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This dream interpretation was from my monthly column Sea of Dreams at
G21 Webzine for September, 1998.

from Pennsylvania, USA :

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DREAM : My friend died about 5 days before this dream : in my dream there was a fan in my window and i looked into the fan, two crabs were fighting inside the fan and dodging the blades, it freaked me out so i said ok i need to sleep, well i fell asleep in my dream to wake up to a family of zombies coming in my house, to my surprise i had a blowtorch next to my bed, i pulled it up and toasted them. the father zombie came in and lunched on my head.

ZenCyn's Interpretation :

First of all, my deepest condolences over the loss of your friend. When we go through the emotional roller-coaster ride after losing someone in our lives, our dream lives are quite active as we try to make sense of everything. Oftentimes, we must learn to accept that we may never understand why something like this had to happen. During this time, our hormonal levels rise from the stress and our dream recall is heightened as a result. It is a very important time to learn how to interpret one's dreams, or the dreams can become horrific recurring nightmares. By learning how to interpret dreams, one can gain clarity and make sense of their dreams before fear steps in and makes a mess of things. Here is your personal dream interpretation :

WINDOW FAN : a window symbolizes the ability to see beyond one's usual perception. A fan circulates fresh air; in this case air from new understanding...a metaphor could be "a breath of freshair" or a fresh viewpoint/way of looking at things (through the window.)

CRABS : according to The Herder Symbol Dictionary, crabs symbolize a connection to the unconscious; in Christianity the crab has been used to symbolize ressurection because during it's development, it sheds it's shell. As the 4th sign of the zodiac, the totem for Cancer is the crab. Give a Cancer grief and watch them crawl into their hard shell, or try to side-step trouble. Some things in life cannot be avoided, however, and must be dealt with or else they become harmful issues that make life harder to cope with.

In your dream, 2 crabs were fighting each other, dodging the blades of the window fan or rather, the new way of looking at the situation your dream is referring to; which means you are fighting accepting something that has happened in your waking life. The number 2 symbolizes that balance is needed in some area of your waking life. Put all the symbols together within the context of your entire dream interpretation, and you now have a clearer picture.

Notice that in your dream, seeing this image "freaked you out." This is why you are getting this particular dream, as a message that you are freaked out and need to find balance by seeing the situation that is bothering you in a new light--it isn't as hopeless as it first seems to be, through unenlightened eyes. The crab is not a commonly-known symbol of resurrection, yet your inner guidance conjured it up for this message-dream for you. You should start there, by viewing life and death as part of the bigger picture of life, and not just as a gruesome or tragic physical death without rebirth occuring in another form. Remember that our spirit continues to live and does not die like the physical body used during a lifetime. Our individual personalities which branch off from our soul simply uses a physical body not unlike we use a car in waking life...to get through a journey. Once a body is damaged or does not function any longer, it is abandoned to return to dust. Our souls, however, never die.

FALLING ASLEEP within a dream : this symbolizes a lack of awareness in your waking life. Don't ignore what is bothering you; wake up!

FAMILY OF ZOMBIES: zombies symbolize frozen emotions, and feelings that are out of control. A family of zombies represents a group of related fears which are bombarding you right now. From my experience, zombie-themed dreams will always repeat until you get in touch with what's bothering you, no matter how much it hurts or how scared you may be to explore what is so frightening to you...until you do this, these unpleasant and hideous nightmares will continue because it is a cry for help that is important to listen & attend to and you aren't listening or haven't figured out what to do quite yet, so you're being hounded by these mental zombies. It's relentless, but it needs to be...just as a throbbing pain alerts us to a physical injury, our nightmares and recurring themes alert us to emotional or mental issues that need healing before more damage takes place that is even harder to heal, or irreparable.

ZOMBIES coming into your HOUSE : your house symbolizes your entire Self...your body, mind and soul. Your emotions are frozen in hideous fear, and even though you use a BLOWTORCH (which, as fire symbolizes rebirth and resurrection as well) another zombie comes...the grand-daddy of them all, which would symbolize your biggest emotional block of fear, and as you said, it "lunches on your head." Zombies are relentless until they are transformed and, like the legendary Phoenix, find rebirth by fire. Once they are transformed, they are no longer threatening.

Do you remember the song
Zombie by The Cranberries?
Here are the lyrics :

"Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?

