One of the hardest things for people new to interpreting dreams is to begin to make sense of the wealth of dream images and to orientate themselves within the dream. In my experience, and that of many others, there are certain dream images which commonly symbolize certain kinds of thing (they are archetypal). I offer these as starting points for understanding the dream image, although an individual’s personal associations to the image will usually have more significance and should be considered to take priority, even if the general, archetypal meanings might also apply.