up and down, wet and dry.

vivian:
initially i am biking up to hawthorne to meet, i think, gina and troy, and i realize that i am going in the wrong direction. i know the whole time that i am supposed to be going to division st. yet i started off biking north. strange. i turn around and am heading downhill. it is easy, though i stop at an t-intersection on this fictional division st. (that is nothing like division st. in real life) and it echoes through my head that this is the most dangerous intersection in town, and that people die here every year. as i’m stopped there, the right side is clear of cars, but a car comes from the left side, right over the crest of the hill. it’s good that i stopped because i otherwise would never have seen it. i move on.

it was nighttime originally, but it turns to daytime. the road starts to get narrow and hard to bike on so i switch to “walking” my bike — only it has turned to a skateboard and i hold it in my hands. the road begins to flood. people are everywhere, enjoying the water. i see some people towards my right who seem like they are a part of a wedding party or something. a few are waiting to jump but another jumps in fully clothed, and i can almost feel the coldness as he hits the water. it makes me want to jump in, too. but i don’t. everyone is so happy! jubilation!

soon, though, the water goes to the height where it covers us all. i almost miss an “onramp” to get off division st. but notice as i’m walking past it that there are people coming down the ramp, who are higher up than me — and i backtrack to get there. i go up the sidewalk.

fast-forward to being in this beautiful house where troy and gina are. lots of patterns everywhere, which i love, of course. just my taste in house. a little bit victorian, rustic… ornate everywhere. wallpaper on every wall. lots of pinks and creams, high ceilings.

i am sitting on a sofa next to gina in one spacious room. troy is right behind us in another chair. i am joking about weddings. (why the fuck am i joking about weddings???????) i hint to gina, rather than troy, for some reason, about wanting a wedding ring. she says something. i say, “it’s okay; it could even be a piece of string!”

soon we are in another room. there is a ziplock bag of rice. i vaguely recall seeing a moth around, and gina finds one in the rice. she squishes it with her hand. i tell her to pull out a handful surrounding it, and she’s like, “what does that mean? like this?” and motions kinda like that, and i say yes. then she’s like, “wait, is that another one?” as one comes out of this divot thing, and indeed, it is. she squishes that one too. soon she finds an entire swarm hidden inside the middle of the rice. maybe like seven come out and start going to various parts of the room. i run over and try to close the bag but am so disgusted that i have a hard time making that happen. i end up chanting something over and over again; i forget the words exactly, but it’s something like, “bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad!” (though it is not.)

Bicycle
To dream that you are riding a bicycle signifies your desires to attain a balance in your life. You need to balance work and pleasure in order to succeed in your current undertakings. If you have difficulties riding the bicycle, then it suggests that you are experiencing anxieties about making it on your own.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
Psychologically, we could be looking for freedom without responsibility. We probably need to achieve some way of moving forward in a project using balanced judgement.
Everyday Material Aspects:
When we dream of riding a bicycle it shows the need to pay attention to personal effort or motivation. To fall off the bicycle indicates a lack of good judgment.
Gender / Specific Meanings:
A bicycle in a woman’s dream represents personal freedom and previously might have suggested rebellion. In a man’s dream it is most likely to have links with childhood memories.
Bicycle
To dream of riding a bicycle up hill, signifies bright prospects. Riding it down hill, if the rider be a woman, calls for care regarding her good name and health; misfortune hovers near.

Intersection
To dream that you are at an intersection represents a decision or choice that you need to make in order to progress forward.
Meaning:
When we meet an intersection in dreams, for instance two roads or paths crossing or meeting, we are having to make choices which may have a greater impact on others than they do on us.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
If we are conscious of an intersection – perhaps in a pattern that appears in a dream – we are being offered choices, and perhaps have to differentiate between right and wrong.
Everyday Material Aspects:
An intersection that appears in a dream – such as a T-junction – indicates there is a choice of two ways forward. Two opposites may be coming together in our waking lives, and we are able to make changes and move forward in a more focused way.

Stop Sign
To see a stop sign in your dream suggests that you need to stop what you are doing and rethink about the situation before moving forward. You need to proceed with care and caution. Alternatively, a stop sign signifies barriers and difficulties in your path.

