Beans


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What does it mean when you dream about beans?

Beans often have individual meanings that depend on the dreamer’s personal associations with this particular legume. Beans may, for instance, be tied to memories of being nurtured by one’s mother as a child. From the perspective of traditional psychiatry, beans can symbolize the phallus and fertility. In folklore, there is the story about a magic bean (“Jack and the Beanstalk”) in which a bean plant provided access to a different realm and, ultimately, to wealth. In the ancient world, such as in classical Greece, beans were a sacred food, associated with the underworld, the dead, transmigration, and immortality.

References in classic literature ?
Removing the weeds, putting fresh soil about the bean stems, and encouraging this weed which I had sown, making the yellow soil express its summer thought in bean leaves and blossoms rather than in wormwood and piper and millet grass, making the earth say beans instead of grass -- this was my daily work.
The bean thanked him most prettily, but as the tailor used black thread, all beans since then have a black seam.
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
When the beans were finally cooked, Daylight ran part of them into a bag of flour-sacking a foot and a half long and three inches in diameter.
After awhile it seemed to me that my oats came very short; I had the beans, but bran was mixed with them instead of oats, of which there were very few; certainly not more than a quarter of what there should have been.
He looked to see if the dish of beans was still there; the dish of beans had disappeared.
Jane escorted them all upstairs, while Miranda watched the cooking of the supper; but Rebecca promptly took the two little girls away from their mother, divested them of their wraps, smoothed their hair, and brought them down to the kitchen to smell the beans.
Phebe stopped rattling her beans from one pan to another, and her eyes were full of pity as they rested on the curly head bent down on Rose's knee, for she saw that the heart under the pretty locket ached with its loss, and the dainty apron was used to dry sadder tears than any she had ever shed.
Straight to New York they hie, and lay their goods at the feet of the girl who serves them beans in a beanery.
Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word 'miasma' as 'an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation'; and, in the opinion of Mr Robert Ferguson, his late employer, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily.
Bean, one of the Americans, was found a note-book in which had been penciled some sentences which admit us, in flesh and spirit, as it were, to the presence of these men during their last hours of life, and to the grisly horrors which their fading vision looked upon and their failing consciousness took cognizance of:
You take and split the bean, and cut the wart so as to get some blood, and then you put the blood on one piece of the bean and take and dig a hole and bury it 'bout midnight at the crossroads in the dark of the moon, and then you burn up the rest of the bean.