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Symbolic Dream Interpretation Library

Everyone has dreams and every dreaming experience is unique and personal, some dreams contain vivid and memorable symbolic representations of reality while others can be quite surreal and elusive, but they all seem to have special meanings and important messages hidden deep inside. That is probably why so many of us are curious about their meaning and spend time searching for possible answers.

There are no simple or universal answers to what each and every dream can possibly mean and sometimes we get confused or frustrated when we cannot find a good explanation, validate our subconscious experiences or come up with an instant answer, it is especially true when online dream interpretation resources are used. The most common approach to dream interpretation entails collecting and recording dream descriptions and their meanings which are explained with the help of practical everyday knowledge or past experience of others who may have experienced similar symbols and visions. Some dreams can have positive messages and some can be negative or upsetting, depending on the sources or the context, but these messages can surely motivate, inspire and challenge us to take a closer look at our lives.

Why DreamLookUp?

Our team devotes time and shares passion for refining and bringing together dream interpretation resources and dictionaries to make it quicker and easier for visitors to find concise, yet meaningful interpretations of visions, symbols and events experienced in their dreams.

Our growing dream interpretation database is created using trusted and respected sources, including original dream psychology studies and publications by famous authors as well as some translated content of folklore and mysticism you will not find in one place anywhere else online.

We are passionate about our work and hope you will become a part of our growing audience searching to have their dream meanings answered. Stay informed and prepared for what the future holds or how your past is important, learn what your subconscious mind is telling you, and we will provide you with tools and resources at your fingertips to have your questions answered.

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Our dreams are not just random sets or sequences of events occurring during sleep. They have a discernable connection to reality, whether such a relation is rooted in our past, a reflection of our present or a prediction of our future. Dreams are rife with symbolism and symbolic images, or things which speak about us - and more aptly, to us - through the deepest recesses of our subconscious. These symbols take the form of living or nonliving things, sounds, visions, our own and other people’s actions which appear in our dreams as a mirror of our innermost thoughts and feelings, or a parallel conscience to guide us through life’s journey. Therefore, it is imperative that we uncover the meaning of our dreams so that our awareness could help us act accordingly and use our knowledge for our own good.

Our ancestors had a very careful approach to interpreting dreams. To wake up and remember a particular symbol or sign was always considered as something connected to future events. The earliest notions of people analyzing their dream symbols date back to 3000 to 4000 BC. In those days, people went as far as believing that dreams were a result of physiological or bodily changes. During the Hellenistic period, dream interpreters often assisted medical practitioners to help heal a person suffering from a disease. Even today, many cultures have individuals (healers, fortune-tellers, shamans. etc.) capable of deciphering coded messages contained in dreams which they refer to as something that has important consequences to a person's present or future life.

Not surprisingly, remembering and interpreting certain dream symbols can often result in revelations which were somehow already anticipated or expected by the dreamer. However, there are dream symbols which may be difficult to fathom, and a deeper understanding and analysis of life’s circumstances is needed in order to form a cogent connection to the dream visions themselves, especially when a dream is recurring. These symbols may reveal some deeply-rooted subconscious desires. They may be hiding repressed memories of long-forgotten traumas. Or they could be perceived as warnings based on dreamers’ previous life experiences and practical knowledge alerting them about upcoming unfortunate events, giving them ample time to steer clear of future dangers.

How can dream interpretation be influenced by dream symbols?

Using its dream interpretation library, DreamLookUp.com can provide readers with practical commonly-interpreted meanings for a wide variety of symbols. These interpretations include specific details which are contextual dream descriptions. By combining particular symbols with their matching context experienced in a dream, visitors have a better chance at finding interpretations based on trusted and popular sources and analyzing dreams they had experienced.

Although symbols represent perhaps the most important part of a dream, looking at a specific symbol in isolation would not be helpful in trying to uncover relevant meaning and significance of a particular dream. As with some words which can have many meanings, depending upon the context in which they are used in spoken or written form, dream symbols should also be interpreted in the context they appear in a dream.

