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K

The letter "K" can be associated with leadership and the idea of being king. It can relate to keys, kites or be an affirmation in the sense of "okay." Its message can be that difficulty hones our greater capabilities.

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Kaleidoscope

The kaleidoscope is a type of seeing device with changing patterns. Looking through this instrument can suggest how you are beginning to detect patterns in your experiences. Since the 'real world' is not really visible when you look through it, the message can be about how you limit your view of life from a purely ego-centric perspective. This can also be a play on the word 'collide' and might suggest an awareness that is purely focused on conflict. Or, two conflicting ideas may be on the path of collision. Another message might be to open to the possibilities for new discovery.

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Kangaroo

The kangaroo can represent an unusual way of going forward that you haven't considered. Its large feet offer a message about the importance of walking your own path. Since it carries its young in a pouch, it can symbolize holding back expression or creativity in some way. Its large and powerful tail can tie it to the idea of having something to fall back on as you embark on a new direction.

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Karate

Karate is a martial art that relies on precision and one's own power to achieve unusual feats of strength, i.e: karate chopping a piece of wood. The message can be asking you to focus only on your power to achieve, and not on the obstacles, or the idea of failing. Failure is an illusion when you are focused on learning and succeeding. One does not learn karate overnight however, much practice and patience is needed.

Another aspect of karate is how one learns to use the momentum of another's attack to leverage and turn the force back on the opponent. If nothing anyone says or does can make or break your day - that is real power. Dreaming of karate can be a message about the Eastern philosophy of 'not doing' or not being so reactive.

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Key

The key is often a powerful clue to what can unlock the doors of opportunity and happiness. Holding someone else's keys can represent giving them the power to orchestrate how the relationship unfolds. Finding a key in a church can tie wellness to overcoming a sense of guilt. Finding a key in a schoolyard can take you back to ideas of childhood and how you might need to release them. The key is also a sexual symbol and appears when you are denying your feelings - because it seems to say 'here is what is needed to open.' See also Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Keyhole

Dreaming of a keyhole can represent small things that will lead to new opportunity. The door of opportunity may appear locked and requires a key, but if you are looking through the keyhole - you already know what you want. The key is merely your commitment to 'do it' rather than just entertain the idea.

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Kidnap

Being kidnapped shows how you may be allowing your real nature to be 'kidnapped' by fear or the pressure of others. The threat of being abducted by Aliens and UFOs is a common dream theme arising from peer pressure or doing things that go against your sense of Self. Being threatened by a sinister character can portray the Shadow (Also see Shadow under Archetypes and Universal Characters.) The Shadow represents the unacknowledged but powerful part of your nature that you are not allowing to have expression. Some part of you follows or stalks you and attempts to 'break in' to consciousness. In a sense, you are 'kidnapping' yourself or repressing some aspect of your real self. Being kidnapped by anything portrays the internal conflict created when one side of you is evolving, yet is blocked by your more ingrained or critical nature from the pressure of conformity. You may dream of being kidnapped any time you feel developmental pressure of this type.

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Kidneys

Since the kidneys are associated with how the body removes toxins, dreaming of kidneys can be portraying the idea that you need to process something or how your own feelings can become toxic. A good flush may be in order and you may need to release old feelings that no longer serve you.

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Killer

The idea that someone is a killer in a dream personifies how outworn aspects of behavior or thinking are being 'killed away' as you move toward a transition in thinking. Often blood is involved as the idea that authentic feelings must rise to the surface. See Attack and Being Chased.

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Killing

Different types of dreams can behave like a volume setting in helping you to release or let go of unproductive thoughts. The more dramatic the dream, the more likely you will remember it and explore its meaning. Nightmares are just a sign that something significant that has been repressed will serve you better if you can examine and come to terms with it. When killing is the theme of a dream, you may need to address self defeating behavior and ‘put it to rest.’ See Murder, Attack and Being Chased and Corpse.

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King

Dreaming of a King can be an Archetype that appears in the dreamscape when the Wise Man area of the psyche is becoming active. The King can personify maturity and wisdom. For a man, the King can symbolize issues related to the father, or how one is mastering the idea of success in a way that makes one a leader. For a woman, the King can appear when she is awakening to the type of potential that is associated with being 'masculine' but is applicable to either sex. She may be connecting with her ability to become empowered and to provide for herself. When the King appears in a dream, the message centers around empowerment. Depending upon the details of the dream, it can signify negative aspects of the ego, or positive qualities of maturity and wisdom.

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Kiss

This intimate gesture is deeply symbolic of integration. Who or what is being kissed, portrays a movement toward acceptance and union. Commonly a woman will kiss a beast during monumental stages in her development: puberty, empowerment and menopause. She is connecting with those aspects of her body that feel beyond her control. When she is integrating the Shadow or Animus in a movement toward empowerment, she may first encounter 'her power' as a monster that kisses her. A man may kiss a young girl as a way of embracing the birth of his sensitivity or Anima.

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Kitchen

Since rooms in a house represent our 'inner architecture' the kitchen has associations with nourishment from a more broad perspective. Whatever is happening in the kitchen has associations with our sense of well being or how we are feeling nourished in life. The kitchen sometimes appears in dreams when we are exploring family dynamics or changing patterns adopted in childhood. See Food, Eating Utensils, and rooms under Houses and Buildings.

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Kite

Flying a kite symbolizes both the sense of exploring potential, but also, keeping your feet on the ground. Since you rely on the wind to keep a kite flying, the kite suggests how you are testing the waters of your ambition; going with the flow of events to see where they might lead. A kite can also symbolize reeling in your aspirations. You can be exploring whether or not you can get them 'to fly' by how well your kite is able to get lift. Just as the kite relies on the wind to keep it aloft - the message can be about moving with the changes while remaining open to opportunity.

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Kittens

Seeing many kittens in a dream can symbolize innocence and the birth of your intuition.

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Kneeling

To dream of kneeling shows a movement toward humility. The fact that you are dreaming about it, suggests that this quality may be underdeveloped in waking life. Finding oneself on the knees can symbolize a breakthrough in being more open to how life leads you forward.

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Knife

The knife combines the idea of pain with cutting through illusion to get to the truth. This instrument asks you to get at the heart of the matter or break through the surface - and is not necessarily negative. It is coaxing you to understand what you are doing that undermines your opportunity for happiness and fulfillment. See also Attack, Eating Utensils and Weapons .

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Knob

The knob can be a cryptic symbol that represents one's sexual feelings. The knob can also be a symbol that explores how the idea turning, or going after one's desires can open the doors of opportunity. It asks you to grasp something or identify what you desire so that you can achieve it.

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Knocking

Knocking can be a message that something outside needs to be inside. This can portray how you project a sense of being a victim on events - when the issue might relate to your attitude. It is a classic symbol of sex as the idea of ‘getting knocked up’ or pregnant - but again, the knock portrays passion that feels beyond your control. The knock at the door can draw your attention to the need to ‘open up’ to discover something you are not facing. See also Door and Houses and Buildings.

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Knot

Because you ‘tie the knot,’ as a symbol of commitment, the knot can portray things that are not easily undone. You can be ‘tied up in knots’ and dream of the knot as an objective symbol of being overly caught up in a situation. The knot can be untied and suggests you may need to ‘detach.’ See Not under Homonyms.

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