Hello Ian, please can you explain a dream I had recently? My husband and I took our dog for a walk. As we got onto the field there were about a dozen Rottweilers on the other side, they were with a band of gypsies around a fire. There were other people milling around but one of the dogs came over to me and got hold of both my hands in its mouth and biting gradually harder while leading me towards the gypsies. I was shouting out but nobody seemed to take any notice. Please can you explain this. Thank you. Carol

When you dream about a dog, you are usually reflecting on the love and loyalty that you provide for others in your waking life. Your walk with your husband suggests that you are actively exploring some new field of interest but you feel that you do not have enough time to devote to it. The dozen Rottweilers shows that you are fiercely protective of your close family and friends and spend much of your time looking after them.

However, spending so much time looking after the needs of others means that you often don’t have any time left to look after your own individual needs. The band of gypsies represent your unspoken need for the freedom to pursue your personal interests. Fire often symbolises creativity and this suggests that you possess a unique talent that you would like to explore further.

Your hands symbolise your creative ability and the dog that comes over is your growing awareness that you sometimes have to put your own needs before the needs of others. Although this might seem hard to begin with, you know deep down that this is the best way to find the creative freedom that means so much to you.