural ability to transform situations and people around you by your mere presence. You are highly influential in a quiet way and others look to you for your unique perspectives. Rowan pairs well with Ivy and Hawthorn signs.
Ash - The Enchanter
February 18 - March 17
Those born under the Celtic tree astrology sign of the Ash are free thinkers. Imaginative, intuitive, and naturally artistic, you see the world in water-color purity. You have a tendency to moody and withdrawn at times, but that's only because your inner landscape is in constant motion. You are in touch with your muse, and you are easily inspired by nature. Likewise, you inspire all that you associate with and people seek you out for your enchanting personality. Art, writing (especially poetry), science, and theology (spiritual matters) are areas that strongly interest you. Others may think you are reclusive, but in all honesty, you are simply immersed in your own world of fantastic vision and design. You are in a constant state of self-renewal and you rarely place a value on what others think about you. Ash signs partner well with Willow and Reed signs.
Alder - The Trailblazer
March 18 - April 14 If you are an Alder sign within the Celtic tree astrology system, you are a natural-born pathfinder. You're a mover and a shaker, and will blaze a trail with fiery passion often gaining loyal followers to your cause. You are charming, gregarious and mingle easily with a broad mix of personalities. In other words, Alder signs get along with everybody and everybody loves to hang around with you. This might be because Alder's are easily confident and have a strong self-faith. This self-assurances is infectious and other people recognize this quality in you instantly. Alder Celtic tree astrology signs are very focused and dislike waste. Consequently, they can see through superficialities and will not tolerate fluff. Alder people place high value on their time, and feel that wasting time is insufferable. They are motivated by action and results. Alder's pair well with Hawthorns, Oaks or even Birch signs.
Willow - The Observer
April 15 - May 12
If you are a Willow sign, you are ruled by the moon, and so your personality holds hands with many of the mystical aspects of the lunar realm. This means you are highly creative, intuitive (highly psychic people are born under the sign of the Willow) and intelligent. You have a keen understanding of cycles, and you inherently know that every situation has a season. This gives you a realistic perspective of things, and also causes you to be more patient than most tree signs. With your intelligence comes a natural ability to retain knowledge and you often impress your company with the ability to expound on subjects from memory. Willow Celtic tree astrology signs are bursting with potential, but have a tendency to hold themselves back for fear of appearing flamboyant or overindulgent. It is your powers of perception that ultimately allow your true nature to shine, and what leads you to success in life. Willow signs join well with the Birch and the Ivy.
Hawthorn - The Illusionist
May 13 - June 9
Hawthorn signs in Celtic tree astrology are not at all what they appear to be. Outwardly, they appear to be a certain persona, while on the inside Hawthorn's are quite different. They put the term “never judge a book by its cover” to the test. They live seemingly average lives while on the inside they carry fiery passions and inexhaustible creative flame. They are well adjusted and can adapt to most life situations well - making themselves content and comforting others at the same time. You are naturally curious, and have an interest in a broad range of topics. You are an excellent listener, and people seek you out as an outlet to release their burdens. You have a healthy sense of humor, and have a clear understanding of irony. You tend to see the big picture, and have amazing insight - although you typically won't give yourself enough credit for your observations. Hawthorn signs match up nicely with Ash and Rowan's.
Oak - The Stabilizer
June 10 - July 7
Those born under the Celtic tree astrology sign of the Oak have a special gift of strength. They are protective people and often become a champion for those who do not have a voice. In other words, the Oak is the crusader and the spokesperson for the underdog. Nurturing, generous and helpful, you are a gentle giant among the Celtic zodiac signs. You exude an easy confidence and naturally assume everything will work out to a positive outcome. You have a deep respect for history and ancestry, and many people with this sign become teachers. You love to impart your knowledge of the past to others. Oak signs have a need for structure, and will often go to great lengths to gain the feeling of control in their lives. Healthy Oak signs live long, full, happy lives and enjoy large family settings and are likely to be involved with large social/community networks. Oak signs pair off well with the Ash and Reed, and are known to harmoniously join with Ivy signs too.
