O – Oyster Dream Symbols & Meanings

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Oak Dreams

(see Forest, Leaves, Trees)

In northern Europe, this tree is strongly affiliated with god figures, including Jupiter, Thor, and Zeus, giving it a masculine overtone, with the acorn becoming an emblem of fertility.

Strength, firm foundations, and longevity. In folk beliefs, the oak’s roots delve as far into the earth as its branches reach toward the sky.

An oak filled with acorns portends a promotion and financial increases.

Bravery and charity that benefits others. In Rome, any hero who saved the life of a citizen was crowned with a wreath of oaks leaves and acorns.

Oasis Dreams

(see Desert, Garden, Sand)

The ending of some type of deprivation or spiritual drought.

Fulfilling a thirst for knowledge or spiritual awareness after a long quest.

Mirage of: Your search has not yet ended, even though outwardly it may appear that it has. Look more closely at this situation or person, as there is something of which you remain unaware.

Oaths Dreams

(see Notarization)

In dreams, these usually represent the promises and commitments made to yourself. Oaths may also reflect obligations for which you feel responsible.

Obstacles Dreams

(see Abyss, Bridge, Cage, Cliff, Dam, Gate, Hole)

Traffic jams (see Car): Taking a direction perceived as free from trouble, only to find the way blocked for some unknown reason. Usually this pertains to external circumstances that you cannot control, but find frustrating.

Walls or barriers: If walls can talk, what are yours telling you? Is it too soon to move forward, or is the wall a kind of test to overcome? Also note that walls can symbolize limitations that are imposed by family, friends, job, or culture.

Fence: This reveals perceived class restrictions and prohibitions. Alternatively, if you’re sitting on the fence, by all means make up your mind! Falling off a fence speaks of taking on a project that you are simply incapable of handling considering your other responsibilities right now. To avoid being the proverbial Humpty Dumpty, carefully balance your schedule and duties before taking on anything else.

Consider who or what is causing the barrier you see in your dream. What part of your nature provides the best tool to remove that obstruction (the rational, intuitive, or emotional self)?

Is the obstacle natural or human made? Natural obstacles represent something that would happen to anyone approaching this same situation. For example, a barrier reef standing between you and an island indicates everyday problems. Simply navigate around them so you can rest in a safe haven. Conversely, human-made obstacles symbolize manufactured problems or delays. Such obstacles can be self-originated or caused by external forces.

Ocean Dreams

(see Abyss, Seashell, Water)

Water is symbolic of the subconscious. Learn about the Element of Water so you can better understand what your dream is trying to tell you.

Octopus Dreams

(see Animals)

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Being entangled by a very possessive personality.

Many hands make light work. Have you sought out assistance from those you know are capable of helping you right now?

An alternative figure for the number eight, a wheel, and a circle.

Inconsistency of words or actions, especially when you feel pressured. The octopus, like the chameleon, changes color under stress.

Deceiving others through appearance. Both Pliny and Aristotle hypothesized that the octopus changed its colors to fool its prey.

Creativity gone awry. In oceanic cultures, the octopus holds a place in creation myths, but often those that don’t come out quite right.

Offering Dreams

(see Altar, Sacrifice)

Oil Spill Dreams

(see Disaster)

Olympics Dreams

(see Acrobatics, Marathon, Running)

Because of the generally peaceful, positive atmosphere of the Olympics, this can represent your development or expansion of one-world thinking and actions.

Being a good sport and remembering the importance of fair play. Winning is not always the greatest prize if it comes undeservedly.

As the symbol of the Olympics is a lit torch, this dream may metaphorically relate to “carrying a torch” for a cause or person you idealize.

Undertaking projects or personal changes perceived as being Olympic in size.

Om Dreams

(see Chanting, Languages)

One Dreams

(see Numbers, Numerology)

The creative, originating energy of the universe.

God (the first self-created power).

The self and the individual’s relationship to, or awareness of, that essential nature.

Single-mindedness, focus, unity.

Dreaming about Numbers can be a sign your higher self is urging you to learn about Numerology and the sacred meaning of Numbers.

Also, make sure to use our Numerology Calculator and discover your Life Path, Destiny, Personality, Soul and Career Numbers!

Onion Dreams

(seeing Eating, Garden, Vegetables)

Onions have a power similar to garlic in overcoming evil, specifically our own shadows.

The shape and color of the onion makes it an alternative emblem for the moon or wholeness.

The layered skin of this vegetable represents having to probe to find the truth. Alternatively, it can represent layers of personal armor that you hide behind.

Strength. Alexander the Great fed his troops this vegetable along with garlic to ensure their vitality.

Peeling onions in a dream foretells of tears that come from your own actions.

