Dream Interpretation Methods
The traditional method of dream interpretation is also the most known one. It is based on the general rule which states that every part of a dream can be reduced
to a specific meaning related to the dreamer's life or the life of his closed ones. Two essential aspects characterize this method:
-The conviction that the dream is an anticipation of future events;
-The belief that dream elements can be translated by using some keys of dreams.
The key of dream is composed of a long list of words and phrases which are explained based on an algorithm no longer familiar now. When we dream we reduce the dream to one or more core words
– such as: bride, suitcase, sun, and so forth – and we try making an interpretation based on the collection of the meanings of these words.
If, for example, "bride" means "good news",
"suitcase" – "travel abroad" and "sun" - "father", we can thus obtain the following dream message: good news sent by the father who is abroad.
The traditional method was more detailed explained by famous
ancient authors who were fully dealing with dream interpretation art, such as Artemidorus and Macrobius. Their contributions are described at length in our course about interpretation methods (see courses section of this site).
But the traditional method was challenged by Sigmund Freud who developed his own interpretation method, meaning the psychoanalytical method (see Freud), starting from the exigency of free associations. Carl Jung
added new dimensions to the traditional and psychoanalytical method (see Carl Jung).
Keys of dreams
can be found everywhere today. Unfortunately, most of them do not match our habits and aspirations and thus they cannot be used to decode dreams, or they are inaccurately and incompletely used based on the ancient ones.