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J

The letter "J" can be associated with puns, jokes, the joker and jesters of the psyche that trip us up to dislodge us from stasis. This letter also inspires images of jails, jaywalking and juggling and can suggest the rules of society and whether or not we feel restricted by them.

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Jab

To describe a movement like a jab in a dream can represent focusing on, and identifying what you want. Similar to a fork that allows you to take a stab at the idea of nourishment, a jab can be a wake up call to explore what you are not confronting. The character that 'takes a jab at you' might be considered in light of a tendency to be self defeating in some way. An unacknowledged part of you may be stirring and attempting to get your attention.

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Jack Box

As a toy and capturing the idea of a Trickster character, dreaming of a jack in the box can symbolize something from the unconscious poking fun at your need to establish absolutes in your thinking. This can be tied to thinking you have adopted from your parents, or a part of your nature that you are repressing that makes you different from others. The message is that this quality makes you unique and should be cultivated in acknowledging your gifts. See also Box.

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Jack Hammer

The jack hammer is a symbol of hardness in thinking. It often manifests during times when your 'inner architecture' is undergoing a type of renovation. If the jack hammer is not able to break apart the concrete - you may need to loosen your thinking in a way that allows you to see how difficulty is actually an opportunity.

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Jacket

The Jacket is associated with self-protection and can symbolize how you are 'covering' your sensitivity to what is happening around you. If you are finding an old coat in a closet, you may be exploring the defense mechanisms you established in childhood. See Outerwear under Clothing and Makeup.

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Jackpot

Dreaming of winning the jackpot can symbolize financial insecurities. At the same time it is your intuition reassuring you that everything will work out. You may wake up disappointed that the dream was not true, but why not enjoy its subtle message of abundance? Perhaps you are missing all the little miracles of life by being overly focused on material rewards. The fact that everything always works out should be the real jackpot you discover in the message of this dream.

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Jacob's Ladder

The symbol of a stairway that leads you to heaven can symbolize your desire to connect with your spirituality.

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Jade

Dreaming of a jade stone can symbolize being jaded or classifying experience too much on the idea of negativity. Since it is also green, it can represent both the idea of hardness in thinking and how loosening up can lead to rebirth. Jade is also a precious stone associated with aspects within that should be given value. A jade necklace can embody the idea of recognizing your power to make experience the result of your attitude. Since it is a green stone, it can also symbolize a commitment to heal yourself.

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Jaguar

The jaguar is an animal of prey that is associated with darkness and can personify defense mechanisms. You might consider whether you are using passive aggressive tendencies in your approach. As a feline, it can show aspects of the unconscious that are leading you to hide your real intentions and patterns in thinking that are undermining your ability to find fulfillment. The behavior of the jaguar can demonstrate how your thinking is making you hide at the same time that these tendencies can spring out 'to bite you.' Its message is to let go of fear and become more forthright about what you need.

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Jail

Being in jail in a dream can mean several things. On one hand, you may feel unjustly accused of something or limited in some way. The jail can also symbolize your own sense of self condemnation. It can personify a type of guilt that has trapped your free expression. Visiting someone in jail can be a way of exploring what this person represents for you - an old partner can symbolize the power of self-acceptance you have given to them, which is currently restrained. A parent can personify self limiting ideas that you adopted from them. The jail suggests that some aspect of your free and self assured behavior is currently 'locked up.'

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Janitor

Dreaming of a janitor can represent an unwillingness to come clean and sort through issues that you consider painful. There may be something you consider 'dirty' that you have swept away from consciousness. The janitor portrays that side of the psyche that disowns the power to explore and transform.

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Jar

Dreaming of a jar can be a message about 'jarring' yourself out of old patterns in thinking. The jar often stores 'preserves' and can symbolize the valuable side of you that is not being expressed. If the jar breaks, you may have difficulty in acknowledging how success often requires periods of failing. The broken glass can symbolize the idea of releasing yourself from a way of thinking that is keeping you from being fulfilled.

