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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?

Night Terros: the explanation in a Nut Shell

What is it?

Sleep terrors is also called “night terrors.” It is a parasomnia. A parasomnia involves undesired events that come along with sleep.

In a typical episode, you will sit up in bed and pierce the night with a “blood-curdling” scream or shout. This scream can include kicking and thrashing. You may say or shout things that others are unable to understand. You will also have a look of intense fear with eyes wide open and heart racing. You may also sweat, breathe heavily and be very tense. At times, you may even bolt out of bed and run around the house. This response is more common in adults. It may also lead to violent actions.

Individuals having an episode of sleep terrors will not respond to voices and can be hard to wake up. Once they do wake up, they will be very confused. They may not know where they are or what is going on. Most often, they will not have any memory of what took place. At times, they may recall brief bits of a dream. This dream will likely involve great danger or fright. It can take a long time to comfort the patient once the episode is over.

It most often occurs in the first third of the time that you are asleep. This is during the slow-wave cycle of sleep. Episodes in adults can occur at any time in the sleep cycle. Adults are also more likely to recall a dream that was a part of the event.

Serious and even deadly injury can occur. Attempts to escape from bed or to fight can result in harm to the patient or others. Individuals may be embarrassed by the sleep terrors. This can greatly affect their relationships with others.

Who gets it?

It is more common in children and affects males and females equally. It may affect as many as 6.5% of all children. It tends to begin when a child is four to 12 years old. Children with sleep terrors will often talk in their sleep and sleepwalk.

In rare cases, it can begin in adulthood. Overall, only about 2.2% of adults have it. Very few people over the age of 65 have sleep terrors.

There is a strong genetic and family link. It can occur in several members of the same family.

Many adults who have sleep terrors are also likely to have a history of one of the following:

* Bipolar disorder
* Some depressive disorders
* Anxiety disorders

It is unclear how closely it may be linked to these mental disorders in adults. In children, there does not seem to be any connection between mental disorders and sleep terrors.

Episodes of sleep terrors and sleepwalking share many of the same causes. These include the following:

* Sleep deprivation
* Hyperthyroidism (overproduction of thyroid hormones)
* Migraine headaches
* Head injury
* Encephalitis (brain swelling)
* Stroke
* The premenstrual period
* Bloated stomach
* Physical or emotional stress
* Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
* Other sleep-related disorders or events
* Travel
* Sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings
* Some medications
* Alcohol use and abuse
* Noise or light
* Fevers in children