Making Heads or Tails of Cat Dream
Dear Dream Guy,
What does it mean when a cat is
speaking to you in a dream? I have never owned a pet in my life (well,
I did have a parakeet when I was a little girl). In my dream I was
walking through the supermarket, looking for tuna, when all of a sudden
a cat came around the corner of an aisle, stood next to me and said, in
clear English: “If you’ll feed me I can make sure that you get to the
top of the mountain.” When I woke up I couldn’t make heads or tails
from this. Should I get a cat as a pet?
Regina K., San Diego, CA
Through the mists of time cats have
seduced us with their beauty but also remained aloof and sometimes
impersonal. As mammals they are unusual for their fierce independence.
But cats also offer us clues about our psychology. Their nature mirrors
our nature in many ways. Humans are social creatures for certain, but
we also have private and mysterious parts that no one can fathom. A cat
appearing in a dream can symbolize a meeting between these two parts of
your character, the known and the unknown. The supermarket shows your
need of nourishment; we go to markets for food, to sustain ourselves.
But the cat’s message might be addressing another kind of food, perhaps
food that is spiritual. Which is why she promises you that if you feed
her, the cat part of nature, you will attain a new insight or vision
about your life, symbolized by reaching the top of the mountain. This
dream does not mean you should find yourself a kitty, however, for fun
companionship in life cats rarely disappoint. Good luck on your journey!
Dear Dream Guy,
In my dream I am standing with my
grandmother by a Ferris wheel that has been set up for a small
carnival. But when we look around there are no other people on the
fairgrounds, just my grandmother and myself contemplating the amusement
ride. I have missed my grandmother for many years since her death, and
this is why the dream image moved me so deeply. What can you say about
Cheryl E., Detroit, MI
This is a dream about time and the
cycles of life and a willingness on your part to shift into a new phase
of life, that of the wise woman, symbolized by your grandmother.
Carnivals involve groups of individuals having fun within the noise and
hubbub of a social gathering, but here, the grounds are empty, which
puts a strong focus on the dream’s rotating wheel. Wheels correspond to
the cycles of life. Your grandmother’s presence is like a compassionate
teacher, preparing you for a new cycle amidst the chaotic carnival of
life. Aside from movement, a wheel also symbolizes regularity. Meaning,
although events are always changing there is constancy and reliability
within the change–it’s our only guarantee in life. This is a lovely
dream and your grandmother must have been a wise woman indeed–she is
showing you the way.