In a woman’s dream a woman, such as a family member or friend is often representative of an aspect of her own personality, but often one she has not yet fully understood.
In a man’s dream such a figure denotes his relationship with his own feelings and with his intuitive side.
It may also show how he relates to his female partner.
A goddess or holy woman signifies the highest potential for working with the greater good that the dreamer has. Oriental women appearing in dreams usually suggest the mysterious side of the feminine.
In a man’s dream such a figure will often reveal his attitude to sexuality, while in a woman’s dream it will reveal more about her own intuitive transcendent powers.
An older woman mostly represents the dreamer’s mother and her sense of inherited wisdom.
An unknown woman in dreams will represent either the anima in a man’s dream, or the shadow in a woman’s.
It is the qualities of surprise and intrigue that allow us to explore further the relevance of that figure. We can gain a great deal of information because the figure is unknown.