Dream of the Month (March 2009)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Menacing creatures in dreams suggest a feeling of threat from a situation, or a group of people.
Scorpions are typically symbols of power. When their menacing quality is emphasized in the symbol’s presentation, we can infer that they are representing a situation in the dreamer’s life where she feels threatened and intermittently “stung,” perhaps by the words or behavior of others. When a dream presents a single threatening creature, it often reflects a single bully or negative person in waking life. This dream presents a conveyer belt of menacing scorpions, so it is more likely the threat is associated with a group of people, or some situation where she feels attacked in numerous ways. Orange is a color associated with emotion, so while the threat may have a variety of presentations, what is getting hurt are her feelings. The large size of the scorpions suggests that this difficulty is becoming magnified in some way. When something is larger than life in a dream, it has become “a big deal,” in the dreamer’s experience. The conveyer belt hints that this difficulty is encountered in her working life, or in some part of her life that is like an assembly line. The enlarged right-sided pinchers may symbolize that the energy is somehow male, or more masculine than feminine. When dreams have real-life follow up coincidences or synchronicities, it is may be a signal to pay special attention to the dream itself. This dream suggests stressors and imbalances are taking a subjective toll on this dreamer; it is time for her to take definite steps to nourish and restore herself in her personal time, and if possible, to reframe or reinterpret what may seem like the harshness of others.