Dreams starting with P

Palm

As opposed to the hand itself, the Palm is primarily linked with aspects of our future potential. This kind of palm reading is associated with the concept of predetermination, which views life as a destiny preordained in the higher order of reality.

Paper

In the dream sense, Paper symbolizes the physical communication of our modem world. Consequently, huge piles of paper may represent our anxiety about the ‘red tape’ of everyday life. The complexity of maintaining records for a huge society requires mountains of documents, which is why the ‘computer’ age is accompanied by the ‘printer’ age.

Papyrus

Papyrus is a transliteration of the Greek word papyros (which gives us "paper"), itself derived from an Ancient Egyptian word meaning "royal". The papyrus was the equivalent of the book. In hieroglyphics the papyrus roll signified knowledge.

Paradise

Paradise may represent a desire to return to the innocent problem-free simplicity of early childhood. However, this is wrongheaded, because it is unrealistic. The garden of Eden prior to Adam's ‘fall’ represents the oneness and harmony of all things when all things are still unconscious.

Peace

Nations at peace and societies at peace are both symbols of peace at heart and are both its consequence. The Heavenly Peace of the Chinese (Taiping) was indeed displayed in the social harmony and undisturbed government of the empire. Yu the Great regulated the world by pacifying Earth and Waters.

Peach

Because it blossoms early, the peach-tree in flower is a symbol of Spring. The same line of thought - rebirth and fertility - makes it also a Chinese emblem of marriage. The Momo or festivals held in honour of peach-blossom in Japan seem to reinforce this with the twofold notion of purity and faithfulness - peach-blossom symbolizing virginity.

Pearl

Pearls have associations with water, shells and the moon (same shape and colour), all of which are symbols of the feminine in its positive, creative aspects. A pearl may therefore signify new life; a possibility of personal growth. In a woman's dream it may even, by its resemblance to a foetus, represent pregnancy.

Pen

The symbolism of pen (qalam) and book - or quill and tablet - plays an extremely important part in Islamic tradition. The Sufis teach that the Supreme Pen is Universal Intelligence. The first thing which God created was the Hidden or Guarded Tablet.

Perseus

Perseus had no human father. He was directly descended from Zeus (metamorphosed into a shower of gold) and Danae. Perseus was, however, also the conqueror of Medusa, Queen of the gorgons, thanks to pegasus, the winged horse which had enabled Bellerophon to overcome the Chimera.

Pheasant

Both the cock and hen pheasant play important parts in Far Eastern mythology. Its call and display make the cock a symbol of cosmic harmony, a prefiguration of the coming of Yu the Great, regulator of the world.