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Symbols are the language of dreams. A symbol can invoke a feeling or an idea and often has a much more profound and deeper meaning than any one word can convey. At the same time, these symbols can leave you confused and wondering what that dream was all about.

Acquiring the ability to interpret your dreams is a powerful tool. In analyzing your dreams, you can learn about your deep secrets and hidden feelings. Remember that no one is a better expert at interpreting your dreams than yourself.  

To guide you with your dreams interpretations, we have interpreted over 5900 keywords and symbols and over 20,000 different meanings in our ever expanding dream dictionary. These meanings are in no way, the final say in what YOUR dream  means, but hopefully it will inspire you to explore and offer a suggestive starting point for understanding your own dreams. There is no "one dream interpretation fits all." 

Every detail, even the most minute element in your dream is important and must be considered when analyzing your dreams. Each symbol represents a feeling, a mood, a memory or something from your unconscious. Look closely at the characters, animals, objects, places, emotions, and even color and numbers that are depicted in your dreams. Even the most trivial symbol can be significant. This dictionary, along with your own personal experiences, memories and circumstances, will serve to guide you through a meaningful and personalized interpretation. With practice, you can gain an understanding of the cryptic messages your dreams are trying to tell you. 




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Meanings For Symbols That Begin With N


To see the letter "N" in your dream implies the end of some habit, journey, relationship or condition.


To make or eat nachos in your dream signifies your need for more leisurely pursuits. You need to take some time out.


To dream that someone is nagging you suggests that you need to change your attitudes about your preconceived notions. It is time to make some changes in your life. You need to look at things from a different perspective. 

To dream that you are nagging someone indicates that you need to confront some repressed resentment or unexpressed anger.

Nail Clipper

To see or use a nail clipper in your dream implies that you need to rid something that is holding you back. It is time to move forward and grow. 

Nail File

To see a nail file in your dream suggests that you need to smooth out the rough edges of your personality or your relationship with others. You may be a little too harsh and too abrasive toward others. 

Nail Polish

To polish your nails in your dream suggests that you need to put more focus onto what you are doing and what you are trying to accomplish.   

To dream that you are changing your nail polish color represents your creativeness or emotional nature. 

Dreaming that your nail polish is chipped means that your strive for perfection will only leave you disappointed. If you dream that you nail polish is smeared, then it indicates that you are rushing into something. 

To notice someone's nail polish in your dream highlights their actions. Perhaps this person is doing something suspicious or doing something exceptionally well. If you do not like wearing nail polish and dream that someone is wearing nail polish, then it indicates that you are bothered or annoyed by their actions. This person may be doing something that you disapprove of. 

Look up the color of the nail polish for additional significance. In particular, if you are wearing black nail polish, then it indicates your "don't care" attitude; you are in control. If you are wearing orange colored nail polish, then it means that you are feeling inspired; you are ready to create. If you see clear nail polish in your dream, then it signifies your objectiveness in a situation.


To hammer nails in your dream represent your tenacity, persistence and ability to drive a hard bargain. Also consider the pun, "getting nailed" which refers to a sexual innuendo or which means getting caught with something. Alternatively, the dream may also point to another popular phrase "hitting the nail on the head", which suggests that you have fully resolved a situation.

To see nails in your dream symbolize long and hard work for little compensation and pay. It may also be analogous to some rugged or tough force.

To dream that you hurt yourself with a nail suggests that you need to be careful with what you say.

To dream that you are pulling nails out implies that you are not ready to commit to a situation or relationship. If you dream of pulling nails out of a tree, then it highlights some environmental issue that you are concerned about or involved with.

*Please see also Fingernails.


To dream that you are being naive indicates that you may be too trusting. The dream is a wake up call. 


To dream that you are naked denotes fear of being found out and exposed over your activities. You feel that you are being misjudged.

To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up signifies your vulnerability to a situation. 

To see a naked person in your dream and you are disgusted by it represents some anxiety about discovering the naked truth about that person or situation. It may also foretell of an illicit love affair, a loss of prestige or some scandalous activity. On the other hand, if you are accepting of someone else's nudity, then it implies that you can see right through them and their intentions. Or perhaps, you are completely accepting them for who they are. If you do not care about someone else's nudity, then it suggests that you need to learn not to be afraid of rejection.

