Terms for letter: W
The letter "W" can be associated with ideas like words and writing as a symbol of communication. It is a letter that is associated with waiting, washing (releasing) or questioning, as in What, Where and Why? It can show how two symbols are related in the dream. The message is that there may not necessarily be a choice - you can do both. Finally, "W" is a symbol for women or the idea of femininity when one is exploring sensitivity, intuition or traits that would be considered feminine.
This character is responsible for bringing you nourishment and you may be dreaming of a restaurant when you are exploring new ways of being fulfilled. Dreaming of a waiter/waitress can be an objective portrayal of how you might allow yourself to be fulfilled or nourished. See Food.
Since dreams usually represent the opposite of what you believe to be true about yourself, a dream where you are forced to wait can actually suggest a need to slow down in a situation where you are too busy to notice that you are unfulfilled. Waiting associated with transportation will reveal your dependency on circumstances that can allow you to understand the roots of your motivation. See Late and Vehicles and Places of Transportation.
To dream that you are awake when you are actually dreaming offers a double dose of the extent to which you may be repressing something. The message is that you need to wake up and face something. When you suddenly ‘wake up’ to realize that anything is possible and that you can fly, it is an aspect of the psyche exploring potential and self-imposed limitations. To ‘wake up’ and do something of a daily routine, portrays the need for a wake up call in what you are habitually doing.
There are many ways that you move forward in life. Transportation Vehicles and shoes can reveal your motivation or sense of empowerment in moving forward. When you are walking, the dream seems to suggest that you are currently moving slowly and perceptively through the changes in your life in order to learn more about yourself.
Associated with Houses and Buildings, a wall suggests what you have ‘erected’ to hide behind. Climbing a wall can portray your desire to transcend these boundaries. Relieving yourself in a bathroom without walls can portray your movement toward intimacy. Any dream involving walls shows both the barriers you construct and how they block your natural expression. See Bath.
The wallet is associated with your identity and ability to provide for oneself. Losing a wallet or searching for a wallet is common when we are changing jobs. We keep our valuables in a wallet and keep it protected, so it can be a message about protecting your sense of values or exploring self-worth. See Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.
You may build walls that protect your current ideas and then cover them with colorful paper as a way of entertaining yourself while the world outside passes you by. The wallpaper is a symbol of ‘covering up’ the idea that you are hiding behind a superficial perspective. Seeing a tear in the wallpaper can symbolize the first stage of transformation as you transcend the walls that hold you back.
Being in a war in the dreamscape embodies the idea that various sides of you are in conflict. You may be embarking in a new career direction and worry about its influences on the family. You may be entering a relationship and worry about its affects on your emotions. You may be rising above a conflicted situation or emotional abuse and dream of war as a way of processing these feelings. Examine your current situation to see if open communication can alleviate your fears. See also Army and Atomic Bomb.
The wardrobe, as a piece of furniture, can show the way in which ideas about who you are will influence what you are capable of doing. There is a sense that you are perhaps a bit reserved about moving into a new way of interacting or expressing yourself. See also Clothing and Makeup.
Dreaming of a warehouse can be a way of exploring ideas that are stored away and may need to be sorted through. The warehouse can also embody self worth and potential as you explore your 'reserves.' See also Houses and Buildings.
The idea of ‘coming clean’ or removing ‘dirt’ from an object can suggest either being intimate, truthful or avoiding ‘dirty’ or sexual feelings. The symbol that is being cleaned can shed further light on what this is. If it is clothes, then you are ‘renewing’ an outworn attitude. If it is dishes, then you are washing away an outworn way of being fulfilled to allow for something new. See Clean.
The wrist watch or watch can be associated with a sense of time and urgency. As a piece of jewelry, the watch can portray the need to be more present or natural and less concerned about other’s expectations. Its focus on a specific hour can bring importance to the time depicted. If it is morning – a sense of rebirth may be underway as you embark in a new direction. The afternoon can show how a situation is winding down. The evening or twilight hours on a watch show ideas from the unconscious that are not readily available to consciousness. If you have lost your watch, you may have a sense that you are not meeting your own expectations about where you should be in terms of life stages. See also Homonyms.
