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Understanding your dreams  Craig Hamilton-Parker  Craig Hamilton-Parker, Spiritualist medium, TV host and author of seven books on dreams, is an expert on the rich world of dreaming. Each month he’s here to interpret your dreams. Details of where to send them are given at the end of this article.


Snakes infest my dreams

DREAM: Ever since I was a child I have had an enormous fear of snakes. I had a number of dreams of being chased by a deadly snake. He runs after me, begging me to wait and not to be afraid of him, but I am so terrified I just run, screaming. I always run over a bridge across a river, knowing that he won’t cross the water. I collapse on the grass with relief knowing that I am free from him. Another snake dream is where I am lying on grass beside a river, a snake crawls along my body, looks at me and says “Don’t scream!” For some reason I am fearful, but not as threatened. However I run at the first chance I get. There have been no dreams for a long time, but I have had those two quite a bit.


CRAIG’S INTERPRETATION: This dream is trying to help you address fears that you have had since childhood. The snake can represent many things – as medicine’s caduceus the entwined snakes are a symbol of healing whereas in the Garden of Eden the snake is a symbol of temptation and evil. Often it occurs in dreams as a phallic symbol.

“ Dreams are often profound. I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams. Man is above all the plaything of his memory...” ANDRE BRETON

In your dream the snake takes on a fearful aspect. There is something in your past – possibly sexual – that deeply frightens you. Something so bad happened that all you want to do is run from even thinking about it. But in your dreams these fears press upon you. You try push these things away and endeavour to put a barrier between you and these memories. The river is your symbolic barrier that the snake – like witches and evil spirits in superstition – cannot cross.

This recurring dream takes many forms and in the second dream sees you lying beside a river with the snake crawling along your body. Freud would certainly have taken this as a symbol of seduction and the river as a symbol of the flowing energy of the libido. The snake tells you not to scream and although still fearful you are not as threatened as before. One way to interpret this dream is that it is trying to help you reconcile your fears about sexual intimacy.

As well as being a phallic symbol the snake can also represent spiritual transformation. A snake sheds its skin and is symbolically reborn as a new being. This dream is helping you to come to terms with difficult sexual feelings that may have troubled you since early life. It is encouraging you to stop repressing your feelings and accept them.



Lions take over the house

DREAM: I dream often and can usually fathom the meanings, and help others to fathom theirs, but I can’t understand a dream I had a couple of months ago.

In that dream, someone visiting my father (in my childhood home) said he was bringing his pets. My father didn’t object. He used to have many visitors – friends and strangers, all pleasant ones, who sometimes stayed for days. We got used to this. 

    "Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?"  ALFRED LORD TENNYSON

But this time the visitor’s pets were lions – all grey in colour. They were docile, with their manes patted back, instead of raised up. There were about twenty of them.  Father gave them a large cage, a floor below where we stayed, but the cage door was left open, as they weren’t a threat. At times the lions left the cage and a few of them would roam around, as if the place was theirs.

At first we were surprised, though never anxious, and we got used to seeing them enter different rooms and quietly lie down under the beds. They did not bother anyone. I even attempted to stroke one on the head, but refrained, in case he grew angry and snapped back. This went on for days.

Then I asked father when would they would all go, because I was tired of seeing strange lions roaming around at their own free will, intruding on our privacy. Father said they would be leaving soon, and that’s where the dream ended.  I still can’t fathom its meaning and would like to know your interpretation.



CRAIG’S INTERPRETATION: This is a dream about controlling your own destiny. The dream makes references to your past but also highlights your present feeling. The home/house represents you and the animals the instinctive and feeling side of your nature.



A lion is often associated with kingship and appears in heraldry as a symbol of power. In some myths it can represent divinity – as in the symbol of the lion in the story The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis where the lion Aslan represents Jesus Christ. In a woman’s dream Carl Jung understood the lion to represent the male aspect of her psyche and Freud claimed lions to represent the powerful and admired aspect of the father.

In this dream I believe the lion represents the power of your own will. Readers of the tarot will recognise the Lion as one of the major arcane cards. In the early cards it was called Fortitude and in more recent packs took the name Strength.

In your dream the lions are tame as their hair is bushed and they are caged. In fact they are a little boring as they are grey in colour. These lions have lost their spirit yet you know that if you were to stroke them they could still bite.

I believe that this represents how you feel today. You feel that your own spirit no longer roars or is the master of your fate. Also the people in your life have lost their spirit and mooch about like lions without their spirit. Sometimes you simply wish they would all go away. Boring people are taking over your life.

The dream is telling you to do something inspired that requires courage, fortitude and strength to help you break the deadlock.


Send Craig your dreams

Email your dreams to: pneditorials@gmail.com putting ‘Dream’ in the subject line.

Alternatively, mark your envelope ‘Dream’ and post to: Psychic News, Unit 2, Griggs Business Centre, West Street, Coggeshall, Essex  CO6 1NT

To obtain Craig’s books or read more about his work with dreams, mediumship and the paranormal, visit: www.psychics.co.uk

Craig is also available for mediumistic readings by phone.



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