A dolmen is a Neolithic stone tomb, usually with two side stones and a capstone that spans the distance between the side stones. They were, in some cases at least, covered with soil, which has weathered away. They could be considered portals to the afterlife. As a dream symbol, they carry associations with death (transformation) […]

Dreaming of being the Opposite Sex

I hear a lot more dreams from women than from men, so my sample is skewed, but I’ve heard many dreams in which the female dreamer dreams she’s a man and not many at all from men who’ve dreamed of being a woman. However, I expect that similar themes are at play in both versions […]

Tornadoes as a Dream Symbol

Throughout history and around the world, people have seen tornadoes as manifestations of God’s will. In the Book of Job in the Old Testament, God speaks to Job out of a whirlwind. In Hosea, the whirlwind is the punishment of the wicked. The fearsome power of tornadoes, and wind in general, is associated with the […]

Mirrors in Dreams

I’ve often heard Jeremy Taylor refer to dreams as “the magic mirror that never lies.” Dreams, if we can unpack them, reflect us back to ourselves. And what I see in a mirror in a dream is often a glimpse of my truest self. I’ve been thinking about two mirrors—one in a dream I had […]

Twelve as a Symbol

Since today is 12-12-12, the last of the triple dates of the new century, I thought I’d explore what symbolic resonances the number twelve has.

Twelve disciples, things sold by the dozen, twelve signs of the Zodiac, twelve months of the year, twelve hours on the face of clock—we have a lot of twelves in […]

Nissan Leaf as a Dream Symbol

Photo by Laura K. Deal

Last May, my husband and I bought our first new car—a Nissan Leaf. It’s all electric, no gasoline. We use it for almost all of our driving; having plug-ins at or near all the places we usually go. A couple of weeks ago, it showed up for the first […]

Pigs as a Dream Symbol

The other night I dreamed of two young pigs, which I don’t think I’ve ever done before. One was mostly black, the other mostly pink, and they were about two feet long. I’m first struck by the fact that there were two of them, since “twins” or doubles in dreams often represent something new coming […]

Turtles and Tortoises

A giant tortoise recently appeared in my dream, the same night two foxes were hanging out with my cat. The tortoise part of the dream was just a snapshot—it sat in my back yard. My waking life association with giant tortoises is that when I was a kid I got to ride one at the […]


Recently, in response to my weighing the pros and cons of attempting NaNoWriMo, a friend said she isn’t a fan of arbitrary deadlines. It sparked the realization that the vast majority of my deadlines are arbitrary. I do not, at the moment, answer to anyone but myself about when I write, what I work on, […]

Urine as a dream symbol

One very common dream is of needing to find a place to pee. Jeremy Taylor’s experience of working with this symbol in any number of clients’ dreams is that it very often carries the meaning of needing to authentically express oneself. Of course, the dreams often correspond to a real physical need, but other dream […]