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Winning – Dreaming of winning is often a dream that indicates your inner feelings and belief about yourself. If you dream that you are winning in a game or event then it can reflect on your confidence that you have in your waking state. Dreaming of winning at life means that you are on the right path to achieving the goals you set out to achieve.

If you dream about winning the lottery it is most commonly a wish fulfillment dream that you have. If you see the winning numbers on a lottery ticket then it might be an omen to test your luck a bit in life. If you play and lose the lottery then it can indicate that you have unrealistic expectations about a certain situation in your life.

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Tiara – Receiving a tiara in a dream can signify the desire to be recognized for your beauty, both inside and out. People who are complimented all the time for the exterior beauty, may be longing for people to appreciate what they have within. It can also signify the struggle to always be at your best in front of others. The dream might be telling you to not worry about what others think and focus on being the best person you can be.

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Trophy - Similar to receiving a medal or an award, getting a trophy in a dream can indicate a desire to be recognized for something in your waking life. The type of reward you receive can indicate what particular aspect of your life you are looking to be rewarded for.  If you received a Nobel peace prize in your dream it could recognize your ability to solve conflicts with others.

Badge – If you receive a badge in a dream it can indicate the need to be recognized within a group that you are in. The group could be work related or social, but it shows a desire to have praise from people around you.

Receiving a Trophy Cup – If you received a trophy in a dream that was in the shape of a Chalice or cup in a dream, it can indicate that you are receptive to receiving encouragement and development in your waking life. This could be encouraging you to be open to new ideas or thoughts that you might have been closed minded to before.

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Stars and Planets – If you see a single bright star in the sky it can indicate that you have a clear direction that you are heading towards in your waking life. To see a sky full of stars and planets can indicate how little you feel in you waking life. You might not be noticed by others or you have a desire to get more attention. To dream that you are mapping out the different stars and planets can reflect your conscious minds desire to create specific goals and achieve them in your waking state.

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Sporting Prowess (Perfect Shot) – If you dream that you score the perfect shot in a game or the winning goal it can indicate a dream of wish fulfillment. This is especially true if you are an athlete and you dream of winning in the particular sport that you play. If you are not involved in the sport you are winning at it can indicate that you are about to do be rewarded for something that you might have done in your life that was not recognized before.

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Sky – To Dream of looking up in the sky can indicate that you are searching for something in your life. Looking at the sky with authority can also indicate that you are going to reach new levels in highs in your personal life. You might be on the pass to achieving something you never realized was possible.

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Receiving a Diploma or Degree – The circumstances around you receiving the diploma can determine the meaning of your dream. If you are receiving a diploma that you never achieved in real life, it could be a dream of wish fulfillment if you have always wanted to get a degree, but never managed to find the time or money to achieve it. Receiving a diploma can also reflect some of your hidden desires to be recognized by others around you for achieving a goal that you feel is important to you.

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Wealth – If you dream of winning the lottery or gaining a lot of wealth in a dream it is a wish fulfillment dream. This dream is a fulfillment of your inner desire to acquire wealth and succeed, especially if you are currently facing a difficult financial situation. Sometimes dreams about wealth are reflections of your inner desire to gain wealth that you currently don’t own.

Sometimes symbols of riches like jewels and money don’t always mean money, but can indicate wealth of knowledge or wealth in relationships that you have. It is important to determine how the wealth makes you feel and how it is indicative of your current status in life.

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Trying Hard - If you dream that you were trying hard in a dream, but gave up before the task was completed, it means that you need to follow through with your goals in order to achieve theme. If you are trying over and over in a dream it can show that you are determined to reach your goals in life no matter what the cost.

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Triumph – Being triumphant in a dream is a good omen. Overcoming obstacles can indicate that you are going to overcome some major hurdles in your waking life. If you have been dealing with financial difficulties, look for opportunities that can help you get take control of your life. If you dream about succeeding in a difficult task, it means that you will overcome certain obstacles in your waking life. This is a positive dream that should be a sign of good things to come.

