There is quite a bit of lore on the meanings of cats in your dreams. Some of it is conflicting, and in order to find the true meaning in your own dream, it’s important to know what cats mean to you personally, and what the prevailing folklore about cats was during the time you were growing up.
Some General Ideas
Some say that cats in dreams are a symbol for your intuition, and that the health of the cat indicates whether you are heeding or ignoring your intuition. A dream about a sick cat, then, might mean that you need to listen to your intuition more and rely less on intellect.
Other interpretations claim that cats in dreams symbolize femininity, softness, an independent spirit, creativity, power, misfortune, vulnerability, bad luck, deceit and falseness.
An aggressive cat might suggest difficulty with the feminine aspect of yourself. Being afraid of the dream cat implies there is some fear associated with your femininity. A dream feline may be a symbol for someone in your life who is “catty” or malicious. Being scratched by a cat in a dream suggests that you feel threatened.
Dreaming that you cannot find your cat is a metaphor for your independent spirit, and that you feel someone or something is holding you back from being free. Saving a dream cat’s life suggests that you are reclaiming your independence and power.
To see a frisky cat playing in your dream suggests a need to be more carefree and playful in your own life. Cats in your dream can reflect your need to feel loved, or your fear that you’re being untrue to others so they will love you. A house full of cats in a dream represents excessive illusions or things that you believe to be untrue.
Dreams about a wild cat may indicate that a neighbor could be dangerous or that you will have some sort of dispute with them. Dreaming about fighting with a cat could be a warning that you’ll be robbed or cheated in some way, whereas cuddling with a cat in a dream suggests that your enemies can be “tamed.” A cat biting you in a dream symbolizes the loss of something, typically relating to those closest to you.
Dreams about Kittens
Although adult cats are usually associated with independence and self-reliance, kittens are seen as helpless beings. Dreaming about kittens, then, could indicate that you are feeling vulnerable, scared or need help.
When women dream about cats, the felines are thought to be a symbol of how she views herself. This includes not only her physical body but also her intuition, independence, creativity and her relationships with men.
Men Dreaming of Cats
When a man dreams about cats, the felines are said to symbolize his attitude towards women, or how he thinks women perceive him. A purring cat means the man thinks women find him attractive and he feels comfortable around women. A hissing cat suggests that he feels rejected by women or that there are problems in his relationship.
More Lore on Cat Dreams
- If you dream of a tortoiseshell cat, you will be lucky in love.
- If you dream of a ginger cat, you will be lucky in money and business.
- If you dream of a black and white cat, you’ll have luck with children; may also mean the birth of a child.
- If you dream of a tabby, you will have luck for your home and all who live there.
- If you dream of a multicolored cat, you will have luck making friends.
- Dreaming of white cat means good luck.
- To dream of a white cat means luck in creativity, spiritual matters, divination and spellcraft.
- A dream of two cats fighting means illness or a quarrel.
- Seeing a black cat in your dream indicates that you are experiencing some fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition.
- To dream of a gray cat means to be guided by your dreams.
- If you dream about a cat with no tail, then it means lost independence.
- If you dream of an aggressive cat, it suggests that you are having problems with the feminine aspect of yourself.
- To dream of being badly scratched by a cat means sickness and trouble.
- To dream of a black cat is lucky.
- If you heard the noise of alley cats in your dream, it is a warning to avoid an indiscreet acquaintance in your immediate circle.
- If you hear the scream or the mewing of a cat, a false friend is trying to do you harm.
- To dream of seeing a cat and snake on friendly terms signifies the beginning of an angry struggle.
- Dreaming of a cat is sometimes regarded as a sign of bad luck in the future.
- American folklore has it that dreaming of a white cat is good luck.
- It is said that to dream of cats is unfavorable as this denotes treachery.
Dream divination is the power to see the future and enhance clairvoyance through dreaming. To foresee an event in the future through a dream, try this powerful dream ritual.
Decide what subject your prophetic/psychic dream will be about:
- Does it involve you, or someone else?
- What is the subject you need information on? (Money, love, etc.)
- How far or near in the future do you wish to see?
- Do you have a specific question to ask, or just a general topic?
- How do you want the question answered- by a guide, symbols, emotions, etc.?
Once you are sure you know what exactly the prophetic dream should be able, you can gather your items and prepare your working.
