WHERE THERE IS SMOKE THERE IS FIRE
I dreamed I was home in my kitchen, and for some reason my attention was drawn to a wine glass that was half full of water in my china cabinet. I lit a cigarette and bent down and leaned on the cabinet and blew smoke at the glass. The light gray smoke moved inside of the glass and circulated within it like a tornado. Once the smoke cleared, the glass was now full of water. Please decode this dream.
—Cassandra Parker, Brooklyn
Dreaming of being in a kitchen reveals hunger, emotional or physical. There is the need to be fulfilled or nourished. In this view, where the cigarette is a phallic symbol and the glass, a symbol of feminine genitalia, where there is smoke, there is fire. Passion makes you whole again. In another view, it is not important if the glass is half empty or half full; what matters is that the glass is refillable. Whatever has been shelved or left unfinished, once the smoke clears, hope returns in full measure.
GNome, sweet GNOME
A few weeks ago, I dreamed that I saw many mushrooms on the ground and they were all moving. Then one of them, on the far left, started running away. So, I grabbed that mushroom and, holding it up, realized that a tiny male gnome was holding on to the stem. What does this mean?
—Floria Mihailovich, Brooklyn
In that mushrooms are phallic symbols, the one that runs left refers to a lover who left you in the past. As such, there is some need to hold him to account or hold him up to scrutiny. There is a conflicted wish to hold onto that relationship: Even though he is viewed as beneath you and not necessarily to be trusted, his gnomelike nature is magical.
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