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Celebrity Dreaming

In recent weeks, I have been asked about the meaning of celebrity dreams with more frequency than usual.  I decided to post the term “Celebrity” from my book, Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream.  If you don’t have my book yet, buy it now on line or at your local bookstore!

Celebrities

Universal Landscape: Archetypal Character Aspect; heightened expressions of human traits or qualities.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you with a celebrity intimately or was it a celebrity sighting?  Did you know each other?  What was the connection between you?  Were there other people around?  Did you have sex?  Were you comfortable with the connection that you had?  Did you want more?  Did you want less?

Personal Focus:  Celebrities are the gods and goddesses of modern life and represent archetypal human qualities with which we all identify.  The essence of a particular celebrity’s image can be distilled into a character aspect by the ways in which we perceive them.  Millions of people hold the same projected image of celebrities.  The power of all that magnified perception endows them with superhuman status and removes any sense of the person underneath the persona.

Celebrities show up in our dreams when the stakes are a little higher in terms of what we’re dreaming about.  By providing a more powerful image, the unconscious is telling you to pay more attention.  Approach the interpretation the same way you would anyone in your dreams.  When considering the qualities of the person you are dreaming about, remember to look at everything about them and take into account how you perceive them, including if you are a fan or not or whether they are currently in or out of public favor.  When interpreting a celebrity from a dream, first consider what they embody on a universal level.  Then, and only then, add your personal feelings about them.  When you have done this, you will be clear about what character aspect of yourself you are dreaming of.

In the way that people in our dreams represent character aspects of ourselves, celebrities represent character aspects of the global consciousness as reflected by the idea of archetypes.  Celebrities are our modern-day gods and goddesses.  Dreaming about one of these elite individuals represents a need to explore the qualities they embody as a character aspect, but in a much more powerful way.  In a process identical to working with a character aspect of someone at the pedestrian level, a celebrity’s fame elevates the significance of the meaning you assign to them.  Your unconscious is using the notoriety associated with their public visibility to get your attention.  It is, in effect, providing you with an image that has a chance of making the dream memorable upon waking so that you might more readily take notice of the guidance available to you in the dream.

Sexual dreams with celebrities are common.  Most dreamers assume this is so because of how attractive most of them are.  Additionally, what they do puts them in a position to carry the sexual fantasies of their public.  However, in dream work, sexual dreams with celebrities are common because the drive to integrate archetypal energy is integral to the evolution of our souls.  When the unconscious is encouraging you to own the more powerful parts of your psychic makeup, there is no better way for it to get your attention than through highly charged, sexual imagery.

It is natural for us to need larger-than-life representations of the human experience to motivate us through the various challenges we face managing the stressors and disappointments that are a part of life’s journey.  Our culture’s fascination with the life of celebrities provides us with hope that our own lives have the potential for excitement and glamour, even if this is just a fantasy.  In fact, such fantasies can function as survival mechanisms for many people.

Discovering what a dream involving a celebrity might be telling you is the same as with any character aspect.  Since we are in the realm of archetypal energy when dealing with celebrities, the quality that your dream is inviting you to explore may be very obvious.  A sports figure may be asking you to examine your willingness to play the game of life with more confidence whereas a pop singer may be suggesting that more self-expression is crying out for release.  If you get stuck on how to interpret the meaning of a celebrity’s presence, the technique of using three adjectives to describe them works just as well with the famous as with the ordinary.

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Numerology: The Meaning of Numbers in Dreams!

Numerology is the very elegant interpretive system associated with numbers.  It is easy to understand once you align yourself with the progression of meaning that starts with 1 and ends with 9.  This is the term “Numbers” from my book, Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream.  Enjoy!

Numbers

Universal Landscape:  The building blocks of all reality.

Dreaming Focus:  Did a number itself feature in your dream?  Was it the number of something that was significant?  Is there more than one digit or is your dream number from one to nine?  Is there calculation involved?  Did the number have a specific purpose, such as a phone number or address?

