I was on a bus with my sister, and the person driving the bus kept alternating between my sister and actual driver, and they were driving like absolute lunatics, taking old crumbling roads that don't exist and staying as close to the sea as possible. I'm not entirely sure about the time line of the dream, and there was a lot more to this part that I kno.w I'm forgetting.
I was walking through a crumbing temple, but beautifully coloured. The stones were a cross between the kind of yellow limestone they build with where I live and but a creamy dudty kind of white at the same time, and they were encrusted with salt. There were little tidepools and odd salt pans here and, with the salt almost fully crystallized, and the light reminded me of the way C.S. Lewis described the light in the world were they found the White Witch, beautiful shades of pink and orange, calm and content, but tired, like the last sunset of a dying sun. Perhaps I was thinking about the 'wood between the worlds' with the two other people, and I'm not sure who the first one was, but the man I was walking with was the speaker from a talk we hosted at our shop recently, on Sacred Geometry and Biogeometry, and I remember liking his energy and the way he delivered his arguments etc. during the discussion. I was walking alongside him, and I had the feeling that I'd known this temple for a long time, but hadn't visisted it in a while, and he was explaining its layout and function in terms of Sacred Geometry. He kept pointing out secret chambers that no-one knew about or people hadn't explored properly that lay beneath where we stepped, and I knew I could get in if I tried and wasn't sure if I should tell him or not. And I touched a wheel like shape protruding from beneath the ground and found that it was on an axis and it turned.
We were making our way back to a the city, which was like a walled citadel in this case, and a lot like a cross between two very old towns where I live, so partially around renaissance and some parts even older. It was very beautiful and full of people and alive and busy, and there were two main roads I could take, and I knew which one I had to take. There was a friend waiting at the top I knew, and I kept getting lost and coming back down the other road and seeing the door back out of the city. I managed to climb the other road in the end, even though it was impossibly steep, and the view from the top was pretty, but I was meeting that friend for ice-cream, and I was annoyed at something in the ice-cream parlour, so I told the assistant but ended up getting very petty about it, which isn't like me at all, and I woke up feeling really guilty about throwing a tantrum.
To see or taste salt in your dream, represents a new found flare in your waking life. You are experiencing increased worth and a higher sense of zest and vigor. Alternatively, salt symbolizes dependability, truth, and dedication. Also consider the phrase of throwing salt on an open wound. The dream may thus elude to some painful or difficult memory.
To dream that you are salting meat, symbolizes longevity. There is something that you want to hold on to and preserve.
To dream that you are throwing salt over your shoulder, represents protection or luck.
Salt is an omen of discordant surroundings when seen in dreams. You will usually find after dreaming of salt that everything goes awry, and quarrels and dissatisfaction show themselves in the family circle.
To salt meat, portends that debts and mortgages will harass you.
For a young woman to eat salt, she will be deserted by her lover for a more beautiful and attractive girl, thus causing her deep chagrin.
Seeing salt in your dream, represents added flavor and a new found flare in the experience of life. You may be experiencing and elevated sense of individual worthiness and increased zest and vigor in your life. Your efforts are paying off. Alternatively, salt also symbolizes dependability, truth, dedication and longevity. Dreaming that you are salting meat means piling debt and as a result you will be constantly harassed by bill collectors.
Salt is one of the most abundant chemicals on Earth. Dreaming about it suggests that you may be thinking about or desiring those things that are dependable and, at the same time, exciting. If you associate an individual with the salt in your dreams you may be giving that person these attributes.
The word ‘temple’ derives from the root tem—’to divide’. Etruscan
soothsayers made a division of the heavens by means of two straight lines intersecting at a point directly above the head, the point of intersection being a projection of the notion of the ‘Centre’, and the lines representing the two ‘directions’
of the plane; the north-south line was called cardo and the east-west decumanus.
