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What do you dream about?

  Written by Alison

The word “oneiromancy” comes from the Greek “oneiros” and “manteia”, meaning divination. Oneiromancy is therefore a method enabling us to read the future through the interpretation of dreams. This art of divination has been practised since antiquity among the Greeks, but also the Egyptians.

In Ancient Greece, temples had been built in homage to Asclepius, who symbolised using the interpretation of dreams to read the future. Asclepius, also known as Aesculapius, was the son of Apollo. He had one of the most important roles in the worship of the sun and was educated by the centaur, Chiron. Asclepius was represented by a serpent.

Those hoping to have prophetic dreams followed a very strict regime before going to sleep in the temple. Before the dream, there was a period of incubation. During this period, they had to follow a very strict diet, with no meat or alcohol. They also had to take a vow of abstinence. Then, the body was washed in cold water and there followed rites addressed to the divinities. The dreamers were massaged with essential oils and perfumes, and inhaled a magic herb to help them fall asleep. Pregnant women or people who were ill were forbidden to enter the temple. It had to be protected from any disruptive vibes.

Statues rose from the square in front of the temple. These were specifically dedicated to the gods of sleep and dreams. The dreamers slept in a cave, where a dormitory had been installed. They were accompanied by two yellow serpents as they slept.

On waking, the sleepers had the answers to their questions.

Oneiromancy was also practised in the Middle East and principally by the Egyptians. According to Egyptian mythology, the gods invented dreams to transmit messages to mankind.

Temples were specifically intended for the art of dreams. The rituals were similar to the incubation rituals of the Greeks. Bes was the Egyptian god who was the guardian of sleep. He chased away the dreams of men of bad character. Between 4000 and 2000 BC, oneiromancy was practised regularly. In the town of Abousir to the south of Cairo, the remains of a temple previously dedicated to Imhotep, the god of healing, can be seen.

At the British Museum in London is a papyrus explaining the technique of obtaining a vision, courtesy of Bes. The magician prepared an ink specially designed for premonitions. Cow's blood was mixed with pigeon's blood and to this was added ink, incense, mulberry juice, myrrh, rainwater, wormwood juice, mercuric sulphate and vetch.

The seer armed himself with a strip of black cloth dedicated to Isis. He rolled one end around his left hand and the other around his neck. He then went away to sleep. During the night, Bes came to deliver his message. This kind of practice was found in Europe many centuries later. Oneiromancy is part of our collective history. There are times when we also, as individuals, dream about future events. Each dream has a meaning and Freud would later be able to enlighten us on the role of the subconscious here. Everything has a symbolic meaning, it all being merely a question of interpretation and intuition in particular.

Dreams are an integral part of our lives and a valuable guide. If you wish to be initiated into the interpretation of dreams, you should start when you wake up by noting the dreams you have had during the night. This is an indispensable first step. It will enable you to find out more about yourself and among these dreams, there will sometimes also be dreams about the future.

What do you dream about? - 11 comments
(last message on the 07/08/2018 am31 07:14)

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Aries CHARMAINE, sign for Aries
Posted the 07/08/2018 at 07:14
I dreamed about a stranger whom I dont know and saw his face
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Susan from the site
Posted the 01/08/2018 at 04:32
Leo Lindzy, sign for Leo
Posted the 31/07/2018 at 05:05
I dreamt of snakes and I chopped their heads off. this is not the first time i dreamt of snakes trying to harm me, but I kill them first! what does this mean.
Lindzy, thanks for your comment. Dreaming od a snake is a warning against the bad intentions of a woman around you. Hope it will help you. Have a nice day !
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Libra Maria, sign for Libra
Posted the 31/07/2018 at 10:47
I had a vision like a dream, but I could feel my self be between the
two world. Normally I would dream or see things in color. This was
not the case this time. It was like a fog type air with many people
in the front of me, but, I did not seen them only it was like an outline,
of the people. It was a large crowed, and they all where there to worship God and to ask for pardon and repentance for their sin.
There was many on the front of me. We all stand up to meet a leader. I do not seen it, but, I know that it was in front of us.
Then this person that I did not see from the many on front of me,
said to us, sit down. So, we all did. And then the visions left me.
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Leo Lindzy, sign for Leo
Posted the 31/07/2018 at 05:05
I dreamt of snakes and I chopped their heads off. this is not the first time i dreamt of snakes trying to harm me, but I kill them first! what does this mean.
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Virgo Lovinglife, sign for Virgo
Posted the 09/07/2017 at 12:32
I find myself attached or attracted to clairvoyants I find it unbelievable true I love all aspects of it I would love to know if I will find true love again as I am just getting out of a 34 year marriage and I want my adult children to be happy for me and I especially want them to be happy with there partners and will they be and will my daughter get her son back soon as I miss my beautiful grandson so much I need him in my life thanks
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Leo Jimmy, sign for Leo
Posted the 04/07/2017 at 02:20
I had a dream of flying over seas to Washington DC and I took pictures to show people who wont believe I was there. But as the dream went on, I was on a farm in America and there was dogs who wants to bite me.What does it mean?
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Capricorn Dianne, sign for Capricorn
Posted the 30/06/2017 at 08:30
I was dreaming of a blue clown
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Aquarius turbo, sign for Aquarius
Posted the 30/06/2017 at 03:00
im a lesbian and me and my partner had same dream of bumping into a lamp post on the same night but were in separate rooms what does this mean? thanks
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Libra Tebogo, sign for Libra
Posted the 21/02/2017 at 16:32
I usually dream about being a superhero. I fly, I jump tall buildings and and all the time I win my fights. What does it mean?
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Leo kathie, sign for Leo
Posted the 05/10/2016 at 05:35
I hardly ever dream or if I do I don't remember how can I start dreaming again I believe dreaming is Important and am very concerned that I don't do it anymore can you help does this happen tp people often what does it mean to not dream
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Leo carrie, sign for Leo
Posted the 08/03/2016 at 11:44
I always dream to have a good job my own place and someone who love as much as l love him not perfect but someone l cn say l go home to
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