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Dreams Symbols

These symbols are the most requested symbols in dream psychology (listed in alphabetical order).
Their interpretations are meant as starting points and will vary in their meaning depending upon the individual dreamer.
Every dreamer should make every attempt to interpret their dreams without outside help as the meanings are very personal.
Click on our "How to Interpret Dreams" link for more specific interpretation methods.


Animals - Instinctive part of self attuned to nature and survival (survival in the social world). Animals sometimes represent one's parents, especially their relationship to a parent (love, hate, etc.). Being chased by an animal may represent some repressed emotion or aggression. Look at the particular animal to determine the symbol it may represent. Wild animals denote troubles or fears, even misfortune. Domestic animals, especially pets, usually mean good fortune. Their demeanor is significant. A fierce animal is a warning. A calm one indicates happy times. Animals often represent the primal side of our makeup and the dreamer's relationship with the animal tells how much control they have over that part of themselves. The most common animals in our dreams are:

BIRDS - depending on the kind of bird, this is usually a sign of prosperity and unexpected happiness for you. Large birds are the symbol of Freedom. Singing birds, of happiness.
CATS - an age-old symbol of the Feminine; the elegant and mysterious elements of our lives. To dream of a friendly cat, means you are developing your intuitive powers. If you are attacked by a cat, beware of an enemy pretending to be a friend. If you hear a cat screeching, beware of gossip. A purring cat promises happiness.
DOGS - traditional symbol of the Masculine; courage and loyalty. A friendly dog denotes coming domestic happiness. A vicious dog warns you of financial or health concerns. A howling dog warns of separation from loved ones.
HORSES - a symbol of animal power, strength and energy. To be riding a beautiful horse denotes you will achieve much power in life. A wild horse, out of control, is a warning to curb your own passions. A sick horse cautions you of ill health.
INSECTS - usually represent small, nagging worries. Things that "bug" you. Traditionally, they can represent relatives. How you handle the insects in your dream, tells you how to handle these worries.
RATS - beware of deception! Especially from someone close to you. The dream-meaning of killing a rat is one of success.
SNAKES - lead us not into temptation. A symbol of betrayals and enemies. If a snake bites you, beware of a quarrel with a friend. Your dream will show you who your enemy is.
WOLVES - a balance of the Dog's loyalty and courage with Nature's ferocity. Be prepared to face a disastrous turn of events. You can overcome if you have powerful allies.

Automobile - Car - the great modern symbol of power, status, vitality, sexuality. Life itself. Automobile dreams are very common and have many meanings in dream analysis. It depends on factors like -- who is driving? Is it a pleasant journey or a treacherous one? An old clunker or a luxurious new car? Beginning a drive in an automobile generally means that you are in the beginning stages of a new life-plan. Where the car takes you metaphorically shows you where your life should be going. If your car breaks down, you could be placing your trust in someone not worth it.

Baby - may symbolize vulnerability, or your need for love. Also, your pure innocent - true self (other than the ego). It may represent some new development in your life. A baby commonly appears in the dreams of pregnant women and may be a straightforward expression of pregnancy.

Bath - Dream meaning for bath or bathing usually means a rebirth within or you need to confess something. See Water.

Blood - The meaning of blood in a dream, no matter what form the dream is in, always symbolizes caution. Watch out for enemies, strangers and others who may wish to cause you discredit.

Clothes - Clothes may represent your persona, how you look at yourself and how you feel others may see you. Old and worn out clothes mat symbolize anxiety about your attractiveness or you need to discard some habitual way of thinking.

Changing your clothes may indicate a change in your lifestyle (past, present or future). Clothes in a dream being worn by someone else may suggest that there is some part of you that you relate to in that particular person. See naked listed below.

Celebrities - Actor - Famous-People - Meeting a famous person can indicate a profitable new offer will be made. There will be a change for good in your life. A goal can finally be obtained. Celebrities are our cultural heroes, and to dream of them can mean that it is time for you to join their ranks.

Chase - To dream of being chased by some frightening being can mean that it is time for you to set out on your destined path. But you are refusing to let go of elements in your life that are hindering your quest. If you are caught by that being, you have much work ahead of you. If you escape, you are almost free -- your life-quest is taking a new road.

Cheating - According to my statistics, dreaming of cheating is one of the top 12 dreams. To dream that you are cheating on your spouse, mate, or significant other, may indicate of guilt or a hidden inner agenda of compromising your own conscience. Caution should be taken about pursuits in your life. So, do not to waste your time or life on fruitless endeavors. It may also be a reflection of your own need to explore your sexuality. However, this may indicate that you may intensify your commitment to another.

