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L

The letter "L" can relate to attraction and rejection with ideas like love and loss. It can symbolize the ideas of being lost, longing or feeling like you are late in terms of life stages. The shape of the letter can suggest a crossroad or doing something unusual or turning away from habitual behavior.

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Label

The label brings greater emphasis to the idea of how symbols are used to get a message across during dreaming. Seeing a label brings its message to a higher level of focus. Whatever the label says and its association to the symbol portrayed will describe an aspect of you, of which you are unaware. Designer labels are a type of ‘stamp of approval.’ Wearing a label is your way of being recognized by your sense of style or how you express yourself.

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Ladder

The ladder is used to access higher ground. To dream of a ladder represents your need to ‘get above something’ or ‘climb out’ of difficulty. See Placement and Perspective.

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Lake

Unlike the ocean or traveling over the choppy waters of changing emotions, the lake is self-contained with definite boundaries. It portrays how you are composing your emotions; how you hold and protect them and how you must release or express them in order to be re-filled or renewed. See Water.

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Lamb

A lamb or young sheep is associated with childhood comfort and the need for protection. It can symbolize being too passive or sacrificing happiness for security. See Animals.

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Land

Dreaming of an expanse of land can signify your desire for more space in your interactions with others. Dreaming of something taking place in a natural setting will portray the need to become more grounded or natural. See also Earth.

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Landscape and Scenery

The Landscape and Scenery provide details about how you are feeling and interacting currently in your life. The setting can offer messages related to: how you are seeing clearly in the Day (consciously) or you may use a Light (exploring hidden aspects) or whether you are not facing something in the Night or in the Dark (something that is unconscious or unrecognized.) Noon has associations with midlife and turning points. You can understand the hours as a snapshot of life stages. Being late can represent feeling that you are 'running behind' what you thought you might achieve at this point in your life.

In a cityscape, you are exploring social exchanges or changes in work. Often you will explore half built structures with unusual construction as the setting personifies ideas within that are being renovated and redefined. Shops and markets are a way of exploring your identity and the idea of self-value. You can search through clothes when you are making changes to your identity or persona. Themes of getting back change from a clerk can represent these 'changes' and the idea of making a valuable contribution in what you do. Explore the numbers associated with the change you receive for further insight.

In the forest (subconscious,) you often meet the Characters or guide who can offer clues to your transformative journey. Approaching the forest, which grows from the roots of your beliefs will always represent your attempt to overcome fear and unmask your greater power. Trees are stationary and rooted, suggesting the wealth of your family heritage. The jungle is that place within that remains uncivilized. Often you will dream of jungle patterns as decorations in a house as a way of exploring these natural and organic aspects of yourself. You climb mountains to gain a wider view, while the mountain can also represent how you can remain a prisoner of your beliefs. The desert returns you to an uncomplicated or barren landscape where you can discover the real roots of your sustenance.

Dreams about water occur commonly because water represents your emotions, and how you feel about the changes that you face as you move through life. To dream of turbulent water suggests a sense of emotional crisis associated with moving forward. Any time this type of dream 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 and tsunamis demonstrate how emotions break free to 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 as you pursue the basics of survival (well-being.) Water can also represent health and wellness since it is a symbol of the elixir of life.

The Great Sea, ocean and beach are a classic symbol of exploring the unconscious or awakening to hidden aspects within. You may approach its depth to discover its hidden treasures, such as: Fish/Treasure/Sword/Jewels. Explore the symbol that is found in the water as clues to your awakening. If you are in quicksand or ‘bogged down’ in a muddy swamp, you may feel that your forward movement is impeded in some way. Because it is made of the earth, it represents your own ideas and how they limit your success.

Natural Disasters, like earthquakes and volcanoes portray the transformative power or your emotions rising to the surface in the face of all that you believed to be static. The earth can give way in landslides, which can destroy the structures you build. These structures represent the self and how it is evolving to meet the changes in your environment. Disasters associated with the wind, like tornadoes and hurricanes portray the movement of consciousness, and suggests how the hidden continues to stir within you. To dream of a tornado, signifies urges and emotions that have the potential to overwhelm you, and in a sense you are picked up and placed into another context. You are released from your controlling and protective tendencies, which can only keep you re-creating the past.

