AXE

(see Weapons) Cutting yourself off or away from someone or something (see Knife). Fear of losing one’s job (e.g., “getting the axe”). Two-headed axe (the Labrys): Duality. A choice or situation that has two distinct edges, one of which may not be known. It can also be a symbol of feminine power. Being executed by: […]

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CRAB

(see Fish, Zodiac Signs: Cancer) Scuttling about, carrying half truths with you wherever you go. The hard shell of the crab equates to armor that you may use for protection. Metaphorically, a crabby or grabby personality manifesting itself. A life in limbo. Among Buddhists, a crab is used to represent the time between death and […]

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CHICKEN

(see Animals) Fear and timidity (e.g., being “chicken”). Running aimlessly around: Lacking personal direction, racing from worries or doing so much that everything loses focus (e.g., “like a chicken with its head cut off’). An omen or message. Among the Romans, chickens were used to foretell the outcome of battles by observing their movements and […]

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DRAGON

(see Animals, Fables, Lizard, Monsters, Snake) The guardian of great power, magic, and wisdom. If you can befriend this aspect of yourself, many new talents and abilities will open to you. Among Taoists, the dragon represents eternal change, and the part of the path that we cannot as yet see. Consequently, you must perfect the […]

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GRASS

Foundational ideas from which you are either nourished or weakened. Look at the condition of the grass for more indicators. Mowing grass symbolizes ideas or situations that get cut short before they have the chance to grow naturally into maturity. Where do you see the grass in your dream, and what color is it? Depending […]

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HAIR

(see Body) Personal strength (as with Samson). Long hair: Equates to the wisdom and sagacity that comes through a long, well-lived life, especially if the color is gray. Alternatively, prosperity. In Asia, long hair was so valuable that it was used as currency. Cutting: Drastic life changes. Many religious orders mark initiation rites through the […]

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KNIFE (SCISSORS)

Alternative phallic symbol, with its sheath being feminine, similar to a sword. Cutting something out, or away, as one cuts the proverbial apron strings to discover independence. Brutally harsh words that carry a sharp edge upon delivery. Placed openly on a table: Peaceful intentions. This was a common practice in the Middle Ages, akin to […]

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SWORD

(see Knife, Weapons) Jung felt that this represented the conscious ego seeking freedom and singularity, separate from one’s place of origin or core group. A tool that can help or harm. Just as the sword Excalibur could inflict wounds or keep a nation strong, swords represent all the things we have at our disposal—talents, knowledge, […]

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SPIDER

(see Insects, Web) In men, this is frequently a maternal image (see Woman). Ancient Grecian and Egyptian, and Native American: Fate and our ties to all times and all peoples. In Greece, Arachne spun the thread of peoples lives. Egyptians had Neith, who wove the world, and the Pueblo Indians have Spider Woman, who created […]

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UMBILICAL CORD

(see Baby, Ties / Tying) For someone who has been gravely ill, this represents holding on to life tightly and tenaciouslv. Your connection to, and relationship with, your mother. Is this cord still tied to her? (see Women) W nat color is the cord? If silver, this may be part of an OBE in which […]

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