But you see itıs not me,
Itıs not my family
In your head, in your head
They are fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head
In your head, they are crying
In your head, in your head,
Zombie, Zombie, Zombie
Whatıs in your head, in your head?
Zombie, Zombie, Zombie

Another motherıs breaking
heart is taken over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken
Itıs the same old theme since 1916
In your head
In your head, theyıre still fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head
In your head they are dying

In your head, in your head
Zombie, Zombie, Zombie
Whatıs in your head, in your head?
Zombie, Zombie, Zombie

---Zombie from No Need To Argue by the Cranberries

Doesn't that pretty much explain how you feel since your friend was killed? You can't get it out of your head...the violence, the tragedy, the death that seems so final and brutal. You must seek solace and find a way to make peace with what happened, and then the zombies will leave. Don't make light of what happened or it's lasting effect on you.

The lyrics above were originally written about the ongoing crisis in Northern Ireland, where senseless killing has been going on for generations. The song is effectively haunting and caustic, similar to the effect of a zombie theme dream. If you haven't heard it, I suggest finding a copy and listening to it. You'll probably identify with it a great deal, and who knows--perhaps even work through a few of those dark feelings you harbor within. Music is a helpful tool for healing, especially feelings that we cannot articulate well ourselves.

Next Night - Final dream:

i dreamed about being at a girls house, we were in her bedroom because she had to get dressed, she told me of a young boy who got in a car accident about a year earlier. After she was ready to leave there was a knock at her bedroom door, the boy was standing here and i pulled out a gun, shot him and set him afire, after that the house was filled with zombies and i woke up after i looked at the girl.

This was all after my one friend was murdered by her boyfriend, shot point blank with a double barrel sawed off 12 guage shotgun.

Also : i did not see any zombie movies prior to the dreams

I believe you didn't see any zombie movies. Zombies are not an uncommon theme, but they only pop up in our dreams when we are using every effort to ignore whats really bothering us. I know; I've been there. I remember how much I hated this theme, because the dreams were so horrifying and gruesome and full of fear.

This is an example of a type of recurring dream, called a dream theme. In a dream theme, you have a common theme that keeps popping up in numerous dreams, and after awhile you even learn to anticipate them. As you start overcoming the grief and confusion surrounding you after losing someone close to you in your life, you will find that this dream theme will evolve into less threatening images or disappear altogether....O' happy day!

This second dream also sounds like you were revisiting the scene of the crime in a way, trying to make sense of it; and trying to create a better ending that would be more fair and tolerable. Every person in our dream is actually a reflection of ourselves and doesn't represent the other person exactly, except for certain characteristics that are pertinent for the dreamer. Instead of going into a long explanation of this, I'll give you a url to find it later on my personal website, The Dream Emporium:

--Just look for the symbol "PEOPLE."

I could give you a symbol by symbol breakdown if you felt it was needed, but you already know what this dream represents, and why you dreamed it. You stated the reason twice, before and after you wrote down your dreams. The first dream was more cryptic and had symbology that needed to be interpreted to understand more fully, but the second dream seems to be more of a wishful thinking type dream that is common after something happens that we don't like, and wish we had the power to change. It's a form of validation of what we wish to be our waking reality, and also a form of denial in accepting what really happened. In our dreams, we find a way to be there for the person and help when we couldn't be there in waking life, and we find a way to work through all the emotions this crisis dredges up. This girl may not resemble your friend who was killed, but that's how dreams work. She'll probably show up in future dreams, as a way to help you come to terms with death and the afterlife. Right now, her appearance would most likely be too much for you because it's too soon.

The dialogue about a boy who was in a car accident a year before is most likely an attempt at exploration on the subject of tragedies, death and accidents. The world over, whenever we know someone who dies, we all ask one question: Why? Why did this have to happen? Why now? Why her/him? Why not me? You will be exploring all these forms of the question "Why?" until you feel more comfortable "in your head."

Now for my usual disclaimer....please take any interpretations as suggestions to sift through and "try on for size," and only keep what seems to "fit" in your situation. If it feels true to you, go with your intuition. If it doesn't feel true, or off-kilter in some way, then explore further for answers that do seem to fit. It might take several re-readings to understand the concept of this interpretation, so just let it sink in. My interpretation isn't meant to be therapy or professional advice, but I sure hope it helped!

Ultimately, each individual dreamer must decide what their own dreams mean. Please do not take anyone's word as "gospel" if it doesn't feel right to you, whether they have a PH.D or all the experience and fancy titles in the world. If it doesn't hit the mark for *you*, then it's not for you. You'll know.

Thank you for submitting your dream to the contest, and I hope you find some suggestions in this interpreation which are helpful.

In closing, I'd like to share with you one of my favorite quotes :

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls...a Butterfly.
--Richard Bach, Illusions.

Wishing you enlightening dreams,


Dream Interpretations
October 1998 Dream Contest Winner

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