All symbolism in a dream is important. As you explore the setting that reveals ‘your current mood,’ you will find a representation of where you currently stand in relationship to the changes you are facing.

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Large and Small

When something appears in its unnatural size, it suggests how whatever the symbol represents is growing out of proportion or is moving toward being deficient. Life can teach you about maintaining balance and these type of dreams will reveal imbalances.

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Late

It is common to dream of hurrying ‘somewhere,’ while knowing that you are late or about to miss something. This signifies your sense of passing time and not achieving those things that ‘you believe’ are important to you. In some cases, you miss the event as a way of recognizing its importance or non-importance. See Clock, Arriving and Leaving, Placement and Perspective and Vehicles and Places of Transportation.

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Laughing

If you or someone else is laughing in the dream, there may be the need to take things more lightly. In daily life, you often laugh when you are uncomfortable and laughter in a dream can suggest looking objectively at your defense mechanisms. Other people laughing at you in a dream can be symbolic of your fear of expressing who you really are. Only you know what it means to be fearlessly yourself.

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Laundromat

Because clothing represents the costume you wear or your attitude in the social setting, washing clothing can represent ‘coming clean’ or revealing the essence of who you really are. The laundromat is a public place and therefore symbolizes what you are currently doing to gain acceptance. You may need to ‘air your dirty laundry’ because you have no choice.

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Lavatory

The lavatory brings forward ideas about revealing feelings or letting go. Searching for a bathroom to relieve yourself can symbolize holding onto feelings that need to be released. Often when you have revealed yourself to others in an intimate way, you will dream of 'losing your privacy' by urinating or defecating where others are able to see you. See also Bath and Bathroom under Houses and Buildings.

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Lawn

A dream that focuses on the lawn can symbolize how things grow or are interconnected, such as ideas. The front lawn will have associations with what you put out there for public view or what you are developing or growing in an effort to become more interactive with the world around you. The back lawn embodies ideas of a more private nature or what you hide from others. See also Garden under Houses and Buildings and Grass.

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Leaf

The leaf signifies the things that grow and fall to the ground from the tree of your beliefs. A dream that focuses on a leaf can suggest learning to let go. It may also have associations with care and pruning. See Tree and Gardener.

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Leak

Like dreams about Water or faulty Electricity, observing a leak can suggest the first stages of emotions breaking through self-created barriers as you move toward transformation. See also Faucet.

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Leaving

Since we usually dream about what we are not facing, a dream of leaving can be a message about letting go or moving on when we really don’t want to. The dream can be coaxing us to explore the idea of moving on. See Arriving and Leaving.

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Left

The idea of the left side of anything in a dream will have associations with something that has not been tried before or something different than what you normally do. Since the 'right' is the accepted path, going 'left' shows a new way or new approach 'the road not taken.' See also Arriving and Leaving and Placement and Perspective.

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Left Behind

When a dream leaves you feeling abandoned or left behind, it can be exploring how you have only identified with only one aspect of who you are. For example, you may be entering a new situation and dream that your family has gone on a trip without you - or you have gone somewhere without them as you explore insecurities about focusing on more personal matters. Sometimes you will be left behind because your path may need to be altered. The direction you assumed you should take may not be right and the dream is helping you to explore possibilities. See also Forgotten under Clothing and Makeup and also Vehicles and Places of Transportation.

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Legs

Just as the 'house' can symbolize your 'inner architecture' or the way you approach various aspects of your life, the body also portrays how you approach situations. Where the arms show how you give and take what you need, and the shoulders and neck relate to responsibilities, the legs root you to your foundation and carry you forward in life. Dreaming of something related to the leg can be a message about whether or not you feel autonomous or able to move forward freely. In a sense the legs reveal where you currently stand or what may need to be altered to allow for more freedom of movement. See also Cane, Crippled and Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Lemon

Being a fruit, the lemon can relate to the fruit of one's labor, although its yellow color and sour taste might suggest not feeling satisfied with your accomplishments. At the same time, its color is vibrant and its taste jars the senses embodying an awakening or re-evaluation that allows you to find fulfillment. As a symbol, lemon is usually associated with feeling like you got an unlucky break or that something isn't working for you. See also Fruit under Food.

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Lens

The lens in a dream can be a message about the need to focus more closely. This symbol often relates to how we are currently seeing a situation or how we may need to change our focus. See also Binoculars, Glasses and Microscopes.

