The hidden meanings of 100 dreams, according to experts

We can dream of the most random of things and events, so it’s often quite difficult to determine what these dreams mean. However, there’s actually an art and science to interpreting dreams that can help you understand them better.

What does dreaming of lost shoes mean? What does it mean if your dreams are blurry or you’re blind in your dream? Should dreams of divorce automatically mean your marriage is going downhill?

Whether it’s falling down continuously, being abducted by aliens, or the classic dream of being seen naked in public, your dreams may tell you things about yourself that you’ve never come to realize before. Below, we take a look at 100 of the most common kinds of dreams and see what the expert dream interpreters have to say about them.

1) What do dreams of having an affair mean?

Don’t worry, dreaming about cheating on your significant other doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re actually prone to doing it in real life.

In his book, The Dream Interpretation Dictionary, J.M. DeBord says that those dreams could be the result of general feelings of wanting to be set free from something or wanting to try out something different.

For example, he says that you might have had those dreams because “the thought of quitting your job and living on an island crossed your mind, and the desire is growing in you to actually do it.”

Alternatively, the dream could also be pushing you to finally go after the creative project, academic pursuit, or career shift that you’ve postponed doing.

2) What do dreams of speaking with an accent mean?

Recently had a dream where you spoke with a southern twang, London intonation, or another accent that you don’t have in real life? This could be a good or bad sign—not because of whatever accent you had, but how the other people in the dream reacted to you.

DeBord says that if you drew positive reactions to the accent in the dream, you could be feeling a sense of “confidence or sophistication” in real life. On the flip side, however, negative attention could, unfortunately, mean that “you feel insecure or persecuted.”

3) What do dreams with cats mean?

According to Russell Grant’s book, The Illustrated Dream Dictionary, cats in dreams are, more often than not, foreboding of a close friend or loved one deceiving you or being disloyal to you.

Like the common superstition, a black cat in particular may specifically warn you of a possible future illness, “but chase one away and you may get a surprise stroke of good luck,” Grant adds. Poor cats.

4) What do dreams with dogs mean?

Grant says that dogs in dreams can represent your friends and may be a sign of good times in the future. However, beware of snarling dogs as that may mean that a friend or loved one isn’t trustworthy.

Specifically, if you get bitten by a dog in your dream, he says that “a so-called friend is up to some trickery which can harm you.” A barking dog, on the other hand, can foretell of future danger, particularly legal difficulties.

5) What do dreams with aliens mean?

If you just had a dream where you were abducted by aliens, you are likely to run into some unfamiliarity or even hostility in your life.

In his book The Hidden Meaning of Dreams, Craig Hamilton-Parker suggests that “your first step should be to find out what it is and get to know this neglected aspect of yourself. For example, you may be behaving in ways that are ‘alien’ to you or have feelings that are ‘unlike you.”

Now, let’s hope that you weren’t actually abducted by aliens and were brainwashed into thinking it was a dream.

6) What do dreams about an airport mean?

Maybe you’re just a bit nervous about an upcoming flight, but dreaming about being in an airport can actually signify that significant change that is about to come into your life—or that you are ready to start pursuing it yourself.

“Airports are points of departure, such as when you’re leaving behind old beliefs or practices or a time of life,” DeBord explains. It’s a bit similar to dreaming about having an affair, but thankfully more wholesome!

7) What do dreams where you’re bald mean?

The meaning behind being bald in a dream may not actually reside in the fact that you were bald, but in the fact that you lost hair (assuming that you’re not bald in real life at least). Like the loss of teeth, losing hair can symbolize losing strength, feeling helpless, or feeling vulnerable.

It may also mean losing your sense of self and identity. Because “hair is a strong visual identifier”, being bald in a dream may be connected to feeling that you’re losing yourself, especially in the corporate world.

However, it can actually also signify something positive. Debold says that baldness “can indicate a clean mind, especially if the head is shiny and spotless.”

8) What do dreams where you’re playing sports mean?

If you are already the sporty person in the waking world, then dreaming of sports may actually not mean anything in particular. However, if you’re not, then this can mean that you’re pushing yourself too far or too hard in life and that you must “take care not to overdo things,” cautions Grant.

Another interpretation is that you might be feeling quite fiery and competitive and are wary of some potential rivalry among the people around you.

9) What do dreams where you’re cooking or baking mean?

Just like the sports dream, dreams like this probably don’t mean anything special if you already cook or bake a lot as a person. However, Hamilton-Parker says that preparing something in a dream kitchen could actually “represent plans you are nearly ready to put into action.”

Baking, specifically, can symbolize that you are either pregnant or have the desire (even unconsciously!) to have a baby. Either way, we hope you cooked something delicious and that you ate in the dream!

10) What do dreams where you wear armor mean?

If you’re wearing armor in a dream, this might mean that you feel wary of others and therefore feel the need to be constantly on your guard.

Hamilton-Parker suggests reflecting on why you feel afraid or feel the need for protection. “You may discover you need not be so guarded,” he says.

11) What do dreams about someone mean?

Well, if you like or even love this certain someone in the waking world, then this is probably just a product of just how passionate you actually are about them! There’s still some nuance to take into account, however.