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Treasure – If you dream about treasure it shows an overall theme of discovery and mystery. Dreaming of finding a long lost treasure can be a message from unconscious mind that you need to rediscovery a part of yourself that has been lost. Maybe you used to be more forgiving and loving and certain life experiences have jaded your view of the world.

Discovering new treasure can indicate that you are about to stumble across something new and exciting in your life. To find a treasure chest can indicate the discovery of a long lost talent within you. Maybe you should consider participating in an old sport or hobby that you once loved.

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Racing – If you are dreaming about racing in a car then it can indicate that you have a hidden desire for increased “speed and more thrill” in your life. Car racing can signal that you should let go of some of the fears and hidden desires that you have in your waking life and focus on trying to live in the moment.

If you find yourself racing against the clock it can indicate the stress and anxiety you feel of trying to win the race. The clock can represent pressure to attain the success that you are looking for. The other people you are racing against in a dream can represent your perceived competition or threats to your chances of winning a race.

Dreams about racingMoving ahead of your competition can indicate that you are moving ahead in your waking life, while falling behind can indicate that others are moving ahead of you. A person who is struggling to keep up with their competition might be over their head in work and not able to keep up with their responsibilities. Racing dreams can also indicate a struggle with relationships in your real life. If you lose a close race it can indicate that you might have failed in some past romances you thought would succeed.

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Walking/Running/Cycling – Activities such as walking, running, and cycling are all exercises that are self-sufficient forms of progression that are a result of your own physical effort and will power. These dream symbols are signs of progression, self-sufficiency and proactive behavior from the dreamer. The common definition of these dream activities would be projections of the dreamers own autonomy and independence in the dream. You should also look at how well you are doing the activity to indicate further meaning.

If you are extremely agile and are having no problem running or walking it can indicate you are coping well with your situation. Anytime the movement in a dream is easy and fluid it means that you are in harmony with some of your emotions and your sexuality. People who find themselves walking slow or getting stuck and unable to further progress will often have certain fears and anxieties that are holding back personal growth and development in their waking life.

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Having a confident walk or stride can indicate that you are in control of your surroundings and are not afraid of the future. If you are walking at night it can indicate the feeling of the unknown and uncertainty around you.

If you find yourself running in a race and keeping up with your peers then it is a good sign, but if you are falling behind others around you and failing to win the race it can indicate you have too much pressure on yourself. You might have unreal expectations that people are placing on you. Consider a shift in your goals or maybe changing your expectations to something that is more achievable in your life. Sometimes dreaming about running can also indicate that you need to exercise more or it could indicate that you are exercising too much and need to get more balance in your life.

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Swimming – In most dreams water represents your emotions and unconscious feelings. A dream that you are swimming can mean that you are trying to navigate certain areas of your emotions and feelings that you are not comfortable with. If you find yourself swimming in the deep end of a pool or lake it can indicate that you feel overwhelmed by certain aspects of your life.

To swim underwater can mean that you are having trouble dealing with certain emotional issues that you are faced with. Dreaming about diving into water can show a desire that you have to go into a new relationship or work project.

swimming dream symbolAccording to Sigmund Freud, swimming is often related to sexual intercourse and can reflect your current feelings about your sex life. If you are struggling against a current then it can indicate that a relationship may be in trouble or the need to change your course of direction in life.

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Standing/Sitting – Dreams about standing up can indicate you are willing to take a stand for something that you believe in. Your subconscious can also be telling you to stand up for yourself and be more assertive in certain areas of your life. If you are sitting down in a dream it can indicate that you don’t want to make decisions in your life and will allow others to lead you. Sitting down can also indicate that you are not willing to speak your mind and are too passive in situations.

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Washing – Dreams about washing are usually related to something that is bothering or troubling a dreamer in his conscious mind. If you dream that you are trying to wash dirt off your hands then it can indicate you have some hidden feelings of guilt that you are trying to wash clean. This interpretation can also be used if you are trying to wash your clothes that have stains on them.

Taking a shower in a dream can indicate of an major problem that you have overshadowing your waking life. Washing your sexual organs in your dreams would be interpreted by Freud symbols as trying to get rid of sexual guilt that you are ashamed of in your waking life. You might have done something that you are not proud of and trying to symbolically erase it in your dream.