Lay out a square of pale blue cloth. In the middle, places a mixture of ash leaves, bay leaves, cinquefoil, heliotrope, holly, jasmine flowers, marigold flowers, mimosa, mugwort, onion, and/or yarrow (however many you can find). Bring the corners towards the middle and tie it all together like a small bag with a string, ribbon, or piece of yarn.
Then, on a white piece of paper, briefly explain what you need to see in the dream, using the guideline above to tell the main ideas/questions you need prophecies about.
Place the herbal bag and the note beneath your pillow, and make sure you record your dream in a notebook or journal as soon as you awake, so you do not forget it. Use what you learn to prepare you for the future.
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Possible Interpretations of the various shapes and signs most commonly found when reading tea leaves. These symbols also hold true for dream interpretation and other omens and signs. As always, what feels true for you may be different than what is listed here, when in doubt always trust your own intuition.
- ACORN – Continued health—improved health. A very strong and fortunate symbol indicating happiness and contentment; at the top: financial success; at the bottom: good health.
- AIRCRAFT – Journey; travel.
- ALLIGATOR or CROCODILE – Beware of false friendship lurking in your professional life.
- ANCHOR – Lucky symbol. Success in business or in love. If blurred or indistinct just the reverse. At top: stability, constancy in love or business; at bottom or broken: instability, inconstancy; can also symbolize an unpleasant situation or burden you should sail away from.
- ANGEL – Good news; protection.
- ANIMALS – Domestic animals:friends. Domestic animals snarling: friends turn on you or behave strangely. Wild animals: a new experience, independence. Wild animals attacking: beware of enemies.
- ANT – Hard work or busy phase will end productively, success through hard work.
- ANVIL – Others rely on you, and may expect too much. Don’t be taken for granted.
- APPLE – You learn something to your advantage. For the student, the chance for further education. Life; creative or artistic achievement; abundance.
- ARCH – positive opening or opportunity (look to nearby symbols for added meaning).
- ARM – Pointing up: new directions; down: you need to motivate yourself; horizontal: help others or receive help from others.
- ARROW – Hasty news, probably bad. Also note where pointing. Up: good direction, yes; down: wrong direction, no; horizontal: no change.
- AXE – You have the power to overcome difficulties.
- BABY – New life; possible pregnancy; small worries.
- BAG – A journey or possible trap; if open: escape.
- BALL – You have little control over your own life. Desire to travel.
- BALLOON – Busy social life; life out of control, inability to settle down if near handle.
- BARREL – Abundance in laughter.
- BASKET – Harvest, abundance; material gain; possibly a new baby.
- BAT (the animal) – A productive busy phase.
- BAT or CLUB – Friends talk behind your back, situation calling for alert caution.
- BEACON or LIGHTHOUSE – Situation calling for your leadership and/or inspiration.
- BEAR – A grouchy and difficult person; strength, courage and endurance; if teddy bear: children or childhood.
- BED – Sleep on it before establishing a close love or business relationship
- BEE – A lucky few months to come. Things go your way, fruitful hard work.
- BEETLE – Renewal; progress; need for foresight.
- BELL – Unexpected good news in love or business; call to attention
- BICYCLE – Individuality; choose your own path.
- BIRD – Good news or message; standing bird: delay; flying bird: good news; good news coming soon; flock of birds: profound or exciting news; If flying, good news from the direction it comes. If at rest a fortunate journey.
- Goose: successful financial venture;
- Peacock: pride and display;
- Eagle: power and transcendence;
- Crow/raven: ill omen, warning, time to relax;
- Parrot: beware of idle gossip;
- Chicken/hen: happy home life and childhood comfort;
- Dove: peace and love; owl: wisdom, knowledge and learning, keep your own council;
- Rooster: a boastful person or wake up and seize the moment;
- Swan: romance or someone graceful and beautiful;
- Vulture: lay low and beware of enemies;
- Swallow: love and new beginnings.
- BOAT – Help in time of trouble. Worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
- BONES – Situation calling for inner strength and spiritual fortitude.
- BOWL – Invitations, money or generosity.
- BOOK – You will have dealings with the law, solicitors, or some official body. If open: an answer to a question; if closed: a question to be investigated.
- BOOT – Generally a lucky sign. You will move on in life. A planned journey will be a happy one. Difficulties pass.
- BOTTLE – Don’t neglect health problems. Explosive atmosphere requiring caution; do not overindulge.
