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Speckled Eggs

Dreamed 2008/6/16 by Starvibes

Last night, I dreamed of speckled eggs, Caribbean drug traffickers and of almost drowning near a sinking boat.


I came to an old restaurant, dark and all wood within, with low ceilings; it reminded me of the old Billabong Bar in Nassau (in the Bahamas), but much bigger and not as dark. I started working there as a waitress and became close with the owner, a wrinkled old white woman, as well as with the other younger black waitresses. A large speckled egg.

One day, some men came by. One was a Trinidadian Indian who began a deep conversation with the old lady. A dozen speckled eggs sat on the counter top. Another waitress and I wondered why our last set of eggs were seemingly on display on the bar. The conversation between the men and the old lady became more animated, and feeling apprehensive, we took the eggs into the back. Somehow we entered the eggs into an FBI computer program, and found that they were being tracked on a map from Florida to the northern US, moving like ants marching across the screen. So we knew the eggs were significant, and we had to keep them away from these men.

There was a large truck parked out back; I searched under it for a place to hide the eggs. As I did, the Trinidadian came out; he seemed nosy, out to see what we were doing. I left the eggs under the truck and distracted the man back into the place, while the other waitress stayed to secure the eggs.

The dream then becomes less clear to me. My mother and sister are here. We get in a black truck like an S-10, parked behind another car near our house in Long Island, and drive out of the yard and head north. I accuse my sister of careless driving, and say "You should've let Mom drive." She pulls over and my mother gets in the driver's seat, but complains "I don't want to drive." I tell them "Just drop me back home." As they turn around to do so, I realize that when my sister was driving the steering wheel was on the right; now, with my mom at the wheel, it's on the left! I ponder: is the car a reflection, reversed like a mirror image? Why? Does it reflect how different my mother and sister are?

Somehow, we get caught up with the same men who came to the restaurant; they're planning a drug smuggling deal. Two children carrying Heineken knapsacks will stand on the Bluff Hill at a certain time. We are concerned that children are involved, and my mother has information that the men are being set up, so we go to warn them. The two children are there with their knapsacks, but we don't know them and they are not really acknowledged by us or anyone; they just sort of stand to the side. The men decide that since the boats are ready they wil lgo as planned tonight, but the part of the plan involving the children will be stopped. We are relieved that the children will not be involved.

We met the men down at the water, on a dock. As our meeting breaks up, I notice a large boat tied up right by us. Divers with large metal clippers and chains are doing something to it. Suddenly, the boat starts to sink! The divers emerge, laughing.

I fall into the water, and the sinking boat starts sucking me under. But one of the men saves me.

Somewhere in the dream, I wake up and see the numbers 11-22-11.


Things I think might be significant: a dozen speckled eggs, an old lady, a Trinidad/Indian man, drugs, smuggling, drowning, children being saved. Insights I found across the web:

A bird's egg with the shell intact can represent a new beginning in your life. To see a crate of eggs denotes that you will engage in profitable speculations. To see bird eggs signifies legacies from distant relations, or gain from an unexpected rise in staple products. To see or eat eggs in your dream, symbolizes fertility, birth and your creative potential. It indicates that something new is about to happen. The book Theatre of the Mind says the egg is extremely propitious and means eternal life. It is self contained life, absolutely perfect inside the shell. An egg can also be the individual soul or person who must break through the shell in order to be born, or to see God face to face.
Marks such as spots, speckles and freckles represent sins and faults.
--To dream of drowning, denotes loss of property and life; but if you are rescued, you will rise from your present position to one of wealth and honor.
--To dream that you drown or in the midst of drowning is a bad omen as it pertains to the health of your business and partnership activities. If you die, your business will fail and a great loss will occur for you but if you are rescued and revived, then you will have a good friend step in and save your business. Other aspects of this dream deals with your relationships and can be interpreted as with a business.
--Dreaming about drowning is common and it invokes fear. However, it may have positive significance. This dream suggests to the dreamer that he may be overwhelmed by unresolved emotions, old issues, or a current crisis. It suggests that a release of the old is necessary in order to emerge and begin anew. This dream serves to awaken the dreamer to embrace and to effectively cope with problems and negativity in his life.
To dream that you are warning someone, suggests that you are able to recognize the dangers or negatives in some situation. You need to bring this to the surface.
To see an old woman in your dream, indicates aging and growing old.
To save a child, signifies your attempts to save a part of yourself from being destroyed.
To see others diving in your dream, represents psychological and emotional balance.
... if you use drugs rarely or never, then this dream could represent a need to get well, to escape from daily stress, and a desire to get quick relief. The drugs could be suggesting a need for healing and getting in balance. Your unconscious mind may be suggesting outrageous things in hopes that you get the message to "have fun, dream dreams, and get out of your own head!" ... The message in the dream about drug use is most likely not encouraging you to use drugs but it may represent a need to feel better or get better.


What strikes me isn't the dream itself as much as your interpretation: looking online for insight about elements of the dream. It's everyone's first impulse these days--you can find answers online if you look hard enough, right? Wrong. Dream dictionaries can't put your personal eggs and divers and drugs in context. You have to do it yourself by looking NOT at the things in your dreams in isolation, but how they act--and interact. What themes repeat?

I'm not saying these alternate explanations are any better, really; just that you can't rely on generic dream-dictionaries. Dreams are just too individual for that.

With a puzzling dream like this, you might try just ignoring symbolism entirely, and just looking for repeating patterns. Dream researcher Calvin Hall asked broad questions like:

With that in mind, here are some patterns I see:

Just examples! Don't take them too seriously. But with your complex intrigue-filled dreaming, Calvin Hall's ideas might work. I'd also try Ann Faraday's book The Dream Game--she takes dream images as pretty literal advice. Only if that fails does she treat the dream as a metaphor for your daily life. And only if THAT fails does she think about symbols of your inner world. Real kids first, inner children later!

Of course I don't practice what I preach! I get all symbolic myself, only to find a few days later that my dream was literal...

--Chris Wayan

LISTS AND LINKS: bars, pubs and clubs - dream jobs - eggs - cars and driving - family - mirrors and reflections - secrets - crime - drugs - kids - boats - I'm falling! - gimme air! - rescues - gender - Starvibes gets aquatic again, in: Swimming Cats - Starvibes experiences death in I Died and Walked Among the Living

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