Words by Rory Parker

Words by Rory Parker

I prefer nightmares to good dreams. 

The reasoning behind this is simple. You know those dreams where everything is perfect and life couldn’t be any better? Waking up is such a let down. But when your heart is pounding and the cops have you cuffed, opening your eyes and having it all go away makes life seem that much better. Except for this one reoccurring dream where all my teeth break and fall out. Fuck that one.

Luckily for me I have nightmares nearly every night.  For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed vividly, and never peacefully.  I recently did some research on dreams to find out what, if anything, is the meaning behind my dreams, and found out a few pretty interesting things.

To see or come in contact with poop in your dream, signifies aspects of yourself that are dirty and negative and which you believe to be undesirable and repulsive.  To dream that you are unable to dispose of the feces, suggests that you are unwilling to let go of your emotions. You have a tendency to hold in and keep your feelings to yourself. It is also believed that poop in a dream represents money, wealth, profits and is considered a lucky omen pertaining to material gain.

In a dream water is a feminine symbol, representing either your own femininity, or your mother. It is therefore important to note your reaction to the water in your dream. Are you afraid of water in real life? This may mean you are afraid of women, or more importantly of your mother.

If you dreamed of being dead yourself, it indicates an approaching release from all your worries or a recovery from illness. The message may be that your old self needs to be left behind. This may mean you must stop carrying around with you the crippling burden of your past (irrational guilt-feelings or other negative self programming). If the dead person in the dream is actually a living person the dream may be expressing unconscious resentment towards that person. Does the dream contain a dead person you actually knew? If so, the dream may mean you should take notice of what he or she said or did, or of what happened to him or her. The dead person is ‘coming back’, not to haunt you but to advise and help you. If you spoke with someone who is dead in your dream you could soon hear very good news.


In the Greek culture, it is believed that when you dream about loose, rotten, or missing teeth, it indicates that a family member or close friend is very sick or even near death.

If you are being chased in a dream, what is chasing you probably symbolizes something you are afraid of, either in your external life or your unconscious. For example, a woman who dreams of being chased by men is probably afraid of sex. Her dreams present, in disguise, an unconscious, repressed desire for sex.

The spider is a symbol of your mother as an object of fear or dislike, particularly in a man’s dream. According to Freud, the fear of spiders expresses a dread of mother. It may represent anxiety over incest and horror of the female genitals.

Whether the dream featured cannibals or cannibalism, it is a warning to avoid being tempted into anything risky or underhanded, no matter how promising it appears.

A dream of incest is a warning that you are contemplating some discreditable action; resist the temptation no matter how strong the pressure or how promising the proposition. It will turn out to be a matter of lasting regret, if not remorse, if you give way.
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