Personal Focus:  Numbers are the building blocks for our understanding of how life is constructed.  The movement of the earth, moon and other planets are geometrical in nature.  Music is simply math expressed as tone.  Digital technology reduces various data to numeric sequences and then back again to its original form.  Our need to describe physical phenomena led us to create nine whole numbers that, in different sequences, can express anything from gravity, the speed of light, to the way visitors can identify which house on the block is yours.
 The universally accepted meaning of numbers is what informs the discipline of numerology.  From this tradition we get the foundational and metaphysical interpretation of the nine whole numbers.  Use this as a base to inform how you consider the image from your dream with which the number is associated.  If there is more than one digit involved, add all the values together until you arrive at a final, single number.  For example, if an address is 115 Main Street, you would add one plus one plus five and get seven.
 The explanations below are meant to be read in order in one sitting, no matter what specific number you are interested in examining.  There is a structure to the way the meaning of each digit expands on its predecessor which will give you a powerful sense of the whole system that will aid you in using numbers in the interpretation process.

One:  One represents beginnings and is the starting point of existence.  In human terms, it is the self alone.  It is the idea before any action is taken.  As such, it embodies the concept of potential and that which has yet to happen.  In fact, the energy of one is limited by its inability to do anything by itself.  However, it also connects to stillness and the cultivation of desire that that precedes movement.  One is the beginning of the journey, which can be a very exciting energy.  However, this can bring with it the challenge of loneliness and isolation.

Two:  When a second joins the one and two is formed, partnership is created.  The concept of relativity evolves out of the energy of two, as the one has something to which it experiences itself as relative to.  The one can now know itself as self, because there is that which is other.  All of the elements of two are embodied in this idea– partnership, duality, opposites, yin/yang, balance, sharing, to name just a few.  The shadow side of two is the potential for collapsing into one another and losing the sense of self.

Three:  When two are gathered, eventually their energy will create a new element, and a third is born.  Three is the number of creativity.  A powerful energy, there are many examples of the concept of three:  mother, father and child is perhaps the most universal.  The holy trinity in Catholicism is another instance.  The artist, the paint and the finished work is just one case that can be applied to any creative endeavor.  In music, a trine is the simplest and perhaps most pleasing harmony.  In the world of geometry, it is only when you have three points to work with that you can create an actual shape and accurately define a location in space.  The challenge of three is a lack of grounding and separation from reality.  This is because three relates so strongly to the drive to create, that feeling unable to do so would be the fear-based side of this energy.

Four:  When you add a fourth point to a triangle, you end up with a square.  Four is the number of structure.  Once the creative impulse has been satisfied, it is time for solidification, which can be accomplished by the power of four.  A wonderful weight-bearing shape, a square is what allows for building the foundation on which the creative energies of three can be supported.  Four connects to the establishment of institutions, order, rules and regulations.  While a number of great strength, it can engender a sense of limitation and the concept of restraint.

Five:  What follows the foundational sense four is the freedom of five.  Once a structure has been established, there is now a sense of safety and security for exploration.  The number five embodies this expressiveness.  The human body expresses the number five as represented by the four limbs and the head.  The ability for the body to move about through space is a vibrant and exhilarating experience.  In this way, five symbolizes joy and bliss.  With this, comes the shadow of freedom; indulgence.  This expression of five can carry grave consequences such as compulsion and addiction.

Six:  Six is the number of partnership, marriage, creative collaboration and balance.  After the freedom of five, there is a need for stability, which is provided by the even number six.  This energy can also be seen as a pairing of two threes.  If three is about primal creativity at an individual level, combining two systems of three allows for six to engender worldly partnerships and the concept of marriage and union.  This number represents partnership on every level: business, social, educational and spiritual.  In the personal realms, the number six represents the happy union of opposites within us and the integration of our own opposing forces, such as containing two powerful emotions that contradict each other.  The challenge of the six energy connects to responsibility and a sense of burden.

