I Had the Strangest Dream...

The Dreamer's Dictionary for the 21st Century


By Kelly Sullivan Walden

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In the mega-selling tradition of The Dreamer’s Dictionary comes a comprehensive, contemporary guide to understanding dreams and the unconscious mind. With over 3,500 symbols and a 7-step guide to applying their definitions to one’s life, this is the ultimate guide for today’s dreamer.

It's a double-caf low-fat Frappuccino-kind of world, and all that bustle doesn't stop just because it's time for bed. While you sleep, your mind is busy going over everything you've experienced during the day. Now, with the only dream book that interprets both classic and new twenty-first century symbols – everything from speed dating and Botox to text messages and iPods – you can tap into your unconscious with the turn of a page. Discover the messages hidden in your dreams, your hopes, your fears, your unrealized strengths and potential. You'll learn how to recognize life-altering opportunities and become the person you've always dreamed of being.


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Copyright © 2006 by Kelly Sullivan Walden

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My love and appreciation go out to the following angels:

Dana Walden, for being the best support system, editor, space holder, hero, champion, love of my life, wind beneath my wings, and husband a woman could ever ask for—thank you to the ends of the universe for your meticulous research and for literally living and dreaming every symbol to help me find its authenticity. The Sullivans—Dad, Mom, Shannon, Jeanene, Amber, Tawni, Noel, Granny Sullivan, Andy, Jackie, and the whole Sullivan Stew—you are the family of my dreams, and I love you beyond what words can ever say. Thank you from the bottom of my Sullivan heart for all your love and support. Andie Avila, for your passion and excitement for dreams and for this project, for sharing your dreams with me, as well as coming up with the book's fabulous title. You are a writer's dream come true! Jessica Papin, for being the brilliant goddess that masterminded this project into womanifestation for me. Jim McCarthy, for stepping up to the plate and becoming my agent and for always being a calm voice of wisdom. Jo-e Sutton (Betty), for contributing so many pearls to this book. I am the luckiest cheese-loving goddess on this planet because of your exquisite friendship. Gypsy Racco, for your soul sisterhood and friendship that runs beyond the core of the earth. Tami Walsh, for your prayers, support, friendship, and inspiration. Uncle Rich, for supporting and believing in me. Glenna Walden, for your "Thought for the Day" that always keeps me moving in the direction of my dreams. Esther and Jerry Hicks and Abraham, for your brilliant words of truth that inspire me to create the life of my dreams from a place of pure joy. Byron Katie, for your powerful awakening tools. Carl Jung, for the freedom and permission you gave to dreamers to interpret their dreams based on their own associations. Marianne Williamson, for being one of my spiritual role models and for being a reminder that only love is real. Oprah Winfrey, for doing what you do, and for supporting me in ways you will never know. Alex Power, for your adventurous and inspirational self and for lending me a fantastic laptop. Katherine Newcomer, for your sweet presence, support, and enthusiasm, and for being my MySpace.com champion. The Goddess Queens—Jodi Sutton, Suzanne Rock Sterlie, Jean Molina, Wendy Anton Saez, Helen Djukic, Suzanne Quin Hirabayashi, Firestar, and Ruth de Sosa—for supporting me with your love, strength, power, and vision. Woofie, for lying by my side for the duration of this project, for unconditionally loving me, and giving me the warm and fuzzies to persist when I felt weary. Gini Gentry, for taking me through the Teotihuacan journey and for your invaluable feedback on this book. Reverend Michael Beckwith, my beloved Agape Family, for your spiritual strength and for giving me such fantastic tools for awakening. Jane Dystel and Miriam Godderich, for representing me and being a powerful force in the literary world. I feel so honored to have your support. The prestigious publishing team at Warner Books (Hachette Book Group USA), for your commitment to excellence in the world of publishing, and for allowing me to participate in the collective genius and legacy that you have so powerfully cocreated.


AA Dreams of AA signify support and that you are taking steps in the right direction. They are either a wake-up call to join this 12-step program, or to step up your participation in your spiritual path. See Alcohol and 12-step Program.

Abandonment If you dream of being left behind, then this is a venting dream helping you to release your abandonment issues. A dream of abandonment is giving you the message that when you stop leaving yourself, as in energetically abandoning yourself, then your fears of others leaving you will leave you. The dream could also denote that you are abandoning an aspect of the past that no longer serves you, or that you desire freedom from responsibilities, worry, control, and inhibitions.

