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The Element Encyclopedia Of 20000 Dreams [Hardcover]

Theresa Cheung

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Oct. 19 2006
Unlock the secrets of your dreamlife with the latest in the hugely popular series of 'Element Encyclopedias'. This is the most comprehensive A--Z reference book on dream interpretation you'll ever find. Have you ever wondered what your dreams are trying to tell you? Sixth in the series of 'Element Encyclopedias', this is the definitive guide to dream interpretation. Packed with fascinating information, The Element Encyclopedia of 20,000 Dreams is an extensive collection of the symbols that appear in your dreams and how to interpret what they mean for you. Dreams are universal and every culture throughout history has tried to unlock the secrets of the unconscious mind through the interpretation of dreams. Understanding the unique meanings of dream symbols can help in the way you experience your waking everyday lives and even foretell the future. Divided into easy-to-follow A--Z themed sections, from Animals, Conflict and Foreign Countries, to Monsters, Sex and Weather, this book holds compelling definitions of thousands of dream symbols that can also be found in the quick-reference Dream Directory at the back of the book. Find out about the variety of dream types -- such as cathartic, lucid and precognitive dreams -- plus dreams in history and folklore. Discover different traditions of dream interpretation and dream theorists -- for example, analytical psychologist Carl Jung thought that cats in dreams represent the secretive side of a person's nature, and they can also denote a desire for sex or a warning of hidden dangers. Whatever your dream symbol or experience, you'll find an amazing treasure trove of interpretations here in The Element Encyclopedia of 20,000 Dreams.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books; 1 edition (Oct. 19 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007232616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007232611
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.8 x 5.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #663,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Theresa Cheung was born into a family of psychics and astrologers. Since receiving a masters from King's College, Cambridge, she has been involved in the study of the psychic world and dream interpretation. Theresa has contributed to magazines such as Red, She, and Fate & Fortune and is the author of over 25 books including 'Amazing You: Dreams' (Hodder).

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Analyze Your Dreams April 20 2007
By Kathy W - Published on
Well, did you ever have these dreams that you just KNOW mean something? I mean, they're different than the jump-around nonsense dreams. Every so often I do, and I thought it would be fun to get this book and check themout myself. (I used to ask a girlfriend who was pretty good at dream analysis. Now I do both--look it up AND ask my girlfriend. Then I look to see how the 2 analyses match up. Where are they the same? And did she come up with something I missed?) Anyway, it's fun. Sometimes dreams throw something up in our face that we need to address in some way.

With all that said, this is a pretty impressive book with some good information. It is a full sized, hard cover 678 page book. We are talking some serious information here. Of course, you should probably read the whole book, then play with it by looking things up. No, I did NOT read the whole book. Here's how I use it:

Let's say you have a dream. You are walking across a bridge. Under the bridge is lots of water and the water is rather violent. You walk across the bridge without fear and you make it to the other side, unhurt.

OK. So, you go to the index in the back of the book and you look up "bridge and water". "Bridges" appears on 5 pages, so you look them up and read. "Water" appears on about 16 plus pages, depending on what you were doing with the water (traveling on it, drinking it, etc.). You start reading and see if it makes sense. Of course, this is the dollar store analysis I'm giving you right now. You may have more stuff in your own dream, and when you go to the page, there are often other questions.

So water symbolizes emotions and opportunities for enrichment. In Greek mythology, river crossings are often associated with death or a journey into the unconscious. Crossing a bridge indicates an ability to move forward and achieve the success you long for. It represents your underlying strength to cope with difficult challenges. The bridge is a potential link of your past with a possible future.

So, if I was analyzing this dream, I might conclude (depending on any additional circumstances in the dream) that I was moving forward into the future and was quite capable of handing anything (emotions, etc) that came up in my transition, even if the "waters" became turbulent. And not only was I CAPABLE, but I successfully crossed over the bridge/achieved the transition. At this point, I might look at other factors in the dream and see if that analysis makes sense to me based on what is going on in my life.

Don't buy this book if you're a worry wart and you are gonna read a bunch of negative crap that will depress you.

Do buy this book if you're interested in analyzing your dreams to either learn more about yourself and/or just for fun.

If you want a dream analysis book, this one has a heck of a lot of info!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream interpretation Dec 16 2008
By Anthony W. Dopke - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been a dream saver for 30 years...both in and out of therapy.
This book has the finest cross-referencing and extensions I have ever used. I highly recommend it for any dreamer wanting to know.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected Dec 7 2010
By Heather - Published on
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I bought this book for a relative who asked for a "dream encyclopedia" for Christmas this year. When searching online at other similarly categorized books, you see many set up as reference style books where you can look up something and get a few tidbits on what each word interprets to as a dream. This book is more for the inquiring mind who just wants to explore what their dreams mean. Rather than reading as a dictionary it reads as exactly what it is called, an encyclopedia, delving into much more detail about what your dreams mean. It is easy to look up different topics and provides a lot of insight on each. This is what someone is looking for when they ask for a dream encyclopedia to gain real insight on what their dreams might mean.

This book is much more extensive than I was expecting when ordered. Love it!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only dream book you will ever need Aug. 6 2007
By H. Vanderpool - Published on
This is the ultimate dream book. This book is huge and there is so much information in it. It is the only dream book you will ever need.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the only dream book you'll ever need Sept. 20 2010
By camille - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been using dream books to interpret my dreams on and off for the last 10 years. I bought this book for my sister who always wants me to interpret her dreams for her. I have used her book so much now that she told me to buy my own. This is by far the most extensive and accurate book I've ever used on the subject. My search is over for that one really good book! I highly recommend it.

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