If in the dream your partner is with someone else, don’t automatically think that they’re actually being unfaithful. It might mean that some passion is waning in your life while others still seem to be enthusiastic

12) What do dreams where you die mean?

Don’t fret. Just because you dreamt that you died or were about to die doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re about to die in real life. It does, however, probably mean that a certain chapter or aspect of your life is about to end.

“Dreaming about death often means that you feel something is coming to an end in your life,” Jane Teresa Anderson, a dream analyst who hosts the Dream Show podcast, told

“But that being said, how you react to the death in the dream can mean different things.”

13) What do dreams where you die peacefully mean?

However, if you die in a dream but feel at peace about it, Anderson says that “you have an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ attitude” and “it could be something that you’re ready to let go from.”

14) What do dreams where you’re scared of death mean?

On the other hand, if you were panicking or were just generally anxious about dying in your dream, Anderson explained that “you’re not quite there yet” and are likely uncomfortable with letting things go.

15) What do dreams about teeth falling out mean?

If your life is in utter chaos recently (like if you get fired from a job), dreaming about losing your teeth isn’t unlikely.

Losing your teeth in a dream reflects the feeling that you’re losing control.

“Your teeth symbolize how confident and powerful you feel, so some situation is causing your confidence to crumble in waking life,” Psychologist Ian Wallace said while talking with The Independent.

You can also check out what it means when you dream about your eyes falling out here.

16) What do dreams with birds mean?

Dreams with birds might reflect your desire to hear from someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Birds have historically been symbols of information delivery, so if you have them in your dreams, this can indicate that you want or expect to hear an important message.

In his book Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide for Interpreting Any Dream, psychologist and dream expert Michael Lennox said that such beliefs trace their roots to Nordic mythology.

Odin, as the leader of the Nordic pantheon, had two omniscient raves that “would travel through the world of men and bring back important information.”

17) What do dreams where you’re on a plane mean?

This kind of dream could reflect your strong feeling about the effects of sudden transformations in your life.

Lennox had this to say about airplane dreams: “Because of the dramatic way an airplane leaves the ground and speeds toward a destination, it is connected with any sudden transition in life.”

18) What do dreams where one of your limbs is gone mean?

Lennox also explores the meaning of dreaming about having missing limbs in his book.

It reflects general feelings of inability or mobility that you might be having in real life. If your feet are gone, it “relates to an inability to be grounded on your path, whereas missing an entire leg or both legs connects to being completely stopped on your path.”

19) What do dreams where you (literally) lose your head mean?

Quite a terrifying experience to have in a dream, losing your head in one might be a sign of  “an eradication of a thought process, or to your sense of identity,” according to Lennox.

20) What do dreams where you’re in a bed with a coworker mean?

No, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you fancy this coworker or that there’s some sexual tension between you two.

Despite the seeming intimacy in the dream world, it probably only (but more wholesomely) reflects that you possess “positive qualities you admire” and “welcome in your own life.”

21) What do dreams where you’re in an empty room mean?

Wallace also explained to the independent that such dreams are telling you that you have undiscovered talents or unfulfilled potential.

“The more time that you spend exploring your dormant talents, the more likely that you will find other doors opening for you in waking life,” he elaborated.

22) What do dreams where you’re scared in an empty room mean?

However, if being in that empty room in the dream evokes fear in you, it might indicate something else. “If you go into the room and it’s spooky or scary, that means in the past one to two days you’ve realized something about yourself that’s unexpected,” Anderson explained.

“It can be something old that you haven’t looked at before. It could be any aspect of your life—your job, a relationship—that you’ve shut the door on. It’s about trying to open that door, even if you’re scared.”

23) What do dreams of an out-of-control car mean?

Whether you’re in a car and can’t control it or have an out-of-control car running at you, Wallace said that this means “you don’t have enough control over your road to success.”

In light of this, he recommended that “Instead of trying to over control the situation…relax your grip and allow your fundamental instincts and drives to steer the best path for you.”

24) What do dreams about a regular car mean?

A regular car (one supposedly in control), on the other hand, may simply mean the opposite.

“The car represents your ability to make consistent progress toward a specific objective,” Wallace says. So if you dream about a car that’s running smoothly and steadily, this thankfully means that you’re on the right track in life.

25) What do dreams where you’re missing your car mean?

How about if you can’t find your car in the dream? Or if it was stolen? The lack of the car now potentially means that something is up with your career or journey towards your goals.

“If we dream about searching for our car, then we have lost our drive and ambition in waking life and are looking for ways to recover it and continue on our journey,” Wallace’s website explains.

26) What do dreams with nearby animals mean?

Different animals can mean different and specific things (such as the aforementioned birds) and can also evoke various emotions in different individuals. A large, ferocious bear will represent something very different from a graceful bird, for example.

But according to Lennox, the general presence of animals in your dreams can indicate that your dream is “asking you to stop trying to think your way through a situation and turn instead toward your instinctive nature for an answer.”

27) What do dreams of an attic mean?

A house in a dream can be representative of your own sense of self, where the different rooms and parts of the house are the various facets of your character and personality.