Dreamers must pay special attention to all notable attributes of the dream as these may help reveal, modify or put specific symbolic representations in their proper context and, therefore, provide more relevant interpretation. For example, snow by itself seen in a dream, may indicate that the dreamer is a casual observer to people’s hardships and difficulties, regardless of his or her reactions to such situations. However, “melting snow” has an entirely different symbolic meaning. On account of an additional context describing the symbol, in this case the modifier “melting”, the symbolic meaning of “snow” is completely altered. According to our sources, melting snow could be indicative of the dreamer’s unreasonable anxieties and fears which, quite ironically, would result in relief and self-assurance.

This is what puts DreamLookUp.com in a league of its own. Its extensive collection of dream symbols accompanied by specific descriptions allows readers to narrow down their search for more relevant meaning of their dreams. It implicitly tells readers to not just take symbols at face value, but to look deeper for something which may significantly affect, if not altogether change, the overall meaning of a given symbol.

Interpretation of dream symbols using discrete representations of objects, actions and events experienced in a dream can result in some broad ideas for interpretations, however, more detailed combinations of symbolic attributes pertaining to specific dream visions produce much better interpretation results. Many dream interpretation sources posit that symbols are what can be considered elements of the universal language for dream interpretation and often belie a more deeply-rooted and inherent meaning.

For this reason, readers need to understand that additional details associated with specific dream visions or dream stories can aid in context-specific dream interpretation. For example, eating an apple and seeing a rotten apple, although bearing the same object considered as a symbol, i.e. apple, in the world of dreams, are obviously two different dream events which will have separate context-specific interpretations. Similarly, dreaming about a river, as described by the dreamer in more than one setting or scenario, could represent a number of things. According to our library of meanings, “watching flowing river water” in a dream could indicate wealth and prosperity, while “wading across a shallow river” could foretell possible health problems and other adversities.

As for dreams which involve recurring symbols, readers may be wondering why such visions keep appearing like pesky flies in the subconscious state. In most cases, they symbolize problematic events which have gone unresolved, or tumultuous phases in their lives which have not been accorded a proper closure. Otherwise, these reminders might just be another collection of unaccomplished plans or unfulfilled dreams waiting to be realized. However, these are but a few commonly-accepted interpretations for recurring dream visions. Depending on the context in which these images keep returning in dreams, they may take on an entirely different meaning. DreamLookUp.com provides some of the most practical explanations for recurring dream symbols in different contexts and under a multitude of possible scenarios.

How different is the real world from the symbolic world of dreams?

Not all symbols contained in our dreams have the same connotations as they would have in the real world. Often, certain things which might be considered unfavorable in reality connote a completely opposite meaning as applies to the world of dreams. One example is when a person dreams about death. It does not follow that someone they know in real life would meet the same fate. Death in dreams could be indicative of a change or transformation. Since the notion of death implies “coming to an end,” it is often symbolic of new beginnings.

So there’s the rub. For someone who does not bother to look deeper for the most commonly-interpreted meaning of this seemingly macabre symbolism, that person will likely be unjustifiably burdened with anxieties about some ominous event which would most probably never happen.Of course there are dreams whose symbolic meanings are exactly how they would unravel in real life. Dreams of this nature are either a form of self-affirmation or proof that dreams indeed do literally come true, and deservedly so.

In any case, the wealth of practical knowledge accumulated to date and included in our online dream interpretation library can help readers better understand the differences and similarities between the real world and the world conjured up in dreams, and give them the peace of mind that they need in times when they may harbor doubts or seek assurance with regard to symbolic meanings of their dreams. Its alphabetized and categorized collection of dream interpretations is easy to navigate and offers different angles and vantage points from which to look at “what dreams may come,” to borrow a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

How do symbolic meanings vary?

