In the ancient times interpreting dreams was the job of shamans and the healers of the tribe. Now we have psychiatrists and mental health professionals to help you understand the dream symbols and the meaning of your dreams. However these messages of the subconscious can be really complicated, from time to time we have dreams about more common symbols that we can analyze and easily find out their meanings. These interpretations are not universal definitions, but they can act as general guidelines to define the personal meaning of your dream symbols.
One of the most commonly reported dream symbols, probably because the feeling of anxiety stays with us longer and we can easily recall these nightmarish scenes. It can symbolize a problem that has been hanging over your head and now came the time to finally face it.
Open water usually represents the unknown. It means that you can’t see the future clearly but and the weather conditions symbolize your feeling about the situation. Clear sky represents positive expectations, stormy weather means you have worries about the future.
Dreams where you fly away encourage you to let go of your problems and allow things to fall into their right places.
Dreaming of a lover
Strangely dreaming of a lover usually tells more about ourselves than others. It represents the relationship with your own nature and symbolizes how you see yourself.
Dreaming of an old friend
Though it depends on your relationship with this person from the past, it usually represents longing for a peaceful time from your past where you had less stress in your life.
School or classroom
If you find yourself in a school or in a classroom, often confronted with an unexpected test, then your dream wants to remind you to stay alert and don’t let things go out of your control. School often represents your job, so be prepared for challenges at your work.
Death of a loved one
Don’t be scared, this usually symbolizes a missing aspect or quality of your life. Something that goes unrecognized and can lead you to changes in your life.
You are scared of the future and have doubts about yourself. The dark figures lurking in the shadows symbolize these worries, but don’t be afraid of changes, once you get to know these thoughts they can show you what the future holds for you.
Falling uncontrollably indicates something in your life that feels very much out of control. You subconscious warns you that you are facing a major life problem with work, relationships or elsewhere.
Nudity represents vulnerability and anxiety. Dreams about showing up somewhere naked is common to people who are facing a new challenge in their life. If someone else appears naked in your dreams that symbolize an openly expressed aspect of that person.
Dreams about sex symbolize your intimate connections with others and even with yourself. It means that you need to merge and integrate the contrasting aspects of yourself. Often represents your search for intimacy and closeness.
Teeth falling out
It’s a common dream symbol and a really controversial one, experts greatly disagree on the meaning of these dreams. Some say that teeth represents control and confidence and loosing your teeth means that something happened in your life that has caused you to lose confidence. Others think that it’s a warning sign for your relationship, but usually it represents problems in your personal life.
Dreams about death and dying symbolize a wish to end something in the dreamers life like a relationship or a carrier path. It’s often related to dramatic changes. You want to put an end to something to make room for new exciting things.
Meeting a celebrity
While celebrities may represent a personal need for recognition, depending on the actual celebrity it may reveal what talents and skills you values the most.
A cheating partner
A lack of attention from your partner might unconsciously trigger this dream and it often means that you have trust issues. It’s time to talk about your worries and put the magic back in your relationship.
Showing up late
You are making promises you can’t keep. It indicates that you are overwhelmed and live with too much stress in your personal life. Slow down and find more time for yourself.
It represents a need to start a creative project or the need of new ideas in general. Sometimes it can be a sign that you have problems caused by your past.
Out of control driving
A warning from your subconscious, a bad habit may become a long-term problem. Losing control in your dreams often represents that you don’t have enough control in your life.
Something new comes into your life. A new idea or a new creative project at work. Symbol of new possibilities and potential for growth in multiple areas of your life.
Most animals in your dreams represents your very own habits of your waking life.
Killing as part of your dream indicates a dramatic change in your life. The type of change is signified by who or what is killed in your dreams. For instance, killing an animal can represent changing a habit.
Dreaming about money symbolizes exchange of value. Seeing or winning money in your dreams indicates that success and prosperity is within your reach.
Symbol of connection and communication. You might want to get in contact with a long lost friend. Usually it means that deep down you miss people from your past.
Dreaming about roads represents your direction in life. Try to remember where you were heading in your dreams, it can tell a lot about your current path. These dream symbols show you the right direction.
You are in a need of greater control of your life. Dreaming about being underwater suggests that you are overwhelmed and under a lot of pressure.
Meeting with a deceased friend or family member
It represents longing for the past, for a peaceful time where you were happier in your life. Dreams where the dead people appears threatening forewarns that you are being influenced by negative people in your waking life.
The universal symbol of wisdom, magic, insight and expanded awareness. It represent intuitive energies and the works of your subconscious.
Symbolizes nobility, freedom, and courage. It also represents the spiritual world. Soon you will realize your highest ambitions and your greatest desires.
Dreaming about ascending in an elevator represents a rise to status and wealth. Descending suggests that you are slowly coming back to reality. In general, elevator represents the ups and downs of your life.
Dreaming that you are in pain suggests that you are being too hard on yourself about something in your past, where the situation was out of your control.
Dreaming about bugs means that you are worried about something in your personal life. “What’s bugging you?”
Cat is the symbol of an independent spirit, creativity and power, but it can also represent misfortune and bad luck. Dreaming about cats has different significance depending on your relationship with cats.
Dreaming about a deer represents grace, compassion and natural beauty. Deer has feminine qualities and might point to the feminine aspect within yourself. If you dream about a black deer then you may not be in tune with your feminine side.
Walking in the desert signifies loss. loneliness and misfortune. The landscape may symbolize feeling deserted and left behind.
Seeing your own feet in your dreams represents stability and knowledge. It indicates your need to be more practical and sensible in your waking life.
Dreaming about a beautiful garden implies that you are seeking intimacy and comfort.
To see a hat in your dreams symbolizes that you are hiding a part of yourself. Dreaming about changing hats represents your changing thoughts and opinions.
Ink represents creativity, you will adopt a new way of looking at things. It might be a metaphor for getting a tattoo or “getting inked”.
Dreaming about jewelry symbolizes status and self worth or personal value. It also represents your relationship with spiritual and psychological riches.
Keys are the symbols of new opportunities, secrets and freedom. These dream symbols mean that you are unlocking the answer to a problem. If the key is made of gold then it indicates influence, wealth and power.
Carrying a knife represents agression or separation. There might be some things in your life that you need to cut out and get rid of.
Climbing a ladder symbolizes reaching a new level of achievement. You are on your way to a higher awareness.
Dreaming of your own reflection suggests that you think too much about how others see you. Seeing an empty mirror implies that you have lost your true identity.
Good neighbor means enjoyment and peace in your home, but an angry neighbor represents disappointment. Dreaming about your neighbors symbolizes your relationship with your home.
You cannot leave your work at the office, you have too much on your mind. Try to find time for yourself and relax.
Queen is the symbol of intuition, influence and power. In some of your dreams the queen can be a symbol for your mother.
Falling rain can be a metaphor for crying and tears, but it also represents renewal and fertility. Standing in the rain may indicate a cleaning process.
You need to make a hard decision in your life. Dreaming about a scale suggests you to look at the situation from different perspectives.
A ringing phone
You have a new message from your subconscious! Don’t avoid the situation and listen to your instincts.
It represents contrasting images. Vampires can symbolize seduction and sexuality as well as fear and death. If the character reminds you of someone in your life, then deep down you know that this person is bad for you, yet you are still drawn to her/him.
Signifies chaos and disorder in your life, you are experiencing internal conflicts and it eats you away. Change your attitude and put up the fight.
Usually it represents something that is forbidden for you. You can’t do or can’t have something in your waking life. Letters as dream symbols usually have personal meanings, think about a person whose name starts with that letter.