Abdomen The abdomen represents the third chakra, the solar plexus, self-empowerment, and creativity. If you dream of pain in your stomach, you are processing through your blocks to creativity and self-empowerment. See Stomach.

Abduction Dreams of abduction symbolize a fear of being carried away and influenced in a way that could be harmful to you. Perhaps you are processing through feelings of overwhelm or of being overpowered by someone in your life. If you dream that you are the abductor, then the dream reflects your desire to control a person or situation in your life. See Kidnap.

Abortion Dreams of an abortion are about the elimination or interruption of a new relationship, idea, project, or a literal pregnancy. Your subconscious mind may be telling you that just because you are going through a challenge, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. If there is sorrow or fear connected to the dream, then take heart in knowing that which is real can never die because the soul lives on forever.

Absence Dreams of the absence of someone you love denote that you are grieving and/or processing a loss and/or transition in your relationship. They are also a reflection of your feelings and attitudes about commitment and a message to become more present in your life.

Abundance Dreams of abundance signify that conditions of wealth abound, and that love, success, fortune, and good things are coming into your life. You are awakening to your infinite nature. See Wish Fulfillment Dreams, page 18.

Abuse Dreams of abuse are venting dreams about control, or the lack thereof. If you dream of being the victim of abuse, then you are venting your connection to the victim archetype and are coming to terms with your own power. You are realizing that it is time either to stand up for yourself or to remove yourself from a nonsupportive situation. If you dream of being the abuser, then you are venting your frustration and rage at feeling out of control. Your subconscious mind may be cautioning you to take responsibility for your feelings and actions and treat others the way you'd like to be treated. Dreams of abuse also reflect the way you treat yourself. See Venting Dreams, page 8.

Abyss A dream of an abyss means that you are connecting with your deeper nature, going beyond the superficial to where your inner rivers run deep and you feel your connection with the soul of the world. If you are afraid of this abyss, then the dream is assisting you to process fears of death, overwhelm, inadequacy, or your own powers.

Accelerator Dreams of an accelerator symbolize the need for speed and your desire to move forward in your life with velocity toward your goals.

Accent An accent in a dream denotes qualities of the country in which the accent is heard. Perhaps you have a desire to stand out in a crowd. Also, a dream about an accent can represent your desire to connect to your heritage or family bloodline.

Accessories Dreams of accessories signify that you are aware of magic that lies in the details of your life, love, affection, and a desire to stand out and have a touch of style. Alternatively, dreams of accessories could represent a feeling of insecurity that would cause you to overcompensate for what you feel is missing. See Bling Bling.

Accident A dream of an accident signifies that you need to pay more attention to what you are doing. This venting dream also indicates a desire for perfection and a fear of making a mistake.

Accordion Dreams of an accordion represent festivities, happiness, and joy. The movement of the accordion suggests that you are connecting with the cycles of life. See Musical Instrument.

Accosting If you are accosted in your dream, then you are releasing your fear of being harmed, hurt, or overpowered. If you dream of accosting someone, then you are exposing and/or releasing aggression and your need to control in a way that has negative consequences.

Account Dreams of an account are about self-worth, checks, and balances. Consider if your emotional/spiritual account is abundant, overdrawn, or balanced. Dreams of an account may be a message to give yourself credit where credit is due, and to be more generous with praise and acknowledgment.

Accountant Dreams of an accountant represent the need to connect with the aspect of you that is logical, reasonable, detached, organized, and detail oriented. This dream may signify that it is time to get into balance with your giving and receiving.

Accusing To dream of accusing reflects guilt, blame, shame, and an unwillingness to take personal responsibility for your life. Dreaming of this offers you the opportunity to own an aspect of your power that you have yet to embrace as you come to realize that blaming or accusing someone for your pain only adds insult to injury.

Ace An ace signifies success and that you are tapping into your natural genius that will help you win in the game of life. You are feeling like a winner. See Gambling and Trump Card.

Achievement Dreams of achievement denote that you have been pushing yourself to discover your personal best and are striving for excellence. A dream of achievement may be a message to celebrate your accomplishments and to prepare for success that is forthcoming. See Wish Fulfillment Dreams, page 18.

Acid Dreams of acid mean that your anger and unexpressed emotions are eating at you. Your subconscious mind is telling you to find a healthy form of expression.

