You have to take into account the dreamer. Their associations to things is key to the representation. Also, depending on the person this could be more or less normal or trivial, it really depends on what is normal imagery and activity for the individual. I could have a dream about hunting a white devil across multiple planes of existence, chasing him across several different dream spaces before running into someone that I knew lost in a maze; while they could be having a dream about being in a womb of light and watching pulsating balls of color bounce around, and it could be the same dream. And it was, true story.
It depends on how the individuals brain chooses to represent the common elements in the dream. Think of it like a rose is a rose by any other name but with abstract concepts. If I call a bear a bear and someone calls it an ursus, we both understand it to be the same thing. Likewise, in a dream what I may represent as an elevator moving between floors which are all their own separate universes, someone else my represent as a river, or a beam of white light.
Not sure you can really analyze a dream outside of individual context. My tendency would be to ask what the person was feeling about what was going on. Was there a sense of reverence or awe? Or did they feel uncomfortable, scared? This is obviously a female dominated magic ceremony/ritual, probably absorbed from references in the culture. Dolls are not uncommon in these rituals and might be some kind of fetish or represent an individual. Is the dreamer male? The women might be anima figures. A priestess or similar figure might be a particular archetype. But again, it's important to draw out the relationship the dreamer has to these things to fully understand the dream.
My immediate impression in that the loss of the hands is important. It's obviously a sacrifice for spiritual/religious purpose, not an uncommon theme. But then we need to consider what a hand represents and what the significance of recreating a new hand might be. Why does the other woman feel bad? I'm not entirely sure what's going on.
I would say uncomfortable\scared from the tread over on /x/ Yea, the dreamer is male, seen him there before. anima figures =? what do you mean? The dream revolved around the woman that cut her own hand.
I mean anima in the Jungian sense, referring to a man's feminine aspect, i.e. [link]
If he was feeling fear or discomfort, then it might signal a Shadow element. The Shadow is usually some dark aspect of ourselves (or the culture) that we fear or hate and deny is part of us.
Again, not knowing anything about the dreamer personally, it's difficult to say what this all means. I don't believe that imagery in dreams is always some stock symbolism, that if you see a hand it means X. It needs to be read in context of the situation and the dreamer's own emotions, experience, and associations. Simply asking himself what each element means could lead to some further understanding.
I'm still curious what the doll might represent. Is it him? The woman? Or a more general archetype/idea? Additionally, what is the function of the doll in the ceremony? The doll is made of the same leaves as the sham hand. What is a doll but a sham human? Is this why the other woman is sad? This might be the key to reading the dream.
The /x/ tread 404 ed, but before that i fallowed it till the end, this is what i got so far: Yes, he said in the dream he felt uneasy, fear. He said the doll might have represented the woman(he did not sound sure do). He did not know the function of the doll. Yes, the leaves all came from the same pile, she would stuff some in the sham hand then in cover the doll with some. Repeat wile chanting something. Hm... he felt despair from her. Maybe regret cause she cut her hand, maybe regret cause she felt the ritual would fail?!? Again he was not sure. Guy seemed to witness the scene, did not take part. He also not only seen it, but felt some of the emotions of the ones present.
Without the dreamer's input, anything I could offer is a best guess. If the doll represents the woman cutting off her hand, then I would venture that she's sacrificing parts of herself to become a false image of herself. The other woman might be sad because she feels this is in same way wrong. The dreamer could be feeling that as well.
But again, this is someone else's dream. Why are you so concerned about what it means?
I don't know. It would be up to the dreamer to provide further context. I doubt that the dream refers to an actual ritual. It is more the idea of a magical ritual or the dreamer's unconscious drawing reference to various rituals that is important. It is possible btw that the dream is in reference to this: [link] But again, dolls and the like appear in lots of different contexts, serving different purposes. So I wouldn't say it is Wiccan per se.
anima is a Jungian term for a particular archetype. in short, a feminine figure in the subconscious of a male, that is said to hold the opposite personality traits to the individual. as a male you can learn quite a bit from conversing with your aninma.
you missed the pun. or maybe you didn't and you just have no sense of humor...
did it occur to you that me responding to this thread (a copypasta from 4chan, of all places) in a non-serious manner in no way prevents someone from responding to this thread in a serious manner? people joke on threads that i take seriously - no skin off my back. you want to take this seriously, be my guest. just keep in mind its origin.