As readers may note, most dream interpretations offered by DreamLookUp.com are presented as short and concise descriptions while quite often people expect more comprehensive and detailed answers relative to the length and complexity of their dreams. As in all forms of literature, a dream can be summarized and shortened by determining the “crux of the matter,” or the central theme of the dream from which its meaning can be deduced. The gist of a particular dream, no matter how complex it may seem, can manifest in the most vivid recollections of symbols taken out of the dream and have a profound significance to dreamers that only dreamers can determine for themselves. To reiterate, paying close attention to the context in which these symbols are seen in the dream will help dreamers arrive at the closest and most commonly-assigned meanings and interpretations as provided by both traditional and modern dream interpretation sources.

To give readers some relevant examples, dreaming about a “baby” in general is a symbol of upcoming pleasant surprises and fortuitous occurrences. That sounds simple enough. To dream of a “crying baby” connotes major health problems or a sudden tragedy. That’s still quite straightforward. However, consider this next dream, “cuddling a crying baby in an effort to calm him down, to no avail”. This by all appearances is a complex dream vision which might require some analysis on the dreamers’ part to help them grasp the central theme, which would then aid them in determining the dream’s symbolic meaning. Again, only the dreamers can decide as to which particular attribute or part of the dream they think is prominent or significant enough to help them zero in on that attribute as the central theme, or the context in which the dream vision might take its symbolic meaning, and come up with a valid interpretation available on this or any other websites.

Going back to the third dream sample, let’s assume that one dreamer decides with great conviction that the central part of the dream is the image of “cuddling a crying baby,” overpowering all other symbolic attributes of the dream. DreamLookUp.com’s library of dream interpretations will tell the dreamer that the vision may be seen as a sign of an upcoming period of deep sadness or emotional turmoil which would result in many days of tears.

Taking the third dream sample a bit further, it is possible that such a complex dream vision could only be the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. For the sake of argument, and knowing that it would bring readers to a better understanding of symbolism and symbolic meaning, let us assume that one dreamer dreams of “cuddling a crying baby in a room full of countless other people who are doing exactly the same thing, i.e., each cuddling a crying baby, and all seem to be working in a collective effort to calm all the babies down, to no avail.” This may sound completely far-fetched but not entirely impossible, as many dream visions or stories behind symbols can be very complex and descriptive.

In analyzing this rather convoluted dream vision, dreamers will be guided by their own conscience, that is, an inner awareness of what part of the vision truly strikes a chord with them in order for them to decide that it is indeed the symbolic image they are seeking a specific answer for. The possibilities to narrow their inquiry to a searchable dream description are as divergent as "many babies," "strangers taking care of babies," “baby tantrums,” “room full of crying babies,” “room full of people cuddling crying babies,” and so on.

When using DreamLookUp.com, readers can follow this simple method to properly analyze, break down, and sum up their dreams in search of the most common and readily-available symbolic meanings in the website’s dream interpretation library. This is what we are trying to achieve. We are a work in progress and still in the process of carefully and meticulously selecting and adopting all of the existing variations to an endless list of symbolic images based on how they appear in dreams.

We want to come up with dream interpretations which will provide a universal set of possible meanings requested or searched through online channels. Our growing collection of dream symbols as they are reported to us in varying degrees of frequency in our search box and in various other major search engines is updated on a regular basis as we continue to conduct further research and combine these bodies of knowledge under one roof for the benefit of all.

There is no denying that enormous efforts are placed in creating and maintaining an online dream interpretation source which is able to respond to the signs of the times. Admittedly, the answers found on DreamLookUp.com are mere guideposts. They are there only to give directions, or to light the way. Ultimately, it is the dreamer who creates his own destiny. Using this online resource as a tool, only he can unlock the most relevant meanings of his own dreams.

Career Consultant Tips - Career on vc.ru

In recent months, many people have had fears and anxiety related to work: will I be able to find a place in a changing world? How to stop being nervous at an interview, present yourself in the best possible way and get a job? Together with Tatyana Minaeva, job search and career management consultant, expert of the Skillbox course “How to find a job today. Express Course with Career Advice”, we have prepared useful tips for everyone who is faced with these difficult work issues.


