I have finally found a great resource for dream symbology and interpretation. It's called the Watkins Dictionary of Dreams, by Mario Reading, and I spied it a few months back while sipping on a latte at Barnes & Noble.
I now have had a few months using it as a resource for interpreting my dreams and the dreams of friends and am ready to recommend it.
Over the years I've used a number of Christian resources for dream interpretation and while they give a good start, they don't encompass human experience that lies outside of Christian dogma. I've also used psychological resources but they don't always embrace spiritual experience. So in my opinion, both extremes handicap us as we seek out any hidden meaning in the nether world of subconscious experience.
What I like about this book is that it covers the gamut of symbols in common human experience, encomapssing symbols within both Western and Eastern thought. This encompassing is important because in the global community in which we live today, it is impossible to not be influenced by philosophy and ideas that are tangential or even contrary to our own deeply held convictions and beliefs. So it's important to utilize resources that explain symbols that may be flying around in our heads but foreign to our personal confessions.
This dream dictionary is a helpful resource to that end. It's become a fixture on my nightstand next to the lamp, Celtic cross, and pen.
For more help on dream interpretation, I blogged a lot of my teaching notes on this site last year. Click here for a good place to start.
March 2008 Blue Sky Living with Jonathan Benz