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P

Seeing the letter "P" can bring up issues of financial insecurities. It can represent patience or perseverance. It may suggest paying off debts that have left you feeling immobilized. There is a sense of paralysis or finality associated with this letter.

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Package

Where the Box symbolizes what you store and protect, a package suggests something that is ‘wrapped up,’ unexplored or unexpressed. It often appears in connection with sending or receiving as a way of exploring communication. The package carries the idea of protection or a sense of being 'wrapped up' in relation to feelings and expression There are many symbols that can appear when you ‘open’ the package. Transcending the idea of what is unknown, once you open it, the symbol is now making its way into consciousness and should be explored for further details. See also Gift.

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Packing

The idea of packing reveals what you currently consider to be so important that you need to carry it with you. Often you will ‘forget’ to pack something or experience drama surrounding the actual packing experience as a way of exploring a transition or the idea of letting something go. Representing ‘baggage,’ or what you may need to release as you move forward, this is a classic dream that occurs during transformative periods. Generally packing clothing, you are trying on new 'costumes' or eliminating or exploring the identity as you interact with the world. See Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Pain

Pain is the first signal of danger when ‘something isn’t right.’ If you are dreaming of being in pain, perhaps you are not recognizing this sensation in waking life. If you dream that someone else is in pain, explore the side of you that this person may represent. There is pain involved, although you are not owning up to it. To dream of being afraid of something that may be painful, and yet doesn’t really occur, suggests that you are being overly sensitive in a situation. Dreams often use intense drama as a way of having an impact on you that makes you explore what you fail to acknowledge. See Blood , Attack and Being Chased and also Shadow.

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Painting

As a symbol of expression and free flowing creativity, painting can symbolize the need to express all sides of you. If you are painting a wall, explore the color for clues to what you may be blocking. If you are looking at a painting, you are observing aspects of yourself in an objective format. See Colors, and Advertisement.

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Pan

Using a pan to 'cook something up' can symbolizes steps you are taking to be more fulfilled. Often the pan is associated with family members as you explore the dynamics of your upbringing that affect your self esteem. Since food is transformed in the pan, this symbol can be a message about recognizing how self limiting ideas might be transformed into optimism ie: food for thought. You can see this symbol as having heavy associations with the ideas you were taught in early life - and you will often dream of a pot or pan when you are attempting to move beyond this conditioning. See also Cooking.

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Pants

A dream that focuses on pants can be exploring your ability to provide for yourself or others as in "wearing the pants" in the family. Being dressed without pants can symbolize a change in career. In a sense you are disrobing an old Persona, revealing yourself openly and searching for a way of providing for yourself that is more revealing of who you are. See also Clothing and Makeup.

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Paper

Anything made of paper in a dream can show an idea with a one dimensional or flimsy quality, as if we are giving something too much importance that wouldn’t ‘stand up to the elements.’ A paper with writing on it can symbolize thoughts, where ink shows what is not easily changed and pencil can show a lack of commitment. See also Newspaper and Letter.

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Parachute

The parachute is used as a symbol of safety when you may be questioning your ability to ‘fly’ or ‘land safely.’ If you are jumping from a plane with a parachute, you may be feeling insecure about a new course of direction and are considering alternatives. See also Airplane under Vehicles and Places of Transportation.

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Paralysis

The human body is designed with a paralytic feature to keep you from acting out on your dreams. At times, you may awaken 'in between' the stages of full consciousness and sleep. You sense that you are awake but you cannot move. Although it can feel extremely frightening, it is not uncommon, and you are merely not fully conscious or awake. If you actually dream of being paralyzed, the dream is leading you to explore the idea of being stuck. It is common to dream of paralysis when you are focused more on the past and uncertain about the future. The message is usually meant to slow you down enough to see that your sense of limitation is self imposed. You may need to let a past way of being or identity go so that you can move freely into the future. See also Legs, Arms, and Crippled.

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Parasite

This is a common symbol appearing in forms other than an insect. It brings forward the idea of the life that ‘grows’ or is nourished by your suffering. The parasite symbolizes how you may be unwittingly doing something self-destructive because it ‘serves you’ in some way. As a symbol of what may be draining your life force, it can represent a lack of fulfillment because you would rather ignore the problem. See Blood.

