Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams: Fully Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

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The completely revised and updated edition of the classic, best-selling guide to dream interpretation
In the first major revision of the encyclopedia that has sold half a million copies worldwide, Zolar, the acclaimed "Dean of Astrology" (The New Yorker), has created the indispensable bedside reference for today's dreamers, reflecting the changes that have affected our waking hours and inevitably influence the content and significance of the messages we receive while we sleep. ...

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Overview

The completely revised and updated edition of the classic, best-selling guide to dream interpretation
In the first major revision of the encyclopedia that has sold half a million copies worldwide, Zolar, the acclaimed "Dean of Astrology" (The New Yorker), has created the indispensable bedside reference for today's dreamers, reflecting the changes that have affected our waking hours and inevitably influence the content and significance of the messages we receive while we sleep. Looking at new cultural trends, work and social patterns, technologies and means of communication, Zolar reveals the meanings of dreams about cell phones, computers, cyberspace, beepers and much more. His concise and incisive explanations of such classic dreams as meeting a redheaded stranger, flying without wings and trying to comfort a crying baby are here as well, while obsolete subjects — like girdles, gleaners and grenadiers — have been eliminated. To complement each dream category a lucky number has been added for this new edition.
With interpretations for more than 20,000 dreams, Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams offers you the opportunity to uncover the secrets hidden in your dreams and to act on the wisdom — or respond to the warnings — they contain.

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Library Journal
First of all, this is not the place to find out about the scientific or psychological study of dreams (Robert Van de Castle's Our Dreaming Mind would be a good source for that sort of thing). Instead, this A-to-Z encyclopedia is intended for those who believe that their dreams have fortunetelling or numerological powers. For example, if you dream that you are wearing a kilt, it means that you will have a whirlwind love affair and that your lucky numbers are 11, 23, 30, 33, 38, and 42 and you should play the lottery accordingly. Why? Who knows! It's not explained and is beside the point anyway. In this fully revised update of the 1989 work, which sold half a million copies worldwide, renowned astrologer Zolar interprets 20,000 dreams, starting with the letter A and ending with Zoo. Although entertaining, this isn't an item you buy to answer reference questions; it's simply made to give the public what it wants. Bottom Line At 400+ pages, this book is about twice as thick as rival items for about the same price. It's suitable for large public libraries serving patrons who like this kind of thing. Those that own the original should considering this update since it contains 30 percent new material.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743222631
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 21
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 497,387
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Zolar is the author of Zolar’s Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge; Zolar’s Book of Dreams, Numbers and Lucky Days; Zolar’s Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams; Zolar’s Starmates; and Zolar’s It’s All in the Stars. For more than half a century, the name Zolar has been synonymous with some of the finest books on astrology, dreams, and the occult ever written.

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Introduction: Dreams!

Is there anyone reading this who hasn't had them? Do you remember the very first dream you ever had? I don't! But I do remember dreaming as a very young child. Much like Chuang Tze, early on I became aware of the fact that there was a part of me that apparently lived not in one, but in two worlds. Still later on I came to understand that not only could I move between one and the other, but that I could actually live between the two, as well.

In time I came to realize that existing in such a state was not a blessing at all, but rather a kind of curse that accompanied special people, whom Colin Wilson would one day write about, calling them "outsiders."

And with this understanding also came the realization that if I had a religion at all, it was not the Methodism of my youth, but rather that I was a "mystic," the roots of which word originally meant "to be silent," no doubt referring to the inability of man to put into words his experience of the ineffable.

You see, it is not as the ancient Hebrews would have us believe, that it is a blasphemy to utter the name of Yahweh. But rather, that to do so is an impossibility...for the moment one speaks the name of God, he is no longer that which is being spoken of. Hence, the Taoists would write, "The Tao which can be spoken of is not the real Tao!" It is this very idea that led the mystic Joel S. Goldsmith to coin the phrase "The Infinite Invisible" to describe that deity which he perceived.

So you see, it is only in the dream state that we as mortals ever begin to come close to even the remotest comprehension of who and what our gods may very well be. This truth was well known in ancient times and led to the creation of "sleep temples," which allowed those judged ill to regain their health through divine intervention. It was taught that during sleep, the god comes to you, bringing his or her healing touch. Of all the gods and their temples thought of in this way, the sanctuary of Asklepios was held in the highest reverence, becoming the very apex of Greek healing practice.

But it was not until I met Erlo van Waveren, one of Carl G. Jung's direct disciples, that I truly came to understand how very important dreams were. As the analysand of van Waveren, I grew to appreciate and rely on the unfiltered wisdom that I could obtain from my dreams, if I could but perceive the meaning behind the various symbols, which would present themselves night after night. And it is here that the present work becomes important.

Over half a century ago, Bruce King, who founded Zolar Publishing, gathered together whatever ancient dream books could be found and created what would unknowingly become an indisputable classic in occult literature. Such quickly took its place by the bedsides of rich and poor worldwide.

And in fact, of all the Zolar books in print, it is the Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams that is most often treasured and passed down from parents to children, much like a family heirloom.

In this present edition, I have, with the help of the skillful editing talents of Nadine Daily Papon, removed ambiguities and duplications found in the first edition and have alphabetized the meanings within dream descriptions to make them more quickly accessible. And to make them even more useful, we have added lucky numbers for each dream category.

And, of course, should any of these numbers prove "prophetable," I will not be offended by the receipt of any cashier's checks that readers may wish to tender with their "thank you" notes!

Seriously...enjoy, cherish, and have as much fun with this book as I have had in presenting it to you. And for those of you who may wish to reach me personally, or who may be seeking instructions in metaphysics or the occult, my contact information follows below.

Finally, not to be forgotten, I offer a hats-off to Dominick Abel, my ever-tireless literary agent, and to Amanda Patten at Touchstone/Fireside, without whom this major undertaking would have not seen dawn's early light.

Zolar

Post Office Box 635

Ozona, Florida 34660

Zolar's Webpage: www.zolar-thoth.org

E-Mail Address: zolar.pub@verizon.net

Copyright © 2004 by Blind Poet Creative Services, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Okay, if you believe in 'lucky numbers'

    I felt that this book wasn't exactly answering all the questions I had about my dreams. The book helped me realize a few things, but I wished that it went a little further into the meaning of my dreams and not only left me with questions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    A Great Gift

    I purchased this book as a gift for a friend. She absolutely loves this book. Items are listed in an orderly fashion that is easy to read and understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    best book

    i have looked high and low for zolar. i had this book but when my dog was a puppy, i left it on the coffee table* (my fault not his)*. and he wrecked it.

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