An attic, in particular, can embody old memories. A “musty, dirty atmosphere means you are in realms that you haven’t visited in a while,” explains Lennox, which may be indicative of “unhealthy avoidance.”

28) What do dreams about having a baby mean?

If you have a baby in a dream, this dream is telling you about your growing potential or maybe “some new chapter in your life that is just beginning and has yet to unfold into full manifestation,” Lennox said.

It can also represent the responsibilities and obligations you have as a helpless and dependent baby typically is for its parents.

29) What do dreams where you can’t find your shoes mean?

Ever dreamt of trying to find your shoes but just can’t no matter what? This just might mean that you’re having difficulty deciding on something. This can be a major life decision or making up your mind about an ideological or political belief.

30) What do dreams where you lose something valuable and can’t find it mean?

What about dreams where you lost something very important and can’t find it? This can be a sign of a declining sense of self-esteem or self-worth according to Wallace.

“If we are looking for our purse or wallet, then we are reflecting on our value to others as we may feel that we have lost some self-esteem in waking life,” he said.

31) What do dreams where you’re searching for someone mean?

Just because you’re trying to find a certain someone in the dream doesn’t mean that that specific person is actually particularly relevant to what the dream is trying to tell you.

Instead, Wallace offers this as an explanation: “When we search for other people in our dreams, we are trying to reconnect with aspects of our own identities that we have lost touch with.”

32) What do dreams where you suddenly become very wealthy mean?

If you suddenly become very rich out of nowhere in your dreams (like winning the lottery), this means that you’re happy about where you are in life or, according to Wallace, gained “sudden awareness of the richness of the self.” He continues, “This richness can be an understanding of the wisdom the dreamer has gained, or a realization of their value to others.” So not necessarily material wealth, but more of spiritual wealth!

33) What do dreams where you’re falling in love mean?

If you dream of romance, this just might simply mean that you lack, and therefore crave, passion and intimacy in real life.

Wallace explains that dreams where you find yourself falling in love “can be triggered when we are about to fall in love with a potential lover in our waking life, or in an existing relationship, where inadequate love is being received and our uniqueness seems to be ignored.”

34) What do dreams where you’re falling mean?

This is a common dream that we’ve all probably experienced. Most people will likely interpret this dream as a sign to hold on to something more tightly.

However, Wallace actually thinks the opposite. For him, such dreams tell you that “you are hanging on too tightly to a particular situation in waking life. You need to relax and let go of it.”

35) What do dreams where you’re flying mean?

Falling in a dream can mean that some things are off, but flying in a dream can actually reflect how you’ve recently been able to set yourself free from something that’s frustrating you or holding you back.

For Wallace, flying in a dream “suggests that you have released yourself from circumstances that have been weighing you down in waking life… Although you may regard this feeling of liberation as just luck or coincidence, it is usually because you have managed to make a weighty decision or risen above the limitations of a heavy responsibility.”

36) What do dreams you’re flying with an obstacle mean?

What if flying in a dream was unpleasant or scary because of an obstacle?

This may mean that something is actually preventing you from reaching a goal or even at least trying to reach that goal. “You feel that something is taking off but it’s not quite there yet,” Anderson said. “It could be a relationship or a job—it’s the details in the dream that really explore your feelings on a deeper level.”

37) What do dreams where you miss your plane or train mean?

Dreamt about missing a plane or a train and you’re left there on the platform or tarmac standing in disbelief? This just might signify that something is weighing you down, such as an excess of commitments.

“You may be taking on too much in your waking life in order to achieve the fulfillment you desire,” Wallace expounded. “You can reach your goals more effectively by being more aware of your deeper priorities, and leaving unnecessary baggage behind. Listen to your own internal rhythms instead of constantly trying to beat the clock.”

38) What do dreams where you call the wrong number mean?

If you experience this in a dream, this might be the manifestation of your frustrations and disappointment about not being able to connect with someone important in the way you did in the past.

“This suggests that a logical way of communicating with someone, or a specific personal behavior used when being with a particular person, is not really working anymore,” Wallace offers as an explanation.

“It is also experienced in dreams about computers or calculators where the dreamer keeps pressing the wrong buttons. This reflects that what they are doing in waking life just doesn’t really add up.”

39) What do dreams of being naked in a crowd mean?

Here’s another common dream: being butt-naked in the office, in front of a huge crowd, or just in public in general. You may breathe a sigh of relief once it dawns on you that it’s just a dream, but Wallace recommends some introspection to determine if you feel vulnerable about something in real life.

“Being naked in public suggests that there is a situation in waking life that is making you feel vulnerable and exposed,” he said. If you determine this interpretation is right after reflecting, then it’s probably time for you to solve this issue or build the confidence to overcome it.

40) What do dreams where you’re barefoot mean?

Just like how being naked is reflective of feeling vulnerable, having bare feet in a dream has a similar meaning. However, it now more directly relates to the steps you’re currently taking in life.

Dreams like this can “indicate issues around how you are maneuvering through your current life choices,” Lennox said.

