In the modern day dream interpretation, dream dictionaries are used to interpret an individual's dreams.
Dream dictionaries are based on researches done by publishers and on other dream studies done by previous researchers and are compiled as reference for dream interpretation.
Two Types of Dream Dictionary
There are two types of dream dictionaries - the scientific (which is based on definitions from psychology) and the traditional (which is based on the conventional interpretations).
Of the two, none is considered to have the true meaning of dreams. The scientific dream dictionary, although a product of the study of psychologists, still lack the proof in its accuracy in interpreting an individual's dreams.
This is also true for the traditional dictionary in which the interpretations were based on hearsay, myths or folklore. Another issue raised about the use of these traditional dream dictionaries is that since these are based on local beliefs, the interpretation of the dreams may vary from one culture to another.
Thus, the accuracy of the traditional dream dictionaries is even more questionable compared with the scientific dictionaries.
However, due to the religious relationship of dreams and their interpretations, there are some dream dictionaries that were published for those with Judeo-Christian background.
These dictionaries use symbolism that were based from the Bible. Some of these dictionaries are:
?Paula Price's The Prophet's Dictionary
?Joe Ibojie's Understanding the Dreams You Dream
?Leland Ryken's Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
?Kevin Connor's Interpreting the Symbols and Types
?Ira Milligan's Understanding the Dreams you Dream
?Benjamin Keach's Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible
3 ways to approach your dream to decipher it’s true meaning
Personal meaning - What the dream symbol means to you? what does it reminds you of? Perhaps most significantly, how it makes you feel?
Context - Consider how the dream symbol manifests itself in the dream. For example, in a dream about a bird - what was the bird doing? How and where was it was doing it, and again, how did you feel about it?
Looking beyond the obvious - Many people make the mistake of taking a dream literally (the classic example being the ‘death’ dream). A dream is often about something other than its obvious meaning. Physical events in the dream commonly represent mental or emotional matters.
Is the Dream Dictionary then of any real value?
A dream dictionary at it’s core gives suggested meanings of dream symbols.
A dream symbol often means something that is inherently different in different dreams. Despite attempts to apply a global understanding to dreams, most experts from both style of dictionary agree here is no standard meaning of a dream symbol - or dream - that is accurate for all dreams.
In the end, Dream meaning is very subjective, and your dream symbol may mean something completely different from the meaning listed in a scientific or traditional dream dictionary