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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook DREAM DICTIONARY : This dream dictionary is based upon hundreds of real dreams and has been meticulously researched. However, the only person who can truly identify the cause of a dream is the dreamer. Use the questions and quotes on this page to help you find out what has triggered your dream.

KILLING : Killing in dreams can have several meanings. It may mean that you are simply angry and that in your mind you could kill someone right now. One dream in our study occurred after the dreamer argued the day before. Another killing dream occurred the night after the dreamer had been thinking about her hate for someone. Another dreamer had been thinking about her hate and was particularly thinking about the wish for revenge. Killing someone generally means you want to get away from someone who has been dominating you.

Killing in dreams also seems to be linked to a wish to resist something. One dreamer had a killing dream at the time when he wanted to resist some new ideas. So the killing dream is about his wish to 'kill off' an idea.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Is there something that you are trying to resist at all costs?
- Is there someone you really hated yesterday?
- Who do you really want out of your life?
- What behaviour was thought to be totally unacceptable yesterday?

KEY WORDS : resisting, revenge, hate, unacceptable(write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind. Then see if any of these words could appear in those quotes)
- "I really do not want this to happen!"
- "I HATE him"
- "I am going to RESIST this!"
- "I need to GET AWAY from him"
- "I want REVENGE"
(Now write down some quotes that sum up your feelings about the previous day. Then add some thoughts about what you expected to happen on the day to come. Finally add some feelings about your life in general. Then see where the key words and phrases appear in your quotes)


SEE ALSO : Guns : Fighting : Deaths : Police : Unknown men : Knifes : Drowning
DREAM STUDIES : Guns,knives and Fights : Rapes and intruders : Police : Guards : Unknown men : Deaths : Killing
METHODS : For a full explanation of the methods used in this dream study CLICK HERE
Below you will see a series of quotes. Each quote represents the meaning of a particular dream(these are all dreams where the meaning is understood totally). For instance one dream may have meant that the dreamer was having trouble at work. In that case the quote may simply be "There is a bad atmosphere at work". Some information is included about which dream symbols were included in the dream(within the squares brackets). Often a sample dream is included which shows you how the dream interpretation was reached.
ESSAY : What is the symbolic meaning of killing in dreams?

Killing in real life is something that is often quite deliberate. Its also linked to ending someone's life or to killing off some thought.

Killing is often linked with things that we really do not like and will resist at all costs. E.g.

"My grandmother is coming to stay. I am going to resist her worst tendencies because she drives me mad"[Dream Dictionary - killing witch][the dream on which this quote is based is featured at the end of this article]

"My mother asked me to go and do my homework. But I am a grown man. That kind of behavior has to be RESISTED"[Dream Dictionary - poison]

"I am in a religious cult. I want to get out but do not want to leave my husband behind. I am trying to RESIST the pressures placed on me by the cult and reduce their influence over me"[Dream Dictionary - Killing ants]

So killing can be linked to direct anger and strong feelings. We often feel like we could kill someone(in most cases we calm down and do not put these thoughts into practice). E.g.

"He was ARGUING very strongly with me"[Dream Dictionary - killing]

"I really HATE him and wish I could really get back at him"[Dream symbol - Killing]

"This man has held me hostage in real life for years. I really just want to escape him and get him out of my life"[Dream Dictionary - Killing her real life kidnapper]

Killing can link to a relationship which has been ended and our current feelings connected to this. E.g.

"I think we ENDED the relationship unnecessarily. I do love him"[Dream symbol - Killing a dog accidentally]
DREAM TIP : The fact is that dreams represent your thoughts. So simply work the process in reverse. Look for evidence of your thoughts in your dreams. If for instance the day before was very stressful then look for evidence of that stress. Exactly which symbols could represent that stress.
THE DREAM In my dream I was somewhat lost in an abandoned building (looked like my old elementary school) and I ran into another woman who seemed to know a bit more about the surroundings than I did. Then I looked down and found a scrap of paper with lots of pictograms from different cultures all describing a sort of predator. We puzzled over it a minute when the woman I was with disappeared. I knew she had been taken by whatever the predator described on the paper was. Somehow I found it's home and was invited in by the woman I had been with earlier. She was very frightened and tried to hide in a pile of odds and ends. It didn't work and I was found when the predator came home. It was a monstrous old woman and I immediately stood up and spoke to it. "Grandmother! I'm glad you are home, I got you two presents but you seem to have found the first already." I pointed at the other woman who looked even more frightened and tried to hide in a corner. "I also brought you this ball, I didn't know what it was but I thought you might like it grandmother." I handed her my stress-relief squishy ball and she popped it in her mouth, exclaiming that it was horse-meat and told me to set the table. We chatted as I set the table for two and I learned that her name was Baba Yaga, she was the old Russian witch who ate people. I took my chance and seized the fork and got up on the table so I could reach her face and yelled. "Baba Yaga! I am your old enemy and tonight you die!" I stabbed her in the eye and killed her. I woke up just as help was arriving.

THE REALITY The dreamers grandmother(who drives her nuts) was coming to visit for six months because she was suffering from ill health and needed 24 hour care. Coincidentally, the home of Baba Yaga in the dream is identical the spare bedroom the dreamers Grandma sleeps in when she visits.

The dreamer is studying anthropology in real life. She made the following comment about the symbols in the dream "it parallels the traditional fairy tales of the native Americans and the Russians. The young person always respectfully addresses the monster as grandmother or grandfather and in turn the creature is obligated to treat the hero as they would their own grandchildren. Then the monster is usually tricked into killing themselves or giving the hero an opportunity to kill them."

DREAM ANALYSIS Witches tend to be quite predictable symbols. The witch usually symbolises some evil or manipulative female who tries to selfishly get exactly what they want. Its just a matter of asking yourself who the witch is in your waking life. In this case the dreamers grandmother was just about to come to visit for a long stay. Since the dreamer had a quite negative view of her grandmother then its clearly related to that. So now its just a matter of seeing how the symbolism worked.

In the dream the pictogram probably represents the dreamers worst possible view of how things could turn out. Pictures tend to link to things that we are imagining and picturing in our minds. In such cases we tend to exaggerate things and fear the worst.

The dreams draw on the dreamers studies in anthropology and use symbols from native American fairy tales and Russian culture. We draw on symbols that are significant to ourselves. But really the symbols are all standard symbols. We have witch who captures the dreamers feelings about her grandmother and the monster who symbolises her fear that things will get out of control. In this dream they also make a very specific point about the dreamers strategy for dealing with her grandmother as the young person always addresses the monster as grandmother. So maybe it suggests that the dreamer is going to be always respectful to her grandmother so if any arguments take place then she can always blame things on her grandmother.

Also we have hints as to how the dreamer is approaching her grandmothers visit. She stabs the witch in the eye. So that's suggests that she is going to stand up to her grandmothers worst excesses.

Symbolic Meanings
KILL : "resisting her grandmothers worst tendencies"
MONSTER : "Some form of behaviour that is totally out of control - in this case a wish that her grandmas behaviour does not get too out of hand"
PICTOGRAMS : "something that you are imagining in your mind - in this case how bad her grandmas behavior can become"
STRESS BALLS : "The dreamer hands the monster the stress balls because she wants to clearly communicate her views to her Grandmother"
WITCH : "A selfish and manipulative figure - the dreamers grandma tends to drive her nuts"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "My grandmother is coming to stay as she is ill at the moment. She drives me crazy. I am going to make sure things do not get out of control."

See how the Symbolic Meanings above weave together to form a key insight in the DREAM MEANING


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