Where to start looking for a job

The first step is to define the scope of your professional interests. Those lucky ones who already know their desired position can immediately move on to the second one. And if at this stage you have any difficulties, I offer several quick ways to understand which profession to look at:

  • Monitor vacancies. View literally all vacancies or search for positions by keywords: “process optimization”, “working with documents”, “creativity”, “sense of humor”, “sense of style”, “high analytical skills”. It is important to remember that today there is a separate profession for almost every skill. This method will help determine the name of the appropriate one.
  • Conduct blind surveys. To do this, you need to make a resume, cross out the names of the positions-companies that you have behind you and leave only the skills. Then ask friends to come up with at least five options for professions that a specialist with such experience can do. It's like in the "Voice" program, when not the image and age are evaluated, but the vocal data.
  • Test different professions. You can work one day as a designer, another as a buyer or HR manager. For this method, you will have to participate in volunteer projects or ask for a job with a friend, even in a remote format, the second will be useful. “Taste” ten specialties like this, this will allow you to learn a lot about your preferences in work.
  • Pass a vocational test or career guidance. The specialist will assess the competencies of the applicant and propose hypotheses in which areas his skills are most likely to be useful. This is a paid service, but saves a lot of time. You can also take a free career guidance test, such as the “Who am I?” test.

The second step is to see if you can immediately get an attractive position, or determine the position closest to your dream job. To do this, you can do the following:

  • Respond to interesting vacancies and springboard positions in order to evaluate market feedback.
  • Contact experts or career consultants to build an optimal professional track.
  • Study in open sources the profiles and resumes of people who are already working in the position of interest to the applicant.

The third step is to go through all the classic stages of employment:

  • resume writing;
  • compiling a cover letter;
  • job search;
  • sending responses with resume and cover letter;
  • telephone interview;
  • interview with HR or manager;
  • test task execution;
  • providing recommendations;
  • decision on the offer.

There may be another stage when the candidate realizes that he lacks knowledge and skills, and therefore goes to study to meet the requirements of the market.

How to prepare for an interview

There are four classic blocks of skills that are tested during an interview or an interview:

  • Hard Skills. Key professional competencies.
  • Motivation. Does the specialist enjoy his work, does he love it. If he has a lot of experience and a lot of professional knowledge, but he does not want to do what he does, then most likely he will not bring the desired result.
  • Soft Skills. Communication, logic, thinking, etc.
  • has managerial competencies. Ability to manage a team: train, motivate, control, etc.

Some questions are asked at almost every interview, they are definitely worth working through:

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • Why did you leave your previous job?
  • What salary are you applying for?
  • Why did you decide to move to a new field? (When changing activities.)
  • What do you know about our company?

Then you can make a list, conditionally, of 50 questions, like in exams, and prepare for each separately. They should include all four skill groups. Plus, it is necessary to provide for questions “aside”: non-obvious, clarifying, provocative. For example: “To which of our competitors will you send your resume if you receive a negative answer from us right now?”

It is important to stock up on success stories from your practice. Recruiters pay special attention to this, ask questions. For example, “What did you do as a leader when an employee was demotivated?”, “How did you resolve conflicts?”, “Tell us about your reaction and actions in a crisis situation. ” In such a case, it is better to pick up several successful examples in advance. When the answers are ready and worked out several times, the interview is much easier. You can practice with a mirror, a friend, a career consultant

How to stop being afraid of job interviews and new jobs

First you need to ask yourself the question “What exactly am I afraid of?” and make a list of fears:

  • not knowing the answers to interview questions and looking stupid;
  • go to work and fail to cope with new responsibilities;
  • be disappointed in their choice of a new job;
  • did not pass the trial period.

When the list of fears is ready, imagine in detail that each of the scenarios came true. And ask yourself the question: “What will I do if each of my fears comes true?” After that, model the situation, for example: “If at the interview I am asked questions to which I will not know the answer, I will say that I am ready to study at my own expense, or I will offer to send answers after the interview”; “If at a new job it is not clear to me how to solve certain problems, I will turn to colleagues, a manager, or hire a mentor. ” Modeling reality helps to get rid of the feeling of fear.