Water dreams are very common because water represents your emotions, and how you feel about the changes that you face as you move through life. The sea is a classic symbol of the depths of the unconscious and the unknown, untapped or fearful aspects you hold within the psyche. To dream of turbulent seas suggests a sense of emotional crisis associated with moving forward. Any time this type of dreams occurs, later, you may dream about being on a similar ship and crossing the water that has become calm. This is representative of the emotional growth that you have achieved. In all of our ancient stories, water is the mysterious reservoir where the hero is to retrieve a treasure. Similarly, raging water often initiates you into a process of self-discovery. Floods can undermine the foundation of your beliefs until you are forced to let go. What you thought was solid and what you thought you needed, is washed away in the pursuit of basic survival. Water can also represent health and wellness since it is a symbol of the elixir of life.
This utensil that holds water captures the ideas of nourishment and feelings. In a sense, you are searching for a way to contain your feelings or to allow them to flow freely in your interactions with others. Associated with the astrological sign Aquarius as an Archetype, the water bearer or waterjug brings forward ideas related to aspirations and goals, exuberance and the power of knowledge when it is practically applied.
Weapons and utensils represent what you hold in your hand to express, feed, defend or build something. Guns can represent defensive tendencies and are sometimes considered sexual. Cutting tools are used to cut through restraints or to shape something new from the old. Scissors combine the motion of grasping and letting go with the idea of cutting to symbolize ‘cutting away’ the things that bind you. The hammer allows you to ‘nail something’ of get it right, while you may also be pounding out your frustration. A sword can be sexual, although a sword or knife can suggest defensive tendencies or cutting through something to see the truth. An arrow can represent your desire to ‘hit the mark’ in your aspirations. A fork can represent the ability to gain fulfillment, but can also suggest a ‘fork in the road’ or choice. Artistic tools are associated with creativity and any item that is held in the hand will have an association with self-creation. A pen and pencil carry the idea of communication, while the pen can signify words that are not easily ‘erased.’ The pencil may be portraying words that have no commitment behind them. See Attack and Being Chased.
Dreams often portray what is going on in our inner landscape using settings familiar in the outer world. A focus on the weather will represent the 'inner climate.' If it is raining – you may need to express your emotions more, since we dream about what we are not facing. If it is sunny, the dream can be exploring what will lead to greater happiness. If it is windy, we may need to let go of outworn ideas. See Temperature, and Natural Disaster.
A web in a dream can represent how we are holding onto past hurts or acting defensively. Interactions that should ‘roll off of us’ are sticking in a way that we feel bugged by our encounters. The dream is attempting to show us how we are creating the very situations that bug us because of our tendency to look for them. See Spider under Insects.
Often you will dream of attending a wedding that is not your own and have the sense of not remembering who the people were that were getting married. This portrays adopting behaviors that are not necessarily right for your. In this case, the other symbolism becomes important in recognizing how you may be going through the ‘ritual’ or routine of public acceptance. If the wedding is your own, it becomes the classic representation of the merging or union of different sides of yourself, usually adopting the Anima or Animus. You may be making a commitment to adopt a certain behavior. See Anima/Animus under Archetypes and Universal Characters, Bride and Ceremony.
Something is growing within that may not be fulfilling and may strangle your ability to find sustenance. See Garden under Houses and Buildings.
Dogs can represent the idea of unconditional love. The wolf has more of an association with roaming and freedom. Dreaming of a wolf can represent how you are exploring relationships and the idea of unconditional love that can be best expressed when integrated with the idea of freedom. The werewolf can be viewed as a Shadow archetype, representing issues that are unprocessed. It howls as a symbol of instinctual urges, while the moon activates a type of transformation that makes it a hybrid. Being half human and animal can suggest the need to express instinctual urges that are somewhat conflicted. The moon also has associations with the mother, and can signify unrepressed emotions related to mothering. This character combines the idea of unrepressed desires and how they eventually overwhelm your need for control to find expression. See Wolf, Animals and Shadow.