“If you are exposed to the elements, it leaves them vulnerable to injury. This can have a great impact on your journey and how you get to where you intend to go.”

41) What do dreams where you’ve gone blind mean?

Becoming blind in a dream may be indicative that you’re overlooking something crucial in the waking world. Another variation of this interpretation is that you’re worried about not being able to see something important.

Lennox explains that “By dreaming of the inability to see, you may be expressing areas in your life that you may be blind to…You may be dreaming of a situation in your life, or your personality, where you have a blind spot. You may have to go beyond what the eyes can see in a situation to determine how to respond authentically.”

42) What do dreams about playing a board game mean?

This kind of dream is slightly similar to dreams about sports which can be related to competition in real life. Lennox says that dreaming of board games, however, can specifically indicate that you prefer “a civilized approach to expressing competitive impulses and conflict-solving skills.”

If you find yourself in the middle of a chess or Scrabble game in your dream, you’re probably someone who’d want less emotions and more clearly defined and logical rules when it comes to solving problems and conflict.

After all, traditional physical sports are more associated with hype and emotion and board games are more associated with calm reasoning.

43) What do dreams of an explosion mean?

While we usually associate explosions with something getting blown up and destroyed, explosions in dreams might mean that you’re about to or are already undergoing significant change in life according to Lennox.

He recommends taking a close look at the other details in the dream, such as what gets destroyed in the explosion.

“Whatever or whomever was hunted or destroyed will supply you with the meaning you should assign the symbol,” he added. “The area of life that is suggested by the target is the area of your life that needs a drastic change.”

44) What do dreams where you show up unprepared for an exam mean?

This is another common dream. You find yourself about to take an exam but then remember that you didn’t study enough to be adequately prepared to pass it. Wallace says that this might be the result when “you are critically examining your own performance in waking life.”

45) What do dreams where you show up for another exam and are still unprepared mean?

However, Anderson offers another interpretation of this dream. He says that this kind of dream is usually experienced by those who are already working hard and are on the right track towards whatever they’re working for. “It’s your fear of being unprepared that actually drives you to being totally ready to perform,” he added.

46) What do dreams where you can’t find a bathroom mean?

Trying to find a toilet in your dream?

The dream might be trying to tell you that you have some needs of yours that you’re not fulfilling enough according to Wallace. “Toilets are what we use to cleanly respond to some of our most fundamental needs, so there is an issue in waking life where you are finding it a challenge to clearly express your own needs.”

47) What do dreams where you need to use the bathroom mean?

Another bathroom-related dream people experience is finding yourself urgently needing to use the bathroom. Anderson says that this happens when “you literally want to let the crap out of your life. It’s about decluttering and letting go—you want to release something or someone.”

48) What do dreams where you need to pee mean?

Well, this probably means you need to pee in real life. No, really! Sometimes, dreams like this don’t have any deeper meaning and it’s your subconscious trying to tell you to wake up and attend to nature’s call.

49) What do dreams where you’re accused of a crime mean?

This might be more of a nightmare than a dream. Being accused of a crime or actually committing one in a dream likely reflects that there’s something you’re hiding from or don’t want to admit to yourself.

Whatever you’re denying from yourself might not necessarily be a bad thing, too. “The crime we have committed usually represents a conscious choice that we have made in waking life to ignore some of our individual needs and talents in order to gain social acceptance,” Wallace expounded.

50) What do dreams where you’re entering a lot of new spaces mean?

These kinds of dreams are quite trippy.

You might find yourself inside a large building and throughout the dream you’re going in and out of different rooms and doors, discovering new places and spaces. Wallace says that this indicates that exploring the initial possibility will lead onto a number of other exciting opportunities and give you the chance to expand well beyond where you are just now.”.

Because of this, he says that “You need to be open to opportunity and not close the door on any chances that you create. As you begin to explore one talent, you often start to become aware of other possibilities for using your unique abilities.”

51) What do dreams where there’s something chasing you mean?

You might be running away from something, but Wallace posits that the dream might be telling you to do the exact opposite. “There is an issue in your waking life that you want to confront, but you don’t know how to,” he says. You need to stop hesitating and face whatever it is you’ve been delaying to deal with.

52) What do dreams about a bridge mean?

A bridge in a dream symbolizes the connection between the future and the past according to Lennox.

You want to transition to the next chapter in life, but you still want to be tethered to your past and your roots. Specifically, Lennox says that a bridge “relates to the connections we make in life, hence the warning in the phrase ‘don’t burn your bridges.'”

Another thing to keep in mind is to look at the water below the bridge. If it’s being turbulent, that might mean that you’re still not fully comfortable with the change the bridge is symbolizing.

53) What do dreams about a candle mean?

That candle might be reflective of a current or imminent period of creativity and productivity for you.

“When we light a candle, we are committing an act of creation,” Lennox says. It can embody the start of a new chapter in life or that you’re about to enter a flow state. Either way, this is a good sign, so make the most out of it! Watch out if the candle gets snuffed out though—that, on the other hand, can mean something’s about to end.

54) What do dreams where you’re climbing mean?

This kind of dream says less about what you’re currently experiencing in life, but might be more reflective of who you are as a person.

