There was a group of us out on a school trip. We were visiting an old shrine, of a people similar to India, or India mixed with Japan, I don’t know for sure. I was there with a guy I liked, and girl who felt she needed to “Compete” with me for his attention. I don’t think he was particularly in love with me. He just seemed to find my company pleasant.
Anyway, we explored, and the other girl kept trying to get into exhibits to get his attention, and almost broke many old, old things. I stopped her each time. I was afraid she’d break something and we’d get into trouble.
We were ahead of our other classmates, when we found an old altar to the dragon spirit. She immediately climbs up on it, and starts pretending she’s some sort of great empress. I yell at her to get down, and bodily drag her off.
“We’re not supposed to play on this!”
The guy points behind me and says, “Sure we are. The sign says so.” I look to see a sign that was not there when we first got there. It said, “Boys climb up and say, ‘I would be the Dragon Emperor.” So the guy with us does, while I’m still holding the girl off the platform. I’m certain something is going to go wrong.
He shouts, “I would be the Dragon Emperor!”, and there’s wind. A deep voice booms, “Choose one! There can only be one Empress, and she will be everything!”
Girl in my arms fights free, and flings herself on top of him while golden light starts growing on the altar. He has trouble peeling her off, as she fights to be near him, wrapping her arms around and not letting go. Then, his face frantic, he points to me. “Her! Her! I choose her!”
Everything goes dark. We awaken to hear our other classmates searching for us, but now, we’re dressed in silk kimonos. The guy is wearing a golden circle, the altar looks different, and my hair is up with a golden dragon comb. We’ve become the Dragon Emperor and Empress.
Our classmates show up, and we’re bowed to. The girl is nowhere in sight. We’re showed extreme respect. I follow along behind, what is now, my husband. We get the best of everything, which is awkward and uncomfortable to me at least. He doesn’t seem to mind in the least. We’re seated in an outdoor, open-sided pagoda pavillion with lots of pillows.
I wake up.
Altar – To see the altar in your dream suggests that you are making a great personal sacrifice. You may also be expressing concerns about your spirituality. The dream may also be a pun on your need to “alter” some behavior, attitude or aspect of your life.
Dragon – To see a dragon in your dream represents your strong will and fiery personality. You tend to get carried away by your passion, which may lead you into trouble. You need to exercise some self-control. If you dream about the birth of a dragon, then it refers to your emerging passion and strong will. In particular, dreaming of a metal dragon signifies an unyielding character, a water dragon symbolizes quiet confidence, a wood dragon means an analytical and logical mind, a fire dragon refers to a competitive nature and leadership and an earth dragon signifies sociability.
In the eastern cultures, dragons are seen as spiritual creatures symbolizing good luck and fortune.
Emperor – To see an emperor in your dream represents completion and creativity. You are trying to maintain harmony and peace.
Empress – To see an empress in your dream represents power honor, influence, pride and status. You may be letting power get the best of you. The empress may also symbolize the Great Mother.
Field Trip – To dream that you are on a field trip indicates that you need to incorporate what you have learned with your experiences. The dream represents a transitional phase. Consider the symbolism of what you see and how your felt during the field trip.
Pillows – To see a pillow in your dream represents comfort. relaxation, ease, and/or luxury. You need to take it easy on yourself. Alternatively, the dream indicates laziness. If the pillow is lumpy, then it indicates that there is something unsettling in your mind.
To dream that you are lying on a pillow suggests that you are in need of some mental support. Perhaps there is a situation or matter that you need to “cushion” and soften the blow.
Ritual – To dream of a ritual indicates that there is a habit that you need to break. Some waking pattern is repeating itself, resulting in a viscous cycle. You need to focus your energies and cleanse yourself spiritually and emotionally.
Rival – To dream that you have a rival indicates that you are reluctant in asserting you rights and standing up for yourself. Consequently, you are losing your credibility and standing with others. Alternatively, the dream means that you need to be more aggressive.
Temple – To see a temple in your dream represents inspiration, spiritual thinking, meditation and growth. It is also symbolic of your physical body and the attention you give it. Perhaps you need to pamper yourself. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you are looking for a place of refuge and a place to keep things that are dear to you.