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1.17.2003 | link |

 

my mouth feels weird. crowded. i investigate with my index finger, and, that’s odd. i immediately look in the mirror and – sweet baby jesus! there’s a whole other row of teeth behind my usual set! both top and bottom, two entire rows of teeth lined up like vintage typewriter keys!

ew. i know: gross. and yes, of course: it was a dream.

despite the fact that i’m usually pretty good at figuring out why i dream what i dream—i don’t get this one. even after consulting my trusted sage, google.com, i still only find interpretations of dreams about teeth falling out. i also learn that teeth dreams are the most common and most requested for interpretation. and that sharks and green moray eels also have two sets of teeth. (useless knowledge that will no doubt be shared at a party after two glasses of wine.) but no one has anything enlightening to say about two sturdy sets of teeth.

all the interpretations go more or less like this:

Teeth usually symbolize power and/or control. Animals use their teeth for defense and nourishment and show their teeth when angry. Humans often display similar behaviors. Look and see if you are losing or abusing power and control in any area of your life (especially if you are losing teeth in your dream). Old dream interpretations say that dreaming about teeth is a bad omen that suggests financial difficulties.

how can teeth represent both power/control and financial difficulties?

and this one had an interesting twist:

If you dream of having false teeth this indicates that you will have unexpected help on a problem. To dream of rotten teeth shows that you have been telling someone a lie or using your smooth words for getting your own way no matter what. If your teeth are rotten, crooked, and/or falling out this means that your lies are hurting someone very badly and that you will soon be found out. If you dream you have swallowed a tooth you will soon have to 'eat your words'. It becomes much easier to interpret this kind of dream if you think of teeth as representing words.

so if teeth=words, then what do two rows of teeth mean?

maybe i just had some bad teriyaki chicken for dinner the night before.


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