It is not uncommon amongst the Chinese to ask someone who has just awaken from a short nap
if he or she has just visited Grandmaster Zhou for a discussion. But what is this so?
Grandmaster Zhou (also known as Zhou Gong) who lived approximately 3000 years ago is
credited with the earliest Chinese Dream Dictionary known as“Zhou Gong's Book of Auspicious
and Inauspicious Dreams ”Legend has it that this is the same person who is credited with the
development of the Yi Qing or the Book of Changes.
Therefore whenever you dream, it is like paying a visit to Grandmaster Zhou!
You can find a section of his book in the Chinese Almanac which until recent times is found in
most Chinese household. This also explains the popularity. It is not uncommon during my
parent's and grandparent's time to refer to this section of the almanac whenever a member of
the family has a dream, more so a strange one.
In the Chinese Almanacdreams are presented in seven categories. They are astronomy, home
and surroundings, gods andpirit, person or body, music and disharmony, living creatures and
lastly clothing and miscellaneous items.
Some of the interpretations are somewhat logical. For example if you dream about sunset, then you
parents are sad. Or of you dream about eating cooked meat versus eating raw meat, it is a sign of
Some of the interpretations are not so logical. For example if you dream about a blue snake it is a
good sign. Or if you dream about sharing an umbrella with someone, you will be separated from your
Some are hilarious. For example if you dream about your own wedding, then it is a sign that you will
be separated from your wife! Worst if you dream that your wife is pregnant. It means that she is
engaged in an adultery affair!
While reading the Chinese Almanac there is a section of it that is a part of Zhou Gongs book. This
is a book that is commonplace in a lot of houses of Chinese people. This book is commonly
referred to in Chinese households when someone has woken up and wishes to know the
meaning of their dream especially if it a strange one.
You will find 7 categories within the Chinese Almanac. Anything you will dream about is within
these categories and anything that does not come under the first 6 will be covered by the section
miscellaneous. You can find everything about dreams within this book which is why you are able
to refer to it no matter the oddity of your slumber.
You will find that some of the interpretations will make sense to you such as if you were to dream
of eating a cooked turkey over one that has not been cooked you would see this as being lucky,
and so is the same interpretation when it comes to dreaming of such an occurrence. There are
other interpretations that just don't make sense at all and may be something that you would not
think you would ever dream about.
Of the dreams that don't seem to make sense or in your eyes could not possibly have a meaning
that would be relevant to your waking hours would be the one whereyou may have a dream
about a blue snake. This would also be deemed to bring you luck, where as if you dreamed of
sharing an umbrella with someone this could mean that you are about to fall out with or separate
If you were to take every interpretation as if it were real then you could end up paranoid or
maybe hopeful about something which is not to happen so you should see the readings as
guidance yet follow your heart as to what you really feel. .
It is a classic book of the royal medicine classic that is more than 4000 years old to date. With
using the book of dreams as well as other ways, medical problems were determined depending
on what the patient had dreamed off recently.
If a person had dreamed of something that had frightened or upset them then it would be
deemed that they had a bodily deficiency or imbalance. Falling dreams would show that the
higher part of the body is deficient and that the lower part has weigh too much, so would