SOMETHING IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL
I dreamed I was in a van with children going to see a tornado. As we approached, the clouds moved away and we saw two dark gray tornadoes. One was thinner and smaller than the other. I reacted calmly with curiosity and only slight worry as the van drove past. In other tornado dreams, I am disturbed by the sight but unafraid, and I want to watch it. Please decode this dream.
—Shelen M., Manhattan
The clouds that move away reveal that repressed material is now in full view. The two tornadoes may refer to parental figures: In this view, the thinner, smaller one is your mother, and the larger one, your father. As such, the tumultuous tornadoes signify that something is spinning out of control in your home life. Your calm reaction expresses a certain detachment. Wanting to watch from afar reveals the wish to understand, dissect and work through any repressed anxiety.
GUILT WILL NOT COME OUT IN THE WASH
I dreamed I relived hearing about my deceased father’s death. My family in Florida wanted me to see him before he passed, but it was too late to buy tickets and I got a phone call that he died. I crumpled to the floor in sorrow. In another dream, my washing machine stopped working. When it was checked, the hose was clogged with lint, clothes and, like a snake, my father’s dead body wrapped in a blanket. He had been there since his passing and was waiting to be flushed out into the trash. I was horrified. What does this mean?
—Virginia R., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Whereas the first dream tries to work through guilty feelings over not seeing your father before he died – and time is blamed as the culprit – the second dream expresses self-recrimination. Blame is in the offing: You are horrified with yourself. The wish to be cleansed of the aforementioned guilt is the same. However, the cleansing process proves difficult: The hose clogged with the dead weight of your father will not permit your guilt to be flushed out as of yet.
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