Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: Llewellyn's Complete Dictionary of Dreams

Dr. Michael Lennox

**Release date: May 8, 2015**

What a fun book! I think it's a bit much to say it's a complete dictionary, but no one asked me to come up with the title. It has many little bits in alphabetical order. A little bit of everything.

I've been looking up my dreams in this for a few weeks now. I think it is too simplistic. For example, and here I am sharing my dream. I dreamed my children turned were zombies. I was afraid to be near them but I couldn't be without them either. Then they changed into wolf pups. I felt immense relief. I looked up zombies, and it said I "may be lacking passion or life force...where the process of living is devoid of any joy or vibrant energy." I can see that, I struggle with depression. But there is no any deeper interpretation given being that they were my closest family members. Seems to me that just a random zombie vs. my children would be very different meanings.

Wolf - "When the wolf appears in a dream, you are being guided by very strong forces who know their way around the darker recesses of the psyche." Now that confuses me. I really don't know what to make of that. Does that mean that even though I'm feeling troubled, I have help? Or maybe that I need to relax and know I'll get through whatever is troubling me?

It's an interesting book, but I don't think it's really that clear on dream interpretation. Not when there is so much more going on in dreams than one symbol at a time. Things happen, and this is full of objects, people, places and animals. But don't hold that too much against this book. Most dream interpretation books have this downfall. They give you the symbols and meanings and leave you to put it all together. All in all, I would recommend this if you are looking for a starting point in interpreting your dreams. I would say get this and start keeping a dream journal. Together, it may work beautifully.

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