If in a dream, you find yourself struggling to climb some mountain, but nonetheless don’t give up till the top, you’re probably someone who doesn’t mind some challenge and won’t back down from it no matter what.

55) What do dreams where you’re exploring a closet or looking in a cabinet mean?

That closet might be symbolizing how you’re hiding something that you’re secretly ashamed of in real life. “What you discover in a closet should be viewed through the focus of something you are hiding from or not wanting to face,” Lennox explained further.

“A full or overstuffed closet may point to avoidance issues that need attention.”

56) What do dreams about a farm or cowboys mean?

“Working on a farm points to a call to action to dig deeper and take responsibility for getting your needs met,” Lennox said. Having dreams like this reflect your own independence and self-reliance. Owning a farm connects to how responsible you are to your self-nurturing and perhaps the dependence of others upon you for such needs.”

57) What do dreams where you’re getting a divorce mean?

No, don’t worry.

Dreams are rarely literal in their meaning as you’ve seen so far, so this doesn’t mean that your marriage is in grave danger. Instead, this might be indicative that you’re trying to do many things and are getting overwhelmed but don’t realize it yet or don’t want to acknowledge it.

Wallace says that “you are trying to balance your commitments and honor the promises you have made to other people. It can be difficult to service all these obligations and it can become very easy for you to start to feel out of balance.”

58) What do dreams where you’re getting married to someone you don’t know mean?

Marrying a stranger in a dream may be a manifestation of how you’re unsure about something upcoming or just starting in real life. Maybe that’s a shift in career, moving to a new place, entering into a new relationship, or any other commitment.

Wallace says that “Not knowing the identity of the bride or groom suggests you are unsure what you are really committing yourself to, and that you doubt that you will have much time for yourself if you take on these commitments.”

59)What do dreams where you’re a professional athlete mean?

Wallace says the dreams of being a professional athlete are common in people who like being a member of a team or partaking in something they believe to be larger than themselves.

He says that people with dreams of competing at the highest level reflects their acceptance into a wider society where in order to have their skills and talents recognized, they will have to work as part of a team, and this will help them to ultimately achieve their goals.”

60) What do dreams where you’re unable to speak mean?

According to Wallace, “an unresolved tension in our waking lives where we really want to say what’s on our mind and to speak and be heard” might lead to such dreams.

He suggests to stop hesitating and even if we feel “ignored or have no way to make our opinions heard,” we should find a way to properly communicate what’s on our minds.

61) What do dreams where you’re being chased or stalked by someone mean?

Dream Dictionary author Tony Crip says that such dreams are the product of you avoiding something in real life. It may be emotions you’ve denied or haven’t dealt with or it might specifically be some childhood trauma, especially if you don’t know or can’t make out who is chasing you.

He says, “the meaning of such dreams depends on who is chasing you. If your pursuer is an animal, it means, you are hiding from your feelings like anger, passion, etc. If you are being chased by someone of the opposite sex, it suggests that you are afraid of love or being disturbed by your past relationship.”

62) What do dreams where you’re naked in public mean?

This common dream is most likely rooted in some insecurities or lack of confidence. In the book Dream Dictionary for Dummies, Penny Pierce says that this dream occurs when “you are afraid that people will know your shortcomings or imperfections.”

63) What do dreams about vampires mean?

Dreaming about vampires can mean a lot of things depending on what actually happens in the dream according to different experts.

Russell Grant says that general dreams about vampires can tell you that “you’re full of fear for the future.” If you were specifically bitten by a vampire in the dream, that says that, in the future, you’ll likely “have an unpleasant encounter of some kind.”

If you were quite the cool and vampire slayer in your dream and killed one, however, this is a good sign for your future. On the other hand, Lauri Loewenberg says that such dreams mean that “someone around you or something is sucking your energy dry, taking and not giving back.”

64) What do dreams about a necklace mean?

A necklace can also mean a host of things. In general, dreams about a necklace might mean that there’s something important that you need to say soon.

Certain kinds of necklaces can also indicate some feelings of jealousy on your part or that you’re unfortunately about to experience some sadness. A broken necklace on the other hand can foretell some familial problems.

65) What do dreams about an ambulance mean?

Michael Lennox also authored Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams, and in here, he posited that “the ambulance is a vehicle and as such relates to how you are moving through your life.”

Since we associate ambulances as vehicles that rescue us when sickness or sudden injuries strike, it serves as some symbol of salvation. However, an ambulance is also distinct because of its siren. This can make it a symbol of internal emotional damage that still remains dormant in you.

66) What do dreams about a needle mean?

This one depends on the other details in the dream and what actually happens in it.

Pricking yourself may indicate that “you will soon run into emotional problems with a friend,” according to Russell. If it’s used in the context of sewing something, however, this symbolizes a project that will take a long to finish and will thus require some patience on your part.

Lennox has an alternative interpretation: “A needle that has been used for drug use is an indication that something has happened in the past that is destructive but that has left almost no trace of the original act.”

67) What do dreams about a cat mean?

