To be ‘middle of the road’ implies that you are neither ‘here nor there’ – ‘sitting on the fence’ so to speak. Are you making an important life decision at this time? Are you actually about to be married? Or embarking on a new path? If so, I think that part of you recognises that this is not the most appropriate path for you at this time. At least, if taken, this path is a roundabout way of getting to where you already know you should be going. You may be placing the needs of others, before your own.
Trees ‘should’ be leafy and green and supporting life, but your tree is dead or, at least, dormant. It is as if whatever you are about to do will be a learning experience but not necessarily a pleasant one. Whatever decision you come, however you come to it (either the hard way or the ‘easy’ way) will bear fruit. Although appearing as winter in your dream, the world tree is a seasonal.
Let your inner wisdom guide you. The tree of life integrates the three realms – heaven, earth and underworld. Like the world tree, the owl is also a symbol of wisdom, moving with stealth in the dark. Acknowledge the free, independent aspect of yourself to get in touch with your inner wisdom. Let your inner ‘bird handler’ ground your ‘flighty’ ideals and earth the big, beautiful, untamed, innate knowing that is within.
Researching Lilith may help….