As a sunshade conferred status and power, along with the need to protect, so does the umbrella. As we mature we need to develop certain emotional coping skills. In dreams these can be seen as a protective covering, hence the image of the umbrella. An umbrella is a shelter and a sanctuary, and it is this symbolism that comes across in dreams. Often in a work situation we need to work under someone's teaching, and this feeling of safety can be recognized in dreams. Occasionally, as in the term ?umbrella organization?, the umbrella is seen as all-encompassing.