to successfully explain the role of a man in dreams and the meaning of the dream itself, we need to discern whether the man is a representative of the instinctual, emotional or spiritual animus (for the division and start of unification of the antithetical components see the Anima – Animus archetype, for the completion of unification see the Coniunctio archetype, for a description of the emotional animus see Boy).
in a marriage or partner relationship: almost always the instinctual animus.
an unknown man (in women's dreams): symbolizes the unknown male part of the mind; it is extremely important in these dreams to reveal the level to which the personification of the dream man belongs since the dreamer is subconsciously preparing for a clash with the personified traits or components of being (instinctual, emotional or spiritual animus); see Anima – Animus archetype.
a raped man: fallen emotional animus; if it consists of rape from the front then this fall is caused by the female instinctual component; if the rape is anal, then the fall is caused by the male instinctual component.
a fat man: usually relates to wealth, desire for money and pride, but if the fat individual is the emotional animus (for a description of the emotional animus see Boy), then it can be the subconscious desire for a wealth of emotions.
old: see Grandfather (not just your own)
a man cleaning: usually represents the emotional level of the human soul and helps the dreamer remove moral impurities known in mythology as the "Augean stable."
naked: unless sex and eroticism are in the scene, it symbolizes the desire to strip away everything belonging to the personality, to free oneself from the ego and to let only your individuality shine (for the difference between individuality and personality see the Persona archetype and see the Individuality archetype).
the dreaming man hold in addition to the role of the father also the role of the mother: the dreamer's active attempt to understand the mutual relationship of the male and female element within the Father – Mother archetype (a typical dream when practicing Asparsa Yoga*84).
hungry: usually always the emotional animus (the image frequently appears in the dreams of women).
preventing the dreamer from entering a forest: emotional animus.
a man indifferently taking all of his clothes off: usually the emotional animus and only rarely the spiritual animus.
in a church: represents the emotional level insofar as he is not preoccupied with sex or other profane practices (see Anima – Animus archetype).
bathing man: emotional animus; if he is bathing naked with a woman and sexuality does not enter into the image then it is a unifying image of the emotional level (emotional anima with emotional animus); for more on this complex unification of antitheses see the Animal – Animus and Coniunctio archetypes).
in the same image as a woman (but only if it is without eroticism and sex): has great importance as one of the antitheses between which the unconscious must constantly zigzag; we have bound our personal existence to the antitheses, and thus the unconscious leads the dreamer through dreams to an awareness of the antitheses so that the ensuing questioning of the individual antitheses (e.g. hermaphrodites or a transformation of the dreamer's sex) leads the dreamer to an awareness of the state of unity in which antitheses don't exist; this process leads to the future unification of antitheses in the Anima – Animus, Coniunctio, UFO – Initiation Ceremonies and Attentiveness archetypes.
woman giving energy to a man: while in everyday instinctual life sexual activity drains the male organism and energizes the woman, on an emotional level the transferal of energy works in the opposite way, i.e. the female emotional component brimming with emotion passes emotional energy to the man who lacks it (see Coniunctio archetype).
transformation of a man into a woman or woman into a man (seeing or experiencing): this is not a depreciation of the female part as indicated by interpretation of contemporary psychoanalysis, but an obvious attempt by the unconscious to nullify any attachment to one of the anima – animus antitheses; the transformation of the image of man into a woman or vice-versa discourages the search for completeness in the union of a man and woman (see Anima – Animus archetype).
female traits in the dreams of men or male traits in the dreams of women: the differences between the sexes are erased in the subconscious so that the dreamer realize that qualities of the other sex are an important part of his or her consciousness; misunderstandings and disappointments arise if this other side is not understood or accepted.
a mirror shows the dreamer as the opposite sex (a man sees himself as a woman): a very important dream of the Anima – Animus archetype; attests to the dreamer's attempt to realize his sexual motives, to expose the delusions of the personality and, above all, the delusions of sexuality on the emotional level.
a dreaming man gives coins to a woman or a dreaming woman gives coins to a man: if there appear in the same dream image eroticism and sex, then it is a symbol of sold love and sexual desire; if such images do not appear in the dream, then the coins belong to the deep emotional level and represent a symbol of the mandala, a symbol of unity and completeness; a man can strengthen his emotional anima and a woman her emotional aminus, so that in the future there can occur the unification of these antithetical components of the human psyche.
iron man: the forgotten cult of fertility, as the male counterpart to Mother Earth, symbolizes the renewal and cycle of nature in autumnal death and spring renewal; in the spiritual process this vegetative symbol is subordinate to spiritual aspects, which is why a green man was sometimes depicted at Christ's feet or beneath sculptures of the Virgin Mary.
a man with an animal or birds head, the transformation of a man into an animal or bird, or vice versa: an essential dream that can lead a person to the discovery of shamanic abilities within his own psyche; the realm of therianthropes*22 and animal spirits can then be a blessing for life to benefit others; see Apocalypse archetype.
able to fly without the assistance of technical means: spiritual animus; emotional animus can also fly, but only with the spiritual anima (see Active Imagination archetype).
emerging from a shell (more often in women's dreams): spiritual animus.
in a carriage: spiritual animus.
a man (god) with supernatural abilities: in addition to the human model there also exists within the psyche the divine model of the Father that has a purely numinous nature and obviously belongs to the Numinosum archetype.