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Interpretation: Skulls, Death, Ghosts


(Thanks to dreamsleep)

Psychological Meaning: The psychologist Carl Jung decided to become a psychologist after dreaming of discovering a skull in a deep cellar under his house. The skull represented his desire to probe the secrets of the mind. To dream of a skull may also be a symbol of mortality and your spiritual contemplation of the meaning of life and death. It may also refer to finality and the things in life that cannot be avoided.

Mystical Meaning: To the gypsies a scull represents wisdom derived from their ancestors. To drink from a skull means sharing in their wisdom. In Ireland, it can be a symbol of truth for it is believed that if a man takes an oath on a skull but is lying as does, he will die soon after.

(thanks Experienceproject’s Dream Dictionary)

To dream of skulls grinning at you, is a sign of domestic quarrels and jars. Business will feel a shrinkage if you handle them. To see a friend’s skull, denotes that you will receive injury from a friend because of your being preferred to him. To see your own skull, denotes that you will be the servant of remorse.

(thanks dreammoods)

To see a skull in your dream, symbolizes danger, evil and death. Alternatively, it represents the secrets of the mind. You may be keeping things hidden.

To dream that a skull is talking to you, suggests that aspects of yourself that you have suppressed or rejected is starting to come back to the surface. They will not be denied any longer and must be dealt with on a conscious level.


(thanks dreammoods)

To dream about the death of a loved one, suggests that you are lacking a certain aspect or quality that the loved one embodies. Ask yourself what makes this person special or what do you like about him. It is that very quality that you are lacking in your own relationship or circumstances. Alternatively, it indicates that whatever that person represents has no part in your own life.�

To dream of your own death, indicates a transitional phase in your life. You are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Alternatively, you are trying desperately to escape the demands of your daily life.

(Experienceproject has some interesting thigs to say, but also long and “iffy” check out the link here:

(thanks Smartgirl dream dictionary)

Dreams about death are not necessarily bad omens, but they usually represent anxious or angry feelings. To dream of your own death is actually positive – it means renewal and letting go of an old stage of life. This is also a common dream when you are getting over an illness – and it’s a good sign that you are getting better. However, if you dream that you are dying slowly, you need to drastically change your routine and reenergize your life. To dream about the death of a loved one suggests that you are lacking a certain quality that the loved one represents.

(thanks Astrocentre@msn)

1. An imminent transition, perhaps a move, or change of job or lover.
2. An impending death in the world of the dreamer – usually a relative, friend, or admired public figure. The dreamer’s death, however, is never shown.
3. The need for change in some department of the dreamer’s life. As to what: Watch for other symbols in the dream.
Astrological parallel: Scorpio
Tarot parallel: Death

Not a portent of DEATH per se.
1.If you dream of dying yourself, then all your troubles will soon be over and you can start anew. However, it could also mean that a part of you is dying and, if the other symbols in the dream tell you that it’s a part of you that you like, you’d better find a way to resurrect it, and fast.
2.Sometimes this can be a wish-fulfillment dream, if you dream that someone who is causing trouble for you is dying. Don’t feel guilty; this is a better way to manifest that wish than other ways!
3.Dreams in which the dreamer talks with dead people imply that very welcome news is on its way.


(thanks thecuriousdreamer)

  • Someone you knew (or wish you’d known) in real life who is now dead
  • Something that has changed or doesn’t exist any longer, such as a former relationship or former job

A scary ghost can represent a fear or concern about something in your life, or it can be an indication that your having a toxic dream (please see Toxic Dream Post for more info)

(thanks petrixdreams)

Spiritual aspect of self. Memory. Past coming back. Beware of enemies.

(thanks smartgirl dream dictionary)

In general, seeing ghosts in your dreams symbolizes aspects of yourself that you fear. This may involve a painful memory, guilt, or some repressed thoughts. You may be anxious about your ability to achieve something in real life. Or, you may be afraid of death and dying.

(thanks experienceproject)

For a ghost to speak to you, you will be decoyed into the hands of enemies.

(thanks to astrocenter@msn)

1. Dreaming of a haunted house indicates that guilt from the past is holding you back from accomplishing something you really want. Actually seeing a ghost, however, is an omen of good luck.
2. If you are frightened by a ghost, this could mean that mistakes in your past have “come back to haunt you.” It could also mean that intense pressure to do something against your principles could be put upon you by someone in a position of authority.
3. If the ghost is someone known to you who has passed on and who speaks to you, listen. The message is important. See Dying.