To dream that your mate is cheating on you may indicate that you have fears concerning abandonment due to a lack of attention or communication. An effort to communicate this honestly to your mate should reassure this need for trust. Also, you should pay attention to your own lack of self-esteem or view of an opinion of someone's standards. This may indicate your need to for self improvement and self analysis about how you feel and think about yourself.

If you are dreaming about cheating at another activity, other than sexual, take some time to be honest with yourself.

Cross - Crucifix - Represents perfect balance (as in the Christ within or Buddha consciousness). It may be a symbol for a crossroads in your life or a burden to heavy to carry. It also may be a symbol of death, something coming to an end in your life (relationships, job, change of lifestyle, etc).

Death - Death or dying in a breath most often represents changes in one's life, something is coming to an end. Very seldom does death symbolize true dying of a person. The old is dying and with the death of the old comes new beginnings. The death and resurrection of Christ is a good example in mythology of the death motif. What it represents is the death of the ego self and its resurrection to a spiritual realization.

A dead person in a dream may relate to past relationships with that particular person. If the dead person is you then consider your true condition as you see it, I feel dead because of my job, life, relationships, etc. Or death may simply represent your anxiety about dying.

Devil - Evil spirits, not necessarily religious. It may represent some repressed emotions that need to be expressed. It may symbolize a need to change one's behavior (devilish) and find a spiritual center.

Earth - Ground - Dirt To dream you are lying on the earth signifies news of a sad nature; but if you are being buried in earth, you will be lucky in some kind of gamble. If, in your dream, you see someone tilling the earth, or you observe earth which has been tilled, you will participate in very substantial profits.

Eyes - Dreaming about eyes very often symbolizes insight and understanding. Closed eyes may represent your unwillingness to accept something or something you need to change or improve on. Strange or disembodied eyes in a dream are considered a prediction of a very beneficial change of events soon to come. To injure your eyes, get something in them, or be otherwise worried about them is a warning that someone is trying to trick you in a business affair. If the main feature of your dream was the beauty of the eyes, the dream is telling you that you can count on the sincere love of those who matter to you. Crossed eyes are a lucky omen for money matters, but a squint, cast, or other defect is a warning against an illicit love affair. Animal eyes are a sign of hidden rivalry or jealousy in your close circle. Exceptionally large and/or wide-open eyes in a dream signify an inheritance. Blue or light eyes mean a new friendship; dark eyes, a new love affair.

Falling - Falling in your dream may represent your real life fear of letting go of something or someone. It also may suggest a loss of controlling a situation. Self-inflation is another possibility. Are you above yourself and due a fall?

Fire - Fire can symbolize one or more of the following {but not limited to}: passion, sexual or extreme emotions; fever, an actual body fever; unconscious destructive attitudes, greed, hate, anger; transformation, a need to rid yourself of unwanted attitudes or aspects that prevent you from being your true self; spirituality, a need to discover {self-} knowledge about your inner self.

Dreaming of your house being on fire may symbolize your external life is 'going up in flames', or a feeling that it is. Look at the dream and determine what causes these feelings, the other symbols associated with the fire. Sometimes these associated symbols appear as other people which may indicate emotions pertaining to that person or aspects that person possesses that represent your own emotions about yourself or other people.

Flying - The great Mythical symbol of Freedom. The meaning of flying dreams is one of good omens. You instinctively know the goals in life and how to seek them. Whether it's love you seek, or a place in life, or fame and fortune, you will fly over earthly obstacles and find your happiness. Recurrent flying dreams indicate great fortune. All Traditions explain flying dreams in the same way. If you are in your own human form, you will find happiness in an ordinary but successful life. If you are a bird in your dream, you will be most fortunate in life and attract good luck. If you are a Winged Human (Greek: ORNITHANTHROPUS), you are bound for a highly creative and fulfilled life.

Food - Food represents knowledge. Physically food nourishes the body. Mentally knowledge nourishes the mind, thus the old adage of "food for thought." Preparing or eating food in a dream, means coming happiness in your life, domestic contentment. Being hungry or thirsty indicates dissatisfaction in your life, often spiritual. As a general guide, seeing or preparing food is an auspicious omen, providing the food was fresh and sufficient for the occasion; but if it was spoiled in any way or you were short of it, you can expect some reverses which will require careful planning to overcome. Selling food is a dream of contrary and signifies a stroke of money luck; buying food predicts a happy family celebration. but tasting food indicates a minor loss of money or personal property.

