I don't normally share my dreams with set groups here on LJ. However, it seemed that this one needed to be shown to this group. There's a LOT of symbolism here. I feel that I understand the symbols, but I'm rather shocked at what happened.
There was a group of us (maybe a total of three, I don't recall who they were) that were going to go caving. We had been to this cave numerous times (I know I've dreamt of this particular cave at least three times, even though there is no real world counterpart), and had never had any problems getting in, or anything like that.
When we reached the gift shop/entrance to the cave, we decided we were going to go in another entrance (we would need to hop a cow gate and walk no more than a mile, again, we'd done this numerous times). However, upon reaching the cow gate, we were stopped by a man. His appearance was very, very similar to the man heading up the 'trial' from the dream earlier this week (I've also placed a resemblance to him of Noah Bennett (Horn-Rimmed Glasses) from Heroes). He told us that we couldn't go to the cave at all.
We tried to tell him that we'd been there many times before, and that we were experienced cavers and knew what we were doing. He gave us the runaround, and fed us a line about disturbing the bats. All of us knew this for the BS that it was since it was Spring and the bats would have already been out of hibernation.
So we go into the gift shop to talk to the owner. The owner was friendly enough, like he always has been. We talked to him for a bit like old friends. It seems that he had children or maybe grandchildren there that were new to the location.
We told him about the man at the gate, and what he had said. The owner scoffed at the business about the bats, but still would not let us enter. He never gave a reason why, though.
That's about it for the dream. What makes it odd for me is that I've dreamt of caves for years and years now. I always took them to mean that I was entering a part of my subconscious mind, or at least learning more about myself. Normally in any dream involving a cave, I would always go further into the cave than I had been before, or at the very least discover a new section that I'd not been in.
Now these dreams, never seemed to related to anything in the 'real world'. There were never any startling revelations, or answers to problems, but at least there was a sense of accomplishment. This one worries me a bit because I've never, never
been denied access to a cave. Sure there were times where getting in, or through a particular section may have been physically or emotionally trying, but I've always been able to enter the cave.
Throw in the fact that the man from the previous dream showed up again... I don't really know what to make of it.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or opinions on the matter?