I had a very strange dream last night. I was in the driveway of my old home practicing levitation. It looked and felt very much like I was on the moon; with every jump I'd slowly glide down, sometimes just barely hovering over the gravel.
I continued doing this for some time before looking down the road to a neighbor's house. I was startled to find that there was a group of maybe three nuns standing in the driveway watching me. I stopped floating as I had been and began to perform ballet poses, standing on pointe and doing several pirouettes. I guess this was my way of covering myself up.
The nuns kept staring. I stopped entirely, feeling the weight of gravity return to my body as I backed away to go to the back of my home. I glanced behind me once hidden by the big hedge next to my garden and saw the nuns begin to walk toward my house.
I hurried through the back door, hearing "witch","she's a witch" and other similar things in my head while doing so. I went to the kitchen, looking out the window to watch as they approached the front door. I knew it was shut and locked so I didn't worry too much, even as they stood on the doorstep. I crept into the dining room after a little while and hid in a corner by the door, which creaked open to reveal the silhouettes of the nuns gathered. They then began sing hymns, low and operatic.
I stayed in my corner to wait and see if they'd leave but they never did. They kept singing and never flinched until they finally grew silent. I heard someone say "let's play a game called How Far Can We See" and I heard something enter the house. Something began to peek around the corner, and I began to press myself firmly against the wall. I eventually saw that the thing entering the home was a remarkably large salamander (close to a komodo dragon) with a red body and black patterns.
I screamed shrilly and it opened its mouth, making a sound I can't remember. I lunged, though, tackling it and trying to strangle it. The nuns never moved, only watched, even as the salamander-creature began to morph into a man. I closed my eyes as I fought and then woke up.
Simply put I was very disoriented and disturbed when I woke. It took a very long time to believe I was in reality.
I was wondering if anybody had any ideas of symbolism or if anything struck anyone? I also recall the number 11 but not the context of it - I just know it was in the same dream.
Re: Three Nuns & a Salamander By: Ashen_Heart / Beginner
Post # 2 Sep 13, 2018
I'm kind of just speaking from personal experience, but the fact that the nuns said "she's a witch" makes me think that you're having an internal battle with yourself, like you feel a kind of guilt for practising witchcraft. I might be completely wrong about your situation of course.
I occasionally have dreams like that, where I'm being persecuted for my practices. I have a sort of internal guilt that manifests itself in dreams. I was wondering maybe it's the same for you, and this dream is a way of showing it?
Or, if you have it very often, may be some part of your previous life. But still what Ashen Heart said may be very true. It depends in you, because if you hide the fact you practice witchcraft from the public, this kid of dream may show perfectly your fear from the judgment and bias of the society
Re: Three Nuns & a Salamander By: prsona Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4 Sep 15, 2018
While I am often one to give strictly psychological-based advice for interpreting dreams, I think it is also important to analyze some aspects of symbolism within them.
The first thing which caught my attention is the salamander, really. In some cultures, a salamander is depicted as a fire elemental. It is believed to embody all of the qualities of the fire element (not literal fire; the qualities of personality, temperament, and behavior). This, I think, is an easy example of how a symbol can be interpreted with or without a list of meanings: If a salamander does not hold those associations to you, Adia, then it may not have that same meaning to you in the dream. I do, however, find it very interesting that this creeping thing transformed into a person. I believe that it might or might not be specifically meaningful; it could just be a change in embodiment, sort of like the form of a salamander was a vehicle by which this dream character traveled. It could also be that what your subconscious was representing with a salamander was changed into a more confrontational shape -- that of an invading person.
I do have to agree with the overall interpretations given earlier, that it seems like a dream about the conflicting aspects of your life: It seems a part of you fears discovery, or the reactions of people who are religious.
I just don't think that removes possibility that this may have other, deeper meanings as well.