Car
To dream that you are almost hit by a car suggests that your lifestyle, beliefs or goals may be in conflict with another’s. It may also be symbolic of a jolting experience or injured pride.
cart / chariot – any wheeled vehicle is by tradition a reflection of us and how we handle life. Carts, chariots and carriages tend to have a more old-fashioned resonance, whereas a car is more up to date and in keeping with modern thinking. All such vehicles reflect the physical body, so anything wrong with the vehicle may alert us to a problem. A car in particular is a reflection of a person’s self-image and possibly sexuality and indeed any part of a car has significance. The back tyres might suggest our support system, the steering wheel the way we control our lives and so on. If the brakes are not working we are not exercising proper control over our lives. Too many people in the car would suggest that we feel overloaded by responsibility. Also consult the entries for Car, Carriage/Cart/Chariot, Passenger and Wheel for additional information.
A crashing vehicle suggests fear of failure in life, while a car on fire denotes stress of some sort, either physically or emotionally. To be in a car which is driven carelessly, either by us or someone else, marks a lack of responsibility, while a feeling of being left behind would be shown by your car being overtaken.
Everyday Material Aspects:
To dream of being in a car usually alerts us to our own motivation, thus driving the car can indicate our need to achieve a goal, while being a passenger could indicate that we have handed over responsibility for our lives to someone else.

Night
To have a dream that takes place at night represents some major setbacks and obstacles in achieving your goals. You are being faced with an issue that is not so clear cut. Perhaps, you should put the issues aside so you can clear your head and come back to it later. Alternatively, night may be synonymous with death, rebirth, reflection, and new beginnings.
Meaning:
Night symbolizes the intense darkness that occurs before rebirth or initiation. There is a disintegration, which has to occur before there can be any possibility of enlightenment. Night can also signify death or drastic change.
Everyday Material Aspects:
Night signifies a period of rest and relaxation, both in dreams and in ordinary life. It can, however, also suggest a time of chaos and difficulty. More positively, it is a period that allows us to create a new beginning with the dawning of the new day. Used constructively, night is, therefore, the fallow period before fresh growth.

Day
To dream of a sunny day symbolizes clarity and/or pleasantness. You are seeing things clearly.
Day
To dream of the day, denotes improvement in your situation, and pleasant associations. A gloomy or cloudy day, foretells loss and ill success in new enterprises.

Day And Night
Meaning:
A form of spiritual illumination is quite often felt within this type of dream. There is a gradual awareness rather than a blinding flash of illumination. A new dawn can bring a great sense of hope. Day and night can represent opposites, as in black and white, boy and girl etc. Indeed, any two opposites may have relevance, and it is up to us to decide what opposition there is in our lives.
Meaning:
A form of spiritual illumination is quite often felt within this type of dream. There is a gradual awareness rather than a blinding flash of illumination. A new dawn can bring a great sense of hope. Day and night can represent opposites, as in black and white, boy and girl etc. Indeed, any two opposites may have relevance, and it is up to us to decide what opposition there is in our lives.
Everyday Material Aspects:
To dream of a dawn or a new day represents a new beginning or a new awareness in circumstances around us. We are looking for different ways of dealing with old situations. Dreaming of both day and night indicates the cycle of time or of changes that will inevitably take place. Sometimes indication is given of the nature of a period of time.

Skateboard
To see or ride a skateboard in your dream indicates that you have the gift of making any difficult situation look easy. You carry yourself with style, grace and composure in the hardest of situations. Alternatively, the dream signifies your free and fun-loving side.

Flood
To dream that you are in a flood represents your need to release some sexual desires. If the flood is raging, then it represents emotional issues and tensions. Your repressed emotions are overwhelming you. Consider where the flood is for clues as to where in your waking life is causing you stress and tension. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you are overwhelming others with your demands and strong opinion. Still another interpretation could be your desire to wipe everything clean and make a fresh new start.
To see a gentle flood in your dream indicates that your worries over a certain matter will soon be swept away.