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Park

The park as a setting portrays changes that are being made that stem from a desire to be more natural or grounded in your approach, since the park is associated with nature. You may dream of a park setting when you are at a crossroad and exploring a direction that better suits who you are. See also Forest and Amusement Park.

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Parking Lot

As a place where cars are parked, the parking lot can symbolize a transition in your career as you explore new ways of moving forward. In a sense, your forward movement is on hold. Cars represent motivation and how you are moving forward. When the car is parked, it is either because you are taking time to re-evaluate where you are going or are unaware of issues that are undermining your ability to go forward. Looking for your car in a parking garage often occurs when you are exploring a new direction. A collision in a parking lot can occur when two areas of your life are out of balance. Being in the parking garage at night can be symbolic of not clearly understanding your motivation. If the dream focuses on a certain color, you might understand the message and gain possible direction by exploring the color of the car. See Garage and Vehicles and Places of Transportation.

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Parrot

A parrot often appears in a dream as a representation of displaying your more exotic colors as you learn more about who you really are. It can symbolize the part of you that is unlike those around you, since its feathers are wild and vibrant - making it stand out. At the same time you may be feeling like you are just repeating what you are being taught without thoroughly personalizing the experience. See also Birds.

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Party

When you dream of a party, it can represent trying on new attitudes and ways of interacting. People gathering in a social situation that is less formal than a wedding, shows the casual exploration of new sides of yourself and not necessarily actual integration. The more irons that you have in the fire, the more you will have dreams of this type of social interaction. See People and Nightclub.

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Passenger

Having a passenger in your vehicle can represent your sense of responsibility to this person. They can also have an influence on your current motivation. Being a passenger rather than driving can portray a sense that you are not in control of where you are going. See Passenger under Vehicles and Places of Transportation.

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Path

Following a path through the woods can symbolize how you approach the subconscious in the first steps toward exploring the unconscious. The path can represent your journey as you move toward transformation. See Forest, Placement and Perspective and also, Landscape and Scenery.

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Pay

The idea that you have to ‘pay for something’ can signify guilt or retribution. Dreams that focus on paying can also be exploring self value. Often there will be some confusion about 'the change,' as a message that something may need to change. Also explore the numbers associated with the 'change' to see what area of your life is undergoing change. See also Buying and Money.

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Peacock

The Peacock was Hera's favorite bird in Greek mythology and can embody arrogance or spite. It is associated with vanity and the outer expression of inner beauty. You may dream of a peacock as a message that you are relying too much on outer appearance and may need to turn inward to cultivate your inner beauty. Since it has eyes in its feathers - it can symbolize being too concerned with what others think. You may dream of the peacock when you need to develop self pride - or when you are too focused on it. The behavior of the peacock can tell you which is at play. See also Birds.

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Pearl

Pearls can represent transforming difficulty (dirt) into a gem. Mollusks are closed and need to open in order to retrieve the pearl. Precious stones and gems are messages about discovering increased self worth. So dreaming of a pearl can suggest how opening can lead to greater fulfillment. Since they are associated with the sea, the message can also relate to potential or what can be retrieved from your 'inner depths.'  Water is also assciated with feelings so dreaming of pearls can be a message about opening to feelings. Pearls can also symbolize a pearl of insight or the value of expanded awareness.

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Pen

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. Also see Weapons and Utensils.

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People

All of the characters appearing in your dream represent evolving or transforming aspects of you. What can make dream interpretation confusing is the inability to understand how dreaming of others allows you to explore the traits you associate with them. Your ideas, beliefs and areas undergoing transformation will be mirrored by the characters you dream about. When you look at the dream as a plot where all of the characters are representing you, look beyond the character and ask: what word would I use to describe this person? How might this person be representing a side of myself that I might be failing to understand or express?