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Jaw

The jaw is the part of the mouth that enables you to chew. As a dream symbol, the jaw can symbolize chewing on difficulty so that you can digest or assimilate its lesson. Often associated with unprocessed or unexpressed anger, the jaw can be a symbol that appears when you need to stand up for yourself. See Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Jaywalk

When you jaywalk instead of using a crosswalk in a dream, the message can be about how doing the same thing often leads to the same result. The street symbolizes your sense of direction and where you are going. Crossing the street represents making changes in life direction. Not taking the crosswalk can signify breaking out of the pack - or overcoming old limitations. Even if you are approached by police (critical conscience) for doing something 'illegal' - this dream is actually a powerful sign that you are following your own sense of direction.

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Jellyfish

Jellyfish are not easy to see and live just below the surface of the water. They can symbolize feelings and stinging activity just below the surface of awareness. You may have vague sensation of fear that is causing you to be over reactive - or you may not be aware of your fear and are taking pre-emptive actions to thwart any opportunity for success because of it. Explore your behavior and whether you are stinging others or yourself, because of insecurities.

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Jesus

Jesus is a common Archetype that allows you to explore the traits you have associated with him. He can be an image of patience and forgiveness at the same time that he can personify the idea of personal sacrifice. How you feel by observing this Archetype can allow you to understand why he is appearing in your dream. This side of you can be awakening as you actualize your spiritual ideals. See Wise Man under Archetypes and Universal Characters.

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Jet

The Jet can symbolize aspirations as you move into a new area of work. If it is a fighter jet, you may be exploring the idea of competition and how you might learn from it in order to perfect your skills. See also Airplane.

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Jetski

Sometimes you can travel too quickly to skim the surface of emotional issues, where the jetski embodies this behavior. If the jetski crashes, an old way of remaining aloof will no longer do. The condition of the water can portray your current emotional well being. See also Water.

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Jewels and Jewelry

Jewels, gold or precious stones show how you are exploring what is important/valuable to you. Sometimes this type of dream reveals issues that you are protecting. For example, you may be protecting a precious jewel or hiding it from discovery. In this case, the dream shows defense mechanisms or unresolved issues that you have hidden away. The dream allows you to see how you have given something value (and protection) - when the issue really needs to be processed/released. Explore the surrounding symbolism to understand what it relates to: house/idea, car/motivation, garden/expression, road/goals. In some cases - the jewel represents self value and should be protected.

When you find a jewel - the dream is exploring how you might discover your own value - how you explore unknown potential or how you can recognize self worth by doing a little digging. When the jewel is associated with something you wear - such as jewelry - the idea of value and protection relate to the part of the body that is adorned. For example - a dream that focuses on earrings (ear) can be coaching you to listen more - a bracelet can have a message about giving and taking (hand/wrist) or providing for yourself. The bracelet can also have associations with being held back (restrained) because of values or priorities that are not healthy. A necklace can represent your core identity although it also covers the heart, which can be good or bad. The necklace can also have associations with responsibilities because it is 'worn around the neck.' While the jewel represents what you hold to be valuable - how it appears in a dream will describe its positive and/or negative meaning. See also Stone, Colors and Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Jigsaw Puzzle

Assembling a puzzle can be a way of exploring how the different 'pieces' of experience fit together. The pieces can be square and linear as a representation of limitations, or round in certain places to symbolize wholeness. You may be feeling challenged beyond your capabilities but the puzzle is an uplifting message that everything does have meaning - and it does fit together in the end. Some side of you knows this, and is why you are being given this clue.

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Job

Since we spend so much time at work, it is common to have dreams that help us process what is going on in the work setting. Clues to how you can solve a crisis however, will come through in the interesting ways the work environment appears different. For example a dream of being at work that focuses on the ceiling - can be exploring your feelings about the 'ceiling' placed on your upward mobility. The telephone can symbolize communication issues. Weird things on the walls or strange walls can symbolize your self-imposed limitations or the 'ideal' you work to achieve and whether or not it is a good fit for you (pictures). The carpet can symbolize issues you are not facing. Unusual wall colors can be explored in terms of what the colors represent. Even your fellow employees can represent aspects that you attribute to them, as you explore adopting or discarding these traits.

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Jockey

This character is responsible for controlling how a horse behaves and the horse often personifies the spirit. Therefore, dreaming of a jockey can show the idea of restraining the spirit.

