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O

Seeing the letter "O" can have a message about openness and wholeness. It can symbolize opening the orifices from the standpoint of really listening or hearing what someone has said to you recently. It can also be associated with sex or enthusiasm.

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Oak

The oak tree is valued for the strength of its wood. Trees carry the idea of your roots and family heritage and the oak shows stability and strength or what is not easily changed about your upbringing. See also Tree and Forest.

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Oar

Like the bicycle that carries the idea of how you must propel your way forward, the oar brings this idea to the realm of the emotions. You may be going through extreme difficulty and dream of being lost on the water, unable to retrieve an oar. This is the sense of your current state of helplessness. The oar can appear as a Homonym of ‘or,’ representing a choice you may not have considered. Instead of wallowing in your misery, look for the opportunity that can help you paddle your way back to the shore.

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Obstacle

When an obstacle appears in a dream, it presents you with an objective view of how you use the word ‘but’ as a roadblock. Whenever this word is used in a sentence, it negates the power of whatever preceded it. “I want to be healthy, but…” I know I should study tonight, but…” Obstacles present a tangible vehicle that allows you to understand how you get stuck. In the dream, you are attempting to do something, but there is an obstacle. Rather than see it as a roadblock, look at it for the opportunity to transform or integrate this symbol into what you are doing. If the obstacle is a tree, explore your roots; it is a police barricade, explore how you might be too strict with yourself.

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Ocean

Because the ocean is vast and we have a sense of the enormous life that stirs beneath its surface, this body of water is a classic symbol of delving into what lies below the surface of the unconscious. Being on a ship crossing the ocean can represent changes related to emotions and feelings. The behavior of the sea can reflect our emotional well being. See Water and Great Sea under Landscape and Scenery.

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Octopus

The octopus lives below the sea and can represent feelings or needs that are operating unconsciously. Its many arms can symbolize a sense of neediness that may be out of control and undermining your ability to find fulfillment through self sufficiency. Its message can be about focusing more on your own gifts and being less reliant on others. See also Sealife.

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Odor

When evolution led mammals to adapt to a nocturnal existence, olfactory bulbs developed, and smell replaced sight as the dominant sense. These aroma circuits or odor pathways are believed to have become the neural outline of the limbic system within the mammalian area. This is the emotional center that generates the parental care of mammals: playfulness, vocal calling and emotion. Emotion and mood originally evolved from neural structures, once allocated only to the sense of smell that merely attracted or repelled. Over time, these two simple responses became the complicated emotions we experience today.

Dreams that focus on an odor may arouse either a positive or negative response. The situation is ‘visible’ only to the nose. ‘Something doesn’t smell right’ when you know it is bad, or ‘the odor may be pleasing’ and attract you when it is good. The other symbolism can shed light on what you are ‘sensing’ with your nose that you are perhaps not able to see. Attempting to cover body odor can signify hiding natural urges or sexuality from others.

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Office

Dreams that take place in the office are generally exploring work issues when you are wanting more in your career. All the little nuances of the office can provide direction about what is holding you back or what you can do to achieve your aspirations. Items hung on the walls portray beliefs and allow you to see the ideas that you 'surround yourself with.' Computers can reveal thought patterns and phones can symbolize communication. Focusing on the ceiling can portray what you believe are limitations to your growth and upward mobility. Going to the roof can show how you are exploring a new direction outside of your current work scenario. The rug or carpet can symbolize issues 'swept under the carpet' or what is at the foundation of the situation. Windows and doors allow you to explore new opportunities and their condition can show whether you are doing so. The desk is a symbol of being driven by a need for security. If you open the desk to find something unusual, you are exploring other talents or inner resources at your disposal. See also Houses and Buildings.

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Oil

This is a symbol that can have various meanings. Oil is a substance that ‘doesn’t mix well’ and can portray your inability to ‘fit in.’ It is associated with lamps and can suggest something inspiring you to ‘find your way’ through the darkness. Finally, oil that is used in refineries can be black, sticky and smelly. In this case, the oil may signify motivations that are making you feel ‘dirty.’ See Black and Gold under Colors.

