Symbols


Colors:
An Analysis of MD Color Symbolism - (Alain Shaw)
The Colors of Mulholland Dr Thread
- (ctyankee)
The Color Blue: A Symbol? - (checkmate)
Shade of Purple - (blueman)

Dream Symbols:

On The Couch with David Lynch: An Interview - (jasonweb.com)

The flowers of Mulholland Drive - (woodlouse)

Any ideas on the poo?? - (rusty_carr)
Keys - (woodlouse) Red Peppers

Oddities:
Don't drink all the coke!

adam and the golf club

Dream Dictionaries:
Dream Dictionary
Dream Interpretation

Related:  
Visual Echoes in MD 
Dualities in MD


Icons

In 3 words or less... - (JJD)

List what you think these symbols in the movie represent:

The Blue Box:

vagina  -  reality  -  innerself universe container  -  eternity  -  death  -  Pandora's box

The Blue Key:

penis  -  truth (opens reality)  -  searching  -  mystery of love  -  fear  -  murder

The Bum:

fate  -  hollywood's backyard reality  -  aspect of unfantazised life  -  the dark side  -  the living dead


Colors

Carol with backup singersNotice the red/blue colors everywhere. Consider that blue represents truth and red represents lies. Pay particular attention to emphasis on blue/red hair colors and Betty's reaction to blue or red. This may seem obvious, but I only really noticed this the 3d time around. - (ladive)

Consistently blue connotes show business - the blue neon sign and the blue entrance of Club Silencio, the puff of blue smoke, the blue box. In the case of the blue haired woman in the balcony, it tells the viewer that she is a performer. She repeats the club's message, 'Silencio', and with the film's last word, again damns show business. - (bunter)

There's a pink chair and a blue chair beside the pool when Adam walks in. Pink and blue tins of paint in the shed. He picks the pink one. She's wearing a blue dress. She ends up pink and blue - is there a colour clue scheme going on? The 16 reasons song - again note the blue and pink colour scheme. Is there a pink, "nice" Betty and a blue "nasty" Betty? - (Steve Rose)


Flowers

While Betty and Rita are sitting at Winkie's to study the paper, there is a vase of blue roses by their table.

Blue rose is an impossibility, something that cannot exist in nature, therefore its meaning is self-evident. Blue rose cases are codeword for those unusual, either unexplained or never fully explained cases which cannot be rationally or scientifically explained, usually involving some supernatural phenomena. 

A distinct blue rose shows up in Twin Peaks. Its meaning is never revealed. 

Blue roses at Winkie's

Blue roses at Winkie's

blue rose in FWWM

The blue rose in Twin Peaks 

The flowers of Mulholland Drive - (woodlouse)
Gonzales H Shift Tell Long (here Is A Clue)!!! - (axelmarseille) Sierra Bonita flowers pointers, reference to Vertigo.


Curtains

To draw the curtains or experience being behind curtains suggests that the dreamer is trying to hide something from themselves or from others. Alternatively, dreaming of curtains might allude to the ending of something as in the common expression "it's curtains."

Blue Velvet

Fire Walk With Me

Lost Highway

Mulholland Dr.

Blue Velvet (1986)

Twin Peaks - FWWM (1992)

Lost Highway (1997)

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

"Curtains are both hiding and revealing. Sometimes it's so beautiful that they're hiding, it gets your imagination going. But in the theatre, when the curtains open, you have this fantastic euphoria, that you're going to see something new, something will be revealed." (David Lynch)

Related: Visual Echoes in MD


Dream Dictionary (TristanLove)

Accident
As extensions of ourselves, vehicles often represent the physical body, so an accident dream may indicate a health problem or anxieties about health. If the general tone of the dream is positive, accidents may symbolize something or some part of life of which one is letting go.
To dream of a car accident, symbolizes your emotional state. You may be harboring deep anxieties and fears. Are you "driving" yourself too hard? This dream may tell you to slow down before you hit disaster. You need to rethink or re-plan your course of actions and set yourself on a better path.
Dreams of car accidents, as a rule, should not be considered literally precognitive. They are considered to be reflections of emotional "loss of control" however, which likely will be reflected in excessive behaviors and erratic decisions in waking life.

