Dr. Katia Romanoff
interprets symbols in dreams and co-writes an advice column with Dr. Lauri
Loewenberg called The Dream Zone, appearing in several newspapers around
the country and Sedona Magazine.
Below are dozens of Dr Katia's
interpretations of dreams, nightmares and waking visions people send in
to her. The same symbols appear in paintings, songs, and religions of
the world. Just start reading at the top and see if you find any symbols
with a message for YOU.
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June 15, 2011
I have had the same recurring theme in my dreams for many years. I will sometimes dream that I am preparing to indulge in the most amazing meal. I can see and smell everything that is arranged in front of me. But each time I have never gotten past fixing my plate. There are always a thousand random things getting in the way of my actually getting to sit down and enjoy my meal. This last one I had, for example, first I had my two nieces come crying that they were hungry so I put my plate down to fix theirs. Then I would always forget something -- like a fork, a condiment or whatever, that would stop me from eating my meal. By the time I finally get everything settled and resolved and get ready to chow down, I WAKE UP!! I can literally feel my frustration in the dream, so much so that I wake up angry! What is this all about?! Please help me...it's "eating" me up!! - Monica
This is a very fascinating dream theme that comes to people who are unable to nurture themselves for one reason or another. You often put the needs of others before your own. Your outer life is so full of distracting obligations and events that you never have time to “feed” the inner you. You know how to take care of yourself, you know what needs to be done, but every time you start to focus on yourself something comes along to interrupt. Are you too polite to someone that is taking advantage of you? Are you enabling an unhealthy relationship? Are you a pushover when you need to stand up for yourself. Ask, “How am I not nourishing and nurturing my inner self? What distractions are keeping me from closing the deal on something?” Also ask yourself what in waking life makes you angry and frustrated. Answering these questions will give you a clue as to what things are triggering this dream and thus what areas you need to work on first. Good luck and be sure to let us know the details if you get this dream again.
This interpretation is dead on! Especially when you said this:
"You know how to take care of yourself, you know what needs to be done, but every time you start to focus on yourself something comes along to interrupt. Are you too polite to someone that is taking advantage of you? Are you enabling an unhealthy relationship? Are you a pushover when you need to stand up for yourself..."
I am EXTREMELY passive-aggressive and until I get fed up, I am usually having my kindness taken for weakness. I knew that it had something to do with some type of obstacles (I am a self-proclaimed junior dream interpreter myself lol), but I just wanted more clarity and specifics. Thank you so much for helping me put things into perspective!
Monica, Age 32, St. Louis MO
August 14, 2011
Here's my dream...I ran to go catch this bus...it was almost dawn....and the bus number was 113...someone at the bus stop said to me "well, aren' t you going to get on?" I said "No, it's too early" and the bus was just sitting there for a while, empty, with the lights on inside.....and in the same night, I also dreamt my purse and wallet were gone...but then I realized they left the wallet behind and just took the purse, and I found jewels/jewelry with my things. These jewels/jewelry didn't belong to me, but were apparently very valuable. Again in the same night, I dreamt a friend who loves to cook and bake but not by trade...was cooking
food .....and invited me to go see what she was making....I haven't seen this friend in probably over a year....
Thank you, A.
Some say the number 113 is a warning regarding the end of the world, others believe it is a good luck number that “follows” some people around. In esoteric lore 113 symbolizes sacrifice for the survival of others. You ran so you wouldn’t miss a pre-dawn bus, but you never got on. There is a group or “crowd” you don't want to miss out on, yet you want the timing to be just right. You don't want to jump into a situation too early for fear of losing your identity (purse and wallet) and getting lost in the crowd. You don’t want to be just another number, but you also don’t want to miss out on an opportunity. You fear the time is just not right for this “journey” in the darkness before the dawn. You had a brief identity crisis recently but it wasn’t as bad as you originally feared (wallet was not stolen after all). In fact, you lost your purse – your normal financial practices – only to find it replaced with other financial gains, the jewelry. It’s almost like you lost on the broader stock market in the recent crisis, but somebody bought you some gold! Or else you are handling someone else’s finances or valuables in life. Whatever your financial situation is, you feel the valuables do not belong to you, but yet somehow you are responsible for protecting them. What people, situations or things are you protecting or “stuck with” or handling that are not technically yours? What values showed up uninvited in your life after some kind of loss? You also have an invitation to join a new venture – see what’s cookin’ in someone else’s “kitchen”. Are you going to take this person up on their offer? The person could also be another aspect of your own personality. Have you come up with an offer for yourself, but your other self is afraid to accept it? Your old friend with culinary skills (nurturing skills) symbolizes a person, career or other situation that is making you an offer you don’t want to refuse, but also have a fear about timing. We know it is an informal or semi-professional offer because the friend is not a professional baker/cook but is just as good as one. The overriding theme here is you trying to work with the numbers in your life, from finances to timing. Perhaps you are weighing whether to start your own business or change your work situation. Very intriguing!