Seven:  After all the work in the external world which brought us to the concept of partnership, we are now prepared for a more elevated experience of human expression.  Seven is the number of spirituality and higher thought, which is only possible after the basic human needs are met.  We are now free to look up and contemplate our existence in a more esoteric manner.  Meditation and any consideration of the interior landscape of our humanity is governed by the number seven.  This includes thought, contemplation, mysticism, prayer, faith, psychology and any endeavor that seeks to understand life from a higher perspective.  This is a number we are all familiar with as significant:  seven days of the week, seven deadly sins, seven notes in the diatonic scale.  The challenge associated with this vibration is to get lost in the ethers and lose contact with life on the ground.

Eight:  After spiritual matters have been made manifest, great abundance is possible.  Eight is the number of infinity and all that it implies.  This includes wealth of every kind:  love, money, bliss, joy and every amazing experience life has to offer.  The concept of infinity states that there is no limitation in the universe; that time and space continue forever and ever in a way that is beyond our ability to truly comprehend.  When an understanding of infinity and abundance are combined, there is a realization that there is an endless supply of anything you could possibly desire, even those things that you perceive as limited and unavailable to you.  Eight is the magic of seven in action.  The shadow side to this is greed, hoarding and withholding love.

Nine:  The final number in the system is nine, which represents completion and endings.  All things must end in order for the inevitable new beginning to follow.  Nine embodies that cycle of existence that demands that change occur and that the old give way to the new.  We have started the journey alone in the infinite (one), discovered opposites and relativity (two), invented creativity (three), built a foundation (four), expressed freedom (five), partnered with another (six), went inward to find spirituality (seven), expressed and enjoyed the rewards of the outside world (eight), and now we come to a close (nine).  The shadow side to the completion energy of nine is the fear that can be associated with endings and death.

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Rocks and boulders in dreams

Boulders/Rocks

Universal Landscape: Primitive memory.

Dreaming Lens: Were you dreaming of pebbles, rocks, stones, boulders or even larger formations? Were these objects helpful, such as tools or building materials? Were they obstacles, such as a block in your path or an impediment to reaching a desired destination? Were they an annoyance, or actually in a position to cause harm?

Personal Focus: Rocks act as the memory for our planet. By examining their elemental makeup and physical structure, scientists can understand the history of the earth. The fossil records left in rock formations literally describe our planet’s journey through time. Seen in this light, even the stones and pebbles you find in your back yard are symbolic of the ancient past and the secrets of how we came to be in this vast universe. At the beginning of civilization, early man made tools out of stone. This same material was used later by more sophisticated cultures to create buildings. The remains of these objects and structures serve as symbols of the memory of the evolution of the human race.

Whenever stones, rocks or boulders are prominent in a dream, you may be connecting on some level to a primal image rooted in the distant past. On a more mundane level, the past that is being represented by this image may be your own personal history.

To begin your interpretation, examine the role or function the rock(s) or boulder(s) are playing in your dream. If you are using a rock as a tool or a weapon, your activity should be interpreted on its own merit with the added element of history, memory or a sense of the primitive.

This same perspective should be added to a dream image of constructing something with stone, with the primary meaning being that which you associate with the thing itself: Something made of stone is built to last forever. Rocks or boulders can represent obstacles or challenges if they obstruct your way or present you with some amount of danger. If this is the case, what may be blocking you in your waking life could be material that is deeply imbedded in your unconscious. Examine areas where you may be holding fast to old ideas that no longer serve you.

Painful memories can often seem like insurmountable obstacles or enormous boulders that appear to be immovable. If this describes your dream experience, it may be time to let go of outdated notions that still have the power to hold you back from fuller self-expression.

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Events In The Collective Show Up In Our Dreams!

The earthquake in Japan has shaken us up, if you’ll forgive the pun.  On thing I know about the mysterious experience of dreams is that our personal lives and what is happening in the world at large are very much connected.  Dreamers in this past week have been sharing with me more vivid and disturbing dreams than usual.  This does not surprise me – do not underestimate the impact that occurrences in the collective touch us deeply and profound way.  This is one of the reasons why I believe that dreaming interpretation is so powerful and impacting.

