Fell asleep watching a strange movie that I swore was directed by Michael Gondry (a la Science of Sleep) ... but apparently was not.
It was called Bunny and the Bull. It's a smooth blend of live-acting and innovative animation that really takes you for a ride.
All of my dreaming that I remember was in the style of this movie - surreal and jarring but colorful and exciting.
I had to wake up in order to shake off the craziness.
The bull is associated with the symbolism of Taurus (q.v.). It is a highly
complex symbol, both from the historical and psychological point of view. In
esoteric tradition it is an emblem used by the Hyperboreans as a totem against the
dragon of the Negroes, and is equated with the god Thor, the son of heaven and of
woodland (49). In principle, this emblematic use symbolizes the superiority of
the mammal over the reptile, or of the Aryan over the Negro. The basic dilemma
lies between the interpretation of the bull as a symbol of the earth, of the mother,
and of the ‘wetness’ principle (11); and the view that it represents heaven and the
father. Mithraic ritual seems to have been founded on the former: the sacrifice of
the bull was expressive of the penetration of the feminine principle by the masculine, of the humid by the igniferous (the rays of the sun, the origin and cause of all fecundity). Krappe, investigating these paradoxes, has pointed to the fact that
the bull is the commonest tame animal of the Near East and relates this to the fact
that bulls are depicted as lunar as often as solar (that is, they may be subject to
either one or the other of the opposed principles we have just outlined). Sin was
a Mesopotamian lunar god and he often took the form of a bull; Osiris, also a lunar
god, was supposedly represented by the bull Apis. On the other hand, the Vedic
god Sûrya is a solar bull. According to the Assyrians, the bull was born of the sun.
Krappe explains this disparity not as an internal contradiction but as a consequence of the way in which the lunar and the solar cults succeed one another. The
lunar bull becomes solar when the solar cult supplants the more ancient cult of the
moon (35). But it may well be that the bull is first and foremost a lunar symbol
because it is equated with the moon morphologically by virtue of the resemblance
of the horns of the crescent moon, while it must take second place to the solar
symbol of the lion. This is the view expressed by Eliade, for example, who
suggests that the bull does not represent any of the astral bodies but rather the
fecundating sky and that, from the year 2400 B.C. onwards, both the bull and the
thunderbolt were symbols connected with the atmospheric deities, the bull’s
bellow being associated with the rolling of thunder. In all palaeo-oriental cultures,
it was the bull which expressed the idea of power. In Accadian, ‘to break the horn’
signified ‘to overpower’ (17). According to Frobenius, the black bull is linked
with the lower heaven, that is, with death. This belief prevailed in India; and in
lands as remote as Java and Bali which fell under the influence of Indian culture,
it was the custom to burn the bodies of princes in coffins shaped like bulls. There
are Egyptian paintings of a black bull bearing the corpse of Osiris on its back (22).
This interpretation is supported by Schneider’s observation that, in so far as the
bull corresponds to the intermediary zone between the Elements of Fire and
Water, it seems to symbolize the communicating link between heaven and earth,
a significance which could also apply to the bull of the royal tombs of Ur, which
has a head of gold (representing fire) and a jowl of lapis lazuli (water). The ox
symbolizes sacrifice, self-denial and chastity, and is also found in association
with agricultural cults (50); it is, in other words, the symbolic antithesis of the
bull, with its fecundating powers. If we accept that the bull is Uranian in implication, however, then the contradiction is resolved and the bull may be linked with
the active, masculine principle, although only in so far as its maternal aspect has
been superseded—supplanted, that is, by the son (the Sun or the lion). This, at
least, is what Jung has suggested, together with the idea that the bull, like the hegoat, is a symbol for the father (31).
To see a bull in your dream, symbolizes stubbornness, strong will, strength, and power. The dream may be telling you that it is time to take a stand and be more assertive. Alternatively, the bull indicates a rich, prosperous, and abundant life. Consider also the metaphor, "being bull-headed". You need to learn to compromise in a situation. Or it could be a pun on something that is "bull", as in crap or worthless.
Bulls are also symbolic of repressed sexual energies, fertility and virility. To see an untamed, raging bull represents that your passions may be out of control. The bull may also represent a person in your life who is born under the Taurus sign.
To dream that you are bathing in bull's blood, represents immortality and eternal life.
To see one pursuing you, business trouble, through envious and jealous competitors, will harass you.
If a young woman meets a bull, she will have an offer of marriage, but, by declining this offer, she will better her fortune.