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Letter

Writing and receiving letters can symbolize evolving communication skills and sharing information in a way that expresses new or unknown sides of you. If a character gives you a letter, there is a need to understand what part of you this person represents. Their communication or message can shed light on this area of you that requires expression.

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Library

Being in a library and looking through books is a common dream setting when you are changing your thinking or re-evaluating the past. In a sense you are looking through the ideas you have placed on the shelf, revisiting them to see what is necessary for the future and what should be discarded. If you are looking through books with the parent or in relation to the parent, you are examining their influences on your thinking. Seeing something in writing is often the first step in integrating a new idea into consciousness. The type of book will give you an idea of what part of your thinking is changing. See also Houses and Buildings.

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Light

Dreams that focus on a light can be a way of bringing something to your attention for examination. A light shows the movement of ideas into conscious awareness. The light makes the less visible more visible, suggesting your attempt to become more aware. Symbols related to the light portray your attitude about seeing what they represent more clearly. Light surrounding another object can tie it to your spiritual path. For example, a glowing triangle can be a way of acknowledging spiritual insight with body, mind and spirit. A Ram illuminated in a glowing fire can symbolize spiritual perseverance. See Day and Night under Placement and Perspective and also, Landscape and Scenery.

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Lighthouse

As a building that provides a sense of direction to boats moving across the water at night, the lighthouse suggests how you are finding direction within you. This is a symbol of your rising awareness as you search for a safe harbor during times of difficulty. You may have the sense of danger or that something beneath the water (unconscious) might harm you. The other symbolism in the dream can provide additional insight into what this danger may be. Since all aspects represent you, the lighthouse is how you are bringing light to your sense of direction.

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Lightning

This ‘bolt out of the blue’ is a symbol of a ‘charged’ environment and its apparent dangers. The ‘climate’ can be ‘heavy’ and a downpour may be what is required to ‘clear the air.’ Seeing lightning hitting something can represent forces beyond your control that you believe are undermining your ability to build a solid foundation in your life.

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Lion

This king of the jungle can represent harnessing your passions as a type of strength. As a feline, it can suggest a tendency to avoid domestication or conformity to express the power that comes from fearless expression. As a protector, it can be tied to the idea of parenting and your idea of love and passion learned from being a parent or through parenting. Its association with the astrological sign Leo as an Archetype shows it to be a highly creative symbol, where the lion often appears to explore issues related to self-expression and artistic expression. As a homonym, it can suggest lies. See also Animals.

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Liquid

Liquids are usually associated with feelings, sexuality and emotions. The container and the issues surrounding the liquid will shed light on how you are currently expressing these feelings. See Cup and Glass.

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Little

When you are seeing something that is not its appropriate size, it can symbolize how you are viewing this aspect of yourself as being insignificant. See Large and Small.

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Lizard

Reptiles and snakes in a dream relate to instincts and sensations that are somewhat unconscious and self regulating. As one of the oldest and most durable creatures, dreaming of lizards, salamanders or iguanas can portray the power of your survival instincts, both good and bad. In some cases, the message can be coaching you toward self preservation but more often than not, dreams of these creatures can embody the need to examine self destructive tendencies. Dreams of reptiles related to water can symbolize movement within the unconscious as something comes to the surface to reveal the power of your biological drives like anxiety and sexual impulses. As a symbol of transformation or how you can learn to shed 'your old skin' reptiles often have a message related to letting go of a dysfunctional approach to anxiety. On a grand scale, the Dragon is a symbol of metamorphosis and empowerment. The lizard, like all reptiles, can represent defense mechanisms or the flight or fight response as it is currently active. See also Reptiles.

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Long and Short

The size of something in a dream can relate to its importance. Something that is unnaturally long can portray how you are giving it too much emphasis. If it is unusually short, you may be ignoring its importance. See also Large and Small and also Giant.

