A white hole is a theoretical beastie that exists as a set of equations that were a by-product of Einstein’s theory of relativity. It is basically a black hole in reverse. If a black hole is an object from which nothing can escape, then a white hole is an object into which nothing can enter – it can only radiate energy and matter.
Has science found its first white hole?
A very important symbol, with two main aspects: on the biological
level, it has fertilizing power and is related to fertility rites; on the spiritual plane,
it stands for the ‘opening’ of this world on to the other world. Worship of
‘perforated stones’ in one form or another is very common all over the world.
Eliade notes that, in the region of Amance, there is just such a stone in front of
which women kneel to pray for the health of their children. To this day, in
Paphos, barren women crawl through the hole of such a stone. Primitive Indian
peoples were mainly concerned with its symbolism at the physical level, identifying the hole with the female sexual organs, although they too had an intuitive
awareness of the fact that holes could stand for the ‘gateway of the world’, which
the soul has to cross in order to be released from the cycle of karma (17). In the
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad it is said that ‘when a human being leaves this world,
he makes his way through the air, and the air opens up for him as wide as a
cartwheel’ (50). The artistic expression of this symbol is found in the Chinese Pi,
i.e. the representation of heaven. It is a jade disc with a hole in the middle;
measurements vary from case to case, but according to the Chinese dictionary
Erh Ya, the relation between the outside ring and the central hole remains constant. This hole is the Hindu ‘gateway’, also the Aristotelian ‘unvarying mean’ or
‘unmoved mover’. The origins of the Pi are exceedingly remote, and carved and
decorated Pi have also been found (39). As a symbol of heaven, the hole also stands specifically for the passage from spatial to non-spatial, from temporal to
non-temporal existence, and corresponds to the zenith (52). The strange and
roughly hewn door-openings of some neolithic stone-structures have been interpreted by some scholars as symbolic holes in the above sense; the laborious
nature of these holes could otherwise have been avoided by means of the simple
and well-known pillar-and-lintel method of construction. An outstanding example of this kind of door is that at Hagiar Kim (Malta). It is interesting to note,
in this connexion, that the initiation ceremony among the Pomo Indians of Northern California includes a ritual blow from a grizzly bear paw, which is supposed
to make a hole in the neophyte’s back, on account of which he ‘dies’ and is reborn
to a new stage of life. It is probable that, from the earliest times, the visual aspect
of wounds helped to strengthen the association between the concept of the hole
and that of passing into the other life. All this seems to be corroborated by the fact
that in many symbolist pictures, e.g. in Gustave Moreau’s Orpheus, the background landscape includes perforated rocks which are evidently invested with a
transcendental significance. It is also worth recalling Salvador Dali’s frequent
practice, amounting almost to an obsession, of painting holes (regular in shape,
like windows) on the backs of some of his figures.
To see a hole in the ground, denotes hidden aspects of your activities. On the other hand, it may mean that you are feeling hollow or empty inside. This dream may be an awakening for you to get out and expose yourself to new interests and activities. Alternatively, the dream may be a pun on "wholeness' or completeness.
To dream that you fall into a hole, represents a pitfall in some waking situation. You feel you are stuck. Perhaps, you have dug yourself into a hole and cannot get out of it.
To dream that there is a hole in your clothing, indicates that there are some flaws in your thinking or thought process. You may need to undergo an image makeover.
Seeing a hole in the ground indicates hidden aspects of your activities. On the other hand, it may mean that you are feeling hollow or empty inside. This dream may be an awakening for you in that you need to get out and expose your self to new interests and activities. Dreaming that you fall into a hole means a pitfall in a situation in your life or that you are stuck in a hole. Perhaps, you have dug yourself into a hole and can not get out of it.
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.
The symbolism of objects varies with the kind of object in question.
