Continuing with the theme of exploring the divination forms in the Dark Divinations anthology from Horror Addicts.net Press, today’s topic is the interpretation of dreams. I just read the story about dreams in the book, and it is chilling…well done, Ash Hartwell!
Merriam-Webster defines a dream as “a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.” There are other definitions, but this is the one pertinent to our discussion.
Dream Interpretation has been with us as a method of divination since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Even the ancient Sumerians gave credence to dreams, as seen in Gilgamesh.
Throughout the ages, it has been a constant feature of society. Modern (well, relatively modern…) psychology even acknowledges the interpretation of dreams. Both Freud and Jung gave credence to the importance of dreams.
Are dreams prophetic? Does anyone know for sure? Once an event happens, do you mold your dream to fit the event, or did your dream predict it? It is a fascinating thing to consider, and there are numerous resources to help with the interpretation of your own dreams.
Here is a link to an extensive “dream dictionary.” For more thoughts on psychoanalytic dream interpretation, see this Wikipedia page. Perhaps you would like to keep a dream journal — there seems to be a great variety. Even broken down as to male or female…
I don’t remember having any prophetic dreams personally, but I know that dreams have sometimes worked their way into my writing. The first full-length short story I remember writing was based on a dream. And the inciting character in my always in progress Space Opera came from a dream.
How about you? Do you have dreams that foretell the future?
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