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Looking for Something

Very commonly, you will find yourself searching for something in a dream – because searching or loss is often the first step toward transformation. Misplacing an item reveals your current insecurities surrounding what the symbol represents. If it is a purse or wallet, it can suggest financial insecurities. Looking for an heirloom or family treasure can signify your insecurities about your chance to pro-create. Searching for clothing can symbolize exploring a new identity, while searching for lost baggage can portray the idea that an old identity is no longer serving you. Searching is a theme when you are not acknowledging how you may be feeling unfulfilled in the present. See Clothing and Makeup and also, Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Losing Something

The anxiety of losing something precious can be so disturbing that even when you wake up, you cannot shake the sense of loss. The symbol may appear insignificant in waking life so you need to explore its deeper associations to see what you have currently ‘misplaced’ or ignored. Often it is a clothing item or key. See Clothing and Makeup and also, Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Lost

The anxiety felt when something precious is lost can be so disturbing that even when you wake up, you cannot shake it. The symbol of what is lost may appear insignificant in waking life so you need to explore its deeper associations to see what you have currently ‘misplaced’ or ignored. Often it is a clothing item which would be a message about neglecting some important aspect of your identity, or a heirloom that would have associations with family dynamics. The fact that you are 'dreaming' of losing this item shows its importance or relevance - even while you disregard its importance during the day. See Clothing and Makeup and also, Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Lottery

We receive a prize usually because of our effort and tenacity. To dream of winning the lottery however, places the result of what you experience on others, fate or the outside and unpredictable forces around you.

On one hand, dreaming of winning the lottery shows that you want to win or succeed - or get a lucky break. You can think of winning as giving you the opportunity to experience a sense of 'arrival.' It lifts you above all of your hard effort when you are too focused on the work - and not enough on the reward, or where the work may be leading you. It allows you to re-examine what you value in a way that might change your direction or focus.

Since dreams offer clues about how we can be more fulfilled, and we dream about what we are not facing - the lottery can suggest the need to take action or responsibility to claim your prize (fulfillment). For example, rather than succeed by 'the luck of the draw' explore whether you have a clear vision of what you want - the lottery can indicate how something fulfilling is within your reach - but you may be working so hard you are missing it.

As a symbol of balancing desires against experience - you may be taking responsibility for your success and blaming outside influences when you fail. An inconsistency in your thinking can undermine fulfillment. The idea of a lottery is showing how you are not owning your accomplishments or seeing how failure is not punishment - but often a way of honing your continual success. The message coaches you to connect the outcome - to what you want, or what you are doing. If a specific number(s) was tied to winning - it should be explored as an aspect that is missing in your equation of fulfillment.

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Love

Love is a complex idea in the dreamscape because dreams are portraying inner dynamics. You may be in a fulfilling relationship and dream of intimacy with past partners. At some point in your life - you projected the power for self love upon your mate. It is as if they hold/held the power to make you feel good about yourself. Consciously you may feel that you are functioning independently in a current relationship, but since you dream of what you are not facing, the appearance of an 'old flame' can be activated when you feel uncertain about your value in a current relationship. These past partners embody the idea of self love - they appear as we explore and merge (sexual intimacy) with this potential to love ourselves. This must occur independently from the feedback we are currently receiving.

All types of characters can appear in dreams in which you have a strong sense of attraction. Consider the adjective you would use to describe this person - or what they portray as a representation of you. A woman in a man's dream can portray the budding of his sensitivity - while the man in a woman's dream can portray her ability to be powerful and provide for herself. The attraction becomes symbolic of bringing some part of your own potential forward for exploration and integration. Intercourse symbolizes the merging.

The desire to be loved and accepted is a strong motivating force in life. When you dream that your love is rejected -you may be rejecting the idea of self love. Dreams are always a wake up call to be authentic, fulfilled and independent. Through the development of self love - you grow strong enough so that nothing anyone says or does can make or break your day. See also Rejection, Sex, Anima/Animus and People.

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Luggage

Dreaming of luggage is a very common scenario because dreams often explore what we hold onto and what needs to be released as we grow. The situation surrounding the luggage will reveal what you are 'carrying with you.' In many cases, the luggage is lost as you become more open to the idea that you are carrying unnecessary baggage. If someone else is bringing your luggage in a dream, they may have a strong influence on your sense of identity. If the luggage is associated with wrinkled or dirty clothes, you may have feelings of unworthiness that while carried with you, are being examined in preparation for release. If the luggage is associated with regal or formal clothing, your sense of self esteem is being examined. If the luggage reveals an unusual or inappropriate type of clothing, you may be opening to unexplored potential as your identity is undergoing transformation. Whatever is revealed when you open the luggage provides clues to the ideas that you are exploring. See also Clothing and Makeup and also, Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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