So, y’all, it’s national coffee day (which, by the way, is going on my calendar for next year so I can properly honor it’s place in my world)! Who even knew there was such a thing?
Anyway, in honor of national coffee day, I thought I’d write a little bit about coffee in your dreams.
Coffee has a rich history around the world. That means that it has been a part of our collective unconscious for centuries. It is not one of those common dream symbols (like animals or babies), but it certainly is a regular part of our lives. In fact, whether you drink coffee or not, it is probably something you encounter on a daily basis.
On a personal note, the symbolism of coffee would mean something specific for me.
My relationship to coffee goes way back.
My Paw paw would fix himself a very hot cup of coffee and then pour it out of his mug and into the saucer where he would sip it loudly in the wee hours of the morning and wake us all up. As a teenager who needed sleep, it wasn’t the best part of visiting with him. But, once awake, sitting with him in those early hours was sacred.
When I was 19, my dad began working at the Folger’s coffee plant. Over the years I heard stories all about the manufacturing side of the coffee business and learned fascinating stories about the people that worked with him.
I was in college when the first Starbucks opened in Athens, GA. For four years, I hung out there (and at Jittery Joe’s) all hours of the day and night. Once, in an art class our professor took us to a coffee shop and had us sketch the coffee cups at our table.
So, coffee in my dream might mean re-connecting with that coming of age time in my life.
On a more general note, though,
coffee is rich and aromatic and draws something out of us that awakens.
It has been farmed, traded, roasted and sipped for centuries. It’s purpose is to make you come alive on the inside. Some people do not drink coffee of course, but everyone can relate to coffee as a stimulant. When I see images of coffee beans or a cup of hot coffee, I want to lean in and inhale deeply. The smell alone can awaken something in me. I am drawn into those images because they evoke the same experience as if I were holding a fresh, hot cup of coffee in my hands. They evoke this desire to take a moment to enjoy life, to indulge for a moment in the simple recipe of hot water and coffee beans. It is a pause just before awakening; Images of coffee evoke anticipation of rising up, and moving out into the world.
In dreams, coffee can mean that something is dawning; that light is being let in and that it is time to be gentle with yourself as you arise and awaken to some brand new energy.
And also, coffee, makes me hyper. I know that stuff will get done after a good, strong cup of coffee. Lol.
So, coffee in dreams can also mean that it’s time to go, act, do, and run; that it’s time to begin.
These are my impressions of coffee, but dream work is an art form that lends itself to an open and on-going discussion. So, I’m hoping you’ll help me add to this post. The more ideas we can collect about the symbolism of coffee, the more useful this site will be for dreamers-