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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised ed. edition (June 8 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743222636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743222631
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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About the Author

Zolar is the author of Zolar’s Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge; Zolar’s Book of Dreams, Numbers and Lucky Days; Zolar’s Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams; Zolar’s Starmates; and Zolar’s It’s All in the Stars. For more than half a century, the name Zolar has been synonymous with some of the finest books on astrology, dreams, and the occult ever written.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Introduction: Dreams!

Is there anyone reading this who hasn't had them? Do you remember the very first dream you ever had? I don't! But I do remember dreaming as a very young child. Much like Chuang Tze, early on I became aware of the fact that there was a part of me that apparently lived not in one, but in two worlds. Still later on I came to understand that not only could I move between one and the other, but that I could actually live between the two, as well.

In time I came to realize that existing in such a state was not a blessing at all, but rather a kind of curse that accompanied special people, whom Colin Wilson would one day write about, calling them "outsiders."

And with this understanding also came the realization that if I had a religion at all, it was not the Methodism of my youth, but rather that I was a "mystic," the roots of which word originally meant "to be silent," no doubt referring to the inability of man to put into words his experience of the ineffable.

You see, it is not as the ancient Hebrews would have us believe, that it is a blasphemy to utter the name of Yahweh. But rather, that to do so is an impossibility...for the moment one speaks the name of God, he is no longer that which is being spoken of. Hence, the Taoists would write, "The Tao which can be spoken of is not the real Tao!" It is this very idea that led the mystic Joel S. Goldsmith to coin the phrase "The Infinite Invisible" to describe that deity which he perceived.

So you see, it is only in the dream state that we as mortals ever begin to come close to even the remotest comprehension of who and what our gods may very well be. This truth was well known in ancient times and led to the creation of "sleep temples," which allowed those judged ill to regain their health through divine intervention. It was taught that during sleep, the god comes to you, bringing his or her healing touch. Of all the gods and their temples thought of in this way, the sanctuary of Asklepios was held in the highest reverence, becoming the very apex of Greek healing practice.

But it was not until I met Erlo van Waveren, one of Carl G. Jung's direct disciples, that I truly came to understand how very important dreams were. As the analysand of van Waveren, I grew to appreciate and rely on the unfiltered wisdom that I could obtain from my dreams, if I could but perceive the meaning behind the various symbols, which would present themselves night after night. And it is here that the present work becomes important.

Over half a century ago, Bruce King, who founded Zolar Publishing, gathered together whatever ancient dream books could be found and created what would unknowingly become an indisputable classic in occult literature. Such quickly took its place by the bedsides of rich and poor worldwide.

And in fact, of all the Zolar books in print, it is the Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams that is most often treasured and passed down from parents to children, much like a family heirloom.

In this present edition, I have, with the help of the skillful editing talents of Nadine Daily Papon, removed ambiguities and duplications found in the first edition and have alphabetized the meanings within dream descriptions to make them more quickly accessible. And to make them even more useful, we have added lucky numbers for each dream category.

And, of course, should any of these numbers prove "prophetable," I will not be offended by the receipt of any cashier's checks that readers may wish to tender with their "thank you" notes!

Seriously...enjoy, cherish, and have as much fun with this book as I have had in presenting it to you. And for those of you who may wish to reach me personally, or who may be seeking instructions in metaphysics or the occult, my contact information follows below.

Finally, not to be forgotten, I offer a hats-off to Dominick Abel, my ever-tireless literary agent, and to Amanda Patten at Touchstone/Fireside, without whom this major undertaking would have not seen dawn's early light.


Post Office Box 635

Ozona, Florida 34660

Zolar's Webpage: www.zolar-thoth.org

E-Mail Address: zolar.pub@verizon.net

Copyright © 2004 by Blind Poet Creative Services, Inc.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a50689c) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb2b03c) out of 5 stars Feeling a bit dreamy? March 15 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Believe it or not I have never owned a dream interpretation book before looking at Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams. I wasn't really sure what to expect.