How to speed up your job search

  • Consider related vacancies. For example, if you are a manager and understand that not only a vacancy for a sales manager, but also for working with clients will suit you, it is better to consider these vacancies in parallel. The key mistake of candidates is to look for one vacancy for three months, and then switch to another.

Several related positions - more market coverage, more interviews. And this allows you to better understand what salary you can apply for, which companies are looking for such specialists, their requirements, test tasks. There is a practice of interviews when a candidate answers questions faster and easier, without hesitation, less worried.

  • See the market broadly. Some candidates consider vacancies only with a salary that suits them, while others have a strict list of requirements for the company: region, industry, the ability to work remotely.

Because of this, it may turn out that the specialist seems to be looking for a job, but does not go to interviews. Attractive and profitable vacancies pass him by. But as soon as he takes a broader look at the market - revises the range of salaries, geography - there will be much more options. For example, a proposal with prospects for career and salary growth in the near future, when during a trial period they offer a salary below the required threshold, but after a month or two it is reviewed.

It is important not to narrow the market in advance. You can state strict requirements for vacancies when you have a lot of invitations to interviews, you pass them successfully. But usually candidates consider offers with different conditions, when they have not been able to find a job for six months, in a state of panic. This is noticed by employers at the interview. Nervousness, aggression, demotivation, willingness to take on any job in their specialty, dumping can cause refusal.

Recruitment market trends

  • Elitism of the interview. Today, the interview stage is preceded by a painstaking selection of candidates with a careful assessment of skills, resumes and portfolios. Recruiters give more introductory test tasks. But oral communications and communication with living people is becoming less.
  • Focus on universal competencies. Employers value applicants with skills in related industries. For example, it will be a big plus if an Internet marketer understands the principles of work of targetologists and SMM managers; and the accountant - economists and personnel specialists.
  • Nowhere without soft skills. The applicant will need good logic, excellent communication, high stress resistance and multitasking. In the event of a conflict or disputable situation, the specialist should be aimed at finding out the causes and finding a solution as soon as possible. It is desirable that the person be able to share real stories of using soft skills from their career.
  • Professionalism is more important than charisma. Previously, it was easier for job seekers to “hook” an employer with their charisma and visionary skills during an interview. And today the ability to speak beautifully and energize is considered only as an addition to professional skills. They cannot be used as the main "trump card" for employment.
  • Request for referrals increased. Reputation is everything. Employers carefully study the history of applicants. Networking between recruiters, heads of departments, search through pages on social networks and search engines is being used.
  • New probation value. Previously, the probationary period was perceived as a period of adaptation of an employee in a new place. And today is the time for which the specialist must have time to prove himself. If a successful symbiosis does not happen, the employee may part ways in the first weeks.

Summing up

To find a dream job, you need to constantly analyze and study yourself, the labor market, listen to the desires and characteristics of your character, develop, make many attempts and overcome fears. Change beyond our control is an opportunity to look at your career in a new way, explore options that were not explored before, and try on interesting roles.

How to make yourself look for your dream job

When we choose a profession, look for a job or think about changing the field of activity, we find ourselves at the point of choice. Many people “hang” in this state and cannot make a decision

Elena Rezanova in the book “It's OK!” tells why it is difficult to move from a place and how to help yourself.

Hidden filters

When making a choice, we are most often aware of only one search criterion. For example, "find a creative job." But in fact, the solution goes through many hidden filters. What? Most people believe that what they are looking for is recognized at first sight, will be something new, always brings pleasure, turns out quickly, is understandable to others, is financially predictable, and is decomposed into understandable steps.

This approach is dangerous. Under the action of hidden filters, the task becomes unsolvable. For example, the desire to find a creative job is transformed into “I want a creative job that will be different from everything I do now, and my heart will skip a beat when I find out about it, everything will be easy to do, bring pleasure, good money and all the path will be visible from the beginning." At the start, not a single idea will leak through such a strict selection.

Insight or hypothesis testing?