Going west can symbolize how you are exploring the ‘frontier’ of your potential. Associated with what is modern and driven to achieve success, the direction of west can point to these qualities within you.
Since fish are often symbolic of opportunity and how you resurrect your potential by exploring what lies hidden below the unconscious, the whale can symbolize this part of you stirring. If you are frightened of the whale - you may have reservations about enacting the power of the Shadow. Since water is associated with feelings - dreaming of a whale can show the enormity of emotions that are stirring 'below the surface.' See also Sealife.
When you are moving through difficulty, there are many ways that you are carried forward, or in some cases, forced to let go. The tornado or whirlwind represents how events feel beyond your control and in a sense, you are being ‘swept up’ by the winds of change to be placed in a ‘different perspective.’ The tornado can portray the intensity of your emotions and how they are constrained in a way that ‘will break free.’
When the whistle blows, something usually begins or ends. Like Alarm, you may need to pay attention to the idea of beginning or ending something. To hear wind whistling in the trees calls your attention to the 'winds of change' and something related to your family dynamics.
Since hair represents how you groom your ideas over time, a wig carries the idea of covering up with false ideas that are not your own. If another character is wearing a wig - examine how their behavior is personifying you in some way. The dream suggests that you are not being natural in your expression.
To dream of winning a race can be a way of examining your competitiveness. Like the dream of winning a prize, you are exploring how you go about seeking fulfillment. Since we dream about what we are not recognizing, you may be overly focused on a sense of competition and are not really enjoying the result of your efforts. At the same time, the dream can be suggesting what it would take to feel more fulfilled. The strange symbols that appear in relation to the dream of winning should be explored as a clue to how you might approach success differently to achieve greater satisfaction. For example, clothing can suggest changes to the core identity. Strange or missing shoes can symbolize changes to the steps you are taking, the need to get grounded or earthy and your relationship to the path. The hair can symbolize a change in ideas. The characters you compete with or who may block your ability to succeed can represent undermining thoughts or actions - or the need to slow down and give consideration to an important aspect within you that may be ignored. See also Lottery.
The wind has a way of stirring things up and moving what remains stationary, so that life can be renewed. Dreaming of the wind stirring the branches of trees can symbolize a type of transition that involves the family or your roots. Just as the wind removes the seeds of the future and returns them to the ground, it can be representative of the classic transformative process. As a Tornado, the wind can portray a force that feels beyond your control that has the potential to place you in another context of interacting with the world. Dreaming of the wind is a classic symbol of impending changes.
Windows are associated with the ability to see clearly. If you are cleaning the window, you are increasing your awareness or ability to see something. If you are in a room without windows, the area of the psyche that the room represents is being shut off from everyday experiences. To open a window, you are opening to new ideas and perspectives. Covering windows with shutters blocks your ability to see clearly. A glass that breaks inside of a building personifies your desire to break through or not have unnatural barriers between you and what you want. See Houses and Buildings.
Dreaming of wine can show escapist tendencies or your desire to relax if you are feeling overwhelmed. It can be a play on words to suggest that you are 'whining' or seeing everything from the perspective of a glass half empty. If the wine is red - it can signify the life force or how feelings are enhanced through passion. Dreaming of a wineglass can show your desire to open to passion or to be more fulfilled emotionally. See also Alcohol.
Associated with Cold and things that are Frozen, a winter landscape can represent feelings that remain below the surface, as you move across what appears to be a barren landscape. If you are working through issues that are difficult for you to face, often you may find yourself in this ‘cold’ environment initially. In reality, there is an enormous amount of creative energy ‘below’ waiting for the spring of your ‘rebirth.’
