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Candle. To dream a candle burns bright and clear, denotes a pleasing letter from your sweetheart; but if the candle's blaze gets dull, you will be disappointed.
Cat. If a man dreams of a cat, and he caress her, and she scratches him, his sweetheart is a spiteful termagant. If a female dreams of a cat that acts similarly, she may rest assured that she has a rival.
Church. To dream that you are in the church, and that the parson and pulpit are in white, and that he preaches a sermon to your taste, shows speedy marriage.
Climbing. To dream you are climbing a tree, and gain the top, shows you will rise to preferment, or your love will succeed.
Clouds. To dream of white clouds, signifies joy and prosperity; black clouds, trouble.
Coach. To dream of a coach drawn by four horses, and that the dreamer is delighted with the jaunt, either he or she may expect something will transpire to give joy and satisfaction in a month after; perhaps marriage if single.
Coals. To dream you see dead coals, signifies expedition in business; and to dream you see burning coals, threatens you with shame and reproach. Combating. To dream of combating with any one is ill to all men, for besides shame he shall have hurt; it also signifies much strife and contention.
Cradle.-Implies that marriage is certain; therefore we wish the dreamer all happiness.
Cream. To dream that you see cream spilt upon you, signifies the infusion of some grace from above.
Cuckoo. If you dream you hear the cuckoo, your sweetheart will prove coquette.
Cupid. If you dream Cupid breaks his dart, your love will change. If he breaks his bow, you are likely to die an old maid.
Dark. To dream of being in the dark, and that he loses his way in riding, or in going up a high steeple or high stairs, signifies that they so dreaming shall be blinded by some passion, and have much trouble.
Daggers. To dream of them, denotes the person dreaming to have some hot contest with others.
Dairy.—To dream you are in a dairy, skimming the cream off the milk, and that your sweetheart partakes of the cream, denotes him inclined to luxury. But if he drinks the milk, it is a sign of frugality.
Dancing. To dream that you are dancing, and enjoying all the pleasures of life in quick succession, denotes grief, poverty, and despair, after great enjoyment.
Death. To dream of death, denotes happiness and long life.
Devil.-To dream of the devil, denotes many troubles. If he appears in fire, immediate misfortune will befall you. If he vanishes in smoke, expect a returning calm.
Diffidence. To dream that your sweetheart is sulky and diffident, proves his intentions are pure.
Dress. To dream of being dressed fine and gay and cheerful, shows that the dreamer will be blessed with good health.
Drinking. To dream you drink cold water is good to all; but hot signifieth sickness and hinderance of affairs.
Farce. To dream you see a farce, denotes good success in business; to see one often denotes damage, because recreation is too often an hinderance to business.
Eating. To dream you see others eating, is a bad omen. But if you dream you are asked to eat, and partake of those things which you like best, some relief perhaps will follow.
Earthquake. To dream of an earthquake warns you to be cautious and careful.
Execution. To dream of the execution of offenders and of those dismal places where some are ready to be executed, shows that you will suddenly be sought after for relief, by some that are in great want.
Eyes.-To dream you lose your eyes, is a very unfavorable omen; it denotes a decay of circumstances, loss of friends, and death of relations; in fact everything unhappy, even the loss of liberty.
Fairs. To dream of going to fairs threatens the person so dreaming with having his pocket picked, which is usually done in such places.
Fall. If you dream that you fall into the mire, and are covered with filth, if a servant, you will lose your character.
Father-in-law.-To dream one sees his father-in-law, either dead or alive, is ill.
Feasting. To dream you are at a feast and cannot enjoy it, shows you will have disappointment. To dream your sweetheart enjoys it, a male or female friend will deprive you of your favorite.
Fields. To dream of fields and pleasant places, shows to a man that he will marry a discreet, chaste, and beautiful wife; and to women it betokens a loving and prudent husband, by whom she shall have beautiful and prudent children.
Fighting. To dream of fighting, signifies opposition and contention; and, if the party dreams he is wounded in fighting, it signifies loss of reputation and disgrace.
