Butterfly dreaming

I’m inclined to think there’s something more than wishful thinking to the notion of dream interpretation. I’ve had a few bizarre ones in my day, and upon waking, I’ve been able to see direct synchronicities with things in my life. One such dream was about me cooking a dog (alive) in the oven, followed by me about to be caught in the act by my mother. The factor that ties this dream to reality is not the specific details, but the themes of guilt and shame – specifically something I was dealing with at the time of the dream. Isn’t it strange that our subconscious presents these challenges to us encapsulated in such bizarre symbolism? I certainly hadn’t been cooking a dog!

Last night I had a dream that involved something so weird that, immediately upon waking, I had the urge to commit the details to memory. First, I’m dreaming that I’m having an enjoyable bike-ride in the countryside with a woman (someone from real life that I happen to like a lot). My bike has no handlebars, so I can’t brake (probably a reference to my bike in real life that is in need of a little maintenance, including new brake-blocks). I almost fall off a few times as I encounter the corners at speed. My bike actually takes air at one point, but the laws of physics are a little funky and I manage to land safely and stay on course. This part of the dream finishes with one bend in the road that is a little too sharp, and I go spinning through the air doing multiple summersaults. I don’t recall an impact. Now, here’s the weird bit coming up: suddenly I’m at my house, standing alone, entering through the front door. As I close the door behind me, I notice three butterflies on the doorframe, near the top, sitting still, close together.

Now, I’m not going to jump to any wild prophetic conclusions. But it just strikes me as totally weird that my subconscious should insert something as out-of-place as butterflies inside the house. I’m not a nature-lover and I never think about butterflies. And here are some very specific details: there are three. They are not flying but resting together in a huddle on the inside of my doorframe – doing something I’ve never seen butterflies do; they’re not pack animals, after all.

I looked up some dream interpretation dictionaries online, but it’s hard to know when you’re being taken for a ride by these things.

The book Secrets of Dreams by Caro Ness mentions that butterflies can be seen as “symbols of transformation”, or as “accurate and startling affirmations of rebirth into a newer, brighter, and more illuminating existence …”

Interesting. The only thing I can say with confidence is that to dream of butterflies appears to be a very positive thing. Got to be better than oven-baked canine!

6 thoughts on “Butterfly dreaming

  1. Phil Henry

    I used to be fascinated by dream interpretation. It seemed the symbolism was relatable to something in my life more often than coincidence would suggest. Here’s what one of my books says about your dream…

    RIDING A BICYCLE is a sign that you will have news of a distant friend.

    BUTTERFLY A butterfly fluttering its way through a flower garden occasionally alighting on a blossom is a sign of good fortune. This dream foretells a handsome lover and an early marriage to a woman.

    Don’t know how that works with three butterflies. You planning on going Mormon? 🙂

  2. On the bicycle interpretation, it’s weird that last night I dreamt of two important people that I’m estranged from. I was in my house having a sort of date with a girlfriend from 12 years ago whom I parted with on a sour note. During the dream the doorbell rang and it was Chris, who now lives in America, and has discontinued our friendship because of religion.

    As for the butterflies, well, I’ve gone without for so long maybe I deserve more than one. 😉

  3. Here’s an interesting tidbit… I use the name Caro, shortened nickname, and my husband’s nickname is Nes. Seriously. But in any case, that is the funny thing about interpretations: You can accept another’s interpretation as truthful once interpreted and it will be, or you can examine it and still find it to be true, once you accept it as truth. Which would mean, in either case, that once looked for and interpreted, it is true? I would ask, did you go for a walk that day? Maybe you saw three butterflies, one after another, and now your dream lined it up for you. Or maybe it’s your new awareness that caused this to appear in your dream, and now you have found the proof you need to follow what is already “in your heart” and you know to be true. I really don’t know, but I’m open to new experiences at this point.

    You are an interesting person. I have not met someone with an open mind like yours, where you’re not too extreme nor are you overly full-of yourself. Does that make sense? Sometimes I wonder.

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