Dream Date: 07/27/2014

Dream:  Driving through the woods with and acquaintance when I saw a group of what I thought were cats, but then realized one was actually a fox. I told my friend to slow down because the fox might start dancing, but he seemed uninterested. As I looked out the window I saw the fox jump up onto a stump and begin to dance. I was sad that I wouldn’t be able to watch it, and I noticed the fox looked sad too. As I was getting ready to look away the fox waved at me. We continued to drive and we passed two more foxes standing together on yet another stump. Those foxes began to yip as we passed. Again, my friend wasn’t nearly as interested as I was and I was disappointed that he wouldn’t slow down so that I could see them.

female, 35, USA

Dream Response:

When we go to sleep at night, it is our subconscious mind’s opportunity to comment on our lives through dreams.  Each dream is like a masterfully crafted movie scene that reflects exactly what we thought and how we felt during the previous day.

This dream shows that there are inroads built that connect the dreamer to her own subconscious mind (woods) and desire to explore this further.  This comes about with the discovery of something instinctual (fox) and potentially harmonious (dancing) coupled with the feeling that there isn’t the space to explore this further (driving on and not slowing down). The fox, being an untamed animal, represents a compulsive urge that has not been practiced or explored in earnest.  This dream presents an opportunity for this dreamer to explore this further if she decides to “stop the car” and take a look.

Often times in modern society the usual approach to life involves setting a goal, visualizing a destination and then proceeding as fast as possible to the end result.  While this may be the most efficient way to get things done, sometimes this comes at the expense of not having the space to explore something new or different along the way.

It will be up to the dreamer to determine what the fox represents in her waking life.  Asking herself questions about the previous day, or remembering the little things that piqued her curiosity even for a moment might give her clues as to what that fox symbolizes.  At the moment, an established quality that is ingrained within her thinking (friend) is “in the driver’s seat”.  This dream also gives an opportunity to explore what drives her and assess this quality’s place in her life. Ultimately, identifying what may bring her the feeling of harmony in her life might help create a strong enough desire to explore this further.

After she gives herself time to reflect upon this dream, we’d expect that her subconscious mind would bring forth new dreams to consider.  We invite this dreamer to attend our next Dream Catchers Online Q&A that broadcasts every first Wednesday of the month, free to the public.  This is an opportunity for her to explore more questions she may have about dreams, learn from others’ questions and dream studies further.