Holly - The Ruler
July 8 - August 4
Among the Celtic tree astrology signs the Holly is one of regal status. Noble, and high-minded, those born during the Holly era easily take on positions of leadership and power. If you are a Holly sign you take on challenges easily, and you overcome obstacles with rare skill and tact. When you encounter setbacks, you simply redouble your efforts and remain ever vigilant to obtain your end goals. Very seldom are you defeated. This is why many people look up to you and follow you as their leader. You are competitive and ambitious even in the most casual settings. You can appear to be arrogant but in actuality you're just very confident in your abilities. Truth be known, you are quite generous, kind and affectionate (once people get to know you). Highly intelligent, you skate through academics where others may struggle. Because many things come to you so easily, you may have a tendency to rest on your laurels. In other words, if not kept active, you may slip into an unhealthy and lazy lifestyle. Holly signs may look to Ash and Elder signs for balance and partnership.
Hazel - The Knower
August 5 - September 1
If you are born under the energy of the Hazel, you are highly intelligent, organized and efficient. Like the Holly, you are naturally gifted in academia, and excel in the classroom. You also have the ability to retain information and can recall, recite and expound on subjects you've memorized with amazing accuracy. You know your facts, and you are always well informed. This sometimes makes you appear like a know-it-all to others, but you can't help that; you're genuinely smart and usually know the right course of action because of your impressive knowledge base. You have an eye for detail, and like things to be “just so.” Sometimes this need for order and control can lead to compulsive behaviors if left unchecked. You have a knack for numbers, science and things that utilize your analytical skills. You like rules, although you are typically making them rather than playing by them. The Celtic tree astrology sign of Hazel joins harmoniously with Hawthorn and Rowan's.
Vine - The Equalizer
September 2 - September 29
Vine signs are born within the autumnal equinox, which makes your personality changeable and unpredictable. You can be full of contradictions, and are often indecisive. But this is because you can see both sides of the story, and empathize with each equally. It is hard for you to pick sides because you can see the good points on each end. There are, however, areas in your life that you are quite sure about. These include the finer things of life like food, wine, music, and art. You have very distinctive taste, and are a connoisseur of refinement. Luxury agrees with you, and under good conditions you have a Midas touch for turning drab into dramatic beauty. You are charming, elegant, and maintain a level of class that wins you esteem from a large fan base. Indeed, you often find yourself in public places where others can admire your classic style and poise. Vine signs pair well with Willow and Hazel signs.
Ivy - The Survivor
September 30 - October 27
Among other cherished qualities of the Ivy Celtic tree astrology sign, most prized is your ability to overcome all odds. You have a sharp intellect, but more obvious is your compassion and loyalty to others. You have a giving nature, and are always there to lend a helping hand. You are born at a time of the waning sun so life can be difficult for you at times. This sometimes seems unfair because it appears that obstacles are coming at with no prompting on your part. Nevertheless, you endure troubling times with silent perseverance and soulful grace. Indeed, Ivy signs have a tendency to be deeply spiritual and cling to a deep-rooted faith that typically sees them trough adversity. You are soft spoken, but have a keen wit about you. You are charming, charismatic, and can effectively hold your own in most social settings. Ivy signs are attracted to the Celtic tree astology sign of Oak and Ash signs.
Reed - The Inquisitor
October 28 - November 24
Reed signs among the Celtic tree astrology signs are the secret keepers. You dig deep inside to the real meaning of things and discover the truth hidden beneath layers of distraction. When there is a need to get to the heart of the matter, most certainly the Reed sign will find the core. You love a good story, and can be easily drawn in by gossip, scandals, legend and lore. These tendencies also make you an excellent historian, journalist, detective or archeologist. You love people because they represent a diversity of meanings for you to interpret. You are adept at coaxing people to talking to you, and sometimes you can be a bit manipulative. However, you have a strong sense of truth and honor so most of your scheming is harmless. Reed people join well with other Reeds, Ash or Oak signs.
Elder - The Seeker
November 25 - December 23
Elder archetypes among Celtic tree astrology tend to be freedom-loving, and sometimes appear to be a bit wild to the other signs of the zodiac. In younger years you may have lived life in the fast lane, often identified as a “thrill seeker.” At the time of your birth the light of the sun was fast fleeting and so you take the same cue from nature. You are often misjudged as an outsider as you have a tendency to be withdrawn in spite of your extroverted nature. In actuality, you are deeply thoughtful with philosophical bent. You also tend to be very considerate of others and genuinely strive to be helpful. These acts of assistance are sometimes thwarted by your brutal honestly (which you openly share solicited or otherwise). Elder Celtic tree astrology signs fit well with Alder's and Holly's.