Foreigners and aborigines will represent unknown, or organic aspects that appear foreign, while something more natural seeks expression within you. Males appearing in a female’s dream will represent her ‘masculine’ aggressive and assertive personality functioning through immediate experience (see Animus). A female appearing in a male’s dream will represent his intuitive and sensitive side (see Anima). Kissing these characters will reflect how you are exploring and integrating what they represent. Kissing is the first stage in integration where sexual consummation shows full integration. When there is attraction and rejection involved it reveals your desire or fear/inability to adopt these traits. Even spouses can become a representation of the Anima and Animus, or a type of role model quality that portrays what we are exploring and adopting. When we are in a relationship and dream of our partner behaving in a negative way, we are exploring the power they hold over us because we give them that power. In this way, negative or frightening characters can represent the Shadow, or that part of our power and authenticity that we are 'disowning' and therefore, it stalks us as the energy seeks expression and integration.

Running away from unknown attackers suggests how you can feel ‘pursued’ by non-integrated aspects as you grow and evolve. The times when you are growing the most will be associated with these types of dreams because you are experimenting with ‘new’ ways of interacting with the people around you.

People from the past can represent you at that point in life, and family members usually appear in a dream that is helping you to understand how a current crisis was created through personal dynamics of childhood. See Dream Processing.

A committee or group of people represent the various sides of you that become, in a sense, the board members of your psyche. Different sides of you can sit in judgment, as conscience or the critical tapes that can stunt your growth. They negotiate important aspects of your unique needs against the consensus or ‘older members’ of the group. A teacher can represent wisdom from your Higher Self and often older persons, like grandparents can represent the guiding and wise side of you coming into awareness.

Famous people can symbolize archetypes as you explore your associations with what these people represent. They stand as icons or display characteristics and potentials that you are adopting or exploring. Comedians can offer a message about the need to ‘lighten up.’ In a situation, you may find that you will achieve more if you can be less serious. The issues surrounding dreams of this type suggest that you are ‘trying on this public identity’ in an effort to gain esteem or approval. Just like any other character however, the word you would use to describe them will shed light on this part of you that you are exploring. Ask yourself: ‘what is this famous person known for’ in order to understand the part of you that the dream is exploring.

Dreaming of people with transgender traits like men with breasts or women with beards can represent how you are exploring and integrating sensitivity and assertiveness. The male aspect is associated with aggressiveness and assertiveness, while the female characteristics can represent sensitivity and introspection. See also Persona and Dream Basics.

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Pepper

To dream of pepper can symbolize the need to ‘spice things up.’ Its association with the Color black (as opposed to salt, which is white) can represent 'spicy behavior' that is also deemed to be 'dirty.'

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Perfume

Like Makeup, you can hide your naturalness by covering yourself with a mask. Putting on perfume may symbolize covering up feelings to appear more amicable even though something 'doesn't smell right' or is bugging you. When your perfume or smell is the focus of a dream, you are exploring your magnetism or what attracts others to you. Smelling perfume that is sweet symbolizes attraction and a desire to experience beauty. Smell is a powerful memory trigger and the perfume may have associations with past experiences. A perfume bottle is delicate and can represent delicate aspects of femininity. Also see Odor.

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Persona

The word Persona comes from a Latin word that describes a mask used by an actor. The Latin word per sonare means to "sound through." As an aspect of dreaming, the Persona becomes the mask you wear in presenting yourself to the world. It often takes on the symbolism of Clothing where dreams of various types of clothing can represent changes you are making in expressing who you are. Carl Jung believed that dreaming was a way of compensating for the "one-sided" attitude that is often held in waking consciousness. Dreaming of sorting through old clothing can signify sorting through old ways of expressing yourself as you change and grow. Dreaming of packing clothing can symbolize the way you hold to just one way of expressing yourself. Often you will not be able to find some type of clothing when you are overly-identifying with only one aspect of who you are. See also Packing and Purses and Wallets.

The Persona is also explored through the other characters that appear in your dream. If you stop and consider the adjective that you would use to describe the person, consider whether or not this aspect is currently being expressed. While we are awake, we tend to hold firmly to one image of who we are, while dreaming is ever leading us forward to explore new ways of tapping our potential. The other people we meet suggest aspects currently undergoing exploration. See People, Dream Basics and Dream Processing.

