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Dream books tell that dreaming of ALMONDS signifies a journey, its success or otherwise depending on whether it was sweet or bitter almonds that were being eaten (Dyer). GARLIC in dreams indicates either the discovery of hidden treasure, or the approach of some domestic quarrel, the one apparently dependent on the other. But to dream of garlic in the home is lucky (Gordon). Similarly with ONIONS; dreaming that you are peeling them foretells domestic strife and impending sickness (Raphael), and if you are eating them it is a sign of finding some valuable treasure, just as dreaming of being in a TURNIP field is a sign of riches to come (Raphael), though the dream books were not unanimous about that. So too with POTATOES - if you dream of digging them, it is a good sign, provided, of course, plenty of them are dug; if there are only few, then there is bad luck coming (Raphael). CABBAGES, too, seem to bring bad luck. To dream of cutting them is a sign that your wife, or husband, or lover as the case may be, is very jealous. If you are actually eating cabbage, then it is a sign of sickness for said wife, husband or lover (Raphael). The American interpretation of dreaming of them is that you will experience a sorrow if the dream is of eating them, or if it is a growing plant, good fortume is coming to you (H M Hyatt). NETTLES have a similar import - they indicate prosperity and good health, but dreaming of being stung by them foretells vexation and disappointment (Raphael). On the other hand, dreaming of gathering them means that someone has formed a favourable opinion of you. If the dreamer is married, then family life will be harmonious (Gordon.1985). Dreams of CELERY are said to be signs of robust good health (Raphael). MADONNA LILIES have similar import - dreaming of them means joy (Mackay), happiness and prosperity (Raphael), just as dreams of RED or WHITE, CLOVER do (Gordon. 1985, Raphael), and OATS (Hewett). BOX is equally lucky, "auguring well for love affairs" (Dyer. 1889), and foretells long life and prosperity, with a happy marriage and large family (Raphael). So, too, with dreams of the grape vine - health, prosperity and fertility (Gordon. 1985). JASMINE, too, is a good omen, especially to lovers (Gordon. 1985). HOPS have the same import; dreaming of a large garden of hops in full leaf is a sign of wealth. Dried hops, especially when the smell is noted in a dream, shows that the dreamer will soon receive a legacy (Raphael). Dreaming of BANANAS (Dorson. 1964), or RASPBERRIES, is a good sign, for it meant, the latter particularly, success in all things, happiness in marriage, etc., (Gordon. 1985), and the same applies to dreams of APPLES, POMEGRANATES and QUINCES, while VIOLETS mean "advancement in life" (Dyer), but dreaming of their close relative, PANSIES, means heart's pain, quoted by Mackay as one of the popular fallacies of his day, the opposite of Heartsease, presumably. COWSLIPS in bloom signify a sudden change in fortune, but the dream book is silent as to whether the change is good or bad (Raphael). For a man to dream of a BAY tree, it is a sign that he will marry a rich and beautiful wife, but have no success in his business undertakings. It is a good thing for physicians and poets to dream of it (Raphael). After all, wasn't a bay chaplet the proper accolade for a poet? Dreaming of YARROW, too, means good luck in the future (Ireland) (Wood-Martin), and gathering OLIVES denotes peace and happiness. Eating olives means you will rise above your station (Raphael).

To dream of ROSES means happy love, not unmixed with sorrow from other sources (Mackay), but to dream of withered roses means misfortune (Gordon. 1985) - what else could it mean? In spite of its all round virtues, dreaming of HAZEL nuts does not apparently presage any good results. It is a sign of trouble from friends; to the tradesman it is a sign of prison, or at least loss of trade. Dreams of WALNUTS too meant misfortune or unfaithfulness (Dyer), and so does DANDELION (Dyer. 1889) (perhaps the misfortune has something to do with the diuretic effects embraced by names such as Pissabed). Dreaming of RAMPION BELLFOWER also means trouble - it is a sign of an impending quarrel (Folkard), in line with a superstition, in Italy, that the plant among children breeds a quarrelsome disposition that could even lead to murder. Surprisingly, to dream of PRIMROSES means sickness, deceit, sorrow and grief (Raphael), and dreaming of DAFFODILS could have dire results: "any maiden who dreams of daffodils is warned not to go into a wood with her lover, or any secluded place, where she might not be heard if she cried out" (Mackay). It is said that dreaming of ASPARAGUS, gathered and tied in bundles, is an omen of tears. On the other hand, dreaming of it actually growing is a sign of good fortune (Mackay). ELDER berries, though, denote content and riches (Raphael), success in business for the tradesman, and good crops for the farmer. The symbolism here is fairly obvious, for any fruit denotes fulfilment, as with PEARS, provided they are ripe; if unripe, then the future will bring adversity. To a woman, it is a sign that she will marry above her rank (Gordon. 1985). To dream of eating CHESTNUTS was a good sign for an unmarried girl.

