I dreamt my thumbs were broken. They swelled up and hurt and I couldn’t decide which hospital to go to so wandered up and down a curving road until I woke up. Consulting dream dictionaries I find that this is highly ambiguous symbolism:

If you are suffering from a sore thumb, you will lose in business, and your companions will prove disagreeable. To dream that you have no thumb, implies destitution and loneliness. If it seems unnaturally small, you will enjoy pleasure for a time. If abnormally large, your success will be rapid and brilliant. (from the “thumb” entry in a 1901 dream guide)

On the other hand,

If you have an injured hand, some person will succeed to what you are striving most to obtain. (“hand“, 1901 dream guide)

I think I’ll go with the “abnormally large” (i.e. swollen interpretation, since it promises rapid and brilliant success. Though of course I knew what the dream was really about long before I looked up the dream dictionaries.

5 thoughts on “dream

  1. dani

    Don’t want to disturb you but if you go and take a look on letter ‘b’ – “break”, to break a lim or something. It’s mostly negative effect.

    hilsen

  2. Jill

    Ah. Well. “Breakage is a bad dream. To dream of breaking any of your limbs, denotes bad management and probable failures.”

    I’m not sure I believe in dream dictionaries 😉

  3. Anonymous

    Shouldn’t we be careful to not reject the possibility you were engaged in some form of astral flight, returning to a former life, where they were using thumbscrews, in an effort to extract information from you?
    I concede have no evidence for this theory.

  4. Norman

    Sorry, Jill. Wasn’t trying to be anonymous. Best wishes.

  5. Jill

    Hehe. I think your suggestion is at least as plausible as any other, Norman!

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Machine Vision

Cultural Representations of Machine Vision: An Experimental Mixed Methods Workshop

Call for submissions to a workshop, Bergen, Norway
Workshop dates: 15-17 August 2022
Proposals due: 15 June

The Machine Vision in Everyday Life project invites proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop using qualitative approaches and digital methods to analyse how machine vision is represented in art, science fiction, games, social media and other forms of cultural and aesthetic expression.

Digital Humanities Machine Vision

What do different machine vision technologies do in fiction and art?

For the Machine Vision in Everyday Life project we’ve analysed how machine vision technologies are portrayed and used in 500 works of fiction and art, including 77 digital games, 190 digital artworks and 233 movies, novels and other narratives. You can browse […]

AI and algorithmic culture Presentations

My talk on caring AIs in recent sci-fi novels

I’m giving a talk at an actual f2f academic conference today, Critical Borders, Radical Re(visions) of AI, in Cambridge. I was particularly excited to see this conference because it’s organised by the people who edited AI Narratives A History of Imaginative Thinking […]