Amorous
To dream that you are amorous, denotes that your personal desires and illicit pleasures may land you into trouble.

Aunt
To see your aunt in your dream, signifies that you will be harshly reprimanded for some action, which will cause you much distress.

Awaken
To dream that you are awakened, represents a spiritual rebirth. You may be acknowledging and embracing both your feminine and masculine aspects of Self. You are utilizing your fullest potential. Consider who or what awakened you. This is an indication of what is lacking or missing in your life.

Bathroom
To dream that you are in the bathroom, relates to your instinctual urges. You may be experiencing some burdens/feelings and need to "relieve yourself". Alternatively, it may symbolize purification and self-renewal. You need to cleanse yourself, both emotionally and psychologically.
In our dreams bathrooms may suggest that there is a need for emotional and psychological cleansing. You may need to get rid of emotional and psychological baggage. It is difficult to be carefree and happy when old issues keep "bringing you down." The bathroom is a good dream symbol. Consider all of the details in your dream. Make an effort to cleanse your mind and spirit by putting useless thoughts and feeling behind you.

Body
Dreams that somehow emphasize the physical body may represent something about one's state of health. Because our personal identities are so tied up with the body, the body can also appear as a more general symbol of the self (e.g., a naked body may indicate that we feel exposed).
To dream about your own body, signifies your level of self-worth and self-esteem. Often times, these qualities are dependent on your physical appearance or how your perceive yourself. The dream body also reflects your conscious identity. The body is also representative of your state of health.
Dreaming about your body generally suggests that you are dreaming about your personal identity. Who we are is wrapped around what we look like. Our self-esteem and self-worth are too frequently dependent on our physical appearance. This dream may be pointing out some of the difficulties or pleasures in daily life that are the result of self-identity and based on attachment to our physical bodies. The body in general is the symbol of self, and the details in the dream will lead you to further interpretation. Additionally, if you are dreaming of a specific body region, or part, consider your health status.

Box
Boxes have a complex range of meanings. For Freud, boxes represented the womb or the vagina. Much depends on one's circumstances and on the particular disposition of the box in a dream. During a move, boxes in a dream might simply reflect the moving experience. Certain common metaphors, such as "feeling boxed in," can be expressed by boxes in dreams. Boxes may contain danger (as in "Pandora's box") or gifts (a "gift box").
To see a box in your dream, signifies your instinctual nature and destructive impulses. Alternatively, you may be trying to preserve and protect some aspect of yourself. The box may also symbolize your limitations and restrictions. To dream that you are opening a box, denotes that things are being revealed about yourself that were once hidden.

Car
The emotional feeling about the car determines the meaning. Taking charge of one's life would be indicated if one were "in the driver's seat." Allowing one's life to be driven by others might be indicated by a "backseat driver" or by "taking the backseat." The dreamer may be driven to new heights before he or she is ready. Or perhaps the dreamer is finally lifting himself or herself out of a rut.

Coffee
To dream that you are drinking or need your coffee, suggests that you should gain some insight and knowledge before making a decision or tackling some project/relationship. You may be acting too hasty and need to slow down. Alternatively, it may imply a need for you to change your routine.

Cry
To dream that you are crying, signifies a release of negative emotions that is more likely caused by some waking situation then the events of the dream itself. Your dream is a way to regain some emotional balance and a way to safely let out your fears and frustrations. In our daily lives, we tend to ignore, deny, or repress our feelings. But in our dream state, our defense mechanisms are no longer on guard and thus allow for the release of such emotions.
In our dreams we experience a variety of emotions. Crying in the dream state generally has the same meaning as crying in daily life. It is a release of negative emotion, frustration, or fear. On the other hand, you could be experiencing the tears of joy. Due to repression or denial, sometimes people are unable to express their feelings. In the dream state some of our defense mechanisms may relax and an emotional release occurs. Some emotional dreams may be compensatory in nature. Thus, if you never cry in daily life, you may cry in your dreams.