In this spirit, I share with you the term “Earthquake” from my book Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream.

Earthquake

Universal Landscape:  Disruptive change of great magnitude.

Dreaming Lens:  Where was the earthquake?  Were you in an earthquake, or was your dream after the event?  What was the duration of the earthquake?  Was it your home or someplace else?   How much danger was present?  Was there any death?  What was the level of the damage?  Were you prepared?

Personal Focus:  When the tectonic plates of the earth shift and collide, the result is an upheaval of colossal magnitude.  The energetic source of these violent alterations of the ground is deep below the surface of the earth.  The shift of landscape is the result of changes that first originate in the subterranean world.  This is representative of how unconscious thoughts and feelings can have an enormous impact when they suddenly become conscious.  Earthquakes themselves are of relatively short duration, so the life event this image may be reflecting is likely something that occurred quickly or appeared suddenly.

The symbolic meaning of an earthquake is comprised of three elements:  Firstly, a great change has already taken place.  Secondly, the onset of the change originated from a deep and unconscious place.  Thirdly, things will never be the same.

The enormity of an earthquake renders its victims helpless to avoid the consequences of the changes taking place.  Look to situations in your current life that are, or seem to be, inevitable or unavoidable.  If a shift in your life is knocking you off balance, an earthquake may reflect a level of vulnerability and a lack of security.  The real danger of earthquakes arrive in the aftermath:  more people die in fires and post hoc structural damage.  A dream earthquake could be a warning about danger that is pending due to recent dramatic changes in your waking life.

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The end of the world; what do apocalyptic dreams mean?

Last night the world came to an end.  At least the world as I know it in Los Angeles.  From my vantage point fairly high up in the eastern hills of the LA basin, I could see the mushroom cloud erupt into destruction, off in the distance.  My first thought was that I was far away enough so that at least I wouldn’t be killed by the blast itself.  As I began to wonder about the aftermath of radiation poisoning and how long it might take for that to kill me, I saw that there were more nuclear blasts occurring, and each one was getting closer.

Now this was a lucid dream, meaning I was aware that I was dreaming.  But it was also a dream within a dream.  In my awareness that I was asleep and dreaming of the end of days, where I thought I was asleep was in the house where I was witnessing all of this destruction.  Sleeping in another bed was one of my oldest friends in the world and as long as he remained asleep, I knew that I was at least somewhat safe, because this was, after all, just a dream.  That being said, I was really hoping to wake up and wake up soon.

When I finally did wake up for real, I was very confused because the layers of the dream within a dream were pretty powerful.  Once I got my bearings, I had a disturbing thought.  Had I included the apocalyptic dream as a term in my new dictionary, Dream Sight?   I stumbled into the other room to check and when I saw that indeed I hadn’t, I felt a momentary sense of embarrassment.  How could I have forgotten such an important dream image, probably a standard in every dream dictionary ever written?  One reason was that I had never had one before.  And for whatever reason when I had been polling my friends, acquaintances and clients for ideas over the past several years while writing terms, no one had suggested it.

I have, of course, had the opportunity to interpret such an image for others on many occasions.  Endings are beginnings.  Death is always followed by a rebirth of some kind.  An apocalyptic dream where your world is literally coming to an end is a very good news dream indeed.  It means that change is afoot and the nature of that change is so enormous, it implies that your entire world is potentially being restructured.

Now, this process is not always comfortable.  In my case, there is no doubt that the world that is coming to an end in my life and the new world that will inevitably follow connects to the fact that I’ve just published Dream Sight and am about to get back to working on my next book called “Not Just A Dream: A Parent’s Guide for Interpreting Children’s Dreams.”  The past year was so engrossing with one project and I am in the process of shifting my consciousness to the next.  Truly, my world has just come to an end and a new one is just beginning.

