In China, Zhou Gong is regarded as the God of Dreams. Confucius once said:” I no longer dream of the Duke of Zhou” which means I do not have a dream about Zhou Gong’s good governance. Ancient Chinese believed that when something important to happen with someone, Zhou Gong will let the person know in his dream.
Zhou Gong authored the “Book of Auspicious and Inauspicious Dreams.” In it he analyzed people’s dreams and showed how to predict their future based on the contents of those dreams. He divides dreams into a series of categories based on subject matter (planets and weather; surroundings; gods and spirits; the body; music and disharmony; living creatures; clothing, jewelry, and miscellaneous). His ideas are vital to understanding the Chinese concept of dreams; so much so that even though his thoughts are anything but modern, many Chinese still believe what Zhou wrote. For example, almost every Chinese person believes that if you dream of a snake biting you, it is a sign that you will get a lot of money. If you dream of your dead relatives according to Zhou Gong it is a sign of blessings and longevity. Dreaming of a dog barking is an omen of bad luck. Gray hair means long life. Dreaming that you have no clothes on means bad luck, followed by poverty or humiliation. When you have trouble driving a vehicle in a dream, it means you can’t get what you want. Dreams where you make people drink alcohol mean you will get into arguments, but being invited for a drink together means longevity.
While every Chinese person acknowledges Zhou’s influence, they also—at the same time—downplayed it. No one believes everything Zhou said but in a typically Chinese way they just pick and choose the things that make sense to them. Given the fact that Zhou Gong says some pretty strange things, it seems like a reasonable expectation. For instance if you dream your wife is pregnant, it means she is having an affair. While some might argue about Zhou Gong’s influence on modern Chinese dream interpretation, and debate if he actually wrote the book, there is no doubt about the mark his name has left on the modern day Chinese. Even today, after Chinese people awake from a nap they are still sometimes asked: “Did you meet with Zhou Gong?”
The “Book of Auspicious and Inauspicious Dreams” is divided into seven categories. Within each section the dream interpretation is expressed in poem-like text.
The first category has to do with the planets and weather. For example if you dream of the sun or moon rising, your family will be prosperous, educated and will have good jobs. On the other hand it the sun or moon is setting, then you may be cheated by your friends or subordinates.
The second category deals with the home and surroundings. For example if you dream of bamboo trees growing healthily in your front yard, there will be good news. Or if you dream of walking about with your wife, it means that you will be buying a property.
The third category deals with gods and spirits. For example if you dream of visiting a temple, seeing the status of Buddha it means very good fortune. Have you dreamt of seeing a dead person rising out of a coffin? Do not worry. It is a good sign. It means that you will be earning a lot of money!
The fourth category deals with person or body. If you dream of going out with another woman, it means that you will lose money. It seems logical but here comes the interest part. If you dream that your wife is pregnant, it means that she will or is having an affair. And if you dream of yourself and your wife honoring each other, it means that you will be divorced!
The fifth category deals with music and disharmony. For example, if you dream of someone blowing a flute or hitting a drum it means that a party is imminent. Killing dreams are interpreted in a very interesting manner. If you dream of someone killing a chicken, goose or duck, it is a sign of good fortune. Killing a pig is even better fortune but killing a goat is a sign of evil and danger.
The sixth category deals with living creatures. If you dream of a snake becoming a dragon, it means you will get help from someone. If the snake bites you, you will receive a lot of money. Generally speaking if you dream of a dragon, phoenix or peacock it implies good fortune.
The last category deals with clothing and jewels and other miscellaneous items. If you dream of a golden hairpin, it means that you will have a noble son. However if you dream of expensive hairpins knocking together, it means that you wife will leave you. If you dream of your cloths dirty and covered with mud, it means your wife’s pregnancy will be problematic. Finally it is a sign of god fortune if your dream of picking money!
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