The first book of dreams appeared in ancient Egypt two thousand years BC. It contained an interpretation of two hundred dreams and descriptions of magical rites to protect against dark forces. One of the first interpreters was Artemidor Daldiansky, who created the five books, known as “Onerocriticism”.
He believed that the meaning of sleep depends on the status, gender, age, and nature of a particular person who was visited by night visions. In the period of antiquity, the deciphering of dreams was condemned as adherence to the pagan faith, except for dreams about divine revelations. In the Middle Ages, the popularity of dream books is growing rapidly. At the same time, many interpreters appear who use a different approach in their work: identity, likeness, opposite.
So, one dream could have excellent interpretations: some authors perceived the night vision of the loss of money literally, others saw this as impending material losses, and the third, on the contrary, enrichment. In 1900, the dream book of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, came out, where he interpreted dreams as messages from the subconscious. One of the most popular dream books among our contemporaries was Miller’s dream book, published in 1901.
Dream interpretation Every nation understands a dream in its own way. So, Hindus believe that it can be a prediction of future events. According to them, what they saw before awakening should come true in the near future, and what they dreamed in the first half of the night will come true within a year. The sun, fire, stars among the Indians are a symbol of wealth; flowers, clear water or white clothes promise good, and eating meat or a solar eclipse promises misfortune.
Muslims interpret dreams using direct analogies: images that cause negative associations portend problems and calamities, while positive ones, on the contrary, portray well-being. So, a snake predicts a threat, and an emerald – prosperity. A modern understanding of dreams is increasingly rooted in psychology. So, according to psychologists, having studied the content of sleep, you can learn about the internal conflicts of a person, his fears and secret desires.