To dream that everyone is naked except for you implies that there is something you are hiding from others. It may also mean that you are nervous about something. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you are being overly critical of others. Instead of being accepting, you tend to find flaws in others.

*For an in depth analysis, click on  Dream Moods' Common Dreams: Naked.


To dream that you forget your name or someone else's name suggests that you are feeling overwhelmed and burdened.  It may also indicate that you have forgotten your true self or your family roots.

To hear your name being called in your dream indicates that you are in touch and in tune with your spirituality. You need to be more aware of your own uniqueness and your individuality. Alternatively, your subconscious may be trying to get your attention about an important message that you are refusing to acknowledge in your waking life.

To see a familiar name written in your dream symbolizes the way you feel about that person. Your intuition about them may turn out to be true.

To dream that you changed your name or are referred to by a different name suggests that you are undergoing some major transformation or metamorphosis in your waking life. You are experiencing a reawakening.

Name Badge

To see or wear a name badge in your dream symbolizes your identity. The dream signifies your desires to reach out to others. Alternatively, the dream represents an unfamiliar situation.

If the name on the badge is not your name, then it means that you are experiencing an identity crisis. Perhaps you are doing something that is out of character. You have lost a little bit of yourself.  


To see or dream that you have a nanny implies that you are feeling overwhelmed. You feel that certain aspects of yourself are being neglected.


To dream that you are taking a nap suggests that you need to take a little time off to relax and take it easy. Give yourself a break.


To see a napkin in your dream signifies neatness and cleanliness. Alternatively, the dream may be preparing you for some good news. 

To see soiled napkins in your dream symbolize some major marital or relationship problem.      


To see a narcissus in your dream represents vanity. This dream symbol may be a metaphor for someone in your life who is narcissistic. Alternatively, it symbolizes divine love.


To dream that you are narcoleptic suggests that you are oblivious to some situation. Perhaps it is something that you are refusing to see and acknowledge.

Dreaming that someone has narcolepsy implies that you feel he or she is not responding to your needs or that you are not being heard.


To dream that you are under narcosis is an indication that you are trying to suppress your emotions instead of confronting them. You may be trying desperately to avoid a problem or situation in your waking life. Or you may be trying to refuse to take responsibility for your actions.


*Please see Drugs.


To dream about narrow spaces indicate that you are experiencing some struggle in your life journey. You are feeling restricted and confined. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor for your narrow-mindedness. Something narrow is also symbolic of female sexuality.


To dream that you are working at NASA represents possibilities and your desire to explore new things. You do not let boundaries stop you from doing what you want.


To see nasturtiums in your dream symbolize patriotism and love of country.

National Anthem

To hear or sing the national anthem of your own country in your dream signifies pride and love of country. It also represents your winning spirit.

Native American

To see a Native American in your dream represents the instinctual and uninhibited aspect of your character. You desire more freedom from cultural and society restraints. 

Native Country

To dream about your native country means that you are recognizing your roots and where you came from. You are also reflecting on the decisions you have made along the way and what you have accomplished.


To see the nativity in your dream indicates that you have made a startling new discovery about yourself and your capabilities. It also points to the importance of spiritual enlightenment and inner strength as opposed to material richness.


To dream of nature denotes freedom, tranquility, restoration, and renewal. You are utilizing your instinctual nature.


To dream that you have nausea suggests that you are suffering from a situation or condition in which you are trying to escape from.


To see a nautilus in your dream reflects your tenacity. You don't let go of what's yours and don't give up.  Alternatively, dreaming of a nautilus indicates that you have a good handle of a situation. 

If you dream of a nautilus in your mouth, then it means that you need to keep your mouth shut about something.


To see your navel in your dream represents your being and self. The dream may indicate that you need to find your center and middle ground. Alternatively, to dream of your navel signifies the bonding to their mother. 

To dream that you or someone has a navel piercing denotes your deep connection with your mother. Perhaps the dream is telling you to reconnect with your mother or that you need to be in touch with your maternal instincts.


To dream that you are in the Navy symbolizes your need for organization, discipline and structure in your life.

Navy blue color represents a lack of individuality and creativity.  