Flies. To dream of flies or other vermin, denotes enemies of all sorts. Flying. To dream you are flying, is not good; it denotes the dreamer is too presumptuous, and vainly ambitious and romantic.
Friend. To dream you see a friend dead, denotes hasty news, and a legacy. If the friend is a female, you will be married instanter.
Garden.-To dream you are walking in a garden, and the trees are all bare and fruitless, is a very bad omen. It shows that your friends will become poor, or that you will lose their friendship. If the garden in its bloom is of a very favorable nature, it promises everything to a farmer; in short, prosperity at large.
Grave. To dream of an open grave, foretells sickness and disappointment.
Grapes.-To dream of eating grapes at any time, signifies profit; to tread grapes, signifies the overthrow of enemies; to gather white grapes, signifies gain; but to gather black grapes, signifies damage.
Guineas.-To dream of gold is a good omen; it denotes success in your present undertakings, after experiencing difficulties.
Hair. To dream you comb your hair, and it seem very long and fine, shows you will have many joys of short duration.
Hat. To dream your hat is torn and dirty, signifies damage and dishonour; but to dream that you have a hat on that pleases you, denotes joy, profit, and success in business.
Hatred. To dream of hatred, or of being hated, whether of friends or enemies is ill, for one may have need of all the world.
Heart's-ease. You will be married well, and live happy, if you dream of this innocent flower in bloom.
Hen and chickens.-To dream of a hen and chickens, shows you will be married to a widow or widower with many children.
Horse. To dream you are mounted on a fine young horse, and that you are well dressed, with the horse or mare gaily caparisoned, denotes you will marry some rich person, who will make you happy.
Husbandry. To dream of a plough, denotes success in life, and a good marriage.
Ice. To dream of ice, shows that the person you would wish to be your companion for life is cool, of an amiable temper, free from choleric passions, and faithful.
Image. To dream of an image or statue, signifies children.
King. To dream you see the king and queen, signifies gain, honour, and joy.
Knave. For a man to dream he is a knave, is a sign he will grow rich; but for a man to dream he is concerned with knaves, shows he will have many lawsuits.
Kissing. To dream you are kissing a pretty maid, shows an evil design. In love, it shows that your sweetheart, though she loves you, will act more cautiously. Kittens are harmless diverting creatures. To dream of them signifies many children.
Knife. To dream you bestow a knife upon any one, signifies injustice and contention.
Ladder. To dream that you ascend a ladder, signifies honour; but to dream that you descend a ladder betokeneth damage.
Letter. To dream you send a letter to your sweetheart, or others unsealed, shows secrets will be exposed.
Lying. To tell a lie in a dream is not good, except by players and jesters who practise it.
Marry. To dream you marry, denotes damage, sickness, melancholy, and sometimes death.
Maids. To dream you obtain a maid, signifies joy; to dream you take away a maid by force, signifies weeping. If a maid dream that she has let a bird out of its cage, she ought to be very watchful over herself.
Money. To dream of losing money is in old folks a sign of short life; in young folks it signifies loss of modesty and honour.
Music.-To dream you hear melodious music, signifies that the party dreaming shall suddenly hear some very acceptable news.
Nosegay. To dream of gathering or making nosegays is unlucky; showing our best hopes shall wither as flowers do in nosegays.
Nun.-To dream you turn nun, denotes confinement, or it shows you will be disappointed by your lover, or crossed by a rival.
Oven.-To dream you see an oven burning hot, signifies joy.
Pit.-To dream you fall into a pit, and cannot get out easily, denotes some serious calamity; that your sweetheart is false, and will prefer another.
Purse. To dream you find an empty purse, bodes the dreamer is lazy. Quarrelling. To dream that you are quarrelling, denotes that some unexpected news will reach you, and that your sweetheart is about to be married to another.
Rainbow. To dream you see a rainbow in the sky, betokens your changing your present state and manner of life; to dream you see the rainbow in the east, is a good omen to the poor and sick, for the former will recover their estates, and the latter their health; if you dream you see it in the west, to the rich it is good, to the poor a bad sign; to dream you see a rainbow directly over your head, or near you, signifies a change of fortune, and most commonly the death of the dreamer, and ruin of his family. Note also, that in your dreams, the rainbow on your right hand is good, on the left ill, and you must judge the right and left by the sun.
