In dream interpretation types and symbols do not always mean the same from dream-to-dream.
Dreams are a spiritual revelation that results in the development of a sleep language. Sleep language or vocabulary, can be everyday common word usage of local or cultural expressions. They often turn into a visual picture enabling easy interpretation of a given dream. Interpreting dreams then, is to take that which is spiritual (sleep language) and then interpret it in such a way that others can understand and act accordingly. The language carries significant weight in the process.
You can easily begin a journal of a sleep language or vocabulary by making a list of words that you say or hear others use on a regular basis. Make a list of phrases or ideas that you think will be understandable and meaningful. Record common themes, ideas or figures of speech that you notice being used. Keep notes about small details such strong colors, smells, textures and fabrics. While they seem insignificant they most certainly can help you in delivering an accurate interpretation of a dream.
Example #1: A dog may appear in a dream as being representative of friendship, faithful or protective. But what about the person who was attacked by a dog? The meaning may be a symbol of retaliation or something other than positive.
Example #2: If the color red is the positive language of power or strength, it can also have a negative meaning of anger, hatred or even war. Dream vocabulary journals then are extremely important in dream interpretation.
What’s The Main Message
Understanding the purpose or theme of a dream is the key. Failure to do this would be like trying to hang a door in a room before constructing the wall and frame. To isolate on the main theme or thought of the dream you must seek out some elements that seem important (settings) that jump out at you such as where did it take place, at work, vehicle, home or outdoors. By doing so you reduce the dream to its simplest form. Details may add some elements but compared to the main theme details may or may not carry additional impact. Build the foundation of the dream first then use the details to add information to the interpretation.
Note: The subject of dreams is vast. Don’t become impatient if understanding dreams doesn’t come as quickly as you think it should. Interpreting dreams is a skill that must be learned and practiced.