When this sort of dream comes up for you, ask yourself how your world is changing.  And I promise that the next version of Dream Sight will include apocalypse as a term.

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More and more spiders!!!

For anyone following my posts of late, I wanted to add a brief spider-synchronicity on the spider front. Months ago, I posted about spiders because they were coming up often and one of the moments where that happened was at a local eatery where a waiter asked what I did for a living and when I told him his eyes got as wide as saucers and told me about his constant dreams about spiders. Other spider moments followed, so I posted about spiders.

Yesterday, not fifteen minutes after I posted about spiders yet again, I was driving past that same eatery and there he was – my spider-fixated waiter. I chuckled to myself about the memory and went on my way.

This morning, I awoke and made the trek across my kitchen to the pantry to retrieve my hazelnut creamer for my coffee and there on the floor, just sitting there, was a spider.  Just lazing around as if to say, “Yes, Michael, there really is a Santa Clause, and his name is synchronicity.”  So, even if it feels like overkill, I’m posting my term “spiders” from my new book (FINALLY available in book stores everywhere and on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com) Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream.  If you want to become more facile with dream interpretation, but my book!

And now, once again from Dream Sight, the term: Spiders:

Spider/Spider-web

Universal Landscape:  Powerful feminine energy.  Patience.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you encountering a spider or spider webbing?  Was it frightening?  Were you in danger?  Did you kill the spider?  Did you want to?  Did the spider want to harm you?  Was the overall scene macabre or more magical?

Personal Focus:  Spiders are a powerful image of the feminine principle, which relates to creativity and receptivity.  Spiders embody this by virtue of the creative act of making a web and the patience involved in awaiting their prey.  Many, if not most people, have an aversion to them which makes them a creature of the shadow.

Spiders can be found everywhere, which is one of the reasons why they feature prominently as a common dream image.  While not all are venomous, the most widely known spider is the Black Widow, famous for mating with and then killing her male counterpart.  This is the feminine principle in its most ferocious expression.

A spider’s webbing is a miraculous feat of engineering and unparalleled beauty.  Its purpose is two-fold.  On the side of nurturing, it is a home.  However, it is also a weapon of prey–a trap set to capture, kill and eat.  Spiders also connect to the numerological expression of abundance because of their eight legs (see Numbers).  Any or all of these themes may be being expressed in a dream that features this image.
 

A spider web may point to creative ideas that are currently being spun.  This also indicates that a period of waiting must follow in order for success to be achieved.  A spider bite may indicate that an infusion of the feminine principle may be in order for your current dealings to succeed.  The irritation, illness or death that is possible with a spider bite indicates the level of sacrifice that will be required of you on an emotional level at this time.

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More spiders in dreams!!

One of the most delightful elements of the work that I do is the fact that I get to witness first hand how certain themes, issues, patterns and images appear to come up in cycles.  In a very general way, I could make an argument that all of my clients at any given time are actually dealing with exactly the same things.  Of course, the details differ greatly and the way each individual experiences their particular challenges is never the same, for me as the one who gets to witness the human condition, the commonalities are undeniable and, ultimately, delightful

One of the images that have been coming up over and over again in the past few weeks is spiders.  They are everywhere:  In my dream circles, with individual clients, in facebook posts, emails.  Even in my own home, I’ve been seeing more of them crawling across the floor and leaving their tell-tale webbing in the corner of my living room ceiling.

In just the past twenty-four hours, I received an email from a gentleman who was listening to me on Playboy Radio last week.  The following morning, a friend on facebook shared a dream that she had just had.  Both of them involved spiders.  So I decided to dedicate my latest entry on these fascinating creatures.

First, let’s hear about the dreams themselves.

Here is the one from the woman, a mother living in the UK:

I had a very strange dream last night – a talking spider – it was quite cool actually, I genuinely thought it was real, like I had a proper conversation with it – it even wore cute little boots & stuff…I think I must have been watching too much kids TV with my little man!!