To see a bull goring a person, misfortune from unwisely using another's possessions will overtake you.
To dream of a white bull, denotes that you will lift yourself up to a higher plane of life than those who persist in making material things their God. It usually denotes gain.
Dreaming of a bull, symbolizes stubbornness, strong will, strength, and power. It is time to take some action and be more assertive. Alternatively, it indicates rich, prosperous, and abundant life. Consider the pun, "being bull-headed". May you need to have a little compromise in a situation. Bulls are also symbolic of repressed sexual energies, fertility and virility. Dreaming of an untamed, raging bull represents that your passions may be out of control. The bull may also represent a person in your life who is born under the Taurus sign.
Depending on the details of the dream, this dream symbol could have several different meanings. The bull in your dream could represent powerful sexual energy, stubbornness, strength, and, at times, clumsiness. It could also symbolize optimism about the future and an ability to focus on a specific goal. Bulls can represent tenacity and a very strong will. Finally, since the bull is associated with the colour red, some believe that it symbolises the first chakra, which is the energy centre located at the base of the spine that represents this material world.
The Bull symbolizes strength of purpose versus impulsiveness. He teaches us to carefully look to our past experiences and learning to determine how we will create our future. The Bull tells us that the future is abundant and fertile if not rushed into without proper preparation and facts. Gaining insight into impulsive behaviors will boost personal power and successful decision making.
Fertility of thoughts, ideas, possessions, makes the mundane and earthy more fertile, new ideas need to be expressed, teaches stability w/o stubbornness, assert feminine energies for balance. May demonstrate the necessity for a balance diet. Are you being forthright in your intentions? Are you willing to stand your ground in life matters? Bull can give us skills needed for expressions of strength.
To dream that you are watching a movie, suggests that you are watching life pass you by. Perhaps you are living vicariously through the actions of others. Consider also how the movie parallels to situations in your waking life. Observe how the characters relate to you and how they may represent an aspect of yourself.
To dream that you are playing a role in the movie, foretells that something from your unconscious is about to emerge or be revealed. It may also represent memories of images from your past. Alternatively, the dream may be pointing you toward a new role that you might be undertaking. Your unconscious is psychologically preparing you for this new role.
To dream that the movie screen is blank, suggests that you are feeling excluded in some situation. You feel lonely and sad.
Dreaming that you are watching a movie, suggests that you are watching life pass you by. Perhaps you are living vicariously through the actions of others. Consider also how the movie parallels to situations in your waking life. Observe how the characters relate to you and how they may represent an aspect of yourself. Dreaming that you are playing a role in the movie, foretells that something from your unconscious is about to emerge or be revealed. It may also represent memories of images or scenes from your past. Alternatively, the dream may be pointing you toward a new role that you might be undertaking. Your unconscious is psychologically preparing you for this new role.
To remember something in your dream, indicates that you have learned something significant from your past mistakes or previous experiences. The dream may also serve as a reminder of something important that is occurring in your waking life. You are so worried that you will forget something that the preoccupation has made its way into your dream.
Dreaming that you are dreaming means your emotional state. You are excessively worried and fearful about a situation or circumstance that you are going through.
It is common to dream that you have had or are having a dream.
You could be experience a false awakening, in which you dream that you have woken up from an earlier dream, and are performing the activities you normally perform on waking, such as getting dressed and brushing your teeth.
Such a dream can be a sign that you have fallen into a rut in waking life.
You may also have a lucid dream, in which you are aware that you are dreaming while you are having the dream.
The meaning of a lucid dream will depend upon the content of the dream.
To dream that you are riding an animal or vehicle, symbolizes the path and direction of your life. If you were riding away, then it suggests that you need to distance yourself from some issue. Alternatively, the dream means that you are going along with someone else's plans and ideas. You need to be less passive and stand up for yourself. In particular, to dream that you are riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or horse, is analogous to your sexual rhythm.
To dream of riding is unlucky for business or pleasure.
Sickness often follows this dream.
If you ride slowly, you will have unsatisfactory results in your undertakings.
Swift riding sometimes means prosperity under hazardous conditions.
Dreaming that you are riding an animal or vehicle, symbolizes the path and direction of your life. Alternatively, it may indicate that you are going along with another's plans and ideas. In particular, to dream that you are riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or horse symbolizes the rhythm of some sexual act.
To dream that you are watching animation, suggests that you can find the humor and comedy in most situations. You are taking things light-heartedly.