A cat in a dream may also mean many different things. It can represent feminine sexuality. If a cat bites you, this can symbolize someone wanting intimacy with you. If the cat is sickly or is starving, this can mean that your current sex life is inactive or dry.

However, a cat can also stand for other things we think of when we see cats, such as being aloof, independent, gossipy, or general feline characteristics. If you dream of a predatory cousin of the cat such as a tiger, this can symbolize your protectiveness of the things and people you love.

If you find the cat being a threat or to you in the dream, then this means that maybe something in your life needs more attention just as the cat is demanding attention in the dream by being a source of danger.

Alternatively, in Llewelln’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams, Lennox says that “Cats have long been associated with magic and witchcraft.”

68) What do dreams about a bee mean?

Although we usually think of bees as annoying or dangerous creatures that we don’t often want to interact with, according to Russell Grant, dreaming about a beehive is a “symbol of honor, dignity and wealth.”

Think about it, bees have intricate social structures and are very communal. They also produce something we all love: honey.

Dreaming of bees is the universe’s way of telling you that you need to be more structured in work and how you approach things in general. Only then can you create true wealth and be prosperous.

69) What do dreams about the desert mean?

The barren landscape of a desert directly symbolizes how you’re probably unproductive in something in life.

It represents a lack of life and energy and you need to put in more work and passion in this certain thing. Lennox says that “there may be an obvious lack of passion and life force in your life right now.”

70) What do dreams about a river mean?

Be thankful, for Grant says that “it’s a sign for good fortune.” If you’re specifically bathing in the river then he also says that “money is coming to you.”

Here’s another interpretation. A river will eventually find itself in the ocean, a symbol of unconsciousness.

So, take a good look at how strong the river is flowing in your dream for it has direct connections to your emotional life. A dead river may reflect some emptiness in your inner emotions.

71) What do dreams about storms mean?

We established that water can embody your emotions when we discussed river dreams. And because storms are when water is in a state of chaos, a storm can thus represent inner emotional chaos in you as well. Rain can symbolize teardrops and thus sorrow and grief. The wind can embody your intelligence.

A storm has two of these things being in a violent state, and consequently reflecting your current or emotional state as well. A storm then means that you’re about to encounter hardship or an extreme challenge. As all storms pass, it can also mean that this difficulty is about to end.

Russell Grant has his own interpretation: “putting yourself out of the dooldrums when accepting that only you can change things.”

72) What do dreams about a guitar mean?

Lennox says that “Guitar players are elevated pretty highly in our culture, so the guitar enjoys more power as a symbol than most instruments.” However, musical instruments, in general, are always symbols of creativity, artistry, and passion, so dreaming about them may convey a need to express your artistic impulses.

Alternatively, a guitar may also imply sexual energy because its curvy form is reminiscent of the female body type.

73) What do dreams about a feather mean?

Lauri Loewenberg says that dreams about feathers mean that “you need to or you have recently “lightened up” physically or mentally. Something may not weigh heavy on you any more.” The feather is thought of to be sacred in many contexts and is also often associated with the wings of a bird.

This can thus symbolize flight and dreaming about feathers might be a reminder for you to aim higher to achieve your dreams and aspirations.

This symbolism becomes even stronger if the feathers in your dream are present in clothing or an object that’s crafted with feathers.

74) What do dreams about receiving a letter mean?

This old-school way of communicating over long distances can express how thoughts and energy are traveling from one part of your mind to another. It can be telling you that you should think about how you communicate more deeply and maybe take a more controlled, deliberate approach when you express yourself.

Beware of receiving a letter from someone you don’t know, however, as Russell Grant warns that receiving “an anonymous letter is a sign of danger.”

75) What do dreams about zombies mean?

Having a zombie or the undead in your dream might be a sign that you’re undergoing a dry spell in life and you feel very little energy and passion about things. Lennox explains that “the definition of a zombie is one who is no longer alive but rises to walk again, seeking human flesh to eat.”

Your decline in energy and vigor might be caused by an unfortunate situation or even someone in your life who is a negative influence in your life, being the “zombie” in real life who drains your energy.

76) What do dreams about a thief mean?

We couldn’t put it any better and more succinctly than how Laurie Loewenberg says it: “Something is causing you to feel robbed and your dream is an expression of this feeling. Take this dream as a nudge to fill your emptiness with something productive and positive.”

77) What do dreams about oranges mean?

In his book, Lennox says that “A fruit is essentially a seed and carries with it the potential for something new to be created along with the sustenance needed to feed that new thing.” This also applies to oranges, but they also represent abundance because they were historically thought to be the fruit of the rich and royal.

To this day, thoughts of health and vitality are still associated with the orange for its vitamin C and general nutritional properties.

78) What do dreams about siblings mean?

This one is a bit tricky because any person, especially those who you know and even more so those who are close to you, who appear in your dream will say something about your life or your personality. What their presence in your dream will mean will depend heavily on the role they play in your life and what kind of relationship you have with them.

Reflect deeply on how you feel about the sibling or siblings that appear in your dream, as well as what actually happened in the dream. Lennox puts it simply: “there is a great deal of complexity to explore, from your current relationship to your childhood history.”

79) What do dreams about a vaccine mean?