This one is from a man living in the United States, an avid listener of Playboy Radio:

This is a dream I had recently, I was in my kitchen looking out at a spider and 2 deer came running up to the screen looking for my help and ran away. They were being chased by a tiger, male and female lion. I was then sitting at my counter and the next thing I knew I had the male lion sitting to the left of me licking my left arm and the female lion sitting on my right side licking my right arm.

These two dreamers could not be more different.  They are separated by age, gender, geography, culture and all sorts of sensibilities that I may not even be aware of.  However, there is a universal perspective that can be attributed to the image of a spider that appears in both of their dreams.  And no matter how unlike each other these dreamers are or how different their dreams, the collective unconscious that they share as human beings indicates that the universal meaning we can apply to symbol of the spider connects them in a powerful way.

Spiders connect to two notions that at first glance might seem unrelated, but are in fact very much connected.  They are responsible for these amazing feats of engineering that they are able to make from a substance that comes directly out of their body.  In this way, they relate to the essence of creation in a powerful way.  And while engineering might be considered a masculine principle in concept, the creativity element holds more weight.  Considered in this way, spiders represent powerful creativity.

And what does a spider do once it has finished its masterful creation?  It waits.  What does it wait for?  It’s prey.  If you take the brutality out of the equation, what it is patiently waiting for is its own sustenance; that which nurtures it. In this regard, spiders also represent the ceaseless power of patience required to generate self-sustenance.

So, now we have a very clear, universal meaning associated with the symbol of spiders: spectacular levels of creativity and the enormous patience required to attract abundance in the form of sustenance.

Dreamer number one is relating more to the spider as it connects to her role as mother; the provider of infinite amounts of patience and the one who offers sustenance.  The other dreamer is connecting to some level of patience as it relates to taming his more aggressive instincts.  I don’t know enough about either dreamer to go any further than this with my interpretation, but I am hopeful that the point I am attempting to make is clear: Universal meaning comes first, and the personal nuance that connects to the individual dream comes second.  Putting them together can offer a satisfying interpretation.

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What does shoes mean in dreams?

Today’s term from Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide For Interpreting Any Dream is Shoes.  For no particular reason…

Shoes

Universal Landscape:  How grounded you are.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you wearing shoes?  Were you looking for shoes?  Were you shopping for shoes?  Were you putting them on or taking them off?  Were they yours or someone else’s?  Were you aware of whose shoes you were wearing?  Was someone else wearing your shoes?

Personal Focus:  Shoes simultaneously protect our feet as well as express our sense of style.  Our feet symbolize how grounded we are and our ability to maneuver effectively on our chosen path.  The shoes that we wear or see in a dream reflect two things:  how we protect the stand we take in life and how we express ourselves with regard to the steps we take as we walk through life.

Looking at a particular pair of shoes to wear in a dream connects to a direction you have not yet embarked upon but may be considering.  Noticing someone else’s shoes might point to a number of thoughts about others, including envy, judgment or compassion–the latter of which can only occur when you have walked a mile in another person’s shoes.

A single shoe means a path that is only half-considered, or a switch that occurs midway through a process.  Losing or looking for shoes might point out insecurity that keeps you from moving through life in a more grounded fashion.  Sneakers or athletic shoes connect to speed and increased performance.  High- heeled shoes make a statement about a deliberate presentation that has impact, but can debilitate movement.  Wearing a very expensive shoe might illuminate issues around the desire for abundance.

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It’s 1 – 1 – 11! What do the numbers in my dream mean?

Happy New Year dreamers!  Today’s date is 1/1/11.  I’ve been watching people delight in the lining up of the number one which inspired me to share some information about the symbolic meaning of numbers.  Below is the term from my upcoming book, Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Tool For Interpreting Any Dream which will be out February 8th.  Enjoy!

Numbers

Universal Landscape:  The building blocks of all reality.

Dreaming Focus:  Did a number itself feature in your dream?  Was it the number of something that was significant?  Is there more than one digit or is your dream number from one to nine?  Is there calculation involved?  Did the number have a specific purpose, such as a phone number or address?

