According to Jung traveling towards the west and following the setting sun may suggest the approach of old age or even death, whereas journeying east suggests rejuvenation. The direction in your dream will send a clear message about your sense of purpose in life.
If the path is straight, then you are following a direct and unproblematic route to your objective.
If it is twisted, then your course is slow and frustrating; if you were going round in circles, you feel as if you are going nowhere.
If you are going backwards, you may feel as if your position has worsened or that you are backing off from a commitment.
If you encounter a road block, your dreaming mind may have placed it in your path to represent the obstacle that is stopping you from moving forward in life.
If you turn off the beaten track, this suggests you are being sidetracked or diverted from your waking goal.
If you turn a corner, this suggests progress.
Were you going uphill in your dream or downhill? The former suggests forces that are working against you; the latter, forces that are working for you in waking life.
If you got lost in your dream, this is a metaphor for losing your sense of purpose in life.
If you consulted a map, compass or atlas in your dream, this indicates options open to you.
If the compass needle suggested heading north, your dreaming mind may be urging you to take an intellectual route but the reference may also be to winter and old age.
If the compass pointed you south, your unconscious may be urging you to take a more relaxed approach; if the direction was east, this suggests spiritual renewal, whilst west suggests the need to conserve your energy. Finally, bear in mind that a right- hand or upward direction suggests a rational approach, whilst a left-hand or downward direction suggests an intuitive approach. In all such instances, try to link the circumstance of your dream with your situation in real life.... The Element Encyclopedia
Movement or guidance to the left, in most cultures, is regarded as a negative sign. In medieval times, for the purpose of heraldry, left was called “sinister,” reflecting the overall negative feelings toward this side of the body. Similarly, in crystal gazing, wisps of color moving to the left indicate a negative answer. This feeling may have developed because left-handedness is recessive, and therefore an oddity not easily explained by earlier peoples.
Right is a beneficial direction (note the term righteous), generally revealing positive actions and motivations.
Movement upward may be a type of ascension dream that shows your personal progress, hopes, and improvement.
Downward movement may show dissension, fatality, or pessimism that leads to feeling literally “down.” Alternatively, this can signify a new focus on your internal nature—an exploration that often proves very useful to personal growth.
When two directions are featured at the same time, this symbolizes harmony and balance between opposites (see Cross). Conversely, this can also indicate an internal tug of war between two facets of your being.
Being shown directions by a compass or a map reveals feelings of being somewhat lost or out of place in your current situation (see Blueprints, Schematics).
Each direction on a compass has slightly different meanings. North is cool, denoting frozen movement and frosty emotions. East is the point of the rising .raw, bringing hope and a new beginning. South is for fire, which can warm, energize, or consume depending on its potency, and West is the water or emotional center where fountains of creativity or floods of feeling may originate.... The Language of Dreams
Each direction may signify movement toward esoteric knowledge, spiritual light, and personal transformation. By noticing which direction you are facing or moving toward in your dream, you may come to understand more about the direction of your life course.
For Native Amencans, the four directions bring spiritual power into manifestation on the earth.
(See Compass, and East, North, South, West.)... Ariadne's Book of Dream
This unusual insect’s appearance may mention that it is time to start praying for something. As the female of the species viciously devours her mate, a praying mantis appeanng in a dream may signify an aggressive female whose intention is to kill a man’s ego.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If the stately but dangerous praying mantis steps into your dream, this suggests that you are in a destructive relationship. It may also indicate that you are preying on others.... The Element Encyclopedia