The first edition of this book sold half a million copies worldwide and this is the first major revision of this dream dictionary. The revision includes interpretations for cell phones, computers, beepers and much more, while the listings for subjects like girdles, gleaners and grenadiers have been taken out. Personally I think that they should have been left in - some people still dream about these topics! A lucky number for each dream category has been added too, although I'm not sure how these should be used.

The entries in this encyclopedia are detailed, for example the entry for cigarette include: enjoying a; half-smoked, in hands, holding a; lighting a; loose cigarettes; man and woman smoking together; rolling a; smoking a; stubbing out a, with determination; suddenly repulsive to you; trying to give up; women dreaming of smoking a.

As with any system of interpretation, I believe that dream interpretation is a highly individual subject. I would recommend that if you want to find out more about the author and his style of interpreting dreams you can visit his website at [...] You can click on the `Dream weaver' section to interpret your dream online.

I would recommend Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams to those of you needing help in understanding the various symbolism found in dreams.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adb56fc) out of 5 stars Best Dream Book Out There - and Here at Amazon.com April 4 2008
By Leah Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have own the earlier version for over 20 years and faithfully have been reading it everyday - I have gone through at least 4 books due to such heavy usage, so when I bought a new one - I decided to go with the updated version. Reviewing it after a week of dreams, I can truly say many items have been updated, and easily recommend this book for anyone who loves to look up their dreams. Great gift book too!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99dc87e0) out of 5 stars Disappointed Oct. 8 2006
By Lelaine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was extremely disappointed when I received this book. In all fairness, I must admit that perhaps I was expecting too much from a dream dictionary. Perhaps they are all limited, and maybe I need to take a full course in dream interpreation lessons to get what I am looking for. To interpret a dream, I had looked up 'Alligators' on the internet. I found this interpretation ONLINE NOT FROM THIS BOOK, probably from some Jungian thought: "This cold blooded animal (alligator) could hold several different meanings in your dream. It could symbolically represent something from your memory, emotions, or a current situation or individual in your life. Some think that the alligator represents verbal power used in a destructive way (angry and hurtful words). Others believe that it represents an enemy. Consider the details in your dream and your level of fear. This dream symbol should encourage you to look at some of your more "dangerous" emotions, memories, and experiences. The alligators in your dreams will begin to lose the power to frighten you as your understanding increases. Carl Jung said that all wild animals indicate latent effects (feelings and emotions that we do not readily deal with). They are also symbolic of dangers (hurtful and negative things) being "swallowed" by the unconscious."

HOWEVER; ZOLAR'S definition of alligator is: "BEING ATTACKED BY AN: will be harassed and ridiculed by your enemies; "CONFRONTING AN: your unconscious fears cause your irrational actions. HANDBAG, HAVING: exercise caution with every step, care in each new speculation. SEVERAL: enemies surround you with their unconscious forces. SHOES, HAVING: be fearless with each step. WRESTLING WITH AN: an argument with a close friend is a misuse of your verbal power."

I just didn't find the Zolar's version all that useful. Yet, I do see that it has some of the elements of what an alligator represents and it addresses it from several angles. But based on what I saw all over the internet regarding alligators, it is just too short to be useful to ME. Others may see it differently, and like I said, apparently a dictionary is not the same as an interpretation, which is more what I was looking for.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c93e28) out of 5 stars great book, but see if you can't find an earlier edition July 4 2008
By Tony Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love Zolar's interpretations, they are great, however, I find that the older books are more accurate. And you really need to look hard and read in between the lines to get a good definition out of these books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ce9f48) out of 5 stars WORST DREAM BOOK EVER-- GARBAGE!!! Sept. 21 2008
By German George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams: Fully Revised and Updated for the 21st CenturyThis is the most poorly written and amateurish dream book I have ever read!!!, the dream meanings are so predictable and filled with nonsense, that anyone with any knowledge of the subject would think that it was written by a child,it's easy to see why in the introduction, the author states "...have as much fun with this book as I have had in presenting it to you",the author has taken a book that most people would look to for some serious insight to what their dreams really meant, and turned it into a book of complete nonsense!!!