In chinese lore the tortoise is a revered figure of wisdom and knowledge. He is said to carry the pattern of all existence on his back. He also represents creation. Consult the entries for chinese in indigenous peoples and pet as well as the information on reptiles in animals.
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- Dream Tortoise (Psychological / emotional perspective)The tortoise may, of course, simply be an image of a pet as an object that is loved.It may also, however, be a symbol for long life.For those undertaking esoteric studies, the tortoise in dreams may signify the need to consider chinese systems of belief.
- Dream Tortoise (Material aspects)The tortoise for most people suggests slowness but also perhaps thoroughness.It also in dreams signifies a shell that perhaps we – or others round us – have put up in order to protect or defend ourselves.
- Dream Hexagram When spiritually we attempt to reconcile two energies – the spiritual and the physical, or the active and the passive – we may experience that union in dreams in the form of patterns. One significant group of patterns are the hexagrams, said to have been discovered on a tortoise shell…
- Dream Chinese Traditionally chinese people often followed a combination of religious beliefs, including confucianism, taoism and buddhism. Practices such as ancestor worship and meditation, together with the worship of gods and magical rituals, still take place and in dreams, as our knowledge increases, can give rich imagery.
- Dream Indigenous Peoples (Psychological / emotional perspective)Since everybody has their own view of indigenous people, inevitably dreams will be coloured by our conscious awareness. However, as our knowledge of cultures and customs becomes greater the appearance of indigenous people in dreams take on different shades of meaning.
- Dream Tobacco We may be interested in the idea of spirituality, but as yet have not found the right stimulation.The symbolism of tobacco as a giver of visions may be relevant to our situation.Also consult the entries for indigenous peoples and smoke / smoking.
- Dream Kite A kite represents our need for, or recognition of, forthcoming spiritual freedom.In chinese lore, the kite symbolized the wind. We need to be free of constraints and to be ‘pulling our own strings’, while remaining grounded.The bird of prey also soars with the wind, and again represents freedom.
- Dream Garlic Garlic is considered a herb of magic.As a protective amulet, particularly against the evil eye, it is of significance against negativity.In chinese lore it also symbolizes luck, health and many children, so in dreams may signify all of these.
- Dream Totem / Totem Pole Both in its symbolic meaning of a protector and as a representative of spiritual matters, the totem pole suggests strength and power.In a dream a totem pole can link us back to a very basic human need for protection.It is not the protection afforded by a father, but by those…
- Dream Trap / Trapped Spiritually we are holding ourselves back. We may also be aware of being trapped by the restrictions of the physical body.As we gain in spiritual knowledge, the wider perspective makes us more aware, particularly in dreams, of our lack of freedom. Consult the entries for box, escape, lock / locked,…