Sand is an element associated with passing time and sleep, and is a classic symbol of ‘having sand in your eyes’ or not seeing clearly. Sand in an hourglass can suggest the passing of time and how you may feel that you are not achieving what you desire in terms of life stages. Sand at the seashore can represent nostalgia and aspirations or the feeling of ‘waiting for your ship to come in.’ Walking on sand, and making footprints along the water’s edge can symbolize your journey through life. When you are walking alone you may be exploring on a solo journey prior to making a change or when other footprints appear, you may be exploring partnership. The sandy shore of an ocean can also symbolize approaching the unconscious or exploring feelings that remain below the surface. See also Water and Unconscious.