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Chinese Dreams Dictionary

It is not uncommon amongst the Chinese to ask someone who has just awaken from a short nap if he or she has just visited Grandmaster Zhou for a discussion. But what is this so?

Grandmaster Zhou (also known as Zhou Gong) who lived approximately 3000 years ago is credited with the earliest Chinese Dream Dictionary known as “Zhou Gong’s Book of Auspicious and Inauspicious Dreams”. Legend has it that this is the same person who is credited with the development of the Yi Jing or the Book of Changes.

Therefore whenever you dream, it is like paying a visit to Grandmaster Zhou!

You can find a section of his book in the Chinese Almanac which until recent times is found in most Chinese household. This also explains the popularity. It is not uncommon during my parent’s and grandparent’s time to refer to this section of the almanac whenever a member of the family has a dream, more so a strange one.

In the Chinese Almanac (also known as the Tung Shu or Tong Sing) dreams are presented in seven categories. They are astronomy, home and surroundings, gods and spirit, person or body, music and disharmony, living creatures and lastly clothing and miscellaneous items.

Some of the interpretations are somewhat logical. For example if you dream of sunset, then you parents are sad. Or of you dream of eating cooked meat versus eating raw meat, it is a sign of good luck.

Some of the interpretations are not so logical. For example if you dream of a blue snake it is a good sign. Or if you dream of sharing an umbrella with someone, you will be separated from your family members.

Some are hilarious. For example if you dream of your own wedding, then it is a sign that you will be separated from your wife! Worst if you dream that your wife is pregnant. It means that she is engaged in an adultery affair!

I would strongly urge you not to take the dream interpretation too literally especially the one mentioned in the last paragraph.

You may be interested to know that the type or meaning of dreams was use – in conjunction with other methods – as a medical diagnostic tool. You can find it in Yellow Emperor’s Medicine Classic – Miraculous Pivot that dates back over 4000 years!

Different type of dreams e.g. fearful, sad dreams, relates to deficiency in different parts of the body! For example falling dream is due to deficiency in the upper and excess in the lower part of the body. This is often seen in water retention in the kidneys and deficiency of yang in the heart.

That is interpreting dreams for you – Chinese style!

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Dreams Dictionary 2

Here is Part 2 of the Chinese Dreams Dictionary.

Dreams Interpretation
Talking to god Sign of prosperity and fame
Corpse rising from the coffin Sign of wealth
Seeing your ancestors Major good sign
Vomiting Recover from illness
Conversing with a  goddess Birth of a son
Fighting with ghost Longevity
Your own wedding Separation or divorce
Separating from your siblings Rumors and gossip
Learning to read Sign of wealth and fame
You or someone else dies Sign of god luck
Female genitals Rumors and gossip
Your wife is pregnant She is having an affair
Washing hands, feet or hair You will recover from a disease
Eating cooked meat Good sign
Eating raw meet Bad sign
Broken mirror Separation from a love one
Having sex with a women Mishap
Yourself naked Major good luck
Women hitting each other You will fall sick
Sibling hitting each other Major good sign
Playing flute and drums Happy event
Killing a pig Major good sign
Killing a lamb Major bad sign
Insulted by someone Sign of wealth
Peacock Major good sign
Riding fast on a horse Good sign
Riding slow on a lame horse Bad sign
Snake turning into a dragon Help from powerful people
Centipede biting someone Longevity
Bear Birth of a son
Cat catching a rat Extra income
Women drawing a knife Birth of a son
Knife falling on the ground Money loss
Your clothes suddenly ripped off Your spouse is planning to cheat on you!
Bright mirror Good sign
Dark mirror Bad sign
Fireworks Your problem resolved
Weaving Longevity
Axe or scissor Sign of wealth
Fast boat or car Wealth and fame
Broken boat or car Bad luck
Wearing a new robe Second wife
Hot iron Luck events
Summer or spring Good sign
Autumn or winter Bad sign
Ringing bell Someone will visit
Someone returning money Recover from illness
Bronze coins Rumors and gossip
Parrot calling your name Rumors and gossip
Having sex with nuns (oops) Lose money

More Dream Dictionary.


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