The image of the mushroom within the dream world is closely associated with the traditional death-birth dialectic. As living beings belonging to the Plantae, they need very atypical characteristics: they’re empty of chlorophyll and wish to measure substances already previously elaborated by other living beings, not having the ability to elaborate and manufacture them by themselves.
They’re born and develop within real substrates of macerated substances, where humidity, leaves, and other forms of mold create the previous conditions for his or her proliferation; in a very layer of nature, apparently dead, the fungus draws its force.
The anthropological reworking of the image of the fungus transforms it into the quintessential symbol of metempsychosis.
The multiple meanings of mushrooms in dreams
The earth, the mud, still because the humidity that acts as a glue, are symbols that summarize the human unconscious; an environment in constant movement, chaotic, destitute of form, where everything is in power and zip is going on.
This substrate is usually composed of remains of plant organisms and not decomposing, like foliage and insects, and it might be enough to dig a bit to get the whole secret arcanum, here it’s that the planet just like the human unconscious has submerged, hidden, removed secrets, which might resurface like mushrooms within the mid-fall season.
Its presence reminds the dreamer that everything that disappears, dies, or hides and is removed, are often reborn in otherwise and with new energy from the planet and our internal movements, therefore, “visible” manifestations arise that will indicate unexpressed feelings, sleep needs or needs, and hidden qualities.
The function of this symbol warns the dreamer of the looks of recent vital energies, and their constant perpetuation through different forms, contents that rise to the size of the unconscious and reach our consciousness, which sprout above our psychic substrate and which might be collected, being attentive to the poisonous ones!
It is no coincidence that almost all Eastern cultures hold the mushroom in high regard on a symbolic level.
People just like the Chinese or the Indians have their mystical roots in metempsychosis and within the myth of reincarnation; the fungus, with its ability to change state where death reigns, is empirical proof of such beliefs in line with which the lifetime of each individual is eternal but destined to vary its form, its manifestation.
From this time of view, death would be a straightforward transition event between one style of life and another. In China, the mushroom is that the symbol of immortality, especially in popular literature, perhaps also thanks to the likelihood of drying and preserving them for long periods of your time.
In the symbolic frame of reference, other secondary characteristics, but essential for the proliferation of the fungus, must even be considered: elements like humidity, rain, and full-of-the-moon, aquatic, and purely feminine elements that are associated with the concept of fertility contribute to its birth.
Furthermore, the speed with which they grow is emblematic of wealth and abundance.
On the opposite hand, the typically upright shape, rounded at the apex, is openly phallic, and in line with some Freudian interpreters, it’s connected to the image of a tiny low penis, a prelude to a possible complex or a powerful concupiscence repressed by the dreamer.
It must even be remembered that any interpretation that desires to realize a specific degree of veracity must take into consideration many other minor and private elements that fluctuate from one individual to a different which are usually the foremost important in hermeneutical computation; dreaming of collecting mushrooms can indicate the rummage around for new ideas and artistic inspirations;
Dreaming of eating mushrooms could draw the dreamer’s attention to their willingness to allow freedom to their dream desires, while encountering poisonous mushrooms may well be a warning of a possible danger within the professional environment.
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