The Wise Man or Wise Woman often appear in later dreams when you are moving through a major transformation. They symbolize the intuition that is being awakened within as a profound guiding source in your development. Often associated with older characters and especially grandparents that have passed away, meeting these characters can portray the way that all that they represent has awakened within you. It is important to give careful consideration to whatever they are saying or teaching you. Their insight is often transcending the imagination, accessing a deeper level of intuition that can guide you forward. See Wise One under Archetypes and Universal Characters.
A witch appearing in a dream represents unintegrated feminine traits of feelings, sensitivity and intuition that is not allowed natural expression. As a Homonym, the Witch can also represent choices you are not recognizing as in "which." See Wizard, Shadow, Wise Guide and Great Mother/Wise Woman under Archetypes and Universal Characters.
The wizard can have associations with Merlin or the Magician of Tarot. It suggests drawing on your reserves in a masterful way to become more empowered. This 'magical' character can also represent the activation of intuition. The wizard can suggest a way of approaching obstacles by discrediting them. Something can only have power over you if you give it that power. Obstacles can be opportunities and you only see obstacles when you take your eyes off of the goal. A witch can signify negative traits adopted from the mother than can cause self limiting ideas. See Wise Man and Woman.
Seeing wolves in a dream brings the idea of the dog (companionship and unconditional love) forward, but mixes it with the idea of being wild. The wolf can have associations with the need to be more independent even while you are in a relationship. The werewolf combines this idea with hiding or doing something 'behind closed doors' or 'in the dark' because you are not allowed to express natural urges. Driven by the 'full moon' the werewolf can also be related to adopted behavior associated with the mother. The moon represents a great force pulling on your emotions. See Animals.
A woman appearing in a man's dream can symbolize the exploration of his feeling or sensitive side. A woman appearing in the dream of a female can represent aspects of her that are undergoing exploration. What characteristics would describe this woman, and how can 'she' shed light on an emerging or dismissed area of the Self? See People and Anima/Animus.
Dreaming of caves or openings in the earth can be representative of the womb and feelings associated with the mother. For a woman, traveling into a cave can represent the exploration of her sexual urges. For a man, dreaming of the entrance to the womb can signify a movement toward sensitivity. Since 'new life' often comes through the opening of the womb, this type of dream can signify rebirth or transformation. See also Genitals.
Unlike Metal and Stone, wood is an element that signifies what is most natural within you. When an object is made of wood, it represents the suppleness of your authenticity, portraying an element that is most susceptible to the changes in your environment. Since it is also associated with Trees, something made of wood can represent what you are making of family dynamics.
There are often challenges in the work environment and dreaming of work allows you to process these challenges. To dream of doing work that is not what you are currently doing, suggests ‘working on’ whatever the symbolism relates to, ie: clothing-persona, warehouse-sorting through old ideas, car-motivation, train-the tracks you feel have been laid for you, or water issues-emotions. Dreaming of serving or eating food at work can represent self-nourishing thoughts that may or may not be working for you. Food is usually a theme when you are seeking more fulfillment in your work by activating passion. Riding a bus to work can suggest conformity or the integration of all sides of you as you explore your motivation to move forward. See specific work related symbols in Office, also see Houses and Buildings and Authority.
Worms are associated with something that is unpleasant and as a living thing beneath the soil, can represent feelings of being unworthy. Yet, because worms re-stabilize the soil, bringing it nourishment, dreaming of worms can also symbolize a type of rebirth. Caterpillars have a similar meaning since they transform into butterflies. To dream of maggots can represent how you know a situation has reached a point of decay and needs to transform. These types of creatures are capturing the feelings of insecurity you may feel. The initial feeling of displeasure associated with insignificance usually manifests when you are moving toward self-acceptance. Now that your feelings are out in the open - you can transform. See Insects.