Elemental Magick is important to understand how to wield the energies of that particular element for each is different, so today is the Element of Air:
First off, we have the element of air. The qualities that air represents include: ideas, inspiration, creativity, intelligence, travel, freedom, new beginnings and mental clarity. If you want a spell for any of these ideas, you should incorporate air into your magick. Items like feathers, bells, incense and quartz all have air attributes.
[air spells for witchcraft]
So when would you want to cast air spells? The elemental realm of air rules over things of the mind, such as memory, intelligence, creativity and new ideas.
Whenever you want to do magick for travel, inspiration, clear thoughts, happiness or freedom, you should make sure you add some aspects of air to your spells. The following items are great for air spells:
Altar items like bells, feathers, incense and ornamental fans
Stones like clear quartz, amethyst, and fluorite
Herbs and oils of lavender, mint, pine and meadowsweet
If you are creating your own spells for air, try to use these materials. Your spells should include actions like writing and speaking aloud, inhaling scents, and ringing bells or chimes.[casting elemental air spells]
Bring Travel Spell
Want to get out there and see the world? This is an easy spell to help bring more travel opportunities into your life. It's a great example of an air spell. You will need:
• A small hand fan
• Dish of fresh mint
• A small light feather
The fan should be the kind you wave, not a battery-operated gizmo. And the feather should be small and light, not a big turkey feather. I hope that's all nice and clear now. Lean over the dish of mint, and breathe in the smell. Visualize yourself in different places, seeing different landscapes.
Toss the little feather in the air, and use the fan to blow it around the room. Try to keep it airborne as you see the winds of chance also moving you to new places in the near future.
Let the feather land in the mint, then take a few more breaths of the minty aroma. Each morning take a deep breath of it again, and picture yourself seeing new sights.
Invoke Your Muse
Get your creativity flowing with a little magick. Your supplies for this spell are:
• Dried lavender flowers
• Lavender oil
• Something to symbolize your art or craft
By "art or craft", I mean whatever medium you work in that you need creativity. Painting, writing, sculpture or even your regular day job. You need some kind of object that represents where you want your creativity to shine through.
Set the item on your altar, and rub a little lavender oil on it. Sprinkle a handful of lavender blossoms over it while you repeat the following words aloud:
Muse of art
Muse of sound
Muse of thought
I ask for power
For shining light
In this rite
Leave the item on your altar until you've found that new burst of creative energy.
I always let The Garden Devas know ahead of time before I plant on doing anything, at least the night before or sometimes early morning I will sit and see how my plans are received. Sometimes I am told not to do anything, including Harvest. Other times I am guided to a plant that I should take at that time.
If I receive a positive response then I sit with the individual plant(s) a while. When I feel that I am intuned and my activities are understood and excepted then I begin to harvest.
Here are some rules of thumb:
After you have attuned with your garden but before you start give whatever form of Thanks is appropriate for you.
Never take more than ¼ of a plant or plant stand. Never cut a plant right down to the ground.
Never take more than you need. This is sometimes hard to figure when you are harvesting for the future or with the needs of others in mind. This is again where Trust comes in. While you are Harvesting keep yourself open and if you feel that you are understanding or attuning that you have taken enough; then stop. Even if it doesn’t look like what you thought you needed. Even if it seems like a lot. Trust. And you will eventually learn why you needed that specific amount.
Be still in your mind. Be open to the subtle vibrations and energies emanating from the plants, the soil, the air, all the life around you. That is not to say you have to stop thinking entirely. But it is in your best interest to put all the negative things; all the problems of daily living outside of yourself for awhile. This is not only therapeutic and helpful in putting aside your problems to look at later with a clear mind, but you will be able to attune with Nature around you better. However, if a thought enters your mind that pertains to a problem or difficulty you are having hold on to it, as in the quiet you may have found your solution. Listen to what you are being guided to do. Clip branches? Flowers? Leaves? Roots? All? This plant? That one? As well as problems or situations within your life. Often in quite of Harvesting some concept or idea that is the solution for something within my life will pop into my head..... an "Ah-ha!".
