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How to interpret your dreams

| Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Many dismiss their dreams and these figments of flying, falling, running, drowning and public nudity as mental noise.

While easy to have, dreams are hard to remember, fleeing from our memory seconds after we wake.

Keep a journal and pencil handy, turning to them before even turning on a light. When waking up, it only takes a slight movement to jolt you miles from your dream. To hold onto your dream, stay as still as possible in your most comfortable sleeping position.

When dreaming, emotions manifest in one's subconscious through certain common symbols. Here is a general guide to what some of these symbols might represent according to

Animals: Represent primitive aspects of yourself, including your raw desires and sexual nature. The extent depends on the particular animal and even its color. For instance, a wolf — symbolizing loneliness, mystery, pride and self confidence in its most generic form — can represent valor if white or self repression if black. A snake can represent anything from phallic desires to an untruthful person.

Babies: Can signify innocence, warmth, new beginnings or the desire to have baby.

Demons: Can actually indicate denied emotions and the need to change your behavior for the better.

Money: Alone usually means self worth. Exchanging money in your dream may convey an anticipation for some life changes.

Roads: May indicate your direction in life and a need to reflect on your current path.

Teeth: Or more specifically dreaming of losing your teeth, may commonly reflect a hidden fear of getting old and being seen as unattractive.

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