Alice be Dead

Well these last two nights have brought on very peculiar dreams… One in particular I will name “Alice be Dead”… I think… The phrase kept on repeating itself in my dream, but it was not a death threat, it was a description of how things felt in my dream. I vaguely remember it all but there are some creepy things that stick out. The first is the unknown gendered person with the shaved head, gaunt and dark eyes and deathly pale like they were dieing. They were very thin and the eyes were so pale…. It was like this unknown peron was some sort of ghost. It accompanied me through my walk in the wild and when I would be unsure of my sorroundings and search for the spiritual being accompanying me they would be doing something incredibly creepy. Many times when I looked at the apparition they were wearing a skull over their own head like a mask. Another time I glanced over, they had an animal mask over themselves. It wore an oversized fur coat, the fur was grey, black and white. In fact now that I am recalling this all, I am remembering that everything in the dream was mostly grayscale. But anything that was lighter or white, was a kind of a hazy glow. I remember being out in the wild, exploring, not searching, but unsure of what I was doing. I felt like there was a story being told in my dream, but what I don’t remember. The feelings in the dream were distress, fear, anxiety, curiosity and I was cold. so cold. Talk about distress, what does it all mean?

Axes, Knives & Chains!- Oh My!

I find if anything, most of my nightmares primarily consist of gore. I can watch any horror or scary movie and don’t find it the least bit diturbing because I know what I’ve seen in my dreams is worse. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not spending all my nights watching movies about massacre’s or gruseome murder. I do love and frequently watch British Mysteries, but I doubt Miss Marple plays out in my mind that much. 😉

The night before last I dreamt there was a man in my room with an axe and every time I moved in my sleep he began chopping off my limbs. Huh- weird huh? I’d wake up with a start nearly every time and then within a few minites fall back asleep to have the dream repeat itself.

I remember when I used to violently awake in the middle of night and think for a blinding second there was someone standing at the foot of my bed. It always scared me to pieces.

But anyways, not to stray too far from the topic. I find the weapons of choice in my dreams are usually axes, knives or chains. It’s very rare I ever drown in a dream and interestingly enough never seem to die completely. I always wake up just before that happens. Which reminds me of how I’ll also be posting about not being able to remember the dreams until much later or not at all. So what’s with the excessive violence and the intensified look at all the blood and gore?- and not to mention such terrible ways of dieing and death.

Well here's what my research has said:

Brief Article on Murder & Dreams

Courtesy of Dream Moods:

To dream that you are murdered, suggests that some important and significant relationship has been severed and you are trying to disconnect yourself from your emotions. It also represents your unused talents.

To dream that you have been killed, suggests that your actions are disconnected from your emotions. Alternatively, it refers to drastic changes that are happening in your life.

This dream may also represent a part of you or your life that you wish would leave you alone and stop creating a nuisance. Killing may represent the killing off of old parts of yourself and old habits.

To see a killer in your dream, suggests that an essential aspect of your emotions have been cut off.  You feel that you are losing your identity and your individuality. Alternatively, this dream may represent purification and the healing process. You are standing up for yourself and putting a dramatic end to something.

To dream that you are wounded by a knife, is symbolic of masculine or animalistic aggression.

To see chains in your dream, signifies your need to break free from a routine, old idea, or a relationship. If you are being chained, then some part of you is being forcefully put  in check.

Courtesy of Dream Sleep:

If you are the one being murdered, then this may show how you are at the mercy of your emotions. Perhaps you have repressed your instincts that are now seeking vengeance.

Dream Dictionary:

knife (as a tool) A knife used as a tool can represent your ability to make a situation work better for you, just as a knife helps you accomplish tasks in real life. Using a knife to cut food into smaller pieces can represent trying to get to the bottom of a problem or figure something out (to look at the smaller details behind the big picture).   See also:fork spoon silverware tool sharp knife (as a weapon) scissors Category: Objects
knife (as a weapon) Someone threatening you with a knife can represent:

  • A feeling or fear of persecution, hostility, aggression, criticism, etc. from by another person or by “people in general”
  • A current or recent situation where you feel your boundaries have been crossed or your integrity has been compromised by someone else

weapon or ammunition


A wish for power.

A person having or wielding a weapon can represent an attempt to feel powerful, often due to feelings of powerlessness, fear, insecurity, etc.

Variations of meaning could include domination, aggression, masculinity, self-protection, or commanding respect when the gun wielder feels a lack of self-importance.

A weapon used with the intent to take advantage of others can represent ill will, disrespect, victimizing, or taking from others—physically, mentally, emotionally, or in terms of time or energy (such as your boss demanding you work extra hours without pay).


A chain can represent limitations put in place by an authority or by you.

Dreaming that you are chained up could mean:

  • You’re feeling that someone is trying to control, limit, or deny you freedoms
  • You’re feeling that you’re limiting yourself, such as with too much self-discipline, narrow thinking, or limited beliefs

being killed

  • The idea that some person or situation is attempting to take power from you or victimize you, especially mentally or emotionally. For example, dreaming that a co-worker kills you may represent when she got assigned the project you wanted last week, and you’re blaming her for your not getting that opportunity.
  • A fear of ill will, being taken advantage of, manipulation, or victimization


A dream that you or someone else is dying can represent:

  • A feeling of low “life energy” or a weariness in your life, perhaps due to an emotionally or mentally sapping situation, a physical condition that makes you tired, etc.
  • Coming to the end of a phase, such as of childhood
  • The idea of “dying” mentally, emotionally, or spiritual, such as due to lack of nurturing, inspiration, or fulfillment