It is me, the local village idiot, coming to offer my advice.
I haven’t really subscribed to the “universal symbolism” behind dreams. I believe that–like most symbolic icons–there is SO much room for interpretation. For example, that you can’t just say “red means love” because, even across cultures, symbols like colors, animals, etc. can represent a lot of different things.
I take a more personal approach when interpreting symbolic dreams, because each symbol means something to you.
For example, is there someone in your life right now who reminds you of the person you saw in your dream? Is there someone who represents these qualities/makes you feel the same way you feel about that person (I’m being vague because that’s a low-key political question and you can’t talk about politics here).
I would take a personal approach first, see how you feel about the symbols, then use things like dream dictionaries to supplement where you can’t come up with a personal opinion on the interpretation.
Some websites I used to use:
Note, I haven’t used ANY of these in a long time. So I can’t speak to their recent practicality.
An old friend of mine, who was a long-practicing witch, told me once that your subconscious mind knows how to relay a message so that you can interpret it. I subscribe to that belief.