Dream Interpretation for Beginners

A guide to common dream symbols.

BY: Sylvia Browne

Excerpted with permission from "Sylvia Browne's Book of Dreams," written with Lindsay Harrison and published by Dutton, a division of the Penguin Group.

Let me say this right up front: I hope you won't read this expecting that I'm going to give you


true, actual, one and only meaning of the symbolic entities and objects that appear in our dreams. Our minds, both conscious and subconscious, and our vast bodies of experience are much too complex and unique to reduce to simplistic, one-dimensional definitions of what things in our dreams really mean

to each of us


As we explore the various possible meanings of dream symbols, be flexible, always look first for something that might apply to and be a comment on some current situation in your life, and remember that interpreting our dreams is an art, not a science. There's no right or wrong. All that counts is what resonates in you as the truth.

I refuse to call this section a "dictionary" of dream archetype definitions. Instead, please consider it a


, nothing more, nothing less.

Books in a dream usually represent education, learning, and wisdom but can also reveal an inhibited nature due to too much self-doubt and self-criticism.

A circle usually indicates a sense of completion, as well as a growing connection with one's development of psychic gifts.

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