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Old

When you dream of something old, the message can be about the importance of the past and how it is influencing the present. In some cases its oldness can show its importance and relevance. At other times, its oldness can suggest that it is outworn and no longer appropriate to the present. An older person appearing in a dream can represent the Wise Guide and often they will present you with information that is very important to your life path. Pay careful attention to what they say to you. See also Ancient.

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One

A dream that focuses on the number one describes exploration in the area of self-sufficiency. One, in association with other numbers points at the Self, and what you do or need to do to bring the situation to a successful resolution. See also Numbers.

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Onion

An onion has many layers and can represent peeling away the superfluous to get at the core of an idea. At the same time, its many layers are similar – and so a situation that feels overwhelming may just be the result of doing the same thing and expecting a different result. This type of food can make our eyes water and dreaming of an onion can be an objective way of exploring feelings that are repressed. See also Food.

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Operation

When you undergo ‘the cutting’ of your body, there is a sense that you are digging within to bring some part of you forward. See Hospitals under Houses and Buildings and also Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Orange

As a color, orange is one that stands out. Its message can be either to alert you to potential danger or ask you to identify what is unique about you. Prison inmates often wear orange because it is an impossible color to hide in. This can tie the color to the fearless expression in being who you are. As a fruit, the orange represents wholeness and vibrancy. It also ties the theme of its color to the idea of your unique qualities, and how expressing them is healthy. See Colors and Food.

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Orchard

Trees can relate to our familial line and genetic traits. We can dream of an orchard when we are attempting to either draw on our heritage, or eliminate patterns of behavior adopted from the family in order to find a greater sense of fulfillment. Trees abundant with fruit can appear when you are exploring the fruit of your labor. This type of dream can be suggesting that you have planted well and the harvest is coming. See Food and also Forest.

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Organ

The organ is a classic symbol of Genitals and can relate to sexuality. At the same time, the organ is also a symbol of the free expression of passion and pleasure. Playing any musical instrument symbolizes how you are attempting to give free reign to what you are passionate about. If the organ is part of the body, see Anatomy and Body Parts. See also Music.

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Orgasm

Since we dream of what we are not facing, dreaming of having an orgasm can be a message about the need to open to your sexual feelings. The orgasm is also a symbol of achieving a high point and can symbolize a sense of being accepted or acknowledged for who you are. Pent up energy is released through dreams in all types of landscapes and symbols. Since the dream is focusing on your natural urges, you may need to get out of your head and recognize the basic needs of your body.

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Ornate

Commonly, you will dream of a familiar or new house with ornate decorations. Sometimes they are exotic suggesting sexual urges, and sometimes they are regal, portraying your desire for financial satisfaction. Whatever the symbol that is described as ‘ornate,’ it is still a representation of you. Explore the symbol for further clues as to how you may be blossoming.

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Oven

The oven is an appliance that changes ‘the things that are thrown together’ into a meal, signifying nourishment. Often, whatever went in comes out looking very different, and suggests the actual process of transformation. ‘When something is cooking’ you may dream of the oven as an objective symbol of waiting for the fruit of your labor. Its association with Food makes the symbolism reflective of fulfillment and satisfaction.

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Owl

To dream of an owl can symbolize the idea of aspirations mixed with intelligence or wisdom. The dream can be exploring intuition or a type of wisdom that might be activated in your work. The brown owl can relate to work that is practical, earthy or grounded, while the white owl can suggest healing work or spiritual aspirations. This nocturnal bird can also relate to messages coming from the unconscious. If the owl attacks or threatens you, the message can be about how your outlook or self righteousness is not working for you - or is alienating you from others. This is a common dream character because the owl symbolizes the wisdom of the unconscious or how you are guided by a type of vision within. See also Birds.

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Oyster

An oyster can relate to femininity. For a woman, dreaming of an oyster can be exploring her sexuality. For a man, the oyster can represent increased sensitivity or how one might use intuition and feelings more in life. Mollusks are also closed so dreamng of these sea creatures can be a message about the need to open in order to claim the potential of the 'inner depths.' Associated with water, the message can relate to feelings or how letting go of past pain allows for greater fulfillment.

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