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Jogging

When you are jogging in a dream, you are exploring how you may be travelling too quickly - or too much in routine thinking or habitual patterns- as you move along your path. As a symbol, jogging can also have associations with the need to 'jog' your memory to reconnect with a past way of interacting that made your life experience more magical. Jogging can suggest that you need to slow down and smell the roses. Jogging around a track can show how you are too caught up in competition or routine. Explore if you are too much in routine and not feeling fulfilled at this point in your life.

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Joints

Joints in the body can relate to flexibility and a new way of reaching for or attaining your desires. While the elbows can symbolize exerting your power as in 'elbowing your way in,' the knees have an association with groveling or not standing up for yourself. If you dream that your joints are moving in an unusual way, you are exploring changes in how you get your needs met (arms/wrists) or how you stand up for yourself to become more responsible (legs.) See also Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Joker

The psyche often uses humor when difficult ideas are being explored. A Joker or comical character can appear in your dream as a way of poking fun at your tendency to be too serious or too rooted in fear. As an Archetype, these characters can 'trip you up' in order to lead you out of habitual behavior or routine thinking. Often this character is challenging you to see the same old situation in a new light. See Trickster.

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Journey

Much of your life is spent focused on the future and organizing the days ahead. When you sleep, you are closer to the sense that life is an unpredictable journey and that how it affects you is more important than where you are going. You may dream of taking a journey where you are a passenger on a ship, train or on a bus to an unknown destination. This type of dream can be both prophetic in terms of offering glimpses into the future you are currently building, and revelatory in relation to understanding the mechanisms of how you are creating it. See Vehicles and Places of Transportation.

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Judge

Like the committee of characters that can approve or disapprove of changes in your persona, the judge often represents the inner critic. If you are repressing a sense of guilt, it can be portrayed by the judge. Explore the other symbolism surrounding the dream for more insight into how you may be over-critical of yourself and others.

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Juggler

This character can be representing how you are trying to balance or juggle aspects of your life.

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Jungle

Since the setting of a dream embodies your 'inner landscape' - dreams that take place in a jungle setting can relate to how you explore your more wild or exotic self that seeks expression beyond the restrictions of conformity. It is common for dream themes to move into this more organic or earthy setting when you are going through a type of rebirth or actualizing (authentic) self expression. Trees can also relate to family dynamics. If the landscape is threatening - you may feel unsure about expressing your more 'animal' or authentic drives and passions. Exotic birds can tie the idea of exotic (authentic) expression with the idea of how it can help you 'fly.' See also Animals and Landscapes and Scenery.

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Jupiter

Because the ancients tied benevolent events with the appearance of this planet - Jupiter has associations with grace, charity and positive or productive expansion. This planet also has a special significance to spiritual seekers - who will have this type of dream as the activation of the Buddha/Christ/Wise One Archetype within them. Associated with Jove, Jehovah and Zues, Jupiter can also relate to issues with the father and whether or not one feels protected and cared for by the father. Whether or not you understand astrology, the planet seems to emanate abundance because perhaps, of its size. Dreaming of traveling to Jupiter can be a message about expansion and can portray steps you are taking in becoming more giving of yourself.

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Jury

Dreaming of being on a jury can be an objective portrayal of learning to operate in a group setting. You may feel that others are judging you but the jury setting is portraying your own tendency to judge. If you are being judged by a jury - the dream has more to do with gaining consensus from the different sides of you as you move through changes. See also People.

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Justice

Sometimes you will awake from a dream with the sense that something bad was happening that had gone unpunished. In the dream, it appeared perfectly natural for the characters to ignore the law. Nature is blind to the idea of justice. There is only a movement toward balance and regeneration. Justice is a man-made illusion and since the dreamscape seems to have a more organic basis, it seeks only to ‘’work through’ the things that block you in your growth. A court room dream can suggest bringing different aspects up for review in order to find balance. Something bad going on in a dream that nobody seems aware of, can also represent knowing, at some level, that you are doing something that undermines your wellness. The appearance of a judge can signify critical conscience or what is referred to as the "thou shalt" tapes that can stunt growth. See also Police, Murder and Affair.

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