September 7, 2011
I lost my Father in February to a massive heart-attack. I was at my Mother's visiting with her and we were talking about different memories we had with my Dad. I was wearing a very bright blue shirt that day. I had a dream that night and we were at my wedding, my Father had already passed on and we were still waiting for him to show up. My Dad was alive for my wedding, which made this dream all the more strange to me. I was standing at the altar and all of a sudden my Father was there and he was wearing the same color shirt that I had on that day and he walked over to me, put his arms around me and told me he loved me. I then woke up and sat up in my bed. I do not remember my dreams very often but, this one seemed so real it had me quite shaken. I very vividly remember the shirt he had on and realized that it was the same color I had worn that day. I would be very curious to know what your feelings are about this dream.
P.S. I think it may be important for you to know that I had been estranged from my parents for the last nine years.
Wearing of the same shirt symbolizes something quite profound: that your Dad is still alive, he is alivein you. Children are the immortality of their parents, and genetically speaking we *are* our parents, grandparents, ancestors. He is “one” with you. Your dream also reminds me of the famous Bible verse, “I and the Father are one.” The wedding means a huge family milestone, a new stage of existence, and above all a union. You say for nine years you had been estranged from your parents but then had a reunion -- reunited-- and your father passed away earlier this year. I believe he came to you from the Beyond in order to deliver a very important message to you --- reassurance that he loves you --- because your separation of nine years was so long, he wanted to be sure you knew things were still good between the two of you. And he brought the symbolic message that he is still alive in you – his DNA is singing in your veins and every cell. Feel his presence. Your subconscious certainly senses his presence and therefore helped you “connect” with him and “receive” that message. Very awesome dream!
Thank you very much for your input, one of the questions I am always asking myself, is if my Father still loved me...so I hope your interpretation is correct. I hope he knows that I have never stopped loving him. My sister told me he would always drive by my house hoping to see me and talk to me, and I remember seeing him several times but, he never stopped, I guess stubbornness is something he and I have in common, as I used to do the same thing. I am his oldest and we are very much alike. What you say about the wearing of the same color shirt, makes sense to me. I originally thought that he was letting me know that he was watching over me by letting me know that he knew what I was wearing that day. I have to be honest, I was never a big believer in dream interpretation and the paranormal but, this dream has had me re-thinking that logic. My wife is a big fan of yours and has two of your books and I used to tease her about it...whenever I had a dream that I could remember, she would look up the keywords and try to interpret it for me and I would not take it very seriously.
December 11, 2011
My husband dreamed last night that someone’s hands were cupped and putting water in his face. He kept telling them when they’d put the water in his face to let him breathe but they kept doing it. What would this mean? Then he said he thought he heard our dog bark 3 times and it felt like someone was trying to pull on his leg. He thought someone was in the house ; he heard footsteps. But it was all in his sleep/dream. – Melissa
Something or someone is getting in his face, making him feel choked with emotion and intruded upon. Water symbolizes your emotions and emotional state. Emotional issues are being shoved in his face, and there is an attempt to choke him. Some highly charged feelings – anger, fear, anxiety – are attacking him, threatening to drown him. Ask him if there is anything in his life right now making him feel attacked or trapped, unable to catch his breath. Three warnings of danger have been given already (the dog barking three times). Also someone may be trying to deceive him or trick him. Think of the old expression, “You’re pulling my leg!” meaning you’re trying to trick me, or you’re kidding me. Who or what is trying to get away with something at his expense? He fears they are getting close, are already “in the house” in his personal space. (Thus hearing their footsteps). Ask him what real life issue or situation might be putting him on the defensive. If he is upset by this dream, give him this exercise: cup some water in his hands and drink it right before bed while saying, I drink of the water of life, the living water. This will instruct his subconscious mind to stop scaring him with these vague unsettling messages, and just clearly give him the warning he needs!
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