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Thoughts: Chess, a game. Movement of pieces. Black and white, good and bad. Two Knights.
The white picket fence is an old American dream from the 50s: to own, to have, home sweet home with a white picket fence.

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Like a mask but more intimate. Personality or status as an outer garment for (protecting, disguising, etc.) the body. In a dream, to wear the coat of your father, mother, royalty or a beggar is to take on an aspect of that role. Also: purely as protection against the elements/nature.
Posted: September 05, 2003.
Expanded: March 26, 2004.


Shortcut links to the (expert) quotes below:
Jung: Man and His Symbols
Vollman: The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Dream Symbols
Biedermann: Dictionary of Symbolism


Man and His Symbols, p. 351
A coat can often symbolize the outer mask or persona that one presents to the world. The mantle of the prophet Elija bore a similar meaning: When he ascended to heaven he left the mantle behind for his successor Elisha. Thus the mantle represented the prophet's power and role, to be assumed by his successor.
Posted: September 05, 2003.

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Dream Symbols, p. 114
Protection, defense and isolation. The type of coat indicates the type of protection.

According to Freud, the coat also stands for a condom, and it is also a symbol for the genitals.
Posted: January 17, 2004.

Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 72-73
Garments capable of enclosing the entire body lend optical unity to the human form and give it the appearance of power. Splendid garments of this sort thus are a part of the finery of rulers (e.g., coronation robes), often richly jeweled. The notion that something of the "aura" of the wearer is transmitted to the garment... In DREAM psychology the coat is associated with warm enclosure and refuge. When the dreamer wears the coat of his or her mother,...
Posted: October 06, 2003.

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