Dream Interpretation works largely on deciphering and interpreting the symbolic aspects of what we dream. A Dream is not just what we thought we saw. Generally Dreams make little sense to us as they are not interpreted literally. Standing beside a river in a dream does not just mean standing beside a river. The depth of the water, the width of the river and the quality of the water must be taken into consideration. We must also look at the flow of the river. Is it slow or a raging powerful torrent or waterfall? Also we must observe whether the river flows in a straight line or whether it meanders. All of these areas must be explored for they all Symbolically represent something of relevance for the dreamer.
The river being related to the Water Element and that of the emotions may symbolically represent the current stream of emotions for the dreamer. If the river is deep and the water flowing slowly, then deep emotional issues may be involved that the dreamer is finding hard to move forward in life with. If the water is choppy and turbulent it may suggest emotional turmoil for the dreamer. We must look at the Tarot in the same manner and not just take things at first glance. When we look at the cards in a spread it may feel like we are being given access to the querant’s dreams. We must learn to be observant and tune into the energy of the querant so that we may correctly tune into the cards that they have especially picked to tell their story. We must work out what the cards Symbolically mean for the querant for this is their reading their dream, their story.