The meaning of the dream symbol: Camel

Because of this, and the shape of its hump, it may also indicate pregnancy or birth. Moreover, since the camel is an obedient, trustworthy animal which can carry a human being through the harshest of elements, its dream appearance indicates deep trust or spiritual transcendence in that dreamers life. We need to analyze our behavior with and acceptance of the camel in order to better understand the dream’s message. For example, if the camel is dying, we may be witnessing a change in our own trustworthiness or altruistic behavior.

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On the other hand, if we watch the camel drink for a long period of time, we may be referring to our own patience in receiving spiritual transfiguration, or at very least, a certain level of emotional maturity.

The camel is generally taken as the symbol of sobriety... and of awkward nature. It is the attribute of temperance and often the emblem of Asia, because of the countless caravan routes across that continent.

Leviticus (9: 4) held the camel to be an unclean beast, but the Jews also held to be unclean those animals which the Gentiles dedicated to their false gods, as well as those which were deemed unpleasing to God because man found them repugnant.

The camel is depicted - very seldom it is true - in Hindu iconography as the emblem of malevolent yogini, in relation to death.

But above all else the camel is the animal which enables its rider to cross the desert and thanks to which he or she can reach the hidden centre of the divine essence. Companion in the desert, the camel is the vehicle which moves from oasis to oasis. The Three Wise Men are depicted riding on camels to the crib at Bethlehem. This is why many early writers - notably Honorius of Autun - try to establish dubious etymological links between camelus (camel) and camilli, youths of noble birth who served the throne and altar, and also provided a channel for transmitting hermetic philosophy.

The Zohar mentions ‘flying camels’, similar to dragons and winged serpents, who seem to have guarded the Earthly Paradise and which are also mentioned in the Ancient Persian holy book, the Avesta.

In central Asia the camel is the symbol, not of an awkward nature, but of self-conceit. ‘Because the camel considered itself so great, it destroyed the army’ is a Buryat proverb.