A vaccine protects us by making us develop tolerance and immunity to the disease. It does so by putting a minuscule amount of the infectious agent into our body which trains and teaches our immune system how to combat it.

Dreaming about a vaccine conveys a similar message: we should move forward and confront our problems, allowing us to learn how to ultimately deal with them. Lennox says in his book: “In a dream, this symbol suggests that your fears would be best conquered by facing them a little at a time.”

80) What do dreams about an island mean?

When you picture an island, you probably imagine it as a lone mass of land amidst a vast ocean. We already established that the ocean represents our unconscious mind, so an island will represent an acute and isolated conscious emotion.

Lennox tells us that “An island in a dream can represent the sense of isolation that occurs when you are going through a difficult period.”

81) What do dreams about gifts mean?

Although we usually think of events where gift-giving is commonplace when we think of gifts (such as Christmas or birthdays), the actual act of giving and receiving a gift is often actually more about the relationship between the giver and the receiver than why the gift was given.

Lennox writes in Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams that “If your dream includes another person involved in a gift exchange, examine that individual as a character aspect that is highly beneficial to you at this time.” If this dream reflects reality, be thankful for that person for bringing joy or being beneficial to your life.

82) What do dreams about castles mean?

Loewenberg says that “Dwelling places in dreams almost always represent the self. So the castle in your dream is YOU.”  However, a castle isn’t just any ordinary dwelling place. It’s a large, grand building often associated with royalty. This means that dreams about castles mean that we currently think highly of ourselves or are happy about where we are in life.

Maybe you have huge and exciting plans, or you’re glad about talents and skills you’ve recently developed, or are content with the kind of person you currently are. Castles are also associated with wealth, however, and Russell offers an alternative view, saying that such dreams tell us to check how our investments are doing.

83) What do dreams about an eclipse mean?

“Eclipses were once thought to be omens of important things to come,” according to Lennox. An eclipse occurs when another body (most often the moon), stands directly in between the sun and the Earth, blocking sunlight from the latter.

The Earth blocking light from the moon is also

considered an eclipse. Dreams of an eclipse therefore symbolize a certain kind of blocking in your life—specifically blocking some sort of “light.” This light can be your creativity or energy.

84) What do dreams about a gun mean?

The gun is the modern-day symbol of power and brute force. In his book, Lennox tells us that a gun is “Connected to the masculine principle, the gun represents male-oriented power in an extreme form.”

What Lennox means by masculine principle here is the will and power to act and to make something happen. A gun embodies this, but to such an extreme that it’s beyond reasonable containment.

It wants to make something happen no matter what—often through lethal force and violence. Dreams about guns are therefore often about chaos infiltrating your life and power being in a state of imbalance. Some say it’s the opposite, however, and say that its presence offers a powerful, stabilizing source of strength amidst chaos.

85) What do dreams about a radio mean?

A radio is one of humankind’s most crucial technological inventions, pulling intangible waves from the air and turning them into the familiarity of music and voices that we all know. Dreaming about a radio thus conveys a collectivist sentiment and social harmony.

After all, any and all people from different places will hear the same thing at the exact same time when tuning into the same station.

Here’s more words of wisdom from Lennox about radio-related dreams: “Since there are many stations available on a radio dial, such a dream might be asking you if it is time to change the station.”

86) What do dreams about getting a tattoo mean?

Wanting to paint your body with ink can be rooted from a guttural and tribal need for self-expression and a desire to permanently use your skin as a canvas for meaningful symbolism. After all, it’s a beautiful tradition that has been around for countless centuries all around the globe.

However, it can also be the result of impulse and be the cause of regret. So before you jump to any conclusions about dreams of getting tattooed, reflect on your personal sentiments about tattoos in real life.

A crucial element about tattoos is their permanence, and because of this, Loewenberg says dreams where you get tattooed are related to “committing to something or someone… or your fear of commitment.”

87) What do dreams about a firefly mean?

Lennox cautions us about dreams with fireflies, saying that “this is a symbol for fleeting moments of inspiration.” It’s an elusive little creature that draws much attention to itself for the duration of time that you can see it. However, it can disappear into the air at any moment as well.

These are like the creative, inspiring ideas that often visit our consciousness for short moments, aren’t they? If you have such dreams, it’s likely a sign that you should more consciously interact with these kinds of ideas. You might be not giving them enough love and are consequently missing out on the opportunities they present.

88) What do dreams about a beast mean?

Beasts in dreams are embodying the animalistic side that rests in all human beings. Although different kinds of animals will mean and symbolize different things, we’re pertaining to the archetype of a beast as often portrayed in stories such as Beauty and the Beast: that large, monstrous, and dangerous creature.

It’s hard to admit that, deep down, to some extent, we all have animalistic tendencies that are irrational and aggressive. However, Lennox thinks that “It is very important to honor the beast within you in order to find your own true humanity.”

89) What do dreams about an acorn mean?

Be happy if you’ve recently dreamt of acorns for they represent potential, creativity, and opportunity. Maybe even specifically a profitable new business venture! Lennox writes in his book: “One of the most powerful symbols for potential, the acorn is a seed that can eventually grow into a mighty oak tree.”

