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437551.  Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:24 pm Reply with quote

That's supposed to be fear of getting old(er) AFAIK, I'd not heard the sexual one before.

I suppose there is a Jungian 'vagina dentata' thing about loss of power but it only makes sense for a male if it's an anima (inner 'spirit' woman) dream. On the other hand for anyone it might be seen as a dream regarding the metaphorical nekyia. The nekyia is proposed as a jouney to spiritual re-birth which requires that the individual is consumed by a 'terrible mother'. The loss of ones own teeth might therefore be an acceptance of the greater power of the 'terrible mother' - symbolised by eg The whale which swallows Jonah, the Sphinx, Scylla and Charybdis etc etc (including any cave - such as the one in The Empire Strikes Back and conspicuously Moria in LotR, from which Gandalf is literally reborn more powerful).

<E> The vagina dentata appears in a staggering number of cultures in its undiluted literal sense (see here) but beware, or at least be aware, of the feminist viewpoint from which that site is written.

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Sebastian flyte
437554.  Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:26 pm Reply with quote

has hysterics about 'consumed by terrible mother' hehehehheeh (sorry)

i always thought loss of teeth in dream meant you are worried about your health, might be ill but all that sounds so much more interesting! :)

437564.  Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:48 pm Reply with quote

Freudian slip Seb?

437569.  Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:07 pm Reply with quote

Support for my post above btw can be found at

which is a little less graphic about the whole nekyia thing but in its closing paragraph does mention that
"Man and His Symbols" is probably the most accessible and informative book you can find on C.G Jung's ideas on dream interpretation while Gayle Delaney's book is a great book for learning to interpret dreams - perfect for both beginners and experienced interpreters!


which says the same stuff but differently expressed, this time with no mention of Jung at all. One aspect I wasn't explicitly aware of was that tooth loss dreams may indicate anxiety about giving away too much information. In this case the teeth are symbols for the secrets which you keep, or more accurately I suppose those which you might fail to keep.

I feel I must re-emphasise that the Jungian explanation is not directly sexual but is about a journey to spiritual growth and individuation, symbolised by escape (re-birth).

Prof Wind Up Merchant
438004.  Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:55 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Is that a fact?

In any case QiS, some people just do have stronger teeth than others, and don't need as much dental treatment; I've been one of the lucky ones there.

But you could always take a tip from #8 of the sex thread we had yesterday - regular ingestion of semen is supposed to be useful in preventing tooth decay!

EERRR! That's scummy. YUK YUK! :-P

Dr. Know
438007.  Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:59 pm Reply with quote

Prof Wind Up Merchant wrote:
MMMMM! That's scrummy. YUM YUM! :-P

Sorry. Had to get there before Seb :P

438028.  Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:19 pm Reply with quote

I might to have say "lol" there.

PWUM, I take it your lady partners are made well aware that you find that particular practice revolting, and thus are sure never to indulge in it.

438096.  Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:42 pm Reply with quote

I take it my lol is superflous here?


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