Onyx Dreams

(see Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, Stones)

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Opal Dreams

(see Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, Stones)

Learn all about the healing and metaphysical properties of crystals, rocks and gemstones.

Operation Dreams

(see Healing, Medicine, Physician)

The radical need to change something that threatens your wholeness, happiness, or growth.

Destroying specific negative aspects of the self for renewal, like bad habits, bitterness, anger, etc.

Feeling fearful or helpless in connection with the health and welfare of someone close to you.

Opposites Dreams

Some dream researchers, especially at the turn of the century, theorized that the symbols in dreams were opposite to what they appeared. Good represented evil, joy represented sadness, a man represented a woman, and so on. This idea is worth considering if the other approaches to your dream have yielded little or no meaning.

To see two opposite items in a dream can reflect improved balance between different facets of the psyche. Alternatively, this can represent a dichotomy that causes inner turmoil over two equally important goals or ideals.

Orange (Color) Dreams

(see Color)

An optimistic hue, denoting improved self-love, high energy, and a clear emotional state.

Bright, fiery, oranges are the color of aggression. This hue needs gentle control so that angry outbursts don’t occur.

Also the color of autumn, thereby denoting a harvest of characteristics that you have sown and tended with care.

Dreams about the color Orange could be your higher self sending a message that you could benefit from bringing the energy of the color Orange into your life. To learn more about the symbolism and meanings of the color Orange read about Orange in Auras, Chakras and Color Psychology.

Oranges Dreams

(see Eating, Fruit, Juice, Trees)

Because of its high vitamin content, this symbolizes good health or things that are good for you.

An emblem of the triune nature of humankind (body-mind-soul), because the tree bears flowers, leaves, and fruit simultaneously.

Buying oranges portends prosperity. In the Middle Ages, oranges were a highly valued and expensive commodity.

In the East, dreaming of oranges represents extending good wishes for joy and abundance to those you care about.

Controlling an unruly nature. Orange slices were originally put in drinks, believing they would prevent drunkenness. In this case, stopping the “inebriation” becomes a metaphor for self-regulation.

Russia: Faithfulness. Orange flowers were sometimes part of a bride’s bouquet for this reason.

Organizing Dreams

(see Filing Cabinet)

Integrating or ordering recent experiences.

A fastidious personality expressing itself through your dream.

Exactly what’s being put in order in the dream may hold tremendous import. For example, if detailing a pantry, this might be a situational dream (being hungry) or it might reveal a latent fear of going hungry. On the other hand, organizing a closet speaks of different life roles and which ones are most important (see Clothes).

Orgasm Dreams

(see Sexual Encounters)

Stimulation and over-excitement that may cause you to expend all your energy into one shot. If so, take care that you make this a well-considered and well-aimed effort.

A common side effect for dreams focusing on sexual fantasies. In this setting, this likely needs no further interpretation.

A physical need manifesting through what you consider a safe medium-the dream.

Orphaned Dreams

(see Adoption, Baby, Desertion)

For adoptees, likely a memory surfacing that may or may not need further examination. If you have unresolved issues pertaining to your adoption, look at this dream more closely.

A type of desertion dream.

Estrangement or separation from family or a close circle of friends that you did not choose.

A portion of yourself that you’ve left behind, especially the trusting inner child.

Awkwardness in your present situation (e.g., feeling out of place like a stranger in totally unfamiliar surroundings).

Otter Dreams

(see Animals)

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Native American: The feminine power of water. Also gracefulness and playfulness.

Forgetfulness or lacking closure. Otters are known to take one or two bites from their food, then leave the rest behind when distracted by something else.

Owl Dreams

(see Bird, Feathers, Flying, Wings)

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The ability to traverse the figurative darkness in your life.

As a companion and messenger to the Greek goddess Athena, an owl may presage new artistic abilities or the development of warrior’s spirit.

A type of death dream. In Greece, dreaming of an owl foretold of death, the Vedic god of the dead sometimes sent owls as messengers, and the Celts associated owls with the god of the underworld.

Native Americans call owls the “night eagle,” and consider them a symbol of silent observation with potentially deceitful motivations.

In Hopi tradition, the gift of an owl feather bestows truthfulness on the receiver. By accepting such a token in a dream, you accept yourself.

The ability to see what others are trying to hide from you, as the owl’s golden yellow eyes pierce the night.

Moving silently, or remaining silent in a situation. Owls are considered silent fliers.

Snow owls in particular are able hunters, representing the instinct to know where your sustenance lies, and how to effectively reach it.

Oyster Dreams

(see Seashell)

Because of the chance of finding a pearl here, a type of treasure dream.

The shell of this creature equates to armor or obstacles to intimacy.

Life’s little irritations helping you to develop wisdom and patience. Pearls in an oyster are actually formed due to the irritation in the skin caused by a grain of sand or dirt.

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