- BOUQUET or FLOWERS- Very lucky, true love, true friends, happiness in all areas of life. Romantic interest; validation for your work or talents.
- BOW – You will gain what you hope for, but only through hard work. A fortunate symbol meaning gift or celebration of achievement.
- BOX – You are about to receive a gift.
- BREAD (loaf) – Nourishment; care for your health.
- BRIDGE – An excellent opportunity is given to you. A life-changing event or person. Look for nearby symbols.
- BROOM or BRUSH – You can sweep all your worries away. New home; new era in your life.
- BUBBLES – Floating on surface of tea or coffee means money coming.
- BUGS – Distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
- BUSH -An obstacle to new opportunities; branches signify choices.
- BUTTERFLY – A care-free period is about to begin, overdue happiness.
- CAGE – Restriction. Illness
- CAKE – A wish fulfilled; celebration.
- CAMEL – You will overcome burden and pressure to reach oasis.
- CANDLE – You can be of help to others. There will be light upon an uncertain path; help from friends.
- CAR – If clear: travel; if broken: mechanical trouble.
- CARPETS – True friends and happy social engagements.
- CASTLE – Promotion. Official position. Expand your horizons; open up a little.
- CAT – Deceit; an untrustworthy friend.
- CHAIN – Marriage or business contract. If well-formed: fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken: trouble, disruption.
- CHAIR – Happiness in domestic matters. Security, contentment, a guest or new addition to the family.
- CHILD – New idea; family.
- CHURCH – Marriage, christening or funeral, depending on surrounding omens.
- CIGAR – A new friend or business relationship.
- CIRCLE – Completion of any matter concerning the enquirer at the time. Unbroken: success, completion; broken (like letter ‘c’): a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
- CLOCK – Warning against procrastination.
- CLOUDS – Small and fluffy: happy optimism; thick and dark: gloom; sadness.
- CLOVER – Good luck, Four-leaf clover – exceptional good luck.
- COFFEE POT or TEA POT – A special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
- COFFIN – The end of something.
- COIN – A lump sum of money is coming your way.
- COMB – Improve your self appearance.
- COMET – Brink of pivotal change or dramatic event in your life.
- CORN – Prosperity; money worries end.
- COW – Abundance; prosperity; physical or creative fertility.
- CRAB – Admonition to be more direct or someone born under the zodiac sign Cancer.
- CROOK – A shepherd’s crook, others rely on you to take the lead. Your advice is requested.
- CROSS – Sacrifice, unhappiness. If like a ‘T’: hard won success and happiness; if like a solid ‘X’: warning (look for meaning with nearby symbols); if like a broken ‘X’: obstacles and losses are ahead.
- CROWN – Success, honor and recognition for your talents.
- CUP – Your efforts are noticed and rewarded. Be patient, this is not a time to assert yourself.
- CUSHIONS OR PILLOWS – Comfort; admonition against laziness and procrastination.
- DAGGER – An enemy tries to harm you. Caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
- DAISY – New love.
- DASHES or DOTS – Money. Alternatively – Many short trips which may cause wasted time.
- DEER – A shy, timid person; you should be more assertive to overcome shyness.
- DEVIL – You feel like letting your hair down. Don’t overdo it; you may suffer.
- DIAMOND – Gift or other surprise windfall coming you way.
- DICE – Destiny and change, go with the flow.
- DISH – Interpret as a circle unless containing food; contains food = domestic comfort.
- DOG – Good friend; if at bottom friend needs help; if barking, untrustworthy friend; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dog year.
- DONKEY – Stubbornness and stamina.
- DOOR – Be aware of opportunities.
- DRAGON – Scheming or flashy person; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dragon year.
- DROPS – Tears or sadness.
- DRUM – A change; a call to action.
- DUCK – Devoted mate; money.
- EAR – Take no notice of gossip. You will benefit from something you hear.
- EGG – If whole: new life, successful new beginning; if cracked/broken: failed plans or financial problems which can be overcome by action.
- ELEPHANT – Be patient, you will be supported with kindness. Good Luck, good health, happiness.
- ENVELOPE – You will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
- EXCLAMATION MARK – Pay attention; beware of impulsive actions.
- EYE – Be aware of what is going on around you. A protective symbol; insight into a long standing problem.
