The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, October 29, 2000
Dream theme

Cow & bull story
By Vinaya Katoch Manhas

"MEN show their superiority inside; animals outside." To see a cow chasing you in your dreams, or maybe being hit by one is not very uncommon. Such a dream forewarns you of enemies out to harm you. Seeing healthy cattle grazing peacefully denotes prosperity and happiness. To see lean, shaggy and poorly fed cattle, means you shall toil all your life with not much of gain. Correct your habits after this dream if you wish to gain in life. To see them stampeding,means that you shall have to exert a lot of command to keep your career profitable. To see a herd of cows being milked is very lucky and after such a dream you shall gain that which a lot of people have desired.

To see young calves signifies how you will win affections of a lot of people among your associates. Long horned and dark vicious cattle denotes enemies.

As per the Ratnachur Katha to dream of a cow brings forth peace and happiness within the family. In Ratna Pradeep it is mentioned that to see a sickly and wounded cow fortells of the downfall of the family. Seeing a healthy cow and bull is very lucky. If you climb a bull, you shall get a good job and shall occupy a post of command. If you dream of white cattle it brings you a lot of gain, but that of any other colour shall not be very profitable. To see a buffalo means you shall gain the wife you desired for. To see yourself having sex with a cow or a buffalo in your dreams means your health shall improve.


If the cow you see in your dream is healthy, then you shall gain wealth, but if it is lean you shall face trouble. To see a lean bull is indicative of sickness. To catch cattle foretells the beginning of a new phase in your career. If you are planning to change a job, this is the right time. To see it run away or get lost shall put a full stop in your career. For a patient to see himself ride a buffalo is indicative of death. The buffalo, as we know, is the vehicle of Yama, the god of death.

Psychoanalytically, too see yourself being chased by animals, while you are trying to find refuge, as seen in the dream mentioned above, is an indication of the dreamer’s struggle with his animal instincts, such instincts could be perceived as threatening or damaging to certain aspects of the dreamer’s life.

The sighting of a bull depicts a portrayal of the negative side to your personality such as destructiveness, fear or anger. It is also taken as a sexual symbol.

‘Slaying the bull,’ as the saying goes, indicates an initiation into the world of the mature adult where you have managed to succeed in mastering your instincts. The sighting of a cow symbolises the portrayal of eternal feminity and in Indian culture it is also the symbol of the mother-figure. The goat is again the symbol of masculine vitality. To dream of a goat also means to recognise your creative energy. Sometimes it also signifies the representation of the dark side of human nature, of promiscuousness and sexuality. To ride a goat is to come to terms with the darker side of your nature. The goat is also symbol of the devil or Satan. The ox depicts qualities of patience and sacrifice. It is also a male symbol.

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