Dreams and Puzzles: What Your Subconscious May Be Telling You

Now that school is out and I’m not so stressed, I’ve started dreaming again. I’ve always loved dream and have a vivid recollection of most of my weirdest ones. I like to go online and look up dream dictionaries and figure out what my dreams are telling me.

The other day, for instance, I had a dream that I was walking along a street and I found several quarters. I was very excited and started to pick them up, when I started noticing dollar bills, five dollar bills, and then even hundred dollar bills. The dream-logic was that someone had won the lottery and had spilled some of it on their way home. Euphoric in the dream, I snatched up all the money and paid off some student loans (I know, very exciting, right?)

But of course I looked up the symbolism.

One Million Dollars by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

From dreammoods.com, I found that “To see or win money in your dream indicates that success and prosperity is within your reach. Money represents confidence, self-worth, success, or values. You have much belief in yourself. Alternatively, dreaming about money refers to your attitudes about love and matters of the heart. It is a common symbol for sexuality and power. In particular, finding money indicates your quest for love or power.”

Color of Money by Springbok. 2000 pieces.

So I’ve at least figured out my surprise millionaire dream (I’m questing for love or power—how thrilling) but there are so many common dream tropes. We also have a lot of puzzles which may reflect those tropes. Maybe our choice of puzzles is telling us something subconscious?

Dance of the Moon Fairy by Educa. 1000 pieces.

Flying dreams—or our allure to puzzles where whimsical creatures fly—might suggest something about how you feel about the situation you are in. If you fly with ease and comfort, you’re “on top of” the situation at hand or maybe you’ve found a new perspective. But if you are having difficulties with your flight, you’re experiencing a lack of power with your circumstances. If you fear flying, you might be afraid of challenges and success, and you’re hesitant for the next step.

Saturday Night by Cobble Hill. 500 pieces.

This cute kid in the art by Jim Daly is enjoying a Saturday evening bath, but dreams about being naked in other situations apart from bath time suggest vulnerability or unpreparedness. Maybe you feel like you’re not being true to yourself and that others can “see right through you” or that you’re exposed and have no defenses.

Great White Delight by Ceaco (Glow in the Dark Puzzle). 100 pieces.

Dreams about teeth are all too common. Maybe your teeth are rotting or falling out (I know I’ve had several dreams where I lose a tooth as an adult, all which seem so real I wake up and have to feel around in my mouth!)

The Dream Dictionary has this to say: “Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew and gnaw. In this regard, teeth symbolize power. And the loss of teeth in your dream may be from a sense of powerlessness. Are you lacking power in some current situation? Perhaps you are having difficulties expressing yourself or getting your point across. You feel frustrated when your voice is not being heard. You may be experiencing feelings of inferiority and a lack of self-confidence in some situation or relationship in your life. This dream may be an indication that you need to be more assertive and believe in the importance of what you have to say.”

Belvedere by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces.

As we know, though, sometimes dreams just don’t make sense at all. They’re surreal, the logic is flawed, and it doesn’t seem like you could pull a valid interpretation out of it even if you tried your hardest. Then it feels a little like an M.C. Escher artwork: fun perspective, but ultimately nonsensical.

Blue by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

Pick out the details with your dreams, even the little things! Like this Kandinsky painting, where the image means little but the colors symbolize mood: “For Kandinsky, blue is the color of spirituality: the darker the blue, the more it awakens human desire for the eternal.”

Try choosing your next puzzle on the feelings it evokes or on your last dream for something fun and different!

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