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Pet

A household pet is different from wild animals because it is domesticated. Our pets can symbolize our own habitual or routine behavior. As a symbol, the pet can portray what you are nurturing and protecting - both good and bad. Their well being and behavior can embody how you may be neglecting aspects of yourself. Dogs relate to unconditional love but if you are afraid of a dog in a dream, you may not be feeling trusting in your current relationship. The cat remains aloof and can symbolize a desire to be more self sufficient. Animals usually portray more natural or organic drives and passions - and when it is domesticated it can embody trading natural expression for security needs. Explore what type of animal is being portrayed as a pet for more information of the side of you that may be in need of freedom or nurturing. See also Animals.

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Phone

Phones are a symbol of how various aspects of the psyche seek to communicate with you. The person who calls you should be considered in terms of the adjective you would use to describe them - they can be representing a side of you seeking expression. The message that they share with you should also be considered as a message that may be coming from the Higher Self.

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Photograph

When you see a photograph in a dream you are viewing a part of yourself in a very objective way, perhaps seeing something that is associated with the past. You may dream of issues in 'photo' form as the first steps in integrating something painful or difficult, sometimes when a loved on has died. The photo can be a 'static' representation of you in 'freeze frame' for exploration, similar to dreams of Binoculars, Glasses and Microscopes.

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Physician

The doctor or physician appears in a dream when we are making important changes that require a high level of attention. Outworn aspects or self defeating ideas may need to be removed when we dream of undergoing surgery. We will dream of visiting the doctor when an issue has brought us to the point that we might need to discuss it or seek outside help. See also Hospital under Houses and Buildings.

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Piano

The piano, as a musical instrument can appear in dreams when you are becoming more free in expressing your passion. It embodies the idea of harmony and how and where it appears can describe where balance needs to be achieved. It can also relate to your mood depending on what type of music is being played. If the music is harsh or out of key, you may need to 'tone' how you are approaching experience - either up or down, as in lighten up or get more involved with what you are doing. See also Music.

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Picture

Pictures on walls in a dream can portray your beliefs or the ideas you live by. Examining pictures in a book can be a way of seeing the past differently. Of all symbols, pictures and Photographs provide an objective way of viewing a situation prior to making a change..as in 'picture this.' If there is something unusual about the picture - the message can be that the way you are viewing something isn't accurate. Explore what the picture presents as a symbol to understand what that is. For example: self/identity, parents/influences, car/motivation or house/thoughts, etc.

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Pig

The pig is associated with satisfaction and enjoyment, sometimes at the expense of all else. You can be 'pig-headed' or too busy gathering creature comforts (working) to see how you are missing out the real joys of life. The pig can also suggest a sort of naturalness in being 'dirty' or the free flow of sexual feelings. See Animals.

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Pill

A pill can represent an idea or issue that is ‘hard to swallow’ at the same time that addressing it can heal us. See also Drug.

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Pimple

Whenever a dream focuses on the face - it can be a message about 'keeping face' or credibility. Generally your appearance in a dream is a way of exploring self esteem or your self image. If something on your face (like a pimple or acne) diminishes your attractiveness, you may be exploring the idea that you are not expressing your true self or acknowledging your own beauty. If you are picking a pimple or trying to remove a blemish - the message can be about releasing ideas or feelings that are undermining your self image.

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Pin

Dreaming of a pin can show a desire for recognition or how we are exploring new aspects of the identity. If the pin pricks the skin and draws blood, the dream can be exploring the need to express your feelings. If we have lost a pin that was a family heirloom we may be exploring how we are deviating in some way from the family's expectations. See also Amulet and Necklace.

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Pipe

A pipe is a channel for water or gases and can signify either emotion or energy flowing through you. To dream of being in a pipe or enclosure of this type can have associations with birth and the idea of re-birth.

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Pit

The pit can represent being in a situation that is not easy to get out of. Since it is usually a natural formation, some part of your own thinking is trapping you from moving forward. See Quicksand under Landscape and Scenery.

