Hey Steve- I have Freud's Interpretation Of Dreams, and it's interesting, but I can't help but feel that random dream imagery is often mistaken for deeper symbolism. I would say that my "insect dreams" have more to do with a spider phobia than anything else. I often have spider nightmares, but then I've always been scared of spiders since I was a kid. Now snakes don't bother me, but spiders- UGH!
Well my book doesn't mention spiders per se, maybe sometimes a spider is just a spider
. I've never cared for them either but I don't recall ever having a spider dream.
On the other hand, another recurring dream I have is that I find myself wandering through empty and abandoned houses and factories and such. And more often than not, I'm climbing up and down a constant maze of stairways, some narrow, some steep, some wide -a never ending ascent and descent. These dreams are neither "good" nor "bad", but I'm always interested in the proceedings. It's like I'm searching for something... I would say these dreams are symbolic for me, but not in the way Freud might suggest. In Freudian symbolism, stairways are a substitute for the sex act.
Back to the book, an abandoned house, the house being a symbol of the self, often more specifically represents the body. An abandoned house in disrepair may indicate the dreamer's neglect of phyisical or emotional health. From a Jungian perspective, the floors or stories of the house represent our unconscious, consciuosness and higher spiritual asperations. According to Jung the stairs represent psychological growth.
I could never put any validity behind a writer selling a book telling people that dreams symbolize...
I may have a dream about cars, but as far as representing the psyche, that would have a far different meaning for someone in Europe as opposed to someone in the southeast US. In Europe, hardly anyone owns a car, whereas in the south, we start driving at 10. Besides, what does getting a bunch of cars really mean to a newbie biker like me? AND....spiders aren't insects.
The writer of my book is quoting Freud and Jung and they didn't just pull these symbols out of a hat. Yeah, I guess cars wouldn't mean much to Eskimos either. You mentioned the Fiat turned three colors which is significant. Orange which can be viewed as the balance of the yellow of the spirit and the red of the libido: it can represent fertility or the dawning of spiritual awareness. Blue is the intellect, implying cool rationality, openmindedness and steadfastness of purpose. Green is the symbol of spring, new life and awakening hope. Many of these symbols are personal to the dreamer.
I always have to cross terrifying chasms, and I'm always end up on a little bike, going along a huge highway just as it's getting dark, and i know something is still following me. I suspect it's death.
The open road is a frequent symbol of freedom, a major hiway can express the dreamer's desire to fast-track to greater self-awarness, or spiritual enlightenment. A fork in the road can reflect out difficulties in reaching an important discision.
I sometimes find myself on a ladder and I have to let go and jump to another ladder to make it from point a to point b.
The ladder is a Jungian archetype for the link between the spiritual and phyical life, expressed for Jung in the biblical story of Jacob's dream of angels ascending a ladder or stairway between heaven and earth.
That's it for now,