Death
Dreaming about death is very common and it can be interpreted in many different ways. Death is usually a symbol of some type of closure or end. It implies an end to one thing and a beginning of another. Death dreams usually have positive symbolism. If you are the dead person in your dream, it could imply that you would like to leave all of your worries and struggles behind and begin anew. Dreaming about someone that you care about may express your fear about losing them.

Decay
To see something decay in your dream, signifies the degradation of a situation or circumstance. It may also represent the death of an old situation before the rebirth into a new stage.

Demons
To see demons in your dream, represents ignorance, negativity, distress or your shadow self. It also forewarns of overindulgence and letting lust give way to your better judgment. As a result, your physical and mental health may suffer.

Devil
To see the devil in your dream, signifies negative aspects of yourself. It may also indicate feelings of guilt that you have been harboring. It is time to release these feelings. Alternatively, the devil may represent intelligence, cunningness, deception, and cleverness. In this aspect, the Bum represents Diane's recognition of her own repulsive emotions and reality. 

Disappear
To dream that people or objects are disappearing right before your eyes, signifies your anxiety and insecurities over the notion that loved ones might disappear out of your life. You may feel that you cannot depend on someone and feel that you are alone and inadequate. You need to work on your self-image and self-esteem. Alternatively, to dream that someone is disappearing suggests that you may not have given sufficient attention to those aspects/qualities of that person within your own self. Have you lost touch with some aspect of yourself?

Disguise
To dream that you are in a disguise, signifies that you are hiding from something or someone in your waking life. It is time to face reality and stop hiding behind a facade.

Dwarf
You will be blessed with good physical and mental health. Alternatively, a dwarf may mean an aspect of yourself that is not fully developed or has been repressed.
At times people will see dwarfs, midgets, or very small people in their dreams. These images seem to represent, or allude to, the childlike creative powers in the unconscious. You can think of the dwarf as a "worker" in your unconscious. He could represent some childlike condition which has the potential and power to influence your life. Consider the details and the emotional tone in the dream and make an attempt to connect it to a situation in your daily life. The dwarf suggests possibilities for learning and brings to the conscious mind messages from the unconscious.

Hat
To see a hat in your dream, signifies that you are concealing something or covering up something. Alternatively, it may represent the role you play or the responsibilities you have in life.
Hats are usually symbolic of power and authority. They also stereotype the person that is wearing it. Look at the details in your dream especially who is wearing the hat. The type and quality of the hat usually represents the degree of authority and respect that your unconscious mind is giving to the person wearing it. Generally the person wearing the hat is representing a part of you.

intruder 
To see an intruder in your dream, represents your feelings of guilt and your self indulgent behavior. 

Key
To see a key in your dream, symbolizes opportunities, access, control, secrets, or responsibilities. You may be locking away your own inner feelings and emotions.
As with most dreams, look for the obvious connections by comparing the details or the theme of your dream to your daily life. Are you trying to figure something out and "unlock" a puzzling question? Do you wish to hide something? Are you locking something up or are you opening the door?

Killing
This dream may also represent a part of you or your life that you wish would leave you alone and stop creating a nuisance. Killing may represent the killing off of old parts of yourself and old habits.
Usually a metaphoric expression of anger in a dream. Whom did you kill? Can you identify the recipient of your anger in waking life? In dreams of murdering loved ones or family members, the dreamer may be worried about a current course of action, which he or she believes is "hurting" the murdered person.
If you are killing someone in your dreams, you are probably expressing hostile feelings. Consider this an opportunity to look at your negative feelings and decide what would be the best and the least destructive way to address them. If you are a witness to a killing, you may be reflecting on changes going on around you that you don't particularly like.

Lampshade
To see a lamp shade in your dream, indicates a need for protection from some intense energy or power. You may be trying to hide or be less noticeable.

