A dictionary is a handy thing to have if it's somewhere near being correct. You can find nearly correct dream symbol dictionaries on various websites on line. There are symbols that quite a few dream dictionaries get wrong. Most of those having major errors are written by or found on pagan websites. When I point these things out to those who have these symbols wrong they want to argue it is a mater of interpretation. They believe these are personal symbols that will only have a correct meaning to the dreamer. Since such things do exist I can't argue with them, however I will explain here what those symbols are and what they actually mean.
The symbol of the snake is ancient who's origin dates back to the first astrological charts. The "Serpent Holder" is the constellation right between the archer "Sagittarius" and "The Scorpion." The position of this constellation is at the heart of the galaxy. The Mayans went to great length to show the serpent coming down from one of their sacrificial pyramids into the earth two times per year. The Bible depicts the Serpent in the Garden of Eden living in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was the serpent who the devil was inside of who tricked Eve into eating the fruit then taking it to Adam. This resulted in them both being transformed and being kicked out of the Garden of Eden. In Christian symbols the snake is a bad thing. What does it actually mean? It means something the dream is speaking of the dreamer is unaware of. It means something is hidden and the dream wants the dreamer to become aware of it.
Pagans believe the symbol of the snake is a healing spirit of the earth. What if they are wrong? What if the snakes in their dreams are trying to tell them they are wrong? What if they are trying to tell them they are in communication with something highly deceptive? It doesn't make any difference they will not change their thinking.
The dragon is referred to in the Bible as being a symbol of the Devil or Lucifer. The dragon and the snake are related in meaning. 7000 years ago our north star was Thubin, the dragon star. Could this have some meaning? We also know that at sometime before Adam and Eve Lucifer was playing God to a people perhaps in our solar system. He was playing God to someone when he and his followers were cast down to the Earth from the heavens. He was the deceiver before Adam and Eve were created and placed in the Garden of Eden. Many Christians believe Adam and Eve were the first humans God ever created. To believe this they must throw away several other Biblical details, one of those is who was Lucifer and who is the Devil and what was he and his followers doing that got them into trouble in the first place? Yes there's a constellation of the Dragon.
The Chinese and some pagans believe the dragon is a good symbol. They worship the dragon just like the Mayans did the giant snake. Kinda makes you wonder what the connection is between the dragon and the serpent.
Another thing you might like to know is the ancient Mayan calendar says a GREAT disaster will take place on Dec. 21st 2012. That's when their calendar ends. Apparently they believed this would be the end of the world. The other thing you might like to know is this event takes place as the sun rises in the constellation of the Serpent Holder. Another thing you might be interested in is that one of the formerly lost prophecies of Nostradamus predicted the same thing at the same time and he knew nothing of the Mayans. Edgar Cayce the sleeping prophet predicted something similar on the same date.
The symbol of the owl is another the pagan world views as being completely different than I do. The in the bible a demon known as the Lilliath was translated as a screech owl. It isn't an owl, it is the symbol of the Night Hag. It is also a symbol directly connected to witchcraft. As the snake and the dragon the pagan world likes to believe that seeing an owl in their dreams is a good omen. That's fine if you don't believe in God or believe a demon or the devil is your god, but if you don't then pay close attention. Witches don't believe in God or the devil. They believe in spirits they call elementals. Pagans believe in lots of gods as well as demons.
You might be like many and say the Night Hag doesn't exist but try to convince someone who's seen this ugly demon seated upon their chest. It's not funny, it's not a myth, it's real and it is a demon.
Sometimes it isn't enough to say "this means that" etc. Sometimes we need to understand what certain symbols represents. Birds in dreams are always "messengers." Ever heard the saying "a little bird told me?" Some legends, myths and sayings are based on truth. If you see a bird in your dream be alerted that your dreams are trying to inform you of something. The owls is the messenger of the Night Hag. Native Americans and country folk have believed for years if an Owl landed on your house then death of a friend or family member would follow. While an actual owl landing on your house is nothing to be concerned about seeing an owl in your dreams is. Actual owls can be helpful around the farm by keeping down the pests like rats and mice. The dream meaning of an owl is actually a warning message that "vermin" of some kind may be invading your space, checking up on you and your family.
The type of bird seen in a dream is directly related to the type of message the dream is speaking about. Crows and ravens have also been associated with death and warning symbols in dreams.