Acne Dreams of acne represent shame, self-criticism, unexpressed rage, and that something is boiling under the surface and it is ready to be popped.

Acorn Dreams of an acorn symbolize great potential. Because the blueprint for the oak tree resides within this tiny seed, an acorn represents the fact that your highest destiny is already alive within you.

Acrobat To dream of an acrobat symbolizes flexibility and your ability to accommodate the desires of the people in your life. It can be symbolic of being head over heals in love with someone.

Across Dreaming of someone being across from you can represent qualities that person is mirroring back to you. He or she may be reflecting your beauty, or an aspect of your shadow you have yet to embrace.

Acrylic Nails Dreams of acrylic nails reflect manufactured ambition and a message to soften your approach to reaching for what you want in life. See Finger and Nail.

Act To dream of putting on an act represents inauthenticity and fear that if you let your true feelings show you will be rejected. A dream of an act is bringing to light the roles you play to get what you need and want in life. See Mask and Play.

Actor/Actress Dreams of an actor or actress represent the archetypes you embody, or the roles you play in life. If you dream of an actor or actress you admire, the dream is revealing qualities that you like most about yourself or aspire to embody. If the actor or actress represents qualities that you dislike, then the dream is assisting you to embrace your shadow. See Famous, Celebrity. See also Integration Dreams, page 10.

Adam and Eve Dreams of Adam and Eve symbolize sexual innocence, temptation, and having all your needs met but your still wanting more. You are on a quest for knowledge and you are expanding and exploring your boundaries. These dreams may be telling you to appreciate what you have instead of coveting that which you don't. See Yin and Yang.

ADD/ADHD A dream of ADD or ADHD denotes that you've been allowing yourself to become distracted from your goals. Perhaps you've lost your focus, and the dream is giving you the message to seek support in getting yourself back on track.

Addiction Dreams of addiction are about insatiability or the need for comfort, a quick fix to take the pain away. Keep in mind that within all addictions is a craving for a higher source. See AA, Drugs and 12-step Program.

Address Dreams of an address represent your place in life, your influence on others, your career, status, your self-concept, and identity. If you dream of a former address, then you are releasing past identities or you may be processing moments from the past when you lived at this address. Consider what the numbers add up to. See Number.

Administrator Dreams of an administrator signify that you are taking responsibility for your life and assuming your authority. These dreams might also reflect your issues with authority figures.

Admiral Dreams of an admiral signify that you are standing at the helm of your life, claiming your authority, power, confidence, seaworthiness, and leadership.

Adolescence Dreams of adolescence denote that you are in touch with your passion, eagerness, impetuousness, sexuality, and perhaps rebellion against social rules. Also, you may be going through a transition and a growth spurt, and you are feeling geeky and awkward in your own skin. See Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams, page 12.

Adoption If you dream of being adopted, then you are grappling with feelings of belonging, abandonment, betrayal, and worthiness. If you dream of adopting a child, this may reflect that you are adopting a new habit or point of view.

Adult Dreaming of an adult signifies that you are embracing the process of growing, the courage it takes to be responsible, mature, and sensible. For some, being an adult represents freedom; for others it represents a burden.

Adultery Dreams of adultery represent your internal struggle with loyalty, guilt, shame, commitment, and promiscuity. Perhaps there is a quality that is missing from an intimate relationship of yours or in your business, and dreaming of adultery is showing you what qualities to cultivate within yourself. If you are grappling with "the grass is greener" syndrome, a dream of adultery may help you to process your feelings and give you a clearer perspective before you do something that you might regret.

Adventure If you enjoy an adventure in a dream, then this indicates a positive and healthy approach to change. If you do not enjoy an adventure you dream of, then this indicates your resistance and reaction to changes that are taking place in your life.

Adversary See Enemy and Integration Dreams, page 10.

Adversity Dreams of adversity reflect your resistance to change and an unwillingness to accept what is. Because solutions are inherent in every problem, dreams of adversity denote your desire to find the solutions you seek. See Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams, page 12.

Advertisement Dreams of an advertisement signify that you are promoting and selling yourself, and that you desire recognition and status. Dreaming of an advertisement may be cautioning you to read between the lines and to not be easily seduced by the marketing campaigns of the people and products in your life. Alternatively, the dream may be a headline written for you from your higher self. See Sign.