Washing dream symbolsDreaming about cleaning and washing a home can indicate that you are trying to put some order into your life and get rid of some of the unwanted clutter you have. Dreams about using a washing machine to wash your clothes can indicate a feeling of being trapped in a daily routine and being bored with the standard norm. A negative emotion or attitude while washing can indicate that you are not happy with things going on in your life and need to make some changes.

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Voyeurism – Dreaming about voyeurism is a dream sign of sexual frustration and curiosity. You may be wishing to explore your own sexuality, and not know how to, due to immaturity, youth, or repression.

Alternatively, you may be bored with your current sex life and feel dissatisfied.Watching other people have sex in your dreams is most definitely a sign of being dissatisfied on some level with the sexual encounters you are currently having.

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Voyage – A voyage, as a symbol of transportation, is a symbol of your ability to reach your goals and your aspirations. Some notable characteristics of a voyage are that they often involve another person in control of steering and handling the boat, and that they by definition involve water travel.

By giving up control of your journey to another person, this indicates that you feel you need another person to help you reach your goals. Bodies of water almost universally represent the unconscious mind, so your journey over water indicates the role your subconscious plays in your life’s journey.

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Vow – Dreaming of taking a vow is a symbol of your power to promise to others something important and meaningful to you, and your desire to do so. A vow is different from a promise in that it is more binding, and that you have to make it with a motion of your entire soul; it cannot be done half-heartedly.

Dreaming that you give a vow to do something is a deep dream symbol about your commitment to that particular resolution. Of course, a dream vow is not binding in the way that a waking vow is, but a dream vow does show an extremely high level of seriousness.

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Vote – A vote is a dream symbol of an individual’s power to make a change and to accomplish things. If you dream of casting a vote, this indicates your individual voice being added to a multitude of voices to decide how reality will be. This is a positive and powerful dream symbol of your own empowered-ness and the power of the collective.

On the other hand, your own personal beliefs and political ideas may change the meaning of this dream symbol, especially if you dream of something that undermines the vote symbol, such as your vote not being counted or being discarded.

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Voodoo – Voodoo is a dark dream symbol of danger, manipulation, and control. If you dream of doing voodoo on someone else, this indicates that you want to control them and are willing to harm them to accomplish what you want. You should do some deep introspection in light of this dream symbol, because this is not a healthy way to have relationships.

If you dream of someone else doing voodoo on you, it means the same thing: they want to control you and are willing to harm you, or you fear that it is so. This is likely a toxic relationship and you should protect yourself from it.

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Vomiting – Vomiting is as unpleasant in a dream as it is in waking life. The significance of vomiting is similar, as well. In waking life, we vomit because we are ill, and often because there is something in our stomach that our body recognizes as dangerous and wants to expel. In a dream, the dream symbol of vomiting also signifies violently expelling something poisonous from ourselves.

This is most commonly an idea or a belief which we have internalized, or “eaten,” and which we now need to remove and be rid of before it causes more damage. It is also possible to have a vomiting dream symbol about a relationship or even about a situation in life, though these things are also most often connected to ideas and beliefs. People make us believe different things about ourselves, and so a toxic relationship can make us believe things about ourselves that we should reject for our own well-being.

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Volunteer – A volunteer is a dream symbol which is laden with meanings significant to people in professional life and organizations. It is common for parents and members of communities to be called on to volunteer for events and projects. This in itself is a good thing, but it is often connected with feelings of guilt – people agree to volunteer out of guilt rather than enthusiasm often, and people feel guilty if they refuse to volunteer.

Therefore dreaming of volunteering, or of being asked to volunteer, is often connected to guilty feelings about your role in the community, how much you already do, and how much you feel you should be doing. In your waking life, though, remember that you must take care of yourself first before you can help others.

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Volume – Volume is a very important dream symbol concerning your emotions about certain things. If you dream of something that is very loud, this indicates something about your emotions regarding your current situation, the relationships you are in, or the communication you are giving or receiving from other people. For instance, dreaming about loud music or loud background noise indicates a feeling of oppression or bombardment from people or events in your life.