Ring. To dream your lover puts a ring on your finger of the wrong hand, generally shows he is deceitful, and not to be trusted; to dream of a ring is favorable.
Riding. To dream of riding in a coach, and that you sit at ease and are much pleased therewith, denotes the person to be proud, and will spare no cost to gratify their vanity.
Shipwreck.-To dream you suffer shipwreck, the ship being overwhelmed or broken, is most dangerous to all, except those who are detained by force; for to whom it signifies release and liberty.
Silk.-To dream you are clothed in silk, signifies honour; but to dream that you trade with a stranger in silk denotes profit and joy.
Soldiers. To dream that you see soldiers, may prove literally true, or that you may very soon see such persons.
Serpents denote a prison, and the dreamer will encounter many dangers. Swimming.-To dream of swimming or wading in the water is good, 30 that the head be kept above water.
Sweetheart. If a man dream of a sweetheart that is absent, and she seems to be more fair than usual, it is a sign that she is chaste and constant; but if she looks pale, black, or sickly, be assured she hath broke her faith, and is become altogether inconstant.
Thunder. To dream of thunder, signifies afflictions of divers and sundry causes; chiefly to the rich: for the poor it signifies repose.
Trees.-To dream you see trees in blossom, denotes a happy marriage with the present object of your affections, and many children, who will all do well in life.
Treasure. To dream you find treasure hid in the earth is evil, whether it be little or great.
Tombs.-To dream you are erecting a tomb signifies marriages, weddings, and birth of children; but if you dream that the tomb falls to ruin, it signifies sickness, and destruction to him and his family. To have a
sepulchre or tomb, or to build one, is good for a servant, for he shall have one that will survive him; in short, it is a good dream in general to both rich and poor.
Thieves.-To dream of thieves is good or bad, according as the dream is circumstanced.
Water. To dream you are drinking water, denotes great trouble and adversity; to the lover it shows your sweetheart is false, and prefers another, and will never marry you.
Weeping. To dream one weeps and grieves, whether it be for any friend departed, or for any other cause, it is joy and mirth for some good act.
Wife. If a man dreams he sees his wife married to another, it signifieth a change of affairs.
Writing. When dreaming of writing a letter to your sweetheart, if you put it in the post, you will have a pleasing return, but to trust it into other hands, shows your secrets will be exposed.
Yarrow. To dream of this weed, which is in general most abundant in churchyards, denotes to the married, deaths in the family; and to the single that the grim tyrant will deprive them of the first object on whom they rest their affections.
Yellow Flowers-predict love mixed with jealousy, and that you will have more children to maintain than what justly belong to you.
Yew Tree. An indication of the funeral of a very aged person, by whose death the dreamer will derive some benefit, or a protecting hand among the relations of the deceased person.
Yeast. To dream of yeast denotes that what you next undertake will prosper, and that your wife will soon be in the family-way. If a single man, your sweetheart's love will increase. To a maiden, her lover will be rich, and very like a brewer or baker. To dream that they are kneading dough with yeast, is a sure sign of being comfortable for life.]
In a Strange Metamorphosis of Man transformed into a Wildernesse, Deciphered in Characters, 1634, under No. 37, the Bay Tree, it is observed: "Nor is he altogether free from superstition; for he will make you beleeve that, if you put his leaves but under your pillow, you shall be sure to have true dreames."
In the old play of the Vow-Breaker, or the Fair Maid of Clifton, 1636, act iii. sc. i., Ursula speaks: "I have heard you say that dreames and visions were fabulous; and yet one time I dreamt fowle water ran through the floore, and the next day the house was on fire. You us'd to say hobgoblins, fairies, and the like, were nothing but our owne affrightments, and yet o' my troth, cuz, I once dream'd of a young batchelour, and was ridd with a night-mare. But come, so my conscience be cleere, I never care how fowle my dreames are."