Today, people see dream interpretation as part of the new age movement. However, the new age movement is not that new if it is strictly defined as the practice of various methods of interpreting dreams and telling fortunes.
The people of ancient civilizations had been doing these thousands of years ago. They were not regarded as freaks and pagans, either; they were thought to be scientifically-accurate, intelligent people of their time.
It goes to show how practices continue while the ideas about them do not.
How dreams were interpreted
People of ancient civilizations interpret dreams much the same way as people do now. They regard some dreams as direct messages while see others as symbolic dreams that need careful interpretation.
Ancient people also interpret dreams using verbal connections. Sometimes the intrepretation for dreaming of a certain object is the homonym of that object. There are interpretations that are the opposites of the dreams.
For example, dreaming yourself to be dead during the time of the Ancient Egyptians mean that you will have a long life. Some dreams require deeper meanings that are somehow comparable to the dream event.
For example, a man who dreams of making love to his wife during the day will find his wrong-doings put into the open. The dream event and the interpretation are related because they are both considered shameful and are both put into the open.
Preparing for lucid dreaming
To interpret or at least to get to know their dreams more efficiently, ancient people sleep in a sacred place with the hope of dreaming lucidly. With lucid dreaming, a dreamer has better control of his or her dreams.
In ancient times, there are three kinds of dreaming: pious, revelatory or prophetic and informational. Pious dreams are about showing devotion to God or gods in dreams.
Revelatory dreams often make some secret known while informational dreams have specific information to convey.