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Monday, June 10, 2019

Unraveling The Nature Of Dreams About Animals

By Dorraine Fisher

Humans love animals. We know that our pets and farm animals have special significance in our lives. But what we don’t often think about is that animals play a key role in our existence for many reasons. Like it or not, we ourselves are animals and our connection to that world is still strong. For thousands upon thousands of years, animals have been an extension of us and they appear everywhere in our spirituality and symbolism. We’ve called upon them to summon strength when we needed, and wisdom. They hold a special place in our psyche that goes back to the beginning of time. And at no time is this more clear than when we’re dreaming about them.
Since our dreams are always about us and no one else, they are telling us what we need to know about our own behavior, attitudes, and feelings. Animals appear in our dreams to tell us about our character and the energy surrounding the situations we find ourselves in throughout our waking life. Since our dreams seek to help us work through our subconscious issues, each individual animal in our dreams has a story to tell about the situations in our waking life that we need to address.

The interesting thing about animal dream symbols is that a particular animal can mean different things to different people depending on our feelings about that particular animal. I.E. if we don’t like cats, cats may have negative connotations for the dreamer. But if we love cats, they’ll be conveying a positive message in the dream. In order to interpret what the animal’s appearance in the dream means for us, we have to take into consideration our personal feelings about that animal and also the context in which the animal appears. If we love dogs, they’ll appear in our dreams as a kind of friend. But if we’re afraid of dogs, they will represent fear to us in the dream. But there are some basic meanings for animal dream symbols. Here are just a few:

Dog: represents loyalty and friendship, like a literal “best friend.”

Cat: represents mystery or our personal independence and ability to take care of ourselves.

Bear: represents strength or danger, but can also represent a literally “unbearable” situation or stressful circumstance in our waking life depending on the context of the dream.

Snakes: can represent fertility, temptation, danger, retaliation, or more often they represent aspects of life that we don’t understand or details about a situation that we don’t understand.

Mice and rats: can often represent a “diseased” element in one’s life. A small indicator of oncoming trouble.

Deer: warns the dreamer to be ever diligent, cautious, watchful and aware of our surroundings in our waking life. A doe indicates peace and innocence. While a buck or stag indicates strength and independence.

Horse: represents the wild nature of the dreamer or need or desire to discover that wild nature.

Sheep: Indicates lack of individuality or ability to think for oneself.

Eagle: represents freedom and allowing ourselves to explore the more unconventional aspects of ourselves.

Alligator: indicates the more negative aspects of the self-serving part of ourselves.

Indicates the potential for intelligence behind an exterior of immaturity or childlike behavior.

Butterfly: symbolizes renewal, rejuvenation, starting fresh in life, or becoming what we had the potential to be all along.

Hog or pig: indicates the tendency to take more than one is entitled to.

Turtle: can be an indicator that the dreamer is retreating from dealing with a problem. But it can also indicate the metaphor of “slow and steady wins the race” depending on the context of the dream.

Owl: indicates a highly perceptive or even enlightened state of being

Lion: can indicate arrogant behavior or can indicate strength of character.

Crow: higher consciousness, resilience and cooperation; being able to thrive on what’s available.

Elephant: generosity and friendliness regardless of size; elephant dreams can also be about not forgetting something.

Wolf: strength, cleverness, resilience, cooperation, or danger, depending on the context.

Dinosaurs: can represent antiquated or outdated ideas the dreamer may have or be experiencing in his/her waking life.

Remember this is only a basic set of guidelines and that your own intuition is the best indicator of what a dream animal is trying to tell you in your dreams. Whatever your dream animal represents to you on any given day is what they’ll represent to you in your dream. Use your own discernment and check out more animal dream symbols here: Your Online Source For Dream Interpretations


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Bigfoot Research Journal

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