Harvest one plant at a time. Connect with one plant species at any given Harvest time. Connect with each specific plant. When you are done and you have the time, energy and the cooperation of the Devas and Nature Spirits then you can go on to another plant species. This also keeps your harvesting basket organized!
As I have mentioned before unlike many Co-Creative Gardeners I do not "Release" the plants Spirit. This is a procedure that I have been guided to by my Garden Deva. For several years I tried the technique of "Releasing" and I didn’t feel totally committed to it, though it was advised by others. This is done with the concept of freeing the Spirit to go on to other work or form. In meditation with the Devas of The Garden I was told this wasn’t necessary there. That is was a choice of the Plant Spirit to stay or go, that in Harvesting the plant for any use, including weeding. The plants Energies and Spirits very often wish to stay in the form of the preparations, including the compost pile. They wish to continue and to become part of the Medicinal and Metaphysical Form. To help with the focus and intent behind the uses needed, before Harvest I give them the option to go on to whatever is next in their paths.
Before you move on to another plant species, prepare the one you are working with. Take it into your work area.
After I bring the plants in I center myself and attune with the plant’s Spirit again. I say a Thanksgiving again, often lighting a candle to help me to focus my intent. I have all the tools and equipment I will need around me to prepare the plants for whatever purpose I intend.
If I am preparing them for cooking and eating I keep in mind the great gift I am receiving for myself and my family. I am aware of not only the physical sustenance we are receiving from all the minerals, vitamins and fibers but also of the Energetic and Spiritual substances we will be ingesting and taking into ourselves.
It is my belief that even the mistreated fruits and vegetable from the market can be revitalized by connecting with the Nature Spirit and Devas of the plants I am working with.
When preparing plants for Medicinal purposes I center myself and connect in the same way. If the preparations are for a specific person I will keep them and their needs in my mind’s focus. If it is a preparation I am making for just general purposes I still bring in the intent and focus of healing energies.
Like in cooking with purchased ingredients I still do this as I believe it will help to re-energize and enhance the plants properties.
Again, for Metaphysical purposes, like making Incense or Smudge it is the same procedure. Focusing my (or another's) needs and intentions into the preparation.
This Ritual of focusing your intentions and needs can be as simple or complicated at you wish. To simply say a prayer of Thanks, to light a candle and meditate on what you wish to use the plants for, to a full blown Ceremony; it is your choice; your need, based on your belief system.
I use these techniques for drying herbs for future use, while I am making Smudge Sticks and Incense, while making Tinctures, Oils, even a simple cup of tea. I believe that even with a simple Thanks and acknowledgment of the Nature Spirits and Devic's presence, you will find your Preparations enhanced.
You can make smudge sticks from any non toxic plant!
You will need:
a Sushi Mat or newspaper sheet folded in half or a soft piece of leather about 12" x 18".
Thin but sturdy string; I use embroidery floss, pulled apart so it is 3 strands each. I use the colors to code the ingredients and remind me of what is in each one.
Garden clippers to cut the herbs as you work come in real handy
Cut small branches of plants in about 7 - 10 inch lengths. How much you harvest depends on the size of the branches and how many sticks you want. I pile every thing in a big basket, surround myself with my supplies, a cool glass of herbal tea, some munchies (healthy of course :-) ) and sit in the shade in The Garden and roll the afternoon away.
Take a few branches... or sometimes just one; ending again on size and shape.
Take a length of string and measure two and a half times the length of the branches.
Hold it in your hand (left hand for righties, right hand for lefties), so that the ends of the branches are facing upwards and the tips downward. (Your thumb and forefinger are in an upwards position)
With your other hand wrap a small amount around the base of the branches, tightly to hold them together.
Begin, in a downward, motion, to wrap around and around the branch. Pulling the string tightly, but not too tightly; just be firm.
When you get to the end, reverse direction and wrap again going back towards the ends of the branches. It will look "Zig zaggy".
When you get back to the end; wrap the string around again and then tie the two ends together.
Take the wrapped branch, (which is basically a Smudge Stick already, you just need to roll it to firm it up some more) and place about a quarter way up on the sushi mat.
Fold the short end of the mat up over the stick so it
In an upward motion, begin to roll the mat over the stick, so that inside the mat the stick is rolling.You needn’t roll really hard, just keep a firm, even pressure.
