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Dreams: You Are Missing a Body Part

If you find yourself looking down in a dream only to discover that you’re suddenly missing an arm, a leg, a finger, etc., that can often be a sign of some kind of loss in your waking life. Whether the dream involves the traumatic loss of a limb or its simply disappearance, the symbolism is deeply tied to feelings of abandonment, helplessness, and sacrifice. This dream can stem from a fear of losing something or someone important to you in real life. The body part lost likely connects to something you felt was a vital part of yourself that you aren’t ready to let go of.

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Movement Dreams: Boats

Having dreams about boats is often a sign of how well you are navigating your emotions in your waking life. How do you cope when bad situations come your way—do you sink into a sea of negative emotions, or do you stay afloat through the storm? Try to remember what the water looked like in your dream. Were there calm waters and clear skies? This could mean that you are experiencing “smooth sailing” in your life. You confidently handle your own emotions and everything in your life feels like it’s under control. On the other hand, if the boat experienced rough seas in your dream—crashing waves or winds tearing at the sails—it might mean that you’re struggling to keep your emotions under control. You might be feeling overwhelmed in your waking life, or letting unhappy thoughts and feelings get the better of you. Think about ways that you can comfortably and safely express what you are feeling. Let this negativity run its course, but don’t let it sink you.

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Movement Dreams: Airplanes

Airplanes are dream symbols that are often associated with journeys—sometimes spiritual, emotional, or literal. An airplane appearing in your dream can be a sign that you are progressing or moving up in some area of your life. It might also be a sign that it’s time to get a new project “off the ground.” If you’ve been sitting on any big plans for your future, perhaps it’s time to start putting them into action. This dream can also be about exploring your freedom and trying out new experiences. Pay attention to the state of the plane and how it could relate to events in your life. If the plane is delayed or stuck, it might mean that there is something you’ve been looking forward to that hasn’t become a reality yet or some plans that have been put off. It may be that you are afraid to take the next steps to follow through with those plans.

If you’re in a plane crash in your dream, that might represent a failed project or something you were looking forward to that didn’t work out in the end. It can also be a sign that although you have set high goals for yourself, you are afraid that your efforts will result in failure. Like falling dreams, this can also be a sign that you feel like you are losing control.

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Movement Dreams: Walking

Dreams about walking often symbolize patience. When we walk somewhere, instead of running or driving in a car, we have much more time to take in our surroundings. Walking is a sign that you aren’t in a rush or feeling pressured to get somewhere at a specific time. Step by step, you move forward, absorbing everything around you. If you apply this idea to your waking life, you might take it as a sign that you’re taking your time in life, little by little getting to where you need to be, whether that is in terms of achievement, self-fulfillment, or spirituality. You’re making consistent progress without feeling like you have to try and play catch up. Bring your attention to your surroundings in your dream, your destination, or any other details like obstacles that might better help you form your interpretation.

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Movement Dreams: Dancing

Dance is a way to express yourself that, in our dreams, can symbolize things like freedom, joy, and passion. If you’re dancing in your dream, your subconscious might be encouraging you to set yourself free and relax. Think about your waking life and what sort of situations might be putting pressure on you. If you feel like your individuality is being stifled or you are overwhelming yourself with too many obligations like school activities, work, clubs, etc., this dream might be your subconscious telling you to live a little. It’s okay to let go and let loose. Let your creativity flow —you will start to feel much happier once you do!

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Dreams: Losing Something

Having dreams about losing something is similar to having dreams about being lost. There is probably something missing from your waking life, or something that you are feeling insecure about. Usually the thing you have lost is important, so when are trying to interpret the dream, it’s key to figuring out what you’re missing. The lost object can be a symbol for a lot of different things. For example, someone dreaming about losing their locker combination could be a sign that they are feeling insecure about a something related to school- one of your classes, perhaps. Dreaming about losing your wallet could be a sign that you aren’t being careful with your money. You might be spending your money too recklessly and not saving any for the future. Pay attention to the object that you lost in your dream and think about what kinds of things you associate with that object. If it’s a pencil, that could be related to study, intelligence, or creativity. Keys could symbolize a feeling of security or privacy. Shoes can relate to travel, motivation, and a sense of purpose. This dream will mean something different depending on your lost item, how you feel about that item, and how you think the item can connect to events in your waking life.

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The Colors of Ancient Crete: Minoan Natural Dyes

Minoan art is marvelously colorful, even 3500 years later. Was ancient Crete that colorful in real life? Probably.

Part of that color would have been due to the plant and animal substances used to dye the fabric that made the Minoans' clothing, household textiles, and temple decorations.

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