Advice The advice that you give to someone in a dream is always intended for yourself. Consider the advice and take your own medicine.

Aerobics Dreams of aerobics are a sign to get your life into shape and to get a jump on your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical fitness. See Exercise and Step Aerobics.

Affection Dreams of kisses, hugs, and compliments symbolize affinity, love, and connection. Consider the person for whom you are feeling affection and remember that that person reflects an aspect of you that you adore. See Kiss.

Affiliate Link Dreams of an affiliate link signify that you are actively supporting people and are being rewarded for it. You are realizing the reciprocation process—that which you give comes back to you tenfold. See Karma.

Afraid If you dream of being afraid, then you are venting your feelings of overwhelm and inadequacy to handle the circumstances you face. See Venting Dreams, page 8.

Africa Dreams of Africa symbolize a desire to get in touch with your heart's desires and your wild, authentic, untamed nature. See Chakra (4th)and Heart.

Afterlife Dreams of the afterlife represent your awareness of a light at the end of the tunnel. You are recognizing a larger perspective of life beyond the confines of the ego, and that heaven is at hand now. See Death,Heaven, and Reincarnation.

Afternoon Dreams of the afternoon represent illumination, inspiration, and activity. If you dream of a weekday afternoon, then this symbolizes business and productivity. If you dream of a weekend afternoon, then this reflects your need to take a relaxing break.

Age If you dream of being a particular age, then you may be processing your concern about the aging process or dealing with the issues and concerns related to that age. See Adolescence, Birthday, Middle Age, Number, and Old Age.

Agenda Dreams of an agenda represent order and organization of your time, energy, thoughts, and plans. Dreaming of someone having an agenda can also be cautioning you to read between the lines and practice discernment. See Diary.

Agent Dreaming of an agent or advocate represents your own inner support for your product, service, or who you are. A dream of an agent can also be a wish fulfillment dream about your desire for support in your life and in making your dreams come true. The agent in a dream can represent the aspect of yourself that has healthy self-esteem.

Agreeing Because all the characters in your dreams are you, if you are in agreement with someone in a dream, then this represents inner synergy. Consider the feeling tone of the dream, and whether you are agreeing submissively or willingly.

Agriculture Dreams of agriculture symbolize success, abundance, health, and bounty. These dreams might be suggesting that you get back to basics and become grounded in order to receive the fruition of your hard work. See Farm/Farmer, Food, and Harvest.

"Aha" Moment Dreams of an "aha" moment symbolize illumination, clarity, and awakening. Pay particular attention to the context of the "aha" moment. See Lucid Dreams.

AIDS Dreams of AIDS are about sexual shame, blame, or guilt. Perhaps you are venting out feelings of helplessness, defenselessness, and an inability to stand up for yourself. See Disease.

Air Dreams of air signify springtime and youthful innocence, and that you are discovering a fresh outlook on life. Perhaps you are embarking upon a new project that has you walking on air. Also, air is associated with the breath, which is synonymous with spirit. If the air in a dream is pure, this means your spirit feels light and clean. If the air is unclean, then this indicates that you have been weighed down by negativity and it's time for a breath of fresh air. See Spring and Wind.

Air Conditioner Dreams of an air conditioner mean that you are adjusting your inner temperature. For example, if you were running too hot and heavy, allowing passion and impetuousness to overheat you, then you instinctively know to cool off in order to achieve balance.

Air Force Dreams of the air force signify that you may be forcing your spiritual beliefs onto other people. Or perhaps you are asking for higher guidance as you fight for what you think is right. See Air, Airplane, and Military.

Airplane Dreams of an airplane represent your desire to see life from a higher view, to move out of the mundane ego experience of life, and to begin to take action to live on a higher plane. Dreaming of an airplane can also signify that a dramatic life change is on the horizon. If the plane is in turbulence, this represents your control issues—that you are trying to stabilize your spiritual life, and that a deeper commitment to your spiritual practice is in order. If the plane is still on the ground, then you are being guided to have patience. If you are soaring through the air, then your goals are in midflight, and you are well on your way to manifesting your soul's desires.

Airport Dreams of an airport symbolize your spiritual center, the place from which you depart and land. This is where you refuel to prepare for your next adventure or flight of fancy. A dream of an airport can also be predicting a major change in your life.

