Hi Seekintruth, as you may recall:
Dream action is about the dynamics of your own life (hopes, fears, questions, conflicts, way out of difficulties, possibilities, etc.) The dream action may use images from experiences of the previous day or so before, as well as others. The dream symbols may be both literal and symbolic interpretations – be curious and naïve in your interpretation.
And, from a Fourth Way perspective,
… Basically, in the deepest (i.e. normal) sleep, there are no dreams. Most dreams are left over energy from one or several of the centers, and the dream content reflects this. Vaysse lists three normal kinds of dreams: associative (reactive/mechanical), compensatory (emotional), and symbolic (higher emotional). (Also telepathic, prophetic, etc.)
So … it's important to know if the dream is actually symbolic and not either of the former options. And even then, your higher self will speak in symbols specific for you, ...
To help you in your dream interpretation – of what is subjective, unique to you, and whether you recognize the images or not (and they are in you and pertain to you; they are aspects arising in your-self) - here are some questions to ask your-self. They may help, or not.
When you re-experience the experiences in the dream, do they remind you of anything in life?
The setting, what does it feel like there? Does it remind you of anything in current life, any situation in life?
Who is ‘Prodigal Son’ (tell me on the basis that I don’t know ‘Prodigal Son’), what is ‘Prodigal Son’ like? What kind of personality? What does ‘Prodigal Son’ mean to you? What kind of person might you consider ‘Prodigal Son’ to be like?
What is ‘Prodigal Son’ like in your dream? What is ‘Prodigal Son’ doing in your dream?
What is your working, etc., relationship with ‘Prodigal Son’ like?
Is there some part of you that is like ‘Prodigal Son’?
Ask similar questions about ‘your brother’, ‘friends and acquaintances of Prodigal Son’, ‘Dant’.
Positive characters are about strengths and achievements.
Negative characters represent conflicts in life (personification of attitudes, beliefs, habits, etc)
What do ‘the musical instruments’, ‘string instruments’, ‘cellos’, ‘really exotic string instruments’, things from Prodigal Son’s apartment’ mean to you? How do they ‘work’? What are they used for? (ask on the basis that I know nothing about it)
What is the ‘vacation’ like in your dream? How do you feel about it?
Does ‘Prodigal Son’, ‘your brother’, ‘friends and acquaintances of Prodigal Son’, ‘Dant’ in your dream remind you of anything, any part of you, or anyone in your life? How?
Imagery is often idiosyncratic yet culturally moulded, for example Victorian houses suggest attitudes held are Victorian, and might be those of the dreamer.
Rooms suggest areas of concern – living = daily living; bed = private, tranquillity, sex, refreshment, etc; basement/attic = concerns or values, unconscious, forgotten, rejected – what does ‘huge place with different ‘wings’’ mean to you?
Cars represent the physical body or ways of getting around in life – personality, drive, ambition, etc.
The action, events in the dream, what do they remind you of in your waking life?
Think about the dream as you go through the day, and test insights and ideas gained. Understand obvious metaphors. Keep using language and images of dream whenever possible. Interpretations may spring to light. String descriptions together to bridge dream experience to any situation in life. (Ref: adapted from Living Your Dreams by Gayle Delaney)
This may help, or not.