Struggling in choppy waters or being chased by a tiger? What do the images in your dreams really mean?

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Aeroplanes

Parachutes at the ready?! Dreaming of planes may reflect how you feel about your life path. An aeroplane taking off may represent plans finally reaching their potential – or mean the opposite if the plane is grounded. If you’re in control of flying the craft it suggests you are self-assured in your decisions. Being in an air crash could signify that you’ve set unrealistic goals for yourself, or that you don’t believe in your own ability.

In general, seeing an aeroplane suggests you feel able to rise up to overcome your obstacles, or gain a clearer perspective on something.

Babies

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Babies symbolise innocence and new beginnings, and something in your nature that is pure. Alternatively, a dream about a baby may point to someone in your life (or yourself) who is acting childishly – or simply to a desire to have children yourself.

To dream that you forget your baby could mean that you’re letting go of an aspect of yourself, or that you want to hide your vulnerabilities from others.

A crying baby symbolises a part of you that needs comforting and nurturing.

Teeth

Teeth falling out, crumbling in your hands or rotting? This common anxiety dream often leaves a powerful image in our mind throughout the next day. It could represent an unconscious fear of getting older or losing your looks. It may also signify a fear of being embarrassed or unprepared for an upcoming challenge. The dream could also be a simple sign that you need to visit the dentist..!

Houses

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The building as a whole represents your inner psyche, while particular rooms or floors can symbolise different emotions – generally, the attic represents intellect, down to the basement which represents the subconscious. To dream the house has no walls suggests you feel a lack of privacy; to dream of one that is falling apart suggests you are neglecting your emotional and mental health.

Falling

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A common dream, falling suggests a lack of control, security and confidence. You may feel a lack of stability in a relationship or your career, and feel that the ground is dropping away beneath your feet.

Being lost

To dream you’ve lost your way may simply mirror the way you feel about your own life and the direction your heading in – perhaps you’re worried or insecure about the path you’re taking. Or, being lost in a dream could symbolise you adjusting to a new and unfamiliar situation in waking life.

All at sea

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Seas, oceans, swimming pools, lakes – watery symbolism represents your emotions. If you’re struggling to stay afloat in choppy waters or are carried away by the current, it suggests you’re feeling overwhelmed. If you are floating serenely or sailing across the sea or ocean, you have a positive outlook and feel that you have freedom in life.

Running

Are you trying to run but can’t make your feet or legs move? This can indicate a lack of self-esteem or confidence. If you’re running alone, this could symbolise motivation, determination and the pursuit of your goals. If you’re running from an attacker, perhaps you’re unwilling to confront your fears.

Tigers

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Big cats symbolise power and strength, and also sexuality and seduction. To dream that you are attacked by a tiger suggests the repression of emotions you are afraid to confront – whereas seeing a caged tiger suggests those emotions are about to surface.