Buying a dream dictionary from a bookshop is not really going to be very helpful to you because most dream symbols are personal to the dreamer.
An elephant in Joe’s dream might mean something completely different to an elephant in Matt’s dream, for example.
Joe might be a cartoonist who learned his first cartooning skills drawing an elephant character, so an elephant in his dream might symbolise ‘practice’ or ‘new skills’.
Matt might have been upset as a child to see an elephant trapped in a small cage at the zoo, so an elephant in his dream might symbolise ‘trapped’ or helpless’.
There are plenty of tips throughout this blog, my dream website, books, podcasts and so on to help you to discover the meanings of your very personal dream symbols, so consider compiling your own dream dictionary.
The easiest way to do this is to buy a notebook or journal with A-Z page tags, and enter your symbols as you discover them.
When you record your dreams over the months and years, you’ll notice they recycle many of your symbols, so you’ll find yourself consulting your personal dream dictionary frequently. Make writing your dictionary easy by adding just one or two symbols a day. It will soon build up into an invaluable reference, one you will use for many years to come.
Start it today!
[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson, pub 2007]