Dream meaning of age

To dream of age, portends failures in any kind of undertaking.

To dream of your own age, indicates that perversity of opinion will bring down upon you the indignation of relatives.

For a young woman to dream of being accused of being older than she is, denotes that she will fall into bad companionship, and her denial of stated things will be brought to scorn.

To see herself looking aged, intimates possible sickness, or unsatisfactory ventures. If it is her lover she sees aged, she will be in danger of losing him.

For the purposes of the morphology of symbols, an age is exactly the same as a phase. The lunar ‘model’ of the four phases (of waxing, fullness, waning and disappearance) has sometimes been reduced to two or three phases, and sometimes increased to five. The phases in the span of human life have undergone similar fluctuations, but in general they are four, with death either omitted or combined with the final phase of old age. The division into four parts—quite apart from the importance of its relationship with the four phases of the moon—coincides with the solar process and the annual cycle of the seasons as well as with the spatial arrangement of the four points of the compass on the conceptual plane.

The cosmic ages have been applied to the era of human existence, and also to the life of a race or an empire. In Hindu tradition, the Manvantara, also called Mahâ-Yuga (or the Great Cycle), comprises four yuga or secondary periods, which were said to be the same as the four ages in Greco-Roman antiquity. In India, these same ages are called after four throws in the game of dice: krita, tretâ, dvâpara and kali.

In classical times, the ages are associated with the symbolism of metals, giving the ‘golden age’, ‘silver age’, ‘bronze age’ and ‘iron age’. The same symbolic pattern—which in itself is an interpretation— is found in the famous dream of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel ii) as well as in the figure of the ‘Old Man of Crete’ in Dante’s Commedia (Inferno, XIV, ll. 94-120).

Progress from the purest metal to the most malleable—from gold to iron— implies involution. For this reason René Guénon comments that the successive ages, as they ‘moved away from the Beginning’, have brought about a gradual materialization. And for this reason, too, William Blake observed that ‘Progress is the punishment of God’. So that progress in life—in an individual’s existence— is tantamount to gradual surrender of the golden values of childhood, up to the point in which the process of growing old is terminated by death.

The myths concerning the ‘Golden Age’ find their origin, according to Jung, in an analogy with childhood—that period when nature heaps gifts upon the child without any effort on his part, for he gets all he wants. But in addition, and in a deeper sense, the Golden Age stands for life in unconsciousness, for unawareness of death and of all the problems of existence, for the ‘Centre’ which precedes time, or which, within the limitations of existence, seems to bear the closest resemblance to paradise. Ignorance of the world of existence creates a kind of golden haze, but with the growing understanding of concepts of duty, the father-principle and rational thinking, the world can again be apprehended. The aims of surrealism are nothing short of reintegrating, as far as is practicable, this state of emotional irrationality characteristic of primigenial peoples.

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  1. The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke April 3, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Poet William Blake stated that “progress is the punishment of God.” The life’s path is a personal experience that often involves gradual loss of childhood’s values. Age-related dreams can have several different meanings.

    Dreaming that you are younger indicates the need to review the past. Some aspect of childhood or adolescence that has not been settled is emerging now. However, if you dream of being older than you currently are, you may be anticipating events. In this case, the unconscious is reminding you to live day by day, intensely, without thinking too much about the future.

    Dreaming of senior citizens reports good luck.
    If you grow older, a failure is announced.
    If it’s a friend who gets older the dream tells that she will let you down.

    Dreaming of young people, however, is a sign of family reconciliation and favorable time for launching new companies. Dreaming that you become young again predicts you will make great efforts to regain lost opportunities.
    If a mother dreams that her adult child is a baby again the dream announces healing of old wounds and revival of youthful hopes.

  2. The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett April 8, 2022 at 10:47 am

    To worry about your age in a dream, or to dream you are or have aged beyond your actual years, indicates you should see a doctor; but to see aged people in a dream is an omen of great good luck.
    If they are poor or ragged, you may have some difficulties ahead, but you can easily overcome these by positive bold action.

  3. Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox April 12, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Dreams often return us to our past. In some cases we are witnessing a past setting from our current life perspective, while other dreams of this type may find us transformed back into the person we were at the time and in the specific surroundings we are visiting. No matter what the actual structure of the dream, anytime we return to earlier moments in life, we are exploring who we are today as a result of our past.

    The age of someone who appears in a dream may also relate to the amount of time that particular consciousness has been alive in you. For example, a five-year-old child may represent something that emerged into your awareness five years before you had the dream.

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