The people we choose to relay messages to us are as important to our relationship as the message and our emotional attachment, or lack thereof, to that person. It can and does influence the interpretation of the dream.
Dear Dream Retriever: My aunt had a dream that I was in labor, then gave birth, and the child died. It doesn’t stop there. The hospital was not charging much money, but after the death of the child, it was asking for $450,000. What could be the meaning? I’m currently a student and very single. — Lavender
Dear Lavender: This dream is not about you. You are used in this dream to represent a part of your aunt that is relative to the situation on which her dream is focusing.
To Lavender’s aunt: Your dream of your niece giving birth and the baby dying would represent the situation at hand, which is a creative endeavor that you began and that ended as quickly as it started. Your niece being the one that carried and lost the child indicates the relationship between you and the situation that was taking place, or trying to take place.
Your niece represents a part of you and the relationship or commitment to this venture. That is to say, you are less committed to your niece than you would be to, say, a daughter. So this indicates your creative venture that failed was partly due to the distance you kept from it.
It wasn’t your baby; it was your niece’s baby. (See the difference?) This is also indicated by the hospital bill. You say the hospital wasn’t charging much but after the death they wanted an unreasonable amount. This says that whatever you put faith in to deliver the new beginning you were trying to create not only let you down, but was irresponsible in its ability to reasonably tend to its financial obligations.
So whatever new start you were trying to make ended, and it was partly because you were not completely invested in it, as well as your faith in one that was unreliable, like a partner.
The numbers are strong indicators of the dream’s interpretation: Whereas the number 4 represents home, the number 5 represents family, and they add up to 9, which represents endings. It would seem like this venture that you were trying to get off the ground with good intentions failed, but not solely because of you.
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