Personal Focus:  Numbers are the building blocks for our understanding of how life is constructed.  The movement of the earth, moon and other planets are geometrical in nature.  Music is simply math expressed as tone.  Digital technology reduces various data to numeric sequences and then back again to its original form.  Our need to describe physical phenomena led us to create nine whole numbers that, in different sequences, can express anything from gravity, the speed of light, to the way visitors can identify which house on the block is yours.

The universally accepted meaning of numbers is what informs the discipline of numerology.  From this tradition we get the foundational and metaphysical interpretation of the nine whole numbers.  Use this as a base to inform how you consider the image from your dream with which the number is associated.  If there is more than one digit involved, add all the values together until you arrive at a final, single number.  For example, if an address is 115 Main Street, you would add one plus one plus five and get seven.

The explanations below are meant to be read in order in one sitting, no matter what specific number you are interested in examining.  There is a structure to the way the meaning of each digit expands on its predecessor which will give you a powerful sense of the whole system that will aid you in using numbers in the interpretation process.

One:  One represents beginnings and is the starting point of existence.  In human terms, it is the self alone.  It is the idea before any action is taken.  As such, it embodies the concept of potential and that which has yet to happen.  In fact, the energy of one is limited by its inability to do anything by itself.  However, it also connects to stillness and the cultivation of desire that that precedes movement.  One is the beginning of the journey, which can be a very exciting energy.  However, this can bring with it the challenge of loneliness and isolation.

Two:  When a second joins the one and two is formed, partnership is created.  The concept of relativity evolves out of the energy of two, as the one has something to which it experiences itself as relative to.  The one can now know itself as self, because there is that which is other.  All of the elements of two are embodied in this idea– partnership, duality, opposites, yin/yang, balance, sharing, to name just a few.  The shadow side of two is the potential for collapsing into one another and losing the sense of self.

Three:  When two are gathered, eventually their energy will create a new element, and a third is born.  Three is the number of creativity.  A powerful energy, there are many examples of the concept of three:  mother, father and child is perhaps the most universal.  The holy trinity in Catholicism is another instance.  The artist, the paint and the finished work is just one case that can be applied to any creative endeavor.  In music, a trine is the simplest and perhaps most pleasing harmony.  In the world of geometry, it is only when you have three points to work with that you can create an actual shape and accurately define a location in space.  The challenge of three is a lack of grounding and separation from reality.  This is because three relates so strongly to the drive to create, that feeling unable to do so would be the fear-based side of this energy.

Four:  When you add a fourth point to a triangle, you end up with a square.  Four is the number of structure.  Once the creative impulse has been satisfied, it is time for solidification, which can be accomplished by the power of four.  A wonderful weight-bearing shape, a square is what allows for building the foundation on which the creative energies of three can be supported.  Four connects to the establishment of institutions, order, rules and regulations.  While a number of great strength, it can engender a sense of limitation and the concept of restraint.

Five:  What follows the foundational sense four is the freedom of five.  Once a structure has been established, there is now a sense of safety and security for exploration.  The number five embodies this expressiveness.  The human body expresses the number five as represented by the four limbs and the head.  The ability for the body to move about through space is a vibrant and exhilarating experience.  In this way, five symbolizes joy and bliss.  With this, comes the shadow of freedom; indulgence.  This expression of five can carry grave consequences such as compulsion and addiction.

Six:  Six is the number of partnership, marriage, creative collaboration and balance.  After the freedom of five, there is a need for stability, which is provided by the even number six.  This energy can also be seen as a pairing of two threes.  If three is about primal creativity at an individual level, combining two systems of three allows for six to engender worldly partnerships and the concept of marriage and union.  This number represents partnership on every level: business, social, educational and spiritual.  In the personal realms, the number six represents the happy union of opposites within us and the integration of our own opposing forces, such as containing two powerful emotions that contradict each other.  The challenge of the six energy connects to responsibility and a sense of burden.