A dream that focuses on a wound can be bringing the idea that something painful is being repressed. A woman who observes a wounded man can be exploring insecurities about being able to provide for herself. A man who sees a wounded woman may have shut down his ability to feel because of prior hurts. Where the wound appears on the body can also have significance. On the legs or feet, the message may be about the ability to move forward and feel empowered. Wounds on the arms or hands would symbolize the ability to take what one needs. A scar on the abdomen can represent not being able 'to stomach' difficulty. Wounds on the head can represent ideas that are self limiting or the need to let old grievances go so that one can 'heal.' See also Scar.
Dreaming of wrecking something can personify the exploration of self defeating behavior. It may be that a negative outlook is undermining your success. To dream of a wreck on the road up ahead can symbolize the knowledge of unconscious tendencies (like addiction) that you know are not good for you. If the police direct you to take another route- some aspect of your conscience is warning you. Stopping just before you wreck your car can be a message about changing your behavior.
As you grow, you can feel insecure about where you are going. In fact, you go through many changes because situations force you to change. The accident or wreck is a way of exploring insecurities about how you are moving forward. The details surrounding the accident will reflect whether or not you feel in control and autonomous in moving forward.
It is important to note that the accident dream is not always a warning of being on the wrong path. The mishap merely reflects the colliding aspects of where you are in life, and where you feel you should be. Accidents can symbolize your fears as you confront or collide with your other needs. Ambition can be thwarted by fear, or the need to make changes can collide with the feeling of being stuck.
Since a boat relies on the current, wind and outside elements to go forward, accidents involving water suggest the way emotions are driving you. Water accidents can portray fears about how circumstances feel beyond your control and are leading you forward. Choppy water can be a message about feelings you are not confronting that would better serve you if you approached how you feel honestly. Calm water can portray the ways you attempt to go with the flow to master your forward movement.
Accidents involving motorized vehicles represent insecurities about your motivation and ambition. If the accident involves a car, it portrays insecurities about the choices you are making. If the accident involves a plane, you may feel insecure about aspirations as you embark in an upward direction. An accident by train can show the disappointment you feel in light of other's expectations of you. Tracks have been laid down for you, although you have a sense of not being able to follow them.
If you are driving or are responsible for the accident, you may be questioning your direction, but still feel autonomous and empowered. If someone else is driving or has caused you to be in an accident, this other 'character' should be considered in relation to their influence on your autonomy. This dream shows the power you give away and the key to how it holds you back.
Example: a mate driving you in a dream reveals the power you have given this person to make decisions for you. A parent driving you, shows the power they hold over you because you allow it. Whomever drives you in a dream holds the key to what drives you in life. If the character is not involved in your life, then consider what part of you they might represent and how this aspect may be undermining your ability to move forward. Accident dreams usually occur when you are attempting to become more empowered, self-actualized and self-directed.
If the accident involves natural events or is the result of a natural disaster, it can be a way of dissolving your current foundation or belief structure to allow for more ‘natural’ changes within you. If the house is involved, it suggests certain areas of your life that are undergoing transformation. See Houses and Buildings, Natural Disasters, Landscape and Scenery, Accident under Vehicles and Places of Transportation.
Time marks itself upon the skin with wrinkles and seeing something wrinkled can represent your sense of passing time. A ‘wrinkle in the fabric’ can suggest difficulty or that something is amiss that you are not admitting. To see laundry or clothes that are wrinkled can represent an identity that is outworn or needs to be abandoned. It can also symbolize a need to explore an identity that you have 'laid aside' or tossed away. If it is a shirt it can represent how others see you; pants relate to responsibilities or how you provide for yourself, while undergarments can have associations with your more intimate nature. See Clothing.
Writing in a dream shows how your mind is focusing on something important that relates to communication. If the writing is green - it can relate to health and natural expression; if the writing is red - pay careful attention to the word as a wakeup call; if the writing is yellow - something is being highlighted; if the writing disappears, you may need to let go of resentments. If you see your name in writing - the dream is helping you to identify your value and sense of self worth. See also Letter.