Perhaps you need to focus on getting some more silence for yourself. If you dream of someone speaking very loudly to you, or of speaking loudly to another person, this indicates a problem with communication. Either the other person is always dominating the conversation so that you cannot get away from their words, or they do not listen to you when you speak. Alternatively, the problem may be with you: you may be trying so hard to get your own point across that you do not listen to anyone else’s ideas or views.

On the other hand, if you dream that a song, a movie, or a voice is very quiet, it has the opposite meaning: the emotions are peaceful and you do not feel oppressed, but it may be difficult to understand what is being said or communicated if you cannot hear it clearly.

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Volcano – A volcano is a powerful and negative dream symbol of destruction. If you dream about a volcano happening, this indicates that you fear a calamity or total destruction in your life. If this is not a fear that exists in your mind, then your dream of a volcano may indicate something even worse: an omen of destruction to come. The events that happen in your dream about a volcano are also significant in this dream symbol.

For instance, if you dream of escaping from the volcano, this is a good omen of a positive outcome from the foretold catastrophe. Your dream about what you do and what actions you take to protect yourself from the volcano may also be significant as a plan of action about how to protect yourself from the foretold catastrophe that threatens you, your loved ones, and all your hopes and dreams.

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Voices – Speaking and other aspects of communication are very important as dream symbols of your own communication and confidence in communicating in your own life. If you dream of hearing voices, this may indicate an entity in the spiritual realm trying to get in touch with you. Dreaming of hearing the voices of people you know may be an indication that you need to contact them.

You or they may have been thinking about each other, or something may be happening that concerns both of you. It is even possible that something will soon happen in the near future which will be important for both of you, and that you will need to renew your friendship in order to overcome.

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Voiceless – Speaking and other aspects of communication are very important as dream symbols of your own communication and confidence in communicating in your own life. If you dream that you are voiceless, meaning that you try to speak and nothing comes out, this is a sign of a lack of confidence in your communication.

There are several possible causes for this. It may be that you have a hard time putting your thoughts into words, or that you are too timid and shy to speak those words aloud. It may also be that you are accustomed to not being heard when you speak, that you are constantly talked over, or that your thoughts are not listened to or considered important.

It is also possible that your dream of being voiceless is due to a common phenomenon at the end of your REM cycle, when you are beginning to be aware of your physical body, but you are not able to control it yet, and thus are not able to speak.

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Voice Mail – A voice mail is a dream symbol of communication, especially between loved ones and people who care for each other. Receiving a voice mail from someone in a dream is an indication of communication. This may indicate that you need to reach out and communicate with that person, or it may even be a spiritual message from the person.

Remember that the parts of the brain which process language are shut down during sleep, so you will not be able to listen to a voice mail in a dream the same way you would be able to in real life. The words are likely to change, or else you will not remember what you heard once you are finished. This is normal and a result of brain function, not a dream symbol of your communication with this person.

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Vitamins – Vitamins are a dream symbol of health and taking in the things you need in order to remain maximally healthy and fit. Taking your vitamins is a sign that you try to take care of your needs in life. This does not necessarily have to do with nutrition; vitamins can be a dream symbol of anything else you need to live a healthy and balanced life, such as getting enough sleep, exercising, or taking enough rest and relaxation.

Nor does it have to be physical; vitamins can symbolize things you do to meet your spiritual needs, such as meditation and prayer, or your emotional needs, such as going out in nature to center your emotions or talking through a problem to purge your emotions. If you dream about needing to take vitamins, this is a sign of needing to take care of your needs somehow. You will need to examine your own life to determine what need you have that is not currently being met.

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Visit – Dreaming of a visit from someone is often an indication that that person is thinking of you, or that you are connected in some psychical way. There may have been a message that you both needed to receive, or you may be needing to collaborate about some news you will soon receive which will concern both of you. If you dream of visiting someone or being visited by them, you should not hesitate to reach out and contact them upon waking.

They may have received a similar dream about you, and together you need to work to understand the significance of your dream, how it relates to your life, and if there are any actions that you need to take in light of the dream.

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