Something small like an acorn can eventually grow into something great and fruitful. Go invest in your potential the same way you water an acorn seed.

90) What do dreams about a fox mean?

Sly and nimble, the fox is traditionally a symbol of cunning. Lennox states in his book that “When the fox appears in a dream, you are being connected to the medicine of strategy and adaptability.”

There is perhaps a bit of a problem in your life right now that you need to be clever about to solve. It may also be reflective of your introverted and self-reliant personality and how you prefer having only yourself as company.

91) What do dreams about a butterfly mean?

The metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly is one of the classical symbols of resurrection and transformation. According to Lennox’s book, “When the butterfly appears in your dreams, you may be being asked to trust the changes that are happening, for freedom is just around the corner.”

Undergoing such a drastic change such as that of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis may seem daunting, but the caterpillar can symbolize the heaviness of your previous situation or form, and the butterfly, with its beautiful wings, can symbolize freedom and a new journey.

92) What do dreams about a nurse mean?

As a character aspect in a dream, it is the part of your personality that can be called upon when a great deal of nurturance is necessary,” Lennox says. Essentially, you need to more consciously and thoughtfully take care of yourself. Self-love is important. You are, at the end of the day, ultimately your own caretaker.

Maybe another person is taking care of you because you aren’t doing so enough. Here’s another interpretation, however: a nurse can also embody a certain plan to act. After all, nurses need to act urgently in stressful situations in real life, too.

93) What do dreams about a queen mean?

Russell says that such dreams are “a sign that business will bloom.” Such royal imagery likely relates to how power is currently used in your life. A queen can be associated with benevolence and gentle but firm leadership.

However, it can also represent the abusive tendencies that inevitably come with absolute monarchical power. Consider how you’re personally wielding your power and authority in the waking world if you get one of these dreams.

94) What do dreams about a rainbow mean?

The vibrant colors of a rainbow are breathtaking and can mean the promise of abundance, hope, and joy. After all, who doesn’t feel elated and inspired at the sight of one of Earth’s most beautiful natural phenomena?

What it means exactly is difficult to pin down, but rest assured, because either way, it’s “a sign that pleasant changes are on the way.” says Grant.

95) What do dreams about a turtle mean?

Who doesn’t know the story of the turtle and the rabbit? If you get dreams about turtles, it’s likely a timely reminder of the proverb: “slow and steady wins the race.” Lennox says: “When a turtle appears in your dream, you are being gifted with the patience you may need for any endeavor.”

Remember also that turtles’ shells are iconic and are known for protecting them. In essence, dreams about turtles are trying to tell you to have patience and fortitude to finish the race and achieve your goal.

96) What do dreams with an umbrella mean?

Lennox says this dream means that “you feel you need protection from emotional experiences or unwanted expression of emotion.” As aforementioned, water is symbolic of our emotions, and what form or expression of water reminds us of crying and evokes sadness more than rain?

And because umbrellas are what we use to protect us from the rain, dreaming of one may mean that you want the strength or protection to go through a particularly emotionally challenging time.

97) What do dreams with a lighthouse mean?

Lennox’s Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams says that “You are finally being guided through confusing territory, and while you may not quite know where you are going, you are at least experiencing some emotional safety.”

Just like how a lighthouse illuminates dark waters, dreams with them can indicate that you’re about to go into an unfamiliar situation or murky territory in life, and that you’d like more information before you proceed or make a decision. If there’s a beacon present in the dream, this situation may involve relationships with other people.

98) What do dreams about the police mean?

The police serve as a guiding authority and a protective presence. Dreams about the police thus indicate that you are currently seeking some direction and guidance in your life.

As per Lennox’s interpretation, “They are the image that connects to your internal sense of authority as it relates to what is socially acceptable behavior.”

More specifically, having the police in your dream may mean that you are weighing the pros and cons about certain decisions you are about to make. Try to remember if the police were directly interacting with you in the dream.

The context behind this interaction may reveal more symbolisms and meanings about the decisions you are making or about to make.

99) What do dreams about going on a safari mean?

If you find yourself being on a safari in a dream, this might be related to how your wilder urges are currently in need of expression.

The safari might also embody strange new territories or situations that you’re trying to get into—like, for example, a new job.. It may be intimidating, but you also need to take the jump to get used to the new terrain.

Think of it as a bit of a mix of dreams about butterflies and dreams about beasts. Lennox says that “Since animals are the featured attraction of a safari, such a dream may be attempting to express a connection to your more instinctive nature and the spiritual power that the animal kingdom represents.”

100) What do dreams about an iceberg mean?

Water represents our emotions and an iceberg, a frozen structure that juts out, may embody emotions that are standing out in your consciousness because they are in need of urgent resolving. They may even be an obstacle to healthily navigating your emotions and your general mental health. Also, consider the phrase “tip of the iceberg”.”

This means that such emotions are deep-seated and are thus consequently in need of deep introspection. Loewenberg also says that it might be the embodiment of “someone giving you the cold shoulder” in real life.

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Tina Fey

Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Nomadrs to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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