Terms for letter: U
The letter "U" can signify making a 'u-turn' to go back to something you abandoned. It can embody the idea of 'you' in a cryptic form. Since U-boats travel underwater and UFO's are things that cannot be validated, there may be something unusual you are exploring as an idea that can lead you to unify or balance all the sides of you. This letter can suggest that you might celebrate the quirky things that make you who you are.
Dreaming of UFOs or being threatened by aliens portrays how you are exploring aspects of yourself, which you find difficult to 'identify with.' Your sense of being different from the group (and how you feel about it) will be portrayed by how ‘foreign’ the characters appear in your dreams.
Unlike family (genetic or inherited self-dynamics,) friends, people (acquaintances that change you) and even aborigines (the more organic side of you,) aliens would be considered natural creatures, they are just ‘not from around here.’ Being abducted by aliens is actually suggesting how you are being ‘kidnapped' by your fear of conformity and not being authentic. Fitting in with the group often comes at the price of your real nature. A robot would also be offering a message that you are not being authentic or are just going through the motions to fit in. See also Galaxy and Flying Saucer.
The umbilical cord can have associations with the mother. This was your first way of being nourished and can symbolize feeling a connection to life that allows you to feel fulfilled. Having a baby usually portrays how you are ‘giving birth’ to a new side of yourself and the umbilical cord is both, what connects these sides of yourself and how they are nurtured. It can also represent the traits adopted from your mother and how they are currently influencing you.
Dreaming of an umbrella can symbolize how you are currently protecting yourself from difficulty rather than processing what can be learned from it. The issues surrounding the umbrella will show how you are doing this.
We dream of extended family members like the aunt and uncle when we are transitioning away from the expectations or influences of the immediate family. The uncle can represent a new way of going out into the world to provide for ourselves. At the same time, the word ‘uncle’ is associated with giving in. We may be dreaming of the uncle as a way of combining the idea of making a change with recognizing that the old way was not feasible. See also Family.
One theory of the mind separates it into three aspects: consciousness, the subconscious and the unconscious. When you are a child, your mind has free reign to explore all sides of who you are becoming, but as you grow older, a type of subconscious barrier develops. As you come to understand ‘the idea of who you should be,’ those elements that are ‘unacceptable’ or denied can remain within an area that is called the unconscious. As these feelings and ideas seek expression, the subconscious net blocks them in daily life. While you sleep, this barrier dissolves and information rises freely into the mind for exploration. Often the symbol representing what is happening or emerging from the unconscious will be the sea or bodies of water. Also see Sea Life, Water, Defense Mechanisms, Dream Basics and Dream Processing.
Under can be associated with covering up or hiding. It can suggest the underlying cause of current circumstances. Explore the symbol that appears under something else for direction on how to transcend the challenge. Under can also have a ritualistic message – similar to how seeds are planted underground in autumn – and magically a plant appears in spring. The dream can be asking you to have faith in whatever the symbol represents. See also Placement and Perspective.
You can remove you ‘protective covering’ to reveal the more intimate sides of yourself. If the dream brings pleasure, then you are embracing intimacy openly. If you are uncomfortable, then you may feel that you have been ‘exposed’ or revealed in way that did not feel comfortable. See Naked and Clothing and Makeup.
Clothing in dreams can represent the role you play in life and how your identity undergoes transformation. Clothing can represent the attitude or the Persona, which becomes the mask you wear to fit in. Uniforms can symbolize characteristics associated with the type of uniform, such as police or the patrolling side of psyche, or fire, representing ‘danger’ or how you subdue your feelings. Drum major and other band costumes can be sexual or spiritual. Musical instruments often signify the free expression of emotion or passion. A work uniform that is unfamiliar can be suggesting that you have embarked in a direction of work that may not be fulfilling. See also Clothing and Makeup.
See Archetypes and Universal Characters and to explore how dream themes mirror mythical stories, see my books The Mythology of Sleep: The Waking Power of Dreams.
You dream of visiting a university or school as a representation of how you are ‘learning’ or adopting new attitudes. Being in this classroom setting reveals how you are going through changes or learning something new about yourself. The university can be an objective portrayal of your beliefs and the other students can represent balancing conflicting needs and roles. See also Teacher, School and Houses and Buildings.
As you move through various levels of transformation, you may dream of an Unknown Child or caring for a baby that you do not know. This symbolizes the birth of a new side of you. You may be forced to care for the child as a representation of nurturing your emerging potential. See Archetypes and Universal Characters.
To dream of going up can symbolize your desire to move to a higher level in terms of aspirations or spiritual awareness. Up is associated with what is currently out of reach but the fact that you are exploring it – shows that you are making strides to harness what you want from life.
Utensils represent what you hold in your hand to express, feed, defend or build what you need. Cutting tools are used to cut through restraints or to shape something new from the old. Scissors combine the motion of grasping and letting go with the idea of cutting to symbolize ‘cutting away’ what binds you. The hammer allows you to ‘nail something’ of get it right, while you may also be pounding out your frustration. A sword can be sexual, although a sword or knife can suggest defensive tendencies or cutting through illusion to see the truth. Artistic tools are associated with creativity and any item that is held in the hand will have an association with self-creation. 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.
Kitchen utensils are associated with changes you are making. You use them to take what you need in order to find nourishment and self worth. Like food, the symbolism is exploring fulfillment. The difference between a fork and a spoon is their shape. A spoon suggests what you need to hold onto in order to feel satisfied, while the fork is more symbolic of taking a stab at something, or making a change in direction that will help you provide for yourself. The fork can also symbolize choices or a crossroad, as in a 'fork in the road.' The knife can symbolize ideas that are painful or the cutting away to get at the truth. A spatula is associated with turning something over or seeing another side of the situation.