Swimming
To dream that you are swimming suggests that you are exploring aspects of your unconscious mind and emotions. The dream may be a sign that you are seeking some sort of emotional support. It is a common dream image for people going through therapy.
To dream that you are swimming underwater suggests that you are completely submerged in your own feelings. You are forcing yourself to deal with your unconscious emotions.
Meaning:
Swimming is an archetypal dream image. It suggests that spiritual energy is being used as we are moving towards a particular goal. It is said in dreams to symbolize the womb experience.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
To dream of being a good swimmer shows the ability to be able to handle emotional situations well, whereas being a poor swimmer in a dream could indicate the need to learn how to handle our emotions in a more positive way. Swimming in water will always be symbolic of the emotions, whereas swimming through the air connects with intellectual ability.
Everyday Material Aspects:
Dreaming of swimming has much the same symbolism as immersion. To be swimming upstream in a dream would indicate we are going against our own nature. Swimming fish can have the same symbolism as sperm and, therefore, can indicate the desire for a child. Swimming in clear water indicates being cleansed, whereas dark water could symbolize the possibility of depression.

Wading
Meaning:
Spiritually, wading suggests a cleansing process, which ties in with baptism. Many meditations also use the symbolism of walking through water.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
Often the feeling associated with wading can be more relevant than the action of wading itself. To recognize that we are not actually in water – for example, we are wading through treacle or another substance which impedes our progress – can give us a clue to how we feel about ourselves or our circumstances.
Everyday Material Aspects:
Dreaming of wading puts us in the position of recognizing what effect our emotions can have on us. If we are impeded by the water then we need to appreciate how our emotions can prevent us from moving forward. If we are enjoying our wading experience, then we may expect our connection with life to bring contentment. Sometimes the depths to which our bodies are immersed can give us information as to how we cope with external circumstances. For instance, if the water is chest high we should consider how much our knowledge of ourselves is being threatened.
Wading
To dream of wading in water symbolizes your power and control over your emotions. Consider the depth and clarity of the water to determine how much power and control you have over the circumstances and situations in your life.

Sidewalk
To dream that you are walking on a sidewalk represents your steady progress and direction in life. You may be experiencing new walks of life. If the sidewalk is cracked, then it signifies minor and temporary setbacks that are keeping you from getting to your destination. Perhaps you need to alter your course and make some changes in your life.

House
To see a house in your dream represents your own soul and self. Specific rooms in the house indicate a specific aspect of your psyche.
Meaning:
The house is popularly known as the seat of the soul, and in spiritual terms links us to the way we are in the world. A house represents security and safety, and therefore signifies protection and the Great Mother.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
In psychological terms, the house also signifies the life we live, the protections we create and the ‘structure’we present to other people.
Everyday Material Aspects:
In dreams, the different rooms and parts of houses represent the various aspects of our personality and life experiences.
House (or any place of residence) – if we are aware that the house is not empty – that it is furnished in some way – those articles will mirror some aspect of our character or day-to-day concerns. Also consult the individual entry for Furniture / Furnishings. Being aware of someone else in the house suggests that we may be feeling threatened by an aspect of our own personality. If there are different activities going on it indicates that there is a conflict between two parts of our personality, possibly the creative and the intellectual. Being especially aware of the front of the house portrays the facade we show to the outside world, whereas going into / out of the house indicates we need to decide whether to be more introverted or more extroverted in our dealings with other people. An impressive, awe-inspiring house indicates that we are conscious of the Self or the Soul.

Couch
To see or dream that you are on a couch represents rest, relaxation, laziness or boredom. It may also mean you need to clear you mind and thoughts. Consider also who is on the couch with you as the dream may also have sexual connotations.
To dream of reclining on a couch, indicates that false hopes will be entertained. You should be alert to every change of your affairs, for only in this way will your hopes be realized.