- FACE – A new friendship, or an old friend comes back into your life. If the face is unpleasant, beware; the person is not as nice as they seem. Look for nearby initials for identity of face; if near the rim or handle it is a warning against too much introspection; if facing another symbol indicates importance of that symbol.
- FAN – Don’t try to cover up the truth, it will cause trouble in the future. A flirtation.
- FEATHER – Something you laugh at may not be so trivial after all. Also a need for concentration.
- FENCE – Obstacles, temporary and self-imposed limitations.
- FINGER -Emphasizes whatever symbol it is pointing; up: caution; down: stop.
- FIRE – Passion; hot emotion; sexual desire.
- FISH – Sharing of knowledge; a teacher; a person born under the Zodiac sign of Pisces (especially if there are two fish).
- FIST – Something threatens you. Quarrels and disputes.
- FLAG – Danger, look to nearby symbols for added meaning.
- FLEUR DE LYS or LILY – Femininity; a loving woman.
- FLOWER – Praise and compliments are coming your way.
- FLY – An annoying person.
- FOOT – A journey overseas. Movement in love, career or location.
- FORK – Get advice from trusted friends before deciding.
- FORKED LINE – A decision to be made.
- FOUNTAIN – Overflowing happiness.
- FOX – A cunning person may be trying to trick you.
- FRUIT – Prosperity, fertility.
- FROG – Fertility; abundance; a disguised handsome/beautiful lover.
- GATE – Be aware of opportunities around you.
- GALLOWS – A loss of money or position.
- GLASS – Celebrations, parties, social events.
- GLOBE – Long distance travel.
- GOAT – Your persistence will pay off, but take some time to recreate; or, a person born under the sign of Capricorn.
- GRAPES – Abundance and epicurean enjoyment.
- GRASSHOPPER – Summer delights.
- GUN – Someone speaks ill of you; danger; a bully.
- HAMMER – An attempted persuasion.
- HAND – If open: karma or destiny; if closed means an argument; look for added meaning where the hand is pointing.
- HARE – Unlike the shorter eared rabbit, the long eared hare represents something important brewing in your destiny in love or travel.
- HARP – Love; romance.
- HAT or HELMET – You are offered work. You will experience a change in roles; or business success.
- HEART – Love, friendship, romance. A lover. If close to a ring, marriage to the present lover. If indistinct, the lover is fickle.
- HEAVENLY BODIES —(Sun, Moon, Star) — Good luck; great happiness and success.
- HILLS – Small challenges which will leave you improved.
- HORSE – If galloping means good news; if just the head means a lover
- HORSESHOE – good luck; very positive especially for travel.
- HOURGLASS – A warning to be punctual. You may not have as much time to finish a task as you expect. Do it now.
- HOUSE – Home, family, security. Help from the family. Comfort.
- ICEBERG – Danger.
- INSECT – Minor worries and irritations, distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
- IVY – Faithful lovers and friends. This is not a good time to be too independent; trust friends to help you.
- JEWELS – Material success; you will receive a valuable gift.
- JUG – Good health.
- KANGAROO – Travel; a journey.
- KETTLE – Contentment in the home. A special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
- KEY – New project. The future is in your hands.
- KITE – Your wish will be granted.
- KNIFE – Separation, broken friendship or love affair. caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
- LADDER – Advancement, promotion; an improvement in your business life.
- LAMP – The lamp throws light on something that has puzzled you. The way ahead is clear. At the top means a feast; at the side means secrets revealed; at the bottom means postponement.
- LEAF, LEAVES and TREES – Good news, good health, growth. The turning over of a new leaf; inevitable changes with the passage of time.
- LETTER – News is on the way. You will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
- LIGHTHOUSE – Take heed of any warning given to you.
- LIGHTNING – Startling events; sudden insights.
- LINES – Movement. Single line, advancement. Double lines: a journey. Long lines that cross: decisions that affect the course of your life; journey on a road; if straight: progress; if wavy: uncertain path; if many: many short trips.
- LION – Male lion represents a powerful contact or important man; the lioness represents a strong family; or, may represent a person born under the zodiac sign of Leo.
- LOCK – There are obstacles in your way.
- LOOP – If well-formed: fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken: trouble, disruption.
- MAN – A visitor of either gender; if near handle = someone close to you.
- MASK – A secret to be kept.
- MOON – Crescent Moon: Prosperity, fame. If cloudy, difficulties will be solved.
