an important symbol on the path to self-improvement; through the figure of the bride and groom the life of the dream girl (maiden) – emotional anima – or woman – instinctual anima – merges with the figure of the dream man (virgin) – emotional animus or man – instinctual animus so that the divided emotional or instinctual anima – animus components can unify in a symbolic wedding ceremony; we can then recognize based on the bride's traits on which level of experience (instinctual or emotional) the unification is located and which level of experience the dreamer is reaching; a condition for a successful unification on the emotional level is an understanding of the aspects of emotional anima and emotional animus; only in this way is a person secure from the usual fall to the instinctual level of experience and is allowed to ascend to the spiritual level of experience; a condition for a successful unification on the instinctual level is understanding the aspects of the instinctual anima and instinctual animus without the presence of sex; see Anima – Animus archetype.
wedding dreams usually foretell the actual unification of emotional components of the psyche that appear in dreams in various forms with the bride and groom no longer present.
wedding dress: in the unconscious and in dreams this is a symbol of virginity and purity linked to light, knowledge and wisdom, but only on an emotional level of experience.
breaking a dish during a wedding ceremony: the dreamer is relinquishing past or future sexual relationships in favor of the experienced state of a unified mind (usually on an emotional level).
wedding reception: like other instinctual symbols (e.g. food, mushrooms, vessels, phallic objects) they degrade a dream with a bride or groom on the instinctual level of experience.
the dreamer's attempt to marry a princess (or prince): symbolizes the unconscious desire to join with the spiritual anima or spiritual animus; such dreams often appear at the start of the spiritual path when the dreamer tries to free himself from these shackles of earthly life.
the marriage of a prince and princess: a unifying act in the spiritual mind; the unification of the spiritual anima with the spiritual animus is a precursor to understanding the indivisible unity of being over all antitheses.