It meant that someone would soon be coming to court her. For a married woman, though, it was a sign of sickness (Raphael). SYCAMORE would foretell jealousy to the married, but it promises marriage to the single (Gordon. 1985). A dream of WALLFLOWERS would in some way foretell whether a lover is faithful or not, but to an invalid it is a sign that he or she will soon recover (Gordon. 1985). Dreams of PLUMS have mixed meanings; if they are ripe, it is a good sign. But if the dream involves gathering green fruit, it means a lot of sickness in the family (which result is only reasonable, one must assume). And if one is gathering fallen plums, already rotten, then it is a sign of false friends, unfaithful lovers, and a change in position to poverty and disgrace (Raphael). Dreaming of greengages is a sign of trouble and grief (Raphael), probably a mistake in identification - green, i.e., unripe, plums being a likelier candidate. MEDITERRANEAN ALOES are a good thing to dream about. If they are not in bloom, it betokens long life; in flower, a legacy (Mackay).

Dreaming of large OAK trees, with good foliage, is always a good sign; but a blasted oak means sudden death. Acorns are also good things to dream about - it shows that health, strength and worldly wealth will be with the dreamer (Raphael). YEW is an unlucky tree to dream about. It foretells the death of an aged person, though he would leave considerable wealth behind him. If you dream you are sitting under one, it is a sign you will not live long, but if you just see and admire the tree, it means a long life (Raphael). At least in Devonshire, dreaming of IVY is a good thing, for it was reckoned a sign that "your friendships are true" (Hewett). Not so in Cornwall, though, for there they say that if you want to dream of the devil, you should pin four ivy leaves to the corners of your pillow (Courtney). PEACHES in one's dreams is a sign of contentment, health and pleasure (Gordon. 1985), and in China, too, such a dream is a very favourable omen, and if you dream of eating beetroot, it is a sign that your troubles will disappear, and that prosperity will follow (Raphael).

To dream of passing through places covered with BRAMBLES means trouble; if they prick you, secret enemies will do you an injury with your friends; if they draw blood, expect heavy losses in trade. Or the latter can mean many difficulties, poverty and privation all your life (Raphael). To dream of passing through brambles unhurt, though, means a triumph over one's enemies (Folkard), or troubles, but only short-lived ones (Raphael). Gathering blackberries is a sign of approaching sickness. If you see others gathering them, you have enemies where you least expect it (Raphael). Dreaming of AURICULAS seems to have had some significance at one time. If they were bedded out, then it was a good luck sign; if they were growing in pots, then it was a promise of marriage.

But if the dreamer was picking the flowers, that was apparently a portent of widowhood (Mackay). It is unlucky to dream of the JUNIPER itself, especially if the dreamer is sickly; but to dream of gathering the berries, if it is winter, is a sign of prosperity to come.To dream of the actual berries means that you will shortly arrive at great honours, and become an important person. To the married, it foretells the birth of a male child (Dyer. 1889). Dreams of NUTMEGS are a sign of impending changes (Gordon. 1985), for better or for worse is not revealed, and to dream of SUNFLOWERS means your pride will be deeply wounded (Mackay). If one has a dream of oneself mourning under a WILLOW over some calamity, it is apparently a happy omen in spite of the context. It forecasts good news! (Gordon. 1985).

Dreaming of GOOSEBERRIES is a sign of many children (Raphael), but if it is a sailor who is dreaming of them, then it is a warning of dangers in his next voyage. To a girl it means an unfaithful husband (Gordon. 1985), and dreams of BROOM means an increase in the family (Mackay). MELONS are lucky. If the dreamer is a young girl, it is a sign of being married to a rich foreigner, and living abroad, presumably because a melon is a foreign fruit. If a sick person dreams of them, then the juicy flesh promises recovery (Gordon. 1985). Dreaming of CUCUMBERS is generally a good sign, too. For a sick person it shows he will recover quickly, and for a single person it is an indication that he or she will make a good marriage (Raphael). It promises success in trade, and to a sailor a pleasant voyage (Gordon. 1985).

A dream of DAISIES is lucky in spring, but bad in autumn and winter (Folkard). Anyway, putting daisy roots under the pillow will bring dreams of the beloved and of absent ones. So will AGRIMONY (see DIVINATIONS). But actually dreaming of the plant foretells sickness in the house (Mackay). MARIGOLDS were lucky. Dreaming of them means property, and a happy and wealthy marriage (Raphael), and people seem to have had such confidence in marigold-inspired dreams that they tried to induce them, by using the petals in an ointment used on St Luke's Day for the express purpose of bringing prophetic dreams (Wiltshire). GROUND NUTS, though, were unlucky; it means that you will be poor (H M Hyatt). RHUBARB is lucky; to dream of handling fresh rhubarb is a sign of being taken into favour with those with whom you were not on good terms (Raphael).

BETONY, though, had the reputation of stopping dreams. The Anglo-Saxon Herbal mentions it as a shield against "frightful goblins that go by night and terrible sights and dreams" (Bonser). "For phantasma and delusions: Make a garland of betony and hang it about thy neck when thou goest to bed, that thou may-est have the savour thereof all night, and it will help thee" (Dawson). The first item on Apuleius's list is

"for monstrous nocturnal visitors and frightful sights and dreams" (Cockayne). A Welsh charm to prevent dreaming was to "take the leaves of betony, and hang them about your neck or else the juice on going to bed" (Bonser).

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