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One interpretation for Animals is that they represent your human nature (animal nature). We are animals and part of the animal kingdom. As such we have animal instincts that are part of our nature. Do you suppress part of your animal nature? To dream of an elephant, for instance, means that you hide your sensitivity by displaying a thick skin (see elephant). You are a sensitive animal and there is no point denying it – it is part of your nature so accept it. To dream of a sheep indicates you are timid or don’t do enough for yourself (see sheep). To dream of an alligator or crocodile means that you are either too aggressive and need to stop snapping at others or that you are losing a grip on things (once a crocodile has a grip on you they will not let go) and need to sharpen your teeth so you can take a good bite at life or be assertive when you need to be.

The significant thing is that as an animal your instincts can guide you through a given situation and quite often this is the right thing to do. Our animal side is also instrumental when it comes to having fun. Fun is a spontaneous thing and that’s how instincts work. To dream of a lost dog returning asks you to let your mental guard down and trust your instincts.

To dream of an animal dying can be about letting your animal nature die. It can also be about your body’s immune system fighting off disease. To dream of dead mutated animals, crows, badgers, snakes, worms, or other animals that are carrion is good. Here the animals represent a serious health threat such as cancer and them dying or you killing them in a dream shows your immune system is up to the task of fighting off the threat. To dream of these animals laying eggs or with young, warns of a disease spreading within your body. The rest of the dream will say what is allowing the spread. The good news is that dreams warn of disease before it manifests so there is plenty of time to take remedial action. It also needs to be pointed out that occasionally dreaming of health threats is fine. It becomes serious when you consistently dream these symbols.

Rabbits and animals with young symbolize your reproductive system.

Slow moving animals indicate that you have a slow moving colon and need to do something to speed it up.

Talking animals indicate that you need to express yourself.

Look up other animals by name to discover their meaning.

Antique furniture

Antique furniture indicates ideals. It is always good to have ideals and goals, however, if the ideals are not part of your life purpose and are hindering you in any way, your dreams will show this. Moving your parents’ furniture or furniture that looks like theirs into your house is a common theme here. A clash of ideals is indicated in this case, if you find yourself having to be careful not to hit against the furniture, or find yourself moving it around looking for space for it.


Apartments symbolize your heart, circulatory system and emotions. Typically it means that you separate yourself from your feelings. Literally you and your emotions are apart – you are not conscious of them. At least with regard to the subject matter of the dream, you are being too logical and need to involve your heart more in the decision making process.


To dream of an apostle means you are a spiritual teacher / leader. This does not mean in a religious way. Spirituality is expression of the soul so you will teach others to express what is in their core.


Approach in dreams is a request for you to get closer to whatever is the subject matter of the dream. For example, if you dream of approaching a person in body armor, the subject matter of the dream is not allowing others to get close to you. In this context the approach asks you to allow others approach you – allow others to get close to you.


An archway, particularly when cut through a green hedge, is a pun on artery and therefore implies your circulation system.


An arena symbolizes conflict either within yourself or with others.


Protective armor indicates that you do not allow others to get close to you. This is always about your heart and emotions. The idea is that by keeping people at a distance you cannot get hurt. The dream shows you this, to ask you to open up and allow others to get close. It is not healthy for your heart to suppress your feelings over a long period of time. Ideally you are open and honest about your feelings both to yourself and to others.


Armies can indicate the bodies defenses in action against an invading bacteria or virus. They can also indicate conflict either within or with others.

A subversive or underground army can indicate a serious threat to the body such as cancer.

Army uniforms indicate you have a regimented way of thinking that needs to change. In the army troops are trained through boot camp to not question the orders of their superior regardless of the threat to their own life. Green army uniforms ask you to listen to your heart rather than your head.

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