- New Moon: good fortune, especially for new ventures.
- Half Moon: love.
- Old moon: bad luck.
- MOUNTAIN – A difficult, but possible, goal.
- MOUSE – Be cautious of credit deals.
- MUSHROOM – Rapid growth, success or fertility.
- MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – Peace, harmony.
- NAIL – Enemies try to harm you. Two-faced friends. An unfair assault.
- NECKLACE – Complete personal relationship stability; broken: instability in a personal relationship.
- NEEDLE – Painful repair.
- NET – Beware pitfalls. Danger surrounds you.
- OAK – Long life characterized by good health.
- OCTOPUS – Warning.
- OWL—Indicates sickness or poverty. Warning against starting a new venture.
- OYSTER – Passion and desire.
- PALM TREE – Good omen. Success in any undertaking. Single people learn of marriage. Wealth; beach vacation.
- PARASOL – Protection from harm or loss.
- PEOPLE – Representations of people mean exactly what they show, for example, a policeman, an old woman, a doctor, or someone angry, sad, celebrating, and so on.
- PICK AXE – Determination gets you what you want.
- PIG – A greedy or jealous person.
- PISTOL – Warning of danger.
- PURSE – Money.
- PYRAMID – Concentrate on the spiritual side of life.
- QUESTION MARK – Indecision. The symbols around it should help to make up your mind. Reconsider your plans; be aware of an important question you should ask yourself.
- RABBIT – Fertility in family or business; someone born in the Chinese Zodiac year of the rabbit.
- RAINBOW – Hope for the future. End of strife. Your wish will come true; similar to an arch, it links represents the path between today and your destiny.
- RAKE – You are at a crossroad and your destiny is determined by hard work.
- RECTANGLE or SQUARE – You will face a challenge or difficulty (look to nearby symbols, especially symbols within the shape, for added meaning.
- RING – True and lasting love. Represents marriage but usually interpreted as a circle; unbroken: success, completion; broken (like letter ‘C’): a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
- ROSE – New romance; deepening of love.
- RUG – go with your instincts in distinguishing from a rectangle or square; represents joyful social events and true friendship.
- SADDLE – Take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way.
- SAW – Something should be removed.
- SCALES – You will be treated just as you deserve. If the scales are weighed down at one side, you’ll be unjustly treated. If they are weighed down with a lucky symbol close by, you will get away with something, or get up lightly. A legal matter. A person born under the zodiac sign of Libra.
- SCISSORS – It may be time to remove yourself from a situation or relationship.
- SCYTHE – The sudden end of something. Accident or death.
- SHEEP – A calm and peaceful person; an admonition to control impulses.
- SHELL – You will find a simple treasure. Good news. Happiness near water.
- SHIP – Worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
- SHIPWRECK – Theft. Loss. Forlorn hope.
- SHOE – You are on the correct path; be wary of advice to change.
- SNAKE – Recovery from illness. Alternatively, someone who does not deserve your trust.
- SPADE – A period of hard work.
- SPIDER – Persistence will pay off. A small reward or win.
- SPIDER WEB – Potent symbol of fate; beware of traps.
- SPOON – Others prove helpful. You will be comforted by some one’s generosity.
- STAR – Good fortune, success, recognition and praise. Shooting star – sudden fame.
- STAIR – Your position will improve.
- SUN – Happiness, confidence, a new beginning.
- SWORD – Caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
- TABLE – A gathering, a party, a happy social interlude.
- TEAPOT – A small gathering. Don’t speak ill of others.
- TENT – An adventurous period in your life. A new job may find you doing something completely different. Travel may help you foster your spiritual health.
- THIMBLE – Focus on fostering your home life.
- TORNADO or WHIRLWIND – Prepare for turbulent weather.
- TORTOISE or TURTLE – Lasting success through slow, determined and patient efforts.
- TOWER – Risk of disappointment.
- TREE – alone: family, roots, heritage; leafless: family conflict; many leaves: family contentment; group of trees: family unity; evergreen: enduring relationships; palm: wealth or beach vacation.
- TRIANGLE – You are involved in a three way relationship; if wedge shaped = one person is getting in the way of your relationship with the other person. Alternatively it could mean unexpected good fortune. Pointing upwards: success. Pointing downwards: failure.