When you run out of mat; you have a smudge stick.
Trim as needed to make it look neat. I find "flat" ends light better, so I trim the end.
Place it on a screen or I use flat baskets to dry. Shouldn’t take too long; a week at the most. But it depends on the humidity of your weather; more or less.
Remember to keep it firm but not tight. If your sticks are rolled too tight they won’t dry properly or even if they do they will be hard to burn. If you roll to loosely it will fall apart when dry.
Plants that I have had great success with are:
Silver King Artemesia
Experiment with what you have available... BUT: Never burn a plant unless you know what effect it will have. Research first.
Never burn near anyone with allergies or asthma.
Never, ever burn known poisonous or toxic plants!
Plants with flowers look nice if you leave some of the flowers in. One of my favorites is Lavender with the flowers inside with a small miniature Rose bud rolled just on the outside of the stick. These make really nice sachet like things to put in your drawer or give as presents.
How Do I Put the Magick in my Garden?
Once you've chosen your plants, how is your magick garden different from grandma's mundane garden? Number one, you've chosen your herbs to match your magickal intent. When grown, they will be blessed and charged in a magick circle to assist in your spellwork and ritual. But we can bless and charge our seeds and plants during the growing process as well, infusing them with magickal energy.
Start with a seed blessing ritual, preferably at Ostara, but it can be performed whenever you begin to work with the seed (some need to be in a growing medium well before Ostara). In all gardening matters, work with the cosmic energies of the Moon. Find a Moon sign and phase guide and follow it. Here's a quick rule of thumb, although it might vary from plant to plant:
Always plant during the new or waxing Moon phase, preferably in the fruitful Moon signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. There are some exceptions: Plant garlic during a new or waxing moon in the sign of Scorpio or Taurus. Root crops should be planted during a waxing or full moon in Taurus. Plant vines and flowers in Libra during a new or waxing moon. Sage needs to be planted in Pisces, Scorpio, or Cancer during a full moon. Valerian: Gemini or Virgo during the new or waxing moon.
Paint or draw magickal runes on your flower pots, on markers, or in the soil. The rune Berkana is particularly well suited for planting. Put crystals and stones in the soil to energize plants. Moss agate is the gardener's stone. Charged and placed in the soil, it will assure the abundant growth of your garden. Other agates and quartz crystals work fine as well.
Magickally charge the water used to nourish your plants. This can be as simple as saying an incantation over the watering can or setting water out under the full moon to charge. Sprinkle a few fertility herbs or a moss agate in the water while charging. Again, draw fertility runes on your watering can and charge it with abundance.
Bless your plants with a mini-ritual every full moon during the growing season.
Most crystals and gemstones, rough or cut, on their own or in jewelry, will pick up negative or unwanted energies over time. They are a bit like sponges absorbing and reacting to the environment's energies. Some that don't absorb energies and thus do not need clearing are citrine, kyanite, azeztulite, and Melody's Stone aka Super Seven.
Crystals and stones that are used for crystal healing or energy work should be cleared and cleansed of negative energy prior to any the work. You will also find that clearing stones makes them more cheerful and positive to have around.
Here are a number of methods that are commonly used to clear crystals and stones to restore their bright, happy, vibrant energy. Use whichever suits you and your crystals best.
Whichever method you choose, focus on using it with intention of clearing negative and unwanted energies from the crystal.
Sunlight or Moonlight: The rays of the sun and moon are energetically very clearing and energetically cleansing, as well as energizing. Placing your stones outside where they can soak up the sunlight or moonlight for a day/night to a week is very beneficial. Do be careful though, as some the colors of some stones may fade in the sun. A few of the stones that will fade in the sun are amethyst, celestite, opal, and turquoise. If you have any doubts at all, be sure to use only moonlight cleansing.
Earth or Sand Burial: As creepy as it may sound to those of us who grew up watching horror movies, burying crystals and stones is very cleansing and healing for them. You can bury them in the Earth for 3 days to a week, either in your yard or in a flower pot. Be sure that if you bury your crystals in the yard that you mark the spot. You don't want to have to dig up half the yard to find your stones again.
