The clues in dreams come from characters, animals, objects, numbers, colours, landscape, time, space and its dimensions, emotions. Apart from the personal characters, all other elements in the dream have a long-standing tradition as symbols, in dreams, art, mythology, mathematics, physics, architecture, etc.
These symbols belong to the long cultural tradition of humankind and we can find a first inkling of their meanings, or the traditional associations, in many available dictionaries.
But the symbols are always pointing to something personal. They always point to something I know, or should become aware of, or something still in a future of possibilities. I know because it relates to me, it happened to me; it is mine or my own doing; or related with something I don’t know, which the symbol is trying to convey and I must make out from the wide variety of meanings.
…from all its meaning what does the symbol mean to me, to which aspect of my life it relates?
…what makes it personal? And more than that, what about those images that do not fit the known reality?
…what about alien geographies, maps of strange lands, a political division that is not?
…what about the impossible physics of fire under the water, or altered spaces close to ours?
…how come I get to see things I am not supposed to?
…why is it that this letter, number or color, or combinations of them, keep on cropping up in my dreams?
…why their insistence?
…why do images seem to have several layers of meaning, to which do they belong?
…why those distressing images, disgusting or perverted, that break the hard-won truce of life awake?