Spire

The spire can often be taken in dreams as a phallic symbol, particularly – and somewhat obviously – the erect one. In a woman’s dream, the spire will usually represent her sense of the ultimate, whereas in a man’s dream it is more likely to represent his ambition.

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Spider

In a woman’s dream a spider will often reconnect her with her essential femininity, whereas in a man’s dream such an image is more likely to generate fear.

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Ziggurat

Because the ziggurat signified union, in a woman’s dream it suggests her receptivity, while in a man’s dream it suggests his willingness to be of service to mankind.

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Abroad

Where the dreamer often travels in his or her workaday life, going abroad for a man may simply signify how he gets from a to b – a logical progression. For a woman her issues may be about security and emotional commitment.

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Abortion

When a woman is pregnant and dreams of abortion, particularly during a first pregnancy, she is often trying to come to terms with her new status and any fears and doubts she may have. Such a dream is not usually precognitive. When a man has such a dream he may be beginning to come to […]

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Abnormal

In the balance within us of masculine and feminine, both men and women can find that, as they reach for a better understanding of themselves, dreams bring to the surface traits of character which we consider to be abnormal or deviant.

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Abduct

Often in an intense relationship there is a sense of being overcome. For a woman this may result in dreams of abduction whereas a man is more likely to actually play the part of the ‘knight in shining armour’.

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Abandonment

A child’s first and most important relationship is with its mother, so being abandoned in a dream will have slightly different connotations in a man’s dream to those of a woman. For both, however, there will be security issues. Grief at the loss of a partner or family member can trigger dreams of abandonment, perhaps […]

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Abacus

An abacus is an introduction to logic, a masculine quality, rather than intuition, a more feminine one. When a man dreams of an abacus, it may be that he is being reminded of the more logical side of his personality, or the need to calculate risk, whereas a woman may need to become conscious of […]

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Ankh

Formed as it is from the symbols of egyptian deities isis and osiris – and, therefore, representing the generative principle – in a man’s dream the ankh can suggest the power of resurrection, whereas in a woman’s dream it is more likely to suggest the power of life.

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