I dreamt I was in a classroom. The teacher wanted us to measure a big ball of multi colored rope. She was cussing as she unwound it which surprised me. All I had to measure with was a tiny ruler on a pocket knife. I asked for help from a guy at work named Art. He was finished already but wouldn't help me. I flung my keys against the wall in anger.
I can see the coiled string of many colors as an alchemical serpent path. As a scientist, I tend to straighten and measure.