To see a Nazi in your dream represents an evil and merciless force that cannot be reasoned with. You feel that others are putting you down. If you are a Nazi sympathizer, then the dream has the opposite significance.

Near Death Experience

To have a near death experience in your dream implies that you are experience a relapse of sorts. You are reverting back to your old habits and ways. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you are being given a second chance or second try at something.


To dream that you are nearsighted indicates that your efforts and energies are too focused on short term goals and not on preparing for the long term of the future. 


To dream that something is neat and tidy indicates that you need to get organized. You need to clear your mind and let go of the past.


To see a nebula in your dream symbolizes an outburst of creative energy and possibilities.


To see your neck in your dream signifies the relationship between the mind/mental and the body/physical. It represents willpower, self-restriction and your need to control your feelings and keep them in check.   Consider the familiar phrase, "don't stick your neck out" which serves as a warning against a situation.

To dream that your neck is injured or sore indicates a separation between your heart and mind. There is a literal disconnect between how you feel and what you think. You are feeling conflicted. Alternatively, the dream represents something or someone, who is literally a pain in the neck.

If you dream that your neck is thick or swollen, then it represents your quick temperedness. 

Neck Brace

To see or wear a neck brace in your dream implies that you are trying to reconnect your heart and mind. You are trying to rationalize your emotions.

To dream that someone is wearing a neck brace refers to your support system. 


To see or wear a necklace in your dream represents unsatisfied desires. It also highlights your intellect and  your desire to have more influence and power over others.  If the necklace is broken or lost, then it indicates that your rational thinking is in accordance with your emotional thinking. You need to act on your gut instinct about some situation or relationship. 

Dreaming that a necklace is haunted implies that you are feeling confused about a relationship. Take into consideration who gave you the necklace or if the necklace previously belonged to someone else.


To see or wear a tie in your dream represents your obligations and relational bonds. The dream may also be a pun on feeling tied down to a situation or relationship. If the tie is loose around your neck, then it suggests that you have some unfinished business to tend to. If the tie is too tight, then it denotes that you feel trapped in a situation or condition.


*Please See  Hypnotist


To see or make nectar in your dream symbolizes sweetness and joy. Things are going very well for you in your life. 


To dream that you are eating a nectarine indicates that you are at ease. You are content with the simple things in life.


To dream that you are in need suggests that you are lacking something important in your waking life. The needs in your dream often reflect waking needs.

To dream that someone is in need indicates that you need to be more compassionate and sympathetic to him or her. Learn to appreciate the things you have.


To see or use a needle in your dream indicates that you need to mend some relationship or situation that has gotten out of hand. A needle is also symbolic of some emotional or physical pain. Alternatively, the dream is a metaphor for male sexuality or a sexual act. In particular, to see knitting needles in your dream suggest that you are manipulating a situation in order to get a desired outcome.  

To dream that someone is using a needle suggests that you need to incorporate and join together various aspects of your consciousness. 

To look for a needle in your dream symbolizes useless worries over small, trivial matters. Consider the phrase of looking for a needle in a haystack to represent our fruitless pursuits.

To dream that you are threading a needle represents unfinished issues that you need to tend to and perhaps even repair. Alternatively, the dream may have sexual connotations. 

Dreaming of a needle stuck in your finger indicates that you are feeling unappreciated. You are not being recognized for your contribution or hard work. The dream may also point to a verbally abusive relationship.


*Please see Knitting or Sewing.


To see picture negatives in your dream represent a relationship or situation that is developing. The dream may be a pun on some "negative" person or force in your life. Consider also what is being depicted in the negative.

To have a dream in negative images implies that you are lacking an emotional component to your dreams. Alternatively, such dreams reflect memories and past experiences.


To feel neglected in your dream represents some aspect of yourself which you are not paying enough attention to. Perhaps you are overlooking something. Alternatively, it may reflect your real waking experiences of being neglected.

If you dream of a neglected child, then it suggests that you are ignoring the desires of the inner child within. You are so focused on the responsibilities of your daily life that you forget to stop and enjoy the smaller things.  

To dream that a dog is neglected indicates that you are taking some of your friends for granted.


To see or wear a negligee in your dream indicates your suggestiveness. Perhaps you feel that people can see right through to who you are and your intentions. Do you have a secret that you are afraid will be revealed?  The symbol may also be a pun on your negligence of some situation.