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Placement and Perspective

Where you stand and perceive the symbols in your dream suggests where you stand in relationship to what they represent. Ascending or going upward suggests gaining a wider view or taking the steps to expand your awareness, sometimes intuitively or spiritually. To move into a position that places you above or higher than something, portrays your attempt to ‘rise above’ it. Whatever is beside another symbol in a dream suggests some sort of connection between them; while something at the center represents the cause or how it affects you to the core or the root of an issue.

What is behind you represents the past and circumstances that have passed, while it can also mean turning your back on what is important in a way that it stalks or shadows you. What is in front of you often suggests the direction in which you are going, or what you need to face, while something described as being before you, suggests that it may be blocking your movement. Something next to you or near you makes the symbol important, although you have not ‘owned’ or integrated it. A symbol that is associated with being to the right can represent behavior that is correct or acceptable, while the left shows deviation from the norm and a movement toward authenticity.

Descending or going down can represent getting more grounded or returning to your roots. If you see something beneath the water or lower on a hill, it is sometimes indicative of bringing the relevance of this symbol to the surface, like ‘below the belt’ can mean sexual feelings. Seeing something up close, in daylight or under a light brings all that the symbol represents into a high level of focus and suggests that you are conscious of it. Issues that you are not facing will appear as symbolism viewed at night, in the dark, or appearing far away. The low level of light suggests not recognizing its importance and so, it remains ‘out of the reach’ of consciousness. Imagery that is associated with being deep portrays your sense of exploring the deeper aspects of the symbolism, while appearing shallow has the opposite meaning, in the sense of its irrelevance or the need to release it.

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Plant

The plant is similar to the symbolism of the Garden and Tree. All portray growth and the idea of pruning or the things that you groom, such as children. It has roots and suggests the parts of you that were inherited from your family heritage. When difficult childhood issues are being explored, the plant can symbolize your roots and desire to find your own way, aside from the demands of family.

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Plate

Just as you can ‘have a lot on your plate,’ the plate can symbolize where your attention is currently focused. Whatever is ‘being served’ can portray how you are currently finding nourishment and how ‘it serves you.’ See Food.

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Plateau

Moving upward in a dream is a way of exploring upward mobility. If you reach a plateau the message can be about taking time out for introspection or feeling like you have reached a stable position so you can explore new opportunities for growth. The landscape in a dream is every bit as important as the other symbols that appear - and its symbolism portrays the 'condition' of your inner landscape. See also Mountain.

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Plucking

Plucking hairs represents the difficulty you may feel in releasing an old perspective. Finding a strange hair growing on the face can symbolize your unique attributes that you are not considering. Attempting to pluck it suggests your desire to fit in. Hair has associations with ideas that grow and need to be groomed or released, since hair also falls out. Plucking your eyebrows represents changes you are making in perception and expression.

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Plumbing

When you dream of faulty plumbing, there is a sense that your emotions have become uncontrollable. If you are inspecting the plumbing, you are trying to understand the roots of your feelings. Broken plumbing personifies how your feelings are seeking release and is a positive symbol of how you shouldn't hold them back. Feelings are what make experience valuable. See Faucet.

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Pocket

You fill your pockets with the things you need and therefore, the pocket can have associations with your values. The pocket can also represent the things you are hiding. Explore the symbolism associated with the pocket for further clues. See Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Poison

Feelings that are painful or difficult situations can be represented by poison. As something that is ingested against your will and potentially harmful, dreaming of poison can signify an unhealthy relationship or thought processes. See also Decay.

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Police

Police dreams occur when one aspect of your evolving identity is challenged by the ‘critic’ or the ‘patrolling’ aspect of the psyche. Sometimes the message is important: slow down. At other times, the police will come to ‘inspect’ the changes you are making, playing those time worn disciplinary tapes. Associated with the ‘inner critic,’ encountering police is often occurring because you may either need to step out of the lines to transform or some aspect of your current behavior is undergoing scrutiny. See Vehicles and Places of Transportation.