But, broadly speaking, every object consists of a material structure with certain
unconscious elements adhering to it (31). The fact that these forgotten or repressed constituents should reappear in a new medium—the object—enables the
spirit to accept them in a form different from the original. Utensils in particular
are possessed of a mystic force which helps to strengthen the intensity and the
rhythm of human volition. Thus, Schneider maintains that such instruments fulfil
a triple rôle: they are cultural instruments, instruments of labour and finally
reflections of the harmonious soul of the universe. The drinking-vessel, for instance, is a sacrificial vessel and also a drum. The blow-pipe is both a flute and a
magic whistle, etc. (50). Such ideas as these, concerned with the primitive notion
of an object, have lately been resuscitated by artistic movements such as Dadaism
and surrealism. By depicting objects in common use as if they were works of art,
Marcel Duchamp removed them from the context of their merely utilitarian function (their only function according to Western ways of thinking) and showed
them in the light of their true essence, since that essence is revealed only in their
uselessness (freed from the necessity to serve some useful purpose). He showed
that it was possible to see in a bottle-stand, for instance, the very mystic structure that governed the Gothic spires rising in the form of a cage, or the lamps in
Islamic mosques with their multiple, descending hoops; and that all the foregoing
are related to the hollow pyramid of the Primitives (a symbol of the ‘conjunction’
of earth—or the mother—with fire—or the spirit), and also to the artificial mountain and the geometric temple. The form of the object, then, fulfils an essential
rôle in determining the symbolism; thus, all those symbols which take the form of
a twin bell, with the upper bell placed upside down on the lower—for example,
the twin drum or the hour-glass—are closely related to the corresponding graphic
symbol: the letter X, or the cross of St. Andrew (symbolic of the intercommunication between the Upper and the Lower Worlds). Objects that are simple in form
and function usually correspond either to the active or to the passive groups; in
other words, they represent either the contents or the receptacle. For instance:
the lance (which is made to pierce) and the cup or chalice (whose sole function is
to contain). The parallel between this classification and the division of the sexes
is self-evident; but to limit the symbolic relevance of a given object to this sexual
implication is to mutilate seriously its true symbolism. The ‘conjunction’ of the
feminine and masculine principles within a complex object, specially if this object
is—as in the case of a machine—endowed with movement, enables us to carry the sexual parallel a stage further and to characterize it as a kind of secularized lingam.
The ‘objects of symbolic function’ of the surrealists were nothing but the practical illustration of this allusive reality, strengthened by the fetishistic character of
the objects illustrated in their compositions. It was Lautréamont in Les Chants de
Maldoror who best described this shifting of the symbolic significance of objects
towards their generic grouping in his remark: ‘beautiful as the chance-finding of an
umbrella and a sewing-machine on a dissecting table’. As always, a symbol of
integration such as this can be taken either on the cosmic plane or at the existential
and sexual level. In the latter case, the umbrella would be a merely phallic representation, the machine would stand for the cteis, and the dissection-table would
be an illustration of the bed. On the cosmic plane, the umbrella is the cosmic
serpent, the machine is the jaguar, and the table is the universe. At the same time,
objects owe part of their significance to their origins: objects fallen from heaven,
such as aerolites and meteorites for example, partake of the sacred character of
Uranus and constitute a symbol of the power of the celestial deities (17). Submarine objects, on the other hand, possess a viscous and abysmal quality betokening
their irrational nature and their aptness for the expression of all that is base and
unconscious. Sacred objects are so by virtue of their associations—as in the case
of attributes or emblems for instance, or their origins—such as the legendary
palladium of Troy, the Salian shields of Rome, the Hebrew Ark of the Covenant,
etc. (28). To come back now to the broadest of generalizations, alongside their
specific symbolism deriving from their form, function, character, origin, colour
and so on, objects in themselves are always symbols of the world: that is, they are
particular expressions of a material order which expounds both the blind irrational force of continuity and the structural pattern defining the object as opposed
to the subject. Finally we would mention that an elaborate application of the
theory of correspondences would demonstrate the serial structure of objects and
suggest a way of reconciling their ‘character’ with the principles governing the
two essential prototypes of the serial arrangement of the universe: that based
upon the number seven, or the planetary prototype; and twelve, or the zodiacal
model. The incomplete character of such forms of symbolic expression has been
apparent to man since the earliest times, and for this reason the attempt was made
to discover objects which could be invested with great symbolic power by means
of the combination and juxtaposition of various ingredients, which were usually
‘noble’ in character, but were occasionally bizarre or even base—as was the case,
for example, with the alchemic preparation known as ‘prime matter’. The aim
was to endow the object with all the powers inherent in the several planes of
cosmic reality. An example of a ‘complete object’ of this kind is the sword in the Grail legend: its pommel was a precious stone of many colours, each colour
representing a particular virtue; its haft was composed of the bones of strange
To dream that you escape from jail or some place of confinement, signifies your need to escape from a restrictive situation or attitude. Alternatively, it suggests that you are refusing to face your problems. You are avoiding the situation, instead of confronting them.
To dream that you escape from injury, from an animal, or from any situation, signifies your good health and prosperity. You will experience a favorable turn of events.
To dream of escape from injury or accidents, is usually favorable.
If you escape from some place of confinement, it signifies your rise in the world from close application to business.
To escape from any contagion, denotes your good health and prosperity. If you try to escape and fail, you will suffer from the design of enemies, who will slander and defraud you.
Dreaming that you escape from jail or some place of confinement means your need to escape from a restrictive situation or attitude. On the other hand, it may mean that you are taking an escapist attitude and are refusing to face up to problems that are not going away. Dreaming that you escape from injury, from an animal, or from any situation means your good health and prosperity. You will experience a favorable turn of events.
If you dream that you escape from jail or a cage, or break free from shackles or ropes, you my wish to be free from a stressful situation. You may wish to express talents that you have been repressing. If you dream that are being pursued and escape by waking up before you are caught, ask yourself what you are missing or avoiding in your waking life. Dreaming that someone else escapes can mean that you are feeling responsible for a situation that has gone wrong.