Phenomena were interpreted according to their situation within this division of
space. Hence, the earthly temple is seen as an image of the celestial temple and its
basic structure is determined by considerations of order and orientation (7). The
temple affords a particular and additional meaning to the generic symbolism of architectonic structures. Broadly speaking, it is the mystic significance of the
‘Centre’ which prevails; the temple and, in particular, the altar, being identified
with the symbol of the mountain-top as the focal point of the intersection of the
two worlds of heaven and earth. Solomon’s temple, according to Philo and Flavius
Josephus, was a figurative representation of the cosmos, and its interior was
disposed accordingly: the incense table signified thanksgiving; the seven-branched
candelabra stood for the seven planetary heavens; the holy table represented the
terrestrial order. In addition to this, the twelve loaves of bread corresponded to
the twelve months of the year. The Ark of the Covenant symbolizes the intelligibles
(14). Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architects, each in their own way,
sought to imitate this superior archetype. For example, between 1596 and 1604,
imaginary reconstructions of the Temple of Solomon appeared in various works
published in Rome and based upon holy writ, and the illustrations they contained
deeply influenced the architects of the period. Another fundamental significance
of the temple derives from its being a synthesis of the various symbols for the
world-axis, such as the hollow mountain, steps and the sacrificial mountain-peak
mentioned above. In certain astrobiological cultures the temple or altar is in fact
built upon an artificial mountain—the teocalli of Mexico is an example. A more
advanced concept can be seen in the architectural portrayal of those essential
elements of the inner pattern of the universe founded upon the numbers three,
seven, ten and twelve in particular. Seven is basic to the representation of the
planets and their derived symbolisms, and hence the Mesopotamian templemountains—or ziggurats—were constructed after the fashion of a seven-terraced
pyramid. Each of the terraces was dedicate to a particular planet. The Babylonian
ziggurat known as Etemenanki (‘the house of the seven directions of heaven and
earth’) was built of crude bricks overlaid with others that had been fired. A tablet
in the Louvre records that in plan it measured 2,200 feet long by 1,200 wide. The
first level was black in colour and dedicated to Saturn, the second orange-coloured
and sacred to Jupiter, the third red and consecrated to Mars, the fourth golden and
sacred to the Sun, the fifth yellow (to Venus), the sixth blue (to Mercury), the
seventh silver (to the Moon) (39). This order is not always observed, for sometimes the Moon is situated in the sixth heaven and the Sun in the seventh (17).
Berthelot, however, suggests that the ziggurat not only embraces the mystic
aspects of the Mountain and the Centre (by virtue of its mass and situation) and
of Steps (because of its shape), but also constitutes an image of paradise, since
vegetation appears to flourish on its terraces (7). The origins of this type of
structure are Sumerian (7), and examples are to be found in Egypt, India, China
and pre-Columbian America. Eliade, in confirming this, adds that the climb to the top of the Mesopotamian or of the Hindu temple-mountain was equivalent to an
ecstatic journey to the ‘Centre’ of the world; once the traveller has reached the
topmost terrace, he breaks free from the laws of level, transcends profane space
and enters a region of purity (18). It is hardly necessary to observe that climbing
mountains implies ultimately the same mystic tendency, as can be seen in the fact
that mountain heights are the chosen abode of the recluse. And the favourable
symbolic significance of the goat derives solely from his predilection for heights.