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Pool

Like all bodies of water, the pool has associations with emotions, although in this case it takes on the symbolism of ‘being contained.’ Because it is maintained and kept clean, it can portray a clinical approach to feelings. If the pool is dirty or contains what shouldn’t be there, it can be a message about a situation that is making you feel ‘dirty,’ like the feelings of uncontrollable sexual urges.

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Positions

The different positions that describe how a symbol appears in a dream should be explored for greater insight into its meanings. For example a symbol appearing above can relate to aspirations, while something appearing below can signify issues that are hidden away or stored in the subconscious or unconscious. Something on the right side will symbolize the old way or habit, while a symbol appearing on the left side can point to the new way or potential that has not yet been tapped. Read more in Placement and Perspective.

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Pot

Like the Pan, dreaming of a pot can symbolize early conditioning and your attempt to overcome self limiting ideas as you move toward fulfillment. Generally a pot is used to cook liquids and so the association leans more toward feelings. The idea of simmering and boiling are also associated with emotions - you may or may not be aware of feeling angry or resentful and the dream can be bringing this to your attention. If you discover a pot of gold, you are examining latent talents or moving toward a greater level of Self sufficiency. Pottery can have associations with the past, as something buried but discovered for its importance in the present. In this type of dream, you are resurrecting old issues so that you can find the hidden value of what you learned. See Cooking.

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Precipice

Unlike the Plateau that can show a period of arrival and reflection, the precipice can be associated with making a choice. You may be feeling forced to make some kind of change and are uncertain about it. The precipice represents conscious awareness as you explore transitions or a new pathway forward. If it is associated with descending a canyon you might need to come more 'down to earth' or move toward your 'center' to be more grounded in the sense of who you really are. See also Ascending and Descending under Placement and Perspective.

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Precognition

Dreams have a different time sense and can lift us above the present to see the future ahead. Some believe that déjà vu is how we witness these forgotten glimpses that occur in our dreams as they play out in the present. All dreams have a prophetic quality that can be observed when we take the time to record and work with them. See Dream Processing and Prophetic Dreams.

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Pregnant

You can be ‘fertile’ for a new way of interacting and understanding yourself. When you become pregnant, your rebirth has begun its gestation. To actually give birth, you are bringing this 'new side' forward. See Unknown Child under Archetypes and Characters.

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Present

To dream of receiving a present can be a way of examining gifts and potentials that are unrecognized. Unlike the box which can show old baggage that might need to be discarded – the present points to attributes that are undergoing examination that will lead to greater empowerment. You may be given presents in boxes that appear empty or gifts that seem bizarre and strange. These symbols are like the unknown room in a house that points you toward unexplored potential. The basic idea is that you are not tapping all that you are capable of.

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Priest

For a man, the priest can embody his spiritual nature and the mystery of sexuality. For a woman, the priest can symbolize the authoritative influence of the father. Your interaction with the priest will offer clues to how you are currently approaching your spiritual side. There is usually a sense of reservation associated with the priest.

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Prison

You may not be aware of the limitations that you are currently facing in daily life. To dream of a prison suggests that you have lost your sense of freedom, although since you are dreaming about it, this may not be obvious to you.

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Prize

Embodying the many things that you strive for, to dream of receiving a prize can signify whether or not your aspirations are realistic, attainable and healthy. Explore the symbol that is portrayed as the prize for clues about how you are currently approaching ambition. A prize or treasure emphasizes a goal or something that is an important aspect of your fulfillment. Discovering treasure or something buried usually has associations with what is repressed (guns/sex - gold/self-value.) 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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Prophetic Dreams

The ‘dream cycle’ is a lot like ‘myth cycles.’ In our ancient stories, the hero is ‘tested’ in various ways or in different landscapes in an effort to uncover the truth about both, their identity and destiny. This is exactly the interpretation of why you dream. When a dream is observed to ‘morph’ into different landscapes, you will find yourself describing the dream: ‘it seemed like the same dream, but…’ These dream cycles usually come in three parts and suggest:

a) you as ‘the hero’ and the current challenge that you face
b) the part the past played in creating the current circumstance, and
c) how you might discover the key to both, your real identity and destiny.

