"the dreamer is climbing over a railing. As she does so, she is holding a branch of blossom in her hands"

    In Christian theology the 'Annunciation' refers to the passage in Chapter One of the Biblical Gospel of Luke, in which the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear the son of God.  As Freud suggests, the traditional depiction of Gabriel as presenting a white lily during the encounter refers to Mary's virginity. 


Online edition of the 'Authorized King James Bible', (originally published 1611)