WORDS by Pauline Morrissey

There are deep meanings of dreams that we can find in our nightly trip away from reality. Most people find their dreams to be unintelligible scrambles of mixed messages and cryptic symbols from things they encountered in their day. The subconscious mind is a much more remarkable machine than it is given credit for. Precognitive dreams are dreams that are designed by your subconscious mind to make you feel a certain way or even tell you something.

Of course our minds work differently from person to person, it can be difficult to gauge the meaning of a particular symbol appearing in the dreams of one person to the next. However, there are many inherently similar common dream symbols with distinctive and sometimes surprising meanings. In order to help you understand some of the hidden meanings in dreams, here are eight commons symbols which appear in dreams and their different meanings.

1. Dreams of death

Well this escalated quickly didn't it? But in all seriousness - to dream of your own death or the death of a family member can be very upsetting. If you believe the dream to be prophetic it can seem like cause for concern. Your subconscious mind often looks at death as a stage or phase that is part of life. A dream of death often symbolizes the end of an era or phase in your life. People who are perhaps finishing up a certain job, study or even moving homes, often have dreams involving their death or the death of a loved one. Likewise people who can foresee a certain relationship in their life ending often have similar dreams.

2. Drowning and dreaming of bodies of water

Many people think that if they are drowning in their dream that it may be a sign that they should avoid exposing themselves to anything involving water or possible drowning. Water however is a symbol in your subconscious mind for the portrayal of emotions. Dreams of drowning may in fact signify that you are overcome or ‘drowning’ in your emotions.

3. Fire

Fire is one of nature’s most destructive forces. People who dream of fire may believe there is some form of disaster approaching. 

4. Predatory creatures

Although we often associate animal predators with fear or danger, different animals may have different interpretations. If you dream of a wolf which is in a peaceful state it could signify a potential threat. However, dreaming of a wolf on the prowl may indicate possible treachery. Some creatures indicate a clear threat and the best way of judging the type of threat the symbol represents is by the attributes of the predator itself. A shark is a clear indication of an emotional threat, as their natural habitat is water and water represents emotion. Spiders, though they have the power to harm you, are tiny creatures who’s bite typically produces an irritating effect. Therefore a spider can signify small annoyances or irritants going on in your life.

5. Being chased

The good ol’ chase dream!  Everybody has experienced this type of dream at least once in their lives.  We're either chasing after something, or we are doing our best to escape something horrific.   The million dollar question is why are chase dreams so common and the reason behind them. The “chase dreams” occur when we are unable to cope with our fears and have trouble facing reality.  Once ignored, these thoughts and images manifest over time in our unconscious mind, then is released during sleep in the form of a cat and mouse scenario. These fears include stress, anxiety and  phobias that we have overlooked and now it rearing it’s ugly head.

6. Falling in your dreams

Almost everyone has had the falling dream in different forms. Some people have all different forms of falling dreams and there are several ways to interpret what it means. Falling can symbolize the loss of something. It can symbolize the loss of control, or it can mean the loss of a material object.

7. Cheating partners

It is more common than you think to dream about your partner having an affair or cheating on you. Your first instinct might be that your dreams are telling you to suspect that you are in fact being cheated on. However, these types of dreams can actually be your subconscious mind’s way of reaffirming your commitment to this person. Your dreams could be telling you that you care about this person by invoking one of your strongest and most primal emotions: jealousy! 

8. Being stark naked 

Dreaming that you are completely or partially naked is very common. Nudity symbolizes a variety of things; becoming mortified at the realization that you are naked in public, reflects your vulnerability or feelings of shamefulness, or you may be hiding something and are afraid that others can see right through you. Metaphorically, clothes are a means of concealment, you can hide your identity or be someone else. But without them, everything is hanging out for all to see. You are exposed and left without any defenses. Thus your naked dream may be telling you that you are trying to be something that you really are not, or you're fearful of being ridiculed and disgraced. Such anxieties are elevated especially in situations where you are trying to impress others. Perhaps you are in a new work environment or in a new relationship.

What weird dreams have you pondered the meanings of?

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WORDS BY:  Pauline Morrissey

Pauline is the Lead Editor for LOVE & LIST. She clocks off by daydreaming about future escapades & having D&M's with wine in hand. She takes pride in both her appetite for organisation and her Nintendo 64 skills. Pauline describes her fuel for writing much like The Wizard of Oz; in search for more brain, courage & heart.