Seven:  After all the work in the external world which brought us to the concept of partnership, we are now prepared for a more elevated experience of human expression.  Seven is the number of spirituality and higher thought, which is only possible after the basic human needs are met.  We are now free to look up and contemplate our existence in a more esoteric manner.  Meditation and any consideration of the interior landscape of our humanity is governed by the number seven.  This includes thought, contemplation, mysticism, prayer, faith, psychology and any endeavor that seeks to understand life from a higher perspective.  This is a number we are all familiar with as significant:  seven days of the week, seven deadly sins, seven notes in the diatonic scale.  The challenge associated with this vibration is to get lost in the ethers and lose contact with life on the ground.

Eight:  After spiritual matters have been made manifest, great abundance is possible.  Eight is the number of infinity and all that it implies.  This includes wealth of every kind:  love, money, bliss, joy and every amazing experience life has to offer.  The concept of infinity states that there is no limitation in the universe; that time and space continue forever and ever in a way that is beyond our ability to truly comprehend.  When an understanding of infinity and abundance are combined, there is a realization that there is an endless supply of anything you could possibly desire, even those things that you perceive as limited and unavailable to you.  Eight is the magic of seven in action.  The shadow side to this is greed, hoarding and withholding love.

Nine:  The final number in the system is nine, which represents completion and endings.  All things must end in order for the inevitable new beginning to follow.  Nine embodies that cycle of existence that demands that change occur and that the old give way to the new.  We have started the journey alone in the infinite (one), discovered opposites and relativity (two), invented creativity (three), built a foundation (four), expressed freedom (five), partnered with another (six), went inward to find spirituality (seven), expressed and enjoyed the rewards of the outside world (eight), and now we come to a close (nine).  The shadow side to the completion energy of nine is the fear that can be associated with endings and death.

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I dreamed of having a face lift!

When I turned forty, I decided that forty was the new thirty.  Well, now that I’m closer to fifty, I am certainly hoping that the same backtracking of a decade applies.  The only difference is that when I was forty, I still looked (or felt like I looked) like I had looked in the years past.  So, while fifty may be the new forty, my face is changing.  Last night while preparing for sleep, I had a brief thought about my age and wondered what I would have thought about the concept of being forty seven when I was twenty seven.  So, I wasn’t surprised when I woke up this morning having had a dream about having a face lift.

In that spirit, I share the term Facelift and Plastic Surgery from my upcoming book Dream Sight: A Dictionary And Guide for Interpreting Any Dream.

Facelift/Plastic Surgery

Universal Landscape:  Superficial shift in persona. 

Dreaming Lens:  Did you have surgery in your dream?  Were you contemplating it?  Was the surgery successful?  Was it unsuccessful or disappointing?  Were you performing the surgery?  Were you adding to or subtracting from your actual physical appearance?  Was there a sense of before and after?

Personal Focus:  How others see us is a function of what is known as the persona.  The symbolic representation of this is the face.  Any alteration to the face is akin to exerting some measure of control over the mask we show to the world.  When this alteration is reflected as surgical in nature, the resulting change is manipulated and inorganic.  When plastic surgery is being considered in real life, the choice to do so is best if one’s expectations are realistic and the motivation is not based on shame.  If the choice is bound up with unconscious feelings of inadequacy, disaster can result. 

A dream with this image should be interpreted with all of these considerations in mind.  Your personal relationship with the idea of plastic surgery must guide you as well.  Filter all of these complex issues through the notion of a desire to shift how you appear to others in a radical way.  Plastic surgery is usually chosen in an effort to appear more attractive, desirable or acceptable than one already feels.  Ask yourself how authentic you are being in your interactions with others.  This dream could point to something out of balance with how you feel and what you project.

The procedure itself will offer shades of meaning.  Any plastic surgery will fall into one of two categories, either adding to or subtracting from one’s natural appearance.  Either way, the underlying issue is a sense of inadequacy and a need to cover that up.

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