Another important example of the temple-mountain, a product of Hindu culture,
comes from Indo-China—the temple of Borobudur built in the centre of the
island of Java in the 8th century of our era. Basically it consists of four levels of
square-shaped galleries, with four more circular platforms on top surmounted by
an enclosed belvedere. In form, then, it is similar to the Egyptian ziggurat, or, in
the Khmer language, a Phnom, signifying a temple-mountain comparable with
Meru, the Hindu Olympus. Four flights of steps up the centre of each pyramid
face lead directly from the base to the top. It would appear that the profoundest
meaning attached to this temple is of a supernatural character. Its name—
Borobudur—signifies ‘the seat of secret revelation’. All graduated edifices such
as steps concern the symbolism of discontinuous spiritual evolution, that is, the
separate but progressive stages of evolution (6). At the same time, the groundplan of the Borobudur temple is diagrammatically a true yantra, and its various
square and round-shaped levels constitute a mandala related to the symbolism of
‘squaring the circle’ (6). The symbolic structure of the Greek temple is fundamentally the same as that of the lake-dwelling: that is, it symbolizes the intercommunication between the Three Worlds—the Lower (represented by the water and
the piles on the one hand and earth and the subterranean part on the other), the
Terrestrial (the base and columns) and the Upper (suggested by the pediment).
Christian cathedrals are related less to the macrocosm than to the microcosm, the
human figure being depicted in terms of the apse (representing the head), the
cross and transepts (the arms), the nave and side aisles (the body) and the altar
(the heart). In the Gothic temple, the upward sweep, the vital rôle of the vertical
axis—and indeed the structure as a whole—embrace the idea of the templemountain with its implied synthesis of the symbolism of both macrocosm and
microcosm. According to Schneider, the two towers usually placed at the western
face correspond to the twin-peaked ‘mountain of Mars’ in primitive megalithic
cultures (and linked with the Gemini myth), while the cimborrio over the transept
is expressive of a higher synthesis, an image of heaven. Both the synthesis and the
crux of the matter are established by Gershom G. Scholem, in Les Origines de la
Kabbale (Paris, 1966). He recalls that God lives in his reason or that God is the absolute Reason and logos of the world, and that the temple ‘is the house’ or
abode of God, and thus identifies temple with reason.
To see a temple in your dream, represents inspiration, spiritual thinking, meditation and growth. It is also symbolic of your physical body and the attention you give it. Perhaps you need to pamper yourself. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you are looking for a place of refuge and a place to keep things that are dear to you.
Seeing a temple in your dream, represents your spiritual thinking, meditation and growth. It is also symbolic of your physical body and the attention you give it.
To see people you know in your dream, signifies qualities and feelings of them that you desire for yourself. If these people are from your past, then the dream refers to your shadow and other unacknowledged aspects of yourself. It may represent a waking situation that is bringing out similar feelings from your past relationships.
To see people you don't know in your dream, denotes hidden aspects of yourself that you need to confront or acknowledge.
Seeing people you know in your dream means qualities and feelings of those people that you desire for yourself. Seeing people you don't know in your dream indicates hidden aspects of yourself that you need to confront. Seeing people from your past in your dream, refers to your shadow and other unacknowledged aspects of yourself. It can represent a waking situation that is bringing out similar feelings as your past relationships.
Light, traditionally, is equated with the spirit (9). Ely Star asserts that
the superiority of the spirit is immediately recognizable by its luminous intensity. Light is the manifestation of morality, of the intellect and the seven virtues
(54). Its whiteness alludes to just such a synthesis of the All. Light of any given
colour possesses a symbolism corresponding to that colour, plus the significance
of emanation from the ‘Centre’, for light is also the creative force, cosmic energy irradiation (57). Symbolically, illumination comes from the East. Psychologically
speaking, to become illuminated is to become aware of a source of light, and, in
consequence, of spiritual strength (32).
To see light in your dream, represents illumination, clarity, guidance, plain understanding, and insight. Light is being shed on a once cloudy situation or problem. You have found the truth to a situation or an answer to a problem. Also consider the color of the light for additional significance.
If the light is particularly bright, then it indicates that you need to move toward a higher level of awareness and feeling. Bright light dreams are sometimes common for those who are near death.
To see soft or shadowy lighting in your dreams, indicates feelings and thoughts from the primal aspects and less developed parts of your unconscious.
To dream that you cannot turn on the light, indicates a lack of insight and perspective on a situation.
If you dream of light, success will attend you. To dream of weird light, or if the light goes out, you will be disagreeably surprised by some undertaking resulting in nothing.
