Dream of the Month (February 1998)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
This dreamer is on the threshold of change that is both frightening and promising. In dreams the forest represents a challenging passage, something personal that requires special fortitude or resolve to march through. It is a time when standard advice or recipes for sucess don't do us much good. (Not that they're wrong, but because the real drama is private, not economic or social.) There is a personal test involved that may not be obvious to others, but nevertheless makes us feel pitted against something powerful and bewildering. It is, appropriately enough, a time in life when we "meet our dragons." In symbolic terms the dragon (or demon of the forest), represents a personal bugagoo: the thing that has, until now, kept us from the next level of fulfillment and happiness.
It is natural for dreamers to race toward the castle, the symbol of things traditionally thought to provide safety. But as we all discover, "doing the right thing" (finding the castle) doesn't solve our problems - it merely places them within an armored environment. The dragon does indeed follow us inside.
This dream ends with two very positive signs however. The dreamer, faced with the choice between past and future (left and right) selects his future. Whatever pitfalls he's dealt with are being left behind him. His discovery of a baby suggests part of his struggle is about releasing the past so he can embrace the next stage - represented by the baby. Ordeals that end in the discovery of a child refect enormous promise for the dreamer, and good reason to feel courageous and hopeful in the face of change.