Light
To see light in your dream, denotes a clear mind, plain understanding, and insight. Light has been shed on a once cloudy situation or problem. You have found the truth to a situation or an answer to a problem.
Whether you are dreaming or awake, light is a very positive symbol. It represents enlightenment, lifting of shadow, the acquisition of understanding and knowledge, and a positive force. For some, the light may represent a higher force or power, God's presence, or rays of His love and peace. Others may find this dream reassuring as it may represent a well-lit journey through life, or simply a solution to a current problem. Light always refers to consciousness.

Lucid dream
Lucid dreams occurs when you realize you are dreaming in the middle of your dream. "Wait a second. This is only a dream!" Most dreamers wake themselves up once they realize that they are only dreaming. Other dreamers have cultivated the skill to remain in the lucid state of dreaming. They become an active participant in their dream, make decisions in their dreams and influence the dream's outcome without awakening. Diane seems to be in control throughout her conceivably lucid dream, until events start warning her (Club Silencio, the blue box) that the dream can't last forever.

Magician
To see or dream that you are a magician, signifies that an issue or a task at hand may be trickier than you had anticipated. You may be disillusioned. The dream may also mean that you are trying to fool yourself or someone into believing something that you know is not true

Mirror
To see your own reflection in the mirror, suggests that you are pondering thoughts about your inner self. The reflection in the mirror is how you perceive yourself or how you want others to see you. To break a mirror in your dream, suggests that you are breaking an old image of yourself. To see a cracked or broken mirror in your dream. represents a poor or distorted self-image.
It is a symbol of vanity and superficiality. You may be concerned about your image and the way you present yourself to the world. On a deeper level the mirror can be considered to be a representation of the intellect. The intellect is an instrument of navigation and is constantly persuading us to identify ourselves. We use this self-identity, which is greatly a production of our intellect, to navigate through life.

Monster
To dream that you are followed by a monster, signifies that grief and misfortune are in your immediate future. Monsters represent parts of yourself that you find brutish and ugly. You may possess some fears or some repressed emotions.

Music
To hear harmonious and soothing music in your dream, is a good omen of prosperity, pleasure and the expression of your emotions in a positive way. Hearing music in your dreams has positive connotations. Music is healing to the soul, and as you are listening to it in your dream, you may be connected to the wonderful, creative spirit or flow of life suggesting a degree of inner harmony and emotional expression.

Naked
To dream that you are naked, denotes the fear of being found out and exposed. To see a naked person in your dream and you are disgusted by it, signifies some anxiety about discovering the naked truth about that person or situation. On the other hand, if you do not have any problem with another's nudity, then it implies that you see through people and accept them for who and what they are.
Common dream associated with themes of exposure and vulnerability. Naked in public dreams typically reflect feelings that others can "see through" our social disguise or presentation. Naked at work dreams may reflect feelings of unpreparedness. Comfortable dreams of nudity with a lover suggest emotional exposure and authenticity in a relationship. Naked dreams rarely are sexual, unless sex explicitly is included.

Name
To dream that you forget your name or someone else's name, suggests that you be feeling overwhelmed and burdened. It may also indicate that you have forgotten your true self or your family roots. To hear your name being called, indicates that you are in touch and in tune with your spirituality. It also makes you aware of your own uniqueness and highlights your individuality.

Old Man (Old Woman)
Carl Jung said that the wise old man is the "archetype of the spirit" and the "speaking fountainhead of the soul." Dreaming about him may attempt to bring the dreamer into awareness of the larger meaning of one's life. Old people in dreams represents wisdom and maturity. They may appear in our dreams at times of confusion and lack of direction, or when we need consultation and help in decision-making.

Photograph
To see a photograph in your dream, indicates that there is a relationship that needs your attention. It may also be telling of a false image. Alternatively, it suggests that you are clinging on to the past or to some false hope.
Some believe that since a photograph represents something real, it could represent a deception or distortion of some kind. Someone may be trying to sell something to you and is covering up the truth, or you may be doing the covering yourself. New Age thinking points out that dreaming of pictures means you have not learned a particular lesson in life. The dream may be calling attention to past events and reminding you that you are making the same errors all over again.