The first part describes the conflict at hand, while the second part will sometimes portray family members or symbolism from the past, describing how the current crisis was created. The third portion of the dream is often prophetic or when understood, will portray actual information that can be verified by future events.

The third setting (c) usually offers something that appears puzzling or strange. Its ‘newness’ or bizarre imagery often provides the most profound information about the ‘missing link’ in overcoming conflict or crisis. It will generally make more sense to you when you recognize how dreams have an uncanny way of getting the truth across in the most unusual ways. This third dream setting often provides images that can be observed as synchronistic or describing future events before they happen. Research shows how our unconscious mind knows what is coming before we consciously piece the information together.

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Prostitute

The character of the prostitute is trading the ability to experience real intimacy for money. Perhaps you have a sense that you are sacrificing something special for work or material gain.

The idea of ‘paying for sex’ can have two interpretations: Either sex is associated with pain or intimacy is easily traded for insecurity. In either case, being intimate with a prostitute will show how you are currently exploring the real value of intimacy.

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Pull

Pulling something in a dream can signify unacknowledged burdens. The symbol you are pulling should be explored for further clues to what this is.

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Puncture

Puncturing something shows an attempt to ‘break through.’ What is being punctured will reveal what this area is.

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Punish

Being punished in a dream can be the personification and work through of guilt. If you are not aware of how guilt can undermine your sense of self esteem or success, you can dream about punishment as an objective portrayal of how you are punishing yourself by not letting go. See Justice.

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Puppet

Usually a puppet will symbolize a way of being that is not natural. As an aspect of you, the puppet can be the first objective representation of difficult issues that you are not facing. Because it is animated by another, it can signify ‘cutting the strings’ that tie you to them.

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Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys

Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys can represent the valuable part of your nature, or what you protect and carry with you. They become the subject of many dreams where you are ‘embarking’ or traveling in a new direction, as things that are often lost or left behind. In this way, luggage can suggest baggage that needs to be released during a transformative process.

As the essence of the genetic traits that are bequeathed to your children, protected items, like jewels can represent responsibility or issues related to childbearing. Sometimes, protecting or looking for jewels or treasure can be a classic symbol of the healing that can take place after you discover what you are repressing; usually childhood pain. The purse and wallet portray your sense of self-worth and how protective you are of them will show how you protect who you are against who you might become. Changing careers often coincides with these types of symbols, where losing and searching for them is similar to searching for your new identity. These symbols also appear in dreams during times when you are feeling financially insecure.

Searching for a key often suggests that you are exploring your relationship to your sexuality. The key can also symbolize your desire to ‘unlock’ the doors that hold you back as you explore direction to find increased meaning in life.

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Push

Like Pull, pushing can represent an unacknowledged sense of obligation. While pulling something can show what you unwittingly carry with you from the past - pushing can embody forcefully moving in a direction that may not be appropriate. When we pull something, we feel responsible for carrying it with us. When we are forced to push, it shows a blockage. The extra energy required to push shows that something is not flowing easily. Sometimes pushing can be a message about the need for extra effort to succeed in some circumstance. Examine what you are pushing to identify where force is being applied and whether or not it is necessary.

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Pussycat

A cat that would be referred to as a pussycat is a cryptic way of portraying sexuality as in 'let the cat out of the bag.' Symbolically, a pussycat can also embody not standing up for yourself. Since cats slink around out of view - dreaming of a pussycat can relate to 'catting around.' See also Pets and Animals.

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Pyramid

Since a pyramid is a structure, it can appear as a representation of your 'internal architecture'. The pyramid in a dream can embody transformation since rulers were buried there in order to reach a higher level of existence. Its triangular face can represent the idea of three, or conflicting ideas that require integration. A triangle is also highly spiritual, so dreaming of a pyramid can portray the condition of your spiritual ideas and how you are blending material experiences with spiritual pursuits. Since it has four sides, it can also symbolize balance or issues that need to be brought together to achieve harmony. Associated with mystery and exotic or bygone cultures, the pyramid can symbolize spirituality or the search for deeper meaning in life. See also Mummy and Ancient.

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