Hair - Represents knowledge, most often conscious knowledge (or the lack of). Abundant hair may signify virility or male sexuality (Freud). Cutting hair may symbolize loss of virility, or castration. Loss of hair may express a fear of getting old or being unwanted.

Hands - Symbolize ability, particularly practical and social abilities. Tied hands represent a feeling of an inability to succeed in a particular endeavor. Washing your hands often symbolizes guilt- what are you trying to get rid of?

House - symbol representing yourself. The rooms or different floors may represent emotions, attitudes, complexes, ideas. Going upstairs symbolizes conscious thinking. The basement represents the deep unconscious.

Insects - Bugs - Usually represent small, nagging worries. Things that "bug" you. Traditionally, they can represent relatives. How you handle the insects in your dream, tells you how to handle these worries.

Killing - Also see Murder. May represent repression/suppression of some aspect of yourself - you want or need to kill that part of your personality. It may indicate hatred or envy between siblings or hostility towards some person. Also, putting an end to negative feelings or unwanted situations in one's life is possible.

Lost - The meaning of this dream is literal. You are lost in your life, adrift. Something is gone from your life -- Love, Career, and Spirituality. The Setting of your dream, where you are lost, holds the answers to your salvation....LOSING SOMETHING PRECIOUS is a variation of the LOST dream; the object lost being the key to the dream.

Marriage - A blending of intellectual and intuitive parts or masculine and feminine aspects of oneself. A bridge between the conscious mind and the unconscious self (as in dreams) may be accomplished.

Money - Represents one's values in life. It may symbolize self worth. In exchanging money, it may represent changes about to happen in your life. Take note of any numbers and find their meaning(s). For instance, five often symbolizes changes in life.

Mountain - Climbing a mountain may symbolize achievements or tasks to be performed. Looking from a mountain may symbolize your life under review, without the conscious emotional involvement (dreams looks at your life without prejudices). A mountain may represent obstacles in your life.

Murder - The dream meaning of murdering someone else may mean a need for you to eliminate something of self or repressed anger. In this case search your conscience. To dream that you are murdered, foretells that enemies are secretly working to overthrow you and you may feel victimized or threatened. Witnessing murder in your dreams, foretells much sorrow arising from the misdeeds of others. See Killing.

Naked or Nudity - Being nude may symbolize the 'naked truth' about oneself. Totally open and exposed. It may be an expression for childhood innocence and freedom from artificial inhibitions. Showing off your nudity may be a desire for sex, or a desire for recognition.

Interpreting Numbers in your Dreams - It could be a number written on something or particular number of objects or you may visit a place particular number of times. As in numerology, if name appears in dreams it should be calculated to evaluate a number. The interpretations about numbers 1-9 are same as in numerology. Besides single digit numbers, karmic numbers (11,22,33...) also have the same effect as in numerology. Examples: Numbers in dreams have the same meaning as they do in numerology. A number in a dream may also indicate that particular age in the dreamer's life. For example, a dream of three women arguing can indicate that the dreamer witnessed arguments with her mother at the age 3. Use this list as a reference.
1 - one A male number indicating a request to develop ones individuality / creativity or indicating that the dreamer is selfish with respect to the subject matter of the dream.
2 - two A female number indicating balance, sharing, give and take, two way communications. The number two is important for channels (mediums) and as such they will often have dreams which are littered with the number two (e.g. weddings, twins, 2 of anything, etc.). Dreaming of the number 2 is not enough in itself to indicate that the dreamer is a channel but it is a good indicator.
3 - three This number always has to do with commitment and as such it should be placed in the I Need column. It stands for mind, body and spirit and is a request to commit yourself, mind body and spirit, to improving yourself in the direction indicated in the dream. The number 3 will often appear in dreams about the heart as people who have closed off their heart to others often lack commitment. A triangle or pyramid also indicate commitment and request the dreamer to meditate on the subject matter of the dream.
4 - four This number indicates limitation. For example, catching the number 4 bus would indicate the dreamer is limiting their life journey through their actions / thoughts. A box or square also indicate limitation.
5 - five Another male number indicating sensuality, the five senses, Karma (literally learning your lessons through the five senses).
6 - six Another female number, 6 indicates Dharma, Christ Consciousness, Grace, love, forgiveness, compassion. It indicates a request to go beyond the five senses and Karma and develop compassion etc. within yourself.
7 - seven This number always indicates Spiritual Enlightenment. Our Spiritual Center is our 7th Chakra. For example, a dream where you catch the number 37 bus to Church is a request to commit (number 3) yourself to developing your Spiritual side (number 7 and church). Paying $47 for something indicates that the dreamer is limiting (number 4) their Spiritual nature (number 7) by not putting enough energy (paying for something) into developing it.
8 - eight This number 8 is a perfectly balance symbol (imagine it on its side ) and indicates expansion through balance (infinity symbol = expansion). It also features in dreams about the circulatory system (8 is two circles).
9 - nine This number is not very common in dreams and indicates that the dreamer is Spiritually advanced. It is a request that the dreamer follow their life purpose because within this lifetime they can finish with learning the lessons of the Earth. These people would find themselves naturally drawn to learning about Spiritual matters.
0 - zero This is the perfect symbol with no beginning or end. It indicates God / ideals. For example, 70 would indicate Spiritual ideals.
10 - ten Having used up all the individual numbers 10 indicates completion.
12 - twelve This number indicates the dreamer is judgmental. There are twelve people on a jury.
100 - Numbers up to 100 See Meaning of Numbers 1 - 100.
666 - Numbers up to 144,00 Bible or Biblical Meaning of Numbers.