Wedding Ring
To see a wedding ring in your dream represents completeness and eternal love. If you are not married and find a wedding ring, then it means that your personal relationship has reached a new level.
To dream that you lose your wedding ring signifies a problem or unresolved issue in your marriage.
Wedding Ring
For a woman to dream her wedding ring is bright and shining, foretells that she will be shielded from cares and infidelity. If it should be lost or broken, much sadness will come into her life through death and uncongeniality. To see a wedding ring on the hand of a friend, or some other person, denotes that you will hold your vows lightly and will court illicit pleasure.
Meaning:
A wedding can symbolize the sacred union between the spiritual and physical. In former times it was seen as a ritual that brought fertility to the earth. Within the human being there is the need to make vows, to give promises and above all to symbolize the making of those promises Traditionally, the wedding ring was a symbol of total encircling love because it is in the shape of a circle. It is complete, with no beginning and no end.
The wedding ring, worn on the finger that represents the heart – that is, the fourth finger of the left hand – suggests that we have made a commitment or promise. To dream of a wedding ring being on any other finger than that particular finger may indicate that the promise is not valid or we feel the wedding ring to be a constriction or an entrapment in some way.
To dream of losing our wedding ring would very often symbolize a problem within a marriage, or perhaps highlight a problem in our commitment. To dream of finding a wedding ring might well indicate that a relationship is being formed that could result in marriage.

String
To see a string in your dream represents binding, cohesion, or joining, depending on the context of the dream. It relates to the strength of your involvement in a project, situation, or relationship. Perhaps, you are having concerns about your ability to hold some situation or relationship together. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you need to use your position and leverage to get what you want. Consider the phrase “pulling strings.”
To dream that you are tying a string indicates something you have forgotten to do.
To dream that you are untangling a string suggests that there is some issue in your waking life that you need to straighten.
Everyday Material Aspects:
String appearing in dreams signifies some sort of binding, perhaps to make something secure. It may also represent trying to hold a situation together.

Moth
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
The moth symbolizes the darker side of us that uses fantasy. The moth emerging from darkness signifies our need to recognize this shadowy self so that we can survive difficulties unscathed. The moth is largely associated with nighttime and therefore connects with the hidden side of our nature. Also, because the moth can be self-destructive when there is light around, it may highlight personal weakness. It also tends to symbolize our dream self and the more transient side of our personality – that part that finds difficulty in settling to proper tasks. Moth
To?see a moth in your dream indicates that some unseen irritation may not surface until it is too late. It is important to pay attention to the minor details and not to overlook certain things. Alternatively, the moth symbolizes your weaknesses, character flaws or fragileness.

Rice
To see grains of rice in your dream symbolize success, prosperity, luck, fertility and warm friendships.
Rice
Rice is good to see in dreams, as it foretells success and warm friendships. Prosperity to all trades is promised, and the farmer will be blessed with a bounteous harvest.
To eat it, signifies happiness and domestic comfort. To see it mixed with dirt or otherwise impure, denotes sickness and separation from friends.

Bag
To see a bag in your dream represents the responsibilities that you carry. If the bag is ripped or torn, then it indicates that you are carrying a lot of burden. The symbol may be a metaphor for an “old bag” and refer to someone who is old.
To dream of a bag full of junk symbolizes that you are burdened with worries and problems; you have to find a way on unloading some of this burden.
Meaning:
A bag spiritually signifies the secret, the hidden and the occult. Long known as a symbol of femininity because of its association with the womb, it can also suggest intuitive wisdom. Occasionally it will suggest the elements of wind and air.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
Depending on the actual bag (e. g. a handbag, a shopping bag) and what is in it, we are probably hiding certain aspects of ourselves from public consideration. To be emptying a bag suggests that we are attempting to get rid of old concepts or ideas or other aspects which may be holding us back. To have lost a bag signifies that we have temporarily suppressed certain character traits.
Everyday Material Aspects:
You may be having problems with the more feminine elements in your identity such as compassion or nurturing. There is an ability to use the social graces to achieve, and to cope with whatever occurs. A torn or broken bag may alert you to a health problem or to there being too much to deal with.
Gender / Specific Meanings:
Whereas previously men carrying bags were seen as effeminate, this is no longer the case, so in dreams a man carrying a bag can symbolize his attitude to his responsibilities. In a woman’s dream a bag is more likely to represent her inner feelings.

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