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Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams: Fully Revised and Updated for the 21st Century Paperback – June 8, 2004
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Is there anyone reading this who hasn't had them? Do you remember the very first dream you ever had? I don't! But I do remember dreaming as a very young child. Much like Chuang Tze, early on I became aware of the fact that there was a part of me that apparently lived not in one, but in two worlds. Still later on I came to understand that not only could I move between one and the other, but that I could actually live between the two, as well.
In time I came to realize that existing in such a state was not a blessing at all, but rather a kind of curse that accompanied special people, whom Colin Wilson would one day write about, calling them "outsiders."
And with this understanding also came the realization that if I had a religion at all, it was not the Methodism of my youth, but rather that I was a "mystic," the roots of which word originally meant "to be silent," no doubt referring to the inability of man to put into words his experience of the ineffable.
You see, it is not as the ancient Hebrews would have us believe, that it is a blasphemy to utter the name of Yahweh. But rather, that to do so is an impossibility...for the moment one speaks the name of God, he is no longer that which is being spoken of. Hence, the Taoists would write, "The Tao which can be spoken of is not the real Tao!" It is this very idea that led the mystic Joel S. Goldsmith to coin the phrase "The Infinite Invisible" to describe that deity which he perceived.
So you see, it is only in the dream state that we as mortals ever begin to come close to even the remotest comprehension of who and what our gods may very well be. This truth was well known in ancient times and led to the creation of "sleep temples," which allowed those judged ill to regain their health through divine intervention. It was taught that during sleep, the god comes to you, bringing his or her healing touch. Of all the gods and their temples thought of in this way, the sanctuary of Asklepios was held in the highest reverence, becoming the very apex of Greek healing practice.
But it was not until I met Erlo van Waveren, one of Carl G. Jung's direct disciples, that I truly came to understand how very important dreams were. As the analysand of van Waveren, I grew to appreciate and rely on the unfiltered wisdom that I could obtain from my dreams, if I could but perceive the meaning behind the various symbols, which would present themselves night after night. And it is here that the present work becomes important.
Over half a century ago, Bruce King, who founded Zolar Publishing, gathered together whatever ancient dream books could be found and created what would unknowingly become an indisputable classic in occult literature. Such quickly took its place by the bedsides of rich and poor worldwide.
And in fact, of all the Zolar books in print, it is the Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams that is most often treasured and passed down from parents to children, much like a family heirloom.
In this present edition, I have, with the help of the skillful editing talents of Nadine Daily Papon, removed ambiguities and duplications found in the first edition and have alphabetized the meanings within dream descriptions to make them more quickly accessible. And to make them even more useful, we have added lucky numbers for each dream category.
And, of course, should any of these numbers prove "prophetable," I will not be offended by the receipt of any cashier's checks that readers may wish to tender with their "thank you" notes!
Seriously...enjoy, cherish, and have as much fun with this book as I have had in presenting it to you. And for those of you who may wish to reach me personally, or who may be seeking instructions in metaphysics or the occult, my contact information follows below.
Finally, not to be forgotten, I offer a hats-off to Dominick Abel, my ever-tireless literary agent, and to Amanda Patten at Touchstone/Fireside, without whom this major undertaking would have not seen dawn's early light.
Post Office Box 635
Ozona, Florida 34660
Zolar's Webpage: www.zolar-thoth.org
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2004 by Blind Poet Creative Services, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The first edition of this book sold half a million copies worldwide and this is the first major revision of this dream dictionary. The revision includes interpretations for cell phones, computers, beepers and much more, while the listings for subjects like girdles, gleaners and grenadiers have been taken out. Personally I think that they should have been left in - some people still dream about these topics! A lucky number for each dream category has been added too, although I'm not sure how these should be used.
The entries in this encyclopedia are detailed, for example the entry for cigarette include: enjoying a; half-smoked, in hands, holding a; lighting a; loose cigarettes; man and woman smoking together; rolling a; smoking a; stubbing out a, with determination; suddenly repulsive to you; trying to give up; women dreaming of smoking a.
As with any system of interpretation, I believe that dream interpretation is a highly individual subject. I would recommend that if you want to find out more about the author and his style of interpreting dreams you can visit his website at [...] You can click on the `Dream weaver' section to interpret your dream online.
I would recommend Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams to those of you needing help in understanding the various symbolism found in dreams.
HOWEVER; ZOLAR'S definition of alligator is: "BEING ATTACKED BY AN: will be harassed and ridiculed by your enemies; "CONFRONTING AN: your unconscious fears cause your irrational actions. HANDBAG, HAVING: exercise caution with every step, care in each new speculation. SEVERAL: enemies surround you with their unconscious forces. SHOES, HAVING: be fearless with each step. WRESTLING WITH AN: an argument with a close friend is a misuse of your verbal power.Read more ›
In this edition, it is extremely confusing and difficult to not only interpret the dream, but also FIND the interpretation for the dream. This book should never have gone to print as it is and the Zolar should seriously consider a binding company who knows how to bind books correctly for future editions.
Every page has one or more mistakes. It would be too overwhelming and impossible to mention them all, so I have only included a few random examples to explain what I mean below:
1) 'Fox Terrier' is a DOG and yet it can only be found under FOX. One can find 'English Dog' under DOG which could mean Fox Terrier, or English Terrier, or a number of breeds which isn't helpful at all.
2) DOUBLE 'yoked egg' (pg 125) is spelt incorrectly - it should be 'yoLked egg'. If you look for 'double yolked egg' under DOUBLE and then EGG (pg 137) you will find they have two different dream interpretations? I know which interpretation I would accept because I have all the books but another person may not.
3) ABANDONMENT should be ABANDONING if it is to make any sense of some of the keywords below it and, even so, it is still difficult to be sure one is interpreting the actual keywords correctly.
4) KITCHEN has everything from 'jars', 'an empty cupboard' and 'coal stove' to a 'male chef preparing meals' or 'preparing a menu' in it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this for a friend and she LOVED it! Said she thought the explanations were concise & spot on!Published 5 months ago by TampaBayOldie
Looking for replacement to one lost in first. Exact item, perfect condition, great price.Published 5 months ago by JC
It's okay, nothing I find really special, the original Zolar's book of dreams was much better..Published 9 months ago by royalty1022
This book replaces my old Zolar's dream book. I love checking it out after a night of strange dreams.Published 9 months ago by Kay