- TRIDENT – Prongs upwards: gain through the sea, a journey by water, a sailor comes into your life. Prongs downwards: loss through water.
- UMBRELLA – Protection from harm or loss. Help comes when needed.
- URN – Be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
- VASE – A secret being kept from you; be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
- VIOLIN – Allow your feelings to surface.
- VOLCANO – Something kept hidden suddenly emerges. Anger. Frustration. There is an obstruction in your life that must be dealt with before it explodes.
- WAGON – Inheritance; childhood; simple pleasures.
- WASP – Danger of small harm.
- WATERFALL – Wealth and prosperity.
- WHEEL – A turning point in life. Events outside your control will change the direction of your life.
- WINGS – Do not box yourself in or limit yourself unnecessarily.
- WOLF – You will be challenged or betrayed by someone.
- YOKE – Domination or control you should not allow.
- ZEBRA – Be more flexible and adventurous in your travel plans.
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- A key
- A ring
- A flower
- A sprig of willow
- A small piece of cake
- A crust of bread
- The 10 of clubs
- The 9 of hearts
- Ace of spades
- Ace of diamonds
Wrap these in a handkerchief and place it under your pillow.
Say upon going to bed:
Luna, every woman’s friend,
To me thy goodness condescend.
Let me this night in visions see
Emblems of my destiny.
Your dreams will reveal your future:
- If you dream of storms – it means coming trouble
- If the storms end – a calm fate after strife
- If you dream of a ring or the ace of diamonds – marriage
- Dreams of bread – a good job
- Dreams of cake – prosperity
- Dreaming about flowers – joy
- Dreaming of a willow – treachery in love
- A dream about spades – death
- A dream about clubs – living in a foreign land
- If you dream of diamonds – money
- If you dream of keys – it means great power
- Birds in your dreams – means many children
- Dreams of geese – more than one marriage
From: Moon Magick
Sew an ounce of Yarrow in a piece of flannel and place it under the pillow before going to bed. Repeat the following words, and you will receive a vision of your future husband or wife:
Thou pretty herb of Venus’ tree,
Thy true name it is Yarrow;
Now who my bosom friend must be,
Pray tell thou me tomorrow.”
From: A Modern Herbal
It is said that if you eat a salted herring on Halloween night just before you sleep, you will be visited by your future husband or wife. He or she will come to offer you water and quench your thirst, in your dream.
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To see an image of your future spouse: Eat a whole salted herring in three mouthfuls, retire to bed without a drink and don’t say a word. That night you will dream of your future partner.
To know if a future husband will be attractive and trustworthy, throw the white membrane of a herring at a wall. If the skin sticks to the wall and is not a crooked shape, your future husband will be attractive and trustworthy. If the herring skin sticks crookedly or fails to stick, your future spouse will be undesirable.
“when the sleeper is temporarily in the primeval ocean of Nun, and he awakens in a dream, he finds himself within the confines of the farworld, and able to interact with the other inhabitants.”
~ Ancient Egyptian Text
Oneiromancy is a form of divination based upon dreams; it is a system of dream interpretation that uses dreams to predict the future. Carl Jung later focused this idea and formed theories, experiments, and terminology around oneiromancy.
Dream divination has been with us for as long as humans have been dreaming. Here are just a few examples:
- Dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (circa 2100 BC), the Epic of Gilgamesh is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature. This book reflects heavily on the belief that our ancients looked to our dreams to predict, roughly, our future, by his persistence to sleep on things and gather information from his dreams before making decisions.
- A unique example of a book of dream-interpretation survives from pre-Hellenistic Egypt, the “Ramesside Dream-Book.” Copied under the reign of Ramses II, the surviving fragments were collected and translated into English by Kasia Szpakowska.
- Dreams occur throughout the Bible as omens or messages from God
- Dream divination was a common feature of Greek and Roman religion and literature of all genres. Aristotle and Plato discuss dreams in various works. The only surviving Greco-Roman dreambook, the Oneirocritica was written by Artemidorus. He suggests that dreams are unique to the individual, and that a person’s waking life will affect the symbols in his dreams. He shows awareness of the dreaming mind’s capacity to use metaphors in its messages.
- In the Arabic tradition, dreams about specific numbers or about reading specific chapters of the Qurʼan are among the chief subjects of prognostication. The most renowned of the Arabic texts of oneiromancy is the Great Book of Interpretation of Dreams.