To dream of having a good neighbor signifies enjoyment and tranquility at home. If you dream of an angry or unfriendly neighbor, then it signifies dissension and disappointment. There is a waking issue that you need to address with your neighbor. Alternatively, the dream could mean relocation from your home. Perhaps you are in need of a change of scenery.


To dream about your neighborhood represents a sense of community. You need to develop new friends and new ties. Consider your waking feelings toward your neighbors. 

To dream that you are in an unknown neighborhood signifies aspects of your subconscious. The dream may also parallel a waking situation which is new or unfamiliar to you. You are venturing into a brand new territory and it is making you slightly anxious and uneasy.

To see a poor neighborhood in your dream indicates that you are feeling drained or emotionally impoverished. You are lacking support or love. Alternatively, the dream may be trying to get you to be more compassionate to those who are less fortunate. Perhaps you need to extend a helping hand to someone who is in need. The poor neighborhood may also just be a reflection of your actual living situation.

Neon Light

To see neon lights in your dream symbolize your aspirations and desires for recognition or fame, particularly if it is your name in neon. Also consider what is written in neon. There is an important message that your subconscious is trying to convey.  


To dream of your nephew represents some aspect of yourself that you need to acknowledge or recognize within yourself.


To see the planet Neptune in your dream represents inspiration, imagination, and devotion. You may need to show some more compassion and understanding.

To see the Neptune god in your dream indicates some supercharged emotion that you need to address in your waking life. You need to control your temper.


To see or dream that you are a nerd indicates feelings of inferiority and/or ineffectiveness. You feel that you have been overlooked. 


To dream that you are nervous about something indicates that you are experiencing self-doubt and feelings of insecurity. 

Nervous Breakdown

To dream that you or someone has a nervous breakdown suggests that you have lost your frame of reference in a relationship or situation. You are seeking more clarity and insight.   The dream also indicates that you are having difficulties trusting your own judgment and decisions. You are feeling insecure.


To see a nest in your dream signifies comfort, safety, homeliness, protection, or new opportunities. Consider the condition of the nest and how it parallels your waking home situation and home life. Alternatively, the nest also means emotional dependency.

If the nest is full of eggs, then it symbolizes your financial future and financial security. The dream could thus be a pun on "nest egg". If the eggs in the nest are broken or bad, then it symbolizes disappointments and failures. You are being pulled into someone else's problems or arguments.

Nesting Doll

**Please See Matryoshka Doll.


To see a net in your dream suggests that you are caught in a complicated life situation. You feel trapped. Alternatively, the dream means that you need to expand your reach. it is time to "cast those nets" and see what comes back. The net may thus be a metaphor for your network of connections or the internet. 


To dream that you are looking for something to watch on Netflix represents a recap of what is happening in your life. Pay attention to the show titles that you see on the screen. Watching Netflix in your dream also indicates that you are taking control some area of your life. 


To see nettles in your dream represents a difficult situation that you need to avoid. You may be experiencing difficulty in expressing yourself. Perhaps you are in the middle of a "stingy" situation.


To see a new house in your dream indicates that you are taking on a new identity and developing new strengths. You are becoming more emotionally mature.

To see new shoes in your dream suggest that you are overconfident in your success. Alternatively, you may be on a life path that is unfamiliar to you.

To dream that you are at a new school means that you are feeling out of place in some situation. Or perhaps there is a new lesson that you need to learn.

In general, dream of new things and new places correspond to what is new in your waking life. It refers to something that is different or unfamiliar.

New Year

To dream of the New Year signifies prosperity, hope, new beginnings and an opportunity to make a fresh start. It also represents the start of some new project or a fresh outlook in life. On a spiritual level, the New Year represents enlightenment or new found understanding.

New York

If you do not live in New York, but dream that you are in New York, then it symbolizes your fast paced lifestyle. Perhaps things are moving too fast and you are unable to keep up with the demands of everyday life. Alternatively, the dream represents your desires for more excitement in your life. Or you are striving for success in your professional career.  Known as "the big apple, dreaming of New York City could mean that you need to eat a more healthy diet.


*Please See Baby.


To watch or listen to the news in your dream signifies an important message from your subconscious. Alternatively, the dream may mean that you need to be more objective in a situation. 