Picture
To see a picture in your dream, symbolizes a mental imprint that remains persistent in your mind. There may be permanence in your actions. Also consider the pun on "picture this" or "seeing the big picture" in a situation.

Prophetic dream
Prophetic dreams, also referred to as precognitive dreams, are dreams that seemingly foretell the future. One rational theory to explain this phenomenon is that our dreaming mind is able to piece together bits of information and observation that we normally overlook or that we do not seriously consider. In other words, our unconscious mind knows what is coming before we consciously piece together the same information. In the dream Diane sees a dead body in her bed. Her psyche speculates that someone will end up dead there, but the inconsistencies of hair and robe color don't definitively dispell who's body it is. 

Purse
To dream that you are carrying a purse, signifies secrets which are being closely held and guarded. To dream that you lost your purse, denotes loss of power and control of possessions. It also suggests that you may have lost touch with your real identity.
Because they hold our identification papers (driver's license, social security card, student identification, etc.), money (cash, checkbooks, bank and credit cards), and beauty accessories (make-up, lipstick, personal hygiene items), purses in dreams are associated with feelings of identity and beauty.
Dreams of losing one's purse, accordingly, reflect feelings that one's identity, power or beauty may be in peril. These dreams are common following a separation or divorce, or after losing a job or enduring a forced transition in one's career. Purses also may symbolize a woman's vagina—a location that "opens and closes" and which possesses special value.

Room
Dreams about various rooms often relate to hidden areas of the conscious mind and different aspects of your personality. To dream that you find or discover new rooms, suggests that you are developing new strengths and taking on new roles. You may be growing emotionally.

Scissors
To dream that you are using scissors, denotes decisiveness and control in your waking life. Alternatively, it may suggests that you need to get rid of something in your life. It also represents your ability to cut things or people out of your life.

Sex
Sex in many different forms is frequently the topic of dreams. Sexual dreams don't always have sexual meaning. They are at times about power, control, identity and other non-sexual issues of life. If you are homosexual, dreams regarding this particular sexual orientation are not atypical. They are simply the extension of your thoughts and feelings in the form that is the most familiar and meaningful to you. If a heterosexual person is having a homosexual dream, it may have a variety of connotations. This dream may be about loving yourself, especially if the other individual in your dream is a stranger. The dream may be about integrating new ideas and attitudes.

Shaking
To dream that you are shaking, suggests that you are getting rid of your old habits and former ways of thinking. You need to get rid of the old in order to welcome in the new and better. Shake things up a bit. Alternatively, shaking is symbolic of fear.

Shower
To dream that you are taking a shower in clear, fresh water, denotes spiritual or physical renewal or the need to wash a burden out of your life. It is also symbolic of forgiveness.

Tears
To dream that you are in tears, signifies that a healing of some sort is taking place in your life. To see a teardrop in your dream, represents previous wisdom you have learned and remembered.

Telephone
To see or hear a telephone in your dream, signifies a message from your unconscious or some sort of telepathic communication. You may be forced to confront issues which you have tried to avoid.

Waiter
To dream that you are a waiter, represents catering to the demands of others. It may also indicate that you feel you are waiting on somebody hand and foot.

Walls
To see a wall in your dream, signifies limitations, obstacles and boundaries. There is a barrier obstructing your progress. You may have been accustomed to your old habits and way of thinking. To dream that you demolish or break down a wall, indicates that you are breaking through your obstacles and overcoming your limitations.
Walls as dream images are generally considered obstacles and sources of isolation or confinement. Some people are emotionally guarded and feel unable to express themselves freely. If you are such a person, this dream symbol might be pointing to the walls that you have built around yourself. Additionally, if you are experiencing challenges and seemingly impenetrable difficulties in daily life, the wall in your dream may be a reflection of those factors.

Wig
To dream that you are wearing a wig, symbolizes deception, false impressions and falsehood. You may be taking on other people's ideas and opinions and trying to pass them off as your own. You are not being true to your own beliefs. You need to start thinking for yourself.