To see a dim light, indicates partial success.
To dream of lights is very good. It denotes riches and honour.
Seeing light in your dream indicates a clear mind, plain understanding, and insight. Light has been shed on a once cloudy situation or problem. You have found the truth to a situation or an answer to a problem. Seeing a bright light in your dream indicates that you need to move toward a higher level of awareness and feeling. Bright light dreams are sometimes common for those who are near death.
The complex symbolism of the cross neither denies nor supplants the
historical meaning in Christianity. But in addition to the realities of Christianity there are two other essential factors: that of the symbolism of the cross as such
and that of the crucifixion or of ‘suffering upon the cross’. In the first place, the
cross is dramatic in derivation, an inversion, as it were, of the Tree of Paradise.
Hence, the cross is often represented in mediaeval allegory as a Y-shaped tree,
depicted with knots and even with branches, and sometimes with thorns. Like the
Tree of Life, the cross stands for the ‘world-axis’. Placed in the mystic Centre of
the cosmos, it becomes the bridge or ladder by means of which the soul may reach
God. There are some versions which depict the cross with seven steps, comparable with the cosmic trees which symbolize the seven heavens (17). The cross,
consequently, affirms the primary relationship between the two worlds of the
celestial and the earthly (14). But, in addition, because of the cross-piece which
cuts cleanly across the upright (in turn implying the symbols of level and of the axis of the world), it stands for the conjunction of opposites, wedding the spiritual (or vertical) principle with the principle of the world of phenomena. Hence its significance as a symbol for agony, struggle and martyrdom (14). Sometimes
the cross is T-shaped, further emphasizing the near-equilibrium of the opposing
principles. Jung comments that in some traditions the cross is a symbol of fire
and of the sufferings of existence, and that this may be due to the fact that the two
arms were associated with the kindling sticks which primitive man rubbed together to produce fire and which he thought of as masculine and feminine. But the
predominant meaning of the cross is that of ‘Conjunction’. Plato, in Timaeus,
tells how the demiurge joins up the broken parts of the world-soul by means of
two sutures shaped like St. Andrew’s cross (31). Bayley stresses the fire-symbolism of the cross, and explains that all the words for ‘cross’ (crux, cruz, crowz,
croaz, krois, krouz) have a common etymological basis in -ak, -ur or -os, signifying ‘light of the Great Fire’ (4). The cross has been widely used as a graphic
emblem, very largely as a result of Christian influence but equally on account of
the basic significance of the sign; for it is clear that all basic notions, whether they
are ideas or signs, have come about without the prompting of any cultural influence. Hundreds of different shapes of crosses have been summarized in works
such as Lehner’s Symbols, Signs and Signets, and it has been found possible, by
the study of graphic symbolism, to elucidate the particular meaning of each one.
Many of them take the form of insignias of military orders, medals, etc. The
swastika is a very common type of cross (q.v. Swastika). The Egyptian, anserated
cross is particularly interesting in view of its antiquity. In Egyptian hieroglyphics
it stands for life or living (Nem Ankh) and forms part of such words as ‘health’ and
‘happiness’. Its upper arm is a curve, sometimes almost closed to form a circle.