People - Most often represents the different aspects of oneself; emotions, attitudes, desires, fears, etc. look to the particular characteristics of a person or persons in the dream.

Radio - Communication between conscious and unconscious self (as in dream). Communications (or lack of) between aspects of self or between persons in your life.

Roads - Your direction in life, the road you are following (may need changing or modifications). Patterns in your life, something that you continually do that may be harmful or unnecessary. It represents goals in life. What is your path in life?

School - Lessons in life. Self understanding is learning to know yourself (psychological). Life's experiences. Have you learned from them or do you ignore what is evident for what is convenient?

Sex - Genitals - The meaning of sexuality in dreams depends on the emotional element. If you wake up sexually aroused, that is common. Sexuality is a fundamental part of living and sexual dreams express part of your being. Only if the content is disturbing or if your arousal is more intense from dreams than from waking experience, do you need to explore your dream's meaning. If you dream of sexual experience but are not sexually aroused, the traditional meaning is one of general happiness. Your love relationship is deepening or about to be renewed. Sex with a partner may symbolize a unification of unconscious aspects in your life to a conscious realization. Uniting parts of oneself that was previously separated due to repression/suppression. May be a straight forward desire for sex. Uninhibited sex may suggest one's actual persona is uninhibited. When is a sleazy dream sleazy and when is a sleazy dream Spiritual?" If you are troubled by the sexual content of your dreams, or need to enhance your sexual life. Read more about The Meanings of Sex in Dreams.

Snakes - lead us not into temptation. A symbol of betrayals and enemies. If a snake bites you, beware of a quarrel with a friend. Your dream will show you who your enemy is.

Spiders - traditionally a sign of good fortune. Money, and much of it!

Teacher - A symbol for your higher self (spiritual or creative). Insights that show you the way on your path.

Teeth - Tooth - Assimilating of knowledge (unconscious) so to understand and make use of it. Losing teeth symbolizes change in one's way of thinking. Also symbolizes a fear of getting old. May symbolize aggression.

Vehicles - Also see automobile or car. A symbol representing yourself. Are you driving (in control), in the back or passenger seat (not in control). Is your mother driving? Perhaps she has too much control of your life. A bus may symbolize yourself and the passengers aspects of your personality.

Water - Water represents the unconscious self (mind). Pools of water, lakes, rivers, symbolize the personal unconscious, whereas oceans and seas represent the deeper collective (universal) unconscious. Traditionally, calm water means good times ahead, clear sailing. Rough waters: caution, reconsider your actions. To drown can be a warning -- but also indicate your need for more spiritual examination.
....BATHING - BATH - warm water foretells of increased love in your life or of spiritual rebirth.
....DRINKING WATER - if the water is clear, the dream augurs financial security, prosperity. If it is cloudy; financial problems.
....SWIMMING - a complex dream, where meaning depends on all the details: conditions of water, weather...Generally, to be swimming is a sign of current good health. If you are swimming naked, you feel energized and ready for the successes of life that are arriving.

Wet Dream - For the young wet dreams and orgasms in a dream are very common. In these cases it is simply a reflection of your awareness of the physiological change taking place. For adults, it indicates the flow of your creative energies. A good orgasm experience may be an omen of success or a breakthrough. A frustrating sexual experience usually is a symptom of an energy blockage.

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