To dream of going or walking backwards indicates that we may be withdrawing from a situation, or slow to learn from it. We may need to recognize that to continue in a particular situation will, at worst, stop our progress and, at best, impede it.
If you dream of moving backwards, you need to remember information from the past to solve a current problem.
When a backward and / or forward movement is prominent this usually indicates a regressive, backward-looking tendency. We may want to retire into the past, rather than tackling fears and moving ahead.
To look back into the past can sometimes be detrimental, and at other times helpful. In dreams, to be looking or moving backwards may suggest that answers to our present dilemma lie in the past. Past behaviour patterns may not be appropriate.
When she looked backwards, despite being warned, lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. To be looking back in dreams suggests that mentally we are not using our best faculties or are not looking to the future.
If you dream of moving downward, or going down a hill, this suggests that you have made a wrong decision or are headed toward the wrong direction in life. Consider how you could change yourself, or your situation, to point yourself in a more positive direction. Also see “Falling”
(Fuzz; Hirsute) Down in a dream means prosperity, profits, clothing, inheritance or a confiscated property. In a dream, down also represents lawful earnings.
Specifically dreaming of the east indicates we are looking at the mysterious and religious side of ourselves. We link with instinctual belief as opposed to logical reasoning.
The east in spiritual terms has from ancient time suggested the spring, a time for hope and youth. The archangel for the east is raphael, healer of the world.
We may be looking towards new life or a new beginning. The magical element associated with the east is air and the colour is yellow; these significances often reveal themselves in dreams.