Aisle If you dream of an aisle, then this represents order and a desire for symmetry and precision in your life as you move through into a new life experience. An aisle can also symbolize division, a divide between opposing aspects of yourself. Walking down an aisle represents focus, clarity, and commitment. See Ceremony and Wedding.

Alarm Dreams of an alarm are a message to pay attention and be alert because something important is happening.

Album Dreams of an album symbolize memories and nostalgia. Perhaps you are remembering a past event in order to embrace its lesson and/or blessing. See Gallery and Treasure.

Alchemist/Alchemy Dreams of an alchemist symbolize your ability to transform a negative situation into one that's advantageous to you. Acknowledging that your awareness turns dross to gold.

Alcohol Dreams of alcoholic beverages represent a desire for escape, freedom, diversion, and a peak experience. Perhaps dreaming of alcohol is revealing that you've been numbing your pain and that it is time to soberly deal with the facts of your life. See AA.

Alibi Dreams of an alibi signify that you are hiding something. Maybe you are making excuses to yourself for why you aren't showing up in life the way that you know you can. Consider the reason for the need of an alibi.

Alimony Dreams of alimony signify that you are honoring past commitments or your karmic debt. Or perhaps you are dealing with unhealed energy that is still lingering from a past relationship.

Alive If there is someone who is dead in real life who is alive in a dream, then you are realizing that your connection with that person is still very much alive. See Awake.

Allergy If you dream of an allergy, then you may be feeling claustrophobic because of stifled expression or repressed emotions. See Sick.

Alley Dreams of an alley are integration dreams reflecting your unrecycled thoughts and feelings, and the clutter that is behind the scenes in your life.

Alligator Dreams of an alligator symbolize the predatory energy in your life, or your fear of being eaten alive, overpowered, or pulled into the swamp of your fears. They could be venting dreams helping you to release your fear about the abuse of power. See Animal.

Allowance Dreams of an allowance symbolize issues of worth, abundance, deservedness, and energy exchange. They are showing you how much prosperity you feel you are worth and how much good you will allow yourself to receive.

Ally Dreams of an ally may be a message for you to become your own best friend and stick up for yourself and recognize your beauty and innocence. See Friend.

Almond Because of its husk, dreams of an almond represent the substance hidden behind a rough exterior, like an ego that guards an open and loving heart. You are realizing that you cannot judge a book by its cover, but that you must look beyond the surface to discover the treasure within. See Nuts.

Alphabet Dreams of the alphabet signify that you are spelling out your feelings and thoughts in a desire to be understood. These dreams may be telling you that if you keep communication simple, it is more apt to be understood.

Altar Dreams of an altar signify that you are devoted to altering your spiritual life and that you have a desire to connect with your higher self. See Sacrifice.

Aluminum Dreams of aluminum signify that you are preserving and protecting your emotional well-being from a chilly disposition or from a heated argument.

Amateur Dreams of an amateur reflect your frustration with your learning curve or the amateur skill level of someone you are working with. They also may be suggesting that your actions are lacking patience and compassion. See Mistake.

Amazon.com Dreams of Amazon.com represent curiosity and a desire for knowledge, information, and entertainment. They are telling you that all information resides within your own mind.

Ambassador Dreams of an ambassador signify that you are stepping into leadership and becoming a role model. They may be giving you the message to be responsible and aware that you are acting on behalf of all whom you represent.

Ambulance Dreams of an ambulance are a sign that help is on the way and you would be wise to get your ego out of the way and allow care to be given to the part of you that has been harmed.

Ambush If you dream of an ambush, then you may be contemplating a surprise attack on someone in order to gain leverage in your life. Or you may be venting out feelings of being ganged up on, or that you fear being overpowered or outnumbered.

America Dreams of America signify freedom and expression, and that the land of opportunity resides within you. You are realizing the opportunity to pursue your passion and fulfill your potential that is in your hands.


On Sale
Feb 28, 2009
Page Count
400 pages

Kelly Sullivan Walden

About the Author

Kelly’s approach to dreams is both reverent and zany, which may account for why she’s rumored to be the lovechild of Carl Jung and Lucille Ball. Her dream insights have been featured on many national talk shows and popular podcasts, including Twitch.TV, The Doctor Oz Show, Ricki Lake, The Real, Bethenny, Coast to Coast, and Hallmark’s Home & Family.

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