Enel analyses this hieroglyphic as follows: ‘The phonetic significance of this sign
is a combination of the signs for activity and passivity and of a mixture of the
two, and conforms with the symbolism of the cross in general as the synthesis of
the active and the passive principle.’ The very shape of the anserated cross
expresses a profound idea: that of the circle of life spreading outwards from the
Origin and falling upon the surface (that is, upon the passivity of existence which
it then animates) as well as soaring up towards the infinite. It may also be seen as
a magic knot binding together some particular combination of elements to form
one individual, a view which would confirm its characteristic life-symbolism. It
may also signify destiny. Judged from the macrocosmic point of view, that is of
its analogy with the world, the Ankh-cross may represent the sun, the sky and the
earth (by reference to the circle, the upright and the horizontal lines). As a microcosmic sign, that is by analogy with man, the circle would represent the human
head or reason (or the ‘sun’ which gives him life), the horizontal arm his arms, and
the upright his body (19). In sum, the most general significance of the cross is that of the conjunction of opposites: the positive (or the vertical) with the negative (or
horizontal), the superior with the inferior, life with death. The basic idea behind
the symbolism of crucifixion is that of experiencing the essence of antagonism, an
idea which lies at the root of existence, expressing as it does life’s agonizing pain,
its cross-roads of possibilities and impossibilities, of construction and destruction. Evola suggests that the cross is a synthesis of the seven aspects of space and
time, because its form is such that it both maintains and destroys free movement;
hence, the cross is the antithesis of the Ouroboros, the serpent or dragon denoting
the primeval, anarchic dynamism which preceded the creation of the cosmos and
the emergence of order. There is, thus, a close relationship between the cross and
the sword, since both of them are wielded against the primordial monster (Plate
To see a cross in your dream, signifies suffering, martyrdom, death, and/or sacrifice. It is a symbol of your religious faith. Perhaps your dream is telling you that you have a cross to bear or that you are acting "crossed" and annoyed. Ask yourself what is causing you to suffer or what is causing you great difficulties.
To dream of seeing a cross, indicates trouble ahead for you.
Shape your affairs accordingly.
To dream of seeing a person bearing a cross, you will be called on by missionaries to aid in charities.
Seeing a cross in your dream means suffering, martyrdom, death, and/or sacrifice. Perhaps your dream is telling you that you have a cross to bear. Ask yourself what is causing you to suffer or what is causing you great difficulties.
A cross can symbolize security and comfort.
If you dream of a gold cross, you may believe that people are gossiping about you. If you dream about a wooden cross, you may have been surprised about something.
If you dream that you are crossing a boundary, you could be confident that you are using your energy wisely or that you have survived a dangerous experience. It could also mean that you are expecting changes to come in the future.
To dream that you found something, suggests that you are coming into contact with some aspect of your psyche or unconscious. You are recognizing a part of yourself that was previously repressed or undeveloped. Alternatively, it represents change.
To dream that you found someone, indicates that you are identifying new facets of a relationship. You may be taking the relationship to a new level and/or direction. The dream may also be a metaphor for finding yourself.
Dreaming that you found something, suggests that you are coming into contact with some aspect of your psyche or unconscious. You are recognizing a part of yourself that was previously repressed or undeveloped. Alternatively, it represents change. Dreaming that you found someone indicates that you are identifying new facets of a relationship. You may be taking the relationship to a new level and/or direction. The dream may also be a metaphor for finding yourself.
To see your sister in your dream, symbolizes some aspect of your relationship with her, whether it one of sibling rivalry, nurturance, protectiveness, etc. Your sister may draw attention to your family role. Or the dream may also serve to remind you that someone in your waking life has characteristics similar to your sister. Alternatively, your sister may be a metaphor for a nun. In this case, she may represent some spiritual issues.
If you do not have a sister and dream that you have one, then it signifies feminine qualities that you need to activate or acknowledge within your own self. Pay attention to the actions and behavior of your dream sister.
Seeing your sister in your dream, symbolizes some aspect of your relationship with her, whether it one of sibling rivalry, caring, protectiveness, etc. Your sister may draw attention to your family role and sense of belonging. It may also serve to remind you that someone in your waking life has characteristics similar to your sister. Alternatively, your sister may be a metaphor and actually refer to a nun. In this case, she may represent spiritual issues. If you do not have a sister and dream that you have one, then it means some qualities that you need to activate or acknowledge within your own self. Pay attention to the actions and behavior of your dream sister.
To dream that something is sacred, symbolizes the things that you hold close and value. You have invested time and energy into its development and it is paying off.