Salt Water: While this is a popular way to clear crystals, I recommend using salt water very carefully, if at all. You need to know about your crystals to be sure that they are not porous or soft, so they won't be damaged by water. Salt water can get into the structure of some crystals and stones and cause them to break. That breakage sometimes doesn't happen immediately, but the weakened structure may break later. Some stones that don't do well in salt water are calcite, carnelian, halite, hematite, labradorite/spectrolite, lepidolite, lodestone (magnetite), mica, moldavite, opal, turquoise, ulexite, clusters of most stones, and there are surely more. When you do use salt water, do so cautiously and don't leave your crystals in it longer than absolutely necessary.
Crystal Sea Salt: Crystals can be placed in dry, coarse sea salt for up to 24 hours to clear them. They can also be stored in sea salt to keep them from picking up energies from their surroundings. In humid areas, using sea salt can sometimes cause the same problems as salt water. It can also get stuck in the crevices of clusters and eventually combine with water in the air and split the cluster.
Smudging: Smudging is one of my favorite methods of clearing crystals and stones of unwanted energy. It's also a much quicker way to clear crystals than any of the above methods. To smudge them, pass you stone several times through the smoke of burning cedar, sage, sweetgrass, or incense. For more details see my Q&A Blog post "How Do You Smudge A Crystal?"
Fresh Water: COOL rainwater, filtered or tap water: For a quick clearing, you can run your stones under cool water. Hot, very cold, or warm water can fracture some crystals and stones. Again, as with salt water, be sure that your crystals are not prone to damage, before putting them in water.
Reiki/Seichim: Reiki or Seichim is another of my favorite methods of cleansing crystals. In a sense, it's channeling the universal life force energy to heal the crystal of negativity and unwanted energies. As a Reiki or Seichim practitioner, just treat the stone as you would any other being that needs healing, and set your intent to heal the stone of any negativity or unwanted energies.
Stone Clearing: Some stones will clear the negative or unwanted energies from other stones. Some stones that work well for this are quartz crystal clusters, amethyst clusters, carnelian, and selenite. Place the stone to be cleared on a the "clearing" stone, and leave for 24-48 hours.
Flower Water: You can also clear crystals and stones in flower water. Soak the stone or crystal in water with the petals of rose, honey suckle, orange blossoms, jasmine or others for 24 hours. Again, the same cautions apply regarding stones that don't do well in water.
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Ask the Divine or Pray: This a simple ritual, but it does work wonderfully. Simply ask the Divine (God/Goddess/Universe/etc.) to clear and energetically cleanse your crystal for you. You can also simply ask the crystal to clear itself. Form your request with specific intent and ask in a meditative or prayerful frame of mind. Something like "O Great Divine, please clear all unwanted energies from this crystal for the best and highest good of all concerned. Thank you. Amen." would be a good specific request. The details should be changed to fit your own beliefs and needs.
Demagnetizing Devices: I've not tried this one, but I've heard that using a bulk eraser (like for videos, etc.) is a good method for clearing crystals. You can run the crystal over or depending on the type of device, though it, until its energy is cleared.
Third Eye Breathing: In a quiet, private place, ground yourself and start breathing slowly. Visualize yourself breathing white light in through your Third Eye chakra and back out. Hold the crystal in your hand at Third Eye level and breathe white light from your Third Eye to the crystal with the intention of clearing unwanted and negative energies. Repeat at least 3 times, more if the crystal does not feel cleared after the third time.
Sound: Use a melodic gong, Tibetan prayer bells, a bell, chanting OM to clear unwanted energies from your crystal.Hold the crystal and sound the gong, etc next to it, passing the crystal through the sound waves to clear it.
[Kyanite is good for clearing other stones.]
Kyanite is good for clearing other stones.
Candle Flame: While focusing your intention and verbally praying or asking for the clearing of your crystal, pass it quickly through the flame of a white candle. Be sure to move it quickly enough to prevent overheating or damage to the crystal. Repeat until the energy of the crystal feels clear.
Four Elements: In a ritual, use symbols/representatives of the Four Elements and call on them to clear your crystal one at a time while passing the crystal over or through the symbolic representation of each element. For the Five Element system, do the same but with Five Elements.
Whichever method you choose, the exact length of time needed for clearing varies according to personal taste and the state of the crystal. Trust your intuition and higher self to lead you to the best methods and lengths of time for you and the stone.