The search for the right answer is often associated with insight and an explosion of emotions. Recall similar stories about finding a calling. The person felt sadness and longing (“I’m not in my place”), then met with a dream (“I was pierced”), then made a decision and felt the fullness of life (“ready to move mountains”). But there are other examples: when at first you feel: “This is it!” - and you experience an explosion of emotions, but in the end you make a mistake.

Insights are good, but don't take them as definitive answers. They only indicate the possibility. For a hypothesis. And you need to treat them as a hypothesis - that is, to test it. Use the principle that underlies the testing of startup ideas: "fail fast, fail cheap."

Main risk

What is the main risk at the selection point? Many answer: turn the wrong way. But in fact, the main risk is to linger in place. Why? There are four reasons.

  1. A protracted choice and even more painful search for the best solution is energy-consuming. The result can be a state of mind called analysis paralysis. This is especially true for thoughtful and rational people. “It seems to me that a little more - and I won’t care anymore, I’m so tired of thinking about it.”
  2. The loss of time and against this background the ever-increasing FOMO-syndrome. FOMO stands for fear of missing out, that is, the feeling that you are missing everything. Some launch startups, some get promoted, some change jobs, and you're just wasting your time. “I stand like a fool and look: everyone is running somewhere and doing something, the statuses on Facebook are painful to read.”
  3. Hanging up leads to a decrease in self-esteem. Until nothing happens, a person begins to doubt that he will succeed at all. He reads kilometers of success stories, compares himself with those who succeeded - of course, not in his favor. At the same time, it often devalues ​​current experience. The most common answer to a question about current achievements is: “Nothing special, nothing to brag about.”
  4. The reverse force law is triggered. It's like swimming: the more you flounder to stay afloat, the sooner you'll drown. The harder you search, the less likely you are to find it.

What about the risk of taking a wrong turn? It is huge if you make a choice from the paradigm "once and for all" and "this is the true calling." And it is minimal if you understand that at the point of choice you are not looking for ready-made answers, but only testing hypotheses.

When there is no hypothesis

If you do not yet have a single hypothesis, and being at a crossroads is unbearable, try two techniques. They will help to take action when there are no guidelines and assumptions.

Technique 1. "Anti-target"

Let's go from the other side: what don't you want? Make a list for this or that time horizon: what you do not want, say, in five years. For example: “I don’t want to work as an ordinary employee in five years without interesting trainings,” “I don’t want work to interfere with enjoying life and travel,” “I don’t want to communicate with the same boring colleagues and feel locked in this working nook.

These are also landmarks. Only they work the other way around: not K, but OT. Look closely at the answers: they contain clues. You just need to turn the negative descriptions 180 degrees. If you don’t want to be left without interesting trainings, go to the training. If you don’t want work to interfere with enjoying life and travel, plan a trip. It’s scary to lock yourself in the same circle of friends — find another one (besides your colleagues) or expand the existing one.

Anti-goals are not directly related to the career. But they can become a point from which changes for the better are launched. You can get out of the vicious circle in the direction that is important to you. This is also an alternative to the hard choice.

Technique 2. The Astronaut Way

There is an interesting episode in Chris Hadfield's book The Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. In 1969, when the author was nine years old, he saw Neil Armstrong landing on the moon on TV. The boy passionately wanted to become an astronaut. But he did not know what to do: there was no educational program that he could get into, a manual that he could read, there was no one to even turn to with questions. I had to imagine what a future astronaut should do when he is only nine years old.

This example shows how a big, difficult goal helps a person right now. Even if it is rather abstract - for example, to become a great scientist. Or a successful entrepreneur. Until the choice finally crystallizes, the goal will prompt the first steps. For example, if you are aiming for an international career, English is required in any case. And while you specify the goal, start learning the language.

Many people try to find themselves once and for all. But this is impossible. First, because the world is changing faster and faster. Secondly, because we ourselves are also changing - we do not have a built-in map of interests. Therefore, it is normal to try, make mistakes, find something to your liking, be disappointed and start looking again.

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