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"All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand."
ó Shakespeare; Macbeth
IN the play, Lady Macbeth has a recurring dream of blood on her hands which she tries, but is unable, to wash way.
Such a dream predicts estrangement and unjust censure from members of oneís family. Psychoanalytically, Lady Macbethís act of washing her hands suggests denial of guilt for committing a murder.
In fact, of all the parts of the anatomy, hands are the most expressive, and thus carry a lot of importance as far as dreams are concerned.
As per an ancient
Indian text, the Swapan Kamlakar, to see your hands develop
holes or to see them amputated predicts ill-luck. Health, both of self
and of the elder members of the family, needs to be taken care of. To
see your whole arms being amputated predicts the loss of energy. To
see beautiful hands predicts distinction in any job and a rapid rise.
Ugly and malformed hands bring forth disappointments and poverty. To
see hairy hands denotes that you shall not be very popular among your
associates. To see them enlarged denotes quick advancement, whereas to
see them small, denotes the opposite. To see your hands dirty and
soiled denotes that you will be envious and unjust towards others. To
see your hands tied denotes that you will be embroiled in
difficulties. If you succeed in loosening them, then you shall be able
to force others to submit to your directions.
An open hand represents justice whereas hands placed together portray defencelessness. Among Hindus it also portrays humility, as in front of a god. Folded hands suggest a state of rest but can also portray defensiveness.
A hand on the breast signifies submission whereas when seen covering the eyes it represents shame or horror as per the context of the dream. To see oneís hands placed in someone elseís hands is an indication of pledge of service. When the hands are raised it can indicate either adoration, prayers or surrender. Wringing of hands signifies grief.
Lets examine a dream about hands.
I often see a hand coming towards me. I try to escape it but it keeps following me. Sometimes it has a dagger, sometimes it is full of blood, whereas sometimes it tries to throttle me. I can never see the person whose hand it is. I see only the hands.
Such a dream immediately portrays the guilt of the dreamer over some act or even for indulging in wrong thoughts; i.e. committing immoral or unethical acts in the imagination. The hand in this dream is portrayed as a threat as it is perceived as trying to harm the dreamer. It is a symbol of punishment for the wrongs that have been done. Dagger and blood are not significant as symbols in this context.