You may dream of a little bird when someone is talking about you behind your back.
Through the Bible God gives us the meaning of certain other symbols. The pig for example means "unclean" even though you won't be condemned by God for eating pork. It has been my experience that seeing a pig in a dream directly relates to someone who God considers an unclean person. Once when I asked God about a certain preacher God showed me the preacher with a pig's head preaching his unclean message to his congregation. I asked God about another man who was molesting his stepdaughter and putting on obscene displays to his family in the living room. God showed me this man also as a pig that walked upright down a blade of ice and was swept up by a flood that took him into the underworld or hell. Simply put God was saying the man is unclean and evil and will die and end up in hell.
In order to correctly understand your dreams you will need build a good foundation and understand several important rules. Who you believe God to be will be directly related to how you understand or misunderstand your dreams.
1: People dream about the things they think about the most. If you want to have prophetic dreams read the Bible and get as close to God as you can. Ask God to help you understand your dreams. Expect God to answer and look for that answer most likely in a dream. Odds are high that your dreams are talking to you about personal things. On the other hand you can have prophetic dreams about natural disasters, war or anything that might affect you and your friends and family.
2: It's not your dream's fault if you have an incorrect understanding of a dream or symbol in your dreams. It's not God's fault for sending you a bad message. It is your responsibility to gain a correct understanding of your dream symbols.
3: Understand that some symbols have more than one meaning depending on how it is used in the dreams. Symbols are the words that make up a dream message. Words and symbols can be used in multiple ways. They can be used in "IS" and "IS NOT" meanings so be careful how you analyze your dreams.
4: Yes the devil can send you dreams. I was against the idea for awhile until I had one where the devil was literally trying to make a deal with me and when I refused he threatened the lives of my entire family. I remembered where the Bible said God sent a lying spirit to deceive certain people who disobeyed God's commands.
What About Dreams That Foretell Future Events?
Dreams come to us in several different formats. The majority of our dreams are normal symbolic. This is the normal language of dreams.
In days of old when the prophets received their messages from God in dreams they had a limited set of symbols to deal with. Today we have a massive set of symbols. Then as today those who are closer to God should have a better understanding of their dreams than those who are not close to God.
Storms, people and animals are common dream symbols that have existed from the beginning. These are basic root symbols. A storm can then represent a type of test or tribulation. It's a warning dream that may be either symbolic or literal.
By reading and studying the dreams listed in the Bible you can gain a fair rudimentary understanding of how dreams and symbols work. If the seven skinny cows come up from the Nile and eat the seven fat cows we are dealing with seven good years followed by seven bad years of harvest. Therefore we come to understand the cows are symbols of food and harvest. These are still symbols that are used today.
The bird ate the bread from the baker's pan he held upon his head. He did not understand and the dream was saying the bred upon his head represented his head or flesh. He was beheaded. Not a symbol one should see today. Birds are messengers. The type of bird we see is the indication of the type of message being sent or delivered. What the birds do in the dream is also important.
Many times we have dreams with important messages that have no time line that we can relate to. We may feel that something impending is going to happen today or tomorrow because of the impressions given to us by those dream messages or night visions when in fact that message is talking about something that may be years to come. I saw the cost of California fall into the ocean and it was such a powerful night vision that I felt it could happen any time, and in fact it could but it hasn't happened yet. Could this night vision be symbolic? Sure it could. Could it be literal? Sure it could and from what I saw in that night vision, people fighting fires and a children to said "I can't find my home. I can't find my parents" I believe it is literal. The night vision also expressed God's anger with some large cities in CA. They are evil and evil spirits roam freely among the people, influencing them to do things that are against God and against the truth. In the past God has sank quite a few evil cities below the waves and I believe He will do it again.
One of the reasons why some have a bad opinion of people who believe in God talking to people in dreams is because far to often they try to put dates on the messages that end up being proven wrong. People who receive messages of these kinds should never put a date on it unless God gives them the correct date. But Jesus himself said "No one will know the day or the hour." But he said watch for the signs because these events will in fact take place.
When I was told in a night vision that 12 of the 24 Great Elders were returning to earth I have no way of knowing just where in the Galaxy they are or how long it will take them to get from there to here. All I know for sure is "they are returning."
I hope to get around to working on the dream symbol dictionary on this site soon.