To hear good news in your dream is a dream of the contrary and represents a negative turn in events. If you hear bad news in your dream, then a situation is not as bad as you had anticipated.



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Humanity has tried to push their dreams, seeing the source of secret knowledge about the future about the future or your own subconscious.

Learning to extract warnings and hints from dreams is a real superpower that can help you achieve harmony with yourself and fulfill your desires. Worth a try, right?

In order to correctly interpret dreams, you need to start with the study of popular symbols - as practice shows, we dream of some things more often and more expressively than others. And although their meanings in different dream books differ from each other, something in common, nevertheless, can be distinguished.

  • Teeth. Most often, this popular symbol correlates with something important for the sleeper - for example, relatives, friends or loved ones. Everything that happens to your teeth in a dream can help you comprehend the real state of things in a close circle.
  • Reading in a dream. Reading in a dream means receiving information: information or a task that you have to complete. By focusing on the emotions the reading evokes, as well as the details of the process, you can get clues about the nature of the upcoming event.
  • Pregnancy. Such a dream portends troubles and cash flows - profit or, conversely, loss. For men, it often precedes negative events, and for women - according to the situation. It's no secret that pregnancy, even in a dream, remains too personal an experience.
  • Childbirth. To be relieved of a burden in a dream means to be able to finally accomplish something important and long-awaited. To take birth in a dream portends participation in an important later, but at first insignificant business. These dreams are positive and portend changes for the better.
  • Clock. The indication of time often has a direct meaning. Such a dream encourages the sleeper to be vigilant and careful, to think about their actions and life in general. The universe seems to be indicating to you that the time of life is running out, often not very productively.
  • Shoes. The appearance of this symbol in your dreams most often means a new life path: acquaintance, meeting, change of scenery or priorities. The appearance of the shoes and your actions in relation to them are a good clue about the nature of the changes that await you.
  • Fish. Seeing a fish in a dream often portends pregnancy and various events related to children. Most often these are positive, joyful dreams, but sometimes certain sensations can also indicate a negative: illness, someone's indifference or coldness.
  • House. For most people, home is the most comfortable place on earth. Being at home in a dream means peace and protection, looking for a house or unsuccessfully trying to get into it - portends difficulties with a close environment, loss of faith in honesty, failure in business.
  • Dog. A dog in dreams symbolizes a friend - perhaps the events of the plot dream indicate to you the need to pay attention to the clues of faithful comrades, or maybe they say that someone close needs your support and help.
  • Deceased. Often the dead come to us in dreams in order to warn of something important or to remind ourselves. But it also happens that communication with the dead portends a change in the weather or troubles associated with health.

It is no secret that knowledge of the interpretation of popular symbols is just the basis for the ability to correctly interpret dreams. To master this secret knowledge, you need to learn to listen to yourself. The ability to follow your own intuition and see what is hidden - these are the real superpowers of the interpreter of dreams!

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90,000 dreams

dreams come to us whenever we fall asleep. They are derived from our thoughts and feelings and contain symbols that help us understand their meaning. Sleep can reflect the picture of our everyday life. And if we do not quite understand what is happening, then there are different ways of interpreting it. For example, using the following dream symbols.


Water is one of the natural symbols that we often see in dreams. It can be interpreted as a combination of emotions, moods and vitality. To interpret the emotions associated with this dream, you need to understand why you dreamed of water. If a sleeping person perceives water as some kind of danger, this means that he or she is unhappy with the feelings that they are experiencing at the moment. If you dream of seething waves, then this is a sign that a person is engulfed in an all-consuming feeling.


There are many interpretations of this dream symbol. On the one hand, teeth can represent strength and vitality, and on the other hand, greed and self-confidence. If you dream that you have lost or broken a tooth, then this may mean a weakening of feelings or relationships.


In real life, having a child is a great happiness. That is why when you dream of a baby or in a dream you dream of having him, this symbolizes new emotions. However, there is another interpretation: such a dream can speak of a person’s vulnerability or, even worse, a desire to avoid responsibility for something.


Many associate this common dream symbol with betrayal. But in fact, it can denote various emotions. So, for example, it can symbolize the magical powers hidden in us, the desire to improve our instincts or increase primary energy.
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